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TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E2 Strangers

walking-dead-5 photoWith Terminus burning behind them, Rick and his crew again are left wandering the woods for a destination unknown. With the group together, numerous answers are left out there, including Rick and Carol burying the hatchet, new members of the group, and what next? Not long into the episode many of these questions and issues are addressed, almost taking on previous season’s habits of stretching out storylines.

While the episode wraps up some threads, it also opens new ones, with the introduction of Father Gabriel Stokes, a character we’ve seen in the comics. For long time fans of the series, you immediately wonder what of the comic storyline the television series will pull in. Most immediately is the need for food, something that also carries over from Terminus. With supplies low, how far will individuals go? In this case, Rick and a small team head out to forage and look for food.

In all of that, it’s pretty clear Father Stokes is hiding something, with signs around the church he’s held up on that there’s something going on. But what’s his secret, especially with his freak out hinting at something more.

Speaking of storylines, Beth’s abduction is again brought up and for fans of the comic, that question of how much the television show will crib from the comic is answered towards the end of the episode. Oh it’s going to be a great season. From the creepy build up to the end, another amazing episode.

Overall rating: 9

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The Walking Dead’s Season 5 Premiere Breaks Records

walking-dead-5 photoThe season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead was amazing, and a record audience found that out. The episode was number 1 in Live+Same Day results, but also broke the Live+3 ratings. Yup, the first episode is the most watched non-sports telecast in cable history.

The episode had 17.3 million viewers and 11 million adults 18-49 for an 8.7 rating. The episode saw 29% and 32% surges in its premiere Live+3 ratings among total viewers and the key demo. The Live+3 results added 5.086 million viewers via DVR bringing the total to 22.372 million viewers for the episode. Season 4’s debut saw 20.2 million total viewers which included 4.1 million from the Live+ and the 16.1 million from the Live+Same Day.

In the key 18-49 demo, the Live+3 added 3.537 million bringing the total to 14.523 million. That’s an 11.7 rating which beats everything on both cable and broadcast so far this fall.

Globally, the show saw growth, with the opener increasing 45% from the season 4 debut.

Stern Pinball Releases Custom Accessories For The Walking Dead

Stern Pinball, Inc. has announced the availability of four licensed and custom-developed pinball accessories for its latest release, AMC’s The Walking Dead.

In response to market demand, Stern is now offering unique, game-specific accessories that further enhance the appeal of its pinball machines and enable pinball fans to customize their games to suit their personal tastes.

The Walking Dead accessories include:

  • A fish tank topper full of three fully detailed zombie heads designed and sculpted by Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead. The topper is accompanied by game-integrated lighting that attracts players and adds zombie ambiance to any room
  • An authentic zombie head shooter knob that adds tactile art to a player’s first interaction with the game
  • Custom-designed, artistic inside-panels that add dimension to the pinball playfield area
  • Blood splattered side-armor that further enhances The Walking Deadpinball experience

Retail Pricing and Availability:

The Walking Dead Pinball Backbox Topper: $399.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Zombie Shooter Knob: $79.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Playfield Side Art Panels: $79.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Side Armor Trim: $499.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead accessories will be available in November 2014, initially through the Stern Store and select authorized Stern distributors and dealers.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E1 No Sanctuary

walking-dead-5 photoRick and the reunited group are locked in a train car waiting for imminent death by the hand of the people of Terminus. Meanwhile, Carol and Tyreese get closer and closer to the compound.

After too long of a break (it felt that way), The Walking Dead returned last night with a bang. Much of last season jumped around, building up to everyone’s convergence on the horror that was Terminus. Many complained there wasn’t a pay-off. This episode really puts all of that in context, paying off and wrapping up not only the Terminus storyline, but also setting up what’s to come.

But, even through all of the explosions, and stabbings, and amazing action and special fx, the episode does what The Walking Dead does best, shed a light onto humanity. Through it all, the episode in flashbacks, showed us how Terminus came to be, and had us question if they were all that evil. It’s incredibly effective, and done masterfully here.

The episode really had it all, kicking off the season with an explosion. It kicked up a gear that many complained hasn’t been present for a while (though I disagree on that). It also shifted the characters in amazing way showing more depth to Rick, Carol, and Tyreese.

If this episode is any indication, get ready for one hell of a season. I can’t recommend this episode enough. Just an amazing start.

Overall rating: 9.5

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New York Comic Con inches closer…..

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The Comichron – September 2014 comics sales estimates online; best quarter since mid-1990s – Good news!


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CBR – Black Widow #11

CBR – The Fade Out #2

CBR – Green Arrow #35

Comic Vine – Sabrina #1

CBR – Sabrina #1

The Mary Sue – Sabrina #1

CBR – The Walking Dead #132

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The weekend is almost here! How’s everyone spending theirs?

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ICv2 – Joaquin Phoenix Out as Doctor Strange – Remember when all those sites reported him as cast and signing a deal?

Huffington Post – New Comic Books Aim To Teach Students In Common Core Classrooms – Interesting.

ICv2 – Another DC Licensing Apology, for a Game – Interesting.

New York Times – In the Beginning, It Was All About Comics – Some interesting history.


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Comic Vine – American Vampire: Second Cycle #5

Talking Comics – Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1

Comic Vine – Captain America #25

Comic Vine – The Flash: Season Zero #1

Comic Vine – Gotham Academy #1

Comic Vine – Injustice: Year Two Annual #1

CBR – Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

CBR – Men of Wrath #1

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #8

Comic Vine – Silver Surfer #6

Talking Comics – Voids Enigmatic Mansion Vol. 1

Talking Comics – The Walking Dead #131

Stern Pinball Brings The Walking Dead To Life

Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today the availability of its Pro and Limited Edition models of AMC’s The Walking Dead pinball machine. As a big pinball fan, I couldn’t be more excited to see this beautiful machine.

AMC’s The Walking Dead, the most watched series among Adults 18-49, is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The drama tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. Stern’s The Walking Dead pinball features everything fans would want in a flesh-eating pinball world. Players fight to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside series icon, Sheriff Rick Grimes, by battling zombies and completing various game missions. The game includes multiple zombie toys for adrenalin-filled zombie battles at familiar locations from the show such as the Prison and Cell Block C. A brilliant high-definition zombie-filled art package heightens the player’s excitement.

The Limited Edition (LE) version of the game offers unique special effects such as a fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads and a motorized crossbow assembly that allows players to launch the ball anywhere in the game. The LE mirrored back glass with exclusive art adds to the dynamic pinball experience.

The limited edition model has a MSRP of $8,595, while the pro model has a MSRP of $5,995.

Check out the beautiful layout below!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the bunker 6 coverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: The Bunker #6 (Oni Press) – He came from the future to save the world, but, is the only way to save it to destroy it? Young and Old Grady meet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s series will be at the top of numerous “best of” lists when this year is up.

Archer & Armstrong #24 (Valiant) – Valiant has the best universe out there, and what they’ve put together has been amazing, what a cohesive comic universe should be. Archer & Armstrong is an awesome example of their series, mixing humor and action with every issue.

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #2 (Dynamite) – Joe Casey and Nathan Fox are continuing their run on one of Jack Kirby‘s greatest creations, Captain Victory! The first issue exceeded my expectations, to the point we wanted to see what happened next. Bring on issue two!

Copperhead #1 (Image) – Westerns are a genre that are hit and miss in comics (and in general). This new series mixes in some sci-fi, in an extra long first issue for the regular price.

Death of Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – The first issue blew us away. Our cynicism was prepared for a cash in, but the writing of Charles Soule and art of Steve McNiven is an amazing combo for this fitting send-off.

Edge of Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel) – A Spider-Man centric event brings together wall crawlers from around the multiverse to deal with a killer who is hunting them down.

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse is relaunching the Alien/Predator/Prometheus universe in comics. This series promises to bridge the cap between Prometheus and Alien, and hopefully right some of the wrongs from the movie. No matter, we want more Alien!

Stumptown Vol. 3 #1 (Oni Press) – Greg Rucka‘s fan favorite private eye is back, and now it’s an ongoing series! If you haven’t read the first two volumes of the series, you’re still good to pick up this one. The detective Dex has to get to the bottom of some violence before a heated rivalry transforms into war.

Wild’s End #1 (BOOM! Studios) – When a rural English community of the 1930s is the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life-and-death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and ultimately fight back. Writer Dan Abnett does War of the Worlds!

The Walking Dead #131 (Skybound/Image) – Did you read the last issue!? That ending alone is the reason this issue winds up on the list. What the hell is going to happen next?

The Walking Dead: Season 5 Never Let Your Guard Down Trailer

“Hunt or be hunted.” Catch up with the remaining survivors in the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead, Sun., Oct. 12th at 9/8c. Only on AMC.

The Walking Dead Companion Series Gets Pilot Order

WalkingDeadSeason3Poster-610x903Deadline has reported that The Walking Dead companion series has gotten a pilot green light. This is a good first step, but the series isn’t 100% guarantee since it isn’t a straight-to-series pickup, like the original The Walking Dead was. Calling the first episode a “pilot” is a good sign though.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are also executive producers of the new show and it is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson, who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will serve as an executive producer and showrunner. The show will go into production later this year.

The series will explore what’s going on in other parts of the world during the zombie apocalypse.

The fifth season of The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 12.

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