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Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn #1

Horizon: Zero Dawn #1
Titan Comics

When Horizon: Zero Dawn came out on the Playstation 4 back in 2017, I remember feeling a sense of wonder and relief. It was a post-apocalyptic game of sorts, but it wasn’t the dreary and bleak world we’d grown accustomed to as gamers post-Last of Us. Instead, Guerilla Games gave us a lush and living environment with impressive vistas and mechanical beasts that played with both prehistoric and high-tech notions of life. It made for an unforgettable gaming and storytelling experience.

Now, Titan Comics has brought the Horizon universe to the comics world and I’m happy to say the transition is not only successful but also comes off as an obvious next step for the franchise.

Written by Anne Toole, who worked on the game’s script and counts among her writing credits the Assassin’s Creed: Origins “Cursed of the Pharaohs” DLC, and illustrated by Ann Maulina (who has worked as a video game and environment artist), the new Horizon comic centers on Talanah Khane Padish and her hunt for a single machine as per a contract she accepted. Talanah gets injured, but she fights through the pain to continue in her quest even as she meets new characters that might hint at a coming conflict between tribes.

While previous knowledge of the game’s story isn’t a requirement, having at least one playthrough completed will enrich the reading experience considerably. In the game, Talanah is a potential ally for Aloy (Horizon’s main character) and is crucial to the Hunter’s Lodge missions in the story. She becomes Aloy’s sponsor in the Lodge and even helps out during the final battle of the main story.

Having that background helps readers jump straight into the comic. A familiar face is easy to get excited about and foregoes a lot of the trappings of heavy exposition commonly found in first issues. Toole does a phenomenal job in this front, keeping as much as possible up to the reader to figure out. Nothing is spelled out, but all the narrative elements are there for readers to piece together what the story’s world is about. Thankfully, new readers can also follow Talanah’s story with minimal understanding of the universe. This is where Maulina’s art comes in.

Horizon’s world is nothing short of breathtaking. The contrast between mechanical dinosaurs and human characters designed like they come from a high tech Stone Age is very unique to the PS4 game and Maulina has captured it faithfully in the comic book page. That same sense of wonder and danger that one gets while playing the game transfers over to the comic, with vibrant colors and deadly machines inhabiting a blossoming natural word. Having played the game, I felt as if the story’s energy mimicked that of the game’s. The thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline rush that comes with hunting robo-dinos is as present here as it is in the game.

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Toole’s scripting, on the other hand, also finds ways to incorporate video game winks into the overall design of the story with panels showing characters doing things player can do in-game. Whether it’s Talanah throwing a rock to distract the machines or walking on a tight-rope to cross a river, these instances bring players back to the game if only briefly to link up both experiences.

Whether the Horizon comic will continue to expand upon the game’s universe or simply follow within the lines of an extended side quest remains to be seen. Aloy is a part of the story, but it feels as if Talanah’s the lead. Fortunately, Talanah is well-crafted and can help fans bridge both comic and gaming experiences into a cohesive whole. In all honesty, any excuse to venture back into the world of Horizon is good enough for me–and with Horizon 2 already confirmed for the Playstation 5–this comic does a wonderful job of giving fans enough reasons to continue the journey.

Story: Anne Toole Art: Ann Maulina
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Replay Horizon and make sure to finish the Frozen Wilds DLC

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Crystal Dynamic’s Marvel’s Avengers Gets New Trailers

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming video game Marvel’s Avengers. The game is by Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Crystal Dynamics.

In it, we get a better sense of the storyline which puts Kamala Khan at the center of reassembling the Avengers after an event they’re blamed for. In the new video, we get a sense of some gameplay and cinematics which… are a mixed bag. There’s also hints as to what sort of currency system will be in the game leading to some speculation that you may be spending out of pocket to get everything. The game will allow you to team up with three players to take on AIM.

Marvel’s Avengers come to shelves September 4, 2020.

Transformers: Battlegrounds Comes to Consoles in October

While everyone was paying attention to the Playstation 5 news, the Playstation 4 teaser trailer for Transformers: Battlegrounds dropped today. The game is also coming to the Nintendo Switch, Steam, and XBox One.

As evil Megatron closes in on the Allspark, Bumblebee and the Autobots need a new commander to help save Earth – you! Assemble your squad and roll out for a battle that will rage from Central City to Cybertron… and even to the local multiplayer arcade!

SDCC 2020: Spider-Man Goes Negative in this Diamond Select Toys Exclusive

Comic-Con International in San Diego may have gone digital for 2020, but the exclusives are real! Diamond Select Toys is revealing their SDCC 2020 exclusives over the next few weeks, and they’re all pretty amazing! The company has debuted Negative Suit Spider-Man! Order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

MARVEL VIDEO GAME GALLERY SDCC 2020 PS4 SPIDER-MAN NEGATIVE SUIT PVC DIORAMA

It’s time to go negative! The Negative Suit from Marvel’s Spider-Man game on the PS4 may look like the Negative Zone suit Spidey wore in the comics, but it’s actually designed to take on Mister Negative! Perching on top of a Spider-Man logo, this limited variant diorama measures approximately 10 inches tall and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios. Limited to 3,000 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys release!

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Justice League #44

It’s new comic book day… or it would normally be. There’s still lots of comics out digitally today, and some new ones yesterday too. We’ve got reviews and more lined up! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Marvel’s Iron Man VR has a new release date and it’s coming out July 3 – So excited for this!

CBLDF – Reading Resources and NEW Discussion Guide: Superman Smashes the Klan – An interesting guide for the amazing graphic novel.

Reviews

Newsarama – Justice League #44
The Geekiary – Superman Smashes the Klan
Newsarama – Youth #1

Classic RPGs ‘Baldur’s Gate I & II,’ ‘Planescape: Torment’ & ‘Icewind Dale’ Out Now on Consoles

Skybound Games and Beamdog have announced that enhanced editions of several classic Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing videogames – including Baldur’s Gate, the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, Baldur’s Gate IIPlanescape: Torment, and Icewind Dale – are now available on modern consoles for the very first time. Available globally, these boxed versions can be purchased at major retailers for $49.99 each on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch:

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Pack: Celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary, the original Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and its sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, return with all DLC and restored quest content, as well as the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, featuring new original content developed by Beamdog to bridge the two games.

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition / Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition: Two must-play games and all their DLC in one package – the chilling Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, plus its expansions, and the enhanced edition of 1999’s RPG of the Year, Planescape: Torment.

These titles are also now available for digital download on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Xbox One Store, and Nintendo eShop.

Tailored for a natural gameplay experience on consoles, these enhanced editions give longtime fans and newcomers alike the opportunity to play these critically acclaimed adventures from a golden age of RPGs in a whole new way. Beamdog has upgraded each title with support for high-resolution widescreen displays, controls optimized for console controllers, new content, new characters and classes, expanded character creation options, redesigns of the UI and UX, bug fixes, balance changes and more.

Skybound Games and Beamdog will also release fellow all-time classic RPG Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on consoles on Dec. 3, 2019. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is available to pre-order now at major retailers and the Skybound Shop.

Explore The World of Concrete Genie in a New Art Book this December

Dark Horse Books and Pixelopus present The Art of Concrete Genie: an art book full of heartwarming, magnificent illustrations fans of Ash and his wildly varied ‘living paint’ creations within Concrete Genie will adore.

Walk among the mysterious streets of Denska and collect the real pages of artwork behind Pixelopus’ endearing video game Concrete Genie, available exclusively on PlayStation 4! The Art of Concrete Genie studies the power of self-expression, creativity, and the philosophy at the game’s core: the belief that anyone can be an artist.

In The Art of Concrete Genie you can explore the characters, monsters, and lore of Denska to uncover the secrets behind Pixelopus’ ‘living paint’ mechanics that allow the walls of Denska to come alive with player creations. Experience a special, behind the scenes look at the development of Concrete Genie from the small and passionate team that brought it to life in 160 pages of full color.

The Art of Concrete Genie goes on sale December 10, 2019, and retails for $29.99.

The Art of Concrete Genie

Marvel’s Avengers Coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia

E3 is right around the corner and one of the most anticipated games is Marvel’s Avengers by Square Enix. Its been revealed that not only is the game coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but also to Google Stadia.

The revelation came fromt he game’s Twitter account where an image of the poster on the side of a building shows the four platforms.

We can also assume it won’t by coming to the Nintendo Switch based on this.

The game is the first of a multi-game partnership between Marvel and Square Enix. We’ll learn more about it very soon.

Marvel’s Iron Man VR is Coming to Playstation VR Later This Year

Announced at the Playstation “State of Play,” later this year you’ll be able to experience what it’s like to be within Iron Man‘s armor with Marvel’s Iron Man VR. The game comes to Playstation VR exclusively from Marvel Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Camouflaj.

Featuring the brand new “Impulse Armor” designed by Adi Granov the game has you playing as Tony Stark confronting ghosts from his past. You’ll come in contact with allies and villains jetting around the globe on heroic missions. The game will include flying, shooting, and more taking advantage of the virtual reality platform.

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