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Count All The Stones With “Infinity Countdown Prime #1” On The Wednesday Run

So, maybe you’ve heard: Black Panther smashed the Hollywood box office last weekend with a take of $192 million.

That’s like, huge.

That’s bigger than Iron Man. That’s bigger than Captain America. That’s bigger than Avengers.

That’s like, HUGE.

And, for so many important reason, that’s great news for everyone who was part of the making of Black Panther and that’s great for everyone who went to see the film. (I haven’t gotten around to heading to the local theatre to see the film just yet, so I can guarantee that box office number is going to rise!)

But that news is also great for Marvel Comics – all Marvel Comics…especially the ones that somehow tie into this coming May’s Avengers: Infinity War film, the film that is the direct sequel to Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And hey! It just so happens that Marvel Comics is publishing an Infinity-inspired product tie-in comic book today! Imagine that!

Setting aside my sense of consumerist nihilism for a moment, Infinity Countdown Prime #1, a one-shot prequel to a new miniseries out next month, does sound like a lot of fun!

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“I Always Deal With Threats Head-On”: New Trailer for ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2


Are you counting down the days until Season 2 of Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix?

Here’s another trailer from Netflix.
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In The Game: ‘Shadow Of the Colossus,’ ‘The Darkside Detective’ Reviewed

For the gamers out there, the last few weeks have seen some fun releases hit digital and physical store shelves. One was a pretty big deal, the other has gone a little under the radar – depending on your system, they’re both well worth your time. Read the rest of this entry

‘Mohawk’ is Intense and Essential Cinema


Mohawk is the story of a woman from the Mohawk nation, named Oak, taking on a platoon of American soldiers after they murder everyone she holds dear during the War of 1812. Shot on location in Syracuse, New York with actual members of the Mohawk tribe, the film is a bloody, deep dive into one of the many corners of American history we tend to gloss over in school. Read the rest of this entry

‘Black Panther’ Breaks Out in a Big Way as it Tops the Box Office

Black Panther arrived this weekend in a huge way. Here’s what’s went down:

Massive. That’s an accurate way to describe the debut of Black Panther at the box office this weekend. The three-day estimates are in (it’s the President’s Day long weekend in the US so four days measurements will be out tomorrow), and the film looks to have brought in an incredible $192 million. For comparisons sake, the film has had a bigger opening than Avengers: Age of Ultron, which brought in $191.2M over its first three days. Should things play out as expected, look for Black Panther to bring in $227 million over its first four days. The film has captured audiences’ imaginations, and is certainly the right movie for this time.

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The Week In Horror: Toy Fair ’18, Halloween, Serpent and the Rainbow, Predator


Toy Fair 2018 is on this week and there’s been a number of exciting announcements for kids and collectors, but for horror fans, NECA has added two figures to their retro line of Mego style figures: Captain Blake from John Carpenter’s The Fog and Herbert West from Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator. Amok Time toys had announced a small line of Re-Animator figures a few years ago in a six-inch line, but the only one that ever came out was a four-inch Herbert that came with Dr Hill’s severed head. It’s a great figure, perfect for experimenting on GI Joes captured by Cobra for unethical bio-medical practices, but in this day and age of high quality, detailed collectibles, it was disappointing not to get a larger, more detailed version.

NECA’s retro line has had a number of great figures, with amazing head sculpts and an array of accessories. My Friday the 13th Jason is one of the jewels of my horror collection. The NECA West figure beautifully captures Jeffery Combs’ likeness and comes with some gruesome accessories. Captain Blake is an even bigger surprise, especially since NECA tends to avoid things that are too niche because it can be a financial gamble. After saying no to figures from The Thing, getting a ghost pirate zombie from The Fog is out of left field and looks equally amazing.

The countdown to Halloween and Halloween begins as Jamie Lee Curtis has completed filming her scenes for the upcoming David Gordon Green/Danny McBride direct follow up to the original John Carpenter classic, which drops this October. According to Curtis, “it’s terrifying.”

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s voodoo classic, The Serpent and the Rainbow. For my money, it’s Craven’s best film. As much as I love A Nightmare on Elm Street or The Hills Have Eyes, Serpent is just scarier (partly because its based on an actual investigation into voodoo practices by Wade Davis), more exotic, surprising, and beautiful. Scream Factory has a collector’s edition Blu-ray available at their website, highly recommended.

Excited about Shane Black’s upcoming Predator sequel?  Well, it’s been pushed back from August to September, which isn’t as extreme as the New Mutants getting pushed back nine frigging months, but still, doesn’t it feel like we’ve been waiting a while for a new Predator film?

‘Black Panther’ Set to Strike First and Fierce at the Box Office

It’s a huge weekend for Marvel fans, movie fans, and those that have always dreamed of seeing representation on the big screen. The question isn’t whether or not Black Panther will top the box office; it’s how much money will it bring with it when it arrives there. Here’s our prediction:

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Black Panther comes from director Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, the king of Wakanda and the character introduced in Captain America: Civil War. The film co-stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Reviews have been absolutely incredible for the film, and its pre-sales are larger than virtually any other Marvel movie. Anticipation for Black Panther is high, and there’s no question that it will deliver the goods. Look for a first place debut with $180 million over the three-day weekend.

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Wounds of His Own: ‘The Alienist,’ Season 1 Episode 4


This week’s episode of The Alienist, “These Bloody Thoughts,” opens with a tense scene between Dr. Kreizler and a former patient (Mrs. Williams), a woman who reveals herself as a BDSM practitioner, although she doesn’t use those terms. She obviously relishes the control she has over Kreizler, who becomes increasingly fidgety as their conversation continues. What’s intriguing is how Kreizler then exerts control over both John and Sara in their subsequent interactions.
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An Artists & Writers Valentine Is In The “Full Bleed Vol. 1” On The Wednesday Run

When I first started reading comic books during the early 1980’s, I dove head first into the medium and then the artistic culture.

From those poly-bagged Marvel Comics and DC Comics two-for-one deals found on the local department store magazine rack, I deftly moved to the direct-market comic book store and all they had to offer.

It was there that I came across periodicals that featured sample chapters, biographies, focus articles and interviews with some of the writers and artists that I was just discovering – and growing to love. More than just monthly Batman comics, I was reading and adoring issues of The Comics Reader (1961-1984), Epic Illustrated (1980-1986) and The Comics Journal (1977-and still going, albeit online), full of tales of writers and artists and their influences, their work, and their craft.

Those sorts of industry and artistry periodicals have gone the way of most print zines, unfortunately – which is to say that they can now be found, somewhat fragmented, on online websites and blogs.

That twenty-first century paradigm is well and fine – but I do miss the hardcopy in-my-hand, comic book industry magazine, bought at the local comic book shop.

IDW Publishing looks to remedy that situation (along with distinctly twenty-first century tech) with the publication of the first hardcover volume of Full Bleed: The Comics & Culture Quarterly Volume 1

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5AM Gaming: Reconsidering the Gentle Zen of ‘No Man’s Sky’

Hello. Nice to meet you. My name is Monica. I’ve been playing video games for 33 years and 55 days. I can still remember the exact moment the bug hit me: Christmas Eve, 1984. My first computer. I was eight years old.

If we were in a Gamers Anonymous meeting that would be my greeting to you.

So, to summarize:

1) I’m old, and yes, I own that shit
2) I’ve watched the gaming industry and games themselves grow and evolve over the course of my entire life. And I played my way through it all, from the cartridges I jammed into the back of my Commodore 64 to the floppy diskettes of games I covertly traded with my elementary school friends on the playground, through the early consoles and hand-helds and back again, and then to smartphones and tablets. These days my preferred gaming rig is a souped-up PC. Consider it my mothership. It’s where the magic happens.

Perhaps an apt name to give it, considering my introductory column will be a 2018 revisit of the 2016 space exploration title No Man’s Sky, the expansive open universe game that (perhaps) got an unjustly bad rap upon its release, but in the wake of two years of updates and evolution certainly warrants a current-day revisit, especially if you purchased it back then and quickly abandoned it to collect dust on your shelf.
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