Yes, Image Comics has another new series out this week. However, John Arcudi and James Harren’s Rumble is different enough to make it stand out from the crowd of Image titles. A weird mash up of Conan the Barbarian, modern city life, and the supernatural, Rumble is definitely one of the stranger comics to debut this year. It’s also pretty damn awesome.
Rumble follows the exploits of Rathraq, a “Scarecrow Warrior God” who mysteriously reawakens in modern day, walks into a bar, and proceeds to start laying waste to everything in his path. After hacking off a man’s arm, Rathraq is quickly taken out by the barkeeper, but after that, things start getting weird. A lady’s cat jumps four stories out of his apartment, but is completely fine when he lands. Strange monsters appear and follow the barkeep home, who has foolishly decided to try to pawn Rathraq’s sword. Luckily (or unluckily) for our “hero”, Rathraq reappears, ready to throw down again. Read the rest of this entry
Spider-Man wears a lot of hats. It seems like creators thrive on giving the character not just one, or two, or three jobs, but more like seventeen at times. Right now he’s in charge of a company, a member of the Avengers, and helping out in the “inversion” in AXIS. And now writer Elliot Kalan and artist Marco Failla are adding another title to the Wall-Crawler’s long list of superlatives: Guidance Counselor for the Jean Grey School Of Higher Learning, as Spidey joins up with the X-Men in the new ongoing Spider-Man and the X-Men #1. Read the rest of this entry
Whoooo boy. What a week. Not only did we finally get confirmation on Benedict Cumberbatch playing Stephen Strange, we also got Kristen Ritter as our lead in Alias, Ryan Reynolds returning for Deadpool, and the entirety of the Suicide Squad, including Jared Leto as our new Clown Prince of Crime.
Of all of the casting news that hit last week, the biggest is probably the Suicide Squad one. Nothing against Marvel and their Doctor Strange casting, but Cumberbatch was all but confirmed about a month ago, with numerous outlets all but saying the deal was done. The same can be said about Ryan Reynolds’s signing on for Deadpool. Everyone pretty much assumed those two were playing those parts, so when the news was confirmed the other day it was exciting, but not as surprising as the news regarding the Suicide Squad cast. Read the rest of this entry
The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens has finally arrived, giving us our first glimpse into the film that will either restore the Star Wars franchise to it’s former glory, or make the fans of the original trilogy even more enraged. But enough chatting, watch it! Read the rest of this entry
It’s a sad day for me folks, because this week brings the finale of one of my favorite series on the stands: Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s Superior Foes of Spider-Man. While I’d love to see this title continue into infinity, the truth of the matter is that it’s amazing that this book even saw the light of day, let alone made it to seventeen issues, and Spencer and Lieber certainly send it off in style. Read the rest of this entry
We’re now eight episodes into Gotham, the “Gotham Begins” show that’s been airing on Fox, and I think I’ve realized that I’m not going to like this show. Granted it’s still pretty early to feel this way, but by now we’ve gotten a pretty good idea of where the show runners are taking this series, and it’s just not something I’m all that interested in.
These feeling comes after watching the episode “The Mask”, which features the Gotham spin on Batman rogue Black Mask. In that episode, we meet Richard Sionis, the father of Roman Sionis, who ALSO has an affinity for masks. Which means that in this universe, Roman’s fascination with masks is apparently genetic, and not tied with how he views his parents, who’s constant talking behind the backs of their friends warps his view of people. Read the rest of this entry
The latest story line for Marvel’s hit galactic heroes kicks off with Guardians of the Galaxy #21. Brian Michael Bendis’ recent stories have been…drawn out to say the least, but with this latest issue (which features art by Marvel “Young Gun” Valerio Schiti), it seems like the pace is finally starting to pick up.
This issue focuses primarily on Flash Thompson, also known as Venom. Flash’s time as the Avenger’s Earth liaison with the Guardians hasn’t really been fleshed out (or explained, for that matter). Other than last May’s Free Comic Book Day issue, there’s barely been any mention for why Venom is on the team, or what purpose he serves. Thankfully, it looks like we’re starting to get some answers. Read the rest of this entry
Rumor has it that Jared Leto is being sought out to play the Joker for David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad film. This news comes as a definite shock, not only because the Oscar winner was a rumored front-runner for Doctor Strange (a role that I’m not entirely sure he’d be a good fit for), but also because this is the first time the character will be associated with the super villain team.
When it comes to Leto playing The Clown Prince of Crime, I don’t have any real problems with it. I actually think he’d be pretty good in the role. However I highly doubt that Leto would do it. He’s pretty committed to his band 30 Seconds to Mars, so much so that he’s barely done any films for the past ten years. Hell, Dallas Buyers Club, the movie he won an Oscar for last year, was the first movie he’d done since 2009. It’s safe to assume that a role like The Joker would require a multipicture deal, which is something that I’d be very surprised that Leto would be okay with. Read the rest of this entry
The Iron Avenger has a new series hitting the stands this week, and it’s not just a new armor that Tony Stark is sporting. Superior Iron Man #1 doesn’t feature a villain mind swapping with Tony Stark, but it does feature the after effects of AXIS’s “inversion”, which has somehow permanently done something to Tony’s outlook on life. I say “somehow” because AXIS is barely at the halfway point, and we are given no explanation for Stark’s behavior in Superior Iron Man #1. Would it really have hurt Marvel to hold off on this series for another month? Thankfully Tom Taylor and Yildray Cinar ‘s opening issue is extremely entertaining, and sets up a lot of pretty interesting stuff. Read the rest of this entry