Friday, January 25, 2019

June 2018 New Comics To Watch For

What a huge month with lots of content June '18 was!

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jim Cheung & Mark Morales

“THE TOTALITY” part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…

PLASTIC MAN #1 (of 6)
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Adriana Melo

Meet Eel O’Brian: a petty thug, thief and con artist who runs a strip club. Hey, he’s also dead, at least according to the gang that tossed him out like last week’s garbage. Literally. Don’t worry, though—he bounced back from all that, and now he’s trying to make a new life for himself, but the effort is stretching him pretty thin. How can he get revenge on his old boss, keep a street kid out of trouble, make a dancer fall in love with him and stop a mysterious society from taking over the world? Eel has no idea!

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Mike Den Mundo & Christian Ward

Thor Odinson has regained his mantle – and with it, a wild new world of trouble on his mighty hands! The artifacts of Asgard have been scattered across the earth, and to reclaim them, Thor will have to face some ugly truths. Like the production cost of hundreds of new hammers! And the Thunder God is going to need every last one of them if he’s going to stop the unstoppable Juggernaut. Jason Aaron takes the Prince of Asgard in a whole new direction with YOUNG GUN artist Mike Del Mundo joining him at the helm! And don’t miss the latest chapter of the King Thor saga with acclaimed BLACK BOLT artist Christian Ward, as the Thor of the far future encounters an old friend who’s undergone some startling changes.

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Valerio Schiti

From the cusp of tomorrow’s dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure!
You know his name. Tony Stark is Iron Man.
And Iron Man…is an idea. Always changing. Always evolving. An idea without limit!
Take wing with DAN SLOTT (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Valerio Schiti (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) as they propel the ultimate Self-Made Hero to new heights of inventiveness!
Tony Stark is Iron Man. The future is now. Strap in!

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Joe Bennett

You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head... all he’d do is die.
Until night falls. And someone else gets up again.
The man’s name is Banner.
The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.

THE SENTRY #1 (of 5)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Kim Jacinto

…but is that really such a good thing?
The greatest hero that the Marvel Universe ever forgot has returned! The Sentry – shining sentinel with the power of a thousand exploding suns – is back from the dead, but his troubled mind is far from finding peace. By day, he trudges through a mundane life as Bob Reynolds; at night, the Sentry soars across a gleaming, perfect skyline. But how much of the Sentry’s dual existence is real? And what of his dark other self, the Void?
Jeff Lemire (MOON KNIGHT, Black Hammer) returns to Marvel and unites with Kim Jacinto (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) for this mind-bending series that will shake the Sentry, and the Marvel Universe, to its foundations.

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Jesus Saiz

The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: When astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme! New spells, allies and enemies – new and old – await Strange beyond the stars, along with corners and secrets of the Marvel Universe seen here for the first time! Space is endless, but time is short. After years of threats, Stephen’s bill for magic use is coming due – who will come to collect?!

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Olivier Coipel

We live in a world where we've never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in THE MAGIC ORDER, as five families of magicians-sworn to protect our world for generations-must battle an enemy who's picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness...unless the darkness gets them first. MARK MILLAR's first NETFLIX comic book, drawn by the incredible OLIVIER COIPEL (Amazing Spider-Man, Thor).

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jody Leheup
Artist: Nathan Fox

Nathan Bright had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the number one weatherman on terraformed Mars. But when he's accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history-an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth-Nathan becomes the most wanted man alive and a target of a manhunt that spans the galaxy. But is Nathan truly responsible for such a horrific crime? And why can't he remember?
Writer JODY LEHEUP (SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER!), artist NATHAN FOX (DMZ, HAUNT, Dark Reign: Zodiac), and colorist DAVE STEWART (Hellboy, RUMBLE) present a full-throttle, widescreen science fiction epic about the damage we do in the name of justice and what it truly means to be redeemed...You don't want to miss THE WEATHERMAN!

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer & Artist: Farel Dalrymple

"PROXIMA CENTAURI," Part One-4.243 light-years from Earth, the teenage wizard adventurer Sherwood Breadcoat is stuck in the confounding spectral zone on the manufactured dimensional sphere, Proxima Centauri, looking for escape and a way back to his brother while dealing with his confusing emotions, alien creatures, and all sorts of unknown, fantastic dangers.
In this issue The Scientist H. Duke sends Sherwood on a salvage mission and gives counsel to the troubled boy in his charge.
PROXIMA CENTAURI will be six issues of PSYCHEDELIC SCIENCE FANTASY ACTION COMIC BOOK DRAMA starring Sherwood Breadcoat, "The Scientist" Duke Herzog, Dr. EXT the Time Traveler, the ghost M. Parasol, Shakey the Space Wizard, and Dhog Dahog.

SHANGHAI RED #1 (of 5)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Joshua Hixson & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Red is one of hundreds shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship's captain, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or even reveal who she truly is. Now she's coming back in a boat covered in blood to find her family and track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her. Eisner-nominated writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (High Crimes, Heartthrob, We(l)come Back), JOSHUA HIXSON (The Black Woods) and HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU (Felix & Macabber) bring you a tale of revenge, family, and identity that stretches from the deck of a ship outside Shanghai all the way to the bleak streets and secret tunnels of Portland, Oregon.

MIKE HAMMER #1 (of 4)
Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins
Artist: Marcelo Salaza

All New Mike Hammer story, from a plot by original creator, Mickey Spillane!

From the writer of Quarry and Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins!

NANCY DREW #1 (of 5)
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Jenn St. Onge

Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything...ESPECIALLY solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she'll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her...and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits) team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fifa Mobile Videos - Playing with TOTY CR7

Well, here comes my second video post focused on 'Fifa Mobile'.

Video showcases me playing with 96 Ovr 'Cristiano Ronaldo'. I got him from the 'Team of the Year' event (I used some fifa points and gems to claim him as I am not a totally F2P player). Here, I just played one head to head match with him, fortunately he managed to score.

Only minimal editing, just added some text.

More info abut me if you wanna know -
My Twitter -
My Blog -

My other videos for the new season of 'Fifa Mobile' -

Fifa Mobile S3/'19 - Claiming my first Master Campaign Reward -

Fifa Mobile S3/'19 - Claiming Totw Players for Nov. Week 3 -

Claiming my 2nd master campaign reward -

Claiming my 3rd master campaign reward -

Claiming my 4th master campaign reward -

Chemistry Update & showing off my 92 Ovr team -

Playing with my 93 Ovr Higuaín (Snowman of the Match) -

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Fifa Mobile Videos - Playing with my 93 Ovr Higuaín (Snowman of the Match)

Well, for the past 6 months the thing which is consuming most of my free times is the game 'Fifa Mobile' from EA Sports. I love football and after the world cup ended there was a vaccum in my life which this game has filled quite nicely.

I have already recorded and uploaded some videos on my You Tube channel, but has posted nothing on my blog. I will start with this game-play video which shows me playing with 'Gonzalo Higuaín' (Snowman of the Match version), who I bought from the market then sold just for completing a quest. But, nonetheless I loved playing as him and wanted to show everyone his game-play.

Video showcases my new card, 93 Ovr 'Gonzalo Higuaín'. I bought him for 14 million from the market. Here, I just played one head to head match with him, fortunately he managed to score.

Only minimal editing, just added some text and background music...

Music - 'Night Gale' from Gravity Rush 2 Soundtrack
              'Freedom' by Orphaned Land (from their album 'All is One')

More info abut me if you wanna know -
My Twitter -
My Blog -

My other videos for the new season of 'Fifa Mobile' -

Fifa Mobile S3/'19 - Claiming my first Master Campaign Reward -

Fifa Mobile S3/'19 - Claiming Totw Players for Nov. Week 3 -

Claiming my 2nd master campaign reward -

Claiming my 3rd master campaign reward -

Claiming my 4th master campaign reward -

Chemistry Update & showing off my 92 Ovr team -

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My New Year Post for 2019

Well, another year bites the dust and 2019 is here. 2018 has been quite a hectic year to say the least. I had three posting changes, multiple exams for my post-graduation course and is currently working at the busiest hospital in the country.

So, obviously I had less time to work on the blog. Yet, I am also the busiest in terms of reviewing and writing on the internet this year as well. I am currently writing for fantasy-faction and antichrist magazine besides my own blog.

Yet again this year had been a year that has reinvigorated my love for football/soccer. I have loved the FIFA world cup 2018 and am currently quite immersed in the 'FIFA Mobile' game (for which I have posted a few videos on my YouTube channel and will soon start posting on my blog, as well).

So, I will once again start the year by posting some resolutions for the new year. Here goes -

1. I will probably post some best of the year lists all throughout January (see my best of 2017 posts, to get an idea).

2. I will discard the single issue review posts for comics and will rather try to post a 'Week in Comics' kinda post every Thursday or Friday.

3. I will try to introduce a new post 'New English Mangas' post each month.

4. I will discard the posts regarding video games except for android stuff as I have so less time to play games these days. 

5. I have many other plans which I am not quite sure if I will be able to execute, but most of all I will try to post more frequently this year (I know I say this at the start of every year).

So, I will end this post by saying to all my followers, occasional viewers and friends -

Have a 'HAPPY NEW YEAR' everyone.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Promising Mystery, Sci-fi & Fantasy - November & December 2018

Well, you can guess from two months being squeezed into one post that the end of 2018 has not been great for fantasy and science fiction novels. But, nevertheless, here goes my list.

So Many Doors
Author - Oakley Hall
Publisher - Hard Case Crime

It begins on Death Row, with a condemned man refusing the services of the lawyer assigned to defend him. It begins with a beautiful woman dead, murdered—Vassilia Caroline Baird, known to all simply as V. That’s where this extraordinary novel begins. But the story it tells begins years earlier, on a struggling farm in the shadow of the Great Depression and among the brawling "cat skinners" of Southern California, driving graders and bulldozers to tame the American West. And the story that unfolds, in the masterful hands of acclaimed author Oakley Hall, is a lyrical outpouring of hunger and grief, of jealousy and corruption, of raw sexual yearning and the tragedy of the destroyed lives it leaves in its wake. Unpublished for more than half a century, SO MANY DOORS is Hall’s masterpiece, an excoriating vision of human nature at its most brutal, and one of the most powerful books you will ever read.

[ A new 'Hard Case Crime' book that interests me. ]

How Long ’Til Black Future Month?
Author - N.K. Jemisin
Publisher - Orbit

In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.

[ I have heard so many good things about 'N.K. Jemisin', maybe her brand new short story collection is the thing for me to jump on the bandwagon. ] 

Fire & Blood (A Targaryen History #1)
Author - George R.R. Martin
Publisher - HarperVoyager / Bantam

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.
Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.
With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

[ Would you believe me if I say that I always wanted to read more about the Targaryens history? No? Well, if its the only taste of Westeros I can get now-a-days, so be it. ]

Blackstone Fortress
Author - Darius Hinks
Publisher - Black Library

There are those in the great expanse of the galaxy that seek profit wherever it is to be found: the deal makers, the opportunists and explorers – the Rogue Traders. Granted power by an ancient charter, sanctioned by the Emperor Himself, these scoundrels, entrepreneurs and adventurers roam the galaxy in search of fortune and glory. None perhaps are as hungry for these twin-vices as Janus Draik. All but disowned by his wealthy family, regarded as a wayward son of ill repute and little potential, Draik knows he must restore his fortunes soon or his misadventures will see him destitute and discarded.
So it is then that when he finds a truly exceptional prize, one that will return him to his deserved station, Draik recruits a crew of fellow treasure seekers and sets them to the task. Draik's obsession is all-consuming, and he will risk everything to obtain his prize and its many secrets, including his life or even that of his crew…

[ The setting really intrigues me. ]

Titandeath (The Horus Heresy #53)
Author - Guy Haley
Publisher - Black Library

Horus’s armada gathers, and he has defeated all enemies sent against him, even the Emperor’s own executioner. One barrier remains before he can strike for Terra and lay waste to the Emperor’s dream.
The Beta-Garmon system occupies the most direct and only viable route to the Solar System and Terra. To break it, Horus assembles a war host of incredible proportions and Titans in untold numbers. To lose here is to lose the war and Horus has no intention of turning back. But the Imperium understands the importance of Beta-Garmon too. A massive army is arrayed, comprised of near numberless Army cohorts and a mustering of Titans to challenge even the martial might of the Warmaster.
Titans fight against Titans as the God-Machines of Loyalists and Traitors alike go to war. This conflict will be like no other before it, a world-ending battle that will determine the next phase of the war.

[ The latest 'Horus Heresy', into the fifty third entry still not ending, this one seems like quite a strong entry too. ]

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Promising Mystery, Sci-fi & Fantasy - October 2018

October is yet another month that is quite lacking in terms of content. But, hat little is on offer is quality stuff to say the least.

Author - Stephen King
Publisher - Scribner / Hodder & Stoughton

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.
Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.
In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

[ A new novella from the great King, I have already read and reviewed it here (link), so nothing more to say. ]

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4)
Author - Martha Wells
Publisher - Publishing

"I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie
The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.
Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?
Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.
But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?
And what will become of it when it’s caught?

[ I loved the first one (review link), yet to read the rest of the series. This seems to be the last part, time to catch up, I guess. ]

Texas Hold'em (Wild Cards #27)
Editor - George R.R. Martin
Publisher - HarperVoyager / Tor Books

Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, Texas Hold ‘Em is an all-new action-filled adventure featuring a fresh cast of characters from the Wild Cards universe.
Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, Texas Hold ‘Em features the writing talents of David Anthony Durham (Acacia Trilogy), Max Gladstone (the Craft Sequence), Victor Milan (Dinosaur Lords series), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian and White Trash Zombie series), Walton Simons, Caroline Spector and William F. Wu.

[ Hmm, the latest entry into the 'Wild Cards' series. ]

An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose #1)
Author - Charlaine Harris
Publisher - Saga Press

In a new trilogy that presents a chilling alternate history of the United States where everyone believes in magic—but no one is sure whether they can trust it.
Gunnie Lizbeth Rose has been hired by a pair of Russian sorcerers as both their local guide and muscle through the small towns of East Texas as they search for a distant relative of an infamous sorcerer whose bloodline can help save their emperor-in-exile as an ever-increasing number of assassins tries to stop them.
After the assassination of FDR in the 1930s, the US collapses and is picked off by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. We find ourselves in the southwestern states now known as Texoma. It is here that the gunnie Lizbeth Rose tries to piece out a life, running security on runs from Texoma, across the border to Mexico where work and prospects are stronger. When two Russian magicians come looking for a man named Alex Karkarov, they hire Lizbeth to find him or his family, but there are problems: The man they're looking for is dead, but he has a daughter they now need to find, as an ever-growing set of sorcerers and gunnies do not want them to succeed. It’s a good thing Lizbeth is a deadly gunfighter; too bad she hates sorcerers, even the ones she has to learn to rely on.

[ A new series by the great 'Charlaine Harris'. May be it's time I finally, get myself acquainted with her writing. ]

Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1)
Author - Peter McLean
Publisher - Ace Books / Jo Fletcher Books

It's a dangerous thing, to choose the lesser of two evils.
The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety finally heads home with Lieutenant Bloody Anne at his side. When he arrives in the Stink, Tomas finds that his empire of crime has been stolen from him while at war. With his gang of Pious Men, Tomas will do whatever it takes to reclaim his businesses. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, and is forced to work in secret for the sinister Queen's Men, everything gets more complicated.
When loyalties stretch to the breaking point and violence only leads to violence, when people have run out of food, and hope, and places to hide, do not be surprised if they have also run out of mercy. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the backstreet taverns and gambling dens of Tomas's old life it becomes clear; the war is not over.
It is only just beginning.

[ I haven't actually read anything by this author yet. But, what I read about him interests me a lot. ]

The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files #9)
Author - Charles Stross 
Publisher - Publishing / Orbit

The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of Prime Minister. Mhari Murphy, recently elevated to the House of Lords and head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs (think vampires), finds herself in direct consultation with the creeping chaos, who directs her to lead a team of disgraced Laundry personnel into the dark heart of America. It seems the Creeping Chaos is concerned about foreign relations.
A thousand-mile-wild storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the President is nowhere to be found. In fact, for reasons unknown the people of America are forgetting that the executive branch ever existed. The government has been infiltrated by the shadowy Black Chamber, and the Pentagon and NASA have been refocused on the problem of summoning Cthulhu.
Somewhere, the Secret Service battle to stay awake, to remind the President who he is, and to stay one step ahead of the vampiric dragnet that’s searching for him.

[ The latest entry into the acclaimed 'Laundry Files'. ]

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

New Comic Review - Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1

Name - Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1
Published by - Marvel Comics
Written by - Saladin Ahmed
Art by - Javier Garron   
Coloring by - David Curiel
Letters by - VC's Cory Petit
Release Date: December 12, 2018

Well, it is quite a daunting task to write a character that has been done only by its creator ever before. So, like everyone else, I was being quite skeptic about the new 'Miles Morales: Spider-man' series. But then I saw the name of the new writer, and my huge admiration for 'Saladin Ahmed' drew me in for this first issue. And thankfully, this creative team didn't disappoint at all.