Mortal Kombat 11 didn't take Best Fighting Game at the 2019 Game Awards, but it did offer a glimpse of its next downloadable character! The Joker has a slightly updated design in the new teaser intro unveiled during the live show. Take a look:
The latest Injustice 2 preview is going back to a character we've seen before, know well, and will rediscover with a whole new bag of tricks! See what's new from Catwoman as she battles Harley Quinn, Batman and Poison Ivy:
Word on the street is that they're some of the worst heroes around, and they're coming to Injustice: Gods Among Us Mobile! The stars of Warner Brothers' latest cinematic installment Suicide Squad will be yours to unlock as new character skins in the free-to-play mobile app! Watch the trailer below:
As previously reported; the world will get its first glimpse of Injustice 2 gameplay this weekend during a live presentation by NetherRealm Studios Creative Lead Ed Boon [full story]! Those in attendance will also receive swanky new promotional t-shirts for the DC Comics fighter - which appear to hint at some of the heroes we'll be seeing soon!
When it comes to the Injusice: Gods Among Us tie-in series from DC Comics, there are a few inescapable truths.
For one; this is a tie-in product for a video game, which invariably means there's some consideration given to the new audience it will hopefully attract. By extension, it's impossible to ignore the word-of-mouth success the series has already claimed in just a few short months. Gamers are flocking to digital chapters to learn more about the playable characters; while comics readers are intrigued by a corporate comic dwelling on the fall of its greatest hero.
Injustice: God Among Us #2 [released February 27] is written by Tom Taylor, with shared art chores by Mike S. Miller & Bruno Redondo. Mortal Kombat Online is reviewing the digital version of this issue, which encompasses weekly Chapters 4 through 6 [read more]. Much moreso than #1, this is an episodic collection, each chapter much more readily isolated as a stand-alone read.
The issue picks up immediately where the last issue ended -- following the fall-out of a bombshell twist that saw Superman - acting under the influence of Scarecrow's fear toxin - inadvertently kill Lois Lane and trigger a nuclear bomb in Metropolis. Anyone who has been following promotion for the game knows that this is the pivotal moment that sets up the Gods Among Us beat 'em up universe.
The murder plot is the work of The Joker: not traditionally a Superman opponent, but certainly no more partial to The Man of Steel than he is The Dark Knight Detective.
You get a sense that there is - or should be - more to this story than we know. Joker's reasons for being in Metropolis -- a trip that includes the casual, quickly forgotten murder of Superman's pal, Jimmy Olsen [see; Issue #1] -- aren't explained. To think a comic focused on backstory would gloss over this catalytic detail seems like a discredit to the creators involved. Joker may have a reputation for being a wildcard, but his actions are rarely so incongruous or shallow, particularly in a story that derives from them. There are enough masterminds in play to suspect manipulations by someone more motivated, like Lex Luthor, but doubt lingers. Depth, detail, and causality certainly weren't strengths of the first issue.
Even with the benefit of a grander conspiracy, there are those inescapable truths about the series. It's difficult to ignore the sense of reverse-engineering that is the plot of a tie-in. The high concept of the lead product is a world where Superman has turned tyrant, leading to superhero civil war. Without the fundamental alterations of a story like Red Son, it takes the death of Lois Lane (and Metropolis) to turn Superman heel and no more than that. It's the ends that are most important here, not the means. It feels that way throughout.
If obligations to a conclusion have robbed the story of any of its own complexity, then it becomes troublesome that there is an obvious eye for a new reader, as well.
Rather than sell the virtues of enduring characters and their developed history, the popular wisdom of the day is to pitch lobbed soft balls. Deft writers can weave layers that satisfy new and old readers with the right sense of familiarity beneath a scene, but that isn't the case in Injustice #1 or #2.
At times, the script rings untrue, offering shadow versions of scenes you'll recognize from other stories, without any real sense of referencial wisdom. They depict characters as slightly unfamiliar with each other, presumably to the expectation of an unfamiliar reader. This is evident in a bizarrely restrained interrogation scene between Batman and arch-nemesis Joker. Set immediately after the total annihilation of one of DCU America's biggest and brightest cities - Metropolis - it's all a bit shallow.
Joker, like the first issue, meanders through frustratingly uncomplicated observations of what is about to occur. Batman is surly, but accomodating and ineffective. They'd be cartoon versions of themselves, if the cartoons hadn't already set that bar higher.
The counter-culture appeal of both characters makes them easy targets for a gaming audience, but these heavyhitters usually demand more on their home turf. With a structure built around bombastic reveals, it all becomes killing time, rather than Killing Joke. It must be said that this is undeniably valid and successful for attracting unfamiliar eyes, but even they will notice everything feels a little inconsequential as things develop and the game arrives.
Injustice: Gods Among Us promises big things from it's upcoming release in April. Set in a distopian version of the DC Universe, we've known since inception that a New Regime was coming, and that it was probably led by Superman.
Thanks to the latest trailer from DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, we now have a more vivid impression of exactly why the worlds greatest heroes have become its greatest threat!
The "Death of Metropolis" story mode trailer [above] is packed with details; elaborating on the heart wrenching backstory being told simultaneously by DC Comics, in the official Injustice: Gods Among Us comic book.
Superman and his allies are set to take control when The Joker succeeds in manipulating The Man of Steel into breaking his one golden rule. The elaborate plot sees Lois Lane suffer a grim demise, her fate directly tied to that of the destroyed city of tomorrow - Metropolis!
Batman and his team of rebels will be forced to clash with the greatest heroes turned tyrant! Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Arrow and Hawkgirl appear to be among the Regime figures he'll face; joined by a motley crew of bedfellows: Green Arrow, Cyborg, Lex Luthor and Harley Quinn.
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Thanks to MK Online forum member dracine for posting about this in our message board, as well as insidious_t for the News Lead.