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Marvel’s Ulitmate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Premieres August 31

USM_WW_LOGO_1-14-14_FINMarvel‘s Spider-Man, swings into a new season in Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, premiering Sunday, August 31 (9:00 a.m.) on the Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD. Accompanied by Nova, Iron Fist, Power Man and White Tiger, Spider-Man and the team take on dangerous S.H.I.E.L.D. missions and encounter some of their most thrilling adventures yet.

The new season begins with Spider-Man accepting an invitation to become an Avenger. Alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Falcon, everyone’s favorite web-head gets one step closer to becoming the Ultimate Spider-Man!

Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors not only pairs Spidey with the Avengers, but introduces new heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe such as Agent Venom, a new Iron Spider Amadeus Cho, Cloak & Dagger, and Ka-Zar. Additionally, for the first time in animation history, Miles Morales teams up with Spider-Man for a new adventure and he’s not the only Spidey that Peter Parker will encounter in this action-packed season.

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Rat Queens, the Animated TV Series

RatQueens_01_CVR_FINAL_smIt is being reported by Variety that Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchuch‘s comic series Rat Queens is being adapted into an animated television series courtesy of Weta Workshop‘s Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal. The plan is the develop the comics into a 30 minute show, and then pitching it to TV networks.

The fantasy series features an all female team, and is a popular series, breaking out with a solid female fan base, leading an explosion of such comics to the market. The series is published by Image Comics‘ partner Shadowline.

This is the second series of Weibe’s to be adapted. His other Image comic Peter Panzerfaust is being adapted by BBC Worldwide. Heavy Metal is also producing that.

First Images from Big Hero 6

Disney has released some images from the upcoming animated movie Big Hero 6, based on the Marvel comic characters. This is the first Disney Animation Studio film to feature Marvle characters. A trailer will be released this upcomign Thursday.

The plot involves a 14-year-old prodigy Hiro Hamada  and his “compassionate nurse robot” Baymax, a squishy, white, health care droid that Hiro turns into an armored fighting robot  to help thwart crime in their city of San Fransokyo. Hiro joins his older brother Tadashi’s friends (Go Go Tamago,  Wasabi No-Ginger, Honey Lemon, and Fred) in forming a heroic team, though the nerdy teens  have no super powers, just  technology and intellect.

The film is co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and star the voice talents of T.J. Miller, May Rudolph and Jamie Chung.

The movie opens November 7, 2014.

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IDW’s Killogy in Development as an Animated Series

killogy animated sereisAward-winning executive producer/writer Rodney Barnes is teaming up with acclaimed comics creator Alan Robert to develop an animated television series based on Robert’s hit IDW Publishing graphic novel Killogy. Barnes and Robert will serve as executive producers on the series, with Barnes penning the screenplay for the pilot. Celebrities Frank Vincent, Marky Ramone and Brea Grant, who all appeared as main characters in the graphic novel, will now lend their voices to the show. Producers Chris White and Jeff Mazzola are also on board.

Killogy leverages a unique mix of humor, horror and pop culture to tell the unique tale of a group of murderers who inadvertently unleash an ancient voodoo curse upon New York.

In a release, Robert said:

For me, it’s all a bit surreal. I basically get to mash-up some of my favorite childhood heroes, throw them into these outrageous situations, and sit back and imagine what happens next. The series practically writes itself!

Additionally, Ex-Misfits horror-punk legend Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein will star in a special Halloween edition of Killogy. The one-shot comic continues where the graphic novel left off. It introduces new character, Doyle, as humanity’s last hope in a post-apocalyptic world flooded by an ocean of blood. Thebook will also feature a 10-page exclusive first-look at Robert’s forthcoming IDW series The Shunned One.

Killogy was nominated for Best Mini-Series at the 2013 Ghastly Awards and picked up a Horror Comic Award for Best Scene from ComicMonsters.com. Bloody Disgusting listed Killogy at #4 on their Top 10 Best Mini-Series of 2013. The Killogy graphic novel was recently licensed out to territories outside of the U.S. and will see a Brazilian release this summer from publisher NFL ZINE. The book will be translated in Portuguese.

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Movie Review: Son of Batman

son of batman coverToday sees the original of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment‘s latest original animated movie based on the DC Universe, Son of Batman based on the story Batman and Son by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert.

Batman learns he has a son, Damian – and to further complicate matters, the mother is Talia al Ghul, daughter of one of his most dreaded enemies, Ra’s Al Ghul. When the odds quickly turn against Batman and Damian, Batman must become both father and mentor to the aggressive, agile new Robin. Together they form an uneasy alliance to try and thwart the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke and his army of ninja man-bats before there are international consequences.

The movie continues the solid track record of animated releases by the company. I haven’t read the original comic its based on, so I can’t compare the two, I can say that this version is entertaining with solid pacing, and some really good action…. there’s a lot of action actually. Having read some of Damian’s adventures in comic form, I felt the film captured what I had imagined he’d be like, a brat with some serious kung-fu skills.

SOBat-RobinI think that’s what stands out to me about the movie, how everyone reacts to Damian. Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Alfred both have some issues dealing with their new family member. A lot of it all comes down to the voice acting, and I enjoyed David McCallum as Alfred and Jason O’Mara as Bruce/Batman. Stuart Allan is the voice of Damian, which was a bit jarring to hear (the voice doesn’t quite match the character’s look), but generally fit the character as far as age.

Overall, it comes to the story and action which this animated movie has, and has it pouring out of every corner. Sure there’s some plot issues, and character development problems as well, but for the action alone, this movie is worth it, as well as seeing everyone’s reaction to Damian, and that’s what will drive a lot of folks to check this out. Overall, it’s a solid introduction and addition to the DC animated movie universe, and here’s hoping we get to see some more of Batman and Damian’s adventures…. can you say Batman Inc.?

The release also includes some featurettes focusing on the League of Assassins and Ras al Ghul, Damian, designing everything, as well as four classic Batman cartoons.

Direction: 7.75 Acting: 7.5 Plot: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Star Wars: Rebels Full Trailer

The rebellion has begun. This Star Wars Rebels full trailer offers an extended look at the upcoming animated series.

Starring a small band of heroes — Sabine, Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, and Chopper — Star Wars Rebels is set in a time where the Empire rules through fear and shrouds the galaxy in darkness. This trailer offers many new glimpses at sequences from the show, including the starship Ghost chased by TIE Fighters; young Ezra watching as a Star Destroyer looms overhead; Stormtroopers marching; a zero-g fight between our heroes and Imperials; and Kanan, a secret Jedi, assembling his lightsaber and preparing for battle. It ends, however, with an Imperial officer reporting to the Inquisitor — the Empire’s Jedi hunter, seen and heard here for the first time.

Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III and IV as the Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy and a rebellion begins to form. The series, executive produced by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman, is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD.

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