We reported yesterday that Dario Argento would oversee a television adaptation to his 1977 Suspiria.
It sounded ridiculous at the time because, well, Argento isn’t exactly making good movies anymore, and the article made it very clear this was being developed (meaning, nothing is guaranteed). The chance of it coming into fruition are about as good as the Cubs winning a World Series (okay, maybe that’s a bad example… this year).
Anyways, I wasn’t all that excited about “Suspiria De Profundis”, an English-language period horror series in which the author Thomas De Quincey is the lead character. Styled as a new Sherlock Holmes, the story would explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries. It will be set in London and Rome at the turn of the 20th century.
I was wrong, apparently, because “Hannibal” show runner Bryan Fuller made the following Twitter plea to handle the U.S. adaptation. While “Hannibal” is a huge success, his remake of “The Munsters”, “Mockingbird Lane”, failed, as did “High Moon,” “Pushing Daises” and “Dead Like Me”. But we still like him, like a lot a lot.
And those who have been following Fuller’s work know that he has colorful tastes, and reinventing Argento’s classic could be right up his alley. Thoughts?!
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) April 8, 2015
Director Gore Verbinski has found the leads for his supernatural horror project A Cure for Wellness, reports THR, stating that the incredible Dane DeHaan (pictured above, Metallica Through the Never, Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Life After Beth) and Mia Goth (below; Nymphomaniac: Vol. II) will toppling.
Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe is writing the script for the New Regency project.
“Wellness tells the story of an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his boss from a European “wellness spa” but soon realizes he’s trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients.”
Goth will play a longtime patient who is oblivious to the spa director’s dark designs for her.
Verbinski is also producing through his Blind Wink Productions.
Production is slated to start in Europe in June, and the film will be distributed worldwide through New Regency’s deal with 20th Century Fox.
From Mike Flanagan, the director of Oculus, comes a new look at Before I Wake, a fresh child-horror film starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Dash Mihok, Annabeth Gish and Jacob Tremblay.
Relativity has shifted the film from its planned May release all the way to September 25th, 2015.
In this supernatural thriller, “Jessie and Mark, recovering from the death of their young son Sean, decide to take in 8-year-old Cody as a foster child. Cody seems sweet, loving and bright in every way, except that he is afraid to sleep. They soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In Jessie’s grief, she tries to use Cody’s supernatural abilities to reconnect with her dead son. Soon she discovers that Cody’s nightmares manifest as well, as they experience both the intense wonder – and intense terror – that only a child’s imagination could conjure. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark must uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.”
Here are four new images we recently landed, and have added the trailer to refresh your memory. It’s got a sort of Orphan meets Mama vibe, which is pretty cool.
The taste will never leave your mouth…
Vulture has released the first trailer for Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence), which will be released in limited theaters and VOD platforms May 22nd, 2015 (no assembly required).
The 500-person centipede has finally been assembled and it looks insane. The trailer, pegged as a teaser, is jam-packed with revolting footage. Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, who played the villains Dr. Heiter and Martin in the first and second films, respectively, are featured. Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Bree Olson, and director Tom Six also star. You’ll see them all in the footage that Six promises is “100 percent politically incorrect.” I love how bonkers it looks, and how the characters appear to live in a “pulp”-like world.
“Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane.
Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious ‘Human Centipede’ movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.”
As I noticed the other day, the new Human Centipede is going meta once again, which is awesome. I love that Six continues to put a middle finger up to critics of the first film by launching the franchise into the “real world” where absolutely terrible things happen. Bring on the 500-person ‘pede!
In a recent interview with AV Club, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke about his love of The Cabin In The Woods, the 2012 film directed by Drew Goddard and produced by Joss Whedon. He also talked about how horror was a comfort during his childhood because he was able to relate to the “villains”.
On seeing The Cabin In The Woods:
…going into The Cabin In The Woods, I had no fucking idea. …I was expecting something more like a slasher film, or maybe like a haunted house sort of a scenario. But when I started watching the movie, there was no real clear indication where it was going. …And then slowly the plot is revealed, and all of a sudden you’re like, “Wow, what a great concept for a horror movie,” you know?
I like it because it’s such an original premise and it’s not what I expected, and like most moviegoers, when you’re totally off guard and surprised—I love being surprised like that. Just like totally out of the blue, a concept comes that’s so fucking different and so outrageous and I’m thinking, damn! I wish I would’ve thought of that.
But perhaps far more important and relatable to many horror fans is Hammett’s thoughts on how horror offered comfort in his youth:
I was a disenfranchised youth, and a lot of the characters in these movies are disenfranchised from culture, from society, from whatever. And there was something there that I could relate to and just kind of apply to my own life and how I felt about myself and my situation. So it gave me comfort in knowing that even though I felt like an outsider, there were other people out there who probably felt the same way I did, and probably related to these horror movies the same way I did. It was a partial cure for loneliness as a child.
I was very shy and introverted when I was a kid. I have to throw that in there. So it was a way for me… I can relate to horror movies on a lot of different levels. And it was definitely, you know, emotionally, I always felt like an outsider, outcast, and I was seeing other people in different scenarios, but it was the same sort of feelings, or so I could see.
You can read the full interview at the link above.
Universal Pictures has been developing a modern day take on The Creature From the Black Lagoon for decades. And while we’ve seen multiple Mummy movies, The Wolfman and various incarnations of Dracula and Van Helsing, the Creature has yet to make it back to theaters.
With the Universal Monsters shared universe in motion, starting with the god-awful Dracula Untold, Universal is developing out new features for all of their monsters. While they attempt to keep everything under their hat, we do know that Uni is planning to resurrect The Mummy on June 24, 2015, and then will tell of The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and even The Bride of Frankenstein.
Creature From the Black Lagoon hasn’t been mentioned, until now.
This tracking board is claiming that Uni has their eyes on Scarlett Johansson for the remake.
A remake technically been on the slate since 1982, add the site, with original director Jack Arnold in talks to return. The project was ultimately scrapped, with John Carpenter, Gary Ross and Breck Eisner and Guillermo Del Toro each developing separate versions of the project over the next two decades.
The last we heard was that Dave Kajganich, who wrote the Daniel Craig-Nicole Kidman thriller The Invasion several years ago, was penning the screenplay. Bruce Eisner was once attached to direct the redo of the 1954 film that centered on a prehistoric water-breathing humanoid monster that lived in a remote Amazonian river and a group of scientists that want to study him.
The current remake is taking shape at Universal, with Larger Than Life and Strike Entertainment producing. Gary Ross, Robin Bissell, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce, with a screenplay by Jeff Blitz, Gary Ross, Tedi Sarafian and Paul Schering. Leslie Urdang, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Jay Polidoro will oversee development for the studio.
iZombie returned this week with an episode that was about on par with last week’s episode. It was mostly good, but the procedural nature of the series is still holding it back from being great. Like I said last week though, a subpar episode of iZombie is still better than most of the things currently on television.
My major issue with the episode is that some of the plot turns were a little predictable. I fully realize I’m holding iZombie up to Veronica Mars standards, but even that show’s least interesting mysteries has some element of surprise. The “twists” in this episode weren’t that surprising to me. It was fairly obvious Babinaux wasn’t going to be a dirty cop, and I called Jackie letting Blaine in on his henchmen’s little start-up business.
Not that this ruins the episode, as there are still plenty of things to enjoy here with the multitude of things going on. Major almost became interesting when Liv suggested Ravi to be his roommate. Honestly, their banter about the TV in their potential shared living room was the highlight of the episode for me. Sadly, this is a pairing we will never see (at least for now) since Major realized Liv isn’t over him yet and decides to keep her room vacant. McIver is really nailing all of Liv’s emotional beats, but I have to give some credit to Rahul Kohli as Ravi. He is entertaining in every scene he is in.
The case of the week was a little bland as well, dealing with an Asian crime gang. It did serve to build some trust between Liv and Babinaux, though. It also gave us a fantastic fight scene between Liv and the leader of the gang. The choreography for that was great!
More of Blaine’s brain-selling business was revealed as well. It seems like Jackie will be sticking around, as he’s started a business relationship as well as a sexual one. Is it considered necrophilia if both of the participants are (mostly) dead? He is also in cahoots with the owner of a diner (who I don’t think is a zombie, but I could be wrong) who cooks various brain recipes for him and also stores spare zombie henchmen in the freezer. Blaine is proving to be one of the most interesting villains TV has had in a while. I can’t wait for him and Liv to finally duke it out.
Finally, we have Liv’s brother Evan in his first appearance on the show since the pilot episode. Peyton was missing (cementing Aly Michalka’s status as a guest star as opposed to a series regular), but it was revealed that Evan has a creepy and obsessive crush on her (he likes to go through her room when she’s not there). I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Evan and Liv in scenes together, but his scenes tonight seemed kind of unnecessary.
- Chapter Titles tonight are: Mourning Rituals, The Friend Zone, It’s a Shame About Ray, How to Charm a Cobra, Mistrust & Obey, and Martial Arts and Crafts. I’m giving the edge to Mourning Rituals. Which one was your favorite?
- Liv’s Power of the Week: Paranoia. Oh, and she knows kung fu!
- Major’s girlfriend(?) is named Corinne.
- “I made you a zombie, but I’ll never make you a whore.” -Very considerate of you, Blaine.
- “You’re telling me back when Clive worked vice he had a mustache?” -I thought the exact same thing Ravi. I thought the exact same thing.
- Officer Devore’s reaction to hearing about Sammy’s death: “Eh.” -It’s funnier if you see it.
- Liv acting like a slutty sorority girl to get information in the video store gave me total Veronica Mars flashbacks. Anyone else?
- “I’m AJ. And I’m into white girls. Really white girls. And you just might be my Moby Dick.” -The comments on Liv’s paleness haven’t gotten old yet and I’m loving every snarky remark about it.
- Sorry this review is so late, but at least I get to post the promo for next week’s episode below! Looks like we get “Liv the Exhibitionist” next week!
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with seminal noise metal band Today Is The Day to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Heathen”! The video is a nightmarish, psychedelic journey through desecration and self and outward mutilation.
Vocalist/guitarist Steve Austin exclaims:
I was on tour last fall and stayed at my long time friend, Neil Barrett’s house. While I was there he showed some of the video work he had been doing and my mind was blown. Neil and Marco Morales are super creative dudes and Neil has been into TITD since the band began. Together, they make some really psychedelic mind expanding films; it’s really cool to finally get to work on something together.
Director Neil Barrett and producer Marcos Morales state:
We’ve been in the dungeon at the Austin Enterprise compound for several weeks with no food, water or sleep creating this visual nightmare. We’re just happy it’s over. Steve Austin is a genius and a madman. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our suffering.
Tour dates w/Lazer/Wulf:
4/24/2015 Space – Portland, ME
4/25/2015 Cambridge Elks Lodge – Boston, MA
4/26/2015 Coco 66 – Brooklyn, NY *
4/27/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
4/28/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
4/29/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/01/2015 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
5/02/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC
5/03/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
5/05/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX *
5/06/2015 Lost Well – Austin, TX *
5/07/2015 Doublewide – Dallas, TX
5/08/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/09/2015 Pub Rock – Tempe, AZ
5/10/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/11/2015 Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/12/2015 Dantes – Portland, OR
5/13/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/14/2015 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
5/15/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
5/18/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/19/2015 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
5/20/2015 Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2015 Double Door – Chicago, IL
5/22/2015 Outpost – Kent, OH
5/23/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
5/24/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
* = no Lazer/Wulf
Image Entertainment, an RLJ brand, has announced a July 24th, 2015 release for Dark Was the Night, which stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Hass, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki and Nick Damici.
Directed by Jack Heller from a script by Tyler Hisel, “A long slumbering evil is awoken in the trees, outside the remote town of Maiden Woods. Isolated and threatened it sets its sites on the townspeople, as Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) attempts to overcome the demons of his past, so that he may protect those that he loves.”
Dark Was the Night premiered at the Screamfest horror film festival this past October.
Check out the first ever stills from the film right here!
The first clip from the forthcoming dinosaur action adventure film Jurassic World has been unveiled and it shows us, well…not very much at all. The clip features a discussion between Bryce Dallas Howard and Christ Pratt as they discuss a new dinosaur and its paddock, which needs to be checked for vulnerabilities. It also reveals a previous romance between Pratt and Howard, which Pratt uses to make all sorts of innuendos and suggestive comments.
While the trailers have shown Pratt being rather serious and straightforward, this clip shows that he’s still bringing about that same persona that has made him so popular in the past year. You can see it for yourself below.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow and featuring Steven Spielberg as executive producer, Jurassic World will be coming out on June 12th.
Be careful. Children at play.
Out of WonderCon 2015 Focus Features shared the teaser trailer for Sinister 2, helmed by Citadel‘s Ciaran Foy.
Now, we mark the return of Bughuul in the below one-sheet that sets up tomorrow’s full trailer debut!
“In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother and her 9-year-old twin sons find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity.”
Written by Scott Derrickson (director of the first Sinister) and C. Robert Cargill, the sequel to Derrickson’s 2012 chiller stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Robert and Dartanian Sloan.
Look for Buhguul to return to theaters on August 21, 2015.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with industrial group Go Fight to bring you the exclusive stream of their debut album Napalm Baby, which comes out this Friday!
The group comments:
You know, when we tell people that this album can make your manhood up to 5 inches longer and 3 inches wider around, a lot of people are skeptical, but the results are right there for anyone to see. The sonic technologies we employ to extend your virility and keep the women coming back for more is time-tested and proven and it’s as easy as plugging in your stereo and listening in a pair of 20k rated headphones. Feel like the women aren’t showing you the attention YOU deserve? Or maybe you just want to wow that one specific person. We can’t recommend this album enough. You owe it to yourself to give it a listen.
Go Fight was founded by Jim Marcus, who was the founder of influential industrial band Die Warzau.
Napalm Baby will be released on Friday, April 10th, and will be available to purchase here.
Following up on the news was EW, who caught up with Tom Quinn, co-president of Radius-TWC. He reveals that they’re already plotting the follow-up that could literally flip the script, and the title.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but we’ve thought about it,” said Quinn before teasing title plans. “Flip the title. There’s so much you could do.”
EW speculates on what Quinn means, and I really like what they’re going for.
“If Quinn is hinting at the title Follow It—a really empowering reversal, if you think about it—the plot could have characters tracing their partners’ sexual histories to track the curse’s origin (while evading the killer creature), which would give the movie a strong allegorical element similar to the first film’s,” EW writes. “The original’s heroine, Jay, or possibly an entirely new lead would have to take a literal journey through the messy ties of past sexual partners, a task that undoubtedly comes with its own lessons and parallels to the titular IT.”
For those curious as to the meaning behind the ending to It Follows, still in theaters, there’s a pretty great story right here.
In it, Maika Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.
What would you guys call the sequel? Follow It? It Still Follows? It Follows Again? It Follows Another?
[Comic Review] “Miracle Man Vol 3: Olympus” HC Is One Of The Most Definitive Superhero Stories Ever Told
Alan Moore’s “Miracleman” may be the most sweeping piece of superhero writing he’s ever done. Transgressive in almost every way and shockingly refreshing despite being over thirty years old “Miracleman: Olympus” is unlike anything I’ve ever read from Marvel Comics, and one of the most definitive works in the superhero genre.
WRITTEN BY: The Original Writer
ART BY: John Totleben
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: 8 April 2015
The name Olympus is taken straight from the utopia Miracleman imposes upon the world after Kid Marvelman aka Young Nastyman destroys 40,000 people in the heart of London. This act of pure destruction rises out from the theme of godliness. The entire work seems to be a meditation on the state of superherodom. Being an elevated being comes with a certain disconnect from the world, it is inherently something alien, and for Miracleman, this comes with the great pain of leaving his human life behind.
Alan Moore’s original script is dense and reads more like prose than the typical comic. John Totleben’s art is expressive and equally dense. Pages often break the typical conventions of paneling in light of something more explosive. Two page spreads with chunks of prose dominate the collection, which in a way allows the reader to experience the totality of spending a moment in the life of a god.
Upon first exposure the prose-like scripting and intense themes may be off putting the to common comic reader, but the sheer depth of Moore’s penetration into the superhero archetype is worth its weight in gold. The philosophical implications of being a god in a world of men are perhaps more poignant than that of Watchmen.
In the back matter of the book, Marvel has included an intense collection of supplemental material including scripts, pencils, inks, and finished pages before color. The collection reads like a tome dedicated to the art of creating comics. You can learn more from it, than most books on breaking into the industry. Just don’t expect the lessons to be overt.
Miracleman may suffer from being a tad unapproachable, but should be measured along side of Moore’s many other master works. Together with John Totleben he has created a haunting tribute to the archetypes that began the medium altogether, but exposes them in new and alien ways. Instead of being a book about how we relate to our superhuman friends, it’s about just how different they feel in relation to us.
There are moments with star children who are more advanced than most adults by the age of four. A four year old space faring child who has sex with alien races is about as perverse as it comes, but here it’s just standard fare. The ways in which Miracleman will have you reexamine what it means to be human are numerous, but it may just help you understand that when you have everything you truly have nothing.
There is nothing more lonely than being all knowing, all powerful, and the last page of this collection beautifully hammers it all home – having everything is worse than having nothing.
At 39.99 this book is a steal. Alan Moore may have had his name removed but this is very much his finest work. I loved this more than Swamp Thing – and previously that was my favorite comic, now it’s this.
Just the other month franchise star Jessica Lange exited the “American Horror Story” universe, leaving the reigns to the infamous Lady Gaga.
Now, with the fifth season in full swing at FX, co-creater Ryan Murphy has added Kathy Bates to the cast of “American Horror Story: Hotel”, returning this fall. Bates is a returning series regular after appearing as ‘Madame Delphine LaLaurie’ in “Coven”, and ‘Ethel Darling’ in “Freak Show”.
Lady Gaga, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson have previously been cast.
We’ve been trying to figure out what “American Horror Story: Hotel” will be about. We came up with three theories, tagged here. Which do you think it is, if any?
In terms of Lange’s previous exit: “Yes, I’m done,” she told the PaleyFest audience. “We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. In all the madness, I’ve loved the writers, my actors, Ryan and the whole, I mean, insanity of it, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, the stories, everything.”
There is no easy way to talk about “Five Ghosts” anymore. Hyperbole only helps so much, but the stark reality is that this comic has set the bar with creator owned comics so high that it’s difficult to draw comparison to anything else on the shelf. It combines the balls out pacing of Rick Remender with a visceral art style that elevates pulp comics to the modern day.
WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere
ART BY: Chris Mooneyham
RELEASE: April 8, 2015
Frank Barbiere pays special attention to the ebbs and flows of his storytelling. Chapters of “Five Ghosts” often strike a meticulous balance of exposition and action. However, issue #16 falls into an explanation heavy trap that it doesn’t really crawl it’s way out of until the final page.
If the expectation of well-motivated visual action with a flawless balance of dialogue, and exposition didn’t already exist than this issue would be easier to swallow. I know that sentence was a mouthful, but it articulates the point. A lot of this issue has characters stating their motivation outright. Subtlety is gone, and in the interest of speed each character tries desperately to catch the others up on the story.
As always, Fabian’s small personal beats are the moments that shine through. We learn a little more about his tormented past, and we’re treated to a moment of connection with the vampire. Moreoever, we’re treated to a Fabian in control. He almost ascends to a new level, and with that we’re carried out of the chapter. Just when it seems he’s unable to find any match Barbiere throws a curveball with the final page.
Chris Mooneyham is, as ever, on top of his game. He never ceases to command the page, and even in the most expository moments of this issue, his work never feels overwhelmed. He does a phenomenal job at bringing us closer to Fabian in the moments spent in his past and absolutely kills it on the final page.
“Five Ghosts” should defy on the nose dialogue. Frank Barbiere letters the book himself, and often his characters speak in short bated breathes. Here, every line feels like a first draft given to a team with the cautionary worry that they “wouldn’t get it.” Instead of feeling like a tribute to the horror genre – it plays as a hokey moment that never really nails the irony of the evil character’s over explanation.
This may sound like the plea of a butthurt fan, but the comic has come to create a certain expectation of quality. This has been especially true in the penultimate chapters of the last two arcs, so it begs the question as to why things feel apart this month, and what could have been done to prevent such a issue from happening.
Despite all of this, “Five Ghosts” #16 still proves to be a damn good comic, that will entertain from cover to cover thanks to stellar character work, and a brilliant final page reveal that will have you salivating for the next chapter.
Scribe Carl Ellsworth is on fire as of late, as the man behind Disturbia, The Last House On The Left, Red Dawn and the forthcoming Goosebumps is set to pen Gremlins, the remake to the 1984 Joe Dante-directed film about the cuddly creature Gizmo who must not be fed after midnight or exposed to water…or else he spawns evil cousins who’ll tear apart your hometown.
The memorable original black comedy was scripted by Christopher Columbus, who’ll produce this along with Steven Spielberg, an exec producer on the original. Deadline also add that Columbus could direct, although it’s unlikely.
The original starred Zach Galligan as a boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton also starred.
Reviewed by Brady Steele. Imperium #3 shows readers how robots, gene-spliced aliens, hard-nosed soldiers and power-hungry groundbreakers start to work together. Not all of them want to be there. It’s a fascinating display of how to assemble a group of deadly characters and aiming them towards an altruistic end goal.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Drysart
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 8 April 2015
The cover for issue #3, as striking as it is, is misleading. This Broken Angel doesn’t show up until the very end (Spoiler?) but it looks like the next month will be her turn to take center stage. Instead, we get an overdue peek into mastermind Toyo Harada’s plans, motivations and power levels at his disposal. This would-be benevolent overlord is not be trifled with. Writer Joshua Drysart keeps this absorbing tale growing and building towards a fascinating outcome.
This month, we finally get a glimpse into the killer robot who wants to be called Sunlight on Snow (not Mech Major). This big, intimidating sentient artificial intelligence says all kinds of remarkably engaging things and thinks fascinating thoughts like “…science if more fun than killing.” Therapy sessions, talking to growing alien seeds and glitch memories are just a few insights into this intriguing android. Artist Doug Braithwaite pulls off the arduous task of showing Sunlight on Snow as both intimidating at times and empathic at other times. His aliens look brutal and scary, his wet works agent looks battled ravaged and the battles look grand in scale and intensity.
Harada continues to gather weapons to unleash upon the Valiant Universe. His arsenal gets more and more ominous each chapter. Imperium #3does a great job at thrusting the players into position to really scare the world. I really want to see them change it for the better no matter if people are ready for it or not.
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.
Reviewed by Brady Steele. 1775 is an era of rebellion and chaos in the nascent United States of America. Rebels #1 showcases how tumultuous and truly turbulent a time period it was. Living day to day not knowing what will happen to you home, your land or you kin gives this story a true sense of urgency.
WRITTEN BY: Brian Wood
ART BY: Andrea Mutti
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 8 April 2015
Full disclosure time: I’m from Canada. The only things I know of this era are from Hollywood movies like The Patriot. I also know Mel Gibson took his fair share of ‘creative license’ when he made his period piece films like the above mentioned and Braveheart. Therefore, my knowledge base of this point in history is iffy at best. However, I do know writer Brian Wood is a talented scribe and thorough in research and detail of whatever he writes about. Northlanders, DMZ, and The Massive are highlights for me of his previous work. After reading this debut issue, I believe whatever Wood presents to readers as authentic and strong in character.
The series look at Seth Abbott and how rough growing up in this new world has been and will be for the foreseeable future. Life is coarse in every conceivable way here in New Hampshire as the Red Coats continue to push into territory they are not welcome in. Artist Andrea Mutti does a fantastic job of showcasing how bristly, dirty and violent fighting for freedom can be. I get the impression that Mutti could do an admirable job in other time period series. It appears these two have collaborated before and they know how to work well together which bodes well for audiences.
Overall, I really enjoyed the artwork more than the story. I never really was too curious about this time in American history, but I will try out this series based on the pedigree of creative minds involved. It’s worth a try and hopefully the action keeps flying by readers to get people like me invested in this.
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.
“Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return” #2 fares a bit better than its debut, generating a lot more laughs and character moments that both feel genuinely Bill & Ted. There’s even a couple heartfelt moments that truly resonate, cutting through the bland no-stakes plot and a few confounding choices.
WRITTEN BY: Bryan Lynch & Ryan North
ART BY: Jerry Gaylord & Ian McGinty
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: April 8, 2015
Bill & Ted are never in any real tangible danger here, there’s no sense of urgency, nothing is at stake. They devote a majority of the issue merely following Chuck De Nomolos around, if anyone pushes the plot forward it’s him, not our heroes. He’s also a bit of a conundrum, the book spends it’s opening pages turning him into a sympathetic character, one who I’m sure many readers and even Bill & Ted themselves could relate to. He’s blamed and mocked for the person he grows up to be, it’s unfair and presented as something he can’t escape. He’s an outsider, no one wants to even sit next to him, let alone interact with him. He has no friends and no love in his life, aside from his family.
In these pages he’s built up to be someone put down by the entire world and damned for events that haven’t even come to pass. Now you’re thinking, where did it all go so wrong for this kid? Who or what sent him down this path of universal ridicule? Well as it turns out he’s just plain bad, he was/is/will always be evil. It makes for a dull and tedious villain, who’s got no redeeming features.
On the flip side of this Bill & Ted make it their mission to help him find friendship. Their honest enthusiasm towards trying to improve De Nomolos’s life is makes the story worthwhile. They see someone who they should, by all accounts but instead they see someone whose struggling with loneliness. The principles of being rad to each other, no matter who they are is exemplary of what Bill & Ted are all about. A later page has the two reminiscing about their children, which is an excellent surprise that helps keep the books heart in the right place.
Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return is still a bit clunky but it’s now pointed in a much more promising direction.