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Reviews Of Tomorrow’s Comics: Gotham Academy Endgame #1

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By Sofie Scott-Olsen

Published by DC Comics
Writen by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Art by Jeff Stokely, Jenny Donovan, Clo Chiang, Joy Ang, Vera Brosgol, Sonia Oback

Most people who know me know I’m not the biggest Batman fan.

I know, I’m sorry! See, I love the Batman universe and I love the villains, but the actual character does not interest me at all. I have tried so hard to like him, but he annoys me more often than not. It was because of this that I was very hesitant to read Gotham Academy Endgame. I genuinely didn’t think I would like it. I was proven wrong. Well done, writers and artists. Stories within a story, funny and relatable characters, an interesting plot and stunning artwork, I loved every aspect of this comic.

First, the story. A bunch of students are locked into their school gym to avoid the people outside who have been infected by the Joker virus. If you’re not sure what this is, I’d recommend reading Batman Eternal #39 (where the Endgame arc starts), but to sum it up quickly, the Joker has infected the people of Gotham with a virus that makes them like him.

Now, some of the students are sitting in a tent and decide to start telling ghost stories around their lantern (ah, childhood memories. I want s’mores now… Sigh). Each story is about someone who resembles the Joker in some way, being cursed to smile or grin in different creepy ways. It’s a lot scarier than it sounds, I promise. The girls’ teacher even joins in on the story-telling, best teacher ever! I’m a horror fan so this idea of telling creepy stories whilst locked into a dark school really appealed to me, and I was not disappointed.

Which leads me on to my second point, the artwork. Holy missing Batman. Each story the children and teacher tell is presented with a different style of artwork. I don’t want to spoil what these are, but the blend of fantasy-esque art and cartoon-style just blew my mind. I was never left bored or uninterested. Absolutely stunning, and the originality of presenting each story differently was quite unexpected, and definitely adds to the spooky setting of the storyline. I am so happy with this comic, I can’t even describe.

Finally, a Batman comic I can get into! Sorry again, Batman fans, I come in peace! Anyone who likes Batman, and even those who don’t, should buy this and give it a read. I definitely will and trust me, I’m going to read this over and over; I loved it so much. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Good storyline, fun read, intriguing artwork, there’s something for everyone.  Also, if you’re thinking ‘I don’t like scary or creepy things’ then don’t worry, it won’t terrify you, might give you some shivers, but nothing you can’t recover from. It’d be worth it anyway.

Reviews Of Tomorrow’s Comics: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1

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Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Tigh Walker
Published by Marvel Comics

Properties based around theme park rides are something that I’ve had a bit of a hard time getting behind in the past.

Pirate’s of The Caribbean aside, there haven’t been any theme park ride ideas that have translated well to other mediums. That said, I have been wrong in the past. Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland for example looks to be sensational. In fact it was looking to be the first project that would win me over to the idea of films based around rides. At least I thought it was going to be the first one. So you can probably imagine my surprise when I was given a comic that I didn’t know existed till I had it in my hand. This comic was called Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and I found my interest piqued as soon as I got it.

Based on one of Disney’s most endearing and legendary rides, Big Thunder looked to serve up a fun western adventure. But how well does it manage to capture the magic of the ride that it’s based around?

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad follows the adventures of young heroine Abigail Bullion. A dreamer at heart and as brash as they come, Abigail makes her way across the country to the village of Rainbow Ridge to meet with her father. Beneath the surface though, Abigail has other plans in mind for her trip. Ever since she was little, Abigail has harboured a desire to see the legendary mines of Big Thunder Mountain. The mine that the town of Rainbow Ridge is built around, the Mountain has ignited the adventurous spirit of many travellers seeking wealth and adventure. Captivated by these stories of the great mountain, Abigail looks to do the unthinkable, and claim the mountains riches for herself.

Little does she know, she has competition for the mountains wealth. What’s more, the great mines themselves hold great secrets, and powers beyond our imaginations.

I found myself enjoying this comic a lot more than I expected to. As I mentioned previously, stories based around theme park rides have never really landed with me, outside of a few. This comic however, had its hooks firmly in me within the first few pages. Weaving a fun and frantic tale, Dennis Hopeless creates an authentic and truly wild west. His writing also gives life to Abigail, who quickly establishes herself as a fun and engaging lead. Bolstered by a colourful supporting cast, the comic lays the ground work for some awesome things moving ahead.

The art is a real delight as well. Provided by Tigh Walker, Thunder Mountain offers a rather varied palette. From the rustic tones of Rainbow Ridge, to the wild and vivid colours of Thunder Mountain itself, there is a lot to take in. It’s a colour scheme that could have easily ended up clashing together if handled incorrectly. Under Walker’s pen though, the colours mesh into something that is truly wondrous to behold. It’s something that brings the world of Thunder Mountain to life and the comic is all the better for it.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a genuinely enjoyable comic. God forbid I found myself reading it multiple times in one sitting I enjoyed it so much. The idea of a Disney Western is one that I could easily get behind, and would have loved to have seen animated on the big screen. Through the team of Hopeless and Walker, a duo name that sounds like it jumped straight out of a western, the ride has truly come to life. The team create a dynamic and fun tone that carries all the Disney touches you’d expect to see these days, and a world bursting with life.

I can’t say how good Tomorrowland will be readers, as I make it a point not to judge something till I see it. If Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is any indication of things to come however? I think I can at least resign myself to being very excited.

Now if we could just get a comic based on The Haunted Mansion, I think I’d be set for life.

Reviews Of Tomorrow’s Comics: Arkham Manor: Endgame #1

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Published by DC
Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Felix Ruiz

This issue coincides with the events in the Endgame story arc, started in #39 of Batman Eternal. If you haven’t been reading any of them then you’re missing out, big time. Why, may you ask? Because the Clown Prince of Crime himself is back after his disappearance in Death in the Family, and back with a vengeance. If you thought the Joker was unhinged before, then you’re in for a ride. I will avoid revealing any major spoilers from that story arc, as it really is the best one I’ve read in ages. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to see this concurrent storyline in Arkham Manor

So after only six issues, the Arkham Manor series was pulled, but Endgame marks the resurgence of the comic. The story follows inmates of Arkham Asylum, after they were moved to Arkham Manor, featuring a couple of well-known faces such as Bane, Poison Ivy and Clayface. Whilst the Joker’s toxin is causing havoc in Gotham, it seems to have infiltrated the Manor as well, leaving only a few unaffected. A Hapless security guard tries to help the unaffected prisoners and staff through the manor, pursued by crazy ‘Joker-ized zombies’ and a seemingly returned Joker. But is the Joker really who he says he is?

I enjoyed this first issue; it complements the events in Endgame whilst setting up its own intriguing plot twists, and provides a fittingly grand finale for the series. It has the recipe for a great comic; a roster of the best Batman bad guys, the return of the Joker, and a suitably dark tone and colour palette to really give it that Gotham feel. I always enjoy plotlines from the perspective of the villains, and even though the story opens with Bullock investigating the incident, the main focus is the inmates of Arkham, and how the Joker’s nefarious plans affect them. Now that Bane, Poison Ivy, Mr Freeze, Clayface and Scarecrow have been unleashed upon Gotham, I’m excited to see how they help, or hinder, the Joker in his plan to finally take down the Batman.

Endgame has not disappointed so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing where else the story will take us in the upcoming issues, and I definitely recommend picking up the first few issues of the story in Batman Eternal.

 

 

Arthur Darvill To Play Rip Hunter In Newest DC/CW Show

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It looks like British actor Arthur Darvill will be doing adding another time traveling character to his, already impressive, C.V.

A while back it was reported that the CW was planning yet another DC comics inspired show, to add to their growing, interconnected, universe. With Arrow and The Flash already pulling in viewers, and the CBS Supergirl pilot having just finished production, they’re working on a fourth, as yet unnamed project.

This new show will apparently feature some recognisable characters, collected from throughout the DC television universe. Among the cast will be Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer from Arrow), Victor Garber (FIRESTORM from The Flash),  Caity Lotz (Black Canary from Arrow) and Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold from TheFlash)

news_illustre_1427792011_674Now, according to Deadline, there is a new character to add to the roster, one we haven’t seen before in the TV shows. Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) has been cast as the time traveling hero, Rip Hunter.

See we told you it wasn’t Booster Gold!

This, of course, isn’t the first time Darvill has travelled in time. His tenure on Doctor Who as the beloved companion Rory Williams introduced Darvill to geek audiences everywhere. He was the boy who waited, the last centurion, a robot, a father, a husband and the man who could not be killed, for long.

We can’t wait to see what he brings to the role of Rip Hunter and how the TV universe will deal with such an interesting and unique character.

Here’s a little refresher on the casting call the CW made for, what is more than likely, this character:

“THE TRAVELER”  
Described as a “Han Solo-esque rogue who gets by with his charm, this hero hails from the future, and has journeyed back in time on a secret mission. His razor-sharp wit hides the pain of a man who has lived through serious conflict. He also harbors many secrets, always leaving both his teammates and the audience unsure of his true allegiances.

Now all we need is a name to put to the show.

The Flash Brings Us Mark Hamill’s Trickster Tomorrow – Promo & Pictures!

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Well if there was ever a reason to tune into the CW’s The Flash this is it.

Tomorrow night The Trickster, played by none other than Mark Hamill, will be making his first appearance on the show and we expect great things. Wild, silly, over the top things, but also great.

Reprising his villainous role from the original Flash TV show, all the way back in the 1990’s (Wow I’m old!) he looks like he’ll be teaming up with his younger counterpart, played by Devon Graye. If you’re looking for a serious, gritty episode of The Flash, this is not going to be the episode for you. The Trickster is one of the more daft villains from the comics, but we love him nonetheless!

We’re excited to see Hamill once again share some screen time with John Wesley Ship, the actor who plays Barry Allen’s father and also starred in the 1990 show.

To get us ready for tomorrow’s episode, titled “Tricksters”, we’ve got the promo here for your entertainment!

Plus an image gallery of 22 promotional stills from the episode.

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“Mark Hamill (“Stars Wars”) reprises his role as The Trickster – A copycat killer who goes by the name “The Trickster” (guest star Devon Graye) starts setting off bombs in Central City. In order to stop the villain, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) meet with the original Trickster, a criminal mastermind named James Jesse (guest star Mark Hamill), who has been imprisoned for 20 years. Things quickly go from bad to worse when the Tricksters unite and take Henry (John Wesley Shipp) prisoner. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) asks Eddie (Rick Cosnett) for help with a case, and flashbacks show how Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) came up with the idea for the particle accelerator.”

Game Of Thrones’ Arya Stark To Appear In Doctor Who!

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We’ve got some brilliant news for anyone out there who happen to be a fan of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, which is everyone, right? Thought so.

We’re delighted to report that Maisie Williams, who plays the coolest of all the Game of Thrones characters, Arya Stark, will be making a guest appearance on the British science fiction show.

The news was announced on the Doctor Who official twitter account today in this tweet:

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Fan reactions to the tweet have been almost universally positive, people responding with squeals of joy, or the text equivalent to squeals of joy. Plenty of caps lock from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who fans today on twitter, let’s leave it at that.

Williams will make her appearance in the 9th season of Doctor Who, which is currently filming right now, set to hit our screens later on in the year.

Williams is delighted, understandably, to be meeting everyone’s favourite TimeLord:

“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”

Talking about her guest spot, the show’s creator, Steven Moffat was cryptic:

We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Sounds intriguing! We can’t wait to see what she’ll be bringing to the show!

Official Deadpool Logo Revealed!

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At the end of last week we were given our first full look at Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool costume.

The photo of him, sprawled out on a bearskin rug by a fireplace, could not have been more perfect.  The costume looked fantastic and the pose was particularly fitting to the character’s slightly off kilter personality, I say “slightly off kilter”, I mean he’s not even sure where kilter is at this point.

Now 20th Century Fox have revealed the official logo on the movie’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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With so much promotional material coming out of the production so early, I’m a little worried. Not that they’ll start to see diminishing returns, that’s never going to happen; the move is a product of enthusiasm, not just from the creators, but from the fans who campaigned to get it made. I’m worried that they’ll blow all of their teaser pictures in one go and then we’ll be left with nothing until the trailer which is definitely a long way off; the movie only just started production.

Let’s just hope that they hit their stride and can provide us with a steady stream of Deadpool goodies for the coming year.

Deadpool is scheduled to hit UK cinemas in the 12th of February 2016.

The official movie description reads:

“Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”

New Daredevil Trailer Showcases Matt Murdock’s Special Abilities!

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It’s about to be April which set to be a month full of geeky wonders.

Not only will Avengers: Age of Ultron be hitting UK cinemas on the 23rd, but before that we’ll be getting Marvel’s Daredevil.

The entire series will be landing on Netflix around the world on April 10th. When the clock strikes one minute past midnight everyone will have the entire season of Daredevil, available to view at their leisure. Hands up if you expect to call in sick to work that day and be done watching by lunchtime.

With less than two weeks to go Marvel has released yet another trailer, this time focusing on Murdoch’s special abilities and his determination to make his home city a better place. This one, yet again, gives us another glimpse of Stick (played by Scott Glen) much to the delight of comic fans everywhere.

Daredevil follows the life of blind lawyer/vigilante superhero Matt Murdock as he attempts to bring justice to the dark underbelly of Hell’s Kitchen. Starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson.

BREAKING NEWS! Hugh Jackman Will Be Wolverine “One Last Time”

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It’s time to break out the tissues folks, and ready your vocal cords for a resounding “Noooooooooo!”

Hugh Jackman, the man who is (and probably always will be) known as the definitive on screen Wolverine, will be hanging up his adamantium claws after the next movie.

It’s been fifteen years since the Australian actor was cast in Brian Singer’s 2000 movie X-Men and since then Jackman has made the role well and truly his own. In fact, he has the honour of being the actor to appear in the most X-Men universe movies. He even made a small appearance in X-Men: First Class, if only to tell Professor X and Magneto to “Go f*** yourself.”  Be honest, that was your favourite scene in the movie.

Jackman broke the news to his fans just over an hour ago on his twitter and instagram accounts when he posted this picture and caption.

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It seems that the third solo Wolverine film, which is scheduled for release in early 2017, will be his final outing. I guess he’s definitely not appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, eh.

This is really sad news. Jackman has placed the belligerent yet heroic character firmly in the hearts of cinema goers everywhere and it’ll be almost impossible for audiences to accept any other actor in the role.

However, it is completely understandable that after giving fifteen years, seventeen once the next movie is done, of his life to this iconic role, he’d have to call it quits at some point. All we can say is that we’ll miss you Mr Jackman and thanks for bringing one of our favourite comic book characters to life with such skill and style!

Pixel Perfect: A Review of Video Games Live

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What can be said about Video Games Live?

Founded back in the 2005, the show was born from the minds of legendary video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Hall.

Starting out from not so humble beginnings at the Hollywood Bowl, the show has since blossomed into an event like no other. Incorporating many cool elements and music from across the spectrum of video games, the night looks to cater to anyone who has ever picked up a controller. Hell even if you’ve never touched a controller in your life, you’ll still probably end up enjoying yourself. It is a night that celebrates the wonderful music that video games have given us over the years, and their impact.

So when it last came to Glasgow, seven years ago, I found myself quite excited to attend. This was a few years after the show had premiered, and word of mouth had started to spread, all of it being shockingly positive. What followed was a gig that I still consider to be one of the best I have ever been to. So with high hopes and good company, I attended the show’s return to the Royal Concert Hall. But how did it stack up in comparison to the previous showing?

Helmed once again by Tommy Tallarico, and accompanied by prolific composer Eimear Noone, the festivities kicked off in high octane fashion. What followed was just over two hours of fun and excitement, as the Video Games Live team made their way through a slew of hits. Accompanied by the amazing Jillian Aversa and Blizzard Software’s own Russell Brower, the night offered a lot.

I’ll cut a long story short here readers; this was another awesome night.

The range of music that graced the stage of the Royal Concert Hall featured an excellent array of tracks from both old and new school. Games like Chrono Trigger and Megaman shared the stage with games like God of War and Skyrim, making for a wonderful variety. It’s an interesting mix of games that gel together amazingly well, and showcases the diversity of video game music. Plus there was a section dedicated to The Monkey Island series, so the night scores points for that alone.

Music was not the only thing that was on offer tonight though. As with all Video Games Live shows, fan interaction was at the forefront. This included a cosplay competition that opened the show, and a meet and greet that closed it. It’s a nice touch that celebrates the show’s fans, and I can’t help but appreciate it more for that.

Video Games Live is a guaranteed fun night out. There’s just no question about it. It’s not so much a concert as it is a celebration. A celebration of the video games that we have come to know and love. Plus the atmosphere of sharing a room with people who are just as passionate about this music as you are makes for a welcome feeling of joy.

It’s so fun; I guarantee that you will leave the show with a smile. Failing that, you will at least leave the show humming one of the its many catchy tunes.

Video Games Live founder Tommy Tallarico has said that it should be returning sometime next year. If you are a fan of gaming, you owe it to yourself to go out and take in this show.

Another Original Cast Member Signs On To Heroes Reborn!

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Great news for those of us eagerly awaiting the upcoming return of NBC’s Heroes universe.

As you’ll all be aware the series creator Tim Kring is bringing Heroes back to life in the form of a 13 episode mini-series called Heroes Reborn. The series is set to Star Zachary Levi (Chuck), Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time), and promises the return of Heroes original cast member Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet.

Up until today Coleman was the only member of the original series cast who’d agreed to return for the mini-series. But now we’re delighted to say that Masi Oka, who played probably the most beloved character, Hiro Nakamura, will be joining the cast.

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According to Deadline, the actor is delighted to be back in Hiro’s shoes:

“I’m excited to return to my Heroes roots,”

 “Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV.”

Tim Kring, who created Heroes and will be executive producing Heroes Reborn said:

 “The character of Hiro Nakamura was such a huge part of the first series’ success, and a gigantic fan favourite. We felt the fans would really love seeing him back in action again.”

We couldn’t be more pleased that Hiro will be returning to our screens. There has been a lot of trepidation from fans about the mini-series, especially considering the way the original series began to dwindle in popularity near its end. But this news is definitely reason for hope and optimism.

Let’s hope that the project can defy expectation and cynicism to bring back what the first season accomplished.

Ryan Reynolds Strikes A Pose In Our First Real Look At Deadpool!

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It seems like no one is as excited about the upcoming Deadpool movie as the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds.

The actor’s twitter account has been littered with announcements, updates and teasing photos from the set. He seems to delight in sharing his glee with waiting fans.

In February of this year he tweeted a small but tantalising glimpse at part of his prototype costume. Then, just over a week ago, he posted up a shot of his set chair with the caption “Sometimes the bad guy isn’t the villain.”

Today he’s given us the best tweet teaser yet!

It’s a spectacular shot of him, in full Deadpool attire, lying seductively on a bearskin rug, in front of a fire. A romantic dream for, well, for people who are into morally barren, quirky, mass murderers with a self-editing problem.

Putting the, oh so sensual, imagery aside (a difficult task when it comes to Reynolds) the costume looks fantastic!

I do, however, have one pressing question for Deadpool.

How does he see?

What do you think of the new Deadpool costume, now that it has been revealed? Let us know in the comments.

Oh wait! I do have one other question.

Can we see the movie now? No? Okay.

Marvel Is looking For 4 Student Artists To Create Limited Edition Avengers Comic For SDCC!

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How would you like to work on a real Marvel comic?

Well here’s your chance. Marvel has teamed up with Adobe’s Behance to give four students from around the world the chance to work on a special limited-edition Avengers comic. The comic will be created for the upcoming San Diego Comic Con, where it will make its debut.

The competition is open now and will remain active up until the 13th of April. Students are encouraged to either tag their existing Behance portfolio for consideration, or to sign up and create a portfolio, making sure to include the competition hashtags.

Each of the four selected students will be given this once in a lifetime opportunity, for which they WILL be paid.

Winners will also get to go to San Diego Comic Con, hotels and travel expenses will be paid for, plus some daily spending money! It’s too good a deal to pass up for any creative students out there.

Marvel explains how to enter:

“From now until April 13th, tag your online portfolio with #madethis #Marvel so your artwork gets noticed by Marvel and Adobe. Sequential art (panel to panel) should be included to highlight your storytelling skills. “The four students we pick will get a full Marvel creative experience. They’ll get pages scripted by a Marvel writer with interaction from the editorial team,” continues Paniccia, “I’m really excited about the possibilities and the fact that we’ll see student art from all four corners of the globe. I believe this is definitely a place where future comics superstars will be discovered.”

Winners will get a ticket to this year’s Comic-Con with access to the Marvel booth and a one-on-one portfolio review with Marvel editorial. The Avengers comic book will premiere at SDCC, and will also be available as a digital comic, as well as  printed and distributed in comic stores throughout the United States! You may also be featured on Adobe Student’s social channels to help your portfolio stand out to future employers.”
You can find out more about the competition on the Marvel site here.

And on the Behance competition page!
Good luck folks! Don’t forget us when you’re a famous comic book artist!

Cast of The Flash Sings Firefly Theme Tune!

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You know what’s so geeky that it might break the space time continuum?

The cast of The Flash, singing the theme tune of Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

Of course we already knew that Grant Gustin, star of the CW’s comic based show, could knock out a pretty good tune. Not only did he appear in Glee but he gave us a few lines from “Summer Nights” in episode 12 “Crazy for you”.

But what we didn’t know was that Jesse L Martin (Det. Joe West), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon) and Rick Cosnett (Det Eddie Thawne) also have some set of pipes on them. This week they showed off their amazing talent in a performance that, as mentioned above, ranks as one of the geekiest things ever seen, or heard.

First a little back story.

The three actors have been working on a short film project, trying to get it funded through Kickstarter. The film, written by Jesse L Martin, is called The Letter Carrier and the kickstarter description reads:

“ A mother hides her family from slavery in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The children have grown up with a tale of a man known as The Letter Carrier. As the legend goes, he roams the mountains looking for children to sell as slaves. Painted against this historical backdrop, it is a raw, mysterious, and interpretive fable. Told through a cappella song, using original folk music, spirituals and a score using only natural sounds.”

Sounds wonderful, right?

Well apparently Joss Whedon thought so too. He decided to donate to the project, enough to get them to their target. As a show of gratitude Martin, Valdes and Cosnett recorded their own, beautiful, a cappella version of “The Ballad of Serenity”.

If you want to see more about the project these lovely guys are working on, check out their kickstarter page here.

Reviews Of Tomorrow’s Comics: The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

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Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne and Jamie Mendoza
Published by DC Comics

Once again I can feel the ire of the Duffy Brothers at my back as I write this review.

Not content with taking one Multiversity review away from them, I have now steeped in and took a second. But like I’ve said before, I can’t in good conscience let these comics go by without talking about them. I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to DC, I’m woefully behind with their current projects. Outside of a few, there haven’t been many titles that have gripped me. Those that have, however, have usually been amazing.

At the top of this list, is The Multiversity series. It’s a run that has showcased the best of what comics can be, and has routinely proven to be without equal.

Now, after a long road, we find ourselves here, nearing the end of a long and awesome journey. A trip that has taken us to untold worlds full of weird and wonderful characters. None of these stories however, come even close to the madness that is Ultra Comics.

The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1 is a comic that defies words. The Multiversity is under attack from unseen forces. With a team of scientists working night and day to combat this threat, a hero soon emerges from their hard work. That hero is Ultra Comics, a hero that is literally held in your hands. What follows is a wild and perilous adventure that puts you, yes you, at the forefront. You become as much a part of the story as Ultra Comics. You share in the highs and lows, and you ultimately deal with the creeping horror that lurks at the comic’s end.

Words honestly fail me as I try to collect my thoughts on this issue. All I can say is that this may be the most meta comic I may have ever read. It explores the nature of comics themselves, and those who read it. The nature of fandom and criticism against comics is explored in depth, and Grant Morrison handles it with the deft touch we’ve come to expect from him. It is a ridiculously complex tale that explores the comics medium as a whole, and it’s all kinds of wonderful.

I would talk more in depth about this page turner, but to rob you of even a second would be criminal. All I’ll say is that there is a deceptive amount of depth here, and you’ll be all the better for reading it.

The art team also steps up in a big way here. Led by Doug Mahnke, this team weaves some amazing artwork that compliments the tone and feel perfectly. Wild and wonderful colours jump off the page and bring the comic to life in a number of ways. The colours team of Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne and Jamie Mendoza do an excellent job complimenting Mahnke’s art, and it takes the comic to new levels.

I genuinely found myself lost for words after reading it. I mean that in the best way I possibly can. I might even say that, as far as the Multiversity series goes, this may be the best entry. Grant Morrison has crafted a tale here that proves an amazing insight into what comics are, and how they impact the world around them. The art team’s work compliments these intricacies and helps elevate this issue to levels that I haven’t seen before.

I have worked as a reviewer for Geek Retreat for a little bit over a year. I can honestly say that in all my time, Ultra Comics may be the finest story I have read. I can only hope my review does this comic justice, and is coherent enough. There is a wealth of content here that makes it worth every penny.