Friday, May 30, 2008

Preview: Mythos: Captain America #1

Ever wonder how Steve Rogers went from a meek whimp to Captain America in a heartbeat? Find out in Mythos: Captain America #1. Written by Paul Jenkins and with art by Paolo Rivera, Mythos: Captain America #1 tells the origin story of Captain America. Look for it in stores on June 25 for $3.99. Preview: Mythos: Captain America #1

Transformers 2 casting news

So Transformers 2 is releasing June 26, 2009 (4 days before my birthday!) and the movie is starting to get into the preproduction phase of the movie. And with all sorts of casting news, its getting hard to keep track of who's in the movie. Thankfully, Superhero Hype (via The Hollywood Reporter) has a handy list of who's in the movie and who's not. We all know that Shia LeBeouf will be back, which is a given. We now know that Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro will reprise their roles in the sequel. Rainn Wilson has been added to the cast as a college professor, as well as Isabel Lucas as Unnamed Hottie #2. Let's hope that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman can recreate the magic of the first film in the sequel. Transformers 2 casting news

Samus in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance?

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was one of the better superhero games to come along in a while. It had tons of marquee characters, a decent storyline that included most of the villains in the Marvel Universe and had 4-player online co-op. But did you know it almost had Samus Aran and Link as well? Go Nintendo has a YouTube clip (see below) of Samus roaming around in the Wii version of the game, but apparently Nintendo wanted nothing to do with it. Shame really. They'll let Link be in Soul Calibur, but not in Marvel games? What gives?

News on Captain America movie

When you hear the words "period piece" sometimes you get a little nervous. If the filmmakers try to do a period piece but end up throwing in modern niceties, then it kind of loses that period charm. And a movie that has to be a period piece to maintain any credibility at all is the upcoming Captain America movie, due to hit theaters in 2011. According to an interview IESB conducted with Kevin Feige of Marvel, Captain America will be a period piece, will remain very true to the source material and will not involve Matthew McConaughey. They plan to stay extremely true to the source material, and one can only hope that someone is brought in who really does respect the character to bring him to life on the big screen. Stay tuned for more details. Captain America to be period piece

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dwight in Transformers 2

Rainn Wilson has a movie coming out called The Rockers. Nothing too noteworthy there. The noteworthy part comes from the MTV Sneak Preview Week in which he mentioned that he's going to be in Transformers 2. MTV Movie Blogs has the news, and Wilson confirmed that he will be playing a college professor in the sequel. Between this and Jonah Hill being offered the role (but turning it down), it seems that Micheal Bay is trying to make the sequel funnier than the first. I don't really think that's possible, because the first one was a perfect balance of action, drama and comedy, and emphasizing one of those over the others the second go round may ruin the entire thing. Dwight in Transformers 2

Preview: Catwoman #80

Catwoman is doing her best to get back to the top of Gotham's underworld (that must be a low top), but it looks like Batman has come back to stop her. What will she do?!?!?!?!?! Written by Will Pfeifer and with art by David and Alvaro Lopez, Catwoman #80 hits stores June 18 for $2.99. Catwoman #80

Punisher: War Zone teaser poster

The teaser poster for the upcoming Punisher: War Zone has been released, and that's it right above. Good times. The Lexi Alexander film is slated for a December 5 release, and you can check out Marvel's page devoted to all things Punisher: War Zone related below. Punisher: War Zone

Who's the next Spider-man?

Update: According to a story on IESB, Latino Review doesn't know what they're talking about. IESB says that no one has been approached for the role, and the only person even being considered at this point is Tobey Maguire (presumably until he officially declines the role). Maguire is at the top of what has to be an extremely short list, as, like I said below, the franchise and kind of lives and dies by him in my opinion. I like Tobey Maguire. He's a good kid. He's one of the reasons why the Spider-man movie franchise has been as successful as it's been. So of course I want him back for more movies. But if a recent report by Latino Review turns out true, then it looks like the halcyon days of Tobey Maguire/Peter Parker are gone. Latino Review reports that there are two names at the top of the wish list. The first is Patrick Fugit, famous for his role in Almost Famous. The other is Michael Angarano, most recently seen in Forbidden Kingdom (but also played the same character as Fugit in Almost Famous). Now I'm not going to get on a soap box or anything about these rumored castings just yet because they're rumors. But stay tuned as this story progresses. Who's the next Spider-man?

Wednesday, May 28, 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. Crusher “Absorbing Man” Creel Old School: So, there’s a Thor movie coming out. And after that, there’s likely an Avengers movie in the works. There’s a wide variety of villains to choose from- and no Thor movie is going to be complete without Thor’s often-overlooked but disturbingly brilliant half-brother Loki. As the God of Mischief, he’s constantly making with the misdirection and lies and so on. While he’s no lightweight when it comes to magic, Loki isn’t all about going blow-for-blow with his heafty big brother when he can avoid it. Consequently, he usually falls back on littering the battlefield with numerous lesser villains (often deceived and thrown into the Avengers way with little regard by the God) to guard himself. Crusher Creel is just one of said creations by the God of Evil (he changed his name recently, believe it or not). However, the power granted to Creel by the Asgardian God has given him a lot more staying power to make life difficult for Thor and company than your average throwaway villain, and “The Absorbing Man” has gone on to become a super-powered menace in his own right. If I had to draw up a list of characters I’d love to see the Avengers duke it out with in one of three movies, I’d put Absorbing Man near the top. Super-Villain vs. Not a Super-Hero: What I find really fascinating about Creel is that he falls in the latter category much easier than the former. Comic books have most certainly taken a page out of Hollywood scripts in the last two decades, and more and more you find your heroes rushing out the door to fight science-fictionesque menaces, mystical incarnations of infinite evil, souless monsters and robots, or homicidal maniacs. There aren’t that many guys left who are just that- people. Creel could hardly be described as murderous (he’s even told Captain America that he is ‘no murderer’)- a career criminal, a thief, even an extortionist and kidnapper. But he’s just a guy who Loki hit up for a foot solider. He doesn’t have big grand take-over-the-world schemes: he just selfish, crude, and not a terribly nice person. He’s ignorant, under-educated, and has the kind of values you’d expect a stereotypical 80’s construction worker to have. But he’s human- he’s just a guy. Just, in his mind, life isn’t about good and evil- it’s about the haves and have-nots. He’s just sticking up for himself and looking out for number one. He looks at the Avengers and Thor like an unpopular high school drop out looks at the preppy kids at school- why shouldn’t he knock them around a bit? They don’t deserve to have the world think they’re so great. No one treated him that way. I mean, let’s face it- how many Spider-mans and Captain Americas can you really expect in one world? MOST people, if given unusual abilities would either A. become celebrity icons or B. do what Creel does- whatever he damn well wants to try to do. He isn’t evil- just narrowminded. I’ve got to say, if you need evidence that Creel isn’t just some heartless maniac, take a look at his relationship with Mary MacPherran (long time She-Hulk rival known as Titania). It isn’t exactly the most romantic, soul-completing union you’ve ever seen- it’s just a real one. They know each other and (somewhat) trust each other. In his own way, Creel cares about her (although he totally lacks the sensitivity that Mary could likely really use and frequently misinterprets and misunderstands her), and while Creel probably isn’t Mary’s dream-man, you get the impression that she’s comfortable with him because she could (and has) done much, much worse. It’s practical, functional- maybe even stifling, but it’s what they rely on. In fact, Creel even tied the knot with Titania in an issue of Avengers Unplugged (very weird series, don’t think it’s reprinted in anything either). It was interesting though- like this bizarre inverse of the marriage between Reed Richards and Susan Storm. A bunch of super-powered street thugs from other comics were the wedding guests. When the Avengers showed up, they stopped themselves- out of guilt that they were ruining a wedding. But big with the being Super-Powered: Creed has easily got to be in the top twenty most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. Seriously. Than why haven’t you heard of him? Well, he isn’t too bright. A guy who can turn himself into any material he touches might be better off with a working knowledge of chemistry and geology. Instead, Creel sometimes has trouble using his own power in effective ways. In fact, sometimes Creel doesn’t even realize how his powers work- I remember an issue of Secret Wars (that’s plural, not singular, circa 1985) where Wolverine sliced Creel’s arm off while he was transformed into some rocky granite form. Creel spent the next issue terrified to revert back to human form because he was afraid he would start bleeding to death. He held his arm in place and held perfectly still while he reverted, having no idea if it would “seal” his wound or if he would revert to normal holding his own severed arm. Freaky. But the guy is damn near indestructible if he chooses to be. I mean, even if you did slice him up into pieces, would it matter if he wasn’t flesh and bone? If he got his hands on adamantium, how would you hurt him? Oh and one last note- the guy carries a ball and chain. It like, signifies that he’s a thug or something. That kind of cracks me up. But when he’s swinging it at your Avenger of the week’s head, it’s less funny. Suggested Reading: Secret Wars (The 1980’s series. It’s Titania’s first appearance actually- what starts off as a joke of a relationship becomes more solid than you’d think the “bad guys” are capable of. It’ll surprise you) Avengers Unplugged (For the wedding, if you can find it. See above) The Mighty Thor Volume 3: Gods on Earth (Great series. Reading the first two volumes will help you get what the hell’s going on- but you can watch a heartbroken Absorbing Man face his wife’s cancer and actually join a religious movement that worships Thor. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?) Incredible Hulk Volume 5: Hide in Plain Sight (Creel has mind control powers now too. I’m not totally sure about this one myself. But I hear it’s a great series. Universe X (In this dystopian future for the Marvel Universe, a religious sect actually reassembles Creel’s broken pieces and restores him to life after singlehandedly killing most of the Avengers years earlier. In a moment of redemption, Titania actually talks Creel into becoming the new CORE of the ENTIRE PLANET, thus putting arguments about Creel’s power to rest. Note: reading without having read Earth X will cause confusion and migraines).

Final Crisis buyer's guide

Secret Invasion is well upon us, which means Marvel is really hogging the spotlight. So what's DC to do? Launch their own massive universe-shaking storyline, of course. Final Crisis is set to rock the DC Universe, but you really need to know what to read. So IGN's got you covered with an extensive primer on the upcoming megaseries written by Grant Morrison. Check it out and brace yourself for the summer of comics. Between this and Secret Invasion, its great to be a comic book fan. Final Crisis buyer's guide

The Incredible Hulk game debut trailer

Hulk Smash! Those are the words you want to hear on your end in control, not with the Hulk bearing down on you and threatening to crush you. No word if those words will be screamed in violent joy in the upcoming game based on the movie The Incredible Hulk, but you can be pretty sure you'll here Edward Norton's voice as Bruce Banner in the game. To find that out (and other possible hints about the game), check out the debut trailer for the game below.

Transformers Chinese (not Japanese like we all thought)

Transformers has just hit Cinemax (and I've probably seen it about 20 times in the last 2 weeks), but that's not going to stop Micheal Bay from working on the sequel. And the little town of Bethlehem, PA, is home to some production sets. The aptly named Transformers Live Action Movie Blog has some production stills from a steel mill in Bethlehem. Granted, there's nothing too exciting about the pictures until the Transformers are digitally inserted into the shots (yes, they're CGI...unless the government really does have NBE-1 somewhere). The provider of said photos mentioned a few bits of info regarding the sequel (these may be spoilers, so read at your own risk...frankly I don't think they're that groundbreaking): A possible new Autobot Two Blackhawk helicopters will be used A car hauler was seen with 2 Saturns and 5 Chinese styled cop cars So there you go. A little information to start getting you salivating about the sequel. And if you have any questions about the sleepy little town of Bethlehem, feel free to ask Tedd. I'm sure he's got some stories for you. Transformers 2 production shots

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Arrivals: May 28, 2008

The pick this week is Batman #677, the next in the R.I.P. storyline from Grant Morrison, where someone will die in the Batman universe. Enjoy! New Arrivals: May 28, 2008

Wizard World Philadelphia May 30 - June 1

Just a friendly reminder that this weekend Philadelphia plays host to Wizard World this weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A one-day ticket will set you back $25, while a three-day ticket will set you back $45 (clearly the better value). Why should you care to go? Guests include Chris Claremont, Joe Quesada, Andy Kubert, Amanda Conner, Brian Reed, Dan Slott and Katee Sackhoff. So if you're in the area, check it out and enjoy the comics immersion. Wizard World Philadelphia

No R-rated films for Marvel

Marvel has always had the heroes that were more on the good side of things. Very few are cutthroat and violent, so there's not really the need for them to make the ultraviolent, R-rated movies. But what about characters such as Blade and Punisher? According to Marvel executive Peter Cuneo in an interview with IESB, there will be no R-rated films from Marvel Studios. This makes sense from a financial standpoint, as PG-13 probably gets the biggest audience you could get with any film. But movies like Blade and Punisher suffer because the films are rated PG-13 that they lose some of that appeal. Those characters are somewhat peripheral characters to begin with, so even going the PG-13 route probably isn't going to bring in massive crowds. Cuneo did indicate that should a movie be done by another studio (not Marvel's film studio), then the rating rule would not necessarily apply. No R-rated flicks for Marvel

Witchblade Teaser Poster

That right there is a teaser poster. A teaser poster for the upcoming Witchblade film, which is apparently on track for a 2009 release. Nothing shows up in IMDB when you search the film, so no word if the chick above is actually Sara Pezzini, or if that's just a hot placeholder chick. Stay tuned for details. Witchblade site

Friday, May 23, 2008

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Since Monday is a holiday, Omnicomic will be taking the day off. Unless of course some news comes out that's excessively urgent or something. But otherwise, have a great and safe weekend, getting your BBQ on and loving life. And if you're having a cold beer, drive safe.

11 Most Scorching Hot Female Cosplayers Ever

Cosplaying goes hand in hand with games, anime and comics. So naturally it makes sense to have a Top X list of those that are hottest when it comes to cosplaying. But since Slobs of Gaming is run by a predominantly male staff I'd presume (since most gamers are still males, although that's rapidly changing), the list is female only. Any female gamers out there, if you put together your own list of 11 Most Scorching Hot Male Cosplayers Ever, I'll gladly post it (we don't discriminate here at Omnicomic). Anyways, check out the list, drool, discuss, rant and rave. Slobs of Gaming: 11 Most Scorching Hot Female Cosplayers Ever

Bender of War

In what has to be the perfect marriage of pop culture, GameTrailers has a Gears of War 2 introduction video. Where's the marriage in that? Well its not Marcus vs. Frightened Locust #237, rather, its Bender vs. Frightened Beer Keg #153. Its actually pretty funny, and worth checking out. I should warn you that its pretty graphic, as beer is spilled everywhere.
Dark Horse is getting ready for Comic Con 2008 (which, sadly, yours truly will not be able to attend) by creating a limited edition Domo variant. In case you don't know what Domo is, simply look above or picture a small creature with big fierce teeth and wide eyes (and no Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch to save you). Only 400 of the 8" vinyl figures will be created and will set you back $50 if you're so inclined to pick it up. The full press release is below. Dark Horse Deluxe Announces Exclusive Comic-Con International Domo Variant Japan’s favorite television network mascot is taking a giant-size bite into America’s popculture consciousness, and Dark Horse is helping him nibble away at the edges with a sold-out series of custom vinyl figures. Although the character depicted is normally seen in his natural brown hue as an animated character or on licensed products, the Japanese property owner and its master agent, Big Tent Entertainment, have allowed Dark Horse Deluxe to introduce limited editions of flocked vinyl figures in rare variant colors. Response has been strong, and all the color variant figures sold out in advance of publication. A new, previously unannounced variant flocked vinyl Domo in bright canary yellow is being readied for distribution as an exclusive at Comic-Con International, which takes place July 23−27 in San Diego. Although the event is expected to draw over 150,000 attendees, only 400 of the yellow figures are being produced, and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Dark Horse Comics exhibit booth. Domo has enjoyed great success with Japanese youth, and has fostered increasing recognition in the American anime community over the last few years. In addition to the 8″ vinyl figures, Dark Horse has produced a highly successful line of Domo products, including a self-mailer stationery set, two journals (one in the shape of Domo), an embroidered patch, and a sculpted magnet. Future licensed products in development include a line of 5.5″ vinyl figures, again featuring color variants, and a very large 18″ limited-edition version. The canary yellow Domo will be sold exclusively during Comic-Con International for a retail price of $50.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Interview - Carissa Halston


Tedd Riccio is an intrepid reporter, and if I'm not careful I may lose him to the likes of The Daily Bugle or The Daily Planet (why aren't there any monthly news publications in the world of comics considering new issues of comics are usually released once a month?). In his latest interview, Tedd talks with comics newcomer Carissa Halston, a star on the rise in the world of print and art. Feel free to visit her website (Aforementioned Productions) to check out her latest work, Sequentially Yours.

Preview: Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1

Batman and fear go hand in hand. After all, it was fear that created Batman in the first place. So its only fitting that there be a 12 issues series where Gotham City is besieged by all sorts of paranormal and scary, and its up to Batman to save the day. Enter Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1, written by Steve Niles and with art by Kelley Jones. This first issue pits Batman against a familiar foe in Scarecrow, but what exactly does he want to do to terrorize the city? And why is the Axeman involved? Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1 hits stores May 28 for $2.99. Preview: Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1

Runaways hitting the big screen

Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona have garnered numerous amounts of praise for their incredible series Runaways, a story about a group of teenagers who vow to fight their supervillain parents, in addition to fighting acne, lack of income and traditional teenage angst. They are no longer on the series, but were still instrumental in setting its tone and getting it to where its at now. Joss Whedon took a turn at it as well, but has since moved on, leaving the next in line to write it being Terry Moore. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is using their newfound clout to turn the series into a movie. There is no timetable for production, nor any casting news, but I'm sure that will all come to light in due time. I think that Marvel is kind of reveling in their other movie successes and this is on the pretty distant back burner. Runaways hitting the big screen

Dark Horse summer

Summer at Dark Horse is really heating up. There will be three new B.P.R.D. titles being released this summer by Mike MIgnola and John Arcudi surrounding the Hellboy universe, including new revelations for Liz Sherman and an origins stoy for Johann Kraus. War on Frogs will release June 5th which is a series of one-shots that continue where the from the March-April B.P.R.D. MySpace Dark Horse Presents, featuring art by Herb Trimpe. On June 18th, The Ectoplasmic Man releases, detailing the origins of Johann Kraus. And finally, July 9th will see the release of B.P.R.D.: The Warning, a five-issue series that picks up where B.P.R.D.: The Killing Ground left off. The entire press release is below, so you know you have a great Dark Horse summer to look forward to.

Summer getaways with the B.P.R.D.

With Hellboy II: The Golden Army coming in July, there’s no better time to get up to speed on what’s happening with the characters in the B.P.R.D. Dark Horse will be releasing three new B.P.R.D. titles by Mike Mignola and B.P.R.D. vet John Arcudi into the Hellboy Universe for summer reading pleasure—with new revelations for Liz Sherman and the origin story for Johann Kraus, as well as a bit of backstory for the Bureau’s battle with the infamous frog creatures.

June 5th will see the first installment of War on Frogs—a series of four one-shots that pick up from the March-April B.P.R.D. feature on MySpace Dark Horse Presents. Renowned artist Herb Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk) joins regular B.P.R.D. writer John Arcudi and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, with Guy Davis handling the inking, for the first one-shot story in this series that will feature a different legendary comics artist for each issue. War on Frogs chronicles the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense's fight against the frog monsters, set mostly between the events of B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs and B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame. As the frog cult spreads across America, Roger the Homunculus returns to the site of the B.P.R.D.'s first clash with the frog creatures—the ruins of Cavendish Hall, where Hellboy, Abe, and Liz first encountered both the frogs and Rasputin (Hellboy: Seed of Destruction)—to track down the final pieces of the puzzle of the Cavendish family. War on Frogs #2 is scheduled for a December release and will feature art by Eisner Hall-of-Famer John Severin (Two Fisted Tales)!

On June 18th, The Ectoplasmic Man arrives! This one-shot comic tells the origin of Johann Kraus—corresponding with Johann's appearance in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and including previously unrevealed details of how he came to be. Mignola/Arcudi team up with illustrator Ben Stenbeck (Living with the Dead) to round out the creative team! The Ectoplasmic Man is the ideal introduction to one of the most peculiar members of the remarkable Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.

Finally, on July 9th, Mignola and Arcudi reunite with long-time B.P.R.D. illustrator Guy Davis for B.P.R.D: The Warning, a five-issue series that immediately follows the events of B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground. The team rushes to track down the mysterious gentleman who's been appearing in Liz's visions, as a slew of old enemies menace the Bureau from all sides in a catastrophic escalation to the end of the world.

“I’m excited,” says Mike Mignola. “B.P.R.D. is really picking up speed now. Fans can start girding their loins for big, catastrophic changes to come.”

“As many changes as we've already seen take place in the B.P.R.D.,” says John Arcudi, “now is when it really starts getting nuts!”

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mr. Freeze thinks that LEGO Batman is a cool party

Add another great Batman villain to the upcoming LEGO Batman game in Mr. Freeze. He joins an ever-growing list of characters in what will be such a freaking awesome game when it comes out later this year. Kotaku has some screenshots of the game in all its blocky glory. Check them out, and keep that 2008 Batman hype train moving along at full speed. LEGO Batman gets frigid

Red Hulk exclusive to Xbox 360

Personally, I prefer my Hulk green. Classic, tried and true. Some prefer the Grey Hulk, as he was actually the original color of the Hulk (Stan Lee didn't want to offend any ethnicities so he went with grey). Then Jeph Loeb brought along the Red Hulk, probably the angriest of the Hulk color palette. And if Red is your favorite, and you plan on checking out The Incredible Hulk game releasing the same day as the movie, then you better have an Xbox 360. Marvel has announced the the Xbox 360 version of the game will be the only one to feature Red Hulk. And the specifics don't stop there. The version is GameStop exclusive, meaning you have to pay the bloodthirsty and thieving pirates at GameStop if you want the red incarnation of anger in the game. No word on whether or not the Red Hulk will be available from the start, unlockable or coming in the form of downloadable content at some point. Red Hulk exclusive to Xbox 360

Transformers 2 looking for SAG members

Are you a member of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG)? Did you grow up in the 80s and watch Transformers? Well that's the combination that Heery Casting is looking for in a casting call for Transformers 2. Below is the actual post from Heery Casting's website. The good news is that there will be a casting call for non-SAG talent in the future as well, so keep your eyes open if you're not in the SAG but want to be in the movie. TRANSFORMERS 2 in Philadelphia! We are looking for SAG background talent for the new Dreamworks feature film, “Transformers 2”, directed by Michael Bay. Needed are SAG background men and women, ages 18-65, all ethnicities, for scenes to shoot in the Philadelphia, PA and Princeton, NJ areas. Shooting will take place in June 2008. We especially need college-age talent for this project. If interested and available, please e-mail a picture/resume to Tr2philadelphia@gmail.com If your headshot is older than one year, do NOT send it. Instead, send a recent snapshot - that has you alone in the picture – a close-up is preferred (no party pictures holding a beer…) Your picture must be attached as a “.jpeg” file. Be sure to include all contact information, height and weight and SAG number in the body of the e-mail. Put "SAG" in the subject line. We will be announcing an open call for NON-UNION talent soon- stay tuned! No Phone calls please. Transformers 2 casting call

Get your own ArC Reactor (like Tony Stark)

So you may not be part of a team of MIT scientists, and you're probably not named Tony Stark (if you are, that's an insane coincidence but-and no offense-you're probably not the genius that the comic book Stark is). And if you were thrust into a cave with a car battery running your heart you probably wouldn't be able to make a miniature nuclear reactor to replace the battery. But that's ok! Entertainment Earth (the same purveyor of Bat Cuffs) will be selling an Iron Man statue, with the base being an ArC Reactor. Spiffy! Standing tall at 13 inches, the Adi Granov inspired Mark III that was featured in Iron Man is beautifully (and painstakingly) recreated by those crazy sculptors at Kotubukiya. The estimated availability is September 2008 and it will cost you $179.99. Just remember that you're not getting a functional Arc Reactor, but with the right imagination you could use it to power a suit and fly. Iron Man Statue

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Arrivals: May 21, 2008

The pick this week comes from Moonstone, and its Gabriel #1, the story of Gabriel's mid-life crisis (which is going to last a while since she's immortal and all that).. Enjoy! New Arrivals: May 21, 2008

Heroes promo

A promo for the upcoming season of Heroes has founds its way to YouTube, so check it out before our NBC Universal overlords DMCA it.

MK vs. DCU rendered Superman

I'm not quite on board with this whole idea of the Mortal Kombat universe squaring off against the DC Universe. Honestly, I think its a quick way to destroy the DC properties if the company wasn't so powerful and well-known as it is. But neither DC nor Midway consulted me initially, so it looks like we're getting the game anyway. The Midway boards were gracious enough however to post some renderings of what Superman will look like in the game, and he looks Superman-y in his rendered glory. So at least we know the game will look good. I'm still not a big fan, but what do I know. MK vs. DCU rendered Superman

Florida SuperCon (May 23-25)

I'm a big fan of comic book conventions, like most fans out there. So it stands to reason that I'm an even bigger fan of a SUPER convention, and the Florida SuperCon is just that. Coming to the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure in Weston, FL, this weekend is the Florida SuperCon, a convention with a healthy mix of comics, anime, cosplay, manga and fantasy (sounds like a great weekend to me). Some of the artists that will be there include Dan Slott, Clayton Henry and Dick Giordano. Media guests include Brian O'Halloran (Clerks), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) and Grey Delisle (Avatar: The Air Bender) just to name a few. Tickets are $20 for one day, and a three day pass is available for $30, and will be on sale at the door. So if you're in Weston this weekend and have nothing better to do, check out the Florida SuperCon. Florida SuperCon

Monday, May 19, 2008

Loaded Barrel Studios

NY Comic Con introduced me to a publishing studio that I might not have hear of otherwise in Loaded Barrel Studios. While at the convention I had to good fortune of meeting the Barels, proprietors of said studio, and even scored an interview. No, this isn't a reposting of the interview, but merely a polite reminder to all you kids out there that their site is now full functional. You can stop in and check out their flagship comic, Brielle and the Horror, or just sign their guestbook. Or just marvel at the Flash animation. Or revel in realizing that the name of their studios is a clever play on their names. In any case, check it out. Loaded Barrel Studios

Spawn Blue Necro Cop Action Figure Contest

Better late than never I guess. Spawn.com has a contest going on (free entry!) to win the supposedly coveted Blue Necro Cop action figure. You could also win copies of the French version of Spawn: Simony Books 1 & 2 and an autographed Simony book jacket, signed by Aleksi Briclot. Hurry and head over and enter however, as the contest ends Wednesday, May 22. Spawn Blue Necro Cop Action Figure Contest

Preview: Cable #5

If Cable's involved in a storyline then you know that something is seriously amiss in the X-Men universe. So when Cable #5 deals with the Messiah Complex, well you know things done gone crazy. Both Cable and Bishop are faced with decisions they thought they'd never face, and now they have to deal with the consequences. Cable #5 is written by Duane Swierczynski and features art by Ariel Olivetti, and hits stores July 2 for $2.99. Preview: Cable #5

Tyese Gibson talks Transformers 2 and Luke Cage

Tyrese Gibson is what the kids like to call "blowin' up." Sure, he's been doing acting for a while now, but Transformers really put him on the map. So when Superhero Hype learned he had news about the sequel, well we have to listen. In regards to Transformers 2, Gibson says that Michael Bay is upping the ante. Big time. "Well, I can't spill any of the beans though that was a smooth transition. But I just talked to Shia [LaBeouf] and left Jon Voight [a message] about fifteen minutes ago. I'm excited. Michael Bay is really going to try and up the ante on round two and take it to a whole other level. I can't go into any detail, but it's going to be some real one-of-a-kind things going on in this movie that no one has ever visually seen in their life. Michael Bay is really fired up and trying to outdo what he did on the first round and I'm just honored to be a part of it." Awesome. And while word on a Luke Cage movie hasn't gone past being a rumor, that won't stop people from speculating about it. "Luke Cage. They're still tweaking the script and all I will say on that is if that slot eventually opens up I'll probably be that guy to come in there and bring that man to life and have a little fun. I have to do a lot of bench pressing. Luke Cage is a lot to live up to, but like I said I'm not officially signed on yet, but they definitely have me in mind. Mr. Avi Arad – love him." I can't wait for the next Transformers movie, as I know they can really only go up with. Granted, the first one did set the bar high, I think that the next one can be just as good (if not better). As long as Steven Spielberg is around, we'll get a good sequel. As far as Luke Cage goes, I'm not getting too excited for it as yet, because there's no telling how long it will take to get into the Marvel movie queue. Tyrese Gibson talks movies

Friday, May 16, 2008

Spider-man films go the Lord of the Rings route

Is Tobey Maguire coming back? Does Kirsten Dunst want anything to do with Mary Jane anymore? Will Sam Raimi (and Bruce Campbell) show up in the fourth movie? Those are questions that Sony still has to answer, but there is one question they have answered (seemingly), and that's a script for Spider-man 4. And Spider-man 5! Cinematical is reporting (unconfirmed) that James Vanderbilt has turned in a script for Spider-man 4. The special thing about this script is that it spans over two movies into Spider-man 5, which means that the two films could be shot simultaneously. While this sounds awesome in its own right, it basically means we're teased by Sony in that if it happens, we'll know the fifth one is done, but still have to wait at least a year after the fourth film. So we may not have any of the big three, and I don't really know which villain they would go to next, but at least we know a script is in the process. Let's all hope that Vanderbilt knows his Spider-man, and decides to make the next two movies part of the Maximum Carnage storyline, giving Venom more screen time than he got in Spider-man 3. Spider-man 4 and Spider-man 5 to be shot at the same time?

Preview: Trinity #1

DC lives and dies by Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. And DC finally decided to give the three a weekly series that examines the bonds between the three, and their interactions with one another. And what connection do villains share in opposing the Trinity? Read and find out. Written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza, and with art by Mark Bagley, Art Thibert, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens, Tom Derenick, Wayne Faucher, Mike Norton and Jerry Ordway (that's a lot of artists), Trinity #1 hits stores June 4 for $2.99. Preview: Trinity #1

Hands on with Hellboy: Science of Evil

Kotaku editor Flynn De Marco spent some time with the upcoming Hellboy game, Hellboy: Science of Evil. He discusses some of the stages, gameplay and overall feel of the game. Its definitely worth a read if you're looking to pick up the game (or you're an insane Hellboy fan). I had a chance to play it a bit at NY Comic Con, and I was pretty impressed. The controls handle pretty tightly, and while its not the best looking game ever, it is nice. Its definitely worth checking out if the third-person comic adapted game is your type. Hands on with Hellboy: Science of Evil

Favreau not signed to do Iron Man 2

In what is surely a non-issue that has me in no way worried at all, iFilm reports (via a Howard Stern interview) that Marvel has not yet signed Jon Favreau to do the sequel to Iron Man. “They haven’t offered me anything yet,” Favreau told Howard Stern. “They’re all talking - they want to do it, they even announced a date.” “They’re all signed for three but it doesn’t work that way. That all goes out the window when you make $100 million dollars,” said Favreau. “Because people want to have a good relationship with the people they are working with, and if they’re making that kind of money, it’s an understanding that they’re going to negotiate.” So everyone's signed for three films except for Favreau. I don't think Marvel would want anyone else to direct the sequel because that would ruin the continuity of the films (the feeling between X2 and X3 was vastly different than the feeling between Spider-man 2 and Spider-man 3). And I think its easy to idea with the statement that Favreau did a great job with Iron Man, so I really don't know why he wouldn't be back. He clearly knows and respects the source material, and has even got a storyline in plan for the sequel if its up to him (he wants to do the Demon in a Bottle storyline). Favreau not signed to do Iron Man sequel

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Video Interview: Orson Scott Card

When you're like Marvel and have a writer of Orson Scott Card's ilk, you can do all the video interviews you want. The meat of the interview is about his classic novel Ender's Game being adapted into a comic, of course published by Marvel.

MySpace Dark Horse Presents #10

Dark Horse wants you to know that the latest issue of MySpace Dark Horse Presents is available and online for your consumption. The issues this month include: Criminal Macabre: The Creepy Tree by Steve Niles and Kyle Hotz Milk and Cheese by Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer Retro Rockets, Go! by Ian Edginton and Ian Culbard Hobo Fet by The Brothers Matkinson and Jon Adams Check them out if you have a moment. MySpace Dark Horse Presents #10

San Diego Comic-Con Carmine Figure

Kotaku has a preview of an upcoming exclusive Gears of War figure at this year's San Diego Comic Con. The figure is Anthony Carmine, probably before he dies. Good times. San Diego Comic Con NECA Exclusive Gears of War Figure

Adam Brody talks about Justice League Confusion

So Justice League Confusion has been put on the back burner, with no knowledge as to whether it will ever become a reality or not. That won't stop Adam Brody, who was poised to play the Flash, from talking to IGN about his role and the movie in general. "I would be really remiss to talk about any of this except for the same reason – nobody said I couldn't," he admitted. "We went to Australia and did like a mini sort of workshop – superhero boot camp, which was superfun and really surreal because you're sitting at a roundtable like this and someone's like, 'Well, Batman wouldn't say that!' And someone's like, 'Yeah, but the thing about Superman is…' "It was so funny because George Miller, he has such respect for actors, probably more than I do, and so it was really fun," Brody continued. "You've got this like $200 million action picture, but then you've got this true artist so you're dealing with this like superhero theater camp. Really, really interesting – I had a blast." Adam Brody talks the Flash

Wednesday, May 14, 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. This week is slightly different from the norm, as Tedd decided to profile a specific comic book legend in Nick Fury.

Colonel Nick Fury

The man in charge (until recently): Fury is (was, depending on whether you read Marvel comics or Ultimate Marvel comics) the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division). When S.H.I.E.L.D. was originally introduced, it was kind of like what you always imagined the CIA and the FBI were like when you were younger and didn’t really have a good sense of political issues, cultural differences, and civil rights (see Team America: World Police). While S.H.I.E.L.D. started off as a less-than subtle anti-communist James Bond fanboy wet dream, complete with the obligatory flying aircraft carrier and authorization to carry out UN policy with military force, the concept has blossomed into one of the most intriguing aspects of the Marvel Universe’s landscape. Nowadays, S.H.I.E.L.D. acts kind of like a liaison between the Super-Human community and the UN’s political leaders.

Consequently, when Nick Fury showed up in a Marvel comic (and oh, he did [does], every eight to twelve issues of any given comic), the characters, and you, the reader, were always left guessing as to what kind of role he and S.H.I.E.L.D. were going to play. Sometimes they show up to draft heroes into military-like service, sometimes to reprimand characters for interfering with the world political landscape, and sometimes they’re just genuinely trying to stop the bad guys. Of course S.H.I.E.L.D., and Fury himself, aren’t above misleading and outrightly exploiting the sometimes na├»ve apolitical super-heroes you loved- after all, protecting the free world isn’t about running around in tights, it’s about dirty, dirty politics and military service.

In most stories, Fury growled a few warnings at the Avengers or the Fantastic Four between cigar chomps, but ends up looking the other way for any legal transgressions for the greater good, emphasizing his whole “heart of gold” archetype. However, Fury recently lost his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. and his good standing with…pretty much anyone with a cape and a secret identity, after the painful and amoral events of Civil War (written by Bendis…and beautifully drawn, I might add). Essentially, Fury assembled a crew of big name Marvel characters for what he claimed was a typical S.H.I.E.L.D. “black op” into Latveria (a fictional European country that is frequently lorded over by fan favorite Victor Von Doom). Fury reveals evidence to the series characters’ that the Latverian prime minister has been providing many American super-villains with illegal technology. But as the series goes along, it becomes clear that S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t authorized anything Fury is doing. Once he essentially nukes the country’s capital building (Castle Doom) from the inside out, Fury sees about having the memories of his comrades erased. Needless to say, a furious Wolverine sinking his claws into Fury’s rib cage and screaming “YOU DON’T MESS WITH MY HEAD” about sums up the super-hero community’s reaction.

What you might not know: Fury isn’t dead, despite the aforementioned skewing at the hands of ol’ canucklehead. S.H.I.E.L.D. The guy has a huge slew of near-identical disposable robot duplicates that he frequently sends into situations that he knows he wouldn’t walk away from alive (the above example being one of them), what S.H.I.E.L.D. calls Life Decoy Models (L.D.M.) and what I might call A Writing Gimmick (A.W.G.). Of course, the presence of L.D.M.’s is fascinating when you stop and think about it for a minute- for example, how many Marvel Comics characters think they’ve met Fury face to face but never really have? How would you know? If some HYDRA agent took Fury out, would S.H.I.E.L.D. just leave a L.D.M. in his place? Would you even know he died? Etc.

Well, provided that the Fury in the comics is the Fury (Jessica Drew a.k.a. Spider-Woman acknowledges that L.D.M.’s “smell different” as compared to the real thing), you might be interested to know that the guy is nearly eighty years old. A World War II veteran, Fury actually knew and fought with Cap when Cap was just starting out- in the interim, Fury started using an experimental drug: the Infinity Formula (which has slowed his aging to almost nil). Fury has taken so much of the drug that his body actually produces it- while he probably isn’t what you think of as immortal, you could actually think of extended-longevity as his super-power, if you will. You know, besides being the cigar-chomping tough-as-nails bad-ass that he is, which, depending on who you ask, beats most super-powers any day of the week.

Believe it or not, Fury’s now deceased brother, Jacob, went by the supervillain alias Scorpio (I’m pretty sure he was part of this big group of bad guys I remember who were astrologically themed. The thing was there was a villain for EVERY sign. Seriously. So there’d be like a panel of Cap or Thor yelling out ALL of their names in surprise like “Aquarius! Taurus! Libra! Virgo!” etc. Not the most creative idea Marvel ever generated, but a couple of them have stuck around as solo acts, most notably Libra- check out Avengers Forever if you want more info, great series). At some point, Jacob committed suicide, shooting himself in the head- however, Fury’s illegitimate son Mikel actually stepped into the role (his mother, Amber D’Alexis was this kind of James Bond-esque character who dealt illegal weapons, but fell in love with Fury while he was investigating her operation…oh, you get this idea). Eventually, he actually became a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent himself, although he remains somewhat estranged from his father.

Fury is the consummate man-with-no-name soldier type (yes, I see the contradiction in what I just wrote- but his work is his life and his life is his work, and that work is being a soldier). He’s in peak physical condition and is skilled in martial arts and all sorts of ridiculous fictional weaponry. He’s also an expert pilot and he was actually part of an airplane wing-walking act before WWII. These days, he’s underground and has little contact with anyone, wanted for something of an atrocity himself. Whether he ends up back in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. or in prison is anyone’s guess at this point.

Suggested Reading:

Civil War (as noted above)

New Avengers Volume 3- Secrets and Lies (explains his relationship with Jessica Drew and her whole double-agent status thing)

Ultimates (For the Samuel L. Jackson incarnation of Fury, who’s a little less grizzled and a little more suave, but still a lot bad-ass)

Secret Invasion (looks like the man is back on the scene as a big player in Marvel’s latest big-ass crossover)

Fury and Fury: Peacemaker (By Garth Ennis. In a word- brutal, but a fitting portrait of a man who’s watched the world, and war, roll forward, unrelenting).

Two new The Dark Knight TV spots

Two new TV spots for The Dark Knight have the hit the Youtubes (courtesy of The MovieBox) and, like everything else related to the movie, are a must watch (must watches?). Enjoy. TV Spot 1 TV Spot 2

Preview: Ultimate Origins #1

I think Marvel might be the first to admit that the Ultimate Marvel Universe has sort of fallen off the map (maybe that's why we never got past issue 2 of Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine...I'm not bitter). Civil War, Secret Invasion and Avengers/Invaders are all in the spotlight as of late, so where's the Ultimate love? Brian Michael Bendis knows, as what seems to be the hardest working writer in comics right now is writing an Ultimate origins story, conveniently titled Ultimate Origins #1. Ultimate Origins #1 does just what its name says it does, and gives readers clues to the conspiracies rife within the Ultimate Universe. Conspiracies such as the secrets and connections between the Super Soldier and Weapon X programs. Bendis writes, Jackson Guice does pencils and everyone wins! Ultimate Origins #1 hits stores June 4 for $2.99, and is a lead in for the upcoming Ultimatum storyline. Preview: Ultimate Origins #1

Octopus at Comic-Con

The second annual issue of Comic-Con Magazine has been released, and the cover is quite interesting. its the first public look (that I'm aware of) of Sam Jackson as The Octopus from Frank Miller's upcoming The Spirit. The entire magazine is a really good read, and you can check it out online or by ordering a copy. Comic-Con Magazine (warning pdf link) Comic-Con Magazine website