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Friday, March 27, 2015

James Bond's Worst Enemy Arrives In The First Spectre Teaser Trailer



Even though filming seemingly just began about a month and a half ago, MGM and Sony have started to rev up the marketing machine for Spectre full blast. Here's the first teaser which gives us just enough to get rather excited about, including the debut of Christoph Waltz's shadowy villain(?), who is maybe Blofeld? 

One thing that's clear, much like Quantum of Solace was for Casino Royale, with Spectre we'll be getting another direct sequel, this time to the billion dollar grossing Skyfall. I'm holding out hope that it lives up to its predecessor's legacy (unlike QoS). Spectre arrives on November 6th, here's the official synopsis:
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
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Ryan Reynolds Pulls A Burt Reynolds In The First Official Image For Deadpool

In an image posted today on his Twitter account, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is all suited up to reprise his old role of Wade Wilson.
This is definitely a far cry from the days of the “sewn-up mouth” Deadpool that appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I think it’s pretty safe to assume they won’t even acknowledge that such a thing even happened, unless it’s in a fun fourth-wall breaking way.
This Deadpool basically looks like the costume as it appeared in the all-CGI proof of concept footage that leaked out last Summer, and received such a rapturous reception that this retooled take on the character got a green light right away.
Here’s the official synopsis of the film, directed by Tim Miller, which releases on February 12, 2016:
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Steven Spielberg To Direct Ready Player One

Well, here's a surprise.

Ready Player One is a book a lot of my friends like, I tried to read it and well...let's just say it wasn't for me for a number of reasons. But I'm glad lots of people are excited.

The film adaptation has been aiming to get off the ground here fairly recently, with a script by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk) and directors like Robert Zemeckis expressing interest in the project. Warner Bros. even tried to chase down Christopher Nolan for it, but via Deadline comes a surprise...

Steven Spielberg has signed on for the film.

Pretty shocking stuff that. Here's how Variety describes the premise of Ernest Cline's novel:
The novel, published in 2011, is set in a not-too-distant future where advanced Internet, gaming and virtual reality technologies have changed the world as we know it and led to the creation of the Oasis, a virtual reality universe that people live in and value more than the real world.
The idea of Spielberg directing a Penn script sounds like a terrible match, but perhaps the master can still work some magic. Lincoln was certainly enjoyable enough.
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Entertainment Round-Up: Your First Glimpse Of The Thing In Fantastic Four, Jubilee Cast In X-Men: Apocalypse, Idris Elba For Star Trek 3?


While Jesse Eisenberg's shaved head is grabbing most of the attention today, here's a few other headlines of note in the Entertainment world: 

 - An intrepid Instagrammer snapped this photo of the international banner for Fantastic Four, giving us our first look at Jamie Bell as The Thing along with the rest of the cast similarly powered up. Here it is via Spencer over at ComingSoon. On the whole, it's hard not to be an improvement over how Ben Grimm was presented in the last two films, but how it works on screen will tell the tale.
A photo posted by Sir. Alberto (@albertoheineken26) on
- Bryan Singer has added another mutant to X-Men: Apocalypse, this time breaking with the 80's set canon and bringing Lana Condor on as Jubilee. He announced the newest X-Men teammate on his Instagram:
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on
  - Star Trek 3 is still slowly plugging along and Variety reports that Paramount may have its eyes on fan-casting favorite Idris Elba to play the yet to be revealed villain in the 2016 release. Simon Pegg and Doug Jung are co-writing this third entry in the rebooted series for director Justin Lin. Variety also states that The Klingons are rumored to be the main adversary of the film.
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Jesse Eisenberg Has A Bald Head In Your First Look At Lex Luthor In Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice


Via Entertainment Weekly, here's your first look at Jesse Eisenberg with a clean shaven dome for his role as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Director Zack Snyder shared a few words on Eisenberg in the role:
He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure, other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course. Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.
More importantly, this tips me off to the idea that we'll be seeing a trailer very soon, as they had been keeping Eisenberg's head under wraps (literally) for months. Now that this cat is out of the bag, those WonderCon trailer debut rumors don't seem so unfounded.
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Marvel June 2015 Solicits: The Secret Wars Rage On!


Admittedly, I am a week late in getting to this, but vacations will do that to you.  It's once again time to take a look at some comic book solicitations from Marvel, this time for what to expect in June of this year.  As can be expected, most of the solicits are all tied-in to Secret Wars, aka the biggest thing to happen to Marvel in the history of ever.

Below, you will find my picks for the 10 most note-worthy of Marvel's June offerings in no particular order.  Thanks to Newsarama for providing the solicits, and be sure to check out the full listing on their site by clicking here.  


1. Secret Wars Continues - Marvel's biggest crossover event in years barrels onward in June, with the next two issues of Secret Wars.  The solicits tell us absolutely nothing...which is kind of nice, but also a tad frustrating.

SECRET WARS #3 (OF 8)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (w)
ESAD RIBIC (a)
Cover by ALEX ROSS

ALL THE DEVILS DANCE!


SECRET WARS #4 (OF 8)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (w)
ESAD RIBIC (a)
Cover by ALEX ROSS

ALL THE ANGELS SING!




2. Cosmic Marvel is No More - One of the unforeseen effects of Secret Wars is going to be the disappearance of Marvel's Cosmic Universe.  Apparently the incursions have wiped out everything but the Earth and Knowhere, leaving Silver Surfer to explore what remains in space.  If nothing else, the art will be gorgeous.

SILVER SURFER #13  
DAN SLOTT (w) 
MICHAEL ALLRED (a/C)

• Time ran out and the Marvel Universe died. From the edge of Battleworld to the outskirts of all infinity, every planet, moon, and star has been expunged. Every life force has been extinguished. There are NO survivors...
•...except the Surfer, Dawn, and Toomie. How did they pull this off? And, more importantly, can they figure out a way to bring everything BACK?
• If you care about the fate and future of the Cosmic corners of the Marvel Universe, you cannot miss this comic!


3. The Final Days - Some of these sollicits may have given us an unintentional look at the future of Marvel after Secret Wars.  A number of books are being labelled as "The Last Days of...", leading one to wonder: Are these books taking place before Secret Wars...or is that much rumored reboot of Marvel just around the corner?

MS. MARVEL #16
G. WILLOW WILSON (w) 
ADRIAN ALPHONA (a)
COVER BY KRIS ANKA

•When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting?
•From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she’s been challenged, but nothing has prepared her for this:  the Last Days of the Marvel Universe.  
•Fists up, let’s do this, Jersey City.

•Plus a VERY special guest appearance fans have been clamoring for!


4. Battleworld Patrolled by Thors - In this new Marvel universe of Battleworld, there has to be a police force of some kind, right?  Enter every single Thor that has ever been featured in a Marvel comic.  From Beta Ray Bill to female Thor to Throg, all of them are present.  Thor is ending for this, but thank God Jason Aaron is still on board!

THORS #1
JASON AARON (w)
CHRISTOPHER SPROUSE (a/C)

• The Thors of every domain, together in one book! As cosmic cops!
•Whenever there’s trouble on Battleworld, the Thors answer the call. But a string of mysterious murders leaves some of them asking questions that may unravel all of reality!

•A hard-hitting Marvel Comics police drama. With hammers. Lots and lots of hammers.


5. DC Heroes in Secret Wars? - Of course Marvel can't get through their biggest event ever without bringing in the competition too, right?  Or at least some form of it.  The Squadron Supreme, Marvel's analogues of the Justice League, have their own section of Battleworld, but things aren't hunky dory.  This almost feels like Marvel's play on the New 52 as this is a brand new version of the Squadron.

SQUADRON SINISTER #1
MARC GUGGENHEIM (w) 
CARLOS PACHECO (a/C)


• They’re the WORLD’S GREATEST… VILLAINS. The SQUADRON SINISTER. And they’re taking Battleworld by force in this Secret Wars tie-in for fans of crime epics like The Godfather, The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy. But will controlling one Domain be enough for Hyperion and his gang?


6. Your Favorite Marvel Cartoon Returns! - Easily the only decent thing to come from comics in the 90's was X-men.  For many, their first engagement with the mutant superheroes was through the popular animated series at the time.  That team returns with Secret Wars, and while it doesn't explicitly say it's the cartoon, fans of that series will find this a must read.

X-MEN ‘92 #1
CHRIS SIMS & CHAD BOWERS (w)
SCOTT KOBLISH (a)
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

• Everyone’s favorite version of the X-Men from the ’90s is back!
• When Baron Kelly charges the Clear Mountain Project and it’s mysterious new director with “mutant rehabilitation,” it’s up to the X-Men to investigate!

• PLUS: Free Range Sentiels?!?


7. Return of the Midnight Sons! - Attention all fans of perhaps the least-paid-attention-to part of the Marvel Universe: your favorite monsters are coming back!  A form of the Midnight Sons returns in Secret Wars, this time as the Howling Commandos of Battleworld!  This title has the potential to be one of the more unique, fun comics in this crossover.

MRS. DEADPOOL AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS #1
GERRY DUGGAN (w) 
SALVADOR ESPIN (a)

• She is Shiklah—undisputed Queen of the Monster Metropolis below Manhattan!
• In the world that was, she married Deadpool, the Merc with the Mouth...
• ...But nothing on Battleworld is quite as it was.
• Now, she commands the Howling Commandos: Werewolf By Night! Frankenstein’s Monster! The Living Mummy! Man-Thing! And Marcus the Centaur!

• What would her late husband think of that???


8. Another Guardian Gets a Solo Book - One of the more surprising cancellations in the wake of Secret Wars is Rocket Raccoon, which has quite a following online.  That cancellation results in the beginning of yet another spin-off of Guardians, with Rocket's best buddy Groot taking the spotlight (for a short time).  Certain dialogue restraints seem obvious, but perhaps the way this book navigates such issues will make things interesting.

GROOT #1
JEFF LOVENESS (W) 
BRIAN KESINGER  (A)
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY

• For the first time ever, the most famous talking-tree-thing in the Marvel Universe is starring in his own series! You might recognize him from Guardians of the Galaxy, the biggest movie of 2014.
• When Rocket and Groot are on an intergalactic roadtrip and calamity strikes, the two get separated – and for the first time in years, Groot’s on his own!
• Written by comedic ace Jeff Loveness (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and drawn by Marvel Comics newcomer Brian Kesinger (Disney Animation), get a front row seat for EXPLOSIONS, SPACE SHARKS, ALIENS, AND INTERGALACTIC HITCHIKING (YEAH, BABY! YOU READ THAT RIGHT.)!

• Whatever may be coming Groot’s way, one thing’s for sure -- it’s going to be a GROOT adventure!


9. More Howard the Duck for You - As much as James Gunn and Kevin Fiege insist Howard's post-credits appearance was not a hint at something larger to come, Marvel sure is content to keep pushing out material related to Howard the Duck.  Right on the heels of the reprinting of the Howard the Duck Omnibus, a new trade paperback collection of the Master of Quack-Fu's appearances will be coming this summer.

HOWARD THE DUCK: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1 TPB
Written by STEVE GERBER
Penciled by VAL MAYERIK, FRANK BRUNNER, JOHN BUSCEMA, GENE COLAN, SAL BUSCEMA & MORE
Cover by FRANK BRUNNER


Get the full story of how Marvel’s most notorious movie star became trapped in a world he never made! Howard the Duck takes an adventure into fear when he’s plucked from Duckworld and finds himself on Earth, bill to proboscis with the melancholy muck-monster Man-Thing! Stuck here on a planet of hairless apes, the furious fowl forges a future for himself in, of all places, Cleveland. But the would-be Master of Quack Fu will have his wings full hanging out with Spider-Man — and waging “waaaugh” with madcap menaces like the Space Turnip, the Cookie Creature, the Beaver and Doctor Bong. Will that earn him a spot on the Defenders? Better yet, Howard for president! Collecting FEAR #19, MAN-THING (1974) #1, HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) #1-16 and ANNUAL #1, MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #12, and material from GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING #4-5.


10. Prepare for Marvel's Next Movie - Not only is Howard the Duck getting some reprints, but Marvel wants you to be sure you are prepared for their final film of Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe.  Though this Ant-Man collection features the adventures of Hank Pym as opposed to Scott Lang, this will be an easy way for Marvel to make a quick buck off interest in their latest film outing.

ANT-MAN/GIANT-MAN EPIC COLLECTION: THE MAN IN THE ANT HILL TPB
Written by STAN LEE & LARRY LIEBER with ERNIE HART
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, DON HECK, DICK AYERS & LARRY LIEBER
Cover by JACK KIRBY


A man of action and a man of science, Dr. Henry Pym invented an amazing growth serum and a cybernetic helmet, and with them he became — the Astonishing Ant-Man! Pym soon teamed with Janet Van Dyne, the winsome Wasp, and the two tiny titans went on to battle an array of mini- and maxi-sized menaces from the Scarlet Beetle to the Black Knight! But adventures in the microscopic world weren’t enough for one of the Marvel Age’s first super heroes. Soon, Ant-Man became the biggest Avenger there ever was — Giant-Man! And his foundational adventures are all here in this debut Epic Collection! Collecting the Ant-Man, Giant-Man and Wasp material from TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #27 and #35-59.


That's it for this month!  What Secret Wars titles are you interested in from Marvel this June?  Or are you going to drop everything because you're tired of crossovers?  Let us know and why in the comments below!

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GeekRecs: Comics Releasing 3/25


We know walking into your local comic shop or browsing the new titles on Comixology can be harrowing, particularly with the rising prices of comics. The GeekRex team feels your pain, so that's why each week two members of our team will collaborate and highlight the "must-buys" of  every Wednesday, and we'll make sure we keep the tab under 20 bucks. Props to MultiversityComics for coming up with the great idea–we hope you like our spin on it!

This Week's Team: Shane and Cal


Batman & Robin #40 - $2.99

No other book in the Bat-family at DC has had to be as creative in the New 52 as Batman & Robin.  When Grant Morrison decides to kill off half your team, you not only have to find a way to make your book last until said character can be brought back, but your title has to go through some major changes.  With DC about to take a break for a while, this issue is going to be the penultimate story for Bruce and Damian (an annual will finish it all off next week).  See the end of an era as a super powered Damian joins the Justice League.



Catwoman #40 - $2.99

I'm just going to keep putting this one on here until you start buying it, because Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown are bringing one of the powerhouse opening arcs of the New 52 to a close with this issue. After the character's transition from superantiheroine to crime boss in Batman Eternal, Valentine and Brown approached the character with a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic and an attempt to bring an emotional authenticity to Selina Kyle that's been lacking for years. Just read it, nerds.


Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1 - $4.99

Here we go.  The penultimate chapter in perhaps the greatest comic DC has published in the last 5 years.  Before returning to our team of inter-universal superheroes, we take one last stop at a part of the DC multiverse...our world.  Yes, we have not only finally arrived at our own universe dealing with this threat to the multiverse, but this is also the comic we have been teased about since the very beginning.  The cover to this issue has been showing up in every issue thus far, making the hype for this chapter go through the roof.  Time to see what all the fuss is about.
PastAways #1 - $3.99

Matt Kindt has a talent for making preposterous premises feel fascinating and real. In PastAways, he has a ridiculous sci-fi premise - a group of time travelers from the far future stranded in 2015, defending us from a rift in time-space they accidentally caused. Kindt's sci-fi work is often engaging and unpredictable, and with art from the reliably kinetic Scott Kollins, PastAways will almost assuredly be worth checking out.


The Valiant #4 (of 4) - $3.99

After the immense creative success of The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage, Valiant continued their revitalization campaign by letting Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, and Paolo Rivera do whatever they wanted with their toybox. And they have done a lot. The Valiant is absolutely gorgeous, a surprisingly quiet event that has managed to make something very large feel surprisingly personal.









Total Price: $18.95


Pick of the Week

Big, Hard Sex Criminals

Written by Matt Fraction, Illustrated by Chip Zdarsky

It's no secret that we here at GeekRex enjoy Sex Criminals, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's surprisingly heartfelt sex comedy. The book is, to my mind, one of the strongest character-driven books out there, particularly as we delve into Suzie and Jon's inner lives, struggles with depression, and more. While I'm not always enamored with the pair's sense of humor, I still find Sex Criminals to be one of the most reliably enjoyable reads each month, and a big part of that is the way Fraction and Zdarsky take these characters and their situation seriously... while still, yes, making ridiculous, expansive dick jokes. With Big Hard Sex Criminals, the pair releases the first ten issues of the series in a hardcover volume that you will never, ever be able to read in public, but you should almost certainly own regardless.

You can purchase Big Hard Sex Criminals today in comic shops and bookstores everywhere. Or, if you really care about us at GeekRex (or want the snazzy discount), you can pre-order it on Amazon.com by clicking here!
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpuf
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpu
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