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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: All-New Marvel NOW! – Original Sin #1

Coming off the back of issue 0,  here comes the first installment of an 8 part mini series. With an all-star cast in this years first big event since “Infinity” (which in my opinion was so weak!); lets dive in.

When getting stuck into it felt like a right old English style “who did it?” Murder Mystery, if my memory serves me right I don’t think MARVEL has ever done? Picking up on the strong points it has to be the back and forth dialog. Fun conversations in the dinner with 4 of Marvels big hitters reminiscing about the past. Later on in the issue with a real “fantasy football” team-ups with the likes of Dr. Strange, The Punisher, Moon Knight, and Gamora. Oh yes we are in for some heavy hitting soon!

Moving back onto the art, Mike Deodato has drawn some outstanding images. From the close-up shot of Fury with the shading to The Watchers lifeless body with blood spatter floating of into space.

When you get to the action your featuring Spidey and the Thing going toe-to-toe with “The Mindless One”. The way this altercation pans out, you start to really feel for the creature. Having known nothing to knowing someone else’s pain and suffering and feeling things someone else has felt, then having to endure it is too much for anyone or anything living on this Earth.

**Spoiler Alert!!! If you haven’t read this comic skip this next bit!**

The end page has to be the most visually shocking thing I’ve seen done by Marvel in a while. A shadowed figure holding the watchers eyes! It really adds to the who the hell did it?!

To wrap this up I’ve got to say I am very impressed with the first issue and im glad JM has given me this to continue with reviewing. I’ll be sticking with it all the way! It is worth every penny (or cent) but if your like me buy a few issues and read it all at once so you get a real buzz for what’s going on; but if you get itchy fingers just go ahead and read it ! This is another 5/5 horns for The Original Sin!

So let me know what you think and reach me on Instagram or Tweet Me!

So for next time Geekazoids. I am Hamid Hojabr.  All ways remember to “Rock Out With Your Geek Out!

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ORIGINAL SIN #1
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Mike Deodato & Frank Martin
Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

You can purchase Original Sin #1 “Who Shot The Watcher” from Marvel Comics or by locating your local brick and mortar Comic Book Shop here!

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The Perfect New Series For Wayward Buffy Fans

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Writer Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack) teams up with penciler Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) and color artist John Rauch (INVINCIBLE) to create a Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation in WAYWARD, coming from Image Comics in August.

Rori Lane is an outsider by nature, but moving to Tokyo to live with her single Mom has only exacerbated her weirdness. She’s feeling out of sorts, worried about fitting in and, as if that wasn’t enough, strange things are beginning to happen. Glowing symbols and patterns are starting to appear before her eyes… and she’s the only one who seems to notice.

“Wayward is a coming-of-age story filled with mystery and emotion. It’s also an ass-kicking joy ride with teenagers beating the hell out of Japanese mythological monsters,” said Zub. “Steve and I built this series from the ground up to play to both our strengths. I can’t wait for people to see what we have planned.”

In WAYWARD a group of teens living in Tokyo find a common bond in manifesting strange, supernatural abilities. As they begin to unravel the mystery behind their powers and their common source they’re drawn into a war with the vestiges of Japan’s monstrous mythic past.

WAYWARD #1 arrives in stores on 8/27, and will be available for $3.50 with special variant covers by Alina Urusov (Birds of Prey), Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Street Fighter), and Adam Warren (Empowered).

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ENTOMBED A.D. announces album release for ‘Back To The Front’

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LG Petrov and his fellow band members are ready to release their highly anticipated album, ‘Back To The Front’, under the new name ENTOMBED A.D.! The band is eager to let the music do the talking and get back on the road.

LG Petrov (vocals) comments: “After a year of struggles, we are happy to finally get ‘Back To The Front’ out! There is no one stopping us this time from playing music, being on the road and headbanging as metalheads do!”

Back To The Front will be released on August 4th in Europe and August 5th in North America via Century Media Records. The first live shows will be announced soon.

ENTOMBED A.D. are:
LG Petrov – vocals
Nico Elgstrand – guitars
Victor Brandt – bass
Olle Dahlstedt – drums

The first single from Back To The Front will be premiered through www.facebook.com/EntombedAD on May 20th. Stay tuned!

 

ENTOMBED A.D. online:

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www.centurymedia.com

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: DC Comics – Justice League 3000 #6

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Difficult! I know there aren’t many out there that have not been reading anything Justice League and quite frankly, I’m the odd man out, majority of the time. I’ve never really seen much appeal in the joint adventures as I felt often times it was trying to focus on too many things at one time to get a strong point across and be clear on what is going on. To a new reader this was a tough one. More than usually jumping into a series that I have no prior knowledge of. Many references to existing occurrences, developing current story line but hardly explaining items to again, make new readers aware of earlier happenings. It isn’t unheard of, because why take 2 steps forward and 3 back just to bring a new audience up to speed EVERY issue? While it isn’t a bad idea, I understand it, have to track new ground and not keep embellishing on the past. With that said, let’s jump in. BUT! Take fair warning I care not of fact corrections, but admire constructive criticisms, only helps me as a writer and a fan. Makes me want to learn more and to really think outside of the bubble, broaden horizons. Enough of that! LETS GET IT ON!

Opening scene we find Bats, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Firestorm facing off with “The Five.” Entombed deep within the 31st century, they are quickly transported into confinement and apparently there for dissection both mentally and possibly killed off…then their remains sifted through for study. All of this before any real action happens. Coeval, the main blue digital broadcasts himself into the minds of the league at the same time, but in separate conversations, a multi-channel interrogation of sorts. Batman and Wonder Woman, seeking to gain information on how to defeat and access weaknesses have a one track mind. Firestorm however, swears no allegiance to the Justice League, nor Coeval. This revealed after Coeval’s plan to have the League help The Five maintain balance and help destroy the remaining clusters of the resistance.

In each conversation we learn quickly what each character is like and how they have come to survive for so long and in some instances (Super Man) what was sacrificed to make it so. Each conversation is like a different channel. We have three characters still standing on the truths of every Hero, one looking out for himself, abandoning all allegiances, one feeling guilty, experiencing a bit of an ego trip. Lastly we find the Flash, holding his ground until mention of Cadmus not telling the truth, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Super Man learning of their origins after their regeneration after death occurred. He’s being swayed, only for the chance to learn of what he was. There seems a lingering mini story within a story of how the Green Lantern has become miniature sized and almost made into jewelry by a mood swung blue brat named Locus.

While the drawings and panels seem vibrant and detailed driven, I couldn’t fully enjoy this read. Simply for the fact I was really blind. It wasn’t to where I wanted to read it over a couple of times to get it all to make enough sense. Sure I could Wiki read about the prior story but that might just leave me disappointed. While I’ve learned to venture out on new comics and characters I won’t close the book on this one just yet and have it be a bad example of DC creations. There was just too much going on for my liking. I’ll favor my monotone character stories and be happy with guest appearances and references too. Call me one colored but I likes what I likes, but by everyone, especially in comics have things they like in certain ways. I’ll evolve, but slowly, have to learn to accept change!

\m/ \m/ out of 5

-Simon Hernandez

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If you want to purchase this comic digitally, head on over to the official DC COMICS website. If you want a physical copy head on over to Comic Shop Locator, enter in your location (BTW it works internationally) to find a shop near you. Tell them the Metal Geeks sentcha!

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Early Artwork of Image Comics – Manifest Destiny #7

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MANIFEST DESTINY #7 features a new arc, and a new adventure, allowing readers to jump into the Chris Dingess’ and Matthew Roberts’ series. The Skybound title hits stores on June 11.

Lewis, Clark and the surviving members of their expedition continue westward, only to learn there is nowhere to run on the river…

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MANIFEST DESTINY #7 will be available on June 11 for $2.99, but you can pre-order it now with Diamond Code: APR140575. A variant cover by Marc Silvestri will be available with Diamond Code MAR148175. Retailers must submit their orders by 5/19.

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“Doctor Who” Cosplayer Ziplines For Children’s Tiny Lives Charity

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Donned in the Fourth Doctor’s, Tom Baker, outfit  Andrew Younger is just going this he’s doing this for charity; but you can see he’s enjoying the experience just as much! Younger is looking to reach $1,000.00 for Tiny Lives. He has received 74% of that goal. Watch him zip-line off the Tyne Bridge. Go Fourth Doctor Go!

You can read the full article here.

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COMIC BOOK PREVIEW: Valiant Comics – QUANTUM AND WOODY #10

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Quantum and Woody – against the world…or against each other?!

Woody always had a weakness for the ladies…and when an old flame lures the goofus into a gang of mad-science super-crooks, Woody flips back to his old lawless ways! Where does this leave Woody’s sweet clone girlfriend? And now it’s up to his own brother Eric, who isn’t that sure he even wants to be a superhero, to bring Woody in! Don’t miss this bro-down for the ages!

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$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 5/14/14

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First Trailer For NBC’s CONSTANTINE Is Online

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“Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.”

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Batman: Assault on Arkham Sneak Peek

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Available on August 12th on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Batman: Assault on Arkham takes place within the same universe and/or continuity as the Batman: Arkham video game series. Kevin Conroy (Batman The Animated Series, Batman Beyond) returns as the voice of Batman while Troy Baker (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble: Hawkeye, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Sinestro/Nightwing) reprising his Batman: Arkham Origins role as the Joker.

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Celebrating Twenty Years Of The Crow

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“Brandon had put his heart into his character-he really cared about this film and wanted it to be something special. I think that shows. There will always be a lot of justifiable anger over Brandon’s death, but there is one glimmer of optimism here-the film itself-Brandon’s film. In years to come people will still be be as dazzled by his brilliance as we were.” – Alex Proys, Director Of The Crow

thecrowposter1 In 1993 we didn’t have the internet at our finger tips to find out everything that was going on,  we had to read things  or hear it from word of mouth, or on the news. We learned about new comics from Wizard Magazine. Music news actually came from MTV and word of mouth by passing tapes around of bands. One such piece of news came in March of 1993,when Brandon Lee was killed while filming The Crow. I was aware of The Crow but had not read the graphic novel yet and simply knew a film was in production based on it. After hearing of Lee’s passing I seeked out the graphic novel and read it through. It changed the way I had looked at comics. To me, comics had been super heroes. I had no idea comics could be so mature and adult. I had read The Dark Knight Returns, but even that to me was just a super hero story. The Crow was different. It spoke to it’s reader in a different way, probably because it was so damn personal. I took The Crow in, I embraced it, and it became one of my favorite comic book stories of all time. It was a haunting tale especially even more so after the death of Lee. The book brought as much sorrow reading it as it did satisfaction. The Crow would make for an incredible film I thought, but with the death of Lee, the film was initially shelved. Thankfully not for long however, as his family and friends felt that the studio should finish the film because it’s what Brandon would have wanted. In the end it was the right decision, and The Crow was on track for release in 1994.

thecrowimage2May 13, 1994. The Crow hit theaters. The film opened to almost $12 million dollars, Miramax’s biggest opening ever at the time! It would go on to make over $42 million domestically, and over $100 million in worldwide receipts. The
movie was a hit amongst fans of the comics, general audiences, and most critics even accepted it. Brandon Lee was praised for his performance and with it came sadness from fans across the nation. The movie quite simply, would have made him a star. But the completed version of The Crow wasn’t about how much money it made or if a critic liked it or not. It was to complete Brandon Lee’s final work and let audiences see what a gifted actor he was. In that regard it more than succeeds. Now 20 years since the film’s release, the movie is widely considered a cult classic. Instead of sadness Lee’s work on the film is celebrated as the center piece of his all to brief career. Brandon’s work in The Crow flies on in our hearts and in home theaters everywhere across the world.

thecrowimage3As I reflect on being a fan of The Crow for these 20 years, I realize that as all of these comic book film’s continue to hit theaters, The Crow continues to be in my top 5 favorites of the genre. Perhaps it’s because it came out in a time of my life when I really connected to the graphic novel and the film. Or perhaps it really is just that good. From the performances of Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Tony Todd and the others, to the cinematography, the direction of Alex Proyas, and the amazing soundtrack.Man the soundtrack! Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, Rage Agains The Machine, nine Inch Nails….arguably one of the best soundtracks of the 1990’s.

For any film to still be celebrated and watched twenty years later, it has to have done something to engage audiences. The story of The Crow is something that almost anyone who watches it can relate to in some way. We have all loved and would do anything to protect those we love. No, not everyone is faced with unspeakable tragedy, but if we were how would we react, or in the mythological fantasy of The Crow, how would we wish we could react? The Crow touches on these things and therefore I believe, that is how it engages it’s audience. It’s a fascinating tale that on the surface seems to be about revenge, but is really so much more than that. I have always seen The Crow as a love story. A deeply personal one that creator James O’Barr brought to us in the graphic novel, and director Alex Proyas brought to us with the film version.

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Brandon Lee is smiling from above I am sure as we celebrate 20 years of The Crow and continue to celebrate his life and the legacy he left behind. The Crow is now getting the reboot treatment, a film that I was at first against, but now I will wait and see before judging it. If helps new film goers discover the original film, or read O’Barr’s fantastic graphic novel, then it may have a purpose after all. Either way The Crow lives on 20 years later and that is the greatest legacy that can be given for the film, and for Brandon Lee.

“Because we do not know when we are going to die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well and yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood? An afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps 4 …. 5 times more. Perhaps not even that.

How many times will you watch the full moon rise …… Perhaps twenty and yet it all seems limitless.
This is the point of view this character is coming from in the whole film, because it has brought sharply into focus how precious each moment of his life was.
This is the best role I have had the opportunity to get my hands on”.

– From Brandon Lee’s Final Interview, 1993

-Mark Neiser

P.S. My favorite scene in the film is between Brandon and Ernie Hudson in Officer Albrecht’s apartment. Touching. Gratifying. Perfect.

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