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    Saturday
    Jan042014

    Triple Shot With a Digital Chaser: G.I. JOE: #12, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #7, INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #17 plus KAMI #1

    Happy New Year!  We hope you get to make your regularly scheduled trip to the comic store this week and when you do, take into consideration this Triple Shot! 

    G.I. Joe gets a new writer that explores the origins of different Cobra Commanders past and present, the new Beetle’s origin starts at a birthday party years ago in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and Hulk gets mad when people start invading his space in Indestructible Hulk #17.

    Kami is a nice quick chaser over at ComiXology.

    G.I. JOE #12
    WRITER: Paul Allor
    ART: Alex Cal, Steve Kurth
    Publication Date: December 31, 2013
    Price: $3.99
    Publisher: IDW Publishing
    UPC: 82771400431101211
    Buy it HERE

    It is no surprise to anyone that I am a fanatical G.I. Joe fan, I literally wear it on my sleeve in the form of an Arashikage tattoo.

    Larry Hama’s Marvel run (continuing to date over at IDW) is what got me into comics, and the reboot of the franchise at IDW has impressed and compelled me to write about the multiple IDW series from the get go.

    That was because names like Chuck Dixon, Hama, Christos Gage, Mike Costa and Fred Van Lente were carrying on the legacy.


    Sure, the main series has had its low points but in general, overall I have been happy.

    To my surprise, a guest on my podcast, a relative unknown writer in the scheme of things, Paul Allor was tapped to take over for Fred Van Lente on Season 3 after his departure. Allor cut his teeth in Comics Experience (online classes led by former Joe Editor Andy Schmidt) and quickly got pro work on several TMNT titles.

    Allor is picking up on a Gage and Costa concept from G.I. Joe: Cobra in which the Cobra organization has been around for centuries. Like an anonymous Pope, one Commander is replaced by the next, hiding his identity.

    This book tells the story of at least two Commanders, not including the present day as C.C. hires a Press Agent to tell the story behind Cobra.

    Taking over for one of comics hottest writers, Fred Van Lente can not be easy, and I am delighted to say Paul Allor pulls it off! I can’t wait for the next issue, and more ghosts of Cobra Commanders past!

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    Tuesday
    Dec312013

    TARDIS on The COSMIC TREADMILL – A Look at IDW's 'DOCTOR WHO 2013 SPECIAL #1' - FORCES OF GEEK

    After a visit to the town called Christmas in the Time of the Doctor, Who fans are sure to miss Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.

    Just the day before, on Tuesday, December 45th, IDW Publishing marked its regeneration cycle by releasing a 53 page year end special in tribute not only to Matt but to the publisher’s claim to the Time Lord.

    Since 2008, IDW was the first US publisher to have the comic rights through the BBC to new stories with the tenth and eleventh doctors, and this book is a sign off for them. Written by longtime Doctor Who television and comics writer Paul Cornell and drawn by Jimmy Braxton (Cornell’s partner on Batman: Knight and Squire).


    Rarely does a single issue deem itself worthy of a run on the Cosmic Treadmill, but as the New Year, a new Doctor, and the next 50 years of Doctor Who are all converging on a timey wimey convergence, this one is definitely worth picking up.

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    Tuesday
    Dec312013

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for January 1, 2014




    COMICS

    Ahh, the first comics picks of the new year! Friend of the League Paul Allor takes over on G.I. Joe #12 revealing the secret origin of Cobra and Cobra Commanders of the past! … Another League Friendly, Jamal Igle draws blaxploitation send up Black Dynamite #1 in a new kung-fu mini-series, suckas! … Dynamite and Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski bring back The Twilight Zone in a new #1 unlock this door with the key to imagination by going to your local comic book store! Picks for your mind this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

     

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    Wednesday
    Dec252013

    'THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY' (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., John Goldwyn, 
    Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller
    Screenplay by Steve Conrad
    Based on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
    Directed by Ben Stiller
    Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, 
    Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt



    Ben Stiller stars in and directs The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in theaters this Christmas Day.

    Mitty works at LIFE Magazine in the mundane but important position as the print publication’s archivist, made even more important as the cancellation of the magazine has become imminent.

    In a series of daydreaming fugue states and real life adventures, Walter Mitty is a comedy that is also full of action as Walter’s job threatens to end, his crush is unrequited and his family struggles to make ends meet.


    Kristen Wiig co-stars as love interest Cheryl Melhoff and the two sparkle on screen in this romantic delve into daydreams. Adam Scott plays the villainous Ted Hendricks, new boss at LIFE and Sean Penn plays LIFE’s on assignment globetrotting cover photographer.

    Stiller’s performance is impressive in this reimagining of the classic 1939 short story written by James Thurber.

    Walter is constantly being awakened by his friends and coworkers after drifting off into a fantasy world, magically filled with half-understandings and half-articulations of his inner dialogue. For example, when crushing on Cheryl (Wiig), he imagines having Benjamin Button disease, though has not seen the movie, and isn’t ‘sure how it works’. This leaves an old lady Wiig on the porch swing with a baby old-man Stiller nustled into her bosom as the two garner SNL skit belly laughs in the greased lens of the daydream.

     

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    Wednesday
    Dec252013

    'GRUDGE MATCH' (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    ‘GRUDGE MATCH’ (review)

    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Peter Segal, Michael Ewing, Bill Gerber, 
    Mark Steven Johnson, Ravi D. Mehta
    Screenplay by Doug Ellin, Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman
    Directed by Peter Segal
    Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, 
    Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal


    Somehow, Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta and Rocky Balboa are pitted against each other in a fight to end a 30 year rivalry while both are in their golden years.

    Grudge Match is directed by Peter Segal and surprises audiences with funny performances by DeNiro and Stallone alongside Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin and Kim Basinger.  This Christmas release is funnier and classier than the initial pitch sounds, with family moments and longtime rivalries being at the center of the tension in the film.

    An ersatz sequel to Rocky Balboa (2006), this comedy starts with a theme of that movie.


    Dante Slate, Jr. (Kevin Hart) is the son of late 70’s boxing promoter Dante Slate, and he approaches Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp to provide motion capture for a new boxing game.

    Also appearing in the game, Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen (DeNiro). The appeal of extra money convinces Razor to join in—as long as his rival The Kid is not at the studio.

    Something happened in the past that is unforgivable, and the 30 year grudge weighs on both of the older gentlemen. 
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