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Todd McFarlane gives a Spawn update revealing new screenwriters

Spawn

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has delivered an update on the new Spawn film being worked on. The new film through Blumhouse will now feature Joker’s Scott Silver, Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Malcolm Spellman, and Matt Mixon on the script.

The movie has been in development since 2017 and Jamie Foxx is attached to star as the antihero. Jeremy Renner was also attached to the film but his involvement is currently unknown.

McFarlane wrote the previous draft of the script and was thinking of directing the film but has acknowledged he might not be the best person to direct.

Based on the comic series by McFarlane and published by Image Comics, Spawn is a former black-ops agent who makes a deal with a demon after being betrayed and killed. He returns to Earth, but five years have passed, his wife has moved, and he’s now a disfigured spawn of hell.

McFarlane expects his next update on the film won’t be until 2023.

Review: Dark Ride #1

Dark Ride #1

We got a bit of a tease of Dark Ride in Skybound’s Skybound X anthology. It was a glimpse of the horror themed park but not much beyond that. The visuals were great and there was a twisted sense to it. Dark Ride #1 officially kicks off the anticipated series co-created by Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan and delivers a perfect debut for the Halloween season.

Written by Williamson, Dark Ride #1 takes us to the scariest place on Earth after a brief tease of the concept. The story is smart focusing on a new hire whose first day delivers a tour of the park and introduction to the characters. It’s a park on the edge with declining revenue and needing something to excite attendees and fans. We eventually meet the trio of individuals at the head of the park, siblings who don’t get along and a recluse of a father and founder of it all. But, it’s that new hire that’s the interesting aspect.

Like a Tales from the Crypt or other horror anthology series, Williamson delivers a nice twist at the end of things that’ll take the series in a somewhat unexpected direction. It’s a nice move that creates so much potential for what’s to come and delivers a bit of fun to the horror of it all. There’s an underlying aspect that’ll keep readers guessing where it’s all going to go.

The art by Andrei Bressan is excellent. With color by Adriano Lucas and lettering by Pat Brosseau, Dark Ride #1 has a look that feels like it’d fit this sort of world in real life. There’s a scariness about the park but one that’s also a bit commercial. There’s a pop sense to it all and that’s enhanced by the bright colors (reds and yellows) and design of the characters. It’s horror barely on the surface, commercial and watered down in ways. A “horror” that’s easily digestible by the public but there’s a bit of dread underneath it all.

Dark Ride #1 is an interesting and intriguing debut. There’s a lot of directions it can go and with the way the first issue plays out, who knows what’s to come. There’s a fun ride to it all, one that horror fans and beyond will want to check out.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Andrei Bressan
Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Side Effects

Hannah is having a rough time in her first year in college. She’s suffering from anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, the medication she’s given has some side effects… super powers.

Story: Ted Anderson
Art Tara O’Connor
Color: Tara O’Connor
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Review: Savage Avengers #6

Savage Avengers #6

With the Conan arc wrapped up, where can our group of time displaced heroes go next? The year 2099! Savage Avengers kicked things off with a Deathlok on the hunt for Conan sending the Cimmerian and a group of heroes back in time. The battle was fierce delivering a nice final arc for Conan in the Marvel Universe. The heroes adventure wasn’t over yet, with the end of the issue leaving them in the future. Savage Avengers #6 continues the shocking adventure as the series delivers more twists, turns, and reveals.

Written by David Pepose, Savage Avengers #6 continues to features the strength of his writing, the mix. Pepose, the writer behind indie comics like The Oz and Spencer & Locke, has a knack for taking familiar properties and delivering a new twist to them. So far, he’s done that in the first arc by both changing its setting from the previous “Savage” series, but also the ending. In this new arc we get the far flung 2099 but also some spins on characters.

The Savage Avengers are being pursued by the Punisher 2099 and eventually an army of Deathloks, hinting at the meta story from the first arc. But Pepose twists things further in ways having fun with the possibilities of a story in the future that can take advantage of the past.

The art by Carlos Magno helps it all with color by Espen Grundetjern and lettering by Travis Lanham. The comic is non-stop, a race in a way from the beginning. A pursuit leads to an escape which leads to further pursuit. With different “levels” and settings, the comic has an almost Warriors vibe about it. The art team help that frenetic space with visuals that deliver the action and it all looks great in its over the top ways (in a good way). Pepose delivers opportunity for some great visual “hell yeah” moments and everyone takes advantage of it.

Savage Avengers #6 continues a wild ride of a series that’s a hell of a lot of fun. It’s popcorn entertainment in the best way with crazy concepts and ideas that hint anything can happen. It’s the fun that comics should be.

Story: David Pepose Art: Carlos Magno
Color: Espen Grundetjern Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Earthdivers #1

Earthdivers #1

In the year 2112, Earth is destroyed. The apocalypse and meltdown of society has happened but much later than so many predictions. But, what if you could stop it by traveling to the past? That’s the concept presented in Earthdivers #1 but instead of some minor event, what must be changed is huge. The goal? Stopping Christopher Columbus and the “discovery” of America.

Written by Stephen Graham Jones, Earthdivers #1 is a new and nice twist on a familiar concept and story. And with that interesting twist and the tense story presented, Jones delivers a hell of a debut that should get folks talking. What works so well about the comic is its split storytelling and the details it focuses on.

Earthdivers #1 doesn’t linger on the specifics of time travel, just its possible and that it’s one-way. Who is sent and why is laid out, with a logic that feels like Jones himself has really thought through what would be needed. We’re also presented with an individual who isn’t perfect. While he’s good with languages, something needed, he often has trouble keeping straight which should be spoken. While he’s supposed to be a sailor, he fumbles with simple tasks like knots raising suspicion. It’s small things like those that deliver a tense thread that goes throughout the comic. How will the mission succeed? Will it? Will our time traveler be found out and thrown overboard?

Then there’s the individuals in the future. How do they discover if the mission was successful or not? That delivers a lot of discussion, something that’s not often brought up in these types of stories. Will the world change around them? Will they go about their timeline? It’s all interesting and a new aspect for readers to ponder. Maybe Columbus was stopped but it didn’t change anything? These are the type of details that’ll have people coming back for more.

The art by Davide Gianfelice is solid. The comic looks great with a nice balance between the eras. There’s also solid detail in the past to make you feel like it is indeed that time period. I myself couldn’t say how accurate the dress, ship, and other things are, but it all felt like a nice trip to the past. Giangelice is joined by Joana Lafuente on color and Steve Wands on lettering. It all comes together in a way that’s entertaining to look at and enhances the tense nature and slight paranoia of the story.

Earthdivers #1 kicks off a nice time travel “what if” type of story. Its focus is what makes it stand out keeping readers guessing what might happen next. While the overall idea isn’t anything new (kill someone to change the future), how it’s presented feels different and fresh and makes it a debut that’s well worth checking out.

Story: Stephen Graham Jones Art: Davide Gianfelice
Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Gender Queer Virginia Case is Officially Over

Gender Queer

In August, a Virginia judge dismissed the obscenity lawsuit against Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer: A Memoir and Sarah MaasA Court of Mist and Fury. Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Pamela Baskervill ruled that neither book meets the standard for obscenity under Virginia law and that the obscenity law itself was unconstitutional.

Though the case was dismissed there was still a chance the two individuals behind it, Republican State Delegate Tim Anderson and failed Republican congressional candidate Tommy Altman, could appeal and drag it out further. Anderson vowed the “fight would continue” and that Altman was reviewing the appeal options.

Now, with the deadline passed, the case is officially over. Neither Anderson or Altman have appealed the case which settles this particular flashpoint.

It’s a battle won within an ongoing culture war. Gender Queer is one of the most challenged books in the country and become a flashpoint being used in political elections as an attack point by the right.

Review: Fist of the North Star Vol. 6

In a post-apocalyptic world, a wanderer appears out of the wasteland to bring justice. Ken bears seven scars upon his chest and holds the secret of a mysterious martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, the Divine Fist of the North Star!

In the sixth volume, we get two major villains and a lot of setup to the point you don’t know where things are going to go.

Story: Buronson
Art: Tetsuo Hara
Translation: Joe Yamazaki
Touch-up Art & Lettering: John Hunt

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Weekly Preview! Side Effects!

There are a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Side Effects (AfterShock)

Not shown:

  • Magic #19 (BOOM! Studios)
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #48 (Image Comics)

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Smile tops the weekend box office with an impressive $22 million

Smile

The weekend box office was still on the weak end of things but it was topped by the horror film Smile. It opened with an impressive $22 million. The horror film also grossed $14.5 million internationally for a solid $36.5 million worldwide weekend.

Don’t Worry Darling dipped one spot coming in second place with an estimated $7.3 million to bring its domestic gross to $32.8 million. Internationally, the film also earned $11.1 million internationally to bring it up to $21.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $54.7 million worldwide.

The Woman King came in third place with just under $7 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $46.7 million. Over the week, the film grossed $2.1 million internationally to bring it to $3.4 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $50.1 million.

Bros came in fourth with a rather disappointing $4.8 million. No international gross has been reported.

The Avatar rounded out the top five with $4.7 million to bring its domestic total to $4.8 million. Over the week, the film added $19 million to its international total to bring that to $39.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $58.1 million.

In comic film news…

DC League of Super-Pets was in the top ten and grossed an estimated $1.3 million. It now stands about $91.7 million after a slow start. Over the week, the film grossed about $5.8 million to bring its international total to $101.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $193.3 million.

Thor: Love and Thunder grossed an estimated $41,000 as it’s now on Disney+. The film has grossed $343.2 million domestically. Over the week, the film grossed about $300,000 to bring its international total to $417 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $760.3 million.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero looks like it held steady at $34.9 million domestically. Internationally, the film gained about $1.3 million to bring that total to $46.4 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little under $81.3 million.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness held steady domestically at $411.3 million. Internationally, the film remained at $544.4 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $955.8 million.

The week’s overall box office success…

Initial numbers has 32 films earning $63,363,459 from 35,537 theaters. That’s an improvement from last weekend’s $61,823,492 from 37,219 theaters and 65 films. The average earning was $1,783.03 this past weekend, an improvement from last weekend’s $1,723.01.

Unboxing: Scout Comics Subscription Box – September 2022

Scout Comics has its own subscription box where you can get up to 12 Scout Comics including sought-after variants!

You can buy one box for $39.99 plus shipping or subscribe for $33.99 plus shipping. The box ships once a month!

In this box:

  • Agent of Worlde #2
  • Broken Souls Balad: Hell is for Kids #3
  • Bush Leaguers #1
  • Cities of Magick #4
  • Code 45 #2
  • The Life and Death of the Brave Captain Suave #1
  • Mega Centurions #2
  • META: Metalinguistic Crimes Division #1
  • Pentagram of Horror #4
  • Playthings #3
  • Triskele #2
  • We Wicked Ones (Ash Can)

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