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Disney Making Jack Kirby a Legend at this Year’s D23

Now you may read that headline and say, “Hey, Jack Kirby is already legendary!” and you would be right. Along with Stan Lee, Kirby laid a lot of the ground work for the Marvel Universe and gets co-creator credit for Fantastic Four, the original X-Men, and The Avengers, and on his own he did a lot of outstanding work including the Fourth World Saga for DC Comics, which includes The New Gods. Still, Disney will be enshrining Kirby’s status as a legend at this year’s D23 Disney fan convention by posthumously giving him a Disney Legends Award next month.  (more…)

Big Trouble in Little China was never one of those blockbuster hits. In fact, when it debut, it was far from it. However, over the years it developed a cult following which has prompted things like board games, t-shirts, and numerous petitions for a sequel. While the later may be a little further from reach than expected that doesn’t mean fans can’t find the answer in other forms of media. From BOOM! Studios, you and other fans will be able to get their hands on a new comic book series which follows a much older Jack. Hell on Earth no longer is just a saying – it’s the real deal. It’s been some time, but Jack’s found himself all alone during these times. Until his radio finally picks up a signal. On the other end is a voice claiming they can fix things – fix it all.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been one of the most successful franchises in recent history. Starting with Iron Man way back in 2008, the MCU had continued to grow to help birth the current age of superhero films. Sure, we love the characters and their heroics, but the MCU films also have had a wide reach with their audience. That is mostly due to the fact that all MCU films have had the family-friendly PG-13 Rating. While the Netflix Marvel Television shows have toes the line with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones doing the nasty and the constant barrage of the N-word on Luke Cage, they are still relatively tame compared to anything Tarantino would ever put out. Marvel Studios has played it safe with their 15 films by having them all be PG-13.

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In the land of comic books, this one is a doozy. If you haven’t read the latest issue of Batman in DC’s Rebirth Universe, then you should bookmark this article and come back. What happens in it is pretty big. In the pages and on the big screen, the big, black bat has always been kind of a loner ever since his parents died (spoiler alert). Aside from Alfred, maintaining a close and personal relationship has been out of the question. This issue explores why he’s been a loner. It doesn’t go into too much detail, but it does ask the right questions. At the end of it all, it pushes him to do something no one saw coming.

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As one of the founding members of the Justice League, Princess Diana of Themyscira has been one of pop culture’s most influential heroines for decades. In her years fighting injustice, she has taken on everyone from Hitler to Superman. With a new movie on the horizon bringing her story fully into the modern DC cinematic universe, Wonder Woman is as powerful a character today as she ever has been. This week marks the release of her first solo film under the DCEU. The Amazon princess and immortal warrior has become an iconic role model for woman the world over. (more…)

Presently, Marvel Comics has been running its mega-crossover Secret Empire, the heart-warming tale about how Captain America has been a sleeper agent for HYDRA the last eight decades and finally sprung the trap to betray his fellow heroes and destroy America. It shouldn’t be a surprise that this wasn’t the end of the tale. For while HYDRA proceeds with its terrible agenda, it was revealed that there’s been a second Captain America proverbially, perhaps literally, lost in the wilderness as his doppelganger’s been taking over the world. What’s next? How about another Marvel hero pledging his allegiance to HYDRA, and if you know the man’s work, then it shouldn’t be all that surprising… (more…)

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…)