There's always been a seamless crossover between video games and comic books, and odds are if you're a fan of one, you're a fan of the other. Comics have been adapted into video games and vice-versa for almost as long as video games have been "a thing," and as both mediums have evolved, so too has the quality of those crossovers. With the holidays around the corner, we've put together a selection of some of the best video game related comics and art books for the gamer in your life.
Injustice Gods Among Us
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Getting a sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us was always highly likely after the first game had such tremendous success. Following in the footsteps of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, NetherRealm's Injustice took the familiar faces of DC Comics and put its unique twist on them, pitting the world against Superman's tyranny. If you finished the story mode, you'd know heroes like Batman finally locked Superman up in a Red Sun prison... but there are those that wish to see the Kryptonian regime restored. That's where Injustice 2 picks up.
Of course, there's a new threat looming over Earth as well, but NetherRealm is mum on just who or what it may be. Hey, you can't spill all the beans in a reveal trailer. What you can reveal though is a strong cinematic that reveals not just which characters will be returning, but what NetherRealm has in store for the game's mechanics to make it stand out from the previous entry.
The comic adaptation of Injustice: Gods Among Us has proved to be one of the biggest, most reliable hits for DC Comics over the past few years and remains the cornerstone of the company's digital publishing arm.
The series tells the story of the five years between the death of Lois Lane at the hands of The Joker, and the events of the video game, revealing the details of Superman’s rise to power and Batman’s attempt to resist his regime. As Injustice heads towards its conclusion, DC has provided us with an exclusive preview of the upcoming Chapter Eighteen.
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Having spent enough to support a small child on Bandai's S.H. Figuarts action figure line, I was a bit relieved to see that Bluefin Tamashii Nations' Toy Fair 2014 booth was relatively relaxed in terms of never-before-seen figures. My relief didn't last too long, however, as I took in the big items from the show. Not only did we get a second, more fleshed-out look at the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman, we also got to scope out a Shippuden-style Naruto and an articulated Michael Jackson in his Moonwalker getup.
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This past summer at San Diego Comic-Con, Tamashii Nations teased S.H. Figuarts based on NetherRealm's DC fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us with but a sign. Now at New York Comic Con 2013, Batman has broken the silence with a blank 6" prototype demonstrating the upcoming line's precision sculpting and articulation. It's still early to tell just how posable, colorful and accessorized this line will be based on a lone unpainted Batman toy, but given the die-cast and resin construction, detailed sculpts and accessory-packed nature associated of the S.H. Figuarts line, Batman fans who're cool with his Injustice duds can probably expect a something comparable to what they've seen before from Bandai with other licenses. You can get a look at the upcoming 2014 release after the cut.
If you're scrapping your other video game systems for a PlayStation 4 in mid-November, you can rest assured that superheroes punching each other to kingdom come will still be available to you.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is coming to the PS4, along with pretty much every other system, as an "Ultimate Edition," which means it'll include all the downloadable content from the original version of the game, in November.