This Sunday in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble episode “Planet Doom,” Thor returns from Asgard to find Earth under the rule of Dr. Doom, who has altered the past to a time where the Avengers never assembled. With the fate of the Avengers and humanity resting in his hands, can Thor help the team recall their true heroic nature and defeat Doom?
Way back in 2009, Terminator Salvation hit the big screens hoping to re-energize the Terminator franchise. Whether that was a success or not is debatable, but Dark Horse is bringing a sequel, Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle, by high profile writer J. Michael Straczynski. Is this a sequel worth reading or is it better off just waiting for the future reboot? Read on and find out!
This week on Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.’s Venom is on the prowl and has his sights set on big targets in this week’s newest episode, “The Venom Inside.” Hulk must save the day…without SMASHING as his friends are possessed by Venom. How will the Hulks take on this menacing parasitic villain who’s only goal is to destroy Spider-Man?
As a fan of comic book history, it’s interesting to look at the various “boom” periods, and the characters and concepts spawned from those expansion points. The original Golden Age post-Batman explosion featured any number of loony concepts for books, from Madame Fatal (cross-dressing two-fisted mystery “woman”) to The Clown (who was a clown.) In the 90s, we discovered that all you needed to be a superhero was a pair of shoulder-pads and a noun that sounded badass. My favorite epic expansion, though, came circa 1966, where the success of the Batman television show led to the creation of dozens of heroes of various repute, from Space Ghost all the way to Tod Holton, Super Green Beret. Interestingly, the last few years of comic book madness have led to a situation very similar to those swingin’ days of yore, with superheroes invading TV screens, movies and even the mainstream pop culture in ways that we haven’t seen since Adam West, which begs today’s query…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks this one will seem equally obvious to proponents of either side, asking: Are we actually in a new renaissance period of comics, or is it just the proverbial dead-cat bounce?
Want to own Sting, so you can take down orcs and other vile baddies? Profiles in History will be putting Frodo’s trusty weapon from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on the auction block December 21, 2013.
The story of Locke & Key may be coming to a close, but IDW Limited is just getting started. Available today from IDWLimited.com, fans can pre-order Locke & Key: Head Games in a new deluxe, limited-edition format (http://idwlimited.com/series/locke-key.html). This oversized hardcover comes packaged in an exclusive tray case and cover only available through this release. Each book is packed with extras, including: an exclusive photo portfolio, a Head or Echo Key produced by Skelton Crew Studios just for this edition, and a secret compartment containing pages from the Locke family journal!
With Dr. Barry Allen making his first appearance in Starling City, The CW’s ARROW last night climbed to its most watched (3.17 million) episode since February (2/27/13), and matched its series highs in both adults 18-34 (1.1/4) and men 18-34 (1.4/5), according to preliminary Live+Same Day Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.