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DVD Review: Marvel Knights: Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today
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Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today review headerWolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today
DVD
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ron Garney
Directed by Carl Upsdell
Shout! Factory
Not Rated | 66 Minutes
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Cover Price: $14.97

Having watched and reviewed several motion comics, I am never surprised by the mixed reviews that fans give them. Some folks hate them outright while others are at least appreciative of some great storylines seeing a new medium. I’m sure Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today will be no different. At least this time there is time travel involved. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the new X-Men movie is coming out this month, right?

Well, this story is all about the Deathloks. Their primary mission is to travel through time and kill superheroes in the past before they become a problem in the future. This includes slaying children outright and even murdering parents who are destined to have superhero children. Being cyborgs (that’s a mix of robot and human, in case you didn’t know), they are programmed to kill and follow their orders without fail, using their enhanced abilities to do so. I won’t bury you in details but suffice to say that they are making great headway on their list when the movie starts in.

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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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DVD Review: Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk
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Marvel Knights: Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk DVD coverUltimate Wolverine vs Hulk
DVD
Directed by Dave McCaig
Story by Damon Lindelof
Artwork by Leinil Francis Yu
Marvel Knights/Shout Factory
Release Date: September 10, 2013

The fine folks at Shout Factory, along with Marvel Knights, have come together to bring the 6-issue comic book miniseries of Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk to life and onto your TV screen with the Marvel Knights: Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk motion comic.

When the comic book series initially came out, I picked up the first couple of issues, mostly because I wanted to see what Damon Lindelof (Lost) would bring to the table. But as with many comic book titles, a series of delays turned this into a four-year run. But now I can see what I missed, and see it come to life without having to track down the rest of the print run.

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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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Coming This April From Shout! Factory: Marvel Knight’s Animation ‘Inhumans’ Movie On DVD!
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Marvel Knights Inhumans movie

Emerging from the Terrigen Mist of the Himalayas. Beamed down from the recently uncovered Blue Area of the Moon. Shout! Factory releases the Marvel Knights Animation presentation of The Inhumans on DVD on April 23, 2013.

The Inhumans were created by comics legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and debuted in Fantastic Four issue #45. They are not well-known outside of well-traveled comics circles. Inside the Marvel comics universe, however, knowledge of their existence ranges far and wide amongst the superhero/supervillain communities. This is funny since The Inhumans are an ancient superhuman society that goes through great pains to remain hidden from the world at large. And by “great pains” I mean they once moved their entire civilization and city to the far side of the moon!

Be sure to check out the DVD cover and official synopsis below the jump.

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Comic Review: Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War #1
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Wade Wilson’s War #1 (of 4)
Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Art by: Jason Pearson
Marvel
Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 9, 2010

Well Deadpool fans, here is another treat for you, a Marvel Knights miniseries. In Deadpool Wade Wilson’s War we are thrown head first into an ongoing Senate trial where Deadpool is testifying what led to a massacre killing hundreds. The story set up is quite interesting since you already pretty much know the outcome, which leads me to believe there is going to be some sort of twist.

Duane Swierczynski definitely understands how to utilize Deadpool to his strengths which leads to comedy gold. I really love that he narrates the flashbacks and the people in them can hear him doing it and are weirded out by it. He even tells them he is doing it for a Senate hearing that won’t even happen until their mission is over. I definitely enjoyed the cast of characters Swierczynski uses in this story from Bullseye to SIlver Sable to Domino, they are all highly enjoyable.

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Animated ‘Black Panther’ Series Releasing Soon
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Like it or not, more and more it is obvious that geek is in vogue and that will not change anytime soon. That being said the plethora of shows and films continues to grow with the announcement of a release date for an upcoming weekly animated series starring one of the Avengers’ big guns, the Black Panther.

Episode 1 of the series, titled Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?, will be available for download starting June 23, 2010. The 12-episode series from Marvel Knights Animation is based on the graphic novel of the same title written by Reginald Hudlin with art by the power house of talent John Romita Jr.

One of the more interesting bits of news regarding this animated series is that it will be released through iTunes, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Zune, and PlayStation® Network. So it is becoming more and more evident that the internet is a viable medium for comic animation and motion comics. Of course this leads to the question of how well can this sell without the proper advertisement and pushing it to non comic fans. Of course comic fans will probably see ads in their comics or will read websites that release this news, but will main stream audiences even hear about this at all? Can this lead to a bigger adaptation on the big screen?

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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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Sub-Mariner Defends Atlantis In An All New ‘Marvel Knights’ Series
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SubMarinerTheDepths_01_CoverThe Sub-Mariner is one of the oldest comic heroes still around, having fought Hitler and the Nazis back with Captain America and the Human Torch (before we’d ever heard of the Fantastic Four). And now he’s back, in a new Marvel Knights title, which Marvel is sure is going to blow our socks off.

Namor has protected Atlantis from intruders for decades, but when a new group of explorers descend upon his city, can he protect it from mankind? Sub- Mariner: The Depths #1 (of 4), will take you on a journey to the unpredictable depths of the sea. This is an Atlantis like you’ve never seen before! Fan favorite scribe Peter Milligan teams with acclaimed artist Esad Ribic, producing an all-new limited series that have you begging for more! Following in the tradition of the sold-out Spider-Man: Reign, Silver Surfer: Requiem and Logan, you can’t afford to miss this stunning new look at one of Marvel’s most enduring heroes!

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