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Archive for March 2013 – Page 2

The Sword Is Mightier Than The Pen – Witch Doctor Mal Practice #5

Louis Falcetti writes for Bleeding Cool;

“He killed me Mal. He killed me with a sword.” What is it with sword death these days? It seems that everywhere you look on the comic stands someone is getting murdered with a sword. From The Unwritten to Batman, Inc. to Angel & Faith to Witch Doctor: Malpractice, the sword is truly mightier than the pen, except these are all ink and paper swords created by men with pens. Really a chicken/egg sort of deal, except not.

This penultimate issue of Malpractice has Morrow astrally projecting inside of himself in a far out Fantastic Voyage meets Altered States meets…well…Supernatural and House, as always, kind of way. Although should mention Fringe as well since the helmet Morrow wears looks like something that Walter Bishop would cook up with Jim Henson after a night of heavy LSD use together.

The problem with The Hobbit (by the way, if you were wondering) is that three hours of action scenes is exhausting, boring and impossible to get emotionally invested in. Witch Doctor sets up the action this issue by alternating back and forth from the astral plane to Morrow’s lab, creating this beautiful juxtaposition of crazy, fantasy horror with two kind of goofy dudes bickering and freaking out. The interplay is so satisfying (in the way that Hobbit isn’t) in that it keeps the reader from getting bored with either storytelling device, crazy violence and two guys talking. Plus it allows us to get closer to the characters, another satisfying effect from character development.

I know that Seifert is a fan of Supernatural, it’s clear as this story arc nears it’s conclusion. We feel the never say die energy and eagerly await Morrow’s zero hour, ass saving, ultraviolent medical revenge as he finally turns the tables on the honest to god mooks who have been tormenting him so. The issue has that Supernatural vibe of righteous dudes using slightly less than righteous methods to dispatch the seriously unrighteous. However I don’t know if Seifert is a fan of Tenacious D though I feel he might be after Morrow’s “WITH TELEKINESIS!” battle cry.

This issue sees the gang back together, after pages of Ketner delivering his usual blend of heart stopping, brain tickling mayhem. Come to think of it, Ketner gets quite a lot to play with this issue with Morrow getting a near full use of his bag of tricks as well as the whole team mounting up.

The next issue looks to be full of everything we love about the book: demons, witches, sass, back talk, steampunk looking hypos and that sexy killer pathologist, hello meow. Also while we’re talking shop, whoever controls the Supernatural comic book rights, maybe consider giving Mr. Seifert a whack at it, he’s done bang up business on other established TV/Movie properties (and he seriously loves the show as much as me)(which is evident from Witch Doctor is the point that ties it together).

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The Unused Stories And Characters From George Lucas’ Unproduced The Star Wars Scripts


Later this year, George Lucas‘ original, unused concepts for what became Star Wars are to be published in a new, Dark Horse comics adaptation. But what was this abandoned story actually about?

Well, it depends on which draft you’re looking at. It seems like Dark Horse are working from Lucas’ very early, undeveloped ideas, not the more complete Adventures of the Starkiller script.

You can read an “edited” draft of this later screenplay at the Jedi Bendu site. I can’t tell you quite how it was edited, but the work was done by one Brendon Wahlberg, the author of a fan-fiction follow-up, Princess of Ondos.

Much of the script hems pretty closely to scenes from Star Wars as eventually filmed. There are two droids, Threepio and Artwo, and they end up on a desert planet, fleeing the Sith Lord Darth Vader. The droids team up with a character called Luke, and then head to Mos Eisley Spaceport and recruit the assistance of one Han Solo. Chewbacca comes along for the ride on their long distance mission. Ultimately, Luke flies a rebel spaceship towards a giant Imperial space station, The Death Star, and destroys it with a well-targeted shot on the exhaust port.

But there’s an awful lot that’s very, very different too.

No Princess to be rescued. No Obi Wan Kenobi or, really, any direct analog.

The key MacGuffin is a small gem, The Kiber Crystal, that amplifies the force for whoever is using it. Luke carries this in his belt, and it often tips the balance of power in favour of the good guys. Without the Kiber Crystal, the final run on the Death Star wouldn’t work.

It’s disappointing to see the Force tied to something as banal as a crystal, denied its more “spiritual” dimensions. See also: midichlorians.

Vader’s superiors are Valorum and The Emperor Cos Dashit. Yes, Cos Dashit. Why? Cos Dashit.

There’s precisely no indication that Luke and Vader are at all related – indeed, Luke’s elder brother, Deak Starkiller, is a key player too and it’s crucial that Luke is part of a different family line. This story’s family dynamics are completely different. Still, those family dynamics changed film to film anyway as Lucas changed his mind and cooked up new, crazy twists.

Lucas employed Ralph McQuarrie to draw up some concept art for this iteration, and it was now that some of the visuals we still think of as Star Wars were developed. It’s some of this imagery that I’ve spread about this post.

But – again, to make it clear – it doesn’t look like Dark Horse are working from this almost-there version, but going back to the 1974 version, the so-called Rough Draft.

This time there was a Luke Skywalker, but he was older, and a general and not the lead character. That would Annikin Starkiller, son of Kane, brother of Deak. The final attack is not on a space station but on a fortress that the Empire have taken over during the story. And this attack is executed by Wookees in ships – no i in Wookees this time – while Annikin is inside rescuing Princess Leia.

I’m sure the comics might be fun and could give the script that little bit of work that would make the story really click but if you’re looking for an insight into Lucas’ creative processes, you’d be better of reading what bits and pieces of his documents can be found online.

I’ll point you at a PDF of the Rough Draft. As I said, this particular version is likely the basis for the comics, with the same plot points and characters.

Right then. Enough of this looking backwards. Back to staring at the horizon, looking for glimpse or glimmer of Episode VII

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SOLICITATIONS: IDW Publishing to collect Jim Mahfood

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IDW Publishing is proud to announce VISUAL FUNK: JIM MAHFOOD ART, a 256-page, full-color hardcover collecting a massive swath of Jim Mahfood, a.k.a. Food One’s mind-bending, genre-smashing work!

Mahfood has put his unique stamp on everything from comic …

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New Mutants Vol 3 1-50 Get Slashed On ComiXology On Monday

It’s about 1 am in the UK. And from this distant land, we can see that Monday’s big Marvel ComiXology 99 Cent sale will be the first fifty issues of Volume 3 of New Mutants. Basically the most recent one.

Or should that be New M-Word now?

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SOLICITATIONS: The Rocketeer and The Spirit team in Mark Waid miniseries

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IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment are pleased to announce the meeting of two of comics’ greatest pulp heroes! Dave Stevens’ high-flying Cliff Secord will finally cross paths with Will Eisner’s iconic Denny Colt this summer in THE ROCKETEER/THE …

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CONVENTIONS: The Dave Dorman Experience: Year Two is coming in April

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Eisner, Inkpot, and Bram Stoker Award-winning writer, artist and I.P. creator Dave Dorman has announced to his fans that he is again offering The Dave Dorman Experience: Year 2 at his private residence on Saturday, April 27th from …

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Idris Elba Starring In A New Blake’s Seven? And So It Begins

Idris Elba? Playing Blake in a new Blake’s 7 remake? Revealed in a new Blake’s 7 Magazine, out on Monday? Sounds too good to be true.

It is.

Nice try, guys. At least one Bleeding Cool writer was fooled…

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GAMING: Bravoman Returns For 25th Anniversary Game

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NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., a subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. (TYO: 7832), announced today at its WonderCon Anaheim panel that it will release BRAVOMAN®: SUPER-UNEQUALED HERO OF EXCELLENCE!, a follow-up to its 1988 arcade platformer, for smartphones …

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Of Course: Third GI Joe Film Being Set Up Already, And You Should Expect It To Be In 3D

The global box office for GI Joe – Retaliation has been pretty healthy, clocking in at something like $50 million in the US so far and another $80 million from around the rest of the world.

It’s no surprise, really, that Paramount want a third instalment, and so you might count Variety’s promise of a threequel more of a Durrr than a news piece, but nonetheless, they have “sources” and plans for a third film are “confirmed.”

And as they note at the bottom of their piece:

One thing is for certain, however: GI. Joe 3 will most definitely be in 3D.

Simple economics, of course. There’s still a surcharge for 3D tickets – for no practical or “fair” reason, because the conversion of projectors and screens has long since been paid for and the overage is still there should you bring your own glasses.

I wonder if Paramount will wait for Jon Chu to make his Masters of the Universe film then put him back on Joe duty? Or maybe Masters will get shelved for a speedier Joe threequel? Or maybe we’ll get our third Joe director in three films? I don’t think it’s really going to matter to the first weekend box office in any case.

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SOLICITATIONS: Jeff Smith’s Bone is getting an Artist’s Edition

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IDW Publishing and Cartoon Books are pleased to announce Jeff Smith’s Bone Artist’s Edition, to be released this fall and featuring one of Smith’s most beloved stories: The Great Cow Race! Featuring Fone, Smiley and Phoney bone, Gran’ma …

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