Review: “The Last Fall” # 1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:07

Kevin Eastman’s variant cover for “The Last Fall” #1 promises a gritty, action-packed story in a sci fi setting, steeped in the horrors of war. That was probably the intent. Sadly, it is not the execution.

 

WRITTEN BY: Tom Waltz

ART BY: Casey Maloney

PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Review By: Ooknabah

“The Last Fall” is a five issue mini series that details a war between two planets, Krovin and Merkonia. Urged on by their needing the precious fuel resources of the planet and spurred on by religious justifications, the Krovinites have commenced a war of conquest against the more primitive Merkonians, which has now stretched out years with no seeming end in sight. Sergeant Marcus Fall is our protagonist, a man fighting for revenge after experiencing personal losses yet to be fully explained. And so, we follow Fall as he pushes forward in his quest for vengeance.

The allusions here are not difficult to see, and come across rather heavy handed. (While it is only implied in the issue for instance, solicitations openly state that Fall’s family were murdered in a retaliatory suicide bombing) This sets up a rather humorless and dark tone, with a flat protagonist to boot. Other than his tragedy and rage, over the course of the issue there is little learned about Fall, and less still that isn’t rote cliche. Obviously the intent is to set up the changing of circumstances to come, but there is little to entice readers to continue onwards.

Casey Maloney’s art is unhelpful to that end. His round, cartoonish characters make the battles and wars at large feel like a child’s pantomime with action figures, rather than a life-or-death struggle, let alone a deadly blood feud. While Fell is supposed to be a battle-hardened veteran, he often looks as if he is a fresh-faced teenager. This may be commentary, but seems at odds with the story that is trying to be told. The bright, primary colours by Dusty Yee don’t help either,making the designs look as if they are from a rejected version of the Power Rangers.

Maybe future issues will add additional appear to this title: There are successful moments, like the beautiful skyscapes or the varied and highly cinematic layouts. But on the whole, The Last Fall is boring, cliche and and otherwise a disappointment.

Recommended to avoid.

Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com

 

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‘Sin City’ Poster Brings the Gang Together

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:07

There is no justice without sin…

TWC-Dimension released a character montage one-sheet of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

In theaters August 22, the film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.

Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.

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[TV] “12 Monkeys” Trailers Hopes to Erase the Future

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:02

Hot off the presses comes the first promotional trailer for Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” series, which is set to premiere in January 2015. It looks pretty cool, if you haven’t seen the original movie, otherwise it just looks like a drawn out version of it. Much like “From Dusk Till Dawn,” I’m more excited to see where they take it after Season 1.

“12 Monkeys,” starring Aaron Stanford (“Nikita,” X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull (“Suits,” “Pretty Little Liars”), Noah Bean (“Nikita,” “Damages”) and Kirk Acevedo (“Fringe”), “follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

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Universal Looking to Officially Bring Back its Monsters

Dread Central - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:57

We've seen reboots of some Universal classics like The Mummy and The Wolfman before, and we even have things like Dracula Untold on the horizon. Now the house that monsters built is looking to revere its monstrous franchises anew!

According to Deadline the studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast and the Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature, and Universal’s own library. While Universal has selectively tapped its movie monster library already, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.

They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions, and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments and bring them all under one cohesive strategy.

Stay tuned!

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Lionsgate Sets “Rosemary’s Baby” Delivery Date

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:50

Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (TV’s “Suits”).

The miniseries event “Rosemary’s Baby” premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD August 19, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, “Rosemary’s Baby” features a teleplay by James Wong (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and is directed by Agnieszka Holland (HBO’s “The Wire”). Also starring Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise) and Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), the “Rosemary’s Baby” Blu-ray and DVD each include two featurettes – “Fear is Born: The Making of Rosemary’s Baby” and “Grand Guignol: Parisian Production Design”.

Set in present-day France, Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple that escapes New York and moves to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can’t refuse – an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past, and an immeasurable price.

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The Universal Monsters Will Rule Once More!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:42

Even though we clamor for original horror, Hollywood being in full-on franchise mode could work to our advantage.

If you go all the way back to 1931 you’d see the birth of the franchise, where Frankenstein, Dracula and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde spawned many of sequels. In years following, Universal Pictures also unleashed The Wolf Man, The Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and even The Mummy. They have become known as the “Universal Monsters.”

Even though the studio has already dabbled in remakes – from The Wolfman to The Mummy – word has it they’re determined to revive them all, again, in a way similar to how DC and Marvel have been creating massive superhero blockbusters.

Says Deadline, Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalize its monster heritage.

The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast And The Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature and Universal’s own library.

While Universal has selectively tapped its Movie Monster library for The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.

They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.

With The Mummy being the first on the slate, which Universal Monster do you want to see revived next? And how could all of these monsters be united – in a new Van Helsing? This is beyond exciting news!

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Escape the Summer Heat With This Freaky (and Free) Horror Game

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:15

It’s mid-July, and that means people like me — the ones who burn easily under the intense rays of the summer sun — have been forced to seek out shelter, lest we see our pale skin get charred by the big ball of fire that sits in the sky. Between that and the excessive heat, I’m of the opinion that summer can go right ahead and make room for my favorite month, autumn.

There’s still a bit of a wait left for that season, so until then, I recommend you stay indoors and watch this playthrough of Flash Frozen — a free indie survival horror game created by the senior 3D game design class at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

If you’d like to play Flash Frozen yourself, you can download it for free here.

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Review: “Dark Engine” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:02

“Dark Engine” is hauntingly alluring. It’s brutal and poetic, and will keep you on your toes for the entire read. It’s unlike anything else being publishing in comics right now, and it’s dark presence beckons you to be part of it. This is a stellar first issue that offers nothing but mystery and I couldn’t be more invested.

WRITTEN BY: Ryan Burton

ART BY: John Thomas Bivens

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: July 16, 2014

 

“Dark Engine” begins with a beautifully communicated bit of voiceover. It’s a darkly poetic description of the world you’re entering and gently introduces the character of Sym before Bivens rips a fucking hole through the page.

Sym is an unstoppable force. She rips through any sort of challenge and makes short work of it, before economically harvesting the bodies of slain beasts to create tools of destruction. She’s been sent back in time to save a plagued world, but the people who sent her back fear the engine that powers her will ultimately fail.

Ryan Burton makes an incredible debut to his world that doesn’t skimp on the necessary details but doesn’t feed enough exposition to bore. Instead he leaves the characters and world to speak for themselves, and we get the idea that the world of “Dark Engine” is much larger than this singular issue could ever show us. Which is exactly what you want in a debut.

John Bivens has a dayjob as a butcher, and when you look at these pages you’ll see a seamless blend of his two worlds. He makes evisceration an art, by masterfully bisecting any sort of insane creature he’s introduced to the page in a flurry of calculated gore. His coloring is superb and every page feels cooly alien but wonderfully communicated. You get a complete feel for this strange world and a tease of the creatures that inhabit it.

What guides Sym is somewhat mysterious. We’re left to assume it’s the titular “Dark Engine.” But it’s unclear what gives her such a strong conviction as she pushes forward. Yet, even without speaking a single word we understand her. She’s Kratos without the melodramatic hatred of the Gods to bog down her dialogue. She’s conviction personified.

Then you have the final pages of this issue. It’s a mindfuck of epic proportions that will likely have your jaw on the floor. But, you’ll quickly understand why Image picked this up straight to ongoing series. There is an incredible amount of depth here in the story and we’ve only scratched the surface.

“Dark Engine” is hauntingly beautiful and unique. It beckons you in with poetic dialogue and captivates you with visceral force. Get it on your pull list immediately.

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First Look at Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron!”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:19

Briefly, today we’re offered the first look at Ultron as he appears in the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron from the cover of the newest Entertainment Weekly. No other news was shared, but expect a whole lot more to pour in as SDCC starts next week. I would imagine we’ll get our first plot details a brief teaser.

 

 

Image still isn’t in high res, but damn, I’ve got to say he looks pretty fantastic. And judging by the many robotic Ultrony looking guys in the background we’re not just getting one of him. Can you say Tony Stark created robot army?

More as it develops…

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Review: “Translucid” #4

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:11

“Translucid” #4 tones it down this week in a slower, more existential issue, letting us get more intimate with Cornelius/Navigator and how he deals with the loss of life under very different circumstances. At this point, its been pretty well established that Cornelius and The Navigator are one and the same. Cornelius’s story chronicles his journey to become the super hero, The Navigator, while Navigator’s seems to chronicle his fall from grace into darkness.

 

WRITTEN BY: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
ART BY: Daniel Bayliss
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Reviewed By Torbin Chimners

Cornelius continues to deal with his troubles in a vivid fantasy dream world apart from reality, gaining closure in the way only a child can. With the way his home life is progressing further into decay, how can you blame him? The loss of his brother, who was his abusive fathers favorite son, has brought a tremendous amount of blame down on poor Cornelius. His father hated him before and now he’s twisted the tragic loss into another reason to belittle and neglect his remaining son. Cornelius’s meek mother, unable to cope with Drake’s passing is also taking her grief out on him. Things are looking grim; this is the kind of foundation that can build a hero, super or not.

In contrast to having a life taken away, The Navigator is dealing with the fact that he took an innocent life. It my have been a mistake, an accident, but that does not lessen the action. All life should be sacred to a super hero; if it’s not, then they’re no hero. Navigator speaks aloud to himself, trying to work his way through what has occurred and if he even deserves or wants to be a hero anymore. It’s another awesome example of the originality of this book. You rarely, if ever, see someone like Batman or Spider-Man sit down and try to talk themselves through a terrible mistake. They swing around a city all majestic and broody with an inner monologue that only we see.

The Cornelius/Navigator dominated issue of Translucid this month took its time and it really paid off in spades. The Navigator section of this issue was the definite highlight, his existential crisis and incredibly human response to failure were expertly handled. Super heroes all too often feel like enormous figures, almost godlike, but in most cases they are still just people, human beings like you and me. The Navigator is an incredibly flawed and sympathetic character who I can’t help but be astonished by. I can’t wait to see what next months penultimate issue holds.

 

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus 

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Review: “The Squidder” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:02

An action-packed sci-fi thriller, ” The Squidder” #1 takes readers on a surreal journey into the alien apocalypse. The experimental artwork will keep readers glued to the impressive pages.  If it’s butt-kicking action you crave “The Squidder” series will definitely fix that appetite of yours.

 

WRITTEN BY: Ben Templesmith

ART BY: Ben Templesmith

PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 16, 2013

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

An innocent little girl is brought to the religious tent. The parents say nothing while an old, hagged woman places her sickly hands on their daughter’s forehead. This innocent child is frightened by the moving suckers on the elderly woman’s palm. Today is a special occasion because a sacrifice has been brought to the alien gods. Death is only the beginning as the Squids have invaded earth and have wiped out humanity.

In the opening pages, writer/artist Ben Templesmith takes readers to a vivid and weird  futuristic setting. There are aspects of the western genre in the colorful imagery as Earth has become a nuclear wasteland. Because there is no more technology, notice how the light source always comes from torches. In just a few pages, Templesmith tells readers exactly what kind of hostile environment these characters are living in.

I really liked the character design of The Squidder. This lone anti-hero has a huge gun in one hand and a sword tied to his back. The sharp blade is also chained to his worn-out belt. I don’t know why the lone alien slayer would need chains, but all I can say is that it looks very stylish. The trench coat is drawn out long as if the loner is wearing a cape.   

Templesmith keeps the readers inside the Squidder’s mindset through his bleak first-person narration. When you see the man’s face, notice how the side is scarred by self-inflicted battle wounds; as if he himself had stitched his wounds. Because there are no doctors and hospitals anymore, the exiled solider cannot rely on anyone else to help him.

The first installment has done a great job introducing the setting and main protagonist. I was surprised to see how much action Templesmith could fit into one panel. In a jaw-dropping scene, the Squidder approaches his target, while being shot at point-blank. In an extreme close-up, you will see someone’s eyes gouged out.

“The Squidder” #1 is an action-packed romp that never slows down. I definitely want to see happens next issue.    

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New ‘Horns’ Poster Embraces Its Inner Demon

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:58

To go along with the teaser trailer and news that an official October 31 release is locked and loaded (through RADiUS-TWC), here’s yet another comic-styled one-sheet for Horns, which marks star Daniel Radcliffe as the Devil.

In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.

Directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner and James Remar.

Bloody Disgusting’s Mike Pereira was a huge fan – read his review here – calling it “an audacious, wonderfully twisted romantic horror fantasy.”

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‘Into the Storm’ Clip Bursts Into Flames!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:51

New Line Cinema used their Warner Bros. Instagram account to share the first ever clip from Into the Storm, helmed by Final Destination 5‘s by Steven Quale.

The footage rips through a town as a tornado becomes engulfed in flames. Some of the footage is part of the film’s trailer.

In theaters August 8, “In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence all star.

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‘Ouija’ Board Planchette Reveals Vengeful Spirits! (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:41

Even though it has been playing in theaters for weeks, Universal Pictures has just now said “yes” to putting the trailer for Ouija online, along with some images and the one-sheet.

In theaters October 24, the movie looks sort of like Final Destination, only they’re being haunted by what appears to be an angry old lady.

The pic stars “Bates Motel” and The Quiet Ones‘ Olivia Cooke, with Douglas Smith and Bianca Santos.

In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.” 

Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. 

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Review: ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—Into The Light’ HC

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:41

James Marsters has forged an impressively diverse career, ambitiously roving between stage, television, film, and music, and now he returns to Dark Horse Comics with another fantastic piece of fiction to add to the Buffyverse. Pick up “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—Into The Light” today at your local comic book shop, and hit the jump to read our review.

 

WRITTEN BY: James Marsters
ART BY: Derlis Santacruz
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $14.99
RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Reviewed By: ShadowJayd

James Marsters’ “Spike—Into The Light” is set in Greenville, California, near the beginning of season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s structured as an intimate exploration of Spike’s journey as a newly-souled vampire, learning to survive in a world where his inclination to sin has all but been overthrown by his arduous–though firm—effort to be good. Marsters takes the narrative in a direction that feels more personal and familiar, as he easily slips back into the iconic role he helped to define, and the results are admirable. His tangibly strong connection to the character allows him to provide deeper characterization and a distinctive level of poignancy and dark humour that significantly adds to the effectiveness of Spike’s tale of redemption and strife; ultimately leading the character out of the darkness and into the light.

The typical formula for a Buffyverse arc commonly consists of a prominently featured “Monster of the Week Moment” subplot. And while there is the expected demonic obstacle in Spike’s way, including many action-packed panels of engaging violence, Marsters creatively opts for the Big Bad storyline to take a backseat to souled-Spike’s narrative of self-discovery and post-acquired soul survival. Along for the ride is romantic love interest, Dylan, whom Marsters has said is modeled after his gorgeous wife, actress/singer-songwriter, Jasmine Marsters.

The artistic team behind this issue work in beautiful tandem to successfully convey Marsters’ story and vision, with an impressive grasp of tone, form, and technique. With tons of great detail, Derlis Santacruz allows the scope of the writer’s narrative to be told with his pencils, and demonstrates his ability to effectively illustrate character likeness to a degree on par with Whedonverse comics gem, Rebekah Isaacs. His artwork is lifted to extraordinary levels by colorist Dan Jackson’s large palette of gritty dark hues, which emphasizes the chaotic and somber-mood of Marsters’ one-shot perfectly. Jackson’s solid rendering work is terrifically complimented by Andy Owens’ bold inks.

Goodies: Following the end of Marsters’ “Spike—Into The Light” is a four-page art spread—presented by Dark Horse Comics editor-in-chief, Scott Allie—which features an exclusive look at cover artist, Steve Morris, and penciller Dan Jackson’s rough sketches and tryout pages for the Whedonverse.

James Marsters’ “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—Into The Light” is a fan-must-have for your Buffy comics collection.

 

 

ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, has been a staff writer for Bloody-Disgusting since July 2012. You can find her on Twitter, or passed out by the dirt road behind Wendy’s.

 

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Review: “The X-Files Year Zero” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:32

While hunting a shape-shifting black leopard, Agents Mulder and Scully are assisted by a tip from the mysterious “Mr. Zero”.  Mulder notes some striking similarities to the first on record X-File which happens to involve animals attacks, a disgraced FBI agent teaming up with a disrespected female agent, and an enigmatic “Mr. Xero” in 1946.  Thus begins the cross-generational five issue miniseries “X-Files: Year Zero”.  Fans rejoice.

 

WRITTEN BY: Karl Kessel
ART BY: Greg Scott and Vic Malhotra
PUBLISHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Reviewed By Epic Switzer

Two disclosures:  First of all while I love The X-Files tv series I haven’t been reading the season 10 continuation and secondly I tend to stay away from licensed comics. To me they tend to feel both inauthentic and inconsequential (unless they are canonical like the current drool-worthy Serenity series) so I was biased against this book before I started it.  Having said that I did actually enjoy reading it.  Connecting the two time lines is an interesting convention and there is enough mystery in both to create something that feels both fresh and true to the original series.  This is going to be an obvious case of a “If you are a fan, you’ll like it” review but the good news is there is really nothing to dislike about it.  This book is pretty strong from beginning to end.

Despite my personal feelings of licensed comics being a cash in, as a fan I can’t help but feel nostalgia seeing Mulder and Scully investigating cat people together.  Their interplay is true enough, and it is pretty funny to hear them use and discuss modern technology like google and texting, appropriate as the show was always known to have the first fan base to embrace the internet and social media.  I would have loved to see Mulder texting on his infamous giant cellphone, but I digress.

The 1946 team are meant to be parallels of Mulder and Scully but socially appropriate to the time period.  I think this is a really interesting idea and in fact I would really love to see a mid-century X-Files show, so major points for a clever concept.  In the first issue the present day team is used to bookend the 1946 narrative but I hope in future issues there is some flipping back and forth.  I think it will help the pacing a lot, as I felt this book kind of dragged in the middle.

There is nothing wrong with this book, but there also isn’t really anything special.  Creating in an established universe can be difficult as well as rewarding for the creators, but personally like with all licensed comics I found myself not really excited to keep reading.  If you a hungry for more X-Files this series won’t betray you. Otherwise you’re better off reading something new.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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5 Skull Review: “Rat Queens” #7

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:54

Last issue it was revealed that a grieving Gerrig is the latest threat to Palisade when he blinded Bernadette and kidnapped Sawyer and now, with the help of Dee’s estranged husband Kiah, we now know what he plans to do and how.  In this issue Lola gets some serious ass-kicking spotlight and a great deal of Dee’s history is discussed, as well as the most epic cliffhanger to date.  As expected, “Rat Queens” #7 doesn’t miss a beat.

 

WRITTEN BY: Kurtis J. Wiebe
ART BY: Roc Upchurch
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: #3.50
RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Reviewed By Epic Switzer

This issue delivers everything you love about “Rat Queens” and then some.  The characters are as true to themselves, the action is brisk and exciting, the dialogue is tight, everything about it is just perfect.  Before I go into detail, if you are reading “Rat Queens”, continue enjoying.  If you are not, what the fuck?  This is the most fun you’ll have reading a comic book all month, so get on it stupid.

There are no throwaway characters in this book, and Kiah is no exception.  Functioning primarily in a expository capacity, Wiebe still masterfully gives him life and depth.  Likewise, Gerrig is a worthy adversary and easily the most dangerous threat the Rat Queens have faced.  The pacing of this series is remarkable in that the stakes continue to raise without sacrificing the charm, relationships, or character building.  This is one of the most digestible and well crafted books on shelves.

There are no throwaway characters in this book, and Kiah is no exception.  Functioning primarily in a expository capacity, Wiebe still masterfully gives him life and depth.  Likewise, Gerrig is a worthy adversary and easily the most dangerous threat the Rat Queens have faced.  The pacing of this series is remarkable in that the stakes continue to raise without sacrificing the charm, relationships, or character building.  This is both one of the most digestible and well crafted books on shelves.

Half of the charm and class of this book is due to artist Roc Upchurch.  By way of comparison, there is a lot of Francis Manipul and even some Gabriel Rodriguez in the style and panelling, which incidentally are two of my favorite artists.  Upchurch can put a peppermint candy-person and a curb stomp in the same book and make both look appropriate and delightful.  I’m really digging the ceremonial death mask Garrig is wearing and the Cthulhu monster. I can’t wait to see more of both.

It’s sometimes hard to talk about a book that is consistently perfect.  I’ll continue to discuss the elements I was really drawn to each month, but for this book in particular I think it would be really cool to get some discussion going.  Leave a comment at the bottom about whatever you’d like and then come back next month to keep the conversation going.  I could write 500 words every month about how great it is, but this book really deserves some dialogue.  I look forward to hearing what you think.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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Review: “The Wicked + The Divine” #2

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:39

Laura is on the hunt for Ananke, the mysterious and unknown god-of-gods who sires each new incarnation and who Luci believes can help, in exchange Luci has promised to make Laura a god.  She gets some help from an unlikely expert and is tasked with contacting the underground god known as “The Morrigan”.  That’s what happens in “The Wicked + The Divine” #2, but that isn’t at all what its about.  If you are looking for something especially high concept this book will delightfully perplex you.

 

WRITTEN BY: Kieron Gillen
ART BY: Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson
PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Reviewed By Epic Switzer

First I want to start off by saying that I am not qualified to critique this series.  This book consistently goes way over my head and I perpetually feel that I am missing the big picture, not catching on to the themes, and totally ignoring the cultural significance and substance.  I am not ashamed to admit this because after years of studying the work of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison I believe that british writers are smarter than us, more studied than us, and tailor their work for a high minded audience.  Simply put, I’m too dumb for “The Wicked + The Divine”.

That is not to say I don’t enjoy reading it, quite the contrary.  What is on the surface is profoundly engaging, and wrapping my mind around the established mythology of popstar gods and how humans respond to their existence is really something novel.  I’m just saying that this series has a great deal of depth that I haven’t quite been able to discern or articulate yet, but my ignorance only further intrigues me.  The more I feel I am missing something the more I am consumed by this book.  I think about each issue for a long time after reading it and, for me, that has a great deal of value.  This isn’t a book you read absently, its a book that rewards attentive reading and critical thinking.  There isn’t enough of these kinds of series being produced right now, so I welcome the confusion.

What I can speak to with authority is the wonderful art and interesting layouts in this book.  In an issue containing mostly conversations between two people, the character work is really fantastic.  They are expressive, natural looking, and use body language authentically.  It makes a big difference when the characters are as physically interesting as they are psychologically.  As removed as a feel from these people I don’t yet understand, they are as vulnerable and relatable on the page as you’d like them to be.

I think it is really important to read outside your comfort zone.  I don’t really “get” this book, yet, and that’s ok.  In fact its a really good thing because it will motivate me to examine, re-read, think harder, and possibly even research.  We should all try to read things over our heads from time to time and not dismiss them for being frustrating.  Getting to know writers through their work is one of the best things about reading, and it is clear that Gillen writes from a very personal place.  I think that’s really cool, and I’ll continue reading “The Wicked + The Divine” every month and revelling in how much smarter it is than me.

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‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Getting A Limited Edition Vinyl Release Through Mondo!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:30

Update: A video that interviews Justin Ishmael (of Mondo) and reveals the five covers can be seen below.

News has come out that Danny Elfman‘s contributions for the Batman: The Animated Series score will be coming to limited edition 7″ vinyl via Mondo! There will be five different variants, each featuring different artwork from different artists. The formats will be hitting next week’s Comic-Con. No word on if a future public release is planned.

Comics Alliance revealed the artwork for Matt Taylor’s Harley Quinn piece, which you can see in full below.

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Review: “The Devilers” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:28

Amidst a demonic attack upon the Vatican, an unorthodox priest is folded into a group of inter-continental demon hunters and asked to the front line of the war against hell itself.  This mini-series explodes out of the gate with occult awesomeness and doesn’t slow down, at times to the detriment of its own story telling.  Ultimately,  “Devilers #1”  fills the need for the kind of book you didn’t realize your stack was missing.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Hale Fialkov
ART BY: Matt Triano
PUBLISHER: Dynamite
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Reviewed By: Epic Switzer

Father Malcolm O’Rourke, is a hard-drinking, double-talking, wise ass mother fucker.  He is a convention of the genre as much as fire and brimstone, but that isn’t to say he’s necessarily a flat character.  There is enough hinted at about his past as he is rushed into battle to lead me to wonder if this Father Mal may be a new take on the hard edge demon fighter, which is something I’m very much looking forward to discovering.

Speaking of rushed in, my big problem with this book is how quickly characters and conflicts are established.  Its something I pick up on most commonly with mini-series’, and though it isn’t an especially complex premise, our team of multi-faith, “Super Best Friends”-ish demonologists are introduced and thrust into battle in less than 6 pages.  It is certainly too soon to tell, but I hope this book doesn’t forsake characters and relationships for spectacle.

As a spectacle, however, “The Devilers” depicts the most twisted fucked up demons Fialkov and Triano could imagine.  New 52 “Animal Man” seems to be a reference for the grotesque creatures here but there is also an interesting focus on animal-demon hybrid creatures.  There is an especially haunting hippo-tarantula hybrid (don’t try to picture it), a frog with human hands flipping the bird, and even a friendly (second South Park reference) ManBearPig.  I’m really digging the imaginative hellspawn.

This book has got all the ingredients for a delicious Satan Gumbo, I’m just not yet sure if the ratios are right for it to earn a spot in my stack.  It certainly is unique enough to stand out as one of those books I didn’t know I needed, but I also found myself doubling back on more than one occasion for dialogue that didn’t quite make sense or flow and when it was over I wish it had taken a little more time to build up to the big battle.  It’s really too soon to tell where things are going, but I certainly can’t wait to find out.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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