Friday, February 29, 2008

Top Cow crosses a Virgin

What do you get when you take one badass superhero with a insanely powerful weapon known as the Witchblade with another badass superhero imbued with Devi, the warrior of the gods? According to Wizard Universe, a badass crossover that's what. Top Cow Comics and Virgin Comics are teaming up to bring us Witchblade/Devi #1, a book that will combine the two mythologies together within the same universe for a limited time only. It will be interesting to see if they go the route of "enemies at first, friends later" or if they'll just pair them together against some larger evil that neither could've handled on their own to begin with. Ron Marz (current Witchblade writer and editor of Devi...convenient) will write for the crossover, while Eric Basaldua will provide the lush artwork to fill the interior. "Because of my current connection to both universes, this crossover was pretty much my baby to run with," says Marz. "I came up with a concept that would have the two characters believably meet, and from there we fleshed it out to create a dynamic tale led by two beautiful women and featuring some scary bad guys and a cool payoff to boot." Witchblade/Devi #1 will release in April, and will immediately be followed up by Devi/Witchblade #1, written by Samit Basu and with art by Mukesh Singh. Both issues will also feature the inevitable variant covers by Greg Land (ha...I bet you were thinking Arthur Suydam weren't you?). And, according to Marz, it may not be the only time these two superhero vixens meet, so keep your eyes open down the road as well. Witchblade/Devi crossover

Preview: Dark Ivory #1

Goth has one component where kids (and adults) want to be vampires. I am by no means knocking Goth, just saying that vampirism is one of the many facets of the lifestyle. So it makes sense that there be a comic about a Goth girl who wants to be a vampire. Only, when she actually meets one she doesn't really believe it until she is one. Dark Ivory #1 is written by Joseph Michael Linser and Eva Hopkins and tells the story of Ivory, the beforementioned Goth girl that wants to be a vampire. She meets Esque (a vampire) at a party, and is then thrust into the bloody streets of New York as a vampire as well. Good times! Linser and Hopkins also provide the artwork for the comic, set to hit stores March 19 for $2.99. Preview: Dark Ivory #1

Justice League can't catch a break

Frankly, I'm getting tired of writing an update regarding George Miller's Justice League film, because it seems the next day that what I wrote the previous day is invalid. What's the big deal now you ask? The Screen Actors Guild strike. Tons of movies were delayed indefinitely (Justice League and Transformers 2 included) because of the WGA strike. No writers means no scripts, which means no dialogue or need for actors. Duh. Once that was resolved, they were back on track. According to Micheal Bay, his three writers for Transformers 2 are actively working on the script for the sequel. "They did a detailed outline before the writer's strike, and now they are in Michael Bay jail, holed up in a hotel and working feverishly," Bay said. "We're paying for a beautiful suite and they are getting a lot of work done. Hiring three writers was unusual, but it has been a godsend in getting us to where we need to be. Somehow you find a way to get it done." But if the script is done, but the actors are on strike, where does that leave everyone else? Many directors are anxious to start films that won't wrap shooting before June 30, because if the SAG does go on strike, that leaves them in quite a predicament. That could prove problematic for Justice League, because with all the script rewrites in the works, and getting all the actors back into contracts (since they've lapsed), principal filming isn't slated to start until July. At this point, I don't even know if this movie will be made. I'll keep updating you, but from now on, take every rumor you hear about Justice League to be just that, a rumor. SAG strike on the horizon

Iron Man trailer from Lost

In case you missed Lost last night (or didn't want to sit through it just to see this), here's the new Iron Man trailer. There's a lot of footage from the first trailer, but there's some new stuff in there as well. It definitely seems like this will be an origins story (big surprise), and that it'll be a lot of Iron Man versus Nameless Robot X (as opposed to any real villains). Still looks good though. And I'm feeling the hot rod red.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Justice League on track for 2009

Since it wouldn't be a regular day without another rumor regarding the upcoming Justice League film, here's your daily rumor. Variety is reporting that since the writer's strike is officially over, the movie is back on pace for 2009. Yep. Despite the script apparently being crap, all lead role contracts lapsing and filming moving to Canada from Australia, the movie is still slated for 2009. Will it happen? Who knows at this point. The script is being refinished, and you know the actors aren't going to pass up these roles. So maybe George Miller and company can crank this out in time for 2009. At this point, I'd just be happy to know its being made. Yep, another reason to run a picture of Megan Gale. All I've got really until some real cast photos start popping up. Justice League slated for 2009 (still)

Preview: Batman #675

What's that you say? Holy previews out of order Batman? I previewed Batman #676 a few weeks ago, and now I'm doing a preview for Batman #675. Ra's al Ghul is back. There's a fake Batman running amok in Gotham City, and Batman has dealt with tragedy. But is it all worth anything? Will it all prepare him for what lies ahead? Grant Morrison takes you on a crazy journey, with Tony Daniel and Jonathan Glapion providing artwork. Batman #675 hits stores April 2 for $2.99. Preview: Batman #675

New Iron Man poster

That there above is a brand new poster from Iron Man that was debuted at WonderCon this past weekend. Three Marks, all of which I believe we'll be seeing in the film. Also a reminder that the new trailer debuts tonight during Lost (ugh), or if you're like me and don't watch Lost it'll be online. New Iron Man poster

The Batman to end soon

Bad news for all you fans of The Batman out there. DVD Report has word from Warner Brothers that the show's series finale titled "Lost Heroes" will air on Saturday, March 8 as a one hour special. I never watched The Batman, but I heard it got rave reviews. I was a big fan of Batman: The Animated Series, as it was mature enough to really do respect to the character. I know that the maturity in that series was found in all subsequent Batman animated series, so I can only imagine this finale will be awesome. The Batman series finale

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Marko Djurdjevic joins Thor

How do you earn acclaim? Hard work? Money? Or maybe it just pure unadulterated talent. The same talent that has earned Marko Djurdjevic the adjective "acclaimed" in front of his name, as well as the opportunity to do two covers for Thor. Thor #7 and Thor #8 will feature interior artwork by Djurdjevic as a guest artist. Not only that, but Djurdjevic and Olivier Coipel decided that it would pretty spiffy if they got together and did a joint variant cover. So keep your eyes open on March 19 to pick up the variant issue as well as the variant cover in poster form. Marko Djurdjevic joins Thor

Recommended Viewing: Justice League: The New Frontier (From Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Journal, the true bastion of journalism (one of them at least) has picked some recommended viewing for you to watch. What'd they pick? Justice League: The New Frontier. And with good reason. The film is pretty stacked with voice talent, featuring Kyle MacLachlan (Superman), Kyra Sedgwick (Lois Lane), Lucy Lawless (Wonder Woman), Jeremy Sisto (Batman), Brooke Shields (Carol Ferris), and Neil Patrick Harris (The Flash). It has also garnered tons of praise for its story, look and feel. What look and feel? Wall Street Journal asked writer/producer Darwyn Cooke about the film, and his intentions of making it a period piece. "We used digital animation technology, but we didn't want it to look like that. We wanted it to look like a hand-drawn feature from Disney in the 1950s," says Mr. Cooke, 45. So do yourself a favor and check it out. Its now been Wall Street Journal approved. Recommended Viewing: Justice League: The New Frontier (From Wall Street Journal)

The Hero Initiative

As popular as comics have become, sometimes its easy to forget where they were. Way back in the day, they're weren't really viewed as a viable medium and were even attacked as being vile influences on youths at the time. Since then, Stan Lee has come along, comics have made successful movies, and everyone loves Spider-man. Saying that, its important to remember your roots. The Hero Initiative is a program designed to help out the pioneers of the industry. Some of them may have fallen on hard times since their glory days, so its important to help them out when necessary. The Hero Initiative does so through donations of current popular comics memorabilia to raise money to give to the originals. How can you help? Donating money is always a good thing. You could also donate materials if you're a comic artist and have something that could help out. Donating time is also extremely useful, as you could volunteer or even help run some of the day to day functions of the organization. So check it out and do what you can. Have to help out the originators when possible. The Hero Initiative

Justice League Mortal?

The Sydney Morning Herald ran an interesting piece the other day talking about the impending legislation making Australia less filmmaker friendly. Within that article there were two other interesting tidbits of information regarding the film. The first is that the article refers to the movie as Justice League Mortal. It hasn't been confirmed if this is or is not the title, but if it is, its interesting. Could this mean that one of the members of the Justice League will die? The other interesting bit of news is another has been apparently added to the cast.Hugh Keays-Byrne as one of the eight lead roles. Keays-Byrne may be best remembered as Toecutter in Mad Max, and you have to wonder what the lead role he is playing. Martian Manhunter perhaps? New Justice League title

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Arrivals: February 27, 2008

The end is nigh! The pick this week pits a headless Silver Surfer and a batting Thor. Good times! Be sure to check out Marvel Zombies 2 #5, the end of the sequel series. Enjoy. New Arrivals: February 27, 2008

Preview: Logan #1

I don't think this has happened before, but its really a brilliant idea. Not content with just a Wolverine series, Marvel has decided to launch a new series based on the other side of the mask with Logan #1. What's different about Logan from Wolverine? Well, this time Logan has all his memories. None of that crazy Weapon X memory stuff. None of the promises by Professor X to delve into Logan's mind and fill in the gaps. Pure memories. Which of course means more scores to settle, and more shocking revelations. Written by Brian K. Vaughn, with pencils/inks/cover by Eduardo Risso, Logan #1 hits stores March 5 for $3.99. Preview: Logan #1

Capture the Witchblade Contest

Not one to be outdone by Dark Horse Comics, Top Cow Comics has its own sweepstakes going on. Although there's involves a slightly more popular intellectual property in Witchblade. How to enter? Just head on over to the website and put in your information. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. Why should you want to enter? Well if you want to try and appease your long time desire to be in a comic book, well the grand prize winner of the sweepstakes will have a character created based on them in the Witchblade comic. Second prize is an original unpublished Witchblade sketch by Stjepan Sejic and third prize is Witchblade Volume 1, signed by Ron Marz. Not a bad haul if you ask me, especially considering all you have to do is type in your name. Capture the Witchblade Contest

Jon Favreau pretty much confirms Avengers movie

Ain't WonderCon grand? Sci Fi Wire has an interview from a panel at this weekend's past WonderCon, Jon Favreau was awful close to spilling it all regarding the Avengers set up in Iron Man. In the interview, Favreau added: "I don't want to blow anything, and also I don't honestly know where it's all going to land. I know that there are sort of things that have been discussed and tried and talked about. I know at the end of the day on the horizon is The Avengers, and the idea is to have chapters of all of the characters that would contribute to being The Avengers. ... Hopefully, we're all going toward The Avengers." "I'm not going to talk about who's in what, but for the fans, there's definitely enough to keep you leaning forward and paying attention and stuff," he said. "And your girlfriend's not going to know what you're so interested in in certain scenes. It's just going to fly by for certain people. But I think we threw enough breadcrumbs around to reward you for giving a s--t." They could've just said that in the first place (alone) and the hype for this movie would've been immeasurable. Favreau confirms Avengers movie

Monday, February 25, 2008

Umbrella Academy Contest

Dark Horse loves the simple to enter contests, and the Umbrella Academy Contest they've got going on now is no exception. All you have to do is head on over to the website, fill out an entry form and you're in the contest. The stakes?
  • Umbrella Academy #1-6
  • Umbrella Academy #1 (Gerard Way Variant)
  • Umbrella Academy Lithograph
  • Umbrella Academy Patch
  • Umbrella Academy T-Shirt
  • Umbrella Academy Buttons
All in all, a pretty great grab if you ask me. You have to enter by March 18th at midnight, so make sure you get your entry form in as soon as possible. Umbrella Academy Contest

Preview: Countdown to Final Crisis #10

Countdown to Final Crisis #10 continues to struggles faced by the new Challengers, fresh off leaving some recent devastation behind them. This issue has a surprise in store for the Pied Piper, a returning hero and the Karate Kid, no doubt training on a masthead on a beach somewhere. Countdown to Final Crisis #10 is written by Paul Dini, with art by Ron Lim and Mark McKenna and cover by Stephane Roux. It hits stores this Wednesday, February 20. Preview: Countdown to Final Crisis #10

New Iron Man trailer gets Lost

I'll be straight with you, I'm not a big fan of Lost. I didn't watch the first season, then I heard the second season was a trainwreck, then I heard the third one just kept asking questions and didn't answer them. So I didn't really feel the need to get involved with the show (still don't really). But for the countless millions out there that do enjoy watching the show, this week's episode just got an extra kicker. Debuting this Thursday (February 28) during Lost will be a new trailer for Iron Man. No idea at what point during the show, just between 9 PM and 10 PM. So you can watch lost (or sit through it if you're like me and don't care for the show), or you can log onto the internets right after seeing it and find it on countless sites (including this one). New Iron Man trailer during Lost

Is Sarah Jayne Dunn Harley Quinn in The Dark Knight?

Harely Quinn's creation for Batman: The Animated Series was a gamble. Not only were the creators creating a completely new character, but they were pairing her up with Batman's most infamous nemesis, the Joker. Needless to say, her character was a massive success, and most people that watched the show just assumed she was part of the Batman canon the entire time, not realizing she was a new addition. So you would expect at some point she would show up in a Batman film, but what may surprise you is she may be showing up in The Dark Knight. Sarah Jayne Dunn may be Harley Quinn in The Dark Knight. RDF Management (I presume her managing agency) has listed on her page a credit as Harley Quinn in the movie. On IMDB she is also confirmed as playing a role in the movie, although it doesn't say which role. So what's the deal? My thinking is that she was to be introduced in this movie, and in the third movie her, Joker and Two Face go on a rampage throughout Gotham, which would make for one kick-ass finale to the trilogy. If that was the plan, than its obviously changed, so maybe we'll see Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Scarecrow on a rampage? In any case, Dunn looks to be the perfect person for the role of Harley Quinn, as she definitely has the short blonde thing going for her, and I'm quite sure she would excel in the red and back jester's suit on screen. RDF Management - Sarah Jayne Dunn

Friday, February 22, 2008

First pics from G. I. Joe film

JFX Online has done us all a solid and snagged some pics during the filming of G.I. Joe. He even went one further and snagged pics of Sienna Miller as the Baroness and Channing Tatum as Duke. Yes, Miller is blonde here, and we all know the Baroness is a brunette. My guess is that this is near the beginning of the movie where something bad happened, causing Baroness to flip out and change her hair color while donning those sexy boots. Tatum looks pretty f'ed up for Duke, which I'm guessing means he just got out of a fight or something. My thoughts? Duke did something in battle to cause the deceased to die, sending Baroness over the edge and vowing revenge. And then we have a story. Sienna Miller as Baroness Channing Tatum as Duke

Preview: Hellboy: The Golden Army comc

Everyone loves a good prequel. Everyone (I assume) loves Hellboy. So why not combine the two to heighten the anticipation for this summer's release of Hellboy 2: The Golden Army? Starting at WonderCon 2008 and hitting other comic conventions throughout the year, Dark Horse Comics will be giving away (as in free) a comic prequel to the movie. And its not just a one pager or anything. Its a full-fledged comic book, featuring 32 pages of Francisco Ruiz Velasco artistic goodness. Mike Mignola and Guillermo del Toro came up with the story, and Mignola put the ideas to paper and wrote the comic. So if you're headed to a convention, check out the Dark Horse Presents booth and pick up your copy. If you get to WonderCon today (February 22) from 5-6 PM or Sunday (February 24) 12-1 PM, you can even get Mike Mignola to sign it for you. Spiffy. Preview: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army comic

WonderCon 2008

Have nothing better to do this weekend? Live in or are going to be visiting the San Francisco area this weekend? Then why not stop at the WonderCon?!?! Today (February 22) through Sunday (February 24) the Moscone Center South plays host to this year's WonderCon show. 3 day passes are $40 ($20 for the kids), while single day passes (Friday or Saturday) are $15, with Sunday being $10. Highlights? Summer Glau and Thomas Dekker from The Sara Connor Chronicles. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (and Chris Carter) with news from the new X-Files movie. Sergio Aragones. Jim Lee. Tim Sale. Becky Cloonan. A veritable myriad of comic book talent, all in one place. So check it out if you're in the San Francisco area. Should be a blast. WonderCon 2008

Dominic Monaghan added to X-Men: Origins Wolverine cast

Marvel is really putting a lot of eggs in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine basket. A lot. They've added yet ANOTHER big star to play another mutant in the film. The latest to be added? Dominic Monaghan. Just Jared reports that Monaghan has been added as Beak/Blackwing, the mutant who has a tendency to turn into a bird. Frankly, I'd never heard of Blackwing before now, and I have no idea what role he'll play in the film. I do know that he adds an already loaded cast, including Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Taylor Kitsch (Gambit), Will.i.am (Kestrel), Danny Huston (William Stryker), and Lynn Collins (Silver Fox). Dominic Monaghan added to X-Men Origins: Wolverine cast

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dead Space comic prequel

Love EA or hate them, you have to hand it them: they have a good grasp on their industry. Part of that knowledge comes in the form of a comic book prequel to their upcoming game Dead Space that is part of a marketing campaign to add more impact on the story in the game. Dead Space involves a deep space mining colony that inadvertently awakens a vicious alien from its slumber, thereby causing mass panic. The first issue of the comic will be a prequel, just to give gamers some sense of what they'll be getting into when they pick up the game and play it. "The world of Dead Space has such a deep storyline that it's easily adaptable to other mediums," said Executive Producer of Dead Space, Glen Schofield. "We love the fact our story is being told across multiple forms of media, providing different experiences to different audiences, which all lead to the same dark place." The issue will be created by Ben Templesmith and Antony Johnston, both of who will be on hand at WonderCon this weekend in San Francisco to sign a limited edition first issue (first 25 to the EA booth each day). And if the names Templesmith and Johnston sound familiar, that's because they are pretty famous. Templesmith did art for 30 Days of Night (which caused a bidding war for the movie rights) and Johnston has written thirteen graphic novels (Stormbreaker and Point Blanc). Dead Space comic prequel press release

R2-D2 beanie

Yesterday I wrote about an X-Wing sled mod in an annual sled art competition in Minnesota. Seeing as how its a sled, it can be quite cold out. So what better way to stay warm (and further complete the Death Star run) by having your own R2-D2 on board to help navigate? Carissa Knits has taken it upon herself to teach everyone how to make an awesome R2-D2 beanie. Now, this does require some aptitude with knitting, so if you don't know how find someone that could help. I read through the directions, and it doesn't seem that difficult to do, just a matter of doing it. And it actually looks pretty damn cool if you ask me. So get your creative swerve on and attempt it if you feel like it. At least your head will be warm. R2-D2 beanie

If heaven had a height, it'd be that tall...

Common has proven to me (and just about everyone else) that he has musical talents. With Smoking Aces and American Gangster, he proved he has some acting credentials. With Justice League, he was poised to break out completely as John Stewart/Green Lantern. And if JFX Online is any indicator, he may still get that chance. JFX Online spoke with Common regarding the status of Justice League, and the response was quite promising. “Now that the writers strike is over, [the script is] going to head back to the writers for a cleanup. God willing, it’ll get done. This would be a big role for me.” So that's a good sign. We all knew that it hinged on the writers, but its good to know pretty definitely that that was the cause for the delay. Since Common is involved, we know that the final product (whenever it gets there) will be awesome. Common talks Justice League

Preview: Lego Batman

Another Batman media that has hype building to a fever pitch is the upcoming Lego Batman. And adding to that hype is a recent preview of the game debuted at the GDC (Game Developer's Conference) this year, and IGN has all the information you need to know. Traveller's Tales (the game's publisher) has created a new storyline for the game using the characters of Gotham City. Still no word on how many playable characters there are, but you can guess that there's going to be a ton. Not to mention the fact that each one will have their own unique abilities and you have some great action possible. The really cool thing they've done is create something called Villain Mode, where you play the main story, however instead of playing as Batman you play as, get this, a villain. Awesome. Each character also has an four outfits that they can don (note to IGN editors, its "don," not "dawn"), with each having unique abilities. For example, Robin has a magnetized outfit that let's him walk on metal walls, and use metal objects to his advantage (shades of Magneto). And there will also be the requisite building things to get by as well, so hopefully at some point you have to build some shark repellent. Preview: Lego Batman

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur) - MIA

Hopefully I won't be writing this often, but Hank McCoy (Before the Fur) won't be running this week, as Tedd has experienced a medical emergency in the family. So tune in next Wednesday to catch his column at the usual time, Wednesday afternoons. And Tedd, make sure everyone's feeling better.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Trailer

I know that I'm a little behind on this (about a week), but I figured it's good to have it somewhere easily accessible (assuming you've bookmarked Omnicomic). Below is the trailer for the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (way long title). Its set during the Cold War (1959 I believe) so Indy is noticeably older, and we're also introduced to Steven Spielberg's newest Tom Hanks in Shia LaBeouf. Enjoy!

Preview: Shanna the She Devil: Survival of the Fittest

Both Marvel and DC seem to be all about these graphic novels that combine certain issues of a series. Sure, its a great way to get caught up on a series you may have missed, but I feel like it kind of capitalizes on that collectible yen that most of us comic collectors succumb to on a weekly basis (brilliant business strategy I guess). One of Marvel's latest forays into this "collecting issues in a volume" trend is Shanna the She Devil: Survival of the Fittest. Comprising of issues 1-4, Shanna the She Devil: Survival of the Fittest has it all: Hong Kong gangsters, dinosaurs, diamonds and cavemen (and women obviously). Modern day pirates are shipwrecked on the island, and have to rely on Shanna to keep them alive. Shanna the She Devil: Survival of the Fittest reunites artist Khari Evans with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, and hits stores February 27 for $10.99. Preview: Shanna the She Devil: Survival of the Fittest

We can't repel awesomeness of that magnitude!

I was born in 1980. Therefore, I'm a child of the 80s. As part of being born that glorious year, I was also smack dab in the middle of the Star Wars movies (I think my mom was pregnant with me when she and my dad saw The Empire Strikes Back). So its no surprise that you can find something Star Wars in every facet of life, even snow sledding. In what has to be one of the coolest sled mods EVER, someone made an X-Wing sled. Every year in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Powderhorn Park holds an art sled rally. I guess the premise is to mod a sled (artistically of course) using materials ranging from cardboard to peas (no clue there). The pictures from City Pages (Minneapolis/St. Paul) depict all sorts of walks of life having a grand old time, and I can only imagine driving an X-Wing sled down a snow trench, trying to hit an exhaust port no bigger than a wamprat. X-Wing sled mod

New Watchmen still

I guess Zak Snyder figured now was as good a time as any to give us an update on The Watchmen. And what is his update all about? Basically thanking the cast and crew for a great experience. No great teasers. No story bombshells. Just thanks. Guess its better than nothing. Anyways, enjoy the above screenshot. The Watchmen update

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Arrivals: February 20, 2008

There are a few great comics this week, as well as a few debuts (for example, Jenna Jameson's Shadow Hunter #1), however, instead of highlighting the beginning of a series, I figured I'd pick the end of a series. So this week's pick is Cable & Deadpool #50, the end of the run. Enjoy! Enjoy! New Arrivals: February 20, 2008

Sienna Miller talks about sexiness

Anyone that can see knows that its completely obvious that Sienna Miller is hot (and no clue what Jude Law was thinking). So that hotness definitely played a part in her getting the role of the Baroness in the G.I. Joe film. And I know that I'd like to know more about that role. Can the Sunday-Mirror help me? It sure can. In an interview from a few days ago, Miller tells the Sunday-Mirror that she is "getting muscles everywhere." "I've started taking boxing lessons, and I've also had to learn how to fire guns with live ammunition. I'm a baddie, running around kicking everyone while wearing tight, thigh-high boots." Hmm. She's hot, is taking boxing lessons, learning how to fire guns (with live ammunition mind you) and is wearing thigh-high boots. I planned on seeing this film regardless, but these facts may warrant a second viewing in the theater. Interview: Sienna Miller

Steampunk Iron Man

I want to say that this whole steampunk thing is getting out of hand, but I can't because its freaking awesome and there needs to be more of it. Thankfully Sillof's Workshop has just the thing to cure my steampunk itch (its not cowbell, but something almost as good). Steampunk Iron Man! Yes kids, you to can enjoy Tony Stark with the Victorian goatee, classic Victorian blacksmithing outfit and awesome Iron Man suit with dual exhaust on the top and clock gears sprinkled all over. Its very well done, and would be great to have sitting on your desk for show (although I doubt we'll see these mass produced). So in the mean time, enjoy the pictures and save one for your desktop (which is close to actually having one sitting on it). Steampunk Iron Man

X-Men Origins: Wolverine gets Deadpool and Gambit

The upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine film is getting bigger and bigger everyday. So far, we've been promised lots of cameos, and to this point its been rumored that we'll be seeing Sabretooth, Juggernaut, Silver Fox and a young Stryker. Now you can add two more to that list: Deadpool and Gambit. Ain't It Cool News is reporting with some conviction that Deadpool will be in the film, and he will be played by Ryan Reynolds (awesome). Gambit has long been slated to be in the film as well, and playing him will be Friday Night Lights own Taylor Hirsch (according to the X-Verse). Its intriguing that these seemingly fringe characters are being cast with such famous actors, and hopefully Marvel is trying to use a better known character to introduce the others. It would be awesome to see either Deadpool or Gambit in their own films, and even more awesome if it were Ryan Reynolds. This is similar to what's going on with Nick Fury in Iron Man and Incredible Hulk. I mentioned it in an earlier post, but if Marvel can beat DC to the punch with the team-up film, as well as start making all these other films that deal with secondary characters, they'd pretty much own the comics movie landscape (with the exception of The Dark Knight which will be one of the best movies of all time). Reynolds Deadpool? Definitely, Maybe Hirsch playing a Gambit

Friday, February 15, 2008

Posting day off

No 3 PM post today, and no posts on Monday, in honor of President's Day. So enjoy the day off if you've got it. And don't respect the guy above. He's a bad president.

Try out Halo before you buy

Not the video game version mind you, but the more educational literary version. Spawn.com has the first 20 pages of the graphic novel Halo: Contact Harvest online for your previewing pleasure. I personally haven't checked out the written versions of Halo, but I've heard that they've gotten fairly positive reviews. And its a free preview, so what do you have to lose...10-15 minutes? Halo: Contact Harvest first 20 pages preview

Dennis Quaid = General Hawk

That didn't take long. Filming for the upcoming G.I. Joe film has already begun (awesome), and the first picture from the film has appeared online. What picture? The one above of Dennis Quaid as General Hawk. Not sure if he's actually talking on the phone for a scene in the movie or if some photographer just took a picture of him in costume talking on the phone. Either way he looks pretty pissed.

No Justice League till 2010?

Good grief does it suck to be a Justice League fan right now. Moviehole (via Australia's Herald-Sun newspaper) reports that a 2010 start date is being looked at, since apparently all the actors have booked other gigs (seeing as how this gig isn't panning out so hot right now). Of course, this could just be a rumor (that should be an automatic thought at this point when you read anything about the movie). Is it possible that this thing doesn't get made at all? DC was really poised to take the comic movies to a whole new level (and essentially grab Marvel by the throat) with this film. But now, it seems that the delays are killing it, and the much less heralded Avengers film may actually hit theaters first, which would be a huge advantage for Marvel. In any case, gratuitous Megan Gale picture. Justice League delayed till 2010

Thursday, February 14, 2008

MegaCon Orlando

Not to be confused with NBE-1 (aka Megatron), MegaCon will be coming to Orlando the weekend of March 7-9. Three day passes are $52.19, while one day will set you back $22.37 in advance (in case you're wondering, the numbers seem a little odd because they include tax). At the door, you're looking at $55 for all three days and $24 for one day. Highlights include a DS tournament, a Lady Death exclusive, Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) from Heroes, Kristy Swanson and Vic Mignogna. Comics related folk include Joe Quesada, Andy Kubert, Mark Texeira and Steve McNiven. So if you're in the Orlando area that weekend, and you happen to like comics, then stop by the convention. Definitely a decent way to pass the time. MegaCon

Preview: Cable & Deadpool #50

Its the end of the road for the merc with a mouth and the time-traveling Summers. Cable & Deadpool #50 is the series finale, and pits the strange duo against dinosaurs and the Venom symbiote. This issue is also loaded with guest stars, including Spider-man, Fantastic Four, the Mighty Avengers and Agency X. Written by Reilly Brown and Fabian Nicieza, with pencils by Reilly Brown, inks by Jeremy Freeman, coloring by Gotham Entertainment Group and a very SCUD-ish cover by Skottie Young, Cable & Deadpool #50 hits stores February 20. Preview: Cable & Deadpool #50

X-Men Origins: Wolverine first look

You know comics are really hitting mainstream when USA Today does a story previewing a comic film not even out of production yet. That, or the fact that Hugh Jackman is in said film adds some attraction to covering it. Jackman is actually producing the film (due in theaters May 1, 2009), and has remained extremely quiet about the details of the film. However, he did mention one thing. "Sabretooth "is going to play a big part in it. And there will be a good bit of cameos of new and familiar mutants," he says. "But you can't give too much away, because fans are pretty hard-core. Their expectations go up a level every time you come out with a new film." Its pretty obvious that Sabretooth would be in it (you can't have a Wolverine origins film without him), and there's been rumblings that we'll see Vinnie Jones reprise his role as Juggernaut. Silver Fox and a young Stryker are also expected to make appearances, so its looking like this movie just went from awesome to badass. First look at X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Sam Jackson IS Nick Fury

One of the worst kept secrets has just been confirmed by the bad mother him self, Mr. Samuel L. Jackson. In an interview with MTV Movies Blog, Sam Jackson confirmed that yes kids, he is Nick Fury. But he wouldn't say which movie he was playing Nick Fury. “Well [then] am indeed Nick Fury,” Jackson finally admitted, officially confirming his role for the first time. “But I don’t know if I’m gonna be in [”Iron Man”] though." So there you have it. We know that Sam Jackson is going to be Nick Fury. We have a strong suspicion that we'll see him play the role in both Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. All we have to do now is wait until May and June for the respective movies, and we can all leave the theaters happily. IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Tedd Riccio is a comic book aficionado chock full of useful comic history knowledge. So why not tap into that knowledge for the betterment of you, the reader? Appearing weekly is a column by newly appointed Assistant Editor Tedd (just Tedd will be fine). This column is called “Hank McCoy (Before the Fur),” so be sure to keep your eyes open for his unique insights into comics. The whole comic book super-hero thing is a pretty interesting sub-genre of science fiction.

Kind of.

Maybe it’s more accurate to say, the whole sub-genre of comic book super-heroes is really just a conglomerate of ideas and themes taken from every other genre of science fiction.

I mean, I was always a big BIG fan of the whole integrated-universe thing that Marvel and DC pulled off. I loved the cameos, the references, just…the atmosphere. You know, if Batman was breaking up weapon smuggling at the docks than the guys he was after were inevitably packing advanced Lex-corp technology. Or the whole big extended-family thing Marvel had going on. Like Magneto’s mutant kids, never feeling quite comfortable with their former foes, don’t become X-men but Avengers instead. One of them, Quicksilver, has had an on again, of again, marriage with the Inhuman Crystal; Crystal in turn has had an on again off again romance with the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch; Franklin Richard is frequently baby-sat by a mysterious women named Agatha Harkness who has sometimes helped tutor the mystically-inclined such as the Scarlet Witch (who the writers can never decide if her powers are mystical, or mutation, or whatever)…you get the idea.

The problem is, when you put the whole big integrate pictures together? It isn’t always pretty. Alien beings with god like powers, real Gods with alien-like powers, crime-fighter detectives, radiation mutated super-beings, cyborgs, robots, intergalactic police-forces, and anthropomorphic beings do not always a concise and well-written story make. But there are a few writers who can really pull this trick off and make it work. Make it feel like ‘oh yeah, of course an ancient Amazon demi-god, Dark Knight detective, and alien super-being are standing around having a conversation…the current situation would necessitate that they coordinate their efforts and work together’.

Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come is a good example of the kind of pop-culture master-piece that gets woven in this way. In some ways, growing up, I usually mistook a lot of the sophisticated concise story-telling that DC did as slow-moving and two-dimensional. I didn’t realize how even some of DC’s more cosmic characters had more human characterizations, more true-to-life adult issues, and frankly, more realistic depictions of violence and crime. The end result, at least I believe, is that it’s a little easier to tell a mammoth story like Kingdom Come because the core traits/ personalities of many of the character’s involved are well-defined and aren’t getting re-written and re-drawn by every hot and upcoming writer and artist that Marvel puts at the helm of the ship (while Kingdom Come does a lot of re-defining, I still think that’s the 1960’s Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, and Diana leading the story).

A frequently looked-over and amazingly under-rated attempt to provide the Marvel Universe with the same epic feel that the DC one walked away with in Kingdom Come is Jim Krueger’s Earth-X, Universe-X, and Paradise-X series. Tread lightly from this point in, dear reader- such story telling is very much the hard liquor of the Marvel Universe tomb of lore. Like I said, few people can tell a truly comprehensible story that spans the scope of the Asgardian plains, to a fully mutated American nation, to Atlantis, to the Watcher’s haven on the Moon, and more places. But somehow, Krueger makes it work.

Not only that, but Krueger has this amazing way of addressing some of the bizarre conventions that were idiosyncratic to comic books and making them part of the story. Why is there always another villain? Why do character’s die and come back, constantly? Why is the human race always looking for heroes but fearing them? He plays around with some of these cliché themes and actually uses them as the building blocks of bizarre existential revelations.

If the last paragraph sounded like I was writing a philosophy paper, I assure you it is only Krueger’s style rubbing off on me. I mean, questions about the nature of existence, time, and space get thrown around in this comic. Are you so sure that death is a ‘natural’ phenomenon? What if death was a genetic ‘flaw’ that the human race was never supposed to have?

Think about what I just wrote there. Does your brain hurt yet?

On the soft side of this series, each issue begins with a kind of whistle-stop tour of the Marvel Universe. Krueger sets the scene by giving you a re-cap of the origins of the character’s the story focuses on and many of their most famous struggles. Some of Krueger’s re-inventions of these characters can be painful- a disgruntled, middle-aged Peter Parker who doesn’t stop to help people in the street and a beer-bellied Wolverine are just a start. But he really shows off how well he gets a lot of the characters- I can’t say enough good things about how well he grasps the complicated persona of Tony Stark for example.

Some of the other revisions are just…well, bizarre.

Hulk has finally reached a point where he and Bruce Banner have separated into two physically separate, but mentally linked, entities. And I was definitively freaked out to see a Frank Castle reunited with his family in the afterlife and going so far was to SHOOT THEM HIMSELF in order to prove that they were all dead. And Franklin Richards…Galactus…they…he…you know what? I won’t even try to explain.

This is also very much the Marvel universe of the 1960’s and 70’s. This is the Peter Parker who wrestled with Gwen Stacey’s death, the Scott Summers whose father was a Starjammer, the Jean Grey who had clones, and the Magneto who bullied Toad unmercifully. There are references to storylines that you likely weren’t even alive when they were made up. The High Evolutionary ring a bell? Psycho-man and the micro-verse? Me neither.

Although there’s bound to be something that’ll make you jump up and say ‘HEY, I remember that!’. My favorite involves a now seemingly absent from cannon space-knight named Rom. Anyone remember Rom? He was this big white robot looking guy with this weird ray gun. He got marketed as a toy in the 80’s…and didn’t exactly take off. Eventually, Marvel lost the rights to the character and has been in litigation over it for some time (or so I hear). Rom’s back-story was fascinating though, playing up the whole robot-with-a-secret-heart-of-gold thing that was big in that decade. Rom’s primary antagonists, the Dire Wraiths, were…freaky.

Regardless of losing the rights to the character, Krueger spares no expense. While Captain America and a reborn child-like Mar-vell (the original Captain Marvel) travel through Limbo, a stranger wearing white armor and carrying a ray gun briefly rescues them from a pack of strange creatures. When Cap asks Mar-vell for the identity of the stranger, he replies only ‘Once, the greatest of the space-knights…’.

I love Krueger’s ‘shout-outs’ to other…things that marvel fans would know, too. Such references are sometimes more innate than overt- one chapter ends with a character pondering over the nature of existence, finishing with two words: ‘What if?’. Those of you who get it, get it.

If you’ve got a substantial amount of time on your hands and access to an internet database of marvel comics characters and storylines, Earth-X, Universe-X, and Paradise-X is a great read. And frankly? I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say it’s something of a mental exercise in philosophy. If you don’t believe me, try digesting some of the Watcher and Machine Man’s conversations on the nature of time and death. Be warned- some of what you see in these comics are a lot less super-hero and a lot more dramatic fiction. Heroics are a little less flashy, a little more desperate in this incarnation of the marvel universe. The art is sometimes a little…claustrophobic, even strange. Most won’t find it appealing, but it lends a sort of something to the whole series. A kind of surrealness. All in all, great reading.

Preview: The New Dynamix #1

Miniseries seem to be all the rage these days, and The New Dynamix is no exception. Coming from Wildstorm Comics, The New Dynamix #1 is part of a 5-issue miniseries in which Lady Love (aka Love Rocket) wants to know where all the heroes have gone in the Bay area. During one mission, Lady Love's partner does so well at defusing a tense situation that he puts a child's life in danger. This is (of course) caught on tape, and is seen by just about everyone, including a hero that's been out of commission for a while. The New Dymanix #1 is written by Allen Warner, with art by J. J. Kirby (and the always expected variant cover by Jim Lee). The issue hits stores March 5 for $2.99. Preview: The New Dynamix #1

Fox sues over rights to The Watchmen

Its been relatively quiet on the movie rights lawsuit front, so lets jump right into one going on right now. The Hollywood Reporter has a story that Fox is a little upset at Warner Brothers. Fox claims that between 1986 and 1990, it acquired all rights to The Watchmen, some of which were distributed to Largo International with the understanding that at the end of the day, Fox still held the rights. Largo dismantled, so the rights from that went to producer Lawrence Gordon, with the stipulation that Fox could be "bought out" if the movie went to another firm. Well now Warner Brothers is picking up the tab, and no one asked Fox. So Fox is suing for unspecified damages. You have to wonder why now. The film has been in development for close to a year now. I don't think Fox has any intense investment in the film (they've had the rights for close to 20 years and have yet to do anything with them). And Warner Brothers is kind of everything DC Comics (which originally published The Watchmen), so its all kind of suspect. But I guess Fox just wants a piece of the financial pie regardless, and if they're not going to make the movie, they'd be just as happy suing the studio that is making the movie. Fox suing over The Watchmen

Michael Bay about to erase all goodwill earned from Transformers (possibly)

The sequel to Transformers should be awesome. The first one set the bar really, really high, so the next one has to be as good as (if not better) than the first one. That may not necessarily be the case. In a recent interview with IESB, Bay (at the 2008 VES Awards) said a few things about the sequel. He said that he listens to the fans, but won't do everything that the fans say. That being said, there will be no Dinobots (unless he's just jerking us around and there really will be). He also said that the first movie was the "tip of the iceberg," and that we can expect to see new species in the sequel. I'm sorry. What? New species? As far as I know when it comes to Transformers, you have robots and humans. Unless they're going to do something like the animated movie when the Autobots were almost fed to those shark things with the guy with all the faces proclaiming innocence or guilt. Bay, don't you screw this up (be sure to shake your fist angrily when saying this statement). No Dinobots will be harmed in Transformers 2

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Arrivals: February 13, 2008

So there are a few issues coming out this week that I'd say are worthy of your attention. But the one I'm focusing on is Amazing Spider-man #550. Not necessarily because of the story (Spidey gets sued!), but rather, because its pretty impressive. 550 issues. Whew. Enjoy! New Arrivals: February 13, 2008