Posted by Glenn Walker
This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on DuckTales #0, Shadows on the Grave #7, Spirit Hunters #9, Avengers #10, Freelance #1-4, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…
Tags: Alex Ross, andrew wheeler, avengers, chapterhouse, cindy leong, Dark Horse, david tennant, disney, Doctor Who, ducktales, freelance, heavy metal, heroes and villains, IDW, Jim Zub, Mark Waid, mike del mundo, Richard Corben, riverdale, secret empire, shadows on the grave, spirit hunters, the flash, vaneda vireak, zenescope
Posted by JP Fallavollita
As regularly occurs at least once or twice a year, last week I began sifting though my collection of old comic book sci-fi and fantasy magazines published in the early 1980’s. I’m talking about issues of Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated.
I love those periodicals! During those days, I already had an affinity for Batman and the Justice League, but it was in those monthly and quarterly magazines that I got my first taste of the visual representations of otherworldly planets, aliens, future tech and sword and sorcery. It’s where I first read Dredstar by Jim Starlin, Marada the She-Wolf by Chris Claremont and John Bolton, Ken Steacy’s The Sacred and the Profane, and the works of Richard Corben, William Kaluta, Kent Williams, Jon J. Muth and Jeffrey jones amongst so many others.
The stories and art in those magazines led to reading monthly comics like Alien Legion by Carl Potts, Alan Zelenetz, Frank Cirocco and Terry Austin, and Six From Sirius by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy and, more recently (and more to the point) Black Science from Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera.
Why “more to the point”?
Because acclaimed writer Rick Remender is behind this week’s must-have Wednesday Run: Seven To Eternity #1!
Tags: Adam Osidis, Black Science, comic books, comics, Epic Illustrated, fantasy, first issue, heavy metal, Image, image comics, jerome opena, JP, jp fallavollita, JP/Japer, Rick Remender, sci-fi, science fiction, Seven To Eternity, the wednesday run
Posted by Glenn Walker
Whether you know him as the classic old school Dracula of the Hammer Horrors or his more recent roles as Saruman or Count Dooku in the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films, you know that today we have lost a true legend of the screen – Sir Christopher Lee. Join me after the jump to remember this great man.
Tags: Christopher Lee, DC Comics, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, dracula, film, Frankenstein, fu manchu, Hammer films, heavy metal, james bond, Lord of the Rings, mummy, Music, Peter Cushing, sammy davis jr., star wars, the man with the golden gun, the return of captain invincible, the wicker man, tim burton, uhf
Posted by Loretta Sisco
A classic album stands the test of time. It stirs an emotion the first time you hear it, and can evoke the same response years down the road. If it kicked your ass the first time, it will kick your ass again even if you haven’t heard it in years. Such is the case with Black Sabbath’s iconic self-titled debut, celebrating its 45th anniversary this month. Read the rest of this entry →
If you want to talk about scares during the month of October, when it comes to music, it’s hard not to think of the legendary Ronnie James Dio. From his days in Elf and Rainbow, through to his seminal albums with Black Sabbath and then in his own self-titled band, Dio always portrayed himself as a badass, the Wizard of Rock and Roll, holding the Devil Horns in the air while wailing that unmistakeable banshee wail. Dio may have been diminutive in stature, but when it came to heavy metal, the man ruled over all.
While the metal world may be rightfully ecstatic about the number one debut of Black Sabbath on the Billboard charts, there are other reasons to celebrate. Specifically, the recent DVD/Blu-ray release of the mighty Dio’s legendary 1986 Sacred Heart tour, which Ronnie James Dio and company at the height of their powers.
Check out King Of Rock & Roll below and read on after the jump!
When it comes to Black Sabbath, I’m a Dio guy, through and through.
But holy devil horns! 13, the band’s first studio release with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!, is a heaping slab of absolutely awesome hard rock.
Raise your horns and read on after the jump!
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Posted by jshayer
“Two of comics’ greatest talents joined forces in 1979 to bring Ridley Scott’s epic Alien motion picture to the comic book page. Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition (released in time to coincide with Scott’s latest opus Prometheus) has been meticulously restored from original artwork in Walt Simonson’s studio — presenting for the very first time the definitive artist’s edition of the greatest sci-fi horror ever produced.” – grabbed from the Amazon.com blurb.
I’m a huge Walter Simonson fan and one of my earliest and fondest comic book memories was picking up the Heavy Metal adaptation of Alien featuring his art work. It was the first real graphic novel I had ever picked up and as I was around 10 at the time, I hadn’t seen the movie yet.
You know when Tom Cruise went crazy and the world turned their back on him? I didn’t. I was there, standing in line to see War Of The Worlds, his 2005 sci-fi epic which has a firm place in my top 10 favourite films of all time. Being a loopy Scientologist wasn’t enough to turn me off of one of my favourite actors, not when he was still doing work that I enjoyed watching.
Which brings us to Cruise’s latest and possibly greatest role, as the burnt out rocker Stacee Jaxx in the new musical Rock of Ages, in theatres this weekend. Even with all the great 80’s hair metal music, even with all the fun performances from Hollywood A-listers like Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti and Russell Brand, the reason I couldn’t get enough of this film was how absolutely, absurdly awesome Tom Cruise is.
Tags: 80's metal, Alec Baldwin, Andy Burns, biff bam pop, Bon Jovi, Catherine Zeta-Jones, celebrities, Def LEppard, Diego Boneta, entertainment, hair metal, hard rock, heavy metal, Journey, Julianne Hough, Los Angeles, Music, musicals, Poison, Rock of Ages, Russell Brand, Saturday At The Movies, Tom Cruise