Half Price DC Comics Sale

Take the most of the holidays during the festive season and the transition between 2013 and 2014 and head on over to DC Comics’ digital store for 25 great Trade Paperback collections. All are now 50% off until January 2 (that’s $6 each!) and include classics such as Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and Kingdom Come and newer releases such as Grant Morrison’s first volume of JLA, The Flash: Rebirth, All Star Superman, Fables, and American Vampire.

There’s something for everyone. All you need is a comiXology log-in, a few bucks and some reading time.

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Merry Christmas 2013!

Every year the festive season seems to just teleport in to existence, doesn’t it? Time certainly flies.

As always, there is a ton of great Christmas themed comics goodies online, but here is just a smattering.

Firstly, Dark Horse are generously offering two free digital comics (see below). Don’t worry about the price below the Read Now button. Just log-in or register, hit the button and read away.

A special thank-you for your patience.
We want to thank you for both your understanding and your continued support for our digital comics program. ‘Tis the season for giving, and we have a special gift for you. For a limited time, we have made two great Dark Horse holiday classics available for free download! That’s right, you can download both Hellboy: A Christmas Undergroundand The Goon #10: A Christmas Carol at no charge, today!
Comics Alliance have an impressive gallery of 200 Christmas comic covers over the decades, full of the whacky and irreverent and occasionally, meaningful.
For something more active, you may like to try Relevant’s 25 suggestions for a great Christmas. Also at Relevant, is this great article about the classic Christmas carol, O Holy Night. Here’s an excerpt to remind us of what Christmas really is about.
Because this Christmas, like the first one, isn’t holy. It’s just a day. But what we celebrate on this day—what we remember—is the birth of a Savior whocan handle our expectations. And our fear and anger and loneliness. It’s not just met by Jesus. It’s why he came in the first place. The only way to redeem an unholy world is with a holy sacrifice.
Merry CHRISTmas everyone!

Spider-Man Ascends Godzilla Tomorrow

A few sci-fi film trailers have been released this week. Let’s have a look!

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has many concerned with its multiple villains (Rhino, Green Goblin, Electro – with hints at more), but I’m looking forward to it. Action-y and comedy trailers below.

See Channing Tatum as a metrosexual elf in the new film from the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas).

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen star in the remake of Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, who made 2010’s low-budget Monsters, which is definitely worth seeing. Those last two cast members will also appear as siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in 2015’s Avengers sequel.

Finally, Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt may look like an Oblivion sequel in the first few seconds of the trailer, but the premise, based on a Japanese novel, All You Need Is Kill. Plus, I like the song.

Doc Savage #1 Review

It makes sense that Dynamite would eventually publish Doc Savage, one of the most famous old-timey adventure heroes from the pulp era of the ’30s and ’40s. The publisher have had success with creating comics showing new adventures of other characters from that time, such as Zorro, Green Hornet, and The Shadow.

It also makes sense that they’d get Chris Roberson to write the series, as he has an obvious respect for the era, with his previous work in novels, as well as his work on the 8 issues Masks series which sees the aforementioned heroes, and others, team up. (The collection of Masks is sitting on my bookshelf to be read, and I will, seeing as it has Alex Ross’ first interior artwork in years).

It’s a shame that Doc Savage hasn’t been in the forefront of pop culture for the last few decades really. much-maligned film in the ’70s, and an almost Arnie film, but now will become a blockbuster (hopefully) as long-time Savage fan, screenwriter and director Shane Black brings it to the big screen, after his massive success with Iron Man 3.

This first issue handles the complications of the character’s rich history ell, for a newcomer like myself. There’s not a lot of manly heroics here, so don’t expect the ripped, bronze physique of the shirt tearing Doc Savage here, but there’s enough of the supporting cast and the setting to encapsulate a sense of adventure. This debut tells the tale of a disgruntled scientist trying to prove that mankind are nothing but animals, with a device that sets of a specific radio frequency, turning people in 1930s metropolitan America in to crazed brutes who beat each other up.

Savage and his smart friends, who are summed up well with captions and dialogue, sort out the cause and solution rather quickly. To some, this may be an underwhelming issue, expecting more high stakes, glob trotting and machismo fisticuffs, but this is an entertaining and well-rounded intro to Savage’s world. Roberson’s script is text-heavy, complete with old-school inner thought speeches, but with talented newcomer Bilquis Evily’s artwork, it works.  Evily’s clean lines, yet somewhat scratchy approach remind me of Sean Murphy in a way and he fills the pages with spot-on details. The architecture, the fashion – it all looks like ’30s America.

Judging by the description for next month’s issue, this is a done-in-one tale, which means I’m looking forward to further issues and continuing adventures.

Check out a preview of this issue right here.


Son of God Trailer

I have yet to watch the ratings record breaking The Bible mini-series, but have it on DVD and plan to get through the 10 episodes throughout the Christmas break. I’m keen to watch it, as it will surely serve to remind me of the epic tales of the Old Testament especially, and the powerful reaction the upstart called Jesus caused.

It has been so successful actually that the creators are releasing a film, edited from the episodes plus deleted scenes that will focus on Jesus. Called Son of God, it premieres in February, and the trailer can be seen below.

Released a month later is Noah, director Darren Aronofsky’s (The Wrestler, Black Swan) film centred on Noah, with Russell Crowe as the desperate and obedient man. Don’t expect it to be extremely biblically accurate, naturally, but it’s sure to be entertaining.