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Thursday, April 16, 2015

T-shirt Thursday: Daredevil Noodle City T-shirt

I love the description that SuperHeroStuff has for their Daredevil Noodle City T-shirt:

"Oh wow Matt Murdock, Marvel's Man Without Fear, sees the world like a bunch of noodles? I always wondered how that whole human echolocation worked! Now the 100% cotton Daredevil Noodle City T-shirt has me really hungry for some Lo Mien or something. Where was I? Oh yeah! The Daredevil Noodle City T-shirt. He seems to be getting more and more popular these days and there's only one shirt to wear while binging on a certain Netflix shirt."

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Women Wednesday: Olivia Munn Cast As Psylocke

Olviia Munn cast as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse
From Olivia Munn Joins X-Men: Apocalypse As Psylocke:

Just when you thought the cast of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ couldn’t get any bigger, director Bryan Singer has announced another addition.

Actress Olivia Munn will be joining the cast as Betsy 'Psylocke’ Braddock - a mutant with telephathic and telekentic powers.

Singer confirmed the news, as always, on his Instagram account saying he is “excited” to be welcoming Munn to the cast.

Created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe in 1976, Psylocke debuted in UK comic series 'Captain Britain’ before becoming a member of the X-Men in 1986.

The character appeared in 2006’s 'X-Men: The Last Stand’ portrayed by Mei Melançon, but Brett Ratner’s film has essentially been eradicated from the series’ timeline after last year’s 'Days of Future Past’ tinkered with a few things.

Munn is an actress, model, television presenter and proud geek. She has won accolades in recent years for her stand-out role in HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’, leading to this - her first major superhero movie part She enjoyed a small role in ‘Iron Man 2′ back in 2010.

James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult are all set to reprise their roles in the 80s-set conclusion to the prequel trilogy that began with 'First Class’ in 2011.

They’ll be joined by Sophie Turner as the new Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler and Ben Hardy as Angel.

They will be battling Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse, the original mutant and the most powerful in existence.

'X-Men: Apocalypse’ is set for release on 19 May 2016.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Breaking News: NBC Cancels Constantine

Not really surprised but this sucks just the same:

From NBC Cancels Constantine:
NBC cancels Constantine
NBC has confirmed cancellation of Constantine.

A blogger for BuzzFeed posted an article about network renewals and cancellations where she tweeted she fact-checked the information with every network. Constantine has been on the bubble ever since NBC didn't order a full series for the first Season.

Fans of the series quickly took to social networks in an attempt to save the series with the #SaveConstantine hashtag, which regularly trended worldwide.

Showrunner Daniel Cerone has been vocal on Twitter as well. His last tweet as of April 6th read that NBC invited him to pitch Constantine Season 2 in late April, and added Constantine was not dead and to stay hopeful.

Now with, apparently, NBC confirming the cancellation of Constantine with BuzzFeed, it seems all hope for a Season 2 is gone.

There were rumblings that Constantine could be picked up by NBC's sister network, SyFy; however, an exec for SyFy stated the rumor wasn't true.

If Constantine was going to continue, scripts for Season 1 episodes that weren't used, would have been spun into Season 2.

The finale of Constantine saw a big reveal, which explained a lot, but also left fans with more questions than answers and the desire to see more.

Previously, NBC executives offered the reason for the potential cancellation of Constantine was due to live-viewings not getting high enough ratings, though subsequent DVR and online viewings were said to do well.

Warner Bros. will be using Constantine in the Guillermo del Toro Justice League Dark movie, which is separate than the TV show, but Guillermo delo Toro did state he would be open to using Matt Ryan.

Convergence: The Titans #1

Convergence: The Titans #1 (June 15) should really have been titled Convergence: Arsenal #1 because the issue is mostly about the pre-Flashpoint Roy Harper aka Speedy aka Arsenal. Sure, Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl aka Darkstar (I think she had more identities than Roy) and Starfire also appear but they take a back seat to Roy's whining about having one arm. His daughter, Lian, is still dead. The issue never explains what they were doing in Gotham City when the dome came down in the first place. Roy built a secret weapons arsenal and tapped into the communication lines.
Cover of Convergence: The Titans #1 from DC Comics
Donna Troy and Starfire fly together again straight towards the supervillain group known as the Extremists that consists of Gorgon, Lord Havok, Dreamslayer, Tracer and Diehard:
Donna Troy and Starfire flies towards the Extremists
The end of the issue leaves on a rather unsettling cliffhanger that I won't spoil here.

Even the Who's Who two pager is all about Arsenal:
Who's Who from Convergence: The Titans #1 is all about Arsenal
I was never fond of how Roy was treated towards the end of the pre-Flashpoint era of DC Comics. I think he deserved better then and now. Maybe he will in the next issue but I rather see more of Donna Troy and Starfire.

Monday, April 13, 2015

1700th Post: Convergence: Superman #1

Yes, another milestone has been reached for this my 1700th post at Moongem Comics. To help celebrate is a look at Convergence: Superman #1 (June 2015). First up is the cover:
The issue starts off as a powerless Clark running around Gotham City busting criminals dressed kind of like Batman did in Year One. His Oracle is Lois Lane and he is about to get burned up. He doesn't and his black hood costume is burned off to reveal his Superman costume. Yes, this is the pre-52 man of steel when he and Lois were married. He saves Jimmy Olsen before flying back home to Lois, who is pregnant. Superman, Lois and Jimmy had been attending a news conference in Gotham City before the dome went down a year ago. He leaves her after the voice of Telos fills the sky.

Switch to the Gotham City of the Flashpoint universe where Thomas Wayne aka Batman is having a meeting with Captain Thunder, Cyborg, Abin Sur aka Green Lantern and Kal-El aka Superman. All but the latter agree to take out the married and father to be Superman.

Jimmy Olson stops by Professor Hamilton's lab to pick up a weapon to help his old pal. He winds up with the Whiz Wagon (I'm not making this up for he actually calls it that a few pages later).

Captain Thunder attacks the married man of steel and they duke it out. Flashpoint Cyborg and Green Lantern shows up moments before Jimmy in his Whiz Wagon arrives.
Flashpoint's Kal-El meanwhile flies to the pregnant Lois Lane because the one in his world died. He approaches her while her Superman is struggling against the Flashpoint's superheroes.

So far it seems that all the dome cities have been different versions of Gotham City. I wonder if there is a reason for this. Overall, I liked this issue mostly for seeing the married version of Superman and Lois Lane. The only Flashpoint character that I would like to see more of is Captain Thunder. The Flashpoint version of Superman felt very creepy at the end of this issue.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Convergence #1: Behold Telos

Convergence #1 (June 2015) starts with the surviving superheros of Earth 2 facing off with the traitorous Superman. Yeah, I had to read Earth 2: World's End #26 (June 2015) to find out what the hell was going on here (I did not follow the event at all). Apparently, Darkseid took over Earth 2 but there is a space ship with survivors but the surviving superheroes were teleported to the alien planet known as Telos, who pops up and starts complaining that they showed up without a city.
Cover of Convergence #1 from DC Comics
Behold Telos yapping to the surviving superheroes of Earth 2: Dick Grayson (okay, he's not a superhero in this version but a writer), Alan Scott aka Green Lantern, Val-Zod aka Superman, Yolanda Montez aka Red Avatar of Earth (she's supposed to have died), Jay Garrick aka the Flash, and Thomas Wayne aka Batman. The alien planet actually took the humanoid form last issue and he does a lot of talking again.
Behold Telos yapping to the surviving superheroes of Earth 2
This issue felt more like a catch up with the gang from Earth 2. Kind of a disappointment for me really.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Convergence #0

Convergence #0 (June 2015) is all about Superman specifically the nu52 version after being infected with Brainiac's Doomsday virus. I didn't read that particular storyline so I only have a vague idea of what that was about.
Cover of Convergence #0 from DC Comics
One of the highlights of the issue was him seeing different versions of himself throughout the multiverse with most of them dying:
Pages 6 and 7 of Convergence #0 from DC Comics
The nu52 Superman escapes his prison and explores the planet a little. He finds several cities under domes before fighting the planet itself which takes on different versions of Brainiac. Finally, the living planet decides to create a new identity for himself as Telos.

I really have to wonder if this major event was inspired by Stephen King's The Dome.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Another PCH Comic Book Grab Bag

I ordered another PCH Comic Book Grab Bag a few months ago and actually received it on Tuesday, April 7. This makes the third one with the first two being at PCH Comic Collection and PCH Super Hero Comic Books Plus Graphic Novel. I can't believe that it has been almost a year since the last one.

Once again there is no comics from Marvel. There are three comics from Boom! Studios, a graphic novel from DC Comics and Image, and another graphic novel from IDW Publishing. Yes, you read that right for this grab bag has three regular comics and two graphic novels.

First up is Higher Earth #3 (July 2012) from Boom! Studios. I have yet to read it but has dinosaurs so it might be an interesting science fiction comic.
Front cover of Higher Earth #3 from Boom
Back cover of Higher Earth #3 from Boom
Next up is Planet of the Apes Special #1 (February 2013) also from Boom! Studios. I have yet to read this either but I can't wait to do so.
Front cover of Planet of the Apes Special #1 from Boom
Back cover of Planet of the Apes Special #1 from Boom
I have always wanted to read the Steed and Mrs Peel series from Boom! Studios and now I get my chance to start with #0 (August 2012). I got Cover A and I have read the first few pages while I was scanning the rest of the comics in. It's set in 2000 and old agents are showing up dead.
Front cover A of Steed and Mrs Peel #0 from Boom
Back of Steed and Mrs Peel #0 from Boom
The Mummy: The Rise and Fall of Xango's Ax (July 2008) from IDW Publishing is a prelude to the movie, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Empire and has some photos of Brendan Fraiser in the back. I haven't read this either but can't wait since I enjoyed all the mummy movies.
Front cover of The Mummy: The Rise and Fall of Xango's Ax graphic novel from IDW Publishing
Back cover of The Mummy: The Rise and Fall of Xango's Ax graphic novel from IDW Publishing
I also received the Spawn vs Batman graphic novel from DC Comics and Image in the last PCH Comic Book Grab Bag. While it was nice to get two graphic novels this time around, I just wish it wasn't one that I already had.
Front cover of Spawn vs Batman graphic novel from Image Comics
Back cover of Spawn vs Batman graphic novel from Image Comics
Overall, I liked the choices of the comic books in this grab bag. However, I was disappointed with getting a graphic novel that I already had. Also, I thought the value was not great once you add shipping costs to the normal price of the grab bag. This will probably be my last one from PCH for sure.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

T-shirt Thursday: Avengers Age of Ultron Gang T-shirt

SuperHeroStuff is always getting in new t-shirts and the Avengers Age of Ultron Gang t-shirt is one of them. The all black t-shirt features the movie versions of Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Vision, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man. There is still plenty of time to get this before the big movie release on May 1st. You can take 15% off this and other new items when you use code NOOB15 at checkout (you can save 10% off everything if you use code NOOB10).

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Women Wednesday: Convergence Batgirl #1

Here is the cover to Convergence Batgirl #1 (June 2015), which is now out:
Cover of Convergence Batgirl #1 from DC Comics
Stephanie Brown aka Spoiler aka Batgirl, Tim Drake aka Red Robin and Catman finds Cassandra Cain aka Batgirl aka Black Bat battling Gorilla Grodd on page nine:
Page 9 of Convergence Batgirl #1 from DC Comics
Most of the comic takes a look at what Stephanie Brown has been doing in the year since the dome came down on Gotham City (she's roommates with Cassandra). I won't go into much detail of the story here because you really need to read it for yourself. If you are a fan of Stephanie Brown and/or Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, then you will want to pick it up. Oh yeah, Tim Drake aka Red Robin seems kind of a jerk here.

The best part of the comic is the two page Batgirl profile in the back or what I like to call the "brief history of the many Batgirls":
Two page profile in Convergence Batgirl #1 from DC Comics
I enjoyed Convergence Batgirl #1 overall and it was nice to see Stephanie and Cassandra back in action together. This is part one of two so I can't wait to read the next issue.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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Avengers Assemble Hero Box from SuperHeroStuff
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