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Comic Book Reviews: DC Round-up Week 07-27-2016
DC’s Rebirth is going strong, as the company gives us some fantastic books with great creative teams. Geoff Johns begin given more power and helping craft this road for the company was definitely the smart choice here. So with all the praise being given, there are a few areas I’d like to see some improvement. The most important is being “continuity”. Part of what brought about this change was getting the characters back to basics, back to remnants of their pre-new52 personas which so many readers were drawn too. That’s great, and I think it’s starting to show through the writers the company has on each title (thus far). However, there are some aspects that make feel like these books exist in their own self-contained worlds, which is fine, but then at other points some series try to reference other series, »
- Jeremy Scully
Including bonus features such as interviews with the cast and crew and a tour of the film's locations, the Blu-ray of Brad Anderson's Session 9 will debut on August 16th courtesy of Scream Factory. Also: a trailer and poster for Romeo's Distress and a look at Scream Queen Stream's parody of the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
Session 9 Blu-ray Release Details: Press Release: "Fear is a place… A “deft exercise in atmospheric horror” (L.A. Weekly) that takes place in an abandoned mental hospital, Session 9 makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy Scream Factory on August 16th, 2016. This release comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews with cast and crew, and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, a new revisiting of the locations of the film.
It looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing... abandoned and deteriorating, the Danvers State Mental Hospital, »
- Tamika Jones
Scream Factory celebrates over three decades of Dan O'Bannon's graveyard bash at this year's Comic-Con with a special Return of the Living Dead autograph signing, and their annual "Inside Look" panel will feature the eagerly anticipated announcements of future releases
Taking place at Shout! Factory's booth (#4118) on Friday, July 22nd, The Return of the Living Dead autograph signing will feature cast members Thom Mathews (Freddy) and John Philbin (Chuck), as well as Sean Clark, who hosted a new episode of Horror's Hallowed Grounds for the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the beloved horror comedy.
"An Inside Look at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory" panel, meanwhile, will be held in Room 29Ab at 8:00pm. Below, we have the official press release with full details:
Press Release: Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2016 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, »
- Derek Anderson
There aint nothing undead that can't be made undeader. That appears to be the guiding principal behind Emilis Velyvis' Guardians Of The Night, a bit of Underworld meets Night Watch action-horror out of Russia. The story is familiar enough - a courier stumbles across the reality of supernatural creatures hidden in plain sight in Moscow and is recruited by the organization tasked with keeping them under control - so it's really all about execution. And Velyvis - who, as an interesting side note, actually had a bit part as an actor in Brad Anderson's Transsiberian - seems pretty solid on that front. We ran a first teaser for this one back in April and it has now been followed by a full trailer, with English...
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The epic conclusion to the Darkseid War that we had all been waiting for, but that I feel got over shadowed by the DC Comics Rebirth Special. All anyone wanted to talk about was the big reveal in Rebirth as well as the shocking reveal in Captain America. This could have been avoided if they were able to finish the book in time but unfortunately there was a delay. Regardless of it being late Geoff Johns delivers quite the finale. Throughout this massive issue most of our questions get answered, but a few were left unresolved setting up future stories.
One of the most important reveals is the father of Superwoman’s baby. It turns out to be Alexander Luthor’s, who had the ability to absorb others energy including Gods. Sadly for Superwoman she is killed shortly after giving birth to the baby by Grail. Who then uses the »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Through my 27 years on this planet Scooby Doo and the gang have always been around. Early on it was the badly American animated TV show (don’t get me wrong I loved me some Scooby Doo but I recall a couple of times seeing a head backwards on a character or two). In this day and age there are much better produced cartoons, all kinds of team up movies and even some comic books. One thing I know for sure is that this is a group of characters that seem like they will be able to survive through many generations or kids and adults. This is where DC Comics along with Jim Lee come in, giving us a modern adult take on the classic characters in “Scooby Apocalypse”.
The first issue focuses on introducing the characters as well as the plot. Velma has been working on a secret project with »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Ricky Church reviews Justice League #50…
This is it!! The massive, 48-page conclusion to the critically-acclaimed “Darkseid War” can hardly be contained between two covers! Don’t miss the final fates of the world’s greatest heroes and villains, along with world-changing revelations for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. It doesn’t get bigger than this as DC’s monthly super hero event comic sets the stage for the next year and beyond!
The conclusion of The Darkseid War was an action heavy spectacle that delivered on several emotional moments and answered some long-standing questions made throughout this story. It is also Geoff Johns’ send off from Justice League, DC’s flagship title which he has written since The New 52 launched in 2011. Justice League #50 closes the door on this era of the title while opening some new ones to be explored in DC Rebirth. »
- Ricky Church
I started reading comics in the “New 52” era. In fact Scott Snyder was already in his second arc in Batman. Lucky for me one of my closest friends made sure that I read certain stories from DC Comics amazing legacy. For example Flashpoint Paradox, The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Death of Superman, Blackest Night and so on and so on. So much rich history in characters and story arcs, that to this day I am still trying to catch up with. A lot of that past had gotten lost within the New 52 and DC You, changing a lot these “legacy” characters and in the process making long time readers very uncomfortable. Enter Geoff John’s rebirth.
Without giving too much away, Geoff John’s does a brilliant job at using pre New 52 Wally West as a narrator and as the main character in our journey through Rebirth. »
- Emmanuel Gomez
The CW has ordered three new series for the 2016-17 season, in addition to picking up “Supergirl” from CBS for Season 2 and renewing almost the entirety of their 2015-16 lineup.
“Riverdale” hails from Warner Bros. Television and “Supergirl” and “The Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is described as a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Berlanti serves as exec producer alongside Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also penned the pilot, which was directed by Lee Toland Krieger.
The cast includes Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”), Cole Sprouse (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Jesse Stone”), Kj Apa (“Shortland Street”) Marisol Nichols (“Gcb”), Mädchen Amick »
- Laura Prudom
Exclusive: Dean Norris, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham and Mark Pellegrino have been added to the cast of High Wire Act, the Tony Gilroy-scripted political action thriller starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike. Brad Anderson is directing. The latest movement on this comes as Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures (Trumbo, Captain Fantastic) has come aboard to produce and finance the pic, which now begins filming next month in Tangier. Good Universe is handling sales rights and will… »
This title has a lot going on. I’ve gone back a few times to makes sure that I haven’t missed anything. In this issue it seems to all start to come together. Jessica Cruz is insider her ring struggling to get free with the help of Cyborg, who downloaded his consciousness into the ring. Lex Luthor thinking he is invincible is trying to take on Mobius on his own. The Justice League and Crime Syndicate are a sneeze away from tearing each other apart. The only thing that is keeping them as “allies” for the moment is the baby that Superwoman is about to have, which according to Batman is the weapon that Owlman was talking about. The fight between the League and Mobius rages on when suddenly the Flash arrives warning everyone that death is near. Just as it looks like death had come for Lex, a »
- Emmanuel Gomez
I am not sure what to make of this title anymore. We had a one month delay for the fourth issue and the next issue won’t be out until the end of June! What about the final issue? Well that one has been cancelled all together to be resolicit at a later date. So why should I support a title so unorganized? With it only being six issues long, they should have Finished it altogether and then released it. Would have made more sense right? By the time the next issue comes out I am going to be deep into Rebirth and my interest in this is going to be at an all-time low. Well for now let’s talk about the issue we actually have in front of us.
The hostile takeover of Earth starts by getting rid of Superman and Quar has the perfect weapon against him, »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Brad Anderson’s horrifying horror masterwork coming to Blu-ray. Whenever anyone asks your humble editor what the scariest film I’ve ever seen is, the one title I go to almost without fail is director Brad (The MacHinist) Anderson’s unrelenting 2001 psychodrama Session 9. Certainly there are dozens of films that terrify me personally but Session 9…
- Chris Alexander
Session 9 is admired by many horror fans for its palpable sense of paranoia, spot-on performances, claustrophobic setting, and downright eerie atmosphere.
Bonus features are currently being worked on, and although they haven’t been revealed yet, we’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers posted on any updates regarding this anticipated release. Below, we have Scream Factory’s official announcement and a look at the Blu-ray cover art:
From Scream Factory: “Our “Summer of Fear” line-up continues to grow with the announce of Session 9! Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist) this underrated 2001 chiller will be coming to Blu-ray for »
- Derek Anderson
Apr 6th, 2016
The massive "Darkseid War" continues to set the stages for the future of the DC Universe as they reveal the secrets behind its newest major player: Darkseid's daughter, Grail! And if the Justice League is not careful, the spoils of war will all end up with her! See the truth behind Grail's role in this war and the future of the DC Universe as she tears her way across it.
The Darkseid war continues raging on, although why it’s still called the “Darkseid War” I’m not sure, as by this point I’d say it’s really the Ant-Monitor/Mobius war, but I digress. »
- Jeremy Scully
15 items from 2016
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