Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens Crossover Coming Summer 2016

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 12, 2016.

During the Dark Horse panel at Emerald City Comic Con, it was announced that Dark Horse, IDW, and 2000 AD will be teaming up to create a comic book crossover mini-series this summer, titled, Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. John Layman (Chew) will be writing the series, alongside artist Chris Mooneyham (Predator: Fire and Stone), while Glenn Fabry (Preacher) will provide the covers.

Here’s a description of the crossover from Dark Horse’s official press release:

“The crossover pits the legendary lawman Judge Dredd against the universe’s supreme hunters, the Predators, as they both try to survive an onslaught by the galaxy’s ultimate killing machines, the Aliens!

Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson have tracked a criminal cult across the Cursed Earth and into the Alabama morass, where a mad genetic scientist with destructive designs has acquired the best genes that evolution has to offer—a xenomorph skull!

A Predator, attracted to the warm climate and superior prey, has declared hunting season as he calls for backup. All paths will cross in a mind-blowing sci-fi showdown with the fate of the Earth at stake!”

“We open the book with a crashlanded predator, and instead of being the hunter, as usual, the predator is the prey,” said Layman in an interview with io9. “He’s crashlanded in a jungle overgrowth in the middle of the Cursed Earth, where he is pursued by an Island of Dr. Moreau group of man-animal hybrids, creations of a crazed genetic engineer. And this crazed scientist recovers not just the predator, but some of the predator’s hunting trophies—including a Xenomorph skull, and the Xenomorph’s DNA contained therein. You can probably see where this is headed, but add to it Dredd chasing the robot leader of an apocalypse death cult, and everybody on a collision course. Then shit gets nuts!”

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1 will hit stands on July 27, 2016.

Source- io9

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Lobo Movie Back in The Works

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on March 19, 2016.

It appears that Warner Bros is adding another project to their constantly growing list of DC movies.

TheWrap reports Jason Fuchs, the screenwriter of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot, has been tasked with writing a new script from scratch about DC’s Main Man Lobo.

Warner Bros began developing a Lobo movie back in 2009, with Guy Ritchie originally attached to direct but updates on the film have gone dark over the years until today. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in talks to play the intergalactic bounty hunter at one point, although he eventually moved from the project to play Black Adam in a planned Shazam movie. Danny Trejo recently tweeted his interest in playing Lobo, although there were no confirmed reports that Warner Bros ever approached him to play the character.

In the DC Universe, Lobo started off as a villain but soon became a fan-favorite antihero/bounty hunter whose hulking, massive biker look, ultraviolent tendencies, and colorful catchphrases became his signature calling cards. In the New 52’s version of Lobo, the hulking biker had been replaced by a toned down version of the character who has not been as well received as his pervious iteration by the fans.

It’s possible that the decision to move forward with this project again could have been influenced by the success of Deadpool if the studio plans to make the Lobo movie R as well. At the moment it is unknown when the set release date for the movie would be, who would play Lobo, which version of Lobo would be used, or if this movie will actually get made or fall back into development hell once again.

Source- The Wrap

Predator 4 Gets an Official Release Date

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 28, 2016.

Rumors of a fourth Predator film have been circling for years ever since the release of the last one in 2010. Those rumors have now been squashed so we’ll be seeing the intergalactic aliens hunters returning to poach the human race once again soon.

According to ComicBook.com, 20th Century Fox has officially announced that Predator 4, possibly titled The Predator, will be released on March 2, 2018.

The script for The Predator was written by Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and Fred Dekker. Black is rumored to be also directing the film. No other details about the movie are known.

Earlier this month, Fox had revealed a teaser art poster of the movie that included the phrase: “You’ll Never See Him Coming.”

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Source- ComicBook.com

Marvel Announces Star Wars: Poe Dameron Ongoing Series

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on January 14, 2016.

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally out, we will hopefully be seeing a plethora of expanded universe material soon that will help fill in what has happened during the thirty year time gap between Episodes VI (Return of the Jedi) and Episode VII. Thankfully it doesn’t look like we have to wait too long because Marvel has just announced their latest installment in their Star Wars line-up of books which will center on the best pilot in the Resistance, Poe Dameron.

star-wars-poe-dameron-1-cover-165822Launching in April, the series Star Wars: Poe Dameron by Charles Soule and Phil Noto will show how Poe became to be known as the greatest pilot in the Resistance. Handpicked by General Leia, Poe Dameron and a squadron of pilots fly the most dangerous and top-secret missions against the First Order. The series will also introduce a new threat from the First Order that will serve as Poe’s primary antagonist. BB-8 and some of the newly introduced X-wing pilots from the film will round out Poe’s supporting cast.

Poe, played by Oscar Isaac, has become one of the breakout characters from The Force Awakens. Soule told USA Today that seeing “people reacting to him so strongly now just feels like we’re hopefully in a great position.”

“Sometimes it can feel like the Star Wars universe is so well trodden and so many stories have already been told. But the way the Episode VII galaxy is set up, there are opportunities for new archetypes almost, and the bad guy we’re working with is going to feel fresh and cool,” Soule teased of the first arc.

This won’t be first comic to feature Poe’s backstory. The mini-series Star Wars: Shattered Empire chronicled the tales of his parents who were both in the Rebel Alliance during and after the Battle of Endor before settling down on Yavin IV (the planet the Rebels were stationed on in Episode IV A New Hope) to raise their son, something that Oscar Isaac was thrilled about.

tumblr-o0ym16PoSp1tcxkqzo2-r1-1280-8b183Star Wars: Poe Dameron will be marked as Soule’s third entry into the Marvel canon, following his work on the Lando and Obi-Wan and Anakin mini-series. Noto has provided art for the Chewbacca mini-series along with cover art and illustrations for several of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens novels, including a rendering of Poe Dameron for Before the Awakening.

Not only is Noto looking at The Force Awakens, but at several of Isaac’s other movies to see how to draw him in different physical and emotional situations.

“Seeing so much of him on-screen, it’s easier in a way to act that part out in my head while I’m drawing: How would Oscar Isaac act in this situation as Poe Dameron?” Noto said.

Expect to see Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 on shelves in April, 2016

Source- USAToday.com

REVIEW: Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on December 9, 2015.

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just weeks away, I’ve been preparing by rewatching all of the movies, viewing the TV shows, and reading some of the comic books. Since most of the Expanded Universe is no longer canon, most of the books that I have are made up of stories that no longer take place in the same universe as the films. So instead of reading the non-canon books or the very few Marvel Star Wars comics that I own, I decided to take a look at the only other piece of canon material that was in my comic library, Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir by writer Jeremy Barlow and artist Juan Frigeri, is a four-part mini series that continues Darth Maul’s story after the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The Clone Wars was a popular animated television series that ran from 2008-2014 and took place between the events of Episode’s II (Attack of the Clones) and III (Revenge of the Sith). The show was canceled in its sixth season when Disney bought Lucasfilm, but several of its characters and plot lines were followed up on in its sequel series, Star Wars: Rebels. While the fate of some of the characters from Clone Wars has been answered in Rebels and other canon stories, the one thing that was still on my mind was what had happened to Darth Maul after the last time we saw him during that huge cliffhanger ending. Originally, I hated the idea of bringing a supposedly dead character who was chopped in half with a lightsaber back to life, but I liked what Clone Wars was doing with Maul’s character and was really invested with where his tale of family and revenge was going. Thankfully his story didn’t end with the show since this comic was actually adapted from several unproduced screenplays for episodes of season six that never got made.

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir starts where we left off after the events of “The Lawless,”episode sixteen of season five, with a defeated Maul being held prisoner by Darth Sidious. Maul is then quickly freed by two members of his Mandalorian army and goes on the run with them to take the fight to his former master once again. The rest of the story from here on out is about Sidious, Count Dooku, General Grievous, and their forces chasing and engaging with Maul and his criminal empire in order to weaken him and force him to fall back so that their real target, Mother Talzin will come out of hiding to help save Maul from the Sith.

I really enjoyed this story on a number of levels. Everything that occurred here felt like something that I could actually see happening in three to four episodes of the show which in a way, is also a bit of a double-edged sword. While it was great to see these unaired episodes brought to life, the story as a whole feels kind of rushed since I’m sure that a lot of material was cut out and condensed to fit into a four issue series. While I would have liked to have seen more storyline, I’m still happy with what we got in the end. The art here is also great to look at–very detailed and colorful especially during the big battle scenes and when it came to the designs of the characters like the Mandalorians.

VERDICT

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir is a short fast paced story that answers some unresolved questions from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While this did not give us full closure on Darth Maul’s story, it did end his tale at a good place for now and it helps to set up for his return in the next Star Wars–story whether it be a novel, another comic, in Star Wars: Rebel’s, or maybe even in another movie one day.

FINAL SCORE: 8 out of 10

REVIEW: Predator: Fire and Stone

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on July 20, 2015

I’m sure that most of you noticed by now that I am a Mortal Kombat fan after reading my review on that book. With the iconic alien creature Predator now a playable character in the game, I’ve had a bit of a Predator kick lately. I rewatched the movies (the good ones) and even started reading a few of the comics starting with this one, Predator: Fire and Stone. 

Predator: Fire and Stone by Joshua Williamson and Christopher Mooneyham, is the fourth part of an ongoing series set up in the Dark Horse comic universe which encompasses the Alien, Predator, and Prometheus franchises. I didn’t know that was the case when I picked this title up and thought it was simply a standalone story. There is a brief summary at the beginning which goes over the previous events which occurred in the story, but I will look at this as someone who did not pick up those other books and just wanted to read a cool Predator book. After all, every comic is someone’s first and whether or not a book serves as a good entry point is something worth considering.

The story in Predator: Fire and Stone follows a man named Galgo as he is reluctantly brought back to the planet LV-223 (not to be confused with LV-426, the setting of the first and second Alien films) which is filled with xenomorphs and other feral creatures by a Predator named Ahab so that they can help guide him to the next target of his hunt, an Engineer.

The story is pretty simple and a bit short but, unlike with the Mortal Kombat series, this series does it much better. With Mortal Kombat, it felt as if the writers attempted to stuff as much as they could into the little space they had. Contrast that to Predator: Fire and Stone, which is filled with action and character development, something I would rather have in a book. I’m not looking for anything groundbreaking in a Predator story, just something enjoyable, which is what I feel that I got here.

At first the two leads end up starting as enemies but, over the course of the four issues, they start to bond a little and become comrades in arms. Galgo starts off  as a selfish prick who is willing to boot one of his crew mates out of an airlock in order to kill Ahab. Towards the end, he sacrifices his one chance to escape the planet and risks his life in order to save the Predator from dying at the Engineer’s hands. Galgo is still a bit of a jerk, but its nice to see someone redeemable go through a character evolution like this. Since I never read any of the previous books, I don’t really know what the full extent of his character’s journey is. That said, Predator: Stone and Fire was good enough that maybe I’ll pick them up at some point just to see. On the other hand, Ahab is just simply awesome. He is a seasoned warrior covered with scars who wears the trophies of his previous kills, and always looks for his next challenge. That is how you make a Predator. The human/Predator team up is something which isn’t really all that new to the franchise, as we’ve kind of seen it happen a few times in some of the films. That said, this is the first time that I’ve seen it done well. If 20th Century Fox ever decides to make a new Predator movie, it would be great to see that concept used as well as it is in Predator: Fire and Stone.

As much as I enjoyed the characters and the story of the is book, I’ll admit that the art just wasn’t the best fit. It comes off as a bit scratchy at some points but it did grow on me as I read on. It didn’t ruin the expressiveness of the characters or the dynamicism of the fight scenes for me, but it may not succeed as well for every reader.

VERDICT

Predator: Fire and Stone is a short and simple story with so-so art, good characters, great homage to the Predator franchise, and awesome fight scenes. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s still a fun journey which will make you want to turn to the next page in anticipation and excitement. 

FINAL SCORE: 7.5 out of 10

REVIEW: ONYX #1: The Space Knight Cometh

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on July 5, 2015.

There’s nothing that I love more than a good ole sci-fi story, especially one centered on a bada** looking space knight.

Onyx #1, by writer Chris Ryall and drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez, is the first of a four-part mini-series released by IDW Publishing. The story so far focuses on a diverse team of earth soldiers being dispatched to deal with two mysterious meteors that landed in a jungle on earth near some sort of unknown “asset” that they seem more interested in protecting than human life. One of the meteors is actually Onyx, an alien warrior hunting down a parasitic creature that’s come to earth. With a dangerous being like this now on earth, will Onyx save the human race from this threat or will she sacrifice our entire race just to destroy it for good?

Onyx appears to have taken inspiration from several different sci-fi franchises. Halo and Metroid being the two in particular that stand out the most to me with the earth space marines, alien virus assimilating organisms, laser sword, and the female warrior in the alien battle power armor.

When I saw the cover for this, I was drawn in immediately but was unfortunately left slightly disappointed.

The cast feels sort of bland so far. The military grunts have a few distinguishing characteristics between them but nothing really too special and I’ve already started guessing which of them will be killed off in future issues. Onyx herself just feels like she’s only there to mostly provide exposition in the first issue. But the worst thing about this book in my opinion, is the dialogue. It feels so clunky, stilted, and sometimes unnatural. The characters felt like they were speaking in a silver or bronze age comic. I don’t know if that was what the creators were going for, but it really didn’t work for me.

It wasn’t all bad though. The art is quite stunning. Future earth does look pretty good for what little bit of it we see and the jungle looks almost like something from an Alien movie which sets a clear tone for the story. The characters may not be all that impressive yet, but they are all visually distinguishing especially Onyx and her awesome looking armor. Even the creatures infected by the alien virus all look diverse and amazing.

VERDICT

Onyx #1 was a let down with it’s bad dialogue and bland characters. It may not be the most interesting or engaging first issue that I’ve ever read but there are still some good things about it here or there but not enough to make up for the bad. Hopefully this series will start to improve when the remaining three issues come out but so far, not a good first impression.

FINAL SCORE: 5.5 out of 10