Friday, February 26, 2016

ERB Inc. President Talks 'Legend of Tarzan'


Sleeping Giant Collectibles has posted an extensive interview with ERB Inc. President James Sullos, getting his opinion about the upcoming movie and trailer and-as possibly expected-the company's very excited. "This is a very good sign that this trailer did what it was supposed to do: create interest and excitement and leave people wanting more. If anything, it was too good, setting a higher standard for the next trailer. But based on all we’ve seen so far, Warner Bros. and director David Yates are up to the challenge" Sullos told the site. For more info head over to http://www.sleepinggiantcollectibles.com/blog-awakenings/riding-a-hot-trailer-tarzan-swings-back-into-the-movies/.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #1


The incomparable Princess of Mars begins her new series as she goes on the run. Spoilers ahead!

Things for once seem peaceful in Helium until Mors Kojak disappears, forcing Dejah to accept the throne as Jed. But before that happens she's accused of his disappearnce and thrown in the dungeons. There's also the discovery of documents indicating that Dejah might have been adopted. With a mysterious stranger named Valoris opposing her Dejah manages to avoid an assassin and escape, leaving Helium and John Carter as she attempts to unravel the truth to her past.

In short it's The Fugitive, Barsoom style!

It's also somewhat predictable, despite the best efforts of writer Frank Barbiere to keep it interesting. Maybe it's just that this type of story has been told so many times before-from proving one's innocence to questions of their past-but here it just doesn't add much to the mythology. Also John Carter does nothing here. So much for his Warlord of Mars title. On the plus side Dejah is developed well as a strong, resourceful character that helps overcome the bland plot and supporting cast. Hopefully things will pick up now that the setup is out of the way.

Art duties here fall to Francesco Manna and he does a good job, even though some might not like the design work. Personally I only found Carter lacking and that's because Manna seems to have based his look on the dreaded Taylor Kitsch costume (even though thankfully he ditched the grunge hair). Again things might pick up and we'll get to see Manna stretch his muscles but for now it's OK.

So there you have it. A decent, not spectacular first issue but still readable. Until next time folks.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Geico's 'Tarzan' Commercial


To sell car insurance you need an ape-man, according to Geico. The interesting thing is watching this from the perspective of an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan as A) it shows that Tarzan is still a recognizable figure and B) how the commercial plays up the old "Me Tarzan" version. Oh well, maybe The Legend of Tarzan will alter that perception. Otherwise watch it below and leave any thoughts.

Monday, February 15, 2016

'Star Wars Episode VIII' Teaser


With The Force Awakens now behind us it's time to get ready for the next chapter and Lucasfilm and Disney have jumped in with this short but sweet teaser giving us a glimpse of Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and director Rian Johnson. They've also released a cast list for the new film, confirming the casting of Benecio Del Toro as well as Laura Dern and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. For more head over to http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-viii-now-filming and watch the teaser below:

Friday, February 5, 2016

'Star Wars: Bloodline' Excerpt Online


While I haven't read all of the new "canon" this one I can't wait for, thanks to how excellent author Claudia Gray's last Star Wars book Lost Stars was. According to USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2016/02/04/star-wars-bloodline-exclusive-excerpt-cover-reveal/79692922/ Bloodline takes place six years prior to The Force Awakens and focuses on Leia and her role as a senator and her witnessing a new generation who doesn't remember the Rebellion or the Empire and beginning to repeat the same mistakes. Head over to the link above for the excerpt and leave any thoughts below.