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KRYPTON – SYFY – Trailer review and a few thoughts

 

This was actually a pretty good trailer for what it was. Is that Lance Hendrickson narrating? I think if this is done correctly, and a little more on the mature side it should do very well. My understanding is that it’s going to be about Superman’s grandfather. The show runner is going to be a gent named Damian Kindler who at one point in time was at the helm of “Sleepy Hollow”.

There appears to be a TONNE of English(UK) actors in it .Can you seriously get a TV show even made in the U.S anymore without an English/Australian/Canadian cast? Do the locals not have the chops anymore? General Zods ancestry appears to also place a part in this story. The main thesis of it seems to the House of El trying to save their planet from doom while those around them remain oblivious to science and facts……..timely thing , this will be.

This is just a trailer for the pilot but I suspect this would not have been “Leaked” on- line if they did have some plans for a full 13+ episodes. Out sometime in 2017.Enjoy.

 

Source Point Press- The Misplaced- Chapter #1 – Review and a few thoughts.

The first thing that really stood out to me in this first chapter was the art. Chris Callahans style reminds me a lot of David McKean(Hellblazer, Batman: Arkham Asylum).It felt Haunting, spiritual, mystical, and celestial ;with just a touch of Victorian mixed in. This is coming from a reviewer who could not draw a bath, so the fact it effected me the way it did should say something to you.

The story itself is a poignant look at death, and how peace in the after life isn’t always possible if you have questions and yearnings unanswered. James can’t be happy.In his mind , there’s no plane of existence where he’ll feel whole unless the one thing he is missing is right there with him. That’s where his journey will begin. This first step was written very well and I thought the dialogue written in the first person to  his wife was enough to make toughest of ladies swoon. Bit of a silver tongue for what folks might call a “dark supernatural” story.

We all hope that at the end of this life we have a just reward. That we will find everlasting peace, and some of us believe that should include being with the things and people we love. James forsakes all of this to go find the one thing in his afterlife he can’t live without no matter how many elaborate dreams his mind can create. There’s an entire undercurrent of dialogue in this book where James almost pits his firm belief that he can never let the memory of his love go against simultaneously living in the afterlife where she is present in a dream form, created by him. Bit of a mind bender indeed

This first chapter contains the spectre of death, the deceit of angels and a questionable alliance with Eden herself. His wife is not on any plane anyone can confirm, and that is upsetting the a status quo and balance that was set before time itself began. This book contains metaphysical questions about life, afterlife and the very nature of the human spirit……. in the first chapter.

This book is a deep ride. The closest I could compare it to would be the late Robin Williams “What Dreams May Come”. An underrated gem from about 20 years ago. You’ll not find any super-heroes in tights here. You’ll simply find a man who would rather wander purgatory looking for the woman he loves then stay in a dream that will never be real. A pure love across space and time.

I can see why this was funded on kick starter in 4 days(It should have been funded in 2 on the merits of the art alone).My understanding is that this is a 4 part book. I encourage you see to where this story can take you. Both on a visual and literary level. Cheers for now.

Scott

Write and Artist :Chris Callahan

 

God Country – Image – Issue #4 – Review and a few thoughts

I have a granddaughter now. Like Emmett, I pretty much would follow her to hell to bring her back too if she was taken from us. That’s what this 4th issue delves into. A trip to hell. Balegrim has taken something very precious to Emmett and he wants her back.

I’ve heard rumors that this is only a 6 issue series. Rumors , I say because like butt holes it seems everyone has one. There might be a hint to that in this issue as (minor spoiler) the trip to hell isn’t near as long as you’d think it would have been. It does the job but I could have stood to see more exploration of this version of hell. There’s a bit of foreshadowing of things to come in the form of a dangerous looking animal surveying the scene so maybe there’s another trip back there in the works.

I’ve liked that Donnie Cates has kept the cast of characters in this book relatively small so that you get a decent fleshing out of their personalities and insight into what makes them tick. There’s a really compelling 3 page run in the book that examines our characters relationship with god and how that can be judged and questioned in the face of strife .Some really good dialogue here. The development of the “non god” relationship between Roy and Janey has been an interesting and necessary subplot to the book.

The main hero of this chapter is Valofax in that he is able to be the strategist and warrior that we forget Emmett is not really ready to be. Interesting nod to “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” here also. We’re also reminded in this chapter that although Emmett has the power of the gods now, he still has ties to his humanity that can be used to hurt him when need be. I think is an important plot point for this hero to have.

A majority of the media spotlight has been shone on Donnie Cates writing for giving this book the popularity it deserves .However, Geoff Shaw’s art has played a huge part , by being able to convey  a combination of the country simplicity and regal war of the gods feeling of Donnie’s words .His wispy attention to detail in facial features covers every nuance of the characters emotions during the story, and his beautiful renderings of contrasting landscapes, whether the barren slate of hell, or the rustic home style of Texas have brought such a warm and  unique feel to this book. The shades of shadowy dark inking used in this book lends a sense of foreboding to the story that has worked since issue #1.

Book 5 is due out May.17th.Highly recommend this.

Story: Donny Cates

Art: Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie, John J.Hill

Colorist: Jason Wordie

Letterer: John J Hill

 

 

 

 

PRISON BREAK – FOX- Series reboot – Eps 1 & 2 review and a few thoughts

 

I’ve been looking forward to this series coming back for quite a while. Seeing Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller on Legends of Tomorrow made me realize that maybe their story wasn’t quite done yet.I don’t want to give too many spoilers away for anyone who has not seen the originals 4 seasons, but they made it very hard to bring the show back to life….deadly hard.

Some of initial grief I have heard about the first few episodes is that the show is too political. I don’t see that. I see trying to take a storyline about Prison Breaks and making it fresh. This crew has broken out of just about every construct on the face on this earth. Why not let them take a crack at one of the most hellish prisons in the world that happens to be in Yemen? Simply being American can make them a target.

It looks like the entire gang minus Willian Fichtner is back. It was so cool seeing Robert Knepper back as Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell. His deliciously evil character has evolved a bit in this new series but he still has that edge. I’m watching episode 3 tonight and so far I have been very entertained. Season 5 Trailer below.

 

 

The Mist – TV trailer- Review and a few thoughts

 

This review is pretty cool for me as the series first season was not only shot in my home province of Nova Scotia, Canada but in my hometown in said province…and we’re off!!!:)

I had been hoping they would do a TV adaptation of this movie for years. The movie was based on a 1980 Novella by Stephen King. It was directed by acclaimed director Frank Darabont. If you watch The Walking dead you would probably recognize about half the cast from the movie as he directed the first season of TWD and brought a bunch of them along.

I loved the original movie. It had one of the most original shocking endings of any horror film I had seen, and I felt that they barely scratched the surface of the world that had come in with the mist. If you have seen the Cloverfield films you might understand a bit more of what I am speaking of. So much was left the table and I hope they can explore the world deeper in this new TV series.

The few hints I got from the trailer made me think they may be moving in a direction similar to 2008’s”The Happening” which featured mother nature taking aim at what it believed to be the biggest virus infecting the earth today……..us. I hope that is not the case because the original movie had some VERY cool looking monsters that I would like to see again. I also hope it does not go in the direction of “Under the Dome” as that rats stuck in a cage mentality can get tiresome after the first season.

I recognize a few of the actors. Vikings (highly recommended) lead Alyssa Sutherland(Princess Aslaug)plays a starring role as Eve Copeland. Noted local Nova Scotian comic and actor Bill Carr also has a sizable part. The scenery look stunning as it’s in my old stomping grounds and I’m biased as hell. Why that mist want to invade gods country?……, still biased as hell.

Season begins June 22nd 2017.Trailer below.

Still stoked it was shot in my hometown. Enjoy.

 

Image Comics- Black Cloud #1- Review and a few thoughts.

 

Wasn’t sure what to make of this after the first read. Read it the second time this morning and things started to come together. I hope so anyway. At this point I may be reading this issue all wrong.

First, I should point out that the first three pages are beautifully drawn and coloured. Greg Hinkle has drawn really great art there. The book itself is the beginning of a story which seems to involve, for lack of better term, on dream weavers. The story focuses on Zelda(I got that from the solicitations as I don’t think she is referenced as anyone other than “Ms. Barrett in the story)and her making her way in the world by giving the world the drug it always wanted…….the ability to make their dreams come true. Bringing along Zelda as their guide is just part of the deal.

These worlds of dreams seem all interconnected which COULD make for a story that would rival the magical world of Harry Potter if done right. More than once during the story there are references to her coming from “below” and there seems to be more than a few references to someone from above who seems to be a nemesis of hers with props such as water and lightning bolts involved. At this point I’m beginning to think that this is the beginning of a saga about temptation and a struggle of good vs Evil. I’m not really sure Zelda is on the side of the angels…..yet.

Greg Hinkles art has kind of dreamy, rustic, dark , yet elegant feeling to it and when I read the book the second time I could feel the style growing on me. Colorist Matt Wilson did a beautiful job specifically on those first 3 pages and throughout the book he was able to weave the bright blues, browns and  shades of oranges of the Technicolor real world, with dull greys and blacks of a persons dream state(Except Bowie, who always dreamed in Color)

Over all I enjoyed the writing style of Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon although sometimes I felt like I was missing a lot of information about this world they are creating ,but like any good writer would plot……all in good time. There was a nice hook for the next book as someone is after Zelda and whether that be a specific nemesis or just a general guardian against what she is doing with the dream world remains to be seen. One thing that has been established is that Zelda is a power to be reckoned with in this dream world and it’s citizens have a lot of respect for this “old blood”. Lots of questions by the end of this chapter. Will pick up the next chapter off the shelf. If you enjoy the mystical and the feeling of something bigger this may be a book for you.

Next chapter is on sale May.10th

Story: Jason Latour & Ivan Brandon

Script: Ivan Brandon

Art: Greg Hinkle

Color: Matt Wilson

Lettering : Aditya Bidikar

Orange is the New Black- Teaser Trailer. The First minute.- Netflix

 

Hi Folks. This show for being as good as it is somehow slipped my mind in the last few months. After being pushed as far as the ladies could be pushed last season in a damning fictional expose on the “for profit” prison system in the United States, the season finale was left with a will she? or won’t she? gun to the head moment.

I’m not sure where they can go with this season cliffhanger. If the trigger is not pulled, there’s still a riot going on and life can always get more harsh for the ladies in their prison world. Prison guard “Piscatella” played brilliantly by actor Brad William Henke always seems to have a new layer of darkness to him.

One the things I love about this show is there is at least 8-10 subplots going on at any given time so this prison has a bit of a game of thrones vibe to it in its complexity of storyline and characters. If you’re looking for a well acted, intense(With a good dose of humour)show to start watching I’d commend this one.

Season 5 drops on Netflix on June 9th.First minute starts below.