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‘Suicide Squad’ Character Posters are Here!

It appears that Warner Bros. has been throwing all their pennies into a wishing well for Suicide Squad. 

The company’s advertising strategy for their latest flick has been simple: keep Suicide Squad as tonally different from the widely panned Batman V Superman as humanly possible.

Now, in what appears to be an overachievement of this goal, the company has released not one, but two sets of character posters for the film.

And boy, these posters could not be any more different. Check them out below!

Edition #1: Standard and “Sweet”

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Edition #2: Comic Book Mayhem

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Someone clearly went a little too crazy with the Photoshop brushes in the second set, but whatever – we like them all the same.

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.

Which poster set was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Comic Review: ‘Jughead: The Matchmakers’

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Synopsis: “Does Jughead stand  chance when his friends start playing Matchmaker?? Forsythe P. Jones, AKA Jughead, takes center stage as he and his new flame, Sandy Sanchez, turn Riverdale upside-down with their sudden romance! Suddenly, Jug has traded his trademark crown and is actually eating healthy and going on dates! Did his friends go too far when they set their friend up with Sandy?”

Written by: Melanie J. Morgan
Art by: Joe Staton
Published by: Archie Comic Publications
Release date: 2009
Price: $10.95

 

Review:

I was a little worried reading this story. Jughead is one of my favorite characters in the Archie universe and I never thought he would be able to fall in love with anyone. His character is aromantic/asexual, a fact that I hope will be explored more in Jughead. This story made my stomach churn a little bit as Jughead seemed to be written out of character, but thanks to a twist ending, I was ultimately okay with the the whole comic.

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I really liked Sandy Sanchez. I’m not sure if she’s in any other story, but I really liked her here. I love that shes a hardworking girl who keeps her eye on the prize: Ivy League. She also is super cute and I like her hair texture with her curly pigtails. I liked her characterization, and she would seem to be the opposite of Jughead if not for their flimsy “they both like double anchovy pizza” thing.

Sadly, I hated the art style in this comic. While looking up other reviews and explanations of the comic, many people commented that this is “more realistic look to Archie”, but to me, it looks like an anime knockoff done wrong. Some of the facial expressions were drawn really bad and the fully body shots of Archie made him look like Thor’s red head cousin. Nothing looked proportioned and the shading was bad.  There were shadows on people’s bodies that didn’t make any sense, the most common one being Jug’s long hair.

Jughead definitely looked the worst in this style, and to be frank, the only good looking part of the entire book was the cover. I know that sounds so awful, but this is not art that I enjoy.  The best looking character was Sandy, which made it weird to see her and Jughead holding hands, as he looked bad while Sandy looked really good.

Archie usually does a good job with alternate artists, but as far as I’m concerned, this comic is a pass.

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Puss in Boots #1 Review

Synopsis: Outlaw, Hero, Purr-amour! Puss in Boots is back! Short of money and with a long milk tab to pay, Puss answers an advert that takes him out to sea with a cranky old owl on a pea-green boat.  But if you think you know how this fairytale ends, think again! Flying fur balls and derring-do abound! See you on the poop deck!

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Written by: Chris Cooper and Max Davison

Art by: Dave Alvarez and Egle Bartolini

Publisher: Titan Comics

Release Date: April 20, 2016

Price: $3.99

Now  I know this seems like a bit of an easy target to review about and have negative things to say, but this comic wasn’t something I was into. I know this is suppose to be more for “children”, but I still didn’t enjoy it.

The art style was very unflattering. It wasn’t a really nice looking and I understand that the original was in 3D so it would be hard to translate that into comic art, but it just doesn’t look good. The other animals look okay, but Puss is the worst looking part of the comic.

The main issue I have with this comic is you’re suppose to feel bad for Puss in the beginning because he lost all his friends and was kicked out of the town. I can’t feel that because he is such an unlikable jerk in the beginning and throughout the comic. When it comes to Shrek characters, Puss was my least favorite, not being well developed, and not seeing his standalone movie. This definitely doesn’t want me to look at the movie or anything because he does seem really terrible. I really don’t know how anyone could like him because he was really unlikable and self centered. Even in the second story, where it was shorter, it was just too much of a rude character.

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Last little nitpick from me is the character page where they describe some of the characters: most of them aren’t until the second story and when they are in the story, none of things that are mentioned in the description is really brought up except with Toby “worshiping” Puss in Boots, which looks more like a Halloween costume choice and not worship. For someone who isn’t familiar with characters in this franchise, these descriptions don’t really help you figure out these characters. Again, I know this is for kids, but kids are not dumb. These are very small descriptions and you don’t even see it in the comic, so why even have it on there? To take up space?

The variant cover isn’t very appealing either and there’s only one of them. It is slightly in the style of the comic, but it still doesn’t look as great as it really could. I’m not sure why there isn’t as many, but Titan usually does an amazing job with variant covers so I’m slightly disappointed all around in this comic. I would avoid this unless you’re a huge fan of Puss in Boots.

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Doctor Who Fourth Doctor Mini Series #2

Synopsis: After the petrifying reveal at the end of last issue, the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith pry further into the affairs of Lady Emily Carstairs and her legion of Scryclops! What mysteries lurk within her half-veiled mansion? And what light can be shed by Professor Odysseus and his daughter, Athena?

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Written by: Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby

Art by: Brian Williamson

Publisher: Titan Comics

Price: $3.99

I was just as excited reading this comic as I was the first and I’m so glad that same energy transferred over. I was worried when I started reading this comic that this would be more focused on the Doctor when this was clearly more about Sarah Jane in my mind. I was worried that they were going to do something that they often do in the current show of taking a plot that is mainly for the companion and making it about the Doctor.

Sarah Jane is one of my favorite companions and she could arguably be the most important. I really like her in this comic and the role she plays. I do like her being used as kind of the alien, figuring out what exactly is going on, and what the technology is. It plays very well with the Doctor who does know about the technology, but isn’t bragging about it or saying anything like “How can you not know what this is?” That’s one thing I like about the dynamic of the Doctor and the companion in general, but especially with Four and Sarah Jane.

Though I’m not very familiar with the Fourth Doctor (sorry Tom Baker!), I do think that this comic does portray him really well still. The writing is still consistent when you read from comic to comic and the ending did leave me just as excited to read the next one. This comic is pretty consistent and fun. The art style is really consistent still and characters look like who they are suppose to. I really like comics that do that. I don’t know why it bothers me when it doesn’t. Consider it a peeve of mine, I suppose.

The only down side I see is there isn’t as many variant covers. There’s only two and I wish there were more since Titan does an amazing job with the variant covers. If that is the only problem, and it isn’t really a comic book issue, then I think Titan is golden.

If you haven’t read it yet, there’s only four comics so it’s not too late to read the adventures with Four and Sarah Jane!

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Unboxing: Archie Mystery Package!

I just received the Archie Mystery Package in my mailbox. The package is currently $14.99 without shipping. This is not a monthly box or anything like that and it shows when it comes to the packaging. It’s a one time deal, but they have quite a few selections for mystery packages with just of their Digests and Double Digests. I thought this one would be fun for a first time unboxing. They have a similar one like this for Sonic and Megaman, but since I’m not really into that, I went with a familiar face of Archie. You also have some bundles that are like the mystery packages, but you kind of have an idea of what you’re getting. If you’re interested in seeing those, the link for that is right here!

According to the Archie Comics site, you’re suppose to be getting forty dollars worth of magazines, digests, graphic novels, or comics. I was hoping to see if I got digests since those are my favorites of the Archie comics. I’m not sure if this is just a sale deal, since it does say that the regular price is forty dollars, but at around fifteen dollars, is it not worth to at least try and see what you got? You’ll have to watch the video to find out what my opinion of it was after opening the box. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more unboxings!

You can find the Mystery Package here and you can see all items similar to this on the front page of Archie Comics!

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Reactions: Marvel’s Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer

The world premiere of the new Doctor Strange teaser trailer has just arrived! Here are our first cinematic glimpses of Benedict Cumberbatch as Steven Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. The film is set to debut in theaters November 4, 2016 and in addition to Cumberbatch and Swinton, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mads Mikkelsen. I didn’t grow up reading Doctor Strange in the comics, so I know very little about the actual comic book storyline and characters. However, there is controversy over the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, who was depicted as an Asian man in the comics. Hollywood has a long history of “whitewashing” ethnic characters and appropriating culture. It’s nothing new, but certainly something that needs to be continually addressed until people of color are regularly cast in leading roles in major big budget films. With all that said, am I excited to see this film? You’ll have to watch the video below to know for sure. Also don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

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Unboxings: Comic Block March 2016 From Nerd Block Unboxing

I just received the new Comic Block that has been retooled by Nerd Block. Comic Block has gone up in price for monthly subscribers, but now is supposed to have more geeky collectibles to put it on the same level of the other Nerd Block themed blocks. Comic Block always came with at least 4 comics, and some other themed collectibles, but now it is promising 4-6 comics, and a comic t-shirt with its comics themed collectibles. Nerd Block stops short of promising a Funko Pop in every box, which is probably one of the most popular collectible items out there, but they now packing their Comic Blocks with an estimated $60 in value (their estimation, of course.) So, is the $5 dollar price increase worth it? You’ll have to watch the video to find out! Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more unboxings!

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Courtney’s Pull Box: ‘Archie’, ‘Jughead’, ‘Starfire’ & More!

I have a pull box at the comic book shop I frequent, which ensures that I will get all of my current favorite comics immediately when they come out. In addition to this I can get discounts on graphic novels and a free comic on my birthday! Pull poxes are great, so I highly recommend talking to your comic shop to see what they offer.

My current pull box list includes the following comics:

  • Archie  – current incarnation with no digests (older comics)
  • Jughead – current incarnation with older comics at the end of issue
  • Starfire
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Disney Princess
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman

Even though I love getting these comics, some of them do have their problems. Occasionally these comics will frustrate me or include something I don’t like, so I’ve decided to summarize each comic and explain the pros and cons of each one.

Check them out below!

Archie

Summary: Archie is now set in modern day Riverdale High. Archie and Betty have been together since kindergarten and are absolutely enamored with one another…that is, until the #LipstickIncident. The whole school is abuzz trying to find out what happened, but things get further complicated when Archie lays eyes on new girl Veronica Lodge, whose famous millionaire family just built their mansion in town. Will Betty be able to convince Archie that Veronica is not all she seems to be?

Pros: This series proves that Archie characters will always translate well in nearly every situation. Bringing these characters into modern times may encourage younger readers to be more interested in reading comics,  and older fans will be happy to see that Archie can still be interesting and new.

Archie has been redone in a new art style that works amazingly well, much like how Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina did –  each have their own distinct styles, but still work very well.

The Archie characters are still who they always have been, regardless of the era: Archie is still the clumsy, slightly clueless lead that makes him the perfect every man, and Veronica is still the spoiled, rich girl who always gets her way thanks to her father and his money.

Cons: Some of the references to modern day things are a little difficult to deal with. I felt really ridiculous typing out #LipstickIncident, and it felt as if the writers were trying too hard to get teens into this series.  At the end of the first comic Archie even directly asks the readers for their suggestions on how he could get out of his predicament by using @archiecomics on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

There’s no need for the writers to pander to the audience by relying on hashtags and self promoting – people will send in their suggestions if they find it good enough.

Jughead

Summary: When the principal is replaced with a military-type tyrant who changes everything about their school (including stricter policies and the food), it’s up to Jughead and the gang to find out what happened to Mr. Weatherbee and stop the new principal’s rule.

Pros: Jughead is done in the same art style as Archie, and like Archie it ended up translating really well. I thought Jughead looked cute in this art style when I read the first issue of Archie, and after reading Archie I wanted to see more of him. The story is perfect for Jughead since it puts him in a new situation where he looks like a bad kid. To be honest, I mainly bought this comic because Jughead is Archie Comics first openly asexual character, which is awesome because I always did imagine him that way. Jughead is seemingly more in love with food than people, and he’s only ever been seen with a few girls throughout his run,  so I was happy when it was announced that he was indeed asexual.

Cons: The story really doesn’t seem to be going anywhere yet. There’s been a few things Jughead has done to further the plot, but as of right now the story seems to be slightly more focused on his dream sequences having references than plot development. These dream sequences are all very similar and each seem to cement the fact that Jughead is asexual. I would still recommend this series, but I hope that the story goes further.

Starfire

Summary: Starfire has escaped from being a prisoner and has come to Earth. She tries her best to blend in with normal people and gets a job at the aquarium, but ultimately she ends up being a hero for the planet. Starfire tries to learn about the Earth, which you can see through her very cute thought process of idioms.

Pros: I am in love with the art style of this comic, and this is the cutest interpretation of Starfire that I’ve ever seen. Some of her outfits match her very sweet thoughts and personality, while other outfits are bold and reinforce the fact that she is still very strong. I really love this story because Starfire is the perfect fish out of water character, and the way she interacts with people and discovers things is really sweet and cute.

I really loved this comic all the way around, and I’m sad that it’s ending soon.

Cons: The New 52 story line has a huge plot hole. Half way through the comics Starfire meets Grayson, who, according to the New 52 line, she hasn’t met. She was never in the Teen Titans so she doesn’t him, but in this story, she apparently mourned over him and knew him. I didn’t miss any of the Starfire comics either, so I was very confused by this –  it didn’t make any sense.

The New 52 plotline also altered the fact that Starfire’s sister was the one who sold her to where she was imprisoned, instead having Blackfire and Starfire being very close.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Summary: Sabrina Spellman is just your average teenager growing up in the 1960s… except she is half mortal, half witch. She lives with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda, and her cousin, Ambrose. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Sabrina must decide if she wants to be a mortal or a witch.

Pros: This story is definitely darker than the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series that aired in the 1990s. It has a similar art style as Afterlife with Archie, but it has a Rosemary’s Baby feel to it, especially in the first comic. Sabrina looks more like her older comic incarnation, which looks wonderful with this art style. The art is very creepy and perfect for Sabrina’s story. If you like creepy stories then I definitely recommend this series, but if you don’t, then I would incline you towards Archie and Jughead.

Cons: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is amazing, but release dates for this series are very long and sparse. It’s hard to keep up with when this series will be released unless you are constantly checking Facebook for the next release date.

Issue number 5 is set to be released on May 18th.

Disney Princess

Summary: These are short little comics that feature a large range of Disney princesses, each of whom has her own story, making it difficult to accurately summarize these comics. These comics are unique in that they are held vertically, rather than horizontally.

Pros: This is definitely the cutest comic that I’m currently reading. There’s no fighting or action, and it’s a perfect comic for those who want to get into comics but don’t know where to begin. I had low hopes of seeing Snow White (one of my favorites) since she is an older princess, but I was so excited when I saw her in this comic! There’s good mix of the older princesses and the newer princesses, so Disney fans old and new will feel right at home.

Cons: There are no cons since only one issue of this comic is out, and as such there isn’t much to judge on.

The Legend of Wonder Woman

Summary: This is Wonder Woman’s origin story as told as far back as the beginning of the Amazons. Readers are treated to a young, mortal Diana who is destined to be queen. However, Diana shows the strength of her mother, and she wants to be trained.

Pros: There’s only two issues of this comic out right now, but I already love it. Diana as a child is the absolute cutest thing I’ve ever seen, but at the same time she’s very strong. I love the art style, which is a lovely mixture of Greek-style art and comic book art. It makes a beautiful collaboration and it’s something I could stare at forever.

Cons: There are only two issues of this comic currently out, so as of right now there are no cons.

Which comic are you most likely to pick up? Let us know in the comments!

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Finding Marvel’s Ladies in Gaming

As a lot of comic fans are well aware, Marvel’s gaming prowess is surprisingly lacking when compared to the company’s utter domination of the film industry. One might imagine that for each $100 million-plus movie there’d be an accompanying video game for the biggest and best consoles, but that just isn’t how Marvel seems to want to operate. Instead, they seem fine with spreading their influence over other avenues of gaming, online and through mobile devices (with the exception of the LEGO games for consoles, which I’ll leave out of this conversation).

The good thing about this is it’s resulted in Marvel creating a number of titles that focus as much on collecting superheroes (and villains) as on gameplay. This sort of format just adds to online and mobile games and helps them make up ground where they can’t be as objectively mind-blowing as console titles. And with this focus on character collection, an interesting thing has happened: Marvel’s games have become just about the only branch of the company in which female heroes get equal time and attention to male ones.

The primary example is Marvel Heroes 2016, a very popular MMO game online that features an incredible breadth of Marvel characters. As arguably the “biggest” Marvel game out there, this one excels particularly in incorporating characters that have either barely appeared or not appeared at all yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For instance, Emma Frost, Black Cat, Invisible Woman, Kitty Pride, and many others are all in play for gamers to enjoy. There may ultimately still be more male than female characters, but it’s really a nice dose of equality.

BlackWidow_2Other examples of Marvel’s gaming success as well as the specific use of female heroes are evident in the Internet casino business, which actually consists of more games than you might expect. There are a few slot machine games floating around featuring characters like Elektra. But it’s actually some of the Avengers-related games featured at Gala Bingo’s site that stand out the most, thanks to Black Widow’s prominent place alongside the biggest heroes in marvel. The Iron Man 2 game that’s still up so many years after the film’s release gives Scarlett Johansson’s character the prominent place she deserves, having become one of the strongest and most prolific heroes in the MCU.

Last but not least there are numerous Marvel gaming apps available for mobile devices, and they’ve also excelled at making use of female heroes in their own ways. Basically, these games are frequently updated with characters to suit upcoming or newly released Marvel projects, and since the studio has lately done more to prop up female heroes, the games are following suit. As noted by Mashable, Marvel: Contest of Champions and Marvel: Future Fight added Jessica Jones alongside the release of the Netflix series, and both roped in Elektra when she was announced for Daredevil season two as well.

Really, they’re all fun games and all worth trying, particularly if you like a little girl power with your comic entertainment fix!

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Fan Film Friday: Ripper (Batman vs. Jack the Ripper Fan Film)

London. 1888. Blood, gore, and more: Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the town with a flurry of gruesome murders. Too bad there’s not a hero to save the city! Or is there? (Queue dramatic music!)

This week I watched and reviewed a Batman themed fan film by James Campbell called Ripper. Combining elements of classic Italian horror, historical monstrosities, and good ol’ fashioned comic book super heroes, Ripper has it all! Made by fans for fans, this project was made possible by enthusiastic IndieGoGo supporters and premiered February 1, 2016. At the time I watched the short (just a few days after it was released), it had already garnered over 31,000 views!

Do I recommend Ripper to you, GeekGirl World? Find out in my video review below:

The project was based on Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, a collection of tales based on a Victorian era Batman written by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola with inks by P. Craig Russell. One of the things I love about historical fiction mash ups is that it makes the impossible seem possible! Considering Batman is the most realistic of all the heroes in the DC universe (he doesn’t have super powers, he’s just a skilled rich guy with epic resources), the story’s concept wasn’t far-fetched at all, and I was pleased to see Campbell’s team bring the story to life!

Watch Ripper and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

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