Wednesday, January 28, 2015

THE FANTASTIC FOUR TEASER TRAILER: With Video Commentary By Director Josh Trank and Producer Simon Kinberg

It has stirred up controversy since it's conception, but this week the first teaser trailer for Josh (I made Chronicle) Trank's Fantastic Four reboot has blasted it's away across internet space. Yet for those commentators waiting in the blogs armed with cosmic rays with which to pelt their ship, it will probably give them very little to aim at.

This trailer does exactly what a teaser should and better than most. Establishes the environment of discovery crucial for any FF film, drip feeds you info to make you wish the trailer ran just four seconds longer, and updates certain elements of the quartet's comic origin, such as swapping exploring the stars for exploring alternate dimensions, inline with modern science fiction.

If rumours are true, and Marvel has 'frozen' the FF in print and marketing to kibosh this films sales until they regain the franchise movie rights, they might just find a lot of wasted time and effort in the rear view mirror. Based on this little beauty, I'm pegging Fantastic Four (with it's hot new logo) to be a hit.

Check out the trailer below, then stand by for vid for vid-in-vid commentary by Trank and producer Simon Kinberg to follow...

20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four stars Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Sue Storm (Kate Mara), Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan).
 What do you think? 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, Mega City One by artist Dave Taylor. And what do you know, for a futuristic city in comics, it actually looks like one.

So many times it seems in modern comics, cities of the future end up looking like modern day Metropolis, but Dave sure hits that notion right out of the park here.

2000AD and it's Judge Dredd world are all about grungy overpopulated tech, and you find that here right from the turn of the page.

 What do you think?  For more great splash pages, click here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

SENSI-SHATTERING: Ninjak Series To Debut With 40 Page Issues

Wanna know what is going to be super-mega-awesomely sweet about the new Ninjak series from Valiant? The debut issues are going to be $3.99US - but they'll all be 40 pages! That's right - finally a comic that may charge the earth, but starts delivering on value for it too. Oh yeah, and it has ninjas. LOTS of ninjas.

Ninjak #1 will debut on MARCH 11TH, with the master assassin hunting the shinobi masters behind the Webnet terror network, only to find they have ties to his origin and training! Each 40 page issue will star MI-6's Colin King / Ninjak in a full-length lead adventure by Matt Kindt and Clay Mann, followed by his never-before-told origin by Kindt and Butch Guice. So long 22 page expensive flyers, real value is in town, and it all begins with this preview...

 What do you think? 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Image Comics' April 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Image Comics' April 2015 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:


SAVIOR #1 What if the MOST DANGEROUS man on Earth was also the one trying to do the MOST GOOD?

The world is real. The people are normal. And then he appears!

A man appears with no background, no memory, and no place to call home. But he has powers. Powers that seem resemble those we learned about in Sunday School. Could it be?! Is it possible that he is our "Savior" in the flesh? And if he is, then why doesn't he know who he is or how he got his powers?

Strip away the spandex and trappings of the traditional comic superhero and ask yourself, "How would I react if God suddenly appeared in front of me, but everything we had been taught about him seem out of whack?"

Some will see him as a hero; a messiah. Other will see him as an enemy because there isn't room for a person with god-like powers to disrupt the status quo of what we already believe. Some will rally behind him. Others will denounce him. But none of us will be able to ignore him.. (W) Todd McFarlane and Brian Holguin (A) Clayton Crain 

 JUMP ON HERE  NO MERCY #1 It was just a trip, before college. Build schools in a Central American village; get to know some of the other freshmen. But after tragedy strikes, a handful of once-privileged US teens must find their way home in a cruel landscape that at best doesn't like them, and at worst, actively wants to kill them. (W) Alex de Campi (A) Carla Speed McNeil

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  BLACK SCIENCE #13 The Dimensionauts take on a new mission: leave every world they visit better than when they found it. But their mettle is put to the test in a plague-ridden society that wants to burn them all at the stake.. (W) Rick Remender (A) Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio


THE WALKING DEAD #140 Life and Death. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard

SAGA #27 Poor Marko. (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples

LAZARUS #16 The Conclave has ended, and the world once more is falling to chaos and violence. Sister Bernard travels between Family Domains, ministering to the Waste…and acting as a spy for the Carlyle Family. (W) Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann (A) Michael and Owen Freeman

 What do you think?  Full Image Comics April 2015 solicits here.