Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 39...

In this episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast, Billy and Dave preview new comics coming out on Wednesday, 10/1/14. The guys give their opinions of the Gotham pilot. Billy reviews Batman: Zero Year – Secret City by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Plus, the countdown to NYCC is on! http://ia902305.us.archive.org/5/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode39/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2039.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

NYCC 2014 Exclusive Merch!...

Written by David Henehan. Like in past years, there is a lot of exclusive merchandise available for sale at New York Comic Con 2014. We went through the list and picked out what we think is the best for this guide. Sadly, it looks like Hasbro has once again spurned NYCC, with zero exclusives available at the show. I really wish they would reverse course on this decision, but there are still plenty of cool exclusives from other companies available at the convention. We found something for every budget, as prices range from free to $300. Be sure to bookmark this page, as this post will be updated as we get closer to NYCC 2014! Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1 Midtown Comics Variant ($12) – I’m not usually one for variant covers, but this one that is drawn to look like a Scarlet Witch/Enchantress playing card looks really cool. Even the back cover ad for Midtown Comics looks like the back of a playing card! Available at the Midtown Comics booth (2036) and Midtown Comics stores around NYC. Batman: Arkham Origins Play Arts -Kai- Deathstroke Limited Color Version – ($99.99 – Limited to 1000 pieces) – 10″ tall and completely bad ass looking, this is redeco of the Arkham Origins Play Arts Deathstroke, It’s painted in metallic hues of Deathstroke’s original blue and gold costume. Available at the Square Enix booth (1813). Square Enix has 500 of these Deathstroke figures available for pre-order on their website if you’d like to guarantee yourself one, or can’t make it to NYCC. Star Wars Wampa Hallmark Keepsake Ornament ($35 – Limited to 200/day) – The first place I’ll be hitting up on Thursday is the Hallmark booth (1554) for this ornament. My Christmas tree hasn’t been complete for years,...

Gotham – S1E1 – Pilot – Recap...

Monday night marked the premiere of Gotham, Fox’s entry in the “hey comics are ‘in’ right now so let’s make a TV show” sweepstakes – and boy, was it a TV show that came on TV! The premise of the show is simple: it’s a cop drama focusing on James Gordon before he became police commissioner, before there was a Batman, before Gotham City became a haven for lunatic clowns and Two-Faced ex-lawyers. Only…it isn’t, really? Based on the pilot episode, it looks like the only thing that’s not going to show up on this show is Batman.     This becomes apparent right from the start, as the show opens on a young lady jumping around on rooftops and stopping occasionally to pose and look serious. She steals a carton of milk from an old lady and a wallet from a random guy. She ends up in an alley, and we see learn why she stole the milk: so she can feed a stray cat. HEY, YOU THERE, WATCHING THE TV SHOW, DO YOU KNOW WHO THIS IS?!? SHE’S A “WOMAN” WITH AN AFFINITY FOR “CATS.” This cat…girl…is spooked by a family as they enter the alley, all laughing and having a grand old time, talking about the movie they just saw. Then, out of nowhere, a guy in a mask comes up to them, demanding the mother’s necklace and the father’s wallet. Even though he gets both without any protest, he still decides to shoot both of them, leaving the young boy alone to kneel by their bodies and screech into the night. The catlady watches and poses. You’d think we’d cut to the credits after this, but you’d be wrong! Cut to a police station where a cop is leading a mumbly...

Booster Gold Futures End, Comixology and a Hint of the Return of the Pre-Flashpoint DCU?...

Is DC Comics hinting at a return of the pre-Flashpoint DCU? First we got the announcement that the the Giffen/DeMatteis versions of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle were retuning in the pages Justice League 3000. This was met with overwhelmingly positive fan reaction. Then, on the final page of Superman: Doomed #2, we see shattered fragments of reality that are definitely not of Earth 0 in the New 52. Superman with his trunks on the outside, the 1980s Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans team in their 1980s outfits and the classic JSA, with a very pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths looking Huntress. None of the characters in the shards on this page are in their New-52 costumes. And now we noticed that on Comixology, Booster Gold Futures End #1 is filed under the pre-Flashpoint Booster Gold series!   Booster Gold Futures End #1 is also filed this way in DC’s own web store! While this isn’t an in-story hint, it is potentially very telling.  DC and Comixology could have easily given this Booster Gold comic a new volume. What makes this doubly interesting is that Booster Gold Futures End #1 is the first pre-Flashpoint that DC has published since the start of the New 52. Even Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc. was forced to renumber and restart with a new volume in the New 52 (and don’t even get us started on the pre-Flashpoint continuity errors that riddled that book). It’s been rumored in the past that the New-52 Booster Gold might remember the pre-Flashpoint DCU, because he was outside the timestream when Flashpoint occurred. Is Booster Gold the key unlocking the door to DC’s past? What do you think? Is DC hinting at the return of the pre-Flashpoint DCU? Written by Billy Henehan. Research by Dave...

Agents of SHIELD – S2E1 – Shadows – Recap...

Annnnnnd here we go! Agents of SHIELD is back and so our our recaps of the show. Lest you’ve forgotten, at the end of last season, SHIELD was in shambles. The fallout from Captain America: The Winter Soldier was severe. Hydra infiltration of SHIELD ran very deep. To the world at large, Hydra and SHIELD are one and the same. Coulson’s team isn’t faring much better. Ward was revealed to be a Hydra agent. Fitz has suffered brain trauma thanks to Ward dumping him and Simmons in the ocean. And Coulson is scribbling alien language on the walls of his bedroom. Which brings us to…now…well, actually World War II. We’re given a sneak peak at the new Agent Carter TV series at the start of this episode. Agent Carter and her team are raiding a Hydra lab towards the tail end of World War II. Hey, that’s Dum Dum Dugan standing next to Agent Carter! It looks like the Agent Carter series will be Agent Carter and her Howling Commandos. I’m guessing that once the series launches, there will be many crossovers with Agents of SHIELD, with Agent Carter dealing with a Hydra threat in WWII that pops up in the present to plague Coulson’s team in Agents of SHIELD. Case in point, Agent Carter and her team lock up some super-tech in WWII, whose location is for sale in a shady deal in the present. May and Skye are staking out the deal. Side note: Skye’s hair is really cute. Some girls disappear into a carton of Ben & Jerry’s when it’s revealed their boyfriend is a double agent. Not Skye, she got herself some post-Ward hair. The deal goes bad when a third party shows up and makes off with the info....

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 38 – Multiversity, New Comics & Gotham...

Are you reading Multiversity? Billy and Dave go in depth in their review of Multiversity: Society of Superheroes on this episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast! Dave reveals a slew of Easter Eggs in the issue, and explains who’s who. The guys also preview new comics coming out Wednesday, September 24th, Billy gives his first impression of Gotham, and the guys give their picks of a few comics on sale for only $0.99 on Comixology right now! Give it a listen! http://ia601401.us.archive.org/22/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode38/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2038.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

SE: NYC Cosplay Gallery...

Photos by David Henehan & Graig Kreindler. Captions by David Henehan. I was surprised by the number of cosplayers at Special Edition: NYC. There just didn’t seem to be that many compared to New York Comic Con. I wonder if it’s that people felt limited in what they could cosplay as at a convention that billed itself as geared specifically to comic books, and not one as all-encompassing as NYCC. That said, those who did cosplay at SE:NYC really brought it!                      ...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast – Episode 37...

Billy and Dave talk give you their picks for new comics coming out Wednesday, 9/17/14, discuss the end of Original Sin, give their thoughts on Futures End, and find some Easter Eggs in Multiversity. And most important of all…Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are coming back to the DCU!!!! It’s a great episode; listen now! http://ia801400.us.archive.org/5/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode37/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2037.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Prefontaine – Review Sep13

Prefontaine – Review...

A recent trip to Eugene, Oregon inspired my watching of the biopic Prefontaine. In case you’re not familiar with Eugene, it’s an interesting town. Almost everyone there seems to be either a hardcore runner or a meth head. I’d say the population is 40% runners, 40% meth heads, and 20% people finding their own thing. I’m focused on the runners today. Eugene’s nickname is Track Town, USA (much better choice than Methtropolis, USA). It’s home of the University of Oregon’s Ducks track team and is the birthplace of sneaker company Nike. Despite his short time on this  Earth, Steve Prefontaine is one of the most famous American runners in history. He’s an Olympian who went to the University of Oregon, and spent his adult life living in Oregon. On my trip to Euguene, I went running on the Prefontaine Memorial Running Trail in Alton Baker Park. This trail might be my favorite trail on which I’ve ever run. The trail itself is gorgeous. You pass by Autzen Stadium, the home of the Ducks, as well as a tranquil stream lined with what must be the nicest houses in Euguene, and shaded woods. The trail is super soft; I’m guessing there are ground up Nikes mixed in with the wood chips. If you ever find yourself Eugene, make sure you go for a run on this trail. It was running on Pre’s Trail that made me want to learn more about his life. Before this, I pretty much only knew that he ran fast and died young. Prefontaine does a good job of telling Pre’s life story. The movie is not a documentary, but every now and again it cuts away to Steve’s friends and family in the present day talking about Steve back then....

Brooklyn Defender Launch Party!...

Photos by Graig Kreindler. Written by David Henehan. Last night, New York Comic Con had their Brooklyn Defender Launch Party at Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg. For the past three years, Brooklyn Brewery has produced a limited edition beer in honor of New York Comic Con, the Brooklyn Defender. The recipe of the beer changes each year. Every year so far it’s been a different variation on an IPA, but Brooklyn Brewery founder and brewmaster Garrett Oliver said during his speech last night that it’s not guaranteed to always be an IPA. Besides the recipe changing every year, so does the design of the Brook Defender’s superhero persona the artist who designs it. The first Brooklyn Defender was designed by Tony Millionaire. Last year’s was designed by current Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang. This year’s Brooklyn Defender was designed by Rocketgirl’s Amy Reeder. Amy Reeder was at the event last night. She gave out free copies of Rocket Girl #1 and signed them as well. Besides the comic, everyone in attendance received a Brooklyn Defender pint glass, sticker and t-shirt, all designed by Reeder. And the NYCC crew raffled off a bunch of NYCC passes. Oh, and did I mention that the event was totally free to get into and was open bar all night! That’s right, free Brooklyn Brewery beer all night, and not just the Defender. Anything on tap was yours for the asking, including the delicious and deadly Brooklyn Blast! The one thing that did surprise me about last night’s event was the lack of cosplayers. There was one very awesome Rocketeer, and that was it. I was shocked. If you missed out on Brookyn Defender Launch Party in the past three years, make sure you attend next year! Last night was...