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The Killing Joke explained

The Killing Joke
The Greatest Batman story ever told!

I’ve just read this article over at Blastr.com. The piece details a discussion between comic-book legend Grant Morrison and film-maker Kevin Smith.

As the conversation moves onto Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s’s The Killing Joke, long regarded as the greatest Batman story ever written, Morrison reveals that at the end of the book Batman kills the Joker, something that most readers, including an amazed Kevin Smith, missed.

Holy shit. I’ve read that book loads of times, my copy is signed by Brian Bolland and the original colourist, John Higgins, and I don’t recall ever knowing that the Joker meets his end in the book.

I’m not sure if this is a little fact that was aware of at the time, but have just forgotten. I think that I would have remembered something as important as this.

 

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Comic-book review: The Massive

Comic-book review: The Massive
Post-apocalyptic environmentalists

I’ve just read through the first twelve issues of The Massive from Dark Horse Comics. I picked them up on a whim, the post-apocalyptic adventure-at-sea premise pressing all the right button for me.

The book began as a three-part series in the pages of Dark Horse Presents, a book whose alumni inclused Frank Millar’s Sin City. Basically the world has gone to shit, with literally every type of environmental cataclysm occurring simultaneously; like the Earth just put its foot down and said enough is enough. Continue reading Comic-book review: The Massive

Vic B’Stard’s week in review Dishonored, Doom 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Prometheus 3D and Avatar 3D.

Vic B'Stard
Game on!

So I’ve finally finished Assassin’s Creed Revelations to the point that I can feel comfortable embarking on Assassin’s Creed III.  A review is copy coming my way, but I intend on savoring the experience this time, so expect a review…just not straight away.

Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3 are the two games that I’m actually up for purchasing on day one during the pre-Christmas release schedule. And, to that end, I’ve secured myself a copy of the posh Assassin’s Creed III Freedom Edition from my local EB Games. Expect a detailed unboxing article very soon. At the same time I’ll be dropping some cash to secure an Insane Edition of Ubisoft’s other triple-A game, Far Cry 3 which I’ll be out at the end of November. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review Dishonored, Doom 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Prometheus 3D and Avatar 3D.

Vic B’Stard’s week in review- Telltale’s The Walking Dead game, The Walking Dead comic-book and The EB Games Expo

Vic B'Stard
Sorry, been busy!

Busy. Not a very good excuse, but nevertheless true. The chaotic mixture of moving country, playing Sleeping Dogs and getting back into Skyrim has taken its toll on my ability to knock out a decent bit of content for this website.

Then there was The Walking Dead. The last couple of episodes of Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead serialised game has been sitting on my hard drive for a few months (thank you steam for yet another great deal). I’d dabbled a bit with the first part, and wasn’t really in the right space for a retro-ish point and click adventure with zombies in it. With the recent release of the third episode, I though I’d have another bash as it, else The Walking Dead becomes another game in my, ever-increasing, backlog. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review- Telltale’s The Walking Dead game, The Walking Dead comic-book and The EB Games Expo

Who Watches Before Watchmen?…The first five books

No Moore Watchmen?

I’ve just finished reading the first five issues of DC Comics semi-blasphemous Before Watchmen series.

I was half expecting my copy of Watchmen #1, signed by Watchmen co-creator and self-styled warlock Alan Moore, to spontaneously combust the moment I opened the first issue. Mr Moore has some well-reported negative views on the use of the characters that he and Dave Gibbons created, way back in the mid-eighties. I’ve got to admit, publishing further stories set in the Watchmen universe after a break of twenty-six years does seem a little odd and almost as if DC are deliberately trying to bait the outspoken Mr Moore. Continue reading Who Watches Before Watchmen?…The first five books

Vic B’Stard’s (late) week in review: Syndicate, American Nightmare, I am Alive, Silent Hill HD, Mass Effect, the Uncharted comic-book and Kinect Star Wars!

Vic B'Stard
Another late editorial!

Another (very) late week in review packed full of excuses. Thank goodness for the long Easter weekend or this mega-bumper edition of Vic B’Stard’s week in review may have never seen the light of day.

My lame excuse for missing out the last few week’s editorials is mainly due to a having to nut out a bastard of a review for techday.co.nz. The game causing the strife was Syndicate, EA Games’ reboot of Peter Molyneux’s real-time strategy game from the early 90s. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s (late) week in review: Syndicate, American Nightmare, I am Alive, Silent Hill HD, Mass Effect, the Uncharted comic-book and Kinect Star Wars!

RIP Moebius. Jean Giraud has passed away

RIP Moebius
RIP Moebius

The inspirational French artist Jean Giraud AKA Moebius passed away on 10 March 2012 in Paris. He was 73.

Moebius was most famous for his contributions to the magazine that he co-founded, Métal Hurlant, known in the English-speaking world as Heavy Metal. Moebius’s distinctive art style inspired the likes of Ridley Scott, who used his designs in the 1979 film Alien and inspired the visual style of Scott’s sci-fi followup, Blade Runner. Continue reading RIP Moebius. Jean Giraud has passed away

Space Nazi film Iron Sky to premiere in Berlin!

Space Nazis, oh yes please!

The Finnish film-makers behind the odd Star Trek parody, Star Wreak: In the Pirkinning have been hard at work on their space Nazi comedy flick, Iron Sky.

Iron Sky tells the semi-plausable story of a modern day Nazi invasion from their secret base on the dark side of the moon, where they have laid in wait for almost 70 years.

The film is a joint production between Blind Spot Pictures and Energia Productions in Finland,  27 Films in Germany and New Holland Pictures in Australia. .

The film will premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival which runs from the 9th to the 19th of February. Considering how sensitive Germans are about their Nazi past, the film is sure to get  few tongues wagging and knock a few jaws out of joint. Continue reading Space Nazi film Iron Sky to premiere in Berlin!