The words 'heart' and 'chemistry' are sometimes used to describe a television show. It's rare but when a series clicks it can be an enormously satisfying experience. It can take a couple of seasons (if a network has any confidence at all) to build an audience and develop its characters. Rarer still is a show that develops an emotional center and chemistry in its first season. For the CW's Arrow spin-off, The Flash, it has become a comic book fan's dream in its reverence for the source material and its ambitious storytelling. The season one finale,'Fast Enough,' wore its heart on its sleeve leading to a world of possibilities for next season. The Flash has become that show that has hit all the right notes in its debut season making it the rookie of the year.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Boom! Studios' fan-favorite and critically acclaimed comic book series, Lumberjanes, is coming to the big screen in a live-action feature at 20th Century Fox. Created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson and Brooke A. Allen, the all-ages series follows the humorous and strange encounters of supernatural proportions for a group of girls at summer scout camp.
The time has never been more important to encourage girls into STEM so Marvel and partners announced the 'Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge' for girls ages 14-18. It's a DIY project that they design and build with a chance to lead a workshop in their community and meet with Walt Disney Imagineers to learn more about technology. It's a great opportunity to promote and inspire girls to seek interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Pass the word.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
If you see only one crazy 30-minute crowd-funded action comedy movie featuring homicidal transforming arcade games, dinosaurs, Vikings, nazis, and even a driving synth soundtrack make sure it's 'Kung Fury.' Described as "an over-the-top 80’s action comedy that...features Kung Fury, a Kung Fu renegade cop who travels back in time to kill his Nemesis, Hitler," it doesn't begin to describe the genre-mashing fireworks. Watch the HD YouTube video now for free below.
Greg Hettinger is living the unglamorous life of a vigilante who's willing to take a beating to give a beating. In 'The Black Hood' #4 poor Greg starts off taking quite a beating from two of The Connection's thugs. Unlike Batman or Daredevil, there are no gadgets or heightened senses to help take these gorillas down. Greg has to rely on his street smarts and brawling tactics to survive aided with only the painkillers flowing through his bloodstream. This is the kind of treatment one gets when trying to topple the drug lord's business.
If you like movie posters then you'll like this action poster for Marvel's Ant-Man. Our tiny hero, Scott Lang, is dodging bullets while on the back of a bug. It's at least more exciting than the standard one with the floating character heads surrounding a standing Ant-Man.
'LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!' Animated Trailer Arrives
The first trailer for LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom! has arrived marking the next animated feature from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group.
It's "Time to Go to War" in this new gameplay trailer for Warner Bros.Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Knight.Over 7 minutes of Batman facing off against Gotham's famous villains - Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, etc.- in the newest promotional video from actual PlayStation gameplay.This is reportedly the grand finale to Rocksteady's 'Arkham' trilogy.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
If you thought like we did that Scott Eastwood would make a decent Steve Trevor as was rumored well you can kiss those unsubstantiated lies goodbye. Variety had the scoop on Wednesday that Chris Pine was in negotiations to play Diana Prince's love interest in the planned 'Wonder Woman' movie.
If you've been reading Postal to this point (as you very well should be) you know that Mark's mother is a heartless abusive monster of a person. As frigid and unsympathetic a figure you'll find in popular fiction. Yet, she remains worth having on your side when things go bad. And after the events in issue three, things went really bad for Mark and you need a cunning and emotionless avenger in your corner...when she gets around to it of course.
|Available May 27, 2015|
THE SONIC/MEGA MAN CROSSOVER EVENT BEGINS HERE! It's the epic first chapter of the biggest story in Sonic/Mega Man comic book history with "Worlds Unite" Part One! Get ready for cross-world treachery as the wicked Sigma escapes the world of Mega Man X and arrives in Dr. Eggman’s secret Lost Hex base! When Sigma promises new power to the Deadly Six, how long do you think they’ll stay loyal to Dr. Eggman? We’re not betting for long!
|Available May 27, 2015|
“Bullet’s Kiss, Part 4” The Connection’s lieutenants have discovered the identity of the new Black Hood. And now Greg Hettinger has only 24 hours to unmask their boss—the man who set Greg up! As the badly-injured Black Hood struggles to piece together the puzzle, he’s forced to put his faith in a woman who could end up saving him… or sending him straight to the slammer!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
New Releases Comic Books 5/27 by Slidely Slideshow
It's new comic book day and as May ends some great books arrive to blow out the month in style. The much-anticipated sequel to Fight Club is here from Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewert and Dark Horse Comics, Fight Club 2 #1. There's an exciting Secret Wars entry from Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino featuring Wolverine in a dystopian world ruled by super-villains, Old Man Logan #1. That's just the tip, check out some of the most notable comic books out today!
|Available May 27, 2015 (Possible Spoilers)|
The 'chilling' in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 is by no means a misnomer. In fact, Archie Horror's companion series to the successful Afterlife with Archie zombie book is an equally disturbing and engaging tale of straight-laced suspense and fright. Sabrina is on the verge of full-fledged witchhood and her baptismal will ensure immortality if she chooses. If that weren't enough to deal with Madam Satan looks to complicate things further for our heroine.
REVIEW: ' Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato' #1 by G. Willow Wilson, Erica Schultz and Noah Salonga
Dynamite's great crossover event continues with the first one-shot, Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato. It finds Masquerade hot on the trail of Kato, who she considers an outlaw, but some darker forces are afoot when the Black Beauty goes missing. This story establishes the duo's collaboration and what it means for the main Swords of Sorrow storyline. It's wall-to-wall action and beautifully illustrated.
The freshman series, iZombie, has Tuesday night at 9 p.m. all to itself as The Flash and Agents of SHIELD are both on hiatus. The show, based the Vertigo comic series, is down to its last three episodes starting with tonight's 'Astroburger.' Major loses a friend to suicide and Liv investigates the strange circumstances.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Ever since DC Comics commissioned Ant Lucia to design a WWII Bombshell-inspired line of collectible stautes, Bombshells have been very popular even resulting in a month of variant covers. Bombshells are back with a vengeance with not just new statues and another month of variants but also a new Digital First series written by Marguerite Bennett and art from Marguerite Sauvage beginning in July.
|Available May 27, 2015|
Enter the Wastelands…a realm where all heroes have been murdered by their arch-enemies, villains who now rule over the land with an iron fist. In the midst of this dystopian chaos, may make a difference…a warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all…a man known as OLD MAN LOGAN.
|Available May 27, 2015|
ALL-OUT UNDERWATER WAR! Ming is willing to destroy an entire planet to kill Flash! Will our heroes be able to raise an army in time to destroy the Merciless’ plan…or is this the end of The Man From Earth?
PREVIEW: 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' #3 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
|Available May 27, 2015|
It’s the night before Halloween, the night before Sabrina’s sixteenth birthday, the night of the blood-moon and the lunar eclipse, and Sabrina has made her decision: She will go into the woods of Greendale as a half-witch and emerge…on the other side of a frightful ritual…as a fully baptized member of the Church of Night. But there will be a cost, and his name is Harvey. And unbeknownst to Sabrina and her aunts, there is a serpent in the garden, their great enemy Madam Satan, who is conspiring against them...
For TEEN+ readers.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Friday night, Gallery 1988 opens FICTIONAL FOODS, the new show from artist Joshua Budich that will pay tribute to the food and drink made famous in popular movies and TV shows. Budich has created an immense new collection of limited edition prints, most selling for as low as $10, that has to be seen!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
It’s November 15, 2013.Twenty-five thousand people descend on San Francisco. Online, two billion others join in. This massive crowd erupts with a collective display of public emotion rarely seen. With a Beatlemania-like intensity, people take to the streets and screens. They are all united to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is recovering from Leukemia. It is his dream to become Batkid and save Gotham City. Untitled BatKid Documentary chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is BatKid.
Rocksteady is bringing their Batman video game trilogy to an epic end with the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight. The immersive gaming experience promised by previous trailers has given way to the game's first live-action trailer where people in Gotham are inspired to be "fearless," "selfless," "determined," with the mantra, "Be the Batman." Check out the video.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
If you've read the first issue of Archie vs Predator you'll know that despite the preposterous premise this new Dark Horse Comics miniseries featuring the squeaky-clean kids of Riverdale and the galaxy's deadliest hunter is the best of both worlds. In issue two, Predator is in town and he's determined to paint the town red...with blood!
NEW COMIC BOOK DAY RELEASES 5/20/2015 by Slidely Slideshow
Another new comic day arrives and it's very Image Comics heavy. There's even a double dose of Ed Brubaker with The Fade Out #6 and the trade paperback of Velvet: The Secret Lives of Dead Men. Scott Snyder and Jock continue their creepfest with Wytches #6. There's also two from Jay Faerber with Secret Identities #4 and the trade paperback of Graveyard Shift. Chip Zdarsky's Kaptara is back with issue two and Matt Hawkins' The Tithe #2 ratchets up the tension. But wait! There's some neat stuff from other publishers as well.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
On the eve of SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE comes "Prisoners of War": Dr. Wily built his Robot Masters as tools of war—but when war is over, what happens to these mechanical servants? Mega Man has hopes that they can become tools of peace! Of course, not everyone agrees with Mega Man’s positive point of view. Will his optimism lead to his destruction?
Costume players are a multi-talented bunch of passionate fans who use their craftiness to express their love for a favorite character or genre or era in the costumes they design. It's a labor of love that has its own reward whether it's a magazine photo shoot, a paid appearance, a nice compliment or being the source of someone's inspiration. For Margie Cox, a costume designer and model, all of the above are true but she's also found the time to give back in the form of charity work.
Monday, May 18, 2015
I've been a big proponent of Goners, the supernatural adventure series from Image Comics, written by Jacob Semahn and illustrated by Jorge Corona. The heart-pounding story of the last of the Latimer family, world renowned and legendary defenders against the paranormal, are on the run from evil forces. The first six issues were recently collected in a hit paperback volume, Goners Volume 1: We All Fall Down, and I was fortunate enough to interview the creators via email about their first arc and the future of the series.
When you're as successful and in-demand as Phil Lord and Chris Miller, you'd expect the dynamic duo to be juggling numerous projects and responsibilities. The guys behind The Lego Movie and the surprise hit franchise of 21 Jump Street are indeed busy with their hands in television, live-action films and of course animation. However, one topic of interest, The Flash feature film starring Ezra Miller, has just gotten an update from Lord himself.
SPECIAL PREVIEW: 'Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps' #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson and David Lopez
|Available June 10, 2015|
They are the elite. The best of the best. And this June they are rocketing into Secret Wars for a high-flying, explosive adventure. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE CAROL CORPS #1 – a brand new Secret Wars series from Blockbuster Captain Marvel creative team Kelly Sue Deconnick and David Lopez along with Marvel newcomer Kelly Thompson! Welcome to Hala Field, where if you’ve got the guts – if you’ve got the moxie, you just might make it as a member of the Carol Corps.
Wells (Tom Cavanagh) presents Barry (Grant Gustin) with a life-changing choice. Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) return to help the S.T.A.R. Labs team with this final fight. Dermott Downs directed the season one finale episode with a story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Gabrielle Stanton & Andrew Kreisberg.
|Available May 20, 2015|
A team-up set up by Swords of Sorrow’s GAIL SIMONE, featuring the writer that she hand-picked: Nancy A. Collins! – Vampirella travels to Southern California to hunt down a supernatural serial killer known as the Pacifica Slasher, only to find herself transported to an alternate reality where there’s no such things as vampires, demons, and magic. But, as the most dangerous woman in the world, vigilante Jennifer Blood knows, that doesn’t mean monsters don’t exist. Does the weirdly shaped sword presented to her by the mysterious being called The Courier hold the key to returning Vampirella to her own universe? Or will she be forced to live and die in L.A.?
|Available May 20, 2015|
The critically acclaimed comic book debut of Shaft comes to a violent end in a hard-boiled climax of retribution, revenge, and betrayal. The first big case of private detective John Shaft’s career has come with a high price. Shaft has it all figured out, but the bodies haven’t finished dropping, and there are still scores to settle. With the ghosts of his past looking over his shoulder, and his enemies in his sights, Shaft makes his final play.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Since Marvel Studios has refused to make a well-deserved 'Black Widow' solo film, Christopher Haley took it upon himself to imagine what the title sequence of the movie would look like. As part of his final project for his After Effects class, Haley created an entire professional-quality opening credits with his own casting choices and even made up a plot. The result is beautiful and reminiscent of great James Bond sequences of the past.
After the first Supergirl trailer was released yesterday by CBS, some fans likened it to SNL's Black Widow Rom-Com parody trailer. While yes there were some parallels, especially the bouncy pop soundtrack, the trailer ushered in the first superpowered female lead on television in this modern age of comic book TV. This latest trailer takes a more serious approach with traditional emphasis on powers and fighting scenes with the villain Vartox than on her interpersonal interactions. This trailer should appease some of those knee-jerk critics, but the internet is a fickle beast.
It's hard to describe Chrononauts #3 in one word. 'Bonkers' comes close, but it's such a wild ride you'd need movie comparisons. If you took Smokey and the Bandit, Back to the Future, and Stargate and put it in a blender with a cocaine-laced can of Red Bull you'd come pretty close to the adrenaline rush this issue doles out.
Ed Brisson has put a new spin on the superhero genre with this kickass new title, The Mantle, from Image Comics. Imagine The Mantle as Green Lantern's power ring except with really poor choices in hosts. Enter Robbie, who's the latest chosen one to harness the power, the least likely candidate who has to face the killer of all hosts before him, The Plague.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
new comics 5/13/15 by Slidely Slideshow
It's comic book day and we're up to our elbows in awesomeness. Image Comics alone has several debuts including The Mantle #1, Mythic #1, and Injection #1. Also new is the steampunk adventure Lantern City, The Auteur: Sister Bambi #1 and the suspense comic Harrow County. Get some great trades like Tomb Raider: Secrets and Lies, Vol. 2 and Revival: Vol. 5 Gathering of Waters.
|UPDATED: First official trailer released!|
It'll be Supergirl versus Bruce Wayne on Monday nights starting in November. CBS revealed its fall schedule and they've placed their first superhero show since the '90s, Supergirl, against another DC Comics-based show on Fox, Gotham. They'll share the 8 p.m. time slot but will they divide the fanbase?
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Since hitting Copperhead, Sheriff Clara Bronson has been all business. She quickly became embroiled in a grisly homicide investigation while still getting to know her new deputy and handling being a single mom. After the first arc, it looked like Bronson was going to be able to relax and settle in a bit. 'Copperhead' #7 proves there's no rest for the wicked as the action escalates quickly and soon Bronson and Boo are in more danger than ever before.
|Available May 13, 2015|
Your favorite slapstick comedy gorefest is back! Down on his luck and out on his ass after being thrown out of Hollywood, Nathan T. Rex refuses to accept defeat! Prepping his next exploitation masterpiece, Sister Bambi, Rex and crew head to South America with Nazis, ninjas, and budgetary constraints nipping at their heels in search of the most elusive piece of any artistic endeavor: foreign financing! Fall in love all over again with the return of the most insane series of 2014, but in 2015, make sure you wear protection.
'Legenderry: Green Hornet' has been a fun and wild ride. Things are only getting more tense and exciting in the penultimate issue four. Green Hornet and Kato join forces with the Brass Hornet to take down Lidia Valcallan. They just have to survive the night running a gauntlet of gangs to get to her.
Daryl Gregory may be having the most fun writing a comic right now as he describes Little Lord Homicide as having "mommy issues."
Monday, May 11, 2015
During Fox's upfront presentation to advertisers, the network debuted a number of trailers most notably for 'Minority Report', 'Lucifer', 'The Frankenstein Code,' and 'Bordertown.'A trailer for the much-anticipated return of 'The X-Files' was not available. Watch the trailers and synopsis for shows you'll probably enjoy before Fox decides to cancel anyway.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released new clips from “Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts.”Nightwing and Cheetah go toe-to-toe in one clip and Batman encounters a member of the Animalitia in the other. “Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 12, 2015.