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Preview: The Mice Templar V: Night’s End #1

The Mice Templar V: Night’s End #1

Story By: Bryan J.L. Glass
Story By: Michael Avon Oeming
Art By: Victor Santos
Art By: Serena Guerra
Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming
Variant Cover By: Victor Santos
Variant Cover By: Chandra Free
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JAN150606
Published: March 25, 2015

“SIEGE” The restored Templar bring their final battle to the very gates of King Icarus’s stronghold—the fortress city of Dealrach Ard-Vale, where the doomed insurrection of its desperate inhabitants await rescue. But as the armies of salvation go to war without the guidance and leadership of Karic, the heroic young mouse who overcame their generations of prejudice and division, under which banner will they fight? Five Issues. One Night! One glorious, terrifying battle! Where every Legend—Dream, Destiny & Prophecy—will collide for the fate of the world they know! The grand finale of an eight-year creator-owned vision! The two-time Harvey Award-winning series concludes, from the acclaimed creators of Powers, Polar, and Furious!

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TV Review: Powers S1E2 Like a Power

Powers March 10Conflicted with the loss of his former life as a Power, power-less Detective Walker (Sharlto Copley) must overcome his personal demons and find Calista (Olyesa Rulin) who has gone missing. Now with the reappearance of old friend turned foe, Johnny Royalle (Noah Taylor), Walker is left with more questions than answers.

I went into the second episode of this new series hoping for the best, but expecting much of the same as the first episode, which left me underwhelmed.

I spent much of the episode trying to pinpoint exactly what my issue is not just with this episode, but the previous one as well. I think it really sits with the most glaring change between Powers the comic to Powers the television series. The comic takes place in Chicago, and is often colored dark, taking place at night for example. By shifting the location to Hollywood, the series is bathed in brightness that shows off the cheapness and cheesiness that is the special fx of the series.

Powers Cast PhotoThat cheesiness overflows into the acting, the characters, and story, almost as if it’s being embraced by those who put together the series. The episode starts to unveil more of Walker’s history and “torture,” something I praised in the first episode, but by the second is quickly becoming tiresome. Enter Johnny Royalle and the scene chewing performance that is Noah Taylor. There’s a long history between Royalle and Walker, and numerous mentions of how everyone thought Royalle was dead. But with his return, I the reactions don’t quite seem to match the revelation, another example of the rather odd disconnect of the television show. As if it’s just slightly off and not clicking.

With so many other choices out there, there’s many other shows featuring powers I’d choose before this series.

Overall Score: 6.75

 

 

 

Preview: Sinergy #5

Sinergy #5

Story By: Michael Avon Oeming
Story By: Taki Soma
Art By: Michael Avon Oeming
Art By: Taki Soma
Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming
Variant Cover By: Skottie Young
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150709
Published: March 11, 2015

Jess’ mother makes a hard choice after her suspicions are confirmed. Jess, Jesse, the hunters and the monsters all must fight for their survival- the hunters fight for humans, the monsters for a natural resource that may destroy us all- sin! Alternate cover by superstar SKOTTIE YOUNG!

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TV Review: Powers S1E1 Pilot

Powers March 10When a famous superhero turns up dead, it’s up to Detective Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley), a former Power himself, and his new partner, Detective Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), to track down the one witness to what happened that night – a young girl by the name of Calista (Oleysa Rulin).

I’ve only read a few issues of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming‘s comic book series Powers. The series published by the Marvel imprint Icon is an interesting one of detectives having to police in a world where superheroes exist. The concept isn’t unique or new, but it is interesting, especially when one of those detectives is a former superhero himself. It’s a nice twist to make the series stand out a bit.

The first season of the digital television series seems to give a spin to the comic series’ first volume, the investigation into the murder of a superhero. Having gone into that first episode a pretty blank slate, I thought I’d have little when it comes to pre-judgement of the source material. Instead, I found an interesting twist where instead I was comparing it to other television series, and even at times video games.

Powers Cast PhotoPowers is an interesting series, where I almost feel like the platform its delivered on (a Playstation exclusive) might actually hamper the quality of the series. Powers is a big deal, in that it not only is the latest comic adaptation for television, but it’s also the Playstation’s jewel (at this point) for their original digital content available on their Playstation Network. The series is available for free through Playstation Plus (the first episode can be watched for free though), and clearly its though the series might entice individuals to join, like House of Cards or the other offerings due for Netflix or Amazon Prime (individual episodes will be for sale too). Instead though, the series feels like it could have been helped with a bit higher profile, and a higher budget.

At times the characters, costumes, and even sets, feel like a cheap fan-film or cosplay you might see at a comic convention. Battles in the sky between heroes and villains also looks like it could have been a trailer or cut scene from the video game City of Heroes. In other words, it looks cheap and on a budget. Something I couldn’t help but keep in my head, especially when comparing it to other shows on television, especially the fx driven The Flash on The CW. There’s a bit of a cheese factor to it all.

What stands out though, and what will get me coming back is Sharlto Copley’s performance. Though it’s the stereotypical damaged detective, he throws in an ounce of sleaze factor that makes him, and his character, stand out. From his outright flirting with a witness, to what he does later, it’s clear this detective is beyond damaged, and comes closer to self-destructive. That is what I look forward to seeing.

The pilot is just ok, and in a world of so much quality comics turned shows on television, it falls a bit flat and left behind. If this was supposed to draw me in as a Playstation Plus member, it doesn’t quite complete that task (though I’m one already). It does however have a lot of potential. Much like Constantine on NBC, it hopefully gets better and improves over time. Powers is interesting, but it’s not in a vacuum of choices, and will face even more competition when Netflix launches it’s own superhero original programming in a month. The fact we’re spoiled for choices, is this series greatest weakness so far.

Overall Score: 7

 

 

 

Watch the First Episode of Powers for Free

When a famous superhero turns up dead, it’s up to Detective Christian Walker, a former Power himself, and his new partner, Detective Deena Pilgrim, to track down the one witness to what happened that night – a young girl by the name of Calista.

Though you’ll need to sign up for Playstation Plus (or buy the individual episodes) to catch the rest of the season, you can at least watch the first episode of Powers now for free. The new series is based on the comic from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming and published by the Marvel imprint Icon.

Preview: Sinergy #4

Sinergy #4

Story By: Michael Avon Oeming
Story By: Taki Soma
Art By: Michael Avon Oeming
Art By: Taki Soma
Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming
Variant Cover By: Emma Ríos
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC140761
Published: February 4, 2015

Jess’s monster lover returns professing love, but she senses a trap-not romance, as the seers prepare themselves for the inevitable monster invasion! Alternate cover by PRETTY DEADLY’s EMMA RIOS!

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Powers Debuts March 10 on Playstation

Writer Brian Michael Bendis posted on the Playstation blog that Powers, the show based on the comic by him and Michael Avon Oeming will debut on the Playstation Network March 10. It’s the first original live-action series for it. The series will run initially for 10 episodes.

The first three episodes will debut on March 10, with new episodes debuting each Tuesday. That’s a bit different model than what Netflix does where they dump the entire run of a series online. The first episode will also be free, and the full season will be available free to Playstation Plus members.

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Preview: Sinergy #3

Sinergy #3

Story By: Michael Avon Oeming
Story By: Taki Soma
Art By: Michael Avon Oeming
Art By: Taki Soma
Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming
Variant Cover By: Charlie Adlard
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: NOV140683
Published: January 7, 2015

In the wake of her father’s injury, Jess dons her full costume to become a demon hunter. Even as the police close in on her and her mother becomes more suspicious that something is horribly wrong with this family and she may want out! Special incentive cover by The Walking Dead’s CHARLIE ADLARD!

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Check Out the Cast of Powers

An image of the cast of the Powers television show has been released. The series based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming will premiere on the Playstation Network some time in 2015.

In the photo (from left to right) are Michelle Forbes (Retro Girl), Sharlto Copley (Det. Christian Walker), Susan Heyward (Det. Deena Pilgrim), Olesya Rulin (Calista), Eddie Izzard (Wolfe) and Noah Taylor (Johnny Royalle).

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Preview: A Bold New Direction Begins in Powers #1!

This January, hot off the heels of the highly anticipated debut of the Powers TV series comes Powers #1 – the recharged and reborn ongoing series from Marvel’s creator owned ICON imprint. A perfect jumping on point for fans old and new, creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are back with a double-sized debut issue for regular price! Now is your chance to jump on board the hit series in time for its television debut!

Hardened homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim are back, investigating the crimes and solving the murders involving superpowered criminals. If a superhero falls dead from the sky, they’re there. If a super villain winds up dead in the gutter, they’re the first on the scene. But having barely survived the most harrowing case of their careers, Walker and Pilgrim are faced with the toughest decision they’ve ever had to face. The discovery of a power no one has ever seen before will lead Walker and Pilgrim down a new path.

This double-sized issue also includes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Powers TV series with never-before-seen pictures from the set!

POWERS #1 (OCT140904)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Variant Covers by DAVID MACK (OCT140905) & DAVID MARQUEZ (OCT140906)
Photo Variant Also Available (OCT140907)
FOC – 12/15/14, On Sale – 01/14/15
48 pgs./Mature Content…$3.99

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