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Archive for January, 2010

While there’s not a lot of info. to glean from the new Japanese website that has gone live for Nintendo/ Tecmo’s collaborative game Metroid: Other M — for fellow fans of the series it does have more than enough to warrant your time, including a thought provoking image of a woman overlooking the city and a beautiful piano piece to listen to…as you quietly agonize over the wait of the game’s release later in 2010.

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Marvel Animated Features and Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s Planet Hulk Blu-Ray and DVD will be hitting stores shelves Feb. 2nd, and having missed Greg Pax’s original storyline the first time around (no worries, it’s on my TPB list and I’ve been making great strides there as of late) I’m looking forward to experiencing the story in this format as something of a primer to the printed epic, and as a way of seeing the Hulk and his supporting cast come to life in a whole new way. I really enjoyed the 2008 film as I noted here on the blog and I’m hoping that the character is in good hands this time around as well. I’m a sucker for all things animation so I’ve little doubt this film will go a long way with me.

In all honesty I haven’t read the Incredible Hulk regularly since Peter David’s legendary run and I’ve been patiently waiting to check out all the great stuff Greg Pax has apparently been doing (that much more so with the recent announcement that Paul Pelletier is coming on board as penciller) so this flick will be a great way to get me fired up for more…though I’m fairly sure it’ll ultimately lead to a much lighter wallet!

Here’s the solicitation information from Marvel Animated Features and Lionsgate:

A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF HURT!

He was a monster, impossible to control, too dangerous to ignore. So Earth’s mightiest heroes exiled him into outer space.  But now the Incredible Hulk crash lands on the distant planet Sakaar, ruled by the tyrannical Red King.  Sold into slavery, Hulk becomes the planet’s mightiest gladiator—but his new masters get more than they bargained for when he forges a bond of brotherhood with his fellow fighters: crafty insectoid Miek, ruthless rock-man Korg, ex-shadow priest Hiroim, and the noble-born rebel Elloe.  Unlike Earth, the desperate people of Sakaar believe a monster is just what they need.  But will the Hulk be the one to save their world… or destroy it?

SPECIAL EDITION DVD AND BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:*

DISC ONE:

  • Opening Sequence: Thor: Tales of Asgard
  • Audio commentary by Supervising Producer Joshua Fine and Screenwriter Writer Greg Johnson
  • Audio commentary by Director Sam Liu, Character Designer Philip Bourassa and Key  Background Painter Steve Nicodemus
  • “A Whole World of Hurt: The Making of Planet Hulk” featurette
  • “Let the Smashing Commence!: The Saga of Planet Hulk” featurette
  • “Rise Up” Astonishing X-Men music video
  • “Watch Your Step” Spider-Woman music video
  • Wolverine and the X-Men: “Wolverine vs. Hulk” episode
  • Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D motion comic
  • Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic

DISC TWO:

  • Standard Definition Digital Copy of the feature film

*Special features may not all be in hi-def.


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Great, great, great news.

I’ve missed the book a great deal following Gail’s departure (and it’s subsequent cancellation) and thought that Gail accomplished some of her best work, alongside the Secret Six, on Birds of Prey. Collectively, this group contains my favorite DC heroines (from Dinah, to Babs, to Helena and Zinda) and I loved reading it each month with Simone and Benes at the helm as much as I did with the great Chuck Dixon writing it.

So, yea, I’m more than on board and congratulate Gail and Ed on the opportunity to return to BoP!

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I also wanted to take a moment to applaud the news that Geoff Johns has no plans to leave Green Lantern any time soon, as reported recently in Geoff John’s regular “Prime” column at Comic Book Resources:

I want to jump in here for a second. You’ve been building to “Blackest Night” since you brought back Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern: Rebirth.” Now that you’ve finished writing this epic story, are you planning to stay on as the writer of “Green Lantern” or is it time to move on to another major character? Perhaps for another “Rebirth?”

I have no plans to leave ‘Green Lantern.’ Zero. There are too many new characters and storylines to explore.

Couldn’t be happier to hear it! Though I’ll really miss Ivan Reis’ many contributions (as we welcome Doug Mahnke) to the book and can’t wait to hear where he’s headed in the DCU!

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According to The Source:

DD: Definitely. BRIGHTEST DAY isn’t just a single book. Like BLACKEST NIGHT, it’s an event that happens across the entire DC Universe, affecting a number of titles.

Following BRIGHTEST DAY #0, we’ll be bannering a number of new and ongoing series with BRIGHTEST DAY, which will let readers know these books are key to the entire BD story.

AS: Keeping my detective hat on, since Geoff is writing BRIGHTEST DAY and we announced he’d be writing a new FLASH ongoing coming right around the same time…

DD: Correct. We’ll be launching the new FLASH ongoing series, by Geoff and Francis Manapul in April with a BRIGHTEST DAY banner, and there will be several more titles utilizing it come May and June.

With this book, Geoff and Francis are really bringing Barry Allen back into the spotlight and cementing him as the premiere Flash in the DCU in his own monthly. It’s no secret that I’ve been waiting a long time to se this. I’ve always been a huge Barry fan, and I can say that Geoff and Francis are reinvigorating him as a character in much the same way Geoff did with Hal Jordan. Should be fun.

Of course, with Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi at the helm (they currently pen my two favorite titles: Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corp respectively) it’s basically a done deal that I’ll be picking this up, though as with most titles I’ll continue to hold off until the collection is released. If these two can continue to find the magic that they have on the Green Lantern titles, and any number of their other projects then, certainly, this is something I’ll be looking forward to in the months to come! That much more upon finding out that it will positively affect John’s upcoming run on The Flash as well as Barry Allen’s role in the DCU.

Stay tune for more announcements today from DC’s blog The Source.

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Just wanted to take a moment to wish the TCU Horned Frogs a great game tonight, and congratulate them on their first BCS Bowl Game (something they’ve more than deserved for years, dang it all). So here’s to their first steps towards to what we hope will one day be a National Championship! But whether they win tonight or not, Fort Worth and its residents are awful proud of all the hard work this season and in season’s past.

Ch. 4 CST – 7:00 p.m.

Go Frogs!

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