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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

REVIEW: They're Not Like Us #1 by Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane

They're Not Like Us #1 by Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane have taken a well-worn premise of young people with powers gathered together for their own protection and have made a mysterious and potentially sinister team of anti-heroes. It's not exactly clear what the man known as The Voice, as in the voice in their heads, has in store for new recruit Syd who tried to kill herself to stop the voices in her own head. It's easy to compare to that other band of youngsters with powers who live and train in a mansion but there's something more unnerving and dubious going on than we're lead to believe.

Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet and Gorilla Grodd Highlight New LEGO Set

A LEGO DC Super Heroes set to rival all that have come before, Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas, will be released January 1st and it is chock full of crazy goodness. Not only do you get Grodd, Captain Cold, The Flash, Batman (and a mech suit) but also Wonder Woman and her invisible jet!

PREVIEW: STAR TREK/PLANET OF THE APES #1 by Tipton Bros. and Rachel Scott

It's the crossover nobody ever expected! STAR TREK: The hope for the best of mankind's future! PLANET OF THE APES: A chilling look at the fall of humanity! How could these worlds possibly collide? What could possibly cause Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to side with Dr. Zaius to protect Ape City? And what does Colonel George Taylor have to say about it? It's a madhouse! A madhouse!!

Hayley Atwell Talks ‘Agent Carter’ in New Preview Video

If you didn’t get enough of the patriotic period piece that was Captain America: The First Avenger then you needn’t worry as Agent Carter will be hitting ABC in January that follows those events. Hayley Atwell reprises her role from the film as Peggy Carter and with some help from Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) she’ll be undercover in secret spy missions. The behind-the-scenes featurette shows her in action and trying to manage living a dual life as a covert operator and administrative assistant for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve).

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cardboard and Imagination Fuels This 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Low-Tech Trailer

Perhaps you don't have the freedom of Disney to spend millions of dollars on special effects, props, actors, sound, and just about everything else to make a Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. Luckily, the clever guys at Dumb Drum of Fresno, California didn't let something as trivial as money get in the way of making a kick-ass and uproarious trailer of their own using cardboard and their mouths for sound effects. 

PREVIEW: S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 by Mark Waid and Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo

• High-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just another day in the field!

Watch PENNY DREADFUL's Creepy Season 2 Teaser Trailer

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is coming back for season two and the new teaser features Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) conflicted about her condition. This hold possession thing could actually work out after all. The new season will also focus on a big villain presumably Helen McCrory’s Madame Kali. Prepare for 10 more new episodes in 2015.

MADAME FRANKENSTEIN Graphic Novel by Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens Re-Imagines Classic Story

Frankenstein meets Pygmalion in MADAME FRANKENSTEIN by Jamie S. Rich (12 Reasons Why I Love Her, You Have Killed Me) and Megan Levens, a graphic novel set in the dying days of the Jazz Age, coming in February from Image Comics.

Salma Hayek is a Killing Machine in New Trailer for 'Everly'

Coming off as a cross between Lucy and Kill Bill, the Everly trailer features Salma Hayek in a nightgown mowing down bad guys in a flurry of gunfire. The Joe Lynch directed actioner takes on a first-shooter view at times as Hayek tries to shoot her way out of an apartment to save her mother and daughter from the army of assassins sent to kill her by her former lover/mob boss. We're sold already.

Friday, December 26, 2014

SPECIAL PREVIEW: Descender #1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen


One young robot's struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. A rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey that pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling space opera from the creators of Trillium, Sweet Tooth, and Little Gotham.

History Channel's 'Sons of Liberty' Spotlights America's Rebels

The History Channel is trying to do for American revolutionaries what they did for Viking warriors with the upcoming miniseries, Sons of Liberty. The three-night event follows the stories of historical figures like John Adams, Paul Revere and Sam Adams but giving them a less stodgy depiction than you'd find in a history book. As well as a sexier look and it's got Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome) as Benjamin Franklin for goodness sake! Check out the the synopsis and preview videos below:

Constantine Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: 'To Hell and Back: The Mill House'

As fans of NBC's DC Comics' adaptation, Constantine, otherwise known as Hellblazers they know that John's base of operations is chock full of mysterious secrets. In this featurette the cast and showrunners take you behind the scenes and a tour of what the Mill House is all about.

PREVIEW: 'Gotham' Clips Highlight "Rogue's Gallery"

Gotham returns on January 5,2015
Gotham fans can get a glimpse at the second half of the freshman season with these new preview videos from Fox. Gordon's been placed on guard duty at Arkham Asylum and an assault brings Bullock in to investigate. The first video features a guest appearance by Isiah Whitlock, Jr. who famously portrayed corrupt politician Clay Davis in The Wire. Take a look.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from Spartantown!

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Wishing you all the best this holiday season. Thank you for visiting with us and checking on all things geek. We wish you all peace, love and happiness! -- Now check out this little dog on a Roomba in the video below:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable New Releases 12/24

NEW COMICS 12/24 by Slidely Slideshow

Happy Holidays! Comic book day is upon us on Christmas Eve and a lot to choose from at your local retailer or online. Some stories are coming to an end like Memetic #3 and The Massive #30. Some are just beginning like They're Not Like Us, Graveyard Shift and He-Man: The Eternity War. DC Comics is offering some beautiful variant covers across their line by the incomparable Darwyn Cooke. So many great books. Take a look.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PREVIEW: Captain Midnight #18 by Joshua Williamson and Fernando Dagnino

With teleporting assassin Helios on a tight leash, Captain Midnight and his allies soar south to infiltrate an impenetrable jungle compound and attempt to capture Midnight’s sidekick turned enemy, Chuck Ramsey, and force him to answer for his crimes. But what traps lie waiting in the undergrowth? And what mysterious forces is Chuck tapping into?

PREVIEW: Sonic Universe #71 by Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker,Tracy Yardley, et al

ALL-NEW STORY ARC! "Spark of Life” Part One: Nicole detects a distress signal from the Digital World—but how can that be if nobody is supposed to know about the Digital World?! Sally, Tails and Big must travel to Isolated Island to answer the call for help! Who is Dr. Ellidy? And in what way does he link the lives of Sally and Nicole? Featuring a stunning new cover by Tracy Yardley and “Web Lynx” Variant cover art by rising Sonic star Rafa Knight!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Before 'Suicide Squad', Will Smith and Margot Robbie are Con Artists in 'Focus' (Trailer)

Will Smith and Margot Robbie play con artists in Warner Bros thriller Focus. We'll get a feel for how they'll play off each other before appearing again in the star-studded comic book adaptation, Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayers. The full length trailer includes some steamy and funny scenes between them in what looks like a stylish thrilling con movie. The supporting cast is pretty stellar too. See the trailer below.

Mike Colter Officially Announced as Luke Cage in 'Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones' Netflix Series

It was no secret that Marvel was high on Mike Colter (The Good Wife, Halo: Nightfall) to star as Luke Cage for their Netflix series AKA Jessica Jones as well as his own titular show. Chemistry testing with various actresses led to Krysten Ritter being cast as Jessica Jones with only Colter's deal remaining. Looks like it's a done deal with official word coming from Marvel. See below.

MARVEL VS DC: Fan Made Trailer Features the Justice League Against the Avengers

In the never ending debate between fanboys about which superheroes are best, Alex Luthor has taken the fight and made it into an exciting fan trailer pitting Marvel vs DC.

REVIEW: Graveyard Shift #1 by Jay Faerber and Fran Bueno

Available December 24, 2015

Graveyard Shift #1 by Jay Faerber and Fran Bueno is an adrenaline rush of uncommon ferocity and horror. It's a new series that promises "Fright Night-style thrills and Castle-like crime solving" and that may be true but this week's debut is all about action.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SPECIAL PREVIEW: Rat Queens: Braga #1 One-Shot by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler

Despite some unsettling behind-the-scenes turmoil, 'Rat Queens' from Image Comics is ready to usher in a new era in its short but glorious history by not only introducing Stjepan Sejic as their new artist but also releasing a special one-shot entitled, Rat Queens: Braga #1.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Archie Comics March 2015 Solicitations

Archie Comics is evolving and coming on strong for 2015 as they diversify their offerings to appeal to new audiences. Along with an expected relaunch of an updated Archie book with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and a new live-action television show the legendary publisher already has an acclaimed best-selling horror series with Afterlife with Archie. Their Dark Circle imprint will feature a crime series, The Black Hood, and superhero title, The Fox. Look to Archie for the newest, freshest comics on the market. 

Korean Artist Puts an Eastern Spin on Famous Western Fairy Tales

Princess and the Frog

Korean illustrator Na Young Wu has taken familiar Western fairy tales, many made famous by Disney, and reinterpreted in the style of the Korean cartoon style known as "manhwa."

Clones Face Off in New 'Orphan Black' Trailer

Image credit: EW
Orphan Black is returning to BBC America for season three and even though the premiere is four months away they've released a new trailer to whet your appetite. The freshly nominated for a SAG Award for actress in a TV drama, Tatiana Maslany is back and ready to face off against co-star Ari Millen in a war of clones. They come head-to-head in a Dyad prison cell and the teaser features a glance at Sarah, Cosima and Helena.  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

IMAGE EXPO Will Showcase Four Exclusive Variants

Image Comics is pleased to announce four jaw-dropping exclusive Image Expo variants will be available on the day of the show, January 8, 2015BITCH PLANET #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, RUMBLE #1 by John Arcudi and James Harren, WYTCHES #3 by Scott Snyder and Jock, and EAST OF WEST #16 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta with cover art by Meredith McClaren (HINGES). All Image Expo variants will be priced at $5 each, Premium ticket holders will be receiving them complimentary with their ticket purchase. 

NAILBITER-HACK/SLASH One-Shot Crossover Event Coming to Image Comics

Bestselling writers Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT, NAILBITER) and Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH) team up with artists Mike Henderson (NAILBITER) and Emilio Laiso (HACK/SLASH) for a crossover one-shot event of killer proportions—NAILBITER/HACK/SLASH—coming to Image Comics on March 4, 2015.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

REVIEW: Wytches #3 by Scott Snyder, Jock and Matt Hollingsworth

Wytches has been a suspenseful journey into fears many people share. It’s been more of a psychological thriller than an outright gore-fest and that’s just fine as we get to know these characters intimately and share their anxiety and terror. As a parent there’s no greater fear than have a child missing especially one who has gone through such traumatic experiences as Sailor has. Everything that surrounds her disappearance just adds to the suspense. Scott Snyder is tightening the screws on his readers psyche and Jock and Matt Hollingsworth are expediting your journey through a  psychedelic spiral of colors and doom. We wouldn't expect anything less from this talented group of creators.

FIVE GHOSTS: SPECIAL #1 Coming to Image Comics in March

Writer Frank J. Barbiere and writer/artist S.M. Vidaurri (Jim Henson Storyteller: WitchesIron: Or, The War After) come together to paint a special Fabian Gray backstory in FIVE GHOSTS: SPECIAL #1 coming to Image Comics on March 25, 2015

Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything”

Exec visits popular Reddit Comic Book community to interact with readers after major ARCHIE #1 news
Following the unexpected, massive announcement of the 2015 ARCHIE relaunch by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on the Comic Books subreddit of the popular community site. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

'Suicide Squad' May Have Found Amanda Waller in Viola Davis

We may not get the chance to see Oprah command Task Force X after all. According to Latino Review, Viola Davis has won out over Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer for the role of Amanda Waller in David Ayer's adaptation of DC Comics' Suicide Squad.

The Flash: Nicholas Gonzalez Cast as Cisco's Brother Dante

The Flash has been busy casting for the second half of their smashing first season. Earlier it was reported that Peyton List from CW's ill-fated The Tomorrow People and  AMC's Mad Men was cast as Captain Cold's sister, Lisa Snart. Now comes news that Nicholas Gonzalez formerly of Fox's Sleepy Hollow will be playing Cisco Ramon's older brother, Dante. 

COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable New Releases 12/17

NEW COMICS 12/16 by Slidely Slideshow

Tis the season for great stories by gifted storymakers. This week is especially joyful as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo return with Batman #37 and the conclusion of 'Endgame Part 3.'Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten have a conclusion of their own for Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #4. Plus more exciting ongoing titles like Wytches #3, Goners #3, Bunker #8, The Wicked and the Divine #6, Ms. Marvel #10 and many more.

The Flash: Peyton List Joins the Rogue's Gallery as Lisa Snart aka Golden Glider

Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) has a sister and she's ready to be another thorn in The Flash's side as The Tomorrow People's Peyton List will be joining the Rogue's Gallery as Lisa Snart aka The Golden Glider on the hit CW show. 

'The Manhattan Projects' Return in March with New Series 'The Sun Beyond the Stars'

New York Times bestselling and Eisner award-nominated writer Jonathan Hickman (EAST OF WEST, The Avengers) and artist Nick Pitarra (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) return to their twisted tale of science and madness with THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS: THE SUN BEYOND THE STARS #1 coming from Image Comics on March 11, 2015.

PREVIEW: Lumberjanes #9 by Shannon Waters & Noelle Stevenson, Faith Erin Hicks

Available December 17, 2014

It’s a special one-shot issue with a ton of rad creators! In order to earn the coveted Gimme S’more badge, the Lumberjanes set out on a backpacking trip in the deep, dark woods. But the woods aren’t so scary anymore, now that the Lumberjanes have kicked, punched, and befriended all the fearsome magical monsters out there, so they set out to find the one thing that can still scare them all: campfire stories!

Monday, December 15, 2014

REVIEW: Goners #3 by Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona

It's really a remarkable achievement that Goners keeps such a frenetic pace as young Zoe and Josiah Latimer evade monsters while searching for answers as to why their family would be marked for extinction. Jacob Semahn briefly pauses the action to insert some flashbacks that don't deter from the story but actually add depth and additional character development. It's quite a feat considering the number of characters that populate the book on a monthly basis. Goners #3 is still the high octane paranormal adventure that we saw in Goners #1 but we've learned a lot more about the Latimers and especially their man-servant Francis.

PREVIEW: Criminal Macabre #4 by Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten

The war rages on as humans tear each other to shreds. Cal is done with it. He is ready for the war to end . . . but as his dark side gets stronger, whose side will he take?

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

Archie Comics 75th Anniversary Plans Include Updated Relaunch with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, a TV Show and More

Blockbuster team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples to reimagine iconic characters (not final artwork)

New York, NY (December 15) – Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA horror series, announced today that the company will relaunch one of the longest-running comic series in history with a new direction spearheaded by two of the most acclaimed and best-selling creators in comics today.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Arrow Review (S3E9): 'The Climb'


What a mid-season finale! In a season that was uneven at times only to be redeemed with spectacular moments and one hell of a crossover event with The Flash the finale proved once again that comic book television doesn't get any better than Arrow

Pixar's New 'Inside Out' Trailer is Even More Adorable Than The Last One

In what could be Pixar's most adorable film so far the latest trailer for Inside Out puts us in the mind and emotions of not just Riley but her parents too for some sweet laughs as only the animation giant can produce. 

REVIEW: Afterlife with Archie #7 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
 and Francesco Francavilla

Afterlife with Archie is back with a second arc to the brilliant horror series featuring the gang from Riverdale. The innocent charm of Archie, Jughead, and Betty was turned upside down by a zombie apocalypse that was brought on by Sabrina's  forbidden spell. It was a shocking approach for the traditionally saccharin band of schoolmates but writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has created a truly terrifying book as seen through familiar eyes and masterfully illustrated by Francesco Francavilla. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Kick-Ass Red Band Trailer is Released

Trailer Mature Rated

It's Kick-Ass meets James Bond and it looks like a blast. This red band trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service doesn't hold back as  the brawls, guns and swear words fly freely.

REVIEW: Bitch Planet #1 by Kelly DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

Let’s start with Bitch Planet #1 being an exceptional piece of science fiction exploitative pulp that transcends the genre and raises a double-middle finger to the trappings of oppressive patriarchy. It is a blunt exploration of a world a lot like ours except it doesn't pretend to hide its overt sexism and misogyny. It not only embraces the inequality of women as humans but mandates by law that they are compliant. Whatever the male-run powers to be deem compliant and if a woman has the gall to become obese or unattractive then they get a one-way ticket along with real criminals to the Auxiliary Compliance Outpost aka Bitch Planet.

Image Comics Announces New Artist for 'Rat Queens'

Image Comics/Shadowline's New York Times bestselling high fantasy series RAT QUEENS written by Kurtis J. Wiebe will welcome a new artist: Stjepan Sejic of the #1 Amazon bestseller SUNSTONE for issues 9-11.

'The Flash' Review (S1E9): 'The Man in the Yellow Suit'

The Flash mid-season finale gave us some answers, more questions and a better look at 'The Man in the Yellow Suit.' The packed episode even gave us the introduction of Ronnie Raymond who was nice enough to provide his own moniker (sorry, Cisco) as Firestorm. And Barry revealed his true feelings to Iris as she'd already decided to take the next step with Eddie and move-in together. Even with all the action going on the show it was still anchored by the compassion and emotions of its characters. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer is Balls Out Bananas

From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. 

Fan-Made 'Suicide Squad' Trailer Looks Like the Real Deal

This fan-made trailer for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and still more to come is incredibly well edited using snippets from previous features from the cast's IMDB page basically. Regardless, it's as effective and exciting as any real trailer. Watch now!

COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable New Releases 12/10

New Comics 12/10 by Slidely Slideshow

Another jam-packed week of great reads at your local comic book store. The return of Afterlife with Archie, a companion book for East of West, the collected noir series Hit, Kelly DeConnick's much anticipated Bitch Planet, the Harley Quinn Holiday Special, and so much more it's crazy. 

REVIEW: Copperhead #4 by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski

Copperhead #4 by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski continues to be one of the best comic books available telling an engrossing sci-fi mystery told with precision and unequaled art. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PREVIEW: Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, et al

We got you a present, comics fans – a gut-busting (sometimes literally) collection of short stories featuring Harley and her special brand of holiday cheer! Can she get through Christmas dinner without blowing something up? Who will survive the war of the department-store Santas? Don’t miss this one – after all, you can’t spell “holidays” without “Harley!” (Give or take a couple letters.)

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Get Their Own Honest Trailer (Video)

Not even the crowd-pleasing, money-printing blockbuster Marvel space adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy, could escape the 'Honest Trailer' treatment from the good folks at Screen Junkies. 



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