San Diego Comic Con is about a week away, and it is packed full of incredible programming. Everyone is incredibly excited about the biggest geek event of the year, and with so many great comic book-related panels, it's hard to pick through what's worth your time and what's superfluous fluff. Fortunately, that's what we at TR are here for.
Comic panels tend to fall into several broad categories, and not everyone will be interested in every type. We've broken them down into 7 different kinds of comic panels you'll see at SDCC, and picked out the best from each one. Take a look!
Who'll be joining these fine folks above in the 6" line?
Well, if you have your way, it'll be:
1. Mara Jade
2. Grand Admiral Thrawn
3. Wedge Antilles
4. Asajj Ventriss
5. Darth Revan
6. Galen Marek/Starkiller
These will be averaged out on an equal playing field with the choices of every other site participating, and Hasbro will take the top choice. I strongly suspect most of these characters will be favorites across the board, myself.
Having viewed Terminator: Genisys twice now - a rare luxury for critics - I can state from a position of some authority that it works a lot better once all "spoilers" are out of the way. The "shocking" revelations - the biggest of which has been given away in the trailers and recent posters - feel as cheap as they are, yet once that's all out of the way, there's time to appreciate the action for what it is, and even notice the little touches that help make some of the more ridiculous moments somewhat logical in context.
Last year, Comic-Con had the right idea but wrong execution in giving out wristbands. You had to be in line before 1 a.m., they gave you a wristband, but you still couldn't leave the line - it just let them count how many people were there.
This year, you can get a wristband at a reasonable hour the night before, leave, and if you come back before 7:30 a.m. you get to go right back in line, behind other wristband holders but in front of anyone else. And that, friends, is how it is supposed to work.
Thank you for listening, Comic-Con. Now please tell your security people to stop harassing anyone leaning against the walls of the convention center, and we'll be awesome again.
The Wall Street Journal got to debut this image, from a set that seems reasonably priced at $29.99, especially since it'll include another vehicle and minifigs to be announced.
Given Funko's reveal earlier, it seems the time to keep all the merchandise hidden has passed. I suspect we'll see Mattel reveal some of the main action figure stuff very soon.
"Real Fake History," a new online series from Machinima, looks at great historical battles in nerd fiction, and gives them the full PBS documentary treatment (for a few minutes, anyway). Narrated by veteran voice-over actor Phil Morris, future episodes will include the likes of Kill Bill and Starcraft.
But first - Return of the Jedi. Rebel pilots remember it well, even if they still don't understand what the hell Nien Nunb was saying.
It's the question '80s kids always asked - what if He-Man were Star Wars scale? Would he fly an X-Wing? Duel with Darth Vader? Let Skeletor be Ewok food?
Super7, the toy company that originated Reaction figures before Funko took over, want to help your inner child find out, with these Comic-Con exclusive faux-prototypes that imagine what might have happened if Masters of the Universe had been in the 4" scale originally. Some fans have been clamoring for this for years, but they'll have to add their own paints for the full effect.
Han might shoot first, but He-Man's sword will always deflect. The only question is whether or not the Power of Grayskull can fix a hyperdrive.
Ghosthouse/Witchery - released in Italy as the third and fourth installment of the Evil Dead series for marketing reasons (House II and The Horror Show were also released as part of the alleged same franchise), these two movies have little in common beyond the loose premise of victims in a house. In Ghosthouse, a haunted clown doll is the primary evil, while Witchery pits David Hasselhoff against the wrath of an evil witch. I pity the hag.
Brandon Graham is one of the most interesting people working in comics right now. He started out writing underground porn comics for alt-comix and American manga publishers, and from there built his profile through creator-owned work until he spearheaded the relaunch of Rob Liefeld's Prophet as a Heavy Metal-style sci-fi series. The critical and sales acclaim he won headlining Prophet helped him convince Image to start a line of books with some of his favorite creators called 8House, the first of which, 8House: Arclight, launches on July 1st. We had a chance to talk with Brandon via email about Arclight, editing his own line of books, working with his significant other and the pundamentals of comic writing.