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Kevin Smith Gives a Sam & Twitch Update at DC’s “An Evening With”

Sunday night writer/director/actor/podcaster/pot enthusiast Kevin Smith hosted “An Evening With” at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC. Smith covered a range of topics including his family, career, and more in a 2 hour chat where he was his usual entertaining and open self.

When it came to the question and answer point, one audience member asked Smith about upcoming projects (Smith had already talked about the ups and downs about Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3).

Smith did cover some interesting tidbits concerning his work on a possible Sam & Twitch television series. Sam & Twitch is based on the comic character who debuted in Todd McFarlane and Image Comics’ Spawn and eventually spun out into their own series.

The series would be like Kolchak: The Night Stalker with the two characters solving mysterious crime involving monsters and demons. Smith has written the pilot and and outline for the proposed eight episodes. The series would air on BBC following the next season of Doctor Who, but that all depends on the current Dirk Gently series. Smith explained with the end of the second season of that series the actors would renegotiate their contracts and based on that result, it would then determine if there was enough of a budget for Sam & Twitch.

Review: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.7

Tenth_Doctor_3_7_Cover AWelcome to the Vortex Butterflies story line, featuring the Tenth Doctor and his comic-exclusive companions Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu. #3.7 is the second issue in the Vortex Butterflies arc, so I recommend picking up 3.6 before diving in. However, the arc so far is a wonderful entry point into the Doctor Who comics. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.7 starts with the Doctor at a space junkyard, picking up a machine that will help him record temporal waves and register “vortex leaks”. He left his companions at a safe house in London, and their travel buddy Noob on the Xenopsychology planet of the Zokadyll. All three stories unfold simultaneously, and their narratives are well-balanced and easy to follow. There are answers to some questions (what do Gabby’s new powers actually DO? What is Noob up to on that giant library planet?) while others are left open-ended, meaning I’m now anxiously awaiting 3.8!

Writer Nick Abadzis captures David Tennant’s interpretation of the Doctor (as well as a couple other show-based cameos) and blends him right in with original characters like Gabby and Cindy. He introduces them with a equal measures of exposition and character action, making them well-rounded and compelling even after the Doctor leaves them behind for some intergalactic alone time. And isn’t that the mark of a truly great companion?

marcieNoobThe book has appeal for both die-hard Whovians, and those new to the series. Most importantly, it adapts the show into the comics format seamlessly. There is plenty of timey-wimey talk, but the elements that matter get a closer examination, making the rest the familiar background noise of our favorite show-off timelord.

Artists Giorgia Sposita and Iolanda Zanfardino don’t miss a beat, bringing both 20th century London and deep space to life. Colorists Arianna Florean and Nicola Righi‘s do some heavy lifting, as well, with remarkable renderings of the time vortex, deep space, and multiple planetary backdrops, and Gabby’s new powers are delightfully other-worldly. The characters are stylized just enough to keep those based on actors from dipping into the uncanny valley–something other Who books sometimes suffer from. Letterers Richard Starkings and Jimmy Bentacourt enhance the book, as each species has their own distinct speech pattern, reflected in a completely unique rendering.doc in space

Rose and DocRachael Smith’s bonus comic at the end of the book took me by surprise. It’s a breath of goofy fresh air at the end of a high stakes adventure-in-progress. I don’t think I stopped smiling from the first panel to the last. Bringing Rose back to Ten’s side in such a realistically teenage way while kicking the comedy up to eleven (no pun intended). I hope this is a tradition we will see continued in future issues.

Story: Nick Abadzis Art: Giorgia Sposito
Colorist: Arianna Florean and Nicola Righi
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy (but pick up 3.6, too.)

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Doctor Who’s Next? Jodie Whittaker Announced as Next Doctor

After a lot of guessing, rumors, and false reporting, the BBC today announced that Jodie Whittaker will be stepping into the coveted role of the Doctor in Doctor Who. Whittaker will play the 13th Time Lord taking over for Peter Capaldi who last played the role. Capaldi took over the role in 2013 and will end his run during this year’s Christmas Special during which Whittaker will make her debut.

Whittaker was announced in a trailer that followed Wimbledon after much build up.

The new Doctor Who showrunner is Chris Chibnall who worked with Whittaker on the widely praised Broadcurch.

There has been a movement to shake up the character for some time replacing the usual white male with a person of color or woman. The series has been setting up the possibility for some time with the latest villain the Master changing genders (briliantly played by Michelle Gomez). This season especially the Doctor has hinted at the possibility especially in the second last episode of the season where numerous lines set up the new reality (the Doctor talks about gender being different for Time Lords as an example).

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency S1E1 Horizons Review

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I hadn’t heard of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency until New York Comic Con. While waiting in line for something else, I looked into it on my phone and was instantly intrigued. I marked my calendar and looked forward to checking it out, especially after I talked to some of my friends who were fans of the book.

The opening scenes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency sets the tone for the show perfectly. If you’ve come for a serious, moody, dark show then you’ve come to the wrong place. The first five minutes of the show gives anyone who was curious a chance to get out or get sucked in as it lays out what you can expect ahead. If you’re like me and settled in for the full ride, you were in for a treat.

Although the title implies that this is going to be an adaptation of the Dirk Gently books, you realize pretty early on that while some of the elements of the original story remain intact mostly the show is its own thing. The books center more on Dirk but, this new series seems to add an extra person into the mix. Todd, a new character amazingly portrayed by Elijah Wood, is a nice transitional character who often acts as an observer and unwilling accomplice/assistant to Dirk.

downloadThe first episode of this hilarious series focuses mostly on Todd and his horrible, very bad day. In a matter of 24 hours he’s had his car destroyed by his landlord over stolen rent money, gets fired from his job after finding a gruesome crime scene, had Dirk break into his apartment and get into a slap boxing fight with him, travel to his sick sister’s to cheer her up and jam with her before she has a pain attack, be attacked by a gang of thugs, almost gets shot on multiple occasions and almost gets arrested, TWICE. Things do turn around in the very end of the episode when he starts to believe some of Dirks mumbo jumbo thanks to a found dog and a winning lottery ticket

download-1The rest of the  characters in this aren’t exactly living a normal life either. We get introduced to Ken, who is dragged along on what can only be considered a murderous rampage with Bart, a Holistic Assassin, two cops who seem to turn up whenever Todd is in the vicinity of a murder scene and, a couple of supernatural hunting FBI agents.

The writing in the show is clever and hilarious. As someone who hasn’t made it through an entire book in this series, I found it easy to follow and hella interesting. Even the supporting characters were complex enough to warrant notice, which is helped by the amazing acting. The visuals also impress from the darkness to the red overtones in the murder room.

dirkken-800x450-1475865696210_largeOverall,  I found the premiere episode pretty darn interesting, they managed to mix murder, mayhem, and humor in a way that I haven’t seen since Dexter and I’m looking forward to not only finally finishing the books but seeing more episodes and finding out where the show will take us. I’m fully prepared to strap in for the ride because wherever this show goes, it’s going to be fun. Things are pretty heavy and dark all over but, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency might just be the light, fun diversion we’ve been waiting for

Broadchurch Creator to Take Over Doctor Who

Doctor Who BBCAfter six contentious seasons with fans, Steven Moffat will be stepping down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who after next season. BBC made the announcement official on their site. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new Head Writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who and his season debut will be in 2018. Chibnall is behind the critically praised Broadchurch as well as the BAFTA nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars and Torchwood.

Under Moffat, Doctor Who became a global phenomenon as he oversaw the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. Moffat’s final season will begin to air in Spring 2017 as well as a Christmas Special in 2016.

The Doctor is Back

The madman with a box, returns to screens this fall. His most recent companion, Clara (played by Jenna Coleman), joins him for the ride. The trailer hints at the return of old enemies, including the Daleks, The Master, a few other enemies. There is a showing of another planet, that may be Gallifrey. The long lost planet of the Time Lords. Whether that means more Time Lords will appear in the show outside of the Doctor and The Master is yet to be seen.

For season 9 of Doctor Who there are twelve episodes not including the prequel episode titled  “The Doctor’s Mediation, ” that will be released September 15. In similar fashion to last years return for season 8, the prequel will be shown in select movie theaters across the United States only. The first official episode premieres four days later, and is called “The Magician’s Apprentice.”

Only one thing is clearly certain. This season will without a doubt be interesting, complex, and exciting.

Pop! TV: Sherlock in September

The BBC’s modern take on the classic story of Sherlock Holmes now has its own Pop! series!

The genius detective comes bedecked in his signature costume, as well as with his violin to help him work through any case!

Dr. John Watson, Holmes’ crime-fighting partner, and Sherlock’s older brother, Mycroft, are the perfect additions to any Sherlock collection!

Don’t forget to add the charming allure of Irene Adler, too!

They’ll need all the help they can get to bring down a nefarious villain like Jim Moriarty!

Pop! TV: Sherlock is out in September from Funko.

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