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Judge Dredd Mega-City One

For anyone who has ever sat down and read a single issue of 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd comic, they knew the first film released in 1995 starring Sylvester Stallone was a far cry from the source material. Thankfully, Hollywood got its act together in 2012 and released Dredd starring Karl Urban in the titular role. Though the film was not successful financially, it has acquired a cult following that has demanded a return to Mega City One to include Urban whose portrayal was comic book worthy. On May 10th, it was announced that our favorite Street Judge would be returning to television in the series Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, but Urban’s involvement and details about the series were scant… until now!

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Comic fans who have been reading books for a number of years know that it’s not all about tights, round shields, powerful armor, and magic hammers–there is a whole world of books out there dealing with magic, heaven & hell, life, death, and everything in-between. The DC Vertigo imprint has been gaining in popularity across media platforms lately due to successful translations of series like iZombie, Preacher, Lucifer, and Constantine with several films such as A History of Violence, Stardust, and V for Vendetta to name a few.

Don’t get us wrong–we aren’t complaining about these missing titles, but even though development is underway for Y: The Last Man (Which we are incredibly excited to see), there are some Vertigo books that desperately need the small screen treatment. Of the dozens of books the company has put out over the years, we have come up with the following five that need to be developed for the small screen. (more…)

For a series about the remnants of humanity barely scraping by while fighting amongst themselves as well as the horde of undead monsters on the other side of the wall, it’s not really unusual for a character to get the ax every now and again. Anyone who reads The Walking Dead, which recently published its 167th issue, knows not to get too attached to their favorite characters, but sometimes, that’s easier said than done. Beware of SPOILERS in what follows because series creator and writer, Robert Kirkman, felt so moved by his decision to kill off another major character, he actually apologized for it at the end of the issue.

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Calgary Expo Todd McFarlane Spawn

25 years ago, a stalwart and bombastic general by the name of Todd McFarlane lead a revolution in the comicbook industry. Joined by his four colour comrades, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino and more, they charged the gates as champions of creator owned books. This past weekend Todd came home to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and one thing was clear, he hasn’t slowed down a bit.  (more…)

More than fifteen years after the publication of Neil Gaiman‘s Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel American Gods, Starz broadcast the first episode of the television adaptation today. Though it’s still incredibly recent, advanced previews are already getting great reviews, from long time fans of the book and people coming to the series with fresh eyes alike. It seems that the various components of the series, after fans have ached for it for so many years, have fallen into place in a way that will at meet high expectations, with a stellar cast including Ricky Whittle as protagonist Shadow Moon and Ian McShane as his con artist Old God mentor, Mr Wednesday.
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If you read comic books then you know that the major publishers are always shaking things up, Marvel and DC are particularly guilty of mega-event shake-ups that rejigger the status quo in an effort to get fans into a frenzy and into the comic book stores. So here we again, on the cusp of another huge Marvel Comics event, and one that has a simple goal: “We want fans to get fired up. Simple as that,” said Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso in a media release. But fired about about what? The eternal question of whether the Marvel Universe is big enough for two of every character… (more…)

Batman vs Captain America vs Stan Lee
The time honoured tradition of debating the outcome of a fight between two superheroes is as old as the medium itself. Undoubtedly right now somewhere someone is in the middle of a debate over who wins between two of our four colour champions and it is really all part of the fun of loving comicbooks (unless it is online, there it seems to be a vile spittle filled all-caps-apalooza that eventually degrades into personal insults. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) These Days if you casually glance at the comment section on the latest capes-and-tights movie trailer you’ll be washed over with a flood of bile and vitriol filled statements that are based more on brand loyalty and tribe mentality than anything actually related to the work itself.

Anyyyyyway. Will these duels ever have a definite and finite answer? Probably not, but if anyone can settle one of these conflicts and put the matter to rest it is Stan Lee. This past weekend at the ‘The Men, The Myths, The Legends‘ panel at this years Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) Hostess Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) asked for Stan’s insight on the eventual outcome of an all out mano-a-mano, drag-out, winner takes all, fist fest between Marvel’s star spangled man, Captain America, and DC Comics Dark Knight, Batman. And yes, he gave the perfect answer (via Heroic Hollywood.)  (more…)

The name Bob Kane has been on everything associated with Batman since the Dark Knight’s creation in 1939. If you watch a Batman movie, read a Batman comic, or engage in anything Batman related, there would be Kane’s name, there to remind you of the one man that’s responsible for so many hours of joy. Except, there were two men. It’s taken over 75 years, but Batman’s co-creator has finally got his day, and he’s been receiving the recognition he so richly deserves. And now, the complicated history of Bill Finger, Kane, and Batman will be revealed in a new documentary called Batman and Bill (more…)

The DC Extended Universe continues to grow despite poor reviews on its recent films. It seems nothing will stop the juggernaut production company from bringing about the worlds of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and soon, Aquaman. For those who watched Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and have been following the news, they already know that Jason Momoa will be playing the titular hero also known as Arthur Curry. Now a new cast member has been announced. Who will Dolph Lundgren be playing? Find out after the bump!

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BOOM! Studios announced today that the duo behind the history-saving band, Wyld Stallyns alongside lead guitarists, Bill & Ted are coming back to the pages of comics in the forthcoming Bill & Ted Save The Universe. The creative team behind this new adventure is the same that gave us 2015’s Bill & Ted Go To Hell. This time, it’s not just history that’s at stake… it’s not just the world either. It’s the whole Universe. Whoa.

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