Friday, July 31, 2009

Comic Review: Ruule: Kiss & Tell TPB (Image) by Rudy T.

Love can make a man stupid and in The Swede's city one stupid move can cost you everything.

Kiss & Tell is the story of Sam Swede, the self-appointed protector of the East side of his city, who has two priorities: keeping his neighborhood safe and women. After warning Boss Rocco about the price of stepping into his territory, he soon sees and beds Phyllis; Rocco's daughter. When Sam and Phyllis become engaged Rocco vents his frustrations to Don Daggoni and other mob soldiers like himself. They assure him this union is in his best interest as the Swede wouldn't do anything to upset his new bride as speculation arises of who or what the Swede really is but most important: how is it possible for him to have the strength he possesses? At an engagement party the Swede poses a challenge: if anyone can guess the secret of his strength in a week then he will reward them with thirty suits but if they can't they have to give him thirty suits. A mobster named Vetto agrees and even gets Rocco to persuade Phyllis to get the information only to have the Swede give her misinformation. When the Swede learns of the betrayal, he takes his revenge on Vetto's men and holdings, leading Vetto to go Don Daggoni for permission to retaliate which he is given. When the Swede discovers what Vetto has done, all bets are off.

Ruule: Kiss & Tell is an interesting re-imagining of the biblical story of Samson from the book Judges and Amano's ability to take a story that's been told for centuries and by simply placing it in a 50's noir setting breathed new life into these characters.
I've read and heard the story of Samson and Delilah ever since I was a kid and this comic really had a great way of showcasing the story to people who may not be as familiar and are just looking for a good twist and turn tale. There were an abundance of characters but most were given enough time to develop and help the story progress. Rousseau's animated style eased some of the heft of some of the story's more violent parts and depending on your outlook that can be seen as either a hindrance or a blessing.

Extras include: Cover Galley of issues 1-4 of which Amano does the first three and Alex Maleev (Daredevil) illustrates number four., a two page breakdown of the writer's references and influences throughout the series, a three page preview of Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai Graphic Novel and a listing of other Beckett/Image titles.

Written by: Jeff Amano
Art by: Craig Rousseau

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Comic News: Strange Tales Take Over The Mighty Marvel Podcast

You’ve never seen your favorite Marvel characters like this before!

The Mighty Marvel Podcast ( gets quirky for its 83rd episode as Strange Tales gets the spotlight! Jeff Suter, fan favorite host of the MMP and Marvel Senior Art Director, sits down with Editor Jody LeHeup to go behind the scenes of the hotly anticipated Marvel Knights series Strange Tales. Learn how Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and many more Marvel Heroes will be brought to life by the most compelling independent creators the industry has to offer! You won’t want to miss out on the integral details of this groundbreaking Marvel limited series– Strange Tales! Download it right here:

For all your up to date news about the hottest comics and creators in the industry today, look no further than the Mighty Marvel Podcast! With a guest list like – Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, and Jonathan Hickman, you can’t afford to miss it! Make sure you keep checking back to at Marvel Podcast Central ( or subscribe to the Mighty Marvel Podcast on iTunes (that way you never miss any of the action packed installments)!

STRANGE TALES #1 (of 3) (JUL090581)
Cover by PAUL POPE
Parental Advisory …$4.99
FOC—8/13/09, On-Sale—9/02/09


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Comic News: Darwyn Cooke's The Hunter becomes NY Times best seller

Adaptation of Richard Stark’s first Parker novel premieres at #3

In its first week of release, IDW is proud to announce that Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter, an adaptation of Richard Stark’s novel, debuted on The New York Times best seller list at number three. The Hunter has earned high praise for Cooke’s compelling interpretation of Parker, and has been critically lauded nationwide by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly.

Darwyn Cooke, the Eisner Award-winning writer and artist of such classics as DC: The New Frontier, Selina’s Big Score, and The Spirit, brings to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Stark’s Parker. Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake.

The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only the thought of revenge burning in his mind.

Here’s what the critics are saying:
“The cartoonist Darwyn Cooke is an extraordinary talent… a wonderfully engrossing graphic-novel…” — The New York Times

“Darwyn Cooke and Donald Westlake pull off the perfect crime.” “… a meticulously faithful adaptation…” – The Los Angeles Times

“Artist Darwyn Cooke’s brand-new rendering of the first Parker novel, 1962’s The Hunter, is joltingly good.” – Entertainment Weekly

“…a near-perfect match of artist and character.” – The Washington Post

“The Hunter” remains a brutal classic, and Cooke adapts it beautifully.” – The Boston Herald

Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter is now available in stores.


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Tarantino To Present Extended Sneak Peek During August 6 Finale of Hit USA Network Series

USA Network will air an extended sixty-second sneak peek for the new Quentin Tarantino feature film INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS during the BURN NOTICE season three summer finale on Thursday, August 6th between 9-10pm ET.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, directed by Tarantino, opens in theatres Friday, August 21st starring Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Kruger and Mike Myers.

BURN NOTICE continues to dominate the television landscape in its third season as the #1 scripted cable series in both P18-49 & P25-54 in 2009, delivering series highs week after week. Last week BURN NOTICE brought in 6.8 million total viewers as series high and the third most watched original episode EVER on USA as well delivering 4.76 million households, a series high and second highest household delivery ever for a USA Network original series. To date BURN NOTICE is averaging 5.9 million total viewers, 2.7 million in P25-54, 2.4 million in P18-49 and a household rating of 4.25.


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Comic News: Five Days of The Fantastic: Fantastic Four #570 Cassaday Variant!

Marvel is pleased to provide your first look at superstar artist John Cassaday’s stunning sketch variant cover to Fantastic Four #570!

Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
70th Frame Variant by DALE EAGLESHAM
Rated A …$2.99
FOC—8/4/09, On-Sale—8/26/09


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Toy News: Hot Toys - MARS ATTACKS! - 3 Inches Mini Cosbaby

Each cosbaby stands 3 inches/ 7 cm tall, featuring your favorite Mars Attack!

Martian troopers, Martian girl and Ambassador in baby form and its unique designs from the movie in special format.

Designs inclusive:

7 designs + 1 secret version

  • Martian Trooper (Short Gun)
  • Martian Trooper (Long Gun)
  • Martian Ambassador (Red Robe)
  • Martian Ambassador (Blue Robe)
  • Martian Girl (Human Head)
  • Martian Girl (Martian Head)
  • Martian Girl (Damaged Head)
  • + Secret (1 type)

Special features:
**Snap kits with joint articulations - 9 points of articulation
**Amazing detailed accessories

Note: simply assembly is required

Release date: Q4, 2009

TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. Based on MARS ATTACKS®, the copyrighted property of the Topps Company, Inc.


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Toy News: Hot Toys - MARS ATTACKS! - 1/6th scale Martian Soldier collectible figure

Hot Toys is proudly present the 1/6th scale Martian Soldier collectible figure from the black comedy movie – Mars Attacks!

The Martian collectible is able to convey a range of emotions:- cackle , anger or fear etc, and it also features:

  • Stands approximately 25 cm / 10 inches tall
  • Bendable figure body with over 13 points of articulation
  • Its movie accurate spacesuit with breathing apparatus
  • Helmet with clear and movable shield
  • Movable eyes **
  • Movable jaw**
  • Extendable tongue**
  • Ray gun
  • Collectible figure stand featuring Mars Attacks! movie logo and Martian Soldier nameplate

Release Date: Q4, 2009

TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. Based on MARS ATTACKS®, the copyrighted property of the Topps Company, Inc.


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Toy News: Hot Toys - MARS ATTACKS! - 1/6th scale Martian Ambassador collectible figure

Hot Toys is proudly present the 1/6th scale Martian Ambassador collectible figure from the black comedy movie – Mars Attacks!

The Martian collectible is able to convey a range of emotions:- cackle , anger or fear etc, and it also features:

  • Stands approximately 25 cm / 10 inches tall
  • Bendable figure body with over 13 points of articulation
  • Its movie accurate costume of red robe
  • Helmet with clear and movable shield
  • Movable eyes**
  • Movable jaw**
  • Extendable tongue**
  • Ray gun
  • Collectible figure stand featuring Mars Attacks! movie logo and Martian Ambassador nameplate

Release date: Q4, 2009

TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. Based on MARS ATTACKS®, the copyrighted property of the Topps Company, Inc.


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The biggest names of the comic book and entertainment industry took to the red carpet during THE RADICAL EVENT AT THE HARD ROCK HOTEL at San Diego Comic-Con 2009, hosted by Radical Publishing, Gene Simmons and Nick Simmons, promoting both the future titles of Radical Publishing and the release of Radical’s newest title INCARNATE by Nick Simmons.

Guests included Ain’t It Cool News’ head geek Harry Knowles; filmmaker Len Wiseman, producer and director of Radical’s Shrapnel; Bill Condon, writer and director of Dream Girls; actress Hayden Panettiere of Heroes; Marc Forster, director of Finding Neverland and Quantum of Solace; Wesley Snipes, who brought the character Blade to life in the blockbuster film trilogy; Kellan Lutz, star of Twilight and 90210; Darren Bousman, director of Saw II, III and IV and creator of Radical’s upcoming Abattoir; musician, director, screenwriter and film producer Rob Zombie, who terrified audiences worldwide with The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween; screenwriter Rich Wilkes, who wrote XXX; actor Terry Crews of Everybody Hates Chris and the upcoming The Expendables; actress Virginia Madsen, the Academy Award nominated star of Sideways; actor Thomas Jane, star of Punisher and Hung; actor Eli Roth, who is starring in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Inglourious Basterds; actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, star of The 5th Element and Friday; popular comedian and entertainer Carrot Top; actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, star of G.I. Joe and Lost; and actress Adrianne Palicki of Friday Night Lights; model Jade Cole; and from the Fisher House, trustee Tammy Fisher.

The event also featured a who’s-who of the biggest names in comics including industry legend Stan Lee; DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Dan DiDio and Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada; Comics icon and designer of Radical’s Hercules series Jim Steranko; Steve Pugh, creative talent behind Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead; Arthur Suydam, fan-favorite artist of Marvel Zombies and creator of Cholly & Flytrap: Center City; David Hine, writer of Radical’s upcoming FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency; as well as the creator of 30 Days of Night and Radical’s City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story, Steve Niles.

“San Diego Comic-Con International is a weekend of celebration for the comic book industry and this year, Radical has a lot to celebrate,” said Radical Publishing’s President Barry Levine. “This past year, we were awarded Diamond Distribution’s Gem Award for Best New Publisher of the Year; our newest title, Incarnate, has already sold out of its first printing; and we’re set to ring in our next year in style."

The most exciting is yet to come, beginning fall 2009 with Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime, David Hine’s FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, Nick Percival’s Legends, Jimmy Palmiotti’s Time Bomb and Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski, director of Tron Legacy from Disney. Current Radical titles on the stands include Mateki: The Magic Flute from award winning Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters), the first book of the epic Shrapnel trilogy, Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising, from Zombie Studios’ Mark Long and novelist Nick Sagan, and the hotly anticipated second installment of Radical’s Hercules series, Hercules: The Knives of Kush by Steve Moore.

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Comic News: Incarnate #1 from Radical Comics

From Nick Simmons, son of rock legend Gene Simmons and star of A&E’s GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS, comes a revolutionary new take on the undead.

Mot is a boy who cannot die.

Riddle him with bullets, burn him at the stake, douse him with napalm, hang him from the gallows…still, he will walk away.

Forever haunted by a mysterious doppelganger that no one else can see, Mot has wandered the world for centuries, searching for meaning and, perhaps, an end to his endless life.
He is a Revenant—an immortal, ageless creature that has existed since time immemorial. Their origins are a mystery—they have been worshipped as gods, feared as monsters, and scorned as devils. But they have always been there, living in plain sight, in the bright altars and dark corners of every ancient civilization since the beginning of humanity. There has never been a force on this earth that has been able to give them the death that Mot, secretly, seeks.
Until now.

Now, something is different. Now they are being hunted.
A shadow organization known only as Sanctum has discovered a way to kill the Revenants, and is carrying out a secret genocide that spans the globe. Mot, his protégé Connor, and the rest of the Revenants now must decide how to ensure their place at the top of the food chain.
Mot finds himself smack in the middle of an escalating war between mortals and immortals, neither of which he identifies with. Will he choose a side? Or will he be labeled a traitor, and be hunted down not only by humans, but by creatures as invulnerable and merciless as he is?

Nick Simmons’ breakout American Manga title reveals a world that challenges even the imagination, planting its tongue firmly in cheek, then biting it off...And swallowing it.

INCARNATE #1 (1 of 3)
Creator and Writer NICK SIMMONS
Letterer ROB STEEN
Cover by Jo Chen
52-page comic in full color for only $4.99!
Diamond Order Code: JUN091053


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Thursday, July 30, 2009

DVD News: Prepare for Starburst with FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET Arriving on 11/17 from A&E Home Entertainment



Never Before Available in One Complete Package, All Four Fan Favorite Seasons Have Finally Been United in One Stellar 25 Disc Set ($149.95SRP) Featuring Over 15 Hours of Bonus Programming, Including 29 Episode Commentaries, Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries, Interviews, Deleted Scenes and Much More!


When a freak accident during an experimental space mission catapulted Astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield, a groundbreaking cult classic was born with the epic, adventure-filled TV series “Farscape”. On November 17, the award-winning fan favorite show, which ran from 1999-2003 on Sci Fi and was named by TV Guide as one of television’s best cult shows ever, will commemorate its 10th Anniversary with the very first complete packaging of the series. Featuring all 88 episodes on 25 discs, with original aspect ratios (4x3 for Seasons 1-3, anamorphic 16x9 widescreen for Season 4) and 5.1 surround sound, FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET™ delivers the venerated program to its legions of loyal fans and a new generation for the collectible price of $149.95SRP.

An imaginative fusion of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI, “Farscape,” produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with RHI Entertainment, featured mind-boggling alien life forms, dazzling special effects, edge-of-your-seat thrills, irreverent humor and unforgettable characters -- all brought to rich life by the creative minds at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™. Strap in and hold on tight for the extraordinary adventures of John Crichton, as he finds himself surrounded by hostile aliens and soaring through the cosmos aboard Moya, a glorious living space ship. Hunted by the relentless Peacekeepers, he allies himself with Moya’s crew -- Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), Luxan warrior Ka D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), azure priestess Zhaan (Virginia Hey), spritely Nebari thief Chiana (Gigi Edgley), Dominar Rygel, the deposed royal ruler of the Hynerian Empire and Pilot – to search for a way out of this inconceivably alien world and return home.

FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET™ contains amazing surprises, including over 15 hours of bonus programming:

29 Episode Commentaries, including “Premiere” with Rockne S. O’Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben Browder; “Jeremiah Crichton” with Claudia Black, Producer/Writer David Kemper, Browder and O’Bannon; “Bone to Be Wild” with Anthony Simcoe; “Relativity” with Lani Tupu (Crais/Voice of Pilot) and Director Peter Andrikidis; and, “Bad Timing” which features Browder, Black and Kemper discussing the series’ final episode.
Multiple featurettes and documentaries including “In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson”; “Making of a Space Opera” and “Inside Farscape: Save Farscape,” on which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of their beloved series.
Multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on Farscape.
Over 90 minutes of deleted scenes.
Slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos.
Production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows.
Behind-the-Scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more.
Original TV promos and trailers

In addition to the complete MEGASET™, on November 17, FARSCAPE will also be available in single season sets. Each re-packaged DVD release in FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1-4 will feature over 18 hours of interstellar entertainment -- 22 episodes on six jam-packed discs filled with hours of revealing bonus materials -- for $44.95SRP.

The crew of the Moya on Farscape

Ben Browder is Astronaut John Crichton

Claudia Black is Ex-Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun, with Henson creation "Pilot" in the background

Prepare for Starburst!

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Comic News: Boom Studios for August 5th

Boom Studios released previews of their books coming out on August 5th.

Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Peter Krause
SC, 24 pgs, FC, SRP: $0.99
Diamond Code: JUN090778

NEW ARC! AND ONLY .99 CENTS! This is your chance to hop on board the superhero event of 2009 that dares to ask: What if the world’s greatest hero decided to become the world’s greatest villain? Buy issue #5 for .99 cents and get the trade of the first four issues for only $9.99 and experience what everyone has been talking about. A “twilight of the superheroes”-style story that examines super-villains from Mark Waid writer of KINGDOM COME and EMPIRE!

Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Peter Krause
SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $9.99
ISBN: 1-934506-90-7
ISBN13: 978-1-934506-90-5
Diamond Code: JUN090793

SPECIAL PRICE: $9.99. It’s a comic book industry event: the first four issues of the new original ongoing superhero series from Mark Waid! IRREDEEMABLE dares to ask the question: what if the world’s greatest hero decided to become the world’s greatest villain? A “twilight of the superheroes”-style story that examines super-villains from the writer of KINGDOM COME and EMPIRE! Pick up IRREDEEMABLE VOL. 1 for $9.99 and buy the start of the next arc with issue #5 for an additional .99 cents. That’s 11 bucks for 5 issues of the best superhero comic you will read in 2009.

Written by Andrew Cosby, Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Francesco Biagini
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (3 of 4), SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUN090774

“All Speed. No Limits.” The end isn’t near… it’s here. America has become a wasteland, leaving the few cities that remain transformed into impenetrable fortresses. NICK MASTERS is a driver, the best there is. If you need something picked-up, delivered, or disposed of, Nick’s your man. But when he fails to deliver… all hell breaks loose. Part three of the epic saga that redefines the science fiction action genre. From the writer of HEXED and FALL OF CTHULHU, Michael Alan Nelson, collaborating for the first time with EUREKA creator Andrew Cosby!

Written by Marie Croall
Drawn by Erica Leigh Currey
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (2 of 4), SRP: $2.99
Diamond Code: APR090734

The biggest selling DVD of all time comes to comics! Nemo, Dory and Marlin embark on a journey to save their dying reef. Facing dangerous waters and incredible odds, Nemo travels the great blue sea to save the one thing that matters most of all—home. In this issue, Nemo’s old friend Gil lends a helping fin! Series ‘A’ covers by Amy Mebberson with ‘B’ covers by Erica Leigh Currey.

Written by Tim Beedle
Drawn by Armand Villavert Jr.
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (3 of 4), SRP: $2.99
Diamond Code: APR090739

The Muppets tell the Robin Hood legend for laughs, and it’s the reader who will be merry! Robin Hood (Kermit the Frog) and his band of outlaws steal from the rich and give to the poor. But much to the Merry Men’s disbelief, Maid Marian (Miss Piggy) has stolen Robin’s most valuable possession—his heart! Series features “A” covers from David Petersen, the Eisner Award-winning creator of Mouse Guard!


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