April 2011

COMICENTER LIVE Added to GeekWeek Line-Up

Last night marked the premier of ComiCenter Live, a round-table show featuring Comic Book professionals and the like discussing pressing iussues in the Industry....READ MORE.

Antje Traue Cast As Female Villain In MAN OF STEEL

German actress Antje Traue has signed on to play a villain in Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL, according to Variety. Traue is set to play Faora Hu-Ul, who, in the comics, is a Kryptonian-born serial killer. The trade, however, suggests that the film's Faora will be based on a later...

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Theatrical Trailer Hits The Web

Fox has released a nearly 3-minute long theatrical trailer for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. This trailer shows some new footage, although it is comprised mostly of stuff we have seen already in previous trailers. Still, it's worth watching to get a better sense of the movie's arc. FIRST CLASS hits theaters...

IMMORTALS Trailer Hits

The official trailer for Tarsem Singh's IMMORTALS has hit the web in all its stylistic glory. It looks like a cross between CLASH OF THE TITANS and 300, but let's hope it doesn't suffer from the plot failings of the former. It may be too early to tell at this...

Three New Images From TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Paramount has released three new images from TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON just ahead of Thursday's trailer premiere. Check them out after the jump: DARK OF THE MOON hits theaters July 1. [via Slashfilm]

ACTION COMICS #900 Review


Last time I checked, the story arc in “ACTION COMICS” about Lex Luthor taking over everything was doing well. Granted, I don't keep up with "Action Comics" all that much but I believe it is fair to say that you can’t tell for sure what the quality is of the overall story that from the super spectacular #900 because, well, it is a super spectacular issue, time for throw downs and explosions, right? And hey,that’s not all bad, really. Sometimes you just gotta cut loose and knock some heads together, just don’t expect much of a story.

What makes up for it is excellent artwork by some legends in the biz, like Rags Morales. For the most part, everyone in this story is in panic mode, speaking in short clipped remarks. I don’t even know who all has been captured by Doomsday. It looks like Supergirl and three Superman-related guys. Maybe one is Superboy. And the other two appear to be robots. The one thing that’s for sure is that the fact that they are trapped is, in fact, a trap to lure Superman! He falls for it and, by the end of the story, Doomsday has managed to multiply himself so you’ve got a bunch of Doomsdays ready to kill Superman like he’s never been killed before! That’s the set up for the next story arc.

In between that, Lex Luthor proved he wasn’t as smart as he thought he was. After attaining god-like powers, the multi-verse at his feet, he refuses to do the one thing that will keep him in power: be nice. The guy can’t be nice! That part cracked me up.

I do love over-sized super spectacular issues of comics, especially for the oddball extras. The two that stand out for me are the story by Damon Lindelof, co-creator of “LOST,” and a story told in a screenplay format by Richard Donner (Yes, that Richard Donner) and Derek Hoffman, complete with storyboards by Matt Camp. The story by Damon Lindelof is a fun piece, an understated and elegant peek at behind the scenes just before the world ended, the world of Krypton that is. Not too much to the story but it has a nice tension about it and the characters are interesting, so much so that it might be interesting to expand this short piece into something bigger.

The story told like a screenplay is fun too and, for, is worth the price of admission to see an impressive display of what some talented people can do when allowed to play with the big toys. What is most interesting is the decidedly mean and vindictive streak in Clark Kent in this story!

It’s not like Clark Kent/Superman hasn’t had to deal with countless threats. Clark even says as much when the character emerging as the villain throws down a challenge to Superman. But, no, this time Clark takes it personally and nearly kills the guy. Just read and draw your own conclusions. If they were to animate this or turn it into an episode of “SMALL VILLE” or some such thing, you’d really feel the impact of Superman crossing line. It’s a solid little piece of entertainment and a great way to end “Action Comics, #900.”

Sony Confirms Personal Information Compromised In PSN Hack

Sony has released an update regarding last week's intrusion into the Playstation Network that forced the network to go offline indefinitely. Users' personal information, including name, address, and login information, may have been compromised in the outside attack. Although Sony does not say outright that credit card information has been...

New Stills From CAPTAIN AMERICA, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, And More

MTV has launched a summer movie preview that includes a look at some of this summer's most anticipated blockbusters. Here are new stills from four of the films MTV previewed: CAPTAIN AMERICA, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, COWBOYS AND ALIENS, and CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

Marvel Release Set Photo From THE AVENGERS; Loki Confirmed To Appear

Marvel has released a photo from the set of THE AVENGERS, which began filming yesterday. Although the photo only shows the heroes' chairs assembled in front of the SHIELD logo, it's a fitting way to kick off the start of the team-up film's production. Marvel also firmed up the official...

Classy Royal Collectibles

Among royal wedding collectibles, consider this: Kate and Will cereal boxes filled with real cereal and decked out with rad artwork by a guy who does some fine skate punk art too. Limited to 1,000 boxes, each individually numbered, this one, or these two, could be your keepsakes from the big day. Just go to Royal Breakfast Company and check it out for yourself. These fine folk are not out to make a fast buck. They are a classy bunch as you shall see.

The Royal Breakfast Company is made up of a talented group of young people. Usamah Chaudhary is the leader of the group. Tiffany Philippou handles social media and marketing. Brian Romero provided the art. Amir Hajizamani built and maintains the Web site. Jonathan Mann provided the music. And Simon Buxton provided the photography. Usamah and Tiffany met working at a venture capital backed startup, onefinestay. Before that, Tiffany founded Secret London, an online community that grew to over 200,000 members in a matter of weeks. And beyond that, this group looks forward to helping kids in need. GeekWeek caught up with Usamah Chaudhary for a quick interview.

GeekWeek: Give us an intriguing factoid about your cereal boxes.

Usamah Chaudhary: The whole Royal Breakfast Company went from just an idea to us having our first boxes delivered in less than 10 days!

GW: That said, can you describe the spark that led to the idea and how it evolved with all of you?

UC: The spark actually came from a startup in the US called airbnb that made cereal boxes for the US presidential election in 2008: Obama O's and Cap'n McCains (check them out here and here). We thought it was a really cool idea, and thought it'd be fun to do a version for the UK where we may not have a president, but we do have the monarchy!! I decided to sink my savings into buying all the cereal we'd need, and called around the others, who all wanted to be involved, forming a fun team!

GW: Do you think Kate and Will are aware of your commemorative cereal boxes?

UC: We sent them the first boxes we produced (check out the picture of their address, on our blog at: http://www.royalbreakfast.com/blogs/the-royal-breakfast-blog ), so we certainly hope so! We'd love for them to have a hearty breakfast on their big day!

GW: Do you believe these collectibles will go up in value?

UC: We're sure they will - this royal wedding is a historic event that has captured the imagination of the British public watching Wills and Kate living out a bit of a fairytale romance! We only produced 1,000 numbered boxes, and we're sure we'll see them selling on eBay in a few years for a lot more!
GW: What do you consider the best way to take care of one's valuable royal wedding keepsake?

UC: We recommend having one's butler store one's collectible cereal in a cool, dry place, away from the press.
GW: What lies ahead for Royal Breakfast dot com? Please let us know about plans for the future.

UC: We could see a whole line of celebrity cereal lurking... 'Album launch, Kanye? How about some Kanye Krunchies?'! More likely, after making sure Wills and Kate get a good start to their big day, we'll be using some of the proceeds from the Royal Breakfast Company to ensure millions of kids get a good start to life, by using the money to fund another venture: this one will be a technology startup focused on improving education by making tools to help teachers.

Nintendo Announces New Console For 2012

Nintendo has announced that a successor to the Wii is in development and will be released in 2012. Here is the company's official announcement: To whom it may concern: Re: Wii's successor system Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company...

Joss Whedon Comments On The Start Of THE AVENGERS Filming

Director Joss Whedon posted a message to his fans on Whedonesque yesterday in honor of the start of THE AVENGERS filming, which began today. Film Greatness. On the Eve of Our Endeavor, I celebrate an american classic -- or possibly all of them. Hi Pumpkins, joss here. Tomorrow we start...

Barnes & Noble, Graphic.Ly Launch Comic Apps On Nook Color

Yesterday, we reported that Barnes & Noble is starting to get into the comic book market by selling monthly single issues beginning in June. This seems to be part of a bigger plan to corner the comics market, which includes the bookseller extending its reach into the ever-growing realm of...

Shane Black To Write IRON MAN 3 After All

According to Cinema Blend, IRON MAN 3 helmer Shane Black will be pulling double duty on the Marvel tentpole, co-writing the script with screenwriter Drew Pearce in addition to directing the feature. Cinema Blend's "multiple, completely trustworthy sources" are providing conflicting reports as to why Pearce was hired in the...

Jackson, Evans Film A CAPTAIN AMERICA Scene In Times Square

Two videos showing Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Evans filming a scene for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER in Times Square cropped up online over the weekend. The scene in question is reportedly the post-credits sequence, since it features Nick Fury. [via Comic Book Movie]