A rock ride: Buckle up and prepare to wow again as Sony goes wild heavy metal (1981) in 4K UHD for the first time! With visuals and an immersive new soundtrack endorsed by the late producer Ivan Reitman, the epic adult sci-fi anthology comes with a new retrospective feature and comes in the Limited Edition SteelBook with a Blu- ray and the Blu-ray debut of Heavy Metal 2000both with legacy bonus features — a truly radical retro gem. [SPHE | $35]
In the depths : If you missed the cartoon miniseries Aquaman: King of Atlantis on HBO Max, don’t worry: Warner Bros. has recut the action-packed tale into a feature film for digital and DVD! The original story reimagines the DC Super Hero (voiced by Cooper Andrews) as a rookie ruler preparing for the throne. With the help of royal advisers Vulko (Thomas Lennon) and Mera (Gillian Jacobs), Aquaman must deal with unscrupulous surface dwellers, evils from beyond time, and his own scheming stepbrother. . You know, typical new job stuff. [WBHE | $15]
- To note: Since the publication of issue #320, the release date has been pushed back to June 21. A.K.A is available for pre-order from major retailers.
Jaeger’s masterpiece: Don’t have enough kaiju? The new collection of graphic novels from Legendary Comics Pacific Rim: Ultimate Omnibus expands the epic mythology of Guillermo del Toro’s hit franchise, bringing together the NYT no longer sold Tales from Year Zero (written by Travis Beacham), Tales of the Drift (Joshua Fialkov), Consequences (Cavan Scott) Amara (Scott & Zhang Ran) and the brand new Blackout (also by Scott) in a deluxe set. Featuring stellar artwork from Marcos Marz, Marcello Miaolo, BigN and Nelson Dániel, the massive 568-page hardcover collection brings fans into the world of movies and hits Netflix animated series in a whole new way. [Simon & Schuster, $100]
Animated lights: Speaking of great Japanese art, this month welcomes two new titles that look like library must-haves for any otaku. Released April 26 on Crunchyroll, Essential Anime: Fan Favorites, Memorable Masterpieces, and Cult Classics [$24] is an insightful guide to 50 influential works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Authors Patrick Macias (editor of United States) and Samuel Sattin (wolf walkers graphic novelist) offer commentary on the anime’s history and legacy, lists of recommendations, and hundreds of beautiful images on this tour of Astro Boy for Demon Slayer, Akira for Tekkonkinkreet, Sailor Moon for Princess Mononoke and more. (Find a store at IndieBound.)
Meanwhile, arts journalist Cristian Campos 1,000 ideas by 100 manga artists [Chartwell, $20] goes beyond the glut of “how to draw” books to delve into the whys and wherefores of manga. Artists, cartoonists, and illustrators from around the world answer questions about their work, inspirations, relationship to manga, and creative advice alongside an abundance of artwork, sketches, and photos. Dig!
Andean Adventure: Writing of Animag‘s “Portland Office” (aka my apartment), this reviewer can always use more sunshine – even if it’s just onscreen. The new indie action platformer sun imp sends players on a frantic quest through harrowing battles to defeat the Four Guardians and reclaim the stolen power of the Sun. Created by Peruvian studio Sunwolf, the beautiful hand-drawn game environments are inspired by the indigenous cultures of the region. Gamers compared the title to Metroidvania Or Ibut the tough fights are perhaps more reminiscent of Cuphead – a beautiful game experience, if a little brutal! (Watch the trailer.) [Fireshine Games, Console & Steam Download, $20]
On a roll: Spring also saw the highly anticipated release of Fandom’s Tales of Xadia: The Dragon Prince Roleplaying Game, which brings the magic, lore, and adventure of the Emmy-winning Netflix series to your party table. Already an ENNIE winner, the RPG is built with the Cortex Prime system and features an official storyline that bridges the gap between Aaron Ehasz’s S3 and S4 and Justin Richmond’s acclaimed animated series. The manual features 300 pages of stunning artwork, extensive lore, and guidance from head of storytelling Dan Telfer (longtime DM of the Nerd Poker J&D Podcast). Go ahead treat yourself elf. [talesofxadia.com | Physical & Digital, $50; Digital Only $25]
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