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Mouse Smash Reviews: Suicide Squad is a Resounding “Meh”

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One of the problems in film, generally, is being able to present a cohesive story with backstory, arcs, character development, conflicts to resolve and loose ends to tie up within a limited window of time. Now, the more characters you have in the story, the less time you can give any one of them, so that their stories get condensed and abridged until they aren’t really robust anymore.

Suicide Squad¬†suffers from this problem in scads. With the DC comic villains each having their own origin stories and arcs from the comics, it’s hard to transpose those into a coherent narrative, and instead the overarching story feels like it’s cobbled together with a handful of random metahumans doing what they’re good at, with the writers being ordered to make a comic book film more like Marvel’s. At least they tried, I guess. Continue reading


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The Wolf Among Us gets its own DC Digital Download

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Cover art for DC/Vertigo’s The Wolf Among Us comic

A video game based on a comic is going to be made into… well, a comic.

At New York Comic Con today, DC announced that they were producing The Wolf Among Us as their first Vertigo digital title. Vertigo’s official information on the release is as follows:

The first-ever Digital First Vertigo title will be FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US, based on the critically-acclaimed episodic game series from Telltale Games licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The story will be written by Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus with art by Steve Sadowski, Travis Moore, and Shawn McManus. The cover artist for the series is Chrissie Zullo. FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US will be a weekly Digital First series and is set to debut in December 2014 with print collections to follow in 2015.

Although it is based in the Fables world, the events in Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us take place before those in the book, so it won’t be exactly a rehash of the existing comic series. It’ll be interesting to see how the choices that the player makes in the game translates into a comic (unless, of course, it was in Choose your own Adventure format).