Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Comic Book Review: Super Powers #1


DC Comics resurrects their Super Powers line with issue #1 of a new all ages book for kids and even their parents to enjoy. Art Baltazar is back doing what he does best as he provides simplistic and brightly colored illustrations. Writers Baltazar and Franco keep the story uncomplicated while still throwing in some episodic elements to keep readers interested.


The World’s Greatest Heroes are back in Super Powers #1 — except for Batman! Superman helps out by cleaning up in Gotham City, where he discovers a clue that sends Wonder Woman into space to find the Caped Crusader. Her journey brings her a step closer to Batman, but can she uncover the truth behind his disappearance?


Super Powers #1 is rated E for "Everyone." It's nice to have a comic book that anyone can enjoy. I really don't know why DC continues to launch and relaunch books with the same writer and artist under different titles. Why not just leave it the same name for consistency? Anybody remember DC Super Friends and Superman Family? This really is similar to both of those.

Super Powers #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

Comic Book Review: Super Powers #1


DC Comics resurrects their Super Powers line with issue #1 of a new all ages book for kids and even their parents to enjoy. Art Baltazar is back doing what he does best as he provides simplistic and brightly colored illustrations. Writers Baltazar and Franco keep the story uncomplicated while still throwing in some episodic elements to keep readers interested.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Movie Review: "I Am Your Father"


"I Am Your Father" is a tantalizing look at the man inside the helmet of Darth Vader. Actor Dave Prowse provides all sorts of interesting tidbits and revelations about what happened behind the scenes of the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Interviews with Producers Gary Kurtz and Robert Watts don't sugarcoat their feelings about why Prowse was looked at as a troublemaker when it came to the press and public plot leaks.


I'm not taking sides, as I've met Mr. Prowse a couple of times and worked with him indirectly for a Hammer charity event I held and he was nice and very generous. The quick-moving documentary looks to right the "wrong" done to Prowse by re-casting Sebastian Shaw in the role of old-man Anakin / Darth Vader in "Return of the Jedi" and clear the negative air between the actor and Lucasfilm. I would almost say it's a plea by Prowse to give him another chance to be involved in official Lucasfilm-sanctioned "Star Wars" events.


David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader in the first "Star Wars" Trilogy, never revealed his face during the films. He could have done it only once for "Return of the Jedi", but something happened. Another actor did that sequence and that fact marked David Prowse's life forever. Thirty years later, a young Spanish filmmaker Marcos Cabotá discovers why the producers made that decision. He is determined to pay Dave a deserved tribute, which seems almost impossible.


"I Am Your Father" is unrated and contains mild profanity and some indirect frightening scenes from different Hammer horror movies. There are also a few pictures of Prowse with nothing but small shorts on while doing bodybuilding poses.

"I Am Your Father" is available now on Netflix and Digital HD.


Movie Review: "I Am Your Father"


"I Am Your Father" is a tantalizing look at the man inside the helmet of Darth Vader. Actor Dave Prowse provides all sorts of interesting tidbits and revelations about what happened behind the scenes of the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Interviews with Producers Gary Kurtz and Robert Watts don't sugarcoat their feelings about why Prowse was looked at as a troublemaker when it came to the press and public plot leaks.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

LEGO Star Wars: Freemaker Adventures Coming to Blu-ray / DVD


Unleash the Lighter Side of the Force With the Action Packed Thrills of "LEGO STAR WARS: The Freemaker Adventures" Complete Season One!

See more after the jump!


The Complete Season One on Blu-ray™ and DVD for the First Time on December 6, 2016

Synopsis: Join the Freemakers in their spectacular first season of "LEGO Star Wars Adventures."

Taking place between the events of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," these new adventures follow a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from battle debris strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber –he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. The Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters and discover the strength of family. Relive all 13 action-packed episodes in "LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" Season One.


Bonus Features: "The Freemaker Adventures: Meet the Freemaker Family" – Get to know the members of your favorite family of celestial scavengers – and meet the actors who bring them to life – in this fun collection of clips, behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews!

"Freemaker Salvage and Repair" - Visit the shop with the finest salvage in the galaxy as Rowan, Kordi and Zander take you on a tour of the family business.

6 Exclusive Magnets Packed Inside Each Blu-ray and DVD!


Voice Cast: Nicolas Cantu (upcoming TV movie “Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie”) as Rowan; Vanessa Lengies (TV’s “Second Chance”) as Kordi; Eugene Byrd (TV’s “Bones) as Zander; Grey Griffin (Disney Channel’s “Miles from Tomorrowland”) as Naare and Matthew Wood (Disney XD’s “Star Wars Rebels”) as RO-GR.

Executive Producers: Bill Motz, Bob Roth


LEGO Star Wars: Freemaker Adventures Coming to Blu-ray / DVD


Unleash the Lighter Side of the Force With the Action Packed Thrills of "LEGO STAR WARS: The Freemaker Adventures" Complete Season One!

See more after the jump!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Blu-ray Review: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 3D Collector's Edition


The big day has finally come for 3D and "Star Wars" lovers. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 3D Collector's Edition hits shelves in the format with audio commentary from Director J.J. Abrams and more new bonus material found in the four-disc set. It arrives just in time for the holiday season and will be a great present to find under any fan's Christmas tree.


Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn (John Boyega) crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights.


I can't stand seeing 3D films in the theater and think most really aren't worth the extra cost. It's a trend that seems to be fading in popularity. Working at a movie store, I can tell you that less and less movies are being released in 3D and even less people are buying them. 3D movies do look way better in a home theater environment, though. It's something to do with the size of the screen and how more compact the picture is in front of you.


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" never really used the 3D as a means of spectacle. It was utilized more as a way to give the film more depth and add layers to the visual experience. We don't get gimmicky lightsabers swinging out at you or ships flying straight into your eye sockets.


Special features:

Audio Commentary with J.J. Abrams – Enter the mind of visionary director J.J. Abrams as he reveals the creative and complex choices made while developing the first film in the new "Star Wars" trilogy.

"Foley: A Sonic Tale" – Foley artists, consisting of old pros and new talent, unite to bring the world of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” alive through the matching of sound to action.


"Sounds of the Resistance" – Hear how the epic sound design of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” moves the "Star Wars" legacy forward.

Deleted Scenes – View never-before-shared scenes that didn’t make the film’s final cut.


"Dressing the Galaxy" – Costume Designer Michael Kaplan reveals how the costumes of the original "Star Wars" movies were re-envisioned for a new generation.

"The Scavenger and the Stormtrooper: A Conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega" – The two new stars share the thrill of working together on the adventure of a lifetime and becoming part of the "Star Wars" legacy.


"Inside the Armory" – Take a fascinating tour through the design and creation of the weaponry in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from the April release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” include the complete story behind the making of the film, an unforgettable cast table read, insights from legendary composer John Williams and deleted scenes, as well as features that dig deeper into the creation of new characters such as BB-8, the design of the climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren, the film’s remarkable digital artistry and the "Star Wars:" Force for Change global aid initiative.


The movie is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. It has the same content any of the other “Star Wars” films had. There’s also some mild language to be found. The same types of expletives we got in 1977. I would say it’s less graphic than “Revenge of the Sith,” though.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 3D Collector's Edition is an absolute must-have for fans and is available now here.


Blu-ray Review: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 3D Collector's Edition


The big day has finally come for 3D and "Star Wars" lovers. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 3D Collector's Edition hits shelves in the format with audio commentary from Director J.J. Abrams and more new bonus material found in the four-disc set. It arrives just in time for the holiday season and will be a great present to find under any fan's Christmas tree.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Comic Book Review: KISS #2


Writer Amy Chu knows how to pen a story that will appeal to several generations by taking influences from a few different decades of science fiction entertainment to create KISS #2. You have the 1970s covered with a dash of "Logan's Run." The 1980s are represented by the presence of what resembles KISS Transformers or Robo-KISS security officers. Add to that the underground city concept from 2003's "The City of Ember" and you have a rather interesting blend of fantasy ingredients to spin a captivating and seemingly timeless tale with. Let's just say this isn't your typical superhero comic book where Starchild, Demon, Spaceman, and Catman swoop down and save the world like we've seen before (at least not yet it isn't). There's way more going on here that will keep readers anticipating what comes next by taking the KISS mythology to a different level.




In the underground city of Blackwell, four children of the future discover four Elders from the past. The Elders, who live on as programs in the computer MORPHEUS, reveal a history they never knew, and deliver a warning-something has gone terribly wrong with their world. And it's up to the four friends to find out what in KISS #2.


While KISS comics in the past have seemed marketed toward mature audiences with scantily clad women and horror elements prevalent, Dynamite's take on the super-group is tamer so far. Aside from the typical KISS fans, it appears targeted to teens and young adults. I can't recall any profanity and there's nothing too frightening or intense for a younger crowd so far.

KISS #2 is available now in print and digital editions.

Comic Book Review: KISS #2


Writer Amy Chu knows how to pen a story that will appeal to several generations by taking influences from a few different decades of science fiction entertainment to create KISS #2. You have the 1970s covered with a dash of "Logan's Run." The 1980s are represented by the presence of what resembles KISS Transformers or Robo-KISS security officers. Add to that the underground city concept from 2003's "The City of Ember" and you have a rather interesting blend of fantasy ingredients to spin a captivating and seemingly timeless tale with. Let's just say this isn't your typical superhero comic book where Starchild, Demon, Spaceman, and Catman swoop down and save the world like we've seen before (at least not yet it isn't). There's way more going on here that will keep readers anticipating what comes next by taking the KISS mythology to a different level.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Movie Review: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"


The real stars of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" are the back story and Ezra Miller and Colin Farell's character developments. Moral commentary comes into play when prejudice and hate are addressed through literal witch hunts led by a Puritan-type group known as the New Salem Philanthropic Society. The fantastic beasts in the movie are the least interesting part as they're used as mcguffins for Eddie Redmayne's character to run around New York City and capture. They help fight the evil at times and save the day, but end up being nothing more than a distraction (literally). When the credits roll, it feels like we've watched an Americanized version of a "Harry Potter" movie with very little of the endearing qualities or magic that made them work so well for seven installments.


The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob (Dan Fogler), a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.


"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is rated PG-13. It contains violence, profanity, and frightening and intense sequences. There are a few scenes that would be considered mildly adult-themed featuring some kissing and such.


Movie Review: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"


The real stars of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" are the back story and Ezra Miller and Colin Farell's character developments. Moral commentary comes into play when prejudice and hate are addressed through literal witch hunts led by a Puritan-type group known as the New Salem Philanthropic Society. The fantastic beasts in the movie are the least interesting part as they're used as mcguffins for Eddie Redmayne's character to run around New York City and capture. They help fight the evil at times and save the day, but end up being nothing more than a distraction (literally). When the credits roll, it feels like we've watched an Americanized version of a "Harry Potter" movie with very little of the endearing qualities or magic that made them work so well for seven installments.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Comic Book Review: Mother Panic #1


Just when you thought Gotham couldn't get any more grim, Young Animals imprint Head Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, Doom Patrol) and Tommy Lee Edwards' Mother Panic comes to town lugging around all her emotional baggage and proving things can get bleaker... a LOT bleaker. Jody Houser (Justice League of America) doesn't hold back when it comes to fighting the scum and filth of the city. She looks great doing it in a rather unique white costume that clashes with the dark of the night and leaves her enemies thinking she's part of the Batman Family. Artist Tommy Lee Edwards paints an extremely bleak portrait of murder and mayhem splashed over with gore and unhinged waves of brutality.


Meet Violet Paige, a celebutante with a bad attitude and a temper to match. No one suspects her of having anything lying beneath the surface of her outrageous exploits in Mother Panic #1. But Violet isn’t just another bored heiress in the upper echelons of Gotham City’s elite. Motivated by her traumatic youth, Violet seeks to exact vengeance on her privileged peers as the terrifying new vigilante known only as Mother Panic.


Mother Panic #1 is suggested for mature readers. It contains violence and gore, profanity, alcohol, drugs and smoking, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. Let's just say this is definitely not your typical PG-13 superhero comic book.


Issue #1 of Mother Panic includes a backup story entitled "Gotham Radio." It's written by Jim Krueger (Justice) and drawn by Phil Hester (The Flash Season Zero). The story is as disturbing and grim as Mother Panic and ends with a literal bang. I'm not entirely sure where they're heading with the tale, but it left me intrigued.

Mother Panic #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

Comic Book Review: Mother Panic #1


Just when you thought Gotham couldn't get any more grim, Young Animals imprint Head Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, Doom Patrol) and Tommy Lee Edwards' Mother Panic comes to town lugging around all her emotional baggage and proving things can get bleaker... a LOT bleaker. Jody Houser (Justice League of America) doesn't hold back when it comes to fighting the scum and filth of the city. She looks great doing it in a rather unique white costume that clashes with the dark of the night and leaves her enemies thinking she's part of the Batman Family. Artist Tommy Lee Edwards paints an extremely bleak portrait of murder and mayhem splashed over with gore and unhinged waves of brutality.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Comic Book Review: Batman #9 and #10


Batman issues #9 and #10 continue a new trend of throwing Batman into a team scenario where he must work with unlikely allies to take on an epic foe. Of course it's a Suicide Squad type lineup, which is only expected with the promotional machine geared up for the movie to hit home in a few weeks. It is exciting to see the Dark Knight relentlessly take on Bane once again in issue #10. Writer Tom King has done an outstanding job expanding the villain's history and growing him as a character. Mikel Janin's artwork is full of wonderful shading and exciting panels of breathtaking action.


Batman has always been crazy…but this? This is suicide! In order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes… Bane. Are they ready for the most dangerous mission of their lives? As the Dark Knight prepares his squad to infiltrate Santa Prisca, he may find that it’s up to him alone to face Bane.


Issues #9 and #10 of Batman are rated T for Teen. They contain violence and frightening and intense scenes. bane is actually naked throughout the book, but his midsection is always covered in shadow.

Batman #9 is available now in print and digital editions.

Batman #10 is available now in print and digital editions.

Comic Book Review: Batman #9 and #10


Batman issues #9 and #10 continue a new trend of throwing Batman into a team scenario where he must work with unlikely allies to take on an epic foe. Of course it's a Suicide Squad type lineup, which is only expected with the promotional machine geared up for the movie to hit home in a few weeks. It is exciting to see the Dark Knight relentlessly take on Bane once again in issue #10. Writer Tom King has done an outstanding job expanding the villain's history and growing him as a character. Mikel Janin's artwork is full of wonderful shading and exciting panels of breathtaking action.

Journey with Mark Hamill on His "Pop Culture Quest"


PREMIERES NOVEMBER 15, 2016
And airs Tuesdays
On www.Comic-ConHQ.com

On November 15th the Force will be strong on devices across the nation as "Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest" comes to Comic–Con HQ. Mark Hamill has been collecting comic books, original artwork, toys and other mementos since the early 1970s and now he gets to share his passion and enthusiasm for collecting in his new web series. Check out more after the jump!


“I’ve been a collector all my life,” said Hamill. “This show is a natural outgrowth of that passion. Now I have an opportunity to collect other people's collections! I can't wait to see what's out there and share it with the world. Collectibles are a living history of who and what we are, so we just might learn something…but there's no doubt we're going to have fun!”

This series kicks off at the DC Comics headquarters with the legendary Jim Lee, as the co-publisher and Mark trade favors and end up with their very own pieces of pop culture history. Join Mark throughout the season as "Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest" uncovers comic book memorabilia, film props, Godzilla, pinball machines and beyond with special guests including monster amasser Scott Zilllner, famous collector Bob Burns and many more!


Hamill will once again team with his friend and "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" producer Howard Kazanjian. Kazanjian was Executive Producer on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and served as VP at Lucasfilm during the dramatic expansion of the company in the 1980s. Producer Darren Moorman, whose film "Same Kind of Different as Me" will be released next year, and longtime collector and vintage show promoter Scott Kinney will round out the producing team as Executive Producers on the series.

San Diego Comic-Con is only once a year, but Comic-Con HQ is year-round! The new subscription video – on – demand destination is available at Comic-ConHQ.com via web browsers, iOS/Android devices, Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Channels, with more to come.

Journey with Mark Hamill on His "Pop Culture Quest"


PREMIERES NOVEMBER 15, 2016
And airs Tuesdays
On www.Comic-ConHQ.com

On November 15th the Force will be strong on devices across the nation as "Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest" comes to Comic–Con HQ. Mark Hamill has been collecting comic books, original artwork, toys and other mementos since the early 1970s and now he gets to share his passion and enthusiasm for collecting in his new web series. Check out more after the jump!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Blu-ray Review: "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders"


Although I do love the grim and menace of the modern Dark Knight, it's a lot of fun to re-visit the campy world I grew up watching with "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders". The animated film picks up right where the 1960's series ended. It both pokes fun at and pays homage to a bygone era through a gratifying layer of color, wit, humor, and whiz-bang comic book action.


Aside from the obvious Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar, the voicing of the characters isn't quite as solid as I think they could have been. However, a few sound similar to their live-action dearly-departed counterparts. Their animated depictions match the actors who played them rather well, except for Alfred for some reason.


In "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" It’s back to the 1960s when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of the Dynamic Duo's most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler, and Catwoman. This time, the four super-villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that Batman and Robin will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City.


"Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" is rated PG for action, suggestive material, and rude humor. There are definitely a few inappropriate moments that will no doubt fly over the heads of younger viewers, but their parents will get them.


The Blu-ray edition of "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" includes:

"Those Dastardly Desperados" featurette - Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler are impossible not to watch! Those Dastardly Desperados explores how these fiends became more than just antagonists in a Batman story; they became icons in American pop culture.

"A Classic Cadre of Voices" featurette - A new talented cast of actors join Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar in Batman: Return of The Caped Crusaders. Go behind the scenes and witness the vocal techniques and timing needed to deliver a classic Bat-Comedy!

"Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.


Blu-ray Review: "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders"


Although I do love the grim and menace of the modern Dark Knight, it's a lot of fun to re-visit the campy world I grew up watching with "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders". The animated film picks up right where the 1960's series ended. It both pokes fun at and pays homage to a bygone era through a gratifying layer of color, wit, humor, and whiz-bang comic book action.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Blu-ray Review: "Lights Out"


Lights Out suffers from being a one trick pony in that the same type of scare happens over and over again: someone turns out the lights and the ghost shows up. It's redemption comes from a chilling back story and good performances from Maria Bello and Gabriel Bateman in particular. A small budget limits the use of CGI and keeps the visuals on a practical level while relying on atmosphere to establish a sense of fear.

When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) left home, she thought that her childhood fears were behind her. As a young girl growing up, she was never really sure of what was real when the lights went out at night. Now, her little brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that jeopardized her safety and sanity. Holding a mysterious attachment to their mother (Maria Bello), a supernatural entity has returned with a vengeance to torment the entire family in "Lights Out".


"Lights Out" is rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content. There is also some profanity. The only real drug content I can remember are scenes of a bong and a few bottles of prescription drugs.


The only special feature on either the Blu-ray or DVD is deleted scenes.

"Lights Out" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.