At New York Comic Con, AMC revealed that the television series The Walking Dead and its spinoff Fear the Walking Dead will be crossing over. The television channel also released a teaser image for the event.
While it was initially said this type of crossover would never happen, it was pretty clear it would at some point. It’s unknown exactly what’s going to happen, so we’ll have to wait and see.
The Walking Dead returns October 22 on AMC.
What comes next ain’t gonna be pretty. Don’t miss the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, October 22 at 9/8c.
The weekend’s almost here and we’re heading to Baltimore Comic Con! What are folks doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for work to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
Kotaku – Here’s A $900 Batman: Arkham Knight Statue – Let us check our couch cushions.
Polygon – Spider-Man #1, X-Men #1 stolen from friendly neighborhood doorstep, say cops – Grrrrr.
Capeless Crusaders – Riverdale Star KJ Apa in Late Night Car Crash Leaving Set – Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.
ICv2 – ‘Watchmen’ Greenlit for Pilot – Anyone excited for this?
The Outhouser – AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics Will Debut In November – Actually looking forward to seeing what this is about.
Around the Tubes Reviews
CBR – Batman: The Red Death #1
Comic Attack – Catalyst Prime: The Incidentals #1
At San Diego Comic-Con, AMC revealed a trailer for season 8 of The Walking Dead. It’s ALL OUT WAR! The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 22 at 9/8c on AMC.
Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy track a lead from Heaven; the trio tries to learn more about the Cowboy’s identity and why he wants to kill them..
Preacher gives us a second episode in two days as the adventures of Tulip, Jesse, and Cassidy continues as they search for God which takes them to a familiar face.
The second episode does an excellent job of building upon the first explaining more of what we’ve seen and also keeping up the energy and craziness. One thing that has always stuck with me about the original comic series this show is based on is that so much of what is presented is over the top. Someone doesn’t get shot, their head explodes or jaw gets ripped off. That’s prevelant allowing the viewer to not take the show too serious. But, with that humor, there’s still a lot of depth.
This episode of course has characters on the journey that’s a search for God, but there’s some small nods like a sick child asking an angel his trick as to how he returns from being dead. There’s some interesting material to debate there. And moments like that are mixed in with long montages involving copious amounts of drugs and alcohol being consumed. There’s also some mocking gun culture in the beginning and the concept of folks being armed can stop a killer. For a show that has some puerile humor, there’s a lot to debate in this episode.
Of course the trio that anchors the show continues to shine with performances that are beyond fun and entertaining. There’s so much packed into this episode and the previous that this is probably one of the best season debuts I’ve seen of a series in a long time. It’s setup of what’s to come is done in a way that treats the audience intelligently and spread out throughout the two episodes. We get pieces of the puzzle that comes together by the end of the second.
Two episodes in and it’s already one impressive bloody debut and if it’s any indication what’s the come will be a wild ride that very well may push television. I’m beyond excited as the second season so far feels like it takes some of the best aspects of the first and giving us a cross country trip full of sex, violence, and insanity.
Overall Rating: 8.55
Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy begin the search to find God; the trio realize that a killer cowboy from Hell is following them.
Preacher kicks of the second season with our trio taking a roadtrip with a goal of finding God. Though it’s been months since we last saw the series, it feels like it has been no time at all with slick violence, solid humor, and a direction that feels like it adhears a bit closer to the comics.
Full of humor Tulip, Jesse, and Cassidy, are a fun group that has a quirky tension about them and an interaction that feels super natural. That’s one of the things that has always stood out about the series, the fact all of the actors, no matter how small a role, feel like their interactions are natural in a way that’s rare in entertainment. There’s also a mission for the three that gives the series a bit more of a focus and direction and that direction is more like the comic series.
That’s something that I had an issue with when it came to the first season, the series veered from the comis which caught me off guard, but I eventually came to love the series. This first episode though gives us two aspects that are straight from the comics, the search for God and also the Saint of Killers who is on the warpath for the three.
The Saint of Killers brings the action and gives us a bloody surprise as his bullets fly and provides a style that feels like a Tarrantino film when it comes to the over the top violence. Heads explode. Jaws are blow out. Intestines are used to siphon gas. It’s over the top and slick.
Most importantly, it’s entertaining. Preacher feels like it hasn’t missed a beat at all and with the clear focus I’m excited to see where the series goes and what it mines for the second season. This is a hell of a start that gives us the beginning of what feels like one hell of a ride.
Overall Rating: 8.35
Alicia and Nick fall in with new crowds; Madison discovers Otto’s past mimics her own.
Fear the Walking Dead slows things down after the exciting debut double episodes of this season and we learn more about the Otto ranch as an ominous cloud feels like it slightly rolls in.
The episode kicks off with a video featuring the Ottos that plays intot he show later as we get a more definitive take as to what their deal is. From the short 30 second opener it’s clear that the Ottos are survivalist of the stereotypical type and Jeremiah is looked up to for his “predicting” the fall. There’s an undercurrent of religion but it’s mostly anti-government focused.
What’s interesting though is that we see some outtakes from Otto’s video later and we learn more about him and his family and why he’s the way he is. It’s tragic in many ways and Madison is able to relate to him a little more over it. Jeremiah though comes off as a bit tragic, sad, and a monster over it all. We also get a better sense of the Ottos as a whole and why one son is good and the other, not so much.
Through the madness of it all, we get a better view of Madison and her family as well. Nick is out of it as usual, scheming and planning and just not all there. Alicia goes the other side assimilating well in a Carol sort of way.
Then there’s Strand who we get a better idea as to where he was going and what’s on his mind. The series would be stronger if they cut him from the episodes and their short bits, instead saving them for an entire episode and longer segment. The short bits aren’t enough, but it’s clear his story will eventually dovetail back.
The episode isn’t bad, it’s just not as strong as the previous one. While the first two episodes were the introduction and a lot of the set up, this episode begins to play out what’s been lined up. As part of the whole it’ll be fine and while there’s some interesting moments, the episode is ok to watch but not all that exciting or intriguing… until those final moments, when things are pulled out from under us and thought lost character returns.
Overall Rating: 7.07
The Clark family find themselves in a terrible predicament; Strand faces resistance as he attempts to hold power.
Fear the Walking Dead kicks off its third season with two episodes that shakes things up. To say it shakes things up is an understatement. New characters are introduced, new locations are explored, more dynamics are set up, and a major character apparently dies. A lot of criticism has been levied towards the series and this first two episodes feels like it addresses some of them by upping the action and really shaking things up.
When the last season ended we saw individuals dressed in military uniforms either shooting or capturing some of the individuals we’ve come to know and this episode drops us into the horror as those same military individuals are murdering them to see how long before they turn. It’s twisted and weird but from that a lot of conflict arises and it’s best to not reveal everything.
There’s lots of good in the fact that we’re dropped in the action and there’s a hell of a lot of conflict. The bad is some of that conflict deescalates rather quickly. It does come off as using each other for convenience but the fact there’s not a bigger grudge on display is a bit of a headscratcher. There’s easy ways to explain this away but it’s a little odd and stands out as the biggest negative of the first two episodes.
The new locations and characters are what really stands out. We’re taken to a new community that feels like a ranch the Bundy’s might like while taking a stand against the government. They mention they’re putting together a new society and community, which adds a slight ominous tone to what otherwise would be Herschel’s Farm Part 2. And that all is part of the excitement of these first two episodes. Lots of new characters and locations and we have to figure out who is on the level and who will be an obstacle and threat.
The episode too also catches us up on Strand who everyone thinks is a doctor for that truth is revealed. The episode may have been stronger without that and more being devoted in another, but his short segment does answer some questions that have been left hanging last season.
But, the biggest thing is the death of a major character. The fact the season kicks off with a major character seemingly dying (and I’d be surprised if they survived) lets us viewers know that everything is on the table and anything can happen. It also greatly shifts the dynamic as to what this season may bring.
The third season kicks off in a way that I’m excited to see what happens the entire show is shaken up in a way that it feels like a whole new series. What might happen? We’ll find out and I’m excited to see. I wasn’t excited about the series returning but after this episode I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Overall Rating: 7.97
Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy are on a mayhem-filled road trip to find God — but Hell is coming after them.
AMC‘s Preacher, based off of the classic comic seires, returns June 25 and the first official trailer has been released.
The stakes continue to grow higher as paths cross; the group enacts an intricate plan.
The Walking Dead‘ wraps up its seventh season with a bloody extended episode that teases us a quick war that may end before it even begins.
Last episode saw Dwight defecting letting Rick know Negan is on his way and allowing for Rick to plan with the Scavengers to take on Negan and his Saviors. Things don’t go easy with double crosses and a shootout battle that feels like the cathartic release we’ve been craving this entire season.
But, the episode is an interesting one as it really focuses on Sasha in her sendoff episode. We know her character has to take off in some way due to the actress being cast in the new Star Trek series, but how will it go down?
That’s where the episode is interesting in that it teases you the entire time taking us through a construct of Sasha as she talks to Abraham in a dream-like sequence where we don’t know if this is her imagining things and hallucinating or if she’s dead and that’s juxtaposed with moments between Sasha and Maggie. It bounces between the two and it’s touching in numerous ways as an almost angel and devil on the shoulder debate.
I’m not going to spoil the crosses or the battle, but it’s absolutely worth it and the best moment of the season. This is the first volley in the massive war to come and there’s lots of emotional moments and small nods throughout the battle to keep you wondering who is on what side. Is Dwight turning into a face? Is it a put on? There’s lots of clues. And who turns and when is most interesting.
What I think is solid in this episode is that I felt like I was on the edge. I didn’t know where it was going to go and who was going to get killed and who would live. That’s impressive. I’ve read the entire series and still this episode had me guessing. Would it vear from the comics?
What’s great too is the Kingdom and Hilltop each have their moments as they still debate their actions and decide if they’ll rally or not. It’s quick but also a build up to the release.
But, it’s the end that stands out as Maggie and Rick recount what they’ve been through. It’s not just Rick, Maggie takes center stage as in the comics the series becomes her story as much as his. She steps forward as the leader in ways and we see that here. It’s solid and touching and as the episode wraps up it’s emotional. We’re taken through where they’ve been and get glimpses as to where it’s going as we’re reminded for all of the bang, the show is still about the people.
Overall rating: 8.65