12 Other Events Marvel Should Revisit for Their New Secret Wars

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Part of Marvel's big New York Comic Con news this year was the announcement of Secret Wars, a crossover from Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic that will act as an anniversary celebration of the original, as well as tie up all of the stories Hickman has been telling in his Avengers books. At the same time, Marvel started sending out preview art for old crossovers that...didn't really match what the old crossover had happen, unless the original Planet Hulk was secretly a porno (check out that handlebar stache on the bottom Hulk in the headline picture) and I missed it. They're digging deep on some of these crossovers, bringing back "Armor Wars," "Planet Hulk," "Days of Future Past," "Age of Ultron," "Marvel Zombies," and "Civil War" among others. With that in mind, here are 12 more crossovers that they could bring back, and how they can update them as part of Secret Wars' presumed multiversal insanity.

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The 10 Best Things About the Dope New Batman '66 Blu-ray Collection (Besides Its Mere Existence)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:00 am


By the time I was old enough to really appreciate television - I'd say I was maybe 14 or 15 months old - the well-loved Batman '66 TV series was already more than a decade into reruns. But those reruns were a fixture of my youth, and the youth of millions of couch potatoes the world over. The show was fun no matter what: if you were a kid, you loved the colorful heroes and cartoonish fistfights, and if you were a little older, you also appreciated the show's fine sense of the absurd. Consequently, for a good few decades, it was impossible to go more than a week without stumbling across Batman while channel surfing. It was omnipresent.

The thing is, Batman never came out on home video in the DVD age. We got so many other popular shows from that era- Star Trek, The Time Tunnel, Man from UNCLE, and of course, The Dick Van Dyke Show- but Batman never made that leap. There are a few competing theories about why, but they're all generally about the same problem - red tape resulting from the show's complex brew of producers and rights-holders. Who was calling the shots for Batman on home video? DC Comics, who owned the character? ABC, Fox, or Greenway Productions, the three separate television companies who all had a stake in the show during its production? Or Warner Bros, DC's parent company? Somehow or another, the mess got sorted out, and Warner Home Video are poised to unleash the entire, fantastic run of 120 episodes on both DVD and Blu-ray today. I took a look at this tremendous new release - let's see what I've taken away from the experience.

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7 Ways Blizzcon 2014 Rocked

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:00 am


Blizzcon has been the (mostly) annual videogame convention for all things created by Blizzard Entertainment since 2005. (They skipped putting on a show in 2006 and 2012.) Fans of Warcraft, Diablo and more converge at the Anaheim Convention Center for two cosplay-dressed days. Like a younger, just-as-caffeinated kid brother to LA's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Blizzcon delivers more hang time with game developers, competitive gaming tournaments, and, obviously, more orcs. Here are the seven things that rocked along with a few that felt a bit out of tune...

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Eleven Awesome-Sounding Upcoming Scandinavian Genre Flicks

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:00 am


True genre fans know how to dig. True genre fans saw Let the Right One In upon its initial theatrical run, and didn't seek it out on home video, or learn of its existence when America remade it. True genre fans gathered in groups to see cheesy Nazi-sploitation movies like Dead Snow and Iron Sky, caring more for content than for quality. True genre fans can identify the characteristics of a certain nations' horror movies without even having to hear its native language spoken aloud; Italy is the easiest to spot. Australia too. True genre fans are savvy people.

This is an article for true genre fans.

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The Twelfth Doctor's 12 Most Jerkass Moments (So Far)

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 am


Ever since Peter Capaldi was announced as the latest incarnation of the Doctor, word on the street was that he was going to be "darker." Anyone who was even remotely familiar with his previous roles could see this wasn't a big stretch: even the top half of his head was terrifying, as we learned in the 50th anniversary special. But though he has yet to strangle a companion or throw poisonous vines in someone's face (unlike some doctors we know), Capaldi's Doctor has certainly developed a reputation of being a plain-old-fashioned asshole. His first season may not be over yet, but it's already given us plenty of examples of his bad behavior, as Capaldi popped a jaunty little bonnet on everything we thought we knew about our favorite Time Lord. Even if he does save the universe again in the upcoming finale, he'll have lived with some pretty despicable acts.

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8 Parallel Earths That Need To Come Back For DC's Convergence Series

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:00 am


After what seems like months of speculation, this week DC formally announced a two-month mega event starting in April 2015 called Convergence, that would bring back all the formally thought-lost worlds of the DC Multiverse, including the pre-New 52 versions of the DC heroes and villains. DC promises to bring back many obscure Earths from the Multiverse, and going by the promo image, we'll see the original Earth-2 Justice Society of America, the Grant Morrison era JLA, the original Gen-13 and no doubt many, many more. DC has had, as the name goes, a nearly infinite number of Earths over the decades, and here are some that I hope they bring back for the big event next year to get their proper due.

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TR's 2014 Fall Anime Guide: 11 New Series, Ranked

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 6:00 am


Ah, simulcasting. The anime industry's last-ditch attempt to stave off financial doom in the wake of rampant piracy has actually made it incredibly easy to watch damn near every new show that airs in Japan within days of its initial airing. It's great if you have the time to watch everything, but not everybody has the wherewithal to wade and potentially suffer through every new show in the hopes that they'll find something they'll like.

So allow me to do that for you. Here are eleven of this fall season's new anime shows, ranked and judged by my own completely arbitrary criteria!

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10 Reasons I'm Glad I Attended Comikaze

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 am


Comikaze Expo is the "other" Southern California geek convention, coming in after Wondercon and San Diego Comic-con. Stan Lee's name is attached to it, though he's not exactly remiss about attaching his name to things, so I'm not sure how much the endorsement is worth. Basically, my feelings were a little mixed at the start. I wasn't sure if I would go or not, and annoyed all involved with indecision about whether or not I was willing to take the drive up to Los Angeles. The balance was tipped by hearing John Barrowman was going to be there. He's been great on Arrow, not to mention his more geek-famous role as the much-beloved Jack Harkness, so I decided to head over to the L.A. Convention Center. All in all, I had a good time and will be going back in a future year. Here are 10 reasons I'm glad I attended.

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John Constantine's 10 Nastiest Moments from the Early Days Of Hellblazer

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:00 am


John Constantine is the best there is at what he does and what he does certainly ain't pretty. Known as a magician, conjurer, con man, helper of the innocent and a generally dangerous person to be around, Constantine has been kicking around for nearly 30 years since first fully appearing in Swamp Thing #37 by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette. Since then he starred in the long running Vertigo series Hellblazer, made his way into the New 52, featured on the big screen and, most recently, stars in his own television series called Constantine, the second episode of which airs tonight.

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Michael Myers' 10 Craziest Kills From the Original Halloween Franchise

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:00 am


Ever since John Carpenter unleashed Michael Myers onto the world with 1978's Halloween, viewers and residents of Haddonfield, Illinois alike have lived in fear of October 31st. Wearing the iconic white mask and blue coveralls, Myers set out to kill all of his existing relatives, starting with Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode before moving on to her daughter Jamie (Danielle Harris) and then Jamie's son and a few other extended family members.

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