Comic Books

Udon Entertainment Brings Back Capcom Comics

Street Fighter II por Udon Comics
Image: Udon

Udon Comics, the publisher behind Capcom’s line of comic books on this side of the Pacific, has finally gotten up their smelly butts and revamped Capcom Comics! This would be a great time to do the happy dance, but we’ll abstain until the end of this post.

The site is pretty barebones for now, but do have trade paperbacks of their first titles such as Street Fighter, Darkstaklers and Rival Schools for sale. They’ve also added a new artbooks section and the new Capcom Manga category with bishoujo and bishounen adaptations of “new” games such as Resident Evil and Onimusha.

Alright. Now on to the dance.

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Super Review: Ultimates Vol. 1

Penned by Mark Millar with arts by Bryan Hitch, Ultimates Vol. 1 is the perfect comic book for those who wish to introduce someone to the world of funny books. This comic is made to resemble the closest thing possible to a movie turned into a book, with some pretty ballsy and dramatic camera angles, a twisty plot full of surprises in almost every issue and multi-dimensional characters that add plenty of intrigue and complexity to boot.

Basically this is a retelling of Captain America’s beginnings after being brought back to life in our time, as well as other important Avengers with an updated look, which is why Henry Pym, Giant-Man, is now having marital problems and abuses his wife Janet, The Wasp. Tony Stark is still the millionaire playboy who can’t operate his armor unless he’s drunk on scotch, and Bruce Banner is having severe self-esteem issues after his divorce and his inability to recreate the super soldier serum that turned Steve Rogers into the legend he is. Finally, the biggest and most awesome reinvention goes to Nick Fury, who is still SHIELD’s Commander-in-Chief, but is also a cold-hearted capitalist who resembles Samuel L. Jackson.

These updated revisions are already par for the course in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, the very same where you’ll find Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men and so on. This universe is different from the “normal” world we’ve always known which Marvel refers to as Universe 616, and it was created in 2000 as a way for the House of Ideas to tell new stories with slightly updated characters in an attempt to bring in new young readers.

In the long run, other Avengers will jump into the fray, such as Thor who is now a humanitarian activist holding a beef with president Bush, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Magneto’s offspring, always “saving” other people’s lives without being noticed, and Hawkeye and Black Widow, private mercenaries for hire.

The series is already in its second arc and with three years going strong it still doesn’t have a steady release schedule, adhering firmly to the “it will be out when it’s out” calendar. Still, trade paperbacks are easy to digest and not hard to find. This added to a couple of animated features called Ultimate Avengers 1 and 2 will provide plenty of action for those who can’t get enough.

You can tell this is a Mark Millar joint because these Avengers have no problem shedding blood, having sex or showing us the grimmer side of superhero life. They won’t shy away from cursing at an enemy or even stepping up to a teammate when they get out of line. It’s a very realistic take on these characters and it even takes into account events from the real world just to sink in the idea that this world is very real and much more violent than what we’re used to seeing.

Currently in its second volume, The Ultimates are getting even wilder, but for someone still on the fence on whether or not to dip their toes in caped comic books, volume 1 is the best reason to jump in head first.

Video Games

Frag Dolls Become First All-Women Team To Win A Professional Videogame Championship

Frag Dolls
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The Frag Dolls, gamer girls who play very well, recently won the first Rainbow Six Vegas tournament during the finals of the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) held in Dallas, becoming the first all-female team to win a professional gaming event.

The team was formed by Amy “Valkyrie” Brady, Emily “Seppuku” Ong, Alyson “Calyber” Craghead, and Nelly “Psyche” Morel, four members of the Frag Dolls, which comprisses a collective of women who play games professionally. This particular team is sponsored by Ubisoft and to win they defeated team “The Unknown” who up until now were undefeated in the league.

Team Astromono hopes one of these girls will make it to Panama City and kill our editor-in-chief with a rifle from at least 6 kilometers away. We also hope for mashed potatoes and vinagre, and an anual suscription to, but that’s got nothing to do with this news.

via Gamespot

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Final Fantasy Turns 20 Years Of Contradicting Itself. And We Love It.

Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary

From everyone here at Astromono, we want to offer our deepest apologies. Yesterday marked 20 years of Final Fantasy, one of the most important games for the Astromono. The bastard gave us a heavy beating and made us write this story.

The first Final Fantasy came out on the NES back in December 18, 1987 and it’s since become the quintessencial RPG in this side of the planet. The innovation in each new chapter, combined with the flow of it’s many stories and the detailed attention to it’s unique and memorable roster of characters makes it one of the most important franchises in the video games industry and entertainment worldwide.

Aeris’s death, Cecyl becoming a Paladin, Sabin lifting a burning house using nothing but raw strength from his muscles (while Celes looks for a girl inside said house), Quistis saving Squall and Co. from a metal spider in Dollet and many other memorable events have been edged in the memories of countless fans over the years, challenging the very idea that a fantasy could end if it’s this good.

Astromono encourages you to dust off your NES or fire up your virtual console and get reminiscing till your eyes fall out from slumber or you collapse in a pool of your own drool.

Comic Books

Ricardo Jurado’s Challenge

Sue Storm por Ricardo Jurado
Sue Storm by Ricardo Jurado

Making the round on the interwebs I stumbled upon my buddy Ricardo Jurado’s challenge for local Panamanian artists. The man has taken the time to pit 20 artists into a competition.

“It’s simple, technique, creativity, composition, the overall piece, etc. will be evaluated. 1 featured piece will be chosen from each participant, which means you have 5 chances to win since you’re elegible for the prices if you manage to get featured with at least 1 of your 5 drawings.”

It sounds pretty dope and original, considering there are very few underground contests for local artists, and the kid is giving out 3 month and 1 month DevArt subscriptions. Details are in the links below.


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