Compared to the many comic book conventions we cover throughout the year, I don't usually leave Toy Fair with much by way of swag. Since it's a trade show for businesspeople and journalists and not open to the public, most of the merchandise is for display only. Still, I did manage to get my hands on one special giveaway: Underwear. For my iPhone.
There have been a number of photo-to-comic apps on the iPad over the years, but the $1.99 Halftone 2 Comic Book Creator (a sequel to the first $0.99 Halftone app released in 2011) may be the first one that's nimble enough to make the process anything more than a time-killer. While it's marketed principally as a fun novelty, it's got an easy-to-use radial menu and other intuitive tools for topping photos and other images -- like, say, your drawings -- with all the lettering, sound effects and other visual add-ons native to sequential art.
I've been a pretty big fan of Archie Comics for quite a while now, but it's always bugged me that I've been relegated to the role of a passive observer. No matter how many comics I read, I can't warn Archie of the folly of making two dates at once, or encourage Jughead to maybe mix things up with a salad now and then. Now, however, that is all about to change, as the Archie: Betty or Veronica? game for iOS will give me absolute, godlike control of Riverdale itself!
Just can't wait for the Xbox 360, Wii U and PlayStation 3 versions Injustice: Gods Among Us, the DC Comics fighting game from NetherRealm Studios and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, to hit shelves April 16? Do you prefer swiping motions to pressing buttons? Or are you just a cheapskate?
Whatever the case, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The iOS version of
Gaming: Doomsday clashes with Shazam in the latest Injustice: Gods Among Us gameplay trailer.
Eats: It ain't the Adam West ride, but this '80s comics era Batmobile cookie jar may be what your cave needs to store sweets.
Conventions: DC has announced its WonderCon 2013
Power Rangers Samurai fans have had two video game options to help themselves to in Apple's App Store for more than a year, but to celebrate the 25th anniversary of localizing Japan's Super Sentai shows, Saban Brands is getting comprehensive by including its Mighty Morphin team and more in the new Power Rangers Legends. Currently free for an unspecified amount of time on iTunes, Legends lets fans play as either the MMPR Green or Pink Rangers in a battle against elemental