‘Earth 2 Wonder Woman’ is a figure of strength and grace

Credits: DCComics.com
Credits: DCComics.com

‘Earth 2 Wonder Woman’ is a figure of strength and grace

Continuing their line of “Earth 2” themed figures, DC Collectibles recently released the “DC ComicsThe New 52 Earth 2 Wonder Woman” action figure. Appearing early in the “Earth 2” comic book series, Earth 2 Wonder Woman is the current DC Universe’s re-imagining of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, The figure is based on the art of original series artist Nicola Scott with a sculpt by Karen Palinko.

Nicola Scott’s design is an excellent amalgamation of Wonder Woman’s early design and the darker times reflected in “Earth 2,” due to the long war against Darkseid and his Apokoliptan minions. The classic skirt and eagle emblazoned across her chest are paired with armored elements, including boots and an arm guard to protect her non-sword arm. Speaking of swords, in addition to her trademark Golden Lasso of Truth, Earth 2 Wonder Woman brandishes a large broadsword. A broadsword so big it would take a larger man two hands to properly wield it, reflecting the Amazon’s great power.

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‘Walking Dead’ director to helm break-out ‘Wonder Woman’ movie

Credits: AMC TV
Credits: AMC TV

‘Walking Dead’ director to helm break-out ‘Wonder Woman’ film

Emmy Award-winning director and producer Michelle MacLaren is signed on to direct “Wonder Woman” cites The Hollywood Reporter. A movie that is long-awaited by fans, propagates in 2017 queue out of Warner Bros.’superhero outline and branches actress Gal Gadot’s solo superheroine portrayal after “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League“.

MacLaren will be directing Gal Gadot’s first starring lead in a major film. Gadot (“Fast and Furious 6”) spearheads a cast that has yet to be fully named, but has answered the so far largesse queries Wonder Woman fans have, such as suitability in the costume outlook.

MacLaren is best known for her multi-award noms and wins during her directorial and executive producer tenure on “Breaking Bad”. The two-time Producers Guild of America awards winner for Best Episodic Drama isn’t new to a fantasy based series. She equally holds current recognition for her work on HBO’s phenom spanning program “Game of Thrones”. The Canadian-born director also worked on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and most recently on HBO’s “The Leftovers”.

And Wonder Woman proposes a myth based movie if held to DC Comics source material. Especially in her origin that is rooted to the Mount Olympus pantheon.

“Wonder Woman”, due premiering in 2017, is a coup along the versatile and prolific TV salient portfolio. This will be her genesis into directing a feature film for the Silver Screen.


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San Francisco Bay Area Comics Expos 2015

Credits: Image Comics
Credits: Image Comics

San Francisco Bay Area Comics Expos 2015

A flurry of recent events and announcements in the SF/Bay Area reveal comics industry happenings. Fans of the medium take note, there will be some interesting developments and landmark expos rolling out in early 2015 and beyond. First up, Image Comics announces Image Expo and a return to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 8th. Slatted to announce a slew of creator owned projects for the upcoming year, the event is open to fans, comics retailers and media. Tickets are currently on sale at the rate of $20 for general admission and $50 for premium tickets. Scheduled to make an appearance will be: Brian K. Vaughan, Todd McFarlane, Scott Snyder, Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire, and Marjorie Liu (with several unmanned surprise guests). Fans of the industry leader in creator owned titles should definitely consider checking this one out as Image always brings the bang for the buck.

Later in the first month of the year, The NORCALMLK Foundation has teamed with comics industry educators, creators and innovators to bring the Bay Area a very special celebration of the comics arts with BCAF Expo. This will be the inaugural kick off of what will become an annual event. BCAF Expo mission is “… to celebrate the creativity and subjectivity of African Americans in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture in which we participate.” With scheduled appearances of industry creators such as: Erika Alexander (Dark Horse Comics ConcretePark), Tony Puryear (Dark Horse Comics Concrete Park;Eraser motion picture), Kevin Grevioux (Marvel Comics Blue Marvel; the Underworld motion picture series, I, Frankenstein motion picture), Afua Richardson (Image/Top Cow Comics Genius, Dark Horse Comics Lady Danger International Agent Of B.O.O.T.I., DC Comics upcoming online comicWonder Woman), Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mecury, Dynamite Entertainments Voltron), LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite, The Boondocks), and David Walker (the upcoming Dynamite Entertainments Shaft, Dark Horse Comics Number 13, Monkey Brains Comics The Army of Dr. Moreau) just to name a few. This free event will be held January 18-19th in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Garden and feature a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events and much more. Fans should definitely mark this one on the calendar.

Finally, over on The BEAT, site reporter Hedi McDonald is reporting news regarding the future of theAlternative Press Expo (APE). Having recently moved from what had been its traditional location for the past few years in San Francisco to the Ft. Mason Center Festival Pavillon in San Francisco, it looks to expand its scope and scale with a move to a new city. Slated to move to San Jose, the convention hopes to shake things up with a fresh start at the San Jose Convention Center (but still maintain its fall dates of October 3 & 4 of 2015). Further details regarding the move and what the future of the celebration of indie publishing can be found here.

So, no matter how you break it down, the SF/Bay Area is kicking things up a notch with these Comics industry notable events. Get ready for 2015!

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Guardians of Galaxy title goes all-new with Marvel-famed Brian Michael Bendis

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Guardians of Galaxy title goes all-new with Marvel-famed Brian Michael Bendis

Off a favored Guardians of the Galaxy run, it’s easy not to map supposition towards a nesting laurel for superstar comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis. Plenty of press releases make that an easy understanding.

After succeeding a Guardians of the Galaxy restructure launched in 2008 by co-writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning – that went on to source being a central adaptation for Disney’s top selling 2014 summer movie on a global box office scale – Bendis has exceeded more than keeping the comic book’s revival breathing. And in the doing the comics-centric headline pieces have been more a profusing praise in a transmedia accentuation over Bendis’ comics helming once Marvel spun out a top shelf film inauguration for a well-known but lower tiered go-to stratum platforming the titular spacefaring outlaws.

Bendis’ retake on Marvel Comics GotG in 2013 is about to be trumped.

A Guardians of the Galaxy eponymic spin-off is coming this 2015. Its premise, as limned by Bendis in an interview on Marvel.com, retros back to a Marvel title favored by the multi-awards winner back in his influenced youthful days.

When I was a young child, one of the first comic books that I read was MARVEL TEAM-UP. One of the first books I remember reading: Spider-Man was on the moon in [MARVEL TEAM-UP #55]. He wakes up on the moon; he’s hallucinating. [Back in the 1970’s] you couldn’t just run back to the comic store and find the back issues. You were [left wondering] “What? How? What happened? Spider-Man on the moon?!” All these new characters, new concepts and new artwork really got under my skin in the best way. I may have been hooked for life because of that book. I remember that feeling and when Marvel called me and said “We’re thinking about doing GUARDIANS TEAM-UP” I said: “Yeah, let me be as much a part of this as possible.” Because who wouldn’t want to [create] that gateway book for some young reader or some new reader? That MARVEL TEAM-UP issue was a very important book to me. So was MARVEL FANFARE, which was a book that opened my eyes to all the artistic possibilities of comics within the confines of the mainstream. I think and hope that this book will become a mixture of those two things. It’s MARVEL TEAM-UP in the best way and the experience of “look how good comics are, look what we can do that no one else can do.” And you know who we have that no one else has? We have Arthur Adams and a list of other artists that are coming our way.

Artist-writer Art Adams will be the illustrator teamed with Bendis on GotG’s new comic book. The Eisner Awards-winner is famously known for his mini-series on the ’90s popular X-Men affiliatedLongshot. X-Men circle of series were the famed theme that carried a substantial cut of his work with Marvel. His popularity showcasing highlights the likes of one well-known X-Men story arc featuring the New Mutants, “The Asgardian Wars”. Then there are the numerable cover art memorables forUncanny X-Men as well as its spin-off titles. Of recent continued noted work with Marvel holds with the publisher’s Ultimate line.

Now Adams embarks alongside Bendis on a wholly new series that substantiates its uniqueness in its anthological distinction.

Guardians of the Galaxy Team-Up will align some of the brightest Marvel Heroes currently known. The jumpstart issue will team GotG with another team associated with Bendis’ popular portfolio, the Avengers.

There was, back in the ’70s volume, a string of enduring big name talents that created some highlight chapters. One teaming stars legendary creatives Chris Claremont and John Byrne. With this the newGotG Team Up, Bendis professes an allegiance to sharing the collaboritive idea. A round of behind the panels teamings will be a featured part in the new sci-fi / superhero blended series.

“I think the one thing that’s missing for people that only read headlines and of course, if someone is reading this far down it assumes that you are not one of those people but some people think that I’ve added yet another book when I’m popping in and out of this book. This is not going to be my book. It’s going to start with a couple of issues by me. Then it’s going to go right to Sam Humphries as one of the chapters of “Black Vortex” and other creators will be bouncing in and off of this thing, letting them have an opportunity to shine and do their thing as well. Every time that I have the time and a cool story to tell I’ll be bouncing back in with something cool.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Team Up premieres next Feb.

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‘The Kitchen’ is cooking with danger

Vertigo Comics
Vertigo Comics

‘The Kitchen’ is cooking with danger

Vertigo Comics recently launched the new limited series “The Kitchen,” set in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood during the late ‘70s. This tale of the wives of Irish gang leaders was created by writer Ollie Masters and artist Ming Doyle (“Quantum and Woody”). The eight issue mini-series also features colors by the Eisner Award winning Jordie Bellaire and covers by Becky Cloonan (“Gotham Academy”).

“The Kitchen” #1 sets up what looks to be the incredibly compelling story of Kath, Raven and Angie. The three women are the wives of the top members of an Irish gang who have just been sent up the river after the brutal beating of a man outside a local pub. For the first time, all three bosses have been sent to prison at the same time and the women are forced to fend for themselves. Rather than struggle to get by until their husbands are back on the streets, Kath rallies Raven and Angie to pick up collecting for their husbands’ protection racket.

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‘Lost Girl’ season five to be the show’s last

SyFy promo
SyFy promo

‘Lost Girl’ season five to be the show’s last

Anna Silk, who plays Bo on the Canadian show, “Lost Girl” announced that the upcoming season five will be the shows last season. Anna mentioned on EW that:

“Honestly, I thought we might get one more, but I knew that this could be the last season… It’s time, in a way. In terms of the story, I think we could have done another. But I’m happy that we’re saying goodbye in a particularly strong season, and I’m pleased that we’re gonna go out with a bang.”

Anna stated that season five will be a search to gt back Kenzi and to see if Bo ends up with Lauren or Dyson. She says that she wishes that Bo can see her true power as a human and a succubi. It has been confirmed that Bo goes to hell to try and rescue her friends and that the final season will be more action packed than normal and that it will go out with a bang!

Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media said,

“The massive popularity of Lost Girl is a testament to the inventive and hard-working team at Prodigy Pictures, the magnetic and talented cast and the most devoted and passionate fan base in Canadian television. We’re so proud that Showcase has been the home to this landmark series and we look forward to sharing these final 16 episodes with the show’s fans.”

The final season will be 16 episodes and begin on December 7th Canada but SyFy has yet to announce the cancellation or if they will even pick up the last season.

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Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ enlists Daniel Brühl to play movie’s villain

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ enlists Daniel Brühlto play movie’s villain

“Captain America: First Avenger” rushed a sense of a spindly recruit’s big bold heart worthy to energize a transformed modern warrior’s physique during the cinematic origins of Steve Rogers. An action-thriller’s rush overwhelmed movie-goers attendant at a theater’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” showing this past summer. 2016-bound, Captain America’s franchise gains a caliber of “Rush” toting multi-awards nominations and actor bearance of Daniel Brühl.

A villain that will implode the binding Avenger ties between Captain America and Iron Man prerequisites its portrayer to embody legendary demeanor just as much as the heroes. Probably the Golden Globe, SAG, Critic’s Choice and BAFTA nominee reasons Marvel Entertainment signed Bruhl of “Inglorious Basterds” and “Rush” fame.

Or as closer to likely Producer Kevin Feige cites on the press release,

“With Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes.”

Brühl wrestled with the embodiment of a gutsy legend via the “Rush” role for Formula 1 superstar Niki Lauda to critical acclaim in-step with “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth playing Lauda’s acutely keynote rival James Hunt . Now the Spanish-born actor will be cast alongside two more stars in Marvel’s universe, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in the ambitious take of writer Mark Millar’s comic book miniseries.

Where “Winter Soldier” adapted the comics source material written by Matt Fraction, “Civil War” will follow suit for the Phase 3 installment for Captain America.

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Earth 2 Batman is ready for war


Earth 2 Batman is ready for war

DC Collectibles recently released the “DC Comics The New 52 Earth 2 Bruce Wayne as Batman” action figure. This figure represents the Batman character who appeared early in the “Earth 2” comic book, rather than the one currently appearing in the series, hence the “Bruce Wayne” specification here. This Earth 2 Batman action figure is based on artwork created by Nicola Scott, the original series artist on “Earth 2,” and features a sculpt by Steve Kiwus.

On Earth 2, the planet had been ravaged by a war with Darkseid and the denizens of Apokolips for five years when the “Earth 2” comic book series picked up and Nicola Scott’s depiction of Bruce Wayne Batman reflected this. In addition to the traditional black and grey bodysuit of the Dark Knight are elements of medieval-type armor covering the arms, shoulders, and knees. The armor is representative of Batman’s constant presence on the front lines of the war effort, as opposed to operating out of the shadows as an urban legend fighting street level crime in the traditional continuity of the character. Earth 2 Batman’s weapons of choice are two combat batons, similar to those used by Nightwing on Earth 0.

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Birds of a Feather: 2nd Black Canary costume coming to CW’s ‘Arrow’


Birds of a Feather: 2nd Black Canary costume coming to CW’s ‘Arrow’

A verge of crime-fighter galore is edging into a pluralizing trend taking-names femme fatales on superhero TV series. Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) doles twin-fighting stick beatdowns in superspy missions for ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. On the same series, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) trenches the veteran go-to hard-hitter for Coulson’s squad of international spies. Jessica Jones for the self-titled series undergoing development for its airing on Netflix. And on a nearing spotlight, “Arrow” will bring forth its next self-obligating heir to the moniker mantle declaring Black Canary.

“Arrow” declares a sort of Long live Laurel Lance through CW’s reveal of Laurels costume assumption to her sister Sara’s crime-fighter legacy. CW released first looks at Laurels super-heroinne garb over TVLine.

That reveal holds an impressiveness defining a synonymous position juxtaposing against the Green Arrow canon that has been the long-time teaming with Miss Lance a.k.a. Black Canary. Oliver Queen sets the show’s velocity for gritty origin story pacing per season rather than within a few compartmentalized pilot-ensuing episodes. But the writers have not been stingy with more of the casts origins, episode in point for Nov. 12’s take on Arrow’s inner circle member and genius hacker in “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoake”.

For Black Canary, a season two and three accompanying tale of the show’s first Black Canary Sara Lance has been character-driven threading starting from her cheating with Olive on his marooned yachting voyage to her final evolution graduating through the ranks of the League of Assassins. Sara’s non-quid pro quo severance from the Assassin’s didn’t sit well with the League’s leader Ra’s al Ghul along with his daughter Talia, Sara’s ex-girlfriend. A masked identity was necessary for the new Starling City bad-to-the-bone, and the show’s first Black Canary made a significant mark on the viewing audience.

In the DC Comics continuity, Dinah Lance is the person behind the Black Canary alias. The show’s adaptation has been an validating factor for the writing staff’s remix of this upper tier fan-fave into the weekly broadcast. Plus, there is the twist of geek trivia. Laurel is Dinah’s middle name, which makes the show’s handling of the Green Arrow circle of characters far more verging into show-offs, coolly so and pun intentional.

While Arrow has evolved from camouflage paint disguise across the eyes to an actual jade colored mask, Assistant District Attorney Laurel Lance has gone through life and loss. Her experiences cover withstanding ex-fiancee Oliver return after 5 years lost at sea, her new boyfriend Tommy Merlyn’s death caused by a city-wide calamity, sister Sara’s homecoming after believed dead, repairing a complicated relationship with her police-career father Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and currently falling off the wagon upon the murder of Sara. A whole spin that has brought Laurel (Katie Cassidy) progressively aligning into the “Arrow” course of introducing boxing ex-champion Ted Grant. Grant is now training her how to fight and deal with her distress and addiction.

A pathway clearing the means propelling Laurel’s going full Black Canary dramatic stick-the-landing superhero styled debut.


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