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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 9: "Nothing Like A Good Haunting"
(Now to prepare you dear audience for the spoilers that will be in this piece, please be advised of the spoiler warning to the left and the spoiler warning to your right. If you don’t want to be spoiled please exit out of the left or right spoiler warnings. Thank you.)
After the strong forward momentum of the past few episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had to have one that took a different turn. It was weird watching this episode and it’s just as weird writing about it. In the episode promos for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it was being treated as their plane being haunted, and there’s a haunting of sorts alright, just not of what you might think. The story involves a lady named Hannah, she’s been accused of events in the town she didn’t do. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have to help her and it all gets strange from there. Let’s put this episode simply, half the episode I liked, and half the episode I could probably do without and it all involves the main plotline. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did a solid job for a few weeks, while not a complete clunker of an episode, this still could have been a whole lot better.In this one though, Melinda May lives up to her nickname as she is “The Cavalry”.
Ultimate Banshee sounds like the best kind of fierce critter—the kind that could rip out your throat and yell down what’s left of your vocal cords that you need to be a better human being.
This is a pretty accurate summary of what happens over the course of Cataclysm: Ultimates #1.
This is Cataclysm Chronicles IV. Behold my thoughts on the entirety Cataclysm; the Ultimate Universe crossover the may or may not mean Galactus eating the Ultimate Universe whole. I sure do hope he did his pre-dinner calisthenics.
Here Are A Few Of The Ladies You Can Expect In Marvel Universe Live!
Back in October at New York Comic Con, the announcement of Marvel Universe Live! was announced. Since then, more and more things have leaked out about what we can expect and now Marvel has shared some of the ladies that will appear in the live show.
Welcome to Cataclysm Chronicles III. Galactus’ target today is Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1.
Because every good disaster movie starts with a group of seemingly unconnected teenagers whining about how nobody understands them.
Set between the events of the Spider-Team (consisting of Spider-Man, Bombshell, Spider-Woman, Cloak, and Dagger) taking down Roxxon and the arrival of Galactus on Earth, Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 deals with each of these characters and each of their consequences from that situation.
Just over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. In the decades since, Kennedy and his era have been mythologized as Camelot come again, and reimagined by nearly ever facet of pop culture. Stephen King’s best book in years, 11/22/63, was a time travel thriller dealing with the assassination. Loopy comedy Zoolander repositioned the infamous ‘grassy knoll’ shooters as a pair of male models. Even televised sci-fi thriller Quantum Leap took a trip back to Dallas in one of its best episodes. Now, in the build-up to mutant time-travel adventure X-Men: Days of Future Past, superhero films are wading into the fray. Days of Future Past has been building a deep history with its marketing campaign, and their recent short video positing Magneto as the man who altered the trajectory of the ‘magic bullet’ and killed Kennedy is another interesting step for the world. And, hey, it makes more sense than most of the actual conspiracy theories about the event.
The Valiant 8-Bit Unity Adventure: 8-Bits Of Awesome
Unity #1 was possibly one of my favorite comics I’ve read in a long time. Take a look at Cal’s review here, to read his opinions about the issue. It was a great introduction to the Valiant Universe for anyone to jump right into. I loved the 8-Bit Movie that was done for Unity as it was released, and that they continued in the 8-Bit tradition made me smile. To put a personal spin here, I love retro gaming. Growing up with Atari, NES, SNES, Genesis and so forth, makes anything like 8-Bit Valiant special to me.
Upcoming Godzilla Tie-In Book Gives Fans First Look At The Monster Himself
Fans are getting even more excited for next year’s upcoming reboot of Godzilla. After the disappointing 1998 film, it’s up to this new film to retake the crown and bring honor back to the Godzilla franchise. With acclaimed Monsters director Gareth Edwards and a script that was worked on by Frank Darabont and an awesome cast that stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe and original Godzilla star Akira Takarada, this reboot appears to be on the right track.
For The Rich Among Us: The Fully Drivable 1966 Batmobile Can Be Yours For $200,000
The Ultimate Batman Gift for yourself or any other Bat-fan out there has arrived, a fully drivable 1966 Batmobile straight out of the series. That’s right, you can cruise the neighborhoods and highways like Adam West’s Batman in this Batmobile. This is a completely official and approved by DC Comics/Warner Bros. Batmobile offered by Hammacher Schlemmer. It’ll run you $200,000 dollars, but it was built to function almost exactly like the 1966 Batmobile.
Jeff Smith's Tuki Save The Humans Is Now Live And Ready To Read
People love the epic comic book series Bone by Jeff Smith – for good reason – and Smith’s much talked about new web comic Tuki Save The Humans might be just as epic. Smith has created his new world around actual prehistoric history with an added twist of fantasy and humor rolled into the mix.
Smith has won more awards for his work than many creators combined and this comic is sounding like it just may add more to his already impressive list.
Kitan Club Wants You To Stick These Collectibles...In Your Ear
For those not in the know – which included me until roughly twenty minutes ago – last year manga artist Katsuki Tanaka designed a capsule toy called Cup no Fuchiko, a series of small figures that sit on the edge of glasses. These little gals were so popular that they not only sold nearly 4.5 million figures, but also inspired a Madoka Magica redesign series that’s landing this fall.
Out to prove that there is literally no place where you shouldn’t stick a collectible, Kitan Club (the company behind Cup no Fuchiko) has created a new series of figures to stuff in your ears.
Founders Of Milestone Media Reminisce On Live-Streamed Hard N.O.C. Life Episode
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of the founding of Milestone Media and last Thursday November 21st, in a live-streamed episode of Hard N.O.C. Life, the surviving founders of the company sat down to take a look back at the company.
Happy 50th, Doctor Who Fans: More Lost Episodes Found?
This has been a pretty good 50th Anniversary for fans of Doctor Who. We didn’t just get a slam-bang 50th Anniversary Special just this past weekend that was the best episode the series has seen in a couple years. We didn’t just get, finally, a fitting farewell to 8th Doctor Paul McGann. We didn’t just get the introduction of a brand new Doctor. Perhaps most importantly, on top of all that, we got a handful of the series’ infamous ‘lost’ episodes were found. And according to a new rumor from Blastr, we might be in for even more.
Trademark News: Mark Millar Is Registering 'Starlight' Through Millarworld
Mark Millar has just applied to register another trademark for the word “Starlight”, through his publishing imprint Millarworld, and when Millar registers a trademark that usually means something great is about to happen.
Longbox Purgatory: The Invincible Iron Man #120 (1979)
I’ve met the guy that wrote this issue. Because that’s not awkward at all.
In other words…
“Hi, my name is Namor, the Sub-Mariner. I appreciate my Subway submarine sandwiches with as much sea-faring salt and seasoning as possible. Alliteration is my jam. Strawberry. I am also notably manlier than you. I mean… just look at how many muscles I have. I collect them. They are my prized possession(s). My *ahem* uniform is getting a little snug these days. Does not allow enough room to breathe. This is in no way fit for a king. The king deserves bigger. Always. Bigger.”
FilmDistrict Preps The World For Oldboy With These Free Prequel Comics
As the anticipation is steadily building for the remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult Korean classic Oldboy, written by Mark Protosevich and directed by Spike Lee, fans can now learn more about the world through comics.
Valiant is proud to present your first look inside Shadowman #13 – the FIRST ISSUE of a shocking new direction for New Orleans’ nocturnal guardian from comics icon Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, Justice League Dark) and visionary artist Roberto De La Torre (Daredevil, Age of Apocalypse)!
Movie Review: Hunger Games: Catching Fire Is A Huge Improvement
I genuinely really enjoyed the Hunger Games books… which is why I thought the first Hunger Games film from 2011 was such a disappointment. The direction was shoddy, the action was sluggish – its only strength was loyalty to the novel. It was a fine adaptation, but it wasn’t a terribly good movie. Its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t just an improvement over the first film in every way that matters. It’s also a legitimately excellent blockbuster. In a year full of tempered expectations and mild disappointments, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is very nearly exactly what it needed to be.
BOOM! Studios' BOOM! Box Imprint Sounds Like A Blast All Around
BOOM! Box is BOOM! Studios latest edition to their line of now four imprints – which include KaBOOM!, BOOM! Town, and Archaia. The new BOOM! Box Imprint has been taken to the mother ship and returned to give us something new and experimental. BOOM! Studios says that they they will have some of the brightest, forward thinking creators on this new team. The imprint will be distinct and all about new ideas and doing things in nontraditional ways for the industry, and that should be easy with Shannon Watters at the editor’s helm. She is the well known editor of Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Bravest Warriors for BOOM!’s KaBOOM! line.
Expanding Spider-Man: Sony Is Looking Into Spidey Universe Movie Spin-Offs
Spider-Man films have made Sony’s coffers full over time, but what do you do when you can’t make a Spider-Man film every year? If you’re Sony, you look into the possibilities of making spin-off films for your Spider-Man franchise. As Sony has to make sure some kind of Spider-Man movie is in development, it’s also the perfect way to keep the franchise in their hands.
Warren Ellis Is Writing A New Moon Knight Ongoing For Marvel Comics
Following up his run co-writing Avengers Assemble with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Warren Ellis is due to start up a new Moon Knight ongoing for Marvel Comics. Along with artist Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire, Ellis will return Moon Knight back to his roots in New York City.
Brubaker/Phillips Sleeper Film Adaptation Comes Together
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have become one of the best storytelling teams in comics, and the film world is finally starting to take notice. It recently came to light that Criminal, the team’s critically-revered take on the crime genre, found a director for its film adaptation, a big step forward. Fox wants to adapt supercrime epic Incognito. Now, one of the team’s first collaborations, the brilliant supervillain/spy riff Sleeper, is moving forward with its own film adaptation. And it’s beginning to assemble a pretty killer team behind the scenes.
Arrow Analysis Season 2: Episode 7, Or 'Color Me Surprised'
(This Arrow Analysis contains possibly the biggest spoilers ever for Arrow, ever. If you have not watched the episode yet or plan on it, Read no further. Mega Spoiler Warning.)
You have to appreciate when a series pulls the rug right out from under you. This Arrow Analysis is me processing this entire episode of Arrow. We’re only on episode seven and this one has taken the series in a direction I didn’t couldn’t see coming. My rule with Arrow Analysis is no spoilers in the first paragraph, so I shall refrain from them in this stage of the game. The non-spoilery bits of the episode I will reveal here, Moira Queen’s Trial is in full swing, a sickness is running rampant through the city, and Count Vertigo has returned. That’s all in any synopsis you would find across the internet, meaning I’m comfortable sharing that early in the review. How this episode of Arrow went down was filled with surprises, shocks and downright jaw dropping moments, that will make the two week wait for the next episode a brutal one. Not in the ways you’d think either. There’s good reason why The CW is promoting this hard as one of the marquee shows of the network.
Bennett Turns Joker's Daughter Into Slithering Devotee
Writer Marguerite Bennett has made quite the splash at DC Comics of late with her work in Batman Annual #2 and the controversial-look Lobo “Villains Month” one-shot.
Next on her plate after last week’s Batgirl #25 “Zero Year” tie-in are two further character-focused one-shots. Both scheduled to arrive in February are Batman: Joker’s Daughter and Superman: Lois Lane. In one, a troubled girl in search of her twisted hero. In the other, a paragon tentpole of American popular culture.
The thing that has me intrigued me the most is the depth to her approach to Joker’s Daughter as a character, discussed in recent interviews with Newsarama and Comic Book Resources.
Maggie Thompson Puts Up A Million Dollars Worth Of Comics For Auction
Margaret “Maggie” Thompson is an important woman the world of comics. Thompson is not only a fan of comics, but helped edited the Comics Buyer’s Guide, a monthly comic book industry news magazine for thirty years with her husband Don. It connected comic fans, distributors, writers and artists all across the county.
So you can imagine when Thompson collects comics she knows what she is doing. As matter of fact, she is just about to show the world how you can make a real retirement program, not just through a boring 401K, but through comic collecting. And the returns might just be staggering.
Periscope Studio Is Giving You The Chance To Score Six Art Books For Five Bucks
If you love art then you’ll want to get in on this Kickstarter project. For only a five dollar pledge you can have all six limited edition, full color art books. Each one of these books – in pdf format – will be 32 pages long and the best part is, the art comes from the members of Periscope Studio.
Zoe Saldana Promises Guardians Of The Galaxy Will Provide 'A New Way To View Superheroes.'
When the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was first announced, most people were surprised that Marvel was going to attempt to bring such an eclectic and unknown (to “mainstream audiences”) cast of characters to the big screen. After all, two of the major team members are a talking raccoon and tree. Once the actors that would be populating the cast started cropping up - Glenn Close, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Bradley Cooper, and Zoe Saldana – people were even more surprised. Most of the aforementioned names are not ones you’d expect to see in a typical high-action sci-fi movie, let alone a Marvel Movieverse movie.
But as Zoe Saldana said in a recent interview, Guardians of the Galaxy won’t be what people are expecting. And that’s a good thing.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 8: “Because I See It Every Day.”
(Spoilers await thee here, for the episode and a slight bit for Thor: The Dark World, so spoilers, spoilers, and more spoilers!)
The awaited episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hit tonight, The Thor: The Dark World tie-in extravaganza. This is the first time the series has been used in this matter, showing how directly a series like this can interact with the ongoing Marvel Movieverse. My main curiosity was how they were going to insert Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. into the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World. There were ideas set in place for the series to use if they so desired, though the episode went in a different yet surprisingly solid direction with their Thor tie-in. It was better than anyone could expect, it’s hard to believe for many viewers including myself as I do these reviews that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on an upward trend. Believe it or not, looking at this episode and the past weeks, I think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the right track.
Former Showrunner Frank Darabont Refuses To Watch ‘The Walking Dead’
Frank Darabont’s new show Mob City is set to debut at the beginning of December, just in time for families celebrating the holidays to get a taste of the neo-noir series. Though Darabont is excited for Mob City, he still has much to say about his departure from AMC’s The Walking Dead.
A scream melded into a horrific synthesized screech which resolved itself into ooooweeeoooo. The Doctor was dead for sure this time, maybe he was going to regenerate?! How exciting! That’s pretty much what I thought at the end of every episode when I was a child, because one of my very first memories of Doctor Who was of Tom Baker lying down to die, only to have a mysterious figure in white appear and merge with him…his features melted and then became those of Peter Davison. As much as the original format of the show would be unlikely to work for a 21st Century audience, I do miss those weekly cliffhanger endings. Looking back now some of them seem horribly forced, but as a kid you see none of that, you’re just filled with excitement and fear. How will The Doctor escape this time? Will The Doctor escape this time? Of course, that’s one of the wonderful bonuses of the concept of regeneration. While it essentially exists to let the show continue after the lead actor has departed, it also serves to create a wonderful amount of dramatic tension. What other form of serial entertainment can you think of where the main character can not only die, but does die, and has already done so eleven times. Maybe. Assuming the War Doctor regenerates into the Ninth Doctor.
Montreal Reshoots Mean A Bigger Budget For X-Men: Days of Future Past
The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past is accompanying director Bryan Singer back to Montreal for a few weeks. But this is more than a festive holiday vacation for the crew, instead they’ll be doing several days of reshoots for the upcoming entry into the X-Men film franchise .
Get Excited For One Piece: Romance Dawn’s American Release With This English Trailer
One Piece: Romance Dawn – the Nintendo 3DS RPG that covers roughly 600 chapters of Eiichiro Oda’s pirate saga – hits Europe on November 29th. And although it won’t be hitting North America until February 11th, this English trailer featuring all of the glory that Namco Bandai’s RPG has to offer may hold you over a bit longer.
Harley Quinn was more damaged than perhaps any other character in the DC Universe (give or take a Jaime Reyes) by the DC Universe ‘soft reboot’ in the New 52. While Harley’s always had a dark, seductive edge, the New 52 stripped her of all her subtlety and most of her clothes, turning her into a vaguely ridiculous facsimile of one of DC’s most iconic female characters. Bits and pieces of the old Harley have resurfaced periodically, but by and large, Harley went from the Clown Princess of Crime to another bland merry murderess in a corset and boy shorts. It was an abysmal redesign. Now, however, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are taking over and steering Harley Quinn back towards being her own thing, a process that starts in the cluttered-but-playful Harley Quinn #0.
Mid-life. Crisis. D4VE, the defense-bot-turned-desk-slave, withers away at a soul-sucking day job, quitely dreaming of his monster-punching past. Unbeknownst to him-yet-new alien presence lands on Earth.
Christian Bale Shares The Story Behind His Divisive Bat-Voice
It turns out there was a method to the madness of Christian Bale’s now-iconic Bat-voice in Christopher Nolan’sDark Knight trilogy.
While he was promoting his new film Out of the Furnace, Christian Bale told MTV the story behind what happened at his first audition for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman as well as how he came up with that voice.
Chris Pratt Talks Comedy in Guardians of the Galaxy
There has apparently been a lot of people wondering about the tone of 2014 Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy. On the one hand, I totally understand the impulse. The film features a giant talking tree and a sentient raccoon whose current catchphrase in the comics is, “I just murdered you.” Marvel is going a bit out on the ledge with this one, and people are eager to pigeonhole the film so that they know exactly what to expect. On the other hand, has it really become so hard to imagine a big-budget action film with a little bit of levity that people have to ask the film’s star, Chris Pratt, if the movie is just going to be a comedy? Pratt smartly points out that, while the movie should be very funny, the core of the film requires that it take its dramatic beats seriously – something they’re working hard to do.
ComiXology To Offer Gift Cards In Time For The Holiday Season
ComiXology just announced the option to give gift cards, and just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Before this users could buy comics using iTunes gift cards or credit cards, but now they can give or receive gift cards specifically tailored to ComiXology in amounts arranging from $10-$500. This is perfect because I know personally I’m hard to shop for because of my taste in expensive comics. With the gift card option I can read those specific stories, while costing family and friends hardly anything at all. Everyone is happy.
Machinima Is Trying Out Comic Book Adaptations With Image’s Enormous
The graphic novel Enormous – published originally under Image’s Shadowline imprint – is a story that takes place after civilization is hit with an ecological cataclysmic event that changes everything. Giant beasts overrun the landscape and mankind finds itself at the bottom of the food chain. Now, after a year of waiting ,Enormous will finally see the light of day as a 10 minute pilot based on the graphic novel is being produced by Machinima.
Paizo Is Bringing Skull & Shackles To Their Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
Paizo Publishing – who recently announced their plans to expand on their popular Pathfinder Adventure Card Game – is now planning on taking their deck-building game to the high seas when they premier Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles at Gen Con 2014.
Here’s A Few Peeks At Hayao Miyazaki’s New Samurai Manga
A few weeks ago, Hayao Miyazaki officially went into retirement, but since he immediately started working on a new manga, it’s probably best to call it “retirement”. This week, Miyazaki was featured on NHK’s profile show Professional, which not only took a look at the illustrious creator’s career, but also provided us with a few sneak peeks at his new samurai-themed manga.
The CW’s Plans For The Flash And Arrow Have Changed
Change of plans folks! The CW has changed its mind about bringing The Flash back to television. While Barry Allen will still be introduced in episodes eight and nine of Arrow, the network has decided to produce a standalone Flash pilot for the series instead of using Arrow‘s episode twenty as the backdoor pilot. The decision was reached after receiving positive advanced feedback from actor Grant Gustin’s introduction as the character in the two episodes. And as of right now, the new plans for the twentieth episode are unknown. Gustin will appear on Arrow on the December 4th episode titled “The Scientist” and the December 11th episode titled “Three Ghosts”.
Anders Ramsell’s Blade Runner Remake Is Surprisingly Beautiful
We’re all nerds here, I suspect. We all have that movie, or that comic, or that character that speaks to us in a deeply, intensely personal way for whatever reason. Sometimes it doesn’t makes sense. But where you and I celebrate our fandom by picking it apart and reliving it as often as possible, some people opt to get a little more… creative with their devotion. Swedish artist Anders Ramsell is just such a fan, and his 35-minute long ‘paraphrasing’ of science fiction classic Blade Runner is absolutely fascinating.
Last week a rumor broke that stated that the Dark Knight’s grown up sidekick Dick Grayson aka Nightwing would star in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman. It was also rumored that Girls actor Adam Driver is the frontrunner for the part.