Jan 062015

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!



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


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


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!




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


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


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


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!


Dec 042014
doctor strange BC

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!


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.


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.


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.


Jul 312014


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

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!