Take the Purity Pledge and Watch an Extended Preview of Supernatural Episode 9.08 - Rock and a Hard Place
The last place you'd expect to find the Winchesters is mixed up with a group of Christian virgins, but that's exactly where they land in "Supernatural" Episode 9.08, "Rock and a Hard Place." Check out a preview and snicker along with us at the usage of "hard" in the title.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.08 - "Rock and a Hard Place" (airs 11/26/13, 9-10pm)
Sheriff Mills (guest star Kim Rhodes) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help investigating multiple murders in her small town. Discovering all four victims belonged to the same church chastity group, Sam and Dean decide to infiltrate by joining the group themselves.
When Dean disappears, Sam and Sheriff Mills realize whatever they are hunting has taken Dean too and team up to rescue him.
John MacCarthy directed the episode written by Jenny Klein .
Universal Pictures announced that “the next chapter of The Purge” will be released on June 20, 2014.
Evan Dickson speculated here that the film begins shooting this December under the title The Zone. I hope this means we’ll actually get out into the world of The Purge as the opening montage was the best part of this past summer’s blockbuster.
In the film starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, and Max Burkholder, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.
James DeMonaco, who directs once again, will also produce with Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.
It’s that time of the week! We’ve got a pretty topical question this week given some controversy on BD regarding shows like “The Walking Dead”, and the upcoming “Preacher” series that was announced this week. But the reality is that ever since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man adaptation back in 2002, comic book properties have taken over screens, big and small. So, how do you feel about so many comics being adapted to film and TV?
Lonmonster: I don’t mind the superhero flicks, but I don’t adore them either. As with any other genre or category of film, quality is bound to vary. So long as the studios keep attaching passionate writers and directors, I see no problems with Marvel or DC adaptations. I’m more excited about the fact that a lot of creator-owned books are getting picked up from publishers like Image and Dark Horse. Not only is the content more original, but comic publishers are now more likely to pump out solid creator-owned material. What I despise is the concept that seems to be spreading among the public that comics are just a stepping stone to film. That is far from the truth and anyone hoping to break into the film industry this way is in for an unpleasant surprise. As for TV, I don’t watch much of it so I choose not to comment out of rick of sounding ignorant.
Jorge Solis: I’m not a big fan of the Thor comics but I did like what they did with Thor: The Dark World. As an X-Men fan, I love what Bryan Singer has done with the films and look forward to X-Men: Days of Future Past. I’m interested in what James Gunn will do with Guardians of the Galaxy, a comic book series that isn’t so well-known and somehow has an A-list cast. If the adaptation is done right, I hope it brings fans to the source material. My favorite of these comic book adaptations has to be Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City. As a comic book fan, I want the writing and artwork to somehow translate onto the big screen.
BigJ: It depends on how each property gets translated onto the screen and if they stay true to the source material. The World War Z movie is a prime example of how Hollywood can butcher a great idea. Then other properties, like Kick Ass or the Walking Dead, can be translated into TV or movies properly with the correct creative teams who are passionate about working the project and fans of the source material.
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Brady: I feel it’s been a great thing! Since 1998′s Blade, the world’s eyes have been opened to this wonderful world we’ve all known and loved forever. Not everyone is a gem, but the progression of comics into pop culture is inescapable globally now. This can only help the medium / source material get more deserving attention, which is just swell all around!
GreenBasterd: I love the fact that more comic properties are being adapted to films these days, it allows for a greater audience to experience characters and stories they are unfamiliar with. Even though some franchises are complete busts many succeed and create popularity for sometimes virtually unknown characters. Keep the movies and tv shows coming.
Bree Ogden Honestly: No opinion. It’s going to happen regardless of how I let myself feel, so I choose not to feel.
Jimbus_Christ: It’s exciting to me that the film medium is starting to mirror the comic book medium. We’re getting reboots of properties with new creative teams and new takes on the material. What is less exciting is rehashing the origin story time and time again to beat into our heads who these characters are. I say bring on more. Although the most interesting adaptations are those that stray away from capes and tights. I dream of a future where I can be first in line for the “East of West” film.
ShadowJayd: I encourage it. I don’t even mind the fact that there only seems to be a few film gems floating in a raging sea of comic book movie excrement. In the rare chance that it’s done right, it can be an incredibly beautiful thing and make for an awesome experience for fans of the genre. So, I’m okay with it.
As someone who really liked The Hunger Games I was fully prepared for Catching Fire to be a disappointment. When a franchise loses a director in the manner in which Gary Ross departed between these films it’s usually not a very good sign. My concern compounded further when it was announced that Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine) had been tapped to replace him. There have been elements of Lawrence’s work that I’ve appreciated in the past, but I’ve never been able to thoroughly enjoy one of his films.
That changes now. Catching Fire is better than the first film in almost every way. Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn’s script is possibly the tightest and most structurally high functioning that I’ve ever seen in a YA adaptation. It also helps that the film barely even feels YA. The stakes are much higher, the characters trend older and the whole thing feels very much like a solid dystopian action film (with nice horror touches like raining blood that will please the Battle Royale crossover crowd attracted by the first installment).
Almost a year has passed since the 74th annual Hunger Games from the first film. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned to District 12 and has tentatively resumed her courtship with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), even though he’s still feeling the sting of her staged PDA’s with fictional boyfriend Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). There’s a press tour looming, one in which Katniss and Peeta have to resume the pose and travel to all of the districts, honoring their dead tributes. Not long after, they are summoned for the “Quarter Quell” – a special 75th anniversary of the games in which the tributes are culled from a small pool of prior victors (this is pretty much the biggest f*ck you ever from the Capitol, and even tributes who are groomed to play nice can’t publicly conceal their disdain).
At first it may seem as though Catching Fire is something of a retread of the first film. It’s not. While they both spend an equal amount of time dealing with the build-up to the games and the games themselves, the context is completely different. Most of the districts are on the brink of revolution and the entire purpose of culling their past victors is a gambit on the behalf of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) designed to destroy Katniss as a symbol of hope. Katniss herself is also much more savvy and politically aware, so much so that nearly every scenario that seems replicated has actually been flipped on its head. One of the big successes of both films is that they understand how the game is played. Not only how the public can be manipulated, but how the powers that be can be painted into compromising situations that force them to either keep up or abandon the ruse. They work in tandem, like two gears grinding against each other to get the overarching ideology into drive.
Other areas of improvement extend to the supporting cast, which is given a welcome boost from Sam Claflin and Jena Malone, two tributes that may seem broadly drawn at first but reveal hidden depths as the games go on. Philip Seymour Hoffman also joins as the new game master (Plutarch Heavensbee), and he might be the MVP of the film. These movies play on an operatic scale with their political allegory, but Hoffman is the one who really nails the cynicism on the head by going small and demonstrating how insidious evil can be in its banality. It’s incredibly entertaining to watch.
Lawrence and his DP Jo Willems also shoot the hell out of this thing. I didn’t mind the “shaky-cam” from The Hunger Games, but that’s pretty much gone here regardless. Catching Fire effortlessly oscillates between sweeping grandeur and tight close-ups, never losing focus on which aspect of any given scene is the most important. There’s a lot of humanity here and it’s the reason the action and the allegory work, you really care about these people.
Catching Fire is also unabashedly entertaining, but it has so much more on its mind than that. It’s kind of amazing to see a blockbuster in today’s corporate climate this willing to attack our current economic and political cancers. It’s literally biting the hand that feeds, and I have to applaud that. Of course, that subversion would be worthless if the film wasn’t any good – but this has the makings of a populist classic. Catching Fire might very well be this generation’s Empire Strikes Back (and it certainly has a lot more to say).
Note: I gave this film an 8/10 but wouldn’t be surprised if my opinion of it snuck up to a 9 after another viewing.
Spike Lee's remake of the Korean classic Oldboy is almost here but right now we have cool little tidbits for you to chew on! Part 2 of the Oldboy-inspired graphic novel The Devil's Eyes and a way to get hammered the old country way. Make you humble.
Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley, Oldboy was directed by Spike Lee from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison, and Nathan Kahane. It arrives in theatres on Wednesday, November 27th.
OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucett, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.
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Several new stills have made their way to the Interwebs for the upcoming release of Vampire Academy via the Weinstein Company, and we have them all here, cold off of the slab. Check it out!
Based on the bestselling book series by Richelle Mead, the film opens in theaters on February 14, 2014. It's directed by Mark Waters, written by Daniel Waters, and stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy, and Ashley Charles.
VAMPIRE ACADEMY tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa - a royal vampire Princess - have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St.Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy.
Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love interest, Dimitri (Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa's guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.
If you experienced 2010's The Last Circus, then you know that you should never miss anything with the name Alex De la Iglesia attached to it. Swapping out the clowns with witches, the Spanish filmmaker's next is Witching and Bitching (review), which is fresh off a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Check out the wacky new red band trailer below!
The flick centers on a band of thieves trying to flee to France after purloining 25,000 gold rings from a Spanish city. A curse is placed on them, and they fall into the clutches of the witches of the Navarrese town of Zugarramurdi.
Witching's ensemble cast boasts some of Spain’s biggest film and TV stars, such as Mario Casas (I Want You), Hugo Silva (Sex, Parties and Lies), and Carmen Maura, who earned a Best Actress award at San Sebastian in 2000 for her role in Commonwealth. Further cast members are Terele Pavez, Carolina Bang, Secun de la Rosa, Pepon Nieto, and Jaime Ordonez.
According to De la Iglesia, Witching and Bitching is a mix of his 1995 groundbreaking hit The Day of the Beast with multi-awarded 2000 comedy Commonwealth. “It is an outrageous comedy, in the line of ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,’ but a horror comedy,” De la Iglesia explained.
I know it's cool to hate remakes and all, and I realize it's a bummer that this one is rated PG-13, but I kinda can't help but be excited about the return of RoboCop to the big screen.
I'm all in. If you feel the same way, check out the brand spankin' new UK trailer for the film, which hits theaters here in the states on February 12, 2014!
Jose Padilha's film stars Joel Kinnaman as the title hero plus Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton, Michael Kenneth Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Abbie Cornish, Aimee Garcia, and Jackie Earle Haley.
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In RoboCop the year is 2029, and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe, and now they want to bring this technology to the home front.
Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father, and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes its remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life.
He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
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Yesterday we got a look at the official poster for Devil's Knot, and today we have the first trailer to share. Image is releasing the film in the US sometime in 2014; stay tuned for an exact date.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time.
Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, DEVIL'S KNOT recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.
Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three," the defendants, each of them a social outsider, quickly found themselves up against a community crying out for justice as well as a lack of physical evidence that led police to believe the murders were carried out as part of a satanic occult ritual. Firth stars as Ron Lax in the film, a local private investigator and one of the first people to support the teens in their defense. Witherspoon plays Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murdered boys. Together, they allow an uncompromising look at both sides of a town that was torn apart… and will probably never be the same again.
Out of the UK, Bloody Disgusting scored the trailer and first stills for Cinemavault’s Bloodlust, a new vamp tale from director Richard Johnstone.
“Northern England. Present day.
A bus drives 5 young couples to an old castle in an unknown location. They have responded to an advert looking for people to take part in a 30-day medical trial. The COMPANY running the experiment, led by the CO-ORDINATOR, explains there will be no contact with the outside world. The group are free to leave at any time, but if they do, they will forfeit their fee: £20,000 per couple.
Mysterious, unexplained events occur around the castle and strange noises are heard in the middle of the night. At first the group are skeptical – they think the COMPANY is creating the illusion of a “haunting” to test their reactions, until it is revealed there is something more sinister involved.”
Victoria Hopkins and Angela Zahra both star.
Back in 2005, New Line acquired the production rights to the 90s comic series Parasyte, with plans on Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) directing the live-action adaptation. It ended up being one of those projects that never happened...
...but it's just been given new life courtesy of a new production company. Read on for the exciting details!
As per Variety, Japanese company Toho has picked up the rights to Parasyte, securing them after a bidding war that resulted from New Line ceding the rights. Takashi Yamazaki has been tapped to direct the two-part adaptation, with Part 1 set for release in December 2014 and Part 2 following sometime in 2015.
Shota Sometani will star as a teenager whose body is invaded by an alien parasite that takes over his hand instead of, like many of his fellow humans, his brain. He ends up battling for survival in a world teeming with seemingly normal but potentially deadly alien-controlled hosts.
Production begins in January of next year.
Paramount Pictures International has just released a second motion poster for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, haunting theaters on January 3, 2014.
Written and directed by Christopher Landon, and starring Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Eddie J. Fernandez, “After being “marked,” Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.”
Producers Adam Shully and Zach Hagen of Alternate Ending Studios are thrilled to announce that principal photography got underway this week in Toronto on the previously announced crime-horror-thriller He Never Died.
Written and being directed by indie helmer Jason Krawczyk (The Briefcase), He Never Died stars punk icon Henry Rollins as Jack, pictured, a mysterious loner who has lived an inexplicably long life fueled by blood lust and filled with crime and violence. Rollins also serves as an Executive Producer on the project.
Rollins is joined on screen by the Twilight franchise star Boo Boo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Kate Greenhouse (The Dark Hours), and Jordan Todosey (Degrassi: The Next Generation”). Steven Ogg, who is fresh off his success playing the popular character Trevor in the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V, has also joined the cast, choosing to validate the long-standing argument that video game and motion capture performers are talented actors in their own right. Three days after the release, the game had surpassed $1 billion in sales, making it the fastest selling entertainment product in history.
“He Never Died follows Jack in his battle with cannibalism and mental sobriety. An exceptionally prolonged life has brought depression and detachment. Jack buys stolen blood from a hospital intern, plays bingo, sleeps fourteen hours a day, watches television six hours a day, and lives alone. This is his life – he has shelled himself away from social interactions. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jake must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility and self worth. As it turns out, there are very few reasons to live when you can’t die.“
As someone who grew up with Fleetwood Mac, I'm pretty excited to see Stevie Nicks on "American Horror Story: Coven." Exec producer Ryan Murphy is too and tweeted a picture of the iconic songstress from the set. And in this week's EW he shares some clues about "AHS" Season 4.
Below you'll see Nicks' photo, but first, what's up next season?
Murphy will begin dropping hints about Season 4 around Episode 11, but he did tell the mag, “It’s not contemporary," adding, “It’s either going to shoot in New Orleans, or it’s going to shoot in Santa Fe.”
Be sure to check out this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features "AHS: Coven" stars Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates (at least part of her) on the cover, for more!
She's here! Stevie Nicks on the set of Coven! pic.twitter.com/ffCA2nQNbr
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) November 19, 2013
The upcoming “Kill Shakespeare” board game, set for a 2014 release, just signed on J.K. Woodward and Dave Dorman as the art team. Woodward will be in charge of creating the art for the playing cards, and Dorman will be handling the “Kill Shakespeare” box art. Check out more details below.
Official Press Release:
San Diego, CA (November 20th, 2013) – Today, IDW Games announced it had signed J.K. Woodward and Dave Dorman to be the art team for their launch title, Kill Shakespeare. Woodward’s work has been a mainstay at IDW since 2005, where he helped relaunch Fallen Angel before moving on to various Star Trek series, including last-year’s best-selling Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who maxi-series. Dave Dorman is an Eisner Award-winning artist known for his extensive work in the fantasy genre, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and much more.
“We’ve long respected the art that both J.K. and Dave have produced over the years,” said IDW CEO Ted Adams, “and having them both be a part of the initial offering from our IDW Games division only gives our coming Kill Shakespeare game that much more individual style and excitement.”
Woodward has been brought on to create the art that will be featured on the playing cards for the game while Dorman will paint an original piece for the Kill Shakespeare box’s art. This debut title has a planned release date of June 2014.
“We’re excited to lead off the games division,” said Kill Shakespeare writer and co-creator Conor McCreary. “The lore we’ve created for Kill Shakespeare is incredibly deep and we think our fans will enjoy spending more time with the characters and world we’ve created for them.”
With a release date of next summer, the news is starting to heat up for IDW Games. Fans can go to www.idwgames.com and subscribe to a newsletter that will keep them up to date on all the latest announcements and developments.
BOOM! Studios is finally catching up with the times. They just released a big load of graphic novels and collections through the ComiXology app. Check out all the titles below.
November 20th, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY – BOOM! Studios, publisher of Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comics and graphic novels, announced today the roll out debut of collected editions and original graphic novels on comiXology – the revolutionary digital comics platform available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8, and www.comixology.com. This brings fan-favorite collections like Irredeemable, Incorruptible, Hellraiser, Bravest Warriors and more to comiXology’s worldwide audience today, with the entire back catalog to debut shortly.
“We’re excited to finally make our entire catalog of collected editions and original graphic novels available through comiXology!” said BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “We’ve been talking about making our backlist catalog available digitally in collected form for some time and it’s a great way to help cap the amazing year BOOM! has been having. With new fans discovering our brand every day through series like Adventure Time, Day Men, Suicide Risk, and Herobear and the Kid, what better time to make everything available? I’m really excited about all of the co-promotions we have planned with comiXology as we roll out new editions!”
“We’re thrilled to help expand BOOM! Studios’ digital presence with the release of all of these outstanding collections and graphic novels,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Now fans who were always curious to start series like the critically acclaimed Irredeemable and Incorruptible or the hilarious Bravest Warriors get their chance while also experiencing these series in our immersive Guided View reading technology that only comiXology brings.”
The full list of BOOM! Studios collected editions now available on comiXology are below with many more debuting in the coming weeks:
28 Days Later Omnibus & Vols. 1 – 6
Cthulhu Tales Omnibus Vol. 1 – 2
Adventure Time Vol. 1
Adventure Time: Playing With Fire
Bravest Warriors Vol. 1
Deathmatch Vols. 1 – 2
Hellraiser Masterpieces Vols. 1 – 2
Hellraiser Vols. 1 – 4
Higher Earth Vol. 1
Hypernaturals Vol. 1
Incorruptible Vols. 1 – 7
Irredeemable Vols. 1 – 10
Supurbia Vol. 1
With over 40,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and unique Guided View reading experience is available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web—making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.
In recent years, the idea of romanticizing murder has become common in fiction. Many books, television series and movies have left audiences wondering what it would be like to kill someone and get away with it. Top Cow’s new series “A Voice In The Dark” by writer/artist Larime Taylor takes that idea and transplants readers straight into the mind of a killer.
WRITTEN BY: Larime Taylor
ART BY: Larime Taylor
PUBLISHER: Image/Top Cow/Minotaur Press
RELEASE: November 20th 2013
“A Voice In The Dark” is the story of college freshman Zoey Aarons, who is looking for fresh start 72-days after committing murder. Since birth, Zoey has been fighting to control her dark urges and impulses. Studying broadcasting, Zoey is given a late-night talk radio show that allows anonymous callers to give voice to their teen-angst and unburden themselves of the skeletons that have been hiding in the closet. In the process Zoey has also given her sinister side a voice and now with the filter removed, her dark urges have access to the airwaves.
After reading the first issue it’s next impossible not to make comparisons to the movies and television shows that glare through as Taylor’s influences. Zoey has more than a passing similarity to pirate radio disk jockey ‘Hard Harry’ in the movie Pump up the Volume, as she allows her animalistic urges to take over when she is unleashed onto the radio. Also the scenes where Zoey is having a conversation with her violent side, she reminds us of “Dexter” battling his dark passenger in the mirror. Despite its similarities to other serialized fiction, Taylor delivers all the ingredients to make “A Voice In The Dark” a compelling story that stands on its own. Zoey is a compelling protagonist with many layers and readers are captivated as we watch her fight to keep her violent urges suppressed.
One of the most impressive parts about the first issue of “A Voice In The Dark” is how polished this first issue feels. Taylor writes these characters with the deadly precision of a seasoned veteran, and the book is beautifully illustrated. Taylor’s artistic style resembles the work of Jonathan Luna (“The Sword”, “Girls”) with a clean and simple look that emphasizes the emotions of each of the characters throughout the panels.
“A Voice In The Dark” delivers a visceral psychological thriller that builds with suspense with each turn of the page. Writer/artist Larime Taylor is bringing things to a slow boil by developing the characters, so that when the blood does finally spill it packs an emotional wallop with readers. “A Voice In The Dark” has readers fully immersed from the first page to the last as Taylor shows us what it’s like to be trapped inside the mind of a killer.
At its very core Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s “Sex Criminals” seems to be a deconstruction of mutual attraction. Centering on the overwhelming feeling of finding someone in which you can truly be yourself completely and the sexual lust that goes along with it. Each page is dripping with realism and a hint of superficiality. Suzie and John think they’re in love, but this issue makes the effort to show a relationship built around lust.
Once again “Sex Criminals” takes a step forward by taking a step back. This month we’re treated to John’s sexual history and the first couple days of his relationship with Suzie. It’s fantastically telling, and the core dynamic of revisiting past lovers is brought to life with ease by Zdarsky’s insanely good paneling.
Fraction plants the reader as a fly on the wall to his heroes. We learn intimate details about them with almost every page. We’re there as they learn about one another, and it feels like we experienced a weekend of fucking and sharing as well. By the end of John and Suzie’s first date they don’t want to split. They’re inexplicably drawn to one another for better or worse.
The aftermath of the first date can always be awkward. The feelings of lust can be overpowering and the thought of the other person usually rules your mind. Fraction uses these moments to further cement the relationship in real world dynamics. A fantastic page of texting shows Zdarsky’s inventive use of paneling. Showing each character in a variety of situations as their textual intercourse continues throughout the day.
These are characters that have been fundamentally lost and alone their whole lives. It’s reassuring when they find one another, as all of their troubles seem to be propelled into the distance. With each other nothing else seems to matter. That being said, their wounds propel them into making a choice that will irreparably change their lives forever, and one we’ve been dealing with since the beginning of the series: the bank robbery.
Things hit fever pitch this month. Fraction ensures that the final beat is still sexually related but doesn’t bode well for the future of our characters. It’s steeped in mystery but is slowly revealing itself. I cannot wait to see who these mysterious antagonists are and why they can move through the quiet.
Zdarsky’s work is something to marvel at. He manages to top himself with every page. His paneling is never overwhelming despite having more panels per page than any artist I’ve recently experienced. This actually helps the pacing propel itself to almost breakneck speed. It’s incredible because the addition of panels usually slows things down, but somehow Fraction and Zdarsky have found a golden mean to flex their muscles.
“Sex Criminals” is easily the most inventive and compelling comic on the shelves today. It’s hilarious, emotionally compelling, and undeniably irresistible. It’s the culmination of two masters of the craft weaving a story no one else was brave enough to tell. This is a book that will be remembered for a long time to cum.
Easily my most anticipated book every month. Don’t wait any longer and pick it up ASAP. You wont regret it.
Rating: 4.5/5 Skulls
“Buzzkill” goes through the motions this month as Ruben tries to clear his conscience of all those that he wronged. Along the way we’re introduced to complicated past relationships with a myriad of colorful heroes, love life complications, and a major challenge that could potentially destroy our hero. The comedic insight on addiction doesn’t stop this month, but the real star of the show is Ruben’s past.
Donny Cates, Mark Reznicek, and Geoff Shaw create such a great deconstruction of the superhero genre with “Buzzkill.” Every month takes another step in changing what we know about our protagonist and experiencing the character through a new lens. This month said lens is a Justice League type of organization. Ruben does his best to make amends, but these heroes will hear nothing of it.
Cates and Reznicek ensure that Ruben speaks through them, giving us a scathing analysis of the superheroes here. Characterization here is spot on. Both writers and Shaw have gone the extra mile to ensure you understand all of these heroes with a single panel. It borders on parody but it works so well. These colorful characters chose to distance themselves from Ruben because of the nature of his powers.
From here we’re drug back into Ruben’s personal life. The past of issues one and two come back to haunt him here. Everything comes full circle. A fantastic battle breaks out, but abruptly comes to an end as a bigger threat is posed.
This month the real star of the show is Doctor Blaqk. The character is imbued with such energy that he manages to liven up every scene. He continues to be a positive force in Ruben’s life, and at this very moment seems to be his only friend.
Geoff Shaw’s art is nothing short of miraculous. Over the course of the series he has done his best to transition Ruben from a strung out loser to a better, cleaner, version of himself. Which is in conjunction with his fantastic display of action scenes. Shaw makes sure you feel it when High Guard grabs Ruben and pins him against the glass paneling above the earth.
Actually, High Guard is particularly and fantastically imposing in every panel he’s in. He’s a looming presence, and the writers ensure us that Ruben doesn’t give a shit. He’s not afraid of this bulletproof bastard.
“Buzzkill” has amounted to an atypical story of redemption. Unlike other stories of redemption, this seems to be for Ruben and Ruben alone. At first his motivations seemed to be for others. A feeble attempt to win back the life he lost. Yet, in a moment of realization near the end of the issue Ruben is willing to lose everything just to make a difference.
Cates and Reznicek make sure that it’s not that easy. They dreg Ruben’s past back to haunt him and we learn a fantastic piece of backstory that gears us up for the finale. With nothing left to lose, and no powers to speak of, Ruben heads to his demise. Of course, things won’t be that cut and dry. They never are with this book. Now that Ruben has accepted his fate we head into what promises to be a fantastic and emotional battle.
With that promise, I’ll be jonsing for my next fix of “Buzzkill” for a whole month.
Rating: 4.5/5 Skulls.
It was recently announced that Zachary Quinto’s production company, Before The Door Pictures, partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge) to produce the elevated horror feature Banshee Chapter, which stars Katia Winter (Showtime’s “Dexter”, “Sleepy Hollow”), Michael McMillian (HBO’s “True Blood”) and Ted Levin (Silence of the Lambs).
Bloody Disgusting received word that Blair Erickson’s film will be released in the UK on DVD and VOD January 27, 2014. XLrator Media will release in the States on January 10. Check out a new batch of stills alongside the UK DVD art.
“On the trail of a missing friend (Michael McMillian) who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young jour The Silence of The Lambs) — finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin. A fast-paced thriller blending fact and fiction, Banshee Chapter is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA.“