Issue 37 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Expo Group, is out now! Featuring an in-depth look at Avengers: Age Of Ultron with writer/director Joss Whedon, the best indie videogames from EGX Rezzed, some gruesome ways to die on the big screen, the top fan-made content available online and exclusive chats with five fantasy authors – giving you amazing tips on how to get your own work published…
There you are, everything going a bit Bonnie Tyler as you hold out for a hero, when 10 show up at once! Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and new signups Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver make quite a formidable team – what enemy could truly stand against them?
According to writer/director Joss Whedon (see our interview on page 18), Ultron is “the only guy that can really give the Avengers a run for their money”. This self-aware and sentient being isn’t the calm, collected automaton so often portrayed in movies – rage issues can push this bonkers ’bot to throw a hissy fit when he doesn’t get his way, with James Spader providing the volatile vocals. Since he can recreate himself, Ultron also comes with his own personal army. Nice.
The unlucky few in this month’s Top 10 (see page 69) will have little sympathy for the task that lies ahead for the Avengers. That’s because, cinematically speaking, they’re already dead. Check out our countdown of the most gruesome movie deaths to see who bought the biggest one.
Those hoping to form their own superteam, meanwhile, should head to our news section (see page 13) to learn about a pan-European effort to build a network of cosplayers. Started by Marvel fans in Germany, the Young Avengers Europe hopes to seek out convention goers across the continent. Will you answer the call?
And if you’re still holding out for a hero, our current fave version of that song is by Nothing But Thieves and was used by the History Channel to promote series two of Vikings. As Marvel’s other superteam would say: you’re welcome.
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 37 FULL CONTENTS
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Avengers, disassemble! Writer/director Joss Whedon promises to stick the knife into his superhero team in their second outing.
From MMO juggernauts to VR nightmares, we chat to the creators of some of the biggest, best and most bizarre games found on the show floor at this indie games event.
From anime-style TIE Fighters to dark ‘n’ gritty Power Rangers, fan films often provide an imaginative leftfield take on a familiar franchise. MyM looks at the top fan-made content available online.
TOP 10 MOVIE DEATHS
Counting down the worst ways to kick the bucket on the big screen.
DO THE WRITE THING
MyM chats to five fantasy writers – Max Brooks, Sharon Gosling, Den Patrick, Sarah J Maas and Joshua Winning – about their latest works and gets invaluable advice for budding authors on how to break into the industry.
Including 3D printing for cosplay props, a Europe-wide organisation for Marvel fans and all the stars of MCM Birmingham.
Mass Effect’s Commander Shepard – AKA Mark Meer – talks Tiny Plastic Men and epic stage shows and picks his favourite movie, videogame, TV series and comic.
Our international correspondent Capsule Bunny flies the flag for the UK at a Comiket event.
Two chunky titles top the bill this month, as Gatchaman Crowds heralds Animatsu’s arrival and Anime Limited releases the classic Wings Of Honneamise. We also level up with Log Horizon, aim for the stars (and miss) with Harlock Space Pirate, return to Stern Bild City for Tiger & Bunny: The Rising and go gangster tripping with Nisekoi. Throw in a second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! and more piratical fun courtesy of One Piece, add the anime-esque styling of Rooster Teeth’s RWBY and catch a cheeky panty flash from Needless, and you’ve got a packed anime-watching schedule in store this April.
Katharine Byrne interviews Vamp Elanor about creating CLAMP’s most regal dimension-hopping princess, Rebecca Moriarty takes a look at cosplay belly dancing, burlesque and wrestling, and we present four kickass cosplays from Star Wars, Pokémon, Constantine and How To Train Your Dragon in stunning poster form.
Bring & Buys can be a nifty, thrifty source of cool clothing for alternative fashion fans, as Saoirse Clohessy discovered when she checked out a recent North London event.
This month we’ve had a double-bill of Final Fantasy thanks to Type-0 HD and XV: Episode Duscae, a double dose of From Software thanks to Bloodborne and Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin, headed back to Guild Wars 2 for Heart Of Thorns, hunted down huge beasts in Toukiden: Kiwami, returned to the 100 Years War in Bladestorm: Nightmare and relived gaming’s history in A Pixel Story.
MANGA & COMICS REVIEWS
Osamu Tezuka’s classic Captain Ken and Sword Art Online challenger Log Horizon are on Ian Wolf’s manga menu this month, while Dredd: Urban Warfare and new Love And Rockets volume Ofelia make Andy Shaw’s comics list.
This month’s haul includes a Batman-themed PS4, an amazing free resource for fans of The Sims and a way to build your own hero with Bandai Sprükits!
FILM & TV REVIEWS
This month we mostly watched (in alphabetical order): The Asylum, Automata, Bad Land: Road To Fury, Exit, Fast & Furious 7, Hemlock Grove Season 2, I Am Big Bird, Last Knights, The Last Survivors, Mankind’s Last Stand, Monsters: Dark Continent, The Salvation, Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast and World War Dead: Rise Of The Fallen. Phew!
Ever wondered what all-girl group Scandal get up to on their days off? Wonder no more…