Howard the Duck Is Returning to Comics

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm


Via Marvel's Ryan Penagos, we have our first look at the cover and some artwork for the return of the company's fowlest player. Based on what is shown, it seems we can deduce that he's now a private eye (paging Duckman!) and that he will be fully integrated into the Marvel universe proper. Note that potted plant he has, too...

And he wears pants. That's still important, apparently. Check out the artwork below...

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TR Interview: Michael Ironside on Extraterrestrial, Batman, Dune, The Omega Code and More

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


If you're reading this site and don't know who Michael Ironside is, I can only assume you never read the credits of movies. Kids of my generation first remember him as Ham Tyler in V, but he's been a presence in sci-fi ever since, appearing in the likes of Spacehunter 3D, Scanners, Top Gun, Highlander II, Total Recall and many more, usually as a major badass.

In Extraterrestrial, which opens today, he plays a marijuana farmer caught up in the potential violation of a secret truce between the government and aliens, and in a small handful of scenes, this man in his 60s easily steals the show from the teens and twentysomethings who are supposedly the stars.

In a rare interview, Ironside discussed many things with TR, from the dream role he nearly but never got to the strange stealth Christianity of The Omega Code and his thoughts on Batman.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Hard Work, Cats and Food, Food, Food!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd - ex-cop, real-estate appraiser and crazy cat lady - has an answer for everything. Even the strangest questions her son-in-law's readers can come up with. Every week, she handles whatever issues and queries you've got in her own unique fashion.

Hi all!

Last weekend we took another hike into the National Park (I have included some pics from the Jumbo Rocks area). Very pretty rock formations. The rest of the week I was pretty busy doing appraisals as this next week time will be taken with 2 continuing education classes and a meeting at Fannie Mae headquarters. They have a yearly meeting that they like us to attend, so I have to try to do 2 weeks work in 1 week to take off for this other stuff. In Calfornia we have to get 56 hours of continuing education every 4 yrs, or generally 14 hours a year. Most of the classes we can take online, so that is pretty good.

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Arrow SPOILER Thread - Atomic Power Edition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm


"Okay, I'm looking up in the sky...what am I looking at? Birds? Planes? Not seeing anything."

Right in the Childhood! Gentle Giant Is Making 12" Marvel Secret Wars Figures

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm


If you can find any of the Marvel Secret Wars toys from the '80s today, the plastic has generally collapsed into the kind of softness generally associated with a 100 year-old dude's manhood (Stan Lee excepted - you know that dude does Viagra 24-7). But back then, it was a kid's entryway into comics that went deeper than just Spider-Man and Captain America - less familiar characters (for the time) included Wolverine, Kang and Baron Zemo, and it was the first time young me ever became aware of them. (Yes, Wolverine was once a lesser-known character. Strange, but true.)

And now Gentle Giant is upsizing them into the $90, foot-high price range...and including the lenticular shields that were the central gimmick of the line! Black costume Spider-Man is first, fittingly, as the Secret Wars comic was the origin of that outfit and Venom by extension. For today only, Marvel's even offering a discount code. Hobgoblin will follow, and it looks like Wolverine and Kang are next.

Yes, Kang is apparently popular enough now to merit a $90 figure. Never thought you'd see that day, didja?

New Comic Book Day: The Nerdiest Oscars Ever

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Between Neil Patrick Harris hosting and Greg Berlanti, the producer of Arrow and The Flash, being named the head writer for this year's Oscars, it looks like we're getting the nerd-friendliest awards ceremony in forever. The Berlanti news is SUPER EXCITING GUYS, because if the theory holds - Oliver is pretend Batman, making Barry a Tim Drake stand in - via the simple transitive property, NPH is going to be written as Superman and named Hal Jordan, right?

Speaking of Superman, his relationship comic gets a new creative team; a character class gets a collection; Bender is patient zero in the future; Archie gets assassinated; Princess Ugg asks "Do you want to kill a snowman;" Mark Waid tells us how heavy is too heavy for rappelling (spoilers: :( ) and a brand new Marvel/DC crossover comes out.

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Vin Diesel Does Groot in 15 Different Languages

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm


I'm starting to think people who preordered the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray might feel a little screwed over, since it seems that ever single bonus featurette is slowly making its way online through official channels. And yeah, I'm about to exacerbate the problem. But if I taught you the word "exacerbate" today, then we're even, because you learned something. And you're about to learn foreign languages, too. WAIT! Don't click away yet.

Normally, movies get new voice casts for foreign language markets, but considering the relatively limited vocabulary of Groot, Marvel just got Vin Diesel to do him for every market. Here are a few examples, including Kazakh and Ukrainian.

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Good Grief! The Full Peanuts Movie Trailer Doesn't Feel Like a Soulless Cash-in!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:33 am


I don't know why Fox keeps calling this the characters' "big-screen debut" in publicity materials (it isn't, not by a long shot) but so long as that's the only historical revisionism going on, and we don't get Snoopy singing "Bow wow wow, yippie-yo yippie-yay, Snoopy Dog on the muthafuckin' house"...

Also, Charlie Brown can't hook up with the red-headed girl. Movie, if you do that, we're through. But so far you haven't misstepped.

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Gotham SPOILER Thread - To Face or Not Two Face?

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm


How about y'all make a Dent in this comment section, eh?

(and yes, there will still be a Top-Down Smackdown column today)

The Walking Dead Recap and SPOILER Thread - The Carol and Daryl Show

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8:00 am


"Ya know, sonny, in my day we got by on eatin' just one finger a week, and we liked it!"

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