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Win a D-Day SIgned Poster and Digital Code

Win a D-Day SIgned Poster and Digital Code

There are few battles better known than the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The courage on display that day helped turned the tide against the Axis powers.

On screens and streaming today, the Cinedigm release honors those who risked everything in the name of freedom.

Our friends at CInedigm want to celebrate the release by giving away a one-sheet signed by Chuck Liddell, Weston Cage Coppola and Jesse Kove, and the actual movie via free iTunes Digital code.

We have two sets to giveaway. All you need to do is tell us why you consider this battle so significant and any personal connection you or your family had with the event. Submit your responses no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 18. Open only to North American readers and the judgment of ComicMix‘s judges will be final

D-DAY, starring Chuck Liddell (Former UFC Champion & Hall of Famer, Kick-Ass 2, Altitude), Randy Couture (Former UFC Champion & Hall of Famer, The Expendables 2 & 3), Weston Cage Coppola (211, Circus Kane), and Jesse Kove (On Wings of Eagles) will release in select theaters, on demand and digitally on September 13, with a DVD release to follow later in the year, from Cinedigm.

Written by Geoff Meed and directed by Nick Lyon, D-DAY is based on the incredible true story of the elite Army Rangers of the 2nd Battalion.

As thousands of Allied soldiers storm the beaches of Normandy in an attempt to change the course of WWII,  Lt. Colonel James Rudder (Cage Coppola), Lt. General Omar Bradley (Liddell), and Major Cleveland Lytle (Couture) lead the 2nd Battalion behind enemy lines and into a firefight against an enemy that greatly outnumbers them. Scaling a one-hundred-foot cliff, these heroic rangers battle to secure a strategic position and destroy a battery of German-seized cannons. 

I’m the best at what I do, but what I do is unBEARable…

I’m the best at what I do, but what I do is unBEARable…

I’m the best at what I do, but what I do is unBEARable…

On Wednesday, September 11, hailing from the northern wilderness of Canada, the iconic Marvel character, Wolverine, is now at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Known as one of the gruffest, most irascible, totally cynical and brooding heroes of the X-Men, Wolverine takes the stage as an online exclusive collector’s item. Complete with his classic costume and soft claws, he is ready to take on any opponent.

Originally at www.firstcomicsnews.com

How are they creating this, yet no one’s making Bamf! dolls yet?

Hobbs & Shaw Race for Home in November

Hobbs & Shaw Race for Home in November

Universal City, California, September 10, 2019 – Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, available on Digital on October 15, 2019, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on November 5, 2019, amps up the high-stakes action and sharp-edged humor like never before, taking fans down an exhilarating new road. Unforgettable franchise favorites Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson; Skyscraper, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham; The Meg, Spy) forge an unlikely partnership that provides fresh insight into their backstories. Johnson and Statham’s “sheer movie star charisma” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) take the action, spectacle, thrills and humor to a new level and have already earned the film more than $680 million at the global box office.
 
Hobbs & Shaw features over 80 minutes* of never-before-seen bonus content including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes and several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that take fans further into the thrilling story. A hit with audiences, Hobbs & Shaw earned an “A-” CinemaScore and is “the most exciting movie of the year” (Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV), with non-stop action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.
 
For years, hulking lawman Luke Hobbs and lawless outcast Deckard Shaw have traded smack talk and body blows. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba; Thor: Ragnarok, The Dark Tower) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, Hobbs and Shaw must partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. Joining the cast as Shaw’s sister Hattie, Vanessa Kirby (Mission: Impossible-Fallout, The Crown) “is convincing as a woman who can take care of herself” (Rafer Guzman, Newsday). Directed by David Leitch from a story by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan and a screenplay by Morgan and Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3), Hobbs & Shaw is produced by Johnson, Statham, Morgan and Hiram Garcia (Skyscraper, Rampage).
 
*Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray™

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL

  • ALTERNATE OPENING*
  • DELETED/EXTENDED/ALTERNATE SCENES
  • JOHNSON & STATHAM: HOBBS & SHAW – Why this film duo works so well together on and off the set.
  • PROGRESS OF A FIGHT SCENE WITH DIRECTOR DAVID LEITCH – From script, to storyboard, to finally arriving on set and working with cast and crew, this piece will illustrate the progression of fight scenes from concept to execution.
  • PRACTICAL ACTION – Any film featuring Jason Statham or Dwayne Johnson is sure to be action packed and feature some over-the-top fight scenes. For the film, each fight sequence was carefully choreographed and shot ahead of time for the actors to use in training and ultimately in shooting the scene.
  • THE BAD GUY* – Fans can explore what makes the ultimate baddie, as well as Brixton’s backstory, casting Idris Elba, special effects for his cyber features and what makes him tick.
  • THE SISTER* – This piece will highlight Vanessa Kirby as Hattie Shaw – she may be Deckard Shaw’s little sister, but don’t be fooled, she’s equally capable of kicking just as much ass as he does.
  • HOBBS’ FAMILY TREE* – This character piece will highlight the extended family of the Hobbs heroes. From Hobbs’ daughter, mother and brothers, take a high-energy, behind-the-scenes look at their time on set.
  • THE MATRIARCH* – With her brief appearance in HOBBS & SHAW, audiences are reminded of the matriarchal might of Helen Mirren as mother Shaw. This piece will feature Mirren in her return to the role.
  • NEW FRIENDS – Featuring hilarious moments with the cameos featured in the film, this piece will showcase some of the best moments from their days on set.
  • ELEVATOR ACTION* – The elevator scene in the trailer – yes, you know the one.  This is just one of the crazy stunts in the film – now fans can see how it was done.
  • STUNT SHOW AND TELL* – Along with film clips and stunt vis, this firsthand look at some of the key sequences in the film will peel back the layers of the stunt process.
  • KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: A CONVERSATION WITH ROMAN AND DWAYNE* – In this intimate conversation, Roman Reigns and Dwayne Johnson discuss their personal relationship, coming from a long lineage of wrestlers, and what it’s like to be working side by side on a project so close to Johnson’s heart.
  • BLIND FURY* – Dwayne reveals the inspiration behind one of the film’s key scenes – his grandfather!
  • DWAYNE AND HOBBS: LOVE AT FIRST BITE* – We know how important family is to Dwayne Johnson, and his French Bulldog Hobbs is no exception. In this fun piece, fans can learn more about Dwayne and man’s best friend.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR DAVID LEITCH

* Exclusive to Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray™
 
Hobbs & Shaw will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack (4K Ultra HD+ Blu-rayTM + Digital Code).

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for 4X sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio.
    • Hobbs & Shaw 4K Ultra HD is available with HDR10+™, providing a premium HDR picture quality. HDR10+ transforms your movie watching experience with incredible brightness and contrast for each scene, delivering brighter brights and deepest darks.
  • Blu-rayTM delivers a pristine HD picture and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com

Experience Pan’s Labyrinth in its 4K Glory Oct. 1

Experience Pan’s Labyrinth in its 4K Glory Oct. 1

BURBANK, CA, September 5, 2019 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that Pan’s Labyrinth, the highly-acclaimed 2006 modern day dark fairy tale written and directed by Academy Award-winner Guillermo del Toro, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 1.

Written and directed by del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim, The Shape of Water), Pan’s Labyrinth premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 22-minute standing ovation, followed by its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.  The critically-acclaimed film won multiple awards, including three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, the Saturn Award for Best International Film, and the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.  The film also appeared on more than 20 critic’s top ten lists for 2006.

Produced by del Toro, Bertha Navarro, Alfonso Cuaron, Frida Torresblanco, and Alvaro Augustin, the film stars Serio Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, and Alex Angulo and is narrated by Pablo Adan.

Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.  

Pan’s Labyrinth will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $41.99 SRP*, and features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc of Pan’s Labyrinth. Fans can also own Pan’s Labyrinth in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on October 1. The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack of Pan’s Labyrinth will include more than seven hours of previously released special features, including an audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro.

 

SYNOPSIS

Following a bloody civil war, young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer.  Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother.  But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil.

Ultra HD Blu-ray Elements

Pan’s Labyrinth Ultra HD disc contains the following special features:

  • Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro

Pan’s Labyrinth Blu-ray disc contains the following special features:

  • Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro
  • Video prologue by Guillermo del Toro
  • The Power of Myth
  • The Faun and the Fairies
  • The Color and the Shape
  • The Director’s Notebook

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On October 1, Pan’s Labyrinth 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster Video, Vudu and more. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

BASICS

Ultra HD Blu-ray  $41.99

Standard Street Date: October 1, 2019

Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: Castillian Spanish

Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish

Running Time: 119 minutes

Rating: Rated R

DOLBY 5.1 Master Audio   [CC]

Experience More John Wick in Truth Serum Web Series

Experience More John Wick in Truth Serum Web Series

SANTA MONICA, CA (September 5, 2019) – Uncover the secret world of The High Table in “Truth Serum,” the latest digital mini-series set in the world of super-assassin, John Wick. The 4-episode storyline stars Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s 11 trilogy, iZombie) as Banks Jenkins, a paranoid talk-show host working to piece together enough evidence to expose the criminal organization behind the events featured in the John Wick trilogy.
 
Integrating behind-the-scenes images and videos doctored to look like found footage, each episode expands on Banks’s conspiracy theory, hinting at the mystique of the Continental and the global reach of the High Table, but never fully uncovering the truth, leaving Banks to face the consequences when he uncovers a little more than he should. Fellow conspiracy theorists can follow along at http://bit.ly/WatchJohnWickTruthSerum, where all 4 episodes are available to stream.
 
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is now available on Digital and arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand September 10 from Lionsgate.
 
Take home John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and immerse yourself in the thrilling world with exclusive special features, including all-new featurettes that explore the mythology and over-the-top action of the John Wick expanded universe. Dive into the hidden world of Killer Ballerinas, Shinobi, and the Bowery King, learn the intense planning that went into the film’s incredible horse chase sequence and “dog-fu” fight sequences, and even get an editing master class with director Chad Stahelski and editor Evan Schiff!  Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.
 
The film stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Speed, Point Break), Oscar® winner Halle Berry (2001, Best Actress, Monster’s Ball), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), Marc Dacascos (Hawaii Five-O, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Only the Strong), Asia Kate Dillon (Orange is the New Black, Billions, Younger), Lance Reddick (White House Down, Jonah Hex, American Horror Story), with Oscar® winner Anjelica Huston (1985, Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi’s Honor), and Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (2005, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, Deadwood).
 
 The John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

Dave Bautista’s Stuber COmes Home in Oct.

Dave Bautista’s “Stuber” Comes Home in Oct.

Your ride is about to arrive, with Stuber coming home on Digital October 1 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD October 15.
 
Get ready for the ride of your life in this high-speed buddy comedy fueled by huge laughs and nonstop action! When a mild-mannered driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani; “Silicon Valley”) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista; Guardians of the Galaxy) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, Stu is thrust into a harrowing ordeal in which he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.
 
Loaded with gut-busting laughs and visceral action that reframes the timeless buddy-comedy genre for modern audiences, the all-star cast includes Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”), Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Jimmy Tatro (“American Vandal”), Natalie Morales (“Abby’s”) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy).  Bonus features include deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel, audio commentary with director Michael Dowse (Goon) and Kumail Nanjiani and more!
 
STUBER 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Joke-O-Rama
  • Georgia Film Works
  • Audio Commentary by Michael Dowse and Kumail Nanjiani
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peak

 
STUBER 4K Ultra HD Specifications:
Street Date:                       October 15, 2019
Screen Format:                Widescreen 16:9        
Audio:                              English Dolby Atmos 2, English AD DD 5.1, Spanish (Latin Spanish) DD 5.1, French                                                 DTS 5.1, Castilian DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1, Japanese DTS 5.1,                                                        Czech DD 5.1, Hungarian DD 5.1, English COMMENTARY DD 2.0                           
Subtitles:                       English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish (Latin Spanish) +TXT, French (Parisian)                                       + TXT, Castilian + TXT, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German + TXT, Italian         +  TXT,                                                    Japanese, Japanese TXT, Norwegian, Swedish, Czech + TXT, Hungarian +    TXT, Korean,                                           English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing COMMENTARY
Total Run Time:               Approximately 120 minutes  
U.S. Rating                        R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity
 
STUBER Blu-ray™ Specifications:
Street Date:                       October 15, 2019
Screen Format:                Widescreen 16:9                    
Audio:                                English DTS-HD-MA 7.1, Spanish (Latin Spanish) DD, Portuguese (Brazilian) DD 5.1,                                     Czech DD 5.1, Hindi DD 5.1, Hungarian DD 5.1, Polish VO DD 5.1, English COMMENTARY                                             DD 2.0 Stereo                          
Subtitles:                           English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish (Latin Spanish) +TXT, Portuguese                                                (Brazilian) + TXT, Bulgarian, Yue Chinese (Cantonese), Croatian, Czech + TXT, Icelandic,                                        Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Traditional), Polish + TXT, Portuguese (Iberian), Serbian,                                                    Slovak, Slovenian, Korean COMMENTARY
Total Run Time:               Approximately 120 minutes  
U.S. Rating                        R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity
 
 
 
STUBER DVD Specifications:
Street Date:                       October 15, 2019
Screen Format:                Widescreen 16:9                    
Audio:                                English DD 5.1, English AD DD 5.1, Hindi DD 5.1,
                                           English COMMENTARY DD 2.0                            
Subtitles:                           English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish (Latin Spanish) +TXT, Portuguese                                                 (Brazilian) + TXT, Yue Chinese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Simplified) TXT, Mandarin                                                (Traditional), Korean COMMENTARY
Total Run Time:               Approximately 120 minutes  
U.S. Rating                        R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity

Spider-Man: Far From Home Disc Details Divulged

Spider-Man: Far From Home Disc Details Divulged

CULVER CITY, Calif. (September 3, 2019) – The billion dollar blockbuster, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, comes home on Digital September 17 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on October 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From Spider-Man: Homecoming Director, Jon Watts, comes a global adventure for everyone. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is now the biggest Spider-Man film of all time!
 
Tom Holland returns as everyone’s favorite web-slinger in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, the next chapter after Spider-Man: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plans to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks! Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent but all is not as it seems.
 
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME stars Tom Holland (Spider – Man: Homecoming) as Peter Parker, Samuel L. Jackson (Spider – Man: Homecoming) as Nick Fury, Jon Favreau ( The Lion King) as  Happy Hogan, Zendaya (“Euphoria”) as MJ, and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) as Mysterio.
 
The Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, and 4K Ultra HD release arrives filled with bonus materials for the whole family including a special short, alternate and extended scenes, gag reels and Easter Eggs! Additional special features include Teachers’ Travel Tips with Mr. Harrington and Mr. Dell and interviews with the cast and crew focused on stunts and location in The Jump Off and  Far, FAR, From Home. Explore how Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU in Stepping Up and get a closer look at the special chemistry between Jon Watts and Tom Holland in It Takes Two. Fans will want to dive into The Ginter-Riva Effect, Thank You, Mrs. Parker and Now You See Me features for more character focused details. The 4K Ultra HD also features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.
 
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is directed by Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers and based on a Marvel Comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Executive Producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, the late Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.
 
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME has a run time of approximately 129 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.
 
Bonus Materials Include:

  • New Original Short, Peter’s To – Do – List: Peter has a few errands to run before he can leave on his class trip.
  • Teachers’ Travel Tips: Mr. Harrington & Mr. Dell present a few tips on how to traverse the European continent.
  • Stepping Up: Explore how Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU, the ways Tom Holland transformed the character of Peter Parker, and what the future holds for Spider-Man.
  • Suit Up: The suit doesn’t make the hero – but it does play a big role in who they are and who they can become. This piece examines all of Peter’s different suits in the movie, and with behind the scenes footage, we see why some suits are better than others.
  • Far, FAR, Far from Home: The film’s illustrious locations serve story points and establish tone, but they’re also amazing to travel to! Hear from the cast on their experiences filming on-location.
  • It Takes Two: A special look at the chemistry between Jon Watts and Tom Holland.
  • Fury & Hill: MCU stalwarts Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson are back as Agent Maria Hill & Nick Fury!
  • The Ginter-Riva Effect: A look at the villain sub-plot and how William Ginter-Riva ties Spider-Man: Far From Home all the way back to the beginning of the MCU.
  • Thank You, Mrs. Parker: A look at Marisa Tomei’s reimagining of Aunt May, from Homecoming to Far From Home.
  • The Brother’s Trust: A quick look into some of the amazing work Tom Holland and his brothers have done through their charity, The Brothers Trust.
  • The Jump Off: Interviews with the cast & crew take us through all of the amazing stunts of Far From Home.
  • Now You See Me: We examine the evolution of Mysterio and why Jake Gyllenhaal was the perfect fit for the role.
  • Stealthy Easter Eggs: Allow E.D.I.T.H. to reveal some of the hidden Easter Eggs you may have missed!
  • Select Scene Pre – Vis: A side by side comparison of the Pre-Vis with the film
  • Gag Reel & Outakes
  • Never-Before-Seen Alternate & Extended Scenes

 
CAST AND CREW
Director: Jon Watts
Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, the late Stan Lee, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach
Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Screenplay By: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Tony Revolori, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal

Live On Kickstarter: Aer Head #1

Live On Kickstarter: Aer Head #1

We here at ComicMix love the opportunities that crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have given comics creators to get more of their out there. We wanted to highlight a project that hit Kickstarter today, Aer Head #1, by Mindy Indy. She’s worked primarily on her indy comics as well as having been legendary artist Kyle Baker’s assistant and working as a colorist with publishers like Papercutz. This is her first Kickstarter and has to reach a goal of $2,000.

Below is her press release detailing the project with pages from Aer Head #1 at the end. Please check it out and consider supporting this campaign!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

AER HEAD Surfer Hero Comic Making Waves on Kickstarter

 

BROOKLYN, NY, September 2019

Independent cartoonist Mindy Indy has excitedly launched the debut of AER HEAD issue #1 on Kickstarter.  Teen surfer and lifeguard Aer struggles to control his ESP, until he predicts a wave of flame will careen towards Earth.  It’s X-Men at the beach! If you’re into surfing, manga/anime, or love endearing characters, quirky humor, and compelling sci-fi themes, catch the wave of AER HEAD now!

 

Mindy Indy has been working as a freelance cartoonist in Brooklyn for over 9 years.  Originally from Michigan, she has always loved to draw and wants to inspire others like how manga and anime inspired her as a youth.  AER HEAD delivers humor and a love triangle like Ranma ½ with action like Armageddon.

 

Aereo Zephyr, nicknamed Aer, loves surfing but doesn’t take himself seriously.  He can sometimes see the future in his dreams but has no control of it. He wishes he could be like his friends who easily use their powers.  Jade contacts Aer via telepathy from across the continent. Vee manipulates the wind for special aerial surf moves. Andy uses his plant powers for pranks.  Aer grows from thinking of how he could use his power for himself to helping others like saving people from disasters. He gets his wish as he predicts a supernatural solar flare will wipe out all of New San Diego and possibly Earth.  Can he use his lifeguard skills to save everyone in time?

 

If you pledge on Kickstarter now, you can get a digital or physical copy of AER HEAD issue #1, custom art, original page art, or even be drawn in the issue itself!  Ride this indie comic wave before the campaign ends October 10th.

 

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REVIEW: Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot

REVIEW: Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot

Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot
By Barry Lyga
320 pages, Amulet Books, $13.99

I’ll stipulate upfront that Barry Lyga is an old pal from his days at Diamond Distributing. I’ve delighted to see him become a successful YA novelist and here, he brings his two worlds together in the latest of Amulet Books’ series of novels based on the CW shows. Lyga has been writing books based on The Flash, mining the show and the comics it is based on for a satisfying blend.

This novel is actually the first chapter that, as the title suggests, will involve not only Team Flash but Green Arrow, the Legends, and Supergirl. What could possibly require so much firepower? Well, let’s start with the arrival of speedster refugees from Earth-27 and their oppressors, the Crime Syndicate of America. Harassing the residents of that world is Anti-Matter Man (a one-off foe from the JLA-JSA team-up in Justice League of America #47-48), a seemingly mindless creation from the anti-matter universe of Qward.

See? You definitely need to know your DC lore to fully appreciate the Easter eggs scattered throughout the novel. Thankfully, Lyga pauses to explain al the television continuity references, especially as they relate to characters and previous episodes.

Now, if the CSA isn’t enough of a problem, Joe West and Dinah Drake, Black Canary, are on the hunt for crimes seemingly perpetrated by the Bug-Eyed Bandit, but they also encounter Irwin Schwab. Yes, Barry has managed to integrate Ambush Bug into the narrative and it makes the reader chuckle.

Readers need to pay close attention, because the story here and in his previous trilogy, are set in a splinter reality, one where Flashpoint didn’t happen so, for example, Dig’s child is still a girl. It’s a neat way to offer up the same flavor of adventure without messing with the still-evolving television continuity. The temporal mechanics of this splinter reality and it’s own multiverse may give you headache so best not to think too much about that but focus instead on the story.

There’s plenty of rising action, plenty of fighting with Ultraman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring, but what’s real interesting is the hidden, growing menace posed by Owlman. We get this through Earth-27’s James Jesse, who is not the Trickster, but deathly afraid of the costumed criminal.

If Lyga could have done anything differently, it would have been to to focus more on the characters, their personalities, and their interactions. He does this with Joe and Dinah but it just made me want to see more.

This YA novel is a good, easy read and if you enjoy the series its based on, then you’ll have a good time here. You can expect the second installment in 2020.

Unsurprisingly, these successful shows have inspired their own spin-off series in various forms, the latest being the Crossover Crisis trilogy by Barry Lyga. I was given a chance to have a look at the first book, The Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot, thanks to Abrams Books and its imprint responsible for the book series, Amulet.

So, as with everything else I’ve ever reviewed, let’s start with the design! I really like the way this book looks–it isn’t a graphic novel, it is a YA novel, but it has the pizzazz of a graphic novel. I learned that César Moreno, the cover illustrator, has an extensive background with producing covers and posters for comic book series, so it makes sense. He also has done the covers for several other The Flash series novels that Lyga has written, so he definitely knows his stuff.

The inside of this book seems as though it was put together just as carefully. Although the Flash has the big name on the cover, the inside of the cover is Green Arrow’s forest green. Every page of the actual story has a lightning bolt design, with the beginnings of chapters dominated by lightning bolts radiating from the chapter number. This is used to great effect during the climax of the book when the design is switched up a little (the normally white page is colored black, while the design and words still stand out in gray and against a white text box, respectively). The care in design is also evident in the “To be continued…” teaser page, where the lightning bolts rush across the page, as if the Flash has just run by, already onto his next adventure.

The book is set up in something of a comic book format: although it’s primarily in text, we still get things like “the story thus far” in the beginning, a teaser for the next volume, and so on. These are also nice touches and makes the book easier to pick up for readers new to or not very familiar with the Flash.

A strength the book has is easing readers into the Flash’s universe. I’m more familiar with the Flash in his animated ventures, so I appreciated the economic explanations for things that appeared to be tied in with both his and Green Arrow’s respective live-action shows. Towards the climax, there were a couple of new elements introduced quickly that I had trouble keeping up with, but not being too familiar with either live-action show, I’m not quite the target audience for this story. I imagine that a fan of the related shows wouldn’t have this problem at all.

Nonetheless, I found the story a fun venture–it really does feel like a comic put to text, keeping the usual vigor and excitement, with an unfolding mystery that I could imagine as a regular comic story very easily. It involves mirror universes overlapping, with different villains (who are seen as heroes in their brutish worlds and are identical to certain heroes in our Flash and Green Arrow’s world) appearing in Central City with the help of a dimensional rift, along with thousands of multiverse refugees. They are harbingers for even bigger troubles in both this and presumably later books in the trilogy.

The Flash and Green Arrow in Legends of Today

This isn’t the first time the heroes have lent each other a hand, either! (‘The Flash,’ “Legends of Today”)

Although that is more or less the main plot, there’s also a lot going on in B and C stories that also have to do with the alternate worlds interacting to some extent. The story never flags and it never feels overwhelming, either: it seems that, for the most part, action-heavy or high-tension moments are balanced with just as important, but more leisurely-paced chapters. Leisurely compared to the Flash’s normal pace, of course. To be honest, it’s what I would consider the “B” story–featuring Brie Larvan’s bees and her brother–that has me the most intrigued for the next two The Flash Crossover Crisis books. There’s something about those robo-bees! The multiverse villains also tease a bigger story that will come to a head for the patient that makes you want to stick with things, not to mention the book’s actual teaser which names Supergirl as a player in book two.

One thing I noticed and appreciated was that Lyga does not appear to talk down to his audience. The book is officially classified as YA by Abrams and Amulet Books. Sometimes this means that existing stories are repackaged and reduced to the simplest terms. Lyga does not seem to be afraid of challenging his target audience and regularly throws high school vocabulary in as well as high school math (to his credit, he takes the reader through the math as succinctly and clearly as one probably can, though it still filled me with dread because, you know, math). He is also great at presenting examples to explain these ideas, again, without talking down to the reader. He just nudges them along. It’s a hard thing to balance, but Lyga manages it.

Another upside–or possibly downside, depending on how you look at it–of this book is that I found it a relatively fast read. As I said earlier, I found it as vibrant as reading actual comics, and sat down with it in the same way, reading it in just two or three longish sessions. A recurring thought was that if the book was a comic, I would already be waiting for the next issue to continue the story. I was glad I didn’t have to wait for that! (Although, of course, I have to wait for the next book in the series.) The upside is that there are several other Flash books by Lyga to tide a reader over while waiting for the next The Flash Crossover Crisis, as well as a related Supergirl series by Jo Whittemore.

All in all, this was an enjoyable book that reminded me why I had liked the Flash so much when I was actively watching Justice League or other DC property-cartoons that featured him. Although the Green Arrow was also in these shows, I don’t recall paying much attention to him, and I now feel like I ought to go back and give him a fair shot; he seems like an interesting character as well.

I also think this would be a great book for reluctant readers, as well as regular readers in its target audience. As I said, I like that it doesn’t talk down to its target readers, and it’s exciting enough that I think readers won’t mind having to look up a few words or suss out a concept on their own. (I only hope that I’m not the one a kid asks about the math!)

The Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot by Barry Lyga will be hitting bookstore shelves on August 13. It is currently available for preorder.

Join Barry Allen, Oliver Queen, and the rest of Team Flash and Team Arrow in an all-new adventure from author Barry Lyga. Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot is the first in a trilogy that finds our heroes facing a crisis that could end not just their universe, but all of them.

I have apparently been living under a rock for years, because I didn’t even know that there were books based on the DCTV CW shows; that was silly of me. Of course there are books based on those shows. I mean, even Teen Wolf had books. Anyway, the Crossover Crisis series will feature characters from The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot focuses primarily on Team Flash and Team Arrow and has a mystery in each city. In Star City, a serial bomber somehow connected to Brie Larvan is terrorizing the city, while in Central City, a dimensional breach has opened and thousands of refugees from Earth 27 are pouring through, fleeing Anti-Matter Man, who has rendered their planet uninhabitable.

Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot reads just like an episode of The Flash with one key difference – Flashpoint never happened. All of the characters are perfectly recognizable; I can picture them clearly and hear their voices in my head. There’s not a lot of introspection or exposition, but in a book like this where we already know the characters, they’re really not necessary, and I don’t think the book is lacking because of it.

The writing style is simple, and this is a quick, easy read, but it isn’t dumbed down. I imagine it’s much like reading a script for one of the shows. Also, as someone who is familiar with both shows but hasn’t watched in quite some time, I wasn’t lost or struggling to figure out who was who or what was going on. There is backstory peppered throughout, and for people who are caught up, it might seem a little redundant, but for someone like me, it was very helpful in allowing me to follow along. I really liked the story and am completely intrigued by the concept of the alternate timeline – I kind of hope that comes up at some point in the series.

Fans of The Flash and Arrow who are looking for more adventures with these characters will like this book. It was rather an enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to the next books in the series!

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Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot by Barry Lyga is published by Amulet Books and is currently available wherever books are sold.

*I was provided with a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

By Barry Lyga

320 pages, Amulet Books, $13.99

I’ll stipulate upfront that Barry Lyga is an old pal from his days at Diamond Distributing. I’ve delighted to see him become a successful YA novelist and here, he brings his two worlds together in the latest of Amulet Books’ series of novels based on the CW shows. Lyga has been writing books based on The Flash, mining the show and the comics it is based on for a satisfying blend.

This novel is actually the first chapter that, as the title suggests, will involve not only Team Flash but Green Arrow, the Legends, and Supergirl. What could possibly require so much firepower? Well, let’s start with the arrival of speedster refugees from Earth-27 and their oppressors, the Crime Syndicate of America. Harassing the residents of that world is Anti-Matter Man (a one-off foe from the JLA-JSA team-up in Justice League of America #47-48), a seemingly mindless creation from the anti-matter universe of Qward.

See? You definitely need to know your DC lore to fully appreciate the Easter eggs scattered throughout the novel. Thankfully, Lyga pauses to explain al the television continuity references, especially as they relate to characters and previous episodes.

Now, if the CSA isn’t enough of a problem, Joe West and Dinah Drake, Black Canary, are on the hunt for crimes seemingly perpetrated by the Bug-Eyed Bandit, but they also encounter Irwin Schwab. Yes, Barry has managed to integrate Ambush Bug into the narrative and it makes the reader chuckle.

Readers need to pay close attention, because the story here and in his previous trilogy, are set in a splinter reality, one where Flashpoint didn’t happen so, for example, Dig’s child is still a girl. It’s a neat way to offer up the same flavor of adventure without messing with the still-evolving television continuity. The temporal mechanics of this splinter reality and its own multiverse may give you headache so best not to think too much about that but focus instead on the story.

There’s plenty of rising action, plenty of fighting with Ultraman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring, but what’s real interesting is the hidden, growing menace posed by Owlman. We get this through Earth-27’s James Jesse, who is not the Trickster, but deathly afraid of the costumed criminal.

If Lyga could have done anything differently, it would have been to to focus more on the characters, their personalities, and their interactions. He does this with Joe and Dinah but it just made me want to see more.

This YA novel is a good, easy read and if you enjoy the series its based on, then you’ll have a good time here. You can expect the second installment in 2020.