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Ultimatum #1-5 (2008-2009)
Written by Jeph Loeb
Pencils by David Finch
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Steve Firchow (1-3), Peter Steigerwald (3-5)
Published by Marvel Comics
This week, I am deciding to eat my vegetables before dessert and am reviewing the Ultimatum crossover series many weeks before I get to it in my History of the Ultimate Universe series. I am also combining my column with our mini event “Worst Comics Month”. This is because after I finished binge reading Ultimate Spider-Man Volume One and decided to read this “Ultimatum” series, which filled the gaps in some of the final issues, I (the neophyte comics fan) felt like I had truly experienced a bad comic with its ugly art, “shocking” plot reveals with little or no build-up, and jarring switches in tone from Hulk switching from dumb to smart to in between in the space of a panel to »
- Logan Dalton
During the D23 Convention earlier this month, Disney announced the full cast for their highly-anticipated Star Wars spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Felicity Jones had already been confirmed, but the studio revealed that Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Wen Jiang and Jonathan Aris will be joining her. Unfortunately, the studio didn't divulge any details about their characters, but Mads Mikkelsen recently shed some light on his role in an interview with the German site Ekstra Bladet, where the actor confirms he isn't playing a villain.
"It is a very important role, as much I can say. No, my character is actually not a bad guy, and then I can not say more. I can also say that the movie will be shot in Iceland and England. And the filming will last for three months."
Production is already under way at Pinewood Studios in London, »
Now that production is under way on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, new rumors about the plot and the cast of characters are starting to come forth, hinting at the anthology movie's connection to the original Star Wars trilogy. We reported earlier this month that Felicity Jones' character may be the daughter of bounty hunter Boba Fett, while another report claimed that Diego Luna's character may be fighter pilot Biggs Darklighter. Today we have another rumor from The Daily Mail, which claims a major character from the original Star Wars trilogy maybe included. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
This unconfirmed report reveals that the late Peter Cushing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, will be digitally re-created to reprise his role in Rogue One. The character reportedly has an important role in the story, »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is already fairly jam-packed with characters, and we may be able to add a very familiar face from the original trilogy to the roster - albeit, a digital version of it. The Daily Mail Online is reporting that the late great Peter Cushing's character from A New Hope, Grand Moff Tarkin, will be back for Gareth Edwards' movie, which revolves around a group of Rebels attempting to steal the plans for the first Death Star. Tarkin was instrumental in building that technological terror, so it does make sense that he'd factor into this story - but even though completely recreating a deceased actor using CGI has been done before (Oliver Reed in Gladiator, Paul Walker in the recent Fast Furious movie, and even Tarkin himself can be glimpsed briefly at the end of Revenge Of The Sith), this would be the first »
If reports are correct, a major Star Wars character could be making a return in 2016's spin-off, Rogue One...
Nb: This piece contains a potential spoiler for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
As we already know, Rogue One will be set before the events of 1977's A New Hope, and will detail how the Rebels managed to swipe those precious Death Star plans from the evil Empire. Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is at the helm, with the recently-confirmed cast comprising Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen, to name a few.
That's quite a cast. But if a recent report is true, then a particularly famous »
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Stuart Immonen
Inks by Wade Von Grawbadger
Published by Marvel Comics
After a one issue interlude featuring a flashback tale starring Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars #8 finds writer Jason Aaron returning to the ongoing storyline of Luke’s quest to learn more about becoming a Jedi, while diving deeper into the development that served as the chief narrative cliffhanger closing out the series’ first story arc: the reveal of Han’s apparent wife, Sana Solo. But more notably, Aaron is joined this issue by his new artistic collaborator and the book’s new regular penciler, Stuart Immonen (along with Immonen’s longtime inker, Wade Von Grawbadger), and it’s a strong debut for the artist.
While his work is less photo-realistic and painterly than that of previous artist John Cassaday, Immonen is a more traditional comic book artist, often eschewing strict realism for more representative »
- Austin Gorton
Struzan, who designed the original posters for The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith (see below), recently revealed a poster for The Force Awakens at the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim this past weekend.
Since then, he’s been speaking to Movie Weekly about the highly anticipated sequel.
“I’ve never worked with J.J before and so we started working on it and he showed me like half the movie and it was just… a wonderful film and I know it’s going to be grand. I got to read the script and subsequently I’ve seen half of it and I can tell you and the fans this, »
- Paul Heath
Leave it to Buzzfeed to provide the most horrifying photo of the day. No one dies in this photo. There is no blood or guts, or disgusting acts of filth. No, this photo shows something much worse. And it could give you nightmares. Be warned, once you've seen Chewbacca without hair, there is no unseeing it!
Played by Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca made his first appearance on the big screen in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He will return, again played by Peter Mayhew, in this December's highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And his appearance on that set for the first time is actually what inspired some mad artist to create what you see before you.
Chewbacca hasn't been seen since 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, where he had a cameo starring alongside Yoda. So, after a ten year absence, »
Robots have been a staple on the big screen for many decades, showing up as far back as Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis and as recently as Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. With numerous depictions of robots have come numerous ideas of what they look like, what they’re capable of, whether they’re good or evil, and other such concerns.
Now vimeo user Mennomail has made a mashup of the various robotic representations on the big screen over the years. The video is set to both Fractals by Monea Music and Ich Will by Rammstein, and highlights both the similarities and differences in how robots have been depicted by various filmmakers. Mennomail also released a list of films from which scenes appear, which is as follows:
Films used (in alphabetical order)
1. Automata (2014)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
4. Alien (1979)
5. Aliens (1986)
6. Bicentennial Man (1999)
7. Big Hero 6 (2014)
8. Blade Runner »
- Deepayan Sengupta
We’ve been absolutely inundated with Star Wars news these past few days, so much so that one little nugget from D23 has slipped under our radar.
According to Comic Book, director J.J. Abrams has revealed that December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens will run for 2 hours and 4 minutes – exactly the same length of time as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
For comparison, here’s how the rest of the saga stacks up:
- Gary Collinson
Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but Disney has just released a first look at the cast of the upcoming spinoff film about a group of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans from the Death Star. Thanks to D23, the very first official photo has been revealed, featuring the cast which includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen. And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk are also announced to be joining Star Wars: Rogue One, along with Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn.
Unlike the previous live-action Star Wars films, Rogue One will not revolve around the Jedi or the Force. The film is set between the films Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, during the »
With production already under way on Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, we knew it was only a matter of time before the first photos from the set were revealed. Today, Mirror Online has released the first photos from the set at Elstree Studios set, which gives us our first look at a few Stormtroopers. Unfortunately, we don't get a look at any of the major stars, but hopefully we'll get our first look at the cast members soon.
The story will center on a group of Rebel Alliance soldiers who go on a mission to steal the Empire's plans for the original Death Star. Felicity Jones leads the cast that also includes Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker. It isn't known how long production is expected to last, but LucasFilm and Disney have already announced a December 18, 2016 release date. The movie currently doesn't have any »
In this edition of The Week in Star Wars, we’re looking at the IMAX details for The Force Awakens, we’ve got details of Lego sets for 2016 and the new Steelbook Blu-rays as well as some video game and comic book news…
Kicking things off this week is some details about the IMAX screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We knew that J.J. Abrams had shot several moments of the movie specifically for IMAX, and reports are suggesting that it will be the escape from Jakku where we will see it best. The site goes on to report that “theaters that house a “true” eight story tall IMAX screen will present the film in actual 70Mm film reel; presenting the 70Mm shot scenes in its full screen glory. There will be two 70Mm prints running through the IMAX projector to have the film play in IMAX 3D »
- Luke Owen
When the second Death Star blows up at the end of Return of the Jedi, that.s a pretty decisive moment for the Rebel Alliance in their war with the Empire. It.s not, however, a crushing blow. We know a version of the Empire is still out there in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and a new comic book series set to hit next month will show us what happened to the monolithic tyrants and gives us a better understanding of what we may encounter in the movies moving forward. Building up to the first new Star Wars movie since 2005.s Revenge of the Sith, Disney and Lucasfilm are filling in some of the 30-year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Part of this will involve the Marvel Comics mini-series Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Shattered Empire. StarWars.com »
As Star Wars excitement brews, all six current movies are being re-released on Blu-ray with some stunning limited edition SteelBook designs.
Each casing has been given its own character in the build-up to the release of the seventh instalment Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
As the days until #TheForceAwakens count down, limited-edition Blu-ray steelbooks are coming. http://t.co/dpHDgHadHh pic.twitter.com/oOafSNqkzs
— Star Wars (@starwars) August 5, 2015
Rank all 6 Star Wars movies from worst to best
Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The characters featured are Darth Maul (The Phantom Menace), Yoda (Attack of the Clones), General Grievous (Revenge of the Sith), Darth Vader (A New Hope), an Imperial Stormtrooper (The Empire Strikes Back) and Emperor Palpatine (Return of the Jedi).
The collection is available on November 10, and can be pre-ordered from this Friday (August 5).
Each disc will have an existing audio »
The Star Wars Saga is once again getting a new home entertainment release as the lead-up to The Force Awakens continues. For the first time, you'll be able to buy the films separately on blu-ray in limited edition steelbooks. Come inside to learn more and see when you can pick them up!
Yes, the Star Wars saga is getting yet another re-release, so cue any jokes about the cow milking now...but let's face it, they make money every time. Most recently we saw the launch of the digital versions of the films, but today brings word of new blu-ray releases. The big news this time around is that they'll finally be sold individually rather than an entire set, so you'll be able to pick up only one or two if you want, and they'll be coming in glorious looking steelbooks. Check out the press release for more info.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of Star Wars, the six epic films will each release as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks on November 10th. These highly collectible films will be available for a limited time only and can be pre-ordered beginning August 7th. In addition, Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be released in newly repackaged artwork on October 13th. The announcements were made today by The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and .
Each film from the Saga is presented with new character packaging allowing fans to choose their favorite or collect all six for a limited time. Characters include: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - Darth Maul; Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - Yoda; Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - General Grievous; Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Darth Vader; Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back »
As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of Star Wars with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm has announced a November Blu-ray reissue of Star Wars: The Complete Saga, as well as individual limited edition steelbooks of the six movies.
Each film from the Saga is presented with new character packaging allowing fans to choose their favourite or collect all six for a limited time. Characters include: The Phantom Menace – Darth Maul; Attack of the Clones – Yoda; Revenge of the Sith – General Grievous; A New Hope – Darth Vader; The Empire Strikes Back – Imperial Stormtrooper; and Return of the Jedi – Emperor Palpatine.
In addition to the collectible Steelbook packaging, each single disc Blu-ray includes existing audio commentary with George Lucas and the film crew as well as audio commentary from archival interviews with the cast and crew. The newly repackaged Saga includes all six feature films on Blu-ray, »
- Gary Collinson
Remember when rumours began to circulate last year that the original, un-modified cuts of the Star Wars saga might be on the verge of a re-release? Well, this isn't those. Instead, Star Wars: The Complete Saga is coming out on Blu-ray again in a new form - as a package of commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks.
Each movie comes housed in its own shiny metallic case, with a familiar Star Wars character on the front. So for A New Hope we have Darth Vader; Emperor Palpatine glowers from the front of Return Of The Jedi, while that old fan favourite General Grievous stares back at us from the cover of Revenge Of The Sith. All six boxes comes encased in another box, which has Darth Vader on it. Curiously, Jar Jar Binks doesn't »
We’ve just been sent a look at the box-art for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga Special Edition, which hits Blu-ray on the 12th October 2015 in the UK with the steelbook editions coming on the 9th November.
What is interesting is that each of the boxes seem to have erased the ‘episode #’ tag and have gone with just the title of the movie, something we also noticed about Jj Abrams‘ upcoming sequel.
The release features 40 hours of previously released extensive special features, spread across the six movies – released just in time to catch up on before Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in cinemas on December 18th.
Here’s the official release.
London, UK (August 5, 2015) – As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of Star Wars, the six epic films will each release as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks on Monday 9th November. These highly »
- Paul Heath
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