by Brian LeTendre
If there was any doubt about Tom King's ability to follow Scott Snyder's legendary Batman run, it was put to rest with the fifth issue of Batman.
Gotham and Gotham Girl started as two heroes inspired by Batman, but Psycho-Pirate turned Gotham from hero to villain in one exchange, and took Gotham Girl off the board, albeit temporarily.
In this fifth issue, we see Gotham hell bent on destroying the city he named himself after, and Batman using every trick and tool at his disposal to stop Gotham's rampage. It's a fantastic climax to a great first arc, and features a couple of great twists that had me smiling as i read them.
David Finch's artwork is wonderful as expected, and Jordie Bellaire's colors lend both a weight and a sense of sadness to how the story plays out.
I am not a huge Batman fan, but Tom King's run so far it at the top of my pull list. It's that good.
To say last week was a bit crazy is a huge understatement! Following TerrifiCon and my car breaking down on the way home, getting a new car AND switching shifts and departments at work.... Holy Cow!
But... here it is... my pull list from last week!!!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 - Big, epic and the right cast. Very much enjoying this one...
SUPERMAN #5 - The Eradicator... Superboy... please, please read this book!!!
USAGI YOJIMBO #157 - My favorite book since 1986... and hasn't changed a bit... only better!
STAR TREK #60 - A fantastic series that now has the crews mixing; classic and new and the winner is us the reader!
AQUAMAN #5 - Aquaman takes on the US Army... so watch out Army!
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #2 - Great story and amazing art. My one Green Lantern book!
SUPERGIRL REBIRTH - A book I was incredibly interested in since i love the show so much. I'll definitely give it a few issues.
TITANS #2 - Everything that has happened in the DCU seems to be flowing and running through this book. Amazing!!!
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Getting Animated with Sarah: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Our pal Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe is back! This time around, we’re talking about the new Voltron series on Netflix.
Brian and I would like to thank everyone at TerrifiCon 2016 for not only what they did for us, but what they provided for those in attendance. From our booth we could see perfectly everyone there coming and going and it seemed that everyone had a great time!
First off, the Mohegan Sun is a great place to do a show; free parking, carpeted floors and a very aesthetically pleasing venue.
The guest list ranged from some established comic creators like Dan Slott and Roger Stern to some up and comers like Kristen Gudsnuk who you will hear more of very soon!
Celebs in attendance featured one time guest and incredibly nice guy John Wesley Shipp (The Flash) and soon to be guest Sam Jones (Flash Gordon). The cool thing I heard from everyone was how all the guests were so accommodating and kind to fans which shows how important it is to get not only 'big names' but awesome people.
As you walked around the main hall before entering the dealer room / artist alley, you may have been greeted by an impressive and HUGE Hulk Buster, complete with sounds and screaming children who were a little put off by this 10 foot monster. Next to brian and I was my friend Tim Wylie and his amazing Spider-Buggy that was one of the most popular stops at the show. What was even cooler was Tim didn't charge a thing for fans to sit in it and have pix taken. What was the coolest was Spider author Dan Slott getting some time in there!
The panels this year were incredibly organised and a lot of fun, especially the ones that Brian and I were a part of. We were able to celebrate the life's of Spider-man, The Flash, Doctor Who and Captain America as well as Women In Comics and one of our favorite subjects... Podcasting!!!
One of the coolest things about this show is having the Boy Scouts bring you to all the panels. Fifteen minutes before your scheduled events, a scout will get you and bring you to the room and then keep you on time as well! How cool was that?
Overall and once again, one of the most enjoyable shows of the con season. Thank you to Mitch Hallock and all involved for making such a great weekend. See y'all in 2017!
CT Horror Fest 8/27
Suicide Squad Box Office
Man of Steel 2 Ramping Up Production
Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth
Team Synergy #2
Big Screen Bonanza:
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by Brian LeTendre
It's going to be a fun-filled weekend in Uncasville, as Matt and I will be at TerrifiCon all weekend!
A star-studded list of creators and celebrities will be there (see the whole list here), and Matt and I will be hanging out, doing interviews ans selling books. We'll also be hosting and moderating panels all weekend long. Here's our panel schedule:
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.--Podcasting 101 [PANEL ROOM 2 (Oneida/Penobscot)]
7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.--Doctor Who 101 [PANEL ROOM 1 (Nehantic/Pequot/Paugusett)
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.--75 Years of Captain America (Roger Stern, Steve Epting) [PANEL ROOM 2 (Oneida/Penobscot)
4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.--Keeping Up With The Flash (Paul Kupperberg, Brian Augustyn, Scott Kolins) [PANEL ROOM 2 (Oneida/Penobscot)]
6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.--Women in Comics (Alex DeCampi, Colleen Doran, Kristen Gudsnuk) [PANEL ROOM 2 (Oneida/Penobscot)]
2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.--Amazing Spider-Men: 35 Years of Writing Spider-Man (Roger Stern, Peter David, J.M. DeMatteis and Dan Slott) [PANEL ROOM 1]
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.--Podcasting 101 [PODCAST / ART CLASS STUDIO (Passamaquoddy)]
So if you're in the New England area, head down to Mohegan Sun this weekend for TerrifiCon and hang out with us!
Series artist Ryan Ottley returns to re-team with Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) to launch the final story arc of the long-running creator-owned superhero series INVINCIBLE. “The End of All Things” Part One begins with INVINCIBLE #133 from Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment this November.
This twelve-part mega-story will touch every corner of the Invincible Universe, and when it’s over… It’s over. Every single story for the past thirteen years has been leading up to this ultimate showdown running up to INVINCIBLE #144—the very last issue in the series.
In a letter to fans, Kirkman explained his and Ottley’s decision to end the series. “We’ve got a little over a year to go, and it’s going to be one hell of a year! So please join us for our swan song, thirteen years in the making! We couldn’t have done it without you, the fans, so let’s all cross the finish line together!”
INVINCIBLE #133 hits stores on Wednesday, November 16th.
Glenn Hughes is known in the rock world by fans and musicians alike as 'The Voice Of Rock'. Hughes possesses of the most beautiful, soulful and powerful voices ever and has been my favorite vocalist since I first heard him on Deep Purple's BURN album. Finally getting a chance to see him last Saturday night I discovered during his 13 song set that he is more than just a voice.
But, let's start with the voice.... it was amazing. Clear and full of so much raw emotion! Listening to songs like 'Way Back To The Bone' and 'Soul Mover' you heard he hasn't lost anything!
Let's move on to his bass playing... completely underrated. As expressive as his voice, Hughes' has got to be one of the world's best players. After spending time in bands like Deep Purple and Black Country Communion, it amazes me how he is not known as much for his playing.
How about his stage presence? Hughes is as confident a performer as they come, but he is incredibly humble and gracious. Following a drug fueled career that started in the 1970's, almost killed him most of the 80's and finally came to an end in 1990, Hughes is not only a survivor, but incredibly supportive about his fans who as he put it "stood by him when he didn't even stand by himself'. There was a point when he told the audience that where he was at that moment, on stage at The Bull Run in Shirley, MA "was where he wanted to be" and you knew that to be true.
So let's talk abut his band! Drummer Pontus Enborg was not only a beast behind the kit (and in front of it) but was smiling the entire time, like Glenn, enjoying the moment. Guitar player Soren Anderson looked and sounded like a rock star. He had big shoes to fill playing the riffs of Richie Blackmore, Pat Thrall and Tommy Bolin and he did an amazing job. The three of them complemented each other so well and played tight but also felt very free.
Here was the most amazing thing; their over 90 minute set. Other than a few nods to his Purple and Trapeze past a lot of his set wasn't all that familiar to the crowd, including me... and no one even cared. Everyone just loved the vibe that was being created on the stage and went with the flow. They could have performed directions on how to build IKEA furniture and the audience would have hust eated it up!
Would I have loved to hear everything he did off of PHENOMENA, Black Sabbath's SEVENTH STAR or a bunch more off of HUGHES/THRALL? Some Hughes Turner Project? Sure I would. But what we got was a set of songs that meant a lot to him... and because of that fact it meant a lot to us.
To find out more and to check dates go to www.glennhughes.com
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