Review – The Occultist: #1 of 3

Story: Mike Richardson & Tim Seeley
Script: Tim Seeley
Art: Victor Drujiniu
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Steve Morris (header)
Alternate Cover: Jenny Frison (pictured right)
Published: Dark Horse

The Occultist begins by introducing us to a man who appears to be a little paranoid.  We quickly find out that his paranoia is justified, the women he invited over turns out to be a demon, monstery type creature who eats and kills him.  Before this happens however, we learn that he is, or was, the Occultist.  Due to his demise a new Occultist must step into the now open position.  That someone is Robert Bailey.  Robert is your everyday typical college student, and this is the typical story.  Boy lives life, otherworldly forces are at work and pick boy, boy has no idea what is happening to him and everyone who does know only tells him information in bits and pieces.  He worked at a bookstore for a man named Mr.Elder.  We learn that Mr. Elder appeared to be a kind of mentor to Robert, but Mr. Elder has been killed.  He has since appeared to Robert posthumously and tried to guide him but did so in a cryptic, unhelpful kind of way.  We find that Robert is being guided by the Sword, which is a mystical book that Robert doesn’t really understand.  As the police investigate Mr. Elder’s death they make their way to Robert, who when the questioning becomes tough, uses the Sword’s mojo on the detective, this works successfully for him, but not so much for the poor detective who’s brain appears to have short circuited a little bit.  Unfortunately for Robert, everyone else also seems to understand how critical the Sword is.  He ends up with bounty hunters after the Sword and in the process of their search they will stop at nothing to get it, even kill him if necessary.  The bounty hunters are after the book, Robert’s after the truth and the cops are after Robert.

This comic is good, as is the art and colors.  This issue does a good job of giving some context and backstory for forthcoming issues.  The dialog is good, it made me laugh a few times, which truthfully I didn’t expect.  Overall The Occultist was entertaining,  it has an interesting premise and was enjoyable to read.

Release Date: November 9th, 2011

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

 

Review – Orchid #2

Story: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Published: Dark Horse

Like in the first issue we are given some back story on how the world in which Orchid takes place came to exist.  Before the water began to rise, the environment was in ruins, a corporate sponsored worldwide battle over land took place with no expense spared on military/war development and research.  Once the water levels rose the “lucky” that survived had no choice but to take refuge on whatever remaining dilapidated ships that were still afloat.  We learn that survival was grim and extreme measures came into play as well.  Any remnants of the past, books, art, etc. got hoarded and amassed by those who were perceived to wield power.  As time passed, land became habitable again, but people got pushed into groups, the strong and the weak.  Animals, due to the genetic mutation they had undergone, were now on top.  Humans were for the first time not the rulers of the world, this however did not stop them from simply creating areas where they could still be superior over their fellow-man.

We are then taken back to present day where Simon, Orchid and her little brother Yehzu have just arrived at the slave camp that they were on their way to at the end of the last issue.  We see at this slave camp that life is just as grim and miserable today as it was in the past.  Simon, not content to just rot away at this camp, begins talking of a revolution.  He believes, and tries to convince Orchid that, one person fighting back does nothing but if they all were to rise up and fight then they might be unstoppable.  Orchid is not interested in this idea, her only really concern is protecting her brother.  After  Simon convinces Orchid that an escape is possible she is on board, again really only having concern for herself and Yehzu.  After a daring escape our band of outcasts are forced to make a terrible decision, stay with their evil oppressors or venture into the “terrifying” wild.  Their captors will beat, rape and torture them but the wild has aggressive mutated super scary animals.  Which will they choose?

This comic is amazing!  In light of all that is going on in the United States now, this comic gets the reader riled up and ready to fight.  The art is spectacular and the dialog is both angering and inspirational, not an easy feat.  I still would like Orchid’s story to progress a little more, the comic is named after her, yet I feel like other people are bigger characters.  I have faith that this will happen in its own time, and I cannot wait for the next issue.

Release Date: November 9th 2011

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #3 Freefall Part Three

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Steve Morris Cover

Freefall part 3, where to begin? This issue really drives the story forward. We learn a lot in this issue, and along the way there are some very shocking twists and turns. In Freefall part three we meet a new type of Slayer who has a very hands on approach to slaying and undoubtedly will raise some questions about what it means to be a Slayer. We learn a great deal about his past, what got him to this point and what his intentions are. Unfortunately, with the exception of Spike (yet again), this new character is the only one helping Buffy as she is still on the lam from the police. With the seeds destruction still looming, we learn that there are even more consequences than previously imagined. Vampires seem “different” and not just in that, ve vant to suck your blood kind of way. The one good thing that does come out of this new revelation about vamp 2.0 is that it appears Buffy and Willow’s relationship is finally on the mend. The police are still searching for Buffy claiming that they “just want to talk to her” and we find that Xander and Dawn are still having domestic issues, to which I say good, end it already! Spike being the dashing, debonair hero, is on his own mission attempting to find out who and or what is after Buffy. What he finds out is far beyond what he initially imagined and is critical to Buffy’s survival. The only question becomes, will he be too late? I think we can safely say, probably not, he’s Spike, I mean really, as long as he isn’t on a platform trying to save Dawn, what can’t he do!

This issue was very good, easily the best so far of season 9. It feels like everyone is hitting their stride. The story is moving along nicely, the dialog is good, however missing some of the snark, and the art is amazing. The ending is fabulous and has a great cliffhanger that will definitely have everyone chomping at the bit for #4. I think it’s obvious that I would recommend this issue without hesitation…Go. Get. It.

Georges Jeanty Cover

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
Release Date: November 9th, 2011

Starz and BBC Worldwide Announce New Original Series “Da Vinci’s Demons”

 

 

 

Source: Starz,BBC Worldwide                                                                                                   October 25, 2011 

Starz Entertainment has green-lit a new original adventure series titled “Da Vinci’s Demons,” developed and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.  This is the first project to enter production under the multi-year agreement Starz signed with BBC Worldwide Productions earlier this summer.

The series was jointly announced today by Starz Media Managing Director, Carmi Zlotnik and BBC Worldwide Productions Head, Jane Tranter.

Written by David S. Goyer, co-writer of blockbuster and critically-acclaimed films Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight and writer of the highly anticipated Man of Steel, the eight-episode series is scheduled to begin production in early-2012.

“Da Vinci’s Demons” is David Goyer’s historical fantasy, following the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius during his raucous youth in Renaissance Florence.  Brash and brilliant, the twenty five-year old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist.  As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time.  He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.

David Goyer commented, “Da Vinci was the original Renaissance man — a near-mythic figure that has world-wide appeal.  After working with characters like Batman and Superman, it made a strange kind of sense for me to dive into the facts and legends swirling around his origins.  This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness, and all things profane.  And I’m particularly excited that I get to do it on premium cable, where the story can be as dark and challenging and irreverent as it deserves to be.  Starz and BBC Worldwide Productions have been nothing but supportive.”

Zlotnik said, “David has reimagined some of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and is again building an extraordinary prism through which to rediscover the world’s greatest genius and most mysterious man.  If modern day has Tony Stark, the Renaissance had da Vinci.  This is a story we believe will captivate the imaginations of audiences around the world and is the first of what we expect to be many productions with our talented partners at BBC Worldwide Productions.”

Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions, said, “The young life of this incredibly complex and brilliant man has not yet been explored.  With David Goyer, whose imagination has created juggernaut and iconic theatrical features, coupled with the premium presence of Chris Albrecht, Carmi Zlotnik and their Starz team, we couldn’t be more passionate about bringing this story to U.S. viewers and international audiences.”

Starz is expected to air the worldwide broadcast premiere in 2013. BBC Worldwide will distribute the series internationally. David S. Goyer is showrunner. Julie Gardner will serve as Executive Producer, along with BBC Worldwide Productions’ Head Jane Tranter.

“Da Vinci’s Demons” is the latest piece of distinguished, exclusive original programming announced from Starz.  “Boss,” starring Kelsey Grammer and produced by Lionsgate debuted on October 21. “Spartacus: Vengeance,” season two of the breakout worldwide hit, returns in January 2012 and the much-anticipated “Magic City,” debuts in April 2012.

BBC Worldwide Productions started its scripted efforts when Jane Tranter, former Controller of BBC Fiction, arrived to run the company in January 2009. Shortly thereafter Julie Gardner, former Head of Drama, BBCWales, joined as SVP, Scripted, BBC Worldwide Productions. Tranter and Gardner have been responsible for a plethora of titles in their careers including “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood,” “Little Dorrit,” “Bleak House,” “Girl in a Café,” “Ashes to Ashes” and “State of Play.” “Torchwood: Miracle Day” was the first scripted series produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, recently wrapped its run on Starz. The company has over 20 scripted projects in sold development with various cable and network partners as well as 10 unscripted series currently in production.

Review – Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1 – Big Al & Jose

I was lucky enough to get my hands on Disney’s new Vinylmation Park Starz series 1.  The Park Starz series takes iconic Disneyland “characters” from all the parks and puts them into highly detailed vinyl form.  The series features 11 different figures along with a mystery chaser.  The figures included are, Figment (Journey Into Imagination), Goat and New Guinea Boy (it’s a small world), Bride (The Haunted Mansion), Robot Butler (Horizons), Ice Gator (Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park), Skeleton Pirate (Pirates Of The Caribbean), José (Enchanted Tiki Room), Big Al (Country Bear Jamboree), Yeti (Expedition Everest), Abraham Lincoln (Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln) and Giant Squid (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea).  The two tins I bought contained Big Al  from Country Bear Jamboree (a personal favorite) and José from the Enchanted Tiki Room.   José the parrot is very well detailed.  He has little holes on his sides,that you do not even see,for the perch he comes with to fit into.  The paint is wonderful and the colors are extremely vibrant.  He is quite heavy for such a small figure and is a really adorable collectible.  For those of you who really want this one and may carry around a scale when you shop (and really, who doesn’t?)  he weighs in at 6.1 ounces, tin and all.  As mentioned above I also got Big Al, which is one that I really wanted!  He, like José, is also very detailed.  Big Al comes equipped with a little yellow guitar and a lot of personality in his face.  He, in my opinion is one of the best looking in the series.  Again, like all the figures in the series the paint is perfect as is all the detail.  For those shoppers with their scales out, Big Al weighs a hefty 8.0 ounces!

I do not have one bad thing to say about these figures, they have detail in the way that only Disney can detail things.  From the heavy-duty tin to the paint and design of each figure.  The tins that the figures come in are display worthy themselves.  They are quite large, metal and have awesome graphics.  This series is available at various locations, however your best bet will be at one of the D-Street locations in either California and Florida.  I recommend getting these quickly, at the Anaheim California D-Street location they were selling very quickly with people buying both the individual figures as well as people buying by the case!  This series is sure to sell out extremely fast and once they are out, there are no more.

As a quick note to collectors both old and new, if you buy a figure at D-Street, open it and find that you don’t want that particular one they have a trading system in place.  You can exchange your figure once per day.  If you do exchange it, what you get is not in your control, so you may get something you like more but you may also get a figure you like less.  It’s a gamble but it’s also really fun and takes some of the sting out of the expensive price tag.

Release Date: October 21st 2011
Price: $18.95

Author note: These figures are are available now (released Friday, October 21st) at various locations including D-Street in California and Florida.

Joss Whedon’s Much ado about nothing

Ok, maybe its more of Joss Whedon’s version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” But just reading the cast list is enough to reignite a passion for the bard’s tale.

The film (webfilm? short? short webfilm?) is the first project to be released under Bellwether pictures, Joss and his wife Kai Cole’s studio. We are not sure what sort of wizardry was used to allow Joss free time to film the project even if it only took 12 days to complete. No release date is known as yet but take a look at the info so far.


Santa Monica, CA (October 24th, 2011)
Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy
adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr.
Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa
Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors – some
of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all
dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and
intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project
surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture
far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio
created by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives
for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a
somewhat older story.
Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the film
stars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met
Your Mother”, “Angel”) as Beatrice and Benedick, the world’s least likely lovers headed
for their inevitable tumble into love. As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a
deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love
letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.” The supporting cast
includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle”, WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS,
IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as
Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash”, MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.
The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. Elizabeth
Hughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky. The super-impressive cast
is listed below. Full tech credits (for the extraordinary crew) will be up shortly. The film
should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is
fancy.
www.muchadothemovie.com

The Players:
Amy Acker – Beatrice
Alexis Denisof – Benedick
Nathan Fillion – Dogberry
Clark Gregg – Leonato
Reed Diamond – Don Pedro
Fran Kranz – Claudio
Sean Maher – Don John
Spencer Treat Clark – Borachio
Riki Lindhome – Conrade
Ashley Johnson – Margaret
Emma Bates – Ursula
Tom Lenk – Verges
Nick Kocher – First Watchman
Brian McElhaney – Second Watchman
Joshua Zar – Leonato’s aide
Paul M. Meston – Friar Francis
Romy Rosemont – The Sexton
And introducing Jillian Morgese as Hero

Review – Dead Man’s Run #0

Written By: Greg Pak
Illustrated By: Tony Parker
Colored By: Peter Steigerwald
Letters By: Josh Reed
Cover B: Micah Gunnell & Peter Steigerwald
Published By: Aspen Comics

 

Dead Man’s Run gets right down to business.  We meet Captain Romero right away and immediately get some intriguing back story about the maximum security prison, the Andrew Jackson Federal Corrections Facility, he works at.  For all intents and purposes it seems like a relatively normal prison, that is, until an escape attempt occurs.  We find out that the prison has many layers, and  a lot of levels of security clearance.  This begins to make the reader wonder why a normal prison would have such things.  We soon learn that this is not at all a normal prison.  This particular prison has a special realm that is literally Hell and it is “guided by justice”.  It appears that when you are a sinner and you die this is where you go.  We get a glimpse into Hell, and it doesn’t look like anywhere anyone would want to wind up!  Captain Romero, who we learn from some back story, is a balls out, do what you have to do kind of guy, along with that though, sometimes he may have not done the right thing.  He gathers a “troop” and storms Hell.  It seems that this might be his new home for quite some time. Along the way we meet some other interesting characters and it looks as though the story will revolve around them.  The warden, Sam, and Sam’s sister, Juniper.  The story alludes there might be some innocents in Hell as well and
I imagine that freeing these innocents from the imploding/perilous Hell will be a large part of where this story will take us.

Dead Man’s Run definitely peaked my interest.  It does a very good job setting up the story and giving the reader a glimpse into where the story is going.  If there are potentially innocent people (who “convicted” them?) locked up in Hell and how they will get out could be very interesting.  The art and dialog are very good and the comic itself has a lot of potential.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

 

Hulu Plus coming soon to 3DS and Wii

Nintendo has confirmed that the service will be available by the end of the year for your Nintendo portable and console systems.

While the download of the Hulu Plus app will be a free download, the service itself is a pay service. 7.99 a month is all you need to begin streaming thousands of television episodes by years end.

Modern Warfare 3 Strike Package video arrives

Looking to get all the information you can on Modern Warfare 3 before it launches next month? Check out this behind-the-scenes video on the Strike Package system to explain the functions and goals. With a bit of insight behind it and what to look forward to, players can get ready ahead of the launch for what rests ahead.

Check out the link directly or watch the video below!

Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Concert hits LA

Late notice always sucks, at least we received this for post at least 24hrs early for you guys. Zelda fans will have an amazing reward tomorrow at the Pantages Theatre, Nintendo is putting on a special event with a full 70 piece orchestra and choir for vocals to go through classics from the series and give them new life. Gamers will also get a treat with Skyward Sword available for demo on the Wii and Ocarina of Time on the 3DS, keep in mind you will likely be on timed machines with so many people attending.

For more details look below for the date, time and location and even some handy links to get you there.

WHEN:
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 @ 8 p.m.

 WHERE:
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA 90028

Find it on:
Google Maps | Mapquest | Bing