Issue 51 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Comic Con, is out now! Featuring sci-fi hit Dark Matter. MCM London Comic Con and the return of Star Ocean!
So many goodies. So little time. That’s our standard reaction to an MCM London Comic Con (see page 20 for more on that). Pack into the arena to see the special guests or prioritise our hunt for awesome merchandise? Snap the best cosplay touring the halls or catch epic virtual battles on the eSports stage? Sample the best tempura this side of Tokyo or hit the Video Zone to meet top YouTubers? We feel the same when it comes to cherry picking the best entertainment treats for this magazine.
Every month the best movies, comics, video games, cosplay, anime and manga fight for a place in MyM, as we serve up the same brilliant mix of entertainment as an MCM Comic Con. There’s so much goodness on display this month that we’ve got not one but two cover features!
Hot new show Dark Matter returns to our screens with a whole new set of challenges for its spaceship full of misfits. MyM spoke exclusively to co-creator Joe Mallozzi (see page 17) about the anime influences that shaped his vision.
The other series making a welcome return is Star Ocean. After a seven-year hiatus the video game franchise is back with its thrilling blend of sci-fi and fantasy. Flip this magazine upside down to hear producer Kobayashi Shuichi’s views about the recent big changes in JRPG development, as well as his thoughts on the potential future of the series.
Naturally, we’ve also got exclusive chats with the big-name London guests (starting on page 20), Robert Muchamore on the end of his young adult novel series Cherub (page 17), Deadpool’s greatest breaks from between the pages of a comic book (page 26), film director Kevin Greutert on his new horror Visions (page 28) and 51 reviews and previews − so you don’t end up with a dud purchase or a disappointing trip to the cinema. Enjoy.
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 51 FULL CONTENTS
As the hit sci-fi show returns to UK TV, showrunner Joseph Mallozzi explains its anime influences.
TOP 10 DEADPOOL 4TH WALL BREAKS
Sam Halford counts down the 10 best reality checks from the merc with a mouth.
FILM INTERVIEW: KEVIN GREUTERT
Roxy Simons chats with the horror director about his genre-breaking new film Visions.
STAR OCEAN: INTEGRITY AND FAITHLESSNESS
As the JRPG series returns following a seven-year break, producer Kobayashi Shuichi explains how he’s revitalising the beloved franchise.
MCM LONDON COMIC CON
Andy Hanley discusses the latest entry in the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin series with mecha designer Mika Akitaka and producer Osamu Taniguchi, and chats with Tekkonkinkreet director Michael Arias about his latest film Harmony. Plus, did you make our cosplay hall of fame?
Including upcoming anime releases and a campaign for better representation of LGBT superheroes.
MY MEDIA: ROBERT MUCHAMORE
The author of the Cherub novels on why he won’t be writing an autobiography anytime soon.
Would we lie to you? Dave Axbey ventures into the murky world of board games where bluff, deception and downright fibbing are the keys to victory. Love board games and tabletop games, check out MCM’s brand new show Strategy!
FILM & TV REVIEWS
This month’s movie haul includes Intruders, Wizards, Stealing Cars, Visions, Cherry Tree, Love & Peace, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Warcraft: The Beginning, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Attack On Titan The Movie: Part 1, Parasyte The Movie Part 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, while TV series The Shannara Chronicles and From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 also catch our eye.
VIDEO GAME PREVIEWS & REVIEWS
This month’s eclectic array of games includes previews of traditional JRPG Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, the epic Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom, and the pervy Gal*Gun: Double Peace. We also chat with lead story designer Graham Goring about LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and review Overwatch, One Piece: Burning Blood and Lonely Yuri.
This month MyM tries to save the world with Aldnoah. Zero and Assassination Classroom, passes on to the next world with Haibane Renmei and wonders what in the world’s going on in quackers fantasy Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. We also chow down with Tokyo Ghoul √A, revisit the classics with Yu-Gi-Oh! and Attack on Titan, and snuggle up with the sequels of Love Live! and Kamisama Kiss. Plus, we learn some life lessons from the deeply stylish sports anime Ping Pong: The Animation.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Katharine Byrne chats with The Blue Girl about her galactic entry for this year’s Cinema Makeup School competition, Shalimar Sahota meets UK cosplayer Superdebz, Emily Faulder seeks out cute ’n’ stylish fashion at London Comic Con and our poster pages bring you highlights from the show’s on-stage cosplay action.
This month our man on Planet Japan is NHK World TV presenter Chris Peppler.
MY MUSIC: DJ TAKAKI
The world-class turntablist takes on the UK.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Andy Shaw gets into Bad Company, learns Patience from Daniel Clowes and gets goosebumps from Wild West horror Thousand Faces. Meanwhile, Ian Wolf meets the luckless Anne Happy, hunts down dark fantasy To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts and opens a portal to The Other Side of Secret, only to discover that his youth romantic comedy is wrong, as expected.
Including an RPG based on A Game of Thrones and some snazzy BB-8 earrings!