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‘The Walking Dead’: Negan Killed 1 of These 3 Characters

[Warning: the follow article contains Walking Dead comic book spoilers and super lame baseball references]

It’s the ninth inning of The Walking Dead season finale.

Negan is at bat, looking ferocious yet suave. Team Rick is in the outfield, rightfully weary, beaten, and morally defeated.

The Saviors beam with pride in the background as their captain channels his best Babe Ruth and scans his bat dramatically across the sky. Negan calls his shot, swings with all his might, and then… CRACK! The screen fades into total darkness, Negan’s target unknown.

This scene comes straight from The Walking Dead‘s landmark 100th comic issue, where, spoiler alert, Glenn is ultimately chosen as Lucille’s playmate. It would seem obvious then that Glenn would also die in the TV series, but because series creator Robert Kirkman and show runner Scott Gimple don’t always keep to the script (case in point being Carol, who should have been killed off seasons ago), even diehard readers of the comics were left scratching their heads after the finale.

So… who did Negan batter to a pulp? Let’s try to narrow it down.

Negan confirmed that Carl and Rick are safe (did anyone actually think Rick would die?), and assuming that Negan’s policy of not killing women is carried over from the comics, then Maggie, Sasha, Michonne and Rosita should be safe, as well. Plus, whoever died needs to be important enough to the current story and audiences to justify such a horrendous cliffhanger, which rules out Eugene and Aaron.

This leaves only three logical victims on base: Glenn, Abraham, and Daryl.

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3rd Base: Daryl

Daryl Dixon doesn’t exist in The Walking Dead‘s comic book world, so if Robert Kirkman decided to save Glenn’s character, then Daryl is the practical and obvious sacrificial pawn. He isn’t incorporated in any canon story lines, so there really isn’t a reason why they need to keep him around any longer.

…Well, except for the fact that he’s without a doubt the most popular character on The Walking Dead.

Most of the show’s advertising campaigns and official merchandise heavily feature Daryl, and he even is the main character in The Walking Dead‘s mobile game. Killing Daryl would be financial suicide for AMC.

But if Norman Reedus for some reason wants out of the show (perhaps to work on Boondock Saints III?), then this is his golden opportunity to go out with a bang.

2nd Base: Abraham

Abraham is currently on borrowed time.

His character was supposed to die a few episodes back, but Dr. Denise, being the champ she was, took Abraham’s arrow for him. This makes it entirely possible that The Walking Dead delayed Abraham’s death in order to use him as a sacrificial pawn during Negan’s deadly game of eenie meenie miney mo.

Yet it’s also possible that Abraham will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.

He is currently the only member of Rick’s group with military experience and know-how, and if Alexandria is to wage war against the Saviors, then that experience will be absolutely essential. Plus, the budding relationship between Abraham and Sasha has only just begun, and it seems very clear that this relationship will be explored in further detail (when did The Walking Dead turn into such an epic romance story?)

And let’s be real, do we really want to lose Abraham’s wit? ‘Dolphin smooth’ is officially in my vocabulary thanks to good ol’ too-honest Abe.

1st Base: Glenn

If The Walking Dead does decide to stay true to the comics and kill Glenn, then they’ve basically been foreshadowing it for the entirety of season 6, and even a little of season 5.

Season 6 first teased audiences with the prospect of Glenn’s death during Dumpstergate, where The Walking Dead trolled fans into believing that Glenn was dead, only to reveal much later that a well placed dumpster saved him from becoming walker lunch. It was revealed soon after Dumpstergate that Maggie and Glenn are expecting, which lovely as that may be, doesn’t spell good news for the apocalyptic love birds. Literary-wise, a new life nearly always signifies the end of another, and Maggie’s current medical issues with her pregnancy only serve to further foreshadow Glenn’s death. This is a motif that The Walking Dead has used before (remember Lori and Judith?), so this theory isn’t a far stretch.

Perhaps one of the most obvious pieces of foreshadowing occurred way back during the season 5 mid-season premiere. In ‘What Happened and What’s Going On’, Glenn stumbled upon a baseball bat, which he later used to crush some rotting skulls in. Was that a coincidence? I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

There are plenty of other moments throughout the past season that may have foreshadowed Glenn’s death, but some fans believe that the most damning piece of evidence occurred during the actual first-person beat-down scene. Check out the scene once more, this time in slow motion with audio enhancements:

All signs seem to point towards Glenn, but would the The Walking Dead put fans though a summer of hell just to kill off the character everybody thought was going to die anyways?

We’ll have to wait until The Walking Dead returns in October to find out!

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Comic Review: ‘The Blacklist: The Gambler’ – Part 1

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THE BLACKLIST: The Gambler – Part 1
Writer: Nicole Phillips
Artist: Beni Lobel
Publisher: Titan Comics
Page-count: 32pp
Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 22, 2015


There is only one meme that could sum up my excitement for when I heard there was going to be a Blacklist comic:

Is there an emoticon for *grabby hands*? Because I could use that too.

This just in, apparently there are several. 

I’m a huge fan of the NBC television show and a huge fan of comic books in general. So when I found out there was a Blacklist comic, I did a little wiggle dance and squeed “they put chocolate in my peanut butter!” I was not disappointed, and I neither will you be.

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The dangerous world of Raymond Red Reddington and Agent Elizabeth Keen translates extremely well to comic book format. Written by show script writer Nicole Phillips, the story thus far is solid and as good as anything you’d get on television. And the artwork by Beni Lobel is spot on, bringing not just the characters to life but their style and attitudes as well. The art compliments the dialogue perfectly. If you’re familiar with the show, you will absolutely read the text in the character’s voices.

Much like the show’s episodes, this issue focuses on one of the 161 “blacklisters” who make up Red’s collection of killers, thieves, and assorted crime bosses who, along with the FBI, Red wants to bring to justice (of course, Red’s justice might be an ironic taste of their own bitter medicine).
Number 148, Leon Kiklinski, is Red and Agents Keen and Ressler’s focus. A modern terrorist-for-hire who specializes in the manipulation of media, Kiklinski has made the FBI the scapegoat in a gruesome police shooting of a community activist in front of a crowd of live witnesses and hundreds of rolling video cameras and cell phones. While the FBI deals with the social media fallout and the serious blow to morale due to being framed for an innocent man’s public execution, Liz and Ressler embark on a deadly wild goose chase perpetrated by Kiklinski and whoever he’s working for. The ending ramps up to the next issue so perfectly that I feel like the next page should be a commercial for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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It’s important to note that this story occurs after the conclusion of the Berlin storyline, but before the end of Season 2, so while it’s not set in an exact point in time, it does take place

TITAN COMICSafter Red and Lizzy have gotten to know each other (as much as Red will allow), so their chemistry is very enjoyable. Mr. Kaplan also makes an appearance with Red that implies that Red has become acutely aware of his own mortality in the wake of the death of an old associate.

One should also be warned that this story doesn’t pull any punches just because it’s in comic book form.

Titan Comics rates it at 15+. The graphic violence that is prevalent on the show is expressed realistically, though not wantonly, on the page, and fans who enjoy the show regularly should have no problem digesting this issue. This series is the perfect cure for those suffering through the Summer break until the show returns on Thursday, September 24.

Included is a copy of Red’s infamous blacklist and a 2015 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive promotional artwork page. The Blacklist: The Gambler is on sale today, July 22, and retails for $3.99.

What do you think of Red and Liz’s comic book counterparts? Will you be picking up a copy? Tell us in the comments below!

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SDCC Survival Guide!

Can you believe that San Diego Comic-Con is just two days away!? Start preparing your mind for the sheer epicness right now by arming yourself with the Comic-Con Survival Guide, lest your head explodes immediately upon entering the convention.

The guide, which you can download here, is the 8th annual edition produced by Click Communications.

As one could gather from the name, the Survival Guide will provide convention-goers with essential tips on how to get the most out of their experience at SDCC. In addition to tips, it also provides facts about many of the celebrities and fandoms that will be on display during the convention.

And for those of you hoping to pick up some souvenirs while at the convention, Click has complied a list of some of the more geeky toys and items that you should check out, and they have even complied a check list for you (just in case you’re planning on buying all of them, no judgement!).

If anything the guide will act as excellent reading material when you’re inevitably stuck in line waiting for a panel to begin.

Download the guide and keep it on your mobile device while you’re at the convention! You also could print it out (if having a paper guide is more your cup of tea).

Are you prepared for SDCC? Share your excitement in the comments below!

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Wizard World Las Vegas – Weekend in Review

Wizard World Comic Con made its debut here in Las Vegas at the end of April and I couldn’t have been more excited! I had followed the Wizard World cons before hearing they were headed to Vegas but never had an opportunity to attend. For years I hoped Vegas would make it onto their more than 20+ con location roster and this year was it! I would consider myself an average con-goer who enjoys a little of everything when attending a convention and it is always enjoyable when a con has more than enough to offer.

One of the most important aspects is the guests a con gives you access to and Wizard World did not disappoint! I was able to meet some faves from The Walking Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, Sleepy Hollow, the WWE, Heroes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I absolutely loved getting selfie pics with Milo Ventimiglia who is a complete goofball as well as the amazing Tom Mison who is so sweet and soft spoken, it’s no wonder he causes hearts to melt. I also had the opportunity to spend a good deal of time the the greatest Power Ranger of all time, Jason David Frank. And while there were a couple last minute cancellations, I have learned to expect it as filming schedules change; there is just no way to predict something like that.

Another important part of a great con is the vendor floor. Wizard World had one of the best layouts on the vendor floor that I’ve ever seen. With this being only their first year in Vegas, it was easy to see they were veterans when it came to crowd flow and schematics. The exhibit floor map was so easy to follow, I was able to locate the vendors I look forward to seeing at each con I go to with ease and managed to snag some of their newest prints! It was so nice to be able to walk through an exhibit hall and have the room to stop and really look at all the amazing items for sale without feeling like you were in someone else’s way or crammed into a corner. This was definitely not for a lock of attendance, as there were so many people everywhere, but because the Las Vegas Convention Center they chose as their location has plenty of room to make the aisles wide and the space comfortable.

My personal favorite part of a comic con is the panels. I love when there is an ample amount of programming to keep you busy the whole time. Wizard World offered a wide variety of panels and programming including gaming tournaments, intros into writing, cosplay, creative workshops, social injustices within comic books, the impact of women in today’s fandoms, as well as Q&As with the media guests. I had the opportunity to attend many of these panels, including the ones focused on women in fandom, the Q&As with Tom Mison, Milo Ventimiglia, James Marsters, Arthur Darville, and Robert Englund, as well as a couple on cosplay and the costume contest. This is the first local con that I feel has had an adequate amount of programming for the entire duration of the event. In fact, there were a couple of times I had to choose between multiple panels I wanted to go to.

Overall I am excited for the return of Wizard World next year, I know it will be just as awesome. Wizard World did an excellent job in making sure everything ran smoothly, there was plenty of options for food to fuel you throughout the day, and never was there a dull moment. I am impressed with the quality of presenters for their panels, the amazing vendors, as well as the unique aspects of the Wizard World Comic Con.

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Review: Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #1

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Number of Issues: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 1, 2015

I was extremely excited for this series as the Ninth Doctor is one of my favorites.  He’s the Doctor I started with, and over time I’ve grown to care about him more and more. So when a series with him, Rose, and Captain Jack was being released, I had to beg the editor to let me review it.

There on the Tardis, going through space like any other issue, and of course the doctor lands in the wrong spot…or did he?  The Excrothian is not where it’s supposed to be.  It has disappeared.

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The Tardis is then pulled in by a tractor beam onto a ship, where they are met with giant robots questioning them, and trying to destroy them.  Of course, in true who fashion they escape. Unfortunately, the ship comes under attack, and they must fight their way out of this, literally.  The Doctor, however, is not pleased with how Jack is handling it.

The issue ends with a cliff hanger where Rose is lost in space, and could be gone forever, but we all know the Doctor will have some trick up his sleeve to save the day.  Right?

I give this issue a Nine, and a definite must read!

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Review: 13 Coins #5

13 COINS #5
STORY BY: Martin Brennan, Michael B Jackson
ART BY: Simon Bisley
COLORS BY: Ryan Brown
COVER BY: Simon Bisley
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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I had the privilege and pleasure to not only review 13 Coins issue #5, but to binge read the series in a half hour sitting. Though I prefer good old paper comics, I couldn’t resist the digital option this time. With a free 13 Coins reader (available in the Appstore, Google Play, and Amazon), a reduced cover price for digital issues, limited-time free content, and exclusive-on-digital 3D covers which are obviously products of witchcraft, the choice seemed clear. For $9 I got five issues and two free Collectors Packs with exclusive artwork, character bios, and back story.

I bought 13 Coins sight unseen. Though the artwork is penciled by Eisner Award winner Simon Bisley (Lobo, Batman: Judgement on Gotham), and written by Martin Brennan and Michael B Jackson (Hitman: Absolution, The Mulbury Project) this series wasn’t even on my radar. But I will be coming back in March for #6 because I am hooked.
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Despite some initial disappointments regarding dialogue and pacing, I really got caught up in the overall story line. By issue #5 any early misgivings were forgiven. The pacing made sense; the style of storytelling made sense. It felt less stilted and forced. And I realized that was because, much like the main character John Pozner, I had been thrown into a confusing new situation with centuries’ of information heaped upon me.

While it may sound like a left-handed compliment, something I realized while taking notes as I read issue #5 is that 13 Coins is several tropes rolled into an original story. And this makes for a familiar yet surprising experience! But from page one they make no secret of this fact. This story is literally as old as time itself with the roots of all that is good and evil in modern times stretching back to the original fallen angels breaking with God. As such, being brought up to speed was jarring, but necessary. Like Pozner I needed to know what I was up against.

And we are up against some remarkable foes. Our enemy isn’t a billionaire mad man, or a dictator of a foreign land, or even a crooked politician responsible for the oppression of his own constituents. No, our enemy is what gives those men their power in exchange for their fealty. In my opinion that is creepier than any mortal villain.

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In issue #5 we find Pozner fully committed to his new-found role as a champion against the Fallen, those who lost the battle against the angels of God — so committed that he risks certain death just to fully manifest his potential angelic powers. Driven by the desire to avenge the untimely death of a loved one, Pozner faces his inner demons to confront the very real ones which await him. But they don’t want to kill him. Nah. That’s so basic. No, the Fallen need Pozner to bring back THEIR champion, Semyaza. Sound terrifying? Yeah, he is. And it is with him that the 13 Coins find their origin.

But I’ll let you discover what that means for yourself. 13 Coins #5 is available in print Wednesday, February 18th from Titan Comics for $3.99 or via their free reader app for $1.99.

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Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #8 Review

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #8
STORY BY: Al Ewing
ART BY: Warren Pleece
COVER A BY: Boo Cook
PUBLISHER​: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT​: 32
COVER PRICE​: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, Feb​ruary​ 11, 2015

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The conclusion of the Infinite Astronaut was amazing and sad all at once.  I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

The centuries long battle was silenced all at the brilliance of a human, and not the Doctor.  His human companion, Alice, was faced with the task of ending the conflict once and for all.

The story left off with the Doctor and Alice in the Infinite Library trying to end the war between the two species fighting above Earth. When Alice evoked the right of the Infinite Astronaut, she and only she was able to accomplish the task. Without the help of the Doctor or the TARDIS, she summoned all her courage and went through the gate of creation. Despite the odds being stacked against her due to the fact that no one had ever returned from this task, Alice knew that she had to complete this in order to save the Earth. After witnessing for herself what happened to the previous ships that had gone through, not wanting to return to the heartache and war on the other side, Alice again made the bold choice to return through the gate and help to end the centuries old war.

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This was a great read, and I recommend the two part series to any Doctor Who fan. Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #8 is on sale now!

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New Movie Dredd Exclusive Trailer Debut

Dredd Movie

The popular comic book character Judge Dredd is getting a 21st century make over in the upcoming stylized action flick Dredd. The movie stars Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Dredd, the ultimate judge in law enforcement. This movie already looks like a sharp and gritty departure from the previous film based on the comic book hero starring Sylvester Stallone.

Set in a future American wasteland inside the fictional crime ridden Mega City, the “judges” who have been granted the the powers of judge, jury, and executioner, are the only thing that stand in the way of complete chaos. Machinima has the exclusive trailer available on their youtube channel.

“During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival. -Lionsgate”

Dredd
Release: 9/21/2012
Director: Pete Travis
Studio: Lionsgate
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