Valiant hits another bullseye with ‘Archer & Armstrong’

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Valiant hits another bullseye with ‘Archer & Armstrong’

The release of Archer & Armstrong #1 marks the final installment of the “Summer of Valiant.” Valiant Comics‘ mega successful relaunch wraps up with another great launch. Archer is a buddy book, starring the immortal drunkard Armstrong and the disciplined, culturally naive Archer. The duo’s efforts to stop a mad cult are written by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry. The first issue features a cover by Mico Suayan, with a variant one by the legendary Neal Adams.

Archer has lived his entire life within the gates of an amusement park, training in several forms of martial arts to take down the one man his parents have told him will destroy the world, Armstrong. When Archer is finally sent out into the world to fulfill his mission, he quickly finds out that everything is not as he was led to believe.

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‘Vampire Diaries’ spoilers include more about Elena, Damon, Stefan triangle

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‘Vampire Diaries’ spoilers include more about Elena, Damon, Stefan triangle

Hollywood Hills reported today that Damon and Elean fans will be happy during season four of the CW hit, “Vampire Diaries” because even though Elena chose Stefan at the end of the season the romance of Elena and Damon is only beginning.

There is confirmation earlier from writer Julie Plec, that Stefan will have a hard time dealing with Elena being a vampire. Her acceptance for who she is and his anger towards Matt will really hurt their relationship. Stefan and Elena will begin the season together but that is not how it is going to stay.

But, what will really cause the issue is that Elena will slowly remember her first conversation with Damon, his confession of love for her and this will really love him even more.

So , who do you want Elena with? How do you think Katherine will take the news about Elena? Will she mad that Elena won’t die off soon and the brothers won’t loose her soon.

“The Vampire Diaries” will return to the CW on Thursday October 11 at 8 p.m.

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Red Eye Press Atomic Yeti #1 glows with the promise of old school horror

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Red Eye Press Atomic Yeti #1 glows with the promise of old school horror (Video)

Red Eye Press Atomic Yeti #1 glows with the promise of old school horror. For those readers old enough to remember the golden years of two industry history makers “Eerie” and “Creepy” magazine (considered by some to be pulp horror), you’ll recall stories that dripped with atmosphere, tension, some of the greatest art in the industry and sometimes outright sensational scares. Atomic Yeti, one of the more recent ventures from Daniel Cooney (creator of Valentine,) proves just how talented and versatile he is by venturing into the void that to some degree exists in horror comics. A feat that few professionals can pull off successfully. Part of the success of this title lies in the fact that Mr. Cooney has chosen his team of creators well. Cover art for the first issue is penciled by Cooney, with inks by Bill Reinhold and colors by Paul Mounts; interior art is by Jeff Himes (Reformation); with writing duties taken on by Cooney. When a team composed of professionals of this caliber comes together, something special is bound to happen. Inspired by the true life mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, Atomic Yeti takes a cue from EC Comics (story wise) and visually has the texture and depth of some of the best work found in the pages of Eerie and Creepy magazines of old.  Atomic Yeti tells the story of Lane, a broken journalist who finds himself and his team on assignment in the small town of Vizhay, Russia. They are there to investigate the mysterious deaths of nine hikers who met their demise under extremely strange circumstances in the Ural Mountains. Not satisfied with the observation from a Soviet investigation that simply states the deaths were from “a compelling unknown force”, they begin to investigate what really happened to the unfortunate hikers. Unfortunately, uncovering the truth just might break what little is left of Lane’s cool veneer (why do I have a feeling that a Yeti or two might make an appearance?).  Daniel Cooney has a great ear for writing dialog (clearly evident in his work on his series Valentine) and when it is coupled with the rich and gritty line work of Jeff Himes, the images almost breathe on the page.  My only gripe, the fact that I have to wait for issue #2!  Daniel Cooney is hot and on a roll. If you are a fan of storytellers who know their craft or someone who enjoys a good creepy read, Atomic Yeti #1 is a great title to check out. Jeff Himes brings the creep factor with his images and delivers the second punch in this knockout combination. Available through Red Eye Press on Etsy for $5 or as a digital download over on ComiXology for a $1.99, this ride is well worth the price of admission.

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Newest ‘Arrow’ trailer reveals even more footage

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Newest ‘Arrow’ trailer reveals more footage

Passing game is a phrase not used lightly in today’s NFL matrix because that’s exactly what has been marking championship teams. Same way nowadays that comics based live-action has gone edgy and dark in a winning formula through initial pilot ratings.

CW’s “Arrow” seems to be validating that direction in the latest commercial spot. A new trailer clips together a perspective away from an origins. More towards who the Green Arrow will be and what he has to face segments the collage of Oliver Queen (played by Stephen Amell) displays.

A look at the new trailer doesn’t require a double take. That mirror’s imaging has similarity only in the matter of mentor and student. Vordigan the Dark Archer reflects another side of Oliver Queen in crime-fighting duds, the two  cowls shrouding like scowls leaves much to how they’ll work in the show. In case curiosity hasn’t been furrowing your brow over “Smallville” pique, yes that is actor Steve Bacic recurring Vordigan for a show without a spinoff affiliation.

Dark and edgy doesn’t secure repeat or lasting ratings, so defunct one-season wonders have shown us.

What more than remains to be seen is: Can “Arrow” make that target audience?

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New zombie novel ‘Cadaver in Chief’ brings zombies and politics together at last

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New zombie novel ‘Cadaver in Chief’ brings zombies and politics together at last

Hold onto your BRAAAAINS, zombiephiles. Steve Hockensmith, the author who brought us “Dawn of the Dreadfuls” and “Dreadfully Ever After” (the best of the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” trilogy) has just released a new zombie novel.

“Cadaver in Chief” is the story of a post-zombiepocalyptic presidential campaign. And yes, it’s meant to be mildly humorous.

Hockensmith calls it “a horror-mystery-satire that’s jam-packed with political shenanigans and flesh-munching maniacs and other zeitgeisty whatnot,” which places it squarely in the genre of Indefinably Awesome Ideas. From the book’s description:

The dead have risen from their graves, and society hangs by a thread. But America’s political parties aren’t going to let a little thing like the zombie apocalypse get in the way of a presidential election. There are nasty whispers about the incumbent, though, and they have nothing to do with where he was born.

The rumor: He’s dead.

Could a zombie be running for President? It’s up to ace Washington Tribune reporter Jan Woods to find out. Cadaver in Chief follows Woods on her search for the truth… a search that puts her up against the most dangerous ghouls in Washington. Oh, and zombies, too.

Seeing as how we’re in the middle of a heated presidential campaign, “Cadaver in Chief” couldn’t be more timely. While we’re reasonably sure neither the POTUS nor Mr. Romney are members of the undead community (we’re still waiting on any official death certificates to be released), the story of “Cadaver in Chief” still strikes eerily close to home.

Journalistic sleuthing! Political back-stabbing! The collapse of American exceptionalism! Zombies! What else could we possibly have to exclaim? Whether you think politicians are brainless or just merely soulless, “Cadaver in Chief” sounds like a quaint mix of zany zombie storytelling and political satire.

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The debut of ‘The Dark Knight Returns Part 1’ trailer

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The debut of ‘The Dark Knight Returns Part 1’ trailer

The next DC Animated original movie was announced to be The Dark Knight Rises, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name.

Today, MTV Geek has the exclusive first trailer of the movie starring Peter Weller as Batman.

Here’s the synopsis:

…it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with race cars and liquor – but the bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new…and old.

The movie also stars David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1” hits Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD and download on September 25, 2012 from Warner Home Video. Part 2 is set to be released in early 2013.

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‘The Hunger Games’ surpasses ‘Harry Potter’ on Amazon’s all-time best-sellers

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‘The Hunger Games’ surpasses ‘Harry Potter’ on Amazon’s all-time best-sellers

The Hunger Games trilogy is now the best-selling book series of all time on Amazon — even outselling all seven of the Harry Potter books.

Amazon made the announcement Friday morning, and noted that the sales consider both print and e-book editions.

“Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at Amazon.com said. “Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time.”

According to Amazon, Mockingjay is #7, Catching Fire is #9 and The Hunger Games is #11 on the Kindle best sellers list. The books are a bit farther down the list on Amazon’s print side: The Hunger Games is #16, Mockingjay is #28, and Catching Fire is #40.

Earlier this year, Scholastic — which publishes both The Hunger Games and Harry Potter series in the U.S. — reported that there were now over 50 million copies of The Hunger Games books in print. The series has boosted the publisher’s profits significantly in the last year alone.

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Classic Superman theme not playing in a theater near you for ‘Man of Steel’

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Classic Superman theme not playing in a theater near you for ‘Man of Steel’

A brass section blares in those signature notes playing the part of a striking film score that are tell-tale in the way and means of “faster than a speeding bullet”. This 2013, the iconoclast classic by legendary film composer and former Boston Pops conductor John Williams for the Man of Steel will not tonal at any point for the “Man of Steel”.

Zach Snyder holds true to his hinting that this Superman reboot will remake Superman like never before. The “Sucker Punch”, “300” and “Watchmen” director tells Total Film that a score by Hans Zimmer will be the main theme on next summer’s blockbuster.

“We decided to act as if no Superman film had been made – even though we love the films that have been made. We had to say this is a Superman movie for the first time and you can’t then go ‘Oh, now let’s steal a little music.’ So, yes it’s awesome music but Hans Zimmer is going to do something awesome.”

On the 35th anniversary year since “Superman: The Movie” hit theaters in 1978 it will be marked that the Superman Theme continues chording resonance as the soundtrack for the modern day fandom’s ongoing memories. With exception to “Superman: The Animated Series” of the 1990s, which scores a leading horn section in its composition, film and tv spots have been relaying the Kryptonian torch with John Williams’ theme ushering “Look up in the sky“ significance for  the caliber rebounding, aircraft hefting and  button –down shirt ripping “S” logo superhero.

Hans Zimmer of  – naming a few chiefly in almost two decades – “Gladiator”, “The Last Samurai” and “Inception“ fame came to household recognition on his Academy Award composing the movie theme for  1988s “Rain Man”. His music association with another film adaption of DC Comics greater icon composes with 2008s outstanding comics movie “The Dark Knight”.

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Image Comics ‘Enormous’ dwarfs other tales with a story that casts a long shadow

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Image Comics ‘Enormous’ dwarfs other tales with a story that casts a long shadow

Image Comics  “Enormous” dwarfs other tales with a story that cast a long shadow. Tim Daniel  (previous work can be seen in Morning Glories, 27 and Peter Panzerfaust) and Mehdi Cheggour  (artistic duties on previous issues of Heavy Metal) have crafted an incredible story with a brilliant marketing strategy of presenting their tale in a format that mirrors their namesake (full color, oversized).  “Enormous” is a sci-fi graphic novel one shot that clocks in at 64 giant pages and made its debut at SDCC last month.  For fans of Kaiju, this title is submitted for your perusal and you will not be disappointed. Now, keep in mind, these aren’t the colorful Kaiju of your childhood, no, these are behemoths that invoke a kind of terror that screams “danger”. Set in a post apocalyptic future where humankind has been decimated by ecological disaster and the presence of creatures as large as skyscrapers, humans are no longer the masters of all they survey. As a matter of fact, humans are on the run and finding they are now the bottom of the food chain.  Two camps of survivors reveal themselves during the course of the story. The first a rag tag group of humans doing the best they can to eke out an existence in a world unlike anything that they could ever have imagined; the other a group led by a madman who believes that human sacrifice is the best way to appease the beast of the new world.  When the two meet, one is forced to fight for survival in a world unlike anything we could ever imagine.  Mehdi Cheggour populates each giant panel with cinematic images that captures the sense of feeling dwarfed by powers much larger than the stories main characters. Writer and creator Tim Daniel manages to create tension and jeopardy with writing that shocks and creates situations that come unexpectedly out of left field (one of the best being when main character Ellen goes to rescue her mother from the hospital at the beginning of the book).  The one drawback of this impressive work is the fact that despite its enormous size, it cannot present the full story that is hinted at outside of the pages of the book. I have a feeling that this is not a one shot at all, but just the initial trumpet blast of the unfolding of a larger saga set against the apocalypse of mankind. If Mehdi Cheggour happens to sign on to continue presenting his rich life like imagery and Tim Daniel dares to continue to weave a tale of titanic terror;  you can be sure I will sign on to visit the skyscraper sized monstrosities that lumber across their landscape.  Enormous is available at comic shops now and is worth picking up. Visit the Enormous website for great images and behind the scenes info on one of this summers breakout hits.

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2 new zombie photos released from ‘The Walking Dead’ season 3

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2 new zombie photos released from ‘The Walking Dead’ season 3

AMC has released two brand new photos of walkers from season three of “The Walking Dead.” We didn’t believe it was possible, but these zombies look even better than the zombies from season two.

Executive producer Greg Nicotero and his team of special effects makeup artists have outdone themselves once again. If this is the kind of walker we can expect to see in every episode of the new season, then TWD fans better prepare for a lot of terrified sleepless nights.

Check out the new walker photos right here.

While season three of “The Walking Dead” doesn’t return until October, fans have drooled over the extended season three trailer from Comic-Con, along with teaser photos of new cast members Danai Gurira and David Morrissey. In the new season, our heroes make a home out of an abandoned prison, and make the acquaintance of some unfriendly neighbors in the town of Woodbury.

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