JAMES BOND PLUNGES INTO A 128 PAGE ORIGINAL CASE IN FEBRUARY11/26/19 @ 4:09 pm EST
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'X-O MANOWAR' RETURNS IN NOVEMBER TO VALIANT08/10/20 @ 3:10 pm EST
Dynamite announces a new original James Bond graphic novel for release in February, incorporating contributions from a cavalcade of writers and artists to celebrate the timelessness of the character and the countless talented creators who have brought him to comics. James Bond in "Reflections of Death"
is a 128 page hardcover of nonstop thrills and intrigue. Several Dynamite Bond veterans return for this tapestry, including Benjamin Percy (Wolverine, X-Force
), Andy Diggle (Daredevil, Green Arrow
) and Greg Pak (Star Wars, Agents of Atlas
) and the writers of the December-launching new ongoing series, Vita Ayala (Morbius, Xena
) & Danny Lore (Queen of Bad Dreams
). Stars of both Dynamite and comics at large Gail Simone (Deadpool, Wonder Woman
) and Mark Russell (Red Sonja, The Flintstones
) join the team as well. Artists enlisted for the mission include Luca Casalanguida (Hammerhead, Kill Chain, The Body
), Robert Carey (James Bond 007
), Jordi Perez (Xena
), Dean Kotz (Warlord of Mars Attacks
), Eoin Marron (Killer Groove
) and Kewber Baal (KISS
). All wrapped up in another beautiful noir and pulp flavored cover by Fay Dalton (Casino Royale, Vampirella
With a framing story Ayala and Lore, over 20 total creators will collaborate to contribute stories that both stand on their own and tie into an overarching narrative. The central figure through the anthology of case files is Moneypenny. She's been kidnapped. and the mystery of her captors and their demands will only be revealed when, or if, 007 is able to complete his missions. While Moneypenny herself may have some surprises up her sleeve.
"We're incredibly fortunate to work with so many talented creators, and of course they all want to write one of the most crucial characters in modern fiction!," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Just in time for the new movie, for fans to enjoy a bounty of Bond too!"
Dynamite asked each writer to distill what they think makes Bond such a timeless character and compelling to write.Benjamin Percy
- "Bond epitomizes cool. He wears the sharpest suits, drives the sleekest cars, owns the wildest gadgets. Men want to be him, women want to be with him. He never shies from danger. He always says the right thing, usually with a confident smile curling the corner of his mouth. He’s aspirational. Through him, we can dream of shrugging off our insecurities and making an impact in the world."
"But that veneer of perfection hides a relatable flaw. He is emotionally scarred, numb, cold. This is a person who does horrible things for a greater good. So he drinks liver-deadening amounts of booze and sleeps around and discards those close to him so that he can armor himself against horrors."Vita Ayala
- "To me, what makes James Bond timeless is that he is that he can adapt to any situation, smoothly and with a cool no one can match. What that does, on a meta level, is make him able to be placed in any context, because the core parts of him are his resolve, his suaveness, and his ability to alter himself to the situation at hand – and all of THAT is timeless."
"For me, what makes him so compelling to work with is his complexity. James is a man who has dedicated his life to protecting his country, to SAVING lives, but he does it often by killing. He is a man who uses his charm and sexuality to achieve his goals, but there are tender, very vulnerable parts of him that he exposes to pain to do so. I love spies as a concept, and James is the epitome of Spy."Danny Lore
- "Bond is enduring because he's all about competence and style; even when he's wrong, he does it with such panache that we want him to come out on top. He's the calm in the storm that solves the problems that feel too big for one guy to solve, and does it while barely messing up the hem of his trousers. That kind of ingenuity and class and charm sticks with us as readers and as writers--in part because we know that he's entangled in darkness while still being able to don that classic smirk."Greg Pak
- "I love Bond stories for their glorious combo of sci-fi and spy thriller, their dry humor, their emphasis on a cool professional doing the impossible, and their joy in mind-blowing action set pieces. I love the Odd Job stories I've been able to do for throwing a cocky, passionate improvisor in the mix and seeing him drive Bond out of his mind. I'm hugely excited to get another bite of the apple with this story and hope both Bond and Odd Job fans enjoy reading it as much as we're enjoying making it."Andy Diggle
- "It's all too easy to feel hopeless and helpless against powerfully malevolent forces in our world, but James Bond encapsulates the idea that one man - one person - can make a difference. He endures, he persists, and he prevails. It's clear in Ian Fleming's work that Bond has a strong sense of moral outrage at the villains' disregard for human life. He knows right from wrong, and he's fighting the good fight for “us.”"Gail Simone
- "It’s an interesting thing, because I read several of the Fleming books before ever seeing a proper Bond film, and I liked that spy. He wasn’t incredibly noble, he didn’t have a lot of human empathy. But he was the man for the job. He was a human being who had to go to some dark places. That’s my favorite Bond. I love the stunts and glamour, I love the locations and gadgets, all of that. But the Bond I most enjoy is the guy who goes where the snakes are, so the rest of us don’t have to."Mark Russell
- "The thing I've always found fascinating about James Bond is that he's a killer who pretends to be a rich and sophisticated man in order to get at other rich and sophisticated men who are, in fact, killers. In that sense, he's a great metaphor for modern plutocratic democracy."James Bond in "Reflections of Death"
will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ December 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in February 2020. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!
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NETFLIX RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR HILARY SWANK'S 'AWAY'08/10/20 @ 3:04 pm EST
Valiant's flagship hero returns this November in X-O MANOWAR #2!
Aric of Dacia, aka X-O MANOWAR, is back and heading in a bold new direction with Harvey Award-winner DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM (Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Visions) and astonishing artist EMILIO LAISO (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity). The first issue earned a spot in the top 100 best-selling comics when it debuted. Now, the action-packed second issue is set to arrive in comic shops on November 25th, 2020, with covers by Eisner Award-winning artist CHRISTIAN WARD (Invisible Kingdom), NETHO DIAZ (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), and a 1:25 variant by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Wonder Woman: Dead Earth).
"X-O Manowar has always been a nuclear missile with the mind of a noble warrior," remarked Dennis. "He's unstoppable in combat. Need to defeat an alien warlord? Repel an intergalactic invasion or end a war? Aric's your guy. But this time, X-O Manowar is acting locally. What happens when a nuclear missile moves in down the street? How does a superweapon playing superhero save the neighborhood? How does he change the world?"
Check out the first four pages of X-O MANOWAR #2, below.
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Netflix'THE BOYS' SEASON 2: SHAWN ASHMORE TO PLAY LAMPLIGHTER08/10/20 @ 2:56 pm EST
has released a trailer for Away
, the upcoming space drama starring Hilary Swank.Away
is solicited as "a thrilling, emotional drama on an epic scale that celebrates the incredible advancements humans can achieve and the personal sacrifices they must make along the way. As American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile her decision to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) when they need her the most. As the crew's journey into space intensifies, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth become increasingly complex."
will premiere on September 4th.
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SEASON 3 OF 'THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY' WILL PROBABLY FOLLOW A DIFFERENT PATH08/10/20 @ 2:47 pm EST
Talk about a role reversal. Shawn Ashmore, who did very cool things with ice as one of filmdom’s X-Men, will seriously heat things up during Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s The Boys
Ashmore, whose previous TV credits include The Following
and The Rookie
, will appear during the darkly comic superhero series’ sophomore run as Lamplighter, a former superstar member of the Seven before he left under mysterious circumstances, to be replaced by Starlight. What’s more, Lamplighter ties in directly to the Boys’ tragic history — he’s actually the reason they broke up eight years ago — so when the pyrokinetic enters their lives again, he dredges up painful memories, pokes at their raw nerves, and changes everything. (via TV Line
Season 2 of The Boys
will premiere Friday, Sept. 4 with the first three episodes, followed by a weekly rollout that will culminate in an epic season finale on Oct. 9. Season 3 is already a go, ordered last month.
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‘LION’ DIRECTOR GARTH DAVIS TO DIRECT DISNEY’S NEW ‘TRON’ MOVIE WITH JARED LETO08/10/20 @ 2:13 pm EST
The first two seasons of The Umbrella Academy
may have had some major differences — especially in the family dynamic realm. Since the siblings grew closer in the previous season, the follow-up was able to explore their interpersonal relationships a bit more heavily. Yet, in the narrative department, the two were rather synonymous.
Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy
ends with the Hargreeves back in 2019, but their father is alive once more, and he has assembled a new team of elite heroes — The Sparrow Academy. Ben is one of the primary members. It’s likely that upon meeting his original choices back in the ‘60s, Reginald chose to go in a different direction with his academy of kids. (via Cheat Sheet
Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy
(once confirmed) will likely see the Hargreeves children dealing with an altered past — different than their memory, and lacking their childhood home. Rather than confronting an apocalypse, the team will confront a new academy, with a leader they know and love (Ben) who has no clue who they are. One has to wonder if the two teams will mash-up to defeat the baddies together, or clash when it comes to how one should save the world.
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IRON MAN'S ARMOR THROUGHOUT HISTORY08/10/20 @ 10:05 am EST
After taking its time figuring out where it wants the next Tron
installment to go, Disney’s sci-fi franchise looks to have new life as Deadline
reports that Garth Davis has been tapped to direct the film starring Jared Leto.
Davis has been better known for his smaller art house films over the years like 2018’s Mary Magdalene
and his critically acclaimed 2016 drama Lion
, which received six Oscar nominations including for Best Picture. Tron
would mark Davis’ first tentpole, and though he is not known for big-budget projects, insiders say Davis aggressively pursued the job, eventually winning over execs.
The original 1982 film starring Jeff Bridges was set inside the computer program called the Grid, where a computer hacker is abducted and forced to participate in gladiatorial games. The film wasn’t a hit and received mixed reviews, even though its special effects were seen as game-changing at the time. The cult following that swelled around the film in years to come as it played on cable only helped grow its popularity, to the point where Disney decided to move forward with a sequel, Tron: Legacy
, in 2010, with Bridges reprising his role and Garret Hedlund and Olivia Wilde joining the franchise.
That film did go on to have box office success, bringing in $400 million globally, but even so plans for a sequel were pushed while Disney figured out how to move the story forward. The studio eventually scrapped plans for a direct sequel to Tron: Legacy
, and even after Leto attached himself in 2017 and has been taking their time in figuring out next steps for this project.
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PRODUCER OF 'X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES' CONFIRMS TALKS OF A DISNEY REVIVAL08/10/20 @ 9:39 am EST
Tony Stark has rocked a ton of different armor designs over the course of the character’s lifespan as Iron Man ... in comics and in films.
Now Disney explores ol' Shellhead's suits as they evolved through Marvel history in a new video.
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COMING IN NOVEMBER, A NEW SOLO SERIES FOR 'U.S.AGENT'08/10/20 @ 9:31 am EST
People have wanted to see a continuation of the 90s X-Men: The Animated Series
for a long time, and after the Disney purchase of Fox and the launch of Disney+ it seemed like the timing was perfect. There have been rumors that the creators pitched something to Disney, and now one of them has confirmed talks have taken place.
During a recent podcast (via MCUCosmic
), series producer Larry Huston confirmed they have been talking with Disney about a revival: “We’ve had talks, but that’s about it. We’ve made conversation and it’s up to them to make the decision, but we’ve let them know that we’re all available for whatever they want to do in the future.”
Not long ago, Disney added 90s X-Men avatars to Disney+ and the series is apparently one of the more popular ones on the streaming service.
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Comics legend Christopher Priest will unite with all-star artist Stefano Landini to launch U.S.AGENT #1 this November!ANIMATED BATMAN FILMS TAKE OVER TOONAMI08/10/20 @ 9:22 am EST
In “American Zealot,” Chapter 1 of 5, John Walker, the former Super Patriot, has been stripped of his official USAgent status and is now operating as an independent government contractor protecting government covert interests. His latest protection detail draws him into a conflict between a small town and the corporate giant trying to destroy it. John acquires a new partner and new enemy along the way while being haunted by ghosts from his past and confronting challenges to his future...
"'American Zealot' is a morality play told in five acts," Priest expands. "John Walker has been fired. Or he quit. Depends on who’s telling the story. Now finding his way as a civilian government contractor, Walker is making more money and taking more risks as he can now venture into places sanctioned agents can’t always follow. However, with limited official access to intelligence data, the now-former USAgent’s missions can and often do lead him into blind alleys he’ll need to MacGyver himself out of.
"I was thrilled to be invited back to Captain America," Priest continues, "until I realized it was this guy, Cap’s scowling, emotionally damaged misfit cousin. Cousin America. But USAGENT presents an exciting writer’s challenge to explore the myriad expressions and aspirations of the American dream, how that dream is fulfilled or not, through the eyes and voices of a nation often at war with itself. John Walker is a man often at war with HIMself, so Marvel knows no better a protagonist for this journey, this stumble, this Parkour carom through the many visions of the greatest nation on Earth.”
"I am incredibly excited to be part of this new project dedicated to USAgent together with this incredible staff," adds Stefano Landini. "The story set up by Christopher is truly intense and full of twists, I can't wait for readers to see the incredible work we are doing with their own eyes."
U.S.AGENT #1 (of 5)
Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
Art by STEFANO LANDINI
Cover BY MARCO CHECCHETTO
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YOUR FIRST LOOK AT 'POWER RANGERS: DRAKKON NEW DAWN' #108/10/20 @ 9:12 am EST
The Dark Knight is returning to Toonami, with Cartoon Network's Saturday action block preparing to air four animated Batman films as part of the build-up to the 24-hour DC FanDome virtual convention later this month. (via CBR
According to a promo shared by Toonami on social media, things kick off this Saturday night, Aug. 15 at 12 a.m ET (so, technically Sunday morning) with Batman: Year One
, which will be immediately followed by Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
at 1:30 a.m. Batman's takeover continues one week later on Aug. 22 (the same day as DC FanDome), with Batman: Gotham Knight
airing at 12 a.m. and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
airing at 1:45 a.m.
Toonami airs on Cartoon Network every Saturday night from midnight to 3:30 a.m. ET/PT.
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BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), today revealed a first look at POWER RANGERS: DRAKKON NEW DAWN #1, the premiere issue of a three-issue limited series, from writer Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack
), artist Simone Ragazzoni (Odessa
), colorist Raúl Angulo and letterer Ed Dukeshire. This all-new series, scheduled to arrive in stores August 2020, finds Ranger Slayer - Kimberly Hart, Drakkon's mightiest warrior—fighting against the deadly secrets of her former master's legacy.
After the shocking events of Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1
, Kimberly is determined to purge the terrifying hold that Drakkon has had over her world, starting with Deadlock; the prison tower where Drakkon held all those who opposed him. But even the Ranger Slayer has no clue of the true power kept in Deadlock—and what unlocking the doors will set into motion. As Kimberly investigates the worst of Drakkon’s secrets, she sets in motion Drakkon’s final plan—one that will pit her against a fan-favorite Power Rangers villain like you’ve never seen them before!
Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 27 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids’ live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
, the franchise celebrates its 27th season, “Power Rangers Beast Morphers” currently airing on Saturdays at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.
Print copies of POWER RANGERS: DRAKKON NEW DAWN #1 are scheduled to be available on August 19, 2020 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com
to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.
Softcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.