Darth Vader Castle Origins

While fans knew that Darth Vader would be making an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story long before the movie hit theaters, there was one surprise waiting for them when they saw the entire movie. One of concept artist Ralph McQuarrie’s unused set designs finally made it into Star Wars canon: Darth Vader’s castle.

Rogue One revealed that Darth Vader’s castle was located on the lava planet Mustafar, where Anakin Skywalker faced off with his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi and truly turned to the dark side. But there’s much more to be told about the residence of the Dark Lord of the Sith, and the Darth Vader comic series will explain how this imposing structure came to be. Read More »

Infinity War brings to life

Eighteen years into the comic book movie millennium, it’s easy to take for granted that there now exists a whole cinematic universe full of characters that Marvel Comics readers could previously only dream about seeing up on the big screen. What once seemed like a fan pipe dream has now become a reality with Avengers: Infinity War, a movie that brings together heroes from at least five different film series (nine if you count the MCU characters who currently only have one solo movie under their belt). 

Born out of the tradition of Marvel crossovers, Infinity War leverages a decade of character-building into the ultimate mega-sequel. It’s the culmination not just of Marvel’s ten-year reign at the box office, but of forty years worth of comic book movies. As someone who used to sit on the floor of his bedroom and obsessively-compulsively organize his comics collection across multiple long boxes, I can still remember a time when the only remotely decent superhero films were the ones centered on Superman and Batman. If you look back to 1978 when Superman: The Movie came out and think about all that has transpired since then, the shared weight of comics and movie history speaks volumes.

The world has changed a lot since the X-Men first got their own movie and since Iron Man built the foundation of the MCU. In many ways, geekdom is no longer a sub-culture: it’s the dominant culture in entertainment. And now instead of long boxes, I’ve got an iPad and a subscription to Marvel Unlimited, the digital comics service. So let’s put those tools to good use and take a look at how Avengers: Infinity War remixes moments from the panels and pages of Marvel Comics into the blockbuster to end all blockbusters. Spoilers and comic book art abound below.

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michael b jordan producing the liberators

Killmonger was one of the greatest, most nuanced villains to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s sad to know that he won’t return. But there’s one good thing to come out of Michael B. Jordan‘s tour-de-force performance in Black Panther: he’s not lacking for work.

Jordan has been signing up for project after project, so we can count on seeing his talented face on the big and small screen for the foreseeable future. And his latest project is a doozy: Jordan will reunite with his Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole in Netflix’s adaptation of Failsafe.

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lady death marvel

A huge motivator for Thanos’ reign of destruction is the Mad Titan’s obsession with Death. Death, that is. In the Marvel comics, the manifestation of death is an on-again, off-again girlfriend of Thanos, and the reason that he seeks out the Infinity Gauntlet — so that he can destroy half the universe and earn her attention and affection once and for all.

But Thanos will have a different backstory in Avengers: Infinity War, according to co-director Joe Russo. And Death will not be a part of that motivation.

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After Star Wars The Last Jedi

What happens next in the Star Wars universe? We thought we’d have to wait until J.J. Abrams’ still-untitled Star Wars: Episode 9 to find out, but now a new comic book will show us what happens right after Star Wars The Last Jedi, and it involves Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB-8 hanging out together for the first time.
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Rick and Morty Dungeons and Dragons Comic

Right now, Rick and Morty fans are patiently waiting for contract negotiations to get sorted out between Adult Swim and series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland so a fourth season of the show can move forward. Thankfully, there will be a little something to help hold them over this summer.

Rick and Morty is crossing over with the fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons in a new four-issue comic book series from IDW Publishing debuting in August. Find out more about the Rick and Morty Dungeons and Dragons comic crossover below. Read More »

The first comic book series to come out of Netflix’s purchase of Millarworld is here. At Chicago’s C2E2 this weekend, Kick-Ass and Kingsman creator Mark Millar previewed his first series in his exclusive deal with Netflix, The Magic Order.

See The Magic Order first look below.

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A new Terminator comic book series is taking us back to 1984. Again.

A new four-issue Terminator series, Terminator: Sector War, adds another twist to this time travel saga. Now, instead of a single T-800 being sent back to 1984, a second Terminator comes along for the ride to take out NYPD Officer Lucy Castro.

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Meltdown Comics Closing

For 25 years, Meltdown Comics has played host to pop culture nerds and geeks in Los Angeles, providing not only the latest comic books for perusing, but collectibles and memorabilia, role-playing games, beloved comedy shows and podcasts, and much more. But sadly, Meltdown Comics will be closing for good at the end of this month. Read More »

Superman is Immortal in DC Comics Now

superman immortal

Is Superman immortal?

It’s a question that has followed the comic book character for decades. The last survivor of Krypton, Kal-El gains his strength and invulnerability from the Earth’s yellow sun. He’s in peak physical condition, and ages at a far slower rate than the rest of humanity. But does that translate to immortality?

DC Comics finally answers that question. And fittingly, it’s answered in the 1,000th issue of the comic book where Superman was first introduced: Action Comics.

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