Live and Let Die

Continuing the review of my DC Comics “New 52” experience: all the comics that I couldn’t be bothered to read and then some that I did. PART TWO of TWO: While looking at all the initial comics from the New52 launch, I still can’t ...

All-New Wolverine #27 Review: Slowest Issue In Some Time

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Writer: Tom Taylor, Artist: Juann Cabal, Color Artist: Nolan Woodard, Letters: VC's Cory Petit, Cover by: Terry and Rachel Dodson, Recap Page Art: Leonard Kirk, Jesus Aburtov, Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino, Editor: Mark Paniccia, Assistant Editor: Christina Harrington, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Daken and Wolverine return to Debbie and Megan’s house. Daken is hurt and still missing his arm, but he can explain to everyone what he learned about the Orphans of X and their intentions.

He also warns Laura and the rest of their plans to recover the Muramasa Blade. Wolverine had sent Captain Marvel to recover and destroy the remains of the sword, but the Orphans are in pursuit.

All-New Wolverine #27 cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson
All-New Wolverine #27 cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson

There’s a big reveal between those two paragraphs, but I actually won’t spoil that one here. I will say it is the emotional height of the comic and the only point where it’s really gripping. However, even this happens far too early in the “Orphans of X” story arc.

Beyond that, this comic is painfully thin on story, progression, action, and character.

Where the last issue had developments and excitement, this one kind of meanders around as Daken reveals things to Laura and company which we already knew. The Orphans are coming after her, want the Muramasa Blade, have a vendetta against Wolverines. That part is more specified here than in the past, but you could assume it was either that or mutants in general. Even making it mutants would be better than specifically Wolverine’s kin. Yeah, that kind of makes them a different flavor of the Purifiers, but you could still play with the concept a bit to keep this feeling fresh.

There’s not much more to say about the story. It does come to life a little again in the ending with Captain Marvel and the Blade, but it’s too little and clearly speeding towards a cliffhanger, making it a bit bothersome.

All-New Wolverine #27 art by Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard
All-New Wolverine #27 art by Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard

Juann Cabal’s artwork still holds up for the vast majority of the comic. There are some panels where his lightly detailed and stark environments make a scene feel too sterile. However, it works beyond that, and the aforementioned intense scene which I omit is done well. Nolan Woodard gives said scene a heavy red tint to add to the atmosphere. The two do a solid job overall.

Though I suspect next issue will be a better read, All-New Wolverine #27 was a bit of a letdown. Little in the way of plot progression or excitement result in a rather dull read which the decent artwork can’t save. I’ve liked the series for the most part, but this issue leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t quite recommend this one. Give it a pass and come back next issue.

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Captain Marvel #126 Review: In A Mirror, Slightly Tinted Grey

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Writer: Margaret Stohl, Artist: Michele Bandini, Color Artist: Erick Arciniega, Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna, Cover by: Phil Noto, Designer: Anthony Gambino, Editors: Sana Amanat, Mark Basso, Sarah Brunstad, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The NASA shuttle containing Captain Marvel’s Alpha Flight crew just disappeared before her, leaving no trace. She finds a mysterious station with the Alpha Flight insignia, but, upon going inside, she finds a slightly different Puck, Sasquatch, and Wendy. They also call their crew Zeta Flight. They soon find themselves under attack.

On a distant planet, Eve and Mim are searching for an artifact.

Captain Marvel #126 cover by Phil Noto
Captain Marvel #126 cover by Phil Noto

As you guessed, this is another mirror universe adventure. Funnily enough, Captain Marvel herself discovers that fact quickly without any major shock. Thus, is the life of a Marvel superhero, I suppose.

The Zeta Flight crew are slight inverses of their Alpha Flight counterparts. Puck is more timid, Sasquatch more talkative, and Wendy comfortable in action.

Zeta Flight also frequently reference some big score they’ve been planning, implying they are thieves and/or pirates. Their attacker, upon confronting them, also goes on about the score and implies that Captain Marvel will betray them.

Usually, in mirror universe stories, there is some sort of dramatic inversion of the characters we know and love. Otherwise, there is some sort of seemingly small yet somehow incredibly significant difference causing the major alterations to the universe. If there is one here, this issue does not reveal it. Zeta Flight is no polar opposite of Alpha Flight. In fact, they kind of resemble the modern Guardians of the Galaxy. They’re swashbuckling space-thieves with trust issues.

(spoiler) The most significant difference is that Black Widow is alive, calling herself the Widower (clever, actually), and is the one attacking Zeta Flight. That heart-wrenching change will be somewhat undercut if Winter Soldier and Hawkeye find her in the upcoming Tales to Astonish miniseries (Bucky and Clint? you bet your ass I’m reviewing that). The reunion isn’t too dramatic, as Widow spends most of her time declaring how much of a scumbag this version of Carol is while the Captain stands in shock.

Captain Marvel #126 art by Michele Bandini and Erick Arciniega
Captain Marvel #126 art by Michele Bandini and Erick Arciniega

Michele Bandini’s art is really good in this issue. His work is usually solid, but it especially impressed in #126. The characters and details are well-defined, Captain Marvel and the Widower look awesome. The only thing that kept throwing me is that I couldn’t tell if Sasquatch had a bald spot or blond highlights. That’s not that big a deal, because either answer is funny. Erick Arciniega’s color work is bright and dazzling, and the whole comic really shines aesthetically this time around.

Captain Marvel #126 is a decent read. The premise is interesting. Nothing especially exciting or dramatic happens. We get to see Carol shoot down some ships, but we get that one fairly often anyway. If you’re a Captain Marvel fan like me, you will probably get something out of it. Otherwise, it’ll probably just give you some mild entertainment. I do recommend it, but not strongly.

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Marvel Legacy Thanos #13 Review: Thanos Gets His Groove Back

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Writer: Donny Cates, Artist: Geoff Shaw, Color Artist: Antonio Fabela, Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela, Variant Covers by: Rafael Albuquerque, Jacen Burrows, Marcio Menyz, and John Tyler Christopher, Editor: Jordan D. White, Assistant Editors: Allison Stock, Annalise Bissa, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Thanos has landed upon Chitauri Prime, seeking a new victory and new subjects after a series of disappointments. He wins with ease, and the Chitauri now kneel to him and him alone. However, there is fire in the sky, and it’s burning the Chitauri warships which now serve Thanos. Who is this fire, and why has it come here now?

Thanos #13 cover by Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela
Thanos #13 cover by Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela

It’s a pleasure to read about Thanos, the Mad Titan. He has baked-in complexities and quirks which make him one of the more compelling rogues to have ever been created by the Big Two. Plus, he is the ultimate evil in Marvel comics, and it’s often fun to dive into the depths of depravity, destruction, and despotism.

It also allows you to see him win every once in a while, and that win can stick, such as his conquering of the Chitauri in this issue. You can be told of the terrifying monster as many times as Jim Starlin can manage, but it helps to actually see him commit a massacre and rule a new people too.

That is the pleasure of Jeff Lemire’s Thanos, and now Donny Cates has some big shoe to fill. I’m not just talking about the Titan’s massive gold-and-blue boots either.

And he has certainly brought some intrigue in this issue. The story is called “Thanos Wins,” as you can see from the cover. The arc aims to show us how and when the Mad Titan wins, even going so far as providing an introduction narrative which states how most beings in the universe see Thanos’ victory as an inevitability.

That narration is worth mentioning for another reason too. I mentioned Starlin earlier because he penned many of the Thanos-centric stories over the years, having him square off with the likes of Adam Warlock and Captain Mar-Vell many a time over the decades. Starlin is often quite wordy with his narration, and he often uses something of a conversational tone while still sounding authoritative with his diction. Donny Cates draws upon that here, and his narration feels quite similar. I like it. It’s fitting of the title character, and it’s not often done. Though Cates isn’t nearly as wordy as Starlin, which is a positive. Reading Starlin, as much as I like him as a writer, can oftentimes feel like a marathon.

Cates also creates a very unique and memorable environment with Chitauri Prime. There are ice blood flakes coating the atmosphere due to the constant gladiatorial duels and subzero temperatures. When the fire in the sky begins to intensify, the flakes turn into blood rain. I mean, holy crap, that is really freaking metal.

Thanos #13 art by Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela
Thanos #13 art by Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela

Geoff Shaw’s artwork brings us a menacing and towering Thanos. He looks like the walking apocalypse which he is. The world of Chitauri Prime is dark and menacing, and it really doesn’t miss a beat from the art of Mike Deodato Jr. and German Peralta in the earlier issues. Antonio Fabela’s color work keeps things ominous yet distinctive, and it brings the aesthetic of damnation to life very well.

Thanos #13 is an intriguing read. The promise of the story’s name is enticing. Our beloved Mad Titan is the walking massacre that he should be. The art is great. While it doesn’t bring us any especially deliciously vile moments of savagery, it certainly caught my attention. What do you have for us next, Mr. Cates?

This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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MuTaints: The 16 Most Useless X-Men Of All-Time

MuTaints: The 16 Most Useless X-Men Of All-Time

For anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed by the X-Men: you’re not alone. They have the most constantly-shifting roster in comics, with literally hundreds of characters having appeared as a member at one point or another. Each new issue can introduce a new mutant or two; with this glut of potential X-Men, some of the mutants have started to seem like the creators were grasping at straws for powers. Bad mutations have been around forever, but they went mainstream in a big way. When Grant Morrison took over the main X-Men book with his New X-Men run in the early ’00s, one of his big moves was to introduce a lot of mutants who looked terrifying or had mutations that were not, strictly speaking, useful.

RELATED: eXcessive Forces: 15 X-Men Way Too OP To Ever Be In The Movies

This perception widened the scope of the X-Men, and made it clear that not every person with a mutation had to be able to use their mutation as an easy superpower. Not every mutant has the ability to teleport and read minds; some heroes have to make do with having bird bones and a beak, but not the ability to fly. Some of those pointless X-Men have powers so legendarily useless, we decided to make a list of 16 of our favorites. Check them out!


Never X Emma Frost

Well known as the ice queen of the Marvel Universe, Emma Frost has been around for a long time. Since her original appearance as the White Queen of the Hellfire Club, she’s featured a strong telepathic ability, but during Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men, he gave her a new power: to turn her body into organic diamond. It’s a little bit on the nose — Emma Frost has always had a “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” sort of grown-up rich kid vibe, and this only played into it.

And in this case, as compared with mutants like Angel and Pixie, she had a perfectly suitable power to start out with, and they decided she needed more to differentiate her. They tried to pass it off as a “secondary mutation,” like when Beast started to become more cat-like and less of an ape-like beast, but at least his were related powers.



One of the influx of X-Men from the UK during Chris Claremont’s tenure on the books, Banshee’s namesake speaks to his connection to his homeland. The banshee is an Irish folktale, a wailing woman much like La Llorona — the banshee’s cry was said to foretell the death of a family member. Banshee’s powers are wide-ranging, including flight (which is somehow connected to the ribbons on his suit), and psionic fields, but his signature power was his sonic scream.

The only real edge the sonic scream ever seemed to give him was his immunity to the powers of his nemesis, Black Tom Cassidy, but it must have given the rest of the X-Men some serious migraines. Banshee has since died and been resurrected with a Death Seed as one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen, and he lives a half-life, the rest of the team unsure if he will ever be cured.


At some point, the mutations on the roster in X-Men comics become an exercise in body horror, and no mutant is a better introduction to that part of the cast than Maggott (with two T’s). A South African named Japheth, Maggott was a man with blue skin whose digestive system was comprised of two lung-sized techno-organic maggots. The maggots lived in his abdomen, and they could venture far away from Maggott while connected telepathically to him; this also enabled them to “read” the past of any object they consumed, whether sentient or not.

It’s unclear how a mutation made several of his actual organs into machines, but if we’re going to let Colossus get away with it, we’ll have to forgive Maggott — but we will not be forgiving him for naming the maggots. Even worse that it’s a bad joke: Eany and Meany.


longshot domio

Longshot and Domino don’t really interact terribly often in the comics, but they’re grouped together here because they have essentially the same powers. Longshot’s is explicitly stated to be the manipulation of “probability fields,” but Domino’s is generally just good old fashioned good luck. These are undoubted good powers to have, but ultimately it raises two questions: does having “good luck” mean that things go in your favor one hundred percent of the time, and does that mean that luck is something that’s strictly genetic?

Because if the answer to the first question is “No,” then this particular mutant power is especially useless; if the answer to question two is “Yes,” then that really expands the definition of “genetic mutation” to its absolute  breaking point.


eye boy

This one is pretty self-explanatory — this student at the Jean Grey School is a regular teenager who is literally covered with human eyeballs. His body is about 40-60% eyeballs, depending on who’s drawing him, which not only looks like something out of a Guillermo del Toro movie, but must make him incredibly ineffectual in the field.

The implication is that he would also have eyes on the soles of his feet that he was walking on at all times, eyes in far too many places. There’s no way Eye-Boy isn’t constantly walking around with a migraine, or with at least two-thirds of his eyes out of commission (getting dust in them, or getting walked on, or being covered with clothes). Sure, he can see in 360 degrees, but at what cost?


Created in the early ’00s for Chris Claremont and Salvador Larocca’s X-Treme X-Men, Davis Cameron is a half-mutant/half-Shi’ar Australian surfer who didn’t know he was a mutant until he met the X-Men and they told him he and his sister both had latent mutant powers. Davis’ powers manifested and he learned he could teleport, but in order to increase his accuracy, he needed to focus his powers through the lens of his surfboard.

Slipstream wasn’t kept around particularly long, but apparently he stuck around long enough to be confirmed as de-powered during M-Day. Perhaps one day he will rediscover the magic of the surf, but until then he remains a teleporting mutant who has to carry a bulky surfboard around with him if he wants to end up where he intends to. Tough break, Cameron.


Magic Quiz Pixie

Pixie is another one whose power set is relatively strong, but they start out as just direct lifts from fairy tales. She has dark, fairy-like eyes, giant insect wings, and the ability to spread “pixie dust,” which causes people to have hallucinations. She also gained a limited amount of magical ability through her interactions with Magik, including a teleportation spell that at least make her tactically important.

But her native mutations are just strange — which gene has to be modified to make a person’s eyes completely black, to make them grow wings instead of regular shoulders, and to give them what we have to assume are pheromones that she can keep outside her body to act like pixie dust? Pixie becomes another case of a mutant whose powers just weren’t cool enough, so they had to augment them with other, more awesome things (like Pixie’s “Souldagger”).



There isn’t much to this one. Longneck was what we can only assume was a joke mutant, created by Grant Morrison and Phil Jimenez during their time on New X-Men. His entire powerset is pretty easy to explain: William Hanover had a neck that was slightly longer than usual, so he became an X-Man named Longneck. If mutations hit around the same time as the onset of puberty, does that mean that Longneck had a normal sized neck until he was 13 and now he has a neck that’s a foot long?

Or was he born with an abnormally long neck that just never stopped growing? The world may never have an answer to the enigma that is Longneck — alongside many of Morrison’s New X-Men, he was de-powered by the Scarlet Witch on M-Day, so he presumably has a Normalneck now.


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Dazzler is one of the more fascinating X-Men — using her powers to convert sound into light, she was able to hide in plain sight as a singer. She’s gone on to a career as an X-Man and an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but her powers remain relatively unchanged. There’s nothing wrong with Dazzler’s powers, and they sometimes come in incredibly handy; they just don’t seem like they have a lot of versatility.

Her lack of variety in her powers has led to writers throwing a lot of stuff at the wall in terms of her character development, and seeing what sticks. Recently, she had been active in the comics, but it was revealed that she had actually been Mystique posing as Dazzler for months; all along, it seemed like the reason she didn’t use her powers was because she was an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but it wasn’t just because they were boring after all.


Cypher Resized

Douglas Ramsey was one of the early New Mutants, and formed a close bond with his teammate, Warlock. This was partially because of Ramsey’s mutation, which made him omnilingual — that doesn’t mean that he was born able to hear and speak every language like a native speaker, it essentially meant that he was the best codebreaker on the planet.

He could subconsciously (as opposed to consciously, with effort) translate any language he encountered within minutes, no matter how strange or alien. He was killed by Anti-Mator, and when he was resurrected, he perceived everything in the world as language; he saw electrical and computer signals as language, and was able to interpret his enemies’ combat styles as languages. Everything became metalanguage to him, which is objectively super cool, but not particularly helpful in most situations.


warlock from new mutants

One of the coolest members of the New Mutants, Warlock is an alien from Kvch — as an alien, he can shapeshift into almost anything, he can turn anything organic into something techno-organic, and he can drain the life energy from anything living. But none of those are his mutation — those are all just things that he can do naturally as an alien. His mutation is that he can feel feelings.

That’s right — this dude’s mutation is that he has emotions, which often times are confusing to him and cause wild misunderstandings with the rest of his teammates. They actively get in his way during combat, and they really only help him become less of an obvious alien around humanity. That makes them pretty much the definition of useless from a combat point of view, but essential from a social point of view. Take your pick.


Beak XMen

Another body horror X-Man, Beak (or Barnell Bohusk — totally a real name) had the appearance of a birdman who was more bird than man; he had an actual beak, large eyes on the side of his head, and feathery forearms that ended in talons. He looked like the baby from Eraserhead, but he was one of the very best people at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning; Angel, another new recruit, saw past his exterior and married him.

He was de-powered during M-Day, leading him to revert to a typical appearance, and reverting his children to a typical appearance as well. However, he also currently possesses a powered suit that grants him flight, armor, superhuman strength, and energy blasts. So essentially he got way better powers from the suit than he ever got from his actual mutation.


Dust of the X-Men

There’s a character in the Marvel Universe who turns into a living embodiment of sand, controlled by his own will and direction. No, no, you’re thinking of the Sandman, one of Spider-Man’s colorful rogues gallery; we’re talking about Dust, an Afghani mutant whose power is to turn her body into a living sandstorm. To start with, Dust really pulled the short straw on codenames — it seems like she just got named after the first thing that came to mind, instead of something metaphorically relevant.

Her powers can be put to good use in a fight, as she can apparently flay the skin and flesh off of a person’s bones with her dust storm powers, but that seems like an awfully roundabout way of getting the job done.


x-men choir

Possibly the most horrifying of all the mutations on this list, Irina Clayton, aka Choir, is yet another addition from Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run, where he must have been really focused on adding X-Men with mutations that just made them physically off-putting. She has mouths all around her neck, allowing her to project her voice in a full 360 degrees.

On paper, she sounds like one of the Cenobites from Hellraiser, except she doesn’t have power over sensuality and pleasures of the flesh – that would be much more interesting. She literally just has extra mouths. Can they eat? Can they drink? These questions may never be answered — she was, along with many other X-Men created during this time period, de-powered during M-Day, returning her neck to a normal appearance and her tally of mouths back down to the usual.



It doesn’t matter how many self-aware jokes Brian Michael Bendis makes about Fabio Medina’s mutant power set, it doesn’t change the fact that all he can do is generate giant gold bouncy balls from nothing that make a “ploink” noise when they hit something. That’s it, that’s the whole thing — he creates a bunch of balls that are kind of in the way, but not an actual hindrance.

His mutant power is to create an annoying obstacle for someone, and then make that obstacle disappear after a short amount of time. Even now that he’s appearing in the Miles Morales Spider-Man book, you just can’t make people care about Goldballs. It’s only a matter of time before he goes the way of Angel and Pixie, with more and more added powers and gadgets to make him interesting.



Angel gets a lot of hate for being kind of a lame mutant — and that’s not going to stop us from piling on. When Angel was introduced, he was literally just a human man with bird wings, and writers have been spending the last 50-plus years trying to explain that. Angel’s powers are essentially that of a bird, in terms of achievable altitude, resistance to cold, and metabolism; they have since been augmented several times, each time trying to make him more interesting.

There was the time he became Archangel due to Celestial technology, which allowed him to regenerate his wings at will as either metal or feathered; and there was when they decided to give him healing blood (he’s an angel, get it?); or maybe when they introduced the original Angel again, and had him level up his powers in the Black Vortex almost immediately. He’s still just boring.

Which of these mutant powers is the worst? Let us know in the comments!

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Royals #11 Review: Last Stand Against The Progenitors

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Writer: Al Ewing, Artists: Javier Rodriguez, Kevin Libranda, Inkers: Alvaro Lopez, Kevin Libranda, Color Artists: Jordie Bellaire, Jose Villarrubia, Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles, Cover Artists: Javier Rodriguez and Alvaro Lopez, Editor: Wil Moss, Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad, Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Last Inhuman and the Accuser have awoken the Moon King in time for the Progenitors to arrive. It appears that doomsday has arrived at last for the two ancient beings.

In the present, the Inhuman Royals have narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Progenitors. Crystal is wounded, but Maximus the Mad and Flint are able to lead the Royals to the Prima Materia, the crystals from which Terrigen was derived. However, the Progenitors will not allow the Inhumans to abscond with these powerful crystals so easily, and it will be an intense fight to escape with the Prima Materia.

Royals #11 cover by Javier Rodriguez and Alvaro Lopez
Royals #11 cover by Javier Rodriguez and Alvaro Lopez

Royals #11 continues to deliver on the bold promises made at the beginning of the series. We have come face-to-face with the robotic gods responsible for the Kree and, by extension, the Inhumans. They are towering and bizarre beings with a farm of worlds. The Inhuman Royals must fight through them to access the means of saving their race.

The comic also gives us a long look inside the mind of Swain, whom has been largely forced to the background throughout this series.

The finale is dramatic, with tough decisions being made by the crew and an epic final battle before the closing.

Royals #11 art by Javier Rodriguez, Kevin Libranda, Alvaro Lopez, Jordie Bellaire, and Jose Villarrubia
Royals #11 art by Javier Rodriguez, Kevin Libranda, Alvaro Lopez, Jordie Bellaire, and Jose Villarrubia

Kevin Libranda takes the intro sequence, and it looks quite good. The characters are highly detailed, and everything is aptly dramatic. Javier Rodriguez takes the rest of the comic, and there is an appealing simplicity in the style. It is a good mixture of classic comics sensibilities with newer art stylings. It’s an appealing aesthetic. He also makes the Progenitors look bizarre yet distinct. Mix this with the dazzling color work of Jordie Bellaire and Jose Vilarrubia, and you have a good-looking comic with an effective aesthetic.

Royals is really coming into its own with these past few issues. #11 is a solid read with high stakes and an intriguing plotline. This one definitely earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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Mindhunter Season 2: The Scripts Are Being Worked On

In some contradictory information Netflix’s fantastic Mindhunter might not be officially renewed but as far as everyone is concerned it sounds like it is happening. Holt McCallany recently spoke to Collider and said that he is in the middle of prep for the second season of the Netflix show.


“Right now I’m prepping for Mindhunter Season 2, reading, doing lots of research. The scripts are great and I think fans will be happy with how it’s developing. To potentially work with someone like David [Fincher] over the course of multiple seasons is an honor, and I’m excited to do more with the character of Bill Tench. I can take my time, and I can really explore this guy over a long period of time. I think it’s gonna be just an amazing adventure.”

At the moment we know that second season of the show is going to focus on the Atlanta Child Murders. Mindhunter is shaping up to be one of the best new shows of 2017 and fans are anxiously awaiting a second season.

Summary: In the late 1970s, two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.

Mindhunter, created by Joe Penhall, stars Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv, Sonny Valicenti, and Cotter Smith. Check it out on Netflix now.

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BOOM! Studios February 2018 Solicitations

BOOM! Studios February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Mech Cadet Yu #6, Rocko's Modern Life #3, and Jim Henson's Labyrinth #1.

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Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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Writers: Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker & Dave McElfatrick
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Finally, a definitive and reliable manual that demystifies the complicated world of parenting while delivering crucial tips and sage advice—all from three guys who make comics instead of children.
This informative guide for breeders tackles all the big parenting issues: Finding messages in your alphabet soup, drawing the perfect hand turkey, getting away with kidnapping, telling your kids you don't love them anymore, and making out with your kid's best friend's dad.
Cartoonists Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, and Dave McElfatrick combine all their knowledge and experience—or lack thereof—for a laugh-out-loud, labor-inducing look into the world of parenthood through the sick and twisted lens of Cyanide & Happiness comics.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
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Writer: Simon Spurrier
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Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal) and Daniel Bayliss (Jim Henson's Storyteller: Dragons, Kennel Block Blues) present a magical look into the world of Jim Henson's Labyrinth.
Before Sarah braved the Labyrinth to save her brother, another young woman sought to save a young boy named Jareth from the clutches of the Goblins.
Set in 18th-century Venice, Italy, Jim Henson's Labyrinth is a striking look into the history of the Labyrinth itself, and what happens to the little boys who don't get rescued.
This is the untold history of the Goblin King.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
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Main Cover: Benjamin Schipper
Subscription Cover: Sas Milledge
Based on a Danish folktale titled "Faerie Hill," legend has it that any king who goes hither to meet the Fairy Queen will be cast under a spell, forever changed, and mad...


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Simon Spurrier and Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Main Cover: Mark Buckingham
Subscription Cover: Sana Takeda
Tensions rise as Kensho and Thurma make their way to the inner sun of the Fireling realm.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $24.99
Writers: Simon Spurrier and Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: Jae Lee & June Chung
Jen and Kira's greatest fear has been realized as the Crystal is broken once more, and the evil Skeksis have returned, eager to regain their cruel dominance over the world. Meanwhile, on their own and on the run, Thurma and Kensho must stick together as they journey across the wildlands of Thra. Written by Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), and lushly illustrated by Kelly and Nichole Matthews (Toil & Trouble), The Power of the Dark Crystal continues the bestselling sequel to one of Jim Henson's most revered creations.
Collects issues #5-8.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: David Jesus Vignolli
Artist: David Jesus Vignolli
Cover Artist: David Jesus Vignolli
Beyond the peaks and valleys of the Himalaya Mountains lies a magical sanctuary. Protected from the chaos of man, it is home to immortal beings and mystical creatures. When Vijaya, a young human, is brought into the sanctuary for her protection, some immortals fear her presence may lead to their ruin. But as mankind draws ever closer to the sanctuary's border, Vijaya will have to prove that there is more to being human than the violence her new family fears beyond their borders.
David Jesus Vignolli's debut graphic novel A Girl in the Himalayas explores the astonishing potential of the human spirit.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Charles M. Schulz, Jason Cooper
Artist: Charles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz, with design by Kara Leopard
Good Grief! Celebrate over 65 years of Charles M. Schulz's beloved character Charlie Brown. From visits to Lucy's lemonade stand to missing the football again, this collection is jam-packed with some of the best stories starring everyone's favorite kid next door.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Rian Sygh, Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina, and more!
Main cover: Rian Sygh
Variant cover: Veronica Fish
It's Valentine's Day at St. Genesius Prep and the Backstagers are back in (stage) blacks for some ROMANTIC adventures in the mysterious world behind the scenes!
Featuring bonus tales from a variety of special guests, including Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina, and more!
It's the "seasons of love" for your favorite backstage boys! (No, you can't wear pink backstage. Or red. Or glitter. Or cherub wings, Sasha.)
Prism Award winner!


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Jackie Ball
Artist: Elle Power
Cover Artist: Brittney Williams
Sixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance has an insatiable curiosity and dreams of one day becoming a detective. Luckily for Goldie, with the St. Pascal Rockin' the Beach Music Festival coming to town, there's plenty of inexplicable shenanigans keeping her gumshoe brain busy, from mysterious power outages, to missing musicians, to Russian spies hiding in the shadows!
Created by The New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning creator, Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel), and Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat), writer Jackie Ball and artist Elle Power bring you a rockin' new mystery in this Goldie Vance original graphic novel!

WWE #14

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $24.99
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Tini Howard
Artists: Serg Acuña, Hyeonjin Kim
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Action Figure Variant Cover: Adam Riches
RAW Connecting Variant Cover Brent Schoonover
Ultimate Warrior Variant Cover: Daniel Bayliss
The top-secret story behind Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Bayley kicking off the Women's Evolution that changed the WWE Universe forever begins in this issue. Plus, don't miss the first chapter of a four-part backup story from Tini Howard (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink) and Hyeonjin Kim (Sisters of Sorrow) chronicling the rise of WWE Superstar Asuka. Check out Becky Lynch's announcement video at


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Main Cover: Jorge Corona
Action Figure Subscription Cover: Michael Adams & Marco D'Alfonso
Connecting "Jack Through Time" Variant Cover: Will Robson
Jack, Lo Pan, and Wang are trapped in their own separate, personal hells that they can only escape if they find a way to work together once again.

ABBOTT #2 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
A brutal attack on the edges of the latest murder scene only spurs Abbott further into her investigation.

JUDAS #3 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Cover Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Judas confronts Jesus in the pits of Hell.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Main Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Intermix Cover: Matt Kindt
The final story arc begins here. Recent revelations have left the Grass Kingdom fractured from within, but with enemies approaching from the outside, it must pull together to survive.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Connecting Variant Cover: Steve Morris
Variant Cover: Dan Mora
Action Figure Variant Cover: Quest Marital-Matthews
Billy makes a devastating discovery within the heart of Promethea that threatens to break the Ranger's alliance with Grace, just as Finster's monsters activate en masse.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artists: Hendry Prasetya, Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artist: Jamal Campbell
As the dust settles from Rita's global takeover, a still reeling group of Rangers must come together as they make new allies and discover new threats.
Collects issues #17-20.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Christopher Mooneyham
Main Cover: Paolo Rivera
Intermix Cover: Michael Allred
Subscription Cover: Becca Carey
Discover how the first meeting of Ursus and Zaius changed their destinies!


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Dan Mora
Main Cover A: Dan Mora
Civilian Intermix Cover: Miguel Mercado
Locker Variant Cover: Michelle Wong
Homage Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
Paper Doll Variant Cover: Audrey Mok
It's homecoming at Angel Grove! But as tensions run high amongst the Rangers, will they be able to band together to stop Rita and make it to the dance on time?


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno
Main Cover: Mike Huddleston
Connecting Variant: Carlos Magno
Pulp Variant: Fay Dalton
The armada completes their treacherous journey and Kong is revealed to Ape City.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $49.99
Writers: Doug Moench, Paul Dehn
Artists: Rico Rival, Alfredo P. Alcala
Cover Artist: Ken Barr
Experience Marvel Comics' legendary 1970s Planet of the Apes Magazine with new eyes. Remastered and collected here for the first time, this prestigious hardcover edition chronicles the birth of Caesar and his rise to power. From Paul Dehn (Murder on the Orient Express), Doug Moench (Batman), Rico Rival (House of Mystery), and more!


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Main Cover: Takeshi Miyazawa
Subscription Cover: Marcus To
The cadets come face to face with the Sharg, but without their mechs, will they be able to work together?


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Cover Artist: Rags Morales
The evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power while those surrounding Claudio Kilgannon are convinced he is The Crowing.
Collects issues #5-8.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: C.S. Pacat
Artist: Johanna The Mad
Cover Artist: Johanna The Mad
Nicholas begins to overthink everything as he struggles to prove he deserves his place at Kings Row.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Nina Vakueva
Cover Artist: Nina Vakueva
Film and TV director Carly Usdin (Suicide Kale) teams up with breakout artist Nina Vakueva (Lilith's Word) for a new series that's music to our ears!
New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She's prepared to deal with anything—misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie. But when the staff's favorite singer mysteriously vanishes the night before her band's show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl... her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club!
Collects the complete limited series. Formerly Hi-Fi Fight Club.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
With the prospect of living apart for the first time since they all met as first years just over the horizon, Daisy, Esther, and Susan spend their last summer together before beginning their third year of university.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Ayme Sotuyo
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Michelle Wong
After their new friend Emmy goes missing in search of a jackalope, it's up to the Lumberjane scouts to track her down and help get her back home to her herd.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Ryan Ferrier, KC Green
Artists: Ian McGinty, KC Green
Main Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: Miguel Mercado
Spunky becomes a viral sensation, but Rocko fears the fame may be going to Spunky's head.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Box Brown
Artist: Lisa DuBois
Main Cover: Jorge Corona
Subscription Cover: Daniel Bayliss
It's baby verses baby as Angelica and Susie try to outdo each other.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $9.99
Writers: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier, Erin Hunting
Artists: Antonio Alfaro, Erin Hunting
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Garfield has a real mystery on his hands: His teddy bear extraordinaire is missing. Who—or what—has nabbed Pooky? Featuring all-new stories written by Garfield writer Scott Nickel and illustrated by Antonio Alfaro, as well as a short story written and drawn by Erin Hunting.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Grace Kraft
Artist: Rii Abrego
Main Cover: Missy Peña
Subscription Cover: Miracle Mosley
Greg Universe is doing a comeback concert... hopefully this one will go better than the last few times he's tried.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $7.99
Writer: Conor McCreery
Artists: Ben Passmore, Natalie Andrewson, Matt Smigiel, Shannon Wright
Cover Artist: Matt Smigiel
Mordecai and Rigby face the trials and tribulations of pet ownership, while their dog faces the trials and tribulations of Mordecai and Rigby.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Chase Van Weerdhuizen, James Asmus, Jason Cooper, and Emei Burell
Artists: Chase Van Weerdhuizen, Daniel Bayliss, Alexandra Beguez, and Emei Burell
Main Cover: Ros Reis
Subscription Cover: Matt Frank
Variant Cover: Dirk Shulz
Main Cover: Ros Reis
Subscription Cover: Matt Frank
Variant Cover: Dirk Shulz
Finn and Jake get a glimpse into their friends' minds. Ooo tries to throw its first annual garage sale—and it does not end well.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Kevin Canon
Artist: Joey McCormick
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Subscription Cover: Joey McCormick
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Subscription Cover: Joey McCormick
Finn and Jake might have finally figured out a way to get rid of their doubles... but what do they do when everyone else likes the doubles more?


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
The competition for Best Princess Ever is in full swing! As Lumpy Space Princess, Fire Princess, Muscle Princess, and more compete for the title, it's discovered that someone is sabotaging the games. With Finn and Jake on the case, Princess Bubblegum will have to keep the show going until they can track down the true culprit and save the day. Written by The New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and illustrated by Ian McGinty.
Collects issues #62-65.

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Dark Horse Comics February 2018 Solicitations

Dark Horse Comics February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Koshchei the Deathless #2, Mata Hari #1, and Hungry Ghosts #2.

Source: Dark Horse Comics

Aliens Predator Prometheus AvP: Fire and Stone TPB

Paul Tobin (W), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Sebela (W), Joshua Williamson (W), Kelly Sue DeConnick (W), Juan Ferreyra (A), Patric Reynolds (A), Ariel Olivetti (A), Chris Mooneyham (A), Agustin Alessio (A), John Lucas (I), Dave Stewart (C), Dan Brown (C), David Palumbo (Cover)

On sale Apr 11

FC, 416 pages


TPB, 7″ x 10″

The moon of LV-223—resting place of the doomed Prometheus expedition, enigmatic source of all organic life, and nightmarish source of ultimate destruction. Now a new generation of explorers hope to uncover the mysteries of this strange and dangerous world, but what they find may lead to humanity's undoing. First time in paperback! The full Fire and Stone story cycle in a value package!

Angel Season 11 Volume 3: Dark Reflections TPB

Corinna Bechko (W), Geraldo Borges (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Scott Fischer (Cover)

On sale Apr 4

FC, 112 pages


TPB, 7″ x 10″

On a time-traveling mission to prevent an impending disaster, Joss Whedon's ensouled vampire is confronted by the opportunity to challenge his very existence in the concluding arc of Season 11. Will his companions be able to convince him that changing the past is not, after all, the solution to the future? Or will Angel finally find the key in the past to the shadow over his present? Collects Season 11 #9–#12.

"They have created a satisfying adventure for Buffy and Angel fans to get behind, but also a solid comic for comic book fans in general to enjoy."—Comic Crusaders

B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know Volume 1 TP

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Laurence Campbell (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Apr 11

FC, 152 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″
Before they were vanquished by the B.P.R.D., Lovecraftian monsters created a Hell on Earth. As society rebuilds, strange cults vie for influence, and the demon Varvara emerges to lead the way . . . Abe Sapien returns from his self-imposed exile to rejoin Liz Sherman just in time for the Bureau to face the final threat to mankind. Collects issues #1–#4.

"The story is gripping and the visuals create an unrelenting air of hopelessness. A compelling read for those that have been following the exploits of the B.P.R.D." —Impulse Gamer

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Volume 2 HC

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Scott Allie (W), Tyler Crook (A), Jason LaTour (A), Max Fiumara (A), James Harren (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Laurence Campbell (Cover)

On sale Apr 18

FC, 408 pages


HC, 7″ x 10″
America's monster problem explodes, society crumbles, and Liz Sherman rejoins the fight, as Nazis seek to bring Rasputin back to finish what he started when he first conjured Hellboy! This deluxe hardcover edition collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth volumes 4–6, plus an expanded sketchbook section.

"Picking up objects in the Mignolaverse can cause horrific problems. Thankfully, picking up this book will only elicit thrills." —SciFiPulse

Joss Whedon! Erika Alexander!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #1 (of 4)

Joss Whedon (W), Erika Alexander (W), Jon Lam (A), Dan Jackson (C), Steve Morris (Cover), Arielle Jovellanos (Variant cover), and Jenny Frison (Ultra variant)

On sale Feb 28

FC, 32 pages



From Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander comes a series that returns Buffy's Rupert Giles to high school! But this time—as a grown man living in a teenage body—Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city LA-area school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons; something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he'll have a chance to find out who, what, and where—but high school is still hell, y'all.

Matt Kindt!

Dept. H #23

Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Sharlene Kindt (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 28 pages



Mia is on her own in a final mad dash to save her life, solve her father's murder . . . and either rescue or doom everyone she cares for.

Kindt breaks all pre-conceived notions of what comic books are."—IGN
The EC Archives: Extra! HC

Johnny Craig (W/A/Cover), John Severin (A), Reed Crandall (A), Marie Severin (C), and Carlos Badilla (C)

On sale Apr 11

FC, 216 pages


HC, 8″ x 11″

Daring stories of cub reporters and grizzled newshounds, across the country and around the world! Collecting the complete run of Extra! from the crack artistic talents of Johnny Craig, John Severin, Reed Crandall, and Marie Severin.

• Featuring a foreword by John Arcudi.

The grand finale!

ElfQuest: The Final Quest #24

Wendy Pini (W/A), Richard Pini (W), and Sonny Strait (C)

On sale Feb 28

FC, 32 pages



What words can possibly do justice to this, the grand finale to the greatest ElfQuest series of them all? Forty years in the planning and making, heroes' journeys that were begun in the Original Quest will find their resolutions here. Fateful events set in motion last issue continue to have unstoppable consequences, as dire battles are fought on both the physical and the spiritual realms. Now decisions must be made that will affect everyone—elves and humans alike—on the World of Two Moons far into the future. Can the Great Wheel of time and history, broken so many thousands of years ago, ever be made whole again?

• A finale forty years in the making!

Adam Warren!

Empowered & Sistah Spooky's High School Hell #3 (of 6)

Adam Warren (W), Carla Speed McNeil (A/Cover), and Jenn Manley Lee (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 32 pages



Narrowly escaping death by music class singing competition, Empowered and Sistah Spooky hit a new low in their hellscape ordeal when they stumble into . . . THE LADIES' ROOM! While a trapped Emp drowns in her own tears in a bathroom stall, can Spooky avoid being shattered—literally!—by a Hell-powered magic mirror?

• First Empowered comic book series in standard comics format.

• Carla Speed McNeil is the Eisner Award-winning creator of Finder.

Now in paperback!

Fight Club 2 TP

Chuck Palahniuk (W), Cameron Stewart (A), Dave Stewart (C), and David Mack (Cover)

On sale Apr 18

FC, 280 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won't last long; the wife has seen to that. He's back where he started, but this go-round he's got more at stake than his own life. The time has arrived . . . Collects Fight Club 2 #1-#10 and the Free Comic Book Day story.

Giants #3 (of 5)

Carlos Valderrama (W) and Miguel Valderrama (A/Cover)

On sale Feb

FC, 32 pages


One of the giant monsters that rule the frozen wasteland beyond the Underground City is dying. The last thing Gogi wants to do is help it, but his own survival depends on the creature's.

Meanwhile, Gogi's friend Zedo makes a brutal—and bloody—move to become the leader of not one, but two gangs!

Mike Mignola!

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 – Burning Season

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Paolo Rivera (P/Cover), Joe Rivera (I), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 32 pages



Hellboy investigates a rash of spontaneous human combustions in a Florida town unlike any supernatural phenomena he's seen before—and the fire has an appetite for Bureau agents.

• Paolo Rivera returns!

Hungry Ghosts #2 (of 4)

Anthony Bourdain (W), Joel Rose (W), Mateus Santolouco (A), Leonardo Manco (A), José Villarrubia (C), and Paul Pope (Cover)

On sale Feb 28

FC, 32 pages



The terrifying storytelling game of 100 Candles continues with two ghastly tales of the Mediterranean: In a desolate trattoria in the foothills of Southern Italy, an exiled master chef forms an unhealthy attachment to his new apprentice. And in the Spanish countryside, the rich Don of a sprawling ranch with an appetite for his stable gets a horrifying taste from beyond the dinner table.

• Mature readers.

Incognegro: Renaissance #1 (of 5)

Mat Johnson (W) and Warren Pleece (A/Cover)

On sale Feb 7

b&w, 32 pages



After a black writer is found dead at a scandalous interracial party in 1920s New York, Harlem's cub reporter Zane Pinchback is the only one determined to solve the murder. Zane must go "incognegro" for the first time—using his light appearance to pass as a white man—to find the true killer, in this prequel miniseries to the critically acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel, now available in a special new 10th Anniversary Edition.

With a cryptic manuscript as his only clue, and a mysterious and beautiful woman as the murder's only witness, Zane finds himself on the hunt through the dark and dangerous streets of "roaring twenties" Harlem in search for justice.

A page-turning thriller of racial divide, Incognegro: Renaissance explores segregation, secrets, and self-image as our race-bending protagonist penetrates a world where he feels stranger than ever before.

• Mature readers.

A talented writer of both fiction and creative non-fiction, Johnson's publications have established himself as an important new voice in the African-American tradition."— Walter Mosley

Jenny Finn #4 (of 4)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Troy Nixey (W), Farel Dalrymple (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 14

FC, 32 pages



Jenny has been captured and the terrible plague is coming to an end, but when Joe has the chance to escape London, a ghost from his past forces him to stay and finish what he started.

Tales From the Mignolaverse!

Koshchei the Deathless #2 (of 6)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 7

FC, 32 pages



Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch.

Now, in a pub somewhere in Hell, Koshchei tells Hellboy about a dangerous mission when the witch sent him to hunt and destroy the last dragons before their eggs hatched.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia HC

Nintendo (W/A)

On sale Apr 24

FC, 336 pages


HC, 9″ x 12″

This 320-page book is an exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda from the original The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess HD. It's a comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! This, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

• An exhaustive compendium of everything from the first 30 years of The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition HC

Nintendo (W/A)

On sale Apr 24

FC, 336 pages


HC, 9″ x 12″

The Legend of Zelda™ is one of the most successful franchises of all time, with nearly twenty video games and thirty years of history, but it all started with a gold cartridge . . .

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition honors the game that started it all by recreating the original gold cartridge as faithfully as possible. The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. The details are embossed and debossed. It has gold gilding on the top and foredge, with black gilding on the bottom. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it. The book comes with a black polypropylene sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and a scale instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside.

Celebrate over thirty years of The Legend of Zelda with a heartfelt homage to the origins of this legendary franchise!

• Looks and feels like the original gold cartridge!

• Protect your book with a scale reproduction of an NES dust sleeve!

• Instruction booklet to complete the set!

• Content exclusive to this edition!

Life between Panels: The Complete Tails Omnibus TP

Ethan Young (W/A/Cover)

On sale Apr 4

b&w, 384 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

In this blend of autobiography and fantasy, a cartoonist records his life in New York City: his job, his creative career, his friends, his herd of cats, and a runaway comic strip come to life!

Ethan's life as one of the many cartoonists living in NYC might look mundane at first glance—living with his parents, working a day job, playing with cats. But things get crazy when he starts to draw his comic strip Crusader Cat! Soon, Ethan can't tell the difference between real life and the comic panel!

A semiautobiographical web comic by Ethan Young, the acclaimed writer and artist of Nanjing: The Burning City and The Battles of Bridget Lee graphic novel series.

"It's not often that an author can so skillfully evoke powerful emotion while telling a complex and long-forgotten story and this book is a excellent, necessary addition to the genre." —A.V. Club

Mata Hari #1 (of 4)

Emma Beeby (W), Ariela Kristantina (A/Cover), and Pat Masioni (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 32 pages



Dancer. Courtesan. Spy. Executed by a French firing squad in 1917.

100 years on from her death, questions are still raised about her conviction.

Now, the lesser-known, often tragic story of the woman who claimed she was born a princess, and died a figure of public hatred with no one to claim her body, is told by breakout talent writer Emma Beeby (Judge Dredd), artist Ariela Kristantina (Insexts), and colorist Pat Masioni drawing on biographies and released MI5 files.

In this first part of a five-issue miniseries, we meet Mata Hari in prison at the end of her life as she writes her memoir—part romantic tale of a Javanese princess who performed "sacred" nude dances for Europe's elite, and part real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother, who had everything she loved taken from her.

But, as she sits trial for treason and espionage, we hear another tale: one of a flamboyant Dutch woman who became "the most dangerous spy France has ever captured"—a double agent who whored herself for secrets, lived a life of scandal, and loved only money.

Leading us to ask . . . who was the real Mata Hari?

• Mature readers.

Once Upon a Time Machine Volume 2 HC

Andrew Carl (W), Chris Stevens (W), Paul Pope (W), Mike Baron (W), Charles Fetherolf (A), Toby Cypress (A), Dave Chisholm (A), Farel Dalrymple (A/Cover), and many more

On sale Apr 11

FC, 240 pages


TPB, 7" x 10"
Ancient" Greece: the year 3016 AD. And 4079 AD. And 6060 AD. From the trials of Heracles to the love songs of Orpheus, the myths of the past are reborn in wondrous and scarcely imaginable futures. Witness exciting new visions of the Greek tradition from the hands and minds of today's most inventive creators.

• A long-awaited follow-up to the surprise hit of 2013!

The Originals: The Essential Edition HC

Dave Gibbons (W/A/Cover)

On sale Apr 18

FC, 192 pages


HC, 9″ x 12″

Deluxe oversized edition of the Eisner Award-winning mod sci-fi coming-of-age graphic novel from Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen. Includes 32 pages of never-before-seen development art, process pieces, and behind the scenes extras—all annotated by Gibbons.

In a retro-futuristic city of industrial gray where hover scooters, music, and drugs rule the street, the Originals are the toughest, most stylish gang around. For two childhood friends, nothing is more important than being one of them. But being part of the crowd will bring its own deadly consequences.

• The only graphic novel that Dave Gibbons has written and drawn. An Eisner Award winner!

• Extra material included in this oversized edition highlighting artwork, with annotations by Gibbons.

"The Originals is Dave Gibbons doing what he was born to do: telling a story that's all his own, and telling it with grace, verve, and drama. The result is, well . . . original! Top-notch comics."–Frank Miller

As smart as a fashion-forward suit...has the powerful tug of a timeless fable."— Entertainment Weekly

Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #4 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Dave Stewart (C), Mike Huddleston (Cover), and Vanesa Del Rey (Variant cover)

On sale Feb 7

FC, 32 pages



Bruttenholm and Sandhu's mission to uncover the evasive "Master" behind the Nazis occult experiments is derailed when they fall into the clutches of their enemy.

Reefer Madness TP

Jerry Siegel (W), Joe Shuster (W), Jerry Robinson (A), Jack Kirby (A), Frank Frazetta (A), and more

On sale Apr 4

FC, 216 pages


TP, 8 1/2″ x 11"

Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930s to the 1950s and beyond. Adventure Comics, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and works by Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more, reveal the social reaction to this era of "Reefer Madness." From comically misinformed to soberly concerned, these comics lament the impact of weed on youth culture.

Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics.

Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade #4 (of 4)

Jackson Lanzing (W), Collin Kelly (W), Ashley A. Woods (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Hannah Fisher (Cover)

On sale Feb 14

FC, 32 pages



Lara Croft is cornered. By visiting a remote temple discovered by her father, she walked right into Trinity's trap. But Lara knows this shrine's pitfalls like the back of her hand, and the ultimate survivor will do whatever it takes to escape and continue her search for the truth about Richard Croft's death.

• On sale on Lara Croft's birthday!

Vinegar Teeth #2 (of 4)

Damon Gentry (W), Troy Nixey (W/A/Cover), and Guy Major (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 32 pages



After busting a Canadian drug ring, down-on-his-luck cop Artie Buckle tries to keep new partner Vinegar Teeth under control. But can an alcoholic, miserable bum like Artie really fight crime and work together with a Lovecraftian monster with a heart of gold?

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Balls To The Wall: 15 Next Level Dragon Ball Memes

Balls To The Wall: 15 Next Level Dragon Ball Memes

Because of all the strange, but awesome, elements of the Dragon Ball franchise, there’s a ton of meme potential in wacky screenshots, strange characters and the various continuity confusions across all the Dragon Ball series. Dragon Ball‘s internet presence goes way back, with entire websites dedicated to the series before the likes of Reddit came around. Dragon Ball memes have been around for quite some time as well, and classic lines like “It’s over 9,000” and “This isn’t even my final form,” are now ingrained as staples of internet culture.

RELATED: 15 Pieces Of Dragon Ball Fan Art Way Better Than The Real Thing

The world of Dragon Ball is known for its action, but it also has a great sense of humor, as do its fans. Thus, Dragon Ball has resulted in a ton of classic memes, and even some you might not have seen. Regardless, we decided to sift through the many memes of Dragon Ball. So, if you’re looking for a little anime-related humor to cheer yourself up after a bit too much time on the dark side of the internet, then look no further. Hopefully, we won’t ruin all these jokes by over-explaining them, but no promises! With that, get ready to laugh your butt off, with these 15 Dragon Ball memes.



Here’s a fun fact! Did you know that Goku’s English dub voice actor, Sean Schemmel, once passed out after screaming too hard in a recording session? Screaming, yelling and shouting is such a big part of the Dragon Ball series. It’s involved in nearly every powerful transformation and attack and is the subject of countless jokes about the series. Thus, memes like this one have come about.

The funniest part of this one is the seriousness of it all. We have one of Goku’s most powerful forms, one that makes his brow look particularly angry and serious, with the somewhat serious claim of “new personal best in gym.” Then it’s flipped on its head with the “screamed my @$$ off,” making us laugh our ass off.


Perfectly, or rather imperfectly timed screenshots can make for some great memes, especially in animation. Single frames with strange expressions or movements that were meant to only last a second can be captured and repurposed for some quality internet humor. This particular meme pokes fun at both Dragon Ball and South Park. In both series, there is one particular character that dies quite a lot.

In Dragon Ball, Krillen dies kind of a lot, five times to be exact. But, this pales in comparison to Kenny, who dies in about 70% of all South Park episodes, only to come back completely fine the next week. This screenshot makes Krillen look unconvinced that anyone could possibly have died more than him. Seriously, look at that face, there’s no way he’ll believe you.


We’re not sure about you guys and gals at home, but we here at CBR enjoy a good pun, and so does Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama. Toriyama’s love of wordplay can be seen in the names of his characters. Nearly every character in the series is named after food or a food-related pun, the most well-known of his naming trends being the Saiyans of the series, all named after vegetables. Also well known is the Briefs family, all of whom are named after underwear.

This meme pokes fun at one particular member of the Briefs family, Trunks. In the Cell Saga, the bio-android killed Future Trunks with a ki blast through the chest before facing off against Gohan. The above meme gives a hilarious what-if of Cell absolutely burning Trunks with some genius wordplay. It’s a good thing they summoned Shenron to revive Trunks from such a sick burn.


No matter if you’re DC or a Marvel fan, we think everyone can appreciate this one. In the Dragon Ball Super anime, one of the enemies the Z-fighters face is Goku Black, an alternate future version of Goku whose body is inhabited by supreme-kai-in-training, Zamasu. As confusing as that may sound, all you need to know is that he’s an evil version of Goku that is almost always shown in dark, overcast settings.

This gritty appearance is in rather contrast to the real Goku, who is pretty much always a chipper, lighthearted warrior. When comparing these two Gokus (Goki?) the difference between them seems a lot like the difference between Marvel and DC movies, and this meme points it out. We’re not saying one is better than the other, but this is a pretty accurate representation of the two studios/publishers’ film styles.


Like we said, Krillen is known for dying quite a bit. That’s not necessarily because he’s a weak character — in fact, he’s probably the strongest human in all of Dragon Ball — it’s more because he’s had the unfortunate luck of facing off against some of the strongest enemies in the entire franchise. But, semantics aside, Krillen has still died quite few times, which is what makes this picture so hilarious.

A parody on the now infamous “I will find you, and I will kill you” line from Taken, this meme twists the quote up to poke fun at Krillen’s nasty dying habit. “I will find you and you will kill me” perfectly fits with this screenshot of Krillen on the phone, mashing up the two popular action franchises.


One of the most disappointing parts of Dragon Ball Super is its low animation budget. The show has since gotten a lot better at balancing the budget and only cutting animation corners when necessary, thus the visuals have improved. But, in the early days of the series, things didn’t look that great.

This picture pokes fun at the cheap animation of Super by comparing it to an MS Paint picture. It’s not far off, looking at the screenshots provided, Goku is barely recognizable in these scenes! Adding to the cheap animation, Super‘s first two story arcs were just re-hashes of the previous two Dragon Ball movies, so this kind of memetic reaction seems all too apropos. Seriously, what is going on with Goku’s face in the first screenshot?!


You know, it’s never really been explained exactly why a Saiyan’s hair turns gold when they go Super Saiyan. Sure, we know that anime and manga tend use transformations to represent an increase or change in power. Furthermore, we know that Akira Toriyama just got tired of coloring Goku’s hair in black in the manga, so when he went super Saiyan it was just white. But, we’re not really sure what purpose the golden hair serves.

Regardless, it has become a staple of the franchise, and upwardly spiked gold hair has found its way into other media as a parody/tribute to Dragon Ball Z. It’s hard to not think of Dragon Ball Z when seeing giant blonde spikes, as shown in the above picture. Some hilarious genius gave this ridiculous hairstyle an amazing caption that Dragon Ball fans are sure to get a kick out of.


Cover the children’s eyes for this one, it might be a bit too risque! A great meme on the internet is taking out-of-context images of movies and TV shows that appear to have something suggestive going on and adding the logo of a well known adult-content website. In this case, it’s a scene from the final chapters of Dragon Ball. It’s from when Videl is trying to take down the “dangerous vigilante,” The Great Saiyaman, aka Gohan in a goofy costume.

While attacking him using a jumping leg grapple (we are aware that is most likely not the term for the move), we get this lovely screen cap. Some hilarious individual used this frame of animation to imply that Videl and Gohan were doing more than fighting, prompting the use of the “Brazzers” logo. Come on you two, this is a family friendly show… sort of.


Let’s face it, Goku is kind of the worst dad, and an even worse trainer. In the Cell Saga, Goku completely gave up in his fight against Cell so his son could fight the maniacal villain instead. His reasoning is questionable, and Gohan doesn’t seem to realize how negligent his dad can be. In fact, Gohan loves and admires his father, despite his poor advice at times, to the point of being rather ignorant of Goku’s shortcomings.

When Gohan takes over the fight against Cell, he goes Super Saiyan 2 and manages to overpower the villain. During the fight, he says that Goku taught him to never give up, even when the odds are stacked against him. These words of wisdom would hit harder were it not for the fact that Goku gave up just a few episodes prior, as pointed out by this spot-on meme.


Vegeta doesn’t exactly have a sense of humor, since being a comedic genius isn’t exactly on his list of priorities. That said, if Vegeta did make jokes, we’d imagine this would be one of them. Let’s not forget that Vegeta is married to Bulma, who used to be Yamcha’s girlfriend. We bet he gets a real kick out of knowing how immensely stronger he is than the infamously weak Yamcha.

That’s what makes the above picture so hilarious, since if Vegeta thinks of Yamcha at all, it’s only as a joke. We can’t really think of a time that the prince of Saiyans was ever civil towards Yamcha, and we bet if he was a more petty person he’d probably be dishing out burns like this one all the time.


Well, we let Vegeta have some fun, but now it’s time to give him what he deserves and roast him alive! Vegeta’s most well known character trait is his famous “Saiyan pride.” It’s a driving force behind most of his actions, always wanting to surpass Goku and constantly training as a result. Whenever his power is questioned or his pride is wounded, Vegeta tends to proclaim his status as the prince of all Saiyans.

This picture completely denies Vegeta the satisfaction, adapting the “Ima let you finish” Kanye West meme to slap down his pride. The best part is that it’s true, Gohan did surpass Vegeta by achieving Super Saiyan 2 before he could. Even better is the fact that Vegeta has cried from a wounded ego before. But to be fair, his wounded ego also ended up helping him go Super Saiyan.


Like we said before, Goku isn’t the greatest dad in the world, but thankfully, Gohan’s got Piccolo. From a young age, Piccolo was Gohan’s teacher, becoming a father figure to the half-Saiyan. It’s not too far-fetched to say that Piccolo is actually more of a father figure to Gohan than Goku himself was, being dead for most of his teen years.

This, of course, is what makes this confused face meme so perfect. We’re not sure if fathers’ day even exists in the world of Dragon Ball, but it would be hilarious if Piccolo got left out of the festivities. After all, Gohan is somewhat known for dropping Piccolo as soon as Goku comes back into the picture. It’s as sad as it is funny.


Seems like Saiyans have the same thoughts about pink as humans do, mainly that guys don’t like to wear it. Vegeta in particular seems to completely despise the color; he’s a warrior after all, not a flower! Vegeta expresses his hatred of pink when Bulma presents him with his infamous pink button up, which has the word “badman” on the back. Bulma tricks Vegeta into wearing it after he was so rude to her, calling it the latest fashion.

Despite his embarrassment, Vegeta’s Saiyan pride forces him to wear the shirt with, well, pride. He berates Trunks for staring at his shirt and even defends it against Goku’s jabs. Maybe pink grew on him, which is why the above picture has us laughing so hard. Maybe not everyone has seen Mean Girls, but you don’t need much context to find Vegeta matching colors with high school girls absolutely hilarous.


DC’s Suicide Squad was named that because the villains which the team composed of were sent on suicide missions with no promise of coming back. Since the Suicide Squad film was a complete flop, we can be happy knowing there’s still a better Suicide Squad out there (aside from the comics that is). Throughout the Dragon Ball franchise, various warriors have given their lives for the greater good, resulting in a different type of suicide squad.

Though the above meme says “original,” Dragon Ball does not in fact predate the suicide squad comics. That said, this picture is still hilarious, portraying the four heroes as noble sacrificers, despite the fact that each of their deaths have also been individually memed to hell. Oh man, now we’re thinking about Chiaotzu’s death, we’re not crying, you’re crying.


Do we even need to say anything more about Yamcha at this point? He’s clearly one of the weakest characters in the entire Dragon Ball franchise. Heck, he wasn’t even considered when Goku was gathering warriors to fight in the Universal Survival Saga. Despite being able to fly and shoot ki blasts, Yamcha is still pretty lame as a fighter, something that is perfectly portrayed by the above picture.

Another notoriously weak character is Magikarp, the flopping fish pokemon that is absolutely worthless until it evolves into a goddamn sea dragon. But, Magikarp might actually be stronger than Yamcha according to this meme, since a simple splash attack places Yamcha in that oh-so-familiar death crater. Of the many “Yamcha is weak” memes, this one is a hilarious classic.

What are your favorite Dragon Ball memes? Let us know in the comments!

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Comic Legends: Did Stan Lee Almost Narrate the X-Men Animated Series?

Comic Legends: Did Stan Lee Almost Narrate the X-Men Animated Series?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and fifty-fifth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

As we’ve been doing it for some time now, one legend today, one tomorrow and one Sunday.

Let’s begin!


Stan Lee was originally going to narrate the opening credits of the X-Men Animated Series



The opening credits of the X-Men Animated Series have becoming iconic.

However, did you know that they were almost DRAMATICALLY different?

You see, when the series began, the series was going to have an opening narrated by Stan “The Man” Lee!

You may or may not recall that Stan Lee was the narrator on the second and third seasons of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (they also had him go back and re-narrate the first season).

Since the narration isn’t really necessary, most of the episodes take Lee’s narration off of them when they re-air nowadays (so they don’t have to pay Stan Lee any royalties).

When the X-Men first had a try for a series, the infamous “Pryde of the X-Men,” Stan Lee was along for the narrating…

Anyhow, when the X-Men Animated Series was set to come out, Stan was again going to be the one who did the narration for the series, only this time it would be in the famous opening credits!

The show runner of the series, Eric Lewald, wrote a great book called Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series

You can buy a copy of the book right from the publisher right here.

In the book, Eric describes how he did his best to at least TRY an opening narration for Lee, writing the following opening which would be delivered by Lee as Professor X…





The earth turns slowly. Have moody music, portending trouble.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) Our world is experiencing a great transformation.

SHOW various action shots of X-Men and villains showcasing their powers, both in battle and in everyday use.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) Genetic mutations have caused the emergence of a new species whose members possess powers so fantastic that they challenge the very notion of what it means to be human.

Show various shots of human crowds being scared, getting angry.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) As fear of these super beings spreads among normal human populations –

SHOW mutants trying to fit in, being rebuffed, becoming sad, then angry.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) – the mutants struggle to find their rightful place in societies around the globe.

Show humans attacking mutants, ending with some fighting back.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) But fear breeds distrust and hatred. Mutants are being persecuted. Some are fighting back.

Show X-Men helping humans during crisis moments.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) A peace must be found. Only then can humans and mutants build the trust and understanding needed to make the world safe for us all.

Show Xavier, the school, the War Room, Cerebro, instructing X-Men in the Danger Room, testifying in Congress.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) I am Professor Charles Xavier. I have dedicated my life to teaching mutants to use their powers to help find a way for mutants and humans to live together.

Showcase upbeat demonstrations of the X-Men’s powers, ending with a smiling CU of Xavier approving their work.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) The “X-Men,” men and women with X-traordinary powers, are my students, my children – my life.

Windup: heroic group shot, pull back to wide vista/sunset, heroic exit shot.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) They fight for a better future for all of us. They are the world’s last, best hope.

That did not work and nor did Lee’s personal attempt at an opening (which stressed atomic bomb testing and stuff like that), so Eric was eventually able to get the idea to be dropped, despite Lee really pushing for it (it did not hurt that Lee would get paid to do this for every episode).

Luckily, the final theme that we got was a total classic!

Thanks for the information, Eric! Everyone, go buy that book! It is so interesting!

Check out some legends from Legends Revealed:

Did MTV Cancel the Reality Show Fear Because a Contestant Died During the Filming of the Series?

Is a Playboy Centerfold Really the Standard Test Image for Image Processing Algorithms?

Did Kirstie Alley Once Have a Publicist Provide Mother’s Milk for a Pet Opossum?

Does Time Magazine Intentionally Put Devil’s Horns on Cover Subjects They Dislike?

Check back Saturday for part 2 of this week’s legends!

And remember, if you have a legend that you’re curious about, drop me a line at either or!

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Marvel’s The Punisher: “Danger Close” Review

David goes off on his own adventure, while Frank must protect the hideout.

Should You Keep Watching Marvel’s Runaways?

Runaways' second and third episode take us deeper into the mystery as Alex and the teens start to investigate their own parents.

THOR: RAGNAROK – New Concept Art From Anthony Francisco Shows Colorful Alternate Version of Loki’s Costume

In the spirit of giving, Thor: Ragnarok costume designer Anthony Francisco took to Instagram to reveal an alternate costume design for Loki that is a far departure from previous versions.

The Line it is Drawn – 2017 Call to Artists!

The Line it is Drawn – 2017 Call to Artists!

Hey everybody, it’s that time again! We’re having try-outs for new artists for the Line it is Drawn. I’m looking to add five new artists to the Line.

The try-out period is going to be two weeks long, with pieces being posted on December 6th and December 13th. So if you’re interested in being a Line it is Drawn artist, just send me a jpg drawing (preferably at least 1000 pixels wide) to (“Line it is Drawn Try-Out” should be your subject heading) based on the following choices that I will list below. Along with your drawing, include your name and your website if you have one. The pieces don’t have to be colored, but I won’t lie, there’s a decent chance that colored pieces might stand out more when it comes to decision-time.

On December 6th, I will post the first batch of drawings. Then I’ll give you a new set of choices. You draw one of them, as well, and then on the 12th, after I post the second set of drawings, I’ll have a poll where people will vote for their favorites and the top two picks of the public will automatically make it and then I’ll pick three more artists by myself (maybe with an anonymous panel of experts helping out, as well). The new artists will start in January.

Being a part of the Line it is Drawn is for artists who are willing to do a drawing every week in about 5 days time. Being part of the Line is not a paid gig. I’m certainly fine with people missing a week or two, but if you don’t think you can meet that schedule, please don’t try out. Most of our artists are here every week, so it is certainly a doable achievement, but please be realistic with your abilities to hit a deadline before you offer yourself up as a possible addition to the Line it is Drawn. For instance, this try-out is for two weeks. If you don’t show up both weeks, you’re not going to be eligible to be picked (I’m giving people a little extra time for the first piece – but then they’ll have the normal quick turnaround for the second piece).

I welcome your try-outs! This should be a lot of fun to see a bunch of new faces! Remember, if you think you can hit the deadlines and you want to do this, pick a choice from below, draw it and then e-mail it to me at by 9am Pacific time on December 6th.

Read on for the choices!

In week one, we’ll be doing cover homages. Here are the choices that you’ll be picking from – just draw any one of these choices…


Kamala Khan put into Detective Comics #359, making it “The Million Dollar Debut of Ms. Marvel”

Everyone that has ever been “Robin” trying to jump through the hoop in (Detective Comics 38)

Fantastic Four #51 with Streaky instead of Thing.

Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85 starring 1970s Black Lightning and Luke Cage with White Wash Jones.

Action Comics #388 with modern versions of DC characters.

Green Lantern #63 with Color Kid ‘I made half the world yellow!’

Lois Lane #29 with Lobo.

The Dark Knight Returns #1 starring Static.

Detective Comics #374 – ‘I killed Robins!’ With every Robin that Batman’s offed.

Homage to Giant-Size X-Men with classic (2003-2012) and 2015 Runaways OR with Hickman’s New Avengers and A-Force

Homage to Giant-Size X-Men with classic and 2015 Runaways OR with Hickman’s New Avengers and A-Force

Star-Lord targets Forbush-Man on Amazing Spider-Man 129

New 52 Superman/Luthor/Brainiac on the cover of Superman #167

Mister Miracle on Superman #233

Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch on Flash Comics #1

Madrox the multiple man on Flash #217

New 52 Superman/Luthor/Brainiac on the cover of Superman #167

Mister Miracle on Superman #233

Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch on Flash Comics #1

Madrox the multiple man on Flash #217

Snoopy (as the WWI Flying Ace) on Star Spangled War Stories #138

Captain Pureheart vs The Shield on All-New Collectors’ Edition #C58 (Superman vs Shazam)

A giant Metallo frying Superman with a Kryptonite ray, and holding Kara Zor-el on X-Men #142

Super Goof & other Disney characters on the cover of Justice League of America #102

Wonder Twins & Gleek, Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, El Dorado, Cyclotron, Golden Pharaoh, & El Capitan Rayo on X-Men 141

Whizzer (Squadron Supreme) & Blur (Supreme Power) on Flash 123

Namor & Captain America, Detective Comics #337

Hank Pym & Ultron, Action 397

My Little Pony on the cover of Justice League of America #85

Daredevil, Karen Page, & Elektra on Flash #343

Chief Examiner (Questprobe) vs Daredevil on Flash 304

Ozymandias, Comedian, & Gordy the Knot Boy on Detective Comics #370

Sabrina and the Archie gang on Justice League of America #10

The Teen Titans on the cover of Fantastic Four #1

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) on the cover of Whiz Comics #2

Peanuts on Adventure #300

Deadpool unmasks to a repulsed public Flash 149

Comedian targets Ozymandias on Amazing Spider-Man 129

Forbush-Man & Colander Girl on Kick Ass #8

Nick Fury & Coulson on Men in Black #1 *1991*

Coulson & the cast of Agents of SHIELD on Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD (1989) #1

Aunt May & Mary Parker (current age) on Millar’s Trouble #1

Oscar the Grouch and Slimey homage to Captain Marvel Adventures #43 #tliid

Squirrel Girl punching out Dr Doom on Captain America #1

Captain Carrot & Spider-Ham on Superman vs the Amazing Spider-Man #1

Teen Titans Go vs a giant Silkie on Brave & the Bold 28

Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and Huey (or Dewey or Louie, I suppose) homage to Green Lantern / Green Arrow #85 #tliid

Palpatine & Darth Vader homage to The Demon (1972 run) #7 (full-on Kirby style art) #tliid

Sabrina the Teenage Witch homage to House of Secrets #92 #tliid

Nextwave vs Forbush Man on Avengers #1

Spider-Man, Alpha & the Spider-Buggy on Batman & Robin (2009) #1 (Morrison & Quitely

Magica De Spell on Vampirella #1.

JLA #21 Guardians of the Galaxy 21st century summoning 31st century GotG

Hulk 2099, Spider-Man 2099, Ghost Rider 2099 & Old Man Logan on Fantastic Four 348

Doom Patrol on X-Men #1

Emily The Strange homage to Detective Comics #31 #tliid

Squirrel Girl & her squirrels vs Ultron on Flash 333

Uncanny X-Force (the Cloak & Dagger foes) and Cable’s first X-Force on Giant Size X-Men #1 …

Archie & the gang on Gen 13 #0 (1994)

Guardians of the Galaxy Future vs Modern day, Justice League 56

Justice League 45, a deranged Alan Moore stands over a fallen V, smashing Rorschach into Nite-Owl

The Librarian (of Unseen University) and Herrena (Red Sonja) homage to STSTI From Beyond The Unknown #23 #tliid

Avengers #16 with the original MLJ/Archie heroes.

World’s Finest Comics #61 with Hulk & the original Avengers.

World’s Finest #169 with Hulk, Spider-Man, She-Hulk and Spider-Woman.

Soviet Super Soldiers on Avengers #4

The Enchantress (Marvel) and Emerald Empress on Wonder Woman vol. 1 #250.

Captain Carrot & other funny animal heroes on All-Star Squadron #1

ROM on the Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #1

Teen Titans Go! tribute to Conjurors #1 #tliid

Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny on Amazing Spider-Man #129.

Josie and the Pussycats homage to The Trenchcoat Brigade #1 #tliid

Squirrel Girl homage to Animal Man (1988 run) #1 #tliid

Howard the Duck and Rocket Raccoon on Felix the Cat #77 #tliid

Archie & pals homage to Kamandi The Last Boy On Earth #11 #tliid

Deadly Class homage to The Spectre (1992 run) #1 #tliid

Flamingo homage to Fun Comics #54 #tliid

Thor & Loki (and some Jotun) homage to Mystery in Space #86 #tliid

X-Men homage to Strange Adventures #30 #tliid

Cyborg and Beast Boy homage to Fun Comics #37 #tliid

Savage Dragon in place of that cleaver-headed guy on Vault of Horror #32

Swamp Thing on Tales to Astonish #13 (the first appearance of Groot)

Avengers Annual #2 with the “classic” Zemo/Enchantress Masters of Evil vs. the Fatal Five.

Bullseye vs. Elektra on Tales from the Crypt #41

Crime SuspenStories #22 with Deadpool & Headpool.

Strange Tales #178: Mr. Miracle as Warlock, Darkseid as Magus, Barda as that anonymous woman…

Spider-Gwen on Amazing Spider-Man #121 and/or #122

Damien Wayne and Dick Grayson, Detective Comics 38

Squirrel Girl and Dr. Doom on Action Comics #252

Wolverine and Deadpool on Detective Comics #475

Batman and Joker on Daredevil #158.

Carol Danvers on Marvel Super-Heroes #12

Flash #133: Groot has the strangest feeling he’s being turned into a puppet!

Kamala Khan on Sensation Comics #1

Deathstroke and Deadpool on Flash #123.

Squirrel Girl on Harley Quinn #2

Justice Inc. Homage to Fantastic Four#1

All the Various Bat Girls vs the Joker on the Batgirl #41 variant

Civil War #7 with U.S. Agent and War Machine

The Flash #174 Mad Max, and Humungus, Toe Cutter, Aunty Entity, Master Blaster and Immortan Joe as the Rogues.

The Justice League on Astro City #9

Aquaman on X-Men #101

The My Little Pony cast on Action Comics #1

Captain America and Iron Man on Dark Knight Returns #3

Adam Strange 6 with Saga characters

The Life of John Paul II #1 (an actual comic) with Sandman’s Lucifer.

The Honor Guard on Avengers #4

Firestorm in Kingdom Come 4

Groot and Gamora on House of Secrets 92

Flash, Arrow, & Firestorm judging Supergirl on Adventure Comics 247

Batman 666 with Hellboy

Identity Crisis 7 with the Avengers (equipment)

The (original) Forever People #1 with the X-Men (Guest appearance by Captain America)

Wolverine mini series 1 with Michonne

Rick Grimes in Daredevil 180

Uncanny X-men 168 with Spider-Gwen

Silver Surfer 1998 #1 with Groot and Rocket Raccoon

Aquaman #62 With Seaguy

Wolverine Mini-series 1 with Deadpool

Uncanny X-men 142 with Ultron, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Amazing Spiderman 129 with Rocket Raccoon and Star-lord

McFarlane’s Spiderman 1 but with Squirrel Girl covered in squirrels

Hellboy on Detective Comics #31

Youngblood #1 with Nextwave

Amazing Spiderman Annual 21 with Oliver Queen and Felicity (and then a One Day cover maybe)

Daredevil 182 with Sabretooth mourning Wolverine

Rob Liefeld characters on Batman #497

Journey into Mystery 83 with the female Thor

Man of Steel #1 with Deadpool

The newest X-O Manowar 1 (the talking cover) with Rocket Raccoon

The newest X-O Manowar 1 with Rocket Raccoon

Amazing Spiderman 300/301 with SpiderGwen

Apollo and Midnighter in Avengers Assemble 6

Groot in the original Swamp Thing 9 or in Moore’s Swamp Thing 61

TV Flash and TV Supergirl in Superman 199

Superman vs Muhammad Ali with Superman vs Mike Tyson

DC TV versions of Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Constantine, Firestorm in Brave and Bold 28

Deadpool on the Flash #163

Guardians of the Galaxy in Brave and Bold 28

Groot and the Guardians of the Galaxy on Justice League of America #9

Who’s the Richest Man Alive? With Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne on Superman #199

@FaithErinHicks ‘s Superhero Girl doing the Action Comics 1 car lift!

Big Daddy and Hit Girl on Batman #9

Superman and Batman on Silver Surfer #4 (Thor/Surfer)

Union Jack on GI Joe #21

What If v1 #10 with Jane & Thor’s current looks

Secret Wars #10 with Iron Fist

Rorschach’s mask & fedora on V for Vendetta #1

Top Dog, Royal Roy, Planet Terry, Wally the Wizard, Spider-Ham, Muppet Babies, Wicket the Ewok, C-3PO & R2-D2 on Secret Wars #1

Spider-Man, Power Man, Iron Fist, White Tiger, & Nova (all from the Ultimate Spidey toon) on What If? v1 #1

Leonardo and Donatello of Ninja Turtles fame in Tales of Suspense #58

The Fantastic Four & the Incredibles on What If v1 #6

Tiny Toons vs Teen Titans on Justice League 56 @

Avengers 145 – Deathstroke targets the Deadpool Corps

Matt Murdock./ Daredevil on Flash #332 M

Stan Lee vs Marvels Illuminati on X-Men 11

DJ Lance Rock & the Yo Gabba Gabba gang on Fantastic Four #8

West Coast Avengers on Avengers #4

Amazing Hellboy 300 (Amazing Spiderman homage) or Hellboy in Action Comics 1 punching a car

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Line it is Drawn: 2017 Thanksgiving Leftovers Week!

Line it is Drawn: 2017 Thanksgiving Leftovers Week!

Welcome to Line it is Drawn, our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from your suggestions!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on the CSBG Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply), our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week.

This is a special Line it is Drawn! This is Thanksgiving Leftovers week, where our artists finish pieces they didn’t get a chance to finish this year (plus some other various and sundry pieces).


I’ll put them in order of the original week!

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners.

For “Comic Characters in Disney Films” week, I took this old Axel piece with Wonder Woman meeting Pinocchio that he just did for himself that I just loved.

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here

For “Guardians of the Galaxy mash-up week”, here is Thanos meeting Darkseid, who mocks Thanos’ Thanoscopter.

The art for this one is by Gene Guilmette. His website is here.

For “Evil Versions of Superheroes” Week, here is a companion to Matt Sandbrook’s evil version of Smokey the Bear that he did for that week.

The art for this one is by Matt Sandbrook. His website is here.

From “Superheroes Cosplay as Other Superheroes” week , we have She-Hulk cosplaying as Wonder Woman.

The art for this one is by Chris Marino! His website is here.

From “Stranger Things Characters Take Over 1980s Comic Book Classics” week we have an alternate version of a piece from that week.

From last week’s “Alternate Justice League Lineups” week, here is a team made up of Power Girl, Wonder Woman, Big Barda, Black Canary and…Vartox?!?

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here

Finally, here is just an awesome Tick and Friends pin-up!

The art for this one is by Dan Wolff. His website is here.

Great stuff, everyone!

Okay, folks, see you next week! Plus, if you’re interested in drawing for the Line it is Drawn, I’m going to do a call for artists in a half hour! Look for it!

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The Punisher Season 1: Deborah Ann Woll Doesn’t Rule Out A Frank/Karen Relationship

When it comes to romance The Punisher seems like the least likely show it to show up. Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) is driven for revenge for his family but there appears to be a hint of it in the series. Cinema Blend recently spoke to Deborah Ann Woll about whether or not a romance is on the horizon for Frank and Karen.

Marvel's The Punisher

There are conversations. I have to think about how much I can sort of reveal. Also just in terms of whether this is Jon’s story to tell or my story to tell, you just want to kind of be respectful of everybody’s contributions. Jon and I have certainly feel that there is room for a romantic story in there. And there were certainly scenes where we took it farther in some takes than we did in other takes. We’ll have to sort of wait and see what the editors chose, and how far they decided to push it. But we as actors allowed for that possibility. It’ll kinda be up to Marvel and the powers that be to see how far they wanted to take it.

Frank has a lot of growing and healing to do before anything can happen. One of those things is the reality that the Castle’s didn’t have a perfect marriage.

You have to remember that no marriage is a fairy tale marriage. They’re trying to sort of show you that there can be deep, respected love, but also a lot of figuring things out. And I think for sure that Karen doesn’t want to step on their toes, but at this point, he and she are the only people who really — they’re two profoundly lonely people — and the only person who really knows them to their core is the other one. And there’s a deep affection there, but it’s complicated.

Complicated is one way of putting it but it’s undeniable that these two people care about each other deeply. Whether it will go beyond that is still up in the air.

Summary: After the murder of his family, Frank Castle becomes a vigilante known as “the Punisher”, who aims to fight crime by any means necessary.

The Punisher, from showrunner Steve Lightfoot, stars Jon Bernthal, Jason R. Moore, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Michael Nathanson, Jamie Ray Newman, and Amber Rose Revah. It will stream to Netflix on November 17th.

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Holt McCallany Says The Opening Scene Of Justice League Was Original Comedic

Once the terrifying image of Superman passed in the opening prologue of Justice League we get a scene with Batman and a robber who looks very familiar who have watched Mindhunter on Netflix this year. Holt McCallany was our robber and he spoke to Collider about that scene and that it was originally a comedic scene but that got changed in the edit.

Justice League

“I love Joss Whedon. My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. That’s how Joss wrote it, and that’s how we shot it. I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit. I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite Champagne and a note from Joss that said ‘To Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss.’ I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed.”

It would have been a bit of a weird way to start off the movie but not any weirder than seeing Superman’s horrifying CGI upper lip one minute into the movie.

Summary: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder, stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Henry Cavill. It’s out now.

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15 Major Problems With The DCEU Movies Fans Choose To Ignore

15 Major Problems With The DCEU Movies Fans Choose To Ignore

We all want the DC Extended Universe to succeed. Because if it does, there’s a bigger chance to see more fan favorite DC characters on our screens in huge blockbusters. They’ve certainly got ambitious plans for the future with Green Lantern Corps and Justice League Dark on the distant horizon. They’re looking to expand their grounded universe with characters like Nightwing and Batgirl, but also have a wild reality changing opportunity with Flashpoint. DC can be criticised for plenty of things, but nobody can deny that they’re ambitious. It’s just a shame that with each huge film they release, each one seems to have more than enough plot holes to pick apart.

RELATED: 15 Things Batman V Superman Did Better Than Wonder Woman

And although the same could be said for most big Hollywood films, problems just seem to be extremely prevalent with DC’s films at the moment. Whether that’s just a problem with the plot, or inconsistencies across several films, DC make some glaring mistakes from time to time. Even the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman misses the mark occasionally. Quick warning, there are Justice League spoilers here as well as spoilers for the rest of the DCEU. Here are 15 major problems with the DCEU movies fans choose to ignore.



When Steppenwolf makes his way to Earth, he begins hunting down all of the Mother Boxes. They’re an indescribable source of power in the DC Universe, and will allow Steppenwolf to claim the planet for himself to get back in Darkseid’s favor. The League quickly scramble to defend all of the artifacts, with Cyborg gaining the last one.

But after Superman is revived and can’t remember what’s happened recently, the League fight him off. But they carelessly leave the Mother Box behind undefended. Obviously, Steppenwolf steps in as they’re distracted and takes it for himself. The League have some genius level superheroes on their team and yet no one thought to either bring the box with them, or leave it defended. Well done team, you nearly jeopardized the world.


Lex Luthor Jessie Eisenberg

So during Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor’s main character arc saw him want to create a deterrent against the Man of Steel in case he ever went rogue and used his powers against Earth. That’s not an unreasonable thought to have, he’s worried about an alien killing everyone. So why did he go ahead and create an alien that tried to kill everyone?

Lex created Doomsday in the Kryptonian ship left over from Man of Steel, using his own blood and Zod’s dead body. He then proclaims it’s his ‘Doomsday’. The monster goes on a rampage, killing Superman and probably many others when it was hurling around skyscrapers. Lex started out with honest intentions of protecting humanity, then devolved into creating something that could destroy it with no contingency plan. Great.



Ah Wonder Woman, so far it’s been the only DC film that was both a critical and commercial success. And that’s completely warranted, but it is not without plot holes. For example, the finale of the movie where Steve Trevor sacrifices himself for the greater good. Or did he?

The plane he commandeers is loaded with Doctor Poison’s toxic gas. So to stop it from being used, he shoots he canisters at a high altitude to make the plane explode. But wouldn’t the explosion just disperse the gas further? We saw what a canister could do to a small town, imagine what hundreds of them would do. Were there no lasting effects among the population? Think of the people Steve Trevor, think of the people.



When the Suicide Squad were finally all introduced and were given a mission to carry out, the story started to become very muddled. The soldiers accompanying them all seemed well equipped to the job the villains had been sent to do to begin with. And when it came to their objective, it was to walk Amanda Waller out of a room and onto a rooftop for a helicopter to pick her up.

Okay, we get that Midway City had been turned into a war zone, that’s fine. But the team managed to get Waller from her secure room to the rooftop without any problems whatsoever. Why jeopardize having these criminals out in public when the military could have probably done the job better? Is it because they’re now a dysfunctional family? Waller, your plan doesn’t make sense.


Justice League trailer Clark Kent

The Man of Steel ending saw Clark Kent take a job at the Daily Planet as an intrepid reporter working alongside Lois Lane. This is right after the world watched Superman fight it out with other alien invaders in huge spaceships. His face will have been photographed and documented. So why does nobody at the Daily Planet catch on that a Kryptonian is working at their publication? Let’s not act like the DC Universe doesn’t have facial recognition.

Just because he’s not wearing the blue suit and has a pair of glasses on, doesn’t mean his disguise is that great. He barely even changes his hairstyle to try and add some mystery to it. He may as well walk around in costume. Plus, everyone knows how close Lois was with Supes, surely one of her co-workers will have caught on that she’s living with someone who looks very similar.



We’re introduced to the Parademons, Steppenwolf’s biomechanical army that do his bidding. And it’s explained to us that the creatures can sense fear and will swarm to feed on it. They even began feeding on their so called ‘fearless’ leader at the end of the film when he realized he’d been beaten. We see them detect it from quite a distance away, so why didn’t they go for Barry Allen during the steam tower scene?

The Flash tells Batman that he’s never done battle, he just moves fast. He’s visibly terrified of everything going on, but the Parademons don’t sense anything when the team are hiding. They should’ve automatically latched onto Barry’s fear and attacked.


Once Justice League finally brings Superman back from the dead, the team have to fight him because he’s not quite sure who everyone is and all he can remember is Batman trying to kill him. And when Flash tries to run up behind him, Supes’ eyes catch up to speed and spot the speedster. The two briefly fight before he knocks The Flash back.

So we know that Superman is incredibly fast, that’s great. So why didn’t he use this speed when he was fighting Batman or Doomsday? Okay, he might not have wanted to kill Batman at the time, but he certainly wanted to stop him. We’re also quite sure that if he could keep up with The Flash, he could have stopped Doomsday from stabbing him. Sorry.


Rick Flag and June Moon

We’re shown from near the beginning of the film that Rick Flagg and June Moone had fallen in love, so Waller manipulated the soldier into keeping her in check. Unfortunately Enchantress breaks free and tries to take over the world. Talk about having a dark side.

Enchantress and June are shown to be two very different people. But for some bizarre reason, Enchantress tries to kidnap Rick Flagg. There’s no real explanation for it, except it gives the team a chance to prove themselves and save him. This isn’t followed up on later on in the film either. It’s obvious that June wasn’t in control of Enchantress whatsoever, so what was the villains’ intentions? We’ll probably never know. Are we complaining about that? Not so much.


affleck knightmare batman

Batman v Superman was a problematic film. It was attempting to be a sequel to Man of Steel whilst simultaneously setting up a springboard for the rest of DC’s cinematic universe. Part of that was teasing threats to come in the future. Yes, we’re talking about the ‘Knightmare Vision’ sent to Batman by The Flash.

It had absolutely nothing to do with the story aside from showing Bruce that Superman could be dangerous if provoked. But when Parademons show up in Justice League, Bruce doesn’t mention his vision to anyone. It might hold vital clues as to who they’ll really be facing Bruce! He doesn’t appear to recognize the Parademons plaguing the world or even recognize Barry in his red speedster costume. Because that would have been a genuinely interesting way of tying Batman and The Flash together, solving the mystery of the future vision.


Batman v. Superman Superman Not a Symbol of Hope

At the beginning of Batman v Superman, Lois Lane travels to the middle east to interview a terrorist. It turns out Jimmy Olsen was a CIA operative and is executed before the rest of the terrorists are killed by the Luthor Mercenaries. Their bodies are burnt and it’s made to look like Superman burnt them alive.

Okay, so we’re not a forensic scientist like Barry Allen, but all of these terrorists had been shot first. So why did Congress come to the conclusion that Superman had killed them? It felt like a cheap way of taking a political shot at the Man of Steel. Maybe that was the point, or maybe it was just to get him into the hearing so he could watch everyone die in the explosion. Either way, the whole conspiracy became very convoluted.


Ares Justice League David Thewlis

During Wonder Woman, it’s explained to us that Ares became jealous of humanity and waged war against Zeus. Zeus couldn’t defeat him but was able to craft a weapon that could take care of him when the time came. It tells us how much power Ares must have if the most powerful God couldn’t kill him.

So how is it possible that a demi-god could kill Ares? We’re not diminishing Wonder Woman’s abilities, but surely this makes her even more powerful than Zeus himself. In which case, Wonder Woman isn’t a demi-god, she’s a fully-fledged God. But it seems strange that using all of his power would actually kill Zeus, because that’s the reason that Hippolyta explains to Diana. What’s the use of having those abilities if he couldn’t use them without dying? Seems backwards to us.


When Midway City is completely taken over, the Suicide Squad aren’t told what it is their mission is to begin with. They’re deployed via helicopter into the warzone, awaiting their fate. But as they’re flying through the abandoned city, their helicopter is hit by some kind of projectile and they crash land.

But we’re never shown who it was that fired on the vehicle. Was it Joker’s crew or Enchantress? It’s a minor detail but the intentions are the same for either culprit. But could Enchantress’ monsters really use a grenade or missile launcher with precise aim to bring down a helicopter? It seems slightly unlikely seeing as they’re creepy, jittery monsters. That can barely hold a fight together let alone manage to bring down a helicopter in the middle of a city.


Clark Kent Man Of Steel

So after Superman’s tragic death at the hands of Doomsday and by extension, Lex Luthor, Clark Kent is buried back in Smallville at a small private ceremony. His boss, Perry White and a few others from the Daily Planet attend the funeral to pay their respects to Clark. The reason covering for Clark’s death isn’t explained though.

Fast forward to Justice League, and Superman is revived using The Flash’s powers combined with the Mother Box as well as the Kryptonian ship. Clark ends the film by returning to the Daily Planet. How is he going to explain that one? He’s going to give Perry and his co-workers a heart attack by walking through the front door like that. There needs to be a coherent explanation as to how Clark and Superman both returned simultaneously.


After her helicopter is brought down by some of Enchantress’ monsters, Amanda Waller is used as a source of information for the villain to move on her plan to take over the world. Including using bolts of lightning to take out aircraft carriers and radar dishes, of course. In doing so, she stabs Amanda Waller full of tentacles that absorb her knowledge.

We don’t see how the head of Task Force X ever escapes or how she removed all the tentacles. The next time we see her, she’s completely fine and none of the team question how she managed to escape completely unscathed. Maybe it’s lazy storytelling, perhaps the scene was cut, but it just doesn’t make sense. It’s a good thing that Viola Davis is a phenomenal actress.



Okay, so after the death of Superman during the finale of Batman v Superman, his friends and family bury him back in Smallville. It’s an emotional scene, especially for Lois and Martha. Batman and Wonder Woman watch from a distance, worried about a future without the Kryptonian. But the dirt thrown on his coffin rises, as if Clark isn’t dead and is preparing to fly.

But when Flash and Cyborg exhume his body, Superman is still very much dead. He’s buried and shows no signs of regenerating. He’s dead. The only thing that brings him back is the Motherbox alongside Flash’s powers. So why did the dirt rise on his coffin? Residual energy? Dwindling plot threads? It’s clear that the story was changed in the time between the two feels.

Which of these bothered you the most? Let us know in the comments!

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Zack Snyder Supports Petition Asking Warner Bros To Release Zack Snyder’s Cut Of Justice League

Following Justice League’s failure to perform up to expectations at the box office, fans have been looking for places to lay blame for the fact that what should have been a billion dollar film ended up being the lowest opening movie in the history of the DCEU. One popular theory posits that evil critics maliciously conspired to drive down the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score, but an equally plausible theory is that Warner Bros ruined the pristine vision of Zack Snyder, forcing alleged fake feminist Joss Whedon to replace Snyder’s awesome scenes with his own while cutting the film down to a way-too-short two hour runtime.

Two theories, both equally realistic. And the latter seems to have more evidence to support it, as despite Justice League’s critical and commercial failure, Whedon is still directing the Batgirl movie. Is he being rewarded for his hatchet job? We may never know. But one thing we do know is that it looks like one proponent of the latter theory may be Zack Snyder himself!

Snyder, it seems, liked a Vero post promoting a petition demanding that Warner Bros release a director’s cut of the film with Snyder’s vision restored. Snyder’s social media activity follows a recent scandal wherein the traitorous Whedon liked a tweet critical of Justice League before its release. Taken together, this is near irrefutable evidence that the Ultimate Cut of Justice League really is possible, despite it being completely economically infeasible for Warner Bros to make one!

More than 120,000 people have signed the petition so far, and with Snyder’s support, that number will only grow. Will it be enough to convince Warner Bros to restore Snyder’s vision to the film? It’s as plausible as the theory itself.

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The Two Alan Moore Comics DC Could Publish That Everyone Would Be Fine With

There has been some debate again, as there was when DC Comics published Before Watchmen, with the publication of Doomsday Clock, as a sequel to Alan Moore and Dave GibbonsWatchmen. While with the Metal series, Scott Snyder worked with Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison about introducing elements of their DC Comics into the series, Alan Moore hasn’t wanted DC to publish a sequel at all and for Doomsday Clock, Dave Gibbons discovered the news by reading it on this very website.

It goes back to DC Comics’ decision to abandon its publishing plans originally agreed with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and exploit the property instead. And receive the brickbats of criticism as a result.

But there was another way. And something that DC Comics could look towards.

First, finish Top Ten Season Two. The sequel to Alan Moore, Gene Ha and Zander Cannon‘s America’s Best Comics series, Season Two by Ha and Cannon, with Moore’s blessing, only had the first four issues published., The final six issues, and enough to give Top Ten a second decent-sized collection and fodder for a future Artists Edition, were not. Cannon has thumbnailed issues worth and will happily show off what was intended at comic conventions. But it’s still a long way from the real thing. So that’s one.

But there’s no Superman crossover. And DC Comics wants a Superman crossover.

So the second idea is Twilight Of The Superheroes. A pitch that Alan Moore sold to DC Comics for a multi-title crossover event, before he walked away from DC, and one that has been stripmined by Kingdom Come, the New 52 and the current look to the Batmen Of Tomorrow, but still remarkably fresh for all that.

Presenting a future of the DC Universe, with the Earth divided into Houses of power, it sees John Constantine negotiating his way around them all with a way to change the future. If he chooses.

The important thing in terms of Twilight is that the Time Trapper successfully sets up his fluke field, which effectively distorts a whole stretch of the timestream from, say, 1990 to the year 2010. With very few exceptions, nothing can get in or out of this Time Tangle. Furthermore, as a result of an effect of the fluke field upon a continuum already sorely abused during the reality-reordering of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, within this bubble of fluke time, numerous alternate realities again become possible, if only for a limited thirty year stretch. Although we won’t be exploring any of these realities save for one in Twilight, the possibilities there for story ideas in other books are limitless. Within the fluke, there are maybe worlds where the imaginary stories happened: what would the world of
Superman Red/Superman Blue be like if you were to visit it twenty years on? Or the world in “The Death of Superman”. Is there a world perhaps like the old Earth-Two or a world in which Dark Knight takes place? As well as opening up a wealth of story possibilities without opening up the attendant can of worms, it also provides a convenient trash bin for every story that DC ever published that didn’t fit in with the continuity. Brother Power? It happened in the fluke. Prez? The fluke. The Rainbow Batman? In the fluke.

It can be read in full here. 

Alan Moore considers that DC Comics’ regard to him is that of corporate stalking. Constantly trying to drag him back one way or another to working for them. But Top Ten Season Two and Twilight Of The Superheroes would be a league away from that. There’s no issue of a betrayal of creative intent. And everyone would make money.

Publishing the final issues of Top Ten would bring closure to ABC, and might bring some readers to the rest of the line in backstock, maybe even justify that Sideways Absolute Promethea once promised.

And Twilight Of The Superheroes might put a cap on all those futures of the DC Universe that different titles are warring about, and may help relaunch the Hellblazer title that still seems to be kept around for old times’ sake.

You never know. Dave Gibbons might even draw it.

Go on, DC Comics, at least think about it…

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Rogue One Star Really Wants to Play Doctor Doom

Rogue One Star Really Wants to Play Doctor Doom

Ben Mendelsohn is attached to Marvel Studios’ upcoming Captain Marvel movie, but the actor has revealed his ideal Marvel character to portray would actually be Fantastic Four foe Victor Von Doom, AKA Doctor Doom, one of the most beloved supervillains in Marvel Comics history.

RELATED: Captain Marvel Circles Ben Mendelsohn for Villainous Role

Making an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Mendelsohn discussed the character and why he gravitates towards him. “Doctor Doom is the greatest comic character of all time. That’s a great role,” the actor said. “The thing that’s appealing about Victor is the damage and trauma, the loss of the family, the wrong done to him and then the takeover, the revenge, and then the protectiveness of Latveria wrapped in that Cold War vibe.”

“There’s something about the combination of that. What actually makes him great is his caring bit,” he continued.

Fox is said to be developing a Doctor Doom movie, after its failed reboot of Fantastic Four in 2015. No details have been revealed about Noah Hawley’s Doctor Doom flick since it was announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego earlier this year, during the Legion panel.

RELATED: Captain Marvel Casts Jude Law As Male Lead

Starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel is set in the ’90s, and will draw upon elements of Marvel Comics’ Kree/Skrull War. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the film also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Captain Marvel arrives March 8, 2019.

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Zack Snyder’s Son Thinks Justice League Would Be Better Without Comedy Or Meddling

Zack Snyder's Son Thinks Justice League Would Be Better Without Comedy Or Meddling

And he would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for that meddling Joss Whedon.

Source: Vero

While Zack Snyder hasn't seen the final cut of Justice League yet, his son Jett sure has, sharing his thoughts on Vero. Jett liked the film, but had a few problems he aired.

"On a more serious note I did enjoy the movie, although it is clearly not what it could have been due to the meddling of Warner Brothers and the forced comedy."

Jett is clearly referring to the addition of director Joss Whedon on the film after his father stepped down following his sister's suicide. Whedon is known for his light-hearted humor, especially in contrast with Zack Snyder's bleak films.

But Jett did recommend the film in the end, despite the two hour run time.

"The run time was my biggest gripe with the movie, with events that should take a long time over in a flash;$ [sic] but still definitely a fun movie to watch, and would recommend it."

Justice League currently sits at 41% on Rotten Tomatoes, but don't take critics words for it when you can take the word of a teenager. They're still hip and cool. 

Justice League is in theaters now.

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

DuckTales Return Date and Episode Guide

The DuckTales reboot is a welcome remake of the Disney classic. Here's everything you need to know!

News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter Shamus Kelley
Nov 24, 2017

The DuckTales reboot is here and it's amazing.

DuckTales, in case you don't know, was a wonderful animated series that aired 100 episodes between 1987 and 1990. This was a cartoon with an impressive legacy. Based on the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics of Carl Barks, which are not only some of the finest comics ever made, but helped influence the Indiana Jones franchise (which the cartoon then borrowed some flavor from), DuckTales was a perfect blend of adventure and afternoon cartoon comedy. It also boasted the catchiest theme tune in history, and spawned a video game that still holds up as one of the best ever produced for the NES.

The next new episode will air on December 2, 2017. You can find a title for it below.

DuckTales Episode 9 "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!"

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There's a trailer for the upcoming episode here.

DuckTales Episode Guide

DuckTales Episode 1 "Woo-oo!"

Donald Duck reluctantly takes Huey, Dewey, and Louie to the home of their reclusive great-uncle Scrooge McDuck. Enthrealled by their once-legendary great-uncle and the wonder of McDuck Manor, the triplets and Webby learn of long-kept family secrets and unleash totems from Scrooge's epic past, sending the family on an adventure of a lifetime to the Lost City of Atlantis. 

DuckTales Episode 2 "Daytrip of Doom!"

The nephews take Webby to Funso's Fun Zone and have a dangerous run-in with the Beagle Boys.

DuckTales Episode 3 "The Great Dime Chase!"

Louie accidentally spends Scrooge's Number One Dime and turns to mad inventor Gyro Gearloose for help to get it back, while Dewey and Webby become entangled in a conspiracy.

DuckTales Episode 4 "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!"

After crashing Ma Beagle's birthday party, Webby and new mysterious friend Lena must fight their way through Beagle Boy turf to get back home. 

DuckTales Episode 5 "The Tunnel of Terra-Firmians!"

Huey and Webby's disagreement over the existence of a mythic species leads the kids to explore an eerie abandoned subway tunnel, while Mrs. Beakley grows suspicious of Lena. 

DuckTales Episode 6 "The House of the Lucky Gander!"

Donald competes with his cousin Gladstone Gander to impress Louie at a mysterious resort in Macaw, while Scrooge tries to lure the kids away from the resort's endless distractions.

DuckTales Episode 7 "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!"

Huey competes with Dewey for a coveted internship with Duckburg's newest tech billionaire, Mark Beaks, while Scrooge and Glomgold team up to take this new competitor down. 

DuckTales Episode 8 "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra"

In a lost pyramid, Louie interprets a pharaoh's prophecy to his advantage, forcing Scrooge and Launchpad to convince a group of living mummies to rescue him.

DuckTales Episode 9 "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!"

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DuckTales Reboot News

We've got some key details from the DuckTales panel at San Diego Comic-Con that reveal some key facts about the series.

- The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck was a huge influence on the series and it was required reading for all the writers.

- A special clip of episode nine was shown where the family goes into a pyramid and gets separated from each other.

- One of David Tennant's favorite episodes "takes place back in time."

- The creators of the series wrote it, "like a family comedy. The family just happens to be the greatest adventurers of all time."

- There will be Disney easter eggs all over the show.

- A new character will be introduced named  Mark Beaks. He's a tech millionaire. Flintheart and Scrooge hate him more than they hate each other.

David Tennant said that in "every episode a new corner of (Scrooge's) past is revealed."

- The producers chose the duck brothers birth order by how the public says their names. So Huey is the oldest,  Duey is the middle child, and Louie is the youngest.

Darkwing Duck is also coming to DuckTales! Read more on that here

Read and download the full Den of Geek SDCC Special Edition magazine here!

Disney XD also released the main titles for the new show, which are fun, funny, and filled with shenanigans — just like we like our DuckTales. Check them out....

DuckTales Reboot Cast

We've been waiting for word of Gizmoduck's inclusion, and now we have it, and the announcement comes with some unexpected star power. Lin-Manuel Miranda (ever heard of this little production called Hamilton?) will voice Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, Gyro Gearloose's intern. Fenton moonlights as Duckburg's superheroic Gizmoduck.

Check out your first look at the new Gizmoduck design here:

“Growing up as a Cuban-American comics enthusiast, I was always hungry for a Latino hero to call my own,” co-producer Francisco Angones said in a statement (via TVLine). “In developing the new series, [executive producer Matt Youngberg] and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt DuckTales‘ marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”

Let's take a look at the rest of this impressive group of waterfowls...

Headlining the cast is David Tennant, who will voice the uber-affluent, gold-hoarding feathered Scrooge McDuck. The real Scotsman Tennant, of course, will likely always be best associated with his legendary 2005-2010 tenure as the 10th Doctor on Doctor Who, his celebrated murder mystery Broadchurch, and his chilling Marvel television villain performance as Kilgrave on Jessica Jones. However, he’s no stranger to providing his voice for animated genres having played a role in the 2010 film hit How to Train Your Dragon and the alien robot the Fugitoid on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

Voicing the roles of Scrooge’s adventuring, trouble-making grandnephews are Danny Pudi (Community) as Huey, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, the voice of BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Dewey, and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night LiveWe Bare Bears) as Louie. Filling out the rest of the cast are Beck Bennett (Saturday Night LiveSing) as ace pilot (and eventual Darkwing Duck spinoff facilitator,) Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye (CastleParnormal Action Squad) as nanny Mrs. Beakley and Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and OatesMilo Murphy’s Law) as Mrs. Beakley’s granddaughter Webby Vanderquack.

To say the least, this cast is a cavalcade of fan-friendly talent who not only possess the comedic pipes necessary to bring this revival to life, but acknowledges the adult audiences who will tune in to the new version for some freshly-harvested Member Berries about the 1987-1990 animated series. Disney even released a video of the new cast singing the classic DuckTales theme...

DuckTales Trailer

Need a quick teaser of what to expect from the new DuckTales? How about poor Donald Duck suffering through any number of adventurous situations?

Check out the full trailer, which is pretty much exactly what we were hoping for from this.

And in even better news, DuckTales Season 2 is already confirmed!

“Fans around the world are eager and we’re looking forward to introducing viewers to the all-new DuckTales,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD in a statement (via Deadline). “This early season two order is a testament to the quality work the creative team, led by Matt and Frank, and the cast are delivering.”

Until then, sing that theme tune over and over, play DuckTales Remastered on one of your consoles, and track down some of these amazing Carl Barks duck comics that Fantagraphics has been putting out. You won't regret it.

This article first appeared in February of 2015. It has been updated with new information.

Knox County Mayoral Candidate Glenn Jacobs Flip-Flops On Braun Strowman, Endorses Jinder Mahal

In a move sure to shock the electorate, Knox County Republican mayoral candidate Glenn Jacobs has changed his position on an important campaign issue: WWE Superstar Braun Strowman.

Previously, Jacobs has gone on the record as being staunchly opposed to Strowman, attempting to murder the Monster Among Men by shoving him into the back of a garbage truck and turning on the compactor at the WWE Tables Ladders and Chairs PPC event. Jacobs has been spending more and more time away from the campaign trail in order to pursue a vendetta against Strowman, causing some constituents to worry that he might not be focuses enough on important local issues like big government and high taxes. Jacobs’s reversal on Strowman follows a recent campaign speech where Jacobs reflected on his “sick and depraved” acts, calling his treatment of Strowman a “symphony of horrors.”

However, in an interview with the Times of India, Jacobs was complimentary of Strowman, saying that Strowman “will be known as one of the great big men ever” when his career is over. Additionally, Jacobs threw his support behind Jinder Mahal, a pro wrestler from Canada who probably supports universal healthcare for all people and other liberal atrocities.

“His is a great story,” Jacobs said of Mahal. “He was in the WWE years ago, then left company. And then really improved both in his wrestling and his body and came back and became a world champion. I think a guy like Jinder Mahal is really what every WWE superstar should strive to become.”

How would Senator Ron Paul, who endorsed the supposedly libertarian Jacobs, feel about this? Well, he probably wouldn’t say anything for fear that Jacobs would rip open a hole in the wrestling ring and drag Paul straight to hell, and the last thing Paul wants is a repeat of that recent incident with his neighbor.

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The 17 Best Christmas Horror Movies

If you're in the mood to spice up your holiday eggnog with a real kick, we have 17 Christmas horror movies that are to die for...

The Lists Elizabeth Rayne Jim Knipfel Daniel Kurland Tony Sokol
Nov 24, 2017

Technicolor lights are illuminating every other home in the neighborhood; carolers are marching through the streets; even that old tree in Rockefeller is shining brightly.

For some folks, that’s enough to make you want to grab an axe. But don’t do that. Watch demented men dressed as Santa Claus or a demon Krampus give your old Anti-Christmas sentiments a turn with maximum gore. Indeed, this list isn’t about the most charming, or heartwarming, or fancy-schmancy schmaltz that most Christmas articles, even on this site, heave into the world. Nay, this is about the 17 grossest, nastiest, and all around most fun Christmas horror movies. The kind where the greatest gift you’re going to get on Christmas morning is escaping with your life and maybe some everlasting psychological triggers whenever you see big jolly men in red suits.

Yep, here are the very best Christmas horror movies. Ho. Freaking. Ho.

Black Christmas (1974)

Getting stabbed by a unicorn head to the ghostly tune of carolers singing “Silent Night” is probably not how you want to spend Christmas Eve. This pre-Scream holiday slasher claims its victims in a sorority house haunted by creepy phone calls (sans ghost mask), demonic noises, bodies eerily shrouded in plastic wrap, and one perverse killer whose voice alone is enough to freeze your blood. 

When an unidentified caller keeps repeatedly harassing your entire sorority house with obscene things you can only half-understand (because he sounds like a deranged Donald Duck that laughs like the Joker), you should run even if it is 10 degrees outside. The blizzard of murders keeps raging with one victim being dragged screaming by a hook, and another being bludgeoned to death like something out of a medieval torture scene. Never mind the one suffocated to death by plastic wrap and left next to the window like the vacant face of a doll staring out into the night. You’ll hardly sleep in heavenly peace after this one.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Christmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out) (1980)

In his one and only film as writer/director, Lewis Jackson has crafted a smart and clever black comedy that’s more character study than straight horror film. John Waters insists it’s a comedy about a closeted transvestite (of a sort), but it’s much more than that—it’s the Taxi Driver of Yuletide shockers. Brandon Maggart plays a man who takes Christmas way too seriously. His home is filled with bright holiday decorations all year-round while Christmas carols are playing on the stereo. Santa is his role model, a symbol of all that is good and just in the world. He even works at a toy factory.

He so identifies with Santa, he takes to spying on the neighbor kids, keeping his own carefully annotated naughty and nice lists. But when he recognizes the level of cynicism and hypocrisy among his co-workers, bosses, and the people around town as the most joyous time of the year approaches, well, he goes a little funny in the head. He reaches for the suit and beard and axe, determined to reward the good and punish the evil.

Maggart has since tried to desperately distance himself from the film, but he gives a remarkable performance here as a completely isolated figure with a head swimming with both joy and rage. In the end, the film remains king of the sub-subgenre. Screw It’s a Wonderful Life and Rudolph. Apart from Blast of Silence and Invasion U.S.A., Christmas Evil is the only holiday film I watch annually.

Jim Knipfel 

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A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Admittedly, a number of horror-based Christmas films have gone with the anthology angle for their storytelling. Hell, this isn’t even the only anthology film depicted on this list. A Christmas Horror Story may not be on a lot of people’s radar, but it’s a worthy installment that gets to go to some unusual places purely because both the Christmas and anthology playgrounds have gotten so bloated at this point. This film also benefits from being executed by a cabal of directors who are responsible with directing some of the best horror content to come out of Canada in passing years, such as Splice, the Black Christmas remake, and the Ginger Snaps Trilogy.

A Christmas Horror Story deliciously uses William Shatner as a radio DJ to be the connective tissue that holds together the four stories that comprise the film. Parables on ghost possession, clone doppelgangers, Krampus, and zombie elves all get their due here. Furthermore, ideas like a pregnant ghost using you as a conduit to give birth to its baby is all sorts of messed up. The film also has a pretty inspired ending that actually managed to surprise me and casts the picture in a whole new light. It’s got Santa Claus fighting Krampus. What’s not to like?

Daniel Kurland 

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Dead of Night (1945)

Never play hide and go seek in a house where someone was murdered. While it might be best known for Michael Redgrave’s night-terror-inducing ventriloquist dummy scene that sparked the phobia of possessed puppets, Dead of Night also invites you to a Christmas party with a spectral guest. Spacecase Sally’s genuine terror at realizing what she thinks she saw is what she really saw will forever have you second-guessing shadows creeping in the cold. 

What is obvious in this scene—encroaching darkness and shadows looming over what a place you know is haunted without ever having to hear the big reveal—is hardly as chilling as what is not so obvious until the truth silently materializes. The ghost of the little boy plays hide-and-seek with the other children as if warm blood courses through his veins. Unlike many stereotypical see-through phantoms of the era, this one doesn’t have that telltale translucence which would set off a chorus of screams. Being almost disturbingly normal is exactly what makes him so terrifying. 

Elizabeth Rayne 

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut was the non-denominational star at the top of Stanley Kubrick’s Christmas tree. Originally conceived as a Woody Allen vehicle, it almost starred Steve Martin after Allen insisted on reading the script from right to left. It is as much a cautionary tale as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, bringing the whole family together with a different Christmas tree in almost every frame.  Kubrick pours on the cheer from the opening sequence at the Christmas party where the first gifts are unwrapped, and oh boy are they unwrapped. Bill Harford, played by Tom Cruise, dives right into the muffled spirit of giving after he performs a more than charitable deed for the party's host, played by Sydney Pollack.

Harford spends most of the film looking for the perfect gift like a slow motion version of Jingle All the Way, rushing around from New York City’s famous toy repository FAO Schwartz to downtown specialty shops, to the suburbs, where he can find collectors’ editions. Cruise pays Harford like a wooden windup toy, and not a particularly cute one, either. In spite of all the colorful lights and trips above and below the rainbow, Harford just can’t get into the Christmas spirit. He’s not even moved by the uplifting seasonal tunings of “I Want a Boy for Christmas” by the Del-Vettes. He recovers his seasonal facilities while humming along to the chant during the climactic illuminati sex party, though! The song is actually “Here Comes Santa Claus” sung backwards in Latin, adding more menace to the proceedings than Silas Barnaby brought to Toyland in The March of the Wooden Soldiers.

The film ends when Alice, played by Cruise’s then-wife Nicole Kidman, is caught by her daughter kissing Santa under the mistletoe, revealing herself to be the nutcracker.

Tony Sokol 

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Gremlins (1984)

Santa doesn’t exist… unless it’s your father in a red suit who met his untimely end trying to slide down the chimney with a sack of presents before getting stuck. Don’t tell that to the innocent bat-like ears of a harmless (for now) Mogwai. It’s exactly the kind of story you expect to hear while hunkering down in the shadows with a flashlight while a bunch of leathery green things with too many teeth ransack the neighborhood. And Santa? That smell coming from the fireplace weeks later was no dead cat. Worst. Christmas story. Ever. 

This movie should be on every hardcore horror fan’s holiday playlist just for the musical monstrosity of those reptilian things decked out in Santa hats and earmuffs singing “Deck the Halls” at the neighbors’ door, sheet music and all. This is continuing proof that animals have a sixth sense, because her yowling cat senses something off about the voices warbling “Joy to the World” outside. She’s right to have an aversion to Christmas carolers.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Holidays (2015)

I kind of love the concept of this movie.

There have been so many holiday-themed horror films at this point—reaching Christmas and going far, far beyond that—so why not make an anthology film that takes that idea to the extreme? Holidays hits the expected staples such as Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, but part of the fun here is how holidays with lesser expectations like Easter or St. Patrick’s Day deliver some truly horrifying content (seriously, the St. Patrick’s Day segment is disturbing, bonkers chaos). The Christmas segment comes courtesy of Scott Stewart (Legion) and has Seth Green trying to survive the holiday as he attempts to get his son the perfect gift. Stewart’s installment feels very reminiscent of a Black Mirror episode with virtual reality, consumerism, and the dangers of mob mentality all playing their part here.

A lot of these anthology films also try to bank off of the name recognition and notoriety of the assembled directors, but Holidays proudly features a collection of mostly fresh faces (although Kevin Smith and Starry Eye’s Kevin Kolsch contribute segments). It’s fun to discover a bunch of new blossoming talents here. Come for the Christmas madness, and then stay for the bonus serving of mega dessert that accompanies it.

Daniel Kurland 

Jack Frost (1997)

Before you ask if this is the cringe worthy father/son bonding vehicle starring Michael Keaton. No, this is the Jack Frost where the killer snowman’s nose functions as both a killing tool and a device to sexually assault his victims. All square? But hey, at the least the film isn’t afraid to ride its ridiculous premise as hard as possible. First of all, an actual killer named Jack Frost crashes into a truck of “genetics material” that causes him to transform into this cold abomination in the first place. That sets the tone pretty nicely for the abundant murders, sex, and plot holes that plague the town of Snowmonton (yup). It’s hard to believe that this film got made, with all of the visuals being some real spectacles that you don’t typically see in the horror genre.

Jack Frost is the perfect Christmas horror film to shut your brain off and watch, or the title that you should be selecting right in the middle of your deep eggnog haze (it’s got a 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so…). It’s stupid nonsense, but it knows that it is and has tons of fun with itself. We need more talented individuals trying to tap into the killer snowman subgenre. There’s still a true classic waiting to come to life here.

Daniel Kurland 

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Krampus (2015)

Morbidly funny in its anti-holiday sarcasm and ridiculous demons, Krampus is like a mashup of the Griswolds, the Grinch, and every mythical beast that has ever been rumored to devour children on the naughty list. You’d rather get coal in your stocking than a killer jack-in-the-box jump scare… or find chilling hoof prints in the snow that are definitely not from Rudolph.

Krampus is one Yuletide monster actually worse than the Grinch. The grisly inspiration for this tale is a Germanic one about a hairy, horned, and cloven-footed demon who stuffs naughty children in his sack and either beats them with a wooden switch or eats them (depending on who you ask). Also, his heart won’t grow three sizes from gorging on human flesh, either.

This version of him is also hungry for anyone who’s lost their holiday spirit—whether or not you otherwise qualify for the nice list. Watch this with the lights off for the full effect of the power outage that works to the creature’s advantage as he goes hunting for holiday nonbelievers. Kids, don’t scorn Santa or Krampus will come to collect you.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

There are some of us who know this movie verbatim and to the point where we will shamelessly break out singing “This is Halloween” and raise Jack’s quasi-Shakespearean monologue from the dead even in the middle of July. Or keep warning people that tragedy’s at hand. Or correct anyone who says there are 365 days until next Halloween by growling “364!” The stop-motion animation saga of the talking skeleton turned “Sandy Claws” bewitched an entire generation of ‘90s kids. 

Even people who hate Halloween will stare with delight and awe when Jack’s skull bursts out of a snowdrift, and he first puts colored lights in his eye sockets and explores every “what’s this?” in Christmas Town like a spook in a coffin shop. You just can’t help but love the adventurous skeleton, even if he does end up making haunted houses out of people’s living rooms on Christmas Eve. Whether you’d rather be making Christmas with strangely somber carols, reanimated reindeer or toys that bite back, it’s now an officially unofficial holiday classic.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Rare Exports (2010)

There couldn’t possibly be a more sinister place to search for Santa’s ancient burial mount than in the frigid depths of Lapland. It’s the same supposedly enchanted place Dick van Dyke hiked to in the search for Santa in an ‘80s musical Christmas special, except this time you won’t find him in a cozy cottage with stockings hung by the chimney with care. You won’t find the guy in red from the mall, but anything that takes a disembodied pig’s head as bait couldn’t possibly be jingle-belling on a sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, especially when he seems to have a ravenous appetite for said reindeer. 

This time, “the spirit of the season” is literally the most malicious Christmas spirit that has ever terrorized the Yuletide. Even if you watch the whole thing in Finnish and don’t understand a word except the screaming, the ghost of the child in you that really did believe there was a guy in the North Pole will be forever traumatized. This glaze-eyed zombie incarnation of Mr. Claus doesn’t laugh like a bowl full of jelly. You better watch out.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Santa Claws (1996)

You do have to wonder what happened to John Russo along the line. Thirty years after co-writing Night of the Living Dead, he came up with this decidedly sleazy but sadly unoriginal wonderment, which was much more focused on boobs than Yuletide butchery. In what by that point had become a battered cliché of the Slasher Santa subgenre, a young boy named Wayne (Grant Kramer) sees his mom having sex with a man wearing a Santa hat (!), and so murders them both. I’m not exactly sure how this transference would work in Freudian terms, but when he gets older, he a) becomes obsessed with a low-budget scream queen named Raven (played by low-budget scream queen Debbie Rochon) and b) decides he’s Santa.

As you might imagine, stalking someone when you’re wearing a Santa suit is no mean feat, but Wayne gives it his best shot. Most of the film, however, focuses on Raven and her extended family as she gets undressed a lot and wonders not only why that creep in the Santa suit keeps showing up everywhere, but why everyone around her keeps dying in a particularly bloody fashion. It can feel like there are two films going on here, a by-the-numbers stalker/slasher movie and a holiday horror film, which leaves me thinking Russo had one of them in mind, but after some eight-year-old smarty-pants came up with that clever “Santa Claws” pun, well, he just had to run with it.

Jim Knipfel

Santa’s Slay (2005)

Christmas can sure scare the Dickens out of people. Hence why you can’t not watch a holiday horror flick in which Santa is the Antichrist, sentenced to 1,000 years of delivering gifts after losing a curling match with an angel, and played by former pro wrestler Bill “Who’s Next?” Goldberg. As the only son of Satan (you know what they say about rearranging the letters in that name) whose grim legend is immortalized in the Book of Claus, he can now at last spread Christmas fear with weapons, karate kicks, hand grenades, exploding presents, and his own perverse idea of what “Ho ho ho” should really mean. Them’s the breaks once the bet’s terms are done.

Santa’s methods of murder are fiendishly festive—to say the least. There is no naughty or nice list when it comes to an insatiable appetite for violence. Grandpa gets run over by a hell-deer, and Slayer-Claus forever silences Fran Drescher’s irredeemably nasal laugh by drowning her in eggnog. He even knocks out poseurs in red suits and drives a sleigh with a rocket engine like it’s the Batmobile. Mall Santas everywhere are shaking in their pleather boots.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Naughty children get punished with more than just a stocking full of coal in this Christmas chiller. Just the opening scene with all those empty-eyed animatronic toys haunting a window display after-hours should tell you that this is not a movie that’s going to end in visions of sugarplums. Forget that it’s supposed to be the season of all things magical. Those things can be more terrifying than every single plastic skeleton and gaping zombie mask you’ll ever see in a haunted house around Halloween.

You’d better watch out for that psycho in the red suit who grabs a hatchet off the wall as if it was his bag full of toys and packs an automatic pistol in his fur-lined pocket, murdering misbehaving kids he’s been watching undercover of shadow. This sadistic Santa clearly doesn’t believe in sliding down chimneys—and the only red he’s interested in wearing is the blood of innocents. If that won’t convince you to stay awake because he sees you when you’re sleeping, you must be Freddie Krueger.

Elizabeth Rayne

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Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

Three years after the shit-storm sparked by the original’s ad campaign, some smart cookie decided a sequel was necessary. A tough call there, given most all the principals were killed off pretty thoroughly the first time around, but still, right? There was money to be made. So they brought in an untested director (Lee Harry), a mostly untested crew, and a cast of mostly non-professional actors. After a half-dozen writers took a swipe at the script, they came up with a confounding but tepid rehash of the first film. This time around, and mostly in flashback, we learn that after the first killer Santa was sloppily dispatched at the end of Part 1, his brother Ricky becomes determined to uncover what went wrong.

He pays a visit to the sadistic Mother Superior at the Catholic asylum where his brother had been kept, and before you can say “ho ho ho,” Ricky ends up donning the red and white suit himself to do a little rampaging, though without nearly half of his brother’s imagination. They even used the same fucking poster design, just slapped a “2” on it. I guess hoping they might raise the same sort of ruckus the first one had. Sadly, it was too late for that.

Jim Knpifel 

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Sint (2010)

Dutch director Dick Maas took some early steps toward Krampus territory with his re-imagining of the legend of the warm-hearted Saint Nick. Borrowing heavily from earlier Italian, Spanish, and American horror films, as well as Danish folklore, “Sinterklaas” here was actually a bloodthirsty medieval murderer and all around brute who oversaw a savage reign of terror. Finally fed up with all his nonsense, the ornery local villagers banded together on the night of Dec. 5 and lynched him. As per tradition, however, in the moments before he died Sinterklaas vowed vengeance from beyond the grave, promising to retirn every 32 years on that very night to do bad and icky things to the villagers’ descendants.

Over the centuries, the story was mainstreamed and soft-pedaled, becoming part of the local folklore. The character of Saint Nick became much more benevolent and child-friendly so as not to scare the wee folk. Then, well, wouldn’t you know it? That anniversary creeps around again, Sinterklaas is true to his word, and Amsterdam turns all bloody, leaving it up to an intrepid teenager named Frank to put a stop to the mayhem. A stylish, wicked, and hugely entertaining take on the darker history of a beloved legend. It was also the top grossing film in Denmark in 2010, which either says something about the Danish film industry or the Dutch themselves.

Jim Knipfel

Tales From the Crypt: And All Through the House (1972)

The Crypt Keeper first emerged as a ghoulish EC Comics character who crawled onto the big screen in this horror anthology, welcoming unknowing tourists to his catacombs with bony arms open. What the tourists don’t know is that they’re all recently deceased. The invite is to a subterranean story-time in which he unearths the gruesome details of their deaths with a gap-toothed grin. Creatures are obviously stirring when killer wife Joanne is stalked by a homicidal Santa in this warped homage to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas titled (appropriately enough) “… And All Through the House.”

So it is that “O Come All Ye Faithful” is interrupted while playing on the radio by a scratchy warning of a homicidal maniac run amok. And wouldn’t you just know it, this occurs right as Joan Collins is offing her husband with a shot to the head—and then realizes she has to dismember the body before cashing in on his life insurance. Her blissfully naïve daughter lets the killer jolly old elf in, shrieking that Santa finally came before he erupts into psychopathic rage. Clement C. Moore must be turning in his grave.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Valiant Entertainment February 2018 Solicitations

Valiant Entertainment February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Armstrong & The Vault Of Spirits #1, X-O Manowar #12, and Ninja-K #4.

Source: Valiant Entertainment

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Renato Guedes (CA) Kenneth Rocafort
Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit's cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter's physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself...and strike a bargain for her safety. Now, with the supernatural heroes known as Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life...or sacrifice his own...
Plus: Magic and the Bloodshot Squad lead an assault on OMEN for the rescue attempt of a lifetime! A wrenching new chapter for Valiant's powerful series starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) leads Bloodshot to the precipice of loss, grief, and retribution – featuring fully painted interior art by sensational rising star Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)! (STL072875)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Christos Gage (A) Juan Jose Ryp, Ariel Olivetti (CA) CAFU
At the height of 1970s Britain, MI-6's covert "Ninja Programme" has just activated its first female agent: NINJA-G! As financial instability grips the nation and anarchy brews in the streets, can MI-6's newest ninja recruit counter a steady tide of double agents, double crosses, and dueling nation states that will take her from the leather-padded corridors of London to the most severe corners of the Soviet Bloc? The life expectancy of a ninja agent is never long...but just how and why are NINJA-G's missions still impacting Ninjak's deadly manhunt in the modern day? And could her legacy hold the secret to decoding the murders of the Ninja Programme's last surviving members – before Colin King is scratched off the list once and for all?
Learn the hidden history of Valiant's cold warriors as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix's Daredevil) and special guest artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) debrief with an essential and self-contained jumping-on point for the espionage-laden, super-spy thriller Entertainment Weekly calls "fresh and exciting"! (STL072880)
40pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

QUANTUM & WOODY (2017) #3
(W) Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Francis Portela (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Because you demanded it! The Goat returns!
If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody's 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: "Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?" At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson's transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told...and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited birth of the Goat's baby!
And the Eisner for "Best Goat Birth Scene" goes to...writer extraordinaire Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and special guest artist Francis Portela (FAITH)! Don't miss the staggering spectacle as the entire Valiant Universe stands on the cusp of a milestone moment in the spectacular goatacular of 2018! (STL072890)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #12
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Ryan Bodenheim (CA) Lewis LaRosa
Behold the untamed fury of Earth's last Visigoth!
Left for dead by a mercenary band of bounty hunters far more twisted and devious than any enemy he's faced before, Aric of Dacia has managed to cling to life...and a thirst for revenge. Now, his campaign of retribution against those who have wronged him can begin in full force...and, when the dust settles, the alien world of Gorin will rue the day it ever brought the savage sword of X-O Manowar crashing down upon it...
From the minds of master storyteller Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Dept. H) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), the sci-fi comics juggernaut of 2018 reaches a pounding crescendo as "VISIGOTH" launches Valiant's iconic hero into an intergalactic battle of will and wanton ferocity! (STL072895)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Eliot Rahal (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Kevin Wada
He betrayed his friends. He betrayed his country to save us all... In the wake of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE's stunning digital debut – coming this winter to digital devices everywhere – get the full story behind the head-to-head showdowns, hero-on-hero collisions, and epic consequences that await as Ninjak goes it alone against a gauntlet of the Valiant Universe's biggest and most beloved icons! Watch the live-action, episodic series... Then follow the action directly onto the comics page with extra-added action, intrigue, and revelations behind Ninjak's grueling firefight against Valiants' most indelible heroes – with red-hot creators Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Joe Bennett (Deathstroke) calling the shots! (STL072884)
32pgs, FC (2 of 4) SRP: $3.99

(W) Fred Van Lente (A) CAFU (CA) Kalman Andrasofszky
What secrets await inside the Vault of Spirits?
Deep beneath New York City's seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history's greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer... Ivar, Timewalker... Faith... Quantum and Woody... And special guests from across the Valiant Universe... All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong's most valuable and tightly guarded treasure... From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG maestro Fred Van Lente returns with rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) to chronicle the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant's very own disorderly immortal! (STL072863)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Eric Heisserer (A/CA) Raul Allen, Patricia Martin
The year's best-selling independent limited series, now in deluxe edition hardcover!
Eric Heisserer, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and Valiant's upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films, joins the Harvey Award-nominated art team of Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) for an all-new Valiant adventure...launching Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes into the fight of their lives!
The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada's greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds... A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow... To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into ways they never could have imagined...
Collecting SECRET WEAPONS #1-4. (STL068064)
HC, 160pgs, FC SRP: $24.99

(W) Fred Van Lente (A) Stephen Segovia & Various (CA) Mack,David
Out of the pages of 4001 A.D., the breakout hero of the 41st century charges onward in an high-powered tale of tomorrow from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and high-octane artists Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics) and Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR)!
Two millennia from today, Earth is not the hospitable home we once knew. Ravaged by an endless onslaught of war, disaster, and time, the world is littered with desolate badlands, fortified kingdoms, and secretive enclaves where humanity still clings to life... Enclaves like The Grove – Earth's last known repository of scientific knowledge and bioengineered prosperity. Now, under the leadership of the lone protector called WAR MOTHER and her sentient sniper rifle, the denizens of The Grove face a critical choice: remain where they are and die, or find a new land and flourish. Can War Mother lead her people out of isolation and reignite the fires of a dying planet? And even if she can locate the distant citadel she seeks, can she fight back the horrors and perverse monstrosities that lurk just beyond her doorstep?
In the footsteps of RAI and BOOK OF DEATH, raw power meets tribal warfare as Fred Van Lente & Stephen Segovia forge a modern myth of the near future through the fire-tempered frontier of 41st century Earth for Valiant's next stunning science-fiction showdown!
Collecting WAR MOTHER #1-4 and 4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1 (STL065103)
SC, 128pgs, FC SRP: $9.99

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Black Panther Variant Offers Hi-Res, Up-Close Look at T’Challa’s Mask

Black Panther Variant Offers Hi-Res, Up-Close Look at T’Challa’s Mask

A spectacular new variant cover for February 2018’s Black Panther #170 provides fans with a close-up shot of the live-action version of the character.

RELATED: Black Panther International Trailer Reveals Suit’s Capabilities

Issue 170 of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates with art from Leonard Kirk, and one of the variant covers is aptly titled the “Movie Variant Cover.” It provides fans with an ultra-clear shot of the Black Panther suit that T’Challa will don in his solo outing.

Issue #170 sees T’Challa finally confront Ras the Exhorter with his beloved Storm, though something he learns while on his adventures makes him question everything he believes in. This issue also features an exclusive interview with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler in celebration of the movie’s impending release.

Black Panther Close-Up

RELATED: New Black Panther Character Posters Declare ‘Wakanda Forever’

During the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa joined forces with Tony Stark to bring Barnes and Steve Rogers to justice. Once T’Challa learned the truth, he brought Barnes and Rogers to Wakanda, where the former is in cryo to ensure he doesn’t become anyone’s puppet ever again. As Black Panther opens, T’Challa is returning home to Wakanda to truly become king. Unfortunately for him, there are those that wish for the secretive nation to fall, including Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaw and Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Kilmonger.

Arriving in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Guira, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis.

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Fault Disney: 15 Horrifying Pieces Of Disney Fan Art

Fault Disney: 15 Horrifying Pieces Of Disney Fan Art

The Walt Disney Company sprang into existence in 1923, making it a whopping 94 years old. While that makes it only the fourth largest American movie studio in continuous operation, it’s easily the studio that’s had the most focused impact on worldwide culture. This now multi-national mass media conglomerate has made itself the gold standard by which all other family entertainment is judged. If there’s one person reading this list that didn’t see a Disney movie until they were over 18, they’re a Cylon.

RELATED: 15 Insane Stories Disney Does NOT Want You To See

Disney’s spent the better part of a century making sure its content is an inseparable part of nearly every American’s childhood. With characters and imagery so inescapable, it’s not surprising that, A.) Disney inspires a ton of unlicensed art, and B.) That said art can get REAL weird. We’re not complaining — just because Toons stay the same age forever doesn’t mean that people do, and as Disney fans grow up, their perspectives and tastes change. We look at the movies and characters we grew up with with new eyes. Lucky for us, that shift in perspective often manifests in some of the more interesting DeviantArt pages on the internet. Enjoy 15 pieces of Disney fanart that’ll mess you up more than riding It’s a Small World on LSD.


Dark Castle Disney Fanart
For decades, an iconic shot of Cinderella’s Castle has opened every single Disney feature to hit the big screen. The magical white palace (or some variation thereof) serves as the most recognizable symbol of the House of Mouse, second only to Mickey himself. It’s the ultimate monument to the happy endings Disney fairy tales have made an essential part of its brand. That’s what makes it so damn creepy to see such a foreboding version of it.

This shot of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World looks like Disney opened a park in some post-apocalyptic dystopia á la 1984 or even a still from 2013’s disturbing AF Escape from Tomorrow. It’s actually a photo taken on a rainy day by Kayla Snyder . Pretty astonishing how a few contrast tweaks can transform one of the most recognizable brands in the world, huh?


Inside Out Disney Disturbing Fanart

Disney and BDSM don’t share a mainstream relationship, but they sure as heck share an internet one. This drawing piece is by captiveforever, an artist who inserts her BDSM interests into much of her work. We are in no way trying to kink shame by putting this picture on display, but sexualizing Disney to this degree will always feel a bit unsettling to some.

That said, those of us who enjoyed the brand as children and then grew up to be “fully-functioning” adults, can’t overlook the fact that with so much coupling and marriage present, there’s precious little sex. It makes it tempting to insert a little realism into the World of Disney every once in a while. Also, this picture is a brilliant metaphor for bottling up one’s emotions, and that’s kind of what Inside Out was about in the first place.


Heeeres Goofy Disney Disturbing Fanart

Swedish artist Max Grecke has a talent for horror-fying traditional cartoons. This piece transforms sweet, dippy Goofy into murderous, alcoholic hotel caretaker, Jack Torrance. The smile through the busted door panel is the deadest of dead giveaways when it comes to wondering what film Goofy’s mashed-up with. However, there are a few subtle details that make this image really stand out.

First of all, while Goofy still has his cartoon features, he’s also got distinctly human teeth, Caucasian skin and the same stubble pattern as Jack Nicolson in the iconic moment from the original The Shining. Hell, even the wispy hairs on top of Goofy’s head look just like the ones hanging on for dear life as Torrance attempts to kill his family over and over and over…


In The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mickey Mouse plays the titular role as intern to Yen Sid, a powerful (wait for it) sorcerer. Once Yen Sid (read that backwards, btw) retires for the evening, Mickey fully embodies the proverb, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” He snags Sid’s magic hat and proceeds to try and make his janitorial duties go a little faster.

Obviously complications arise (as they so often do when characters try to use magic to escape chores), and Sid has to come down and set things right before Mickey floods the place and gets eaten by brooms. Artist Gris Grimly shows us a less innocent perspective, turning Mickey into a washed-out practitioner of what can only be the Dark Arts. If the company ever gets their hands on the Harry Potter franchise, we think this should be concept art for a team of Disney Death Eaters.


Kristoff Hand Disney Disturbing Fanart

Disney is, and always has been, a purveyor of fine, family entertainment — emphasis on the “family.” When it comes to the bulk of its content, especially G and PG rated cartoons, the House of Mouse is fond of romance, but in terms of expressing that romance, nothing beyond the cliched True Love’s Kiss ever goes down onscreen. That said, adults will be adults and insert sex into anything they possibly can.

This shot of Anna and Kristoff of Frozen is such a great example of the Disney style — Japanese artist Haruki Godo nails both characters so well this looks like a still from the movie. Then when you realize Anna’s sitting between Kristoff’s legs talking about how big his “hands” are while he looks off nervously to the left, everything takes on a whole new meaning.


Darkwing Disney Disturbing Fanart

This mashup is uncomfortable on so, so many levels — not that that’s a bad thing! Artist SplatterPhoenix () is a devoted fan of Darkwing Duck and the show remains a huge subject of her work. The photo above is a mashup of Darkwing Duck and the TV series Hannibal featuring DD as FBI Agent Will Graham and Elmo/Megavolt as Hannibal Lector.

As if placing a cartoon duck vigilante in the context of one of the most harrowing psychological thrillers ever written weren’t enough, this is also ship tribute. Fannibals were famously in love with the idea of love between the two main characters, Will and Hannibal. Unfortunately, that ship never really set sail, so now Hannigram fans are left with their imaginations and creative fanart. Among the Disney fans within that demographic, this shot is probably Pinterest gold.


Elsa Demon Disney Disturbing Fanart
Ah, the picture perfect Disney Princess. She’s an icon and a role model to young women the world over. An animated beauty queen, she’s pretty, pure of heart and well-dressed no matter what story she’s in, and despite calls for the DP market to dial back their glorification of a very specific gender interpretation, they don’t look like they’re going anywhere.

No matter what year it is, you’ll probably always be able to find plenty of extra-femme Disney characters. But if this wicked picture of Elsa is what we get in response, Hail to the Princess, and long may she reign. We don’t know if Elsa took a zombie nap or if all those years she was locked in her room she was actually being the Blair Witch, but in either case, this picture is f**king terrifying. We kind of want more. (Credit: Simmeh)


Vader Mouse Disney Disturbing Fanart

This piece by Austin Madison is only disturbing if you were one of the many Star Wars fans that decried the franchise’s absorption by Disney. Some argued that the Disney brand and merchandising machine would dilute the Star Wars legacy, and others just thought the studio itself was getting too powerful. This piece speaks to both concerns.

Not only is it weird to see Vader bowing down to a mouse, it’s weird to have it be so… appropriate. With its recent collections of both Marvel Studios (2009) and Lucasfilm (2012), not to mention its rumored acquisition of a good deal of 20th Century Fox’s IP, the studio’s going to potentially control most of the biggest titles and franchises currently dominating theaters. If its insistence that theater owners cough up 65% of ticket sales for The Last Jedi is any indication, Disney is not afraid to wield that power.


Nick Cage Ariel

Okay, so in 2013 something kind of great happened on the internet — people started Photoshopping Nic Cage’s animated face onto Disney Princesses and the world was never the same again. Cinderella, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty — YOU NAME HER, NIC FACED HER! Our favorite’s Ariel, though, because s/he just looks so damn magnificent with the waves splashing in the background. When sticking Nic Cage’s head on something, make sure that something has some flare behind it, for pity’s sake.

Many of the gifs still remain available on Imgur if you’re looking for more of a fix. The one of Pocahontas is particularly glorious. Whoever came up with these is truly an artist who can paint with all the colors of the wind. That said, a dude’s head on Ariel’s body is our favorite because the waves offer necessary flare.


Twisted Princess Cinderella Disturbing Disney Fan Art

Artist Jeffrey Thomas has been in the Twisted Princess game since as early as 2008. In the caption for his first foray into this style of fan art (a drawing of a tattered Belle and a sinister looking Beast with a noose around his neck), he explains that he just wanted to see a creepy version of some Disney princesses. The 32 pages of responses he got on this particular gallery alone should give you some idea as to how the community responded to his idea.

We picked Cinderella for this list because of the unsettling, Coraline vibe she’s serving as a Scarecrow jumping out of a giant pumpkin. Also weird? The unsettling, ratchet smile she’s beaming down on the twisted version of GugGus sitting in her hands. Just what is this Cindy into?


Bing Bong Disney Fanart

We really underestimated how easy it’d be to take some of the nicest, most benign, and frankly, tear-jerking characters in the entire Disney archive and turn them into monsters that will forever haunt the dreams of humanity. Bing Bong here serves as a reminder to those would go looking for this type of fan art out of sheer curiosity — THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CANNOT UNSEE.

Bing Bong was one of the most touching parts of 2015’s mega-hit, Inside Out. As Riley’s long-misplaced imaginary friend, he helps Sadness and Joy find their way back to the girl’s mission control. When he sacrifices himself to the oblivion of her subconscious, the world freaking wept. So yeah, this twisted, melting Snuffalupagus hit us pretty hard. He looks like something that would hide in a sewer! (Credit: Wednesday Wolf)


Mickey Wolverine Disney Disturbing Fanart

Okay, so we’re probably just as surprised as you were to discover that not all X-Men crossovers are… improvements. Maybe it’s the loss of innocence in a character like Mickey Mouse, or maybe it’s the absence of the chiseled, unadulterated masculinity evoked by Wolverine, but in either case, this just… it isn’t right (the reflection of Donald Duck in his claws is DOPE, however).

An homage to the cover of The Incredible Hulk #340, this piece makes Mickey look like he’s been popping waaaaayy too much Human Growth Hormone, and overall, doesn’t wear Wolverine’s typical blind rage/vengeance mask particularly well. This portrait really makes us worry about what’s going down behind-the-scenes at the House of Mouse — clearly Mickey’s current state of mind could use a little checking up on. Maybe there’s a Deanna Troi/Minnie Mouse mashup hanging around to make things even more surreal…


Snow Zombie Disney Disturbing Fanart

This piece is disturbing because not only is it truly stunning, it really resonates with the Snow White story and all other fairy tales that feature a woman falling into a deep and un-interruptible slumber. This image is an adjustment of a still from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in which she holds the poisoned apple just before taking a bite.

In this image, she’s holding her own face as a featureless, corpse-colored shadow of the original. Maybe the piece is designed to point out the fact that she was holding her life in her hands, or maybe it’s a broader message about the artificial beauty promoted in Disney Princess culture. Either way, it has us looking askance at it.


This is an artist’s rendition of a “gascot” as featured in the classic Creepypasta, Room Zero by Christopher Wolf. If you’re unfamiliar, Room Zero is the sequel to another story, Abandoned by Disney. It detailed one man’s journey to an abandoned Disney resort, Mowgli’s Palace. He doesn’t find anything particularly upsetting — just a pillaged hotel, some wild animals and a demon in a Mickey costume that could pull off its own head.

Sometime later, Wolf penned a sequel that detailed his experiences after posting Abandoned by Disney, and they included investigating the parks further until he came across common reports of sightings of people wearing character-themed gas masks (see above). We won’t spoil any more of this story for you (listen to it in audio form if you can), but it’s about 22x scarier than the prequel, so buckle up.


Monsters Inc Disturbing Disney Fan Art

This terrifically sad photo is of poor Monsters Inc. former employee Mike Wazowski after falling on some hard times. The artist, Dan LuVisi, has penned a HARROWING backstory. Read on if you want to feel next-level wigged out beyond what this photo can do on its own.

After the events of Monsters Inc., Mike “was forced” to become a stand-up while Sully partied and enjoyed the adoration of the monster world. But Mike hated comedy, and one day, he’d had enough, so he tried to hunt down his old friend to discuss a change of plans. Unfortunately, he found Sully with Mike’s girlfriend Cecelia, and a fight ensued. Somehow, tiny Mike managed to kill his giant BFF, but after, Cecelia revealed their meeting was innocent, and Mike offed Sully. So, he moved to human Earth and became an alcoholic monster IRL. Nighty-night, kids!

What Disney fan art have you seen that destroyed your Small World? Let us know in the comments!

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DC TV Crossover 2017 – Crisis on Earth X CW Superhero Event Details Revealed

The CW will unite the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow for Crisis on Earth-X.

News Joseph Baxter Mike Cecchini
Nov 24, 2017

The CW has another epic DC superheroes crossover event set for 2017, and this one feels straight out of the comics of the 1970s and '80s. DC revealed today that the title is "Crisis on Earth X" which pays homage to the classic JLA/JSA crossovers of the Silver and Bronze Ages of comics. Those were the stories that first introduced the DC Multiverse concept, which, of course, culminated in Crisis on Infinite Earths, an event which the CW shows haven't been shy about referencing over the years.

We now have the official synopsis for the event...

Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris’s (Candice Patton) wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony.  All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold (Wentworth Miller), The Ray (Russell Tovey), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Iris West and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth’s mightiest heroes – Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (Grant Gustin) and White Canary (Caity Lotz) – lead their teams into battle to save the world.

Hit the gallery at the top of this article for a TON of cool preview images!

Crisis on Earth X Trailer

The full trailer for Crisis on Earth X is here. It appears that Barry and Iris’s long-touted wedding will be the dimension-crossing intersection for this year’s crossover event. Rather than an immortal Egyptian priest or invading aliens, it appears that the nuptials will be unceremoniously interrupted by… Nazis, with machine guns, SS regalia and everything. Why? Well, maybe they saw Justice League and were incensed with the reveal that The Flash (as played by Ezra Miller in that movie,) is Jewish.

Getting back on track, it seems that the nuptials-nixing-Nazis are from another Earth, one that’s not from the 52-world multiverse. This world – the titular Earth X – is one that, as you can guess, is ruled by Nazis. While that’s been done to death in the annals of sci-fi, there’s a major twist here: Doppelgangers of the DC TV heroes that we know and love also exist there, even the ultrapowerful Supergirl! (Übergirl?)

Thus, our heroes – including an imminently-exiting Leonard Snart/Captain Cold – come together (like their Justice League movie counterparts,) to battle their own fascist, Eurotrash-dressing doubles.

Check out another trailer, too...

CW DC Superhero Crossover Release Date

While plot details of the 2017 crossover are still being kept a secret, we now know when to expect the television event.

Supergirl will kick off the crossover on Monday, November 27 at 8 p.m.

Arrow will then be passed the baton later that night (on a special, non-timeslot airing,) on Monday, November 27 at 9 p.m.

The Flash continues pushing the storyline in the Speed Force on Tuesday, November 28 at 8 p.m.

Legends of Tomorrow will host the culminating chapter that same night on Tuesday, November 28 at 9 p.m.

Check out the promo image for "Crisis on Earth-X" which hints at the story (including a Barry/Iris wedding), pays tribute to some classic DC Comics covers, and is drawn by legendary superhero artist Phil Jimenez!

“We conceived this year’s crossover to be evocative of the annual Justice League/Justice Society crossovers we grew up with and looked forward to as kids,” said Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg in a statement via DC. “Phil was the perfect choice to bring the comic book cover iteration of this idea to life. You can count on one hand the number of artists who could compellingly represent so many characters in a single image. Phil is one of them. And his design invokes the cover of JUSTICE LEAGUE #207, which was the 20th Annual JLA/JSA crossover. Our ten-year-old selves are in heaven.”

Earth-X is a dark world in the Multiverse where the Nazis won World War II, and it's the focus of the upcoming Freedom Fighters animated series (which you can see footage from here). The Freedom Fighters' roster includes The Ray, and he'll be brought to live action by Russell Tovey (Quantico) during the crossover. He's also the voice of the character in the animated series.

TV Line has The Ray's official character description:

Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.

It's worth noting that The Ray is an openly gay superhero fighting Nazis, which seems appropriate.

Oni Press February 2018 Solicitations

Oni Press February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Rick & Morty #35, The Damned #8, and My Boyfriend Is A Bear.

Source: Oni Press

(W) Kyle Starks (A) Gabo (CA) Brian Hurtt
From the tabletop smash hit comes this new comic series starring your favorite characters from Plaid Hat Games' DEAD OF WINTER, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner Award-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by Gabo (The Life After). In the pantheon of superheroes, none are more loveable and loyal than everyone's favorite good ol' dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV show stunt dog turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and otherwise? Collects issues #1-4 from the "Good Good Dog" storyline from DEAD OF WINTER! (STL071988)
SC, 112pgs, FC SRP: $14.99

(W) Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon (A/CA) Matthew Seely
Deep in the Oregon wilderness sits Camp Bloom, a weight-loss camp where "overweight" teens can "get in shape." Jesse would rather be anywhere else, but her parents are forcing her to go. Noah isn't sure if he wants to be there, but it's too late to turn back. Tony is heartbroken at the thought of giving up his phone and internet. And Kate... well, she likes the hikes, at least. As far as these four teens are concerned, it's just another boring summer.
Until one night, when Jesse and Noah witness a beloved counselor's murder. The body's gone by the next morning, but a blurry photo leads to one clue—the murderer is one of the camp's staff members!
But which one? As Jesse, Noah, Kate, and Tony investigate, they quickly discover that everyone's got their secrets... and one of them would kill to keep theirs hidden. (STL071985)
SC, 142pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

(W) Pamela Ribon (A/CA) Cat Farris
Bear meets girl.
Nora has bad luck with men. When she meets an (actual) bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she's ever had! He's considerate, he's sweet, he takes care of her. But he's a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conquer all? (STL071990)
SC, 176pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

INVADER ZIM #28 (C: 1-0-0)
(W) Sam Logan (A/CA) Mady G, Fred Stresing
SOMEWHERE IN SPACE is an object so powerful, so deadly, so mysterious, that no one has ever laid claim to it! AND ZIM WANTS IT! But that's before he realizes WHY this mysterious object is so hard to obtain—the closer you get to it, the more time slows down. But hey, ZIM's carried out stupider quests without giving up, so... well, it should be entertaining, at least. (STL071974) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Available only in the United States, Canada, and U.S. Territories.
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Brian Hurtt
The explosive climax to the Prodigal Sons storyline! Eddie thought his plan was simple enough, but he couldn't have imagined that even dead there'd be a hit out on his corpse. While he tries to finish what he started in the netherworld, it's up to his brother, Morgan, to keep his body safe while trying to figure out exactly why they're so hellbent on killing his brother for good, and the secret history of their curse. The answers are guaranteed to surprise everyone! (STL071973)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

RICK & MORTY #35 (C: 1-0-0)
(W) Kyle Starks, Magdalene Visaggio (A) Katy Farina, Marc Ellerby (CA) Marc Ellerby, Katy Farina
Rick, Morty, and Summer journey to a prehistoric land full of DINOSAURS! Thankfully, Rick has it all under control. That is, until he's suddenly out of commission, and it's up to Summer and Morty to get them home. Plus, the conclusion of "The Rick Identity"! (STL071976) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Available only in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K.
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Brian Hurtt
In a prohibition-era world where demonic entities pull the strings that make the crime families dance, Eddie is a mortal with two things working for him. First of all, he can't die. Well, he can and does, quite often, but he doesn't stay that way long. Second, Eddie runs the Gehenna Room, a nightclub with a strict "no demons allowed" policy. But blessings and curses don't look all that different these days. When one of Eddie's old pals shows up seeking sanctuary, Eddie knows he's in for a double-cross. That means walking the line between salvation and damnation once more. Collects the 5-issue "Ill-Gotten" storyline from The Damned. (STL071992)
SC, 136pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Matthew Southworth
Dex Parios, the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, has a new office and a long list of clients she can't take on because of their involvement with crime lord Hector Marenco. So when Mim Bracca walks into her life with an open-and-shut case of a missing guitar, Dex is eager to get started, especially when the rock star pays her up front. But Dex soon discovers that it's not just the guitar that's gone missing... and she's not the only one looking for it. (STL071979)
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Game of Thrones Season 8 Release Date Possibilities, Cast, Story, and More

It's going to be some time before we see Game of Thrones Season 8 on HBO, but here's what we know so far.

News David Crow
Nov 24, 2017

In news that's been long dreaded by the Westerosi faithful, Game of Thrones will meet the Many-Faced God of TV Death in season 8... and it will only enjoy six episodes, at that. Casey Bloys, HBO president of programming, first confirmed in July 2016 that season 8 will be the final year, as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had long stated was their intention. But now perhaps the most fearful news yet... Game of Thrones season 8 could potentially not air until 2019.

The final season of Game of Thrones might consist of only feature-length episodes. For context, the only Game of Thrones episode to run that long yet has been the season 7 finale, which barely made the cut at 80 minutes flat. That length was also first revealed at Con of Thrones, where it was also hinted that the entirety of Game of Thrones season 8 could also be feature-length. We are talking about 80 minutes, 90 minutes, or more. that might even make a possible 18 month-delay worthwhile.

Pre-production is well under way for the final Game of Thrones season. Of course the series will shoot in Belfast, Ireland, which is its base of operations, albeit some scouts have been spotted at familiar castles in Ireland, as well as the Roman amphitheater in Spain that stands as the "Dragonpit" in the Game of Thrones season 7 finale.

Really intriguingly, however, is that our friends at Watchers on the Wall caught that Game of Thrones is scouting Sweden and Norway for the first time ever. Apparently, HBO is now leaning toward the latter. So Benioff and Weiss presumably want to finally show snow falling on King's Landing and other locations, and are using Northern Europe, accordingly. This is good news for Starks, because winter is a time for wolves.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Release Date

While chatting with HBO about the final seasons of Game of ThronesEntertainment Weekly learned in June 2017 from Casey Bloys that the eighth season might not air until 2019.

When EW asked if a 2019 premiere date is a possibility, Bloys said, "Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing."

This likely means that HBO is already expecting a 2019 release date and is preparing fans now for the inevitable. This is probably also due in-part to the sheer scale of the final six episodes, which may all be feature-length.

The post-production period is expected to last longer than usual, and with shooting again delayed for the aid of real-life wintry weather--and possibly going into March 2018--it seems likely that Game of Thrones Season 8 will miss a July 2018 start date, much as it missed its traditional April release in 2017. While the series could potentially premiere in fall 2018, no one really knows what HBO is expecting from its 2018 schedule that also has Westworld returning. Plus, Sunday night in the autumn would put HBO's darling flagship in direct competition with the NFL.

... Nothing is confirmed, we're just saying be prepared for the Long Winter to last into early 2019 and potentially as late as April of that year.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Cast

Presumably all fan favorites who survived the end of season 7 will be returning for the Game of Thrones' endgame in its final year. However, some interesting background players are also turning up.

Mark Gattis suggested to The Express that the plan is for his Iron Banker character, Tycho Nestoris, to return for two more episodes in season 8. For those who need a refresher, the Sherlock actor and co-creator plays the Braavosi banker who is backing Cersei Lannister in her current war. Likely given the events of the end of season 7, he will be checking in on his investment as things move into their final death throes.

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We imagine that "new" casting will be fairly rare. But we'll keep you posted as any news comes along.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Directors

The director's list is here, and like the sight of a dragon flying above a battlefield, it's a beautiful sight since Miguel Sapochnik has returned to the series. Aye, the helmer of what may still be the two most cinematic hours of Game of Thrones, season 6's final "The Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter" hours, is returning to the helm of multiple episodes. Yet the most intriguing thing might be that the final episode will be directed by neither Sapochnik or other fan favorite series mainstays like Alan Taylor, David Nutter, or Neill Marshall. Nope... showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be directing it themselves!

HBO has yet to reveal who will direct which episode beyond Benioff and Weiss helming the series finale--they have previously directed such episodes, such as the crackerjack season 4 premiere, "Two Swords"--but we know thanks to EW that the only other two directors slated for season 8 are Sapochnik and David Nutter. Nutter has himself directed six previous hours of Game of Thrones, including the now legendary "The Rains of Castamere" episode in season 3's penultimate hour. In other words, he visualized your tears by crafting the Red Wedding.

Both Nutter and Sapchnik are expected to each direct two hours, and rumor has it that Sapochnik is scheduled to direct three episodes of the finale. In which case, we imagine they will be a mighty epic three episodes, indeed.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Writers and Scripts

Casey Bloys revealed over the summer that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have finished the final script for the final episode of Game of Thrones. So the truth is out there.

And rather uncharacteristically at SXSW in 2017, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed the entire lineup for writing the last six episodes.

Episode one is being written by Dave Hill, who has been an assistant and story editor to Benioff and Weiss since season 2. Hill has previously penned three episodes of Game of Thrones, including season 7's fifth episode, "Eastwatch," as well as "Home" in 2016, and "Sons of the Harpy" in 2015.

Episode two will be written by Game of Thrones heavy-hitter Bryan Cogman, who has been a producer on the series since 2014 and has writing credits on it going back all the way to the first season in 2011 when he wrote "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things." Other notable episodes he penned are "Oathkeeper," "The Laws of Gods and Men," and the infamous "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken."

The final four episodes have all been written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It's good to be the king.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale

While Game of Thrones season 7 proved to be the biggest year yet for HBO's flagship, at least in terms of ratings, it's fair to say that it was also one of the more frustrating entries. Plot outlines for the entire season leaked almost a full year early, and paparazzi images spoiled months in advance that Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow would meet on the cliffs of Dragonstone (never mind scripts getting hacked and episodes accidentally leaked days early during the actual season).

Thus it's not too surprising that HBO and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are taking extra measures to keep the final season of Game of Thrones as spoiler-free as possible. This includes, according to Casey Bloys, HBO president of programming, shooting multiple endings to the epic saga.

While speaking to Moravian College (via The Morning Call), Bloys said, "I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so nobody really know what happens. You have to do that on a long show ,because when you're shooting something, people know. So they're going to shoot multiple versions so that there's no definitive answer until the end."

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Titans Comics February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Assassin's Creed Origins #2, Bloodborne #1, and Penny Dreadful #9.

Source: Titan Comics

(W) Ales Kot (A) Piotr Kowalski (CA) Jeff Stokely
Written by Image Comics superstar Ales Kot, with artwork by Piotr Kowalski!
Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic – Where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – A nameless hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of paleblood... (STL070774)
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(W) Carl Macek, Jack Herman (A) Svea Stauch & Various
The Robotech animated series is legendary – And now you can immerse yourself in the classic comics which recreated the legends.
A new series of books collecting classic Robotech material, most of which are out of print of have never been previously published!
Featuring classic Robotech fan-favourite creators such as Carl Macek, Jack Herman, Mike Leeke and Neil Vokes! (STL071191) (C: 0-1-0)
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(W) Brian Wood, Simon Furman (A) Marco Turini (CA) Martin Simmonds
Legendary Transformers scribe Simon Furman joins writer Brian Wood to chronicle the ongoing adventures of the SDF-1!
The second arc of the sell-out, fan favourite series! (STL070951)
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(W) Hubertus Rufledt (A) Helge Vogt (CA) Junko Mizuno
For fans of Neil Gaiman and Tim Burtons The Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas.
When Alisik wakes up alone in a cemetery, she thinks she's in the middle of a nightmare. Terrified, she flees into the night, but realises she is invisible to everyone she meets. She really is dead, with no memory of how it happened... and only the words of the other ghosts to help her unravel the mystery of her afterlife. (STL070720)
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(W) Chris King (A) Jesus Hervas (CA) Tess Fowler
Continues the story directly after the shocking events of Penny Dreadful's season three finale! (STL070885)
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Doctor Who Sin Eaters
(W) Cavan Scott (A) Adriana Melo & Various (CA) Will Brooks
Don't miss the stunning fourth collection of the Ninth Doctors all-new comics adventures with Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness!
Collects Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #11-15 (STL070794)
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(W) Nick Abadzis (A) Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean (CA) Iolanda Zanfardino
The final issue of year Three!
The Doctor risks saying goodbye to Gabby and Cindy forever – But have their adventures together caused irreparable damage? (STL070787)
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(W) Richard Dinnick (A) Pasquale Qualano (CA) Blair Shedd
The conclusion of Year Three!
The weeping angels descend on the Doctor, but his companions, old and new, have a few tricks up their sleeves to help him out! (STL070791)
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Doctor Who Wolves of Winter
(W) Richard Dinnick (A) Brian Williamson & Various (CA) Will Brooks
In Bill's first comic adventure, the TARDIS crashes into the heart of a Viking camp! But this is no interactive history lesson, and it seems that a terrifying alien force has taken hold over the icy kingdom. As the snow melts, the Doctor realises that he is about to face an unwelcome face from the past...
And in a one-shot adventure, the Doctor takes Bill and Nardole on a trip to an intergalactic supermarket, where they make an unexpected new friend!
Collects Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #5-7 and #9. (STL070796)
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(W) Mark Gatiss (A/CA) Jay
Collecting the latest series of the brilliant manga adaption of the fanatically followed TV show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman! (STL071771)
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(W) Andrew Cartmel, Ben Aaronovitch (A) Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero (CA) Illeighstration
The bookstore smash-hit returns for a brand-new story, picking up the threads from the most recent bestselling Rivers of London novel, The Hanging Tree! (STL070950)
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Fighting American
(W) Gordon Rennie (A) Duke Mighten, Francisco Rodriguez De la Fuente (CA) Terry Dodson
Direct continuation of Simon and Kirby's classic series!
Fighting American returns! Written by Gordon Rennie with artwork by Duke Mighten!
When the 1950s heroes find themselves trapped in the modern world, how will they handle what society has become, and what dangers will they face?
With modern-day villains to contend with, enemies from their past pursuing them, and a whole new world to come to terms with, what daring adventures could Fighting American and Speed-Boy find themselves in now? (STL070800)
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Dan Dare

(W) Peter Milligan (A) Alberto Fouche (CA) Christian Ward
For the first time in human history,?the Sol system is at peace and Dan Dare, pilot of the future, is bored out of his mind – and praying for something to break the monotony of peace.
When an unknown alien vessel of biblical proportions arrives in the solar system and obliterates a moon of Saturn in a show of strength, Dare finds himself thrust back into a new adventure that threatens not just Earth – but all life in the entire universe! (STL070778)
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(W/A) Cynthia Von Buhler (CA) Dean Haspiel
Unappreciated at her father's detective agency, the fabulous, rabbit-loving Minky Woodcock straps on her gumshoes in order to uncover a magical mystery involving the world-famous escape artist, Harry Houdini.
Created by acclaimed artist, author, director, and playwright Cynthia Von Buhler (speakeasy dollhouse, evelyn evelyn, emily and the strangers)! (STL070878)
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(W) Max Allan Collins (A) Edu Menna (CA) Mack Chater
When his latest contract turns out to be an old acquaintance from his military days, the fresh faced hit man finds himself battling against his own conscience as secrets from the past begin the reveal themselves.
Written by reknowned comic writer and author of the Quarry Hard Case Crime novels, Max Allen Collins (Road to Perdition, Batman, Wild Dog, Action Comics) (STL070940)
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Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
(W) Sylvain Runberg (A) Jose Homs, Manolo Carot (CA) Claudia Caranfa
The Millennium Saga continues! Lisbeth Salander is in critical condition and facing trial for a triple murder, and the only one who can save her is her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist! (STL072928)
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(W/A/CA) Philippe Druillet
Written and drawn by Philippe Druillet, known for his praghic adaption of Michael Moorcock's Elric hit fantasy series Elric, The Return to Melnibone and his work for Heavy Metal.
Lone Sloane, the Ulysses of space, cosmic freebooter and rebel, endlessly struggles against dark gods, robotic entities and alien forces! (STL070817)
HC, 10×15, 64pgs, B&W SRP: $19.99

(W/A/CA) Mathieu Bablet
The apocalypse has been and gone. The age of humanity is at an end. Horrifying insectile aliens from the depths of infinite space are now masters of the Earth!
What does resistance mean, when there's nothing left to fight for? That's what Wayne, Jeremiah and Scham, the only survivors of the devastating invasion, struggle with day after day – Seeking a new purpose, a glimpse of a worthwhile future, to justify their futile presence in a ruined world. They pick through the remains of humancivilisation, keeping out of reach of the bugs, none of them suspect that they are part of a much larger plan, one that involves another, unknown survivor... (STL071775)
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(W/A/CA) Pau
Bone meets Vikings!
When roaming warriors Atlas and Axis return home to find that their village has been destroyed by Viking raiders, they set off on a perilous journey across land and sea to save their friends! (STL070767)
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(W) Christophe Bec (A) Stefano Raffaele, Christian Favrelle (CA) James Stokoe
Classic B-Movie horror! Eight-Legged Freaks meets Toxic Avenger!
Some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the dirt flows into the sewers.
LT Wilson Jericho, disgraced from his position above ground and now an officer in the sewer police, thinks he knows everything there is to know about what lies beneath. But scientist Sandra Yeatman is determined to discover the truth behind the legends, and something is threatening to crawl out and rip the city apart... (STL072933)
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(W) Alan Martin (A/CA) Brett Parson
The collection of Alan Martin and Brett Parson's latest all-new Tank Girl series!
Four stand-alone stories starring Tank Girl and her supporting cast, including "Tank Girl Strikes Again", "The Man From Tank Girl", "The Importance of Being Tank Girl" and "Tank Girl Takes a Trip"
From the mind of original Tank Girl creator Alan Martin with art by incredible rising star Brett Parson (New Romancer, 21st Century Tank Girl, World War Tank Girl) (STL072941)
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(W) Anne Toole (A/CA) PJ Kaiowa
Direct tie-in to the brand-new videogame, Assassin's Creed Origins! Witness the very beginning of the Assassin's Creed! (STL070746)
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(A) Joshua Cassara & Various
Hardcover collection of stunning cover artwork and never-before-seen illustrations created exclusively for the Titan Comics Dark Souls comic series. Featuring artwork from legends of the comics industry including Josh Cassara, Nat Jones, Ben Templesmith, Nen Chang and interior artist Alan Quah! (STL070783)
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(W) Aaron Dembski Bowden (A) Wagner Reis (CA) David Sondred
Written by Black Library superstar Aaron Dembski Bowden!
The Deathwatch are the best of the best from all chapters of Space Marines! They alone have the strength of mind and body to battle the alien across the universe, defending humanity frim the Xenos that would destroy them! (STL070784)
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(W) Lee Falk (A/CA) Fred Fredericks
It's the continuing adventures of Mandrake the Magician – The world's first costumes crime fighter! This is the first collection of Fred Fredricks sundat strips, offering a heady mix of action, adventure, high jins and drama!

Written by the legendary Lee Falk, creator of The Phantom (STL070862)
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(W) Michael Moorcock, Howard Chaykin (A) Howard Chaykin
Award-winning writer and artist Howaard Chaykin joins forces with Michael Moorcock to bring the Eternal Champion known alternatively as Erekose, Urlik of Skarsol or John Daker to vivid life in this classic tale from 1979.
Includes an exclusive introduction by acclaimed comic book writer Cullen Bunn. (STL070866)
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The ultimate guide to the latest chapter in the adventures of Rey, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and more! (STL073343)
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The ultimate guide to the latest chapter in the adventures of Rey, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and more! (STL073340)
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The ultimate guide to the latest chapter in the adventures of Rey, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and more! (STL073339)
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Westworld Season 2 Release Date Window, Trailer, Cast, and More

Westworld Season 2 is still a long ride away from these here parts, but we have everything you need to know for now...

News Den of Geek Staff
Nov 24, 2017

Fans of robot cowboys can relax, Westworld Season 2 is quickly approaching after taking 2017 off. Indeed, it is, indeed it is. In the meantime, we now have the luxury to consider how these violent delights may have more gloriously violent ends in the second season.

Westworld Season 2 Release Date

While HBO is still hiding the Westworld Season 2 release date under a proverbial layer of synthetic skin, we do now have a ballpark timeframe. Star Evan Rachel Wood, answering a fan’s desperate plea for an update on Twitter, partially obliged our collective curiosity by revealing that Season 2 will arrive in “Spring 2018.” That's earlier than many estimated, including us.

Westworld Season 2 Trailer

Here is the first trailer for Westworld Season 2!

Westworld Season 2 Cast

Gustaf Skarsgård will play Karl Strand, described as “a white-collar guy comfortable in the field." Gustaf, son of Stellan Skarsgård (and brother to prominent actor siblings Alexander, Sam, Bill and Valter), is best known for his role as the mischievous Floki on History Channel’s Vikings, as well as several notable projects in his native Sweden.

Fares Fares will play Antoine Costa, described as “a tech expert with an objective perspective.” Fares, a Beirut-born, Sweden-raised actor, is known for his role on FX’s (now-cancelled) fictional Arab dictatorship drama Tyrant, along with film roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Commune, Child 44 and Zero Dark Thirty.

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Betty Gabriel will play Maling, described as “trying to restore order on the ground.” Gabriel, an American actress, is known for her role in the Amazon 1960s-set drama Good Girls Revolt, miniseries 12 Deadly Ways, and in films such as the acclaimed horror offering Get Out and politically-charged horror franchise sequel The Purge: Election Year.

Each of the new Westworld Season 2 characters will find themselves battling the vexing, unbridled environment of the titular theme park. However, while the Season 1 finale centered on a violent rebellion by the consciousness-acquired robotic hosts, led by Thandie Newton’s Maeve, it’s not exactly known where, or, precisely, when the new characters will operate, since the series is notorious for jumping across different periods of time, leaving audiences only with subtle clues as indication.

According to THR, Jackson (Sleepy Hollow) will play Nicholas, "a charming and resourceful man who finds himself in uncharted territory." Tucker (American Gods) will have a recurring role as Major Craddock, described as "a commanding military officer."

Other new additions have included Katja Herbers as Grace, a "seasoned" tourist who arrives at the park at the wrong time for a favorite vaction spot... journeying into night. Fans likely know her best from Manhattan and The Leftovers. Meanwhile, Zahn McClarnon of Fargo fame has apparently been cast in an unspecified (and unconfirmed) role.

As far as returning cast, we have had confirmation that two past hosts are being promoted to series regulars in season 2: Louis Herthum who played Peter Abernathy to perfection in the Westworld series premiere, and Talulah Riley, who played the host that first greeted William to the park in his (youthful) introduction. Then there's William, and Ed Harris has indeed indicated he's coming back. Harris revealed as much to BBC Radio 4  while promoting a turn on West End. There he sugged a revisit of Westworld is also in order.

About the prospect of doing more episodes, Harris confirmed, "I was just talking to Jonah Nolan last night, who’s a creator of this thing with his wife Lisa Joy, and yeah, they’re doing another season. They’re going to do 10 more episodes, and I will be involved.”

Meanwhile, however, Harris' inclusion also leads to the sad acceptance that fan favorite Jimmi Simpson, whose William was revealed in the season 1 finale to be a younger version of Harris' Man in Black, will likely not be returning. Simpson said as much when he chatted with CinemaBlend in March.

So far, my involvement in [season 2] is unclear. If they have more for William, I would assume it would be a whole new kind of story. Because I feel like this story, the love affair [with Evan Rachel Wood's character, Dolores], we know everything, we know what happens, we don't have to belabor that point. But if they have a reason--I mean, it was the greatest set I've ever worked on. But we're all speculating what Season 2 will be, and I think it'll be something that will blow our minds, to the degree that Season 1 did. But I wouldn't be surprised if William showed up Season 3 or something.

Westworld Season 2 Story Details

While chatting with EWJonah Nolan and Lisa Joy cryptically revealed that the show will not be taking place immediately after Dolores killed Robert Ford. Instead, it looks like we're headed for a time-jump that will pick up some time later. Of course, a good human slaughter is perfect for narrative-bending flashbacks...

"You’re definitely going to see the aftermath and the effects of what happened," Lisa Joy told EW. But then Nolan added, "We are definitely not picking up right where we left off."

Entertainment Weekly reported that we can expect much more detail about how hosts work during the second season, including how they’re powered.

“Their construction and their power source is something we’re really going to get into during season 2,” Nolan said. “So we’d like to keep that mysterious. They’re closer to biological than they are mechanical, but they don’t suffer brain death the same way we do. They’re largely indistinguishable from human beings, but their brains don’t require oxygen—which opens up interesting possibilities. Their brains are not as fragile as ours. On one hand, their cognition is controllable and malleable, but on a structural level, they can’t be killed in the same way you and I can. There are advantages and disadvantages to being a host. [In] season 2, we’ll be exploring more of the nuts and bolts of what they are—as the hosts themselves are trying to understand.”

This consideration of artificial biology is not that surprising since Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy already revealed they were breaking down the second season during the Westworld panel at New York Comic Con that we attended in October 2016.

“There were a handful of things that we weren’t able to touch in the first season, and we’re now currently breaking the second season,” Nolan had said during the NYCC panel. “One of the really nice things about TV is, you get to go again.”

Jonathan Nolan is also not above playfully teasing fans. Indeed, the Westworld co-creator participated in a reddit "Ask Me Anything" session where he dropped a big clue about the title of the Westworld season 2 premiere episode.

In the below image, a teasingly smiling maze sits atop the screenplay for the first episode, blocking off just most of the final word in its title. It reads "Journey Into N--." How frustrating, right? Well not really. If you have a long memory about the wonderful HBO series, then you know that "Journey Into Night" was the name of Dr. Ford's final narrative that was enacted in the season 1 finale. Technically, the narrative supposedly concluded with Teddy crying over Dolores' death. But in actuality, it really began when Dolores chose to blow Ford's brains out. The journey has just begun.

As we previously learned there would be a time jump between seasons, it makes sense then that we are seeing the actual night when the season 2 journey starts its ride.

Westworld Season 2 Theories

Of course, this is all well and good, but we have our own personal theories about what to expect from Westworld season 2. Here is an excerpt from our in-depth series of predictions and theories about what will happen next in Robert Ford's living dream.

In fact, if one views Westworld as a series to be a long, loose, and convoluted retelling of its 1973 source material’s narrative (or the Jurassic Park novel), then that means season 1 was essentially the first act. The park was in proper use until it wasn’t. Now, the fences are down, the Tyrannosaurus Rex has a Jeep in its mouth, and Dennis Nedry still hasn’t even reached the Dilophosaurus paddock. Hence, season 2 should conceivably be the second act where we deal with the immediate ramifications of androids taking over Westworld.

In this context, it is easy to imagine that the series could quickly evolve into a kind of war between the guests and the hosts. Before he died, Ford called this conflict exactly that, and there is an army of decommissioned robots who are now very much alive and marching toward the panicked party revelers who, while fleeing Dolores’ shots, might be rushing into the jaws of death. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine that 10 episodes in season 2 could stretch out a week of the survivors’ dire circumstances just as liberally as how season 1 stretched out William and Logan’s two-week vacation over nine episodes.

While I imagine there’ll be a necessity for new human characters who are more sympathetic than the cold introverts we’ve enjoyed watching be undone in season 1, those survivors will still work with plenty of familiar faces.

Westworld Website Clues

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are still breaking down the story pieces for season 2, so at this point there are likely no real "answers" to be had. However, the Westworld website has created a new fun game, which scrambles a conversation between Logan and Dolores, and hints at a robot apocalypse. If you play the games in this link here, you'll find suggestions that Hector and Armistice are still alive despite meeting seeming death in the season 1 finale, and they're hunting you. There are also indicators that Dolores and Wyatt are merged one-in-the-same personalities. And it is all, basically, very apocalyptic. Enjoy!

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We're here to make sure you have a good (and less lonely) day with the list of best romantic movies on Netflix

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Nov 24, 2017

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to stay up to date with the best romance movies on Netflix.

Updated for December 2017

Romance movies are not that different from horror movies. Both are incredibly hard to pull off, are heavily watched during a cold time of year, and hopefully end with every character covered in blood.

With that in mind we present to you a list of the best romantic movies on Netflix. Because romance deserves it, damn it. Virtually every song ever written is a love song but poor romance can't get a fair shake at the movies. Whether it be a rom-com or just a straight-up soul-enlightening/crushing romance, our list of the best romantic movies on Netflix will get you back in touch with your cold, dead heart.

The African Queen

Certainly one to file under the classics section for all-time great movie romances is The African Queen. While in this particular John Huston masterpiece, neither the gin joint airs of Ingrid Bergman or the real-life crackle of Lauren Bacall are available to Humphrey Bogart, the film is nevertheless another hardboiled love story for the iconic movie star. And it is a sweetly unconventional one too.

In his element as a salty riverboat captain sailing up and down Ulanga River, Bogie’s Charlie is a wreck, but he is also prince charming for Katharine Hepburn’s Rose Sayer, an “old maid” who is doing missionary work with her brother when World War I breaks out. After Germans kill her sibling, Rose reluctantly attempts to escape down the river with Charlie, striking up an unlikely romance along the way. They also strike upon an even more unlikely adventure as instead of fleeing, they decide to battle the Germans in the name of dear old England! This is a jolly good adventure that is as authentic in Bogart and Hepburn’s chemistry as it is in its real, unforgiving African locations that were used.

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color is categorized as a coming-of-age film and a romance movie. Ultiamtely, those two genres are roughly the same. What is a more important or poignant way to come of age than to fall in love? Adele is a young Frenchwoman who likes to gossip about boys until one day she sees another young woman with blue hair walking past. What follows is infatuation, romance, heartbreak, jealousy, confusion, late nights, comfort, and disappointment. You know, love. Blue is the Warmest Color is one of the definitive and great romance movies on Netflix

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones has become the archetype for normal, yet lonely female movie characters everywhere. Bridget Jones Diary, itself, is the archetype for some many romance movies that followed it. Bridget (Renee Zellwegger) is a normal, softspoken woman who is largely unlucky in love until one day, she isn't. Her cup suddenly runneth over with men and she must choose between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant (the answer is Colin Firth, dummies. C'mon.) It might be (very) loosely based on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, but it's also basically Twilight with pasty British men instead of vampires and werewolves.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Nothing quite says "romance" like the encroaching the apocalypse. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World joins the hallowed fraternity of movies whose titles succinctly describe their plots. It is known worldwide that an asteroid will strike the Earth within three weeks. So most people respond with Bacchanalian glee, throwing sex and drug parties. Meanwhile Dodge (Steve Carell) just wants to go about his business... that is until he meets Penny (Keira Knightley).


At first glance, Atonement seems like standard people-talking-in-British-accents-during-WWII Oscar bait. Bu it is so much more than that. Atonement is as heartbreakingly tragic as it is earnestly romantic. It's the story of how love can sometimes be derailed or destroyed by forces we absolutely wouldn't expect. James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, and the young Saoirse Ronan (who earned an Oscar nomination here) are all remarkable and Atonement, is a romance-war hybrid that works. 

Drinking Buddies

This list has been all fine and good so far but I know what you're thinking: WHERE ARE THE MILENNIAL CRAFT BREWERY ROMANTIC INDIE DRAMAS. Well here you go, hypothetical reader with incredibly specific tastes. Drinking Buddies is a mumblecore masterpiece starring some truly excellent and funny actors: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. It's a mostly improvised, simple story about relationships, jealousy and lots of great craft beer. Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) are flirty coworkers at a craft brewery who decide to go on a joint trip with their significant others Chris (Livingston) and Jill (Kendrick). Romantic comedy ensues.


Nothing says romance like a Jane Austen adaptation. And Gwyneth Paltrow, if you're into a weird kind of love. Platrow stars as the titular Emma, an upper class lady who fancies herself a matchmaker. But of course matchmakers often have a hard time finding love themselves, don't they? Enter Mr. Knightley (the incredibly British Jeremy Northam). Emma is a perfectly pleasant period adaptation and you will get exactly what your corny romantic heart needs from it. Also fun fact: the BBC did a TV adaptation of Austen's novel the very same year the film came out (1996) starring Kate Beckinsale. So if you like the Paltrow version enough, compare and contrast with the Beckinsale version.


AWOL is how indie romances should be - small, authentic, affecting. Joey (Lola Kirke) and Rayna (Breeda Wool) are two young women from a nowheresville Pennsylvania town. They meetcute at a local carnival and quickly fall for each other but circumstances threaten to crush their romance before it can even begin. AWOL understands first and foremost that while love is easy, relationships (and arguably everything else in the world is hard). Sometimes what you want and what your environment is able to allow you to have are two very different things. 

Like Crazy

Like Crazy is excellent because of how simple it is. Felicity Jones plays Anna, a British woman who falls in love with American Jacon (Anton Yelchin) while attending college in Los Angeles. Oftentimes in romances, ridiculous circumstances conspire to keep our star-crossed lovers separated. This time around it's just plain-old visa issues. It's mundane and simple but it's also something that could so easily and probably frequently interrupt burgeoning relationships. Jacob and Anna attempt to keep their long-distance relationship alive but then enters an Jennifer Lawrence-ian interloper. 


Todd Haynes, director of Carol and Far From Heaven knows longing. And if there's an element that makes for an excellent romantic movie experience its longing. That desperate sense is baked into nearly every frame of Carol. Based on a 1950s romance novel, Carol is the story of a young photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman going through a divorce (Cate Blanchette) undertaking a forbidden affair. Forbidden because, you know, '50s. And that's where the longing comes in. Nothing is more romantic or sexier than a forbidden romance. Carol channels that romantic energy into something mature, fascinating and heartbreaking. 

Before Midnight

Back in 1995, when Richard Linklater debuted star-crossed romance Before Sunset, no one could have imagined that it would one day constitute the beginning of a multi-decade romantic trilogy. That's what Linklater does though - the unexpected. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return as Jesse and Celine, once young lovers who are now middle-aged parents. Before Midnight is a beautiful film and the perfect capper to this trilogy as it brings a level of realism and discomfort into a once idealized relationship. It's about the impossibility and absolute necessity of love.

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut is a romance? Wikipedia describes it as an "erotic drama" so we'll take it. Eyes Wide Shut is Stanley Kubrick's final and perhaps most inscrutable film. It's long, bizarre and, expensive. There's a popular theory that Kubrick wrote and directed the film just to break up real-life couple turned co-stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. If so, mission accomplished. Still, despite how bizarre the movie may seem and is the message at hand is deceptively simple (at least I think it is?): love is good and sex is good. Don't overthink it, Tom and Nicole. 

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go is one of those charming movie-going experiences in which a movie catches a handful of actors right before they become bigger stars. In Never Let Me Go's case, Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield all star as different spokes of a love triangle well before they'd become household-ish names (in the right households at least). Based on a novel from British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go posits an alternative reality in which human beings are able to live well-past 100 years. How do they achieve such a medical breakthrough? Well, it's not good news for our three leads, let's say.


Our list is not wanting for hard-nosed "REAL LOVE IS HARD DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND" adult romance movies. So sometimes you've just got to switch it up and indulge in some fantasy romances. In Penelope Christina Ricci stars as the eponymous Penelope. Due to a curse placed upon her family, Penelope has the ears and nose of a pig. And the only way to get rid of it is, get this: fall in love. Thankfully James McAvoy is on hand to help with that very task.

Sleeping with Other People

We love famous people. We love famous funny people. We love famous funny people acting in movies about un-acted upon mutual attraction. Sleeping with Other People's script could have been 1 page that just said "Jason Sudeikis, Allison Brie, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, and Adam Scott do stuff. Sexual tension ensues" and it would have been worth a ticket on that alone. Thankfully there are the makings of a plot just beyond that. Sudeikis and Brie star as old friends who have a one-night stand and then 12 years later feel compelled to act as though it didn't really matter to them. 

The Reader

The Reader isn't just a punchline to Hugh Jackman's best joke while hosting the Oscars - it's also an excellent, achingly romantic movie in its own right. Kate Winslet stars as Hanna, a woman having an affair with a younger man...a much younger man in the 1950s. Things are going pretty well for the pair until the younger man, Michael, discovers a disturbing truth about his older paramour. A disturbing truth that rhymes with Shnazi Shympethizer. Things may not be what they seem, however, thanks to another secret Hanna is harboring. The Reader occasionally gets criticized for being transparent Oscar bait and while that may be partly fair, it's hard to resist its doomed romance and winding twists and turns.


Will Smith stars as the eponymous Hitch in a movie about a romantic matchmaker who, you're not gonna believe this, falls in love, himself. Will Smith is an excellent choice for this romantic comedy because Will Smith is generally a great choice for most movies. Hitch must help Albert Brennaman (Kevin James) woo the woman of his dreams but at the same time Hitch finds himself falling for gossip columnist Sara (Eva Mendes). Hitch is a sweet, funny film with charming performances and believable romances all around.

11 Best Science Fiction Movies on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime has a diverse collection of sci-fi fare to meet your geek needs. Here are the Best Sci-Fi Movies on Amazon

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Nov 24, 2017

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what other excellent Sci-Fi movies get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for December 2017

Science fiction is about as diverse a genre as it gets. Because what we deem as science fiction is not only subjective but also encompasses pretty much every possible future hypothetical we can and cannot imagine. Nowhere is this diversity represented better than on Amazon Prime. 

Here is a list of the best science fiction movies on Amazon Prime. All you really need for good science fiction is your imagination but it turns out an Amazon Prime subscription helps too. 

Terminator: Genisys

All Terminator sequels come with a burden of heavy expectations as the first Terminator sequel, Judgement Day, is among the best sequels in any genre ever. Terminator Genisys certainly cannot be counted among the best of the series but it is still plenty entertaining. Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke stars as Sarah Conner and post-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the franchise as the T-800. Genisys is among the most aggressively sci-fi entries into the series and maybe that is why it received lukewarm reviews. Regardless it's a must-watch for those invested in the Connor family and altered timeline enthusiasts. 

Watch Terminator: Genisys on Amazon Prime

The Truman Show

The Truman Show is a sneaky science fiction movie because it seems devoid of anything we would view as sci-fi. There are no robots, or spaceships or humanity threatening events. Instead The Truman Show is just story of a normal guy, going about his day to day business....completely unaware that his life is a TV show. The Jim Carrey-starring film is about as high concept as it gets and it makes the absolute best of that concept. The Truman Show is a funny, entertaining and at times creepy watch that reminds us sometimes the best science fiction can be pastel-colored and smiley. It also proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that if your life needs a director, it may as well be Ed Harris.

Watch The Truman Show on Amazon Prime

The Invasion

The 1955 novel The Body Snatchers has been adapted to film four times for a reason. The concept of aliens destroying Earth is terrifying enough but the idea that they'll do so by taking over our mind and bodies one-by-one is even scarier. The latest iteration, The Invasion, isn't the best of the adaptation but it's completely watchable for those with an Amazon Prime account and in need of some sci-fi terror. Nicole Kidman stars as Dr. Carol Bennell and we get to watch her growing terror as she comes to realize the people close to her are no longer who they once were. 

Watch The Invasion on Amazon Prime

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

For a children's/teen book, The Hunger Games concept is some pretty heavy stuff. Children from various districts in a dystopian future version of the U.S. called Panem must compete in a sprawling battle until there is only one survivor...and oh God, it's The Running Man again. That is the how things start, of course. In the finale, Mockingjay Part 2, however, the rebellion agains Panem is in full swing with Hunger Games champion Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leading as a symbol of hope. All good postapocalyptic art about children murdering one another must come to an end.

Watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on Amazon Prime


Stardust is adapted from a novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. Like many of Gaiman's works, Stardust is well-crafted, meticulously thought out and dense. It's a pre-Tolkien sci-fi fantasy epic that finally received a movie adaptation worthy of the material. Charlie Cox stars as Tristan Thorn a half-fairy who falls in love with a fallen star (Claire Danes). And things pretty much get weirder from there. Stardust is the rarest of breeds: a good, financially profitable sci-fi/fantasy property without any potential for a sequel...until Gaiman decides on doing one.

Watch Stardust on Amazon Prime

Swiss Army Man

Here's the thing about casting Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse in a movie. The movie could be superb and feature a myriad of different concepts and scenes other than a corpseified Radcliffe farting and it will still come to be known as the "Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse" movie. That's understandable. You don't see a famous actor portraying a farting corpse every day but Swiss Army Man has so much going on for it beyond just the flatulent bulletpoints. Hank (Paul Dano) is deserted on a remote island and is on the verge of hanging himself when a corpse (Radcliffe) washes upon the shore. Hank soon comes to find that this corpse may have all the tools he needs to survive both physically and emotionally. Swiss Army Man is beautiful and weird in the way that good sci-fi should be. 

Watch Swiss Army Man on Amazon Prime

The Lobster

One of science fiction's best gifts as a genre is it's generous ability to "assist" other genres. The Lobster is really a romantic film all about love, intimacy and the soul-quaking fear of both. But The Lobster couldn't be as emotionally valid as it is without its initial sci-fi conceit. You see, The Lobster is about a resort where single people meet to pair up and become couples. Thing is, thought, it's compulsory. Also, if you don't find a soulmate in 45 days, you are forever transformed into the animal of your choosing. The Lobster's science fiction concept perfectly sets up and complements the real human feelings that follow. 

Watch The Lobster on Amazon Prime

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond is the first of the Star Trek reboots not directed by J.J. Abrams, who went off to direct some other obscure "Star" movie. Thankfully, Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin steps in capably to keep the franchise afloat. Beyond is certainly a step above the disappointing Into Darkness and in some ways is the Trek-iest of the new films. Still, casting Idris Elba only to put him under 40 pounds of makeup remains a crime against humanity. 

Watch Star Trek Beyond on Amazon Prime 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 

After Star Trek the Motion Picture was received less than warmly, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan not only got the Star Trek film franchise back on track but forever established the brand as a science fiction mainstay. The plot is beautiful in its simplicity. The high-minded thinking of the series and the first movie gives way to a pretty standard revenge plot. The key is how well Khan Noonien Singh and his titular "wrath" is depicted.

Watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Amazon Prime


Few directors have made a career being as aggressively strange as Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky is the keen SciFi mind behind such heavyhitters like Black Swan, Mother! and Requiem for a Dream. His debut feature, Pi, might be the one to capture and aesthetic the best. In Pi, a mathemetician named Max believes that everything in nature can be understood through mathematics. In his research, he comes across an algorithm that might actually do just that. The discovery sets him on a path that includes massive headaches, visions and religious and financial organizations that want access to the equation. 

Watch Pi on Amazon Prime


In addition to being an awesome science fiction tale, Arrival might be the most intense movie about linguistics ever. The Amy Adams-starring flick is based on a 1998 shorty story from Ted Chiang and reveals what happens when twelve alien spacecraft suddenly appear in 12 locations across the globe. Arrival takes a fascinatingly logical look at how humanity would respond in such an event. The answer as it turns out is bring in a linguistic expert (Adams) to figure out how to communicate with the darn things. Arrival is incredibly smart and equally as affecting. 

Watch Arrival on Amazon Prime

Justice League Concept Artist Shares Unused Batbike Design

Justice League Concept Artist Shares Unused Batbike Design

Batman has numerous handy gadgets and badass vehicles in the DC Comics and the DC Animated Universe, and as it turns out, it’s no different in the DC Extended Universe.

RELATED: Justice League: Petition for Zack Snyder Cut Gets Over 100k Signatures

In newly released art for Warner Bros.’ Justice League film, fans can get a glimpse at a vehicle that didn’t make it into the final movie: the Batbike. The rough artwork seen below comes from Justice League’s production designer, Patrick Tatopoulos. Despite the Batbike not making the cut, the film did include Batman’s goliath aircraft, the Flying Fox, and his tank-with-spider-legs, the Knightcrawler.

The Batbike appears to have no wheels, instead Tatopoulos opted to power the vehicle using jet turbines. It’s definitely a stride forward in Batman’s arsenal of hi-tech vehicles, but strangely enough it doesn’t seem too unrealistic for the Dark Knight. Perhaps audiences will see it in a later instalment of the DCEU.

RELATED: Justice League Tops China Box Office, Helps Break Record

Now in theaters, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

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Christmas Movies: A Complete Holiday Streaming Guide

Not enough holiday cheer on TV? We have a complete guide to streaming Christmas movies right here for you!

The Lists Den Of Geek Staff
Nov 24, 2017

So, maybe there isn't enough Christmas and holiday programming on TV for your liking. We get it. You can't be stuck at the mercy of broadcasters and cable networks all the time, not when there are so many Christmas movies to watch, right? 

Well, because we're a little crazy, we're working on an index of every Christmas movie and other piece of seasonally appropriate holiday-themed film available on various streaming services. Just bookmark this page, scroll on through the alphabetical list, hit the links, and it can be Christmas whenever you need it to be! And if you spot some stuff that we missed, just let us know in the comments and we'll see about getting it all added for you.

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So, here's how this works. We've got our own top picks right up at the top here, but you don't have to take our word for it. After that, we have the complete list of everything out there!

Bad Santa (2003)

Netflix, Hulu

Naughty boys and girls get lumps of coal at Christmastime, but what does a naughty Santa get? Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa packs extra holiday glutton, binging on sex and drugs, all while plotting to loot merchandise with Santa’s unforgettable mischievous little helper, played by Tony Cox. Holiday season pessimists be wary:  What looks like a middle finger to Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and the endless stream of ABC Family fluff may have more heart to it than it lets on.

The Holiday


What is it about Christmas and romance that goes hand in hand? Maybe it's the eggnog or the entrancing peacefulness of falling snow. Whatever the reason, the holidays are a wonderful time to get in touch with your sensitive side. In other words the holidays are a good time to watch The Holiday. The Holiday is a conventional, yet enchanting romantic comedy about two women, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet (their characters technically have name but just call them Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) who decide to swap homes for their Christmas holiday. Winslet heads to Los Angeles and Diaz heads to Surrey, England. While in their new lives, each woman learns to love their new surroundings and perhaps also some new dudes. 



You know what you need? A movie about Santa's opposite number. The mythical creature who rounds up naughty children during the Christmas season is the focus of this flick from director Michael Dougherty (who we will always love for Trick r' Treat).

Krampus isn't exactly a holiday classic, but it sure is a lot of fun, with some clever scares that will have you adding extra fortification to your eggnog. It's PG-13, so the horror is almost family friendly. Almost. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)


The Muppet Christmas Carol is not only an excellent (possibly even the best) Muppet movie, it's also a remarkable adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, and one that deserves to stand alongside Alastair Sim or Albert Finney or any of the more "traditional" versions. Michael Caine is magnificent as Scrooge, playing the role absolutely straight despite the fact that virtually all of his co-stars are made of felt. Throw in some songs guaranteed to make you misty-eyed for good measure, and you've got an absolute classic for the ages.

The Nightmare Before Christmas


But The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie! Sure, it's that. It's also a Christmas movie. It says so right there in the title, sillybilly. In all seriousness, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a much more traditional Christmas movie than you may remember. Tim Burton's stop-motion masterpiece is funny, intriguing, and wildly entertaining. It also tells a touching story about one person trying to get into the spirit of the holidays. That the person in question is be a skeleton named Jack who lives in Halloween Town takes nothing away from this movie's Christmas spirit. There are songs. Songs!

White Christmas (1954)


There is no overstating how powerful an impact Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” single had on the American boys fighting in World War II. Giving the G.I.s a taste of home and peace during the darkest moments of their life, it remains still the quintessential Christmas melody in American life. So even if it was technically part of a fine Christmas movie already, Holiday Inn (1942) to be exact, doesn’t mean Hollywood couldn’t return to that well again.

And so they did with White Christmas (1954), a heartstring-tugging comedy that directly acknowledges the song’s role in World War II by recasting Crosby as a war vet who has toured the country with Danny Kaye, but now wants to spend Christmas in the snow with a lovely sister act (Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen). Along the way, they perform some of the most memorable and beloved musical numbers in classic Hollywood history. Cheers to that.

And here's the complete list, just in case you don't like our choices!

12 Dates of Christmas (2011)


Abominable Christmas (2012)


About a Boy (2002)


American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas (2016)

Netflix, Amazon 

Angels in the Snow (2015)


All American Christmas Carol (2013)


Almost Christmas (2016)


A Very Murray Christmas (2015)


Bad Santa (2003)


Back to Christmas (2014)


Beyond Christmas (1940)


Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)


Bob the Builder: Christmas to Remember (2001)


Bob the Builder: Snowed Under / The Bobblesberg Winter Games (2004)

Netflix, Amazon 

Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)


Bob's Broken Sleigh (2015)


BoJack Horseman Christmas Special (2014)


Caillou's Holiday Movie (2003)


Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000)


The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas (2012)


Chilly Christmas (2012)


Christmas, Again (2014)


Christmas Belle (2013)


The Christmas Bunny (2010)

Netflix, Amazon 

Christmas in the Clouds (2005)


Christmas Cracker (2015)


Christmas Crush (2013)


The Christmas Dragon (2014)

Amazon, Hulu

Christmas Grace (2014)


Christmas Inheritance (2017)


Christmas in Wonderland (2007)

Amazon, Hulu 

Christmas Is Here Again (2007)


A Christmas Kiss (2011)


Christmas Miracle at Sage Creek (2005)


Christmas Ranch (2015)


A Christmas Star (2015)


A Christmas Tale (2008)


Christmas Town (2008)


A Christmas Tree Miracle (2015)


Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)


Christmas with Cookie (2016)


Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Amazon, Hulu

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2006)


Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)


Dear Santa (2011)


Disney's The Santa Claus (1994)


Doctor Who Christmas Specials


Dreamworks Happy Holidays from Madagascar (2005)


Dreamworks Holiday Classics (2011)


Dreamworks Home For the Holidays (2017)


El Camino Christmas (2017)


Elf-Man (2012)


An Evergreen Christmas (2014)


Falling for Christmas (2016)


Get Santa (2014)


Good Luck, Charlie, It’s Christmas (2011)


Happy Christmas (2014)


The Holiday (2006)


A Holiday Engagement (2011)


The Hollywood Palace: Bing Crosby Christmas Show (1966)


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) 


I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)


Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992)


Journey to the Christmas Star (2012)


The Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas (2006)


Krampus (2015)


Kung Fu Panda: Holiday (2010)


Lawrence Welk Christmas Show (2007)


The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)


Lost Christmas (2014)


Love at the Christmas Table (2012)


Magic Snowflake (2013)


Marry Me For Christmas (2013)


A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

Amazon, Hulu 

Merry Kissmas (2015)


Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse (2001)


Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)


Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)


Miss Me This Christmas (2017)


My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas (2005)


My Santa (2013)


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Noel (2004)

Netflix, Hulu

A Norman Rockwell Christmas Story (1996)


Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)


Power Rangers: Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas (2013)


Power Rangers Super Samurai: Stuck on Christmas (2012)


Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special (1988)


Pete’s Christmas (2013)


Pottersville (2017)


A Princess for Christmas (2011)


The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2007)


A Russell Peters Christmas (2011)


Santa Buddies (2009)


Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day (2016)


Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)


Santa’s Apprentice (2010)


Saving Santa (2013)


Scrooge (1935)


The Search For Santa Paws (2010)


Small Town Santa (2014)


Snow Buddies (2008)


A Snow Globe Christmas (2013)


The Spirit of Christmas (2015)


A StoryBots Christmas (2017)


Surviving Family (2014)


Thomas and Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)


Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2010)


Thomas and Friends: Merry Christmas, Thomas! (2011)


Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)


Thomas and Friends: Santa’s Little Engine (2013)


Trolls Holiday Special (2017)


A Very Brady Christmas (1988)


A Very Murray Christmas (2015)


White Christmas (1954)


A Year and Change (2015)


The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)


Yes, Virginia (2009)


You Can't Fight Christmas (2017)


Rumor Mill: Something Really Bad Happens In X-Men Dark Phoenix

The next X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, has wrapped production for a late 2018 release, and the rumors are already flying. What should fans expect, and more important: who lives and who dies? Fox is keeping the plot details a secret, naturally, but the guys at That Hashtag Show have at least one source who shares a pretty major secret.


The Dark Phoenix saga is one of the most revered and beloved stories in all of Marvel Comics. The extended storyline was written by legendary creator Chris Claremont — art by Dave Cockrum and John Byrne — and was published in 1980. The basic premise is that telepath Jean Gray is exposed to deadly radiation from a solar flare during a mission in space, which turns her into a being of pure energy who battles her former X-Men allies.

Related – X-Men: Dark Phoenix Is ‘Very Accurate To The Comics,’ Says Actress Alexandra Shipp

We should remind everyone that the Dark Phoenix story was quasi-adapted in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Sorry to bring that up, for hardcore X-Fans that movie is still an open wound. Let’s all pretend that movie was just some drug-addled nightmare and forget about it. Cool?

According to the Hashtag guys, director Simon Kinberg plans to express the awesome power of the Dark Phoenix by killing off a major character from the current X-Men franchise — in a really gruesome manner. OK, we’ve seen that before, right? Let’s all hope that the execution (no pun intended) is better than what went down back in 2006.

The Hashtag source explains that Jean will not be able to handle her powers, and the result is that someone special buys it in an epic fashion. You can hear all of that in the video, but the video ends in a cliffhanger. Who’s it going to be and how will they handle it? That’s the question, and the Hashtag guys don’t possess that answer… yet.

We could speculate, of course, but we’d just be guessing. The Hashtag guys are even a little hesitant to share their feelings on the subject. However, this brings up two obvious questions: should they kill off a major character just to make a point? Will Dark Phoenix mark the end of this iteration of X-Men, given the devastating nature of this story’s resolution? Lots to ponder, and we’ll share more news when we hear it.

X-Men Dark Phoenix hits theaters on November 11, 2018.

Who do you think it getting the axe in X-Men Dark Phoenix? Let us know in the comments down below!

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The Weekly Static S01E15: Harley, Happy!, Walkers, And More!

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I’m the king of recap, there is none higher, so sucker MC’s should probably call me “sire.” To burn my kingdom, you must use fire, but I won’t stop rockin’ till…The Weekly Static!

Now while I work on getting my cockles up to a respectable level of warmth, take a minute to check out your…

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So with mad respect to the great Run-DMC – here’s what all the fuss is about: The Weekly Static is my righteously desperate-yet-endearing attempt at finding the lighter side and an interesting perspective on the past week in the land of the networks, cable, streaming, smoke signals, cloud formations, and shadow puppets.

Our goal? Pretty simple:

● Offer a blunt, honest perspective on a handful of random TV news posts from the past week that also highlights your relentless team of news-thirsty Bleeding Cool writers and the quality work they do.

● Spotlight a news item we missed, but we’re pretty damn sure you’ll find it interesting.

● Feed my insatiable ego with humble offerings of praise, adulation, social media shares, pizza, Superman Funkos, and a plethora of Eisner Award nominations. And at least one write-in vote in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.

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Hear ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Polka Spin on the Squidbillies Theme

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“Since premiering more than a decade ago, Adult Swim’s far-out cartoon Squidbillies has had its theme song covered by a litany of artists ranging from T-Pain to Father John Misty to the B-52s. Considering his history of riffing on institutional tunes — and championing absurdist comedy — it was only a matter of time before ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic put his signature spin on the well-known theme, which EW is exclusively premiering above.

‘I think any song sounds significantly better as a polka,’ Yankovic tells EW, ‘and the Squidbillies theme is certainly no exception.’”

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6 Need-to-Know Facts About Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle

Jumpstart your journey to reach power levels over… well, a very high number.

Marvel’s The Punisher: “The Judas Goat” Review

A new enemy emerges for The Punisher, while Lewis must make a hard choice.

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Gift Guide For The Viking Warrior Or Shieldmaiden In Your Life

The holidays are upon us, and that means everyone is making gift lists. Personally I dislike lists; I find them annoying to write and here’s why:

1.) Do you list things by numbers or asterisks?

2.) Do you list things by how much you like them or how much you think other people will like them? And what’s the best way to keep on theme?

Well, I’ve faced my fear to bring you a Viking-themed gift list, since so many of my personal compatriots identify with warrior/explorers of the Norse persuasion. We’ll start with the basics:

History Channel’s Vikings on Blu-ray (seasons 1 thru 4.5). This is perfect for binge watching — make sure you also take in all the behind-the-scenes interviews and clips. You really get a feeling of who the cast and crew are this way.

Any torc, bracelet, or piece from The Crafty Celts. This company is one of the official jewelry makers for the show Vikings, and you really can’t go wrong with their products. I personally have five items sporting the wolf head motif, and they really complete any shieldmaiden outfit.

A custom piece of Viking style art from your favorite artist. Might I suggest RedGrimRune, who does fabulous pieces and even logos for various companies (like Mad Viking Beard Company, and Old God’s Meadery).

Ridiculous and amazing.

This freaking 4.5 liter drinking horn from GrimfrostI’ve been lusting after this damn thing for YEARS, mostly because it would be absolutely hilarious to see me (all five feet even of me) carrying it.  Maybe some wooden crazy straws would help.

Anything from Lykos Leather. Seriously — when you need quality frogs to carry your horn or war axe, or even a ginormous reindeer pelt for the long winter nights, Lykos has got you covered. Literally.

Midgaarb garments. Look — you already have all your gear, but you really need your base clothes at this point, right?  So check this small business out for all your male and female warrior needs.

From our longhouse to yours, happy holiday raiding!

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Runaways Season 1: Why It Took So Long To Make It To The Small Screen

Runaways has finally made it to the small screen, but it’s been a long journey. Jeph Loeb admits to The Tracking Board ever since Marvel started a TV division Runaways has been one of the most requested shows they make.

“Television now has a voice, which is very different form the movies,” Loeb told Tracking Board ahead of the premiere of the Hulu superhero series. “Our audience has become sophisticated enough that they can say, ‘that works really well as a television show, I don’t know that that would work as a movie,’ and if you go back and look at any of the articles form that time, within the top five, there was always Runaways. It was always in there. There was no choice about it, it was something we wanted to do.”

Runaways, while popular with fans, is a bit on the weird side. It’s a good property, but not exactly something you can lead with.

“We didn’t know if it was something we wanted to do right out of the gate, largely because it is such a young cast,” Loeb said. “How do you tell that story and get the audience comfortable with superpowered people in the real world? Do we want to start out with young heroes? And I think the answer was, let’s see whether or not we can get the adult heroes up, before we go into the young world. So it was really about a year ago that we started looking at the landscape [for bringing in Runaways]. Some of that was about knowing that Spider-Man Homecoming was going to come out and he’s a young hero, and some of it was there are networks out there that do cater to a younger audience. How do we get into business with them? How do we tell the best story that we could?”

When looking for showrunners, Loeb decided to look for people who weren’t comic book fans and ended up with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who worked on Gossip Girl and The O.C..

“They don’t look at it as a superhero show, they look at it as a teen drama,” Loeb said. “Which is something they’re very comfortable with, having done The OC and having done Gossip Girl. So their learning curve was, instead of breaking down and going into your room and slamming the door on your parents, why not pick up a car and throw it? That’s not something that happens on the show but it’s a metaphor for, how do you take the things that happen in the Marvel universe and put them through the prism in order to make reality out of it?”


It an interesting way to approach the series. While the superhero part is very important, it’s not the only thing that’s happening in the series.

Summary: After discovering their parents are super-villains in disguise, a group of teenagers band together to run away from their homes in order to atone for their parents’ actions and to discover the secrets of their origins.

Marvel’s Runaways, created by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, stars Gregg Sulkin, Ariela Barer, Lyrica Okano, Allegra Acosta, Virginia Gardner, and Rhenzy Feliz. It is streaming to Hulu now.

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Gambit Rumored To Start Production In February

After years of development, re-development, and rewrites upon rewrites, it sounds like the X-Men spinoff film Gambit is set to begin production very soon.

The folks over at Omega Underground are reporting that director Gore Verbinski is eyeing a February production, with the intent of wrapping production in July. Since it was announced that they’d be releasing the film on February 14, 2019, it’s pretty much been assumed that they’d starting shooting the flick around February, but this rumor seems to corroborate that assumption.

RELATED – Gambit: Fos Has ‘Started Over’ With The Script Thanks To The Success Of Deadpool & Logan

Currently, actor Channing Tatum is the only officially on board to play the ragin’ Cajun himself, Remy Lebeau (aka Gambit). As of right now, Lizzy Caplan has been reported to be in talks for the film, and it’s unknown what her role would be (especially since we really have no idea what the film is about yet).

Of course, given that there isn’t much of a cast and crew to speak of yet, the production month could shift one way or another, but it sounds like this is a movie that’s actually happening, for better or worse. We’ll be keeping an eye on things as the February shoot date approaches. We’re sure to get a bunch of casting details in the very near future should things start moving forward.

Are you interested to see what comes of the Gambit film? Let us know down below!

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Wonder Woman: Earth One Now Scheduled For August 2018

When they were showing off artwork from Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, there was an idea it might be out for this Christmas.

Well, that’s not happening, But it should be out for next Christmas, as it has now been scheduled for August 2018. Here’s the blurb.

For years, Diana of Paradise Island yearned to leave the only home she knew behind for adventures that laid beyond its shores. Now, after a fateful meeting with Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the Amazon Warrior finds herself in Man’s World. And she is ready for anything that it may throw at her.

But is the world ready for Wonder Woman? An American Government, fraught with dissession and conflicts foreign to Diana, have deemed her a danger to society. How will Wonder Woman carry out her mission of peace and love in a world that can’t get out of its own way? That is, unless there are more insidious forces at play…

Continuing the tradition of critically acclaimed EARTH ONE tales that challenge the status quo of the comics industry, WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2 is Grant Morrison’s latest genre-rocking salvo. With dynamic illustrations from the divine Yanick Paquette, this original graphic novel is a classic in the making.

Here’s some of the artwork we’d been seeing…

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Troma, Dracula, Merlin, And Oz: Caliber February 2018 Solicits

Troma Chillers, a sequel to Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, an origin to Merlin of Arthurian legend, and new stories set in the Land of Oz are being offered by Caliber Entertainment in the upcoming February of 2018. Read below for more details.

(W) Steven P. Jones (A) John Ross (CA) Kyle Huston
Sequel to the Bram Stoker’s horror classic tale Dracula. Count Dracula, king of the vampires, is dead, but he isn’t finished with England. Resurrected, Dracula rises from the grave, and before long a rash of bizarre suicides begins plaguing London. Scotland Yard Detective Champion Harrison suspects these may actually be murders, and noted occult specialist Sir John Chandos and beautiful clairvoyant Dion Fortune offer to assist Harrison’s investigation. The final conflict between the forces of goodness and evil is about to begin, and the fate of England hangs in the balance. (STL071819)
SC, 7×10, 122pgs, B&W SRP: $14.99

(W) R. A. Jones (A) Rob Davis, Bruce McCorkindale (CA) Rob Davis
Before there was King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table, there was Merlin. In the year 410 CE, a divided and decaying Rome calls back the last of her occupying forces from the island of Britain. With the Roman legions gone, British warlords and foreign invaders alike begin to battle for control of the small isle. In the region known today as Wales, one warlord at last gains enough prominence to take the title “King”. His name is Vortigern. It is the tenth year of his reign, 435 CE, and that is where the story begins. (STL072033)
SC, 7×10, 156pgs, B&W SRP: $16.99

(W) Stuart Kerr, Ralph Griffith (A) Bill Bryan (CA) Laura Rimaszombati
Based on the series of novels from Frank L. Baum. Return to and witness the incredible land of OZ after Dorothy and Toto had their famous adventure. But now, the Emerald City is tarnished. The Yellow Brick Road is in ruins. Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion, are missing. OZ is no longer a happy fantasy land of wonderful wizards and innocent singers. It is an OZ where a great evil has darkened the skies and come to despoil the land. And into this world of Winkies, Witches, and Winged Monkeys come a trio of friends from Earth along with their dog Max. The dark plans of the Nome King and the witch Mombie have infested the land and taken over, casting once legendary heroes into the clutches of evil. It is now up to these three earthlings and a ragtag group of OZ Freedom Fighters to once again restore OZ to its rightful and peaceful glory. (STL072034)
SC, 7×10, 162pgs, B&W SRP: $16.99

(W) Daniel Boyd, Various (A) Edi Guedes, Various (CA) Bill Richardson
Based on the cult classic Chillers feature film from Troma Studios that captured the Silver Scroll Award now returns again with all new tales in an original graphic novel! Original writer and director Daniel Boyd is joined by some of the best in horror to present 14 more tales of terror and chills. Evil travels in many forms… even by bus. But this bus, driven by Peterr Jesus, takes its riders on a journey that they may never return from! (STL071816)
SC, 7×10, 146pgs, B&W SRP: $14.99

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Eminem Is Mad Donald Trump Hasn’t Responded To His Battle Rap

Rapper Eminem is annoyed that President Donald Trump has not returned fire after Eminem dissed him during a pre-recorded freestyle rap segment before the BET Hip Hop Awards. This is according to an account of his appearance on his own SiriusXM radio channel Shade 45 as transcribed by sandwich-themed Hollywood gossip blog The Wrap. Eminem cut a devastating battle rap against the president that night, but showing an uncharacteristic restraint, Trump has refused to respond.

“I was and still am extremely angry,” Eminem said of the diss by omission. “I can’t stand that motherf***er. I feel like he’s not paying attention to me. I was kind of waiting for him to say something and for some reason, he didn’t say anything.”

As it stands, Eminem is pretty much the only person of any celebrity that Trump has refused to respond to. Trump has taken on the cast of Saturday Night Live, sports blowhard LaVar Ball, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Alec Baldwin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Twilight star Kristen Stewart, and even rapper Snoop Dogg, to name just a few. But on Eminem, the president has remained silent.

Normally, it wouldn’t be unusual at all to read that the President of the United States has refused to respond to a rapper’s insults on Twitter. But for Donald Trump, the restraint actually feels bizarre. Responding to a foul-mouthed diss from a popular rapper wouldn’t be sinking to new depths for Trump. At this point, it would probably elevate the presidency.

Perhaps Trump is simply biding his time, and is working on recording a diss track in response. If that were the case, it would make sense for Trump to wait until Eminem releases his next album, rumored to hit stores in December, in order to take attention away from the album. Trump is friends with rapper Kanye West, who has defended the president on Twitter and at his concerts, and even met with him at Trump Tower. Perhaps the pair will team up to take out their shared rival.

In any other context, we understand this speculation would seem ridiculous, but we ask you: can you really rule out the possibility that’s what’s going on? We didn’t think so.

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Marvel’s The Punisher: “Front Toward Enemy” Review

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16 Shared Universes From Before There Were Shared Universes

We like to think that we invented everything, and more-or-less recently, but the fact of the matter is that there are no new ideas. Everything we think is nifty is either a rip-off, spin-off or direct product of something that came before. And the shared universes we’re seeing nowadays - like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the Arrowverse and beyond - are no exception.

Sure, those examples all sprang from shared universe comic books, but the idea of connected worlds isn’t even all that novel on television. The TV medium has been a hotbed of crossovers, interconnected storylines and franchise mentalities for decades. Some of these shared universes are very official, some of them are implied and some of them are exceptionally weird. But they all make the history of TV a fascinating subject, filled with fan theories, continuity errors and awesome revelations. Let’s take a look at 16 of the greatest, weirdest and - in one case - mind-blowingest shared TV universes on record!

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Justice League Doing Well At The Chinese Box Office

While the film isn’t breaking any records here in the states, Justice League has broken the national box office record in China, taking in $52 million. DC once again produced a film with a lot of flash and visuals, but one that many feel falls into a common DC trap, bad narrative.

The film is also thought to be heading for an overall loss of anywhere from $50-100 million dollars. Yikes. You can read more about that here. According to Box Office Mojo, the film has taken in just over $300 million worldwide, with about 60 percent of that coming from the domestic side.

RELATED: Justice League: Director of Photography Wants A Snyder Cut

Justice League’s budget has been estimated at about $300 million, though that figure is not official. With possibly another $150 million going toward promotion and advertising, it is going to be tough for Justice League to turn a profit. So what does the poor box office performance mean for the future of DC? Well, you can read more about that here.

Well folks, it is since it is the holidays, I am heading out for another theater trip, and going to do my part to make Justice League a success!

Will Justice League end up being a loss for DC and Warner Bros? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: Los Angeles TimesBoxOfficeMojo

Disney Princess And Launch of Riftworld Legends: Joe Books February 2018 Solicits

Set in the world of Riftworld ChroniclesRiftworld Legends is launching this February courtesy of Joe Books. It will be written by Jonathan Williams with art by Daniel Wong.

Plus, Disney Princess #17 is being released and will feature stories about Ariel, Rapunzel, Aurora, Belle, Tiana, Cinderella, and more.

(W/A/CA) Disney
Disney’s beloved heroines have returned! Featuring laugh-out-loud stories from the worlds of Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, Aurora, and more, this charming ongoing series will make all your royal dreams come true. (STL071768)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Jonathan Williams (A) Daniel Wong (CA) Lamin Martin
Based on the world of the award-winning digital series Riftworld Chronicles, Riftworld Legends is set in late 1400s and revolves around two young mariners left for dead on an island somewhere in the North Atlantic. In a hostile and exotic landscape filled with magic, mythical beasts, and strange, non-human races, their struggle for survival leads to an epic historical saga where two worlds collide. (STL032379) (C: 0-0-1)
RES. from Previews Vol. XXVI #12 (DEC161767)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

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Rumored CAPTAIN MARVEL Villain Ben Mendelsohn Says Playing Doctor Doom Would Be A Dream Role

Ben Mendelsohn is rumored to be playing the main villain in Brie Larson's Captain Marvel (possibly Kly'bn) but it's another comic villain that would be a dream role for the Rogue One actor.

Collection Of ‘Killing And Dying’ And Moomin Graphic Novel: Drawn & Quarterly February 2018 Solicits

Killing & Dying by Adrian Tomine is being published in a hardback graphic novel collection, and the Moomins, by Tove Jansson, are getting their own graphic novel story with Moomin Winter. Plus, a new graphic novel by Seiichi Hayashi called Red Colored Elegy is being published. All of this is by Drawn & Quarterly in their February 2018 solicits.

(W/A/CA) Adrian Tomine
After enjoying over six months on the New York Times Bestseller list, acclaimed cartoonist Adrian Tomine’s realist masterpiece is now available in paperback, with an updated cover and French flaps. With this work, Tomine reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics, but as one of the great voices of modern American literature. His gift for capturing emotion and intellect resonates: the weight of love and its absence, the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive in the twenty-first century. (STL071949) (C: 0-1-1)
SC, 7×9, 128pgs, FC SRP: $19.95

(W/A/CA) Tove Jansson
As the Moomins prepare to hibernate through what is going to be the worst winter yet, several unwelcome guests take advantage of the Moomins’ generosity and keep the family awake throughout the long winter. Their quirky but needy guests prevent the Moomins from hibernating and the chaos only increases with the arrival of a little nibling determined to find out everyone’s secrets. But everyone is ashamed of what the nibling has seen and is determined to keep their secret activities, well, a secret! (STL071953) (C: 0-1-1)
SC, 8×7, 40pgs, FC SRP: $9.95

(W/A/CA) Seiichi Hayashi
Ichiro and Sachiko are young artists, temperamental and discouraged about what life has to offer them. They fall in and out of love, jealous of each other’s interests and unchallenged by their careers. A cornerstone of the Japanese underground scene of the 1960s, Red Colored Elegy charts their heartache, passions, and bickering with equal tenderness, creating a revelatory portrait of a stormy love affair. This new paperback edition features an essay on Hayashi’s contributions to contemporary Japanese comics. (STL071952) (C: 0-1-1)
SC, 6×9, 240pgs, B&W SRP: $21.95

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Ben Mendelsohn Really, Really Wants To Be Doctor Doom

After playing perhaps the most capable Imperial Officer ever in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, King George VI in Darkest Hour, and the bad guy Nolan Sorrento in the upcoming Ready Player One film adaptation, Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn has his eye on a Marvel-ous role.

Credit: Gage Skidmore

Long rumored to be playing the Skrull commander in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie for Disney/Marvel, Mendelsohn has his eye on another comic character. The best part?  It would mean more sweet, sweet cape action for him. (If you want to giggle watching Ben try NOT to comment on the casting, watch this video from Collider; it’s pretty great.)

In a recent episode of MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Mendelsohn offered up who he thinks is the greatest comic character of all time, and who he really wants to play:

“Doctor Doom is the greatest comic character of all time. That’s a great role. The thing that’s appealing about Victor is the damage and trauma, the loss of the family, the wrong done to him and then the takeover, the revenge, and then the protectiveness of Latveria wrapped in that Cold War vibe. There’s something about the combination of that. What actually makes him great is his caring bit.”

It was announced way back in July at SDCC that Noah Hawley (Legion) has his sights set on a Doom centric film for 20th Century Fox. This, of course, set Doom fans on a path of who they wanted to see play the Latverian leader, the number one name being Mads Mikkelsen. You may recall the widely panned Josh Trank Fantastic Four reboot from 2015 (although several of us try to pretend that never happened) with a “hacker” Doctor Doom.

Mendelsohn would certainly be a interesting choice, and one I am totally behind — and not just because he pulled me off a red carpet press line for Darkest Hour to take pictures with me because of my Union Jack dress.

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Best Black Friday Cell Phone Deals

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Black Friday 2017 is almost here and we're on the hunt for the best deals on cellphones and accessories. We're gathering them here, updating the list with new deals and deals when they go live, and serving them up to you piping hot. Be advised.

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Disney Descendants And Wall-E Manga: Tokyopop February 2018 Solicits

An adaptation of the Disney Descendants by Natsuki Minami and a manga adaptation of Pixar’s Wall-E  by Shiro Shirai are being launched in the upcoming February of 2018 by Tokyopop. Read below for more details.

(A/CA) Natsuki Minami
As a talented designer, Evie can’t wait to enter Auradon’s national design competition, traveling and challenging other young hopefuls from all across the land. Even more exciting: the grand prize is a generous grant to use for any charity they see fit, and Evie plans to use it to open a video workshop to teach the kids back on the Isle of the Lost. But as one setback after another gets in her way, it looks like someone might not want Evie to win at all…
This is Book 1 of the Trilogy! (STL072214) (C: 0-1-2)
SC, 7×10 (1 of 3) SRP: $10.99

(W/A/CA) Shiro Shirai
Based on the hit Disney•Pixar movie Wall-E.
Wall-E is a trash compactor robot — the last one of his kind! — and every day for hundreds of years he’s faithfully cleaned and organized the millions of tons of trash left behind on Earth by humans. But his routine is flipped upside down when he finds a tiny green plant, the first new sign of life for centuries! When the sleek new robot EVE shows up to take the proof of life back to humanity, Wall-E falls head over wheels in love and eagerly follows her across the galaxy into a whole new adventure!
Relive this epic space romance in beautiful manga form! (STL065061) (C: 0-1-2)
SC, 128pgs, B&W SRP: $10.99

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Justice League: Jason Momoa Talks Cut Scene That Should Have Stayed In The Film

Justice League, some love it, some hate it, some are lobbying for a Zack Snyder cut, and some aren’t sure how they feel about the film. One person who knows where his feelings reside is actor Jason Momoa, while he may be somewhat biased, as he portrayed one of the main characters in the film in Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Momoa has come to the film’s defense. Word is many scenes were cut from the film and in an interview with Rajeev Masand, Momoa and fellow star Gal Gadot, discuss a scene that they wish would have stayed in the film.

“Remember that one scene we did that got cut out of it? This is a great scene, I pull out my little flask and I’m like [grunting and offering the flask], and it’s Wonder Woman she’s like ‘no thank you’. It’s just a, she’s such a lady, ya know what I mean? And I’m such a, just a big dumb dumb and she’s like ‘no thank you, Arthur’.”

RELATED: Zack Snyder’s Son Reviews Justice League, Points To WB Meddling

This sounds like a quaint, fun little scene, and I have to agree with them, I would have liked to seen it stay in the film. Would this one scene have changed the mind of the moviegoers who didn’t like the film? Probably not, but the character interactions and they way they were portrayed seems to be one of the less criticized aspects of the film, so an interaction such as this probably wouldn’t have hurt the anything.

Would you have preferred if this scene stayed in the film? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Blue Beetle Canceled

The Jaime Reyes/Ted Kord Blue Beetle comic is Rebirth's second cancellation.

News Jim Dandy
Nov 24, 2017

The February comic solicitations are out, and there's some bad news for Jaime Reyes and Ted Kord fans. Blue Beetle, a comic that was vastly better than its position on the sales charts, is wrapping up its run with issue #18.

Here's what the solicit text has to say about the comic:

Written by CHRIS SEBELA Art and cover by SCOTT KOLINS Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue. It’s chaos at Kord Industries as Jaime helps Ted install a new A.I. system, only to have it come online and seize control of the facility. Trapped inside the building, Blue Beetle is put to the ultimate test, battling a hostile entity that turns every tool in Ted Kord’s inventory into a deadly weapon. With his last school year approaching, Jaime could be taking his final exam.

Kolins should be a superstar. He's an impeccable art mimic who's been great in everything from Annihilation to some great Flash stories to this. And just a quick reminder, in addition to being a very competent comic writer, Chris Sebela is the guy who kickstarted a trip to a clown motel and write a book about it. Jaime has been a great Beetle, in the comics and the movies.

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DC Comics will bring back a great concept book this Wednesday. A comic dedicated to up and coming creators within the industry. In 1984, I recall the New Talent Showcase #1 (1984) comic being a book I truly was looking forward to. I was curious to witness the new blood coming down the pike. The series lasted only 15 issues. Here’s a couple of things to note regarding a comic dedicated to the new talents in the industry. These are points regarding DC’s New Talent Showcase comics in general. First, back in 1984’s version of this series, DC blew all of their “new talent” out too quick. In other words, why would you put so many talents in ONE book, thus not giving the fans MORE of a new talent’s work instead? Don’t give us 10 new writers or artist in on book. Spread it out. Give us two stories with two new creative teams per book, thus making room for more comics to sell in the long run. And the series will last much longer as well. The advertising would consist of leading up to a new creative team(s) by teasing their work well before the releases of their particular story. Make sense? Instead DC will release their New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 this Wednesday with approximately four writers and six artists. Let’s spread this out guys. The second thing, back in 84, these new creators showed off ALL-NEW characters. Why not stick with this plan and wait for one or two or more to hit a chord with fans and run with it from there. It’s a great testing point to create new content for your fans and possibly make money with a new character(s). Having “new talent” draw Batman, Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, etc. is like having a great singer on a talent show sing a Whitney Houston song. Doing an original is where talent really shines. This IS a testing book anyways isn’t it? Third, some of the “new talent” here are in fact not all that new. Yes, their library is not as extensive as others, but they do have quite a few books in their library. The actual first professional work (year) for some of these creators looks something like this, 2009, 2010, 2002, 2003, 2016 and 2005. That’s a 15-year span on one of them, that’s not a “new talent”. Neither is the one from 14 years or 12 years….ahhh! Why not make this a TRUE new talent book? It would be a super anticipated DC series for fans if the format was truly NEW TALENT. Someone wet behind the ears, fresh out of college or an undiscovered talent living in their parent’s basement. Lastly, the New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 sports a cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. Really?? Ugh, really? We get it, fans love this team, It’ll get eyeballs on it, but why? This makes little to no sense except the fact they’re showing no confidence in a “new talent” to get the job done and sell a comic from its cover. Come on DC, get with it. This is lame.

Buy/Bid – Super Sons Annual #1

Buy/Bid – Batman & Robin #2

Buy/Bid – Adventure #210

Buy/Bid – JLA Annual #1







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Super Sons Annual #1 is the first met and greet between Krypto and Titus. Yes, they are dogs and hopefully we do not get the first time “real life” meeting of two dogs. That would be gross. And just in case you’re in the market for first appearances of K-9’s, Titus first appeared in Batman and Robin #2 (2011) and Krypto first appeared in Adventure Comics #210 (1955). They are spayed and neutered already too. We know this for a fact. We fact checked.
Get in on the early origin story of when Batman and Catwoman first met. It happens in Batman Annual #2. Written by Tom King and art by Lee Weeks. With a creative tandem like this, you know it’s going to be good.

A new Green Lantern epic story lines hits Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33 this week. Check out “Twillight Of The Guardians” part one. Creators Robert Venditti and Jackson Herbert.
Sticking with the thought of a great team, Batman Creature Of The Night #1 will feature a new spin on the young Master Wayne’s struggle within. Check out a new tale that changes the way you have always thought of the death of Bruce Wayne’s parent’s and how Bruce emerges as the Batman. The emotional aspect of Bruce comes to light here. Creators Kurt Busiek and John Paul Paul Leon.
If you’re a Lobo fan, then Justice League Of America Annual #1 is right up your alley. A full length story teaming with Black Canary as secrets about Lobo are revealed. Artist Kelley Jones! And writer Steve Orlando.
DC’s new bi-monthly series; Mystik U #1 this Wednesday. Alisa Kwitney and Mike Norton. Collector’s know Zatanna’s first appearance, but her second appearance occured in Detective Comics #336 (1965). 

Darkhawk #51

Darkhawk #50

Darkhawk #1

Mystik U #1

Detective Comics #336






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Gwenom became an instant hit for Marvel. Now part two of Gwenom; Spider-Gwen #26. A ridiculously awesome Robbi cover too. That’ll make the Best of… this week.
A semi-popular character in the early 90’s makes his return to comics this week. Well, not really returning, but continuing where he left off in his own series at issue number fifty (1995). Darkhawk has appeared sparingly throughout the years right up to an appearance in last years Captain America Sam Wilson #11. It’s actually been a year since he was last seen, so why are we getting a new lease on life exactly? Marvel wants it, so Marvel delivers it. Darkhawk first appeared in his self-titled series; Darkhawk #1 (1991). The new Darkhawk series starts off with Darkhawk #51, with a killer David Nakayama comic cover. Anyone notice how Mr. Nakayama has been nailing some of these comic covers lately? Check out our Best Comic Covers Of The Week post each week, he makes the cut every week now. Always on point since coming onto the scene in 2001, but we’re officially on team Nakayama.

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InvestComics Indie Hot Picks; Indie comics do not always show up on Ebay right way. Please check back on a regular basis, some of the smaller print indie books usually list after new comic book release day or a few days after.

G.I. Joe #246

Giantkillers #0

Hal Green Lantern #33

Ominous Press #1

Spawn #280






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Spawn #280 Special 666 print run

Returning readers here would know we gave a heads up regarding a new character emerging from the Spawn series. It seems as though the emergence of this new Spawn character superhero is closer to appearing than before in Spawn #280. This could be the true introduction issue so keep an eye out on this. The special McFarlane/Mattina variant print run of 666 copies is blowing up on Ebay right now. 
Emerging (appearing) as a definite new character this week will be the new Snake-Eyes in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #246. SHE looks like a bad-as* and we cannot wait to read this one. Check out some of the great covers appearing on our Best Covers… coming soon.
Straight from the Ominous Press World Premiere #1 (2016) comes Giantkillers #0. All-star creative power here; Ron Marz and Bart Sears. Look for a possible sell-out here.
If the fidget spinner sticks as the final cover of the new Trump’s Titans #2, it will be the first fidget spinner cover ever!! Watch as the other speculative websites pick this up as a MUST BUY!!! We’re just messing and having some fun with the nonsense that goes on. Kind of like the Harley Quinn RARE appearance in that Scooby Doo comic everyone bought into. More nonsense.
Red Giant Productions hits fans with four new number one comics; Darchon #1, Wayward Sons #1, Katrina #1 and Markipiler #1. Mark Fischbach is a Youtube sensation with 11.5 million subs, so it’s quite obvious Red Giant is trying to hit this audience. Although this is not an innovation at all. Nothing new here. Several other comic companies have tried creating a comic book with the Youtube sensation/multiple subscriber and have come away with lack-luster results. Maybe this time will be different and fans of Mark will buy into this comic book venture and make it worth the effort.
The Trump train continues in the comic book world this week with How the Trump Stole Christmas (Antarctic Press). The Brian Denham solicit is an absolute gem here. So much so here it is, word for word. Too funny. “It might be an orange Christmas this y-WRONG! We’re going to have a gold Christmas! We have a new cover, the best cover, a cover that is…is just incredible, it’s incredibly gold. The fake news media probably won’t even report this cover, or they’ll tell you it’s orange, but you know the truth. We are going to have gold foil editions available, and it’ll be so easy to get one, believe us.” Bravo guys, bravo.
Sink from ComixTribe continues to be a hit with the fans. With last months Jock homage cover selling out and drawing even more attention to the series, Sink #3 hits this week. Sink your teeth into this hot series because everyone else has and you’re probably missing out.
Labyrinth 2017 Special #1 (Boom Studios) – Various.
Black Mask Gravetrancers #1 – M.L. Miller and James Whynot.
From Red 5, Chasing Hitler #1 and Duel Identity #1.
Sword Of Ages #1 (IDW) – Gabriel Rodriguez.

Labyrinth 2017 #1

Trump Stole Christmas

Sink #3

Sword Of Ages #1

Trump’s Titans #1





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Tarantino Thinks Netflix Has Led To A Loss Of Commitment

There are some filmmakers who are notoriously against a lot of the digital aspects of today’s industry. One such filmmaker is Quentin Tarantino. Him, along with Christopher Nolan have been some of the big holdouts in terms the use of actual film, and as many fans know, Tarantino is also still holding out in terms of digital viewing.

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Tarantino doesn’t use Netflix, and is very precious about watching movies on a physical medium. In addition to the tangibility of it, he sees the current digital age as one that lacks overall commitment. In a recently-unearthed interview (via Yellow King Film Boy), Tarantino delved into his observations on film watching as a result of Netflix.

“It’s very sad to me. It’s very, very sad to me. And I’m a little surprised how quickly it happened, and I’m a little surprised at how the public has moved on, and no one’s looking back, and they don’t really care. And it’s not just out of the nostalgia. I’m not on Netflix so I can’t even tell you exactly how that works. Even if you just have all the movie channels in your [cable] package, and that’s something I do have, you hit the guide, and you go down the list and you…watch something or you tape something and maybe you never get around to watching it or you actually do watch it, and then maybe you watch it for ten minutes or twenty minutes, and maybe you start doing something else, and [you decide], ‘Nah, I’m not really into this. That’s kind of where we’ve fallen into.

“However, there was a different quality to the video store. You looked around, you picked up boxes, you read the back of the boxes. You made a choice, and maybe you talked to the guy behind the counter, and maybe he pointed you toward something. And he didn’t just put something in your hand, he gave you a little bit of a sales pitch on it to some degree or another. And so the point being is, you were kind of invested, in a way that you’re not invested with electronic technology when it comes to the movies. Now, of course, we all rented three movies and didn’t get around to watching the third one, but there was more of a commitment to what you ended up getting. And maybe you went down to the store to get Top Gun, and that’s what you wanted, and you got “Top Gun,” but then you picked up something you never heard about before, just because you wanted something more than Top Gun. And maybe it’s something that caught your eye, you didn’t know anything about it, and you took a chance. But you rented it, so you actually wanted to try and watch it some degree or another. And that’s what’s really lost — in a weird way, what’s lost is commitment.”

While I see where he’s coming from, I can’t say I entirely agree. More than ever, viewing is an engaging experience. I rarely watch things passively on Netflix, and since you have to go in and actually choose what you’re watching, I’d argue it’s a more engaging experience than standard cable. In addition, from online reviews to Netflix recommendations, I’d say we go into the film with just as much information as we ever did in the video stores.

That being said, he does have a point in one respect. With countless films at our fingertips, if we aren’t feeling a movie ten minutes in, there’s nothing stopping us from pulling the plug and looking into something more intriguing. In that sense, we could very well be missing out on potentially life-changing movies.

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MST3K Season 12 Confirmed by Netflix!

MST3K Season 12 on Netflix is a go! Expect more Mystery Science Theater 3000 on your screens...eventually.

News Gavin Jasper
Nov 24, 2017

Ever since Mystery Science Theater 3000 returned for its 11th season, fans have been wondering about its future. In the past year, the cast and crew have done a live tour across the country and announced a six-issue Dark Horse comic miniseries, but they’ve been tight-lipped about another season. With MST3K Season 11 being built on Kickstarter cash and Netflix’s supposed money issues, would we even see MST3K Season 12?

Yesterday, series creator Joel Hodgson hosted the annual Turkey Day Marathon alongside new cast members Jonah Ray and Felicia Day. After spending half the day showing off classic episodes and clips of the latest season (including a promotional clip of Jonah and the bots watching several minutes of the first episode of Stranger Things), there still appeared to be no word on whether or not Netflix would be bringing the show back.

That is, until the very, very end of the feed. That’s when this baby kicked in.

And once again, we have movie sign! Joel and his buff arms then sent out an email to the Season 11 Kickstarter backers to reiterate this. He couldn’t elaborate further, but right now, confirmation is all we need.

Hopefully, the 12th season includes Argo the Fantastic Superman, which they riffed on their tour earlier this year. It’s certainly...something.

MST3K Season 12 Release Date

hahaha! No, we won't be hearing about this for quite some time. But we'll update this when we have the info!

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Should the Lord Of The Rings TV Series Include Tom Bombadil?

Room for Tom Bombadil could easily be found in Amazon's Lord Of The Rings prequel TV series. Could this be his on-screen chance?

Feature Juliette Harrisson
Nov 24, 2017

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

In a letter to the writer and poet Naomi Mitchison, who had been proof-reading The Lord Of The Rings for him, J. R. R. Tolkien described Tom Bombadil as an "enigma," "intentionally" so, and admitted that the character was "not an important person to the narrative" but added that he would not have left him in "if he did not have some kind of function." Bombadil represents, Tolkien suggested, "a natural pacifist view," a character who has access to immense power but chooses not to wield it, but rather to observe and not to participate in the wars around him. He had a symbolic importance to the overall story (not allegorical – a point both Tolkien and his friend C. S. Lewis were quite firm on, no matter how many people have insisted their works were allegories) but played no significant part in the plot.

Tolkien had used Bombadil partly because he had already invented him, in poems written in the 1930s, and he was easy to insert as an "adventure" along the way (as Tolkien told bookshop owner Peter Hastings). However, Bombadil appears only in these poems (published in a collection called The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil) and in The Fellowship Of The Ring. Although a powerful and ancient character, he does not appear in The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales. Because he is not intrinsic to the plot, he has been left out of nearly all adaptations of Tolkien’s material, with the exception of a few games (both video games and tabletop games) in which he and his wife Goldberry are useful as powerful characters.

When the author himself has clearly expressed that a character plays no major function in the narrative, it is hardly surprising that a film series cutting the huge source material of the three-part epic down to three feature-length films did not include the escapade with Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. This decision is, for an adaptation, a no-brainer. However, many fans of the books were disappointed to see Bombadil cut out of the story, and some still believe he should have been included, either because of what he represents, or simply due to their own desire to see him and his wife brought to life on screen.

As a story that stands by itself, Frodo and company’s encounter with Tom Bombadil and Goldberry offers the opportunity for rich visuals and at least two dramatic sequences. In The Fellowship Of The Ring, the hobbits travel through the mysterious and threatening Old Forest, where Old Man Willow puts them to sleep and tries to draw them into himself (this scene was shifted to Fangorn, where only Merry and Pippin are attacked and are saved by Treebeard, in the Extended Edition of The Two Towers film). Tom Bombadil rescues the hobbits and takes them home to meet his wife, the ‘daughter of the river’, Goldberry, and they spend the night. Bombadil explains that he is ancient, older than almost everything, and demonstrates that the Ring has no power over him at all (it does not even make him invisible).

The following day, the hobbits leave, but they have to cross the Barrows – the Anglo-Saxon-style burial mounds of ancient royals. A thick fog descends and they are attacked by a Barrow-wight (an ancient royal zombie) and Frodo calls Tom Bombadil for help. Bombadil saves them and they loot the tombs for some treasure and weapons (no one in The Lord Of The Rings seems to have a problem with grave-robbery) but after that they travel out of Tom’s lands and he will no longer help them.

If a TV series were to be made of The Lord Of The Rings itself, there would be clear reasons to consider including Tom Bombadil. While he plays no real part in the larger narrative, these episodes would make a perfect self-contained ‘filler’ episode – an "adventure on the way", as Tolkien put it. The special effects required are not too demanding (an actor dressed as a zombie, some ‘scary-tree’ effects) and only three guest actors are required (Tom, Goldberry, the Barrow-wight), so the incident would give TV producers a chance to save some money and extend the story to fill however many episodes were required. The presence of Goldberry also introduces another female character into a story in which these are severely lacking (the principal cast of The Fellowship Of The Ring includes 19 characters, of whom two – Galadriel and Arwen – are female).

Amazon’s new series, however, is a prequel series, to take place before the events of The Lord Of The Rings and presumably not including the events of The Hobbit (since that’s already been adapted into feature films and expanded far beyond its limits anyway). The most obvious conclusion is that this will be an adaptation of stories from The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The Children Of Húrin, with the last being particularly appealing as it offers a complete, epic, rather miserable (and therefore ‘dark’ and ‘gritty’) story including (accidental) incest, which will almost certainly appeal to Amazon executives trying to compete with Game Of Thrones.

However, there are other possibilities. The show will apparently follow ‘new storylines’ preceding The Lord Of The Rings, so rather than delve into Tolkien’s elaborate mythology, they may decide to focus on the backstories of characters met in The Lord Of The Rings and material from the Appendices – Aragorn’s hunt for Gollum, for example. However, with a multi-season commitment, it seems likely that they will be going fairly far back into the mythology to begin with, and it would be an odd decision to scrap so many potential storylines sitting waiting to be adapted.

Either way, Tom Bombadil could easily be included. As an ancient character encountered by the heroes of The Lord Of The Rings, he can be inserted pretty much anywhere. It’s true that Bombadil does not appear in the major myths of Middle Earth, but then, Legolas does not appear in The Hobbit either – but his presence in a time and place where he would logically be makes perfect sense in the film adaptations (however unwise the resultant drawing out of the narrative may have been). He cannot, of course, encounter Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin, but aside from that one moment with the Ring, there is nothing about the episode that needs to relate specifically to them – any other character with limited powers could encounter the original Old Man Willow, the Barrow-wights, and Bombadil. But should Bombadil be included?

Some of the reasons to include him are less pressing if the series is not adapting the central narrative of The Lord Of The Rings. For one thing, there are far more female characters in Tolkien’s background mythology that there are in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, largely because there is a lot more romance (and sex, and incest) in the wider Middle Earth mythology than the rather half-hearted attempt at a love triangle drawn between Aragorn, Arwen and Eowyn. Goldberry is a fun character, but there are more interesting women in Tolkien’s universe. Whether Bombadil fits as a representation of a wider theme – of the beauty of willingly refusing power, alongside the danger of stepping back from involvement (as Elrond points out, Bombadil will not survive if Sauron takes over) – depends on what thematic threads the series wants to pursue – which will, of course, depend in turn on exactly which stories they want to adapt.

Some of the advantages to including Bombadil remain, however. On a practical level, this is still an opportunity for a small, self-contained episode of television that requires minimal special effects and guest stars, while still offering an exciting incident (and the chance of getting a new weapon out of it, so it’s not completely useless to the plot). Any human character or characters can be substituted for the hobbits, and if need be, Bombadil’s lands can be moved from their place next to the Shire, however much this may annoy Tolkien purists (who will point out that the name ‘Tom Bombadil’ probably originates in Buckland – but most of the audience will be blissfully unaware of this). And, of course, slipping the Bombadil incident into an earlier story will offer all those fans disappointed not to see him realised on the big screen a chance to see his story adapted into dramatic form (though let’s face it, the people annoyed at his exclusion from the movies will probably be no less annoyed at seeing him inserted into a different time and place for the television series – but you can’t win ‘em all).

Overall, there are probably more advantages to including Bombadil in a television series than there are disadvantages. The increased running time of a television series and the division of a series into episodes make the inclusion of a single incident only tangentially related to the plot much less awkward, and the opportunity to throw in some spooky zombie-princes is surely not to be missed. In the course of adapting a disparate set of stories covering an enormous amount of time into a coherent television series, much will have to be changed, moved around, added to or cut down – in the course of all that, room might as well be found, finally, for Tom Bombadil.

Harry Potter Movie Streaming Guide: Where to Watch Online

A handy guide for where you can watch the Harry Potter movies online right now. Accio, Harry Potter films!

Feature Kayti Burt
Nov 24, 2017

If you're anything like me, then you watch the Harry Potter film franchise on the regular. Sadly, Freeform can't always be having one of their Harry Potter weekends. (Apparently.) For all of the other hours of your life, here a handy guide to where you can stream the Harry Potter movies online. It's almost like magic...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The one that started it all. Jump into Harry's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Make new friends. Defeat trolls (in the dungeon). Side-eye that twitchy Professor Quirrell.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The adventure continues under director Christopher Columbus' reign. In Harry's second year at Hogwarts, students (and cats) are ending up petrified. The Chamber of Secrets has opened. Will Dobby the House Elf and Fawkes the Phoenix be able to help Harry save the school? Probably.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Arguably the best of Harry's more standalone adventures, the third film in the series is many fan's favorites as it introduces Sirius Black and the rest of the Mauraders (though, frustratingly, leaves out much of the specific backstory). Alfonso Cuaron stepped in as director, adding a gritty, whimsical, dark tone to the franchise. Hogwarts would never be the same.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Did you know that Hogwarts wasn't the only school in the wizarding world? Neither did Harry... until the Triwizard Tournament, which sees the Hogwarts champions pitted against challengers from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. Bonus elements: Cedric Diggory, Quidditch, teen romance. 

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

The Harry Potter cast. Laughing all the way to the Alliance & Leicester

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The one where Harry turns into an angsty, angry teenager. (If that wasn't obvious from the promotional art above.) Come for the promise of some prophecy Professor Trelawney has been mumbling about, stay for the epic duel between dark and light that takes place in the Department of Mysteries. Actually, don't stay for that. It gets really sad.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Voldemort's rise is in full background force during Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts. Students are being pulled from school. Families are being murdered. Weasleys are in danger. What is Harry doing to distract himself from the scary times? Cheating in potions, of course, with the help of the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. 

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1

My favorite film in the franchise, Deathly Hallows Part 1 is a serious shift in tone for the Potter franchise. Harry, Hermione, and Ron are on the run on search for Horcruxes and it is pretty bleak. There's lots of camping, roaming the English countryside, and listening to the wireless. We also get a Hermione/Harry dance number set to Nick Cave's "O Children." What more could you want from a movie?

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

The final, epic conclusion to the franchise. Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the most action-packed of the Potter series, but that won't keep you from the feels. They will hit you like an Unforgivable Curse and they won't let go.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Welcome to the wonderful world of the expanded Harry Potter film universe! 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is undoubtedly the first of many. And not just the approximately three to three thousand Fantastic Beasts movies to come (the number varies depending on when you ask J.K. Rowling basically), but many other spin-offs as well. We'll be sure to keep them all updated on this page. 

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, HBO

FAN ART: See Zachary Levi Strike A Powerful Pose As CAPTAIN MARVEL aka SHAZAM

Digital artist George Evangelista imagines actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: Ragnarok) as DC Comics' mystical strongman, Shazam in this awesome fan art for the forthcoming DCEU installment.

The Slow Demise of Blu-ray 3D

The 3D Blu-ray format is facing an uncertain future, as demand for 3D in the home falls...

Feature Simon Brew
Nov 24, 2017

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

If you head to your local HMV this week (should you have one), then a glimpse at the best-selling discs chart will see something that might soon become something of a rarity. For alongside the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 is a Blu-ray 3D version. Interestingly, Disney has opted not to mirror the US and release an Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray edition, but to stick with 3D as its premium format for the release.

But Disney is proving to be something of an exception to the rule. While 3D continues to battle on in cinemas, with sufficient support still in the pipeline from enough blockbuster movies to justify premium priced screenings, it’s been a different story in the home. Reflecting the fact that more and more major television manufacturers are moving away from 3D televisions in their ranges – you can still buy a 3D TV, but the choice has tightened a lot, and a good deal of the choice is legacy stock – so there are signs that the disc format is very slowly drying up.

3D in the home never really convincingly addressed the major stumbling blocks, though, and the companies involved are moving away from it. For starters, statistics about the installed userbase of 3D televisions suggested widespread support, but as it turned out, that was more to do with the fact that pretty much every major telly for a year or two came bunded with 3D whether you wanted it or not. Not for the first time, the statistics distorted the market somewhat. But the bigger problem was that not enough consumers could be convinced to sit in their living room wearing 3D glasses, yet alone pay extra for the hardware and software required to watch a 3D film.

And big companies have been giving up the fight. In 2016, Samsung dropped 3D support from its television range. LG and Sony stopped doing so at the start of this year. It’s smaller manufacturers who are keeping the proverbial flag flying. In broadcast television, Sky 3D was made available in 2010, but all but quietly retired in 2015. There is still 3D available via Sky services on demand, but it’s reduced to a small collection of films, and a few TV shows.

The problem

Wherever you sit on the 3D fence – and we know that some of you are avid fans of 3D Blu-ray - it’s nonetheless not too hard to see a demarcation. In a cinema, attention tends – in theory – to be concentrated firmly on the massive screen in front of you. The picture takes up the majority of your field of vision, without the distraction of the dog needing to go out, the fridge calling to request emptying, or the phone ringing. Thus, it’s feasible to sit there for two hours wearing not always very comfortable glasses glaring at a picture.

In the home, where the screen generally doesn’t fill even half of your field of vision – unless you own impressive AV equipment, or sit far too close to the screen – it’s a much harder sell.

Not that it’s stopped people trying to sell it. It’s hard not to think, though, that this Christmas marks the last mainstream hurrah for 3D Blu-ray. As such, the majority of big releases – from Cars 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming to Valerian, War For The Planet Of The Apes and Wonder Woman – are offering a 3D flavour. At the minute, there’s the obvious correlation between films that get a 3D theatrical release and the disc equivalent, but there’s also a sense that that’s likely to break soon.

Figures for 3D Blu-ray sales aren’t often made available, but they do – when they surface – paint a picture of a very niche format. At the peak of the format, average sales for a Blu-ray 3D version were around the 15% mark. Few films this year have got anywhere near that (Passengers is an exception). Just 3% of sales of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 on its disc release in the US came from 3D Blu-rays, for instance. Anecdotally, the shelf space given to 3D Blu-ray in the branch of HMV mentioned at the top of the article has shrunk. As the hardware supply contracts, it’s not hard to see the discs going the same way.

They’re not the easiest discs to master, either. On a technical level, a 3D Blu-ray requires two pictures to be provided on the disc: one for the left eye, one for the right. It uses a little extra compression than a 2D picture would to achieve this, but still provides a rich picture to both eyes. Inevitably, it does use extra disc real estate, though, and there’s an added expense to the work that needs doing.

Perhaps the bigger threat to 3D Blu-ray is that film studios and manufacturers have now found a new premium format to back. To the point where there are two high end disc formats competing against each other, and bluntly. one is proving more premium than the other. For the last couple of years, 3D Blu-rays have been the high-end release of a blockbuster film in the home. Now, though, that’s been usurped by Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray, which tends to offer a more notable upgrade. A much sharper picture is proving to be a tough sell, but an easier one than 3D. At least that’s how it’s proving so far.

Furthermore, Ultra HD 4K Blu-rays, due to the added space demands having a high resolution transfer to work with, don’t come with 3D versions. Studios have reasoned that people, if they’re spending at the top end of the disc market, would rather have better picture and sound quality, than a 3D option. Even then, 4K discs are hardly burning up the sales charts.

Is this the death knell for 3D Blu-ray, then? Well, not yet. Hollywood is a machine that’s powered by cash, and should the likes of Cars 3 in 3D suddenly shift an awful lot of copies – and we gather it’s a very impressive 3D transfer – then support will continue.

Yet that seems a long shot. Disney’s decision to finally support Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray from the summer was seen in some quarters as it realigning its priorities, and it’s been one of the most ardent supporters of the home 3D format. On the flipside, there are parts of the world where home 3D is still popular. Plus, there are spikes. Star Wars: Rogue One in 3D was a retailer-exclusive to Target and Best Buy in the US, and both sold out, for a while leading to a 100% mark-up for the release on eBay.

Still, it’s hard not to think that’s an exception to a rule. 4K, rather than 3D, now looks like the future. And if that proves the case, then the 3D home release looks like becoming a collectors’ item…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – New TV Spot Shows More Porg

A new TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released. The preview begins with that awesome scene of Luke being reacquainted with the Millennium Falcon,  and then moves to mostly scenes we have seen in other spots. There is a new piece of footage involving a shot of Chewbacca and a porg sitting in the Falcon’s cockpit. We have seen the adorable little guy yell in a few different spots and trailers, but this exclamation by the little guy is different and  we see Chewy playfully push him aside, as if to say “Easy with that kid, I’m kinda busy over here.”

RELATED: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Don’t Expect To See Lando Calrissian In The Film

Some may take this as Chewy being kind of a jerk, but I don’t see it that way. As long as we have known the Chewbacca the Wookiee, he has never shown an affinity for cruelty. I like to think that while Chewy is a total badass, he does have a softer side and a good heart. I think Chewy pushing the porg away was really just him messing with his new little friend and wasn’t meant to be mean to the cute little creature.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.

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Journeyman: Trailer for Paddy Considine’s Latest

Paddy Considine and Jodie Whittaker star in Journeyman. Here's the first trailer...

News Simon Brew
Nov 24, 2017

This looks really, really good. Paddy Considine has directed one film thus far, the superb Tyrannosaur. For his second, Journeyman, he’s telling the story of a boxer who collapses after a particularly bruising fight, and consequently has to fight to regain his speech, his relationships, and his life.

Considine stars in the film too, alongside Jodie Whittaker, Anthony Welsh, Tony Pitts, and Paul Popplewell. And the first trailer and official synopsis have been released.

Here’s the trailer first…

And here’s the synopsis…

Journeyman tells the story of middleweight boxing champion Matty Burton (Paddy Considine). After winning a punishing title defense on points, Matty collapses at home. The journey towards regaining his speech, movement and memory will be the toughest fight he’ll ever face, and the prize could not be greater, for his relationship with his wife Emma (Jodie Whittaker) and baby daughter Mia are on the line… Journeyman is a powerful and beautiful story about loss and, ultimately, triumph. It's about our identity, and how in life we sometimes have to dig deep into our soul to discover who we really are. 

The film arrives in UK cinemas on February 16th 2018.

Valerian 2: Sequel is Still Possible

Limited box office returns haven't out Luc Besson off wanting to make Valerian 2...

News Simon Brew
Nov 24, 2017

It didn’t enjoy the best run at the box office over the summer, but director Luc Besson remains bullish about the future of the Valerian movie series. Ahead of the release of the first film, Besson had revealed he had extensive plans for sequels. It seems that the muted box office returns have not put him off.

It has changed his ambitions a little, though. In an interview with Collider, Besson reckons that a sequel is still possible, but that the next film can be a lot cheaper to make.

“The price depends on the story," he said. “The story of the second one is less expensive. The third one is almost the same than the first. But it depends on the story, the price doesn’t go up because you want to. It depends of what you’re saying. But the second one is less expensive."

Whether the film ultimately happens is still unclear. But Besson, for one, seems keen to press forward.

More as we hear it…

Marvel & Netflix’s The Punisher Recaps by Penny – Episode 7: Crosshairs

Louise is washing the bigot’s blood off. He stares at himself in the mirror and takes off his shirt. He then rips the plastic shower curtain down, presumably to dispose of O’Conner’s body in. Surely SOMEONE is seeing a young man walking around dazed and shirtless in the middle of winter surrounded by snow with blood on his neck. He shows up at his dad’s house and his dad is worried. He just wants to help his son. But Louise just stands there silent. Dad tells him about his own post military struggles and that there’s no shame in having nightmares. He gives Louise a couple of sleeping pills and tells him tto try to get some sleep. Louise takes them without a word and goes downstairs. Once his dad has left for the store Louis starts freaking out and almost eats his gun, but just as quickly as he freaked out, he qoes eerily tranquil and pulls the gun back out of hi mouth. Opening credits.

Frank is doing pullups while Micro warns him not to overpush himself. They start going over some drone images of a Military base and how Frank is going to get to Colonel Bennet, AKA Clancy Brown. Frank is also sure Agent Orange knows he’s alive. He’s sure it was Rawlins watching on the wetwork unit’s helmet cams. Billy meanwhile is lying through his teeth to Dinah, trying to convince her he’s dead not knowing she’s actually seen him. He fake promises to do everything he can to find Frank. After he leaves, Sam storms in pissed that Dinah has compromised the investigation by telling Billy about Frank. Dinah tries to derail Sam with flattery but Sam isn’t buying it. He insists she not do this again.

Frank asks Micro if he’s ABSOLUTELY sure Bennet will be where he says he’ll be. Micro is sure, having picked through his life and knowing his schedule. They argue a bit over whether or not Frank is focused solely on Bennet for now. Micro admits he could never pull off the stuff Frank does, and Frank admits he has misgivings about breaking onto a US Military base, because he hates the idea that, if things go sideways, he may have to kill a few US Soldiers just for doing their job. Micro nods solemnly.

Dinah and Sam are bullshitting in the hallway about a guy sexually harassing her while people pass by. As soon as she’s SURE no one is eavesdropping, she tells Sam she thinks there may be a bug in her office. Meanwhile, Billy and Rawlins are having a Drink in Rawlins’ office, talking about the progress of Dinah’s investigation, how Billy should have just killed Frank the other night, and things they did in Afghanistan. Rawlins tries to talk down at Billy but Billy reminds Rawlins who it was who kept Frank from beating him to death back in that tent in Kandahar.They continue to discuss their plans to shore up their coverup.

Colonel Bennet, (I was mistaken, this is NOT Clancy Brown’s character), is having dinner in his office on base with a woman. They don’t specify their relationship but he gets off on her making him lick the floor so there’s some kinkiness going on. Frank informs Micro he’s successfully infiltrated the base. Micro tells him to stay still, using a drone to keep track of sentry movements, telling Frank when it’s safe to move. Bennet is no being paddled while wearing a ball gag. Micro continues to appraise Frank of sentry movements until he’s clear to get to Bennet. The moment Frank gets there though, the dominatrix shouts “HE’S HERE!” and we see Billy in tactical sniper gear outside saying go. It was a trap. But the conspirators only know about Frank, so Micros is easily able to warn Frank of 4 incoming bogies while he hacks Bennett’s phone. Frank goes stealth mode and knocks Bennett out cold to wait for his company. Frank waits for the squad to kill the lights as is tactically expected, then uses it against them. He keeps them busy and takes them out until Micro finishes hacking the phone, and Micro tells him to get out of there. Frank steals the gear off one of the squad and bails. Billy tells Bennett to get dressed and do as he tells him. Micro guides Frank past the guards as best he can as reinforcements show up. A lone soldier holds Frank up in a sewer tunnel. Frank tries to talk the kid down but he forces Frank to kneecap him. Frank is bothered by it, but at least the kid isn’t dead. He reaches Micro and they book.

Louise wakes up and greets his dad, who offers him some pizza and tells him he looks much better after getting some rest. Dad is watching an old Ali boxing match and Louise says he envies boxers because your enemy is right in front of you where you can see him. Dad is worried about him. He points out Foreman lost to Ali because he couldn’t change up his game but Ali did. He wants Louise to follow Ali’s example.

Frank is mad he left Bennett alive but Micro says it’s a win, because they proved Rawlins knows Frank’s alive, and they bugged Bennett’s phone. Frank is still angry about having to shoot the young soldier, but Bennett is on the move so they leave to track him. Louise is stocking up at an ammo shop and jesus fuck this CANNOT end well. He’s making a damned bomb while O’Connor sits nearby still wrapped in the shower curtain. Bennett meanwhile is yelling at Rawlins for using him as bait for their trap without telling him. Billy tells him he’s alive BECAUSE they set the trap. Rawlins tells Bennett they’re setting him up with a new identity.

Micro is both happy and worried at the idea he might finally soon be able to go home. He’s worried how they’ll react, the kind of therapy they’ll all need. Frank tells him it won’t be easy, but he should just go home when everything’s done and hug them til they beg him to stop. Sam and Dinah are VERY quietly searching for the bug in her office. Dinah finds it and waves Sam over. They stare at it for a mmminute but leave it where it is, going back out into the hallway to talk. It’s late and they’re the only ones left in the office so they don’t need to worry about eavesdroppers. Sam laments skipping on a date to be here, but Dinah tells him that’s the facts of life in a job like Homeland where the job comes first. Sam tells her she reminds him of Frank. She balks at the idea.

Micro has tracked Bennett to a CIA Safehouse. Frank prepares to break in. Billy meanwhile has already killed the Dominatrix and kills Bennett too, setting it up to look like they killed eaxch other in a lover’s spat. Back at the safehouse, Rawlins gets the call from Billy that Bennett is dead while Frank watches Rawlins through the scope of his sniper rifle. Frank recites the children’s rhyme and takes the shot, but bulletproof glass stops the shot. Rawlins jumps, and the alarms go off at the safehouse. Frank is lit up like a Christmas tree and we go to credits with a huge “GODDAMMIT!!!” look on Frank’s face.

End of episode.

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Star Wars Powerbot Vacuums are Droids That Clean Your House

These ARE the droids you're looking for...if you want clean floors.

News Den of Geek Commerce
Nov 24, 2017

Out of all the Star Wars merchandise available this holiday season, there's one item whose midi-chlorian count is just a bit higher than all the rest. We introduce you to Samsung Powerbot Star Wars Limited Edition vacuums, which brings the Force to your house cleaning!

These robotic vacuums pay a unique homage to the galaxy far, far away and its beloved cast of characters, including Darth Vader and an Imperial Stormtrooper. In fact, these Star Wars Powerbot vaccums pack so much power that you might think they're the work of the dark side. 

Check out the video below to see how they work:

The Powerbot is a smart device capable of steering itself past any obstacles in your home, thanks to its FullViewSensor 2.0. In this case, there's no need for a targeting computer!

Or if you prefer, you can remotely control your vacuum with your smartphone. You can even use voice control through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and will the vacuum will respond back to you with some of the most iconic sounds and lines from the film saga. 

These vacuums are fully operational, too. With 20x the suction power, the POWERbot eliminates dirt and debris from even the most hard-to-reach places. Plus, it gives every surface a deep clean — from hardwood to Hoth.

Best of all, you can get your very own Samsung Powerbot Star Wars Edition vacuum at a reduced price, thanks to these incredible Black Friday deals:

Purchase the NEW POWERbot Star Wars Limited Edition – Stormtrooper, for the Black Friday price of $499.99! (orig. $699.99) Plus free shipping! 11/19-11/27 only.

Purchase the NEW POWERbot Star Wars Limited Edition – Darth Vader, for $799.99! Plus free shipping!

Next time you're faced with a dirty floor, use the power of the Force to clean it with Samsung's Powerbot Star Wars Limited Edition robotic vacuums!

Black Friday Video Game Deals: Holiday Gift Guide 2017

For the best Black Friday gaming deals, look no further than the Den of Geek Holiday Gift Guide!

The Lists John Saavedra Chris Cummins
Nov 24, 2017

The holidays are here, which means that it's time to stock up on the latest and greatest in the gaming world, including current gen consoles, the best games of the year, and tons of accessories. There were so many great games this year that you'll undoubtedly find a whole bunch of deals you won't be able to turn down!

Den of Geek has compiled a list of the best gaming holiday deals of 2017, starting with insane Black Friday deals and leading into December. On top of deals, there are also quite a few must-haves on this list. 

Here we go:

Black Friday Deals 2017

Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse - $149.99

If you game on PC, you know that you need an excellent mouse that fits all your needs: versatility, accuracy, a lightweight design, and it has to be comfortable for the hours you're going to spend schooling noobs in Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Dota, or League of Legends. That mouse is the all-new Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse, which comes stacked with the latest in gaming technology, including the best mouse sensor on the market, 11 fully programmable buttons so that you can set all of your in-game commands, RGB lighting, and wireless capability with 1-millisecond report rate. This mouse is a no-brainer for any pro or casual gamer.

And if you need more, Logitech has a whole series of Lightspeed gaming mice, keyboards, and even a wireless charging station! Check all the Lightspeed products out here.

Buy the Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console - $199.00 ($100.99 off)

The PlayStation 4 Slim is as cheap as can be for Black Friday. While this one doesn't come with games, it's still a pretty great deal if you've been dying to get a PS4!

Buy the PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console

Xbox One S 1TB Console Assassin's Creed Origins Bonus Bundle - $299.99 ($50 off)

The Assassin's Creed series returned to consoles this year with Origins, a prequel that takes players Ancient Egypt and the very beginning of the Assassins. It's a worthy new installment that revitalizes the franchise and takes players to a whole new setting that's barely been explored in gaming. If you haven't had the chance to play Assassin's Creed Origins because you don't have a current gen console, now might be your chance with this Xbox One bundle that comes with AC Origins, plus a bonus digital copy of Rainbow Six: Siege, a one-month trial subscription to Xbox Game Pass, and a 14-day free trial of Xbox Live. This is the Xbox starter kit you've been waiting for, friends!

Buy the Assassin's Creed Origins Xbox One S Bundle

PlayStation VR Bundle - $299.99 ($100 off)

If you've been waiting to jump into the VR scene, this might be your best chance yet - and you get Gran Turismo Sport out of the deal, too! The price tag has never been better.

Buy the PlayStation 4 VR Bundle

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - $19.99 ($40 off)

Experience the final chapter of Nathan Drake's treasure-hunting saga for the lowest price ever. This is perfect for anyone looking to play a single-player game with a great story over the holiday break!

Buy Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Final Fantasy XV - $19.99 ($40 off)

Play the highly anticipated next chapter in the classic JRPG for a crazy discounted price. This will probably be the best price you'll see for a while. If you've been waiting to jump on Final Fantasy XV, now's the time.

Buy Final Fantasy XV

Overwatch Game of the Year Edition - $29.99 ($30 off)

Overwatch is one of the best first-person shooters currently on the market. Blizzard has made a shooter that stands out from your annual Call of Duty installments, with an emphasis on teamwork, color, and tons of cool characters to choose from. For $30 off the retail price, it's the perfect time to nab this one!

Buy Overwatch Game of the Year Edition

Friday the 13th: The Game - $29.99 ($10 off)

Looking for a great family-friendly multiplayer game to play with your loved ones this holiday? This...isn't the game. But if you like tons of gore and chasing your friends around as a mass murdering maniac, Friday the 13th is the game for you!

Buy Friday the 13th: The Game

1 Year PlayStation Plus Membership - $39.99 ($20 off)

PlayStation Plus is a must if you're a PlayStation 4 owner. Want to play online? You need a membership to PlayStation Plus. Want a selection of free games every month? You need a PS Plus. Instead of dropping $60 on a 12-month membership, why not get yours for $40?

Buy a 1 Year PlayStation Plus Membership

Holiday Guide 2017

Coolbaby Mini Console

Since Nintendo has seemingly gone out of its way to make their HDMI-ready NES and Super NES Classic consoles available to consumers, some people are taking matters into their own hands. Meet the Coolbaby Mini Console. It looks and plays like the NES Classic, but is actually easier to get. And, oh yeah, it also features 600 different games. (Mainly modded variations of a few different titles though like the Super Mario Brothers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games). We don't know if any of this is legal, but we can say that these things are up on Amazon, so yeah, there you go.

Buy the Coolbaby Mini Console

Star Wars Battlefront II

Microtransaction controversies aside, Star Wars Battlefront II is still the hottest video game of the holiday season. You want it. Your friends want it. This is all very understandable. So we don't need to take up valuable Internet real estate telling you why its rad. Instead, here's what we want to know: How come nobody ever made a Star Wars mod of the classic arcade game Tapper? Think about it, it could have Wuher the bartender racing around the Creature Cantina trying to serve drinks to the likes of Hammerhead (Nagamaroo!) and Walrus Man. In the background, Han could be seen shooting Greedo. This sounds like bliss. I mean, Battlefront II is clearly great, but 8-bit glasses of blue milk sliding down a bar? Where do we sign up?

Buy Star Wars Battlefront II

Super Mario Odyssey

In the interest of fairness here's a non-dubious Nintendo-related offering: Super Mario Odyssey! The latest breakout game for the Switch gives Mario's iconic hat a name (Cappy) and magical abilities (possession!), and is an enthralling universe of its own that is bold enough to have its cake and occasionally transform it into an 8-bit retro party too. The only problem is after a game this much fun - check out our review here - how can Mario possibly top himself? That's a problem for another holiday season, because you'll be too busy having fun playing to wonder.

Buy Super Mario Odyssey

Doom for Switch

Doom was one of the best shooters of 2015, bringing back classic run and gun gameplay with a gory upgrade. If you want to take your demon hunting on the go, you NEED to get this Switch port, which runs wonderfully and even features the online multiplayer mode!

Buy Doom for Switch

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Switch

Think your Switch experience needs more sword and sorcery? Look no further than Bethesda's classic fantasy RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which has now arrived for Nintendo hybrid handheld console. Take your adventure through the snow-covered land of Skyrim on the go today!

Buy The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Switch

Best Black Friday Star Wars Deals 2017

Looking for the coolest and most essential Star Wars merch to buy on Black Friday? Our Star Wars fan gift guide is here to help!

The Lists Den of Geek Staff
Nov 24, 2017

Star Wars doesn't just own movie theaters every year. It also owns the holidays! With boxsets, tons of action figures, books, games, and much more, there's no doubt that it's the perfect time to get yourself or a loved one a gift from the galaxy far, far away. 

Den of Geek has gone through the catalogs and found the essential merch you need to nab this holiday, including some excellent Black Friday deals! Check out our picks below and make sure to click on the ORANGE links to go directly to the stores!

Here we go:

Black Friday 2017

Samsung Powerbot Star Wars Limited Edition Robotic Vacuum - $499.99 ($200 off)

What's better than cleaning your floors? Cleaning your floors with the dark side. Samsung's robotic Powerbot vacuum now comes in both Darth Vader and Stormtrooper designs that respond to your voice commands and even deliver your favorite lines from the movies. With the latest vacuum technology, this vacuum is a no-brainer for the Star Wars fan.

Buy the Samsung Powerbot Star Wars Limited Edition Robotic Vacuum 

The Complete Saga Episodes I-VI Blu-ray Boxset - $100 ($39 off)

You can own both the Prequel and Original Trilogies on Blu-ray for $100. All you need now is The Force Awakens!

Buy The Complete Saga Blu-ray Boxset

Black Series 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack w/ Darth Vader Action Figure - $18.99 ($21 off)

If you weren't a kid in 1977, experiencing Star Wars during its original theatrical run, you probably missed the Kenner Early Bird Certificate Package, which was just a box in lieu of the toys you actually wanted. Neither George Lucas or Kenner could have predicted that Star Wars would be such a huge hit around the world, which meant that the toy company couldn't possibly meet the demand for the movie's action figures. The box came with a certificate that kids could redeem for four action figures once supplies were in. 

While you don't have to mail in a voucher, the Black Series Legacy Pack serves as the closest thing to the original Kenner box. And it even comes with a Darth Vader 6-inch action figure. The rest of the figures are sold separately. Still, this deal is great for the vintage Star Wars enthusiast.

Buy the Black Series 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack

The Last Jedi Resistance Ski Speeder Vehicle - $23.99 ($16 off)

Get your hands on one of the newest vehicles in Star Wars. You can see the Resistance ski speeder facing off against First Order's gorilla walkers on the surface of Crait in The Last Jedi. We've not quite seen a vehicle like the ski speeder and now you can own your own, and it comes with a Poe Dameron action figure!

Buy The Last Jedi Resistance Ski Speeder Vehicle

Black Series Rey - $14.99 ($5 off)

You probably have Force Awakens Rey already. It's probably a good idea to get the new Black Series Rey action figure featuring her outfit from The Last Jedi

Buy Black Series Rey

Sphero BB-9E - $121.99 ($28 off)

There’s a new disturbance in the Force. BB-9E is a menacing astromech droid of the First Order. Control your BB-9E App-Enabled Droid with your smart device or watch it patrol on its own. BB-9E houses sophisticated tech, allowing it to roll and move his dome just like on-screen, and its strong exterior allows the First Order droid to weather any battle. This vigilant and intimidating droid is always on high alert.

BB-9E specializes in keeping starships and machinery fully operational with its many features. Keep BB-9E sharp with the augmented reality Droid Trainer and explore holographic simulations from the Star Wars galaxy. Watch BB-9E interact with other Star Wars App-Enabled Droids by Sphero, and view films from the Star Wars saga with BB-9E reacting by your side. This is NOT the droid you’re looking for… it’s the droid that’s looking for you.

Buy the BB-9E Sphero 

Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray - $10 ($8 off)

The never-before-told story of how young Leia Organa comes to join the rebellion against the evil Empire, from best-selling author Claudia Gray, who wrote the fantastic Lost Stars and Bloodline novels. 

Buy Leia, Princess of Alderaan

The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu - $10.39 ($4.60 off)

As a cargo ship rockets across thegalaxy to Canto Bight, the deckhands on board trade stories about legendary JediKnight Luke Skywalker. But are the stories of iconic and mysterious Luke Skywalker true, or merely tall tales passed from one corner of the galaxy toanother? Is Skywalker really a famous Jedi hero, an elaborate charlatan,or even part droid? The deckhands will have to decide for themselves when they hear The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

Buy The Legends of Luke Skywalker

Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson - $20.19 ($8.80 off)

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins—and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper—Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.

What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma’s past—and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won’t surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it—and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.

Buy Phasma 

Millennium Falcon Lego Set - $113.99 ($36 off)

The Falcon! 'Nuff said.

Buy the Millennium Falcon Lego Set

Plox Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker - $154.99 ($25 off)

Not bound by the laws of gravity, the Levitating Death Star Speaker is the ideal size for anyone hoping to bring a touch of the dark side to their lives. The gravity-defying orb hovers and rotates over a magnetic base, all while providing 360 degrees of uncompromising sound!

Key features of the Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker include:

· Gravity-defying orb rotates above a magnetic base to truly levitate
· 360-degree uncompromising sound quality
· Up to 5 hours of continuous playback on Bluetooth
· Can be used as a portable speaker without the base

Buy the Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Holiday Guide

Hasbro BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset

This BB-8 playset sort of reminds us of Kenner's good old Darth Vader Action Figure Collector's Case from the 80s. 

Itty Bitty Plush Toys

We put this on the list because why wouldn't you want the creepiest plush toy ever brought to the market? The Snoke Itty Bitty Plush Toy is the stuff of nightmares. 

Black Series Grand Admiral Thrawn

Grand Admiral Thrawn has made a big comeback into the official continuity of Star Wars since his introduction in the Rebels animated series. Now you can have this awesome Black Series figure of the ruthless Chiss Imperial officer. 

Black Series Supreme Leader Snoke

Again, Supreme Leader Snoke is super creepy, and we're going to finally see him in the flesh in The Last Jedi. Black Series has given us a bit of a preview with this combo set that comes with Snoke's throne. 

Praetorian Guard Action Figure

The Sequel Trilogy's version of the menacing red armor-clad warriors from Return of the Jedi. The design is very cool. Time to buy this action figure. 

Star Wars C-3PO and R2-D2 with Bb-8 Artfx+

Your favorite droids are here in this awesome trio! Have them on your desk so they can watch you work for eternity.

Get 'em at the Fandango Fanshop!

Star Wars Forces of Destiny Rey of Jakku Extendable Staff

Twirl this staff like the brave and true Rey herself!

Scoop it up here!


Star Wars Funko Pop! Figures

Is it really a collection of fan merch if these vinyls aren't involved?

There are over a dozen to choose from here.

Star Wars Wampa Cave Snow Globe

Prep for the holidays early with this scene from The Empire Strikes Back !

Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter 

In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren is going to fly a TIE fighter like his uncle and grandfather before him. This TIE fighter takes a cue from his personal transport ship. 

Resistance Bomber 

The beloved B-Wing was missing from The Force Awakens. But don't worry! The Resistance Bomber looks like the closest thing to the classic fighter. Rumor has it that the A-Wing will also return in The Last Jedi

First Order Heavy Assault Walker

A new type of AT-AT. Do we have to say more?

First Order Star Destroyer

Everyone loves a Star Destroyer. Well, except if you're a Rebel or a Resistance fighter, of course. Regardless, how about you take a stab at building this First Order ship?

Jedi Challenges AR Experience

Duel with Kylo Ren from the comfort of your living room! Lenovo has created a new AR headset that allows you to live out some of the greatest moments from the saga. You can even play Holochess!

Star Wars x Loungefly Darth Vader Cosplay Mini Faux Leather Backpack

Go to class, work, or intergalactic missions in style with this awesome lil' backpack!

Grab it here.

Star Wars 8-bit Character Black Hat

Reveal that you're someone's father figure, but in a retro, '90s kind of way.

Swipe this pixelated goodness here!

Her Universe

Her Universe has a cold shoulder raglan style tee with The Last Jedi artwork on the front and a “tour” style list of each Star Wars film in chronological order on the back. Pretty rad.

Spencer's Darth Vader and Boba Fett Hats

If you can't get your hands on a Boba Fett helmet this weekend, you may at least get a hat with Boba on it!

Star Wars Galactic Necklace

This one's packed with 9 celestial bodies from Star Wars, plus the death star, a TIE fighter, and an asteroid belt!

Star Wars Heroes and Villains Lapel Pin Set, Set of 4

Stick these cute lil' ones on your lapel, backpack, hat -- your choice!

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Netflix Renews MST3K For Season 2 – We’re Getting More Movie Sign!

In what can best be described as a “good news/bad news” proposition, Netflix has renewed bad-movie-roasting comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return for a new season. That’s great news for MST3K fans, who are set to be treated to a twelfth season of the series in the “not-too-distant future.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

For Jonah Ray‘s Jonah Heston, Tom Servo (voice of Baron Vaughn), Crow T. Robot (voice of Hampton Yount) and Gypsy (voice of Rebecca Hanson), this means another season trapped on the Satellite of Love, enduring some of the worst films to ever crawl out of Hollywood’s cinematic dumpsters. If that wasn’t bad enough, it’s being orchestrated under the cruel, sadistic watch of Felicia Day‘s Kinga Forrester and Patton Oswalt‘s Max (“TV’s Son of TV’s Frank”).

The renewal announcement came at the end of MST3K‘s annual Thanksgiving marathon, which streamed on Shout! Factory TV, the Shout! Factory TV Twitch Channel, the Pluto TV MST3K channel and Shout! Factory’s official YouTube channel. You can watch series creator Joel Hodgson, Ray, and Day’s reaction to the news here:

MST3K has had a very interesting run over the past 11 seasons, almost standing as a one-show representation of the changes that have taken place in television. Prior to the show being revived this year by streaming service Netflix, MST3K began as a local program on a Minneapolis UHF station in 1988 before being picked up by Comedy Central and then Syfy (then known as The Sci-Fi Channel); running for 10 seasons and 197 episodes before the Satellite of Love was packed away into mothballs.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

The show’s eleventh season was financed through a Kickstarter campaign launched by Hodgson and Shout! Factory in November 2015, raising a record-breaking $6.3 million. Funding from the initiative allowed the show’s team to produce a 14-episode eleventh season and a Christmas special.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return is produced by Satellite of Love, LLC, Alternaversal Productions, LLC and Undiscovered North American Ape Pictures. Elliott Kalan, Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Jonathan Stern, and Harold Buchholz serve as executive producers alongside Hodgson.

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Original Thor Director Looking Forward To Seeing Thor: Ragnarok

While it’s easy to look back on the first two Thor movies as overall underwhelming experiences, the original Thor was actually quite a special and pivotal film. No, it was never received perfectly by audiences or critics, but Thor was a character that was difficult to adapt to a film for audiences. He was essentially a god, and given that the world was pretty well grounded up until that point, there was no guarantee that it would mesh with the others.

But of course, times have now changed. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now embraced the more outlandish aspects of their characters, and as evidenced by Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Some may look at this as a betrayal of what that original film did, but from the sound of it, original Thor director Kenneth Branagh is excited to witness this new direction, as he mentioned to

“Really look forward to the fact that it’s clearly so different in tone, although Kevin Feige was in touch recently very sweetly, to say they use a bit of Patrick Doyle’s theme from the first movie and it’s quite a touching moment at the end of a great fun space adventure that sort of let’s you know the roots from which it came. They all sort of join up.

I’m very pleased it seems so releasing for Chris that the character’s been re-energized. Taika’s a terrific director, and a sense of fun and adventure with the character is also very pleasing to see. I’m proud to have been a small part of that universe and to have dealt with that subject tonally at a time when we were all pretty sweaty about whether we could make it work on its own, let alone as part of the great edifice that is now the MCU!”

It certainly sounds like Branagh has the right idea here. In a universe that’s lasted now 17 films, it’s inevitable that big changes are needed, and it’s nice to see that he’s embraced that aspect.

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The Best Black Friday 2017 Deals – Updated

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Updated 11/24 by Eric Song - BLACK FRIDAY 2017 COMMENCES

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Every Justice League Member Ever

The Justice League has been through many changes, but the sheer amount of members to date is staggering.

Original Back-From-The-Dead Wolverine & His Infinity Stone Start Visiting Marvel Comics Legacy Heroes In January 2018.

Original Back-From-The-Dead Wolverine and His Infinity Stone Start Visiting Marvel Comics Legacy Heroes In January 2018.

Where’s Wolverine?

Marvel statement.

    Fans have been speculating about Wolverine’s whereabouts since he first reappeared in Marvel Legacy #1—and the Marvel Universe is left just as unaware! So keep your eyes peeled as Canada’s favorite citizen makes his presence felt in titles all across the Marvel line! It’s all leading to something—but what?

    Mystery has always been part of Wolverine’s DNA. He’s one of Marvel’s most interesting and popular characters. Fans are going to have a helluva ride finding out where he’s been and how he came back.

The first titles he’ll appear in are as follows.


On-Sale 1/3/18

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More to come. Stay tuned.

Justice League: New Theory Will Make Your Eyes Roll

*This Post Contains Small Spoilers For Justice League*

An interesting Justice League theory has surfaced and if true, it is a pretty bold move. During the film’s initial credits, a homeless man can be seen holding up a sign which reads “I tried”, just as the names of writer Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon appear on screen. Of course, because the internet is the internet, this has led many to believe that this was intentional, and it was Whedon’s way of saying he did the best he could with the material he was given.

This scene is probably just a coincidence. However, taking into account Whedon’s almost complete silence in talking about the film since its release, along with him liking a tweet that more or less bad mouthed the film’s villain, Steppenwolf, and it does seem possible the scene was intentional.

RELATED: 5 Things Justice League Got Wrong

This may be Whedon’s way of separating himself from a film he wasn’t all that proud to have worked on. If true, I find this a bit unprofessional and out of character for Whedon. We will only know the true intent of the scene if Whedon or Terrio step forward and either confirm it was intentional or deny the scene had an underlying jab at the movie. Perhaps Whedon will clarify things on this issue in the coming days,

What do you think of this theory? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SPOILERS: THE PUNISHER – 25 Amazing Easter Eggs, Cameos, And References You Need To See

The Punisher is the latest Marvel series to hit Netflix and it likely won't surprise you to learn it's crammed full of hard to spot Easter Eggs. Hit the jump for our breakdown of the ones you need to see.

The Marvel Rundown: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Celebrate a Milestone!

Marvel Legacy is in full swing and the publisher is still rolling out more books! The business saw a huge change last week with the business of Marvel switching hands from Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso to C.B. Cebulski. With the intense controversy of Secret Empire and strange reception to Marvel Legacy, there’s definitely room for some […]

THE PUNISHER Actress Deborah Ann Woll Doesn’t Rule Out Romance Between Karen Page And Frank Castle

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ABC’s & Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD Season 5 Spoilers: Marvel’s Band Of Heroes Is Back Together In Space Via Released Teaser Trailer!

ABC’s and Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD Season 5 Spoilers follow.

Marvel’s Band Of Heroes Is Back Together In Space Via Released Teaser Trailer!

The video.

Looks like fun.

Zack Snyder’s Son Reviews Justice League, Points To WB Meddling

By now, a good number of you have likely already seen Justice League, and while it’s by no means a perfect film, there are a lot of folks who have enjoyed it for what it is. Two folks who we haven’t heard much about, however, are Justice League director Zack Snyder.

RELATED – 5 Things Justice League Got Wrong

Fans have been curious about just how much of an impact Whedon had on Snyder’s vision, and if it affected the quality of the film. While we have plenty of guesses as to some key moments Whedon had control over, it’s impossible for us to tell if it was for better or worse. One other person who may have a better insight into that is Jett, Zack Snyder’s son, who took to his Vero account to share his impressions of the film.

“On a more serious note I did enjoy the movie, although it is clearly not what it could have been due to the meddling of Warner Bros and the forced comedy. The run time was my biggest gripe with the movie, with events that should take a long time over in a flash;$ but still definitely a fun movie to watch, and would recommend it.”

So, like a lot of people, he seems to have enjoyed the movie quite a bit, but is very cognizant of what the film could have been without studio interference. Unless either Zack Snyder comes forward and gets specific with his original vision, or the studio does bring about a special cut of the film, chances are we’ll never know if it was all for better or worse.

What do you think? Let us know down below!

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SPAWN Creator Todd McFarlane Talks Filming Reboot On A Tight Budget; Confirms New York Setting

While talking about the small $10-$12 million budget of Spawn, creator and director Todd McFarlane confirms the reboot will in fact take place in New York, even if it doesn't actually film there.

The Best Black Friday 2017 4K and Blu-ray Movie Deals

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12 Strong Gets A Second Trailer

Warner Bros. has just released the second trailer for 12 Strong, a film that is set in Afghanistan on the heels of the 9/11 attacks. Check out the trailer above.

I’m admittedly a bit torn on this one. While it does look like a gorgeous-looking film, I always head into war films with a decent amount of trepidation, as they run the risk of glorifying it too much. That being said, many of the great war movies of all time are anti-war films, and under the right director, this film could very well be something that shows the true brutality of war. We’ll have to wait until it hits theaters to find out for sure.

Regardless of my personal opinion on the subject, however, it’s a strong story, and could make for an entertaining and beautiful film.

12 Strong is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.”

12 Strong hits theaters on January 19, 2018.

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Crisis On Earth X Spoilers: CW DC TV Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash & DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow Teaser Trailer Released!

Crisis On Earth X Spoilers follow.

CW DC TV Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash & DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow Teaser Trailer Released!

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Can’t wait for next week.

Best Black Friday Laptop and PC Deals

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Supernatural Season 13 Episode 7 Review: War of the Worlds

An episode of unexpected reunions pits everyone – Heaven, Hell, hunters and alternate Earth – against each other.

This Supernatural review contains spoilers.

Supernatural Season 13 Episode 7

This season's episodes like to start going in one direction and then take a left turn. This is a compliment, being that I felt I had the Supernatural formula down pat. A little surprise goes a long way when you're this deep into a show's mythology.

Asmodeus' character is finally more developed in this episode, where he got a few scenes to sink his teeth into. The fourth and final Knight of Hell is one personified by a suave, charming and gentile Southerner, complete with drawl and all. His plantation owners' suit is out of touch with the times, but he's cool and confident in his power. We needed a unique “big bad” after seeing our boys go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Devil, the Apocalypse and the anti-God herself. After a bit of a lull with the British Men of Letters who didn't always seem menacing enough, I think we found our unique bad guy. 

It's so wonderful to have Mark Pelligrino back in this fan-favorite role, and boy did he steal every scene he was in. I think it's his casual sense of humor in everything he does. Even when Lucifer's at his lowest point, held captive and tortured by the alternate universe Michael, he's making quips about getting a latte.

Lucifer also has, dare I say, a touch of sensitivity. The episode opens up with beautiful landscapes and imagery with Lucifer narrating a bit about God's creation. He voices his usual complaint, about how his Dad up and left, but also with a bit of respect in what he created. He's not nearly as bitter as he used to be. And when he meets the twitchy alternate Kevin (KEVIN!) he seems almost genuinely interested in keeping the boy out of the wrong hands.

This episode took some unexpected detours from the usual formula. I expected Sam and Dean investigating the witch murders and finding Mr. Ketch maybe at the end of the episode, and the B-story would have been Lucifer stuck in the alternate world. The speed at which events took place here ramped everything up. So much happened that it could have fit in two episodes, yet it didn't feel rushed.

I could have watched Castiel and Lucifer interact all episode. I love their dynamic. Most of this takes place in a dimly lit bar which later became the scene of violence from Asmodeus' crew. It was a great set; moody, yet colorful with splashes of blood red on the chairs and other furnishings. The color scheme was a cue that things wouldn't stay calm for long.

The Mr. Ketch storyline also did not go the way I was suspecting. I didn't buy the twin thing (neither did Dean) but I was assuming this might be the alternate universe Ketch. Instead, he actually was the guy that Dean killed – except Ketch had used Rowena's get-out-of-death-card. Cheater! But then again, who really dies on Supernatural? Extras, unnamed demons and angels mostly.

Which brings us to another fascinating mythology fact: the angels are going extinct. I have been wondering for seasons how many angels there could be when they just kill each other left and right. Demons I get, more are dragged to Hell all the time through deals and the odd unfortunate soul who wore white after Labor Day. But angels were only created by God, so when do we run out? It makes sense the remaining angels would be interested in boosting their numbers, but spells bad news for whatever levels of desperation they'll get to in order to control Jack.

Review Bridget LaMonica
Nov 24, 2017

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Programmable Smartgunk – War Mother #4 Preview

The final issue of War Mother arrives on Wednesday (11/29).   Scroll down for a preview as War Mother gets ready for her final showdown with The Cleansed. WAR MOTHER #4 (of 4) Written by FRED VAN LENTE Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA Cover A by DAVID MACK (SEP172043) Cover B by ADAM GORHAM (SEP172044) Variant Cover by […]

Marvel Comics Legacy / Silver Sable & The Wild Pack #36 Spoilers: Another Mighty Marvel Bait & Switch?!

Marvel Comics Legacy and Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #36 Spoilers follow.

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #36 opens with the usual credits and catch up page for this one-shot.

There are female Nazi’s with hostages. They kill one…

…line up another as…

…Silver Sable comes to the rescue!

Silver Sable takes down the hostage takers…

…and frees the hostages in an issue…

…that is a done-in-one that…


No Silver Sable team here, just Silver Sable.

Web Arted #284

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Kubert, Messmer, Romita Jr., Mazzucchelli, Wrightson.