‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ and ‘AVP’ (2010) Have Returned to Steam

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 23:34

Last week, both Aliens: Colonial Marines and Alien vs. Predator (2010) were suddenly removed from Steam, with nary an announcement made regarding why the games were delisted or if/when they might return. We still don’t have an answer to that first question, but it really doesn’t matter now because they’re back. Woohoo?

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We’re Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire with this First Clip from The Originals Episode 2.10

Dread Central - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:11

Hot on the heels of giving “The Originals” an early renewal for a third season, The CW has released the first clip from next week’s Episode 2.10, “Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire.” See if Klaus and Kol can make an alliance when the series returns on the 19th!

“The Originals” Episode 2.10 – “Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire” (airs 1/19/15)
WHEN TWO SIDES COLLIDE — With Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) on the loose and hellbent on revenge, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) brings Cami (Leah Pipes) to the safe house as he and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) return to the compound. Hayley and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) devise a plan to bring the vampires and werewolves together to consider a truce, but tensions grow when Vincent places a spell on the compound, trapping the two sides together.

Related Story:  This Image Gallery for The Originals Episode 2.10 Is Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire

Meanwhile, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) grows concerned when Rebekah fails to show up at the safe house, prompting Klaus to confront Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) for answers. Lastly, after accepting her mother’s offer to jump into a new body, Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) turns to former Harvest girl Cassie (guest star Natalie Dreyfuss) for help when she finds herself trapped inside an insane asylum.

Danielle Campbell and Charles Michael Davis also star. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.

For more info visit “The Originals” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Originals” on Facebook, and follow “The Originals” on Twitter.

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Penny Dreadful Gets a Bloody New Trailer

Dread Central - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:51

Rejoice, “Penny Dreadful” fans! A new trailer has arrived for the show’s upcoming second season, and we have every bloody pixel right here for you! Elizabeth Bathory would be proud!

Look for “Penny Dreadful” beginning Sunday, April 26th, at 10PM ET/PT.

An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, “Penny Dreadful” completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein, and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green.

In the upcoming season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear), and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.

Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.

For additional info visit “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime, “like” “Penny Dreadful” on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

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Mondo Selling ‘Scanners/The Brood’ OST On Vinyl Tomorrow

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:11

Tomorrow Mondo will be selling a pretty incredible vinyl in the form of Howard Shore‘s scores for David Cronenberg’s The Brood and Scanners! This will be the first time that either of these soundtracks will be available on vinyl and it’s being done in a rather interesting way.

See, there will only be one record with each soundtrack taking up on side, Scanners on Side A and The Brood on Side B. The album will be released on 180-gram vinyl with two color options: a Scanners-themed Cream with Brown & Red Splatter (representing the infamous head explosion) and a Brood-themed Gray with Green Splatter (representing Nola’s external womb).

Shore states:

Cronenberg put no restrictions on me at all. He talked to me as if I were part of the acting ensemble. It was a very pure way of writing music, and he would make only very minor tweaks once I recorded it. You were allowed to achieve whatever you wanted to achieve given the subject matter. It was a ‘60s kind of thing, that kind of equality of working conditions where everything was equal. What he’s interested in is what you think, what emphasis are you going to bring to the work. It’s very intuitive with me and the work. He sends me the film, I spot the film and send him the notes.

The album will go on sale at a random time tomorrow. Head below for the covers and track list.

SCANNERS (Side A)

1. Main Title (1:37)
2. Vale Captured (4:09)
3. Ephemerol (1:21)
4. The Ripe Program (2:52)
5. The Injection (2:50)
6. Dirge for the Assassins (2:38)
7. Vale’s Lonely Walk (1:03)
8. The Dart (1:34)
9. Scanner Duel (5:48)

THE BROOD (Side B)

1. The Shape of Rage: A Suite for 21 Strings (12:17)

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Vote Here for the Best & Worst Horror Games of 2014!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:00

When I started the FEAR Awards back in 2009, I didn’t even bother announcing the nominees, and the winners of each category were chosen by me. I should’ve just called them God-King Adam’s Personal Preference Awards. Thankfully, it didn’t take me long to realize how lame that was, so in its second year I started staggering the categories to give each batch of nominees more time in the spotlight, and left the picking and choosing of each winner to you.

This has worked so far, but it isn’t perfect. The problem is you have lives, and sometimes life stuff can keep you from embracing Democracy’s pillowy bosom. To keep that from happening to you, vote below before I announce the winners on Friday, January 16.

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[TV] “Penny Dreadful” Trailer a Literal Bloodbath

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:49

Showtime is giving viewers a bloody tease from the highly anticipated second season of the network’s drama series, “Penny Dreadful”, beginning Sunday, April 26th at 10PM ET/PT.

This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them.

Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.

Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle.

Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.

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Seth Grahame-Smith Penning ‘Gremlins,’ Talks ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:37

There’s been a lot of Beetlejuice talk as of late, but one whting we do know is that Seth Grahame-Smith has completed the screenplay. Michael Keaton wants to return as Betelgeuse, the “ghost with the most”, while Tim Burton would direct. However, the verdict is still out on Winona Ryder.

In an interview with THR, which also reveals he’s penning the new Gremlins reboot, he explains that the new Beetlejuice will be a modern day sequel, with less being more.

“Grhame-Smith says he is rejecting the idea of rebooting the movie with a new star in favor of bringing Michael Keaton back in a sequel set in the present day. He also took Keaton’s “less is more” advice with the character, noting that in the original Beetlejuice doesn’t appear until almost the midpoint.”

Between those projects, he hopes to start filming his directorial debut in 2015, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. He and Katzenberg also are developing TV shows — the most promising probably is King’s The Things They Left Behind with Greg Berlanti for CBS — and other movies, including Scorpio Races and a teen comedy about three virgins who get a Russian mail-order bride. Producer Dan Lin is also working with Grahame-Smith on adapting King’s It.

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Kyle MacLachlan Returns to Twin Peaks

Dread Central - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:35

Great news has come in for fans of “Twin Peaks.” According to Deadline (and confirmed by David Lynch via Twitter), Agent Dale Cooper himself, Kyle MacLachlan, has closed a deal to topline the new limited series for Showtime from original creators Lynch and Mark Frost.

“I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of ‘Twin Peaks,’” MacLachlan said. “May the forest be with you.”

Welcome back to #TwinPeaks Special Agent Dale Cooper! @Kyle_MacLachlan returns in '16 on @SHO_Network #damnfinecoffee pic.twitter.com/vTphDLvR0y

— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) January 12, 2015

The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC. Lynch and Frost are writing and produce all nine episodes with Lynch directing every episode.

The new “Twin Peaks” is set in the present day, more than two decades after the events in the first two seasons. It will continue the lore and story of the original series with Lynch and Frost committed to providing long-awaited answers and, hopefully, a satisfying conclusion to the series.

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[Preview '15] First Look at A&E’s “The Returned”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:28

Gearing up for its March 9th premiere, A&E shared the first look at “The Returned,” an adaptation of the acclaimed French series.

‘The Returned,’ from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.

“The Returned” is based on the popular and International Emmy-award winning French suspense series adapted by Fabrice Gobert and inspired by the feature film Les Revenants, directed by Robin Campillo.

“The Returned” stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Smashed), Mark Pellegrino (“Lost”) , Jeremy Sisto (“Suburgatory,” “Six Feet Under”), India Ennenga (“Treme”), Sandrine Holt (“House of Cards”), Agnes Bruckner (“24”), Sophie Lowe (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), Tandi Wright (“Nothing Trivial“), Mat Vairo (“Revolution”), Kevin Alejandro (“True Blood”), Dylan Kingwell (“The Tomorrow People”), Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”), Dakota Guppy (“Rush”), Leah Gibson (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Rhys Ward (“The Strain”), Scott Hylands (“V”), Terry Chen (“Bates Motel”), and Roger Cross (“24”).

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Who’s Returning to “Twin Peaks”?

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:24

Special Agent Dale Cooper is back on the case as, after months of teasing his likely involvement in the “Twin Peaks” reboot, Kyle MacLachlan confirmed the news at Monday’s Showtime panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, THR writes.

“You look like you need damn fine cup of coffee,” he said, sauntering (in character) out onstage to join Showtime president David Nevins. The exec introduced MacLachlan, then saying, “He’ll be leading the show, and there’ll be more cast coming on as we roll through.”

Nevins, who admitted he’s “more or less writing checks and leaving them alone,” wouldn’t talk about any plot elements of the return — but he did talk about Lynch’s decision to bring it back. “I think it’s something they’ve been toying with for a long time,” he said. “I think in David’s mind, 25 years seemed like the magic number.”

That was all that was said about Twin Peaks, likely because it won’t even premiere until 2016, though before MacLachlan left the stage he got a laugh and some rare applause by telling the crowd, “May the forest be with you.”

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Get Your First Look at The Returned

Dread Central - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:06

At 10PM on March 9th, the same night when “Bates Motel” Season 3 kicks off, A&E will also premiere “The Returned,” an adaptation of the acclaimed French series; and we have your first look at several of the cast members right here!

“The Returned,” from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.

Related Story: First Images Check in for Bates Motel Season 3

“The Returned” is based on the popular and International Emmy®-award winning French suspense series adapted by Fabrice Gobert and inspired by the feature film Les Revenants, directed by Robin Campillo.

“The Returned” stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Smashed), Mark Pellegrino (“Lost”) , Jeremy Sisto (“Suburgatory,” “Six Feet Under”), India Ennenga (“Treme”), Sandrine Holt (“House of Cards”), Agnes Bruckner (“24”), Sophie Lowe (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), Tandi Wright (“Nothing Trivial“), Mat Vairo (“Revolution”), Kevin Alejandro (“True Blood”), Dylan Kingwell (“The Tomorrow People”), Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”), Dakota Guppy (“Rush”), Leah Gibson (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Rhys Ward (“The Strain”), Scott Hylands (“V”), Terry Chen (“Bates Motel”), and Roger Cross (“24”).

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[Comic Preview] Richard Corben’s “Rat God” #1

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:23

Richard Corben needs no introduction. As the man who has defined horror comics for the last few decades. His name is sacred in the halls of horror and now he and Dark Horse are adding another amazing chapter to his career with “Rat God.” A comic that shouldn’t need any introduction, Rat God uses Corben’s evolving techniques to tell a brand new tale of horror in the most lovecraftain sense. I just devoured the first issue, and you shouldn’t wait to preorder yours.

RAT GOD #1 | Richard Corben

Terrible things stalk the forests outside Arkham in this chilling original tale from comics master Richard Corben! An arrogant city slicker on a quest to uncover the background of a young woman from the backwoods finds horrors beyond imagining, combining Lovecraftian mutations with Native American legends.

* New from the Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee!

* The gold standard in horror comics for over 40 years!

* An original tale of backwoods terror inspired by Lovecraft.

“He is the mainstay in my collection of original art and one of the most precise and admirable storytellers in the medium.”—Guillermo del Toro

RAT GOD #1 is on sale February 4th.

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Beetlejuice 2 – Seth Grahame-Smith Talks Sequel; Stephen King Projects; Something Wicked This Way Comes Remake

Dread Central - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:16

I feel like we’ve been talking about a sequel to Beetlejuice almost as long as we’ve been talking about Ghostbusters 3. Still, both projects seem to be moving along nicely now, and recently writer Seth Grahame-Smith talked a bit about his approach to bringing back the ghost with the most as well as his directorial debut, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and more.

As per THR:

Grahame-Smith says he is rejecting the idea of rebooting the movie with a new star in favor of bringing Michael Keaton back in a sequel set in the present day. He also took Keaton’s “less is more” advice with the character, noting that in the original Beetlejuice doesn’t appear until almost the midpoint.”

Grahame-Smith also says hopes to start filming his directorial debut, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, this year! Also on the busy man’s plate… an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Things They Left Behind with Greg Berlanti for CBS and other movies, including a possible Gremlins reboot, another project called Last American Vampire, which takes the character on a Zelig-like journey from Jack the Ripper to the Hindenburg disaster to the Kennedy assassination, and producer Dan Lin is working with Grahame-Smith on adapting King’s It.

Talk about a busy year! Look for more on all these projects soon.

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Aphex Twin Announces New EP

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:00

Eclectic electronic artist Aphex Twin has announced that he will be releasing a 13-track EP on January 23rd entitled Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2. The album will be available as a 12″, CD, and digital download through Warp Records. Head below for the track list.

Twin made a surprise return last year with Syro, his first album since 2001′s Drukqs. You can read my thoughts on the album here.

DIGITAL TRACKLISTING
1. diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13
2. snar2
3. diskhat1
4. piano un1 arpej
5. DISKPREPT4
6. hat 2b 2012b
7. disk aud1_12
8. 0035 1-Audio
9. disk prep calrec2 barn dance [slo]
10. DISKPREPT1
11. diskhat2
12. piano un10 it happened
13. hat5c 0001 rec-4

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A New Look At Marvel’s “Return of the Living Deadpool” #1

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:13

Just after the announcement of Deadpool’s impending death, Marvel offered another look at “Return of the Living Deadpool” #1. This insane adventure imagines what the world would be like in a zombie apocalypse where any of the zombies that bite Deadpool turn into another Deadpool. It should be crazy fun, especially if it captures the tone of older zombie movies.

I’m loving the black and white art with a spray of red color. I guess we’ll see if it holds up when the comic hits next month.

Prepare for pools full of undead Deadpools as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1 shambles in to comic shops this February! Blockbuster writer Cullen Bunn (Magneto, Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe) joins Marvel newcomer Nik Virella take you to a world overrun with undead Deadpools – each with a snarky mouth of its own.

To stop the zombie apocalypse, Deadpool used his own healing factor to save the world. Only any zombie that ate Deadpool…transformed into another Deadpool. Believe us – hordes of Deadpool’s might just be worse than hordes of flesh-hungry monsters.

“So there are thousands of Deadpools, all of them originating from the one and only Wade Wilson,” says Bunn in an interview with Marvel.com. “Every time a zombie takes a bite of one of these Deadpools, the zombie becomes Deadpool. You know how Deadpool has numerous personalities? Well, these newly created Deadpools start to latch on to different aspects of Deadpools split psyche, forming factions. And these factions don’t get along!”

This February, the dead will rise. And this February, the Deadpools will…er, rise! Be there for the heart-stopping, flesh-eating, wise-cracking

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1!

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1 (DEC140932)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by NIK VIRELLA

Cover by JAY SHAW

Variant Cover by RYAN STEGMAN (DEC140933)

FOC – 01/12/15, On-Sale – 02/04/14

 

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‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ Poster Sucks the Life Out of You! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 15:46

The Slamdance Film Festival -taking place in Park City, Utah – kicks off on January 23 with the world premiere special screening of Bloodsucking Bastards.

Bloody Disgusting has your first ever look at the film, as well as an exclusive poster premiere that will sick the life out of your daily job.

Described as an Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed vampire comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as “Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.

The pic was written by comedy troupe Dr. God and helmed by Brian James O’Connell.

SLAMDANCE 2015 SCREENINGS

-Friday, January 23rd at 8:00pm LOCATION ADDRESS (WORLD PREMIERE)
-Monday, January 26th at 1:40pm LOCATION ADDRESS

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BD Playlist: Jonny Vol. 8

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 15:00

It’s Monday and you clearly need some new tunes in your life! That’s why I’m here with a few selections that I think will expand your musical horizons and also get your head nodding along. So, head on in for a few bands to throw into your playlist!

Also, let me know what you’re listening to in the comments below. I’m always up for new music!

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‘The Voices’ Poster Hears Words of Murder

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 13:10

Ryan Reynolds’ best friend is violence…

Lionsgate will hear The Voices (review), a genre film starring Amityville Horror‘s Ryan Reynolds, on VOD platforms and in limited theaters February 6.

Check out the poster premiere for the horror film directed by Marjane Satrapi, and also starring Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver.

This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.

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That Time Wes Craven and Clive Barker Appeared On “Dr. Ruth”!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 13:03

On this classic episode of “What’s up with Dr. Ruth”, A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Wes Craven and Hellraiser‘s Clive Barker discuss the psychology behind horror with Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Craven reveals how he scares the audience, Barker talks about sympathizing with the antagonist, all while Ruth jokes about feeling up a date during a scary movie…

Oh, and doesn’t Barker looking mighty comfortable?

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who sprang to national attention in the early 80′s following the beginning of her live radio call-in program, Sexually Speaking. She went on to have her own TV program, appeared on the cover of People Magazine and TV Guide, and is the author of 36 books and counting.

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[Advance Review] “Star Wars” #1 Returns The Franchise to Marvel In A Huge Way!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:59

Jason Aaron & John Cassaday’s “Star Wars” #1 is phenomenal. It truly lives up to the hype and deserves the attention of any and all Star Wars fans. I would even urge non-comic readers to give it a shot. The creative team perfectly capture the essence of the original trilogy, making the book feel like a very natural extension of the films we know and love. Han acts and sounds like Han, with dialogue that will have you laugh out loud. Each and every character is spot on. Aaron’s fluidly writes these characters with such apparent ease you could mistake him for George Lucus himself in the throws of writing A New Hope: It’s That Good.

WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron

ART BY: John Cassaday

PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics

PRICE: $4.99

RELEASE: January 14, 2015

Reviewed By Torin Chambers

Speaking of A New Hope, “Star Wars” #1 picks up soon after the destruction of the first Death Star at the climax of the original film. With chaos and disorder running rampant within the Imperial Forces, the Rebels begin a massive offensive across the galaxy. There is the hope to put down The Empire once and for all, securing freedom in the galaxy. You learn all this from a beautiful recap page that’s presented like the opening crawl of any of the films. Let’s hope the design sticks.

The whole gang’s here Luke, Leia, Han, 3PO, R2D2 and even Chewie. With a couple iconic vehicles making appearances as well, the whole ride is a thrill and then, a surprise guest makes one hell of an entrance. It’s amazing that the issue never feels cramped even with every character getting their own moment or two. A personal favorite belongs to C3P0, in something I never knew I wanted to see so bad. The story and character development are equally balanced, with appropriate dashes of humor to keep a generally upbeat pace.

“Star Wars” #1 presents itself in a similar fashion to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the 3D CGI animated TV show. Each centres around one of the film trilogies characters at a point when their respective galaxies are experiencing incredibly turmoil. Following the start of the Clone Wars and the Rebel Alliances galaxy wide push after the destruction of the Death Star, respectively. Star Wars: The Clone Wars was well received by fans and critics alike even with its sordid roots. Star Wars #1 on the other hand is spinning out one of the most beloved films of all time and miraculously it’s burning just as bright.

I had a fair amount of concerns when Star Wars moved from Dark Horse back to Marvel. I feared there would be too many restrictions placed on Aaron and Cassaday to create anything good. Who knows how many real restrictions they had or if there were none, either way it doesn’t matter because the final product is exceptional. Now, while I was sad for Dark Horses era to be over, I’m overjoyed to see Marvels run begin.

Star Wars has returned to Marvel in a very huge way.

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 @TorinsChambers

 

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