Because Nothing is Sacred!

Special thanks to Bloody Disgusting where I found this!

Sci-Fi Park: Jurassic Park meets Star Wars

 

Thunderbolts Covers

I got on the digital comic bandwagon pretty early, and really enjoy reading on the tablet.  Every time I find a cover/panel I enjoy, I take a screenshot.  Since I found myself with a little more time on my hands recently, I began sorting these pictures (man, didn’t know I read that much Deadpool…).

Anyway, as I sort, I’m going do to some pic dumping.  Many have been used as backgrounds for my various devices, so download and enjoy!

Starting with the Marvel NOW! re-launch of “THUNDERBOLTS”.  For those unfamiliar with Marvel NOW!, it was a re-branding effort done by Marvel in 2012.  I found the highlight, by far, to be the Thunderbolts.  It hadn’t been this good since Warren Ellis’ one year run back in 2006 (that variation had Norman Osbourne as the leader and team members included Venom and Bullseye).

This new Thunderbolts (most written by Daniel Way with art by Steve Dillon) was led by General “Thunderbolt” Ross (aka the Red Hulk).  Team members were: Deadpool, Elektra, Punisher, Venom, Ghost Rider, and Red Leader.  Needless to say everyone (Punisher included) updated to a red uniform.  This run also featured a brief romance between Elektra and Punisher and was a total of x32 issues that can now be found in graphic novel form.  Enjoy!

 

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Thoughts on SDCC 2015

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First of all, what is up with the parking??  The big lot next to Petco Park is a construction zone with no other alternative parking.  Paid $40 the first day!  Got online that night and discovered I wasn’t the only one who had encountered this problem.  Luckily, Horton Plaza had opened up their facilities (as it had always been off limits during previous Cons) for $25 a day.  This will now become my default spot as it’s close and the Great Steak Escape is still up and running!  Also, found a lot right next to the 5, meaning a big walk to the Convention Center, for $18.  Gone are the $10-$15 days!

Once inside, noticed that a lot of the smaller, independent vendors were not present this year; replaced with larger ones, or vendors with multiple booths.  I’m always hunting anything Lovecraft, and there has always been around four dedicated Lovecraftian booths (one for clothing, one for gaming, one for jewlery/figurines, etc.).  This year there was just one.  Despite the lack of a dedicated cosmic horror presence, this single vendor offered up a Richard Stanley autographed blu-ray of “Hardware”.  True astral alignment!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining here.  Just wanted to get out a couple of observations from previous Cons.  Now on to the good stuff!!

If there was any ongoing theme, it was definitely Star Wars!  Of course, there’s always a Star Wars presence, but with a new film coming out this year, interest seems to be at a fever pitch high.  However, the ever present force of War Boys screaming “WITNESS ME!!!” and Furiosas kept a perma-grin on my face.  Fury Road was easily the year’s best film for me, and I was glad to see it being given some much needed recognition.

I know everyone is gearing up for Supes & Bats, but personally, the release of the “Ash vs. Evil Dead” was my true geek moment.

Celebrity Sightings:  Met Morgan Spurlock my first day (got to tell him I was the winner of his GeekChic autographed book raffle back in 2011).  Lloyd Kaufman was at the Troma booth and asked it I wanted my copy of “Bloodsucking Freaks” autographed.  Said “nah, nearly every film in my Tromography is autographed by you!”  Down in Artists Alley, bought a hardcopy “Mouse Guard” for my niece from David Petersen who was kind enough to do a sketch drawing in it for her.  Saw Hugh Jackman as we walked past one of the back film studio booths.  Had no idea that Wolverine was that tall…

Favorite Purchase:  Avatar Publishing is always one of my first stops.  I’d been waiting to purchase “Providence” #1 from them directly (the new Alan Moore comic that just came out a few weeks ago).  Was pleasantly surprised when they not only had a Con Exclusive, but also had issue #2 that has not even been released to stores yet.

Biggest Bust: Kirk Hammet from Metallica had launched a vinyl toy series that were being sold at the Nuclear Blast booth.  Had seen some advance pictures and thought there were on the small size.  Turns out they were pretty big and $60.  Sorry, can’t justify that, even with the “chance” of a signing.  Was also a little surprised on the difficulty level of scoring Hasbro exclusives.  A big thanks to JW on all of his efforts!

Now onto the pics:

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This guy could’ve been the real deal!

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Sadly, Bob was not selling anything…

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Used to seeing suits like this behind glass.  These were for sale replicas (did not ask the price…)

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This was one of my favorites!  Just could not get a picture without any glare (have x5 different angles and this one was best).

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Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

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I went to the IMDB filmography today.  I have seen x42 movies in which Christopher Lee was an actor.  Dooku and Saruman were mere frosting on this man’s legacy.

One of my personal favorite “evil” roles beside SW/LOTR was “Jaguar Lives!” (1979)!

While not a Hammer film, having both Lee & Cushing in 1973’s “The Creeping Flesh” always put a smile on my face!

And don’t forget the heavy metal albums he released…

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Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 8 “Hardhome”

Winter is here!

Winter is here!

I’ve loved this show from the first episode, and it has even trumped Sopranos for me.

However, March 31st, 2015 will now be the exact date in which TV became better than the movies.  I seriously doubt that I will see a genre film this year better than this episode.

Plus, Mastodon as Wildlings!

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Epic Elektra Ending

This final issue of the great Blackman/Mundo run with Elektra was released this week.  I’ve always found Elektra to be one of the most underrated characters in the Marvel canon.  All of the ongoing series have been superb, and the mini-series always fantastic.  The reveal of her being a Skrull is what kicked off “Secret Invasion”, and I found her “Dark Reign” story to be the best of the lot.  Most recently, she’s been featured in Thunderbolts with a romantic link with the Punisher (talk about a relationship destined to fail).

However, this most recent 11 issue run really impressed me.  I do not remember a poorly written issue in the run, and the art is some of the best out there.  Rather than to keep blathering, here are some of my favorite pages from the last year (not not going to include anything from the final issue!).

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Best covers in 2014: Elektra, Deadpool, Thunderbolts

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Pic below was by far my favorite page from this entire run.  As a long time Daredevil fan, it was heartbreaking to read this.  Shortly after this issue Matt moved to San Francisco…

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Knowing the Elektra/Daredevil relationship, this cover is a monster!!

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My 2nd favorite page in the series!

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Lester is one bad dude…

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R.I.P. Mr. Nimoy

I used to watch the syndicated show in the 70’s and my Dad would tell me of how the original run was so popular when he was in college.  Everyone would gather at a house with TV on Friday nights.  I’m sure it’s what helped cement Star Wars many years later for me!  I had a special connection to Mr. Spock.  For the bulk of my childhood, we shared the same haircut.

Good night sweet prince.

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The Trooper (a stellar beer review!)

The team-up of music bands and alcohol brands is not a new idea.  AC/DC and Motorhead have both had some pretty well reviewed wines, and then there is the odd alignment of Jefferson’s Bourbon for the single barrel batch of Anthrax’s “Indians” whiskey (take that Cleveland).

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Back in May of 2013 global metal leaders Iron Maiden combined forces with world renowned Robinson’s Brewery for a premium English Ale based upon a recipe from lead singer, and human air-raid siren, Bruce Dickinson.  The beer called “The Trooper” takes its name from the Iron Maiden song of the same; referring to the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War between the British and Russians in 1854. [Read more…]

Ranking the Marvel Movies

Hello, True Believers!

I’ve been collecting Marvel comics for more years than I care to admit.  Needless to say, I see ALL of the Marvel movies (well…pretty much any comic movie) opening weekend in the theater.  Here’s what I believe is the correct ranking for the films based solely on the pages of Marvel comic books.

Excelsior!!!

#39 Captain America (1990)

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By far the worst of all Marvel movies.  A perfect example on how a comic film can succeed or fail.  This is even ranked below the F4 (1994) as it actually tries to take a serious approach to the subject matter (while F4 was made knowing it would be bad, or at least unreleased). [Read more…]