In 2015 Hasbro gave fans the option to vote for their favorite character to become the next Generations Titans Return Titan Class toy. The ballots were counted and fans voted on TRYPTICON!
Coming in the fall, the TRYPTICON figure is the largest figure in the 2017 Titans Return universe and is also the biggest Decepticon figure ever made. It converts between three different modes: dino, spaceship and city. You can find more details and images below!
TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN TRYPTICON Action Figure
(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $149.99/Available: Fall 2017)
The TRANSFORMERS battle explodes into uncharted territory when the TITANS RETURN! To control an ancient race of giant, city-sized warriors—TITANS—the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS must harness the power of TITAN MASTERS, smaller bots that give bigger bots enhanced abilities in battle. The ultimate Decepticon weapon is joining the Titans Return battle! Trypticon will destroy everything and devour everyone in his path. The Titan Class Trypticon figure is the largest figure in the 2017 Titans Return universe and is also the biggest Decepticon figure ever made. The towering T-Rex converts between 3 different modes: dino, spaceship, and city. When the figure is in city mode, it connects to Titans Return Leader Class figures (each sold separately) to form the giant Nemesis Command. When the figure is in T-Rex mode, it can “eat” Titan Master figures: Trypticon can chomp them down, then you can open his stomach to get them out. Comes with a Deluxe Class Full-Tilt figure and a Titan Master Decepticon Necro figure. Additional Titan Master figures are each sold separately, but with so many to collect, the Titans Return battlefield is a veritable all-you-can-eat bot buffet for Trypticon. Full-Tilt figure attaches to the Trypticon figure’s chest. Titan Master figure becomes the head for the Full-Tilt figure and works with all Titans Return Deluxe, Voyager, and Leader Class figures (each sold separately). Also features a storage compartment in the figure’s tail.
If you can’t get enough sneak peeks of Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” then you’re in luck. Empire has a new photo from the upcoming film, one that shows off Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Drax (Dave Bautista).
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Both Guardians of the Galaxy are heavily-armed, with Drax carrying a massive bazooka-esque weapon and Star-Lord holding his two quad blasters.
The hi-res image also lets you get an up-close look at Peter Quill’s shirt, which will surely be mass-produced in time for the film’s release this May. The logo is written in an alien language and features a few designs that look like molecules.
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In the image’s accompanying article, Chris Pratt talked about the sequel and what fans can expect to see in it. “You can expect to see everything you loved in the first movie, but you’re also going to… but it… oh, I should rephrase that.” Pratt then cleared his throat and gave it another try: “Don’t expect to see everything you saw in the first movie. But expect to be charmed and thrilled and entertained like you were watching the first movie.”
According to Marvel’s own testing, Pratt’s prediction that audiences will be “charmed and thrilled and entertained” seems accurate. So far the film has scored a perfect 100 in test screenings that the studio has held for friends and family members, beating previous high-scorers “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers.”
Pratt also spoke to Empire about working with Kurt Russell, who plays Star-Lord’s long lost father Ego in the film. Pratt called working with the veteran actor “humbling and exceptional. He’s surpassed any expectation I could have had.”
In a recent interview, writer/director James Gunn also spoke about the sequel and teased what fans can expect in the new film. “I think the primary story is really about learning that thing that we think we want, that we’re going to get outside of ourselves and outside of these relationships that we have, has been there all along,” said Gunn.
Written and directed by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and franchise newcomer, Kurt Russell, who plays Star-Lord’s father – Ego, the Living Planet. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” arrives in theaters May 5.
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Following his introduction in “Captain America: Civil War,” Tom Holland’s wall-crawler will swing back into theaters in July in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the first co-production between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. There he’ll face a slew of classic foes, including the Vulture, the Shocker and the Terrible Tinkerer.
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Some fans may fear that multiple villains is a sign of trouble — plenty of superhero films have stumbled in that area — while others place their trust in Marvel. But we can be certain of one thing: More villains means more LEGO minifigures to collect, which in the eyes of collectors can supersede any other concerns.
Over the weekend at Toy Fair 2017 in New York City. LEGO showcased two new “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sets as part of its Marvel Super Heroes line. The first set, ATM Heist Battle (76082), is based on a scene spotlighted in the movie’s trailer. You know the one, where Spider-Man interrupts a group of criminals in Avengers maska as they attempt to rob an ATM. Those minifigures are the highlight of the 185-piece set. In addition to an updated Spider-Man, there are two figures of the robbers, one with a Hulk mask and the other with a Captain America mask permanently affixed to their little yellow heads.
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The second set, Beware the Vulture (76083), is a little larger and a bit more exciting. Boasting 375 pieces, this set has Spider-Man teaming up with Iron Man, both clad in updated costumes. There’s also the Vulture, who’s attempting to rob a high-tech van. Adrian Toomes is a character who really lends himself well to a LEGO rendition, especially in this movie costume. His wings are a huge green and silver vehicle in and of themselves, with multiple pieces and little spinning rotors.
Most intriguingly, the box teases an additional mystery character. Perhaps it’s the Shocker, but we already know he’s in the movie and what he looks like. Judging by the fact that Iron Man is teaming up with Spider-Man, this could be a scene from late in the film. Perhaps this is a surprise for the climactic action scene. Or maybe they’re just capturing the Stan Lee cameo in tiny brick form.
Neither ATM Heist Battle nor Beware the Vulture will likely break the bank, as the former is priced at $19.99 and the latter at $39.99.
Arriving in theaters July 7, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
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Montgomery County Fairgrounds – Dayton, OH – Friday, February 25, 2005
Jimmy Bower and Mark Nulty are on commentary.
The Air Devils (Matt Sydal & Fast Eddie) defeat The Ring Crew Express (Dunn & Marcos) at 8:42. This is what happens when you let the fans of ROH vote on something – they name a team “The Air Devils.” Bower makes fun of the name on commentary, ensuring that fans will get nothing to vote on for the rest of his tenure. The action here is fast and furious, as these four have the task of getting the crowd going. Eddie is able to trap Marcos on the top rope and he brings him down with the Fasteddious to get the pin. Solid opener here and a good win for the new team.
But the Air Devils are short-lived, as Eddie attacks Sydal after the bell and puts him out with a sitout powerbomb. Then Prince Nana and Jimmy Rave come down to the ring and welcome the newest member of The Embassy – Fast Eddie!
Homicide defeats Puma at 10:00. After the brawl last night, ROH officials have told Bryan Danielson and Homicide that they will lose their night’s pay if they touch each other tonight. Puma makes a good showing for himself but has trouble overcoming Homicide as well as Julius Smokes’ interference from the floor. Eventually Homicide is able to trap Puma in the Cattle Mutilation, sending a not-so-subtle message to Danielson. Good showing for Puma here, but this was all about making Homicide look good, and it certainly accomplished that.
Colt Cabana defeats Nigel McGuinness at 12:08. These two skilled grapplers engage in some European Style mat and chain work, with McGuinness in particular channeling Johnny Saint. After a lengthy clinic in awesome wrestling, Cabana is able to trap McGuinness in a Victory Roll to get the pin. This was the kind of match no one else on the roster could have, a completely unique and entertaining display from both guys here.
ROH Tag Team Champions Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer defeat Jimmy Jacobs & Delirious at 9:28. Maff and Whitmer have been the Champions since 2.19.05, and this is their first defense. The Champs attack right away and dominate their smaller opponents. Jacobs and Delirious earned this title shot by defeating Special K back in October, the last time ROH was in Dayton. I miss the city-specific booking that Gabe used to specialize in. Jacobs gets beat on for a bit but Is able to make a hot tag to Delirious. Whitmer bumps around like crazy for him, which is way more than Maff will do. Maff is one of the most selfish wrestlers I’ve ever seen. Whitmer tries to powerbomb Jacobs off the top rope but Jacobs counters to a hurricanrana! Delirious follows with Shadows over Hell and the crowd (myself included, and Brad too!) bought that near-fall. Maff comes in to break up all that fun, and he and Whitmer take Jacobs to the floor and ram him into multiple barricades. Back in the ring Maff hits Delirious with the Burning Hammer to get the pin. Obviously the result was never in question, but Jacobs and Delirious made a pretty good go of it.
James Gibson defeats Spanky at 13:28. This is Gibson’s ROH debut. They start with some chain wrestling, keeping it clean but aggressive. Bower spends a good chunk of the opening minutes criticizing WWE for the way they do business. Spanky lands the first high-spot, sending Gibson to the floor and following him out with a top-dope dive. Back in the ring Gibson takes it to the mat and focuses on Spanky’s left arm. These two pros and good friends continue to trade momentum back and forth, and keep the crowd engaged. After a tremendous encounter, Gibson hits Spanky with a Double-Arm DDT and then locks on the Front Guillotine Choke to get the tap-out win. Bower and Nulty may have oversold it a bit, but this was quite a good match, and a really good way for Gibson to kick off his run in ROH.
Daizee Haze defeats Allison Danger, Lacey, and Tracy Brooks in a Four Corner Survival Match at 6:20. Haze and Lacey start it off, but it doesn’t take long for Brooks and Danger to get involved, as the pace is quick from the get-go. Bower makes note of Lacey’s ass and Nulty immediately scolds him. Probably the only time I agree with Nulty on anything. Brooks and Danger end up brawling to the back, leaving Lacey and Haze alone in the ring. They go back and forth attempting their big moves, and it’s Haze that’s able to connect with her Heart Punch and a Yakuza kick to get the pin. Good, fast-paced action here and a solid way to get back from intermission.
CM Punk defeats Alex Shelley at 22:00. Punk accepts Shelley’s handshake, but then holds him down on the ground and tells him that it’ll take more than a handshake to prove that he’s done being an asshole. To his credit, Shelley accepts the challenge and they chain wrestle, with Punk going after the arm and taking the first advantage. After several minutes of abuse, Shelly makes a comeback and takes control, attacking Punk in a variety of ways. I love watching Shelley work. Shelly focuses on the midsection, which is a good setup for the Border City Stretch. The back and forth continues, both men sticking to their game plans, and both men cinching in their signature submission moves but neither able to get a victory on the first attempt. In the end Shelley puts Punk in the Border City Stretch but Punk counters to the Anaconda Vise to get the win. That was similar to the earlier Gibson/Spanky match, but they went longer and still kept up the same kind of pace and level of crowd engagement. Both men stuck to solid game plans and did stuff that makes sense. Underrated match here I think.
After the match, the Embassy runs out and tries to attack CM Punk, but Shelley helps Punk clear them out. Shelley then cuts a promo once again apologizing and asking for forgiveness. Punk accepts, more or less, and asks the crowd to give Shelley a hand.
Samoa Joe & Bryan Danielson defeat Generation Next (Austin Aries & Jack Evans) at 23:14. Is there a more awesome team than 2005 Samoa Joe and Bryan Danielson? I don’t think so. Danielson and Evans start the match, and they trade some dance moves and strikes. Guess who does better in each scenario? Joe gets tagged in and he wants Aries to get in the ring, since they will square off for the ROH World Title tomorrow night in Chicago Ridge. Joe and Danielson take turns destroying Evans in the opening minutes. After watching is partner get beat up for several minutes, Aries seizes an opportunity and Generation Next takes control on Danielson. Joe gets pretty antsy waiting on the apron and it leads to a schmoz on the floor, and moments later Joe and Aries get tagged in and are the legal men. Gen Next try the Ode to the Bulldogs but Evans slips and almost kills himself. The referee has completely lost control by this point. Danielson holds Aries back while Joe puts Evans in a modified Stretch Muffler to get the win. This match did a lot right, as they knew how long to entertain in the beginning before getting serious. Joe gets a big win to lead into his title shot tomorrow, Evans did what he does best, and Danielson and Aries were their usual great selves. Great semi-main event here.
After the match the Rottweilers attack Joe and Danielson until the cameras just awkwardly cut away.
Jimmy Rave (w/ Prince Nana defeats AJ Styles at 22:07. Rave also has a random woman with him; I don’t recall who that is. This is Styles’ return after almost a year away due to the Rob Feinstein scandal. This is promoted as a “one-night return” for Styles. This is a wild affair from the early going, with both men aggressively attacking each other and quickly taking it to the floor. Rave tries to get something going for himself but every time he does Styles doesn’t seem to be in the mood for selling. The commentators keep trying to put over what an even match this is, but that’s not the way AJ is wrestling it. Nana interferes as often as possible, and it finally pays off when Rave is able to spray air freshener in Styles’ eyes and roll him up with a handful of tights for the win. This wasn’t a bad match by any means, but in a main event slot it just didn’t feel right, since one of the participants made sure the other one didn’t look to be on his level, for whatever reason. These two would go on to have better matches later.
Of the nine matches here, five of them are three stars or more, and two of those are four-star efforts, so that’s worth a recommendation for sure. Feuds also mover along here, with Punk v the Embassy, Homicide v Danielson, and Aries v Joe in particular. Also, let us never forget THE AIR DEVILS.
Below you’ll find the sales estimates for comics and trade paperbacks sold in the direct market for January, 2017. The sales numbers below are estimates based on the information provided by Diamond Comics Distributors earlier this month. Sales estimates for December, 2016 can be found here.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when reading this data. These numbers are just estimates for the sales through Diamond to direct market retailers. It does not include any sales outside of the Diamond channel such as newstands, book stores or overseas markets. Since the majority of habitual comic book readers are served through this sales channel, these numbers are a good indicator of the core sales trends at the retail level. While not all copies will sell to readers, each retailer is buying what they think they can sell so the trends at the retail level should be a close enough reflection of the sales trends at the reader level for the purposes of discussion.
The breakdowns are for just the top comics and top trades listed below. These are not the overall market share. I only deal with numbers that I can see and kick around in my ever evolving number crunching system. Sometimes the numbers get a bit battered and bruised in the process.
The estimated total sales for the 300 comics was 7,028,684 comics which is down by 356,926 units from December 2016 and up by 541,218 units from January 2016. Marvel Comics had the largest percentage of the top 300 comics with 41.66% of the total units sold followed by DC Comics with 41.32%.
The top selling comic from Marvel Comics was “US Avengers (2017)” #1 in slot 1 with an estimated 110,729 units and for DC Comics was “Batman (2016)” #14 in rank 2 with an estimated 106,816 units.
The estimated total sales for the 300 trades was 372,856 trades which is up by 7,187 units from December 2016 and up by 38,169 units from January 2016.
Topping the trades list in January was “Love Is Love” by IDW Publishing with 9,659 units.
I’ll be back later with an analysis of the numbers below.
If you’d like to listen to an in-depth discussion of the sales data, check out the Mayo Report episodes of the Comic Book Page podcast at www.ComicBookPage.com. In addition to those episodes, every Monday is a Weekly Comics Spotlight episode featuring a comic by DC, a comic by Marvel and a comic by some other publisher. I read around 200 new comics a month so we cover a wide variety of what is current being published. If you are looking for more or different comics to read, check out the latest Previews Spotlight episode which features clips from various comic book fans talking about the comics they love. With thousands of comics in Previews every month, Previews Spotlight episodes are a great way to find out about things which may have flown under your comic book radar.DIAMOND OVERALL SHARES Publisher Market Share
By Units Market Share
By Dollars MARVEL COMICS 42.62% 37.09% DC ENTERTAINMENT 31.33% 28.93% IMAGE COMICS 9.36% 9.82% IDW PUBLISHING 3.45% 5.25% DARK HORSE COMICS 2.91% 4.04% BOOM! STUDIOS 1.91% 2.09% DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.47% 1.65% TITAN COMICS 1.10% 1.24% VIZ MEDIA 0.39% 1.15% VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.81% 0.82% RANDOM HOUSE 0.16% 0.63% ONI PRESS INC. 0.33% 0.62% ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT 0.42% 0.55% ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.47% 0.52% AVATAR PRESS INC 0.24% 0.50% ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.37% 0.43% HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.09% 0.32% AFTERSHOCK COMICS 0.28% 0.31% JOE BOOKS INC. 0.30% 0.28% BLACK MASK COMICS 0.27% 0.27% OTHER NON-TOP 20 1.72% 3.49% TOP COMICS BREAKDOWN Publisher NI RI TI Min
Dollars Percent of
By Units Percent of
By Dollars Marvel Comics 91 0 91 $2.99 $5.99 $4.07 2,928,457 $11,996,088.43 41.66% 45.64% DC Comics 83 2 85 $2.99 $12.99 $3.52 2,904,117 $9,714,362.83 41.32% 36.96% Image Comics 28 1 29 $2.99 $4.99 $3.58 467,094 $1,586,458.56 6.65% 6.04% IDW Publishing 21 0 21 $3.99 $7.99 $4.28 175,727 $735,048.73 2.50% 2.80% Dark Horse 22 0 22 $3.99 $5.99 $4.13 164,594 $687,704.06 2.34% 2.62% BOOM! Studios 9 0 9 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 83,707 $333,990.93 1.19% 1.27% Dynamite Entertainment 6 0 6 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 64,664 $258,009.36 0.92% 0.98% Valiant Entertainment 8 0 8 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 52,032 $207,607.68 0.74% 0.79% Titan Comics 8 0 8 $3.99 $5.99 $4.37 41,291 $178,269.09 0.59% 0.68% Archie Comics 4 0 4 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 28,677 $114,421.23 0.41% 0.44% Joe Books 3 0 3 $2.99 $3.99 $3.32 15,957 $52,988.43 0.23% 0.20% Action Labs Entertainment 2 0 2 $4.99 $4.99 $4.99 15,818 $78,931.82 0.23% 0.30% Aftershock Comics 2 0 2 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 14,781 $58,976.19 0.21% 0.22% Mirage Publishing 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 13,744 $54,838.56 0.20% 0.21% Albatross Funnybooks 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 10,270 $40,977.30 0.15% 0.16% Oni Press 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 8,616 $34,377.84 0.12% 0.13% Abstract Studios 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 8,458 $33,747.42 0.12% 0.13% Black Mask Studios 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 5,932 $23,668.68 0.08% 0.09% Bongo Entertainment 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 5,797 $23,130.03 0.08% 0.09% Zenescope Entertainment 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 4,957 $19,778.43 0.07% 0.08% Broadsword Comics 1 0 1 $2.95 $2.95 $2.95 4,919 $14,511.05 0.07% 0.06% Avatar Press 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 4,548 $18,146.52 0.06% 0.07% United Plankton Pictures 1 0 1 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 4,527 $18,062.73 0.06% 0.07% Legend: NI = New Items, RI = Reorder Items, TI = Total Items TOP TRADES BREAKDOWN Publisher NI RI TI Min
Dollars Percent of
By Units Percent of
By Dollars Marvel Comics 37 87 124 $9.99 $125.00 $22.80 143,155 $3,228,559.53 40.31% 45.26% DC Comics 28 31 59 $9.99 $99.99 $22.75 72,801 $1,633,775.80 20.50% 22.91% Image Comics 14 37 51 $9.99 $59.99 $16.91 65,125 $993,019.75 18.34% 13.92% IDW Publishing 7 4 11 $9.99 $59.99 $24.62 16,617 $284,856.95 4.68% 3.99% BOOM! Studios 7 2 9 $14.99 $39.99 $20.55 10,587 $192,869.13 2.98% 2.70% Dynamite Entertainment 2 2 4 $14.99 $24.99 $19.99 7,864 $161,921.36 2.21% 2.27% Dark Horse 7 1 8 $13.99 $29.99 $21.62 6,917 $146,127.83 1.95% 2.05% Valiant 2 3 5 $9.99 $19.99 $13.99 6,634 $86,883.66 1.87% 1.22% VIZ 3 4 7 $4.99 $34.99 $14.56 5,540 $89,011.60 1.56% 1.25% ONI Press 3 1 4 $9.99 $19.99 $17.49 4,070 $72,209.30 1.15% 1.01% Random House 3 0 3 $10.99 $10.99 $10.99 3,104 $34,112.96 0.87% 0.48% Archie Comics 2 0 2 $12.99 $19.99 $16.49 2,779 $52,010.21 0.78% 0.73% Benitez Productions 1 0 1 $12.99 $12.99 $12.99 1,608 $20,887.92 0.45% 0.29% Joe Books 2 0 2 $8.99 $14.99 $11.99 1,552 $19,952.48 0.44% 0.28% Aftershock Comics 1 0 1 $19.99 $19.99 $19.99 1,115 $22,288.85 0.31% 0.31% St. Martins Press 2 0 2 $12.99 $12.99 $12.99 1,083 $14,068.17 0.30% 0.20% NBM 2 0 2 $7.99 $14.99 $11.49 994 $11,442.06 0.28% 0.16% Consortium Book Sales 1 0 1 $22.95 $22.95 $22.95 895 $20,540.25 0.25% 0.29% Bongo Comics 1 0 1 $15.99 $15.99 $15.99 878 $14,039.22 0.25% 0.20% Black Mask Comics 1 0 1 $12.99 $12.99 $12.99 693 $9,002.07 0.20% 0.13% Titan Comics 1 0 1 $24.99 $24.99 $24.99 566 $14,144.34 0.16% 0.20% Magnetic Press 1 0 1 $19.99 $19.99 $19.99 550 $10,994.50 0.15% 0.15% TOP COMICS Qty
Rank Index Price Pub Title # R Est
Sales Delta Delta % WL 1 103.66 $3.99 MAR US Avengers (2017) 1 110,729 2 100.00 $2.99 DC Batman (2016) 14 106,816 13 108,407 -1,591 -1.47% 0 3 96.24 $2.99 DC Batman (2016) 15 102,802 14 106,816 -4,014 -3.76% 0 4 81.06 $3.99 DC Justice League/Power Rangers (2017) 1 86,589 5 79.95 $2.99 IMA Walking Dead (2003) 162 85,395 161 85,459 -64 -0.07% 0 6 78.92 $4.99 DC All Star Batman (2016) 6 84,296 5 87,422 -3,126 -3.58% 0 7 69.56 $3.99 DC Justice League/Suicide Squad (2016) 3 74,299 2 87,110 -12,811 -14.71% 0 8 69.38 $4.99 MAR Monsters Unleashed (2017) 1 74,107 9 69.07 $3.99 MAR Amazing Spider-Man (2015) 23 73,773 22 63,359 10,414 16.44% 10 67.97 $2.99 DC Justice League (2016) 12 72,598 11 71,527 1,071 1.50% 0 11 67.72 $3.99 MAR Star Wars (2015) 27 72,331 26 104,563 -32,232 -30.83% 0 12 66.89 $3.99 DC Justice League/Suicide Squad (2016) 4 71,450 3 74,299 -2,849 -3.83% 0 13 66.67 $3.99 DC Justice League/Suicide Squad (2016) 6 71,213 5 70,489 724 1.03% 0 14 65.99 $3.99 DC Justice League/Suicide Squad (2016) 5 70,489 4 71,450 -961 -1.34% 0 15 65.94 $2.99 DC Justice League (2016) 13 70,437 12 72,598 -2,161 -2.98% 0 16 60.00 $2.99 DC Detective Comics (1937) 948 64,090 947 65,090 -1,000 -1.54% 0 17 58.72 $3.99 MAR IvX (2016) 2 62,723 1 167,703 -104,980 -62.60% 0 18 57.70 $3.99 MAR IvX (2016) 3 61,638 2 62,723 -1,085 -1.73% 0 19 57.62 $2.99 DC Detective Comics (1937) 949 61,543 948 64,090 -2,547 -3.97% 0 20 56.86 $2.99 DC Flash (2016) 14 60,732 13 62,800 -2,068 -3.29% 0 21 56.55 $2.99 DC Superman (2016) 14 60,409 13 59,393 1,016 1.71% 0 22 54.68 $2.99 DC Flash (2016) 15 58,402 14 60,732 -2,330 -3.84% 0 23 53.75 $2.99 DC Superman (2016) 15 57,412 14 60,409 -2,997 -4.96% 0 24 51.73 $3.99 MAR Venom (2016) 3 55,255 2 38,043 17,212 45.24% 0 25 51.44 $3.99 MAR Clone Conspiracy (2016) 4 54,947 3 56,117 -1,170 -2.08% 26 50.56 $2.99 DC Suicide Squad (2016) 9 54,010 8 59,967 -5,957 -9.93% 0 27 50.23 $2.99 DC Suicide Squad (2016) 10 53,649 9 54,010 -361 -0.67% 0 28 49.56 $3.99 MAR Unworthy Thor (2016) 3 52,938 2 50,584 2,354 4.65% 0 29 49.42 $2.99 DC Wonder Woman (2016) 14 52,784 13 54,589 -1,805 -3.31% 0 30 47.73 $2.99 DC Wonder Woman (2016) 15 50,978 14 52,784 -1,806 -3.42% 0 31 45.49 $3.99 MAR Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2016) 3 48,592 2 61,417 -12,825 -20.88% 0 32 45.42 $3.99 MAR Mighty Captain Marvel (2016) 1 48,519 0 53,263 -4,744 -8.91% 0 33 44.48 $3.99 MAR Spider-Man (2016) 12 47,517 11 35,865 11,652 32.49% 1 34 44.29 $2.99 DC Harley Quinn (2016) 11 47,308 10 48,380 -1,072 -2.22% 0 35 44.04 $3.99 MAR Mighty Thor (2015) 15 47,038 14 37,624 9,414 25.02% 0 36 44.00 $2.99 DC Titans (2016) 7 46,998 6 48,612 -1,614 -3.32% 0 37 43.94 $3.99 MAR Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016) 13 46,934 12 43,937 2,997 6.82% 0 38 43.26 $2.99 DC Trinity (2016) 5 46,204 4 50,270 -4,066 -8.09% 0 39 43.12 $2.99 DC Nightwing (2016) 12 46,057 11 47,781 -1,724 -3.61% 0 40 42.88 $3.99 MAR Old Man Logan (2016) 16 45,807 15 42,216 3,591 8.51% 0 41 42.69 $2.99 DC Harley Quinn (2016) 12 45,599 11 47,308 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“The Flash” cast and crew are hard at work in Vancouver knocking out the rest of the episodes of the CW series’ third season. That work, of course, includes major stunts and plenty of people in superhero suits — and a new batch of set photos from HollywoodNorth.buzz contain both of those things.
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The new shots from “The Flash’s” set include a number of costumed heroes, including the Flash, Kid Flash, Vibe and Gypsy. They also include a mystery white-haired character right in the middle of the action.
In Downtown Vancouver. pic.twitter.com/RDzfgApZRC
— HollywoodNorth.buzz (@yvrshoots) February 17, 2017
It’s not yet been revealed who this character is or who is playing him; it’s possible that the actor seenin the photos above is a stunt performer. Just to speculate, the character could be the white-haired Justice League villain called Key, or it’s always possible that he’s a villain from an alternate Earth.
Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that Kevin Smith was seen in the area of filming as well, leading some to speculate that the director is stepping behind the camera one more time.
Looks like @ThatKevinSmith is in town to direct @CW_TheFlash today! #TheFlash @yvrshoots pic.twitter.com/4we8KkPMlW
— Alice Law (@aylaw09) February 17, 2017
Smith has so far directed two episodes of “The Flash,” including an episode earlier this season titled “Killer Frost.” More recently, Smith directed an episode of fellow CW/DC series “Supergirl” titled “Supergirl Lives.”
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
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At ComicsPRO, F1rst Comics/Devil’s Due teased a new fantasy comic book series for 2017 by Bill Willingham, his first since the end of Fables – but without any more details forthcoming.
In comments, replying to Bleeding Cool posters who pointed out a number of similar projects that hadn’t been published, Bill Willingham wrote,
I’ll be happy to admit to the existence of the new series, with details, once the book is well underway, meaning several scripts written, at least the entire first issue drawn, lettered, colored, etc, with artwork well begun on subsequent issues, and a finalized publishing deal. Lacking even one of those elements can spell the end of a new project even before the thing is truly born. Poor Philip above doesn’t even know half of the projects that have fallen through (because at least in some cases, we were smart enough not to rush to announce) in recent years and months.
Really this is all Mark Buckingham’s fault. He was so damned reliable, for an impressive 13 years on Fables, he clearly spoiled me for working with other people. As one of the nearly complete flakes of a comic book artist in the past, I can attest that a 13 year “always there, always bringing the top stuff, and always on time” record is unusual, to say the least.
Letting such things be announced before at least that much is done (as was the case with that “Gods from Image” thing mentioned above) has caused embarrassment in the past, when one or more of the usual reasons new comic deals fall through occurred. Sometimes we let our enthusiasm for new projects override our better judgment.
First Comics is in talks with one of the bigger upcoming conventions to see if they might accommodate what we need to make the big announcement. Assuming such talks go swimmingly, we’ll be blabbing about the details (and have even more of the series in production). Then folks can believe it, when they see it’
Bill Willingham Clarifies New Fantasy Comic Tease From ComicsPRO
With recent changes behind the scenes and rumors that Ben Affleck’s Batman might hang up his cape and cowl early, the future of the DC Extended Universe is in an uncertain place. Although “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” will bring some long-awaited franchises to the big screen later this year, DC’s recent films like “Suicide Squad” divided audiences and critics alike. Despite that, the DCEU still has the potential to grow into cinema’s biggest superhero universe.
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Now, CBR is taking a look at 15 DC Comics stories that would make epic movies in the DCEU. For this hardly comprehensive list, we’ll be looking at stories from the history of the publisher that could help set it apart from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and DC’s current television offerings.BRUCE WAYNE: MURDERER
While Batman has appeared in over a dozen feature films, none of them have really focused on Bruce Wayne. Although his nocturnal activities might draw more attention, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire business tycoon with some level of celebrity. On film, those aspects of the character have remained largely unexamined or confined to a handful of scenes, even though actors like Christian Bale thrived in those moments.
An adaption of the 2002 “Batman” crossover “Bruce Wayne: Murderer,” could give Bruce Wayne his biggest spotlight in film. In that 2002 story by creators like Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker, Wayne’s ex-girlfriend, Vesper Fairchild, is found dead in Wayne Manor. Since he was working as Batman at the time, Wayne is left without an alibi and accused of murder. The story focuses on Batman’s allies like Robin, Nightwing and Batgirl as they try to solve the crime, and could be a good way to establish them in the DCEU with major roles. An adaption of “Batman: Murderer” would put mystery back at the heart of Batman’s film franchise and could examine the importance of Wayne in the Batman mythos.BLACKEST NIGHT
In 2009, Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis captured an era’s zeitgeist with the blockbuster crossover “Blackest Night.” In that massive story, Nekron, a living embodiment of death, revived dead heroes and villains as super-powered zombies in an effort to end all life in the universe. This dark, gruesome crossover pits these Black Lanterns against Green Lantern in one of that character’s biggest starring roles.
While an adaption of “Blackest Night” would give Green Lantern a compelling debut, the premise could would especially well in the DCEU. In 2013’s “Man of Steel,” a massive number of civilians infamously died in the climactic battle between General Zod and Superman. That controversial plot point influenced 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but those thousands of casualties could pose an existential threat as an army of Black Lanterns. While the idea of the Justice League fighting zombies has an irresistible commercial appeal, a Blackest Night movie could answer critics by casting the DCEU’s heroes as beacons of light against the threat of total annihilation.SUICIDE SQUAD: THE JANUS DIRECTIVE
While DC’s colorful superheroes usually take center stage, the shadier, more espionage-focused area of the DC Universe was the focus of 1989s’ “The Janus Directive.” With work from creators like John Ostrander, Kim Yale and Greg Weisman, the crossover took place over several of that era’s underrated paramilitary titles like “Suicide Squad,” “Checkmate” and “Captain Atom.” In the comic, Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad seemingly go rogue after a failed assassination attempt and battle other government-sponsored teams in order to defeat the supervillain Kobra and weed out his followers.
One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most critically acclaimed films is 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” An intrigue-filled adaption of “The Janus Directive” could be DCEU’s answer to that movie and establish the Suicide Squad’s place in DC’s larger cinematic world. In the same way the Marvel Cinematic Universe is bound together by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller could be cast as the hidden mastermind behind much of the DCEU, influencing world events from the shadows.GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR
The critical and commercial disappointment of 2011’s “Green Lantern” soured audiences on one of DC’s most iconic characters. Two Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan and John Stewart, are set to star in 2020’s “Green Lantern Corps,” and the franchise needs to redeem those characters with an undeniable success. An adaption of “Sinestro Corps War” could honor those characters and introduce a wide audience to the kind of grand, intergalactic sci-fi action where Green Lanterns flourish.
In the 2007 story, by Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason and Ethan Van Sciver, the Green Lanterns battle their longtime foe Sinestro and his newly-created army of fear-powered Yellow Lanterns. A “Sinestro Corps War” movie could be a quick way to introduce a slew of Green Lanterns and establish the order of the DCEU’s cosmic side. While the 2011 film was criticized for its tonal inconsistency, an adaption of this story would give filmmakers a chance to recast Green Lantern as an action-oriented sci-fi franchise.SUPERMAN: THE ELITE
According to some critics, Superman is just too powerful and too moral to be interesting. Despite decades of engaging stories across media, this perception helped shape the DCEU’s Superman as an isolated and guilt-ridden figure. In 2001’s “Action Comics” #775, Joe Casey, Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo responded to these criticisms with “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?”
In that modern classic, which was adapted in animation as “Superman Vs. The Elite” in 2012, Superman comes into conflict with the Elite. Inspired by comics like “The Authority,” the Elite are a team of hyper-violent heroes with extreme methods. The story literalizes the philosophical differences between Superman and the new heroes, and ultimately makes a compelling case for why Superman’s old-fashioned morality still matters. An adaption of this story could rejuvenate Superman in the eyes of a cynical, disinterested public. Beyond providing a venue to introduce several new superheroes, this could also give filmmakers a chance to respond to critics who say DC’s films are too dark and tonally recalibrate the DCEU.WONDER WOMAN: WAR OF THE GODS
Despite the character’s 75 year history, Wonder Woman has only been at the center of a few universe-spanning crossovers. In celebration of her 50th anniversary in 1991, Wonder Woman was a focal part of the crossover “War of the Gods,” spearheaded by George Pérez and Russell Braun. In the story, the sorceress and Wonder Woman villain Circe causes a war between the Greek gods, the Roman gods and various other pantheons that threatens to destroy the Earth.
With hefty roles for both Wonder Woman and the Suicide Squad, “War of the Gods” could tie those wildly different film franchises together. After battling Cara Delevingne ‘s Enchantress in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” the Squad already has experience dealing with magical threats, and they could operate similarly in a mythology-focused movie. Although Marvel’s films have introduced Thor and Asgard, it hasn’t used figures like Hercules yet. With an adaption of “War of the Gods,” DC could mix the mythology-adjacent Wonder Woman with other pantheons before Marvel has a chance to use them.GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD TWILIGHT
Despite almost two decades of modern superhero movies, a few long-standing comic book troupes haven’t made it into a feature film yet. While there are dozens of examples from comics books, a superhero hasn’t turned into a supervillain in film yet. An adaption of Ron Marz and Darryl Banks’ 1994 “Green Lantern” tale “Emerald Twilight” could change that. In that story, Hal Jordan goes mad and eradicates the Green Lantern Corps after the annihilation of his home Coast City. While it was later revealed that he was controlled by the cosmic entity Parallax, this was an ignoble end for one of DC’s oldest heroes and introduced the new Green Lantern Kyle Rayner.
On screen, “Emerald Twilight” could legitimately surprise jaded audiences with a story they’ve never seen before. Like its comics counterpart, an adaption of this story could shift a focus from Hal Jordon to a new crop of Green Lanterns. This story could inject a sense of legitimate stakes and unpredictability into the dormant Green Lantern franchise, transforming it from an afterthought into a must-see feature.DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING
Although plans to bring Neil Gaiman’s iconic Vertigo epic “Sandman” to the big screen have had some setbacks, the Endless could still help distinguish DC’s cinematic identity. While that series’ expansive scope makes it difficult to adapt as a single film, the more grounded, personal story of “Death: The High Cost of Living” is ideal for a feature. In Gaiman, Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham’s 1993 miniseries, the embodiment of Death, posing as the goth teenager Didi, walks the Earth for the first time in a century and has a few encounters with the humans she will one day claim.
Where Marvel’s films are defined by colorful costumes and quippy dialogue, DC’s films have leaned in a darker direction. In a Death movie, DC could claim ownership of that darker tone with a prestige picture that would have a different appeal from the rest of their superhero fare. Although a major attempt to adapt the story failed, Death could launch a film universe dedicated to the Endless that could run parallel to the DCEU.BATMAN: BLACK MIRROR
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy set a new standard for superhero films and will likely remain a generation’s definitive take on Batman. With their mix of globe-trotting adventure, gritty urban crime and psychologically compelling villains, those films highlighted some of the best parts of the Batman mythos. Although the DCEU seems to take place in a rebooted universe, an adaption of the 2010 story “Black Mirror.” In that Scott Snyder and Jock story, Commissioner Gordon’s psychopathic son, James, returns to a Gotham protected by Dick Grayson’s Batman. As Grayson tries to determine Gordon Jr.’s true motives, the tale examines the dichotomy between the sons of Gotham’s two greatest protectors.
Surprisingly, Dick Grayson hasn’t had a live-action film role since 1997’s “Batman & Robin.” An adaption of “Black Mirror” would give that iconic character his first major live-action role in 20 years. Between the story’s cerebral tone and the appearance of Gordon Jr., the story already has a few callbacks to “The Dark Knight.” By following “The Dark Knight Rises” and casting Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a surrogate Grayson, the film could even be a direct follow-up to Nolan’s Batman movies.JUSTICE LEAGUE: TOWER OF BABEL
In “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Ben Affleck’s Batman explicitly stated his distrust of Superman and prepared plans to defeat him. Since that’s an established part of the character in the DCEU, it would be logical for Batman to have contingency plans for the rest of the Justice League in an adaption of “Tower of Babel.” In that classic 2000 tale by Mark Waid, Howard Porter and Steve Scott, Ra’s al Ghul steals Batman’s files and activates his counter-measures against the Justice League.
An adaption of “Tower of Babel” would highlight the cynical, paranoid nature of the DCEU’s Batman while introducing one of his major villains in the DCEU. While this wasn’t part of that specific story, a “Tower of Babel” feature could also include Batman’s rogue super-human surveillance program Brother Eye. Together, all of this could redefine the DCEU’s Batman in his traditional role as a dark loner, who puts a distance between himself and the other heroes.SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC
After seven live-action Superman movies, one of Superman’s most iconic villains, the alien android Brainiac, still hasn’t appeared on screen. Since the character’s a largely intellectual force, his various machinations have historically provided a threat that Superman can’t simply punch his way through. Although the character’s 59 year history is filled with quality stories, 2008’s “Brainiac” by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, would make an ideal feature film.
In that story, which was adapted as the animated “Superman: Unbound” in 2013, Superman finds one of Brainiac’s drones and flies off into space to confront him. After learning that Brainiac miniaturized cities, including the Kryptonian capital of Kandor, and destroyed planets, Superman teams up with Supergirl to save Earth from the same fate. Since this story includes Kandor, a “Brainiac” film would be the ideal place to introduce other pieces of Kryptonian lore. With a good portion of the action taking place in space, this could also be an opportunity to help establish DC’s cosmic order or to pair Superman with space-based characters.TWILIGHT
In 1990, Howard Chaykin and José García-López reshaped the outer reaches of the DC Universe in the criminally underrated series “Twilight.” In the comic, the creative team crafted a post-modern sci-fi epic using forgotten Silver Age sci-fi heroes like Tommy Tomorrow and the Star Rovers. In the wake of “Watchmen,” this comic deconstructed these older characters and portrayed them as corrupted or unbalanced by dangerous levels of power.
The stars of “Twilight” are essentially blank slates. Since they hadn’t been defined in decades, Chaykin was able to twist them into the contortions needed for his plot. For that same reason, a “Twilight” movie could be a wild card in the DCEU. Marvel had a huge success by following a similar formula with 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Similarly, a “Twilight” film could use these forgotten characters to make a standalone space epic or as part of DC’s larger plans. With the aged, lived-in feeling that permeates through the comic, a “Twilight” film could give DC’s cosmos a lived-in feeling that sets it apart from other cinematic universes.CATWOMAN: SELINA’S BIG SCORE
While Catwoman is one of Batman’s most well-known villains, her 2004 solo feature is largely regarded as one of the worst comic book movies ever made. Although she seems likely to appear in the upcoming “Gotham City Sirens,” Catwoman could thrive on her own in a solo film based on “Selina’s Big Score.” In that 2004 graphic novel, by Darwyn Cooke and Matt Hollingsworth, Selina Kyle returns to Gotham City with insufficient funds after faking her death. When she gets a tip about a mob-operated train filled with millions of dollars, she and her ex-mentor Stark assemble a team to pull off the heist while eluding the detective Slam Bradley.
With Cooke’s stylized noir-ish art, the comic reads like a DC Universe version of “Ocean’s Eleven.” A film adaption of that title could operate in a similar manner. With so many action-focused features, a straight crime story like this could be an unexpected but rewarding curveball in the DCEU. With relatively few special effects needed, this could be a quick, efficient way to build out the infrastructure of the DCEU’s Gotham City.JUSTICE LEAGUE: WORLD WAR III
In the final story of their acclaimed run on “JLA,” Grant Morrison and Howard Porter unleashed Mageddon the Anti-Sun and Primordial Annihilator. In the 2000 story “World War III,” Mageddon starts destroying the Earth by turning its populace against one another through hate and fear. In their desperate effort to defeat the ancient being of pure hate, the Justice League calls on its full reserves before temporarily giving every human on Earth super-powers.
Although that could be a fitting finale to any superhero universe, it could be a great way to quickly distribute powers relatively early in the DCEU. By retrofitting that finale as the way hundreds of characters got powers, filmmakers could eliminate the need for repetitive origin films. The cartoon “Justice League Unlimited” sold itself on a huge roster of heroes, and that spirit could live on in a “World War III” film. The galaxy-size Mageddon would make an imposing figure on the big screen who could believably cause the Justice League to take such a drastic action.CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS
In 1986, DC rebooted its comic book universe with Marv Wolfman and George Pérez’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” In that epic miniseries, thousands of universes and beloved characters like Supergirl and the Flash die fighting the cosmic force known as the Anti-Monitor. That story streamlined the DC Universe, collapsing its various alternate realities into one primary new world.
With a “Crisis” movie, DC could tie all of its past and present live-action universes together in one of the most ambitious films of all time. In a film that could easily dwarf Marvel’s biggest moments, a “Crisis” movie could give the Batmen of Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton and Adam West a chance to team-up. Beyond the commercial allure of battalions of Batmen and Supermen working together, the CW’s DC shows have already explored alternate realities, and “The Flash” has explicitly teased a “Crisis.” By finally uniting the DCEU with DC’s televised offerings, DC could create the ultimate maximalist epic for the modern media landscape.
Stay tuned to CBR for all the latest on DC’s upcoming films. Be sure to let us know what stories you want to see on film in the comments below!
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Everything Else They Announced At ComicsPRO – From DC’s Jack Kirby Anniversaries To Titan’s Little Nightmares
Courtesy of Diamond Daily,the daily retailer newsletter. there are a few ComicsPRO announcements which didn’t make it to Bleeding Cool’s 52 Story List… but we’re very happy to add them here!
DC plans to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday in 2017 with a series of specials,
May will bring the debut of MediSIN, from Action Lab, in which a criminal mastermind recruits a team of luckless physicians to provide medical aid for supervillains.
In June, Action Lab’s all-ages line expands with Kid Sherlock and Adventures in Crime.
July will see the return of the Actionverse, from Action Lab, along with new stories from the bestselling Miraculous.
After noting the success of its hit series Lord of Gore and the release of the third volume of its bestseller Plume, Devil’s Due tantalized retailers with new projects including the Dirk Manning Omnibus (featuring tales by the popular writer) and The Circuit (a new robot s-f action title), both coming this summer.
Heroes Initiative will conduct a fundraising contest in late 2017. The store that raises the most money for the charity will receive an in-store appearance by legendary artist George Péréz.
Lion Forge will get its own PREVIEWS section, beginning with the April catalogue.
Space Goat will release a new line of Backpack Editions, perfect-bound, 9” x 6” volumes that are designed for libraries and families.
Titan will be publishing Little Nightmares, based on the video game.
Everything else I think we covered – and a ton more as well.
Everything Else They Announced At ComicsPRO – From DC’s Jack Kirby Anniversaries To Titan’s Little Nightmares
Marvel Studios isn’t just a well oiled machine in the production of their movies but also in how they hype them. We are so susceptible to it we discuss and ponder every casting announcement they make. (The irony of me saying this while making a post is not lost on me.) Marvel Studios announced that they have cast Malaysian actress Raja Ilya in a mysterious role in an unknown movie. Marvel has a history of casting relative newcomers in roles that define their future careers (Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston being two of the notable ones). Ilya was being interviewed by Star2 for her new movie Soulmate Hingga Jannah and mentioned the role. She has also been given the speech about the so-called “Marvel snipers” because she didn’t say much about the role.
“I can’t get any accurate shooting location for now. I’ve just been informed to fly to Hollywood by the end of the year for role selection and for which Marvel title [I’ll be working on],” she explained.
Smart girl. Ilya says she is working with a trainer but there are few people who are involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that haven’t had some sort of training. It would actually be more telling if she said that the role required no training at this point. As for how she got the role? It was one the oldest tricks in the book; networking.
“The offer came from someone I know from Indonesia who has already acted in a few Marvel and Disney movies…Now I just have to get prepared for the moment of my life,” she said.
The Marvel hype train is already hard at work as to what Ilya could possibly be involved with but with so many things on the table right now it could be a number of things. There doesn’t even appear to be a real confirmation that she’ll be in the movie universe and not the Netflix world. The guess everyone keeps throwing out is Captain Marvel due to the time frame but we really have no way of knowing.//poster / box art for LuQman
Marvel Casts Malaysian Actress Raja Ilya In An Unknown Role
Shane Black’s “Predator” film is now under a year away from stalking movie theaters across the world. After first being announced way back in June 2014, new tweets from writer/director Shane Black reveal that the film has finally kicked off production.
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Over the weekend, Black tweeted that filming on the fourth film in the solo “Predator” franchise would begin on Monday.
Monday… the hunt is on. pic.twitter.com/4tScRCnhGA
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) February 18, 2017
Years after first being announced, filming has finally started on “The Predator.” There’s not a lot known about the film itself. The film has slowly filled out its cast over the past few months, but an official synopsis for the film has not yet been released. We do know, though, that the film will be bloody and rated R. Black confirmed this in a follow-up tweet.
And, just to be clear… PG-13 is for pussies. Spines bleed… a lot.
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) February 18, 2017
“The Predator” will be Black’s follow-up to 2016’s “The Nice Guys,” a ’70s thriller that starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. The next “Predator” film will be the first in the franchise since 2010’s “Predators.”
Written and directed by Shane Black, “The Predator” stars Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key and 50 Cent. The film is scheduled for release in theaters on Feb. 9, 2018.
(via Bloody Disgusting)
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Dynamite has announced as part of their partnership with Atari, they’re launching a new line of comics based on Atari’s library of game titles. Kicking off the first new Atari comic series since the 1980s is Swordquest by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims and Scott Kowalchuk.
Swordquest, based on the series of games released in 1982-83, tells the story of Peter Case, a boy on a quest… the quest to win the prizes from Atari’s Swordquest challenge! He was counting down the days to the release of the final game, AirWorld, only to be shattered when the news surfaced that it would never be released. Now Peter is an adult… and things aren’t going well. The bad news is he has to move back in with his mother. The good news is she still has all of his old Atari stuff. With nothing else to look forward to, his obsession with Swordquest is reignited, in a more daring — and fantastic — way!
Swordquest was unique in that it was a four part games series that offered a contest with prizes up to $150,000 and each game included a comic that provided the clues needed to win. The comics were produced by DC Comics, written by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway and drawn by George Perez and Dick Giordano. The fist two parts, Earthworld and Fireworld came out in wide release, but the third part, Waterworld, was in limited release. Airworld was never released at all. The first two prizes were award, but not the last two or the grand prize. Interesting that this is where the first comic chooses to focus.
Swordquest #0 will be solicited in the March 2017 Previews catalog and slated for release in May.
New Atari Comics From Dynamite Starts With Swordquest
As longtime Superman fans know, Mr. Mxyzptlk isn’t your run-of-the-mill supervillain.
For the most part, the magical imp from the 5th Dimension tends to be more of a nuisance than a world conqueror, content to torment Superman and other heroes across the DC Universe with his annoying pranks and reality-warping abilities. Now, however, the trickster, played by “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’s” Peter Gadiot, has just one thing on his mind and in his heart: To make Supergirl his bride.
Ahead of his debut on the February 20 episode, “Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzplk,” Gadiot spoke with CBR about bringing the iconic bad (well, naughty) guy to life, his tricks in courting Supergirl, sparring with a jealous Mon-El and, well, just causing general mischief and mayhem.
CBR: For those unfamiliar with the character, who is Mr. Mxyzptlk and what did you want to bring to him?
Peter Gadiot: He is essentially a being, with almost infinite power, from the 5th Dimension. He’s someone who is known for his ability to do anything, but he doesn’t do it in an evil way. He’s not someone who has a black heart; he is more of a mischievous creature. He finds amusement in turning things inside out. He’s like a naughty boy and has a huge amount of power, but he doesn’t use it for pure evil. He uses it more for entertainment and fun and games. He’s one of the rarest and unique characters in that he has this ability to do anything, but only does so to annoy other people and just for a bit of fun. He’s very frustrating to characters like Superman and Supergirl. Usually, they can eventually defeat their opponents, but they have to think of a different way around Mxyzptlk. Unless you play his game, you aren’t going to get rid of him.
Mxyzptlk is typically portrayed as this older, magical imp. How surprised were you with the direction they went with him? Physically, you and the comic-book counterpart are polar opposites!
I was as surprised as anyone. What they’ve done is rather cool. Whenever you are bringing in a new character, you have to think, “How has it been done before? Do we want to be traditional? Do we want to put our own spin on it?” They did a perfect synergy. They kept his essence true to what has historically been this character. There are his maniacal, impish qualities and playfulness, but they changed his appearance.
The main reason I think they did that was to make him more modern and relevant to the “Supergirl” world, and also, to have the potential that he could be a legitimate suitor. They wanted it to be a pretty interesting suggestion. I mean, why not? This guy has the ability to do anything. If you find him handsome as well, which hopefully Kara does, well, why not go for it?
Why is Mxyzptlk so obsessed with Kara?
First of all, the main thing to say is, “Who wouldn’t be obsessed with Kara? She’s gorgeous.” In the trailers, you see her in that wedding dress and she’s drop dead gorgeous. She’s a sweetheart and strong, independent — and she’s a fighter. I think she ticks every box. Someone like Mxyzptlk, who is from the 5th Dimension – when you are like him, who has lived for who knows how long – it’s quite amazing to see someone like her. He has to follow her. He may be misguided in his ways, but the reason why is self-evident.
Kara, of course, attempts to let Mxyzptlk down easy, but it doesn’t go as smoothly she’d hoped. In what way does he wreak havoc in her life?
Well, when you want something – and you are someone like him, who has infinite power – you’re not used to getting turned down. You’re used to getting your own way. Obviously, there are a few limitations to his power. He has to make Kara fall for him. He can’t just magically make her fall in love. There is this suggestion that she wants to let him down nicely. However, each time he gets knocked down, he’s coming back with a different tactic and it’s going to keep escalating until this dramatic climax.
How does Mon-El handle Mxyzptlk putting the moves on Kara?
He takes it in the way any guy would if he feels another man is hitting on his girl. He’s not too pleased about it. He does his best to stand up for what he thinks he should do. They have a couple of different duels that are done in a playful spirit. It was a lot of fun to film.
I don’t know if I should say this, but when we were filming, Chris literally punched me in the chin. Accidentally, of course. We had this choreographed sequence. We were doing it once and, “Whack!” Chris is a super-nice guy and, of course, he was apologetic. I laughed it off. They definitely butt heads.
There are a lot of outfit changes in this episode. How did it feel getting your own Superman-inspired costume?
It was so cool, but, yeah, you’re right — I had many different outfits. There were modern suits, and the super-suit is iconic. It’s something where I hope I get a cool picture that I can show to my grandkids.
It seemed you enjoyed having a cape as well.
We had a night shoot. We filmed that scene at 5 AM. It was in Vancouver in the first week of January — it was freezing. I had tears in my eyes from the bitterness. I did have fun, but it was a little cold.
In the comic books, the only way to banish Mxyzptlk is to make him say his name backwards. How much are they adhering to that weakness, and was it a bit of a tongue twister for you?
Tongue twisters are tricky. I will say that I’m pretty good at tongue twisters. How they address that in this particular episode, it’s similar to what we just spoke about in terms of the character. They’ve kept true to certain aspects, but they’ve put their own unique twist on it.
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New comic book release day 2/22/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Listed below is the comic book with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?
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Elektra #1 – Bill Sienkiewicz
Monstress #10 – Sana Takeda
TMNT Universe #7 – Freddie Williams II
Batgirl #8 – Chris Wildgoose
Action Comics #974 – Clay Mann
Elektra #1 – Marco Checchetto
Captain America Steve Rogers #12 – Paul Renaud
Suicide Squad #12 – Lee Bermejo
Detective Comics #951 – Rafael Albuquerque
Action Comics #974 – Gary Frank
Kamandi Challenge #2 – Kenneth Rocafort
Thunderbolts #10 – Jon Malin
Deathstroke #13 – Bill Sienkiewicz
Curse Words #2 – Ryan Browne
Elektra #1 – Elizabeth Torque
TMNT Universe #7 – Adam Gorham
Reggie and Me #3 – Howard Chaykin
Kiss Demon #2 – Tom Mandrake
Surgeon X #6 – John Watikiss
Astro City #41 – Alex Ross
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You may best know Kieron Gillen from his Marvel Comics work on “Star Wars,” “Young Avengers” and “Journey Into Mystery,” or for his Image Comics hit “The Wicked + the Divine.” Perhaps you’ve been a fan since the early days of “Phonogram.” But now the writer is about to turn his attention in a new direction, to a classic character. Bond, James Bond.
Dynamite Entertainment has announced Gillen will team with artist Antonio Fuso (“G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” “G.I. Joe: Cobra”) for “James Bond: Service,” a 48-page special issue scheduled for release in May.
Although Gillen’s writing credits are dotted with superheroes, gods and magic, Bond isn’t too far removed from his wheelhouse, as his historical comics like “Ubert” and “Three” are thoroughly researched. Additionally, Gillen seems to suggest that 007 fits into the pantheon of mythological figures. “A chance to write a British icon is something that’s basically irresistible,” he said in a statement. “This is like getting to write the sun rising. You’ve known it all your life, but this time it’s yours. I wanted to do a story that was classically Bond, but spoke to Britain as it is, and Britain as it was.”
“James Bond: Service” is sent in the current, post-Brexit political environment, and pits 007 against an assassin who “plans to exterminate the ‘special relationship,’ and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place.”
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Everyone grew up yearning to have some great adventure happen to them --- usually inspired by some great, or not so great, piece of fiction. This May, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz head to the small town of Cannon Cove for Misfit City, where a group of teen girls stumble upon an ancient map and a buried secret history of their town that will change things forever.
CALEXIT – What If California Seceded From The USA? Matteo Pizzolo And Amancay Nahuelpan Put The Politics Back Into Comics
What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled?
Matteo Pizzolo has talked to Bleeding Cool about his new series for Black Mask, Calexit, with his Young Terrorists co-creator Amancay Nahuelpan.
“Ever since I was a kid reading V For Vendetta or a teenage shop clerk hand-selling Dirty Plotte, I’ve always believed comics and punk rock are the preeminent art forms for sharing important, and sometimes subversive, ideas. Now, more than ever in my lifetime, many of us are looking for everyday heroes who will take a stand in the face of regressive forces. Only in comics could Amancay and I do a project like CALEXIT, an urgent story of right now that we can create collaboratively within the activist community and do so without any corporate interference. The fact that the comic market will support challenging storytelling and that we have the platform to create without any restrictions is a true blessing. I consider it our responsibility to use that freedom in a positive, constructive, and fearless way. Even though CALEXIT has a bleak starting point, it’s a hopeful book. It’s not about divisiveness, it’s about solidarity and inclusion, and it’s only possible for us to tell this story because of the utterly unique support of the comic market.”
This is the world of CALEXIT, the new ongoing comic book series launching this May from Black Mask Studios, a timely title about resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.
“This is a special moment in the history of comics. We’re experiencing a real renaissance of progressive and political comic books and graphic novels,” said Matteo Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios and the writer of CALEXIT. “It’s not by accident that the first comic to win a National Book Award is the incredible MARCH by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, or that images of anti-fascist superheroes are capturing the imaginations of people around the world right now. There’s never been a more diverse range of comics that speak to our politics here at home or to the unrest around the world.”
In CALEXIT, the citizens of California will struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government. The ongoing series tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from a prison camp in Occupied Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year — ever since America’s demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State. Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about local sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.
“I can’t think of a time when confronting the status quo with progressive, political art has been more important,” said Brett Gurewitz, co-founder Black Mask. “Black Mask Studios has consistently focused on stories that are both entertaining and have a real message driving them. With OCCUPY COMICS, we published stories devoted to the goals and themes of the Occupy movement. Since then, we published stories about living under a fascist state (GODKILLER), about fighting celebrity politicians (YOUNG TERRORISTS) and gentrification (THE DREGS). We’ve published the 2017 GLAAD nominee KIM & KIM, and the creators of the breakout hit BLACK have donated proceeds to Black Lives Matter. The fact that the comic market is supporting brave voices like these is a real testament to comics’ crucial role in our national and international cultural dialogue.”
The first issue of CALEXIT will be available from Black Mask Studios in May 2017.
CALEXIT – What If California Seceded From The USA? Matteo Pizzolo And Amancay Nahuelpan Put The Politics Back Into Comics
The city of Blackwell is full of dark secrets, as Eran and Adi are finding out. Lost in a network of underground tunnels, and on the run from the robot Protectors, they try to reunite with Noa and Alex. Instead, they end up deep in the heart of Blackwell, and discover the shocking truth about the mysterious Council that has governed the city for centuries.
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Dynamite Entertainment has provided CBR with advance looks at new comics on sale Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017. When you’re through checking out these exciting previews, stop by CBR’s Independents forum to share your thoughts with other fans.
Click any title below to be taken to the preview of your choice.Kiss: The Demon #2 Pathfinder: Worldscape #5
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The heroic elf rogue Merisiel finds herself among the greatest villains of the Worldscape, so why do they consider her an old friend? In the court of Empress Camilla, Merisiel must do what it takes to survive the treachery of the arch-wizard Kulan Gath while fending off courtly intrigue, deceit, and death as the war for the Worldscape wages on! Co-starring John Carter, Red Sonja, Fantomah, and more! Written by Pathfinder publisher Erik Mona (Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain), with art from Jonathan Lau (Red Sonja and Cub). Contains a Pathfinder RPG rules appendix and a bonus pull-out poster map!
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With so many sequels and reboots opening up in movie theaters, one has to wonder when one of the biggest franchises of all time — the “Matrix” franchise — will return to the big screen. It’s been almost 14 years since the last “Matrix” movie, “The Matrix Revolutions,” arrived in theaters. While speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Reeves revealed the one condition that would have to be met for him to get involved in a new “Matrix” film.
“The Wachowskis would have to be involved,” said Reeves, referring to “Matrix” trilogy directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski. “They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?”
Reeves also addressed the fact that “Revolutions” concludes with the death of his character, Neo. “People die, stories don’t,” said Keanu, “people in stories don’t.”
“John Wick Chapter Two” includes a quasi “Matrix” reunion, as it reteams Laurence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves. The stars were also joined by fellow “Matrix” star Carrie-Anne Moss at the “John Wick Chapter Two” premiere.
Neo. Trinity. Morpheus. #TheMatrix reunites at the #JohnWick2 premiere! (Photo by Todd Williamson for @GettyImages and Getty Entertainment) pic.twitter.com/zdQJiAxug5
— John Wick: Chapter 2 (@JohnWickMovie) January 31, 2017
Since the last “Matrix” film in 2003, the film’s stars have moved on to different franchises; Fishburne plays Perry White in the new DC cinematic universe and Moss plays Jeri Hogarth in Marvel’s Netflix series. The latest installment in Reeves’ current franchise, “John Wick Chapter Two,” is in theaters now. The action film opened on February 10 and has already grossed $90.4 million worldwide. It’s already surpassed the box office gross of the first “John Wick,” which earned $88 million worldwide in 2014.
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Even since before filming began on “Logan,” Hugh Jackman has made it clear that the upcoming third solo Wolverine film would be his last as the clawed Canadian X-Man. After debuting in the role 17 years ago in “X-Men” and appearing in a subsequent trio of trilogies, “Logan” will be the actor’s final outing as the character — at least, that’s what Jackman says right now.
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In an interview with The New York Times, Jackman once again discussed whether or not he would ever considering returning to the role, and why he views “Logan” as his potentially final statement on the character.
“When I had the [‘Logan’] script, I was like, ‘Yes,’” said Jackman after being asked if he viewed the film as his final one. He continued, saying: “And when I was shooting the movie, yes. As I sit here today, yes… God knows how I’ll feel in three years,” he continued. “But right now, absolutely.”
Even after appearing in so many films as Wolverine, Jackman said that he’s never felt totally satisfied with any one performance. [T]there’s been a gnawing turmoil that I hadn’t really nailed it, fully — either story or performance or whatever.” He said he has that feeling with every film he’s been in, too. “Every film I’ve ever done, I’ve had that gnawing doubt. But I have it way less in [‘Logan’].”
Jackman also discussed what his career looks like without new Wolverine films in his filmography. After all, the character has been with him for the past 17 years and was responsible for giving Jackman massive, worldwide exposure. Jackman made it clear that while he’s finished with Wolverine, he’s not done acting.
“Let’s be clear — I’m not retiring,” said Jackman. His “Logan” follow up, called “The Greatest Showman” which features Jackman as P.T. Barnum, is scheduled to open on Christmas Day.
Set beyond the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” 2017’s “Logan” is set in the near future following a cataclysmic event that ravaged the mutant race. As a result, Wolverine’s healing factor will be greatly diminished. It will also be Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and will introduce Dafne Keen as the character’s teenage clone X-23.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3.
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WONDER WOMAN: This Actor Will Be Playing The Villain In DC’s Next Flick, And Here’s What He’ll Look Like
Welcome to Together Breakfast, the feature where Elle Collins and Katie Schenkel come together to dig in and relish every last drop of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. With the show back on a weekly schedule, at least for now, we’re keeping up with it once a week.
In this episode, Steven comes face to face with Rose Quartz for the first time. Storm in the Room was written by Colin Howard and Jeff Liu, and directed by Joe Johnston and Ricky Cometa.
A Few More DC Comics Covers You May Or May Not Have Seen, From Sienkiewicz To Middleton To Lupacchino To Sale
A few DC Comics variant covers I haven’t seen around the place yet. You may have. But you probably haven’t seen all of them…
Scooby Apocalypse #11 by Kenneth Rocafort.
Wonder Woman #18 by Bilquid Evely.
Trinity #7 by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Superwoman #8 by Renato Guedes.
Deathstroke #15 by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Batman #19 by Danny Miki.
Green Lanterns #18 by Emanuela Lupacchino.
Flash #18 by Carmine Di Giandomenico.
Batman #18 by Tim Sale.
Aquaman #19 by Josh Middleton.
Green Lanterns #19 by Emanuela Lupacchino.
A Few More DC Comics Covers You May Or May Not Have Seen, From Sienkiewicz To Middleton To Lupacchino To Sale
The United States is dead — long live the Secret Empire!
After months of build-up, the original Captain America, Steve Rogers, sees his traitorous plans for Hydra come to fruition in April, with the debut of Marvel Comics’ “Secret Empire.” The event kicks off with a special zero issue, then continues in one of the company’s Free Comics Book Day releases on May 6 before spilling out across the Marvel Universe with a nine-issue series, a number of one-shots, and tie-in chapters throughout the publisher’s monthly series.
Featuring art by Steve McNiven, Andrea Sorrentino, Leinil Yu and Daniel Acuña, the miniseries is characterized as the culmination of writer Nick Spencer’s work on such titles as “Captain America: Sam Wilson” and “Captain America: Steve Rogers.” The event picks up the threads from “Civil War II,” with Steve Rogers, now a covert Hydra operative due to the Red Skull using a Cosmic Cube to manipulate his origin, assuming leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D.
RELATED: Marvel Debuts First Look at Secret Empire, Defenders, Spectacular & More
But before we get there, CBR has the exclusive first look at the cover art and solicitation text for three of May’s biggest “Secret Empire” tie-ins. Be warned: the cover art alone may be a bit spoilery, so proceed with caution.
In “Captain America: Steve Rogers” #17, we see the former Sentinel of Liberty fully discard his traditional red, white and blue garb for something in a shade of emerald, standing under the Hydra logo-emblazoned flag of his United States. Meanwhile, “Captain America: Sam Wilson” appears to be leading the resistance, while the cover for “U.S.Avengers” #6 teases that perhaps one longstanding Marvel Universe hero may not survive Rogers’ new world order.
EXCLUSIVE: Captain America Exposed on Secret Empire #0 Cover
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #17 NICK SPENCER (W) • Andres Guinaldo (A) Cover by ELIZABETH TORQUE SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN! IN CAP WE TRUST! 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
U.S.AVENGERS #6 AL EWING (W) • PACO MEDINA (A/C) SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN! Steve Rogers shoots to kill — and A.I.M. is the target! As Roberto Da Costa’s dreams come crashing down, can the U.S.Avengers stay in one piece? Plus: Are we actually going to kill Cannonball? 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
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Much has been made about the fact that “Logan” will be the final appearance of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. After 17 years and nine appearances (including the upcoming “Logan”), the actor will finally sheathe his claws after the credits roll on the upcoming mutant movie. But while Jackman’s pretty certain his days as Wolverine are over, he can’t be certain that Wolverine’s big screen days are over.
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In a profile interview in The New York Times, Jackman stated that he believed it’s only a matter of time before another actor sports Logan’s muttonchops. “The character will go on,” said Jackman. “Someone else will play it, for sure.” Jackman added that he’s at peace with that, “unless Daniel Day-Lewis plays him and wins the Oscar — then I might have a little problem.”
There’s also the possibility that the films will follow the comics’ trajectory and that Wolverine’s clone X-23 will take on the lead role. “Logan” director James Mangold, who will introduce X-23 in the upcoming film, addressed this possibility back in January. When asked if this movie was written with the intention of passing the Wolverine mantle on to X-23, Mangold said, “I always feel like I’m making a one-off movie every time. My feeling is that if you can make a good film, it’s naturally going to lend itself to people wanting to see sequels because it’s good and the characters are rich. I really wasn’t thinking about [passing the torch] — and I know the studio wasn’t because they didn’t even know who X-23 was when I brought it up.”
More recently, Mangold revealed that he would be interested in letting X-23 go solo. “I think Dafne [Keen] is incredible in the film and I would love to see another film about that character and that’s certainly something I’d be involved in,” he shared. “For me, that was one of the big additions I brought to the table, this decision to try to make the film about family and to try to insert Laura and the pressures that would put and the idea about Charles ailing.”
Set beyond the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” 2017’s “Logan” is set in the near future following a cataclysmic event that ravaged the mutant race. As a result, Wolverine’s healing factor will be greatly diminished. It will also be Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and will introduce Dafne Keen as the character’s teenage clone X-23.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3.
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Titan Comics has built up a hefty stable of video game franchises to draw stories from over the past few years, but what connects titles such as Assassin's Creed, Dishonored and Dark Souls is that there's so much more story to be told within the rich fiction created in the games. That's why the addition of Tekken to Titan's roster makes perfect sense, and this May the publisher will launch a brand new ongoing series from Cavan Scott and Andie Tong.
Are you planning to pick up the new Captain America-centric event Secret Empire that Bleeding Cool has been telling you about since July?
But where does it begin? The end if Pleasant Hill that saw Kobik rewrite Captain America into always having been an agent of Hydra? Of the new run of Captain America then ended with a “Hail Hydra”? Or Civil War II: The Oath, which saw Captain America confess all to the comatose Tony Stark, acknowledge the fact that he is a rewritten personality, and see the future of a fascist America with concentration camps, lorded over by Hydra, and ending with a Secret Empire logo?
Well, might I also proffer last week’s Deadpool #27? Which sees Captain America-types from the future come back in time to kill the traitor Steve Rogers. The fascistic state he creates. And bring back the availability of pornography.
And the first use, in continuity, of the phrase “Secret Empire”, this time around.
And for Captain America to organise a death-by-Deadpool….
Naughty naughty Captain America.
And an opportunity to use Agent Phil Coulson as a witness.
Which sets off a sequence of events that sees old Phil do what old Phil does best. Stand around thinking, and working it all out.
And we have the murder of Charles Dalton, agent of SHIELD, seen last in Secret Avengers back in 2013. And a possible Captain America involvement, now director of SHIELD, being investigated by Agent Coulson.
Just saying, Secret Empire watchers, if you missed this, you might want it in your collection.
Secret Empire Really Began In Deadpool #27, With Vital Plot Points!
This week Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot) comes to National City in hopes of making Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) his bride… but she just got things rolling with Mon-El (Chris Wood). Mr. Mxyzptlk has been a major supervillain / annoyance for Superman since he was created in Superman #30 (1944) by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Those normally the imp from the 5th dimension is portrayed as a small, white-haired, cigar smoking man in an orange and purple outfit with a matching bowler hat. They’re not doing that with Gadiot… at least not in the videos below.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 PM on the CW.
Mr. Mxyzptlk Comes To National City In Supergirl Sneak Peeks
As I sit down to write my annual review of all the Best Picture nominees, I am struck by the foolhardy nature of this enterprise. Why should I review these films when the epitome of the Oscar occurred back in 1941? You see, in 1941 (and again in 1945), an Oscar for Best Original Song was won by Oscar Hammerstein II. These are the only instances in history where an Oscar was won by an Oscar. The Academy should have just left the party on that high note and gone home.
However, since these award shows have continued, I shall continue to present small synopses of each movie which has been nominated for Best Motion Picture. Also, as is tradition, I will offer these opinions without having seen one single minute of any of the films. Rock and Roll!
The first film nominated for Best Picture is a movie titled “Arrival.” With a title like that, you would assume this movie would be some sort of high-brow Sci-Fi alien movie. However, with a great deal of research from my crack staff (seriously, he’s a cocaine-addled walking stick named Georgio), I have discovered that the movie is actually a touching tale of a supernatural farm animal and his quest for eternal peace.
The story begins in 1945 as a tavern owner named William Sianis was barred from seeing his beloved Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. For those not familiar with this origin story, Sianis was not barred due to his behavior, but rather due to the stench of his pet goat named Murphy. Apparently, the fine fans of Chicago sports could not abide a filthy animal in their presence (yet oddly they have cheered Jay Cutler for years).Smokin’ Jay Cutler
Upon his expulsion from the stadium, Sianis stated that the Cubs “ain’t gonna win no more.” To be fair, it can not be corroborated that Sianis made that statement. It is possible, albeit not probable, that Murphy was the one who uttered the curse.
Thus, the Curse of the Billy Goat for the Chicago Cubs was born. For the next 71 years, the curse lived on in the form of various misfortunes. There was some black cat mojo in 1969. There was Leon Durham’s error in 1984. There was the sweep in the playoffs by the Atlanta Braves (the shame) in 1998. That same year, Harry Caray’s death was whispered to have been curse-related. And, of course, there was Steve Bartman reaching for a foul ball in 2003. (Interestingly enough, Steve Bartman is listed as an executive producer of this movie. Let’s hope he has found his happy place in the world.)
Then, amazingly, shockingly, unbelievably, in 2016, the Chicago Cubs made it to the World Series and actually won the darn thing! The curse was broken! Finally, people in Chicago could look other baseball fans in the eye. The oft-common refrain of “wait for next year” turned into “this is the beginning of a dynasty!” (Chicago fans are not aware of the practice of NOT kicking karma in the nuts.)
This is the background of “Arrival.” After the opening minutes of the film plays like an old-timey news reel and covers the celebration of the Cubs, we are introduced to Murphy, the long-dead goat whose spirit has been living in a hellish limbo just waiting for the curse to be broken. Murphy’s ghost could not go to that big pasture in the sky until he was freed of his Earthen curse. Murphy spends his time wandering the streets of Chicago in a state of existential dread.
Murphy tries to make ends meet in the spirit world, but no well-respected ghost would hire a cursed goat. Murphy’s attempts at goat socializing did not go well either. There was that brief moment when Murphy thought he could haunt another goat and somehow make cross-dimensional friendship work, but it was not to be. The movie does a great job at tugging the heartstrings while telling this story though. In fact, you truly buy in to the thought that Murphy could pull off a Casper-esque friendship. Unfortunately, we find out that Murphy’s attempts fail because he was not trying to haunt an actual goat. Instead he was trying to haunt a human named Michael Jordan who people in Chicago kept calling a G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All-Time for those unfamiliar with the acronym).
Then the Cubs win. The Cubs win! The Cubs win! The curse was broken! Murphy makes his way into the light looking for the Pearly Barn Door. When he arrives, instead of Saint Peter (who was busy working with actual dead humans), he is surprised by Old MacDonald himself standing in front of the gate. Murphy smiles and peeks in where he sees his old friends Chicken Little, Mister Ed, and Arnold the pig.
Murphy looks at Old MacDonald. Old MacDonald looks at Murphy. Murphy even hears the calls of his long-deceased owner, William Sianis. As Murphy begins to do whatever goats do when they are happy (wag a tail? spin in circles? eat a tin can?), Old MacDonald unzips his jacket to reveal a Cleveland Indians jersey.
You see, the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series in 2016. The Indians have also felt the continued sting of losing as they haven’t won a World Series since 1948. The Indians were also up three games to one before the Cubs came back to win it all. So Cleveland fans are justifiably upset with Chicago fans. Plus, they have the added humiliation of living in Cleveland.
When Murphy sees Old MacDonald’s shirt, he just starts crying the most pathetic goat cry you can imagine. Old MacDonald pushes a button and Murphy falls down through the clouds as the credits come up.
The ending of the movie, with its blatant pandering for emotional investment, left many viewers angry. Not angry enough to keep it from a Best Picture nomination though.
The second film nominated for Best Picture is a movie titled, “Fences.” “Fences” is the second movie on this list with roots in baseball. There is a very interesting real life story associated with this one as well.
“Fences” is an avant-garde movie consisting of 96 minutes of footage from Major League Baseball and other baseball leagues around the world. In short, these clips all show players running into the outfield wall while trying to track down a fly ball. The movie sticks with baseball footage, although the NFL should have offered Gus Frerotte’s headbutt of a wall. It would have been a welcome inclusion.
And yes, Frerotte suffered a concussion from that imbecilic move.
These clips of baseball players being seriously injured are sliced together in what appears to be random order. They are played over a soundtrack of ominous keyboard noises, various Halloween sound effect screams from some CD purchased at Party City, and what can only be described as the music director’s recording of a cat being washed in the toilet.
One reviewer (me) said that this movie was one of the most disturbing films ever committed to celluloid. But, the real life story attached to this movie makes it worthwhile. Apparently, as Donald Trump was running for President of the United States he took time to watch this movie. As he watched player after player smashing into fences in these major league arenas, he noticed something. With roughly 29% of Major League Baseball players being Latino, Donald Trump had an idea. If these outfield fences could knock down Latino baseball players, imagine what a WALL would do to people trying to enter the country.
Thus, we have this movie to blame for Donald Trump’s stupid ass WALL idea. And for him being President. Where is Rodney McCray when we need him?
The third movie on our list is a little movie called “Hacksaw Ridge.” In a stark contrast to the ultra-modern compilation of “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge” goes decidedly old school. Like, really old school. High school, in fact.
“Hacksaw Ridge” is the reissue of an old training film for high school Shop teachers. Maybe hipsters found it ironic or something, but there is nothing funny about machine safety! Wear your safety goggles, kids! I don’t care if it messes up your precious hair. Better to have both eyes than a messy ‘do. You can’t see out of your hair! Do you hear me? Are you listening?! Eye patches are even less fashionable than a mullet. You aren’t a pirate! Pay attention and stop talking! And get off my lawn!
Okay, sorry about that. Flashbacks, you know. Anyway, given that few high schools actually teach Shop anymore, this film really struck a nerve with Millennials. Upon realizing that sometimes to get things done you have to exert more effort than just touching a screen, these children faced grand existential crises which will allow them to go forward into adulthood numbed and disillusioned. So, just like actual Shop class, this movie prepares us for life.
I could not obtain a clip of this movie, so here is Emo Phillips in UHF (a movie which should garner an Oscar for being one of the greatest movies in the history of cinema) doing essentially the same bit. Enjoy.
Hell or High Water
“Hell or High Water” brings the audience back to the high-pressure world of the fashion industry. We’re not talking “Project Runway ” silliness either. This is the spiritual, yet depressing, sequel to “The Devil Wears Prada.” (Interesting note, as a show of pollitical protest, the Academy considered nominating only films starring Meryl Streep this year. I’m sure that made for a quite jovial happy hour meeting.)
The movie follows a young fashion designer turned entrepreneur named Salvatore Kors. All Salvatore wants to do is clothe the world. At first, he is satisfied with making the same A-line skirt over and over again. But after moving up to pencil skirts and minis, his creative nature overcame his desire to pay the rent. Salvatore came up with an idea to shake up Fashion Week.
What was this grand concept by Salvatore Kors? Spoiler Alert! Capri pants. For men. Salvatore thought, “Why should women be the only ones who can wear ill-fitting pants? I can tap into a whole new market – men who want to look stupid. On purpose!”
Salvatore’s friends and loved ones tried to dissuade him from this idea, explaining that no one wants to wear “flood pants” or “high water pants.” No one wants to look like they had a growth spurt overnight and are now 3 inches taller. Nor do people want to look like their legs are abnormally stumpy with too long shorts. But Salvatore would not listen to the haters. He had a dream, a dream of cankles being set free!
Salvatore sold everything he could sell, put a mortgage on the cardboard box he had positioned over a warm grate on the sidewalk of Manhattan, gave up eating, and worked non-stop to fulfill his vision. For a split second he found success with blind people in Europe, but that was not to last. We are forced to sit and watch as this not-very-bright young man suffers for his “art.”
The final scene sees a defeated Salvatore hand-stitching the hem on one final pair of men’s capris while speaking to his long-time mentor Tim Gunn. Salvatore looks at Tim with tears in his eyes and says, “I wish the world could see what I see. A world with many, many mosquito bites and dirty socks. And chafing. Lots and lots of chafing. Alas, they shall never encompass my vision. Because no one ever came up with a cool and marketable name for my creation. Something like …” Salvatore looks away and a smile crosses his face, “Something like Man-pri pants! That’s it!”
Tim Gunn looks at his friend, takes the needle from his fingers, and says, “That is just stupid, Salvatore. You did not make it work.” With that, Tim presses the needle into Salvatore Kors’ cartoid artery multiple times.
The credits begin as the film speeds up watching Salvatore bleed out on the sidewalk. Eventually, medical personnel come and he is pronounced dead. Tim Gunn is led away in handcuffs while the coroner places a sheet over Salvatore Kors. He pulls the sheet up over his face and the camera pans down his corpse, seeing that the sheet is too short and lands halfway down his calves.
“Hidden Figures” is one of those movies that everyone can relate to in some form or fashion. In this movie, we are drawn into the secretive world of LEGO minifigures and the evil games they play.
That’s right, LEGO minifigures are genuinely evil things. They aren’t fun little characters like The LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman make you think. At night, these minifigures congregate in the middle of your living room floor, hatch plans for evil-doing, and exchange their little LEGO heads. Seriously, who does that? Would you just remove your head and trade it with a Spiderman figure? Of course not. You would die! But these LEGO minifigures don’t die. They are made from some space-age immortal plastic!
What about these evil games they play? The most common of these games is called “Cripple the Human” and it goes something like this. The minifigures play a version of hide and seek where they disappear for weeks at a time under a couch cushion or the entertainment center or even the dining room curio. Unlike regular hide and seek where the winner is the last one to be found, the winner of this version is whomever can disable the most humans. To do so, the minifigures must stay out of sight, but can throw individual bricks into darkened rooms or walkways. When a human steps upon one of these building toys, they experience a pain like no other which forever alters their gait.
Why would LEGO minifigures do this? Because they are evil, as this movie plainly states. They keep up appearances as a harmless children’s toy, but do not be fooled. These hidden figures will mess you up!
La La Land
This movie is the one most people believe will take home the coveted golden trophy man. I’ve heard people say that it is loved by Hollywood because it celebrates Hollywood. That would be a fair criticism if I understood the symbolic undertones in the movie. As it is, I am just a tad confused by “La La Land.”
“La La Land” tells the story of the “cute” Teletubby, Laa-Laa. From Laa-Laa’s early beginning as a stunt double for the Minions, to her musical success with the top 10 hit “Eh Oh,” to her breakdown trying to adjust in the midst of worldwide Teletubby-mania, to her dysfunctional relationship with her vacuum cleaner Noo-noo, and finally, to her vanishing into obscurity, we see what makes Laa-Laa tick.
For those who are fortunate enough to have avoided the Teletubbies prior to this movie, I am sorry that I have to explain this. The backstory, told through excruciating detail in the film, tells of four Teletubbies who revel all day in a disturbingly bright compound and are forced to watch videos again again on television monitors which have been surgically implanted in their stomachs. Around the compound are items called “Voice Trumpets” which tell the Teletubbies where to go and what to do. They are guarded in this compound by various rabbits. Possibly killer rabbits.
The Teletubbies are watched over by the intensely scary Sun Baby, who also makes and monitors their sleep schedule.Who wouldn’t be scared by this sicko?
The Teletubbies themselves have been subject to much criticism and tabloid-fodder. First, there was Tinky-Winky’s man-purse and allegations that he was a closet homosexual bent on turning the children of England on to his gay agenda. Then there was Dipsy, the sole black Teletubby, and the disparity in his television time compared with his Caucasian friends. We also had Po, who was possibly Chinese or Candenese, but is definitely representative of the financially disadvantaged, given her unfortunate name. There have also been accusations of sex trafficking in TeletubbyLand. These charges have been given credence by the sudden appearance in later years of baby Teletubbies, called Tiddlytubbies (that just sounds wrong), named Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee, and Umby Pumby.
And then there is Laa-Laa. Friendly, lovable Laa-Laa. Laa-Laa is sweet and kind and likes to sing and dance. Sometimes her good nature presses her into service as her fellow Teletubbies’ protector of sorts. However, Laa-Laa is the most deformed of the Teletubbies, having an antenna on her head which is horribly twisted. Whether this antenna was a birth defect or due to severe torture from the Sun Baby, we are never told.
While all this seems bleak and horrible, and it is, “La La Land” manages to make Laa-Laa’s story a refreshingly hopeful one. How did they do this? By removing two A’s from her name and convincing famous people this movie was good, that’s how. Well, that and also threatening to make a movie about the Boohbahs next.Boohbahs: the stuff of nightmares.
The seventh film to be nominated for Best Picture is a tour-de-force called “Lion.” Based on a true story, “Lion” tells the tale of an actual lion found in a vacant house in Detroit. Local residents could hear the lion roaring in the basement, but many thought it was just a dog. Because dogs roar. And sound just like lions.
Instead of harping on the doltishness of people who choose to live in Detroit, the movie focuses on the fact that no one knew how the lion got there. Some speculated that the previous owners of the house had the lion as an illegal pet and just left him there. Others figured he must have been purchased over at American Jewelry and Loan, as seen on the TruTV show “Hardcore Pawn.” Still others posit the conspiracy theory that the lion came across the border illegally and to become a radicalized Islamic terrorist who would turn into a WWE wrestling tag team partner of Hillary Clinton. (Of course, by “others” I mean the boogeymen Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller.)
Eventually, somebody called the police who, along with a wildlife shelter, tranquilized the lion and prepared to place him in a zoo. All’s well that ends well, right? Not so fast. In a final interview with the lion, it is reported that he said, “I want my lawyer. I want to make a deal. I’ll tell you anything you want, just send me somewhere other than Detroit!” Was that an admission of guilt? To what crime? Hopefully we will find out in next year’s summer blockbuster movie, “Lion 2 – Katy Perry Stole My Roar!”
The best thing in this movie is the breakout performance by Matthew Stafford. Stafford plays the formerly tough lion with incredible emotion and empathy. It is almost like Mr. Stafford truly understands wasting away in a Detroit hellhole.
Manchester by the Sea
There was a lot of controversy surrounding this movie this year. Most of the hubbub revolves around the movie’s star, Non-Batman Affleck, being a perverted tool and harassing anyone that moved. But don’t let that real life stuff get in the way of your movie-going experience. After all, if you are going to watch Woody Allen or Roman Polanski films, why not check out this year’s Best Picture nominee?
For me, the biggest controversy about this film involved its title. “Manchester by the Sea?” Huh? An oddly named British city by a body of water. How am I supposed to know if I want to see that movie? Give me a little something more in a title. Something like “Snakes on a Plane” or “Sharknado” or something. I wanted to find out why the film was named what it was, so I reached out to the gaffer, the key grip, the best boy, the child wrangler, and the craft services attendant from this film. The only return call I got was from the second cousin of the gaffer.
From this exclusive source, I learned that the title of this movie was a very contentious subject during shooting. In fact, the film went through a number of working titles before finally settling on “Manchester by the Sea.” Let’s go through those other choices now.
Originally, the script was titled “Barton in the Beans by the Creek.” Even though Barton in the Beans is an actual town in England, the Hollywood crowd didn’t think anyone would believe that. Plus, that title was just too wordy. It was then changed to “Great Snoring by the Loch.” The same argument about this town was floated, but the bigger issue was the use of the word “loch.” Certain family watchgroups got involved and said they were afraid people would think the movie was about the Loch Ness Monster, and they didn’t want that kind of publicity.
The next option was “Queen Camel by the Gulf.” However, upon seeing the wave of anti-Muslim ugliness pop up throughout the United States during the 2016 Presidental campaign, the producers thought the word “camel” would trigger negative responses and hurt the box office draw. So that name was scratched and they tried “Bitchfield by the Estuary.” Unfortunately, someone mentioned that “Bitchfield” was a little too feminist, so they moved past it.
“Picklescott by the Tributary” was used for a while, but once it was decided to not have the movie be animated, they trashed that silly name. “Briantspuddle by the Canal” was the next name, but even the actors kept falling asleep while hearing that name. One more try was made and the film was re-christened “Lickfold by the Fjord.” That name lasted a full 20 minutes before someone realized it sounded like its own porn parody.
Finally they settled on “Manchester by the Sea.” Given the other options, I suppose they made the right choice. Maybe I wouldn’t care that much if it had any relation to the movie itself. It doesn’t. The movie is actually a psychological treatise about Robert Smith of The Cure. In the end, you come out singing “Fascination Street” while wanting to hide away in a cave for the next ten years. Bloody brilliant stuff.
The last Best Picture nominee is “Moonlight.” It is a tale as old as time. A wealthy and famous supermodel grows tired of spending every day being one of the beautiful people. At the same time, an unscrupulous manager fleeces her entire life savings, leaving only one business behind, the Blue Moon Detective Agency. While assessing the value of her last asset, the lead detective for the business convinces her to keep the business.
Maddie Hayes, the former supermodel, decides to not only keep the business running, but also go to work there. Nothing could be further from the beautiful life of exotic locales, delicious food, and cutting edge fashion than eating cold leftovers in a broken down car overnight while watching a cheating husband hook up at a no-tell motel. Luckily for Ms. Hayes, the lead detective at the Blue Moon Detective Agency, one David Addison, is quick with the wit and his flirtation keeps her intrigued.
David Addison comes across as a smart-ass who is full of himself, but has just enough decency and humility to know how to charm his way through life. He enjoys playing music and is always quick with a joke. Maybe not traditionally handsome (the early-onset male pattern balding is a bit of an issue), he is rugged enough to catch and keep the eye of his employer.
The sexual and romantic tension between Maddie Hayes and David Addison is highly charged and a highlight of the film. Another intriguing concept is the continuous breaking of the fourth wall and speaking directly to the audience or acknowledging it is a movie. Sure, Ferris Bueller had done that years before, but somehow this works for the co-stars of this movie.
What? That was “Moonlighting,” the TV show? Not “Moonlight,” the movie? Are you sure? Pretty sure? Well, that isn’t 100% sure. And Hollywood likes remaking things. Lack of original ideas and all. Plus, you never saw this movie either. No one did. I am simply giving alternative facts about this movie, so there!
And that, as they say in the biz, is a wrap. Thank you for joining me and be sure to tip your ushers. Go Oscar!
Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars: Darth Vader) has been tapped by Dynamite Entertainment to do an over-sized special of James Bond with artist Antonio Fuso (Torchwood). Gillen is the fifth writer to jump into Dynamite’s Bond universe joining Warren Ellis, Andy Diggle, James Robinson and Benjamin Percy. He joins Antonio Fuso on art.
James Bond Service: In contemporary politics, where Britain’s world standing is often more zero than 007, an assassin plans to exterminate the “special relationship,” and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place…especially when he does so by aiming down the sights of an ancient Enfield rifle! It’ll test Bond’s deadly talents to their limits, in order to defeat the assassin and avert certain geopolitical disaster…
James Bond: Service will be released as a 48-page special, solicited in the March 2017 Previews catalog and slated for release in May.
Kieron Gillen To Write James Bond: Service, An Over-Sized Comic Book Special, With Antonio Fuso
The Weekly Round-Up #376 With Dept. H #11, Generation Zero #7, Old Man Logan #18, Star Wars: Poe Dameron #11, The Walking Dead #164 & More
Dept. H #11 – Now that we’ve gotten a lot of the different characters’ backstories out of the way, it’s time to focus on Mia again, as she tries to get back to the business of solving the riddle of her father’s death, which is more than likely connected to the continuing efforts to sabotage the undersea station. Matt Kindt’s story is becoming ever more complex, and impressive. This is a nice dense read, as we begin to learn why Mia is so untrusting of her friendships. Great stuff here.Quick Takes:
Batman #17 – Two weeks ago I remarked on how much David Finch’s art dragged down what has been a strong run since Finch’s last arc, and that continues to be the case here. Tom King, in constructing this I Am Bane storyline, has a lot of moving pieces, and while that’s not unusual for his writing, he’s usually paired with an artist who is better able to make that visually interesting and clear. That’s not happening here, and so I’m left uncertain of what’s happening on some pages, and of who some characters are on others. I’m looking forward to this arc, which also has a stronger feeling of editorial interference than any since King’s first arc, being over and this book getting back on track.
Batwoman: Rebirth #1 – I’ve been on the fence about this comic, and while this one-off introductory issue is pretty (Steve Epting is always good, and I like some layout homages to JH Williams III’s work with the character), it just recaps comics that I read not all that long ago. Batwoman is still a very new character (in this form), so I didn’t need a look back over her history, but I hope it makes the book more appealing to new readers. I’ll give the regular title a few issues, as I love what James Tynion IV has been doing in Detective Comics; I remain sceptical of Marguerite Bennett’s writing, however.
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4 – The story is starting to catch up to the first appearance of the Midnight Angels in the regular BP series, as Aneka sets the pair on their current path when she investigates a village leader who is having his way with local girls. I’ve enjoyed exploring the backstory of these two characters, and look forward to seeing the conclusion of their arc next month.
Captain America: Sam Wilson #19 – Rage is on trial, and while Sam is determined to help him, the system really is stacked against a large black defendant, even if he is a superhero. Nick Spencer continues to use this title to dig into the racial and partisan divisions in America, and to do it expertly. I especially like the nod to his terrific Superior Foes of Spider-Man in this issue.
Captain America: Steve Rogers #11 – This book has been way too slow-moving since it launched. This issue spends ever more time setting up the Secret Empire event, as Cap bares his soul to his closest friend (who is not Sam Wilson, by the way), while a favourite C-list character stumbles over Cap’s biggest secret. At the end of the day, I’m not all that excited by this book. I respect that Nick Spencer is trying something different, and like how deeply he’s thought about and planned things, but I’m also a little bored, and find I don’t care all that much. After the next issue, I’m pretty sure I’m dropping this title (March was the first month where I was ordering knowing that the digital copies were gone, and culled my pull-file list accordingly).
Daredevil #17 – We finally start to learn why and how Murdock got the world to forget he was Daredevil, as he goes to confession and Charles Soule fills in the backstory. I’ve really liked Soule’s run on this book, so much so that I’d kind of forgotten that DD was living in San Francisco not all that long ago. It’s nice to see this get filled in, but I hope this arc isn’t too long.
Doctor Strange #17 – I’d started losing interest in this title, and had decided to drop it, when Jason Aaron pairs up with the incredible Frazer Irving for an issue, and restores my earlier esteem for the title. Strange is looking for Wong, who has been taken over by Mr. Misery, and is looking for ways to hurt Strange. This is an absolutely gorgeous issue. If Irving’s drawing the next one, I know I’ll end up picking it up.
Ether #4 – Every issue of Ether, Matt Kindt’s and David Rubín’s fantasy series, has shown glimpses of Hazel, Boone’s love interest and assistant, but this issue gives us her backstory, and shows her connection to the Ether. It’s a very strong issue, as it helps us better understand that strange world, and works to set up the end of the series.
Generation Zero #7 – The team is getting closer to figuring out what’s going on at Rook as they work to rescue a captured Zygos. Fred Van Lente is, as always, on point here, and makes this one of Valiant’s most enjoyable titles.
Horizon #8 – Once again, Brandon Thomas and Juan Gedeon add a new layer to their story, as Zhia is attacked in Chicago and begins to suffer memory loss, which looks like it could endanger her mission on Earth. This is a very complex story, but a rewarding one.
Invincible #133 – The twelve-part end of Invincible begins with a funeral, a wedding, and the return of regular series artist Ryan Ottley. This is a classic issue, with a great blend of family drama and large-scale plot movement. I’m going to miss this title when it’s gone, but agree that it’s probably time for Robert Kirkman to wrap things up.
Kill or Be Killed #6 – Dylan’s first encounter with the police since beginning to work as a vigilante serial killer leads to the story expanding quite a bit, as a detective upstate starts to put things together, as does the Russian mafia. This is an excellent series (with a fun Image tribute variant), but what comic by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips isn’t?
Manifest Destiny #26 – The Lewis and Clark expedition are facing a new, more existential threat, as they start to hunker down in their newly constructed fort for the winter. This title keeps things weird and kind of awful for them, so we know it won’t be a boring winter.
Nightwing #15 – I’m considering dropping Nightwing, as the last arc didn’t do all that much for me by the end, but then Tim Seeley and guest artist Minkyu Jung go ahead and give us this excellent one-off story that focuses on Dick’s new relationship with Shawn. It’s a very charming issue, albeit with an ending that has left me with some dread. I don’t know Jung’s work, but I’m very impressed by it.
Old Man Logan #18 – This finishes off this rather weird Brood arc, and while the whole thing is gorgeous (thanks to Andrea Sorrentino), this story really didn’t do it for me. It’s all good though, as I’ve decided that this book is not going to survive the culling anyway.
Poe Dameron #11 – It bothers me that it wasn’t until I’d decided to drop this title that it started getting a lot better, as Terex pursues Dameron while arguing with the First Order. Phil Noto’s work on this title is really very good.
Savage #4 – I’ve really been enjoying this series, which is about a boy who has grown up in the Faraway, Valiant’s version of the Savage Land, fighting dinosaurs and keeping away from a tribe of men who remind me of Lost’s The Others. What’s worked so well on this book is the division of art between Lewis LaRosa’s modern day framing sequence, and Clayton Henry’s flashbacks. That gets blurred in this issue as Henry’s part of the story catches up with LaRosa’s, and he draws some of the modern events too. I found it a little jarring and confusing, especially given the difference in the level of detail the two artists use to tell the story. Still, Savage has been great, and I’m pleased to see that it will return, much in the style of Valiant’s Divinity books, I imagine.
Sex Criminals #16 – It’s great to see this title return from a rather long hiatus, but as most of the issue is circling around story material we’ve seen before, I found that I got a lot more enjoyment out of the letters column than I did the actual comic. Sex Criminals is a truly ground-breaking comic, but I’m not sure where it’s going in terms of the big story. Each individual page is gorgeous and entertaining, but for the first time, I’m not sure that it’s adding up to a whole lot. I love the Wicked + Divine style tribute variant cover though.
Spider-Man #13 – I’m enjoying this crossover with Spider-Gwen more than I expected to. I was going to drop this title (despite how much I love Miles), and now am thinking that it might be the Marvel title that gets saved from the culling I’d intended. This is how it always begins for me…
Super Sons #1 – I love Damian Wayne, especially when he’s written by Peter J. Tomasi, so I thought I’d give this book featuring him and Jonathan Kent a shot. It’s a charming comic, that has the two young heroes teaming up. I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with the title, as it feels targeted towards a younger audience, but this was a strong enough debut that I’ll likely grab the next issue.
They’re Not Like Us #14 – Plans are being made, and a lot of characters are being moved around the chess board. I still enjoy this title, but am starting to lose track of who some of the newer characters are. Simon Ganes’s art is terrific on this book.
Ultimates^2 #4 – A lot of the cosmic stuff going on here is pretty confusing, as the newly merged Order and Chaos go after Galactus, but the stuff with the Ultimates facing off against the Troubleshooters, in all their New Universe glory, is pretty awesome. In fact, it has me wondering if it’s finally time to read some of the original New Universe (DP7 is the only title I’d probably dive into, out of love for Mark Gruenwald). I do wish Al Ewing would focus more on the actual team, as I love this lineup. Travel Foreman’s art has never looked so good.
The Walking Dead #164 – Alexandria has been overrun by thousands of walkers, yet the plans and training of the community end up working out a lot better than anyone could have expected. I liked seeing the way the tactics played out, and appreciated the smaller character moments that Robert Kirkman worked into this issue. I do worry that it was all a little too easy though…Comics I Would Have Bought if Comics Weren’t So Expensive:
Angel Catbird Vol. 2
Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #5
Clone Conspiracy #5
Dark Horse Presents #31
Dead Inside #3
Green Arrow #17
Invincible Iron Man #4
Uber Invasion #3
Uncanny Inhumans #19
Uncanny X-Men #18
Wild Storm #1Bargain Comics:
All-New, All-Different Avengers #15 – This title was really not meant to be, and it’s conclusion, which features a weird sideways Year One story narrated by Heimdall to Thor, is kind of pointless, except possibly as an advertisement for the .1 series currently running. You’d have thought that seeing Mark Waid and Andy Kubert working on the Avengers would be exciting, but it’s really just tired.
Avengers #1 – This title got off to a good start, thanks to Mike Del Mundo’s beautiful art. I like the idea of the team moving into the Baxter Building and being bankrolled by Peter Parker, and I like seeing Hercules back on the team. I feel like Kang has been hugely overused as a villain lately, but am interested in seeing where this title leads.
Champions #1&2 – Compared to the stilted storytelling of their ANAD Avengers, the first two issues of this series were surprisingly fresh feeling. The dialogue between the young team members feels a little forced in places, but Mark Waid has a good feel for these characters, and it was nice to see Viv Vision again.The Week in Graphic Novels:
Journalism – This collection of shorter pieces by Joe Sacco is, like all of his work, pretty fascinating. Sacco reports from Iraq, Chechnya, Malta, and India, looking into displaced persons, migration, and war. His journalism carries a real force of presence to it, and is balanced and very carefully considered. The fact that he has to draw everything he saw forces him to slow down and think about a situation from many angles. It’s utterly depressing to see that, since he reported on the flood of East and West African migrants into Malta, things have only gotten worse for people trying to cross the Mediterranean for a better life. This should be required reading for anyone supporting ‘extreme vetting’ of migrants.
When Dynamite Entertainment got its hands on the James Bond license, it must have put together a checklist of talent that would be perfect for the franchise and then went down it one-by-one to give the iconic spy the comics he deserves. If such a list exists, another two names can be checked off as this May, Kieron Gillen teams up with artist Antonio Fuso for a 48-page one-shot James Bond thriller as 007 attempts to stop an assassin from putting a permanent end to the Special Relationship.
The third IDW Artist’s Edition (Following Dave Steven’s Rocketeer and Walter Simonson’s Thor) focuses on one of the all time greatest comic book artists, and at the absolute peak of…
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A cataclysmic event is approaching, however your water and power may still continue to work.Source: CBR Previews
The list of chosen survivors and what was found in a blown-up Nevada mountain from last issue now tie into this month asEarth is facing a possible extinction-level threat from outer space. As the U.S. President handles informing his countrymen, astronauts on a space mission continue to combat perils of their own.
The Oni Press solicit says:
President Stephen Blades prepares for the most important press briefing of his career. Likely the most important press briefing of all time—it's time to let the world know the truth about what's coming. On Mars, negotiations with the Builders have failed. The surviving crew of the Clarke must flee for their lives... but with no ship, on a dead planet, where can they go?
Written by: Charles Soule
Art & Cover by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque
Colors by: Dan Jackson
In shops: February 22, 2017
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The March 2017 theme for the core subscription box Loot Crate is “Primal”. As they say “That roar in the distance is a call. Will you answer it? This month we’re unleashing the beasts of some of pop culture’s most ferocious franchises!”
And those franchises, named so far, are Overwatch, X-Men and Predator. That’s right, folks, X-Men licensing in Loot Crate again… it’s all change!
And in the Loot Crate DX crate? They have Kong Of Skull Island, Predator and Godzilla.
Well, this NECA Godzilla repaint published on Instagram looks like it’s very likely for the DX…
@NECA_TOYS is this a real thing? pic.twitter.com/OhfIyoTc8m
— Otakusatsu : オタクサツ (@Otakusatsu) February 16, 2017
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Loot Crate March 2017 Theme Is “Primal” – With X-Men, Overwatch And Predator (DX SPOILERS)
Marvel Now 2017 & Post The Clone Conspiracy Spoilers: Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #1 & TWO Spider-Man Costumes?
First Marvel reveals two Steve Rogers: Captain America green Captain Hydra costumes for and before Secret Empire‘s launch, with one being an error, and now Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider also has two costumes inflicted on him, one that Marvel insists was not an error, before the new series’ debut.
Marvel Now 2017 & Post Amazing Spider-Man The Clone Conspiracy Spoilers follow for Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #1 and beyond.
Ben Reilly returned to Marvel during Amazing Spider-Man Dead No More event The Clone Conspiracy. However he was the new Jackal.
Then with the end of Clone Conspiracy this is the last we saw of Ben Reilly.
However, prior to end of the Clone Conspiracy, Marvel announced a new Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider series featuring a brand new costume for our protagonist.
Social media erupted with the majority of fans seemingly pleased to have Ben Reilly back as the Scarlet Spider, but hating the costume particularly the fact that the mask was so thin his smile and facial expressions would be evident and the redundant hood.
Marvel countered with a version of the costume with no smile evident, but the hood still in place.
And now Marvel has announced that Ben Reilly will have a different Scarleyt Spider costume, more classic in nature, by the end of the initial arc of his new Marvel Now 2017 series.
Marvel insists this was always their creative plan.
So, with a throwback costume on the horizon, but first a panned newer costume, Marvel makes no one happy. I share the smile and hood concerns of the newest costume, but the classic costume seems dated. Marvel really can’t do better creatively for a Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider costume?
DC Comics Rebirth April & May 2017 Solicitations Spoilers: Flashpoint & Watchmen Teases On The Button Cover For Batman #21-22 & The Flash #21-22?
DC Comics Rebirth April and May 2017 Solicitations Spoilers follow for Batman #21-22 and The Flash #21-22 “The Button”.
Three of the four covers for this The Watchmen and Flashpoint mini-event in the pages of April 2017 and May 2017 Batman #21-22 and The Flash #21-22 “The Button” have now been released. Lenticular motion covers will be an option for each issue.
DC Comics Chief Creative Officer and President plotted the story line.
Covers and solicitations follow.
Written by TOM KING • Art and cover by JASON FABOK • Variant cover by TIM SALE • International edition cover by JASON FABOK
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details. Please note that this issue’s lenticular cover edition is available only in the US and Canada.
“THE BUTTON” part one! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC
Lenticular cover edition $3.99 US
Nonlenticular edition, international edition and variant edition each $2.99 US • RATED T
THE FLASH #21
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER • Variant cover by TBD
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
“THE BUTTON” part two! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC
Lenticular cover edition $3.99 US
Nonlenticular edition and variant edition each $2.99 US • RATED T
The lenticular cover of BATMAN #22, part of a #DCRebirth crossover with THE FLASH. And that’s why you don’t mess with timelines, BARRY. pic.twitter.com/xxrgrK9i4M
— DC (@DCComics) February 16, 2017
Written by TOM KING • Art and cover by JASON FABOK • Variant cover by TIM SALE
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
“THE BUTTON” part three! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
On sale MAY 3 • 32 pg, FC
Lenticular cover edition $3.99 US
Nonlenticular edition and variant edition each $2.99 US • RATED T
THE FLASH #22
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER • Variant cover by TBD
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
“THE BUTTON” part four! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
On sale MAY 10 • 32 pg, FC
Lenticular cover edition $3.99 US
Nonlenticular edition and variant edition each $2.99 US • RATED T
Peanut butter and chocolate. Chips and salsa. Rum and Coke. Some things are just meant to go together.
But how about Calvin & Hobbes combined with Sin City?
That’s the premise of Spencer & Locke, a new limited four-book series from Action Lab – Danger Zone. At first, the idea sounds silly, maybe even offensive. Calvin is a beloved comic strip featuring a boy and his stuffed tiger that gently taught life lessons. Sin City was a gritty crime drama chock full of murder, con men and prostitutes.
Here the thing though–Spencer & Locke works. Like a charm.Spencer & Locke #1 Variant Cover A Detective and a Stuffed Panther on a Mission
Locke is all grown up now and a police detective. His partner? You guessed it. A 6-foot-tall version of his stuff blue panther, Spencer (complete with a missing eye) except when we see Locke interacting with other humans, then Spencer is back to his stuffed animal form. “Don’t judge,” Locke explains to us. “You probably got weirder friends.”
When we first meet the pair in the new series Spencer & Locke #1, they are sneaking out of the house to play, a la the comic strip characters they are based upon. But the similarities are quickly wiped away as young Spencer gets a right cross from his dear ol’ mom.
Writer David Pepose keeps the story moving through the use of flashbacks, taking our heroes–and maybe the story’s villains as well–back to happier times. As the time shifts, so does Jorge Santiago’s artwork, moving from simple childlike imagery to a gritty urban landscape.
Pepose sets up enough drama and compelling characters to keep us asking questions and coming back for more–blue panther or no.
REVISIT THE GRITTINESS OF SIN CITY OR GET A DOSE OF CUTENESS WITH CALVIN & HOBBES
Spencer & Locke #1, Action Lab – Danger Zone, Release date April 26, 2017, Written by David Pepose, Art by Jorge Santiago, Colors by Jasen Smith, Letters by Colin Bell; $3.99.
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This Walking Dead review contains spoilers.The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 10
Despite its obvious flaws, last week's midseason premiere showed at least one spark of promise: an intense and very entertaining action sequence that proved that the show still knew how to have fun. For a very brief moment, it felt like the unbearably self-serious Walking Dead of today had finally let loose and embraced the campy zombie carnage it had cut its teeth on in its early seasons. Fortunately, "New Best Friends" delivers even more camp, and it's all the better for it.
In retrospect, it feels like it took Rick and friends way too long to encounter a group like Jadus (?) and the garbage gang - a group that's so wholeheartedly embraced the apocalypse that they live in a dump, wear tattered clothing like its their Sunday best, and speak a degraded version of English as their official language. They even have their own trashy version of the Thunderdome with which to test whether a hero is worthy or not. Max Rockatansky would feel right at home with Jadus and friends.
There's a delightful mystery that surrounds the group's origins. Jadus tells Rick that they've been in the dump since the beginning, yet it doesn't seem likely that enough time has passed by for the group to have lost command of the English language. Maybe they already lived in the dump when all hell broke loose in 2010? Or maybe the group is putting on an act in the same way the Others did on Lost...
It's great to see a new group on the show that isn't interested in saving the world or fixing it or building a new one or oppressing others. "We take, we don't bother" is about the most refreshing mission statement I've heard all year from any of the now six settlements on the show. Jadus and her people simply adapted when the world changed. And now Jadus senses the world is changing again, which is why she ultimately agrees to fight alongside Rick - for a price.Join Amazon Prime - Watch Thousands of Movies & TV Shows Anytime - Start Free Trial Now
The Thunderdome scene lasts about a minute, but still more than stands out as one of the season's most memorable moments thanks to Winslow the gladiator walker, a zombie who's had most of his face and scalp replaced by a metal helmet decorated with knives. Watching Rick get thrown into the ring with Winslow is exhilarating, even if we know there's no way the Sheriff's going to lose. I almost wish they'd thrown someone else into the garbage arena, at least to give the fight a bigger sense of danger. Gabriel vs. Winslow would have been fun.
"New Best Friends" is certainly the most multi-faceted the show has been all season, giving us more than just one flavor of storytelling during its extended airtime. Daryl and Carol's reunion is easily the most emotional scene of the entire season, and that's in part due to the fact that it's in stark juxtaposition to the stuff at the dump. The reason why most of 7A's "emotional" storytelling felt either shallow or boring was because there was so goddamn much of it. In "New Best Friends," the writers find the right balance and give each part of the episode room to breathe. The fact that this episode made me cheer and tear up is a very good sign indeed.
I've been burned pretty much every other time I've ever said this, but here goes: "New Best Friends" makes me hopeful about the rest of the season. The episode felt fresh and fun, all while still delivering some of the emotional moments the show loves so much. If The Walking Dead can continue to remember that its subject matter should be as fun as it is serious, it may yet make up for its disastrous first eight episodes.
John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek US. Find more of his work on his website. Or just follow him on Twitter.The Walking Dead 4/5 The Walking Dead Season 7 You are here:Home TV Page 1 of 3Arrow Season 5 Episode 14 Trailer, Synopsis, Details 1. Arrow Season 5 Episode 14 Trailer, Synopsis, Details 2. Story 3. Villains, Cast, and New Characters Review John Saavedra Feb 20, 2017 facebook twitter google+ tumblr
‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 makes “New Best Friends” with a colorful junkyard gang to recruit against Negan, but is Daryl making any likewise progress with his stay in The Kingdom? And is the next notable death still way too obvious? Find out in our full review!
Now I know what you're thinking. WHO COULD IT BE? Well, at least I have the sense not to spoil it this time. OR AM I with the article image?!Source: Toy Fair 2017 – Mattel DC Entertainment
Another day, another day of toys spoiling EVERYTHING! Since that TRAITOR over at Bleeding Cool Jude Ferroris too busy photoshopping speech bubbles over comic previews on the toilet (yuck now isn't that an image you want to bleach from your mind? HAHAHAHAHA! YES LET IT ALL SINK IN AND BURN YOUR MIND!!). I, ON THE OTHER HAND, DELIVER YOU THE GOODS!
So the latest entry of TOYS SPOIL EVERYTHING (the previous entry was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) is Wonder Woman toy line from DC Multiverse byMattel.
What did they spoil you ask?
A villain, perhaps THE villain in the movie. Now given that this is a spoiler I'm going to start talking more spoilery so unless you clicked this by accident (also I don't think Funko spoiled this too months ago, but who the hell cares about Funko?. HERE IS YOUR LAST CHANCE!
There I gave you weaklings who clicked this by accident and gave you a chance. I GIVE YOU MERCY, when other sites just spoil the entire thing! So as we all know the Wonder Woman figure line for Mattel has a BUILD-A-FIGURE. We know it's ARES.
What we didn't haveuntil Toy Fair is a complete picture of the Build-A-Figure. And wouldn't you know it? Mattel had it on display this weekend!! Better yet, Toyark took a picture of it. So here's your look at to what Ares will look like in the Wonder Woman movie:
So what you think? Like or hate it. DISCUSS!! Other than tricking you again by clicking this article.
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Cassandra Cain pours her soul out with Lady Shiva hearing her. - Detective Comics #950
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Bill Sienkiewicz walked the red carpet for the Legion world premier and was asked a few questions about the character he co-created (with Chris Claremont) over 30 years ago. He talks about his reaction to the series, what he tries to achieve with his art and where the character’s distinctive hair style comes from.
Bill Sienkiewicz Talks David Haller And The Legion TV Series
Dynamite has sent us an exclusive first look at the covers and solicitations for their Swords and Fangs titles and products shipping in May 2017.
RED SONJA #5
Cover A: Mike McKone Cover B: Ben Caldwell Cover C: Charles Wilson III Cover D: Cosplay Cover Cover E Subscription: Mel Rubi Writer: Amy Chu Art: Carlos Gomez
The Beast is loose! Kulan Gath is hellbent on destroying New York City. Is this the beginning of the end of the world as we know it? Or can the She-Devil and her friends come up with a plan to stop him?
Cover A: Philip Tan Cover B: Kenan Yarar Cover C: Cosplay Cover Cover D Subscription: Jimmy Broxton Writer: Paul Cornell Art: Jimmy Broxton
Welcome to The Clown Factory, the place where bad people go. If you’re lucky, you only have to serve hard labor there. If you’re unlucky…well, better not to get into that. And wait until you meet the Commandant! Don’t get on her bad side!
VAMPIRELLA 1/6TH SCALE STATUE BY MAMEGYORAI
Art: Shin Tanabe (sculptor), Yoshinori Yatake (painter)
A MAMEGYORAI Release! This stunning Vampirella polystone resin cast statue, measuring 11″ in height (1/6th scale) is a limited edition masterpiece of modeling, sculpted by Shin Tanabe and painted by Yoshinori Yatake! A majestic and macabre depiction of the monster-hunter… just what the striking Daughter of Drakulon deserves!
WOMEN OF DYNAMITE: PURGATORI – LIMITED “BLACK & WHITE DIAMOND EYE EDITION” STATUE
Art: Jason Smith (sculptor), Michael Turner (artist)
Only 49 of these beautiful “Black & White Diamond Eye Edition” statues exist in the whole world! An extremely Limited Edition Purgatori statue based on the work of comics sensation Michael Turner and sculpted by the ever-talented Jason Smith, featuring a sinister sparkle in the bloodthirsty villainess’s eye, her body in the stark contrast of black and white. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Purgatori statue stands approximately 12″ in height (14″ to the tip of her wings) with a 6″ base. This rare “Diamond Eye Edition” of the Women of Dynamite: Purgatori statue comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This lady’s killer contours make an alluring addition to every hardcore fiend’s collection!
NOTE: Limited to only 49 statues. Allocations may occur.
Exclusive First Look At The Swords And Fangs Titles Shipping in May 2017
Simone Missick On Fulfilling Her Dream By Landing LUKE CAGE Role; Plus Pics From Her Rolling Out Photoshoot
Anthony Ruttgaizer writes,The comics and movies I grew up loving didn’t feature many characters who looked like me. I was 6 when my dad took me to see Star Wars. There were lots of green people and purple people and furry people but the humans in my first “favourite film” were pretty darn monochromatic. More and more, I’ve come to realize how important it is that kids of colour have positive role models, both in real life and in the pop culture they consume. In fact, that’s important for kids of ALL colours to help them recognize that people of OTHER races aren’t something to be feared or shunned. Now that I have a chance to create my own comics, I want to make sure that a wider spectrum of people are on display for readers of all ages and races to identify with and enjoy and aspire to be. That’s what I’m trying to do with my new company, Aristocrats Comics and with our first graphic novel, Heroes of Homeroom C. Working with me on the book are artist Carlos Granda (Geek-Girl, Pirouette, The Jungle Book) and colourist Fred C. Stresing (The F1rst Hero, Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock). Our cover is by current Marvel Comics cover artist Jay P. Fosgitt. tells the tale of Nicola and Albert Hathaway, twin 12-year-old, African-American superheroes, who lose their powers and get sent back to public school to try and have a “normal life.” But even in the small town paradise of Tranquil, Massachusetts, the kids find themselves caught up in danger and excitement. In this first volume, Nicola and Albert face off against a young wizard named Damien LeVey. Damien has recently moved to Tranquil, with his mother, following his parents’ divorce. The pre-teen sorcerer enacts a desperate plan, filled with dark magic, that he thinks will let him return to live with his father, a not-too-successful west coast supervillain. Over the course of the story, we learn how the twins deal with the loss of their powers, their new life in suburbia, and suddenly being something other than world famous superheroes. I also want to encourage kids to read…. ANYTHING. When kids read, they learn. About themselves, about other people and about the world around them. If reading comics encourages them to read in general and learn and grow, then we will all have accomplished something amazing. And if there’s anything we need in our lives right now, it’s a smarter next generation. A generation that will value facts over fear. A generation with some level of empathy that will put others first more often than themselves. These are some lofty goals for one little comic book and one fledgling publisher… but I think they are worthy goals. I don’t fool myself into thinking that I, alone, can change the world but I’d like to think that if I try, and other people try, and more and more people decide they will try, together we can all succeed. That’s kind of like Kickstarter, isn’t it? I have an idea. To bring that idea to life, I have made this effort; written a script, I told Carlos Granda and Fred C Stresing about it. They believed in my vision and together we’ve started making the book. I’ve put the project on Kickstarter and told some friends about it and they believe in the idea enough to have started supporting it. Now we’re all telling other people, hoping they will believe in the book and go to Kickstarter and make their pledge too. And here I am, writing this article for Rich Johnston and Bleeding Cool, hoping you will believe in my vision. Hoping you’ll want to read Heroes Of Homeroom C. And hoping that you will check out what we have to offer at www.heroesofhomeroomc.com and lend your support. We have two and a half weeks left in the campaign. There are reward tiers for print and digital versions of the complete graphic novel, t-shirts, chances to appear in the book as a supporting character, commission sketches, script consultations for aspiring writers, wholesale bundles for retailers and even a tier that gives YOU a copy of the book while simultaneously donating TWO copies to local libraries in your name. And for you Bleeding Cool readers, if you make a pledge between now and the end of the campaign, leave us a message in the comment section and mention “Rich Johnston told me to check out your project” and I’ll throw a couple of digital comics from The F1rst Hero back catalogue into your reward packages, just to say thank you for reading Bleeding Cool and for supporting Heroes of Homeroom C!
Heroes Of Homeroom C
Johnny Depp Needs A Paycheck In These New Posters For ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’
We still have to ask if anyone asked for more Pirates movies but here is some new promotional material for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Perhaps this will be the last time star Johnny Depp needs a paycheck. The combination of this, Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar will give Disney All The Money and we can end this series for good.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on May 26, 2017.
Johnny Depp Needs A Paycheck In These New Posters For ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’
The twitter account for the upcoming King Arthur film has teased out a new 30 second clip ahead of a new full trailer schedule to release tomorrow on President’s Day. We’ve had two trailers thus far – one from back at SDCC last year, then one that’d dropped just shy of a month ago.
From Nothing Comes a King. A new #KingArthur trailer debuts TOMORROW! pic.twitter.com/ZFiHejPUL6
— King Arthur (@kingarthurmovie) February 19, 2017
Fans of the traditional Arthurian legends will need to take a few deep breaths before jumping into this one. However with Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam in the lead role as King Arthur, it’s likely that sticking to the traditional narrative variations isn’t really on director Guy Ritchie’s mind.
In this version, when the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.
So this one it looking like it’ll be even more afield than going the pseudo-historical fanfiction route that the 2004 King Arthur had taken (where Arthur played by Clive Owen, was a Roman soldier). It’s going to have a hard time of it, regardless, since it’s release date has already been bumped two months to May 12th. Which means it’ll be launching in the midst of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 fever, which releases the week prior.
Hang in there, maybe tomorrow’s trailer will set an entirely different tone and it’ll give us something more to look forward to.
New Teaser Arrives Ahead Of Tomorrow’s New ‘King Arthur’ Trailer
Thea Queen (Willa Holland) has been away for a while on Arrow, but returned last week for Specter of the Gun. She’s also only suited up a couple times this season, spending most of her time handling issues in the Mayor’s office. But Oliver’s sister will be getting a lot more to do in the back half of the season, executive producer Wendy Mericle told EW.com:
She’s headed in a direction that’s very similar to where her mother was before she was killed in season 2. I’m actually really excited about her storyline, because we’re taking her to a place where she’s been dealing with all of these issues the same way Oliver has, with her bloodlust and with other elements of her past, and this season’s going to find her in a similar place, but for very different reasons. There’s gonna be a great scene coming up between Oliver and Thea that’s one of my favorites on the show.
That’s pretty cryptic and it has appeared that Thea had quelled her blood lust and no longer had the killer instinct. Are we looking at a return of the effect from the Lazarus Pit? Thinking back to where Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) was just before she died, she seemed to be trying to make amends for her past and come clean to her children. It would be nice to see the character step out and stand on her own instead of being Ollie’s shadow in and out of costume.
Hints At What The Arrow Writers Have In Store For Thea Queen
The idea of the “horror movie in space” has already been done plenty of times with terrible (Apollo 18) to legendary (Alien). Life appears to be going with a more grounded feel as the first evidence of life in space is likely to be just a cell or two. The movie has a stellar cast including Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and the breakout star of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Rebecca Ferguson.
Life opens March 24, 2017.
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If I were a Marvel sales rep, I would get down on my knees every day and thank Thanos for the series of events that led to Baby Groot. Baby Groot might just be the pinnacle of Hollywood marketing; not only is his cute visage the perfect thing to slap on every action figure, lunch box, and stuffed animal from here to the moon, it’s also a character that sidesteps typical customer cynicism. If fans felt for one moment that Baby Groot was a thinly veiled attempt to sell them more junk, they would push back on James Gunn and Marvel with all their strength. But instead, we are treated to one of the baddest killing machines in the galaxy who happens to be totally adorable, too.
Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) has been an interesting and important edition to the second season of Supergirl. Both as another strong female character and as a love interest for Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh). But the series has not looked at her backstory very much, which is something that will change starting with this weeks Valentine’s Day story and then continue later in the season. We’ll see a bit of her past tomorrow night, but executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told EW.com:
There’s a storyline coming up where it’s not really about Alex and Maggie’s relationship, it’s more about Maggie as a cop getting caught up in an art heist.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 PM on the CW.
We’ll Learn More Of Maggie Sawyer This Season On Supergirl
It’s been nearly 17 years since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie ushered in a new era of superhero movies, and in that time, we’ve seen studios crank through actors with alarming frequency. We’ve seen three Spider-Man, a handful of Batmen, three Punishers across the big and small screens, and dozens of big-budget Marvel and DC movies break records at the box office. In the midst of all this chaos has been Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, the one actor-character combination that seemed immune to bad reviews and flagging box office numbers. And with Jackman set to take one final turn as Wolverine in Logan, the actor is taking a little time to stop and reflect on his impact in Hollywood.
We’re doing two weeks worth of this segment this week, because I was unable to write the one for last week. The purpose of Kaitlyn vs Critics is to look at the numbers that movies get on sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic and compare them to my own scores here on Bleeding Cool. And to look at the similarities, the differences and the reasons for those differences. As always, the purpose of this is less to call out specific critics, but more to look at the numbers and the trends behind them. The industry places a huge amount of importance on those numbers, so let’s take a look at them for the four movies in the last two weeks; Fifty Shades Darker, John Wick: Chapter 2, The LEGO Batman Movie, and The Great Wall.
Fifty Shades Darker
Rotten Tomatoes: 9%
The Fifty Shades series is quickly looking to take Twilight’s honor of being “the worst reviewed franchise”. There was a consensus here that these movies are the absolute worst, and it is one I cannot disagree with. The consensus on Rotten Tomatoes pretty much hits the nail on the head but much kinder than I put it; “Lacking enough chemistry, heat, or narrative friction to satisfy, the limp Fifty Shades Darker wants to be kinky but only serves as its own form of punishment.” However, as someone who strongly believes in agency and healthy relationship dynamics, not only in real life but also in my media, I tend to come down harder on this series than most people. Fifty Shades Darker not only glorifies a stalker and a rapist but also tries to pass off actual physical abuse as romance. The idea that there are people who think this is how the BDSM community actually works is horrible.
There is a rather large difference between Rotten Tomatoes and me compared to Metacritic which shows just how unreliable these numbers really are. The only joy I get out of these movies is the series of comedic lists I do with my fellow critic at WatchPlayRead, Kyle Steenblik; Fifty Things To Do Instead Of Seeing Fifty Shades Of Grey and Fifty More Things To Do Instead Of Seeing Fifty Shades Darker. That and reading all of the “spanking” and “submitting” puns the media came up with after it came in second place to The LEGO Batman Movie opening weekend is the only joy to come out of this series.
The LEGO Batman Movie
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
There were a lot of people surprised by how good The LEGO Movie was, and when they announced the spin-off starring just Batman there was trepidation that the series was going to become just another terrible animated kids series out to sell toys. The LEGO movies are out to sell toys but everyone seems to agree that they have a sense of heart. The consensus this time is also very similar to my own; “The Lego Batman Movie continues its block-buster franchise’s winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny — and beautifully animated — family-friendly mayhem.” The pattern that Metacritic appears to have had this week was that is was much more generous to the bad movie and came down a lot harder on the good ones.
The LEGO Batman Movie was a movie that I personally loved even more because of the details. While it is funny and the animation is beautiful, the sheer amount of Easter Eggs delighted me more than perhaps the average critic. As someone who has a lot of love for this genre it is very obvious when the filmmakers share my enthusiasm (Deadpool is another fine example of this) and I tend to love it even more.
John Wick: Chapter 2
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Perhaps I was a bit too generous to John Wick: Chapter 2 with the benefit of hindsight but I stand by the score that I gave the movie. The first John Wick movie sort of took the world by surprise since no one saw it coming. However, now there is precedent and the sequel rises to the task of besting the first by doing everything that a sequel should do. The critical consensus of“John Wick: Chapter 2 does what a sequel should — which in this case means doubling down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun” is extremely accurate. However, what elevated the movie was something that some critics don’t take into account; worldbuilding. While there are plenty of critics that did mention the worldbuilding in this series, worldbuilding is something I love more than most.
As a person who can get hyperfocused on details I appreciate when a movie takes time to craft the details of its world. John Wick: Chapter 2 does exactly that when it didn’t need to. This is a movie that could have relied on the excellent action scenes and the charisma of its lead actor, but the creative team behind this movie took the time to intricately build their world. That kind of attention to detail is something that should elevate any form of media, because it shows they not only take pride in their work, but also respect their audience.
The Great Wall
Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
The pattern of Metacritic being more generous to the bad movies holds true again this week, though the difference in the numbers is not nearly as extreme. There are a lot of things that went wrong with The Great Wall but the main problem that a lot of critics agree on is the weird tone. The consensus of “For a Yimou Zhang film featuring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe battling ancient monsters, The Great Wall is neither as exciting nor as entertainingly bonkers as one might hope” is accurate. This a movie that could have been saved if it tried a little harder since all of the pieces were there, but they just didn’t fit. This is a movie that could have been a ton of fun for all of the same reasons that John Wick: Chapter 2 is a ton of fun, but what John Wick has The Great Wall lacks; attention to detail, or they have attention to detail but they only told WETA to do that to the armor and nothing else.
This is a movie that could have built an interesting world that straddled the line of reality and legend, but instead it doesn’t take the time. It feels very lazy in a way that many critics appear to agree with. This is a creative team that thought if you throw enough fighting and monsters at a movie it will come together. They didn’t take the time to build their world and the movie suffers for it.
Thus far this year has offered very little in the way of surprises aside from the divisive opinion about Split. The movies that people expect to be good have been good, the bad have been bad, but this is an odd time of year. In the coming weeks the spring season will hit, and some major blockbusters will come with it that need to succeed to justify their massive budgets. Whether or not any of them is worth our time or money remains to be seen.
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WWE New Era Ratings War Spoilers: Who Won The Week Beginning 13th of February 2017 ? Raw Or Smackdown Live?
Both Raw and Smackdown had some really great things going on this week, which I suppose made it rather unfortunate that the viewership’s for both shows didn’t experience any kind of noticeable increase. Raw had 3,199 million viewers meanwhile Smackdown drew 2,626 million viewers.
There is nowhere better to start than with Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens. This segment had been built to over the past year and it’s fair to say this moment was fitting of such a long build up. I hadn’t expected the split between the two quite so soon, I’d assumed Jericho would accidentally cost Owens the Championship against Goldberg, leading to a split. However, the fact I didn’t quite expect this yet made it even better. Both guys are brilliant at what they do and executed this segment with absolute perfection. As much as I’ve thought Smackdown has been better on a consistent basis since the brand split, this was one of the best single moments since the divide – Raw seems to far more commonly produce these moments while Smackdown produces a more consistent product that has generally had better matches, but maybe not quite had the “moments” of this, Goldberg beating Lesnar or Balor’s debut. The best thing about this storyline for me is how is has developed both characters. You really can feel sympathy for Jericho after this, meanwhile there is a lot to be aggrieved at Owens for. However, Owens has ultimately cost himself the Universal title by doing this, as now he must face Goldberg alone.
Bray Wyatt is of course now the WWE Champion and in becoming the champion we gave started to build towards Wrestlemania. Of course the rumoured match is Wyatt Vs Orton, as Orton does need to use his title shot he earned from winning the rumble. However, Orton has said he will not use that shot against Wyatt, prompting Smackdown to schedule a battle royal next week to decide a new challenger for Wyatt at Wrestlemania. There are several different directions WWE can take with this, but I hope that they have Harper win the battle royal, leading to Orton deciding he does want the match and a triple threat between the three, as I suggested, at Wrestlemania. The issue with that however is if Orton has been trying to fool Wyatt this whole time, giving up his title match, allowing someone else into the match to then take it back but in more difficult circumstances seems an odd tactic. So possibly Orton never was playing Wyatt, he truly did want to be a part of the Wyatt family, and eventually Wyatt may do something to annoy Orton, leading to him snapping out of it, attacking Wyatt and demanding to be added back to the Wrestlemania match. The uncertainty will make the build up towards Wrestlemania entertaining.
I’ve felt Samoa Joe has been excellent since his debut, he’s looked like a real threat, a real badass and I really enjoyed his interview segment this week. One thing Vince McMahon has also been praised with being very good with is building up big guys, the monsters. It seems with the way Joe has been introduced would suggest this is how Vince sees Joe and if that’s the case, that is a very good sign for Joe. Hopefully the WWE stays committed with presenting Joe in this way. I’m unsure as to what he will end up doing at Wrestlemania. Possibly he won’t have a match and will just play a part in the Triple H Vs Seth Rollins match, should it happen. His attack on Sami Zayn could possibly lead to a match between those two, although with so many possible matches rumoured for Wrestlemania it seems that was a match set up for Fastlane.
We’ve got two new women’s champions in WWE within two days. Firstly Naomi on Smackdown who is someone I’ve always wanted to see involved in the Championship picture and there were times over the past few years I felt it might never happen, but I’m glad we have got to see it, even though I get the feeling it could be a short-lived title reign. Meanwhile Bayley has won the title over on Raw from Charlotte. Bayley’s win has come into a lot of praise but also some criticism. The match between Charlotte and Bayley was fantastic but it has thrown up some questions. Some of questioned if it was too soon for Bayley to win the title? One thing that was so good about her win in NXT was how long it took her to get there. Additionally there are some worries that this will follow the normal pattern with Charlotte. Charlotte loses the title on Raw, gets a rematch at the pay per view, and wins the title back. A short-lived title reign could work if Bayley is screwed out of the title, to then go on a redemption hunt to finally get it back, possibly at Summerslam? However, as many have pointed out you can only win the title for the first time once, plus if WWE want to try and make a long term storyline out of this, they have to consider that some fans will only look short term and not look at the bigger picture. Another possibility I can think of is that due to Sasha Bank’s involvement in the match Bayley could even possibly be stripped of the title by Stephanie McMahon next Monday.
I’m going to predict small increases for both shows again next week, but nothing drastic.
The Internet seems to think so.Source: "Daredevil" Twitter
The Netflix production, "Daredevil", may be slipping an Easter Egg into a Season 3 scene as pointed out by a Tweet last Thursday. This appears to be a page in the tabloid,New York Bulletin, mentioning The Punisher. However, take a look at the blurb in the lower left hand section of that page.
Look closely, you never know what you'll see. #Daredevil pic.twitter.com/mGMokcdFIB— Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 16, 2017
The Internet is now ablaze with news stories and fan theories that this may be a reference toK'un L'un, one of Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, and the mystical city where Danny Rand learned his martial arts skills and obtained the Iron Fist powers. Nerd Fact: The Amulets Of Power all originate from the K'un L'un dimension.
The Hand also plays a role in the "Daredevil" series so that could be another possible connection. SinceSeason 3 of "Daredevil" won't be available until after "The Defenders" comes out it might be2018before we will have answers. However, "Iron Fist" premiers March 17 so expect Netflix to start laying the groundwork in that show.
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Check out the New York Toy Fair 2017 Transformers Robots in Disguise reveals! This season will focus on combiners, including Menasor, Ultra Bee, and Galvatronus! Menasor will consist of Dragstrip, Heatseeker, Motormaster, Slashmark, and Wildbreak. Ultra Bee will have the original cast of Bumblebee, Grimlock, Strongarm, and Sideswipe. Galvatornus will include Cyberwarp, Cyclonus, Skyjack, Treadshot, and Riotgear.