Morning BS: Constantine vs Doctor Strange

There is no more fantastical fight than when two mystics go to war but who would win in a battle between the Sorcerer Supreme and the Hellblazer?


In the Blue Corner: Doctor Strange


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First things first, for the sake of balance I’m going to focus on Stephan Strange as he appeared at the start of Marvel’s All-New All-Different line-up. Strange is still the sorcerer supreme but without the God-like powers he had in his early day. The thing about Strange fighting another wizard is that he is the mystical equivalent of the Hulk with the training of a great martial artist, this means he’s strong, smart and tough to defeat. In open warfare, or his Sanctum, I’m confident Strange would take home the win with his combination of powerful combination of spells and artefacts.


In the Red Corner: John Constantine


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There is a reason John Constantine is called the Hellblazer and it’s because he’s not afraid to play dirty. The roguish Brit has brought down much greater Mystics with a combination of deception and trickery. While I believe Doctor Strange would easily over power Constantine face-to-face, if Constantine could prepare and put together some form of deception, that may involve dealing with other forces in the Marvel or DC Universe, I think he could probably incapacitate if not kill the sorcerer.


Battleground: Days of Future Past


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Fighting in the ruins of America after the defeat of most heroes at the hands of the sentinels, I feel like Strange has a distinct advantage. This is still his home plain and while his Sanctum might be destroyed he still has the lay of the land. Constantine would be on the run here but that is where he operates at his best. There is an outside chance that he could find a way to turn the situation to his advantage, possibly by convincing the sentinels that strange is a mutant.


Winner: Doctor Strange


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While I believe Constantine could get a win with some form of deception nine times out of ten Strange is going to blast him across multiple dimensions within the first few seconds of combat. On the Sorcerer Supremes home plain of existence he is always going to have an advantage and I’m afraid John is going to be pushed to breaking point.

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bearsleuthWritten by: Patrick Lunn

 

 

Morning BS: 5 Reasons Why You Wouldn’t Want To Be Ash Ketchum

Traveling around Kanto, Johto and more catching them all has to be the best right?

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  1. Your Mother Forces You To Leave Home At The Age Of Ten

I don’t know about you but when I was ten years old, I had only just figured out how to work the microwave. Ash Ketchum is kicked out of his home at the age of ten, most likely because Ash’s Mum had certain plans for Professor Oak and his Pokeflute. That means you’re expected to survive in a world full of elemental monsters with the intelligence of a ten year old. Impossible.

  1. You’ll Never Age

After almost 20 years of adventures around the Pokémon world, Ash has barely aged a day. Sure there have been the occasional wardrobe changes and throwaway birthdays but Ash is still a 10 year old boy. That means no puberty and an eternal life watching friends like Brock and Misty age and decay.

  1. Ash has never really had much success

Ash Ketchum has lost almost every Pokémon tournament he’s entered. Sure he’s beaten the gym leaders, but even then he’s normally got his badge through some form of crazy adventure. That means a lifetime of failure. Could you live with that?

  1. Team Rocket/Magma/Aqua/Plasma/Skull/Whoever

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Pikachu might be your best friend in the whole world, but he also paints a huge target your back. Ash has spent his whole life being hunted by goons and thugs from various organizations.

  1. You’re A Glorified Dog Walker

To this day Ash has caught and trained hundreds of Pokémon. That’s hundreds of animals to feed, clean and, most importantly, pick up after. I hope you have the master ball of all poopa-scoopas because you’re going to want to catch them all.

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So that’s the price to pay for being Ash Ketchum…Would you still take the job?

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Morning BS: Why read Jeff Lemire’s Moon Knight: Lunatic in 250 words or less…

The schizophrenic Moon Knight has always been an interesting hero but in the hands of genius writer Jeff Lemire, it’s a must read series.

If you’re unfamiliar with Moon Knight it’s nothing to be ashamed of, he’s essentially Batman with a multiple personality disorder. This means that sometimes he is the debonair Moon Knight with powers granted to him by the Egyptian god of vengeance and other times he is one of several different personalities, including a New York taxi driver and a Hollywood actor. This has led to many writers experimenting with the form of comics and how it can be used to portray mental illness and uncertainty. A running question throughout the series is whether Moon Knight is actually in contact with the god he claims to draw power from or if that’s part of his illness.

Lemire takes all of this a step further. He places our lead character, Marc Spector, in an insane asylum with the implication that every Moon Knight story to date has all been a delusion and that the background cast of those stories are simply other patients. If that doesn’t sell you Lemire has teamed up with stunning artist Greg Smallwood and together they have experimented with every aspect of comic book writing to create something unique.

I’ve got a few words left so I’ll just say this: Egyptian Mythology meets One Flew Over a The Cuckoos Nest…what more could you want?

You can pick Lunatic up for £9.99 digitally through the Marvel Comics app or in graphic novel form for £13.50 from Amazon

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Morning BS: 5 Reasons Why You Wouldn’t Want To Be Legolas

When saving Middle Earth is just another day why wouldn’t you want to be the dashing Elf-prince of Mirkwood?

5. “Shall I Describe It To You? Or Would You Like Me To Find A Box?”


Legolas is 2931 years old during the War Of The Ring, when he learns to respect dwarves. This means he spends almost 3000 years as a racist Elf. So, unless you want to be Middle-Earth’s answer to Nigel Farage it may be worth rethinking your choice.

 

4. Three Thousand Years And Not Even Started


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Legolas is prince of Mirkwood from birth, meaning he’s been waiting to be king for about 30 centuries. Think waiting for more Game Of a Thrones is tough? Just imagine how hard waiting for the actual throne would be.

3. Lure Of The Sea…


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In the Third Age of Middle Earth, when both the Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings take place, most elves are traveling to the undying lands. So even if you decide to stay until the Elvenking Thranduil leaves his throne you’re going to be king of no one.

2. The Pressure Of Perfection


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When watching the battle for Helms Deep I get a sense of disappointment from Aragon when Legolas fails to kill Saruman’s suicide bomber. Simply put, Legolas has set the bar too high for himself. Imagine having to make every shot perfect just to keep up your reputation…

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...And if you miss your shot a certain dwarf is going to pop up and prove how he could do it better. If that doesn’t break you nothing will.

So that’s the price to pay for being Legolas Greenleaf…Would you still take the job?

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The BearSleuth Week Geek Out – LaMarr And Snyder And Bears…Oh My!

This week I am determined to get this feature up at a reasonable time! Last week was just a trial run but this is absolute prime time professionalism in article form. Unfortunately, to my knowledge their is very little to talk about in the world of television so I’m going to jump across and examine what’s going on over at YouTube. Apart from that all I have to say is that it’s been a damn good week and I hope all you back-to-schoolers are settling in well.

The Week In Comics


 

This week is looking pretty strong in the world of comics, the shelves are pretty densely packed and their is certainly a lot of talent to be found. An underground hit of the week has to be Scarlet Witch #10 which is pretty much a perfect self contained story for the character looking at her role in the magical community. Over with the Team Aqua that is DC we have some awesome titles including All-Star Batman #2 and Suicide Squad #2 showcasing talent from two of the greatest creators in the comic book industry, Snyder and Lee.

Marvel’s Team Magma are looking sound all round with some brilliant tie-in titles but my pick of the week has to go to Amazing Spider-Man Civil War II #4, which has to be one of the most complex titles I have ever written. The finale of the Amazing Spider-Man tie-in is probably going to place the series as the strongest of the Civil War II tie-ins to date as it fully succeeds in an examination of the main themes of the event. If you are only going to pick up one tie-in make it this one…then maybe squeeze your budget for the X-Men tie-in as well!

The Week In Film


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Well this week I actually went to see a film which I can talk about, Don’t Breathe. This film was pretty much schlock of the highest order with a particular scene added in just for shock value and so the film can be ‘the film that went there’. I actually think this is a horror targeted at a more female audience as the shock scene is harder to relate to from a male perspective, which probably goes a long way to spoiling it. The male characters are embarrassingly weak but the female lead, played by Jane Levy, seems to have a good amount of depth to her. The villain is essentially, old and evil Daredevil and I find that the film makes a lot more sense in that light.

Like I said up top, there’s not really much in the way of TV news from me at the moment, just finished Stranger Things which gave me a new appreciation for child actors and small-town sci-fi. Heading over to YouTube, Fatman On Batman just interviewed Phil LaMarr and you have to see it if you are in anyway a geek. My YouTube tastes are fairly vanilla but I recommend Yahtzee19,  KaptainKristian and Vuepoint’s Jack’s World if you are looking for something new.

The Week In Gaming


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Pre are in the ten week countdown for Pokemon!!! Like any good fan I’m attempting a run through of HeartGold, Pearl, Black, White 2, X and finally Omega Ruby before grabbing a copy of Sun. I’m going to be grabbing a bunch of grass starters in the way, the unloved Ringos of Pokemon starters, and basically getting myself back in that ten-year-old mind-set. Apart from that I’m continuing a play through of Dark Souls with Ollie from LoneWolfGaming and playing Until Dawn with Will, the BearSleuth camera man.

In Other News…


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The world is teetering on the brink of disaster from a take over of regional pronunciation starting with a plague of government sponsored academies and there will be more news coming on the new BearSleuth writer later this week. That’s about it for this week folks but be sure to come back next week for more sleuthing!

…That was this week’s BearSleuth Week Geek Out!!! Check back on Friday for a brand new article!!!

BearSleuth Week Geek Out

Like I said in my last post, it’s becoming a lot hard to find time for my normal Sleuthing, which is why this new feature is coming to you a little late. I wanted to make sure I gave it my full attention and due to a quick trip to A&E that became borderline impossible, I managed to tear some muscles in a fight with a bird table (don’t ask). Anyway, I have a lot to talk about so I think it’s time to stop faffing about and get stuck in!

The Week In Comics


It’s been a really good week in the world of comics. While the shelves were a little sparse, DC knocked out a few brilliant books with the new Tom King Batman Issue Six probably taking the top spot from the blue corner. Over in the red of Marvel is my top pick for the week, Jeff Lemire’s Moon Knight. This book is complex, intelligent and really shows what the modern industry techniques developed in the independent market can add to the mainstream. I also read Asterios Polyp this week and I can whole heartedly say that it is the only graphic novel to have changed my life. If you are able to get your hands on a copy you 100% should.

The Week In Film (And TV)


The run up to Doctor Strange is gripping a lot of comic book fans now with the inevitable ‘I want to get into Doctor Strange…’ posts slowly creeping onto reddit. For anyone looking for a Doctor Strange recommendation, it’s pretty hard as most of his stuff comes from the silver and bronze age of comics which can feel very dated. Check out ‘The Oath’ and maybe Jason Aaron’s new Doctor Strange series as they present the more modern take on the character.

In other news, Rogue One is struggling, to no one’s surprise (this is what happens when you put a Godzilla director on a Star Wars flick). Also a Dark Tower trailer will be airing next month so keep your peepers peeled. Turning to TV quickly, apparently the Luke Cage series looks good and the new Ghost Rider looks okay enough to get people to notice Agents Of Shield still exists.  Personally, I’ve been getting into Stranger Things and I’m going to surprise no one by saying it’s a great show, likely to become the next massive hit.

The Week In Gaming


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This week saw the world of console gaming reveal its massive throbbing erections for the PC master race as consoles take that one bold step into becoming computers. I don’t really care for 4k optimisation so I can’t say this affects me but if you are one of those graphics snobs then this…probably doesn’t matter to you because you already have a gangster rig (or whatever the cool kids are calling it). Deus Ex is gracing the shelves again, which is cool as we don’t have enough ultra-gritty cyberpunk dystopia running around. This week I’m replaying Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne because I’m a masochist when it comes to gaming.

And Finally…


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In other news, the world is teetering on the edge of destruction from the imminent threat of a mass custard pie orgy at the top of Trump tower and I am proud to announce that we are adding another writer to the BearSleuth roster. While I’m not ready to say much yet SHE is a perfect fit for the team and I’m sure HER articles are going to be a great hit!

Subtlety was always one of my strong points.

…That’s this week’s BearSleuth Week Geek Out!!! Check back on Friday for something new!!!

VuePoint: Open-World

So No Man’s Sky was released a few weeks ago to some pretty mixed reviews. The general consensus seems to be that yes, 18 quintillion planets is an impressive achievement, and technically the game is pretty ground-breaking. Nobody is arguing that. But what good is a huge open universe to explore, when there’s very little to see or do in it? Keep reading, because in this article, I’ll be talking about how important size actually is…the innuendos have started already.

None of the reviews I’ve seen have said that No Man’s Sky is an outright bad game. Unfortunately I’ve not had time to check it out myself yet so I can only go off what I’ve seen and heard. A huge galaxy to explore is inviting, and is the game’s main USP, but repetitive gameplay and a general lack of things to do seems to be holding it back. When you don’t fill an open world with things to do and see that are actually worth your time, the large scope actually becomes detrimental to the game, rather than enhancing the experience. In the case of No Man’s Sky, where the huge scope is the focal selling point in the game, if this happens, that is definitely a bad thing.

Take a game like The Witcher 3. One of the largest open world games I’ve played in a long time. CD Projekt Red made a pretty smart move in dividing up the vast landscape into a collection of smaller (but still pretty huge) sandboxes. This allowed them to have a variety of locations to keep your interest, without having to worry about the technical difficulties in making the varied landscapes flow into each other naturally.

Furthermore, it allowed them to fill each sandbox with contextual, area specific side quests, races, contracts, and other activities, again, without having to worry about the areas in between. Had the whole map been one huge area, the sights would have had to be spread out, making each area less interesting in order to avoid any area from being completely empty.

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Talking about open world games that are impressive in size, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself for not mentioning the Just Cause series. I’m going to throw it back to Just Cause 2 here. Yes JC3 was more recent and bigger in scope, but when playing it is a chore thanks to the downright abysmal frame rate issues, crashes and bugs, I can’t talk too much about it without starting to take huge breaks between each word. That’s right, talking about Just Cause 3 causes my real life frame rate to drop.

I know that makes no sense. And this isn’t a Just Cause 3 review. Let’s move on.

HUGE OPEN WORLD! Just Cause 2 is absolutely insane. I remember my younger self running around, blowing things up for a good six or seven hours, liberating towns, toppling statues and completing activities. Then I opened the map and zoomed out to find that I’d explored maybe three percent of the map? Just like all those ill-advised fuel tanks stored conveniently beside heavy weaponry, my mind was blown.

Admittedly now that I’m older (and possibly snobbier), I can’t amuse myself for as long as I used to in the shoes of Rico Rodriguez. Blowing things up does get repetitive pretty fast, which makes JC2 a strange example of what I’m talking about. It’s a great game, it’s fun, it’s chaotic, but it gets dull after a while. It makes me wonder if it’s possible for a game to be TOO big.

Now, this might only apply to me because I have borderline OCD when it comes to completing a game. I love seeing progress counters tick closer and closer towards 100%, which makes Just Cause 2 my worst nightmare. There are an absolutely insane number of things to do, but many of them are copied and pasted. Blow up a few things, grab the collectibles, kill the General, move on. Its gets stale, and seeing that you’ve liberated sixteen of some two hundred and something colonies is more disheartening than it is satisfying.

Of course I might be wrong, and on some days even I would disagree with that. Some days I like to mute the volume on my TV, head onto YouTube and watch some videos, as I completely ignore any story and smash my way through a few cities. For those moods, games like Just Cause are perfect. And if you (like me) actually enjoy some brainless, repetitive gameplay to keep your hands busy whilst you watch a movie or some YouTube videos, I’d highly recommend it, along with Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mad Max.

Ohhh Mad Max. What controversy you’ve sparked. The film was outstanding, there’s no denying that, and personally I quite enjoy the game. Yes, its repetitive, but there’s a huge open world just waiting to be taken back from Scrotus and his legion of psychopaths. Yes the villain is called Scrotus. Let’s just move past it.

Strangely enough, Mad Max is a game that I ONLY play when I’m in my “sound off, videos on” mood. The story is really not interesting, so I spend all my time destroying the war totems, taking back camps, looting the scavenging locations, and generally blazing my own path through the wasteland. The combat is crunchy, and there are a vast number of challenges to complete. Unlike Just Cause, each challenge or activity you complete either directly rewards you with an upgrade token to improve your base stats, or lowers the control that Scrotus’ generals have over the area you’re in, which is much more satisfying.

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Getting back to the subject at hand – No Man’s Sky. Y’all need to sort it out. From what I’ve seen, I’d be amused for a little while, then it would be demoted to “Sound off, video on” status, before eventually joining the shelf of forgotten, uncompleted games that are gathering dust. God I hate that shelf. I can’t sell them or trade them in, I haven’t finished them yet! So there they wait. Ever played the Bionic Commando remake? He’s on there. But that’s a story for another time.

That’s it for this week gamers! Let me know what you think of open world games in the comments! And what games are gathering dust on your shelf? Keep on playing and I will see you next week!

BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle Week Fifty

For the first time in recent memory the shelves in my local comic book store looked a little bare. With the exception of a handful of tie-ins, there is now Civil War II has ground to a halt, leaves us to wait another week for a main book. On top of that this week there are no DC Rebirth titles, well to be honest there’s a Suicide Squad mini-series but nothing of any substance. So this week we are looking at the fringes and a few highlights I’ve been wanting to cover for awhile which, for one reason or another, haven’t really shown up on my list. Trust your humble Sleuth, I’ll see you right!

All images are screenshots taken from the Marvel and DC Comics apps [Accessed:02/09/2016]

Civil War II: Choosing Sides Issue Five By A Whole Phalanx Of Artists


 

I love Justin Trudeau! I might not know that much about Canadian politics, and the little I do know has come from a close friend and John Oliver, but it is great to see the Canadian Prime Minister turning up in the pages of a Marvel comic. I can’t say there is much more in this book to write home about but Trudeau’s presence is pretty cool. His section is written by Chip Zdarsky who delivers his usual mixture of tongue-in cheek humour and heart. The book is fairly mediocre from there on out making it hard to recommend but as a piece of political-comic book history it’s a highlight of the year.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Issue Eleven By Brian Michael Bendis And Valerio Schiti


 

The Guardians have just come off a monster arc, a planetary-wide cataclysmic arc that is 100% worth your time and attention. This issue is more of the calm before the storm. A brief reprieve setting up the major players in the next epic arc. There’s a lot of interesting character interactions as well as plenty of nods and winks towards the fans. It’s an issue that build heart and character. There really isn’t much to say past that, Schiti’s art is fairly tight and the set up for the big Civil War II tie-in is nice but if you want a big action set piece this is not the one for you. If you like the Guardians grab this book.

Han Solo Issue Three By Marjorie Liu And Mark Brooks


 

When you think of Han Solo you think of the rogue with the heart of gold and this story is entirely based around this concept. Marjorie Liu has created the perfect boys own adventure storyline in space and it is no small wonder that I am completely wrapped up in it. Han gets the cool lines and the brilliant stunts while the pulse racing action hammers on in a plot that will satisfy any Star Wars fan. The art by Mark Brooks is nice and has a lot of subtle detail for an eagle eyes reader. This is a big winner all round for me and is fully worthy of your time.

Ms. Marvel Issue Ten By G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa And Alphona


 

Most of the time the high school drama of super heroics wears thin with me. I don’t like the whinny emo stuff as I’ve been there and I know how much it makes you want to gouge out your own eyes years later. However, in Ms. Marvel G. Willow Wilson has worked hard to make the high school drama mean something, for it to deeply effect the heroine and her heroics. This book is a big Civil War II tie-in and I feel that it will be known as one of the hidden gems of the event for years to come. I like this book and if you are willing to try something different this is a great choice.

Rocket Raccoon And Groot Issue Eight By Nick Kocher And Michael Walsh


 

Well Skottie Young has left the building…whether he will come back or simply leave us hanging while he pens ‘I hate Fairyland’ is unknown as of writing this but I dare say he will emerge with another great idea soon. What isn’t unknown is that Nick Kocher was the only man who could have stepped into Young’s clownish shoes. His take on the title partnership is fantastic, funny and fierce. The story is a loose Civil War II tie-in with more of the group hijinks bubbling up to the surface. If you like the Guardians and you fancy a laugh this is the place to be.

Spider-Man Issue Seven By Brian Michael Bendis And Nico Leon


 

Can something finally happen in these issues? I love Bendis’ slow approach to character development with a lot of brilliantly handled teenage drama but I’m really getting sick of Spider-Man struggling to be Spider-Man. I feel like this story is just ticking over until Bendis can move off his other nineteen projects and give it full focus. I know that next issue or the one after my thoughts will be completely different again but for now I’m a little bored of Spider-Man. If you are a fan of Bendis or Miles or Spider-Man then stay tuned but this might be one you can miss.

BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Tokyo Ghost Issue Ten By Rick Remender And Sean Murphy


 

Tokyo Ghost is over. Perhaps one of the greatest comics of the last year and it is finished, with chances if a sequel looking middling at best. So how did it all pan out? Perfectly. I know I’m speaking with a bit of fan boy biased here but, I cannot find a flaw in this finale. It’s a brilliant end to a brilliant book and I want every one of you reading this to go pick up the first trade paperback. This is the quiet riot we need in this digitally swamped age and it’s truly beautiful. If that doesn’t sell you on it I’m not sure what will.

Uncanny Avengers Issue Thirteen By Gerry Duggan And Ryan Stegman


 

Another issue of set up as we ease into a Civil War II tie-in. I don’t have much to say about this issue as it simply runs through a few team members and show us their roles in the coming war. It’s fun and if you wanted a little more depth after the main Civil War II books then I can highly recommend it but past that this is in one ear and out the other. This is the worst sort of book to review as its so on the fence, there is nothing offensively bad or angelically good to talk about so I will leave the recommendation to you. Sleuth. Out.

…That was this week’s BearSleuth Spoiler Free a Comic Book Bundle!!! Check back later today for a new OpinionatedDavid article!!!

VuePoint: We Happy Few

Ever heard of Compulsion Games? I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t. I actually had to Google them to do a little research before this article, and found they made a weird little indie game back in 2013 called Contrast, as well as signing with a record label for the soundtrack to it. Now they’re back, and they’re all over the place with their brand new title – We Happy Few.

You may have seen bits and pieces of this at SDCC last week, but I’m going to try to do my best to piece together a coherent understanding of it. Note this is not a review, as I’ve yet to play it (RIP Sony players). So what is We Happy Few?

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Aside from a fairly accurate representation of what Trump’s America will look like, We Happy Few is a blend of survival horror, puzzle-solving adventure, first person action and a splash of RPG thrown in. Topical political jokes aside, WHF looks damn creepy. Set in an alternate 1960s Britain where the Nazis conquered England and went on to win the Second World War, a drug called “Joy” is now distributed to keep the residents of this dystopian village in a state of permanent utopia.

One man decides to stop taking the drug, and finally begins to see the world for what it really is. For example, a bunch of happy smiley people beating a piñata and enjoying the sweet goods is revealed to be a rat hanging from the ceiling, and the “sweets” that the players are enjoying are the rats innards.

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It’s without a doubt one of the most emotionally confusing games around at the moment. The disturbing imagery blended with a bright, vibrant art style reminiscent of Bioshock Infinite means that you don’t want to see what’s happening, yet you can’t look away.

WHF does seem to be inspired by the likes of Bioshock and Dishonoured, albeit with less emphasis on action. There’s definitely action in there, but most of the challenge comes with scavenging parts and items for crafting, as well as avoiding the drug-induced masses who would love to bash your skull in, all whilst wearing happy smiles, with wide eyes and white masks. It’s the stuff of nightmares.

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As I briefly mentioned earlier, WHF isn’t yet available on PS4, so I can’t throw out a full, in-depth review, but XBOX and PC players can jump into this creepy yet beautiful world pretty soon! So lucky you! Or unlucky, depending on how easily you get scared…

…That was this week’s VuePoint article!!! Check back tomorrow for a brand new BearSleuth Opinion Piece!!!

BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle Week Forty Four

It’s weeks like these that I live for as a comic book fan. I walked into my local comic book store today to be faced with a barrage of amazing titles backed up by the tightest of creative teams. DC are leading with their best foot forward this week with a triple hit of Batman, Justice League and Superman that will leave any reader breathless. To top that we’ve got a new Deadpool series and the beginning of a new Star Wars arc that will knock you off your feet. And while you’re on the ground there’s a left hook from Snotgirl and I Hate Fairyland to knock your socks off once and for all. Needless to say, I have survived this assault, wrestled my socks back on, and I’m ready to give you the official BearSleuth play by play.

 

All images are screenshots taken from the Marvel and DC Comics App [Accessed: 22/07/2016]

 

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey Rebirth One-Shot By Julie Benson, Shawna Benson And Claire Rose


 

We’re starting with the weakest of the bunch this week but please don’t take that as a put down for Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey. This year has seen a Ghostbuster’s reboot that handled female characters with a greater care that the rest of the film industry and I feel there is a parallel to be drawn between that film and this book. The mainstream of the comic book industry has had a love-hate relationship with female characters and this book goes a long way to break away from the classic problems. Ever since Gail Simone’s work on Batgirl, and arguably before, the character has stood as a feminist icon in the industry and this book continues that tradition while also working not to sound preachy in its approach. The Benson’s merit the highest praise for making another great female-lead piece and, with Claire Rose’s artwork, this book deserves your attention and support.

 

Batman Issue Three By Tom King And David Finch


 

Sometimes I claim that a certain book would be the pick of the week if only it had fallen in another week because there is another book that has just blown it out the water, but even that doesn’t justify my situation this week. This week might contain two of my favourite comic books of the year and it is only because the other one might start a whole new trend in the industry that Batman Issue Three is not my pick of the week. This book does everything perfectly, the writing is so perfect that I cannot find a sing word that seems out of place or unnecessary, there is an elegance to King’s writing which I can only describe as otherworldly. The structure of the piece stands alone as a piece of art examining the soul of Batman whilst also falling neatly into the ongoing narrative of the book. I have a feeling this is a piece we will be studying for years as a paragon of writing and design in the medium. The artwork is solid here as well as it is simple, allowing the writing to hold the reader’s attention. This is a book and a series you need to follow. A modern classic.

 

Deadpool & The Mercs For Money Issue One By Cullen Bunn And Iban Coello


 

A Deadpool book that doesn’t just rely on one liners and instead turns change with heart and integrity while still perpetuating a sense of levity. Madness. Deadpool & The Mercs For Money continues Cullen Bunn’s trend for playing the character of Wade Wilson as a tragic anti-hero, a trend that has evolved over the years with the character. We see in this issue how Deadpool deals with his reputation in the wider hero community whilst also witnessing the further establishment of the Mercs For Money as individuals. There is also a reintroduction of a fan favourite character that I’m sure will be a pleasant treat for both comic readers and movie goers. This is a solid book and if you are a Deadpool fan then you need to pick it up.

 

I Hate Fairyland Issue Seven By Skottie Young


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I’ll be honest, I always had a good feeling about this series but I never quite expected it to be so strong and to grow such a wide fanbase. I Hate Fairyland is one of the first Image comics (after Walking Dead and Sex Criminals) that I have found non-comic book readers talking about. This is something I love to see and I really think it’s a great sign for the industry as it shows that not only the super hero books are finding their place in the mainstream. This book deserves major attention as well as it is unlike anything else on the shelves and a thoroughly original concept, with only gentle nods of the head to works such as Discworld. Skottie Young knows how to rock out in the art department and he makes sure to splash as much colour and life into every panel as possible. This is another series you should check out, even if you hate comic books this could be the one to turn your head.

 

Justice League Issue One By Bryan Hitch And Tony S. Daniel


 

The big buzzword everyone liked to use when talking about Geoff John’s Justice League series was ‘epic’ but I have a feeling that we are going to have to start toping that with a phase such as ‘divine opera’ when talking about Hitch’s run. The second panel in this book is a double page spread that just tells you everything you need to know about Hitch’s vision for the Justice League and how they should appear going forward. Hitch gets the idea of micro-macro writing that has always been at the heart of the series as we open on one of the most terrifying world catastrophes imaginable while we also see various personal dramas begin to show between the team mates. It’s this level of writing talent, coupled with pencil work by industry mainstay Tony S. Daniel that leaves us with a worthy successor to the work of Johns, Lee and Fabok. This is the start of something big, get in on the ground floor.

 

BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Snotgirl Issue One By Bryan Lee O’Malley And Leslie Hung


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If you had asked me twenty four hours ago what my favourite book of the year is I would not have been able to give you an answer and I would probably have defaulted to Tom King’s Batman or Vision series. Now I can definitively say I know the answer. Snotgirl is the newest creation from Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim, and I think it might be his magnum opus. The concept is an original dramatic satire on modern life with the sort of out of the box approach that both O’Malley and Image have become famous for. There is a perfect sense of character from start to finish and the personality of even bit players seems to shine through. It’s interesting to see O’Malley moving to the writer’s seat while letting Leslie Hung take over on the artwork front but I think it’s fair to say that O’Malley, while having a style that complements his own writing, has never been the strongest in the art department. Hung works perfectly with O’Malley’s script creating a piece that doesn’t deserve to be in your collection but instead simply needs to be there.

 

Star Wars Issue Twenty One By Jason Aaron And Jorge Molina


 

The Darth Vader comic series is about to finish and I think it’s fair to say it has had a great run, that means it’s time for Marvel to attempt to catch lightning in a bottle for a second time with another Star Wars villain. If you missed the subtle hint on the cover of this issue, this issue appears to be a disguised-pilot for a Stormtrooper mini-series. As you would expect, this immediately triggered my critical defences like a fresh piece of meat being thrown into the lions pit but I have to say I like what we’ve been presented with here. The Stormtrooper squad look interesting and are each compelling enough character’s that they can pull off the anti-hero approach easily. Aaron has put in the work here and I have to say that it pays off in story that will delight Star Wars fans.

 

Superman Issue Three By Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason And Jorge Jimenez


 

I left this one to last. Honestly, I tried everything to escape reviewing this book, after loving the first two issues I really wanted to love this one two but I had been put off by the ending of the second issue and I didn’t want this issue to shatter my hope for a strong Superman series. I am happy to say that nothing of the sort happened when I read Superman Issue Three. This is a great piece and with the fantastic writing talent of Tomasi and Gleason behind it the book continues to deliver a plot that manages to drill to the core of what superman should represent. The art by Jimenez is sublime and there really is little else I can say about it. If you want a good Superman story you finally have one!

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