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REVIEW OF: FLASH GORDON: ZEITGEIST #1
12/02/11 @ 2:44 pm EST
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The savior of the universe finds a new home at Dynamite.

by Jesse Schedeen

Given how many pulp heroes Dynamite has snatched up the rights for in recent years, it's really not surprising to see Flash Gordon make the jump. And while Flash is certainly no stranger to comics, he looks to have found a good home. Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist is crammed full of pulpy goodness along with just the right dash of modern enhancements to the characters.

It's clear from the start that Alex Ross and Eric Trautmann aren't setting out to reinvent the wheel with this book. The basic plot of issue #1 closely follows the traditional origin story fans will know from the original comic strip or the movie. The writers even insert Ming's right-hand man Klytus into the comic mythology with an opening that closely mirrors the film. By the end of the issue, Earth is facing imminent destruction courtesy of Ming the Merciless, and Flash, Dale, and Dr. Zarkov are swept up into a larger world of pulpy sci-fi adventure.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL IN AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON? HERE'S THE LATEST
03/28/15 @ 10:54 am EST
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At this point we might as well give Captain Marvel the award for Most Rumors Surrounding An Upcoming Marvel Movie Character. Besides speculation over which actress will be playing Carol Danvers in the MCU, there were rumors even before her solo film was announced in October that she would debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Earlier this week, the rumor of her appearing in the May blockbuster’s post-credits sequence rose again, though it was unconfirmed. Now, only days later, another report as come out over a possible appearance, but this time it’s not looking good for the heroine.

Nerdist reports that Carol Danvers will not be appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Host Jessica Chobot acknowledges that the often-mentioned post-credits sequence would be one way we could have seen her, but as it stands now it’s more likely we would see characters like Black Panther, Thanos or even Spider-Man (though that is also a slim possibility) once Avengers: Age of Ultron wraps up.

So if you were looking to see one of Marvel’s most famous female superheroes among the other 11 other officially announced superheroes slated to show up in the movie, you’re likely going to be disappointed, according to this new report.

One persistent claim was that Captain Marvel would be among the new team members that comprise the Avengers 2.0 team after the original team dissolves (as expected). However, she was not included in the recently reported lineup of Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Falcon.
GENE SIMMONS AND WWE TEAM TO MAKE HORROR MOVIES
03/28/15 @ 10:41 am EST
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Reality star and bassist for KISS, Gene Simmons, is teaming up with the WWE to launch Erebus Pictures, a company to finance and produce horror films, Erebus being the name of the Greek God of darkness.

“The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” Simmons said.

The company is starting out with a film called Temple by Matt Savelloni. Temple follows a spec-op team that is trapped inside an isolated military compound when it’s artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. They are there to discover what killed the team running the facility. And the horror starts there.

Their as of yet unannounced second feature will start production later this year.
SEASON FINALE OF THE WALKING DEAD TO INCLUDE FIRST SPINOFF PROMO
03/28/15 @ 10:39 am EST
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Fans will get their first look at the Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, Sunday night during the season finale of season five.

AMC is saying it will be a promo but not exactly what that promo will contain.

The spinoff series is expected to debut late this summer with a second season already approved for 2016.

The first season of the spinoff will be six episodes, set prior to the events of The Walking Dead and Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey star in the show.

The Walking Dead season finale air Sunday March 29th on AMC.
"IMAGINE, IF YOU WILL, A WORLD WITH ONLY THREE CHANNELS..." - MARK RAHNER TALKS TWILIGHT ZONE
03/28/15 @ 10:31 am EST
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David Avallone, writer of the Altered States: The Shadow one shot, talks with writerMark Rahner about Twilight Zone: Shadow and Substance #3, both on sale now. Covers by Guiu Vilanova, Francesco Francavilla and Jonathan Lau

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DAVID AVALLONE: Obviously, you’re a big fan ofThe Twilight Zone. How old were you when you saw your first episode? Do you remember what it was? Or what episode first really grabbed you?

MARK RAHNER: I don’t recall discovering The Twilight Zone at any age so much as it always being a presence and shaping my sensibilities. Although when I was a kid in Spokane, one of the TV stations had an annual Golden Days of Television thing, and TZ was always by far the coolest part of that – especially compared to stuff like Leave it to Beaver.Imagine, if you will, a world with only three channels – four, counting PBS – where you have to wait for things to be broadcast, and there’s no home video or internet. Talk about your willing suspension of disbelief.I read all the short story collections when I was young, too. Devoured them. And I can’t be the only one who’s re-purchased Twilight Zone every time there’s a new video format.

DA: Writing the narration… did you hear Rod’s voice? Do you – like so many of the fans, myself included – do a Rod Serling impression?

MR: Not only do I have a Serling impression, but if you search YouTube for “Mark Rahner’s Blight Gallery,” you can see it. But this was more orange-tanned Serling from theNight Gallery days, as a promotion for a horror convention called Crypticon. Occasionally, I’ll lapse into Serling on the talk-radio show I do too. I love him.Anyhow, I do try to channel Serling when I write my narration. I know his bio, his work before and after Twilight Zone, and think I’ve internalized him as much – probably more – than is healthy. You don’t see his likeness, but I hope I can make you hear his voice. It wouldn’t be a Twilight Zone story without that narration.

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DA: As you know, TZ used science fiction/fantasy allegory to comment on universal themes and current events. Are you doing that here? And is it a universal theme or current events?

MR: You bet I am. The first story, “Stumbling Distance,” was more of a personal one with some time-travel, but the new one, “Jailbreak,” has plenty to chew on. For starters: How can we be so complacent with all that’s happening around us? And if we do choose to notice, then aren’t we obligated to act?Other TZ stories I’ve done have been very on-the-nose. In “Hangnail on a Monkey’s Paw,” an obvious – and frail – Dick Cheney type is kidnapped by a Middle Eastern ex-detainee who makes a magic wish for him never to die … so he can face charges for war crimes. In “Takers,” an insufferable young senator who wants to slash the social safety net gets whisked back to the Depression-era Dust Bowl.Some people forget (or never knew) what an angry liberal Serling was, and what a Trojan Horse he intended The Twilight Zone to be. Just using it for cute, little morality fables with twist endings would be to dishonor the guy’s massive nerve and how he risked himself.

DA: Aside from Serling and The Twilight Zone, what are your other literary influences?

MR: Too many to boil down. I was such a junkie that I got a couple of lit degrees, then one in philosophy to make myself even less employable! That said, I’ve always loved short stories by Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Fredric Brown … and lots more. Short stories are a dead art, and Twilight Zone was a perfect venue for them.

DA: Like me, you had a career before comic books. I was surprised that I found more freedom working in comics than I had in film. What has surprised you?

MR: I was a newspaper guy first – reporter, critic, celebrity interviewer. You can find some evidence of that at www.markrahner.com. Whole different universe, although some skills do translate.What’s surprised me is how great readers are, and how much they remember. Newspaper stories are more or less disposable. But comics become part of people’s libraries, and they remember the stories.I see what you mean about freedom too. You probably know the condition the newspaper industry’s in. I’ll just say that my satisfaction in the funny book field isn’t a huge stretch from Serling’s. Outside of comedy like The Daily Show, there are few other ways to comment truthfully, let alone achieve some wish-fulfillment.

DA: Do you have to fight the urge to avoid Serling-isms like “picture if you will” or “portrait of a man.”, etc? Or do you just go for it sometimes?



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MR: You’ll never see me write “Submitted for your approval” in a comic, or any of his well-known lines. The “imagine, if you will” line above was a meta-wisecrack. But in The Twilight Zone, that crosses into imitation and fan fiction – even self-parody – as far as I’m concerned. My goal’s to write stories, and in a voice, that are utterly faithful to the spirits of Serling and The Twilight Zone, yet original and raw.

DA: In one of the many TZ reboots, they revisited Jerome Bixby’s “It’s A Good Life,” complete with middle-aged Billy Mumy. Is there a story from the original series you’d like to write a sequel to?

MR: I suppose a sequel to “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” would involve Fox News, right?But no, I’ve never spent one moment wanting to revisit any original TZ story. What would Henry Bemis in “Time Enough At Last” do after his specs broke on the library steps? Would it be like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road? …Seems cheap to me.I can see hitting familiar notes here and there. “Stumbling Distance” is the closest I’ll come, as a tough variation on the theme of “Walking Distance.” I also had one brewing called “Give Til It Hurts” that would have been a very distant cousin to “Night of the Meek.” But if you’re lucky enough, or cursed enough ever to write The Twilight Zone, you’d better have your own stories to tell. And I’ve got plenty.
PETE WOODS COVERS SWORDS OF SORROW FOR RETAILER EXCLUSIVE
03/28/15 @ 10:26 am EST
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Dynamite’s big summer event, Swords of Sorrow #1, has a few variant covers already but now Pete Woods has has done an exclusive variant cover for I Like Comics in Vancouver, WA. The first issue of the all-female written and lead comic event comes out in May. If you are interested in getting one, check out their website.



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ECCC: RYALL & RODRIGUEZ INTRODUCE "ONYX" TO IDW
03/28/15 @ 7:34 am EST
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For the past several days, IDW Publishing Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and "Locke & Key" artist Gabriel Rodríguez have released teaser images on social media for a new comic they're working on together -- a four-issue miniseries titled "Onyx."

Revealed Friday at Emerald City Comicon, "Onyx" is set to debut in July from the team of Ryall and Rodríguez.

Here's the official description: "'Onyx' tells the tale of a female metal-suited warrior who comes to Earth on a quest to either save the planet or destroy it. It’s up to a team of super-soldiers to figure out which before it’s too late, and before a much greater threat overwhelms both them and the planet itself."

"Onyx" will first get a five-page preview in several of IDW's May titles, and is one of five new #1s scheduled for release from the publisher in July.



ECCC: TED ADAMS & MARK TORRES ADAPT "THE SHRINKING MAN" AT IDW
03/28/15 @ 7:08 am EST
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Famed sci-fi author Richard Matheson's novel "The Shrinking Man" was first released in 1956, and nearly 60 years later, IDW Publishing is adapting it as a comic book minseries, as announced Friday at Emerald City Comicon.

IDW's "The Shrinking Man" will be written by Ted Adams, the company's CEO and Publisher. Mark Torres illustrated the story.

A four-issue miniseries, "The Shrinking Man" is scheduled to debut in July, one of five new #1s from IDW set for release that month. (SOurce: CBR)



BILL WILLINGHAM DESIGNS BEER LABEL TO BENEFIT THE HERO INITIATIVE
03/28/15 @ 6:58 am EST
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Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis will mix comics and craft beer May 1 with a fundraiser for The Hero Initiative featuring Fables creator Bill Willingham.

The acclaimed writer and artist will autograph the label he designed for Boom Island’s Belgian strong Gravity No. 9 specifically to support the comics industry charity, which will receive a portion of proceeds from the event.

Limited supplies of bottles, posters and glassware will be available May 1 at Boom Island and May 1-3 at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis. Willingham, who lives in Rochester, Minnesota, will be at the taproom May 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Boom Island Brewing Company is located at 2014 Washington Ave. North in north Minneapolis.
BAGLEY'S SHOCKING COVER TO "ULTIMATE END" #4 REVEALED
03/28/15 @ 6:53 am EST
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On his personal blog, Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis released a tease of Mark Bagley's cover for"Ultimate End" #4, which finds Miles Morales' Spider-Man standing atop a mountain of dead Marvel Universe heroes.

Based on their costumes, the dead heroes appear as though they are from Earth-616, or the main Marvel Universe, though Miles hails from the Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610).

Angel, the Thing, Black Bolt, Cyclops, Iron Man, Captain America, Sam Alexander's Nova, Peter Parker's Spider-Man, Black Widow, Sabretooth, Doc Green and Iron Fist are among the casualties.





The dead heroes in Bagley's cover look as though they hail from the main Marvel Universe. No other details are currently known about the piece, though it should be noted that covers do not always reflect the exact contents of the issue. (Source: CBR)
ALONSO TEASES "NEW WORLD" FOR X-MEN FOLLOWING "SECRET WARS"
03/28/15 @ 6:47 am EST
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While there's still a lot left unrevealed about the "Secret Wars" story itself, what happens after it is an even bigger question -- and in this week's installment of AXEL-IN-CHARGE, CBR's weekly Q&A column with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, a big hint arrived as to what the post-"Secret Wars" landscape may look like for the X-Men titles.

"The X-Men office is taking the opportunity of 'Secret Wars' to build an entire new world for the characters -- to create a shared universe within the X-books that's set off by a huge event/incident/surprise," Alonso said in response to a fan question submitted via the CBR Community. "At that point, they're going to introduce a new team that feels unlike anything you've seen before. It'll be... 'extraordinary.'"

Exactly how literal Alonso meant terms like "new world" and "shared universe within the X-books" remains to be seen, but at the very least, he's bracing fans that not everything may return to the status quo after "Secret Wars." Taken at face value, he may be stating that the X-Men books will literally be in their own world, separate from the rest of the Marvel Universe.

 
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