Some concepts just grab you right away. Take this one: a family of demonologists operating during the Harlem Renaissance, with a creative team that includes the writer and artist from Marvel's late, well-loved Power Man and Iron Fist series. You want to know more, right?
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Batman's undergone countless permutations in thousands of comics over the last eight years. Yet for all that storytelling, the actual politics of a Gotham City protected by an obsessed vigilante has been an under-explored notion -- and it's one Sean Murphy's going right to the heart of in Batman: White Knight.
Last year, the biggest surprise from DC Comics' radically re-invented Hanna-Barbera comic book series was The Flintstones title written by Mark Russell. It was filled with prehistoric hipsters, existential dread, and dark philosophical undertones. Russell has even more messed-up stuff in store for Fred, Wilma, and... Snagglepuss?
The very last shot of last season's The Magicians showed the fairies arriving to Fillory in force to take over the kingdom. It looked like war was on the horizon. But it turns out, it's more like a silent coup, as our favourite stylish monarchs will have to play a clever game of "fairies totally aren't telling us what to do."
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our regular weekly roundup of all the toys you'll want to blow your paycheck on, instead of buying groceries, paying rent, or other more responsible purchases. This week we've got an Imperial entry in Sphero's line of interactive droids, a cartoon version of Boba Fett, and a bunch of New York Comic Con exclusives. Check it out!
Amazon is really looking to makes Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, its upcoming scifi anthology series, more cinematic than episodic. At "The World of Philip K. Dick" panel at New York Comic Con (which covered both Electric Dreams and The Man in the High Castle), the producers emphasised how the show is far more like a series of films than a television show.
Marvel has ended its comics partnership with defence contractor Northrop Grumman, having previously cancelled Saturday's New York Comic Con announcement event, after facing criticism for seemingly promoting war profiteering.
Amazon already has a Philip K. Dick show in its adaptation of Man in the High Castle, which is headed into its third season. But Stan also has an anthology series based on Dick's work available now, called Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. And the executive producers feel like they could adapt the same story more than one time over the years.
The act of passing on Doctor Who's lead role is a weird one, since the actors are stuck in a limbo where they know they're on the way out, but they don't know who's going to take their place yet. Peter Capaldi however managed to figure out there was a monumental change coming for his replacement... thanks to a pair of pants.
I'll admit, I went into the New York Comic Con premiere of Once Upon a Time's seventh season hoping for little and expecting even less. But much to my surprise, the new story is good. It's dynamic and interesting, with actors who are giving their all to a different twist on a familiar tale. The only problem is that the new Once Upon a Time has three painful reminders of what the show used to be, and they don't fit in this new story any more.
Over the past two seasons, The Man in the High Castle has slowly delved into the idea of other realities, including our own (which Tagomi travelled to at the end of season one). But it looks like season three is going all-in: The multiverse is real, certain people can traverse it, and the Nazis are ready to invade.