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9 Things the Judge Dredd TV Show Has to Pull from the Comics

Mega-City One is coming to the small screen, and we’ve got some ideas on what should be included in the series.

Wonder Woman Review

Donald Duck #20

Donald Duck #20

“Helmet of the Gods,” Part 1 of 2! Who says Scrooge McDuck gets all the treasure-hunting fun? Donald’s out to find a Viking helmet once owned by Odin himself!

Starting a new Donald Duck epic with top talents at the helm—artist Andrea Freccero (Donald Quest) and dialogue writer Jonathan Gray (Sonic the Hedgehog)! Continues this beloved series’ legacy numbering at #387! Variant cover by Marco Gervasio!

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Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #2

Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #2

It has been 10 years since the events of Mega-City Zero, and Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land. Behold the mystery and grandeur of The Blessed Earth!

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Mega-City Zero storyline continues!

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Biff to the Future #5

Biff to the Future #5

It’s the 1980s, and as Biff proceeds to remake the Hill Valley town square in his image, his personal conflicts with Lorraine McFly and her kids are reaching the boiling point. Meanwhile, the reclusive Emmett Brown is forced into action, revealing to a few trustworthy citizens a secret invention that has the power to stop Biff: a time machine!

Variant cover by Anthony Marques!

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D4VEocracy #4

D4VEocracy #4

FINAL ISSUE! D4VE vs. The World. The fate of robot civilization will be decided. As the clock to extinction ticks, D4VE must make the ultimate sacrifice to save the planet from a renegade, internet incarnate madman. THIS IS THE 3ND.

From the acclaimed creative team of D4VE, D4VE2, and HOT DAMN comes the E4RTH shattering conclusion to the D4VE Trilogy. THIS. IS. IT!

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Transformers: Till All Are One #10

Transformers: Till All Are One #10

As Starscream faces down the encroaching machinations of Elita One, he enlists Blast Off to help him bring Bruticus back!

Variant cover by Marcelo Matere!

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Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #2

Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #2

Baron Karza has triumphantly executed the first step in his plan to conquer the Earth. Only the Micronauts stand between him and his ultimate goal. Now comes the second step: Destroy the Micronauts.

Variant cover by John Royle!

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Wynonna Earp Yearbook: Season 1

Wynonna Earp Yearbook: Season 1

Season One of the critically acclaimed and popular TV Show Wynonna Earp is a wrap. This yearbook is filled with on-set photos, including action shots from the show and all-new behind-the-scenes goodies. Plus, join the cast as they visit Comic-Con International: San Diego for the first time together. This is a book all Earpers need in their motorcycle saddle bag! With an introduction by show runner Emily Andras.

Advance solicited for April release! Wynonna Earp Season 2 begins June 2017 and Season 1 launches on Netflix, Spring 2017.

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Popeye Classics #58

Popeye Classics #58

Collector’s Alert: GORILLA COVER! And wait until you see the hilarious and adventurous story inside, “Popeye in Queen of the Gorillas.” Plus, classic comics guest-starring Wimpy, Swee’pea, Olive Oyl, Sea Hag, O.G. Wotasnozzle…and the Queen of Gorillas!

Variant cover by Raul Gonzalez III!

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Star Trek: Waypoint #5

Star Trek: Waypoint #5

Star Trek: Waypoint continues its celebration of Star Trek with two new tales. Simon Roy (Prophet) takes on the Prime Directive in an Original Series story, while writer Cavan Scott (Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes) and artist Josh Hood (Star Trek: Deviations, We Can Never Go Home) focus on Doctor Bashir in a thought-provoking Deep Space Nine tale.

Check out the variant covers featuring STAR TREK artists from the last 50 years of Trek comics! The blockbuster bi-monthly Trek anthology continues with more tales from today’s top talents!

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M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #7

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #7

As Matt Trakker continues his investigation of V.E.N.O.M. with the help of Dr. Mindbender, the dark secrets of Matt’s past dealings with his former teammates is brought to the light. Before Matt recruits new members of M.A.S.K., he must close the chapter on his responsibility for the Origin of V.E.N.O.M.!

Conclusion to this special two-part origin of V.E.N.O.M.! Variant cover by Marcelo Perez Dalannays!

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Gotham Season 3 Episode 20 Review: Pretty Hate Machine

Winner: Walking Dead ‘From The Gallows’ Episode 5 Season Pass

Getting caught up on giveaways. Doing the easy one first. This is the Season Pass for Walking Dead A New Frontier Tell Tale Games courtesy of Tell Tale Games themselves. .

There are 8 roles on this one. The last one is the winner. All winner has to do is email me to get the game code at apopcomics@gmail.com.

Since there is no audio on this one, and to make sure there is no confusion, Chris Meade was the winner.


WONDER WOMAN Reviews Confirm That “The DC Movie You’ve Been Waiting For Has Finally Arrived”

The Wonder Woman reviews embargo has officially lifted and many of you are going to be very happy with the results as it looks like the DCEU finally has a bona fide winner on their hands!

How Wonder Woman Is Like Donner’s Superman, Batman Begins

Matthew Jensen, the cinematographer of Wonder Woman, talks to IGN about the movie's ambitious aspirations, the 2015 Fantastic Four, and more.

Blind Adam’s Hidden Gems Vol. 52

Greetings to my Comics Heating Up and Awesomesauce families. Thank you all for reading this each and every week. Thank you all for the friendship, encouragement, advice, love, and surport.

Just some random thoughts. Remember, Red Bull is the best drink ever made, and I am drinking it while writing this. That Gotham is an awesome show, loosely based on Batman. That Secret Empire makes no sense McDonalds needs to stop being so damn stingy with its nugget dipping sauces, come on, it is fifty nuggets and you expect one to two sauces to do the job, stop that already. Now, let’s make some with some comics because you can’t teach that.

1. Look Magazine April 4th, 1944 – If anyone can find this I am paying $100 for this. If you read these regularly, you know I am a big Mickey Mouse fan. But let me explain this, it has a story where Mickey Mouse gets an STD, you cannot make this up. I will repeat, this so you understand, in a comic strip for this magazine, Mickey Mouse downs a bottle of drugs, tests experimental drugs on other mice, and cures himself of ghonoria… Damn you Mickey, you should have used protection, but it was 1944 and Disney allowed this. Now I want a copy because I collect Mickey Mouse and weird Mickey appearances. Happy hunting

2. Superman #50 (Volume 2) – Clark Kent pops the question to Lois Lane. With the Superman marriage getting so much love in Rebirth, I am surprised that this book is in dollar bins. Happy hunting

3. Action Comics #662 (Volume 1) – Lois Lane, after years and years of being fooled, like come on Lois it took that long to figure it out that Clark Kent is Superman, and you call yourself a reporter? Rebirth marriage, John Kent, dollar box…

4. Strange Tales #12 Volume 2 – Cloak and Dagger story with a Punisher appearance. Freeform and Netflix crossover? The Punisher show will be #awesomesauce, the Cloak and Dagger show will be passable at best dollar box find

5. Superman Gen 13 #2 J Scott Cambell variant – what we have over here now? Sexy Fairchild, sexy Supergirl, J Scott Campbell cover. Snag this and make it a $100 bill please

6. Supergirl #48 and #49 (Volume 3, Peter David Series) – the Silver Age Supergirl is revealed to be the current Supergirl’s guardian angel. This series was weird, but elements could pop in the CW show $1-5

7. Action Comics #279 – Supergirl is adopted by the Danvers’. Takes the name Linda Danvers just find the grade you can afford

8. Action Comics #285 – Superman reveals Supergirl to the world, just find the grade you can afford $10 and up

9. Marvel Age #6 – this Cloak and Dagger cover is #awesomesauce $5 and up. First Beta Ray Bill makes this better.

10. Mad Magazine #512 – Mad does the Walking Dead $20 and up

11. Cracked Magazine #131 – The Godfather vs Jaws. Cracked Magazine was on crack and this is one is #awesomesauce. I am paying up $5 on em

12. Flash #164 (Vol. 1) – Barry and Iris get married. CW will do it in season four, trust me bro. $10 and up

13. Flash #275 – death of Iris CW show. Iris is beloved by a whole new audience and I am always telling TV show fans about this issue. No where to go but up $10-50

14. Detective comics #23.1 Posion Ivy Villans Month – Go for the none 3D cover on this one, is it is cheaper and has a lower print run $5-10

15. Marvel Age #66 – another amazing Cloak and Dagger story. I hope they leave Dagger’s blindness in the show as that would make me happy $5

16. Detective Comics #362 – this is the third silver age appearance of the Riddler. Gotham has given us the best live action Riddler since the TV show from 1966. This also the Riddler’s 5th appearance overall, which is interesting as well $10 and up

17. Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1 1:200 Alex Ross Cover– why is this cover so damn cheap? It has everything that is awesome, Kevin Smith script, Green Hornet, Alex Ross on covers, but only $40-60. Really, for Alex Ross 1:200?

18. Gen 13 #1 Purple Ashcan Edition – Ashcans from the earily 1990’s are tough to find and highly collectible. While searching for key Gen 13 books, and remember, Fairchild is so hot and needs so much cosplay love, I discovered this gem on eBay. $100

19. Cloak and Dagger #11 – final issue of the original Cloak and Dagger series. I need to rewatch that trailer but this is in dolar boxes

20. Superman the Wedding Album– Rebirth marriage.. best Superman has been in years this can be found in dollar boxes

21. Cracked Magazine #248 – this is for the people that grew up in 1980’s and 1990’s and were ten to twelve years old at the time, could have been younger… maybe older, but this cracked had the Batman movie, Married with Children, and other stuff that was widely popular at that time in this classic issue $10

Well thank you again for reading this and humoring me. Lets hope I get my start date for the school by next week, hopefully by the end of June I will be doing conventions as a dealer again. I love you guys and
am so blessed to have you all in my life

blind adam out


WWE Raw 5/29/17 – Memorial Day Raw

John Cena narrates a memorial day video before we get the usual wacky Raw intro. Miz comes out for MizTV and talks for a while. He brags about wanting to become the seven-time IC Champion on Sunday before bringing out Sheamus and Cesaro. They don’t say anything, so Dean comes down for a brawl and then the Hardys join him. I’m sensing a six-man tag soon. Wow, who’d have thunk it – when we get back, that’s what happens. They have a fine house show match – no one really does much of anything beyond some signature stuff. Miz gets the kneeling kicks, but Dean gets 2 off a cradle. Sheamus goes at it with Dean, who escapes a super white noise. Matt hits a twist on Miz, who gets beaten by a Swanton.

Alexa’s This is Your Life on Bayley is hyped up. Kurt is backstage looking mystified at his phone. Maybe he’s wondering who made the last match. Corey shows him something that is apparently going to hurt Kurt’s run as GM. Well, if they want Corey to have this role, he’d be good at it. Elias Samson beats up a jobber to dead silence and hits the roll of the dice to win. Joe watches Finn’s intro before Bray interrupts with scary words. Bray vs. Joe vs. Balor is up and it’s really good when Joe and Balor are in it. Finn’s kicks look awesome. Bray hits a tower of doom before Joe runs wild.

Finn hits the Pele, but Joe hits the STJoe in the corner. Bray hits abigail to Joe, but Balor hits a shotgun kick to Bray. Double stomp hits Bray, but Joe steals the pin and wins it. This was good, but nothing too amazing. They at least got out of first gear for parts of it. Seth says it won’t be personal during tonight’s main event with Roman. Swann faces Dar next. Poor Sasha is now relegated to the 205 Live guys, and Swann wins with a 450 and then they dance together.

Charly interviews the Revival, who are shown as the guys who beat up Enzo. Well, wouldn’t want to get any mileage out of this or anything. We get a 205 Live recap of the amazing Tozawa and Kendrick match before Cass yells at Corey about him implying that Enzo was beaten up by Cass. Kalisto comes out to face Titus. God help us. Titus wins a short nothing match holding the tights. Alexa brings out Bayley’s first doll and mocks her for still playing with it. Then she shows a taped label trophy for sportsmanship. Alexa brings out her teacher and best friend and they talk about her dream being to be a wrestler. Bayley’s ex-boyfriend says he only dated Bayley to get with the best friend. They make out and then Bayley comes down to brawl and use kendo sticks. Thank God one is under the ring and on the ringpost. Wow, they’re actually doing that stip and it’s not just a tease for an extreme rules match. Bayley gets caned.

Cass meets with Kurt about Enzo and by golly, Enzo’s beaten up again. Cass swears more revenge, and it’s quite clear that he’s the mastermind here – but they’re doing a great job with it. Aries and Gallagher come down to face Neville and TJP. They have a good-ish match, but it’s only anything special with Aries and Neville in there. Aries gets Neville to tap out, so they’re ether actually giving the person with momentum the win on the major show or it’s business as usual and the guy who wins on TV loses.

Backstage, Roman tells a guy that he doesn’t care if they were friends or brothers, because he’ll show him why it’s his yard. Roman is such a dick! Charly interviews Neville, who is shockingly upset about being interviewed right after a loss. We get another awesome Goldust promo calling Truth selfish and he’ll put an end to it and the golden age is back. We get a blaxploitation-themed video starring Truth, because of course we do. Seth comes out to face Roman. They have a pretty good match, with a fast pace to it. Roman eats a frog splash, but avoids the phoenix splash. He avoids the rainmaker knee and hits the spear – so Seth’s new finisher is already dead. Great.

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 News: Mixed Tag Match Added for Near Final Raw PPV Card

WWE added a mixed tag match, pitting Rich Swann and Sasha Banks against Noam Dar and Alicia Fox

Extreme Rules 2017 is Sunday June 4, 2017, at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

Fatal 5-Way Extreme Rules
Winner is #1 contender for WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Samoa Joe

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus

WWE Intercontinental Championship
If Ambrose is disqualified, he will lose the title
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Miz

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries

WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Kendo Stick-on-a-Pole match
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley

Rich Swann and Sasha Banks vs. Noam Dar and Alicia Fox

Wonder Woman Review

The world’s most popular female superhero has finally made it to the big screen for her first solo movie, but the Wonder Woman film has a Herculean task ahead of it to be considered a success. It not only has to do right by a feminist icon but it also has to be a superhero movie good enough to break the DC Extended Universe stink streak. Watching that drama unfold was almost as exciting as the movie itself: could it overcome an uneven lead performance, some poorly rendered special effects, and a frustratingly mishandled end fight? It does, and Wonder Woman proves to be an emotionally resonate film that won me over with its refreshing take on the superhero formula that featured something we haven’t seen in the DCEU yet: a true, bona fide hero.

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WONDER WOMAN Review – Patty Jenkins Has Delivered The Best DC Films Universe Entry To Date

Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman movie is set to hit theaters this weekend, and now that the embargo has finally lifted I can tell you what I made of Princess Diana's first solo big-screen adventure.

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Jessica Chastain Was Not Impressed With The Female Characters She Saw At Cannes

Jessica Chastain

The Cannes Film Festival is wrapping up so we’ve been looking at the winners, the losers, and what we can expect to see in the Oscar nominations in seven months. The idea of representation has also come up a lot in the recent days and Jessica Chastain had some very frank words about the female characters she saw in the movies she watched at Cannes this year.

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— nina (@jakeisbaetho) May 29, 2017

The idea of women telling women’s stories is one that a lot of people have a hard time wrapping their heads around. A woman can’t claim to understand a man completely anymore than a man could claim to understand a woman. Chastain is merely pointing out that we need more women out there creating female characters that feel real. This is one of the many reasons why the upcoming Wonder Woman is a big deal; it’s a women’s story being told by a women. We don’t have a lot of those right now and it’s important that we encourage studios hire more female directors, writers, and take chances on more female lead projects.

Jessica Chastain Was Not Impressed With The Female Characters She Saw At Cannes

JESSICA JONES And Trish Walker Find Themselves In Trouble With The Law In These New Season 2 Set Pics

A new batch of images from the season 2 set of Marvel and Netflix's Jessica Jones finds the titular PI (Krysten Ritter) and her best pal Trish (Rachael Taylor) in cuffs. Click on to take a look...

15 MCU Villains We Want After Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos will leave big shoes to fill, but these villains have what it takes to shape the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Infinity War.

Gotham: “Pretty Hate Machine” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

I suppose you could consider "Pretty Hate Machine" (named after the breakthrough Nine Inch Nails album) Season 3's penultimate episode since next week's finale is being billed as a two-hour event. And it makes even more sense to think of it that way given how many storylines were packed into this action-heavy chapter that criss-crossed Bruce's brainwashing arc with Jim's escalating Lee issues.

At one point, toward the end, Harvey and Alfred were simultaneously trying to stop the virus bomb from going off and save Jim from suffocating in a buried coffin. Everything was getting mashed together in a strange and mostly unsatisfying way. But then Jim injected himself with the virus - and the bomb went off despite everyone's best efforts! Nothing got thwarted here and that's the type of Gotham I enjoy watching.

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Deathstroke #19 Review – The Fastest Killer Alive Brings A Little Heart To The Table

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Deathstroke 19

*Part of the Lazarus Contract Crossover

Deathstroke is easily one of the greatest DC Comics villains. He’s fast, cunning, deadly, yet not evil for simple reasons. He’s no greedy thief, no world conqueror, and not just some avatar of all that is wrong. He believes in the importance of legacy, and the circumstances of his life have made it so that his greatest talent is killing. As a result, he has chosen that as his legacy.

For many people, legacy is also about the people one leaves behind, especially one’s children. As a result, Slade Wilson’s three kids, Grant, Rose, and Joseph, are among the most important things in the world to him. This concept is the focus of the Titans/Teen Titans/Deathstroke crossover, the Lazarus Contract.

For those who haven’t kept up with this story, Deathstroke kidnapped the two Flashes of Titans and Teen Titans, Flash and Kid Flash respectively, for a plan (also both Flashes are named Wally West to keep things confusing). That plan is to use their super speed to go back in time and prevent the death of Grant Wilson, the one-time Ravager, whose death he blames on the Teen Titans (who are now the Titans). At the end of the last issue, Slade somehow attained the super speed of the Kid Flash.

This issue serves mostly to contextualize the titular “Lazarus Contract.” We see how it was made between Deathstroke and Dick Grayson, back when he was Robin, and we see the tumultuous and semi-abusive relationship Slade had with Grant when he was growing up. Some events do take place in the present, such as older Wally West seeking aid from Joseph Wilson, aka Jericho, and the Titans and Teen Titans regrouping while discovering that Kid Flash has lost his powers to Deathstroke. However, this comic is mostly about the past, and much of it is flashbacks.

Often, readers are understandably turned off by comic book stories that focus on flashbacks while still jumping between them and the present. However, this comic makes it work.

As previously stated, Deathstroke is a fantastic villain and has been fleshed out more than a vast majority of his peers in both DC and Marvel. This comic aids in that by giving us a bit more of his history and his relationship with his kids. It wasn’t good, and he was very abusive. However, seeing him trying to make amends for it in the present almost makes one want to see him succeed, even if making amends means changing the past itself.

Time travel stories are no new thing in comics, and this one is working because it’s keeping it simple. There are no convoluted explanations and no over-elaborate changes. Admittedly, it does very little to advance the story in the present, leaving something of a holding pattern until the big Annual finally in Teen Titans.

That being said, this comic keeps what it does have very character-driven and emotional. And none of that even mentions the art.

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The penciling by the tag team of Carlo Pagulayan and Roberto J. Viacava is phenomenal, opting for a pseudo-realistic and detailed style that keeps the flare of the superhero genre aided by the fleshing of details by inkers Jason Paz and Sean Parsons and the coloring of Jeremy Cox. It plays a lot with lighting and shade in many scenes to give itself a very distinct visual style. This is an absolutely gorgeous book through and through.

This really gets put to the test when we get to see Deathstroke do his day job at super speed. Within a minute, he assassinates four targets across the Western Hemisphere. The best of this is a racecar driver whom Deathstroke outruns and takes off his hand. He even refers to himself as the “Fastest Killer Alive” in a rather amusing parody of the Flash’s title.

The super speed suit’s design is pretty cool too. It has a sleek design, and the prominence of yellow as well as the lightning patterns make it look vibrant. Yet, it is still undeniably a Deathstroke uniform.

The Lazarus Contract has been a good story so far, but it really hits its stride in this issue. With great art and an emotional tale, Deathstroke #19 does a lot to impress. This comic comes highly recommended.

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Deathstroke #19 Review – The Fastest Killer Alive Brings A Little Heart To The Table

Where’s The Beef? Flash Gordon And Incredible Hulk Actors Purportedly Go Nose-To-Nose At London Comic Con

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UK tabloid The Sun is reporting that a fan attending the MCM London Comic Con this weekend had to step in to de-escalate an argument which had become heated between Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones and the Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno. Attendee Darryn Clements, who was dressed as Suicide Squad’s El Diablo at the time, told The Sun that he had selflessly stepped in at a whopping 5’7″ against Ferrigno’s 6’4″ and Jones 6’3″:

There was a large crowd around, so I told them to act like adults and grow up as they were supposed to be there for their fans. I don’t know if I was the real superhero because if there was a clash of the Titans I would have got squashed.

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Flash Gordon [Jones] was telling the Hulk [Ferrigno] to go home. Lou was just saying, “You’re winding me up”. There was a lot of finger-jabbing and it was getting pretty nasty.

When Clements spoke to security, rather than stepping in themselves they asked Clements if he would mind stepping in between them.

I thought this has to be calmed down because if one hits the other it would be chaos — they are absolute monsters. I made them laugh and that seemed to calm everything down.

Now while this is the story being reported by The Sun, other outlets are relating The Suns story, but when they reached out the the respective actors, they were told something very different. Jones said that he and Ferrigno had stepped in to stop a fight from developing between fans who had been standing in line for autographs. “He [Ferrigno] and I together defused it.” None of The Sun’s images show anything close to the finger pointing or combative stance described. Only the general way both actors tend to stand close and leaning-in, as Ferrigno has worn hearing aids since the age of 5, and the ambient noise of a convention center often makes it a challenge for him to hear clearly.

The original story also seems to read a bit off since Jones had moderated a panel for Ferrigno on Saturday, and they both had been at dinner the same evening as the purported near-fisticuffs. The idea that security would also ask for a patron to intervene between guests also seems a bit atypical. Sunday the two actors were at their tables once again smiles and signing for fans.

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Where’s The Beef? Flash Gordon And Incredible Hulk Actors Purportedly Go Nose-To-Nose At London Comic Con

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You Too Can Be An Amazon Warrior Like Wonder Woman, Thanks To Valkyrie’s Armoury

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At Balticon this past weekend, I was drawn into the dealers’ room by a specific dealer selling metal and chainmail items. Valkyrie’s Armoury is a small business owned by Kate Cox, who crafts all the designs by hand. I’ve seen her at the Maryland Renaissance Festival over the past several years, and this was her first year as a dealer at Balticon.

She had a wide selection of items on display, but I was personally drawn to the Wonder Woman tiara and silver bracers. I got the two for $60, which is a steal considering the love and work she puts into every piece. She was even kind enough to help bend the tiara to fit better on my head, which she then explained is something I could do myself should I need to change the fit.

The items are lined with leather, so the metal won’t dig into your skin. I wore the bracers and tiara for several hours without discomfort, and I’ll absolutely wear them again for other events.

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She’s currently sold out of the majority of her Wonder Woman items, and has seen an influx on orders for Wonder Woman breastplates and more. Her current turnaround time is 2-3 weeks, which is actually really quick, considering the crafts[wo]manship of her work. I can’t say enough good things about these items. Check out her etsy and feast your eyes on her beautifully crafted items!

You Too Can Be An Amazon Warrior Like Wonder Woman, Thanks To Valkyrie’s Armoury

Logan Director Talks Jean Grey Deleted Scene

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Saturday Hall Shots From Balticon 51 Show Off An Extreme Love Of Disney

As per usual, Saturday was a busier day at Balticon. More attendees showed up, and thus more cosplayers as well!

The yearly masquerade was held at 9 p.m. that evening, but I was unable to attend due to other obligations. The cosplayers below wore some amazing and beautiful outfits, showing off their creativity and diverse fandoms. There was a good amount of Disney (and films distributed and owned by Disney) such as Kiki’s Delivery Service, Star Wars, Snow White, and Alice In Wonderland. I also enjoyed the unique takes on both Sailor Mars and Wonder Woman.

Balticon always has impressive costumes on display, and this year was no different! Balticon has started to incorporate more costuming panels as well, in effort to expand and draw in more attendees. Here’s hoping next year even more people come decked out in their favorite outfits! As always, if you see a pic of you, feel free to use it, just credit us in return.

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Saturday Hall Shots From Balticon 51 Show Off An Extreme Love Of Disney

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Lauren Looks Back: “Two Brothers” In Two Disney Parks

Disney is as American as Coca-Cola and apple pie. In Disneyland and Disney World, you can celebrate America at a variety of attractions, most notably Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln and The American Adventure at Epcot. While both attractions are different by their very nature, they do feature one thing in common; both feature a piece called “Two Brothers” by songwriter Irving Gordon and performed by Ali Olmo. The song has been performed by a number of artists, most notable of them being Dusty Springfield. The song is about two brothers during the Civil War, who join opposing sides of the war. Only one of the brothers survives the war.

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In Disneyland the song is a part of the Great Moments show, but wasn’t added until 1984 after the attraction went through many changes since it’s opening in 1965. It had already been a part of the American Adventure for two years at that point.

For those curious, here’s the Disneyland version (thanks to YouTuber CSUFSteve):

And the Epcot version (thanks to YouTuber Mark Fendrick) :

It’s a sobering part of both shows, but an important part. While I haven’t seen the Disneyland version yet, the American Adventure show in Epcot is awesome.

Lauren Looks Back: “Two Brothers” In Two Disney Parks

Dark Horse Presents, Cancelled One More Time…

There have been a bunch of comics cancellations coming through the pipe.

In Dark Horse Presents #33, the third volume of this anthology running since the eighties, which last relaunched in 2014, Dark Horse President writes

Sadly, our comics market follows a predictable downward sales pattern with ongoing series and not even our award-winning anthology is immune… I will point out we’ve reached an astonishing 226 issues under the Dark Horse Presents banner, a number rarely reached by any comics magazine, and even less likely for a comics anthology. I’ll leave you with this note: keep watching, for we just might be back with a new format and a star-studded lineup.

As it stands, volumes 33 and 34 have been cancelled. Here’s what would have been…

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DHP #34

(W) Ron Randall, Carla Speed McNeil, Jim Alexander, Shannon Wheeler, Will Pickering (A) Ron Randall, Shannon Wheeler (CA) Steve Rude

This month’s issue features new installments of Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man; Ron Randall’s Trekker: The Volstock Payoff; Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Chase the Lady; Jim Alexander, Will Pickering, and Fin Cramb’s Savant; and much more!

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DHP #35

(W) Ron Randall, Carla Speed McNeil, Jim Alexander, Shannon Wheeler, Will Pickering (A) Ron Randall, Shannon Wheeler, Carla Speed McNeil, Fin Cramb, Agnes Czaja, Kevin Czapiewski, Bruce Zick (CA) Francisco Ruiz Velasco

This month’s Dark Horse Presents debuts two new stories: Mandala, a four-part story by Stuart Moore and Bruce Zick, and Yesterday’s Muse, a one-shot by Chad Lambert and Kevin Czapiewski! Ron Randall’s Trekker: The Volstock Payoff and Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man conclude! Continuing stories include Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Chase the Lady and Jim Alexander, Wili Pickering, and Fin Cramb’s Savant!
Ron Randall (W/A), Carla Speed McNeil (W/A), Jim Alexander (W), Shannon Wheeler (W/A), Chad Lambert (W), Stuart Moore (W), Will Pickering (A), Fin Cramb (A), Kevin Czapiewski (A), Bruce Zick (A), and Francisco Ruiz Velasco (Cover)

Dark Horse Presents, Cancelled One More Time…

Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios Releases A Teaser For “Volume 1”

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Neill Blomkamp has created his own studio to help launch the careers of other people looking to jump into political science fiction the way he did back in 2009 with District 9. The teaser for the first Oats Studios project has landed online and it looked exactly like something you could expect from Blomkamp in the best possible way.

The trailer features some very cool looking monsters which Blomkamp seems to specialize in. The Oats Studios twitter account posted a high quality picture a few days ago.

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— Oats Studios (@oatsstudios) May 24, 2017

It’s amazing what we can accomplish with independent productions these days.

Oats Studios “Volume 1” will stream soon.

Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios Releases A Teaser For “Volume 1”

The Writer Who Wouldn’t Talk To His Colourist – Christina Strain Talks About Failure

255228-199910-christina-strainI Failed, So What? is a podcast that talks to female creators about failure. And in their second podcast, they talked to Christina Strain, colourist-turned TV screenwriter and comics writer, currently launching the new series Generation X and working on Magicians.

She talks about her work and her history. But she also has a story about working as a colourist with a writer who wouldn’t speak to her, several years into her career.

Which found her working on pages again and again, not hearing from the writer, except through the book’s penciller, who bore the brunt of the writer’s dissatisfaction, and who told her that the writer wanted to penciller to recolour it. And that the writer was just trying to get Christina fired from the book.

She talks about calling her editor to quit, who had a conversation, calmed her down, and reassured the writer that this was not that person’s book, that it was Marvel’s book. That the editor knew Christina was great and that she was “trying to please someone who’s not happy. I hired you, you do you.”

Which she then did. Only for the writer to suddenly reply and say “this is what I wanted”.”F- you man!”

To her internal response… “F- you man!”

Dark Reign: Young Avengers? Shadowland? Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers? Uncanny X-Force? Plenty to deduce…

The Writer Who Wouldn’t Talk To His Colourist – Christina Strain Talks About Failure

Supergirl Season 3: 11 Questions We Need Answered

The Genesis of Thanos and Guardians of the Galaxy

Hayley Atwell No Longer Wants Doctor Who Role, But Has An Idea Of Who Should Be

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It was back in 2015 during a Twitter Q&A that Peggy Carter actress Hayley Atwell chimed in on the question of what role she might like to take on and she revealed that it would be playing Doctor Who’s 900-year old time lord in his first female incarnation. With the news of the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi stepping out of the role, there have been as many ideas for who should take up the sonic screwdriver next as there are fans of the series.

But the years have rolled along and it seems that Atwell has had a change of heart. While on a panel at London’s Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, she said:

I don’t want to play it. It’s just not my thing, but I really respect it.

She did continue on with an idea of who she would like to see in the role when the time comes:

I’m a big fan of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, though. She plays the lead in Fleabag. There were talks of her being the next Doctor, and she’s so funny and eccentric and unique; she’d be great. I can’t really see anyone other than her playing it.

In addition to Fleabag, Waller-Bridge has also had recurring roles in both Crushing and Broadchurch. Then there’s also the time when the actress was in an episode of How Not to Live Your Life featuring flogger and corset.

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Hayley Atwell No Longer Wants Doctor Who Role, But Has An Idea Of Who Should Be

Producer Talks an X-Men World Without Wolverine

ICYMI: Logan and X-Men: Dark Phoenix producer Hutch Parker discusses the evolution -- and future -- of the X-franchise.

Spider-Man Homecoming: Every New Trailer Secret Revealed

We break down every Easter egg and secret -- including the latest tech updates to Spidey's suit -- in the film's third domestic trailer.

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Some Kind Of Avengers Hatch Is Outside Disneyland’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Mission: Breakout Ride

There's something Mighty hidden next to Guardians of the Galaxy #MissionBreakout. What could it mean? #staytuned #itsallconnected #HeroUp pic.twitter.com/P2vTv4miNy

— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) May 28, 2017

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout ride has opened at Disneyland in California to much fanfare, and well, well, well…what do we have here? The ride is laden with Easter eggs and hailed by one James Gunn as “the start of the Marvel Theme Park Universe”, or the MTPU, which will be a separate universe from the MCU proper. Gunn himself was very hands-on with the ride. Marvel Themed Entertainment Creative Director Brian Crosby had this to say:

“There are nods in this attraction to other things we are doing around the world. In true Marvel fashion, hashtag it’s all connected, there are nods to the Iron Man Experience in Hong Kong, there are nods to the Marvel Superhero Academy on the Disney Cruise Ship. It’s all connected guys. So we encourage you to be good fans and go on the interwebs and find all the clues and connect it all. That’s the fun, it’s all part of the same universe. And we’re just getting started.”

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So…what is this thing supposed to mean? I have not personally been on Mission: Breakout, as I live in Ohio. But, from what other people have been saying, it is quite the thrill, and Marvel fans should be more than happy to jump on.

Marvel’s Ryan Penagos, or Agent M as we know him, rarely steers us towards things that mean nothing. It could be a simple nod to the other attractions listed above, especially since there are nods in the ride itself already, and Disney Imagineering has not kept it a secret that they want to build more Marvel-related rides in the park, as well. As Slashfilm points out, there are signs pointing to a possible Marvel Land coming to the park, not unlike the Star Wars Land coming in 2019. Apparently there was also an attempt to garner viral interest at the rides opening that went completely ignored.

So, maybe this is just nothing. Or maybe it’s a sign that points to even more to come. For now, head over to Disneyland and see it for yourself.

Some Kind Of Avengers Hatch Is Outside Disneyland’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Mission: Breakout Ride

Secret Empire Plot Affects Marvel Comics’ Memorial Day Tribute

For Memorial Day, Marvel published this following tweet featuring Captain America.

Thank you to all the fallen heroes. #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/BdQnE84z1B

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 29, 2017

Some thought that, in light of Captain America being revealed as a sleeper agent of the Nazi-associated Hydra, that this was a little insensitive.

@Marvel You spat on veterans (incl Jack Kirby) everywhere when you made him a Nazi. Nope.

— Lindsay Smith ✨💀 (@LindsaySmithDC) May 29, 2017

@Marvel Wrong move Marvel. Don't make Cap a member of HYDRA and then stick him on a memorial post. #disappointed

— Chaz Sheppard (@ChazSheppard21) May 29, 2017

@Marvel Do you remember that Steve Rogers is a NAZI right now?

— HastaLaPolio (@HastaLaPolio) May 29, 2017

@Marvel gee marvel this would mean a lot more if u weren't actively publishing a plot arc where cap is a literal nazi

— alison ames 🌈 (@2furiosa) May 29, 2017

@Marvel maybe put falcon here seing as hes not currently in hydra and was in the milatary and is also CAP

— Ryan March (@Drow5ap) May 29, 2017

@Marvel A traitorous crypto-fascist is not a fitting tribute to fallen soldiers, take this down

— Dan Jordan (@WriterDan12) May 29, 2017

@Marvel pic.twitter.com/ICTfXGCz6x

— Dave1307 from TV (@Dave_1307) May 29, 2017

@Marvel Wrong Captain, Marvel.

— [M♱A-įsm] (@SepiaMetanoia) May 29, 2017

@Marvel He's a nazi

— bee (@stephbrowns) May 29, 2017

@Marvel You could have used #SamWilson.

— R4J33V (@rajeev2OO5) May 29, 2017

@Marvel I almost felt a surge of nerdy patriotism…then remembered that Steve is a Nazi (until better writers retcon it). pic.twitter.com/x3rK7lkmMm

— Anthony Gramuglia (@AGramuglia) May 29, 2017

@Marvel The soldiers who died defending the values of peace & democracy are not represented by a manipulative, power crazed super Nazi. Remove this

— Dan Jordan (@WriterDan12) May 29, 2017

@Marvel @LadyDevann This is a picture of a cartoon man.

— kurt hustle (@franktheshow) May 29, 2017

@Marvel I love you guys but this isn't smart at the moment imo.

— black krillen (@DJFlexicutioner) May 29, 2017

And on and on and on. Suggesting Sam Wilson was a popular solution. But some had other thoughts.

@Marvel Seriously, has The Hulk ever been Hydra? Maybe it's time for the…
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— Frank Truelove (@FrankQcwriter) May 29, 2017

Hey! Nazis had fallen heroes too, right? Right?? Maybe that’s what it’s about…

Secret Empire Plot Affects Marvel Comics’ Memorial Day Tribute

Netflix’s Castlevania Gets A New Poster That Looks Very Familiar

CastlevaniaWe got a trailer for Netflix anime adaptation of Castlevania the other day, but now we have a new poster. It comes to us from the Japanese magazine Famitsu and appears to be legitimate. The poster looks very similar to the original box art for the 1986 game, which is a great little homage to the original.

Summary: Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.

Right now the trailers are telling us a release date of July 7th, but we don’t know whether that’s going to be worldwide.

The new poster:
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The 1986 cover:
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Netflix’s Castlevania Gets A New Poster That Looks Very Familiar

Arya, A New Comic From Sofia Savila And Minjun Chen, Out This August

Antarctic Press has solicited a brand new comic by Sofia Davila and Minjun Chen for August 30th called Arya.

They describe it as:

“… A shining showcase of new, strong female talent, with something unique and wonderful in every issue!  On her way to get groceries, Anais is magically transported to a very strange world, where the only way home is to find the items on her shopping list.  Meanwhile, Emi discovers new classmate Helen shares her passion for the handheld game Adventure Quest XXI, so they form a party-both for real and in the game-questing together in the name of teamwork, friendship, and XP!”

Lumberjanes meets Scott Pilgrim?

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Arya, A New Comic From Sofia Savila And Minjun Chen, Out This August

A2Z Analysiz: Bending the Rules (Edge)

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DVD Release Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

After the disappointment of 2011’s “Inside Out,” director Artie Mandelberg and writer Dylan Schaffer took a much different direction for his second effort with WWE Studios. “Bending the Rules” is a cross between crime caper and buddy comedy, with WWE Hall of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland and actual Son of the Mask Jamie Kennedy.

Copeland plays Nick Blades (terrible name), a New Orleans police officer that is a little bit unorthodox. I mean he wears Hawaiian shirts, beads, shorts, and flip-flops while he works. Isn’t that wacky?! He’s currently being prosecuted by assistant district attorney Theo Gold (Kennedy), a no-nonsense by-the-book goober that nobody likes. Whoever envisioned Kennedy playing someone that everybody hates, well, that’s just good casting.

Theo’s mother is Lena Gold (Jessica Walter of “Arrested Development”), a former film star that Blades happens to adore. His father is Herb Gold (the too-good-for-this-movie Philip Baker Hall), who is staring down Alzheimer’s but still likes to drive his classic car around town.

When that car gets stolen, Theo reports the theft to the police. However, the police are not so eager to help him, since he’s prosecuting one of their own. Blades ends up feeling bad for Theo, and agrees to help him find the car, since he thinks it’s part of a bigger, more nefarious scheme.

This sets up the odd couple buddy comedy, or if any Vince Russo era wrestling fans are watching wresting, it’s the old “wacky tag team partners who hate each other” motif. This only really works when both members of the team are perceived on a similar level. While Copeland is certainly no Olivier, but he was able to translate enough of his charisma as a wrestler into this performance. For a first film role, he’s not bad. Kennedy on the other hand, is dull at best and annoying at worst.

The supporting cast is pretty solid, and helps elevate the mediocre material. Walter and Hall can get laughs in numerous different ways, Jennifer Esposito and Alicia Witt also have small but key roles as Garcia, a police officer always willing to help Blades, and Rosalyn Wohl, Theo’s attorney.

All in all, “Bending the Rules” isn’t a horrible film. Fans of Edge should get some enjoyment out of it, and it’s okay for a straight-to-video production. If they had just cast someone slightly more appealing than Jamie Kennedy, they may have had something.

What Happens In Batman #24 That Will Change Batman From #25 Onward?

Reading recent issues of Batman, The Flash and Detective Comics, we have been given the impression that Bruce Wayne is about to give up on Batman, possibly paving the way for a future Dark Knight storyline.

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It doesn’t mean this is definitely going to happen, but it is certainly the impression we got.

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These are panels from Batman #25 by Tom King and Mikel Janin, the beginning of the War of Jokes and Riddles story, all told in flashback.

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It doesn’t even have Batman in it, though he appears to be narrating events. He would be expected in subsequent chapters, but they’re all set in the past.

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The solicit for Batman #24 by Tom King and Clay Mann tells us:

“Aftermath”! Gotham City is at peace…but a war is coming. Armed with the terrifying knowledge gained from the mysterious button, Batman prepares for the coming storm by making a proposition to one of his enemies-one that will change everything for the Dark Knight and his allies!

Retirement? That’s the word for Batman #24 coming out of the shows over the weekend…

What Happens In Batman #24 That Will Change Batman From #25 Onward?

X-23 Movie ‘More Likely To Be Its Own Film’

ICYMI: Producer Hutch Parker says don’t expect Fox “slipping her into the background of another movie.”

RUMOR: Finn Jones Says “Iron Fist” Season 2 Announcement Imminent

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Marvel’s Iron Fist was not exactly well received by critics, but the public seemed to think it was okay (at best). There were problems there, but a decent amount of them could be explained by rushed production. The show has been in something of a limbo since March, with no word as to whether it will be renewed. Star Finn Jones was at Puerto Rico Comic Con this weekend and someone asked him about the renewal. This is just a RUMOR, coming from a secondhand source on Twitter, so it might not be true. Jones seemed to insinuate that a renewal is on the way:

#PRComicCon Coverage @FinnJones confirms 'IRON FIST' Season 2 Announcment SOON! #Defenders will all take place in around a 48 hour time span

— SuperBroMovies (@SuperBroMovies) May 28, 2017

It wouldn’t be that surprising if Iron Fist is renewed, despite the fact that it wasn’t received well. The world seems pretty excited about The Defenders. If they take the criticisms to heart, they could very easily create a better show in its second season.

Jones also told us that The Defenders is going to take place over a 48-hour period. While that makes sense considering how many episodes there are, the idea that these people could bond enough to form a team in that amount of time makes me worry about the character dynamics. Those dynamics, watching a bunch of characters we like bounce off of each other, is what makes team-ups fun to watch. If there isn’t any time for that, then the team-up will lose some of its charm. Or maybe not. We do have eight episodes to make these people learn to like each other.

The Defenders will stream to Netflix on August 18th.

RUMOR: Finn Jones Says “Iron Fist” Season 2 Announcement Imminent

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Wins Memorial Day Weekend With $77M Domestic, $285M WW

The 4-day weekend estimates are in and as expected, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has sailed to the top of the box office with a domestic bow of $77 million, $285 million WW.

Director Patty Jenkins On Criticism Of Wonder Woman’s “Sexy, Skimpy” Costume: “I Think That’s Sexist”

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Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins gave an interview to CBS This Morning co-host Alex Wagner, and one of the topics that came up was criticism of Wonder Woman’s costume, particularly from the perspective that the outfit too “sexy” or “skimpy” for Wonder Woman to be considered a “feminist icon.” Jenkins didn’t mince words:

“I think that that’s sexist. I think it’s sexist to say you can’t have both. I have to ask myself what I would apply to any other superhero. This is fantasy and it’s not for anyone other than the person having the fantasy. I, as a little girl, took a huge amount of delight in the idea that for my power and my ability to stop that bully on that playground, I could also look like Lynda Carter while I was doing it.”

Earlier this month, star Gal Gadot had a similar response to a similar question:

“I think as a feminist, you should be able to wear whatever you like! In any case, there is such a misunderstanding of the concept. Feminism is about equality and choice and freedom. And the writers, Patty and myself all figured that the best way to show that is to show Diana as having no awareness of social roles. She has no gender boundaries. To her, everyone is equal.”

Wonder Woman hits theaters NEXT WEEKEND!

Director Patty Jenkins On Criticism Of Wonder Woman’s “Sexy, Skimpy” Costume: “I Think That’s Sexist”

Every Essential Runaways Story From Marvel Comics

If you don't know the Runaways, know is the time to start educating yourself. These renegade teen heroes are making their live-action debut in Hulu's Runaways TV series next year. And before that, Marvel is gearing up for a new Runaways comic as part of the Marvel Legacy relaunch.

Clearly, now is the time to get caught up on this cult-favorite franchise. That's where we come in. We've broken down the main Runaways saga chronologically, covering all the team's major appearances and other key stories they've appeared in over the years. We've tried to keep this article as spoiler-free as possible, as there's no substitute for experiencing the Runaways comics for yourself.

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Shucky Ducky Quack Quack: Booker T Will Remain On WWE Raw Announce Team Until End Of Summer

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Good news for pro wrestling fans who prefer commentary by people who know the names of some of the moves and actually sound like they’re interested in the match they’re commentating on. Booker T will remain the third man on the announce team for WWE Monday Night Raw until the end of the summer. The news was revealed by Booker’s podcast co-host, Brad Gilmore, on Twitter:

Booker T just said he will be on #RAW announce table until the end of the summer! That's GOODT news! pic.twitter.com/yLX6Xx1dA4

— Brad Gilmore (@bradgilmore) May 28, 2017

Booker originally signed on for just six weeks to fill in for David Otunga, who needed time off to film this future Oscar winner:

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No word on what’s holding things up, but we’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Booker T might not always be perfect, but his enthusiasm alone puts him on a level above everyone else on the RAW announce team. And honestly, Otunga will probably leave for Hollywood after Katrina breaks all the box office records.

Shucky Ducky Quack Quack: Booker T Will Remain On WWE Raw Announce Team Until End Of Summer

Top 5 Hot Picks #115

Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #477 and new comics coming this Wednesday 5/31/17.

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Doctor Strange #21 – New creative team. Writer Dennis Hopeless and art by Niko Henrichon.
Spider-Gwen #20 – ‘Who is Earth-65 Wolverine?’ Possible introduction here.
Trump vs. Lincoln #1 – Our U.S. President debuts in his first starring role in a comic.
Gwenpool #16 – This issues starts breaking down the fourth wall. ‘Beyond The Fourth Wall’.
Cable #1 – New Cable series. Writer James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco.

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9 Major Comic Book Movies Coming in 2018

Nine huge superhero films are looking to make 2018 one of the biggest comic book movie years of all time as the MCU, the X-Verse, and DC will collectively battle for our attention, approval, and dollars.

We'll see the massive culmination of many years, and phases, with Avengers: Infinity War, along with the X-Men's second (and hopefully much better) shot at the Dark Phoenix storyline. Venom and Aquaman will get their own stand-alones while Deadpool looks to shoop shoop ba-doop his way to R-rated crimefighting glory once more. Check out the slideshow below featuring the major comic book flicks headed your way next year.

So which comic book movie are you looking forward to the most in 2018? Are you psyched for more Deadpool? Can't wait for Infinity War? Desperate to see the Dark Phoenix story redeemed? Let us know down below.

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The Weekly Round-Up #390 With Letter 44 #33, Dept. H #14, East Of West #33, Saucer State #1, X-O Manowar #3 & More!

Best Comic of the Week:

Letter 44 #33 – We get closer and close to the end of this truly excellent science fiction and political thriller.  The Clarke crew thinks they may have a way to save at least some people from Earth from the coming destruction, but their plan is desperate.  President Blades is just as desperate, and that leads to his making some interesting decisions.  I absolutely love this comic, and while I’m getting excited to see how it all ends, I know I’m going to miss it a great deal.  Charles Soule should be commended on keeping the writing on this book so taut over such a long stretch of time.

Quick Takes:

Black Hammer #9 – David Rubín handles the art on this issue that reveals the beginnings of Colonel Weird’s relationship with Talky-Walky, his robotic companion.  I like Rubín’s art, and it looks great for the flashback scenes, which feature Weird running from killer robots on another planet, but would have preferred that regular artist Dean Ormston drew the contemporary pages, as his style is better suited to the darker moments in this issue.  This one felt a lot less substantial than a typical issue of this usually excellent series.  This month is was really just very good, which still makes it better than so many comics being published.

Black Panther #14 – I’m surprised to see that Ta-Nehisi Coates is using Dr. Faustus as a villain in this series, seeing as he’s kind of prominent in Secret Empire right now as well.  T’Challa consults with his ancestors, and looks for help with this god stuff from a character I don’t remember from Hudlin’s run.  Most importantly, Queen Divine Justice is back, although not under that name.  I feel like this second ‘season’ is very different from the first, and I’m reserving judgement still; it’s not gripping me immediately, but there’s a lot of potential, I think.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #17 – The first issue of this book to come out after the start of Secret Empire is an interesting one.  In it, Nick Spencer digs up Sally Floyd, the journalist who only ever appears during big Marvel events, and has her sit down with Steve for an interview.  I feel like this is not the same Steve we are used to seeing – even in Secret Empire he shows more doubt about what’s going on, although I can understand his need to demonstrate his conviction during a media interview.  Spencer uses this issue to explain a lot of the mechanics of Hydra’s takeover of the US (although Steve would dispute my use of that word), and fills in some of the gaps around the mutants and Inhumans, and how they got to where they are now.  I also see that Spencer couldn’t resist making a few jabs at the people he upsets on a daily basis on Twitter, which was kind of funny.  As a stand-alone comic, like almost all of this run, it’s really just a lot of talking heads and set-up for what’s coming, kind of like an extended DVD extra scene for Secret Empire, but I also think it was kind of necessary.  The next issue is going to need a little action though.

Deadly Class #28 – For the first time in ages, we check in with all of the main characters of this series, as it looks like Rick Remender and Wes Craig are planning on bringing them back together again.  I really love the characters in this book, and have missed some of them while others have been in the spotlight.  

Deathstroke #19 – Slade now has some sort of access to the Speedforce, and is still determined to use it to rescue his son from his untimely death.  The combined members of the Teen and Adult Titans work to figure out what is going on, but really just play supporting roles in the story.  We do learn what the Lazarus contract is all about, and it’s a little hard to argue that Nightwing betrayed anyone by making it, thereby rendering some of the central storyline obsolete.  That said, this was a solid issue, and I look forward to seeing how it all concludes next week.

Dept. H #14 – We finally learn Jerome’s story, as the last four people left in the undersea station have to decide who is to be left behind for the other three to escape in an under-powered submarine.  Matt Kindt also gives us a little look at what got humanity to the place we find them in this series, after a war fought using germs has run its course.  This series gets more fleshed out with each issue, although I feel like we are still no closer to solving the murder mystery that is at its centre.

Detective Comics #957 – Spoiler gets the solo spotlight this issue, as we get a look at her approach to protecting the city in such a way that she doesn’t receive any credit or recognition for it.  Things are a little convoluted (James Tynion is joined by Christopher Sebela in the writing), but the story still works, as Stephanie has to stop a new villain from following the usual villain in Gotham script.  I’m most excited about the appearance of a favourite character of mine from the Norm Breyfogle days at the end of the issue.

The Dying & The Dead #4 – Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim’s long-missing title returns, and instead of giving us any kind of recap, it instead spends most of the issue on a long flashback to the group of heroes’ original mission in WWII.  I’m always happy to see some of Bodenheim’s artwork, and remember enjoying the beginning of the series, so my hope is that things will come together better if the book comes out more frequently.

East of West #33 – War has come to the world, as the Endless Nation, after mourning its dead leader, and joining with Wolf’s new army, advances on the White Tower, where they find local rebels have it under siege.  This issue feels like a turning point in many ways, and as always with this title, is very well-orchestrated and visually stunning.  Jonathan Hickman is at the top of his game in this book.

Justice League of America #7 – Steve Orlando is treating this comic like a serious team book, with various b-plots featuring the different characters going about various bits of their business.  The focus is on Frost and Atom as they work to cure Frost’s heat sickness, and that leads them to a weird run-in with a decidedly D-list villain.  Artist Jamal Campbell’s work is very nice looking, but his storytelling during the monster sequences didn’t really work for me.

The Old Guard #4 – I’m really enjoying Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández’s work on this new title.  Andy, Nile, and Booker are working to track down their two friends, who were kidnapped by a billionaire with an interest in prolonging his life like they have.  Along the way, we learn a lot more about Andy’s past and character, although with her having lived for thousands of years, I doubt we’ll ever learn anything.  There’s a nice twist at the end of this issue, and lots of great art.

Rebels: These Free and Independent States #3 – Brian Wood’s story is drawing me in deeper and deeper, as John Abbott travels to the Bahamas to help refit some merchant vessels to help them fight off the French, all the while obsessing over the Constitution, the navy ship he designed and built.  I like the way Wood portrays Abbott as likely on the autism spectrum, but also makes his actions and decisions logical within the confines of the time period, as America begins to gear up for war with England again.  This is a very good title, and I’m glad that it was given a second chance with this miniseries.

Saucer State #1 – Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly have returned to the world of Saucer Country, their Vertigo series from 2012 and 2013.  I remember that I really enjoyed this series, which is about America’s first latina Presidential candidate who has had an experience of alien abduction.  It dove into conspiracy theories and all sorts of weirdness, and was very entertaining.  Now it’s back, and while I struggled a little to catch back up to the characters, I am very happy about that.  Of course, since 2013, being the victim of an alien abduction makes you a more suitable candidate for President than what America has running things, and Cornell leans into that in his script.  There’s even a clear stand-in for Trump making a pretty funny appearance.  This is a good comic, but I don’t know that someone picking it up cold would have the first idea of what’s going on, even with the one-page synopsis provided.

Seven to Eternity #6 – I really like this comic, especially Jerome Opeña’s art in it, but often find the story a little confounding.  Rick Remender keeps whittling down the cast, as the group try to take the Mud King through a malevolent swamp.  The group is very much at the Mud King’s mercy – in a couple of issues they’ve gone from keeping him immobile in a wagon to practically following him, and Remender keeps it almost impossible to see how the characters are going to react in any given situation.  This series has a real European feel to it, and that is both what attracts me to this title, and sometimes frustrates me.  

X-O Manowar #3 – Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello were very good choices for this relaunch.  They’ve plunged Aric into a visually stunning war on a distant planet, and are keeping Aric from using his armor.  This issue concludes the first arc (I hope this doesn’t mark the beginning of the three-issue trade paperback) and has Aric’s battle savvy placing him at odds with his commanding officer.  Considering that Aric was conscripted, it’s strange to see him embrace this battle so fully, but I think that is the ground that Kindt plans to mine in this series.  David Mack provides the art for the first few pages, which was a huge surprise.

Comics I Would Have Bought If Comics Weren’t So Expensive:

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2

All-New Wolverine #19

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #8

Harrow County Vol. 5 TP

Infamous Iron Man #8

Jean Grey #2

Mosaic #8

Rapture #1

Secret Warriors #2

Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign #2

Star-Lord Annual #1

Totally Awesome Hulk #19

X-Men Blue #4

Bargain Comics:

Doom Patrol #3&4 – I gave up pretty quickly on Gerard Way’s Doom Patrol, and going back to it for two more issues, I have to say that I still don’t understand why it’s received such a warm welcome.  Sure, Nick Derington’s artwork is incredible, but the story is just taking too long to coalesce, and feels way too much like it’s an exercise in stream-of-consciousness plotting.  I’m still not all that impressed, but I am beginning to like it a little bit more than I did originally.  I just wish that Way could focus his writing a little better.

Jessica Jones #6&7 – I get so frustrated with Brian Michael Bendis’s decompression (two pages of Jessica looking at, but not even buying, booze in a liquor store) that I don’t regret having dropped this title, although I also still enjoy it.  I do think that Jessica having her own book which deals with her current issues with Luke Cage, while he has his own book, and they both are in the Defenders, is probably a mistake.  These are great characters, but they are not Wolverine in the 90s.

New Avengers #18 – Has Al Ewing ever had a title that’s lasted more than eighteen issues before being relaunched?  His New Avengers took a long time to hit its stride, and then it became USAvengers.  Sadly, along the way, he had to jettison some of the characters that had me most interested in this title – Power Man, White Tiger, Songbird, Hulkling, and Wiccan.  It’s too bad, but I have a small stack of the new title to get to next.

The Week in Graphic Novels:

Glitterbomb Vol. 1: Red Carpet – I picked up the first volume of this series by Jim Zub and Djibril Morissette-Phan at TCAF, and found it pretty enjoyable.  Farrah is an aging actress who appeared on a Star Trek-like TV show when she was younger, but now has difficulty finding new jobs.  She’s desperate, and after losing a part to a girl half her age who is terrible to her, she decides to end it all.  Walking into the ocean, she gets contacted by a creature or elder god, or something, and heads back to her life, only with the ability to split her face open and kill people with her tentacles.  This is a pretty dark book, and really, it’s not until the fourth chapter that I really felt that things fell into place.  By that point, though, I found I wanted to read the next chapter, so I guess I’m on the hunt for that now.

Humble Bazooka Episode 106: Far Cry 5, Monster Hunter XX, Prey, and ARMS Impressions

Humble Bazooka Episode 106: Far Cry 5, Monster Hunter XX, Prey, and ARMS Impressions

Far Cry 5, Monster Hunter XX, Prey, and ARMS Impressions

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Welcome to another episode of Humble Bazooka. Listen in and sound off in the comments.Show Topics: Far Cry 5 reveal, Monster Hunter XX for the Switch, Doomy has impressions of Prey, and Pest talks about his play time with the ARMS Test Punch.What we're playing this week:Doomy: Prey (PS4)The Pest: ARMS (Switch), Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (Xbox One)

 

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Written or Contributed by El Blanco

Humble Bazooka Episode 105: The Doomers’ Impressions on Four Player Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Humble Bazooka Episode 105: The Doomers' Impressions on Four Player Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

MARIO KART 8 DELUXE!

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Welcome to another episode of Humble Bazooka. Listen in and sound off in the comments.Show Topic: My family and I give our impressions of 4-player split screen Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch.In a break from tradition, this episode I have my family on to talk about our recent play time with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch. We played for about an hour and a half on Grand Prix and Battle Mode. We also dive into how the Joy-Cons feel and function in these modes. Listen in.

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Joe Golem is Back With More Pulpy, Supernatural Fun in Joe Golem The Outer Dark #1

In 2012, Mike Mignola (Hellboy, Lobster Johnson, Baltimore) teamed with Christopher Golden (The Myth, The Boys Are Back in Town) to co-create and co-author the novel Joe Golem and The Drowning City. The tale takes place in an alternate timeline Manhattan, which is currently under thirty feet of water.

Simon Church is a Victorian-era detective who is kept alive for more than a century via a complex combination of bio-mechanical magic, clockwork gears, spit, and shoelaces. His assistant, Joe Golem, has bizarre dreams that speak to him of a former life. He has visions of being mud and stone and hunting witches. Unfortunately, he can’t quite piece together his own origin.

Four years after the release of the illustrated novel, Mignola and Guest revisited The Drowning City with a five part prequel comic book miniseries, The Rat Catcher and The Sunken Dead.

Joe Golem The Outer Dark

Mignola’s latest book The Outer Dark takes place two years after Rat Catcher. Three Germans on a water taxi attack passengers and police. One of the Germans, Bodo Wegener, escapes after killing two people with his bare hands while screaming in German about the otherworldly voices in his head. The local detectives usually end up on Mr. Church’s stoop when things get a little too weird, and this case is definitely “Simon Church weird.”

Joe Golem — The Outer Dark Sports an All-Star Creative Team

Patric Reynolds (Aliens: Fire and Stone, Hellboy and the BPRD: 1954) did the art for Rat Catcher and is also the artist for this new series. Reynolds brings an aesthetic to the project that looks like it’s straight from a pulp mystery novel. The Drowning City doesn’t exactly look like a place I’d want to raise children but I’d definitely want to explore it in daylight.

Mignola and Golden give us a script that will appeal to fans of horror, pulp, noir, steampunk, monsters and magic. There is enough backstory that a new reader can easily pick up the series. However, if you haven’t already read The Rat Catcher and The Sunken Dead, I’d recommend picking up the hard copy. Readers of series like The Goon and The Damned will feel right at home with Joe Golem.

Marvel Comics & ResurrXion Spoilers: Cable #1 Sees Marvel Legacy Start With X-Men’s Timewalker Via Preview?

Cable is back with his own series for the X-Men under the ResurrXion banner helped by superstar creative team of writer James Robinson and artist Carlos Pacheco.

Cable, Nathan Summers, gets back to his Timewalker roots just as Marvel Comics begins to focus on its core characters and bringing them back to their roots as part of Marvel Legacy.

Marvel Comics and ResurrXion Spoilers for X-Men’s Cable #1 follow.

As this is Marvel, a few variants covers for Cable #1.

Cable’s ResurrXion journey starts in the late 1800’s.

So, do these preview and teaser pages intrigue you enough to pick up the issue?

A2Z Analysiz: WWE Extreme Rules 2010 (John Cena, Batista)

Extreme Rules 2010

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First Mainer Arena – Baltimore, Maryland – April 25, 2010

MATCH #1: Street Fight – Triple H vs. Sheamus

This is an interesting choice for an opener. Triple H’s music hits but he’s nowhere to be found. They cut backstage and Sheamus has attacked Triple H in the hallway! Sheamus assaults the Game with a lead pipe, cracking him across the skull with it.

Back in the arena the Unified Tag Team Champions, Big Show and the Miz, are making their way out. Jerry Lawler says they are not scheduled to be here right now. Miz is also the current U.S. Champion. He says Show-Miz is the greatest tag team in WWE history, and tomorrow night on Raw WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart will have to admit it. Miz then issues an open challenge. Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long comes out and is annoyed. He says if his chosen team beats Show-Miz tonight they will earn a future shot at the Unified Tag Team Titles. Miz talks more trash, so Long adds a second team to the challenge, and then a third. If any of the teams can beat the champs, they’ll get a title shot tomorrow on Raw.

MATCH #1: Gauntlet Match –Big Show & the Miz vs. R-Truth & John Morrison, MVP & Mark Henry, and the Hart Dynasty

Gauntlets are EXTREME! The first team is John Morrison & R-Truth, who lost to the champs in about three minutes at WrestleMania XXVI. Morrison and Miz start the match and Morrison gets a quick rollup for two. Miz tries to fight back with strikes but Morrison avoids him and bars the arm. Truth tags in and they hit a double hiptoss and a combination legdrop/standing shooting star press for two. Miz blocks an Irish whip and tags out. Show throws Truth around and chops him hard across the chest. Miz tags back in and hits a running kick to the face for two. Truth fights back with a heel kick to the jaw and both men are down. Tags are made and Morrison dropkicks Show but he doesn’t go down. Morrison goes to the second rope and Show grabs him by the throat but Morrison turns it into a modified triangle choke. For some reason Morrison won’t let go of the hold and the referee disqualifies him at 3:14.

Next up is MVP and Mark Henry, who battled Show and Chris Jericho when they were champions last fall. MVP runs right down to the ring and covers Show but he only gets two. Miz tags in and runs right into a clothesline for a one-count. MVP hits a snap suplex for two. Henry tags in and drills Miz with a headbutt. He charges into the corner but Miz avoids him. MVP tags back in as they continue to keep Miz isolated from Show, who is still recovering on the floor. Show makes his way back to the apron as MVP is Ballin’ for two. The referee loses control as MVP throws Show to the floor and hits the Playmaker on Miz. Unfortunately for him though, Show reaches through the ropes and hits the knockout punch. Miz covers for the pin at 1:56.

The final team is Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith, the Hart Dynasty, accompanied by Natalya and Bret Hart himself. They charge the ring and kick Show off the apron, and then hit Miz with the Hart Attack to get the pin at 0:12 (total match time 5:22). Yes, three tag team matches got a total of five minutes. The crowd popped for the Hart Dynasty, so they’re over. Why not put the belts on them on pay-per-view? Why not book a four-way and give it twice as much time instead of three short, meaningless matches?
Rating: *¾

MATCH #2: If CM Punk Loses, He Gets His Head Shaved – Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk

Punk slugs away at Mysterio right away and kicks him down in the corner. He tries to throw Mysterio to the floor but the masked man somersaults to avoid the bump, and then hits Punk with a headscissors to send him ribs-first into the apron. Back in the ring Mysterio goes for the 619 but can’t connect. Punk catches him in a powerslam for a two-count. Once again he throws Mysterio to the floor but this time he lands right on his chest. Serena comes over and takes a cheap shot behind the referee’s back. Punk goes out to the floor and kicks away. Back in the ring Punk locks on a headscissors and Mysterio fights out of it. Mysterio drills Punk with a kick to the head but only gets two. Punk fights back and Luke Gallows interferes from the floor behind the referee’s back. The Second City Saint hits Welcome to Chicago Motherfucker for two and then locks on a bow-and-arrow. Mysterio rolls that into a quick cover for two, and then Punk cuts him off with a clothesline for his own two-count. Punk continues on offense, keeping Mysterio grounded. He uses a Gory Special but Mysterio counters to an armdrag. Punk tries a powerbomb by Mysterio falls back on him for two-count. Mysterio delivers a headscissors that sends Punk’s face into the middle turnbuckle. He goes up top but Punk knocks him down. Punk goes for Go 2 Sleep but Mysterio counters it and gets Punk in position for the 619. Serena interferes right in front of the referee so he sends both her and Gallows to the back! While Punk is distracted, Mysterio dropkicks him down on the floor and hits a beautiful Asai Moonsault. Back in the ring Mysterio drops the dime but Punk kicks out at two. Mysterio continues on offense, hitting the seated senton, but when he tries the springboard cross body Punk dropkicks him out of the air for two. Punk hits the springboard flying clothesline for two. He goes for the Go 2 Sleep but Mysterio counters to a rana for a very close near-fall. Punk gets up and drills Mysterio with a kick to the head but it only gets two. Mysterio comes back and hits the 619, but a masked man pops up from under the ring and throws a chair into the ring. While the referee is distracted by the chair, the masked man grabs Mysterio and dumps him on his face on the floor. Punk pulls Mysterio back in the ring and hits the Go 2 Sleep to get the pinfall and save his hair at 15:59. I think it’s impossible for these two to have a bad match and this one was no exception.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #3: Strap Match – JTG vs. Shad

The larger and more powerful Shad takes the first advantage and touches two turnbuckles, but JTG comes back and whips him with the strap repeatedly. They play tug of war with each other as the crowd snores. JTG hits the diving leg lariat and touches three corners before Shad breaks it up with a slam. Shad then pulls JTG’s shoulder into the ring post and whips him with the strap. Back in the ring Shad wraps the strap and JTG’s own arm around his neck and starts touching the corners. Of course JTG is touching the corners at the same time. They tug of war again and JTG hits the Shout Out and touches the final corner to win at 4:42. That would have been better suited to TV.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #4: Extreme Rules Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Jack Swagger vs. Randy Orton

Swagger has been the champion since 4.2.10 and this is his second defense. He’s 2-3 since winning the title, so he wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire as champion. I think that’s a shame because I really like Swagger. They take it down to the mat to start, which is advantage Swagger. Orton fights back and knocks Swagger off the second rope and gets a one-count. He hits the Orton Backbreaker for two. Swagger powders and grabs a chair from under the ring. Orton joins him out there and unhands him. The champion tries to keep his distance from Orton, and then he sucker punches him and whips him into the barricade. Swagger hits a release Northern Lights Suplex out on the floor. Back in the ring Swagger continues to dominate. Orton fights back with punches but Swagger grabs him in a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Every time Orton tries to make a comeback Swagger is able to cut him off with a suplex or a slam. Swagger spends a lot of time stalling, and when he goes for the Swagger Bomb Orton recovers and hits him in the gut with the title belt. Orton goes on a flurry, but when he goes for the Orton DDT, Swagger backdrops him to the floor. Unfortunately for Swagger, when he tries to use a trash can, Orton takes it from him and smashes it over his skull. Orton repeatedly slams Swagger’s head into the announce table. He whips the champion into the ring steps, and then he stomps on Swagger’s head right on the same very steps. Back in the ring Orton executes the Orton Stomp. Orton goes for the knee drop but misses and Swagger rolls to the floor. Once again Swagger tries to use a chair and Orton takes it away from him. This time Orton hits the Orton DDT and signals for the RKO and the crowd is losing it. Orton sets up the chair and goes for the RKO but Swagger blocks it and Orton’s spine cracks on the chair. Swagger then picks Orton up in the gutwrench powerbomb to get the pin at 14:01. They started off a little slow but it got hot by the end, and Swagger went over squeaky clean.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: Street Fight – Triple H vs. Sheamus

Sheamus comes out and says that if Triple H is not man enough to come out and face him, the referee should award the match to him via forfeit. Against doctor’s orders, HHH makes his way out for the match! How is a street fight any different than an Extreme Rules match?

HHH wisely attacks Sheamus right away and sends him to the floor. He throws Sheamus around ringside and into the barricades. They make it back to the ring and HHH hits a spinebuster. HHH goes for the Pedigree but his arm is too injured to complete the move. He rolls to the floor and Sheamus follows him out to deliver an Axe Bomber. Sheamus continues to pound on the Game both in and out of the ring. He hits a neckbreaker out on the floor. Back in the ring HHH avoids a charge and send Sheamus’ shoulder into the ring post. HHH follows up with a DDT and both men are down. Back on their feet Sheamus hits the Irish Curse backbreaker for two. Sheamus follows up with a running powerslam for another two-count. HHH hits a facebuster but Sheamus counters by hitting him in the face with a lead pipe but HHH kicks out. He goes for Pale Justice but HHH avoids it and backdrops Sheamus to the floor! HHH goes out as well but Sheamus cuts him off and grabs a kendo stick. Sheamus runs right into a drop toehold and eats the steps. HHH picks up the stick and cracks it across Sheamus’ back multiple times. He goes for the Pedigree on the entrance ramp but Sheamus backdrops him! Sheamus then lands the Brogue Kick. Back in the ring Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick again. HHH gets back to his feet so Sheamus hits him with two more Brogue Kicks to get the pin at 15:49. It was slow in spots, but I like Sheamus’ relentless attack and the finish was perfect.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #6: Extreme Makeover Match for the Women’s Championship – Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix

McCool has been the champion since 2.26.10 and this is her first defense. She’s accompanied by Layla and Vickie Guerrero. The champion takes the first advantage but Phoenix counters with a cradle for two. Phoenix goes up to the second rope and hits a clothesline for another two-count. McCool tries to powder but the Glamazon will have none of it. Layla tries to interfere with a broom but Phoenix runs her off. McCool recovers and sprays hairspray in Phoenix’s eyes. She grabs an ironing board and throws it at Phoenix for a near-fall. Now the champ locks on a body scissors. McCool lets it go and tries to hit Phoenix with an iron but the cord isn’t long enough so Phoenix grabs a schoolgirl rollup for two. Phoenix can’t follow up though and McCool is right back in control. McCool goes to the floor to sample the weapons, and ends up going back to the ironing board. Phoenix dropkicks it back into her. Layla and Vickie try to hold Phoenix for McCool to spray hairspray in her eyes again but it backfires. Phoenix goes on a rampage and throws McCool around. Back in the ring Phoenix hits McCool with the bucket for a two-count. Phoenix sets McCool up on the top rope but gets thrown backwards onto the ironing board. McCool covers but only gets two. McCool goes for the Faith Breaker but Phoenix counters into the Glam Slam to get the pin and win the title at 6:36. That was solid if a little goofy.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #7: Steel Cage Match – Edge vs. Chris Jericho

Jericho stalls and tries to bring a chair into the cage but Edge cuts him off and throws him into the cage. Edge stalks Jericho, who is already trying to escape. It’s all Edge in the early going. Edge traps Jericho between the ropes and the cage and goes for a Spear but misses. Jericho hits the springboard dropkick, sending Edge crashing into the cage again. He follows up with a back suplex for two. Jericho works over the neck, and then runs into a back body drop that sends him into the cage. Edge hits a flapjack and a face plant for two. Jericho fights back with a bulldog but misses the Lionsault. He lands on his feet though and tries to escape. Edge joins him but Jericho takes him down right into the Walls of Jericho! I love that when Edge reaches the ropes the referee doesn’t make Jericho break the hold! Way to go Lil’ Naitch! Edge climbs out of the hold and rolls Jericho into the cage. He hits the Edge-o-Matic for two. Jericho tries the Walls again but Edge avoids it and hits a boot to the face. Edge sets up for the Spear and Jericho tries to scurry out the door! Jericho can’t escape but he does grab a steel chair. He slams the door on Edge’s head. Jericho almost walks out but he decides to go back in the cage and goes for a chair shot but Edge cuts him off with the Spear for two! Both men struggle back to their feet and Jericho hits a Codebreaker from out of nowhere. Edge kicks out at two. Jericho tries to escape over the top but Edge cuts him off, only to get crotched on the top rope. Once again Jericho climbs over but Edge stops him once again and drags him back in. They exchange punches on top of the cage and then climb down to the top rope. Jericho is able to surprise Edge with a springboard Super Codebreaker! That’s a great spot. Jericho can’t cover right away though, so Edge is able to kick out at two. He tries attacking with the chair but Edge thwarts him and starts whipping him into the cage. Jericho tries to escape but Edge pulls him back in again. Now Edge gets sadistic, as Jericho crawls toward the door and Edge slams it on his ankle. Edge continues attacking the ankle, and then hits the Spear to get the pin at 19:59. Cage matches aren’t the same as they used to be (in fact this match was a lot different from their cage match back in 2002), but this one was well done and the cage was smartly used.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship – John Cena vs. Batista

Cena has been the champion since 3.28.10 and this is his first defense. The champ starts off hot with a shoulder tackle and Batista powders. Back in the ring Cena hits another shoulder tackle and Batista bails again. Batista grabs a chair and tries to use it but Cena avoids it and hits the bulldog. Cena hits the Fisherman’s Suplex. He charges at Batista in the corner but runs right into a back elbow. Batista follows up with a boot to the face. The Animal works Cena over, attacking his leg with a steel chair. Batista hits a suplex and then goes right back to the knee. They take it to the floor and Cena reverses a whip, sending Batista into the steel steps. Both men recover and make their way back to the ring. Batista immediately clips the knee again and locks on a Figure-Four Leglock. Cena rolls it over but Batista quickly slips out. Both men get to their feet and clothesline each other. Back on their feet Cena fires up, hitting his signature offense. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and Batista rolls to the floor and grabs a wrench. When Cena comes after him Batista jams it into his midsection. Batista puts a chair in the ring, and when they get back in Cena grabs him and hits the Attitude Adjustment right on that chair, but Batista gets up at 9. Cena is on the top rope so Batista pushes the referee into the ropes to knock him down. Batista hits a Spear, and when Cena gets up Batista drills him with another one. Cena won’t stay down though, getting back to his feet at 8. Batista goes back out under the ring and this time brings in a table, which gets leaned against a corner. Cena is almost able to trap Batista in the STF but Batista kicks Cena back into the table! That’s a cool spot. Cena rolls to the floor and Batista rams him back-first into the steel post. Batista then whips Cena into the barricade and it explodes! The champ just will not stay down though, so Batista gets frustrated. The Animal sets up the steel steps and goes for the Batista Bomb, but Cena reverses it to the Attitude Adjustment through the announce table! Amazingly Batista makes it back to his feet! Matt Striker’s constant cheerleading for Batista is getting really annoying. Back in the ring Cena sets up a table and goes for another Attitude Adjustment but Batista counters it and hits a spinebuster through the table! Cena makes it back to his feet at 9. Batista hits a Batista Bomb but Cena gets up at 9! Now Batista brings the steel steps in the ring, but Cena is able to trap Batista in the STF! Cena chokes Batista out but he still won’t stay down. The champ gets desperate and pulls Batista groin-first into the steel post, and then grabs some duct tape and tapes Batista’s feet together! Batista is obviously not able to get to his feet, and Cena retains the title at 24:33! A lot of people complained about the finish, but I really think people just like to complain about whatever Cena does because I thought it was pretty clever. The match was a great power brawl and these two have amazing chemistry together.
Rating: ****

The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 7 Review: The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)

Kevin wrestles with his biggest issues in the excellent penultimate episode of The Leftovers. TV

This The Leftovers review contains spoilers.

The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 7

After everything we’ve seen, all of unimaginable grieving and bizarre supernatural occurrences, in its penultimate hour The Leftovers has revealed itself to be a love story at its core. Kevin’s inexplicable ability to cheat death and visit some fantasy adventure land of his own design has never been about him saving the world or delivering messages to dead loved ones, it’s always been about Kevin trying to fix his intimacy issues and urge to escape.

Going back to “International Assassin” territory for a third time would seem like a bold move, if not for the other ambitiously out-there episodes that have thrilled this season. It was amazing that such a quirky, symbolic detour of an episode would work in the first place, let alone three times. The return to Kevin Harvey’s world isn’t just a fun waste of time; it’s used to highlight Kevin’s depression. The place is where Kevin flees to when faced with his insecurities about letting himself be broken and vulnerable around the women he loves. Kevin’s fear of showing his real face and being rejected by his family is the very thing keeping him from his family, driving him to what is essentially suicide. Tonight, Kevin acknowledges his fear of Nora, a fear that speaks to just how much he loves her.

The return to the afterlife also serves to show us that The Book of Kevin and the great flood that is a part of its pages is all just a shared delusion of several of our characters. Kevin doesn't discover why Grace’s children weren’t wearing shoes, isn’t able to convince Evie that she was loved, and Christopher Sunday has no song to stop a flood. Those answers were never going to be there in the world that Kevin built to hide part of his heart. Our characters’ behavior isn’t any less insane or emotionally unhinged as any of the other grieving people of this world that have clung to some strange belief system. Kevin Sr. has to swallow the fact that he’s not special, not apart of any world saving mission; there is no flood. He, along with John and Grace, have to face the anniversary of the Sudden Departure and realize that no miracle event was ever going to fix them, just like everyone else.

I’m not even going to attempt to recap the events of the episode for my own sanity but I will say that I enjoyed Kevin splitting into two personalities and having to literally nuke his personal purgatory to ensure he’d end his self-destructive behavior. The fact that he also had to lean on Patty Levin to do so was a nice twist. Symbolically removing the key to destruction from his own heart was so gory that it was almost funny, and several parts, like the penis based biometrics, were legitimately hilarious. Add in appearances by almost every deceased character, and this episode had something for every fan of this series.

Kevin’s main takeaway from the whole ordeal is that he really screwed up his relationship with Nora. The answer to Kevin Sr.’s “Now what?” should logically be Kevin trying to track Nora down and keep her from incinerating herself (which she ironically requested in the episode’s cold open). Kevin destroying his slice of the afterlife would suggest that he’s finally ready to take a real shot at establishing a “home” with her, but is Nora going to be willing to forgive Kevin for the ugly things that he said? Will he even get to her in time? Also, we saw the older Nora in the season premiere, and she coldly denied even knowing Kevin, so that doesn't bode well for what may transpire between them. Hopefully we get an explanation for the Old Nora in general.

Surreal, symbolic, silly, and sorrowful, this was yet another fantastic episode of The Leftovers. It keeps getting harder and harder to think about saying goodbye to this show next week. A solid season finale could cement this an all-time great season of television, and like the characters on this show that I love, I have a strong personal belief that they’ll stick the landing. 


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