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Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic is a timeless classic. The limited series graphic novel has a rich history as being one of the greatest graphic novels ever created. The alternative history murder mystery surrounding former superheroes employed by the government was a deconstruction of the idea of the superhero and was infused with politics as well as the idea of a “dark side” to heroes and has always been heralded as a perfect story. For a long time, the series was deemed “unfilmable” by its creators. Zack Snyder did a fairly accurate film adaptation of the comic back in 2009 that was met with mixed results. Some thought it was too much like the comic and others thought that the ending didn’t ring true to the original (changing the surprise at the end). The Director’s Cut of the film helped flesh it out even more than the theatrical cut. Either way, it was a worthy effort. Recently there have been talks about a reboot for the comic and it looks like we might get a TV adaptation.

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The Kingsman

Matthew Vaughn – of Kick Ass and X-men: First Class fame –  has directed a new movie based on Mark Miller’s (Kick-Ass 1 & 2) comic book that has got us real excited here at NerdBastards. Furthermore, after each update, our interest in the movie is ever increasing. With the release date of Kingsman The Secret Service set for February 13th and the film is entering the final stages of its marketing campaign, word on the film has been building incrementally with each update offering more of an insight into what we should be expecting to see when the movie finally hits the big screen. Starring Colin Firth stars as a dapper secret agent training a new recruit and we have some rad and rather risqué character posters featuring Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and an awesome little pug named Jack Bauer. Check em out below peepsters. (more…)

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A new trailer hit last night for Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsman: The Secret Service featuring a brand new track from Iggy Azalea along with singer Ellie Goudling. Based on The Secret Service comic book created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. All indicators point toward a fun super secret spy agency type movie, although I do have to say that when I saw this trailer my first thought was, Harry Potter goes to Spy school. Give the trailer a go and then let’s discuss it below. (more…)

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The rich history of Superman places a burden on those who choose to sift through those 75 years of comics in search of identifying a finite batch of stories that define the character. Frankly, it is a fool’s errand that is guaranteed to rankle readers who have their own ideas about which Superman stories are must read, but that is part of the fun. So we have gone and done just that with an eye toward balance, historic significance, and good old fashioned quality.

Along the way, we hope that any missing tales don’t stand out like a beacon. With Superman’s 75 year history, an all inclusive list is difficult and impossible to narrow down to ten. What we hope to do is share these and maybe have you discover a few new tales or perspectives on the Last Son of Krypton that give new perspective on the hero.

Many call Superman a character that is often boring, over powered or impossible to relate to by those who haven’t looked deep enough into the character’s origins and his long journey from a scribble and a notion that fell out of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster‘s head. That is selling the story telling short. While the Man of Tomorrow is an orphaned alien from a distant world, he is a reflection of us, and has evolved with us for the last seven and a half decades.

The Superman “S” is the second most recognizable symbol in the world. He was the founding Father of the Superhero genre. A complex hero, an outcast, a Christ-like figure, a being comprised of unfathomable strength and virtue, a scared kid, a stoic old “man”, wounded, alone, a savior and someone who has been saved. Superman has been all of these things throughout his existence, and we hope that these stories demonstrate that, so without further ado, we present the Ten Superman Comics that Everyone Should Read. (more…)

 

Everyone was buzzing around with ideas on why Matthew Vaughn left his gig to direct the latest X-Men franchise film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Some were quick to say that he was going to take on directing duties for Star Wars VII.

Mark Millar has come forward though to set the rumors straight. Talking with CBR, Millar, the FOX Creative Consultant Guru says that the move has nothing to do with Star Wars and everything to do with getting the jump on other studios attempting to get their version of The Secret Service to the big screen.

Vaughn, Millar, and Dave Gibbons co-created the super spy comic series The Secret Service about the training of a street wise young man turning him into a super spy.

Millar explains:

We thought Matthew was going to do X-Men first, but we found out there were actually a few imitators of Secret Service in the works.

People are always trying to rip you off. Somebody will start to work on a spec screenplay about your idea. There are three other projects I know of now about a James Bond kind of guy taking a street kid and turning him into a spy. Three screenplays were already going through Hollywood about this! So Matthew and I said, “Fuck this. We’re not letting anyone steal our ideas.”

The first out has the best shot at making the most money so it’s not surprising that protecting your own came first for Vaughn. What do you think, does Millar have the real skinny, the low down, the right stuff?

Via: CBR

There’s been a lot, and I mean a lot, of buzz around the Before Watchmen comics. Some of it good, some of it inflamatory, but no matter your opinion on the Watchmen prequels, they’re here.

Releasing tomorrow is the first issue of Darwyn Cooke‘s Minutemen, an almost prequel-prequel as it explores the history of the Watchmen’s precursors. USA Today has kindly offered an exclusive five-page preview,

Not surprising, the artwork looks amazing! Did you expect any less from Cooke? His style is a perfect match to explore the history of the 40s era heroes. Also love the nice visual illusion to Dr. Manhattan.

Of all the Before Watchmen titles, this is the one I’m most excited for. Who doesn’t love retro heroes? And of all the Watchmen characters, the Minuteman make the most sense to get their own miniseries. USA Today also includes a short interview with Cooke which is a great read into how he approached Minutemen.

What did you think of the preview? Will you be picking up Minutemen, or any of the Before Watchmen titles?

Source: Blastr

The rejuvenated CliNT 2.0 arrived in shops yesterday, promising “sex, drugs and eyebrows”. Having not read the original, I can’t say if the eyebrow content was raised from its previous incarnation but as I flicked through CliNT my eyebrows were indeed raised. With an open mind and a bemused expression, here is my blow by blow look at the new CliNT 2.0.

The issue opens rather weakly with an interview/roundup of Mark Millar‘s various movie projects. While there are a great many tidbits to be learned, talking about movie adaptations of comics you haven’t read yet (though some are contained later in the issue) isn’t particularly enthralling. I found the discussion at the end about Millar‘s faith in relationship to writing American Jesus interesting, but it was an aside at best.

Lenlil Yu continues his streak of visually stunning comics with Supercrooks. The art really carries this segment. Yu has a natural fluid inclination, which makes even people standing around in a diner feel dynamic. The plot thus far, without giving anything away, is standard heist fare. Sadly, we don’t get to see the major attraction of a super-powered caper in action this issue. As setup goes, Millar and Yu do a fine job, but I want a little more bang for my buck.

I really wanted to like Rex Royd. I think Frankie Boyle is one of the most unique comedic voices working in Britain today and this is what I was looking forward to the most. What we get is, well, a mess. The two page introduction was a little helpful, but I felt like I was thrown in the deep end without a floatie. I understand that Rex Royd was in volume 1. And if someone who read volume 1 wants to comment on this, please feel free. As an introduction, it was awful. As a continuation of a bigger story? Who knows. Such a let down.

The magazine veers violently to the strange with a featurette on Lenore‘s 20th anniversary. While I quite enjoyed the series of pork based puns, it felt very out of place given the rest of the magazine’s content. I think it no coincidence that Lenore, like CLiNT, is going to be published by Titan.

Secret Service opens with a huge James Bond pretitles sequence, done in the typical skewed Millar fashion, of course. It harkins back to some of his work on The Authority in that regard, which is no bad thing. Sending up the familiar is a very easy way into a story and works here perfectly. We then cut to a London council flat and an entirely domestic affair. The British trailer trash aspects feel entirely too real and snap you back into focus after the Bond opening. This mixture of OTT and almost hyper-realism is palpable. Throw in art by the always fantastic Dave Gibbons, and I think we have the start of something really interesting.

We continue with an interview with a real life superhero who calls himself Clint. Definitely a Kick-Ass inspired hero, he comports himself very well. He is very matter-of-fact about his chosen path and seems fairly well adjusted. Whether this continues, we shall see. As CliNT points out, they legally cannot condone Clint’s actions. It’s an interesting conundrum.

The premise behind Death Sentence looks great. There’s an STD out there that kills you in six months, but in the meantime you get superpowers. It appears these powers manifest in different ways for different people, but we only see one instance. The art is grabbing, reminiscent in many ways of Charlie Allard, but with more of an urban grit to it. Montynero and Mike Dowling have created something  compelling here, with the potential to run for quite some time.

And with a standard letters page and a well written, if bizarrely included, one pager on actor Marko Zaror, CLiNT 2.0 comes to a close. On the whole, I enjoyed the magazine but I don’t feel it knows what it wants to be. If it’s a 2000 AD type comics anthology, there need to be more comics. If it’s more of a lads magazine, then there should be a greater variety of articles. If it’s trying to take the place of Wizard, then there needs to be more in-depth coverage. If it is simply the Mark Millar hype machine, well, then I want to see more Millar. Whichever way they play it, Death Sentence and Secret Service have me intrigued enough, I’ll be back for Round Two.

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Kick-Ass has already been brought to the big screen and at the moment Nemesis is being kicked around for a movie adaptation, so it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Mark Millar‘s newest comic, The Secret Service will also get the movie treatment.

Through a series of tweets Millar revealed some interesting news concerning the project, particular that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) is currently writing a script and Mark Hamill is on board for a pivotal role.

Millar then tweeted out a link to a story on Comic Book Resources about the comic, The Secret Service. In this article he talked about bringing the comic to film as well as Matthew Vaughn’s involvement,

This all started when Matthew Vaughn and I were talking about ‘Casino Royale’ a couple of years back in the pub between breaks on ‘Kick-Ass.’ We loved the movie, but wondered why they didn’t do all the stuff where he learned how to be James Bond. We’ve both got a couple of friends in special forces, both here and in the US, and even the real life training, without any artistic license, is really incredible set-piece stuff. If you ramp it up a little, it makes for some incredible scenes in a comic and in a movie. ‘The Secret Service’ is about a number of things, but one of the central thrusts is about a young, wayward hoodie kid from North London learning how to be James Bond. 

This education of a 21st Century super-spy forms the structure of the story. I can’t give too much away because Matthew Vaughn and I co-conceived the thing with Dave, and Vaughn is literally right now writing the screenplay of the movie, so we’re on a non-disclosure agreement for a little while yet. But basically, if I had to say anything else about it, I would say that this is our version of S.H.I.E.L.D. or U.N.C.L.E. or any of those brilliant super-spy concepts, but seen through that skewed perspective we brought to superheroes in‘Kick-Ass.’ It feels very, very fresh. I don’t think there’s ever been a comic like this and all three of us are very excited about it. I’ve wanted to work with Dave since I was sixteen, so it had to be something big.

Everything about this sounds, no pun intended, kick-ass! I’m excited for the comic, which you can check out a preview of in Kick-Ass 2 #7, I’m excited for Millar and Vaughn to be working together again, and I’m really, really, really excited to see Mark Hamill on the big screen again. Even though Hamill won’t play a lead, those roles will be British, I think he’ll actually do better as a villain or as an older spy training the younger. Either way I think Hamill as an actor still has something to offer, just look at his impressive voice acting credits.

What do you think of The Secret Service news?

Source: Comic Book Movie