Showtime is giving viewers the first look photo from the highly anticipated second season of the network’s drama series, “Penny Dreadful” currently in production in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 debut on the network.
John Logan, series creator and executive producer, says, “This season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace. Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together.”
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.
“Penny Dreadful” is a drama series created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions.
One of the most hilarious scenes in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is when Ace gets stuck in a robotic rhino and is forced to disturbingly slip out of its rear-end.
YouTubers “What’s the Mashup?” has brilliantly inserted this scene into Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park – specifically when Doctor Grant first catches a glimpse of a dinosaur. It may just be the most perfect mash-up in years…
Some interesting news comes in via Deadline who reports that NBC has halted production on the inaugural season of “Constantine,” based on the “Hellblazer” comic book.
The freshman season of NBC drama will consist of solely 13 episodes as the cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday that the series will halt production after completing production on the initial 13-episode order.
“Constantine” will remain in its 10 PM Friday time slot for the remainder of its run – and has yet to be canceled. In fact, the site reports that “Constantine” remains in contention for a second-season renewal.
NBC had to make a decision whether to keep “Constantine” in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven, which is the norm for freshman series.
The negative to this story is that it’s unclear how the production stoppage with affect the season finale. Did they complete the story arc they had planned or will fans be left in the dark with a weak cliffhanger? The fact that it was originally a 13-episode order bodes well for the finale.
UK’s ITV has commissioned a 10-part action adventure drama inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde,” says Deadline.
“Jekyll & Hyde” will focus on the young, attractive and troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor. Newly-qualified, Robert is on a quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’ which is being controlled with medication by Dr Vishal Najaran. One actor will play the lead role, transforming into Hyde in moments of extreme anger and stress, and when his or the lives of others are threatened.
It is set in 1930s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies. It’s also the second time in recent days that ITV has resurrected a classic monster: The network announced last week that Sean Bean is leading its six-part period crime drama “The Frankenstein Chronicles.”
CGI will play a “huge” part in the transformation and subsequent superhero sequences, adds the site. Certain recurring characters, including monsters, ghouls, zombies, werewolves, vampires and general freaks of nature, will also be created by CGI techniques in the ambitious ITV project.
The series, “Jekyll & Hyde,” hails from British actor and author Charlie Higson whose credits include “The Enemy” and the “Young Bond” series of books. He’ll write and executive produce.
Yahoo has some early casting news for the second season of FX’s “The Strain,” writing that “West Wing” alum Ron Canada landed the recurring role of the crisis-bungling NYC mayor.
In addition, the FX drama is looking to add a series regular in the form of David, an 11-year-old boy who, as the strain spreads, must make a very difficult decision regarding his parents.
After the weak final episodes, it’s going to take a lot to get me to stick with the Guillermo del Toro-created series.
“When a freak virus kills all but four passengers on an airplane at JFK, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. With help from a mysterious Holocaust survivor (David Bradley), “Eph” and his colleague (Mía Maestro) uncover the outbreak’s ties to vampirism. Now, the only way to stop the terrifying disease from wiping out mankind is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature known as “The Master” – whose evil intent seems more powerful than any other force on Earth!”
This week: Jurassic World teasers, Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto V: Next-Gen, and a movie called Septic Man, Anything less would be uncivilized.
Thanksgiving is that special day of the year when America celebrates that time when our ancestors traded bigotry and racism for valuable, life-sustaining lessons in agriculture and medicine from the native americans before stealing their lands and murdering them.
We celebrate this horrific moment in history by eating, because ’Merica!
If gathering around a table with your family to explore the warm, tasty insides of the Birdception abomination that is the Turducken doesn’t sound all that appealing, I’ve come up with a way to eschew holiday traditions in favor of something even better. Video games.
As fond as I am of gaming, ignoring the Turducken’s Siren call is no easy feat. This is why I’ve come up with this list, because if we’re going to combat this holiday and its formidable army of delicious meats, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce, we’ll need a weapon.
On this list are five fantastically gruesome and gory horror games that I hope you will use to fight your Thanksgiving appetites.
It’s been eight long months since we last heard from Ashen Rift, a post-apocalyptic survival horror game that raised an admirable $26,500 of its $40,000 goal on Kickstarter back in April. After taking some time to quietly make it a little more presentable, the game has returned with a renewed confidence and a lot more to show us.
Ashen Rift shows a lot of promise, and enough progress has been made where I think it’s reached the point where it has a good chance at raising the funds they need to finish it. $85,000 is a lot of dough, but can you really put a price on the timeless relationship between a man and his dog?
For more on Ashen Rift, check it out on Kickstarter.
If you’re looking for some new music to check out, boy have I got a band for you! I want to introduce you to Bay Area rockers Black Map, which features members of Dredge, A Trophy Fire, and Far. The band released their debut album …And We Explode last month just before Halloween and it’s a damn fine example of infectious alt-rock.
The only way I can describe them is that they sound like a unique mixture of A Perfect Circle, Helms Alee, and even dashes of Death Cab For Cutie. You can listen to their album below. Make sure to pick up a copy via Bandcamp.
There is a shot towards the end of “Crossed” that is a lot more effective than I could have imagined. It’s a simple action, but it says so much about where we are with The Walking Dead. Having Abraham’s bloody hand reach out and finally accept the water offered to him by Maggie is oddly powerful.
The show that was all too often people disagreeing only to make a series of decisions that worsen their chances for survival has ended. It’s no longer about waiting to see the next brutal death. Season 5 has shifted its focus onto the difference between real despair and hope.
Abraham’s struggle perfectly captures this dichotomy. As a man who previously was ready to kill himself was instilled with hope only to have it dashed. He spends what seems like an eternity on his knees awaiting some sort of judgment. The intensity boils off his back, but he can’t find a reason to get up.
Somewhere along the way, we find a reason to get off our knees. For Rick, it’s the push to protect his group with extreme prejudice, for Tyreese it’s a compassionate pragmatism and both aren’t wrong. We’ve been shown that kindness in this world may be your biggest weakness.
Something we’re reminded of with Sasha’s head being smashed into a window. But, oddly enough this didn’t cement the point that kindness is weakness. An aversion to trusting Rick’s group makes sense given the circumstances. But we’re reminded that Bob the cop from the hospital isn’t a bad guy. He even earns Rick’s trust in a moment of connection. But you can’t help but feel betrayed by him in the final moments, but wasn’t he only acting in his best interests?
Speaking of which. Gabriel’s struggles back at the church fail to really drive home a point. As a character he’s acting so contrary to his own well being that I can’t feel sympathy for his plight. He’s lived in this world for long enough to know that compassion and killing are not mutually exclusive. His character is just too illogical to be enjoyable at this moment. But remember! He’s a priest; he spared a zombie because she wore a cross. Blessed be the father.
Hope is a beautiful thing. Something that we’re not often permitted to enjoy on The Walking Dead. But it is something that is becoming a little more common amongst the dread each week. It’s nice to see Beth acting to save Carol in the hospital. A series of scenes that pushes the hospital storyline far enough along to show that our group will have many people helping them from the inside once they reach Atlanta.
The optimism I’m noticing is really encapsulated in a nice scene between Tyreese and Sasha. Tyreese’s lines about holding on to the mere fact that she had something with Bob, really show a growth, both thematically and character-wise. Our survivors are done wallowing – for the most part. Now they’re moving on.
Amidst all the thematic growth we still had time for the blood and guts. The showdown back at Terminus with the cops was thrilling. I sincerely feared for Daryl’s life as the walker’s snapped at his pinned down face. The effects of the melted zombies were disgusting, so much so that I couldn’t look away. While the act of ripping the zombie’s head off and batting his attacker was a little silly, it was too awesome to be inexcusable. I loved it.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the phenomenal work of Bear McCreary’s score. It’s almost as if they waited five years before giving the guy his due, but I found the music this week helped to create the hope I keep talking about. The scenes with Abraham had a beautiful and dare-I-day-it upbeat tone thanks to the music, it just made things so much more effective.
Shifting the focus to each separate group and managing the storylines with care is something The Walking Dead has really earned this year. We’ve certainly had more focused hours, but “Crossed” really did an incredible amount of heavy lifting to get us ready for the mid-season finale.
Are you excited for the mid-season finale?
Have you noticed the hopeful tone in the show’s narrative?
What did you think of Crossed?
The folks at Deep Silver have proven themselves to be a clever bunch, and it’s obvious they want Dead Island to be huge. Normally, that rare combination of talent and passion would lead to something truly great. Only it hasn’t. Missteps are common, expected even, when a series is still developing. That’s what the first game is for, to find out what works and what doesn’t, to make mistakes and learn from them.
Unfortunately, I’m starting to wonder how much Deep Silver has learned from the numerous stumbles they’ve made with this series.
After being catapulted to the world stage by an unforgettable introduction, which enamored the world and broke our hearts, Dead Island was guaranteed an audience long before it would release.
That heart-wrenching trailer sold a lot of copies, but it also raised our expectations astronomically high — too high — essentially setting Dead Island up for disappointment. The game didn’t blow many minds, but it did an admirable job in building the foundation for a promising new horror franchise.
Rather than use that reception as a guide, we were given Riptide, a pseudo-sequel that didn’t even try to realize that untapped potential. Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager is in charge of Dead Island 2, and it looks like the series may finally take that long-awaited step in the right direction. But first, we have Escape Dead Island.
This game shouldn’t exist, but it does, and that makes me sad.
A publisher that’s willing to experiment with their IPs can be a breath of fresh air in an industry that’s gradually being overrun by “copy and paste” sequels, usually delivered in annual installments. It’s become increasingly rare for studios to be willing to innovate since we redefined a modest production budget to mean something like $50 million, not including the millions spent on marketing.
Deep Silver took a stab at the MOBA market with Dead Island: Epidemic, and while I’m the last person to be critiquing that genre, I can confirm that it wasn’t terrible. Escape Dead Island is a continuation of this, but where previous games in the series have managed to retain some semblance of a heart and soul, this game is as dead as the ghouls that populate it.
There’s an impressive array of things to hate about Escape Dead Island, and we’re going to talk about all of it, starting with what was supposed to be its selling point — the story. This spin-off wants to be all about that narrative. It wants you to care about what’s going on, even if it fails miserably in offering any real incentive for us to invest anything in this world or its cast of unlikeable characters.
For the unfamiliar, the game follows Cliff Calo, one of the more poorly named video game characters in recent memory. As the son of a wealthy media mogul, Cliff has lived an easy life. “But Adam,” you might say, “How can I care about this guy when he’s such a gargantuan dick?” To which I’ll reply, you can’t. The only thing that’s deep about Cliff is his family’s coffers.
Because this kid is the worst, when his dad hands over the family business to his sister, he throws a tantrum and embarks on an adventure to prove his worth. This takes us to the zombie-infested archipelago of Banoi.
Much like its lead, Escape Dead Island suffers from an identity crisis. This game really wants you to like it, only it’s not willing to put more than a modicum of effort into being more than forgettable. It wants to piggyback on the Dead Island name, even if it strips away everything that was good about these games.
Co-op, crafting, character customization — all gone. In their place is a “survival mystery” played in the third perspective that’s sprinkled with stealth sections and presented in an admittedly appealing cel-shaded art style. The only thing that makes this immediately recognizable as a Dead Island game is the plethora of bugs that inhabit it.
Escape Dead Island is surprisingly unpolished for such an empty game. Characters move with a robotic jerkiness, enemies get stuck in the geometry, and its world lacks the details that would make it feel alive and lived in.
With the crafting, leveling and co-op gone, what we’re left with is a clumsy action game with an underdeveloped combat system. Cliff has a light attack, a strong attack, and a sweeping slash attack. When things get hairy, he can perform a shove or a hilariously useless dodge maneuver. That’s it.
When Cliff sees an enemy, there are only two ways the ensuing fight will play out. He can Sam Fischer his way to an unsuspecting ghoul to execute it, but this move is only to be used when the ghoul is alone. The reason for this is the execution can alert any nearby bro-ghouls who are then free to violently murder Cliff while he’s stuck in the execution animation.
The second way goes something like “See ghoul, shove ghoul, bludgeon ghoul until it falls down. Repeat steps 1-3 on nearby bro-ghouls.” You will be using one of these two tactics on the game’s paltry selection of baddies until you realize you’re better than this and go do something, anything, else.
Have I mentioned the backtracking? There’s a lot of that. The campaign takes roughly six hours to complete, depending on how much time you spend hating yourself for wasting your rapidly diminishing youth on this garbage, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I spent a third of that returning to the same bland environments over and over again.
The Final Word: Escape Dead Island is like winning a vacation to a tropical island you’ve been to before, only instead of spending a few days soaking up a paradise, you’re playing a shitty, soulless video game. That metaphor needs some work, but you get the point.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” heads into holiday break after next Sunday’s mid-season finale, which usually ends in a bombshell.
In Episode 5.08, ‘Coda, “New enemies disregard rules and morals; although Rick wants to find a peaceful agreement, the enemies seem to prefer a more violent resolution.”
How was this Sunday’s episode leading up to the finale? There’s a lot to learn about Dawn as Rick and Daryl attempt their rescue.
Here’s a first look in the following promo that just aired on AMC, as well as a newly minted sneak peak! Say your prayers…
Columbia Pictures is hoping you’ll create memes to promote their upcoming Goosebumps adaptation, in theaters August 7, 2015. In doing so, they’ve revealed all of the film’s creatures that will be arriving from book to screen! Who are you most excited to see (we all know the answer is Slappy)?
Directed by Rob Letterman, it Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Jillian Bell and Ryan Lee.
“Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.”
Watching a good horror movie (or even a terrible one, so long as we enjoy it) is a great experience and one that we obviously love on this site.
But sometimes we want to watch a movie that is outside of the horror genre. Sometimes we want to watch an uproarious comedy, be moved by a touching drama, expand our horizons with a fascinating documentary… Whatever it is that you enjoy, there are definitely other genres that we enjoy diving into.
Much like horror, many of these genres also have villains that are just an absolute delight to watch. These villains charm us with their character and charisma, very much like Freddy or Pinhead. So let’s take some time to recognize these villains and show them our appreciation!
Now, in an effort to keep things somewhat related, I decided to go with villains from films that should appeal to horror fans, for one reason or another. Head on in for my list and then leave some comments with your favorites below!
Out of Universal UK comes the second teaser trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, this time promising a trailer this coming Thursday! It’s also the first time we see actual footage, which includes a flock of dinos (another homage to the first film), and a bizarre futuristic transportation pod that looks like something out of “South Park” (I still think it’s cool).
The bait this time around: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley and Lauren Lapkus star in the Jurassic Park sequel opening June 12, 2015.
This time Universal Pictures will be opening the actual park. If you’re curious what the new park has to offer, check out these leaked brochures!
With V/H/S: Viral NOW on VOD platforms and in limited theaters, Magnet gave us the final art poster that pits a group of skateboarders against the undead. Inspired by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s segment, the poster was created by Evan Yarbrough.
The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).
“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”
Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.
“Constantine” returned this week with a mismatched hour. “Danse Voudou” spread its focus a little too thin. The main trio of John, Chas, and Zed all had their own storylines and we had the introduction of comic book character Jim Corrigan (played by Emmett Scanlan) and the return of Papa Midnite. While Jim was a pretty fantastic addition to the show, he wasn’t quite the character we know and love from the comics, but John’s quest against voodoo was a fantastic highlight in an otherwise okay episode.
John, Zed and Chas are in New Orleans battling some bad voodoo when a few deceased individuals make startling reappearances. We’ve got a hacked up model in an alleyway who just wants to show people her scissors. A wayward hitchhiker who causes people to kill themselves, and a dead husband who’s returned to comfort his wife. When Det. Jim Corrigan witnesses a brutal murder in the alleyway (while pissing none the less) he’s tasked with spearheading these bizarre occurrences.
Constantine and Jim don’t get along right from the beginning. Their huge personalities don’t make for the best partners. When the other occurrences randomly rear their heads the group decides to part ways. Zed and Jim take off to investigate the hitchhiker, Chas deals with the model in the alley, and John goes to confront Papa Midnight.
The whole Chas storyline felt awfully forced to give the poor cab driver a storyline for the week. He’s been reduced to a marginal supporting role up until now, and it just seems that they have no idea what to do with him. His storyline amounts to “hey look! This guy can’t be killed!” as he heads into the alleyway over and over to deal with the murderous model. We get a brief backstory to justify her existence and a strange resolution to the story that wasn’t fulfilling at all. However, the scene of Chas painfully dying was a delight. I cringed more than a few times when he was being stabbed with the scissors, especially the final blow in the kidney. But it did little to display why Chas is currently an asset to the team. His big moment was finally asking the model “Do you think your pretty?” which low and behold, stopped her dead. Great detective work, Chas. You’ve really deduced something special.
I was sad to see Corrigan and Constantine split so quickly. But again, their personalities don’t allow them to jive too well. So naturally after Zed’s weird come on about hotel rooms is shut down by John, she takes off to look for the hitchhiker. She leaves herself on the side of the highway trying to prevent another person from smashing their vehicle into a tree. It’s a noble enough cause if it wasn’t so boring. Luckily, Jim rolls up and offers to help her out. You can tell he’s uneasy about the whole experience. It’s put him on edge and you can see it in his eyes. His interplay with Zed is a little flat, if only because Emmett Scanlan is taking his time to settle into a complicated character we’re bound to see more of.
Without diving too deep into spoiler territory. The finale of this storyline made the whole thing worth it. Zed caught a glimpse of something all of us comic book fans were waiting for, and while it wasn’t enough, it has me longing for the next time we’ll see Det. Jim Corrigan.
The real meat of the episode came with Constantine’s uneasy alliance with Papa Midnite. It was excellent to see Midnite’s voodoo not going the way he wanted it too. You could see how he felt about a loss of control, but he wouldn’t concede to John. There was a little bit of competition between these men, and you really felt like they were equals who had different ways of approaching the dark arts. There was a certain vulnerability in either performance that allowed both men to rely on one another to complete the job. It was compelling and all-together awesome when John’s plan didn’t work. It would have been a great I-told-you-so moment for Papa Midnite had it not been for Zed’s solve.
The conclusion to all three storylines had a deceptively simple answer. There was something about it I really loved, in that it was a primal feeling of loss that kept these people around. That the people who lost them couldn’t give them up, and therefore they couldn’t move on. It was a little classic in terms of explanation but it was interesting to offer it after all the work being done in terms of magic and voodoo to try and explain it. It was a nice red herring albeit a complicated one to reach a conventional explanation… perhaps that’s its magic?
With the exception of Chas’ ridiculous conclusion, the episode ended on a really high note that sowed seeds of betrayal in John’s future. We already know about his past failure, and we’re constantly reminded of it. Hopefully John can make a huge mess of this rising darkness before the winter break hits and we’re treated to a major game changer.
I’m still not sold on Zed. So I really hope she’s the one that comes to betray John, or at least John offs her in an attempt to save himself only to be screwed by someone else.
What did you think of Danse Voudou?
What did you think of Det. Jim Corrigan?
What the hell was that Chas storyline… seriously?
With all the Disney fairy-tale-turned-live-action movies coming out, I wanted to look at the darker side of these fables. What better way to do that than by giving you a twisted and deranged version of “Little Red Riding Hood” that features gore, violence, and weed! That’s exactly what you can expect in this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week, which is GrimWolf‘s “Little Red”! The video style reminds me of Phil Mucci, although nowhere near as grand and epic. Check it out below and enjoy your weekend!
“Little Red” comes from the band’s debut full length album Lycanthrope, which you can snag via Bandcamp.
Casanova Quinn is spy material, from his combat and espionage skills to his Bond-esque love of women and booze. He is, due to a strange time paradox, his own evil twin. He’s not sure exactly what he’s doing or where he’s going, in a big-picture sense, but he does know that he doesn’t want it to involve his dysfunctional family. This narrative is a prime example of Matt Fraction’s signature self-aware and absurdist humor. It follows the character of Casanova Quinn in and out of time and space, mostly against his will, as he navigates the politics and ethics of various comic-book-acronym-named agencies (W.A.S.T.E., E.M.P.I.R.E., etc) in Casanova Volume One: Luxuria.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction
ART BY: Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: November 19, 2014
Reviewed By: Katy Rex
Collected in a beautiful glossy hardcover, this volume collects EXECUTION DAYS, PRETTY LITTLE POLICEMAN, MISSION TO YERBA MUERTA, DÉTOURNEMENT, COLDHEART, WOMEN AND MEN (PARTS ONE AND TWO), and bonus story I THINK I ALMOST LOVED HIM, of the ongoing series, As a bonus, it includes the backmatter and letters from the creators that went into the original issues, from both the Icon-published issues and the Image-published issues, which they’ve even annotated in some places (nerds). Fraction has even included the titles and some brief descriptions of some of his major influences, both in this work and in life, leading the reader to realize how important and personal this piece is for him.
The art is boldly inked and angular, emphasizing an exaggerated expression of bodies and fucking and explosions. The character designs are more like caricatures of tropes; the femme fatale, the muscleman, the geek. The panel layout is both creative and direct, as the action flows freely from one page to another. The colors are bold, and they don’t always follow the inking, shifting the reader’s perspective.
If you haven’t started reading this yet, this is a great jumping on point. Fans of Fraction’s other work, especially Hawkeye and Sex Criminals, will find a similar tone in this series. If you’re already a fan, this collection features some great extras, with Gabriel Bá’s take on the limitations of cover art, Dustin Harbin comparing lettering to playing the bass in a band, and Cris Peter talking about the advantages of having a finite palette of 45 colors. There are tons of great discussions between Matt Fraction and various other dudes, like Michael Chabon and Howard V. Chaykin.
—Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.com, comicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She also writes scholarly articles for various academic journals. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IDW Publishing was kind enough to offer us an exclusive preview of “The X-Files Year Zero” #5, which serves as a creative look back at the formation of the X-Files, and their mysterious connection to an informant named Mr. Zero.
The X-Files: Year Zero #5 (of 5)
Karl Kesel (w) • Vic Malhotra, Greg Scott (a) • Carlos Valenzuela (c)
Mulder and Scully have finally come face-to-face with “Mr. Zero” and slowly unraveled a mystery stretching nearly 70 years in the past. But more major twists are revealed as this historic case comes to a close! For now…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99