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Created by CoolProps, the life-size heads of both the Brown and Blue Alien Warrior as well as the newborn Alien from Alien: Resurrection are now available to pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles. Also: Funko and Previews’ San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Swamp Thing Pop! vinyl figure, a new poster and teaser for the short film Lion, and, lastly, a trailer and theatrical / VOD rollout details for Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.
CoolProps’ Life-Size Alien Heads Photos and Release Details: Alien Warrior (Brown) Life-Size Head: “Sideshow and CoolProps are pleased to present the Alien Warrior Life-Size Head Prop Replica. The “Alien Warrior” was part of dozens of aliens that were propagated from the alien queen in the 1986 movie Aliens. Alien Warriors appeared many times in the movie, but only a few suits were made for shooting.
CoolProps has produced this piece based on the original mold, which is without lips, »
- Tamika Jones
Things are finally moving ahead in Daenerys' story, as she demonstrates her leadership qualities in the latest Game Of Thrones...
This review contains spoilers.
At times throughout the six seasons of Game Of Thrones, it's felt that all the story lines are moving except for Daenerys Targaryen's tale of revenge. Sure, she's conquered cities and raised an army while being a single mother to three surly teenage dragons, but at the same time, she's not really done that much either. Daenerys has been a lot of spinning wheels and painful lessons. That's not to say that there haven't been great moments along the way, but they've been fewer and farther apart than I think most people would like. That's all changing this season; Daenerys Stormborn is in full effect, and she's getting ready to bring the pain to the Seven Kingdoms.
Of course, »
Coming to AMC this Sunday and to Amazon Prime Video this Monday, we anticipate Preacher's conversion from comic to TV show...
To borrow a phrase from Zoolander, Garth Ennis is so hot right now. Much like Mark Millar a couple of years ago, creative types and studio bods seem to be champing at the bit to develop the Northern Irish writer’s work: the recent Netflix take on Marvel’s Punisher character was clearly drawn from his seminal Max run and proved so popular that a solo series now seems to be in the works. Ennis’ sex’n’violence subversive superhero deconstruction, The Boys is also on the way to TV but most notably, Preacher, the iconic title that made Ennis’ name and helped to shape the landscape of 90s comic books premieres this very Sunday on AMC. (It was also announced on Wednesday that it »
Until this short series, I had never read a comic book with Swamp Thing. So I thought it would be a good way to get to know the character a little bit. Reason being is that I am not very interested in the Justice League Dark characters (except Zatanna). Although there is nothing astonishing about this series, it has allowed me a chance to get to know Alec Holland aka Swamp Thing. We have seen him respectfully fight an alligator and put down a zombie. Now he faces his biggest challenge yet. Thanks to Zatanna and something called “The Hand of Fatima”, Alec has transferred his powers to his “friend” Matt Cable. We come to find out that he wants the powers to pretty much take over the world and that is where this issue kicks off.
Alec needs to find a way to take back his powers. Unfortunately it »
- Emmanuel Gomez
“Danger: Reading this book will make you smarter”
This is the tag line above the title that you may have or may have not noticed. This book Will in fact make you smarter as it not only delivers a good story but an additional section in the back called “Science Class”, where Matt Hawkins talks about some of the ideas in the book and gives us some links to follow for further insight. The frightening or amazing (depending on your perspective) aspect about this section is that you come to the realization that the ideas or projects mentioned here are real. In my experience there has been no other group of titles (including The Tithe, Wildfire) that spark interesting conversations with people whether they read comics or not. Some comics you can absorb them quickly, like a Caprisun pouch drink, making you feel like you wasted your money. That is not the case here, »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Big spoilers lie ahead for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Whichever side of the imaginary rivalry you fall into, there's no denying that when it comes to movies, DC has got some catching up to do. In the same year as Marvel Studios released their first major crossover, The Avengers, Warner Bros released The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's acclaimed Batman trilogy, which was firmly grounded in the notion that Bruce Wayne is the world's only superhero.
Nolan's disinterest in the larger DC toybox left Warners a few steps behind Disney and Marvel, especially after the failure of 2010's Jonah Hex and 2011's Green Lantern, the latter of which was intended as the first step into a wider universe. »
My mom died thinking she threw away a copy of Superman number one from 1938.
Yes, I do indeed realize just how lame that must sound, and it would be if I gave a flying fish about that book with regards to my mother. I don’t but it’s important to the story I’m trying to write and just so I’m crystal clear, I’d happily burn the last copy left on Earth to spend just a minute more with my mother.
It was Superman number two she tossed out, and you can read the whole story entitled A Comic Book Tale on ComicMix.
I told her it was number one while trying to make the point that she should never throw out another comic book of mine, ever, and she never did. I have been keeping that my secret weapon for when I needed a real ‘gotcha’ to use on my mom. »
- Michael Davis
Gotham unleashed the cheesiness this week, for an episode that offers nothing but campy fun...
This review contains spoilers
Holy bazooka, Batman! Not long ago I was complaining about a tonal imbalance in Gotham, and now season 2’s 20th episode has offered up one solution to the problem – totally embracing the cheesy, campy, Adam-West-would-be-proud side of the show.
That’s essentially what Unleashed gave us, after all. It’s an episode in which the Penguin and Butch show up with a bazooka, blow Azrael/Galavan to kingdom come and then just wander off to the sound of wailing guitars and a sax-heavy woodwind accompaniment. Before this, we’d seen Alfred in a sword fight and Bruce walloping the deranged former mayor with a car.
I don’t have any qualms with this. To my own surprise, I found myself thoroughly entertained by the utterly barmy ending to this episode. »
A lot has happened recently at DC Comics. They’ve announced plans for their Rebirth which drew mixed reactions – including from myself a couple of months back. They went on to announce a talent workshop with the idea of being able to bring in some fresh faces in comics to help breathe new life into their properties. Then earlier this month they announced a new imprint called Young Animals headed by Gerard Way, which I and many other people praised. Things coming down the pipeline from DC Comics seemed to be showing promise and certainly the return of titles like Doom Patrol have me excited.
Then last Thursday happened.
First, news broke that Shelly Bond, Executive Editor of the Vertigo imprint who had been with the imprint since its inception, had been let go as a result of “restructuring.” Vertigo editors will now be reporting directly to the top brass at DC. »
- Joe Corallo
I would be lying if I said Box of Dread’s Shaun Of The Dead/Army Of Darkness mashup theme didn’t excite the hell out of me. I mean, come on, these are two pretty iconic and beloved flicks. Well, this month’s Box of Dread definitely did not disappoint in terms of cool collectibles and swag!
First item out of the box was Vinyl Sugar’s Shaun (Shaun Of The Dead) Dorbz figure. It’s a really nice vinyl figure complete with details like Shaun’s nametag, his trusty cricket bat, and even the tiny red [blood] stain on his shirt. And bonus, the box wasn’t damaged!
Next, we have some Starship Troopers trading cards. Talk about some “unlikely heroes”! Circa 1997, these bad boys features images from Paul Verhoeven’s action-packed Sci-Fi, as well as storyboard sketches and facts about the scenes. These cards are practically oozing nostalgia. »
- Caroline Stephenson
I’ve been watching DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow over on the CW. Among the characters that have been appearing on the show are Firestorm and Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Well, not so much Hawkman any more, maybe. I didn’t create those three characters but I certainly played with them a lot and, for a while, left my sticky fingerprints all over them. So it’s interesting watching manifestations of them in other media.
I’ll be experiencing that big time come August when the Suicide Squad movie hits the multiplexes. I created Amanda Waller and I defined characters like Deadshot and Captain Boomerang and it will be exciting to see how they translate for the screen. I hope.
None of the character portrayals will translate directly from the comics to movies or TV. I’m okay with that; none of them have so far. Different media have different needs. »
- John Ostrander
This week sees the release of a variety of comics this week. This is a list of the comics I believe will deliver the most bang for your buck this week. Check out the picks, and let us know what comics you will be picking up this week.
Wonder Woman Earth One Vol. 1
U.S. Price: $22.99
Art by: Yanick Paquette
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Written by: Grant Morrison
I have become a really big fan of the Earth One series DC has created. With the first series of Batman and Superman being successful it was only natural that Wonder Woman would be next. Plus anything written by Grant Morrison is a must to own.
Synopsis: In this new installment of the New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel line, Grant Morrison (The Multiversity) joins with Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing, Batman, Inc.) to reimagineWonder Woman for a new era. »
- Michael Connally
Long before Marvel and DC’s competing Cinematic Universes, in a magical time known as the 1990s, superheroes were more at home in colourful Saturday morning cartoons. Many a comic-book character starred in their own animated series, from fairly obscure heroes like Swamp Thing to game-changing icons like Superman.
For many of us, Batman: The Animated Series is revered as one of the best cartoons to emerge from this era, proving a huge hit for DC and Warner Bros. when it debuted in 1992. However, another well-loved series arrived that same year, starring one of Marvel’s most popular licenses: the X-Men.
While it might not have the depth or bold visual style of Batman, X-Men: The Animated Series was a faithful translation of the comic books, with stories flowing into each other week after week (an unusual move for the time). The X-Men movies may make big bucks today, »
- Kyle McManus
Music label Varèse Sarabande is planning a digital and CD release of the score for the pulpy Swamp Thing. Originally released on LP in 1982 by the label, the highly sought after soundtrack features the film’s original score by Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th series). The composer worked with Wes Craven again on two other occasions: he did the score for the sequel of The Hills Have Eyes and the Robert Kurtzman directed and Craven produced Wishmaster The fourth film Craven released in theathers in 1982, Swamp Thing is a somewhat peculiar film in the director's ouvre, mixing the monstruous and the pathetic with a pulp comic book sensiblity. The film is based on characters from the DC Comic book series written...
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Classic soundtrack comes to CD and Digital for the first time. Recently, this writer dug up his DVD copy of Wes Craven’s lively 1982 DC comics monster mash Swamp Thing to show my three kids. The lads loved the movie (I always have thrilled to its campy, melancholy charms) but what was really interesting was…
- Chris Alexander
With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and »
- Harker Jones
I’m sure many of you are aware of the upcoming DC Rebirth. I’ve been following it along since the first bits of news surfaced, and I almost wrote about it last week. Now I feel enough is out there where I can start forming some level of opinion on it. And try as I might, it’s not a particularly positive opinion. However, that’s strictly regarding Rebirth. I do think DC may have a couple of good ideas here. Just not with diversity in mind.
Hear me out on this one.
Rebirth shouldn’t shock anybody. As far back as last August, we heard that DC was going to “Stop Batgirling” and get back to “meat and potatoes.” Many people wrote about this and how problematic it was since “meat and potatoes” came off as “more straight cis white guy stories.” Back in August, that was just »
- Joe Corallo
Ricky Church reviews Batman #49…
It is time. Bruce Wayne has reclaimed his true past as Batman. Now he must descend into the cave and face what he once was. Can he truly leave behind a life free from the pain and anguish of the Bat? Can he plunge once more into the madness and purpose that once consumed him? In this special, thrilling issue, watch as the fate of Bruce Wayne, and Batman, is decided once and for all.
See Also: Preview of Batman #49
With ‘Superheavy’ so close to ending, Scott Snyder has taken a break from the immediate threat of Mr. Bloom to focus on Bruce Wayne. Over the past year, Bruce has remained in a semi-amnesiac state, unaware he was Batman and wished to keep it that way as he built a new and happy life. As Snyder ends his epic run on Batman, he seemingly gives Bruce »
- Ricky Church
Anghus Houvouras on 2016 being a “make or break” year for comic book movies…
2016 is a pivotal year for the comic book movie, and maybe not for the reasons you think.
Not just because Warner Bros. finally arrives to the party with their shared cinematic universe. And not because we’re seeing more second class characters getting their own feature films. Hollywood has dipped into the dollar bins before trying to make big screen successes out of second tier characters like Swamp Thing, Jonah Hex, Elektra, and The Punisher with varying degrees of success. In the case of those four examples, ‘success’ is merely referencing the fact that the movies were financed, produced, and released. Creatively they were toilet bowl expeditions looking to see who could make their way deepest into the drain and the public was all too eager to flush.
Deadpool arrives in theaters this weekend and the stakes have never been higher. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Sometimes a writer can sit in front of the computer screen for hours, fingers poised on the keyboard, and – nothing happens. Not a word, not a syllable. Not a random thought, not a brainstorm. There’s not one single idea that can be expanded upon, not a hint of anything that seems at least remotely interesting.
Hmm, here’s something.
Did you read Denny’s column last week, the one about the Mighty Marvel Method? This writer came late to that particular game; in fact, I didn’t even know it existed, and the first time I heard the words “Marvel style” – another way to describe the “method” – I didn’t have a clue, though I was familiar with what a “script” was, having read numerous plays, including a whole lotta Shakespeare, in high school and college. I do think that, for novices, the best way to learn how to »
- Mindy Newell
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