‘Ender’s Game’ Trading Cards Now on Sale

DA-01Today Cryptozoic Entertainment released their ‘Ender’s Game’ trading cards.

Fans can purchase the cards via their online store or likely comic shops which sell DC Comics. They cost about $3.50 per pack with 5 cards per pack.

There are a total of 129 trading cards for fans to collect, which includes 69 base cards and many chase and insert cards which feature cast autographs and costume swatches. Not all of the cards can be collected via the card packs; some of the cards are exclusive via other offers.

We have compiled a list and pictures of all 129 trading cards. The list is a work in progress. It’s currently missing pictures of the base set and two dual wardrobe cards. The pictures of the base set are expected to be added to the list in about two weeks, but if any readers have pictures of cards #DM03 and #DM05 please send them to us!

EDIT: Scans of #DM03 and #DM05 have been added to the list. Thanks!

Click the jump for some extra pictures! Continue reading

‘Earth Awakens’ Review

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‘Earth Awakens’ U.S. Cover

By Cassandra

‘Earth Awakens’ by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the third novel in the First Formic War Trilogy and the sequel to the New York Times best-selling novels ‘Earth Unaware’ and ‘Earth Afire’. This prequel to ‘Ender’s Game’ tells the story of the first formic invasion 100 years before ‘Ender’s Game’.

Earth Awakens’ is the satisfying answer to the cliffhanger left by ‘Earth Afire’. The combat scenes are thrilling, the dialogue is sharp, and the characters are every bit as rich as they were left on the pages of ‘Earth Afire’. Favorites such as Mazer Rackham, Bingwen, Victor Delgado, and Imala Bootstamp all return to save humanity from the first formic invasion.

Like its prequels, ‘Earth Awakens’ is told from several perspectives. In the first two novels this feature helped world build, but in ‘Earth Awakens’ it creates perfect suspense. The first half of the novel is almost pure action. While this would be satisfying to someone who’s just completed ‘Earth Afire’, those who haven’t picked up ‘Earth Afire’ in a year will find the extended combat scenes to be somewhat tedious.

In an action-packed novel, it’s easy to paint characters with generic passion. Thankfully, the characters in ‘Earth Awakens’ reflect the many attitudes toward war. There are characters who fear, act heroically, act indifferent, and some characters who use war as financial opportunity. This subtle attention to detail creates a believable future for readers that I greatly enjoyed reading.

The second half of the novel reintroduces readers to Bingwen, the Chinese child genius. Readers will continue to fall in love with Bingwen as his plotline leads him to an unsurprising and familiar future. Although I wished Bingwen had more scenes in ‘Earth Awakens’, I’m almost certain that readers will see much more of him in the Second Formic War Trilogy.

All in all, there are fewer surprises in ‘Earth Awakens’ than the first two novels in this trilogy. The novel rightly focuses on detailed conclusions rather than the introduction of new twists and turns. If you’ve read ‘Formic War: Silent Strike’ than you can consider ‘Earth Awakens’ to be an extended edition of the graphic novel. The close of the war, the budding romances, and the development of key entities important in later novels reach satisfying conclusions in ‘Earth Awakens’.

Apart from Mazer Rackham, there are few concrete details in the first two First Formic War Trilogy novels which tie the series to the rest of the Enderverse. However, ‘Earth Awakens’ differs from the first two novels in this respect. ‘Earth Awakens’ ties this trilogy into the rest of the Enderverse in a beautiful and intricate way. The novel pulls elements from, ‘Ender’s Game’, ‘The Gold Bug’, ‘Shadows in Flight’, and ‘The First Formic War: Silent Strike’.

Card and Johnston have accomplished what few science fiction authors have not. In an increasingly expanded science fiction universe the material further unifies the series instead of contradicting elements. As a member of several fandoms, I appreciate the thought and care that went into the construction of this novel.

Earth Awakens’ is the well-deserved conclusions for patient fans who read the first two novels in the trilogy. Readers do not need to have read ‘Ender’s Game’ to understand the First Formic War Trilogy. One can begin the story with either ‘Earth Unaware’ or ‘Earth Afire’, but ‘Earth Awakens’ is too fast-paced to bother with much backstory. I recommend reading at least ‘Earth Afire’ before opening ‘Earth Awakens’.

I really enjoyed reading ‘Earth Awakens, and I know I’ll reread this trilogy again. I have no real criticisms and I would recommended ‘Earth Awakens’ to all science fiction readers and fans of the Enderverse. After reading the epilogue I’m excited for the release of the Second Formic War Trilogy.

‘Earth Awakens’ will be released tomorrow, June 10. Pick it up at your local bookstore or pre-order ‘Earth Awakens’ on Amazon.

Disclaimer: A special thanks to Tor Books for providing ‘Earth Awakens’ for review. All opinions are my own.

Aramis Knight Signs ‘Ender’s Game’ Trading Cards

Aramis Knight, who played Bean in the ‘Ender’s Game’ film, is the latest cast member to sign his character trading cards for Cryptozoic Entertainment.

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The signed front and unsigned back of Aramis’ character trading cards.

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Aramis Knight signs his Bean character cards.

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Aramis Knight signs his Bean character cards.

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Aramis Knight signs his Bean character cards.

Other cast members who have begun signing their character trading cards include Brandon Soo Hoo (Fly Molo), Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker), Conor Carroll (Bernard), Cameron Gaskins (Poly Slattery), Caleb J. Thaggard (Stilson), and Han Soto (Colonel Graff’s aide).

Cast members who have yet to sign their character cards are Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Suraj Partha (Alai), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), and Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin).

There are currently only 13 confirmed signers, but there may be two additional signers based on the marks on the back of the cards.

Each pack of five cards will cost $3.50. They are not yet available for purchase, but they are expected to be released between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Han Soto Signs ‘Ender’s Game’ Trading Cards & Possibly More Signers

Yet another ‘Ender’s Game’ cast member is busy signing character cards, but details on the cards we’ve seen so far point to the fact that there may be two additional signers.

Han Soto, who played Colonel Graff’s aide, shared these pictures with us.

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Han Soto holds up a signed character card.

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The back and front of Han Soto’s character cards.

Notice that the back of Soto’s card is marked A15. This presumably stands for autograph #15. Other character cards are assigned different numbers. For example, Brandon Soo Hoo (Fly Molo) is A8, Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker) is A11, Conor Carroll (Bernard) is A12, and Caleb Thaggard is A14*.

As of December, there are only 13 confirmed signers. Thus, we can guess that there are two additional signers if Han Soto is autographer #15. Significant cast members who are not confirmed to sign are Hailee Steinfeld (Petra), Moises Arias (Bonzo Madrid), Abigail Breslin (Valentine), and Viola Davis (Major Anderson). We’ve reached out to Cryptozoic Entertainment for more information and we’ll update everyone as soon as we can.

The current list of signers includes Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Brandon Soo Hoo (Fly Molo), Aramis Knight (Bean), Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker), Conor Carroll (Bernard), Suraj Partha (Alai), Cameron Gaskins (Poly Slattery), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin), Caleb J. Thaggard (Stilson), and Han Soto (Colonel Graff’s aide).

A special thanks to Han Soto for sharing these photos with us! Follow him on Instagram; he posted a great picture yesterday with Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff) in honor of “Star Wars Day” (May the fourth be with you).

*Confirmed by Ender’s Ansible.

Brandon Soo Hoo Signs ‘Ender’s Game’ Trading Cards

Brandon Soo Hoo, who played Fly Molo in the ‘Ender’s Game’ film, is the fifth cast member to sign character trading cards for Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Brandon was also nominated for the 2014 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in the TV Series – Recurring Young Actor for the show ‘Supah Ninjas’ on Nickelodeon.

Brandon signs his Fly Molo character trading cards.

Brandon signs his Fly Molo character trading cards.

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The back and signed front of Brandon Soo Hoo’s character trading cards.

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Two Fly Molo character trading cards signed by Brandon Soo Hoo.

Other cast members who have signed thus far: Conor Carroll (Bernard), Cameron Gaskins (Pol Slattery), Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker), and Caleb Thaggard (Stilson).

Other actors committed to signing include Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Aramis Knight (Bean), Suraj Partha (Alai), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin), and Han Soto (Colonel Graff’s aide).

Each pack of five cards will cost $3.50. They are not yet available for purchase, but they are expected to be released between July 1 and Sept. 30.

A special thanks to Brandon and his family for allowing us to share these pictures!

‘Ender’s Game Alive’ Interviews With OSC & Producers

1093781_571560179552577_815331286_o‘Ender’s Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay’ was nominated for three Audie Awards in February, now watch interviews with Orson Scott Card and producers.

‘Ender’s Game Alive’ is a finalist in the 2014 Audie Awards in three categories: Distinguished Achievement in Production, Best Multi-Voiced Performance, and Best Original Work.

“I think it’s the best version of Ender’s Game that’s been created yet.” says Card. “I really want to go back and rewrite Ender’s Game to make it fit this book, because cooler stuff happens.”

Watch the interviews with Card and producers of ‘Ender’s Game Alive’ below!

Click here to read our review of ‘Ender’s Game Alive’ or order it on Amazon.

‘Ender’s Game’ : 80 Appearances on the NY Times Best Sellers List

book cover‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card has appeared 80 times of the NY Times Best Sellers List.

The ‘Ender’s Game’ novel ranks #19 in paperback mass-market fiction on the NY Times Best Sellers List for the week of May 11, 2014. This is down from last week, when the novel ranked #14 in the same category.

Buy a copy of ‘Ender’s Game’ on Amazon.

Two More ‘Ender’s Game’ Cast Members Sign Trading Cards

Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker) and Caleb Thaggard (Stilson) are the two latest ‘Ender’s Game’ cast members to sign trading cards by Cryptozoic Entertainment.

The signed front of Khylin Rhambo's character card.

The signed front of Khylin Rhambo’s character card.

The back of Khylin Rhambo's character card.

The back of Khylin Rhambo’s character card.

The signed front of Caleb Thaggard's character card.

The signed front of Caleb Thaggard’s character card.

Conor Carroll (Bernard) and Cameron Gaskins (Pol Slattery) have also been busy signing character trading cards.

Other actors committed to signing include Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Brandon Soo Hoo (Fly Molo), Aramis Knight (Bean), Suraj Partha (Alai), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin), and Han Soto (Colonel Graff’s aide).

Each pack of five cards will cost $3.50. They are not yet available for purchase, but they are expected to be released between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Conor Carroll Signs ‘Ender’s Game’ Trading Cards

Conor Carroll, who played Bernard in the ‘Ender’s Game’ film, signed ‘Ender’s Game’ trading cards being produced by Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Carroll is hard at work signing many ‘Ender’s Game’ character trading cards. These special cards will be inserted randomly in packs of cards distributed by Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Co-star Cameron Gaskins, who played Pol Slattery, has also signed cards.

Other actors committed to signing include Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Brandon Soo Hoo (Fly Molo), Aramis Knight (Bean), Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker), Suraj Partha (Alai), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin), Caleb J. Thaggard (Stilson), and Han Soto (Colonel Graff’s aide).

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Character card signed by Conor Carroll.

A look at the pre-signed, front and back of the character cards.

A look at the pre-signed, front and back of the character cards.

The packs will cost $3.50. They are not yet available for purchase, but they are expected to be released between July 1 and Sept. 30.

A special thanks to the Carroll family who allowed us to share these cards!

Grab a Free ‘Ender’s Game’ Comic Book Today!

recruiting_valentineCelebrate Free Comic Book Day by picking up a free ‘Ender’s Game’ comic from your local comic book shop!

Today is Free Comic Book Day. It’s an annual event held at participating comic book shops across North America the first Saturday of May. Unbeknownst to most readers, the Enderverse (or Ender Saga or Ender Series) actually contains 47 comic book issues published by Marvel.

Most of the comics retell stories from the novels, which include ‘Ender’s Game’, ‘Ender’s Shadow’, ‘Speaker for the Dead’, and others. If you’ve read all the books and short stories and you aren’t interested in rereading the stories in another medium, I would recommend reading ‘Recruiting Valentine’ or ‘The League War’. ‘Recruiting Valentine’ contains all new content which isn’t published in novel form, and ‘The League War’ fills in the time span between the novels ‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘Ender in Exile’.

To learn more about the ‘Ender’s Game’ comics, visit the Enderverse page.

Click here to find a participating comic book location near you; you may want to call ahead and ask if they have any ‘Ender’s Game’ comics in stock. Or click here if you want to buy ‘Ender’s Game’ comics on Amazon.

BONUS: Here’s an exclusive interview we did almost two and half years ago with Sebastian Fiumara, an illustrator for many of the ‘Ender’s Game’ comics. He even drew us a picture of Bean!