Cyborg Superman Goes One On One With Hal Jordan In Green Lanterns #57

Hal Jordan–one of the Green Lanterns of Sector 2814, which includes Earth in its jurisdiction–has made plenty of enemies during his time as a space cop like Sinestro, Relic, and Nekron to name a few. However, one particular thorn in Jordan’s side isn’t even a Green Lantern villain, he’s one of Superman’s: Cyborg Superman.

That’s right, the half-robotic Superman impostor from the Return of Superman story in the ’90s is back, closing out the Evil’s Might storyline, but this time, Jordan isn’t holding back, and Cyborg Superman doesn’t have the help of the Ravagers. And who better to bring back this character than the person that created him, Dan Jurgens?

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In Green Lanterns #57, Cyborg Superman–once known as Hank Henshaw–returns to Coast City, the home of Hal Jordan. When Henshaw shows up, things tend to go awry for the inhabitants of the city. However, Jordan is around this time to stop Henshaw’s destruction, as you can see in the exclusive preview of the issue above.

This story continues the Evil’s Might story, where Henshaw battled the Green Lantern Corps across the universe. The villain found a way to hack into the Green Lantern Corps rings and he teamed up with the Ravagers for the fight. Now, it’s just Jordan and Henshaw in this final battle for Coast City.

Green Lanterns #57 is written by Dan Jurgens, drawn by Mike Perkins, colored by Hi-Fi, and features lettering by Dave Sharpe. You can get a copy of the issue for yourself digitally or at a local comic shop on Wednesday, October 17.

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Does Trump have a ‘state-of-the-art Super TiVo’ or just regular ol’ DirecTV?

The president watches a lot of TV. He watches cable news, especially Fox News, although it’s obvious that only someone who watches a lot of CNN could deny watching it in such specific and lovelorn terms.

Exactly how Trump watches TV has never been clear, although it’s been covered several times. There is the mysterious “Beam TV” streaming system he apparently uses when traveling, although outside of a single mention in The New York Times, it does not appear to exist in a Google-able form. There is the military-administered TV system on Air Force One, which has caused him to “fly into a rage” upon catching negative coverage about himself several times.

And then there’s the “state-of-the-art Super TiVo” in the White House.

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DC’s Pennyworth Prequel Show Casts Its Young Alfred

With the final season of Gotham premiering next year, the show’s producers have already lined up the next Batman-related series to take its place. Pennyworth will focus on the early adventures of Batman’s butler, and the show’s star has now been announced.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jack Bannon will play the young Alfred. Bannon previously appeared in the award-winning The Imitation Game, as well as David Ayer’s war drama Fury and the acclaimed TV show Ripper Street. He joins Ben Aldridge, who has been cast as Thomas Wayne in the show.

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THR also provided a description for this new portrayal of Alfred, which sounds very different to the character played most recently by Jeremy Irons and Michael Caine on-screen. It states that Pennyworth‘s Alfred is “a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty, he’s the kind of person people would never take for a SAS killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

Although Pennyworth is written and produced by Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller, it is narratively unconnected to that show. It starts production in London next week and will premiere on Epix in 2019.

In related news, it has been confirmed that Gotham Season 5 will feature a number of time jumps. This final season will be based on the “No Man’s Land” story from the DC comic books, and is expected to premiere in early 2019.

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Fortnite’s new tournaments let anyone compete against pros for prizes

Fortnite’s competitive scene is still young, but so far, most tournaments and events have been invite-only, or restrictive in terms of who can actually participate. Soon, though, anyone will be able to throw their hat in the ring.

In-game tournaments will be available under the “Events” section of Fortnite, and they’ll be open to anyone who wants to participate. According to Epic Games, winners will be able to win “prizes,” but the developer would not specify what kind of rewards these would be. In the past, millions of dollars and plenty of V-Bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency, have been awarded in competitions. It’s possible that Fortnite may explore other types of prizes, such as emotes, but Epic Games declined to elaborate.

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Arrow Season 7: Oliver Queen’s Stay In Jail Is Brutal For His Team

When the sixth season of Arrow came to an end, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was in handcuffs, after agreeing to face punishment for years of vigilantism as the Green Arrow. In doing so, his team was granted immunity and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and William (Jack Moore) were sent to witness protection.

With the beginning of Season 7, viewers will be introduced to prison life for Oliver, and it isn’t pretty. In fact, his incarceration is exactly as vicious as you might expect, and maybe more so. As seen in trailers and images from the new episodes, not only is Oliver a constant target for those he’s locked up as the Green Arrow, but he’s also isolated from those who can protect him.

“It’s one of my favorite things this season, because it’s just so different from anything we’ve done before,” showrunner Beth Schwartz said during a press Q&A, following a screening of the premiere episode. “And it allows his character to be with other people. And I think that’s the fun of it… we wanted to keep him separate, because the reality of when you’re in prison, you’re not with your family. So his storylines are with the characters in the prison. And not as much with everyone else. So they are pretty separate.”

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That means while he’ll once again be tangling with the likes Danny “Brick” Brickwell (Vinnie Jones) and Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels), his moments with Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity will be few and far between. That said, it’s not as if his friends and family won’t have their own difficulties to deal with.

In several photos of Felicity from the premiere, it’s clear she was attacked, which leaves the status of William up in the air. What’s more, those two being separated from Oliver is taking a toll.

“They are not adapting well,” Schwartz teased. “They are both pretty miserable. They are away, Felicity is away from her husband, William is away from his father, and their family, and their city, and their real lives. So, it’s not going well.”

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Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be something that is resolved quickly, either. While the idea of stranding the lead of a show in jail away from the rest of the cast seems like a problem most series would want to resolve quickly, Oliver isn’t making a break for it anytime soon. In fact, after two months of filming, it was only the end of September when Amell was finally able to shave off the beard he grew for Oliver’s stint in prison, just in time to start filming the annual crossover, which will see Batwoman enter the fold.

So when you watch the Season 7 premiere and see just how terrible prison is for Oliver, strap in because it’s only going to get worse. Arrow premieres Monday, October 15, on The CW.

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Montblanc’s Summit 2 is the first smartwatch with Qualcomm’s next-gen wearable chip

The first smartwatch to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor has been announced, reports 9to5Google. The Montblanc Summit 2 is a premium watch that’s available today starting at $995, and it will benefit from many of the features introduced by Qualcomm’s new chipset, including a low-power secondary processor (which Montblanc claims offers a week of battery life on “Time Only mode”) and a much richer ambient display than Qualcomm’s previous hardware.

Outside of the new processor, the Summit 2 includes a healthy spec bump over the original Summit. RAM has been upped from 512MB to 1GB, and internal storage has gone from 4GB to 8GB. This hardware is housed in a 14.3mm-thick case equipped with a 1.2-inch screen that runs Wear OS…

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Don’t Expect To See Pikachu’s Lost Evolution, Gorochu, In A Pokemon Game

With the sheer number of new Pokemon that Game Freak regularly introduces to the series, there are inevitably some that get left on the cutting room floor. We recently got a glimpse at a handful of unused designs from the original Red and Blue versions, but the most shocking scrapped Pokemon we learned about was one dubbed “Gorochu,” which was originally intended to be another evolution for Pikachu after Raichu.

Ultimately, Gorochu was cut from the titles before their release, and Game Freak would go on to introduce a pre-evolution for Pikachu instead in its follow-up games, Gold and Silver. Now that Pikachu back in the limelight thanks to the upcoming Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee for Nintendo Switch, could we see its long-lost evolution Gorochu come back in some form? Not likely, according to Pokemon director Junichi Masuda.

“None of the Pokemon that we worked on, got to a point, and then discarded them have actually ever re-appeared yet, so I would say the chances are low,” Masuda explained to GameSpot through an interpreter. According to Masuda, one of the reason Pokemon such as Gorochu end up being cut is that they don’t fit into the game world.

“[W]e always have this base criteria at Game Freak of being able to explain why a certain Pokemon is in the world or why it exists in that world, trying to make it feel believable within the fantasy,” Masuda said. “And usually the ones that get rejected are Pokemon that we weren’t able to justify, I think. Usually there’s a reason for why they weren’t implemented, and as long as that reason still exists, they probably won’t be put in the game.

“We always say Pokemon isn’t a ‘character game.’ It’s not a game where it’s just the characters, but it’s a game that shows this world where these living creatures are existing in a space. That’s kind of a slight nuance, but that’s what we always try to go for at Game Freak. It’s not good enough that they’re just cute. They have to have something more to it.”

We touched on various other topics during our discussion with Masuda, including why rivals in Pokemon games aren’t jerks anymore. You can read our full interview soon. Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee release for Nintendo Switch on November 16, alongside a Poke Ball-shaped controller called the Poke Ball Plus. For more, check out our recent hands-on impressions of Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.

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Author: Kevin Knezevic

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