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Square Enix is Launching a U.S. Publishing Line for Comics, Books, and Art Books

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This fall, the worlds of Square Enix are coming to comics, books, and art books. The video game publisher has announced a deal with Penguin Random House Publisher Services. They’ll bring iconic game properties like Space Invaders, Final Fantasy, and Tomb Raider to the American market under their own banner for the first time. Currently, some of these properties have comics and manga released from other publishers.

In Japan, Square Enix is more than a video company. They also release books, magazines, and manga, so it’s not a stretch for them to bring their material to the U.S. themselves.

The new line will launch this fall with one prose book, Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future, and three manga: Hi Score Girl, A Man and His Cat, and the complete edition of Soul Eaters.

Pacific Rim: Uprising Beats Black Panther but Black Panther Beats The Avengers

Pacific Rim: Uprising won the weekend knocking Black Panther from the top of the box office. The film earned an estimated $28 million which beat the estimates. It’s far short of the original’s $37.3 million and that film went on to earn $101.8 million domestically and $411 worldwide. Uprising has earned $122.5 million at the foreign box office for a total of $150.5 million. The film did quite well in China where it earned $65 million which was around $20 million more than the original. The film has a budget of $150 million.

After five weeks at the top of the box office, Black Panther dropped to second earning an estimated $16.7 million domestically. Domestically, the film has earned $630.9 million. It’s now the highest earning comic adaptation domestically beating The Avengers which earned $623.3 million. It’s the fifth largest domestic release of all-time and will likely climb higher.

Internationally, Black Panther added an estimated $12.9 million to bring its international total to $606.4 million to bring its worldwide total to $1.237 billion. It’s now the twelfth highest worldwide release of all time passing The Fate of the Furious and it will likely pass last year’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s now the third highest grossing comic adaptation passing Iron Man 3.

In third place was I Can Only Imagine which brought in an estimated $13.8 million domestically to bring its total to $38.3 million. That’s a solid return on its $7 million budget.

In fourth place was another new film, Sherlock Gnomes which brought in an estimated $10.6 million domestically from a budget of $59 million. It also earned $4.6 million at the foreign box office for a total of $15.2 million. That total is a disappointment compared to the original Gnomeo and Juliet which earned $25.3 million in its debut in 2011.

Rounding out the top five was Tomb Raider which added $10.4 million domestically and pushing its domestic total to $41 million after ten days. Internationally it added $34.1 million from 66 markets for an international total of $170 million and $211.7 million worldwide.

In other comic film news…

The Death of Stalin expanded into 140 theaters (up 108 from last week) and earned $1.1 million to bring its domestic total to $2.1 million.

Also debuting was I Kill Giants but that was mostly digitally and a very limited theater release. We’ll have updates if available.

We’ll back in an hour for a deeper dive into comic adaptations at the theater.

Black Panther Wins the Weekend for the Fifth Time in a Row

Black Panther again won the weekend making it five in a row. It’s the first film to do that since Avatar in 2009. It also crossed $600 million domestically, the seventh film to do so. With an estimated $27 million, the film now stands at $605.4 million domestically. The film is $18 million shy of passing Marvel’s The Avengers at the domestic box office at which point it’ll be the highest grossing superhero movie of all-time. The film still has a bit to go to gain that title for worldwide totals. There it’s $400 million shy.

Internationally, Black Panther earned $30 million which pushes its foreign box office to $577.1 million. Worldwide the film has earned $1.183 billion.

In second place was Tomb Raider which brought in an estimated $23.5 million domestically. Overseas, the film is now in 65 territories and earned $84.5 million bringing its foreign box office total to $102.5 million. Its grand total is $126 million off of a $94 million budget. The previous two Tomb Raider films earned $274.7 million and $156.5 million with similar budgets.

In third place was another new film, I Can Only Imagine. The “faith-based” film earned an estimated $17.1 million off of a $7 million budget. That was earned off of 1,629 locations with an impressive $10,476 per theater average.

A Wrinkle in Time dropped to fourth from last week’s second place. It added an estimated $16.6 million to its domestic total to bring that to $61.1 million domestically. Worldwide the film has earned $71.7 million.

Wrapping up the top five was Love, Simon which earned an estimated $11.5 million off of a $17 million budget.

In other comic related films…

The Death of Stalin expanded into 32 theaters bringing in an estimated $580,576 to bring its total to $843,967. Per theater the film earned $18,143 a weekend best.

This coming weekend sees the opening of Pacific Rim: Uprising which we’ll see if it can defeat Kaiju as well as Black Panther.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into the results for the various comic adaptations in theaters.

Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb-Raider-posterIt’s a good video game movie! Will wonders never cease?!?

Don’t set your expectations too high, but Alicia Vikander fully brings to life the character of Lara Croft. Taking its cues from the recent successful game of Rise of the Tomb Raider, it suffers from some of the tropes inherent in any hero origin story and from the source games themselves. But mostly it plays out like an updated Indiana Jones with the trappings of Tomb Raider added in, which is both a good and a bad thing.

Our story follows a young Croft, orphaned when her father disappeared on a hunt for an ancient tomb of the “Death Queen” Himiko. When Lara inherits puzzles that her father left behind, she finds his research and takes up the search for herself, convinced that her father may still be alive.

It’s this grounding in humanity, grief and sorrow Lara feels that makes this so relatable to us as an audience, even if the plot is somewhat predictable.

Vikander is also joined by Walton Goggins as the story’s antagonist. Goggins always brings a gleeful sociopathic vibe to whenever he inhabits a villain, and he does this incredibly well here as well. There’s also a brief cameo from Nick Frost, who gives the film one of its funnier moments– even in a movie with lots of humor used to cut the tension.

On top of all of that, the film is action-packed. We barely go ten minutes ever without something happening. Even more impressive is Vikander’s commitment to the role and doing her own stunts, which director Roar Uthaug uses to give us crystal clear close ups of her face during some of the film’s most harrowing moments.

So, yes, it does feel like it treads a lot of the same ground as the Indiana Jones movies. But coming from a video game franchise that has been doing that for decades, that’s not entirely unpredictable — or even a bad thing. It’s sort of like complaining a band ripped off The Beatles. Yeah, so does everybody. It still sounds good.

In a genre which includes Assassin’s Creed, Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Hitman, Warcraft, and the other two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie, the question you always ask yourself is “Would I have rather spent those two hours playing the video game?” In literally every other video game movie, the answer is a profound yes, making them failures as films. This film made me want to go play Rise of the Tomb Raider. Congrats to everyone involved.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Phillip Sevy Take Lara Croft to Antarctica

Everyone’s favorite adventurer Lara Croft is back for a brand-new adventure in Tomb Raider: Inferno. Dark Horse and Crystal Dynamics welcome back veteran Tomb Raider artist Phillip Sevy for another globe-trotting adventure!

Sevy joins Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly as they continue Lara’s quest to uncover the secrets of an enigmatic criminal organization known as Trinity, even if it means following them to the ends of the earth. With Lara hot on their trail, Trinity is on high alert and armed with a new command officer, who is ready for any surprises Lara may have in store for them. It’s time for Lara Croft to come face to face with a side of Trinity she has never seen before.

Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider comics continue the story from the Rise of the Tomb Raider games from Crystal Dynamics. Tomb Raider: Inferno is designed to be a perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

Tomb Raider: Inferno #1 (of 4) goes on sale June 13, 2018

Lara Croft Attacks in a Fresh Adventure “Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade”

The trials and tribulations of Lara Croft continue! Dark Horse and Crystal Dynamics have announced the next installment in the Tomb Raider comic universe. Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade boasts a whole new creative team with Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly composing Lara’s new adventure, while Ashley A. Woods brings Lara Croft to life, and colorist legend Michael Atiyeh makes the art pop! Hannah Fisher has created the gorgeous cover for the first issue.

In Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade, Lara Croft has unfinished business. After facing Trinity in Siberia, she’s driven to unravel the mystery behind her father’s death. After pushing her training to the limit and following clues that lead to more questions than answers, Lara is prepared to put everything on the line to uncover the truth.

Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade’s first issue (of four) goes on sale November 22, 2017.

Pop! Games: Lara Croft in January and Rock Candy: Lara Croft in February

Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft, one of the most iconic video game characters of all time, is joining the Funko family!

Lara has explored the world, weathered the elements, and survived the unimaginable, and now the famed archaeologist is coming as a Pop! vinyl, and also as a Rock Candy figure!

Add Lara Croft to your collection this winter!

Pop! Games: Lara Croft is out in January from Funko. The Rock Candy: Lara Croft is out in February.

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Around the Tubes

Old_Man_Logan_1_CoverIt was new comic book day yesterday! Did folks have luck picking up their new comics? Anyone impacted by the snow? For those that weren’t, what’d you like from this week’s releases? What was a clunker?

Around the Tubes

Huffington Post – Diversity in Comics: Defining Afrofuturism, Afro-Blackness and The Black Fantastic – A good read for those that might know about these things.

A.V. Club – A California college is offering a free online course about comic books – Who’s signing up?

Atoll Comics – Listening to Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #6 – Read about why you should check out this series now that its wrapped.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All-New, All-Different Avengers #4

Talking Comics – Cry Havoc #1

ICv2 – DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1

Comic Vine – Deadly Class #18

Comic Vine – Deathstroke #14

CBR – Faith #1

Talking Comics – Ghostbusters International #1

Comic Vine – Grayson #16

Talking Comics – Old Man Logan #1

Comic VIne – Old Man Logan #1

Talking Comics – Tomb Raider #1

The Beat – Up Down Clown

Talking Comics – Victorie City #1

 

Around the Tubes (Video Game) Reviews

Kotaku – LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Fashion Spotlight: Guardianspotting, Indiana Croft, Punch Comics

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Guardianspotting, Indiana Croft, and Punch Comics, by JayHai, metrokard2, and Eman, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Guardianspotting

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Indiana Croft

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Punch Comics

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48 Hours Left To Get Comic Block!

SpawnGreat Scott! Back to the Future hits Comic Block with an EXCLUSIVE variant cover! October’s Comic Block brings subscribers 3 EXCLUSIVE variant covers along with a few more hellish surprises for Halloween!

Comic Block is celebrating Halloween this month with an anti-hero who’s from a place where EVERY DAY is Halloween: SPAWN! Join him on his unholy quest for vengeance. This is one Spawn item you will not get anywhere else, and we’re told something you’ll beg the devil for a second chance at if you miss it.

But Spawn isn’t the only hero that’s been reborn in this month’s Comic Block!

Back to the FutureThere’s also a special EXCLUSIVE cover variant of Heroes Reborn #1, which comes from the creative team behind the new NBC show, and only subscribers will get it!

We also get to head to 1985 to witness the meeting of two of history’s most accomplished time travelers with another excellent EXCLUSIVE. You may be wishing you had a flux capacitor to take you back in time once you see the unboxing videos for this Comic Block, so do yourself a favor and sign-up today!

Tomb Raider

Speaking of EXCLUSIVES, there’s also an intrepid raider of tombs who will be making an appearance in the October Comic Block.

So far that’s four exclusives! Not bad, right? EVERY item in this month’s Comic Block is EXCLUSIVE! Comic Block subscriptions start at just $13.99 USD!

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