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Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode One, ‘Realm of Shadows’ Review [PC]

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Telltale Games

Telltale Games' fresh approach to the world of the Dark Knight makes the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series an mostly worthwhile escapade into the life of Bruce Wayne. Taking a radically different path from the likes of Rocksteady Studios in telling a Batman story not only gave some much needed perspective into the other half of Batman's life, but allowed Telltale to play to its strengths in narrative and dialogue. It's unfortunate then that the PC version of Batman: The Telltale Series is so marred by performance issues that it's a real drag to play, and a challenge to enjoy.

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Playing With Power: Looking Back At The Comics Of ‘Nintendo Power’

Nintendo Power

If you adjust for the fact that I grew up in South Carolina, I wasn't raised in a particularly religious household. I mean, we went to church every now and then, but it wasn't, like, a thing, you know? There was, however, one publication in my household that I read with a faithfulness and devotion that bordered on religious fervor, that I looked to for guidance in times of struggle, and that may have even helped to shape my world view more than any other: Nintendo Power.

This week, the first thirteen years of the magazine were uploaded to the freely accessible Internet Archive, and looking back through them, I'm pretty sure they're why I still, to this very day, have a completely irrational hatred of the Sega Genesis. It wasn't just the secret codes or hyped up previews for Daydreamin' Davey that kept me hooked, though. Those were definitely interesting, but there was something else in each issue that kept me wanting to read every single month: The comics.

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Valiant Announces A New Deck-Building Game Featuring Ninjak, Bloodshot, Faith, And More

Valiant Universe Deckbuilding Game

If you've never played a deckbuilding game, they have all the strategy and randomization of a collectible card game, but with everything included, so that you don't have to shell out an exorbitant amount of money for booster packs in the hopes that you'll get a card that you need. They're great, and some of the most fun I've had playing them has been with the ones that are based on superheroes. The only problem is that none of those games feature Ninjak.

Now, that's going to change. As we head into Gen Con in Indianapolis, Valiant Entertainment and Catalyst Games have announced the upcoming release of The Valiant Universe Deckbuilding Game, which features not just cards, but also miniatures based on Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, Faith, and yes... Ninjak.

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Mondo SDCC Exclusive Pins And Posters Go On Sale Today [SDCC 2016]

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One of the worst things about not being able to make it to San Diego Comic Con is missing out on all the cool exclusive pieces of merchandise that are only available at the show. There are so many cool art prints and badges and even vinyl records that it can be heartbreaking to know there's only one place to get them and you aren't there.

If you couldn't make it to this year's show, Mondo has you covered, as it's releasing the remaining inventory of exclusive posters and enamel pins from this year's convention on the website, including some rad Batman Returns posters and cool X-Men pins.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Motoko Kusanagi, RiRi Williams, Arnim Zola, Zootopia And More

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In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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New ‘Pokemon Sun and Moon’ Trailer Reveals New Pokemon And New Forms For Old Favorites

Pokémon Sun and Moon

At this point, I don't know why they even bother making trailers for Pokémon games. I mean, if Pokémon Go has taught us anything, it's that Pikachu and the other 700-odd pocket monsters as as popular as they've ever been. Still, with Sun and Moon set for release on November 18, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company are trying to get everyone as stoked for the new title as they possibly can. And it is working.

Witness the latest trailer for the game, which doesn't just introduce another handful of new Pokémon, but also special regional variants of existing Pokémon that can only be found in the Alola region!

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The Hunt For The Chaos Emeralds Continues In ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Volume 3 [Exclusive Preview]

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The current Sonic The Hedgehog title by Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker and a host of amazing artists --- plus John Workman on letters! --- is one of the most fun all-ages titles on the stands right now and Archie has provided us with an exclusive preview of the third volume, "Waves of Change," which sees Sonic and the gang travelling the world looking for the mysterious Gaia Temples.

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Fantastic Five: Baddest Pokemon

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week we’re taking a look at the five baddest first generation Pokémon.

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On the Cheap: Accept the Dark Embrace of the ‘Vampire: The Masquerade’ Humble Bundle

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Become a vampire, relive the 1990s, and support charity all at the same time! That's the rare opportunity presented by the Vampire: The Masquerade Humble Bundle, in association with White Wolf Publishing. In the past, most of the Humble Bundles we've covered have offered collections of comics, but this one is all roleplaying books (and two pins if you donate enough). Whether you're new to Vampire, or you just need digital copies of the key sourcebooks, or you're like me and you haven't played in 20 years but you're feeling that Thirtysomething Goth nostalgia, this is a pretty amazing deal.

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Corvo Hunts For An Apprentice In Rennie and Olimpieri’s ‘Dishonored’ #1 [Preview]

Dishonored: The Corroded Man, TItan Comics

This year, Titan Comics have been killing it with its line of licensed titles, especially when it comes in to video game tie-ins. Titan's line of Assassin's Creed comics have been going from strength to strength, and the publisher now hopes to duplicate that success with the launch of a new Dishonored comic by Gordon Rennie and Andrea Olimpieri.

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