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It was new comic book day yesterday. Did anything stand out for folks and get you excited?

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ICv2 – Cartoon Network Buries ‘Beware the Batman’ – Well that stinks.

 

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Comic Vine – Aquaman #30

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #3

Comic Vine – The Bunker #3

Comic Vine – Dead Body Road #5

Comic Vine – Elektra #1

Comic Vine – The Flash #30

Comic Vine – Iron Patriot #2

Comic Vine – Original Sin #0

CBR – Original Sin #0

Comic Vine – Red Lanterns #30

Comic Vine – Superman #30

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33

Comic Vine – Thunderbolts #25

Comic Vine – The Walking Dead #126

Extinction Parade Optioned By Legendary for TV

Another comic property is making its way to another medium. Avatar Press today has announced that Legendary Television and Digital have optioned Max BrooksExtinction Parade for development as a television series. Brooks will work closely with the development of the project and will be writing the pilot episode. Brooks is best known for his previous work World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide.

Brooks brought the work to Legendary due to their quality of work and he felt he’d be proud of the final product. Extinction Parade features a rich tapestry of cultures in decline and a biting indictment of the perils of privilege.

The first trade paperback collection of Extinction Parade comes out this July, and is a perfect place for individuals to start to check out the series.

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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 19 – The Only Light in the Darkness

Warning Spoilers Ahead

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoFollowing up on last week, Coulson and his remaining team are still in the facility figuring out their next steps. When word from Grant comes that numerous villains have been turned loose, they decide to go after them and do their jobs.

But, before they can do that they must all pass a lie detector to see where their loyalty remains. That presents a problem for Grant. What’s nice though, is that the episode name drops Romanov, aka the Black Widow, the bunch. The last couple of episodes have done so. It’s a great touch.

But, the “baddie” this episode is Marvel villain Marcus Daniels, aka Blackout who is on a mission to track down a girl he’s obsessed with. It’ll be interesting to see if the series digs a bit more into his origin, especially since he has some connection to other Marvel characters like Darkhawk and Cloak.

The episode is really built around two things, will Grant be found out (including what happens when he is) and what’s Coulson’s obsession with Blackout (including why he wants to stop him first). It’s interesting to see Grant play the dual role, he’s shining a bit more than he has in the rest of the episodes.

When it comes to Grant as well as Blackout, things actually move along and move along well. Blackout unfortunately has a bad Ghostbusters vibe in the resolution, but Grant and Skye is rather interesting. I can’t say I totally see where that’s going or why Skye acts the way she does… but something is there… I hope.

Can someone also explain how May went from the snow to Ontario!?

Overall the episode is what I’d call a bridge. It doesn’t stand out on its own, but it moves the story forward. Not as solid as the last two episodes, but much better than most of the season.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 7.5

Wondercon 2014: IDW Rolls Out a Ton of Announcements

At this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, IDW unleashed an impressive array of announcements, bolstering its lineup through the fall of 2014 and beyond. Brand-new titles, miniseries featuring fan-favorite characters, new Artist’s Editions, new television deals, and a first-of-its-kind exclusive creator deal rounded out the action-packed weekend. We’ll be covering each of these announcements in a bit more depth over the next few days, but for those who want to know all the goings on now, here’s a handy breakdown of every announced!

IDW has secured the amazing talents of Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez by signing him to an exclusive deal. His work has appeared in IDW comics since the very beginning, and will continue to do so exclusively, with his next project being the hotly anticipated Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with Eisner Award-winning writer, Eric Shanower.

IDW Entertainment, along with George Lopez and his Travieso Production Company, announced they are developing Wormwood as an animated television series based on the acclaimed IDW title created by Ben Templesmith. David M. Stern (Ugly Americans, The Simpsons) has been tapped to write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on the series. Circle of Confusion (Walking Dead) will also executive produce the show. IDW Entertainment will fund development of the series, which will soon be marketed to the networks.

At the Artist’s Edition panel, Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier showed off some of the amazing art included in the Marvel Cover’s Artist’s Edition and announced that John Buscema’s Silver Surfer (in cooperation with Marvel Comics), and two more projects with Walter Simonson, Walter Simonson’s Manhunter & Other Stories (in cooperation with DC Entertainment), and Walter Simonson’s Lawnmower Man Artist’s Edition portfolio, collecting the entire Stephen King-penned story into a deluxe portfolio, will soon join the IDW Artist’s Edition catalog!

The acclaimed videogame franchise Borderlands is returning to IDW with a brand new miniseries “The Fall Of Fyrestone.” Written by the original game writer Mikey Neumann, the new series promises the dark humor and high-end action that fans love about the videogames.

IDW’s Star Trek comics continue to break new ground and delight fans with two stories that are Star Trek “firsts.” Star Trek #35 starts “The Q Gambit,” which crosses the paths of the omnipotent (and beloved) Q and the crew of the recent 2009 film franchise for the first time. In July, fans will get the chance to see all six Star Trek medical officers ban together for the first time as they fight a mysterious virus in the one-shot Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone.

Traveling back to the ‘40s, the new miniseries The X-Files: Year Zero by writer Karl Kesel and artists Vic Malhotra and Greg Scott explores the mysterious origins of the department and the strange connections Mulder and Scully now find themselves up against.

A new five-part miniseries set in the world of Judge Dredd focusing on Judge Anderson will debut this August: Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division, by writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow, will continue to explore Dredd’s early years in this follow-up to Smith’s Judge Dredd: Year One series.

IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece with Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story. Written by Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters). Waltz, further acclaimed for his writing on IDW’s ongoing TMNT revival, will also launch a sci-fi action-adventure epic with artist Casey Maloney, The Last Fall.

The partnership between IDW and 44FLOOD was announced at New York Comic-Con 2013, and this weekend it was made public that the second release from this collaboration is Ben Templesmith’s The Squidder, a new four-issue series coming this August.

Also on the creator-owned front, Angel: After the Fall fan-favorite writer Brian Lynch will launch Monster Motors in July. Announced at “The Greatest Panel in the Known Universe,” the action-comedy features art and cover by Transformers artist Nick Roche.

Transformers: Primacy is coming this August! Writers Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with artist Livio Ramondelli guide us through the war for Cybertron that will shake the world of the TRANSFORMERS to the core, in this, the final chapter of the Cybertron War trilogy.

And finally (for now), IDW’s partnership with Darby Pop Publishing grows with the upcoming July release of Doberman. From the minds of Rob Rosell and Scott Marder, known from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unsupervised, with writer Jack Lambert and artist Brandon McKinney (Army of Two) the story of Frank Doberman comes to life and he wants a six-pack and vengeance!

Star Wars Rebels: WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Clip

This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series.

Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera’s maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands…

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 18 – Providence

Warning Spoilers Ahead

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoWith the end of last week’s episode still ringing this week’s episode opens with S.H.I.E.L.D. still weakened and battered. Coulson seems to be in charge and is assessing where the organization stands, and what assets they still have. The answer is very few. The organization has also now been branded a “terrorist” organization, on the run, and off fighting Hydra. This drives the team to go underground and on the run, erasing their identities.

With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.’S most dangerous secrets — secrets that could destroy them all.

What’s also nice is we get to follow up with Grant and Garrett where it’s confirmed that Garrett is indeed the Clairvoyant. Some of the earlier plot lines, and individuals captured, is revisited, now with a fully active and in charge Hydra backing them up. With S.H.I.E.L.D. broke, Garrett decides to not only free some folks, but also go shopping and grab loose weapons and various S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities.

With Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. team on the run, a cryptic message is sent, sending the team to an unknown location. Who sent the coordinates? We’re not quite sure, but Coulson is convinced they’re from Fury himself. This leads them to a snowy location in the middle of nowhere.

Coulson learns the truth about Fury when he meets an isolated S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the location they stumble upon.

While last week’s episode was an improvement, this week’s writing, acting, everything is leaps and bounds above what’s come before. It’s night and day from what we saw here and what came before. There was more than enough moments to make this episode satisfying, and the highlight of the season so far.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 8.25

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? If you’re not sure, you can catch our recommendations tomorrow!

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CBLDF – Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013! – I guess you can say it got boned by censorship.

Spinoff Online – Paul Bettany Confirms Vision Role in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – Remember when sites said he was Ultron?

Joystiq – Motion-controlled rail shooter Blue Estate coming to Xbox One – Will this video game based on a comic be worth it?

The Hollywood Reporter – WGN America Adapting DC Comics’ ‘Scalped’ – The channel is interesting.

Kotaku – Giant Mecha Erected in Tokyo – Want.

 

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ScienceFiction.com – Captain Marvel #2

CBR – Daredevil #1.50

CBR – Nightcrawler #1

SciFiNow – Zero Hour And Other Stories

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 17 – Turn, Turn, Turn

Warning Spoilers Ahead

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoWith Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the importance, and stakes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has never been higher. Starting with the previous episode the series directly is being affected by the events of the movie as the meltdown of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how it affects the team begins.

The episode kicks off right where the last one ended with S.H.I.E.L.D. firing upon the plane and guns pulled as questions as to who is on what side are thrown around. The team quickly figures out Hydra has infiltrated the organization and without knowing who to expect they still head to their intended location convinced Hand is really the Clairvoyant.

All that leads to a hell of a revelation from May about how the team came about, and her mission. It was pretty obvious as to who she was calling, but what she reveals about the team is interesting. And speaking of twists…. Hand makes her move, claiming someone else is actually Hydra.

Of course there’s a misunderstanding! It’s the oldest story in comics, two sides think they’re enemies and then battle before teaming up. What gets interesting is we know more about what’s going on than Coulson and his crew. Of course there’s a betrayal! We learn who’s the Clairvoyant, or at least the best idea as to who it is.

Fighting happens, Hand steps in, lots of slow motion to make it look all cool. The episode wraps up as  a nice coda to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, mentioning how much of disarray S.H.I.E.L.D. is in now and who is in charge…. sort of. But, that’s not the end really, there’s a bit more, and that’s somewhat predictable, but how far it goes is impressive. Did they really just kill off such a big character on the show and comics?

The episode promised some big movement as far as story, and it has done exactly that. Overall, the  episode was ok, with some fantastic moments. Hopefully the show gets on track after this. Ironically, a movie might just have been what this television show needed to kick it into high gear.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 7

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for and getting?

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Pando Daily – Machinima’s new CEO digs in, lays out a plan to return the MCN to its former glory – It’ll be interesting to see what they do to improve.

iO9 – The 12 Weirdest Comic Crossovers Ever – Yup, these are weird.

ICv2 – Hastings CEO, CFO Out – I really want to see where this goes.

JoBlo – We interview Kevin Feige about Captain America 2, Hulk, Avengers 2, & more! – Some good details.

The Mary Sue – Agents of SHIELD Showrunners Respond to Criticism, Blame Unrealistic Fan Expectations – Nope, can’t be bad writing, acting, plots. Nope, not at all.

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The Beat – Inhuman #1

ICv2 – The Simon & Kirby Library: Horror HC

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 16 – End of the Beginning

Warning Spoilers Ahead

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoAgent Garett and Triplett have returned to assist Coulson’s team hunt down S.H.I.E.L.D.’s devious nemesis–the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok kill them all to guard his master’s identity?

The episode kicks off with a brief scene featuring Deathlok, our first real look at the character and his abilities other than advertising teasers, but from there, Coulson makes a move to find the Clairvoyant, pulling in Garrett, Sitwell, Hand and more to devise a plan. There’s some talk of psychics and how in this world they don’t believe in them, which is an interesting dig into Marvel’s mutant world.

From there, the group breaks up in teams of two to look for the Clairvoyant while Skye does what she can to try to narrow down who that person actually is. The problem is, that means all those teams will be split up and going in undermanned. As things pan out, they’re all undermanned and overwhelmed. And that leads one pair up against Deathlok, but while a member goes down, they’ll at least be able to track him now due to some luck.

And that leads to everyone engaging Deathlok leading to lots of explosions. This is an attempt at action, but for a cyborg, Deathlok has some seriously bad aim. But, some good news… looks like we finally meet the Clairvoyant.

That all leads to a pretty shocking moment… yes a shocking moment we didn’t see, and the Clairvoyant didn’t see either. But, was that really the Clairvoyant?

This leads the team to dig further into their mysterious foe leading to all kinds of possible crosses and double crosses.

The first half hour of the show was rather dull with a lot of head scratching moments, but the last little bit opens up some interesting possibilities as to what’s to come. As usual, the show is a lot of promise, but not a whole lot of execution.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 6.5

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