DC Comics Blackest Night TPB (2010) Geoff Johns/Ivan Reis


2013-04-25 16.20.17Unfortunately for me back in 2010 I did not pick up the 8 part comic book series from DC Blackest Night but I now wish I had. Never fear though just as DC always do they released the trade paper back version of the series which gathers and collects all 8 single issues into one collection and this book does not dissappoint.

Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Ivan Reis this is one epic story for all DC comic book fans. Blackest Night” involves Nekron, a personified force of death who resurrects deceased superheroes and seeks to eliminate all life and emotion from the universe.

I am really interested in DC over Marvel these days, sure Marvel have some great movies that have released and soon to come also but DC hasn’t had the same attention in cinemas hence the general non-comic book reader isn’t as familiar but I feel DC characters have a lot more back story and the characters are more fully fleshed out in my opinion at least. DC comics are more of a thinking man’s comic book it feels compared with the run and gun Marvel characters and stories.

I had a great time with this and includes most of the Justice League heroes working together with not just the green lantern corps, but the story brings together the 5 other lanterns corps (orange, blue, yellow, saphire, indigo) all to save the earth and the universe from annihilation.

The storyline was first mentioned at the conclusion of the “Sinestro Corps War” in Green Lantern vol. 4, #25. As the war between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps reaches its climax, the four Green Lanterns of Earth—Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner—are told by the Guardians Ganthet and Sayd of the Blackest Night prophecy. According to the prophecy, the two existing Corps would be joined by five new ones, each driven by a specific emotion and empowered by a specific color of the emotional spectrum, leading to a “War of Light” that would subsequently destroy the universe. Johns says the prophecy has its origins in the story “Tygers” by Alan Moore, which touches on the rising up of the Guardians’ enemies the Weaponers of Qward, Ranx the Sentient City, and the Children of the White Lobe, the destruction of the Green Lanterns, and shows Sodam Yat and Mogo dying. Atrocitus, however, denies the accuracy of this prophecy, suggesting that it blended the Blackest Night and the Sinestro Corps War with pure falsehood. – Source: wikipedia.com

Here are just a few of my favorite pages in the book:

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The black lantern corps have turned Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and others

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If you are a fan of the DC comic book universe or a fan of comics in general, you shouldn’t miss this story it is well written and the artwork in the book is amazing. I would definately recommend it.

How Have I Neglected To Mention These?


The month of March 2013 has been an amazing month for video games. We had the Tomb Raider reboot, Sim City and StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm launch all to amazing success (Sim City eventually got there).

I have played all 3, finished the Starcraft 2 HotS campaign and played through Tomb Raider to completion with so far a 83% completion rating. Not to mention Sim City, that game since launch has sucked away 70+ hours of my life, time of which I will never get back.

A quick look at a few of my cities in Sim City, a large metropolis along the coast with limited land size and a tourist town attracting people with an Expo Center.

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I cannot measure the fun I’ve had with these games over the last few weeks, how have I neglected to mention these at all? Epic fail.

Tomb Raider: Underworld [PC] Screens of the Day – Monday 11 February, 2013


I’ve been a little quiet on here the past week or so but things have been pretty busy with work. In my spare time though I’ve been playing through quite a bit of the most recent Tomb Raider game, Tomb Raider Underworld on PC. This game is really great, visually very impressive for a game that is 4-5 years old already but I’ve been getting pretty excited for the upcoming release of the new Tomb Raider reboot to the franchise due out next month.

In a way I’ve been catching up with the other games before getting stuck into a new Tomb Raider adventure. The new game is a total reboot of the series so it is not a continuation of any original storylines, but hey here are some screenshots taken on my journey so far. These are taken from the Thailand level. I haven’t edited any of these screenshots, many of which were just sitting in my screenshot bin so some may be pretty good, others not so great but I’ll post them all up on here anyway.

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Play Sim City 4 At Higher Resolutions


Are you a fan of the super popular city building game SimCity 4? Are you still playing this game today but hate the lower resolutions the game natively allows you to select in the options screen? Well you’re in luck, I guess the guys over at Maxis did think about the future and the game does indeed support custom resolutions. I play the game in 1920×1080 as is my monitor’s native resolution and the game looks much better, let alone the extra screen real estate you have with all the mayor tools in the game!

All you need to do is add this to the target of your SimCity4 shortcut:

-CustomResolution:enabled -r1920x1080x32

Just change 1920x1080x32 to the resolution you’re looking for. Be sure to add the text after the quotation marks of the target. So it should look like:

“C:\Program Files\Maxis\SimCity 4\Apps\SimCity 4.exe” -CustomResolution:enabled -r1680x1050x32

If you’re using the Deluxe version, keep in mind that the target will likely be in a different folder:

“C:\Program Files\Maxis\SimCity 4 Deluxe\Apps\SimCity 4.exe” -CustomResolution:enabled -r1680x1050x32

If you’re using Steam, add the extra parameter without quotation marks to Launch Options (right-click SimCity 4, select properties) of the game.

Guild Wars 2 Screens of the Day – Tuesday 22 January, 2013


I’ve made some pretty good progress in the game, almost LV 30 and have reached an awesome looking place called Lion’s Arch which is almost dead in the middle of the world map. I’ve traveled to some crazy places in this game but the feeling of satisfaction you get in these games just exploring and traveling is something else. Almost like the thrill of traveling in real life hehe. Here are some of the latest screen caps of my travels so far since last post.

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Guild Wars 2 Screens of the Day – Sunday 13 January, 2013


Ok, bit of a status update. I have progressed 2 levels in the past week taking my human elementalist to level 22. I’ve recently returned back to work so things are starting to pick up and get busier which unfortunately doesn’t leave a lot of time for games but I try to play a little on weekends so I should at least have some new stuff I’ve found cool in the world of GW2 for the week each weekend.

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