Monday, June 30, 2014

Comic Review: Dejah of Mars #2


In this issue we discover hell hath no fury like a princess looking for her man!

Cutting between reassuring her son Carthoris that she will be OK and questioning a prisoner about John Carter's whereabouts, Dejah receives word from fellow Heliumite Rek about a growing resistance growing within the Royal Guard of Helium. It seems a fellow commander named Ka Pell is now obsessed with tracking down Carter and getting revenge for Carter's supposed act of heresy. Meanwhile Carter is being kept alive by the Red Reaper, who reveals his own past: he was nearing the end of his life and planned to take the final trip down the River Iss when Carter brought down the false religions of Barsoom. With her husband's life in the balance, Dejah finds herself investigating a black market in red eggs, leading to her another ghost from her past and a deadly adversary...

With this issue, Mark Rahner bounces back and forth between Dejah's quest and the scenes with Carter and the Reaper quite well, keeping a balance of intrigue and growing tension that kept this reader turning the pages. It builds on past events both from the novels and the comics (including a reference to Green Men of Mars) and raises an interesting concept about Carter's destruction of Issus and how some on Barsoom still cannot accept the false hood that they built their beliefs on. There are some problems, most notably with the ending (seriously?) but all told it's a cracking tale.

Helping is the artwork by Jethro Morales, who does a good job with a rather dialogue heavy issue, at least as far as characters are concerned. The backgrounds in some cases are just blank colors, which shows a lack of time it appears. I guess chalk it up to the characters being vivid and not wanting to overwhelm them? Also is it just me or does the religious symbolism get a little obvious in the Carter scenes?

Even with those small qualms this is still a good issue and a nice addition to canon Dynamite has built up. I hope the upcoming relaunch does just as well. Until next time folks...

Friday, June 27, 2014

'Doctor Who' Returns August 23


OK Whovians set the DVR! BBC and BBC America has now confirmed the premiere for Peter Capaldi's first season as the Doctor will hit August 23. Along with the new date is this poster and a new teaser trailer so have a look and prepare for the new adventures soon.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

'Doc Savage' Movie Update: Hemsworth Possible?


It's been a while since there has been any news on Shane Black's Doc Savage so I'm sure some thought it was dead but maybe not. In an article announcing that Black has been hired to write and direct a reboot of 1987's Predator (which he co-starred in, talk about connections!) The Hollywood Reporter also mentioned that Black still wants to make Doc Savage and has talked to Chris Hemsworth about playing Clark Savage Jr. The film may still be delayed though due to the standard Hollywood reason-budget but at least we have some idea of the current status of the film. Personally I think Hemsworth might make a good Doc so we'll wait and see. (Also that Predator reboot reteams Black with Fred Dekker, the team behind one of my favorite films, The Monster Squad. How cool is that?) For more info hit http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/fox-rebooting-predator-shane-black-714598

Monday, June 23, 2014

'Star Wars' Trailer (Guardians Style!)


How's this for a video mash-up? Youtube user Unusual Suspect has combined the audio from the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer and came up with this cool take on a Galaxy Far Far Away. Have fun and enjoy!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Disney Needs to Resurrect 'John Carter'


Or do they? In an article by Mike Reyes on Cinema Blend, he argues there are "6 Reasons Disney Needs to Resurrect John Carter" http://www.cinemablend.com/new/6-Reasons-Disney-Needs-Resurrect-John-Carter-Franchise-43550.html While Mr. Reyes attempts to make a good defense for this, sadly most of it reads like a Back to Barsoom Manifesto, repeating the same issues (like the poor marketing without blaming Andrew Stanton's "keep it vague" mantra and rejection of most of the marketing ideas) and defenses they roll out. I also get the feeling Mr. Reyes is another writer who never read the books and believes Stanton and company should get another shot at trashing Edgar Rice Burroughs. Oh well, just set aside some time to read it and leave any comments-pro and against-below.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Margot Robbie on 'Tarzan' and Skarsgard


Get ready to swoon ladies! In a brief video interview from the One for the Boys charity event sponsored by Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie briefly talked about Tarzan to the press. She briefly touched on working with Jackson in the upcoming film, the film's take on Jane Clayton and "swooning" over co-star Alexander Skarsgard. Watch below and leave any thoughts afterwards.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

'John Carter, Warlord of Mars' Comic Strip Debuts!


OK Barsoom fans it's here! ERB Inc. has posted the first online comic strip for John Carter, Warlord of Mars and you can take a look at http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics/?cat=23. The new strip is being written by comics legend Roy Thomas with artwork by Mexican artist "Pegaso" so head over and take a look and leave any thoughts below.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Retro Comics: Doctor Strange #55


Another look at a classic comic book. That's all.

Not coping well with the departure of long time love Clea, Stephen Strange has locked himself up in his study in the Sanctum Sanatorium to deal with the loss. However when an enchanter named Dakihm enters he shows Strange what his life could have been, including being an actor and nothing more than the figment of a writer and artist. Can Strange overcome his grief and move on or will he be stuck in this hell?

Written by Roger Stern during his legendary run on the title, "To Have Loved...and Lost!" is a griping tale that centers on the interior of Dr. Strange, his own feelings and how sometimes we have to let go. What makes it work is that these are universal feelings that everyone faces at one time or another and Stern manages to capture that while wrapping it up in mysticism and magic.

Helping out is the artwork by Michael Golden and Terry Austin that manages to capture Strange's existence while at the same time presenting the colorful "alternate" life that he shown. There isn't much in the way of standard Marvel Comics action-no big brawls folks-but they bring a nice balance of light and shadow to the tale that helps back up Stern's story without getting in the way. It's a perfect blend of art and words.

So with a new movie now on the horizon it may be time to dig into Doctor Strange and this issue is one of the best. See you guys later.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Andrew Stanton Reveals 'John Carter' Sequel Logos



I'm sure the Back to Barsoomers are crying now. Following up Taylor Kitsch's recent claim that the sequels would have been "awesome," Andrew Stanton posted title logos for the now scrapped sequels, promising that Gods of Mars "could have been cool. Had big plans..." (I suspect it would have been IssusZilla, Yellow Men with batwings and Phaidor being revealed as the former Mrs. Dead Carter). Oh well check out https://twitter.com/andrewstanton for any future reveals.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Djimon Hounsou Joins David Yates' 'Tarzan'


With production slated to start soon, David Yates' Tarzan has added another impressive name to the roster. Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast as Chief Mbonga opposite Alexander Skarsgard's Tarzan and Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. Edgar Rice Burroughs fans will remember Mbonga as the chief of the cannibal tribe in the original Tarzan of the Apes, so we'll have to wait and see if they keep that. Hounsou will next been seen as Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy and providing vocal duties in How to Train Your Dragon 2. For more info hit http://www.deadline.com/2014/06/djimon-hounsou-joins-tarzan/

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

'Jupiter Ascending' Pushed to Feb. 2015


Let the speculation begin as Warner Bros. has announced they're bumping the Wachowski's sci-fi epic from July 18 to February 6, 2015. According to http://variety.com/2014/film/news/jupiter-ascending-delayed-until-february-2015-1201211461/ the reason being given is more time to work on the film's visual effects but as usual rumors have flown that the studio is concerned about the bad buzz the film has gotten and wants to move out of the way, which is a shame as it actually looks interesting and more unique than another tired Spider-Man movie. Speculate below if you want to.

Monday, June 2, 2014

'Tarzan: The Legend Lives' Comes to Blu-Ray


Well I guess we know what happened to this film. According to http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Tarzan-The-Legend-Lives-Blu-ray/105166/ LionsGate Entertainment has decided to release Constantin Film's Tarzan, with a brand new title, straight to Blu-Ray on August 5th as a Wal-Mart exclusive. The disc will come with 3 bonus featurettes and a DVD and Digital Copy as well. (It's also worth noting that a week later Disney will be releasing the Blu-Ray disc of the 1999 Tarzan as well). For more new hit the link above.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Comic Review: Dejah of Mars #1


With the relaunch of John Carter, Warlord of Mars coming soon, Dejah Thoris takes center stage in the last miniseries before we start over. And she delivers the goods.

Picking up where the last story ended in Warlord of Mars #100, Dejah is on a desperate quest to find her missing husband after he has disappeared, The only clues is a missing sacred artifact that results in a potential death sentence for Carter and the trail led by the faithful Woola. With her husband facing death and Carthoris ready to tear apart Barsoom to find his father, Dejah goes undercover to get the information she needs. But will she be able to rescue John Carter from "the Red Reaper" and restore peace?

With Mark Rahner again taking on writing duties, I didn't know what to expect considering his past tales were horror tinged White Apes of Mars and Green Men of Mars. Thankfully for the moment were spared cannibal Tharks for a fast-paced detective story as Dejah attempts to unravel the mystery in her own style. With nice build-up and some clever cutting back and forth Rahner manages to weave an intriguing opening that catches the reader's attention. There are some bizarre inconsistencies-for example Tardors Mors is alive here, contradicting much of the other Dynamite series-but fans will find much here to enjoy.

Helping out is the artwork by Jethro Morales, who brings a nice design to the characters and the world depicted, There isn't much action here outside of the brief opening but Morales helps keep the eye moving from panel to panel with ease, aided by the nice color schemes and layout.

In short fans of Barsoom this issue is a winner. Nothing more needs to be said until next time.