Courtesy of the fantastic Antonio Toscano, feast you eyes on the latest in his series of Lego superhero movie trailers – Guardians of the Galaxy! (more…)
In a Gamestop Exclusive, it looks like Jason Todd – aka The Red Hood – is going to be a playable character in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight game, set to hit all next-generation consoles (and on PCs) in 2015. (more…)
Pinch of salt until we know for sure folks, but this photo has been doing the rounds on twitter, apparently showing a prop-bust of The Thing from the set of the Josh Trank’s new Fantastic Four reboot. (more…)
To mark the release of Marvel Studio’s next super group movie-the Guardians of the Galaxy-we have decided to throw a giveaway to mark the films release.
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Courtesy of Marvel, have the official videos from the Marvel Studios Hall H panel, featuring the cast of Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a special appearance by a certain Mad Titan. (more…)
Marvel announced at yesterday’s Marvel Animation SDCC panel that the Guardians of The Galaxy will be getting their very own animated series. The announcement was accompanied by a con-exclusive showing of an animated test reel for the show featuring Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord.
In order to first get the team into people’ consciousness (as if the upcoming movie doesn’t already have fans in a…
I think we can safely use the cliché ‘passing the torch’. At Saturday’s “Cup O Joe” Panel at SDCC, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada revealed the news that they’ll be launching a new Disney-sanctioned Star Wars comics series.
This news shouldn’t come as a big surprise, as Dark Horse published a heartfelt goodbye in January, notifying the world that the publishing license had been transferred to Marvel. The surprises come in the number of titles Marvel are releasing (three separate stories) and who will be working on them.
The series, set to launch in early 2015, will be titled Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia! These are to be tie-in’s with the origional Trilogy and the upcoming films and will be unconnected to the Expanded Universe (now ‘Legends’) literature.
Star Wars will be an ongoing series written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassaday and is set following the battle of Yavin. It will feature the main cast of the Original Trilogy as they try to press their advantage after destroying the Death Star. According to Aaron though, it will be Luke Skywalker that will be the central focus at first, as he tries to discover more about his legendary father, Anakin.
Darth Vader will take place within the same timeline and will be written by BCP favourite, Kieron Gillen, and drawn by Salvador Larroca. It will deal with the Sith Lord’s attempt to rebuild his reputation and regain the Emperor’s trust following the destruction of the Death Star. Gillen spoke to USA Today about his efforts to get “beneath the mask” of the Sith Lord, and to explore more fully, Vader’s attempts to become an autonomous power within the Empire:
“He really is a micro-manager… Darth needs to get stuff done that he can’t do explicitly within the Empire. While he’s still obeying the Emperor’s orders, he’s also doing his own thing, in which he needs his own assets.”
The third series, Princess Leia will be in the safe hands of Eisner award-winner and former Boom! Studios editor, Mark Waid, with art by Harley Quinn supremo, Terry Dodson. It will cover Leia’s rise from Princess to politician, to Rebel Alliance leader, and will show her attempts to gather Aldreraan’s few survivors to the Rebel cause, as well as a showdown with a new arch-enemy.
These all sound extremely exciting and Marvel seems to have used its clout to attract the best in the business to write and draw these new series; though I’m still not fully convinced.
I was too young to be aware of Dark Horse’s first treatments of Star Wars in the early 90s or Marvel’s stories in the 80s. However, as I began my interest in comics as a teen in the early 2000′s, I was immediately impressed by the depth and detail that Dark Horse applied to my favourite film franchise. It was clear that fans were at work in those pages.
That high standard has carried forward into their current titles, so while I look forward to Marvel’s offerings, I’m sceptical that I’ll enjoy them as much. That may be brand loyalty at work, but it’s also a sincere hope that Marvel takes the franchise as seriously as Dark Horse did. Though with the talent they’ve assembled to helm the work, they’re off to a good start.
The writer of this piece was: Lewis “Daft Vader” Campbell
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Lego have unveiled their newest set based on ‘The Hobbit’ series of movies as 79018 The Lonely Mountain. Officially announced at San Diego Comic Con, the set contains 866 pieces, as well as 5 minifigs, and a large articulated Smaug figure. The Lonely Mountain will retail at $129.99, and is due for an autumn release, likely in Lego’s October wave. Read on for images, and opinions on the set.
REACTION: Okay, overall this set isn’t bad at all, but as BCP’s resident Lego nerd I have some reservations. First up, this set is really late in appearing. It is based on The Desolaton Of Smaug, a movie that was released last year, and whose other Lego sets preceded it by a couple of months. This isn’t a big deal, but this is the playset people would really have wanted when the rest of the ‘Desolation..’ sets came out.
Secondly, that price point is just too high. The excellent ‘Battle of Helm’s Deep‘ set from 2012 was the same price, was fantastic, and had another 502 pieces more than this. I’d be surprised if production and licensing costs have increased that much.
While it’s cool that we now get a big articulated dragon figure in Smaug, the figure itself kind of sucks. They appear to have detailed the loosened scale under his left wing in the printing, and facially he resembles his likeness from the film, which are both nice touches, but the legs really don’t look cool on this guy.
If you’re in need of a lot of Sand Green elements though, this set is the new place to go, and the minifigs feature different printing from previous sets, so if you’re a fig collector, you’re going to want this.
Pic Source: FBTB
The writer of this piece was: Alan Shields aka (Al)
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Publisher: DC ComicsWriter: Peter J TomasiArtists: Patrick Gleason, Mick GrayReleased: 23rd July, 2014