Tuesday, May 18, 2010

3D Man

Brothers from Los Angeles,Charles and Hal Chandler have been both been known as the hero 3-D Man. During the 1950's,Nasa was just starting to put their first man into orbit. The key to the success of the program was the XF-13 rocket plane, an experimental aircraft capable of reaching the upper most atmosphere. When it was time to test this craft, one of the first men chosen was Charles "Chuck" Chandler. On Chandlers first test of the aircraft he was tailed and later abducted by the skrulls. The skrulls has had their eyes on earth for ages and hopes to use it's strategic position to gain the advantage in the war with the Kree. So with that in mind the skrulls became interested in earth's space exploration programs. The night before Chuck had taken off,the Skrulls had orchestrated a kidnapping in which Chuck's brother Hal helped him escape. The skrulls were obviously persistent in their conquest. The skrulls had been looking to abduct pilots so that they could gain vital information from the regarding the space program in which the operate.
Coming to the realization that Chandler would never willingly give up any information the skrulls prepared a mind probe ray. In that instant he broke free of the Skrulls grasp and escaped. During his escape he damaged several components of the ships warp drive which are absolutely necessary to the ship's maintenance. Just as he attempted to make his dramatic exit in the XF-13 back home, the skrulls ship exploded from an overload in the power source. Hal made his escape unharmed but he wasn't safe from the alien radiation that came from the ship's explosion. The XF-13 was badly damaged in the escape so Chuck decided to land the ship in the Mojave Desert where he knew his brother Hal would be watching the test flights. When he ejected himself from the craft his brother ran over to greet him and he vanished into a burst of light.

In the belief that his brother had perished, Hal returned to LA to inform their parents and the NASA authorities. That night Hal had become aware that there the image of a man had been imprinted into the lens of one of his glasses,and that one lens was red and the other green. Hal figured out that the image in one lens of the man was of his brother, which was imprinted their when he vanished in that burst of light. By putting on the glasses and concentrating on the two images on a flat surface Hal triggered a dimensional transfer that returned Chuck to this reality but left Hal in a trance-like state.

The radiation from the explosion altered Chuck. While still apparently a humanoid, the radiation had bonded his space suit to his body or more accurately...the suit was his body. His new body was colored and mismatched into shades of red and green on two halves of him. He also discovered that his physical ability had been tripled as a result of his new transformation. The last thing he discovered about his new found abilities was that he was very sensitive to the presence of skrulls or to put it simply he could detect them. When the skrulls attempted to invade the United States Chuck's powers came in handy detecting them while in a human or other recognizable forms. Which ultimately brought an end to their plot to take over the planet. Although he had foiled many attempts of the skrulls to take over, alot of his time was spent in another dimension because he could only remain on earth for 3 hours. While back in the 2-D world in the glasses, Hal could regain control of his body and out of his trance.

During Secret Invasion, Chuck and Hal were seen telling their story to the new 3-D Man Triathlon.They are apparently retired from super-heroism so it's fitting their legacy would be carried on by another.

Delroy Garrett Jr., formally know as Triathlon  gained access to the 3-D Man goggles at his graduation from the Initiative, making him the new 3-D Man. 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The CAPE!?

NBC announced its 2010-11 primetime schedule on Sunday which includes "The Cape," a show that will premiere later in the season. Here's how the network describes the show:
"The Cape" is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons ("ER") as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, "Life on Mars") and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, "Flash Forward"). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes "The Cape" his son's favorite comic book superhero -- and takes the law into his own hands. Rounding out the cast are James Frain ("The Tudors") as billionaire Peter Fleming -- The Cape's nemesis -- who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David ("Death at a Funeral") as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape, Summer Glau ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick ("Six Degrees") as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday. "The Cape" is a Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun production from executive producer/creator Thomas Wheeler ("Empire"), executive producer/director Simon West ("Con Air"), the executive producing team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun (NBC's "Mercy), and executive producer Gene Stein ("Accidentally on Purpose").
Sounds like The Spirit to me but I'll hope for the best. Preview doesn't look to bad, decide for yourself .

Friday, May 14, 2010

3D Thor and Hulk Comic Book Collectibles

Shown here in eye-popping detail and blazing color, this amazing 3-D comic book replica shows the Hulk in both of his incarnations, as David Banner and as the mighty monster. An absolute "must have" for any serious collector! Marvel Comics Replica Certificate of Authenticity included. Decorative purposes only; not a toy. Resin. 20" x 12" x 14" high.

 With crimson cape streaming and mighty muscles straining, the heroic Thor swings his legendary hammer; in the background, a fresh crop of villains prepares to challenge him in battle. An explosive scene direct from the cover of your favorite comic! Marvel Comics Replica Certificate of Authenticity included. Decorative purposes only; not a toy. Resin. 18" x 9" x 10" high.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Conan the Barbarian

Deadline Hollywood reports that Lionsgate and Millenium Films have picked the actor to play the lead role in Marcus Nispel's reinvention of Robert E. Howard's Conan and it's 30-year-old Jason Momoa, who may best be known for his run on "Stargate Atlantis" and who also appears in HBO's upcoming mini-series "Game of Thrones."
Latino Review says that an offer has been put out to Mickey Rourke to play Conan's father Corin.

Conan the Barbarian (also known as Conan the Cimmerian, from the name of his homeland, Cimmeria) is a fictional character in books, comics and movies. He is a hero, a well known and iconic figure in American fantasy, and the most famous barbarian in fiction.

Conan is often associated with the fantasy subgenre of sword-and-sorcery and heroic fantasy. He was created by Texan writer Robert E. Howard in 1932 via a series of fantasy stories sold to Weird Tales magazine. The character has since appeared in licensed books, comics, films, television programs, video games, roleplaying games, and even a boardgame, all of which contribute to the hero's long-standing popularity.

Conan the Barbarian is also the title of a Gnome Press collection of stories published in 1954, a comic published by Marvel Comics beginning in 1970,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spider-Man REBOOT!

Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe-nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer, will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, "At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."

Arad and Ziskin added jointly, "Over the years, the Spider-Man comics have been told with bold and creative new writers and artists who have re-calibrated the way audiences see Peter Parker. Marc Webb will do for the new direction of the films what so many visionary storytellers have done with the comic books. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we look forward to working closely with him on this new adventure."

Webb said, "This is a dream come true and I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi's virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to 'take over' from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man."

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, "I'm excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can't wait to see what Marc comes up with next."

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, "The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world's most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere. There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen."

Marc Webb has won acclaim with his film debut (500) Days of Summer. He has several MTV VMAs™ including 2009's Best Director award for Green Day's "21 Guns," 2006 Best Rock Video for AFI's "Miss Murder," and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects' "Move Along." The Music Video Production Association honored him in 2006 as the Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR, and My Chemical Romance.

In addition to two Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture (musical or comedy), his first feature film, (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature. Webb was also awarded the Spotlight Award, which honors outstanding directorial debuts, by the National Board of Review.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Marvel Comics: SIEGE

"Siege" is a storyline that begins in January 2010. Published by Marvel Comics, it deals with the aftermath of the Dark Reign, which led to a shift of power in the Marvel Universe toward Norman Osborn.

Siege is the culmination of all Marvel events since Avengers: Disassembled.Currently it is scheduled to run as a limited 4 issue series, with multiple tie-ins.

In December a lead-in issue entitled Siege: The Cabal is written by Bendis and drawn by Michael Lark, followed by a free prologue called Origins of Siege that will be released with a preview of issue one.Also Avengers: The Initiative #31 will also serve as a lead-in to the storyline.

Marvel has announced that following the events of Siege will be the beginning of a new "Heroic Age".

Blackest Night

Blackest Night is a limited series published by DC Comics in 2009 and 2010, forming the basis of a crossover event between several DC publications. Written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Ivan Reis, Blackest Night involves a personified force of death resurrecting deceased superheroes and seeking to eliminate all life and emotion from the universe. Geoff Johns has identified the series' central theme as emotion. The crossover will be published for eight months via a limited series, as well as in both the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps comic title as well as various other limited series and tie-ins.
The storyline was first mentioned at the conclusion of the "Sinestro Corps War" in Green Lantern vol. 4, #25. As the war between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps reaches its climax, the four Green Lanterns of Earth (Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner) are told by the Guardians Ganthet and Sayd of the "Blackest Night" prophecy. According to the prophecy, the three existing Corps would be joined by four new ones, each driven by a specific emotion and empowered by a specific color of the emotional spectrum, leading to a "War of Light" that would subsequently destroy the universe.