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Comic Review: Uncanny #3
Maximus Prime   |  

Uncanny #3Uncanny #3
Written by Andy Diggle
Illustrated by Aaron Campbell
Colored by Bill Crabtree
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Covers by Sean Phillips and Dan Panosian
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

“There are others like you. Edge cases. Living on the fringes, hiding in the shadows…afraid to show their abilities.”

If you had a super power, would you hide it? Would you use it to benefit others or for personal gain? In Uncanny #3 written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Aaron Campbell, Dominic Weaver begins to realize that no matter what you choose to do with your powers, others will always seek to exploit them, because everything comes with a price tag.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Series 3, Vol. 2
cGt2099   |  

Doctor Who: Series 3, Vol. 2Doctor Who, Vol. 2
Eye Of Ashaya
Written by Andy Diggle, Richard Dinnick, Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Josh Adams, Marc Deering, Horatio Domingues, Ruben Gonzalez, Charlie Kirchoff, Andres Ponce, Adrian Salmon
Cover by Mark Buckingham and Charlie Kirchoff
IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 3, 2013
Cover Price: $17.99

The second collection of comics featuring the Matt Smith incarnation of the Doctor follows through a few adventures that will sure to be a delight to fans of the modern Doctor Who series, with a few references to the classic series as well. Set after the Battle of Demon’s Run, but still with the Ponds as the Doctor’s travelling companions, this compilation of short adventures will be a must-read for Whovians.

The first story, The Eye of Ashaya, features the return of Lady Christina from the excellent Planet of the Dead episode from the David Tennant era. The story reunites the Doctor with the professional thief, though in the most unlikely of places – in another galaxy someplace. The tale brings into question how Christina got there in the first place, and also her motives.

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Comic Review: Uncanny #1
Waerloga69   |  

Uncanny #1Uncanny #1
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Aaron Campbell
Colors by Bill Crabtree
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Jock, Sean Phillips, Dan Panosian
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 26, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

As kids, we all wanted a superpower…right? Okay, be honest here. That carried through to adulthood, didn’t it? Especially when we go see any of the blockbuster comic-based films that Hollywood has turned (or churned) out in the last decade or two. Well, Uncanny #1 is the story of a guy with just such an ability. What he does with it is less than spectacular, but we all make poor decisions from time to time.

Okay, first off it’s good to know who you’re dealing with here. The guy’s name is Weaver and he’s a con artist. Sure, he’s got the badass ability to siphon the thoughts and knowledge from people that he touches, but he uses it to gamble and cheat people out of their money. Unfortunately for him, this information that he absorbs is very temporary. And he’s started noticing that his power is becoming slightly unreliable, though he has no idea why. But Weaver’s life is about to change. Other folks have taken an interest in him and, luckily, they’ve got pretty good timing. A last minute rescue finds him racing off with no idea what the future holds.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who #10
cGt2099   |  

Doctor Who #10Doctor Who #10
Written by Andy Diggle and Eddie Robson
Art by Andy Kuhn and Charlie Kirchoff
Covers by Mark Buckingham and Charlie Kirchoff
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

The latest issue of IDW’s Doctor Who enters the second part of a new story arc called Sky Jacks, which (plot wise) is about as mad as many of the episodes of the long-lived and much-loved television series. The current issues have now moved on from the Pond days of the Matt Smith Eleventh Doctor era, and now Clara Oswald, our new companion, is included in the IDW series.

The opening of this issue features a reunion between Clara and the Doctor – both have been sucked into a dimensional universe thingy of some kind through a white hole, that’s made their arrival more than timey wimey: for the Doctor, he’s been there three years (and now has a huge beard), and for Clara, it’s only been a few hours.

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Comic Review: Thief of Thieves #14
cGt2099   |  

Thief of Thieves #14Thief of Thieves #14
Story by Robert Kirkman, James Asmus, and Andy Diggle
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Shawn Martinbrough
Colors by Felix Serrano
Cover by Shawn Martinbrough and Felix Serrano
Image Comics
Publication Date: May 29, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

I’m a sucker for those good old heist movies, in which there are all kinds of complicated plot twists and turns and surprises, highlighting the advanced master strategy of the protagonist – the forward-thinking nature of the (anti)hero we follow. Enter Thief of Thieves, the concept of which is literally like the above description, though things go awry and the tale moves into a completely singular and sometimes unexpected direction.

Thief of Thieves follows the master of pilfering renowned among the criminal netherworld and organized syndicates, known as Redmond (aka Conrad Paulson). He is the best of the best, and is known for taking down major heists. But in his mind, his time is up – it’s time to step out of the scandalous life, and retire. Despite this, constant evolving events cause him to get dragged back into the lifestyle.

His son, Augustus, tries to follow in his father’s shoes, more so from rebelliousness against Daddy Redmond. Augustus gets himself tied up in Mexican Cartel business, causing his father to step in and attempt to pull his son out of a hole that just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

This brings us to Issue 14…

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C2E2 2011: Marvel Announces New Creative Teams for ‘The Punisher’ and ‘Daredevil’
Henchman21   |  

Punisher promo by Marco Checchetto

Rumors have been getting passed around about these two titles for the last few days, but Marvel officially announced the new creative teams for The Punisher and Daredevil during Saturday’s Cup o’ Joe panel at C2E2 2011.

Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Marcos Martin will be taking over on Daredevil, while Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto will be taking over The Punisher. (See Checchetto’s Punisher promo art here above.) The two new series will be released in July and August respectively, with new #1 issues for each series.

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Khepri Comics Thanksgiving Appetizers Sale
Henchman21   |  

It’s a sad thing to say, but it will be Christmas before you know it, and if you’re looking to get a jump on your gift buying for that comic book fan in your life, or if you just want to buy something for yourself, Khepri Comics is running a sale you will want to check out.

Go to Khepri Comics to their “Thanksgiving Appetizers” section between now and November 24th, and you can get a 40% discount on a number of trades and single issues.

Standouts of the sale are both volumes of Greg Rucka’s Whiteout for $8.37 each; Brian K. Vaughn’s Ex Machina hardcover and softcover editions; and Andy Diggle and Jock’s The Losers Book 1 for $11.99 and Book 2 for $14.99.

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Blu-ray Review: The Losers
Three-D   |  

The Losers Blu-ray DVDThe Losers
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Sylvain White
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
Warner Bros Home Video
Release date: July 20, 2010

The Losers, based on a DC comic, isn’t merely hell-bent on expressing violence like recent comic book adaptations (Jonah Hex). There is a method behind its outrageous madness. Externally The Losers and violence are mutually inseparable, finding pleasure in things that go BOOM, but internally is where it separates itself from the Jonah Hexes out there and undergoes an operation that is primarily inspired by one emotion: revenge. This intense sense of emotion is precisely what the picture needs because it has an actor in Jeffrey Dean Morgan who can construct a character who is riddled with guilt to perfection. We have seen him do it before in Watchmen, a film in some instances The Losers represents.

The similarities that can be found in both films have to do with the idea of abandonment and betrayal. Extending beyond violence, director Sylvain White finds a potent force that can withstand the over excessive amount of violence the picture contains. That force deals with humane elements. In Watchmen the heroes are depressed due to authorities and citizens questioning their true colors. The heroes are then wounded by the abandonment of such people. In The Losers a group of five highly trained Special Ops workmen led by Clay (Morgan) are stained with the same kind of abandonment.

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Spoiler Talk: The Losers
Guy_Jen   |  

The LosersThe Losers is one of my favorite comics that showed me that not all comics have to be complicated and bogged down by continuity and details. Sometimes comics can be just an enjoyable, action-packed thrill ride. So, needless to say, I was extremely excited when I saw that this was coming to the big screen — I was overjoyed! I still strongly believe that this movie could have been marketed so much better and made so much more money, but that is a different story all together.

I definitely enjoyed this movie more than any other movie I have watched this entire year. I’ve already watched it twice and will probably see it again. It had that great popcorn action flick feel just like the comic did. It was a fun action movie that just kept on going all the way through the end and didn’t drag even for a second.

Unlike Kick-Ass, The Losers is a very close adaptation of the first volume of the comic and can people will easily see where the story is coming from. In fact, the casting in this movie was near perfect and Cougar, who is my favorite in the comic, is also my favorite in the movie. I really hope this movie does well because I would love to see the sequel be made because of its success. Anyways, enough of the small talk let’s get to the SPOILER TALK!

Below are my spoilerific thoughts on the movie The Losers. Don’t forget to add your spoiler-laden musings at the end in the comments section.

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New Movie Promo Image From ‘The Losers’; Free Download Of First Comic Book Issue
Empress Eve   |  

The Losers movie promo imageOn Friday, the trailer was released for The Losers, the film adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic book series of the same name, which opens in theaters April 9, 2010 [Read: Watch Now: First Trailer For Comic Book Adaptation ‘The Losers’].

In an article interviewing the film’s director Sylvain White, the LA Times Hero Complex blog unveiled a new promo image, which spotlights the film’s main characters. The image is reminiscent of The Losers graphic novel cover [see The Losers Vol. 1 & 2] and features Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Clay, Chris Evans as Jensen, Zoë Saldana as Aisha, Óscar Jaenada as Cougar, Idris Elba as Rogue, and Columbus Short as Pooch.

Check out the image here at right and click for larger, full view.

For those of you not familiar with The Losers comic book, by Andy Diggle and Jock, Issue #1 of the series is available now as a FREE download [link opens up 8.7 MB PDF]: Download Issue #1.

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