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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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