It's 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' And Warren Ellis' 'Frankenstein' Tale In This Week's Swag Report!

Another week, another pile of packages arriving at Splash Page HQ. Yesterday, I gave you a peek at our new home in the MTV News room (and wondered how much of the random stuff on my desk you could identify), today I'm posting some of the highlights from this week's crop of stuff to pile in, on and around the new desk!

Swag Report


From left to right, here are some of the interesting items from this week's stash:

- It was hard to miss Gene Simmons of KISS and his son, Nick Simmons, strolling around the floor at Comic-Con in San Diego this year—mainly due to the mob of security guards and onlookers that surrounded them. Nick was there to promote his new series from Radical Publishing, "Incarnate," which had its first issue hit shelves last week.

I read through issue #1 of "Incarnate," and while it didn't exactly grab me, I'd be curious to hear what manga fans have to say about the combination of Simmons' story and Nam Kim's art. It looks good to me—full of energy and crisp colors—but then again, I don't read too much manga these days, so my frame of reference is lacking. I'd love to hear from readers about this one.

- I'm a fan of pretty much everything Warren Ellis writes, so you can imagine my joy at receiving a big box of Avatar Press comics written by Ellis, Garth Ennis, Christos Gage and various others. Along with catching up on Gage's "Absolution" and Ellis' wonderfully retro, sci-fi miniseries "Ignition City," I finally had the opportunity to check out "Frankenstein's Womb," Ellis' black-and-white "graphic novella" that offers a fascinating peek at the dark origins of Mary Shelley's masterpiece.

- The announcement that "The Walking Dead" was tagged for adaptation as a television series with Frank Darabont ("The Mist") directing was one of my favorite news items of the week—so naturally I had to include this week's release of "The Walking Dead" Vol. 10 in the week's highlights. One of the best, most consistently riveting regular series being published these days, there's not really much more to say about it. It's brilliant.

- The arrival of DC's hardcover "Gotham Central - Book Two: Jokers and Madmen" reminds that it really is a good time to be a Batman fan these days—even if Bruce Wayne isn't the one wearing the cape and cowl. From great reissues of older, award-winning runs like this, to the current, mind-blowing "Batman and Robin" series by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, there's some great stuff out there for fans of Gotham-based stories.

- Last, but certainly not least (not in any way, shape or form), I received a copy of the upcoming "Batman: Arkham Asylum" game for Playstation3. This fills me with joy, and pretty much determines how I'll be spending my weekend. Reviews are embargoed until August 21, but for now you can check out the fancy-shmancy package that the game arrived in—and the official Arkham Asylum uniform that accompanied it.

That's it for this week! If you've read any of these items or are looking forward to picking them up yourself, be sure to chime in below in the comment section or on Twitter!