Okay, admittedly, it is still all available to read online for free. Right there, on the Avatar website. All of it. Free.
But if you, like me, would prefer to have all of Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield‘s Freakangels in print, in a box set and on your shelf, then now is the time. Amazon have dropped the price from $100 to $58, ahead of it’s sale date in November.
Twenty-three years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. Six years ago, they used their psychic powers in unison and accidentally flooded the world. Today, they live in and defend Whitechapel, perhaps the last real settlement in soggy London, from the evil machinations of one of their own – a “Freakangel” gone rogue. But when Mark, the bad seed, returns and forces his old friends to expand their consciousness beyond all concepts of space and time, they discover there’s something coming… something dark and terrible beyond the borders of Whitechapel, closing in for the kill. Writer Warren Ellis and artist Paul Duffield proudly present the 2010 Eagle Award-winning adventures of the Freakangels in this gorgeous box set collection of all six volumes! Packaged in a sturdy slipcase featuring striking original art, never-before-seen!
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is a new direct-to-DVD movie from Marvel Animation Studios, with the pair fighting against classic Marvel villain Zzzax. It will be released on April 23rd and be a mixture of CG and hand drawn art, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The story will tell the origin of that power-bent creature of electricity and wil, naturally, begin with the title pair fighting each other, blaming one another for the Eastern seaboard being blacked out.
Adrian Pasdar plays Iron Man, Fred Tatasciore plays both Banner and the Hulk, while Dee Bradley Baker, Klaus the goldfish on American Dad, plays Zzzax.
It’s that time of year again Charlie Brown. The Great Pumpkin will descend from the sky and bless one lucky pumpkin patch with giant piles of candy. Then we shall dance the candy corn jig and feast on chocolate and partially hydrogenated nougat until we pass out from the shear gloriousness.
Wait, that’s not what you do on Halloween?
Anyway, the nip of fall is in the air. It’s the time of year when all good geek’s thoughts turn to bringing forth the most important creation of the year. Yes I’m talking about glorious orange spheroid that you gut, drop a flashlight in, and plop onto your porch to rot for the next month and a half. All Halloween loving boys and girls know that it’s all about having the most epic pumpkin on the block. No pathetic little crooked grin for us- our magical fiery orbs are anointed with pure awesome!
Here are some awesome pumpkins (and I know one of them isn’t pumpkins but it’s still awesome!) from Halloween’s past to help get the creative juices flowing. Now go forth and carve as if your very lives depended on it!
Around a month ago it was revealed that Marvel and Joss Whedon would be bringing S.H.I.E.L.D. to ABC. Not much has been revealed as far as details about the show up until now. We now have some character descriptions for some of the agents. None of them are familiar characters to Marvelites but they definitely sound very Whedonesque.
SKYE: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
AGENT GRANT WARD: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
AGENT ALTHEA RICE: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
There are plenty of fan-favorite agents of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division that it’s highly probable will appear but the looks of it this may be the central cast. Whedon may be creating new characters and bringing in fan favorites in to test out their response possibly. Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are set to serve as executive producers and showrunners on S.H.I.E.L.D. in addition to co-writing the pilot with Joss Whedon. We should definitely expect some casting announcements in the coming weeks.
Today San Diego City Council will be asked to vote on the future of the half-a-billion dollar proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, an expansion that the continued presence of San Diego Comic Con depends upon.
This will include the plan’s environmental impact and port agreement, an increase on of special tax on local hotels of 3%, with 2% and 1% on hotels in the nearby vicinity, an annual contribution from the city of four-and-a-half million dollars for thirty years, and from the Port District of three million for twenty years and the people who made constructed Petco Park to undertake the expansion.
Agreement may depend upon a deal to employ local workers for construction, and there are legal and coastal hurdles to tackle yet, including the controversial hotel tax.
Meanwhile in San Diego, a series of violent crimes in the City Heights district have brought out the Real Life Superheroes, a gang calling themselves in a trademark baiting move, the Xtreme Justice League are planning to start patrolling the area. Tonight at 7pm, they will assemble at the corner of Fairmount Avenue and University Avenue and are asking others to get involved. Spandex not necessary. But it would be nice…
Viz Media’s All You Need Is Kill novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is being adapted into a major Warner blockbuster for 2014, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, courtesy of Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Directed by Doug Liman, from a screenplay by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie and Joby Harold, the film will be shot at Warners’ Leavesden studios, and begins production today.
Call it Groundhog Day meets Halo, an untrained soldier in a war being fought against alien invaders finds himself dying, again and again, living the same day infinitely, each time growing as a soldier and becoming battle-worn. He is very literally playing a video game life. And death. Where Game Over never is.
And yes, that role will be played by Tom Cruise.
Erwin Stoff, Gregory Jacobs and Jeffrey Silver will produce, with executive directors Jason Hoffs, Joby Harold, Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Tom Lassally, Hidemi Fukuhara, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Bruce Berman. Tim Lewis and Kim Winther will co-produce.
Dion Beebe is director of photography, production designer Oliver Scholl, editor James Herbert, costume designer Kate Hawley and visual effects supervisor Nick Davis.
Jason Bentley reported from the DC Nation Panel at Las Vegas Comic Con this weekend;
At the Las Vegas Comic Con – the second comic convention happening in Las Vegas this weekend – Scott Lobdell talked about a lot of things in the pipeline.
Principally it seems, his plans to spin off a second Teen Titans book starring Raven in a year’s time, towards the end of 2013. Teen Titans have been a relative success story in the New 52, and DC has been rewarding the titles that have performed well with new spinoff books, such as Justice League Of America, Talon and the as-yet-unannounced Man Of Steel.
Such a team, as well might also see the likes of Blue Beetle and Static join its ranks. And also might lead to a rush on the upcoming Phantom Stranger #1, which looks like it will feature the first appearance of Raven in the New 52…
Movie 43 seems like a weird little concept that has gotten quite a huge bit of support behind it. In a world where the biggest and most famous cast would be king, Movie 43 would put Valentines Day to shame. Set as a series of short films under one name, it appears that the stories are separate from one another and won’t be marred by some clumsily realised theme, say…a love centric holiday or the eve of the new year.
Also, what diferentiates the project is that is has multiple directors, including Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner. If you think that list was long, wait until you see this one. Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Halle Berry, Jason Sudeikis, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Chloe Moretz, Josh Duhamel, Uma Thurman, Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Bibb, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Richard Gere, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Kieran Culkin, Jimmy Bennett, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Kate Bosworth and there are more that make up the cast, but my fingers hurt.
Artist Patrick Schoenmaker created this awesome little series of cartoon style Indiana Jones art. It’s fun to see these characters in this form. I’d love to see an animated series based on these characters, there’s a lot of story to tell. I’d actually like to see a Jones and Short Round series that explores their relationship. What do you think of the art?