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‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale Series’ Official Teaser

It’s official! Revealed LIVE on stage at The Game Awards, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series premieres 2017 from Telltale Games.

What did Telltale and Marvel have to say about the project in the official announcement? Read on…

In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series players will take on multiple roles within the ragtag band of heroes, and take the pilot’s seat in directing their escapades around the universe in five episodes.

The series will also hit retail as a special season pass disc, which will include the first episode in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. They’ll have more specific platform details to announce in the coming year.

And Telltale says there’s more Marvel titles to come!

TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E7 Invasion!

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2The Legends work with The Flash, Supergirl and Green Arrow to kill the invaders; while working out how to defeat the Dominators, Stein gets distracted by the aberration he created in 1987.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow  does its part in the four night “Invasion” crossover that intertwined The Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow. And it does a decent job of wrapping up the event with some fun action and time hopping. The story is split into two parts with a team having to head to the past to deal with the Dominators and the team in the present dealing with them too.

We also finally get a solid motivation for the alien invasion and that has to do with Barry changing the time stream. We don’t really know how the Dominators know, they just do, but it puts Barry’s meddling with the time stream front and center. What’s odd though is.. do the aliens not care or know about the Time Lords? Or how about Zoom running around through time?

What this event has really done is put the concept of changing the time line front and center as the Legends must deal with what they’ve done as well, especially Stein. There’s ramifications, both good and bad for everything they’ve done. It also shifts the “Flashpoint” timeline into the other series, something we were promised before all of their seasons kicked off. This is the first real acknowledgment by the whole over what’s happened. There also will likely be ramifications going forward due to this too.

A solid ending to the event that brings some of the greater themes and issues explored in Flash over to this series and opens up a hell of a lot of opportunities (and hints) as to what’s to come.

Overall Rating: 8.05

Demo-Graphics: Comic Fandom on Facebook – US Edition

Each month I run demographic data of comic “fans” based on data mined from Facebook.

This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series, because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.

This data is important in that it shows who the potential comic audience could be. This is not purchasers, these are people who have shown an affinity for comics and are potential purchasers and those with an interest.

Also, with this being online/technology, due to laws and restrictions, those under the age of 13 are likely underrepresented.

Facebook Population: Over 45,000,000 in the United States

That’s an increase of 4 million compared to last month. Worldwide, the estimate is 327,711,486 which is an increase of about 21 million compared to last month.

The Spanish-speaking population last month was 22.93%, and this month the population has decreased to 21.33%. The population increased, but not as fast as the overall population.

Gender and Age

Last month men accounted for 60.98% and women were 39.02%. Women made some gains while men dipped this past month. Women account for 40.00% while men account for 57.78%.

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Women continue to never become a majority even though they do so in the general Facebook population.

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Relationship Status

Pretty much across the board things gained due to the bigger population. Interestingly men listed as “open relationship” and “separated” both dipped.

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Education

There’s been some shifts from the previous month and it’s interesting to see where women are the majority.

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Gender Interest

Women gained overall, and you of course see that here. Men interesting in men, women interested in women, and women interested in both men and women all saw gains too.

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Ethnicity

African Americans are the only overall group that saw gains this month with 1 million more individuals. Interestingly the individual Hispanic group all saw gains, but it was not enough to shift the overall Hispanic total.

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Generation

And the overall gains are seen reflected here.

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And come back next month for a new look at the data! And on November 15th we’ll have the second report of Europe’s data!

TV Review: Arrow S5E8 Invasion!

arrowOliver wakes up to a life in which his parents are still alive and he is about to marry Laurel; Felicity faces a new threat with the help of The Flash and Supergirl.

Arrow celebrates its 100th episode as part of the 4 night crossover “Invasion” event. The result is a bit mixed overall, but it’s entertaining. For those that missed last night’s The Flash, there’s aliens who are up to… something, and at the end of the episode they abducted some of the heroes.

This episode is interesting in that it uses the bigger picture story, but doesn’t get to caught up in it. Instead it celebrates the history of the series taking us through the years in its own version of “Flashpoint.”

In this shared dream world Oliver and crew live different lives where Ollie is marrying Laurel, Diggle is the Arrow, and everything is kind of… normal. The different take on folks is kind of cool and it’s a nice “what if” riff on everything about the series. Seeing each character awaken is entertaining as well, especially what triggers them.

But, what’s really special is all of the guests that show up in the episode. Villains from the past as well as friends and family are all on board in a celebration of the last five seasons. They kept it all under wraps which is even more impressive and for folks who have watched the series, they should be happy with the touch of nostalgia.

There’s some things that don’t quite work as everyone wakes up and the story takes a hard sci-fi spin. I don’t want to ruin it, but the special fx work against the episode at this point and it just doesn’t feel like Arrow. But, the point is to bridge to the next chapter which is on the next day.

This episode works some and fails in some ways, and it’s not as strong as The Flash‘s entry, but better than Supergirl’s. With one more to go in this event, it feels like there’s a lot still to wrap up, but so far, it’s been a fun ride.

Overall rating: 7.85

Review: DC Universe: Rebirth The Deluxe Edition

May kicked off DC Comics’ latest major shift with the launch of DC Universe: Rebirth a seismic change blending the New 52 with lots of classic elements from the pre-52 world. It was the best of both worlds blending old and new.

Numerous printings later, DC has released a hardcover version of DC Universe: Rebirth. This deluxe edition includes the best selling comic as well as extras that gives you even more info on the new DC world

I show off the deluxe edition showing off what you’ll find inside.

You can buy a copy today!

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Helped produce X-Men, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and more.

trumpOur first reality television President sure seems to be tapping into his Hollywood connections when it comes to asking opinions on what he should do as well as his nominees for different roles. It is being reported that President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Steven Mnuchin to be his Treasury secretary. You might be asking why we’re reporting on this, but Mnuchin is more than a former partner at Goldman Sachs, his career is actually relevant to this site!

Founded in 2006 Dune Entertainment was a movie financing company started by Mnuchin. The company helped co-finance 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Fox 2000 Films such as X-Men: The Last Stand (which was a co-production with Marvel Entertainment and The Donners’ Company), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (a co-production with Marvel Studios, Constantin Film and 1492 Pictures), Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (a co-production with Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company, and Seed), Avatar, Predators, X-Men: First Class (a co-production with Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company, and Bad Hat Harry), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Prometheus, and dozens of more films.

Marvel is mentioned because Marvel’s CEO Ike Perlmutter is buddy buddy with Trump.

RatPac Entertainment (aka RatPac-Dune Entertainment) was a movie production and financing company formed in a merger by producer-director Brett Ratner, James Packer, and Dune Entertainment’s Mnuchin after a collapse in a negotiation between Dune and 20th Century Fox. That company then closed a deal with Warner Bros. to become their key co-financing partner replacing Legendary Pictures.

That new venture helped produce such films as Gravity, The Lego Movie, Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (co-production with DC Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films and Atlas Entertainment), The Legend of Tarzan (co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Dark Horse Entertainment), Suicide Squad (co-production with DC Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment), The Lego Batman Movie (co-production with Warner Animation Group and DC Entertainment), Wonder Woman (co-production with DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films), Justice League (co-production with DC Films, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films), The Flash (co-production with DC Films), Aquaman (o-production with DC Films and Cruel and Unusual Films), The Lego Movie Sequel, Shazam (co-production with DC Films and New Line Cinema), Cyborg (co-production with DC Films), Green Lantern Corps (co-production with DC Films), and the Justice League sequel (co-production with DC Films and Cruel and Unusual Films).

There’s also the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie… so, yeah. He even acted in Rules Don’t Apply where he was a “Merrill Lynch Executive.”

Mnuchin has worked with Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, on some of the major comic films of the last decade and next five years. The guy even has an IMDB page.

So, when you nerd rage over how much upcoming geek films suck, you can turn your venom towards our possible next Treasury secretary.

Wait, What Just Happened in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #9!? Spoilers Within!

new-rangerUsually, I like to stay away from spoilers, but this one is sanctioned by the publisher and it’s something that’s probably being missed by fans of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It also explains why the comic was sold out at two comic stores I visited today (likely under ordered so expect a new printing).

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #9 introduces a brand new mysterious Power Ranger with shocking origins. The comic from BOOM! Studios is out today in print and digitally.

This marks the first time a new Power Ranger has been created in “Mighty Morphin” continuity since the series debuted over 23 years ago. The mysterious new Ranger is a key architect behind the chaos that has plagued the Mighty Morphin team since the launch of the comic book series. This reveal is part of a long-term story with far-reaching effects and consequences.

The new Ranger, featuring an all-new costume, was developed by series writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, Hadrian’s Wall), main cover artist Jamal Campbell, Saban Brands, and BOOM! Studios. Check out the appearance of the mysterious new Ranger in the art below from the issue by artist Hendry Prasetya.

The identity of this new Power Ranger will be revealed in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #11 by Higgins and Prasetya, on sale in January. December’s issue #10 will feature a “break in the action” story featuring a solo adventure centered on the Blue Ranger, Billy Cranston.

February’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #12 (also by Higgins and Prasetya) will reveal the origin of this mysterious new Ranger.

Expect both of those issues to sell out so make sure to pre-order through your local comic shop (or buy it digitally).

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Review: Inhumans vs. X-Men #0

inhumans_vs__x_men__0This issue sets the stage for the upcoming Inhumans vs. X-Men mega-event! Learn who the major players will be, plus the seeds of the incredible plan that will unfold in IVX #1. Beast and Iso travel the world to learn a desperate truth, the X-Men assemble their ranks and the Inhumans prepare for the war to come. It all begins with one choice – see it here.

Zero issues like this are interesting in that they seem to have a couple of goals in mind. They need to catch up new readers, have something new for long time readers, and also set up everything that’s to come between those first two focuses. There’s also a recent issue of Marvel’s zero issues being solid with the rest of the event it’s leading up to not living up to the hype and expectations, but that’s a whole other problem. Inhumans vs. X-Men #0 feels at first like it’s mainly catching up readers, but then a twist happens.

Writer Charles Soule does an impressive job with this “first issue” balancing the needs. We get a new perspective of everything that’s gone down when it comes to the issues between the Inhumans and X-Men/Mutants through the perspective of Beast. But, through that catch-up, there’s a lot more revealed concerning the fate of the Terrigen mist cloud that’s circling the Earth. That’s some of the intrigue of the issue and should be interesting to see how it plays out as what Beast discovers has a few implications.

But, Soule also plays off the recent Death of X storyline. That four-issue miniseries was a precursor giving us the beginnings of the issues between the Inhumans and Mutants, but also the death of numerous Mutants, including Scott Summers aka Cyclops. This is a bit of a spoiler, but while the comic “ends” with what appears to be Cyclops being blasted into oblivion by Black Bolt, in reality, he died due to M-Pox much earlier and what we saw was a projection by Emma Frost.

And that’s the more intriguing thing in this issue, the focus on Emma Frost. We see her planning and dealing with the death of Cyclops. She’s clearly lost it a bit and there’s an exchange between her and the Stepford Cuckoos that would indicate she may actually believe her own made-up reality. Is this Emma losing her grip a bit or is she so wrapped up in revenge she doesn’t care? We’ll hopefully find out, as it seems she’s at the center of what’s to come as the issue has her meeting with individuals recruiting them for whatever plan she has come up with to exact revenge against Black Bolt and the Inhumans.

The art by Kenneth Rocafort is solid as expected. His usual style is dialed back a little and it looks fantastic. What I really liked is the small details added to the page as there’s some design elements added to the margins around panels. It’s a really cool element that I think adds to the page design making things pop a little more. It’s a small detail, but one that really adds a lot overall.

The comic is a good one and there’s more than enough for long time readers and new readers. There’s new elements that really move things along and solid writing that catches others up. As a zero issue goes, it does its job and then some. Most importantly it sets the stage for what looks like an interesting event, here’s hoping the following issues hold up.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Story: 8.05 Art: 8.05 Overall: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E7 Deals With Our Devils

agents of shield season 4After losing half of their team, the remaining members look for answers as time begins to run out for Ghost Rider.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back after a bit of a break and some of the team has been sucked into the ghost world (not sure what else to call it). That leads to one of the more interesting things of the season where the episode is split between color and black and white depending on whose perspective it is.

It’s a bit of a distraction storywise, but the bigger aspect of it is its focus on Robbie and Ghost Rider. Robbie was sucked in which causes Ghost Rider to jump to Mac. Some coolness is a nod to classic Ghost Riders as he drives around on a motorcycle with a shotgun on his back. Fans of Blaze and Ketch Ghost Riders will notice the nod.

It also forces us to get a better idea of the relationship between Robbie and Ghost Rider and the deal they’ve got between them. It hasn’t been fully explained, but here it’s laid out pretty well. It also gives us a bit question mark as to what’s next for the character who is rumored to get a Netflix spin-off at some point. There’s also the fact Mac has now experienced the Ghost Rider, so he and Robbie are tied together in some ways which should play out nicely.

There’s also the reveal of Ada to a bunch of folks and she steps up to help save the day in a way. For those that have seen Doctor Strange, some of what happens there looks and feels very familiar and it’s a nod to the movie without directly tying into the film.

Overall, a not bad episode with some interesting new aspects thrown in. It feels fresh in many ways, both visually and storywise. Though the danger doesn’t every quite gel and feel like it’s a big deal, it’s better than the villain of the week fights we’ve seen over and over. It also moves along the story while setting some other things forward as well. One of the stronger episodes of the season.

Overall Score: 7.95

TV Review: The Flash S3E8 Invasion!

The Flash Season 2Barry asks Green Arrow for help when aliens attack Central City, but when they realize that won’t be enough, they track down the Legends of Tomorrow so they can bring Supergirl in on the battle.

The Flash really kicks off the 4 night crossover between Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash. While it technically started on Supergirl, that episode really didn’t deal with much of the greater story. This is the real beginning.

The episode is broken down into two parts, the gathering of all of the heroes and the first battle with the alien invaders.

That first part, where everyone is gathered, is absolutely fantastic. Watching the various personalities come together is so much fun. Sueprgirl’s perky/bubbly personality with Oliver’s grumpiness is the perfect oil and water situation and then there’s Heatwave, and more to contend with. It really feels like all of the actors are having a lot of fun with it all. It comes across on the screen and that makes the episode a lot of fun. That melding of so many just creates an energy all of the shows on their end don’t quite reach and some really lack.

The episode is also really smart in its use of Kara/Supergirl. Through her viewers are introduced to all of the other characters, their names and personalities. It’s an interesting way to go about it all and very intelligent writing. There’s a chance that there’s not crossover between viewers so to catch folks up is a good thing to do.

The second half of the story is the initial attack by the heroes. That’s somewhat paint by numbers with some being turned and their battling each other. It’s entertaining and interesting in seeing who steps up and how and how the different characters’ powers interact. It’s good, but feels like a typical comic story.

But, what’s really interesting is the episode diving into the fact that Barry has changed the timeline. This is his first chance to dish to Team Arrow and things really blow up as far as that. There’s also some teasing about Barry in the future and what’s to come. Throwing that in the episode will hopefully intrigue new viewers, but also get long time viewers excited. It’s a fantastic balance of focusing on the crossover, but setting up the future too (no pun intended).

Overall, a solid episode that really gets things running and I can’t wait to see what else is still to come.

Overall Rating: 8.85

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