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May 29, 2024

In The Acolyte, set a century before the Skywalker saga, the show will explore the flaws of the Jedi Order during the High Republic era. Charlie Barnett’s character, Yord Fandar, a new Jedi Knight, views the Jedi as perfect beings. However, his journey will reveal their human imperfections, echoing the audience's realization from The Phantom Menace that Jedi aren't infallible. Yord’s arc is compared to understanding parents aren't gods. His belief in Jedi perfection will be challenged, particularly by his dynamic with the more competent Padawan Jecki Lon, played by Dafne Keen. This narrative mirrors the backlash against the portrayal of the prequel Jedi, highlighting their concealed flaws and setting the stage for potential falls to the dark side.

 

Five years after Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios is halfway through their Multiverse Saga, introducing new heroes like Ms. Marvel, Shang-Chi, and Moon Knight. Fans, however, still focus on the original Avengers. Despite two dying and one disappearing, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Thor continue their stories, while rumors suggest possible returns for Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man.

  • Bruce Banner - Mark Ruffalo's Hulk may appear in Avengers 5, despite no solo Hulk movie plans. Rumors of a World War Hulk adaptation persist, potentially integrating into the new Avengers film.
  • Clint Barton - Jeremy Renner, recovering from a serious accident, is ready to return as Hawkeye. Rumors of a second season of Hawkeye on Disney Plus could see him and Kate Bishop facing new challenges.
  • Steve Rogers - Chris Evans is open to returning as Captain America but only for a significant and well-crafted story. Rumors tie him to projects like Nomad and Avengers: Secret Wars.
  • Natasha Romanoff - Scarlett Johansson is unlikely to reprise her role as Black Widow, preferring her character’s sacrifice to remain final. However, pre-death stories or alternate universe versions could appear.
  • Thor - Chris Hemsworth’s Thor might return with a new direction, following mixed reactions to Thor: Love and Thunder. A new writer and director are reportedly being sought for Thor V.
  • Tony Stark - Robert Downey Jr. could return as Iron Man through multiverse variations, despite the studio's intent to keep his Endgame sacrifice intact. His return could boost the MCU’s current phase.

 

The upcoming Battlestar Galactica remake faces challenges in recapturing what made the 2004 series revolutionary. The original Battlestar Galactica was a modest sci-fi series overshadowed by Star Trek. However, the 2004 remake redefined TV sci-fi with its grounded approach and complex characters, influencing the genre significantly.

The new reboot must distinguish itself from the 2004 series. While it can draw inspiration from its predecessor's tone, it needs a fresh perspective. This might involve focusing on ordinary people in the fleet or adopting a more hopeful narrative, rather than repeating the intense interpersonal drama of the earlier series. The aim is to honor the original while offering something new to surprise audiences.

 

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May 22, 2024

Wizards of the Coast showed off their new cover for the upcoming DnD Player's Handbook. The new cover, showcases a diverse group of characters and classic DnD monsters, kind of emphasizing the collaborative nature of the game. Unlike the 2014 cover, which featured a single character in battle, the 2024 version highlights a party of adventurers working together. The shift reflects bigger changes in the DnD community, influenced by popular play shows like Critical Role, which have encouraged deeper character backstories and more roleplaying.

 

 

LEGO is revisiting Marvel's Infinity Saga with five new Avengers-themed sets, available on August 1. These sets highlight iconic moments and characters from the MCU:

  • Iron Man & Iron Legion vs. Hydra Soldier: From Avengers: Age of Ultron, this $21.99 set includes Iron Man, Iron Legion drones, and a Hydra trooper.
  • The Avengers vs. The Leviathan: Inspired by the Battle of New York in The Avengers, this $49.99 set includes Black Widow, Captain America, Loki, a Chitauri, and the Hulk.
  • The Avengers Assemble: Age of Ultron: This $99.99 set captures the Avengers’ iconic slow-motion team shot and includes the original team plus three Hydra soldiers.
  • Thor vs. Surtur Construction Figure: From Thor: Ragnarok, this $29.99 set features Thor, two Fire Demons, and a large Surtur figure.
  • The Milano Spaceship: From Guardians of the Galaxy, this $179.99 set includes 2090 pieces and Minifigures of Star-Lord, Rocket, Gamora, Drax, and Baby Groot.

 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe's X-Men reboot is progressing with the hiring of Michael Lesslie as the writer, but so far no director or release date has been set. Lesslie, known for his work on The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Assassin's Creed, and Macbeth. Casting has not started yet.

 

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May 15, 2024

Marvel's cinematic universe has grown into a behemoth with 32 films, including blockbusters like "Avengers: Endgame." The death of Tony Stark, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr., was a pivotal moment for fans. While hopes for his return to the MCU persist, Downey Jr. is now turning to Broadway. He'll star in "McNeal," a play about a writer grappling with family issues and AI fascination. Produced by his company, Team Downey, the play opens at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater in September for a limited run. Despite Downey Jr.'s openness to reprising his role as Iron Man, Marvel seems committed to the consequences of past narratives.

 

"The Acolyte," the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series set 150 years before the prequels, signals a return to the core Jedi philosophy regarding lightsabers. Unlike recent portrayals where lightsabers are drawn at the slightest threat, the series showcases a Jedi Master, Indara, who avoids combat until necessary. This approach aligns with the Jedi's original role as pacifists skilled in conflict resolution. Set in the High Republic era, the show emphasizes the Jedi's commitment to minimizing violence and valuing all life. "The Acolyte" promises a refreshing perspective on lightsaber use, focusing on dire circumstances rather than gratuitous battles.

 

Prime Video unveiled a glimpse into the upcoming second season of "The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power," and we have a release date of August 29, 2024. The trailer emphasizes the ominous return of Sauron as he casts a shadow over Middle-earth's Second Age. Galadriel, Elrond, and other characters prepare for battle against this looming threat, while the trailer hints at Sauron's manipulative powers and unveils a new form he takes on, an elf with long blonde hair. Season Two delves deeper into Sauron's quest to regain power and oversee the creation of the Rings of Power.

 

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May 8, 2024

Fans have heavily criticized Zack Snyder's approach to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), particularly for making it darker and cramming multiple major characters into films like "Batman V Superman." Despite this, James Gunn faces similar scrutiny as he prepares to revitalize the DCU with his upcoming Superman movie. Set for release in 2025, the film introduces numerous Justice League members alongside Clark Kent and Lois Lane, raising concerns about overcrowding.

 

With just a month left until the premiere of "Star Wars: The Acolyte" on Disney+, a new banner has surfaced, teasing the show's leads and potentially its mysterious villain. The banner features characters like Mae, Sol, Venestra, Jecki, Indara, Yord, Kelnacca, and Mother Aniseya, alongside a figure clad in black wielding a red lightsaber, likely the Sith antagonist. The helmet design suggests Darth Vader or Sith Inquisitors, possibly hinting at Darth Plagueis or Darth Tenebrous, given the series' timeline roughly 100 years before "The Phantom Menace." The series revolves around an investigation into a crime spree involving a Jedi Master and a dangerous warrior from his past.

 

In a surprising turn, "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" returned to theaters for its 25th anniversary, revitalizing the summer box office with an $8.7 million domestic weekend and an additional $6.4 million internationally. Despite its initial mixed reception, the prequel helped secure its place in box office history with a global total of over $1 billion. Its resurgence reflects a shift in perception over the past 25 years, from initial criticism to a newfound appreciation among a generation of fans who grew up with the prequels. This marks a significant redemption for the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, solidifying its place in cinematic history.

 

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May 1, 2024

Roll20, a popular virtual tabletop tool, is now integrating with Discord, making game nights smoother for online tabletop groups. Instead of using Roll20 separately in a browser alongside another voice client, you can now initiate the activity directly within Discord. So basically after joining a call on Discord, you can start or join an activity by clicking the rocket ship icon. Roll20 will be one of the options available. If your Roll20 and Discord accounts share the same email, you can seamlessly log in; otherwise, you'll need to sign in or create a new account

 

The upcoming Star Wars show "The Acolyte," on Disney+, ventures into the unique era of "The High Republic" in the Star Wars timeline, set centuries before the prequel trilogy. The show bridges the time difference between novels and the prequels, occurring around a century before "The Phantom Menace." One confirmed character from this period is Vernestra Rwoh, a renowned Jedi who debuted in the High Republic novels. Known for her proficiency and innovation, Vernestra wields a rare lightwhip, a type of lightsaber. And they’re bringing her distinctive weapon to the small screen. While fans may be unfamiliar with Vernestra, her character evolves into a seasoned Jedi elder in "The Acolyte," offering fresh perspectives on familiar lore.

 

Looks like we know have the upcoming Avengers 5 lineup. It’ll include Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight, deviating slightly from previous predictions. There's speculation about Kang the Conqueror's involvement in the film, previously known as "Avengers: The Kang Dynasty." Production for Avengers 5 is set to begin in early 2025, aiming for a release date of May 1, 2026.

 

We’ve coming up on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). May 4th is the day where 48 different comic titles will be available for free at comic shops worldwide. Some of the free comics include Star Wars, Monster High, Maleficent, Doctor Who, Street Fighter, One Piece,

 

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April 24, 2024

James Gunn continues to build anticipation by teasing fans with glimpses of the new Superman’s iconic costume. He shared a vibrant image of Superman's classic emblem, sparking speculation about the suit's design. Gunn's silence on details only adds to the excitement, leaving fans to ponder the significance of this nod to Superman's early appearances. Celebrating Superman's 86th anniversary, Gunn, along with Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan, showcased a reprint of a 1939 issue of Superman, hinting at possible inspirations for the film. Gunn's Superman promises to explore the hero's journey from his alien roots to his life as a beloved Earthling, drawing inspiration from iconic comic book stories like All-Star Superman and Kingdom Come. Fans eagerly awaiting the film's release on July 11, 2025.

 

 

"The Mandalorian" revolutionized the Star Wars Universe, paving the way for a new era of live-action TV. Now, as attention shifts back to the cinematic universe, four Star Wars movies are in the works, spanning from after "The Rise of Skywalker" to millennia before the prequels. Among them, is a “The Mandalorian and Grogu” which gives us a chance to dive into the mysterious origins of the Jedi on Tython. While modern canon doesn’t say much about the Jedi's beginnings, the upcoming film, tentatively titled "Dawn of the Jedi," aims to fill in the gaps. However, "The Mandalorian" and Grogu could lay the groundwork by exploring Tython and Grogu's Jedi training, potentially shedding light on ancient Jedi history and could bridge the gap between eras and build anticipation for “Dawn of the Jedi”.

 

 

In an interview Tom Holland expressed his unwavering commitment to the Spider-Man franchise, stating, "I'll always want to do Spider-Man films." He emphasized his gratitude to the character for his career and stressed the importance of a compelling story for his return. Working closely with the creative team, Holland aims to ensure that any future installment maintains the legacy established by its predecessors. Although details about Spider-Man 4 remain scarce, rumors suggest a storyline involving a conflict with Wilson Fisk and his anti-vigilante task force, potentially tying into the Daredevil series. With a rumored 2025 release date, preparations are underway to bring the film to the big screen.

 

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April 17, 2024

In the Star Wars universe we get action-packed scenes but we also get some downtime activities. Among these, the card game Sabacc stands out as a favorite. In the upcoming game Star Wars Outlaws, players can play Sabacc, a blackjack-like card game with in-game currency wagers. This marks a significant shift, as Sabacc was previously only available as a physical card game due to trademark disputes. With its debut in video game format, players can now experience the excitement of Sabacc digitally. Star Wars Outlaws is set to launch on August 30 for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

 

Chris Claremont, famed X-Men writer, returns with artist Edgar Salazar for Wolverine: Deep Cut, a four-issue miniseries set in the Australian Outback, exploring a hidden Wolverine story from over 35 years ago. Part of Wolverine's 50th-anniversary celebration, the series promises "sinister revelations" and a showdown with Sabretooth. It revisits Wolverine's mysterious mission from Uncanny X-Men #246 and the X-Men's time in the Australian Outback. Editor Mark Basso assures readers that familiarity with the era isn't necessary, as the series stands on its own.

 

Amazon's latest book sale offers Dungeons & Dragons fans a trove of discounted adventures, rulebooks, and collections. With a buy two, get one free deal on a wide range of items, including books, movies, and games, it's a golden opportunity. Simply search "dungeons" on Amazon to find eligible D&D books. Mix and match any D&D book with other items for your discount. Act fast, as the sale is expected to end by the week's close.

Highlighted titles include:

  • Player's Handbook
  • Essentials Kit
  • Candlekeep Mysteries
  • Princes of the Apocalypse
  • Tales From the Yawning Portal
  • Strixhaven: Curriculum of Chaos
  • Keys From the Golden Vault
  • Spelljammer: Adventures in Space Collection
  • Bigby Presents: Glory of Giants
  • Tasha's Cauldron of Everything
  • Xanathar's Guide to Everything
  • Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica
  • Fizban's Treasury of Dragons
  • Explorer's Guide to Wildemount
  • Eberron: Rising from the Last War
  • Curse of Strahd

As D&D anticipates its 50th anniversary in 2024, a new set of Core Rulebooks is in the works, featuring revised rules based on extensive playtesting. Expect compatibility with current titles. The new Monster Manual teased at a recent panel will include formidable creatures like an Arch Hag and an Ooze of Annihilation, both with CRs above 20. The celebration of D&D's milestone is expected to extend into 2025, with pre-orders for the new rulebooks available on Amazon soon.

 

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April 3, 2024

The latest episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, fans were left devastated as Clone Force 99's beloved ship, the Marauder, was destroyed by an Imperial agent. This marked a pivotal moment in the series, as the Marauder had become a symbol of their journey. Though some sentimental items were salvaged, like Tech's goggles and Lula, the loss of their ship represents a turning point for the team. As they face Omega's capture and an uncertain future, the show's darker tone intensifies, leaving viewers anxious for what lies ahead. Despite the bleak circumstances, the preservation of cherished mementos offers a glimmer of solace amidst the chaos.

 

No matter your opinion on Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, one thing remains true: Godzilla always delivers. Godzilla has been a consistent star across the franchise's diverse iterations. While movies may fluctuate in quality, Godzilla's presence remains a constant source of excitement. Throughout the decades, Godzilla has adapted to various tones and narratives, from battling smog monsters to becoming a protective father figure. Despite changes in storytelling, Godzilla's character remains unwavering, serving as a versatile and enduring icon of pop culture. Whether Godzilla is portrayed as a terrifying force of destruction or a neon-colored buddy in a buddy action movie, audiences consistently cheer for his on-screen appearances. In The New Empire, Godzilla's role may shift, but his essence as the King of the Monsters endures, captivating audiences with each powerful roar.

 

Coming soon to Disney+, Star Wars: The Acolyte. Set a century before The Phantom Menace, this series explores a period rarely seen in Star Wars lore. The main character, Mae, finds herself wrapped up in a sinister mystery that entangles her in unexpected conflicts. Joining her are intriguing new characters like Jedi Master Sol, a respected yet conflicted Force wielder, and Jedi Master Indara, a skilled protector of peace. Notably, the series introduces the first live-action Wookiee Jedi, Jedi Master Kelnacca, along with familiar faces like Vernestra Rwoh from The High Republic books. Other characters include the rule-abiding Jedi Knight Yord Fandar, the calm Padawan Jecki Lon, the charming smuggler Qimir, and the enigmatic Mother Aniseya, leader of a coven of witches. Star Wars: The Acolyte debuts on June 4.

 

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March 27, 2024

Darth Maul, Sith assassin from "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace," is getting his own limited series from Marvel Comics titled "Darth Maul: Black, White & Red." Written by Benjamin Percy and featuring art by Stefano Raffaele, the series will delve into Maul's dark past and his complex relationship with his master, Palpatine. In the first story, Maul is asked by Palpatine to investigate a mysterious group known as the Final Occultation aboard a prison ship that has gone offline. What he discovers onboard is nightmarish, leading Maul into a one-man war against this dark threat to the galaxy. The series promises to explore Maul's inner world and his willingness to make decisions that could reshape the galaxy. We’re going to get a chilling and thrilling journey into the mind of one of "Star Wars'" greatest villains when "Darth Maul: Black, White & Red #1" hits comic shops on Apr. 25, 2024.

 

Star Wars fans are finally getting the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn relationship they've longed for, thanks to the upcoming book, "Star Wars: The Living Force." While the series hasn't been confirmed for TV, the novel offers an excerpt showing the duo in action. Set aboard a public cruiser facing pirates, the excerpt demonstrates the unparalleled teamwork between master and padawan. Unlike the wooden dialogue of "The Phantom Menace," author John Jackson Miller portrays Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan as a true dynamic duo, showcasing their trust and synergy. The book promises more insights into Jedi relationships, with core members of the Jedi Council embarking on adventures before the prequels. Fans can expect a deeper understanding of beloved characters in this exploration of the Star Wars universe.

 

Tom Holland's Spider-Man 4 is gearing up for production, with a potential filming start in September-October after delays due to Hollywood strikes. While plot details remain under wraps, Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is rumored to be in consideration to helm the project. Zendaya is also speculated to return as MJ. Unlike previous Spider-Man MCU films, Spider-Man 4 breaks the two-year release trend, possibly hitting theaters in late 2025. With a rumored filming start, it could align with Sony's June 27, 2025 slot for a Marvel movie, although adjustments may be made to accommodate the MCU's packed schedule.

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Planet Zoo [PS5, XSX, ] – March 26 
  • Open Roads [PC, PS5, PS4, NS XSX] – March 28 
  • Peppergrinder [NS) – March 28 

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March 20, 2024

DC Studios is working on a live action version of their hit animated series "Teen Titans." The teen superhero team is led by Batman’s sidekick Robin, alongside Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy. There have been two animated series adaptations of "Teen Titans" for Cartoon Network: the anime-influenced "Teen Titans" which ran from 2003-2006, and "Teen Titans Go!," which is still running after debuting in 2013.

 

Marvel Studios is adjusting its Disney+ lineup, but two MCU shows are still on track for release despite rumors being cancelled. After Disney CEO Bob Iger's return in November 2022 and various Marvel setbacks, Disney and Marvel Studios are reworking their MCU plans. Two shows, Wonder Man and Ironheart, are still in production, we just don’t have release dates yet, but both are expected in 2025

 

Rumors hint that exclusive footage from the upcoming Star Wars live-action series, "The Acolyte," might debut alongside the rerelease of "The Phantom Menace." If you look back they did something similar with "Rogue One" and "Andor". The Acolyte has a similar tone to "The Phantom Menace," and is set in a period preceding the prequel trilogy. The Acolyte marks the franchise's first venture into the High Republic era.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK

Nightwing #112

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #25

Superman #12

Fantastic Four #18

Wonder Woman #7

The Invincible Iron Man #16

Justice Society of America #9

Catwoman #63

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3

Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #6


March 13, 2024

 

Daisy Ridley is ready to suit up as Jedi Rey Skywalker in the follow up to 2019's "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker." Ridley said she's still waiting on a script, but did reveal that there will be new characters introduced to the "Star Wars" universe in the film.  The film is still a ways off; it's not slated to come out until after 2026’s Mandalorian and Grogu "Star Wars" movie.

 

LEGO is dropping a bunch of new Marvel sets this summer:

  • First up, we've got the Milano set (76286), featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy's starship and some cool minifigures. Price tag? $169.99.
  • Then, there's Iron Man vs. Hulk (76287), perfect for younger fans with a price of $10.99.
  • Get ready for some army-building with the Iron Legion Battle Pack (76288), coming in at $24.99.
  • Fans of Thor: Ragnarok will dig the Surtur Battle set (76289) for $24.99.
  • Feeling the Avengers vibe? Check out Avengers vs. Loki & Leviathan (76290) for $59.99.
  • Another Avengers set, The Avengers Assemble: Age of Ultron (76291), will cost $109.99.
  • Spidey fans, don't miss the Spider-Man Advent Calendar (76293) for $44.99, featuring your favorite web-slinger and friends.
  • Marvel's version of the Super Star Destroyer is here with the Midiscale Helicarrier (76295) for $59.99.
  • And last but not least, get ready to dance with Dancing Potted Groot (76297) for $59.99, complete with a spinning handle for groovy moves!

 


"The Mandalorian" is shaking things up in the Star Wars universe, spawning its own smaller saga, known as the Mando-verse. This interconnected collection of shows is gearing up for a major crossover event, potentially featuring characters from "The Mandalorian," "The Book of Boba Fett," and "Ahsoka" in an upcoming film directed by Dave Filoni.  The first film in this new saga, "The Mandalorian and Grogu," is set for a 2026 release. While this movie seems to be a priority, it raises questions about the future of "The Mandalorian" series. Despite uncertainties, production is tentatively set for June.

 

Speculation suggests that Season 3 of "The Mandalorian" might be its last, with potential spin-offs focusing on other characters. If successful, the film could mark a shift away from the small screen for beloved characters like Grogu.

 

"The Mandalorian and Grogu" should hit theaters in 2026.

 

 

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March 6, 2024

DC Comics is coming out with "Batman: Dark Age," a new take on the Dark Knight's origins intertwined with real-world historical events. Written by Mark Russell and illustrated by Mike and Laura Allred, the series will explore Bruce Wayne's transformation into Gotham City's guardian amidst a backdrop of crime and impending catastrophe. "Batman: Dark Age #1" hits shelves on March 26. This is the creative team that previously reimagined Superman's story in "Superman: Space Age." While "Batman: Dark Age" isn't a direct sequel, it continues the thematic journey of DC's iconic heroes through American history and culture. If you missed "Superman: Space Age," a collectors edition will be available on April 30.

 

After significant anticipation, a Mandalorian project has been axed following mass layoffs. Electronic Arts' (EA) just issued a bunch of layoffs which has led to the cancellation of a first-person shooter game tied to The Mandalorian.

 

James Gunn was talking about DC Universe casting rumors, specifically about Wonder Woman in the Paradise Lost TV show. While Superman and Supergirl have found their actors, iconic heroes like Wonder Woman remain uncast. Gunn dismisses speculation about Elizabeth Debicki playing Wonder Woman, but Gal Gadot officially done with the role, Wonder Woman's status in the DC Universe remains uncertain. Although a standalone movie wasn't initially announced, there are potential future projects. Meanwhile, the Paradise Lost TV show will explore Diana's mythos, and the Creature Commandos animated series will introduce Circe, a prominent Wonder Woman villain. Wonder Woman's presence in the DC Universe seems inevitable, but plans for her remain undisclosed for now.

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • WWE 2K24 [PC, PS5, PS4, XSX, XBO] – March 5 
  • As Dusk Falls [PS5, PS4] – March 7 
  • Snufkin: Melody of Mommvalley [PC, PS5, NS, XSX) – March 7 
  • Unicorn Overlord [PC, PS5, PS4, XSX] – March 8 

 

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February 28, 2024

Following the success of their revival of Thundercats, Dynamite Comics is now going to bring back Space Ghost in a new series set to release in May. Created by cartooning icon Alex Toth, Space Ghost's adventures in outer space will be revitalized in Space Ghost #1 by David Prepose and Jonathan Lau. They’re promising exciting new adventures for Space Ghost, featuring familiar characters such as Jan, Jace, and the space pirate Tansut. While Space Ghost enjoyed a reimagined role as a talk show host in Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, this new comic series brings him back to his superhero roots. Space Ghost #1 will be available in May 2024.

 

Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 3 introduces Palpatine's Project Necromancer, digging into sinister experiments merging science and Sith sorcery. On the planet Setron, Hunter and Wrecker uncover the aftermath of Dr. Hemlock's work: monstrous creatures known as the Slither, reminiscent of the ancient Sith allies, the Drengir. These plantlike beings, with a hunger for "meat" and a desire to spread the dark side of the Force, were once allied with the Sith. Setron, possibly the ancient Drengir homeworld Mulita, hints at a connection to Hemlock's experiments. The series, available on Disney+, explores the Empire's quest for power and darkness.

 

DC had plans to bring Batman Beyond into live-action, with Michael Keaton reprising his role as Bruce Wayne. However, changes in leadership at DC led to the cancellation of the whole thing. Despite this setback, there's hope for a theatrical animated movie in the style of Sony's Spider-Verse franchise. Concept art for a Batman Beyond film has generated excitement. If the project moves forward, Will Friedle could return to voice Terry McGinnis, as he did in Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Two. (So now you’re asking…who’s Terry McGinnis.  He’s Batman….in the future, having taken over after an aging Bruce Wayne retires. He eventually learns that he is the biological son of Bruce Wayne, created through some secret genetic engineering known as Project Cadmus.)

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake [PC, PS5, XSX] – February 28 
  • Star Wars Remaster [PC, PS5, XSX] – February 28 

 

 

 

 

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February 21, 2024

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen its fair share of solo projects, team-ups, and epic crossovers, but there's one long-awaited solo movie that may never come to fruition due to rights issues. Mark Ruffalo, who took over as The Hulk, revealed in a recent interview that a solo Hulk movie isn’t gonna happen. Despite his character's significant presence in the MCU, Ruffalo confirmed that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige told him there won't be another standalone Hulk movie. Fans can still anticipate seeing Ruffalo's Hulk in other MCU projects, but for now, a solo movie seems off the table.

 

The final season of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" hit’s Disney + today. The premiere focuses on Omega and Crosshair navigating the Empire's cloning facility, setting the stage for a more cohesive storyline. As the season progresses, the series delves deeper into character development, particularly exploring the impact of past events on the group. While still featuring occasional one-off adventures, each episode contributes to the overarching plot. They do promise a satisfying conclusion.

 

I have to make some room on my LEGO shelf. Rumors that official Lego Dungeons & Dragons minifigure packs are going to be released later this year.  Each figure will feature interchangeable heads and accessories, catering to customization and integration with existing Lego sets. While some favorites like Vecna are notably absent, hopes are high for potential future waves. Additionally, a previously greenlit Lego Ideas set boasting 3,745 pieces is slated for an April release, offering enthusiasts further immersion into the D&D universe.

 

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February 14, 2024


Star Wars on Disney+ is expanding beyond The Mandalorian this year with new series like The Acolyte and Skeleton Crew. Meanwhile, Mando and Grogu are heading to the big screen. With this shift, there's a need to unify the diverse projects, and an old character, Durge, re-emerges as a potential solution.

Originally introduced in Dark Horse Comics in 2003, Durge is a unique bounty hunter from the Gen’Dai species with a body made of tentacle-like nerves. He resurfaces in the comic Doctor Aphra #11. Durge's reintroduction presents an opportunity to bridge different eras in the Star Wars universe.

With The Acolyte set 100 years before the prequels and The Mandalorian over 150 years later, it's challenging for characters to overlap unless there's an exceptionally long-lived character like Durge. He could serve as a connective thread between these timelines. Despite his unusual appearance, Durge's consistent presence and combat prowess make him a valuable addition to the expanding Star Wars universe.

 

The Deadpool 3 trailer has arrived, teasing the highly anticipated sequel and Deadpool's introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Packed with MCU nods, meta jokes, and potential story hints, here's a breakdown of the trailer's key Easter eggs:

MCU References: The teaser features nods to the Avengers and the Multiverse Saga, confirming the crossover.

TVA Appearance: Deadpool's birthday party is crashed by the Time Variance Authority, connecting to the Loki series.

Ryan Reynolds' Emmy Win: A clip from Reynolds' soccer documentary, featuring a cameo by Deadpool, is seen playing at the TVA.

Cassandra Nova: A bald character in the trailer could potentially be Cassandra Nova.

Wolverine's Cameo: Though brief, Wolverine makes a cameo in his iconic white suit, referencing the Wolverine: Patch storyline from the comics.

Hulk's Bed: A subtle nod to Hulk's bed from Thor: Ragnarok.

Doctor Doom Tease: A hooded figure in metal armor hints at the possible appearance of Doctor Doom, setting up future conflicts.

Pyro's Return: Pyro from the original X-Men trilogy makes a cameo, hinting at a larger role within the movie's plot.

Secret Wars Comic: Deadpool is seen knocked down next to a comic titled Secret Wars #5, potentially foreshadowing a significant storyline.

Future MCU Plans: The trailer hints at the possibility of Doctor Doom becoming a major villain in future MCU installments.

With a release of July 26, Deadpool & Wolverine promises to be an exciting addition to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Dungeons & Dragons marks its 50th anniversary with major announcements from Wizards of the Coast. The celebration, starting in March, includes six book releases, gaming events, and collaborations with Lego, Converse, and Pop-Tarts. Among the highlights are new rulebooks set for release in 2024 and 2025, promising to propel D&D into its next era.

Notable releases include:

Vecna: Eve of Ruin, an Adventure Campaign for characters of levels 10-20, releasing May 21.

The Making of Original Dungeons & Dragons: 1970-1977, a book showcasing D&D's inception, releasing June 18.

Quests From the Infinite Staircase, an Adventure Anthology for character levels 1-13, releasing July 16.

Revised Player’s Handbook (2024), Dungeon Master’s Guide (2024), and Monster Manual (2025), offering expanded content and accessibility.

Additionally, interactive celebrations are planned, including a worldwide adventure inspired by tournament-style play and enhancements to virtual tabletop and D&D Beyond features.

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden [PC, PS5, XSX] – February 13 
  • Lysfanga: The Time-Shift Warrior [PC] – February 13 
  • Ultros [PC, PS5, PS4] – February 13 
  • Tomb Raider Remastered [PC, PS5,, PS4, NS, XSX, XBO] – February 14 
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong [NS] – February 16 

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK


February 7, 2024

Jon Favreau is set to direct "The Mandalorian & Grogu," which is slated to start shooting this summer. Although Lucasfilm has not officially confirmed the start date of June 17th, fans think that’s the date for production to get started. This film is reportedly a reworked version of The Mandalorian Season 4. There are speculations that this movie could kick off a trilogy alongside Dave Filoni's untitled project, further expanding the New Republic saga.

 

It’s a dream come true for Jim Henson fans, Shout Studios is bringing back Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, to digital platforms complete with new key art and trailers and exclusive digital extras.

 

A new Evil Dead spin-off film is in development, with Sébastien Vaniček set to direct and co-write. He’s known for his work on the French horror film "Infested". While plot details remain under wraps, the film is supposed to be a sequel to last year's "Evil Dead Rise,"

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • CLeM [PC, Switch] – February 6 
  • Border Bots VR [PC VR, PSVR 2] – February 8 
  • Helldivers 2 [PC, PS5] – February 8 

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK


January 31, 2024

We’re getting our first look at the entire lineup of LEGO Star Wars 25th Anniversary sets, which are now available to pre-order from LEGO.com!

 

 

A Marvel website revealed a brief synopsis for Deadpool 3, hinting at significant changes in the MCU. Deadpool 3 is rumored to bridge the Marvel multiverse, connecting the old Fox X-Men universe with the MCU. The film's unofficial synopsis suggests a retired Deadpool returning for a crucial mission, possibly involving Wolverine. As the first R-rated MCU movie, Deadpool 3 could reshape the franchise, potentially outperforming previous Marvel releases. The film's release is set for July 26

 

 

DC Universe boss James Gunn is denying rumors that The Batman – II has been cancelled. Directory Matt Reeves has his hands on the Penguin spinoff and the Arkham Asylum TV show, so he’s been busy. Limited updates about the Batman sequel, and some script issues led fans to believe the project had been cut. James Gunn clarified on social media that no, the project isn’t cut, although fans are still awaiting concrete updates as the release date approaches. The sequel, set for release in October 2025.

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: Feast & Friends [PC] – January 30 
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout Anthology [PC, PS5, XSX] – January 30 
  • Rugby 24 [PC, PS4, PS5, XSX, XBO] – January 30 
  • Eastward: Octopia DLC [PC, Switch] – January 31 
  • Granblue Fantasy: Relink [PC, PS5, PS4] – February 1 
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – February 2 
  • Persona 3 Reload [PC, XSX, XBO] – February 2 
  • Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League [PC, PS5, XSX] – February 2 

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK


January 24, 2024

Ahsoka, Disney+'s latest Star Wars spinoff, initially seemed like an extension of her appearances in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. The eight-episode series

introduced new villains and live-action heroes into the official Star Wars canon, marking a launch into a new era of stories beyond the Skywalker saga. It looks like the potential for a second season hinges on the success of the Mando-verse, with Ahsoka's story linked to the timelines of Mandalorian characters. A future Mandalorian movie could further intertwine these narratives. Despite the series finale hinting at more to come, the official status of a second season remains uncertain.

 

 

"The Marvels" hits Disney Plus on February 7th, following a lackluster box-office debut, marking one of the lowest in MCU history. The film seeks a new life by tapping into the established audience of its stars in titles like Ms. Marvel, WandaVision, and Captain Marvel.

 

 

The Witcher's fifth, and likely final, season had an interesting journey. Conceived in Fall 2022 alongside Season 4 which means season 5 scripts are now in the works, aligning with the possibility of filming both seasons at the same time. Typically, each season takes about half a year to write, with Season 4's filming expected to conclude by October 2024. This allows for Season 5 scripts to be ready by then. While awaiting Season 4 news, Laurence Fishburne was announced as Regis, and Nimue's inclusion was confirmed. Andrzej Sapkowski's new Witcher book is set for Winter 2024/2025, and The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep anime is scheduled for a late 2024 release.

 

 

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Howl [PS5, XSX] – January 23 
  • Enshrouded [PC] – January 24 
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy [PC, PS4, XBO, Switch] – January 25 
  • Go Mecha Ball [PC, XSX, XBO] – January 25 
  • Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO] – January 26 
  • Tekken 8 [PC, PS5, XSX] – January 26  

 

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

The Immortal Thor #6

A LEGEND FROM THE PAST! The All-Father sought answers to his new troubles in memories of old. And to refresh those memories, he consulted his Skald…to tell a tale of when Young Thor and Young Loki journeyed out beyond Asgard—on a quest that would determine the fate of all the Realms. This is the story of the IMMORTAL THOR…and of his first Journey Into Mystery.

 

The Flash #5

THE MIND-BENDING TAKE ON THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE CONTINUES! As Wally West's powers continue to evolve beyond his understanding, another confrontation with the Stillness makes the group wonder if they are here to protect Earth with the Flash, or from him. While Wally seeks out the Resident for answers, Jai has a secret he really needs to tell his dad, and Jai's quest to find Wally brings him into the heart of the horrors affecting Central City!

 

The Penguin #6

THE BRUTAL FIRST MEETING OF THE DARK KNIGHT AND THE PENGUIN! The battles between the Penguin and Batman are the stuff of legend on the streets of Gotham City…but what of their very first encounter, the first strike in this contest of champions? Tom King and guest artist Stevan Subic (THE RIDDLER: YEAR ONE) tell the story of the brutal first meeting of these two titans.

 


January 17, 2024

James Gunn just spilled the beans on a new addition to his DC cinematic universe, and it's none other than Anya Chalotra from The Witcher (Yennifer)! When asked about her role in the upcoming animated series Creature Commandos, Gunn confirmed on Threads that she's playing Circe. If you're into DC comics, you know Circe is a powerhouse sorceress often causing a stir with Wonder Woman and other DC legends. Creature Commandos follows Viola Davis' Amanda Waller assembling a team of monsters for covert missions. It's set to be the first DCU Chapter One series, hitting screens later this year. And here's the kicker: Gunn hinted that characters might jump from animation to live-action, so we might see Chalotra in the DCU?

 

George R.R. Martin shared on his website – the upcoming House of the Dragon spinoff, Nine Voyages, was initially set to be live-action, but now it's making a switch to the animated realm. Budget constraints and making it easier for HBO to dive into the Sea Snake's adventures without the live-action hassle. The Game of Thrones saga embracing animation is a trend we've seen in other fantasy realms, and it looks like more are following suit.

 

Get ready for a wild ride in The Witcher's fourth season – it's a game-changer, especially with Henry Cavill leaving after season three. Liam Hemsworth steps into the shoes of the White Wolf, Geralt, and things are about to get intense on the Continent. Season three left us with Ciri giving up her powers, Vilgefortz teaming up with her father, and our trio of heroes – Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri – scattered once more. Chaos, as usual. The official synopsis for season four reveals a war-torn Continent, our heroes navigating demons and misfits solo. If they can lead their newfound groups, there's hope for survival and a reunion.

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Sovereign Syndicate [PC, PS5, XSX] – January 15 
  • Home Safety Hotline [PC] – January 16 
  • Toy Trains [PC VR, PSVR2, Quest 3, Quest 2] – January 16 
  • Lonestar [PC] – January 18 
  • New Cycle [PC] – January 18 
  • Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – January 18 
  • Rising Lords [XSX, Switch] – January 18 
  • Another Code: Recollection [Switch] – January 19 
  • The Last of Us 2 Remastered [PS5] – January 19 

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK

Superman #10

THE MAN OF TOMORROW MEETS THE MAN FROM YESTERDAY! HOWDY, PARDNERS! Welcome to the Wild West of Metropolis, where the Man of Tomorrow meets the Man from Yesterday! Clark Kent is on a rootin'-tootin' rodeo adventure alongside the ghostly Marilyn Moonlight as they get to the bottom of why she haunts the night! Get your posse and join us for a hoedown like you've never seen before. Yee-haw!

 

Avengers: Twilight #1

In a gleaming new world of prosperity, Captain America is no more. But Steve Rogers still exists, floating through an America where freedom is an illusion, where THE AVENGERS are strangers and his friends are long dead. But is the Dream? How do you assemble Avengers in a world that doesn’t want them? PLUS: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of this issue!

 

Wonder Woman #5

THE ACCLAIMED SERIES CONTINUES! If the U.S. government can’t stop her, then who can?! As Sargent Steel retreats to gather deadlier forces, the Wonder Girls call on Diana, begging her to lay down her lasso. Will she see the truth before it’s too late? Plus, Trinity invites the sons of Batman and Superman to Themyscira for a contest they’ll never forget!


January 10, 2024

 

Looks like 2024 may be the year that The Lord of the Rings makes a return. This year we’re going to get The Rings of Power Season 2 and The War of the Rohirrim which will be an animated prequel that tells the story of the famous Helm Hammerhand, King of Rohan, who ruled over 250 years prior to The Lord of the Rings. And that may not be it…executives are looking at possibly expanding the Lord of the Rings universe they same way they’ve done with the Star Wars Universe.

 

2024 is shaping up to be a stellar year for Star Wars LEGO sets as they celebrate with the release of special 25th anniversary models. A couple of the new sets already available are a Clone Trooper and Battle Droid Battle Pack, the Crimson Firehawk from Young Jedi Adventures and more are on the way.

 

This was all over my social feed yesterday, The Mandalorian and Grogu are headed to the big screen. The Mandalorian and Grogu goes into production this year with Jon Favreau in the directors seat, and that’s just one of the projects including films from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, James Mangold, and Fave Filoni who’s also developing Ahsoka Season 2.

 

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Devil May Cry: Peak of Combat [iOS/Android] – January 11th 
  • Momodora: Moonlit Farewell [PC] – January 11th 
  • Radiance [PC] – January 11th  

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS OUT TODAY

 

  • Ultimate Spider-Man #1 - THE NEW ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN FOR A NEW ULTIMATE UNIVERSE! Revolutionary writer Jonathan Hickman and acclaimed artist Marco Checchetto (DAREDEVIL) bring you a bold new take on Spider-Man, with the debut title of the new line of Ultimate Comics! After the events of ULTIMATE INVASION, the world needs a hero…who will rise up to take on that responsibility? Prepare to be entangled in a web of mystery and excitement as the all-new ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN comic redefines the wall-crawler for the 21st Century!

 

  • Wolverine #41 - SABRETOOTH WAR BEGINS HERE! THE MOST VIOLENT WOLVERINE STORY EVER TOLD! Get ready for the showdown to end all showdowns—WOLVERINE VS. SABRETOOTH! It's been years since these heavy hitters have crossed paths in the Marvel Universe, but as Krakoa falls, so rises SABRETOOTH—and he's out for revenge! They threw VICTOR CREED in the PIT, but he's free and, wielding an army of Sabretooths, will prove once and for all why he is LOGAN's ultimate nemesis. Co-written by literary powerhouses Benjamin Percy (WOLVERINEGHOST RIDER) and Victor LaValle (The Changeling, SABRETOOTH) and drawn by artistic dynamos Cory Smith (CONAN THE BARBARIANGHOST RIDER) and Geoff Shaw (WEAPONS OF VENGEANCEWOLVERINE: PATCH), don't miss the inaugural issue in this multi-shipping saga leading up to the landmark issue #50!

 

  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #15 - MS. MARVEL CHARGES INTO GANG WAR! MILES MORALES is losing his battle to save Brooklyn—can MS. MARVEL turn the tide?! HOBGOBLIN is out for revenge against SPIDER-MAN—but he's not the only classic Spidey villain who wants a piece of Miles…

January 3, 2024

Before Marvel introduces the X-Men in to the MCU we’re gonna get a little backstory. An X-Men reboot prequel is coming to Disney +. X-Men, ’97 will be continuation of the X-Men: The Animated Series.  They’re also producing a 4 issue comic book series that will be both a revival of the original series and a prelude to the show. The comic series will be available in March.

 

There a new fan poster circulating on line for The Batman – Part II that shows Gotham covered in snow. Of course that has fans speculating over the possible villain in upcoming movie. Although producer are being pretty tight lipped and haven’t neither denied or confirmed any of the details. The move should hit theaters in October of 2025

 

We finally have a little info about one of the upcoming Star Wars movies headed to the big screen. So far, no title, but we will see Rey (Daisy Ridley) 15 years after she last appeared in The Rise of Skywalker. She’s now a full Jedi Master and may possibly be teaching a new class of Jedi hopefuls.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

 

Batman #141 - THE STUNNING CONCLUSION TO "MINDBOMB" BY CHIP ZDARSKY AND JORGE JIMÉNEZ! Zur-En-Arrh has done the unthinkable. And now, cut off from everything and everyone, Batman has to face off against his most devastating enemy in a brutal fight for the future as the specter of The Joker hangs over everything. The stunning conclusion to "Mindbomb" is here!

 

The Amazing Spider-Man #41 - GANG WAR CONTINUES! With all of New York’s super underworld fighting for dominance, you didn’t think Wilson Fisk, the former Kingpin of Crime, would sit it out, did you?

 

Captain America #5 - New information about Captain America’s recent attacker—a mysterious figure known only as the Emissary—has Steve Rogers, Misty Knight and Sharon Carter scrambling to protect a peace rally from being this new foe’s next target. But how can masters of physical and mental might defend against the supernatural prowess of an ancient evil?


December 27, 2023

Marvel has just unveiled a fresh lineup of Avengers. In a nod to the beloved 2012 film "The Avengers," a new team emerges in the next season of Marvel’s What If…?, the animated series exploring alternate Marvel stories across the Multiverse. The scene echoes the classic "Avengers Assemble" moment but with some surprising changes: Captain Carter steps in for Captain America, and The Wasp takes the place of The Hulk. This revamped superhero squad now features Hawkeye, Thor, Captain Carter, Iron Man, The Wasp, and Black Widow. You can now catch this new episode of Marvel’s What If…? on Disney Plus and delve into these intriguing new storylines.

 

Warner Bros. has dropped another DC movie from its lineup. Emerald Fennell was set to write a solo film centered on Zatanna, a magical DC Comics character. However, with the recent changes at DC Studios under James Gunn and Peter Safran, Fennell confirmed that her Zatanna project is done.

 

It’s the time of year when everybody puts out their ‘Best Of” lists…so why not.  The Best superhero teams. We’re talking comic book origins. No cartoon or tv beginnings (sorry Power Rangers and Thundercats).

 

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird started Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a small print black and white comic. It unexpectedly took off and became a phenomenon. 

 

4. The Fantastic Four - Marvel tasked writer Stan Lee with making a superhero team of their own in the JLA vein. The problem was at the time Marvel had no current superheroes to group together in a new team. So Lee got together with artist Jack Kirby, and the duo came up with a group of all-new heroes. In 1961, the Fantastic Four was born. 

 

3. The Avengers - Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963, the Avengers was Marvel’s answer to DC’s JLA.

 

2. The X-Men - Comic book teams presented as an ongoing soap opera wasn’t an X-Men invention. That can probably be credited to Fantastic Four, or even DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes. But without a doubt, the X-Men perfected the formula. Especially once writer Chris Claremont took over for Marvel’s mutants in 1975, 

 

1. The Justice League - The Justice League isn’t comics’ first super team. That honor goes to DC’s Justice Society. The League did improve on the concept of the JSA however, by having all three of DC’s trinity in leading roles (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman). That made them a true All-Star team. From the get-go in 1960 when they first appeared, Justice League of America was so successful, that Marvel Comics brought back superheroes themselves. So without the JLA, there’s no Fantastic Four, and no Avengers.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

 

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #14 - THE PROWLER ENTERS THE BATTLEFIELD! HOBGOBLIN launches his first strike in the Gang War, and he’s offering no quarter for SPIDER-MAN! And the PROWLER joins the fight—but is he friend or foe?!

 

The Flash #4 - MIRROR MASTER GETS AN UPGRADE! As the Flash continues to explore the Gallery, he meets a living entity called the Resident that he feels drawn to. Can she aid him in his battle against the Folding Man…and even if she can, does she want to? Meanwhile, Mirror Master returns, unveiling even more upgrades since we last saw him in The Flash #800—but he’s not the only one with new powers, as Irey "Thunderheart" West is eager to show the world. Also, the Stillness decide to act upon humanity as the new chapter for the Flash Family continues!

 

Justice Society of America #8 - As Huntress settles into her new place in the present day, the Justice Society comes face-to-face with a long-lost team: the Justice Society Dark!


December 20, 2023

The ransomware group Rhysida gained access to over 1.3-million files from the servers of Insomniac, the video game studio developing several upcoming hot game releases. One of those games is the upcoming “Wolverine” release, and the hackers demanded a ransom of just over two million dollars in Bitcoin to not release the data. Insomniac didn’t pay, and the hackers were as good as their word. They released video of “Wolverine” gameplay along with info on “Spider-Man 3,” “Venom,” and an X-Men game yesterday. It’s the second major security breach for Sony, which owns Insomniac.

 

Confirming what a lot of DC fans were hoping, James Gunn posted to social media saying that the upcoming Arkham Asylum tv series will in fact fall within the DCU along with the Penguin series coming out on Max. Now fans are wondering how these two series will intertwine with The Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

 

There’s a new Wolverine comic series coming out where the Marvel Multiverse is in peril and it’s going to take a squad of Wolverine variants to save it…including a new female Wolverine, Jane Howlett – a gender flipped take on Wolverine’s birth name James Howlett. She’ll join other Wolverine variants like Wolverine from Age of Apocalypse and Old Man Logan in a storyline that will tear through the "Mutant Multiverse. Weapon X-Men will debut this spring

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Rough Justice ’84 [PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – December 20 

 

NEW COMIC BOOK RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • The Incredible Hulk #7 - HULK VERSUS THE WAR DEVILS! The Hulk and the undead Ghost Rider make amends, but Ghost Rider smells an evil in the air—and it’s been terrorizing a small community. With Bruce’s teenage sidekick, Charlie, determined to prove herself as a hero, Hulk must face them down before she gets herself into more trouble than she bargained for!

 

  • Superman #9 - THE MAN OF STEEL GETS AN UPGRADE…COURTESY OF LEX LUTHOR! SUPER-ARMOR! Superman’s battle with the Chained has left him wounded in unexpected ways, but the Lex Luthor Revenge Squad is still forming! To save Metropolis, Superman has no choice but to put on a special armor built by Lex! Featuring artwork from Eisner-Award winning Nightwing artist Bruno Redondo!

 

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #40 - GANG WAR CONTINUES! Battle lines are drawn, with Spidey and his crew being the only ones who can save all of New York City from the worst super criminals to ever super criminal! But is Tombstone on THEIR SIDE?! And you won’t believe your eyes reading the last page of this issue!

December 13, 2023

Balder’s Gate 3, basically a Dungeons and Dragons video game, was the big winner of the Game Awards 2023. The annual event celebrates the best in gaming, where Baldur's Gate 3 won six awards including Game of the Year. Another big winner was the horror game “Alan Wake 2,” which won three awards including best art direction. Marvel's “Spider-Man 2” was nominated for seven awards, but won zero.

 

It’s the E-E-End of an era. The Entertainment Software Association announced yesterday that E3 is done (Electronic Entertainment Expo). E3 didn’t happen in 2020 due to the pandemic, then held an all-virtual edition the next year. Events last year and this year were canceled when it had trouble attracting exhibitors, with many game companies now holding their own events.

 

We’re getting a new Batman comic series…got a little preview of Titans: Beast World Tour: Gotham #1. Beast Boy has been unleashing spores that have transformed people into animal hybrids…and Batman’s not immune. He get’s transformed into a wolf hybrid. In this primal form, his instincts reveal the only thing he truly wants….to protect Gotham City.  The comic is on shelves today.

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK - Week of December 12, 2023

  • Stargate: Timekeepers [PC] – December 12 
  • Pioneers of Pagonia – [PC] – December 13 
  • House Flipper 2 [PC] – December 14 
  • My Little Blood Cult [PC] – December 14 
  • Raccoo Venture [PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – December 14 
  • SeaOrama: World of Shipping [PC] – December 14 
  • Towers & Powers [PC, VR, PSVR 2, Quest] – December 15 
  • Trinity Fusion [XSX, XBO] – December 15 

 

NEW COMIC BOOK RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #13 - AMAZING TEAM-UP AS THE GANG WAR RAGES ON! New York is under siege as super villains and criminal gangs violently carve the city up like pie. Miles Morales’ job? Save all of Brooklyn from destruction! But there are too many fires for the Spider-Men to put out on their own. The most unlikely super-allies will rise on BOTH sides. And while Miles has his hands full fighting criminals and escaping Scorpion and the anti-super Cape Killers task force, HOBGOBLIN is making his big move!
  • The Immortal Thor #5 -  ALL-NEW THOR CORPS! Toranos has returned—and to face him, the King of Asgard has gathered his army. But if even an army of storm gods could not stop the Elder God of Thunder…what then? This is the story of THE IMMORTAL THOR…and the battle that will define him.
  • Captain America #4 - THE ENEMY STRIKES! When the mysterious organization targeting Captain America goes on the offensive, Steve Rogers thinks he’s prepared—but the battle is not what it seems. Who—or what—is the Emissary?

December 6, 2023

The US Postal Service announced that they’re rolling out four new stamps for next year. One of the new stamp series will feature the worlds greatest role playing game…Dungeons & Dragons which also happens to be celebrating its 50th anniversary. The book of 20 stamps features 10 different designs, showcasing creatures and characters from D&D.

 

Looks like Lucasfilm will release two new Star Wars streaming series next year. The Acolyte and Skeleton Crew.

 

  • The Acolyte will be the first live-action Star Wars project set during the High Republic era and will take us into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era. A former Padawan reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes but discovers the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.

 

  • Skeleton Crew, tells the story of four kids who find themselves lost in the vastness of the galaxy trying to find their way home. It’s set during the same New Republic era as The Mandalorian and Ahsoka.

 

Miles Morales: Spider-Man publishes its landmark 300th issue in March, and Marvel is celebrating by naming Rabble as his Spider-Man's arch-enemy. The celebratory issue (which is also #18 of the current run) will see Rabble attempting to take revenge on Miles in the aftermath of the current Gang War crossover. Meanwhile, the Superhero Restraint Unit is also coming for the Wall-Crawler. Luckily, Miles has some super-support in the form of Prowler and Ms. Marvel.

 

VIDEO GAME RELEASES THIS WEEK

  • Born of Break [PC] – December 5 
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition – [PC, PS5, XSX] – December 5 
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria [PS5] – December 5 
  • Train Simulator Urban Transit [PC] – December 5 
  • PlayStation Access controller [PS5] – December 6 (pre-order) 
  • Arizona Sunshine 2 [PC, VR, PSVR 2] – December 7 
  • Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora [PC, PS5, XSX] – December 7 
  • The Day Before [PC] – December 7 
  • Lego Bricktales VR [Quest] – December 7 
  • Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance [PC] – December 7 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader [PC, PS5, XSX] – December 7 
  • Back Then [PC, PS4] – December 8 

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS RELEASED THIS WEEK

  • Batman #140 - BATMAN VS. A LEGION OF…HIMSELF! It’s Batman versus The Joker in their most brutal fight of all time. But wait…Batman is also battling a legion of himself! What has Zur done? And who will walk away? The brutal "Mindbomb" continues!
  • X-Men #29 - DOOM’S X-MEN! That’s right – Doctor Doom has his very own team of Latverian mutants, loyal to the benevolent leader that keeps their country safe, and they make their spectacular debut in this issue! The X-Men may be in the midst of a fall… but they’re not letting Doom’s personal squad take their title without a fight!
  • Fantastic Four #14 - A year ago, Reed Richards sent a whole city block the Baxter Building stands on—along with his own children and the children of his best friends Ben and Alicia—a year ahead in time. It was a desperate measure, but it saved them. And now, it’s time for them all to come back. But when the Fantastic Four arrive in NYC, they find something is being built in the pit where the block once stood—and worse, nobody seems to know exactly what it is or why they’re building it. With the clock ticking, they investigate this mystery—and discover a mysterious new threat that may have been pulling the strings this entire time…!

November 29, 2023

So, Brie Larson…Captain Marvel, hinted that she wanted to be done playing the super hero. No big surprise since The Marvels didn’t do all that great at the box office, but now she’s gone on to say there’s something coming and she’s ready for the character to be a part of the MCU main roster. We do know that we’re getting 2 more Avengers films…Secret Wars and The Kang Dynasty. And with that X-Men tease at the end of The Marvels it looks like we’re going to have some fun with some new characters in the MCU.

 

So season 2 of Loki ended with Loki now the keeper of the World Tree, serving as the battery that powers the infinite multiverse….but there was another option. Showrunners said there was a version of the ending where Loki instead saved the Time Loom and ascended its throne..but they decided a larger sacrifice was needed to make the ending pop.

 

This game better be awesome…looks like nearly half of CD Projekt Red is working on the upcoming Witcher 4 game. That’s about 330 developers with plans to add more by mid 2024. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean we get the game any sooner, estimates put it still about 3 years away.

 

New Video Game Releases This Week:

  • Calico: Pawsome Edition [PS5, PS4] – November 28 
  • Last Train Home – [PC] – November 28 
  • Rollerdrome [XSX] – November 28 
  • Gothic 2 Complete Classic [Switch] – November 29 
  • Biomutant [Switch] – November 30 
  • Gangs of Sherwood [PC, PS5, XSX] – November 30 
  • Pixel Cafe [PD, PS5, XSX, Switch] – November 30 
  • This Means Warp [PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – November 30 
  • Tintin Reporter – Cigars of the Pharoah [PS4] – November 30 
  • Toasterball [Switch] – November 30 
  • Batman: Arkham Trilogy [Switch] – December 1 
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince [Switch] – December 1 
  • The Lost Legends Of Redwall: The Scout Anthology [PC, PS5, XSX] – December 1 
  • Sanguivore: Twenty Below [PC] – December 1 
  • SteamWorld Build [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – December 1 
  • The Wagadu Chronicles [PC] – December 4 

New Comic Books This Week:

Captain America #3 - Misty Knight has uncovered a string of murders with seemingly supernatural origins—and Captain America’s been marked as the next target. Something about the crime scene strikes Steve as familiar…but can he find the connection between the murders and his past before this mysterious new threat finds him?

 

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #12 - GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE! Spider-Man is on the hunt to find a terrifying new foe before they sink their fangs into Miles’ best friends. Only the vampire hunter Blade and his daughter, Bloodline, may know the secret of the villain’s past—but are the vampire hunters keeping secrets of their own? And what is Hobgoblin secretly scheming while Spidey is completely overwhelmed? Last issue before GANG WAR!

 

Marvel Zombies: Black, White & Blood #2 - YOU CAN’T RUN, AND YOU CAN’T HIDE! Prepare for horror in the mighty Marvel fashion…from beyond the grave! A mad Reed Richards works in desperation. A lone warrior stands tall against a galaxy of undead. And the unstoppable X-Force faces its greatest foe yet… In the second installment of this all-new MARVEL ZOMBIES anthology series, your favorite (and soon-to-be favorite!) creators tell the most haunting tales their minds can muster—rendered in shades of black, white and blood!


November 22, 2023

If you haven’t finished Loki Season 2 year, plug your ears…ok. So season 2 ended with Loki destroying the Sacred Timeline and saving the Multiverse by creating a tree type thing with him at the center…then we see him on the throne with timelines in his hands, and yes, it has all but been confirmed that Loki, the God of Mischief is now Loki the God of Stories which comes straight from the comics…even though the name was never mentioned in the show.

 

If you’re a fan or a player, last week Pathfinder released their first books based on a remastered set of rules that removes any and all connections to D&D rules. Pathfinder Player Core and Pathfinder GM Core.

 

You have your Black Friday shopping and I have mine. There are a ton of Batman titles with huge Black Friday deals on them.

 

Batman Box sets

Batman by Grant Morrison

Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

More Batman adventures


November 15, 2023

Reunited after years, with the Joker, Batman promises that their next meeting will be the Clown Prince’s last. There aren’t many characters in comics who have had as brutal or long-lasting a rivalry as Batman and the Joker. These two have been fighting one another for almost 100 years at this point. Now, with Batman's mental state more unstable than ever, it looks the Dark Knight is finally ready to put the Joker down for good. If you want see what happens. You’re going to have to grab Dawn of DC Batman #139.

 

Everybody was excited about Daredevil: Born Again. Then it got put on hold for an overhaul. And new producers are sharing some good news. They’re still early in the process so it’s going to be a while until we get the new series. But what they said was that they’re going back and digging into all possible Daredevil content, not just from the Nexflix show. Encouraging for those who are fans of the comics.

 

New Video Games Out This week:

  • Gods of the Twilight – PC
    Hogwarts Legacy – Switch
  • Remnant 2: The Awakened King (PC, PS5, XSX)
  • The Walking Dead: Destinies (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, SWITCH)

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY:

THE IMMORTAL THOR #4 - SUMMONS OF THE ALL-FATHER! On the dark side of the moon, God faced Goddess—and that was only the beginning of Thor’s troubles. But as his many foes gathered to destroy him, the Odinson had one final trick to play… This is the story of THE IMMORTAL THOR…and the Summoning of the Four.

 

FANTASTIC FOUR #13 - Two universes, human and dinosaur, are colliding—and if one universe isn’t sacrificed, then both will be destroyed! And making matters worse, an incursion point between universes has swapped the dinosaur and human versions of the Fantastic Four! But there is another incursion point elsewhere…in Latveria. And Doctor Doom has plans of his own—after teaming up with the only person in the universe he can trust…himself! The FF and the Avengers are brought to their knees, and only the Brothers Grimm can save the day! Plus: The dinosaur Fantastic Four versus the Avengers!

 

GREEN LANTERN #5 - THAAL SINESTRO'S RED LANTERN RAGE! Sinestro has seized control of Ferris Air! As the rage builds to cataclysmic levels within Hal Jordan’s most vicious adversary, the power of the Red Lantern ring has turned Sinestro’s wrath into a planetwide fury! Hal’s only hope? To break United Planets law and lure the villain out into the final frontier… Then, in "Rise of the Sinson: Part Two," Sinson’s plan becomes clear: to claim his legacy, he must seek out his father…and face him in combat! The march toward Sinister Sons continues in this epic prequel installment!


November 8, 2023

Anakin Skywalker’s rose as the Chosen One to bring balance to the Force is not yet complete in the Star Wars Universe. We saw this in Ahsoka. We saw Anakin’s Force ghost in the season 1 finale and in the World Between Worlds where he taught his former apprentice one last lesson. The prevailing theory comes from the Mortis arc from the Season 3 of The Clone Wars. He insisted that the Chosen One take over for him. When the Mortis gods died it left a power imbalance in the Force. That could mean that Anakin’s role as the Chosen One, now that we’ve seen him return as a Force ghost, isn’t complete. In Return of the Jedi his physical body brought balance within the galaxy, his essence may now have to do it within the Force.

 

Marvel has released the final trailer for The Marvels. In it we see who we would expect to see. Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, Ms. Marvel, Nick Fury, Dar-Benn…but who we didn’t expect to see what Valkyrie. There’s also a fan theory that says when Monica Rambeau says “there’s a different reality bleeding into ours” she could be referring to something revolving around the X-Men. If you watch last month’s trailer carefully, there’s text on the screen that says ‘What Comes Next” then all the letters fade out except for the X. The Marvels hits theaters this weekend.

 

DC has taken a big step as Batman gives up on his Bat-Family after the consequences of his Gotham War with Catwoman. He’s giving up on his name, Bruce Wayne, and taking on a new secret identity. In Batman #139 we see him with shaved grey hair, a mustache, and a new name. Lenny the dock worker. In this comic series Batman gets really dark and swears to finish his rivalry with the Joker once and for all.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

 

BATMAN #139 - NEW STORY ARC BEGINS! BATMAN VS. THE JOKER, MORE BRUTAL THAN EVER! Following the cataclysmic events of "The Gotham War," Batman finds himself completely isolated from his family, struggling to keep the rage of Zur in check. But he can’t stop, because he’s out there, haunting the city, taunting the Dark Knight: The Joker. And the new Batman is ready to stop him once and for all. "Mindbomb" begins!

 

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37 - GANG WAR: FIRST STRIKE! Rek-Rap returns! Spider-Man’s fun-house reflection might just be the thing to help the wall-crawler out of the darkness he can’t seem to shake. Well, Rek-Rap MIGHT help if he weren’t targeted by the scariest new Spidey-Villain in decades! GANG WAR IS COMING!

 

X-MEN: RED #17 -  APOCALYPSE NOW! When Genesis returned to Arakko, she brought war in her wake. What will her husband bring with him? This issue—Apocalypse returns! Storm holds the ultimate weapon in her grip —but in the face of En Sabah Nur, even that may not be enough…


November 1, 2023

A big screen reboot of the Highlander starring Henry Cavill is a go. And it looks like we’re actually going to get a whole new Highlander franchise. Producers said if everything goes to plan and the Screen Actors strike can get resolved soon, they could begin filming in 2024

 

Did you catch it? A new trailer for Marvel’s The Marvels may have spoiled the return of Thano’s. While we get to see Thanos in the trailer, we do hear a familiar voice say “There will always be more to finish my work.” Now this could just be Marvel repurposing the line for the sake of marketing, but the line is heard while showing Dar-Benn, the villain of The Marvels who would be planning to continue Thanos’ cause. The Marvels hits theaters November 10th.

 

Invincible season 2 hits Amazon Prime Friday. Season 1 was a huge success, Season 2 picks up right after season 1 with Mark Grayson Earth’s only Viltrumite protector.  Season 2 Part One – the first four episodes - wll be about change. Mark goes to college, he and his mother adjust to life without his father. And it goes from there. Word is that they’re going to stick as close as they can to the comics again this season.

 

New Comic Books Today:

 

X-MEN #28 - HOT AND HEAVY! Juggernaut has come a long way from his beginnings as a bully transformed into an unstoppable foe of the X-Men. In fact, he’d recently become one of mutantkind’s best human allies. So why is he trying to kill Firestar?

 

THE AVENGERS #7 -   ALL-NEW STORY ARC STARTS HERE! The Avengers defend the world—but they are beginning not to recognize the world as their own. What has happened to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and…what has happened to the Vision?

 

THE RETURN OF SUPERMAN 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 - Superman returns! After the tragic events of more than 30 years ago, when Superman met his end at the hands of Doomsday, Metropolis mourned the loss of their greatest hero and soon turned their attention to the search for his successor. Four Supermen rose to the challenge: Superboy, Steel, Eradicator, and Cyborg Superman. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses, they fought in honor of the original Man of Steel. Little did they know, his return was just around the corner! To celebrate the Reign of the Supermen and Return of Superman, DC has brought back the original creative teams for new stories set in the wake of Superman’s death. It all begins with new Daily Planet editor-in-chief Lois Lane discovering Perry White’s journals from the time and the secrets he kept as he searched for who could be the next Superman. What could this discovery mean for our present? Find out in this special that’s sure to be a classic in the future!


October 25, 2023

So, you’re having a nice night, playing some DnD, and someone chooses a card. Who hasn’t been gifted or slapped in the face by choosing a card from the Deck of Many Things. Just a couple weeks ago Wizards of the Coast announced that they’re working to make the deck less disastrous for their upcoming Book of Many Things which will be released November 14. This new Book of Many Things will have new monsters, character options, puzzles, traps, and 50 new magic items all based on the Deck of Many Things…and it all comes with a Deck of Many More Things featuring 44 new cards.

 

There’s a fan theory out there that connects Heath Ledger’s Joker even closer to Christian Bale’s Batman. Since, in this world, the Joker’s origins are unknown, one fan proposed that the Joker could have been a former League of Shadows member. In Batman Begins, Batman beats a bunch of League of Shadows henchmen, leaving one of them with face scars from his arm blades and then exposes him to Scarecrow’s fear gas. Fastforward a few years to Dark Knight and you get the Joker. Of course this is just a fan theory…

 

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Dune movie (original or the remake) but the books are awesome…and so is the new LEGO set. LEGO just released an Atreides Royal Ornithopter set. Almost 1,400 pieces, it’s two and a half feet long, the blades flap, retract, and rotate. It comes with a bunch of minis including Paul Atreides, Lady Jessica, Gurney Halleck, Duncan Idaho and a bunch of others….you can preorder now.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

 

THE IMMORTAL THOR #3 - THOR IN THE WILDERNESS! As Toranos hunted him across the stars, the Odinson found himself trapped—marooned in a puzzle the size of a planet. In this place, the All-Father’s crown—and even his own godly strength—availed him nothing. What power, then, would save him? This is the story of THE IMMORTAL THOR…and the time of the Trickster’s Test.

 

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #36 - Spider-Man has never gone this dark. Now the consequences are unraveled. Will New York ever look at him the same way again?

 

WONDER WOMAN #2 - TOM KING AND DANIEL SAMPERE'S EPIC NEW TAKE ON WONDER WOMAN CONTINUES! AN ARMY OF ONE! Now a wanted fugitive, Wonder Woman readies herself for battle against Commander Steel and his soldiers, her former love Steve Trevor being one of them! What could this face-off mean for her position in the world of heroes? Will it further her quest for the truth about the rogue Amazon or end in bloodshed? Find out as this demigoddess takes on an entire army! Plus, the prelude to Amazons Attack!


October 18, 2023

The entry point for a lot of D&D players today was the 5th edition starter set that came out in 2014. It had everything you needed to start playing, including The Lost Mine of Phandelver…a prewritten adventure. Well now, 10 years later, Phandelver is getting an update with Phandelver And Below: The Shattered Obelisk. Initial read thrus say the campaign update is a bit darker than the original. If you want to jump in, Phandelver and Below is out and available now.

 

When James Gunn took over the DCU he cleaned house..getting rid of everyone and starting over. That means no Henry Cavil as Superman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman…but that doesn’t mean Momoa’s done with DC…rumor is that he’s being looked at to play Lobo in the upcoming DCU reboot. If you’re not sure who Lobo is, he’d DC’s version of Wolverine. Of course nothing has been announced and nothing is official..but we can hope.

 

Keith Giffen, the comic book artist and writer whose career spanned decades and saw the creation of characters like Rocket Racoon, Jaime Reyes' Blue Beetle, Kate Kane's Batwoman, and Lobo, has died at the age of 70.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #5 - THE SWAMP SIREN REVEALED! Hulk tracks down the beauty that has been luring man and monster alike to their dooms! An epic brawl breaks out between the Jade Giant, Man-Thing and the true face of the Swamp Siren…but even the Jade Giant is not immune to her song! Plus… A backup story featuring a surprise guest character to honor Latin and Latinx characters and creators!

 

SUPERMAN #7 - AN OVERSIZE ANNIVERSARY ISSUE CELEBRATING THE MAN OF STEEL AND HIS LEGACY! A special oversize issue celebrating Superman and his super-legacy! Since the start of Superman #1 and Dawn of DC, a mystery has been brewing in Metropolis. Now that mystery's secrets are unleashed, with startling revelations that set up a massive story in 2024! The Chained continues as Superman battles against an overpowered new menace who wants to destroy Metropolis! Superman must decide if he is willing to follow Lex's tragic orders to take the Chained down! And Lex Luthor is visited by a blast from his past. One that will impact his future forever.

 

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #11 - A BLADE BITES IN BROOKLYN! A sinister force has infiltrated SPIDER-MAN’s new neighborhood. Thousands are at risk, and HIGHTAIL and the CAPE KILLERS already have Miles on the ropes. His only hope may lie in vampire hunter BLADE, who has business in Brooklyn. But Blade and Spidey may not exactly see eye to eye on the current predicament. One that Blade really wants to sink his teeth into!


October 11, 2023

Lucky Charms is teaming up with MARVEL again to bring you back to the past when Loki briefly replaced Lucky The Leprechaun. They’re releasing Loki Charms cereal boxes again this year to celebrate the release of Loki: Season Two. They’re limited edition, they’re $7.96 a box, and they’ll be available at Walmart.com starting Friday.

 

Ahsoka season 1 just finished. Incredible…we got to see the reunion of Star Wars: Rebels characters, Thrawn finally stepped out of the shadows, Ezra’s alive and well. And now we know that Peridea is the ancestral home of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. However, these witches and Thrawn seem pretty eager to leave the planet…but Baylan Skoll wants to go in the opposite direction and find something that's drawing him to the planet. What is it?

 

One theory says the galaxy where Peridea exists is home to the Yuuzhan Vong. A species of alien unaffected by most Force abilities, making them a formidable foe for the new Jedi. While the Nightsisters fleeing the Yuuzhan Vong makes sense since their magick wouldn't affect them, it doesn't make any sense that Baylan Skoll would be drawn to them

 

Another theory is that they’re bringing back the Bendu from Star Wars: Rebels. A large force-wielding creature who wields the Light and Dark Side of the Force. It could be the Bendu calling out to Baylan and striking fear into the

 

The most prominent theory is Abeloth. The Clone Wars introduced the Mortis gods, which Abeloth has ties to. The Mortis gods are the Force in three aspects: The Father, Son, and Daughter. Abeloth didn't appear in the Mortis episodes, but she portrayed the Mother who kept peace between the Daughter and Son. Ahsoka would be the best place to bring Abeloth over to the current Star Wars World, since Ahsoka herself is tied to the Daughter.

 

Below are some of the best Xbox Series X games currently on sale for Amazon's October Prime Day.

  • Resident Evil 4 - $39.99
  • Street Fighter 6 – $39.89
  • Diablo IV - $47.49
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II  - $37.99
  • The Crew: Motorfest  - $49.99

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY:

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #35 - This sets up the next 24 issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Do. Not. Miss. This.

 

THE AVENGERS #6 - The Avengers’ battle with the Ashen Combine comes to a head—and one will fall. But will the Impossible City fall with them, and what kind of doom might fall upon the Earth as a consequence? Plus: A bonus story celebrating Latin/Latinx heroes and creators!

 

BATMAN: CITY OF MADNESS #1 - VISIONARY CREATOR CHRISTIAN WARD UNLEASHES A COSMIC-HORROR EPIC, FEATURING THE COURT OF OWLS! Buried deep beneath Gotham City there exists another Gotham. This Gotham Below is a living nightmare, populated by twisted mirrors of our Gotham’s denizens, fueled by the fear and hatred flowing down from above. For decades, the doorway between the cities has been sealed and heavily guarded by the Court of Owls. But now the door swings wide, and the twisted version of the Dark Knight has escaped…to trap and train a Robin of his own. Batman must form an uneasy alliance with the Court and its deadly allies to stop him—and to hold back the wave of twisted super-villains, nightmarish versions of his own nemeses, each one worse than the last, that’s spilling into his streets! Visionary writer-artist Christian Ward unleashes his cosmic-horror take on Batman’s world, in a tribute to disturbing Dark Knight classics like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Gothic! You’ll never look at Batman’s villains the same way again…you simply won’t have the stomach for it!


October 4, 2023

Even the mighty Marvel isn’t immune from the effects of the writers and screen actors strike. The Disney + series Echo was supposed to be released this year, now won’t be released until 2024. Rumors on the web are talking about a January release, being released in its entirety instead of weekly…but those are just rumors (Echo was first introduced in the Hawkeye series)

 

Since we’re on Marvel, Loki Season 2 starts next week. There have been a lot of interviews with showrunners and one of the questions they got asked is could Loki make it back into the larger fold of the MCU..to which they answered…That’s the hope. Infact, online rumors say the eventual ending of the show may reunite Loki and Thor.

 

And for those anxiously awaiting the return of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, which is still a year away, a new image was posted on Instagram showing the Joker standing in the rain next to four people with umbrellas that are red, orange, blue and yellow. Joker is looking to the sky with his eyes closed as the rain falls…We still don’t know much about Joker: Folle a Deux other than it will exist outside of James Gunn’s DCU reboot.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

BATMAN #138 - BATMAN/CATWOMAN: THE GOTHAM WAR PART 4! Batman is on the ropes as the Gotham War heats up following a shocking betrayal! It’s father versus son, teacher versus student in the knockout fourth chapter of this brutal war. But who is really pulling the strings in this explosive event? Thousands of years have led to this moment!

 

DOCTOR STRANGE #8 - With the enemy revealed, Doctor Strange and his allies rush to confront his evil doppelganger, General Strange! But does the Doctor stand a chance again the General’s five thousand years of experience? And will Stephen and Clea’s marriage hold in the face of such a threat?

 

BLACK PANTHER #5 - THE MYSTERY OF THE GRAY WOLF! After Black Panther’s battle with Deathlok, tensions are high in Birnin T’Chaka as strife between the ruling crime families threatens to escalate into a full-fledged gang war. Can T’Challa restore peace in the city before it’s too late? And what of the whispers of this evil spirit, Kivu’Ma? Who is the Gray Wolf that curses Wakanda?


September 27, 2023

The movies are cult classics, so if you love ‘em…good news. All 3 seasons of Ash vs. Evil Dead the series is headed to Hulu, just in time for Halloween.

 

With the Hollywood writers strike seemingly at an end, movie makers can get back to work including the gang working on the whole DCU reboot including The Brave and The Bold..James Gunn’s Batman reboot. Since the strike hit before any sort of script was written not a lot is known about the project but it sound like it will feature Damian Wayne’s first live action appearance plus other members of the Bat Family. Rumors say we may also get Dick Grason’s Nightwing, and Cassandra Cain’s Batgirl…although nothing is official yet. So far, no official release date.

 

With Loki season 2 just around the corner, some are digging into season one a bit and have found a little something..a Chris Helmsworth Cameo…sort of.  In one deleted scene Throg crashed Loki’s coronation. A rough cut of the deleted scene is online and it shows Throg exclaiming “You turned me into a frog” just before smashing Loki in the face with his tiny Mjolnir. If you check out the scene you may recognize the voice…it’s Chris Helmsworth. Loki season 2 should hit Disney + next month.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK

 

THE AVENGERS #5 - Battle zone: Vatican City. God vs. living godhead as Thor battles Idol Alabaster. Battle zone: Sydney. Witch vs. revenant as the Scarlet Witch wages war upon the Dead. Battle zone: Toronto. Engineer vs. artist as Iron Man clashes with the Citysmith. Assembled, the Avengers are invincible. But separated, how can they triumph?

 

THE IMMORTAL THOR #2 TORANOS WALKS THE EARTH! An Elder God of the Utgard-Realm had marked Thor for destruction—and a city with him. Yet the only power that could prevail carried its own terrible price. And all the while, Loki waited—Loki, who took no side and played no favorites…even if it be their own kin. This is the story of THE IMMORTAL THOR…and the hour of his greatest trial.

 

THE FLASH #1 WALLY WEST RACES TOWARDS THE FUTURE WITH A NEW ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAM! Wally West has never been quicker, more fulfilled, more heroic. His loving family is around him. And yet something is off. Very off. His evolving understanding of his powers has opened Wally to new avenues of sci-fi adventure and attuned his senses to strange new ideas. Something whispers from the dark vibrations beyond the Speed Force, and as Wally experiments with creative new approaches to his powers he encounters new realms, mysterious allies, and mind-shattering terrors. A new era for the Scarlet Speedster begins now from the team of Si Spurrier (CodaDamn Them All) and Mike Deodato Jr. (Avengers).


 

September 20, 2023

The new Shimmering Frontier update that we’re getting from Core Keeper…we get a new crystalline biome to explore, new ore, new tools…equipment…cattle…pets…boss drops…community requests…upgrades and a bunch more.  It should all be available starting October 4.

 

Dragonheir: Silent Gods.  It’s an open-world role-playing strategy adventure game that just launched on Windows, Mac, Epic, iOS, and Android.  Adventurers who start playing now will get a bunch of rewards and player incentives including tons of great in-game rewards and rare items for participating in Dragonheir's welcome quests.

 

The upcoming The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, has a lot of us thinking of revisiting Panem, and it’s looks like you’ll be able to in movie theaters. Fathom Events and Lionsgate Films are bringing The Hunger Games back to theaters for a special two-night engagement on Sunday, October 15, and Wednesday, October 18.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34 - SPIDER-MAN’S HUNT CONTINUES! Who is Peter’s next victim? The penultimate chapter of a story you’ll never forget!

 

SUPERMAN #6 - NEW STORY ARC STARTS HERE! FIRST APPEARANCE OF A NEW SUPERMAN VILLAIN! THE CHAINED PART ONE! Following the shocking cliffhanger of Superman #5 and the events of Knight Terrors, Superman has learned that Lex Luthor kept a prisoner beneath Stryker's Island for decades. Who are they and why did Lex lock them up? Can Superman unlock the secrets of the Chained? Featuring guest artist Gleb Melnikov!

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6 - THE ORIGIN OF GROOTFALL! One year ago, the Guardians were more than a team, they were the galaxy’s SUPER HEROES… Now the Guardians are outlaws, guns for hire roaming the frontier in hopes of stopping one of their own. How did the Guardians fall apart, and what changed Groot into the monster he is now? The untold story is finally revealed!


September 13, 2023

If the shows, the books, and the video games aren’t enough, soon you’ll be able to grab The Witcher: Path of Destiny the board game. Players assume the roles of Geralt, Ciri, Yennifer, and some others in what they’re calling a dark fantasy story. The crowdfunding campaign for the game launches on October 9th and ends November 7th on Gamefound.

 

Batman Day is just a few days away (9/16), and with over 80 year’s worth of comics, it can be a little overwhelming for new readers. So here’s a quick list of Batman comics that are good for those new to the Dark Knight comics.

  • Year One – a good origin story
  • The Man Who Laughs – An introduction to the Joker
  • The Court of Owls – introduces a villainous group
  • The Long Halloween – The fall of Harvey Dent and the rise of Two-Face
  • Zero Year – An attempt to overthrow the Riddler’s dystopian rule over Gotham
  • Earth One – Another unique origin story
  • The Killing Joke – The Joker orchestrates and escapte from Arkhman Asylum
  • The Imposter – An imposter is killing people on the streets tainting the Dark Knights image
  • Birth of the Demon – Ra’s al Ghul’s origins
  • Hush – Batman has to uncover whoever is targeting Bruce Wayne and everyone close to him

 

We’re seeing more impacts from the writers and actors strike in Hollywood. Phase 5 of the MCU was supposed to have a few different shows released, including Ironheart, but it looks like the latest shows that Ironheart no longer has a release day on Disney’s schedule. But the impact is a little more with this one, because the shows and movies within the MCU are so closely interconnected, one shakeup is enough to throw off their entire line up.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK

  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10 - HERE COMES HIGHTAIL! Miles Morales and his family have moved to a new not-so-friendly neighborhood—for the likes of Spider-Man, that is. NYC’s hero-squashing Cape Killers’ latest member won’t let Miles catch his breath. It’s only a matter of time before hyper-speedster HIGHTAIL gets ahead of the wall-crawler. But Hightail’s attack is just the tip of the iceberg, because her powers are about to unleash something much more sinister upon the streets of New York!

 

  • The Incredible Hulk #4 - THE GREEN GIANTS THROW DOWN! HULK VS. MAN-THING! Trouble awaits in the foggy bogs when a sultry seductress of the swamp lures unsuspecting victims into her trap! What is this mysterious creature’s connection to the Swamp Walker himself? It’s rage versus empathy as these two green goliaths come to blows—and even the Hulk isn’t immune to Man-Thing’s deadly acid! Guest artist Travel Foreman joins Phillip Kennedy Johnson for a twisted two-part tale!

 

  • Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1 - "When you chase your own shadow…it leads you into the abyss." In a Gotham City where every day feels darker and more irredeemable than the last, Batman makes a definitive choice—to kill off the Bruce Wayne identity for good and embrace the cowl full-time. But though he knows the streets of Gotham, Batman will soon come to find that he hardly knows himself. A serial killer is on the loose, and while the murder victims seem random at first, every clue draws Batman closer to the terrifying truth—that they are all connected, not just to each other…but to him… When an all-new rogues gallery of utterly depraved villains begins to emerge from the depths of the city, Batman will have to contend with the very nature of evil—including that which lurks inside in the darkest corners of his own heart—to face what’s coming for his city. Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham brings Rafael Grampá’s twisted vision of both the Dark Knight and the city of Gotham to life in a DC writing debut that will reach its icy black tendrils into the deepest and darkest corners of human nature and leave you gasping for breath—and for more!

September 6, 2023

The Star Wars universe has always marked time based on when the Rebel Alliance blew up the first Death Star. Anything before was known as BBY…or Before the Battle of Yavin, and ABY…After the Battle of Yavin. Well now with so many shows and upcoming projects set during different times we now have 9 official eras.

 

Dawn of the Republic

The Old Republic

The High Republic

Fall of the Jedi

Reign of the Empire

Age of Rebellion

The New Republic

Rise of the First Order

New Jedi Order

 

An just incase you’re wondering…Ahsoka takes place roughly 10 years ABY

 

 

New developments in the video game realm are kept pretty hush hush…but every once in a while we get a little nugget of info. Looks like the team working on the upcoming Witcher 4 game (which isn’t actually the title) has grow to around 260 developers. No word on a release date but it looks like we’re still a couple years away.

 

Daredevil fans got some bad news. The ongoing strike in Hollywood has pushed Daredevil: Born Again’s release date. We were supposed to get the new series in Spring of 2024, but it look like they’ve had to put the whole thing on pause mid-production. Now we’re talking 2025 at the earliest, and that’s best case scenario.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • Batman #137 - BATMAN/CATWOMAN: THE GOTHAM WAR PART 2! Batman descends on Gotham City, full of rage and force, more driven than ever to save his home. But the new landscape has turned friends into foes. Can anyone stop his reign of terror? Should they? The Gotham War continues in this second chapter!
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #33 - SPIDER-MAN’S FIRST HUNT! The hunter is now the prey. Can Kraven survive?
  • X-Men #26 - “WE’RE NOT LOSING AN X-MAN… WE’RE GAINING AN AVENGER!” The moment we swore would never happen—heck, the moment EMMA FROST swore would never happen—is here at last! As the Frost/Stark knot is tied in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10, Emma’s mutant family reacts to this surprise news!

August 30, 2023

There can be only one…one of the best sci-fi, but not sci-fi movies ever made..Highlander (just ignore the sequels, cause they’re horrible), may be getting some new life. Chad Stahelski, he’s the guy that directed John Wick is planning a big-screen reboot of Highlander with…drum roll please…Henry Cavill as Connor McLoud. And not just a movie…a whole new franchise.

 

It’s Batman…day. September 16th is Batman Day and to celebrate, Showcase Cinemas are bringing The Dark Night Trilogy back to the big screen.

  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises

I checked, I think the closest one is in Springdale Ohio…road trip…?

 

So, I haven’t watched episode 3 year, just released last night at 9, but the first 2 episodes of Ahsoka were awesome. We saw a bunch of familiar characters..from the Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels Animated series’, but we also got a peek at some newcomers. So this Imperial Inquisitor Marrok…all we know so far is that he works alongside former Jedi Baylan Skoll and his apprentice Shin Hati, but because of the mask…his true identiy is hidden. The prevailing theory is that Marrok is actually a new version of Galen Marek…Starkiller from the Force Unleashed video game series, who also happened to be an apprentice of Anakin Skywalker…or Darth Vader.  Others believe Marrok may be Ezra Bridger turned to the dark side.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • Wolverine #36 - GHOST RIDER/WOLVERINE: WEAPONS OF VENGEANCE PART THREE! LOGAN and BLAZE’S battle has taken a serious turn. Enter: The HELLVERINE!
  • The Incredible Hulk #3 - Hulk faces undead horror as “The Age of Monsters” continues! Hulk investigates the creature being worshipped in an abandoned mining town…and finds a primordial horror as large as the mine itself awaiting him, using the town’s residents as human shields. From the darkest corners of the minds of Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Nic Klein, the first chapter of “The Age of Monsters” culminates in a battle between the Hulk and a monster unlike any he has faced before—but that’s only the tip of the iceberg!
  • The Riddler: Year One #6 - The time has come. Edward Nashton’s long, painful psychological journey and downward spiral have finally brought him to the point where he is ready to take direct action against the corrupt of Gotham. Embittered and abandoned and believing the world is aligned against him, he’s reached the time to lash out. His extensive research and clandestine operations have left him with a deeper knowledge of the city’s web of criminality than anyone in Gotham. And now he knows exactly which targets to strike and when. As Edward finally dons the mask of the Riddler, the series ends right before the start of his first murderous attack, shown in the opening scene of Matt Reeves’s film The Batman. Actor Paul Dano brought this character to life onscreen, and now he completes Edward’s arc with this groundbreaking prequel. Together with renowned European artist Stevan Subic, Dano has crafted a disturbing and emotional tale, filling out the backstory of one of the most unique and terrifying villains faced by any version of the Dark Knight.

Back in 2014, Wizards of the Coast launched D&D 5E…the 5th edition, with Lost Mine of Phandelver…a little adventure book that came bundled with the D&D 5E Starter Set. Now, almost 10 years later, they’re ready to finish that adventure. Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk arrives September 19th.

 

Blizzard unveiled Diablo 4 Season 2, which they’re calling Season of Blood. Season 2 adds a Vampire Hunter companion, so you get vampire powers as you track down and face off against a vampire lord. Season 2 also adds 5 new and returning bosses. Season 2, or Season of Blood launches October 17th.

 

We’re getting closer to the re-launch of the new DC Universe and many are asking how it will compare to the MCU? In a recent interview DC Head Honcho James Gunn said there will be some significant differences. He’s going to lean heavily on secret identities and fantasy settings, something unlike the MCU. He plans on exploring more fictional places like Gotham City and says that creates a much different feeling than using real life places like the MCU does. Fans are anxiously waiting and the whole things gets started with Superman: Legacy in 2025

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • The Immortal Thor #1 - AL EWING, MARTÍN CÓCCOLO & ALEX ROSS GIVE THE GOD OF THUNDER THE “IMMORTAL” TREATMENT! In Norse myths, they called him Thunderer. Vuer has he been called, and Hloriddi. The Gods know him as Asgard’s King, keeper of Mjolnir, hero of the tales. When injustice grips the Earth and ancient powers bring down the sky, he fights for those who cannot—and when the tale is done, we will know what that cost him. This is the story of THE IMMORTAL THOR. PLUS: A bonus page written by Jonathan Hickman—WHO ARE THE G.O.D.S.?
  • The Invincible Iron Man #9 - TONY STARK: BLACK KING OF THE HELLFIRE CLUB! Feilong and the Stark Sentinels have beaten Iron Man and robbed him of his armor. But Tony isn’t without his resources: his father’s membership to the Hellfire Club and his new Stealth Armor
  • Deadpool #10 - HEART -> BROKEN! Things aren’t looking great for Deadpool and his new paramour, Valentine Vuong. You know how it can be in love—you just want to be together, but there is always some secret society of killers that gets in the way and your heart and/or glass arms get shattered.

August 16, 2023

Last year during Infinite Frontier Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, made a return to DC comics, and as part of the New Golden Age they also reintroduced the Red Lantern, Scott’s arch enemy. Red Lantern had been removed from the timeline, but DC confirmed…he’s back. Tim Sheridan is going to pen the new series and we’ll get our first glimpse when Alan Scott: The Green Lantern hits shelves in October.

 

I’m kind of torn on this one, remakes of cult classic movies usually don’t go very well, but director Malcom Blair is taking a shot. He cast Peter Dinklage in the title role of a remake of The Toxic Avenger. Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Elijah Wood and even Kevin Bacon are in the movie. The movie will open the upcoming 2023 Fantastic Fest in Texas.

 

And our next big Star Wars series, Ahsoka, hits Disney + in a few weeks. This one is cool because it brings a few of the stories from some of the animated series to live action. Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalkers former padawan, investigates and emerging threat to the universe and she does it with the help of the gang from Star Wars Rebels: Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, Baylan Skoll, and Ezra Bridger.  The first episodes will hit Disney + on August 23rd.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

 

Daredevil #14 –  THE ENDD! But of what? A life? A love? A marriage? Matt Murdock’s time as Daredevil? Or the latest and greatest run in one of Marvel’s most celebrated sagas? …All of the above?

 

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #18 –  Think you know how Superman and Batman met and became friends? Think again! Read the untold tale of how their worlds first collided—and the stunning, secret loss that nearly destroyed their partnership before it even began!

 

X-Men: Red #14 - AFTER THE FALL! As the Brotherhood reels from the cataclysmic events of the Hellfire Gala, Genesis takes advantage of the chaos—and declares war! Two vast mutant armies clash, and Arakko’s idols fall…but this is only the beginning of a conflict that will remake the Red Planet. And whatever happened to Isca the Unbeaten?


August 9, 2023

Apparently one of the illustrators of the upcoming D&D book “Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants” used AI to create artwork for the book and the gang at Hasbro isn’t happy saying they won’t allow any artists to use AI to draw artwork. The book, which is set to release next week, does include the AI artwork, but the company says  the artist won’t be allowed to use AI in the future.

 

There had been talk of different versions of Spider-Man: Across the Spider Verse being released in cinemas, versions that include small changes, but now that the movie is available on digital we finally know which scenes are officially canon. In one scene Spider-Man 2099’s assistant Lyla points at Miguel and, in another take on the same scene, takes a selfie with a bunny filter. Looks like the bunnies have it with the selfie making it into the official digital release. In another scene Andy Samberg’s Scarlet Spider grabs Miles in one scene and quips about his "well-defined musculature." In a previous version in cinemas (and not in the official release), he says he has Miles in a sleeper hold. So that appears to be lost to history. There are a bunch more minor changes, too like Gwen’s pained reaction to thinking Miles has been crushed in Mumbattan. The digital release also means it’s Easter egg time, one you may have missed…did you see the Spider-Man from Insomniac’s PlayStation games in The Lobby of the Spider Society. What you may not have seen are the two villains being held prisoner in that same scene: Videoman from 1980s series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, and the pixelated Green Goblin sprite from 1982’s Spider-Man on the Atari 2600 – the first Spider-Man game ever made.

 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has had a tough time since it’s release already getting a major two-part expansion that stabilized the game and gave fans a new area to explore and some new Pokemon to catch. Now, you’re getting more. Two more expansions are coming. The Teal Mask on September 13 and Indigo Disk in the winter. The two parts will come together to tell a story named “The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero.”

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK

  • The Amazing Spider-man #31 -  SPECIAL OVER-SIZED ISSUE! IT’S THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR! Peter Parker is the best man, and Tombstone is walking the bride down the aisle! That’s right—Janice Lincoln and Randy Robertson are tying the knot, and there’s NO WAY all the crime bosses in NYC aren’t seeing this as an opportunity to off Tombstone. This story sets up our big Spider-Event of Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr.’s second year on ASM, and that’s just the HALF of it! Also in this issue: bachelor/bachelorette parties, other ASM-story preludes, glimpses of some of the biggest unannounced Spider-projects and extra bonus awesomeness!
  • The Avengers #4 - Battle is joined as the Avengers race to combat the Ashen Combine. But with Lord Ennui, the Citysmith, Idol Alabaster, the Dead and Meridian Diadem scattered across the planet, each with their own city for prey, have the Avengers spread themselves too thin? United, the Avengers stand. But divided…?
  • Guardians of the Galaxy $5 -  The mystery behind Grootfall is revealed. How will this forever change the course of the Guardians? Find out here. PLUS: A bonus page written by Jonathan Hickman—WHO ARE THE G.O.D.S.?

August 2, 2023

As if fants weren’t already upset with The Witcher showrunners, the final episodes of season three are out, henry cavill’s last. we were told it was going to be some heroic sendoff, and that cavill was going to be honored. have you watched the episodes…yes it is true, mostly, to the books, but heroic?  showrunners say the season is about geralt giving up his neutrality and doing everything he can to get to ciri which they call the most heroic. i’ve read the books, i’ve watched the show, and eh…..not the best send off…and not the best season either. if they want to keep their audience they had better wow everyone when season 4 hits with liam helmsworth replacing cavill.

 

Just the mear mention of a tarrasque is enough to send a group of d&d adventurers running, what could be worse, right? just wait. Wizards of the coast just released a description from Morte’s Planar Parade, a mini beastiary book for the upcoming planescape: Adventurers in the multiverse boxed set. in it we’re going to see planar incarnates, hierarch modrons, and time dragons. if you remember your d&d history, time dragons can breathe and eat time itself, casting time stop, creating a slow aura, an age touched breath weapon and a breath weapon that can literally expell someone from time. while a terrasque has a cr of 30, a time dragon has a cr of 90.

 

The first trailer for Loki season 2 is out, and if you look close it’s hiding a secret villan, Zaniac. Actor Brad Wolfe becomes linked with a parasitic entity from the dark dimension, the one that is ruled by Dormammu from Doctor Strange. Dormammu sends the entity to earth to possess a human and act as his agent on earth. let’s just say in the comics he’s kind of a jack the ripper kinda guy…Loki season two hits Disney + in early October.

 

New Comic Books This Week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 - Hallows’ Eve will attempt her biggest scheme yet: breaking Chasm out of jail! Currently imprisoned in Madelyne Pryor’s new demonic Limbo Embassy, Spider-Man’s misguided clone is more vengeful than ever, and Hallows’ Eve is the only one who dares to let him loose! Does she have the skills and nerve to go head-to-head against the Goblin Queen? And how will the dark tidings from this year’s Hellfire Gala impact her bold rescue attempt? 
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #10 - housands of years ago, a desperate alien race built a colossal sleeper ship—an ark—to escape their dying sun, setting a course toward a new and distant world. A single volunteer was to be awakened from stasis every hundred years to serve as their protector and caretaker, before finally training the next one. But something has gone horribly wrong. The ship’s engines have failed, and the ark is trapped in a dark void—infinite, silent and deadly—where even the light of stars can’t enter. The newest caretaker awakens to an empty ship. His predecessor’s body lies decaying against a bulkhead, beneath monstrous images of impossible beings drawn in blood. And the horrifying vision of an alien on fire hovers outside the ship, as the bang of rocky fists on the hull echoes throughout darkened hallways… PLUS: A bonus page written by Jonathan Hickman—WHO ARE THE G.O.D.S.?
  • X-MEN #25 - THE FALL. She’s been known as Kitty, Sprite, Ariel, Red Queen and Captain Kate. Now, as a new X-Men team finds their way through their darkest hour…SHADOWKAT emerges!

July 19, 2023

Witcher fans are anxiously awaiting the 2nd half of this 3rd season, and apprehensively waiting to see what happens with the transition to Henry Cavill and Liam Helmsworth. It sounds like producers may acknowledge the change in-universe. They didn’t want to release any spoilers but they did say the transition would be close to the ideas embedded in the books, especially in book 5.

 

Team Fortress 2, one of the best multiplayer shooter games of all time just smashed its concurrent player record…16 years after the games launch. Why so popular, game makers recently released a huge update to the game that added 14 new maps and kicked off a summer event that will run thru September 15th.

 

One of these years I’m going to make to the San Diego Comic Con, this year the first teaser trailer for a Red Sonja reboot us debuting.  It’ll be unveiled during a special panel this Friday honoring the 50th anniversary of the character.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • GUIDARIANS OF THE GALAXY #4 - Rocket Raccoon is back…and he’s not happy to see the Guardians of the Galaxy! Where has he been all this time? What’s happened to him? Get ready for a Rocket Raccoon you’ve never seen before! 
  • BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #17 - World War A.I. hits its climax, guest-starring dozens of DC heroes in a war against Newmazo and his machines that will determine the fate of humanity—and lay threads for a menace that will soon pop up in the pages of Shazam!
  • X-MEN: RED #13 - HE’S BACK! Genesis once again walks the island she ruled for millennia—with the Annihilation Staff in her hand. But what is in her heart? Is the return of the Mother of Arakko to be celebrated—or feared? As the Fall of X closes in, the Great Ring must decide…or risk their own fall from grace.

July 12, 2023

Microsoft just held their latest ID@Xbox showcase highlighting a bunch of games that will be making their way to the platform.

 

  • Karateka – one of two world premieres, which will focus on the 8-bit 1984 game Karateka.
  • Monolith: Requiem of the Ancients – the 2nd world premiere, a captivating combat system that will leave you fulfilled and craving more
  • Stray Souls, an upcoming horror game that follows a teenager who recently inherited a house from his grandmother
  • Axiom Verge 2, a dual-dimensional Metroidvania that's engaging to explore despite its one-dimensional combat and underwhelming boss fights.
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it is what it is and should look familiar for anyone familiar with Friday the 13th: The Game or Dead by Daylight.
  • Hellboy Web of Wyrd
  • And Mythforce, a multiplayer co-op game that gives off a Saturday morning cartoon vibe. 

 

Looks like our new DC lineup is coming together. Last week we heard that David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan will be stepping in as Superman and Lois Lane, and James Gunn’s latest addition to the upcoming Superman Legacy movie is none other than Nathan Fillion, he’ll be stepping in as Guy Gardener’s Green Lantern. To me he’ll always be Captain Malcom Reynolds from Firefly.

 

We’re getting closer to our next big dose of Star Wars as a new trailer for Ahsoka recently hit the internet. The story follows Anakin Skywalkers former Padawan after the events of Mandalorian and the Book of Boba Fett as she continues her search for Grand Admiral Thrawn.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY:

  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29 – Beaten and bloody, with his back against the wall, has Spider-Man finally met his match?
  • SUPERMAN: LOST #5 - At a loss to close the widening gap between herself and Superman, Lois turns to Wonder Woman for help. Clark Kent, attempting to reenter his life at the Daily Planet, is haunted by the dire consequences of his attempts to defend his second adopted planet from invasion.
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #8 - MILES BATTLES THE HOBGOBLIN! SPIDER-MAN, A.K.A. MILES MORALES, has a target on his spider-symbol’d back. The most dangerous super-villains in NYC keep coming at him—hard. First RABBLE, then CLETUS KASADY and now…THE HOBGOBLIN is back and more dangerous than ever, and he’s got his glider aimed squarely at Miles! How could this get any worse for Spidey? Well…Hobgoblin might not be the ONLY thing Miles needs to worry about…

July 5, 2023

Looks like Playstation may be set to release a PlayStation 5 Slim and a handheld version of the PS 5 all later this year.

 

And thanks to production difficulties, Apple’s not sure they’ll be able to make enough of their Apple Vision Pro reality headset to meet their goal of 1 million sold in 2024. Production issues have also pushed back plans for a cheaper version of the $3,500 headset too.

 

Someone found the precious. Magic the Gathering added Lord of the Rings to their card lineup a little while ago, and if you remember, we talked about this, but they were only making 1 version of the One Ring card…and someone found it. So far no word on who found it or whether they’re going to sell it, keep it, or destroy it by throwing it back into the fires of Mount Doom from whence it came.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • THOR ANNUAL #1 - Enter…MYTHOS! When M.O.D.O.K.—fueled by revenge and a refusal to ever again be someone else’s pawn—seizes control of all of the Ten Realms but Asgard, Thor the All-Father must step in and regain control of the Ten Realms and the World Tree. But M.O.D.O.K.’s new, cosmic power proves to be a greater threat than Thor could imagine, and he’ll need the inspiration of some beloved friends from Midgard to reclaim his realms and his awesome power. 
  • SPIDER-MAN #10 - MAXED OUT, PART THREE: SHOCKING BEHAVIOR… SPIDER-MAN VS. ELECTRO—NO HOLDS BARRED! The web-slinger and the Emperor of Electricity have both leveled up since they last faced each other, and one really wants to kill the other. Plus, Norman Osborn does something that may end his new amicable relationship with Spider-Man.
  • X-MEN #24 - ONCE AN X-MAN…POGG UR-POGG FOR HIRE! Hired for the dirtiest of jobs, a deadly mercenary comes crashing into the X-Men right at their most vulnerable moment! But not just any mercenary—finally, the breakout fan-favorite from X OF SWORDS, Pogg Ur-Pogg, returns!

June 28, 2023

We finally know who our new Superman will be. DC studios, under James Gunn’s new leadership, just announced that David Corenswet will be the new Man of Steel when they launch the DC reboot in 2025 with Superman Legacy. Rachel Brosnahan is set to play Lois Lane. The movie itself will tell the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. It will hit theaters July 11, 2025.

 

I’m not ashamed to admit, I love video game walk thru’s. Somebody told me that was cheating but we all do it, right. IGN just posted a System Shock Remake walk thru. Citadel Station, the Junctions Puzzles, Quadrant Layouts, Cyberspace Terminals. Here’s the link if you want to check it out. https://www.ign.com/wikis/system-shock-2023/Walkthrough

 

Did you catch this year’s Nintendo Direct? We now know what’s headed our way on the Nintendo Switch.

  • Super Mario Brothers Wonder.
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Wario Ware: Move It
  • Pikmin 1 + 2
  • Detective Pikachu Returns

And there was a ton more…and most of them are available for pre-order.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS OUT TODAY:

  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28 - The new-and-improved Doctor Octopus takes his upgraded tentacles for a rampage through Oscorp! Can the deadliest Doc Ock ever be stopped? 

 

  • THOR #35 - BLOOD OF THE FATHERS, FINALE.  THE MIDGARD-SHATTERING FINALE! Doctor Doom makes his final stand to control all of humankind—past, present and future! Thor must defeat him before the course of history and the future of the Ten Realms are irrevocably altere—but taming a force powerful enough to destroy free will itself might prove to be a greater challenge than Thor could have imagined… Plus, the mysterious origin of Hela is finally revealed!

 

  • X-MEN: BEFORE THE FALL – HERALDS OF APOCALYPSE #1 - THE ORIGIN OF ARAKKO! In ancient days, Genesis turned back the hordes of Amenth. In ancient days, Genesis forced Annihilation into a parley. What words were spoken in her mind? Now, finally, Apocalypse will know…and the echoes of those words might destroy him…and Arakko with him.

June 21, 2023

While everyone’s talking about Marvel’s Secret Invasion, the next biggie from Marvel, Sony snuck in and released a Kraven the Hunter trailer.  The movie tells the story of Kraven before his big rivalry with Spider-Man. If you’re not sure who Kraven is…as a child, a near death experience gifted Sergei Kravinoff with the instincts of a predator and a thirst for the hunt. Kraven the Hunter will hit theaters in October of 2023.

 

Watch the trailer here.

 

Water, Earth, Air and Fire…ages ago, the 4 lived in harmony…then the Fire Nation attacked. Avatar the Last Airbender is headed to live-action and Netflix has released a first look at the cast. The show will release sometime in 2024 and you can click here to take a peek at them.

 

The next ID@Xbox Showcase is set for July 11. Game trailers, gameplay, reveals, plus a special edition of Unlocked after the showcase that’ll include a deeper dive into some of the games. IGN is going to be streaming the whole thing on their website, YouTube, Twitch…all of them.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 - CARNAGE REIGNS, PART 6
    • CLETUS KASADY’s unleashed maximum carnage upon NYC with the awesome power of his new Extrembiote, and the only one left to stand in his way is MILES MORALES, who may have stumbled upon Cletus’ one weakness—which means Cletus will stop at nothing to put Miles down for good. To have a chance at stopping him, Miles will need help from the most unexpected allies… Cletus got an upgrade—why can’t Miles?!
  • Superman #5 - CHAPTER FIVE: THE POWER OF LOVE
    • Silver Banshee is back--and more dangerous than ever! Given a massive power upgrade by Lex Luthor's archenemies, Silver Banshee's scream rocks Metropolis, and Superman must stop her from destroying his city while also saving her life. Be ready for the shock ending that stabs this series in its heart!
  • The Incredible Hulk #1 THE AGE OF MONSTERS HAS BEGUN!
    • As an enraged Hulk tries to take control of Bruce Banner’s body permanently, a mysterious immortal turns every monster in the Marvel Universe against Banner in an attempt to free their creator, the primordial Mother of Horrors. With the help of an unlikely new friend, Banner and Hulk must try to stop the world from getting plunged into darkness in this terrifying new series!

June 14, 2023

At the recent Star Wars Celebration 2023 in London, Lucasfilm announced three new movies are in the works.

 

  1. happens 25,000 years before any known Star Wars timeline, it’ll be about the first jedi to use the Force
  2. is going to weave The Book of Boba Fett, The Mandalorian, and Ahsoka together and delve into more of what happens between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
  3. will happen 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker following Rey as she creates a New Jedi Order.

 

Nothing in confirmed but it looks like the movie following Rey and the New Jedi Order may be the first one we get…sometime in 2025

 

If you’re a Diablo player of if you are just a video game lover you may have seen this, but one player figured out how to reach the final World Tier 4 by level 3. What he did was tag along with a powerful friend as they completed dungeons, and made sure they died just before getting any experience but will getting the credit for their completion. There’s an article on-line that explains it more:

 

Star Wars: Villainous is adding three new villains in their first game expansion. Star Wars: Scum and Villainy will be the 2nd installment of the game line and joining Boba Fett and the Inquisitor will be the Seventh Sister and Cad Bane. The game is available for pre-order now and will release at the end of July

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

 

  • Green Lantern #2 - NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST / RISE OF THE REVENANT QUEEN, PART TWO  Hal Jordan’s homecoming is off to a rocky start! Carol Ferris is this close to firing him from the job he’s only just begged his way into, his power ring isn’t exactly working right, and off in the shadows, Sinestro, the architect of Hal’s current crisis, is waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Plus, the hard-hitting “John Stewart: War Journal” backup series from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Montos heats up as the Guardian John Stewart and his team, the Watchtower, fall under siege from a mysterious new threat!
  • Doctor Strange #4 - U.X.O. MEET WONG…AGENT OF W.A.N.D.! Wong and magic super-spy Pandora Peters are reforming S.H.I.E.L.D.’s covert mystical organization. Their first mission? Find a supernatural serial killer who not only destroys magic but eats it! Who is this horrifying monster? And what future danger does it spell for Doctor Strange?
  • Wolverine #34 - WOLVERINE VS. WEAPONS OF X! He’s been used. He’s been manipulated. He’s been mind-controlled. He’s even been killed. Now WOLVERINE takes the fight back to BEAST and his WEAPONS OF X program. How will one mutant fare versus an ARMY OF CLONES and a giant multistory, mobile FORTRESS/BATTLE SUIT? Good thing he’s the best there is at what he does!

June 7, 2023

Those of us who play know that creating and maintaining a D&D character can be complicated, especially for anybody new to the game. One fan shared a simplified version that he created in a Reddit post back in May, all to make the character creation process easier and more accessible. It puts everything on one sheet and eliminated a lot of the optional sections. He does admit that the simplified sheet isn’t for everyone but if you know someone new to the game, you may want to give it a look. 

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/13t2zix/oc_5e_i_made_a_minified_character_sheet_for_first/?utm_source=embedv2&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_content=post_title&embed_host_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgamerant.com%2Fdungeons-and-dragons-simple-character-sheet-new-player-friendly%2F

 

Convention season is about to ramp up into high gear, and while everyone is waiting for Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige to make his decision about whether they’re going to be there or not, MCU fans you can make plans. Daredevil: Born Again co-star Vincent D’Onoforio tweeted out that he and Charlie Cox will definitely be at SDCC ’23.

 

We have a new title for the next Captain America movie as Anthony Mackie’s ‘Sam Wilson’ takes over as the new Captain America. Joining him, Harrison Ford as General Ross. Captain America: New World Order is out….the new title…Captain America: Brave New World will hit theaters May 3, 2024

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY


May 31, 2023

Ever since Marvel announced another Fantastic Four reboot fans have been obsession over who..who’s gonna be the new Fantastic Four. Well if insiders are right we have our lineup.

  • Adam Driver as Dr. Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)
  • Margot Robbie as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman)
  • Paul Mescal as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch)
  • Daveed Diggs as Ben Grimm (The Thing)

Again, this is all insider reports and none of this is confirmed. But it’s a very believable cast and loads of different insiders have all claimed a similar line-up. The movie is supposed to be in theaters in February of 2025

 

We love our Witcher. Hugely popular book series, then a video game franchise, then the Netflix show and right now it doesn’t look like that’s slowing down (we’ll see after the next season hits Netflix since it’s Henry Cavill’s last) but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt just crossed 50 million copies sold making it one of the most successful video games ever. (It was originally released in 2015, then rereleased in 2022.)

 

I’m starting my Christmas list early this year, and just added two new LEGO sets. The LEGO Endgame Final Battle set is a 360 degree set of Thanos’ final battle with the Avengers. 7 mini figures: Captain Marvel, Okoye, Wanda Maximoff, Shuri, Valkyrie, Thanos, and The Wasp. ($99.99). The second is another 360 degree set featuring Spider-Man’s final battle from No Way Home and yes it comes with a Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland Spider-Man mini. ($109.99)

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #26 - Now fully in the present, the Emissary has returned and his power is so far beyond Spider-Man’s abilities. The heroes may figure out a way to win, but the cost of victory will be so immense that you may hope they don’t…
  • Deadpool #7 - HEAVENLY BODIES.  TO KILL THE KILLER OR BE KILLED! What does a trained killer do when trained killers try to kill them? Naturally, they try to kill those trained killers first. That's right—the hunter becomes the hunted and then becomes the hunter again because, duh, he's Deadpool, killing is his answer to most problems.
  • Doctor Strange #3 - A DAY WITH DORMAMMU / CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A STRANGE KIND.  A DAY WITH DORMAMMU! Stephen Strange has no short supply of enemies, but none are more fearsome than DORMAMMU…master of the Dark Dimension! When a cult summons the Dreaded Lord to New York, Stephen has to risk everything in order to defeat his most dangerous foe! But is he truly up for the task? Plus, a backup story featuring Doctor Strange and Sister Grimm of the Runaways! 

May 24, 2023

Fans are happy. Marvel Studios is bringing back Daredevil with Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin and Jon Bernthal’s Punisher.  And this one’s going to be an 18 episode season, twice as long as any other MCU series. Daredevil: Born Again should hit Disney + sometime next year.

 

Experienced D&D players know that the gear you carry is just as important as having a high initiative so I’ve put together a short list of items not to over look.

  • Ball Bearings – it doesn’t sound as exciting as a battle axe but they’re super useful. Dump a few on the floor to help detect secret doors, spring traps, and create difficult terrain for anyone or anything chasing you.
  • Hammer and Pitons - rope won’t do a lot of good without the support of these classic tools. The hammer drives the piton in a crack in the wall and the rope slides through it. This gives the rope extra security. Plus it means you can guide the rope into places where it might not normally be able to go. Having an extra hammer on hand is always useful in combat, as are a collection of pointy things strong enough to drive into a rock face
  • A Flask of Oil – Fire is important, never leave home without it.

 

The Fantastic Four reboot is one of the biggest movies in the works right now in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and there are so many rumors floating around about cast and story that it’s hard to keep track. The latest though is that Adam Driver, Margot Robbie, and Paul Mescal are in line to star as Reed Richards, Sue Storm, and Johnny Storm. Someone even posted some fan art depicting the three in their roles (check it out here). They’ve got time, the movie isn’t supposed to hit theaters until February of 2025.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • Thor #34 - LOOD OF THE FATHERS, PART FOUR THOR, DOCTOR DOOM, and…THANOS?! While Thor races Doctor Doom through time before Doom can tear reality itself asunder in his latest grab for power, they find Thanos at the heart of it all, finally revealing the power struggle that brought Thor's grandfather, Bor, and Thanos to all-out war—the ultimate weapon, hidden away for millennia. But Doom will stop at nothing to control it!
  • Action Comics #1055 TECH ALIVE / HOME AGAIN, PART FIVE / ENGINEER OF TOMORROW, PART TWO Superman’s true enemy has been revealed: the Cyborg Superman, Hank Henshaw! Everything the Super-Family has built stands on a knife’s edge, and Superman and Metallo become the unlikeliest of allies as they hunt for Metallo’s missing sister. Can they prevent the inevitable devolution of Metallo’s mind and body long enough to save his sister from Henshaw’s monstrous plans?
  • Nightwing #104 RISE OF THE UNDERWORLD, FINALE / NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS, FINALE Nightwing and the Titans realize the only way to save Olivia is to…go to hell! Seeing how ineffective his punching was when he last confronted Neron’s demons, Nightwing is temporarily powered up by magic in order to make it through the depths of hell alive…literally. Then, in the backup: Nightwing and Jon Kent find an important clue as to who’s behind the circus murders, and that person may be connected to Dick Grayson…

May 17, 2023

Spider-Man celebrated his 60th anniversary last year after making his debut in Marvel Comics in 1962. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man quickly became one of Marvel's most popular and lucrative characters. Spider-Man's influence extends beyond live-action films. In 2018, the animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" introduced Miles Morales to a global audience, further expanding the Spider-Man universe. The gaming arena has also seen the success of Insomniac Games' "Marvel's Spider-Man" (2018) and its sequel "Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales" (2020), with "Marvel's Spider-Man 2" set to continue the story.  Marvel recently released a prequel comic book online, providing further context to the upcoming "Spider-Man 2" video game. This prequel delves into a new villain called The Hood and explores their relationship with mystical forces. Fans can access the prequel online to get a taste of what's to come in the highly anticipated game. You can find the “Spider-Man 2” prequel here.

 

What’s next for Henry Cavill? He lost the Superman gig, he lost the Witcher gig, he’s working on a Warhammer 40,000 series. But that’s not enough for fans. There’s a piece of fan art on the internet that has thrown Cavill fans into a frenzy. It shows Cavill as Wolverine. He’s looking through the claws with a wound on his face that reveals his Adamantium skeleton underneath.  When asked about it, Cavill said he’s not interested in playing a character that is already being played by someone else. You can check out the image here.

 

Here’s every MCU movie and Disney+ show in order coming in 2023.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
  • Secret Invasion (June 21, 2023)
  • Loki Season 2 (October 6, 2023)
  • The Marvels (November 10, 2023)
  • Echo (November 29, 2023)
  • Ironheart (Fall 2023)
  • X-Men ’97 (Winter 2023)
  • Agatha: Coven of Chaos (Winter 2023 – Maybe)
  • What If…? Season 2 (2023)

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • The Flash #799 - ASSAULT ON ETERNITY Uncovering the truth about what happened to their third child, Wally and team must infiltrate the dangerous compound known as the Nest in hopes of saving their newborn, while battling the formidable Granny Goodness!
  • X-Men #22 - BRING ON THE BAD GUYS ORCHIS RISING! Mutantkind may be stronger than ever, but that just makes their enemies more determined than ever to tear them down. Orchis’ plans are in motion, preparing for the fall…
  • Wonder Woman #799 - WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE WARRIOR OF TRUTH? PART I A landmark two-part celebration of Wonder Woman’s adventures begins, as an all-star lineup of creators asks, “Whatever happened to the Warrior of Truth?” After the events of Revenge of the Gods, Diana enters the caves of Themyscira’s Healing Island for a much-needed respite, but she emerges someplace unexpected…the fantastical dreams of her greatest allies and enemies! The startling visions lead directly to next month’s Wonder Woman #800 and new twists in the saga of the Amazing Amazon!

May 10, 2023

I think I said something last week about Disney and Marvel bumping the release date of Loki Season 2 from September to October this year. Rumors say the timing change is all connected to officials making preparation to replace Jonathan Majors as Kang. Right now it looks like Majors will still be in the role but Disney and Marvel are watching the situation closely and haven’t made any final decisions yet. If he remains in the series as Kang word is that his screen time will be cut down.

 

Where my DM’s at? Creating an entire D&D campaign from scratch can be a monumental task. It takes a lot of thought and work to make it happen, and it all starts with an idea…and where better to look than The Monster Manual. There are a ton of ideas in the book.

 

  • Search for the Seven Shards - The Wind Dukes of Aaqa come from a race of elemental beings called the vaati. Then the Queen of Chaos arose and initiated an interplanar war against the vaati. To combat the threat, seven vaati heroes combined their powers to create the mighty Rod of Law. There’s a battle and the rod shattered into seven shards that scattered across the multiverse.

 

  • Roots of the Gulthias Tree - A vampire named Gulthias raised up an abominable tower called Nightfang Spire, but was undone when a hero plunged a wooden stake through his heart, but as the vampire was destroyed, his blood infused the stake with a dreadful power. In time, tendrils sprouted from the wood, growing into a sapling infused with the vampire’s evil essence. Later a mad druid discovered the sapling, transplanted it to an underground grotto where it could grow.

 

  • Abyssal Origins - Ghouls trace their origins to the Abyss. Doresain, the first of their kind, was an elf worshiper of Orcus. He turned his own people and feasted on humanoid flesh to honor the Demon Prince of Undeath. As a reward, Orcus transformed him into the first ghoul and now Doresain served Orcus faithfully in the Abyss by creating ghouls.

 

It’s no secret, this summer, Harrison Ford will say goodbye to Indiana Jones forever as he’s said The Dial of Destiny will be his final performance. But before Professor Jones goes on one last adventure, we’re going to get a chance to revisit the story that started it all. Raiders of the Lost Ark will be re-released in theaters for 2 days in June…June 4 and June 7.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #25 - The past and the present collide in this oversized and monumental 25th issue! Your heart isn’t ready for this one.
  • The Invincible Iron Man #6 - A BLAST FROM THE PAST. It’s the untold story of Iron Man vs. the West Coast Avengers! But why is he fighting the likes of Wonder Man and Hawkeye? And how do the events of the past affect Tony’s future?
  • Wolverine #33 - DAGGERS AND CLAWS WEAPONS OF X! The landmark Weapons of X storyline continues as BEAST makes a critical move against WOLVERINE. But…who is moving against Beast? Not who you think! And how does MAVERICK play into this conflict? PLUS: An all-new backup adventure featuring WOLVERINE and SISTER DAGGER, by Gene Luen Yang and Peter Nguyen!

May 3, 2023

Whether you’re a long time player or a newbie to D&D, switching up the core mechanics of the game can introduce new interpretations to your campaign. There are a handful of optional rules in the DM Guide. Healing, resting, initiative, damage, injuries (lingering), even some twists on plot points. So before they issue us a new DM Guide next year, take a deeper look into your 5E DM Guide and try using some of these optional rules to mix up your next encounter or campaign.

 

With Jonathan Majors future in the MCU up in the air fans are wondering if Kang was supposed to be the next big villain, what’s going to happen. With all the accusations surrounding Majors, rumor says Marvel may be looking at something different at least for a while. And those rumors say they’re shifting their attention to the Fantastic Four reboot with the ultimate villain…Galactus and it looks like they’ve got Antonio Banderas to play the planet eater. Again…at this point, this is all rumor.

 

Although some of the rumors have new been verified, Mila Kunis just broke the silence saying she’s excited to join the cast of the new Fantastic Four move…not as Sue Storm, but as The Thing. As for Sue Storm…looks like Margot Robbie is on a short list for that role.

 

And May the 4th Be With You. Star Wars Day is tomorrow and in addition to all the Star Wars Movie Marathons running on a ton of different channels this weekend, the gang from Star Wars and the Simpsons are teaming up again, this time for “The Force Awakens From Its Nap” with Maggie Simpson in “Rogue Not Quite One”. Maggie’s time in the spotlight will debut on Disney + tomorrow.

 

New Comic Books Today:

  • Batman #135 - THE BAT-MAN OF GOTHAM, CONLUSION It’s Batman versus Red Mask in a brutal Gotham that’s never known hope! Can the Dark Knight overcome the terrifying infection that Red Mask has unleashed? Only one thing is certain: he won’t be able to do it alone. The conclusion to the bestselling “The Bat-Man of Gotham” is so big it could only be contained in an oversize #900 anniversary issue featuring the return of fan-favorite artist Jorge Jiménez and a wild collection of guest stars! Full of wild revelations and a new path for Batman, this is one issue you won’t want to miss!
  • The Flash #798 - TIME HEIST Tragedy befalls the West family, which uncovers a mystery that will take our favorite red-headed hero beyond time and space! Mister Terrific joins Wally along with a few surprise guests to help him on a mission to save the Flash Family!
  • Spider-Man #8 - MAXED OUT, PART ONE: CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGERS  Spider-Man has changed. His powers are super-charged, enabling him to be the best Spider-Man he can be…but can his all-too-human body take it? A classic Spider-Villain is back and doesn’t care if Spidey has his hands full.

April 26, 2023

The 50TH anniversary of D&D is next year and one of the new things we’re getting is a new – more user friendly =- Dungeon Masters Guide. Some of the upcoming changes include:

  • Organization of the book itself
  • How they present content – more compelling and engaging
  • And what new things can they squeeze in

 

They’re stilL in playtesting some of these updates so no specific changes are set in stone yet, and no date for the new book.

 

Looking to the future of D&D, officials are reaching into the past. They’re bringing back some of the villains from the 80’s cartoon for some new stories, characters like Venger, and War Duke.

 

We finally got our first glimpse of The Witcher Season 3. Geralt, Ciri, and Yennifer are back, the Wild Hunt seems to be looming, and they’re splitting the season into two parts. The first starting on June 29th, the second July 27th.  This first trailer doesn’t give us much, but we do see Yennifer, Ciri, and Geralt searching for eachother in the dark while Geralt says something about an encounter with a monster and it being the first time he truly felt fear.

 

 

Dune: Part Two. We have an official name now and it’s Dune: Part Two. And from what we know now, the movie will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against those who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. Nov. 3, 2023

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS THIS WEEK

 

  • THOR #33 - BLOOD OF THE FATHERS, PART THREE All roads lead to…Doom! The time storm threatens all of existence past, present and future! While Doctor Doom hunts for Bor's weapon, which will allow him to claim Latveria, Earth and the whole of the universe as his own, Thor and Jane Foster hunt for Doom—deep in the past. But what IS the weapon Bor created? And with Doom hell-bent on controlling free will itself, what does that spell for Thor's sister Laussa, trapped in time between the present and the future?
  • HULK #14 - HULK PLANET, FINALE  TITAN IS UNLEASHED! Titan is now in control, and his endless rage will lead to the destruction of Hulk Planet. Within the remaining fragments of the Mind Palace, Bruce Banner must reckon with the harm he has inflicted on the Hulk if either of them are to have any chance of regaining control and saving the planet. But Bruce knows better than anyone that once a part of the Hulk has unlocked itself, there's no closing that door ever again…Surprise revelations and shocking twists abound in Ryan Ottley's mind-blowing "Hulk Planet" finale!
  • DEADPOOL #6 - VALENTINE’S DAY! Love is in the air as Deadpool takes his new romance, Valentine, out on the town! Unfortunately, bullets, blades and explosive devices are also in the air since both of them have enemies who want them DEAD.

April 19, 2023

Dungeons & Dragons players who want to take their game play off the tabletop on onto a console have a few games to choose from but right now one of them is free. It's a redone version of Icewind Dale, back from 2000. The game that takes players to the frigid region of Dale has been fixed up and rereleased as Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, and if you've got an Amazon Prime account, it can be yours for free as part of the month's Prime Gaming offerings. This giveaway is only available on the PC platform

 

Seems like DC has it out for Henry Cavill. Last year he got the boot last year as Superman, but he was supposed to have a little cameo in the upcoming Flash movie…that’s been cut. It’s also rumored that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman appearance in the new Flash movie will also be cut. If you still want to watch it, The Flash will be released in theaters on April 25 and will be available for streaming on HBO Max later.

 

Arby’s is bringing back a little something special. Two years ago they released a limited-edition set of Arby’s Dungeons and Dragons dice which sold out within hours. If you didn’t grab a set, here’s your chance. They go on sale Monday at ArbysShop.com at 2 p.m. for $12, while supplies last. A second supply will hit the site on April 21. Each set has seven dice, made from transparent material with a small Arby's hat embedded inside. Gold lettering is used for the numbers and a tiny Arby's logo, which replaces the highest number on each dice.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • THE FLASH #797 MISADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING - It’s a super-speed misadventure in babysitting as Kid Flash watches Jai and Irey, the Flash’s children! When a sleepover goes awry, Ace has to bring back the twins, Maxine, and a few new friends from across time and space!
  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24 - Witness what brought Peter Parker and Norman Osborn together. Your opinion of who the hero is and who the villain is may end up at least blurred…
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: UNFORGIVEN #1 - CAPTAIN AMERICA…VAMPIRE HUNTER? The FORGIVEN have lost their way—defeat after defeat has made them bitter and bloodthirsty…and they’re starting to like it! Can CAPTAIN AMERICA bring them back into the light? Or will they give in to their darker natures? Witness the thrilling conclusion to the UNFORGIVEN saga…if you dare! CONTINUED FROM X-MEN: UNFORGIVEN

April 12, 2023

Since they had a role in the creation of the game it’s only fitting that the Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien are formally being adapted into Dungeons and Dragons. Free League Publishing is putting out two new books next month. The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying will be published as a 236-page hardcover book, including six new classes and six new cultures — including the hobbits’ return to D&D. Shire Adventures, a 104-page collection of five lengthy encounters, will also arrive on May 9.

 

Last week we talked about The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King coming back to theaters to celebrate its anniversary, but the King isn’t the only one returning to the big screen…Disney’s re-releasing Return of the Jedi April 28th to celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary.

 

Sony just announced they’re going to stream a brand-new State of Play tomorrow at 5pm. Looks like we’re going to get about 20 minutes of gameplay for Final Fantasy XVI, they really didn’t say what else they’re going to showcase but some are expecting new areas and mechanics.  https://t.co/nOULcwLVnQ 

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS OUT TODAY

  • X-Men #21 - LORD OF THE BROOD, PART THREE  Why have the Brood gone mad? Which of the X-Men’s past deeds is coming back to haunt them? And are bloodthirsty alien monsters even the biggest threat the team is currently facing? All these answers and more will be revealed! Featuring a connecting cover to CAPTAIN MARVEL #48!
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #5 - TRIAL BY SPIDER, PART FIVE  SPIDEY’S LAST STAND! New foe RABBLE is superior to SPIDER-MAN in every way. With terrifying abilities, an army of deadly attack drones, and a new class of Spider-Slayer with the stolen powers of CLASSIFIED, she’s got MILES running scared, desperate to find a way—any way—of fighting back. Miles finally has a plan, and he’s ready to counterattack to save the ones he loves…but he’s just played into Rabble’s hand and thwip’d right into the jaws of her trap!
  • Fantastic Four #6 - A SHOT IN THE DARK The Fantastic Four have been restored to their correct dimension and orientation, but they don’t know that some microscopic invaders, immune to all predators on Earth, have come along for the ride! What happens when the Fantastic Four accidentally threaten all life on the planet? Well, they try to fix it. But what happens when they can’t? I’ll tell you what happens: Sue and Johnny team up to pull off their most audacious stunt yet and maybe, just maybe, save us all. Meanwhile, Ben, Alicia and Reed have to convince a skeptical world that what they’re doing is worth it… Plus: Doctor Octopus is in this one! Only for a little bit, because, come on—he’s going up against the FANTASTIC FOUR. It’s gonna be a short fight. OR IS IT???

April 5, 2023

It’s still going to be a while until we find out how The Black Queen a.k.a. Rhaenyra exacts revenge after Vhagar ate her son, mid air…. But when House of the Dragon season two hits HBO it’ll only be 8 episodes instead of the 10 originally planned. Showrunners say though that it’s better for the show. Sharper pacing and storytelling without all the junk that doesn’t really develop characters or move the plot forward. Looks like we’ll finally get to see season two in the summer of 2024

 

Grab your dice and pick your spells, Dungeons and Dragons is headed to TV. Paramount Pictures is working on a live-action D&D TV series for Paramount +. We don’t know much about a plot yet, but this is an entirely different project and has nothing to do with the Honor Among Thieves movie in theaters now.

 

Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Aaragon, and the rest of the fellowship are hitting the big screen again this month as officials are re-releasing the extended version of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Looks like dates are April 13th and 19th.

 

New Comic Books Today:


March 29, 2023

This year, Marvel Comics is celebrating 60 years of the Avengers and X-Men. We’re getting new comic titles and collections and in August Alex Ross is releasing two new pieces of art that will serve as variant covers on different Avengers and X-Men comics throughout 2023. You can grab the first in August with Uncanny Avengers #1

 

So now we jump over to the DC Universe. Now that James Gunn has hit the reset button we’ve gotten a little peek at his plans but fans are still in the dark when it comes to ‘who’. Which actors are sticking around and who’s being replaced. We do know that Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are out (Superman and Batman). Unconfirmed rumors say Jason Momoa’s still on board (Aquaman), and now Gunn has pretty much confirmed that Margo Robbie has made the cut. The new DC Universe’s first offering will be Superman: Legacy in July of 2025.

 

We’re getting another little nugget of info on the upcoming Deadpool movie. Matthew MacFadyen’s joining the cast now that Succession is wrapping up. No word on who he’s playing…in fact we don’t know much about the move other than it’s #3, and it happens before Logan’s death in Logan. 

 

New Comic Books This Week:

  • Thor #32 - BLOOD OF THE FATHERS, PART TWO THOR VS. DOCTOR DOOM! It’s THOR against DOOM in a battle of wits, morals and, of course…might! Doom’s latest plot lies deep in Asgard’s history. And nothing, not even time itself, will stop him from getting what he wants…except maybe for Thor, who must pursue him to protect reality itself!
  • Deadpool #5 - RENDER REVEAL PARTY CARNAGE BREAKS LOOSE! Oh—did we not mention that the thing growing inside of Wade was Carnage? Because it is. And he’s extremely done with hitching a ride with Wade and WANTS OUT NOW. Brace yourself, Wade—you’re about to get ripped a new one!
  • Daredevil #9 - THE RED FIST SAGA, PART 9 For over three years, Daredevil’s life has been a living hell—between the Stromwyns, the Hand and his time incarcerated and exposed to ReCID. Now all of those dangerous forces are coming together and threatening everything Matt Murdock holds dear!

 

 


March 22, 2023

The Black Lotus, arguably the most sought after card in Magic: The Gathering just sold at auction again…this time for $540,000. The Black Lotus card has been topping its own record each time it's gone up for auction. In 2019, a Black Lotus sold for $166,000 on eBay, followed by another purchase just two years later in 2021 for $511,100. Now, with the recent auction the Black Lotus cements its position as the most expensive Magic: The Gathering card ever sold…that is until the One Ring is released.

 

I have to be careful with this one just in case you’re not caught up with the new season of the Mandalorian. Back in The Rise of Skywalker we saw that thru machinery and cloning the sith had basically brought Palpatine back from the dead. It also showed that Snoke was nothing more than a lab creation. So…how did they do all that? Questions are starting to get answered as the Mandalorian explores the history of the empires sinister science program. New episode tonight.

 

Netflix’s Gears of War movie is a step closer to reality. Jon Spaihts has been tapped to write it. If you’re not sure who Jon Spaihts is..he wrote 2016's Doctor Strange, 2021's Dune, and the upcoming Dune: Part 2, 2012's Prometheus and 2016's Passengers. No word on the cast yet but Dave Bautista has thrown his hat in the ring saying that Marcus Fenix would be a dream role for him. He even posted a video of himself in Gears of War armor, with the text, "I can't make this any easier."

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY:

 

 

  • Wonder Woman #797 - THE RECKONING, PART I / A CHAMPION'S HEART, PART ONE The Revenge of the Gods continues in this can't-miss tie-in! After Diana's shocking choice to align herself with the gods, her world has changed. Could godhood be the answer to all her problems? Find out as Diana ascends! Plus, don't miss a special Shazam story starring the new champion!

 

  • She-Hulk #11 - New arc! Great jumping on point! A new villain starts a thieving spree through New York City and ends up face-to-green-face with Jennifer Walters, the Sensational She-Hulk! Also, have you noticed that this is LGY #174? You’d almost think something very special is coming!

 


March 15, 2023

Fans of Magic the Gathering and Lord of the Rings are getting their first look at the new card set Lord of the Rings Tales of Middle Earth. There will be 1 collector booster in the entire world that contains the card “The One Ring”. They’re also throwing in serialized elven, dwarven and human ring cards. You can jump online now and pre-order

 

There are a ton of rumor floating around about why Henry Cavil left The Witcher series. But what we’re hearing now is that he had a falling out with showrunner Lauren Hissrich over creative differences. Apparently season three deviates even more from the books than the previous seasons, and Cavill wasn’t happy about it saying it’s not what fans want. Producers and showrunners say they’re excited to explore different stories. As a fan I’d like to see them stick closer to the source material.

 

It’s been 10 years since LEGO has put out anything Indiana Jones, and that’s about to change. To celebrate the new Indiana Jones Dial of Destiny movie, LEGO’s releasing three new Raiders of the Lost Ark sets. Escape from the Lost Tomb, Temple of the Golden Idol, and Fighter Plane Chase. All three sets will be in stores April 1.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY:

 

  • WOLVERINE #31 - WEAPONS OF X! BEAST will stop at nothing to protect KRAKOA as he sees fit. Having lost the faith of X-FORCE and WOLVERINE, there’s only one mutant McCOY can turn to—himself! Join BEAST, BEAST, BEAST and BEAST, under the leadership of BEAST, into the new Krakoan era! WEAPONS OF X begins here!
  • HULK #13 - HULK PLANET, PART FIVE After so much time suppressed deep within the Hulk’s mind, Titan has emerged. And he’s looking for a fight. And as Bruce unravels the true source—the true identity—of Titan, he knows destruction is the only option. So the Mind Palace must come down. But Bruce will need the help of some trusted friends to do it.
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #4 - TRIAL BY SPIDER, PART FOUR Can MILES MORALES save everyone when he can’t even save himself?! RABBLE’s all-out assault has left SPIDER-MAN reeling, and he’s about to spin his last web. Miles can’t take much more…but Rabble’s just getting started.

 

March 8, 2023

I know we’re only a couple episodes into the new season of the Mandalorian so I don’t want to do any big recaps or dig in too much just incase you’re not caught up but wow…Mythosaurus. That’s a cool twist. It was said that the Mythosaurus roamed Mandalore tens of thousands of years ago, and has been and still is an important symbol to all Mandalorians. Hopefully we’ll get more with a new episode out today.

 

After a few missteps in the last few months the gang at Wizards of the Coast have done something cool. They’ve added the characters from Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves as NPC’s to D&D Beyond. Stat blocks….everything you need to add then to your campaign.  Just log into your D&D Beyond account..all 7 characters from the movie as there and ready to be played.

 

Fans were excited to see that Charlie Cox is putting the uniform on again and reprising his role as Daredevil for the new series Daredevil: Born Again, and it looks like some other favorites are joining him. Vincent D’Onofrio’S Kingpin is back and they recently announced that Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle…The Punisher has signed on too. The series is set to hit Disney + in 2024

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • BATMAN #133: THE BAT-MAN OF GOTHAM, PART THREE / THE TOY BOX, PART 3 Everyone goes insane eventually. And then they belong to the terrifying Red Mask! But Gotham City has a new savior. He strikes from the shadows, exhumes the dead, and is known only as…the Batman. And in our backup story, Tim Drake’s search for Batman continues as he and Superman, Jon Kent, team up to stop the terror of the Toyman!

 

  • THE FLASH #794: THE ONE-MINUTE WAR, PART FIVE: THUNDER IN HER HEART The Fraction is moments away from victory, but they forgot about one thing…an almost-10-year-old with red hair and the power to turn things around. Finally, Irey West has found her new superhero name, and she intends to use it while saving the Flash Family from certain doom!

 

  • THE AVENGERS #66: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, PART EIGHT: THE FINAL ASSEMBLAGE In the dark heart of all that is, the battle to save the entire Multiverse is raging, featuring a cast of Avengers that staggers the imagination. Surely no foe from any universe would dare stand against such a force? Mephisto dares, as the full extent of his plan finally comes into shocking focus.

 

March 1, 2023

So many Kangs, so little time. But actually all the time in the universe. If you’ve seen Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania you know what I mean. The time of Kang has come to the MCU filling the void left by Thanos’ death, and while Kang is a little OP (over powered) it’ll take a bunch of him, across many universes and timelines, to give the growing number of Marvel heroes a proper run for their money. Phase Five of the MCU  just began and we’ve already met several Kangs.

 

  • He Who Remains from Loki
  • Exile Kang the main Kang from Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  • Prime Kang….at the end of Quantumania…possibly
  • And at the end of the movie we see the Council of Kangs…all 19 million of them

 

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty won’t come out until May 2025, so that’s plenty of time for even more Kangs!

 

Now that James Gunn has taken over DC we kind of started looking for a new Superman…Batman, but what we’re getting is very different after Gunn announced he’s doing a movie based on The Authority. So who’s the authority? They fist showed up in comic in the 90’s. They’re a group of superheroes who are a little more hardcore than the justice league. Just like the JLA, there were 7 core members. Apollo and Midnighter were counterparts to Superman and Batman. Swift is winged warrior similar to Hawkgirl. The Doctor is a mystic, and an even trippier version of Dr. Strange. The Engineer is a bit like Iron Man, with a side of the X-Men’s Colossus. Jack Hawksmoor is possibly the one truly unique member, a character who drew his strength and power from the energy of different cities. The team’s leader, Jenny Sparks, is an edgier version of Captain Britain, with electrical powers. But unlike their DC and Marvel Universe counterparts, the Authority really only follow one authority—their own.

 

FromSoftware has officially announced Shadow of the Erdtree, an upcoming DLC expansion for Elden Ring. They confirmed that the DLC (downloadable content) is currently in development, so as of right now we don’t have a release date.

 

NEW COMIC BOOKS TODAY

  • Detective Comics #1069 GOTHAM NOCTURNE, ACT I - PART IV: GRAND DESIGN / ABSOLUTE, PART 1 OF 3 Batman investigates the frozen Azmer that Mr. Freeze gave him, and makes a huge discovery about the ancient demons. Meanwhile, Azmer begin to pour into Gotham’s streets, controlling helpless people and those poor souls the city cares not for…all to do the Orghams’ bidding. Then, in the backup story, what kind of deal have the Orghams struck with Mr. Freeze, and is he also controlled by an Azmer?
  • Venom #17 TEMPTATION - BEDLAM AND BEYOND! Eddie Brock has faced down many monsters in his time, but few have been as terrifying as the one born of his own rage called BEDLAM! In this issue, witness Bedlam’s return to the Garden of Time, and see what’s become of Eddie Brock after DARK WEB!
  • Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #10 CAPTURED! Captain America and the new Invaders are caught in the excruciating clutches of M.O.D.O.C., the Mental Organism Designed Only for Control. Can they escape before the Outer Circle completes its takeover of Manhattan—and acquires a weapon that could change the course of history? No matter what, one of them won’t make it out alive…

February 22, 2023

Christopher Nolan had two simple rules for The Dark Knight's Batman: "No guns; No killing." Zack Snyder didn't take that same approach, and fans felt this went against Batman's traditional code. One cut scene in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice could have taken that to an entirely new level. In the extended "Save Martha" sequence, Batman was taking fire from a group of henchmen. To protect himself, he grabs one of the henchmen and uses him as a human shield. Though he's not actively killing the man, he's showing clear apathy toward the lives of his enemies. Ultimately, the scene was cut. The studio may have felt it was just a little too controversial. Matt Reeves version played by Robert Pattinson  is here to stay in a standalone series, so fans will continue to get their fill of the anti-murderous Dark Knight. But DC Studios recently announced the upcoming Batman movie The Brave and the Bold, complete with a brand new Batman and a brand new moral compass.

 

So last week, Chris Cocks, CEO of Hasbro spoke and said they may have misfired on changing their OGL regarding Wizards of the Coast and Dungeons and Dragons and that they’re making changes. And in true CEO fashion he didn’t really say what those changes were but he did say that they’re working collaboratively with the D&D community, gathering feedback and have course corrected.

 

Like it or not Liam Helmsworth will be Geralt of Rivia in season 4 of The Witcher and fans have been wonder what will Helmsworth look like. And now another fan has used DeepFake technology putting Liam’s face over footage of Henry Cavill. If this is what he’s reall gonna look like, I can get behind it. The sticking point for me may be the voice. We’re so used to Henry…who’s voice is similar to Geralt in the videos games.

 

Take a look at the DeepFake video here: https://youtu.be/ePDMdLLxzDA

 

New Comic Books Today:

  • Nightwing #101 RISE OF THE UNDERWORLD / NIGHTWING AT THE CIRCUS After the events of Dark Crisis, Superman has a talk with Nightwing, letting him know that now is Dick’s time to lead…so Nightwing gathers a group of friends to be the premier league in the DC Universe and moves their base of operations to Blüdhaven. Meet the new Titans! Then, following the events of the Nightwing 2022 Annual and the Superman and Nightwing crossover, Nightwing continues to mentor Jon Kent in ways that Dick learned from being trained by Batman…but in his own more encouraging way.
  • The Flash #793 THE ONE-MINUTE WAR, PART FOUR: THUNDER IN YOUR HEART After the deadly impact of the Fraction’s arrival, the Flash Family must come together and figure out what is going on and how to stop this speedster invasion!
  • Thor #31 BLOOD OF THE FATHERS, PART ONE / WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES A NEW ARC PACKED WITH TWISTS & REVELATIONS BEGINS HERE! The gates to Valhalla are broken, and the souls of all who inhabit it have vanished! With the help of Jane Foster and Odin, Thor must find who has the power—and the audacity—to disturb the final rest of Asgard’s greatest warriors of all time…and what it means for the rest of the Marvel Universe! PLUS! This issue includes a special super-heroic backup story featuring Thor and Black Panther celebrating Black History Month!

February 15, 2023

Fans are still unhappy about Netflix’s plans for the Witcher series. We know that Liam Helmsworth will be replacing Henry Cavill in season 4, but there’s a thread going around online about missed opportunities. One of those suggest that Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen would have been a better choice for Geralt, possibly even better than Henry Cavill. Anyway, Witcher fans are still not okay with Netflix choosing Liam Hemsworth saying it’ll turn the series into a "parody of itself," and many have already vowed to boycott Season 3 before it even premieres on Netflix this summer.

 

In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier we finally saw Sam Wilson accept the role of the new Captain America and now Anthony Mackie is ready to lead the franchise into the future with the MCU’s fourth standalone Captain America film…Captain America: New World Order. Harrison Ford is taking on the role of General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. In fact, that’s President General Ross. So in this film we’ll get a dynamic between Captain America and the president of the United States in a way that is just incredible. And remember, Sam Wilson’s Captain America isn’t a superhero, he doesn’t have a super serum, so his superpower is his humanity. Captain America: New World Order will hit theaters on May 3, 2024. 

The first Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 trailer finally dropped, giving us our first look at the High Evolutionary. So who is this guy? We first heard of him in 1966’s Thor #133. With Galactus planning deep space destruction as always, Thor is looking for Jane Foster. It’s on his search that he comes across Mount Wundagore, the High Evolutionary, and his New Men.

 

His human name was Herbert Edgar Wyndham and he was a successful scientist. As a child Herbert became obsessed with genetics and the possibility of “evolving” creatures. But it wasn’t until he had an encounter with a strange man—who later turned out to be a rogue Inhuman—who showed him how to “crack the genetic code” that Herbert made his dreams a reality. His experiments made him an outcast so he moved to Mount Wundagore where he built his futuristic home and began to evolve animals, creating a series of humanoid beasts known as the New Men.

 

New Comic Books Today:

  • X-Men #19 LORD OF THE BROOD, PART ONE When the X-Men get a distress call from deep space, they find that the galaxy’s Brood problem is not as solved as they’d thought! Rogue Brood factions have begun running wild (as seen in CAPTAIN MARVEL right now!), and it’s up to the X-Men to get to the bottom of why!

 

  • Wolverine #30 THE BEAST AGENDA IS REVEALED! WOLVERINE is a tool. A tool BEAST uses for cutting. And Beast will use that tool for only as long as it suits his needs. So when Logan realizes the true nature of the beast and cuts back, Henry McCoy will have to take matters into his own hands…

 

 

  • Hulk #12 HULK PLANET, PART FOUR TITAN IS COMING… Bruce Banner has finally found paradise. Revered as a god and with no fear of hurting everyone around him, for the first time in a long, long time…things are looking pretty good for the Hulk. But as with everything else, Bruce Banner should have known that he can never know peace for long. And Titan, the darkest part of him, refuses to remain caged like an animal… 

 

 


February 8, 2023

It’s not a big secret, it’s been all over social media for a while, but LEGO just posted another teaser of their LEGO Lord of the Rings set…which should be fully revealed soon. In the teaser, on LEGO’s Twitter page, you can see part of the set from the reflection in the one ring that has been dropped by a minifigure.

 

I mentioned this yesterday, but because the Super Bowl is on Sunday, HBO is going to release the next episode of The Last of Us on Friday, and since we’re talking shows based on video games…One of the best video games every made was Resident Evil 4…and now Leon is back on a mission to rescue Dr. Antonio Taylor from kidnappers, while Chris Redfield is investigating a zombie outbreak in San Francisco. Resident Evil: Death Island is a new CG animated film based on the hugely popular game series and is a sequel to Resident Evil: Vendetta. The film should be released worldwide this coming summer but if you want a sneak peek there is a trailer online.

 

Nintendo Direct is set for today, 5pm our time. They’ll focus on games launching in the first half of this year. No specific games were mentioned early, but fans are expecting to get a taste of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom which is set to release in May. If you want to watch the whole thing, hit Nintendo’s website for a live broadcast.

 

New Comic Books Today:

Batman #132 - THE BAT-MAN OF GOTHAM, PART TWO / THE TOY BOX, PART 2.  The mean streets of Gotham City have gotten meaner as the likes of Harvey Dent and Killer Croc roam free, brutalizing the population. Where is Batman and why hasn’t he responded to the cries of a city in peril?! Can Bruce Wayne find the answers before the mysterious Red Mask captures him? And in the backup story, Tim Drake's hunt for Batman continues. Will Metropolis's newest Superman, Jon Kent, be able to help the Boy Wonder with this Multiversal mystery, or will they both run afoul of an overpowered Toyman?!

The Flash #792 - THE ONE-MINUTE WAR, PART THREE: IMPULSE BUY.  The Flash Family is in dire straits as the Fraction begin their takeover. Looking for a way to push them back, Impulse has an idea…the kind of idea that usually gets people in trouble. It’s up to Kid Flash to keep him company on a daring mission that could help turn the tide against this extraterrestrial threat!

The Amazing Spider-Man #19 - Dark Web is over, but the effects will shake Spider-Man for a long time. To recover, Peter Parker and Felicia Hardy, A.K.A. the Black Cat, escape from the city to an exclusive spa in the Catskills! Surely, trouble won’t follow our Web-Head and ruin his romantic getaway… Join superstar guest creative team Joe Kelly and Terry Dodson for this special two-parter where Spidey and Black Cat take their next step and no one tries to kill them…yet. 


February 1, 2023

Since Henry Cavill made the announcement that he won’t be coming back as Geralt of Rivia in season 4 of The Witcher fans have wondered what his replacement, Liam Helmsworth could look like. Well, there’s a video floating around the internet where they used DeepFake technology to put Helmsworth’s face on Cavill in a scene from the Witcher…and he looks really good. Helmsworth will make his official debut as Geralt in season 4. We still get one more season of Cavill, they filmed season 3 before he left the show.

 

Amazon has struck up another deal with the gang from Critical Role for a multiyear TV and first-look film deal. We just got season 2 of Vox Machina, their first campaign, on Amazon, but the new deal will start with their 2nd D&D campaign, Mighty Nein which is set to start production soon.

 

We have a list…James Gunn just announced all the chapter 1 projects in his new DCU.

  • Movies:
    • Superman: Legacy on July 11 – the movie will focus on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing.
    • The Authority which will introduce a different group of heroes who believe the world is broken and needs saving.
    • The Brave and the Bold – A Batman movie based on Grant Morrison’s comic series
    • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow based on Tom King’s comic series
    • Swamp Thing – now it’s outside the DCU a bit but Gunn is saying it’ll feed into the rest of the DCU stories
  • TV Shows:
    • Creature Commandos
    • Waller
    • Lanterns
    • Paradise Lost
    • Booster Gold

 

New Comic Books Today:

  • The Avengers #65 - AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, PART SIX: THE SECRET HISTORY OF AVENGER PRIME He is the most important Avenger in the Multiverse. He’s spent years manning a watchtower at the heart of all creation all by himself. Now his story can be told, as he suddenly finds himself no longer alone, but instead surrounded by an unbelievable gathering of heroes.
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 - TRIAL BY SPIDER, PART THREE, SHE’S A REAL RABBLE ROUSER! For years, she’s schemed in the shadows…now RABBLE is finally ready to unleash an assault on everything and everyone MILES MORALES loves—but why does she hate SPIDER-MAN so dang much?! What secrets from Spidey’s past still stand to be revealed? To survive her, first Spidey’ll need to survive the SCORPION. Miles. Can’t. Save. Everyone.
  • Scarlet Witch #2 - SCARLET WITCH BATTLES DREAMQUEEN! Wanda Maximoff is no stranger to grief, so when Viv Vision stumbles through Wanda’s door, exhausted and terrified of the nightmares playing her mother’s death on repeat, Wanda dives into Viv’s dreams to find the cause of the android’s suffering. And it turns out Viv isn’t alone in her mind… Scarlet Witch faces off against DREAMQUEEN in a reality-bending battle for Viv’s freedom! PLUS! This issue includes a special super-heroic back-up story featuring Scarlet Witch and Storm celebrating Black History Month!

January 25, 2023

Paramount Pictures just released a new trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,   Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith…Hugh Grant. They wanted the script to include things D&D fans would appreciate yet tell a story that a newcomer could enjoy too.  The movie is scheduled to hit US theaters on March 31 — the same month as Creed III, Scream VI, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and John Wick: Chapter 4.

Now, will all the controversy over Wizards of the Cost and the whole Open Game License controversy that’s going on now effect the movie goers? Who knows. Wizards has backtracked on some of their proposed changes but a huge chunk of the RPG community is still unhappy, condemning Wizards…calling them greedy.

https://www.ign.com/videos/dungeons-and-dragons-honor-among-thieves-official-trailer-2

 

In just a couple of months, we're going to witness Shazam's next journey in DC’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Zachary Levi back but it’s still unsure whether he’ll continue on in the new DCU under James Gunn. The movie was already moving along when Gunn took the top spot at DC. You look at the first post-credits scene and you have Shazam being recruited into the Justice Society of America. Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to release in theaters on March 17.

 

Apparently it's not enough to just watch The Last of Us — viewers want to play, too. As The Last of Us made its debut on HBO, there was a huge jump in sales on PlayStation 4’s and 5’s.  In factthe game's 2022 PS5 remake, The Last of Us Part 1, reentered the sales charts at the No. 20 spot after a 238% jump in sales and that’s the physical game. The number of viewers who rushed to play Joel and Ellie's story through PlayStation's digital storefront remain an unknown.  Is it a hit? Well the first episode broke records over at HBO, with more than 4.7 million viewers watching the premiere. That makes the video game adaptation HBO's second-best debut in the last decade, only beaten by House of the Dragon.

 

New Comic Books This Week:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #18 - As if the normal run-of-the-mill demons of Limbo weren’t enough… Spider-Man finds himself facing a small army of demonized versions of his rogues’ gallery! Can he make it home to stop Chasm and the Goblin Queen?!
  • Thor #30 - THE LEGACY OF THANOS, PART TWO “THE LEGACY OF THANOS” CONCLUDES! Torunn Grønbekk and Nic Klein continue their journey into mysterious waters! After chasing Corvus Glaive—the kidnapper of Thor’s baby sister—into a vault that requires the blood of a god to open, Thor and Rúna find themselves face-to-face with King Bor himself! And…Thanos? What dark, bloody secrets of Asgard’s past lie in this twisting, cryptic story…and what will it reveal about the future of the entire Marvel Universe?
  • Justice Society of America #2 - THE NEW GOLDEN AGE, CHAPTER TWO: NEW FRIENDS, OLD ENEMIES THE NEW GOLDEN AGE CONTINUES! Huntress has arrived in the present day, but the Justice Society of America are not what she remembers. Can she get to the bottom of what's happened to the world's first superhero team? Will the helmet of Fate hold the answers Huntress seeks?

 

January 18, 2023

Lego is joining in on Dungeons & Dragons’ 50th anniversary celebration with a new set. The fan-made design’s been accepted into the Lego Ideas program, and will now enter into development to become a retail product. No launch date or pricing was included in the announcement. The multi-level, highly vertical scene is playable from 360 degrees and includes a party of five minifigs, a dragon, and a beholder, and according to the designer, landmarks include The Witches Tower, The Tavern, The Dungeon, and The Crypt.

 

You know that futuristic city we saw in the trailers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Looks like it’s the city of Chronopolis. In the comics, Kang the Conqueror ruled this kingdom which is located outside of time. It appeared mainly in comics published during the ‘90s. Judging from the trailers, the city contains highly advanced technology, likely from Kang’s origin point in the far future and clearly Janet van Dyne is very familiar with it. In the comics Chronopolis first appeared in 1992’s Captain America Annual #11. The the city’s was a circle and inside it’s full of different time periods that Kang had conquered. We first saw hints of Chronopolis in in Ant-Man and the Wasp. It’s hard to make out, but you get a glimpse of the domed city. How’s it all going to play out? We’ll have to wait for the movie.

 

While some things have changed over the years, D&D has always enjoyed a massive slice of the market, and its 5th edition (now almost a decade old) has seen the largest boom of popularity. Late last year, when Wizards of the Coast announced the follow-up to 5e, titled "One D&D," some fans worried that Wizards would change their approach to licensing third-party D&D content in order to drive more money to parent company Hasbro. Until now third-party companies have been allowed to create modules, monsters, and other unofficial content for D&D without paying a licensing fee, but that may be changing. In the new open game license Wizards has placed new restrictions on third-party content, and required companies to pay Wizards of the Coast 25% royalties on all revenue past the $750,000-per-year mark. As you can imaging creators aren’t happy.

 

New Comic Books this Week:

  • Nightwing #100 - POWER VACUUM, PART 4: THE LEAP Come join us with big smiles and even bigger celebrations as Nightwing hits its milestone issue #100! Cheer how far we’ve come by looking through the decades at what has made Nightwing a beloved hero. What better way to celebrate than with familiar friends and artists? Then, with Heartless creating a lair in the heart of Blüdhaven to take Blockbuster’s throne, Nightwing will follow suit, setting up a headquarters of his own…with the help of some friends who helped make him who he is now, of course!
  • The Flash #791 - THE ONE-MINUTE WAR, PART TWO: A TEN-SECOND WEEK The heroes are split after the alien speedsters known as the Fraction smashed into Central City, and must attempt to fend off attacks while trying to formulate a plan. But there's no time for the heroes to take a breather, as besides the speedsters, Miss Murder is also hunting the team--and she has speed hounds...
  • Hulk #11 - HULK PLANET, PART THREE Ryan Ottley both draws AND writes this action-packed page-turner that finds Hulk playing this planet’s favorite sport—the planet-busting GOD BALL! Now that Hulk finds himself at the center of a civilization that worships him, these other Hulks are more than eager to prove their might to their god…even if that means destroying him when the game turns lethal.

 

January 11, 2023

Out of all the Avengers, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk is the only member we have yet to see a solo film or show about. However, new rumors are bouncing around Mark Ruffalo will be getting his own Hulk film, as well as the return of an old The Incredible Hulk cast member , Liv Tyler as Betty Ross. Rumors says that among the many upcoming Marvel films and TV shows, World War Hulk should be one of them. While there are little to no details yet on the film yet.

 

Apple’s “mixed reality” headset is set to be unveiled this spring. Apple’s headset will be called Reality Pro, it’ll run on a new operating system, called xrOS and will enable to users do anything from trying on glasses to model furniture purchases in their personal spaces.

 

HBO’s long-anticipated adaptation of the Last of Us is set to hit HBO in a few days and just like any adaptation producers have taken some liberties with the story. If you’re a fan of the game some things will be pretty close while others completely different.  If you’re not familiar The Last of Us takes place in a world where a species of cordyceps fungus mutates and gains the ability to infect human beings. In the game, the infection reaches critical mass on September 26, 2013, a.k.a. “Outbreak Day.”  In the show Outbreak Day occurs in 2003. The main events of The Last of Us occur 20 years after Outbreak Day. In the game, things took place in 2033; however, the show changing the outbreak to 2003 means these events will take place in 2023 when the United States is run down with reduced local governments, starvation, and desolation. The Last of Us cinches on hope and possibility with the promise of a cure.

 

New Comic Books Today:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #17 - Round One is over! Peter Parker finds himself trapped in Limbo. Peter not only has to find his way back home, but he has to do it in a truly hellish fashion. And who is shadowing him?
  • The Flash #790 - THE ONE-MINUTE WAR, PART ONE: ZERO POINT
  • As any super-speedster worth their salt will tell you, time can move pretty slow for the incredibly fast. So what happens when an entire armada of conquering speedster aliens shows up on Earth’s doorstep? The most intense battle the Earth has ever waged in the span of 60 seconds begins!
  • Wonder Woman # 795 - BEFORE THE STORM, PART 2 / A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT As trouble continues to mount in Olympus, Wonder Woman begins to understand that the gods have taken a particular interest in mortals for the first time in centuries. Now, with her new partner, Wonder Girl Yara Flor, she hopes to defend Man’s World from whatever the immortal beings are preparing…but will these Wonder Women be enough?

January 4, 2023

Evil Dead Rise is just a few months away, and we're getting some fresh looks at the long-awaited sequel. On Twitter, Evil Dead's account showed the new poster for the movie with the tagline, "Mommy Loves You to Death", as Ellie shows off her creepiest smile.

Bruce Campbell shared a quick teaser for the movie. The quick look showed a child walking up to the front door peephole in a house and says "You don't look so good, mom", before we see a very creepy shot of a possessed Ellie.  Mommy loves you to death. Evil Dead Rise – in theaters April 21.

 

While it’s sad that CW's The Flash is coming to an end with its upcoming ninth season, it should be a pretty awesome final season.  David Ramsey, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Sendhil Ramamurthy are all coming back as John Diggle/Spartan, Wally West/Kid Flash, and Ramsey Rosso/Bloodwork.  So, get ready for a very emotional reunion as John Diggle aka Spartan helps protect Central City alongside Team Flash one, last time. Keiynan  showcases a side of Wally West you’ve never seen before, and Ramsey will play a big part in Flash’s final race. Showrunners say everything came together and this will be the Flash’s wildest and most emotional adventures yet.”

 

For those of you hoping that Sarah Michelle Gellar might pick up the vampire killing stake of Buffy Summers once more….nope. She was doing an interview promoting the series Wolf Pack and told the magazine that fans shouldn’t hold their breath that she would ever return for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot series or a reunion.  

 

New Comic Books Out Today

  • Batman #131 - THE BAT-MAN OF GOTHAM, PART ONE / THE TOY BOX, PART 1
  • Gotham City has never been darker or deadlier. And after Failsafe, there is no Batman to save it. Can the fractured ghost that roams the streets survive? Whatever happened to the man known as…Bruce Wayne?
  • The Avengers #64 - AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, PART FOUR: THE WAR FOR THE DAWN
  • The Avengers wage their final bloody showdown with the Multiversal Masters of Evil for the fate of prehistoric Earth and the entire Marvel Age of Heroes. Not everyone will survive. Meanwhile, Tony Stark must face his greatest enemy: his own father, the Iron Inquisitor.
  • Spider-Man #4 - END OF THE SPIDER-VERSE, PART FOUR: THE UNRAVELING
  • “The End of the Spider-Verse” rages on! Yes, that really happened last issue. The tremors will be felt until it all ends. That’s truly all we can say until you read #3.

December 28, 2022

The Game Awards 2022 handed out their best of the best a little while ago and if you haven’t seen the list yet, there were two that really stood out in 2022.

 

  • Elden Ring won Video Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best RPG.
  • While God of War: Ragnarok won Best Narrative, Best Audio Design, Best Performance for Christopher Judge who voiced Kratos, Innovation and Accessibility, Best Action/Adventure Game

 

Take a look at all the winners here.

 

 

Doctor Who fans are no strangers to saying goodbye. Time Lords regenerate, their companions move on, but what’s at that timey wimey stuff good for if you can bring back some familiar faces? The Doctor Who 60th anniversary special will not only bring back David Tennant, but word is we’ll reunite with Donna Noble. If you catch the trailer online they also introduce Doctor Who’s latest villain…Neil Patrick Harris and we get to meet a live-action version of Beep the Meep who so far has only appeared in the Doctor Who comics. You have a little while to wait though, the special will air November of 2023.

 

Dungeons and Dragons came to live in 1974, that means we’re approaching it’s 50th anniversary. What better time to look back at the creation of the franchise. Joe Manganiello is set to co-direct a D&D documentary. Manganiello is the perfect candidate. He’s a D&D ambassador, he runs a D&D game of his own and recently kickstarted the tabletop RPG augmented reality app ARcana. The documentary will air in 2024 to align with the games 50th anniversary.

 

New Comic Books Today:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #16 - SPIDER-MAN VS. CHASM! After the battle with Venom last issue, it’s time for the main event… That’s right, it’s Peter Parker vs. Ben Reilly, no-holds-barred in the craziest battle you’ve ever seen! Chasm secures his place in Spidey’s rogues' gallery…as the one who finally vanquishes Peter Parker?!
  • DC vs. Vampires #12 - The cataclysmic final issue of the bestselling series will end with a bang and a whimper! Green Arrow will lead humanity's final charge from the blood mines of Smallville. Supergirl's mission to get off-world comes to an explosive end. And it's Batgirl versus Nightwing for the fate of the entire planet—the stakes couldn't be higher as the future of humankind is on the line!
  • She –Hulk #9 - It's time for the final showdown with our new villains. Can Jen and Jack make it through alive? 

December 21, 2022

It’s been over a year since wecaught up with Mark Grayson and his superpowered allies in Amazon’s Invincible. But thankfully, we don’t have to wait much longer. During a recent interview, Amazon head of television guy Vernon Sanders confirmed that Invincible season 2 will officially debut on the platform sometime in the coming months.

 

Disney gave us a quick sneak peak at what what we’re looking at in 2023. They released a sizzle reel with scenes from “Loki” season two, “Star Wars: Ahsoka”, and the Marvel’s “Secret Invasion”.

 

  • Secret Invasion: You can’t quite tell who’s a Skrull and who isn’t, but it’s obvious that something has Nick Fury stressed.
  • Loki: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, and the rest of the Time Variance Authority look a little less stressed, as they are all dressed up in suit and tie in the shots we see of them.
  • “Star Wars: Ahsoka” will continue Ahsoka’s story, picking up from “The Mandalorian”. Hayden Christensen also is expected to reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker.

 

And although it may seem like season one just aired, things are already ramping up on season two of The Rings of Power. The Rings of Power finished season one on a few very dramatic notes, setting the stage for season two. Halbrand revealed himself to be Sauron in disguise, and when we last saw him he was walking into Mordor. Meanwhile, Galadriel, Elrond, and Celebrimbor formed the elven Rings of Power even though they know the idea came from a source of evil. Although we don’t know much about season two, watchers are thinking these two major events will create the driving force for everything to come.

 

New Comic Books Today:

  • Nightwing #99 - POWER VACUUM, PART 3. With Blockbuster off the table, the crime families all head to Bludhaven in an attempt to claim the city as their own...including Tony Zucco himself! This should be easy, right? Since his "daughter" Melinda Zucco is currently the mayor, and definitely not secretly working with Nightwing to take down crime bosses?
  • The Flash #789 - ORDERED MIND. Old friends return as Wally finds that he's on the wrong side of the law and a fugitive from justice! Wally must uncover the truth about the mayor, all while trying to outrun the Rogues who are attempting to track him down.
  • Wolverine #28 - THE BEAST AGENDA: SAVAGE. WOLVERINE DESCENDS INTO THE PIT! The Pit of Exile on Krakoa is the ultimate punishment for mutants who break the laws of mutantdom—and WOLVERINE's just cursed himself to its depths! But what is really at stake, and what does KRAKOA itself know that BEAST does not about Logan's SECRET MISSIONS?

December 14, 2022

For fans of Magic the Gathering, Magic’s first set of 2023, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, has been delayed until February 10th with pre-release events the 3rd to the 9th and a digital release on the 7th.

 

We talked about this a few weeks ago with the less than stellar launch of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Now Nintendo has come out and apologized for the performance issues of the games. If you haven’t downloaded them yet, there are patches available which make a handful of changes along with a handful of bug fixes for the games.

 

If you haven’t seen it yet, the first teaser trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is out, giving fans an exciting preview of 90s nostalgia and fresh set of characters. This new movie is supposed to be the first installment for a new trilogy inspired by the Transformers: Beast Wars television show. This movie will feature two new factions of Transformers: the Maximals and the Terrorcons. The trailer gets right to it with a shot of Optimus Primal leaping into the scene and beating its chest like King Kong. Though unconfirmed by the trailer, it's likely that the Maximals have come from the future with Primal warning Optimus Prime of impending danger from the past and future.

 

New Comic Books Released Today:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #15 - SPIDER-MAN VS. VENOM! ‘NUFF SAID? What is Chasm’s plan, and why is Venom helping him?
  • Wonder Woman #794 - BEFORE THE STORM, PART 1 / MY SISTER'S KEEPER After rescuing the Cheetah from the clutches of the evil International Milk Company, Wonder Woman must set her sights on the real monsters behind it all…the gods! The gods of fear and panic, Phobos and Deimos, have been having a little too much fun controlling the minds of men, and the world has started to suffer the consequences. Diana is going to need a fellow expert on deities to save the day, but you'll never guess who!
  • Batman/Spawn #1 - Two dark heroes, cursed by tragedy, find their paths crossing again…but not by choice! What sinister foe is at work, pitting the Dark Knight against the Hellspawn? From the shadows of Gotham City to New York City, this epic event is the blockbuster you’ve been waiting almost two decades for!

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.

https://youtu.be/P5y1pRPXPHE

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nhwT1vQS68

 

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

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT JOKER: FOLIE À DEUX

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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