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Meaningless Marvel Movie Speculation

Posted July 21, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Just because it is meaningless doesn’t mean I won’t indulge myself in speculating anyway. The website IGN today posted an article in which it interviews head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, about the future plans for upcoming Marvel movies. The interview tries to clarify some of the vagueness in the release Marvel put out three […]

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New Anime Aldnoah Zero Is Anything But

Posted July 19, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Quite a few anime styles catch my interest, from horror, to comedy to ecchi (of course) to even romance if it is written well. But my main interests are fantasy and – top of the list — science fiction. So when I find a really smart, well-written science fiction anime, I just have to share the news. […]

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Piling On The Marvel Shake-Up News and Rumors

Posted July 17, 2014 by Rodney Brown

A couple of days ago, Marvel revealed on the daytime talk show The View that the power and name of Thor will for the first time be wielded by a woman. Thor gets stripped of his powers and responsibilities and they are given to someone else worthy, in this case a blonde warrior that has […]

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Original Sin #5 Veers Off The Excellence Path

Posted July 9, 2014 by Rodney Brown

I have been a big fan of Marvel Comics’ title Original Sin since it launched. The writing is solid, the artwork by Mike Deodato is absolutely top notch and the concept is very intriguing. But with one big reveal that happened in the latest issue, #5, I think writer Jason Aaron has gone too far […]

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New ‘Sailor Moon’ Series Not New Enough

Posted July 7, 2014 by Rodney Brown

It was one of the most anticipated reboots of any rebooted popular media in the last few years. Sailor Moon Crystal was announced last year, and the hype meter pinned, driven by the squeeing of millions of fans of the original Sailor Moon series. The new series debuted this past weekend, and more than one […]

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Scarlet Stepford Blooms as Poison Ivy at AnimeNEXT

Posted June 18, 2014 by E. Ortiz

We interview Scarlet Stepford about her awesome Poison Ivy cosplay at AnimeNEXT 2014. Photos by Cantera Cosplay and Alex Valderana Photography. Interview by Alex Valderana.  

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Leeleethebunny Spreads Her Angelus Wings!

Posted June 9, 2014 by E. Ortiz

We interviewed Leeleethebunny Cosplay about her awesome Angelus cosplay at the inaugural Hartford Comic Con 2014. Angelus is a character from the larger Spawn universe, created by Todd McFarlane. Our resident Whovian, Mike Carroll, was the lucky one to get to do the interview. Below check out our video interview with her and then some photos of her Angelus cosplay taken […]

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Sinestro #1 is the Lantern You’ve Been Waiting For

Posted June 3, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Sinestro #1 Written by Cullen Bunn Art by Dale Eaglesham Colors by Jason Wright Published by DC Comics It is no secret that the Green Lantern books were a bit of a mangled mess in the early part of the New 52. The most recent creative shuffle has seen some new life breathed into those […]

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Does it Deliver?

Posted May 22, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

If you’re wondering just how Disney is going to jam EVERY STAR WARS CHARACTER EVER into episode seven, then you should get out of your seat (after reading this) and check out the massive ensemble blockbuster-to-be X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Brian Singer jams nearly all of the mutants from the past films, including […]

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‘Batman V Superman’ Writer Slut-Shames The She-Hulk

Posted May 21, 2014 by Rodney Brown

OK, let me apologize for this post right out of the gate. I try to never be that person throwing fuel on a fire. But what David S. Goyer said in podcast last night shows just how even the most important people in the comic-to-movie world still miss the boat when it comes to women […]

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Put ‘Shutter’ in Your ‘Must-Read’ Pile

Posted May 21, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Shutter #1 Written by Joe Keatinge Art by Leila Del Duca Colors by Owen Gieni Published by Image Comics WOW! I know — such a clichéd way to start a comic review, but I cannot think of a more fitting word to describe Shutter issue 1. Creative synergy is bleeding out from this book’s very […]

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Comic Book Writer Gail Simone Interviewed by Bane!

Posted May 20, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Gail Simone is an incredible writer, currently writing the comic books Batgirl, Tomb Raider and Red Sonja from publishers DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite, respectively. At Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, on Free Comic Book Day, Bane, cosplayed by Raymond Ramos, interviewed her about her thoughts on The Secret Six (another great series […]

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While We Were Down: Batman Revealed, and Dr. Strange?

Posted May 15, 2014 by Rodney Brown

So while our servers were getting a much needed celebrity makeover, it wasn’t like there was much that happened in the overall nerd world. Oh, wait… First, Zack Snyder took to Twitter to show us all the first look at the new Batman suit for the upcoming not-Justice League movie (really, it isn’t!) Superman vs. Batman. It […]

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Yoko Littner Blazes Away at Zenkaikon 2014!

Posted May 11, 2014 by Rodney Brown

There was no chance any mechas were going to invade Zenkaikon late last month, with Yoko Littner on the job. Yoko is actually Ichigei Cosplay, and the photos were taken by our own KBV Photography at Zenkaikon’s home base of the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn. Below check out the fantastic photos of […]

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‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Is Back! Well, The Show Anyway

Posted May 9, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Late yesterday, ABC announced it was renewing the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., despite what was generally viewed as a weak first half of its inaugural season, and a drastic drop off in viewers from its first couple of episodes. According to Entertainment Weekly’s site, the renewal was expected by most TV pundits. It seems to […]

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For Lola, It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Posted May 5, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Lola XOXO #1 Published by Aspen Comics Story and Art by Siya Oum The post-apocalypse setting seems to have come back in full swing, and Lola XOXO seems to be another entry into this vast sub-genre. No, this book does not breathe new life into said setting, but this does provide an entertaining enough ride. […]

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Holy Free Comic Book Day, Batgirl!

Posted May 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

What happens when none other than Gail Simone, comic book writer par excellence, is a guest at a comic book store in Manchester, New Hampshire? The crowds wrap around the strip mall, more people line up than attend many smaller conventions, and the cosplayers show up in droves. At least that is what happened when […]

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Moon Knight Shines Bright in Relaunch

Posted April 28, 2014 by Gene Selassie

REVIEW: Moon Knight #1 & 2 Published by Marvel Comics Written by Warren Ellis Art by Declan Shalvey Colors by Jordie Bellaire I will admit that, despite the pedigree of the creators attached to this project, I went into this book a bit lethargic. It’s no secret that Moon Knight is one of the “teacher’s […]

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Anime Boston 2014 Cosplay Pics by KBV Photography!

Posted April 19, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Anime Boston was held a few weeks ago in chilly late March, and our photography editor KBV Photography was in attendance, grabbing shots of the anime cosplay goodness. Not surprisingly, the immensely popular anime Kill La Kill was the focus of many of the cosplayers. Nudist Beach group shots, anyone?  

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Why I’m Breaking Up With Batman

Posted April 2, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

Dear Batman, I want to thank you. Thank you for all of the different versions of Batman out there, from the comic to the cartoons to the films. Thank you for being the only non-superpowered hero that comic geeks can bring up as an equal to the Supermans and Wolverines of the world. But it’s […]

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Evil Empire #1 Falls Short of the Mark

Posted April 1, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by BOOM! Studios Written by Max Bemis Art by Ransom Getty Colors by Chris Blythe I went into this book with cautious optimism. On the surface, here comes more “fight the system, down with the political tyrant” subtext the like of which we’ve seen more than a few times from young writers since the […]

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Image Continues Strong Story with Lazarus #6

Posted March 6, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by Image Comics Written by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark Colors by Santi Arcas With this second installment to the second arc, we find ourselves focusing on two parallel stories. The first is a flashback to a young Forever Carlyle as she works her behind off to try to become the penultimate student […]

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Space Dandy: Space, Yes; Dandy, Not So Much

Posted March 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

This statement won’t win me many fans, but I don’t particularly like Space Dandy. I understand this is an unpopular position, at least based on the amount of love the new anime series gets on my Facebook wall. Everyone seems to enjoy the comedy action anime featuring the adventures of Space Dandy as he searches […]

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‘Mighty Avengers’: Come For the Diversity, Stay for the Quality

Posted February 27, 2014 by Rodney Brown

February is Black History Month, and I admit I feel pretty lousy about using it as an excuse to review the Marvel Comics book Mighty Avengers. After all, I hate to be seen as pandering, and the reason you read it shouldn’t be because it has one of the most diverse cast of heroes in […]

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Watson and Holmes is a Study in Amazing

Posted February 12, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

In honor of Black History Month we took a closer look at African-American talent who are making waves in the comics industry. You know that sinking feeling when you find out about a comic when it’s already a few issues into the run? The dilemma — do you take a chance on an issue later […]

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So Many Problems Make Furious #1 Infuriating

Posted February 11, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by Dark Horse Comics Written by Bryan JL Glass Art by Viktor Santos Being a huge fan of Mice Templar, I was fast to check out Bryan JL Glass’ newest work. He dips his toe into the superhero pool with Furious. While it is a good read with no huge missteps, a score of […]

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Coffin Hill #4 was Dead on Arrival

Posted January 22, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Coffin Hill #4 Published by Vertigo (DC Comics) Written by Caitlin Kittredge Art by Inaki Miranda & Eva de la Cruz Just as this book was making such strides in the right direction with issues #2 and #3, issue #4 seems to be plagued by all of the problems that issue #1 had. Writer Caitlin […]

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The Man Who Made the X-Men Famous Returning to Marvel’s Mutants

Posted January 16, 2014 by Rodney Brown

While the news of the return of the much-beloved X-Men team member Nightcrawler from the dead has already generated a great deal on buzz among fans of Marvel’s mutants, yesterday in a press statement delivered one day before the solicitation for the April comic book issues, Marvel noted that Nightcrawler #1 will be written by […]

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The Midas Flesh #1 Lacks a Golden Touch

Posted January 9, 2014 by Gene Selassie

The Midas Flesh #1 (of 8) Published by Boom! Box (Boom! Studios) Written by Ryan North Art by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb Boom! Studios had the right idea with their newest division, Boom Box. Think of this as the “Fox Searchlight” to Boom; more off-the-beaten path, more outside-the-box ideas that are given special consideration […]

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Lazarus #5 Explores Life on the Edge During the Post-Apocaplypse

Posted January 2, 2014 by Gene Selassie

REVIEW: Lazarus #5 Published by Image Comics Written by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark & Brian Level Colors by Santi Arcas The opening salvo of the second story arc gives us some more world building of this frightening new America; an America that the Carlyle family owns a sizeable chunk of, despite neglecting much […]

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A Leak No More: 1st Official Image From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Posted January 1, 2014 by Rodney Brown

While a skewed version of most of this image has been on the Internet since someone with a camera phone snapped it at San Diego Comic Con, Disney has now released the official image of the cast (both real actors and CGI ones) from the upcoming movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” We can finally get […]

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Dead Body Road #1: A Road Too Well-Travelled

Posted December 18, 2013 by Gene Selassie

REVIEW: Dead Body Road #1 Publisher: Image Comics Story by Justin Jordan Art by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio I’m a sucker for ’80s action-film-type stories. These stories can work when there’s at least a minutiae of something new added. This story didn’t quite go to a bone-dry well, but the well isn’t offering anything […]

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Marvel Shows Long-game Strategy with ‘Inhumans’ No. 1

Posted December 10, 2013 by Rodney Brown

I am a fan of big thinkers — people who take big risks and implement long-game strategies. Which is why I am fan of Marvel and its new comic Inhumanity. This new title may be the keystone in an enormous arch that goes way beyond Marvel’s comic books. First though, a little history. And be […]

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‘Trading Saints for Sinners’: Many Genres, One Great Story

Posted December 9, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

“Trading Saints for Sinners” Written by Roman Colombo Review by Gene Selassie (Buy it here.) I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that started as one thing, evolved into another thing, then in the end mutated into something so beautiful and apropos that I’m left speechless. “Trading Saints for […]

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A Tale of Two Bat Volumes: A Review of DC’s New 52 Batgirl and Batman: The Dark Knight

Posted December 4, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

For many, DC Comics New 52 introduced an era of uncertainty about which of their treasured comics would resemble the previous incarnations and which would be so radically altered that longtime fans would feel alienated. Stray too far from the source: disaster. Stray too little: pointless. Two collected first volumes — Batgirl and The Dark Knight — […]

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Rumor Monger: Is a Live Action ‘Young Justice’ Coming to CW?

Posted December 2, 2013 by Rodney Brown

One small line in a related article has the comic book blogosphere all abuzz. The site Bleeding Cool mentioned in an off-hand comment that it has heard that CW (home of the hit DC Comics series “Arrow” and soon “Flash”) is working on a live action TV series of the late, lamented cartoon series “Young […]

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‘Coffin Hill’ Buried Under Cliches

Posted December 1, 2013 by Guest Writer

REVIEW: Coffin Hill #1 Story by Caitlin Kittredge Art by Inaki Miranda; Colors by Eva De La Cruz Publisher: DC Comics under the Vertigo imprint Review by Gene Selassie On the surface, Coffin Hill played to all of my sensibilities; strong female protagonist, dark artwork that is just stylized enough to make it stand out, […]

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Saga Elevates the Comic Book Medium

Posted November 29, 2013 by Guest Writer

Saga #1 Story by Brian K. Vaughn Art by Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Review by Jenny “Cake” Sweigert I was never the type of girl to fall head over heels for star-crossed affairs between characters. That is, until I was introduced to Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga, where the main characters are, in fact, star-crossed. […]

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DC’s Problem With a Splashier Aquaman is Namor

Posted November 26, 2013 by Rodney Brown

Today the online site for the Hollywood trade publication Variety ran an article about how DC is making a big push to make Aquaman ride a bigger celebrity wave. The author cites the “Smallville” spinoff attempt that never made it past a pilot, and the fact that Aquaman was the butt of many jokes on […]

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Lazarus #4 Delivers on Epic Storyline

Posted November 25, 2013 by Guest Writer

Lazarus #4 Story by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark and Brian Level; Colors by Santi Arcas Review by Gene Selassie Note: The second paragraph of this review contains a few story arc spoilers.—Editor It is rare in this day and age of decompressed storytelling that a story arc ends right when it feels it […]

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DMZ: A Journey into our Society’s Heart of Darkness

Posted November 15, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

There are two sides to every story. Two versions. Two factions in every Civil War. Except when there’s not. That’s the beauty of DMZ’s first collection of the DC-Vertigo comic series by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli: there are two armies with so many people caught in between, each with their own story to tell. […]

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Breaking: Marvel to Make 4 New Series on Netflix, Leading up to “Defenders” Mini-series

Posted November 7, 2013 by Rodney Brown

Marvel Studios put out a press release this morning in which it announced it would be working with Netflix on four new live-action series that will lead up to a mini-series in which the four heroes will team up as The Defenders. Straight from the press release, as per the Wall Street Journal online: Led […]

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Spoiler Alert: New Ms. Marvel Teased in Captain Marvel #17

Posted November 6, 2013 by Rodney Brown

By now you have undoubtedly seen the news that in 2014 Marvel Comics will launch a new title with a familiar name — Ms. Marvel — but a very new character sporting it. In what will be a first for a title character in a Marvel book, the new Ms. Marvel will be a Muslim, […]

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Will & Whit: A Must-Read Tale for Teens

Posted October 28, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

Welcome to “Independents Day,” Nerd Caliber’s short reviews of noteworthy comics and books NOT produced by a major publisher. My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them… –Judith […]

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The Return Of RANMA 1/2 Anime & Manga Series To North America

Posted September 15, 2013 by Mr. Press Release

Legendary Martial Arts-Action-Adventure-Comedy Manga Created By Rumiko Takahashi Debuts In 2-in-1 Editions Spring 2014; Anime Launches Today On VIZAnime.com; Neon Alley, Blu-ray And DVD Debuts Coming Soon San Francisco, CA, September 11, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the return […]

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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN The Movie: The Lost Tower On DVD And BLU-RAY

Posted September 15, 2013 by Mr. Press Release

The World’s Most Popular Ninja Returns In His Seventh Anime Feature Film For An Action-Packed Time-Travelling Adventure VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces the latest NARUTO anime feature film to fans everywhere with the release of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: THE LOST TOWER […]

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Surprise, Surprise…The Superior Spider-Man is “No Brand New Day”

Posted September 9, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

If you’re an older Spider-Man reader, then you remember the days when Peter Parker was married to M.J. It was a rarity in comics—a happy, stable relationship. Peter and M.J. made one another stronger. She and he had careers and their own villains and, well, that dynamic lasted for more than twenty years. No matter […]

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Comic Review: Robyn Hood #5

Posted August 26, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Review: Robyn Hood #5 (Zenescope) By: Erin DeBorba In Issue 4 of Robyn Hood, we left Robyn as she sat on the floor of a jail cell, just having finished an angering conversation with King John. She’d almost won the tournament, then lost it to his Champion, and now awaits her execution in the morning. […]

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Comic Review: Robyn Hood #4

Posted August 21, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Review: Robyn Hood #4 (Zenescope) By: Erin DeBorba The last time we saw Robyn, her and the Merry Men were about to enter the competition that King John wanted to use as a trap. Thinking they would start a revolution, Robyn saw this as her chance to kill the king, and make her way back […]

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Comic Review: Robyn Hood #3

Posted August 20, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Review: Robyn Hood #3 (Zenescope) By: Erin DeBorba When we last saw Robyn in Issue 2, she had just learned of her destiny to help the people of Bree, had become “one with her bow,” and had defied King Charles not once, but twice. Now, fast forward a year and we are in issue 3. […]

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