“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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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.
“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
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.
May 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.
As 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.
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
P.S. My favorite scene in the film is between Brandon and Ernie Hudson in Officer Albrecht’s apartment. Touching. Gratifying. Perfect.
Loved it. Is what I said after my first experience with the Punisher. A lesser known origin story entitled “BORN” a 4 issue arc released in 2003 via MAX comics. In it focused his days of guerrilla warfare fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. Frank Castle is here again to give the page flipping adrenaline, kill the bad guys with the most bullets and biggest explosions. When I read about the Punisher making a return, I got stoked! Originally this review was meant to deliver on only issue #5 but I’ve been following it since the inception of issue #1. It had yet to let me down and it’s really hard to justify standing behind only one issue since they have all been great so far.
On the hunt for drugs, he tails the Los Sols, Mexican cartel into L.A. You learn in issue one, never insult a man’s car, no matter how shitty; and you never, NEVER, touch his gun. Lessons to live by kids. He befriends officer Stone, her empty received flirts towards Frank get her nowhere, he’s a Ronin renegade, and a damn near permanent five o’ clock shadow. The Los Sols have a new weapon once believed to be chemical, capable of cleaning out an entire town, leaving nothing but torched and rotting corpses. We soon meet an old foe, recent for Spiderman, but a “shock” for Mr. Castle. All of this and he’s unaware that he’s being trailed by a black ops group that call themselves “The Howling Commandos”. It seems to be getting plenty thick for the ol’ skull shirted man. He implements his regular, no-nonsense type of interrogations both behind closed doors and in the field. He’s trumped by his electric foe again trying to get to the bottom of this newly developed weapon. Los Sols working with A.I.M. getting the hired help is working quite well.
The shadows are getting closer to Punisher, this issue ends in a face off. Strong words and great quotes. Fearing death is “A weakness of men. I am The Punisher.” Oh how I wish the the poorly created movies that have been birthed were written like this comic. In some fashions giving the death dealer a bad name! Being dismissed before given a chance. I’ll be honest, I was in that crowed for a time, but no longer! Often found myself saying out loud the sound effect of the guns or the explosions, reading the narration in a deep monotone voice, it plays out so well, this series is 5 for 5 in my eyes. It’s rugged, violent, unforgiving, shoot-ask questions-shoot again – kill, repeat. Illustrations weren’t skipped in bringing the splatter meter either! Great writing, storytelling, and flow. Recommend to the fullest.
Til next time geeks!
\m/\m/\m/\m/ of five.
-Simon Hernandez (Ironsleeve318)
VC – Cory Petit
Before getting started, I just want to acknowledge this year is the year of reboots and first issues. Boy do we really need them. For that matter, we are given another X-men spin-off title. Don’t get me wrong. Magneto’s series is kick ass! Check out JM’s review on it and your see why! I am really into, Brian Michael Bendis’ “All New X-men” but my interest for a pubescent teenage Scott Summers with daddy issues is non-existent.
The comics isn’t terrible buy any stretch of the imagination; but it’s just average. The art has done very well to keep to artist David Marquez’s drawing style of the young Scott Summers from All New X-Men. There are some redeeming quality’s. For instance, Scott using his optical beam through space. Also, there is a scene in the Space Jammers cockpit what very Star Wars Esq and it was cool to see how a young Scott Summers instinctively lead the head of the attack on the other ship…but that’s really about it. There is just no substance. No edge to get you hooked. No yearning for more. The way it ends it could easily be a one shot issue with nothing really leading you for more or no real cliff hanger.
I know I’m not really writing much about the first issue but I don’t believe in shitting on someone else work too much. To me this comic isn’t worth paying for by adding it to your Wednesday hauls. So swerve it for now, maybe wait until it’s a Trade Paper Back. Nevertheless, if you do get it go for Skottie Young’s baby variant. Its a pretty cool dawn baby Cyclops shooting his optic beam. Anyways, I’m only going to give this a 2 Metal Horns out of 5.
I am Hamid Hojabr. All ways remember to “Rock Out With Your Geek Out!”
The one-man army known only as Bloodshot is forced to turn his guns on his own people! Project Rising Spirit, the private military organization that created Bloodshot, enlisted him to fight on their side – and Bloodshot, seeking his own secret justice, agreed. Now his agenda comes to light, and Bloodshot turns around to destroy Rising Spirit once and for all…but he has to go through Major Palmer and his own ragtag team of men and women to do it! Our hero versus our heroes in a bloody battle with life-or-death stakes to save or destroy an evil corporation…and whoever wins…everyone loses!
Written by DUFFY BOUDREAU & CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by AL BARRIONUEVO
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Cover B by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (MAR141418)
Variant Cover by RILEY ROSSMO (MAR141419)
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