Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Extreme Studios Relaunch: I’m just as surprised as anyone else

These reviews I just posted up here represent the beginning of my look into Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studio Relaunch. Collecting my shock into just how much I liked both of these books. It’s a clever idea with Liefeld to let a diverse group of creators and let them cut loose. Prophet under Brandon Graham and Simon Ray went for a Heavy Metal/European inspired book going in directions I couldn’t have ever imagined. While Glory had Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell taking the concept of Wonder Woman and taking it to new heights. It’s taking the concepts that Rob Liefeld had back in those days and taking them in brand new or just improved directions.

I’m amazed at both books instantly hitting my new favorites list. The new issues of both can’t arrive for me fast enough. Though Prophet #22 comes out next week, which is going to feel like forever. Glory #24 hits next month and I want time travel to be invented so I can have it now. They’re the sort of books that as a comic fan just make you happy. These are also the books that if you ever want to tell people why you like comics, show them these and it’ll explain it. For goodness sake, Glory has a scene where she punches out of a tank after decimating a lot of Nazi soldiers. How cool is that? I ask you, how cool is that?

While Prophet is awesome in just all the ideas that are within the issue. I honestly say as well for me that the Warren Ellis recommendation put it over the top. Then I saw Simon Ray’s artwork for the first time and it fascinated the life out of me. I had to have this book in my life. Which when I got it in my life, I then had to take Glory more seriously from there. Then Glory turned out to be great and now I want to try out Bloodstrike when it comes out next month.

Extreme Studios, a concept that I never imagined I would have wanted back. Now the comic book universe is all the better for having these characters back. Welcome back Extreme Studios and if you keep being this wonderful, may you never leave again.

My first meeting with the tv show Comic Book Men

This is my first article on the Backstage side of I mainly hang out in the section of the site but I felt Comic Book Men deserves a review, especially after I watched it. As you read the review, I want you to note a few things, I watched it twice. I did that for the fact that  if I didn’t I would have missed something. That’s how I found some small positives within the show itself. Is it great? No not by any means. Take a look over the review and tell me what you think, either in the comment section here or on the backstage site itself. Till next time!

Memories of Childhood: X-Men II: Fall of the Mutants

X-Men Fall of the Mutants Computer Video GameOne of my favorite childhood memories is playing  X-Men II: Fall of the Mutants. Showing a bit of my age here, I played the game on freaking 5.25 Floppy Disks, the true floppy disks. Those annoying things that if you weren’t careful you would destroy all the information on the disk with one fingernail. I kid you not, in my elementary school we had games literally nullified by a fingernail or something equally sharp hitting a disk. I remember seeing just X-Men on the shelf and I didn’t even hardly notice X-Men II: Fall of the Mutants, not even thinking it was the second game in the series. All I knew was, it had X-Men in it and I was in comic fan nirvana just seeing the cover.

Just see that cover and you can only imagine child me at the time. The game needless to say went home with me because my Dad thought it was cool as well. If you’ve ever wondered where the comic fan in me initially sparked, it was from my Dad, he was a huge Thor and Superman fan when he was a kid. We usually shared the experience of computer gaming together, so comics and gaming? Oh that was a perfect combination. I was so excited on the way back from Micro Center, I though to myself all the adventures I was going to have, all the hours of enjoyment, and just getting to play all my favorite X-Men characters in one game.

I remember reading over the instructions and seeing all the characters within the game, my gaming heart soared. Cyclops, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Phoenix, Beast, Psylocke, Wolverine, Colossus, Archangel, Longshot, Dazzler, Shadowcat, and that’s just to name a few. It was based off of the X-Men story Fall of the Mutants, with the X-Men fighting against the Adversary. With battles against the Freedom Force with members such as Stonewall, Crimson Commando, Pyro, and Mystique. Then I got home to start installing the game. My excitement turned into another emotion entirely.

X-Men II Fall of the Mutants Character Roster

I remember getting the game on my computer. loading in my disk, following all the instructions and the sound wouldn’t work. I could get the game itself to run yet the sound drove me batty. The game was a little weird in itself to try to get to run, computer specs were fine, everything else was good, yet this game was just giving me fits. Anyone who played computer games in this period remembers well that moment of just figuring out what was wrong. Back in the days before internet it was you and your friend, or family member, just trying to figure this out. My Dad and I tweaked around with it, then eventually I think I was messing around with the game and I got it to work fully, sound and all. Could I tell you what I did now? Heck no, but I got it working and that’s all that mattered by that point. Now I could start playing the game.

X-Men II: Fall of the Mutants was a dungeon crawler taking place in different worlds and time periods. I remember playing around with different combinations of X-Men and any team of mine usually had a combination of Wolverine or Cyclops and everyone else was optional. Within my time playing the game I tried out about every combination of X-Men team I could think of. Then you pick your team and you’re graced with an image of the Watcher sending you on your way. The game play was a mix of either RPG turn based or Side Scrolling adventure, depending on play style. I did side scrolling and I remember trying to figure out the controls. It took me a bit of time to get used to them, but eventually I did. While sometimes wiling away precious time as you had one week in game time to finish a certain world. Ah the memories of that time clock hitting me just as I was nearly done with a level.

I remember crawling through those seemingly endless dungeons, fighting random enemies of all sorts. Then eventually getting to my goal of fighting a certain team of the Freedom Force. It took me some time to finally beat the game, I remember spending hours playing through the game, getting so close and then boom, I’m dead and then I get to go through the whole experience again. The key to the game was finding that perfect combination of X-Men to get you through the game. The final battle against the Adversary was nuts. Not just with the quirky controls, but just that fight was a tense one. The game wasn’t exactly easy to begin with so you could imagine what a final boss fight would be like. Once I beat that game though I was so happy, I let out such a cheer. I think I did do another play through before I eventually stopped playing the game.  It doesn’t have much replay value sadly.

I do still have my original copy of the game somewhere around here, though I couldn’t play the original disks anymore. I think I would crack up at the adventure of installing each disk one after another. There was always that yelling sound, I pictured it as the Watcher yelling at me as I installed the game. No wonder the game gave me so many fits in actually getting it to work right in the beginning huh? In looking through information for the game again, I had never realized what the first game was about. X-Men: Madness in Murderworld. I wonder, should I take a chance and try out this game? X-Men II: The Fall of the Mutants I have nostalgia for, but how would it be if I played the first game now? Fire me a line if you’ve played the first game and if I should give it a shot.