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Netflix has dropped a new trailer and a release date for the 13 episode first season of Marvel’s The Punisher, the latest entry in the Netflix Marvel TV Universe which stars Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal as the vigilante Frank Castle.

Netflix had kept the release date (November 17… no need to drag this out anymore) under wraps leaving fans eager to know when they would get to see Bernthal next after his first appearance in the second season of Daredevil.

As you can see, the trailer is full of flashbacks that lay the groundwork for what appears to be a rogue military mission led by Rawlins (Paul Schulze) that transformed Frank Castle into the dangerous man he is in the present. We’re not just seeing a Frank Castle damaged by the loss of his family, he’s noticeably stricken with remorse for the acts he committed while on that mission.

There’s also a persistent hacker who tries to convince Frank to team up and take down the group responsible for their shared pain, revealing a cause behind the chaos that the Punisher is sure to bring.

While there’s still a few weeks before the premiere it’s likely that this trailer was held (or that maybe — and this is just speculation — it was recut) after The Punisher panel was pulled from the New York Comic Con lineup in early October after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Obviously, that was the right call, but there will surely be people who will wonder if the timing will ever be right for another ultra-violent series about a damaged vigilante killer in a country beset by gun violence. The Punisher isn’t alone in having to shoulder the burden of those questions. Look at the Bruce Willis-starring Death Wish reboot that’s coming, though that trailer seemed to giddily embrace violence, laughing it off at a point. Will Hollywood pump the breaks on making content like this at some point? Should it? Those are big questions, but the answer to the first is likely tied more to how many people watch The Punisher than how many people are outraged by it.

As high as the season premiere episode reached last week, this week’s episode fell short of wowing audiences again. It’s too be expected though. You can’t keep up the wow factor from opening night to the next. Titled, “Mixed Signals,” the episode sent mixed signals throughout the entire episode. After being locked up within the Speedforce one would think you’d go insane. But when Barry escaped, he had been acting as if everything was just as he had left. Of course, that was not the case, nor was it ever as viewers would discover later in the show.

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Sometimes it’s hard to speak as a man. However, just because I am not “a part” of an affected group doesn’t mean I don’t have empathy.

In the wake of ousted sexual predator and now former powerful producer Harvey Weinstein, comes hordes of women sharing the two heaviest little words in history – #MeToo.

A rally cry started by Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss? She da boss!) to encourage woman to speak up and speak out – a showing of solidarity for all those who have been sexual assaulted in their lives. As of this posting that hashtag has gone viral with an astounding 12M Facebook posts and counting.  (more…)

The Best Toys From New York Comic Con

Regardless of if you came to New York Comic Con (NYCC) for an elusive comic book, statue, or some hard to find toy, you were sure to find something on the show floor that was worth taking a hammer to your piggy bank. Unless, of course, you dealt with that heartbreaking sensation of falling in love with a collectible that wasn’t yet available for sale. Regardless, you have to admit that these showcases were filled with a ton of collector eye candy. And so, we gathered a few highlights from our journey across the floor. Enjoy and try not to drool on your keyboard. (more…)

The Best Cosplay Pics From New York Comic Con

Whether you come to comic-con looking for toys, panels, or to raid the back issue bins in search of those books that you need to fill your collection, you can’t miss the breathtaking cosplay that fills the show floor. Homemade costumes that took months of nights spent losing fingerprints to a glue gun or hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars spent on pro made props that help to blur the line between fan film grade — both were all over the Jacob Javitz Center for New York Comic Con this past weekend. And while no one could capture all of the wildly imaginative and incredibly geeky looks, we did pull a few selections from our time there for you to see. Rick and Morty, Negan, Game Of Thrones, and a few surprises — hopefully there’s something for every single fan.

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If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of the The Flash, you may want to look away until you do. These reviews contain plenty of spoilers and don’t tend to hold back on any kind of speculation. Titled, “The Flash Reborn” this week’s premiere episode saw the return of Barry Allen after ending last season by walking into the Speed Force with something that looked like his mother. While the series has been on a bit of a roll, the season premiered began with some mixed emotions. Of course, you had plenty of people who were happy to see the return of the Scarlet Speedster, but there were also some who thought Barry hadn’t been gone long enough. And there were even those who thought he should have stayed in there for an episode or two longer while everyone else worked to solve any personal issues that may have developed over the Summer.

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Jon Bernthal is going full bloody Punisher in this first trailer for the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series The Punisher scheduled to hit some time in late 2017. There aren’t any other costumed heroes in this trailer and hopefully it will stay that way for the entire series. Frank Castle needs to clean some house before he teams up with any more costumed heroes. Check out the trailer below to find out just how far the Punisher will go to punish those that killed his family. (more…)