THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 4/15/15

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.

FoxFox #1 (David Mack Variant Cover), $3.99
Archie Vs Predator #1 (Of 4)(Cover B Eric Powell), $3.99
Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 9 HC, $49.99
668117_convergence-2-jae-lee-variant-coverConvergence #2 (Of 8)(Jae Lee Variant Cover), AR
Convergence Aquaman #1 (Of 2)(Becky Cloonan Regular Cover), $3.99
Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat #1 (Of 2)(Philip Tan Regular Cover), $3.99
JLIConvergence Justice League International #1 (Of 2)(Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
FilthFilth Deluxe Edition HC, $29.99
Masks 2 #1 (Of 8)(Butch Guice Virgin Variant Cover), AR
ShaftShaft #5 (Cover A Dennis Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz), $3.99
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #56 (Batman #112 Boat), $19.95
Men Of Wrath TP, $14.99
MoonKnightMoon Knight Volume 2 Dead Will Rise TP, $17.99
Skrulls Must Die The Complete Skrull Kill Krew TP, $34.99
Uncanny X-Men #33 (Kris Anka Regular Cover), $3.99
Zenith Phase Three HC, $25.00
Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #11 (Boo Cook Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #9 (Boo Cook Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor #7 (Subscription Photo Cover), $3.99
BRunnerBlade Runner Original Soundtrack CD, AR
Trek_EnterpriseStar Trek The Undiscovered Country Enterprise-A Ship, $65.00
Wonder Woman The Art Of War Statue By Tony Daniel, $79.95

Godzilla, Ambassador of Tokyo!

Godzilla has officially graduated from the most feared king of monsters, harbinger of doom and reminder of the horror of nuclear war to head of Tokyo tourism. It’s a strange turn of events that I never would have predicted.

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Via Robot6

Godzilla, who has attacked and destroyed Tokyo no fewer than 28 times, was honored Thursday by the city, adding tourism ambassador and honorary resident of Shinjuku ward to his responsibilities as King of the Monsters.

The tributes arrived as part of a ceremony to officially unveil the life-size head of the kaiju that erupts from the roof of the eight-story Toho Cinemas in Shinjuku. When we say “life-size,” we mean the 80-ton head rises 39 feet from the roof and towers 171 feet above the street, the height of Godzilla in his 1954 film debut.

According to The Associated Press, an actor in a rubber suit attended Thursday’s ceremony. However, Toho studio executive Minami Ichikawa had to step in to accept the residency certificate from Shinjuku Mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi because the suit’s claws weren’t made for actually grasping anything.

It’s worth pointing out that Shinjuku, known for its bars and noodle restaurants, has been flattened three times by Godzilla. But the ward forgives and forgets, with Yoshizumi referring to a long-held belief that any place destroyed by the monster on film prospers in real life.

“Godzilla is a character that is the pride of Japan,” he said.

DOOMED! The story behind Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four film

doomedposter-2a618Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe and before Netflix, there was a time when comic book movies were kind of awkward.

The studios at the time had a hard time accepting funny books as marketable properties, the special effects weren’t really sophisticated enough to portray the colorful explosive world of comics and the audience base wasn’t proven. You could point at the 1989 Batman movie as a success and proof that superhero movies were an important money-making thing… but so much money went into that project that I cannot imagine many other studios wanted to go that route.

Back in 1994, Marvel Comics wasn’t the entertainment behemoth that it is today. This is how the film rights for the Fantastic Four were obtained for not much money for a low-budget flick. Roger Corman, renowned for his ability to create motion pictures with shoestring budgets and limited resources, was hired to make it work for about a million bucks.

The cast and crew publicized the movie. A teaser was shown at the San Diego Comic Con. A premiere date was set. But the movie was never released. Why?

To my knowledge, the film was never intended to be seen and was only made in order to retain the rights. Nevertheless, it got out and has been circulating for years on the black market. Heck, you can even watch it on youtube!

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The movie is a loose adaptation of FF#1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and retells the origin of the team and their development into superheroes. It also shows Victor Von Doom and his descent into… doom-os-ity. All things considered, it’s not that bad and has a certain charm. The special effects are inspired and, given what they had to work with, impressive.

But remember that this was a different time. With the exception of the Mask, there really wasn’t the same kind of attention going to this kind of thing. While most of the cast do a serviceable job with what they have (I’m partial to Philip Can Dyke’s Johnny Storm), there are some who take some liberties… The performance of Joseph Culp as Victor Von Doom has to be seen to be believed. My best guess is that he was trying to recreate the dynamism of Jack Kirby’s artwork but it’s just so bizarre. And don’t get me started on the ‘Jeweler.’

In this scene, Victor's hand lingers in the air like a werewolf attack then lands on Reed's shoulder as a sign of affection

In this scene, Victor’s hand lingers in the air like a werewolf attack then lands on Reed’s shoulder as a sign of affection

The movie is an odd one for sure, and shrouded in mystery and rumor. The story behind the movie is far more interesting than the movie itself (though DO watch it some day) as the upcoming documentary DOOMED! will show. Apparently, Avi Arad got so nervous about the movie hurting Marvel’s reputation, he purchased the rights back and had the negatives destroyed.

However… it’s still out there. And the story behind this enigmatic and weird movie will finally be told. Interviewing cast and crew members, DOOMED! will explore the mystery behind the world’s obscurest comic book movie that was never seen (legally).

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Bonus! Here’s an image of the Thing from the upcoming Josh Trank (Chronicle) Fantastic Four movie.

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Daredevil debuts red costume

Daredevil (1964) #1 cover by Jack Kirby

Daredevil (1964) #1 cover by Jack Kirby

Blinded by a radioactive isotope, Matt Murdock grew up in a world run by fear. He studied to be a lawyer and trained to be a vigilante to combat the criminals who controlled the streets. He discovered that to defeat his enemies, he would become a man without fear.

The popular red-costumed Marvel Comics hero will hit the small screen tomorrow. Anticipation is huge for this series, the first in a new set of four new programs (60 episodes total) including A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist culminating in a team-up called the Defenders.

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This ‘street level Avengers’ series promises to be a new and exciting part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

… And no, it has nothing to do with the Ben Affleck movie.

Today, fans finally got a glimpse of the red costume.

Daredevil as designed by Wally Wood

Daredevil as designed by Wally Wood

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
Starring: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D’Onofrio

Netflix will release Daredevil’s first season for viewing on April 10th.

The Ogre terrorizes Gotham

The latest DC Entertainment TV series Gotham has established a horrifying crime-riddled world. But apparently the worst of the worst is yet to come. The deadliest and scariest villain will be revealed for the season finale… and he is called the Ogre.
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The Ogre, played by Milo Ventimiglia, will make his debut in “Beasts of Prey,” the April 13 episode of the show, and drive the series as it heads toward its finale. As the video explains, he’s a serial killer who has managed to avoid capture by targeting the loved ones of cops who’ve investigated him in the past, but that’s not enough to scare off Gordon (Ben McKenzie).

“This extremely dangerous man will do something terrible to someone that Jim loves — and there’s going to be hell to pay,” McKenzie teases. But with Morena Baccarin, who plays Gordon’s current love interest Leslie Thompkins, reportedly on board for the show’s second season, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a death is in the future — or, at least, not Leslie’s death.

Gotham returns with new episodes April 13 on Fox.

Via THR.com

I have been pleased with Gotham so far and feel that it has a strong presence on the small screen alongside the more lighthearted Flash (though that can be intense too). A prequel that establishes Gotham before Batman sounded like an odd idea on paper, but the writing and strong cast has made it entertaining.

A character over 75 year old, Batman has many different iterations, each with its own tone. The current comic book by Scott Snyder seems to be influencing the TV series with its gritty and violent feel. While Gotham has been criticized for delving into the caped crusader’s rich history for ideas, the Ogre is all new. It will be interesting to see what kind of lasting impact this latest villain has on the city and the legacy of Batman.

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 4/8/15

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.

4.02-the-darkness-of-glass_cover_mediumDoctor Who The Fourth Doctor Adventures The Darkness Of Glass Audio CD, $18.99
Doctor Who Equilibrium Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who Gallifrey Intervention Earth Audio CD, $24.99
Astro City #22, $3.99
Astro City Family Album TP (New Edition), $16.99
ConvergenceConvergence #1 (Of 8)(Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $4.99
BatmanRobinConvergence Batman And Robin #1 (Of 2)(Denys Cowan & Klaus Janson Regular Cover), $3.99
AtomConvergence The Atom #1 (Of 2)(Steve Dillon Regular Cover), $3.99
QuestionConvergence The Question #1 (Of 2)(Cully Hamner Regular Cover), $3.99
Masks2Masks 2 #1 (Of 8)(Robert Hack Variant Cover), AR
ReanimatorReanimator #1 (Of 4)(Cover A Jae Lee), $3.99
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #55 (Detective #421 Batcopter), $20.00
GerryAndersonInside The World Of Gerry Anderson HC (not verified by Diamond), $27.95
Star Trek Planet Of The Apes #5 (Of 5)(Cover SUB J. K. Woodward), $3.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classics Volume 5 TP, $29.99
TransformersGIJoeTransformers Vs G.I. JOE #6 (Cover A Tom Scioli), $3.99
Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Legacy Of Luther Strode #1, $3.99
Nameless #2 (Chris Burnham 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Nameless #3, $2.99
OdyCODY-C #4, $3.99
All-New Hawkeye #2 (Ramon K. Perez Regular Cover), $3.99
AntManAnt-Man #4 (Mark Brooks Regular Cover), $3.99
DarthVaderDarth Vader #4 (Adi Granov Regular Cover), $3.99
New Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Volume 1 HC, $34.99
Zenith Phase Three HC (not verified by Diamond), $25.00
Batman 1966 Joker Vinyl Bust Bank, $22.99
DrWho_SonicDoctor Who The Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, $37.99
FlashFlash TV Action Figure, $24.95

Details for Doctor Who’s 9th series

DOCTOR_WHO_logoThe time-travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor will be fighting the forces of evil once more this autumn. For ten years, the new BBC Wales program has garnered strong support from viewers in the UK and internationally. While it was known in the past for limping along year to year, it seems indefatigable today. The 13th incarnation of the Doctor introduced last year, played by Peter Capaldi, is a departure from the clever loverboy that fans have expected. After journeying inside a Dalek, matching wits with Robin Hood, exploring his own past and vanquishing a Cybermen invasion, he also met Santa Claus. So… what’s next?

Showrunner (yes, that is a real job title, somehow) Steven Moffatt has reported that the BBC called him in for a meeting mapping out the next five years of Doctor Who, so it’s once tenuous future is apparently assured. In addition to the return of ‘Missy,’ Mark Gatiss will also be contributing a new script.

DrWho_Capaldi_readingThe Magician’s Apprentice: The first confirmed episode title of series 9 is The Magician’s Apprentice. Tenerife, perhaps doubling for an alien landscape, is where the production team headed to film parts of this episode (and episode 2).

The Witch’s Familiar: will be the second half of the two-parter starting with The Magician’s Apprentice, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink).

The Girl Who Died: is a period adventure written by Jamie Mathieson (Mummy On The Orient Express, Flatline)

The Woman Who Lived: comes from Torchwood writer Catherine Treganna.

We also know that there’s a two-parter in series nine, that’s been written by Being Human’s Toby Whithouse (School Reunion, The Vampires Of Venice, The God Complex, A Town Called Mercy).

Read more: http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-who/33581/doctor-who-series-9-cryptic-production-snaps-appear-online#ixzz3WYQXNCLa

So what makes your wish list for next year?

What classic monster would you like to see return?

What kind of story would you like to see?

Who should you write for the show?

Who is your favorite actor to play Doctor and should another incarnation return for a guest spot?

Bonus! Peter Capaldi surprises fans at Doctor Who Experience

Delve into darkness with Justice League Gods and Monsters

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They are a power-mad alien with the strength to topple buildings, a blood-thirsty demon and a new god from another world. They are the Justice League. Someone has framed them for murder and that is a crime that cannot be tolerated.

The team behind such successful animated programs such as Batman, Superman, the Justice League and more; Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, have united once more Justice League: Gods and Monsters. This will be a darker vision of the familiar heroes, set in another reality.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS centers around the murder of prominent DC Universe scientists like Ray Palmer, Victor Fries, Silas Stone and others that the Justice League is being framed for. They attempt to investigate these murders while dealing with mounting pressures from outside sources.

The inspiration for this new vision comes from the Silver Age reboot that introduced new versions of the Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom and Hawkman among others. The team decided to instead go big and re-imagine the trinity of the DCU, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

A special preview of the latest direct animated feature Batman Vs Robin release next week. There will also be a digital mini-series ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ on Machinima before the Gods and Monsters movie arrives later this year.

Click here for the first look which includes an interview with the production team.

More as it comes.

“I’ll Give You the Greatest Worst Nightmare!”

The King of Monsters Godzilla will return in 2016 after a twelve year hiatus in Japan. The success of the 2014 American Godzilla film directed by Gareth  Edwards prompted Toho to move ahead with a revival of the successful franchise that began back in 1954.
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Details are few but it has been established that Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan) will co-direct. The creative team has great love for Godzilla’s rich history and promises to bring the iconic monster back to a rightful place of honor… within the limits of the production.

Writer and co-director Anno, who is still reeling from Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo and deep in work for the fourth installment has an enthusiastic yet measured attitude- “Godzilla exists in a world of science fiction, not only of dreams and hopes, but he’s a caricature of reality, a satire, a mirror image. Recently, Japan has also been careless in the way it has attempted to depict him. In all honesty, Japanese production budgets and schedules are so tight, compared to the world’s capitol [Hollywood], not to mention the constraints imposed on filmmakers in terms of content. Frankly, I’m not sure how far outside the lines we can go.

“However, movies have pride, even trifling little films; therefore, just as in the case of the new EVAs, I’m going in full force. When I think about what I’ve accomplished, the twists and turns befitting a screenplay, everything has led to this point. I write this with the hope that the reader might understand at least to some degree that no matter what a creator says, it’s just an excuse, but I’m under pressure to make a visual effects fantasy film representative of modern Japan, with the full awareness of our current situation, which will be subjected to intentions both good and bad.”

Co-director Higuchi seems more optimistic “It’s a veritable championship over one’s own mind. What now, then? Playtime is over. Nevertheless, with my best friend standing beside me, we will triumph over the pressure that would otherwise make me run far away. I was born in this country which gave life to this great divinity [Godzilla], which destined me to work in visual effects, up until this very moment. I give unending thanks to Fate for this opportunity; so next year, I’ll give you the greatest worst nightmare.”

(news and quotes via The Good, the Bad and Godzilla)

For those looking to get a quick fix of Godzilla, I recommend Godzilla in Hell from IDW drawn in stunning style by James Stokoe (due out this July).

Click for more info!

Click for more info!

Additionally, Kaijumax, a humorous comic set in a maximum security prison for giant monsters from Oni Press by Zander Cannon, is a lot of fun. Click on the image below for more info or pick up the first issue this week.
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Thunderbird 4 patrols the Thames River!

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Not a hoax!

Not a dream!

Thunderbirds are go!

Marking a triumphant return to the small screen this weekend, the Thunderbirds have been spotted in the real world. The underwater vehicle of the International Rescue team was seen in action yesterday.

The new series will utilize computer graphics rather than the supermarionation technique pioneered by Gerry Anderson and his production team in the original series.

thunderbirds-are-goYour eyes are not deceiving you, this really is Thunderbird 4 whizzing up the Thames.

Ahead of the brand new series Thunderbirds Are Go starting this bank holiday weekend, Thunderbird 4 took a cruise up the Thames this morning.

The yellow submersible took its maiden voyage to mark the new series of Thunderbirds Are Go, airing 50 years after it bowed off our screens.

Departing from East London, the underwater rescue vehicle made its way up the Thames passing iconic landmarks including Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, naturally en route to Tracy Island.

Looking identical to the Thunderbird we all know and love, the model, which measures 15ft and is made from fibre-glass, took over six weeks to design, construct and paint.
Via MetroUK

About the Thunderbirds:

Thunderbirds ran from 1964-1966. With a crew of 100 technicians, the program was a staggering piece of TV drama that became a national treasure. Developed by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson with the assistance of Lew Grade (of The Prisoner fame), Thunderbirds spawned two feature length films in addition to the 32 hour-long adventures.

The Thunderbirds are piloted by members of the Tracy family, who live on a stronghold/pleasure resort concealing an arsenal of state of the art rescue machinery for use by the global network known only as International Rescue. Vehicles ranging from an undersea explorer to a high altitude rocket and even an orbiting space station make International Rescue an organization that can perform the impossible. Asking nothing more than secrecy, the IR team launches into action whenever needed.

“Sci-Fi on Strings.” A Gerry Anderson Special

The special effects by Derek Meddings should look very familiar to fans of the James Bond film series as he worked on several: The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, and For Your Eyes Only. I was initially shocked and confused to learn that helming a state of the art puppet adventure series was never Gerry Anderson’s intention. He had hoped to attract the attention of a major film studio by displaying what he could achieve on a miniature scale. On further thought, however… it all adds up. These programs are certainly not your typical children’s entertainment fare. I don’t mean that they contain objectionable material but the level of sophistication and quality is so high that I often feel like I’m watching a film from a parallel universe populated by marionettes.

If you are new to Thunderbirds, there is really nothing else like it.