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December 7, 2022

Microsoft announced it is raising the price of its major first-party Xbox games built for Xbox Series X|S from $60 to $70 in 2023. Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield will cost $69.99 when they launch next year. Other video game companies have already raised prices of games to $70, including Sony's PlayStation, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, and others.


It’s no big secret, but the previous Dungeons and Dragons movies haven’t been…great. But this new one, Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves looks good. A new trailer was released a few days ago.  The movie stars Chris Pine, Hugh Grant and Michelle Rodriguez - and the teaser trailer is out now. Featuring Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" behind several battle scenes, the film has the look and feel of a Marvel movie - but is based solidly in the Dungeons & Dragons franchise.


Taking place in the elven Golden Era, 1200 years before the time of Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri, The Witcher: Blood Origin tells the story of seven strangers who join together to fight an unstoppable empire. This four-part prequel series premieres on Netflix on December 25.


New Comic Books Today

  • Batman #130 - FAILSAFE, FINALE / I AM A GUN, FINALE The final chapter in the Failsafe arc reaches its brutal and stunning conclusion! Batman has one desperate, final option...will he walk away from it? The answer will shock you! The early days of the Dark Knight and his relationship with Zur-En-Arrh continues!
  • Thor #29 – THE LEGACY OF THANOS, PART ONE Nic Klein returns with guest writer Torunn Grønbekk (JANE FOSTER & THE MIGHTY THORPUNISHER: WAR JOURNAL) for a Valkyrie-filled adventure! When a universally loathed foe kidnaps Thor’s baby sister Laussa and drags her so deep beyond Hel that not even Sif’s All-Sight can see her, the God of Thunder must call upon the one ally who has traveled so far into the unknown before: Rúna. But what dark secrets of Asgard’s bloody past lay beneath the frozen waters?
  • Punisher #8 THE KING OF KILLERS, BOOK TWO, CHAPTER TWO: THE BULLETS OF THE BEAST Frank Castle wants to end his war once and for all. But the God of War has other ideas. And now Ares is coming for the Punisher, with an army of heavily armed Apostles at his back, looking to turn Frank back into his old self by murdering his family all over again. 

November 30, 2022


Here’s everything we know about the upcoming continuation of The Jokes sequel, which also stars Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn. The official title for Todd Phillips’ sequel is Joker: Folie à Deux. Which means, in French, “Joker: Shared Madness.” Right now, we don’t know much about plot other than it will feature the Joker and Harley Quinn together. But, we can expect something a little different this time as this film is set to be a musical.. Given that the first film drew inspiration from Martin Scorsese’s early films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, with this one being a musical, many think it will reflect Scorsese’s film New York, New York.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition | Next-Gen Update Trailer

The long-awaited PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC next-gen update for The Witcher 3 is almost here.  Witcher 3: Wild Hunt updates for free on December 14th.


How to Watch Willow: Episode Release Schedule and Cast

34 years after Willow first hit theaters, Disney is returning to George Lucas's fantastical world for a sequel series starring Warwick Davis as Willow. Ron Howard, who directed the original film, returns as an executive producer. Willow's first two episodes were released on Disney + today. The rest of the episodes will be released weekly through January 11. So, here’s what you get: “The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.”


New Comic Books Today:

  • Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1 - THE CONCERT THAT ATE GOTHAM / A FRIEND, IN NEED! / DISTRACTIONS / HOME Kal-El has returned from his long sojourn to Warworld, but what ramifications does this hold for the broader DC Universe In this special issue, we'll spotlight Kal-El's reunion with the Dark Knight, Jimmy Olsen, the Justice League, and... Lex Luthor?! Plus: witness the never-before-revealed look at the moments leading to Superman's abduction by Pariah in the Dark Crisis event! The march toward Action Comics #1050 continues in this essential special volume!
  • Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 - MILLENNIUM! A thousand years from now on the planet Sakaar, a young woman with green skin searches for the legendary Green Scar to help save her brother from a group of apocalyptic cultists. But which Hulk will she find? And after all these years, is he truly the Sakaarson, who will save us all—or the Worldbreaker, who will destroy us?
  • Captain America: Symbol of Truth #7 - PAX MOHANNDA, PART 2 The White Wolf's latest attack has put Falcon in critical condition and sparked a civil war in Mohannda. When Sam Wilson's role as Captain America prevents him from pursuing his own justice on an international scale, his government contact sets him up with a surprising new partner—an old ally long thought dead. It's the return of IAN ROGERS, A.K.A. NOMAD! But will Ian's return be a blessing or a curse? 


November 23, 2022

So last week we talked about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the two newest games in the franchise. Which apparently fall short when it comes to game play. The framerate is all over the place, it get excruciatingly low. Everything has a weird blur, Pokémon clip in and out of walls and weird angles, sometimes a glitch will give you a screen full of video gamey void, there’s lag and some have even had the game crash. Word is that these are by far the worst running games ever. And that includes installing the day one patch.


A little sad news in the geek world, Jason Frank, the original Green Power Ranger passed away last weekend. So far no statement about a cause of death. He was only 49


I don’t want to spoil anything, so if you have finished Andor on Disney + yet plug your ears. Did you catch the after credit scene after the finale? Those big things that Cassian and the other prisoners on Narkina 5 were making were parts to the laser array of the Death Star


New Comic Books This Week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #14 – Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. “DARK WEB” PRELUDE! We haven’t seen Chasm since AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #894 and the FCBD issue, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. Join us for this very special issue featuring Spidey’s most dangerous new villain as well as the Goblin Queen and a BRAND-NEW villain that you won’t believe.
  • X-Men #17 – Size Matters. THE BEST LAID PLANS… As the new X-Men team brings deals with a seemingly unstoppable foe, one X-Man wrestles with the fact they've gone way too far, and another is shaken by unexpectedly getting exactly what they'd no longer allowed themselves to dream of.
  • DC vs. Vampires #11 – Our Final Hours. Humanity’s final battles against King Nightwing and his vampire armies have seemingly failed on all three fronts. Who lives? Who dies? As all hope is extinguished, will the surviving heroes be able to stop the extinction of the human race?


November 16, 2022

The Duffer Brothers recently teased what we can expect from Stranger Things 5.  Season Five will be a culmination of all the seasons, so it’s got a little bit from each. Before, each season was distinct…Season 3 had big monsters, Season 4 was the psychological horror. Five will be a culmination of all the seasons. The Duffer Brothers say they’re trying to do go back to the beginning a little bit, in sort of the tone of Season 1. We also know that Season 5 will be shorter than 4 with 8 episodes, and they’ll be returning to where it all began. The whole season will take place in Hawkins.


We’re getting a new Pokemon game just in time for the holidays. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The new games are set in the region of Paldea, a place that seems to be based on the real-world Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Unlike other Pokemon games there will be 3 endings to this game that you can choose from, the victory road path which is just like all the other games. Another is the path of legends where you look for items and have to battle titan pokemon to get them, and finally Starfall street, where you battle with the group of bad guys in the game and eventually face off against the big bad boss. Another big change is Terastilizing, it takes the original one or two types of a pokemon and adds a 2nd or 3rd type of your choice.


New Comic Books this Week:

November 9, 2022

Gamers everywhere are digging into God of War Ragnarok today, the follow up to the 2018 reboot of the franchise. But if you’re new to God of War I’ve put together a few spoiler free tips to help you get started.

  • 1 - The heavy throw on your Leviathan Axe is extremely strong, it’ll freeze weaker enemies in place allowing you to use other attack to deal more damage. Don’t forget the light throw either, hitting the enemies legs disables them for a bit allowing you do again, do more damage.
  • 2 - The Hyperian Pulse Kill on the Blades of Chaos is easily one of the most universally usefull skills in the game and when you’re using them always look for air combo opportunities.
  • 3- And don’t neglect your fists, they’re essentially a 3rd weapon and are good a building up stun damage.


Hopefully that helps you get started causing chaos thru the 9 realms.


Shawn Levy, you may not know the name, but he’s directed 10 episodes of Stranger Things, he’s done The Adam Project, Free Guy, Night at the Museum, Real Steel and a bunch more. He’s set to direct the new Deadpool movie (Deadpool 3) and when he’s done with that it looks like he’s set to direct a new Star Wars film.  We don’t know much yet..plot, timeline, characters, or even a date…but we do know that 2019’s Rise of Skywalker is no longer the last time we’ve seen a galaxy far, far away on the big screen.


It looks like some early Black Friday deals are popping up in the Pokemon world. Cards for the trading card game are being discounted at a bunch of stores including Walmart.  Like right now you can get the Darkrai VSTAR Premium Collection Box for $20. That’s a $20 discount. And that’s just one of the deals.


New Comic Books Today

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #13 – The Hobgoblin’s story comes to a chilling end.
  • Moon Knight #17 – Home Game
  • The Avengers #62 – History’s Mightiest Heroes, Conclusion: The Man Who Keeps it Weird

November 2, 2022

A couple days ago I was in the CFX Morning Research Room, and the talk turned into a debate over the best final bosses in video games. So after some..heated…discussion, this is what we came up with.


  • #3 Ganondorf – The Legend of Zelda: Wind Walker.  Link and Ganon have battled before, but for the first time in Zelda history, Ganondorf has a personality. And the battle itself is pretty spectacular.


  • #2 Sans – Undertale  Depending on your actions you get a different final boss and each is unique in it own way. I went thru and killed every monster I could find in the underground which led me to Sans the skeleton. If you survive his opening salvo, he breaks the 4th wall to taunt you and even bends the rules. It’s a brilliant battle.


  • #1 The Boss – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater  This one is mechanically and thematically difficult. Turns your training against you. And if you do eventually beat her, you end up standing over the only woman you have ever loved as you’re forced to finish the job.



Star Wars has returned to Fortnite for Skywalker Week. Luke, Leia, and Han are back. So you can take up Luke’s lightsaber, the landspeeder, stormtrooper blasters.  It’ll all be available until the 8th.


So, what’s being billed as one of the best Marvel Movies ever made, Wakanda Forever, come’s out in a week. And if you want to get caught up on all things Black Panther I’ve put together a must read list of Black Panther comics.

That’ll get you a good start on Black Panther before the movie comes out.


New Comic Books This Week:

October 26, 2022

So, the last episode of House of Dragons, poor luccerys velayron shows up at storms end to gain support from the baratheons. Unfortunately his cousin Aemond beat him to it. There’s talk, a rejection, a goodbye, and a hold on a second when Aemond pulls off his eye patch revealing a sapphire in place of the eye he lost as a kid. Little forshadowing…that sapphire eye looks a lot like the eyes of the Night King from Game of Thrones.  So assuming this isn't just an accident, what does it mean? Will there end up being some connection to Aemond and the land beyond the Wall?  probably not. We doubt it'll be that literal. If we had to guess, though, we'd say that Aemond's sapphire eye serves two purposes: 1) To emphasise that Aemond is now a cold-hearted monster, capable of terrorising his younger relatives with minimal remorse, and 2) To draw even more attention to the Song of Ice and Fire prophecy that's been hanging over Season 1 like a shadow.



New “Ant Man & The Wasp: Quantumania” Trailer Reveals New Villain - The new trailer for “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” shows off the new head villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s not unexpected. After making his appearance in the “Loki” series on Disney+, Jonathan Majors’ Kang is set to be at the center of the trouble for the heroes in Marvel’s Phase 5.  The movie sees the return of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer to their roles from the first two “Ant-Man” movies, and Peyton Reed also returns to direct his third movie in the trilogy. The movie is scheduled to open on February 17th, 2023.


Check out the new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, featuring Star-Lord, Mantis, Drax, Nebula, Kraglin, Cosmo, Rocket, Groot, and Kevin Bacon.

In The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, the Guardians, who are on a mission to make Christmas unforgettable for Quill, head to Earth in search of the perfect present. 

Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be streaming on November 25 on Disney+.

October 19, 2022

Anime fans, the English dub of Chainsaw Man will premiere October 25th. If you’re not sure who Chainsaw Man is, he’s a teenage devil hunter who was brought back from the dead…and has chainsaws for hands. This is one of the most anticipated Anime shows of 2022 and is being led by Attack on Titan and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s Mike McFarland.


I know we’re going to talk more about it with Emily from the Celebration Cinema on Friday, but the early reviews that I’m seeing for Black Adam aren’t good. Critics are calling it overindulgent. It’s full of underdeveloped characters and an excessive number of repetitive action scenes. Right now it’s sitting at 54% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Big thing in D&D right now is Dragonlance. Have you ordered your bundle yet? The Dragonlance Deluxe Edition Bundle indludes:

  • Shadow of the Dragon Queen adventure book with a foil cover
  • A digital copy of Shadow of the Dragon Queen with 2 weeks early access on D&D Beyond
  • Warriors of Krynn co-op mass-battle game

I’ve already ordered mine, if you want to take a look here’s the link.


New Comic Books Today:

  • Nightwing #97: Power Vacuum, Part 1Batgirl gives Nightwing her answer. And they have a long discussion with each other about what that means.
  • The Flash #787: Time to ShineWally West is back from his adventure to save Barry Allen, but there’s no time to celebrate, as a new alien with a penchant for golden belts and trucker hair has added a new sting to the life of the Flash
  • Moon Knight #16: Chinatown - While Moon Knight ventures into unknown territory to make a new friend of an ancient monster, Hunter’s Moon stalks the rooftops on his own, intent on his own definition of justice.

October 12, 2022

There are a couple new D&D Adventurers League releases that are available on the DMs Guild for the Dreams of the Red Wizards campaign. Big Problems, The town of Daggerford is in over its head, and needs heroes to solve a really big problem. Things will get worse before they get better, and Watchers of the Trollclaws, Caravan merchants traveling the Winding Water speak of a ruin that has risen from the muck of the Trollclaws. Its walls are covered with carved eyes that glow in the moonlight and weep an unnatural fog during the day. What treasures await you within?


And if you are shopping Amazon’s Prime Early Access sales today, Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Cases are 48% off.


Sony learned their lesson last year and they’ve ramped up PS5 shipments to the U.S. by 400%. Word is it’s in preparation for God of War: Ragnarok’s launch on November 9th, but it’s also good news for anyone with a PS5 on their Christmas list this year.


We’re 5 episodes into House of the Dragon at my house, and I’ll admit…I’m getting into it. In his latest blog, George R.R. Martin said it’ll take 4 seasons to tell the story. Good news is that it’s already been renewed for a 2nd season. Oh, and after seeing episode 8, George R.R. Martin actually contacted Paddy Considine (Viserys Targaryen) and told him that his interpretation of Viserys was better that the one Martin wrote in the books.


New Comic Books this Week:

October 5, 2022

Kent, you mentioned last week in Who’s Hot in Hollywood that they’re doing another Planet of the Apes movie, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes”. Well it looks like Princess Cirilla of Cintra, Freya Allan, has joined the case. No details on her role in the movie yet, but we do know she’ll be playing a human and not and ape. Production starts next month.


Harrison Ford, in the MCU? Maybe. Rumor around the geek world is that Harrison Ford will take over as General Ross in the upcoming Marvel Thunderbolts movie now that William Hurt has passed away. Nothing official has been announced yet but people think that’s because filming probably won’t start until sometime next year and Marvel/Disney didn’t want to take anything away from Ford’s return in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5.


When a TV series is not only a big ratings hit but also a pop culture phenomenon, it's only natural for viewers to seek out similar shows once it ends. So if you’re a big Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon fan and you’re looking for more I’ve put together a list of shows you might like.

  • Britannia – Prime - Romans’ attempt to conquer the Celts in the British Isles in AD 43
  • Spartacus – Starz – It’s the story of Spartacus..Romans, Gladiators, what’s not to like
  • The Last Kingdom – Netflix - Based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories, about the birth of England in the ninth and tenth centuries
  • Vikings – Prime and Hulu – A celebration of legendary viking Ragnar Lothbrok and his fabled sons.
  • Shadow and Bone – Netflix - newest show of the batch, it’s based on Leigh Bardugo's "Grishaverse" book series, this show is pure dystopian fantasy
  • Black Sails – Hulu and Starz - A prequel series to Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island
  • Boardwalk Empire – A 20th century crime drama, from Sopranos writer Terence Winter
  • The Expanse – set hundreds of years in the future in a colonized solar system


New Comic Books Out Today:

September 28, 2022

This is a travesty! A comic book store in Virginia was broken into and thieves stole a bunch of rare comics worth well over $100,000. They new exactly what they were doing too, they smashed through the front window, went right for the showcase with the rare comics and left…leaving the cash register untouched.


He made the official announcement last week, but after 45 years of voicing one of the most iconic villains ever, 91 year old James Earl Jones has signed over the rights to the voice of Darth Vader. What filmmakers are going to do now is use Respeecher; they’re a company that uses old recordings and fancy computer artificial intelligence to create voices. They’ve already done it with Luke Skywalker’s voice when he showed up in The Book of Boba Fett.


I watched the teaser trailer this morning, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is coming to PC this fall. Miles is adjusting to his new home and following in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, as a new Spider-Man. But when a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy his new home, the aspiring hero realizes that with great power, also comes great responsibility. To save all of New York, Miles must take up the mantle of Spider-Man and own it.


And it’s official, Deadpool will Join the MCU. Deadpool 3 hits September 6, 2024. and that’s not the biggest news, Ryan Reynolds posted a teaser on his Twitter where he did a little teaser, then Hugh Jackman walks by in the background and he asks if he wants to play Wolverine again, and Jackman says…’yea, sure Ryan’.


New Comics on the Shelf Today:

Detective Comics #1064: Gotham Nocturne Overture, Part 3

Thor #27: Venom of Asgard, Part One

X-Men #15: Collapse Theory




September 21, 2022

We get our next big Star Wars series on Disney + today…Andor. If you remember, Cassian Andor was one of the heroes in Rogue One who ended up stealing the plans for the Death Star and getting them to Princess Leia which led us into the events of first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. Disney + released the first 3 episodes of Andor today which take place about 5 years before Rogue One. Some are calling it the best live action Star Wars show since The Mandalorian.


Video game makers EA Motive, they’re the guys behind the upcoming Dead Space remake; they’re working on a new single-player action-adventure Iron man game.


Other video game news, the hacker that leaked around 90 videos of Grand Theft Auto 6 is being investigated by the FBI. They think it’s the same person who claimed responsibility for hacking Uber a few days ago.


For the first time ever, the LEGO Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer 75252 kit is on sale at Amazon. It's normally $699.99, but today you can pick it up for $649. It’s actually one of the few kits that haven’t suffered from LEGO's price hikes earlier in the year, so you're not getting a "false" deal that just happened to bring the price back down to the original. This thing is 42 inches long, 26" wide, and 17" tall, consists of almost 5,000 bricks, and weighs 28 pounds.


New Comics On The Shelf Today

September 14, 2022

If you’re all caught up on House of the Dragon great, if not…there may be some spoilers, but in episode 3 they kind of rectified George R.R. Martin’s biggest Game of Thrones Regret. So basically Martin said in season 1 when they go hunting, Robert Baratheon goes off in the woods, we get word he’s gored by a boar, they bring him back and he dies.  Martin regrets not doing whole royal hunting party thing with hundreds of guys, pavilions, huntsmen, dogs barking, horns blowing…that’s how a king goes hunting. So in episode 3 of House of the Dragon we get a big royal hunt which had everything Martin wanted and more. We even had a wild boar.

Witcher fans get ready. They just finished filming season 3 which apparently has a big scene between Geralt and Vilgefortz and an unexpected encounter with Rience (who’s been recast for season 3).  So right now it’s in post-production for a 2023 release while the live-action prequel The Witcher: Blood Origin is looking at a Christmas 2022 release.

We got a lot of cool info out of this year’s D23 Expo, the one thing that I thought was awesome is that we got the lineup for the upcoming Thunderbolts movie. If you’re not a Marvel comic fan, the Thunderbolts are a hero group, like the Avengers, but it’s mostly made up of reformed supervillains. We’re gonna get Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, Ghost, Red Guardian, Yelena Bolova, Bucky (the Winter Soldier), US Agent, and Taskmaster. The Thunderbolts movie is supposed to close Phase 5 of the MCU with a July 2024 release date.

New Comic Books This Week:

September 7, 2022

The DC universe is still struggling to find their Kevin Feige (the guy who basically built the MCU). Word is, Dan Lin and Warner Brothers Discovery have decided to not move forward with each other. WB’s looking for someone to give their DC movie universe a reset. Individually the movies have done well, but there’s no real DC Universe…no DC identity like we’ve seen in Marvel. On top of that, they’re still dealing with the fallout of the merger between WB and Discovery which caused them to cancel the Batgirl movie, and a bunch of animated shows. They’re hoping to get a little boost with Black Adam which releases at the end of October.


If you can hold out that long, Dungeons and Dragons is releasing a Deluxe Edition of Dragonlance, Shadow of the Dragon Queen in early December. You get Shadow of the Dragon Queen adventure book with a foil cover, a digital copy of Shadow of the Dragon Queen with two weeks early access on D&D Beyond, and Warriors of Krynn co-op mass-battle game.


I can’t believe I missed this, but I was re-watching last weeks She-Hulk…when Jen was leaving the prison, one of the reporters asked her if she got her super powers from a mob hit gone wrong. That is a reference to her actual comic book origins in 1980 Savage She-Hulk #1. In the comic she’s mortally wounded by mobsters who were trying to get to her client. She gets a blood transfusion from Bruce (Bruce Banner….the Hulk) which saves her life, but also gives her hulk powers in return.


On the Shelf, New Comic Books out Today:

August 31, 2022

Middle-earth seems to be all around us these days. Amazon’s new show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power debuts in a few days and last week, Wizards of the Coast announced their newest Magic: The Gathering collection’s Tolkien tie-in. Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle Earth. The card sets will be available next year, but if you want a sneek peek at some of the artwork it’s online and it’s amazing.


Since we’re talking Lord of the Rings I’m going to give you a history lesson before Rings of Power hits Amazon. The land of Middle-Earth is part of a larger world called Arda who’s recorded history is separated into four Ages, each of which spans many hundreds or thousands of years. We get a glimpse into the 2nd age in the Lord of the Rings movies. The 2nd age starts in the aftermath of a war over some mystical jewels and Morgoth’s banishment from Arda. In the 2nd age, Sauron starts consolidating his power and filling the void left by Morgoth’s banishment. He manipulates the elves into creating the rings of power. There’s an invasion of the Undying Lands that ends up cutting them off from the rest of the world forever denying man the chance at immortality. King Elendil creates the kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor. He and his sons including Isildur, and the Elven kings including Elrond form the Last Alliance and end up waging war against Sauron, who is defeated but not destroyed, Isildur claims the ring and the 2nd age makes way for the 3rd…which are the movies we know.  During Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: the Rings of Power we’ll dig a lot deeper into the 2nd age and all those events that lead up to the creation of the rings and Sauron’s rise to power.


If you’ve already watched the 2nd episode of She-Hulk and you’re wondering about Blonsky’s little haiku book, wonder no more. Marvel has released three of them online including the one that Blonsky started to recite to Jennifer before she cut him off. You can check them out on the officials She-Hulk twitter page @SheHulkOfficial


While Blonsky does seem sorry for his past actions, his little cage match with Wong, a crossover from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may put a damper on his plans for parole. 


New Comic Books This Week:

August 24, 2022

So we’re about a month away from Andor on Disney +, which will be a prequel to Rogue One following Cassian Andor during the 5 years before the movie. They’ll release the first 3 episodes on September 21st. The rest of the episodes will be released weekly thru November 23rd.  A 2nd season is in development that will lead into the events of Rogue One.


Remember that movie Killer Klowns from Outer Space? Came out in 1988… A group alien Klowns came to Earth to eat everyone…well they just announced at GamesCon that they’re making it into a video game. It’ll be a 3v7 multi player format where humans face off against the Killer Klowns and should be out in early 2023.


And if you haven’t seen it yet, the Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power official trailer is all over the internet now. We get to see elven vistas, underground dwarven cities, orcs and goblins tearing through the woods all in a Middle Earth we’ve never seen on screen before.  The Rings of Power hits Amazon next week.


Some other TV shows..She Hulk, better than I expected, Sandman on Netflix, actually pretty good except for that weird cat dream bonus episode thing, and House of the Dragon I’m going to give another week or two before chiming in.


New Comic Books This Week:

August 17, 2022

Back in 2019 there were rumors that Disney was going to make a live action Dragon Ball movie. They had bought Fox which gave them the movie rights for a live action Dragon Ball. So, is it going to happen? Nobody’s saying yes or no at this point but what I found out was that even though they bought Dragon Ball, Disney still needs Akira Toriyama’s approval to make the movie. In the meantime, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero opens in theaters this weekend.  

“The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes”. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan… What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective?”


I watched a trailer/teaser yesterday for God of War Ragnarok yesterday. It combines two of my favorite things, Norse mythology and the God of War game franchise. The game releases November 9th, but you can pre-order right now.


Wizards Presents 2022 goes live online tomorrow at 5. We’ll get a look at what’s to come in 2022 for D&D, Magic the Gathering, and I heard that we may get more details from Universe Beyond which will see crossovers with Lord of the Rings, Warhammer, and a bunch more.


New Comic Books This Week:


August 10, 2022

Hulu and 20th Century Studios are celebrating. Prey, the Predator prequel, is the most popular Hulu premiere of all time breaking Hulu’s record for the most-watched premiere for a single release. On the other side, fans are questioning the decision to release straight to streaming and bypassing a theatrical release because 1. The movie is now an official entry in the Predator franchise, and 2. Fans are calling it one of the best Predator movies ever made.


DC fans have had a few rough months. The news that Warner Brothers Discovery has shelved the Batgirl movie is just the latest in a series of changes and cancellations involving big DC projects. WBD says their just doing a little house cleaning to help cut costs following their very expensive merger.

Just a couple of the project affected:

  • Batgirl – cancelled
  • Strange Adventures – cancelled
  • The Wonder Twins – cancelled
  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – pushed to 2023


Gamers are going to have to wait a little longer for Marvel’s Midnight Suns after being delayed a second time. Officials say the delay is to ensure the teams at Firaxis Games and 2k can deliver the best possible experience for fans, and that the game should arrive later this fiscal year, which means sometime before March of 2023. But that date’s only going to work for PC, PS4 and Xbox Series X and S players. Xbox One and Switch versions will be even later.


New Comic Books This Week:

August 3, 2022

STAR WARS Series "ANDOR" which is going to be "a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy" by

showing the beginning of the rebellion and how all the planets became involved

Is Going Old School. Massive practical sets have been built so the environment

is real and not made through CGI, other than that we don't know much more about the upcoming series


New Comics on the Shelf Today:

  • Batman #126 - Failsafe, Part Two / Two Birds, One Throne, Part Two
  • Moon Knight #14 - Solider, Rich Man, Scoundrel
  • New from Marvel, Edge of Spider-Verse #1 - The Hero Within

June 1, 2022

Let’s talk Obi-Wan. Based on hours streamed in an opening weekend, Obi-Wan Kenobi is now the most-watched Disney + original series premiere ever. After just two episodes, the internet is blowing up with fan theories. One of them is that Reva (the Third Sister) is one of the younglings that was attacked in the Jedi temple in the opening scene and that’s why she is so intent on capturing Obi-Wan Kenobi.


If you’re a little confused as to who the Inquisitors are check out the animated series Star Wars Rebels, it’s also on Disney +.


A couple of celeb sightings in the first couple episodes. The mercenary that kidnapped little Princess Leia, Vect Nokru, was none other than Flea…bass guitarist for the Red-Hot Chili Peppers. And the young woman who tried to sell Obi-Wan spice was played by Ewan McGregor’s real-life daughter, Esther-Rose McGregor.


In video game news, Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC on August 30, and if you preorder you can play a spin-off game that’s available right now…Destroy All Humans: Clone Carnage. Clone Carnage is a standalone multiplayer game. Couch co-op with two players or go online with four. The game can be downloaded immediately if you digitally preorder Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed. You can also buy it separately for $12.99


Dig into Stranger Things Season 4 yet. If you’re getting a creepy Freddy Kruger/Nightmare on Elm Street vibe from it, you’re not alone. The internet has lit up with discussions on just that…kids getting tormented in their dreams and subconscious by a horribly disfigured, shadowy foe, whose harm that is done to them in their mind’s manifests on the physical plane as well. Don’t hit me with any spoilers though…I’m only a few episodes in.


New Comics on the Shelf Today:

  • Batman 2020 Annual – under new management
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #38 – Empire of the Spider Part 1
  • Star Wars Darth Vader #23 - The Shadow’s Shadow

May 25, 2022

Looks like production issues have hit the realm of D&D, Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel won’t be available digitally or in stores until July 5th and the new Campaign Case: Terrain has been pushed to August 16. Luckily, the new Campaign Case: Creatures wasn’t affected, that’ll still be available July 19th and the new Spelljammer: Adventures in Space is still set for an august 16 release date.

The new trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder hit yesterday. Now I’ve been waiting for this one because 1) Thor’s my guy and 2) I’ve been dying to see what Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher looks like. Unfortunately, he looks like Christian Bale! In the comics he’s more alien looking, more sinister looking, and scarier. I’m hoping that’s just something they’re hiding that maybe he’ll transform a bit once they introduce his ‘weapon.’

We finally have a date, according to a tweet from the official Call of Duty twitter account, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be released October 28th   Early details say it’ll center around U.S. special forces fighting the Columbian Drug Cartel.

New Comics on the Shelf Today:

  • Moon Knight #11 - The Killing Time Part One
  • The Avengers #56 - The Saga of Jane, Jane Foster takes the spotlight
  • Detective Comics #1060 - The Seven, Part Two/Gotham girl, Interrupted part 2 (Batman has deployed one of his most powerful weapons in the hunt for the mysterious bomber plaguing Gotham City)

May 18, 2022

Obi-Wan Kenobi is about a week away, and now that that is all wrapped up and good to go, crews started production on Ahsoka last week. If you’re not familiar, Ahsoka Tano was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan. She was a HUGE character in the animated Star Wars Clone Wars and the Star Wars Rebels series’ before making the jump to live action in The Mandalorian.


Bethesda has announced that Starfield and Redfall have been delayed to sometime in early 2023. They made the announcement on their Twitter page but didn’t give any real reason other than saying they wanted to ensure the best and most polished versions of the games. They also promised the first gameplay deep dives for both games to be released soon. To mean that means they’re probably going to showcase them at the Xbox/Bethesda Summer Showcase on June 12.


Have you checked out the new LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime set yet? It’s launching on June 1. It’s modeled after the G1 Optimus Prime character and features over 1,500 pieces. It's also one of the few sets that can switch between two different models without needing to rebuild: its robot and alt modes.


The set includes an ion blaster, Energon Axe, Energon Cube, and the Autobot Matrix of Leadership which can be stored in the chest chamber.


New Comics on the Shelf Today:

  • The Flash #782 - Plans
  • Wolverine #21 – Glory Daze
  • Thor #25 - Banner of War. This one is part of the 60th Anniversary celebration of Thor and Hulk and continues with Thor and Hulk's epic rivalry

May 11, 2022

So, the next big Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, hits Disney + on the 27th…hugely anticipated because we’ll finally get a look into what happens to Obi-Wan between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. But one of the bigger issues Star Wars fans are hoping will be resolved is a plot hole involving something Darth Vader said in Return of the Jedi. In Jedi, when Luke turns himself in and is taken to the new Death Star, he has a conversation with Vader and insists that there’s still some good in him, Vader responds with “Obi-Wan once thought as you do. But we’ve never seen Obi-Wan make any inference that there’s anything left of Anakin in Vader. Die hard Star Wars fans are hoping that the ‘interactions’ between Vader and Obi-Wan in this new series will fill that plot hole and put a period on that sentence.


We’re getting a whole slew of new Marvel shows coming to Disney +…

and …. Loki Season 2. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are set to direct (they’re the guys responsible for Moon Knight). No word on any plot lines yet, but production is set to begin next month.


I gotta talk House of the Dragon. The Game of Thrones prequel hits HBO on August 21st and my social media has blown up since the trailers were released. It’s 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of the House Targaryen. If you are a GOT fan and haven’t checked out the teasers and trailers online yet…, do it. It’s well worth it.


New Comic Books Today

  • X-Men #11 – High Rollers
  • Wonder Woman #787 – The Villainy of Our Fears, Part 1
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El #11 – The Right Path
  • Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #1 – Anubis Rex
  • Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War Alpha #1 (celebrating the 60th anniversary of both characters)
  • Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 – Homeland, Part 1 (Sam Wilson picks up the shield once again)

May 4th, 2022

May the 4th Be With You! And to celebrate Star Wars Day Fortnite is returning to the galaxy far far away for their yearly Star Wars celebration. They’ve added usable lightsabers back into the game, along with the E-11 blaster…the one used by Stormtroopers. There’s also a bunch of new Star Wars quests…all of it’s active in the game until the 17th.

Did you catch Moon Knight’s or Marc Spector’s third personality last week? It was quick, but early in the episode in Dr. Harrow’s office Marc does another little personality switcharoo but this personality has a cut on the bridge of his nose that we haven’t seen before, and if you watch his accent and body language don’t match that of either Marc or Steven. The buzz in the geek world is that was Jake Lockley, a third personality. In the comics, Jake’s a cab driver that gathers info for Marc. Now fast forward a bit to the scene where Marc’s dad is sitting Shiva for his mom…there’s a cab parked behind him which Steven and Marc watch drive away. How Lockley gets involved at this point is still up in the air mainly because I haven’t watched today’s episode yet.

And for my D&D brothers and sisters out there. We’re getting a new Dragonlance trilogy this year. The first one, “Dragonlance: Dragons of Deceit” should hit shelves August 9th, the official word from Margaret Weis, one of the creators, is that we’ll return to old friends while introducing a new heroine.

Big geek day this weekend, Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. Over 2,000 stores across the U.S. will be giving away millions of free comic books. Perfect opportunity to either get started or get back into comics. You can check online to see participating shops near you.


New Comic Books on the Shelf Today:

  • Batman #123: Shadow War, Part 5
  • Iron Man #19: The Last Midnight
  • Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #4: The Humanity Agenda, Part Four
  • Suicide Squad #15: Defunded, Part 2
  • Magic: The Gathering #14 – The planeswalkers journey to locthwain to find the Cauldron of Eternity, and finally uncover the identity of the specter haunting Niko’s steps.

April 27, 2022

Since we finished our D&D campaign last week, I was feeling a little withdrawal, luckily I was able to check out the first ever D&D Direct; a live online demo of everything new for D&D in 2022. We’re getting “Spelljammer Adventures in Space” where deep space meets deep sea, so basically space pirates…new worlds, cities on asteroids, dead gods floating in the ether. There are 3 new books, 6 new playable races, new monsters, and an all-new adventure set in Wildspace in the Astral Sea.

“Spelljammer Adventures in Space” officially releases in August of 2022, but there will be a prequel adventure available in July that you can grab if you have a wizards account.
There’s also a new 5e book on the way, “Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel”; 13 new adventures, 15 new locations. It’ll be on bookshelves June 21st.
And there’s something I need to talk with Emily from the Celebration Cinema about… “Dungeons and Dragons Honor among Thieves”; a new live action D&D movie with Chris Pine, Hugh Grant, Michelle Rodriguez. That’ll hit theaters March 3rd of 2023.
Netflix is beefing up their game business. Right now, users have access to 18 games. Netflix is going to make that 50 by the end of the year.
In May 2020, Disney+ announced that they’ll be working with Rick Riordan to adapt the Percy Jackson novels into a TV series. No release date, they were expecting it to take at least a couple years to get everything written, production just started in January, so we’re going to have to wait a while before this one hits Disney +.
New Comic Books on the Shelf Today:
  • Justice League #75: Death of the Justice League
  • Thor #24: The Second Son of Asgard
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #1: Just in time for Spider-Man’s 60th Anniversary, a new volume of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and this is cool because Marvel has brought back John Romita Jr. for this series. He was with marvel from the 70’s till the 2010’s and actually got his start when he was 13 when he created the Prowler in The Amazing Spider-Man #78.
April 20, 2022

Rob Ryan reading a Thor comic bookIf you haven’t seen it yet, the “Stranger Things Season 4" trailer is available online. In it we go back to the 1950s, we see that some of the kids are still in Hawkins, some are in new towns and new schools, and we see a new monster…Vecna. When I heard that it rang a bell, I’ve heard that name before. That’s when it hit me…D&D. Vecna was one of the greatest villains in Dungeons & Dragons history. We originally saw him in “World of Greyhawk” back in 1975. Vecna was a super powerful wizard who turned big-bad and went all Litch on everyone (a Litch is a spellcasting undead beastie who was once human [usually] and sought to defy death by unnatural magical means). It makes sense, because in earlier seasons of Stranger Things we see the kids playing Dungeons & Dragons…and for this D&D geek I thought the tie in was pretty cool. In the show Vecna isn’t actually a Litch, but a human who was mutated into a monster due to hanging out too long in the Upside Down. To learn any more we’ll have to wait until May 27, 2022, when season 4 hits Netflix.


My social media blew up earlier this week when the “Thor: Love and Thunder” trailer hit the internet. I am a huge Marvel fan and an even bigger Thor fan, so of course I was all over it. A couple things I thought were cool. In the beginning we see young Thor running through the woods in a Jack Kirby style Thor costume which is AWESOME. Thor first appeared in the comics in “Journey into Mystery” in 1962 which was created by… (wait for it) …Jack Kirby. In the trailer Thor says his superhero days are over and we see him ‘plant’ Stormbreaker in the ground. This is an obvious tribute to Thanos’ ‘scarecrow.’ The shot in Endgame with Thanos’ armor hanging outside like a bizarre scarecrow wasn’t just a cool shot in the movie. That was an homage to the comic books where Thanos hung his armor up symbolizing that fact that his work was done, and he was leaving his old life behind. See the tie in…? I love how Marvel puts these little Easter Eggs in there for us die hard comic fans. At the end of the trailer, we see Mjolnir…reforged…flying through the air and into the hands of none other than Jane Foster the new “Thor”. What we didn’t get to see was Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, but we did get to see evidence of some of his handiwork. The scene in the trailer where Thor and Korg are looking at a giant creature skeleton from atop a snowy mountain is a perfect recreation from Jason Aaron’s “Thor: God of Thunder #3” where Gorr is first introduced in the comics…and yes, I have that whole comic series sitting on my shelf. “Thor: Love and Thunder” hits movie theaters July 8th, 2022.


A few new comics out today that I’m adding to my collection:

  • Nightwing #91: The Sommelier of Death
  • The Flash #781: All Pedal No Brakes
  • Hulk #6: Smashtronaut Finale
  • Avengers #55: Night of the Panther/Dawn of the Hawk
  • Dr. Strange: Nexus of Nightmares #1

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