Doctor Who series nine premiere title revealed

The title of Doctor Who’s ninth series opener has been revealed as “The Magician’s Apprentice.”

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It is rumored that the upcoming Last Christmas would see the departure of actress Jenna Coleman who has been on screen as Clara Oswald since 2012’s Asylum of the Daleks. However, it has more recently been rumored that she has had a change of heart.

Given that Clara has had much more to do in the 8th series and excellent chemistry with Peter Capaldi, I can see that she may be more invested in another few adventures.

Yet the title “Magician’s Apprentice” would imply a new companion. It’s a puzzler, innit?


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

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Cinefex #139 (October 2014), $12.50

Action Comics #35 (Aaron Kuder Regular Cover), $3.99
Aquaman And The Others #6, $2.99
Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #5 (Of 6), $2.99
Batman Arkham Origins Copperhead/The Joker As Red Hood/ Deathstroke Unmasked Action Figure 3-Pack, $54.95
Batman Essentials Batman The Black Mirror Special Edition #1, $1.00
Batman Eternal #26, $2.99
Detective Comics #35 (John Paul Leon Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice League #34 (Ethan Van Sciver Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice League 3000 #10, $2.99
New 52 Futures End #22, $2.99
Swamp Thing #35, $2.99
Wonder Woman #34 (Cliff Chiang Regular Cover), $2.99

Batman Year By Year A Visual Chronicle HC, $50.00
James Bond Encyclopedia HC (Updated Edition), $40.00

DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #41 (The Return #1), $20.00
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #42 (New Adventures Of Batman Animated Series), $20.00
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #43 (Batman Animated Series Mark II), $20.00
Doctor Who Figurine Collection #27 (The Ninth Doctor), $20.00

Doctor Who Diary 2015 HC (Previews Exclusive Edition), $18.99

All-New X-Men Volume 1 HC, $34.99
Black Widow #11 (Phil Noto Regular Cover), $3.99
Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #1 (Marco Rudy Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain America #25 (Stuart Immonen Regular Cover), $4.99
Fantastic Four Annual #1, $4.99
Magneto Volume 1 Infamous TP, $17.99
Men Of Wrath By Jason Aaron #1 (Of 5)(Ron Garney Regular Cover), $3.50
Moon Knight #8 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Moon Knight Epic Collection Volume 1 Bad Moon Rising TP, $39.99
Silver Surfer #6, $3.99
Spider-Man 2099 #4 (Francesco Mattina Regular Cover), $3.99
Thor #1 (Russell Dauterman Regular Cover), $3.99
Uncanny Avengers #25 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
X-Men #20, $3.99

Doctor Who Magazine #477, $11.99

Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #3 (Verity Glass Regular Cover), $3.99

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Lost In Space Robot B-9 Model Mini-Kit, $14.99
Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Pewter Keyring, $5.99
Marvel Minimates Series 58 X-Men Days Of Future Past Two-Packs, AR
Marvel Minimates Series 59 All-New X-Men Two-Packs, AR
ReAction Horror Freddy Krueger Figure, $10.99
ReAction Horror Jason Voorhees Figure, $10.99
ReAction Horror Michael Myers Figure, $10.99
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Transformers Generations Voyager Action Figure Assortment 201405, AR
Twilight Zone The Gremlin Monitor Mate, AR

RiffTrax chronicles Batman’s battle with the Wizard!

It’s Friday night. You’re bored and Saturday night can’t come quickly enough for Doctor Who. What better way to fill the time than with a long forgotten story depicting the most exciting adventure of the world’s greatest detective?

… or a hilariously awful Batman serial.

Here it is, at last, the FINAL EPISODE chronicling Batman’s struggle against the Wizard! The suspense is thick, and everyone’s wondering: who will prevail and be victorious? Will it be the nefarious Wizard or — wait, oh come on, it’s right there in the stupid title! That’d be like titling the Seinfeld finale “They wind up in jail” or the Lost finale “Don’t bother watching.”

One thing the title doesn’t give away is the identity of the Wizard, most likely because the writers of the serial didn’t get around to deciding who that would be until they started shooting the final scenes of this episode. Is it the old occasionally-in-a-wheelchair guy? Or occasionally-in-a-wheelchair guy’s butler? Convenient-provider-of-exposition radio guy? Vicki Vale’s dead brother, who everybody seems to have completely forgotten about, including her? I think we all know the real answer: Gabe. Gabe, you beautiful mastermind, you’ve been pulling the strings all along! Bless you, sweet prince.

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Doc Savage The New Adventures Volume 7 Phantom Lagoon SC, $24.95

Doctor Who The Crooked Man Audio CD, $18.99
Doctor Who Scavenger Audio CD, $24.99

Eiji Tsuburaya Master Of Monsters SC, $29.95

Fear Agent Volume 2 My War TP (2nd Edition), $16.99
Terminator Salvation The Final Battle #6 (Of 12), $3.99

All-Star Western Volume 4 Gold Standard TP, $16.99
Aquaman And The Others #2, $2.99
Astro City #12, $3.99
Batman Eternal #5, $2.99
Detective Comics #31 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $3.99
Earth 2 #23 (Gene Ha Regular Cover), $2.99
Godzilla HC, $19.99
Green Arrow #31, $2.99
Justice League 3000 #6, $2.99
New 52 Futures End #1 (Ryan Sook Regular Cover), $2.99
Saga Of The Swamp Thing Volume 6 TP, $19.99
Swamp Thing #31, $2.99

DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #32 (Legends Of The Dark Knight #64), $20.00
DC Superhero Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #57 (Atrocitus Black Bishop), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #6 (Captain America White King), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #7 (Red Skull Black King), $16.00

Buz Sawyer Volume 3 Typhoons And Honeymoons HC (not verified by Diamond), 39.99
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Complete Peanuts Volume 21 1991-1992 HC, $29.99

Benito Mambo Deluxe HC, $34.95
White Lama HC, $39.95

Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Annihilation Omnibus HC, $125.00
Black Widow #6, $3.99
Cyclops #1 (Alexander Lozano Regular Cover), $3.99
Fire HC, $19.99
Iron Fist The Living Weapon #2 (Kaare Andrews Regular Cover), $3.99
Loki Agent Of Asgard #4, $2.99
Magneto #3 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Miracleman #5 (Alan Davis Regular Cover), $4.99
Moon Knight #3 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Punisher #5, $3.99
She-Hulk #4, $2.99
Uncanny X-Men Volume 3 The Good The Bad The Inhuman HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99

Famous Monsters Of Filmland #265 (Hobbit Cover), $9.99

Godzilla Light And Sound Miniature Book Kit SC, $12.95

DCU Son Of Batman BD + DVD, AR
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DC Aquaman Marco Polo White T-Shirt LG, $16.99
DC Comics Nightwing New 52 Version ARTFX+ Statue, $44.99
Doctor Who Character Building Micro-Figures In Display Brix 36-Piece, AR
Exorcist II The Heretic Original Soundtrack CD, AR
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Star Trek The Original Series Fine Art Shot Glass 4-Piece Series 6 Set, AR
X-Force Psylocke Fine Art Statue, $209.99

Happy Valentine’s Day

In honor of the day of leurve, here are two mini-entries. One is an excerpt from the DP tumblr feed (you are following, I hope!).

This is one of a set Batman Valentine’s Day cards released in the 1960’s. It’s good to know that they were carefully preserved and not given to anyone. Phew!


Additionally, here’s a time honored song in three parts from the Marx Brothers film, Horse Feathers. Zeppo, Chico and Groucho all join in singing their own version of the melody. Even Harpo whistles up a ditty to a special someone.


I wish all of my readers a Happy Valentine’s Day and if you are without a valentine tonight, and someone asks, just tell them it’s me and they’ll be duly impressed. DPValentines

Doctor Who- Animal


DrWho_BF_AnimalLost Story 2.05
Written by Andrew Cartmell (from a story by Ben Aaronovitch) Directed by Ken Bentley
Released June 2011

The TARDIS lands in the near future of 2001, much to the annoyance of Ace and the bemusement of the Doctor. The U.N.I.T. forces are anticipating the arrival of the time travelers and Brigadier Winifred Bambera (last seen in the Season 26 opener Battlefield). The Doctor is curious about what is going on within the walls of Margrave University, which U.N.I.T. has under close security. A mysterious revolutionary force threatens the university from within, prompting both Raine and Ace to go undercover. Man-eating plants and revolutionary idealists are the least of the Doctor’s worries, however. Not far off an alien vessel is watching and things are about to get much more complicated.

The ‘lost’ 27th Season is a bit of a muddied mess, but at least with Cartmell and Bentley at the helm they are consistent and fit within the tone of the previous transmitted year’s worth of adventures. There is a healthy dose of humor, action, social commentary and convoluted narratives (or plans within plans) that place this adventure on equal footing with the preceding two years’ worth of stories. McCoy and Aldred are in fine form and relative newcomer Beth Chalmers is a welcome addition as the upper class safe cracker Raine Creevy. The chemistry between the three performers is so good that it is frustrating that we never got to see it on screen, but this is a close approximation.

The plot of Animal is more than a bit ropy as it turns from the revolutionary cell thread to the man-eating monsters to an entirely different threat from the unfortunately named Numlocks. Summoned by the revolutionaries, the Numlocks appear to be benevolent creatures seeking to free the research subjects of Margrave University, but of course are far from harmless. The first half of Animal sets up the dilemma of an alien race offering a peaceful solution to the carnivorous and harmful race quite well, but the resolution is far too pat and convenient for its own good.

While I was disappointed by the logic of Animal, the dialog was inspired in places, especially when Raine realizes her father (who had been established cleverly in two stories) has died by 2001. In her moment of shock, the Doctor presents a calming message regarding the passage of time and the place of the travelers within that stream. It’s a very touching scene made all the more poignant by the inability of either Raine and Ace to understand. Only the Doctor, a being whose life has been an aimless journey through time and space, is capable of perceiving the rich tapestry of time.


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Avenger’s World


Thoughts and Speculations on Avenger’s World

By guest writer Zeno

This is a spoiler filled article. Read Avenger’s World 1 first.

Johanthan Hickman’s Avenger’s World is meant to be a jumping off point for new readers. The story itself goes back to plot threads from Hickman’s pre-Infinity issues. It started with Pods.


In the early issues we met a character called Ex-Nihilo. He is what is known as a Gardener. He tried to create new life on the planetary scale. Each pod appears represents a different aspect of life. Without going in to the details. Certain of these pods were destroyed before the Infinity story and some still exist. This article will only deal with Consciousness, Self-Defense, Evolution and Reproduction. In this issue there are three different missions going on at three difference locations.

Each is related to one or more of these evolution pods. Each will be discussed.
1. Mandripoor

One group is at Mandripoor. This is mission is related to the Reproduction Pod. The Pod was confiscated by the Hand when it feel in Japan. In Avenger Volume 5 issue 4 we hear that despite the around the pod being quaranited the Hand,led by Gorgon escaped. Shang-Chi is personally infiltrating the Hand base in this issue while the rest of the group is patrolling the island. We discover near the end of the issue that gorgon is using the pods in conjunction with his powers to turn the entire island into a living dragon. Gorgon’s power is turning living beings to stone. Just like his mythical counterparts. However here is doing the opposite. He is transforming land into a living being.

Since this is a reproduction pod and since the legend was that the island may have a part of a dragon,we can assume the pod is allowing him to recreate the creature who once lived.

2. AIM Island

The second time is at AIM Island. We know from issue 17 that Aim captured the Self Defense creature who came from the pod of the same name. Therefore we can guess he plays a part in this story. SHIELD has discovered that the seismic activity is from the acceleration of the Earth’s ecology. This however comes from the pod that was found in Canada and that affected Validator. This was seen in Avengers 10. It seems in some way to be working with the AIM’s Self Defense Pod. The details of all this working are still not clear.

3. Italy

In Italy people in a small town have disappeared. What is going on during this mission is less certain but I will speculate. Since all of the occurrences deal with pods it seems a reasonable guess that this plot thread/mission does also. The pod that seems to be working here is the Consciousness Pod. This pod was supposedly destroyed back in Avengers 9. However either the pieces were self aware and came back or it was somehow put back together. Their are good reason to believe that this is the Pod operating. First that pod was in Croatia,which is clear closer to Italy than any of the others. Secondly the object communicates with Star Brand who is the one who can hear it. This is because is Star Brand’s power comes from the same source as the pods. Secondly it transports the heroes the old city of the dead. This is poetic for a object that was thought destroyed. Star Brand also accidentaly destroyed it while it tried to communicate with,which it is doing in this issue. It is still not clear if this pod acting alone or with the other three pods mentioned earlier. It certainly seems possible. As for the other pods it is not quite clear what role they will serve in this story.


Hickman’s Avenger’s World is a interesting story but it requires background knowledge from many issues in the last year. Hopefully this brief article will help new readers with understanding the meaning of the events. The next article on this will deal with more speculation. Particularly regarding the design seen at the beginning of the issues.

MST3K Turkey Day makes bombastic return in 2013

From as far back as the first Turkey Day marathon I watched almost non-stop 30 hours of bad movies (I think I passed out during Catalina Caper) in 1991, I have been a devoted fan of MST3K. Sadly, the program is no longer on the air and what was once a time-honored tradition is a thing of the misty beleaguered past.

Until now!

MST3K-joel EW is pleased to announce that MST3K creator Joel Hodgson is hopping on board the Satellite of Love once again to program the return of Turkey Day. Shout! Factory, who have been doing a stellar job putting out MST3K on DVD, is helping to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary with a Turkey Day Marathon, curated and hosted by Hodgson. Beginning at Noon Eastern on Thanksgiving Day, fans will be able to log on to for six glorious, classic, Sampo-filled episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000.mst3k-mike-and-the-bots_p