JOKER opens with a smile!

Joker (Warner Bros.)

JOKER opens with a smile!

This weekend saw Warner Bros. latest comic book adaptation, Joker, open to the world and deliver the largest October domestic weekend of all time with an estimated $93.5 million. Joker is also the 4th largest opening for an R-rated feature- Deadpool and Deadpool 2 are at the top with IT taking 3rd place.

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Logan

‘Logan’ picks up Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

Whilst DC Films missed out on nominations in any categories as yesterdays Oscar nominations it wasn’t all bad news for comic book movies. Logan picked up a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay becoming the first superhero movie in history to do so.

Whilst many expected Wonder Woman to pick up at least a nomination for Patty Jenkins in the directing category that film wasn’t even nominated in the technical categories. There were technical nods for Blade Runner 2049Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.

Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Eriq La Salle, Stephen Merchant, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez & Richard E. Grant. The film is directed by James Mangold and scripted by David James Kelly.

Logan

‘Logan’ named in top 10 movies of 2017 by US National Board of Review

Great news for Logan fans this morning. ComicBookMovie is reporting that the National Board of Review in North America has named the film as one of its top 10 of 2017.

This is excellent news as the movie world heads towards Oscar season. With the latest and greatest films vying for Oscar glory in the forefront of viewers and voters minds it is a testament to the works of James Mangold and Hugh Jackman that Logan is still memorable despite being released so early in the year.

Following Deadpool and its two Golden Globe nominations could Logan follow suit this year? Here is the full top 10:

TOP 10 MOVIES
Baby Driver
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Downsizing
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
Logan
Phantom Thread

Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Eriq La Salle, Stephen Merchant, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez & Richard E. Grant. The film is directed by James Mangold and scripted by David James Kelly.

Snow: The Dawn #3 art by Harry Hughes

‘Snow: The Dawn’ #3 review

Snow: The Dawn #3 is written by Nick Goode with art by Harry Hughes.  You can pickup your copy of Snow: The Dawn #3 at Comixology now.

Synopsis

The year is 2079, a series of terrorist bombings have rattled what remains of England after the effects of global warming took the world by surprise in 2020. The people have lost faith in the government despite their efforts to aid the country’s reform. Isolated and alone, London has split into boroughs, each borough governed by a councilman who reports to Parliament. In the fifth borough, Islington. James Snow, a political researcher, is in the midst of it all. Events begin to unfold that will change his way of life forever…

Review

Coming off the back of their hugely successful anthology book The Eventide it was time to get back to the main story of the Snow: The Dawn universe. After two equally successful issues which have introduced readers to the world of London 2079 this third issue really kicks the narrative up in to a higher gear.

Throughout all of their releases writer Nick Goode has displayed an ability to create very real characters whilst simultaneously setting them in a very hyper-realist world. With this third issue he pushes this type of storytelling even further. This is very much a tense issue to read.

Starting out with James and Sarah agonising over the holotape there’s a sense of urgency which never lets up. Their disagreement over contacting the authorities adds some good character drama and helps push the narrative towards its exciting conclusion. This issue definitely belongs to James Snow. Throughout the issue we see his actions escalate. We already know that there’s more than meets the eye to him following events in the previous issues. We also know the series is building towards some kind of heroic (or perhaps anti-heroic) role for the character. This issue finally sees him take some major steps towards accepting that role. The way his character is written here is very edge-of-your-seat stuff. It all feels very cinematic.

As the action ramps up so does the books pace. There’s a real consistency to the pacing of this series which helps to keep it a compelling read. That is in no small part also due to the artwork of Harry Hughes. I’ve complimented him before for the decision to leave Snow: The Dawn devoid of colour and I stand by those compliments.

His grasp on the aesthetic of the series if perfect. From the first page there’s no doubt that we are in a murky noir-esque world. His mix of light and shadow is often quite playful and always pleasing to the eye. Fine details is also one of his strongpoints as there is never a panel which feels devoid of life.

Verdict

Snow: The Dawn #3 is an intriguing third chapter to this compelling story. High on complex storytelling as well as character and emotion. A genuine must read for fans of well written thrillers with a sci-fi twist.

8/10

Snow: The Dawn #3 cover by Harry Hughes

‘Logan’ home video details released

It’s official. Logan is coming to Blu-ray, 4k UHD and Digital HD from May 23, 2017. Today 20th Century Fox detailed several versions of the home video release alongside releasing its package art.

Special features include:

– Logan Noir – a black-and-white version of the film

– Audio Commentary by director James Mangold

– Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by James Mangold (Blu-ray exclusive)

– ‘Making Logan’ – a behind-the-scenes documentary (Blu-ray exclusive)

As well as the standard, steelbook and Target exclusive versions we have pictured below WalMart has unveiled an exclusive version which includes a series of art cards celebrating Hugh Jackman’s 17 years as Wolverine. Here’s a low res look at what Walmart has to offer:

No news yet on international release dates and specifics but we’ll bring them to you as soon as we have them. In the meantime checkout the high res package art released by Fox today in the gallery below.

Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Eriq La Salle, Stephen Merchant, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez & Richard E. Grant. The film is directed by James Mangold and scripted by David James Kelly.

The ‘Justice League’ (minus Superman) unite in new poster!

Just when fans thought that a Superman reveal was the next logical step Warner Bros. went and pulled a ‘Justice League’ shaped surprise. After debuting character posters and teaser videos for each League member it seemed Superman was the only one left to show.

But instead of a sixth teaser video showing Supes return from the grave we were instead treated to a seventh ‘Justice League’ poster. This time bringing together the five members so far revealed. Batman is still sporting the oddly coloured chest piece but we understand each member has their logo heavily on show.

Here’s the new ‘united’ poster:

Justice League

Could a Superman reveal still be to come overnight? Or might he be entirely absent from the films first trailer? We will find out tomorrow!

‘Justice League’ stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Joining them are Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio. ‘Justice League’ hits cinemas on November 17th 2017 from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

Cyborg, Wonder Woman ‘Justice League’ posters and teasers released

Today we’ve had more promo for Saturday’s ‘Justice League’ trailer reveal. Warner Bros. bucked the alphabet trend started by releasing Aquaman and Batman by first jumping to Flash and then to Wonder Woman. Finally was the unveiling of the trailer and poster for Cyborg.

Here’s the Wonder Woman teaser:

And the Cyborg teaser:

And here are there character posters!

‘Justice League’ stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Joining them are Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio. ‘Justice League’ hits cinemas on November 17th 2017 from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

The Flash

The Flash teaser and poster for ‘Justice League’ have arrived!

Warner Bros. bucked the trend of alphabetising its heroes overnight by releasing The Flash as its next ‘Justice League’ tease. We’ve already seen teasers and posters for Aquaman and Batman. There are some great new glimpses of Ezra Miller in his Flash costume here.

The full ‘Justice League’ trailer hits the web tomorrow. In the meantime check out the Flash teaser in the player below!

Here is his character poster!

The Flash

‘Justice League’ stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Joining them are Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio. ‘Justice League’ hits cinemas on November 17th 2017 from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

Justice League

‘Justice League’ trailer coming Saturday, first looks released

Fans have been anticipating a new ‘Justice League’ trailer for some time. Technically no official trailer has been released. The first footage screened at SDCC was much more of a sizzle reel. With the announcement that Warner Bros. would be attending CinemaCon and Wondercon this month it was highly expected the trailer would appear at one of these.

Well now we know the truth. The first full trailer for ‘Justice League’ will arrive THIS SATURDAY! To celebrate Warner Bros. has started releasing short teasers each focussing on one of the League’s members. So far both Aquaman and Batman have been released. We expect that Cyborg will drop any time now.

Checkout the Aquaman teaser below:

And here is  Batman:

Shortly after a version of the Aquaman teaser hit the web the first one-sheet poster was unveiled by director Zack Snyder. Then as each of the character teasers has been released a character poster has arrive alongside it. We’re a little confused by the Bat-logo on Ben Affleck but perhaps this was just some odd Photoshop manoeuvre to make the logo stand out…

‘Justice League’ stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Joining them are Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio. ‘Justice League’ hits cinemas on November 17th 2017 from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

EVENTIDE FRONT COVER

‘The Eventide (Snow Chronicles)’ review

‘The Eventide (Snow Chronicles)’ is published by Dimthroat Comics and hits stores from April 5th, 2017.

Synopsis

From the creators of Snow: The Dawn comes five new stories, delve deeper into the Snow universe and learn more about its villains The Guests and the everyday heroes who attempt to change the static ways of life.

Nick Goode & Harry Hughes welcome creative talents. Luke Barnes, Jey Levang, Maya O vrebo & Stuart McGarey.

With a soundtrack composed by Chris Gwilliam.

Review

By admission I read predominantly mainstream comics. I’m sure I said this in one of my reviews of previous issues of this series. I was born and raised on superheroes. But I certainly can appreciate a bleak future outlook. Particularly when it hits so close to home that it’s in my backyard.

‘Snow: The Dawn’ is an excellent series. It brings a really unique level of art to a complex story which is both character driven and action packed. So far the talented team of Nick Goode and Harry Hughes has released two of a planned twelve issues. There has also been two one-shots which now bookend ‘The Eventide (Snow Chronicles)’ release.

Also by admission I was really excited when Nick got in touch and asked to send me a copy of this book ahead of release.

There’s something incredibly brave about taking a project of your own and allowing others work on it. But that is exactly what Goode and Hughes have done here and to great success.

Opening story ‘Codename’ (Goode/Hughes) is classic ‘Snow: The Dawn’. It’s got mystery, intrigue and action but first and foremost its got character. The burgeoning romance of Oliver and Sarah is enough to carry the story on its own. Both characters are fully realised both through the story and the artwork. What appears to be a romance story set in a post apocalyptic future quickly becomes an espionage, almost Bond-esque affair.

I won’t give away any spoilers here but by the end of ‘Codename’ you will be left wanting more.

Next up is ‘Act One’ (Goode and Jey Levang) which brings a dash of colour to proceedings. Jey’s artwork has some hints of Babs Tarr which I really dig. There’s a real quirkiness which I like about this artwork. It’s like looking at stills from an animation. Not only does it portray the emotions of the story but it also strongly represents the characters movements and actions.

Once again there is a strong undercurrent of romance to the story. There’s more action than ‘Codename’ but equally as much heart.

The third story in ‘The Eventide’ is ‘Virtuous’ written by Luke Barnes with art by Maya O vrebo. It’s an interesting entity as it only has a story credit for Nick Goode. I went in to this story with some trepidation but it was unfounded.

‘Virtuous’ is deeply disturbing story fit for an episode of ‘Black Mirror’. We follow the character of Noah as he uncovers the truth of the people he works for. Those people are, of course, Vices Enterprise. It’s a classic story of the wool being pulled away from ones eyes.

Guest writer Luke Barnes has crafted a story which pulls the reader along as we delve deeper in to the rabbit hole. Noah is a tragic character who wants beyond all else to do good but finds himself working for the bad guy.

Much like some of the other stories here there’s a predetermined idea about where we as a reader will expect them to go. Just like those other stories ‘Virtuous’ doesn’t go there.

Next up is ‘Vices’ (Goode and Stuart McGarey) which is easily the most experimental story in the book. The artwork is so striking that even after reading through several times I have to remind myself to focus on the words. McGarey takes the story and makes it in to a true work of art.

The story revolves around a man brought to his knees through addiction who becomes involved with a Vices Enterprise drug trial. The illustration definitely made me feel like I’d taken something. It’s trippy from start to finish but like the other chapters in this book it never detracts from the story. I challenge any reader to not be mesmerised by it.

Just because it’s bright and colourful don’t expect a happily ever after. So far in the world of ‘Snow: the Dawn’ there are no truly happy endings.

The last story is ‘Energy’ (Goode/Hughes) which bookends ‘The Eventide’ perfectly. Once again by the classic team up of Goode and Hughes the story is another taste of ‘Snow: the Dawn’ espionage. This time we follow reporter Laura as she uncovers some of the dirty secrets of Vices Enterprise. Once again Nick Goode’s writing is able to build a compelling character in a short space of time before introducing a mystery and eventual twist.

One consistent thread throughout the book is the strong storytelling which is typical of this series. It’s testament to the strength of the concept that it is able to handle a diverse range of stories without ever becoming diluted.

As great as the guest artists are – and they really are great – it’s Harry Hughes whose artwork IS ‘Snow: the Dawn’. It’s a wise choice to have ‘Codename’ and ‘Energy’ bookend the ‘The Eventide’. They ground this anthology book in there story of the main series allowing the in between stories to flourish in their own right.

Verdict

One thing which is abundantly clear when reading ‘The Eventide (Snow Chronicles)’ is that these guys know what they’re aiming for and they’re not afraid to take risks to get there.

Each chapter has a unique aesthetic and no two stories feel the same. There’s strong artwork throughout and most importantly it never becomes a style over substance product.

‘The Eventide (Snow Chronicles)’ is at it’s best when it pushes the boundaries of its storytelling so I have to single out ‘Vices’ as the most avant-garde of any comic I’ve read in recent years.

Simply put. A must read.

9/10