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Morgan Freeman Joins Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski’s Futuristic Epic ‘Oblivion’
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Oblivion

Oscar-winning acting legend (and go-to man for stentorian narration) Morgan Freeman has signed on to join the cast of Universal Pictures’ Oblivion, the upcoming epic sci-fi adventure from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski.

The film, based on a comic book series created by Kosinski for Radical Publishing, takes place in a future where the surface of Earth has become too irradiated and infested by hostile aliens known as Scavengers to be inhabited by humans. Thus the remnants of mankind have taken to living in the clouds. But when a surface drone repairman named Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crashed pod he is forced to question everything he has ever known.

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Disney Acquires Rights To ‘Tron: Legacy’ Director Joseph Kosinski’s ‘Oblivion’ Movie
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Walt Disney has announced that they have acquired the rights to the film adaptation of Oblivion, the upcoming graphic novel being released by Radical Publishing. The title was created by Joseph Kosinski, written by Arvid Nelson, and illustrated by Andrée Wallin.

The deal comes as no big surprise; Kosinski is the director of Disney’s Tron: Legacy, and the existing relationship made plenty of sense for this new project. Along with the acquisition of of the property, Disney will also have Kosinski directing and producing this film for them as well.

Oblivion takes place in the future where radiation has destroyed the Earth’s surface, forcing any remaining human beings to live at high altitudes above the clouds as vicious alien creatures scavenge the wastelands below. When Jak, a surface drone repairman, discovers a woman in a crashed pod, many mysteries and questions begin to arise and cause Jak to wonder about everything he’s ever known.

Click over for more and to find out where you can check out the first chapter of the graphic novel now.

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Comic Review: Ryder On The Storm
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Ryder On The Storm #1Ryder On The Storm #1
Written By: David Hine
Art By: Wayne Nichols
Cover Art: Francesco “Matt” Mattina
Price: $1.00
Publisher: Radical Publishing
Release date: July 27, 2010

When it comes to comics, I am a huge fan of non-superhero books, I love comics that have normal characters in them. Ryder On The Storm is one of these books that grabbed my attention at the beginning and never let go until the sudden ending.

The book starts off with a woman in a towel walking through a trashed apartment to a telephone with a whining noise in the background. She calls Ryder, a private detective with his own agency, Ryder Investigations. While she is on the phone the panels cut to a shot where we see a lot of blood and then we see a man’s body covered in blood with holes in his head, in his hand’s he’s holding a power drill and there’s pills right by him.

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Sam Raimi Adds Futuristic Wyatt Earp Movie To Directing List
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Spider-Man and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi is adding another project to his growing list of things to do.

Once it was revealed that Raimi would no longer be needed for Spider-Man 4, he was able to concentrate on other potential gigs including one based on the popular MMO game World of Warcraft and a new take on The Wizard of Oz called Oz: The Great and Powerful. Now the director is adding one more to the pile, and it will be called Earp: Saints for Sinners.

The movie will be based on the comic book mini series of the same name from Radical Publishing. It tells the story of famed old west lawman Wyatt Earp…only in a way not historically known to us. This version of the story takes place just a short time in the future where the economy has crashed, the world has gone to hell, and we live in something resembling a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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Ron Howard To Produce ‘Legends: The Enchanted’ Adaptation
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Ron Howard and Brian Grazer‘s Imagine Entertainment, as well as Barry Levine and Radical Pictures are joining forces to develop a new movie based on the graphic novel Legends: The Enchanted.

The Radical Publishing comic (read our review here!) is created, written, and drawn by Nick Percival. Legends tells a dark and sometimes gruesome fairy tale story, using many of the familiar characters we’ve known all of our lives. Just to give you an idea, some of these characters you’ll find include Red Riding Hood (known here as simply Red Hood), a dangerous wolf-hunter; Jack, a slayer of giants; a deadly mercenary called Goldilocks; and even two psychic exterminators known as Hansel and Gretel.

The comic is still brand new itself, but the content has clearly made enough of an impact to inspire this new cinematic re-invention. The concept of popular fairly tales given very mature and dark makeovers is so appealing because it opens up great new creative doors. The list of projects like this seems to grow longer each and every day with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and other projects in development.

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Comic Review: The Last Days of American Crime #2
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Last Days of American Crime 2The Last Days of American Crime #2
Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Greg Tocchini
Cover by: Alex Maleev
Letters by: Rus Wooton
Radical Comics
Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 28, 2010

The Last Days of American Crime is another Rick Remender creator-owned book that is riddled with his originality and twists. Best described as a Science Fiction and Crime book, the basic premise is, what if the government announced that in a few days it would be sending a transmission that made it impossible to commit a crime through a type of mind control. As if that was not enough we are thrust into a world that no longer has a use for paper money.

This story shows that two genres that generally do not mix are compatible and interesting when meshed together with great skill and great art. Plus, how could you not feel like you’re getting your money’s worth when you are only paying two dollars more and you’re getting three times the content as a normal comic? The issue is like a mini trade paperback.

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Nick Simmons Responds To Plagiarism Allegations: ‘Incarnate’ Meant As An Homage
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Bleach Incarnate comparisonLast week Radical Publishing halted the production of its American Manga series Incarnate as accusations of plagiarism arose against the series’ creator Nick Simmons, son of KISS founder Gene Simmons [read Nick Simmons Accused Of Plagiarism For ‘Incarnate’ Comic; Publication Halted].

Simmons issued a statement via representative today responding to the allegations, claiming that his work was “meant as an homage” to the artists that inspire him. He also apologized to Manga fans and artists who may have thought he’d gone too far in his intentions.

“Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire. There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others. This was simply meant as an homage to artists I respect, and I definitely want to apologize to any Manga fans or fellow Manga artists who feel I went too far. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium.

“I am a big fan of Bleach, as well as other Manga titles. And I am certainly sorry if anyone was offended or upset by what they perceive to be the similarity between my work and the work of artists that I admire and who inspire me.”

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Nick Simmons Accused Of Plagiarism For ‘Incarnate’ Comic; Publication Halted
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Bleach Incarnate comparison

Radical Publishing has halted production on its American Manga series Incarnate while they investigate claims of plagiarism against the series’ creator Nick Simmons, son of KISS founder Gene Simmons.

Radical Comics launched the series, which Simmons wrote and penciled, back in August and released three single issues, which were to be sold later this year in a collected volume. Read their full official statement regarding the allegations here below.

Earlier this week, accusations arose against Simmons on the GameFAQ forum stating that his artwork on Incarnate was copied from popular manga titles like Tite Kubo’s Bleach, which has sold over 50 million volumes worldwide. The Bleachness fan site posted side-by-side comparisons of the artwork from both titles to show similarities, and even superimposed the images. There’s also word balloons that show similar dialogue between the new comics.

The image at top is one of the examples from the Bleachness site [note, we do not have either source material to verify the claims]: on the left is a panel from Bleach; the center is a panel from Incarnate; the image on the right is a both of these images superimposed.

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Comic Review: Legends: The Enchanted #0
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Legends: The Enchanted Issue #0Legends: The Enchanted #0
Written and illustrated by Nick Percival
Letters by Richard Starking & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Radical Publishing
28 pages; full-color
Price $1; Release date: February 3, 2010

When giants lay siege on the town of Krakenfield, the townsfolk need a hero and the drifter Jack is just their man. Jack knows a thing or two about killing giants, even though the gigs are getting tiresome for him. On the edge of the Bionic Woods, a bound and imprisoned Pinocchio suffers at the hands of a hag threatening to kill the puppet at the behest of a squire. Days later in those same woods, a mysterious young women caped and hooded all in red carrying a basket, collecting something important is attacked by a pack of wolves.

Something about this tale sounds familiar, yes? That’s because the characters are made up of classic fairy tale legends. But before you dismiss this as a child’s bedtime story, let me stress that Legends: The Enchanted is graphically violent with art that looks like Todd McFarlane’s Twisted Fairy Tales figures meets H.R. Giger in a Clive Barker horror story.

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Comic Review: The Last Days Of American Crime #1
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The Last Days of American CrimeThe Last Days of American Crime #1
Issue 1 of 3
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Greg Tocchini
Lettering by Rus Rooton
64 pages, Full Color; $4.99
Available Now
Radical Publishing

From Rick Remender, the critically acclaimed writer of Punisher and Fear Agent comes the first issue of The Last Days Of American Crime. Featuring covers from Alex Maleev and Greg Tocchini this crime noir thriller captured my attention with its really cool premise. Picture this:

In the not-too-distant future, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. To keep this from the public, the government creates a distraction, installing a new currency system using digital charge cards.

Enter Graham Bricke, a career criminal never quite able to hit the big score. In a grand scheme, Graham intends to steal one of the charging stations, skip the country, and live off unlimited funds for the rest of his life. But the media has leaked news of the anti-crime signal one week before it was to go live… and now Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the heist of the century into the last crime in American history.

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