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Legendary Comics Announces Pacific Rim Comic Series

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:55

Guillermo del Toro promised more adventures from the world of Pacific Rim - and he has delivered. Legendary is taking fans back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro and featuring a story from Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham. A continuation of the bestselling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, the new Pacific Rim comic series will feature Jaegers never before seen in combat, squaring off against all-new Kaiju creatures.

Legendary is also launching two original titles. First is the riveting espionage thriller Black Bag, starring Legendary Comics’ first female action hero. This gripping series about a suburban wife-turned-covert government assassin comes from writer Chris Roberson, creator of the breakout comic iZombie (recently adapted into a network TV series), and features art from fast-rising talent JB Bastos, known for his standout work on Night Trap.

Finally, Legendary is partnering with acclaimed writer Steven Grant on Cops For Criminals, a daring new crime-thriller series about a federal agent forced to find true justice in the criminal underworld. Pete Woods, whose long and storied career includes iconic franchises such as Deadpool, Catwoman and Robin, returns to pencil, ink and color the title.

To celebrate these launches, Legendary is also giving fans the chance to win an exclusive page of original artwork from the upcoming Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift. Participants are invited to enter at PacificRimComicArt.com to win this one-of-a-kind prize.

Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift

Following the best-selling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Legendary takes you back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham.

Prepare to do battle with all-new Kaiju creatures in this thrilling continuation of the Pacific Rim universe.

The series comes from writer Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker, I, Vampire, Elks Run) and features artwork by Marcos Marz (Batman Confidential, Blackest Night: JSA).

More information will be released at a later date.

Release Date: November 2015

Presented by: Guillermo del Toro

Story by: Travis Beacham

Writer: Joshua Fialkov

Artist: Marcos Marz

Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo

Format: 4 issue monthly series

Price: $3.99 single-issue cover price

 

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[Comic Review] “Grindhouse Drive In, Bleed Out” #3 Dissapoints

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:38

Grindhouse’s second series, now titled ‘Grindhouse Drive In, Bleed Out’ started off quite strong with Slay Ride. A horrific twist on your good old fashioned yuletide tale, with a totally rad and original First Nations slant. For her next two-parter, ‘Blood Lagoon’ Alex De Campi is returning to the gruesome world of Deputy Garcia. She was the protagonist of ‘Bee Vixens from Mars’, De Campi’s first story in the first volume of Grindhouse. Garcia’s first adventure is still firmly ingrained in my mind and most likely will be forever. It’s exemplary of what grindhouse is all about; extreme violence, sex appeal and the utterly bizarre. Sadly, Blood Lagoon doesn’t live up to the high standards Grindhouse has already set.

WRITTEN BY: Alex De Campi
ART BY: Christopher Peterson
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 25, 2015

Blood Lagoon starts out promising enough, Garcia is set to accompany Wayne (one half of the gay couple from Bee Vixens from Mars) to visit his estranged father. Sergei (Wayne’s other half) sees them off and their journey begins. Wayne’s whole quest to give his father one last chance is interesting and something you don’t see all too often in comics, or any media for that matter. If anything it’s the solid foundation, the backbone of the story. It’s what keeps you engaged while the other aspects fall flat, such as the dull monsters.

Deputy Garcia and the ragtag crew she accumulates must face off against what looks like giant pubic lice, giant public that have crawled out of the Blood Lagoon. They basically amount to giant crabs with aardvark like tongues. After the glorious Bee Vixens these crabs come off pretty damn lame, they barely cause any carnage and come off as cartoonish more than horrific. I don’t want to be too harsh because this is only the first part and De Campi’s grindhouse tales always ramp way up in the second issue. Still, this is a poor opening threat and the tamest grindhouse issue to date.

While it is super rad to see Deputy Garcia on the page again it’s ultimately a disappointment. I could definitely see Blood Lagoon improving in part 2 but as it currently stands I cannot recommend it. I’d still recommend Grindhouse itself, outside of this one issue it’s all been fabulous. Even if Blood Lagoon turns out to be a dud it’ll be followed with an entirely new 2-part story that I’ll be wholeheartedly looking forward to, whatever it may be.

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[Comic Review] “The Goon Once Upon A Hard Time” #2

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:30

Reviewed by Brady Steele. This month’s installment of The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #2 is aptly titled “A Man Turned Animal”. Readers get to see how truly lost and off the rails a man like The Goon can get when he’s lost hope. More poor choices for our would-be protector lead to some truly ghastly decisions for all to horrify at.

WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell

ART BY: Eric Powell

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: 25 March 2015

Defying expectations once again, creator Eric Powell gives readers a literary history lesson in this issue. A couple of heavy hitters are coming to take out The Goon as retaliation for him killing the wrong guy last month. Having been tipped off as to when and where these would-be killers are arriving, The Goon decides to handle the situation personally.

What better way to kill time then by grabbing a six-pack and classic H.G. Wells’s novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau. What unfolds is an examination of what makes a man or an animal. As anyone who has ever read a novel, you can relate to how reading a novel can affect your headspace. Depending on your mood, a good book can really influence your way of thinking. The Goon is a million miles away from a good mood nowadays so this story only stokes the fire and anger inside him. The results are genuinely grizzly and cold.

Reason and understanding has left our capped hero. His moves are now more primal and vicious than ever before. Perhaps this is what The Goon has to do to prevail. It clearly won’t be pretty but as long as he wins, that’s what matters, right? I miss the funny and wacky moments that popped up in this series. Grim and gritty was something I would never use to describe The Goon before this arc. It’s dark and good but I need some sliver of hope in there somewhere. Hopefully there’s some light left buried deep in there somewhere down the line.

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 Review] “The Valiant” #4 – Deftly Refreshing and Epic

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:19

Reviewed by Brady Steele. The Valiant #4 brings the Valiant Universe’s latest event to a satisfying conclusion. Time capsules, no memories and heads that can’t be torn off are just some of the random things used to save the world from a new dark age. Once again, the creators here have melded epic scope and intimate moments together deftly and refreshingly.

WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt

ART BY: Paolo Rivera

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 25 March 2015

Time has run out for saving the world’s Geomancer Kay McHenry and only one man remains to defend her: the unkillable killing machine known as Bloodshot. No one has been able to slow down The Immortal Enemy Mister Flay. Not The Eternal Warrior, not Ninjak nor the combined might of the Valiant Universe’s combined heroes have done anything but be tortured and cast aside. Writers Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have built up an enjoyable tale and now it’s time to see if this unbeatable foe can actually be defeated.

The final throw down is a triple threat match that has it all: explosions, lots of guns and head shots, a really ghastly looking monster and a literal last minute twist and a save. It’s frantic and emotive once it all shakes out. There is a good dose of bittersweet heaped in there as well which really shifts down the whole story. Once again, artist Paolo Rivera shows off how he can draw so many real and unreal things in one story so well.

Another great part of this entire series has been the commentary pages at the end. This time, we get letterer Dave Lanphear’s insight as to how what steps he takes to help tell the story with maximum impact and effect. I’ve found this series to be an overall satisfying tale. With so many moving parts, it still feels like an intimate story with the fate of the world thrown in with the attempt to save one another. I felt like the quieter moments of characters on the run were more powerful than the big hero spreads mixed in here and there. I hope artist Paolo Rivera keeps making more beautiful Valiant books down the line as his work really captivated my attention throughout all four issues.

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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‘Friday the 13th’ Nabs “Hannibal” Writer!

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:16

Huge Friday the 13th news this Wednesday morning as “Hannibal” screenwriter Nick Antosca will be penning the new incarnation for director David Bruckner, Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures!

The new Friday the 13th will not be found-footage, but could clear up some unanswered questions about Jason Voorhees’ mythology.

Previously, it had been reported that the new Friday the 13th could take place in the 1980′s. In a more recent article, Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes talked about his hopes for expanding Jason’s mythos and also taking the franchise back to summer camp.

It’s already exciting that it’s to be helmed by Bruckner, best known for The Signal and for one of the more popular V/H/S segments, ‘Amateur Night’, but to get a solid screenwriter in Antosca is beyond exciting. “Hannibal” is one of the best genre network series ever, and took what could have been one of the worst ideas and turned it into a television revelation. I’m not exactly sure how much credit Antosca gets for “Hannibal”, but he’s part of a team that did something unique and special, which is all I want from the next Friday the 13th.

Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes are producing.

Friday the 13th aims for release on May 13, 2016.

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[TV Review] “The Flash” Episode 116, ‘Rogue Time’

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:06

By Brady Steele / twitter: @mrbradysteeleThis week’s episode did a few different things than previous ones. It showed how things can change and stay the same at the same time. There’s been a steady growth of people who want The Flash (Grant Gustin) gone, just like I remember in the comics. What’s interesting here is how they achieve the same thing but in a clever way for TV viewers to accept as TV-plausible.

The Flash / Barry Allen accidentally time travelled last week (Doh! I hate when that happens) and is now reliving the last day’s events. Having the knowledge and memories of how things turned out, Flash is determined to do things differently so there are happy endings all around. Nipping the Weather Wizard (Liam McIntyre) in the bud before he unleashes a tsunami is just the beginning of the changes Barry makes. There are more personal moments Barry tries to implement but things still don’t work out perfectly for him or his friends. Having prior knowledge doesn’t seem to be enough for what Barry wants to change.

It’s always stimulating to see how the show runners tackle time travel as a concept in this series. Comic book logic notwithstanding, it’s always a fun and tricky idea to play around with in any medium. Revelations from the last episode are reset and lives are saved which shocked viewers a week ago. Our villain-in-hiding, Dr. Harrison Wells / Reverse-Flash(Tom Cavanagh), continues to slyly manipulate people and events to achieve his goals.

It’s great to see that things are unravelling at a satisfying pace. My only hope is that they do not pull this time travel trick often. I understand that because Barry changed the sequence of events of the previous day. My concern is that if they use this plot device more that it will diminish the drama unfolding. If Flash can just run back in time and fix things, then nothing seem permanent which would be a shame.

The other cool moments of this week include the growing of the Rogues. Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller, Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) and now Golden Glider (Peyton List) all make their presence felt in a big way. The way Flash deals with them is truly refreshing for an action show: giving them a code of conduct. This is one of the key differences between The Flash’s enemies and other heroes. Yes, they’re all a little crazy BUT they operate like proper criminals, not just powered lunatics. The game is getting set up for hopefully a long, long time.

It all adds up to another thoroughly enjoyable installment of this series. Here’s hoping for more good stuff (and Grodd finally) next week.

 

SCORE: 8 / 10 BOLTS

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10 Underrated Creature Features You Need to See

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:36

Not one but two creature features came out this just past weekend: Zombeavers, about a bunch of zombified beavers attacking college kids on Spring Break, and Backcountry, about a camping couple being stalked by a bear. I’ve seen Zombeavers and I can tell you that it’s hilariously awesome. I’ll be seeking out Backcountry to watch very soon. Creature features are my favorite sub-genre of horror after slasher films (with my soft spot being for aquatic horror…I love those!), so I got to thinking about how creature features are pretty much the least-liked out of all horror genres (mostly thanks to Asylum films and SyFy Original Movies). After a rather extensive search through Wikipedia’s list of “Natural Horror” films (clearly, I’m very thorough with my research), I came across some that I’ve seen that I either a) completely forgot existed and remembered liking or b) really like and feel like I don’t see enough people talk about. Let’s see  what made the cut!

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Doomsday Comes In Explosive ‘Terminator Genisys’ Motion Poster

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:27

I love when a motion poster actually does something other than make sounds. The new animated one-sheet for Terminator Genisys, in theaters July 1, 2015, is pretty badass, and explodes in an homage to T2‘s doomsday sequence.

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

Terminator Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: Dark World) and is produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions. The screenplay is by Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar) & Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). The film also stars J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.

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