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Everything you need to know about the Playstation E3 Experience 2015

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE!

Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. I’ve waited so long to hear those words, and there they were on the screen. I had the pleasure of attending the Official Playstation E3 Experience at Yonge and Dundas theatre in Toronto – with none other than our great leader Andy Burns – and when those words flashed up on-screen the place erupted in applause.

It seems that the word ‘Finally’ was one of the underlying themes of the 2015 Sony E3 conference. Not only had we gotten our beloved Square Enix treasure, but we also finally got a glimpse of what some of us have simply passed off as impossible. Something that became more of a running joke over countless conferences that never showed a hint of it. Read the rest of this entry

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Titanic Teams: John Byrne’s Alpha Flight

Alpha Flight (1983-85)
Writer/Penciler/Inker: John Byrne

Alpha Flight was the second X-Men spinoff title (with The New Mutants being the first) and X-Men co-plot/penciler John Byrne took full control of the series. Byrne’s Alpha Flight was a comic book about characters disguised as a team book. It wasn’t your archetypal team book where heroes would team-up to battle the latest world-threatening menace. Alpha Flight focused on one team member per issue while the main team story ran as a subplot, building to a climax that would bring the team together.

Alpha Flight was originally designed as a super-hero team that could match up against the X-Men. Byrne challenged himself to bring the characters to life beyond a supporting role and shake the title’s billing as an X-Men spin-off. His entire first year on the book, after a full-team battle in issue #1, was spent building characters, dedicating an issue or two each, giving them some room to breathe. He had a plan though and it was building up to issue #12.

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The Wednesday Run – June 15, 2011

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

Alpha Flight #1
Written by: Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente
Illustrated by: Dale Eaglesham
Published by: Marvel Comics

Let’s see…

The uninspired Canadian men’s soccer team just crashed out of the 2011 Gold Cup in the measly group stage. The Vancouver Canucks hockey club look set to turtle and bow out of the Stanley Cup finals. And traffic in Toronto on a summer day is still…absolutely horrible.

Not a good time to be a Canadian, right? Right?

Wrong!

Alpha Flight is back, people!

That’s right! Canada’s premiere comic book super-group: Guardian, Vindicator, Northstar, Sasquatch, Shaman, Snowbird, Marrina and Aurora are here again! You remember them, eh? Eh?

Ok, so maybe Alpha Flight is a little niche, but it’s a popular niche with comic book readers – specifically Canadian comic book readers. They’re the super heroes that came out of the same covert government organization that gave us Wolverine for heavens sake. And you know those Canadian black-suit-government-guys can be a shady bunch…

The title had its hay day back in the 1980’s under the pen of comic’s legend John Byrne. In fact the series lasted for eleven years – not bad for niche. But the 90’s weren’t very kind to the group and neither has the new millennium, really. But vocal fans have always clamoured for more ‘Flight and Marvel editorial have always teased the Canuck super team at Canadian-based conventions.

And now it looks like things have finally gone “northern” again. Greg Pak, acclaimed writer of The Hulk has joined up with Canadian artist Dale Eaglesham, who is coming off of great runs on Fantastic Four and Justice Society of America. The new series promises to be engrossing while simultaneously visually stunning. Sure, the odds of it lasting longer than a year or two are somewhere north of, well, the north pole, but Canadians love an underdog and these Canadian characters always demand to be heard.

So get of your igloo (it’s finally sunny outside!), get on the maple syrup bandwagon and make the Wednesday run to your local comic book shop and give Alpha Flight a whirl. I promise it’ll be a good time – and that’s what comics like Alpha Flight are all aboot!

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