The Walking Dead Recap - Try

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:30 am

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N.B. This recap is being done by someone who has not seen a single episode of Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, including the very episode he is going to recap. As such, he is going to make everything up. The author feels his version of the show can only be better than the one we're getting. So he assumes.


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"Marvels" - A Music Video About Being Inspired by Comics, Starring Hudson Yang

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

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A lot of the videos we're likely to post along similar themes are comedy raps, coming up with witty quips about organic web-shooters, for example, or explaining how the Joker would beat Hitler in a fistfight. This is more serious, but it's a good song. Rapper Jason Chu covers his love of comic-books as a kid, disillusionment that life doesn't work that way, and subsequent re-discovery that the inspiration they provide is what counts. Fresh off the Boat's Hudson Yang plays the younger version of Chu, with a pretty impressive collection.

I guess I'm just all sensitive today. But seriously, check it out

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Rrrrow! Joss Whedon Kinda Disses Bryan Singer's Take on Quicksilver.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

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There's a chance we're reading too much into this recent quote from Mr. Whedon, about Quicksilver in Age of Ultron. But if I were Bryan Singer, I know how I'd be taking it.

"When we're at speed with him, we're going fast, we're going slow, it's not like we're trying to do some enormous slow guy set-piece, it's just something we never had license to do in the first movie. I never want to get so stylistically arch that you're pulled out of what you're seeing, but at the same time, I wanted to shoot something that was some kind of poetic and strange."
Considering how super-diplomatic he usually is about everything, this is a bit of an anomaly.

I guess my questions are these:

1. Was the Quicksilver sequence in Days of Future Past "so stylistically arch that you're pulled out of what you're seeing"?

2. If that isn't what he's referring to, what other "enormous slow guy set-piece" could he mean?

New Trick 'r Treat Comic Coming in October, with 4 New Tales

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

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Director Michael Dougherty is currently working on a Krampus movie - and yes, that'll be getting a comic too, in November - but the Trick 'r Treat sequel is coming next. In the meantime, to bridge the gap, he has created four new stories that Legendary's comic-book publishing wing will be putting out.

The press release offers little more information than that - save that Krampus has "maniacal holiday-themed henchmen." I assume they're all themed on the winter-based holiday we're apparently not allowed to name any more for fear of making the baby J-man cry, but if they're leprechauns and bunnies and fairies that kill people, I'm okay with that too.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Just Casually Killed off a Major Character in Comics

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:04 am

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If a major character dies in a comic, and the publisher doesn't start making a big deal about it two months in advance, does it make a sound?

Ideally, yes. This is how major deaths should be - genuinely shocking developments that take the reader by surprise, not long-hyped events that you know are just gonna be retconned in a few months. I admit, I'll be surprised if this one is permanent too, but in the comic itself, the characters make it pretty clear. Via IGN:

when the Turtles returned from their mission, Angel Bridge confirms he is indeed gone when she says "I swear, we tried to help him, Leo. But... But it was too late."
I think Jonathan Liebesman's assistants on the last movie said the same thing to moviegoers, or should have anyway.

If you want to know who bought it, look below.

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Congrats, Avengers: Age of Ultron - You Made a TV Spot Better Than Your Trailers

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:15 am

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Now THIS is how it's done - spotlight every action figure, I mean character, for a second, let each one talk and do one cool thing, and wrap it up in one minute. Was that really so hard?

[Well, except Vision. They're still kinda-sorta treating him as a badly kept secret.]

Biggest revelation: Joss Whedon's version of Quicksilver has his Russian accent. And if Hasbro doesn't somehow capitalize on the notion of a frisbee/baseball combination game using hammers and shields after this, I guess they must not like money.

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EXCLUSIVE: Convergence: Batman and Robin Character Pages Revealed

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Next month, DC's megacrossover Convergence begins, bringing back old, alternate universe and pre-Crises versions of DC characters to fight it out in a domed city untethered from time. We've had exclusive solicits before, and today we're giving you a look at what you need to know heading into Convergence: Batman and Robin, the tie in book by Ron Marz and Denys Cowan (WOOOO) on sale April 8th, that looks like it's going to focus more on the Robins, if the Red Hood on the cover is any indication. Take a look...

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The Top 10 Movies That Were Basically Uncredited Superhero Comic-Book Adaptations

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Although it may be hard to imagine, there was once a time when "comic book movies" were not a ubiquitous film genre each year. The reason is that comic book movies (at least the superhero ones, as opposed to those more like Ghost World , Virus, or A History of Violence) used to be financially risky and treated with derision. Sometimes the only way filmmakers could get a superhero movie made before the boom was to pretend it wasn't based off comic books. This had the additional economic incentive of not licensing any source material.

Hollywood's attitude shifted once it realized there was a sustainable market for superhero movies with quality production values at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Now studios' problem was that the film rights to all the popular comic books had already been snapped up years ago for peanuts. This led to a new wave superhero movies with their serial numbers filed off. Even television got in on the unlicensed superhero mania. (Watch the first season of Heroes for a great X-Men analogue, then cringe as the next three seasons manage to make the comics' worst aspects even more terrible!)


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Arrow SPOILER Thread: He Swore a Ra's Buried, Hooray

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

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Ollie's a real prince sometimes.

GIVEAWAY: Catwoman OR Robin T-Shirt From TVStoreOnline!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

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For all the talk we've been having this morning about the Joker's 75th anniversary, let's not forget that 1940 introduced a couple of other key Bat-family characters as well. Robin and Catwoman are looking good for their age, and to celebrate, in partnership with TVStoreOnline, we have a couple of pretty sweet shirts to make you wholly catatonic with joy.

There have been many, many iterations of Robin and Catwoman over the years: not all of them Dick Grayson or Selina Kyle, even. To win one of these shirts, find an image of any one you like, add text to make it a meme, and post it to comments below. NOTE: you can choose either character and win either shirt, i.e. a Robin meme can win you a Catwoman shirt, or vice versa. The winner chooses which of the two shirts he or she wants. Entries will close next Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, at noon Pacific time. Open to readers with a U.S. or Canada address.