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If you don't love The CW's Flash, you don't deserve good comic book adaptations

Posted by Seb Patrick at 13:39 on 12 Aug 2015
If you don't love The CW's Flash, you don't deserve good comic book adaptations
It is 2015, and it looks like we are basically getting a live-action adaptation of Flash of Two Worlds. Or at the very least, something heavily inspired by it. I can reasonably say without hyperbole that it doesn't get much better than this.

Five things that are great about that Supergirl promo

Posted by Seb Patrick at 12:04 on 14 May 2015
Five things that are great about that Supergirl promo
First and foremost, it's worth noting that the six-minute promo video for CBS' Supergirl that's gone online today shouldn't be considered a "trailer" as such. Instead, it's what's known as a "cutdown" - essentially, an edited blast through the pilot episode designed to help sell the show to advertisers and the like.

Nevertheless, it seems to serve as a pretty good indication of what the new Melissa Benoist-starring series (or, at the very least, its first episode) is going to be like... and it's a very encouraging one, for this Supergirl fan at least. Here are five things that particularly jumped out as giving us reason for enthusiasm...

DC's Convergence #0 is actually just a reprint of Armageddon 2001

Posted by Seb Patrick at 00:04 on 01 Apr 2015
DC's Convergence #0 is actually just a reprint of Armageddon 2001
I was delighted to receive, from a source who must remain anonymous, an advance copy of the first issue of DC's much hyped crossover event Convergence on Tuesday. My delight turned to astonishment, however, when I cracked open the issue, only to discover that the entire contents of the issue are actually nothing more than a reprint of the 1991 crossover comic Armageddon 2001 #1.

It seems that rather than giving us a brand new storyline based around the pre-
Flashpoint versions of their characters, DC have seen fit instead simply to reprint an existing one. As it happens, I'm a big fan of Armageddon 2001 - but even I would baulk at the idea of paying all over again for something I already bought once nearly twenty-five years ago.

On the other hand, the fact that
Convergence is nine issues long, while Armageddon 2001's bookending series was only two, suggests that maybe once the first issue is out of the way, things will diverge significantly. Maybe they'll change the ending, and have a character who someone somewhere actually cares about become Monarch?

Either way,
Convergence #0 - by Archie Goodwin, Dan Jurgens and Dick Giordano - is in stores today.

The Avengers react to Spider-Man joining the MCU

Posted by Seb Patrick at 11:13 on 10 Feb 2015
The Avengers react to Spider-Man joining the MCU
Tony just really, really wants someone he can build that Iron Spider costume for.

DC's Divergence mini-relaunch: a run-down

Posted by Seb Patrick at 22:09 on 07 Feb 2015
DC's Divergence mini-relaunch: a run-down
So, you can't have missed the news that DC are overhauling their publishing line in June, following the upcoming crossover event Convergence. While Marvel are busy planning what looks like an almost-full-scale universe reboot (in the manner of DC's New 52 relaunch back in 2011), DC are almost going the opposite way, with something that seems more akin to Marvel's "All New Marvel NOW!" of a few years back.

In the process, the "New 52" branding is finally being dropped (although the continuity itself will remain in place - albeit with, if word is to be believed, a slightly looser approach to a rigid universe-wide continuity) in favour of the new "Divergence" brand - but the most notable aspect is that a range of new titles are being launched, some spotlighting characters that have yet to have their due since the relaunch, and several with exciting (and, crucially, demographically diverse) creative teams. Oh, and a Hitman spinoff.

While it's nothing like as big a shake-up as the 2011 one was, it's nevertheless the most significant since then - so we thought we'd take a look at the list of new and updated titles, to see what we think of their prospects...

Fifteen year plan to introduce Miles Morales to the Marvel Universe finally reaches conclusion

Posted by Seb Patrick at 20:51 on 28 Jan 2015
Fifteen year plan to introduce Miles Morales to the Marvel Universe finally reaches conclusion
So "Ultimatum" wasn't the end. And "Cataclysm" wasn't the end either. Turns out they were waiting for something even more literal: "The End" will be the end.

To be honest, if anything killed the Ultimate universe - aside from a lot of really, really bad comics by people who weren't Brian Michael Bendis - it was the movies. The MCU Avengers have made the Ultimates look as dated as they once made the original Avengers look. It's hard to say any of them will be missed, now. Especially Ultimate Cap. We hate that guy.

But if you're asking, we'd like to keep Gwen Stacy and Jessica Drew, in addition to Miles. And maybe Ganke, at a push.


Phonogram is back in August

Posted by Seb Patrick at 14:22 on 09 Jan 2015
Phonogram is back in August
At least, that's what they tell us. But I think they mean it this time. They'd better.

You will be hearing from us a lot about this subject this year. Sorry.

The teaser poster for Netflix's Daredevil is very Christopher Nolan (but also very cool)

Posted by Seb Patrick at 17:25 on 07 Jan 2015
The teaser poster for Netflix's Daredevil is very Christopher Nolan (but also very cool)
Of course, we reserve the right to continue to be sceptical about this show until they confirm that at some point he's going to change out of that silly black ninja costume and into a proper red one.

BECAUSE WE'RE NERDS.

Great Beast Comics to close down

Posted by Seb Patrick at 12:26 on 18 Dec 2014
Great Beast Comics to close down
Well, this is a shame. We're big fans of UK small press publisher Great Beast Comics, and in particular the work of its two founders, Marc Ellerby and Adam Cadwell. But sadly, due to various time- and business-related reasons, the company that most notably brought us Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter and Blood Blokes will be closing its doors in the new year.

One small piece of good news for fans (or people yet to check out anything they've done), however, is that as a result they're holding a closing down sale - you can get 25% off everything in their store for a limited time only, by using the code "SHUTITDOWN".

DC announce yet another pointless prequel TV show

Posted by Seb Patrick at 10:20 on 09 Dec 2014
DC announce yet another pointless prequel TV show
Well, if it can work for "Gotham" and "Krypton", this one's got to be a sure fire hit, right?