Cap, Spidey and Transformers Trailers

The Superbowl is done for another year. One team won and one team lost, but what I’m interested in are the new trailers!

Opening April 4 is the Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier. It looks darker than the original. Oh yeah!

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the longest and by far, most intense trailer of the three released today, with a focus on the villains. It opens on May 2 from Sony, withe original main cast and director. Electro reminds me of The Riddler in Batman Forever, as a loser who idolises the superhero and then goes nutty.

Finally, the Transformers sequel (that nobody really asked for), with a new human cast  is the shortest and less revealing. Lots of pointy, shiny robots, explosions and humans running. Oh, and also Optimus Prime riding a dragon-like (rather than T-Rex) Grimlock. I’m not sure if that’s cool yet.

 

Extra Sequential Podcast Episode Nineteen

61 mins. It’s Christmas time! Well, almost. Mladen and I throw out a few suggestions for present buying. Let’s call it our Generous Geek Goodies Giving Guidelines. Or something. We also yak about the manga 2001 Nights, two titles from GG studio and a lesser known character from the creator of Conan.

LISTEN TO IT BELOW, DOWNLOAD IT HERE, ON ITUNES OR MIXCLOUD.

1:35 NEWS

No Two-Face or Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, Tron: Legacy soundtrack is now available, the trailer for Transformers 3, Anthrax’s Scott Ian is writing The Demon for DC Comics, superheroes become samurai in Marvel’s 5 Ronin mini-series due in March.

17:20 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Twilight: Eclipse, Hard Candy, the original Spartacus film, Kull: The Hate Witch #1 from Robert E. Howard, manga 2001 Nights from Viz Media, A Skeleton Story and The One from Italian publisher GG Studio.

42:34 GEEK CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Mladen and I give you some guidelines for Christmas purchases. If you want to buy something for the fanboy/fangirl in your life, or if you’re a fanboy/girl who wants to get something for the comics curious person in your life, then have we got some great tips for you?! Yes, yes we do.

Transformers 3 and Batman: Arkham City Teasers

The 2:30 long teaser for the third (and now Megan Fox-less) Transformers film has just been released. Apparently Soundwave is in it. Yay! The trailer doesn’t show much, apart from the 1969 moon landing and a probably ancient Transformer. I recall they used a similar NASA approach to the teaser for the first film.

Also, just been released is this teaser for the follow-up to the best comic video game ever, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Again, it doesn’t reveal a lot, apart from some brief Jason Bourne styled beatings. Both the TF film and Batman: Arkham City are out next year.

McCarthy’s Drift

Yesterday’s storm was all anyone could talk about in the usually dry city of Perth today, it seems. It certainly was spectacular. Beyond the pics of hail damage to windows and cars was a great little article on local writer Shane McCarthy. Here’s the article about the All Hail Megatron writer and his new addition to the Transformers mythos – Drift, a Japanese racing car with a sword. Oh yeah. See pics of the toy and more at McCarthy’s blog.

Comics On Comics With Don Murphy

The Comics on Comics crew are really getting the big names these days for their amusing and casual pop culture love-ins. Details, and a classy trailer for the event,  below.

Comics on Comics Live w/ Transformers Executive Producer Don Murphy this Saturday June 27 @ Meltdown Comics in Hollywood!
Autobots, Rollout! On Saturday, June 27, it’s Comics on Comics vs.Transformers at Meltdown Comics!
 
Host Juan-Manuel Rocha welcomes mega-producer Don Murphy(TransformersTransformers: Revenge of the FallenShoot ‘Em Up), animation and video game writer/producer Flint Dille (GI JoeTransformers), along with comedians Tom Franck (Comics and Comics), Asterios Kokkinos(Cracked MagazineNPR’s Marketplace) and Claude Stewart (Comics UnleashedLast Comic Standing) as they explore The Transformers’ cultural impact and social significance, the movie adaptations, and all things giant robot!
 
The taping begins at 8pm and admission is FREE! Be sure to show up early to grab a good seat!
 
You can RSVP for this event on facebook or you can find us online here.
 
Meltdown Comics is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
 
For general inquiries, please email press@comicsoncomics.com.
 
About Comics on Comics:
 
Comics on Comics is a WebTV series where “The Greatest Comic Minds Meet The Greatest Minds In Comics.” The show, which gathers three professional comedians and one comic book creator for a round-table discussion of the latest comic book news, is hosted by Juan-Manuel Rocha and is taped in front of a live audience.Comics on Comics is produced and distributed by Retcon Media.

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Dinobots Debut From IDW

image0061Those loveable Dinobots were fan favourites in the Transformers cartoon in the 80s and hold a dear place in many Transfans’ hearts. Now, IDW, the current publisher of original Transformers comics, including tie-ins to the next live-action movie, are giving them the attention they deserve.

The first issue of Maximum Dinobots is a new-reader friendly 32 pager and will be released on December 10.Written by long-time Transformers scribe, Simon Furman, with art by Nick Roche, the series shows the Dinobots reunion and features the huge bad guy Scorponok, and two Autobots – namely, Hot Rod and Sunstreaker. Cool! That’s a lot of robots in disguise in one issue.

All Hail Megatron # 1-2 Review

Humans used to just be an afterthought in the Transformers cartoon back in the day, (The day was at some point in the 1980s) but now every screen incarnation and especially the latest toon re-imagining, feels compelled to throw in a few annoying kid sidekicks to keep the youngens happy, but it annoys us jaded Generation 1 lovers, or maybe just me.

Well, IDW’s latest series happily swings things in the ‘bots favour, thanks to writer Shane Mc Carthy and artist Guido Guidi. It begins with the Constructicons tearing up New York, and loving every minute of it, with a smashing (literally) arrival of Megatron who shows the Decepticons how it’s really done. It’s a great intro to this 12 ish series, and I could even hear the characters voices in my head, like I was 12 years old again, sitting in front of the TV on a Saturday morning.
Then the US Army try their noble best, but against transforming fighter planes, their efforts are brave, but futile. The last two pages are silently set on Cybertron as the Autobots try in vain to revive their fallen leader, Optimus Prime.
The second issue begins with a name familiar to Trans Fans – Witwicky, a Colonel in fact, who gets interrupted at a party and brought up to speed about the Decepticons destruction. Meanwhile Andy Reid, a survivor from issue one’s counter attack is doing his best to dodge a “large mechanical dog,” ie, Ravage and save bystanders while doing so. There are a lot more humans, and talking, in the second issue, but there’s also Soundwave (yes!), a surprisingly frightening attack from that manic cassette tape, Frenzy and finally, an attack from Devastator, the united Constructicons behemoth. There’s nary an Autobot to be seen here, which is fitting considering the title, but one would assume the robo-heroes would show up soon, as the humans resistance is looking limp.

As a non regular TF reader, I can’t say where this fits into the TF universe, but apparently it does slot into to current IDW continuity. This is a great series for newbies though, and old Gen Xers like me. It’s action packed, well paced and creatively written. Guidi is an unusual artistic choice, but it works. His pencils are the antithesis of the standard manga inspired fare, replete with the minute technical details that often accompany Hasbro’s most famous franchise. Guidi’s pencils are rougher and he manages to convey the erratic nature of battle well, while still creating an epic scope, especially in Megatron’s arrival and Devastator’s construction.
IDW obviously believe in this series, with a combined total of 8 variant covers for these first 2 issues alone. They’re also releasing it when they already have 5 other Transformers related books currently available. With as many fans as there are out there of the old school Robots in Disguise, from IDW’s point of view, it’s a safe bet though. And they’d be right.

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