Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Scott Snyder and Jock Deliver More Wytches for Image+


"Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the chilling horror series Wytches ever since the first season ended on a brutal cliffhanger. Now, [Scott] Snyder and Jock are back with a taste for the upcoming second season of the series by serializing what happens next in Image+. How did Sailor make it to safety? What has she been doing since? The answers can be found exclusively in Image+ with an extra-sized first chapter this issue." - via Newsarama

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Scott Snyder and Jock Deliver More Wytches for Image+


"Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the chilling horror series Wytches ever since the first season ended on a brutal cliffhanger. Now, [Scott] Snyder and Jock are back with a taste for the upcoming second season of the series by serializing what happens next in Image+. How did Sailor make it to safety? What has she been doing since? The answers can be found exclusively in Image+ with an extra-sized first chapter this issue." - via Newsarama

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Comic Book Review: KISS Forever Special


The Starchild, the Demon, the Spaceman, and the Catman all get their times to shine in the KISS Forever Special. Each of the rock group's superheroes are featured in solo tales that takes the reader from the dawn of time to the depths of outer space. All of the stories are around 10 to 12 pages long and leave you wanting more. The artwork is fabulous and gives you a lot to take in visually. It will be interesting to see how these tales might tie into the Amy Chu-penned flagship KISS title.


Go back to the stone age with the Catman! See the Demon visit the Roman Empire! The Starman sails the seas during the age of piracy...and the Spaceman silently witnesses a journey to the moon! It's four immortal beings interacting with humanity during four distinct chapters of history in the KISS Forever Special.


I could see Dynamite doing a monthly anthology book having four mini -stories in each issue, giving each band member their time in the spotlight. Imagine a sort of Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt featuring the trials and tribulations of the icons of KISS.


I wanted to make mention of how great Yildiray Cinar's cover art is for the KISS Forever Special. It reminds me very much of Marvel Comics' cover for KISS's debut in 1977's Marvel Super Special. Cinar's work has that same energy and allure that Alan Weiss and Gary Morrow captured on that iconic cover, which is pictured above.


The KISS Forever Special is rated T+ for Teen Plus. The issue contains violence and frightening and intense scenes. Probably the scariest and most disturbing of the stories is that of the Demon. The tale certainly reflects his name and persona.


Erik Burnham wrote the KISS Forever Special. Daniel HBR illustrates the issue. It was released on May 31st through Dynamite Comics. The book is 48 pages long.

The KISS Forever Special is available now in print and digital editions.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 and a half

Comic Book Review: KISS Forever Special


The Starchild, the Demon, the Spaceman, and the Catman all get their times to shine in the KISS Forever Special. Each of the rock group's superheroes are featured in solo tales that takes the reader from the dawn of time to the depths of outer space. All of the stories are around 10 to 12 pages long and leave you wanting more. The artwork is fabulous and gives you a lot to take in visually. It will be interesting to see how these tales might tie into the Amy Chu-penned flagship KISS title.


Go back to the stone age with the Catman! See the Demon visit the Roman Empire! The Starman sails the seas during the age of piracy...and the Spaceman silently witnesses a journey to the moon! It's four immortal beings interacting with humanity during four distinct chapters of history in the KISS Forever Special.


I could see Dynamite doing a monthly anthology book having four mini -stories in each issue, giving each band member their time in the spotlight. Imagine a sort of Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt featuring the trials and tribulations of the icons of KISS.


I wanted to make mention of how great Yildiray Cinar's cover art is for the KISS Forever Special. It reminds me very much of Marvel Comics' cover for KISS's debut in 1977's Marvel Super Special. Cinar's work has that same energy and allure that Alan Weiss and Gary Morrow captured on that iconic cover, which is pictured above.


The KISS Forever Special is rated T+ for Teen Plus. The issue contains violence and frightening and intense scenes. Probably the scariest and most disturbing of the stories is that of the Demon. The tale certainly reflects his name and persona.


Erik Burnham wrote the KISS Forever Special. Daniel HBR illustrates the issue. It was released on May 31st through Dynamite Comics. The book is 48 pages long.

The KISS Forever Special is available now in print and digital editions.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 and a half

Blair Witch, Guest Director Adam Wingard Takes on Godzilla vs. Kong


"Adam Wingard, who made a name for himself with low-budget horror thrillers such as You’re Next and The Guest, is going big for his next movie. Monstrously big. The director has closed a deal to helm Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ teaming of two of the big screen’s most popular movie monsters." - via The Hollywood Reporter

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The picture above was taken at The Guest Press Junket in Dallas, TX. Pictured from left to right is Director Adam Wingard, Eric Shirey, and Writer Simon Barrett (The Guest, Blair Witch).

Blair Witch, Guest Director Adam Wingard Takes on Godzilla vs. Kong


"Adam Wingard, who made a name for himself with low-budget horror thrillers such as You’re Next and The Guest, is going big for his next movie. Monstrously big. The director has closed a deal to helm Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ teaming of two of the big screen’s most popular movie monsters." - via The Hollywood Reporter

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The picture above was taken at The Guest Press Junket in Dallas, TX. Pictured from left to right is Director Adam Wingard, Eric Shirey, and Writer Simon Barrett (The Guest, Blair Witch).

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DC / Vertigo Comics' It's a Bird Re-Published with New Cover


DC/Vertigo's It's a Bird is being reprinted in July, and you can see the new cover above.

A stunning semi-autobiographical Vertigo hardcover that tells one of the most realistic Superman tales ever — without featuring Superman. Steve's given the assignment every writer dreams of: to write Superman. Only Steve can't relate to a Man of Steel — not when his own fears of death haunt him. Explore the cultural significance of a comic-book icon as Steve comes to terms with Superman's importance and power as a fictional ideal.

DC / Vertigo Comics' It's a Bird Re-Published with New Cover


DC/Vertigo's It's a Bird is being reprinted in July, and you can see the new cover above.

A stunning semi-autobiographical Vertigo hardcover that tells one of the most realistic Superman tales ever — without featuring Superman. Steve's given the assignment every writer dreams of: to write Superman. Only Steve can't relate to a Man of Steel — not when his own fears of death haunt him. Explore the cultural significance of a comic-book icon as Steve comes to terms with Superman's importance and power as a fictional ideal.

Pixar Creates Experimental Shorts Department


"Pixar will be creating an experimental shorts department with the short film Smash and Grab, directed by Brian Larsen (a Pixar regular, acting as Story Supervisor on Brave and Head of Story on Piper). It was revealed that Pixar’s August SIGGRAPH panel 'Smash and Grab: Off-The-Rails Filmmaking at Pixar' will be the launch point for this new division." via /Film

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Pixar Creates Experimental Shorts Department


"Pixar will be creating an experimental shorts department with the short film Smash and Grab, directed by Brian Larsen (a Pixar regular, acting as Story Supervisor on Brave and Head of Story on Piper). It was revealed that Pixar’s August SIGGRAPH panel 'Smash and Grab: Off-The-Rails Filmmaking at Pixar' will be the launch point for this new division." via /Film

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Blu-ray Review: Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition


With Wonder Woman hitting theaters, DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers took the opportunity to re-visit one of their older animated releases. Back in 2009, the Princess of Themyscera was given her very own solo animated feature. They've now given the many-times-forgotten movie a new Commemorative Edition in celebration of the super hero's very own live-action cinematic adventure and 75th Anniversary of her first appearance.


On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength Princess Diana (Keri Russell). When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor (Nathan Fillion), crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization.


Meanwhile, Ares (the god of War - voiced by Alfred Molina) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge - intending to start a world war that will not only last for centuries but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons! It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman!


The Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition does a great job of giving us the origin story of the most famous female comic book hero of all time. It's full of action, drama, and humor that will please fans of all ages. The movie moves at a quick pace and doesn't give the viewer much of a chance to catch their breath. All the voice actors do a wonderful job giving vocalization to each of their characters.


One new special feature was added to the Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition. It's a new featurette entitled "What Makes a Wonder Woman". All the other bonus material included is from the first release of the movie in 2009. Extras found are featurettes including "Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream", AND "Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth". Commentary is provided by the film's creative team. There's also a sneak peek at DC Universe's next animated movie, Batman and Harley Quinn.


The Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition is rated PG-13 for violence throughout and some suggestive material. One scene has Amazonian women bathing naked, but doesn't show any body parts directly. A couple of men are shown drinking as well.


The Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition came out May 16th, 2017. It was directed by Lauren Montgomery (Voltron, Young Justice). The cast includes Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, and Rosario Dawson. The running time is 84 minutes.

The Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and HD Digital.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟


Blu-ray Review: Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition


With Wonder Woman hitting theaters, DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers took the opportunity to re-visit one of their older animated releases. Back in 2009, the Princess of Themyscera was given her very own solo animated feature. They've now given the many-times-forgotten movie a new Commemorative Edition in celebration of the super hero's very own live-action cinematic adventure and 75th Anniversary of her first appearance.


On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength Princess Diana (Keri Russell). When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor (Nathan Fillion), crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization.


Meanwhile, Ares (the god of War - voiced by Alfred Molina) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge - intending to start a world war that will not only last for centuries but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons! It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman!


The Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition does a great job of giving us the origin story of the most famous female comic book hero of all time. It's full of action, drama, and humor that will please fans of all ages. The movie moves at a quick pace and doesn't give the viewer much of a chance to catch their breath. All the voice actors do a wonderful job giving vocalization to each of their characters.


One new special feature was added to the Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition. It's a new featurette entitled "What Makes a Wonder Woman". All the other bonus material included is from the first release of the movie in 2009. Extras found are featurettes including "Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream", AND "Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth". Commentary is provided by the film's creative team. There's also a sneak peek at DC Universe's next animated movie, Batman and Harley Quinn.


The Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition is rated PG-13 for violence throughout and some suggestive material. One scene has Amazonian women bathing naked, but doesn't show any body parts directly. A couple of men are shown drinking as well.


The Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition came out May 16th, 2017. It was directed by Lauren Montgomery (Voltron, Young Justice). The cast includes Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, and Rosario Dawson. The running time is 84 minutes.

The Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and HD Digital.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟


Surprising Facts in The Flash #23 Preview


"In The Flash #23, Barry Allen is at a crossroads. He’s lied to the woman he loves about his life as The Flash, and a rift is growing between him and his heroic young partner. Now, his greatest enemy has threatened to strike down everyone close to him! It’s time to make a tough choice that will launch The Flash into his most incredible mission yet: a siege on the 25th century stronghold of Eobard Thawne!" - via Newsarama

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Surprising Facts in The Flash #23 Preview


"In The Flash #23, Barry Allen is at a crossroads. He’s lied to the woman he loves about his life as The Flash, and a rift is growing between him and his heroic young partner. Now, his greatest enemy has threatened to strike down everyone close to him! It’s time to make a tough choice that will launch The Flash into his most incredible mission yet: a siege on the 25th century stronghold of Eobard Thawne!" - via Newsarama

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Concept Art for Wonder Woman Revealed


"Go inside Wonder Woman's stunning visual world! The movie draws from ancient myth and comic-book lore to create a truly stunning visual world. Production designer Aline Bonetto shares details behind the film’s design." - via Entertainment Weekly

Wonder Woman swoops into theaters on June 2nd.

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Concept Art for Wonder Woman Revealed


"Go inside Wonder Woman's stunning visual world! The movie draws from ancient myth and comic-book lore to create a truly stunning visual world. Production designer Aline Bonetto shares details behind the film’s design." - via Entertainment Weekly

Wonder Woman swoops into theaters on June 2nd.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is exactly what you expect walking into it. It's another chapter in the misadventures of Johnny Depp's drunken and bumbling Jack Sparrow and all his many colorful partners-in-crime. The movie is funny, packed full of action, gets romantic, and pulls on your heartstrings a little. We get nothing more but a little less out of it.


A down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon. To find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


My biggest gripe about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is how poor the CGI is at times. There are bits and pieces of the film that look just plain bad. One of the spots is right at the very beginning and doesn't leave you very reassured about how the rest of the movie will look. One major character is made to appear younger in one sequence and it looks dreadful. It was as if the de-aging process was performed using the same software artists utilized to create the Scorpion King for The Mummy Returns in 2001.


The performances by the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales were good overall. There were a few points where it felt like Depp was calling it in or just off his game a bit. Javier Bardem is both ghoulish and sympathetically despairing in the role of Captain Salazar.


Being a huge fan of The Beatles, I was very excited to see Sir Paul McCartney had a role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I was not let down by his small but memorable scene in the movie. He was every bit as witty and charming as you'll remember him from A Hard Day's Night and Help!


Just like all the previous movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales gets a bit slow at times. There are some valleys in between the peaks of action. However, the journey and its ultimate objective is laid out nicely before us. I was also quite impressed with how well everything is wrapped up from the past four films.


The costuming and set design for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is flawless. All the pirates are absolutely filthy and their ragged clothing matches their chosen profession. The ships look worn and old and the downtown locales of the seaside towns match what you would expect them to look like during the time period the movie is set in. The only thing that interferes with the authentic surroundings we're put in is some of the mediocre CGI additions and effects.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is rated PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content. As usual, Jack is seen guzzling rum quite often. Captain Salazar and his ghostly crew will also no doubt be frightening to younger viewers. There's one with no head and some with other body parts missing. Profanity is used at times and plays on words could be offensive to some.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales came out May 26th, 2017. It was directed by Joachim RΓΈnning and Espen Sandberg. The cast includes Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, and Kaya Scodelario. The running time is 129 minutes.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟


Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is exactly what you expect walking into it. It's another chapter in the misadventures of Johnny Depp's drunken and bumbling Jack Sparrow and all his many colorful partners-in-crime. The movie is funny, packed full of action, gets romantic, and pulls on your heartstrings a little. We get nothing more but a little less out of it.


A down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon. To find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


My biggest gripe about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is how poor the CGI is at times. There are bits and pieces of the film that look just plain bad. One of the spots is right at the very beginning and doesn't leave you very reassured about how the rest of the movie will look. One major character is made to appear younger in one sequence and it looks dreadful. It was as if the de-aging process was performed using the same software artists utilized to create the Scorpion King for The Mummy Returns in 2001.


The performances by the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales were good overall. There were a few points where it felt like Depp was calling it in or just off his game a bit. Javier Bardem is both ghoulish and sympathetically despairing in the role of Captain Salazar.


Being a huge fan of The Beatles, I was very excited to see Sir Paul McCartney had a role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I was not let down by his small but memorable scene in the movie. He was every bit as witty and charming as you'll remember him from A Hard Day's Night and Help!


Just like all the previous movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales gets a bit slow at times. There are some valleys in between the peaks of action. However, the journey and its ultimate objective is laid out nicely before us. I was also quite impressed with how well everything is wrapped up from the past four films.


The costuming and set design for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is flawless. All the pirates are absolutely filthy and their ragged clothing matches their chosen profession. The ships look worn and old and the downtown locales of the seaside towns match what you would expect them to look like during the time period the movie is set in. The only thing that interferes with the authentic surroundings we're put in is some of the mediocre CGI additions and effects.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is rated PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content. As usual, Jack is seen guzzling rum quite often. Captain Salazar and his ghostly crew will also no doubt be frightening to younger viewers. There's one with no head and some with other body parts missing. Profanity is used at times and plays on words could be offensive to some.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales came out May 26th, 2017. It was directed by Joachim RΓΈnning and Espen Sandberg. The cast includes Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, and Kaya Scodelario. The running time is 129 minutes.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟