Nothing like a good existential crisis to get you going in the morning. While Lilly (Lola Binkerd) is concerned about paying the rent, her roommate Katelyn (Kit Quinn), who thinks she's a superhero, is more concerned with her other job. The one that involves beating up people and not getting paid.



Lionsgate will soon be releasing the sci-fi adventure thriller I, Frankenstein in theatres this Friday, based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel I, Frankenstein created by Kevin Grevioux. The story will be brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.  In order to celebrate the upcoming release, the creators of the film have generously provided us with five official movie posters signed by Kevin Grevioux to give away to our readers!

Brian Wood’s third installment of his adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian story, Queen of the Black Coast, for Dark Horse is thrilling, engaging, and emotionally rich. Titled The Nightmare of the Shallows, and collecting issues thirteen through eighteen, the story starts off some time after the tragic and incredibly intimate events at the end of the previous volume, The Death.  Conan and his love, the pirate queen Bêlit, have become emotionally distant, and Wood conveys a great sense of loss and self-alienation, especially on the part of Bêlit, and we get the feeling that not only is she holding Conan at arm’s length, but also life itself.  Her actions and words carry a plethora of painful and complex emotions.  This saddens Conan, because he feels in some way responsible for the tragedy that has torn their love, and his lover, asunder, and yet there is nothing in Heaven or on Earth that he can do to repair the emotional and psychological damage that has befallen his queen, or him. 

I have read and reread every issue of Mind MGMT so far, and I don’t know if there is another issue that so clearly shows that the psychological damage is generally the result of the organization itself and the individual’s “gift.” This issue is a standalone that fits between the last story arc and the next one, and it is fascinating. This is an origin story (in a comic book!) of an agent that doesn’t look like she will be drawn into the conflict. I am sorry if that seems like a spoiler, but it really isn’t.

If genial, anti-heroic serial killer Dexter Morgan was a mixed race female college freshman, he’d be something like Zoey Aarons.  Indeed, in some ways, A Voice in the Dark is the young adult Dexter, in that it focuses on college-age characters and issues, but as its name implies, it can still get very dark, the sort of dark that makes your skin crawl a little in anticipation.

It’s not every day I’m asked to review a completely new comic by one of the big publishers, but, this time, I must have gotten lucky.  Today, we talk about the new storyline, EGOs, written by Stuart Moore and with art by Gus Storms.  It’s a sci-fi flick focused on the far future, and a bad guy (or two) is doing some very bad things.  So, the aging superhero puts a new team together to tackle the villain and save the world . . . except we know it’s never that easy.

Everyone has a past, but twenty-six-year-old Rachel Thomas is sure that if she stops running, hers will catch up and destroy all of her dreams and her chance at freedom. For three years she has bounced from town to town, refusing to make personal ties or allow anyone beyond her friend, Danielle, close, because putting down roots is just not in the cards. Then, bookstore owner Mark Jacobson breaks through Rachel’s carefully constructed walls and shows her how pure and sweet love can be; however, the young woman’s past is hot on her heels and will destroy them both: one for daring to run away; the other for daring to love a prized “possession.”

It’s that time of year again. I am very lucky to say I’ll be attending Sundance for the 4th time! Every year I have been able to attend, there have been surprises.  Whether it’s a film with an unknown director and cast breaking out, as in Beasts of the Southern Wild, or Kevin Smith picketing his own movie when Red State premiered, and everything in-between, indie movies have the chance to light up Park City with unexpected buzz. New filmmakers and actors have a chance to step into the spotlight, and movies that would otherwise never make it to a wide audience have a chance to obtain distribution, whether that’s through traditional markets or newer markets, such as Netflix.

It was just announced yesterday that 20th Century Fox has staked out a release date for the third of their new Planet of the Apes movies.  The second film won’t be out for another seven months, but the next film will come to us in July of 2016.  This is where the film industry is at today.  The studios are doing everything they can to find a film franchise that they can milk for sequels until it’s time for the inevitable reboot.  Books are skimmed to find the new Hunger Games while board games (Battleship) and toy lines (The LEGO Movie) are in play to find a property that can sustain at least a trilogy of movies.  They are so terrified of (or have no access to) original story ideas that they’re now going into their back catalogs to regenerate obsolete series from the past.  Sony is bringing Robocop back to life in the next few weeks, and as dreadful as that thing looks, the studios feel it’s easier to sell the public a title they already know than try to sell them something original.

If you read Kristine Chester’s reviews of Issue #1 and #2 of Rat Queens, you know that this phenomenal fantasy series follows four hard-drinking, hard-fighting female mercenaries, Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric, and Betty the Hippy Hobbit Thief, collectively known as The Rat Queens!

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