Jeph Loeb & Jesse Alexander Fired

Are People Not Digging Heroes This Season?


I've heard the rumblings about the ratings not being what NBC would like but I wouldn't think it'd come to this.  Loeb and Alexander have been co-executive producers since the first season.  I'll admit there's been some things that I haven't been too crazy about but it's still a good show.  Can the producers be blamed for a show's lack of success?  I'm sure some of the blame does fall on their shoulders but doesn't it ultimately fall upon the writers and directors?  It does almost feel like there's too much going on.  Too many sub-plots at the same time.  On the other hand, I don't really want everything neatly tied together, as it probably will be.  It should be possible for characters in this world to have their own stories that aren't tied into the lives of everyone else. 

Maybe with the departure of these two, everyone else will step up now that things have been shaken up.  The rest may see that things aren't as secure as they might have thought.
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Do You Have What It Takes To Just Be Carl?

Online Casting Call Now Open


Who Will Be Carl?
I'm not sure how many watch Aqua Teen Hunger Force but here's your chance to shine if you have what it takes.  Starting today, you can show off your acting skills and breath life into Carl.  This is your chance to prove your family and neighbors wrong.  Prove to your grade school teacher that you do have what it takes to amount to something.  Embrace your inner-Carl.
Anyone who behaves, reasons or even sweats like Carl should go to Justbecarl.adultswim.com and submit a video of themselves portraying the crass slob who loves sports and classic rock.  It would also help to be bald, have a mustache and to wear a grimy white tank top with sweat pants and flip-flops.

Online submissions will be accepted until Decenber 1.  The show's creators will decide on the winner and all auditions will be available online for viewing.  The live-action episode will air in 2009.
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Jackpot = Mary Jane? (Video Discussion)

The Answer Has Been Finally Been Revealed


Did you read Amazing Spider-Man Annual this past week?  If so, you already know who Jackpot is or more importantly, is Jackpot Mary Jane?  Rather than simply review the annual, I wanted to discuss more whether or not Mary Jane should be Jackpot (and have super powers).  With all the talk about Jackpot before, I was surprise no one brought this up.  Were you guys aware the revealing issue was out?

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Futurama: Bender's Game Review

Another Futurama Movie!


Futurama: Bender's Game
20th Century Fox Entertainment releases the third, and best so far, Futurama full length feature (in stores Tuesday, November 4).  I'm not saying I didn't like the other two, I'll take any new Futuramas I can get.  I always thought it was a waste of a great show when the decision was made to cancel it.  You can't expect a show to have ratings when it wasn't even broadcast during prime-time and was often pre-empted due to sports broadcast.  I always thought ESPN was for watching sports.

The beauty of Futurama is they can spoof or make pop culture references to pretty much anything without making it feel forced.  I love The Simpsons but Futurama had a license to go all out and over the top if they wanted to.  In Bender's Game, they pretty much do just that.  Here's the official description from FOX:
Park your hover-car and saddle up your unicorn for the most fantastical “Futurama” yet: Futurama: Bender’s Game. With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the world's only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface, they discover a far stranger place... a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender.


Prepare for some weird situations
From the moment the feature begins, we're treated to a delightful spoof in the opening credits.  It put a smile on my face and really set the tone for the story.  The driving force of the story is that  Bender was built without an imagination.  This caused problems when he tried playing Dungeons and Dragons with the kids.  Throw in a little dark matter (from the fuel price sub-plot) and things soon get crazy.

Futurama has always been great at squeezing in the subtle pop culture references.  At times I'm even surprised at what they decide to put in.  How many people remember the tv show Space 1999?  Part of the fun is trying to catch them all and it gives another reason to watch multiple times.

There's also something to be said but just the look of the show.  The opening has some pretty trippy squences and the animation and colors used in the show are so nice on the eyes.  I have to say I love the green used to color the Planet Express ship.  I believe it's referred to as "electric mucus green."  Either way, I like it.

Special Features


Another electrifying sub-plot throughout the story
If there wasn't a single special feature, it would still be worth buying for the story and just the fact that it's new Futurama material.  Rest assured, there are some included.  There is the commentary, of course.  It's always entertaining to hear what they have to say about the episode and adds to the multiple viewings.

Story Animatics (21:48) are included.  This might not be a big sell for some people but I like seeing the story boards and how the episode came about.  It always amazes me seeing a production from an early stage.

Another feature is the Futurama Genetics Lab.  My daughter watched the end of the feature with me and we played around with this feature for a little bit.  It's a simple feature where you just choose two characters and get to see what they'd look like if they were genetically spliced together.  Surpisingly entertaining.

D & D & F (7:03) goes through some of the creators thoughts and experiences with Dungeons and Dragons.

Next is How to Draw Futurama in 83 Easy Steps (7:52).  Again, because of my dabbling in art in the past, it amazes me to see how easy it is for some to draw the characters and how quickly.

3D Models With Animator Discussion (5:03) takes a look at the different ships at various stages seen in the movie.

There is a deleted scene, "Cup or Nozzle?" (1:03).  A slight bummer that there wasn't more but perhaps that just means nothing had to be cut out.

Blooperama 2 (1:51) gives us a look at the actors in the studio.  It's nice to see them enjoying performing together. 

Bender's Anti-Piracy Warning (1:12) informs us about the horrible things that occur.

Finally, there is a trailer for the next (yes!) Futuram full-length feature, "Into the Wild Green Yonder" (1:14).  It looks like another crazy one (and doesn't seem to be focusing on love like the first two films).

I couldn't have been happier when I received this disc from Fox.  I'm overjoyed that there is still another feature coming in 2009 but I want more.  I don't want the fun to end.  It blows me away when I think about some of the other animated shows that are still somehow on the air.  Futurama got a raw deal and I can only hope that the next film will not be the end.

Futurama: Bender's Game is a hilarious ride that I didn't want to get off of.  Even though I have the dvd, I will be buying the Blu-ray version this Tuesday.  If you're looking for some zany futuristic humor (along with some primevil humor), do yourself a favor and pick up this movie.

5 stars out of 5.  No question about it.
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Story Trailer for MK Vs DC

Yes, there's actually a story to the game


Midway sent us the story trailer.  I know one of the problems people have with the idea of this game is why are they fighting.  The other problem is that some of the character match ups just seem waaaay off.

Watching this trailer, you'll see that these issues will be addressed.  It makes sense in a way.  It's not just a pointless fighting game mashing up two different properties in the hopes of getting fans of either to buy the game.  Okay, maybe it is a little. 

I'm not opposed to the idea of this game.  I think it might turn out to be decent.  I would've never thought these two franchises would ever be combined. 

The game will be released on November 16.


  





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Mark Millar's 8-Hour Superman Epic

Don't worry, he's talking about three films


No potty breaks for you!
Mark Millar has been talking for some time about wanting to re-vive the Superman Trilogy.  In an exclusive interview with EmpireOnline yesterday, he shared more of his thoughts. 

His idea is to do three separate films (Lord of the Rings style) that span a thousand years. 
“I want to start on Krypton, a thousand years ago, and end with Superman alone on Planet Earth, the last being left on the planet, as the yellow sun turns red and starts to supernova, and he loses his powers."
Is a re-vamp really necessary?  We just had Superman Returns.  Sure it wasn't a huge box-office smash but it was a decent movie (if you ignore Superman trying to break a happy home and him having a kid...wait, I change my mind).  Mark had this to say on that movie:
“The problem with Superman Returns was like releasing Star Wars in ’77, The Empire Strikes Back in ’80 and then waiting 28 years to release Return of the Jedi, it wasn’t relevant. I understand what Bryan Singer was trying to do, to pay homage to Richard Donner’s original vision, but I think you should pay homage by doing something completely different.”

Don't park in a 2-hour spot while seeing the movies...
I'm not sure how his idea would work.  Mark Millar is hot right now.  I'm sure he would do the franchise justice.  Is it necessary?  Doesn't everyone already know Superman's origin?  Do we really want to see Krypton blow up again?  Part of me feels it's too soon to just start over.  It worked with Incredible Hulk but it might be harder to ignore the previous Superman films.  Are we ready for another actor to portray Lex Luthor?  You can't have a Superman film without Lex.  Also, would Warners be content to limit the franchise to just three films (since the last ends with Superman alone and possibly dying)? 

I know a lot of people are tired of Superman but he is still an icon.  A Superman movie will make money.  Tons of merchandise would be sold.  Children all over the world still look up to him.

I'm not sure how Millar's vision would play out but I have to admit I am really curious to see what it'd be like if he got his hands on Superman.
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Robert Downey Jr Extends Iron Contract

No Rust in Site


Cheers!
I'll admit I debated whether or not to post this yesterday.  It's what we all figured would happen.  I guess it just wasn't officially confirmed until now.  Robert Downey Jr will return to the armor in Iron Man 2, set to be released on May 7, 2010.  Marvel's officially confirmed that Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard as Rhodey.  They've also announced that Cheadle will be in The Avengers along with Downey Jr, set to be released on July 15, 2011.  There obviously isn't any specifics on either film.  No idea how large a role Cheadle/Rhodey/War Machine will have in Avengers.  We also can expect Iron Man 3 sometime after.

In other news, Jon Favreau has been announced as being an executive producer on The Avengers.  Maybe he won't be directing but I'm happy he'll be there to make sure things don't...suck.  I've also heard that perhaps the Hulk will not be the villain in the Avengers.  They're supposed to be uniting to face the "biggest opponent they've ever faced" or something like that.  I do wonder who could be a big enough villain that would work in a live action film.  I can't see the movie-going audience accepting someone like Kang, unless they drastically changed his look.  You have to keep in mind that the studios aren't just making these movies for us comic fans, they're also trying to appeal to the (crazy) non-comic book readers.  And what looks or sounds good in a comic may not exactly translate well in a live-action film.  Loki is a contender being that he was involved with the Avengers forming in the comics.  But I just don't see him as being a huge bad-ass villain.  Maybe Ultron?  Guess  we'll have to wait and see.
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And The Lady's Name is...Madelyne Pryor

Are you reading Uncanny X-Men?


Uncanny X-Men #503, final page
Unless I missed something, I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk about Maddie's return.

When I first started reading Uncanny way back in the 80s, she was already on the scene.  She and Cyclops were married and living their life together.  I did think it was a little strange since one of the first X-Men stories I read was the Phoenix Saga trade paperback. 

When it was revealed that Maddie was Jean's clone, I was surprised.  Maybe it was the art but I just never thought she really looked completely like Jean.  With Jean's return, Maddie was left out in the rain.  I guess you can't really blame her for going crazy and turning into the Goblin Queen (that was just weird).  If you think about it, it doesn't say much about Scott.  He had a kid with her and left her pretty much as soon as Jean returned.  She may have been a clone but she basically was her own person.  She had her own personality separate from Jean's.

Check out Uncanny X-Men if you haven't been reading it.  I know some people are on the fence with Greg Land's art but let's not forget Terry Dodson is also doing pencils.  I'm also a big fan of Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction.  You can't go wrong with those guys doing the writing.  You never know what they're going to do next.

Here's some info. on the next issue.



Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” -Someone should tell that to Cyclops! Get your fix on all the heart-wrenching drama in Uncanny X-Men #504! Brought to you by the hard-hitting one, two combination of writers Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Daredevil) and Matt Fraction (Iron Man, Immortal Iron Fist) and superstar artist Terry Dodson (Marvel Knights Spider-Man)! It seemed like a new start in San Francisco is just what the X-Men needed, until an old enemy from the past caught up to them. After the stunning revelation last issue, a red-headed woman from Cyclops’ past appears to have returned from the dead—is Madelyne Pryor alive?  But that’s not all: The fallout from MESSIAH COMPLEX rains down on the X-men when the footage of the Alaskan Massacre is leaked to the press! Plus, Colossus encounters an enemy from the Old Country while Angel & Beast discover a hero long thought dormant!***If you haven’t picked up the all-new, all-different Uncanny X-Men this is the place to start! You can’t afford to miss part one of ‘Lovelorn’ the new arc beginning in Uncanny X-Men #504!


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UNCANNY X-MEN #504 (SEP082388)
Written by ED BRUBAKER & MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC 10/30/08, On-Sale 11/19/08 
 
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IDW Auctions Original Art of Presidential Bio Comics

Wanna own some J. Scott Campbell Art and help a worthy cause?


IDW Publishing's Presidential Material - political comic biographies of the Demorcratic and Republican candidates - have been runaway hits this election season.
Breaking new ground by presenting accurate and unbiased life stories of the presidential contenders, IDW Publishing continues to push the envelope by offering each hand drawn original cover illustration for sale on eBay, available to prospective bidders starting today Monday October 27th and ending Monday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The cover artwork is by comic book superstar and fan-favorite artist J. Scott Campbell, who is donating a portion of the earnings to the Wounded Warrior Project. Campbell is the original artist and co-creator of comic books Gen13 and Danger Girl, and is also widely admired for his work on the Spiderman comics. 

 

The Barack Obama Presidential Material original cover art auction can be found here.

 
And the John McCain Presidential Material original cover art auction can be found here.
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Secret Invasion #8 Out December 3rd

This is the end...


Secret Invasion #8
What's the verdict with Secret Invasion?  Did it meet your expectations?  How do you think things will change? 

We're seeing Cap/Bucky interacting with the others.  Could the Registration Act be coming to an end soon? 

Are Skrulls (or at least some of them) going to stay on Earth and live in peace with humans?  (What's with the whole "Embrace Change" ad-campaign?)

How is Spider-Woman going to come back?  (We're assuming it's Jessica Drew that will be in the Spider-Woman series that Bendis will be writing).  Also, why will she be an agent of SWORD?

Will the heroes ever be able to trust one another?  We're assuming they're going to win this war but what's to say that another Skrull or two might not come along later and try to replace someone again?  Or what about another alien species?  You can't say that in the entire universe, Skrulls are the only shape-changers.

What do you think Dark Reign will be about?  Doesn't sound too...happy.

I don't really mind the delay.  Part of me doesn't want it to be over right away even though the SI tie-ins were getting to be a bit much.  Why is issue 8 going to be late? 
Marvel would like to announce that the hotly anticipated, extra-sized Secret Invasion #8 will now arrive in stores on December 3rd, 2008. The top-selling comic book event of 2008, by award winning scribe Brian Michael Bendis and superstar artist Leinil Yu, concludes with this final issue that redefines the Marvel Universe and begins Dark Reign!

“The additional pages in #8 did both Leinil and the schedule in,” explained Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “Anybody who pored over the artwork from #7 a week ago can easily see how he and Mark Morales have been putting their all (and then some) into every page and every panel, and that effort has finally caught up with us. Hopefully, retailers and fans will forgive us these extra two weeks as we make sure that everything is in the shape it should be in for the extra-sized climax—and from there, it’ll be smooth sailing straight into DARK REIGN.”

David Gabriel, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Sales, added, “In speaking with retailers, Marvel decided it was more important to preserve the creative integrity of the series, rather than rush out the final issue. This not only creates a stronger product for our loyal readers, but also for our retailer partners, whose support helped make Secret Invasion a huge success.”

Here's the shipping schedule of books to come:

SECRET INVASION #8 (of 8) (SEP082358)
SECRET INVASION #8 (of 8) YU VARIANT (SEP082359)
SECRET INVASION #8 (of 8) YU SKETCH VARIANT (SEP082360)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Cover by GABRIELE DELL'OTTO
Variant Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Sketch Variant Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC—11/13/08, On-Sale—12/3/08
 
SECRET INVASION: FRONT LINE #5 (of 5)
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by GG STUDIO'S MARCO CASTIELLO
Cover by JUAN DOE
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC—11/13/08, On-Sale—12/3/08
 
SECRET INVASION: DARK REIGN (OCT082339)
SECRET INVASION: DARK REIGN VARIANT (OCT082340)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by ALEX MALEEV
Variant Cover by CLASSIFIED
One-Shot/Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC—11/20/08, On-Sale—12/10/08
 
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 (OCT082343)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 VILLAIN VARIANT (OCT082344)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Villain Variant by DAVID AJA
Rated A …$2.99
FOC—11/20/08, On-Sale—12/17/08
 
MIGHTY AVENGERS #20 (SEP082368)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by KHOI PHAM
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Rated A …$2.99
FOC—11/20/08, On-Sale—12/17/08
 
SECRET INVASION: REQUIEM (OCT082349)
Rated T+…$3.99
FOC—11/20/08, On-Sale—12/17/08
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