Hadrian's Wall is now half over with the latest release of the series. That means the investigation into the death of Hardian's Wall crew member Edward Madigan is nearing its conclusion, though the circumstances as to how it occurred are getting more and more complicated.
He stares at you with a wide, ghoulish smile, bold red spectacles, and long, white hair so bright it matches the lightning strikes surrounding him. Aleister Arcane is brought to life with a larger-than-life title character leering over top of a spooky looking house and a horde of morbid monsters staring dead ahead. The light beaming from the many windows of the haunted house matches the same piercing glow of each tentacled or horned creature coming for you.
Battle has started. A spherical spaceship blasts green rays down on the city it hovers above. An insurmountable invasion reaches the ground. Large plumes of thick smoke blanket the city, while the fires cast a red glow onto the invading aliens. These mechanical beings march forward, each with an optical device covering a single eye matching the color radiating from the flames. All of their bodies are some kind of black, slender cybernetics, without any signs of humanity until you meet their gaze - a humanoid head, pale with a blank stare from an uncovered eye matching the robotic expression. This city, the entire world, is dying with a level of chaos brought by this determined, unfeeling race.
In a place where all of your dreams can be fulfilled, would you stay if your soulmate wasn’t there? The Misplaced Chapter 1 presents this premise with visually stunning pages that create a wonderful blend of illustrations one might expect to see in comic books, paintings, and video cinematography. Some of the images look as if they belong on a movie screen when the production company is introduced with unique images to help distinguish its brand. When you think of The Misplaced, you should think of its creator, Chris Callahan.
Enter the continent of Thedas, a medieval realm where social and political strife run deeper than a mighty tree’s roots. Humans, elves, dwarves, and a mysterious race called the qunari coexist with a lot of troubled history between them. Magic is a gateway for demons to enter the living, which means its wielders must be heavily policed. Above all, there are deadly primal forces underground and in the hidden corners of the land, many of them taking the forms of mighty dragons. Welcome to the world of BioWare’s dark fantasy hit series, Dragon Age.
Like its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra is a miraculous mix of Eastern and Western influences, comedy, drama, and action. Now, Nickelodeon has packaged all four seasons – or books – in one handsome package as The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series. Does the series hold up after its 2014 conclusion?
“We almost pulled it off, despite what everybody thought.”
-- Floyd Lawton, Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad is so achingly close to working as a movie that I quite enjoyed it when I saw in theaters back in August. But watching it again as part of the Suicide Squad Extended Cut Blu-ray release, available today from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, it is easier to see the seams in the storytelling and the conceptual errors that drag it down into a film that almost pulls it off.