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Hannah Blumenreich’s Official Free Comic Book Day 2018 Poster

Hannah Blumenreich came to prominence with her Peter Parker fan comics that led her being hired officially by Marvel Comics for Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen, as well as appearing in the Regular Show comic.

She is now providing the artwork for 2018’s Free Comic Book Day Commemorative Artist poster:

Free Comic Book Day, taking place on the first Saturday of May, is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores.

In 2001, retailer Joe Field was writing columns for an industry magazine, and saw how successful feature films based on comic book franchises were providing the comic book industry with a positive cultural and financial turnaround from the speculator bust of the late 1990s. Field proposed Free Comic Book Day in one of his columns, and received a positive reaction to it. Then-Image Comics publisher Jim Valentino suggested having the first Free Comic Book Day on the same weekend as the opening of the 2002 Spider-Man feature film, in order to take advantage of the film’s heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium, and thus the first event was held May 4th, 2002, one day after the film’s opening.

On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, and some offer special deals and creator signings to those visiting their establishments. However, retailers do not receive the issues for free; they pay 12–50 cents per copy for the comics they give away during the event. In addition to comic books, some stores also give away — and sell — other merchandise, such as mini posters and other movie tie-in memorabilia.

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Nerd Food: Does Your Valentine Love Disney? Make Them a Mickey Mouse Pizza!

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, is it love? Or is it searing pain? I would imagine getting hit in the eye with the moon would be painful. This heart-shaped Mickey Mouse pepperoni pizza, however, is perfect for your Disney-loving Valentine!

This pizza will only take you 15 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to bake, which is perfect for a quick romantic dinner for two!

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Ingredients

  • Pizza dough
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Pizza sauce
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Kitchen scissors
  • A small paring knife

Directions

  1. Prepare and preheat oven according to pizza dough package instructions.

  2. Knead and roll out pizza dough to about 1/2 inch.

  3. Cut dough into a heart shape.

  4. Pour pizza sauce into the center of the of the pizza dough and spread evenly, leaving about an inch for the crust.

  5. Sprinkle mozzarella generously over the sauce.

  6. Stack 3-4 slices of pepperoni and use kitchen scissors to cut them into a Mickey shape. Separate pepperoni slices and place on the pizza. Repeat until the pizza is completely covered.

  7. Place basil leaves on top.

  8. Bake pizza until crust is golden, about 10-15 minutes.

  9. Let cool and enjoy!

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DC Comics Universe & Dark Nights Metal Spoilers: Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt Final Cover Teaser! Grant Morrison Is Back!

DC Comics Universe and Dark Nights Metal Spoilers follow.

Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt Final Cover Teaser Including New Logo! Grant Morrison Is Back!

    DARK KNIGHTS RISING: THE WILD HUNT #1

    Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV and JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
    Art by DOUG MAHNKE, IVAN REIS and others
    Cover by DOUG MAHNKE

    Continued from the pages of the bestselling DARK NIGHTS: METAL! The Dark Knights ride through the farthest reaches of the Multiverse to track down the unlikeliest of teams: The Flash, Cyborg, Raven and Detective Chimp. The mission: keep these heroes from completing their desperate quest to save all of existence! Plus, Challengers’ Mountain crackles with dark energy that will release an army of the world’s worst nightmares into the streets of Gotham City!

    This one-shot also answers the question: Where are the Metal Men? And who is the latest addition to the team?

    ONE-SHOT • On sale FEBRUARY 14 • 40 pg, FC, $4.99 US • FOIL-STAMPED COVER • RATED T+

Color me interested.

Jeepers Creepers by Marc Andreyko and Kewber Baal, from Dynamite in April

At San Diego Comic-Con last year, Dynamite Entertainment announced a deal to publish a Jeepers Creepers comic book.

We’re finding out now that the deal Dynamite signed with MGM to produce comics based on the horror movie Pumpkinhead also gives the New Jersey-based publisher the ability to do comics based on the 2001 horror film Jeepers Creepers. The film starred Gina PhilipsJustin LongJonathan Breck, and Eileen Brennan and was written and directed by Victor Salva. The film spawned a sequel in 2003 set four days after the events of the first film.

At the time, Dan Wickline reported:

No word on the creative team for the series, but it’s likely that the timing of the comics series could coincide with the announced Jeepers Creepers 3 that is in post-production and features the return of Philips and Breck.

Well, that came out in September, with a home release for Christmas, but with no sign of the comic — until now. Instead it looks like it’s been scheduled for April, written by Marc Andreyko of Torso, Batwoman and Wonder Woman ’77 and drawn by Kewber Baal of the KISS comic book. And if proof were needed, yes, we have artwork.

Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American-German horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song “Jeepers Creepers” featured in the film. Francis Ford Coppola executive produced. Salva also wrote and directed Jeepers Creepers 2, released in 2003. Again, Coppola executive produced the film. The sequel was followed by Jeepers Creepers 3, which received a limited release in theaters in 2017, 14 years after the second film. Salva wrote and directed the third film, as well, though Francis Ford Coppola did not return to executive produce.

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Geek Chic: ThinkGeek’s Faith Sweater is Perfect for the Heroes in Your Life

Recently ThinkGeek released an exclusive clothing line in conjunction with Valiant Comics, celebrating all things Faith! The line has three sweaters, so I knew I had to get one. I decided on the Valiant Harbinger Unisex Sweater.

What’s nice about this is that it’s not overtly nerdy. You could get away with it on casual Fridays or nights out. The stitching is tight, the material is heavy, and the colors work extremely well together.

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Huge thanks to Joanna Campbell from 100.7 The Bay for hanging out and bringing this sweater to life! She was even kind enough to give her thoughts on the sweater, in the video below.

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Make Your Own Minnie Mouse Sweatshirt in 6 Steps!

The weather has been pretty cold lately, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style for comfort! This DIY Minnie Mouse pom pom sweatshirt may be aimed at kids, but fans of all ages can easily make this adorable and versatile sweatshirt.

What You’ll Need

  • Kids red sweatshirt
  • Black and red thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • 1- and 2-inch black pom poms
  • Small red bows
  • White fabric paint

How to Make It

    1. Thread needle with black thread and tie a large knot at the end. (Each time you sew a new pom pom onto the sweatshirt, you’ll tie a large knot at the end of your thread.)
    2. Sew 2-inch pom poms onto sweatshirt, followed by 1-inch poms for Minnie’s ears.
    3. Hand sew pom poms onto sweatshirt by pushing your needle through the middle of the pom pom and into the sweatshirt.

      minnie mouse diy sweatshirt

    4. To secure pom poms onto sweatshirt, tie a finishing knot by holding the needle with one hand and your thread in the other. Loop the thread counterclockwise over the needle and pull it through. Push the loop down to your sweatshirt and tighten.
    5. Paint white polka dots onto red bows.
    6. When paint is dry, thread needle with red thread and sew bows in between Minnie’s ears using the same method as the pom poms.

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DC Comics Universe Spoilers: Alan Moore & J.H. Williams III’s Promethea To Make DC Rebirth Era Debut In Justice League Of America #23 With Spotlight in JLA #24!

DC Comics Universe Spoilers follow.

When DC Comics purchased Wildstorm they also got their ABC America’s Best Comics imprint including all of its Alan Moore penned characters and series.

Tom Strong and his family will be part of the upcoming DC’s New Age of Heroes series The Terrifics (check out the new type of gatefold cover below).

However, DC’s uses of ABC characters doesn’t stop there.

Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III’s Promethea To Make DC Rebirth Era Debut In Justice League Of America #23 (January 24) With Spotlight in JLA #24 (February 14)!

What say you?

Comic Store in Your Future: Not Convinced Comic Sales Are Going to Improve Anytime Soon

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here.

Over the years, I have always had goals and plans for the store. What helped me a lot when I first opened is crunching the numbers and knowing what I needed to average per day to stay afloat. Yes, when a brand-new retail store opens, it is very tough. Most businesses fold within two years. If things were the same as they were during the first year of being open, I would be closed. Now the store is established — known.

When I first opened, I had people flat-out tell me they didn’t want to shop at my store because they were afraid I would go out of business and upset their current store. One customer’s son even let it slip that his dad told him not to get too attached to the store since I might not be around long. Seven years later, we are still here.

I also learned a lot, such as to sell on the internet. It is a useful way to make more money. I fought that at first, thinking I needed to make sure everything was available to walk-in traffic. I started carrying Magic the Gathering. It was very popular. I learned to sell Magic cards when they were going for a pretty good amount online and get the highest while I could, because most Magic cards would drop in price after peaking. And usually, the drop isn’t just by a few dollars. Magic cards are up and down and change prices so much, I finally quit pricing the cards and we just look them up online to see what they are going for.

I also learned that Magic was so popular, there isn’t much loyalty or thankfulness to any store for having Magic gaming events. Magic players in our area for the most part (not all) play for the cheapest amount they can at a store. They want to take a store for as much as they can through prize support. Even if they spent just $5 and were playing for over three hours and received a prize for playing, most of them want more. Basically, if we were giving away everything in the store, they still wouldn’t be happy. Go out of business? Oh well, there are other places to play at.

Things change. Some things that were hot and moneymakers cool off, such as Pokémon. When people were trying to catch them with their mobile devices, that made Pokémon hot as can be for a while. Now, it has really dropped in popularity.

Magic flooded the market with material in November, really hurting sales. People felt like it was too much in such a short amount of time.

Having a plan is good along with goals. I learned, though, plans have to flexible. The biggest goal in business is to be as profitable as possible. To get to that goal, plans change a lot.

At the start of 2018, I thought January would be a slow month, and I had side projects lined up like getting the back room cleaned and reorganized. I even trimmed the hours on Tuesdays, since we’re only open that day to receive the shipment of comics for New Comic Wednesday.

What really helped last year is lowering payroll cost by thousands. Not single-digit thousands, but double-digit thousands. Had that not happened, the store could have been in trouble.

So far, what I have seen has not convinced me that comic sales are going to improve anytime soon. I hope that they do — I hope I’m wrong. I would much rather be selling tons of comics and be swept off my feet with sales. So my plan was: since January is the slowest month for most retail businesses, I’d best get ready for it by ordering on the very safe side. Past Januarys have been historically slow, other than when Marvel’s Star Wars #1 came out in a previous January. Iowa usually has a few bad days of winter that forces us and everyone else to close, making it an even tougher month. I placed my orders. Felt good. Ready for 2018. I thought I would even slow down for once after working a lot over the last few months.

January hit, and much to my surprise and everyone else’s, a nearby comic store suddenly closed. People were telling me they went to this other store a week before, and then the following week it was already empty. People with pull boxes were worried they wouldn’t get their comics. Now, at my store, popular titles such as Batman and Darth Vader sold out on their day of release instead of lasting a month on the shelf as originally planned. People thought we must be raking in the money now; but sadly, no — I ordered only what I thought would be enough for our regulars, along with one extra copy for possible new business. The oddest thing was popular titles saw a heck of an increase in demand, but lower-selling titles saw no increase or a very slight increase.

I tried letting everyone know that I’d get everyone the comics they want one way or another, just please be patient. Of course, not everyone will be. Right now, I’m trying to figure out who will stay with us and who has already decided to go elsewhere. We, of course, want the business, but I’m unable to see the future or read minds.

Then, of course, for the third New Comic Wednesday of the month, comics fail to arrive on Tuesday for us to get them ready for Wednesday. I post on social media to try to give people a heads-up. UPS, when I type in the tracking numbers, says they were delayed due to weather, and the shipment is due by end of day Wednesday. Diamond also sent an email. Every weekday we get multiple emails from Diamond that aren’t urgent, so I’m willing to bet many stores disregarded the message and didn’t even know about the delay.

On Wednesday, I double-checked the tracking numbers and saw that our shipment was still in Missouri — not even in Iowa yet — with no date given to when the shipment will arrive now. I jump back on social media and let people know, realizing it’s going to be a long day of people walking in and us having to tell them the shipment hasn’t made it yet. Not everyone is on social media all the time. I also know that for a Wednesday without any new comics, it’s going to be a really bad day sales-wise. And if there are any shortages or damages to the shipment, the odds of me getting replacements have just gone down. Other stores in the country will receive their shipments before ours and be able to get their shortages and damages taken care of first, leaving fewer replacement copies for the rest of us. Diamond has shorted me whole titles at times, so yes, I was worried. I think all the variant covers confuse Diamond when packaging up our shipments.

The economy is currently doing really well. Low unemployment. People with jobs is a good thing. If people really want a job, odds are they are able to get one. The only drawback for small business owners currently? Finding good help. Right now, I’m trying to figure out whether I should just cut back on hours or try to get new employees. Why am I hesitant to get new employees? We have been open for over seven years, and I have had every issue in the book. Ones that have stolen from the store. Ones that didn’t want to work, and so on. In short, people that really hurt the business far more than they helped it. Of course, over our seven years, we have had great employees that really helped the store and were a joy to work with. However, retail jobs have a high turnover rate. Right now I am leaning towards cutting hours during our slow months while leaving Wednesdays untouched and increasing our hours before summer.

Is it the end of the world? No. We just have to roll with it and try to keep as many people as happy as possible. The goal stays the same. Be profitable as much as possible. The plan keeps changing to make that a reality.

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Did ABC Just Stealth-Cancel Marvel’s Inhumans?

With what might count as cut #998 in the possible demise of Marvel’s Inhumans, ABC has removed press access to the series from its site. As originally pointed out by the folks over at SpoilerTV, the formal portal for the series on the press site now leads to a message that reads: “Error 404 Whatever was supposed to happen, didn’t happen. Try again, or use the search option above.”

Here’s a screen grab from earlier this morning:

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This follows on the heels of ABC President Channing Dungey‘s less-than-optimistic comments about the series at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event:

“It (Inhumans) didn’t perform for us at the level that we would’ve wanted. We haven’t made any official decision yet about what we’re going to pick up in May, but I will say that the numbers, unfortunately, were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be.”

The series never seemed to get secure footing after its less-than-stellar trailer/”first look” rollout, with concerns over the look and what some saw as a “cheap” quality to the effects only amplified by an IMAX release that raised more concerns than it assuaged. But Dungey wants to make it clear that the issues with Inhumans doesn’t impact their interest in the superhero genre — or their relationship with Marvel:

“We’re actually developing a reboot of The Greatest American Hero that stars an Indian-American woman from [executive producer] Nahnatchka Khan. That is something that has definitely superhero aspects to it. The question really is more: What kind of superhero show? What’s the tone? How are we doing it? But I would never say we’re closing the door on superheroes.”

“We continue to be very excited with what they’re doing with S.H.I.E.L.D. We’ve tried a few things that haven’t worked out as well as we would’ve liked. We developed a couple things this season that we don’t think are going to end up going forward, so we’re going to look really carefully about what we do next, because the idea for us is to come up with something that works very well for both Marvel and ABC, so we’re going to continue to try there.”

If cancellation is inevitable, here’s hoping ABC stops slow-death-ing it, puts on their big network pants and pulls the band-aid off a little quicker.

“After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.”

Marvel’s Inhumans stars Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan (Ballers, Graceland) as Queen Medusa, Ken Leung (Lost) as Karnak, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) as Maximus, Eme Ikwuakor (Concussion, Extant) as Gorgon, Mike Moh (Empire, Street Fighter: Assasin’s Fist) as Triton, Sonya Balmores (Beyond the Break, Soul Surfer) as Auran, Isabelle Cornish (Australia Day, Puberty Blues) as Crystal, and Ellen Woglom (Californication, Outlaw).

Scott Buck (Dexter, Marvel’s Iron Fist) serves as executive producer alongside Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) executive produce, with Buck serving as showrunner. Marvel Television and ABC Studios serve as series co-producers.

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New Comics #511

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Stroper: Mullets and Ray Guns Galore in this New ’80s-Inspired Comic

Eddie Porter writes:

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved the storytelling and artistry of comics and film. Growing up I was inspired by the fantastic worlds that were being created in these two different mediums. Inspired by my love of both arts, I want to tell a tale that fuses these two storytelling methods together.

The vibe of Stroper is a sci-fi setting which I want to be relatable with our times, while mixing together a retro and a neon noir aesthetic. Since I myself am a child of the ’80s, I plan to hit that nostalgic beat for my generation, but keep it fresh for the enjoyment of a broader group of generations.

I touch on certain topics throughout the series that draw up questions on what we perceive as right or wrong in our current culture and day and age. What is the distinction between good and evil, and is it possible for a hero to encompass both of these characteristics?

Stroper is a fun, captivating story with some wild characters, wilder adventures, and enough neon you’ll wish you were wearing a Hypercolor tee. Issue 1 is just the beginning of this crazy ride…

Mullets + Rayguns = Stroper series.

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It’s Josh again. Stroper looks like a fun sci-fi adventure with a unique and eye-catching art style. It’s definitely worthy of your support, and, should you have the means and compulsion to do so, here is the link to Eddie Porter’s Kickstarter entry for Stroper. It will go live this Tuesday, January 23rd. Show him some love when it officially launches.

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Lady Bird – Review

It’s that time of year again where every film out in the theaters has a blurb somewhere out there on their marketing material claiming it to be “The Best Film of 2017.” In the case of Lady Bird I’m having a difficult time finding an argument against that claim, because there has got to be a lot of raw cinematic magic at play to make me feel the type of kinship I did with its 17-year-old schoolgirl lead with pink hair from Sacramento attempting to navigate her way through the early aughts and young adulthood. This thing is packed with feels.

I wish I knew how to write as effusively about a film like this as other critics, finding all of the words to talk about how it manages to simply be something wonderful to watch. It doesn’t require alien invasions, neither cape nor cowl in sight, and there didn’t have to be some proven intellectual property to get it past a greenlight and into production. I wish movies like it could resonate with audiences the way it has been the past few weeks. After catching it twice in theaters now, the overall reaction I’ve gauged from the crowds walking out after the credits is something I haven’t seen all too much of in 2017: Satisfaction.

So what’s it about? Well on paper it sounds like your typical indie film that becomes a critical darling somewhere like TIFF or SXSW. It’s a story about a mother and daughter who are so alike they can’t help but butt heads on a never ending basis, heavily motivated by the fact our lead, Catherine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), is hellbent on leaving the nest and attending any school on the East coast that will take her away from Sacramento. Marion, her mother played by veteran actress Laurie Metcalf in an Oscar caliber performance, is finding herself just as lost in her emotions as this new phase of her own life begins – both kids growing up, a husband losing his job, trapped by emotional baggage of her own mother still lingering. One’s push towards adulthood is the others acceptance of letting go, and they’re both kicking and screaming. It’s a narrative very much determined to display an authentic relationship between mother and daughter. Families fight, especially Irish/Catholic ones, that’s really the thread everything else hangs on as we drift through Lady’s senior year of slipping grades, passing romances, prom, finding a coveted spot within the popular crowd, getting her license and all of those other teenage moments most will be brought back to as they watch with a relatable, empathetic smile on their face.

This is a big leap I’m about to take but a part of me has often wondered what Donnie Darko would have been like without all of the mystery and science fiction elements. There was something inside Richard Kelly’s story about a high school outcast coming of age in the 80s that seemed like it could still hold strong on its own two feet without the genre elements. Lady Bird in some odd way is what that type of story could have been; A small scale slice of life, focused not so much on plot as moments of growing up and interactions largely directed by uncertainty and bubbling emotions with just a skosh of political background noise.

Lady Bird is about how people relate to each other, it doesn’t need these manufactured dramatic moments, it doesn’t require “scenes” it’s one of those slice of life films with its own pace and rhythm that carries the audience away. Coming of age films with female leads have a terrible habit of being written and directed by men who think what women really go through at that age is internal quarrels about young love and finding purpose by way of external validation. At it’s core this is a film about that crazy year before graduating from high school, it resonates on a universal level; You’re watching a person become themselves.

Every year around this time we find ourselves awash with an endless sea of top ten lists, award nominations, and studios bringing out their big prestige pictures, trying to make up for the glut of summer’s empty calories at the theater. The problem with that is it feels like every auditorium becomes crowded by dark and dower dramas constantly trying to one up each other with their brooding. Lady Bird is this years antidote to that inevitable flood of dramatica. I have no idea what Greta Gerwig has in store after this, but consider me excited to find out. This is a truly fantastic directorial debut by the young actress. I was devastated by this movie, an absolute joy with the simple objective of telling an intimate tale about an honestly told life. Highly Recommended.

Bleeding Cool Bestseller List – 21st January 2018 – A “Great Thaw” Taking Place over Marvel’s Comics

This is the Top 10 Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the “Wednesday Warriors”, those who can’t wait to the weekend to get this week’s comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.

A Batman comic is out this week, so it is the bestseller. How long will it remain at the top of the charts?

Top Ten Bestsellers

  1. Batman #39
  2. Superman #39
  3. Avengers #676
  4. Justice League #37
  5. Mighty Thor #703
  6. Damage #1
  7. Super Sons #12
  8. Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Omega #1
  9. Star Wars #42
  10. Doctor Strange #384

Thanks to the following retailers (if you would like to be part of this list, do get in touch)…

…who have this to say:

Very weird week. The weather kept the new comics from getting in till Thursday afternoon. Still dealing with the new influx of customers from the sudden closing of another store. Damage 1 did not take the top spot. I did read it. It was all art and no story. Like a 90s Image book. A dead pilot gets more backstory than anyone else in the comic. A lot of work for someone who we never see other than in a bodybag. Though it does seem that DC is more than willing to take Marvel’s old fans. Damage is clearly DC’s version of the old Hulk. Batman 39 took the top spot. Avengers are looking strong and made it into the top ten. On Friday and Saturday sold a lot of back issues. Issues from Vol 1 of Marvel two Ones with the Thing. Issues of Vol 1 of the Defenders. Silver Age Flash issues. Along with even more recent issues such as Uncharted. A graded Justice League 72 signed by Dan Jurgens was sold. A very good week for back issues.

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Things seem to be back to normal this week with the FFF Top Ten as DC takes seven of the top spots led by Batman. Damage was our #2 best seller of the week, riding the Metal wave. Super Sons also saw a small boost with the end of the Super Sons of Tomorrow crossover. Hopefully it can hold the handful of extra readers it gained from the tie-in. For Marvel, the Venom Inc close out issue took the #6 spot with Avengers at #7 and Doctor Strange at #8. Avengers saw a HUGE boost with people looking for the “first appearance” of the Voyager. I guess Avengers #1 doesn’t retroactively count.

For the Top Twenty, Ice Cream Man and Made Men were the only indie books on the list this week. Ice Cream Man already seems to be gaining some steam online. We’ll see if that translates to better numbers for subsequent issues. Made Men is a favorite of one of our employees who pushes it to almost everybody so it’s nice to see it selling well. Doomsday Clock #2 is still selling like gangbusters even close to a month in. All in all, Marvel is starting to sell better than it has been in recent years. Hopefully they can keep it up with the quality over quantity approach it seems like they’re taking (except for the 16 part Avengers weekly debacle that’s managing to sell well so far). In the meantime, at least we’ll have to settle for the consistently great stuff coming from DC.

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There seems to be a great thaw taking place, as customers are starting to warm back up to some of Marvel’s books! That’s good for Marvel, good for us, and good for the entire industry. People are jumping back on Mighty Thor as Jane barrels towards her fate, and the weekly Avengers book is bursting out of the gate pretty strong. While still no match for Batman, Superman and Justice League, they’ve got firm footholds on the chart now.

Damage #1 sold to expectations… it was pretty good but a weird choice to kick off DC’s New Age of Heroes. I expect both Immortal Men & The Terrifics to be chart-toppers whenever they ship.

Star Wars books are on a gradual slide downward. They’re still selling 12x what we did on Dark Horse SW titles, but that’s down from 25x now. That bears some watching.

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Marvel takes 4 of the 5 top spots this week – but nothing can stop the name BATMAN from always taking #1. Suddenly everyone that dropped AVENGERS from their pull list doesn’t understand why they can’t grab AVENGERS since they are now interested again?

Damage ranked better than we figured it would and we placed a nervous restock early in the week to try and match the demand that putting the word METAL on the cover can have.

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Avengers creeped up really close to Batman’s numbers this week which was a huge surprise. It is nice to see Marvel rebounding in sales and taking more top spots. It’s good for business when the major two are both healthy.

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Tom King’s BATMAN is in its usual seat at the top of the list (and looking better than ever with Joelle Jones on illustration duties!). The upper half of our list is actually mostly Marvel titles this week, with MIGHTY THOR #703, AVENGERS #676, and VENOM INC OMEGA #1 all selling well for us this week.

Farther down the list, we have a couple new titles that did well for us this week: Ales Kot’s DAYS OF HATE #1 and DC’s vanguard title for it’s New Age of Heroes publishing initiative DAMAGE #1 were both scooped up by curious readers on Wednesday.

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DC once again seized control of our store’s Top Ten, taking nine out of ten slots. Marvel’s sole book to crack our Top Ten this week was Avengers #676 at eighth place. Marvel had five more books in positions 11 through 20, but the failure of Star Wars to crack our Top Ten is an indication that the franchise is losing its luster with some of our readers (probably due in part to the weaker performance of the most recent film).

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Image Comics & Skybound Spoilers: Finale In Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley & Cory Walker’s Invincible #144 To Feature New Lead?

Image Comics and Skybound Spoilers follow.

Entertainment Weekly has news on the upcoming Invincible finale in Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley & Cory Walker’s Invincible #144 including a new lead?

Here’s the story.

    In August 2015, The Walking Dead comic writer Robert Kirkman announced that he would be winding up another of his titles, the superhero saga Invincible, with issue #144.

    In a written statement, Kirkman explained he had once hoped other hands would take over the writing of Invincible, which he co-created with artist Cory Walker, until eventually he would be “reading an Invincible comic book by younger creators I haven’t met, who are doing a book that I hate.” He changed his mind in part because he realized that the upcoming issues of the comic would make for a natural conclusion and in part because of longtime artist Ryan Ottley’s desire to “draw something other than Invincible one day.”

    Kirkman has turned out to be as good as his word with the last issue of Invincible hitting stands, Feb. 14. Above, get an exclusive preview of the second of issue #144’s two covers, which is drawn by Walker and features Mark Grayson’s daughter, Terra. Pre-order Invicible #144 here.

    Invincible #144
    Story: Robert Kirkman
    Art: Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker, Nathan Fairbairn
    Cover / Variant Cover: Ryan Ottley, Nathan Fairbairn
    February 7 or February 14 / 56 pages / FC / M / $5.99

    “THE END OF ALL THINGS,” Conclusion

    Final issue.

    Everything since issue one has been building to this. Nothing can prepare you.

I am intrigued.

SOLO: A STAR WARS Teaser Trailer Is Finally Expected To Be Online At Some Point This Week

Though there's been no official confirmation, a reliable source indicates that we''ll finally see the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story at some point over the next week, most likely on Wednesday...

NSS: Is Nintendo Really Selling Cardboard and Still Making Us Love It?

There’s games afoot. If you’re a parent, or even just someone who bought a Nintendo Switch prepare for a new wave of perishables, which we’ll all look foolish using. This week gaming giant, Nintendo, announced Nintendo Labo, a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences designed to inspire kids and those who are kids-at-heart. The announcement […]

There’s A New Best Reviewed Movie Of All-Time On Rotten Tomatoes And It Will Definitely Surprise You

Toy Story 2 was previously the best reviewed movie of all-time on Rotten Tomatoes but that's now changed and you can find out which recent release has taken its crown after the jump. Check it out!

DC Comics Universe Spoilers: Is Writer Tom King Working On The DC Rebirth Era’s Crisis?

DC Comics Universe Spoilers follow.

Is Writer Tom King Working On The DC Rebirth Era’s Crisis in the long tradition of Crisis on Infinite Earths? Check out a his recent social media blast.

What do you think?

Lying in the Gutters, 21st January 2018 – Kindness Works, Allegedly

So this is what Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics has been reading this week…

But what have you been reading? Let’s find out!

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Top Twenty Traffic Of The Week

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  4. Will CM Punk Be at WWE Raw 25? The Answer Will Most Definitely Not Shock You!
  5. Tom King Announces Sanctuary, About DC Superheroes Dealing With the Mental Trauma of Violence
  6. So… Why Is Marvel Not Cancelling Their Lowest-Selling Comics?
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  8. What to Expect from The Marvelous Mrs Maisel in Season 2
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  11. Wolverine Continues to Walk Through the Marvel Universe Missing Everyone (Thor #703 Spoilers)
  12. No One Told J.H. Williams III That Promethea Was Joining the Justice League
  13. What Happens if the Big Two Stop Publishing Comics? Find Out in This New Comic
  14. All of DC Comics Reboots Are Still Happening, Even Elongated Man’s Identity Crisis Face (Super Sons #12 Spoilers)
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  16. Justice League #37 Makes DC Comics Fans the Enemy (SPOILERS) 
  17. A New Wolverine Comic From Marvel in April 2018… 
  18. East Coast Comicon Founder Responds to Conservative Media Outrage Over Kevin Sorbo Snub
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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 1-24-18

New comic book release day 1/24/18. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist.
Always remember, all of these new comics are just as awesome in the inside as they are on the outside. What are your favorite covers this week?

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HELLCATS Actress Emma Lahana Reveals That She’s Joined The Cast Of Marvel’s CLOAK AND DAGGER

Following the recent sneak peek and premiere date reveal, Emma Lahana (Hellcats, Haven) has taken to Twitter to announce that she's set to appear on Marvel and Freeform's Cloak and Dagger TV series...

It Looks like DC Comics Didn’t Tell Chris Sprouse About Tom Strong Appearing in The Terrifics Either

Promethea will be appearing in this week’s Justice League Of America #23, with a cover appearance on Justice League Of America #24.

Bleeding Cool reported the story last week, which was news to Promethea co-creator JH Williams III, who learnt about this when he was sent a link to the story. While Alan Moore is permanently on the outs with DC Comics, JH Williams III more recently drew Sandman: Overture for the publisher. And he wasn’t happy to learn about it this way.

But he’s not alone, it seems. Just as Promethea is appearing in Justice League Of America, so another one of the America’s Best Comics line co-created by Alan Moore, Tom Strong and the cast of that book, will be appearing in the new team-series, The Terrifics.

And when this was announced at New York Comic Con last year, it looks like no one at DC Comics had told Tom Strong co-creator, Chris Sprouse, either. He posted on Facebook back in October, linking to a PR-arranged release with CBR, “Can anyone who works at/for DC shed some light on this?”

Promethea and Tom Strong are both “creator-participant” titles, but no one seems to have told the participants. And with The Terrifics, part of the DC New Age Of Heroes line, intended to emphasise the artist role over the writer, no one seems to be bothering to tell, let alone, the original artists.

All this happens in the light of two other things – DC Comics have refused to release the previously agreed-promised-and-solicited Promethea Immateria, the complete double page spread-paginated sideways complete Promethea collection, using original editor Scott Dunbier‘s original pagination files.

And DC Comics also refuse to publish the second half of the ABC title Top Ten Season Two, by original series artists Zander Cannon and Gene Ha, the first half of which was spectacular.

If DC Comics are valuing the artist more and are wanting to “move the needle” as a result, might it be worth talking to the artists whose work these new books are based upon?

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DC Comics Universe Spoilers: Batman & Mister Miracle Writer Tom King To Explore Superhero Mental Health Supports In Sanctuary

DC Comics Universe Spoilers follows.

Batman and Mister Miracle Writer Tom King To Explore Superhero Mental Health Supports In Sanctuary

The Hollywood Reporter has news on how DC plans to explore Superhero trauma in “Sanctuary”.

    ‘Batman’ writer Tom King says all that fighting must have a “psychological effect” on the publisher’s heroes.

    How do superheroes survive a life of constant fighting? For DC Entertainment’s characters, the answer will soon be, “with professional help,” following the announcement of Sanctuary, a new crisis center being introduced to the company’s mythology soon.
    Revealed during the “Aftermath: Battle and Trauma in Comics” panel at this weekend’s DC in D.C. event in Washington, it’s unclear what format Sanctuary will actually take, but writer Tom King talked about the origins of the idea, and why it’s a necessary step inside the world of the Justice League.

    Describing it as “the most obvious idea I think I’ve ever had,” King explained the basic concept to the assembled crowd. “The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right? You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence deep in your heart — and we also have a group of superheroes, the trinity [Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman], who care about these other heroes. They sort of feel like parental figures, the foundation that stands beneath them. And they care about them for two reasons: one, because they’re good people, but two, if superheroes feel trauma and it drives them a little mad, that’s a danger.”

    Sanctuary, King explained, was an attempt to deal with this idea head-on. Inside the DCU, he said, Sanctuary “is a place that you can go, modeled on veterans’ crisis centers — which is an interesting name for them — and talk about this trauma and admit that this had an effect on you; where you can admit that being a superhero and seeing a life of violence and seeing people get hurt around you, that that has some sort of impact on you, and Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman can help you.”

More here.

Marvel Comics Legacy & April 2018 Solicitation Spoilers: Weapon X Comic & Deadpool Movie’s New Domino Gets Its Artist For Hardcore Action!

Marvel Comics Legacy and April 2018 Solicitation Spoilers follow.

UPDATE

Artist David Baldeón, most recent on Spirits of Vengence, joins writer Gail Simon on Domino! Check out his cover for the book!

ORIGINAL STORY

Marvel Comics Legacy and April 2018 Solicitation Spoilers follow.

Weapon X Comic and Deadpool Movie’s Domino Gets New Series With Hardcore Action!

Domino will be a key character in June 1, 2018’s Deadpool film…

…and she was a founding member of X-Force and is currently a core character in Weapon X which may be relaunched as X-Men Black.

It’s Domino time! Marvel promises the series will be “risqué” and have “hard core action”.

News release:

    Marvel’s soldier of fortune has found herself on the wrong side of the Marvel Universe merc community. Hunted by enemies, a danger to her friends, and chased by the one man who hates her more than anything in the world, Domino must fight for her life against her biggest threat – herself.

    “My favorite characters are always the unpredictable ones, and with Domino, you literally never know which way the dice are going to roll,” says series writer Gail Simone. “I love her, and I can’t wait to show her best bad side!”

    “Domino will continue to be one of the breakout stars of WEAPON X, but fans have been clamoring to see her get the spotlight for some time now…well, your wish has been granted!” says series editor Chris Robinson.

    DOMINO #1

    Written by GAIL SIMONE
    Cover by GREG LAND & FRANK D’ARMATA
    Interior Artist – TBA
    On-Sale 4/11/18

Inside Pulse RR Countdown: WWE Royal Rumble 2010 (Edge, Chris Jericho)

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Philips Arena – Atlanta, Georgia – Sunday, January 31, 2010

Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary.

MATCH #1: ECW Championship Match – Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson

Christian has been the Champion since 7.26.09, and this is his eighth defense. Jackson is accompanied by William Regal. The big man from Guyana immediately tries to assert his power advantage, but the wily veteran Christian is able to thwart him and use his agility to take the advantage. They continue to go back and forth in the early going, both men using their best attributes to their advantage. Regal tries to interfere on Jackson’s behalf but the referee catches him and sends him to the back! Now Jackson is all alone, but it doesn’t seem to affect him, as he whips Christian into the steps. Back in the ring Jackson covers for two. Jackson keeps Christian grounded and wears him down with strikes and slams. He goes up for a superplex but Christian fights him off and hits a flying back elbow. Christian goes up to the second rope to hit a dropkick, and that gets two. He takes Jackson down and goes for the diving headbutt but Jackson avoids it. Jackson clobbers Christian with a clothesline for a two-count. Jackson hits a backbreaker for another near-fall. Christian comes back with a nice tornado DDT for a two-count. Jackson gets up and once again hits a clothesline for two. A series of counters ends with Christian putting on a Sleeper, which Jackson counters to an Oklahoma Stampede, which Christian re-counters to the Killswitch to get the pin at 12:01. That was a pretty decent big man versus little man match, especially given Jackson’s limitations. Christian is definitely the right kind of guy to make someone like Jackson look good, and thus make himself look good for being resourceful enough to score the pin.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: United States Championship Match – The Miz vs. MVP

Miz has been the Champion since 10.5.09, and this is his fifth defense. MVP takes the early control, as the Champion is still taken offguard by this impromptu title defense. They spill to the floor and MVP continues to control the action. Back in the ring, Miz is able to kick MVP to the apron and then knock him down to the floor. That gives Miz the advantage and the crafty Champion is happy to take it. Miz wears MVP down for a few minutes. Eventually MVP fights back, creates separation, builds momentum, all that good stuff. MVP hits the Ballin’ Elbow and goes for the Playmaker but can’t hit it. He has to settle for a Yakuza Kick for a two-count. Miz rolls to the apron and snaps MVP’s neck off the top rope. Back in the ring Miz misses a knee lift and MVP hits the POUNCE for a two-count. MVP misses the Driveby and Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but MVP counters that to a victory roll for two. The challenger tries a backslide and a jackknife pin but still can’t get the pin. Miz rolls to the floor. MVP throws him back in the ring, and when he gets back in Miz scores an inside cradle to get the pin at 7:31. That was a pretty standard RAW match that somehow found its way to pay-per-view.
Rating: **

After the match, Miz taunts MVP pretty harshly, so the sore loser kicks Miz in the gut and hits the Playmaker. That’s a pretty terrible example set by MVP, since he talked tons of trash to the Miz and then lost completely clean because he got outsmarted.

MATCH #3: WWE Championship Match – Sheamus vs. Randy Orton

Sheamus has been the Champion since 12.13.09, and this is his second defense. They start off a little slowly and Orton takes the first powder. Sheamus follows him out and they brawl on the floor. The Champ goes after Orton’s arm, which is good strategy because it neutralizes a number of Orton’s finishing moves. Orton responds by going after the legs. Momentum shifts back and forth a number of times as both men try to establish dominance. Orton hasn’t officially turned babyface yet, but the crowd is chanting pretty loudly for him. Sheamus takes the first sustained advantage, and cuts off an Orton comeback attempt with the Irish Curse backbreaker for two. He goes for the Celtic Cross but Orton slips out and kicks Sheamus to the floor. That gives Orton the opportunity to hit the Rope-hung DDT for two. Orton signals for the Punt but Sheamus wisely avoids it by going to the floor. The Champion is not safe though, as Orton follows him out. Sheamus is able to shove Orton into the ring post twice. He throws Orton back in the ring and Cody Rhodes hops the security rail and attacks Sheamus from behind. Rhodes does no real damage, but the referee argues with Rhodes so he doesn’t call for the bell right away. Orton hits the RKO and covers, but NOW the referee can ring the bell, giving the win to Sheamus at 12:25. These two did not have very good chemistry, and the finish came off as extremely awkward and lame. That makes Sheamus look horrible. I mean people get paid to come up with finishes like that, it blows my mind.
Rating: *¾

After the match, Rhodes tries to explain himself (“I didn’t know attacking Sheamus in front of the referee would be a disqualification” is a pretty flimsy story), and Orton attacks him. Ted DiBiase comes out and tries to break them up, so Orton beats him up too. That gives Sheamus the chance to hit a Brogue Kick before taking off. So Orton is officially a babyface now, and we just needed a really dull match to get there. Weak, weak stuff.

MATCH #4: Women’s Championship Match – Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James

McCool has been the Champion since 6.28.09, and this is her fifth defense. She talks a lot of trash before the match, thinking that James isn’t showing up. Layla comes out in the fat suit again as Piggy James. Then the real Mickie James’ music hits, and the woman herself is here! James takes Layla down with a Thesz Press and hurls her into the guardrail. She gets in the ring and Layla tries to interfere but James avoids it and McCool kicks Layla! James then hits the Mickie-DT to get the pin and win the title at a brisk 0:23! Obviously not much of a match there, but Lay-Cool needed to get their comeuppance and their uppance did come here.
Rating: DUD

The babyface Diva locker room empties, and they throw ckaes in Lay-Cools’ faces. See, all those people complained that McCool and Layla called Mickie James fat, but Mickie was portrayed as the virtuous babyface who overcame the heels in the end and gave them a taste of their own medicine. Heels say mean things, babyfaces beat them up, that’s kind of how wrestling works.

MATCH #5: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio

Undertaker has been the Champion since 10.4.09, and this is his sixth defense. Mysterio beat Batista in a Steel Cage Match to earn this title shot. The challenger tries to stick and move from the get-go, which is probably his best bet. Of course Undertaker fights right back with his power and dumps Mysterio to the floor. Mysterio tries to springboard back in but Undertaker cuts him out of the air with a right hand. The Champion follows with the legdrop on the apron. Back in the ring Undertaker tries the Chokeslam but Mysterio avoids it and tries the 619. Undertaker catches Mysterio and goes for the Tombstone but Mysterio knees his way out of it. Mysterio tries a cross body and Undertaker boots him out of the air. Outside the ring Mysterio catches a lucky break and goes after the leg. Undertaker tires a Last Ride but Mysterio gets to the apron and takes Undertaker out with an Asai Moonsault. Back in the ring Undertaker reclaims control, wearing Mysterio down. After several minutes Mysterio hits a jawbreaker and catches Undertaker running into the corner with a boot. Mysterio follows with a Scorpion Death Drop, a basement dropkick, and then Dops the Dime for a two-count. Undertaker cuts him off with a vicious clothesline. He goes for the Last Ride but Mysterio slips out and this time connects on the 619. Mysterio follows with a missile dropkick to the back, and that puts him in perfect position to hit another 619. He goes for the West Coast Pop but Undertaker catches him and hits the Last Ride for the pin at 11:09. That was great stuff and I feel like people don’t give that match all it deserves. This was how to book a big babyface versus a little babyface perfectly, and both guys pulled it off. Mysterio looked like he had a fighting chance when he really didn’t, and Undertaker just had too much for him. I love it.
Rating: ****

MATCH #6: 30 Man Royal Rumble Match

Dolph Ziggler picked up #1, and Evan Bourne drew #2. They start off fast and furious, fitting for two men with something to prove. Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag but can’t score an elimination yet. Bourne takes Ziggler down and hits the Air Bourne, just as CM Punk (with Serena) comes out at #3. Punk quickly eliminates both of them, and then takes the microphone to cut a promo. Next up is JTG at #4, and he is fired up on Punk for sure. JTG doesn’t last long, and Punk continues his promo. The giant Great Khali is next at #5. Punk tries to recruit him for his stable, but Khali chops his head and then locks on the vise. Beth Phoenix’s music hits and she’s #6. Khali sets her on the apron. Phoenix plants a lip lock on Khali and is able to pull him to the floor! She then goes after Punk and puts him on her shoulders but Punk slips out and drills her with Go 2 Sleep. Zack Ryder is #7, and Punk briefly talks on the mic again but dumping Long Island Iced Z to the floor. Punk gets on the mic and brags some more, but the talking is done when Triple H is revealed as #8! Triple H and Punk stare each other down before the fight begins. HHH takes advantage, and Drew McIntyre is out at #9. A series of reversals ends with HHH throwing Punk out. That’s a bit of a bummer, Punk was owning that Rumble. Next up at #10 is Ted DiBiase. McIntyre’s arch rival, John Morrison is #11, making his fifth Rumble appearance. Offense continues coming from all four men in the ring, and Kane makes his twelfth Rumble appearance (tied with Shawn Michaels for most all-time) at #12. Kane dominates everyone with his power, and Rhodes comes out with lucky #13. Morrison tries a springboard move and Rhodes cuts him out of the air with a dropkick. Next up is sore loser MVP at #14. The Miz runs out and ambushes MVP with the U.S. Title belt as payback for earlier. We reach the halfway point with Carlito at #15.

Carlito actually gets to hit a series of Backstabbers, even one on Triple H. United States Champion The Miz is #16, and he puts a stop to that with a Skull Crushing Finale. Then MVP rushes out and clotheslines Miz to the floor, also tumbling out himself. Good old fashioned booking there. Next up is Matt Hardy at #17. Hardy hits McIntyre with the Twist of Fate and nails Rhodes with the Side Effect. Kane then dumps Hardy out, and HHH dumps Kane! I thought Kane would go longer. HHH starts throwing Spinebusters around, and The Game is standing tall. He goes for a Pedigree on Rhodes, but McIntyre breaks it up. Next out is Shawn Michaels! He’s #18, the same position he won from in 1996. Michaels immediately eliminates Carlito, and then dumps Rhodes and DiBiase out. Morrison is next to go, as HBK is on a mission from God. D-X then join forces to clothesline McIntyre out. We’re down to just HBK and HHH now, but John Cena breaks that up when he comes out at #19. This should be interesting. Cena charges in and takes both Michaels and HHH off their feet, and hits them with a simultaneous Five Knuckle Shuffle! He tries to eliminate Michaels but HHH breaks that up. HHH hits Cena with a Pedigree, and then Michaels Superkicks HHH to the floor! That’s awesome. Shelton Benjamin is next out at #20. Benjamin hits Michaels with Paydirt, and goes for it on Cena as well but Cena heaves him to the floor. The energetic Yoshi Tatsu is #21. Tatsu actually gets a couple of moves in before Cena dumps him out. The one and only Big Show is entrant #22. Cena and Michaels wisely try working together to eliminate him but they cannot yet. The match gets even bigger at #23 when Mark Henry makes his way out. Henry and Show square off but no eliminations come from it. Chris Masters is next at #24. Show quickly puts Masters out to the floor. Henry and Show struggle with each other by the ropes, and #25 R-Truth takes advantage by dumping them both out. That’s huge, no pun intended. Truth is a house afire on both Cena and Michaels, Jack Swagger is #26, making his Rumble debut. Kofi Kingston is out at #27. Kingston is able to take Swagger out, and then he creatively eliminates Truth. Chris Jericho is next at #28. Cena eliminates Kingston. From out of nowhere, EDGE is #29! The crowd explodes, as this is a surprise return from injury. Edge immediately eliminates his former partner Jericho, who had been talking trash about him for months. He hits Michaels with the Edgecution. Batista completes the field at #30, and we now have our final four – Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Edge, and Batista, arguably the best final four ever.

Batista starts slamming everything in sight, and he is all kinds of fired up. Edge cuts him off with a Spear. Cena hits Edge with the Attitude Adjustment. Michaels gets to his feet and looks to be in the best shape. He hits Cena with Sweet Chin Music, and then levels Batista with it as well. Edge tries to eliminate Michaels and they both wind up on the apron. Michaels Superkicks Edge back into the ring, and then Batista knocks Michaels off the apron! The crowd’s reaction was amazing, as they had built up what winning the Rumble meant to Shawn so well. Michaels looks heartbroken, knowing he doesn’t get his shot at the Undertaker now. He throws a fit, taking out a referee, and then Superkicking referee Charles Robinson! The devastation on his face is great, and really helps tell his story. Meanwhile, we have three men left. Batista charges at Cena and Cena pulls the ropes down to eliminates the Animal! We’re down to two. It doesn’t take long, as Cena charges at Edge, who sidesteps him and hurls him to the floor to win the Rumble at 49:24! This is a hell of a Rumble match, with Punk being awesome in the beginning, the Shawn Michaels saga, the huge return of Edge, good midcard stuff like Miz and MVP, and no real dead time. It’s not quite as good as 1992, but it’s definitely in the top five, probably top three.
Rating: ****¾

Deathstroke Vs. Batman – New Series by Priest and Carlo Pagulayan From DC Comics for April

This is, apparently, the comic book showdown you have been waiting for. Master assassin Deathstroke versus the world’s greatest detective Batman. Last time, Batman just punched him. This time? Well, this time Deathstroke writer and general all-round genius comic book auteur Christopher Priest is writing him, so it may go slightly differently. With and Hulk and Deathstroke artist Carlo Pagulayan on art  artist Lee Weeks on covers, expect the first issue of the Deathstroke Vs Batman to be officially announced later this week for April 2018 shipping. But because this is Bleeding Cool, you got to read it here first… if you believe it that is.

Look, we’ve got artwork and everything. Believe us know?

Deathstroke (Slade Joseph Wilson) is a fictional supervillain and/or anti-hero created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez as a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans. Originally the archenemy of the Teen Titans, writers have developed him over the years as an adversary of other heroes in the DC Universe; parallels have been established between him and Batman. The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into multiple forms of media, including several Batman-related projects and the Teen Titans animated series. He is portrayed on The CW’s live-action TV series Arrow by Manu Bennett, and by Joe Manganiello in the feature films of the DC Extended Universe beginning with a cameo in 2017’s Justice League.

Batman is… Batman.

Expect a few black background narrative panels. Artists love those as they still get paid for them.

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Road To INFINITY WAR: Rare Concept Art And Stills Reveal Alternate Costume Designs For THE AVENGERS

The Avengers was a groundbreaking movie for the MCU and you'll never believe just how different Earth's Mightiest Heroes could have looked; in fact, you won't believe what Joss Whedon had planned...

Warner Bros. Has Brightened Up The JUSTICE LEAGUE MCU-Style For The Blu-ray Back Cover

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Marvel Comics Legacy, May 2018 Solicitations & Amazing Spider-Man #799 Spoilers: The Red Goblin Revealed?! Most Detailed Look Yet!

Marvel Comics Legacy, May 2018 Solicitations and Amazing Spider-Man #799 Spoilers follow.

The Red Goblin Revealed?! Most Detailed Look Yet! Check out artist Ed McGuinness’ variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man #799.

This is on top of the earlier look we saw from artist Alex Ross.

What do you think?

Check Out The Personalized Gift Robert Downey Jr. Got For Each AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Crew Member

A film grip on Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War shows off the sweet gift Robert Downey Jr. presented to each of the crew members on set. Check out the personalized gift in the gallery below...

Marvel Comics Legacy, March 2018 Solicitations & Amazing Spider-Man #797 Spoilers: Mary Jane Watson & Peter Parker To Reconcile Romance?

Marvel Comics Legacy, March 2018 Solicitations and Amazing Spider-Man #797 Spoilers follow.

Mary Jane Watson and Peter Parker To Reconcile Romance?

Ten years ago Mary Jane and Peter’s marriage was undone by essentially the devil. A sneak peek at Amazing Spider-Man #797 seems to imply that MJ and Peter are back in a romance and she discovers he’s Spider-Man!

Here’s the solicitation for Amazing Spider-Man #797.

    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797
    DAN SLOTT (W) • STUART IMMONEN (A)
    Cover by ALEX ROSS
    CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY TBA (1 of 5)
    DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY TBA
    MIGHTY THOR VARIANT COVER BY CLAYTON CRAIN
    REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY TBA
    B&W REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY TBA

    GO DOWN SWINGING Part 1

    The Green Goblin is back — and scarier than ever! Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last as he and Stuart Immonen kick off the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story ten years in the making. Osborn got his crazy back and has a plan that’ll make all his past plans look like child’s play. Peter Parker and the people he loves (ALL of them) are in deep trouble. And who or what is the RED GOBLIN?! The only way Spider-Man survives is to GO DOWN SWINGING!

    32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

I am intrigued.

Alana’s Weekend Specs: Life’s Fantastic When Your Made Of Plastic

Aloha CHUniverse and welcome back to Weekend Specs. Back from my yearly 3-6 month comic break. I find it’s best to step away from my passion for comics during the holidays to focus on other hobbies, so I can return with new fire towards collecting comics. Not much new news during the holidays to miss regarding TV and film so makes a good time to break. In my comic off time I collect sideshow statues, vintage horror (toys, masks, etc.), and vintage comic toy 1st appearances. So today I would like to share some of my vintage comic toy know how with you all on some cheap 1st toys for extremely popular comic characters. Most comic characters will have their first toy in Megos, which are now really pricey and from the 70’s. But some of the most followed characters these days were created in the early 90’s. I find these 4 toys mentioned below all have great potential for future gains and cheap buy ins for you all interested in not only collecting first comic appearances but also first toy appearances. I also got some Ultimate comic specs for you as well. Let’s jump in!


Deadpool Toybiz 1992
This toy being the first Deadpool action figure is starting to tick upwards. Was found for $20-$30 a year ago now commanding $50-$100. The thing with these unopened first appearance toys is there’s far less around than its comic counterpart in this case New Mutants #98. This is a great entry level 1st appearance toy purchase, that has a bright future.

Harley Quinn Kenner 1997
1st Harley Quinn toy can unbelievable be found for $15. This is a no brainer low risk investment in one of today’s most popular characters first toys.

Spawn series 1 McFarlane Toys 1994
1st Spawn toy and start of the now established toy company McFarlane Toys, originally Todd Toys. Todd McFarlane has grown a toy empire and it all started here. Go with the masked red caped series one Spawn as it is trending upwards. A “twofer” being Spawn’s first toy and the start to McFarlane Toys. There is also a series 1 unmasked version and Medieval Spawn that are a whole lot easier to find then the masked one. Beware of the rereleases of these, they will have different cards or different color toys like gold, silver, and neon green plastic. The toy shown is the one to hunt.

Venom Marvel Superheroes 1991
1st Venom toy a steal at $10. With the movie around the corner and the huge upswing in ASM #300 prices, no reason this toy will not increase in value. There’s less of these unopened than there are ASM #300 available. If your looking for first symbiote costume toy appearance Black Spider-Man Secret Wars toy is what you want. The Black Spider-Man once was a very highly sought after toy which in the mid 90’s price guided as much as an unopened original Boba Fett. This toy can be found but the price is trending up over the last couple years but still very affordable.

Now on to the comics……..

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 1st Monica Rambeau.
She is the first female Captain Marvel and this first appearance appears in this very overlooked Spidey Annual. She is rumored to already be cast in the upcoming Cap Marvel film. This is very big news as it may hint to the future of the MCU films after Black Panther Captain Marvel and the Infinity films. With Marvel re securing the movie rights of some long lost favorites this could lead to a real Galactus movie down the road. Now Why would Spectrum Monica Rambeau showing up in the MCU lead to this conclusion?

 

Ultimates #1 1st Ultimates 1st Ayo
Well if we already have Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and rumored Monica Rambeau in the MCU all we need is Blue Marvel and Ms. America to make appearances to fulfill the Ultimates roster in film. So an Ultimates film with Galactus doesn’t sound so far fetched. Also thanks to the guys at CBSI who ran a article highlighting this book for Ayo’s 1st appearance recently. But there’s even more keyness to this book as the first Ultimates team appearance. There’s a few different covers 1:10, 1:25, 1:50

Atom Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 1st Antiman 1st Blue Marvel
This book already has some heat to it as both characters were recently released in the Mobile game Future Fight as well as Ms. America as a Ultimates update. This book and the whole run is also considered scarce and low print. It’s not an easy find and very few copies listed of this book. Could have potential Movie implications.

Vengeance #1 1st Ms. America
Rounding out the Ultimates team we have America Chavez who strangely enough is also Nico’s foster sister. Her comic series was recently canceled but it’s actually up for awards. Good cheap 1st appearance to track down if you haven’t yet. There is a variant as well 1:25.

Action Comics #276 1st Brainiac 5
Brainiac 5 recently appeared on Supergirl and appears he will be a reoccurring character. Not an easy find online but worth a look in old back issue bins for a cheap copy.

Green Lantern #141 1st Omega Men
Rumors the Omega Men will appear in both DC film and television starting to push this book up. This is not a well known first should be found in back issue bins.

Demon Annual #2 1st Hitman
Looks like Hitman is coming to television’s Arrowverse. There’s also talks he may get his own CW show. Dollar been searching for days on this one already going for a decent amount online.

Fantastic Four #48 1st Galactus 1st Silver Surfer
I’ve wrote this up in the past because F4 books were underperforming and might be a good time to get on this once very sought over key. But that time is over as this book is skyrocketing since the Disney Fox merger news. For good reason how else do you follow up ten years of films to get to the Mad Titan Thanos, simple answer Galactus, and what better way then the Ultimates to pave the way to him.

So there you have it friends a few toy and comic tips for your LCS and eBay hunts this week. These first appearance toys have no where but up to go if you look at what older first appearance toys are going for these days like the Megos, Star Wars, TMNT etc. it’s a good time to get on board with the Ultimates as most of these books are found relatively cheap but if the MCU does use them it will be hard to get that Blue Marvel book and the ratio variants for Ultimates #1. The Chavez 1:25 variant is already up there in price. So here’s to hoping that the cloud Galactus of Rise of the Silver Surfer will be done some Justice now that his film rights are at home with Marvel studios, until then thanks for reading and happy hunting!!!

Justice League #37 Review: What Does it Mean to be the Fan?

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Writer: Christopher Priest, Artist: Phillipe Briones, Color Artist: Gabe Eltaeb, Letters: Willie Schu, Cover: Pete Woods, Variant Cover: JG Jones, Editor: Brian Cunningham, Associate Editor: Rebecca Taylor, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

Green Lantern Simon Baz has been taken hostage by the unknown Justice League Fan. We also get a glimpse into the history of the Fan and his connection to the Justice League. Meanwhile, the rest of the League attempt to investigate who this Fan is and how deeply he’s infiltrated their organization.

Justice League #37 cover by Pete Woods
Justice League #37 cover by Pete Woods

While not as shocking or gripping as Justice League #36, this issue is another strong output from writer Christopher Priest. It continues to show the fallibility of the team, even in small ways, and it has some interesting things to say about the nature of comic book fandom through the Fan himself.

The most telling examples of the League’s failings, shown in an almost played-for-laughs moment wherein the young Fan is caught under rubble in flashback to the League fighting the Shaggy Man. They had just saved a friend of the Fan, but they didn’t notice him down the street. Even the League isn’t perfect.

Also, Martian Manhunter was there, which was unexpected but not unwanted. J’onn J’onnzz needs to make a DC comeback soon.

Another notable moment is the Fan complaining about all the Green Lanterns. He refers to Simon as “Lawrence of Arabia” and John Stewart as “Soulman Stewart.” In that moment, this character strongly resembled a certain type of comic book fan that has been quite vocal recently and has issues with characters of various races popping up in comics.

The main difference of course is that this character is fit and motivated beyond sending out an angry Tweet.

The heart of the Fan’s motivation is, of course, him trying to shift and push the Justice League into what he thinks they should be. He has a certain vision of the League, and they aren’t fulfilling that vision at this moment for one reason or another.

Of course, we all do this to some degree; we have our own visions of our favorite heroes. I fall into that trap at times. This of course clashes with the necessities of creativity and a writer trying to leave their stamp on a long legacy. The perfect balance is when we as readers can appreciate the nuances the creative team brings, and the creative team can justify taking the character in this direction with a compelling story.

There is the idea of maintaining the core of the character, but even that is a minefield because everyone perceives different qualities of a character as being “the core.”

Moving on from the pontification: a lot of the political backdrop falls away this issue, and, while that does give more time to explore this new villain, it was the thing the element that stuck with me the most last issue. The personal clashes are mostly absent from the forefront too; there is no butting heads between Batman and Wonder Woman. Superman is completely MIA too. There are some moments where Cyborg and Jessica Cruz show their discontent in minor ways, and those moments were well-constructed.

There is also a scene where there is an explosion in the storeroom of a bar that feels oddly ignored. It doesn’t feel like one of those moments of showing the Justice League’s fallibility; it just feels like out-and-out neglect. There is the argument that the Leaguers present could have tended to it off-panel, but, in a comic about these subject matters, a detail like that should be more explicit than implicit.

Justice League #37 art by Phillipe Briones and Gabe Eltaeb
Justice League #37 art by Phillipe Briones and Gabe Eltaeb

Philippe Briones takes over the art in this issue, and he brings a little more grit and finer detail than Pete Woods did in previous issues to this story. There are times where the faces can look a little off, and there is one panel with the Flash where he has huge Bambi-eyes. However, the overall comic does look really good. Gabe Eltaeb maintains a good balance of color, and it is quite striking at times.

Priest, Briones, and Eltaeb bring another powerful issue of Justice League that leaves me thinking and with a lot to talk about. All the while, the creative team still manages to keep its characters straight and well-represented. The art is strong. The overall book leaves an impact. I’m left really looking forward to where it goes from here. I highly recommend this issue. Give it a read.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: Hot Toys’ New Superman Figure Offers A Seriously Intense Take On The Man Of Steel

Hot Toys has released a full batch of teaser images for the new Superman action figure, and it's certainly a far more intense depiction of The Man of Steel than the one we saw in the Justice League movie.

COMICS: THANOS #15 Visits A Future Where A Kingly Mad Titan Keeps The Hulk As A Leashed Pet

A cosmic Ghost Rider, a pad-trained Hulk and a universe that's been thoroughly conquered by the Mad Titan. In Thanos #15, the only thing the ungodly deviant has to fear is a trip from his younger self.

Phantom Thread: Vicky Krieps On Playing A Strong-Willed Woman

Phantom Thread is one of Daniel Day-Lewis’ finest and last performance of his acting career.

Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.

LRM sat down with actress Vicky Krieps for an extensive interview on her role, her character and her favorite dress in the film.

The film is currently playing nationwide in theaters.

Watch our sit-down interview above.

Source: Exclusive to LRM

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY – How Can The Film’s First Trailer Win Over Fans?

We're less than four months away from another Star Wars film, but have barely seen any official marketing materials so far. How can the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story make a big splash? Read on!

INHUMANS: It Appears As Though ABC Has Quietly Cancelled The Poorly Received Marvel Series

While we await official word from ABC, it appears their press site has inadvertently revealed the fate of Inhumans and as expected, it looks like they may have opted to cancel the poorly received series.

Hyundai Veloster Lands Key Role in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hyundai Veloster isn’t the acting pseudonym of Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski. It’s actually the name of a car. And that car has been cast in a major role in the upcoming blockbuster movie from Marvel Studios, Ant-Man and the Wasp.

“Fans of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man will soon be introduced to the stylish design and exceptional performance capabilities of the all-new Hyundai Veloster as it will play a significant role in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp,” reveals a press release. “Teaming up with this major franchise is part of a global marketing initiative to launch the newly redesigned sporty coupe while increasing Hyundai’s brand awareness with Marvel fans around the world.”

Not much is known about Veloster’s role in the movie aside from its importance, except that it will be “used on screen in a hot pursuit” and that the role will “showcases the Veloster’s capabilities in serving as the ultimate escape vehicle as the tailing cars can’t handle the speed and handling of the Veloster — no matter its size.”

Credit: Hyundai Motor America

Acting can be a tough career for automobiles. For every success story like James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 or Chevy Chase, there are dozens of cars which are featured in a single film and never receive another job in Hollywood, except for decades later as extras in period pieces. Thanks to the constantly evolving nature of car technology, last year’s models rarely have opportunities to star in new films.

“P-p-pt-pt-pt I haven’t pt-pt-pt I haven’t had a paying job in over 30 years pt-pt-pt-pt-pt-pt,” explained Speed Buggy, the star of his own animated series in 1973 that ran in syndication for nearly a decade.

Still, for an up-and-coming auto about to star in its first feature film, the future is still full of possibility for Hyundai Veloster.

“This film is a roller coaster ride from start to finish that will encourage viewers to see their worlds through a more adventurous, action-packed lens,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s SVP of Global Partnerships & Marketing, in the press release. “The Veloster totally exemplifies the energetic, no-holds-barred attitude that accompanies this franchise, and we’re going to have a lot of fun working with Hyundai to see how we can share that mindset with fans all around the world.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall ParkMichelle PfeifferLaurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas, and Hyundai Veloster. The movie hits theaters on July 6th.

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Will Daniel Bryan Return to the Ring at WWE’s Royal Rumble?

WWE is not planning to have Daniel Bryan enter the Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 28th, according to a report from Cageside Seats. Bryan, who retired from in-ring competition in 2016 due to concussions, has frequently threatened to get back in the ring, inside WWE or out. Bryan insists that multiple experts have cleared him for competition, but WWE’s doctors, skittish about the prospects of Bryan permanently injuring himself in the WWE ring, refuse to clear him. Bryan has been serving in an on-screen role as General Manager of SmackDown Live.

With the Royal Rumble one week away, WWE reportedly has no plans to have Bryan enter the match, but that hasn’t stopped people from betting money on him to win, at one point making Bryan the third favorite wrestler to win the match. But people placing money on Bryan to win the Royal Rumble are working themselves into a shoot, brother. Furthermore, they’re creating an unfortunate situation for WWE, because any Royal Rumble that fans expect Bryan to be in and that Bryan doesn’t win has historically resulted in tremendous boos for the eventual winner, which has previously scuttled the comeback of Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista and contributed to years worth of fan hatred for Roman Reigns.

Though Bryan isn’t expected to return at the Royal Rumble, that doesn’t mean he’ll never wrestle in WWE again. All storytelling logic seems to suggest that WWE is building toward a WrestleMania match between Bryan and SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon, as the two have been at odds in their decisions while running the weekly show. WWE could agree to allow Bryan to wrestle occasional matches as a special attraction in an attempt to prevent him from signing with a competing wrestling company when his WWE contract is up.

However, to have Bryan enter the Royal Rumble without any intention of having him win the match, which WWE surely is not planning, would be a huge mistake that causes fans to turn on the match. It would be a colossally stupid choice with no benefit for anyone that would piss off fans and negatively affect the careers of WWE’s current superstars. WWE would never make such a bone-headed decision against their own interes… oh crap, he is gonna be in the Royal Rumble, isn’t he?

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Sasha Banks is the Greatest Women’s Wrestler Ever, Says Sasha Banks

WWE Superstar Sasha Banks has revealed who she thinks is the best woman to ever step foot in the squared circle: Sasha Banks. Banks named herself as the greatest of all time during an interview with Sky Sports.

“I am the greatest women’s wrestler ever,” Banks declared, placing herself above not only contemporaries like Charlotte Flair, Asuka, and Alexa Bliss, but also above past WWE greats like Trish Stratus and Lita, legends like Mae Young, and international stars from the past and present. Banks didn’t explain why she feels the greatest female wrestler to ever live, but when you’re the GOAT, do you really need to explain yourself?

Banks did say that she intends to prove her claim in what she’s expecting to be a long WWE career.

“I want to show the world that,” Banks said. “I’m in no rush for it. I plan on being in WWE for a long time and that’s something we can pick up at any time.”

Banks was talking about a potential reignition of her feud with Bayley, of which she also said, “That rivalry with Bayley is something I would love to pick back up because she has my number and that annoys me.”

Banks also said that WWE might as well launch a women’s tag team division since the company doesn’t seem to know what to do with the women’s division other than constantly pitting them in tag team matchups against each other.

“We have tag matches all the time, every single week, so I say why not get a championship involved in that?” Banks suggested. She didn’t mention whether it would be a three-woman or four-woman championship, as WWE seems to be fond of six-women and eight-women matches.

“I think we have enough women on the roster now to actually have a women’s tag division,” Banks elaborated. “We’ve been given multiple storylines but at the same time, it’s very hard to accomplish something if you’re not actually fighting for anything. Only one woman can go after the women’s championship and I think if we had tag team championships we’d be able to create way more interesting storylines.”

In addition to being the greatest female wrestler of all time, Sasha Banks is apparently extremely optimistic about the capabilities of the WWE creative staff.

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’s Rian Johnson Offers A Brilliant Response To Two Of The Most Controversial Moments

Director Rian Johnson brilliantly defends a major controversial moment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi without using a single word of his own. He then defends another decision he made, if not quite so subtly.

Reed Morano Could Be Star Wars’s First Female Director

Reed Morano
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The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano could become the first woman to direct a Star Wars movie. According to a tease in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Morano had a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy about an unnamed project, sparked by Kennedy’s appreciation for Morano’s work on the Hulu series. However, Morano joked that Kennedy probably thought Morano was a man when she invited her to the meeting.

“I guess she was watching with her daughter and then called people and was like, ‘Who’s this Reed person?’ She probably thought I was a guy because of my name,” said Morano. “She’s amazing. We’re talking about adventure movies, and I’m not even remembering that she produced Goonies. Any movie that I put my finger on that I loved when I was growing up was a movie that she produced. Anyway, it was a great meeting. Obviously, I can’t say anything about what else we were talking about.”

There have been 10 theatrical releases in the Star Wars universe so far, Solo: A Star Wars Story set to come out this year, Episode IX set for 2019, an entire new trilogy to be directed by Rian Johnson, and others rumored or in development, but so far, all have been or will be directed by men. Morano didn’t reveal whether anything came of the meeting, but if something does come of it, Morano could end up being the first woman to direct a Star Wars movie. While it seems somewhat spurious to congratulate Lucasfilm on a milestone they should have achieved a long time ago, hey, better late than never, we guess.

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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Might Have Paul Bettany In Their Vision For S3

While yes, I’m still struggling to wrap my head around the choice to completely recast the absolutely fabulous award-winning ensemble from Netflix’s The Crown for season 3, some of the names being mentioned are pretty good.

It was announced earlier this year that Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter will be taking over the role of Princess Margaret from the amazing  Vanessa Kirby.  Which is amusing because the Oscar nomination for Carter was for playing Princess Margaret’s mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2010’s The King’s Speech.

Olivia Coleman will be taking over the role of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from Golden Globe winning actress Claire Foy, who has inhabited the monarch admirably.  Foy is mostly what sold me on the series, within the first episode of the first season, I knew it was something special, and her performance into season 2 continued to be masterful.

Paul Bettany at the Los Angeles premiere of “Mortdecai” held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, USA on January 21, 2015.
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The chatter today  (at least from Variety) is that Paul Bettany, our favorite sports announcer (Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale) and pink Avenger, may be on board to take over the role of Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh  from Matt Smith.  The Daily Mail says  executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie have met with Bettany’s reps in Hollywood to talk about him joining the series.

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 16, 2017: Matt Smith at the BAFTA Los Angeles BBC America TV Tea Party 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
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Smith told Seth Meyers on a recent visit to the late night talk show, that he thinks he knows who’s taking on his role. “I don’t want to speculate too much, but yeah, no, he’s brilliant, if it’s the person I think it might be,” he said. “And he’s incredibly handsome as well. I’ve morphed into someone far better looking than I.”

The Mail goes on to say that The Crown execs and casting director are in the process of finding the right set of folks to play adult Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Diana Spencer for reportedly the next 20 episodes of the series (we’re thinking that means 2 seasons) to portray the courtship and eventual wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The Crown s3 hasn’t been officially ordered by Netflix yet, but the production company (obviously)  is moving full steam ahead on plans for it and season 4.  Theoretically we wouldn’t be seeing s3 until sometime in 2019, if not later. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now on Netflix.

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Black Lightning Explained

We break down everything you need to know about The CW's newest superhero.

10 Times Hollywood Totally Changed Famous Comic Book Stories

From Age of Ultron to Days of Future Past to BvS and more, it turns out movies have a hard time adapting the storylines they’re named after.

With No Snyder Cut, Star Wars: The Last Jedi to End Up with Disappointing $1.3 Billion Box Office

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the most successful movie at the box office in 2017, the second-highest grossing Star Wars movie ever, and will likely end up as the 9th highest-grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office. And when the dust settles, it could be considered an absolute failure.

A new report from Forbes estimates that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will end its theatrical run with just $1.3 billion at the global box office, down $300 million from early projections of $1.6 billion, and below Forbes reporter Mark Hughes‘s own $1.4 billion projection. Largely, The Last Jedi’s box office failure can be attributed to its bombing in China, where the movie failed to take the top spot in its opening weekend against the second week of The Ex-File 3: Return of the Exes, and where over 90% of theaters dropped the movie in its second weekend. The Last Jedi’s international appeal was so damaged that it even cause faith in U.S. leadership to dip around the globe.

Without a strong China total, Star Wars: The Last Jedi underperformed at the international box office. And though it was successful domestically, it might have been more so if the movie didn’t prove controversial with fans, becoming a battlefield in the war between critics and disgruntled fans illustrated by the huge disparity between the critics and audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes. In a way, backlash against The Last Jedi was revenge for critical panning of Justice League a month prior. Though The Last Jedi easily surpassed Justice League‘s box office take, tensions between critics and DCEU fans likely did boil over into The Last Jedi’s reception.

With The Last Jedi winding down its theatrical run, there isn’t much that can be done to boost its total. Except for one thing: Disney could release the Zack Snyder cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, reinvigorating its box office run and propelling it to another billion dollars in revenue or more.

Hear us out.

Yes, Zack Snyder had nothing to do with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so there’s no footage directed by Zack Snyder to use in a Snyder cut. However, the lack of existing footage that could be used in a Snyder Cut has had no bearing on the demand for a Snyder Cut of Justice League. If Warner Bros. wanted to release a Snyder Cut of that film, millions of dollars would need to be spent adding special effects to discarded footage. Would it be that much more unreasonable to suggest that Zack Snyder could team up with Disney and the cast of The Last Jedi to reshoot most of the movie making a Snyder Cut possible?

We would argue that, in the grand scheme of things, a Zack Snyder cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is equally as realistic as a Snyder Cut of Justice League. Furthermore, if Disney were to release the Last Jedi Snyder Cut, it would mark a huge coup over rival Warner Bros., siphoning not only more dollars from disgruntled Star Wars fans, but from disgruntled DCEU fans as well. Finally, releasing the Zack Snyder cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi could heal the rift between fans and critics, bring peace to the moviegoing community.

You’re probably thinking that this article is completely ridiculous, but if you think about it, the Snyder Cut isn’t really a collection of movie footage directed by Zack Snyder anyone. The Zack Snyder cut is a state of mind, and what franchise would be better than one which focuses on using one’s mind to harness a mysterious Force present in all things? All those years ago, when Obi-Wan Kenobi told Luke Skywalker, “use the force, Luke,” he was essentially saying, “Luke, release the Snyder Cut.”

What’s at stake here isn’t just the box office status of the eighth installment of a blockbuster franchise. What’s at stake the heart and souls of all movies and their audiences. And so, we invite all of you to join with us in demanding: release the Snyder Cut, Disney — you’re our only hope.

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Fox Orders Comedy Pilots ‘Our People’ and ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’

While the final details on the proposed Disney-21st Century Fox deal are still being finalized, Fox is moving head on the programming front and ordering three pilots: two comedies and a drama. The three 20th Century Fox TV projects include: Our People, a comedy from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran; Rel, a comedy starring Lil Rey Howery and executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael; and musical drama Mixtape, from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran. For Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn, this will mark the first official pilot order of the season.

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Lee Daniels. Credit: DFree / Shutterstock.com

Based on the Israeli series Nevsu: A Young Multicultural Couple, here’s the synopsis for Our People:

In Our People, written by Chandrasekaran, a man from a bombastic African family who doesn’t have a word in their native language for “privacy” and his fiancée from a mid-western family try to build a normal life together. Though nobody can agree what that “normal” means.

Daniels executive produces via Lee Daniels Entertainment alongside Chandrasekaran; Pam Williams; Marc Velez; the original series’ creators Yossi Vassa, Shai Ben-Atar and Liat Shavit; and Endemol Shine Israel in association with Endemol Shine North America.

Jerrod Carmichael
Jerrod Carmichael. Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

Executive produced by Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) and Mike Scully and starring Lil Rey Howery, here’s the synopsis for Rel:

Written/executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Howery, Rel centers on Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come,” finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the West Side of Chicago who’s on a quest for love, respect and a new barber.

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Credit: ABC

Marking its first broadcast pilot order, here’s the synopsis for Annapurna Television’s  Mixtape:

Written by Safran, Mixtape, from Annapurna Television. is a romantic musical drama that looks at a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are. Mixtape captures the different stages of love, exploring if time can heal a broken heart and if love can withstand life’s tragedies.

Quantico creator Safran executive produces with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle. Ali Krug is co-executive producer.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Daily Deals: PS4 Pro Battlefront, Detective Pikachu 2DS XL and Super-Sized amiibo

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Wednesday Winner: Avengers #676

It is nice to walk into your local comic shop and pick up your new books on Wednesday. It is even better when the books are selling for several times cover price in the next couple of hours. Avengers #676 is one of those books.

Avengers #676 is currently selling in the $13-$15 range, it was selling for around $25 yesterday. The new character Voyager makes an appearance in the book.

She previously appeared on the Avengers #675 McKone Variant, Avengers #675 Party Variant and Avengers #675 Party Sketch Variant. She also appears in statue form on the Alex Ross 1:100 Variant.

Jim Sub will be in town next week signing and I have 10 copies waiting for him.

Danny McBride Is The Son Of Crocodile Dundee

Let the revivals continue. This time in the form of the classic 80s movie, Crocodile Dundee. A teaser trailer for a new project titled, Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home. The project has actor Danny McBride in the role of the Crocodile Dundee’s American son. An official synopsis from the project’s website can be found below:

“Crocodile Dundee is back. Well, actually, he’s missing in the Outback. And the only person who might be able to find him is the loudmouthed American son no one knew he had. Introducing Danny McBride as Brian Dundee. This son of a legend is forced to channel his Aussie roots as he embarks on the ultimate adventure in the land down under. It’s time to live up to the family name. Unlike his father, Brian grew up a true city kid. But that won’t stop him from picking up his dad’s oversized knife and launching into the Australian outback, completely unprepared for what lies ahead.”

In a reversal of the original premise, McBride’s city-dwelling character will venture into the outback in search of his father. McBride recently Spoke with People and has no doubts his character can survive in the outback:

“I’m not going to lie to you, to be a real Crocodile Dundee, I think 95% of it is the vest and then 5% is just being able to not fall down and stay on your feet.”

Crocodile Dundee himself, Paul Hogan, also spoke with People and gave some more insight on what the project is about.

“Crocodile Dundee is a film that has stood the test of time. It was a defining moment in my life and one of my proudest accomplishments. Throughout the past few years, I’ve been thinking about how to bring Dundee to a new generation. I’m excited to introduce the new Crocodile Dundee to the world and look forward to sharing more news about those involved very soon.”

I don’t think this is a sequel anyone is asking for, however, I enjoyed the original film as a kid and will probably end up watching this, if for nothing else than some nostalgia. The project is backed by Rimfire, the same production company that made the first two films, and is set to arrive this summer.

Will you be watching Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: People (via ComingSoon)

GODZILLA Actor Ken Watanabe Joins The Cast Of Live-Action Pokemon Movie DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Godzilla and The Last Samurai actor Ken Watanabe, who was nominated for an Oscar for the latter film, has joined the cast of Detective Pikachu, playing a character created specifically for the movie...

BATMAN’s 10 Greatest Batsuits That Make Even The JUSTICE LEAGUE Obsolete

Over the years, Batman has amassed a large variety of Batsuits to augment his already near-inhuman capabilities. Even men of steel and New Gods exercise caution when Batman starts tinkering in the Batcave.

Could THE HANDMAID’S TALE Director Reed Morano Be In Line To Helm An Upcoming STAR WARS Movie?

Reed Morano has revealed that she met with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about a project that she can't say too much about. It's not too much of a stretch to assume it's something Star Wars related.

READY PLAYER ONE Director Steven Spielberg’s Next Project Could Be The New INDIANA JONES Movie

The Post director Steven Spielberg is a busy man, already setting hits sights on two potential new projects to helm: a new Indiana Jones adventure and a reboot of his "dream project", West Side Story...

Did Amazon Just Spoil Amazing Spider-Man Red Goblin Storyline?

Amazon does a lot of early solicitations for upcoming trade paperbacks. The one for Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide Vol. 9 is particularly telling. This is a spoiler post so only read on if you are interested in finding out how Norman Osborn gains the Red Goblin powers.The US site for Amazon has a completely different description of the story, however, if you go to the UK site you get spoilers. This makes Amazing Spider-Man #797 very interesting as a grab.

From the Amazon.co.uk Solicitation:

Go down Swinging! Norman Osborn has finally found a way to become a Goblin again and is gunning for Spider-Man in the biggest way possible. His new weapon? The Carnage Symbiote! There’s never been a bigger tougher Goblin/Spider-Man story than this! Collecting: Amazing Spider-Man 797-801

Comicbook.com originally reported this yesterday.

Warner Bros.’ DC Films Slate Is A Lot Smaller Than The Internet Would Have You Believe

Over the past twelve months or so, we've heard about a lot of upcoming DC Comics movies, including the likes of Black Adam, The Joker, and Deathstroke. Well, it turns out they're not all on the way...

Here’s An Update On Where Things Currently Stand With Warner Bros.’ MAN OF STEEL Sequel

With rumours swirling about the status of Man of Steel 2, a new report claims to shed some light on where things stand and it sounds like an announcement may finally be on the horizon. Check it out...

Doug Liman Talks Jumper Regrets, Hopes To Get It Right With YouTube’s Impulse

Remember a little movie that came out back in 2008 called Jumper? the film featured Star Wars prequel trilogy star and Jamie Bell. It told the story of a guy who had the ability to instantly transport himself places, and while the premise had a whole lot of promise, the movie was pretty hot, wet garbage.

RELATED – Edge Of Tomorrow 2 Could Be Doug Liman’s Next Film

It focused way too much on the less interesting character, and it went on to build up some interesting things that never got explored (and never would, as a sequel is out of the question). Speaking with Screen Rant. Doug Liman discussed his regrets with that film, and went on to say he hopes his new YouTube Red Series, Impulse (which is based on the third book of the same series), can help remedy that mistake.

“I always felt like with Jumper I had a contrarian idea that I started exploring but I just didn’t get it right, and unlike my other films where I maybe don’t get something right but I go back and reshoot and so I get it right, that film just got released. And so I’ve always had to gnawing at me that I want to do a superhero story and I want to get it right. When I had the option to tackle the Jumper sequel, Impulse, I started looking and I said this is my chance to get it right.”

As someone who really wanted to see the concept of a jumper seen on a wider scale, a TV series is the perfect medium for it. Plus, with Liman’s greater experience, I think he can handle the subject matter much better.

Here’s hoping Impulse does it more justice.

Impulse hits YouTube Red this summer.

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

The Final Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer!

Over the last few years, Star Wars Rebels has given us a look at the war just years before the events of A New Hope. And now, it’s all coming to an end. The final trailer for the second half of Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels has arrived and it is, something truly special. You can check out the trailer just above.

Rebels was the fans first taste of Star Wars by Disney. Following the adventures of the crew of the ship Ghost,that includes its Captain Herra Syndulla, a Mandalorian warrior by the name of Sabine Wren, former Lasat Honor Guard Zeb Orrelios (whose appearance draws from some of the original designs for Chewbacca). On the Force side of things, the show features Jedi Knight, Kana Jarrus and his apprentice Ezra Bridger.

RELATED: Star Wars: Lucasfilm Staffing Up For New Animated Series After Star Wars Rebels

That was Emperor Palpatine right? I am pretty sure it was, and he appears to have known about Ezra for some time now and its pretty obvious he wants him for a new apprentice.

Will Palpatine break the rule of two?

Ezra has shown strong force ability throughout the show, some uses, in my opinion, at the very least rival the feats we have seen done by Rey. How will it all end for the crew of the Ghost? It won’t be much longer before we find out, but to be honest I am pretty bummed it is still a month away.

Star Wars Rebels returns February 19.

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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: “The Last Day” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

 

"The Last Day" seemingly answered a lot, but it also sort of created more havoc in its own strange way. Most notably however, the episode provided us with an unexpectedly sweet Melinda May storyline. As we began to see snippets of everyone's time in 2018 and beyond, including the collapse of humanity post-cataclysm and the survival deal with Kree overlords, we learned that May fell into a surprise maternal role with regards to young Robin.

Early on in the episode, May expressed distress over the fact that she couldn't fight or fly - the two skills she possessed that routinely helped keep everyone safe. Her role in all of this, we'd learn, would be key, but not in the way we, or she, would expect. As the one who grew close to Robin, over the years, she became the only one old Robin could confide in before she died. It was a really cool use of May, who hasn't been lacking in fight scenes this year (just wins), and a refreshing exploration of her emotional side. Her romantic interest in Coulson, I feel, was the beginning of this and now her motherly role toward Robin has capped it off nicely.

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Wally West Officially Joins The Cast Of Legends Of Tomorrow As Series Regular

Earlier this week, we reported on actor Brandon Routh basically saying that actor Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally West) would be joining the Legends of Tomorrow on the Waverider in this upcoming half-season of the series.

Now, EW is reporting that Lonsdale has officially joined the cast.

Here is what executive producer Phil Klemmer had to say regarding this new addition to the cast:

“We loved working with Keiynan in our series premiere — the episode in which we learned that in between seasons 2 and 3 he had been fighting crime in Central City with Nick Zano’s Nate Heywood. So when his character stepped away from Flash to go on walkabout, after being dumped and feeling somewhat estranged from his family and team, we knew that Wally West would fit in perfectly on Legends. After all, our show is about a collection of unlikely heroes who all began their journeys questioning who they are and where they belong — only to find those answers while traveling through time and having wacky adventures. So now, Wally West is not only back in the company of old friends from the Arrowverse, he’s fighting alongside a former enemy and career arsonist Mick Rory/Dom Purcell. By the end of this season, Wally will learn that the Legends have a different definition of what it means to be a hero.”

When last we saw Wally, he’d decided to leave Central City. In regards to The Flash, this served two purposes. It served to remedy the overabundance of speedsters in the show, and it served to reduce the budget. However, it would have been disappointing if he’d be gone from the Arrowverse completely, and giving him time on Legends is a good fit.

What do you think of Wally West moving to Legends of Tomorrow? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: EW

The Hunt for Wolverine Begins in April

Wolverine may have returned to life in the pages of Marvel Legacy #1 last year, but readers have yet to learn how the iconic X-Man cheated death or why he's joined the search for the Infinity Stones. Those questions will finally be answered in Hunt for Wolverine #1, a new one-shot comic hitting stores in April.

Fittingly, Hunt for Wolverine #1 will be written by Charles Soule, the man who helped kill Logan in 2014's Death of Wolverine. Soule will be joined by Civil War II artist David Marquez. Death of Wolverine artist Steve McNiven will provide the main cover for this issue, which depicts Logan emerging from the adamantium cocoon that enveloped him in Death of Wolverine #4.

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Revolution Begins In New Promo & Photos For Season 5, Episode 9: “Best Laid Plans”

Next week, with the clock ticking down, Mack, Yo-Yo, and Flint begin a revolution against the Kree! Come check out the new promo and eight new promotional stills from the the next episode now!

AMC Responds to New Walking Dead Lawsuit, “Greed of CAA”

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***UPDATE***  As expected, AMC had something to say about Darabont’s new lawsuit, issuing the following statement through their attorney, Orin Snyder of Gibson:

“At the heart of this lawsuit — and all the litigation related to ‘The Walking Dead’ — is the greed of CAA. Their goal is every dollar for themselves, with total disregard for contracts, clients, fairness or even basic decency. AMC was the only network willing to take a risk on ‘The Walking Dead,’ after many others passed. AMC has been an honest steward of the series and has paid all of its creative partners handsomely and appropriately. This is just another opportunistic lawsuit orchestrated by the most powerful lawyers and Hollywood agents seeking an unjustified windfall and we are confident that it will be defeated in court.”

You can find the original Bleeding Cool post below:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 23, 2004: Frank Darabont at the 10th Anniversary Screening of 'The Shawshank Redemption' held at the AMPAS in Beverly Hills, USA on September 23, 2004.
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Frank Darabont‘s $280 million lawsuit against AMC is not the only one the network will face from The Walking Dead ex-showrunner. Darabont and his agency CAA have filed a new, $10 million lawsuit against the cable network, claiming that new information has come to light that proves he is owed additional monies on top of what his original lawsuit is seeking from AMC.

Petitioning through New York Supreme Court, Darabont continues to allege that he’s entitled to tens of millions in additional compensation, and that he should be given a “most-favored nation” status with respect to how his profit participation is calculated.

But as fallout from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman‘s and other profit participants filing their own lawsuits against AMC came to light, Darabont’s attorneys were made aware of important information that they claim AMC purposefully withheld from them. Kirkman was another producer on the series, and had a profit calculation in his contractual dealings that was based on AMC’s “actual” distribution fee, rather than an “imputed” fee that was applied in Darabont’s case. Since Kirkman received a more generous agreement, Darabont alleges that his contract entitles him to the same treatment.

Credit: Gene Page/AMC

This new lawsuit comes four years after Darabont filed his initial suit against AMC — in this instance, contending that he and CAA were deprived of $280 million by “failing to engage in arm’s length transactions for distribution of the show.” The new lawsuit has them seeking up to an additional $10 million, though the suit is separate from and contingent upon the original one.

In 2010, Darabont helped create AMC’s hugely successful adaptation of Kirkman’s comic book and television franchise and served as series showrunner, only to be fired the following year and replaced with executive producer Glen Mazzara.

Here’s a look at the official lawsuit filed by Darabont and CAA on Thursday through New York State Supreme Court:

Variety

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Disney’s Sword In The Stone Live-Action Remake Adds 28 Weeks Later Director

Disney is definitely not stopping making live-action versions of their animated classics anytime soon. Now, even The Sword in the Stone has a director.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disney is in negotiations with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) to have the director helm the live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone. Byran Cogman, a writer-producer on Game of Thrones wrote the script for the film.

The original film was released in 1963, though I grew up with it on VHS decades later, and was actually the final movie released by Disney before Walt Disney’s death. Based loosely on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, it follows a young Arthur before he is king, being groomed by Merlin so he can take his rightful place as King by pulling a sword from a stone.

Even though King Arthur: Legend of the Sword under-performed for Warner Bros. last summer, Disney actually has two Arthurian projects in development, The Sword in the Stone and The Merlin Saga; the latter may be directed by Ridley Scott.

Are you excited for the live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone? Which live-action Disney remake are you looking forward to, or dreading the most? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

Untitled MIB Spinoff Shifts Release Date

I bet you forgot Sony had even announced a Men In Black spinoff. I know I did, and I wrote the original story covering that here at LRM!

First, a refresher. Men In Black Untitled was originally fast-tracked from a script by Matt Hollowat and Art Marcum (Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight). It has been described as a more worldwide adventure, with the new agents introduced chasing aliens across the globe, not just the East Coast of the United States.

RELATED: Men In Black Spinoff Gets A 2019 Release Date & Iron Man Writers

Originally announced for a May 17, 2019 release date, the film was been pushed back to June 14, 2019. John Wick: Chapter Three already occupies the May 17 release date, though the move pits Men In Black Untitled against the Shaft remake.

Such release date shifts are incredibly common this far out from a movie’s release, whereas the New Mutants and Deadpool moves made last week were far more shocking, as New Mutants was just two months from release and Deadpool moved to a seemingly more dangerous weekend.

Are you interested in this Men In Black spinoff or are you over the franchise? Which would you rather see on June 14, 2019, MIB or Shaft? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

Star Wars: Rian Johnson Fans Angry Flames With Obscure Book Reference [SPOILERS]

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Ask any Star Wars: The Last Jedi hater, and they can come up with a laundry list of problems they had with the movie. Among those many problems, you can list the porgs, Canto Bight, everything to do with Snoke, and Luke’s Force abilities.

If you’ll recall, in the climax of the film, we saw him taking on Kylo Ren on the planet of Crait, only for it to be revealed that Luke wasn’t there at all. It turns out that he’d been on Ach-To the entire time, projecting his likeness onto the planet. Many fans took umbrage with this, calling it absolute BS, and in response to this hate, Johnson posted these series of tweets.

In the tweets, we see Johnson walking up to a bookshelf, pulling out the 2010 book The Jedi Path, flipping to the “Advanced Force Techniques” section, and reviewing a familiar-sounding ability of the Force.

Of course, in the time since this publication, this book has been rendered obsolete by Disney, but this is another instance of current canon (in this case, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pulling bits and pieces from former canon.

Now, the real question is whether or not this holds any water for Jedi projecting themselves planets away. It’s there that fans will now take joy in poking this series of tweets apart.

What did you think of those Force projection scenes? Let us know in the comments down below!

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J.H. Williams III Aghast DC Would Bring Promethea Into The DC Universe

J.H. Williams III Aghast DC Would Bring Promethea Into The DC Universe

I hope no one tells him what happened with Watchmen.

Source: Twitter

J. H. Williams III is a legendary artist having worked on titles which include BatmanBatman, and Seven Soldiers of Victory. While he's worked for various publishers over his career, the bulk of his work has been done at DC. He also happens to be the co-creator of Promethea alongside Alan Moore at Wildstorm. When Moore and DC are mentioned in the same breath, nothing good can normally be said.

Promethea was created as work-for-hire, so when DC bought Wildstorm they gained the rights to those characters. We all know DC loves the rights to characters created by Moore. Recently, it was announced that Justice League of America was extending its Grand Fables storyline by an issue. The variant cover of which, by Doug Mahnke, features Promethea. 

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The announcement took Williams by surprise, so he took to Twitter to condemn the project.

 

Williams doesn't have the best history with DC either since he and W. Haden Blackman walked off Batwoman in 2013 due to editorial interference. 

Expect Promethea to make her DC Universe debut in next week's Justice League of America #23.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #23
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Neil Edwards, Daniel Henriques (CA) Terry Dodson
"QUEEN OF FABLES" part two! The Queen of Fables has begun granting the wishes of everyone across the globe, and with each wish granted, her powers grow greater. The Justice League has to police people's dangerous wishes while one of their own, Killer Frost, has her greatest wish granted by the Queen...
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MoviePass Getting Into Film Financing

MoviePass, the company that has, over the last year, provided moviegoers with an amazing deal at the theaters, is now getting involved with actually financing films. The company made the announcement at The Sundance Film Festival during a presentation.

Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass said:

“We’ve experienced enormous success bringing people back into the theaters since our launch in August and with an influx of business from distributors, have proven the impact of our marketing over and over again, giving them an incremental lift in ticket sales. Given the successes we have demonstrated for our distributor partners in ensuring strong box office in the theatrical window, it’s only natural for us to double down and want to play alongside them – and share in the upside.”

RELATED: MoviePass Breaks 1.5 Million Subscribers!

Over the last year, MoviePass has made its presence known in the world of cinema, specifically at the box-office, much to the dismay of theater companies, who feel MoviePass may severely hurt their profits. This new venture by the young company will help to bring audiences more films says Ted Farnsworth, CEO of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (parent company to MoviePass).

“We aren’t here at Sundance to compete with distributors, but rather to put skin in the game alongside them and to bring great films to the big screen across the country for our subscribers. We’re open for business. We’re here at Sundance – and SXSW is next.”

While MoviePass’s monthly club is still not well liked within the theater chain community, this new venture will likely be less frowned upon, as it seems the company simply wants to help in bringing more content to their already existing customer base.

Offering an incredible deal, MoviePass is now down to just about $10 per month, and for that you can see a movie a day in theaters (that is a hard deal to beat — PS, this is not a paid ad).

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: Deadline

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Sequel Reportedly Casting A New “Femme Fatale” Female Lead

We recently found out that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 might be introducing a European take on Gwen Stacy, but a new report may suggest that the sequel will be taking even more liberties with the character.

Web Arted #292

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Paape, Hubinon, Reding, Giraud, Chéret.

Review | Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole By Charles Burns

Charles Burns’s graphic novel Black Hole is one of the medium’s most iconic works of the 21st century, a towering achievement by a master cartoonist, and perennial classic some 15 years after its initial release. Set in suburban Seattle during the mid-1970s, it’s the story of a strange plague that has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted […]

Comic Culture January 17th 2018

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk the comic book talk. So kick back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by Chris Owen. Enjoy Comic […]

Undervalued Spotlight #377

More Fun Comics #104, DC Comics, July/August 1945. I’ve started to focus my comic buying more towards covers. We’ve discussed the power of covers often on this site and I think cover appeal has a bright future in comic collecting. CBD contributor and good pal Mike Huddleston was over the other day, we talked about […]

Drunk on Comics Podcast 298: Who The Heck Is That?!

Drunk on Comics Podcast 298: Who The Heck Is That?! Linz and Tony are back this week with a ton of reviews and nerdy news! Books covered this week were: Old Man Hawkeye #1 (Marvel) Avengers #625 (Marvel) Gwenpool The … Continue reading

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Web Arted #291

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Funken, Hergé, Graton, Franquin, Giraud.

Review | Undertaker V2: The Dance of the Vultures

Undertaker Jonas Crow, along with the English governess Rose and her Chinese maid Lin, have to get the gold-filled corps of old Mr. Cusco back to the mining vein they call ‘Red Chance’. They have three days. Three days, a hearse, 50 miles ahead of them, and an entire town of discontented miners to deal […]

Undervalued Spotlight #376

Fantastic Four #8, Marvel Comics, November 1962. I just picked up a nice run of early Fantastic Four. I was showing off the pile to my pal Mike and our reactions to each issue was telling. Awe and reverence to #1, #2 we both agreed is carrying more weight these days while #3 we both […]

Drunk on Comics Podcast 297: At Least I’m Not Derek Old

Drunk on Comics Podcast 297: At Least I’m Not Derek Old Tony got older this week…which lead to some realizations about about his life.  But don’t worry, we do not get overly insightful (mainly Tony just realizes that he is … Continue reading

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Fantastic Four #12-21

We’ll start 2018 off with another segment of Jack Kirby/Stan Lee’s terrific run of Fantastic Four #1-67. Although I have always personally thought “peak time” for this run was #44-60, you can make a pretty good case for the ten-issue run we are looking at today to be in the same class. All of the […]

Web Arted #290

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Miller, Adams, Messmer, Kubert, Lee, Williams, Palmer, Weiss.

Review | Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition

The Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition collects some of the best work from the artist’s DC Comics years: Covers, splashes, and interior pages, as well as some rare and never-before-seen art. Included are many covers, including House of Secrets #92 (the first appearance of Swamp Thing) and Swamp Thing #1, all scanned from the actual original […]

Comic Culture January 3rd 2018

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija ring in the new year with some comic talk. So sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by […]

Undervalued Spotlight #375

Marvel Comics Super Special #1, Marvel Comics, September 1977. Happy New Year, this year may all my Spotlight picks be loved by everyone! I was talking rock and roll with my pal Jay recently and he being a huge Kiss fan mentioned their new “Vault” box set that sells for a tidy $2,000. The set […]

Drunk on Comics Podcast 296: A Year That Was

Drunk on Comics Podcast 296: A Year That Was Linz and Tony reminisced about 2017.  There were a lot of great comic books as well as a plethora of other media that has come out this past year.  While the … Continue reading

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When Giants Walked The Earth!

Well I am taking the lazy way out for the first post of 2018. I came across this fabulous 1994 Documentary of our fabulous hobby. So many of the greats have left us. Here, through the miracle of YouTube is a piece of history well worth the hour spent watching this. Once again, Giants Walk […]

Web Arted #289

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Toth, Raymond, Eisner, Wrightson, Mignola.

Review | P. Craig Russell’s Strange Dreams Artist’s Edition

This gorgeous 12″ x 17″,  Artist’s Edition features two classic stories by master artist P. Craig Russell. The first is the final Killraven collaboration between Russell and McGregor in Marvel Graphic Novel #7, followed by Russell’s Doctor Strange: What is it That Disturbs You, Stephen? Both stories are complete and stand-alone adventures, and delicately delineated in Russell’s lovely […]

Undervalued Spotlight #374

Archie’s Christmas Stocking #2, Archie Comics, 1994. A thousand pardons for mis-timing this one, I could have sworn Christmas fell on a Tuesday and incorrectly lined this one up date wise.  Good thing that tis the season for forgiveness. The spirit of the season is still with us so I present you with this year’s […]

Drunk on Comics Podcast 295: Intro Plan #B

Drunk on Comics Podcast 295: Intro Plan #B After a week of both Linz and Tony being sick, the duo is back for another week of Drunk on Comics.   Although Tony wanted to do an entire show themed around Christmas, … Continue reading

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Web Arted #288

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Outcault, Miller, Janson, Oliff, Adams, Fine, Byrne.

Review | Comanche V.1: Red Dust

A lone cowboy rides into town and all hell breaks loose… Sound familiar? Here is yet another take on the beloved Wild West trope, complete with corrupt law enforcement officers, a town drunk, guns for hire, a brave young woman trying to hold on to her failing ranch, vicious people with wealth and power trying […]

Undervalued Spotlight #373

Mad #1, EC Comics, Oct/Nov 1952. Last week I was offered a mid-grade copy of Mad #1 and I turned it down. In my judgement the book was flat, I thought I’d have trouble selling it, I couldn’t remember the last time someone asked me to hunt one of those down. The book has been […]

A Drunk on Comics Sick Day

Linz and Tony were both sick this weekend, so they were unable to get anything recorded this week.  But don’t be sad!  Check out one of our past episodes, hand picked by Linz herself for your enjoyment! Episode 174 was … Continue reading

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Pencils with the King!

I have been working up for this, my last column of 2017 for the whole year. The idea came to mind as many do, completely by accident. Every once in awhile a Silver age page of Jack Kirby pencils makes its way onto my computer via Facebook or some website or another, and I started to save […]

Web Arted #287

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Messmer, Kaluta, Wrightson, Adams, Wood.

Comic Culture December 13th 2017

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk comics. So just sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by Chris Owen. Enjoy Comic Culture’s December […]
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