Brian Wood and Mack Chater’s Briggs Land has proven to be a big hit for Dark Horse Comics, and there’s good reason for that. It’s a stellar work that all comic addicts should be reading (and re-reading), but if you missed this one upon initial arrival, fear not: Dark Horse has you covered with an awesome TPB!
Just to get a few truths out there…
When Power Rangers ruled the world I was 14 or 15, and that meant they were nothing more than a bunch of goofballs in tights doing everything in their power to (as I then saw it) rip off some classic Japanese productions.
If you’re a fan of Teen Titans (you should be) then there is reason to celebrate: the trailer for Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is officially live, and you can check it out right here.
Justice League Dark will mark a major move for DC, as you just don’t see R-rated flicks associated with the legendary publisher. In 2017 the tides will change, but we’ve already got a new trailer for you to check out. And, no lie, it looks radical and it’s going to have you counting down days until it arrives.
If Daredevil taught us anything, it’s that Netflix knows how to do the Marvel Universe true justice. I haven’t caught much of Jessica Jones, but I’ve heard nothing but praise for that series as well. Something great is happening between Marvel and Netflix, and it’s growing. Luke Cage is the newest marquee name to be added to the Netflix Originals roster, and it looks promising.
I’ve been a comic book reader since 1988 and I’ll be completely honest with you: the character of Luke Cage has never done much for me. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I’ve just never taken much interest in him. I can’t even tell you when he was introduced. Just the same, my interest level is shifting as we speak, and that’s a direct result of the talent affixed to Netflix’s new serious.
Mike Colter steps up to play Luke Cage, and if you’ve seen his work (he’s in at least a few episodes of Jessica Jones, I can tell you that), you know he pretty much oozes bad ass. As an actor I really dig the man’s stuff, and I think he can do some big things with this character. Mahershala Ali is also in the lineup, and he too can be a damn gnarly dude. So far we’re batting a thousand. And, just to add a little icing on top of the Cage, pardon me, the cake, brilliant character actor Frankie Faison is also slotted in a pretty key role. If you don’t know who Faison is, I feel sorry for you. This is the man that walks in the room and commands respect, and he’s been featured in some superb productions, like The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, The Wire, Cookout, Red Dragon (now that I think about it, he may be in every single adaptation of Thomas Harris’ uber creepy cannibal series). That’s just off the top of the head. Faison is an absolute stud.
So, we’ve got the savvy of the Netflix crew, a great actor in the shoes of the hero, stellar support, and if Daredevil is any indicator, probably some gnarly visuals.
Speaking of being in, I’m completely into this new trailer for the series, which is tapped to premiere on Netflix come September 30th. Check it out below, we’re about to have yet another slick Marvel transfer to binge on!
Synopsis: Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.
The I Am a Hero Omnibus is now available from Dark Horse Comics, and it’s a book we’ve got to recommend you look into. I mean really, how can you go wrong with the “Walking Dead of Japan?” I suppose a misfire is possible, but this book makes no such misfires. It’s a kick ass read!
Kengo Hanazawa writes and illustrates.
You can order the book right here, and in the meantime you can check out the brand new trailer for the book!
Synopsis: A mentally unhinged manga artist witnesses the beginning of a zombie outbreak in Tokyo, and he’s certain of only two things: he’s destined to be the city’s hero, and he possesses something quite rare in Japan—an actual firearm!
Suicide Squad isn’t an outright horror film, but it’s got some amazing monsters under the spotlight and the action looks absolutely insane. A brand new trailer for the flick just landed, and it’s got a lot of unseen footage featured, including plenty of extra looks at Jared Leto’s Joker.
David Ayer writes and directs.
Suicide Squad stars Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Focus) as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop, Easy Money) as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Divergent, The Water Diviner) as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, Pan) as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El DIablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as The Joker. There’s also mystery roles for Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Raymond Olubowale, Alex Meraz, Jim Parrack, and Common.
The film arrives on August 5th.
Synopsis: A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprising super villains, the “Suicide Squad”. They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.
I haven’t made it over to see Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice yet, but it’s not for lack of trying. I drove by the theater 20 minutes before the day’s first showing. That crowd was as about as nasty as it gets, the line stretching the length of the theater and then some. It got me thinking, what in the world do I really hope to see from this movie? And, well, that simple thought leads me here, writing about a movie I should be watching right now.
A Prolonged Battle: The one thing I’d hate to see is these two comic icons duke it out for three minutes before they jump on the happy train by making up and joining forces, all a necessity to combat the wrecking ball that is Doomsday. Batman and Superman should be beating the snot out of each other for a solid 12-15 minutes if Snyder hopes to keep blood thirsty fans pleased.
Blood: We’re hoping to see this collision get a little bit bloody. In reality, Batman stands little chance against the physically superior Superman, and that should lead to a brutal beating, assuming Batman shows up to fight. We’re hoping Zack Snyder goes grimy and bloodies things up. In all actuality, there’s basically no way that Bruce Wayne walks away from this fight without looking like raw hamburger.
Let’s Make Doomsday as Tough as He Truly is: Doomsday is the absolute freak that once beat every last ounce of life from Superman. Literally, he killed our beloved hero. How Superman came to return to the spotlight is irrelevant, what is relevant is the impact that Doomsday has. He’s Batman’s Bane, Spiderman’s Green Goblin, The X-Men’s Magneto. Give him the respect he deserves, even it means we have to see at least one of these heroes revived in the inevitable follow-up film.
Batman Deserves to Know: We all know, based on the footage we’ve seen, that Superman knows Batman’s identity (he’s Superman, of course he knows!) in the film. But I haven’t seen anything to suggest that Wayne knows Superman’s alternative identity. But he has to know. He’s basically the world’s toughest detective. And he’s good. Here’s hoping the writing crew responsible for the screenplay respect Bruce’s intelligence.
No Cliffhangers: We all know that DC is gearing up to make a serious run at Marvel. They’ve basically got the same plan in motion, hoping to create a cohesive DC universe. We don’t know if it’s all going to work out yet, but we know it’s happening, and that’s why we deserve a definitive close to this film. It doesn’t really need the sequel we’re all expecting. These two can meet up and handle any lingering difference in one of the Justice League flicks, or one of the many other planned films (tell me it wouldn’t be cool to see Aquaman attempt to break up a fight between Batman and Superman). Let’s avoid any cliffhangers and completely abolish the idea of a sequel. There’s enough room to handle business in future DC films, no doubt about it.
You know you’re dealing with an amazing franchise when the worst of the bunch (X-Men: The Last Stand; we’re not even considering X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as that really wasn’t an X-Men movie) is an awful lot better than your average superhero flick.
The truth is, X-Men is a blockbuster money making machine because the films are well crafted and thoroughly nurtured, From the looks of this brand new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, we’re in for another amazing adventure.
X-Men: Apocalypse is directed by Bryan Singer who works from a screenplay written by Simon Kinberg. Expect plenty of familiar faces as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, and Lucas Till all return to reprise their roles. Olivia Munn, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Oscar Isaac and Lana Condor also join the cast.
Check out the trailer below.
Synopsis: Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.