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Mar 13 2014

A Gallery of Emo Heroes

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JSalvador’s “Super Emo Friends” collection might be just about the saddest, most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. Nearly every hero has their own version of a tortured past. No one gets to become a superhero without a few eggs breaking (by eggs, that usually means family members), and most have something to cry about.

The collection extends beyond just comic book heroes however, as even heroes from TV and film have reasons to be sad, like Rose from Titanic or Walter White from…okay come on, you know what Walter White is from.

Check out the best pieces in the collection below: Continue Reading »

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Mar 12 2014

Old Superheroes

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All superheroes get old someday. Alright, not all of them, but let’s pretend for a minute, okay?

Lesley Vamos went through a few of the most prominent Marvel and DC heroes, and sketched out what they might look like in their twilight years. Their bulging muscles and tight abs are gone, replaced by sagging, and more sagging.

It’s a cool, if not slightly off-putting collection, and you can check out the rest below:  Continue Reading »

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Mar 12 2014

Debate of the Day: The CW’s Flash Revealed

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Jesus DC movie division, get your shit together. Here’s how your TV counterparts handled bringing The Flash to life in his own show in what, like six months?

DC Guy: “We should have The Flash guest star on Arrow. Or at least Barry Allen.”

CW Guy: “Great, here’s the kid from Glee.”

DC Guy: “Wow hey, this is a pretty good idea. Let’s give him a backdoor pilot.”

CW Guy: “Wow that went REALLY well actually, let’s give him a full pilot.”

And so The Flash was born. From guest star to his own series and a full costume in under six months. And he still can’t get a damn movie made about him.

The CW has just released the first few images of Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen in full costume. What do you think? There’s only really so much you can do with the Flash’s costume unless you wanted to completely redesign it from scratch which would undoubtedly piss off fans. I’m curious to see how this looks on screen (something that looks good in promo photos may look like crap in motion), but I’m also wondering how the speed effects will look. Man of Steel did the best “super-speed motion blur” I’ve seen, but if we’re stuck with Smallville-style low budget zipping around, that kind of sucks.

See one more photos of the mask part itself below: Continue Reading »

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Mar 11 2014

Sometimes It’s Good to Meet Your Heroes

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Heroes.

Comic book fans have entire leagues of them, but it’s very rare whenever we have moments that extend past the panels and pages and get to feel our heroes’ hand grasp ours.

You won’t be exchanging pleasantries with Bruce Wayne anytime soon, but once upon a convention long ago, I got something even better.

I always wanted to write. My first memories were of reading and writing (terrible terrible terrible) stories and movies and plays and anything that required assembling the alphabet. It was my first love and remains my greatest.

But even stronger than my love for language was my obsession with those who crafted it. To me, writers were ten thousand times cooler than any sports star or celebrity of any merit. Writers were gods on earth, weaving webs of intrigue and adventure the likes of which you only…well…read about. Continue Reading »

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Mar 07 2014

An Artist Alters Comics in Cool Ways

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Mathias Schmied loves comic books, so much so that he cuts them up and turns them into art. Let’s just be thankful he doesn’t love young models or something.

His series of altered comic books uses finely tuned cutting to pull images out of their pages, and places them either elsewhere, or nowhere. Some of his designs end up being pretty damn cool, and you should check out more pieces from his collection below:  Continue Reading »

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Mar 06 2014

The Very Dark Knight

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From artist Josep Baixauli comes this very non-traditional rendition of Batman, seen here about to outright murder a Ledger-ish version of the Joker in cold blood with a handgun.

As we know, both guns and killing are against Batman’s MO. Rather, he’ll just beat you to a bloody mess, break half your bones and leave you to rot in jail until one of Arkham’s countless prison breaks take place. You know, maybe he is better off just shooting them.

Anyway, I’m about to launch into a “it’s stupid superheroes don’t kill” tirade, and that never ends up going anywhere productive.

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Mar 05 2014

Batman versus…..The Terminator?

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Alright, tell me if this isn’t the most badass plot synopsis you’ve ever heard:

“30 years have passed since Bruce Wayne survived Skynet’s nuclear blasts in August of ’97. Iron demons now roam the planet, and without the requirement to defend the innocent against crime and injustice, Wayne has seeked refuge in the bomb shelter that saved his life; the Batcave.

Having scavenged the wasteland for resources, he discovers the radio of a dead soldier. There is static over a frequency. Flesh and blood is rising up to the west. With The Stinger; a riot control vehicular unit built before the apocalypse along with a refitted bomb blast vest, Batman makes his way across what remains of the United States to join forces with the man determined to neutralize the electronic menace – John Conner.”

The short film above shows Batman’s infiltration of Skynet, and I assume there’s more to come from the series. The idea of post-apocalyptic Batman is cool enough, but throwing him into the Terminator universe is a whole new level of awesome. Or ridiculous. I can’t be sure. Watch above.

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Mar 05 2014

Redbull Gives You Superpowers

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Apologies for swiping Geekologie’s title here, but there really wasn’t going to be a better one. This is a series of conceptual Red Bull cans by art director Diego Fonseca. I would assume that these could be potentially part of some Justice League movie cross-promotion, but that would require a Justice League movie to actually be made, which seems like it’s never going to happen.

There’s also the Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman below, two of which have yet to get their own films for reasons I still can’t quite figure out. At least one of them has been cast now, though. Continue Reading »

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Mar 05 2014

Rocket Raccoon in Action

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Even though Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty far away, I have a hunch that Rocket Raccoon is going to be most people’s favorite new character of the year. He’s a raccoon, with guns, and a giant tree bodyguard voiced by Vin Diesel. What more could you possibly want?

Artist ABVH decided to animated Rocket ahead of the film, and if you stare at this for more than ten seconds, it’s more footage of him in motion than we’ve seen from all the promotion materials so far.

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Mar 04 2014

Marvel VS. DC: A Revisit – Part Two

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Round two, Unrealtors! Today we’re gonna be taking a look at the second half of the reader-decided battles of the 90s miniseries Marvel VS. DC and see if readers were voting with their brains or their t-shirts. If you missed part one, check it out here.

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COMIC WINNER: SUPERMAN

While it’s always thrilling to see superheroes use wits and wisdom, gadgets and gizmos (a’plenty), superpowers in super ways, there’s just something about two dudes punching each other in their big, dumb heads. And in the many majesties of the comic kingdoms, there aren’t two bigger pairs of fists than Clark Kent’s and Bruce Banner’s.

The yin and yang of funnybook musclemen, one’s comics biggest blue boy scout, the other a rageholic study in purple and green. It makes perfect sense that these two were thrown against each other. In the long, long ago, comics were seen largely as self-insertion fantasy, with scrawny writers and readers creating and devouring golem-esque literal super men, tall, handsome, with muscles on their muscles. Continue Reading »

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Mar 03 2014

Read Terry Gilliam’s Meta Alternate Watchmen Ending

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There have been two versions of Watchmen with two different endings at this point, the comic and the film. The original graphic novel had a giant alien squid psionically destroy New York. Watchmen: The Movie had Doctor Manhattan blamed for the same feat.

The first ending was too bizarre to work, the second was a bit lackluster, though I will say an improvement. But Terry Gilliam’s ending? It may be the best of them all. Via ComingSoon:

Silver: … What Terry had done, and it was a Sam Hamm script—who had written a script that everybody loved for the first “Batman”—and then he brought in a guy who’d worked for him to do work on it [Charles McKeown, co-writer of "Brazil"]. What he did was he told the story as-is, but instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing which was too hard and too silly, what he did was he maintained that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure. He felt that THAT character really altered the way reality had been. He had the Ozymandias character convince, essentially, the Doctor Manhattan character to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character. He was the only character with real supernatural powers, he went back and prevented himself from being turned into Doctor Manhattan, and in the vortex that was created after that occurred these characters from “Watchmen” only became characters in a comic book.

CS: That’s fascinating. Very META.

Silver: Oh yeah. So the three characters, I think it was Rorschach and Nite Owl and Silk Spectre, they’re all of the sudden in Times Square and there’s a kid reading a comic book. They become like the people in Times Square dressing up like characters as opposed to really BEING those characters. There’s a kid reading the comic book and he’s like, “Hey, you’re just like in my comic book.” It was very smart, it was very articulate, and it really gave a very satisfying resolution to the story, but it just didn’t happen. Lost to time.

It sounds bizarre, but I definitely prefer it to “psionic fake alien squid.” Though I would probably prefer anything to that. What about you? Is Gilliam’s ending too meta or could it have worked?

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