IDW & DC team up for “Love is Love” anthology to benefit Pulse victims

IDW & DC team up for “Love is Love” anthology to benefit Pulse victims

According to the New York Times, DC and IDW will release a 144-page anthology called “Love is Love.” This anthology’s proceeds will benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida and their families. Marc Andreyko, the project organizer, had this to say: “I’m a child of the 80s; I grew up with ‘We Are the World’ and Live Aid. […] Events like this shouldn’t be compartmentalized. They should hurt and we should want…

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Civil War II and the Fall of Event Crossovers: An August Prophecy

Civil War II and the Fall of Event Crossovers: An August Prophecy

Very recently, Diamond finally released the numbers for August.  Aside from DC and its Rebirth soft-reboot dominating the charts, one more thing comes through clearly: Civil War II, Marvel’s lengthy ‘summer’ crossover event, has not proved a sales juggernaut like its predecessor and namesake.  The only Marvel title to break the top ten this month, Amazing Spider-Man, didn’t have anything to do with the event. Civil War II, August 2016, By the Numbers Forty-five separate titles figured…

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“What’s next is more.” — Steve Orlando at FlameCon

“What’s next is more.”  — Steve Orlando at FlameCon

People know Steve Orlando, lately, for his work on Midnighter.  Midnighter, often described as ‘gay Batman,’ is a violent, anti-heroic, almost insufferably intelligent badass who kills worse guys.  His solo miniseries did really well in trade paperback form, sparking Midnighter and Apollo.  That series will drop starting in October. This year, at FlameCon (the LGBT comic convention in Brooklyn), Orlando gave an interview to Comic Alliance.  In this interview, he talked about representation, the idea of Midnighter…

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DISCOURSE DISH: Ryan Potter and the Art of the Campaign

DISCOURSE DISH: Ryan Potter and the Art of the Campaign

Two weeks ago, I broke the story about Ryan Potter and the viral campaign #RyanPotterforTimDrake. Starting with a tweet that went semi-viral among DCEU and Batman fans, interest in Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) playing Tim Drake has only grown.  A successful Twitter campaign, #RyanPotterforTimDrake, peaked at #5 when it trended.  Afterward, Potter stoked fires by making a concept video of himself in character as Tim, playing out a fight scene. Since then, people really…

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REVIEW: X-Men: Deadly Genesis — How to Hate Xavier in 1 TPB or Less

REVIEW: X-Men: Deadly Genesis — How to Hate Xavier in 1 TPB or Less

X-Men: Deadly Genesis, penned by Ed Brubaker of Winter Soldier fame, focuses on “Charles Xavier‘s darkest secret.” Now, many people in the X-Men fandom — especially on the comics side of things — see Professor X as the secret, unintended villain of the X-Men Universe. I will argue that stories like Deadly Genesis only put the icing on a very tall, very villainous cake. But that belongs to another article, so, moving on. I have…

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REVIEW: “Must There Be a Superman II?” “There’s Two of Them.”

REVIEW: “Must There Be a Superman II?”  “There’s Two of Them.”

Last week’s installment of #TBT at the Cinema centered around the 1978 Superman movie.  As such, it seemed appropriate to take this week to discuss the two cuts of Superman II. In 1980, Superman II debuted in theatres.  Directed by Richard Lester after Richard Donner either left the production or got booted due to creative differences with the producers, it focused around the escape of General Zod and two of his followers, and their subsequent attempt…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman #6 — the Gods bear gifts, & so does this comic

REVIEW: Wonder Woman #6 — the Gods bear gifts, & so does this comic

Full disclosure: before this issue, I had never read a Wonder Woman comic before.  My only experience with the character comes from one trade of Justice League and the way Gal Gadot plays her in Batman v Superman. Appropriate, then, that I start on an issue that focuses on communication and misunderstanding. This issue opens with Diana and Steve Trevor on the invisible jet.  Steve doesn’t speak Themiscyran, and Diana doesn’t speak English.  They land, and eventually…

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X-Men: Apocalypse Deleted Scenes – Verdicts and Criticism

X-Men: Apocalypse Deleted Scenes – Verdicts and Criticism

X-Men: Apocalypse came out in Digital HD last Friday.  Along with it came a selection of deleted scenes.  Here, I review and criticize the team’s choices. Mall Scene: “Safety Dance.” The whole montage is set to a cover of “Safety Dance.” I’m actually a little embarrassed, but in a good way. This sequence probably ranks as the scene fans were most disappointed to see cut.  For me, the hype outdid the actual scene, unfortunately. Kurt’s…

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Bryan Singer Confirms One of Cyclops’s Villains for Wolverine 3

Bryan Singer Confirms One of Cyclops’s Villains for Wolverine 3

  Yesterday, Cinemablend reported that Bryan Singer has confirmed that Mister Sinister will make an appearance in Wolverine 3.  In his and Simon Kinberg‘s commentary audio on X-Men: Apocalypse, Singer talks about the post-credits scene. The scene depicts suited men walking through the ruined Weapon X facility.  They find samples from ‘Weapon X’ — Wolverine — and place them into a metal briefcase.  The briefcase reads: Essex Corporation. Any fan worth their X-logo merch can tell…

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Chadwick Boseman Talks ‘Anti-Hero’ Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman Talks ‘Anti-Hero’ Black Panther

This past Saturday, Entertainment Weekly released an interview with Chadwick Boseman where he talks about his upcoming Black Panther.  The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station), focuses on Boseman’s King T’Challa of Wakanda.  T’Challa, also known as Black Panther, first appeared in the MCU in this year’s Captain America: Civil War, to widespread excitement and acclaim. In this interview, Boseman describes T’Challa as “an anti-hero, sort of.”  He goes on further clarify, “I…

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