So, as of late, I’ve been watching a lot of kNIGHTWING01, AKA Kwing, and his let’s plays. Specifically, I rather like his LPs of superhero related games with his wife, who is affectionately referred to as Kwife. And, of course, that means I’ve been watching along with his ‘Stealth Guide with Commentary’ of Batman: Arkham Knight, which I fully plan to do a story-only review of soon. In the meantime, though, I thought it’d be fun to list off some of my favourite moments watching along with this LP. So, in no particular order, here are my 5 Favourite Kwing Arkham Knight Let’s Play Moments. And just so you know, obviously, there’s gonna be some spoilers for both the LP and the game in this video.
There’s just something I love about how horrified he sounds when this happens. I’m not even 100% sure I know what the hell happened here. Basically, he was taking out some thugs protecting the missile launcher set up on Founders’ Island, and he hits the last one with a Batarang, and for some reason (likely a glitch), the guy fell THROUGH a solid grate and plummeted to the ground below. Apparently, in Batman: Arkham Knight, you either die a hero, or you live long enough to see a glitch make you the villain. XD
This admittedly took me a second viewing to fully get what the hell had happened. During one of the Gunrunner side-quest missions, the fleeing van that Kwing had to chase was suddenly stopped just up the road from where he was. Why? Because he’d earlier parked the Batmobile there, and much to his hilarity, the van could not, for whatever reason, steer around the thing, and just kept backing up and running into it for almost a full minute. Eventually, the chase part timed out and the van occupants declared that they “lost him”, even though the Batmobile was parked RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM, and they steered off to go back to base for Kwing to follow them. This was AMAZING.
In all fairness to Kwing, based on a lot of videos I’ve seen of people playing this game, the Batmobile is not the easiest thing to control, and can have rather derpish moments. And sometimes, no matter how well planned you can be, accidents just happen. This is a combination of these kinds of moments. Right after escaping the exploding ruins of ACE Chemicals and talking with Alfred and Jim Gordon, Kwing decided to get back in the Batmobile. For some reason, it just proceeded to go drive backwards, right off the edge of the bridge, and splash into the river below. Y’know, Jimbo, I don’t think that THIS is how the Batman died. And somewhere, I’m sure that Harley Quinn was playing Amazing Grace on her kazoo in honour of the Dark Knight, who fell tragically because his car was stupid. LOL
Okay, technically, I’m cheating with this one, as it alludes specifically to a video he did outside of the LP. However, since he did allude to it throughout the series, mainly as he was playing the Matter of Family DLC, I feel justified in bringing up how he called WB Montreal out for their bullshit yet again. If you aren’t aware, Warner Bros. Games Montreal did both the Matter of Family DLC, and Batman: Arkham Origins, and in both of these, they’ve managed to royally screw up the overarching story of the Arkham games. I’ll leave it up to him to explain in detail exactly what’s wrong with this, but the short version is that Tim Drake’s presence makes no sense in the grand scheme of things and only continues to force a relationship that fans already admitted to hating down their throats. Because, hey, it’s not like DC has done THAT anytime recently, right?
So, um… … …there’re a lot of jump scares in this game. This one in particular scared me so bad that a little pee came out, and I think the same can be said for Kwife. Kwing had just found out about another body that had been strung up somewhere in Gotham and was gonna go investigate. So, he grapples up to a rooftop, all the while chatting about the Flashpoint Batman skin he was wearing, when, from outta NOWHERE, fucking Man-Bat pops out and scares the shit outta us! Between its roaring and Kwife’s terrified screams, I had to pause and turn down the volume on my speakers, it was so loud! WTF, Rocksteady?! LOL
Anyway, those are my favourite moments of Kwing’s LP. Make sure to go check it out, like, comment, and subscribe to his stuff, and hopefully he enjoys this little bit of free publicity. lol Ja né, and happy gaming!
What I Bought Today – Detective Comics #21, Earth 2 #13, The Movement #2, Batman: Li’l Gotham #2, The Fearless Defenders #5
Well, my birthday has come and gone, but it is now officially Wednesday, so it is time to check out…
…with my birthday money. And whoo, did I get a lot of books, so let’s start off with The Adventures of Harper Row #3!…Oh, sorry, I mean Detective Comics #21. lol
Okay, I should note that I didn’t buy Detective Comics #0, since it was done by the previous team who did Detective Comics that I REALLY didn’t like, so I’m a little lost on some stuff that happens here. The jist of it from what I can tell is that an ex-lover of Bruce’s who turned out to be an assassin is back and looking to kill him. Fortunately, it’s Harper Row to the rescue, reminding us all why she’s so awesome. Unfortunately, the assassin gets away, but is punished by her boss: Ra’s al Ghul, who appears to be out of his cell and back in power. In the back-up, we see that Kirk Langstrom is back, his wife having found him and returned him at some point, but is still transforming into the Man-Bat at night. Apparently, he likes the power it gives him, and feels he needs it to be of any use to the people on the streets of Gotham City. Too bad a John Doe is discovered that leaves him to believe he may have committed murder. Uh oh.
Earth 2 #13 picks up where the Annual left off, with Captain Steel headed off to a fire pit in Rio de Janeiro, one of the many created by Terry Sloan. While he’s doing that, Hawkgirl is still tracking down clues regarding why Green Lantern‘s lover, Sam, was murdered, and how and why he’s connected to Apokolips forces. Fighting a horde of giant Apokorats, she nearly gets taken down by a surprise attack, only for her attacker to be killed by an exploding Batarang from the new Batman…Damn, this guy is one cold mother frakker. Meanwhile, Captain Steel emerges from the fire pit, horribly burnt and with his left arm completely gone, screaming they have to save the world from “her”. And who is her? The Red Lantern!
Before I get to the main plot of The Movement, I should clear up an error I made with the first issue. I said that the main cast are all completely new characters. Not so. Two of them have appeared before. Katharsis was in a couple of issues of Batgirl that I missed due to getting into the series late, and Tremor was actually a member of Secret Six before the reboot. My bad, folks. Speaking of Katharsis, it seems that she’s got a major chip on her shoulder and is pretty much out to just kill cops. This rubs Virtue the wrong way, and she and the rest of the team go looking into a lead regarding the killer in Coral City, while Katharsis goes looking for the source of the corruption in town, only to find herself in a massive brawl with the CCPD. Also, Mouse mourns one of his fallen rat friends…and then eats it… … …Gail Simone, I love ya and all, but you can be kinda sick sometimes. lol
Batman: Li’l Gotham #2, HOLYCRAPBLUENIGHTWING!!! Seriously, blue Nightwing being in this book is frigging awesome. I don’t think anything could beat that-HOLYCRAPGOTHAMCITYSIRENS!!! So yeah, plenty of awesomeness in this book, and all kept clean enough that kids can read it and enjoy. We need more books like this, for realsies.
I’d heard about The Fearless Defenders for a while now, so I decided to pick up #5 today. Lucky for me, it makes a good first impression with me, as I’m a sucker for both kickass super-heroines and situations that call for LOTS of heroes in the same place at the same time. Can’t say as I know too much else about what’s going on, only that Valkyrie has brought Hippolyta (Marvel’s Warrior Woman) and Dani Moonstar to Descanso De Deus in Brazil, they fight Doom Maidens, Caroline LeFay, and Mr. Raven, but are hopelessly outnumbered until Misty Knight arrives with MASSIVE back-up, as you can tell from the cover. Unfortunately, while victory is theirs, Valkyrie becomes Brunhilde again, which leaves She-Hulk to try to knock some sense into her. Note to self: Bring snacks for next issue’s fight, as well as tissues since someone is being advertised to die.
*SIGHS HARD* Okay, so that’s everything for today. lol Check in next week when I…Are you kidding me?! Apparently Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Li’l Gotham, and Superman Unchained are ALL gonna get released on the same frakking day…I’m Jyger85, and I have a serious issue. lol Ja né.
Tis Wednesday, and it finally came in, so let’s look at…
Balls to the wall, people. It’s the 80 page spectacular known only as Detective Comics #900.
And first, I just wanna say that I know it’s technically considered Detective Comics #19. Well technically, I don’t give a shit what the New 52 numbering refers to this comic as, it’s Detective Comics #900. This comic is 80 pages long BECAUSE it’s the 900th issue, and I’m not gonna let anybody take that away from this comic. So, what do we get? Five stories all in one book, with a few splash pages in between drawn by various artists. Considering the stories mostly revolve around the same situation, I’m perfectly okay with that. So, let’s cover each one separate as to avoid any getting left out, starting with The 900, drawn by Detective Comics regular Jason Fabok.
Acting as a reboot of the Man-Bat backstory, we learn that the Man-Bat formula was actually stolen by Talia from Kirk Langstrom, who was the original Man-Bat before the relaunch. Now Emperor Penguin has it, and has used it to infect the 900 block of Gotham, even creating a Man-Bat Zsasz, because he wasn’t dangerous enough I guess. Batman tells Alfred he’s not calling in the others, but the truth is he already contacted Batgirl and Nightwing. Batgirl is already busy with her own Man-Bats, understandable, and Nightwing is on his way to Chicago…on his motorcycle…and he hasn’t even left the city limits yet. And this is the one problem I have with this story: Nightwing might be angry with Bruce over what happened in Death of the Family, but he would not abandon Gotham when it was being torn a new one by Man-Bats. That’s the kind of thing that people do when they’re about to turn heel. Anyway, with the Family apparently not able to give help, Batwoman shows up with Kirk and his wife to tell Batman about the serum and how to counter it. Unfortunately, it requires him to over-write the virus with another that will only cause transformations in people with a specific DNA: his. So with no other option, as creating an antidote would take too long and the Man-Bats could spread beyond Gotham, Kirk makes the sacrifice and becomes the Man-Bat to cure everyone. With Zsasz cured, he decides to rat out Emperor Penguin, who apparently is in the middle of calling in a favour from Poison Ivy.
Birth of a Family is the aftermath of The 900, drawn by Andy Clarke. Here, we see Kirk’s wife, Francine Langstrom, recount the events of his work as a scientist, how he wanted to help the blind and deaf children with the serum, how the two were married, and how everything went down the tube from there. The serum was mutating the children into Man-Bats, and before Kirk could fix it, the serum was stolen by the League of Assassins. Flash forward to today, where Francine believes she knows a way to bring Kirk back, but to do it, she has to make the same sacrifice he did and become a Man-Bat herself.
War Council is kind of the odd one out, honestly. Not because it’s bad, ‘cuz it isn’t. Just that it doesn’t have anything to do with what’s going on. It’s also the only one not written by John Layman, and instead is written by James Tynion IV. We check in on Bane and his crew, who had come to Gotham a year ago with the intent to bring it to its knees. It didn’t work out so well, as they were first attacked by Talons on the way in, and then Bane got his ass thrown off a cliff back in Batman: The Dark Knight #7…which I bought back then…for reasons that elude me. However, after that defeat, it seems that our old buddy Sebastian Clark showed up and encouraged him to take on the Court of Owls, which apparently will lead into the next issue of Talon.
Birdwatching, drawn by Henrik Jonsson, is told from the perspective of Mr. Combustible, who was from Detective Comics #6 and 7, which I didn’t read. Not much really happens, except that we learn a little more about Emperor Penguin’s operations during The 900, and we get some major hinting that Penguin’s probably gonna get away with everything that happened last month after the judge at his trial has his family threatened.
And finally, we have Through A Blue Lens, as drawn by Jason Masters. This one also takes place following The 900, where a group of cops are looking over one of their own in a hospital bed and telling them about how, when he was a Man-Bat, he took on Batman, and three of them admit they wished their colleague had taken Batman out, because they’re a bunch of those ungrateful bastards who think Batman is responsible for frakking everything. However, the one in the hospital bed tells the one who believes in Batman that he sides with her and that, when he gets out of the bed, he’ll be more than happy to be her partner out on the streets.
So, awesome issue. Could it have been better? Sure. But as of late, I’m trying to take the approach of being more thankful for what I have than cursing for what I don’t have. I have this, and it’s pretty damned good, and that’s all that matters. Next week, we check in with Calvin Rose as he meets up with Bane, we see what the JLA is up to, and see how far Batman Incorporated is willing to go to get vengeance on Leviathan for the death of Robin. Ja né!