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Explore your favorite Marvel character’s history with this graphic novel sale.

Almost 300 digital Marvel graphic novel collections are on sale at Amazon for just $ 0.99 each. Most of these volumes were previously priced at $ 10.99, though some were a few dollars higher or lower. These collections include multiple issues to illustrate the backstory and beyond of various Marvel heroes and villains. To read these comics, you’ll need either the Kindle app or Comixology app which can be downloaded onto your computer, smartphone or tablet.

If you just can’t wait for Black Panther 2, kick back and catch up with Wakanda’s hero tonight. If hearing that Defenders Season 2 on Netflix might not happen bums you out, pick up the beginning of the team’s comic series to ease the pain. The Marvel Firsts: The 1970s is a really nice collection too with more issues included than most of the volumes in this sale.

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Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Vainglory’, ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’, ‘Portal Knights’, ‘Dashy Crashy’, and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. There were lots of big updates in the last week, with some substantial added content to some really cool games of all types. I’ve put together a selection for you to take a gander at as you prepare for the week. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free Due to its recent major update, Avengers Academy was lagging behind the other mobile Marvel titles in starting its Black Panther event, but it finally kicked off last Friday. Panther was originally added to the game in the Civil War event, but if you missed him you’ve got another chance to get him now. New recruits include Okoye and Shuri, with the remaining slots rounded out by the returning Thor and Valkyrie for some reason. It’s kind of a weird event because the new mechanics make it a little hard to sort out what needs to be done, but it is what it is.

Death Road to Canada, $ 11.99 The notes call this a mini-update, but as it adds the ability to rip toilets out of the ground and huck them at zombies, I refuse to diminish it with such prefixes. It also added a Valentine’s Day event, but if you didn’t catch it already, you missed it. Sorry. The whole toilet-throwing thing required the game to support spraying pipes and bolted furniture, so it does those things now. The hard-working developers also added a bow weapon, which is silent but deadly, just like Carter. Throw in a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks, and you’ve got the winner of this week’s coveted UMMSotW award.

Vainglory 5V5, Free I guess Vainglory‘s name is now Vainglory 5V5. It is a mobile MOBA and also maybe a fruit juice. This update adds a new three-lane map with true line-of-sight fog of war. You can also capture two new dragons named Blackclaw and Ghostwing. Why are they never named Peter? Oh well. You can now collect crystals and weapon orbs from fallen heroes to beef up your own hero, and there are four new vision items. This is just a smattering of all the new stuff that awaits you with this update, so feel free to check out the update notes if you want more information.

Dashy Crashy, Free Dashy Crashy is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a sweet new ride. You see, this year is the year of the dog, so you get a dog car. You know, I could swear I’ve seen that design somewhere before. Hm. Well, I already feel dumb for not remembering, so before I feel any dumber, let’s move on. Drive the car for free, collect 168 bones before March 2nd, and you get to keep that lovely thing. That’s awfully nice, isn’t it?

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Free It is the year 2018 and the mobile version of the original Injustice is still getting new characters and content. Astounding. The new character in question is Batman Gaslight, who steps out of the pages of Gotham by Gaslight. What a cool new addition. By sheer coincidence, that comic has recently been adapted as an animated movie, so you can check it out there if you missed the original story. As for the game, there’s also some new gear on offer in the form of the Master’s Death Cart, which evolves from the Master’s Arms. That’s about it, but what more could you expect at this stage?

The Battle of Polytopia, Free Online multiplayer! Wow! Polytopia now supports online multiplayer for up to 12 players. It works cross-platform between iOS and Android, and it’s free for anyone who has purchased any of the paid tribes. Awesome. If you don’t have one of those tribes already, they’re only $ 0.99 each, so this new mode is a steal no matter how you carve that turkey. This update also updates the UI and improves compatibility with new hardware and iOS versions. Very impressive for such a small developer, if you ask me.

RGB Express, $ 1.99 RGB Express is a pretty popular game, and with good reason. It’s got a lot of style, and some of the puzzles are really tough. And now there’s more of it! How about that? A new Mirror Mode has been added that unlocks after you complete 100 levels. Sure, it just flips the stages, but new challenges are new challenges. Speaking of, the par values of some levels in Expert Mode have been made even tougher. Expert Mode is unlocked when you clear 200 levels, in case you haven’t found it before. This update also improves the tutorials and fixes some bugs.

OK Golf, $ 2.99 The more I think about it, the more brilliant I think the name OK Golf is. Like, if the game had failed, they could have just pointed to the name and say that it was only meant to be okay. In the case of success, they can now follow it up with a sequel that is called Better Golf or OK Is Just Fine We Don’t Need To Overuse Strong Adjectives And/Or Superlatives Golf. Anyway, it’s the anniversary of the game’s release, so you get a new anniversary course. There’s also a Lunar New Year event that has you hunting down flying lanterns to unlock a special hole. Okay.

Portal Knights, $ 4.99 Phew, here’s another really big update. It’s called the Adventurer’s Update, apparently. If you are not an adventurer, please skip to the next paragraph. First, the game now supports dual-stick controllers. There are new quests with new characters and a brand new guild to check out. Some furniture is now interactive, and there are more than 50 new deco props to play with. Let’s see… 20 new exotic weapons? Does that tickle your fancy? There is a bunch of other stuff too, so check out the update notes if you’re curious.

Assoluto Racing, Free Hey, nice get, Assoluto Racing. Ford joins the party with the Ford Focus RS, the Ford Mustang 2018, the Ford Mustang Boss 429 1969, and the Ford GT40. I’m sure there will be more to come from this new partnership, but that’s a pretty nice selection to start with. While the new cars are the focus of this update, the developers also made a number of improvements and balance adjustments while they had the proverbial hood open.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!


‘Marvel Avengers Academy’ Just Got a Big Overhaul for its Second Anniversary

Those readers unfortunate enough to follow me on Twitter know that I have a terrible vice, and its name is Marvel Avengers Academy [Free]. The game’s original concept, which sounded like something between a city builder and a dating sim, pulled me in at launch. While it has done an absolutely terrible job of delivering on its initial promises, the entertaining writing and deep character cuts managed to keep me coming back anyway. The game just hit its second anniversary, and to honor the occasion developer TinyCo has brought some seriously big changes to the campus. Good? Bad? I suppose we’ll have to see how things play out, but it’s certainly different.

As mentioned, the original idea behind Avengers Academy seemed to be a game where you developed your own campus for training young superheroes. You would send them to do tasks to gather resources to buy new buildings and unlock new characters, gradually ranking them up to resemble their usual adult selves. It was never clear how the game’s dating mechanics were going to work, and nothing ended up coming of those early promises. Instead, the game more or less become a series of back-to-back events that involved an awful lot of combat. Not the worst thing in the world, but it doesn’t seem like combat was originally meant to be as important as it ended up being. At the best of times it was a game of rock-paper-scissors that had to reset character levels with each event lest new players be left behind.

The new version seems to be aware of its current reality. The core loop still requires players to complete missions by sending their heroes to perform various tasks, but the rewards for doing so are now stamina points which can be used to battle enemies. Through combat, you will earn coins and materials for both leveling and ranking up your heroes, making them more powerful and able to handle tougher foes. Those improved stats are now permanent, so any effort you put into upgrading your favorites will not be wasted. There’s no two ways about it, though: you’re going to have to fight often from here on out if you want to do anything at all in the game.

The combat system has seen major changes in light of its new importance. Each character has been assigned one each of three roles and five types. The roles determine where they are best positioned in battles, and the types form a circle of strengths and weaknesses. You can now field up to five heroes, and their positions matter quite a bit now. In the old system, your heroes succeeded or failed as a team. Now, front-row tanks will absorb damage while the back-row attackers deal blows. When a character’s hit points run out, they’re removed from the battle. Taking advantage of types and upgrading your characters are essential to success.

The game’s UI has also seen some dramatic changes. If you want my honest opinion, these changes are for the worse. It takes more tapping around and going into and out of menus to get things done compared to before, and some of the color choices for fonts and backgrounds make it hard or at times impossible to read text. Kinks to be ironed out, I suppose. There are now daily goals to shoot for, and a daily login system that rewards players for showing up every day.

I haven’t mentioned all of the changes here, but I’m sure you get the gist. What was once little more than a Marvel-themed fishbowl of sorts is now a much more involved game. Some players are going to like that change and others are not. My only concern is that the more complicated a game’s mechanics are, the greater the opportunity for some added nasty monetization to get brought in. To be frank, Avengers Academy already had plenty of that, and I’m not sure it can handle much more while still keeping a healthy fanbase. Many of these new systems are highly reminiscent of TinyCo’s Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow [Free], and that app seems to have gone over like a lead balloon both critically and commercially.

Still, there’s no sense worrying about it before we see how the hand plays out. I’m hoping these new changes don’t skew the game too badly against players who are unwilling or unable to throw balled-up wads of hundred-dollar bills at it, and I think the user interface needs a serious re-examination, but it is nice to see so much effort put into an update at this stage of the game’s life. This isn’t really what I was looking or hoping for from Avengers Academy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cool in its own right.


Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Rules of Survival’, ‘Cooking Dash’, ‘Marvel Future Fight’, ‘Sniper Fury’, and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Well, it was another somewhat slow week in terms of content updates. A lot of developers are still trying to catch up with iPhone X and/or iOS 11 compatibility issues, I think, which really just leaves the evergreen service games to populate this column for the time being. Sorry, but I’ll try to at least be entertaining about it all until things pick up again. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

Rules of Survival, Free Wow, another update so soon? Neat. Rules of Survival, I expect you to be useful for filling out these columns for the forseeable future, okay? This is actually a rather big update with a lot of details. UI fixes, sure, and some minor improvements to the visuals and some sound effects. But it’s the new content additions that are headlining things, including weapon camo, a new Bunny Girl look, an improved looks interface, a new token store, advanced supply boxes, a team-up request option, and a spectator feature for the battle results screen. That’s a lot of new stuff to juggle, but I have faith you’re all up to the task.

MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free The holidays are over and it’s still something like seven weeks until the next Marvel movie launches, so what is a Marvel app to do to bide the time? In the case of Avengers Academy, the answer appears to be a vague shrug of the shoulders. The latest event is billed as the Return of A-Force, which it certainly is, but as far as new additions to the game go, you’ve got a Premium Red She-Hulk and a bunch of characters that were made up for the game. Mostly nameless henchmen. Oh well, if nothing else it’s a chance for newer players to add some cool heroes to their campus. Still waiting on Dazzler-Thor to properly complete the set, though.

Frozen Free Fall, Free Yes, this is still getting updates. It seems like someone can’t… let it go? Sorry, but also not sorry. There are a few things in this update to the popular Disney puzzle game, with the highlight probably being the 40 new levels that have been added to the Endless map. There’s a new… obstacle? Item? Anyway, Elsa’s left her gloves laying around and you need to make matches beside them to pack them into boxes. There are also some new decorations for your plaza including a Snow Globe Cart and a Barrel of Carrots. I’m capitalizing those words because I am unclear as to whether or not they are specific and/or unique objects. Not going to take any chances with Disney.

MARVEL Future Fight, Free There’s no cute theme to wrap this update into, but you get two new characters and some new costumes, so it’s hard to complain too much. Unfortunately as has been the case for the last couple of updates, you probably won’t be getting your hands on either of the new roster additions without spending some money. I suppose I should say who they are, though. From Cosmic Marvel, it’s Jim Starlin’s other pet, Adam Warlock! And from the X side of the equation, it’s Logan’s clone-daughter, X-23! Laura Kinney really should be in every Marvel game by now, if you want my opinion. This update also includes some new Marvel Legacy-inspired costumes for Falcon, Punisher, and Satana. This is a quiet week and I like X-23, so I guess I’ll give this game the coveted UMMSotW award this time around.

Cooking Dash™, Free Wait, I just remembered. There is a holiday coming soon, and it’s a big one! The Lunar New Year is only a few weeks away now, and it looks like Cooking Dash is getting a head start on things with its newest version. You can ring in the Chinese New Year by cooking some dim sum at the Dim Sum Citadel. There are 60 new levels to play featuring such tasty dishes as potstickers, spring rolls, egg tarts, sesame balls, and more. Deck your restaurant out for the season in decor inspired by the Chinese New Year to really set the mood. Likely just the first of many, so you’d best get ready.

Sniper Fury, Free It’s version 3.0 of that game whose ads were kind of inappropriate to throw into the ol’ incentivized video rotation that could show up in kids’ games. There’s a new region that the dad-jokey update notes seem to imply is connected with virtual reality, a new mentoring system, global chat, a new Protector class, a new quest system, and a bunch of little quality of life improvements and tweaks. I HAVE FURY!

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!


Marvel is finally giving Black Widow her own movie

One of the longest-running fan complaints in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the studio’s reluctance to give Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow her own standalone film, but now it looks like the studio is finally serious about making the project happen. Variety reports that the studio has hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write a script for the as-of-yet untitled film.

The project is reportedly still in the development stages without a formal greenlight in place, but the fact that Marvel is even developing a Black Widow movie is significant. Johansson has been part of the larger franchise since 2010, when she appeared in Iron Man 2. But despite the prominence of her character in The Avengers and subsequent movies, she has…

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Marvel wants to help you make comics, just leave out the farts

If you've ever wanted to make your own comic but don't quite have the skills to draw one, Marvel and Tap Tap Comics have a solution. Called Marvel: Create Your Own, the new app will let you choose a Marvel character, pose them on various backgrounds…
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Marvel wants you to write comics with no farts, death, aliens, gossip, or ‘social issues’

In a press release today, Marvel announced Create Your Own, a new platform that allows fans to create original comic strips using Marvel characters and stock background illustrations. The tagline is “Your Own Marvel Universe.”

Fans don’t have access to the platform yet, though details are “coming soon.” Whether the version of the Marvel Universe you create is “Your Own” is arguable, however, given that the terms and conditions state that users are forbidden from distributing the content off-platform or using it for any commercial enterprise.

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‘WWE Mayhem’ is Like the ‘Marvel Contest of Champions’ of Wrestling Games, Available Now

The WWE has been raking it in on the App Store with their stable of casual, free to play games aimed at wrestling fans. Games like WWE Champions [Free], WWE Tap Mania [Free], and WWE Supercard [Free] allow us to collect all of the over-the-top characters us wrestling fans love by way of breezy, casual gameplay that’s well-suited for mobile. These games certainly aren’t for everyone but it’s hard to deny just how successful they’ve been. Today the WWE stable of mobile games increases by one with the release of WWE Mayhem [Free], which was created in partnership with Reliance Games. This is a casual fighting game in a similar vein to Kabam’s Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] or NetherRealm’s Injustice 2 [Free]. Here’s the trailer for WWE Mayhem so you can see it in action.

You might be thinking, “Hey didn’t WWE already release a swipe fighter?” and you would be correct. WWE Immortals [Free] has been kicking and punching on the App Store for nearly 3 years now, and based on its update frequency I don’t see it going anywhere. WWE Mayhem, while being a very similar type of game, definitely plays differently than WWE Immortals and also features more “grounded” versions of its WWE Superstars.

One thing that kind of turned me off to WWE Immortals was how its characters were these strange fantasy spin-off versions, which sometimes could result in something cool but more often than not was just sort of silly. WWE Mayhem may feature extremely stylized and over-the-top (even more so than the real-life versions) characters, but at least they’re mostly faithful to the actual real-world superstars. There are sure to be fans of both games, and I definitely think there’s room for both to coexist.

As for WWE Mayhem specifically, I’ve played around with it for a bit and I actually really like it. You’re probably familiar with the basics: tap to throw light attacks, swipe to throw heavy attacks or dash back and forth, hold the screen to block, and fill up a 3-segment special meter to performa a variety of special moves with the tap of a button. It’s definitely standard stuff, but the fighting feels pretty tight and there are a couple of neat twists that spice up the formula and make it feel more like wrestling.

One is that you’ll need to pin your opponent when you’ve depleted their health bar, and this is accomplished with a quick-reaction mini-game that has you tapping at just the right moment as a meter moves back and forth quite like how you’d set your swing strength in an old-school golf game. It’s a minor thing, but it actually brings a bit of excitement when you need to be on your toes and be able to tap at the right time, and if you don’t your opponent gets up and you’re right back in the fight. Another neat feature in WWE Mayhem is the reversal system, which really is just tapping a button when prompted if your special meter is full enough but it does add a wrinkle to the strategy and can save you from getting blasted with your opponent’s special move. Here’s a quick video of what reversals are like in action.

One thing to mention is that, surprising absolutely no one, WWE Mayhem is very very free to play. That means an energy system, multiple in-game currencies, a gacha system for unlocking characters, and a resource-grind for upgrading any of those characters. It’s got it all! That said, I think most people have learned by now how to enjoy these free to play games for what they are, playing for a few moments throughout the day and rarely spending any money while a very tiny group of people go on and spend loads of money to subsidize everyone else playing. That’s just how it goes nowadays!

Besides the pretty standard story campaign and multiplayer modes, WWE Mayhem will also host live in-game events during their live WWE programming. I’m pretty interested to see how that will work, and a similar thing made Madden NFL Football [Free] a massive hit with fans as something to do during commercial breaks while watching their teams play. WWE’s next live event is the Clash of Champions pay-per-view this Sunday and there’s already advertisement in-game for a special live event going down during the show. I’ll probably be watching the event anyway so I’ll be sure to check out how the in-game event goes.

As you might know I’ve been a big fan of these swipe fighters for years now, and while I always eventually get to a point where the free to play grind does me in and I delete the game I certainly enjoy my time with them up until that point. I recently got out of playing Injustice 2 as it got to the point where it felt like a daily chore more than a fun distraction, so I’m actually in the market for a new free to play fighter to spend my time with. I’m also a huge WWE fan so WWE Mayhem is pushing all the right buttons for me right now. If you’ve enjoyed any of the previously mentioned swipe fighters then I’d suggest giving WWE Mayhem a download for free and giving it a spin, even if you’re not a big WWE fan. If you do try it out or are just interested in hearing what others think, be sure to stop by the game’s forum thread for some discussion.