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Preview: Wolverine: Black White, & Blood #4 (of 4)

Wolverine: Black White, & Blood #4 (of 4)

(W) Steven S. DeKnight, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson (A) Paulo Siqueira, Leonard Kirk (A/CA) Khary Randolph
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
SRP: $4.99

BRUTAL BATTLES WITH THE UNBREAKABLE MUTANT!
The bloody, brutal mayhem continues! Steven S. DeKnight makes his debut in the Marvel Universe as he teams up with Paulo Siquiera to put the best there is through his paces on a bloody trip to the SAVAGE LAND! Kelly Thompson teams with Khary Randolph for a heartfelt – and heart-pounding – episode in Japan! And Ed Brisson takes LOGAN back to the Outback with Leonard Kirk, where he’ll go up against the REAVERS!

Wolverine: Black White, & Blood #4 (of 4)

Preview: King-Size Conan #1

King-Size Conan #1

(W) Richard Thomas, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Kevin Eastman, Steven S. DeKnight (A) Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, Jesus Saiz (CA) Andrew Robinson
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $6.99

BY CROM, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CELEBRATION LIKE THIS – MARKING 50 YEARS OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN IN COMICS!

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new KING-SIZE CONAN! In 1970, Roy Thomas brought CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a creation of author Robert E. Howard, to Marvel Comics. With art by the incomparable Barry Windsor-Smith, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 introduced the Hyborian Age to a whole new audience, paving the way for decades of comics and Conan’s conquest of pop culture.

Now get ready to celebrate 50 years of CONAN with an oversize special spanning the breadth of Conan’s life and times by the most dazzling array of creative talent ever assembled in one book to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth!
Experience Roy Thomas and Steve McNiven’s all-new prelude to that original story from 1970!

Thrill to a tale of revenge by Kevin Eastman (co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), writing and drawing his FIRST Marvel story!

Chris Claremont and Roberto de la Torre team up to unveil a turning point in Conan’s career as a mercenary!
Kurt Busiek and Pete Woods recount an early brush with sorcerous forces that will shape Conan’s destiny!
Conan and Bêlit sail together again for the first time since the 2019 relaunch, with Jes s Saiz illustrating the Marvel Comics maiden voyage of Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s DAREDEVIL writer/director/showrunner)!

The perfect introduction for new fans, and an essential adventure for die-hards, this is the can’t-miss CONAN comic of the decade!

King-Size Conan #1

Early Preview: King-Size Conan #1

King-Size Conan #1

(W) Richard Thomas, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Kevin Eastman, Steven S. DeKnight (A) Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, Jesus Saiz (CA) Andrew Robinson
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $6.99

BY CROM, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CELEBRATION LIKE THIS – MARKING 50 YEARS OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN IN COMICS!

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new KING-SIZE CONAN! In 1970, Roy Thomas brought CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a creation of author Robert E. Howard, to Marvel Comics. With art by the incomparable Barry Windsor-Smith, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 introduced the Hyborian Age to a whole new audience, paving the way for decades of comics and Conan’s conquest of pop culture.

Now get ready to celebrate 50 years of CONAN with an oversize special spanning the breadth of Conan’s life and times by the most dazzling array of creative talent ever assembled in one book to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth!

Experience Roy Thomas and Steve McNiven’s all-new prelude to that original story from 1970!

Thrill to a tale of revenge by Kevin Eastman (co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), writing and drawing his FIRST Marvel story!

Chris Claremont and Roberto de la Torre team up to unveil a turning point in Conan’s career as a mercenary!

Kurt Busiek and Pete Woods recount an early brush with sorcerous forces that will shape Conan’s destiny!
Conan and Bêlit sail together again for the first time since the 2019 relaunch, with Jes s Saiz illustrating the Marvel Comics maiden voyage of Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s DAREDEVIL writer/director/showrunner)!

The perfect introduction for new fans, and an essential adventure for die-hards, this is the can’t-miss CONAN comic of the decade!

King-Size Conan #1

Celebrate Conan the Barbarian’s Legacy in the King-Size Conan #1 Trailer

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new King-Size Conan! Marking 50 years of Conan the Barbarian in comics, this oversized one-shot will be a mighty celebration of Robert E. Howard creation’s conquest of pop-culture. A dazzling array of creative talent have assembled for a collection of all-new stories that span the entire breadth of Conan’s history. Get a sneak peek at these epic quests that have shaped Conan’s destiny in the King-Size Conan #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

Legendary Conan writer Roy Thomas, known for his groundbreaking run on the title that began in 1970’s Conan the Barbarian #1, returns to take the character back to the very beginning.

In addition to Thomas, King-Size Conan #1 will feature stories written by Chris Claremont and Kurt Busiek as well as the Marvel Comics debut of Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Steven S. DeKnight, director and showrunner of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. These thrilling tales will be brought to life by an all-star cast of artists including Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, and Jesus Saiz. It comes wrapped in a cover by Andrew Robinson.

Since making his return to Marvel Comics last year, Conan’s new Hyborian Age adventures have delighted die-hard fans and introduced the iconic character to a whole new audience of comic readers. Honor the tremendous impact of this global phenomenon when King-Size Conan #1 arrives on December 23rd!

Around the Tubes

Inferior Five #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CTV News – Up, up and away: Edmonton comic book store named best in Canada – Congrats!

/Flim – Jupiter’s Legacy Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight Exits – That’s not a good sign.

The Guardian – Russian comics get sales boost after culture minister calls them ‘pathetic’ – Awesome!

Forbes – Why New Raina Telgemeier Graphic Memoir ‘Guts’ Has A One Million Copy Print Run – The sales aren’t in capes and tights.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Midnight Furies is a slam dunk queer sports drama – Free comics!

The Comics Journal – Biographer and Comics Fandom Chronicler Bill Schelly Dies Unexpectedly at 67 – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Reviews

CBR – Inferior Five #1
But Why Podcast –
The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs
Talking Comics –
Powers of X #4
The Beat –
Relics of Youth #1
The Telegraph –
Rusty Brown
Comis Bulletin –
Swing Vol. 2

Movie Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.

It’s been almost five years since the original Pacific Rim and over those years my love for the original has grown. The giant robot vs. monsters movie is exactly what it said it’d be with crazy fights, lots of actions, and bringing the cult genres to the big screen in a live action film that only Guillermo del Toro can deliver. It was, and is, a fun brainless film.

Enter Pacific Rim: Uprising which attempts to create a franchise out of the cult classic (and it’s obvious this is the goal) but without the creative team of del Toro and fellow screenwriter Travis Beacham. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight with a script by DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin, Pacific Rim: Uprising is the same brainless giant robot fun but somehow made shallower. It’s Pacific Rim via Michael Bay (and that’s not a compliment).

Taking place ten years after the original film, the world hasn’t completely recovered from the destruction of the original and is on edge over the threat of further Kaiju attack. The movie is Pacific Rim: The Next Generation as we’re introduced to new cadets and characters with only a few standing out and showing any personality.

Returning are Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb, Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler, and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori. With much of the original cast dead, we’re presented new cadets and new “heroes” to cheer for but none show aspects that make us want to.

Let me get to the good.

There’s some solid use of the drift to teach us about these new characters.

There’s some cool fights and we get to see all sorts of new aspects when it comes to robot battles.

It pays homage to the past while attempting to forge it’s own future, a path similar to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It also does that with the genre as a whole with nods to Godzilla and Gundam alike.

The bad.

The sound quality is all over the place and I had issues understanding dialogue.

They fridge a character.

None of the characters stand out at all. It feels like the majority are background characters devoid of personality and anything that makes them special.

And the last part is what bothers me the most. The new film is another franchise for the entertaining and likeable John Boyega who plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost from the original. We’re also supposed to get another set of eyes we can relate to in Cailee Spaeny‘s Amara Namani, a teenage genius who built her own Jaeger. That character though isn’t given enough to do, or enough growth, and falls short of Mako Mori’s story arc from the original. In fact Namani feels like a cross between Mori and the teenage female tech genius from Transformers: Last Knight.

The new bunch of recruits aren’t interesting or feel like derivatives of the original including two Russians who somehow have less personality than the pair from the first movie. Like teenagers lined up to die in a horror film, we’re given shallow stereotypes/archetypes instead of characters. I don’t care what happens to them at all. Beyond two characters, everyone feels like fodder and background and at points I cheered and hoped for a giant monster to eat them.

And that’s the biggest failure of the film.

There’s an excellent theme here of the next generation saving the world. Set against the real world where kids are speaking up for DACA or against gun violence such as those from Parkland, there’s an interesting theme and concept of Generation X and Millenials handing over the world to Gen Z for them to save it. Act as a guiding hand and a reminder to not make the same mistakes. That’s touched upon but never explored and if it was given just a little attention, the film would be an amazing allegory and perfectly timed for the state of the real world.

Pacific Rim: Uprising feels like half-baked ideas that are never fully realized. Still, if you’re going for giant robots battling monsters, you should be more than happy.

Overall Rating: 6.5