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Easton Press The Golden Age of DC Comics

The ultimate guide to the heyday of DC Comics from 1935 to 1956, in a leather-bound edition…

The greatest heroes in DC Comics history – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and many, many others – in the celebrated appearances that brought them fame. Illustrated in full color with cover art, panel illustrations, photographs and film stills.

Order HERE for $141.

Features include:

– Fully bound in genuine leather
– 22kt gold deeply inlaid on the “hubbed” spine
– Superbly printed on acid-neutral paper that lasts for generations
– Sewn pages – not just glued like ordinary books
– Satin-ribbon page marker
– Stained page ends
– Book size is 5 7/16″ x 7 3/4″
– 672 pages

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Locke & Key Is Going To Sandman’s Hell In Its First ‘And Probably Last’ Big Crossover

Crossovers are nothing new in comics, whether it’s a meeting between characters you don’t normally see together or even a collision of two different publishers’ universes — but there’s something unusual about the forthcoming Hell & Gone, a crossover between IDW Publishing’s Locke & Key series and The Sandman, the legendary DC Vertigo title that made Neil Gaiman’s name in comics back in the early ’90s.

These two worlds meeting is an intriguing prospect — and, at a digital New York Comic Con panel, Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez teased a little of what we can expect from the crossover.

Despite coming out two decades apart, and from two different publishers, the two books do have a lot in common — and not just because both are being adapted by Netflix. The second season of Locke & Key is currently filming, while an 11-episode Sandman series is in development with Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg, Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer, and Gaiman himself as showrunners.

For now, at least, this crossover is strictly comics-based. The more important connection here is that The Sandman and Locke & Key are both excellent fantasy comics that work by taking a recognizable version of our world and then laying a mythology just beneath its surface.

In the case of Sandman, that’s the world of dreams — and of Dream, gothy embodiment of all things oneiric, who tries to keep the dreamworld, and his godlike siblings, in check. Meanwhile, Locke & Key’s fantastical elements all stem from the discovery of whispering iron, a metal from another dimension that grants otherworldly properties to anything forged from it.

Namely, keys. Keys created, lost, and later discovered by assorted generations of the Locke family that give their user command over the shadows, turn them into an animal, or let them (literally) get inside someone’s head.

Read more HERE.

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Warner Bros. Animation Announce Preschool Action-Adventure Comedy Series Batwheels In Production For Cartoon Network & HBO Max

Buckle up and put on your capes! Warner Bros. Animation is beginning production on Batwheels, a preschool animated action-adventure comedy series starring the most heroic and iconic vehicles from the DC universe. The upcoming series will air on Cartoon Network and HBO Max.

They are a team of incredible crimefighters who have banded together to oppose evil, combat crime and clean up the streets of Gotham City. They are…okay, they’re NOT Batman and Robin. They’re the Batwheels – an awesome group of sentient super-powered crime-fighting vehicles defending Gotham City alongside Batman, Robin, Batgirl and a host of DC Super Heroes.

Having just been created by the Batcomputer, our heroes are essentially kids with little to no life experience. Led by Bam (The Batmobile), the Batwheels – Bibi (The Batgirl Cycle), Red (The Redbird), Jett (The Batwing) and Buff (The Bat Truck) – must navigate the growing pains of being a newly formed super team as well as the growing pains that come with just being a kid. This relatable and aspirational series will follow the journey of this dynamic team as they thrill and entertain with their heroic adventures as well as demonstrate to kids the value of self-confidence, friendship and teamwork.

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Based On The Marvel Comic Series, The New Mutants Arrives On Blu-ray November 17

In this terrifying, action-fueled film based on the Marvell comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who creates illusions from other people’s fears; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy). The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities. Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five “patients” come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them?

20th Century Studios in association with Marvel Entertainment presents The New Mutants, an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.

The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) as Magik and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, gen:LOCK) as Wolfsbane, with Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Dani Moonstar, and Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton as Cannonball.

The New Mutants adapts the monthly comic book series of the same name that launched in 1982. Created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, The New Mutants follows on a group of teenage mutants as heroes in training in the Marvel Universe. The feature is expected to be a departure from the sci-fi-action spectacle of other X-Men films and is instead being described as a “Stephen King meets John Hughes”-style horror movie.

Add The New Mutants to your X-Men collection when the film arrives on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 17.

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Watch The Opening Title Sequence For Batman: Death In The Family

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the opening title sequence for Batman: Death in the Family, WBHE’s first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control. Central to the extended-length short is an adaptation of “Batman: A Death in the Family,” the 1988 landmark DC event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story’s ending.

The clip below features the stylish opening title sequence to the animated short, which was designed by writer/producer/director Brandon Vietti, and executed by Supervising Technical Director Matt Girardi and his team at Warner Bros. Animation.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, “Batman: Death in the Family” serves as the anchor for an anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts – including “Sgt. Rock,” “Adam Strange,” “Death” and “The Phantom Stranger.” The set arrives from WBHE on Blu-ray and Digital starting October 13, 2020. 

The interactive component is only available on the Blu-ray. The Digital version of “Batman: Death in the Family” offers four fully-played out linear versions of the short.

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Watch The Trailer For Marvel’s 616

Marvel’s 616 explores Marvel’s rich legacy of pioneering characters, creators and storytelling to reflect the world outside your window. Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, showcases the intersections of storytelling, pop culture, and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Episodes in this anthology series will cover topics including Marvel’s world-spanning artists, the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics, discovering the “forgotten” characters of Marvel, and much more.

Eight remarkable stories. Eight unique filmmakers. One Marvel Universe. Start streaming all episodes of Marvel’s 616 on November 20 on Disney+!

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Venom – Superhero Shlock That Exceeded Expectations

The market these days is very oversaturated with superhero movies, thanks to Marvel’s success. I mean, you don’t get to conclude a twenty-three movie saga without doing something right, right?

It’s no wonder that other studios wanted to cash in on that success, so the market was flooded with superhero films for the past decade. Some, like Fox’s Deadpool, were a success like Intertops mobile casino, while others, like Zack Snyder’s Batman VS Superman, were not. Marvel’s success even influenced other franchises, as the “Marvel Formula” got applied to Disney’s Star Wars sequels.

However, one superhero movie that I never really bothered looking into was Sony’s “Venom”. After hearing middling reviews, I put off watching it for a long time- until yesterday, from the day I’m writing this. Let me just say that the film exceeded my expectations, and surprised me by being pretty good.

Superhero

After that lukewarm praise for “Venom”, I should probably clarify what I meant. I liked the movie. I enjoyed it. The movie does a lot of things that I really like while avoiding a lot of pitfalls I was expecting it to fall into.

To sum up the plot, Eddie Brock investigates a not-Elon-Musk type character, whose company is rumored to be experimenting on people so unethically that they end up dead more times than not. Since Eddie doesn’t actually have any proof aside from a sealed legal case his girlfriend is working on, Eddie ends up losing his job, his girl, and his home because of his blunt method of journalism.

In addition, not-Musk wants to begin populating humans onto different planets, and his recon mission ends up bringing back alien Symbiotes- one of which inevitably ends up on Eddie, which results in a sort of buddy-cop dynamic in which they each eventually grow a liking to each other, and work together to save the world.

So nothing particularly groundbreaking there. Where Venom impressed me was its execution. Eddie Brock is played magnificently by Tom Hardy, and his descent into anti-hero status is a fun ride. The Venom symbiotic is vicious, confident, and snarky, contrasting hilariously with Eddie’s “oh-my-god-no-you-can’t-just-eat-people” reactions.

“Venom” also manages to dodge the relationship cliches that plague these kinds of movies. In contrast to, say, CW’s love-interests from “The Flash” and “Arrow”, Eddie’s girlfriend Anne is actually smart and capable and reacts like a normal human being when weird things happen around her. She breaks up with Eddie at the beginning of the movie because of his actions, completely justifiably, she ends up in a relationship with another guy who she stays faithful to for the rest of the film.

In other words, a lot of the typical love-triangle cliches are avoided, thank goodness, and none of the relationships ever feel toxic or implausible. I’m emphasizing just how well this movie handles it’s relationships because characters who can’t seem to manage any kind of relationship like normal human beings is one of the worst tropes that Hollywood likes to shovel down our throat, and I feel like I have to credit this movie for being better than that. The god-awful relationship stuff from the CW shows completely derailed the series for me, and I’m so happy to have found a movie that does contain relationship drama but handles it well.

Outside of that, the movie is fun, it’s paced well, and the action is awesome in a sort of over-the-top way. While not the best CGI I’ve ever seen, the special effects for Venom are great and really sells him as a monstrous pile of goop.

Shlock

With all that praise I’ve heaped on it so far, this movie is not a cinematic masterpiece, and it falls short in a couple of areas.

While Eddie’s arc from rock-bottom to hero is really consistent with his morals and values, Venom’s is not. The Venom symbiote starts out wanting to help the villain and basically eat humanity. Through the course of the movie, however, Venom switches sides and decides that he actually likes Eddie, and maybe humanity doesn’t all deserve to be eaten alive. That being said, the transition from one to the other doesn’t really… happen.

There’s nothing that Eddie does to convince Venom to be better, and Venom never really has a reason to listen to Eddie or be better, aside from the fact that he kind of likes Eddie and that Eddie is a compatible host for him.

The dialogue also falls short here and there. There’s the infamous “Turd in the wind” line from the trailer, but aside from that, it’s well written overall.

The movie does suffer a bit from the “Marvel Formula”, where the tone is lighter than it probably should be and the violence is turned down just a tad too much, and the villain is yet another “villain-with-same-powers-as-hero-but-otherwise-forgettable” kind of character. The villain from Ant-Man comes to mind. I can’t even remember his name clearly. His chief henchman, Tierce, is also pretty bland too.

Conclusion

I really honestly cannot think of a better description for this movie than “Superhero Shlock”. “Venom’s” plot is simple like it’s characters, but it’s entertaining and competently executed. It’s a popcorn flick that you can turn your brain off to. For what it is, so long as you aren’t expecting “Logan but with Venom”, it’s a B-list movie that you can confidently have a good time with.

7 / 10: Turn your brain off and just have fun with it.

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Peacemaker: The Suicide Squad Spinoff Series Coming To HBO Max

HBO Max is set to explore the origins of the Peacemaker character, the master of weapons from the highly anticipated upcoming The Suicide Squad film, in the new Max Original action-adventure-comedy series Peacemaker. HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order of eight episodes for the first season of the show. John Cena will reprise his role from The Suicide Squad movie to star in the series, and the film’s acclaimed writer/director James Gunn will write all eight episodes of Peacemaker and will direct multiple episodes, including the first. Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers of the series, with Cena as co-executive producer. Based on characters from DC, Peacemaker will be produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. Peacemaker is scheduled to begin production in early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the next Guardians of the Galaxy film.

The series will explore the origins of the character that Cena will play in the upcoming film, a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The series will extend the world that Gunn is creating for The Suicide Squad movie, which is scheduled to be released in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 6, 2021.

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The History of The Joker: Put On A Happy Face

Discover the origins and evolution of The Joker, and learn why The Clown Prince of Crime is universally hailed as the greatest comic-book supervillain of all time. Featuring interviews with filmmakers, actors, and comic book industry legends.

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Watch The Helstrom Trailer

Hulu has released the official Helstrom trailer for the upcoming horror series adaptation based on the Marvel comics. Premiering all 10 episodes on October 16.

Helstrom follows siblings and supposed serial killer offspring Daimon Helstrom (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Sydney Lemmon). Plagued by their family background, the Helstrom’s will pursue the world’s vilest of the vile — with some family drama of their own.

Daimon is a professor of ethics who moonlights as an exorcist. Daimon has no illusions about saving a world he has no patience for; he just hopes he can help a few of the people closest to him. In his battle against a hidden world, Daimon is determined to root out demons as they arise, and will not stop until they’re vanquished.

Ana runs a successful auction house and suffers no fools, but her true interest lies in hunting down those who hurt others. Traumatized by her father as a child, Ana is driven to rid the world of those like him, even as she secretly worries her father will return.

The series stars Austen (Grantchester, The Royals) as Daimon, Lemmon (Fear the Walking Dead) as Ana, Elizabeth Marvel (Homeland, Unbelievable) as Victoria Helstrom, Ariana Guerra (Raising Dion) as Gabriella Rosetta, Robert Wisdom (Ballers) as the Caretaker, June Carryl (Mindhunter) as Dr. Louise Hastings, and Alain Uy (The Passage) as Chris Yen.

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