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Batman and Fortnite Return with Foundation!

DC and Epic Games are teaming up again to combine the worlds of Fortnite and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Batman/Fortnite: Foundation #1 arrives at participating comic shops on Tuesday, October 26.

This 48-page one-shot also releases day and date in nine international territories: Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, and Spain. Each physical copy of the comic includes a bonus code to download a special Batman Who Laughs player Outfit and exclusive Batman Who Laughs-themed Fortnite Loading Screen. The Batman Who Laughs Outfit will also be available for purchase in the in-game Fortnite Item Shop on the book’s release date. 

Batman/Fortnite: Foundation #1 follows the successful and critically acclaimed Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point series where, upon arriving on the Fortnite Island, an amnesiac Batman battles unknown enemies and must use all his detective skills to solve the mystery of the Zero Point to find his way home.

Batman/Fortnite: Foundation #1 is co-written by Epic Games Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard, Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point writer Christos Gage and acclaimed Batman and Dark Nights Metal/Dark Nights Death Metal writer Scott Snyder. Art is provided by Joshua Hixson (pencils and inks), Roman Stevens (colors) and AndWorld Design (letters). Snyder’s longtime collaborator, artist Greg Capullo, teams up with Jonathan Glapion, and Matt Hollingsworth for the main cover, with variant covers provided by Alex Garner, plus a premium variant cover by Epic Games CCO Donald Mustard (check local stores for availability).

Returning to Gotham City after the events of Zero Point, Batman is faced with a new mystery and a new arrival. The Foundation, an enigmatic figure from Fortnite Island, emerges from the depths of Gotham Harbor, and the Dark Knight wants to investigate what he is doing in his city. 

In collaboration with DC and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, clothing designer Extra Butter NY and Epic Games is offering an awesome selection of DC x Fortnite t-shirts and hoodies featuring the sinister Batman Who Laughs. A must for any DC or Fortnite fan, these items are available worldwide.

Court Rules Against Apple in Fortnite Lawsuit. Will In-App Purchases Return to comiXology?

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In a decision that is sure to be appealed, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of Epic Games in its lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit was over Apple’s requirement that they get 30% of the revenue from purchases made within apps on their site. The fight began over Epic’s game Fortnite, a massive revenue generator.

In 2020, Apple removed Fortnite from the iOS store after Epic offered a discount on V-Bucks purchased outside of the App store. The move was in response to Apple collected 30% of profits made from purchases on Apple devices. Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple in August 2020 as well as an awareness campaign #FreeFortnite.

Here’s the key part of Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers’ decision:

The Court, having considered the evidence presented at the bench trial in this matter and consistent with its findings of fact and conclusions of law, HEREBY ORDERS as follows:

1. Apple Inc. and its officers, agents, servants, employees, and any person in active concert or participation with them (“Apple”), are hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from (i) including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and (ii) communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app.

The Judge felt that while it isn’t an issue of monopoly, Apple’s requirement is anticompetitive.

In 2022, Apple can no longer require purchaes in games or apps on Apple devices to go through Apples’ App Store. That opens up developers to have their own marketplaces. The injuction takes place December 9 unless a higher court intervenes. Epic also filed a similar lawsuit against Google in July 2021 which will be interesting to see how that plays out.

In recent days Apple had already loosen restrictions when it came to purchases due to a class-action lawsuit as well as an antitrust investigation in Japan.

Why is this relevant to comiXology and comic fans?

In 2014, comiXology announced they were changing their purchasing process where digital comics would have to be bought through the comiXology website. It was speculated that Apple’s cut of the purchases was the reason for the change.

Now, will we see a shift by comiXology back to easier purchasing on Apple devices after this latest decision? There’s some key signs to watch for that might be in the works but with the court decision still having a chance for appeal, don’t expect changes any time soon.

Get a First Look at Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #2

Batman has acquired many aliases in his crime fighting career, including “The Dark Knight,” and “Caped Crusader.” But he’s also celebrated as “The World’s Greatest Detective,” and those skills will be put to the test if he wants to break out of an ongoing 22-minute time loop as Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point continues with issue #2, on sale May 4.

Batman is trapped on a mysterious Island–unable to speak, his memory gone – fighting to survive against the deadliest warriors of countless worlds. But how will the World’s Greatest Detective escape this trap when time itself resets every twenty-two minutes? And if getting reintroduced to Harley Quinn over and over isn’t enough, will the presence of a familiar feline fatale–help or hinder his efforts to escape, especially when they don’t remember each other? In another life, they were enemies, friends, partners…but here on the Island, can they do anything but battle to the death?

Based on a story concept by series consultant and Epic Games Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard, this six-issue Limited Series is written by Christos Gage, featuring pencils by Reilly Brown, with inks by Nelson Faro DeCastro, and colors by John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #2 is by Mikel Janín, with a card stock variant cover by Kenneth Rocafort, plus a premium cover by Mustard (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue is priced at $4.99, with the card stock variant priced at 5.99. Each print issue includes a redeemable code for a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite inspired by the comic; issue #2 includes a code for Batman Zero Wing Glider. U.S. subscribers to the DC Universe Infinite digital service will receive the series and bonus codes for free as part of their subscription. Issue #1 arrives in stores and digitally on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 and will feature a bonus code to unlock the Harley Quinn Rebirth Outfit which can be used in the game.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #2

Batman and Fortnite Come Together for a Six-Issue Miniseries. Free on DC Universe Infinite

The worlds of comic books and video games collide on April 20, 2021, as DC and Epic Games have announced that the world of Fortnite and Batman are coming together in Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point. Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point is a six-issue miniseries that combines the Dark Knight and other DC Super Heroes with the global gaming phenomenon.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Subsequent issues will ship twice monthly beginning in May (May 4/May 18) and June (June 1/June 15), with a single issue concluding the series on July 6. Each issue sells for $4.99, with the card stock variant cover versions available for $5.99.

Each print issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point will include a redeemable code for bonus DC-themed Fortnite digital items, inspired by the events in the comic, starting with the new Rebirth Harley Quinn Outfit. US Subscribers to DC Universe Infinite will receive the series for free, including the bonus digital codes. Fans who redeem all six codes will also unlock a new Armored Batman Zero Outfit for their Fortnite character.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point will also launch in print day and date (including the item codes), published in the native languages of the following territories: Germany, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

Written by Christos Gage with concept and story consultation from Chief Creative Officer of Epic, Donald Mustard, this miniseries features art by Reilly Brown, Christian Duce,  Nelson DeCastro, and John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #1 main cover is provided by Mikel Janín and the variant cover by Kenneth Rocafort. Mustard will also provide premium variant covers for each issue of the series (check local comic shops for availability), and future variant covers will be provided by an impressive lineup of artistic talent, including Arthur Adams, Jim Lee, Amanda Conner, and others.

A crack splits the sky above Gotham City… a tear in reality itself. This rift pulls the Dark Knight into a bizarre and unfamiliar world, with no memory of who he is or where he came from…Batman has been drawn into Fortnite!

As he fights to recall his past and escape an endless loop of chaos and struggle, he’ll come face-to-face with the likes of Renegade Raider, Fishstick, Bandolier, and more. While the world’s greatest detective strives to make sense of this strange new world, he’ll uncover the shocking truth about the Island, what lies beyond the Loop, and how everything is connected to the mysterious Zero Point.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point uncovers secrets never before revealed in-game or anywhere else! Every fan of Batman, Fortnite, stunning art and edge-of-your-seat excitement won’t want to miss the Caped Crusader facing off against Fortnite champions on the Island, in a desperate attempt to save not only himself, but other familiar faces from the DCU…and perhaps the Multiverse itself!

Around the Tubes

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all up to? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that and wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some geeky news from around the web.

Kotaku – Fortnite Removed From Apple And Google Stores, Epic Taking Both Companies To Court – This court decision has the potential for a massive impact at Apple and beyond. Imagine what digital comic apps could do if they no longer had to use Apple’s pay system.

CBR – AMC Announces 15-Cent Tickets to Celebrate Reopening, 100-Year Anniversary – That’s a deal to also catch COVID!

Deadpool, Cable, Psylocke, and Domino… it’s X-Force in Fortnite

Get your X-Force on in Fortnite as Deadpool, Cable, Psylocke, and Domino have joined the popular video game.

Deadpool had previously entered the game but his X-Friends are brand new. You can get all three and their gear in the Item Shop.

If you haven’t completed Deadpool’s previous two Challenges, there’s still time!

To unlock Deadpool’s Outfit, make sure you have the Chapter 2 – Season 2 Battle Pass and complete his Week 7 Challenges: finding 2 of his Pistols and bringing them to him.

And for the Maskless style of Deadpool, make sure you complete his Week 8 Challenges: finding his pool floaty and taking part in his Yacht Party.

All of Deadpool’s Challenges will be available until the end of the Season.

Epic Games Reveals its MOBA Paragon with First Details and Trailer

Epic Games took to the stage at PlayStation Experience today to reveal the first details for its upcoming MOBA, Paragon, which will be coming to PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016.

Paragon is the MOBA from Epic Games that puts you in the fight with explosive action, direct third-person control, and deep strategic choice. Choose from an ever-expanding roster of unique Heroes, earn cards to customize their abilities, and lead your team to victory.

Epic revealed an announce trailer for the game today, as well. Captured entirely in Unreal Engine 4, the trailer shows off a few of the game’s Heroes in action, and delivers the intensity of Paragon’s gameplay.

Check out the trailer:

You can get an early look at the game in action with a gameplay video: 

Paragon is coming to PC and PlayStation 4, with paid Early Access in Spring 2016 and Open Beta in Summer 2016.

You can sign up for the beta now.

Check out some screen shots.

Epic Launches New Virtual Reality Documentary Series, Sense of Presence

Today Epic released the first video in their new virtual reality documentary series, Sense of Presence, featuring interviews with Epic Games CTO Kim Libreri, Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey, and other influential VR creators in the space.

The first episode, “Sense of Presence: What is Virtual Reality?“, introduces viewers to the concept of virtual reality and touches on what the new technology could provide the industry. The next episode in the series, “A Sense of Presence: Building Virtual Reality,” will take a deeper look into creating VR experiences.

Gears of War Heroclix


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Gears of War Heroclix 1I love my Heroclix and right on the heals of the announcement of a set based on Street Fighter comes word that Gears of War Heroclix will be making their way to the shelves.  The game and figures will be reGears of War Heroclix Displayleased in August and consist of 10 figures.  The first WizKids Gears of War HeroClix release includes ten different figures, five unique sculpts of characters from Gears of War 3 Delta Squad, and five unique sculpts of their enemies the Locust.  Like Street Fighter, the Gears of War figures will be fully compatible with other Heroclix figures.

The display features 24 figures and each “cube” retails for $2.99.  Preorders on the Gears of War HeroClix 24-count gravity-feed countertop display boxes (2 per case) are due on June 6th, 2011.

Below are previews of the figures.

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