Monday, April 24, 2017

Marvel Attempts Rebirth in Fall 2017 with MARVEL LEGACY


The House of Ideas is about to use DC's idea from last year.

During the "Marvel: Next Big Thing" panel at the 2017 Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo this past weekend, Marvel announced Marvel Legacy, a new initiative intended to "return long running titles to their original series numbering with a renewed sense of hope, wonder, enjoyment and fun."

The Marvel Legacy initiative will explore the Marvel Universe, with storylines starring characters such as Odinson, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Man, the Avengers, America Chavez, Iron Man, Moon Knight, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, the Champions, Wolverine, Ironheart, Hulk, The Punisher, and more.

To seasoned comic book fans, however, this translates as Marvel's attempt to recapture lost sales that have shifted over to DC Comics following that company's successful DC Rebirth relaunch last June after The New 52.  The most recent Top 100 Comics chart from Diamond Comic Distributors shows Marvel only having 19 of the Top 50 comics in March 2017, compared to DC Comics claiming 28.  The Top 20 numbers slant even more in DC's favor, with DC having 13 compared to Marvel only having 5, with 2 of those being Star Wars titles.

And just like DC's well-received 80-page one-shot DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Marvel Comics will launch their own rebirth in the fall with Marvel Legacy #1, a 50-page one-shot "stuffed with twists, surprises, mysteries and revelations, plus a special four-panel fold-out cover by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada."

Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic of Thor: God of Thunder fame will be the creative team.  "This one-shot honors Marvel Comics’ past and it’s a good window into the present day Marvel Universe and then also sets the stage for where we’re gonna go in the future," said Aaron. "The main goal was just to be able to give this to someone who’s got no idea what’s going on in the Marvel right now and have that be a good entry point for them and I think it does that."

As for the plot of Marvel Legacy, Aaron remarked, "We get a peek into the very distant past here so we go back to the prehistoric days of the Marvel Universe.  [We are] seeing versions of Marvel’s biggest legacy characters and different versions we haven’t seen before and [an adventure] of, I guess I could call 'the Prehistoric Avengers.'  That adventure will have major ramifications for the Marvel Universe going forward."

Aaron added, "This one shot being called Legacy is not a coincidence.  This book is very much about that legacy so we see how that legacy stretches back to the distant past and we follow those characters who carry on that legacy in the present and we set the stage for those characters and that legacy will go in the continuing stories to come."

Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso said, "We want fans to get fired up, simple as that. Marvel Legacy will decide once and for all if the Marvel Universe is big enough for Miles and Peter, Riri and Tony, Thor and Jane Foster, Laura and, dare I say, Logan?  Spoiler alert: It
is."

Alonso also promised "a last-page reveal that just might break the Internet", while editor Tom Brevoort promised "the return of a central piece of the Marvel mythos that readers have been mourning in recent months."  The Fantastic Four, perhaps?

And after Marvel Legacy #1?  According to Marvel, long-running Marvel Universe titles will "revert to their classic legacy numbering, honoring and restoring their long history, as new and epic storylines launch under the Marvel Legacy banner.  Featuring clean entry points for every series, titles resuming their original numbering will be clearly marked with special trade dress and cover treatments."

So, just like DC Rebirth then.  We'll see if Marvel Legacy is a lasting one...

Friday, April 21, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 099: "Zombie Knows Best" is Up!


"Look at us, working together to solve mysteries.  We should get a van and a dog." 
– Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, iZombie: "Zombie Knows Best"

As we attempt to catch up after Karen's recent ear infection, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  So huge, in fact, we're splitting it into two parts!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 7x16: "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"  (Season Finale)
Legends of Tomorrow 2x17: "Aruba"  (Season Finale)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x16: "What If..."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x17: "Identity and Change"

iZombie 3x01: "Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother"  (Season Premiere)
iZombie 3x02: "Zombie Knows Best"
Iron Fist 1x04: "Eight Diagram Dragon Palm"
Iron Fist 1x05: "Under Leaf Pluck Lotus"

This time, we talk about things like the Nena song "99 Luftballoons", my custom Legion soundtrack, Jadis Iscariot and the Scavengers' betrayal, Sasha weaponizing herself into a zombie, Shiva the tiger as Rick's ace in the hole, the useless shopping cart barrier, the comeback of first-generation iPods, the Atom's fail with the blood of Jesus Christ, the Black Flash taking out the Reverse-Flash, the Marvel What If...? anthology, Grant Ward being Lucy Van pelt with the football, Aida becoming Madame Hydra, speculating about Fitz being Whedoned, wanting to fix the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme song, some feedback from Justina, Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who, word puns on iZombie, Clive finally being in the loop, the Fillmore Graves School for Undead Youngsters, Major's Starbucks fail, Vivian as the Season 3 Big Bad, Liv and Major on dad and teenage daughter brains, the iZombie Gang as the Scooby Gang, finally learning how Clive became a Game of Thrones fan, Danny getting controlling interest in Rand Enterprises, more of Colleen going to Fight Club, Ward's really bad day and painkiller habit, Claire Temple's introduction to Danny, some more feedback from Justina, teasing a special announcement for Episode 100and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as special guest host with the most Jesse Jackson joins us for our special 100th episode, as we review the 2016 DC Comics animated film Justice League Darkright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 078: "The Pilot" is Up!


"Imagine if time all happened at once.  Every moment of your life laid out around you like a city.  Streets full of buildings made of days.  The day you were born, the day you die.  The day you fall in love, the day that love ends.  A whole city built from triumph and heartbreak and boredom and laughter and cutting your toenails.  It's the best place you will ever be."
– The Twelfth DoctorDoctor Who: "The Pilot"

That's right, my partner in time Jesse Jackson are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, Jesse and I review "The Pilot", the long-awaited first episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like my attending the Fathom Events screening of "The Pilot", Simon & Garfunkel and The Bangles, the Twelfth Doctor becoming a university professor, wondering if River Song considered Twelve her Doctor instead of Eleven, seeing a hybrid of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker's Doctors in Peter Capaldi's Doctor, the introduction of Bill, the shoutout to William Hartnell and his wife Heather, Bill's insistence that the Doctor not wipe her mind of their adventure, Unhairy Nardole and the Chamber of Secrets, Nardole's mechanical body, speculating on the Doctor's mystery vault, wondering why the Doctor brought in Nardole as a companion, the brief return of the Movellansmy Reverse the Polarity segment, our thoughts on the first episode of Class, the Kris Marshall casting rumor, the David Bradley in the 2017 Christmas Special rumor, speculating on Peter Capaldi's final episode, the possible return of the Doctor's granddaughter Susan, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Jesse and I review "Smile", the second episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Marvel's CLOAK & DAGGER Debuts First Trailer


Get excited to see Cloak and Dagger...one year from now.

Marvel Entertainment has released the first trailer for the upcoming Freeform television series Cloak & Dagger, based on the Marvel Comics superhero duo.  In the series, Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers from different backgrounds, acquire superpowers while forming a romantic relationship.  They soon realize that their powers work better when they are together, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

The one minute, 45-second trailer opens with young Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) remembering seeing his father confronted by police when he was a young boy, while young Tandy (Olivia Holt) is shown as a young girl training for ballet.

A flashback to a car accident is shown, as Tandy tells her criminal partner and boyfriend Liam (Carl Lundstedt), "Did I ever tell you about that night?"

We see young Tyrone diving into water to rescue young Tandy after her parents' car goes off a bridge.  It seems the two are destined to be together.

Switching to the modern day, we see fleeting images of Tyrone getting into a fight during a basketball game, while Melissa Bowen (Andrea Roth), Tandy's mother, is upset as the police search their house for something.  "You can't do this!" she cries.

"It's like if I don't do everything perfectly, you're gonna lose me," Tyrone says to his mother, Adina Johnson (Gloria Reuben).  

"I'm afraid even if you do everything perfectly, I'm gonna lose you," replies Adina, tearing up.

The two manage to bump into one another and introduce themselves.  Tyrone gets mixed up with some criminals and is almost shot after escaping from the trunk of a car.

Later, we see Tyrone and Tandy running together in a graveyard at night, but as the two grab hands, a sudden burst of light emits from Tandy's hand, sending Tyrone flying.  Tandy stares at her glowing hand, then looks over at Tyrone for understanding.

We see a fleeting image of young Tandy and young Tyrone lying together on the shore, holding hands after Tyrone rescued Tandy.  Back in the present day, a guy attempts to force himself on Tandy, only to find himself stabbed in the stomach by a glowing dagger of light that Tandy somehow created.

Lastly, we see Tyrone waking up on a rooftop, dressed in a cloak.  He looks up and sees a sign belonging to the Roxxon Corporation, a fictional energy corporation from the Marvel Universe that is traditionally up to unethical and illegal activities.

If you'd like to view the trailer, you can check it out below thanks to the official Marvel Entertainment account on YouTube...




Cloak & Dagger is expected to debut on Freeform sometime in 2018.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

GHOSTWOOD 004: "Northwest Passage" is Up!


"Diane, 11:30 a.m., February Twenty-fourth.  Entering the town of Twin Peaks, five miles south of the Canadian border, twelve miles west of the state line.  I've never seen so many trees in my life."
-- FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks: "Northwest Passage (Pilot)"

It is happening again...my co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back once again with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we review "Northwest Passage", a.k.a. the 1990 pilot episode of the original ABC television series Twin Peaks!

LET'S ROCK!

In our fourth HUGE episode, Xan and I discuss things like what Xan and I were doing in 1990, the birds singing a pretty song, the now-outdated look of 1990 actually working in Twin Peaks' favor today, the discovery of Laura Palmer's body, Audrey's secret identity at school, our young Catherine and Pete fan fiction, BOB letting Leland feel suffering as he learns of Laura's death, my first three Twin Peaks Funko figures, the arrival of Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, the really Lynchian morgue scene, Cooper spotting James' motorcycle in Laura's eye reflection, Cooper being introduced to the town, Leo's truck turning up in Flesh World magazine, the brawl at the Roadhouse, Sarah Palmer's vision and bloodcurdling scream, Old Hollywood references, the alternate European version ending that reveals Laura's killer, other networks trying to capture on the show's popularity, worrying about what Dale Cooper has been doing for the past 25 years, skipping work the day after the new Twin Peaks series debuts, and more!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

First KRYPTON Pilot Trailer Leaks Online


Is Krypton about to explode onto Syfy?

The first look at the pilot for Syfy's proposed series Krypton, based on lore of the DC Comics character Superman, has been leaked online.  The series will follow Superman's grandfather – whose House of El was ostracized and shamed – as he fights to redeem his family's honor and save his beloved world from chaos.


The 90-second trailer opens with the voice of Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), Superman's grandfather.  "Kal-El," he begins, "my future grandson.  By the time you hear these words, your birthworld will be a distant memory."


"The house of El led a revolution against tyranny," he continues.  "The story of your family isn't how we died...but how we lived.  I know you will fight to save your world, just as I fought to save mine."


We see Val-El, Seg's grandfather, handing him an access key similar to the one used in the movie Man of Steel.  "Find the fortress," says Val-El.

"Your name is El -- Never forget it," remarks another character.


"The blood of House El will always bind us together," remarks Seg-El to Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell) as he slices his palm with an ornate knife and squeezes his palm, dripping blood onto the access panel.

If you'd like to check out the trailer, you can view it below thanks to BoxOfficeBuz.com...




If picked up to series, Krypton is expected to debut on Syfy sometime in 2017.

Friday, April 14, 2017

First STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Trailer Teases Luke Ending the Jedi


The Jedi may soon face their end...if Luke Skywalker gets his way.

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was revealed earlier today at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Orlando, Florida, giving Star Wars fans their first taste of the upcoming Episode VIII directed by Rian Johnson.

The two minute teaser opens on the oceanic planet Ahch-To, last seen at the very end of the previous film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  We see Rey (Daisy Ridley) gasping for air, presumably during part of her training in the Force by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as teased in 2015.

"Breathe..." says Luke calmly, "...just breathe.  Now, reach out..."

We see Rey raising pebbles into the air as Luke asks, "What do you see?"

"Light..." replies Rey as we glimpse General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) from behind in the command center of the Resistance base.  

"Darkness..." continues Rey as we see the smoldering remains of Kylo Ren's helmet, which appears to have been crushed.  

"A balance..." Rey remarks as we see a bookshelf and a page from one of the books that contains some sort of lightsaber icon.

Next, we see a faraway shot of Luke instructing Rey in the use of her lightsaber as he says "It's so much bigger," presumably referring to the power of the Force.

We then see a several fighters streaking across a field towards a line of First Order Walkers. They’re dragging something on the ground, sending up a plume of red dust or smoke.  As we watch, one hits the ground and bounces up.

Finn (John Boyega) turns up next in some sort of stasis pod, still recovering from his injuries at the hands of Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens.  This is followed by a quick shot of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his droid BB-8 racing towards Poe's X-Wing as the Resistance base appears to be under attack.

More fleeting images follow, including the Millennium Falcon destroying a TIE fighter and Rey racing towards something with her lightsaber activated.

"I only know one truth..." Luke begins as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) is shown with his cross-hilt lightsaber, sporting a nasty scar across his face from where Rey sliced him in The Force Awakens.  

We glimpse Luke and R2-D2 (Jimmy Vee) looking over some burning ruins, similar the flashback scene teased in The Force Awakens where Luke places his metal hand on R2. Quick images follow, including Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and some First Order stormtroopers, along with an intense battle between Resistance ships and TIE fighters.

"...it's time for the Jedi to end," finishes Luke ominously as his shadowy outline can be seen at the entrance of a cave on Ahch-To, and a dark, dramatic version of the Star Wars theme ends the teaser.

If you'd like to view the teaser trailer, you can check it out below thanks to the official Star Wars account on YouTube...


In addition, the first teaser poster for The Last Jedi was also released...


Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017.