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So, last month DC reached the most popular comic title with Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Marvel grabbed numbers two and three with Star Wars: Vader Down and Deadpool #1 respectively. What do you think took number one this month? My money is on DKIII again. However, it’s still anyone’s game. There’s never a dull moment in the comic industry, and with everything we have to choose from this week, it’ll be hard to pick just one. So go get your fix, and GO VOTE FOR THE BEST OF 2015. You could win a LOT of free stuff!!!

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As 2015 draws to a close, we look back on the last year in comics. Take a look with us and vote for your favorite.

Voting ends at midnight New Years Eve,  and the Year End Prize winner will be chosen January 3rd.

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As more items are added to the prize I will add them to this list.

The prize will include (but not be limited to)

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As 2015 draws to a close, we look back on the last year in comics. Take a look with us and vote for your favorite.

Voting ends at midnight New Years Eve,  and the Year End Prize winner will be chosen January 3rd.

!!!!VOTE HERE NOW!!!!

As more items are added to the prize I will add them to this list.

The prize will include (but not be limited to)

The Joker Batman-Batman Funko Pop Vinyl

DC Funko Pop Super Heroes The Joker Batman Vinyl Figure #65 Loot Crate Exclusive

Aphrodite IX #9 Top Cow Store Exclusive Cover signed by Matt Hawkins

Captain Malcolm Reynolds Pop Vinyl

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If 10 or more votes are entered Black Suit Spider-Man Pop Vinyl

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If 15 or more votes are entered, an Exclusive Boba Fett Prototype Armor Pop Vinyl

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If 20 or more votes are entered the winner will also receive The Boondock Saints Trade Paper Back

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By: Soren Scribner

  
     Friday night at Comicpalooza, I took an early screening of Jackie Earle Haley’s directorial debut, Criminal Activities. It centered on a group of four friends that came back together at a friend’s funeral. One of them had some inside information on a stock, but none of them had enough money to purchase the stock themselves. They ended up borrowing money to purchase it, but the stock crashed unexpectedly. That’s when they found out that the person they borrowed the money from was a member of the mob, and they were forced to kidnap someone for him in exchange for their debt. The person they were expected to kidnap was the nephew of the head of a rival family. 

     The story was actually really interesting, with twists and turns throughout the entire film. There were really hilarious moments that happened when you least expected, which resulted in an uproar of laughter. I am not going to put a rating on the film, as it was a very early screening. I expect that a lot of the problems I saw at the viewing will get cleaned up before its release in September. However, there may have actually been some problems with the equipment that was used to screen the film. In the end, if it gets cleaned up properly before the actual release, I would have happily paid to see it.
Notable Cast:

Michael Pitt- Funny Games, Finding Forrester, Seven Psychopaths

Dan Stevens- Downton Abbey, A Walk Among The Tombstones

Chris Abbott- Girls (TV Series)

Rob Brown- Finding Forrester, Coach Carter, Stop-Loss

Jackie Earle Haley- Bad News Bears Trilogy, Breaking Away, Little Children (Supporting Actor Nominee)

John Travolta – A Love Song For Bobby Long, White Man’s Burden

By: JD Hardin

We’ve been hard at work for all you fans out there. We have a lot going on behind the scenes to bring you more news, more reviews, and in better ways.

We will soon be on YouTube with our own channel. The current plan will give you interviews with people from the various industries that we cover. We would also like to give you a video podcast, and if feasible, a live video feed on Sunday nights.

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Also coming, will be our own vape line thanks to Captain Jack’s E-lixers. All fluids will be hero or villain associated names and flavors. We have two flavors confirmed with much much more in R&D.

Manga is completely autonomous from traditional comic books, but is still a comic book. So, Chris will be getting his own section HERE for all our Manga fans.

We also are in development stages for a charity. This charity will give comics to children who are in need and well deserving. Everyone needs a hero.

There is much more that is being discussed. As things move along towards fruition, we will keep all of you informed on all of the details. We hope you’re as excited as we are for these expansions.

Don’t forget to like often, share often, and listen often.

Listen in Friday, May 22 at 6pm CST. We will be LIVE from Comicpalooza!

By: Soren Scribner & Tonya Hardin

  

In 1989, Nintendo teamed up with Universal Pictures and created The Wizard. The Wizard was a coming-of-age story about a young boy named Jimmy, who became obsessed with going to California after his twin sister drowned. Eventually, he ran away with his brother, Corey, and they soon discovered Jimmy’s innate ability to master video games. They met a girl along the way who convinced Jimmy to go to Los Angeles to a video game competition called Video Game Armageddon. The movie was riddled with Nintendo references, and has been called “a feature-length commercial” by many viewers. Shortly after the movie was released, Nintendo held their first Nintendo World Championships.  

The big news for today is this: twenty-five years later, Nintendo will finally be relaunching the Nintendo World Championships. As laid out by Nintendo, the competition will begin on the 30th of May at eight selected Best Buy locations in major cities around the country. The winner of each of these Regional Championships will face-off with each other, along with eight other competitors invited to compete by Nintendo. The Championship will be held during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on the 14th of June in Los Angeles, California. The competitors will take part in a multi-round competition with selected Nintendo games on selected devices. The winner of this event will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. The Championship will be available for interested parties to watch online.
The competition will begin at selected Best Buy locations in the following cities:

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Torrance, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Maple Grove, MN
  • Long Island City, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Tacoma, WA

Be sure to like often, share often, and listen often!


Listen in Friday 6pm CST! We will be broadcasting LIVE from Comicpalooza 2015

By:Soren Scribner

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On Free Comic Book Day, I visited the Westheimer Bedrock City, where I met artist Jon Hughes. He was there to promote his company, Overground Comics.  Overground is a local Houston comic publisher who seem to have a pretty straight forward mission statement.  The following is a partial list of promises that they have made to their readers.

No Reboots
No Retcons
Dead is Dead
Time is Prescious

While there, Hughes, one of the co-founders of Overground, had four issues available for purchase.  I took a chance and purchased all of the issues. Here is what I thought of their offerings.

Graduate #1
Written by Jon Hughes
Drawn by Celia Calle

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At the very beginning, on the inside of the cover, they give you a crash course on the back story of the main character.  The main character’s name is Natalie Worthy, who, as they say, was an average American teenager until she found out that she was completely impervious to harm.  This description also goes on to say that the focus of the scenario in Natalie’s story, will try to answer the question of what if you were stricken with the loss of the ability to feel.  Instead of the more common threads of deciding to become a crime fighter, or running from an oppressive government that more than likely, want to lock them up in a lab.

The story starts off with Natalie on a plane flying to a special government school, after being ordered by a Judge who believed that she had what it took to be a hero.  The plane is attacked by a being with powers. The being lands on the wing and enters by destroying a section of the roof.  The mystery assailant, after attacking the passengers on the plane, leaves. Natalie is left as the only survivor and sets off to find the perpetrator.

The premise for the story laid out on the back of the cover page, and what has happened in the first issue, are intriguing. It has my attention and I like what I have seen so far.  The only major draw back I came across was the art, which wasn’t really my preferred style.  Even though I am not a big fan of the art in the book, it in no way would discourage me from thinking about continuing to read this title.

Story: 4*      Art: 2*      Overall: 3*

HeroCorp Knights #1
Written and Drawn by Jon Hughes, with assistance from Jennifer Asher

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In the Overground Comics universe the Hero Corporation has created a formula that, with one injection, anyone can become one of the most powerful people on the planet.  Anyone can come and receive the injection for free, if the injection has no effect on the person they are allowed to go on their own way.  But for those who have their powers unlocked by the injection must serve out a two year contract with HeroCorp before they are allowed to go out on their own. The most talented of these are usually invited to join the company’s flagship team of protectors, The HeroCorp Knights.  The other option to the Hero Corporation is Zero Technology.  Zero’s model is different. A person can apply for one of the positions as a paid supplement to law enforcement.  If that individual is accepted, the applicant will be given technology that will help turn them into a strong force for good.  But, only a handful get accepted out of thousands of applicants.

HeroCorp Knights begins with their Board meeting by discussing the current troubles that have befallen their rival, Zero Technology.  The primary focus of the issue though, focuses on a HeroCorp board member trying to get the captain of the Knights to reconsider adding a certain person to the team, as the leader of the team has final say on who is included in the team.  After having the request denied, he reviews other possible candidates for a position on the team.  Then later in the issue says something that could be taken as his planning to do something to the captain of the Knights.  The issue does leave off with the disappearance of someone that they have had under sedation for a decade.

The story while a bit broken is intriguing and makes you wonder what is going to happen next and who this patient zero is that escaped at the end of the issue, and what could be in store for the Captain of the Knights.  The art in the issue is quite nice for the vast majority of the issue.  The combination of the intriguing story and art work most definitely makes me interested in the next issue and see where the story leads.

Story: 4*      Art: 4*      Overall: 4*

Plus Ultra #1
Written by: Jon Hughes
Drawn by: Matthew Weldon

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Plus Ultra is a female named Kristen Kounslar who suffers from an inferiority complex,  as she feels that she is always being overlooked.  Despite the fact that she is good looking, has a good work ethic, and positive personality, she feels that she is overshadowed by women that are considered more traditionally attractive.  Feeling that she was destined for more, she winds up at HeroCorp and is bestowed with what is considered an Alpha Set of powers that included strength, speed, endurance, and near invulnerability.  With this and the addition of a blond wig, blue contacts, and a new set of clothes, Kristen becomes Plus Ultra.  Despite her new powers and fame as Plus Ultra, Kristen is still deeply insecure.

The first issue of Plus Ultra takes place in Houston, Tx. and begins with her being at a photo shoot that is to be followed by an interview, where she will tell her story. During her photo shoot she is upstaged and all attention is taken off of her as a live video streams online as a woman that is able to use electricity is “lighting up” the police.  Once she is made aware that the incident is happening in Houston, she races off to confront the lady that is causing the disturbance.  She quickly gains control of the situation, but the method that she uses ends up backfiring on her. This allows her adversary to use an interesting technique to force Ultra Plus to let her escape.

I enjoyed this story, and the under layer involving Kristen’s deep seeded feeling of being under appreciated. How she is even overshadowed on a day that is supposed to be all about her, adds a layer of humanity.  This is an interesting approach in a comic that is very rarely used by major comic publishers. It is actually a refreshing idea for part of a main story line.  Also, a nice added bonus was the art. It was pretty consistent and strong throughout the entire issue.

Story: 4.5*       Art: 4*      Overall: 4*

Absent Captain #1

Written by: Jon Hughes
Drawn by: Joshua Flower

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Absent Captain begins with an exploding penthouse apartment.  The apartment belongs to Jonathan Argos, the founder of Zero Technology. Zero created a wireless battery combined with nano technology. This system allows a person to push the laws of physics in greater degrees, depending upon how close they are to the battery. Argos is not only the head of Zero Technology, but is also Captain Zero, the leader of the Cavaliers, who protect and bring order to their city.

The first issue of Absent Captain focuses on his team trying to figure out if he is dead, and if so, who did it.  They have to figure this out while trying to make it appear that their Captain is still alive. They must also try to prove to the police, that they had nothing to do with Argos’ death. His apparent murder looks like an inside job at Zero Technology by the extraordinary manner in which the corpse appears.

Absent Captain was intriguing straight from the start.  I am looking forward to seeing if the Cavaliers will keep everyone believing that Captain Zero is still alive. Can they find out who killed him, while the police are keeping their eyes on the team? I also found the art in this story to be very nice and constant through out the entire issue.

Story:  4.5*      Art:  3.8*      Overall:  4*

I was very impressed with all of the offerings that Overground Comics presented. Not just because they all come from a small local publisher, but I would be this impressed even if these books had been released by Marvel or DC. They all live in the same universe, and while not completly intertwined, it does appear like they will play a part sporatically in each others stories.  I am looking forward to what each of the next offerings that each of these titles produce, and I highly recommend them to readers.

By: Soren Scribner

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Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson.

These are the men that have worn the title of The Punisher, and if Tom Hardy has his way, he would be the next to take possession of the mantle.

Tom Hardy has told Collider that he would like to portray The Punisher.  Hardy does admit that his height could pose a problem being only 5’9″.  But as Forbes has pointed out, height really does not play an important role when it comes to film. Both Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson who are two of the smaller stars in Hollywood who play a lot taller roles in movies. 

Seeing how The Punisher movies have never really been too successful, and how hard it would be to tie the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a new movie might not be the best path to take. But the character would work great as a series on Netflix, as put forth also by Forbes. A series could also work on a premium cable channel such as Showtime or HBO. These formats would allow for the storytellers and directors to keep to the gritty nature of the comics. A run of twelve to fifteen episodes would allow them to build multiple stories arcs over the course of each season, without having to rush the story to fit it into an hour and a half, to two hour movie.

One of the other benefits that could also come from The Punisher landing on say Netflix, instead of the premium cable channels, would be that Netflix already has four programs based in the MCU’s New York City.  While it is true that these series are based in Hell’s Kitchen, they have crossed paths with The Punisher on multiple occasions.  So, it would not be out of the realm of possibility that the other heroes in the Netflix catalog could make appearances in a Punisher series, especially Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin who has had many run-ins with Marvel’s ultimate anti-hero.

Back to the subject of Hardy portraying Punisher. The question still remains of whether or not if another incarnation of The Punisher comes about, either in film or series format, will Hardy’s height play a factor in his chances to assume the mantle of The Punisher.  Then one has to wonder, if Marvel goes in the direction of a series on Netflix or premium cable, would Hardy be willing to step away from movies for the amount of time it would take to film a series.