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Review – Power Rangers

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Review – Power Rangers

By guest columnist k.e.n.n.y.h.

“…this is a bad idea right?”
“The worst.”

Surprisingly not really – that’s right. Power Rangers are back for all you kiddies from the nineties (and everyone else who’s wondering what the hell all of this is.) Welcome to the re-imagining of the original American knock-off of Japanese Super Sentai (has no bearing on the movie, but we’re all about the facts here.) The cult classic has a reboot with a new look, a new feel, and undoubtedly a new merchandise range.

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Comic Issues #77 – Sequel to Disaster

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Comic Issues #77 – Sequel to Disaster

It’s no surprise that Hollywood refuses to put their money behind original stories these days, but what may be surprising is how far back they’re digging to find a franchise to make a sequel for. Independence Day 2, anyone? How about another Die Hard movie with a longer title than the last two put together?

This week the crew /facepalm as they go through a list of films either in the process of getting rebooted, or continued long past their prime.  Never content to simply complain though, Anthony, Daryck, and Elizabeth offer some ideas for blockbuster movies with characters that we haven’t seen on the screen yet.

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The New 52 in Review (Week 3)

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The New 52 in Review (Week 3)

Times have been tough for comics lately.  Despite owning every summer blockbuster for the last five years, print has been declining steadily with no hope of a boost in sales.  It’s times like these when businesses have to make a change or die, and that’s exactly what DC Comics has done.

After mountains of speculation and controversy the #1’s are finally hitting and immediately flying off the shelves.  Large titles such as Justice League are going into their third printings already after only being for sale for three weeks, while smaller, but very controversial, books like Batgirl already have orders for second printings.

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DC Announces 10 Rebooted Titles and Price Points

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DC Announces 10 Rebooted Titles and Price Points

It’s day three of DC’s revolutionary move to take the lead of the digital market, and the hits just keep on coming.  Today ten additional titles where announced along with their creative teams for the release of what will be fifty-two (is this number on purpose?) new rebooted titles coming out in September.  These will follow Geoff Johns’ and Jim Lee’s Justice League #1. DC is doing a lot to generate an enormous amount of buzz and excitement for what is also considered to be a huge gamble on its part.

Starting with Justice League #1, and continuing throughout the month of September, all fifty-two titles will be available in combo packs.  Much like the DVD/download combo pack treatment that the movie industry has initiated, these titles will be available at comic shops in poly bags with a digital download code inside, all for the price of $4.99.  Although the price may sound a little steep, these are all oversized issues that will include a digital copy.  Separate print and digital copies will be available at comic shops and online respectively.  Old fashioned print copies will be $3.99, and their digital versions will be $2.99.  Have no fear though, after September, both print and digital copies will return to their original prices of $2.99 for print and $1.99 for digital.

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DC Adds Teen Heroes and the Supernatural to Reboot Line-up

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DC Adds Teen Heroes and the Supernatural to Reboot Line-up

Since May 31, the entire comic world has been talking about one thing: DC’s new line up.  Many of DC’s heavy hitting lead books have been announced already, like Batman, Justice League, and Green Lantern, but with the absence of Superman’s books (and many of the supporting ensemble books still to be revealed), there is definitely much more to come. On Tuesday, DC announced a “supernatural” line-up of titles that was a bit unexpected, but by Wednesday the comic giant was back to business with even more superhero books focusing on the younger teenaged heroes.

The more magical and supernatural books come as a bit of a surprise as they feature older characters from DC’s Vertigo line.  Although not completely out of place, they do stand apart from the traditional superhero comics that will be sitting next to them on the store shelves.  They also seem like somewhat of a risk as they’ll be among the debut titles that DC is depending on to help change the face of the comic industry.

Tim Drake will finally make his appearance among the rebooted fifty-two titles.  After Dick Grayson’s appearance as Nightwing and Damien Wayne’s as the Robin in Batman & Robin, there was a level of fear from fans that perhaps Batman’s third Robin didn’t have a place in the DCU.  Fortunately now, Tim Drake will be reprising his role as Red Robin when he leads the new Teen Titans book that was released with several other books revolving around teenaged heores.

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DC adds Bat-Books and GL to Rebooted Titles

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DC adds Bat-Books and GL to Rebooted Titles

Since DC’s huge announcement of the rebooting of 52 of its books, eleven books have been released.  However, as we all know, the hunger of comic readers around the world cannot be satisfied with such a small offering!  As of June 6, DC has announced fifteen additional titles that will be released in the month of September along with all the others.  Among these new titles are the much discussed Bat-books and, although it seems that not everyone’s represented as of yet, the talent is looking pretty spectacular.

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DC announces Universe Reboot and same day digital delivery

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DC announces Universe Reboot and same day digital delivery

In what will probably be the biggest comic book news this year, DC Comics announced today (via USA Today article) that beginning August 31st over 50 of their biggest titles will be renumbered back to #1.

Although renumbering a title isn’t new, or even that uncommon, each title will also be getting a fresh reboot.  DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee has been involved with many character costume redesigns, all in an attempt to make characters in the DCU (DC Universe) more recognizable and more appealing to a contemporary audience.

The DCU reboot will begin Aug. 31st with Justice League #1, written by DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns with long time comic book legend (and previously mentioned Co-Publisher for DC Comics) Jim Lee.  Justice League #1 will include the classic cast : Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Aquaman.

The two comic book industry heavyweights will lead the charge on DC’s Flagship book as the following rebooted / renumbered books will come out in September.  While rebooting a huge portion of the 76 year old comic universe is big news by itself, DC also announced a move that may finally put the company ahead of it’s long time rival Marvel Comics in the comic book industry.

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