All Access Weekly Gives Thanks

November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! That's not a salutation, it's a COMMAND.

Whether you're with your families or left on your own most of the afternoon seeing who's on X-Box Live and occasionally checking twitter to see if anyone's posting anything other than Instagram pictures of their dinner, we hope that you take the time out to at least ruminate on the things in your life that you're thankful for.

As the fastest five minutes in gaming, tech, and comics, we have the benefit of having a lot of cool stuff come up on our radar. Here are just some of the things we're thankful for.


Shoot-Em-Up Style

It's a good time of year to be a fan of first-person shooters, with the two most revered franchises releasing their latest installments (Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2). The timing means that you have plenty of time to put either or both on your Christmas list. Or better yet, if you already have them, you can use your upcoming four-day weekend to explore all the new options, maps, and features of the games.

The Wii U:

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It seems like forever since we've had a new gaming system from one of the big three. Really it's only been five years, in fact since the release of the Wii U's predecessor, the Wii (which I guess hadn't enrolled in college yet).

It'd be a stretch to call this a next-gen system, since it still lags slightly behind its main competitors in terms of graphics. Yet the innovation behind both the GamePad and the forthcoming TVii promise to make it at the very least a new and unique gaming experience, particularly if we keep getting games like Ninja Gaiden 3 that actually incorporate the GamePad effectively.


Phone Upgrades

The iPhone 5 may not have set our worlds on fire, since the improvements are hardly the great leaps forward that, say, the 3 or 4 were respectively. The good news, though, is that the 4s can be obtained for a song with a new contract upgrade. SO LONG, FLIP PHONE!


It wasn't long ago that the iPad seemed like the only real player on the market, and yet suddenly we have a deluge of options. Now there's Microsoft's Surface, Google's Nexus 7, and the various offerings from Amazon. And the increase in choices are drawing more people to create real content for them, which only sweetens the deals.


Marvel NOW!

Marvel isn't exactly re-inventing the wheel with its latest comic book initiative, nor is it completely shaking up its continuity like its main competitor did with "The New 52." But maybe that's a good thing. Really, the ideal is to remake your line with the idea of bringing in brand new readers while keeping enough respect for what you've been doing to not scare away your current (permanent) fanbase. What sells us, though, are the creative teams they've lined up on these books.

Deadpool #1

On sale now!

Seriously, have you read it yet? We've spilled quite a bit of digital ink over it, but it's worth it. Probably the most fun book we've read from the big two in years, and it's just getting started. The fact that Marvel greenlit a storyline about the Presidents coming back as angry zombies as the first storyline should tell you all you need to know.

Justice League of America's Vibe #1

Coming this February

No, really. Geoff Johns is giving one of the most infamous characters of all time his own title, and we're actually intrigued by it.

The Detroit JLA of the mid-1980s had a lot of problems, but it might be remembered most for Vibe, a new character created by Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton who was written as brash and rebellious, but so much so that at times he seemed like an antagonist. Then there was all the goofy breakdancing and street lingo that didn't quite jive with how real people talked, ever. Let's not even get into the racially charged aspects of the character as one of the team's numerous ethnic stereotypes. He eventually became so unpopular that DC had one of Professor Ivo's androids kill him off almost as an after-thought.

The thing is, though, that the character did have some promise, it's just the execution that made him awful. In the right hands he could have made that book really interesting. Now that enough time has passed and DC's continuity has been rebooted (on a few occasions), now's the perfect time to start from scratch with him.


Most of all, though, we're thankful for all the folks that take the time every week to read our ramblings and watch us online and every Thursday at midnight when host Katie Linendoll gives us the rundown during the fastest five minutes in gaming, tech, and comics. We wouldn't be here without you!We'll be off again this week but will return with an all-new episode on Thursday, November 29th. See you then!

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