Some Classic Elements in ARROW

Some Classic Elements in ARROW

For those fans still suffering from some lingering grumpiness over DC Comics’ move to the New 52 continuity, this week’s episode of ARROW on the CW Network was a welcome walk down memory lane. It was widely publicized that Wednesday’s show, “Muse of Fire,” showcased another wealthy masked vigilante. No, not the one you’re probably thinking of. The featured guest star was Helena Bertinelli. Ably portrayed by the icy Jessica De Gouw, Helena is a…

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DC Rumored To Be Bringing On The Villains

DC Rumored To Be Bringing On The Villains

According to Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool, a number of sources are reporting that DC Comics will be featuring the villains of the DC New 52 in an upcoming arc. This is not the first time that DC has launched such an initiative, but it is the first time that such an event has occurred in the New 52 universe.  From that perspective, it makes a great deal of sense that such a thing would…

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Retrovirus

Retrovirus

If you tossed Outbreak into a blender along with Jurassic Park, then peppered it with a dash of Encino Man, you’d probably get something similar to RETROVIRUS. I decided to give this latest Image release a chance largely on the strength of some of the past work by the creative team of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. While my reading was primarily centered on things like All-Star Western, the writing was always tight enough that…

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“The Secret Adventures of Houdini”

“The Secret Adventures of Houdini”

When it comes to historic figures begging to have their stories committed to pulp, Harry Houdini ranks near the top of the list. The most renowned escape artist in the world, possibly of all time, he spent the latter years of his life debunking hoaxers who attempted to bilk unknowing rubes out of hard-earned coin with cheap parlor tricks they passed off as magic.       But what happens when he runs into people who aren’t…

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“Womanthology: SPACE #2”

“Womanthology: SPACE #2”

After a successful Kickstarter campaign launched the Womanthology: Heroic graphic novel, the female-created anthology series has returned with the IDW-published Womanthology: Space series. Comic shop shelves don’t see many anthology comics these days. IDW is one of the few publishers brave enough to offer them. An anthology featuring an all-woman creative team is braver still. Marvel has done it recently to great acclaim, but in the case of the Womanthology series all proceeds go to…

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“Phantom Stranger #1”

“Phantom Stranger #1”

How can a betrayer be a hero? Is it possible for a character whose origin names him as one of history’s most vilified person to be a force for good in the world?       It has been apparent since the reintroduction of this character in DC’s The New 52 Free Comic Book Day issue of Justice League that the coming year will see a renewed focus on the mystical side of this rebooted universe….

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Valiant Taps Straczynski to Pen SHADOWMAN Film

Valiant Taps Straczynski to Pen SHADOWMAN Film

Having already announced plans to launch a film franchise centered around the Valiant Comics cornerstone Bloodshot, Valiant Entertainment is pushing forward with their next franchise: Shadowman. According to a report from Deadline, the hard-charging company has tapped veteran television, film, and comics scribe J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Amazing Spider-Man) as the man to adapt the character for the big screen. Shadowman marks the second announced film from the resurgent Valiant Entertainment as they push forward with…

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“Ultimates #15”

“Ultimates #15”

WARNING – CONTAINS SPOILERS      Things are not going well in the Ultimate universe. Jonathan Hickman broke things pretty good, and it’s up to Chris Humphries and Captain America to fix it.       America has splintered in the wake of catastrophic attacks perpetrated by Dr. Reed Richards, the former leader of the Fantastic Four.       Wyoming, one of the largest bastions of the real-world American militia movement, has become the new home of…

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DC Announces New “Justice League” Art Team

DC Announces New “Justice League” Art Team

Today over at Buzzfeed, DC Comics announced the new artistic team for their flagship “Justice League” title. Since the New 52 reboot, art chores have been handled ably and oft-brilliantly by veteran artist Jim Lee. Beginning in December, art chores on the title will be handled by the star team of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.  Reis has been one of the rising stars of DC since his work with Geoff Johns on Green Lantern before…

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Rumor VS Reality – How Bad Reporting Breaks Fandom’s Spirit

Late Thursday, Vulture posted a story detailing how an unnamed source had confirmed to them that Warner Brothers/CW Network had tapped veteran writer Allan Heinberg to pen a pilot script for a new Wonder Woman show. After the debacle that was David E. Kelley’s abortive attempt to launch a series featuring the Amazonian bombshell, this nugget of half-news was all it took to set the blogosphere on fire.      In minutes, headlines began streaming forth…

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