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Exclusive! Ninja Turtles 2 Flop Puts Paramount in Panic Mode!

The dismal performance of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has Paramount rethinking the future of the franchise. A source from inside the studio has reported just how drastic the reaction is.

The studio is reportedly going to fire the writing team currently working on the third movie in favor of a full on reboot. A reboot means all new director and all new design for the turtles. There is still a debate among the higher ups on whether to stay live action or go back to animated. There’s a debate over the profitability of big name actors and the tried and true model of targeting to kids.

It’ll be interesting to see if Michael Bay can work his Voodoo and convince the studio to give him another chance.

Hey guys there's a new DC logo!!!

 

The eponymous comics company has once again changed its logo we've seen what they've done in the past and now they opted to go with a more simple and stream lined look. The Pentagram (not the band) designed logo will debut on May 25th on the cover of DC Rebirth #1. It is your lowly narrator's opinion that this new logo is a step in the right direction compared to the god-awful piece of $#!+ they've had for the last couple of years. This new logo evokes a modern take on the "traditional" DC logo. Hopefully it speaks to what rebirth will be like and they stop doing these unnecessarily gritty stories. 

 
“I’m very proud that REBIRTH will be the first comic book published with the new DC logo.” stated Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer. “To me, REBIRTH and the new DC logo are built on what’s come before while looking to what will come tomorrow. I can’t wait for people to see it on the cover.”
“While comics continue to be the heart and soul of DC, the brand has evolved to now stand for powerful storytelling across so many different forms of media. DC is home to the greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains, and the new logo has the character and strength to stand proudly alongside DC’s iconic symbols,” stated Amit Desai, DC Entertainment Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Franchise Management. “The launch of the new logo is the perfect tribute to DC’s legacy, exciting future and most importantly, our fans.”
What do you think about this new logo? Let us know in the comments or leave us a Skype voicemail (fantasticforum) 
 

Free Comic Book Day Gallery 2014

 The first saturday in May means one thing, Free Comic Book Day! This year Lawrence Young from the Fantastic Forum, Chip Cella from the B-Team, and Derrick Hopkins from Dead Pixel Live visited two of the best comic shops in Los Angeles to chronical the event. Geoffrey's Comics and Comic Bug were both filled with comic lovers of all ages. Geoffrey's added to the fun with a sale of 25% off of everything in the store and while Comic Bug gave you the chance to meet and greet some comic book royalty. Check out some images from the day below and feel free to share how you spent Free Comic Book Day 2014.

SMITE:Battleground Of The Gods Comes To Comics

 

The online game “SMITE: Battleground of the Gods” comes to comics!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse proudly announces the newest video game comic book in its long line of best-selling titles with SMITE: The Pantheon War!

From veteran games writer John Jackson Miller (Star Wars, Mass Effect), cowriter Jack Banish, and artist Eduardo Francisco (Eve: Valkyrie, Captain Midnight), SMITE: The Pantheon War collects the three-part digital comic series telling the tale of the looming war between the pantheons!

It is an age where gods live among the mortals over which they rule. The worship of mortals is needed by the gods to maintain their divinity—but the number of gods has swelled, and there are fewer mortal faithful for the individual gods in each pantheon. Only the gods who maintain worshipers will survive, and so tensions are rising among the pantheons. There is an uneasy peace…but peace is not desired by all!

SMITE: The Pantheon War (978-1-50670-233-9 / $14.99) is in stores December 28, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Hi-Rez Studios’ SMITE (PC, Xbox One, PS4) is a free-to-play, team-based action game with a global community of more than fourteen million players. With more than seventy playable mythological gods, players battle for domination across six intense game modes.

Praise for SMITE: Battleground of the Gods:

SMITE is invigorating.”—PCGamesN

“Decidedly different gameplay, a quirky and lighthearted take on classic mythology, and a variety of interesting modes.”—Game Informer

“Makes the MOBA more approachable with smart tweaks to the formula and action RPG-inspired combat.”—PC Gamer

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PREVIEW: James Rhodes Flies Solo in Your First Look at IRON PATRIOT #1!

This is one of the things that Marvel does that makes me wonder what is marvel thinking. This book should have come out around the time iron man 3 was in theaters. What do you i know? as always you can get this and other great comics at Geoffrey's comics. Who cares what i think here's the preview:

 

                                                             

      This March, peel back the layers of Colonel James Rhodes in IRON PATRIOT #1 – the all-new series from critically acclaimed writer Ales Kot and fan-favorite artist Garry Brown! Who is the man in the armor? What drives him? James Rhodes may have quit the Secret Avengers, but that’s not going to stop him from bringing the fight to the bad guys from inside the Iron Patriot armor! But his heroism will come with a steep price… “James Rhodes has a family. James Rhodes has friends. James Rhodes has a suit and responsibility and dreams and hopes, and he just realized he needs a new plan;” says writer Ales Kot, in an interview with Marvel.com. “Something that will be more in touch with who he is and what he wants.” As new villains emerge and a deadly conspiracy from within America grows – the Iron Patriot stands alone against impossible foes. This March, the war comes to the home front in IRON PATRIOT #1!

IRON PATRIOT #1 (JAN140673)

Written by ALES KOT

Art & Cover by GARRY BROWN

Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS (JAN140674)

Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV138098)

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When Heroes Become Villains -- Injustice: Gods Among Us

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Super Hero Wonder Woman battles villains

It is not uncommon for super heroes whether they appear in comic books, graphic novels or video games, to show anger or unfortunately violent tendencies when battling villains.  However, it is apparent to me from the back story of Injustice: Gods Among Us, that these tendencies have been taken to another level.  It looks as if these tendencies were taken somewhat to the extreme, in my opinon,  when some of the super heroes are actually depicted as bonafide villains in the video game, Injustice:  Gods Among Us.  The reason given for the super heroes having villain counterparts was that there needed to be  justification for the super heroes to fight against each other.  My counter to this justification is that even though I do not in any way condone using anger to demonstrate disagreements, I do not believe it would not have been out of character for the super heroes to fight against each other in the video game, even if they were trying to settle their differences, through video game battles.  I believe that turning the super heroes into actual villans was a step in the wrong direction.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Video Game Characters

Sometimes, characters may have an evil alter-ego -- as in the case for some depictions of Spiderman.  I did not have a problem with this because the real Spiderman was still a crime-fighting hero, while he fought against another version of himself.  The difference between the alter-ego take, and having actual evil super heroes is that  in a sense, he is one and the same character.  When seeing these type alter-ego characters, I know that more than likely, the true heroic character will triumph over the evil one.   However, when super heroes are now being depicted as villains -- that is a whole different story.

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Superman battles Batman in InJustice:  Gods Among Us Video Game

Before you remind me  that these super heroes turned villains are in a different universe than the true heroes, I would like to let you know that in my opinion, this aspect of the video game does not make any difference.  A villain is a villain, regardless of the universe he or she is in.  Some video game players prefer to play villains in fighting games -- which is ok, if that is their preference.  As the saying goes, "Different strokes for different folks."  However, in my opinion, there was no need to use or show super heroes as villains in this video game.  I think there are plenty of existing villans out there who the real super heroes could have fought against.  In fact, they could have used their creative license to make up, create or introduce new villains from other sources -- instead of having well known crime-fighting super heroes to be shown as villains.

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Lobo, a true villain, will more likely remain a villain regardless of what universe he is from

Of course, Injustice: Gods Among Us is basically a fighting video game, so the majority of gameplay is one character fighting against the other.  Even though some of the gameplay features dialogue,  I'm relieved that this game is not a role playing type game in which the storyline of having evil super heroes would be more evident.   The main plot seems to revolve around Superman taking over the world while in one universe, and super heroes from another universe trying to contend with this.  There are other subplots as well that involve fights between the characters in the different universes.

Regardless of which universe the heroes or villains are from, I believe that super heroes should remain super heroes -- and villains should remain villains.  I, for one, cannot imagine an evil Wonder Woman whose mission is to bring peace to the earth as well as to promote truth, justice and the American Way.  In other words, she fights villains, and is definitely not one herself. 

There is always the option for developers and others to have villains change into super heroes in video games. This would, in my opinion, be a welcome change;  unfortunately, I do not see this happening any time in the near future.

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Marvel Announces "Death of X" Variants

Marvel’s Mutants Meet Their Maker in July’s DEATH OF X VARIANTS!

New York, NY—May 9th, 2016— Marvel is pleased to unveil the first of 20 special Death of X Variant Covers, coming to some of Marvel’s biggest titles this July. From Jean Grey to Nightcrawler to the All-New Wolverine – no Mutant is safe from the Death of X. As the highly classified DEATH OF X storyline approaches, be there for the end of the dream!

Rendered by some of the top artists and brightest rising stars in the industry, look for these can’t miss Death of X Variant Covers coming to 20 of your favorite Marvel titles this July:

  • ·All-New X-Men #11
  • ·All-New, All-Different Avengers #12
  • ·Amazing Spider-Man #15
  • ·Black Panther #4
  • ·Captain America: Steve Rogers #3
  • ·Daredevil #9
  • ·Deadpool #15
  • ·Doctor Strange #10
  • ·Extraordinary X-Men #12
  • ·Guardians of the Galaxy #10
  • ·Invincible Iron Man #11
  • ·Mighty Thor #9
  • ·New Avengers #13
  • ·Old Man Logan #8
  • ·Power Man and Iron Fist #6
  • ·Spider-Man #6
  • ·The Astonishing Ant-Man #10
  • ·Uncanny Avengers #11
  • ·Uncanny Inhumans #12
  • ·Uncanny X-Men #10

The end is near. There won’t be a dry eye in the house. Get a front row seat to the demise of the X-Men this July with these twenty Death of X Variants, available only at your local comic shop!

Supergirl Recap Episode 4 : Livewire

Another week, and another ugly bubbly face is on my screen. One thing humans have over aliens, superior skin care products. The alien is being escorted down the hallways of the DEO in chains that look like they were designed to be broken out of. Oh look, the chains were just broken out of. Luckily Supergirl is there to the beat down on the prisoner before too much mayhem happens. During the brawl her sister calls to complain that Supergirl is late to something. I’m guessing Supergirl is wearing a bluetooth headset, since she answers the phone by touching her ear. Why does she need a phone anyway? Just speak in a loud clear voice anywhere in the world and you’ll save a lot on your minutes.

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After the mini-fight, Supergirl notes ‘He was tough’ and Gruff but Lovable corrects her ‘She’. Yeah, check your privilege there, Kara.

Back at the apartment, the Sister is obsessing over her Mom visiting. When Mom shows up (Hey look, it’s Helen Slater, from the original Supergirl Movie!), it’s almost almost distracting how much Supergirl and Mom look alike. Even though shes adopted. Are we sure the sister wasn’t the one picked up in an orphanage?

Cut to a radio shock jock saying shocking things on the radio about Supergirl. There are still shock jocks? This one is Leslie Willis, the Livewire! Shock jocks aren’t what they used to be because Leslie’s verbal jabs include mocking Supergirl’s figureskater outfit, and that she’s ‘adorkable’. I’ve heard tougher put downs from 7 year olds on the playground. Not to me of course. I wasn't ever made fun of by kids on a playground. Nope. Not me. I was always cool.

Leslie moves on to say that Supergirl gives off a ‘sapphic vibe’, and with that, we hit the theme of this week’s show. Anytime the episode hints at a twinge of lesbianism, take a drink. And don’t think I missed that the shock jock’s name is ‘Leslie’, so take a drink retroactively.

Friendzone gets himself invited to Kara’s house for Thanksgiving. It’s a classic pity date move. When someone asks what you’re doing for the holidays, mention any tv show, delivery food, and say it with a sad look on your face. And just like that, you’ve got an invite to some home cooked turkey.

The ShockJock is in Prada’s office getting a stern talking to. We know she’s a rebel because she puts her drink down...without a coaster! They talk about pushing boundaries, and going too far. They’re supposed to be talking about making fun of supergirl, but it’s more like a thinly veiled relationship argument. ShockJock is jealous when Prada says she’d adopt Supergirl if she could. That’s just too much for ShockJock and she delivers a scathing comeback. ‘You’re a hypocrite.’ Oh no you di-int! Prada fires her from her job for that remark. Well, that escalated quickly. Since Shock Jock has two years left on her contract, she’ll spend them as a traffic reporter in a helicopter. This was a textbook couple’s fight. Take a drink.

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Kara picks up takeout lunch from a bar. Who gets takeout from a bar? Oh, I see why she’s here, Jimmy Olsen is there so she goes and talks to him. While Friendzone had to sprout puppydog eyes to get an invite, Kara immediately asks Jimmy to her place for Thanksgiving. But, it seems that talk that Jimmy was going to give his hot exgirlfriend last week about how he doesn't want to see her anymore didn't go so well. Because now they’re going off on a trip together for the holiday. And you know what that means... Hot Ex Girlfriend shows up to take Jimmy away, but as they walk away, his eyes never leave Kara’s back pocket.

The Sister also shows up in the bar (How’d she know Kara was in the bar?). They go back and forth about who Mom likes best or whatever and Kara says maybe the Sister should just ‘come out’. She’s referring to ‘coming out as a secret agent’, but I’m pretty sure no one uses the term ‘coming out’ when telling their parents they got a new job. Take a drink.

ShockJock is in a helicopter in the middle of a lightning storm to cover traffic. Well, that was a quick job switch. The pilot says the weather is too dangerous and that he’s going to land, but she overrules him and makes them stay out. Her first day on the job and she can tell a trained pilot to ignore safety precautions? Lightning strikes the copter and it’s Supergirl to the rescue! As she pulls ShockJock out of the copter, lightning strikes Supergirl and goes right into ShockJock. I’m sure that’s not how lightning works, but it’s a cool effect so I’ll allow it.

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The next scene has ShockJock in the hospital and Prada has come to visit. Prada says some nice words to ShockJock (who now has cool white hair) which wakes her up out of her coma. See, they have a ‘connection’. Take a drink.

Back at Supergirl’s apartment the Sister and Mom are arguing about something or the other. It’s a lead in to a flashback where young Kara takes her sister out flying at night. It’s a sweet scene showing the bond between the girls.

ShockJock has checked herself out of the hospital and is wandering a back alley. And on cue, a guy shows up to try to rape her. She uses her new lightning powers to electrocute him to death. Good for her. I think that scene is supposed to make her look like she’s gone evil, but since the person she killed was a rapist, I say more power to her. Then she turns into pure electricity zaps herself into a street lamp. Those powers sure escalated quickly.

 It’s Thanksgiving dinner and Mom gets Kara to finish cooking the turkey with her heat vision. So -that’s- where the effects budget went. The Sister makes a joke about a microwave which must mean she’s really really drunk. Kara wants everyone to share their feelings. Friendzone senses an opening and starts to profess his lo..too late, James calls in to say Hi. He’s taking a break from stuffing the turkey with hot ExGirlfriend,..err, I mean stirring the gravy...umm, spreading the cranberry sauce? Oh forget it.

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While Kara and James are not having phone sex in the other room, the sister decides to tell her Mom that she’s a secret agent and that she works with Kara. The Mom is very mad for some reason. Why? No idea. But Helen Slater is knocking it out of the park with this performance. Unfortunately it doesn’t make any sense. Maybe this childhood flashback will explain things. Little Kara and the Sister get yelled at by their parents for flying around. Gruff but Loveable shows up at the door, looking extra gruff. Nope, that didn’t explain anything.

Kara is now at the office with Prada and all of the computers are down. ShockJock has infected all of the TV’s with her lightning powers and given herself a supervillain name, LiveWire. Not bad. I’ll allow it. She’s really gotten a handle on these new powers quickly. Her aim is pretty bad, but I’m guessing she spent most of her time figuring out how to get through the HDCP protocols on those HDMI connections she’s travelling through.

Livewire and Supergirl fight. Livewire’s powers are mostly just flicking light switches on and off very fast. The fight ends when Livewire escapes as Supergirl saves Prada from a falling elevator.

After the mayhem, Gruff but Lovable shows up and wants to move Prada to a secure location. But she refuses because ‘tomorrow is black friday and CatCo will be open for business.’ But CatCo isn't a mom and pop fruit stand. Its a major communications syndicate.Her company can run without her sitting in her office from 9 to 5.

Gruff but Lovable gives some technobabble explanation about how he’s going to come up with a way to stop Livewire.

Argh, we have a solid 5 minutes of Kara and Prada sharing feelings about their families. I have to admit, I zoned out.

Oh no, now Mom and Sister are sharing feelings, too. When will this hell ever end. And this time we even get background music from an indie singer. I’m going to go make a sandwich, brb.

Prada meets up with Supergirl and comes up with a plan to catch LiveWire. She’s really going out of her way for a character that’s been portrayed as a hard nosed business woman. She feels guilty and feels that she’s the reason Livewire is evil because they had a rough breakup. Okay,maybe she didn’t say that but come on, the underlying tone is obvious. Take a drink.

The DEO makes a ghostbuster trap to stick Livewire in, but first, they need to get her to show up. Prada goes to her radio station to make a broadcast to 1) let people know CatCo is open for business and 2) To tell livewire to come see her where they first met.

Why use the radio station? Wouldn’t tv work better? I don’t have any research in front of me but I’m gonna assume that a few more people watch TV than listen to the radio. And didn’t the host of the radio show get fired a couple of days ago? So at best some fill in host is on the air and no one listens to the fill in hosts.

Livewire and Prada meetup at the spot where they had their first date and Livewire is disappointed not to see Supergirl there. She wanted one of them to watch the other die. Now if those aren’t the words of a scorned lover, I don’t know what is.
From the way Prada is acting in this scene, I’m beginning to think that Calista Flockhart wanted the role of Supergirl for herself, because she’s already hit 3 hero poses.

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Supergirl shows up to trade quips with Livewire. ‘Oh Shut up, you mean girl!’ This episode is just filled with poor dialogue choices. During the fight Supergirl tosses LiveWire into a streetlight, which doesn’t do much damage. LiveWire’s powers morph again and now she’s a clone of Whiplash from Ironman 2. Did they have a different writer for each scene LiveWire is in? Because so far in 3 different appearances she’s had 3 different power sets.

Supergirl wins the fight by spraying LiveWire down with water. Seems like a no brainer. Funny how the DEO went through all that trouble creating a ghostbuster trap and no one thought ‘Hey, why not just splash her with water?’

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The next day Kara is back at work and gives Friendzone some leftovers from Thanksgiving. He tries to score some bad boy points by telling her out of the blue that his dad is in prison (and a likely future villain for Supergirl). Then he throws a hail mary and goes in for a kiss. On the cheek, but still, bold move there, Friendzone. Before she gets a chance to call HR, Kara sees that James and HotExGirlfriend are back in town. She completely dismisses Friendzone and goes to talk to them about their trip. As soon as HotExGirlFriend leaves, Jimmy takes two steps forward into Kara’s personal space to ask her how she’s doing. This guy cant seem to say a word to her unless he’s less than 4 inches from her face.

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Back at the apartment, Mom lays out some secrets. Their dad made a deal with the DEO to protect Kara and he died while working for Gruff but Lovable. Oh snap! This changes everything! Well, not really. But now we have another layer of plot that no one asked for. In case Evil Aunt/ Baddie of the Week/ Love Triangle/ Superman’s Shadow/ Kryptonian Prison, wasn’t enough, now add Dad Conspiracy to the list of things to keep track of. See you next week!

Penguins vs Possums Interview - 7/21 on Mom's Minute

On Monday July 21st, Ms. H will welcome one of the creators of Fanboy Comic's hit title Penguins vs Possums to Mom's Minute. Sebastian Kadlecik will give Ms. H the ins and outs of the secret war that has has been raging since the dawn of time between two unlikely foes. Penquins vs Possums is a graphic novel written by Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon Bring and features the art of Sebastian Kadlecik and John Bring. The trade paperback collects issues 1-4 of the epic story and is available now from www.Fanboycomics.net

Listen to Mom’s Minute to find out the hurdles in developing and publishing an independant comic, how digital media has effected a medium once ruled by pen and paper, and most importantly, which side Ms. H chooses, Penguins or Possums.

Join the show live at 4pm PST/7pm EST at www.allgames.com/live  to submit questions you’d like Ms. H to ask, or if you’re too busy reading comics on Monday, post your questions right now in the comments section below.

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