Sunday, July 24, 2016

SDCC 2016: Wonder Woman Trailer Lands, As Batman Recruits Aquaman in Justice League Teaser

If you didn't realise it was raining outside, you could easily be forgiven. Especially if said reason for forgetfulness is that you have been stuck watching the two trailers released by DC today at SDCC 2016 on loop and basking in their awesomenessness. Now incase your addiction is starting to withdraw reading this paragraph, let's give you another hit of THE FIRST Wonder Woman trailer... just don't tell her you have a secretary.

Then in a more more kind of way, comes the teaser reel for Justice League. Featuring Bruce Wayne rounding up the troops for the war ahead with Apokolips, he swaps gags with Wonder Woman, pitts a batarang against the speed force and dares to tell Jason Moma's Aquaman that he talks to fish. Speaking of Aquaman - check out the split second shot where he stands tall as mass waves collide at him from all sides... it is epic!

So what do you think?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

SDCC 2016: Netflix Stuns With Trailers For Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Defenders

Richard Rider is coming back in an all-new ongoing NOVA series!! Now I have that awesomeness of New Warrior news out of the way, I can switch to that other Marvel team making waves at SDCC 2016; Netflix's Defenders family of TV shows.

Not only has Daredevil thankfully been confirmed for a third series, teaser trailers have been released for Iron Fist, plus Defenders, and a full trailer released for Luke Cage. Sweet Christmas, there isn't a lame duck in the bunch. Check Luke out below, then click through to the next page for the other two...

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Sure, the world knows the X-Men, Avengers and the Teen Titans etc, but what their distinguished competition? The Top 12 'Other' Super-Hero Teams should be just as FAMOUS! Today's spot on that very countdown goes to supernatural saviours; THE MIDNIGHT SONS - just check them out:

The Care Bear v My Little Pony War was over after everyone got a Snickers

THINK: Blade meets Ghost Rider (because it is)!

Honestly - I love his classic look, but I miss Dr Strange looking this sick
WHY THEY'RE COOL: Everyone is running around talking about The Defenders, with the rise of the Doctor Strange movie, but that wasn't the sorcerer supreme's only hit team. When the horrors of the supernatural threaten, heroes that seem ripped from the pages of horror themselves, unite as The Midnight Sons, to form our first line of defence. 

Don't believe me? The membership not only includes two Ghost Riders (three if you count Vengeance), Werewolf by Night, Hellstrom the son of satan, and three vampires (Blade, Morbius and Hannibal King), but a 'Man-Thing' and a group of humans charged with preventing the gathering of the pages of The Darkhold - pretty much the Bible of evil earth. If the team could add Franken-Castle they would be complete!

Crossover after crossover the Midnight Sons battled a possessed Blade out to eradicate all who opposed his vampire slaying, Lilith, and invasions from other realms. Backed by the pre-X-Men art of the Kubert brothers and crazy cool glow-in-the-dark covers, this was high-scale terror and action with few 'super-powers' to be seen.

STAR PLAYER: Blade. Sure Hellstrom is one of the best guys ever created, but he nor the riders or Doc Strange could hold a candle to Blade. The see-saw of weather he could hold his hatred for vampires at bay while working alongside two of them was the juiciest part of the story. He was more of the enemy within than Starscream, yet because we all instinctively hate vampires, we were usually on his side.

RECOMMENDED READING: Midnight Massacre is where Blade's duality really stole the show, as the possessed Daywalker literally kills his way through his teammates one by one. If you want to see another crossover that undoubtedly helped inspire the Blade films, check out Siege of Darkness - with supernatural nightclubs and shifting alliances on every page, it is one big bang of horror and carnage after the other.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top Comics From Image Comic's October 2016 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Image Comics' October 2016 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

MOONSHINE #1 Set during Prohibition, and deep in the backwoods of Appalachia, Lou Pirlo, a city-slick "torpedo" is sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one Hiram Holt.

What Lou doesn't figure on is that Holt is just as cunning and ruthless as any NYC crime boss. Because not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he'll stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret...a bloody, supernatural secret that must never see the light of day... or better still, the light of the full moon. 

MOONSHINE reunites the Eisner Award winning creative team that defined modern crime comics with 100 Bullets... and now puts a horror-twist on a classic gangster tale. (W) Brian Azzarello (A) Eduardo Risso (VC) FRANK MILLER

 THE NEWBIE  REBORN #1 (W) MARK MILLAR & (A) GREG CAPULLO join forces to create the smash hit sci-fi / fantasy story of the year: REBORN. Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you -- the good and the bad.


LAZARUS #26 "Cull," Part Five Vassalovka strikes. The Beast is unchained. Forever suffers a devastating loss. (W) Greg Rucka (A) Michael Lark

THE WALKING DEAD #159 (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano and Cliff Rathburn "THE WHISPERER WAR," Part Three The war rages on.

SAGA #39 "THE WAR FOR PHANG," Part Three. New allies join the battle, but so do deadly new enemies. (W) Brian K Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  KILL OR BE KILLED #3 As our hero is drawn deeper into the shadows, his secret vigilante life begins to put everything he cares about in danger. Every issue includes fantastic back page extras and articles! (W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser 40pgs

What do you think? For Image's full October solicits, click here.