Comic Book Therapy http://www.comicbooktherapy.com News, reviews and happenings in the Comic Book World. Get your Daily Comic Book Therapy Today Sun, 24 May 2015 14:12:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Phoenix Comicon 15: Photo Ops on Sale! Membership Quantities Updated! 7 Days Left! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/phoenix-comicon-15-photo-ops-on-sale-membership-quantities-updated-7-days-left-276885 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/phoenix-comicon-15-photo-ops-on-sale-membership-quantities-updated-7-days-left-276885#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 01:04:01 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276885 That is correct, Phoenix Comicon is almost here! Are you ready?  Here’s a press release that we just received with some additional information that might be useful to all attendees.  Have a look:    Phoenix Comicon 2015 Photo Ops are now on sale! Check out phoenixcomicon.com/shop and click on the Photos tab. Photo Ops will […]

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That is correct, Phoenix Comicon is almost here! Are you ready? 

Here’s a press release that we just received with some additional information that might be useful to all attendees.  Have a look:

  

Phoenix Comicon 2015 Photo Ops are now on sale! Check out phoenixcomicon.com/shop and click on the Photos tab.

Photo Ops will be taken up on the Third Floor in the Hall of Heroes. Each photo op can have up to four people in it.

Each photo op session has limits on how many can be sold so we recommend you buy online prior to the show. If photo ops have not sold out you will be able to buy them onsite. We print your photo op right there onsite within minutes of taking it.

What about autographs?

The autograph schedule will go online tomorrow, May 21st. Keep an eye on our website tomorrow for the signing times!
 
Phoenix Comicon is updating quantity limits on membership sales.
A message from Convention Director Matt Solberg:
We’ve listened to your feedback from last year, we’ve read the survey comments, and we strive to make continual improvements to Phoenix Comicon.
We are updating our membership quantity limits that we sell to improve your experience onsite. While the facility can hold a larger number of attendees, especially with our expansion to the Third Floor, we choose to only sell to a level that we feel allows a good experience for everyone. If you haven’t purchased your pass yet, and have specific plans to attend the full weekend or for a specific day, I encourage you to purchase earlier than waiting. We will continue to sell passes online and onsite until they sell out (should they sell out). While we have strong numbers of memberships available now, this weekend is when we see increased sale activity. Do not assume that since we have quantities available now that those same quantities will be available next week.
We can’t guarantee everyone will get into their favorite panel, or get to meet their favorite guest, but we believe that by more closely monitoring our membership sales we can enhance your visit and not pack everyone in tightly. While the Convention Center is large, it’s not the TARDIS.
We understand that even with limits there may be times of congestion in select areas and that lines will form. The number one complaint we heard last year was about lines. Photo op lines. Main Ballroom lines. That dang* Bruce Campbell line (*language has been updated to be family friendly).
There are lines at Phoenix Comicon. We cannot eliminate lines. But we can better manage lines. We’ve made structural and process improvements to our line process. To read our full list of improvements and more about this update click here.
While it would be great to think we will never make a mistake, reality is that we will. We’re human and while we make the best decisions we can, not all of those decisions turn out well. I’m proud though that we don’t make the same mistakes from year to year. Why would we want to make the same mistake, when there are all new mistakes we can make? 😀
As we’re one week away we all are working hard at putting on the best show we can. We encourage early purchase of memberships to avoid missing out on attending Phoenix Comicon. Thank you for your support and see you in a week!
Matt Solberg

Convention Director


Registration Updates

What’s the first thing to do when arriving at Phoenix Comicon 2015? Go to Registration! Located in the North Building Room 120 near Monroe and 3rd Street, you must get your Phoenix Comicon Badge from Registration before you can attend any events. Attendees, volunteers, press, media – everyone needs to go to Registration before anything else (except Exhibitors – you’ll go to Registration on Thursday).
If you’ve already bought your passes online, bring your barcode printout or have the barcode ready on your smartphone for us to scan. Buying your passes on site? Just like it was at Fan Fest, Registration is Cashless – Visa and Mastercard are the only accepted forms of payment.
Registration opens at 10am on Thursday, May 28th. Here are the full Registration hours all weekend:
Thursday: 10am – 9pm

Friday: 9am – 9pm

Saturday: 8am – 9pm

Sunday: 9am – 5pm

West 301 Updates
So if Registration is now in Room 120, where are the celebrity panels going to be? Upstairs in the West Building, Room 301! This is the first time Phoenix Comicon is using the Third Floor, so there are some things to know.
Room 301 is located across the Skybridge from the Third Floor Hall of Heroes – where the celebrities sign autographs, take photos, and where you can find the costuming groups. You can use the Skybridge connecting the North and West Buildings to get to Room 301, but there is no stopping or loitering on the Skybridge.
We do not clear the room between panels. You can stay for as many panels as you want, but there are some things to be aware of. Seat saving is not permitted – you can’t hold a few seats for friends coming to a later panel. If you need to leave to go to the restroom, you can get a pass that allows re-admittance for that panel only.
There is no flash photography, video or audio recording permitted in Room 301. Do not throw items in the room. Throwing items may result in the loss of your membership badge. Take your trash with you and throw it away as you leave the room.
If you arrive at Room 301 and it is full, there are clearly marked line queues outside of the room. As we do not clear the rooms between panels and force everyone out, please understand that there may be more people waiting in line than there are seats available. As seats become available, we will clearly communicate this and allow as many people in the room as we can.
In between panels, we will have more detailed information on display about which doors to use to exit, and some general reminders. Please reach out to a volunteer if you have any questions!
Line Updates
We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re making changes. Phoenix Comicon 2015 will have new and improved line and access control! Expect better communication, physical line markers, and custom restroom passes—all designed to get you in and out of panels with ease. Our Line & Access Control team is dedicated to making sure that you have the best experience possible at Phoenix Comicon, and here’s what you can expect:
Clearly marked line queues. We started using 3 foot pipe and drape to designate room lines at Fan Fest. You can expect to see these physical barriers set up throughout the convention where lines happen so there is no question about where to line up.
Clear communication. Our Line and Access staff will be working together to provide clear and consistent updates about when lines are opening and closing. Instead of being told “15 minutes” you can expect to hear “we are opening this line at 12:30.”
More room. We’ve moved the Photo Ops and Celebrity Autograph areas up to the Third Floor. This new space gives us a lot more room to use the pipe and drape and clearly mark lines.

Lines are going to happen, but we’re working to make sure that your line experience at Phoenix Comicon is vastly improved.

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PRESS RELEASE: THE WALKING DEAD: COMPENDIUM THREE HITS STORES JUST IN TIME FOR TV SHOW’S RETURN http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-the-walking-dead-compendium-three-hits-stores-just-in-time-for-tv-shows-return-276881 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-the-walking-dead-compendium-three-hits-stores-just-in-time-for-tv-shows-return-276881#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 20:48:53 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276881    The highly anticipated third compendium will be available on October 13 Just in time for the new season of The Walking Dead on AMC, the fan-favorite New York Times bestselling series returns with its third massive paperback collection. Image Comics/Skybound is pleased to announce that THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM THREE by creator Robert Kirkman […]

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The highly anticipated third compendium will be available on October 13
Just in time for the new season of The Walking Dead on AMC, the fan-favorite New York Times bestselling series returns with its third massive paperback collection. Image Comics/Skybound is pleased to announce that THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM THREE by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard will be available for $59.99 in bookstores on October 13, 2015.
For fans of the pop culture phenomenon hoping to catch up on the series, this massive volume will allow readers to binge-read over 1,000 pages of the survivalist horror story and will collect issues #97-144.
THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM THREE contains the next chapter of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of dystopian terror. Rick Grimes’s dream of rebuilding civilization is tested as the people of Alexandria come into contact with other communities that have developed their own methods of survival.
THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM THREE (ISBN: 978-1-63215-456-9) is available to pre-order now at your local comic shop, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: THORS #1 Brings the Hammer of Justice to Battleworld http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-thors-1-brings-the-hammer-of-justice-to-battleworld-276877 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-thors-1-brings-the-hammer-of-justice-to-battleworld-276877#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 20:45:42 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276877   New York, NY—May 20th, 2015— This June, prepare to meet Battleworld’s steadfast police force, the Thors! Gods of Thunder, doling out justice with a crash of thunder and a crack of lightning. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at THORS #1 – a brand new Secret Wars series from blockbuster writer […]

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New York, NY—May 20th, 2015— This June, prepare to meet Battleworld’s steadfast police force, the Thors! Gods of Thunder, doling out justice with a crash of thunder and a crack of lightning. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at THORS #1 – a brand new Secret Wars series from blockbuster writer Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor) and Eisner-award winning artist Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong, Multiversity)! The chaos of Secret Wars requires a different kind of lawman. Welcome to the force – whenever there’s trouble on Battleworld, the Thors answer the call. Gods of Thunder from every universe, united in their quest to uphold the law. Keeping the peace, closing cases, and dispensing judgment with their mighty hammers! But a puzzling murder case on Battleworld has changed the rules. One that has the entire corps scrambling to find the murderer. But what they find could unravel the very fabric of reality!

 

Throg the Frog of Thunder, Beta Ray Thor, Thor Stormborn and many, many more hammer wielders from across the Marvel Universe take center stage to mettle out a new kind of justice. Prepare yourselves for a hard-hitting Marvel Comics police drama the likes of which you’ve never seen before! Bring the thunder this June when THORS #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices!

 

THORS #1 (APR150714)

Written by JASON AARON

Art & Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE

Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN (APR150715)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (APR150716)

Gwen of Thunder Variant by KRIS ANKA (APR150717)

Ant-Sized Variant by PAUL RENAUD (APR150719)

MAOS Variant Cover by DELICIOUS DESIGN LEAGUE (APR150718)

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SYCO ENTERTAINMENT AND IM GLOBAL PARTNER ON VIVEK J. TIWARY‘S  “THE FIFTH BEATLE” http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/syco-entertainment-and-im-global-partner-on-vivek-j-tiwarys-the-fifth-beatle-276863 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/syco-entertainment-and-im-global-partner-on-vivek-j-tiwarys-the-fifth-beatle-276863#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 21:47:08 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276863     Film To Adapt Acclaimed Graphic Novel Biography Of The Beatles’ Manager Brian Epstein   Cannes, May 15 – Prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global, acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment have announced they will partner to co-produce the feature film version of THE FIFTH BEATLE.  The screenplay, written by Tiwary, is an […]

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Film To Adapt Acclaimed Graphic Novel Biography Of The Beatles’ Manager Brian Epstein

 

Cannes, May 15 – Prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global, acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment have announced they will partner to co-produce the feature film version of THE FIFTH BEATLE.  The screenplay, written by Tiwary, is an adaptation of  his acclaimed graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

THE FIFTH BEATLE is a New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel that recounts the true story of Brian Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool and guided them to unimaginable success.  But it’s also the story of how Epstein, of whom Paul McCartney said, “if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian,”  overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and personal demons  while bringing the Beatles to the world’s attention and kicking off a cultural revolution in the process. 

Tiwary, Cowell and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and have already secured an unprecedented agreement with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music to be used in the film. IM Global President of Production Matt Jackson, President of IM Global Music David Schulhof, and Syco  Entertainment’s Head of Film Adam Milano will serve as executive producers. The producers also anticipate bringing a director onboard shortly.
 
Said Tiwary, “The mission of ‘The Fifth Beatle’ has always been to sing the unsung story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant and inspiring visionary behind the Beatles– so I am thrilled to expand his legacy Into film.  And to be partnering with a brilliant self-made boy from Liverpool and a game-changing music impresario– I’m certain Brian would be pleased!”
 
Said Ford, “Vivek has written a powerful, vibrant screenplay about one of the most colorful and heartbreaking stories in rock’n’roll history.  I am proud and incredibly excited to launch into putting the film together with Vivek, Simon and the rest of the team.”
 
Said Cowell, “I have always been fascinated by Brian Epstein – and his story. He played a huge role in The Beatles incredible success – and, I believe, remains the most talented manager ever. Yet his story has never been fully told. Also, like everyone across the world, I have so much respect for The Beatles and their music. So to be given the chance to be involved in this project was one I just could not pass up.” 
 
Tiwary wrote the graphic novel, which was published by Dark Horse Comics, with art created by award-winning artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker.  THE FIFTH BEATLE has  won many major literary awards, including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (the comics industry’s Academy Award) and two Harvey Awards (the comics industry’s Golden Globes), including Best Original Graphic Album. It was named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, and has been added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Permanent Collection.  
  

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PRESS RELEASE: CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE CAROL CORPS #1 Soars Over The WARZONES! This June! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-captain-marvel-and-the-carol-corps-1-soars-over-the-warzones-this-june-276856 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-captain-marvel-and-the-carol-corps-1-soars-over-the-warzones-this-june-276856#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 19:18:32 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276856   They are the elite. The best of the best. And this June they are rocketing into Secret Wars for a high-flying, explosive adventure. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE CAROL CORPS #1– a brand new Secret Wars series from Blockbuster Captain Marvel creative team Kelly Sue Deconnick and David […]

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They are the elite. The best of the best. And this June they are rocketing into Secret Wars for a high-flying, explosive adventure. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE CAROL CORPS #1– a brand new Secret Wars series from Blockbuster Captain Marvel creative team Kelly Sue Deconnick and David Lopez along with Marvel newcomer Kelly Thompson! Welcome to Hala Field, where if you’ve got the guts – if you’ve got the moxie, you just might make it as a member of the Carol Corps. The chosen few, the proud, the brightest pilots of all. The Carol Corps soar high above Battleworld, protecting and defending Hala Field from the worst Battleworld has to offer. And the Carol Corps needs people like you! So put on your uniform and strap in for the most high-flying, action packet Captain Marvel series fans have been clamoring for. Prepare for takeoff as CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE CAROL CORPS #1comes in for a landing this June! 

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE CAROL CORPS #1 (APR150835)
Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK & KELLY THOMPSON

Art & Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
Variant Cover by MIKE DEODATO (
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PRESS RELEASE: X-O MANOWAR Ushers in EXODUS  http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-x-o-manowar-ushers-in-exodus-276845 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-x-o-manowar-ushers-in-exodus-276845#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 19:13:36 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276845 Two peoples. One planet. This summer, can a man of war broker peace between Earth and a renegade alien nation in search of a new world?    Valiant is proud to announce EXODUS – a pivotal new story arc beginning this August in X-O MANOWAR #39! Jump on board here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF […]

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Two peoples. One planet. This summer, can a man of war broker peace between Earth and a renegade alien nation in search of a new world? 

 

Valiant is proud to announce EXODUS – a pivotal new story arc beginning this August in X-O MANOWAR #39! Jump on board here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, Green Lantern) and fan-favorite artist Rafa Sandoval (X-Men: Legacy) trap Valiant’s most powerful hero between two peoples he has sworn to protect – humanity…and a mass migration of alien refugees, orphaned and cast adrift by the unassailable attack of DEAD HAND! 

Aric of Dacia is X-O Manowar, hero to humanity, leader of the remaining Visigoths, and a husband about to start a new family. He is also the bearer of Shanhara, and tantamount to a god in the eyes of the alien race known as the Vine. Now, in the aftermath of DEAD HAND’s destruction of their world, the Vine need a new home and have chosen Earth – tearing Aric between two races that worship him, but each despise one another. Have these last living remnants of the Vine’s civilization come seeking peace? And what changes will their arrival herald for our world? All – human and alien alike – will be tested when an old enemy seizes this moment of turmoil to attack Aric at his weakest…and forces the people of Earth to pay an impossible price for X-O Manowar’s allegiance.

“What an amazing story Rob has planned for you all – a twist on Aric’s history that remains true to X-O Manowar’s spirit and will be full of surprises for longtime Valiant fans and new readers alike,” said X-O Manowar editor Tom Brennan. “X-O Manowar spent so much of his life fighting the Vine and now he must be their champion – how will Earth react? Or his fellow survivors of Vine enslavement for that matter? We’re going to answer those questions and more, and Rafa Sandoval’s ability to brilliantly blend character drama and widescreen action is the perfect compliment to Rob’s story of what it truly means to be a hero.”

This August, brace for impact as the Earth confronts its alien EXODUS head-on, only in X-O MANOWAR #39 – featuring covers by red-hot artists Rafa Sandoval (Ultimate Hawkeye), Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH), CAFU (UNITY), and Brent Peeples (Last of the Greats)! In the aftermath of X-O Manowar’s oversized wedding extravaganza, a new era for humanity begins here with a perfect jumping-on point for the acclaimed superhero series that Comic Vine calls “Valiant’s top book, month after month”.
 

For more information, visit online at FacebookTwitterTumblr, and ValiantUniverse.com.
 
For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

X-O MANOWAR #38 (WEDDING SPECTACULAR!)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI with AMY CHU, ANDY RUNTON, and RAFER ROBERTS
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL with CLAYTON HENRY, CAFU, ANDY RUNTON, and RAFER ROBERTS
Cover A (Wraparound) by RAFA SANDOVAL (MAY151599)
Cover B by CARY NORD (MAY151600)
Cover C by CAFU (MAY151601)
Variant Cover by JAY FABARES (MAY151603)
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER ((MAY151604)
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X-O MANOWAR #39 (NEW ARC! “EXODUS” – PART 1)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover A by RAFA SANDOVAL (MAY151599)
Cover B by ROBERT GILL (MAY151600)
Variant Cover by CAFU 
Variant Cover by BRENT PEEPLES
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IMAGE EXPO RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/image-expo-returns-to-san-francisco-276841 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/image-expo-returns-to-san-francisco-276841#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 18:56:58 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276841   Image Comics takes industry by storm with a line-up of exciting creator-owned announcements Image Comics is thrilled to announce the return of IMAGE EXPO, taking place once again in the San Francisco Bay Area, on July 2, 2015! Image Comics will floor fans with a slate of all-new, exciting creator-owned news and creator appearances. […]

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Image Comics takes industry by storm with a line-up of exciting creator-owned announcements

Image Comics is thrilled to announce the return of IMAGE EXPO, taking place once again in the San Francisco Bay Area, on July 2, 2015! Image Comics will floor fans with a slate of all-new, exciting creator-owned news and creator appearances. The event is open to all fans, comics retailers, librarians, and members of the media.

This will be an all-day event, featuring such guests as Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA), Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, WE STAND ON GUARD), Steve Skroce (WE STAND ON GUARD), Tula Lotay (SUPREME: BLUE ROSE), and Greg Rucka(LAZARUS). In addition, there will be special surprise guests in attendance.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. Image Comics is pleased to offer early bird pricing through the end of May 2015 with General Admission tickets available at $20 and Premium Admission tickets available at $50.

A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, and admittance to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow fans.

A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, guaranteed premium seating during programming, a pack of Image Expo exclusive variants, one (1) pass to an exclusive signing with creators behind the Image Expo variants, a T-shirt, an Image Comics-branded cloth tote bag, and access to the official Image Expo after party.

Starting June 1, General Admission with be $25 and Premium Admission will be $65. Seating is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary. Don’t miss your chance to meet creators, attend panels and signings, receive exclusive swag, and get the scoop on all that Image Comics has in store.

Image Comics fans can follow the latest Image Expo updates at imagecomics.com/expo


 

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FLASH SEASON ONE FINALE EPISODE PRIMER! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/flash-season-one-finale-episode-primer-276823 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/flash-season-one-finale-episode-primer-276823#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 09:04:19 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276823 Its been a whirlwind freshman year for the Scarlett Speedster, allies and nemeses, challenges galore! We saw Barry Allen go from a mild-mannered, kind, young lad(with a tragic past) and ace forensic scientist for the Coast City PD becoming a great crusader for justice and peace since his amazing transformation from the STAR Labs particular […]

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Its been a whirlwind freshman year for the Scarlett Speedster, allies and nemeses, challenges galore! We saw Barry Allen go from a mild-mannered, kind, young lad(with a tragic past) and ace forensic scientist for the Coast City PD becoming a great crusader for justice and peace since his amazing transformation from the STAR Labs particular accelerator catastrophe. All the while with great allies like genius tech Cisco Ramon and gifted medical science and biologist, Caitlin Snow, and until very lately, the mysterious head of STAR Labs, Dr. Harrison Wells, revealed to be the Eobard Thawne, the dreaded nemesis from the future known as the Reverse Flash.

 

Flash main cast

Barry Allen, Iris West, Caitlin Snow, Eddie Thawne, Cisco Ramon, Harrison Wells (Eobard Thawne), and Joe West (L-R)

 

More on the home front for Barry, we saw a very concerned guardian and father figure, Lt detective Joe West, and his daughter Iris, watch with concern as while Barry came out of his coma, slowly saw strange changes in him. Joe immediately was revealed that Barry had developed tremendous powers of speed and while at first, was afraid for his safety, accepted his powers and purpose was needed to battle the dark forces that were to rise. Iris, being another concern altogether, as both Joe and Barry struggled to keep the powers a secret from her for her safety and her and Barry struggling with the future revealed affections for each other which will turn her away from her current beloved, CC PD detective, and Joe West‘s partner, Eddie Thawne, who is also revealed to be an “ancestor” of Eobard.

 

Flash Villains

Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, and the menacing telepath Gorilla, Grodd (L-R)

 

Amidst all the dangerous confrontations with various psychotic meta-humans changed by the particle blast like Barry, it only made the cop work more dangerous than before. Skillful super-villains like Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, and the menacing telepath Gorilla, Grodd (under Reverse Flash‘s control at first), made things even more challenging.

But what has fueled Barry‘s tenacity, determination, and fight, was to bring down Wells/Reverse Flash, and hold him accountable for the very crime Barry has been looking to solve and has been keeping his father, Henry Allen, wrongfully imprisoned for it, the murder of his mother, Nora Allen.

 

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Barry Father, Henry Allen(L), and Mother, Nora Allen (R)

 

Tuesday night, from what it appears for the season finale, is that Barry will again, take the big speed warp back in time in his battle with Wells/Thawne, likely save his mother, unburdening his father of the murder conviction. But what other consequences may take place here?  We can only imagine.

 

 

It will all to come to glorious victory or something worse, prepare to get fired up then come to a SCREECHING HALT, Flash fans, this is going to be thrilling.  Catch THE FLASH Season One Finale t its regular time,  Tuesday, May 19, 8/7c on the CW..

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PRESS RELEASE: The WARZONES! Get Weird in Your New Look at WEIRDWORLD #1! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-the-warzones-get-weird-in-your-new-look-at-weirdworld-1-276821 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-the-warzones-get-weird-in-your-new-look-at-weirdworld-1-276821#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 00:09:33 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276821                                                                                                                                                                              New York, NY—May 15th, 2015—   This June, the most dangerous corner of Battleworld is born in WEIRDWORLD #1 – a brand new entry in the Secret Wars! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at the exciting first issue from blockbuster writer Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor) and critically acclaimed artist Mike […]

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New York, NY—May 15th, 2015—   This June, the most dangerous corner of Battleworld is born in WEIRDWORLD #1 – a brand new entry in the Secret Wars! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at the exciting first issue from blockbuster writer Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor) and critically acclaimed artist Mike Del Mundo (All-New X-Men, Elektra). Venture deep into the strangest domain of them all as a lone warrior embarks on a savage quest. It is a world of swords, sorcery and all things bizarre. A land of gods and monster. Where perverted science and arcane magic run rampant. It is Weirdworld, the land where lost things go. Among its twisted and crazed landscapes walks Arkon, the barbarian king. With a sword in one hand and a battle bolt in the other, he ventures through Weirdworld in a desperate attempt to get back home. Yet each bend in the road brings new horrors, new monsters, new awful ways to meet your end. If Arkon is to find his way back to his homeland, he must first survive the Secret Wars! But can he? A lost man in a lost world, Arkon’s quest begins this June in WEIRDWORLD #1!

                    

WEIRDWORLD #1 (APR150767)
Written by JASON AARON

Art & Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant Covers by STEVE EPTING (
APR150768), SIMON BISLEY (APR150769), 
JENNY FRISON (
APR150770) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR150772)
Design Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO (
APR150773)

MAOS Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (APR150771)
Blank Cover Also Available (APR150774FOC – 05/18/15, On-Sale – 06/10/15

 

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 


  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

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CORNELL AND PARKER TAKE CENTER STAGE IN “THIS DAMNED BAND”! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/cornell-and-parker-take-center-stage-in-this-damned-band-276808 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/cornell-and-parker-take-center-stage-in-this-damned-band-276808#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 18:46:15 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276808 ROCK ’N’ ROLL! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—From Eagle Award–winning, New York Times number-one best-selling author Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics) and artist Tony Parker (Mass Effect: Foundation) comes a darkly hilarious adventure of black magic and classic rock! 1974: the world’s most famous rock band thought they were “worshiping Satan,” only to find out they were actually…worshiping Satan. This Spinal Tap meets Ghostbusters miniseries presents a […]

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ROCK ’N’ ROLL!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—From Eagle Award–winning, New York Times number-one best-selling author Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics) and artist Tony Parker (Mass Effect: Foundation) comes a darkly hilarious adventure of black magic and classic rock!

1974: the world’s most famous rock band thought they were “worshiping Satan,” only to find out they were actually…worshiping Satan.

This Spinal Tap meets Ghostbusters miniseries presents a documentary-style thrill ride combining the dark arts and legendary musicians. This is The Exorcist…turned up to eleven!

This Damned Band #1 is on sale August 5 in comic shops everywhere! Preorder your copy today!

Fans eager to hear more about the series can catch Paul Cornell and Tony Parker at Phoenix ComiconMay 28–31, at Dark Horse Comics’ signings and panels!

Praise for Paul Cornell:

“Paul Cornell is no stranger to science fiction.”—Examiner.com

“Cornell lays out a bevy of complex issues, combined with identifiable, interesting characters and a mysterious central conflict.”—Major Spoilers

“British scribe Paul Cornell gleefully amps up the British slang and references to British culture at nearly every turn.”—IGN

“Cornell manages to bring it to life through the details—most notably the wealth of different character concepts.”—Comics Bulletin 

 

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DARK HORSE HAS THE POWER!  http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/dark-horse-has-the-power-276783 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/dark-horse-has-the-power-276783#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 19:28:59 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276783 DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH ‘HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE MINICOMIC COLLECTION’ Remember those mini comics hat came with the  Masters Of The Universe figures? If you were born in the 80’s you probably do.  Press release: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE® MINICOMICS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Following the critically acclaimed release of The Art […]

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DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH ‘HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE MINICOMIC COLLECTION’

Remember those mini comics hat came with the  Masters Of The Universe figures? If you were born in the 80’s you probably do. 
Press release: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE® MINICOMICS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Following the critically acclaimed release of The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Dark Horse and Mattel have teamed up once again to deliver another must-have book in 2015: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection.

The toy juggernaut Masters of the Universe and its subsequent action figure lines featured memorable pack-in minicomics that aided in playtime for children across the world. Clocking in at 1,232 pages, this impressive oversized hardcover collection features sixty-eight US releases, including all minicomics from the ’80s Masters of the Universe line, the ’80s Princess of Power line, and the ’80s and ’90s He-Man line, plus an introduction to the minicomics in the current Masters of the Universe Classics toy line—all in production order. Relive the illustrated adventures that fueled your imagination!

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomics Collection is on sale October 21 in comic shops and November 3 in bookstores. Preorder today from Amazon.comBarnes & NobleIndieBound, or your local comic shop.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection HC
Tim Seeley (W),  Steven Grant (W), Phil White (W), Gary Cohn (W), Michael Halperin (W), Scott Neitlich (W), Bruce Timm (A), Mark Texeira (A), Larry Houston (A), Jim Mitchell (A), and Charles Simpson (C)
FC, 1232 pages
HC, 6” x 9”
$29.99, 978-1616558772

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Limited Edition, which includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives, is on sale in bookstores everywhere. Purchase your copy today!

   
 

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PRESS RELEASE: Marvel’s  ANT-SIZED VARIANTS Revealed! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-marvels-ant-sized-variants-revealed-276774 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/press-release-marvels-ant-sized-variants-revealed-276774#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 21:20:13 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276774 Marvel’s Biggest Heroes Get Tiny For ANT-SIZED VARIANTS in June! New York, NY—May 8th, 2015—Marvel’s biggest names are getting small and shrinking down to size this June for  a series of special variant covers! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce 15 ANT-SIZED VARIANT COVERS coming to some of June’s newest Marvel titles! Celebrate the highly anticipated release […]

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Marvel’s Biggest Heroes Get Tiny For ANT-SIZED VARIANTS in June!

New York, NY—May 8th, 2015—Marvel’s biggest names are getting small and shrinking down to size this June for  a series of special variant covers! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce 15 ANT-SIZED VARIANT COVERS coming to some of June’s newest Marvel titles! Celebrate the highly anticipated release ofMarvel’s Ant-Man, in theaters July 17thalongside your favorite characters with these can’t miss covers!

 

Look for ANT-SIZED VARIANTS coming to these Marvel titles throughout the month of June:

·         Age of Apocalypse #1

·         Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1

·         Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

·         Armor Wars #1

·         Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1

·         Civil War #1

·         Future Imperfect #1

·         Ghost Racers #1

·         Giant-Sized Little Marvel: AvX #1

·         Hail Hydra #1

·         Marvel Zombies #1

·         Siege #1

·         Thors #1

·         X-Men ’92 #1

·         Years of Future Past #1

Run don’t walk, to your local comic shop to get your hands on these covers. There’s sure to be a large demand for these small heroes! Don’t miss the ANT-SIZED VARIANTS coming to your favorite Marvel titles beginning this June!

   

   





 

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 

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STAPLES VARIANT TO THE WICKED + THE DIVINE UNVEILED http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/staples-variant-to-the-wicked-the-divine-unveiled-276768 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/staples-variant-to-the-wicked-the-divine-unveiled-276768#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 19:57:24 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276768 PRESS RELEASE:  Issue #11 will feature an alternate cover by SAGA artist Fiona Staples The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-nominated series THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie will feature a special variant cover for issue #11 by Eisner Award-winning artist Fiona Staples (SAGA) to celebrate the highly anticipated conclusion to the second […]

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PRESS RELEASE: 

Issue #11 will feature an alternate cover by SAGA artist Fiona Staples


The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-nominated series THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie will feature a special variant cover for issue #11 by Eisner Award-winning artist Fiona Staples (SAGA) to celebrate the highly anticipated conclusion to the second story arc, which hits stores on June 3.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #11 marks the end of Fandemonium. The end of Ragnarock. The end of the arc. The start of something else. Everything’s going to be okay.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #11 will be available on June 3 and Cover A by McKelvie can be ordered with Diamond Code MAR150616. Cover B featuring artwork by Fiona Staples can be ordered with Diamond Code MAR158641. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 11.

  

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Here Is Your Chance To See Mad Max: Fury Road Early! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/here-is-your-chance-to-see-mad-max-fury-road-early-276763 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/here-is-your-chance-to-see-mad-max-fury-road-early-276763#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 15:14:10 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276763 For your chance to attend the advance screening of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30pm at the AMC Boston Common, go to www.WBtickets.com/Redeem and enter the code ComicBookMAX90. MAD MAX In theaters May 15 From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury […]

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For your chance to attend the advance screening of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30pm at the AMC Boston Common, go to www.WBtickets.com/Redeem and enter the code ComicBookMAX90.

MAD MAX

In theaters May 15

From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) stars in the title role in “Mad Max: Fury Road”—the fourth in the franchise’s history. Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) stars as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus; Josh Helman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Slit; collectively known as The Wives, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, Zoë Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Fragile. Also featured in the movie are John Howard, Richard Carter, singer/songwriter/performer iOTA, Angus Sampson, Jennifer Hagan, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer, Melita Jurisic, Gillian Jones and Joy Smithers.

Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller (“Happy Feet”) is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller is also producing the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell (“Babe”, “Happy Feet”), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography John Seale (“The English Patient”), production designer Colin Gibson (“Babe”), editor Margaret Sixel (“Happy Feet”), Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (“A Room with a View”), second unit director/supervising stunt coordinator Guy Norris (“Australia”), and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt (“Knowing”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production, a George Miller film, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The film is scheduled for release on May 15, 2015, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
The film has been rated R by the MPAA for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images.

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Review: Spider-Man & the X-Men #6 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-spider-man-the-x-men-6-276760 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-spider-man-the-x-men-6-276760#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 12:00:59 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276760 After five lackluster issues, Elliot Kalan finally delivers on the hope I had for this series when it started. Unfortunately, #6 is the last issue for Spider-Man at the Jean Grey School. At least it ends on a high note. A big complaint I’ve had of the series is how much happens in every issue. […]

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After five lackluster issues, Elliot Kalan finally delivers on the hope I had for this series when it started. Unfortunately, #6 is the last issue for Spider-Man at the Jean Grey School. At least it ends on a high note.

A big complaint I’ve had of the series is how much happens in every issue. I love getting more story for my dollar, but things have felt rushed and chaotic. Kalan settles down here though, and focuses just on Mr. Sinister and why he captures Spider-Man. In on big swoop, everything falls into the place. Kalan gives the X-students something to do and show how much they’ve learned in the past five issues. It gives Spider-Man & the X-Men #6 the feel of a final on the last day of school. All of them find ways to encapsulate “With great power comes great responsibility” in their own way without it seeming hokey. Kalan spends a small amount of time tying up the plot threads, with some varying degree of success. Storm admitting she was giving Spider-Man a hard time felt stilted. Her general demeanor was one of the bigger issues of the series, and to see it swept under the rug is disappointing. Mr. Sinister explains that he put Martha into Storm’s body. How exactly? I get that this is supposed to be a humor book, but that took me out of the humor and wondered at the complications.

The story elements in this series have had some difficulties, but the humor has been spot on. #6 is the same, with jokes that come flying and each hit quite hard. There is a nice balance of humor and drama though, with one breaking up the other just in time to keep the tone from going into the extreme. I laughed harder than I should have at Spider-Man’s spoiler joke, and Mr. Sinister’s subsequent rage from him using the word spoiler wrong.

Marco Failla delivers a great last issue. The only hiccup is what seems to be a change in inkers for a couple of pages. The texture and feel of the pages suddenly changes drastically, including making Storm look almost like an anime character. It’s only a few pages and doesn’t bring down the entire issue. Failla has a great sense of visual humor. He continues to get chuckles out of Spider-Man wearing a suit over his costume, even after we’ve seen it a bunch of times. On the flip side, Failla captures a lot of emotions in a single panel effectively. Ernst’s confession about trying to do a good thing for Martha has a lot of conflicting emotions in one panel, and feels exactly like a confused teenager would respond. Marvel would be smart to find an X-book, or just a book involving teens, for Failla to pencil.

Spider-Man & the X-Men #6 gets 4/5.

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CBT’S TOP 3 “FAN THEORIES”: DEAN on removing the MARK OF CAIN in SUPERNATURAL. http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/cbts-top-3-fan-theories-dean-removing-mark-cain-supernatural-276693 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/cbts-top-3-fan-theories-dean-removing-mark-cain-supernatural-276693#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 08:19:37 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276693 Yes, it has been a long and difficult struggle for Dean in getting the dread first demon tattoo of affliction, the Mark of Cain removed from himself for good… Since easily having been suppressed of his demon side by Sam’s effective demon purging ritual, Dean has had to learn composure and restraint in his very […]

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Yes, it has been a long and difficult struggle for Dean in getting the dread first demon tattoo of affliction, the Mark of Cain removed from himself for good… Since easily having been suppressed of his demon side by Sam’s effective demon purging ritual, Dean has had to learn composure and restraint in his very heart in order not to revert back.  They both searched high and low for cures, nothing availed.  Then, an apparent opportunity seemed logical: Cain is still out there, and Dean made a promise to kill him with the first Blade once Abaddon was destroyed.  When Cain returned onto the Winchester’s, Cas’s, and Crowley’s radar, he was out to kill again.  It seemed obvious, KILL CAIN…and the Mark goes.  After an epic confrontation with Cain, Dean prevailed and drove the First Blade into his blackened heart.  But the Mark remained…  Darker visions and possibilities for the cure are afoot as a small number of hints, teases, and possible red herrings are dropped by various characters through this last leg of season 10.  Let’s take a look at what three of them are or might be.\

 

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1.  THAT DAMN BOOK OF THE DAMNED
Introduced recently in episode 18 of this season, this cursed reference to ridding all known forms of curses and damnations became the next big link in a possible cure for the Mark on Dean. After a valiant retrieval by beloved friend and now fellow hunter Charlie Bradbury, the Winchesters tangled with members of the notorious Stein clan, rumored to keep relics such as these as heirlooms for their own use. With the quick elimination of all necessary Stein clan members present, Dean had supposedly convinced Sam to burn the book, it was revealed later that Sam had pulled a bait and switch on the Stein clansmen that the book had indeed been burned (much to Dean’s relief and Charlie’s acceptance despite the effort she made to find it). Sam had kept it safely under wraps and has since dirt bargained with Rowena for in exchange of taking care of ridding a magical force, that he would get in return from her, a way to get the book interpreted for a spell to remove the Mark of Cain on Dean once and for all.  The book may hold a cure but reveal something worse to that end as well.  Sam at this point does not care, and has since iron-chained the conniving magical mistress to keep her from breaking their deal committing to translating and researching the cure in the book.

 

 

 

2)  BROTHER TO BROTHER, DOOMED TO REPEAT
As it has been hinted even as far in as season 5, the Brothers Winchester were prophesied in Heaven as a BIG deal, especially in the foretelling of what will come to pass in the impending Apocalypse, as the sacred law uttered by Gabriel earlier that time, “as above, so shall below”.  Their supposed legendary biblical standoff as brother against brother (with destined older brother Dean(then now replaced by half-brother Adam) possessed by the Archangel Michael and the younger Sam, possessed by Lucifer, as originally played in the Bible where Michael was ordered to take down Lucifer in battle before his original banishment from Heaven) was to take place.  Their confrontation and ensuing battle was forewarned to begin a cataclysm that would destroy half the world and bring back humanity to the Dark Ages.

Having long past evaded that confrontation and stopped the Apocalypse, the brothers now face a similar impasse, one not very much unlike the parallel they dealt with then.  With Dean having been accepted as worthy carrying the power of the Mark of Cain by Cain, to wield the First Blade and take down Abaddon, he was later to be warned that he unwittingly put himself on a path that carried the same star-crossed fate as Cain when he killed his younger brother Abel.  Cain warned Dean once again, that the Mark carries an ugly burden on Dean where he may find himself killing Sam in the process as a consequence of the Mark(And to add here, their bloodline was proclaimed to be lead back to the time of Cain and Abel as revealed by Michael in Season 5, which makes the issue hard to ignore) Dean aptly refutes the idea he will give into the urge to kill his own brother with the Mark’s influence, even it that gives release from the Mark itself.  But with some time left in the season for a few more episodes, who knows what may change?

 

 

3) THE “BACK FROM THE PIT” FACE-DOWN!
Relating to notes on Theory #2.  One thing that is particular is how far things have come across since Dean and Sam successfully rid Lucifer and dropped him back in the Pit, though unfortunately, along with their half-brother Adam possessed by Michael.  Now with Metatron free and on the loose once more, and in possession of the Demon Tablet, not to mention his earlier warning and reminder note to Sam and Castiel that the Mark was made by God-level ancient magic used by Lucifer onto Cain, presents some serious and foreboding events to contemplate now. Is there a possibility that Metatron may use these elements to create greater chaos by re-opening the Pit, and end with having Dean, Sam, Castiel, and yes, even Crowley, once again, facing off with Lucifer and alongside that, Adam, possessed by a very angry Michael?  And will this face-off be the only means by which Dean is getting the Mark removed right from the source, so to say?  Whatever Metatron has planned with the tablet, you can be sure, it is of no benefit and all about danger for Heaven, the Winchesters, Castiel, Charlie, Crowley, and the world at large.

 

      The famous season 5 pitfall sacrifice of Sam and the closing of the Pit.

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Sam shoots/wounds Metatron after Cas’ removes his “Grace”, a move to cough up a detailing a cure for Dean.

 

There you have it, three enduring, intriguing theories of how may all end for Dean and his time with the dreaded Mark of Cain.  Yes, these are all are not complete genuine predictions, just selected ideas perceived by all types of clues, actions, turns in the story,  and dropped hinting in the dialogues of the characters.  But they definitely are the more pertinent points of where writer/show-runner/executive producer Jeremy Carver and executive producer Robert Singer might be taking the story direction to.  We can only hope whatever they have planned, it will end with a EPIC season finale shocker the likes of Seasons 8 and 9!

 

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Review: Avengers #44 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-avengers-44-276743 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-avengers-44-276743#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:11:06 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276743 Jonathan Hickman’s run on Avengers comes to a close with Avengers #44. It’s been a wild ride, and it’s a nice ending to what started it all. Hickman brings everything full circle in #44. The fight between Tony and Steve, two extremes on the Avengers philosophical spectrum, is brutal and personal. Even without the callbacks […]

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Jonathan Hickman’s run on Avengers comes to a close with Avengers #44. It’s been a wild ride, and it’s a nice ending to what started it all.

Hickman brings everything full circle in #44. The fight between Tony and Steve, two extremes on the Avengers philosophical spectrum, is brutal and personal. Even without the callbacks to Hickman’s Avengers #1, the fight feels like a cap to everything Hickman has been doing in the book. Part of me wonders if this would have worked as much with Tony not inverted from AXIS. The ending in #44 opened my eyes a bit about the big plan and why Tony had to stay an evil bastard, but it doesn’t completely work. Tony is still an asshole here, even if he’s right. Having the bit of humanity in him would have made this argument and fight more gut wrenching. The Ultimate Universe scenes really work to sell the looming threat that Secret Wars has brought upon the two universes.

With so many plot threads going through Avengers and New Avengers, I was surprised at how many are properly set up for Secret Wars in one issue. Every big thing that needed to happen happened without it ever feeling forced or cutting short another storyline. This is one instance where the extra page length really helped the book. Like a lot of Hickman’s writing, there is an air of death on every page. Black Panther’s talk with the Obama administration is a prime example of that. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Avengers continue the issue of Tony being an immoral jackass now. This conversation wouldn’t be happening, at least not in this way, if Tony wasn’t inverted still. Steve’s conversation with Tony at the beginning, where Steve is genuinely surprised that Tony has done something nice, further proves this. Let’s hope that Tony becomes right again during Secret Wars.

Kev Walker and Stefano Caselli’s artwork is great, if a bit clashing. Their styles are nothing alike, which creates a slightly uneven look to the book. Rodgers seemingly ages from Caselli to Walker. Walker handles the battle scenes, and they pack a mean punch. There is anger in Steve Rodgers’ face as he goes after one of his longtime friends. The battle becomes a chaotic in a bad way once they exit Avengers tower though, as the lack of backgrounds leaves a lot to be desired. Caselli handles the more talkative panels, and captures the dread that every character feels. Even through his mask, we can see the look of defeat that Black Panther feels. Side note: I wonder how many artists are going to forget to draw the moon with a chunk missing.

Avengers #44 gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Avengers #44

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Review: Convergence #4 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-convergence-4-276740 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-convergence-4-276740#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:32:16 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276740 Convergence is out and I’m disappointed. Must be Wednesday. #4 continues the trend of not much happening while stalling for future issues. We are officially half way through the series, and I still can’t tell you what the heck is going on. Jeff King continues to spend precious panel space on fights between cities that […]

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Convergence is out and I’m disappointed. Must be Wednesday. #4 continues the trend of not much happening while stalling for future issues.

We are officially half way through the series, and I still can’t tell you what the heck is going on. Jeff King continues to spend precious panel space on fights between cities that don’t affect the overall plot of Convergence. While it gives the artist, Stephen Segovia, plenty of characters to illustrate, it feels like filler. Deimos bringing Braniac back will do what? Isn’t he the one who started all of this in the first place? Yes, let’s bring the person who created Telos back to stop him…then keep our cities where they are. Perfect plan! Moving the Justice Society to Skartaris does benefit the series, as a change of landscape gives the illusion that we are moving the plot along. The final page gives some indication that someone from the New 52 could be making an appearance, but then I remembered that Mr. Terrific isn’t in the New 52 universe anymore.

One slight improvement is the writing. The excessive yelling and exposition dumps are removed in favor of the Justice Society finally trying to figure things out. It’s a small glimmer of hope in an otherwise terrible comic. Dick’s conversation with Telos about how he should buck Braniac’s commands and do his own thing gets annoying fast. It’s the same conversation over and over for the entire comic. Plus, their conversations are overwritten, adding to the annoying aspect of them. The small bubble of heroes in the basement of the castle continues to not be explained. #3 got me excited that we’d be seeing other things besides Earth 2 heroes, but that hope is quickly squashed. With everything in the DC lore, why they continue to stick just to Earth 2 is beyond me. At this point, I don’t care if the New 52 heroes come to help. Just give us someone else.

Stephen Segovia seems especially rushed this time around. The line work seems half done at points, and the inking team needed to pick up the slack. It would explain the small army of inkers on Convergence #4. This many inkers causes a slew of style issues, with Segovia’s pencils looking vastly different from page to page. My biggest question is how the woman with yellow on her face and a bathing suit for a costume ends up fighting with the Justice Society at the end of the issue? We see Green Lantern fighting her! Why is she suddenly fighting alongside them?! In #1 we had the weird changing of the Bat symbols, now we have random people joining to fight after being beaten down. Does the editorial team just not care? Is the looming threat of a weekly series scaring them into just publishing things with artistic errors?

Convergence #4 gets 2/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Convergence #4

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New Batman V Superman Pic Released  http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/new-batman-v-superman-pic-released-276738 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/new-batman-v-superman-pic-released-276738#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 01:48:04 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276738 While we are thinking and talking about Avengers: Age Of Ultron which will be released this week in the USA, we finally have an official look of Ben Affleck with the Batman cowl, and I like it. This picture is  from the IMAX poster that was released with the exclusive preview, but this one gives […]

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While we are thinking and talking about Avengers: Age Of Ultron which will be released this week in the USA, we finally have an official look of Ben Affleck with the Batman cowl, and I like it. This picture is  from the IMAX poster that was released with the exclusive preview, but this one gives us a clean look at the caped crusader. 
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What do you think? Personally they nailed the perfect look for the dark knight. 
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Phoenix Comicon Adds More Guests! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/phoenix-comicon-adds-more-guests-276734 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/phoenix-comicon-adds-more-guests-276734#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 01:37:36 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276734 Are you ready for another Phoenix Comicon? Every year PCC brings an amazing array of artists and personalities to Phoenix, and this year is not the exception. Check out the following press release and get your tickets now!     Christopher Lloyd Christopher Lloyd is best known for playing Doc Emmett Brown in the Back to the […]

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Are you ready for another Phoenix Comicon? Every year PCC brings an amazing array of artists and personalities to Phoenix, and this year is not the exception. Check out the following press release and get your tickets now! 
  
Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd is best known for playing Doc Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi.

Lloyd has used his vocal talents in animation, frequently voicing villains. He provided voice to the character The Hacker on the animated PBS series Cyberchase. Lloyd has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award.

Lloyd attended the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and studied with renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner. He appeared in more than 200 stage productions before segueing into film with his debut in 1975 as Taber inOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Jack Nicholson.

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Tony Award Winner Barry Bostwick played Brad Majors in Rocky Horror and went on to gain notoriety on stage and on screen where he’s appeared in titles including Spin City, Supernatural, and Scandal.

Patricia Quinn played Magenta both on stage and in the film version of Rocky Horror. She continued acting with roles in I, Claudius, Shock Treatment, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, and Doctor Who.

Nell Campbell also appeared in both stage and film versions of Rocky Horror as Colombia. Following the film she continued to perform on stage in productions including A Street Car Named Desire, You Should Be So Lucky, and Nine.

David Morrissey
David Morrissey is known for his role as The Governor in the AMC television series The Walking Dead, which earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor on Television. He also played the character Jackson Lake in the 2008 Doctor Who episode “The Next Doctor.” The RTS Television Award winner has also appeared in titles including The Deal, Blitz, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Reaping.

Star Trek Continues to Debut Episode 4 at Phoenix Comicon 2015
On Friday, May 29th at Phoenix Comicon, Star Trek Continues will be premiering Episode 4: The White Iris. This is the second premier that the web-series Star Trek Continues has done at Phoenix Comicon with Episode 1: Pilgrim of Eternity premiering at the 2013 event. Cast attending the premier and doing a panel afterwards will be Vic Mignogna, Todd Haberkorn, Chuck Huber, Chris Doohan, Kim Stinger, Wyatt Lenhart and Michele Specht.

Star Trek Continues is aimed at completing the final two years of the original five-year mission.They recently held a Kickstarter and successfully raised $214,584, exceeding its goal of $100,000. The sum is slated to cover the production costs of two additional episodes, and to facilitate the construction of an engineering room and planet set.

Vic Mignogna has been acting from the age of eight all the way through college, where he majored in film and minored in theatre. Vic has been in countless professional stage and film productions, but perhaps is best known as a prolific voice actor for over 200 animated series and video games including Fullmetal AlchemistDragonball ZPokemon, and many more. As a young boy, Vic fell in love with Star Trek and is realizing his boyhood dream to play the role of Captain Kirk.

Todd Haberkorn got his professional start in stage productions as a boy. He went on to earn a degree in theatre from SMU. Being in front of and behind the camera in almost every capacity, Todd is an accomplished actor, director, producer and writer. He works in every medium from animation and film to voice over and theatre. Todd continues to produce with his own company, Out of the Office Productions.

Chuck Huber has been a TV, film, and stage actor for over 20 years, most notably at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. He is a producer, co-writer, and co-star of the bilingual border drama Fragility of Seconds, which took the Gold Remi at the Houston International Film Festival. He’s also writer/director of Arbor Day: The Musical and has guest starred in NBC, Fox, and CBS dramas. Chuck has also worked as director, writer, and actor for popular Cartoon Network programs, and voices over 200 characters for the Cartoon Network, Funimation, and Syfy.

Chris Doohan is no stranger to Star Trek, having spent time on the original series sets with his father. He began his acting adventure on the Enterprise in 1979 in Star Trek: The Motion Picture – the first of several appearances on the beloved ship. His most recent trek put him in the transporter room of the critically acclaimed Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness – sharing the screen with the new Scotty, Simon Pegg. Chris has also done several character voice-overs for the Starship Farragut animated episodes, including that of the iconic engineer himself.

Kim Stinger has appeared in film, on television, in commercials, and on the web. She has had roles on shows like The Bold and the BeautifulAmerica’s Most Wanted, and the films Thunder Geniusesand Pastor Jones 2: Lord, Save My Daughter. Lt. Uhura will be a standout among her roles, not only because of Kim’s respect for Nichelle Nichols (who originated the iconic character), but also for the tremendous enthusiasm Trek fans have for Uhura and the entire cast of the classic series.

Wyatt Lenhart has been acting since he was a child, playing roles like Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatInto The Woods: Rapunzel’s Prince, and more. He’s won several classical piano competitions and enjoys composing, singing, and playing bass with his band. Wyatt also works as a flight director at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center, taking young students to distant destinations in the galaxy. He comes from a family of nine where the ultimate family pastime is anything Star Trek.

In addition to her role as the Enterprise’s first ship’s counselor, Michele Specht is known to scifi fans as bounty hunter Red in Fallout: Nuka Break, and as Betty the Manipulation Core in the Portal-based Aperture R&D. Although she started her career with classical training – earning degrees in both theatre and classical music – she began her Los Angeles career in sketch comedy. While currently making a living in TV and film appearances, voice acting, and commercials, she first spent 10 years creating and performing original characters, sketches, musicals, and short films all over LA and beyond – including the HBO Comedy Workspace and multiple comedy festivals. She lives in Los Angeles and spends most of her time on set being told in various forms: “Great – now turn it down a notch.”

Phoenix Comicon is a one of the premier pop culture events in the nation. Join us May 28-31, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center. For membership information and all of the latest details, visit phoenixcomicon.com.

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Review: Batman #40 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-batman-40-276729 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-batman-40-276729#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:57:11 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276729 It’s not often that an ending to a comic takes me completely by surprise. Or that I have to put it down and not be able to pick up another comic for half an hour. Batman #40 did that for me, as it is a perfect comic in every way. Spoiler warning for all of […]

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It’s not often that an ending to a comic takes me completely by surprise. Or that I have to put it down and not be able to pick up another comic for half an hour. Batman #40 did that for me, as it is a perfect comic in every way.

Spoiler warning for all of “Endgame,” especially Batman #40.

The ending to “Endgame” plays like a classic Batman story in many ways. Everything looks hopeless, but suddenly Batman finds a way to win the day. Scott Snyder puts the Bat-family into some pretty grizzly scenarios, but make sure to give Bruce plenty of time to explain why he’s not worried about them. It feels like a game of chess as Batman and Joker try to outwit each other.

The Batman and Joker relationship is one that has been done a hundred times before, but Snyder’s take feels completely fresh. To see Batman give in to his death while truly beating the Joker is marvelous to read. Snyder plays with the reader’s emotions as Batman holds the Joker down, making you think for a few minutes that Batman has finally given into the Joker’s insanity. There is a thread of ambiguity, as it’s not really shown if Bruce gave in or was just playing it up to keep the Joker at bay. I’ve read the scene maybe five times now, and can’t make heads or tales. The final page, with Bruce’s note for Alfred, brought a few emotions up in me. While it’s great to see Batman win, there isn’t sadness at the end of it all. There is a feeling of wanting to do better knowing that Bruce gave his life to save the city he loved. Knowing the ultimate evil died helps this, but in general the dialogue created that feeling that suck with me as I read other comics.

Greg Capullo pencils his heart out in Batman #40. The climactic battle between Joker and Batman is bloody and visceral. Years of hatred pour out of every punch and wound with rage that has been building for years. While he still has a grin, there is all fear in Joker’s eyes as he sees the Dionesium slip from his grasp. Much like life, and Bruce’s time as Batman, it ends on a quiet note. Simple and iconic, the final scene sticks in your brain. As Julia tells Alfred about the death of Bruce, Capullo brings so many emotions into the eyes of Alfred. Hatred, confusion, sadness, helplessness, they are all there as he ponders what he is going to do with his life next.

I generally try to stay away from giving comics a 5/5. Nothing is perfect, except for the occasional issue that just blows every expectation I had. Batman #40 is one of those issues. “Endgame” will go down in history as one of the best Batman arcs of all time, and one of the best comic arcs of the last ten years. Snyder and Capullo, don’t ever leave us.

Batman #40 gets 5/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Batman #40

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Review: Red One #2 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-red-one-2-276725 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-red-one-2-276725#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:33:40 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276725 After a good #1, I was excited to dive back into Red One. #2 is just as much fun, but sadly cut short in the end. Xavier Dorinson spends the oversized issue showing Alabama being Red One and its quick affect on the Hollywood scene. It’s entertaining stuff, if a bit by the books. Red […]

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After a good #1, I was excited to dive back into Red One. #2 is just as much fun, but sadly cut short in the end.

Xavier Dorinson spends the oversized issue showing Alabama being Red One and its quick affect on the Hollywood scene. It’s entertaining stuff, if a bit by the books. Red One seemingly jumps from end of town to end of town only with a normal motorcycle. I found it funny she was able to so easily get into a school without anyone noticing. Different times I guess. Dorinson’s script really hammers (pardon the pun) home that the book is about conflicting ideologies. It’s under the guise of superhero work, but it’s ultimately ideologies. Red One isn’t out to change your mind on life, but its good to see Dorinson weaving the threads through fight scenes.

The real tragedy is that the book won’t be coming back until spring of 2016. Dorinson builds a lot of momentum towards the end, only to have it cut short. I appreciate that the two issues are bigger than normal, but that still doesn’t change that it seems odd to make a two issue miniseries and wait a year. Fans will come back if they like the book, but it can be hard to stay in a fans mind over a year with nothing new coming out. The Dodsons are busy people, currently drawing Princess Leia at Marvel, and they need time to make the artwork as pristine as possible. So why not release it in a collected format and make it a yearly graphic novel? Red One #1 and #2 could have been packaged together and it would have sold. The Dodson name alone attracts fans.

You know what you are getting when the Dodsons are on artwork. Red One continues to be one of their best looking series in a while, with every page filled with detail. Not a page appears to be rushed, which can kill he quality of their artwork fast. The Dodsons have a habit of using the same faces over and over, but they seem have varied it up here. The big party scene doesn’t have any faces repeating. Rachel Dodson’s inks are great, with specific praise to the final scene against the Carpenter. Terry Dodson’s colors compliment the scene well, with a raging fire that gives off a nice glow. The colors really capture the look and feel of the 70s well. The pastels, mixed with browns looks exactly like how Hollywood tries to capture the 70s in films. A few panels had Red One doing some generic “dumb girl,” faces, which seemed odd considering no one was around. #1 made it seem like she’s a genius. Small gripes for what is an otherwise beautiful looking book.

Red One #2 gets 3.5/5.

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Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2 to Film Back to Back http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/avengers-infinity-war-part-1-2-to-film-back-to-back-276716 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/avengers-infinity-war-part-1-2-to-film-back-to-back-276716#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:15:53 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276716 Speaking with Collider, Chris Evans has said that both parts of Avengers: Infinity War will be filmed back to back over a nine month period. Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 releases on May 4th, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 releases on May 3rd, 2019  

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Speaking with Collider, Chris Evans has said that both parts of Avengers: Infinity War will be filmed back to back over a nine month period.

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 releases on May 4th, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 releases on May 3rd, 2019

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Age Of Ultron References/Hints Explained http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/age-of-ultron-referenceshints-explained-276707 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/age-of-ultron-referenceshints-explained-276707#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:47:41 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276707 Going to start this off with a big ol’ spoiler warning Now that you’ve seen Age Of Ultron, you want to know what everyone was referencing. Let’s take a look at what was hinted and referenced. The big “hint” was the mention of Wakanda. Not really a hint considering how big of a story element […]

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Going to start this off with a big ol’ spoiler warning

Now that you’ve seen Age Of Ultron, you want to know what everyone was referencing. Let’s take a look at what was hinted and referenced.

The big “hint” was the mention of Wakanda. Not really a hint considering how big of a story element it was in the movie, but still worth mentioning. T’Challa, aka the Black Panther, is from Wakanda. As you might also have figured out, their main export is Vibranium.

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Andy Serkis, who steals his one and only scene, plays Ulysses Klaue. He’s more commonly known as Klaw and is primarily a villain of the Black Panther. Ultron cutting his hand off will lead to Klaw building an appendage that will shot sound waves. We don’t know if he’ll be the main villain in Black Panther, but its safe to assume.

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Thor’s fever dream about the Infinity Stones references the ones we’ve seen so far. We’re still missing the Mind Stone and Time Stone. The cloud is the Infinity Gauntlet that Thanos wields

-Tesseract: Space Stone

-Loki’s Scepter: Mind Stone

-Aether, the power Maliketh used: Reality Stone

-The Orb (from Guardians of the Galaxy): Power Stone

Speaking of Thor’s dream, the entire scene is leading up to Thor’s third film, Thor: Ragnarok. In the comics, Ragnarok leads to the death of the Norse gods. They eventually come back to life, but it takes some time.

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The mid credits scene is for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2, with Thanos holding the Infinity Gauntlet.

There aren’t many easter eggs in Age of Ultron, not surprising given that Joss Whedon doesn’t like them. But we’ll look at hints to the comics that worked their way in.

Hawkeye throwing Cap’s shield with ease is a hint to Hawkeye’s quick (one issue) tenure as Captain America in Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America.

Scarlet Witch seems to have an odd attraction to Vision, which is a reference to their history in the comics. She eventually marries the Vision, and they have two children, although the children are figments of her imagination. Her mental breakdown eventually started the House of M event.

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Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-avengers-age-of-ultron-276704 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-avengers-age-of-ultron-276704#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:02:53 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=276704 After three years of hype, it’s finally here. Avengers: Age of Ultron is is on the big screen. It’s an incredibly entertaining movie, but a few things keep it from reaching the greatness of its predecessor Spoiler warning for all Marvel Cinematic Universe films The big “fault” with Age of Ultron is the Bruce Banner […]

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After three years of hype, it’s finally here. Avengers: Age of Ultron is is on the big screen. It’s an incredibly entertaining movie, but a few things keep it from reaching the greatness of its predecessor

Spoiler warning for all Marvel Cinematic Universe films

The big “fault” with Age of Ultron is the Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanov romance sub-plot. It starts out surprisingly refreshing, with Natasha knowing what she wants and not being subtle about it. Joss’ script even works in a few hints that while she is a sexy spy, it’s clear when she’s being genuine. It takes a surprising turn for the worse around mid way through the movie when Natasha is a love struck puppy who has nothing else to do but pine over Banner. While she kicks all sorts of ass in the final battle scene, having her solely focused her relationship seems like a step backwards for the character. Especially after the great development we got in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Natasha deserved more than this.  There are some glimmers of hope, such as Natasha’s openness about the Red Room, but they quickly are squandered by showing how tragic Bruce has become. As a Hulk storyline, it’s works on multiple levels. Being accepted, but never truly feeling accepted in his mind is a constant problem for Bruce. The entire sub-plot should have been handled, and written, better.

Ultron is a strange case as a villain. While he’s not as weak as Malekith, he’s not on level with Loki (funny how the two extremes are Thor villains). His plan to “save the world” feels threatening, and watching as an entire town is turned into an asteroid is terrifying. The script undercuts the terror and menace with quips that feel out of place. Joss is a very funny writer, but seeing Ultron make jokes in the middle of battles feels off. Only a couple of times does Ultron reach the level of menace that the trailer showed. Ultron is a villain that becomes more menacing with time, as he learns to fight the Avengers. I hope that he’ll be back for future films. James Spader nails the voice work though. He has the right balance of menacing without turning you off to his ideals.

Near the end, we get a massive exposition dump from Thor. Joss has a penchant for writing things that people don’t say in real life, but they usually work. Thor’s exposition dump, which teases Phase 3, is momentum killer. It’s a necessity, as it helps the Vision become part of the team, but giving such detailed information about a dream is laughably bad. The crack that Joss puts into Tony and Steve’s relationship work really well, although Tony is still painted as a villain in those arguments.

The rest of Age of Ultron is an absolute blast. Unlike Avengers, Age of Ultron feels like a team effort. You pluck one member out of the movie, and the team won’t win the day. Each member contributes, but Iron Man and Captain America do get more screen time than the rest. Hawkeye finally gets some screen time, and his dialogue is some of the funniest. The Vision is going to be the Hulk of this movie. His introduction and dialogue breathe a breath of fresh air to the voices we’ve seen for some time now. The two new members, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, are developed well with the little time they had. Scarlet Witch gets more time than Quicksilver, but she’s always been the more interesting of the duo.

With a massive cast, it’s surprising that no one got left behind. Each member has a sub-plot, and it’s developed as much as the time allows. It does make the movie seem overcrowded at points, especially when everyone is trying to talk. It will be interesting to see how Marvel deals with this problem when Infinity War comes around. Depending on if the Guardians of the Galaxy join up, it could be an insanely crowded film.

It wouldn’t be a Joss Whedon movie without some humor. The jokes are spot on, and had me cracking up more than Avengers. Captain America gets most of the jokes this time around, albeit being the butt of them. Vision ends up being a shot in the arm for humor late in the film, as the jokes start flying from the android. Joss’ script never loses sight of the characters, always breaking up the action routinely to bring the movie back down to the ground.

The special effects are much better this time around. It’s amazing what adding one visual power set will do to a fight scene. Scarlett Witch’s hex powers liven up the brute strength of the men. Ultron’s design starts off great, but gets over complicated by the end of the movie. To quote Tony Stark, “You seem…puffy.” The action feels over bearing at times, but that’s the fight that Ultron has brought to the Avengers. Its in your face and won’t let up. It’s choreographed well, especially the big 360 degree shot with everyone fighting Ultron bots.

The acting is on par with what we’ve seen in past MCU films. Everyone is their usual charming self, but doesn’t strive to reach new heights for their characters. Chris Hemmsowrth seems rejuvenated as Thor. He had an energy that he was lacking severely in Thor: The Dark World. Pal Bettany’s Vision is spot on to the comic characterization of the android. His ideals, speech, and general demeanor are exactly what the Vision should be.

Now to discuss the after credits scene. You have been warned

Unlike Avengers, the mid credits scene wasn’t that big of a deal. We see Thanos grabbing the Infinity Gauntlet and say, “Fine. I’ll do it myself,” hinting at Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2. There could be an AFTER credits scene, but there wasn’t when I saw it, and around the world is reporting that there isn’t. I’ll be seeing it again this weekend and will update if this changes.

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Not without it’s faults, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a lot of fun. I still got chills, a dumb smile, and a general happy feeling watching the movie. It entertained me on every level.

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

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