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Robot Chicken Parodies Batman v Superman

Adult Swim has posted this new video from Robot Chicken spoofing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It picks up form the “Do you bleed line” and then goes in a very different direction. They also posted one about the death of Lois Lane and how they may be looking for a super killer.

Neither of these are really safe for work, but they are funny.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Robot Chicken Parodies Batman v Superman

Double Dose Of Alan Moore In Comic Shops This Week

Avatar Press is offering up a double-dose of Alan Moore this week. Kicking it off with the second issue of Cinema Purgatorio as Moore teams with Kevin O’Neill as hosts for the new anthology that also includes writers Garth Ennis, Max Brooks, Kieron Gillen and Christos Gage and artists Paulo Caceres, Michael DiPascale, Ignacio Calero and Garbiel Andrade. Then Moore teams with Jacen Burrows for the ninth issue of the H.P. Lovecraft inspired Providence.

Avatar Press is the parent company of Bleeding Cool.

Cinema Purgatorio #2
Welcome once again to the theatre of the macabre! Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill are your hosts as the finest creators in all of comics join us in an anthology to end all anthologies. Cinema Purgatorio is the ongoing monthly series which brings together the powerhouse creators to tell stories that only Avatar Press could. These tales claw into your brain and nest there as you attempt to recover from the horrors you’ve witnessed. Illustrated in stark moody black & white, every page of this series is filled with visions from the minds of your favorite creators. Every issue is perfect-bound, with no ads, and all of the works are very long-form, there are no collections planned before 2018. Jump in now and embrace the new future of comics. The one of which Alan Moore has always dreamed. It’s here, now. Hiding in the dark corner. Welcome to Cinema Purgatorio.

Each story has its own cover by the series artist and there is also an Ancient Tome Premium edition limited to 1000 copies. Now please take your seat, the finest comics in the world are about to begin.

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Providence #9
The world of H.P. Lovecraft has begun to invade the mind of Robert Black. His quest began as project to write a book but the more he is exposed to these horrors the closer to the edge of insanity he is pushed. The cracks in the world seem to be widening as he nears some inexplicable crescendo of horror. Alan Moore and artist Jacen Burrows have created the most realized version of Moore’s Lovecraftian vision ever published. Fans and classical scholars have flocked to the pages of Providence to decipher the many layers of story being told in this masterpiece. Moore has written every cover detail, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create an unforgettable series. Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows.

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Double Dose Of Alan Moore In Comic Shops This Week

Justice League Trinity Art Print By Alex Pascenko

Sideshow Collectibles has made available for preorder this new, limited edition Justice League Trinity print by artist Alex Pascenko. The print is limited to 400 and is available either framed or unframed. The piece features Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in a full-color 18″ x 24″ print on 100% cotton, acid-free, matte Museo Rag 300GSM using Epson archival inks. It also includes an automated pencil signature and an embossed seal of authenticity. The print is expected to ship in June or July of this year and is going for $90.00 or the framed option is $240.00.

Paschenko is a self-taught, Russian born artist now residing in Germany. You can see more of his work at his blog.

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Justice League Trinity Art Print By Alex Pascenko

Exclusive Extended Previews Of Control #1 And Shadow: Death Of Margo Lane #1

Dynamite has two new #1’s hitting shelves tomorrow. The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane #1 by Matt Wagner and Control #1 by Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank and Andrea Mutti. We have exclusive extended preview of both below along with huge previews of the Dawn / Vampirella trade by Joseph Michael Linsner and the 14th Vampirella Archive.

The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane #1
writer: Matt Wagner artist: Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner (colors) cover: Matt Wagner

Legendary creator Matt Wagner returns to both write and draw an all-new tale for the first and most famous of all pulp heroes, The Shadow! Following his critically-
acclaimed work on The Shadow: Year One and Grendel vs. The Shadow, Wagner once again lends his masterful talents to unveil “what evil lurks in the hearts of men.” In a storyline that is sure to rock The Shadow’s relentless crusade against crime, Dynamite is proud to bring readers The Death of Margo Lane — a five-issue series written and drawn by Wagner and colored by his talented son, Brennan Wagner. For years, Margo Lane has served as The Shadow’s faithful “friend and companion”, the closest and most intimate of all his many agents. But when will that proximity to The Shadow’s dark and violent world take its ultimate toll on her? And what effect will his lover’s loss have on the driven and brooding Master of Darkness? This series presents a powerful and resonant tale in the sort of pulse-pounding pulp style that only Matt Wagner could deliver!

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Control #1
writer: Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank artist: Andrea Mutti covers: Ben Oliver (a), Guiseppe Camuncoli (b))

Detective-Sergeant Kate Burnham isn’t making any friends in the Washington DC Police Department. That makes her the perfect scapegoat when a routine homicide investigation threatens to blow open a criminal conspiracy that reaches to the upper echelons of the DC power elite. Kate makes it go away, or they make her go away. Cop or criminal, power is all about control, applied top-down from the penthouse elite to the hustlers on the street. But what happens when the street pushes back…?

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Dawn / Vampirella HC
writer/artist/cover: Joseph Michael LInsner

Joseph Michael Linsner, the celebrated creator of Dawn, writes and illustrates the first-ever crossover event for his beloved goddess, teaming her — and pitting her against — horror icon Vampirella! When the silver-tongued demon Masodik kidnaps these beautiful, powerful women, he demands that the two engage in a catfight to prove which is best suited as his new paramour. The ladies suggest to combat in a more sophisticated and feminine way: by engaging in a storytelling contest. Together, Dawn and Vampirella take us on a journey to the bloody shores of Drakulon, post-apocalyptic New York, and worlds beyond imagination. Ultimately, they know that they must join forces to overcome him… but what common ground can be found between goddess and vampire? Features an all-new introduction and never-before-seen bonus material by Joseph Michael Linsner, plus an afterword by Kristina Deak-Linsner.

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Vampirella Archives 14
writers: Anton Caravana, Nicola Cuti, Kevin Duane, Archie Goodwin, Scott Hampton, Bruce Jones, Val Lakey, Esteban Maroto, Rich Margopoulos, Timothy Moriarty, Noly Panaligan, Carl Wessler
artists: Auraleon, Luis Bermejo, Laura Buscemi, Enrich, Alfonso Font, Jose Gonzalez, Scott Hampton, Ken Kelly, John Lakey, Val Lakey, Esteban Maroto, Gonzalo Mayo, Jose Ortiz, Leopold Sanchez, Sanjulian, Felix Santos
cover: Enrich
FC • 336 pages • $49.99 • Mature
COLLECTS WARREN MAGAZINE #97-103
Behold the tome of spine-chilling terror and mind-blowing fantasy to haunt your dreams at night… the fourteenth volume of Vampirella Archives! Explore the hidden vaults of the Warren Publishing library with horror hostess extraordinaire Vampirella, thrilling to some of her finest (and most fear-fraught) adventures from yesteryear, plus an intoxicating selection of the era’s best horror and science fiction stories. As you face Haitian Voodoo and star beasts, zombie hordes and the Blood Red Queen, you’ll witness the storytelling magic of such luminaries as Archie Goodwin, Bruce Jones, Auraleon, Jose Ortiz, Rich Margopoulos, and many more.
This edition of Vampirella Archives collects Vampirella Magazine #97-103, and features a wealth of bonus materials from a bygone era, including the “Feary Tales” feature on urban legends, the monthly “Scarlet Letters” column, “Vampi’s Vault” of creator biographies and literary reviews, and more.

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Exclusive Extended Previews Of Control #1 And Shadow: Death Of Margo Lane #1

Clark Gregg Weighs In On Captain America Controversy

coulsonThe recent controversy cause by Nick Spencer’s Captain America story continues to grow. Vocal opponents of the reveal that Steve Rogers has been a Hydra plant since he was a child have been horrified because of the characters creators, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, were both Jewish. Things even escalated to death threats against the writer… never the answer in an situation. But the thing that those decrying foul against Spencer and Marvel fail to recognize that this just the beginning of the story.

Someone who did see that is actor Clark Gregg. The man who took a small role in Iron Man and turned it into the heart of the MCU, Agent Phil Coulson. Fans of the films know that Coulson is a Captain America super-fan and even owns a full set of the trading cards in mint condition… aside form the blood on them now thanks to Nick Fury.

Gregg posted to twitter, not commenting on the story itself, but telling Spencer to tell his story and he’ll wait and see where it goes. Spencer, of course, responded with thanks and telling the actor, “I think you’ll like where it goes.”

 

Clark Gregg Weighs In On Captain America Controversy

Will Thor: Ragnarok Have Elements Of Planet Hulk?

hulkandthorWe recently heard more casting for Thor Ragnarok including both Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban being added to the cast. Now, Joblo.com is claiming to have some knowledge of the plot of the film. Their sources say that the film will include elements of Planet Hulk, the Greg Pak storyline that dropped the gamma irradiated monster into gladiatorial games. Many fans have been calling for Marvel to adapt this film into live-action (as it has been done for animation).

The third Thor film will combine elements of Ragnarok with Planet Hulk where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ends up on a planet where Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is competing in gladiator tournaments hosted by the Grandmaster (Goldblum). Word is that Hulk will be wearing armor similar to his appearance int he comic series. Thor will look different as well, with the Thunder God losing his long hair for a portion of the film.

As for why Thor is on the planet, he is looking for a weapon that will set the world right again and prevent Ragnarok. Odds are the weapon is somehow tied to one of the two missing Infinity Stones.

Its interesting to see the Grandmaster being brought in here in that he is a member of the Elders of the Universe along with The Collector who was introduced at the end of Thor: The Dark World before appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy. The original Contest of Champions was set up as a wager between the two.

Will Thor: Ragnarok Have Elements Of Planet Hulk?

Norman Reedus Got Peter Fonda Into Crossbows

ReedusFondaThe Walking Dead star Norman Reedus has been filming a series called Ride with Norman Reedus for AMC where he travels around the country on a motorcycle. One of the segments involved he and his Boondock Saints II co-star Peter Fonda driving around Florida. Fonda is iconically tied to motorcycles after his appearance in Easy Rider. Which also led to him playing Mephistopheles in Ghost Rider.

Seems the two actors have a budding friendship going and according to EW.com, motorcycles aren’t the only thing they pair have in common.

After filming, Reedus and Fonda were hanging out doing tequila shots with a bunch of sailors at the airport bar. Reedus received a phone call from the company that makes the Darryl Dixon crossbows for the TV show, telling the actor they had a new crossbow they wanted to send him. Reedus told the guy that he was sitting next to Peter Fonda and asked if Fonda could have a crossbow too. And so that happened.

Seems Fonda is enjoying his new toy and has since texted Reedus telling of his plans to buy a laser sight and other accessories for the crossbow. Maybe it’s time for another Dixon relative to show up to fight zombies.

Ride with Norman Reedus debuts June 12th on AMC.

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Late To The Party – The Iron Druid Chronicles: Hounded

HoundedI recently finished up my third novel Educated Corpses and an author friend of mine named Tim Dedopulos gave me a quote for the back, “I’d stack Jimmy Doyle up against Marla Mason or the Iron Druid anytime.” It seemed like a good quote to me so I ran with it. I have to admit though that I wasn’t familiar with either book Tim referenced. I’ve been listening to a lot of books on Audible.com over the last year and after wrapping up Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson I decided to try one of the books mentioned.

I went with Hounded, the first Iron Druid Chronicles novel by Kevin Hearne. It sounded interesting to me and Kevin is going to be at the Phoenix Comicon this weekend, which I will be at too. So I loaded up the book and started listening to Luke Daniels perform the novel. It didn’t take me long to get into the story. We met Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2,100 year-old druid living in Tempe, AZ with his Irish Woflhound named Oberon. That ticked a lot of boxes for me right away. I love the name Atticus since I was in junior high and played Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ve wanted an Irish Wolfhound for years. Shakespeare references always earn extra points from me and I’ve been to Tempe many time. Add in my own Celtic background and I felt like the author had made a lot of choices that I would’ve made myself.

The whole thing starts with the Morrigan, the Celtic chooser of the slain, coming to warn Atticus that his old enemy, Aenghus Og had found him and hellbent to get Fragarach back. Og is the Celtic god of love and Fragarach is a magical sword called the Answerer which can cut through almost anything and can compel folks to tell the truth like Wonder Woman’s lasso. Og plans on using any means necessary to retrieve the sword so he can slay Brighid and take over as head of the Tuatha De Danann. He calls upon the Fay, Witches, other Gods and even the Phoenix and Tempe police departments to get what he wants.

Atticus is not without resources of his own. Besides his dog Oberon who he can talk to, he has his lawyers – a vampire and a werewolf with a pack to back him – as well as intimate relationships with Flidais, goddess of the hunt, a deal with Morrigan not to choose his life as well as the sword, his own earthbound magic and an iron amulet that took him 750 years to create.

What follows is a fast paced story with a lot of action and humor. Some of the humor comes for the Irish widow who is okay with Atticus killing someone because they were British or Oberon wanting to be just like Genghis Khan and having a harem of french poodles. The writing is clever and fun, includes a fair amount of pop culture tidbits and a good amount of hard to pronounce Celtic names.

Hounded is the first of nine planned novels in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Eight of them are published with the final one on the way. Hearne has also written nine short fictions that go along with the series. Some were included with the novels while others were published as their own ebook.

This was an enjoyable read. It never felt bogged down with unnecessary details. Fast paced and creates a fun new universe to learn about. I will be looking into the other books in the series. And anyone who has read and likes my Lucius Fogg Mysteries will definitely like the Iron Druid Chronicles.

Late To The Party – The Iron Druid Chronicles: Hounded

Six Of Joe Jusko’s Space City Comic Con Sketches

Surfing through my Facebook feed this morning and I come across a post by Joe Jusko. I met Joe quite a few years back now at a Wizard World Dallas show, going out to dinner with him, Michael Golden, Tommy Castillo and a bunch of other folks. Joe is a super nice guy and introduced the group to Blue Moon ale. Which lead to the fun visual of seeing a big, former cop turned artist holding up two schooners of beer with orange wedges on the sides.

Joe spent the weekend at Space City Con and for those that got disappointed by the promoters, it looks like one of the best deal at the show was a sketch by Joe. These six that Joe posted aren’t just quick sketches. They are quite detailed and some feature backgrounds and I really want to know the story going on in the Scooby Doo sketch. You should follow his Facebook page as he often posts sketches and works in progress.

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Six Of Joe Jusko’s Space City Comic Con Sketches

An Exclusive Look Inside The Art Of Painted Comics

Dynamite has a new coffee table book coming out this week that focuses on the art of painted comics. That’s even the title, Art of Painted Comics. The book is written by Christopher Lawrence and takes a look at the works of painters like Alex Ross, Frank Frazetta, Joe Jusko, Bill Sienkiewicz and many more. The 300 page tome looks at the history of paintings in comics and pulp covers going all the way back to the days of Doc Savage and The Shadow magazines.

Art of Painted Comics
writers: Christopher Lawrence
artists: Alex Ross, Frank Frazetta, Joe Jusko, Michael William Kaluta, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neal Adams, Julie Bell, Joseph Michael Linsner, Greg Hildebrandt, Simon Bisley, and so many more!
cover: Alex Ross
300+ pages • $49.99
The MOST comprehensive premium hardcover of the greatest painters in comics! Overseen by Alex Ross, Painted Comics is the hardcover coffee table art book which offers a complete history of painted comics. It is an overview of the topic: a glimpse into a world that has, to date, been regrettably overlooked; a sampling of artistry that will foster an appreciation of the mastery of the men and women behind the images that have long held our collective imagination.

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An Exclusive Look Inside The Art Of Painted Comics