One of the best examples of a movie property making a successful transition into comic books, Dark Horse Comics "Aliens" and "Predator" series have both been celebrated as not only being good comics based on their respective film franchises, but just plain good comics.
While Dark Horse reignited its "Aliens" stories last week with a new ongoing series, a brand new "Predator" miniseries launches at the end of this month featuring the fan-favorite otherworldly hunters. With a story by John Arcudi, interior art by Javier Saltares and beautiful cover for the first issue by artist Raymond Swanland, "Predator" #1 kicks off a four-part story that pits two warring clans of Predators against each other, settling their score amid a brutal Third World conflict here on Earth.
Dark Horse Comics has provided Splash Page readers with the first look at the new miniseries -- and what promises to be a grand return to the comics world for the Predator universe. Read More...
Back in the day, when I sat down with my big box of Lego building blocks, I never ended up assembling anything that was even close to as cool as some of the stuff I've seen around the 'Net. From zombie invasions to scenes from H.P. Lovecraft stories, the products of skilled Lego craftspeople aren't difficult to find around the InterWebs -- but every now and then a great gallery pops up that really makes me feel like I wasted valuable Lego playtime years ago.
Over at design website SpeckyBoy, there's a gallery of 21 popular movie posters re-created using Lego building blocks. While the "Inglourious Basterds" and "Jaws" re-creations are particularly cool, it's the Lego "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "300" movie posters that really caught my eye. Read More...
"Thor" director Kenneth Branagh has already cast one of his previous co-stars in the upcoming Marvel Studios film -- and if rumors are to believed, he's about to do it again.
Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston reports that actor Brian Blessed will play Odin in "Thor," the film adaptation of Marvel's Thunder God. If his report pans out, Blessed will join the ranks of Tom Hiddleston, previously cast as Loki, which adds yet another layer of Shakespearean credibility to the comic book flick. Read More...
There were a lot of options this week for readers interested in comics with crossover appeal. Everything from adaptations of fan-favorite and cult-classic properties to the continuing adventures of popular superheroes with established big-screen presence. Here's what looks good among the June 3 releases:
TOP OF THE STACK: "BATMAN AND ROBIN" #1 (DC): If anything can wipe away the memory of Joel Schumacher's unintentionally campy 1997 foray into the Bat-verse, it's the superstar team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely. This is one of those rare occasions where I haven't read the issue yet, but feel perfectly comfortable recommending it.
From "All-Star Superman" to "We3" (one of my favorite stories put to page in the comics world), Morrison and Quitely have the magic touch that makes any book they collaborate on stand out from the rest. Can these perfect partners work that same magic with DC's Dynamic Duo, relaunching the team-up title with a brand new story? Put it this way: If they can't do it, no one can. Read More...
FROM MTV MOVIES: Ever since the first caveman hit the second caveman over the head with a Brontosaurus bone, mankind has been fascinated by a fight. Man vs. man, woman vs. woman, whether it's over a spurned lover, stolen property or a simple "yo' mama" joke, few things are more exciting to watch — and once again, the MTV Movie Awards is here to recognize the most memorable brawls and battles of the past year.
Chances are you've never personally witnessed a battle between a demon and a supernatural prince; a pair of impossibly handsome vampires; a caped crusader and an anarchic clown; or two bridezillas brawling in the aisle. OK — if you went to college, you've probably seen three stoners trashing an apartment.
Be sure to head on over to the Best Fight voting page, where all of the above are currently embroiled in the final days of an even greater battle. The winners will take home the big trophy Sunday evening at 9 p.m. ET — but first, at the risk of angering some obviously hot-tempered talents, we handicap the competition.
For our full breakdown of the MTV Movie Awards "Best Fight" nominees, head over to Movies.MTV.com.
It's a short week here at Splash Page HQ, but it's a big one for comics with ties to Hollywood hitting shelves. That's why we're kicking off a new, weekly feature that spotlights three comics you should add to your pull list if you're looking to stay current with the ever-growing crossover between comic books and the world of television and movies.
Now that you know what the weekly feature is all about, let's get into this week's picks!
TOP OF THE STACK: "ALIENS" #1 (Dark Horse Comics) -- It's hard to believe it's been three full decades since Ridley Scott first scared the bejeezus out of audiences with the movie "Alien," but it's even more hard to believe the success Dark Horse Comics has had with comics based on the sci-fi/horror franchise. Much like video games based on movies, comics based on movie and television properties rarely find an audience -- but Dark Horse's "Aliens" comics have always been the exception to that rule. Read More...
FROM MTV MOVIES: You can keep your namby-pamby heroes, with their chiseled jaws, steely blue eyes and frost-tipped hairdos. The rest of us prefer to root for villains — those devious, cackling, bloodthirsty beings who exist solely to take over the world and ruin the good guy's day in the process.
Once again, the MTV Movie Awards offers fans the rare opportunity to recognize the best of the worst, bringing you an evil-packed Best Villain category filled with homicidal madmen, comical-but-deadly double-agents and a killer clown from Gotham City. Make sure to cast your vote, and then tune in Sunday evening at 9 p.m. ET to watch the winner live.
But first, read on as we handicap the competition.
For our full breakdown of the MTV Movie Awards "Best Villain" nominees, head over to Movies.MTV.com.
Things are about to get hectic for Scott Mednick. The former "Superman Returns" and "300" executive producer recently announced his involvement in the upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" live-action movie and says he'll soon be busy producing another major franchise as well. However, one thing Mednick says he won't be doing anytime soon is taking another crack at rebooting the Superman movie franchise. Of course, that doesn't mean he doesn't have an idea or two about who should.
"Bryan Singer is, as we all know from 'X-Men' to 'Superman' to 'House' on television, a genius," Mednick told MTV News. "And if anybody can bring [Superman] again to the screen, it’s going to be that team." Read More...
The original "Terminator" movie instantly became a classic. Years later, "Terminator: Salvation" is the fourth movie in the franchise -- but before it even went into production there had already been dozens of stories from the "Terminator" universe told in comics and novels.
From crossovers with robots, aliens and superheroes to standalone tales that advanced the "Terminator" mythology, here are some interesting (and in some cases, bizarre) stories you might want to check out as a new robot apocalypse kicks off in theaters. Read More...
FROM MTV MOVIES: Luke Goss played such a badass in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" that he's up for two MTV Movie Awards come May 31: Best Villain and Best Fight. While he thinks he has a pretty good shot at Best Fight, he wouldn't mind losing the Best Villain trophy to a certain "Dark Knight" star.
"The late, great Heath Ledger! That's beyond tough competition," said Goss, who played Prince Nuada in the "Hellboy" sequel. "It's fun just to be nominated. He did a God-given performance. I think he should get it. He will get it. He should win given his performance. I think he's got everyone in his camp. I hope he wins it."
But Goss isn't willing to give away all his awards. He's also up for Best Fight, along with "Hellboy" star Ron Perlman, and given how much work he dedicated to the fighting in the film, he hopes he has a better shot at that one.
For more on "Hellboy II" star Luke Goss and the MTV Movie Awards, head over to Movies.MTV.com.