THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 8/25/15

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

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(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 links 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.

DetectiveComics_BatmanDetective Comics #44 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $3.99
Sweet Tooth Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC
, $29.99
Justice Inc The Avenger #4 (Cover A Francesco Francavilla)
, $3.99
Masks 2 #6 (Of 8)(Cover A Butch Guice)
, $3.99
Jupiter’s Circle #6 (Cover A Frank Quitely), $3.50
Age Of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies #4, $3.99
DaredevilDaredevil #18, $3.99
Hail Hydra #2 (Andrew Robinson Regular Cover)
, $3.99
MiracleManMiracleman By Gaiman And Buckingham #1 (Mark Buckingham Regular Cover), $4.99
Squadron Sinister #3 (Carlos Pacheco Regular Cover), $3.99
Thors #3 (Chris Sprouse Regular Cover), $3.99

We’ll Always Remember Yvonne

She was a sexy librarian who changed into Batgirl, she was in Star Trek and Man from U.N.C.L.E. and dated Elvis Presley. How can anyone ever forget darling Yvonne Craig?
Batgirl memories

Her signature movements…

Via CNN:

(CNN)Before Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, before Joanna Cameron’s Isis, before Scarlett Johannsson’s Black Widow, Yvonne Craig was a pioneer of female superheroes on screen.

As an actress, she originated the role of Batgirl in the 1960s “Batman” television series. As a trained dancer, she did her own stunts.

27Craig died this week after a long two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 78.

The cancer metastasized to her liver, and she died Monday in her home in Pacific Palisades.

“She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two plus years since being diagnosed and that had weakened her immune system as well as her body,” her family said in a statement late Tuesday night.

“This didn’t dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up.”

Craig originated the role of Batgirl in the show’s third and final season in 1967, kapowing and zzonking the bad guys alongside Adam West and Burt Ward’s dynamic duo of Batman and Robin.

“I hear from women that I was their role model,” she told CNN in an interview earlier this year. “‘When I was a little girl, I realized that girls could kick butt just like guys,’ [they’d say].”

She also had a memorable role as the green-skinned Orion slave girl Marta who wanted to kill Captain Kirk in a third-season episode of “Star Trek.”

But even beyond those two well-remembered roles, Craig had a long and illustrious career that began as the youngest member of a ballet company.

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Many Bothan Spies Died to Bring You These Images

Entertainment Weekly (yes, that one) premiered these amazing images from the upcoming seventh episode of the Star Wars saga.
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Set thirty years after the destruction of the second Death Star and the defeat of the Empire in 1983’s Episode VI, The Force Awakens is co-written by JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). It will be a blend of the old and the new with young heroes and villains rubbing shoulders with renowned characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca. The new photos feature the ‘Chrome Trooper’ Captain Phasma, X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron, the evil Sith Kylo Ren and new villain General Hux. Additionally, we have our first glimpse of the classic protocol droid C-3PO (sporting another new limb) and trusty astromech R2-D2.


As December draws closer, anticipation mounts for the latest installment in the modern space opera. The new international TV spot even contains some new images!

More as it comes…

BONUS images of Star wars Episode VII The Force Awakens action figures via StarWarsNow:

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Bonus 2: First image of Luke Skywalker from Episode VII: The Force Awakens and displayed costumes of Kylo Ren and First Order Stormtroopers.
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THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 8/12/15

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 links 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.

Doctor Who The First Doctor Companion Box Set Audio CD, $41.50
Doctor Who The Fourth Doctor Adventures The Cloisters Of Terror Audio CD, $18.99
Doctor Who The Secret History Audio CD, $24.99
Star Wars Imperial Handbook HC, $19.95
Hellboy And The B.P.R.D. 1952 TP, $19.99
All-Star Section 8 #3 (Of 6), $2.99
Batman43Batman #43 (Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice Inc The Avenger #3 (Cover A Francesco Francavilla), $3.99
Masks 2 #5 (Of 8)(Cover A Butch Guice), $3.99
will-eisner-spirit-1-2nd-printingWill Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Paul Pope 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #63 (Batman Odyssey #1), $21.00
Batman_ArkhamKnightDC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine Special #3 (Arkham Knight Batmobile), $38.00
Star Trek The Official Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #48 (USS Voyager Armored), $20.00
Star Trek The Official Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #49 (ECS Fortunate), $20.00
Mark Schultz Portfolio The Complete Various Drawings HC, $50.00
Mark Schultz Storms At Sea An Illustrated Novella HC, $24.95
Astronauts In Trouble #3, $2.99
ODY-C #6, $3.99
Daredevil Typhoid’s Kiss TP, $34.99
Ghost Racers #3 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Planet Hulk #4 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
secret-wars-5-chirstopher-action-figure-variantSecret Wars #5 (Of 8)(Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Secret Wars 2099 #4 (Of 5), $3.99
Star Wars Lando #2 (Of 5)(Alex Maleev Regular Cover), $3.99
Doc Savage Double Novel Volume 82 SC, $14.95
Shadow Double Novel Volume 98 SC, $14.95
Spider Double Novel Volume 7 SC, $14.95
DrWho_FourDoctors_IDWDoctor Who Event 2015 Four Doctors #1 (Of 5)(Neil Edwards Regular Cover), $3.99

DC Comics Mother Box Prop Replica, $59.95
InterstellarInterstellar Ranger Model Kit, $34.99
POP Flash Captain Cold Vinyl Figure, $10.99
S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary By Kirby And Steranko PosterS.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary Poster By Jack Kirby And Jim Steranko , $8.99

Daleks, and Dragons and Zygons, oh my

DoctorWho_9The Doctor celebrates his 51st year battling monsters by…. battling monsters. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will return in the 9th season of Doctor Who, thwarting Daleks (seen in the trailer as sporting the traditional design), battling shape-shifting Zygons, crossing swords with dragons, matching wits with Missy and playing the electric guitar (some fans may know that Capaldi was in a band called the Dream Boys along with late night TV host Craig Ferguson).

Capaldi_doctorWhoAfter appearing to be stern and rather abrasive last year, the Twelfth Doctor seems whimsical and more passionate in the new trailer, far more similar to Doctors Nine, Ten and Eleven. In one sequence he states wanting to ‘kiss the universe to death.’

I’m a bit disappointed as it was a daring move to actually change the personality of the Doctor for the first time in ten years. There is also the usual telling over showing syndrome which plagues the new series as the Doctor tells villains who he is (‘I’m the Doctor and I save people!’), apparently defeating them with speeches.

The ninth season promises the usual cataclysmic events that have marked the program since its return in 2005 including the arrival of a character from the Doctor’s part played by Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones (in a previous trailer, the Doctor glances off screen in shock, ‘YOU!’). Any guesses on who that is? My money is on Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s granddaughter, but Moffat insists that it is a new character.

I don’t mean to sound too critical as I was (for the most part) happy with last year’s stories and adore Capaldi’s Doctor. I’m just tired of Moffat’s approach and am eager to see something innovative and new.

The latest season of Doctor Who will start September 19, 2015 at 9 pm EST on BBC America.

Should we prepare for a decade of Ben Affleck as Batman?

As the comic book world is still shrugging over the expected disappointment of the Fant4stic Four, some unexpected Bat news arrives.

batman_BatsignalAdam West, Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy and Christian Bale may have new competition for the definitive Batman with Ben Affleck possibly being offered the role of the dark knight for an unprecedented decade of movies. Ben-Affleck-Batman-GogglesVia ComicBook.com

According to rumors from Warner Bros. insiders, the future of DC Movie slate will now center around Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight. The sudden (but really, unsurprising) pivot came after an early cut of Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice was shown to a small group of Warner Bros. executives. The big wigs were reportedly so impressed with the film, that they gave it a standing ovation.

And much of that applause was for Ben Affleck and his performance as Batman. The executives are so impressed, in fact, that they are reportedly trying to get Affleck on-board for three stand-alone Batman films. Affleck’s Batman, and these movies, would reportedly become the cornerstone of DC’s other movies, with one Warner boss reportedly calling Affleck the “definitive Batman.”

Including the Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, the two-part JLA film, and three solo movies, that’s 7 films spread out over the next ten years. With no director lined up, it is difficult to guess what the theme and feel of a new Batman trilogy would be. But it’s a safe assumption that it will be darker than octopus ink.

Opinions?

“There are worse things out there than the Ripper.”

Whitechapel, 1888. Jack the Ripper stalks the streets but he too is hunted by a mythical monster who strikes fear into the hearts of the guilty, the Batman. The dark knight detective faces what could be his most challenging case in this unusual period horror drama that fits the perfectly.
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Heavily influenced by the graphic novel Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, ‘Ripper’ is a fan film brought to life by James Campbell and Adam Bouabda. But this is not your standard fan film. It utilizes legitimate actors from television and film and features an impressive score not dissimilar to Goblin and Tangerine Dream (which is pretty atmospheric and cool).

Like the idea? Get involved!

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Changing the Face of Doctor Who

Throughout its long run, there have been many actors to portray the time-travelling adventurer, and many more also-rans or could-have-beens. William Hartnell imbued a sense of magic and humanity into Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton gave the character a vitality so strong it can still be felt today. Jon Pertwee made Doctor Who a household program, and Tom Baker became a legend of television…. but it all could have gone so differently.

From the earliest days of its development, there Colin Brockhurst (The Day of Doctor Who) is at it again with this amazing trip through an alternate timeline of Doctor Who and the many actors who could have (or should have) played him. Painstakingly assembled from archive photos skillfully manipulated into new ‘classic’ images, Brockhurst has poked a hole through the fabric of reality to grant fans a glimpse of an entirely different version of Doctor Who with many different faces.

After purchasing and framing The Day of Doctor Who, I can proudly vouch for the high level of professionalism and attention to detail in Brockhurst’s work. There are so many lovely touches such as telesnaps of Brian Blessed as the Second Doctor Who, an image of Young Ones star Rik Mayal regenerating in ‘Night of the Doctor,’ numerous references to stories that were not produced, the mini-badge featuring a cartoon image of Ron Moody as the Third Doctor and the inclusion of Peter Cushing as the Master!

If you are a fan of Doctor Who, this needs to be in your collection.

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For more info, click here.

On a side-note… who is you favorite ‘alternate Doctor Who’?

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 8/5/15

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 links 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.

Fox_5Fox #5 (Dean Haspiel Regular Cover), $3.99
Conan Volume 17 Shadows Over Kush TP, $19.99
Creepy Comics #21, $3.99
Batman_DetectiveComics43Detective Comics #43 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $3.99
Will Eisner’s The Spirit #2 (Cover A Eric Powell), $3.99
Batman_Robin_BikeDC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #62 (Batman #244 Robin Bike), $21.00
Phantom The Complete Dailies Volume 8 1947-1948 HC, $50.00
Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren HC, $60.00
Frank Miller’s Daredevil Artifact Edition HC, AR
Golden Age Masterworks From The Golden Age Illustration Volume 2 HC, $44.95
Spiderman_RenewAmazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #3 (Adam Kubert Regular Cover), $3.99
Civil War #2 (Leinil Francis Yu Regular Cover), $3.99
Darth Vader #8 (Salvador Larroca Regular Cover), $3.99
FamousMonstersFamous Monsters Of Filmland #281 (September/October 2015, $9.99
PunisherPunisher Glow In The Dark Pint Glass, $10.99
Sin City Minimates Series 3 Set, $19.99

The Black Knight is back!

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Supernatural hero, sword-wielding man of action, mechanical inventor, Defender and Avenger, Dane Whitman is one of Marvel’s more heroes in the same vein as Ant-Man and Star Lord were… so keep watch. He’s also rather obscure, and for good reason. There are a few iterations of the Black Knight and each one is different. But the Black Knight is a cult hit who is about to get a new lease on stardom in a slick All-New Marvel ongoing series. He’s also one of my son’s favorite characters, so I’m biased.

(click here for the 411 on the Black Knight)

This fall, Marvel is launching a new Black Knight ongoing series featuring the longtime swordsman Dane Whitman in a drastic different world with a dark shadow looming over him. Set in a post-Secret Wars Weirdworld, this “All-New All-Different Marvel” title is written by Frank Tieri and illustrated by Luca Pizzari.

Tieri, who has written the Black Knight on several occasions in the past, describes this new Black Knight series as a long time coming and a cross between the dark, addictive tones of Breaking Bad and the modern medieval landscape of Game of Thrones.
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Newsarama: Frank, what do you have planned in the new Black Knight series? And how long has this new series been in the works?

Frank Tieri: Really, we’re trying to do a book that’s unlike any that’s out there. And definitely not something you’d really expect from a Black Knight series. Sure there’ll be sword and sorcery and all that stuff but it’s really more than that. At it’s heart, Black Knight will be about one man’s struggle with what I call a “necessary addiction”. I guess the best description is something that’s sort of like a cross between Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

Call it Breaking Blade, if you will.

As for how long this has been in the works? Let me put it to you this way… remember back when I was doing all that Black Knight stuff in New Excalibur? We were talking about me doing a series with him even then. So this was a long time coming. But I strongly believe it’s a book that’ll be worth the wait… for both me and Dane’s fans.

Nrama: About that… yes, this new series features Dane in a post-Secret Wars Weirdworld. Up til now, I thought “All-New All-Different Marvel” meant the end of Secret Wars and everything Battleworld. What can you say about Weirdworld here?

Tieri: Well, what I can say is that let Secret Wars play out and then we’ll see what ends up where. What I can say from my standpoint for my series is Weirdworld will absolutely be our setting… and what a great setting it is. It’s really become as much a character as Dane or anybody else in the book.

There’s all these crazy different parts to it, which is incredibly fun to write. The part where Dane finds himself is kind of like the Middle Ages on acid. Fire breathing trolls, Lightning dragons, warring barbarians, mysterious serpent men… a lot of crazy shit with Dane plopped down in the middle of it all.

Dane came into Weirdworld? That’s one of the big mysteries we’ll be unveiling as we go along—the how and the why Dane wound up in Weirdworld. What I will say is this… it involves the Avengers.
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Nrama: Big picture, you’ve been given the keys to a ongoing Black Knight series. What are your goals, big picture with the character and his place in the Marvel line?

Tieri: I think Dane is an underappreciated character and has been for a long time and hopefully this series fixes that. I mean, think about it… with Merlin, Camelot, the sword and sorcery angle that’s so popular now…

We’ve got a lot of cool shit and twists and turns planned here and our goal is to open some eyes and tell a kick ass story in the process. Braveheart style battles, strange creatures we’ve never seen before, centuries old mysteries, betrayals, the Avengers, who and what the serpent men really are (really cool reveal there)… and then there’s questions to answer like:

What if the Ebony Blade was not the only object of its kind? What if there were other artifacts that came from that meteor that Merlin carved the Blade from? And for that matter…where the hell did that damned meteor come from in the first place?

All stuff we aim to address with this series. It’ll be a wild ride, kids, I can promise you that—and not one I’d want to miss out on, that’s for sure.

Read the entire interview at Newsarama