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Criminals Get Lost In Survival Horror ‘Carnage Park’

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:15

Ritual and Pod director Mickey Keating is taking on survival horror with Carnage Park, which is based on a shocking true story.

After a bank heist goes awry, two criminals and their hostage flee deep into the wilderness only to find themselves in Carnage Park, a remote stretch of desert used by an unhinged ex-military sniper to recreate his own twisted war games.

“The film will be a nod to the mean and dirty crime films of the 1970s, and the intense, unflinching energy of the fight for survival films by directors like Boorman and Peckinpah,” said Keating. “It’s a harrowing story, set almost entirely during the day, against a blinding backdrop of the California desert.”

Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian’s Diablo Entertainment is producing and financing.

Production is slated to begin this spring.

Here’s some really cool EFM art.

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Find Out If Someone Died In Your House…

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:12

Talk about a morbid promotion.

Have you ever wondered if someone died in your home? I actually never thought about it, but now I know, nobody has. But what about you?

DiedInHouse.com will uncover the secrets buried in homes across the US.

At the end of the Poltergeist trailer (debuting tomorrow, February 5th at 9:00amPST) fans will receive an exclusive promo code. Those who visit DiedinHouse.com will for a limited time, enter the promo code POLTERGEIST to learn the truth about their home.

Diedinhouse.com is the first of its kind, web-based service that helps you find out if anyone has died at any valid US address. Died In House™ instantly searches millions of records to determine if a death has occurred at that location.

This promotion will be sponsored by Poltergeist the movie only in theaters July 24, 2015.

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Hayden Christensen Joins Undead Nazi Horror ‘Untot’

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:40

Vanishing on 7th Street and Awake‘s Hayden Christensen, pictured, will star in the action/horror film, Untot, it was announced today by Warrior producer Greg O’Connor of Solaris Entertainment.

Untot, meaning “undead” in German, is set towards the end of World War II in December 1944. During a blizzard, an elite military unit headed by Lt. Fredrick Hank (Christensen), is dropped behind enemy lines in the mountains of Poland to destroy a secret Nazi weapons facility. The soldiers must face their greatest fears when they encounter something they could never have been trained for. The undead.

Successful video game producer/director Kris Renkewitz makes his feature film debut and will direct from his own screenplay.

Principal photography is slated to begin in March 2015 in New York with further casting underway.

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Comic Book Review: “Superman Earth One: Volume 3″ HC – An Uninspired Routine Superman Story

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:36

Where most Superman stories fail is the inability to make the hero human. “Superman Earth One: Volume 3” fully embodies that storytelling sin, and goes so far as making almost all characters involved wooden, empty, and devoid of character. Making the trade read more like the expository framework of a story, but never amounting to anything compelling in and of itself.

WRITTEN BY: J. Michael Straczynski

ART BY: Ardian Syaf, Sandra Hope

PUBLISHER: DC Comics

PRICE: $22.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2014

The story follows the contemporary Superman in a world that doesn’t trust him. Rightfully so, he deposed a dictator in another country and is the most powerful being on the planet. So Naturally people like Lex and Alexandra Luthor team with the military to find a way to take out the biggest threat to national security the world has ever seen. Enter Zod.

J Michael Straczynski understands how to make Superman modern. He takes contemporary fears and uses them against a god who walks amongst us. Sadly, he doesn’t treat this God like a human. Through stilted writing and extremely convenient plotting everything in this book feels alien.

Which is part of the charm with an Earth One Graphic Novel. It’s refreshing to see brand new takes on the age-old mythos. Lex Luthor and Alexandra Luthor provide a really compelling force of antagonism that is rooted in modern paranoia. Except their motivations crumble near the final act of the book, they act completely contrary to their established personalities, and somehow end in the same place these characters always do. I know that may seem hard to believe, but trust me Straczynski finds a way.

With Zod, the problems are only multiplied tenfold. Every single line of dialogue he utters is on the nose. After an introductory battle with Superman he outlines the strengths of his armor painstakingly. He never says anything other than what he is overtly thinking, and is often reduced to thinking outloud in order to convey his evil plan. “It looks like there’s something more powerful in the world than me… fear.” YAWN. Zod’s dialogue is horrificly cheesy and on the nose, often explaining everything with near precise precision, like how his suit works intimately, while expressly offering his thoughts to no one.

Most of the dialogue in the trade has little to no subtext. It’s all exactly what people are thinking seamlessly communicated out of their mouths. This makes everything feel alien. People don’t communicate like that, and certainly not when they’re trying to deceive one another. It’s a strange choice for the book, and one that really kills it before it achieves anything worth note.

Ardian Syaf is on art duties and he knocks his work out of the park. He adds his own distinctive lens to Clark, Zod and all the other iconic imagery of the Superman mythos. But, he seems to fail when it comes to packing far too much into action panels. Cramming more on the page isn’t always the answer, and the dynamic flow of good paneling feels disjointed and disrupted when it should flow with grace.

Ultimately “Superman Earth One: Volume 3” is a difficult read. It could have been so much more, but reduces itself to what we’ve seen before, and what has worked in the past. Except none of it works here. It feels lazy and uninspired, much more so than the two volumes that preceded it. Any contemporary issues that are explored are undercut by a all to convenient resolution to the story that ultimately brings the differences between Earth One Superman and New 52 Superman to a startling few. It’s a real shame.

 

 

 

 

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‘Black Lung’ Haunts Amanda Seyfried

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:34

Variety reports that Jennifer’s Body‘s Amanda Seyfried and Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) will topline Black Lung, a supernatural thriller from 2929 Prods. and Emily Ziff and Sara Murphy of Cooper’s Town Prods.

Seyfried plays Del, wife of a Utah coal miner (James) whose premonition moves her to save her husband just before an explosion in the mine traps all the other miners, an act that tests her marriage, puts her under suspicion of state officials tasked with the rescue, and stokes the resentment of all the other women in town. With time running out to save the entombed men, Del’s increasingly horrifying visions hint to something darker at play within the iconic mountain that looms over the plateau like an anvil, a darkness she comes to believe will consume them all.

Principal photography begins this summer on the pic, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Chase Palmer, who also wrote the “Black Lung” script.

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‘Cannibal Holocaust’ Valentine’s Day Feast? Serving Up a Vinyl Release!

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:17

Mondo is releasing the original score on vinyl for Cannibal Holocaust, the holy grail of gore films, and to celebrate they’ve cooked up a cannibal feast event for Valentine’s Day with the Alamo Drafthouse. The score by Riz Ortolani will be available for the first time on vinyl and comes with incredible original art by Jock and a “Green Inferno” disc. Cannibal Holocaust will be shown at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide, launching a monthly horror screening series with Chiller, programmed by Mondo.

“To kickoff the launch of the Cannibal Holocaust vinyl we reached deep into the reservoir of the most insane screening ideas we’ve ever had and came up with a Valentine’s Day feast to celebrate a horror movie that gives horror fans pause. This is truly an anti-Valentine’s Day event and one we’d recommend if you’re looking for an easy way to break up with a significant other but can’t muster the courage to do it via text,” said Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael.

Considered one of the most notorious films ever released and banned in over 50 countries for many years, Ruggero Deodato’s most brutal film (and surely one of the first ‘found footage’ films) still retains the power to shock to this day, it charts a team of documentary filmmakers as they go deep into the jungle to find and film the indigenous tribes of the area.

“One thing that always stuck out like a sore thumb when viewing Cannibal Holocaust was Riz Ortolani’s score, which is beautifully composed, and recorded, offering a mix of traditional orchestration and early synth work. As a stand alone piece of music it’s staggering and I honestly think that if Cannibal Holocaust had a more traditional horror score it would be even more uncomfortable to sit through. As it stands, Maestro Ortolani’s score offers some respite from the violence onscreen and the juxtaposition between the sights onscreen and musical soundtrack have in my opinion never been bettered,” said Spencer Hickman, Mondo and Death Waltz Recording Company Label Manager.

Attendees will be treated to a delicious 4-course cannibal feast during the film:

Thinly Sliced Pickled Tongue (Aperitivo)
Turtle Soup (Primo)
Human Stew (Secondo)
Monkey Brains (Dolce)

The cannibal feast event is taking place in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse on Valentine’s Day and the vinyl will be for sale at the event and online at MondoTees.com. Additionally, Cannibal Holocaust will be shown at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide, launching a monthly horror screening series in partnership with Chiller. Programmed by Mondo, Mondo x Chiller Presents will take audiences on a cinematic journey through over 60 years of horror milestones. Each film will be curated to align with a Mondo poster or vinyl soundtrack release.

Vinyl artwork credit: Jock
Food photo credit: Annie Ray

Tickets available here:

Cannibal Holocaust Original Soundtrack
Music Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by Riz Ortolani
Artwork by Jock
Pressed on 180 gram Green Inferno vinyl
Available for the first time ever on vinyl

Tracklist:

01. Cannibal Holocaust (Main Theme) (2:55)
02. Adulteress’ Punishment (3:21)
03. Cameramen’s Recreation (3:11)
04. Massacre of the Troupe (3:52)
05. Love With Fun (2:53)
06. Crucified Woman (2:20)
07. Relaxing In The Savanna (3:08)
08. Savage Rite (3:40)
09. Drinking Coco (3:24)
10. Cannibal Holocaust (End Titles) (3:53)

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Comic Book Review: “Cluster” #1 – Fight For Your Freedom Instead of Life in Prison

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:13

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. “Cluster” #1 is the kind of classic sci-fi that gives you those nostalgic fuzzies from growing up watching “Starship Troopers” and “Pitch Black”.  As far as first issues go, “Cluster” hits the mark right on: it introduces a heroic character with a troubled past, and band of misfits, and a immediate crisis that could mean all of their deaths.  “Cluster” #1 is just what the doctor ordered.

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson

ART BY: Damian Couceiro

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2014

In the future you can get life in prison for just about anything.  Steal a lipstick?  Life in prison.  Get a YOLO tattoo?  Life in prison, well, hopefully.  But anyway you can imagine how many people are locked up.  Luckily, there is an out: serve 15 years defending a distant planet from hostile aliens while it gets terraformed and you’ll be given your freedom. For most, this isn’t even a choice.

Enter Samara, she apparently killed someone in a drunk driving accident here on Earth, and, years later, is finding it impossible to cope with that guilt.  On Midlothian, she is a natural leader and protector.  But when things go very wrong in their first mission, Samara and everyone else are desperate, scared, and in big, big trouble.

“Cluster” is hearty, straightforward, hard-boiled sci-fi.  Its space marines vs. aliens all the way.  And even if there is some intrigue, as the previews have suggested, all in all I’ve got this series pegged as a pretty easy breezy affair.  I’m not complaining or calling it uninspired though, I need a good mix of this and that to balance my stack.  For every “Intersect”, a “Cluster” makes a great palate cleanser.  And with its solid writing, engaging landscapes, and 2.5 dimensional characters, “Cluster” may be just the this to go with my that.  It isn’t going to blow minds or make you rethink the space opera, but its sincere and fun.  If you are into this genre, there’s no reason you won’t like “Cluster”.

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

 

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Nine Inch Nails Mashed Up With Taylor Swift Actually Works Really Well

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:00

Mashup master Isosine has been known for mixing two wildly different artists and somehow making it work. Remember when he did Slipknot vs. Justin Beiber into Psychosocial Baby and it somehow worked like a goddamn charm? Well, he’s back with yet another odd pairing that just clicks.

Below is a video that mashes Taylor Swift‘s mega hit “Shake It Off” with Nine Inch Nails‘ “The Perfect Drug” (which is one of my favorite videos from the group). Just like “Psychosocial Baby”, the mashup takes the music of the poppier track and overlays it with the more aggressive vocals of NIN.

If you dig enough that you want a copy, you can download it for free right here.

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GosT Is A “Master”: Streams New Track

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:55

Horror-infused electronic artist GosT has released a stream of “Master”, the fourth track from his upcoming debut album Behemoth, which comes April 28th via Blood Music.

The track is a slamdunk, featuring thick bass backdrops punctuated by Psycho-esque stabs of strings. It’s undeniably fun and features some truly badass moments, heavily influenced by the likes of John Carpenter and labelmate Perturbator.

Pre-orders for Behemoth will go live on February 11th. A membership through Blood Music is required, which you can purchase via their online store.

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‘Poltergeist’ Trailer Tease Flickers Horror On Flat Screen

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:40

This morning we shared with you the first ever images from the Gil Keenan-directed Poltergeist, allegedly a pseudo-sequel, that will open in theaters on July 24, 2015.

With the trailer set to premiere tomorrow, MGM released an animated look that teases flat screen horrors.

To be released in 3-D, Jared Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams also star.

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

Behind your screen there is a world of horror. The #Poltergeist trailer debuts in two days. Are you prepared? pic.twitter.com/6nW3Di3NWy

— Poltergeist (@Poltergeist) February 3, 2015

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Comic Book Review: “Wolf Moon” #3 – Is More Of The Same

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:40

“Wolf Moon” #3 begins with one of the most haunting sequences a horror comic has ever put together. It establishes a break neck pace that Cullen Bunn and Jeremy Haun don’t let up until the final page, it may be scarce on story but it’s one helluva great ride.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn

ART BY: Jeremy Haun

PUBLISHER:  Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2014

I can’t pinpoint where “Wolf Moon” staggers in the execution. On the one hand it’s a great premise that provides lots of action and on the other there doesn’t seem to be much depth outside the deaths on the page. We know that Dillon Chase is driven by vengeance, but we don’t know much else. Every interaction he shares with another person is driven by that vengeance.

In the off chance Cullen Bunn wanted to humanize Dillon he had many opportunities here and really only one of them work. There is a fleeting interaction with the exotic dancer, but he just presses for information. Later, though we see Dillon actually caring about the innocent bystanders in the mall it gives him some personality even as the werewolf tears the place to shreds.

There is a visceral beauty to “Wolf Moon.” Jeremy Huan takes death very seriously, and you can tell. His dizzying assortments of panels depicting death are the highlight of any issue, and he doesn’t really let up here. From the hallucinatory beginning to the final showdown in the mall, the ugly face of dismemberment seems to be a great home for Huan’s art. His clear and expressive work make death a total joy to behold, and I seriously couldn’t imagine anyone better suited for this series.

Every time I pick up an issue of “Wolf Moon” I’m excited. The premise is brilliant, the characters are well motivated, but I’m now starting to see some repetition at three issues in. I haven’t noted any growth in the characters, and there hasn’t really been any major surprises that compel me to keep reading, It’s a shame but the series has told the same story three times over, now.

I hope that the way this issue concludes provides a stage for a shocking turn of events at the midpoint of the series. I’m dying for some progression or reversal of expectations that will challenge everything I thought I knew.

For now, it’s giving me everything I know and love: the visceral action of a werewolf action movie but its forgetting the elements of any good horror story. A character needs to be compelling, challenging, and monstrous for okay horror to become something great. As it stands, “Wolf Moon” relies far too heavily on shock value to tell any sort of compelling story about the nature of man and beast.

It’s a missed opportunity, but not one that has to decide the fate of the entire series. Luckily we’re only three issues in, and the pacing might be the stuff of legend. I’ll stick around for a while yet; I just hope we dig a little deeper next month.

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5 Skull Comic Review: “Nameless” #1 – A Dense And Exotic Horror From Grant Morrison

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:31

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. The creative power house behind the critically acclaimed “Batman Inc.” reunite to bring us one of the strangest, most inventive series you’ll ever have the good fortune to be consumed by. “Nameless” #1 is unequivocally the kind of eery, dense, exotic experience that only the mind of Grant Morrison could provide.

WRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison
ART BY: Chris Burnham

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2015

Reading Grant Morrison is a lot like trying to see the hidden image in a stereograph: If you try to force yourself to see it you’ll strain your eyes and become frustrated, but if you have patience, work the muscles, learn to recognize patterns, and let go of the normal way you see things the true image will slowly start to present itself.

I’ve read a lot of Grant Morrison’s work (“Animal Man”, “The Invisibles” “Flex Mentallo”) and I haven’t always understood it, but I’ve always found it endlessly intriguing, and meticulously plotted.  The characters in “Nameless” tend to speak in a natural way.  Scenes are disconnected and end abruptly.  It is difficult to follow things in a chronological way because characters seem to disappear and reappear and talk at length about things that don’t really make sense.  I think most of Morrison’s work is kind of hard to follow, and yet I am so invested when I read them.  Embracing the confusion is just something you sign up for when you read Morrison.  You won’t be able to see every detail, but when you step back the big picture becomes clear.  Themes and patterns stick in your subconscious and the book becomes a part of you in a way.  This is the genius of Grant Morrison.

So what is “Nameless” about?  The first 3/4th of the first issue follow a man on a surreal chase through time and space from four fish men.  The man has stolen a dream key from the Veiled Woman.  He meets up with his benefactor, and is told his task was a test to see if he would be capable of protecting a team living on the dark side of the moon that has a plan to save Earth from an asteroid.  Thats the best I can do at describing the plot, but I’m doing the book a huge disservice because there are dozens of other details, places, names, and happenings going on here that bewilder me, and yet, I am completely invested in this story that I really don’t understand at all.  The book sort of hypnotizes you.

Chris Burnham’s work here is equally incredible and hypnotic.  I get really excited about layouts and panelling that contributes to the tone and style of the book and “Nameless” has some really unique and interesting stuff going on.  The juxtaposition between his expressive, sort of cartoony style and the horrific content here is creepy and enticing.

“Nameless” isn’t for everyone.  It is not passive reading, it requires time and investment.  This is the kind of dense, literary stuff that I wish everyone was reading more of.  I’m tempted to call it your vegetables, but its not a chore to read.  I guess its the whole meal: steak, potatoes, whiskey, and some alien looking veggies you can’t quite figure out.  But they’re fucking delicious.

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

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Comic Book Review: “Birthright” #5 – Hang On For Final Reveal!

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:20

Reviewed By Katy Rex. The worst part about “Birthright” #5 is that we won’t get a follow-up until April. Williamson has been playing with a balance of simultaneously building two distinct worlds and keeping mysterious secrets, and this end-of-the-arc issue brings it all to a climax.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Andrei Bressan

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2015

A lot of comics would go from mid-battle in the previous issue to a single panel battle wrap-up so that the old issue can end suspensefully and the new issue can move on and be fresh. It’s a common strategy, and a logical one, and it’s one that I’m glad they completely ignore in issue #5 of Birthright. The issue starts with the battle between Mikey and Rya and the beast, in the past, and the battle between Mikey and the Ward, in the present. Both battles work to characterize Mikey as a whole and complex person; the past shows the boy he was and the innocence and compassion therein, and the present shows how far he’s willing to go, and his motivations for doing so. Plus blood and fire and swords are cool.

This issue also does a lot of work to develop the relationship between Mikey and Brennan. Brennan, in some strange way, still feels like the protective older brother of this full grown warrior man. He’s beginning to realize that Mikey is his brother and also might not be exactly what he seems. He’s dealing with this introduction of moral ambiguity exactly the way a big brother would; he’s not telling their dad, because that’s a tattletale move, and he’s not pushing Mikey on it, because he figures it’s secret for a reason, but he’s going to stand by his brother and protect him and maybe find out a little more about the secrets.

The art in this issue is consistent, and the character designs… I want to talk about the character designs, and the way they develop consistently with the characters as the characters change, but I don’t want to say what exactly I mean by that, because I don’t want to actually prepare you for the last panel of this issue. When you get there, you’ll see what I mean. As always, Adriano Lucas is kicking ass on colors, particularly the palette during the battle in the forest. The panel layout is creative enough to avoid monotony, but not complicated enough to inhibit the plot. The real strength, though, is very much the characters; the details of their appearance, their body language, their facial expressions, it all combines to convey the very real and complex human (and nonhuman otherworldly) characters realistically.

The main flaws I see in this issue are the parents. They are the least interesting, realistic, and believable characters of the series, but development over time could help flesh them out more and make them as engaging as the others. And not to repeat myself, but the last panel. You guys, the last panel. It’s a gorgeous splash, and it’s everything. It’s absolutely responsible for why I’m so mad about waiting two months for the next installment.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.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: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com

 

 

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Comic Book Review: “Imperium” #1- Rooting For The Bad Guy Is On The Rise

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:07

Reviewed by Brady Steele. Ever think that bad guys actually DO have good ideas on how to run things? Valiant Next shows readers how to do just this the right way with this week’s “Imperium” #1. It’s such a friendly way to show us all how we need to surrender to our betters that it’s eerily creepy to see how it will happen.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Dysart

ART BY: Doug Braithwaite

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 4 February 2015

Sure, enslaving mankind sounds bad when you say it out loud, but when you see the end results working out so well…maybe they should just take it all over. Thankfully, the Earth in the Valiant Universe has the powerful psiot Toyo Harada to bring about world peace HIS way. His subtle attempt, Harbinger, didn’t work out exactly as planned. Therefore, this time, Harada is employing more…morally loose individuals to achieve peace on Earth. This Imperium includes “an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a super-powered terrorist”. Sounds like an excellent recipe for heaven on Earth, right?

Writer Joshua Dysart really has cooked up something special here to behold. This first issue shows us the happy ending at the very start. The world has never looked more idyllic and peaceful. It almost feels like the story is backwards but it’s just clever storytelling throughout. Half of this issue is in the future and half in the present. Seeing how the world gets to this utopia in the future looks to be an enthralling ride I’m eager to get into.

The art by Doug Braithwaite is a great choice. Braithwaite is terrific at future-tech scenery and designs as well as grimy war zones. The coloring by Brian Reeber and Dave McCaig really emphasizes the different eras skillfully. Plus the killer robot “Mech Major” who just wants to be called “Sunlight on Snow” looks big and scary and sounds like a comical serial killer. I can’t wait to see the other recruits and how they all mesh together.

Labels can be stifling at times. Hero. Villain. Maniac. Messiah. Psycho. Savior. History ultimately decides who is what. Having all these powerful individuals in one series certainly looks enthralling. Rooting for the bad guys looks like a trend on the rise for 2015 thanks to a book like this. Definitely another feather in the cap of the Valiant Entertainment line worth reading so pick it up.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on. Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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Comic Book Review: “The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time” #1 – Promises Mayhem To Come

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:59

Reviewed by Brady Steele. Look out if you’ve wronged The Goon, especially this week.  The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #1 is as fitting a title you’ll read this week. After the uber-dark turn your favorite ugly-mugged tough guy’s life took in the last miniseries, this looks like he’ll be spiraling into somewhere very nasty.

WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell

ART BY: Eric Powell

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: 4 February 2015

The Goon and his gang have been really busy lately defending their town from all kinds of supernatural craziness. His enemies are definitely using some nastier tactics than his old adversary / now ally The Zombie Priest ever did. You break a man’s heart, you break his spirit. Does he now one of the oh-so-many lost that inhabit this mystically cursed, yet highly coveted locale? This new trek has the looks of some of the most dark and depraved seen in The Goon’s long history and that’s saying something.

Mastermind creator Eric Powell has made some perilous choices as the next plan of attack for our lug-headed hero. The lack of color only adds to the bleakness of this battle, its opponents and the general morale of those readers care about. As much of a downer as I’m making it sound, this book isn’t at all.

Powell is showing us how far gone The Goon and his state of mind are after his losses from the Occasion of Revenge storyline. It also shows us how truly terrifyingly dangerous he can be. Nothing is safe and it’s almost glorious to see an unhinged Goon take down everything in his way, including his own friends. Nothing and no one feels safe here which is thrilling to read. Get into this now and enjoy the mayhem and carnage that is sure to come.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on. Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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5 Skull Comic Review: “The Ghost Fleet” #4 – Shit Get’s Really Real

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:48

Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Ghost Fleet” #4 gets real this month, swapping out hardcore action for an emotional rollercoaster. The best part? It works, it works really well. With each passing issue and the deeper we get into this story the more it strays from how it was originally presented. From seeing its original announcement at NYCC last year there’s no way I could’ve guessed it’d be going in the direction it now is. Which is in no way a negative, as this series has proven to be superbly intriguing.

WRITTEN BY: Donny Cates

ART BY: Daniel Warren Johnson

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2014

Initially we’re treated to a flashback showing Ward and Trace in an incredibly different time. Wards been drinking heavily in his car, too ashamed or too scared to enter his own home. Until he hears a scream and goes rushing in, hand on his gun, ready for anything. Except to deal with his wife’s cancer. Turns out Trace and Sara have been waiting for him for hours as he’s been out drowning himself in the drink. Trace takes him outside in the friendliest way possible and lays it all out for him, how he’s gotta step up and really be there for his wife. This whole scene is a real gut punch I was never expecting from Ghost Fleet, but one I welcome with open arms. (maybe that’s how they gut punched me so easily)

Later in the issue things get really gnarly and supernatural but I won’t spoil any of it because it’s totally rad. Another character is also introduced this issue, he beautifully takes care of the balls to the walls action for this month. How he ties into everything isn’t very clear but make sure to keep an eye on his t-shirt, trust me.

Meanwhile Lauren Affe’s colors add a surreal texture to the book that you really can’t find anywhere else in comics. It straddles the line between a old school pulp book and new school awesome.

The concept of this series has evolved into something tremendous and has built with every subsequent issue. Now that we’ve reached the fourth chapter everything that has been teased is coming together beautifully in a way that doesn’t feel forced but organically challenges every thing that came before in brand new ways. This is one stellar read. If you come to the series for amazing action scenes, you’ll find plenty to love this month, but if you linger a little longer you’ll find yourself immersed in an emotional and surprising read.

Donny Cates and Daniel Warren Johnson have truly hit their stride now, this is the best Ghost Fleet issue yet and I’m craving that next issue more than my many chemical dependencies.

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Comic Book Review: “Nailbiter” #10 – Marks A Weak Point For The Series

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:32

Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Nailbiter” #10 shows the title has finally stumbled and produced a comparatively weak issue. 9 out of 10 isn’t a bad batting average, in fact it’s stellar, but not all stories are created equal. When stacked up against the incredibly high quality of previous issues this one stands out like a sore thumb. It’s a cramped and entirely too convenient tale that feels completely disconnected from the Nailbiter we’ve come to love. It’s muddled at best and incomprehensible at worst.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Mike Henderson

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 4th, 2015

Picking up relatively soon after last issues infinitely unsettling cliffhanger. The children’s bus driver, Mister Crowe, has gone mad and intends to kill all of the kids with the twisted logic that he’s saving their souls, so then they can’t grow up to be serial killers. Sheriff Crane tries to calm the parents who’ve all gathered at the children’s school demanding answers and justice, and rightfully so.

Crane is soon joined by Finch and Agent Barker looking to help in any way they can. This is where the issue goes off the rails. The local priest is going off again as he always does which leads Crane to pressuring him into helping them. He says he might know a place where Crowe liked to pray. Then the next page they’re just there, the hunt for this guy took all of two pages and really one sentence. It’s all much too convenient, not to mention what was Crowe doing that whole time? Was he just patiently sitting there with a bus full of crying kids waiting for the cavalry to show up and try to stop him?

The location must be somewhere out of the way which means it can’t be a hop and a skip away from the school or people would’ve seen the bus. So now that the good guys are perfectly positioned to save the kids Crowe drives them into the lake. Obviously Crane and Finch dive in after to save the bus full of kids, but as they do so Agent Barker does absolutely nothing. This is an entire bus full of kids that just plunged into a lake so Crane and Finch could definitely use help, or not. Somehow they manage to save all of the kids in what seems like an incredibly short amount of time.

Then Crowe somehow manages to save himself but they leave one of the kids out there with him, why? Crane is clearly shown swimming away from the child, who’s out in the water about 5 feet from the psycho who just tried to drown all the kids. It doesn’t make any sense to me. This whole scene is a mess, a tangled mess.

The issue does pick up a bit after this and the ending is totally rad, but not good enough to save the issue. It’s a rare misstep from Williamson but one I’m sure he’ll bounce back from going forward. Nailbiter fans will still find some nuggets of fun here but this is will definitely be remembered as a black sheep.

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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[EXCLUSIVE] Kane Hodder Joins 80′s Slasher Game ‘Summer Camp’

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:00

Gun Media has revealed the man behind the mask in their upcoming 80′s themed slasher game Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, and it’s a name that fans of the Friday the 13th films should easily recognize. Kane Hodder — Jason Voorhees himself — will be donning a different mask in this game, but his duty will be the same: kill, kill kill.

“Honestly, who else could we have chosen for the role of the killer?” explains Wes Keltner, co-creator of Summer Camp. “Several people have worn the mask, but in our eyes, there was only one. Kane has the body type, the presence and demeanor that personify the unrelenting, undying killing force we’re after for Summer Camp.”

With Kane Hodder and FX legend Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk till Dawn) involved, I don’t understand why the world hasn’t exploded already.

“Everyone has their own skills. One of mine happens to be killing people on screen. When Wes and the team behind Summer Camp came to me, I jumped at the chance to bring my skills to gamers around the world. Combined with the fact that Savini is on board and Manfredini is doing the soundtrack? This is a no-brainer.”

Hodder gets it.

Summer Camp is one of a handful of upcoming horror games we have to look forward to in what looks like a slasher game renaissance.

It’s getting a little confusing though, with the similarly titled Splatter Camp, the recent announcement of a Friday the 13th video game, and the issues it’s had with Last Year.

This isn’t the kind of mess that slasher fans have come to expect from the genre, but if we can get a few great horror games out of all this, it’ll be worth it. With everything it has going for it, Summer Camp isn’t likely to disappoint.

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Comic Review: “Escape From New York” #3 – Tons Of Action And Severed Limbs

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:00

Reviewed By Jorge Solis. With twisted glee, “Escape From New York” #3 delivers tons of action, guns blazing, and cut-off limbs flying everywhere. The one-eyed Snake Plissken has a whole new set of problems as he attempts to make his latest getaway. I’ve waited a long time  for a sequel to “Escape From L.A.” and it’s finally here.

WRITTEN BY: Christopher Sebela

ART BY: Diego Barreto

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 4, 2015

Trapped in the hellhole state of Florida, Snake Plissken has to raise an army from a bunch of dim-witted recruits. War is coming and the Twins have an actual nuke ready to blast everyone away. With a bomb attached to his collar, Snake has to figure out how to get to the nuke, without getting himself killed. But then, why save the world, when Snake already knows there’s nothing worth living for?

What I really found interesting is how writer Christopher Sebela takes Snake back to his solider days. In the opening pages, Snake gives a beatdown to his recruits, who are nothing more than weaklings. He reminds them that soldiers are meant to fight for the mission and their reward is a trip back home alive. But none of his recruits bother to listen; they just want to know what happened in the Big Apple.

Sebela twists the narrative by having Snake break his own rules. Fighting his destiny to be a leader, Snake has to save the day, even though he’s not interested in doing so. Sebela continues with the themes about an ex-solider finding a mission worth fighting for.

Artist Diego Barreto delivers a military training camp that is reminiscent of recent war movies, such as “Jarhead.” Notice how none of the fresh recruits have any muscle and they look young in their twenties. The recruits are always in awe when they look at the legend himself. The heat blisters as Snake runs around the basic training camp, with no cover from the sun.

Barreto keeps the action moving at a fast pace. You feel the hits as Barreto captures the punches and kicks in extreme close-ups. The best sequence in the issue is when Snake has to break out of a room by riding on top of a chandelier.

“Escape From New York” #3 is a fun and quick read. I’m really looking forward to the next issue.

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[TV] The Flash: “Crazy For You” – Review

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:50

By Brady Steele / twitter: @mrbradysteele.The latest episode of ‘The Flash’ entitled ‘Crazy for You’ has a lot going on in it. Like a good comic book, subplots are coming to a boil and even more subplots are being planted. Viewers finally see some progression on plot points that have been languishing around since nearly the beginning of this series. Plus, our speedster finally has real difficulty against his adversary of the week: Peek-a-Boo! Who is that? Don’t worry, you’ll find out…

The ladies pretty much take over this episode which is a great contrast to see. Ironically, the one character that normally gets a great deal of screen time, Iris West (Candice Patton), is put on the backburner this time out. Barry (Grant Gustin) has finally stopped pining for her and finds out there’s plenty of fish in the sea after all. No spoilers from me, BUT, it is nice to see them include more people from ALL the Flash’s timelines. One spoiler I will give viewers: there is karaoke in this episode. You’ve been warned.

Major geek points and kudos go out to the writers who definitely know their Flash history. Peek-a-Boo was a character created during producer Geoff Johns’ inspired run on The Flash comic book series that, as we can see here, has potential for so much more than robbing banks for gangsters. She’s got a fantastic power (teleportation) and it’s cool to see the creators use it in a different way than others have before.

As I mentioned earlier, subplots are starting to percolate more and more. This show really feels like a comic book with so many things going on herein. One prime example is the slow and methodical discoveries surrounding Martin Stein and Ronny Raymond’s fates. The hook at the end of this episode in particular unquestionably got me very excited as to which Rogue is coming next. Like The Flash himself, you can feel the momentum building and the storylines picking up the pace.

Between this show and Arrow, DC Comics on the CW definitely are doing a bang-up job at world-building. The producers of these shows are channeling a build up to an early 1980s era Justice League of America vibe (no pun intended) with at least four members already on screen in one capacity or another (Green Arrow, The Flash, The Atom and Firestorm). I hope they take their time and that that pipe dream doesn’t mature for another few seasons. This episode wasn’t too mushy or too comic-book-heavy either so I was pleasantly surprised once again how they balance both so well for a new show.

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