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DC Comics Plans Seven Book Prequel For ‘Watchmen’ :

Posted on 01 February 2012 by Christian

DC is returning to the world of ‘Watchmen’ with a seven book prequel series called ‘Before Watchmen’.

The publisher plans to release a graphic novel each week that will focus on the characters’ lives and adventures in the years before ‘Watchmen’.

It promises that each issue of the mini-series will be inter-connected with each other and build on the mythology of the best-selling graphic novel.

“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” say DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. “After 25 years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told.”

“We sought out the best writers and artists in the industry to build on the complex mythology of the original.”

The characters the prequel will focus include Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, Comedian and the Minutemen.

‘Watchmen’, created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, was originally published by DC Comics between 1986 and 1987. In 2010, Moore revealed that DC offered to give him the rights to ‘Watchmen’ back if he would agree to prequel and sequel projects.

At the time, Moore said that “if they said that 10 years ago, when I asked them for that, then yeah it might have worked but these days I don’t want Watchmen back. Certainly, I don’t want it back under those kinds of terms.”

Though Moore has no involvement in the new prequel project, Gibbons has given the idea his blessing.

“The original series of Watchmen is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire,” says Gibbons.


Source: TV Shark

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Image Comics to create their own comic book convention: Image Expo coming in 2012

Posted on 23 November 2011 by Christian

It was announced today that Image comics, the house of Spawn and The Walking Dead, will create their very own comic book convention: Image Expo to launch in February of 2012…the company that shook the comic book industry is at it again.

Back in 1992, 7 comic book creators Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino and Whilce Portacio left Marvel Comics in an ongoing dispute over creator controls and royalties. Thus Image Comics was created and went on to creat characters such as Spawn, The Maxx, Savage Dragon and The Walking Dead. Image Comics succeeded in shaking up the Comic Book industry and opening it up for independent companies to thrive. Now, Image is at it again. The company just announced that they will be launching their own Comic Book/Creator convention in California to launch in February 2012. With the recent success of The Walking Dead as one of cable television’s highest rated shows and the up coming movie projects for Spawn and Youngblood, image seems to be capitalizing on the growing business of conventions around the country. Will this then limit the big guns (McFarlane, Kirkman) from appearing at other conventions. Will Image now hold their major announcements for their own convention? Does anybody really care?

Read the full press release from Image comics with upcoming guests, convention schedule and where to sign up to attend and exhibit…click the pick below.


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Syfy Orders Script For New TV Show Based On DC Comics Character Booster Gold

Posted on 23 November 2011 by Christian

Syfy has ordered a pilot script from Fringe writer Andrew Kreisberg for a small screen adaptation of Booster Gold. We have all the details on the creative talent behind the show as well as details on its premise here.

The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed SyFy’s plans for a small screen adaptation of Booster Gold. The network has reportedly ordered a pilot script for what will be a one-hour drama from Fringe writer Andrew Kreisberg. Greg Berlanti’s production company will oversee the project in association with Warner Horizon Television. It will credit both Berlanti (Green Lantern, No Ordinary Family) and Kreisberg as executive producers. DC Comics are expected to receive similar credit.

They also reveal a few details about the premise of the planned series.

The story will center on Booster Gold, a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest super hero of all time. Instead of chasing criminals, however, his main priority is chasing fame and money. But Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile, and that the future doesn

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COMICS: Spidey And Red Hulk Team-Up In First Look At Avenging Spider-Man #2!

Posted on 01 November 2011 by Christian

The first issue isn’t even out yet, but Marvel have released an unlettered preview of Avenging Spider-Man #2, featuring Spidey and the Red Hulk deep underground against an unstoppable army of Moloids…

The series everyone

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COMICS: Preview – Detective Comics #3

Posted on 01 November 2011 by Christian

DC Comics has released a preview for this November’s Detective Comics #3. This issue continues a bloody look at the villain known as “Dollmaker”.

He makes dolls out of his victims

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COMICS: Awesome Preview Of X-Sanction #1

Posted on 11 October 2011 by Christian

This series launching in December brings Cable back to the present to give The Avengers a very hard time of things indeed. Here is a great 4 page preview courtesy of CBR..

Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness will be bringing us the highly anticipated return of Cable in December but for now here are 4 action packed pages revealing how events begin to unfold. It appears ol Falcon will be the first Avenger to feel Cable’s wrath as he, Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Red Hulk take on the “Lethal Legion”..

Story by: Jeph Loeb
Art by: Ed McGuinness
Cover by: Ed McGuinness, Joe Quesada, Leinil Francis Yu
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December, 2011



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COMICS: 6 Page Preview Of Uncanny X-Men #1

Posted on 07 October 2011 by Christian

See Cyclops and his team along with Namor take on Mr Sinister in an action packed preview of the highly anticipated relaunch of The Uncanny X-Men..
This November, history is made with Uncanny X-Men #1! From the superstar creative team of Kieron Gillen and Carlos Pacheco, Cyclops and those who have stayed with him on Utopia rise from the rubble of X-Men: Schism renewed & refocused. Cyclops has created the most powerful X-Men team ever gathered and called them the X-Tinction Team. Except when Mr. Sinister makes his diabolical return, is this new team up to stopping Sinister

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Official First Look At Marvel’s The Avengers! ***Update*** More Pics

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Christian

Finally…Entertainment Weekly has revealed our first official look at Joss Whedon and Marvel’s upcoming comic book adaptation The Avengers featuring six main characters on the cover. Check it out!

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel

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Comic News: First Look at Incredible Hulk #1

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Christian

Marvel Comics is previewing the first issue of Incredible Hulk, which is written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Marc Silverstri, which is being billed as unlike anything readers have seen before.

Says Marvel, “It

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COMICS: First Look At The Savage Hawkman

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Christian

This is one of DC’s New 52 we haven’t seen too much from yet. Hawkman is not a very popular character, but can Tony Daniel and Philip Tan change all that? Check out the 4 page preview..

Carter Hall

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Marvel Studios 2014 Plans. Who, What, And Just Cause…

Posted on 23 September 2011 by Christian

What are the potential films that Marvel could release in 2014 and which projects currently in development make sense for the May 16, 2014 release date.

Recent interviews with Chris Evans [Captain America] have revealed that the inevitable sequel to the smash summer hit will likely come in 2014. Furthermore, Evans revealed that Cap likely won’t cameo in any of the post-Avengers sequels due to the structure of his contract. Also, I think because The First Avenger is a period movie, having Steve Rogers cameo in Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 would seriously screw up the continuity of Marvel’s films [looking at you Fox]. With one 2014 movie being released May 16, 2014, just two weeks after the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and another on June 27, 2014, it’s safe to assume that the Cap sequel will be the movie released on the 27th in order to capitalize on the following weeks Fourth of July holiday. So that leaves the May 16, 2014 release date as the big mystery. What could Marvel Studios possibly be planning that could match the hype and fanfare that Spider-Man will surely bring?

Well this past summer has seen a lot of news and developments come out of Marvel regarding their plans for life beyond Hulk, Captain America, Iron-Man, and Thor. Back in August we were told Marvel just had the Doctor Strange script delivered by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Beginning in March of this year, the number of actors coming out and expressing interest in Luke Cage has to mean that this one is coming down the Marvel pipeline soon. Also in August, we were all somewhat stunned to learn that Guardians of the Galaxy were suddenly in active development at Marvel Studios. Back in April, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright also joined the dubious “in development” game when they moved their thimble a few paces past GO by handing in their second draft of the Ant-Man script. Lengthening the the growing list of Marvel movies in development, was the news that Raw Leiba recently met with Marvel about reportedly portraying Black Panther rogue, Erik Killmonger. Oh, and don’t forget those Namor The Sub-Mariner teasers that have been carefully sprinkled in Iron Man 2.
Based on these developments, we have a current list of potential Marvel movies containing:

  • Ant-Man
  • Black Panther
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Luke Cage
  • Namor The Sub-Mariner

Of course, there is also the possibility that Marvel could be planning a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie to spin-out of The Avengers or maybe even another Hulk movie. But more than likely, the other 2014 movie will be based on one of the character listed above. The character that makes the most sense here is Black Panther. He’s a character with a deep history and has strong ties to the Avengers which would work well with Marvels apparent plan to have individual character story-lines all weave back towards assembling an Avengers team. Plus, you can’t follow a movie like Spider-Man with a risky character that the general populace isn’t overly familiar with. If Marvel continues to follow their current plan for the Avengers sequel, then Black Panther makes the most sense out of all the movies currently in development. Of course if certain rumors prove to be true, then Guardians of the Galaxy also would make sense for Marvel but that’s a step in breaking away from the Avengers formula. Instead of a solo hero movie that leads back to a second Avengers film, the Guardians of the Galaxy already contains a team element, one that’s as different from the Avengers as apples are to oranges. What’s smart about this approach is that it truly opens up story line possibilities for Marvel to go beyond Earth and beyond it’s interwoven earthbound stories. What would be extremely cool, is if Marvel started a totally different space continuity, completely independent but running concurrent to what’s happening with Cap, Thor, Hulk, etc. You could then have the space storyline and earthbound storyline all come together for one seriously monumental cinematic comic book movie event. At the same time, it would be a neat mechanism for escaping the tight constrictions continuity places on the director and script writers who have been quietly voicing complaints ever since Marvel saw a golden opportunity with a harmless, last-second cameo in Iron Man. Speculatively speaking, the wonderful continuity Marvel has created has probably also cost them the directorial vision of both Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh, maybe even Brian Kirk. Continuing on this path, the creative constraints of continuity are probably the reason Marvel’s looking to bring in young, relatively inexperienced directors for their upcoming projects. Directors who won’t have the successful back-history to balk at heavy studio influence of how stories must unfold and what subplots have to be included. But that’s a different conversation all together and it’s just my personal musings.

With Iron Man 3 [May 3, 2013], Thor 2 [July 26, 2013 release date] coming out a year after the Avengers and Captain America set for a 2014 release date, we can rest assured that the other 2014 film won’t be one of the big 3. While there’s still a chance that the Avengers will setup the Hulk to steal the show and use that momentum to steamroll him into another solo film, it’s really unlikely given the past financial figures and overall critic/fan perception of the last two attempts. It’s looking like Marvel will be introducing a new hero in 2014 and it’s someone that has the potential to derail or invigorate the Marvel Studio superhero franchise. Which of the above heroes has the following and origin story to handle that pressure?

As for the other potential movies on the list, I’ll leave it to you guys to argue the merits and detractions of releasing them in 2014 below, in the comments section. Sound off in an orderly and civilized fashion!

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Full (Disappointing) Sunday Schedule For San Diego Comic Con 2011 Released!

Posted on 11 July 2011 by Christian


We already knew that Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. were scaling back on the big movie presentations, but I’m pretty sure that the majority of us were still hoping for a surprise of some sort. A last minute panel for The Avengers? An early look at The Dark Knight Rises or Man of Steel perhaps? Nope! While there are a fair few decent panels, and plenty on offer for TV fans, the usually awesome last Sunday of the event looks set to be a quiet news day here on CBM!


10:00-11:00 Archaia Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company: The Early Works of Jim Henson Screening with Special Tale of Sand Discussion

Jim Henson was a creative genius responsible for some of the most iconic properties today, including The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, and The Dark Crystal. But what was he like leading up to that success? Archaia and The Jim Henson Company explore his early works and creative process, complete with archival, rarely seen footage, brought to you by Henson archivist Karen Falk. Then, get an advance look at Tale of Sand, the new original graphic novel coming in September, based on a never-before-seen screenplay written by Jim Henson and his longtime collaborator, Jerry Juhl. Falk, Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy, and A Tale of Sand artist Ram

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DC Relaunch: First Look At The New Teen Titans

Posted on 08 June 2011 by Christian

DC have given io9 an exclusive glimpse at some of their upcoming relaunched titles including the new look Teen Titans. Check it out..

So we have Red Robin, Wondergirl, Superboy..I’m guessing that must be Starfire in the background. No idea who the chick on all fours is supposed to be? Anyway, for a look at Hawk & Dove, Legion Of Superheroes, static shock as well as an interview with Jim Lee and Dan Didio click the link below back to io9.

Tim Drake is forced to step out from behind his keyboard when an international organization seeks to capture or kill super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he must team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and a hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash in TEEN TITANS #1, by Scott Lobdell and artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.




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COMICS: Cover Art for Justice League Dark Revealed!

Posted on 08 June 2011 by Christian

Another cover art from an issue of the DC Comics relaunch has been released, this time featuring the new team Justice League Dark, giving us first new look on characters like Deadman and Zatanna. Hit the jump to check it out!

Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the cover of Justice League Dark below, which is being said to be the universe’s new version of Hellblazer:

Nonetheless, the creative team of this issue hasn’t been released, but like all the other the issues, it can be expected to hit the stores on September.



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COMICS: First Look At New Waid, Rivera & Martin Daredevil Series!

Posted on 16 May 2011 by Christian

From comicbookmovie.com

Below are some of my favourite preview pages from the upcoming series, but to see even more (along with an interview with Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera) head on over to Comic Book Resources… The series will also feature art from Amazing Spider-Man‘s Marcos Martin, as can be seen in the last two preview pages. Daredevil #1 will be released this coming July.

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Official Title For Deadpool Already Revealed?

Posted on 11 April 2011 by Christian

Possibly overlooked, the official title for Fox’s Ryan Reynolds-starrer movie adaption for the merc with a mouth,

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THOR : The God of Thunder featurette

Posted on 04 April 2011 by Christian

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.’–Mark Twain
With an upcoming movie its good to know your comic book Character – THOR. This feature answers the questions – Who he is? What are his abilities? What are the changes he underwent? Who has portrayed him in Comic Book Movies?

Who is THOR?
THOR is the Asgardian god of thunder who wields a mythical uru hammer, the mighty Mjolnir. He was sent to midgard (earth) by his father, Odin, to learn humility. In his time on midgard, he became one of its greatest hero, fighting in the name of Odin and of Asgard.

THOR is a fictional superhero who first appeared in Marvel Comics Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962). He was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby.Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character is based on the THOR of Norse mythology.

What are his powers and abilities?
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character’s powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

Superhuman Strength: Being the son of Odin and the elder goddess Gaea, THOR is physically the strongest of the Norse gods and one of the most powerful beings in the Universe.

Superhuman Stamina: THOR’s advanced musculature is considerably more efficient than that of a human and most other Asgardians. As a result, his muscles produce practically no fatigue toxins during physical activity compared to those of humans and most other members of his race. He possesses practically inexhaustible stamina. He can exert himself at peak capacity for countless months on end at the very least without tiring at all.

Superhumanly Dense Tissue: THOR’s skin, muscle, and bone tissues have several times the density of the same tissue in the body of a human being, contributing to his superhuman weight.

Self Sustenance: He is capable of surviving in the vacuum of space unaided and does not need air, food, water, or sleep.

Superhuman Longevity: THOR, like all other Asgardians, isn’t immortal. THOR ages at a pace far, far slower than a human being as he is countless eons old; mortals’ life spans are comparable to nothing more than a blink of his immortal eyes.

Superhuman Durability: The tissues of THOR’s body are considerably harder and much more resistant to injury than those of humans. THOR possesses tremendous durability and is practically invulnerable.

Superhuman Speed: THOR’s superhumanly strong legs allow him to run and move at superhuman speeds far greater than the finest human athlete. He is so fast, he is capable of moving at speeds faster than the human eyes can see.

Superhuman Agility: THOR’s agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are far beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Reflexes: THOR’s reflexes are similarly greatly enhanced and are much more superior to the reflexes of the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Senses: THOR possesses incredible superhuman senses, as he is able to effortlessly see objects as far out as the edge of the Solar System, and hear cries from as far as the other side of the planet.

Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his astounding resistance to injury, it is possible to injure THOR. In the rare instances that he is injured, his body is capable of repairing damaged tissue with much greater speed and efficiency than the body of a human being and almost all other Asgardians.

Master Combatant: THOR is a superbly skilled warrior trained in the arts of war with over countless years of combat experience. He is one of the most skilled fighters to ever walk the planet.

Master Tactician: For over thousands and thousands of years he has lead Asgard into battle against overwhelming forces with great leadership and employed strategies and tactics from every culture, including forgotten ones.

What are the changes he underwent?

1. First appearance
Since his first appearance Journey into Mystery #83. This costume designed by Jack Kirby is still the main driving force on THOR’s look. Of course the costume has change throughout the decades, but most of the changes derived its look from this classic outfit. Elements of his costume are the winged helmet, the red cape, the metal discs on his upper tunic, and the strapped boots, which pretty much screams Superhero Viking. He has worn this costume since his debut in the 60s and throughout the 80s.

2. Battle armor
In THOR #378 (April 1987), THOR and Tony Stark designed a battle armor that will help hold THOR together after a curse placed on him by Hela made his bones as brittle as glass and unable to heal if damaged. THOR already broke his left arm so he has an armored cast around it. THOR also has to wear a mask and sport beard to cover the scars he has incurred on his face.

3. 1000 years younger
THOR #401 (March 1989), We have a story set in the past where a younger THOR accepts a wager from Loki to travel to Midgard, and join a Viking expedition to the new world. He will not have his power and will be unable to use Mjolnir. If he fails, he will be exiled to Midgard forever and give up all claim to the throne. He wores a more armored costume of his classic look, and he lost the red cape and gained a sword to replace his absent hammer.

4. Back to the Classics
At the tail end of the 80s and in the early days of the 90s THOR is back wearing his classic costume. Though there are times it seems that his upper costume loses the covering on his sides.

Enter the 90s
If you have read my previous articles about characters and their costumes during the 90s then you won’t be surprised as much on the looks that THOR underwent.

5. Godpack
It was during the mid 90s THOR was running around with beings of his peer, the Godpack, and as always when you are among peers there will be peer pressure and THOR has to find a way to fit in, and he got this costume. Metal pants, spiked kneepads, huge shoulder pads, the silver discs are now replaced by yellow octagons and a helmet with a widow’s peak. (Goodtimes) This costume debuted in THOR 475, June 1994

6. Topless
Maybe realizing the ridiculousness of his previous costume, he just said to hell with it I’ll just show my abs. So most of 96 he was running around shirtless.

7. DC Crossover Costume
(THOR then decided

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Episode 25: Geek Weekend Hangover

Posted on 03 March 2011 by TH3 No08

This week on Noob Radio Richard and Christian discuss all the weeks tv, video game, comic and movie news including Quentin Tarantino’s next movie?? venture, a look at 3 great comics from ComicBreak.com as well as an in depth interview with Chris Roberson, writer of IZombie, Superman-Grounded, Cinderella-Fables are Forever as well as many more comics and books. All this and much, much more on this weeks episode of Noob Radio…


Talk about Geek Weekend, Lots of screenings coming up (meaning lots more work)

Quick Hits

Sponsored by: Provenance Media

Movie News:

Kobe Bryant is,

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Episode 22: Noob Radio (yes we changed our name)

Posted on 10 February 2011 by TH3 No08

This week on Noob Radio Richard and Christian discuss why Fox News hates video games, what big name actor is not returning to The Dark Night Rises, and all their favorite movie trailers that premiered during last sunday’s Super Bowl. All this and much much more on this episode of Noob Radio…

We changed the name of our show but everything else is still the same. No reason why, just thought this one sounded cooler…

Here’s this weeks rundown of the show…

Last Sunday was Superbowl regardless of game its about the commercials, 3 million dollars for 30 seconds…
Superbowl commercial favorites…


Movie News…
Liam Neeson Will NOT Return As Ra

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The New York Five: 1 of 4

Posted on 06 February 2011 by TH3 No08

The New York Five: 1 of 4
sponsored by: ComicBreak.com

Written by BRIAN WOOD


There’s nothing more exciting than college life in the big city. But complications can follow you from dark places

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