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Teen Titans: The Judas Contract coming April 18 to Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD

teentitans-3dWarner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring one of the most momentous Teen Titans plotlines in comics history to animated life with the all-new, feature-length film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 18, 2017.

The landmark Teen Titans story will be available on Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP) starting April 18, 2017.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes the movie in high definition on Blu-ray Disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet*. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive figurine of Blue Beetle in a numbered, limited edition gift set. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be released via Digital HD on April 4, 2017.

Led by Starfire, the Teen Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing – have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows – both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception.

Christina Ricci (Zelda, Sleepy Hollow, The Addams Family) and the late Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles, RoboCop, Crossing Jordan) join the already established Teen Titans voice cast as Terra and Deathstroke, respectively. Returning Titans actors include Sean Maher (Firefly/Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood) as Nightwing, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Raven, Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters) as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy, Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Superheroes) as Starfire, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian. Gregg Henry (Scandal, The Killing, Payback) voices the villainous Brother Blood.

The voice cast also includes Maria Canals-Barrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as Jaime’s mother, Meg Foster (They Live) as Mother Mayhem, Crispin Freeman (Justice League Action, Batman: Arkham games) as Speedy,  Masasa Moyo (Young Justice) as Bumblebee, David Zayas (Gotham, Dexter) as Jaime’s father, Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Kid Flash, and Kevin Smith (Clerks, Geeking Out) as … himself.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is directed by Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke) from a screenplay by Ernie Altbacker (Justice League Dark). Sam Register is Executive Producer; James Tucker (Batman Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) is Supervising Producer; and Alan Burnett (Justice League vs. Teen Titans) is co-Producer.

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Enhanced Content

Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Digital HD

  • Sneak Peek – Batman and Harley Quinn: Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, featuring the talented creators and voice cast.
  • Featurette – Titanic Minds: Wolfman and Perez: This revealing documentary explores a creative partnership that has lasted decades as Marv Wolfman and George Pérez come together to discuss their careers and one of the most famous runs in Teen Titan history, The Judas Contract.
  • Featurette – Villains United—Deathstroke: When the super-soldier Deathstroke appears, the forces of good will be in the fight of their lives. This short featurette reveals the origin and unique abilities of this villain.
  • Additional Sneak Peeks
  • From the DC Comics Vault – Two Bonus Cartoons (Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack only)

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  • Sneak Peek – Batman and Harley Quinn: Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, featuring the talented creators and voice cast.

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Review: Bullseye #1

bullseye__1Bullseye #1 finds one of our favorite bad guy assassins presumed dead and free from a SHIELD prison with a little help from The Hand, taking out a house full of Feds to get to an accountant turned snitch. Bullseye’s more than a little restless from trying to keep a low profile and his shady AF booking agent has some pretty unscrupulous assignments up for grabs to keep him occupied and covered in blood.

We get treated to two stories for the price of one. Both of them are to be continued in second issue and both storylines are thought out and intriguing enough to stand on their own, even with their briefness.

The first part of this two-fer issue has Bullseye on a search for maximum carnage and money leading him on a mission to Columbia to rescue the leader of a cartel head’s kid from an even more dangerous sadistic mobster. There’s more going on in the first half but you’ll have to read it to find out and yes, it is worth buying. “The Columbian Connection Part 1 is written with all the gritty old school Marvel style that made you love the dark side of Marvel to begin with. Writer Ed Brisson gives selfishness, realness and swag that we’ve grown to love on this underrated character. He writes him as a cocky, brash, sadistic bad ass and gives him a foe that’s just as equal. Guillermo Sanna gives the first story in this issue that old school Marvel flare we crave. His art has the same style that we fell in love with when we started reading back in day where NYC was a scary place and good and evil both lurked in the shadows. The nostalgia was on point and Morgan manages to give the pages hixbisn flare.

The second half of the issue, “If I Tell You… finds Bullseye at the tail end of the hunt for some stolen and erased data , while being chased by goons who want it back for their boss. The Marv Wolfman story is short, “sweet” and to the point. It’s a nice little side story that complements the main one and gives the readers a nice little bit of character nuances that will get even the newest Bullseye reader a decent primer (Which is pretty damn dope considering Wolfman is one of Bullseye’s original co-creators). Alec Morgan manages to convey the same nostalgic, old school 80s vibe that the first story gave us but, he adds some sleek modern touches to it. The difference is nice and not too jarring especially sine even there is a nice little ad to separate the stories giving your eyes a second to adjust.

Overall this issue as a whole was a solid read. The stories match up nicely and seem to complement each other. The two separate storylines also seem like if at some point they wanted to combine the two stories into one story, it would work well and it’s quite feasible that the storylines could interconnect. The first issue of Bullseye gave us two really good stand alone stories that prove that Bullseye doesn’t need the Devil of Hells Kitchen to be interesting or relevant.

Story: Marv Wolfman & Ed Brisson Art: Guillermo Sanna & Alec Morgan
The Columbian Connection Part 1 Story: 8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8
If I Tell You … Story: 8.8 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8
Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Raven #5

Raven #5

(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Diogenes Neves, Ruy Jose (CA) Stephanie Hans
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“THE WHITE CARNIVAL” part five! San Francisco is on the brink of total disaster, with more citizens being sucked into the giant orb by the minute. Raven can’t possibly overcome such insurmountable odds…unless she gets a little help from her family!

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Right on Target – A First Look at Bullseye #1!

This February, the world’s deadliest assassin is back on the board and back in business. Marvel has released a new look inside Bullseye #1 – the new 5-issue limited series from creators Ed Brisson and Guillermo Sanna! He’s been out of commission for a while, but it’s time to show the world that they should still fear Bullseye. He’s beaten Daredevil, Elektra, the Punisher, and more. But that was just business. This? This is for pleasure. So what does the world’s greatest assassin do for fun? From the mean streets of New York City to the jungles of South America – Bullseye is going to do what he does best. Hit the targets and make sure they don’t get back up.

Plus – in addition to a full length adventure, legendary writer & Bullseye co-creator Marv Wolfman returns for a can’t-miss Bullseye back-up alongside artist Alec Morgan! What does Bullseye want with the Mafia’s most sensitive information? What lengths will he go to in order to get it?

Shoot first. Ask questions later. Featuring covers by Dave Johnson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Chris Stevens, Marco Checchetto, John Tyler Christopher, Tim Bradstreet, and Skottie Young.

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Preview: Raven #4

Raven #4

(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Alisson Borges, Diogenes Neves, Ruy Jose (CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“THE WHITE CARNIVAL” part four! When a strange new group of masked villains takes credit for the glowing orb and holds the entire city of San Francisco for ransom, Raven is forced to confront them head-on! Are they any match for the daughter of Trigon? And is there more going on here than meets the eye?

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Preview: Raven #3

Raven #3

(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Alisson Borges (CA) Annie Wu
In Shops: Nov 16, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“The White Carnival” part three! San Francisco goes on high alert when a strange, glowing orb begins to consume the city itself! Can Raven save her new friends and her new home from this mysterious and powerful force?

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Preview: Raven #1

Raven #1

Written by: Marv Wolfman
Art by: Alison Borges
Cover by: Alison Borges

“The White Carnival” part 1! In a tale set between TEEN TITANS #24 and TEEN TITANS: REBIRTH #1, Raven takes a break from the team and moves to San Francisco to stay with her estranged aunt and face her most perilous challenge yet: high school! As Raven discovers more about her human side, one of her classmates goes missing under mysterious circumstances, and she must face an evil like none she’s known before!

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Review: Raven #1

ravencoverThe Teen Titans’ resident empath, demon spawn, and Goth girl Raven heads to San Francisco and her mom’s family in her new solo series from her creator, writer Marv Wolfman, and artist Alisson Borges (Lobo). She tries to be a normal high schooler, but as in most “superheroes go to high school” comics, this doesn’t work out, and intense magical battles ensue.

Unfortunately, Wolfman’s writing and plotting in Raven #1 is a little bit of a jumble, and he seems to be more concerned explaining her power set instead of showing her attempts to fit in at high school beyond the cliched “Everyone hates me.” thing. (She even vomits in a trash can.) There is a seed of an interesting conflict between Raven and her Aunt Alice’s family as they are devout Christians and Raven is basically the daughter of the devil. But this is only explored at surface level with Raven zoning out during pre-dinner grace and some crosses above in their interior decoration. Wolfman does try something interesting stylistically with his writing by making the high school students’ dialogue one-word phrases like “concert” and “blah blah blah” to show that Raven isn’t really interested in what they have to say. But somehow she has “friends” by the end of the first day through magic. Unlike, say, Steve Orlando in Supergirl who is making Kara getting used to Earth life and school a gradual process, Wolfman just decides to magic it away and give her group of friends that she has barely any connection with beyond the fact that she dresses up like a popular metal band’s singer.

Raven #1 fares a little bit better on the art front. Whenever Raven uses her magical abilities, the panels shift and sway as she manipulates the fabric of reality. Borges uses grids to ramp up the intensity as Raven goes from trying to survive high school to preparing for the return of her demon father, Trigion. And this is where colorist Blond comes in with bursts of energy like a light blue when Raven’s rival starts using her powers. He works in a melancholy purple early in the comic when Raven is thinking about the death of Tim Drake, her Teen Titans teammate, but unfortunately, Wolfman and Borges don’t mention or look into their relationship for the rest of the comic. He’s just a convenient reason for her to go solo and try to reconnect with her family.

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Alisson Borges does a decent job showing how out of place Raven is in high school as well as the practically migraine inducing strain her magical abilities take on her. Her art style is melodramatic, but fits a book where the main character makes the girls around her think they’re pregnant when she’s having a bad day. (That’s pretty cruel, actually.) Unfortunately, Wolfman completely drops the “misanthropic teenager” ball and just makes Raven an awkward cloak wearer.

Raven #1 has nice dialed up color palette from Blond and couple intense magic sequences from Borges, but Marv Wolfman doesn’t really break new ground in the superhero in high school department. He uses Raven’s empathetic abilities to cause her pain and tension, but doesn’t connect it to her real emotions just some random magic using student. So, there is a lot of screaming and magic, but no real emotional connection in the comic, which makes it fairly mediocre.

Story: Marv Wolfman Art: Alisson Borges Colors: Blond
Story: 5 Art: 7 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Exclusive Preview: Cyborg #11

Cyborg #11

Written by: Marv Wolfman
Art by: Oclair Albert, Felipe Watanabe
Cover by: Jonboy Meyers
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: May 25 2016

The epic conclusion of the “Cybernetic Registration” epic is here! The Cyforce’s true masterminds are finally revealed! How will Cyborg ever regain the trust of our citizens, the government or the JLA again?

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