Geekly World News – February 25, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more. Today we have the latest on DC Comics, the HTC Vive VR headset, and Pacific Rim 2.

Big changes are coming to DC Comics starting in May. Comic Book Resources has an interview with DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns detailing the company’s goals for their upcoming “Rebirth” event. There’s a lot to unpack here, so for now I’ll just focus on a few particular points that caught my eye. First of all, while DC has stated emphatically that it is not a reboot, they are going to be bringing back certain element’s of the DC universe’s history that were lost in the 2011 “New 52” reboot/relaunch. Johns says, “It’s in the same vein as “Green Lantern: Rebirth” and “The Flash: Rebirth.” Some things alter and change, but it’s more character-driven, and it’s also more about revealing secrets and mysteries within the DC Universe about “Flashpoint” and The New 52 that are part of a bigger tapestry.” It sounds to me like rather than pressing the ‘reset’ button again, Rebirth will recontextualize the changes that the New 52 made so that they can reintroduce pieces of DC history that were thought to have been erased. dcrebirthSpeaking in broader terms, he also says, “It’s an echo of the past, but looking to the future. That’s what I want to do with this. There’s got to be an umbilical cord that goes all the way back to “Action Comics” #1, that connects the whole DC Universe.” While the rest of the line will be relaunched with new #1’s, Action Comics and Detective Comics will return to their original numbering at #957 and #934, respectively, about which Johns says, “that alone, even though it seems small, I think it’s a huge symbol of what we’re trying to do.” He also says that, “This is definitely for comic book readers more than it is for casual readers, just like “Green Lantern: Rebirth,” but that doesn’t mean it’s exclusive of them.” Personally, I started reading DC comics with Green Lantern: Rebirth, and the story itself was good enough that rather than be discouraged by all of the history going over my head, I simply wanted to learn more about this world. For DC to pull off a similar feat with this upcoming event, it will all come down to the strength of the creative teams and their work. I’m cautiously optimistic at this point, but the proof will be in the pudding.

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Cutscenes to Silver Screens: Team Fortress 2

Look around the gaming scene, and it’s unlikely you’ll find a more beloved gaming franchise than Team Fortress 2. Since its release in 2007, TF2 has continued to be a cash cow for Valve, despite going free-to-play in the past few years. A big part of this is that the game is bursting at the seams with personality. Despite the main characters only being known by their class designations, each is a colourful and unique entity. Part of this is the amazing voice acting by guys like Gary Schwartz, Dennis Bateman, and John Dennis Lowrie, and part of it is the quirky art style that’s become the game’s signature. The world of TF2, limited as it is by way of story, leaps off the screen and into the hearts of gamers everywhere. Is it any wonder that fans have been tearing down the walls waiting for a feature film?Though a TF2 movie might still be a glimmer in Gabe Newell’s eye, I thought it’d be fun to take a whack at it in this week’s edition of Cutscenes to Silver Screens!

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