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Image Comics First Look: Early Artwork From RISE OF THE MAGI

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The world as we know it is at risk because the world we don’t see—the one that makes ours possible—is on the brink of destruction. From Top Cow Productions and featuring writing and interior art by Image Comics founder and partner Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS, WITCHBLADE, CYBER FORCE) alongside art by Sumeyye Kesgin, comes a new ongoing fantasy adventure series.

“The unfamiliar, the uncomfortable, and the things that scare us are what make us grow as people,” said Silvestri. “It’s safe then to say that in Rise of the Magi, Asa [series protagonist] and a cast of characters both strange and familiar, will be doing a lot of growing.”

The Magi are awake and they are legion, and only seven magicians, sorcerers, thieves, and killers can stop them. But as Asa will soon find out that there truly is no honor among thieves.

The adventure begins in RISE OF THE MAGI #1 this June. Cover A with art by Marc Silvestri can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR140483. Cover B with art by Stjepan Sejic can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR140484. Cover C with art by Sumeyye Kesgin can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR140485. Cover D (retail incentive) with art by Marc Silvestri will be available to pre-order with Diamond Code MAR140486.

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New Comics for 4/30/2014

Comic Releases

That a lot of geeky stuff! Free Comic Book Day is just 3 Days away! make sure you swing by your local or ALL your local comic shops to look for these new releases!

Free Comic Book Day 3 Days

AC COMICS
Crypt Of Horror Volume 21 TP, $29.95

ANTARCTIC PRESS
Last Zombie Zomnibus TP, $49.99

BARRON’S EDUCATIONAL SERIES
How To Draw And Paint Fantasy Combat SC, $21.99

BERSERKER
Glenn Fabry Sketchbook Volume 2 SC (not verified by Diamond), $12.99

BOOK PALACE
Illustrators Magazine #6 (not verified by Diamond), $24.99

BOOM! STUDIOS
28 Days Later Omnibus Volume 1 HC, $39.99
Adventure Time 2014 Annual #1 (Cover A Becky Dreistdat), $4.99
Adventure Time 2014 Annual #1 (Cover B Lorena Gomez), AR
Adventure Time 2014 Annual #1 (Cover C Audra Furuichi), AR
Clockwork Angels #2 (Of 6)(Cover A Hugh Syme), $3.99
Darklight HC, $24.99
Garfield Pet Force 2014 Special #1 (Cover A Gary Barker), $4.99
Loki Ragnarok And Roll #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Alexis Ziritt), $3.99

DARK HORSE COMICS
Alabaster Grimmer Tales HC, $19.99
Atomic Legion HC, $29.99
Blackout #2 (Of 4), $2.99
Captain Midnight #10, $2.99
Furious #4 (Of 5), $3.99
King Conan The Conqueror #3 (Of 6), $3.50
King Conan Volume 3 The Hour Of The Dragon TP, $19.99
Mesmo Delivery HC (2nd Edition), $14.99
Pariah #3 (Of 8), $3.99
Serenity Leaves On The Wind #4 (Of 6)(Dan Dos Santos Regular Cover), $3.50
Serenity Leaves On The Wind #4 (Of 6)(Georges Jeanty Variant Cover), $3.50
Star Wars Dark Times Volume 7 A Spark Remains TP, $19.99
Star Wars Rebel Heist #1 (Of 4)(Adam Hughes Regular Cover), $3.50
Star Wars Rebel Heist #1 (Of 4)(Adam Hughes Ultra Variant Cover), AR
Star Wars Rebel Heist #1 (Of 4)(Matt Kindt Variant Cover), $3.50
Vandroid #3 (Of 5), $3.99
X Volume 2 The Dogs Of War TP, $14.99

DC COMICS
Adventures Of Superman #12, $3.99
Batgirl Annual #2, $4.99
Batman ’66 #10, $3.99
Batman Beyond Universe #9, $3.99
Batman Eternal #4, $2.99
Batman Superman Volume 1 Cross World HC, $22.99
Batwoman Annual #1, $4.99
DC Comics The New 52 Teen Titans Kid Flash Action Figure, $24.95
DC Comics The New 52 Teen Titans Superboy Action Figure, $24.95
DC Comics The New 52 Teen Titans Wonder Girl Action Figure, $24.95
Flash Annual #3, $4.99
Flex Mentallo Man Of Muscle Mystery TP, $14.99
Forever Evil Aftermath Batman Vs Bane #1 (One Shot)(Kevin Nowlan Variant Cover), AR
Forever Evil Aftermath Batman Vs Bane #1 (One Shot)(Scot Eaton & Jaime Mendoza Regular Cover), $3.99
Green Lantern New Guardians Annual #2, $4.99
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #12, $2.99
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two #4, $2.99
Scribblenauts Unmasked A Crisis Of Imagination #4 (Adam Archer Regular Cover), $2.99
Scribblenauts Unmasked A Crisis Of Imagination #4 (DC Collectibles Variant Cover), AR
Suicide Squad Volume 4 Discipline And Punish TP, $14.99
Superman Batman Volume 1 Public Enemies TP, $19.99
Vertigo Quarterly Cyan #1, $7.99

DENNIS DRUKTENIS PUBLISHING
Scary Monsters Magazine #92, $8.95

DIAMOND PUBLICATIONS
Game Trade Magazine #171, $3.99
Previews #308 (May 2014), $4.50

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Bad Ass #3 (Of 4)(Ken Haeser Mutie Homage Variant Cover), $3.99
Battlestar Galactica #10 (Chris Eliopoulos Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
Battlestar Galactica #10 (Livio Ramondelli Regular Cover), $3.99
Battlestar Galactica Six #1 (Of 5)(Blank Authentix Cover), $3.99
Battlestar Galactica Six #1 (Of 5)(Cover A Jenny Frison), $3.99
Battlestar Galactica Six #1 (Of 5)(Cover B Chris Bolson), $3.99
Battlestar Galactica Six #1 (Of 5)(Photo Subscription Variant), $3.99
Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #12 (Carlos Rafael Red Risque Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #12 (Jay Anacleto Risque Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Doc Savage #4 (Alex Ross Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Doc Savage #4 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Doc Savage #5 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Doc Savage #5 (John Cassaday VIP Variant Cover), AR
Grimm #12 (Lucio Parrillo Regular Cover), $4.99
Grimm #12 (Photo Subscription Variant Cover), $4.99
Queen Sonja Volume 6 Heavy Sits The Crown TP, $29.99
Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 #1 (Jim Kuhoric Silver Signature Edition), AR
Vampirella Volume 5 Mothers Sons And A Holy Ghost TP, $17.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #37 (Mel Rubi Black & White Risque Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris Volume 5 Rise Of The Machine Men TP, $19.99

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
Heavy Metal #268, $7.95

HUMAN COMICS
Human #2, $5.99

IDW PUBLISHING
Alice In Comicland HC, $29.99
Dexter’s Laboratory #1 (Of 4)(Cover A Ryan Jampole), $3.99
Dexter’s Laboratory #1 (Of 4)(Cover RI Derek Charm), AR
Dexter’s Laboratory #1 (Of 4)(Cover SUB Derek Fridolfs), $3.99
G.I. JOE #15 (Cover A Steve Kurth), $3.99
G.I. JOE #15 (Cover RI Freddie E. Williams III), AR
G.I. JOE The IDW Collection Volume 4 HC, $49.99
Ghostbusters #15 (Cover A Dan Schoening), $3.99
Ghostbusters #15 (Cover RI Roberto Goiriz), AR
Ghostbusters #15 (Cover SUB Tristan Jones), $3.99
Jericho Season 4 TP, $19.99
Judge Dredd Mega-City Two #4 (Of 5)(Cover A Ulises Farinas), $3.99
Judge Dredd Mega-City Two #4 (Of 5)(Cover SUB Robert Hack), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #18 (Cover A Andy Price), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #18 (Cover B Sabrina Alberghetti), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #18 (Cover RI Sara Richard), AR
Skybreaker TP, $17.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classics Volume 3 TP, $29.99
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #28 (Cover A Casey W. Coller), $3.99
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #28 (Cover RI Livio Ramondelli), AR
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #28 (Cover SUB Alex Milne), $3.99
V-Wars #1 (Cover A Ryan Brown), $3.99
V-Wars #1 (Cover RI-A Alan Robinson), AR
V-Wars #1 (Cover RI-B Alan Robinson), AR
V-Wars #1 (Cover SUB Kevin Eastman), $3.99
X-Files Season 10 #11 (Cover A Francesco Francavilla), $3.99
X-Files Season 10 #11 (Cover RI Matthew Dow Smith), AR
X-Files Season 10 #11 (Cover SUB Photo), $3.99

IMAGE COMICS
Zero #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Alex + Ada #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Black Science #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Black Science #4 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Black Science #6, $3.50
CBLDF Presents Liberty HC, $29.99
Chew #41, $2.99
Deadly Class #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Deadly Class #4, $3.50
Dream Police #1 (Cover A Sid Kotian & Bill Farmer), $2.99
Dream Police #1 (Cover B Renae Deliz & Ray Dillon), $2.99
Dream Police #1 (Cover C Ryan Sook), AR
East Of West #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Egos #4, $2.99
Elephantmen #56, $3.99
Elephantmen 2260 Book One TP, $9.99
Lazarus #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Manifest Destiny #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Pretty Deadly #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Pretty Deadly Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Rat Queens #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Saga #1 (Image Firsts Edition)(New Printing)(not verified by Diamond), $1.00
Secret Volume 1 Never Get Caught TP, $16.99
Sex Criminals #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Sex Criminals #5 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Sidekick Volume 1 TP, $12.99
Southern Bastards #1, $3.50
Starlight #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Tales Of Honor #2 (Cover A Sang-Il Jeong), $2.99
Tales Of Honor #2 (Cover B Patrick Tatapoulous), $2.99
Ten Grand #9 (Cover A C.P. Smith), $2.99
Ten Grand #9 (Cover B Tommy Lee Edwards), $2.99
Umbral #6, $2.99
Velvet #1 (Image Firsts Edition), $1.00
Walking Dead #1 (Image Firsts Edition)(New Printing)(not verified by Diamond), $1.00

MANUSCRIPT PRESS
Comics Revue Presents April 2014, $19.95

MARVEL COMICS
All-New X-Men #26 (Stuart Immonen Regular Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men Volume 4 All-Different HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Alex Ross 75th Anniversary Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Alex Ross 75th Anniversary Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Blank Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Ed McGuinness Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Humberto Ramos Regular Cover), $5.99
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (J. Scott Campbell Connecting Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Jerome Opena Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Jerome Opena Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marcos Martin Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Pop Mhan Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Retailer Custom Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Skottie Young Variant Cover), AR
Avengers #28 (Agustin Alessio Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers #28 (John Tyler Christopher Captain America Team-Up Variant Cover), AR
Avengers A.I. #12, $2.99
Avengers Undercover #1 (Dennis Hopeless Signed Edition)(Dynamic Forces), $29.99
Avengers World #5 (In-Hyuk Lee Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers World #5 (Ron Garney Captain America Team-Up Variant Cover), AR
Deadpool By Daniel Way The Complete Collection Volume 3 TP, $34.99
Disney Kingdoms Seekers Of The Weird #4 (Of 5)(Brian Crosby Imagineer Variant Cover), AR
Disney Kingdoms Seekers Of The Weird #4 (Of 5)(Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
Hulk #2 (Jerome Opena Regular Cover), $3.99
Hulk #2 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover), AR
Inhuman Lithograph #5 (Promotional Item), AR
Iron Man Volume 2 The Secret Origin Of Tony Stark Book 1 TP, $19.99
Marvel Masterworks Captain America Volume 3 TP, $24.99
Marvel Masterworks Captain America Volume 3 TP (Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 64), $24.99
Marvel Previews #129 (May 2014 For Products On-Sale July 2014), $1.25
Marvel Zombies The Complete Collection Volume 2 TP, $34.99
Ms. Marvel #1 (Sara Pichelli 3rd Printing Sketch Variant Cover), $2.99
Ms. Marvel #1 (Sara Pichelli 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
New Avengers #17 (Leinil Yu Regular Cover), $3.99
New Avengers #17 (Paola Rivera Captain America Team-Up Variant Cover), AR
New Avengers #17 (Phil Jimenez Variant Cover), AR
Origin II #5 (Of 5), $3.99
Original Sin #1 Invitational Postcard (Promotional Item), AR
Punisher #1 (Nathan Edmondson Signed Edition)(Dynamic Forces), $19.74
Silver Surfer #2 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), AR
Silver Surfer #2 (Michael Allred Regular Cover), $3.99
Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 (Art Adams Regular Cover), $4.99
Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 (Paul Renaud Variant Cover), AR
What If Age Of Ultron #5 (Of 5)(Chris Stevens Regular Cover), $3.99
What If Age Of Ultron #5 (Of 5)(Ming Doyle Variant Cover), AR
Wolverine #5, $3.99
Wolverine #5 (Mico Suayan Captain America Team-Up Variant Cover), AR
Wolverine And The X-Men By Jason Aaron Volume 8 TP, $14.99
X-Force #4, $3.99
X-Men Volume 2 Muertas TP, $17.99

PAPERCUTZ
Annoying Orange Volume 5 Transfarmers Fruit Processors In Disguise HC, $11.99

RED 5 COMICS
Atomic Robo And The Knights Of The Golden Circle #1 (Of 5), $3.50
Atomic Robo Volume 8 Atomic Robo And The Savage Sword Of Dr Dinosaur TP, $18.95
Bad Dreams #1 (Of 5), $3.50
Haunted #1 (Of 4), $3.50

STARLOG GROUP
Fangoria #332 (May 2014), $10.99

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
Rai #1 (Blank Variant Cover), $3.99
Rai #1 (Clayton Crain Plus Edition Variant Cover), $4.99
Rai #1 (Cover A Clayton Crain), $3.99
Rai #1 (Cover B Bryan Hitch), $3.99
Rai #1 (Cover C Stephen Segovia), $3.99
Rai #1 (Cover D Raul Allen), $3.99
Rai #1 (David Aja & Raul Allen Variant Cover), AR
Rai #1 (Khari Evans Variant Cover), AR
Rai #1 (Trevor Hairsine Variant Cover), AR
Shadowman End Times #1 (Of 3)(David Mack Variant Cover), AR
Shadowman End Times #1 (Of 3)(Giuseppe Camuncoli Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadowman End Times #1 (Of 3)(Jeff Dekal Pullbox Variant Cover), $3.99
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Quest TP, $15.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Asylum #4 (Of 5)(Cover A David Nakayama), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Asylum #4 (Of 5)(Cover B Christopher Cote), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Asylum #4 (Of 5)(Cover C Chris Ehnot), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Asylum #4 (Of 5)(Cover D Vinz el Tabanas), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Clash Of Queens #3 (Of 5)(Cover A Vincenzo Cucca), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Clash Of Queens #3 (Of 5)(Cover B Elias Chatzoudis), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Clash Of Queens #3 (Of 5)(Cover C Michael Dooney), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Clash Of Queens #3 (Of 5)(Cover D Richard Ortiz), $3.99

Games – FANTASY FLIGHT PUBLISHING
Star Wars LCG Lure Of The Dark Side Force Pack, $14.95
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Imperial Aces Expansion Pack, $29.95

Games – NECA/WIZKIDS
Marvel HeroClix Deadpool, AR
Star Trek Attack Wing The Dominion War DS9 Space Station, AR
Star Trek Attack Wing The Tholian Web Organized Play Kit, AR

Games – PAIZO PUBLISHING
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Rise Of The Runelords Deck 3 The Hook Mountain Massacre, $19.99
Pathfinder Adventure Path The Mummy’s Mask Part 2 Empty Graves, $22.99
Pathfinder Campaign Cards Tears At Bitter Manor, $10.99
Pathfinder Campaign Setting Inner Sea Combat, $19.99
Pathfinder Campaign Setting Inner Sea Gods, $39.99
Pathfinder Cards Wrath Of The Righteous Face Cards Deck, $10.99
Pathfinder Map Pack Cave Tunnels, $13.99
Pathfinder Player Companion Alchemy Manual, $12.99
Pathfinder Tales The Redemption Engine MMPB, $9.99

 

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Iann Robinson’s Knife Edge Chop #1

Good friend of the Metal Geeks and fellow Geekazoid, Iann Robinson; who you might recall appeared on an episode of Metal Geeks this past November, has unleashed his Geek on his brand new Video Blog entitled “Knife Edge Chop.” On the show you’ll hear him discuss various topics such as his thoughts on the final issue of Superior Spider-Man, Elecktra, and Hulk from the All New Marvel Now. He also discusses new music from The Swans, Army of the Pharaohs, and Lord Mantis. Last but not least he elaborates on one of his most passionate hobbies, Pro-Wrestling.  So, go watch the show. Send him your thoughts. Like it. Share the fuck out of it!

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Dr. Who Is Slowly Taking Over My Household

mac_os_tardis_wallpaper_by_aurorasognatrice_doctor_who-wideMy wife, who usually is the the person in charge of the remote control in our household; mainly because I usually watch a handful of shows but mostly because she would destroy my world if I dared to change the channel. Not kidding. She loves the TV. Which brings me to the subject at hand, Dr. Who.

Since Cary and I began METAL GEEKS, he’s asked me on many occasions if I’ve ever gotten into Dr. Who. Well to be honest, I really did try; but I wasn’t growing attached like the self proclaimed “Whovians” I see on the interwebz. I know Cary G’s wife, Kim LOVES the show. Even past guests and friends of ours, Will Bozarth and Iann Robinson are Whovians. Not JM…but it occurred to me this is slowly changing.

It all began on Monday. My wife decided she is going to watch “Season 1”. Which at the time I wasn’t aware, but now she has educated me that it was the Season with the 9th Doctor; Christopher Eccleston. It seems like its been every free opportunity she had she would watch a show or three at a time. Which brings us to today, Thursday. She is now onto “Season 2” with the 10th Doctor; David Tennant. Three shows in. My fellow Geeks, my wife is now a Whovian. I guarantee she will be current by Monday. Praise to you Doctor. You’ve done it.

So why even blog about it? Well the answer is simple. It’s 1:06 a.m. and I was editing Comic Book Reviews while listening to Iced Earth. Then for some reason I began looking for Dr. Who clips on YouTube. Then I began looking into Dr. Who merchandise; i.e., T.A.R.D.I.S. magnetic desktop displays, Dr. Who Mickey Ears, Dr. Who Mash-ups, Dr. Who coffee mugs; Fuck. The Time Lord has me by my curiosity. I found these incredible Dr. Who theme songs…and now I want to have a Dr. Who Marathon…

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The Final “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Trailer

Thank you Team Coco

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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MSRcast 151: Black Crown Initiate

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 Welcome back to another stellar interview episode of MSRcast metal podcast, as we delve intothe world of up and coming band, Black Crown Initiate, and the mind of Andy Thomas! Listen in as we discuss their debut EP, touring with Behemoth and the Metal Alliance tour, the metal scene in Pennsylvania, and of course, my favorite subject, Devin Townsend. We play music from Black Crown Initiate, along with Rivers Of Nihil, who hail from the same region, and music that inspired Andy. Sit back, enjoy, and keep it metal!

Black Crown Initiate – Stench Of The Iron Age

Black Crown Initiate – Ghosts She Sends

Devin Townsend – Bastard

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Meeting Of The Spirits

Meshuggah – Elastic

Black Crown Initiate – The Mountain Top

Black Crown Initiate – Song Of The Crippled Bull

Rivers of Nihil – Rain Eater

The official MSRcast website is live! Visit us at msrcast.com for all of your MSRcast needs, including archives of podcasts, interviews, reviews, and lots  more. Remember to contact us at msrcast@gmail.com, and follow us over on twitter, @msrcast and @jmmetalgeek. Come and join Cary G. and Bolthorn (JM MetalGeek) over on Facebook, and while you are there, like our facebook fan page to keep up! Come find us over on Instagram, @msrcast. If you like the show, let others know about it by tweeting about it, talking about it, and subscribing in itunes and leaving a comment! Enjoy, and keep it metal!The official MSRcast website is live! Visit us at msrcast.com for all of your MSRcast needs, including archives of podcasts, interviews, reviews, and lots  more. Remember to contact us at msrcast@gmail.com, and follow us over on twitter, @msrcast and @jmmetalgeek. Come and join Cary G. and Bolthorn (JM MetalGeek) over on Facebook, and while you are there, like our facebook fan page to keep up! Come find us over on Instagram, @msrcast. If you like the show, let others know about it by tweeting about it, talking about it, and subscribing in itunes and leaving a comment! Enjoy, and keep it metal!

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Ultimate Spider-Man Season 2 Clip…Spider-Man is that you?

So the cats out of the bag. You all know Spider-Man has the mind of Dr. Ock. But for those of you whom have resisted this amazing story-line; have no fear. You can still get your Friendly Neighborhood ORIGINAL Web-head on Disney XD. Check out this clip for Ultimate Spider-Man Season 2:

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Looper

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Months ago while sitting in the theater awaiting the movie I came to see, I was hit by the Looper trailer. As the trailer ended all I remember is wanting to see more because I am a sucker for a good time travel movie. After watching I will tell you now Looper doesn’t disappoint. It has action, drama, thrills and a tiny bit of romance.

 In a mere 62 years from now time travel exists, but it’s illegal. That does not stop the mob from sending people they want murdered back to the past (2044), to assassins nicknamed “Loopers” that stand ready at a designated spot and time to shoot the victims as soon as they appear. The Loopers are paid with silver bars that arrive strapped on the bodies in which they spend on vehicles,clothes,drugs and women.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, when younger is recruited by Abe (Jeff Daniels) who was sent back in time to manage the Loopers.Joe is living the high life in a dismal looking future America,saving up his earnings so he can one day retire to France.  Complications occur when a new unseen mob boss named the Rainmaker starts sending back the Looper’s future selves to kill which is called “closing the loop”. So when the time comes when Joe goes to assassinate the next target only to find out it is his future self (Willis) he hesitates to pull the trigger giving future Joe a chance to escape.

Future Joe has a agenda of his own. To track down down and kill the Rainmaker who is now a child and change an event that is tragic to him in the future all while trying to avoid Abe and his mob. Young Joe, also on the run from Abe, ends up at a farmhouse where he meets Sara (Emily Blunt) and her son Cid, who is definitely special ( do NOT get Cid angry). There are more twists and turns than this so I won’t spoil the ending.

This is the second time that writer-director Rian Johnson and Gordon-Levitt have teamed up. The 1st being the 2006 “Brick” which I enjoyed.I am now looking forward to watch his 2nd movie”The Brothers Bloom” which is next in my Netflix queue. Gordon-Levitt, Willis and Daniels give superb performances.The story is well-constructed with a few minor flaws. I would love to see the Looper universe get a series or a comic book series to explore more story lines. So do yourself a favor, geek out and see this movie. As of now it’s on my Top 10 movies of the year.

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Travis Weiss, Bass player for Broken Teeth, Duke (1978-2012) R.I.P.

My friend, Travis Weiss passed away yesterday. He was a friend of mine. We had some classes at Houston Community College together, and we became fast friends with our love of metal! He was the Bass player for Jason McMaster’s high energy Rock N Roll band, Broken Teeth, as well as his own Punk band, Duke. He was a good dude, and will be missed. R.I.P., my friend! Keep It Metal!

Photo of Travis Weiss (Broken Teeth) live at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, Texas, on July 6, 2012, by Timothy ‘The Impaler’ Schwader © theimpalerspeaks

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Dredd 3D

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Welcome to the future. Welcome to the wasteland that is America. Welcome to Mega City 1, a metropolis that spans from Boston to Washington D.C. A city with a population of 800 million, where over 17,000 crimes are reported daily with only “judges” to try to clean up the streets..
 
Now I went to this movie with the bad taste of the 1995 movie still in my mouth (mostly from Rob Schneider) but eager to see what director Pete Travis had to offer in regard the 1977 British hero made famous by John Wagner.  I walked out wanting more and hoping down the line there will be a sequel.

The story starts with Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), the feared, gritty, ruthless judge, jury and executioner patrolling the streets with his “Lawmaster” motorbike and doing what he does best:  chasing down criminals and dispensing judgement. Dredd comes to realize there is a new drug on the streets called Slo-Mo, which gives the illusion of slowing down time. The special effects and the 3D element heighten the scenes of junkies when using Slo-Mo and when the thugs try to have a shoot out with Dredd while still on the high of Slo-Mo.

Dredd is called to the Hall of Justice to break in a rookie, a mutant psychic named Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby). Their 1st assignment is to investigate a triple homicide in the Peach Trees tower. The tower is ruled by a prostitute-turned-drug lord named Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her clan of thugs and junkies.  All hell breaks loose when Ma-Ma puts the tower in lock-down and sends her gang to kill Dredd and Anderson. I won’t spoil the whole story, but I was satisfied when the brutality and violence kicked in, and let me tell you, the bullets and the body count are aplenty.

Some people have already compared this film to a movie that came out earlier this year, The Raid:Redemption. Both movies take place mostly in a tower, and in both movies the hero has to go through the thugs in the tower to get to the big boss. The Raid:Redemption has a lot choreographed martial art filmed fights while Judge Dredd lets his “lawgiver” pistol do all of the action. I enjoyed both movies. The Raid:Redemption is out on DVD if you want to compare them.

In my geek opinion, I thought Karl Urban did a good job as Dredd, tough and sneering. Fans of the comics will be happy to know Dredd never takes his helmet off, which was a big no-no in the 1995 movie. Lena Headey was great as the sadistic, take-no-prisoners Ma-Ma. I would love a 3rd movie to explore more of Mega City 1, more story-lines, and to have more Dredd.

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