3:15 PM, Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Marvel has shared with Comic Related a new trailer for INHUMANITY! Click the image below to watch:
Witness as the Marvel Universe Plunges into INHUMANITY!
They have existed for centuries. Hidden from the world, they have evolved in seclusion. Now the strange race of genetically enhanced beings known has the Inhumans have been thrust to the forefront of the Marvel Universe. The cataclysmic events of INFINITY have left the Inhuman city of Attilan in ruins. It's king - the mighty Black Bolt is missing, believed dead. Attilan's destruction has unleashed the catalytic Terrigen Mists upon the planet Earth.
Countless thousands across the globe have powered up as new Inhumans leaving Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the rest of the Marvel Universe to react to this strange new race of super-powerful beings!
"The Inhumans are here to stay, and there are lots of them," explains Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor In Chief, in an interview with Marvel.com. "Their emergence in the Marvel Universe - during and after Infinity - will be a game-changer. Who's to say the planet is big enough for everyone?"
The fall of a kingdom gives rise to an army. Will they use their new powers to save the Marvel Universe? Or destroy it? Witness as the Marvel Universe plunges into INHUMANITY!
For more on INHUMANITY please visit marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter using #Inhumanity
Written by MATT FRACTION
Art and Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
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Written by MATT FRACTION
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6:00 PM, Monday, December 9th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
In the latest edition of "What's New in the New 52," Bob Harras talks about the light Pandora now bears. This happens in the upcoming TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #7, so if you don't want minor spoilers, quit reading now.
FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT is the spinoff story from Forever Evil taking place in the magic corner of the DCU within the titles of Justice League Dark, Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger, and and Constantine. TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #7 is part 9 of this story, and the first issue of the title in the crossover event.
Blight is the physical embodiement of evil in the DC Universe. And in order to combat this creature, Pandora must take within herself the light of the universe. In this way, "she's able to become a sort of anti-Blight, and may be the only hope the world has in defeating this treacherous entity," said Harras.
As a result of Trinity War, Pandora, who thought for centuries that she was responsible for unleashing the Seven Deadly Sins upon the Earth, learned that "Pandora's Box" actually came from Earth 3. Now she understands that it may not solely be her fault, and connecting with the light to fight Blight is a way to "redeem her name and prove that no matter what you've done in the past, you can still do good and become a hero."
Pictured here is artist Julian Totino Tedesco's design of Pandora's transformation into a being of Light.
Keep up with the story in the crossover, which we reported here.
2:00 PM, Monday, December 9th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Zack Whedon has revealed details of his in-canon Serenity: Leaves on the Wind miniseries.
The Dark Horse Comics Firefly follow-up is set nine months after the events of the Serenity film.
"A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same," Whedon told Comic Book Resources.
"The discovery that Mal and his crew shared with the 'verse - that the inhabitants of the planet Miranda were killed or driven mad by an Alliance experiment - has opened some eyes and created some new allies, but it hasn't deterred any of their pursuers. If anything, it has made them more relentless.
"Serenity is hiding out in lesser-known corners of the 'verse, trying to keep a low profile. As you will see early on, that's easier said than done. Mal and his crew will be forced to face their enemies head on - some familiar, some new."
Zoe is grieving for the loss of Wash and trying to come to terms with the baby she is about to give birth to.
Conversely, the troubled River has found more balance and peace since the revelations about the disaster on Miranda.
Whedon said that the ship is "less bustling" since events "took a dark turn" during Serenity.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight and Season Nine artist George Jeanty has been collaborating with Joss Whedon's brother on the title.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 will be released on January 29.
1:00 PM, Saturday, December 7th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
The latest episode of DC's All Access web series is chock full of awesomeness. They are doing a Harley Quinn giveaway, speaking with the actress that plays Black Canary on Arrow, touring a real-life Batcave and more! Here's the official description for the show and the show itself:
Whether you're on our Earth or the dark shores of Earth 3, Tuesdays mean an all new "DC All Access!" In today's episode, Tiffany and Blair talk Arrow and Black Canary with actress Caity Lotz, discuss the world of Earth 2 with writer Tom Taylor and get a behind-the-scenes look at the highly popular DC Comics Bombshells with Jim Fletcher, DC Entertainment's Director, Creative Services. All this plus we look at MAD's 20 Dumbest of 2013, tour a real-life Batcave and give away a just-released Harley Quinn Bombshells Statue.
7:00 PM, Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
SPOILER ALERT: This article spoils the events that took place in TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #5, so if you don't want to know what happens, come back and read this later!
In TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #5, a Forever Evil tie-in (a prelude to Blight of sorts), the Trinity of Sin - Pandora, The Question and the Phantom Stranger - are once again reunited. Each of these three have been cursed with eternal life and eternal pain for their past sins. And in the pages of this issue, John Constantine brings them together once more, chained to the Rock of Eternity and set forth with the task to eliminate evil!
Pandora is someone who "doesn't believe she's responsible for unleashing all the evils of the world; she knows that she's been blamed for it, so she's taken it upon herself to find a way to wipe out all the evil,' said Ray Fawkes in aBloody Disgusting interview. She's interested in just reaching in and ripping out evil as opposed to expressing any kind of compassion or understanding. She's a warrior.
While Pandora may seem a good fit for Constantine's cause, the Question and the Phantom Stranger are a bit more confusing as to their involvement. But with Blight coming up soon, we can guess that there's a specific evil Constantine has brought these three together to combat.
TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #5, written by Ray Fawkes and illustrated by Francis Portela, is available in stores now.
1:00 PM, Sunday, November 17th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
In 2007, Dear Mr. Watterson was nothing more than a passion project director Joel Schroeder worked on between freelance editing jobs. "Our budget was zero, so it was whatever I could afford to spend every given month," Schroeder tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Then in fall of 2009, we heard about this thing called Kickstarter."
Kickstarter had only gone live in April of that year and Schroeder, like everyone, was new to the crowdfunding world: "At the time, we naively thought the longer we let it run the better the chances we'd have of meeting our goal." Schroeder and his team hoped to raise $12,000 in 90 days and were shocked to hit their goal in 12 days, collecting nearly $25,000 by the end of the campaign.
"That changed everything -- it widened the scope of the film, it heightened expectations and suddenly we had 359 backers who were expecting us to turn it into a film, instead of it being something a few us worked on during our spare time."
What those who funded Dear Mr. Watterson's initial Kickstarter proved to Schroeder was that there was an audience for his film. "We knew people loved Calvin and Hobbes, but we didn't know they'd give their hard earned cash to a stranger to make a film about it."
With money for travel and equipment, Schroeder hit the road with a renewed sense of purpose: "I wanted to make a film that explored the impact of the strip, but to also have some humanity in it. Looking back, there's nothing from my childhood that has such resonance and meaning." To show his personal experiences with the strip were universal, Schroeder returned to social media to connect with fans and gather their stories, many of which are featured in the film's fan tribute montage.
When it came time to finish, a second Kickstarter campaign launched and ultimately raised an additional $96,000. It was around this time that Schroeder downloaded the documentary Indie Game from VHX, a company giving filmmakers the ability to do high-end distribution from their own websites. For Schroeder, who admits he wasn't even dreaming of the possibility of a theatrical release, this was the final piece of the puzzle: "That was the first time I saw that distribution was accessible for someone like me, who had never made a film before and didn't know how to navigate distribution."
A film made with the devoted fan in mind is often given the disparaging label of niche, but as VHX's head of business development Adam Klaff puts it, "Niche is the new mainstream." He goes on to explain, "These communities are online, and it doesn't cost anything to reach them. You don't have to have an outdoor advertising campaign. You don't have to spend money on TV publicity. You just need really great materials, and the audience will find you."
To illustrate this, Klaff points to how Dear Mr. Watterson's Kickstarter campaign was shared across the Calvin and Hobbes online community, and the fact its trailer rose to the front page of Reddit within two hours of hitting the web. He also believes this is why DIY filmmakers like Schroeder are the best marketers and distributors of their films.
"If a distributor buys your movie at a festival, they are going to do the same thing that Joel is doing: They're going to market it using the mailing list and social media, and they're not necessarily going to do a better job than the filmmaker. That's the beautiful thing; the wall has come down in terms of access to people. So if you just know your audience and are smart about positioning your film, the sky's the limit in terms of your success online."
Schroeder adds, "I know my audience better than anyone else at this point. I am a Calvin and Hobbes fan. We're not all the same, but I do feel like I have a good feel for what a typical fan is interested in. This movie was made from a fan's perspective. And after making this film for six years and thinking about Calvin and Hobbes every day, I would like to think I have good instincts of how to reach my audience."
One aspect that's fascinating about Schroeder's fan-like approach is he didn't choose to search for the elusive Bill Watterson, the J.D. Salinger-like mastermind behind Calvin and Hobbes who doesn't speak or appear publicly. Instead he tried to answer the question of why Watterson's "simple" comic strip still means so much to its ever growing fan base. When Schroeder brought the film to Watterson's supposed hometown of Cleveland (it is not publicly known where exactly the famous cartoonist lives) he invited Watterson "knowing full well that he wouldn't accept, but it was also an opportunity to offer a DVD to him."
When asked if he knows if Watterson saw the film, Schroeder, who insists he never spoke to the cartoonist, becomes a little cagey. "What I can say is he appreciated the choices I made to make it less intrusive. That for me was validation of how we went about making the film."
Dear Mr. Watterson opens today at The Laemmle NoHo7 in Los Angeles and Cinema Village in New York, along with limited engagements in Toronto and Sante Fe. It also will be available OnDemand today and can be ordered from the film's website via VHX.
6:00 PM, Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Dynamite Entertainment CEO Nick Barrucci believes sales on Legenderry #1, the first issue of the new high concept steampunk miniseries by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila, could reach 40,000 or more, he told ICv2. And Dynamite is giving it support worthy of its status, with full returnability with no threshold for comic retailers, house ads across the Dynamite line the week before the book comes out, and a major consumer contest promotion that launches around the release date of the first issue.
Barrucci explained his optimism. "I think that Legenderry will be one of our two best-selling titles in January, and actually expect it to sell higher than Fables if for no other reason than it's Bill Willingham tapping into a new genre, and with so many Dynamite characters in one place," he said. Characters in the mini-series include Vampirella, Green Hornet, Kato, Steve Austin, Zorro, Red Sonja, Captain Victory, Flash Gordon, the Phantom, and others.