Monday, June 27, 2016

Who Could Kellan Lutz Play In Masters of The Universe?

The way most people feel about the Transformers - I feel about Masters of the Universe. In fact now that Warcraft has bombed at the movies, cinema is still wide open for the sci-fi meets magic civil-war world of Eternia - from Trap-Jaw to She-Ra - to return to their 80's glory.

While the slowly developing reboot at Sony has been defined by the Battle Cat concept art thus far, today Greyskull come another step closer, with actor Kellan Lutz saying on Twitter, he'd met with Director McG and producer Mary Viola, and that the franchise was in "great hands".

Now with his blonde hair and bulk comparisons are instantly been made with He-Man, but let's face it, this guy has the physical attributes to play any of the core faces: Beast-Man, Tri-Klops and my man Stratos three that spring to mind.

While the net buzzes about the Tweet and the thought of hearing by the power of grayskull one more time, for me it is just exciting that somewhere, right now at Sony, Masters of the Universe is still progressing.

Friday, June 24, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top Comics From The Image September 2016 Solicitations

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

 PICK OF THE MONTH:
SEVEN TO ETERNITY #1
The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting his promise to give Adam everything his heart desires. A hard road through the strange fantasy world of Zhal. All men have surrendered their freedom for fear. Now, one last free man must choose. (W) Rick Remender (A) Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth.

SPAWN #267 As Spawn's costume begins to form, it comes with new powers. But will Al be able to handle those powers? (W and A) Todd McFarlane.

THE WALKING DEAD #158 "The Whisperer War," part two. The war rages on. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano and Cliff Rathburn

LAZARUS #25 "CULL," Part 4.  Forever takes the field. A terrifying new Lazarus makes his presence known. (W) Greg Rucka (A) Michael Lark

SAGA #38 "The War for Phang," part two. When your babysitter's a ghost, death is never very far away. (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples

What do you think? Full Image Comics September 2016 solicits here.

SWEET AS: The Top September 2016 Solicitations From Comics' Other Publishers

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Valiant, Dynamite, IDW, and Dark Horse's September 2016 solicits, these comics make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH
BRITANNIA #1 On the fringes of civilization, the world's first detective is about to make an unholy discovery. Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one's destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero's reign, a veteran of Rome's imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings -- In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia - the First Detective - will become Rome's only hope to reassert control over the empire's most barbaric frontier -- and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay. (W) Peter Milligan (A) Juan Jose Typ

PREDATOR VS JUDGE DREDD VS ALIENS #3 (of 4) Dr. Reinstöt is hosting a party! AN APOCALYPSE PARTY! He’s gotten his hands on some xenomorph DNA: a dream come true for a mad genetic scientist who’s already built a clan of animal hybrids. He’s also captured a Predator, and even his old acquaintance Judge Dredd has come knocking on his isolated lab’s door. Now that his friends are here and ready to go, the only thing left to do is hit the town! They’re taking the party to Mega-City One and raising hell! (W) John Layman (A) Chris Mooneyhamla

JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS #1 The Pussycats are back! In this series kick-off, Josie's getting the band together to help achieve her dreams of musical stardom. But for the group to last, it needs a strong foundation of friendship and trust. Can the girls get going, or will Alexandra's plotting put a stop to the whole thing? (W) Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio (A) Audrey Mok

BLOODSHOT REBORN #17 Terror by twilight on Bloodshot Island! Trapped in a remote jungle paradise with no hope of escape, Bloodshot has discovered the secret behind the merciless technological monstrosity called Deathmate - and the truth has thrown his entire world into a tailspin! But what revelations behind Project Rising Spirit's horrific creation could bring even Bloodshot to his knees...and forever shatter the spirit of the man known as Ray Garrison? (W) Jeff Lemire (A) Mico Suayan



STREET FIGHTER VS. G.I. JOE, VOL. 1 On a hidden island in international waters, 16 combatants enter a secret tournament... one that pits Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE! M. Bison and Destro have joined forces, and taking them down will require the world's finest warriors: Ryu, Snake Eyes, Guile, Scarlett, Chun-Li and Duke. 140 pages (W) Aubrey Sitterson (A) Emilio Laiso

TRANSFORMERS: TILL ALL ARE ONE #4 Swindle lives! And Onslaught knows the perfect way to unlock the secrets in his head. As the Combaticons rampage through Iacon, can Ironhide and his newly formed police force stop them before they annihilate Starscream -- and anyone else who gets in their way? (W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher

What do you think?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top Comics From Marvel's September 2016 Solicitations

Jay Anacleto's cover for the final issue of Civil War II: Gods of War
When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' September 2016 solicits, these picks make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 GUESS WHO'S BACK?  CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #13 CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN! Captain America vs. U.S. AGENT! No more waiting: #takebacktheshield (W) Nick Spencer (A) Daniel Acuña

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  
OLD MAN LOGAN #11 Logan is forced to confront the mysterious Silent Order - a group of warrior monks who threatened his life in the Wasteland! Logan will have to team-up with LADY DEATHSTRIKE in order to escape his foes...postponing the revenge he desperately wants to take against her. (W) Jeff Lemire (A) Andrea Sorrentino 

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #9 Her name is ITSY-BITSY and she's Spider-Man and Deadpool's WORST NIGHTMARE! A reminder -- EVERY issue of this series has sold out SEVERAL times! Joe Kelly (W), Ed Mcguinness (A)

CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN #3 (of 4) Wilson Fisk has reason to believe that one of his own men is staging a coup -- and killing those who won't surrender their loyalty. But mutiny becomes the least of Fisk's worries when the Punisher launches an attack on the Kingpin's safe house. Can the Fisk keep his business afloat with his cronies dropping like flies, and Frank Castle gunning for him, or is this finally the end? (W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Ricardo LÓpez Ortiz

DAREDEVIL #11 A serial killer who turns his victims into works of art is on the loose. Can Daredevil and Blindspot stop him before he reveals his next "masterpiece"? (W) Charles Soule (A) Ron Garney

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #13 Civil War II tie-in! It's the end of an era as the events of Civil War II come right to Tony Stark's front door. Could this be the end of Iron Man as we know him? (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Mike Deodato



What do you think? 
Full Marvel's September 2016 solicitations here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top Comics From DC's September 2016 Solicitations

The cover for Scott Snyder and John Romita Jr's All-Star Batman #2
When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at DC Comics' August 2016 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH
DOOM PATROL #1


The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, "Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem." Generation-arsonists unite--this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor.

A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she's not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman.

New beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic D.P. characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane. Young Animal (W) Gerard Way (A) Nick Derington

WONDER WOMAN #6-7 (W) Greg Rucka #6 "Wonder Woman Year One," part three. Diana brings Steve back home, but the reception is not what either of them expected. (A) Nicola Scott #7 "The Lies," chapter four. One god down--how many more to go? Diana takes another step closer to the truth, and Steve Trevor confronts his past! (A) Liam Sharp

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4-5 (W) Robert Venditti (A) Ethan Van Sciver "Sinestro's Law" #4 Sinestro's grip on the universe tightens with Hal Jordan captured, as the two former partners edge closer to a final confrontation for control of the cosmos! #5 Sinestro's Fear Engine powers up as the Green Lantern Corps streaks across the universe to find Guy Gardner, but instead come face to face with a battle-ready armada standing in their way.

AQUAMAN #6-7 (W) Dan Abnett #6 "The Drowning" conclusion! Aquaman and Mera are on the run for a crime they didn't commit. They've fought through every kind of firepower the U.S. military has thrown. Now all that's left between them and Atlantis is the Man of Steel... (A) Brad Walker and Drew Hennessey. #7 "Who framed Aquaman?" The investigation into the Atlantean attack on American forces kicks off as the criminal collective N.E.M.O. unleashes a new and terrible weapon that threatens the existence of Atlantis itself. (A) Scot Eaton



JUSTICE LEAGUE #4-5 (W) Bryan Hitch "The Extinction Machine" #4 In the center of the Earth, Superman faces three doomsday machines set to tear the world apart, while Earth's two Green Lanterns discover just what a purged planet is truly like. (A) Jesus Merino #5 In this concluding chapter, the race to the corners of the Earth is on for Aquaman as he holds the key to saving our planet from destruction! Is this the final battle between the Justice League and The Kindred--or just the start of something far worse? (A) Tony S. Daniel

TITANS #3 "The Return of Wally West," part 3. The Titans receive word that Karen Beecher-Duncan -- a.k.a. Bumblebee -- has been kidnapped! Is there a connection between a shadowy new foe and the intergalactic demon that stole their memories? (W) Dan Abnett (A) Brett Booth

What do you think? For DC's full September solicits, click here.