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Preview: Dynamite’s Red Sonja Rules Over an Ill-Fated World This February

Dynamite’s new series starring the scarlet-haired warrior kicks off in February 2019 with Red Sonja #1. The metal-bikini-clad bad ass is now the wartime ruler of a land on the brink of disaster. Readers will also find conquerors, prophecies, and vengeful sorceresses to round out the epic tale of magic, metal, and blood. The character […]

Comic Store In Your Future: The Price Of Pulling A Pull Box

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

A subject I have written about before has been coming back up recently. Over the years and currently, there have been plenty of articles about comic stores and the amount of comics people abandon in their pull boxes. Thousands of dollars worth at times. When I first opened, I was way too nice and did let people’s pull boxes at times get behind on. Then I became more business minded. I had plenty of customers who did not understand why they could not just wait for months and pick up their comics. We buy the comics. Then afterwards, if we just throw them in a pull box never to get purchased, that is a loss. As I have stated before, I believe stores would be better off without pull boxes. Pull boxes help defeat the collector mentality and defeats the mentality of making a trip to a comic store. People were quick to show up and worried about if they got Batman Damned #1 or not. It got them into the store. Some people had seen it available for sale that Wednesday, then came back after finding out it had gone up to $50 online. At times people with pull boxes decide they do not want to spend the money so they just put off getting them. A weekly trip might cost them $20. The person stops coming for a month, that is then up to $80 and that is just too much to spend at once in some people’s mind, so they stop coming in all together.

How do we handle pull boxes now?

The pull boxes rules here are explained to everyone who starts one here. We contact people after a month of not seeing them. Most of the time, we never hear anything back. People just abandon them. I then put them on the shelf and sigh about all the reordered issues I did not need to order when I had them here, because a person who had me hold comics for them decided it was alright just to screw me over. Because, make no mistake, that is pretty crappy to ignore calls and or emails after asking for comics to be held.

My belief is if a person does not make it into a comic store at least once a month for a grand total of twelve times a year then comic book collecting is not for them.

Five weeks is the cut off before putting comics back from an abandon pull box. I have had people show up after that upset with me that we did it. This may sound harsh but I do not care. Not returning a call and saying anything because they “forgot” we called is not an excuse. I have had people come in, sign up with us for pull boxes for comics, letting me know they were upset with their previous store because the store had sold “their” comics they had in a pull box. I ask a few basic questions. How long did you wait? The answer is always over a month. Did you try to contact them? No. I then end up defending the other store. How were they supposed to know you were going to show up sometime if at all? Why did you not contact them? Always no answer to that one.

A new issue we have run into, is people who have abandoned their pull box and after time starting up a new pull box. Meaning they were done, never returned any of my calls and I figured we would never see them again and their pull boxes were cancelled after not hearing anything back. And then months, or even years later, they came back in during when an employee was working that was not here when they abandoned their pull box and believe they are brand new, so they get a pull box started up again. I myself recently had a person who abandoned comics in their pull box, try to hold comics here again. I told them no. I was also the one who cancelled the pull box because to lose money on a person is foolish. I directly talked to him about all this. I told him just to get the comics off the shelf from here on out. I came in roughly a week later and saw the person had come back and had an employee hold comics for them. I was not happy. I put them back on the shelf. I saw him next time and told him that. It is not okay to cost other people money. Even when I lost my job when I was shopping at Dragonfire Comics, I got all my comics in my pull box and stopped my pull list. I let them know what happened. Ironically, for most of my time shopping with them, I just showed up for years on Wednesday and got my comics. Then I finally started a pull list, and then I lost my job. I personally did not like pull lists as a customer. I enjoy looking through the various comics on the shelf. A pull box is skipping a step in seeing what all is offered for comics in my humble opinion.

If comic pull boxes are so bad why do stores do it? Because it is a “service” that other stores offer. If we don’t offer it then people will go somewhere else where is the theory.

Fact. The comics are the store’s until someone purchases them. It is that simple. I have learnt long ago what one says and does are often two different things.

People will get mad at a comic store. They will leave negative feedback online. Though that is the cost of staying open. That is something I have learnt. Be the world’s nicest person and go out of business or tell people there are rules and they need to be followed and not be as well liked. I choose the later.

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DC Comic Universe & Suicide Squad #49 Spoilers: Who Is The Surprise Big Bad Heading Into The Suicide Squad #50 Series Finale?

DC Comic Universe and Suicide Squad #49 Spoilers follows.

Who Is The Surprise Big Bad Heading Into The Suicide Squad #50 Series Finale?

The Vets attack and…

…Amanda Waller is corrupted…

…turning on the Suicide Squad…

…heading into SS #50 out on January 16, 2019.

Comics Depot of Saratoga Springs to Close in a Week’s Time

Comic book store The Comics Depot of Saratoga Springs is closing as of 21st of December with a goodbye gathering on 22 December. Things like this probably didn’t help…


But after the passing of Darren Carrara, co-owner of the Comic Depot on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, after 13 years of ownership two years ago from cancer, the store is to close. His widow, Kristi Carrara posted on Facebook,

The time has come, my friends, for the Comic Depot to close its doors on December 22nd. Although we were hoping for a buyer so that the store could continue, I think we can all say that the Comic Depot isn’t the same without Darren. His presence added something to the business that can never be replaced.

I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for Darren, myself and our kids. The Comic Depot community has truly been like family to us. And although I’m sad that the store will close, I take comfort in knowing that the community Darren built will live on through every friendship that was formed as a result of him. A special thank you to Chris, Lowell, Arin and Grady who have stuck with us until the end. Not sure how I would have made it through without you guys.❤

Rather than end on a sad note, we’re going to close the store the way Darren would have liked. Join us for beer and pizza on 12/22 as we say our last goodbyes and celebrate Darren’s life.

We had a good run.

Peace to you all,
Kristi

With a reminder,

Dear Subscribers, As we come to an end I ask that all of you get in the shop as soon as possible to get the rest of your books. Last day of sales will be 12/22, the day of our party. When Darren passed he didn’t have anything to leave the kids aside from the shop so every little bit helps. Please come get your books.
Also anyone who has a gift certificate please come use it asap.
Thank you
-Chris

And an event for December 22nd,

A Depot farewell party for the ages. Everyone is welcome, there will be pizza and drinks and laughter for all. Meet up and share some stories with the rest of the group!

Our sympathies and commiserations to all. But wisheds for a great end-of-store party.

Bleeding Cool covers the closing – and opening – of comic book stores. We’re more likely to discover the former rather than the latter as the result of an active fanbase, so please let us know when a new store in your neighbourhood is opening: richjohnston@gmail.com

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Previewing Scholastic’s Summer 2019 books – with new Raina Telgemeier and Jeff Smith

  Scholastic sent out their Summer 2019 catalog this week, and as they are the #1 graphic novel publisher in the US, I thought you might like to see their lead offerings – with a few bonus preview pages even. Leading the way, Raina Telgemeier and Jeff Smith, but also…Bruce Lee.  And Scott Morse, whom […]

One Outlet Predicts Apple Will Purchase Sony Pictures In 2019

One Outlet Predicts Apple Will Purchase Sony Pictures In 2019

The content wars are upon us! Forget about the past century-plus of content moviegoers and TV viewers have enjoyed. With the new landscape of entertainment, s**t is about to get real in 2019. In addition to the changes in the way films are being viewed, the year will also kick off the next stage of the streaming wars.

Continue reading One Outlet Predicts Apple Will Purchase Sony Pictures In 2019 at lrmonline.

Introducing Jellybean! – Riverdale S3E9 Outbreak Recap

Fizzle Rocks have invaded Riverdale and from the looks of it everyone is hooked. Moose and Kev are chugging them and making out in school. People from scene to scene are giggling. You know it’s weird when Reggie looks like the most sober character. Walking down the halls of school, a group of Vixens including […]

More Stan Lee ‘Black Armband’ Cover Tributes From Marvel

We’ve been cataloguing the Marvel Comics titles that will be featuring a black banner tribute to Stan Lee’s life across the top of their covers, with a black back cover, running through December and January. Here are some new dates and new issues for the planned rollout.

ON SALE 12/19/18

• The Amazing Spider-Man #12
• Black Panther vs. Deadpool #3
• Captain America #6
• Champions Annual #1
• The Defenders: The Best Defense #1
• Domino #9
• Exiles #11
• Extermination #5
• Iceman #4
• Infinity Wars #6
• Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1
• Killmonger #2
• The Life of Captain Marvel #5
• Marvel Knights 20th #4
• Old Man Hawkeye #12
• The Punisher #5
• Runaways #16
• Season’s Beatings #1
• Shuri #3
• Spider-Geddon #5
• Thor #8
• Tony Stark: Iron Man #7
• Uncanny X-Men #6
• Weapon H #11
• West Coast Avengers #6

ON SALE 12/26/18

• The Fantastic Four #5
• The Superior Spider-Man #1
• Uncanny X-Men #7
• X-Force #1

ON SALE 01/02/19

• Champions #1
• Deadpool #8
• The Immortal Hulk #11
• Infinity Wars: Infinity #1
• Killmonger #3
• The Man Without Fear #1
• Marvel Knights 20th #5
• Mr. and Mrs. X #7
• Shatterstar #4
• Uncanny X-Men #8
• The Unstoppable Wasp #4
• Winter Soldier #2

ON SALE 01/09/19

• Avengers #12
• Black Order #3
• Domino 10 #
• Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1
• Iceman #5
• Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2
• The Punisher #6
• Thor #9
• The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #40
• Uncanny X-Men #9
• Web of Venom: Venom Unleashed #1
• X-23 #8

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Neal Adams Challenges Roy Thomas Over Captain Marvel Credentials

Recently Bleeding Cool ran a missive from Roy Thomas, regarding Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame.

His collaborator on the Kree/Skrull storyline which will be appearing in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, Neal Adams, wanted to put a few things straight, a few decades later. We reproduce Neal’s letter in full below:


Dear Rich,

Word is kind of getting around that Roy Thomas, my great dialoguing partner, and John Buscema, had something to do with the creating of the Kree Skrull War concept at Marvel.

First, of course, the great John Buscema had nothing to do with the story. He took over art chores after I had to bow out because of difficulties I ran into with Roy.

I had agreed to work at Marvel with Stan Lee only if I could work the commonly known “Marvel Method”.

As most in the industry know the Marvel Method is; the artist creates/writes the story, leaves notes, that guide the dialoguer, as to what’s happening in the story. That was the only condition under which I would do work at Marvel, that I explained to Stan Lee, and Stan agreed 100%, and that never changed. (Even when I drew and wrote a two-part Thor story with Stan, a bit later.

Stan asked, since he was so busy, would I work with his new assistant, Roy Thomas, as dialoguer. I agreed, since Roy had a literary background, and seemed to be doing a good job. We proceeded. I wrote 10 or 11 issues of X-Men, Roy dialogued them, with no interference as to the story, and I then switched to Avengers, and I decided to do the Kree-Skrull Wars.

Roy dialogued it, and according to my agreement with Stan, Roy never wrote a script, nor an outline, or even notes to me, in any way. I was free to work the Marvel Method to do the Kree Skrull War.

People should gain credit for what they do, but not gain credit for what they do not do, what-ever the reason.

I was totally in charge of the story, and there is not one word of writing from any editorial person that gave me any direction.

Let’s keep the record straight. This is not an argument.  I have no argument with anyone.  This is simply a statement of facts. I love the dialoging that Roy did, (except in the case of the title of the first book, which I suggested be “Three cows shot me down”, and Roy changed to “Beachhead Earth ”.

(If further explanation is needed, just contact me.)

Neal Adams

Opening salvo of a Kree/Skrull war of a very different type?

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A Wave Blue World’s Feel Good Anthology All We Ever Wanted Hits the Road on a Signing Tour

We can all use a little optimism these days. That’s what A Wave Blue World’s anthology All We Ever Wanted is all about. With 24 stories by notable creators such as Howard Mackie, Matt Miner, Eric Palicki, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Ryan Lee, Liana Kangas, Matt LeJeune, and many, many more, the book is filled with hopeful […]

Aquaman Director James Wan Wanted To Reboot Blade

Aquaman Director James Wan Wanted To Reboot Blade

Since bursting onto the scene in 2004 as the director and co-writer of the highly successful  Saw, filmmaker James Wan made a name for himself in the horror genre. Since then, he’s been the creative force behind such titles as Dead SilenceDeath Sentence, the Insidious franchise, The Conjuring films, the Annabelle films and The Nun.

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DC Comics Universe & Titans #31 Spoilers: Green Lantern Kyle Rayner Gets Roped In By The Red?

DC Comics Universe and Titans #31 Spoilers follows.

Green Lantern Kyle Rayner Gets Roped In By The Red?

We get a brief run through Green Lantern Kyle Rayner’s origin and milestone events in his life.

He then brings the Titans back to Earth and the Hall of Justice.

While there, he and the Titans witness Beast Boy / Changling be taken over by The Red, the opposite of the Green Behind Swamp Thing, and it asks for help from impending threat it seems of Sister Blood.

That means Kyle Rayner may sticking around in this series…

…longer than he expected or wanted?!

YEN PRESS March 2019 Solicitations

ALICE IN MURDERLAND, SWORD ART ONLINE, RE:ZERO, and more.

YEN PRESS March 2019 Solicitations

ALICE IN MURDERLAND, SWORD ART ONLINE, RE:ZERO, and more.

CAOS: A MIDWINTER’S TALE Opens New Doors to Sabrina’s Past & Introduces Powerful New Forces

Bright Solstice, witches!

Marvel Comics to Reprint Avengers #11, Venom #9 and Uncanny X-Men #4

Marvel Comics has only sent three comic books back to the printers for second prints after they have sold out from the publisher and distributor – though first printing may still be found in store.

Here are the three this week… all out on the 7th January 2019.

  • AVENGERS #11 2ND PTG
  • VENOM #9 2ND PTG
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #4 2ND PTG

AVENGERS #11
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
THE AVENGERS WORLD TOUR COMES TO A SHATTERING CONCLUSION!
To deal with the fallout from last month’s world-shaking issue #700, the Avengers organize an international super hero summit, gathering heroes from the most powerful nations on Earth. But no one was expecting the shocking new representatives of the United States. The world is about to become a far more dangerous place. Especially for the Avengers. Plus Hulk and Thor try to go on a date. Rated T+In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

VENOM #9
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman, J. P. Mayer
• The smash hit of the summer continues with…
•  VENOM NO MORE?!
•  ‘Nuff said! Rated T+In Shops: Dec 05, 2018 SRP: $3.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #4
(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Pere Perez (CA) Elizabeth Torque
X-MEN DISASSEMBLED CONTINUES!
Just when things didn’t look like they could get worse… The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And…a return to the AGE OF APOCALYPSE? The weekly epic that threatens to leave the X-Men in tatters rolls on toward its explosive conclusion! Rated T+In Shops: Dec 05, 2018 SRP: $3.99

No new covers yet, but here’s a bunch from last week’s second printings

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CAMPBELL, ARTGERM, NAKAYAMA, More Join CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 Variants

14 covers and counting.

CAMPBELL, ARTGERM, NAKAYAMA, More Join CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 Variants

14 covers and counting.

AQUAMAN Spoilers – Take A Deep Dive Into All Of The Standout Moments And Reveals

With James Wan's Aquaman set to swim into US theaters very soon, we're taking a closer look at all of the major plot developments and reveals in the King of Atlantis' first solo outing. Beware of spoilers.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/14/18: A word about our Best Comics

Let's get serious for a moment - and whatever happened to Mark Armstrong?

JZ Says: ROH Final Battle 2017 (Dalton Castle, Cody)

Hammerstein Ballroom – New York City, NY – Friday, December 15, 2017

Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana are on commentary.

~PRESHOW MATCH #1~
The Dawgs (Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara) defeat Cheeseburger & Delirious). Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman are on commentary here. It’s fun to see Delirious in the ring every so often. The rest of these guys, meh. This follows the tag team formula, with Delirious playing Ricky Morton. Some of the stuff Ferrara and Titus do looks a little goofy, but I like that they’re trying out all kinds of stuff on the preshow, because why not? Delirious plays Ricky Morton, and eventually makes the hot tag to Cheeseburger and he’s flame broiled. The referee loses control and tag rules become merely a suggestion. The Dawgs get Delirious alone and hit him with a spiked gourdbuster to get the pin. This had a lot of energy and was a good execution of tag formula. I didn’t expect to like this.
Rating: ***

~PRESHOW MATCH #2~
Jonathan Gresham defeats Josh Woods. Riccaboni and Coleman on commentary again. Woods was the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner. They shake hands to start and immediately start chain wrestling. Both guys do some cool stuff, but Gresham is a little bit quicker and he uses that to his advantage. When Woods can utilize more strikes, he’s’ much more successful. In the end, Gresham utilizes a beautiful cradle to keep Woods down for the three-count. I really liked this a lot. Both men got a chance to shine and worked well with each other. Great preshow match.
Rating: ***¼

~MATCH #1~
Matt Taven (w/ TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia) defeats Will Ospreay at 10:58. Both men hit dives to the floor within the first 1130 seconds of the match. Startin’ off hot tonight! Back in the ring the pace stays quick as Ospreay gets the crowd hype. Taven distracts the referee, allowing O’Ryan and Marseglia to interfere, a lot. Taven controls a bulk of the action, keeping Ospreay grounded and fighting off his aerial attacks. Ospreay gets a nice flurry of offense towards the end, but Taven catches him with the Climax to get the pin. This was probably the right choice to open the show, as Ospreay always riles up the crowd, and Taven gets a big win by going over him mostly clean.
Rating: ***

~MATCH #2~
War Machine (Hanson & Raymond Rowe) defeat The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) at 9:35. These teams have battled each other for a while now, so they’re ready to fight without the usual feeling-out process. War Machine controls the early going, but the crafty veteran team of Daniel and Kazarian use their knowledge and wiles to take control. The referee is very lenient with his five-count here. In the end, War Machine tap Daniels in the ring alone and hit Fallout to get the win. Good action, clean finish. I’ll take it.
Rating: ***¼

~MATCH #3
Jay Lethal defeats Marty Scurll at 15:55. Scurll challenged Lethal to this match and tried to goad him into bringing back more of his heel tactics. Both men wrestle with aggression in the early going, and successfully give the impression that they straight up do not like each other. That usually makes for a good time. They alternate fighting inside and outside the ring, and they keep the crowd with them either way. Scurll attacks Lethal’s arm to set up for the Crossface Chicken Wing. The referee gets knocked out of position and Scurll brings a chair in the ring. Scurll tries to pull an Eddie Guerrero, but Lethal one ups him by wrapping the chair around his head and laying down before referee Todd Sinclair turns around. Sinclair questions Scurll, but they just get rid of the chair and pretend it didn’t happen. Scurll then introduces an umbrella, and when the referee gets rid of it, he pulls out a second one and hits Lethal with it behind his back. After more umbrella shenanigans, Lethal kicks Scurll low. Lethal then hits the Lethal Injection to get the pin. Terrific match here and a great dynamic between them. Scurll could’ve used the win here, but it gives them something to come back to and I like that too.
Rating: ***¾

~MATCH #4~
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) defeat Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) at 10:20 to retain the titles. The Guns have been the Champs since 9.22.17, and this is their seventh defense. They start off with a lot of cute spots sprinkled in with fast-paced action in and out of the ring. After furious non-stop action, Sabin traps Beretta in a jackknife cradle to get the flash pin. That was mostly enjoyable, but nothing really went anywhere, and the finish was weak.
Rating: **¾

~MATCH #5~
Silas Young (w/ The Beer City Bruiser) defeats ROH World Television Champion Kenny King, Punishment Martinez, and Shane Taylor in a Four Corner Survival Elimination Match to win the title at 17:25. King has been the Champion since 9.22.17, and this is his sixth defense. They start off slowly, with all four men trying to establish a rhythm early on. The crowd gets pretty hype for Taylor and Martinez to fight. Taylor is the first to go, after King hits him with a Royal Flush, and Martinez follows with Asai Twisting Senton to get the pin. King and Young work together for a bit on Martinez, but when Young gets the opportunity, he hits King in the head with a beer bottle behind the referee’s back to eliminate the Champion. Martinez looks poised to eliminate Young after a South of Heaven Chokeslam, but Bruiser pulls Young to the floor to avoid getting pinned. With a bit of help from the Bruiser, Young gets Martinez in Misery to score the pin and win his first title in ROH. Tons of action here and a good showcase for four guys ROH should figure out how to elevate.
Rating: ***½

~MATCH #6~
The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) defeat Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer at 16:30 in a New York Street Fight. Bully and Dreamer come in from the crowd and it’s a big brawl outside the ring right away. The crowd LOVES Tommy Dreamer and ECW here. They mix in some “comedy” spots in with the usual hardcore stuff. Bully gets busted open. Eventually, Bully gets laid out on a table and Mark hits the Froggy ‘Bow to get the pin. Typical hardcore stuff but it got the crowd going and added variety to the card, so I don’t hate it.
Rating: **½

~MATCH #7~
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Hung Bucks (Hangman Page, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeat Dragon Lee, Flip Gordon & Titan at 15:11 to retain the titles. Scorpio Sky joins the commentary team for this one. Page and the Bucks have been the Champions since 8.20.17, and this is their seventh defense. They’re held under “Bullet Club Rules” though, so several different trios have combined for those defenses. This should easily be the fastest-paced match this evening. The champs slow it down a little but, but there’s always something happening. The focus of this match seems to be getting Flip Gordon over, which seems to be working. As predicted, this one is non-stop action with a hot crowd getting into everything. In the end, the Hung Bucks capture Gordon and Titan in the Indie-Taker/Rite of Passage combo to get the pin. This was a lot of fun to watch, but Gordon’s partners seemed entirely inconsequential, which is a shame.
Rating: ***½

After the match, Sky goes to check on his friend Gordon, but then The Addiction come running out and they take out the Hung Bucks. Sky then turns on Gordon.

~MATCH #8~
Dalton Castle (w/ The Boys) defeats ROH World Champion Cody (w/ Brandi Rhodes) at 12:55 to win the title. Cody has been the Champion since 6.23.17, and this is his seventeenth defense. Castle has the early advantage, countering all of Cody’s attempted attacks. Brandi interferes to give her husband control of the match. They fight outside the ring, and Cody powerbombs Castle through one of the ringside tables. Cody tries to use a chair and one of The Boys pulls the chair out of his hands. Brandi then climbs to the top rope and takes out both Boys with a flying body press! The referee then ejects Brandi and both Boys. Castle comes back an rams Cody into the barricade, busting him open. Cody is bleeding heavily here. Late in the match, referee Todd Sinclair gets knocked out, and Castle traps Cody in a submission right away. Unfortunately, the referee does not see Cody tap out. Cody hits Cross-Rhodes, and Castle kicks out! Castle comes back and hits the Bang-A-Rang to get the pin! Dalton Castle is the ROH World Champion! The crowd pops huge for that, since they love Castle and a title change was not widely expected here. Like most of Cody’s matches, the buildup was good, and the heat was great, but the match was just so-so.
Rating: ***

JZ Says
A memorable main event caps off a very enjoyable show with very few low points. Nothing reached a special level of “must-see,” except Castle winning the ROH World Title, of course.

Marvel Comics Universe & March 2019 Solicitations Spoilers: What Is The Post Uncanny X-Men Disassembled Series For X-Force Stalwart Domino: Hotshots?

Marvel Comics Universe and March 2019 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

What Is The Post Uncanny X-Men Disassembled Series For X-Force Stalwart Domino: Hotshots?

Marvel reports:

    Domino Assembles Her Squad in ‘Domino: Hotshots #1’

    Gail Simone and David Baldeon return for more mutant adventures with Domino and her new crew!

    Just in case you were looking for more mayhem with Marvel’s luckiest mutant, you’re, well, in luck! Coming in March 2019, the creative team behind DOMINO will continue their collaboration next year with DOMINO: HOTSHOTS, which will see Domino form her own crew of international women with outstanding skillsets. Writer Gail Simone and artist David Baldeon had a huge hit last year with Domino’s solo title and will keep things rolling in a five-issue limited series with Outlaw and Diamondback as well as Black Widow, White Fox, and Atlas Bear…

    …Series editor Chris Robinson said, “Is it just me or is it getting hot in here? Marvel’s greatest femmes fatale assembled for a very specific mission (if they don’t kill each other first, natch)!”

    R. B. Silva created the cover featuring the whole group.

Interesting.

Chris Bachalo on Amazing Spider-Man #14 and Other Marvel Comics Ch-Ch-Changes

A few more twists to upcoming solicits from Marvel Comics, as editors bring on other artists to help get books out of the door on time.

Avengers #12 will be now drawn by Cory Smith, in addition to the previously solicited Ed McGuinness.

Domino #10 will now be drawn by Alberto Alburquerque, Anthony Piper and Michael Shelfer in addition to the previously solicited David Baldeon.

Web Of Venom Unleashed #1 will now be drawn by Juan Gedeon, in addition to the previously solicited Kyle Hotz.

Asgardians Of The Galaxy #5 will now be drawn by Luca Maresca, in addition to the previously solicited Matteo Lolli and Stephanie Hans.

Amazing Spider-Man #14 will be drawn entirely by Chris Bachalo, instead of the previously solicited Ryan Ottley.

AVENGERS #12
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness, Cory Smith (CA) Alan Davis
FEATURING THE IRON FIST OF 1,000,000 BC!
ANDREA SORRENTINO JOINS SERIES WRITER JASON AARON another flashback tale of the Prehistoric Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Meet the primordial woman who was the first to harness the power of the heart of the dragon Shou-Lao, becoming the very first Iron Fist. Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 09, 2019 SRP: $3.99

DOMINO #10
(W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon, Alberto Alburquerque, Anthony Piper, Michael Shelfer (CA) Lim, Gang Hyuk
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
•  You saw her on the silver screen, now Domino’s live and direct from the Mojoverse!
•  Can you guess which special guest is along for the ride?
•  The answer’s a real long shot…
Parental Advisory In Shops: Jan 09, 2019 SRP: $3.99

WEB OF VENOM UNLEASHED #1
(W) Ryan Stegman (A) Kyle Hotz, Juan Gedeon (CA) Ryan Stegman
From the illustrator of the blockbuster series of the summer comes the next epic installment in the WEB OF VENOM – a journey from the symbiote’s perspective through Eddie’s old haunts in San Francisco. It might not like what it finds…
Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 09, 2019 SRP: $4.99

ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Matteo Lolli, Stephanie Hans, Luca Maresca (CA) Dale Keown, Jason Keith
RAGNAROK IS HERE!
It’s the final battle for Earth as the Asgardians take on Nebula’s full armada! But the undead may be the least of their problems. Just want is their supposed ally Loki up to now? Don’t miss the end of the first thrilling arc!
Rated T+In Shops: Jan 16, 2019 Final Orders Due: Dec 17, 2018 SRP: $3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Chris Bachalo (CA) Ryan Ottley
• You know what’s annoying? Having to save J. Jonah Jameson’s life.
•  Sure, he’s been on Spidey’s side for a little while, but that’s after YEARS of him making Spider-Man’s life a living heck.
•  I feel like this amount of responsibility should come with even more power.
•  Anyway, who, other than most of New York, would want to punish J. Jonah Jameson?
Rated T In Shops: Jan 30, 2019 Final Orders Due: Jan 07, 2019 SRP: $3.99

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Web Arted #339

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Ayers, Kirby, Anderson, Frazetta, McLaughlin, Gulacy.

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DC Comics Universe & Hawkman #7 Spoilers: Hawkman Is Silver Surfer? Secret Origin Unveiled! Deathbringers Path Leads To Superman’s Planet Krypton & It’s Hawkman Catar-Ol?!

DC Comics Universe and Hawkman #7 Spoilers follows.

Hawkman Is Silver Surfer? Secret Origin Unveiled! Deathbringers Path Leads To Superman’s Planet Krypton and It’s Hawkman Catar-Ol?!

The issue reveals the secret origin of Hawkman who in modern times is being chased by the Deathbringers.

In fact, in his past…

…he was a Deathbringer…

…finding planets for their leader to feast on! Similar to what Marvel’s Silver Surfer did for Galactus.

Hawkman rebels after getting tired of all the death; he’s also followed from death scene to death scene by presumably the future red headed Hawkwoman.

Hawkman escapes the cult and traps their leader…

…and somehow gains the reincarnation ability we know him to have.

The book ends in modern day teasing…

…a Superman of a Hawkman.

    Hawkman #8
    (W) Robert Venditti (A/CA) Bryan Hitch

    Next stop: Krypton! As Hawkman’s intergalactic road trip continues, the next location on his itinerary is the ruins of Krypton, the alleged location of the super-weapon that will help him stop the Deathbringers. There, he’s suddenly whisked away to Krypton’s final moments and meets his past-life predecessor, Catar-Ol. Hawkman tries to learn the final fate of the super-weapon, but the planet goes boom before Carter can get the goods. Looks like it might be time for Plan B…

    In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
    Final Orders Due: Dec 17, 2018

    SRP: $3.99

Ineteresting.

Marvel Comics Universe & Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 Spoilers & Review: I’ll Take Rhino Front & Center Before More Spider-Geddon!

Marvel Comics Universe and Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 Spoilers and Review follows.

I’ll Take Rhino Front and Center Before More Spider-Geddon!

Miles Morales, formerly of the Ultimate Universe, now the kid Spider-Man in the main Marvel universe…

…stumbles on a robbery by little people?!

Before he can get his bearings, Spider-Man is attacked by Amazing Spider-Man older Peter Parker foil the Rhino aka the Russian national Aleksei Sytsevich.

The battle and…

…when Spider-Man’s webbing isn’t enough he uses his, um, Super Venom Blast…

…which did the trick. However, the heist isn’t Rhino’s?! He’s looking for his niece and…

…to end the book, we learn that small people are brainwashed kids?

Next up is issue #2.

The Pulse:

AMAZING art from pencils to colors plus a truly entertaining, action-packed with the feel of originality. Plus Rhino! 9 out of 10.

Spain’s SmackDown Report and Review for December 11th 2018: God Rest Ye, Merry Tables, Ladders and Chairs

My government’s collapsing in on itself, and I have a cold that’s actively trying to murder me. Watching SmackDown seems like the best use of my time.

Holy shit, it’s Daniel Bryan vs. Mustafa Ali tonight. One of the greastest wrestlers of all time up against my adorable Pakistani cinnamon roll. I was super-excited for Charlotte/Asuka II, but this show looks like it set out to under-promise and over-deliver. And I know Ali needs to get his moment in the sun with the Cruiserweight Championship, but I can only hope that this leads to a main roster run.

Bryan’s going to make you all support climate change if it’s the last thing he’ll do

Bryan himself arrives, and he immediately apologises for calling the people sheep last week. By which he means he wants to apologise to the sheep, because working from a book of insults written in 1875 is also clearly a part of his heel shtick. This segues into him denouncing humanity for their horrific damage to the environment, which of course leads to these people booing him. It’s moments like this that really depress me.

Bryan says that the old Daniel Bryan is dead, then mocks everyone for supporting the outstanding wrestler and terrible husband/father, AJ Styles. He promises to crush Styles’ dreams at TLC and remain WWE Champion. The crowd sounds sceptical, like they don’t know how competent booking works, and Bryan says that he doesn’t know whether they’re stupid or willfully ignoring facts.

Mustafa Ali arrives to put a stop to this arrogant member of the liberal elite talking down to these good-hearted, simple folk, but before he can say anything, Bryan says he’s very familiar with Ali and invites him into the ring. He tells Ali that he’s an incredible performer, and that he sees a lot of himself in Mustafa. To be honest, if Bryan revealed himself to be Muslim right now, the crowd would probably lynch him. He tells Ali that they don’t need to have the match tonight, as these people won’t even remember it in a few weeks and that they don’t deserve it. You shut your trash mouth, Mister Bryan.

Ali looks shocked and asks what happened to Bryan, former hero of the cruiserweights. He says that the old Daniel Bryan would want a fight, and that’s what Ali wants too. I have to say, I do like the attitude of WWE superstars towards their heroes: don’t just meet them, but beat the fuck out of them to prove that you’re better than them now. Bryan deflects, asking Ali what kind of car he drives. False: Mustafa Ali leaps from building to building like a sexier shirtless Spiderman.

Ali says that he has an SUV, which he needs for his wife and two kids, and Bryan slaps him a bunch of times, either for unnecessary gas consumption or reproducing. Ali fights back, eventually hurricanrana-ing Bryan out of the ring and diving out onto him before we go to a commercial break.

Amazing how you can have an actual Pakistani wrestler and not make him a terrorist now

When we return, Bryan is beating on Ali, kicking away at him in the corner. Daniel dodges a leapfrog, levelling Ali with another couple of kicks. Bryan then shifts to the submission game, wrenching back on Ali’s neck and head, making the cruiserweight scream in pain. More kicks smash into Mustafa, but he ducks the last, hitting a volley of superkicks to the back and head of Bryan, lowkey trying to cripple the man on live television, but Bryan is able to gain control on the outside, hurling Ali into the steel post as we go to another break.

We come back to Ali in the Yes Lock, following a Spanish Fly. Who the fuck is in charge of these commercials? Ali reaches the ropes, breaking the hold, and Bryan locks him up in the Tree of Woe before using him as a pinata. Running dropkick slams into Ali’s face, then Bryan goes for a back superplex. Ali rolls out of the move in mid-air, reaching his feet as Daniel crashes to the mat.

Bryan misses a running dropkick, crashing into the turnbuckle, and then Ali smacks away at the WWE Champion. Bryan flips over Ali’s head, but gets caught with a massive tornado DDT for two. Ali ascends to the top rope, but the 054 misses, allowing Bryan to whack his legs off the turnbuckle again and again. Bryan continues his assault on the leg, hitting a bunch of chopblocks before locking in the heel hook, forcing the tap.

Good match, if one which mostly took place during commercials. Bryan’s heel hook finisher is very fitting for his new persona, but it’s nice to see he still uses the Yes Lock. 3 Stars.

And Bryan keeps attacking Ali on the entrance ramp, most of which is missed due to the commentators talking up TLC. Seriously: what gives with tonight’s editing?

Sheamus and Cesaro are either committing or deserve a hate crime

And now it’s time for a rap battle. Maybe one of the teams will talk about Xavier Woods having sex with Paige again in a fit of slut-shaming; it’s almost Christmas, after all. The New Day are here to host, and they are joined by the Usos and the Bar. Quick question: if you looked at both of those teams, which would you assume would win a rap battle?

The New Day immediately mention the previous rap battle, with Woods giving the Usos a dirty look. Well, looks like I got what I wanted out of this. The Bar are up first, and I don’t have the words to describe what happens next. And I’m fucking amazing at words, according to a PhD panel. I think the saddest thing about all of this is that RAW still has the inferior Tag Division.

The Usos give a pretty decent attempt. Or maybe not; rap is not exactly my area of expertise. Still, they get a hell of a lot of pop culture and old wrestling references in, so I have to respect that. The Bar attack, but immediately get thrown out of the ring. The Usos and the New Day briefly think about going at it, but this gives the Bar their window; they dive back into the ring and clear out all the competition.

This was just weird, but I’d crawl through broken glass to watch the PPV match that comes of this.

Hard to believe I found myself pulling for the Vegas Boys

After the break, the Miz is in the ring, and he tells Shane that he wants him to come out here and listen to what the Miz has to say, eventually going down on one knee and begging for him to come to the ring.

Shane arrives, asking the Miz what the hell is going on. Miz tells Shane that they could be so good together: they need to tag together one more time. Shane tries to introduce Miz to the concept of boundaries in the workplace, but the Miz is determined to go through with…whatever this is. Miz calls out a referee and announces another tag team match between Team Co-Besties and some plucky up-and-comers called the Vegas Boys.

The Vegas Boys, who I’m pleased to see are not using some unspeakable male stripper gimmick, come to the ring. Shane still seems to want none of it, but the Vegas Boys jump him and start the match. Big mistake, Vegas Boys: that man almost beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania, because that’s the horrible world we all live in. Shane fights back, because like jobbers have a goddamn chance against a man who took Kevin Owens to the limit in a Hell in a Cell match, and starts working over both Vegas Boys, finally felling one with an elbow.

A terrible floatover DDT puts down one Vegas Boy, and then a Triangle Choke makes the other tap out.

Whatever. 1 Star.

The Miz celebrates like a big goon, and I have literally no idea what his endgame is here.

Backstage, Paige is yelling at a referee for sanctioning the match, but it turns out the Miz told him that she said it was okay. And then the Vegas Boys show up, wanting payment that the Miz said that she’d promised them. Honestly, if this sort of thing can happen behind Paige’s back, then the fault is mostly her’s for being that incompetent.

That being said, if this is all leading up to a Paige/Miz match, then I’m tentatively on board.

This section has increased my average use of the word “chair” by seven thousand percent

Here’s Randy Orton, so prepare to look away from the screen if he does any of his usual sick shit, or get a comfortable chair ready if he’s going to just latch on fifty-seven headlocks. He’s got a Chairs match with Rey Mysterio at TLC: second only to the mythical Stairs match in terms of putting everyone to sleep.

Randy picks up a steel chair and waxes poetic on chairs in general before showing us two pieces footage of him abusing Mysterio with a chair. This literally feels like product placement, and it’s probably not a good sign that I’d forgot both of these attacks had happened before I was shown this footage. Orton talks about how he’s going to murder Mysterio with a chair again, and if there’s one person who could make actual murder boring, it’s Randy Orton.

And then Rey suddenly batters Orton with a chair of his own, even hitting a sort-of Van-Terminator before walloping Randy with a 619. I’m not sure whose benefit any of this is for, but if it’s supposed to be for mine then I am superbly offended.

Backstage, Becky Lynch is striding around randomly before Kayla asks her if tonight’s match will give Lynch the advantage. Becky says that she has no advantage, as she’s having her first match back in weeks, but she says that’s exactly how she likes it. She says she’ll be at ringside tonight in order to scout both of her opponents, and then walks away.

Nakamura managed to weaponise a dance break

Tag team time, with Jeff Hardy and Rusev up against Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. Jeff and Rusev arrive, followed by Joe and Nakamura, and it is odd to not see the two foreign guys tagging together. Shinsuke’s wearing his all-blue outfit again, presumably under the assumption that the SmackDown vs. RAW deal didn’t end at Survivor Series. Worrying, considering that Joe’s got semi-red shorts on.

And Carmella and R-Truth arrive to declare a dance break. Eventually, the guys in the ring are going to go along with it, seduced by the all-out insanity that is SmackDown. Instead, Nakamura uses it to blindside Jeff, beating him to the ground before tagging in Joe to continue the assault. Following a commercial break, Jeff is trying his best to stall Joe’s momentum, but the big Samoan appears unstoppable.

Nakamura re-enters the match, keeping Jeff away from his partner before running a knee right into Hardy’s sternum for two. Joe comes in again, wrenching Jeff’s arms behind his back. A second’s separation allows Jeff to hit a Whisper in the Wind, leaving both men prone on the canvas. Joe reaches Nakamura and, at the same time, Hardy tags in Rusev, who charges into the ring with a clothesline that knocks Shinsuke loopy.

Rusev’s assault continues, with Nakamura unable to muster any defence, let alone offence. A sharp elbow shot staggers Rusev, but the Bulgarian answers with a hellacious roundhouse kick, dropping the United States Champion. Joe breaks up the pin, but immediately eats a Twist of Fate for his efforts. Hardy pursues Joe, flying off the apron onto him.

Meanwhile, Nakamaura attempts a Kinshasa, almost finds himself locked in the Accolade but escapes. He charges for a second Kinshasa attempt, but his path takes him directly into the Machka Kick, and Rusev picks up the win!

I never like to rely on this formula, but it does seem like Nakamura is now fated to retain the US Championship. This was a fun match, and I note that they kept some distance between Joe and Rusev: interesting to see what the future holds for these two. 2.5 Stars.

Backstage, Shane admonishes Miz for acting like he’s the General Manager. Miz defends himself, saying that he was just trying to push Shane into letting loose his killer instinct. He says that he was never considered best in the world until Shane came along, offering the Commissioner his hand. Shane leaves, and Miz looks like someone just ripped his heart out and booked it in a match with Jinder Mahal.

Another promo for Lars Sullivan. Cannot wait to see how they’re going to waste him.

Backstage, AJ Styles is asked if he’s prepared for TLC. Styles says that he’s biding his time, not wanting to do anything to Bryan that will stop him from attending TLC. AJ should learn from his past and start terrorising Brie Bella.

Catering to both wrestling fans and perverts alike

Main event time, and it’s a WrestleMania rematch. Asuka makes her entrance, then has to wait for Charlotte to have an interview before the Queen joins her. Charlotte then makes her entrance, looking focused. Becky Lynch joins the two of them, taking a spot at ringside in order to observe the match.

Charlotte tries to open things up with a big boot, but it’s blocked, as is Asuka’s hip attack. Asuka changes tactics, going for a knee bar, but Charlotte hoists her right off the floor into a back suplex: the first decisive move of the match. The Queen chops away at Asuka, who responds with a violent German suplex before missing a second hip attack, allowing Charlotte to catch her with the big boot she was looking for earlier.

Charlotte goes up for the moonsault, because fuck remaining in control of this match, and she somehow finds herself almost locked in the Asuka Lock. Nice to see that Ric’s inability to hit anything from the top rope is genetic. Charlotte fights off the hold, not allowing her to fully apply it, and managing to reach the bottom ropes and scrambling out of the ring into a commercial break.

When we come back, Charlotte has just buried a fist into Asuka’s face, and the Empress of Tomorrow returns the favour. An abdominal stretch is applied to Charlotte, who manages to power out of it, holding Asuka up in the air, but Asuka’s able to turn it into a cover attempt, followed by an armlock immediately upon Charlotte’s kick-out. Charlotte breaks out momentarily, only to find herself locked in a triangle choke. Charlotte tries to fight her way out, but once again relies on her strength, raising Asuka up in the air before planting her with a sit-out powerbomb.

Charlotte slaps Asuka across the face, raising her to her feet, but Asuka suddenly surprises her with a pin attempt, only for Charlotte to turn it into the Figure Four, slapping Asuka as she screams at her to tap. Asuka is able to turn the move over, reversing the pressure APPARENTLY. Charlotte drags Asuka into the ring, attacking the leg again, not allowing her to regain a vertical base.

Taking a page from Bryan’s book, Charlotte hammers Asuka’s leg against the ring post several times, then goes for the pin. Asuka kicks out at two, but a Figure Four attempt almost sees Charlotte beat by an inside cradle. Charlotte chops away at Asuka, who returns with a fireman’s takeover and a kick to the back. Charlotte goes for the spear, but Asuka catches her with a Codebreaker! Charlotte tries to rise as Asuka laces her with kicks, then slams elbows and kicks into her head.

Asuka runs the ropes, but this time Charlotte catches her with a spear for a near fall. Charlotte goes for the moonsault again; Asuka blocks it with the knees, which Charlotte tries to use for another Figure Four, but Asuka counters that with an Asuka Lock! Charlotte rises to her feet, sending both women falling out of the ring.

Charlotte grabs a kendo stick from underneath the ring, hammering it into Asuka and causing the DQ.

Disappointing ending, but good for character development. Otherwise, great match. 3.5 Stars.

Charlotte attacks Becky from behind as the Champ walks away, then turns to attack Asuka once again. Becky’s not taking this shit, so hurls Charlotte into the steps and beats the fuck out of her with the cane. Asuka, who has recovered, grabs Becky and hurls her over the announce table, now hitting Charlotte and Becky with the stick mercilessly as the show ends.

DC TV Arrowverse 2018 Elseworlds X-Over Leads To 2019’s Crisis On Infinite Earths For Green Arrow, The Flash & Supergirl?

DC TV Arrowverse 2018 Elseworlds X-Over Leads To 2019’s Crisis On Infinite Earths For Green Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl?

Well, Elseworlds ended with the following two teases…

…making the 2019 x-over to come HUGE! The episode also ended the tease that Doctor Destiny will be back as will the Psycho Pirate.

Looks like Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl survive to see another season.

The Daily LITG, 14th December 2018 – All We Ever Wanted Were Stories of a Better World

Welcome to the mostly-daily Lying In The Gutters. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here.

Top five most-read stories yesterday

  1. Poison Ivy Death on the Cover of Heroes In Crisis #7
  2. Is There a Post-Credit Scene in Aquaman? (No Spoilers)
  3. SCOOP: Jeff Lemire to Create Black Hammer Crossover With DC Comics Characters
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Will Launch Lost Art Promotional Cards in January
  5. 22 Revealed DC Comics Covers for January From Bill Sienkiewicz, Jae Lee, Artgerm, Ben Oliver and More

Happening today:

Happy birthday to:

  • John Cassaday of Planetary, Captain America and Creative Director of Humanoids
  • Niko Henrichon of Doctor Strange
  • Phillip Vaughan, Course Director MDes Comics and Graphic Novels, University of Dundee.
  • David B. Quinn, co-creator of Faust
  • Michael Kasinger, sketch card artist.

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Longbox Junk – Iceman Part 2: Issues 6 – 11

Disclaimer time! IF YOU GRIT YOUR TEETH AT THE THOUGHT OF "SOCIAL JUSTICE" OR "FORCED DIVERSITY" IN COMICS, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW. And: IF YOU GRIT YOUR TEETH AT THE THOUGHT OF A STRAIGHT WHITE GUY CRITICIZING COMICS REPRESENTING LGBTQ CHARACT...

New ‘Marvel Rising’ Comic Mini-Series Lands In March

New 'Marvel Rising' Comic Mini-Series Lands In March

Comic-based heroes inspire more comics

Source: MARVEL RISING Returns With New Title This March

Marvel Rising, meant to introduce the "next generation" of Marvel heroes, is a multi-format initiative. The adventures of this incarnation of heroes started out in comics, then spread out to cartoons, and toys -- will make their way back to comics in a new mini-series. The new 5-issue mini-series will simply be titled Marvel Rising, and will launch in March 2019.

The comic will once again star Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) who will be joined by Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Inferno, America Chavez, and Quake. if the cover to issue one is any indicator, we'll also see Captain Marvel and Ghost-Spider as well. Our heroes will be going up against Morgan le Fay who wants to turn New Jersey into New Camelot.

The story will be written by Nilah Magruder, with art by Roberto Di Salvo, and covers by Audrey Mok.

marvelrising2018-1cvr.jpgMarvel Rising #1 cover by Audrey Mok

 

On a related note the animated "movie" Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors is now on YouTube:

 

 



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Todd McFarlane Spills A Few Details About His Spawn Film

Todd McFarlane Spills A Few Details About His Spawn Film

In been a while since the Spawn hit the big screen in 1997 starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo. Since then the character has been stuck in development. But all of that will soon be changing as Spawn’s creator, Todd McFarlane, has taken matters into his own hands, writing and directing the upcoming Spawn film.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 6 Giveaway

On the sixth day of Christmas, Secret Agent Poyo is giving out to thee….

One issue of Batman #38 Cover A and a bonus issue Batman The Shadow #5 Mattina Variant copies..

Rules are simple for my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

1. Comment with your name or handle in this article thread.
2. One entry per person per day or giveaway.
3. Comments must be within the 24 hours of the post to be eligible.
4. Winners will all be announced after the 12th day (cause you never know, you might win more than one book).
5. Winners that are not in the U.S. agree to chip in for international shipping. Within the U.S. Poyo covers shipping costs.

Good luck!

Hourman Cast for DC Universe’s Stargirl

Hourman Cast for DC Universe’s Stargirl

Looks like there is lots of casting news out of the DC Universe these last few days. Ian Ziering was cast as Blue Devil for the Swamp Thing series on their streaming service. Stargirl has also made some additions, Joel McHale was cast as Starman and Brian Stapf was cast as Wildcat.

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Brian Stapf Has Landed The Role Of Wildcat In DC Universe’s Stargirl

Brian Stapf Has Landed The Role Of Wildcat In DC Universe’s Stargirl

While DC Universe’s Titans has featured a variety of young heroes, their upcoming series Stargirl has been busy casting a classic DC Comics characters like Starman and now TV Insider is reporting of another Golden Age hero has been cast for that series.

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Gasp At The ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Kaiju Posters

Gasp At The 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters' Kaiju Posters

Outlook: foggy

Source: @GodzillaMovie Twitter feed

While we already have a pretty good idea of what the kaiju of Godzilla: King of the Monsters will look like, one can always use more pictures of these titanic creatures right? Right before we got our second trailer for the upcoming movie, a poster of the King himself was released promoting the then upcoming trailer:

 

godzillacharaposter.jpg

 

Today arrived posters for the three other main kaiju appearing in the film: Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah.

 

rodancharaposter.jpg

mothracharaposter

ghidorahcharaposter

 

Pretty cool… but also kind of foggy. So who's your favorite kaiju?

Hopefully you'll see them on the big screen when Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into theaters May 31, 2019.



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CovrPrice.com Top Ten Selling Comics for Week of 12/12/18

Covrprice.com launched recently and has quickly become a go to spot for watching eBaytrends on comics. They scour thousands of eBay sales to cultivate data to spotlight the hottest selling comics. Here is this week’s Top Ten Comics:

1.

New Avenges #27
7 Day Trend: +630%
Weekly Units Sold: 83
Sales Average Raw: $24.99
Sales Average Graded:
Reason: Ronin in Avengers 4 Movie

2.

Special Marvel Edition #15
7 Day Trend: +156%
Weekly Units Sold: 143
Sales Average Raw: $85.50
Sales Average Graded: $216.00 (CGC 9.0)
Reason:  Shang Chi movie

3.

New Avengers #11
7 Day Trend: +196%
Weekly Units Sold: 93
Sales Average Raw: $26.50
Sales Average Graded: $249.00
Reason: Ronin in Avengers 4 Movie

4.

Special Marvel Edition #16
7 Day Trend: 210%
Weekly Units Sold: 44
Sales Average Raw: $15.75
Sales Average Graded: $166.00
Reason: Master of Kung-fu movie comic

5.


Ultimate Fallout #4
7 Day Trend: +114%
Weekly Units Sold: 77
Sales Average Raw: $41.75
Sales Average Graded: $225.00 (CGC 9.8)
Reason: Miles Morales first Appearance

6.

Ms. Marvel #1
7 Day Trend:
Weekly Units Sold:
Sales Average Raw:
Sales Average Graded:
Reason: Captain Marvel movie

7.

Batman Damned #1
7 Day Trend:+98%
Weekly Units Sold: 80
Sales Average Raw: $47.50
Sales Average Graded: $273 (CGC 9.8)
Reason:Nude Batman

8.

Amazing Spider-Man #311
7 Day Trend: +153%
Weekly Units Sold: 42
Sales Average Raw: $10.94
Sales Average Graded: $101.00
Reason: Mysterio appearance. Movie related.

9.

Amazing Spider-Man #365
7 Day Trend: +90%
Weekly Units Sold: 66
Sales Average Raw: $10.98
Sales Average Graded: $143.00 (CGC 9.8)
Reason: First Appearance Spider-Man 2099

10.

Edge of Spider-verse #5
7 Day Trend:+357%
Weekly Units Sold: 16
Sales Average Raw: $15.33
Sales Average Graded: $138.00 (CGC 9.8)
Reason: First Appearance Sp//dr

There’s a Million Dollar Movie On Amazon, No Seriously

There’s a Million Dollar Movie On Amazon, No Seriously

What does a trip to the movie theater cost these days? I would say the average, to have the full movie-going experience, ticket, popcorn, candy, and soda, is about $50 per person. That’s not really cheap, by most people’s standards, but it’s usually worth it, however, it’s not something most people do every weekend.

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“Starman” And Hourman Cast For ‘Stargirl’

Also Blue Devil will be visiting Swamp Thing.

Source: Various

Recent casting for the DC Universeseries  Stargirl show the Justice Society  roots of the character. Variety is reporting that Joel McHale (Community) will be cast as what is described as the "Golden Age Starman" aka. Sylvester Pemberton aka. The Star-Spangled Kid in the comics. In said comics, he was given the Cosmic Rod/Staff by Starman Ted Knight, and created the Cosmic Converter Belt, which was later used by Stargirl.

joel_mchale.jpgJoel McHale

 

Another Golden Age character being added to Stargirl is Rex Tyler aka. Hourman. As reported by TVLine, Lou Ferrigno Jr. (S.W.A.T.) will be playing that role. Hourman discovered the miracle drug Miraclo, which gives the user super human strength, super speed, and durability for one hour. And yes, Ferrigno Jr. is the son of the man who played the Hulk from the 1970s TV series.

louferrignojr.jpgLou Ferrigno Jr.

 

In other non-Stargirl DC Universe news (though he was also a member of the Justice Society) Blue Devil has been cast in the Swamp Thing series. Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210) will play the former stuntman bonded to his stunt suit by the devil Nebiros.

 

 



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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Review

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Review

Surprisingly, the best Sony Spider-Man movie they've so far made.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the exact polar opposite of what Venom was. Instead of it being so bad it's good, and moments that are so darn cringy you can't help but laugh at them. This is an actually good film, the best-animated Spider-Man since well, a certain "Spectacular" show. No scratch that. This is a REALLY good Spider-Man film! I dare even say it might have done the impossible and eclipsed Spider-Man 2 (2002). 

This film just never skips a beat and just never feels to be dragging ever so slightly (aka the subplot of Pete stopping as Spider-Man and you're just waiting for Doc Ock to finally show up to do villainy enough to warrant Pete back to being Spidey). This just balances every character this film has and there's a lot of them. Center to the film is Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). At first, I was happy that Miles finally got his movie but was kind of worried he'd be playing second fiddle to all these Spider-people just like how he kind of was Disney cartoons *cough* Marvel's Spider-Man or Ultimate Spider-Man *cough*.  That this film would be so bloated that the character just wouldn't get any room to breathe like in that. 

Thankfully, that doesn't happen and Miles entire character arc in this film is just perfection. Every family member from his parents to his estranged Uncle Davis (Mahershala Ali) to his life. You get everything creators of the character Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli did in a nice tidy cliff-notes version of his origin from the comics to here. I was amazed at how much Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman crammed in this movie. Plus snipped away any of the excess parts of that didn't work *cough* needless death *cough*. Plus, I gotta say I always hated that Miles never fought the Kingpin in the Ultimate Universe. Oh sure, Ultimate Norman was an unholy bastard. But Bendis's Kingpin was THE villain of his run, and it just felt empty when the character was cast out prematurely in the comic, while Norman kept showing up still. 

So to see that version be tied to Miles' origin is just absolute perfection. More so, just see Spider-Man fight the Kingpin again. Like seriously the last time Kingpin was in a Spider-Man cartoon was in the early-2000s with the MTV one where Michael Clarke Duncan reprised his role from the Daredevil movie. It's been THAT long. 

Though he's not Vincent D'Onofrio, Liev Schreiber exudes just as equal menace whenever his Kingpin is on screen in the film, and damn if it's not the Ultimate version which I just love. 

That's what I love about this film as well. Lord/Rothman play with this universe of Miles. The Spider-Man villains in this film are just so welcome to have. The two secondary villains in this are just as threatening and also amazing to behold onscreen whenever Schrieber's Kingpin isn't there. Both have just a good motivation to where they are, and damn are they just as entertaining villains like Fisk is. Plus they aren't Spider-Man villains we're used too.  

But still, speaking of refreshing villains where's the Hobgoblin Sony? Seriously, what is with your fetish for the Green Goblin? He just has to appear in every goddamn Spider-Man film of yours. Give the better goblin some due dammit! WHY DO YOU KEEP USING THAT FOOL OSBORN WHEN THERE'S A PERFECTLY BETTER GOBLIN OUT THERE?!

*ahem*

Likewise, the other Spiders get some um.. "dimension" namely Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld ) and elder Peter Parker (Jake Johnson). Of course, the scene stealer is Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage doing his best James Cagney and it's utterly glorious every scene he's in. And it just pisses me off what "Spider-Geddon" did to the character. DAMN YOU SLOTT!! WHY DID YOU DO IT?! WHY?! YOU MANIAC!! DAMN YOU! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!! Wait.. Christos Gage also wrote that too...

ARGH!!!!

*ahem again*

But that's the reason I love this film. This film was made for comic book lovers to show to new fans to convert them. You see why this film just works so well in animation than say live-action. The character designs are just amazing and some of the freaking shots in the film are gorgeous as hell. 

Again, you have to pinch yourself to remind you're watching a Sony movie, with no executive meddling it seems (okay save the Sony product placement). Plus I fully digress, there is one scene that honestly-- something finally hit me and I ended up balling in tears.  But the scene is just perfect, and already it might be spoiling too much of what it is so I'll stop. 

So if you're a Spider-Man fan of any era. See this film. Cause this movie was freaking amazing. It hit the points that I love about Spider-Man. Okay.. save for the fact that there is no Hobgoblin in this *stops self* Okay, and no Mayday Parker too. Not even a tiny cameo? COME ON! Or Kaine, but then again I might be pushing it at that point. Still, those tiny complaints aside, this is a really "amazing" Spider-Man movie. Like it literally has me questioning how this might have toppled the mighty Spider-Man 2. I enjoyed it that much.  If only it had the Hobgoblin it truly would have been perfection...  But seeing the journey of Miles Morales and why I used to enjoy the character? Yep. This movie did a damn solid job at that. 

 

5 out of 5



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Jason Momoa And Friends Perform A Haka On The Red Carpet At The Aquaman Premiere

Jason Momoa And Friends Perform A Haka On The Red Carpet At The Aquaman Premiere

Jason Momoa has now revolutionized the way a star appears on the red carpet. Where others walk, wave and pose for the press, Momoa introduced an ancestral and emotional element to the evening. Along with a large crew, which included his children, Momoa performed a traditional haka before the masses in attendance.

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NOMINATIONS: For Moment of the Week 12/12/18 *Spoilers*

NOMINATIONS: For Moment of the Week 12/12/18 *Spoilers*

Which moment from a comic this week caught your interest?


 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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Moment and Indie Moment of the Month for November have begun! More importantly, MOMENT OF THE YEAR - 2018 and INDIE MOMENT OF THE YEAR - 2018 HAVE BEGUN!! Vote now or forever hold your peace!!! 

 

 Your WINNER for MOMENT OF THE WEEK 12/5/18:

 

 

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This thread will contain SPOILERS!!! And lots of them. If you haven't read this week's comics yet, go read them before continuing into this thread, or risk being spoiled!

 

PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! ]Remember to include the title and issue number of the comic you are nominating. Otherwise I will be forced to disqualify your nomination, and nobody wants that!

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The Rules:

1. Each nomination must be a moment in a comic released the week of the thread. This does not include weekly previews, trade paperbacks, or back issue digests. For new comics check out Midtown Comics release dates.

 

2. Everyone can make ONE nomination. You can either nominate a moment yourself or second/third/fourth/fifth an already existing nomination. However, second/third/fourth/fifth will not count per nominating and thus earn entry above in Top Nominations. You want in that list you must nominate something.

 

3. It must be an actual moment involving the actions or statements of a comic character in an issue. No "This writer returns to the series", "this artist draws this character", "the book is better", etc.

 

4. If you want to change your nomination, there are a few factors involved:

---> A) No one can have seconded your nom.

---> B) If it is clear for you to change your nom, you must edit your original post or the new post will be disqualified as being a double nomination.

---> C) You can change your second, third, etc. by editing your original post before the nomination period ends.

 

Moments on the poll do not have to be seconded. If there is room in the poll, moments that were nominated but not seconded will be added based on the order they were nominated.

 

6.  Again, please be specific on the comic title, issue number and moment. Also be clear that you are actually nominating or seconding something ... statements such as "Yeah, that was a cool moment" aren't clear. You must nominate a single moment in the comic and can't nominate the whole issue. Once more, if you don’t include the issue and number the moment will not be included.

 

7. The thread for nominations will go up on Wednesday (new comic day) at 11:00 PM (Central) or when Zechs arrives later that night and posts in the previous week thread announcing voting is closed. The nominations will go until 2:00 PM (Central Time) Sunday Afternoon, or whenever Zechs arrives and will post in the thread stating, “It’s over.” and will start the poll. If a new comic day falls on a holiday week in American, then the thread will be made for that day (be it Tuesday or Thursday). Regardless, nominations will STILL conclude on Saturday deadline.

 

8. Please be civil when commenting on other people's nominations. But feel free to discuss them in this thread.

 

9. In case there is debate on WHEN exactly a title came out, http://www.midtowncomics.com  or the official websites of said publishers (be it Marvel, DC, Darkhorse, etc.) will be the final word on the quarrel.

 

10. Any nominations not following the above rules will be disqualified. Unless of course if Zechs, who is feeling sad for the person who missed the rule and might give them time to provide the correction. Then he will pester bk into putting the nomination in the poll. Of course this wouldn’t be a problem if Zechs wasn’t granted the glorious powers of a moderator, which one day such power will be Zechs, oh yes they will his.

 

11. If at five nominations are not made, Zechs will choose some, but they will all count as one nomination, not multiple thus making sure balance is preserved.

 

12. AKA the Rulk rule. If several moments are tied past the deadline of 11:00 PM (Central Time) Wednesday (or holiday date when new comics arrive in the US) or when Zechs arrives that night, then voting will continue on in sudden death for eight more hours, until one is decided. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.

If one isn’t still decided, then Zechs will provide the deciding vote, regardless if he has voted already. So if that isn't enough reason to get a ton of votes on that additional day than you're just dooming yourself to give Zechs another vote.

 

13. AKA the Hobgoblin rule. Roderick Kingsley Hobgoblin moments when winning for three days straight automatically win the poll. No last day or second voting changes it to troll the ruler of this thread.

 

Only ONE can rule as the Moment of the Week!

 

 

Top Ten Nominators of All Time...

 

1.) GLX- (464 Nominations)

 

2.) Zechs- (457 Nominations)

 

3.) e_galston- (202 Nominations)

 

4.) IvCNuB4 - (192 Nominations) 

5.) Johnny Smith (175 Nominations)

6.)  Kravis (145 Nominations)

7.) Stephen Day- (126 Nominations)

8.) blcdude (117 Nominations)

9.) rdrsfn82- (102 Nominations)

10.)  HNutz (96 Nominations)

 

Honorable Mentions

 

 fieldy RICHARDS- (93 Nominations)

Porcelain38- (92 Nominations)

Nicola Marshall (92 Nominations)

Starlord- (81 Nominations)

DudeistMonk (69 Nominations)

God-Man (63 Nominations)

BubbaKanoosh- (57 Nominations)

Belle-Tain Summer (57 Nominations)

Greg- (52 Nominations)

jephd (46 Nominations)

Knuckles McSmasher- (44 Nominations)

doombug - (43 Nominations)

48THRiLLS- (40 Nominations)

Demarcoa (39 Nominations)

SilverPhoenix (34 Nominations)

guitarsmashley (34 Nominations)

Amoebas (33 Nominations)

karmakaze (32 Nominations)

TimDrake'sDumbWings- (30 Nominations)

Chap22- (29 Nominations)

Mr. Batman- (27 Nominations)

Dragavon- (27 Nominations)

locuas (26 Nominations)

VinnyPic- (25 Nominations)

Flynn the Pirate (21 Nominations)

habitual- (19 Nominations)

Glacier16 (19 Nominations)

Grayson (19 Nominations)

Agent Panic (18 Nominations)

nietoperz (18 Nominations)

PaulSebert (18 Nominations)

MrBlack (17 Nominations)

Punchy- (16 Nominations)

OneWhoIsAll (15 Nominations)

capjr (12 Nominations)

ThatRomanGuy (12 Nominations)

MistaT- (12 Nominations)

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senwolf (12 Nominations)

PatricioUPMA (11 Nominations)

GOFM - (10 Nominations)

Duck Punch (10 Nominations)

Peter Parker (10 Nominations)

SuperSoldier Washout (9 Nominations)

The Great Ghostman (9 Nominations)

Octacon (8 Nominations)

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HED (8 Nominations)

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eypcrew2- (7 Nominations)

CammyKnoxville (7 Nominations)

Skyrider (7 Nominations)

Eli Katz (7 Nominations)

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pat (6 Nominations)

TheSecondLex (6 Nominations)

Juan Cena (6 Nominations)

Kid Impulse- (5 Nominations)

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blastmaster (3 Nominations)

thefourthman (3 Nominations)

BlueKitKat (3 Nominations)

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SolRey34 (3 Nominations)

GOSD- (3 Nominations)

MysticKnightJoe (3 Nominations)

FuzzyBarbarian (3 Nominations)

GratefulFred- (2 Nominations)

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Dooz - (2 Nominations)

Jack Burton- (2 Nominations)

Zenguru- (2 Nominations)

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skywatcher (2 Nominations)

avengingtitan (2 Nominations)

Rebis (2 Nominations)

Justin M. Campbell (2 Nominations)

PhoenixEquinox (2 Nominations)

Timbales (2 Nominations)

dairydead (2 Nominations)

Lord Solaris (2 Nominations)

Aeon Flux (2 Nominations)

PinkDaddy (2 Nomination)

Ntikrst (2 Nominations)

Jude Terror (2 Nominations)

Major Tool (2 Nominations)

LoatheMe (2 Nominations)

Richie Heap (2 Nominations)

Chicanery (2 Nominations)

syxxpakk (2 Nominations)

batarang614 (2 Nominations)

Arkanian (2 Nominations)

Fifthletter (2 Nominations)

ObsceneBinary (2 Nominations)

Josh Hartung (2 Nominations)

TurboSmurf (2 Nominations)

Randy Robertson (2 Nominations)

Peter-J-DeadPoole (2 Nominations)

GiveWaraChance (2 Nominations)

Guderian- (1 Nomination)

Black Kryptonite- (1 Nomination)

Colonel Angus- (1 Nomination)

barrylincoln - (1 Nomination)

Dooz Ex Machina- (1 Nomination)

Thrillhouse- (1 Nomination)

Chesscub- (1 Nomination)

TheyShouldBeTheBats- (1 Nomination)

The Bass (1 Nomination)

GOD Impulse- (1 Nomination)

Deadfett (1 Nomination)

amalah6 (1 Nomination)

Miracloman (1 Nomination)

Alex Delarge (1 Nomination)

blastmaster (1 Nomination)

Jonathan (1 Nomination)

NeverReady ( 1 Nomination)

DOOP SPEAK (1 Nomination)

BlueStreak (1 Nomination)

mrorangesoda - (1 Nomination)

BAMJoe (1 Nomination)

False Prophet (1 Nomination)

xaraan (1 Nomination)

Holland Oats (1 Nomination)

bkthomson (1 Nomination)

hatmasta (1 Nomination)

TheSecondLex (1 Nomination)

Pink Daddy (1 Nomination)

Sunless (1 Nomination)

Jim Gramm (1 Nomination)

tomc (1 Nomination)

John Condor (1 Nomination)

B1CaNobody (1 Nomination)

Socky (1 Nomination)

bluemanhattangroup (1 Nomination)

TimH (1 Nomination)

Bilal Khawaja (1 Nomination)

Scintillant-H (1 Nomination)

Arkanian (1 Nomination)

the_isolator (1 Nomination)

Arkanian (1 Nomination)

Manuel Prez (1 Nomination)

Ameht Dominguez (1 Nomination)

James Burke (1 Nomination)

 Sporkbot (1 Nomination)

agf029 (1 Nomination)

jay042 (1 Nomination)

Draco X (1 Nomination)

RobThompson (1 Nomination)

Amoebas (1 Nomination)

Okeke (1 Nomination)

 

Hall of Shame

 

sdsichero (-1 Nomination)

John Lewis Hawk (-25 Nominations)

 

 

 



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Jeffrey Dean Morgan To Return To Supernatural As John Winchester

Jeffrey Dean Morgan To Return To Supernatural As John Winchester

For longtime fans of the CW network’s Supernatural, the time has finally come. Yep, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan who is known throughout the fandom as the father of Sam and Dean, John Winchester, is finally making a long overdue return to the series. Morgan will appear on the show’s historic 300th episode on February 7 of next year, the network announced yesterday.

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Jason Momoa Comments on Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck Reportedly Leaving the DC Universe

There have been a lot of rumors about the future of the DC Universe on the big screen. To say that the franchise, overall, has had a few missteps might be a bit of an understatement. Things haven’t gotten any better in the lead up to Aquaman with reports that both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, who play Superman and Batman respectively, are looking to move on from the franchise. No one is really confirming much of anything at this point and it seems that even one of their co-stars doesn’t know exactly what’s going on. The Huffington Post got the chance to speak to Aquaman star Jason Momoa and asked him about the reports that his Justice League co-stars wanted out. While Momoa couldn’t confirm or deny anything he did understand why they might want out.

“If they’re both out, then listen: It’s just the place they’re at in their careers. I mean, how many has Henry done? He’s done three?” Momoa said. “Yeah, I mean, like, you want to move on. I think if I did… shit, I have done three.”

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That’s in no way a confirmation but it’s good to hear that Momoa understands why his colleagues might want to move on. Momoa cites expanding one’s career or age as possibilities for why they might want out.

“I mean, Henry wants to just expand on something,” he said. “Ben is an amazing director that is of age, and probably he’s done enough. I don’t know how to speak on behalf of them, but I had the time of my life [on ‘Justice League’].”

Momoa had nothing but nice things to say about his two co-stars that he might not get a chance to work with again. He spoke about how Cavill would remind him that kids are going to be watching him now and he’d have to behave a little differently.

“Henry is the gentlemen who taught me when I came on not knowing anything. I’m like the ruffian hooligan, and he’s just like, ‘There’s kids watching,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah. My bad.’ He is totally 100 percent the Superman for me.”

As for Affleck, it’s clear that Momoa has a lot of respect for Affleck not just as an actor but a director as well.

“Ben is just a phenomenal director. I just love picking his brain because he’s what I want to be as a director. I love filmmaking and that process, and I enjoyed Ben’s company because when I see him in pain, putting that cowl on, he’s in pain. That makes me happy, and a joy to get through. We all have to put these suits on and get through grueling times. When he’s in pain, and I can see it happening, it just tickles my heart.”

There is a good chance that Warner Bros. and DC won’t confirm Affleck or Cavill leaving for some time but it’s nice to hear that they have support from one of their co-stars if they do decide to leave. It’s clear the DC Universe is heading in a new direction and maybe that direction doesn’t have to include Batman and Superman.

Summary: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.

Aquaman is directed by James Wan, stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, and will hit theaters on Decem

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Venom Interview: Director Ruben Fleischer On The Film’s Success, Its Potential Sequel, And Zombieland 2

Venom Interview: Director Ruben Fleischer On The Film’s Success, Its Potential Sequel, And Zombieland 2

They did it. They did the impossible. Sure, there were many people out there who knew that making a Venom film would be a profitable endeavor — it’s why they moved forward with it to begin with — but there was no predicting just how well it would end up doing for them.

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STAR WARS: The Script, No DJ, and Kevin Smith Cries | The Cantina

STAR WARS: The Script, No DJ, and Kevin Smith Cries | The Cantina

Welcome to The Cantina where we definitely serve your kind. I’m your bartender Kyle Malone and I’m serving up tall glasses of nothing but Star Wars.  By now you know I am the dedicated, well versed in the EU, experienced gamer, and open-minded fan this world needs.

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DVD Review – Orville (Season 1)

One of the few certainties in life is that Seth MacFarlane’s dream project is to make his own Star Trek series. How can you tell? He basically took the premise of Trek and crafted Orville out of it.

Simple premise. MacFarlane is Ed, the captain of an exploratory space ship 400 years in the future. They’re exploring the universe and getting into shenanigans. Think Star Trek: The Next Generation but with about as much as edge pushing comedy as you can have on a network television show.

There’s a genuine joy to the show that’s hard to find in network television because MacFarlane has finally found a live action role for him to play. After being the voice of Family Guy and the Ted franchise to much success the one thing missing for MacFarlane was a role he could take as himself. Ed Mercer is the perfect role for MacFarlane; it harnesses that energy and allows him to riff on every captain from Star Trek.

There’s a joy in MacFarlane that radiates from the screen; he may have gotten famous from being Fox’s king of animation but Orville is the project he was meant to be in. His handprints are all over the franchise; it’s a legitimately good sci-fi show as well as a legitimately funny comedy. It’s the sort of piece that makes you think of what MacFarlane could do with a Star Trek property.

In an era where Star Trek: Discovery was counted on to launch CBS’s all-access app, Orville is the science fiction property worthier of Gene Roddenberry’s legacy.

There are a lot of extras that give you a ton of insight into the show’s production.

20th Century Fox presents Orville (Season 1). Created by Seth MacFarlane. Starring Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon. Run Time: 526 minutes. Not rated . Released on DVD: 12.11.18

The Ice King Apology Tour Commences in 1st Look at Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1

Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has released a first look preview at the first issue of Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon, part of the official continuation of the Cartoon Network series revealing “what’s next for the reformed Ice King and Vampire Queen Marceline in comic book form.” The comic is written by Olivia Olson (the voice of Marceline on the show) with art by Slimm Fabert.

From the press release:

Marcy and Simon’s friendship has endured over 900 years and through bouts of insanity and amnesia. After the events of Adventure Time™ Season 10, we get to see the Vampire Queen and former Ice King rediscover themselves and their ever-evolving relationship as they tour the Land of Ooo in order to make amends for Simon’s past misdeeds. But the transition from evil Ice King to gentle Simon isn’t without its consequences, and Marcy will have to face her greatest fear once again: losing Simon.

ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #1 features a main cover by Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance), along with variant covers by Lisa Dubois (Rugrats), Sofie Drozdova (Regular Show) and Ashley Morales.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1 of 6 hits stores on January 16th.

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Meet The Titans of ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’, In Poster Form

The more we see from Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the more excited we get. Each update from the truly brilliant viral marketing campaign which utilizes Monarch Science’s global alert system continues to up our expectations about what Mike Dougherty‘s film can deliver.

There’s one thing we KNOW we’re getting- okay, three things. The Titans.

Just posted a short while ago by the official Godzilla Twitter account were these three stunning posters featuring some iconic creatures from the film franchise, reimagined for this movie.

There’s Mothra, Queen of the Monsters:

“Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions over the earth. They were told not to harm the grass or any green growth or any tree, but only those of mankind.”


There’s King Ghidorah:

“They have as king over them, the angel of the Abyss. A star fallen from heaven to earth, he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like that of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened…”


And there’s Rodan:

“For the Beast that comes up out of the Abyss will make war with them, and overcome them… and kill them.”

Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, and Zhang Ziyi.

The monster-fest-flick is set to open in theaters on May 31st, 2019.

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Artist Spotlight – In-Hyuk Lee

This is something new I think will be fun with an ongoing spotlight of some of the comic book industry artists. This first one I wanted to do a spot light on In-Hyuk Lee who I think has been on fire lately with some pretty impressive covers.

Let’s review some of his latest cover art and how they’re doing on the secondary market.

This more recent one Lee did for Black Order #1 was a success, being a 1:50 ratio variant. It saw sales as high as $300. With Black Order #1 having only around 32,532 print run size reported by Comichron, that makes this 1:50 all the more special.

Sales seem to have cooled off some but most listings at Buy It Now start around the $115 range which is still more than double it’s standard retailer 1:50 price that most shops list these at. It’s a sweet cover and it’s definitely one for the personal collection if you can snag one at a good price.

Next up is In-Hyuk Lee’s Infinity Generals Variants he did for Marvel’s Infinity Event. These were all 1:75 ratio variants to my knowledge. If you can find them for cheap, these are some pretty sweet covers of the Black Order Generals. I would love to put together a set to set side by side as they are all connecting covers.

Click on the images to check these on eBay sales of each.

One of my favorite covers is a recent Black Panther #1 Variant which was a 1:25 ratio variant. He also did a sweet regular Cover A for Black Panther #3 for the most recent Black Panther series. I would totally welcome more covers from Lee for this series.

Now one of Lee’s hardest to find covers was one off his earliest cover artwork he did for Marvel which goes to Avengers Assemble #13 Variant which was a 1:50 variant. At the time I wrote this, there is only 3 available and they’re all CGC graded copies, one in Canada at a 9.6 grade and they’re pretty pricey. The 9.6 is listed at $300 and the others that are 9.8 start at $500. But it’s definitely a prize for any In-Hyuk Lee fan and collector.

The total print run for this book was just 28,432 so as a 1:50 variant with likely a bunch of other hula hoops Marvel makes retailers jump through to qualify for these, there just can’t be that many out in the wild. Maybe someone who owns a shop and diamond account can recall the qualifications for this one so we can narrow down just how many there might be out there.

As In-Hyuk Lee has a bunch of covers and art under his belt, we can go on and on so I just wanted to highlight what I think is some of his artwork and here’s a few more I think we can all appreciate.

   

New Avengers #31 just carries that creepy vibe. You can still find these online for cover price. Everyone likely remembers the recent Marvel Zombie #1 which slightly heated up a few months back.

Amazing Spider-Man #700.5 didn’t get much appreciation I think because who cares about those issues with decimal points? Still available online but still a pretty cool cover I think. The last is one of his most recent covers. Conan vs. Marvel Heroes variant for Immortal Hulk #10 which did sell out but it didn’t catch a whole lot of heat. I think most will be seeking out covers that are more inline with the current story line for the book and Immortal Hulk is getting great reviews so most will be seeking out the Cover A books I think for this series.


That’s a wrap I think for In-Hyuk Lee. Hope everyone enjoyed this new Artist Spotlight I want to keep doing. Maybe you all can suggest who the next artist we should focus on in the comments.

New Chandra Nalaar Comic Heats Up Magic the Gathering Lore

Magic the Gathering and Wizards of the Coast heat up this holiday season with IDW’s first release of Chandra, celebrating 25 years of of the iconic trading card game.  The first comic release from MTG in four years, IDW brings in writer Vita Ayala (Suicide Squad) and artist Harvey Tolibao (Danger Girl Trinity) to bring the fiery planeswalker to life in a series of adventures and challenges.


We are first introduced to Chandra in Dominaria, following her narrative through the plane as she fights off an army of funguslike Thallids, first appearing in the comic in a striking full page debut.  She finds herself fully taken by the Thallids until a flashback of Nicol Bolas causes her to momentarily lose control and level the fungus horde with destructive ease.

The comic does well in its fan service; Ayala leads the reader through quick mentions of Tarkir, Ixalan, Alara, and even brings in Ajani and Pia Nalaar for cameos on Chandra’s home realm of Kaladesh.  Tolibao carries the story with his art and has a striking ability to accentuate Chandra’s affinity for fire, showing the power only a Planeswalker could possess.

 

This is a great comic for any fan of Magic the Gathering, especially if the full novels seem too daunting to explore.  Chandra is one of the “first five” Planeswalkers from the card game, and with Ajani already teased momentarily in the story, we would hope to see Jace, Liliana or Garruk in upcoming releases.  The strength of the MTG lore may also be its downfall if its hoping to bring in interest from fans outside of the card game.  Characters other than Chandra are not explained or introduced well, so the quick appearances of Nicol Bolas and Tibalt could reverberate with meticulous Magic players but probably not with anyone else.

The comic was packed with enough shoutouts to the game that it felt overwhelming at times, and a little more world development is something we hope to see later in the series.  The cameos from Pia and Ajani showed the softer side of Chandra, which slowed the story in comparison to her fighting panels however.  Despite these shortcomings, this is good fan read and ends with a small character cliff-hanger, so we are looking forward to issue #2 which releases next month.

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Meet Spider-Man Noir in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in This New Clip

We’re all looking forward to seeing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and as we all should be. One of the characters that might just be spot on casting is Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir. This is the second animated superhero that Cage has voiced this year. He got finally be a version of Superman in Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. IGN has shared an exclusive look at the backstory for Spider-Man Noir if you happen to be unfamiliar with the character.

Spider-Man Noir is one of several amazing Spider-People we get to see in this awesome movie. It’s on the top of a lot best of lists despite not even getting released yet. It finally comes out this week after over two weeks of critics hyping the movie to high heaven to which this writer is also guilty. In my own defense, the movie really is amazing and you should check it out this weekend.

Summary: Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, stars Shameik Moore, Liev Schreiber, Lily Tomlin, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Luna Lauren Velez, and Hailee Steinfeld. It will be released on December 14th.

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Best Board Game Gifts of 2018

Board games are always a great gift option and our guide takes a look at some of the best releases this year alongside classics that are never too old to pass up on.

The Batman Who Laughs #1 Review: Snyder and Jock Show Off Their Brilliance In Great First Issue

I approached this new series with some wariness. Though Scott Snyder and Jock are some of the best creators in the industry at the moment I find the concept behind The Batman Who Laughs (an amalgam of the Joker and Batman who clearly owes a visual and conceptual debt to 2000AD’s Judge Death) derivative and I found the previous Metal crossover that introduced the character tiresome.

(As an aside, anybody else find it strange that amalgam characters are in so many stories at the moment – Marvel’s current Infinity Wars crossover seems all about that and there was of course so much of that stuff in Metal. Is the (flash in the pan) success of Gwenpool and Deadpool the Duck etc. to blame for all this? It’s really weird when these trends take off in comics – like when Superior Spider-Man led to a rash of super-hero-turn-bad stores like Axis and Hydra-Cap. Have comics always been so influenced by trends? Or is just a more recent thing and a reflection of the quick pitch and editor-centric nature of current comics? Your take is welcome below!)

Anyway I needn’t have been wary – Snyder and Jock are in top form here – telling an action packed, funny and enthralling story that sets up the 6-issue mini-series masterfully.

Smartly there is no attempt to make The Batman Who Laughs the protagonist – the story stars the apparently (who knows there may be a twist) regular Batman as he discovers an extremely familiar corpse and discovers that his Jokerized alternate universe counterpart (whom Batman describes as “me – he has my training, my memories, my mind … but he’s me free from codes, morals, heart black as the Joker . He is the living embodiment of the idea that Batman Always Wins) has returned to wreak havoc.

Jock’s bold sense of design that makes him one of the industry’s best cover artists is on full display here. Every page seems framed around a single striking image yet manages to tell the story with a crisp efficiency. There is a fair amount of plot and dialogue that Snyder needs to put in to this set- up issue and Jock’s pages manage to give him plenty of space for all that while not seeming over stuffed or slowing the pace.

I do have a few qualms about the story – one editorially unkillable character is apparently killed twice in this issue (spoilers in link!) and this new idea that the Joker’s heart contains some sort of jokerizng “super toxin” seems ridiculous, but these are minor quibbles. There is a lot to like here – like the unusual high speed chase that opens the issue, the questions about Batman’s war on crime that the mysterious corpse provokes and a great joke about ”Dark Knight Returns” – this is an easy issue to recommend, hopefully the rest of this series lives up to this impressive beginning.

 

SUMMARY: Writer: Scott Snyder, Artist: Jock, Colors: David Baron, Letters: Sal Cipriano, Cover:  Jock Variant Cover: Greg Capullo & FCO Plascencia, Assistant Editor:  Dave Wielgos, Editor: Katie Kubert Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99.

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New ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2 Trailer & Poster

New 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2 Trailer & Poster

More Pike, Spock and Red Angel

Source: Discovery S2 Trailer, Art Released

We've already had our first look and a trailer for the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Discovery. So we've seen Captain Pike (Anson Mount), got a glimpse of Spock (Ethan Peck), and were teased more about the beacons and a "Red Angel". With the second season just over a month away, the folks at CBS have released a new semi-meaty trailer and a poster for brand awareness.

The new trailer shows us more Spock and why he was missing from the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise when the Discovery crew first meet up with them. This ties in with the beacons and the Red Angel, and of course, has the fate of the universe at stake. They also mention super secretive Section 31, first revealed in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, So… we guess it wasn't all that secretive all this time.

Anyways, take a look at the trailer:

 

Also gaze at the (non-teaser) poster for season two:

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Star Trek: Discovery season 2 launches on CBS All Access January 17, 2019.



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The Bumblebee Movie

The Bumblebee Movie

A welcome breath of fresh air for the Transformers franchise


Bumblebee jettisons the bombast and excess of the preceding Transformers films for something smaller and more introspective. It's still an action film through and through, but with the heart and soul of a 1980's Steven Spielberg film. Fans of Michael Bay's work on the franchise may miss the flash and spectacle of the prior films, but fans of the original cartoon should be well pleased. The film's deft mix of action and humor even offers plenty for the general movie-going public, who may not know a Fortress Maximus from an Ultra Magnus. Bumblebee is easily the best Transformers movie to date, and it is great fun for fans both new and old.

What is perhaps most important to understand about reviewing Bumblebee is that the plot is really only half the story. Sure, I can tell you that Bumblebee is about the titular Autobot meeting a human companion and attempting to stop a Decepticon invasion of Earth, but that really misses the point. Bumblebee is fundamentally about the relationship between Bumblebee and Charlie, his human partner in this movie, and how each of them grow as individuals through their friendship. It is a character-centric film with a flashy sci-fi coating, much in the vein of E.T. or The Iron Giant. In a lot of ways it feels like what the 2007 Transformers film tried but failed to accomplish. The story beats of both films are surprisingly similar, but director Travis Knight and writer Christina Hodson manage to inject this film with heart and emotion that its predecessor sorely lacked. Much of that can be credited to Hailee Steinfeld, who ably carries the emotional heft of the film. The animators did a fantastic job on Bumblebee as well, taking him from loveable mechanical dog to red-eyed death machine and back without missing a beat.

That attention to character detail carries over to much of the rest of the cast. The two Decepticon antagonists are given personalities and motivations more fully realized than almost any of the baddies from the prior films. The remaining cast of human characters are given relatively little focus in favor of the main cast, but even they have more life than any secondary characters from the Michael Bay-directed films (and personalities that aren't driven by offensive stereotypes to boot). Again, the cast really carries this part of the movie. Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux are equal parts smooth and sinister as the evil Decepticons Shatter and Dropkick, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. handles Memo's sidekick duties with aplomb, and John Cena continues to prove that he's a surprisingly capable actor who can handle both action and comedy.

Notwithstanding the character-centric nature of the film, the visuals are a treat. The movie begins with a stunning CGI battle sequence between the Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron, which will no doubt delight fans of the original cartoon. Watching a G1-accurate Optimus Prime battle equally old-school versions of Thundercracker and Ravage was certainly a thrill for my inner six-year-old. The action largely takes a back seat after the first act before ramping back up for the film's climax. The final battle is not nearly as massive in scope as any of the climactic scenes from the prior Transformers films, but it is certainly well executed. The more simplified robot designs make the action much easier to follow compared to the earlier films, and the choreography of the fights is well done. The film is also surprisingly funny in a wholesome way, avoiding the vulgar jokes and bathroom humor of the franchise's earlier installments. Robot-on-robot violence aside, it's a charming family film.

After a decade of relentless explosions, convoluted plots, and thin characters, Bumblebee is a much needed course correction. The franchise needed to transform itself after the underperformance of The Last Knight, and Bumblebee is just the jolt that it needed. Bumblebee is great fun for fans and non-fans alike, and both G1 purists and Bay-verse devotees will find something to love.



Written or Contributed by MrBlack


Fangoria Launches Horror Podcast ‘The Narrow Caves’ December 20

Fangoria has announced a pretty awesome new project. They will be launching a new podcast, which they are describing as a “ear movie”. The Narrow Caves will be a new form of entertainment that looks to bring the Hollywood experience to podcasting. The project will consist of eight episodes, and is based of a script by writer S. Craig Zahler. The cast of the project includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Will Patton, Lili Simmons, and Wyatt Russell. Audioboom Originals Network and horror streaming service Shudder will partner with Fangoria on the project.

Fangoria The Narrow Caves

Two college students, Walter and Ruby, are drawn to each other despite an antagonistic initial encounter. Their strange bond grows stronger when Walter joins Ruby on a holiday trip to her home in upstate New York, where a living darkness inhabits the woodlands that surround her family’s mansion. This engrossing and unpredictable blend of mystery, horror, and romance subverts the idea of “fated love” while exploring strange compulsions, intense desires, and ancient mysteries best left buried deep in the earth.

Fangoria CEO Dallas Sonnier had this to say about the project:

The Narrow Caves is the first Audiostate ever released, a new type of content that combines the immersive quality of Hollywood films with the intimacy of audio, creating an ‘ear-movie’ experience. Top talents from film and television have brought their years of storytelling experience to the podcast, bringing these characters to life and setting them on a lurid yet gorgeous path.”

You can listen to a little bit of a preview right now on iTunes. The show launches on December 20th.

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Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Psycho Pirate Explained

With The CW's announcement that 2019's Arrowverse crossover will be Crisis on Infinite Earths, it got us theorizing on just what that could mean for this DC TV universe. It also got us questioning how a specific character in this year's crossover is significant to next year's Crisis.

Full spoilers for the "Elseworlds" crossover finale continue below.

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Pascal & Others Confirmed For ‘The Mandalorian’

Pascal & Others Confirmed For 'The Mandalorian'

Apollo Creed joins the fight

Source: Pedro Pascal Revealed as The Mandalorian

Well, we thought they were confirmed but Lucasfilm has confirmed that Pedro Pascal will be the lead in the Star Wars spin-off series  The Mandalorian. They also confirmed that Gina Carano and Nick Nolte would also be featured in the upcoming series.

Furthermore, Omid Abtahi, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow, and Apollo Creed himself Carl Weathers have also been cast in the series. None of the actors' roles, aside from Pascal as The Mandalorian, have been identified. Now we have a cast and set of directors for the series… how about a trailer Lucasfilm?!

The Mandalorian will mosey onto Disney+, the Disney streaming service, sometime late in 2019.



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First Trailer For Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Will Debut on Christmas

The trailer for Jordan Peele‘s Us, the follow-up to Get Out will drop on Christmas Day. Us comes into the universe with the highest of expectations because of the team behind the camera. Peele is working again with Blumhouse and producer Jason Blum, with Universal distributing. Peele confirmed the date of the trailer drop today on his Twitter. A new poster was also revealed, which you can find below.

 

“A mother (Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o from Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and 12 Years a Slave) and a father (Winston Duke from Black Panther) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Emmy winner Elizabeth Moss from TV series The Handmaid’s Tale). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.”

Us Poster 2

Jordan Peele is one of the most important voices in film that we have at the moment, and that he is making genre films and horror thrills me to no end. The amount of prestige and respect that he brings to horror in general cannot be overstated. This sounds like it will be some kind of home invasion thriller, and with this filmmaker and cast, it should jump to the top of most people’s must-see lists.

Us, directed by Jordan Peele, and starring Lupita Nyong’oWinston DukeElizabeth MossTim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen IIAnna DiopShahadi Wright JosephEvan AlexMadison Curry, Cali Sheldon, and Noelle Sheldon opens on March 15, 2019.

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Zdarsky Returns To Stalk Spidey Through The Ages With ‘Spider-Man: Life Story’

Zdarsky Returns To Stalk Spidey Through The Ages With 'Spider-Man: Life Story'

Spider-Man in real time

Source: Marvel asks fans to “swing through time” with ‘Spider-Man: Life Story’

Marvel (exxxclusive) writer Chip Zdarsky, who left the most recent Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man title earlier this year with issue #310, is returning to write the character next year. The title is a "high-end" 6-issue limited series titled Spider-Man: Life Story.

Life Story will follow Spider-Man through the decades, with historical events in the background, as he ages. The first issue has the webslinger in 1966 when the Vietnam War was still being fought. Zdarsky explains  the idea behind the series:

"This is an idea I've had since I first started working for Marvel, something that explores the characters and the Marvel universe on a deeper level, where time changes both the characters and the world."

 

Zdarsky will be joined by artist Mark Bagley, and the writer is of course pleased by that:

"Being able to span decades with one of the most iconic Spider-Man artists ever, Mark Bagley, is surreal. He's creating fresh takes on classic characters and moments in really dynamic ways."

 

Spider-Man: Life Story #1, part of Marvel's 80th anniversary celebration, will land in March, 2019.

SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1 (of 6)

Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art by MARK BAGLEY
Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
Variant cover by MARCOS MARTIN

 

SMLIFESTORY_CVR_001.jpgSpider-Man: Life Story #1 cover

 

 



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Classic Western Comics Return in AC COMICS March 2019 Solicitations

With ROY ROGERS, The DURANGO KID. JIMMY WAKELY, MONTE HALE, TOM MIX, Wild BILL ELLIOT, and more.

JOELLE JONES Steps Back From Drawing CATWOMAN #7

But she's still writing.

BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT #4 Postponed Indefinitely

Eight years, but it'll be "worth the wait" according to DC.

Best Shots Reviews: GODDESS MODE #1, MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1, More

As well as THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 and DOCTOR STRANGE: THE BEST DEFENSE #1.

LOU FERRIGNO JR. Cast as HOURMAN – Report

For DC Universe's STARGIRL.

Daily Deals: 57% off Transformers Vintage G1 Hot Rod and More Last Minute Holiday Deals

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ddtransformershotrodTransformers: Vintage G1 Autobot Hot Rod for $12.97

Not only is this officially licensed vintage Transformers toys actually in stock, it's discounted a whopping 57% off. As far as authenticity is concerned, the G1 Transformers reissues were made using "the original production tooling including die-cast parts and classic heat-sensitive stickers."

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JASON LUTES on the End of BERLIN and the Beginning of ARIZONA 1865

After 22 years, one of the most acclaimed sagas in comics is over – and its creator has plenty of thoughts

JZ Says – WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs… and Stairs (Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt)

Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH – Sunday, December 14, 2014

Michael Cole, JBL, and Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler are on commentary.

~KICKOFF MATCH~
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods) defeat Goldust & Stardust at 11:00. It’s hard to remember a time when New Day was so not over that they were relegated to the preshow. They work the tag team formula as the idiots on commentary talk about The Great Gazoo way more than is necessary. Gold and Stardust keep Kingston isolated in their half of the ring. This goes on for a while, and then Big E gets the hot tag. New Day cleans house and hits Stardust with the Midnight Hour to get the pin. Perfectly solid preshow stuff here.
Rating: **½

~MATCH #1~
Dolph Ziggler defeats Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper at 16:42 in a Ladder Match to regain the title. Harper has been the Champion since 11.17.14, and this is his fourth defense. Harper uses his size and power to control the early part of the match, using both traditional and ladder-based offense. He even hits a suicide dive to the floor, taking a terrible landing on his arm. Both men continue to abuse each other, with Ziggler taking a particularly hellacious beating. Finally, with both men up on ladders, Ziggler hits Harper perfectly with a superkick to knock him down. That’s enough for Ziggler to pull down the belt. While they didn’t reach classic status, they certainly took a lot of punishment for our amusement and the crowd was invested in their hometown boy Ziggler, so this was a great choice for an opener. And after busing their asses to put on a show, Harper and Ziggler were rewarded with, well, nothing.
Rating: ***¾

~MATCH #2~
The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) defeat WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & Damien Mizdow by disqualification at 7:16. Miz and Mizdow have been the Champions since 11.23.14, and this is their second defense. The crowd here cares only about Mizdow. The Usos dominate the match, working over Miz while Mizdow engages in shenanigans. After that goes on for a while, Miz gets frustrated and hits one of the Usos with a Slammy Award for the disqualification. This was a big bowl of nothing, with a terrible finish.
Rating: *½

~MATCH #3~
Big Show defeats Erick Rowan at 11:13 in a Stairs Match. The gist here is that the stairs are a legal weapon, but how many times have you seen stairs used and how many times have you seen someone get disqualified for it? I notice something about Rowan in this match – he’s terrible. They try to get creative with the stairs, but that’s easier said than done. After what feels like forever, Show hits a Chokeslam on the stairs, then lands a knockout punch to the back of the head. Show uses the stairs to help pin Rowan. Cole says this was a “tremendous matchup” but he’s lying through his teeth. This was awful.
Rating: ½*

~MATCH #4~
John Cena defeats Seth Rollins (w/ Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury) in a Tables Match at 23:33. Cena has plenty of fire in the early going, but interference from J&J Security plays a big factor in Rollins taking control. When Cena starts to fight back, Noble and Mercury straight up get in the ring and turn this into a handicap match. They take the fight outside the ring, where Cena counters his trio of adversaries long enough to take Mercury and Noble out of the equation. Back in the ring the battle continues, and eventually Cena puts Rollins through a table with an Attitude Adjustment, but the referee had been knocked out, so he didn’t see it. Mercury and Noble return, and this time Cena gives them a simultaneous AA through a table to hopefully eliminate them for good. Cena and Rollins fight on the apron and both try to throw the other through two tables at ringside, but they land at the same time. Referees disagree about who won, so the match will restart! As Cena and Rollins fight some more, Big Show makes his way down, and as he gets ready to chokeslam Cena, the music of Roman Reigns hits! Reigns comes through the crowd and hits Show with the Superman Punch and then spears him through a table. Rollins takes the next Superman Punch, and that allows Cena to put Rollins through a table with an AA to get the win. Rollins and Cena always work well together and some of it was good, but this match was a total cluster. In addition to the tons of interference, I must say that almost three years later I have no memory of why Show and Reigns would be involved. Big disappointment here.
Rating: **¾

~MATCH #5~
Divas Champion Nikki Bella (w/ Brie Bella) defeats AJ Lee to retain the title at 7:44. Nikki has been the Champion since 11.23.14, and this is her first defense. Nikki dominates her challenger in the opening minutes, while her sister cheers her on. AJ makes a comeback and gets Nikki in a pinning position, but Brie puts her sister’s foot on the bottom rope. While the official kicks Brie out of the arena, Nikki sprays hairspray in AJ’s eyes and then hits the Rack Attack to get the pin. Decent match, but nothing more than what would be presented on TV.
Rating: **½

~MATCH #6~
Ryback defeats Kane in a Chairs Mach at 9:50. They brawl around… slowly. Both men use a steel chair, as the rules of the match allow for them to do so. The crowd has no f*cks to give about this match. It just keeps going on and on, even after Kane hits a Chokeslam and Ryback kicks out. Ryback comes back with the Meat Hook and Shell Shocked to get the pin. Not as bad as the stairs match, but certainly not good.
Rating: *

~MATCH #7~
United States Champion Rusev (w/ Lana) defeats Jack Swagger at 4:49 to retain the title. Rusev has been the Champion since 11.3.14, and this is his third defense. Swagger attacks Rusev’s previously injured ankle, which is highly convenient for his finisher, the Patriot Lock. A vast majority of this match is one of the guys in the other’s submission finisher, and Swagger loses that battle, tapping out to The Accolade. They only had five minutes to work with, so they did what they could.
Rating: **

~MATCH #8~
Bray Wyatt defeats Dean Ambrose at 26:55 in a TLC Match. This is the type of TLC match where you win by pin-fall or submission. I know they were feuding because of the Hell in a Cell hologram, but I really don’t think there was anything specific that was ever stated for why Bray created the hologram in the first place. Ambrose dominates the early going and introduces kendo sticks for fun. Bray turns the tables by knocking Ambrose off the top rope through a ringside table. That gives Bray the advantage for a good long while, and he abuses Ambrose in a variety of ways. It takes some time, but Ambrose eventually comes back and the fight up the aisle amongst the various tables, ladders, and chairs décor. They get back to the ring and trade control back and forth some more. Ambrose finds a TV under the ring and admires his visage, before going down the aisle to retrieve an extra tall ladder. Ambrose goes all the way up the ladder and puts Bray through an announce table with a leaping elbow drop. Back in the ring Ambrose tries to hit Bray with the TV monitor he found earlier but it literally blows up in his face. One Sister Abigail later and Bray gets the pin. Okay match with some cool spots but it was way too long, and the finish was profoundly stupid, with the benefit of not helping either guy. The guys worked hard but the booking totally hamstrung them.
Rating: **¾

JZ Says
The opener is a lot of fun, but everything after is either disappointing or terrible, making this a difficult pill to swallow. The Kane and Big Show matches were particularly soul-crushing, and Rollins/Cena and Ambrose/Wyatt were just a letdown. Awful, awful show here.

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 5 Giveaway

On the fifth day of Christmas, Secret Agent Poyo is giving out to thee….

FIVE…MINUS THREE EQUALS TWO COPIES… of Black Panther books/covers. These include Black Panther #2 Killmonger 1st Symbiote plus a bonus New Avengers #12 Black Panther 50th Anniversary Variant.

Rules are simple for my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

1. Comment with your name or handle in this article thread.
2. One entry per person per day or giveaway.
3. Comments must be within the 24 hours of the post to be eligible.
4. Winners will all be announced after the 12th day (cause you never know, you might win more than one book).
5. Winners that are not in the U.S. agree to chip in for international shipping. Within the U.S. Poyo covers shipping costs.

Good luck!

One Week Later Report for December 5th, 2018

Welcome once again to the another installment of the One Week Later Report. This week we’ll cover the books released on 12/5/2018. This week had some great indie books hitting the shelves, so let’s dig in to what’s happened since they were released into the wild.

DC Books

No clear winners yet, most if not all the DC books that came out this week you can still find at your local retailer or online shops for cover price.

There was a surprise in Batman #60 which I think we can expect to lead up to some more exciting books in the near future that link back to issue #38, but it’s all speculative at this point. We’ll have to just wait and see.

I will note that Martian Manhunter exceeded my expectations and was my favorite new read from this week. Have you all seen Middleton’s issue #2 cover in my likes and dislikes? Like Blind Adam would say..  it’s #awesomesauce.

Marvel Books

Marvel didn’t see a lot of movement on the secondary market from this week either. With some books sold out at online retailers, this didn’t amount to any heat.

Immortal Hulk #10 In-Hyuk Lee Variant was one of our picks from last week. Although it’s a great cover and a must for any In-Hyuk Lee fan to throw into their personal collection, this didn’t see much movement with sales at cover price.

There’s a few listings of throwing cover A with this one as a set for around the $8.99 price range but unless those sellers got these at dealer cost, that’s not much of a profit margin for a $3.99 price book.

The new Killmonger #1 Movie Variant saw some movement on the secondary market with one sold listing at the $15 mark, not much heat since. Most sales were around the given retailer price range for this ratio variant so this one only worked out for sellers if they got it for cover price. If you missed out though, lots of sales at the $6 or so.

Bill Sienkiewicz has his fans but they weren’t flocking for his new Winter Soldier #1 incentive variant.

Most shops would list this at around the $30 range and these only peaked at $35 briefly with one sale, a handful or so at the $25 range and the rest below $25. One sold at $10.

So now’s the time to buy if you missed out, you can likely find this one for cheap on the secondary market.

There was one more book that is doing well but it was likely out of reach for most people being a 1:100 hidden gem variant.

That goes to Uncanny X-Men #4 Mark Brooks Hidden Gem Variant that most retailers listed around the $100 retail price range but sales have been upwards of $250 but most have settled around the $200 price range.

Not bad if you found for dirt cheap. Sell’em as I don’t think this one will stay at $200 for long but what do I know, I’m just a chicken right? I like Mark Brooks art most of the time but this one I wouldn’t classify as one of his better covers.

Independent and Small Publisher Books

Once again I find myself talking about Rags again. We saw Rags #1 second print hit stands and it’s enjoying more success selling at a peak of $50 but has since settled as a solid $15 to $20 book.

These sold out quickly online and I actually visited my local shops which got none of them. Since Rags announced the self-published would become a print to order, the Antarctic Press books seem like the more desirable ones as of lately.

Although it was a $10 book to start off with, Dunkirk One Shot is seeing some slight success being a solid $20 book with a couple at around the $25 sold price range. Not a whole lot listed and not a whole lot sold.

So if you can find them, might not be a bad pickup, especially for you War history buffs.

The Source #1 hit stands again with a second print variant. Selling out online and being scarce at most retailers (again, my local shops got none), these aren’t seeing the same success as the first print.

Most sales have been around the $10 average range with a few sellers listing them at $5.

We also saw issue 2 hit stands as well, selling out really fast at Midtown and other retailers who listed them in advance.

These have been a solid $10 to $15 book with a rare retailer variant that’s limited to just 300 selling around the $30 range. Still not a bad pickup if you can find them and intend to flip.

Ogre #2 turned out to be a solid $10 book itself, give or take a few bucks on some sales. This sold out quickly online despite being limited to just 1 by Midtown.

The winner for the indie books seems to be the new Grumble #1 from Albatross with the secret word bubble variants. Some saw sales upwards of $100 and a few others in the $60 range. So if you can find the Witchcraft bubble variant, that one seems like the clear winner but most if not all the other bubble variants are selling quite well if you can find them.

Still not a bad week but not a real solid week. A lot of these books being 2nd prints and or the second issues in series despite we know having a smaller print run aren’t usually as desirable from first issues or first prints. But over time if these are ever optioned with media deals, these could turn into long term hold winners.

 

Check the Stacks: Grumble #1 (A Comic Heating Up)


When you go out comic shopping tomorrow, do not forget to check the stacks for this flip opportunity. Grumble #1 is the new book by the pug-loving artist Mike Norton. 

So here is the scoop on this book that is heating up. Cover A has sales around $4-10 range. The higher end of that is not bad for a $4 book that came out last week. Still, not the best flip, but there is more.

  Cover B, shown to the left, has sales as high as $19.99, with sales today in the $14 range. It is sliding off a bit but potentially money to be made there.

 

But the real money is coming from the Secret Word Bubble Variant. These are selling for as much as $45.00  today,  (auction) and others making a quick flip at $17-$40.

Check this links to see the images of the  Secret Word Bubble Variant from eBay listings. There seems to be two different word balloon variants, each with a different saying.

 

So check the stacks tomorrow. Could be worth it!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 4 Giveaway

On the fourth day of Christmas, Secret Agent Poyo is giving out to thee….

One issue of Riri Williams Ironheart #1 Vecchio 1:10 Variant copy..

Rules are simple for my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

1. Comment with your name or handle in this article thread.
2. One entry per person per day or giveaway.
3. Comments must be within the 24 hours of the post to be eligible.
4. Winners will all be announced after the 12th day (cause you never know, you might win more than one book).
5. Winners that are not in the U.S. agree to chip in for international shipping. Within the U.S. Poyo covers shipping costs.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Day 4 Contest Entries Closed, winner announced in 9 days. Day 5 Giveaway is active!

Spoilers: Batman Who Laughs #1


Batman Who Laughs #1 is in stores tomorrow. These spoilers may be re-tread for some as similar spoilers were already leaked out, however, if you haven’t seen it, here you go.

Batman Who Laughs gets a sidekick, The Grim Knight.

And since they are on the current DC universe, there is only one guy to gun for.

He has an answer to the question, one word….

But this guy is ready to do it.

 

Spoilers: Detective Comics #994 Someone is Making it Personal Against Batman

Detective Comics #994 is in stores tomorrow. This starts the countdown to Detective #1000. The story line kicks off strong. The story focuses on Dr. Leslie Tompkins and a mystery involving Bruce Wayne’s parents. 

Commissioner Jordan calls Batman in to help with a murder mystery. The reason being….

The mystery deepens when Batman finds…..

Meanwhile Dr. Leslie Tompkins checks out for the night.

When she is attacked by….

Leslie is defiant, but….

Who could be responsible for the attack? Someone who seems to know Batman well. Leslie knows Batman well, but I do not think she is the cause because here are the end results.

Spoilers: Updated X-23 #7

Yesterday, we put up Spoilers for X-23 #7. We showed off a new clawed villain for X-23. We have more of the story tonight.  Seems we have an identity of sorts now.

X-23 #7 is in stores tomorrow.

Honey Badger and X-23 discuss the appearance of the mystery villain who is now in custody of the Beast.

They realize she is…….

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