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Archive for August 2011

More Promo Pics For The Avengers

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this story is three thousand and fifty two words long, including the headline.


I found the images at Spider Media, and while the Loki one looked familiar, I couldn’t track it down. Maybe I’m just being forgetful.

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Watch: The Consultant, A SHIELD Short Film From Marvel

Anton Volkov, the man who seemed determined to leak all the Tron he could, is back, and this time, he’s leaking Marvel mini-movies. I still think he’s a Disney plant – don’t see him leaking anybody else’s stuff, do we?

Here’s the first Agent Coulson short, The Consultant, in full. You’ll be able to get a better look at it on the Thor Blu-ray, but this will do for online ease. It’s essentially an advert in the guise of a mini-movie.

Okay, so there was a little bit of expensive stuff from a Marvel movie past and a lot of talk-is-cheap that was filmed especially. It’s like a sketch from a comedy show, and not even a particularly good one. What fun there is to be had comes from the continuity weaving, I suppose, and the implications that everybody in The Avengers is really hard and smashes things up good.

Yawn.

The next short film in this series, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer is expected to be on the Captain America disc. I hope it’s a better use of everybody’s time – mine, yours, Clark Gregg’s, everybody’s.

Footnote: Mr. Volkov has also uploaded some other, Avengers-hyping material from the Thor package.

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If Paul Anderson’s Three Musketeers Movie Looks Too Classy, Then How About This One…

Paul Anderson‘s upcoming, 3D take on The Three Musketeers has already drawn a lot of criticism from fans of Alexandre Dumas‘ novel for being loaded with clanging anachronisms, goofball action beats and hysterical infidelities. Well, wait ’til these fans get a load of this one.

Here’s a newly minted trailer for The Asylum’s 3 Musketeers. See if you can spot what makes it a version of Dumas. Hint: it’s not a fat lot.

Click here to view the embedded video.

There was some talk of a big-budget studio film putting the Musketeers in the modern day. If memory serves it was going to revolve around members of the LAPD. Somebody worth caring about was going to write it. I’ve stopped being able to use Google at all well. Help.

Well, as we know, what Hollywood will drop on the floor, the Asylum will scurry in and carry back to their hole in the skirting board. And bless their enterprising spirit.

Here’s the official blurb for 3 Musketeers:

Alexandra D’Artagnan, junior NSA officer, uncovers a plot to assasinate the President of the United States and enlists the help of three infamous international spies to stop the threat.

Seems to belong in a world where America is still dotted with branches of Blockbuster, and in those branches, the bottom shelves would be hung with untainted exploitation.

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Cover Convention Special: Iconic Images of SUPERMAN

Superman is starting anew with next week's Action Comics #1, and we take a look at some of his all-time most iconic images!


52 Appearances Of The Strange Woman From Flashpoint #5?

Earlier today, Bleeding Cool pointed out that the strange woman from the Flashpoint #5 double page spread in a purple hood with markings over it, also appeared in the football crowd watching Vic in Justice League #1.

Well, that’s not the only place she appears. Here’s a preview page from Animal Man #1

Did you catch her at the back?

But it’s not just here. I’m told to watch out for…

Voodoo, page 8, panel six.

Action Comics, page 32, bottom panel.

OMAC, page 7 bottom left panel.

Batgirl, page 27 bottom right panel.

It looks like she’ll be appearing in every first issue of the DC Relaunch. A new game of Where’s Wally?

Interestingly the strange woman doesn’t appear in the pencils… but does appear in the inks.

Thanks to research from Paul Nomad.

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Wednesday Comics Review: Secret Avengers 16

Once upon a time, there was a pub in London. And it, a bunch of people on the Warren Ellis Forum went for a drink after a Warren Ellis signing. And then kept going for drinks, most weeks.

One of those people was Jamie McKelvie. Others were Kieron Gillen and Antony Johnston.

Today, Secret Avengers #16 by Warren Ellis and Jamie McKelvie is published. And it’s insanely joyous.

Warren Ellis thinks superheroes are silly. And, yes, obviously he’s right, but he thinks they’re very very silly. And he likes to prove it. So he creates a very silly scenario here, using the flotsam and jetsam of Marvel continuity over the decades. With four disparate semi-Avengers finding a secret city buried a mile below the surface on Cincinatti, giving Jamie plenty of perspective points and lines of sight to throw down some mean architecture and car chases throughout it, culminating in a very nasty use of Doctor Doom’s time machine, which has been emitting Von Doom energy.

“Von Doom energy” is said about twenty-five times in this comic and it keeps sounding more and more ridiculous.

We have special guns that shoot themed bullets. We have an over talkative Beast who is clearly getting on his team mates nerves without thm saying a word. We know this more than anything because he’s getting on the readers nerves.

We have an insane but very useful Moon Knight. Insanity can be useful, especially in superheroes. Especially when they get shot a lot.

We have a stroppy Black Widow who Steve Rogers seems to be needling into doing just the right thing at the right time with the right weapon.

And we have Steve Rogers, who were are told so very early on in this comic, can master any weapon in seconds. What we are not told is that is fellow Secret Avengers are as much a weapon as anything he can shoot or throw. And he uses them with just as much skill, even though they may not be aware of it.

I mean, Moon Knight probably is.

So we get a variety of Marvel ephemera thrown together to create a very silly comic indeed. But then the threat, the danger and the solution are played straight, deadly straight, with the consequences that comes with it. We start with the playfulness that may have been expected in Nextwave, but then the book takes a swerve and goes in a very different direction.

And then it ends. Done in one. Reminiscent of Global Frequency, we’re thrown into the emergency and we have hardly any time to like with what comes after and we’re out of it. Job done. Move on. And it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of that kind of thing in subsequent issues. Quite a refreshing change really…

Secret Avengers #16 is published this week from Marvel. $3.99, 22 pages.

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London.

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SCOTT SNYDER Talks BATMAN & NEW 52 @ NYC Premiere

DC Comics' New 52 Batman writer talks about the "caped crusader" re-launch and gives his thoughts on some of the other soon to be released DC #1's. Filmed at the DC Comics' New 52 premiere in New York City.


DUELING REVIEW: Justice League #1

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Look! Christopher Lloyd Is Doc Brown Again For Some New Commercials

Christopher Lloyd has now played Doctor Emmet Brown in the three Back to the Future feature films, one theme park ride, a five-part videogame and some commercials for an Argentinian electricals store. Anything I’m missing from that list? Maybe a Saturday Night Live sketch or something? Robot Chicken?

Here is the main commercial for the Argentinian store:

Click here to view the embedded video.

And to compliment that commercial, another angle on proceedings.

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And some B-roll of the shoot taking place.

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Yes – now even Back to the Future has gotten a mock-doc reboot. I wouldn’t be surprised if some young buck with a new key to the Universal executive washroom will have seen this footage and thought, if only for a second, about spinning the idea off into a new movie. I can see it now… a shiny disc discovered in the 1830s is handed down through the generations, and it’s only when Blu-ray players are invented that we can finally discover the “amazing story” of Doc Brown’s adventures with Incas and aliens. Marty can hold the camera, always off screen and sounding curiously different to how we remember him.

Anyhow. Thanks to Aint It Cool for the vids.

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