Two special editions for developer Ready at Dawn’s upcoming PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 appeared on Amazon earlier today. The $79.99 Collector’s Edition brings with it a 7-inch statue, stickers, an official soundtrack, and pre-order DLC. The $149.99 Premium Edition will include all of the above, as well as a 13-inch statue, Blackwater Vial, and a special collector’s box.
The Order: 1886 is set in Victorian-Era London and follows an ancient order of elite warriors and their war with humans who can transform into Lycan-esque monsters. If you’ve ever wanted an Underworld game, this is as close as we’ll get to one.
And here’s the latest trailer, in case you missed it last week.
The Order: 1886 releases on PS4 on February 20, 2015.
Giving commentary on the lack of originality in cinema, FOX’s “Animation Domination High-Def” takes a jab at Michael Bay, who is behind both big screen versions of Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
While the joke on Bay is a bit stale, and the video isn’t really all that great (they really should have made better “Beavis & Butt-head” references), I did get a kick out of the faux Michael Bay’s Beavis & Butt-head trailer.
Grab some nachos and check it out below.
Marvel has a special edition of “Original Sin” #4 available digitally as of today, and I’m excited to get my hands on it. After the completely insane twist that was the end of issue #3 Marvel has a lot of explaining to do.
Today, delve even deeper into the secrets of the Marvel Universe. Marvel is proud to announce that the ORIGINAL SIN #4: SPECIAL EDITION is available for download right now via the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Comics Digital Storefront! Brace yourselves as the New York Times Bestselling creative team of Jason Aaron (Wolverine & the X-Men) and Mike Deodato (New Avengers) take readers on another wild rollercoaster that will have fans guessing until the nail-biting last page!
Hailed by critics as “a riveting thriller” (BloodyDisgusting.com), “beautifully executed” (ComicBook.com) and “the kind of comic book event I want” (ComicVine.com) – Original Sin has already taken the comics industry by storm with its mix of twists, turns, and action-packed thrills. Now, go deeper into the Marvel Universe’s greatest mystery with these digital only special editions of Original Sin jam-packed with extras!
Not only does this digital exclusive version include the full issue of Original Sin #4, but you’ll also get a peek behind the curtain at making one of the biggest comics of the year! See the process that went into making this landmark comic event as you go from inked pages, to colored pages, to the final lettered issue. See how artist Mike Deodato and colorist Frank Martin bring the story to life as each page from Original Sin #4 is reproduced here in inks only as well as in its colored, unlettered form.
Then, experience even more bonus material including sketches, cover concepts and variant cover gallery featuring the talents of Gabriele Dell’Otto, Arthur Adams and many more of the top artists in the industry.
Original Sin continues to send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe, and Original Sin #4 is no exception. With a shocking last page that is sure to have everyone talking and tons of bonus content, no fan can afford to miss the digital exclusive ORIGINAL SIN #4: SPECIAL EDITION, on-sale now!
ORIGINAL SIN #4 is also available in print today at your local comic shop. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. For more on Marvel’s Original Sin, please visit Marvel.com/OriginalSin. Join the conversation on Twitter and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel[www.twitter.com/Marvel]!
ORIGINAL SIN #4: SPECIAL EDITION
Written by JASON AARON
Art by MIKE DEODATO
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Legendary Comics have released information regarding their releases for the end of the summer and frankly they are pretty damn exciting. You’ve got Grant Morrison’s “Annihilator” on there, which is enough to have my excitement in overdrive. But, what’s more, they’ve shared some art from the series. I can’t imagine any of these titles being a dud, everything about this solicit screams instant hit. So let’s all set our alarms for the late summer.From Legendary:
Legendary Comics presents the forthcoming books solicited for release in August and September 2014 - Annihilator, A Town Called Dragon, and The Tower Chronicles: DreadStalker. From the creative team of Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving, Annihilator is an original story that takes readers into the most dangerous place in the Universe – one man’s own mind. A Town Called Dragon is an action-packed modern day myth from Judd Winick and Geoff Shaw.
Story: Grant Morrison
Art/Cover: Frazer Irving
September 4, 2014 / 40 PAGES / $3.99
ONE MAN’S MIND IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE
Legendary Comics proudly presents Annihilator, an original graphic novel odyssey from the extraordinary mind of Grant Morrison. This 6-issue series is a subversive sci-fi adventure like no other, brought to life with stunning artwork from Frazer Irving (Judge Dredd, Necronauts). Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Ray Spass is caught in a downward spiral of broken relationships, wild parties and self-destruction. Out of luck and out of chances, he’s one failed script away from fading into obscurity. Little does he know he’s about to write the story of his life.
As his imagination runs rampant, Ray must join forces with his own fictional character Max Nomax on a reality-bending race to stop the entire universe from imploding… without blowing his own mind in the process.
A TOWN CALLED DRAGON
Story: Judd Winick
Art/Cover: Geoff Shaw
September 24, 2014 / 56 PAGES / #3.99
On the surface it seems like your average all-American tourist trap, but this snow-covered town hides a burning secret. After centuries of lying buried within the depths of an icy mountain, the world’s last dragon egg finally hatches – endangering modern life as we know it. Now an unlikely group of dangerously unqualified, ordinary citizens must band together, battling the elements – and each other – to slay this menacing creature.
An action-packed modern day myth, this 5-issue series is an original story written by Judd Winick (Batman, Green Lantern), featuring the art of exciting new talent Geoff Shaw.
THE TOWER CHRONICLES: DREADSTALKER #1
Story: Matt Wagner
Art/Cover: Simon Bisley
August 13, 2014 / 32 PAGES / $3.99
HE LIVES TO KILL THE DEAD.
The supernatural bounty hunter John Tower returns in this thrilling new monthly series from writer Matt Wagner (Mage, Grendel) and artist Simon Bisley (Lobo).
After thwarting a demonic possession and tearing a mystic artifact away from the clutches of the Brotherhood of the Rose, Tower believes himself one step closer to his mysterious goals. But the next chapter of his journey leads him and his unofficial partner, FBI agent Alicia Hardwicke, to the frozen wilderness of Canada where they must face off against a nightmarish beast that has been feasting on the locals. Will Tower’s mission prove successful, or is he leading Alicia to an icy tomb?
“Skinned” deals with perception and reality in such a fun and engaging way that it can’t help but be captivating. Truly this is a book worthy of your attention for its ambition alone. I’ve never experienced a story so imaginatively aware of the conventions of it’s medium. It’s a challenging and fun read from cover to cover.
ART BY: Joshua Gowdy
PUBLISHER: Monkeybrain Comics
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
The world that Tim Daniel and Jeremy Holt have created here should be filled with wonder and whimsy. Yet, seeing reality as a projection isn’t enough for Aldair and Buoy. Because of this, these two characters push through the boundaries of their own world and upbringing in pursuit of something more than the “utopia” they’re given.
This is a world of subservience and order. It’s the world we’re headed towards, being shepherded by our smartphones into a herd that is consumed by the screen in front of their face. Holt and Daniel take it a step further plant the screen inside the head, which creates a whole host of solutions to reality, or problems hiding in the guise of reality if you’re Aldair and Buoy.
Joshua Gowdy should be commended for his work on this book for any number of reasons. Not the least of which is his perfect reimagining of the main characters into a seamless rendition of pop culture icons, or how he somehow can keep likenesses in check with changing everything the characters are wearing from panel to panel. Somehow this constant evolution isn’t distracting but totally holds the attention and keeps flow from page to page. In the hands of a lesser artist this would be one of the most confusing comics on the stands, but Gowdy’s work makes it easy to follow.
“Skinned” may not have been conceived as a metaphor for our obsession with technology and how it’s shaped our relationship to reality, but it certainly feels that way. It’s a beautiful deconstruction of what people have come to value as ideal and why that idealism is an inherently flawed version of reality. Reality is finite and unalterable or is it? Is the OccupEye any better or worse than our own interpretation of reality? I have a knee jerk reaction to say yes, but I could be persuaded the other way.
The narrative continues forward from the threads left dangling in issue one and the two characters align in their pursuits. We’re given horrifying glimpses of the power they’re up against and pushed forward with a fantastic pace that ends the issue with a fantastic cliffhanger that will leave you dying for issue #3.
“Skinned” is an intelligent look at perception and reality that challenges you as you read it. The themes on these pages are heavy but the art is colorful and light. It’s the perfect mixture that is a cause for celebration, it’s a comic that pushes the medium and forces you to think. What more could you ask for?
“Henchmen Inc” # 1 provides a brilliant behind the scenes look at the most abused role in comics, the henchman. And what could have easily been poorly done superhero satire actually becomes an interesting and thought provoking reimagining of a job no one would have ever wanted to do, until now.
ART BY: Jim McMunn
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
It’s a tough world out there for anyone looking to get hired. Especially ex-cons. Yet, “Henchmen Inc” provides the solution in smart and interesting terms. I’m quite surprised no one has thought about this before. The core concept sees a down and out on his luck ex-con join a group of unionized henchmen who are on the up and up. You get free medical, benefits, and you’re not breaking the law.
It’s almost too good to be true, but as of this first issue Tim Simmons creates a world where this is not only possible but also preferred. He adds in small nuances to the henchmen game and subsequently redefines the tropes of the role. You’ll marvel at just how excellent these little spins on the conventions are.
Jim McMunn’s art style is cartoonish and adds a lot of emphasis to the world. He adorns his characters with a Saturday morning cartoon vibe that only adds to the reflexive tone of the story. His work in the opening pages will captivate, his paneling is complex but never confusing. He handles himself quite well with action too, but his real strength is designing the overstated cartoon costumes.
Together these men play with a familiar concept and manage to cast new light on a familiar albeit commonly forgotten character archetype of superhero comics. In doing so they manage to breathe new life into the world of superheroes by showcasing just how egotistical the superhumans are. There are hints at something more beneath the surface too. As the characters are very aware of the world they’re working in, Simmons ends his first issue with a cautionary series of panels.
This “Henchmen Inc” doesn’t have it all figured out just yet. Something bigger and badder than ever before looms on the horizon, and I imagine these thugs for hire are about to prove themselves heroes.
In any event these first issue is a strong analysis on what makes a lackey so integral to the superhero genre. It’s incredibly enjoyable, pretty damn funny, and a little heartfelt when it needs to be. Its an impressive package that shouldn’t be missed.
A gorgeous book cover to cover, with rich colors, and a wildly imaginative premise that will hold from page one Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s “The Wicked + The Divine” is not to be missed. It defies high expectations and manages to surprise on almost every page.
ART BY: Jamie McKelvie
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
The opening pages of this comic will have you captivated. Gillen and McKelvie continue their trend of playing with comic paneling to create a more dynamic pace. There are panels that are left filled with large numbers, or entire pages devoted to a human skull. But everything is done with a masterful sense of purpose.
Quickly the book hooks its simple premise by blending musical culture with Gods. The attribution of deity like status onto musical icons is reality here. They are gods, and they are treated almost the same way. Gillen’s script uses razor sharp dialogue to quickly introduce the expectations of a fan and the tongue in cheek manor in which these beings refer to themselves. We’re easily brought into this world and made to think we know how it works.
McKelvie takes Lucifer and makes the abominable creature into a slick Bowie wannabe with style to spare. His work is marvelous throughout and manages to even make pages of dialogue pop off the page. His character work is absolutely stunning. His thick lines give way to vibrant creations that look incredibly real.
What’s more is that he can cut a page with whatever paneling he likes and manages to make the entire thing radiate. When Lucifer confronts her attackers, the symmetry on the page is a stunning visual orgasm. Holy hell. And the raw displays of Lucifer’s power and exemplified by Matthew Wilson’s phenomenal color, honestly, he may be the best colorist in comics right now. He doesn’t miss a single beat here, his vibrant and neon soaked colors are irresistible.
The issue easily introduces the core premise of the book thanks to an outside being sheparded in and a nonbeliever making an ass of themselves. It even manages to flip the core of its premise by the end of the final page and leave you fearful for the future of the characters. Amidst the incredible stakes weird godly reincarnations lies incredibly sharp dialogue and relatable characters that create the core of the book.
Which is a deconstruction of modern myth laid out for a new century of creatives and layabouts who’d rather worship than create. The very creatures of myth that Gillen and Mckelvie have created on these pages will surely propel the team into a godlike status of their own. This is a first issue pulled off with incredible confidence and mastery, it’s irresistible and all consuming. It’s your new obsession.
“Translucid” #3 pushes forward in its ambitious mission to change the way we look at good and evil. As The Navigator falls deeper into his own ambiguous morality, Cornelius is faced with trial after trial of abuse and loss. The mirroring of these two storylines (as one falls, the other falls with him) is quite frankly one of the most captivating aspects of this comic book, especially since the relationship between the two timelines remains ominously unclear.
ART BY: Daniel Bayliss
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
Review By: Bree Odgen
“Translucid” is a dark comic book. It proves this fact every month with each new issue. Its creators are absolutely not afraid to push the series and its characters through difficult issue after horrible, tragic, difficult issue. All of the characters are in codependent or abusive relationships. No one seems happy. It’s dark. The difference between “Translucid” and other issue-driven, neurotic stories is the fact that it never quite crosses over into “heavy-handed” territory. All of “Translucid’s” blatant drama feels less like a gloomy raincloud that follows you around, and more like existential villains that propel the story forwards.
“Translucid” isn’t perfect by any means. There are some pieces of dialogue that feel all too obvious, perhaps even a little cliché. Dialogue like The Horse’s sarcastic remark to The Navigator: “I’d almost forgotten that you still believe justice comes at the hands of lawmakers” feels as if the writers don’t entirely trust the readers to pick up on the story’s nuances without spelling it out for us. There are several instances of this particular explanatory dialogue that are saved by the comic’s unique ability to become totally self-aware at the snap of a finger. When The Horse calls out The Navigator with, “You rely on your nemesis to deliver you truth?” the story faults seem to merge back into place. Because during those moments, it feels like The Navigator suffers from poor character development, but the fact that the comic is aware of its character’s stunted growth, transforms it into something that works so well.
The story is dense; I wish there were more issues in which to explore it. It’s difficult to feel really connected to all of the characters because the development is slow. Each new interaction between The Horse and The Navigator has been very similar to the interaction before it. But honestly, these criticisms pale in comparison to the dynamic structure of this series. The concept is deep and the art is ideal on both superficial and expository levels.
My overall hope is that they’re setting up Drake as The Horse. I’ll just set that theory down and back away slowly.
Jumping into a long-running title can be intimidating, and the BRPD especially so, with a huge list of long standing characters and a history that not only extends through the twelve year run of the title but also from Mignola’s Hellboy, the series from which BRPD spun off. While “BPRD” #120, part one of a two part arc, does little to ease in new readers, there is still plenty to get excited about that should have those who give it a try running to wikipedia and picking up previous trades.
ART BY: Laurence Campbell
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
While Mignola’s Hellboy is by far his most well known and celebrated work, BRPD, the series following Hellboy’s former employers/guardians has now gone on to eclipse its father series in quantity by far, and some might argue quality as well. Fans of the Hellboy movies may recognise the Bureau for Paranormal Defence and some of its characters, but what has always set this book apart is its dark and foreboding tone.
While Hellboy has always been fortune’s favourite son, a wisecracking demon almost gleefully ripping it up with various Nazi/demonic/eldritch horrors, the BRPD has always shown the more human side of a world wrapped in conspiracy and horror: where people are small, weak and very, very mortal, but stand to fight. They may win at the end of the day, but never without cost. And never without the palpable sense that they are constantly being worn down and depleted. For fans of happy narratives, this is depressing, but for horror fans, it’s pure gold.
Very little of note actually happens in this issue, with multiple flashbacks and info dumps setting the stage for what is to come, however the sense of foreboding is very strong and helps propel the reader further along, trying to figure out what it is all leading towards. Laurence Campbell’s art does most of the heavy lifting in that regard, and he pulls it off beautifully.
It’s a difficult job to step from behind the (stark and stylized) shadow of Mignola’s own art work, or from series stalwart Guy Davis, but Campbell manages to both maintain the general aesthetic set by his predecessors while taking it into new directions. There is a grit to his work that makes the world feel dirty and used, bringing to mind the art direction of True Detective: That’s high praise. The only complaint that can be levied is that Campbell doesn’t get to really let loose with any prolonged action which I’m now dying to see.
That is the general takeaway from this issue: Anticipation for what is to come. One almost envies a future trade reader who will be able to simply flip the page and see what’s next. But that anticipation also elevates the sense of dread and heightens the horror: well worth checking out.
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
Get ready for another suburban haunt in the quasi-found-footage Come Back to Me, which now has a trailer.
“The film revolves around a young woman (Katie Walder) who suffers memory lapses and blackouts after a car accident. She then learns she is pregnant but her husband (Matt Passmore) is infertile, which leads her to set up a security camera in their bedroom.”
The trailer shows the found-footage angle comes when security camera are installed – and oddly enough, the trailer also spoils(?) the film’s twist?
Come Back to Me is the feature writing and directing debut for Paul Leyden and will be released in limited theaters and on all digital platforms on July 25.
Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media are handling distribution, which means… ehhhhh. Just watch the trailer and see for yourself.
From zombies to ghosts, THR reports that Warm Bodies‘ Cory Hardrict has joined Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Spectral, starring James Badge Dale and Pacific Rim‘s Max Martini.
Nic Mathieu is directing the film, which centers on a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings who’ve taken over New York City.
Ian Fried wrote the original treatment, with the George Nolfi-penned screenplay getting a rewrite from John Gatins.
As previously reported, the premise of the project is centered on a modern-day, militaristic and gritty approach to fighting the supernatural. Sources say the pitch has been described as a darker and more serious take on a Ghostbusters-like story, with a plot that revolves around a special ops group formed to bring down evil ghosts that have taken over Manhattan.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, with Jillian Share and Guy Riedel serving as executive producers. Sophia Sikora will also oversee the film for Legendary.
I’m not exactly sure where Paramount Pictures stands right now with Paranormal Activity 5, but I know that they were originally having trouble finding a cool new take. It’s also the reason that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones nearly became the fifth film, and was released this past January. Unfortunately, it didn’t perform as well as expected, and now it looks as if the studio is taking a (smart) breather.
Via THR, Paramount Pictures International svp, EMEA Edward Ryan told CineEurope attendees that the fifth official film in the franchise will have to wait until 2016. That’s a long wait considering it was originally slated for release this October.
Now that they have time to find an interesting take, what would you guys like to see from PA5?
Axe Cop, the axe-wielding uber-insanely original hero from the Nicolle brothers, just keeps getting wackier and weirder. “Axe Cop: American Choppers” #2 goes full-tilt from start to finish with action, creativity and axes. There are lots of axes, demonic lumberjacks, stealth rocket flying RVs and axe heads too. It’s pure fun with head-chopping, ham chefs, and morning cereal tests too.
ART BY: Ethan Nicolle
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 18 June 2014
Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
I admit I’ve never read any previous stories of Axe Cop. I did thoroughly enjoy the Axe Cop animated series and hoped the comics were close to that. I am happy to report it is so much more from top to bottom entertaining than the TV series ever could be. Thanks to comics being an amazing medium for storytelling, plus young Malachai Nicolle’s unstoppable imagination, this series is so enjoyable. Axe Cop and his team of fellow axe friends have formed the American Choppers team to be even more awesome together than apart. Demonic walking axes keep springing up and attacking people. Anyone that gets chopped by one of them turns into an axe beast, naturally.
The story is so fast paced and dense it’s almost appears scatter-brained. It’s not but at the surface, that’s how it looks. The art by older brother Ethan Nicolle keeps everything flowing attractively. Even when the Choppers are forced to flee, the small and big in each panel is a feast for the eyes. It’s crisp and tight, but not overly so. It doesn’t look too childish or too over-the-top ever which is remarkable given the story.
I don’t know if this is the first time anyone has written down what a little boy’s imagination can do. I doubt it. The fact that this series continues to grow and evolve with Malachai Nicolle’s creativity is a testament to how much talent in this family tree. This feels like a world someone else utterly fun like The Tick or The Goon should appear in. Baring that team-up in the future, there is plenty of fun and action to be enjoyed in this series. Pick it up and find out why Axe Cop is so much cool.
When not enjoying comics of all shapes and sizes, Brady is a moderately successful English teacher living in Daejeon, South Korea. Just like the world around him, he relishes exploring anything new and interesting in the world of comics and graphic novels.
The first clip from The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil feels a bit like The Conjuring in which a little girl is scared by something in her room. It’s a nice tease…
Check out Evan’s report from his visit to the set.
Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris, “New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.”
Look for it in theaters July 2, 2014 via Sony Screen Gems.
“Drumhellar” #6 is one of those “between arcs” issues. Comprised of equal parts prologue and epilogue, it introduces us to a trippy new case for our intrepid hallucinogenic detective Drum Hellar. This new mystery looks to send him westward across the country to Whitlock, Washington. But before we’re whisked away on this new adventure we’ve got to “get off” of the previous one.
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners
That was a subtle way to inform you that a majority of this issue is an extended psychedelic sex scene (with some light bestiality on the side.) Pretty much every major character from the last arc gets a “release” this issue. This is the most straightforward and cohesive issue of Drumhellar yet. For the first time, I actually had a solid grasp of everything that was happening. This should be a plus, right? Wrong. If you’re looking for a cohesive narrative that goes from point A to point B in a logical, sensible manner you’ve come to the wrong place.
The erratic and aloof style of storytelling established in the first five issues perfectly reflects the state of Drum’s fragile psyche. It felt like we we’re bumbling through this drug addled fog together, but this issue feels a lot more formulaic and conventional in comparison. There’s still a girl modeling sexy outfits for a possessed dog so this isn’t your grandpapi’s comic, but I found the more scatterbrained approach refreshing and I’d hate to see Drumhellar become conventional.
The hallucinogenic trips here are simply sublime. Riley Rossmo continues to amaze and astound as the visual triple threat of penciler, inker and colourist. I regularly found myself getting lost in the whimsical and mind melting full page spreads which meld time, space, and the human form. This is all offset by the almost Chucky inspired child’s story that bookends the issue quite nicely. Using very subdued blue-grays that feel essentially black and white in comparison to the vivid purples that are one of Drumhellar’s few constants.
Drumhellar’s visuals are at an all-time high. Riley Rossmo’s art can do no wrong and hell, I’d love to see an entire issue consumed by a never ending psychedelic trip. Even with everything I said about this issue feeling a bit more conventional it’s still one of the most creative books on the shelves. Drumhellar oozes originality from every orifice and you’d be a boring fool not to support this stellar book.
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
Believe it or not, Paramount Pictures’ 2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was a monster success. Even though it only took in $55M domestically, it turned in $225M worldwide. Not too shabby.
It’s also no surprise that, with a hit like that, Paramount is moving head with a sequel, Paramount Pictures International svp, EMEA Edward Ryan told CineEurope attendees.
Both Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are presumably attached to return as Hansel & Gretel, two bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
Tommy Wirkola directed the first film.
If Portal had taken place in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu universe, Magrunner: Dark Pulse would be the end result. Developed by Frogwares — the same studio that’s currently hard at work on a new Call of Cthulhu — Magrunner is an atmospheric puzzle platformer that was ambitious, even if it wasn’t entirely successful in blending two very different genres. I’m all for unusual games, but for some reason this one never managed to keep my interest. Now that it’s free, I may have to give it another chance.
If you’re interested, you can grab it here for free.
Aliens, sex, alien sex and other gruesome goings-on are the can’t-miss ingredients for chilling fun in the truly out-there shocker Almost Human (read our review), which has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group.
Two years ago, Mark Fisher (Josh Ethier; Contracted, Scavengers) disappeared from his home in rural Maine in a brilliant flash of otherworldly blue light. His friend Seth Hampton (Graham Skipper, upcoming in Dementia) was the last to see him alive. Now, Seth is having disturbing premonitions that Mark has returned as something other than human. When grisly, violent murders start taking place in the community, Seth and his girlfriend Jen Craven (Vanessa Leigh; The Last Halloween) discover that Mark is indeed back, and that there is something terribly evil inside of him.
Almost Human, an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, comes packed with special features on Blu-ray and DVD, including commentaries, a full-length making-of feature, a look behind the scenes and theatrical trailer.
“MPH” #2 epitomizes Millar’s “sit back and enjoy the ride” style in more ways than one. After hilariously taking revenge on the thug that got him thrown in jail, Roscoe bestows the gift of MPH on his friends Chevy and Rosa and takes them on a lightspeed romp across the country. The gang discusses the ramifications and potential of their new powers in a way that feels honest and relatable. Millar showcases his ability to ground his characters in reality while living larger than life.
ART BY: Duncan Fegredo
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
Reviewed by Epic Switzer
When kids from the Slums get a hold of “MPH”, a drug that allows the user to stop time and move faster than light, they react expectedly; stealing, vandalizing, and taking revenge on their enemies. Roscoe hasn’t necessarily crossed the line, yet, but that idea is certainly something writer Mark Millar has planted in readers minds from the very beginning. How far will they take things? What will be the consequences? These questions will definitely motivate me to keep coming back for more “MPH.”
This book encourages us to have as much fun as the characters. At midpoint Roscoe and his friends have a tongue-in-cheek discussion challenging the physics that allow them to move as fast as they do while still being able to talk to each other. Roscoe literally tells Chevy to sit back and enjoy the ride. This isn’t that type of book, rather, this is a character driven story depicting the rise and (eventually) the fall of our heroes who started with nothing and now have the world at their fingertips.
For a five issue mini-series, it is essential to do all the setup as quickly as possible, and that’s exactly what Millar has done in the first two issues. Issue #3 will undoubtedly depict the trio at the height of their infamy before yanking the rug out from under them in what I’m hoping is a tight, satisfying, and sincerely worth reading series. It seems very likely “MPH” will be adapted into a feature as it is apparent how readily the story lends to the film format. Millar is a master of his craft.
The only thing that really hurts this book is the fact that the last page sting is almost exactly the same as the sting in the first issue. It may seem nitpicky, but it doesn’t do much to heighten the threat of the antagonist when we see basically the same scene play out. Still, a fun read in the “enjoy it for what it is” category and a potentially valuable title for you long box when “MPH” comes to a theater near you.
Our favorite goblin-themed band Nekrogoblikon will be performing this Friday at LA’s infamous Whiskey A Go Go with direct support from “post-neanderthal analogue synthesists” Fartbarf (what a name, right?). To hype up the upcoming concert, John Goblikon and vocalist Scorpion posted a video with a surprise guest appearance from “No One Survives” actress Kayden Kross, which you can check out below.
Tickets are available here.