Sadly, this is not an April Fool’s joke. You may not know it, but comic book sales have been taking something of a dive lately, especially for Marvel. It’s an odd phenomenon considering the fact that so many comic-related products are all over film and television right now. More and more people are being exposed to the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Preacher thanks to media development, but it seems this is not translating to an increase in sales and Marvel’s Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel has something to say about it.
The sad progress of Hellboy 3 from a twinkle in Guillermo Del Toro‘s eye through rumours of a revival and straight into the garbage pail of Hollywood history was a sad sight for many fans to behold. For a minute there it really looked like Mike Mignola’s masterpiece was going to have one last shot at the big time. And while we were left bitterly disappointed, it certainly got us all thinking. Del Toro’s career is littered with dead projects that he keeps alive through sheer force of will, waiting for the right moment to resurrect them. So what other old Del Toro projects might we end up seeing? Here are the five we’d most like the Mexican maestro to work his magic on.
“Hey you! Yes, you. You look like you’re a fan of Manga masterpiece Ghost in The shell, right? Thought so. You also look like you quite enjoyed that film where Matt Damon was an amnesiac who hit people till they gave him his memories back, right? So how would you like to watch that movie again, but it sort of looks like Ghost in The Shell? Ow, why are you kicking me? Please come back! There are cool robots!” Such is the message of the latest trailer from this year’s remake of Ghost In The Shell, a film that boasts astonishing visuals coupled with an equally astonishing lack of narrative ambition. Let’s take a look. (more…)
When we think about the DC cinematic Universe, we tend to picture an ageing society beauty long forgotten by press and public. Alone in her dusty mansion, she gazes longingly at a faded photograph of Christopher Nolan before coughing spots of blood onto a handkerchief. Things aren’t looking too good, in short. The “take off and nuke the site from orbit” moment was last year’s Suicide Squad, an extended Hot Topic advert that left both fans and critics cold. In order to stop the patient from bleeding out on the table completely, they’ll need a new team for the sequel. Only the best of the best will do. So, who are they eyeing up so far? Their latest signing is screenwriter Adam Cozad, perhaps better known by his nickname; “who?” (more…)
Everyone seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story got to thrill at seeing the genuine bad ass that Darth Vader can be, but since Lucasfilm was absorbed by Disney in 2012, comic book fans have seen the dark Lord of the Sith at his best on several occasions, and now they will see it again with a new Marvel Comics series. The comic book publisher has announced today that an all-new series featuring Vader will be launched later this year, covering the previously unknown ground (in canon at least) of Vader’s post-Revenge of the Sith life as a newly minted Sith Lord. (more…)
If it’s March in Toronto, then it’s time for Toronto ComiCon, and one of the fixtures of the annual event in the last couple of years has been the folks at Chapterhouse Comics. After rejuvenating Captain Canuck a few years, they’ve begun reclaiming other bits of lost Canadian comic book history with, you guessed it, an expanded comic book universe. The man at the center of that is Kalman Andrasofszky, the writer and artist that pens the new monthly adventures of Captain Canuck and redesigned him for the 21st century. Nerd Bastards caught up with Andrasofszky from his Toronto studio to talk about the latest developments with Canuck, the effect of Canada’s 150th birthday on the series, and all sorts of Canadian inside jokes. (more…)
Little is known of that mysterious masked man who stalks the crime-infested streets of Norfolk, Virginia. Is he a mild-mannered student invested with superhuman abilities after an encounter with a radioactive arachnid? Is he the sole inheritor of an outrageous fortune, forced to turn to fighting crime to avenge his fallen loved ones? Is he a bored student with basic sewing skills and too much time on his hands? All we know for sure is that they call him The Black Widow, and that it’s definitely the last one. (more…)
If you’d told us a few years ago that the thing that would re-ignite fan interest in the Batman cinematic saga would feature a protagonist made of LEGO, we probably wouldn’t have believed you. Still, these are strange times that we live in and now that the bad taste of Batman Vs. Superman has been washed from our mouths, it’s time to get excited to go back to Gotham again. With the news that DC Films will be adding a standalone Nightwing Movie to the mix, that excitement has only grown. The only question is: who will play Dick Grayson? We may be inching closer to the answer, as a fan favourite has just dropped a possible hint in the Twitterverse. (more…)
Marvel Editor and Chief Axel Alonso tweeted out a new image today titled Batch H. The entire image, which you can see after the jump, quickly brings to mind that quote from Jurassic Park: Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. We’ll leave that question for you to decide, but it could be a fascinatingly fun new character if done well. (more…)
Way back in the 90s, a group of Marvel writers and illustrators, growing frustrated with the current business model of comic books created Image Comics. Image would allow them to publish their own work, receive a fair pay, and actually retain the ownership rights to their characters. Now, more than 24 years later, Image is doing pretty good. Responsible for such series as The Walking Dead, Outcast (both of which are now TV shows based on Robert Kirkman’s works), Saga, The Maxx, Youngblood, Shadowhawk, and The Savage Dragon. However, there is one Image Comic property that stands out among the rest, Spawn by Todd McFarlane.