*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
DC continues its very public nervous breakdown by killing popular Robin and biological Bat son Damian and replacing him with legendary female Robin replacement Carrie Kelly from Frank Miller's legendary comic book game changer The Dark Knight Returns. It hasn't officially happened, but Kelly is in Robin garb on the surprise foldout of the cover of Batman and Robin #19. Not that anything is a surprise in the day and age of the all knowing internet.
That said, there may be a few spoilers here.
Unlike the previous LEGO games I’ve played (and reviewed), this one is completely the sole property of LEGO without having to do a license agreement with another intellectual property such as Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. There have been some big changes in the progression of these games over the years, and while the central core is still very much the same, it becomes played in a very drastically different fashion. And, while I will continue to be frustrated at some aspects of the game, I always have fun playing.
“… pleasing folks like us – the uber-fans who know the books inside and out – is a monumental task in and of itself. Changes (are) something viewers unfamiliar with the books will have no idea about. Casual readers of the books may not pick up on all these subtleties, either. We of the "uber" are another breed, though. Not only do we pick up on the changes, but we scrutinize them. We question them.
We evaluate them. We deconstruct them. Once in a blue moon, we might even approve of them. But, above all else, we always, always, always discuss them.”
-Doug Cohen, Page 62
Marc Kleinhenz is back with his gang of Ice-and-Fireheads for another volume of deep and insightful commentary that will not only serve to enlighten their readers, but will also send the casual Game Of Thrones viewer scurrying to buy the books to see what else they are missing out on.
Following the same format as Volume I, this volume gathers together all of his reviews of the second season of HBO’s monumental series and places it in context within the scope of George R.R. Martin’s original source material.
Prepare for a high-flying Steampunk adventure in Tinker, a new sci-fi fantasy webseries that is currently crowdfunding through Kickstarter. Tinker is a series about the Tinkers, a father/daughter team of genius mechanics who live in the overpopulated city of San Francisco. In an alternate history run by bulky and rather finicky machinery, the Tinkers are masters of their craft and are often called upon to repair, invent, and even retrofit anything from large engines to personal wrist watches. When a wealthy noblewoman, Lady Cushing, hires the duo, they are thrust into a world of air ships, danger, and excitement in which the balance of worldly power rests unaware in the tool-calloused hands of the Tinker family. Featuring a stylish Steampunk wardrobe, props, sets, digital environments, and an original score and soundtrack of Steampunk-inspired music, Tinker aims to evolve the genre into a multi-ethnic, culture-exploring, collection of stories that does for Steampunk what Star Trek did for science fiction.
At WonderCon 2013, Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes talks with writer/artist Matt Kindt regarding his series, Mind MGMT, his creative idols, his love of espionage, and more.
At WonderCon 2013, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon talks with writer Andrew Chambliss and artist Georges Jeanty regarding the coming end of Buffy: Season 9, whether Buffy should age in the comics, and more.
I was going through some art and came across this piece I did referencing one of my all-time favorite fanboy events from the Marvel/DC Crossover, teaming up Marvel's Uncanny X-Men with DC's New Teen Titans. They were originally published in 1982, a time at which both titles were the best selling for their respective companies.
The Lifeguard is written and directed by Liz W. Garcia. Garcia has a background in television where she co-produced for Cold Case and executive produced for Memphis Beat. The Lifeguard is her directorial debut. The film stars Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Veronica Mars) as Leigh, a former valedictorian who quits her reporter job in New York City and returns to Connecticut to live with her parents.
The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW! Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.
Cursed by an experiment gone wrong, Robert Bruce Banner has spent years trying to find a way to cure himself from his impairment so as to go back to the way life was before; however, all of his attempts have failed, and he’s been on both sides of the law during his incredible crusade. Now, coming to terms with the fact that he’s never going to be able to go back to how things were, Banner focuses on creating a better future for himself and the people of Earth, as a way of making up for all of the destruction he has caused in his Gamma-irradiated form. Making a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. to provide his services—both brute force and scientific—he puts together a team of future thinkers to help him achieve his goal of leaving a mark beyond giant, green footprints on a battlefield. He’s brilliant and unwavering, but most of all, he’s The Indestructible Hulk.
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With Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #20, writer Andrew Chambliss brings us one step closer to the climax of the current season and starts to ramp up the tension, excitement, and, of course, that subtle feeling of dread that accompanies many Whedon finales. Readers can’t know which beloved characters may suffer, be irreparably changed, or even be taken from us, but if there’s anything we can count on, it’s the fact that there are always consequences. Currently, it’s looking like those consequences may be awaiting one of the core Scoobies who, due to recent events, is being forced to deal with some very old insecurities.