Comicbook releases 31/7

So its that time of the week where you go down to the local comicbook shop and ponder what new releases you should buy this week, well let me help you out with that one.

Batman Annual 2:

ImageOnce again Scott Snyder is given the reigns for another Batman Annual- and if this is anything like the first one he penned then it should be a beauty.

The annual continues the current trend of Snyder taking on ‘Year Zero’ and trying to give us a fresh perspective on Batman’s early years in the new 52 universe.

The big hook for this book is that it may well feature the Bats first visit to Arkham Asylum, and who doesn’t want to see that- yeah thats right no-one!

If there’s one book worth giving a go this week- despite my usual displeasure towards annuals- its this.

Indestructible Hulk 11

ImageWhen the Hulk first joined SHIELD i have to admit, i was skeptical but it made sense from the stand point of Banner being worth more than most of marvel’s so called geniuses. However since Indestructible Hulk began it has been a great read and one of the best hulk related titles out there.

Mark Waid has done a great job of really getting to grips with Banner the man and using Hulk as the final straw and giving us those great big fight moments in small supply- but enough to get us going. And this has really helped the series plus I’m still unsure what Banner wants with his self assembled team of scientists, and what they want from him.

Waid now has to tackle an Age of Ultron tale, that requires hulk to travel through time and try and prevent it from falling apart at the seems.  This could really give us some good moments to showcase Banners genius, at some great fight scenes- anyone else thinking hulk and dinosaurs.

Nuff said- now Hulk SMASH!!!!!!!!

Uncanny X-men 9

ImageI’m not going to go about how great this series is, because it always features in my must reads- and that says it all. But this issue promises to show us how a mutant who leaves the X-men can find the real world hard to live within and survive, how a new mutant learns what it takes to be an X-man.  Ohhh and Magneto isn’t the only mutant working with SHIELD, so has been the one keeping tabs on the X-mens moves?

Honestly if there’s one book by Bendis you should read its this, he has this team and there inner turmoils oozing from every page and sentence- it may be his best series by the time hes finished his run.  And Bachalo really has made the new mutants his own- i mean who else could draw code name ‘Golden Balls’

For all of this weeks other releases check out here:

http://www.forbidden-planet.co.uk/acatalog/July_31st.html

Star Wars: Rebels animated series

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News has broke that the next Star Wars animated project (from the team that brought you Clone Wars) will be called Rebels.
The logo has been unveiled too- and can be seen above. The show is set to focus heavily on the period just before episode 4, so could fill in some of the missing story in the movie universe.
So far the character design is said to be heavily influenced by Ralph McQuarrie- and this can only be a good thing. The shows creator has promised new characters while hinting at some fan favourites from the Clone Wars showing up too.

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With the Clone Wars series being the best thing to come from the prequel universe consider me fully excited by this news.

Breaking Bad

ImageIts official Breaking Bad’s final season episodes will air on the UK Netflix from August 12 with a new episode released every Monday.

Show Creator Vince Gilligan had the following to say about the announcement

“Netflix has been instrumental in making Breaking Bad the success that it is – particularly in the UK and Ireland, where it has built an audience and become a huge phenomenon.  I am delighted that fans there will be able to enjoy the end of Breaking Bad on Netflix so soon after it airs in the US.”

I have to agree here- as i remember watching the first season on FX with my wife, and instantly becoming hooked only to find out that this would quickly become the best show not on UK TV.  So to find Netflix picking up the episodes, and giving us the first half of season 5 so fast earlier this year, its great to hear that the same is going to be done for the end of a hugely popular and massively entertaining show.

How it will end, i don’t even want to guess, but regardless of how it all comes to fruition Im truly excited to have been on the journey with Walter and Jessie and will be sad to see the end of one of televisions greatest shows.

Heres the teaser for the end

 

Big thanks to @_so_she_says for breaking the news

Cinema Releases 25/7

This week is a quiet one for movie releases- but does feature one of the most recognizable cultural characters ever envisioned, so ill start there.

The Wolverine:

Now this is the sequel to the the 2009 X-Men origins: Wolverine, and once again stars Hugh Jackman taking on the almighty big boots of the Wolverine (Despite wolverine being short in comics)

The character of wolverine is truly a pop culture icon, and has so many good stories to choose from to make a movie, that its a shame how the first movie turned out as Deadpool was really horrifically butchered. However with the film they’ve chosen a total classic of a story line, deciding to go with Frank Millers 1982 story of Logan in Japan taking on the Hand (a clan of superior trained ninjas) and have thrown in the Silver Samurai too.  This all sounds so good, and Hugh Jackmans Dedication and love for the character mean that it should be a good movie- yet i still have my reservations.

ImageThe first of these is that despite the one sheets for this movie looking phenomenal and the marketing campaign doing a great job of really building buzz for the film, they went and released the longer trailer that featured the ‘Silver Samurai’ While this wouldn’t normally be an issue as many movies release images of the baddy prior to the film hitting the cinema release date- the real issue here is the treatment of the Silver Samurai.  I make no bones about being a huge comic book nerd- and that’s not the Silver Samurai i love and wanted to see.  He looks mechanical and huge- and i feel this could be a real wasted opportunity of a good bad guy- just like Deadpool was in 2009. The next big concern for me is that 20th Century Fox have once again chosen to venture into Wolverines past- and as theyve already done a fairly poor job of piecing together the timeline for this mutant im concerned the story here will merely muddy the water more.

However i am excited to see this (oddly) just to see another big screen outing for the mutant who is the best at what he does. And lets be honest what he does best is pop those claws and kill/destroy things.  So if Fox can keep this confusion free and give me some adamantium claw action it could be a good popcorn movie.

Blackfish:

This isn’t necessarily on a nationwide release this week- but appears to be a solid documentary release for the week.  Produced by DogWoof pictures this is a look at the turmoil relationship between man and nature.  The official synopsis for the film is below

Using never-before-seen footage and interviews with trainers and experts, we delve into the psychological turmoil Orcas go through when they are captured in the wild and then held in captivity. The Killer Whale Tilikum has been responsible for the deaths of three trainers, including Dawn Brancheau at San Diego’s Sea World in 2010. This case was discredited as a horrific accident and a mistake of the trainer’s own doing and was thus covered up. Must we rethink our relationship with nature?

I know documentaries aren’t to everyone’s taste but in a slow week of releases this is definitely my second choice to go and see.

As an added bonus this week, here’s the new and first trailer for Keanu Reeves new movie47 Ronin

X-Men days of future past posters

The first two one sheets for X-men: Days of Future Past have been released, and their certainly intriguing. I like the magneto one better, as the image seems less like two distinct images placed together than Stewart and Mcavoy.

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These and the recent Sentinel head at comic con, have really heated up the publicity push on this movie.

Comic-Con 2013 Comic News

Now this is what the event is truly about- huge announcements that all of us comic book lovers really geek out over and get excited for.  This year has seen a huge amount of these too, so I’m going to run down the big ones according to me.

Marvel

Nightcrawler to return from the Dead! As a huge fan of Nightcrawler i actually cried a little when he sacrificed himself in Messiah Complex, so i have mixed feelings on this, as that was a very fitting end that still continues to linger in the mutants universe.  But the announcement of Amazing Xmen seems to mean that Nightcrawler will return and Wolverine will be scouring the world looking for him. Written by Jason Aaron its bound to be a good team book, and with Ed McGuinness on artwork should look nice

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Lady Deathstrike Returns to Xmen universe- and will be joined by the artisitc Talents of Terry Dodson on Xmen7.

Longshot will also get his own mini-series, with the official synopsis

ImageWhen the luckiest people in NYC are being routinely murdered, the next target on the list is Longshot. It’s not just one person that’s marked him for elimination, however, and soon everyone from supervillains to S.H.I.E.L.D. to cosmic beings are gunning for him. With the odds stacked against him, Longshot’s about to press his luck.

Steve ImageMcNiven will join Remender on Uncanny Avengers for the start of Ragnarok Now.  I really love the artwork of McNiven- so this should be a great pairing and hes an ideal fit to follow up on Cassaday- who is always a fan favourite for sure.

Remender had this to say about the upcoming story in the panel this weekend

“‘Ragnarok Now!’ is what happens because they can’t get it together, can’t unify, can’t make good on the promise of the Unity Squad to live up to the ideals of Charles Xavier. I’m excited to get to this point to punish them all for their bad behavior.”

Dan Slott is planning on pulling fan favorite Venom in the Superior Spiderman this coming November- and this will be the first time that venom and Doc Ock (as Spiderman) have truly met and could see a very brutal and immensely exciting first fight.  With what Slott has managed to do on Spiderman, i couldnt be more excited to see how this turns out.Image

ImageOrigins 2- this is due to be released this October and will tell the tale of Logan after Origins finished.  We all know there is a long time period between the end of that story and his ultimate arrival as the man we all know him as now, so this book by Gillien and Kubert attempts to add some more history to those old and adamantium covered bones. The book also promises to introduce us to a Mister Sinister (Who Gillean used brilliantly in Uncanny Xmen) when he was merely a fledgling scientist and not the monster we know now.

DC Comics

Superman and Wonderwomen wlll team up for a new monthly title:

On the topic of the upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman #1 comic, Eddie Berganza said the series was the furthest thing from a romance comic possible. The series is set to be filled with action and adventure as opposed to quieter moments. “They try to have dates, but it never goes well,” Berganza laughed. The first issue of the new series launches in October.

Now im not a big superman fan- but i have really enjoyed him in the new 52- so im expecting good things from this.  And i was happy to hear that Snyders Superman Unchained will continue and may even feature Superman smiling- no way!

Superman/Batman will also heavily feature Earth2 going forward- and promises some much anticipated huge fights drawn by Jae Lee- which will include Superman Vs Superman and Batman Vs Batman.  Consider me amongst those who will check those out.

ImageTo me the most exciting news from DC this event from with regards to Sandman, now this may just be because its got Gaiman on board (who i love) or maybe its because sandman has been away forever it seems, but either way im excited to see how this turns out. The below is an exert from the interview/panel that Gaiman gave:

As for Sandman: Overturn #1, Gaiman said, “When I was writing Sandman there would be stories that didn’t fit, and at one point I realized that there was a story I thought would get told during Sandman that didn’t fit that just wasn’t part of the theme. The story of what happened before the first panel of #1 when he was captured. Later on there was a text piece where I said he was exhausted and vulnerable to being captured, but I never told that story. Nobody knew expect for me what had happened. It was one of those stories that was sitting there. We talked about doing it for the 20th anniversary, but that didn’t happen. Then when the new powers that be moved in and asked me what I wanted to do, I said I have this story I’d like to tell. Why don’t we do this for the 25th anniversary? Then we had to find an artist.” Gaiman then pointed at Williams, earning a laugh from the crowd.

Consider me first in line to grab a copy of this when it arrives on shelves, Gaiman writes brilliantly and captivates while J.H Williams iii is an amazing artist that really delivers everything you could ask for on a comicbook- with amazing action sequences and such character appeal its amazing.

ImageOn a batman related note- we got some good information about Snyder’s continuing Year Zero. While alot of work has been mentioned to ‘how does this fit Year One’ its finally clear that it doesn’t.  This is totally new take on Batman’s first years for the New 52.  Snyder provided the event with the following update during one of the panels:

it would be in three parts, with covers that represent the theme of each one. The first part asks the question, Why do you love Gotham? to Bruce. “His parents are killed there. He doesn’t live there. What is it? Why does he protect this city?”

The second part has the Batman: Year Logo and is nearly all black, which represents Gotham in darkness and how both the city’s bones and Batman’s are resetting in the dark and becoming something new. It will ask the question, What does Bruce see in the dark?

The third part has a cover that is green to represent the overgrown city, and he teased that Poison Ivy may be making an appearance.

As for the villain, Snyder said, “The Riddler believes he’s the smartest dude in the world. He’s got degrees just for fun. He can see the design of things coming. I wanted to have a character who can see what’s coming to give Batman a need to catch up.”

As if Snyder wasn’t exciting enough with his recent Batman run, and introductions of characters such as Talon and Mr Freeze, we now get to see him fully take on the Riddler and as a main villain.  Its been a long time since the Riddler filled that role in Legends of the Dark Knight so here’s hoping it can be done again.  But i have faith in Snyder as he hasnt failed to deliver n=on a single Bat related tale yet- just look at the Court of Owls or Death of the Family.

Big Changes are coming for the Justice League teams too in the wake of Trinity War, but ith this being the first big eent of the new 52 things re still fairly tight as to what change that truly means, the only real news in the Constantine will be the big player this time around.  good or bad move? Guess time will tell.

Other News

Robert Kirkman gave a really good interview on the future and current state of the Walking Dead comic series- it does contain spoilers for those who aren’t up-to date or dont want hints at the future. So heres the link if you do

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/07/19/comic-con-the-walking-dead-10-year-anniversary-panel-recap

The Chronicles of Riddick- is also getting a motion comic. This could be good, as ive enjoyed the motion comics ive seen in recent years, and Riddick has been a character that has intrigued me.  He has great potential in Pitch Black that got lost a little in the sequel, but seems it could be re-found in the latest cinematic release.  So im gonna hold out hope for this being good.

DarkHorse has launched on Instagram- so could be fun to follow.  And has also announced a Plants Versus Zombies comic at the event.  And have outlined their Star Wars comics plans for 2014. For all the info check out their website.

There was tons more comic news- but for that you need to check out the RSS feed on your right (Do it now) as there’s too much to blog it all