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Review: Years of Future Past #2

years002The Secret Wars crossover has perhaps been the unkindest to the X-Men.  Part of the underlying concept behind the huge crossover is to take story arcs and other crossovers from the past and to rework them into the Secret Wars framework.  While this has worked well for some series, for others it has not, and the X-Men versions are perhaps among the most distorted.  This is because the mutants often serve as analogies for what is wrong in society, and with that as a theme, it tends to make a lot of the best X-Men stories into the best of the genre.  In this case Secret Wars hgas grabbed what is one of the best comic book story arcs ever written, so popular in fact that it was chosen as the story line to revive the movie franchise.

This story follows along some basic plot elements from the original series while leaving other important parts behind.  This has been the case with other X-Men tie-ins to Secret Wars where a lot of the characters remain, if not for the baseline being altered in minor, though fundamental ways.  The changes here are thus similar and different as a similar group of characters struggle against the sentinels of the future who have eliminated most mutants already and the few remaining mutants who struggle to maintain their lives and their kind against this threat.  One of the highlights of this issue is a monologue by Colossus which evokes the famous quote by Martin Niemöller about the Holocaust.

That is the case with this issue though.  Although it works well enough as a story, it also is a story which has a few defining moments with other material in between which almost feels like filler.  It is an unconventional format for a story as it moves between moments which are either strong for character development or artistically impressive, but such is the lot of the X-Men tie-ins to Secret Wars.  It is good, but not much else, and more than anything makes the reader want to re-read the original as opposed to continuing with this.

Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Mike Norton
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

X-Men: Days of Future Past Now Available from GraphicAudio

days of future past graphicaudioIt’s the most iconic X-Men story of all time – like you’ve never heard it before! A true Movie in Your Mind, experience this groundbreaking tale brought to life as only GraphicAudio could.

In the far future, mutants have all but been exterminated. Crushed by the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Only a small group remain alive, powerless, locked away in concentration camps. The key to saving their future may lie in the past. Now, Kate Pryde leads a desperate mission to the past to warn the present-day X-Men of coming danger. But is she too late?

GraphicAudio transforms the Marvel prose novel X-Men: Days of Future Past into an unprecedented audial experience as the story should be told.  You’ve never heard mutants time-travel quite like this before!

Available from www.GraphicAudio.net and via the FREE GraphicAudio Access Mobile App which allows customers to directly download titles on their Android or iOS smartphones and tablets.

You can check out a trailer below.

Diamond Select Toys on Sale this Week: X-Men Movie (and Comic) Minimates!

Marvel’s mightiest mutants have been shrunk to only 2 inches tall! Can they escape the comic shop and find their way into the collections of X-Men Fans everywhere? It’s an episode we could only call “New Toy Day!” With two full assortments of Marvel Minimates hitting comic shops and specialty stores this week – the first toys based on the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past and the comic book All-New X-Men – it’s a great week to swing by your local comic shop and pick up some mini-mutants! Read on for more details, then re-enact your favorite scenes from the movie and the comic in a very, very small area!

Marvel Minimates Series 58 X-Men: Days of Future Past Asst.

A Diamond Select Release! The most epic X-Men movie ever made is getting the Minimates treatment from DST! Four different two-packs depict the past and future worlds of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring Mystique with Young Magneto, Bone Claw Wolverine with Charles Xavier, Future Wolverine with Future Storm and Professor X with Future Magneto! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including an alternate head for Storm, alternate hair for Magneto and an alternate torso for Wolverine. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142223, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Marvel Minimates Series 59 All-New X-Men Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The five original X-Men have been brought to the present day, and a new decade calls for new costumes! This assortment based on the Marvel Now! comic title All-New X-Men features four two-packs, including Cyclops with Marvel Girl, Beast with Angel, Iceman with a Sentinel and a rare, short-packed Bobby Drake with Sentinel! Each Minimate mini-figure stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, incluing multile alternate heads and hair pieces, energy blasts and flight stands! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142224, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Fox Launches More Alternate History Websites to Promote X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-Ray

This would have flown under my radar if I didn’t catch a Comic Vine article about two mysterious websites that hint at people with extraordinary abilities, aka mutants.

The first site, is for Tandem, an organization that’s looking for people with abilities. The second recently launched, and is called M-Underground. Its focus is whether Senator Ted Kennedy was a mutant.

In the lead up to this summer’s release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox launched numerous sites to promote the film, including one for character Bolivar Trask’s company Trask Industries, and another looking into the conspiracy theory of who killed President Kennedy and whether it was Magneto that was involved.

The latter of the two new sites with its Kennedy reference is clearly connected to the film, as it’s discussed in the movie that Magneto was trying to protect President Kennedy because Kennedy was a mutant. That bending of history is now extended to his brother Ted (As a side note, I used to work for Senator Kerry and met Sen. Kennedy many times. He was such a nice guy).

But, if you go into the source code, we get more proof this is more site launched by Fox to promote the upcoming Blu-Ray of the film which comes out in October. The first site has 20th Century Fox in the source code. The second has “X-Men” and “X-Men Days of Future Past” in the meta data.

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No conspiracy here, just Fox doing more cool things to promote the X-Men franchise.

SDCC 2014: X-Men: Days of Future Past Minimates Box Set Gets New Photos!

At this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum will release their Marvel Minimates box set based on the classic X-Men comic storyline, Days of Future Past. Published in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142, the story showed a grim future where mutants were second-class citizens that had been largely exterminated by giant Sentinels, and it became one of the touchstones of the X-Men mythos.

The 4-pack of Minimates captures some of the storyline’s most important characters – Future Wolverine, Future Kitty Pryde, Mystique and a Future Sentinel. Each stands approximately 2 inches tall with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, and we’ve taken some photos to show off all those parts! Check out the photos in the gallery, then come to booth 2607 on the show floor to pick up a set for $20, or check with your local retailer to see if they can order it in for you!


Apes Rule the Box Office Again. Transformers Rule Globally.

dawn of the planet of the apesDawn of the Planet of the Apes remained in the top spot at the box office. The film earned an additional $36 million, only a 50 percent drop from the previous week’s debut, which isn’t bad since other sequels this summer have seen a much sharper decline.

In other geek movie news… Transformers: Age of Extinction was fifth this past weekend, and to date, the film has earned $227.2 million. The film has a chance to challenge for the top spot as far as domestic grosses.

Domestically, the top comic related films of the summer are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, still holding strong with $258.4 million, X-Men: Days of Future Past is in third at $230.5 million. Transformers is fourth. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is at $201.6 million for sixth. 300: Rise of An Empire is at 17 with $106.6 million, and Edge of Tomorrow has earned $96.6 million. Snowpiercer is at $3.5 million.

Globally, thinks are a bit different. Transformers: Age of Extinction tops things globally with $886.3 million earned. X-Men is second at $736.3 million. Cap is third at $712.7 million. Edge of Tomorrow has earned $357.9 million. 300: Rise of An Empire has earned $331.1 million. Snowpiercer has earned $83.7 million.


Apes Top Robots at the Box Office

dawn of the planet of the apesIt’s not much of a surprise, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes topped the weekend box office earning an estimated $73 million. That debut is about a 33% improvement from 2011’s Planet of the Apes which debuted with $54.8 million.

The film’s audience was 58% male and 55% over the age of 25. Diversity was also present with the crowd roughly 48% Caucasian, 23% African-American, 16% Hispanic, and 14% Asian. The film received an A- CinemaScore and is currently at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

When it comes to other comic related movies, Transformers: Age of Extinction dropped to second, earning $16.5 million. Domestically the film has earned $209 million and internationally $543.5 million.

The Edge of Tomorrow earned an additional $1.865 million the past weekend to bring it’s domestic gross to $94.55 million in it’s sixth week at the box office. Internationally the film has earned $256 million.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was in 16th place adding a little over $1 million to bring the domestic total to $229.2 million. Internationally the film has earned $731.4 million.

Snowpiercer added $677,000 to it’s total and brings the domestic amount to $2.7 million. Internationally the film has earned $80.2 million. Interestingly in this third week of release the film was released on video on demand, so the amount earned that way isn’t reflected in the total.

As far as worldwide grosses for 2014 of comic related movies, Transformers is now on top with $752.5 million, X-Men is second at $731.4 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is third at $712.4 million, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is fourth at $705 million, the Edge of Tomorrow is in tenth place at $350.6 million, 300: Rise of an Empire is twelfth with $331.1 million, Snowpiercer is 33rd with $82.9 million, and We Are the Best! has earned $157,000 to be at spot 150. At the end of the month Guardians of the Galaxy opens, which is likely to vault into one of the top earning spots of the year.

Around the Tubes

Wednesday sees new comics hitting the stands! What has folks excited?

Around the Tubes

Comic Vine – ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Extended Edition on the Way – Very nice. I’m interesting in seeing what was cut.

The Beat – DC won’t permit Superman logo on statue of murdered boy – Some times it’s best to not ask.

Bleeding Cool – Ant-Man Movie Hires Two New Writers – Hrm.


Around the Tubes Reviews

iO9 – All-New Ultimates #4

CBR- Lazarus #9

Rob Patey’s Comics and Corporate Communications Blog – The Will of Captain Crown Vol. 1

Transformers 4 Remains On Top of the Box Office

Transformers-Age-of-Extinction-Poster-Optimus-and-GrimlockAccording to reports, the Fourth of July weekend was weak at the box office. Without any blockbuster competition,Transformers: Age of Extinction remained at the top of the box office with an estimated $36.4 million. That has the film dropping 64% from the previous weekend and in two weeks it has racked up a domestic total of $714.7 million. Overseas the film has topped $400 million already.

As far as other “comic book” movies Edge of Tomorrow, which is based on the Japanese light novel/manga series All You Need Is Kill, fell to #10 in its fifth weekend. The film added $3.6 million which brings its domestic total to $90.9 million. The film has earned $248.6 million overseas.

Snowpiercer is one of the summer’s best-reviewed action films, around 93% positive on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, based on a French graphic novel, expanded from 8 to 250 theaters. The film earned just under $1 million.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was in 13th and earned $1.84 million which brings its domestic total to $227.1 million. Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned $338,000 and brought its domestic total to $257.8 million. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 finally fell off the charts.

When it comes to 2014, domestically, Cap remains in 1st place, Days of Future Past in third, and Spidey is fifth. Globally Days of Future Past is in first with $724.7 million, The Winter Soldier is second at $711.8 million, and Spider-Man 2 is third at $704.2 million.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Tops the Box Office

Transformers-Age-of-Extinction-Poster-Optimus-and-GrimlockAs expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction topped the box office, bringing in an estimated $100 million in North America, with a $41.6 million opening day. What’s amazing is, the film has also done amazing overseas bringing in around $90 million in China over its first three days. That’s a record for that market, and the film’s final act was set in the country with a high profile Chinese actress in it as well. The film also earned $111.3 million from other foreign markets. That puts it at $301.3 million for the opening weekend. Transformers: Age of Extinction cost an estimated $325 million.

The movie received an A- CinemaScore, and %17 on Rotten Tomatoes, showing off the polarizing reviews.

Not shockingly the film was mostly male, 64%, and older with 57% over 35. Only 27% of the crowd was under the age of 18.

On the other comic book movie front, Edge of Tomorrow has now earned $84.1 million in North America.

X-Men: Days of Future Past wound up in ninth place after its sixth weekend. The film has earned $233.4 million domestically.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed the $200 million mark domestically, with a global total of $703 million.

When it comes to the 2014 rank, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is sitting at the top domestically $257.2 million, Days of Future Past is in third with $223.4 million, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in fifth at $200.2 million.

Globally, things are a bit different. Days of Future Past is sitting on top globally at $712.7 million, The Winter Soldier is second at $711.2 million, and Spider-Man 2 is third at $703.7 million.

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