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The Children’s Crusade Opens Up Jensen’s World in Deus Ex #1 [Exclusive Preview]

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Titan Comics

This summer, Adam Jensen continues his technologically augmented adventures in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The video game picks up a few years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, in which Jensen attempted to stop the Illuminati's plans to ruin advances in transhumanism. Unfortunately because Mankind Divided is a prequel to the original Deus Ex, the events of the Panchaea Incident, in which augmented humans go on a hallucinatory rampage brought about by the Illuminati, are unavoidable. The only thing Jensen can do is choose just how much of the truth the public learns about what really happened on that fateful day.

In Mankind Divided, the augmented populace is a minority fighting for equality, though the efforts have been set back by the Panchaea Incident and a rise in terrorist activity in the years since. Jensen is now a member of a global coalition that attempts to quell the insurgences, and he must delicately balance his own opinions as an augmented human with those of his employers and the people of the world in fear for their lives on both sides of the conflict. Before Mankind Divided arrives, Titan Comics will release a prequel comic to the prequel sequel which is also still a prequel, which will detail Jensen's first mission with Task Force 29.

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Square Enix Prepares for the Dawn of Justice at NYCC

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Considering how many different shows Square Enix participates in, it's a wonder there were any new figures on display at this year's New York Comic Con. Fortunately for all, the Play Arts line saw some strong new additions this week, with the 2016 Warner Brothers' tentpole Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice getting the most attention. We had seen the standard Superman and Batman figures back at SDCC, but here we got looks at the prototypes for a second Batman figure and what could be the best Wonder Woman Square has ever done.

Seriously, Square Enix has dipped the toy quill in the DC Comics fountain before, and the Variant Wonder Woman, while true to Play Arts' style, wasn't exactly the strongest representation of the character. This new iteration, based on Gal Gadot's take on the iconic Amazonian, is incredibly detailed, but more importantly, it's spot-on, unembellished sculpt is the perfect counterpoint to the previous attempt. The articulation is impressive as always, but the real draw comes from that attention to detail Square has been stepping up over the course of the last year. The company's been working with a slightly larger scale than it was in the past, and though it means more expensive figures, it also means way more nuance for each figure.

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‘Big Hero 6′ World Announced for Kingdom Hearts 3

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Disney / Square Enix

Sora, Donald and Goofy are going to San Fransokyo as last year's hit Disney film Big Hero 6 will have its own world in Kingdom Hearts III.

According to Japanator, Disney announced at its D23 event this weekend that the world and characters of Big Hero 6 would be joining the ranks of Kingdom Hearts III. Sora and the gang will be entering San Fransokyo after the events of the movie, so expect all kinds of awesome superhero escapades and some astonishing encounters with Baymax, Hiro and the rest of the gang.

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Captain America Armors Up For New Square Enix Play Arts Marvel Variant Figure

Marvel
Marvel

Legendary hero Captain America has gone through more than his fair share of costume revisions over the years. Some have been more well-received than others, but the man has always stayed true to the core concept designed by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. It's hard to argue with the classic stars and bars. In fact, it's so hard to argue with the good ol' red, white and blue, even Cap's most radical revamps have incorporated the scheme because it's impossible to top. That even holds true when other characters that have suited up under the guise of the Captain like Bucky and Sam Wilson.

I thought for sure that Square Enix would take the character through some unexplored territory with its upcoming Play Arts Marvel Variant version, but even the talented team there found that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. While the Square Enix version of Captain America is immediately recognizable, it lacks much of that trademark Play Arts touch. It's not the most outrageous armored Avenger we've ever seen, and that oddly makes it kind of a boring figure.

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Square Enix Play Arts Black Widow Comes In From the Cold

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Marvel

I'll admit, when Square Enix hinted the Black Widow would be joining its Marvel Variants line, I was a bit concerned. The Variants line is filled with some fairly radical redesigns of familiar characters, and some of the artistic choices made for the DC Variants line's female figures left little to the imagination. However, once I saw the prototype at SDCC this year, I was actually excited to see the final version. The Black Widow on display there wasn't quite as massive a departure as some previous Variants figures had been, and showed a lot of unpainted promise for the final release.

This week, Square revealed the fully-painted prototype, and the images (courtesy of ToyArk) show off a Black Widow that's actually really close to her comic book counterpart. Only Iron Man, Spider-Man, Venom and Thor have been shown off in this form to this point. Each of those is still immediately recognizable, but share some influences that are instantly noticeable as Play Arts style. The new Black Widow, while proportionately rocking some Taylor Swift legs, doesn't appear to look that drastically different from iterations of her design that we've seen in her comic book past.

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Variants and Video Games: The SDCC Stars for Square Enix Play Arts

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Though Square Enix had more than a fair share of existing product on display at SDCC '15, the company still managed to bring a few new pieces to the show, too. The Variant line has been a fairly big hit for Square, allowing for some more radical takes on familiar characters like Batman, Superman, Iron Man and Spider-Man. Though a tad pricier than most other collectibles featuring your favorite comic heroes, there's an undeniable personality in Square's products that you just don't see anywhere else.

Though the DC version of the Variant line didn't have much new, beyond yet another look at the incredibly divisive Tetsuya Nomura Catwoman, the Marvel line saw two Avengers leap into the fray. Black Widow joins Iron Man and Thor in the Play Arts series first, with Captain America coming some time after Natasha. Both are easily identifiable as the characters you've grown familiar with over their published lifespan, but feature that hallmark Squeenix style. Widow has a lot of detailing in her uniform, which makes up for how she's traditionally not outrageously outfitted. She's buttoned-up pretty well, too, and it's nice to see a Widow figure that isn't letting it all (or most of it anyway) hang out.

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Toy Fair 2015: Square Enix Play Arts’ Alternate Heroes Take Center Stage

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Though Square Enix may be more famous for its video games, the company's had a lot of success over the years with its action figure properties in the Play Arts Kai line as well. Though initially Square focused on its own properties, during the past decade, we've seen the company interpret various movie and comic book licenses in its own unique way. Toy Fair 2015 featured a smaller sampling of Square's upcoming Play Arts Kai figures, but what we saw showed the company still has an incredibly unique eye for design.

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Link Ink: Square Enix Joker And Harley, ‘Gotham’ Gets A Full Season And Deadpool As A G.I. Joe

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Link Ink: A Gritty Reboot For ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Powers’ Poster Unveiled And Michael Keaton Talks Batman

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Link Ink: Square Enix’s Darkseid Figure, ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Release Date And A ‘Betty Boop’ Animated Movie?

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