Following the release last week of Capcom’s DmC: Devil May Cry, Titan Comics has announced the digital debut today of the prequel comic DmC: Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil. Yes, it gets two colons.
The first of two installments can be purchased now from comiXology; both will be available in print in May.
A reimagining of the video-game franchise that’s sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, DmC is set in a parallel universe where Dante finds himself under attack by demons in a seemingly sentient town called Limbo City. He meets a girl named Kat, who sends him to meet Virgil, the leader of a demon-fighting organization — and Dante’s identical twin.
The release of downloadable content pack for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be delayed almost three months, apparently giving the video-game publisher time to remove the Magneto uniform that drew objections from Spain’s royal family.
According Capcom-Unity, the “Ancient Warrior” costume pack, originally set to debut today, now won’t be available until March 6 in the United States and March 7 in Europe. When it does arrive, however, it will contain only Firebrand, Arthur and Hulk; Magneto’s House of M-inspired skin will be gone.
The dispute dates back to 2005, when artist Mike Mayhew used the official portrait of King Juan Carlos as the basis for his cover of The Pulse: House of M Special. Except for the heads and the colors of their sashes, the images of Carlos and Magneto were virtually identical; even the medals and wall patterns matched (see below).
In 2005, Marvel drew the displeasure of Spain’s royal family when the official portrait of King Juan Carlos — right down to the sash, medals and wall pattern! — was used as the basis of Mike Mayhew’s image of Magneto for the cover of The Pulse: House of M Special. There were rumblings of legal action, followed by an apology and a new cover.
More than six years later, Magneto’s Juan Carlos-inspired uniform is back, this time as a downloadable skin for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. And so, too, are the royal family’s objections, apparently.
Courtesy of Kotaku and a Google translation comes word from the Madrid newspaper Heraldo that Zarzuela Palace has asked Spanish game distributor Koch Media to remove the skin, which is virtually identical to the uniform worn by Juan Carlos in his role as Captain General of Armies of the King.
Marvel has announced the addition of Rocket Raccoon and Dead Rising protagonist Frank West to the ever-expanding roster of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, in the process unveiling new posters from Captain America & Bucky artist Francesco Francavilla and Capcom’s Shinkiro.
Check out the full images below. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be released Nov. 15 in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Three down, one to go … here’s a list of the major comics-related announcements made at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday:
• A number of new projects were announced or promoted at Image’s Creator-Owned Comics panel, not the least of which is the return of Brian K. Vaughan to comic books. Vaughan will write a book called Saga, which is co-created and drawn by Fiona Staples. Vaughan told CBR that the book is “an epic drama chronicling the life and times of one young family fighting to survive a never-ending war. 100 percent creator-owned. Ongoing. Monthly. Fiona and I are banking issues now.”
• Image also announced that Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is collaborating with Charlie Adlard on a new series of graphic novels called Album. The books will be released roughly 18 months apart, 60 pages long, with different themes each year, with the first being Passenger. It’s co-published with Delcourt in France and will be available simultaneously in English and France.
• Jonathan Hickman and Nicky Pitarra will team up for The Manhattan Projects at Image. Hickman is also doing a book called Secret with artist Ryan Godenheim.
Archie Comics, which has published Sonic the Hedgehog comics since 1993, announced at New York Comic Con that it has acquired the rights to Capcom’s Mega Man.
Debuting in 1987, the Mega Man franchise has made the leap from video games to television to comics, with earlier series released in North America by UDON, Viz Media and Dreamwave Productions.
Archie’s Mega Man, which “promises to build a faithful legacy while exploring a vast universe of heroes, villains and robots,” will premiere in spring 2011 from Sonic the Hedgehog creators Ian Flynn and Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante (the latter also worked on Dreamwave’s Mega Man comic).
According to the publisher’s press release, the new series will follow the original Mega Man in his battles against his maniacal arch-nemesis Dr. Wily: “Mega Man’s jam-packed, fast-paced adventures are told from the perspective of Rock (a.k.a. Mega Man) the young boy with a peaceful heart now thrust into a life of conflict.”
Read the press release after the break:
During Friday night’s panel at New York Comic Con, the developers of the highly anticipated Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds revealed that Marvel’s Magneto and MODOK, as well as Bionic Commando‘s Nathan “Rad” Spencer and Ghosts ‘N Goblins‘ Sir Arthur, have joined the game’s sprawling list of playable characters.
Check out the screenshots, plus videos of Sir Arthur and Nathan “Rad” Spencer in action, after the break. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in spring 2011.
Consider it a whole different kind of “Marvel vs. Capcom”: On her deviantART account, artist suzuran has converted over 50 Marvel heroes and villains into adorable li’l 8-bit sprites in the style of Mega Man. Just click the above image to see it in its full sidescrolling glory.
If the current wave of 8-bit nostalgia produces nothing more than this, the Scott Pilgrim videogame, and that chiptunes cover of The Dark Side of the Moon, it’ll still have been worth it.
(via Agent M)
Among the avalanche of images coming out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), being held this week in Los Angeles, are gameplay videos and additional screenshots from Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, the much-anticipated next installment of the epic fighting game.
Officially announced in April, the follow-up to 2000′s New Age of Heroes is set for release next spring.
Reporting from E3, USA Today’s Brett Molina described the demo as mesmerizing, with slightly simplified fighting controls: “It’s as thrilling and fun as its Sega Dreamcast predecessor released 10 years ago.”
See gameplay videos and screenshots after the break.
Capcom has released high-resolution screenshots from Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, the much-anticipated latest installment of the popular fighting game.
The images, which you can see at full size at the Capcom Unity blog, feature Wolverine, Ryu, Hulk, Iron Man, Chris Redfield and, I don’t know, what looks like a massive Spider-Man balloon from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Officially announced in April, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 will be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in spring 2011.
On the heels of the official announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 comes hints that the latest installment of the epic fighting game could cross over into comics.
Kotaku reports that although Marvel won’t confirm discussion of an adaptation, a representative for UDON Entertainment, which holds the Street Fighter license, said a comic would be a “natural progression.”
“The comic medium is such an influence on both companies, both franchises,” UDON Project Manager Jim Zubkavich told the gaming blog. “You look at the game, the style, it’s built off of a comic book aesthetic. It’s such a natural fit. It’s easy to build off of. The reality is, we are a generation of people who love these fan crossovers, it’s almost like fan fiction come to life.”
However, a company spokesman was quick to clarify the publisher isn’t in a position to confirm a possible comic-book crossover.
Ontario-based UDON has held the comics rights to Street Fighter since 2003, and currently releases the titles Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki. The publisher also has provided artwork for Capcom games like Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Capcom Fighting Evolution, and promotional art for the re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is set for release in spring 2011.