Saturday, April 19, 2014

SPANDEX AND A LEASH: Catwoman Leads 'Batman' Round State Fair

Indiana State Fair. Home to arts, crafts and Llama dressed up as Batman, walked around by his Catwoman 'handler'. Now while the costume seems to answer the joke of where Robin was in Batman Begins, Bats does look pretty odd with six arms. Infact, if this Llama lovin' lassie really wanted to score comic cred, she could've gone as Black Cat or Shriek and dressed the Llama up as:

That would've been cool. God bless the spider-saturated 90's.

 What do you think? 

Friday, April 18, 2014

SCHOOL IS IN: Grant Morrison's Multiversity To Open Doors In August

While I draw hope that the fact two out of three of DC's weekly series involve the word 'End', The New 52: Futures End and the just announced Earth 2: World's End, my previous hope when it comes to DC was finally set in stone this week, with the news writer Grant Morrison's Multiversity will hit in August 2014.

Featuring an array of artists including Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Ben Oliver, Ivan Reis, each issue will be 40 pages of Morrison-imagination, set in a different parallel universe to the last. "Comprising seven complete adventures — a two part framing story, and comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse", it seems a decent companion piece to the fun of Grant's Seven Soldiers project is finally here.

As Grant himself puts it on CBR “Prepare to meet the Vampire Justice League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the LATEST, greatest superhero of Earth-Prime — YOU!"

Proving my fan mantra, that 10 pages of Grant having an 'off-day' is worth a bazillion pages of your run-of-the-mill comic writer at their best, there's not one concept in the list above that doesn't get me excited to see its execution. From Grant's love of Sivana as a character coming through, to Dino-Cop, the sons of Superman and Batman, and putting the reader on the front lines in the brawl for it all, it already seems fresh, even though the project has been navigating the changes and workloads of the DCnU for years.

All pitted against the "Demonis Destroyers" the Gentry, the unsung character of the mini-series will be Ultra Comics. No sadly not the awesome Ultraverse formerly of Malibu Comics, now sitting in a dusty unused section of the Marvel patents office, but rather a tip of the hat to The Flash of Two Worlds by Gardner Fox, Julius Schwartz and Carmine Infantino, where Barry Allen choses his name from reading a comic of Jay Garrick's "fictional" adventures. Meaning each universe in Multiversity will (guessing from the 'versity' in the title) teach the next about the threat of the Gentry, through their lives printed in CMYK in the next.

As I was when I first heard of the concept, I am still definitely sold.

 What do you think? 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ROLE REVERSAL: The Final X-Men: Days Of Future Past Trailer, That Should've Been First

I can't tell if it is a homage to the confusing name it has inherited from loosely adapting Chris Claremont and John Byrne's epic comic story arc X-Men: Days Of Future Past or not, but this final trailer for the upcoming movie should've been first. While I wonder what other headings I can instantly repeat inside an opening paragraph, you enjoy this full on fight fest, which finally lays the plot out for all the non-comic fans of the world to see (I mean those folk are the real muties aren't they?)

Poor Beast. First a punch to the face, then told you don't make it. So much for being 'good friends'.

 What do you think? 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NOW COMES THE COSPLAYER: Jocasta, Shadowcat, Stargirl And Tigra

This week I've been getting a tonne of Cosplay email requests saying "Dan, where's the wimmenz at?" Okay, so by tonne I mean one, and I sent it to myself, but as long as it comes into your inbox as 'new' it still counts. Always one who bends to peer pressure (especially his own), this week's cosplay is all about the female form.

Hands up if your favourite character is Jocasta! (Tumbleweed blows through the silent audience, except in reverse world where it's 'reach for the sky' city). Not only is it amazing to see that the 'Bride of Ultron' has Cosplaying fans too - the level of devotion this costume shows is through the roof!

Speaking of through the roof and other breaking and entering analogies, this Kitty Pryde cosplayer found on Tumblr, gets an extra thumbs up for including her very own pet dragon, Lockheed. It's probably telling her all kinds of secrets too. Just look at them. I tell you, you can't trust dragons period. Or people that smell like cabbage.

Proving she's no wilting green, DC's Stargirl has an all-new audience saluting the red, white and blue. Found on the JSA forum, this cosplayer stands strong in her legacy, with a King Kong sized Star Rod to boot!

Last week's Teams Cosplay Spotlight missed out one of my favourite gangs of all - The Avengers West Coast - I just can't find a cosplay of the gang whose roll call I like (I know, I'm fussy, but I can handle). One lass who was a Westie, but needs no team beside her to look awesome, is comics ultimate cat-woman, Tigra. Captured by photographer Michael Iacca, even an Avengers West movie would be hard pressed to top this.

 What do you think? 

FORGET THE AWARD 'THANK YOU'S', LET'S SEE THAT AGAIN: The MTV X-Men: Days Of Future Past Sentinel Battle Clip

Now this is a teaser. The MTV Movie Awards featured this clip of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring the futuristic team of mutants splintering as the Sentinels interrupt their mission. Bishop channels power, Shadowcat phases. Blink teleports. Iceman surfs. Sunspot flares. Infact the only dude who doesn't use his powers is Colossus, who gets dressed for the party then stands and watches. He's so cool though, they are probably saving him for a grand occasion, like Master Mould or something.

 What do you think?