MyM Magazine Issue 24 featuring Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out now!

Issue 24 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Expo Group, is out now! 

When did mechanical men and cyborgs start getting such a bad rap? So often cast as the villains of the piece, these mechanised beings are far from the helpful robot butlers those crazy futuristic US TV programmes from the ’50s promised we’d have by now.

Captain America’s latest adventure follows that trend. If you thought the only thing Cap had to fear was fear itself, thanks to the paranoid ’70s thriller vibe running through The Winter Soldier, think again. Turns out the murderous Russian hitman on his trail packs a mean punch thanks to his cyborg arm. Check out our feature on page 28 to see how the all-American Boy Scout plans to deal with that one.

Things get even more disturbing as we chat to Caradog James about his movie The Machine (see page 79). In a fascinating breakdown of how he came up with the idea for his movie, the Welsh director reveals that the Ministry of Defence is already plotting something very similar. And it’s working on it right now.

It’s a pleasant change of tack, then, to see a cyborg on the side of the good guys – mostly. In a reverse of the usual roles, a villain from a previous videogame has been reborn as Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z’s zombie-slicing antihero. True, he’s hoping to track down the good guy who killed him and show him the business end of his cybernetic claw, but he’s taking out whole zombie armies along the way, so he gets our vote.

Check out page 21 to see if Yaiba is good enough to return some respect to machine kind. It certainly helped us banish all thoughts of a dark future. Or it would have done, had our thoughts not been taken over when we were replaced by a robot intelligence some time ago. Admit it, you didn’t notice did you? So, as we say whenever we have to take our leave of one of our other metal buddies: “01100111 01101111 01101111 01100100 00100000 01100010 01111001 01100101.”

MyM 24 cover Yaiba Ninja Gaiden


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In an attempt to breathe new life into the Ninja Gaiden series, Dead Rising, Megaman and the upcoming Mighty No. 9 creator Keiji Inafune brings tons of zombies, gallons of gore and a twisted sense of humour to Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. But is this hack ‘n’ slasher any good?

He may not be wearing flares, getting down to disco or saying “peace out”, but there’s a ’70s feel to Cap’s latest adventure. Stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie tell us how they got their groove on in Marvel’s old-school thriller.

With an English-dubbed edition of Durarara!! poised for UK release, Kyle Charizanis profiles Takahiro Omori’s über-cool supernatural actioner.

Alex Jones investigates the cute, cuddly and occasionally creepy world of anime mascots.

Eye-popping special effects helped bring The Machine to life but a chat with a real life MoD scientist lent it a realistic feel. Welsh director Caradog James spills some national secrets.

The Matrix promises prequel movies, Pokémon hits us with a news tsunami and we meet voice actor Vic Mignogna. Plus, win a games console and Earth Defense Force 2025!

Planet Japan
Our man on Planet Japan has his eye on some Sailor Moon undies, his ears on Yuzu’s latest album Land and offers advice for those visiting Fukuoka.

My Goodies
We indulge our love of terrible puns (and tea) with the Robocup, go green with the special edition Yoshi Nintendo 3DS XL console and get all axe murdery with a Patrick Bateman business card holder.

Katharine Byrne interviews US cosplayer Togabito about creating Saint Seiya’s lord of the dead, while Annette Wilkinson looks at how to achieve that slimmer look without tears.

This month, Saoirse Clohessy examines the more delicate side of Steampunk, chatting to two UK designers about their Steampunk-inspired creations.

This issue, we find ourselves completely sucked into the world of Dark Souls II, From Software’s epic and uncompromising adventure sequel, while our reviewers spend many hours in JRPG nirvana with Tales Of Symphonia Chronicles, Ys: Memories Of Celceta and Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists Of The Dusk Sky.

We also giggle a lot playing South Park: The Stick Of Truth. Thief, Senran Kagura Burst and Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 get rated too, while we take an early look at promising co-op shooter Evolve.

MyM’s reviewers get their teeth into a bumper crop of anime this month, rating Blood-C: The Last Dark, Eureka Seven AO Part 2, Sword Art Online Part 4 and Dragon Ball GT – Season 2 from Manga Entertainment; BTOOOM!, Night Raid 1931 and Hakuoki Season 2 from MVM; Durarara!! and Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning from Anime Limited, and Fabulous Films’ The Mysterious Cities Of Gold Season 2.

War, what is it good for? Movies, if 300: Rise Of An Empire, Ender’s Game, The Legend Of Hercules and I Declare War are anything to go by. This month’s reviews also feature manmade creations in The Machine and Frankenstein: The True Story, muscles in Escape Plan, music in Leave The World Behind, Svengali and The Muppets, as well as hitmen in Salvo and Japan’s Unforgiven remake.

From legal secretary to award-winning videogame, TV and film composer; MyM chats to David Housden, the man behind indie hit Thomas Was Alone’s epic soundtrack.

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