Top 10: Heroes We Want in Arrow/Flash

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Arrow ClanTop 10: Heroes We Want in Arrow/Flash by Jerry Whitworth

 

As the DC Television Universe expands with the upcoming The Flash, fans have started speculating about a possible Justice League of America for Arrow and its new sister series. Arrow has thus far introduced Green Arrow, Huntress, Black Canary, and Roy Harper (who will transition into Arsenal in the upcoming season) and is set to introduce the Atom, Katana, Wildcat, and Manhunter. Of course, Barry Allen would emerge in Starling City last season and will go on to become the Flash as he will later be joined by Firestorm and a not-so-villainous Plastique (perhaps with shades of the Flash character Peek-A-Boo or the Human Bomb). A Justice League film franchise is currently in the works with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set to include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg, so it’s unlikely those characters would be available to the TV version especially following the announcement the film and TV universes will be kept separate. Further, as Constantine will be on a separate network and a Justice League Dark film is being planned, magic heroes are likely unavailable (if not, Jason Blood/Etrigan the Demon would have made this list). Previously, we posted about a possible Outsiders expansion with Katana, Black Lightning, Question, and Creeper so those incredible characters will be kept out of the running to keep from being redundant (otherwise, the latter three would occupy three spots). With that, lets take a look who we want to see come to the DC Television Universe.

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WWE Superstars Goes to War

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

WWE Superstars #11WWE Superstars Goes to War by Jerry Whitworth

 

For Fall 2014, Papercutz’ imprint Super Genius will explore its series WWE Superstars in a more typical comic book fashion by taking readers through time and across space. From the minds of Mick Foley (multi-New York Times bestselling author who famously wrestled as Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love) and Shane Riches (R.P.M., Afflicted), “Legends” is inspired by Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (while riffing on Monday Night Raw is War) and summons performers from across the last thirty five years of WWE history beginning with its days as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to today as World Wrestling Entertainment. While the exact details of the story have yet to surface, what is known is performers from throughout time have been captured and brought to the world Battleground where they’re forced to compete across a variety of stages. Featured in the story is “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Daniel Bryan who must uncover the mystery of their abduction and, more importantly, how to get home. Thus far, the likes of Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Honky Tonk Man, Mr. Perfect, Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, Road Warriors, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena, Randy Orton, Wyatt Family, and “Bad News” Barrett are set to appear (as the likes of Sgt. Slaughter, Big Daddy Cool Diesel, Vader, Big Show, Kane, Triple H, Rey Mysterio Jr., Sheamus, Great Khali, Alberto Del Rio, and the Shield have been pictured in art released at this point).

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Ant-Man: Marvel’s First Hiccup?

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Ant-ManAnt-Man: Marvel’s First Hiccup? by Jerry Whitworth

 

While unlikely any film could ever be called easy to produce, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man maybe the first movie the blockbuster juggernaut has stumbled over since the release of 2008’s Iron Man. In development since 2006, Edgar Wright (Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) was hired to direct and co-write Ant-Man which went through many changes before finally going into pre-production in late-2013. However, just as the some eight-plus year saga of development was finally about to produce the project, Wright left the film due to creative differences with Marvel. Intent on meeting its 2015 premiere date (as the film had been firmly queued with the steady stream of Marvel Studio movies coming down the pipe over the next few years), Peyton Reed was quickly brought on to direct. However, likely due to the creative differences Wright cited, the script was overhauled with characters cut as Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious), reportedly a significant character, bowed out of the film which was delayed some months overlapping into his other commitments. Some elements of the current script were brought to light at the recent San Diego Comic-Con to mixed reaction.

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Mike Tyson Comes to [adult swim]

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Mike Tyson MysteriesMike Tyson Comes to [adult swim] by Jerry Whitworth

 

In the world of professional boxing, few hold the prestige of Mike Tyson. The youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles and the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles at the same time (the only heavyweight to also unify those titles), Tyson’s career was marred by scandals like being found guilty of rape and later biting the ear of fellow boxer Evander Holyfield during a match. Tyson saw his career and wealth crumble until it underwent a Renaissance largely born from a memorable role in the film The Hangover. Since then, he went on to tour with a one-man show and became known famously to raise and care for hundreds of pigeons (his love of the metropolitan bird going back to his youth). In May 2014, [adult swim] would announce development of an animated series starring Tyson solving mysteries.

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Godzilla Sequel Calls In Back-up

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

GodzillaGodzilla Sequel Calls in Back-Up by Jerry Whitworth

 

In the ever-changing environment of American cinema, a new trend has emerged in blockbuster films. As the Expendables franchise unites action stars of old and today, the Avengers franchise key characters of several different Marvel films, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice some of DC Comics’ most iconic properties, Toho’s most well known franchise will be bringing together some of the company’s other notable players. At the San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced a sequel is being planned for the hit 2014 film Godzilla. An American reboot of the popular sixty year old franchise, Godzilla saw the titular character return to his Kaiju fighting roots battling two giant monsters (referred in the film as MUTO for Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). Produced by Legendary Pictures, the studio may very well become known as the giant monster movie makers with a sequel to its cult hit Pacific Rim, a prequel to King Kong in the upcoming Skull Island, and now a sequel to Godzilla scheduled for the future (though, Legendary isn’t the only Kaiju game in town with Lionsgate’s upcoming Power Rangers film). Lets examine who will be joining the King of the Monsters on the big screen.

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The DC Television Universe – A New Era in Superhero TV

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

The FlashThe DC Television Universe: A New Era in Superhero TV by Jerry Whitworth

 

While Marvel blazed a trail with its Marvel Cinematic Universe which opened up into television and original online streaming content, DC Comics pursued another route with the television series Arrow. Originally a solitary series focusing on the exploits of Green Arrow, its popularity has evolved into establishing a spin-off/extension in The Flash. Somewhat attempted before in the vein of Smallville with Birds of Prey and the unproduced Aquaman (in that it featured young attractive people generally in non-costumes, with some exception, appearing on the same channel), the worlds of Arrow and Flash directly correlate to each other as Arrow set the stage for the newer series with a crossover planned in the coming season. Though, it should be noted, DC has since dipped its toe into its own Cinematic Universe with the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and a Justice League film (likely to include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg who were cast for the earlier film) that will not align with the TV Universe. Lets look at some of the characters set to emerge in the DC Television Universe.

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Chikara – The Sequential Art Experiment

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Chikara LogoChikara: The Sequential Art Experiment by Jerry Whitworth

 

When you talk about professional wrestling in the United States, the overwhelming majority of people think of the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly WWF, the World Wrestling Federation). The undisputed king of wrestling entertainment, companies like World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) would compete against WWF only to thrive, die, and be consumed by the Federation. Others would emerge, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) would take up remnants of WCW to become the WWE’s closest competition (of which it’s a distant competitor) and Ring of Honor (ROH) would largely be a beacon to independent promotions, in essence a showcase for various other companies under one roof, until it emerged as its own corporate-owned entity and became the third biggest pro wrestling organization in the US. ROH, to a degree, is one in a series of inheritors of the mantle of ECW. Philadelphia and its surrounding area was becoming a major hub for pro wrestling in the country, capitalized in this idea with the formation of the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance in 1989 which marked Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware as its territory (as part of the National Wrestling Alliance, NWA). Eventually, Tri-State’s territory grew to include New York and other Northeastern states, changing its name to Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1992. The NWA was largely the be-all, end-all of pro wrestling before Vincent Kennedy McMahon cherry picked its top talent to form his WWF and became independent of NWA. In wake of this, WCW grew to be its largest umbrella entity until it too broke away out on its own. Eastern Championship Wrestling would be the next hotspot to grow in the NWA until it became Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1994 and, as with WWF and WCW, broke away. Much like a king with several sons vying for the right to rule the kingdom, when ECW died a new inheritor to the realm was sought by many suitors.

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Al Rio Tribute Book Comes To Kickstarter

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Al Rio Kickstarter BookAl Rio Tribute Book Comes to Kickstarter

 

In 2012, the comic book world lost one of its own when artist Al Rio passed. Famous for his work on Gen¹³ and DV8 for Wildstorm and various assignments for Zenescope in a career spanning almost two decades, he is survived by his wife and three children. It is for his family that a tribute series has started exploring Rio’s career up to its unexpected end. The first book in the series, Al Rio Tribute Art Book Volume One, features art from 2003 to 2005 (two previous books covering earlier years and have which become highly collectible) and a biography on the artist’s life.

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Top 10 Justice League Members

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Justice League by Ed Benes

Justice League by Ed Benes

Top 10: Justice League Members by Jerry Whitworth

 

With filming beginning already on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the announcement of a Justice League film being produced directly afterward, a lot of focus has been placed on the super group in recent memory. The premier superhero team for DC Comics, the Justice League of America was a 1960s update of the 1940s Justice Society of America. Traditionally, the group is made up of the most powerful and popular heroes for the publisher originally starting with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter (the first three commonly referred as the Trinity and the seven called the Big 7). However, within subsequent issues the cast grew to include the likes of Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary, and dozens more as years passed. With such a powerful group, the Justice League fought the worst of the worst as foes like Starro, Amazo, Despero, Doctor Destiny, Felix Faust, Lord of Time, Queen Bee, and the Crime Syndicate not only threatened the League but many times the world. Out of around two hundred members across such variations as International, Europe, Antarctica, Task Force, Unlimited, Elite, Dark, United, and more, lets examine who qualifies as the best of the best.

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Vortexx and the Death of Saturday Toons

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

VortexxVortexx and the Death of Saturday Toons by Jerry Whitworth

 

News broke late May that Vortexx, the children’s programming block on the CW, would be coming to an end to make way for live action programming for a more family-orientated audience. Vortexx holds the distinction of being the last block of syndicated Saturday morning cartoons in the United States. Where channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC once dominated the market, cable channels like USA got into the act before local affiliates of Fox, Warner Bros, and more largely inherited the realm. Saturday morning cartoons came about in the 1960s when television stations wanted to sell advertising space that would appeal to children. So, animation studios that could cheaply produce series were hired and cartoons once only available in movie theaters were telecast on Saturday mornings. The experiment was a complete success. And the only place it could go was up.

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Make it So – Masks the Movie

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

MasksMake it So: Masks the Movie by Jerry Whitworth

 

Collected last September, Masks was one of several series teaming some of the properties licensed by Dynamite Entertainment (alongside series like The Lone Ranger/Zorro: The Death Of Zorro, The Prophecy, Lords of Mars, The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Knights, Codename: Action, Kings Watch, and Justice, Inc.). Among its contemporaries, the series stands out teaming the likes of the Shadow, Green Hornet and Kato, Zorro, Spider, and others. Its story is based in 1938 (the year Superman premiered and changed the face of the comic book industry) as a new political party emerges and sweeps control of New York. Known as the Justice Party, regular police are disbanded and replaced with the Black Legion who enforce the totalitarian rule of the new regime with an iron fist. As it’s learned this party is in fact controlled by organized crime and founded by a former crime fighter named the Clock, the various mystery men of New York are forced to ban together as the city’s last hope for justice. With superheroes taking over Hollywood, it’s likely studios are looking for the next concept not tied to Marvel or DC Comics (as the former is largely tied to Disney and latter to Warner Bros). Further, while the pop culture presence of characters like the Shadow, Green Hornet, and Zorro are fading, its arguably greater than something from another publisher like Image or Dark Horse (Spawn and Hellboy notwithstanding). Lets take a look at how this story could be made for the big screen.

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Heart of Justice – The Manhunter from Mars

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Martian ManhunterHeart of Justice: The Manhunter from Mars by Jerry Whitworth

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David Goyer, the scribe behind Man of Steel and its sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, recently drew criticism for comments regarding the Martian Manhunter. Painting the character as silly from his name to his modus operandi, the statement heaped even more backlash from fans that panned Man of Steel and decried seemingly every new announcement about the sequel (be it the casting of actors like Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Jesse Eisenberg to the very title of the upcoming film). Several sites have cited part of the problems with Man of Steel and choices made about its sequel could come from a lack of understanding of the source material, the statement given by Goyer another in a series from the scribe and director Zack Snyder that may have some basis for the claim. Considered somewhat less than an A-list character, lets take a look at the Manhunter from Mars.

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