Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated explodes in issue #4! One of the two titles featuring the returned Bruce Wayne, I found the previous three issues to be incredibly weak. Thankfully that all changes with issue #4.
Green Lantern - both the character and the series - has reached phenomenal new heights of popularity under the guidance of superstar writer Geoff Johns. For me though, the comic has become a victim of its own success. The title seemed trapped in this never-ceasing loop of mega-events that required buying ever more series to stay involved. So, after Blackest Night, I dropped it from my reading list. Not because it was bad, but just too sprawling in its scope.
The first full length trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger has hit the web. The Marvel Comics adaptation is being directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, The Wolfman) and stars Chris Evans as the titular super soldier.
Part of me actually toyed with talking about the social and political ideologies at the heart of Hobo With a Shotgun. But chances are, if you are going to see a film like Hobo with a Shotgun, you are not going to care in the slightest about any of that. Every time my brain was about to make a connection to something I read about, a bot of film theory, or anything I learned in university, the film pistol whipped me and told me to stop being such a pussy.
This week the Naked Nerd Katherine Curtis joins us to discuss the logistics of Naked News reporting, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and recent Superman casting news.
Xombi #1 was a surprise for me. An awesome surprise! My random pick from the comic shelf, the art just grabbed my attention, being almost Baroque in its richness and visual impact. I was, and to a certain extent still am, unfamiliar with the character, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying creator John Rozum’s new take on this formerly languishing DC Comics character.
Mark Millar is back in perfect writing form with this latest issue of Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates. Returning to the Marvel Universe he was instrumental in shaping, Millar had the daunting task of trying to salvage the wreck that his once-great masterpiece had become under Jeph Loeb’s direction. And while the first two Ultimate Avenger titles were a good start, the third one left me cold. Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #2 though, is Millar at his best.
Last week two DLC characters for Marvel vs Capcom 3 were released. From the Capcom side was Resident Evil’s Jill Valentine, who’s been having trouble with mind-controlling parasites lately. On the Marvel side is Shuma-Gorath, a sassy one-eyed tentacled monster who few people who work at Marvel Comics, let alone read them, have ever heard of. Except for a handful of encounters with Dr. Strange and the Fantastic Four in the 1970s and 80s, he barely exists at all.
The Hobbit, the highly anticipated film based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved book, has finally begun shooting today in New Zealand. Late yesterday evening, two teaser photos of director Peter Jackson posing in the iconic circular entrance to Bilbo's Shire crib, were released on Jackson's Facebook page.
Fortress of Baller-itude is the video blog of Gavin Stephens Canada's best Nerdy comedian and co-host of the popular G33K N3RD D0RK podcast. Twice a month Gavin shares his opinions and perspectives on pop culture and fandom. Episode Two - Gavin breaks down the best video game soundtracks to get your nerdy partner in the mood.
With Gavin off in New York City, Jess and Jeff are joined by writer Ira Nayman. The trio discuss fear itself, Doctor Who, interactive storytelling, the recent Superman casting and of course quiz and pitch time.
Limitless is a story about smart people who make bad choices that turn them into even smarter people, who then make worse choices. It’s a light, well-made action-thriller about kickass unearned power and privilege, which brings the fun but never quite shows us the dark side that it keeps threatening to.
The masterful cinematic combination of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost have oodles of talent on their own; but bring the three of them together, and they hit a whole new level of brilliance. Separate the trio, and while the work is still very good, it doesn’t quite reach the same peak. Scott Pilgrim is one example of this; and now Paul is another. Not a great film, but a very good one.
Over a year after the then-unnamed sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum was announced to a chorus of applause, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Rocksteady Studios have finally released a trailer for the sequelArkham City that includes sweet, sweet gameplay for fans to devour and analyse.
After releasing the theatrical trailer for J.J. Abrams' new film Super 8 on Twitter last Friday, Paramount finally released the high definition version to the rest of the web today. Details about the Steven Spielberg produced film remain scarce, but judging by this new trailer we'd say that Super 8 looks like some strange amalgam of Stand By Me, The Goonies and War of the Worlds.