Next Superhero TV Frontier: Comedy

DC and NBC are teaming up for what Deadline.com calls “The Office, but with superheroes.” It’s a half-hour single-camera comedy by Ben Queen, who previously created the short-lived A to Z (which had strong casting but boring writing) and wrote Cars 2. The show is planned for pilot, without a series commitment yet, and here’s the description: Powerless is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also […]

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The Paybacks #1

The concept is well-suited to today’s economy: Some heroes who borrow money for their super-gadgets and secret hideouts can’t pay their bills. When they get caught, they’re pressed into acting as debt collectors for others in the same situation. The Paybacks are thus a repo team, sent to repossess fancy weapons and such. It’s a risky job, since those convinced they’re doing the right thing don’t want to have their toys taken away from them. The Paybacks is written by […]

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Case Closed Volume 56

Case Closed volume 56 begins with a whodunit I was immediately attracted to. A famous mystery novelist is going to be featured in a magazine piece, so he, detective Richard Moore, the interviewer, and the photographer spend the night at his house. After we observe him berating his editor over a small, obsessive point, they all retire for the night — but in the morning, the writer is found dead! The attention to detail, the publishing characters, and the classic […]

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Olympus

Although coming out from Humanoids and published in a European-style hardcover, Olympus features two creative names familiar to superhero fans. Butch Guice draws and Geoff Johns co-writes, with Kris Grimminger, this fantasy-themed action thriller, reprinted from an earlier paperback. Typical of Guice’s style, the people are pretty and many of the panels look like snapshots. His work doesn’t flow; there’s no sense of action or movement, but the staging is attractive, often framed around shots of the female characters that […]

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 7

In contrast to the previous book, which emphasized the emotional, personal discovery, Food Wars volume 7 jumps right into the competition, which means the book is a never-ending parade of creative food dishes, provided by a revolving list of student chefs with quickly definable quirks. There’s a character page at the beginning you’ll find yourself referring back to. Don’t read this volume just before dinner, either, because it will make you crave some variant of curry, the theme of the […]

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Doctor Who a Prominent Part of Lego Dimensions Video Game

The same way that the Disney Infinity video game allows you to match up characters across properties — including Mickey Mouse, Captain Jack Sparrow, Marvel superheroes including Iron Man, and Star Wars characters — the upcoming Lego Dimensions (out next month) does it for Warner Bros. brands, as well as others. The character families for the game include: The Lego Movie (duh) DC Comics (including Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Aquaman) The Lord of the Rings The Wizard of Oz Scooby-Doo […]

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Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom Out This Month

The direct-to-home-video animated movie Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom (whew!) will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 25, or digital HD now. This is the fourth in the series, after Lego Batman: The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite, Lego DC Comics: Batman: Be-Leaguered (the TV special), and Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League. The home video purchases will include an exclusive Trickster Lego mini-figure while supplies […]

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Pawn Shop

Pawn Shop, while no means a perfect comic, does several things right, and it’s the kind of graphic novel I’d like to see more of. Storywise, it’s the equivalent of that indy movie you never heard of before that you stumble across while browsing a cable channel or Netflix. Four lost souls in the big city each get a short story about what they need to be happier than they are now. The ad copy describes them as “a lonely […]

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