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Mar 072015
 
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Terry and Rachel Dobson, and Jordie BellaireMARVEL

by Michael Brown

Welcome back to another Four-Color Bullet , the only comic book review column to crash a World War Two-era plane and walk away with no injuries. Seriously though, we at Krypton Radio are glad Harrison Ford is okay and on the mend.

So, let’s get to this week’s comics, yes?

From Marvel this week, Hawkeye breaks out into a new solo series in All-New Hawkeye#1; the Avengers team-up with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the Guardians new team-up book, Guardians Team-Up #1; and with Spider-Verse over, Jessica Drew changes her status quo, in Spider-Woman #5.

From DC this week, Brainiac’s plan comes to fruition, leading directly into the upcoming Convergence event, in Futures’ End #44; Fire and Ice return to the Justice League just as the new Injustice League strikes, in Justice League 3000 #15.

From Valiant this week, X-O Manowar faces down a robot army hellbent on humanity’s destruction in a good jumping point for new readers in X-O Manowar #34

Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Terry and Rachel Dobson, and Jordie Bellaire MARVEL

Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Terry and Rachel Dobson, and Jordie Bellaire
MARVEL

Alderaan has been destroyed. Princess Leia’s story is just beginning.

Marvel continues its dedication to all things Star Wars with this week’s release of Star Wars: Princess Leia #1. The second solo title after last week’s Star Wars: Darth Vader is actually pretty good. I thought about passing this one up but since Mark Waid, who is doing some of his best work on Daredevil, is writing it, I had to check it out. The first issue takes place directly after the events in A New Hope, and there’s much to do, and time to evacuate. Just because the Death Star is gone, doesn’t mean the fleet’s not coming, too. But in addition to all of this, it’s about Leia trying to keep the memory of Alderaan alive as we are reminded that she is indeed royalty, and how that factors in with her trying to save her world’s culture. How does one remain a princess without a world? And we see that Leia is no damsel-in-distress, and is intelligent enough to pull a fast one on Luke and Wedge. There’s no crying over Luke’s loss. Leia has to pick up her pieces and figure out where she goes from here.

Terry and Rachel Dodson and Jordie Bellaire make up the fabulous art team on this book, making me happy I decided to check it out. And kudos to Mark Waid for proving to this grouchy, old ,comics-obsessed geek that Princess Leia can carry her own title.

 

Six washed-up actors. One big score.

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Matt Brady Artists: Dominike "Domo" Stanton and Paul Little BOOM! Studios

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Matt Brady
Artists: Dominike “Domo” Stanton and Paul Little
BOOM! Studios

 

BOOM! Studios may have another hit on their hands with the first issue of their four-issue miniseries, The Big Con Job. Jimmy Palmiotti and Matt Brady created and share writing duties on this Galaxy Quest-meets-Ocean’s 11 tale about a group of aging actors of a now-defunct science fiction tv series who are broke and living off the convention circuit. After tragedy strikes the group, their cocky new agent presents them with the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to set themselves up for the rest of their lives by robbing one of the biggest cons in the country.

Palmiotti and Brady’s first issue is powerful and tragic, the darker side of Galaxy Quest, if you will, and delivers a scathing-but-true statement about comic conventions these days. You can’t help but root for these guys and get behind them, and by the end of the first issue, when they’re presented with a way to come out on top, you’re totally committed and want to see these guys, and gal, pull it off.

Dominike “Domo” Stanton and Paul Little make up the art team, and while Stanton’s art is a little off-putting, it fits the book. This was my favorite of the week, and I seriously can’t wait to see how this caper plays out.

And that wraps up 4CB for this week. Email and comment if you wish. And stop by Krypton Radio’s facebook page for all of the KR fun and news.

 

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It’s a good time to be a comics fan. See you next week.

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Jan 062015
 
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by Alicia Glass, contributing writer

It’s here, it’s here, it’s my year, Year of the Sheep (I’m an Aries)! Welcome, 2015! That means brand new and returning TV shows for the pleasurement of your eyeballs!

Galavant

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Where: ABC

When: Sundays, 8/7c

What IS it: A comedic parody of the Hero’s Journey, Galavant is on a mission to reclaim his reputation and his happily ever after from an evil King who stole his lady love!

Come on the singalong: A lot like Spamalot or Krod Mandoon, Galavant looks like great fun and yes, it is a musical TV show!

 

Agent Carter

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Where: ABC

When: January 6, 2015, 9/8c

What IS it: Agent Peggy Carter, the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D., juggles secretarial work by day and secret missions for Howard Stark by night, all set in 1940s America in the Marvel universe!

Yet more Marvel: This one has been breathlessly awaited by Marvel fans the world over, and especially fans of the show Agents of SHIELD. Hayley Atwell even reprises her role as Carter from the Captain America films!

 

Face Off

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Where: SyFy

When: January 13, 2015, 9/8c

What IS it: The return of everyone’s favorite special effects makeup show, now in its eighth season!

Turning the tables: This latest season features the return of some previous Face Off winners, to mentor brand new competing teams in the very first Return of the Champions season!

 

Helix

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Where: SyFy

When: January 16, 2015, 10/9c

What IS it: The return of that extra weird nasty virus in a secret military base show.

More silvery-eyed monsters: Most of the main characters either died or seriously transformed in the first season, so there’s plenty of room for expansion and viral epidemics outside secret military containment fields.

 

King of the Nerds

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Where: TBS

When: January 23, 2015, 9/8c

What IS it: Season three of the acclaimed show for the nerd in all of us is here, hosted by ultimate Nerds Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong!

Going into the Nerd-off: Test your own Nerd-strong skills as you watch contestants navigate mazes, culture challenges, and cheer for your favorite!

 

Black Sails

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Where: STARZ

When: January 24, 2015, 9 ET/PT

What IS it: The hunt for the Spanish treasure galleon Urca de Lima continues, as pirates and the government fight for control of New Providence island!

Piracy on the high seas: Since Crossbones went away and there’s no word yet on Red Flag, Black Sails is the only place to get your piratical fix!

 

 

 

12 Monkeys

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Where: SyFy

When: January 16, 2015, 9/8c

What IS it: The television adaptation of a really odd sci-fi movie wherein a hapless criminal is sent repeatedly back in time to try and learn the factors of the disease that wiped out most of the world!

Why you really should TRY it: The film itself was actually a really great bit of sci-fi post-apocalyptic mystery, and the show looks just as good, if not perhaps better!

So whether it’s singing anti-heroes or world-destroying viruses you’re after, January promises to be an extra special month for television! Which new or returning show are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!

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Dec 042014
 
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doctor strange BCby Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Hold onto your shorts, Marvel fan-atics and Cumberbrigade alike. That’s right, after months of debate and rumors galore, the enigmatic and brilliant Doctor Strange has finally been cast! The ever-amazing and very versatile Benedict Cumberbatch has been officially confirmed to play Doctor Strange himself!

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

And depth, Cumberbatch has in spades! He rose to fame in his role of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC smash hit series, Sherlock; he’s played Alan Turing; Smaug, in the upcoming Hobbit movie, The Battle of Five Armies); a huge variety of other film and TV roles, and this summer, he’ll be returning to stage as Hamlet in London’s West End.

The film adaptation of the silver age Marvel comic, centers on Doctor Stephen Strange, who is a brilliant neurosurgeon until he suffers a horrific car accident. After his accident, Strange discovers the hidden worlds of magic and alternate dimensions, and winds up serving as Sorcerer Supreme: the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Steven Ditko came up with the concept, if not the name for the character, who debuted in 1963, in Marvel’s Strange Tales #110. Ditko and Stan Lee worked together on Strange and his cast of characters for many years.

The film is slated to grace our eyes in theaters November 4, 2016. The film will be directed by Scott Derrikson, with John Spaihts writing the screenplay.

If you simply can’t wait that long for more Cumberbatch glory, that awesome voice will return as Smaug in the final Hobbit film, The Battle of Five Armies, out December 17 2014!

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Oct 282014
 
Agent Carter

Agent Carterby Nur Hussein, staff writer

We know that Marvel’s brand new TV series, Agent Carter, is coming to television on ABC in 2015. Recently, ABC has let out some juicy details about the show.

The last time we saw Peggy Carter was in the short film included with the Iron Man 3 home video release, Agent Carter: One Shot. She was shown to be at a boring desk job after the war, and after she single-handedly completed a dangerous mission on her own initiative, she was recruited by Howard Stark to found S.H.I.E.L.D.

The setting for the new show is said to be in 1946, and possibly before the events of the One Shot, as Agent Carter is still at her desk job at the Strategic Scientific Reserve. She is then secretly recruited by Howard Stark to covertly run missions for him when Stark is framed for selling deadly weapons to the highest bidder. Stark asks Agent Carter to help him clear his name, and enlists his butler Edwin Jarvis to help her.

During these missions, Agent Carter realises not everyone is whom they seem, maybe not even Howard Stark.

Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper reprise their movie roles as Peggy Carter and Howard Stark respectively, and are joined by James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis. Also in the cast are Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, and Shea Whigham.

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Sep 152014
 
Scott Glenn

Scott Glennby Zoe de Lellis, contributing writer

Marvel’s Daredevil is trickling out the casting announcements for the show, which is set to premiere in 2015 on Netflix. Today, Marvel Television announced that the show will feature actor Scott Glenn. Acclaimed for his roles in The Silence of the Lambs, The Hunt for Red October, the Jason Bourne movies, and Apocalypse Now, Glenn will play the mysterious sensei Stick, Matt Murdock’s (Daredevil’s) mentor.

“Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock’s life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero’s journey,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt’s journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil.”

The character hit the screen once before in the 2005 film Elektra, portrayed by Terence Stamp, although, this character in the film had no apparent connection with Daredevil himself. In the comics Stick encounters characters from other Marvel universe, including Wolverine. This is probably one of the many reasons the film met with such disdain from fans and critics alike.

Glenn will be joining Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), and Rosario Dawson. This is Marvel’s first Netflix-exclusive television show and will be produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios. The 13-episode season is set to premiere in May 2015. So far, Marvel hasn’t released any teasers of trailers, but they did announce last week that fans at New York Comic Con (NYCC) will be the first to see the cast all together at a panel on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

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Sep 082014
 
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

by Nur Hussein, staff writer

Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicks off September 23 with an exciting guest star: Hayley Atwell is reprising her role as Peggy Carter on the show’s season premiere. Atwell is scheduled to get her own show in January 2015, where she will be playing Agent Carter in the early days of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D. which she helped found. Atwell’s show will be aired during the mid-season break for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but in the meantime it seems her character’s television debut will be even before then.

In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere, it is unknown whether Atwell will be playing a flashback version of her character, or the elderly version in modern times that we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As Agent Carter is one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D., it feels right to feature her again as S.H.I.E.L.D. reinvents itself from scratch on the show. With Phil Coulson as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., they are now a secret organization saving the world from the shadows. Also, as we saw in the finale for last season, not all is right in Coulson’s head as his alien life-saving treatment is making him all kinds of weird. We are also expected to regularly see more superheroes (such as Mockingbird) and supervillains (Brian Patrick Wade was recently cast as Absorbing Man to appear on the show).

Many Marvel fans were rather put off by the somewhat lackluster early episodes of the show, but a strong second half of the first season and these interesting tidbits for season 2, the show may pull in the fans again.

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