Week in Geek: 21-27 July

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Ok this week has been a huge week for Geek news, with Comic-Con still going on (Expect a round-up once its finished) but for now here are the big stories that caught my eye this week. Including an awesome Age of Ultron Poster, The first Batman (Affleck) image and the Horns Movie trailer amongst other great geekery Continue reading

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Comic Book Picks 4th June’14

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Once again Wednesday is nearly upon us ans that means its time for the whole new batch of comic books to hit the shelves- so lets take a look at whats out there this week and what I think is the most essential purchase and read. This is a week that is heavily dominated by releases from the ‘Big Two’ but with that being said doesn’t see a huge host of the premier titles hitting shelves, so could a little book grab the title of ‘Pick of the week?’ Continue reading

NINJA TURTLES — First Trailer

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The first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has debuted on the web this week, after getting a preview at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and on NBC’s Today.

Starring Megan Fox as April O’Neil and William Fichtner as Shredder, Michael Bay’s new take on the graphic novel has all the sensibilities of a typical Michael Bay movie (such as the helicopter shot in the trailer…). Aesthetics aside, there’s a likelihood that Shredder has a new back-story that involves April, which is some nice handwavium to get her into the middle of the story.

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An interesting look for the turtles, with the most likely target for complaints being the shape and design for their heads. And though producer Bay has backed away from the “alien origin” concept that was so hotly rejected online by fans, it does appear that the “ooze” origin has been given a makeover — with Shredder…

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Comic Book Picks 5th March’14

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Well Wednesday is nearly upon us, and that means its time for the release of this weeks new comic books. This week sees a huge amount of continuing series that have delivered the goods such as ‘Velvet’ and ‘Uncanny X-men’ while also seeing a sleuth of new release titles from the big two publishers as well as the smaller and more independent publishers. But what should you guys be checking out this week, well here’s my picks Continue reading

Comic Book releases 9th October ’13

So Wednesday is nearly upon us again- and that means it’s time to go buy comic books, so here I am once more to let you know what’s hot this week.

Batman 24:

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This issue is part 4 of the superb Year Zero story that is being penned by Scott Snyder- and promises to continue to tell the tale of the Red Hood gang and their encounter with Batman. Not only that but the issue is double size, meaning we get twice the amount of Batman related brilliance this month. The official synopsis for this issue is as follows:

Batman is on the trail of the Red Hood Gang and their mysterious leader, secret origins are revealed, and a major surprise will change the course of Zero Year and Batman’s life!

I have to admit I was sceptical about another Batman origin tale, but Snyder has done an amazing job of keeping this fresh and engaging and the artwork of Greg Capullo has really been amazing during their run together so far.  The whole Red Hood gang tale has felt important, meaningful and like it could redefine all known Batman lure (just like court of owls did) If the pair can continue to produce stories and work as they have been, then this should be a great issue and well worth buying this week.

Cryptozoic Man 1:

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Now this is an odd one for me to put in here this week, as I’m not thoroughly excited by it as much as i am intrigued by it. The comic book short series has received a lot of publicity, even getting a personal shout out from Stan Lee on National US television- so I do expect it to sell well and for it to be clambered for by collectors maybe more so than intended readers. The book started life as an idea form ‘Comic Book men’ season 2, and will run its course here before leading into the 3rd season of the popular show.

The book is written by Walt Flannagan and Bryan Johnson, with Walt also doing the artwork duties. The official synopsis for the book is as follows, and does sound interesting:

Alan Ostman, a middle-aged husband/father, sees his life quickly unravel when his daughter goes missing on a camping trip in the Pacific Northwest…Bigfoot country. After gray aliens abduct him from a roadside bar, he learns that the fate of the world is dependent on trapping the world’s most legendary cryptids…not to mention defeating a psychopath in a pig-shaped leather bondage mask. Alan knows he has his work cut out for him.

Keep an eye on this title, as I expect it to sell out quickly and really rise in value.

Three 1:

THREE1This is another new series, but this time one I am truly excited about. This is another independent creator book this time from Kieron Gillen, Ryan Kelly and Jordie Bellaire. Gillen has been producing some of the best books out there over the last 18months, and that’s one of the reasons im on board to see how this plays out, not to mention the artwork of Bellaire who’s style I really enjoy in Manhattan projects and cant wait to see on a more rural and ancient project. The official synopsis for the book:

When a member of the Spartan ruling class visits an isolated homestead of Helot workers, a brutal massacre is only the beginning. KIERON GILLEN (PHONOGRAM, Über, Iron Man), RYAN KELLY (Saucer County, Local) and JORDIE BELLAIRE (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, NOWHERE MEN) unite to tell the heroic story of three slaves and their desperate attempt to escape 300 of the finest warriors who’ve ever lived.

I’m hoping this can be different enough from the tone of 300, despite the same era and obvious likenesses to be a truly refreshing take on a time of war and savagery. If it can then I see this book becoming a real success. This is receiving huge buzz levels from retailers- so get your copy fast.

 

That’s another week down- but for a full list of everything available in your comic store just go here