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

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 7/29/15

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)
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Men Of Mystery #97, $29.95
FUBAR Declassified TP, $11.95
Conan Red Sonja HC, $19.99
Conan The Avenger #16, $3.50
EC Archives Weird Science Volume 4 HC, $49.99
Red Sonja #17 (Cover C Stephanie Buscema), $3.99
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #59 (Detective #54 Batplane), $19.95
mar151768DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #60 (Batman #63 Mothman), $19.95
apr152014DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #61 (Noel Batmobile), $19.95
Star Trek Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #46 (USS Enterprise NCC-1701C), $20.00
Star Trek Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #47 (Klingon Negh’Var), $20.00
jan151446Steve Ditko Archives Volume 5 Dripping With Fear HC (not verified by Diamond), $39.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 50th Anniversary Special (Cover A Dan Adkins), $7.99
Transformers Vs G.I. JOE #8 (Cover A Tom Scioli), $3.99
God Hates Astronauts #10 (Cover B Steve Seeley), $3.50
Mythic #3 (Cover A John McCrea), $2.99
Age Of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies #2 (Steve Pugh Regular Cover), $3.99
Daredevil #17 (Chris Samnee Regular Cover), $3.99
669258_ffbb9756f1b8f892995d9e384a1886694594137bDeadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #3 (Of 4)(Tony Harris Regular Cover), $3.99
669348_86d613e59bf1ed50aa7d05932c4c65fc969dd455Star Wars #7 (John Cassaday Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice League Gods And Monsters Deluxe Edition BD + DVD, AR

Is the Boy Wonder Already Doomed in the ‘Snyderverse’?

The upcoming Batman V Superman film directed by Zack Snyder will lay the groundwork of the DC Cinematic Universe by introducing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, Lex Luthor and possibly more. In addition, it is possible that not only will Robin be introduced but he’s already dead!

(I wrote an article about the history of the boy wonder – and DC’s obsession with killing him – that may be worth a read)

The brief appearance of a glass case storing a Robin costume covered in graffiti hints at the demise of Batman’s sidekick at the hands of his nemesis the Joker (as seen in Death in the Family). Even more interesting is the rumor that Robin will be seen in a flashback.

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Via IGN:
As the Comic-Con trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicerevealed, Robin exists in this new DC cinematic universe. Or did exist since we see his costume, riddled with taunting graffiti, hanging in the Batcave, presumably because Joker killed him.

But will we actually see the Boy Wonder on the big screen?

According to Heroic Hollywood, we will and they also claim to know who plays him.

The site reports that BvS director Zack Snyder’s 19-year-old son, Eli Snyder, portrays Robin in a flashback depicting his death at the hands of Jared Leto’s Joker.

“Eli Snyder is quite the athlete. He is 6’0″ and weighs 174 pounds. As the starting quarterback, Eli put up good stats at Maranatha High Varsity Football. Watching Eli’s senior highlight reel, he certainly has the youth, athleticism, and physicality to be Robin in real life!,” says Heroic Hollywood, which also posted the photo below of Eli Snyder.

The young Snyder is no stranger to being in his dad’s movies having previously played little Leonidas in 300 and young Rorschach in Watchmen as well as a solider in Sucker Punch.

UPDATE, July 23: BvS set photographer Clay Enos shared Zack Snyder’s Instagram photo below of him with his son Eli. The caption coyly hinted at the aforementioned casting rumor: “Boy wonder?”

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So what do you think? Can this film get any darker?

X-Men and Fantastic Four headed for a movie match-up

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The imaginauts and first family of Marvel Comics is once more headed for the silver screen and hopes are high they get it right this time. However, this time 20th C Fox has plans to bring the cosmic superhero team into the world of mutants seen in the X-Men flicks.

How, you may ask? Given the incredible lengths that ‘Days of Future Past’ went to in order to set the stage for a new time line which will be introduced in ‘Apocalypse’ next year, just about anything is possible for the merry mutants now. Add to this the fact that the new Fantastic Four film will be more centered on dimensional travel rather than outer space travel and I can see no reason why the X-Men and FF will not co-star on screen in no time at all. Especially given that comic book films are seemingly so bullet proof that Ant Man is performing well.

Via CBR.com:

Singer corroborated the X-Men and Fantastic Four team-up talk, saying that he has engaged in conversations with the “Fantastic Four” team — which includes “Apocalypse” writer/producer Simon Kinberg — to find a way to bring Fox’s two Marvel franchises together.

“Those ideas are in play,” said Singer. “That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it. I don’t want to give it away, but it deals a little with time. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Since the relaunch of the X-Men franchise in 2011 with “X-Men: First Class,” the mutants have been hopping through the decades. They’ve moved from the ’60s to the ’70s in 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and will land in the ’80s in next year’s “Apocalypse.” And as seen in trailers for this August’s “Fantastic Four,” we know that the rebooted foursome are interdimensional travelers. As Singer stated, the mechanism for their potential crossover does seem natural.

“We’ll have to see how the films turn out — how [‘X-Men: Apocalypse’] turns out, how ‘Fantastic Four’ plays — to really understand what kind of desire and how that would really work. I think to just say you’re going to do it would be a mistake. You have to see how the films evolve before you make that decision to completely commit to that. But there are those ideas in play.”

From the sound of Singer’s answer, it looks like we may know more about this potential crossover after “Fantastic Four” opens on August 7 and “X-Men: Apocalypse” opens on May 27, 2016.

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So, what’s your opinion? Should the Fantastic Four and X-Men meet in a mega movie? If so, which team of mutants would you like to see and who would the villain be?

Let your words fly, readers!

Ultraman Returns!

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With the ability to grow into a silver and red giant, Ultraman battled monsters from the stars long before anyone had thought of the Power Rangers. A cult phenomenon, the character has reigned supreme as a monster wrestler and defender of our planet.

Created in 1966 by Eiji Tsuburaya, Ultra Q underwent several revisions. A sci-fi series similar in some ways to U.N.I.T. from Doctor Who whereby the Earth was protected from the regular attacks of bizarre aliens by an even weirder jump-suited force.

Set in the distant future, a well-armed planet-wide defense known as Science Special Search Party utilizes the most advanced arsenal of weapons and vehicles known to mankind. One key member of the global organization called the Space Patrol, Hayata, is abducted by aliens and granted the unlikely ability to grow into fantastic size, thus leveling the playing field against the race of skyscraper-sized monsters.

While Utlraman easily has the most diverse and amazing list of super abilities ranging from super speed to telekinesis to a kind of supreme super soaker ray, he primarily relies on his fighting fists. As Ultraman, Hyata primarily utilizes wrestler-style moves and the occasionally inexplicable blast of energy from a special positioning of his arms. Hyata has a limited but vague amount of time in which to defeat the alien threat, the limit of which is signaled by a flashing light on his chest. However, it’s not fair to really discuss Hyata and Ultraman as if they were one persona as they swap places in much the same way the Captain Marvel and Billy Batson do. While Ultraman is fighting a giant alien monster, Hyata is in some strange limbo.

Ultraman retains the Guiness record for spinoffs but while it is CG-animated, the new series looks to be a return to the character’s roots. No more rubber suits, but similar levels of devastation.


Ultraman will return in a brand new series in 2016 which appears unafraid to embrace its past.

Get ready.
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THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 7/22/15

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.

Original Ghost Rider Volume 1 HC (not verified by Diamond), $49.99
Archie Vs Predator #4 (Of 4)(Cover A Andrew Pepoy), $3.99
Elfquest The Final Quest #10, $3.50
Fight Club 2 #3 (Cover A David Mack), $3.99
Aquaman #42 (Trevor McCarthy Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman ’66 #25, $2.99
Batman Gothic Deluxe Edition HC, $24.99
JLA Earth 2 Book And DVD/Blu-Ray Set, AR
Justice League Gods And Monsters Batman #1 (One Shot)(Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Prez #2 (Of 12), $2.99
Demons And Angels The Mythology Of S. Clay Wilson Volume 2 HC (not verified by Diamond), $34.99
Winterworld Frozen Fleet #3 (Of 3)(Cover A Gerardo Zaffino), $3.99
All-New Hawkeye #4, $3.99
E Is For Extinction #2 (Ian Bertram Regular Cover), $3.99
Old Man Logan #3 (Andrea Sorrentino Regular Cover), $3.99
Star-Lord And Kitty Pryde #1 (John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny X-Men #35 (Kris Anka Regular Cover), $3.99
Weirdworld #2 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
Night Hawk The Hell Caverns Prose Novel SC, $9.99
Sherlock Holmes And Kolchak Cry For Thunder Prose Novel SC, $9.99
Rick And Morty #1 (CJ Cannon 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Ant-Man Ant-Man Wacky Wobbler, $13.99
Ant-Man Yellowjacket Wacky Wobbler, $13.99

Batman: Bad Blood First Look

A symbol that criminals fear, Batman is nonetheless mortal. His legacy, however, has created a family of heroes who rise to the challenge and defend Gotham City for the forces of evil… if they don’t kill each other first.


Building on Son of Batman and Batman Vs Robin comes Bad Blood, an animated film that will blend several story lines from R.I.P., Batman Inc. and more. Featuring a gang that leads to the ‘death’ of Batman, Bad Blood sees a race to fill the gap left by the dark knight detective. When Nightwing dons the cowl, Damian Wayne becomes a surly sidekick as Batwoman is a relative outsider in the war on crime. All three are joined by a new hero, Batwing. But are four heroes enough to fill the shoes of Batman?

Bad Blood will see several actors return to the roles with Jason O’Mara making his fifth outing as Batman, Sean Maher once more voicing Nightwing and Stuart Allan providing the petulent tones of Robin. This film will also introduce Ernie Hudson as Lucious Fox, Gaius Charles as Batwing and Yvonne Strhovski as Batwoman. Several villains will make an appearance including Brick, Electrocutioner, Firefly, and of course ‘The Heretic.’

(excuse the many cut outs in the video, this can also be seen in the Justice League: Gods and Monsters release)

Produced by James Tucker, Bad Blood is a film that explores the Bat-Family dynamic through an action-packed adventure. While that Batman is missing from the monthly comics (unless you are reading the outstanding Batman ’66), the animated features have held the torch high for the caped crusader.

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The third in a series of Bat-themed animated stories, Bad Blood has a TBA 2016 street date

Thunderbirds are GO! (again)

A world in peril. Impossible odds. Unimaginable dangers. And International Rescue was there.

The Thunderbirds was a revolutionary children’s TV series produced from 1964-66 that spawned two feature films and several spin-offs and reboots over the years. Gerry Anderson’s crew of imagineers crafted a universe of adventure unlike anything ever seen before… with marionettes. Don’t believe me? The legacy lives on today and thanks to the wonder of the internet, brand new episodes featuring storylines and voices of the past are being made with technology of the present…. emulating the era of 1964-66. Thanks to old recorded stories and carefully rebuilt models and puppets, Thunderbirds are GO one more!

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It was the show that launched a generation of childhoods – a rocket-powered blend of action, adventure, and explosions. A world brought to life with sophisticated marionettes, scale models and pyrotechnic effects all realised in front of the camera.

… And we’re going to bring it all back with brand new classic style episodes based on original 60s audio recordings. EXCLUSIVELY TO KICKSTARTER!

To celebrate its 50th anniversary we want to make a new, classic style episode of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s legendary puppet series Thunderbirds using original audio-only stories recorded in the 1960s.

Technology has moved on in five decades, but our goal is to produce an unashamedly retro episode made with many of the same ‘Supermarionation’ techniques used to bring the puppets and models to life in the 1960s.

This special anniversary production, supported with the blessing of ITV, Sylvia Anderson, and the Gerry Anderson Estate, will be made by the team behind Filmed in Supermarionation – the criticially acclaimed documentary about Thunderbirds released last year.

For more info, visit the official Kickstarter campaign.

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 7/15/15

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 Damaged Goods Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who Last Of The Cybermen Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who The Fourth Doctor Adventures Suburban Hell Audio CD, $18.99
Doctor Who The Well-Mannered War Audio CD, $24.99
Worlds Of Dr Who Volume 2 Audio CD Set (The Well Mannered War & Damaged Goods), $52.99
Abe Sapien Volume 6 A Darkness So Great TP, $19.99
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #133, $3.50
Dark Horse Presents #12, $4.99
Astro City #25, $3.99
Batman Harley Quinn TP, $19.99
Batman Second Chances TP, $19.99
Dr Fate #2 (Ibrahim Moustafa Variant Cover), $2.99
Justice League #42 (Jason Fabok Regular Cover), $3.99
Astronauts In Trouble #2, $2.99
Ant-Man Annual #1, $4.99
Armor Wars #3 (Paul Rivoche Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain Britain And The Mighty Defenders #1 (Of 2)(Alan Davis Regular Cover), $3.99
Hail Hydra #1 (Andrew Robinson Regular Cover), $3.99
Hawkeye #22, $4.99
Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Dustin Weaver 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Moon Knight #17 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Planet Hulk #3 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
Incredible Herb Trimpe HC, $34.95
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Color Out Of Space Limited Edition BD, AR

Batman V Superman images previewed in Entertainment Weekly

Batman_V_SupermanThe paperweight that thinks it is a magazine Entertainment Weekly has premiered some interesting images from the upcoming ‘dukeroo’ between the iconic heroes Batman and Superman. The new images depict the civilian identities of Batman and Wonder Woman (Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince) as well as a fully coiffed Lex Luthor and more.

While I viewed the Man of Steel as a decidedly strong step in the wrong direction, taking the colorful world of DC Comics into a world of muted grays and blues… I want this movie
to be a success.

I also want that Batman V Superman tee director Snyder can spotted wearing on set.

Directed by Zack Snyder with a script by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg and is scheduled for release on March 25th, 2016.