New Doom Patrol shorts

Survivors of horrible accidents, brought together by Dr. Niles Caulder, the Doom Patrol remains the most imaginative and amazingly entertaining comic book ever (IMO). Created by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, these characters have been ripped off in various other projects (I’m looking at you, Incredibles), but this is the real deal..

Via DCComicsNews.com:

Doom Patrol By Jeff Lemiere

Doom Patrol By Jeff Lemiere

DC Entertainment releases two new Doom Patrol shorts titled, “Chapter 6: Trail of the Terrible Titan,” and “Chapter 10: The Spy Within The Doom Patrol.”
The first short sees Doom Patrol members Negative Man and Elasti-Girl attempting to thwart Monsieur Mallah and the Brotherhood of Evil’s attempt to steal the Statue of Liberty. In the second short, an impostor sets out to destroy the team from within. Who could it be? None other than Madame Rouge!


DOCTOR WHO: MASTERS OF EARTH

Coinciding with the latest altercation with the Daleks this coming Saturday, Big Finish has released the trailer for an all new classic adventure in which the multi-colored all-action man Six Doctor confronts the dreaded foes as well in ‘Masters of Earth.’

Details below:
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The year is 2163. Ten years since the Daleks invaded the Earth. One year until the Doctor, in his first incarnation, will help bring the occupation to an end. But for now, their reign of terror goes on.

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Peri to Scotland – enslaved, like everywhere else on the planet. But there are rumours of Dalek-free islands off its coast. Places where resistors and refuseniks are coming together, gathering arms and armour, preparing to strike back against the enemy.

When the Doctor falls in with an unlikely group of freedom fighters making that dangerous journey to Orkney, he finds himself trapped – but not only by the Daleks, their robotised henchmen and their human collaborators.

By history.

Because history shows that for another year, resistance is useless…

The rebellion must fail – and as a Time Lord, the Doctor can do nothing to help.

To hear the trailer, or to place a pre-order on either Download or CD, go here.

‘The Mill at Calder’s End’

Billed as ‘The Dark Crystal meets HP Lovecraft,’ the ‘The Mill at Calder’s End’ is a stunning puppet horror movie filmed in a world designed with the input of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

Via The blood-shed:

If there’s one flick that’s grabbed my attention, it’s the upcoming Gothic horror, ‘The Mill at Calder’s End‘, Kevin McTurk’s all puppet feature which takes it’s cue from classic’s like ‘The Dark Crystal’ and merges it with Lovecraftian storytelling.

The project originated on Kickstarter, where McTurk to sought raise 32,000 bucks to make the film and end up doubling that amount. Peeps love puppets!

Mcturk assembled an all-star team of puppeteers and creature designers to create a dark and murky world. The puppets look damn good, it’ll take you a min to realize your not looking at real people.

Featuring the voice talents of Jason Flemyng and Barbara Steele, among others, the film is set in Victorian England and tells the tale of Nicolas Grimshaw, who returns home to unearth the dark secret of the mill and Calder’s End.

One of the many awesome things about this flick is that Mike Mignola, creator of ‘Hellboy‘ is one one of the concept artists behind the films look. Groovy!

No release date has yet been set, but you can bet we’ll keep ya updated.

You can peep all sorts of goodies, like production art and a narrative video by one of the characters over at the film’s Official Site.

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THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 8/20/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS
Avengers The Lost Episodes Volume 2 Audio CD Box Set, $49.99
Doctor Who Breaking Bubbles And Other Stories Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who The Abandoned Audio CD, $18.99

Marvel Classic Characters Uncanny X-Men #94 #2 Wolverine, $49.95

DC COMICS
Batman And Robin #34 (Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Eternal #20, $2.99
Batman Incorporated Volume 2 Gotham’s Most Wanted TP, $16.99
Batwoman #34, $2.99
Brightest Day Omnibus HC, $75.00
Infinity Man And The Forever People #3, $2.99
Katana Volume 1 Soultaker TP, $19.99
Multiversity #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $4.99
New 52 Futures End #16, $2.99
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 (Ethan Van Sciver Regular Cover), $3.99

IDW PUBLISHING
Airboy Archives Volume 2 TP, $29.99
Little Nemo Return To Slumberland #1 (Cover A Gabriel Rodriguez), $3.99
Monster And Madman TP, $17.99
Samurai Jack #11 (Cover SUB Genndy Tartakovsky), $3.99
Star Slammers Re-Mastered #6 (Cover A Walter Simonson), $3.99
Transformers Robots In Disguise #32 (Cover A Andrew Griffith, $3.99

MARVEL COMICS
Daredevil #7, $3.99
Iron Man #9 (Dynamic Exclusive Cover Bonus Package)(Dynamic Forces), AR
Journey Into Mystery By Kieron Gillen The Complete Collection Volume 2 TP, $34.99
New Avengers #23, $3.99
Nova #20, $3.99
Original Sins #5 (Of 5), $3.99
Savage Wolverine #22, $3.99
Secret Avengers #7, $3.99
Spider-Man 2099 #1 (Simone Bianchi 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Storm #2 (Victor Ibanez Regular Cover), $3.99
Winter Soldier The Bitter March TP, $16.99
Wolverine Annual #1 (Dustin Nguyen Regular Cover), $4.99

PANINI PUBLISHING
Doctor Who Magazine #476, $9.99
Doctor Who The Cruel Sea GN, $19.99

TITAN PUBLISHING
Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #1 (Brian Williamson SDCC Variant Cover), AR
Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #1 (Brian Williamson SDCC Variant Cover), AR

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Alter Ego #128, $8.95
Back Issue #75, $8.95

Videos
DCU Batman Assault On Arkham BD + DVD, AR
Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collection BD, AR
Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collection DVD, AR
LEGO Star Wars The Empire Strikes Out DVD, AR
LEGO Star Wars The Padawan Menace BD + DVD, AR
LEGO Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles DVD, AR
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 2 BD, AR
Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery BD, AR

Merchandise
Amazing Spider-Man 2 Fabric Hood Mask, $18.99
Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web Shooter Child, $6.99
Avengers Assemble 2015 16-Month Wall Calendar, $14.99
Batman 75th Anniversary Polo LG, $49.95
Batman Arkham Origins 16-Month 2015 Wall Calendar, $14.99
Batwoman Symbol Youth T-Shirt LG, $15.95
Bombshell Hawkgirl T-Shirt LG, $18.95

Doctor Who series eight details revealed, a companion lost

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Just after the breaking news that Jenna Louise Coleman will be departing during this year’s Christmas Special, the details of the eighth series have arrived and there are some returning writers such as Phil Ford (Waters of Mars), Mark Gatiss (Unquiet Dead, Idiot’s Lantern, Victory of the Daleks, Might Terrors, Cold War and the Crimson Horror), Stephen Thompson (Curse of the Black Spot, Journey to the Center of the TARDIS), Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, Planet of the Dead, Unicorn and the Wasp, The Lodger and Closing Time), along with newcomers Peter Harness and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

This set of stories will also see the introduction of a new companion Danny Pink played by Samuel Anderson. Not much is known about Danny other than the fact that he will be a fellow teacher at Coal Hill School (hearkening back to the first season when two teachers joined the Doctor on his travels?).

The return of the Daleks has been confirmed as well as the Master with possible other historic meanies lurking in the wings. More details to come…

Via Kasterberous.com:

DrWho_DeepbreathEpisode 1: Deep Breath

  • Written by Steven Moffat
  • Directed by Ben Wheatley

drwho_into-the-dalekEpisode 2: Into The Dalek

  • Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
  • Directed by Ben Wheatley
  • Introducing Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink.

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Danny Pink

DrWho_RobotsofSherwoodEpisode 3: Robot Of Sherwood

  • Written by Mark Gatiss
  • Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 4: Listen

  • Written by Steven Moffat
  • Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 5: Time Heist

  • Written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat
  • Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 6: The Caretaker

  • Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
  • Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 7: Kill The Moon

  • Written by Peter Harness
  • Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 8: Mummy On The Orient Express

  • Written by Jamie Mathieson
  • Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 9: Flatline

  • Written by Jamie Mathieson
  • Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 10: In The Forest Of The Night

  • Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Directed by Sheree Folkson

Episode 11/12: Dark Water/Death In Heaven

  • Written by Steven Moffat
  • Directed by Rachel Talalay

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Fan-made The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen animation must be seen

Magician and visionary author Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill created a successful ‘Victorian Avengers’ using Mina Harker, Mr. Hyde, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man and Allan Quartermain. The series saw this unlikely group of public domain characters from literature fight such outlandish threats as a Martian invasion and more. It spawned several spinoffs and a less-than-impressive feature film.
The League Of Extraordinary GentlemenThis week, a fan crafted an impressive animation of a version more in keeping with the feel of the comic. And it is wonderful.

Via io9:
Forget the unnecessary addition of Tom Sawyer and the other departures from Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s comics. Florian Liedtke imagines a title sequence for a different League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie taken straight from the comics, with a revamped cast.

Liedtke made his dream League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen title sequence for a university project, and the moody motion comic style works well here. Plus, we just want to see Charles Dance in everything.

Rick Remender Spins Marvel U on its AXIS

Event comics. The bane of many a comic book fan and potentially a way in which to tell a large scale story cast across a bigger canvas. From Crisis on Infinite Earths to Secret Wars to Civil War and Flashpoint, DC and Marvel Comics have both dipped into readers’ minds and wallets again and again. Whatever your opinion of them, event books are not going away.

In fact a sequel to the upcoming AXIS is already in the works that will shake up the status quot of Marvel’s heroes and villains. Personally, I have been satisfied with the follow through Marvel Editorial has exhibited as far back as Avengers: Decimation all the way to the current comics. The characters have changed, and their relationships became dynamic and different, making the shared universe fresh.

And it’s changing again…

Via Newsarama:

Marvel Comics revealed what’s coming in Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Act 2 Monday afternoon, ahead of November 2014 solicitations. To bring the information, they held a conference call with writer Rick Remender and Exectuvie Editor Tom Brevoort, along with members of the comic book press.

Marvel PR Chris D’Lando introduced the people on the call. “What is inversion you ask? Call it the recalibration of the Marvel Universe’s moral compass.”

Remender started with the high concept of Act II. “The fun of something like this in my mind is to constantly subvert expectations and surprise people with exciting new things. We all have our attention spans destroyed by our cell phones so I don’t want to linger on any one idea for more than about five pages (laughs).

“Moving to a new high concept each act keeps people on their toes, keeps things exciting.”

Act I is about the Avengers and X-Men teaming up to stop the Red Skull, and that leads to Inversion.

“The way things go and how our heroes have to deal with Red Onslaught leads to a bit of a whammy. With the Inversion aspect, I put on my Dungeon Master’s cap and start twisting alignments around.”

“It’s not so cut and dry for everyone as ‘good guy becomes super bad guy.’ I think there are a lot of character-defining moments, especially in the second act. It shows you the antithesis of what they normally are and getting into their character.”

This all leads into the next act, which Remender says is “the biggest X-Men showdown I could think of, and really for everyone. Big things for the Spider-Man world, big things for the Avengers clan.”

Inverting Tony Stark leads directly to Superior Iron Man, with the character “switching back to where he started out,” which shows how far he’s come as a character, the writer said. He praised where Tom Taylor is taking the character as well in the ongoing series.

Several of the characters will get new looks to go with their new outlooks, but not all of them. Deadpool, for example, is in a grey costume, Luke Cage is in a suit with sunglasses, and Tony debuts his new silver armor.

“Deadpool will be playing a really big role in AXIS in a couple of surprising ways,” Remender said, “I’m really excited with what’s happening with him in the book. There’s huge changes coming for Scarlet Witch, Magneto, Doctor Doom, Loki, huge huge beat for Loki. Kid Apocalypse – basically it’s all fireworks here, there’s no lead-up.”

The tie-ins for AXIS will often focus on the Inversion status. Carnage and Hobgoblin in particular use inverted versions of those characters for their tie-in mini-series. “It allows us to look at these characters in a new light,” said Brevoort. “It’s a morally upstanding Carnage and a Hobgoblin who’s a good businessman.”

Remender teased, “I don’t think I’m spoiling anything saying that Carnage trying to be a good guy, on a redemption arc, still winds up having some bloodshed. I don’t want to spoil what they’re doing there, it’s really cool.”

Sam Wilson in his first major moments as Captain America had a “shifting role” in this series. “You will be seeing a pretty nice big fight between Sam Wilson Captain America and all of the X-Men, which doesn’t go great for anybody, but was a lot of fun.” He’ll also have the shifted dynamic with Tony Stark, and Remender says it’s a nice stage to give Sam his first go as Cap.

Marvel.com asked the first press question, wondering if Remender will be building off work he’s done with the Apocalypse storyline for the last few years.

“Yeah, there’s a beat in here. Apocalypse is back, and that’s part of the big pyrotechnics show of #4.” That does come from his runs on Uncanny X-Force and Uncanny Avengers. “At a certain point, this story – I didn’t know it was going to be an event. As it built and the X-Men had a larger role, the Apocalypse beat grew into.”

(more here)

Batman: Assault on Arkham and Young Justice: Season One on Blu-ray

It’s a great week for Batman fans as both Batman: Assault on Arkham and Young Justice: Season One are hitting the shelves on Blu-ray. Assault on Arkham is a new animated film spinning out of the Batman Arkham video game universe. Young Justice is the long-awaited release of the fantastic animated series’ entire first season.

Both are worth a look.

Official press release below:

“Batman: Assault on Arkham” arrives Tuesday, August 12 — on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

'Batman_Assault_on_Arkham'_coverGotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad. Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) voices Batman, and joins forces with several Hollywood greats to bring the legendary characters to life. Adding to the celebrity-laden cast is Neal McDonough (Justified, Desperate Housewives) as Deadshot, Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us) as Joker, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Riddler, CCH Pounder (The Shield, Warehouse 13) as Amanda Waller, Greg Ellis (24) as Captain Boomerang, and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) as Black Spider. Renowned voice actors Hynden Walch and Jennifer Hale bring an added level of danger to the Suicide Squad as the voices of Harley Quinn and Killer Frost, respectively.

Young Justice-S1-WACWarner Archive Collection continues to bring fan-favorite television series to glorious 1080p high definition presentation with the Tuesday, August 12 release of “Young Justice: Season One” on Blu-ray.The two-disc, 26-episode “Young Justice: Season One” features Greg Weisman (Gargoyles) and Brandon Vietti’s (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) critically acclaimed and fan-approved tale of titanic teen heroes. Strap in and get ready for this dashing and daring new take onRobin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis as theysplash across the 16×9 widescreen. In this first season, a ‘junior’ Justice League bands together for purposes both light and dark – to honor the legacies they will one day inherit, and to be the Justice League’s secret weapon. From within their HQ The Cave, they embark on covert missions that would be impossible for the high profile Justice League. Batman (naturally) is their mission handler, Red Tornado supervises and Black Canary trains them. But the lads and ladies of Young Justice push their mission envelope and discover the dark secrets hidden behind the scenes of this alternate DC universe. “Young Justice: Season One” is available at wbshop.com and many of your favorite online retailers.

DC Nation’s Creature Commandos

When DC Nation was launched there were dreams of all-new content. Currently three of those programs are cancelled (Green Lantern, Young Justice and Beware the Batman) and I have yet to hear of replacements. While their full series work has been lacking, the short features are astounding. From the Doom Patrol to Animal Man they are must-watch material for comic book fans.

The latest unearths another obscurity of DC Comics, the horror/war creation The Creature Commandos.

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Via ComicsXAminer:

The Creature Commandos are a fictional DC Comics team of militarized superhumans, based on supernatural creatures of legend that originally operated during World War II. Making their debut in Weird War Tales #93 (November 1980), the team was created by J. M. DeMatteis and artist Pat Broderick. The original team consisted of Lt. Matthew Shrieve (a normal human), Warren Griffith (a werewolf), Sgt. Vincent Velcro (a vampire), Pvt. Elliot “Lucky” Taylor (Frankenstein’s monster) and Dr. Myrna Rhodes (a gorgon). In The New 52 (a reboot of the DC Comics universe), a new version of the Creature Commandos were introduced and featured in the pages of Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.. This incarnation of the team works as field agents for the secretive organization S.H.A.D.E., and are led by Frankenstein. The rest of the team consists of Khalis (who appears to be an Egyptian mummy), Warren Griffith (a werewolf), and Vincent Velcoro (given vampire-like powers through a modified version of the Langstrom formula). Griffith and Velcoro were both originally humans who volunteered to be transformed by Dr. Nina Mazursky, who later transformed herself into an amphibious creature resembling the Gill-man in order to fight alongside the team.

‘Lucky Day’

Special 7 minute preview of Star Wars Rebels

Freddie Prinze Jr. as 'Kanan' in Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELSOfficial Press Release Below:

Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

7 minute special preview below: