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Cyberpunk 2077. Welcome to Life in Night City! Trauma Team #2 Reviewed

24 Sep

Issue #2 Cover

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
October 7, 2020

Dark Horse Comics

Potential Spoiler Alert

Parts of the West Coast of North America may seem clear of the haze from the wildfires in California, but I see the future being presented to me sooner than I realize. All those orange hues in the sky certainly put me in the mood to look at the preview of issue #2, and thankfully we are not headed to that Blade Runner 2049 universe.

Well, not yet. If corporations are truly going to take over and put in measures to that future Cullen Bunn predicts in this comic, then we’re all doomed.

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Cyberpunk 2077! On Trauma Team & Transhumanism

10 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
September 9, 2020

Dark Horse Comics
SPOILER ALERT

The release of Cyberpunk 2077 Trauma Team does more than bring fond memories of why I love R. Talsorian’s roleplaying game of the same name. It has undergone many revisions, going from 2020 to Red (to keep the idea futuristic) and to see it finally come to a comic book is a cybernetic wet dream come true. Miguel Valderrama‘s artistic style and layouts tells long time fans of this world that he knows what fans want from a game that’s hasn’t gotten a lot of transition into other media. Jason Wordie‘s bold use of colours are exceptional. These two artists most likely examined what made collecting the books appealing before realizing Cullen Bunn’s tale to a smorgasbord of anime style action!

The video game is coming soon (November 19) and I’m ready to soak up any other material being released prior as my anticipation to ride the virtual information highway is already at an all time high!

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The Art of Cyberpunk 2077 is set for Apr 2020!

2 Dec

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

I remember the days when Cyberpunk 2020 was the definitive role playing game about a high tech dystopian future. William Gibson‘s world featuring the neuromancer was fully realized in this product and with that year right around the corner, we are not there yet. Virtual Reality ala the Matrix has not taken hold! Flash forward to now, Dark Horse Books and CD Projekt RED have advanced the time frame to look at The World of Cyberpunk 2077!

I almost have to ask myself what happened? Has some conglomerate slowed the technological efforts so all that BioWare take place much later? Technically, Mike Pondsmith (creator of the game) revealed more than a few wars happened with the game universe. Cyberpunk 203X explains what happened, and players of the pen and paper game derided the shift to using miniatures to power the imagination.

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From Manga to Film, Alita: Battle Angel Reaching Zalem & Sequel Hopes

25 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s Gunnm (Alita: Battle Angel in America) barely scratches the surface of what the 28 volume manga is (including Last Order and excluding Mars Chronicles which is still ongoing). Ever since Cameron announced he secured the rights in 2000 to bringing Gally’s (her name in the original manga) story to the cinema, I wondered if all the series will be covered. The anime barely scratched the surface. According to Polygon, this producer secured the rights for future video treatments and no further animation is likely to happen.

This film uses most of the American naming conventions than stick to the original. The CGI and motion capture technology to realize what Cameron wanted was not there and the wait for this film was frustrating. Cameron’s first idea was to turn the heroine into a Joan of Arc type figure and thankfully Kishiro corrected him. Gally is a rōnin. She serves no master. It makes sense, because in all her travels in the manga, she either had to leave people she cares for behind or they will die. This detail was revealed in a taped Q&A in early screenings of this film and to have this manga artist give his nod of approval is a good sign.

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