Dark Horse Comics Debuts Yearlong 30th Anniversary Variant Program

2016 marks 30 years since Dark Horse Comics erupted onto the scene with their very first title, Dark Horse Presents. Since 1986, Dark Horse Presents has won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards and launched some of comics’ greatest heroes.

This week, Dark Horse is releasing a new variant program which will continue throughout 2016. Every month, one comic will be selected to have a very special 30th Anniversary variant cover paying homage to a specific issue of Dark Horse Presents. Additionally, each issue serves as a perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

30257Now on comic store shelves is the Hellboy Winter Special, which features Mignolaverse debuts by Tim Sale (Captain America: White), Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), Chris Roberson (iZombie), and Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, One Kick). The Mike Mignola cover artwork is a throwback to the very first issue of Dark Horse Presents (1986).

30679Continuing where the Rise of the Tomb Raider game left off, Lara Croft takes on fresh adventures in a new comic series by Eisner Award–winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer). Hitting stands in February, the stunning variant cover by Joëlle Jones harks back to Dark Horse Presents #9 (1987).

 

30906In March, Dan Abnett begins Predator: Life and Death, the first chapter in a new story cycle involving Predators, Aliens, and the mysterious Engineers from Prometheus! The variant cover, drawn by Dark Horse senior editor Chris Warner, is a return to Warner’s original cover for Dark Horse Prese
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30681And in April, Brian Wood brings his sharp storytelling to Aliens: Defiance, while rising star Tristan Jones draws the scariest xenomorph you’ve seen in years. The variant cover features incredible artwork by originalAliens artist Mark A. Nelson and evokes Dark Horse Presents #40 (1990).

More 30th Anniversary variant covers will be revealed soon, so make sure to head to your local comic shop to pick up these extremely collectible Dark Horse covers!

Review – Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird #2

Writer: Caitlin R. Kiernan

Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson

Colorist: Carlos Badilla

Cover Artist: Greg Ruth

Published by: Darkhorse Comics

After the death of Dancy, Maisie and bird are hanging at the Old live Cemetery in Selma, 23974Alabama, they come across an old lady who bird sees as a potential client to con, with Dancy gone Maisie now has to provide for herself without Dancy and performing mediums is one the ways she does for cash. Things get interesting when we jump to Carson and Hunters trailer the two are clearly psychopaths, like a scene in a horror movie the two of them are covered in blood, the dialog between them is interesting it seems that they have plans for Maisie, hopefully in the upcoming issues we see what exactly what it is.

When Maisie and bird reach the old lady form the cemetery’s house, she begins to setup for the medium, as they begin Brid notices that the old lady has a cat which is a big no no for him/her and con ends up a disaster with bird revealing its self, lady freaks out and calls Maisie a witch and throws the both of them out of her house, knowing that the old lady will spread the word of their con the two of them leave the town.

The issue ends on a cliffhanger when two unknown werewolves track down Hunter and Carson, and begin to what looks like an ambush attack thinking the two are just humans.

Conclusion: Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird #2 is dark and witty like some of other Dark horse comics, while I haven’t read a lot the previous Alabaster series, I had to do some back tracking to catch up to speed, and as of right now I can’t really say anything bad or good, so I’ll continue to follow this series so can give this series the proper review in deserves.

Links: Preview | Order (Digital)

Release Date: January 13, 2016

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

Suplex City [Merch]

Sometimes there are just precious moments in time, we capture them with photos, likeness images and more. Last night if you were watching the last match at Wrestlemania there was a solid moment where Lesnar broke out a response to a fumbling Reigns with “Suplex City Bitch” a pretty blunt statement on him being able to do that all night if he had to.

Anyway, while that’s another story we’ll hopefully cover this week (Wrestlemania) I wanted to toss this gem out there, a Bamfas / BAM. Workshop print to capture the moment.

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Catch it for yourself if you want it in our still forming storefront area on CafePress

Chuck Original Soundtrack arriving April 7th

While Chuck wrapped up in 2012, fans get a treat in April with the OST release for the series, featuring original score tracks and performances by Jeffster and Vik Sahay. A few key tracks will include “Take on Me”, “Fortunate Son”, “Fat Bottom Girls” and two bonus tracks of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and “Mr. Roboto” from Jeffster.

Chuck was fortunate to see a musical score that catered to all the key moments of each episode, Tim Jones who sat at the helm has gone on to other work but finally this key piece will be available for the world to share in when it hits digital and retail channels on April 7th, 2015.

Furious 7 introduces The W Motors Lykan

The Fast and Furious has always featured some outrageous cars for the budget and time of each movie, from super high power Supra’s, R34’s and more to the W Motors Lykan Hypersport, a monster of a car using a turbocharged Flat-6 pushing 240mph. What’s even crazier is the movie is playing with a car that  only has 6 other co-models in the world.

The actors reflect on using the car in the movie and the fun they had shooting with such a rare machine in the franchise. It’s worth a look and my goodness it looks absolutely stunning from just the clips they’re teasing.

Furious 7 hits theaters April 3rd, while you wait though check out the short gallery below for more images from this announcement.

Road to Madden Bowl XXI

So Madden Bowl XXI is over, but the road to it was fun and pretty interesting and something I planned to post about, let’s kick it off and run down the timeline.

November 7th, 2014 I wake up to an email invite from GM to sit in on the Connected Car Expo and experience some Q&A and also stay around to check out the LA Auto Show, after CCE there would be some other events including a Madden Competition and a GT6 event down in Hollywood. It was new but it wasn’t out of my wheelhouse, I focus on tech and I’ve been a car and racing enthusiast for ages. I opted in to join in on a new experience and see what I could do in a show like that.

Flash forward to Day 0, Connect Car Expo, meeting the GM team that invited me to the show and getting the thing started. The big promo for the morning, car connectivity, not just through navigation systems and media players in cars but going further with 4G / LTE and hyper awareness of where the car can go. Behind us in the lobby seating zone, a GMC Canyon with 4G sits, it also has a full LCD screen mounted in the tailgate and an Xbox One with Madden connected online. Showcasing the lower latency and ability to play anywhere, it’s a cool feature, probably the greatest tailgate experience if you can swing it too.

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After hearing about many predictions and projects of integrating tech and the driving experience we head out, check out the GMC Canyon in further detail, looking at the interior, talking wi-fi hotspots and Onstar connectivity to the phone for full control of the car. After a quick hop in the cars we head off to Luxe City Center and it all begins, writers and editors for other publications gather in, we snack, watch TV’s get setup and find the details of the competition, the winner of the qualifier will represent GMC in Madden Bowl XXI in Scottsdale, AZ. The room falls a bit silent, I feel the nerves in my hands come alive, I start tapping my feet, I’m eager. I haven’t dedicated myself to football games in a while but I feel confident enough to give it a challenge.

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After a few rides out test driving and shooting photos of the Canyon we come back, some of the numbers for competitors have dwindled down and it all begins. Paired off we play rounds in our bracket until we come to a finale. It’s a strange thing of course, start with relative ease or calm, as the time passes on the hands sweat, the lean forward becomes more clear, breathing focuses and the eyes study the screen while those nerves start to betray with eagerness and hyper activity. It’s a closer match in the final, felt like I was barely going to scrape by on it, with everything on the line though the plays started coming together and the final score hit.

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It was a blank moment, surreal in every sense, everyone excited and I was trying to figure out what happened. I play matches in other games all the time online and at arcades but nothing quite matched up to what just happened because of how big the future of it was. I celebrated a bit, was given a bag of cool goodies including a copy of Madden 15 on Xbox One and the future was all in my hands.

After my days for the LAAS wrapped up I headed back, took a few days and studied the pricing online, given Black Friday was around the corner there were early deals all over, I snagged a base Xbox One (AC Unity Ed) for about 300 at Fry’s with a coupon. From that point on I spent near daily practice on Madden, using my team from the event (Bengals!) learning better play calling, getting more hours in and studying better formation usage so that I wasn’t using spray and pray. While things like the Madden coaching suggestions were a nice starter guide it didn’t make a ton of sense if I was going to play on a bigger stage though.

I studied and talked with Tech2k about my options, about how to target my matches on tighter clocks, what formations would work best and how aggressive my style would be. We went over last-minute adjustments on the line, hot routes and more to create windows where there might be a lack of them.

Finally January was at a close, tons of matches had closed in Madden 15, I had the game pouring out of my eyeballs and we were on the flight to Scottsdale. I was nervous, feeling nauseated and trying to reinforce that I just spent the last few months nonstop playing Madden in dedicated practice periods and in any free moments I had. My Xbox One packed in my carry-on with me and I’d keep going until the final that night.

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After landing it was clear, no going back, there’s no tomorrow it was all on the practice and the final event. We loaded up in a GMC Canyon All-Terrain that GMC had set aside for us to get around in and headed to the hotel. The hours ahead included some mexican food, tea and somewhat sleep deprived practice. After a short nap and a bit more play it was time to head down to the big show. Unfortunately it was also pouring buckets.

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We played that night, a Super Bowl inspired theme with open mods to the teams and playbook. The Madden Bowl fell into 2 areas, the main pro / celebrity area on stage and tents on the back section where we played out of the back of a Canyon, it was an odd scenario, it all started that way and it was all ending that way. As the rain came down we played on though and eventually in the battle of EA vs GMC… well.

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I guess that says it all right? It was a harder challenge going Seahawks vs Patriots given I hadn’t really practiced using either, my opponent was someone who felt at home in their game, trying to make quicker calls, playing tough and scoring early. We went in 5 minute quarters and in those first 2 I wasn’t able to make it happen. In the second half we kept going, those nerves were alive again and I was full of bad reactions, random tosses of the ball still and I wasn’t connecting. With some calm breaths and focus I found my pocket though, a blitz where I went play action with a decent pass, there wasn’t anyone in the backfield and it charged home. I didn’t get too eager, with the game tied I played it safe and kicked.

The remaining game was wide open and it would be on my defense to hold the ball in the midfield to avoid a field goal. As we clashed on it was a universal sentiment that we would probably head into overtime, both sides seemed pretty confident as our defenses allowed little traction and the punts were piling up. On a lucky break through the Seahawks came to life for me, we broke through in the last-minute, Lynch being a critical point breaking through just enough for the conversions, it was adding up, with slants and rushing helping edge us up we got a clear pass that forced me to stop the clock. It was a 38 yard shot, well within the kicking range of the match. Launched off it was a good shot and we left 5 seconds on the clock. After the punt and kneel there was one play left, a long bomb Brady hail mary shot, with no room to get any play in it was the only one in the bag, he shot off and connected but the deep defense was there and plowed him out around the 40 leaving our matchup to end.

The entire experience was surreal, I still look back on it now wondering if that just really happened. Then I look over at the Xbox One and it’s an obvious reminder yes it did happen and it was very exciting. Winning with GMC was a really cool thing that I can mark down and always remember. It’s a testament that with time and effort you can pull off amazing things and that any opportunity has the potential to bring so much more.

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Terminator Genisys (2015)

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Ever wonder what the world would have looked like if Sara Connor was prepared for the oncoming War? In the upcoming Terminator Genisys Kyle Reese who’s played by actor Jai Courtney is sent back in time to save Sarah Connor unlike the original movie where Sarah mostly was sacred and running for her life, this time around she’s fully aware and capable of taking care of herself.

On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to save his mother Sarah Connor’s life and ensure his own existence. However, what Kyle finds on the other side is like nothing he ever expected.

After being orphaned at age 9 by a Terminator, Sarah Connor has since been brought up by another Terminator Model 101 programmed to protect her. This Terminator has then trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject.

 

Terminator Genisys has been slated to hit theaters July 1, 2015 by Paramount Pictures and will cast Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke.

Check out the action packed trailer down below.

The Last: Naruto The Movie (2015)

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On December 6, 2014 Masashi Kishimoto released the final Naruto movie: Za Rasuto: Naruto za Mūbī ake The Last: Naurto the Movie and that short amount of time the movie has already made 515 Million Yen making it the #1 movie in japan, when you break it down in US money it adds up around 4.27 Million, in just two days the film over took the previous Road to Ninja total box office numbers, you can guarantee that number will continue to shoot up as the year finishes.

News of a United States release has not been stated but I’m sure Studio Pierrot will announced something around the end of the year.

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Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)

 

If you haven’t been under a rock the last couple weeks JJ Abrams and company released the new teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and from the responses of the many fans out there it looks as if JJ and company are on the right track. With the trailer being just over a minute thirty it showed just enough footage to let people know they’re bring everything fans loved in the past movies to the future.

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You know you’ve made an impact when SNL does a skit about a 1:30 trailer, over 58 million viewers on YouTube watched the trailer with hype meter shooting through the roof let’s see if Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm keep this momentum up until December 18, 2015.

As for the plot nothing has been revealed as of yet only that it will be 30 years after The Return of the Jedi, the movie will also include the original cast such as Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, it also will feature a few new cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis.

Down below are the original and a couple of spoof trailers I found amusing

Disney Parody Trailer

SNL’s The Force Awakens Trailer

AUTOMATA coming to theaters and OnDemand next week

Automation is something society thrives for, making things easier, reducing the strain of manual labor and risk of life on dangerous jobs. In AUTOMATA it’s a world where we’ve excelled to full assistance but our robot companions have hit their own milestone, self-modification and modifying other robots to share in this self-awareness.

Antonio Banderas has the job of keeping an eye over this sub-population in the world, striking down any robots deviating from the norms until something new happens, a shift that can stir the entire ecosystem into turmoil and it’s up to him to lock it down for good.