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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Jul 312014
 

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Welcome to this week’s Four-Color Bullet, the only comic book review column with its own huggable, gun-toting raccoon. It’s comic-book-talkin’ time, y’all!

Over at Marvel this week, Bruce Banner knows that Tony Stark is responsible for the Gamma test that turned Banner into the Hulk. And now, the most epic, ultimate fight between these two juggernauts is on! And it’ll cause an event that will shake the Avengers to their knees, in Hulk vs. Iron Man #3, an Original Sin tie-in; East L.A. is a battlefield with the all new Ghost Rider vs. the all new Mister Hyde, in Ghost Rider #5; and, while helping his brother, Clint finds himself in a fight and comes out of it with major ear damage.  Now, Hawkeye must cope with total hearing loss, in a special sign language issue of Hawkeye #19.

Over at DC, Lex Luthor continues to adjust to life as a hero and leader of the Justice League, but the Doom Patrol is gearing up for a fight, in Justice League #32; Five years into the DCU’s future, it’s the world vs. Terry McGinnis a.k.a. Batman Beyond, in Futures  End #13; and, Joker and General Gumm!  Forcing Kato and the Boy Wonder in a fight to the death?! Where, oh, where are Batman and the Green Hornet?! Will they find their young allies in time?! Find out in Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #6

 

Written by Erik Burnham Art by Dan Schoening IDW Publishing

Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
IDW Publishing

The end is nigh! For the series and the world! Only two more issues to go before IDW wraps its 30th Anniversary Ghostbusters event, Mass Hysteria, as well as the series itself.  Tiamat is still on the prowl, spreading chaos everywhere, and the Ghostbusters have no idea how to stop her. From once again de-possessing Louis and Dana, to fighting Vigo the Carpathian on Hart Island, the boys and girls in gray are stumped and overworked.

There was nothing terribly spectacular about this issue, aside from seeing some familiar enemies, and a neat appearance by one of the ghosts in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which is part of the comic book universe canon. It felt more like a filler issue. Writer Erik Burnham and artist Dan Schoening continue to tell the story even as the series starts to come to an end. The action is decent and fast-paced, with the majority of the team fighting Vigo, while Egon and Kylie try to put down Louis and Dana in the firehouse.

And is someone sabotaging Winston’s marriage? We think so, in an awkward interlude that served to pull us out of the action faster than a gravity well pulls you out of hyperspace. It’s obviously important down the road, but it was just a bit jarring.

It will be interesting to see how they resolve Tiamat’s assault on the Big Apple with only two issues left, but I’m certain Burnham has something up his sleeve.

 

Written by Robert Kirkman Pencils by Paul Azaceta Colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser IMAGE/SKYBOUND

Written by Robert Kirkman
Pencils by Paul Azaceta
Colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser
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Robert (The Walking Dead) Kirkman’s new horror comic Outcast is on its second issue, and while this one was much slower and less fright-filled than its premiere issue, the tension is still there. You know how you see a good horror film or a read a good horror book and after you get the crap scared out of you, there’s that calm moment that lets you collect yourself before they throw it at you again? I have a feeling this issue was like that calm moment. But while the scares weren’t there, Kirkman and Paul the-best-artist-for-horror-comics-today Azaceta play around with the mythos as Kyle comes to grips with what’s going on, and it looks like we get to meet the, or a, big bad of the series. The devil, perhaps? Either way, we learn that it wants Kyle. Badly.

And while Kirkman crafts his tale, artists Paul Azaceta and Elizabeth Breitweiser were meant for this thing. Black shadows, and grays, and splashes of red in all the right places … And I have said before that I’m not a fan of horror comics, primarily because they’re hard to pull off. There have been some noble tries, but in a genre where you have to keep the scares hidden, a simple glance at the next panel can ruin it.  Outcast may have that problem down the road, but there’s something about Azaceta’s art that makes you want to peek closely at every panel, then when you hit the scare on the next panel, it’s there and it’s genuine. And then there’s the story. Kirkman is writing a series about demonic possession, and whether you believe in God, or not, or Satan, or not, there are thousands of documented cases of demonic possession on file. And while neither I nor Robert Kirkman want to launch a debate on religion, the point is that these scares are real, or at least grounded in reality. Movies like The Exorcist scared the crap out of me and they still do. And many others, I’m sure. Kirkman writes an excellent afterword in the first issue about this, so go read it in his own words.

Kirkman has promised some scares to come in Outcast, and I think he’ll deliver.

And that is Four-Color Bullet for this week. As always, thanks for stopping by. Emails and comments are always welcome if you want to talk comics. Guardians of the Galaxy is out this weekend, and Krypton Radio staff writer Nur Hussein has already seen and reviewed it for us! Marvel is already working on a sequel, based on Internet buzz alone. This thing is going to through the roof. If you see it, let us know what you think.

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

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Jul 272014
 
Photo by Zoe Simsay

Photo by Zoe Simsay

by Zoe de Lellis, contributing writer

Day three of San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is a wrap! Today was the big day for cosplayers, for panels, and for exhibitors! As thousands upon thousands of people descended on downtown San Diego for yet another day of Comic-Con fun! And we’ve got the pictures to prove it!

Cosplayers brought out their most elaborate and complicated costumes and took to the exhibitors’ hall to show off! Of course all your main superheroes were there; I suspect that if there were a real crime happening, there’d be at least nine or 10 Wonder Women and Supermen to return the convention to justice! I also saw a lot more camera crews today than on previous days. What they filmed ranged from interviews with cosplayers and con-goers to just panning the immense crowd!!! At around 2:30, the main hall was packed almost wall to wall with fans!

Today’s main events were spread between Hall H and Ballroom 20. Hall H housed a 2-hour panel about some of Warner Bros. Pictures newest films; a discussion about Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For which stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, and Eva Green; an Entertainment Weekly panel about strong women in film including Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Masie Williams (Game of Thrones), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), and others; a look into what’s next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and a screening of the new FOX television series, Gotham and the CW’s The Flash, followed by a discussion about DC Comics. These panels were coveted by many and attended by a lucky few (thousand). I met my cousin in line around 8:15 a.m.; she and her friends had already been there since 5:30! We made it all the way to the the chutes, where they load people into lines that act as the front of the longer line. After a few hours in the blazing sun, it was apparent that those determined few who had been camping out earlier than 10:30 p.m. yesterday were not leaving the first few panels of the day and had camped out in Hall H for the later, bigger panels. That Hall H line is only for the bravest of heart, and those that stayed in line longer than we did and made it in should be superheroes!

Saturday is Comic-Con’s biggest day! From panels with the biggest names in TV, film, and comics, to the amazing costumes, to the masquerade, to people watching, you definitely will not have a problem finding something to entertain you!

Additional thoughts from Alicia Glass, contributing writer:

This has been happening on previous SDCC days, but Saturday in particular it seemed a huge problem: the dogs. Service animals for the disabled are the only animals permitted inside the actual convention center. The SDCC website says, “If you have pets, including iguanas, parrots, boa constrictors, or other nonhuman critters, please leave them at home. The Convention Center will not allow animals into the building, except for service animals.”

The lines out in front of the Convention Center are absolutely insane, and people keep bringing their dogs right into them! Purse dogs that they carry in their arms like babies, knee-high yap-yaps, and even bigger dogs; I’ve seen ‘em all this weekend. Some have the requisite muzzle, some don’t. The point is, why on Earth would you bring your beloved canine pal to a sea of humanity rushing like a tidal wave, and then stick ‘em on a leash and lead them directly into the crush? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been hurrying somewhere, avoiding elbows and booted feet in the human traffic chaos, only to step on a tail and hear a yip that makes my heart bleed – don’t do that to your dog! 

We’re sure Goddard looks adorable in his K-9 costume, but please, take his picture and bring that to the con. Leave your dog (and other pets) safely at home.

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Stay tuned for our coverage of the SDCC 2014 Masquerade! We’ve got lots more photos for you on Instagram and Tumblr (krptonradio).

Jul 082014
 

GuradiansArguably this summer’s most hotly anticipated release, Guardians of the Galaxy looks more and more promising with each new morsel Marvel releases. We hope, though, that this isn’t a case where all the great material from the film is being revealed in pre-release publicity, and what remains is merely the glue that holds it all together. Fans lined up across the country last night to see a 17-minute IMAX sneak peek, shown at 150 theaters, and most came away excited for more.

The latest appetizer is this extended trailer, which is the first chance that the general public (those who weren’t able to get to the IMAX preview) gets to look a bit deeper than the (funny and attention-grabbing) tidbits that were released early on. This trailer features The Runaways’ song “Cherry Bomb” as background. They’re getting full bang for their musical buck on this soundtrack! The interplay between snarky Rocket and doofy Peter is hilarious, yet, Peter is so sincere in his doofiness, the team can’t help but be genuinely inspired to follow him. Take our unlikely hero Peter and Rocket, the psychotic-yet-lovable mobile arsenal, add in Gamora as the brains of the outfit, Drax providing intimidating muscle and loyalty, and Groot being, well, Groot, and you’ve got a recipe for either unmitigated disaster or the most bizarre success story on record. Either way, though, it’ll be entertaining!

 

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Jun 282014
 

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Okay, not really. But why not? If you have not seen Frozen, this probably won’t make a lot of sense to you. But as a hopeless romantic, comic book geek, and life-long addict to Disney animated movies, I think this really needs to happen. Now, before my Disney fanatics and Comic-con fans beat me to death with season passes, bags, and boards, I have to ask, when you saw Frozen and saw Elsa breaking loose with her powers, didn’t you think, “Dang, this lady has got some power!” See, it’s not just me.

If you would, allow me to make my case as only a storyteller and gaming-geek can. First I should point out as a teller, that Disney has been playing with myths, folktales, and legends for many years (a few examples: Snow White, Cinderella, Mulan, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Hercules). So I figure, if they get to use storytelling content kept alive for thousands of years by storytellers (for fun and profit), it’s only fair that a storyteller should be able to make a comment or three.

A little back-story is in order. Elsa was inspired by the character called the Snow Queen (Snedronnigen) in a fairy-tale published by the same name in 1844 by none other than Hans Christian Anderson. Anderson was obviously influenced by the various snowy myths and legends and folktales growing up in Denmark. And if you’ve ever read any of Hans Christian Anderson’s stories, you will realize that Anderson saw the world a bit oddly by our standards, or even by the standards of anyone living in Denmark in the 1800s.

I should point out that Disney pointed the “D-Ray” at another of his other stories as well, a tiny little movie called The Little Mermaid and Disney did okay by that. The original Hans Christian Anderson Little Mermaid did not have a Disney-esque ending. But I digress.

In his original Snow Queen story, the Snow Queen was the villain and very scary. She kidnaps a boy named Kai, and the girl who rides to the rescue him is named Gerda. She is helped by a crazed pistol-packing robber girl, talking flowers, a talking reindeer, and other creatures. Gerda, it turns out, has the ability to cry magical tears, and she can summon angels, which is pretty handy. If you get a chance, you can check out the original story. It’s only a few pages long and … odd.

There are tons of traditional myths and folktales of cold and deadly beings, and that makes sense. If you live somewhere where you can freeze to death outside, you are probably going to have lots of stories about such things. For instance, the original Jack Frost was not a nice guy, and in Norse myth we have Snow (Snærr) son of Glacier, who also has a son named Frozen Snow, and three daughters, Snowdrift, Snow Fall, and Powdered Snow. Do you sense a theme? And if you really want to raise your “cold-hearted, beautiful snow lady” fear up a notch, check out the Japanese folktales about Yuki Onna, the Snow Woman. Trust me, there are some truly terrifying icy stories out there.

The influence of those myths and legends were part of the world that Hans Christian Anderson lived in. Many folks believe that the Hans Christian Anderson original Snow Queen probably inspired the The White Witch in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. That was the role was later icily played by Tilda Swinton in the Narnia movie series released in 2005. Now imagine her singing, “Let it Go.” Brrr!

And speaking of the song “Let it Go,” when the Disney creators of Frozen were working on the storyline, originally, Elsa was designed as a villain. But after hearing the song, they realized they had two heroines in their version of the story. And that’s a unique twist for Disney canon. Yes, “true love” does save the day but it’s the love of the two sisters for each other that saves them and possibly prevents an ice age. And the Prince is a schmuck. This story makes for a nice change, having female heroes as well as having the theme of personal empowerment that little girls all over the world can sing madly about.

So despite her age (roughly 169 years old) the Snow Queen (a.k.a. Elsa) was created by a writer, and has inspired many stories and illustrations. Strangely enough, the Avengers were created by writers and illustrators as well! Who knew?

The original Snow Queen is no spring chicken, but then, the Avengers themselves were created long before there were mega-lines at Comic-Con. The Avengers originally débuted in 1963 featuring Iron Man, Ant-Man, the Wasp, the Hulk, and Thor. It is a running joke in the Marvel universe that when someone says, “I am an Avenger,” the standard reply is, “Who isn’t?” Seriously, you would need a S.H.I.E.L.D. heli-carrier just to host an Avengers reunion, With all the variants in comic book land, we’re looking at close to a hundred various heroes.

So all I’m asking is that if the Avengers can lift the velvet rope for Thor (a mythological Norse God of thunder and lightning), can’t we let in a fairy tale queen? Seriously, let’s geek this out. Everyone please put your pocket protector and nerd glasses on now.

Elsa of Arendelle (Fairytale Queen and #13 in the line of Disney princesses), what do we know about her?

Physically: She’s beautiful and immune to cold. While she may have average strength, having another beautiful lady on the Avengers team couldn’t hurt. She has above average dexterity and some amazing singing chops. (By the way, Iron Man/Robert Downey Jr. ain’t too shabby either. Google him singing with Sting.) She also did not appear to need much sleep up there on the mountain.

Mentally: She’s smart and very mature for her age. She has a strong sense of morality, and she has battled against her power for years to protect her sister and her Kingdom. Considering that, she has amazing willpower, and she seemed pretty diplomatic and charming until everything gets all freeze-y. She is also brave and strong emotionally and, toward the latter part, very independent and generous.

Resources: She’s a Queen, so that doesn’t hurt. And we have plenty of precedent for Super-nobility, for example Black Panther (King of Wakanda), Thor (an Asgardian Prince), and Dr. Viktor von Doom (ruler of Latveria). And at the end of the movie, she seems to be doing a good job as Regent.

Powers (a.k.a. the Fun Stuff): World class magical cryokinesis/frigokinesis. It gives her the ability to create almost anything from snow and ice. Her power is so great that she can change global weather patterns and freeze cities, miles away. It is also seemingly somewhat semi-autonomous and seems to react before she consciously does.

Among some of the displays of her freezing abilities:

  • Creating sentient animated snow creatures: Olaf and Marshmallow (the Guardian)
  • Filling a castle full of dangerous and growing ice spears, from miles away
  • Creating ice walls and shields in a fraction of time, and the ability to move them without touching them
  • Freezing a massive body of water thick enough to be walked on in seconds (she ice-locks an entire harbor with ice several feet thick) (Did you know that Elsa has a beautiful “Signature Snowflake” pattern which you can see as a subtle motif throughout the movie? You can see it when she steps on the ice.)
  • Creating objects small and large of breathtaking beauty such as the brilliant Ice Castle on the mountain and her designer dress (Frank Lloyd Wright, Christian Dior, and Buckminster Fuller, eat your designer hearts out. Other Ice-slingers like Iceman (Bobby Drake, from the X-Men) and Frozone (Lucius Best, of the Incredibles), let this lady show you how to build ice bridge!)
  • Creating a magical ice that does not kill targets immediately and can turn them into ice-statues
  • Creating localized weather patterns such as the localized cold cloud for Olaf
  • Controlling ice/water in multiple states: crystalline, liquid, and gaseous
  • Freezing metal to the point of it becoming brittle and breaking (chains and handcuffs)
  • Creating a “stasis” area of suspended wind/snow/ice, which she can dismiss with a wave of her hand

Weaknesses: Her powers can be deadly if she is distraught or surprised. She might to need to wear gloves on a day to day basis. Orphaned. She has a Dependent NPC (Anna). And she has a strong sense of duty to her Kingdom.

So, if you sum it all up, we have a world class Super Heroine. We are talking a Magneto, Phoenix, Silver Surfer level, Four color, front cover, multiple story arc heroine.

Like Thor, she’s magical. Like the Hulk, she has to be careful to control her emotions. Like the Black Widow, she’s smart, tough, and beautiful. Like Iron Man, she can create thinking beings (Jarvis in the movies), and make amazing items, and she rules her own country. Like Captain America, she’s strong willed, has leadership abilities, and a strong moral code. And she could turn Hawkeye into a snow-cone with a wave. Can’t you see it? Elsa “Snow Queen” in her designer ice armor with a sub-zero sword? She could trash Hydra while doing a musical number. Maybe if we ask Joss Whedon, we could get a duet with her and Dr. Horrible? Hey, a geek guy can dream. Plus, think of all the little girls who would want merchandisable “Ice Armor.” Think about it, Disney!

Believe in the power of stories!

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