Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Comic Review: Dejah of Mars #3

We reach the penultimate issue as Dejah's search for John Carter leads to violent results.

Barely surviving the attack of the deadly dolls(!), Dejah runs into an old-and bitter-acquaintance named Enn Pace, as well as the self-righteous Ka Pell. With help from old friend Them Rek, Dejah tracks down the cause of the sell of Red Eggs to the rich and powerful of Helium! Before long Dejah discovers who may be behind Carter's disappearance and and who may be involved.

Pretty much just a setup issue for the final blowout, Dejah of Mars #3 continues writer Mark Rahner's love of bloody action, cannibal horror (seriously is everyone on Barsoom closet Leatherfaces?), surprise twists and butt-kicking female action. In short if you loved his earlier work this one is for you! For the rest it gets a little too carried away with Dejah becoming Schwarzenegger at various points while the attack of the dolls sequence at the beginning seemed a little silly (there was also a similiar sequence in the film Barbarella. A homage perhaps?). Still it builds nicely and should satisfy those waiting for the next issue.

The usual good marks for Jethro Morales' artwork, capturing the characters and action quite well. I also have to give a shout out to the coloring in this book, credited to Salvatore Aiala Studios. For once the red men of Barsoom are RED, not just people with disappearing tans. I hope this continues in the future.

So there you have it guys and gals. A not bad issue, just prepare for some blood. Until next time faithful readers.

Monday, July 28, 2014

'The Great Martian War' Comes to BBC America

Yep, the Martians are coming! BBC America will be running The Great Martian War, a mockumentary about the "real" war that started in 1913 this Saturday (August 2). Fans of John Carter might get a good laugh that-according to IMDB-the program's narrator is Matai Shang himself, Mark Strong. It might be a good hoot anyway. For times check out http://www.bbcamerica.com/movies/schedule/.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

First Peek: Wonder Woman from 'Batman V Superman'

It's been a while since I did two posts in the same day but what the hell. In this case our first look at actress Gal Gadot as the Amazonian Princess from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The first impression? Sort of Meh. Honestly it looks like something some cosplayer threw together quickly. And what's with the ash and rocks? Is she outside Mount Doom? Oh well, maybe it will be better in motion. I'll be back if the teaser Warner Bros. showed pops up.

ERB Comic-Con Panel Breakdown

With San Diego Comic-Con now in swing, ERB Inc. was present for their annual panel and thankfully Nerdvana writer Bob Leeper was present to break down the panel. It sounds that there wasn't too many big reveals but ERB President Jim Sullos did mention the start of production on David Yates' Tarzan, the upcoming Blu-Ray release of Constantin Films' animated Tarzan and other Tarzan news. In addition there was also comments from writer Ron Marz on his upcoming plans for Dynamite's John Carter, Warlord of Mars and artist Diana Leto on the Dark Horse/Sequential Pulp graphic novelization of Jungle Tales of Tarzan, which will hit stories next year. For more info check out http://blogs.evtrib.com/nerdvana/books/san-diego-comic-con-2014-friday/101473/

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'John Carter: Warlord of Mars' Set for November

In advance of Comic-Con, Dynamite has announced details for the upcoming relaunch of John Carter, Warlord of Mars. The title will be written by Ron Marz (who has been writing some of the online Edgar Rice Burroughs comic strips over on the official ERB site) with artist Abhishek Malsuni handling the artistic duties. Marz related his excitement about handling the characters in an official press statement:

"This is literally a job I've been wanting to do since I was twelve years old. I was just the right age when I discovered John Carter, Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas, and the wonder of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars. It fired my imagination like almost nothing else. So to finally get a chance to write these characters, to visit that world, is a dream come true for me."

For more news about the series hit http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54235 and stay tuned for more from Comic-Con.

Monday, July 21, 2014

'Star Wars Episode VII' A X-Wing Revealed!

I guess they weren't kidding when they said they would be going back to practical effects. In a new video for the Star Wars: Force for Change charity, JJ Abrams shows off the latest surprise from the set, as well as a surprise cameo at the end. Here's the video, so have a peek.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

'Doctor Who' 1974: New Doctor, New Monsters

Following the recent trailer for the new season of Doctor Who, a cool fan take on it has arrived online that...well take a look and you'll see.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

'Tarzan' Plot Synopsis Released

Even though Warner Bros. announced shooting had begun last week, the studio is just now releasing the official plot synopsis for David Yates' upcoming Tarzan. Courtesy of Cinema Blend http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Alexander-Skarsgard-Tarzan-Going-Totally-Different-Direction-With-Its-Plot-66251.html.

"It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash."
So let us know what you think. Will this work or should they really reboot the origin story?

Monday, July 14, 2014

'Doctor Who' New Trailer Ventures Into Darkness

After the short teasers the first full trailer for season 8 of the new series has arrived, with old foes and a new doctor. Have a peek and enjoy.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

'John Carter' Unreleased Poster Surfaces

It looks like some unreleased artwork for John Carter is beginning to surface. This poster has been making the rounds recently with information it was done by poster artist Mike Bryan (whose credits based on what I could find ranged from the original RoboCop to the recent Matt Damon flick Elysium). The funny thing is that this poster does a better job selling the film than the bland ones Disney ended up using. Go figure and enjoy.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Comic Review: Warlord of Mars #0

No clever opening, just a one-shot starring every one's favorite swordsman of two worlds. However to talk about this is to reveal some of the plot so SPOILER ALERTS!

As our story opens, John Carter is sitting on a throne...in an Earth asylum! With the doctors not believing his wild stories of being on Mars, Carter engineers his own escape as he attempts to get back to Barsoom. This parallels his trip to investigate an unexplored region north of Helium, but as usual he finds trouble and  possible death. With his beloved Dejah Thoris and friend Tars Tarkas looking for him and his own fading time on Earth closing in, Carter must find a way to break free and save himself.

Written by Matt Brady, this one shot tale is an interesting take on John Carter of Mars, presenting a "what if" tale of him on Earth and how others would react to his wild tales, contrasted with his usual reckless nature on Barsoom. From the offbeat opening to the big reveal at the end, Brady presents a look at what makes John Carter who he is, his fears and his ambitions. That doesn't get it in the way of the action or the plot twists, so fans will find something to sink their teeth into.

Helping is artist Jack Jadson, who brings a nice design and flair to the characters and locations. From the brief shots of the asylum to the final monster, Jadson handles everything well. Characters are also nicely done, even though his clothing and hair choices for Carter on Barsoom resembles Taylor Kitsch's movie look (is this going to be a new trend in the comics?), so movie fans might even like the reference.

To say more would be to spoil it. So while we wait for the fall for the new launch (I suspect we'll hear more at San Diego's Comic-Con in a few weeks) fans of John Carter of Mars should seek out this issue and sit back and enjoy the ride. Until next time faithful readers.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Extended Look

With less than a month to go, Marvel has released through Fandango an "extended" look at Guardians of the Galaxy. Basically it's a new trailer with a clip added but it does the job of building up excitement. Have a peek and leave any comments below.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

'Tarzan' Begins Filming!

Just the facts here: Warner Bros. has confirmed that David Yates' Tarzan with Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Djimon Hounsou has begun filming at the studio's Leavesden facilities in England. The news was announced June 30 at a press conference to announce the studio's expansion of the facility. So fans let's see how long it is before we see any images. For more information check out http://variety.com/2014/film/news/warner-bros-to-expand-leavesden-studios-as-tarzan-starts-filming-1201254872/

Dejah Thoris Sideshow Statue Revealed

Some Barsoom news from San Diego Comic-Con for you guys. Sideshow Collectibles has released first images of a Dejah Thoris statue for fan...