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DVD Review: Marvel Knights: Wolverine Vs. Sabretooth
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Marvel Knights: Wolverine Vs. SabretoothWolverine vs. Sabretooth
DVD
Based on the comic written by Jeph Loeb
Screenplay adapted by Jeph Loeb
Illustrated by Simone Bianchi
Directed by Carl Upsdell
Shout! Factory
Not Rated | 66 Minutes
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Cover Price: $14.97

Welcome, one and all, to the world of Marvel Knights and the animated features available therein. This week I am pleased to bring you the motion comic Marvel Knights: Wolverine Versus Sabretooth. I will admit that I’m still on the fence as to whether I like this medium or not. I do appreciate that it’s one more way to grab the attention of folks who might otherwise not pick up a comic, but I wonder sometimes if this format will stand the test of time.

If you are unaware of how this all works then allow me to enlighten you. Taking the original comic, frame by frame, parts are dissected and given life by allowing for some basic movement on screen. By stringing together the panels, we are given some fairly clean motion that preserves the integrity of the source material…mostly. Sometimes, as with all adaptations, parts of the original must be sacrificed for the sake of fluidity and continuity. This particular motion comic seemed to be more or less intact, though it might still confuse the newbies.

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Eliza Dushku On Voicing She-Hulk In ‘Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.’
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Eliza Dushku Plays She-Hulk in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Eliza Dushku has the reputation for taking on characters that don’t let much get in their way. From playing Faith on Buffy The Vampire Slayer to being the voice of Catwoman in Batman: Year One, she seems to enjoy characters who are far from timid. She is continuing in that vein by giving a voice to She-Hulk in the new animated series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. shown on Disney XD in the United States and premiering this week on the Canadian network Teletoon.

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DVD Review: Marvel Knights: Wolverine Origin
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Wolverine OriginMarvel Knights: Wolverine Origin
DVD
Based on the comic written by Paul Jenkins
Screenplay adapted by Joe Quesada, Paul Jenkins and Bill Jemas
Original Art by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove
Directed by Carl Upsdell
Shout! Factory
Rated R | 66 Minutes
Release Date: July 9, 2013

Many of you may not of heard of this new comic format. It’s referred to as a motion comic. Essentially it’s a comic or graphic novel that is adapted to film by basically dissecting each panel and moving pieces of it to create the illusion of action. It is probably pretty painstaking work since we don’t see too much of it. Marvel Knights: Wolverine Origin is the first of these I have seen from Marvel, though I do own one from another comic company.

Being referred to as “the greatest story never told” is a tough bill, but ever since being introduced in 1975, Wolverine has been one of the most enigmatic comic characters around. Whereas other heroes had their backstories filled in fairly well, poor Logan’s has long remained a mystery. Until Paul Jenkins wrote the graphic novel Wolverine Origin and revealed the past for all to see, that is. I must admit, I remember reading the story back in 2009 and pretty much liking it. There were still some obvious gaps that I figured were there to create places to add in new stories later. Remembering all of this I went into the viewing of this motion comic with a pretty open mind.

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DVD Review: Marvel Knights: Inhumans
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Marvel Knights: Inhumans DVD coverMarvel Knights: Inhumans
DVD
Directed by Marvel
Shout! Factory
Rated: Not rated
Release Date: April 23, 2013

In Attilan, no one can, or should, hear Black Bolt scream.

The Marvel Knights: Inhumans movie has been released. It is an adaptation of the 12 issue Marvel Knights comic written by Paul Jenkins with art by Jae Lee. Come ponder with me the reasoning of the king of the Inhumans, Black Bolt, as he navigates the politics of humans and near gods.

This Shout! Factory release is a motion comic. I can’t say that I was entirely pleased by that prospect. A lot of motion comics take away from the internal experience of reading comics. And the limited motion does no favors to the animation genre. For a long time, the motion comic did nothing for me. Then the Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., Iron Man: Extremis, and the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted series were released and changed my opinion of this new medium to a more positive outlook. That is when I figured out subtlety is the key to a good motion comic execution.

How does the Inhumans movie measure up in this bold new genre? Have a look below the jump to find out.

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DVD Review: Wolverine and The X-Men, Vol. 4: Fate of the Future
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Wolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 4: Fate of the FutureWolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 4: Fate of the Future
DVD
Featuring the voices of Steve Blum, Jennifer Hale, Tom Kane
Release Date: February 2, 2010

While it is especially satisfying to find an episodic cartoon that is a cut above the rest and rises above the genre itself, there is nothing wrong with a simple kid’s cartoon that hits all the right entertaining beats. This is exactly what the Wolverine and The X-Men Vol. 4 delivers.

For those who have just joined the ride, Wolvie and the X-Men is the continuing story of an alternate X-Men universe. This world is not exactly “world turned upside down” different, but the subtle changes, along with the additions of some of the details from the comic and movie version gives this an almost Elseworlds type of feel.

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Shout! Factory To Release More Marvel Animated Titles
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Marvel KnightsShout! Factory will be expanding on their previous relationship with Marvel Animation by releasing a series of titles under the Marvel Knights banner.

On July 13, The Super Hero Squad Show will be released on DVD, then it will be followed by releases of the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic, the Spider-Woman motion comic, the Iron Man: Extremis motion comic, and the previously unaired Black Panther series produced by BET. More titles are still to be announced.

I am really excited about these releases. I watched several installments of the Spider-Woman comic and the first installment of the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic. Also, I have really enjoyed The Super Hero Squad Show with its “kiddie” versions of Marvel Comics heroes.

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Leaked Concept Art Was Not For Live-Action ‘Thor’ Movie
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Dan Panosian Thor Concept ArtYesterday, CBM posted what they thought was leaked concept art for Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Thor movie. Though the image itself was labeled “Thor Movie Concept Design Art,” CBM couldn’t find its source. But, they did put a warning on the post that the image “could very well cause fits of anger amongst comic book purists,” mostly referring to the revamping of Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir.

Eventually it was discovered that the concept art was done by Dan Panosian, who’s previously done illustrations for Captain America and Green Lantern, as well as Superhero Movie. Via his Twitter account, Panosian cleared up the confusion. This was not the concept art for Branagh’s live-action Thor movie, although he thought it was when he accepted the commission from an Art Director who referred to the project as a “design for the Thor movie that Marvel is doing.”

Turns out that the Thor movie was actually the animated Thor movie. Panosian only found this out after he had submitted his work.

Panosian explains the mix-up as well as his ideas for the design on his Deviant Art page Urban Barbarian. Read the entire message here below.

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DVD Review: Planet Hulk
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Planet Hulk DVDPlanet Hulk
2-Disc Special Edition DVD
Directed by Sam Liu
Starring Rick D. Wasserman, Lisa Ann Beley, Mark Hildreth, Liam O’Brien, Kevin Michael Richardson, Samuel Vincent, Advah Soudack, Michael Kopsa, Marc Worden
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 2, 2010

Planet Hulk is the latest direct-to-DVD film from Marvel’s Animation Studio and it’s got a lot going for it. Director Sam Liu has previously worked on Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and screenwriter Greg Johnson worked on one of my personal favorites, Doctor Strange. The film is also based on one of the best Hulk stories of all time (written by the awesome Greg Pak) in which the Green Goliath is deemed too dangerous for Earth and exiled to another planet free of any intelligent life. Unfortunately something goes wrong and the Hulk’s ship crash lands on a war world where he’s immediately forced into slavery and forced to fight Gladiator-style for his freedom. All of these factors contributed to my Hulk-size anticipation of the film and I can thankfully say I was not disappointed.

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Contest: Win Marvel’s ‘Planet Hulk’ on DVD
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Enter to win Planet Hulk on DVD

Do you like comics? Do you like movies? Do you like free stuff? Well what if I told you that you could get all three in one great package?

Geeks of Doom is proud to announce that we have ten (10) DVD copies of Marvel’s newest animated feature, Planet Hulk, to giveaway. Planet Hulk adapts the blockbuster comics story of the same name, written by Greg Pak. The Hulk has been sent to an alien world and now he has to fight his way to freedom. Will he be left to die, or will he follow his own advice and HULK SMASH!

Ten (10) winners will receive:

  • One (1) Planet Hulk on DVD

Planet Hulk, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on February 2, 2010. Visit www.planethulkdvd.com to check out the trailer.

What do you have to do to get a chance to win? Glad you asked ’cause it’s really easy. Just make sure you’re a subscriber to our email digest, and then go ahead and fill out the handy dandy form below. Done.

Good luck!

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Marvel To Develop Animated ‘Thor’ Cartoon
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The plan for Marvel, according to president of animation Eric Rollman, is to release an animated series behind the live-action movies that they release — this is now confirmed for the upcoming live-action film version of Thor.

The series will consist of 26 episodes that run 30 minutes each. These will be released in Fall of 2010.

Here’s the premise for this animated series…

The animated series will follow Thor, the Norse god of thunder, as he defends his mythical home of Asgard against fantastical villains, fiendish hordes, winged creatures and angry giants. The show will take place in various worlds — from mountainous landscapes to places of icy mists and fiery voids — and will include many of the comic’s supporting cast, including Balder the Brave, the Warriors Three and Thor’s evil adopted brother, Loki.
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