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All-New Wolverine #27 Review: Slowest Issue In Some Time

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Daken and Wolverine return to Debbie and Megan’s house. Daken is hurt and still missing his arm, but he can explain to everyone what he learned about the Orphans of X and their intentions.

He also warns Laura and the rest of their plans to recover the Muramasa Blade. Wolverine had sent Captain Marvel to recover and destroy the remains of the sword, but the Orphans are in pursuit.

All-New Wolverine #27 cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson
All-New Wolverine #27 cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson

There’s a big reveal between those two paragraphs, but I actually won’t spoil that one here. I will say it is the emotional height of the comic and the only point where it’s really gripping. However, even this happens far too early in the “Orphans of X” story arc.

Beyond that, this comic is painfully thin on story, progression, action, and character.

Where the last issue had developments and excitement, this one kind of meanders around as Daken reveals things to Laura and company which we already knew. The Orphans are coming after her, want the Muramasa Blade, have a vendetta against Wolverines. That part is more specified here than in the past, but you could assume it was either that or mutants in general. Even making it mutants would be better than specifically Wolverine’s kin. Yeah, that kind of makes them a different flavor of the Purifiers, but you could still play with the concept a bit to keep this feeling fresh.

There’s not much more to say about the story. It does come to life a little again in the ending with Captain Marvel and the Blade, but it’s too little and clearly speeding towards a cliffhanger, making it a bit bothersome.

All-New Wolverine #27 art by Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard
All-New Wolverine #27 art by Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard

Juann Cabal’s artwork still holds up for the vast majority of the comic. There are some panels where his lightly detailed and stark environments make a scene feel too sterile. However, it works beyond that, and the aforementioned intense scene which I omit is done well. Nolan Woodard gives said scene a heavy red tint to add to the atmosphere. The two do a solid job overall.

Though I suspect next issue will be a better read, All-New Wolverine #27 was a bit of a letdown. Little in the way of plot progression or excitement result in a rather dull read which the decent artwork can’t save. I’ve liked the series for the most part, but this issue leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t quite recommend this one. Give it a pass and come back next issue.

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Captain Marvel #126 Review: In A Mirror, Slightly Tinted Grey

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Writer: Margaret Stohl, Artist: Michele Bandini, Color Artist: Erick Arciniega, Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna, Cover by: Phil Noto, Designer: Anthony Gambino, Editors: Sana Amanat, Mark Basso, Sarah Brunstad, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The NASA shuttle containing Captain Marvel’s Alpha Flight crew just disappeared before her, leaving no trace. She finds a mysterious station with the Alpha Flight insignia, but, upon going inside, she finds a slightly different Puck, Sasquatch, and Wendy. They also call their crew Zeta Flight. They soon find themselves under attack.

On a distant planet, Eve and Mim are searching for an artifact.

Captain Marvel #126 cover by Phil Noto
Captain Marvel #126 cover by Phil Noto

As you guessed, this is another mirror universe adventure. Funnily enough, Captain Marvel herself discovers that fact quickly without any major shock. Thus, is the life of a Marvel superhero, I suppose.

The Zeta Flight crew are slight inverses of their Alpha Flight counterparts. Puck is more timid, Sasquatch more talkative, and Wendy comfortable in action.

Zeta Flight also frequently reference some big score they’ve been planning, implying they are thieves and/or pirates. Their attacker, upon confronting them, also goes on about the score and implies that Captain Marvel will betray them.

Usually, in mirror universe stories, there is some sort of dramatic inversion of the characters we know and love. Otherwise, there is some sort of seemingly small yet somehow incredibly significant difference causing the major alterations to the universe. If there is one here, this issue does not reveal it. Zeta Flight is no polar opposite of Alpha Flight. In fact, they kind of resemble the modern Guardians of the Galaxy. They’re swashbuckling space-thieves with trust issues.

(spoiler) The most significant difference is that Black Widow is alive, calling herself the Widower (clever, actually), and is the one attacking Zeta Flight. That heart-wrenching change will be somewhat undercut if Winter Soldier and Hawkeye find her in the upcoming Tales to Astonish miniseries (Bucky and Clint? you bet your ass I’m reviewing that). The reunion isn’t too dramatic, as Widow spends most of her time declaring how much of a scumbag this version of Carol is while the Captain stands in shock.

Captain Marvel #126 art by Michele Bandini and Erick Arciniega
Captain Marvel #126 art by Michele Bandini and Erick Arciniega

Michele Bandini’s art is really good in this issue. His work is usually solid, but it especially impressed in #126. The characters and details are well-defined, Captain Marvel and the Widower look awesome. The only thing that kept throwing me is that I couldn’t tell if Sasquatch had a bald spot or blond highlights. That’s not that big a deal, because either answer is funny. Erick Arciniega’s color work is bright and dazzling, and the whole comic really shines aesthetically this time around.

Captain Marvel #126 is a decent read. The premise is interesting. Nothing especially exciting or dramatic happens. We get to see Carol shoot down some ships, but we get that one fairly often anyway. If you’re a Captain Marvel fan like me, you will probably get something out of it. Otherwise, it’ll probably just give you some mild entertainment. I do recommend it, but not strongly.

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Marvel Legacy Thanos #13 Review: Thanos Gets His Groove Back

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Writer: Donny Cates, Artist: Geoff Shaw, Color Artist: Antonio Fabela, Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela, Variant Covers by: Rafael Albuquerque, Jacen Burrows, Marcio Menyz, and John Tyler Christopher, Editor: Jordan D. White, Assistant Editors: Allison Stock, Annalise Bissa, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Thanos has landed upon Chitauri Prime, seeking a new victory and new subjects after a series of disappointments. He wins with ease, and the Chitauri now kneel to him and him alone. However, there is fire in the sky, and it’s burning the Chitauri warships which now serve Thanos. Who is this fire, and why has it come here now?

Thanos #13 cover by Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela
Thanos #13 cover by Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela

It’s a pleasure to read about Thanos, the Mad Titan. He has baked-in complexities and quirks which make him one of the more compelling rogues to have ever been created by the Big Two. Plus, he is the ultimate evil in Marvel comics, and it’s often fun to dive into the depths of depravity, destruction, and despotism.

It also allows you to see him win every once in a while, and that win can stick, such as his conquering of the Chitauri in this issue. You can be told of the terrifying monster as many times as Jim Starlin can manage, but it helps to actually see him commit a massacre and rule a new people too.

That is the pleasure of Jeff Lemire’s Thanos, and now Donny Cates has some big shoe to fill. I’m not just talking about the Titan’s massive gold-and-blue boots either.

And he has certainly brought some intrigue in this issue. The story is called “Thanos Wins,” as you can see from the cover. The arc aims to show us how and when the Mad Titan wins, even going so far as providing an introduction narrative which states how most beings in the universe see Thanos’ victory as an inevitability.

That narration is worth mentioning for another reason too. I mentioned Starlin earlier because he penned many of the Thanos-centric stories over the years, having him square off with the likes of Adam Warlock and Captain Mar-Vell many a time over the decades. Starlin is often quite wordy with his narration, and he often uses something of a conversational tone while still sounding authoritative with his diction. Donny Cates draws upon that here, and his narration feels quite similar. I like it. It’s fitting of the title character, and it’s not often done. Though Cates isn’t nearly as wordy as Starlin, which is a positive. Reading Starlin, as much as I like him as a writer, can oftentimes feel like a marathon.

Cates also creates a very unique and memorable environment with Chitauri Prime. There are ice blood flakes coating the atmosphere due to the constant gladiatorial duels and subzero temperatures. When the fire in the sky begins to intensify, the flakes turn into blood rain. I mean, holy crap, that is really freaking metal.

Thanos #13 art by Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela
Thanos #13 art by Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela

Geoff Shaw’s artwork brings us a menacing and towering Thanos. He looks like the walking apocalypse which he is. The world of Chitauri Prime is dark and menacing, and it really doesn’t miss a beat from the art of Mike Deodato Jr. and German Peralta in the earlier issues. Antonio Fabela’s color work keeps things ominous yet distinctive, and it brings the aesthetic of damnation to life very well.

Thanos #13 is an intriguing read. The promise of the story’s name is enticing. Our beloved Mad Titan is the walking massacre that he should be. The art is great. While it doesn’t bring us any especially deliciously vile moments of savagery, it certainly caught my attention. What do you have for us next, Mr. Cates?

This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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MuTaints: The 16 Most Useless X-Men Of All-Time

MuTaints: The 16 Most Useless X-Men Of All-Time

For anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed by the X-Men: you’re not alone. They have the most constantly-shifting roster in comics, with literally hundreds of characters having appeared as a member at one point or another. Each new issue can introduce a new mutant or two; with this glut of potential X-Men, some of the mutants have started to seem like the creators were grasping at straws for powers. Bad mutations have been around forever, but they went mainstream in a big way. When Grant Morrison took over the main X-Men book with his New X-Men run in the early ’00s, one of his big moves was to introduce a lot of mutants who looked terrifying or had mutations that were not, strictly speaking, useful.

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This perception widened the scope of the X-Men, and made it clear that not every person with a mutation had to be able to use their mutation as an easy superpower. Not every mutant has the ability to teleport and read minds; some heroes have to make do with having bird bones and a beak, but not the ability to fly. Some of those pointless X-Men have powers so legendarily useless, we decided to make a list of 16 of our favorites. Check them out!


Never X Emma Frost

Well known as the ice queen of the Marvel Universe, Emma Frost has been around for a long time. Since her original appearance as the White Queen of the Hellfire Club, she’s featured a strong telepathic ability, but during Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men, he gave her a new power: to turn her body into organic diamond. It’s a little bit on the nose — Emma Frost has always had a “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” sort of grown-up rich kid vibe, and this only played into it.

And in this case, as compared with mutants like Angel and Pixie, she had a perfectly suitable power to start out with, and they decided she needed more to differentiate her. They tried to pass it off as a “secondary mutation,” like when Beast started to become more cat-like and less of an ape-like beast, but at least his were related powers.



One of the influx of X-Men from the UK during Chris Claremont’s tenure on the books, Banshee’s namesake speaks to his connection to his homeland. The banshee is an Irish folktale, a wailing woman much like La Llorona — the banshee’s cry was said to foretell the death of a family member. Banshee’s powers are wide-ranging, including flight (which is somehow connected to the ribbons on his suit), and psionic fields, but his signature power was his sonic scream.

The only real edge the sonic scream ever seemed to give him was his immunity to the powers of his nemesis, Black Tom Cassidy, but it must have given the rest of the X-Men some serious migraines. Banshee has since died and been resurrected with a Death Seed as one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen, and he lives a half-life, the rest of the team unsure if he will ever be cured.


At some point, the mutations on the roster in X-Men comics become an exercise in body horror, and no mutant is a better introduction to that part of the cast than Maggott (with two T’s). A South African named Japheth, Maggott was a man with blue skin whose digestive system was comprised of two lung-sized techno-organic maggots. The maggots lived in his abdomen, and they could venture far away from Maggott while connected telepathically to him; this also enabled them to “read” the past of any object they consumed, whether sentient or not.

It’s unclear how a mutation made several of his actual organs into machines, but if we’re going to let Colossus get away with it, we’ll have to forgive Maggott — but we will not be forgiving him for naming the maggots. Even worse that it’s a bad joke: Eany and Meany.


longshot domio

Longshot and Domino don’t really interact terribly often in the comics, but they’re grouped together here because they have essentially the same powers. Longshot’s is explicitly stated to be the manipulation of “probability fields,” but Domino’s is generally just good old fashioned good luck. These are undoubted good powers to have, but ultimately it raises two questions: does having “good luck” mean that things go in your favor one hundred percent of the time, and does that mean that luck is something that’s strictly genetic?

Because if the answer to the first question is “No,” then this particular mutant power is especially useless; if the answer to question two is “Yes,” then that really expands the definition of “genetic mutation” to its absolute  breaking point.


eye boy

This one is pretty self-explanatory — this student at the Jean Grey School is a regular teenager who is literally covered with human eyeballs. His body is about 40-60% eyeballs, depending on who’s drawing him, which not only looks like something out of a Guillermo del Toro movie, but must make him incredibly ineffectual in the field.

The implication is that he would also have eyes on the soles of his feet that he was walking on at all times, eyes in far too many places. There’s no way Eye-Boy isn’t constantly walking around with a migraine, or with at least two-thirds of his eyes out of commission (getting dust in them, or getting walked on, or being covered with clothes). Sure, he can see in 360 degrees, but at what cost?


Created in the early ’00s for Chris Claremont and Salvador Larocca’s X-Treme X-Men, Davis Cameron is a half-mutant/half-Shi’ar Australian surfer who didn’t know he was a mutant until he met the X-Men and they told him he and his sister both had latent mutant powers. Davis’ powers manifested and he learned he could teleport, but in order to increase his accuracy, he needed to focus his powers through the lens of his surfboard.

Slipstream wasn’t kept around particularly long, but apparently he stuck around long enough to be confirmed as de-powered during M-Day. Perhaps one day he will rediscover the magic of the surf, but until then he remains a teleporting mutant who has to carry a bulky surfboard around with him if he wants to end up where he intends to. Tough break, Cameron.


Magic Quiz Pixie

Pixie is another one whose power set is relatively strong, but they start out as just direct lifts from fairy tales. She has dark, fairy-like eyes, giant insect wings, and the ability to spread “pixie dust,” which causes people to have hallucinations. She also gained a limited amount of magical ability through her interactions with Magik, including a teleportation spell that at least make her tactically important.

But her native mutations are just strange — which gene has to be modified to make a person’s eyes completely black, to make them grow wings instead of regular shoulders, and to give them what we have to assume are pheromones that she can keep outside her body to act like pixie dust? Pixie becomes another case of a mutant whose powers just weren’t cool enough, so they had to augment them with other, more awesome things (like Pixie’s “Souldagger”).



There isn’t much to this one. Longneck was what we can only assume was a joke mutant, created by Grant Morrison and Phil Jimenez during their time on New X-Men. His entire powerset is pretty easy to explain: William Hanover had a neck that was slightly longer than usual, so he became an X-Man named Longneck. If mutations hit around the same time as the onset of puberty, does that mean that Longneck had a normal sized neck until he was 13 and now he has a neck that’s a foot long?

Or was he born with an abnormally long neck that just never stopped growing? The world may never have an answer to the enigma that is Longneck — alongside many of Morrison’s New X-Men, he was de-powered by the Scarlet Witch on M-Day, so he presumably has a Normalneck now.


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Dazzler is one of the more fascinating X-Men — using her powers to convert sound into light, she was able to hide in plain sight as a singer. She’s gone on to a career as an X-Man and an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but her powers remain relatively unchanged. There’s nothing wrong with Dazzler’s powers, and they sometimes come in incredibly handy; they just don’t seem like they have a lot of versatility.

Her lack of variety in her powers has led to writers throwing a lot of stuff at the wall in terms of her character development, and seeing what sticks. Recently, she had been active in the comics, but it was revealed that she had actually been Mystique posing as Dazzler for months; all along, it seemed like the reason she didn’t use her powers was because she was an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but it wasn’t just because they were boring after all.


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Douglas Ramsey was one of the early New Mutants, and formed a close bond with his teammate, Warlock. This was partially because of Ramsey’s mutation, which made him omnilingual — that doesn’t mean that he was born able to hear and speak every language like a native speaker, it essentially meant that he was the best codebreaker on the planet.

He could subconsciously (as opposed to consciously, with effort) translate any language he encountered within minutes, no matter how strange or alien. He was killed by Anti-Mator, and when he was resurrected, he perceived everything in the world as language; he saw electrical and computer signals as language, and was able to interpret his enemies’ combat styles as languages. Everything became metalanguage to him, which is objectively super cool, but not particularly helpful in most situations.


warlock from new mutants

One of the coolest members of the New Mutants, Warlock is an alien from Kvch — as an alien, he can shapeshift into almost anything, he can turn anything organic into something techno-organic, and he can drain the life energy from anything living. But none of those are his mutation — those are all just things that he can do naturally as an alien. His mutation is that he can feel feelings.

That’s right — this dude’s mutation is that he has emotions, which often times are confusing to him and cause wild misunderstandings with the rest of his teammates. They actively get in his way during combat, and they really only help him become less of an obvious alien around humanity. That makes them pretty much the definition of useless from a combat point of view, but essential from a social point of view. Take your pick.


Beak XMen

Another body horror X-Man, Beak (or Barnell Bohusk — totally a real name) had the appearance of a birdman who was more bird than man; he had an actual beak, large eyes on the side of his head, and feathery forearms that ended in talons. He looked like the baby from Eraserhead, but he was one of the very best people at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning; Angel, another new recruit, saw past his exterior and married him.

He was de-powered during M-Day, leading him to revert to a typical appearance, and reverting his children to a typical appearance as well. However, he also currently possesses a powered suit that grants him flight, armor, superhuman strength, and energy blasts. So essentially he got way better powers from the suit than he ever got from his actual mutation.


Dust of the X-Men

There’s a character in the Marvel Universe who turns into a living embodiment of sand, controlled by his own will and direction. No, no, you’re thinking of the Sandman, one of Spider-Man’s colorful rogues gallery; we’re talking about Dust, an Afghani mutant whose power is to turn her body into a living sandstorm. To start with, Dust really pulled the short straw on codenames — it seems like she just got named after the first thing that came to mind, instead of something metaphorically relevant.

Her powers can be put to good use in a fight, as she can apparently flay the skin and flesh off of a person’s bones with her dust storm powers, but that seems like an awfully roundabout way of getting the job done.


x-men choir

Possibly the most horrifying of all the mutations on this list, Irina Clayton, aka Choir, is yet another addition from Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run, where he must have been really focused on adding X-Men with mutations that just made them physically off-putting. She has mouths all around her neck, allowing her to project her voice in a full 360 degrees.

On paper, she sounds like one of the Cenobites from Hellraiser, except she doesn’t have power over sensuality and pleasures of the flesh – that would be much more interesting. She literally just has extra mouths. Can they eat? Can they drink? These questions may never be answered — she was, along with many other X-Men created during this time period, de-powered during M-Day, returning her neck to a normal appearance and her tally of mouths back down to the usual.



It doesn’t matter how many self-aware jokes Brian Michael Bendis makes about Fabio Medina’s mutant power set, it doesn’t change the fact that all he can do is generate giant gold bouncy balls from nothing that make a “ploink” noise when they hit something. That’s it, that’s the whole thing — he creates a bunch of balls that are kind of in the way, but not an actual hindrance.

His mutant power is to create an annoying obstacle for someone, and then make that obstacle disappear after a short amount of time. Even now that he’s appearing in the Miles Morales Spider-Man book, you just can’t make people care about Goldballs. It’s only a matter of time before he goes the way of Angel and Pixie, with more and more added powers and gadgets to make him interesting.



Angel gets a lot of hate for being kind of a lame mutant — and that’s not going to stop us from piling on. When Angel was introduced, he was literally just a human man with bird wings, and writers have been spending the last 50-plus years trying to explain that. Angel’s powers are essentially that of a bird, in terms of achievable altitude, resistance to cold, and metabolism; they have since been augmented several times, each time trying to make him more interesting.

There was the time he became Archangel due to Celestial technology, which allowed him to regenerate his wings at will as either metal or feathered; and there was when they decided to give him healing blood (he’s an angel, get it?); or maybe when they introduced the original Angel again, and had him level up his powers in the Black Vortex almost immediately. He’s still just boring.

Which of these mutant powers is the worst? Let us know in the comments!

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Royals #11 Review: Last Stand Against The Progenitors

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The Last Inhuman and the Accuser have awoken the Moon King in time for the Progenitors to arrive. It appears that doomsday has arrived at last for the two ancient beings.

In the present, the Inhuman Royals have narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Progenitors. Crystal is wounded, but Maximus the Mad and Flint are able to lead the Royals to the Prima Materia, the crystals from which Terrigen was derived. However, the Progenitors will not allow the Inhumans to abscond with these powerful crystals so easily, and it will be an intense fight to escape with the Prima Materia.

Royals #11 cover by Javier Rodriguez and Alvaro Lopez
Royals #11 cover by Javier Rodriguez and Alvaro Lopez

Royals #11 continues to deliver on the bold promises made at the beginning of the series. We have come face-to-face with the robotic gods responsible for the Kree and, by extension, the Inhumans. They are towering and bizarre beings with a farm of worlds. The Inhuman Royals must fight through them to access the means of saving their race.

The comic also gives us a long look inside the mind of Swain, whom has been largely forced to the background throughout this series.

The finale is dramatic, with tough decisions being made by the crew and an epic final battle before the closing.

Royals #11 art by Javier Rodriguez, Kevin Libranda, Alvaro Lopez, Jordie Bellaire, and Jose Villarrubia
Royals #11 art by Javier Rodriguez, Kevin Libranda, Alvaro Lopez, Jordie Bellaire, and Jose Villarrubia

Kevin Libranda takes the intro sequence, and it looks quite good. The characters are highly detailed, and everything is aptly dramatic. Javier Rodriguez takes the rest of the comic, and there is an appealing simplicity in the style. It is a good mixture of classic comics sensibilities with newer art stylings. It’s an appealing aesthetic. He also makes the Progenitors look bizarre yet distinct. Mix this with the dazzling color work of Jordie Bellaire and Jose Vilarrubia, and you have a good-looking comic with an effective aesthetic.

Royals is really coming into its own with these past few issues. #11 is a solid read with high stakes and an intriguing plotline. This one definitely earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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The Best Black Friday 2017 Video Game Deals

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Best Black Friday 2017 Headphone Deals

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BOOM! Studios February 2018 Solicitations

BOOM! Studios February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Mech Cadet Yu #6, Rocko's Modern Life #3, and Jim Henson's Labyrinth #1.

Source: BOOM! Studios


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $9.99
Writers: Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker & Dave McElfatrick
Artists: Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker & Dave McElfatrick
Cover Artist: Dave McElfatrick
Finally, a definitive and reliable manual that demystifies the complicated world of parenting while delivering crucial tips and sage advice—all from three guys who make comics instead of children.
This informative guide for breeders tackles all the big parenting issues: Finding messages in your alphabet soup, drawing the perfect hand turkey, getting away with kidnapping, telling your kids you don't love them anymore, and making out with your kid's best friend's dad.
Cartoonists Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, and Dave McElfatrick combine all their knowledge and experience—or lack thereof—for a laugh-out-loud, labor-inducing look into the world of parenthood through the sick and twisted lens of Cyanide & Happiness comics.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Main Cover: Fiona Staples
Subscription Cover: Rebekah Isaacs
Variant Cover 1: Laurent Durieux
Variant Cover 2: Jill Thompson
Variant Cover 3: Bill Sienkiewicz
Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal) and Daniel Bayliss (Jim Henson's Storyteller: Dragons, Kennel Block Blues) present a magical look into the world of Jim Henson's Labyrinth.
Before Sarah braved the Labyrinth to save her brother, another young woman sought to save a young boy named Jareth from the clutches of the Goblins.
Set in 18th-century Venice, Italy, Jim Henson's Labyrinth is a striking look into the history of the Labyrinth itself, and what happens to the little boys who don't get rescued.
This is the untold history of the Goblin King.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Benjamin Schipper
Artist: Benjamin Schipper
Main Cover: Benjamin Schipper
Subscription Cover: Sas Milledge
Based on a Danish folktale titled "Faerie Hill," legend has it that any king who goes hither to meet the Fairy Queen will be cast under a spell, forever changed, and mad...


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Simon Spurrier and Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Main Cover: Mark Buckingham
Subscription Cover: Sana Takeda
Tensions rise as Kensho and Thurma make their way to the inner sun of the Fireling realm.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $24.99
Writers: Simon Spurrier and Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: Jae Lee & June Chung
Jen and Kira's greatest fear has been realized as the Crystal is broken once more, and the evil Skeksis have returned, eager to regain their cruel dominance over the world. Meanwhile, on their own and on the run, Thurma and Kensho must stick together as they journey across the wildlands of Thra. Written by Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), and lushly illustrated by Kelly and Nichole Matthews (Toil & Trouble), The Power of the Dark Crystal continues the bestselling sequel to one of Jim Henson's most revered creations.
Collects issues #5-8.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: David Jesus Vignolli
Artist: David Jesus Vignolli
Cover Artist: David Jesus Vignolli
Beyond the peaks and valleys of the Himalaya Mountains lies a magical sanctuary. Protected from the chaos of man, it is home to immortal beings and mystical creatures. When Vijaya, a young human, is brought into the sanctuary for her protection, some immortals fear her presence may lead to their ruin. But as mankind draws ever closer to the sanctuary's border, Vijaya will have to prove that there is more to being human than the violence her new family fears beyond their borders.
David Jesus Vignolli's debut graphic novel A Girl in the Himalayas explores the astonishing potential of the human spirit.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Charles M. Schulz, Jason Cooper
Artist: Charles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz, with design by Kara Leopard
Good Grief! Celebrate over 65 years of Charles M. Schulz's beloved character Charlie Brown. From visits to Lucy's lemonade stand to missing the football again, this collection is jam-packed with some of the best stories starring everyone's favorite kid next door.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Rian Sygh, Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina, and more!
Main cover: Rian Sygh
Variant cover: Veronica Fish
It's Valentine's Day at St. Genesius Prep and the Backstagers are back in (stage) blacks for some ROMANTIC adventures in the mysterious world behind the scenes!
Featuring bonus tales from a variety of special guests, including Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina, and more!
It's the "seasons of love" for your favorite backstage boys! (No, you can't wear pink backstage. Or red. Or glitter. Or cherub wings, Sasha.)
Prism Award winner!


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Jackie Ball
Artist: Elle Power
Cover Artist: Brittney Williams
Sixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance has an insatiable curiosity and dreams of one day becoming a detective. Luckily for Goldie, with the St. Pascal Rockin' the Beach Music Festival coming to town, there's plenty of inexplicable shenanigans keeping her gumshoe brain busy, from mysterious power outages, to missing musicians, to Russian spies hiding in the shadows!
Created by The New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning creator, Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel), and Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat), writer Jackie Ball and artist Elle Power bring you a rockin' new mystery in this Goldie Vance original graphic novel!

WWE #14

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $24.99
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Tini Howard
Artists: Serg Acuña, Hyeonjin Kim
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Action Figure Variant Cover: Adam Riches
RAW Connecting Variant Cover Brent Schoonover
Ultimate Warrior Variant Cover: Daniel Bayliss
The top-secret story behind Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Bayley kicking off the Women's Evolution that changed the WWE Universe forever begins in this issue. Plus, don't miss the first chapter of a four-part backup story from Tini Howard (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink) and Hyeonjin Kim (Sisters of Sorrow) chronicling the rise of WWE Superstar Asuka. Check out Becky Lynch's announcement video at boom-studios.com/wwe.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Main Cover: Jorge Corona
Action Figure Subscription Cover: Michael Adams & Marco D'Alfonso
Connecting "Jack Through Time" Variant Cover: Will Robson
Jack, Lo Pan, and Wang are trapped in their own separate, personal hells that they can only escape if they find a way to work together once again.

ABBOTT #2 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
A brutal attack on the edges of the latest murder scene only spurs Abbott further into her investigation.

JUDAS #3 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Cover Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Judas confronts Jesus in the pits of Hell.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Main Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Intermix Cover: Matt Kindt
The final story arc begins here. Recent revelations have left the Grass Kingdom fractured from within, but with enemies approaching from the outside, it must pull together to survive.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Connecting Variant Cover: Steve Morris
Variant Cover: Dan Mora
Action Figure Variant Cover: Quest Marital-Matthews
Billy makes a devastating discovery within the heart of Promethea that threatens to break the Ranger's alliance with Grace, just as Finster's monsters activate en masse.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artists: Hendry Prasetya, Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artist: Jamal Campbell
As the dust settles from Rita's global takeover, a still reeling group of Rangers must come together as they make new allies and discover new threats.
Collects issues #17-20.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Christopher Mooneyham
Main Cover: Paolo Rivera
Intermix Cover: Michael Allred
Subscription Cover: Becca Carey
Discover how the first meeting of Ursus and Zaius changed their destinies!


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Dan Mora
Main Cover A: Dan Mora
Civilian Intermix Cover: Miguel Mercado
Locker Variant Cover: Michelle Wong
Homage Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
Paper Doll Variant Cover: Audrey Mok
It's homecoming at Angel Grove! But as tensions run high amongst the Rangers, will they be able to band together to stop Rita and make it to the dance on time?


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno
Main Cover: Mike Huddleston
Connecting Variant: Carlos Magno
Pulp Variant: Fay Dalton
The armada completes their treacherous journey and Kong is revealed to Ape City.


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $49.99
Writers: Doug Moench, Paul Dehn
Artists: Rico Rival, Alfredo P. Alcala
Cover Artist: Ken Barr
Experience Marvel Comics' legendary 1970s Planet of the Apes Magazine with new eyes. Remastered and collected here for the first time, this prestigious hardcover edition chronicles the birth of Caesar and his rise to power. From Paul Dehn (Murder on the Orient Express), Doug Moench (Batman), Rico Rival (House of Mystery), and more!


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Main Cover: Takeshi Miyazawa
Subscription Cover: Marcus To
The cadets come face to face with the Sharg, but without their mechs, will they be able to work together?


Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Cover Artist: Rags Morales
The evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power while those surrounding Claudio Kilgannon are convinced he is The Crowing.
Collects issues #5-8.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: C.S. Pacat
Artist: Johanna The Mad
Cover Artist: Johanna The Mad
Nicholas begins to overthink everything as he struggles to prove he deserves his place at Kings Row.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Nina Vakueva
Cover Artist: Nina Vakueva
Film and TV director Carly Usdin (Suicide Kale) teams up with breakout artist Nina Vakueva (Lilith's Word) for a new series that's music to our ears!
New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She's prepared to deal with anything—misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie. But when the staff's favorite singer mysteriously vanishes the night before her band's show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl... her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club!
Collects the complete limited series. Formerly Hi-Fi Fight Club.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
With the prospect of living apart for the first time since they all met as first years just over the horizon, Daisy, Esther, and Susan spend their last summer together before beginning their third year of university.


Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Ayme Sotuyo
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Michelle Wong
After their new friend Emmy goes missing in search of a jackalope, it's up to the Lumberjane scouts to track her down and help get her back home to her herd.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Ryan Ferrier, KC Green
Artists: Ian McGinty, KC Green
Main Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: Miguel Mercado
Spunky becomes a viral sensation, but Rocko fears the fame may be going to Spunky's head.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Box Brown
Artist: Lisa DuBois
Main Cover: Jorge Corona
Subscription Cover: Daniel Bayliss
It's baby verses baby as Angelica and Susie try to outdo each other.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $9.99
Writers: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier, Erin Hunting
Artists: Antonio Alfaro, Erin Hunting
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Garfield has a real mystery on his hands: His teddy bear extraordinaire is missing. Who—or what—has nabbed Pooky? Featuring all-new stories written by Garfield writer Scott Nickel and illustrated by Antonio Alfaro, as well as a short story written and drawn by Erin Hunting.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Grace Kraft
Artist: Rii Abrego
Main Cover: Missy Peña
Subscription Cover: Miracle Mosley
Greg Universe is doing a comeback concert... hopefully this one will go better than the last few times he's tried.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $7.99
Writer: Conor McCreery
Artists: Ben Passmore, Natalie Andrewson, Matt Smigiel, Shannon Wright
Cover Artist: Matt Smigiel
Mordecai and Rigby face the trials and tribulations of pet ownership, while their dog faces the trials and tribulations of Mordecai and Rigby.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Chase Van Weerdhuizen, James Asmus, Jason Cooper, and Emei Burell
Artists: Chase Van Weerdhuizen, Daniel Bayliss, Alexandra Beguez, and Emei Burell
Main Cover: Ros Reis
Subscription Cover: Matt Frank
Variant Cover: Dirk Shulz
Main Cover: Ros Reis
Subscription Cover: Matt Frank
Variant Cover: Dirk Shulz
Finn and Jake get a glimpse into their friends' minds. Ooo tries to throw its first annual garage sale—and it does not end well.


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Kevin Canon
Artist: Joey McCormick
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Subscription Cover: Joey McCormick
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Subscription Cover: Joey McCormick
Finn and Jake might have finally figured out a way to get rid of their doubles... but what do they do when everyone else likes the doubles more?


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
The competition for Best Princess Ever is in full swing! As Lumpy Space Princess, Fire Princess, Muscle Princess, and more compete for the title, it's discovered that someone is sabotaging the games. With Finn and Jake on the case, Princess Bubblegum will have to keep the show going until they can track down the true culprit and save the day. Written by The New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and illustrated by Ian McGinty.
Collects issues #62-65.

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Dark Horse Comics February 2018 Solicitations

Dark Horse Comics February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Koshchei the Deathless #2, Mata Hari #1, and Hungry Ghosts #2.

Source: Dark Horse Comics

Aliens Predator Prometheus AvP: Fire and Stone TPB

Paul Tobin (W), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Sebela (W), Joshua Williamson (W), Kelly Sue DeConnick (W), Juan Ferreyra (A), Patric Reynolds (A), Ariel Olivetti (A), Chris Mooneyham (A), Agustin Alessio (A), John Lucas (I), Dave Stewart (C), Dan Brown (C), David Palumbo (Cover)

On sale Apr 11

FC, 416 pages


TPB, 7″ x 10″

The moon of LV-223—resting place of the doomed Prometheus expedition, enigmatic source of all organic life, and nightmarish source of ultimate destruction. Now a new generation of explorers hope to uncover the mysteries of this strange and dangerous world, but what they find may lead to humanity's undoing. First time in paperback! The full Fire and Stone story cycle in a value package!

Angel Season 11 Volume 3: Dark Reflections TPB

Corinna Bechko (W), Geraldo Borges (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Scott Fischer (Cover)

On sale Apr 4

FC, 112 pages


TPB, 7″ x 10″

On a time-traveling mission to prevent an impending disaster, Joss Whedon's ensouled vampire is confronted by the opportunity to challenge his very existence in the concluding arc of Season 11. Will his companions be able to convince him that changing the past is not, after all, the solution to the future? Or will Angel finally find the key in the past to the shadow over his present? Collects Season 11 #9–#12.

"They have created a satisfying adventure for Buffy and Angel fans to get behind, but also a solid comic for comic book fans in general to enjoy."—Comic Crusaders

B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know Volume 1 TP

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Laurence Campbell (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Apr 11

FC, 152 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″
Before they were vanquished by the B.P.R.D., Lovecraftian monsters created a Hell on Earth. As society rebuilds, strange cults vie for influence, and the demon Varvara emerges to lead the way . . . Abe Sapien returns from his self-imposed exile to rejoin Liz Sherman just in time for the Bureau to face the final threat to mankind. Collects issues #1–#4.

"The story is gripping and the visuals create an unrelenting air of hopelessness. A compelling read for those that have been following the exploits of the B.P.R.D." —Impulse Gamer

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Volume 2 HC

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Scott Allie (W), Tyler Crook (A), Jason LaTour (A), Max Fiumara (A), James Harren (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Laurence Campbell (Cover)

On sale Apr 18

FC, 408 pages


HC, 7″ x 10″
America's monster problem explodes, society crumbles, and Liz Sherman rejoins the fight, as Nazis seek to bring Rasputin back to finish what he started when he first conjured Hellboy! This deluxe hardcover edition collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth volumes 4–6, plus an expanded sketchbook section.

"Picking up objects in the Mignolaverse can cause horrific problems. Thankfully, picking up this book will only elicit thrills." —SciFiPulse

Joss Whedon! Erika Alexander!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #1 (of 4)

Joss Whedon (W), Erika Alexander (W), Jon Lam (A), Dan Jackson (C), Steve Morris (Cover), Arielle Jovellanos (Variant cover), and Jenny Frison (Ultra variant)

On sale Feb 28

FC, 32 pages



From Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander comes a series that returns Buffy's Rupert Giles to high school! But this time—as a grown man living in a teenage body—Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city LA-area school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons; something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he'll have a chance to find out who, what, and where—but high school is still hell, y'all.

Matt Kindt!

Dept. H #23

Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Sharlene Kindt (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 28 pages



Mia is on her own in a final mad dash to save her life, solve her father's murder . . . and either rescue or doom everyone she cares for.

Kindt breaks all pre-conceived notions of what comic books are."—IGN
The EC Archives: Extra! HC

Johnny Craig (W/A/Cover), John Severin (A), Reed Crandall (A), Marie Severin (C), and Carlos Badilla (C)

On sale Apr 11

FC, 216 pages


HC, 8″ x 11″

Daring stories of cub reporters and grizzled newshounds, across the country and around the world! Collecting the complete run of Extra! from the crack artistic talents of Johnny Craig, John Severin, Reed Crandall, and Marie Severin.

• Featuring a foreword by John Arcudi.

The grand finale!

ElfQuest: The Final Quest #24

Wendy Pini (W/A), Richard Pini (W), and Sonny Strait (C)

On sale Feb 28

FC, 32 pages



What words can possibly do justice to this, the grand finale to the greatest ElfQuest series of them all? Forty years in the planning and making, heroes' journeys that were begun in the Original Quest will find their resolutions here. Fateful events set in motion last issue continue to have unstoppable consequences, as dire battles are fought on both the physical and the spiritual realms. Now decisions must be made that will affect everyone—elves and humans alike—on the World of Two Moons far into the future. Can the Great Wheel of time and history, broken so many thousands of years ago, ever be made whole again?

• A finale forty years in the making!

Adam Warren!

Empowered & Sistah Spooky's High School Hell #3 (of 6)

Adam Warren (W), Carla Speed McNeil (A/Cover), and Jenn Manley Lee (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 32 pages



Narrowly escaping death by music class singing competition, Empowered and Sistah Spooky hit a new low in their hellscape ordeal when they stumble into . . . THE LADIES' ROOM! While a trapped Emp drowns in her own tears in a bathroom stall, can Spooky avoid being shattered—literally!—by a Hell-powered magic mirror?

• First Empowered comic book series in standard comics format.

• Carla Speed McNeil is the Eisner Award-winning creator of Finder.

Now in paperback!

Fight Club 2 TP

Chuck Palahniuk (W), Cameron Stewart (A), Dave Stewart (C), and David Mack (Cover)

On sale Apr 18

FC, 280 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won't last long; the wife has seen to that. He's back where he started, but this go-round he's got more at stake than his own life. The time has arrived . . . Collects Fight Club 2 #1-#10 and the Free Comic Book Day story.

Giants #3 (of 5)

Carlos Valderrama (W) and Miguel Valderrama (A/Cover)

On sale Feb

FC, 32 pages


One of the giant monsters that rule the frozen wasteland beyond the Underground City is dying. The last thing Gogi wants to do is help it, but his own survival depends on the creature's.

Meanwhile, Gogi's friend Zedo makes a brutal—and bloody—move to become the leader of not one, but two gangs!

Mike Mignola!

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 – Burning Season

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Paolo Rivera (P/Cover), Joe Rivera (I), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 32 pages



Hellboy investigates a rash of spontaneous human combustions in a Florida town unlike any supernatural phenomena he's seen before—and the fire has an appetite for Bureau agents.

• Paolo Rivera returns!

Hungry Ghosts #2 (of 4)

Anthony Bourdain (W), Joel Rose (W), Mateus Santolouco (A), Leonardo Manco (A), José Villarrubia (C), and Paul Pope (Cover)

On sale Feb 28

FC, 32 pages



The terrifying storytelling game of 100 Candles continues with two ghastly tales of the Mediterranean: In a desolate trattoria in the foothills of Southern Italy, an exiled master chef forms an unhealthy attachment to his new apprentice. And in the Spanish countryside, the rich Don of a sprawling ranch with an appetite for his stable gets a horrifying taste from beyond the dinner table.

• Mature readers.

Incognegro: Renaissance #1 (of 5)

Mat Johnson (W) and Warren Pleece (A/Cover)

On sale Feb 7

b&w, 32 pages



After a black writer is found dead at a scandalous interracial party in 1920s New York, Harlem's cub reporter Zane Pinchback is the only one determined to solve the murder. Zane must go "incognegro" for the first time—using his light appearance to pass as a white man—to find the true killer, in this prequel miniseries to the critically acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel, now available in a special new 10th Anniversary Edition.

With a cryptic manuscript as his only clue, and a mysterious and beautiful woman as the murder's only witness, Zane finds himself on the hunt through the dark and dangerous streets of "roaring twenties" Harlem in search for justice.

A page-turning thriller of racial divide, Incognegro: Renaissance explores segregation, secrets, and self-image as our race-bending protagonist penetrates a world where he feels stranger than ever before.

• Mature readers.

A talented writer of both fiction and creative non-fiction, Johnson's publications have established himself as an important new voice in the African-American tradition."— Walter Mosley

Jenny Finn #4 (of 4)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Troy Nixey (W), Farel Dalrymple (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 14

FC, 32 pages



Jenny has been captured and the terrible plague is coming to an end, but when Joe has the chance to escape London, a ghost from his past forces him to stay and finish what he started.

Tales From the Mignolaverse!

Koshchei the Deathless #2 (of 6)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 7

FC, 32 pages



Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch.

Now, in a pub somewhere in Hell, Koshchei tells Hellboy about a dangerous mission when the witch sent him to hunt and destroy the last dragons before their eggs hatched.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia HC

Nintendo (W/A)

On sale Apr 24

FC, 336 pages


HC, 9″ x 12″

This 320-page book is an exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda from the original The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess HD. It's a comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! This, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

• An exhaustive compendium of everything from the first 30 years of The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition HC

Nintendo (W/A)

On sale Apr 24

FC, 336 pages


HC, 9″ x 12″

The Legend of Zelda™ is one of the most successful franchises of all time, with nearly twenty video games and thirty years of history, but it all started with a gold cartridge . . .

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition honors the game that started it all by recreating the original gold cartridge as faithfully as possible. The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. The details are embossed and debossed. It has gold gilding on the top and foredge, with black gilding on the bottom. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it. The book comes with a black polypropylene sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and a scale instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside.

Celebrate over thirty years of The Legend of Zelda with a heartfelt homage to the origins of this legendary franchise!

• Looks and feels like the original gold cartridge!

• Protect your book with a scale reproduction of an NES dust sleeve!

• Instruction booklet to complete the set!

• Content exclusive to this edition!

Life between Panels: The Complete Tails Omnibus TP

Ethan Young (W/A/Cover)

On sale Apr 4

b&w, 384 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

In this blend of autobiography and fantasy, a cartoonist records his life in New York City: his job, his creative career, his friends, his herd of cats, and a runaway comic strip come to life!

Ethan's life as one of the many cartoonists living in NYC might look mundane at first glance—living with his parents, working a day job, playing with cats. But things get crazy when he starts to draw his comic strip Crusader Cat! Soon, Ethan can't tell the difference between real life and the comic panel!

A semiautobiographical web comic by Ethan Young, the acclaimed writer and artist of Nanjing: The Burning City and The Battles of Bridget Lee graphic novel series.

"It's not often that an author can so skillfully evoke powerful emotion while telling a complex and long-forgotten story and this book is a excellent, necessary addition to the genre." —A.V. Club

Mata Hari #1 (of 4)

Emma Beeby (W), Ariela Kristantina (A/Cover), and Pat Masioni (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 32 pages



Dancer. Courtesan. Spy. Executed by a French firing squad in 1917.

100 years on from her death, questions are still raised about her conviction.

Now, the lesser-known, often tragic story of the woman who claimed she was born a princess, and died a figure of public hatred with no one to claim her body, is told by breakout talent writer Emma Beeby (Judge Dredd), artist Ariela Kristantina (Insexts), and colorist Pat Masioni drawing on biographies and released MI5 files.

In this first part of a five-issue miniseries, we meet Mata Hari in prison at the end of her life as she writes her memoir—part romantic tale of a Javanese princess who performed "sacred" nude dances for Europe's elite, and part real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother, who had everything she loved taken from her.

But, as she sits trial for treason and espionage, we hear another tale: one of a flamboyant Dutch woman who became "the most dangerous spy France has ever captured"—a double agent who whored herself for secrets, lived a life of scandal, and loved only money.

Leading us to ask . . . who was the real Mata Hari?

• Mature readers.

Once Upon a Time Machine Volume 2 HC

Andrew Carl (W), Chris Stevens (W), Paul Pope (W), Mike Baron (W), Charles Fetherolf (A), Toby Cypress (A), Dave Chisholm (A), Farel Dalrymple (A/Cover), and many more

On sale Apr 11

FC, 240 pages


TPB, 7" x 10"
Ancient" Greece: the year 3016 AD. And 4079 AD. And 6060 AD. From the trials of Heracles to the love songs of Orpheus, the myths of the past are reborn in wondrous and scarcely imaginable futures. Witness exciting new visions of the Greek tradition from the hands and minds of today's most inventive creators.

• A long-awaited follow-up to the surprise hit of 2013!

The Originals: The Essential Edition HC

Dave Gibbons (W/A/Cover)

On sale Apr 18

FC, 192 pages


HC, 9″ x 12″

Deluxe oversized edition of the Eisner Award-winning mod sci-fi coming-of-age graphic novel from Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen. Includes 32 pages of never-before-seen development art, process pieces, and behind the scenes extras—all annotated by Gibbons.

In a retro-futuristic city of industrial gray where hover scooters, music, and drugs rule the street, the Originals are the toughest, most stylish gang around. For two childhood friends, nothing is more important than being one of them. But being part of the crowd will bring its own deadly consequences.

• The only graphic novel that Dave Gibbons has written and drawn. An Eisner Award winner!

• Extra material included in this oversized edition highlighting artwork, with annotations by Gibbons.

"The Originals is Dave Gibbons doing what he was born to do: telling a story that's all his own, and telling it with grace, verve, and drama. The result is, well . . . original! Top-notch comics."–Frank Miller

As smart as a fashion-forward suit...has the powerful tug of a timeless fable."— Entertainment Weekly

Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #4 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Dave Stewart (C), Mike Huddleston (Cover), and Vanesa Del Rey (Variant cover)

On sale Feb 7

FC, 32 pages



Bruttenholm and Sandhu's mission to uncover the evasive "Master" behind the Nazis occult experiments is derailed when they fall into the clutches of their enemy.

Reefer Madness TP

Jerry Siegel (W), Joe Shuster (W), Jerry Robinson (A), Jack Kirby (A), Frank Frazetta (A), and more

On sale Apr 4

FC, 216 pages


TP, 8 1/2″ x 11"

Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930s to the 1950s and beyond. Adventure Comics, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and works by Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more, reveal the social reaction to this era of "Reefer Madness." From comically misinformed to soberly concerned, these comics lament the impact of weed on youth culture.

Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics.

Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade #4 (of 4)

Jackson Lanzing (W), Collin Kelly (W), Ashley A. Woods (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Hannah Fisher (Cover)

On sale Feb 14

FC, 32 pages



Lara Croft is cornered. By visiting a remote temple discovered by her father, she walked right into Trinity's trap. But Lara knows this shrine's pitfalls like the back of her hand, and the ultimate survivor will do whatever it takes to escape and continue her search for the truth about Richard Croft's death.

• On sale on Lara Croft's birthday!

Vinegar Teeth #2 (of 4)

Damon Gentry (W), Troy Nixey (W/A/Cover), and Guy Major (C)

On sale Feb 21

FC, 32 pages



After busting a Canadian drug ring, down-on-his-luck cop Artie Buckle tries to keep new partner Vinegar Teeth under control. But can an alcoholic, miserable bum like Artie really fight crime and work together with a Lovecraftian monster with a heart of gold?

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

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Balls To The Wall: 15 Next Level Dragon Ball Memes

Balls To The Wall: 15 Next Level Dragon Ball Memes

Because of all the strange, but awesome, elements of the Dragon Ball franchise, there’s a ton of meme potential in wacky screenshots, strange characters and the various continuity confusions across all the Dragon Ball series. Dragon Ball‘s internet presence goes way back, with entire websites dedicated to the series before the likes of Reddit came around. Dragon Ball memes have been around for quite some time as well, and classic lines like “It’s over 9,000” and “This isn’t even my final form,” are now ingrained as staples of internet culture.

RELATED: 15 Pieces Of Dragon Ball Fan Art Way Better Than The Real Thing

The world of Dragon Ball is known for its action, but it also has a great sense of humor, as do its fans. Thus, Dragon Ball has resulted in a ton of classic memes, and even some you might not have seen. Regardless, we decided to sift through the many memes of Dragon Ball. So, if you’re looking for a little anime-related humor to cheer yourself up after a bit too much time on the dark side of the internet, then look no further. Hopefully, we won’t ruin all these jokes by over-explaining them, but no promises! With that, get ready to laugh your butt off, with these 15 Dragon Ball memes.



Here’s a fun fact! Did you know that Goku’s English dub voice actor, Sean Schemmel, once passed out after screaming too hard in a recording session? Screaming, yelling and shouting is such a big part of the Dragon Ball series. It’s involved in nearly every powerful transformation and attack and is the subject of countless jokes about the series. Thus, memes like this one have come about.

The funniest part of this one is the seriousness of it all. We have one of Goku’s most powerful forms, one that makes his brow look particularly angry and serious, with the somewhat serious claim of “new personal best in gym.” Then it’s flipped on its head with the “screamed my @$$ off,” making us laugh our ass off.


Perfectly, or rather imperfectly timed screenshots can make for some great memes, especially in animation. Single frames with strange expressions or movements that were meant to only last a second can be captured and repurposed for some quality internet humor. This particular meme pokes fun at both Dragon Ball and South Park. In both series, there is one particular character that dies quite a lot.

In Dragon Ball, Krillen dies kind of a lot, five times to be exact. But, this pales in comparison to Kenny, who dies in about 70% of all South Park episodes, only to come back completely fine the next week. This screenshot makes Krillen look unconvinced that anyone could possibly have died more than him. Seriously, look at that face, there’s no way he’ll believe you.


We’re not sure about you guys and gals at home, but we here at CBR enjoy a good pun, and so does Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama. Toriyama’s love of wordplay can be seen in the names of his characters. Nearly every character in the series is named after food or a food-related pun, the most well-known of his naming trends being the Saiyans of the series, all named after vegetables. Also well known is the Briefs family, all of whom are named after underwear.

This meme pokes fun at one particular member of the Briefs family, Trunks. In the Cell Saga, the bio-android killed Future Trunks with a ki blast through the chest before facing off against Gohan. The above meme gives a hilarious what-if of Cell absolutely burning Trunks with some genius wordplay. It’s a good thing they summoned Shenron to revive Trunks from such a sick burn.


No matter if you’re DC or a Marvel fan, we think everyone can appreciate this one. In the Dragon Ball Super anime, one of the enemies the Z-fighters face is Goku Black, an alternate future version of Goku whose body is inhabited by supreme-kai-in-training, Zamasu. As confusing as that may sound, all you need to know is that he’s an evil version of Goku that is almost always shown in dark, overcast settings.

This gritty appearance is in rather contrast to the real Goku, who is pretty much always a chipper, lighthearted warrior. When comparing these two Gokus (Goki?) the difference between them seems a lot like the difference between Marvel and DC movies, and this meme points it out. We’re not saying one is better than the other, but this is a pretty accurate representation of the two studios/publishers’ film styles.


Like we said, Krillen is known for dying quite a bit. That’s not necessarily because he’s a weak character — in fact, he’s probably the strongest human in all of Dragon Ball — it’s more because he’s had the unfortunate luck of facing off against some of the strongest enemies in the entire franchise. But, semantics aside, Krillen has still died quite few times, which is what makes this picture so hilarious.

A parody on the now infamous “I will find you, and I will kill you” line from Taken, this meme twists the quote up to poke fun at Krillen’s nasty dying habit. “I will find you and you will kill me” perfectly fits with this screenshot of Krillen on the phone, mashing up the two popular action franchises.


One of the most disappointing parts of Dragon Ball Super is its low animation budget. The show has since gotten a lot better at balancing the budget and only cutting animation corners when necessary, thus the visuals have improved. But, in the early days of the series, things didn’t look that great.

This picture pokes fun at the cheap animation of Super by comparing it to an MS Paint picture. It’s not far off, looking at the screenshots provided, Goku is barely recognizable in these scenes! Adding to the cheap animation, Super‘s first two story arcs were just re-hashes of the previous two Dragon Ball movies, so this kind of memetic reaction seems all too apropos. Seriously, what is going on with Goku’s face in the first screenshot?!


You know, it’s never really been explained exactly why a Saiyan’s hair turns gold when they go Super Saiyan. Sure, we know that anime and manga tend use transformations to represent an increase or change in power. Furthermore, we know that Akira Toriyama just got tired of coloring Goku’s hair in black in the manga, so when he went super Saiyan it was just white. But, we’re not really sure what purpose the golden hair serves.

Regardless, it has become a staple of the franchise, and upwardly spiked gold hair has found its way into other media as a parody/tribute to Dragon Ball Z. It’s hard to not think of Dragon Ball Z when seeing giant blonde spikes, as shown in the above picture. Some hilarious genius gave this ridiculous hairstyle an amazing caption that Dragon Ball fans are sure to get a kick out of.


Cover the children’s eyes for this one, it might be a bit too risque! A great meme on the internet is taking out-of-context images of movies and TV shows that appear to have something suggestive going on and adding the logo of a well known adult-content website. In this case, it’s a scene from the final chapters of Dragon Ball. It’s from when Videl is trying to take down the “dangerous vigilante,” The Great Saiyaman, aka Gohan in a goofy costume.

While attacking him using a jumping leg grapple (we are aware that is most likely not the term for the move), we get this lovely screen cap. Some hilarious individual used this frame of animation to imply that Videl and Gohan were doing more than fighting, prompting the use of the “Brazzers” logo. Come on you two, this is a family friendly show… sort of.


Let’s face it, Goku is kind of the worst dad, and an even worse trainer. In the Cell Saga, Goku completely gave up in his fight against Cell so his son could fight the maniacal villain instead. His reasoning is questionable, and Gohan doesn’t seem to realize how negligent his dad can be. In fact, Gohan loves and admires his father, despite his poor advice at times, to the point of being rather ignorant of Goku’s shortcomings.

When Gohan takes over the fight against Cell, he goes Super Saiyan 2 and manages to overpower the villain. During the fight, he says that Goku taught him to never give up, even when the odds are stacked against him. These words of wisdom would hit harder were it not for the fact that Goku gave up just a few episodes prior, as pointed out by this spot-on meme.


Vegeta doesn’t exactly have a sense of humor, since being a comedic genius isn’t exactly on his list of priorities. That said, if Vegeta did make jokes, we’d imagine this would be one of them. Let’s not forget that Vegeta is married to Bulma, who used to be Yamcha’s girlfriend. We bet he gets a real kick out of knowing how immensely stronger he is than the infamously weak Yamcha.

That’s what makes the above picture so hilarious, since if Vegeta thinks of Yamcha at all, it’s only as a joke. We can’t really think of a time that the prince of Saiyans was ever civil towards Yamcha, and we bet if he was a more petty person he’d probably be dishing out burns like this one all the time.


Well, we let Vegeta have some fun, but now it’s time to give him what he deserves and roast him alive! Vegeta’s most well known character trait is his famous “Saiyan pride.” It’s a driving force behind most of his actions, always wanting to surpass Goku and constantly training as a result. Whenever his power is questioned or his pride is wounded, Vegeta tends to proclaim his status as the prince of all Saiyans.

This picture completely denies Vegeta the satisfaction, adapting the “Ima let you finish” Kanye West meme to slap down his pride. The best part is that it’s true, Gohan did surpass Vegeta by achieving Super Saiyan 2 before he could. Even better is the fact that Vegeta has cried from a wounded ego before. But to be fair, his wounded ego also ended up helping him go Super Saiyan.


Like we said before, Goku isn’t the greatest dad in the world, but thankfully, Gohan’s got Piccolo. From a young age, Piccolo was Gohan’s teacher, becoming a father figure to the half-Saiyan. It’s not too far-fetched to say that Piccolo is actually more of a father figure to Gohan than Goku himself was, being dead for most of his teen years.

This, of course, is what makes this confused face meme so perfect. We’re not sure if fathers’ day even exists in the world of Dragon Ball, but it would be hilarious if Piccolo got left out of the festivities. After all, Gohan is somewhat known for dropping Piccolo as soon as Goku comes back into the picture. It’s as sad as it is funny.


Seems like Saiyans have the same thoughts about pink as humans do, mainly that guys don’t like to wear it. Vegeta in particular seems to completely despise the color; he’s a warrior after all, not a flower! Vegeta expresses his hatred of pink when Bulma presents him with his infamous pink button up, which has the word “badman” on the back. Bulma tricks Vegeta into wearing it after he was so rude to her, calling it the latest fashion.

Despite his embarrassment, Vegeta’s Saiyan pride forces him to wear the shirt with, well, pride. He berates Trunks for staring at his shirt and even defends it against Goku’s jabs. Maybe pink grew on him, which is why the above picture has us laughing so hard. Maybe not everyone has seen Mean Girls, but you don’t need much context to find Vegeta matching colors with high school girls absolutely hilarous.


DC’s Suicide Squad was named that because the villains which the team composed of were sent on suicide missions with no promise of coming back. Since the Suicide Squad film was a complete flop, we can be happy knowing there’s still a better Suicide Squad out there (aside from the comics that is). Throughout the Dragon Ball franchise, various warriors have given their lives for the greater good, resulting in a different type of suicide squad.

Though the above meme says “original,” Dragon Ball does not in fact predate the suicide squad comics. That said, this picture is still hilarious, portraying the four heroes as noble sacrificers, despite the fact that each of their deaths have also been individually memed to hell. Oh man, now we’re thinking about Chiaotzu’s death, we’re not crying, you’re crying.


Do we even need to say anything more about Yamcha at this point? He’s clearly one of the weakest characters in the entire Dragon Ball franchise. Heck, he wasn’t even considered when Goku was gathering warriors to fight in the Universal Survival Saga. Despite being able to fly and shoot ki blasts, Yamcha is still pretty lame as a fighter, something that is perfectly portrayed by the above picture.

Another notoriously weak character is Magikarp, the flopping fish pokemon that is absolutely worthless until it evolves into a goddamn sea dragon. But, Magikarp might actually be stronger than Yamcha according to this meme, since a simple splash attack places Yamcha in that oh-so-familiar death crater. Of the many “Yamcha is weak” memes, this one is a hilarious classic.

What are your favorite Dragon Ball memes? Let us know in the comments!

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Comic Legends: Did Stan Lee Almost Narrate the X-Men Animated Series?

Comic Legends: Did Stan Lee Almost Narrate the X-Men Animated Series?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and fifty-fifth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

As we’ve been doing it for some time now, one legend today, one tomorrow and one Sunday.

Let’s begin!


Stan Lee was originally going to narrate the opening credits of the X-Men Animated Series



The opening credits of the X-Men Animated Series have becoming iconic.

However, did you know that they were almost DRAMATICALLY different?

You see, when the series began, the series was going to have an opening narrated by Stan “The Man” Lee!

You may or may not recall that Stan Lee was the narrator on the second and third seasons of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (they also had him go back and re-narrate the first season).

Since the narration isn’t really necessary, most of the episodes take Lee’s narration off of them when they re-air nowadays (so they don’t have to pay Stan Lee any royalties).

When the X-Men first had a try for a series, the infamous “Pryde of the X-Men,” Stan Lee was along for the narrating…

Anyhow, when the X-Men Animated Series was set to come out, Stan was again going to be the one who did the narration for the series, only this time it would be in the famous opening credits!

The show runner of the series, Eric Lewald, wrote a great book called Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series

You can buy a copy of the book right from the publisher right here.

In the book, Eric describes how he did his best to at least TRY an opening narration for Lee, writing the following opening which would be delivered by Lee as Professor X…





The earth turns slowly. Have moody music, portending trouble.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) Our world is experiencing a great transformation.

SHOW various action shots of X-Men and villains showcasing their powers, both in battle and in everyday use.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) Genetic mutations have caused the emergence of a new species whose members possess powers so fantastic that they challenge the very notion of what it means to be human.

Show various shots of human crowds being scared, getting angry.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) As fear of these super beings spreads among normal human populations –

SHOW mutants trying to fit in, being rebuffed, becoming sad, then angry.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) – the mutants struggle to find their rightful place in societies around the globe.

Show humans attacking mutants, ending with some fighting back.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) But fear breeds distrust and hatred. Mutants are being persecuted. Some are fighting back.

Show X-Men helping humans during crisis moments.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) A peace must be found. Only then can humans and mutants build the trust and understanding needed to make the world safe for us all.

Show Xavier, the school, the War Room, Cerebro, instructing X-Men in the Danger Room, testifying in Congress.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) I am Professor Charles Xavier. I have dedicated my life to teaching mutants to use their powers to help find a way for mutants and humans to live together.

Showcase upbeat demonstrations of the X-Men’s powers, ending with a smiling CU of Xavier approving their work.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) The “X-Men,” men and women with X-traordinary powers, are my students, my children – my life.

Windup: heroic group shot, pull back to wide vista/sunset, heroic exit shot.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (V.O.) They fight for a better future for all of us. They are the world’s last, best hope.

That did not work and nor did Lee’s personal attempt at an opening (which stressed atomic bomb testing and stuff like that), so Eric was eventually able to get the idea to be dropped, despite Lee really pushing for it (it did not hurt that Lee would get paid to do this for every episode).

Luckily, the final theme that we got was a total classic!

Thanks for the information, Eric! Everyone, go buy that book! It is so interesting!

Check out some legends from Legends Revealed:

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Check back Saturday for part 2 of this week’s legends!

And remember, if you have a legend that you’re curious about, drop me a line at either brianc@cbr.com or cronb01@aol.com!

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The Line it is Drawn – 2017 Call to Artists!

The Line it is Drawn – 2017 Call to Artists!

Hey everybody, it’s that time again! We’re having try-outs for new artists for the Line it is Drawn. I’m looking to add five new artists to the Line.

The try-out period is going to be two weeks long, with pieces being posted on December 6th and December 13th. So if you’re interested in being a Line it is Drawn artist, just send me a jpg drawing (preferably at least 1000 pixels wide) to brianc@cbr.com (“Line it is Drawn Try-Out” should be your subject heading) based on the following choices that I will list below. Along with your drawing, include your name and your website if you have one. The pieces don’t have to be colored, but I won’t lie, there’s a decent chance that colored pieces might stand out more when it comes to decision-time.

On December 6th, I will post the first batch of drawings. Then I’ll give you a new set of choices. You draw one of them, as well, and then on the 12th, after I post the second set of drawings, I’ll have a poll where people will vote for their favorites and the top two picks of the public will automatically make it and then I’ll pick three more artists by myself (maybe with an anonymous panel of experts helping out, as well). The new artists will start in January.

Being a part of the Line it is Drawn is for artists who are willing to do a drawing every week in about 5 days time. Being part of the Line is not a paid gig. I’m certainly fine with people missing a week or two, but if you don’t think you can meet that schedule, please don’t try out. Most of our artists are here every week, so it is certainly a doable achievement, but please be realistic with your abilities to hit a deadline before you offer yourself up as a possible addition to the Line it is Drawn. For instance, this try-out is for two weeks. If you don’t show up both weeks, you’re not going to be eligible to be picked (I’m giving people a little extra time for the first piece – but then they’ll have the normal quick turnaround for the second piece).

I welcome your try-outs! This should be a lot of fun to see a bunch of new faces! Remember, if you think you can hit the deadlines and you want to do this, pick a choice from below, draw it and then e-mail it to me at brianc@cbr.com by 9am Pacific time on December 6th.

Read on for the choices!

In week one, we’ll be doing cover homages. Here are the choices that you’ll be picking from – just draw any one of these choices…


Kamala Khan put into Detective Comics #359, making it “The Million Dollar Debut of Ms. Marvel”

Everyone that has ever been “Robin” trying to jump through the hoop in (Detective Comics 38)

Fantastic Four #51 with Streaky instead of Thing.

Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85 starring 1970s Black Lightning and Luke Cage with White Wash Jones.

Action Comics #388 with modern versions of DC characters.

Green Lantern #63 with Color Kid ‘I made half the world yellow!’

Lois Lane #29 with Lobo.

The Dark Knight Returns #1 starring Static.

Detective Comics #374 – ‘I killed Robins!’ With every Robin that Batman’s offed.

Homage to Giant-Size X-Men with classic (2003-2012) and 2015 Runaways OR with Hickman’s New Avengers and A-Force

Homage to Giant-Size X-Men with classic and 2015 Runaways OR with Hickman’s New Avengers and A-Force

Star-Lord targets Forbush-Man on Amazing Spider-Man 129

New 52 Superman/Luthor/Brainiac on the cover of Superman #167

Mister Miracle on Superman #233

Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch on Flash Comics #1

Madrox the multiple man on Flash #217

New 52 Superman/Luthor/Brainiac on the cover of Superman #167

Mister Miracle on Superman #233

Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch on Flash Comics #1

Madrox the multiple man on Flash #217

Snoopy (as the WWI Flying Ace) on Star Spangled War Stories #138

Captain Pureheart vs The Shield on All-New Collectors’ Edition #C58 (Superman vs Shazam)

A giant Metallo frying Superman with a Kryptonite ray, and holding Kara Zor-el on X-Men #142

Super Goof & other Disney characters on the cover of Justice League of America #102

Wonder Twins & Gleek, Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, El Dorado, Cyclotron, Golden Pharaoh, & El Capitan Rayo on X-Men 141

Whizzer (Squadron Supreme) & Blur (Supreme Power) on Flash 123

Namor & Captain America, Detective Comics #337

Hank Pym & Ultron, Action 397

My Little Pony on the cover of Justice League of America #85

Daredevil, Karen Page, & Elektra on Flash #343

Chief Examiner (Questprobe) vs Daredevil on Flash 304

Ozymandias, Comedian, & Gordy the Knot Boy on Detective Comics #370

Sabrina and the Archie gang on Justice League of America #10

The Teen Titans on the cover of Fantastic Four #1

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) on the cover of Whiz Comics #2

Peanuts on Adventure #300

Deadpool unmasks to a repulsed public Flash 149

Comedian targets Ozymandias on Amazing Spider-Man 129

Forbush-Man & Colander Girl on Kick Ass #8

Nick Fury & Coulson on Men in Black #1 *1991*

Coulson & the cast of Agents of SHIELD on Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD (1989) #1

Aunt May & Mary Parker (current age) on Millar’s Trouble #1

Oscar the Grouch and Slimey homage to Captain Marvel Adventures #43 #tliid

Squirrel Girl punching out Dr Doom on Captain America #1

Captain Carrot & Spider-Ham on Superman vs the Amazing Spider-Man #1

Teen Titans Go vs a giant Silkie on Brave & the Bold 28

Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and Huey (or Dewey or Louie, I suppose) homage to Green Lantern / Green Arrow #85 #tliid

Palpatine & Darth Vader homage to The Demon (1972 run) #7 (full-on Kirby style art) #tliid

Sabrina the Teenage Witch homage to House of Secrets #92 #tliid

Nextwave vs Forbush Man on Avengers #1

Spider-Man, Alpha & the Spider-Buggy on Batman & Robin (2009) #1 (Morrison & Quitely

Magica De Spell on Vampirella #1.

JLA #21 Guardians of the Galaxy 21st century summoning 31st century GotG

Hulk 2099, Spider-Man 2099, Ghost Rider 2099 & Old Man Logan on Fantastic Four 348

Doom Patrol on X-Men #1

Emily The Strange homage to Detective Comics #31 #tliid

Squirrel Girl & her squirrels vs Ultron on Flash 333

Uncanny X-Force (the Cloak & Dagger foes) and Cable’s first X-Force on Giant Size X-Men #1 http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/xforce1.htm …

Archie & the gang on Gen 13 #0 (1994)

Guardians of the Galaxy Future vs Modern day, Justice League 56

Justice League 45, a deranged Alan Moore stands over a fallen V, smashing Rorschach into Nite-Owl

The Librarian (of Unseen University) and Herrena (Red Sonja) homage to STSTI From Beyond The Unknown #23 #tliid

Avengers #16 with the original MLJ/Archie heroes.

World’s Finest Comics #61 with Hulk & the original Avengers.

World’s Finest #169 with Hulk, Spider-Man, She-Hulk and Spider-Woman.

Soviet Super Soldiers on Avengers #4

The Enchantress (Marvel) and Emerald Empress on Wonder Woman vol. 1 #250.

Captain Carrot & other funny animal heroes on All-Star Squadron #1

ROM on the Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #1

Teen Titans Go! tribute to Conjurors #1 #tliid

Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny on Amazing Spider-Man #129.

Josie and the Pussycats homage to The Trenchcoat Brigade #1 #tliid

Squirrel Girl homage to Animal Man (1988 run) #1 #tliid

Howard the Duck and Rocket Raccoon on Felix the Cat #77 #tliid

Archie & pals homage to Kamandi The Last Boy On Earth #11 #tliid

Deadly Class homage to The Spectre (1992 run) #1 #tliid

Flamingo homage to Fun Comics #54 #tliid

Thor & Loki (and some Jotun) homage to Mystery in Space #86 #tliid

X-Men homage to Strange Adventures #30 #tliid

Cyborg and Beast Boy homage to Fun Comics #37 #tliid

Savage Dragon in place of that cleaver-headed guy on Vault of Horror #32

Swamp Thing on Tales to Astonish #13 (the first appearance of Groot)

Avengers Annual #2 with the “classic” Zemo/Enchantress Masters of Evil vs. the Fatal Five.

Bullseye vs. Elektra on Tales from the Crypt #41

Crime SuspenStories #22 with Deadpool & Headpool.

Strange Tales #178: Mr. Miracle as Warlock, Darkseid as Magus, Barda as that anonymous woman…

Spider-Gwen on Amazing Spider-Man #121 and/or #122

Damien Wayne and Dick Grayson, Detective Comics 38

Squirrel Girl and Dr. Doom on Action Comics #252

Wolverine and Deadpool on Detective Comics #475

Batman and Joker on Daredevil #158.

Carol Danvers on Marvel Super-Heroes #12

Flash #133: Groot has the strangest feeling he’s being turned into a puppet!

Kamala Khan on Sensation Comics #1

Deathstroke and Deadpool on Flash #123.

Squirrel Girl on Harley Quinn #2

Justice Inc. Homage to Fantastic Four#1

All the Various Bat Girls vs the Joker on the Batgirl #41 variant

Civil War #7 with U.S. Agent and War Machine

The Flash #174 Mad Max, and Humungus, Toe Cutter, Aunty Entity, Master Blaster and Immortan Joe as the Rogues.

The Justice League on Astro City #9

Aquaman on X-Men #101

The My Little Pony cast on Action Comics #1

Captain America and Iron Man on Dark Knight Returns #3

Adam Strange 6 with Saga characters

The Life of John Paul II #1 (an actual comic) with Sandman’s Lucifer.

The Honor Guard on Avengers #4

Firestorm in Kingdom Come 4

Groot and Gamora on House of Secrets 92

Flash, Arrow, & Firestorm judging Supergirl on Adventure Comics 247

Batman 666 with Hellboy

Identity Crisis 7 with the Avengers (equipment)

The (original) Forever People #1 with the X-Men (Guest appearance by Captain America)

Wolverine mini series 1 with Michonne

Rick Grimes in Daredevil 180

Uncanny X-men 168 with Spider-Gwen

Silver Surfer 1998 #1 with Groot and Rocket Raccoon

Aquaman #62 With Seaguy

Wolverine Mini-series 1 with Deadpool

Uncanny X-men 142 with Ultron, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Amazing Spiderman 129 with Rocket Raccoon and Star-lord

McFarlane’s Spiderman 1 but with Squirrel Girl covered in squirrels

Hellboy on Detective Comics #31

Youngblood #1 with Nextwave

Amazing Spiderman Annual 21 with Oliver Queen and Felicity (and then a One Day cover maybe)

Daredevil 182 with Sabretooth mourning Wolverine

Rob Liefeld characters on Batman #497

Journey into Mystery 83 with the female Thor

Man of Steel #1 with Deadpool

The newest X-O Manowar 1 (the talking cover) with Rocket Raccoon

The newest X-O Manowar 1 with Rocket Raccoon

Amazing Spiderman 300/301 with SpiderGwen

Apollo and Midnighter in Avengers Assemble 6

Groot in the original Swamp Thing 9 or in Moore’s Swamp Thing 61

TV Flash and TV Supergirl in Superman 199

Superman vs Muhammad Ali with Superman vs Mike Tyson

DC TV versions of Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Constantine, Firestorm in Brave and Bold 28

Deadpool on the Flash #163

Guardians of the Galaxy in Brave and Bold 28

Groot and the Guardians of the Galaxy on Justice League of America #9

Who’s the Richest Man Alive? With Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne on Superman #199

@FaithErinHicks ‘s Superhero Girl doing the Action Comics 1 car lift!

Big Daddy and Hit Girl on Batman #9

Superman and Batman on Silver Surfer #4 (Thor/Surfer)

Union Jack on GI Joe #21

What If v1 #10 with Jane & Thor’s current looks

Secret Wars #10 with Iron Fist

Rorschach’s mask & fedora on V for Vendetta #1

Top Dog, Royal Roy, Planet Terry, Wally the Wizard, Spider-Ham, Muppet Babies, Wicket the Ewok, C-3PO & R2-D2 on Secret Wars #1

Spider-Man, Power Man, Iron Fist, White Tiger, & Nova (all from the Ultimate Spidey toon) on What If? v1 #1

Leonardo and Donatello of Ninja Turtles fame in Tales of Suspense #58

The Fantastic Four & the Incredibles on What If v1 #6

Tiny Toons vs Teen Titans on Justice League 56 @

Avengers 145 – Deathstroke targets the Deadpool Corps

Matt Murdock./ Daredevil on Flash #332 M

Stan Lee vs Marvels Illuminati on X-Men 11

DJ Lance Rock & the Yo Gabba Gabba gang on Fantastic Four #8

West Coast Avengers on Avengers #4

Amazing Hellboy 300 (Amazing Spiderman homage) or Hellboy in Action Comics 1 punching a car

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Line it is Drawn: 2017 Thanksgiving Leftovers Week!

Line it is Drawn: 2017 Thanksgiving Leftovers Week!

Welcome to Line it is Drawn, our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from your suggestions!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on the CSBG Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply), our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week.

This is a special Line it is Drawn! This is Thanksgiving Leftovers week, where our artists finish pieces they didn’t get a chance to finish this year (plus some other various and sundry pieces).


I’ll put them in order of the original week!

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners.

For “Comic Characters in Disney Films” week, I took this old Axel piece with Wonder Woman meeting Pinocchio that he just did for himself that I just loved.

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here

For “Guardians of the Galaxy mash-up week”, here is Thanos meeting Darkseid, who mocks Thanos’ Thanoscopter.

The art for this one is by Gene Guilmette. His website is here.

For “Evil Versions of Superheroes” Week, here is a companion to Matt Sandbrook’s evil version of Smokey the Bear that he did for that week.

The art for this one is by Matt Sandbrook. His website is here.

From “Superheroes Cosplay as Other Superheroes” week , we have She-Hulk cosplaying as Wonder Woman.

The art for this one is by Chris Marino! His website is here.

From “Stranger Things Characters Take Over 1980s Comic Book Classics” week we have an alternate version of a piece from that week.

From last week’s “Alternate Justice League Lineups” week, here is a team made up of Power Girl, Wonder Woman, Big Barda, Black Canary and…Vartox?!?

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here

Finally, here is just an awesome Tick and Friends pin-up!

The art for this one is by Dan Wolff. His website is here.

Great stuff, everyone!

Okay, folks, see you next week! Plus, if you’re interested in drawing for the Line it is Drawn, I’m going to do a call for artists in a half hour! Look for it!

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15 Major Problems With The DCEU Movies Fans Choose To Ignore

15 Major Problems With The DCEU Movies Fans Choose To Ignore

We all want the DC Extended Universe to succeed. Because if it does, there’s a bigger chance to see more fan favorite DC characters on our screens in huge blockbusters. They’ve certainly got ambitious plans for the future with Green Lantern Corps and Justice League Dark on the distant horizon. They’re looking to expand their grounded universe with characters like Nightwing and Batgirl, but also have a wild reality changing opportunity with Flashpoint. DC can be criticised for plenty of things, but nobody can deny that they’re ambitious. It’s just a shame that with each huge film they release, each one seems to have more than enough plot holes to pick apart.

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And although the same could be said for most big Hollywood films, problems just seem to be extremely prevalent with DC’s films at the moment. Whether that’s just a problem with the plot, or inconsistencies across several films, DC make some glaring mistakes from time to time. Even the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman misses the mark occasionally. Quick warning, there are Justice League spoilers here as well as spoilers for the rest of the DCEU. Here are 15 major problems with the DCEU movies fans choose to ignore.



When Steppenwolf makes his way to Earth, he begins hunting down all of the Mother Boxes. They’re an indescribable source of power in the DC Universe, and will allow Steppenwolf to claim the planet for himself to get back in Darkseid’s favor. The League quickly scramble to defend all of the artifacts, with Cyborg gaining the last one.

But after Superman is revived and can’t remember what’s happened recently, the League fight him off. But they carelessly leave the Mother Box behind undefended. Obviously, Steppenwolf steps in as they’re distracted and takes it for himself. The League have some genius level superheroes on their team and yet no one thought to either bring the box with them, or leave it defended. Well done team, you nearly jeopardized the world.


Lex Luthor Jessie Eisenberg

So during Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor’s main character arc saw him want to create a deterrent against the Man of Steel in case he ever went rogue and used his powers against Earth. That’s not an unreasonable thought to have, he’s worried about an alien killing everyone. So why did he go ahead and create an alien that tried to kill everyone?

Lex created Doomsday in the Kryptonian ship left over from Man of Steel, using his own blood and Zod’s dead body. He then proclaims it’s his ‘Doomsday’. The monster goes on a rampage, killing Superman and probably many others when it was hurling around skyscrapers. Lex started out with honest intentions of protecting humanity, then devolved into creating something that could destroy it with no contingency plan. Great.



Ah Wonder Woman, so far it’s been the only DC film that was both a critical and commercial success. And that’s completely warranted, but it is not without plot holes. For example, the finale of the movie where Steve Trevor sacrifices himself for the greater good. Or did he?

The plane he commandeers is loaded with Doctor Poison’s toxic gas. So to stop it from being used, he shoots he canisters at a high altitude to make the plane explode. But wouldn’t the explosion just disperse the gas further? We saw what a canister could do to a small town, imagine what hundreds of them would do. Were there no lasting effects among the population? Think of the people Steve Trevor, think of the people.



When the Suicide Squad were finally all introduced and were given a mission to carry out, the story started to become very muddled. The soldiers accompanying them all seemed well equipped to the job the villains had been sent to do to begin with. And when it came to their objective, it was to walk Amanda Waller out of a room and onto a rooftop for a helicopter to pick her up.

Okay, we get that Midway City had been turned into a war zone, that’s fine. But the team managed to get Waller from her secure room to the rooftop without any problems whatsoever. Why jeopardize having these criminals out in public when the military could have probably done the job better? Is it because they’re now a dysfunctional family? Waller, your plan doesn’t make sense.


Justice League trailer Clark Kent

The Man of Steel ending saw Clark Kent take a job at the Daily Planet as an intrepid reporter working alongside Lois Lane. This is right after the world watched Superman fight it out with other alien invaders in huge spaceships. His face will have been photographed and documented. So why does nobody at the Daily Planet catch on that a Kryptonian is working at their publication? Let’s not act like the DC Universe doesn’t have facial recognition.

Just because he’s not wearing the blue suit and has a pair of glasses on, doesn’t mean his disguise is that great. He barely even changes his hairstyle to try and add some mystery to it. He may as well walk around in costume. Plus, everyone knows how close Lois was with Supes, surely one of her co-workers will have caught on that she’s living with someone who looks very similar.



We’re introduced to the Parademons, Steppenwolf’s biomechanical army that do his bidding. And it’s explained to us that the creatures can sense fear and will swarm to feed on it. They even began feeding on their so called ‘fearless’ leader at the end of the film when he realized he’d been beaten. We see them detect it from quite a distance away, so why didn’t they go for Barry Allen during the steam tower scene?

The Flash tells Batman that he’s never done battle, he just moves fast. He’s visibly terrified of everything going on, but the Parademons don’t sense anything when the team are hiding. They should’ve automatically latched onto Barry’s fear and attacked.


Once Justice League finally brings Superman back from the dead, the team have to fight him because he’s not quite sure who everyone is and all he can remember is Batman trying to kill him. And when Flash tries to run up behind him, Supes’ eyes catch up to speed and spot the speedster. The two briefly fight before he knocks The Flash back.

So we know that Superman is incredibly fast, that’s great. So why didn’t he use this speed when he was fighting Batman or Doomsday? Okay, he might not have wanted to kill Batman at the time, but he certainly wanted to stop him. We’re also quite sure that if he could keep up with The Flash, he could have stopped Doomsday from stabbing him. Sorry.


Rick Flag and June Moon

We’re shown from near the beginning of the film that Rick Flagg and June Moone had fallen in love, so Waller manipulated the soldier into keeping her in check. Unfortunately Enchantress breaks free and tries to take over the world. Talk about having a dark side.

Enchantress and June are shown to be two very different people. But for some bizarre reason, Enchantress tries to kidnap Rick Flagg. There’s no real explanation for it, except it gives the team a chance to prove themselves and save him. This isn’t followed up on later on in the film either. It’s obvious that June wasn’t in control of Enchantress whatsoever, so what was the villains’ intentions? We’ll probably never know. Are we complaining about that? Not so much.


affleck knightmare batman

Batman v Superman was a problematic film. It was attempting to be a sequel to Man of Steel whilst simultaneously setting up a springboard for the rest of DC’s cinematic universe. Part of that was teasing threats to come in the future. Yes, we’re talking about the ‘Knightmare Vision’ sent to Batman by The Flash.

It had absolutely nothing to do with the story aside from showing Bruce that Superman could be dangerous if provoked. But when Parademons show up in Justice League, Bruce doesn’t mention his vision to anyone. It might hold vital clues as to who they’ll really be facing Bruce! He doesn’t appear to recognize the Parademons plaguing the world or even recognize Barry in his red speedster costume. Because that would have been a genuinely interesting way of tying Batman and The Flash together, solving the mystery of the future vision.


Batman v. Superman Superman Not a Symbol of Hope

At the beginning of Batman v Superman, Lois Lane travels to the middle east to interview a terrorist. It turns out Jimmy Olsen was a CIA operative and is executed before the rest of the terrorists are killed by the Luthor Mercenaries. Their bodies are burnt and it’s made to look like Superman burnt them alive.

Okay, so we’re not a forensic scientist like Barry Allen, but all of these terrorists had been shot first. So why did Congress come to the conclusion that Superman had killed them? It felt like a cheap way of taking a political shot at the Man of Steel. Maybe that was the point, or maybe it was just to get him into the hearing so he could watch everyone die in the explosion. Either way, the whole conspiracy became very convoluted.


Ares Justice League David Thewlis

During Wonder Woman, it’s explained to us that Ares became jealous of humanity and waged war against Zeus. Zeus couldn’t defeat him but was able to craft a weapon that could take care of him when the time came. It tells us how much power Ares must have if the most powerful God couldn’t kill him.

So how is it possible that a demi-god could kill Ares? We’re not diminishing Wonder Woman’s abilities, but surely this makes her even more powerful than Zeus himself. In which case, Wonder Woman isn’t a demi-god, she’s a fully-fledged God. But it seems strange that using all of his power would actually kill Zeus, because that’s the reason that Hippolyta explains to Diana. What’s the use of having those abilities if he couldn’t use them without dying? Seems backwards to us.


When Midway City is completely taken over, the Suicide Squad aren’t told what it is their mission is to begin with. They’re deployed via helicopter into the warzone, awaiting their fate. But as they’re flying through the abandoned city, their helicopter is hit by some kind of projectile and they crash land.

But we’re never shown who it was that fired on the vehicle. Was it Joker’s crew or Enchantress? It’s a minor detail but the intentions are the same for either culprit. But could Enchantress’ monsters really use a grenade or missile launcher with precise aim to bring down a helicopter? It seems slightly unlikely seeing as they’re creepy, jittery monsters. That can barely hold a fight together let alone manage to bring down a helicopter in the middle of a city.


Clark Kent Man Of Steel

So after Superman’s tragic death at the hands of Doomsday and by extension, Lex Luthor, Clark Kent is buried back in Smallville at a small private ceremony. His boss, Perry White and a few others from the Daily Planet attend the funeral to pay their respects to Clark. The reason covering for Clark’s death isn’t explained though.

Fast forward to Justice League, and Superman is revived using The Flash’s powers combined with the Mother Box as well as the Kryptonian ship. Clark ends the film by returning to the Daily Planet. How is he going to explain that one? He’s going to give Perry and his co-workers a heart attack by walking through the front door like that. There needs to be a coherent explanation as to how Clark and Superman both returned simultaneously.


After her helicopter is brought down by some of Enchantress’ monsters, Amanda Waller is used as a source of information for the villain to move on her plan to take over the world. Including using bolts of lightning to take out aircraft carriers and radar dishes, of course. In doing so, she stabs Amanda Waller full of tentacles that absorb her knowledge.

We don’t see how the head of Task Force X ever escapes or how she removed all the tentacles. The next time we see her, she’s completely fine and none of the team question how she managed to escape completely unscathed. Maybe it’s lazy storytelling, perhaps the scene was cut, but it just doesn’t make sense. It’s a good thing that Viola Davis is a phenomenal actress.



Okay, so after the death of Superman during the finale of Batman v Superman, his friends and family bury him back in Smallville. It’s an emotional scene, especially for Lois and Martha. Batman and Wonder Woman watch from a distance, worried about a future without the Kryptonian. But the dirt thrown on his coffin rises, as if Clark isn’t dead and is preparing to fly.

But when Flash and Cyborg exhume his body, Superman is still very much dead. He’s buried and shows no signs of regenerating. He’s dead. The only thing that brings him back is the Motherbox alongside Flash’s powers. So why did the dirt rise on his coffin? Residual energy? Dwindling plot threads? It’s clear that the story was changed in the time between the two feels.

Which of these bothered you the most? Let us know in the comments!

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Rogue One Star Really Wants to Play Doctor Doom

Rogue One Star Really Wants to Play Doctor Doom

Ben Mendelsohn is attached to Marvel Studios’ upcoming Captain Marvel movie, but the actor has revealed his ideal Marvel character to portray would actually be Fantastic Four foe Victor Von Doom, AKA Doctor Doom, one of the most beloved supervillains in Marvel Comics history.

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Making an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Mendelsohn discussed the character and why he gravitates towards him. “Doctor Doom is the greatest comic character of all time. That’s a great role,” the actor said. “The thing that’s appealing about Victor is the damage and trauma, the loss of the family, the wrong done to him and then the takeover, the revenge, and then the protectiveness of Latveria wrapped in that Cold War vibe.”

“There’s something about the combination of that. What actually makes him great is his caring bit,” he continued.

Fox is said to be developing a Doctor Doom movie, after its failed reboot of Fantastic Four in 2015. No details have been revealed about Noah Hawley’s Doctor Doom flick since it was announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego earlier this year, during the Legion panel.

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7 Things to Know About Ezra Miller, the Guy Who Plays The Flash in Justice League

Image Source: Getty / Karwai Tang

Ezra Miller is about to become a household name. The 25-year-old actor is set to star alongside Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, and Henry Cavill in the upcoming Justice League film as The Flash - which means we're going to see a lot more of his handsome face in the near future. To get you up to speed - pun intended - we've rounded up seven quick facts about Ezra that will surely make you a new fan.

1. He identifies as queer.

In 2012, Ezra opened up about his sexuality in Out Magazine, saying, "I'm queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular." The actor also opened up about "trying to kiss boys" in school while coming to terms with his sexual identity.

2. He's an opera singer.

As a kid, Ezra suffered from severe stuttering. He took up opera singing lessons to overcome his speech impediment and has gone on to sing with the Metropolitan Opera and perform in the American premiere of Philip Glass's contemporary opera, White Raven, in 2001.

3. He's from New Jersey.

Ezra was raised in Wyckoff, NJ, with his two sisters, Saiya and Caitlin, who are both older than him. His mother, Marta, is a modern dancer, and his father, Robert, is a group publisher at Workman Publishing.

4. He's a fan of marijuana.

In 2011, Ezra was arrested for drug possession. After the charges were dropped, Ezra opened up about his use of marijuana, telling NYMag, "I don't feel like there's any need to hide the fact that I smoke pot. It's a harmless herbal substance that increases sensory appreciation."

Image Source: Getty / Mike Pont

5. He's in a band.

Ezra is credited for providing the vocals, drumming, and percussion as one-third of the musical group Sons of an Illustrious Father.

6. He should look familiar.

If you've watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Trainwreck, or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, then you've definitely seen Ezra on your screen before.

7. He will get his own solo film as The Flash.

Ezra made his first appearance as The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and reprised his role in Suicide Squad. He will suit up to play Barry Allen once more in his own solo film tentatively scheduled for a 2018 release.

Zack Snyder’s Son Thinks Justice League Would Be Better Without Comedy Or Meddling

Zack Snyder's Son Thinks Justice League Would Be Better Without Comedy Or Meddling

And he would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for that meddling Joss Whedon.

Source: Vero

While Zack Snyder hasn't seen the final cut of Justice League yet, his son Jett sure has, sharing his thoughts on Vero. Jett liked the film, but had a few problems he aired.

"On a more serious note I did enjoy the movie, although it is clearly not what it could have been due to the meddling of Warner Brothers and the forced comedy."

Jett is clearly referring to the addition of director Joss Whedon on the film after his father stepped down following his sister's suicide. Whedon is known for his light-hearted humor, especially in contrast with Zack Snyder's bleak films.

But Jett did recommend the film in the end, despite the two hour run time.

"The run time was my biggest gripe with the movie, with events that should take a long time over in a flash;$ [sic] but still definitely a fun movie to watch, and would recommend it."

Justice League currently sits at 41% on Rotten Tomatoes, but don't take critics words for it when you can take the word of a teenager. They're still hip and cool. 

Justice League is in theaters now.

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DuckTales Return Date and Episode Guide

The DuckTales reboot is a welcome remake of the Disney classic. Here's everything you need to know!

News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter Shamus Kelley
Nov 24, 2017

The DuckTales reboot is here and it's amazing.

DuckTales, in case you don't know, was a wonderful animated series that aired 100 episodes between 1987 and 1990. This was a cartoon with an impressive legacy. Based on the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics of Carl Barks, which are not only some of the finest comics ever made, but helped influence the Indiana Jones franchise (which the cartoon then borrowed some flavor from), DuckTales was a perfect blend of adventure and afternoon cartoon comedy. It also boasted the catchiest theme tune in history, and spawned a video game that still holds up as one of the best ever produced for the NES.

The next new episode will air on December 2, 2017. You can find a title for it below.

DuckTales Episode 9 "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!"

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There's a trailer for the upcoming episode here.

DuckTales Episode Guide

DuckTales Episode 1 "Woo-oo!"

Donald Duck reluctantly takes Huey, Dewey, and Louie to the home of their reclusive great-uncle Scrooge McDuck. Enthrealled by their once-legendary great-uncle and the wonder of McDuck Manor, the triplets and Webby learn of long-kept family secrets and unleash totems from Scrooge's epic past, sending the family on an adventure of a lifetime to the Lost City of Atlantis. 

DuckTales Episode 2 "Daytrip of Doom!"

The nephews take Webby to Funso's Fun Zone and have a dangerous run-in with the Beagle Boys.

DuckTales Episode 3 "The Great Dime Chase!"

Louie accidentally spends Scrooge's Number One Dime and turns to mad inventor Gyro Gearloose for help to get it back, while Dewey and Webby become entangled in a conspiracy.

DuckTales Episode 4 "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!"

After crashing Ma Beagle's birthday party, Webby and new mysterious friend Lena must fight their way through Beagle Boy turf to get back home. 

DuckTales Episode 5 "The Tunnel of Terra-Firmians!"

Huey and Webby's disagreement over the existence of a mythic species leads the kids to explore an eerie abandoned subway tunnel, while Mrs. Beakley grows suspicious of Lena. 

DuckTales Episode 6 "The House of the Lucky Gander!"

Donald competes with his cousin Gladstone Gander to impress Louie at a mysterious resort in Macaw, while Scrooge tries to lure the kids away from the resort's endless distractions.

DuckTales Episode 7 "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!"

Huey competes with Dewey for a coveted internship with Duckburg's newest tech billionaire, Mark Beaks, while Scrooge and Glomgold team up to take this new competitor down. 

DuckTales Episode 8 "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra"

In a lost pyramid, Louie interprets a pharaoh's prophecy to his advantage, forcing Scrooge and Launchpad to convince a group of living mummies to rescue him.

DuckTales Episode 9 "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!"

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DuckTales Reboot News

We've got some key details from the DuckTales panel at San Diego Comic-Con that reveal some key facts about the series.

- The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck was a huge influence on the series and it was required reading for all the writers.

- A special clip of episode nine was shown where the family goes into a pyramid and gets separated from each other.

- One of David Tennant's favorite episodes "takes place back in time."

- The creators of the series wrote it, "like a family comedy. The family just happens to be the greatest adventurers of all time."

- There will be Disney easter eggs all over the show.

- A new character will be introduced named  Mark Beaks. He's a tech millionaire. Flintheart and Scrooge hate him more than they hate each other.

David Tennant said that in "every episode a new corner of (Scrooge's) past is revealed."

- The producers chose the duck brothers birth order by how the public says their names. So Huey is the oldest,  Duey is the middle child, and Louie is the youngest.

Darkwing Duck is also coming to DuckTales! Read more on that here

Read and download the full Den of Geek SDCC Special Edition magazine here!

Disney XD also released the main titles for the new show, which are fun, funny, and filled with shenanigans — just like we like our DuckTales. Check them out....

DuckTales Reboot Cast

We've been waiting for word of Gizmoduck's inclusion, and now we have it, and the announcement comes with some unexpected star power. Lin-Manuel Miranda (ever heard of this little production called Hamilton?) will voice Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, Gyro Gearloose's intern. Fenton moonlights as Duckburg's superheroic Gizmoduck.

Check out your first look at the new Gizmoduck design here:

“Growing up as a Cuban-American comics enthusiast, I was always hungry for a Latino hero to call my own,” co-producer Francisco Angones said in a statement (via TVLine). “In developing the new series, [executive producer Matt Youngberg] and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt DuckTales‘ marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”

Let's take a look at the rest of this impressive group of waterfowls...

Headlining the cast is David Tennant, who will voice the uber-affluent, gold-hoarding feathered Scrooge McDuck. The real Scotsman Tennant, of course, will likely always be best associated with his legendary 2005-2010 tenure as the 10th Doctor on Doctor Who, his celebrated murder mystery Broadchurch, and his chilling Marvel television villain performance as Kilgrave on Jessica Jones. However, he’s no stranger to providing his voice for animated genres having played a role in the 2010 film hit How to Train Your Dragon and the alien robot the Fugitoid on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

Voicing the roles of Scrooge’s adventuring, trouble-making grandnephews are Danny Pudi (Community) as Huey, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, the voice of BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Dewey, and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night LiveWe Bare Bears) as Louie. Filling out the rest of the cast are Beck Bennett (Saturday Night LiveSing) as ace pilot (and eventual Darkwing Duck spinoff facilitator,) Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye (CastleParnormal Action Squad) as nanny Mrs. Beakley and Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and OatesMilo Murphy’s Law) as Mrs. Beakley’s granddaughter Webby Vanderquack.

To say the least, this cast is a cavalcade of fan-friendly talent who not only possess the comedic pipes necessary to bring this revival to life, but acknowledges the adult audiences who will tune in to the new version for some freshly-harvested Member Berries about the 1987-1990 animated series. Disney even released a video of the new cast singing the classic DuckTales theme...

DuckTales Trailer

Need a quick teaser of what to expect from the new DuckTales? How about poor Donald Duck suffering through any number of adventurous situations?

Check out the full trailer, which is pretty much exactly what we were hoping for from this.

And in even better news, DuckTales Season 2 is already confirmed!

“Fans around the world are eager and we’re looking forward to introducing viewers to the all-new DuckTales,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD in a statement (via Deadline). “This early season two order is a testament to the quality work the creative team, led by Matt and Frank, and the cast are delivering.”

Until then, sing that theme tune over and over, play DuckTales Remastered on one of your consoles, and track down some of these amazing Carl Barks duck comics that Fantagraphics has been putting out. You won't regret it.

This article first appeared in February of 2015. It has been updated with new information.

The 17 Best Christmas Horror Movies

If you're in the mood to spice up your holiday eggnog with a real kick, we have 17 Christmas horror movies that are to die for...

The Lists Elizabeth Rayne Jim Knipfel Daniel Kurland Tony Sokol
Nov 24, 2017

Technicolor lights are illuminating every other home in the neighborhood; carolers are marching through the streets; even that old tree in Rockefeller is shining brightly.

For some folks, that’s enough to make you want to grab an axe. But don’t do that. Watch demented men dressed as Santa Claus or a demon Krampus give your old Anti-Christmas sentiments a turn with maximum gore. Indeed, this list isn’t about the most charming, or heartwarming, or fancy-schmancy schmaltz that most Christmas articles, even on this site, heave into the world. Nay, this is about the 17 grossest, nastiest, and all around most fun Christmas horror movies. The kind where the greatest gift you’re going to get on Christmas morning is escaping with your life and maybe some everlasting psychological triggers whenever you see big jolly men in red suits.

Yep, here are the very best Christmas horror movies. Ho. Freaking. Ho.

Black Christmas (1974)

Getting stabbed by a unicorn head to the ghostly tune of carolers singing “Silent Night” is probably not how you want to spend Christmas Eve. This pre-Scream holiday slasher claims its victims in a sorority house haunted by creepy phone calls (sans ghost mask), demonic noises, bodies eerily shrouded in plastic wrap, and one perverse killer whose voice alone is enough to freeze your blood. 

When an unidentified caller keeps repeatedly harassing your entire sorority house with obscene things you can only half-understand (because he sounds like a deranged Donald Duck that laughs like the Joker), you should run even if it is 10 degrees outside. The blizzard of murders keeps raging with one victim being dragged screaming by a hook, and another being bludgeoned to death like something out of a medieval torture scene. Never mind the one suffocated to death by plastic wrap and left next to the window like the vacant face of a doll staring out into the night. You’ll hardly sleep in heavenly peace after this one.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Christmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out) (1980)

In his one and only film as writer/director, Lewis Jackson has crafted a smart and clever black comedy that’s more character study than straight horror film. John Waters insists it’s a comedy about a closeted transvestite (of a sort), but it’s much more than that—it’s the Taxi Driver of Yuletide shockers. Brandon Maggart plays a man who takes Christmas way too seriously. His home is filled with bright holiday decorations all year-round while Christmas carols are playing on the stereo. Santa is his role model, a symbol of all that is good and just in the world. He even works at a toy factory.

He so identifies with Santa, he takes to spying on the neighbor kids, keeping his own carefully annotated naughty and nice lists. But when he recognizes the level of cynicism and hypocrisy among his co-workers, bosses, and the people around town as the most joyous time of the year approaches, well, he goes a little funny in the head. He reaches for the suit and beard and axe, determined to reward the good and punish the evil.

Maggart has since tried to desperately distance himself from the film, but he gives a remarkable performance here as a completely isolated figure with a head swimming with both joy and rage. In the end, the film remains king of the sub-subgenre. Screw It’s a Wonderful Life and Rudolph. Apart from Blast of Silence and Invasion U.S.A., Christmas Evil is the only holiday film I watch annually.

Jim Knipfel 

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A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Admittedly, a number of horror-based Christmas films have gone with the anthology angle for their storytelling. Hell, this isn’t even the only anthology film depicted on this list. A Christmas Horror Story may not be on a lot of people’s radar, but it’s a worthy installment that gets to go to some unusual places purely because both the Christmas and anthology playgrounds have gotten so bloated at this point. This film also benefits from being executed by a cabal of directors who are responsible with directing some of the best horror content to come out of Canada in passing years, such as Splice, the Black Christmas remake, and the Ginger Snaps Trilogy.

A Christmas Horror Story deliciously uses William Shatner as a radio DJ to be the connective tissue that holds together the four stories that comprise the film. Parables on ghost possession, clone doppelgangers, Krampus, and zombie elves all get their due here. Furthermore, ideas like a pregnant ghost using you as a conduit to give birth to its baby is all sorts of messed up. The film also has a pretty inspired ending that actually managed to surprise me and casts the picture in a whole new light. It’s got Santa Claus fighting Krampus. What’s not to like?

Daniel Kurland 

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Dead of Night (1945)

Never play hide and go seek in a house where someone was murdered. While it might be best known for Michael Redgrave’s night-terror-inducing ventriloquist dummy scene that sparked the phobia of possessed puppets, Dead of Night also invites you to a Christmas party with a spectral guest. Spacecase Sally’s genuine terror at realizing what she thinks she saw is what she really saw will forever have you second-guessing shadows creeping in the cold. 

What is obvious in this scene—encroaching darkness and shadows looming over what a place you know is haunted without ever having to hear the big reveal—is hardly as chilling as what is not so obvious until the truth silently materializes. The ghost of the little boy plays hide-and-seek with the other children as if warm blood courses through his veins. Unlike many stereotypical see-through phantoms of the era, this one doesn’t have that telltale translucence which would set off a chorus of screams. Being almost disturbingly normal is exactly what makes him so terrifying. 

Elizabeth Rayne 

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut was the non-denominational star at the top of Stanley Kubrick’s Christmas tree. Originally conceived as a Woody Allen vehicle, it almost starred Steve Martin after Allen insisted on reading the script from right to left. It is as much a cautionary tale as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, bringing the whole family together with a different Christmas tree in almost every frame.  Kubrick pours on the cheer from the opening sequence at the Christmas party where the first gifts are unwrapped, and oh boy are they unwrapped. Bill Harford, played by Tom Cruise, dives right into the muffled spirit of giving after he performs a more than charitable deed for the party's host, played by Sydney Pollack.

Harford spends most of the film looking for the perfect gift like a slow motion version of Jingle All the Way, rushing around from New York City’s famous toy repository FAO Schwartz to downtown specialty shops, to the suburbs, where he can find collectors’ editions. Cruise pays Harford like a wooden windup toy, and not a particularly cute one, either. In spite of all the colorful lights and trips above and below the rainbow, Harford just can’t get into the Christmas spirit. He’s not even moved by the uplifting seasonal tunings of “I Want a Boy for Christmas” by the Del-Vettes. He recovers his seasonal facilities while humming along to the chant during the climactic illuminati sex party, though! The song is actually “Here Comes Santa Claus” sung backwards in Latin, adding more menace to the proceedings than Silas Barnaby brought to Toyland in The March of the Wooden Soldiers.

The film ends when Alice, played by Cruise’s then-wife Nicole Kidman, is caught by her daughter kissing Santa under the mistletoe, revealing herself to be the nutcracker.

Tony Sokol 

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Gremlins (1984)

Santa doesn’t exist… unless it’s your father in a red suit who met his untimely end trying to slide down the chimney with a sack of presents before getting stuck. Don’t tell that to the innocent bat-like ears of a harmless (for now) Mogwai. It’s exactly the kind of story you expect to hear while hunkering down in the shadows with a flashlight while a bunch of leathery green things with too many teeth ransack the neighborhood. And Santa? That smell coming from the fireplace weeks later was no dead cat. Worst. Christmas story. Ever. 

This movie should be on every hardcore horror fan’s holiday playlist just for the musical monstrosity of those reptilian things decked out in Santa hats and earmuffs singing “Deck the Halls” at the neighbors’ door, sheet music and all. This is continuing proof that animals have a sixth sense, because her yowling cat senses something off about the voices warbling “Joy to the World” outside. She’s right to have an aversion to Christmas carolers.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Holidays (2015)

I kind of love the concept of this movie.

There have been so many holiday-themed horror films at this point—reaching Christmas and going far, far beyond that—so why not make an anthology film that takes that idea to the extreme? Holidays hits the expected staples such as Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, but part of the fun here is how holidays with lesser expectations like Easter or St. Patrick’s Day deliver some truly horrifying content (seriously, the St. Patrick’s Day segment is disturbing, bonkers chaos). The Christmas segment comes courtesy of Scott Stewart (Legion) and has Seth Green trying to survive the holiday as he attempts to get his son the perfect gift. Stewart’s installment feels very reminiscent of a Black Mirror episode with virtual reality, consumerism, and the dangers of mob mentality all playing their part here.

A lot of these anthology films also try to bank off of the name recognition and notoriety of the assembled directors, but Holidays proudly features a collection of mostly fresh faces (although Kevin Smith and Starry Eye’s Kevin Kolsch contribute segments). It’s fun to discover a bunch of new blossoming talents here. Come for the Christmas madness, and then stay for the bonus serving of mega dessert that accompanies it.

Daniel Kurland 

Jack Frost (1997)

Before you ask if this is the cringe worthy father/son bonding vehicle starring Michael Keaton. No, this is the Jack Frost where the killer snowman’s nose functions as both a killing tool and a device to sexually assault his victims. All square? But hey, at the least the film isn’t afraid to ride its ridiculous premise as hard as possible. First of all, an actual killer named Jack Frost crashes into a truck of “genetics material” that causes him to transform into this cold abomination in the first place. That sets the tone pretty nicely for the abundant murders, sex, and plot holes that plague the town of Snowmonton (yup). It’s hard to believe that this film got made, with all of the visuals being some real spectacles that you don’t typically see in the horror genre.

Jack Frost is the perfect Christmas horror film to shut your brain off and watch, or the title that you should be selecting right in the middle of your deep eggnog haze (it’s got a 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so…). It’s stupid nonsense, but it knows that it is and has tons of fun with itself. We need more talented individuals trying to tap into the killer snowman subgenre. There’s still a true classic waiting to come to life here.

Daniel Kurland 

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Krampus (2015)

Morbidly funny in its anti-holiday sarcasm and ridiculous demons, Krampus is like a mashup of the Griswolds, the Grinch, and every mythical beast that has ever been rumored to devour children on the naughty list. You’d rather get coal in your stocking than a killer jack-in-the-box jump scare… or find chilling hoof prints in the snow that are definitely not from Rudolph.

Krampus is one Yuletide monster actually worse than the Grinch. The grisly inspiration for this tale is a Germanic one about a hairy, horned, and cloven-footed demon who stuffs naughty children in his sack and either beats them with a wooden switch or eats them (depending on who you ask). Also, his heart won’t grow three sizes from gorging on human flesh, either.

This version of him is also hungry for anyone who’s lost their holiday spirit—whether or not you otherwise qualify for the nice list. Watch this with the lights off for the full effect of the power outage that works to the creature’s advantage as he goes hunting for holiday nonbelievers. Kids, don’t scorn Santa or Krampus will come to collect you.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

There are some of us who know this movie verbatim and to the point where we will shamelessly break out singing “This is Halloween” and raise Jack’s quasi-Shakespearean monologue from the dead even in the middle of July. Or keep warning people that tragedy’s at hand. Or correct anyone who says there are 365 days until next Halloween by growling “364!” The stop-motion animation saga of the talking skeleton turned “Sandy Claws” bewitched an entire generation of ‘90s kids. 

Even people who hate Halloween will stare with delight and awe when Jack’s skull bursts out of a snowdrift, and he first puts colored lights in his eye sockets and explores every “what’s this?” in Christmas Town like a spook in a coffin shop. You just can’t help but love the adventurous skeleton, even if he does end up making haunted houses out of people’s living rooms on Christmas Eve. Whether you’d rather be making Christmas with strangely somber carols, reanimated reindeer or toys that bite back, it’s now an officially unofficial holiday classic.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Rare Exports (2010)

There couldn’t possibly be a more sinister place to search for Santa’s ancient burial mount than in the frigid depths of Lapland. It’s the same supposedly enchanted place Dick van Dyke hiked to in the search for Santa in an ‘80s musical Christmas special, except this time you won’t find him in a cozy cottage with stockings hung by the chimney with care. You won’t find the guy in red from the mall, but anything that takes a disembodied pig’s head as bait couldn’t possibly be jingle-belling on a sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, especially when he seems to have a ravenous appetite for said reindeer. 

This time, “the spirit of the season” is literally the most malicious Christmas spirit that has ever terrorized the Yuletide. Even if you watch the whole thing in Finnish and don’t understand a word except the screaming, the ghost of the child in you that really did believe there was a guy in the North Pole will be forever traumatized. This glaze-eyed zombie incarnation of Mr. Claus doesn’t laugh like a bowl full of jelly. You better watch out.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Santa Claws (1996)

You do have to wonder what happened to John Russo along the line. Thirty years after co-writing Night of the Living Dead, he came up with this decidedly sleazy but sadly unoriginal wonderment, which was much more focused on boobs than Yuletide butchery. In what by that point had become a battered cliché of the Slasher Santa subgenre, a young boy named Wayne (Grant Kramer) sees his mom having sex with a man wearing a Santa hat (!), and so murders them both. I’m not exactly sure how this transference would work in Freudian terms, but when he gets older, he a) becomes obsessed with a low-budget scream queen named Raven (played by low-budget scream queen Debbie Rochon) and b) decides he’s Santa.

As you might imagine, stalking someone when you’re wearing a Santa suit is no mean feat, but Wayne gives it his best shot. Most of the film, however, focuses on Raven and her extended family as she gets undressed a lot and wonders not only why that creep in the Santa suit keeps showing up everywhere, but why everyone around her keeps dying in a particularly bloody fashion. It can feel like there are two films going on here, a by-the-numbers stalker/slasher movie and a holiday horror film, which leaves me thinking Russo had one of them in mind, but after some eight-year-old smarty-pants came up with that clever “Santa Claws” pun, well, he just had to run with it.

Jim Knipfel

Santa’s Slay (2005)

Christmas can sure scare the Dickens out of people. Hence why you can’t not watch a holiday horror flick in which Santa is the Antichrist, sentenced to 1,000 years of delivering gifts after losing a curling match with an angel, and played by former pro wrestler Bill “Who’s Next?” Goldberg. As the only son of Satan (you know what they say about rearranging the letters in that name) whose grim legend is immortalized in the Book of Claus, he can now at last spread Christmas fear with weapons, karate kicks, hand grenades, exploding presents, and his own perverse idea of what “Ho ho ho” should really mean. Them’s the breaks once the bet’s terms are done.

Santa’s methods of murder are fiendishly festive—to say the least. There is no naughty or nice list when it comes to an insatiable appetite for violence. Grandpa gets run over by a hell-deer, and Slayer-Claus forever silences Fran Drescher’s irredeemably nasal laugh by drowning her in eggnog. He even knocks out poseurs in red suits and drives a sleigh with a rocket engine like it’s the Batmobile. Mall Santas everywhere are shaking in their pleather boots.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Naughty children get punished with more than just a stocking full of coal in this Christmas chiller. Just the opening scene with all those empty-eyed animatronic toys haunting a window display after-hours should tell you that this is not a movie that’s going to end in visions of sugarplums. Forget that it’s supposed to be the season of all things magical. Those things can be more terrifying than every single plastic skeleton and gaping zombie mask you’ll ever see in a haunted house around Halloween.

You’d better watch out for that psycho in the red suit who grabs a hatchet off the wall as if it was his bag full of toys and packs an automatic pistol in his fur-lined pocket, murdering misbehaving kids he’s been watching undercover of shadow. This sadistic Santa clearly doesn’t believe in sliding down chimneys—and the only red he’s interested in wearing is the blood of innocents. If that won’t convince you to stay awake because he sees you when you’re sleeping, you must be Freddie Krueger.

Elizabeth Rayne

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Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

Three years after the shit-storm sparked by the original’s ad campaign, some smart cookie decided a sequel was necessary. A tough call there, given most all the principals were killed off pretty thoroughly the first time around, but still, right? There was money to be made. So they brought in an untested director (Lee Harry), a mostly untested crew, and a cast of mostly non-professional actors. After a half-dozen writers took a swipe at the script, they came up with a confounding but tepid rehash of the first film. This time around, and mostly in flashback, we learn that after the first killer Santa was sloppily dispatched at the end of Part 1, his brother Ricky becomes determined to uncover what went wrong.

He pays a visit to the sadistic Mother Superior at the Catholic asylum where his brother had been kept, and before you can say “ho ho ho,” Ricky ends up donning the red and white suit himself to do a little rampaging, though without nearly half of his brother’s imagination. They even used the same fucking poster design, just slapped a “2” on it. I guess hoping they might raise the same sort of ruckus the first one had. Sadly, it was too late for that.

Jim Knpifel 

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Sint (2010)

Dutch director Dick Maas took some early steps toward Krampus territory with his re-imagining of the legend of the warm-hearted Saint Nick. Borrowing heavily from earlier Italian, Spanish, and American horror films, as well as Danish folklore, “Sinterklaas” here was actually a bloodthirsty medieval murderer and all around brute who oversaw a savage reign of terror. Finally fed up with all his nonsense, the ornery local villagers banded together on the night of Dec. 5 and lynched him. As per tradition, however, in the moments before he died Sinterklaas vowed vengeance from beyond the grave, promising to retirn every 32 years on that very night to do bad and icky things to the villagers’ descendants.

Over the centuries, the story was mainstreamed and soft-pedaled, becoming part of the local folklore. The character of Saint Nick became much more benevolent and child-friendly so as not to scare the wee folk. Then, well, wouldn’t you know it? That anniversary creeps around again, Sinterklaas is true to his word, and Amsterdam turns all bloody, leaving it up to an intrepid teenager named Frank to put a stop to the mayhem. A stylish, wicked, and hugely entertaining take on the darker history of a beloved legend. It was also the top grossing film in Denmark in 2010, which either says something about the Danish film industry or the Dutch themselves.

Jim Knipfel

Tales From the Crypt: And All Through the House (1972)

The Crypt Keeper first emerged as a ghoulish EC Comics character who crawled onto the big screen in this horror anthology, welcoming unknowing tourists to his catacombs with bony arms open. What the tourists don’t know is that they’re all recently deceased. The invite is to a subterranean story-time in which he unearths the gruesome details of their deaths with a gap-toothed grin. Creatures are obviously stirring when killer wife Joanne is stalked by a homicidal Santa in this warped homage to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas titled (appropriately enough) “… And All Through the House.”

So it is that “O Come All Ye Faithful” is interrupted while playing on the radio by a scratchy warning of a homicidal maniac run amok. And wouldn’t you just know it, this occurs right as Joan Collins is offing her husband with a shot to the head—and then realizes she has to dismember the body before cashing in on his life insurance. Her blissfully naïve daughter lets the killer jolly old elf in, shrieking that Santa finally came before he erupts into psychopathic rage. Clement C. Moore must be turning in his grave.

Elizabeth Rayne 

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Valiant Entertainment February 2018 Solicitations

Valiant Entertainment February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Armstrong & The Vault Of Spirits #1, X-O Manowar #12, and Ninja-K #4.

Source: Valiant Entertainment

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Renato Guedes (CA) Kenneth Rocafort
Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit's cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter's physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself...and strike a bargain for her safety. Now, with the supernatural heroes known as Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life...or sacrifice his own...
Plus: Magic and the Bloodshot Squad lead an assault on OMEN for the rescue attempt of a lifetime! A wrenching new chapter for Valiant's powerful series starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) leads Bloodshot to the precipice of loss, grief, and retribution – featuring fully painted interior art by sensational rising star Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)! (STL072875)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Christos Gage (A) Juan Jose Ryp, Ariel Olivetti (CA) CAFU
At the height of 1970s Britain, MI-6's covert "Ninja Programme" has just activated its first female agent: NINJA-G! As financial instability grips the nation and anarchy brews in the streets, can MI-6's newest ninja recruit counter a steady tide of double agents, double crosses, and dueling nation states that will take her from the leather-padded corridors of London to the most severe corners of the Soviet Bloc? The life expectancy of a ninja agent is never long...but just how and why are NINJA-G's missions still impacting Ninjak's deadly manhunt in the modern day? And could her legacy hold the secret to decoding the murders of the Ninja Programme's last surviving members – before Colin King is scratched off the list once and for all?
Learn the hidden history of Valiant's cold warriors as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix's Daredevil) and special guest artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) debrief with an essential and self-contained jumping-on point for the espionage-laden, super-spy thriller Entertainment Weekly calls "fresh and exciting"! (STL072880)
40pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

QUANTUM & WOODY (2017) #3
(W) Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Francis Portela (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Because you demanded it! The Goat returns!
If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody's 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: "Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?" At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson's transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told...and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited birth of the Goat's baby!
And the Eisner for "Best Goat Birth Scene" goes to...writer extraordinaire Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and special guest artist Francis Portela (FAITH)! Don't miss the staggering spectacle as the entire Valiant Universe stands on the cusp of a milestone moment in the spectacular goatacular of 2018! (STL072890)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #12
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Ryan Bodenheim (CA) Lewis LaRosa
Behold the untamed fury of Earth's last Visigoth!
Left for dead by a mercenary band of bounty hunters far more twisted and devious than any enemy he's faced before, Aric of Dacia has managed to cling to life...and a thirst for revenge. Now, his campaign of retribution against those who have wronged him can begin in full force...and, when the dust settles, the alien world of Gorin will rue the day it ever brought the savage sword of X-O Manowar crashing down upon it...
From the minds of master storyteller Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Dept. H) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), the sci-fi comics juggernaut of 2018 reaches a pounding crescendo as "VISIGOTH" launches Valiant's iconic hero into an intergalactic battle of will and wanton ferocity! (STL072895)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Eliot Rahal (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Kevin Wada
He betrayed his friends. He betrayed his country to save us all... In the wake of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE's stunning digital debut – coming this winter to digital devices everywhere – get the full story behind the head-to-head showdowns, hero-on-hero collisions, and epic consequences that await as Ninjak goes it alone against a gauntlet of the Valiant Universe's biggest and most beloved icons! Watch the live-action, episodic series... Then follow the action directly onto the comics page with extra-added action, intrigue, and revelations behind Ninjak's grueling firefight against Valiants' most indelible heroes – with red-hot creators Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Joe Bennett (Deathstroke) calling the shots! (STL072884)
32pgs, FC (2 of 4) SRP: $3.99

(W) Fred Van Lente (A) CAFU (CA) Kalman Andrasofszky
What secrets await inside the Vault of Spirits?
Deep beneath New York City's seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history's greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer... Ivar, Timewalker... Faith... Quantum and Woody... And special guests from across the Valiant Universe... All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong's most valuable and tightly guarded treasure... From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG maestro Fred Van Lente returns with rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) to chronicle the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant's very own disorderly immortal! (STL072863)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Eric Heisserer (A/CA) Raul Allen, Patricia Martin
The year's best-selling independent limited series, now in deluxe edition hardcover!
Eric Heisserer, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and Valiant's upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films, joins the Harvey Award-nominated art team of Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) for an all-new Valiant adventure...launching Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes into the fight of their lives!
The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada's greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds... A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow... To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons...in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action...in ways they never could have imagined...
Collecting SECRET WEAPONS #1-4. (STL068064)
HC, 160pgs, FC SRP: $24.99

(W) Fred Van Lente (A) Stephen Segovia & Various (CA) Mack,David
Out of the pages of 4001 A.D., the breakout hero of the 41st century charges onward in an high-powered tale of tomorrow from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and high-octane artists Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics) and Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR)!
Two millennia from today, Earth is not the hospitable home we once knew. Ravaged by an endless onslaught of war, disaster, and time, the world is littered with desolate badlands, fortified kingdoms, and secretive enclaves where humanity still clings to life... Enclaves like The Grove – Earth's last known repository of scientific knowledge and bioengineered prosperity. Now, under the leadership of the lone protector called WAR MOTHER and her sentient sniper rifle, the denizens of The Grove face a critical choice: remain where they are and die, or find a new land and flourish. Can War Mother lead her people out of isolation and reignite the fires of a dying planet? And even if she can locate the distant citadel she seeks, can she fight back the horrors and perverse monstrosities that lurk just beyond her doorstep?
In the footsteps of RAI and BOOK OF DEATH, raw power meets tribal warfare as Fred Van Lente & Stephen Segovia forge a modern myth of the near future through the fire-tempered frontier of 41st century Earth for Valiant's next stunning science-fiction showdown!
Collecting WAR MOTHER #1-4 and 4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1 (STL065103)
SC, 128pgs, FC SRP: $9.99

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie: Evolution and What’s Next

The series creator and voice cast discuss how the new Hey Arnold! movie's story changed over the years and where the series could be headed.

Feature Shamus Kelley
Nov 24, 2017

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie has been gestating in series creator Craig Bartlett’s head for over fifteen years. While the film was originally supposed to come out in the early 2000’s it was shelved, seemingly for good.

While fans bemoaned the film not seeing the light of day back then, the movie might be even better now that Bartlett has had so long to reflect on it.

“At the time, I kind of didn’t want to reveal everything," Bartlett says. "It was my first series and I was very tentative and didn’t want to blow it. I was unsure of myself.”

Now after years of writing and creating television series, Bartlett was finally given the chance to make The Jungle Movie happen and he’s going all in.

“I realized, oh, I have tremendous power and I can make this thing anything I want it to be. I just felt this amazing power to make a satisfying conclusion to Arnold’s quest to find out what happened to his missing parents." 

Even with having to add light updates to fit modern times, Rhonda now has a Smartphone, the spirit of the Hey Arnold! is still very much one of aspirational nostalgia for Bartlett. It doesn’t matter what generation he’s making it for.

“It’s a cartoon and we get to make stuff up anyway," Bartlett says. "So why not make it completely aspirational? Instead of your childhood being just playing video games or being helicoptered from place to place by parents, how about they’re out in the middle of the night having crazy unsupervised fun? It’s not a documentary. You’re trying to make it, wouldn't it be fun if? For kids.”

Many of the kids who grew up with the series are now working in the animation industry and were brought aboard to work on the film.

“We brought in next generation people,” says Bartlett. “It made it kind of a more fun let’s pull everything together into this story.” 

Along for the ride are some of the original Hey Arnold! voice cast reprising their iconic roles. For Anndi McAfee who plays Phoebe, her character’s friendship with Helga has carried right into The Jungle Movie

“(Phoebe and Helga) always have this kind of understanding, especially since throughout the series Phoebe knows her biggest, darkest secret which is that she loves Arnold,” McAfee tells us. 

Francesca Marie Smith, who plays Helga, says her outgoing character will rely on Phoebe in new ways during the film. Much like the film’s story, the characters have changed for the better with time. 

“We need something to get done and we’ll be able to see this somewhat more assertive, somewhat more action-pose version of Phoebe.” 

Bartlett adds, “it’s like there’s more unspoken confidence and trust between the two girls than ever. Their friendship’s in a good shape and Phoebe seems to be emerging as a more confident character.

The movie sets up all the characters to be heading into sixth grade, aging them a few years from the original series. Barlett is taking it one thing at a time but imagines the franchise could go on forever, possibly following the characters into adulthood.

McAfee believes Phoebe would strongly benefit from the recent boom in the tech scene.

“It’s perfect for her personality. She doesn’t have to be the leader. She’s a programmer. She’s a perfectionist and I can see her writing perfectionist type of code. She does have a little bit of wild streak when she is out of control so I can (also) see her doing really disruptive types of programming for new technologies.

Smith doesn’t want to take away from any possibilities fans have speculated on over the years but she sees Helga getting into activism.

“Maybe politics. Maybe something a little more social activism, justice, blogging. But she does also have that sort of creative potential. She’s got a world of possibilities.”

We can only hope Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie is a massive success so we can see if any of these predictions come true. Even if we don’t, this film will answer all the questions fans have been asking Bartlett over the years. This film is for them.

“It’s about the hopes and dreams of the fans who grew up on the show.”

Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie premieres Friday, Novemeber 24 at 7:00PM on Nickelodeon.

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Black Panther Variant Offers Hi-Res, Up-Close Look at T’Challa’s Mask

Black Panther Variant Offers Hi-Res, Up-Close Look at T’Challa’s Mask

A spectacular new variant cover for February 2018’s Black Panther #170 provides fans with a close-up shot of the live-action version of the character.

RELATED: Black Panther International Trailer Reveals Suit’s Capabilities

Issue 170 of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates with art from Leonard Kirk, and one of the variant covers is aptly titled the “Movie Variant Cover.” It provides fans with an ultra-clear shot of the Black Panther suit that T’Challa will don in his solo outing.

Issue #170 sees T’Challa finally confront Ras the Exhorter with his beloved Storm, though something he learns while on his adventures makes him question everything he believes in. This issue also features an exclusive interview with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler in celebration of the movie’s impending release.

Black Panther Close-Up

RELATED: New Black Panther Character Posters Declare ‘Wakanda Forever’

During the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa joined forces with Tony Stark to bring Barnes and Steve Rogers to justice. Once T’Challa learned the truth, he brought Barnes and Rogers to Wakanda, where the former is in cryo to ensure he doesn’t become anyone’s puppet ever again. As Black Panther opens, T’Challa is returning home to Wakanda to truly become king. Unfortunately for him, there are those that wish for the secretive nation to fall, including Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaw and Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Kilmonger.

Arriving in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Guira, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis.

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Every Time I Decide To Go To The Theater

Fault Disney: 15 Horrifying Pieces Of Disney Fan Art

Fault Disney: 15 Horrifying Pieces Of Disney Fan Art

The Walt Disney Company sprang into existence in 1923, making it a whopping 94 years old. While that makes it only the fourth largest American movie studio in continuous operation, it’s easily the studio that’s had the most focused impact on worldwide culture. This now multi-national mass media conglomerate has made itself the gold standard by which all other family entertainment is judged. If there’s one person reading this list that didn’t see a Disney movie until they were over 18, they’re a Cylon.

RELATED: 15 Insane Stories Disney Does NOT Want You To See

Disney’s spent the better part of a century making sure its content is an inseparable part of nearly every American’s childhood. With characters and imagery so inescapable, it’s not surprising that, A.) Disney inspires a ton of unlicensed art, and B.) That said art can get REAL weird. We’re not complaining — just because Toons stay the same age forever doesn’t mean that people do, and as Disney fans grow up, their perspectives and tastes change. We look at the movies and characters we grew up with with new eyes. Lucky for us, that shift in perspective often manifests in some of the more interesting DeviantArt pages on the internet. Enjoy 15 pieces of Disney fanart that’ll mess you up more than riding It’s a Small World on LSD.


Dark Castle Disney Fanart
For decades, an iconic shot of Cinderella’s Castle has opened every single Disney feature to hit the big screen. The magical white palace (or some variation thereof) serves as the most recognizable symbol of the House of Mouse, second only to Mickey himself. It’s the ultimate monument to the happy endings Disney fairy tales have made an essential part of its brand. That’s what makes it so damn creepy to see such a foreboding version of it.

This shot of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World looks like Disney opened a park in some post-apocalyptic dystopia á la 1984 or even a still from 2013’s disturbing AF Escape from Tomorrow. It’s actually a photo taken on a rainy day by Kayla Snyder . Pretty astonishing how a few contrast tweaks can transform one of the most recognizable brands in the world, huh?


Inside Out Disney Disturbing Fanart

Disney and BDSM don’t share a mainstream relationship, but they sure as heck share an internet one. This drawing piece is by captiveforever, an artist who inserts her BDSM interests into much of her work. We are in no way trying to kink shame by putting this picture on display, but sexualizing Disney to this degree will always feel a bit unsettling to some.

That said, those of us who enjoyed the brand as children and then grew up to be “fully-functioning” adults, can’t overlook the fact that with so much coupling and marriage present, there’s precious little sex. It makes it tempting to insert a little realism into the World of Disney every once in a while. Also, this picture is a brilliant metaphor for bottling up one’s emotions, and that’s kind of what Inside Out was about in the first place.


Heeeres Goofy Disney Disturbing Fanart

Swedish artist Max Grecke has a talent for horror-fying traditional cartoons. This piece transforms sweet, dippy Goofy into murderous, alcoholic hotel caretaker, Jack Torrance. The smile through the busted door panel is the deadest of dead giveaways when it comes to wondering what film Goofy’s mashed-up with. However, there are a few subtle details that make this image really stand out.

First of all, while Goofy still has his cartoon features, he’s also got distinctly human teeth, Caucasian skin and the same stubble pattern as Jack Nicolson in the iconic moment from the original The Shining. Hell, even the wispy hairs on top of Goofy’s head look just like the ones hanging on for dear life as Torrance attempts to kill his family over and over and over…


In The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mickey Mouse plays the titular role as intern to Yen Sid, a powerful (wait for it) sorcerer. Once Yen Sid (read that backwards, btw) retires for the evening, Mickey fully embodies the proverb, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” He snags Sid’s magic hat and proceeds to try and make his janitorial duties go a little faster.

Obviously complications arise (as they so often do when characters try to use magic to escape chores), and Sid has to come down and set things right before Mickey floods the place and gets eaten by brooms. Artist Gris Grimly shows us a less innocent perspective, turning Mickey into a washed-out practitioner of what can only be the Dark Arts. If the company ever gets their hands on the Harry Potter franchise, we think this should be concept art for a team of Disney Death Eaters.


Kristoff Hand Disney Disturbing Fanart

Disney is, and always has been, a purveyor of fine, family entertainment — emphasis on the “family.” When it comes to the bulk of its content, especially G and PG rated cartoons, the House of Mouse is fond of romance, but in terms of expressing that romance, nothing beyond the cliched True Love’s Kiss ever goes down onscreen. That said, adults will be adults and insert sex into anything they possibly can.

This shot of Anna and Kristoff of Frozen is such a great example of the Disney style — Japanese artist Haruki Godo nails both characters so well this looks like a still from the movie. Then when you realize Anna’s sitting between Kristoff’s legs talking about how big his “hands” are while he looks off nervously to the left, everything takes on a whole new meaning.


Darkwing Disney Disturbing Fanart

This mashup is uncomfortable on so, so many levels — not that that’s a bad thing! Artist SplatterPhoenix () is a devoted fan of Darkwing Duck and the show remains a huge subject of her work. The photo above is a mashup of Darkwing Duck and the TV series Hannibal featuring DD as FBI Agent Will Graham and Elmo/Megavolt as Hannibal Lector.

As if placing a cartoon duck vigilante in the context of one of the most harrowing psychological thrillers ever written weren’t enough, this is also ship tribute. Fannibals were famously in love with the idea of love between the two main characters, Will and Hannibal. Unfortunately, that ship never really set sail, so now Hannigram fans are left with their imaginations and creative fanart. Among the Disney fans within that demographic, this shot is probably Pinterest gold.


Elsa Demon Disney Disturbing Fanart
Ah, the picture perfect Disney Princess. She’s an icon and a role model to young women the world over. An animated beauty queen, she’s pretty, pure of heart and well-dressed no matter what story she’s in, and despite calls for the DP market to dial back their glorification of a very specific gender interpretation, they don’t look like they’re going anywhere.

No matter what year it is, you’ll probably always be able to find plenty of extra-femme Disney characters. But if this wicked picture of Elsa is what we get in response, Hail to the Princess, and long may she reign. We don’t know if Elsa took a zombie nap or if all those years she was locked in her room she was actually being the Blair Witch, but in either case, this picture is f**king terrifying. We kind of want more. (Credit: Simmeh)


Vader Mouse Disney Disturbing Fanart

This piece by Austin Madison is only disturbing if you were one of the many Star Wars fans that decried the franchise’s absorption by Disney. Some argued that the Disney brand and merchandising machine would dilute the Star Wars legacy, and others just thought the studio itself was getting too powerful. This piece speaks to both concerns.

Not only is it weird to see Vader bowing down to a mouse, it’s weird to have it be so… appropriate. With its recent collections of both Marvel Studios (2009) and Lucasfilm (2012), not to mention its rumored acquisition of a good deal of 20th Century Fox’s IP, the studio’s going to potentially control most of the biggest titles and franchises currently dominating theaters. If its insistence that theater owners cough up 65% of ticket sales for The Last Jedi is any indication, Disney is not afraid to wield that power.


Nick Cage Ariel

Okay, so in 2013 something kind of great happened on the internet — people started Photoshopping Nic Cage’s animated face onto Disney Princesses and the world was never the same again. Cinderella, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty — YOU NAME HER, NIC FACED HER! Our favorite’s Ariel, though, because s/he just looks so damn magnificent with the waves splashing in the background. When sticking Nic Cage’s head on something, make sure that something has some flare behind it, for pity’s sake.

Many of the gifs still remain available on Imgur if you’re looking for more of a fix. The one of Pocahontas is particularly glorious. Whoever came up with these is truly an artist who can paint with all the colors of the wind. That said, a dude’s head on Ariel’s body is our favorite because the waves offer necessary flare.


Twisted Princess Cinderella Disturbing Disney Fan Art

Artist Jeffrey Thomas has been in the Twisted Princess game since as early as 2008. In the caption for his first foray into this style of fan art (a drawing of a tattered Belle and a sinister looking Beast with a noose around his neck), he explains that he just wanted to see a creepy version of some Disney princesses. The 32 pages of responses he got on this particular gallery alone should give you some idea as to how the community responded to his idea.

We picked Cinderella for this list because of the unsettling, Coraline vibe she’s serving as a Scarecrow jumping out of a giant pumpkin. Also weird? The unsettling, ratchet smile she’s beaming down on the twisted version of GugGus sitting in her hands. Just what is this Cindy into?


Bing Bong Disney Fanart

We really underestimated how easy it’d be to take some of the nicest, most benign, and frankly, tear-jerking characters in the entire Disney archive and turn them into monsters that will forever haunt the dreams of humanity. Bing Bong here serves as a reminder to those would go looking for this type of fan art out of sheer curiosity — THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CANNOT UNSEE.

Bing Bong was one of the most touching parts of 2015’s mega-hit, Inside Out. As Riley’s long-misplaced imaginary friend, he helps Sadness and Joy find their way back to the girl’s mission control. When he sacrifices himself to the oblivion of her subconscious, the world freaking wept. So yeah, this twisted, melting Snuffalupagus hit us pretty hard. He looks like something that would hide in a sewer! (Credit: Wednesday Wolf)


Mickey Wolverine Disney Disturbing Fanart

Okay, so we’re probably just as surprised as you were to discover that not all X-Men crossovers are… improvements. Maybe it’s the loss of innocence in a character like Mickey Mouse, or maybe it’s the absence of the chiseled, unadulterated masculinity evoked by Wolverine, but in either case, this just… it isn’t right (the reflection of Donald Duck in his claws is DOPE, however).

An homage to the cover of The Incredible Hulk #340, this piece makes Mickey look like he’s been popping waaaaayy too much Human Growth Hormone, and overall, doesn’t wear Wolverine’s typical blind rage/vengeance mask particularly well. This portrait really makes us worry about what’s going down behind-the-scenes at the House of Mouse — clearly Mickey’s current state of mind could use a little checking up on. Maybe there’s a Deanna Troi/Minnie Mouse mashup hanging around to make things even more surreal…


Snow Zombie Disney Disturbing Fanart

This piece is disturbing because not only is it truly stunning, it really resonates with the Snow White story and all other fairy tales that feature a woman falling into a deep and un-interruptible slumber. This image is an adjustment of a still from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in which she holds the poisoned apple just before taking a bite.

In this image, she’s holding her own face as a featureless, corpse-colored shadow of the original. Maybe the piece is designed to point out the fact that she was holding her life in her hands, or maybe it’s a broader message about the artificial beauty promoted in Disney Princess culture. Either way, it has us looking askance at it.


This is an artist’s rendition of a “gascot” as featured in the classic Creepypasta, Room Zero by Christopher Wolf. If you’re unfamiliar, Room Zero is the sequel to another story, Abandoned by Disney. It detailed one man’s journey to an abandoned Disney resort, Mowgli’s Palace. He doesn’t find anything particularly upsetting — just a pillaged hotel, some wild animals and a demon in a Mickey costume that could pull off its own head.

Sometime later, Wolf penned a sequel that detailed his experiences after posting Abandoned by Disney, and they included investigating the parks further until he came across common reports of sightings of people wearing character-themed gas masks (see above). We won’t spoil any more of this story for you (listen to it in audio form if you can), but it’s about 22x scarier than the prequel, so buckle up.


Monsters Inc Disturbing Disney Fan Art

This terrifically sad photo is of poor Monsters Inc. former employee Mike Wazowski after falling on some hard times. The artist, Dan LuVisi, has penned a HARROWING backstory. Read on if you want to feel next-level wigged out beyond what this photo can do on its own.

After the events of Monsters Inc., Mike “was forced” to become a stand-up while Sully partied and enjoyed the adoration of the monster world. But Mike hated comedy, and one day, he’d had enough, so he tried to hunt down his old friend to discuss a change of plans. Unfortunately, he found Sully with Mike’s girlfriend Cecelia, and a fight ensued. Somehow, tiny Mike managed to kill his giant BFF, but after, Cecelia revealed their meeting was innocent, and Mike offed Sully. So, he moved to human Earth and became an alcoholic monster IRL. Nighty-night, kids!

What Disney fan art have you seen that destroyed your Small World? Let us know in the comments!

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We Should Call It The Holiday Of Letting Go

DC TV Crossover 2017 – Crisis on Earth X CW Superhero Event Details Revealed

The CW will unite the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow for Crisis on Earth-X.

News Joseph Baxter Mike Cecchini
Nov 24, 2017

The CW has another epic DC superheroes crossover event set for 2017, and this one feels straight out of the comics of the 1970s and '80s. DC revealed today that the title is "Crisis on Earth X" which pays homage to the classic JLA/JSA crossovers of the Silver and Bronze Ages of comics. Those were the stories that first introduced the DC Multiverse concept, which, of course, culminated in Crisis on Infinite Earths, an event which the CW shows haven't been shy about referencing over the years.

We now have the official synopsis for the event...

Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris’s (Candice Patton) wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony.  All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold (Wentworth Miller), The Ray (Russell Tovey), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Iris West and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth’s mightiest heroes – Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (Grant Gustin) and White Canary (Caity Lotz) – lead their teams into battle to save the world.

Hit the gallery at the top of this article for a TON of cool preview images!

Crisis on Earth X Trailer

The full trailer for Crisis on Earth X is here. It appears that Barry and Iris’s long-touted wedding will be the dimension-crossing intersection for this year’s crossover event. Rather than an immortal Egyptian priest or invading aliens, it appears that the nuptials will be unceremoniously interrupted by… Nazis, with machine guns, SS regalia and everything. Why? Well, maybe they saw Justice League and were incensed with the reveal that The Flash (as played by Ezra Miller in that movie,) is Jewish.

Getting back on track, it seems that the nuptials-nixing-Nazis are from another Earth, one that’s not from the 52-world multiverse. This world – the titular Earth X – is one that, as you can guess, is ruled by Nazis. While that’s been done to death in the annals of sci-fi, there’s a major twist here: Doppelgangers of the DC TV heroes that we know and love also exist there, even the ultrapowerful Supergirl! (Übergirl?)

Thus, our heroes – including an imminently-exiting Leonard Snart/Captain Cold – come together (like their Justice League movie counterparts,) to battle their own fascist, Eurotrash-dressing doubles.

Check out another trailer, too...

CW DC Superhero Crossover Release Date

While plot details of the 2017 crossover are still being kept a secret, we now know when to expect the television event.

Supergirl will kick off the crossover on Monday, November 27 at 8 p.m.

Arrow will then be passed the baton later that night (on a special, non-timeslot airing,) on Monday, November 27 at 9 p.m.

The Flash continues pushing the storyline in the Speed Force on Tuesday, November 28 at 8 p.m.

Legends of Tomorrow will host the culminating chapter that same night on Tuesday, November 28 at 9 p.m.

Check out the promo image for "Crisis on Earth-X" which hints at the story (including a Barry/Iris wedding), pays tribute to some classic DC Comics covers, and is drawn by legendary superhero artist Phil Jimenez!

“We conceived this year’s crossover to be evocative of the annual Justice League/Justice Society crossovers we grew up with and looked forward to as kids,” said Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg in a statement via DC. “Phil was the perfect choice to bring the comic book cover iteration of this idea to life. You can count on one hand the number of artists who could compellingly represent so many characters in a single image. Phil is one of them. And his design invokes the cover of JUSTICE LEAGUE #207, which was the 20th Annual JLA/JSA crossover. Our ten-year-old selves are in heaven.”

Earth-X is a dark world in the Multiverse where the Nazis won World War II, and it's the focus of the upcoming Freedom Fighters animated series (which you can see footage from here). The Freedom Fighters' roster includes The Ray, and he'll be brought to live action by Russell Tovey (Quantico) during the crossover. He's also the voice of the character in the animated series.

TV Line has The Ray's official character description:

Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.

It's worth noting that The Ray is an openly gay superhero fighting Nazis, which seems appropriate.

Oni Press February 2018 Solicitations

Oni Press February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Rick & Morty #35, The Damned #8, and My Boyfriend Is A Bear.

Source: Oni Press

(W) Kyle Starks (A) Gabo (CA) Brian Hurtt
From the tabletop smash hit comes this new comic series starring your favorite characters from Plaid Hat Games' DEAD OF WINTER, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner Award-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by Gabo (The Life After). In the pantheon of superheroes, none are more loveable and loyal than everyone's favorite good ol' dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV show stunt dog turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and otherwise? Collects issues #1-4 from the "Good Good Dog" storyline from DEAD OF WINTER! (STL071988)
SC, 112pgs, FC SRP: $14.99

(W) Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon (A/CA) Matthew Seely
Deep in the Oregon wilderness sits Camp Bloom, a weight-loss camp where "overweight" teens can "get in shape." Jesse would rather be anywhere else, but her parents are forcing her to go. Noah isn't sure if he wants to be there, but it's too late to turn back. Tony is heartbroken at the thought of giving up his phone and internet. And Kate... well, she likes the hikes, at least. As far as these four teens are concerned, it's just another boring summer.
Until one night, when Jesse and Noah witness a beloved counselor's murder. The body's gone by the next morning, but a blurry photo leads to one clue—the murderer is one of the camp's staff members!
But which one? As Jesse, Noah, Kate, and Tony investigate, they quickly discover that everyone's got their secrets... and one of them would kill to keep theirs hidden. (STL071985)
SC, 142pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

(W) Pamela Ribon (A/CA) Cat Farris
Bear meets girl.
Nora has bad luck with men. When she meets an (actual) bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she's ever had! He's considerate, he's sweet, he takes care of her. But he's a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conquer all? (STL071990)
SC, 176pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

INVADER ZIM #28 (C: 1-0-0)
(W) Sam Logan (A/CA) Mady G, Fred Stresing
SOMEWHERE IN SPACE is an object so powerful, so deadly, so mysterious, that no one has ever laid claim to it! AND ZIM WANTS IT! But that's before he realizes WHY this mysterious object is so hard to obtain—the closer you get to it, the more time slows down. But hey, ZIM's carried out stupider quests without giving up, so... well, it should be entertaining, at least. (STL071974) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Available only in the United States, Canada, and U.S. Territories.
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Brian Hurtt
The explosive climax to the Prodigal Sons storyline! Eddie thought his plan was simple enough, but he couldn't have imagined that even dead there'd be a hit out on his corpse. While he tries to finish what he started in the netherworld, it's up to his brother, Morgan, to keep his body safe while trying to figure out exactly why they're so hellbent on killing his brother for good, and the secret history of their curse. The answers are guaranteed to surprise everyone! (STL071973)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

RICK & MORTY #35 (C: 1-0-0)
(W) Kyle Starks, Magdalene Visaggio (A) Katy Farina, Marc Ellerby (CA) Marc Ellerby, Katy Farina
Rick, Morty, and Summer journey to a prehistoric land full of DINOSAURS! Thankfully, Rick has it all under control. That is, until he's suddenly out of commission, and it's up to Summer and Morty to get them home. Plus, the conclusion of "The Rick Identity"! (STL071976) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Available only in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K.
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Brian Hurtt
In a prohibition-era world where demonic entities pull the strings that make the crime families dance, Eddie is a mortal with two things working for him. First of all, he can't die. Well, he can and does, quite often, but he doesn't stay that way long. Second, Eddie runs the Gehenna Room, a nightclub with a strict "no demons allowed" policy. But blessings and curses don't look all that different these days. When one of Eddie's old pals shows up seeking sanctuary, Eddie knows he's in for a double-cross. That means walking the line between salvation and damnation once more. Collects the 5-issue "Ill-Gotten" storyline from The Damned. (STL071992)
SC, 136pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Matthew Southworth
Dex Parios, the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, has a new office and a long list of clients she can't take on because of their involvement with crime lord Hector Marenco. So when Mim Bracca walks into her life with an open-and-shut case of a missing guitar, Dex is eager to get started, especially when the rock star pays her up front. But Dex soon discovers that it's not just the guitar that's gone missing... and she's not the only one looking for it. (STL071979)
SC, 142pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

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Sucker For Love! Bella Thorne Gets ‘Bite Me’ Tattoo On Her Hip

Bella Thorne is a sucker for love!

The actress got two new tattoos this week and revealed them to her 16.7 million Instagram followers.

Thorne, 20, got ‘I love you’ inked on her shoulder before getting ‘Bite Me’ etched on her lower hip.

New lil tat 😍🐥 guess what my other tat says it's on my hip;)

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PHOTOS: Bella Thorne Comes Out As Bisexual

The very visual star is still reeling from the recent death of her former boyfriend Lil Peep.

And it looks like the flame haired model is venting some of her feelings via her tattoos.

Thorne informed her fans via Twitter that she was about ‘to get so fat’ through her Thanksgiving feast but her ‘Bite Me’ tattoo will have many observers questioning her reasoning.

PHOTOS: Bella Thorne Suffers Nip Slip In Ultra Low-Cut Swimsuit

Scott Disick’s former girlfriend loves to play with her image and wear outrageous clothing while posting provocative images via social media.

As RadarOnline.com reported the ‘Benz Truck’ singer, 21, died last Wednesday night of a suspected overdose. He had long been known for his use of drugs and crippling depression.

Talking after his death she wrote: “F**k I don’t know what to say,” she wrote. “Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn’t do your greatness justice.”

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Release Date Possibilities, Cast, Story, and More

It's going to be some time before we see Game of Thrones Season 8 on HBO, but here's what we know so far.

News David Crow
Nov 24, 2017

In news that's been long dreaded by the Westerosi faithful, Game of Thrones will meet the Many-Faced God of TV Death in season 8... and it will only enjoy six episodes, at that. Casey Bloys, HBO president of programming, first confirmed in July 2016 that season 8 will be the final year, as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had long stated was their intention. But now perhaps the most fearful news yet... Game of Thrones season 8 could potentially not air until 2019.

The final season of Game of Thrones might consist of only feature-length episodes. For context, the only Game of Thrones episode to run that long yet has been the season 7 finale, which barely made the cut at 80 minutes flat. That length was also first revealed at Con of Thrones, where it was also hinted that the entirety of Game of Thrones season 8 could also be feature-length. We are talking about 80 minutes, 90 minutes, or more. that might even make a possible 18 month-delay worthwhile.

Pre-production is well under way for the final Game of Thrones season. Of course the series will shoot in Belfast, Ireland, which is its base of operations, albeit some scouts have been spotted at familiar castles in Ireland, as well as the Roman amphitheater in Spain that stands as the "Dragonpit" in the Game of Thrones season 7 finale.

Really intriguingly, however, is that our friends at Watchers on the Wall caught that Game of Thrones is scouting Sweden and Norway for the first time ever. Apparently, HBO is now leaning toward the latter. So Benioff and Weiss presumably want to finally show snow falling on King's Landing and other locations, and are using Northern Europe, accordingly. This is good news for Starks, because winter is a time for wolves.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Release Date

While chatting with HBO about the final seasons of Game of ThronesEntertainment Weekly learned in June 2017 from Casey Bloys that the eighth season might not air until 2019.

When EW asked if a 2019 premiere date is a possibility, Bloys said, "Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing."

This likely means that HBO is already expecting a 2019 release date and is preparing fans now for the inevitable. This is probably also due in-part to the sheer scale of the final six episodes, which may all be feature-length.

The post-production period is expected to last longer than usual, and with shooting again delayed for the aid of real-life wintry weather--and possibly going into March 2018--it seems likely that Game of Thrones Season 8 will miss a July 2018 start date, much as it missed its traditional April release in 2017. While the series could potentially premiere in fall 2018, no one really knows what HBO is expecting from its 2018 schedule that also has Westworld returning. Plus, Sunday night in the autumn would put HBO's darling flagship in direct competition with the NFL.

... Nothing is confirmed, we're just saying be prepared for the Long Winter to last into early 2019 and potentially as late as April of that year.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Cast

Presumably all fan favorites who survived the end of season 7 will be returning for the Game of Thrones' endgame in its final year. However, some interesting background players are also turning up.

Mark Gattis suggested to The Express that the plan is for his Iron Banker character, Tycho Nestoris, to return for two more episodes in season 8. For those who need a refresher, the Sherlock actor and co-creator plays the Braavosi banker who is backing Cersei Lannister in her current war. Likely given the events of the end of season 7, he will be checking in on his investment as things move into their final death throes.

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We imagine that "new" casting will be fairly rare. But we'll keep you posted as any news comes along.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Directors

The director's list is here, and like the sight of a dragon flying above a battlefield, it's a beautiful sight since Miguel Sapochnik has returned to the series. Aye, the helmer of what may still be the two most cinematic hours of Game of Thrones, season 6's final "The Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter" hours, is returning to the helm of multiple episodes. Yet the most intriguing thing might be that the final episode will be directed by neither Sapochnik or other fan favorite series mainstays like Alan Taylor, David Nutter, or Neill Marshall. Nope... showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be directing it themselves!

HBO has yet to reveal who will direct which episode beyond Benioff and Weiss helming the series finale--they have previously directed such episodes, such as the crackerjack season 4 premiere, "Two Swords"--but we know thanks to EW that the only other two directors slated for season 8 are Sapochnik and David Nutter. Nutter has himself directed six previous hours of Game of Thrones, including the now legendary "The Rains of Castamere" episode in season 3's penultimate hour. In other words, he visualized your tears by crafting the Red Wedding.

Both Nutter and Sapchnik are expected to each direct two hours, and rumor has it that Sapochnik is scheduled to direct three episodes of the finale. In which case, we imagine they will be a mighty epic three episodes, indeed.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Writers and Scripts

Casey Bloys revealed over the summer that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have finished the final script for the final episode of Game of Thrones. So the truth is out there.

And rather uncharacteristically at SXSW in 2017, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed the entire lineup for writing the last six episodes.

Episode one is being written by Dave Hill, who has been an assistant and story editor to Benioff and Weiss since season 2. Hill has previously penned three episodes of Game of Thrones, including season 7's fifth episode, "Eastwatch," as well as "Home" in 2016, and "Sons of the Harpy" in 2015.

Episode two will be written by Game of Thrones heavy-hitter Bryan Cogman, who has been a producer on the series since 2014 and has writing credits on it going back all the way to the first season in 2011 when he wrote "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things." Other notable episodes he penned are "Oathkeeper," "The Laws of Gods and Men," and the infamous "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken."

The final four episodes have all been written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It's good to be the king.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale

While Game of Thrones season 7 proved to be the biggest year yet for HBO's flagship, at least in terms of ratings, it's fair to say that it was also one of the more frustrating entries. Plot outlines for the entire season leaked almost a full year early, and paparazzi images spoiled months in advance that Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow would meet on the cliffs of Dragonstone (never mind scripts getting hacked and episodes accidentally leaked days early during the actual season).

Thus it's not too surprising that HBO and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are taking extra measures to keep the final season of Game of Thrones as spoiler-free as possible. This includes, according to Casey Bloys, HBO president of programming, shooting multiple endings to the epic saga.

While speaking to Moravian College (via The Morning Call), Bloys said, "I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so nobody really know what happens. You have to do that on a long show ,because when you're shooting something, people know. So they're going to shoot multiple versions so that there's no definitive answer until the end."

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SPOILERS: 15 Pressing Questions That Need Answering For The Future Of The DC Film Universe

Post-Justice League, Warner Bros. has a lot of questions and issues that need addressing but here are the 15 most immediate concerns DC Film co-Chairs Jon Berg and Geoff Johns need to address.

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Titans Comics February 2018 Solicitations

Titans Comics February 2018 Solicitations

Highlights include Assassin's Creed Origins #2, Bloodborne #1, and Penny Dreadful #9.

Source: Titan Comics

(W) Ales Kot (A) Piotr Kowalski (CA) Jeff Stokely
Written by Image Comics superstar Ales Kot, with artwork by Piotr Kowalski!
Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic – Where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – A nameless hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of paleblood... (STL070774)
32pgs, FC (1 of 4) SRP: $3.99

Robotech ArchivesROBOTECH ARCHIVE OMNIBUS VOL 01 (OF 3) (C: 0-1-0)
(W) Carl Macek, Jack Herman (A) Svea Stauch & Various
The Robotech animated series is legendary – And now you can immerse yourself in the classic comics which recreated the legends.
A new series of books collecting classic Robotech material, most of which are out of print of have never been previously published!
Featuring classic Robotech fan-favourite creators such as Carl Macek, Jack Herman, Mike Leeke and Neil Vokes! (STL071191) (C: 0-1-0)
352pgs, FC (1 of 3) SRP: $24.99

titan comics
(W) Brian Wood, Simon Furman (A) Marco Turini (CA) Martin Simmonds
Legendary Transformers scribe Simon Furman joins writer Brian Wood to chronicle the ongoing adventures of the SDF-1!
The second arc of the sell-out, fan favourite series! (STL070951)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Hubertus Rufledt (A) Helge Vogt (CA) Junko Mizuno
For fans of Neil Gaiman and Tim Burtons The Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas.
When Alisik wakes up alone in a cemetery, she thinks she's in the middle of a nightmare. Terrified, she flees into the night, but realises she is invisible to everyone she meets. She really is dead, with no memory of how it happened... and only the words of the other ghosts to help her unravel the mystery of her afterlife. (STL070720)
64pgs, FC (1 of 2) SRP: $5.99

(W) Chris King (A) Jesus Hervas (CA) Tess Fowler
Continues the story directly after the shocking events of Penny Dreadful's season three finale! (STL070885)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

Doctor Who Sin Eaters
(W) Cavan Scott (A) Adriana Melo & Various (CA) Will Brooks
Don't miss the stunning fourth collection of the Ninth Doctors all-new comics adventures with Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness!
Collects Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #11-15 (STL070794)
SC, 7×10, 128pgs, FC SRP: $16.99

(W) Nick Abadzis (A) Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean (CA) Iolanda Zanfardino
The final issue of year Three!
The Doctor risks saying goodbye to Gabby and Cindy forever – But have their adventures together caused irreparable damage? (STL070787)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

(W) Richard Dinnick (A) Pasquale Qualano (CA) Blair Shedd
The conclusion of Year Three!
The weeping angels descend on the Doctor, but his companions, old and new, have a few tricks up their sleeves to help him out! (STL070791)
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

Doctor Who Wolves of Winter
(W) Richard Dinnick (A) Brian Williamson & Various (CA) Will Brooks
In Bill's first comic adventure, the TARDIS crashes into the heart of a Viking camp! But this is no interactive history lesson, and it seems that a terrifying alien force has taken hold over the icy kingdom. As the snow melts, the Doctor realises that he is about to face an unwelcome face from the past...
And in a one-shot adventure, the Doctor takes Bill and Nardole on a trip to an intergalactic supermarket, where they make an unexpected new friend!
Collects Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #5-7 and #9. (STL070796)
HC, 7×10, 112pgs, FC SRP: $22.99


(W) Mark Gatiss (A/CA) Jay
Collecting the latest series of the brilliant manga adaption of the fanatically followed TV show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman! (STL071771)
SC, 7×10, 208pgs, FC SRP: $12.99

(W) Andrew Cartmel, Ben Aaronovitch (A) Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero (CA) Illeighstration
The bookstore smash-hit returns for a brand-new story, picking up the threads from the most recent bestselling Rivers of London novel, The Hanging Tree! (STL070950)
32pgs, FC (4 of 4) SRP: $3.99

Fighting American
(W) Gordon Rennie (A) Duke Mighten, Francisco Rodriguez De la Fuente (CA) Terry Dodson
Direct continuation of Simon and Kirby's classic series!
Fighting American returns! Written by Gordon Rennie with artwork by Duke Mighten!
When the 1950s heroes find themselves trapped in the modern world, how will they handle what society has become, and what dangers will they face?
With modern-day villains to contend with, enemies from their past pursuing them, and a whole new world to come to terms with, what daring adventures could Fighting American and Speed-Boy find themselves in now? (STL070800)
SC, 7×10, 112pgs, FC SRP: $16.99

Dan Dare

(W) Peter Milligan (A) Alberto Fouche (CA) Christian Ward
For the first time in human history,?the Sol system is at peace and Dan Dare, pilot of the future, is bored out of his mind – and praying for something to break the monotony of peace.
When an unknown alien vessel of biblical proportions arrives in the solar system and obliterates a moon of Saturn in a show of strength, Dare finds himself thrust back into a new adventure that threatens not just Earth – but all life in the entire universe! (STL070778)
SC, 7×10, 112pgs, FC SRP: $16.99

(W/A) Cynthia Von Buhler (CA) Dean Haspiel
Unappreciated at her father's detective agency, the fabulous, rabbit-loving Minky Woodcock straps on her gumshoes in order to uncover a magical mystery involving the world-famous escape artist, Harry Houdini.
Created by acclaimed artist, author, director, and playwright Cynthia Von Buhler (speakeasy dollhouse, evelyn evelyn, emily and the strangers)! (STL070878)
32pgs, FC (4 of 4) SRP: $3.99

(W) Max Allan Collins (A) Edu Menna (CA) Mack Chater
When his latest contract turns out to be an old acquaintance from his military days, the fresh faced hit man finds himself battling against his own conscience as secrets from the past begin the reveal themselves.
Written by reknowned comic writer and author of the Quarry Hard Case Crime novels, Max Allen Collins (Road to Perdition, Batman, Wild Dog, Action Comics) (STL070940)
32pgs, FC (4 of 4) SRP: $3.99

Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
(W) Sylvain Runberg (A) Jose Homs, Manolo Carot (CA) Claudia Caranfa
The Millennium Saga continues! Lisbeth Salander is in critical condition and facing trial for a triple murder, and the only one who can save her is her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist! (STL072928)
SC, 7×10, 136pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

Long Sloane Gail

(W/A/CA) Philippe Druillet
Written and drawn by Philippe Druillet, known for his praghic adaption of Michael Moorcock's Elric hit fantasy series Elric, The Return to Melnibone and his work for Heavy Metal.
Lone Sloane, the Ulysses of space, cosmic freebooter and rebel, endlessly struggles against dark gods, robotic entities and alien forces! (STL070817)
HC, 10×15, 64pgs, B&W SRP: $19.99

(W/A/CA) Mathieu Bablet
The apocalypse has been and gone. The age of humanity is at an end. Horrifying insectile aliens from the depths of infinite space are now masters of the Earth!
What does resistance mean, when there's nothing left to fight for? That's what Wayne, Jeremiah and Scham, the only survivors of the devastating invasion, struggle with day after day – Seeking a new purpose, a glimpse of a worthwhile future, to justify their futile presence in a ruined world. They pick through the remains of humancivilisation, keeping out of reach of the bugs, none of them suspect that they are part of a much larger plan, one that involves another, unknown survivor... (STL071775)
HC, 7×10, 144pgs, FC SRP: $24.99

(W/A/CA) Pau
Bone meets Vikings!
When roaming warriors Atlas and Axis return home to find that their village has been destroyed by Viking raiders, they set off on a perilous journey across land and sea to save their friends! (STL070767)
64pgs, FC (2 of 4) SRP: $5.99

(W) Christophe Bec (A) Stefano Raffaele, Christian Favrelle (CA) James Stokoe
Classic B-Movie horror! Eight-Legged Freaks meets Toxic Avenger!
Some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the dirt flows into the sewers.
LT Wilson Jericho, disgraced from his position above ground and now an officer in the sewer police, thinks he knows everything there is to know about what lies beneath. But scientist Sandra Yeatman is determined to discover the truth behind the legends, and something is threatening to crawl out and rip the city apart... (STL072933)
SC, 7×10, 104pgs, FC SRP: $16.99

(W) Alan Martin (A/CA) Brett Parson
The collection of Alan Martin and Brett Parson's latest all-new Tank Girl series!
Four stand-alone stories starring Tank Girl and her supporting cast, including "Tank Girl Strikes Again", "The Man From Tank Girl", "The Importance of Being Tank Girl" and "Tank Girl Takes a Trip"
From the mind of original Tank Girl creator Alan Martin with art by incredible rising star Brett Parson (New Romancer, 21st Century Tank Girl, World War Tank Girl) (STL072941)
SC, 7×10, 104pgs, FC SRP: $16.99

(W) Anne Toole (A/CA) PJ Kaiowa
Direct tie-in to the brand-new videogame, Assassin's Creed Origins! Witness the very beginning of the Assassin's Creed! (STL070746)
32pgs, FC (2 of 4) SRP: $3.99

(A) Joshua Cassara & Various
Hardcover collection of stunning cover artwork and never-before-seen illustrations created exclusively for the Titan Comics Dark Souls comic series. Featuring artwork from legends of the comics industry including Josh Cassara, Nat Jones, Ben Templesmith, Nen Chang and interior artist Alan Quah! (STL070783)
HC, 7×10, 96pgs, FC SRP: $29.99

(W) Aaron Dembski Bowden (A) Wagner Reis (CA) David Sondred
Written by Black Library superstar Aaron Dembski Bowden!
The Deathwatch are the best of the best from all chapters of Space Marines! They alone have the strength of mind and body to battle the alien across the universe, defending humanity frim the Xenos that would destroy them! (STL070784)
32pgs, FC (2 of 4) SRP: $3.99

(W) Lee Falk (A/CA) Fred Fredericks
It's the continuing adventures of Mandrake the Magician – The world's first costumes crime fighter! This is the first collection of Fred Fredricks sundat strips, offering a heady mix of action, adventure, high jins and drama!

Written by the legendary Lee Falk, creator of The Phantom (STL070862)
HC, 7×10, 256pgs, FC SRP: $49.99

(W) Michael Moorcock, Howard Chaykin (A) Howard Chaykin
Award-winning writer and artist Howaard Chaykin joins forces with Michael Moorcock to bring the Eternal Champion known alternatively as Erekose, Urlik of Skarsol or John Daker to vivid life in this classic tale from 1979.
Includes an exclusive introduction by acclaimed comic book writer Cullen Bunn. (STL070866)
HC, 7×10, 144pgs, FC SRP: $29.99

The ultimate guide to the latest chapter in the adventures of Rey, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and more! (STL073343)
SC, 11×8, 100pgs, FC SRP: $10.99

The ultimate guide to the latest chapter in the adventures of Rey, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and more! (STL073340)
SC, 11×8, 100pgs, FC SRP: $10.99

The ultimate guide to the latest chapter in the adventures of Rey, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and more! (STL073339)
HC, 11×8, 100pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Westworld Season 2 Release Date Window, Trailer, Cast, and More

Westworld Season 2 is still a long ride away from these here parts, but we have everything you need to know for now...

News Den of Geek Staff
Nov 24, 2017

Fans of robot cowboys can relax, Westworld Season 2 is quickly approaching after taking 2017 off. Indeed, it is, indeed it is. In the meantime, we now have the luxury to consider how these violent delights may have more gloriously violent ends in the second season.

Westworld Season 2 Release Date

While HBO is still hiding the Westworld Season 2 release date under a proverbial layer of synthetic skin, we do now have a ballpark timeframe. Star Evan Rachel Wood, answering a fan’s desperate plea for an update on Twitter, partially obliged our collective curiosity by revealing that Season 2 will arrive in “Spring 2018.” That's earlier than many estimated, including us.

Westworld Season 2 Trailer

Here is the first trailer for Westworld Season 2!

Westworld Season 2 Cast

Gustaf Skarsgård will play Karl Strand, described as “a white-collar guy comfortable in the field." Gustaf, son of Stellan Skarsgård (and brother to prominent actor siblings Alexander, Sam, Bill and Valter), is best known for his role as the mischievous Floki on History Channel’s Vikings, as well as several notable projects in his native Sweden.

Fares Fares will play Antoine Costa, described as “a tech expert with an objective perspective.” Fares, a Beirut-born, Sweden-raised actor, is known for his role on FX’s (now-cancelled) fictional Arab dictatorship drama Tyrant, along with film roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Commune, Child 44 and Zero Dark Thirty.

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Betty Gabriel will play Maling, described as “trying to restore order on the ground.” Gabriel, an American actress, is known for her role in the Amazon 1960s-set drama Good Girls Revolt, miniseries 12 Deadly Ways, and in films such as the acclaimed horror offering Get Out and politically-charged horror franchise sequel The Purge: Election Year.

Each of the new Westworld Season 2 characters will find themselves battling the vexing, unbridled environment of the titular theme park. However, while the Season 1 finale centered on a violent rebellion by the consciousness-acquired robotic hosts, led by Thandie Newton’s Maeve, it’s not exactly known where, or, precisely, when the new characters will operate, since the series is notorious for jumping across different periods of time, leaving audiences only with subtle clues as indication.

According to THR, Jackson (Sleepy Hollow) will play Nicholas, "a charming and resourceful man who finds himself in uncharted territory." Tucker (American Gods) will have a recurring role as Major Craddock, described as "a commanding military officer."

Other new additions have included Katja Herbers as Grace, a "seasoned" tourist who arrives at the park at the wrong time for a favorite vaction spot... journeying into night. Fans likely know her best from Manhattan and The Leftovers. Meanwhile, Zahn McClarnon of Fargo fame has apparently been cast in an unspecified (and unconfirmed) role.

As far as returning cast, we have had confirmation that two past hosts are being promoted to series regulars in season 2: Louis Herthum who played Peter Abernathy to perfection in the Westworld series premiere, and Talulah Riley, who played the host that first greeted William to the park in his (youthful) introduction. Then there's William, and Ed Harris has indeed indicated he's coming back. Harris revealed as much to BBC Radio 4  while promoting a turn on West End. There he sugged a revisit of Westworld is also in order.

About the prospect of doing more episodes, Harris confirmed, "I was just talking to Jonah Nolan last night, who’s a creator of this thing with his wife Lisa Joy, and yeah, they’re doing another season. They’re going to do 10 more episodes, and I will be involved.”

Meanwhile, however, Harris' inclusion also leads to the sad acceptance that fan favorite Jimmi Simpson, whose William was revealed in the season 1 finale to be a younger version of Harris' Man in Black, will likely not be returning. Simpson said as much when he chatted with CinemaBlend in March.

So far, my involvement in [season 2] is unclear. If they have more for William, I would assume it would be a whole new kind of story. Because I feel like this story, the love affair [with Evan Rachel Wood's character, Dolores], we know everything, we know what happens, we don't have to belabor that point. But if they have a reason--I mean, it was the greatest set I've ever worked on. But we're all speculating what Season 2 will be, and I think it'll be something that will blow our minds, to the degree that Season 1 did. But I wouldn't be surprised if William showed up Season 3 or something.

Westworld Season 2 Story Details

While chatting with EWJonah Nolan and Lisa Joy cryptically revealed that the show will not be taking place immediately after Dolores killed Robert Ford. Instead, it looks like we're headed for a time-jump that will pick up some time later. Of course, a good human slaughter is perfect for narrative-bending flashbacks...

"You’re definitely going to see the aftermath and the effects of what happened," Lisa Joy told EW. But then Nolan added, "We are definitely not picking up right where we left off."

Entertainment Weekly reported that we can expect much more detail about how hosts work during the second season, including how they’re powered.

“Their construction and their power source is something we’re really going to get into during season 2,” Nolan said. “So we’d like to keep that mysterious. They’re closer to biological than they are mechanical, but they don’t suffer brain death the same way we do. They’re largely indistinguishable from human beings, but their brains don’t require oxygen—which opens up interesting possibilities. Their brains are not as fragile as ours. On one hand, their cognition is controllable and malleable, but on a structural level, they can’t be killed in the same way you and I can. There are advantages and disadvantages to being a host. [In] season 2, we’ll be exploring more of the nuts and bolts of what they are—as the hosts themselves are trying to understand.”

This consideration of artificial biology is not that surprising since Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy already revealed they were breaking down the second season during the Westworld panel at New York Comic Con that we attended in October 2016.

“There were a handful of things that we weren’t able to touch in the first season, and we’re now currently breaking the second season,” Nolan had said during the NYCC panel. “One of the really nice things about TV is, you get to go again.”

Jonathan Nolan is also not above playfully teasing fans. Indeed, the Westworld co-creator participated in a reddit "Ask Me Anything" session where he dropped a big clue about the title of the Westworld season 2 premiere episode.

In the below image, a teasingly smiling maze sits atop the screenplay for the first episode, blocking off just most of the final word in its title. It reads "Journey Into N--." How frustrating, right? Well not really. If you have a long memory about the wonderful HBO series, then you know that "Journey Into Night" was the name of Dr. Ford's final narrative that was enacted in the season 1 finale. Technically, the narrative supposedly concluded with Teddy crying over Dolores' death. But in actuality, it really began when Dolores chose to blow Ford's brains out. The journey has just begun.

As we previously learned there would be a time jump between seasons, it makes sense then that we are seeing the actual night when the season 2 journey starts its ride.

Westworld Season 2 Theories

Of course, this is all well and good, but we have our own personal theories about what to expect from Westworld season 2. Here is an excerpt from our in-depth series of predictions and theories about what will happen next in Robert Ford's living dream.

In fact, if one views Westworld as a series to be a long, loose, and convoluted retelling of its 1973 source material’s narrative (or the Jurassic Park novel), then that means season 1 was essentially the first act. The park was in proper use until it wasn’t. Now, the fences are down, the Tyrannosaurus Rex has a Jeep in its mouth, and Dennis Nedry still hasn’t even reached the Dilophosaurus paddock. Hence, season 2 should conceivably be the second act where we deal with the immediate ramifications of androids taking over Westworld.

In this context, it is easy to imagine that the series could quickly evolve into a kind of war between the guests and the hosts. Before he died, Ford called this conflict exactly that, and there is an army of decommissioned robots who are now very much alive and marching toward the panicked party revelers who, while fleeing Dolores’ shots, might be rushing into the jaws of death. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine that 10 episodes in season 2 could stretch out a week of the survivors’ dire circumstances just as liberally as how season 1 stretched out William and Logan’s two-week vacation over nine episodes.

While I imagine there’ll be a necessity for new human characters who are more sympathetic than the cold introverts we’ve enjoyed watching be undone in season 1, those survivors will still work with plenty of familiar faces.

Westworld Website Clues

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are still breaking down the story pieces for season 2, so at this point there are likely no real "answers" to be had. However, the Westworld website has created a new fun game, which scrambles a conversation between Logan and Dolores, and hints at a robot apocalypse. If you play the games in this link here, you'll find suggestions that Hector and Armistice are still alive despite meeting seeming death in the season 1 finale, and they're hunting you. There are also indicators that Dolores and Wyatt are merged one-in-the-same personalities. And it is all, basically, very apocalyptic. Enjoy!

17 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix Right Now

We're here to make sure you have a good (and less lonely) day with the list of best romantic movies on Netflix

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Nov 24, 2017

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to stay up to date with the best romance movies on Netflix.

Updated for December 2017

Romance movies are not that different from horror movies. Both are incredibly hard to pull off, are heavily watched during a cold time of year, and hopefully end with every character covered in blood.

With that in mind we present to you a list of the best romantic movies on Netflix. Because romance deserves it, damn it. Virtually every song ever written is a love song but poor romance can't get a fair shake at the movies. Whether it be a rom-com or just a straight-up soul-enlightening/crushing romance, our list of the best romantic movies on Netflix will get you back in touch with your cold, dead heart.

The African Queen

Certainly one to file under the classics section for all-time great movie romances is The African Queen. While in this particular John Huston masterpiece, neither the gin joint airs of Ingrid Bergman or the real-life crackle of Lauren Bacall are available to Humphrey Bogart, the film is nevertheless another hardboiled love story for the iconic movie star. And it is a sweetly unconventional one too.

In his element as a salty riverboat captain sailing up and down Ulanga River, Bogie’s Charlie is a wreck, but he is also prince charming for Katharine Hepburn’s Rose Sayer, an “old maid” who is doing missionary work with her brother when World War I breaks out. After Germans kill her sibling, Rose reluctantly attempts to escape down the river with Charlie, striking up an unlikely romance along the way. They also strike upon an even more unlikely adventure as instead of fleeing, they decide to battle the Germans in the name of dear old England! This is a jolly good adventure that is as authentic in Bogart and Hepburn’s chemistry as it is in its real, unforgiving African locations that were used.

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color is categorized as a coming-of-age film and a romance movie. Ultiamtely, those two genres are roughly the same. What is a more important or poignant way to come of age than to fall in love? Adele is a young Frenchwoman who likes to gossip about boys until one day she sees another young woman with blue hair walking past. What follows is infatuation, romance, heartbreak, jealousy, confusion, late nights, comfort, and disappointment. You know, love. Blue is the Warmest Color is one of the definitive and great romance movies on Netflix

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones has become the archetype for normal, yet lonely female movie characters everywhere. Bridget Jones Diary, itself, is the archetype for some many romance movies that followed it. Bridget (Renee Zellwegger) is a normal, softspoken woman who is largely unlucky in love until one day, she isn't. Her cup suddenly runneth over with men and she must choose between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant (the answer is Colin Firth, dummies. C'mon.) It might be (very) loosely based on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, but it's also basically Twilight with pasty British men instead of vampires and werewolves.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Nothing quite says "romance" like the encroaching the apocalypse. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World joins the hallowed fraternity of movies whose titles succinctly describe their plots. It is known worldwide that an asteroid will strike the Earth within three weeks. So most people respond with Bacchanalian glee, throwing sex and drug parties. Meanwhile Dodge (Steve Carell) just wants to go about his business... that is until he meets Penny (Keira Knightley).


At first glance, Atonement seems like standard people-talking-in-British-accents-during-WWII Oscar bait. Bu it is so much more than that. Atonement is as heartbreakingly tragic as it is earnestly romantic. It's the story of how love can sometimes be derailed or destroyed by forces we absolutely wouldn't expect. James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, and the young Saoirse Ronan (who earned an Oscar nomination here) are all remarkable and Atonement, is a romance-war hybrid that works. 

Drinking Buddies

This list has been all fine and good so far but I know what you're thinking: WHERE ARE THE MILENNIAL CRAFT BREWERY ROMANTIC INDIE DRAMAS. Well here you go, hypothetical reader with incredibly specific tastes. Drinking Buddies is a mumblecore masterpiece starring some truly excellent and funny actors: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. It's a mostly improvised, simple story about relationships, jealousy and lots of great craft beer. Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) are flirty coworkers at a craft brewery who decide to go on a joint trip with their significant others Chris (Livingston) and Jill (Kendrick). Romantic comedy ensues.


Nothing says romance like a Jane Austen adaptation. And Gwyneth Paltrow, if you're into a weird kind of love. Platrow stars as the titular Emma, an upper class lady who fancies herself a matchmaker. But of course matchmakers often have a hard time finding love themselves, don't they? Enter Mr. Knightley (the incredibly British Jeremy Northam). Emma is a perfectly pleasant period adaptation and you will get exactly what your corny romantic heart needs from it. Also fun fact: the BBC did a TV adaptation of Austen's novel the very same year the film came out (1996) starring Kate Beckinsale. So if you like the Paltrow version enough, compare and contrast with the Beckinsale version.


AWOL is how indie romances should be - small, authentic, affecting. Joey (Lola Kirke) and Rayna (Breeda Wool) are two young women from a nowheresville Pennsylvania town. They meetcute at a local carnival and quickly fall for each other but circumstances threaten to crush their romance before it can even begin. AWOL understands first and foremost that while love is easy, relationships (and arguably everything else in the world is hard). Sometimes what you want and what your environment is able to allow you to have are two very different things. 

Like Crazy

Like Crazy is excellent because of how simple it is. Felicity Jones plays Anna, a British woman who falls in love with American Jacon (Anton Yelchin) while attending college in Los Angeles. Oftentimes in romances, ridiculous circumstances conspire to keep our star-crossed lovers separated. This time around it's just plain-old visa issues. It's mundane and simple but it's also something that could so easily and probably frequently interrupt burgeoning relationships. Jacob and Anna attempt to keep their long-distance relationship alive but then enters an interloper...an Jennifer Lawrence-ian interloper. 


Todd Haynes, director of Carol and Far From Heaven knows longing. And if there's an element that makes for an excellent romantic movie experience its longing. That desperate sense is baked into nearly every frame of Carol. Based on a 1950s romance novel, Carol is the story of a young photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman going through a divorce (Cate Blanchette) undertaking a forbidden affair. Forbidden because, you know, '50s. And that's where the longing comes in. Nothing is more romantic or sexier than a forbidden romance. Carol channels that romantic energy into something mature, fascinating and heartbreaking. 

Before Midnight

Back in 1995, when Richard Linklater debuted star-crossed romance Before Sunset, no one could have imagined that it would one day constitute the beginning of a multi-decade romantic trilogy. That's what Linklater does though - the unexpected. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return as Jesse and Celine, once young lovers who are now middle-aged parents. Before Midnight is a beautiful film and the perfect capper to this trilogy as it brings a level of realism and discomfort into a once idealized relationship. It's about the impossibility and absolute necessity of love.

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut is a romance? Wikipedia describes it as an "erotic drama" so we'll take it. Eyes Wide Shut is Stanley Kubrick's final and perhaps most inscrutable film. It's long, bizarre and, expensive. There's a popular theory that Kubrick wrote and directed the film just to break up real-life couple turned co-stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. If so, mission accomplished. Still, despite how bizarre the movie may seem and is the message at hand is deceptively simple (at least I think it is?): love is good and sex is good. Don't overthink it, Tom and Nicole. 

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go is one of those charming movie-going experiences in which a movie catches a handful of actors right before they become bigger stars. In Never Let Me Go's case, Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield all star as different spokes of a love triangle well before they'd become household-ish names (in the right households at least). Based on a novel from British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go posits an alternative reality in which human beings are able to live well-past 100 years. How do they achieve such a medical breakthrough? Well, it's not good news for our three leads, let's say.


Our list is not wanting for hard-nosed "REAL LOVE IS HARD DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND" adult romance movies. So sometimes you've just got to switch it up and indulge in some fantasy romances. In Penelope Christina Ricci stars as the eponymous Penelope. Due to a curse placed upon her family, Penelope has the ears and nose of a pig. And the only way to get rid of it is, get this: fall in love. Thankfully James McAvoy is on hand to help with that very task.

Sleeping with Other People

We love famous people. We love famous funny people. We love famous funny people acting in movies about un-acted upon mutual attraction. Sleeping with Other People's script could have been 1 page that just said "Jason Sudeikis, Allison Brie, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, and Adam Scott do stuff. Sexual tension ensues" and it would have been worth a ticket on that alone. Thankfully there are the makings of a plot just beyond that. Sudeikis and Brie star as old friends who have a one-night stand and then 12 years later feel compelled to act as though it didn't really matter to them. 

The Reader

The Reader isn't just a punchline to Hugh Jackman's best joke while hosting the Oscars - it's also an excellent, achingly romantic movie in its own right. Kate Winslet stars as Hanna, a woman having an affair with a younger man...a much younger man in the 1950s. Things are going pretty well for the pair until the younger man, Michael, discovers a disturbing truth about his older paramour. A disturbing truth that rhymes with Shnazi Shympethizer. Things may not be what they seem, however, thanks to another secret Hanna is harboring. The Reader occasionally gets criticized for being transparent Oscar bait and while that may be partly fair, it's hard to resist its doomed romance and winding twists and turns.


Will Smith stars as the eponymous Hitch in a movie about a romantic matchmaker who, you're not gonna believe this, falls in love, himself. Will Smith is an excellent choice for this romantic comedy because Will Smith is generally a great choice for most movies. Hitch must help Albert Brennaman (Kevin James) woo the woman of his dreams but at the same time Hitch finds himself falling for gossip columnist Sara (Eva Mendes). Hitch is a sweet, funny film with charming performances and believable romances all around.

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11 Best Science Fiction Movies on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime has a diverse collection of sci-fi fare to meet your geek needs. Here are the Best Sci-Fi Movies on Amazon

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Nov 24, 2017

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what other excellent Sci-Fi movies get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for December 2017

Science fiction is about as diverse a genre as it gets. Because what we deem as science fiction is not only subjective but also encompasses pretty much every possible future hypothetical we can and cannot imagine. Nowhere is this diversity represented better than on Amazon Prime. 

Here is a list of the best science fiction movies on Amazon Prime. All you really need for good science fiction is your imagination but it turns out an Amazon Prime subscription helps too. 

Terminator: Genisys

All Terminator sequels come with a burden of heavy expectations as the first Terminator sequel, Judgement Day, is among the best sequels in any genre ever. Terminator Genisys certainly cannot be counted among the best of the series but it is still plenty entertaining. Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke stars as Sarah Conner and post-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the franchise as the T-800. Genisys is among the most aggressively sci-fi entries into the series and maybe that is why it received lukewarm reviews. Regardless it's a must-watch for those invested in the Connor family and altered timeline enthusiasts. 

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The Truman Show

The Truman Show is a sneaky science fiction movie because it seems devoid of anything we would view as sci-fi. There are no robots, or spaceships or humanity threatening events. Instead The Truman Show is just story of a normal guy, going about his day to day business....completely unaware that his life is a TV show. The Jim Carrey-starring film is about as high concept as it gets and it makes the absolute best of that concept. The Truman Show is a funny, entertaining and at times creepy watch that reminds us sometimes the best science fiction can be pastel-colored and smiley. It also proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that if your life needs a director, it may as well be Ed Harris.

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The Invasion

The 1955 novel The Body Snatchers has been adapted to film four times for a reason. The concept of aliens destroying Earth is terrifying enough but the idea that they'll do so by taking over our mind and bodies one-by-one is even scarier. The latest iteration, The Invasion, isn't the best of the adaptation but it's completely watchable for those with an Amazon Prime account and in need of some sci-fi terror. Nicole Kidman stars as Dr. Carol Bennell and we get to watch her growing terror as she comes to realize the people close to her are no longer who they once were. 

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

For a children's/teen book, The Hunger Games concept is some pretty heavy stuff. Children from various districts in a dystopian future version of the U.S. called Panem must compete in a sprawling battle until there is only one survivor...and oh God, it's The Running Man again. That is the how things start, of course. In the finale, Mockingjay Part 2, however, the rebellion agains Panem is in full swing with Hunger Games champion Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leading as a symbol of hope. All good postapocalyptic art about children murdering one another must come to an end.

Watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on Amazon Prime


Stardust is adapted from a novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. Like many of Gaiman's works, Stardust is well-crafted, meticulously thought out and dense. It's a pre-Tolkien sci-fi fantasy epic that finally received a movie adaptation worthy of the material. Charlie Cox stars as Tristan Thorn a half-fairy who falls in love with a fallen star (Claire Danes). And things pretty much get weirder from there. Stardust is the rarest of breeds: a good, financially profitable sci-fi/fantasy property without any potential for a sequel...until Gaiman decides on doing one.

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Swiss Army Man

Here's the thing about casting Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse in a movie. The movie could be superb and feature a myriad of different concepts and scenes other than a corpseified Radcliffe farting and it will still come to be known as the "Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse" movie. That's understandable. You don't see a famous actor portraying a farting corpse every day but Swiss Army Man has so much going on for it beyond just the flatulent bulletpoints. Hank (Paul Dano) is deserted on a remote island and is on the verge of hanging himself when a corpse (Radcliffe) washes upon the shore. Hank soon comes to find that this corpse may have all the tools he needs to survive both physically and emotionally. Swiss Army Man is beautiful and weird in the way that good sci-fi should be. 

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The Lobster

One of science fiction's best gifts as a genre is it's generous ability to "assist" other genres. The Lobster is really a romantic film all about love, intimacy and the soul-quaking fear of both. But The Lobster couldn't be as emotionally valid as it is without its initial sci-fi conceit. You see, The Lobster is about a resort where single people meet to pair up and become couples. Thing is, thought, it's compulsory. Also, if you don't find a soulmate in 45 days, you are forever transformed into the animal of your choosing. The Lobster's science fiction concept perfectly sets up and complements the real human feelings that follow. 

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Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond is the first of the Star Trek reboots not directed by J.J. Abrams, who went off to direct some other obscure "Star" movie. Thankfully, Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin steps in capably to keep the franchise afloat. Beyond is certainly a step above the disappointing Into Darkness and in some ways is the Trek-iest of the new films. Still, casting Idris Elba only to put him under 40 pounds of makeup remains a crime against humanity. 

Watch Star Trek Beyond on Amazon Prime 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 

After Star Trek the Motion Picture was received less than warmly, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan not only got the Star Trek film franchise back on track but forever established the brand as a science fiction mainstay. The plot is beautiful in its simplicity. The high-minded thinking of the series and the first movie gives way to a pretty standard revenge plot. The key is how well Khan Noonien Singh and his titular "wrath" is depicted.

Watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Amazon Prime


Few directors have made a career being as aggressively strange as Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky is the keen SciFi mind behind such heavyhitters like Black Swan, Mother! and Requiem for a Dream. His debut feature, Pi, might be the one to capture and aesthetic the best. In Pi, a mathemetician named Max believes that everything in nature can be understood through mathematics. In his research, he comes across an algorithm that might actually do just that. The discovery sets him on a path that includes massive headaches, visions and religious and financial organizations that want access to the equation. 

Watch Pi on Amazon Prime


In addition to being an awesome science fiction tale, Arrival might be the most intense movie about linguistics ever. The Amy Adams-starring flick is based on a 1998 shorty story from Ted Chiang and reveals what happens when twelve alien spacecraft suddenly appear in 12 locations across the globe. Arrival takes a fascinatingly logical look at how humanity would respond in such an event. The answer as it turns out is bring in a linguistic expert (Adams) to figure out how to communicate with the darn things. Arrival is incredibly smart and equally as affecting. 

Watch Arrival on Amazon Prime

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34 Best TV Comedies on Hulu Right Now

The roster of TV comedies on Hulu is deep, diverse and most importantly, hilarious.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Nov 24, 2017

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what excllent TV comedies are being added to Hulu.

Updated for December 2017

The list of the best TV comedies on Hulu is essentially the list of the best TV comedies available for streaming anywhere, period. Every streaming service has its advantages and for Hulu, TV comedies certainly reign supreme.

Hulu has a staggering amount of good TV comedies from a diverse array of sources. In addition to hosting its own originals, Hulu has half-hour comedies from what seems like virtually every network in existence. It also includes classics from way back when like I Love Lucy to recent classics like Seinfeld to "now" classics like Rick and Morty.

Check out the list of best TV comedies on Hulu and let us know what we missed. With a roster this deep, we're bound to have missed something.


Fun fact: did you know that Julia Louis Dreyfuss' Elaine doesn't appear in the Seinfeld pilot? You probably knew that because every single fact about Seinfeld is known. It's one of the most re-run, studied, poked at, watched, investigated TV shows of all time. Still, I didn't know it until I watched the pilot recently. And that's the fun thing about Seinfeld. It's one of the most-watched and "studied" sitcoms of all time but at the end of the day it's also still a great, uproriously funny show about nothing. You've already seen approximatley 1,000 rerun episodes. Why not start it from the beginning on Hulu?


The first thing you notice about Archer is the animation. It's beautiful, classy and perfectly fitting for its hihg-minded spy comedy premise. Then you watch a little more and realize the animation almost doesn't even matter. Archer is highly verbal and completely hilarious. It's like a radio play that somehow made its way to television. Thank God it did because when Archer is on, there are few other comedies that can touch it in terms of sheer laughter. If I had to teach a class on comedy to burgeoning comedy writers, an exploration of season one's "Skytanic" would be the final test. 

Saturday Night Live

Live from New York it's Saturday night! And you're alone on your couch in need of something to binge (you're a total loser, btw). Why not begin an ambitious binge watch of one of TV's oldest and most important franchsies? Saturday Night Live began way back in 1975 featuring eventual comedy megastars like Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. Since then it's been the axis of the entire comedy world. Generations have relied on SNL for their dose of political humor and Hollywood has relied on it to fill out the casts of its various high-budget comedies. Thanks to Hulu you can now revisit any era of the show whenever you want. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is just a delight. It's the story of a Brooklyn police department and the goofballs who populate it. Goofballs like Andy Samberg's excitable Jake Peralta or Andre Braugher's hilariously stoic Captain Holt. It comes from Parks and Rec and The Good Place creator Michael Schur and is yet another prime example of the kind of happy workplace comedies Schur can pretty much do in his sleep by this point. It's a perfectly bingeable, low-maintenance watch that's only available to stream on Hulu.


Half-hour comedies are currently fluorishing across televisoin. Unfortunately, the old head networks have had a hard time keeping up with teh arms race. Thank God for for Black-ish then, a whip-start, truly funny and worthwhile sitcom available for a wide audience on ABC. Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross star as the patriarch and matriach of a middle-class, suburban Black American family. The show deftly and hilariously covers all the anxieties and pratfalls of that situation - the concept of feeling only "black-ish." 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It all started with $200 and a camera*. FX and FXX's flagship comedy is now 12 seasons in and on pace to break multiple TV show longevitiy records after the most inauspicious of beginnings. It's Always Sunny has lasted for so long for a simple reason: it's very, very funny. Creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton understand both humor and character. And their mastery of each has created a hilarious show where a group of terrible people continue to make one antoher's lives a living hell with their hare-brained schemes and general ignorance. This is truly one of the best TV comedies Hulu...and TV.

*Charlie Day has since claimed that even that $200 budget number for the pilot was inflated. It really cost closer to $0. 


Community really is the perfect brainchild of its creator, the, let's say, mercurial Dan Harmon. It's brilliant, empathetic, inconsistent, strange and hilarious. Harmon produced one good season of the show then followed it with two amazing, near pitch-perfect seasons before his clashing with NBC got him fired and led to a terrible season 4. Then he came back for a good season 5 before finishing it all with a decent season 6 on Yahoo Screen. Hulu has all six seasons available to stream and when all watched in succession the episodes present an interesting case study on the vagaries on network TV politicking...not to mention a tremendously funny experience.


Angie Tribeca

Ever wish Airplane was a TV series? Well it is. It just happens to be called Angie Tribeca and have nothing to do with airplanes or airports. Angie Tribeca comes from creators Steve and Nancy Carell and airs regualrly on TBS. It has perhaps the most unique sense of humor in all of television: childish, playful, punny and weird. This bizarre series starring Rashida Jones in the title role as a detective has never encountered a pun that it didn't immediately wrestle to the ground and make sweet love to. This makes the show it's own strange beast,  different from almost any other comedy on TV but a perfectly pleasant watch all the same. 

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

When Mary Tyler Moore passed away in early 2017, many tributes rightfully praised her show for opening up new avenues in both television and comedy for women. The Mary Tyler Moore Show deserves all the credit in the world for that but let's also not lose sight of how astonishingly funny and ahead of its time the show is. Watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show for yourself on Hulu and marvel at how well the humor translates to a modern era. 

Key & Peele

Sketch shows are excellent binge streaming material. Don't like the current sketch? Just wait 5-10 minutes and there will be another one you might enjoy. Not liking sketches shouldn't be a frequent issue you come across with Key & Peele, however. Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele's Comedy Central sketch show is remarkable in its consistency. Sure, there are plenty of viral-friendly comedy hits but each and every episode features surprisingly few duds. Watch them all and then let yourself become hopelessly attached to your favorite skit like I am with continental breakfast. 


Who eats tossed salad and scrambled eggs anyway? Frasier is kind of like the platonic ideal of half-hour '90s sitcoms. It's smart, funny and just kind of moves along as a leisurely pace. Kelsey Grammar more than has a handle on his radio psychiatrist character Frasier Crane after depicting him for the better part of two decades. Frasier is the perfect show for people who enjoy Friends but wish the characters enunciated more clearly and had a more expanded vocabulary.

South Park

It's hard to remember life without South Park. Comedy Central's longest-running series began way back in 1997 when gas cost....actually gas prices are kind of reasonable again so the $1.29 1997 gas price isn't that astonishing. Still, South Park is among as old an important a TV institution as we have. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have moved on to other things and other mediums as they continue their EGOT destruction of the media landscape. Thankfully, the creative duo still have room in their heart for the highly political comedy about four kids in a quiet Colorado town. 

The Mindy Project

Of all the cast members of The Office, Mindy Kaling has continued the strong TV comedy tradition the best. Kaling both starred on and wrote for The Office and her deep understanding of TV comedy is apparent. The Mindy Project is admirable in its experimention. When something isn't working, Kaling and the writers change it. When something is working, they expand upon it. The Mindy Project lives up to its title in interesting, unexpected ways. It's like Mindy Kaling's comedy thesis and it's brought her more than a passing grade.

I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy is still flat out funny in ways that very few black and white comedies are able to be with modern audiences. Lucille Ball's debut show feels shockingly modern for something from the '50s. And that's because I Love Lucy in many ways created the format of the TV sitcom. Lucy lives a hectic, entertaining life with her husband Ricky Ricardo (Ball's real-life partner Desi Arnaz) and the half-hour episodes are perfect vehicles for Lucy's wild physical humor. 

The Last Man on Earth

Ok so Will Forte's character Phil in The Last Man on Earth really isn't the last man, or human being, on Earth. Still it's an apt title for a comedy that deals heavily with loneliness and isolation. For the amount of time that Phil alienates his fellow apocalypse survivors, he may as well be the last man on Earth. The Last Man on Earth is a smart, incredibly ambitious comedy from the minds of Forte and current comedy-writing superheroes Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Bless these brave souls who though "You know what could be funny? The near complete and utter annihilation of mankind." And they were right. 

Broad City

For awhile there it looked like every single Internet series was going to find it's way to traditional television. This, of course, was from the dark days of humanity in which we didn't realize that most things on the Internet were garbage and should be avoided at all costs. Thankfully, Broad City made the jump from the web to Comedy Central and it turned out to definitively be not garbage. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's series about two young women doing their thing in New York is wickedly funny and intelligent. It's one of the rare series that depicts Milennials doing their own Milennial thing without coming across as condescending or outright annoying. 

Parks and Recreation

Ahhh Parks and Rec, where to even begin? The story of Pawnee parks and recreation department deputy Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is one of TV's best ever stories, let alone comedies. The Michael Schur-created Parks and Recreation is a love letter to TV. Pawnee is like a live-action Springfield and the show creates a full, believable world despite a limited network budget. And in that world is a host of likeable and hilarious characters doing their best to better their community and only occasionally succeeding. Calling Parks and Rec TV comfort food may seem like a slight to one of the smarter comedies of the decade but it's accurate all the same.

The Venture Bros.

Rick and Morty fans are currently going through a pain that fans of its Adult Swim cousin The Venture Bros. know all too well. It takes a long time to finish an animated TV show. The time spent is almost always worth it. The Venture Bros. is one of the shows that helped put Adult Swim on the map as a place for seriously good comedy, animated or otherwise. The show is kind of an updated take on Johnny Quest and follows the titular bros and their weird family and their many schemes that almost undoubtedly always fail.  

You’re the Worst

You're the Worst is barely a comedy. Ok, that's not fair. It's a half-hour comedy and a wonderfully funny one. But it's also an empathetic exploratoin of deeply flawed, damage people. And when you think about it - is there any other kind of person? That might not make You're the Worst seem like the friendliest binge-watching experience but don't let that hold you back. The story of Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) falling in and out of love and how it effects the rest of their lives it's certainly worth your time. 


It's weird to think of Scrubs as an old classic now but that's what it is. It's a brightly-colored, fun, thoroughly modern show that came out way back in 2001 when Netflix was still only sending DVDs to consumers in red envelopes. Scrubs is the story of Dr. John (J.D.) Dorian and his struggle to become a doctor. He meets plenty of helpful allies along the way with even a villain or two. Scrubs is a damn near perfect binge watching experience. It tackles serious issues of life and death within a hospital environment and J.D.'s wacky daydreams with equal skill. 

Party Down

Thank God Party Down found a streaming home somewhere because it deserves to be rattling around an Internet streaming service or two for eternity. It's a show about struggling actors and writers who moonlight for a catering business. Each episode takes place at a different party the Party Down crew is catering. Party Down was watched by virtually no one when it came out on Starz in 2009. Since then it's gained a second life on Hulu where its 20 episodes can be streamed. This one is about as close to a must-watch as they get. It features a shockingly great cast, whip-smart humor and maybe even a feel or two. 


Louie is another show that can barely be classified as a comedy. Sure, it's funny and is the brainchild of one of our finest working comedians, Louis C.K. Rather than just being a "comedy", however, Louie is really a vessel for any kind of half-hour story that Louis C.K. wants to tell, funny or not. Sometimes, the stories are not even a half-hour. There are plotlines that last for one third of one episode or extend out over as many as six episodes, creating a episodic movies for television. The experience of watching Louie, funny or not, is always thrilling because it means getting to witness a talented artist do precisley want they want to do. 

Arrested Development

Arrested Development's "real" streaming home is on Netflix. That's where all seasons of the show reside in addition to the Netflix exclusive season four and any future episodes the show will produce. Still, for those who wish to pretend that the much-maligned fourth season doesn't exist (and there are many of you), Hulu is a perfect spot for you. Hulu has the first three seasons of Arrested Development that aired on Fox and they remain superb. The story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who has to keep them all together is as funny and fresh as you remember. 

Peep Show

Peep Show is technically a "high-concept" undertaking. The show exclusivley utilizes point of view shots, making the viewer feel as though they are a part of the scene. It's an interesting technological tactic for a comedy and it pays off huge. More importantly, the content of the show itself is flat out hilarious. Mark (David Mitchell) and Jez (Robert Webb) are co-dependent friends who share a flat in London. Their complete inability to do...well, anything normal gets them into situations that are completely over their head. Peep Show is another comedy gift from Great Britain in the vein of Spaced. 

Horace and Pete

Horace and Pete writer/creator/director/editor/star Louis C.K. thrives on doing things a little differently. So when he had an idea for his first post-Louie show (no one knows if there will be future seasons of Louie yet. Not even the creator, himself), he decided to do the whole thing on his own and in virtual silence. On January 30, 2016, fans on C.K.'s mailing list were alerted that the first episode of the previously unannounced Horace and Pete was available for download on C.K.'s website. After a long run on LouisCk.net, Now Hulu has gobbled up the streaming rights for the tragi-comedy about a failing bar so subscibers can witness its charms.

The Office (U.K.)

If you've yet to see the original U.K. version of The Office, rectify that situation immediately. Ricky Gervais' bleak and hilarious look at office life remains caustic and vital many years after its debut. The U.K. version is far, let's say, darker than the American one. There are still general lessons that coworkers can be a second family, warts and all but that's often superceded by the vague sense that Wernham-Hogg (the show's paper company equivalent of the U.S.'s Dunder Mifflin) is really hell and boss David Brent is the inappropriate, attention-starved demon sent to torture us all.

Happy Endings

Happy Endings could have been a terribly-written show and no one would have noticed. It's not terribly-written thankfully but if it were, there would have been no way to tell as the main cast is so, so, so good. Happy Endings is like a modern update of Friends only the friends are way too close to one another. Ostensibly the show was supposed to be about how friend groups interact when one mutual friend leaves another mutual friend at the altar on their wedding day. That was pretty much scrapped from the get-go in favor of following these strange people's even stranger adventures across Chicago.

Rick and Morty

There are no such thing as limits on Rick and Morty. It's animated, so there's less of a concern about budgeting when it comes to things like sets or special effects. And its sci-fi concept about a mad scientist grandfather and his impressionable, long-suffering grandson means that creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon really get to spread out, narrative and comedy-wise. Thankfully they are up to the task. Rick and Morty is among the funniest shows on television and occasionally a wonderful sci-fi adventure.


Preacher is a little bit of everything. It's an action, adventure, thriller, horror, sci-fi hour-long AMC show. Above all, however, it's just entertaining. Soooooo we're gonna put this one in the comedy column in our ongoing campaign to not make half-hours and comedies synonymous. Preacher is a comic book adaptation about a badass Texas preacher who becomes a little more badass when an ancienty spirit inhabits him. Also he has a vampire and Ruth Negga for friends. 

The Eric Andre Show

Do you like talk shows but think they could be a touch more...oh, I don't know, batshit insane? Then The Eric Andre Show is the show for you. Eric Andre stars as the titual Eric Andre as he hosts his own low-budget public-access cable style talk show and just generally makes everyone around him uncomfortable.

Billy on the Street

There's nothing on TV quite like Billy on the Street. Perhaps that's because there's nobody quite like star and producer Billy Eichner. As the title implies, Billy takes to the street with nothing but a microphone and some flash cards and essentially runs around yelling. That may sound reductive and silly but in reality its the perfect format to highlight Eichner's brand of loud, frantic brilliance. He approaches strangers, sometimes with a celebrity in tow and asks (well, shouts) questions as though they were on a game show. The questions may not seem like they have right answers but they do and God help you if you get them wrong. 

The Good Place

A lot of the appeal of The Good Place can be simply explained by that delightful screenshot above. Yes, staying loyal to the Cleveland Browns is going to get me into heaven. The Good Place is the newest comedy from the brilliant comedic mind of Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation). It's a story of mistaken identity - that in this case has cosmic implications. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) dies and goes to heaven where she meets the dapper, excitable architect of her afterlife neighborhood Michael (Ted Danson). Problem is - heaven has the wrong Eleanor Shellstrop.

Bob's Burgers

Fox's animation block has been a wonderful outlet of creativity ever since The Simpsons debuted way back before the dawn of man. Loren Bouchard's Bob's Burgers might be the sweetest and all-around funniest animated comedy to come around for Fox's Sunday night since...maybe ever. Bob Belcher (voiced by animation voiceover maestro H. Jon Benjamin) lives in a little seaside town and sells burgers. That's about the extent of the plot. But the Belcher family that includes his wife, Linda, daughters Tina and Louise, and son, Gene, finds a way to make every week interesting as they try to keep the business open.


Baskets is another one of those completely hilarious half-hour comedies that's barely a comedy. Baskets is so funny because it plays everything so unexpectedly sincerely. Zach Galifianakis stars as both Chip Baskets, a failed clown who must return home to Bakersfield, and his wildly successful brother, Chip. Louie Anderson stars as the Baskets' mother (yes, mother), Christine. Baskets is certainly bizarre at times. It alternates between Galifianakis' characteristic broad and sarcastic comedy on a dime. At the same time, it's really a funny, absurdist look at a family in small-town America.

Justice League Concept Artist Shares Unused Batbike Design

Justice League Concept Artist Shares Unused Batbike Design

Batman has numerous handy gadgets and badass vehicles in the DC Comics and the DC Animated Universe, and as it turns out, it’s no different in the DC Extended Universe.

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In newly released art for Warner Bros.’ Justice League film, fans can get a glimpse at a vehicle that didn’t make it into the final movie: the Batbike. The rough artwork seen below comes from Justice League’s production designer, Patrick Tatopoulos. Despite the Batbike not making the cut, the film did include Batman’s goliath aircraft, the Flying Fox, and his tank-with-spider-legs, the Knightcrawler.

The Batbike appears to have no wheels, instead Tatopoulos opted to power the vehicle using jet turbines. It’s definitely a stride forward in Batman’s arsenal of hi-tech vehicles, but strangely enough it doesn’t seem too unrealistic for the Dark Knight. Perhaps audiences will see it in a later instalment of the DCEU.

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Now in theaters, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

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Not enough holiday cheer on TV? We have a complete guide to streaming Christmas movies right here for you!

The Lists Den Of Geek Staff
Nov 24, 2017

So, maybe there isn't enough Christmas and holiday programming on TV for your liking. We get it. You can't be stuck at the mercy of broadcasters and cable networks all the time, not when there are so many Christmas movies to watch, right? 

Well, because we're a little crazy, we're working on an index of every Christmas movie and other piece of seasonally appropriate holiday-themed film available on various streaming services. Just bookmark this page, scroll on through the alphabetical list, hit the links, and it can be Christmas whenever you need it to be! And if you spot some stuff that we missed, just let us know in the comments and we'll see about getting it all added for you.

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So, here's how this works. We've got our own top picks right up at the top here, but you don't have to take our word for it. After that, we have the complete list of everything out there!

Bad Santa (2003)

Netflix, Hulu

Naughty boys and girls get lumps of coal at Christmastime, but what does a naughty Santa get? Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa packs extra holiday glutton, binging on sex and drugs, all while plotting to loot merchandise with Santa’s unforgettable mischievous little helper, played by Tony Cox. Holiday season pessimists be wary:  What looks like a middle finger to Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and the endless stream of ABC Family fluff may have more heart to it than it lets on.

The Holiday


What is it about Christmas and romance that goes hand in hand? Maybe it's the eggnog or the entrancing peacefulness of falling snow. Whatever the reason, the holidays are a wonderful time to get in touch with your sensitive side. In other words the holidays are a good time to watch The Holiday. The Holiday is a conventional, yet enchanting romantic comedy about two women, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet (their characters technically have name but just call them Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) who decide to swap homes for their Christmas holiday. Winslet heads to Los Angeles and Diaz heads to Surrey, England. While in their new lives, each woman learns to love their new surroundings and perhaps also some new dudes. 



You know what you need? A movie about Santa's opposite number. The mythical creature who rounds up naughty children during the Christmas season is the focus of this flick from director Michael Dougherty (who we will always love for Trick r' Treat).

Krampus isn't exactly a holiday classic, but it sure is a lot of fun, with some clever scares that will have you adding extra fortification to your eggnog. It's PG-13, so the horror is almost family friendly. Almost. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)


The Muppet Christmas Carol is not only an excellent (possibly even the best) Muppet movie, it's also a remarkable adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, and one that deserves to stand alongside Alastair Sim or Albert Finney or any of the more "traditional" versions. Michael Caine is magnificent as Scrooge, playing the role absolutely straight despite the fact that virtually all of his co-stars are made of felt. Throw in some songs guaranteed to make you misty-eyed for good measure, and you've got an absolute classic for the ages.

The Nightmare Before Christmas


But The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie! Sure, it's that. It's also a Christmas movie. It says so right there in the title, sillybilly. In all seriousness, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a much more traditional Christmas movie than you may remember. Tim Burton's stop-motion masterpiece is funny, intriguing, and wildly entertaining. It also tells a touching story about one person trying to get into the spirit of the holidays. That the person in question is be a skeleton named Jack who lives in Halloween Town takes nothing away from this movie's Christmas spirit. There are songs. Songs!

White Christmas (1954)


There is no overstating how powerful an impact Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” single had on the American boys fighting in World War II. Giving the G.I.s a taste of home and peace during the darkest moments of their life, it remains still the quintessential Christmas melody in American life. So even if it was technically part of a fine Christmas movie already, Holiday Inn (1942) to be exact, doesn’t mean Hollywood couldn’t return to that well again.

And so they did with White Christmas (1954), a heartstring-tugging comedy that directly acknowledges the song’s role in World War II by recasting Crosby as a war vet who has toured the country with Danny Kaye, but now wants to spend Christmas in the snow with a lovely sister act (Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen). Along the way, they perform some of the most memorable and beloved musical numbers in classic Hollywood history. Cheers to that.

And here's the complete list, just in case you don't like our choices!

12 Dates of Christmas (2011)


Abominable Christmas (2012)


About a Boy (2002)


American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas (2016)

Netflix, Amazon 

Angels in the Snow (2015)


All American Christmas Carol (2013)


Almost Christmas (2016)


A Very Murray Christmas (2015)


Bad Santa (2003)


Back to Christmas (2014)


Beyond Christmas (1940)


Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)


Bob the Builder: Christmas to Remember (2001)


Bob the Builder: Snowed Under / The Bobblesberg Winter Games (2004)

Netflix, Amazon 

Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)


Bob's Broken Sleigh (2015)


BoJack Horseman Christmas Special (2014)


Caillou's Holiday Movie (2003)


Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000)


The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas (2012)


Chilly Christmas (2012)


Christmas, Again (2014)


Christmas Belle (2013)


The Christmas Bunny (2010)

Netflix, Amazon 

Christmas in the Clouds (2005)


Christmas Cracker (2015)


Christmas Crush (2013)


The Christmas Dragon (2014)

Amazon, Hulu

Christmas Grace (2014)


Christmas Inheritance (2017)


Christmas in Wonderland (2007)

Amazon, Hulu 

Christmas Is Here Again (2007)


A Christmas Kiss (2011)


Christmas Miracle at Sage Creek (2005)


Christmas Ranch (2015)


A Christmas Star (2015)


A Christmas Tale (2008)


Christmas Town (2008)


A Christmas Tree Miracle (2015)


Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)


Christmas with Cookie (2016)


Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Amazon, Hulu

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2006)


Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)


Dear Santa (2011)


Disney's The Santa Claus (1994)


Doctor Who Christmas Specials


Dreamworks Happy Holidays from Madagascar (2005)


Dreamworks Holiday Classics (2011)


Dreamworks Home For the Holidays (2017)


El Camino Christmas (2017)


Elf-Man (2012)


An Evergreen Christmas (2014)


Falling for Christmas (2016)


Get Santa (2014)


Good Luck, Charlie, It’s Christmas (2011)


Happy Christmas (2014)


The Holiday (2006)


A Holiday Engagement (2011)


The Hollywood Palace: Bing Crosby Christmas Show (1966)


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) 


I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)


Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992)


Journey to the Christmas Star (2012)


The Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas (2006)


Krampus (2015)


Kung Fu Panda: Holiday (2010)


Lawrence Welk Christmas Show (2007)


The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)


Lost Christmas (2014)


Love at the Christmas Table (2012)


Magic Snowflake (2013)


Marry Me For Christmas (2013)


A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

Amazon, Hulu 

Merry Kissmas (2015)


Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse (2001)


Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)


Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)


Miss Me This Christmas (2017)


My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas (2005)


My Santa (2013)


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Noel (2004)

Netflix, Hulu

A Norman Rockwell Christmas Story (1996)


Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)


Power Rangers: Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas (2013)


Power Rangers Super Samurai: Stuck on Christmas (2012)


Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special (1988)


Pete’s Christmas (2013)


Pottersville (2017)


A Princess for Christmas (2011)


The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2007)


A Russell Peters Christmas (2011)


Santa Buddies (2009)


Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day (2016)


Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)


Santa’s Apprentice (2010)


Saving Santa (2013)


Scrooge (1935)


The Search For Santa Paws (2010)


Small Town Santa (2014)


Snow Buddies (2008)


A Snow Globe Christmas (2013)


The Spirit of Christmas (2015)


A StoryBots Christmas (2017)


Surviving Family (2014)


Thomas and Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)


Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2010)


Thomas and Friends: Merry Christmas, Thomas! (2011)


Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)


Thomas and Friends: Santa’s Little Engine (2013)


Trolls Holiday Special (2017)


A Very Brady Christmas (1988)


A Very Murray Christmas (2015)


White Christmas (1954)


A Year and Change (2015)


The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)


Yes, Virginia (2009)


You Can't Fight Christmas (2017)


President Donald Trump Plays Golf With Tiger Woods

Donald Trump Plays Golf With Tiger Woods

President Donald Trump golfed with Tiger Woods on the day after Thanksgiving.

Trump tweeted the news, saying he would be fitting in “quickly” playing golf with Woods and another golfer, Dustin Johnson, in between his foreign and domestic policy calls.

It’s not the first time famous pals Trump and Woods hit the links together.

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For Woods, 41, it probably came as a refreshing change as he infamously got into a car accident right after his Thanksgiving meal in 2009.  As Radar has reported, police showed up to find Woods had hit a tree – and found his wife Elin Nordegren smashing in Woods’ rear window with a golf club!

It was later reported that Nordegren had caught the golfer texting his mistress Rachel Uchitel. The holiday scandal eventually led to the end of Woods’ marriage as his constant cheating with numerous women was exposed.

The controversy sent Woods’ personal life and career on a downward spiral. As Radar has noted, the golfer has recently been dating new galpal Erica Herman, who also has a troubled past,  according to sources.

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On Friday, Trump, 71, who has been taking a break from the White House, travelled from his vacation home at Mar-a-Lago to Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, to play a few rounds with Woods.

Trump and Woods were joined by Dustin Johnson, 33, who is the number one ranked golfer in the world.

There was no word on who got the best score.

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Trump and Woods have golfed together before; they were last seen on the fairway was just before Christmas 2016, after the businessman-turned-politician had won the Presidency.

But Woods also has golfed with President Barack Obama.

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How Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s Meet-Cute Paved the Way For Their Epic Romance

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's relationship is basically a romantic comedy come to life. Aside from living out our fantasies with a Disney-themed wedding, the couple, who are parents to 2-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia, had an adorable meet-cute. On May 12, 2015, Serena was having a casual brunch with friends at the Cavalieri hotel in Rome ahead of her first match in the Italian Open when a young man (Alexis) decided to sit right next to them, even though there were plenty of other empty tables to choose from. "This big guy comes and he just plops down at the table next to us, and I'm like, 'Huh! All these tables and he's sitting here?'" Serena told Vanity Fair of their first encounter. Thinking Alexis was only trying to get close to the tennis star, Serena's friend, Zane Haupt, did what anyone in that position would - he told him there was a rat.

Thankfully for Serena, her friend's little white lie actually brought the pair closer together - literally! Turns out, Alexis wasn't afraid of rodents at all. "I'm from Brooklyn," he joked. "I see rats all the time." Following his snide remark, Serena became intrigued and asked him to join them at their table. It was then that Alexis, who was not a tennis fan by any means, finally realized he was sitting with tennis royalty. It's OK, though. Serena knew nothing about his website, Reddit, either. But she certainly pretended like she did, nonchalantly adding that she was on it earlier that morning. After a casual chat, Serena decided to give him her number, for tech-related questions, of course. And that's when things really got interesting.

After playing the Italian Open that night, the two ran into each other again on a van heading back to the hotel. While they didn't hang out during the rest of their trip, it definitely lit a spark. Following her win at the Australian Open, Serena decided to text Alexis and invite him to Paris, where she would be competing in the French Open. To her surprise, he actually came and the two spent a magical night roaming around the City of Love together.

Fast forward a year and a half later, Alexis persuaded Serena to go on "a spontaneous trip" to Italy with him. Even though she was mad about the sudden trip at first (she was busy training for the Australian Open at the time), she quickly realized what was happening when she boarded the plane. "I knew it was coming," she told Vanity Fair about the proposal. "I was like, 'Serena, you're 35, you're ready. This is what you want.'" At a poolside table at the Cavalieri hotel, the same place they first met, Alexis got down on one knee and popped the question. Fittingly, he even had a plastic rat on hand for the special occasion.

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Mystik U: What to Know About DC Comics’ Answer to Harry Potter

Neil Gaiman and John Bolton introduced DC Comics’ own bespectacled boy wizard, Timothy Hunter, before J.K. Rowling put pen to paper, but it was probably only a matter of time until the publisher leaned hard into Harry Potter with something like Mystik U. Twenty years, more or less.

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To their credit, writer Alisa Kwitney and artist Mike Norton don’t shy away from the obvious comparisons as a young Zatanna heads to the titular college with a veritable who’s who of the supernatural corners of the DC Universe: One student describes another a “leather pants Draco,” and the convocation is held in a great hall straight out of the cinematic Hogwarts. But there’s a good in-story explanation for the introduction of the never-before-mentioned Mystik U, with all of its familiar trappings, and the youthful ages of long-established characters: It’s all the result of a reality-altering contingency plan by Rose Psychic to save the world by discovering which magician betrayed the others and became the powerful force of evil known as the Malevolence.

Who’s Rose Psychic? She actually predates Superman, perfectly illustrating why DC is able to pull off something like Mystik U when other publishers might not be able to: It has a long history of supernatural characters — a hodgepodge of stage magicians, paranormal investigators, sorcerers, professional skeptics and otherworldly monsters — that stretches back to before the Golden Age of superheroes. Part of the fun of the miniseries, which debuted this week, is determining who’s who, and what’s what, on the campus of the university for young magic users, and how they fit into the larger story. So, let’s do that.

Zatanna Zatara and Giovanni ‘John’ Zatara

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OK, these are easy ones, as Zatanna has been a mainstay of the DC Universe for five decades, serving as a member of Justice League and Justice League Dark, and appearing in animation and on live-action television. Both a stage magician and an actual magician, she’s the daughter of Golden Age hero Giovanni “John” Zatara. Father and daughter famously perform incrediblefeats by speaking incantations backward.

In Mystik U, Zatanna allows Rose Psychic to tap into her power to cast the spell required for their “contingency plan,” which appears to create a new reality in which a young Zatanna works on stage as her father’s assistant, completely unaware of either his powers or her own. When she says “And you can just go to hell,” backward, demons appear and whisk her father away to a fiery netherworld, and then Rose Psychic takes the shaken teen to Mystik U for training.

Rose Psychic and Richard Occult

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Rose Psychic is a bit more obscure, and a lot more confusing. When we’re introduced to her on the second page of Mystik U #1, she has taken the place of Doctor Occult, who was lying injured on the steps just two panels earlier. Their relationship is a little complicated: Created in 1935 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, paranormal investigator Doctor Richard Occult and his assistant Rose Psychic appeared together in their first story, and then she disappeared for three years. When she returned, Rose was viewed more as an ally and an equal.

In the 1990 miniseries The Books of Magic, in which Gaiman and Bolton introduced Timothy Hunter, Rose was reimagined as the female identity of Doctor Occult, with the two representing the feminine and masculine aspects of the same person. That’s why in Mystik U Rose exchanges places with Richard, and later, as the head of the university, she talks to him in the mirror (note in the image above they’re both holding a cup of tea).

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Will There be a Justice League Extended Cut?

Does a Zack Snyder Justice League cut exist? One fan petition hopes so.

News Mike Cecchini
Nov 24, 2017

Justice League had a troubled road to the big screen and now it's underperforming at the box office during its opening weekend. After years of sidelining much of their potentially lucrative superhero IP library (and accounting for a false start or two) when the concept of a "shared cinematic universe" was still a novelty to be celebrated, Warner Bros. realized they needed to take a shortcut from 2013's Man of Steel to assembling a big screen team of DC superheroes. This brought us 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which introduced both Batman and Wonder Woman to the DC Extended Universe, and planted the seeds for their teammates Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman.

Justice League kicked off principal photography alongside the initial wave of critical backlash against Batman v Superman, and it was apparent from the first footage released just a few months later that they were aiming for a different tone from its predecessors. In any case, the fact that neither Man of Steel and Batman v Superman achieved the Avengers-style box office numbers that Warner Bros. was hoping for surely colored their approach, so this was bound to be a rocky production.

A personal tragedy caused Zack Snyder to step down in May, just as Justice League was about to undergo a round of reshoots, and Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in. It's not clear how much of the finished project was handled by either director (although you can certainly guess where Whedon added his touches, and the issue with Henry Cavill's CGI upper lip helps). Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara reportedly mandated a relatively lean 120 minute running time (by comparison, Snyder's Man of Steel was 143 minutes, while Batman v Superman clocked in at 151), which likely contributed to cuts to the final product. Speaking as someone who enjoyed Justice League and who finds the increasing trend of bloated blockbuster run times tiresome, even I felt that it could have done with an additional 15 minutes to explain its logic. 

The question has been raised by fans about whether we'll ever see something closer to Zack Snyder's original vision for the film, or if we'll get some kind of extended version for a home media release. There's already precedent for this with DCEU films, as Batman v Superman's already long theatrical cut was followed by an "Ultimate Edition" home release, which added an additional 32 minutes of footage, while Suicide Squad had 13 minutes (mostly character-focused) added back in for its "Extended Cut." There are plenty of moments in the Justice League trailers that weren't in the final theatrical cut, which is standard for films of this scale, but some of those could 

It's unlikely that there's a completely different version of the movie that was changed during the reshoot process (although a breathlessly written fan petition to get this mythical cut released has been launched, and as of this writing has amassed well over 100,000 signatures). Beyond The Trailer's Grace Randolph claims that she has seen deleted footage that "provided a lot more depth than you see in the finished product," notably in regard to the historical battle between Steppenwolf and the forces of Earth. Whether this footage would make a significant difference (Batman v Superman makes a little more sense in the context of the Ultimate Edition) or not (see: Suicide Squad) is another story. 

Justice League is now playing in theaters. We're unlikely to see a home media release until Spring 2018. We'll let you know if there's talk of any kind of extended cut, but with Warner Bros. likely looking for more ways to put more profit against the film's $300 million budget, it's possible.

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Todd McFarlane has long discussed his plans for a new Spawn film based on his famous comic book creation, and development has picked up in a big way in the past year — enough that he shared a (small) snippet of the script via Twitter the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The script shows a conversation between Twitch — long running Spawn supporting character Twitch Williams, a homicide detective usually partnered with Sam Burke — and a character named Danny. While it doesn’t reveal too much, it is the latest proof that a new Spawn film looks to be actually happening, after years of teases form McFarlane. And based on the promise “getting you some big news soon,” more details surrounding the film may emerge soon.

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In July of this year, it was reported that Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions — the production company behind Get Out, Split and more recent hits — would produce Spawn, with McFarlane writing and directing (his first time at the helm of a feature film). The film is planned to be R-rated and more of a horror movie than a superhero movie; no cast has yet been announced.

The first Spawn film was released in 1997, starring Michael Jai White. The character debuted in 1992 as part of the initial round of Image Comics debuts, and is still published to this day.

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Robert Kirkman blew the minds of The Walking Dead fans this past New York Comic Con when he announced that a character would finally be crossing over between The Walking Dead and its sister series Fear the Walking Dead. Yet the franchise creator remained coy by not revealing the identity of the character in question. That query will now officially be answered this Sunday night on the Chris Hardwick-hosted after show, Talking Dead, at 10 p.m. on AMC.

The most commonly recurring theory as to who might be crossing over is The Walking Dead alum Michael Cudlitz, whose run as the fan-favorite Abraham came to a grisly end during the Season 7 premiere. Since Fear the Walking Dead takes place earlier in the post-outbreak timeline, the character would ostensibly still be alive during Fear‘s upcoming fourth season.

Shortly after Abraham was first introduced, he revealed to other characters that he was living with his family in Texas around the time of the outbreak, making him potentially very close in proximity to the leads of Fear the Walking Dead, who will soon be departing the country of Mexico and heading north.

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Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.

Fear the Walking Dead is projected to debut its fourth season in 2018. The series stars Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lorenzo James Henrie, Rubén Blades, Colman Domingo, Michelle Ang, Danay Garcia, Daniel Sharman, Sam Underwood, Dayton Callie and Lisandra Tena.

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Gwen Stefani Baby Bump Rumors Pic With Blake Shelton

Gwen Stefani posted a photo of herself wearing a big baggy knit sweater as Blake Shelton kissed her—and it’s caused baby bump talk to hit fever pitch.

Stefani, 47, was smiling for the holiday photo that she posted on Saturday via Instagram. The singer captioned it, “Had the best Thanksgiving.”

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Shelton, 41, is embracing his girlfriend and The Voice co-star and bussing her on the cheek in the photo. In the side view of Stefani’s belly, her sweater makes her look pregnant.

“Does Gwen have a baby bump? Congrats,” one fan commented on Instagram.

Another asked, “it’s a baby bump?”

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But this isn’t news to RadarOnline.com readers, as Stefani has showed her burgeoning belly before, most recently in a skintight mermaid costume.

The former No Doubt singer has also used a big purse to shield her bulging tummy.

Sources have told Radar that Stefani has undergone IVF treatments to get pregnant with Shelton.

The Voice judge, who met co-star Shelton, while appearing on the NBC reality show, is already a mom to sons Kingston, 11, Zuma, 9, and Apollo, 3, with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.

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But Shelton, who was previously married to fellow country singing star Miranda Lambert, hasn’t had kids yet.

According to a Radar insider, Stefani and Shelton have been secretly planning for her to get pregnant for months.

Shelton has often been seen having fun with Stefani’s kids and enjoying holidays with her family members. He celebrated Easter with his lady and all of her relatives. On Thanksgiving, he again bonded with Stefani’s kin.

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2017 Top 100 Comic Book Storylines: #35-31

2017 Top 100 Comic Book Storylines: #35-31

You voted, and now, after over 1,000 ballots were cast, here are the results of your votes for your favorite comic book storylines of all-time (this is the third time we’ve done this countdown. We’re on an every four year schedule)! We started with ten storylines a day, and now we’re down to five storylines a day (until the last week, which will be three storylines a day). You can click on the Top 100 Comic Book Storylines tag either here or at the end of the post to see the other entries, in case you missed one.

To recap, you all sent in ballots ranking your favorite storylines from #1 (10 points) to #10 (1 point). I added up all of the points and here we are!

You voted, and now, after over 1,000 ballots were cast, here are the results of your votes for your favorite comic book storylines of all-time (this is the third time we’ve done this countdown. We’re on an every four year schedule)! We started with ten storylines a day, and now we’re down to five storylines a day (until the last week, which will be three storylines a day). You can click on the Top 100 Comic Book Storylines tag either here or at the end of the post to see the other entries, in case you missed one.

35. “Planet Hulk” by Greg Pak, Gary Frank, Aaron Lopresti and Carlo Pagulayan (Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #92-105) – 306 points (5 first place votes)

Planet Hulk was an interesting idea for a storyline in that it tried to finally address the whole “Hulk just want to be left alone” idea. In Planet Hulk, the Illuminati (led by Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Doctor Strange) decided that it would be best if they finally DID put Hulk somewhere where he could be left alone. So they tricked him on to a spacecraft headed for a peaceful uninhabited planet.

Of course, this being a comic in need of a conflict, the spacecraft is damaged and Hulk instead lands on a planet practically ruled by gladiator conflict. Since the heroes were in the midst of the Civil War at this time, no one noticed what had happened to the Hulk’s ship, so he was basically left alone to fend for himself on a planet where he was not necessarily the strongest one there was.

Naturally, Hulk DID eventually prove himself to be the strongest one there was, working alongside a group of gladiators who became his friends and blood brothers. Especially when the Red King turns his own people against him when he bombs his own people (killing his own son in the process).

Greg Pak did a very impressive job setting up this epic storyline slowly, and he did an especially cool piece of work developing Hulk’s “Warbound” compatriots.

The art was strong, from a number of different artists.

The story ends with a cliffhanger leading into the follow-up crossover, World War Hulk (as Hulk gets his revenge).

34. “Winter Soldier” by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Michael Lark and Michael Perkins (Captain America #1-6, 8-9, 11-14) – 312 points (4 first place votes)

In Winter Soldier, Ed Brubaker achieved something that pretty much no one thought he could pull off. Heck, his own editor thought he couldn’t pull it off when Brubaker first suggested the idea. But after Brubaker explained it, his editor realized what readers of the title also realized – Brubaker had a really good way to bring Bucky back to life!

In this storyline, Brubaker told a few compelling stories that interacted with each other – the major one, of course, was the revelation that Bucky not only survived the rocket plane explosion that left Cap in frozen status for decades, but Bucky was rescued by Russians who brainwashed him into a deadly assassin, keeping him in cryogenic status for months and years at a time between missions (so no one would be able to identify him – after all, five years later, they’d be looking for a 25 year old man while Bucky was still 20). This is how he gained the name Winter Soldier.

Meanwhile, the Red Skull is about to start his latest plot against Captain America when a new villain steps in a seemingly kills the Skull. This new bad guy, Aleksander Lukin, was the current operative in charge of the Winter Soldier, and he used Bucky to kill Skull and steal the Cosmic Cube.

This led to a number of daring attacks and a tragic assault on the city of Philadelphia.

All the while, Captain America had been feeling out of sorts (after the events of Avengers Disassembled), so he was in a particularly poor frame of mind to discover that his former sidekick is now a pretty deadly assassin.

Brubaker does a really great job balancing the various characters and their personalities in the series, while never flinching on the action, either. Steve Epting busted out his new Crossgen style of art on this series, and it is truly excellent, with some fine fill-in work by Mike Perkins for Epting and Michael Lark does his typical brillaint work on some flashback sequences.

There is a fill-in issue by John Paul Leon that I suppose you could count as part of the storyline, if you so choose. It’s a spotlight on the last day in the life of a character who Winter Soldier murders in an early issue of the story.

This was an excellent opening story by Ed Brubaker, and amazingly enough, he managed to get even better on the title!

33. “Old Man Logan” Wolverine #66-72, Wolverine: Old Man Logan Giant-Sized #1 – 318 points (6 first place votes)

The main conceit of “Old Man Logan” is that it is has been 50 years since Wolverine has died. By “Wolverine,” of course, we mean the superhero known as Wolverine, because the man now known as Logan retired after a horrific tragedy led to the deaths of the X-Men (the incident is slowly but surely revealed to the readers and it is so damn tragic). “Old Man” Logan is now a farmer and is married with two young children. He rents his farm land from the Banner Gang, the in-bred grandchildren of Bruce Banner (who married his cousin, She-Hulk).

The United States is now split into four parts, each ruled by a specific super-villain. Clint Barton, the former Hawkeye (who is now blind), shows up at Logan’s home after the Banner Gang threaten his family because Logan is behind on rent. Clint wants to hire Logan to help him transport some illegal goods across the country. Logan is forced to agree to do so and so the two former heroes go for a fantastic trek across America, and as they travel, we see the world for what it has become in the 50 years since the age of heroes ended (lots of dark stuff, but lots of interesting things, nevertheless).

Here’s one of the many fantastical elements they come across…

What do you need me to say about Steve McNiven? The guy is a legend. Millar, McNiven and Vines had just recently done the famous “Civil War” storyline and now this was their follow-up and boy did they hit it out of the park. The hit film Logan was based on this storyline. Think about that – Millar and McNiven did two stories together for Marvel and BOTH of them were turned into hit films! Wow! That’s the sort of batting average that would make Ted Williams go goo-goo eyes over!

In any event, as the journey continues, Logan has to keep questioning whether he is truly content with no longer being a hero. When you’ve been a beaten down as Logan was, can you ever rise back up to become a hero again? It’s a difficult question to answer and here, Millar beautifully shows Logan wrestling with these ideas and he finds that the soul of a hero might never be truly broken (how it is expressed, however, is a whole other story – as Logan as a hero is a lot different than Wolverine as a hero, as the world is now a much darker place).

Years later, the Logan from this storyline was brought to the Marvel Universe following the death of the regular Wolverine, leading to the popular Old Man Logan comic book series.

32. “From Hell” by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (From Hell #1-11) – 332 points (8 first place votes)

From Hell is Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s brilliantly detailed historical fiction based on the Jack the Ripper murders in London in the late 1880s.

Besides the fictional aspect of the story, where Moore hazards a guess as to who the actual murderer was, the rest of the story is explicitly researched recitation of the true crime story of the Ripper.

For a story that is filled with historical details and footnotes, it is amazing how impressive of a narrative that Moore is able to weave with this story.

The tale is a truly engrossing one, with cameos from all sorts of engaging characters, made all the more interesting because of their basis in reality. This is basically a precursor to Moore’s brilliant League of Extraordinary Gentlemen work, bringing all these various personalities (like the Elephant Man) into one cohesive narrative. One of my favorite bits is how they actually investigated Buffalo Bill Cody’s traveling Wild West Show!

Campbell is asked to do a TON of detailed, tiny drawings as Moore packs so much information in this story that it’s simply staggering – Campbell must have had carpal tunnel by the time this baby finished! But he does beautiful work.

This is an amazing work in how COMPLETE of a story it is – Moore leaves nothing out but makes it all work. Just remarkable.

31. “The Magus Saga” by Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom and Steve Leialoha (Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-11) – 343 points (4 first place votes)

When 1975 rolled around, Jim Starlin had already made a name for himself for his striking revamp of the floundering Captain Marvel title, mostly through bringing in a villain Starlin had invented a little while earlier on an Iron Man fill-in, Thanos.

The Darkseid-riff became a very formidable foe for Captain Marvel, and the book gained a great deal of critical acclaim. Starlin had just left the book after finishing up the “Thanos Saga” in the title.

He was not done, however, with cosmic stories. Taking the same approach he had used with Captain Marvel (take over a minor character and then do whatever he wanted with it), Starlin began using the little used Adam Warlock in the lead story in Strange Tales.

When this work was later reprinted in 1992 (after already being reprinted in the 12980s), it was hyped as “Before the Infinity Gauntlet, there was Warlock!” and really, that’s what this was – beginning in Strange Tales #178 and staying in that book for a few issues before going over to Warlock’s own title (which had gone belly-up a few years earlier, but was not continued with #9 for Starlin’s story), Starlin introduced many of the same characters and ideas that he would later re-visit in the Infinity Gauntley.

Pip the Troll and Gamora (“The most dangerous woman in the universe”) both made their debuts here, as compatriots of Adam Warlock as he tried to stop the Universal Church of Truth. This tyrannical religious institution was led by the Magus, who turned out to be the evil future self of Adam Warlock himself!

Eventually, Thanos came into the picture, as well, giving him probably his most prominent storyline at the time, as we get to see the somewhat anti-hero nature of Thanos that Starlin liked working with.

The whole thing wrapped up nicely with a clever idea by Starlin and a bold sacrifice by Warlock that would later be re-visited when Starlin drew his cosmic stories to a close in 1977 (of course, he would then bring them all back in the early 1990s for Infinity Guantlet).

Starlin’s Magus storyline in Warlock was highly acclaimed at the time – Starlin was trying stuff and making allegories about religion and politics that you just didn’t see in superhero comics of the 1970s, and the stories hold up well still today.

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Pokémon Go creator raises $200 million ahead of Harry Potter game launch

 Pokémon Go creator Niantic has raised a new $200 million in funding, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Series B raise was led by Spark Capital, and includes participation from Founders Fund, Meritech, Javelin Venture Capital, You & Mr. Jones and NetEase, Inc. Spark partner Megan Quinn is also joining Niantic’s board as part of the new financing deal. Niantic is known for its… Read More

15 Gorgeous Gifts For the Die-Hard Taylor Swift Fan

There are a whole lot of "Swifties" out there celebrating Taylor Swift's return to the spotlight, so we've gathered some of the best gift ideas for die-hard fans. From official Reputation merchandise to a few of Taylor's favorite things - as in, her go-to red lip shade - these options are great for anyone who can't get "Gorgeous" out of their head. Shop fun gift ideas for Taylor Swift fans, then find out once and for all who she's singing about on Reputation.

Who Is Responsible For Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton’s Love? Jensen Ackles, of Course

When Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton first got together in 2009, did you say to yourself, "Wait, what?" or "I didn't see that one coming." If you did, you're not alone. The two, who are probably married, seemed to be running in slightly different Hollywood circles at the time. Jeffrey was known for his role on Grey's Anatomy and recently ended his engagement to Weeds star Mary Louise Parker, while Hilarie was still starring in One Tree Hill and recently divorced Ian Prange, an assistant director on the show. But their two worlds did have one common denominator: the CW. Jeffrey had previously starred in Supernatural alongside Jensen Ackles, whose then-girlfriend (now wife), Danneel Harris, was starring alongside Hilarie in OTH. So after both stars found themselves single, Jensen took it upon himself to make some moves.

In an interview with HuffPost Live in 2015, Jeffrey opened up about his costar setting them up on a blind date, and the story will basically turn you into mush. "I happened to be single and Jensen said, 'I've got a girl you should meet,'" the Walking Dead star explained. "So I went to a bar and I met Hilarie at a bar with Jensen and Danneel, and the rest is history." After the host asked how he dealt with the stress of a blind date, Jeffrey admitted he had a few drinks to loosen up. "I [got a little too lit]. We all did," he continued. "We ended up back at my house drinking shots of tequila. But she was really cool and somehow I talked her into going to - I was on my way to do a movie called The Resident in New Mexico and she was on her way to Paris - and I talked her into, instead of going to Paris, to come and see me in New Mexico. And I ruined her life and now she's stuck with me." Bye forever.

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INTERVIEW: Inhumans: Judgment Day Marks the End of a Marvel Era

INTERVIEW: Inhumans: Judgment Day Marks the End of a Marvel Era

The cosmic landscape of the Marvel Universe is home to a number of familiar alien empires and cosmic beings, but there are still entities and races lurking on its outer edges, waiting to be discovered. In the current “Fire From Heaven” arc of Marvel’s Royals series, writer Al Ewing and artist Javier Rodriguez are chronicling an encounter between the former Inhuman Royal family and just such a previously undiscovered race. These beings could hold the cure to the mysterious disease that is killing the Inhumans’ former Queen, Medusa, and provide an alternative to the Inhuman’s transformative Terrigen, which was destroyed in 2016’s Inhumans vs. X-Men miniseries. Unfortunately, the beings the Royals discovered are the Progenitors, a mysterious and powerful race that helped create Inhumanity — and stealing from them will lead to dire consequences.

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“Fire From Heaven” comes to a close in Royals #12, the final issue of the series, and by the time it wraps the titular characters will be back on Earth and one of their number will be dead. Their nightmare continues though in the January one-shot Inhumans: Judgment Day, by Ewing and artist Mike del Mundo, where Earth’s Inhumans must protect their planet from the wrath of the Progenitors.

Ewing spoke to CBR about the Progenitors, the romantic relationship that’s blossomed between his cast members Medusa and Gorgon and bringing his cosmic Inhuman saga to an epic close with Judgment Day.

Inhumans: Judgment Day cover by Daniel Acuña.

CBR: Al, we’ve now met the Progenitors and seen them in action, and they’re a very mysterious race. What inspired their creation and their computer-like way of thinking and viewing the world?

Al Ewing: I wanted to introduce a new alien species into the Marvel Universe, and I wanted them to be physically imposing, and I wanted them to be unknowable. There have been some comparisons made by fans to the Celestials — those aren’t without merit, considering there’s a touch of the Von Daniken about the Progenitors — but the Celestials are, now, fairly knowable and fairly known. So I wanted to create something new, something that was more a kind of mid-point between the Celestials and, say, the Kree, a species that was a Type Three, Type Four civilization, but not so advanced as to be hanging out in the cosmic realms. And something that could go anywhere if other writers wanted to use them. And when Javier Rodriguez came back with his designs, that inspired a lot of where they ended up going — those designs were so good, so perfect, that they shaped a lot of my thinking about what these creatures were.

They’re a system. Each different “class” of Progenitor has a different function inside the system, and it’s all overseen by the “Overlord-class,” the highest point in the system. So when we see them “speak,” it’s in a very computer-like way. But I also chose that way of speaking because I didn’t want them to be familiar. I didn’t want them to talk like people talk. The “essentially speaking English” thing works for most of the alien races, because they all serve, in one way or another, as metaphors for what we know. The Progenitors are metaphors for what we don’t or can’t know.

(Fun fact — they were originally going to talk entirely in alchemical symbols. That idea proved unworkable very fast, though I’m sure Clayton Cowles, our letterer, would have been over the moon with me about it.)

[Laughs] Some interesting relationships developed during your cast’s journey to the Progenitor’s homeworld; the biggest one being the romantic one between Medusa and Gorgon. Gorgon clearly has feelings for Medusa and it’s clear she cares about him. But is Medusa thinking long term here? Does she believe she might survive this trip? Has she thought about what might happen between her and Gorgon if she does survive?

Well… what if this isn’t a mistake Medusa’s making? What if it’s fine? If Medusa does survive, I’d imagine what would happen between her and Gorgon is… more of what’s been happening. And at some point it might lead to an awkward conversation, or some hurt feelings. Welcome to the world. Welcome to humanity. I mean, two old friends got together, entirely consensually, and they’ve started something, and a lot of their mutual friends are taken aback because there’s a weird class situation involved, and some don’t fully approve, and everyone’s just going to have to navigate the situation as it continues — how is this not just life? Sometimes life doesn’t have long term strategies. Sometimes two people just fall together, and nobody was planning on that outcome, but it’s here now and it feels right and let’s just see. Why is that so unthinkable?

If the question you’re asking is, “is Medusa going to suddenly walk it all back and return us all to a simpler time,” then no, that’s not going to happen. What is going to happen is that Medusa and Black Bolt are eventually going to have to talk. I’ve actually written that conversation — I made sure to run it past Saladin Ahmed too, because as far as I’m concerned he’s the final authority on Black Bolt, and Black Bolt is one of the best titles out right now. That happens in Judgment Day, coming this January.

Which isn’t to say Medusa doesn’t die, of course. Ouija boards exist.

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The Chilling True Story of H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer Who Built a “Murder Castle”

You probably recognize names like Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Dennis Rader - some of the most notorious serial killers from the past few decades - but does H.H. Holmes ring a bell? Before the term "serial killer" was even a thing, H.H. Holmes, or Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, started the chilling trend in the 1890s.

Erik Larson wrote the bestselling novel The Devil in the White City about Holmes's terrifying killing spree in Chicago that coincided with the exciting 1893 World's Fair. A movie based on the book is reportedly in the works, with Martin Scorsese set to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio set to star as Holmes. But before we see the terrifying tale come to the big screen, here's what you need to know about the man who designed and built his own "Murder Castle."

Holmes, who was born Herman Webster Mudgett but changed his name in honor of Sherlock Holmes, was a doctor from New Hampshire who had already had a reputation for fraud and murder when he fled to Chicago in the late 1880s. Holmes abandoned his wife and child to set up shop in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, where he began working at a corner drugstore. He stole money from the owners to buy property across the street, where he eventually started construction on a three-story building.

Holmes's vision for his new building included a new drugstore, apartments, retail space, and a partial hotel, but he also added things like windowless rooms, secret passageways, false floors, trapdoors, chutes that led to the basement, a crematorium, and a vault. He never paid the companies that were working to build the property, and he frequently fired workers so that nobody would catch on to his plan.

Holmes then began (or resumed) his killing spree, targeting women who came to Chicago to find work and who would stay at his "hotel." While many of his presumed victims can't be confirmed (he confessed to 27 murders, but some believe it was more than 200), he would reportedly seduce them, even getting engaged to some, before they mysteriously disappeared. Holmes would torture and murder his victims in his building, which was appropriately nicknamed the "Murder Castle," before putting their bodies in the chute to the basement, where he would then burn them or dispose of them in other ways.

Holmes fled Chicago after the World's Fair after committing too many scams. He struck again when he killed his business partner Benjamin Pitezel, with whom he was planning a life insurance scheme. He was finally caught in November 1984 and was hanged in Philadelphia in May 1896 for the murder of Pitezel. During his time in jail, he wrote about his murderous ways, saying, "I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing."

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We like to think that we invented everything, and more-or-less recently, but the fact of the matter is that there are no new ideas. Everything we think is nifty is either a rip-off, spin-off or direct product of something that came before. And the shared universes we’re seeing nowadays - like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the Arrowverse and beyond - are no exception.

Sure, those examples all sprang from shared universe comic books, but the idea of connected worlds isn’t even all that novel on television. The TV medium has been a hotbed of crossovers, interconnected storylines and franchise mentalities for decades. Some of these shared universes are very official, some of them are implied and some of them are exceptionally weird. But they all make the history of TV a fascinating subject, filled with fan theories, continuity errors and awesome revelations. Let’s take a look at 16 of the greatest, weirdest and - in one case - mind-blowingest shared TV universes on record!

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Friday Fit Girls You’d Want as Gym Buddies

It’s Friday once again and for all of you BroSome brothers, you know what time it is!

Friday Fit Girls is back and because we worked so hard this past week, we do deserve a tad bit comfort in the form of women sweating it out in the gym and flaunting it elsewhere.

We can never get enough of fit girls in their sweatpants and sports bra. There’s really something about women toughening themselves up and coming out all toned and curved in all the right places. When they go for a night out on the town, you know they’ll look good in a body-hugging tight dress. All for your viewing pleasure. Keep it up girls!

So without further adieu, here’s your Friday fix to get you started on the weekend.

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