Saturday, October 25, 2014

SWEET AS: The Top 4 From IDW's January 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at IDW's January 2015 solicits, these four make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:
JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS: THE DARK JUDGES #1

Man, Darick Robertson has changed his style so much since his time on New Warriors hasn't he? Definitely channeling Bolland here!

IDW says: His name is Judge Death and in his eyes all life is crime! Together with his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis, the super-fiend from Deadworld is determined to end all life in Mega-City One once and for all! This compilation features classic Judge Death tales from the pages of 2000AD, including his stunning debut story by co-creators John Wagner and Brian Bolland. (W) John Wagner, Alan Grant (A), Brian Bolland

 THE REGULAR READS:
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #4
Things come to a boil as Megs and Edward go after Eli, finding some disturbing secrets about the town along the way. It's a race against time as the unlikely duo work against rumors, a growing mob mentality, and even Megs' own family to stop something truly horrible before it happens. (W) Kate Leth (A) Drew Rausch

RAGNAROK #4 Beyond the Forest of the Hanging Dead, Thor encounters the Village at the End of the World and its guardian, an armored Troll. He and the Troll exchange favors, and Thor comes to envy the dead, as the tale of the Last Day of the Gods is told. (W/A) Walter Simonson.








 JUMP ON HERE:  G.I. JOE: SNAKE EYES: AGENT OF COBRA #1 Destro, one of Cobra's top operatives, has been captured. As the metal masked maverick gets transferred to a new prison, a prison break is instigated by none other than Snake Eyes! With DESTRO free and Snake Eyes under Cobra's control, a mission that will rock the world of G.I. Joe begins! (W) Mike Costa (A) Paolo Villanelli

What do you think? For the full list of IDW's January 2015 solicitations, click the jump.

Friday, October 24, 2014

YES, WE HAVE A GIANT GOLLUM IN OUR AIRPORT: The New Air New Zealand / Hobbit Inflight Safety Video

Here in New Zealand we are now just weeks away from the debut of the final chapter in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy; The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. So what does that mean? Yip, it's time for another Tolkien based in-flight safety video from our national airline Air New Zealand - one which even stars Peter himself.



For those of you who saw the giant Gollum in the airport reaching out for a fish from up in the ceiling, that is shot in Wellington airport (Wellington being the capital city, and home to Peter Jackson's movie making empire). It has been in place since the first Lord of The Rings film, and shows no sign of coming down anytime soon. Nor has it lost any of it's effect.

So, what do you think?


SWEET AS: The Top 4 From Valiant's January 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Valiant Entertainment's January 2015 solicits, these four make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH: 
QUANTUM AND WOODY MUST DIE! #1

They came. They saw. They pissed off a whole lotta crime-type folks. And now one mystery villain has singled out the world's worst superhero team for complete and utter destruction. The first target: their minds!

Has Quantum saved the Earth from an invasion by alien sleeper agents? Did Woody finally land that DJ gig at the strip club by the airport? And, dear God, what have they done to the Goat? Is this real life? Or just fantasy? Sex Criminals isn't the only comic that can quote Queen, comic fans - here come Quantum and Woody! (W) James Asmus (A) Steve Lieber

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IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 Prehistoric empires! Dystopian futures! And everywhere in between! The past, present, and future of our universe are about to meet an untimely end, and only the mysterious Ivar Anni-Padda can prevent all three from collapsing in on themselves. Unstuck in time, and pursued by enemies simultaneously across every moment of his time-lost life, can the man called Timewalker save everything that ever was, is, and will be? Get ready for a clock-stopping odyssey into the distant past and far future as the most unlikely Valiant hero of all leaps into his first history-ripping mini-series adventure! (W) Fred Van Lente (A) Clayton Henry.

 THE REGULAR READS 

RAI #6 As 41st century Japan spirals into chaos, will Rai protect his nation or help tear it down? As Rai grapples with a life beyond the control of Father, new feelings distract him from uprisings, secret armies, and a bomb that could all doom the mission to free New Japan before it even begins! (W) Matt Kindt (A) Clayton Crain.





UNITY #14 A world on fire! Unity vs. The United! A dark secret at the heart of the Unity team has led the world to the brink of global war. Only Unity and their international counterparts, The United, can broker a peace...but that might not work, seeing as how they're trying to kill each other. All hope lies with Unity's newest team member, who may not be able to shoulder the weight of the world! (W) Matt Kindt (A) CAFU.

What do you think? For the full list of Valiant's January 2015 solicitations, click the jump.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NO STRINGS ON ME: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Fires Up The Scarlet Witch, Topless Thor, Hulkbuster Iron Man And More

How do you stop fandom talking about DC's recent movie slate reveals? Unleash the official teaser trailer to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Pretty simple really.



The fact there's no Vision in that sucker almost made me cry as much as I screamed with excitement (I'm a bi-lingual guy). Ultron's Heath Ledger/Joker speech patterns are damn, damn awesome too. So much awesomeness. Congratulations House of Mouse, you may just have another billion dollars on your hands.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Image Comics' January 2014 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH: 
CRIMINAL SPECIAL EDITION (ONE-SHOT) SAVAGE EDITION MAGAZINE-SIZE VARIANT
Criminal comes to Image! Brubaker and Phillips' same pulpy goodness, now at home at the biggest publisher of indie pulp comics. Better yet, a 'Savage Edition' means the issue is in the style of magazine-size comics of the ‘70s!

Image says: The return of the award-winning title, with a 48-page special sure the thrill readers, old and new alike! It's 1976, and Teeg Lawless is doing 30 days in county jail with a price on his head, his only safe company from the savagery a beat-up old comic magazine his dead cellmate left behind. "Brubaker and Phillips are the gold standard of the crime graphic novel." – Warren Ellis (W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips 48 pages 

 JUMP ON HERE! 
SPAWN #250 This HUGE, triple-sized 250th anniversary issue marks only the second time an independent comic book has reached such a lofty number! This issue marks the cataclysmic climax in the story of the current Spawn: Jim Downing's final struggle against his costume while the fate of New York City lies in the balance. From the ashes of that battlefield comes the long awaited return of the original Spawn… AL SIMMONS. (W) Todd McFarlane (A) Szymon Kudranski 64 pages

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME 
IXth GENERATION #1 The cybernetic future of APHRODITE IX and CYBER FORCE finally comes face-to-face with the supernatural ARTIFACTS side of the Top Cow universe! 
In the future there is no more natural death, no needs unfilled and everything you could ever want is yours… as long as you're willing to subjugate yourself to these new self-proclaimed gods with "IX"s emblazoned on them. Do the ends truly justify the means? Aphrodite and the other Nines establish fiefdoms in this new world and attempt to rule. Their internal clashes have escalated, as they face the relentless hordes of the Darkness. (W) Matt Hawkins (A) Stjepan Sejic






 THE REGULAR READS
THE WALKING DEAD #136 Found. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano and Cliff Rathburn

WYTCHES #4 (Pictured above left) Now, with the true nature of the wytches revealed, Charlie descends into the Earth in a desperate race to save his daughter and his family from an inconceivable fate. (W) Scott Snyder (A) Jock

SOUTHERN BASTARDS #7 As a kid, Euless Boss had football in his blood. But all football ever did for him was make him bleed. Until the day he met a strange man who would change his life and the fate of Craw County forever. (W) Jason Aaron (A) Jason Latour

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

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Marvel's January 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' January 2014 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:
STAR WARS #1 Who isn't excited to see this franchise back at the House of Ideas?

Marvel says: THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL!

Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet—the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet!

Join Luke and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. (W) Jason Aaron (A) John Cassaday 48 Pgs

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME
SUPERIOR IRON MAN #4
Daredevil discovers the secret to Tony's success! How far will Tony go to stop Matt Murdock from revealing this shocking secret to the world? As Tony's actions become even more questionable, who will conspire to take him down, leading up to the battle you thought you'd never see? (W) Tom Taylor (A) Yildiray Çinar

 JUMP ON HERE!
ANT-MAN #1 Scott Lang has never exactly been the world's best super hero. Heck, most people don't even think he's been the best ANT-MAN -- and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that's saying something. But when Iron Man calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott's going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he's always dreamed of being. 40pgs (Numbered shrinking Ant-Man variant available by Ed McGuinness). (W) Nick Spencer (A) Ramon Rosanas

 THE REGULAR READS

SPIDER-WOMAN #3 Spider-Woman is in the tightest spot she's ever been in. What if even succeeding with her mission means her death?!?! (W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Greg Land

GUARDIANS 3000 #4 On a quest to save their future, Charlie-27, Yondu, Geena and their new ally... Star-Lord... must find a doorway to the past. And that means walking into the lair of the most dangerous being in the Cosmos... the Sleeping Hunger! And what has become of Vance, Martinez and Starhawk, missing in action... presumed dead? Has A-Sentience captured them, or is there no one left alive to capture? (A) Dan Abnett (A) Gerardo Sandoval

X-FORCE #14 Fantomex is on a murderous rampage, taking out each and every one of the world's secret intelligence agencies, working his way closer to getting revenge on X-Force! Knowing the confrontation is inevitable, Cable and his team ready themselves for the fight of their lives... (W) Simon Spurrier (A) Rock-He Kim

What do you think? Full Marvel January 2015 solicitations here.