New Pacific Rim Trailer

From the recent WonderCon, comes this exciting trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s July releasing film, Pacific Rim. Seeing it’s from del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) , we get plenty of cool looking action, and of course, Ron Perlman.

I have the two re-done Blu-Rays of the excellent anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which Pacific Rim has been compared to, with its giant mechs vs giant monsters set up. Still, certainly worth seeing on the big screen.

The prequel comic, with a cover by Alex Ross (below) hits stores form Legendary Comics a few weeks before the film.

Hitting stores June 5, PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO serves as a prequel to the highly-anticipated motion picture — Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim.  Chronicling the very first time Earth is menaced by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, these inhuman beasts rise from the ocean depths and threaten to extinquish all mankind! Witness the race to develop massive robot fighting machines called Jaegers, each one controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This action-packed book features many of the key characters from the film as we follow them in their early careers. Written by Pacific Rim screenwriter himself, Travis Beacham, and with del Toro’s hands-on supervision, this volume is beautifully illustrated by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, and Pericles Junior; inks by Steve Bird and Mark McKenna. 

Be on the lookout at for more information on PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO. 

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Iron Man 3 Review

At Broken Frontier you can check out my review of Iron Man 3. We got it here early in Australia, like we did with Thor, and Tintin. It opens in the rest of the world this week.

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Halo Comics Now At Dark Horse

Marvel may eventually take Star Wars from Dark Horse, but Dark Horse are now taking Halo from Marvel.

A NEW ERA OF HALO® COMICS BEGINS AT

DARK HORSE!

One of the most iconic video game franchises in history comes to the number-one publisher of licensed comics! 

Dark Horse continues in the tradition of bringing only the biggest and best characters and story lines to comics with the announcement of the Halo: Initiation miniseries, launching in August! This exciting new miniseries will be written by Halo 4 writer and comics veteran Brian Reed, with art by Marco Castiello (Secret Invasion: Front Line,Star Wars: Purge)!

Before she was a supersoldier defending humanity as part of the Spartan-IV program, Sarah Palmer was an ODST—Orbital Drop Shock Trooper—carrying out the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines! See how she became the first Spartan-IV commander in this must-read series for fans of Halo 4 and the Halo franchise!

“A rich science fiction universe driven by compelling characters, Halo has all the makings for show-stopping comics, ” said Dave Marshall, Dark Horse Editor. “In Initiation, Brian and Marco are delivering an action-packed thrill-ride with a beating heart of authentic human drama.”

“It’s really exciting to work with Dark Horse in continuing the Halo story in comics. After Halo 4 and Spartan Ops, fans wanted to know more about the origins of the Spartan-IV program and Sarah Palmer in particular. So it’s great fun to be able to grant those wishes with a partner like Dark Horse,” said writer Brian Reed.

For an exclusive look at an interior page, check out Wired

Look for Halo: Initiation #1 on sale in comic shops everywhere on August 14!

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Superman: Unbound Clip With Lois And Supergirl

After the first clip from next month’s animated film, comes this new one focusing on the ladies.

This is shaping up to be one good looking film and by that, I mean the style of animation, although the characters are cute too. I’m glad they went with Supergirl’s pre-New 52 costume. It’s much better than her current duds.

Supergirl and Lois Lane — voiced by CASTLE stars Molly Quinn & Stana Katic, respectively — take the spotlight in an all-new clip from SUPERMAN: UNBOUND, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.The film also features the voices of Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) and John Noble (“Fringe,” “The Lord of the Rings” films) as Superman and Brainiac, respectively.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, SUPERMAN: UNBOUND arrives May 7, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for
Digital Download.

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Thor: The Dark World Trailer

Ahead of tomorrow’s release of Iron Man 3 (here in Australia, anyway) comes the first trailer for the Thor sequel, reuniting the cast form the original, and with Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston as bad guy Malekith. I like the way the familiar Marvel logo becomes Thor’s cape, but I’m getting tired of seeing London destroyed again, after witnessing its destruction in G.I. Joe Retaliation, and the upcoming Star Trek sequel.

Just as Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvels The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

Including some good stuff, and some not so good stuff.

One of my goals as of late has been to read more novels, and that’s what I’ve been doing on my lunch breaks at work. Over the last few months I’ve read Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. It’s kind of in the vein of World War Z, but I much preferred Wilson’s 2011 book, and Steven Spielberg has been attached to a film version for a while, but that’s now on hold. I also read, or rather almost finished Eric Van Lustbader’s The Bourne Deception. I picked it up for $5 at one of those discount book warehouses not far from my workplace, but with its expanding list of characters, and ties to previous novels in Lustbader’s Bourne books, I just couldn’t keep reading it every day when I knew I had other books waiting for me . I treat films the same way. I give them 30 mins and if they don’t grab me, I stop watching. The most recent film to suffer from my cinematic snobbery was Bachelorette.

Thankfully, even though I’m spending less on comics now, I still enjoy my weekly trip to the local comic book shops, and the library now holds new monthly issues of Marvel, DC and Image series. This is good news, and I hope many other libraries do this too. Two of the women who work there are impressively knowledgeable about comics, clearly beings fans, and I always make  a point to talk to them about sequential art.

This is how I’ve been reading Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu, and All New X-men by Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen and David Marquez. I’ve read the first 6 issues of the Green Goliath’s adventures, and it’s the best run I’ve read since Peter David’s game changing approach in the ’90s. So far it’s featured a sympathetic Bruce Banner who now works for S.H.I.E.L.D and features wit and drama, plus surprises like appearances by the Quintronic Man, and undersea tyrant Attuma. The latest issue is drawn by Walt Simonson and although his style is quite different from Yu’s, the legendary penciller known mainly for his epic run on Thor, excels here, plus throws in a mysterious retro look for the Norse hammer wielder too.

Indestructible Hulk is like Waid’s current work on Daredevil. It may not always be accessible to newbies, but it’s fun, intense superhero action.

Apart from Injustice: Gods Among Us, the videogame tie-in that’s rocketing up the sales charts, my other fave ongoing at the moment is All New X-Men. Yes, it’s yet another fresh relaunch, but this time it actually is fresh. In short, Beast, sensing his demise due to his growing mutations, gets so desperate that he travels back in time to the original five X-Men and asks them to see how dangerous, and cynical Scott Summers, AKA Cyclops has become. I’d say many of the readers who grew up reading the original X-Men adventures in the ’60s aren’t reading today’s version, but the naivete of the founding members clashing with their vastly different counterparts, and the far scarier world they left is a great set up. Stuart Immonen is one of my fave artists and his 5 issues kicked things off tremendously, and David Marquez carries on the oh so pretty visuals. Immonen is back for a while though, with the current ish (#9) showing what he can do with a great battle against giant robotic Sentinels.

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Nova #4 Variant Cover

Stephen Platt was one of the biggest artists of the ’90s with his title Prophet. He’s been working in the film industry for the last few years, but has been putting his toe back in the water with variant covers for Marvel, including the X-Sanction mini-series, and now this. Take it away, press release.

Superstar Artist STEPHEN PLATT Covers NOVA #4!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the Nova #4 Platt Variant by superstar artist Stephen Platt! The sold-out smash hit series, from the blockbuster team of Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuinness, continues as Nova finds himself smack dab in the middle of an intergalactic battlefront! Following his training, courtesy of the Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Gamora & Rocket Racoon, Nova comes face to face with THE CHIUTARI! But with questions still surrounding the disappearance of Sam’s dad, the very safety of the ENTIRE Marvel Universe hangs in the balance!

Fans and critics agree, they love Nova!

“I’m very glad to see a good Nova book back on the stands” – Aint It Cool News

“Quite simply, this comic book is big screen wow.” – Comic Book Resources

“We’re off to a great start.” – ComicVine

“This is welcoming refreshment” – iFanboy

“It’s fun, light-hearted, and oh-so-pretty.” – IGN

“Nova is a dynamic entree for those looking to cruise Marvel’s spaceways.” – Newsarama

Each issue of Nova includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & Android devices). Additionally, each issue of Nova features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to your local comic shop and reserve a copy of Nova #4 Platt Variant, today!

NOVA #4 (MAR130618)

NOVA #4 PLATT VARIANT (MAR130619)
Written by JEPH LOEB

Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

Variant Cover by STEPHEN PLATT

FOC – 4/22/13, ON SALE – 5/22/13

NOVA #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JAN138312)

Written by JEPH LOEB

Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

ON-SALE NOW!

NOVA #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB138449)

Written by JEPH LOEB

Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

ON SALE – 5/1/13

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