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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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02/26/2004 Archived Entry: "APE 2004 Swag Review: Previews for City of Heroes and Macbeth"

2004 Alternative Press Expo Swag Review: Previews for City of Heroes and Macbeth (yeah, that Macbeth) from Blue King Studios

I don't quite know what to make of City of Heroes. I liked the action, but didn't really connect with the characters. Maybe one can't connect in 37 or so panels. Based on an RPG, the premise has a lot of potential for violence, curvy chicks in strapless spandex (yeah, right), and weird characters (including villains) as long as the heroes don't trip over their wisecracking, 'ain't we cool?' attitudes, Blue King might be on to something good.

I liked what I saw of the sequential art retelling of Macbeth, but, then again, I'm a little more familiar with that story. They promise to stick to the play's text and so far so good (I looked it up). The tragedies might actually be weird and violent enough for the comics market. I mean, the plays were pop entertainment in their era; it just got all serious when we had to study them in high school. However, this could be a good thing for Macbeth, unless someone who's only read the comic actually saw a performance. There could be rioting because it would be so boring compared to the comic book. I'll be interested to see what they do with (or to) Lady Macbeth and her predilection for infanticide. Eh. Now, if Blue King Studios decided to make the a flaming Bishonen version of Comedy of Errors, hey, I might be very interested in that.
Previews for City of Heroes and Macbeth

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