Some rumors were milling about the last couple days about a collector’s edition for the upcoming “Batman: Arkham City.” Well, it turns out the $99 price-point was accurate, and thanks to an announcement from Warner Bros. this morning, we get our first look at the premium package’s content. It doesn’t include a plastic Batarang, but there’s plenty of great stuff inside.
If you’re willing to pay the premium cost, the “Batman: Arkham City” collector’s edition is packed full of stuff that should please both fans of the videogame franchise and the comics.
First, there’s the collectible Batman statue, designed by Japanese toy company Kotobukiya. I wish the image released by Warner Bros. today had a more detailed close-up of the sculpture, but given Kotobukiya’s usually high-quality craftsmanship, I’m willing to bet this will look great next to all your other gaming paraphernalia.
The collector’s edition also comes with an art book, a copy of the DC animated-film “Batman: Gotham Knight,” early access to the Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map, a “Dark Knight Returns” skin, and four collectible cards. Also included is an “Arkham City” album from “hit artists.” There’s no indication who these “hit artists” are, but it doesn’t appear that this is a soundtrack, either. Weird.
The press release this morning also noted that the collector’s edition will be available in “limited quantities,” so if this is something you’re interested in, now may be a good time to visit your favorite retailer. “Batman: Arkham City” releases to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 18.
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Here’s another smash hit from the annals of the World’s Finest Slash Fiction Art. At Rome’s Villa Borghese gardens, you can stroll through the arbors and meditate on a sculpture of Batman readying his body for the Last Love of Krypton.
GEEKS, NERDS, SAVIORS
– ONE GROUP OF FRIENDS
WILL BECOME UNLIKELY HEROES
WHEN THE UNDEAD INVADE
SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!
July 18th, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – They read too many comics, watch too much sci-fi, and stammer when they talk to the ladies but only one group of friends can save Comic-Con International from the clutches of the undead as award-winning graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios brings you the hilariously epic FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES, originally conceived by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning producer Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty), CEO and founder of multimedia studio Electus, and Jimmy Fox, Head of Creative Development for Electus.
“BOOM!’s planning some major mayhem and lots of laughs with FVZ.” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES aims to put all those survival theories to the test and give readers some ideas for their own zombie apocalypse contingency plan. Be sure to read this book with someone you want to survive the zombie invasion with!”
They’ve been called geeks, nerds, and social outcasts, but when a group of fanboys take their annual trip to Comic-Con International they’ll find one of their greatest nightmares turned reality as San Diego becomes zombie ground zero. Armed only with the undead know-how they’ve gained from comic books, video games and horror movies, it’s up to one group of friends to navigate the Comic-Con feeding frenzy, and make it out alive! But will the zombie hordes be deadlier than they ever imagined? Can they save their friends along the way, and still make it out with some Comic-Con exclusives? Find out when the dead rise at Comic-Con International in the chilling and side-splitting epic, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES!
“Trust me when I say you’ll never look at Comic-Con or zombie stories the same way again once you feast your eyes on this gory and hilarious masterpiece,” said BOOM! Studios Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher. “BOOM!’s first book, back in the day, was ZOMBIE TALES – the company has been built on horror and humor comics. No one does zombies like BOOM! Studios!”
“BOOM! Studios is the ideal partner for this initiative as no one understands what serves this audience better than they do,” said Jimmy Fox, Head of Creative Development for Electus. “We wanted to create this for the real fans. The comic book junkies, the sci-fi nuts, the horror enthusiasts, the hardcore gamers – every one of them will be represented in our cast of characters. This is for any fan who has ever wondered what would happen if they had to play the role of the hero.”
From One Ring
For a week or so, we have been treated to an unprecedented look at the Dwarves from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Today, TheOneRing.net is both honored and humbled to be given the worldwide exclusive reveal of Thorin Oakenshield! (and Orcrist, the Goblin-cleaver!)
As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin’s kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge.
I know it’s not the original but it’s still frakking cool.