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Indie Scene

Indie Scene
By Dustin M. Best

I may have made a wrong turn from my usual, legendary role of your host for Marvel Tidbits but here I am...in the Indie Scene; it feels rather comfortable...and linear.

When not going my usual Marvel route I like to take the backroads and hit up the Indies. No worrying about tie-ins or major events...just straight up storytelling and artistic freedom. Flipping through the pages of books from the likes of Image and Boom! Studios (to name a few) can provide epic, evolutionary adventures to grounded, "holy $hit, this is my life" tales. 
So without further ado let's rip into the Indie Scene!

2 Lit

I may not be Ty Dolla $ign, but I do know a good trade when I read one. How that is correlated or relevant is irrelevant. Grab these 2 books, 1 out now...1 upcoming!

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Seven To Eternity Vol. 1: The God of Whispers
by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, Matt Hollingsworth
Image Comics

Being the Marvel fanboy, I am certainly familiar with the Rick Remender - Jerome Opena duo as they put together potentially my favorite X-book ever in Uncanny X-Force (2010-12). *reminds self he is no longer in Marvel Tidbits* 

Seven To Eternity is a powerful, dramatic story about the Osidis family keeping their faith and loyalty to each other in a land otherwise compromised by the devious God of Whispers; whom feeds on the needs and wants of others in exchange for them being his eyes and ears. If he dies, all the people who've bargained with him die as well. Seems like a no-win situation for our "hero", Adam Osidis, who himself is fighting off a deadly disease. A band of magical beings soon join up with Adam to aid him on his quest to end the God of Whispers manipulative reign of terror. 

This graphic novel is available now at your local Uncanny! 


God Country
by Donny Cates, Jeff Shaw
Image Comics

Do you enjoy a good, solid cry every now and again? Do you enjoy small ensemble masterpieces? Pina Coladas? Talking swords?

Awesome. This book is for you. Rising star storyteller Donny Cates brings us a one shot story that was spread through six spectacular issues. God Country tells a story of the Quinlan family, whom are on the verge of coming apart due in large part to widowed Grandfather, Emmet Quinlan, who has been suffering from Dementia. Emmet's son, Roy and his wife Janey are put in the unenviable position of how to best manage Emmet's disease. Emmet's disease-riddled mind no longer recognizes Roy or Janey, including Deena, their young daughter.

That is until the mother of all blades comes crashing into their life, Valofax! 

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Upon grasping Valofax, Emmet is no longer tormented by the grasp of Dementia and gets to meet his grand-daughter for the very first time. It's a superbly special moment and one that Emmet cherishes. So much so that when the "rightful" owner comes to take back what is his, Emmet has a tough decision to make...give back the sword and fall back in the darkness of Dementia or fight.

That's all you'll get out of me, so come this Wednesday, August 2nd...be sure to be at your local Uncanny! to buy the story in trade paperback!

Fresh Take

Looking for a funky, fresh new story to delve into? I've got you covered. I'm like the Fresh Prince of Comics...only not Will Smith and I'm certainly not getting "jiggy" with it.

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Shirtless Bear-Fighter!
by Jody Leheup & Sebastian Girner
Image Comics

Shirtless Bear-Fighter! is a comic that absolutely, should be taken at Grizzly face value...a load of fun and laughs. This is a five part mini-series chronicling the one and only Shirtless Bear-Fighter as he takes on a bevy of bears that have been mind controlled by an evil organization.

Bears. Flapjacks. Maple Syrup.

Get into your local Uncanny! to ensure you subscribe to this beastly hilarious series!

Thanks for bearing with me throughout this week's Indie Scene. Who from your local Uncanny! will you see here next week...stay tuned!

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The DC Week in Review w/Dylan

The DC Week in Review w/Dylan

The DC Week In Review w/Dylan

By: Dylan Ashcraft


Welcome all to the DC Week in Review where we'll take a stroll together through the amusement park of life that is DC Comics news. And if that didn't make any sense, that might have been the point, honestly it was just so I could work in a reference to the Killing Joke.


Wonder Woman 2 Gets Official Release Date

The sequel to the hit DC Comics movie (it's been awhile since I've been able to say that) Wonder Woman 2 has received an official release date for 2019. More specifically December 13th 2019, which interestingly because of Disney's shakeup to their movie lineup won't place the Warner Brothers movie in contention with a Star Wars or Marvel movie. Which will prove to be a good thing for the movie, not because I don't think it'll do well at the box office (it will) but because it just makes it easier to do so (as well as making it cheaper on viewers).


In the movie, Gal Gadot will be reprising her role and director of the first movie is currently in talks to return for the sequel. Which as a viewer (and fan of well made movies), I really do hope that Patty Jenkins is able to come back and direct the sequel.

Superman Year One?

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Just as Frank Miller did for Batman back in 1987 with Batman: Year One, he seems to be planning to do the same for the big blue boy scout. The book is supposed to be about Pa Kent's finding of Clark up until his beginning as Superman, which will be interesting as this is Miller's first time writing for Superman outside of a Batman book. Now Superman's beginning years aren't something that isn't touched upon often, as just as recently as 2016 there was a story published by DC Comics titled "American Alien" by Max Landis that heavily focused on Clark's formative years.


Seeing how Miller characterizes Superman as a character of his own and not a supporting character to Batman will prove to be something of note seeing how the character has evolved through the Dark Knight trilogy. There isn't a proposed release date for the comic yet so we'll have to wait for an official announcement for Superman Year One.


 

Batman vs Superman (dark knight returns)

 

Professor Pyg Takes Center Stage

Gotham is going to be entering it's fourth season this fall and will seemingly focus on the scarecrow as the main villain of the season. Which will be pretty awesome to see as Scarecrow is a beloved character by fans despite how little he is used in comics nowadays. Granted he has had appearances in Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy as well as the Batman Arkham video games I find him to still be underutilized.

 

However Mr. Crane is not the reason I'm bringing up Gotham on this week's article, the reason is that they are integrating a newer Batman villain into the show. Professor Pyg who debuted back in 2007 during the first arc of "Batman and Robin" (where Dick Grayson was Batman) will be making an appearance on the show. Now whether he is a villain of the week or the focus of a small arc is unknown but no matter which avenue they decide to go with this, it will certainly be creepy and fit within the tone of how the show has operated for the last few seasons.


You can watch Gotham season 4 on it's new night, Thursday September 28th.

 

Disturbing


The DC Comic Cover of the Week


The recipient of the "Cover of the Week" goes out to a Rebirth title that not a lot of people seem to be reading, but is actually pretty decent, Hellblazer.

 

This cover is absolutely gorgeous, the aesthetic of Constantine being framed in a playing card and having the two parallel images almost like the "suicide king" where one is a detrimental picture of the character in question and the other side is not. My only slight gripe about the cover itself is that it isn't the variant and my reasoning for that is because I feel that it would be a much more attractive image if the arc title wasn't sitting above the image.


DC Comic of the Week

The DC comic of the Week is Flash #27 which seemingly wraps up the "Running Scared" arc between Barry Allen and his greatest enemy, Eobard Thawne. We pick up after the events of Flash #26 where Barry has been reinvigorated by Thawne's negative Speedforce which has made him a much angrier person. The two speedsters brawl with one another and Thawne does his trademark mocking of Barry as they do so. Dropping little lines about how happy he is to see Barry acting like this and about how they could do so many things "as friends"

 

Which Barry shuts that down real quick as he grabs Thawne by the back of his head and angrily shouts in this face

 

And then after exchanging some more blows between one another, Barry separates Thawen off from the negative Speedforce making it so that Thawne is unable to run (fastly that is). This doesn't stop Thawne from dropping more threats and villainous lines of dialogue, even threatening to kill Iris. Which Barry retorts back with a very...negative comment, exclaiming that he'll snap Thawne's neck.

 

The taunting continue from Thawne where he goes on about how killing Barry's mom isn't the worse thing he'll do to Barry by the time Barry dies, and that just like always, he will get his powers back and he will come back.


And that continues until...well Iris decides to cut Thawne off mid villainous banter

 

The book ends after Barry and Iris return to their time and seemingly go their separate ways. And as Barry walks into his crime lab alone, a text box pops up with excerpts from Eobard Thawne's foreword to "The Life and Times of the Flash, the World's Greatest Hero". And the text says "It's a shame, but I doubt I'll ever meet the Flash to tell him how I feel. That even though I had no one in my life, his sense of hope was a light in the darkness of the future. And as long as I had that, I was never alone." -Eobard Thawne.


Ironic right?


The Flash #27 gets an 8.5 out of 10


And that concludes the DC Week in Review for the week of July 27th of 2017. Let me know down in the comments what you think about the news we talked about today, and let me know what was your comic of the week. Until next time, it's time for me to vanish into the night mysteriously like a ghost...or a bat.

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Yu-gi-oh! Code Of The Duelist Preview

Yu-gi-oh! Code Of The Duelist Preview

By: Dylan Ashcraft

Welcome Yugioh players, this is Uncanny!'s resident Yugioh player here to talk to you about the upcoming main set, Code of the Duelist which is the first big set of the Link era. A week back, Konami implemented Master Rule 4 into the TCG, which changes how the games works, including the introduction of Link monsters such as Decode Talker.


Just as I did for Maximum Crisis, I'm going to pick out a couple of key cards that are going to be released in CotD (as well as the sneak peek this weekend) and discuss them. Let's


Cards To Look For (and why):


Missus Radiant: 

Missus Radiant is one of those cards that takes a good deck that was hindered by Link summoning and brings it back up to where it was. Missus Radiant does an effective job of being the link monster that the Zoodiac deck will most likely find the most use out of seeing how Zoodiac Chakanine is a one card Missus Radiant. It allows the Zoodiac deck to do the combos it's known for, as the introduction of link summoning and the existence of a one card, "Extra Monster Zone" limited what all they could do. However now with a small amount of tweaking and an extra step, the deck can continue doing what it's supposed to do.


Spellbook of Knowledge: 

Spellbook support in 2017? Yes folks, the spellbook archetype will be getting new support in the form of Spellbook of Knowledge which is an incredibly useful draw card for the deck. However the thing that makes this deck even better now is the fact that it makes spellbooks into a splashable draw engine for other decks. What this card does is, you can send a spellcaster monster from your field to the graveyard or a "spellbook" card from your hand/field to the graveyard (except Spellbook of Knowledge) and draw 2 cards.


Heavy Storm Duster: 

You know that beloved quick-play spell card, Twin twister? Well this is if you took that card and removed the cost, which is...fun. What Heavy Storm Duster does is when activated you can target up to two spells/traps on the field and destroy them, however you can't conduct your battle phase that turn. However what makes this card really good is the fact that it's a reactive trap, meaning it can be activated during your opponent's turn so you wouldn't have to worry about the battle phase clause. And it works like Dimensional Barrier where if your opponent were to hit it with a Mystical Space Typhoon, Twin Twister, Master Peace effect or any type of back row removal, you can respond with it and activate its effect.


Lumina, Twilightsworn Shaman

The Lightsworns are back in Code of The Duelist, however this time they have a new layer of paint (and a slightly different mechanic). The Lightsworn cards have (almost) all gotten a slight retool into how they work, so with the original milling was the point of the deck, the playstyle seems to have changed to banishing monsters instead of sending to the graveyard. And this is in the attempt to bring out Punishment Dragon. I picked Lumina to be the one that I spotlight because she seems to have the best effect out of all the new Twilightsworn monsters so far. What she does is you can banish a "Lightsworn" monster from hand or graveyard to target a banished "Lightsworn" monster and special summon it. And then when a "Lightsworn" monster activates its effect you can mill three cards from the deck to the graveyard.


Firewall Dragon

The cover card of the set as well as the ace monster for the protagonist of the new anime; Yu-Gi-Oh Vrains, Firewall Dragon is an impressive Link monster. While relatively difficult to make as it is a Link 4, it's effect to bounce cards on the field back to the hand equal to as many monsters linked to it, is pretty impressive. And while it's not going to be the greatest card from the start (if Japan's meta shows us anything), it's still going to be crucial in Link centered decks. And the value and effectiveness of the card will only increase from here. There are a lot of amazing and interesting combos that one can do with the card in various decks, as well as some First Turn Kill combos.


Auram the World Chalice Blademaster

The World Chalice archetype is an upcoming Link central deck that comes out in Code of The Duelist, that makes great use of nearly every Link monster that is available to it. Cards like Link Spider, Decode Talker, and Firewall Dragon all see incredible use in this deck. Auram while not the boss monster of the World Chalice deck is incredibly important to the strategy of bringing out multiple Firewall Dragons as well as Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior who allows the player to draw for as many monsters linked to it. Auram's effect allows him to tribute one world chalice monster to special summon another monster from your graveyard meaning you can recycle various link monsters that are in your grave. He also gains 300 attack for each "World Legacy" card in your graveyard with different names.

Trickstar Reincarnation

How do you feel about burn decks? Because if you like them, this is going to be the deck for you. And if you hate them, this deck won't be a fun experience for you. As Trickstars are an archetype that burns you for trying to do pretty much anything. For an example, Trickstar Lycorissica deals 200 damage for every time you add a card to your hand. So that means you get damage dealt to you when you draw for turn. Now, Trickstar Reincarnation is a nasty (yet amazing) card because when activated it banishes every card in your opponent's hand and then forces them to draw a card for every card banished. Which means when done in a combo with Lycorissica you're burning your opponent for a solid chunk, potentially before they've even done anything.


Revendread Slayer

Zombies and rituals? Feels like those are two words that fit perfectly together in a comic book world, and well they fit pretty well together in a Yugioh sense as well. Vendreads are an upcoming TCG exclusive archetype where you focus on tributing tokens, your monsters, and your opponents monsters to bring out your boss monster. And the effect of your boss monster is pretty sweet; Once per battle, if this card battles an opponent's monster, during damage calculation (Quick Effect): You can banish 1 Zombie monster from your GY; this card gains 300 ATK (this is permanent). If this Ritual Summoned card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand, and if you do, send 1 "Vendread" monster from your Deck to the GY. You can only use this effect of "Revendread Slayer" once per turn. That's a pretty good effect.


What Decks Can I play these in?

Missus Radiant:

This card as mentioned earlier is going to primarily see use in the Zoodiac deck because of how many Earth monsters the deck runs (they pretty much are all Earth minus the hand traps). Other decks that feature a large amount of earth monsters will find use of the card as well, however it's going to pretty much be the Zoodiac Link monster. As for the rarity of the card, it's a super rare meaning it's going to be incredibly easy to get your hands on a playset.


Spellbook of Knowledge:

Oh god, this card can go in almost anything that isn't jam packed already. And what I mean by that is any deck that is able to fit squeezable engines into it because it doesn't primarily need a lot of its own archetype will find use out of it. An example of a deck that uses this engine really well is Windwitch Invoked, because it's essentially a deck made of various little engines that work really well together. Another deck the engine is finding a lot of use (in Japan) is True Dracos both in a pure variety as well as mixed together with the Windwitch Invoked deck. This engine is really strong and because of it not being a secret rare (it's an ultra) it will be much easier (and cheaper) to pick up.


Heavy Storm Duster:

This card is going to be really useful and splashable in a lot of decks as it does the same job as Twin Twisters except the user doesn't have to worry about paying a cost such as discarding. I feel like this card is going to find it's way into (at least) the side decks of every big meta deck in the upcoming format. The ability to destroy backrow is always a very useful thing, especially when True Draco Demise decks are running multiple variations of floodgates. Heavy Storm Duster is only a super and unless it gets short printed or receives the twin twister treatment the card shouldn't be too much money.


Lumina, Twilightsworn Shaman


This card is going to be very important for anyone who wants to play a Twilightsworn deck, and will find it's uses in a Lightsworn/Twilightsworn hybrid. Other than that, the card won't see much use outside of its own archetype as it doesn't synergize well enough with the Zombiesworn deck for it to be crammed in there. I don't believe this deck will make any big splashes in our meta as it's boss monster isn't necessarily that strong and it doesn't seem to have that card that makes the deck. Perhaps when the Twilightsworn version of Raiden is released, we will see the Twilghtsworn rise to relevance. Lumina is a secret rare meaning she will be much more difficult to obtain than the rest of the archetype however I don't think she will be too relatively expensive to purchase because once the hype settles down, people will realize the deck isn't doing much. At sneak peek, Lumina is most likely going to hover between $35-50 but I think she'll drop down to the $10-20 range after seeing how the deck performs in the meta.

Firewall Dragon:

Any link deck, for the most part that is. The card is going to be vastly important for World Chalice players as it's the card they try to get out multiple times on the first turn. This card is probably the hardest to predict because of the fact that there is no really strong link deck yet and because of it's possibility to get touched on an upcoming banlist because of it's potential FTK combos. While I don't believe the card will be banned outright, I feel like some sort of limitation would make sense because of how unhealthy FTK's can be in a TCG's metagame. Firewall is a secret rare as well as the cover card for the set and the ace monster for the protagonist meaning price range wise it's going to be expensive for a bit. Now, because it's the ace monster for the show's protagonist, this card is going to be reprinted a lot. However because of initial hype, I could see this card potentially floating around the $30-45 price range.



Auram the World Chalice Blademaster

This card is only playable in a World Chalice deck, and that's because it's summon condition is two "World Chalice" monsters. It's crucial to the World Chalice deck but because it's not splashable (unless World Chalice is splashed into another deck), it won't see much play outside of the pure world chalice deck. This card is a super rare, meaning like the others, it isn't going to be hard to come by after sneak peek. During the sneak peek weekend the card could sit around a $10 price range because of how crucial it is to the World Chalice deck, but after the release of the main set, this card won't be hard to come by at all.


Trickstar Reincarnation

This is the card that I believe will be the money card of the set because of the crazy things it can do. The ability to banish your opponent's entire hand is crazy because it can net your a lot of advantage. Oh your opponent just searched Master Peace, The True Dracoslaying King with the effect of Dragonic Diagram, activate Trickstar Reincarnation, banish it. You can do a lot with this card and the fact that it can go into pretty much any deck (it's not archetype exclusive) it can be a fantastic side deck card. It also works in Trickstar burn decks that utilize Dark Room of Nightmare as well as other cards. This is going to be an insane card when utilized at the right time. Price wise, I can see it going above $50 at sneak peek, and then settling down to $45 afterwards before slowly drifting down to $40.


Revendread Slayer

A card that has a lot of people excited because it works on it's own but it also can fit well with the Zombie Synchro deck. Primarily it'll see use in a Vendread focused deck but it can service as an interesting option within other Zombie decks. The viability of the deck in the meta will be interesting to see as they get more support over the next couple of sets (as all TCG exclusive archetypes do). There's a possibility for it to be the next Nekroz if all the support works well. Until then, we won't really see it too often in the meta besides maybe a few tops here and there. Couple that with the fact that it's a super rare, it means the card won't cost too much. The trap card on the other hand (which is a secret rare) might cost a pretty penny for a little while.


Those are the cards to look for in the next Yugioh set, "Code of the Duelist". There are certainly other cards of note within the set, such as the other Trickstar, Gouki, and World Chalice support.

You can buy Code of the Duelist packs upon release at your local Uncanny!

IMBIBE Issue #15: American Monster with BigFoot Ale

IMBIBE Issue #15: American Monster with BigFoot Ale

This blog post is intended for readers 21 and older.

By Rob McFee

This Week's Pairing:

 

"American Monster" Volume One "Sweetland" - Written by Brian Azzarello- Art by Juan Doe- Published by AfterShock Comics

Bigfoot Ale-Barleywine style- 9.6% Alcohol By Volume (ABV)- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., CA & NC, USA

This pairing really needs no introduction, Brian Azzarello's "American Monster" with Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale; an "American Monster" for an American monster.

Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. My sampling was from the 2013 stock.

At first pour the color is a deep amber almost reddish brown, that comes to a thin off white head with minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet with a hoppy twang. The taste is bitter at first sip then sweetens up as you continue to imbibe, but please pace yourself the 9.6% ABV will definitely sneak up on you and you'll need your full faculties for this pairing,especially the for the reveal. Dun-Dun-Dunnnn!

 

"American Monster" is authentic Azzarello, if you've read any of his other masterpieces ("100 Bullets", "Dark Knight III Master Race") then you know what I'm talking about, if you haven't make the time to do so, you will not be disappointed. I wish I could go into detail about how good this comic is, but to do so may reveal too much; so in lieu of that here's a cool picture of the main character and a blurb about the story...

 

"The ugliest side of humanity may be humanity's only hope."

In a small Midwestern town, a large man with a horribly scarred face gets off a bus, and takes a room. He spooks the locals-nobody knows him-or do they? It's impossible to say be-cause he seemingly has no face. The man's intentions remain unknown, until he takes on a corrupt sheriff and the rural crew of racist arms dealers. The town's impression of the man changes, and he's seen as a hero...until his real intentions bubble to the surface...

       

The art of Juan Doe is phenomenal, his ability to capture motion is second to none, and his page composition creates an incredible flow of action where at times you'll  feel as if you're watching a movie. Only a handful of comic artists have been able to achieve this effect, Doe is among them. So good.

The next time you feel the need to mix a little myth with mayhem, give our Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot, Barleywine Style Ale and Aftershock's "American Monster" pairing a try.

Until next week read and consume responsibly.

 

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Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin

Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin

by Dustin M. Best

Why hello, you. It's so nice to see you again, how have you been? Living your Summer life? Good. 

So much has happened since I last saw you.

I've finally settled my weekend long geek out enough to form coherent enough sentences without....errrggghhhhh.....I'mmmm.....

Ok. I'm fine. It's fine. Jog it off.

Needless to say, the San Diego Comic Con provided us with a bevvy of show stealing footage across all platforms and media houses. From Netflix to DC to Marvel, everyone had a very strong showing and I think to myself...what a wonderful comic lover life. Less talk, more action...let the MARVEL TIDBITS ROLL HIGH!

Got That Fire

I will go ahead and step out on an Asgardian limb and pretend like you've already seen this 86 times. Like some people I know, or may in fact be. But, by the ferocious fang of the Fenris wolf, that was one fantastic voyage!

Thor: Ragnarok looks to take a note right out of the Guardians of the Galaxy playbook and further links the Marvel cosmic realm to Midgard (or Earth for those not in on the Asgardian lingo). The upcoming battle against the almighty Thanos seems a ton more realistic now that we've established that Hulk can in fact smash on other planets...and also form sentences apparently.

The reveal of Loki "joining" Thor's side is a very sly move and his true intentions should hopefully be made clear heading into Infinity War. Will he play the part that Mephisto played throughout the comic-based event Infinity Gauntlet? I could see that as more likely than Peter Fonda showing up. 

The point of the story is, the new look Hemsworth Thor looks completely bad ass and offers a refreshing take on his character. While Mjolnir may be destroyed, for now at least, Thor will have to rely on more than just his Godly Lightning and begin to rely on those who may not necessarily trust...like Loki. I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge Valkyrie, Skurge, Hela and the Grandmaster of life...Jeff Goldblum...all look as captivating as I can anticipate.

We also got our first glimpse at who I'll assume is Korg, a rocky warrior seen in the comic event, Planet Hulk. Korg is of the alien species Kronan which have been established twice now in MCU flicks namely Thor 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Albeit the movie adaption shows Korg being blue, which makes sense seeing as how his typical orange appearance would cause a load of Thing confusion. 

Surtur was also shown at the very end of the trailer and looking to be on the wrong side of a Hulk bashing. Like there is a right side huh? Surtur is the king of fire giants and has been a menance in the comic scene since first appearing in 1963. What role will he have next to Hela? November 3rd sure can't come soon enough to find out!

 

Defending The Chill Zone

 

The second The Defenders trailer also found its way into our Netflix loving hearts and showcases a slew of characters and a whole 'nother world than what we have grown used to in he greater movie MCU. The sheer vastness of characters coming together after 5 individual series has my Marvel-geek sense tingling. Foggy, Karen, Malcolm, Colleen, Claire, Misty and more...oh yeahhhh!

The Defenders continues to build around the fact that Matt, Jessica, Luke and Danny have all lived in the same city, experienced the same villainy and gone through their fair share of personal trials and tribulations. It's Stick that ends up pulling the four together, with I'm assuming help from super nurse extraordinaire, Claire Templeton. In one scene from the trailer, we see all four with Stick surrounding a presumed dead body...and Daredevil without his mask on. That's a lot of gusto you got there Matt, and shows a ton of trust in your new found team. 

Sigourney Weaver makes her MCU debut as Alexandria, whom Sigourney admits is less "villain" and more "adversary" according to Entertainment Weekly. All we know as of now is that Alexandria is the leader of an ancient organization.

The Defenders premiers on Netflix come August 18th!

90's Marvel Baby

Albeit with a release date of March 2019, Marvel released some gnarly news regarding the Brie Larson led Captain Marvel. Not only will Captain Marvel star MCU legend, Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury...Nick will also have both eyes this time around! Oh, did I mention that this film will be set during the one hit wonder laiden 1990's! Now you see what I'm aiming at?

Oh...and these pesky little dudes as the main antagonist...

skrulls

That's right...Skrulls! This shape-shifting alien species has played a pivotal part in several Marvel Comics storylines, including the comic event Secret Invasion where Skrulls infiltrated several high ranking and super organizations in an attempt to take over Earth. 

So, a Captain Marvel piece set in the 1990's featuring a young SHIELD Agent in Nick Fury and the space breed whom can disguise themselves as anyone (even Jennifer Lawrence) in the Skrulls. I am 110% in with Carol Danvers.

Comic of the Week

royals kree inhumans marvel

I very well could have went with Secret Empire #6, however going with each issue in the phenomenal 10 part Marvel event just seems unfair. So you have the vastly underrated Inhumans title, Royals! 

The 5th issue brings us the culmination of meeting Ronin the Accuser on the Kree home world of Hala from issue #4 and the truth behind the Terrigen Mists. Seeing the Inhuman Royal Family stand up to Ronin and reason with him is a work of beauty. The artwork of Jonboy Meyers has also grown on me since initially laying eyes upon the Royals series solicitations and blends in perfectly with writer Al Ewing's cosmic story telling. 

Be sure to pick up this series next time you are in your local Uncanny!

Song of the Week

Spot on Louis Armstrong, it is indeed a wonderful world where we seek to appreciate its magnificence. Did little Marvel fan boy Dustin ever imagine in the early 90's that he'd be seeing all of his favorite Marvel characters appearing on the big screen, or small screen for that matter? I really thought the closest I'd get is the Generation X pilot that Fox ordered. Now we are on the verge of some major Marvel storylines played out only in my day dreams. What a wonderful world indeed.

This concludes this week's Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin, stay tuned next week where I'm sure there will be even more bites left from San Diego Comic Con and where my Comic of the Week may or may not be Secret Empire #7. Until then...keep it light!

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The DC Week In Review w/Dylan

The DC Week In Review w/Dylan
The DC Week In Review w/Dylan
By: Dylan Ashcraft


Hello hello folks, it's time to tune up the band and listen to some sweet chin music as we take a look at the news regarding everyone's favorite blue brand, no not you Smackdown, Dc Comics. This is a big week for Comic Book fans of every nature as San Diego Comic Con is happening right now. And because of the fact that this article was written before the event ended, I apologize if I missed any major news from the event. Now let's elbow drop our way into the news.


 
Justice League Trailer

So we got a brand new trailer for the upcoming Justice League movie and from a cinematic standpoint it was visually interesting without a doubt. And from the comic book standpoint it looks like perhaps Snyder stepped his game up with this one. Now I'm not someone who aggressively bashes Snyder's prior movies (Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice) because I feel that while they were problematic they were still enjoyable. However inside the trailer itself we got to see (and hear) a lot of interesting and promising things from Cyborg utilizing his powers to the introduction of Steppenwolf who looks to be the big bad of the movie.


The part that piqued my interest the most was when an bodiless voice said the line "No protectors here, no lanterns, no Kryptonian, this world will fall, like all the others". and I'm not going to lie to you, the part of that dialogue that gets me the most excited is the bit about the lack of lanterns. And it gets me all giddy with joy because I really want to see Hal/John/Kyle pop up in this movie and join up with the league. The Kryptonian part isn't as intriguing because we already know that Supes is coming back sometime in the film (pictures of Cavill in costume on set). Check out the trailer and let me know what you think about it!



Also that rooftop bit with Gordon and the League was pretty quality for comic book comedy.

 
Young Justice Season 3 Team Revealed


Guys, it's happening. The Young Justice season 3 train seems to be on the rails and rolling out of the station because we just got (visual) confirmation on who is going to make up the team this season. There's going to be the expected returning characters while also some brand new faces this time around. So from left to right we've got Static Shock, Kid Flash, Robin, Wonder Girl, Spoiler (Stephanie Brown), Blue Beetle, 13, Artemis, Speedy, and Beast Boy. Now if that awesome team doesn't get you excited than maybe this little bit of news that came from the event will.


Because YJ: Outsiders is not going to be a cable program and instead will be airing on a streaming service (Netflix), the show will be more inclined to a mature nature this time around. Exciting right?



The Flash Solo Movie Has a Title

 
And it's Flashpoint.


If you stop into Uncanny! At the King of Prussia mall and ask anyone who works with me, they will tell you that I'm a big fan of the Flash, and so when they announce that there will be a Barry Allen Flash solo movie, I get a little excited. Because I'm of the mindset that there's so many things you can do with a Flash movie, the Rogues, Grodd, Thawne, Abra Kadabra, various speedsters, Shade, the Suicide Squad, and many others. But there's one thing I think they shouldn't start off a Flash movie franchise with, and that's Flashpoint.


Yes, Flashpoint the big major DC event from (around) six years back where Barry Allen screwed up time and Wonder Woman and Aquaman went to war with one another while also featuring appearances from Batman (Thomas Wayne), Reverse Flash, and other characters like Grifter. It's too big a movie to do right at the start of a movie franchise. While I have hopes the movie can be a lot of fun and done really well, I'll always have the mindset that they shouldn't do Flashpoint first. It'd be like doing Blackest Night for a reboot Green Lantern movie, it's just a lot to do at first.

 
Duke Thomas Gets His Own Book


It's been a big last couple of months for Duke Thomas, he's gotten his own superhero name, super powers, and his own book. Now while I don't personally care too much about any of that, I know someone out there is excited at Mr. Thomas getting his own story. As Signal, Duke will be working as a daytime hero in Gotham and will be doing the things that Batman won't be able to do, like stop people from robbing banks in the middle of the day as Bats is probably asleep at that point.

The book will be written by someone from DC's new writer workshop, who has been working closely with Scott Snyder. It'll be interesting to see what all happens with Mr. Thomas in the Dark Days: Metal affairs that will be happening to the DC Universe in the coming months. Expect an announcement regarding the title soon.


DC Cover of the Week



The cover of the week goes to Aquaman #26 which is an absolutely stunning cover featuring Mera on it. The art on the cover is done by Stjepan Sejic who also does the interior art on the book. I've been a fan of this series' covers for awhile with a lot of the variant covers being some of my favorite comic book covers from the last year. And it's nice to see Sejic doing the art on the inside of the book now as well because while I personally prefer strong writing over strong art, Sejic's art will make me read nearly any book.


DC Comic of the Week


This week' comic of the week is Superman #27 where Superman and his lovely family go out on a long deserved vacation. And after the events of the last several arcs for the Superman book, it's nice to enjoy a relaxing one off road trip with Clark, Jon, and Lois.


There's not too much to the book, just a lot of feel good family moments between the three, and a lot of pride for America and it's day of Independence. My favorite moment in the book came towards the end where the Kent family buys dinner for an injured war veteran, and when the hostess attempts to throw the veteran out for reasons of him being a homeless man, Clark comes to defend him. It's just a happy feel good book, and it's nice to get those every once in awhile in comics. There was no action, no drama, no conflict, just three members of a happy family having a long deserved vacation.


Superman #27 receives an 7.5 out of 10


That's the end of the article folks, it's time to pack your bags and head home, or if you're already home, pull out a new comic and have a relaxing read because while we might not all save the Earth on a near daily basis, like Superman, everyone deserves a nice little vacation every once in awhile. Until next time, enjoy a completely unrelated gif. Goodnight folks. 



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IMBIBE Issue #14: Low Tp Volume One with Blind Faith

IMBIBE Issue #14: Low Tp Volume One with Blind Faith

This blog post is intended for readers 21 and older

By Rob McFee

This Week's Pairing:

        

 

"Low" Volume One " The Delirium of Hope" - Written by Rick Remender; Art by Greg Tocchini- Published by Image Comics

Blind Faith- English India Pale Ale- 6.2% Alcohol By Voume (ABV)- Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, VT USA

Do you remember as a kid in science class when your teacher told you that in five billion years the sun will explode and destroy our solar system? The story of "Low" takes place seventy-five years from that event. The imbiber who takes on this pairing will need some Hope and a little Blind Faith to get them through.

Our pairing begins with the simplicity of story concept to the appropriately titled craft beer. "Low" is a story of hope, when all things point to giving up and giving in, those who rise above have hope. Blind faith, believing in the unseen and intangible; daring to follow a path regardless of how treacherous; the belief that in the end all will be well, all one simply needs to do persevere. 

 At first pour you are greeted by a dark golden color with amber and yellow highlights depending on how the light hits the glass; the head is quality but dissipates quickly. The aroma is fruity with a hop essence. The taste is sweet with that little bite you expect from an IPA. It's medium bodied and has a tangy after taste. It's flavor is distinct, you could easily pick this one out blind folded. The 6.2% Alcohol by Volume is perfect, allowing the temptation of a second glass to be an easy decision for the imbiber.

Rick Remender pens a story that will challenge the most faithful, a story that makes hope feel like a commodity that only a few can afford. Greg Tocchini's seascapes are beautiful, his art style poetic and mesmerizing. I'm a huge fan of both writer and artist, making this book extra special in my humble opinion.

Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth's surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun's scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy, to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart, in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. Dive into an aquatic fantasy that brings you the tale mankind's final hour in the cold, deathly dark of the sea.

If your looking for a story of hope in a seemingly hopeless world, and a craft beer you can believe in, then give "Low" and Blind Faith a try.

Until next week read and consume responsibly.

 

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INDIE SCENE

INDIE SCENE

Welcome to INDIE SCENE, where each week we'll keep you up to date with what should be on your must read list from amazing creator owned writer and artist teams and independent publisher titles. Let's get to it!

"Catalyst Prime Superb" #1- Written by- David Walker/Sheena C. Howard; Art by- Ray Anthony Height & Various- Published by Lion Forge 2017

(In Stores Now)

Teenager Kayla Tate is forced to move back to her hometown Youngstown, Ohio, an "Event" designated Level 5 impact zone. Compared to her new life, returning to Youngstown is a step backwards. She has a strained relationship with her childhood friend, Jonah Watkins, school is a nightmare, and everyone is talking about the mysterious superhero and internet sensation, "Cosmosis", and his nighttime battles against the supposedly corrupt Foresight.

"Generation Gone" #1 Written by- Ales Kot & Andre Araujo; Art by Andre Araujo; Published by Image Comics 2017

(In Stores Now)

America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job.

What happens when you're poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Skins + Unbreakable = GENERATION GONE, sort of- if you also include multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss...and survival. GENERATION GONE is for every kid struggling out there. It's about what it means to be young in the USA, 2017.

 

"Time and Vine" #1- Art and Story by- Thom Zhaler; Published by IDW 2017

(In Stores Now)

A grade school history teacher, looking for a respite from her life's problems, finds the ultimate escape when the owner of a local winery reveals its secret to her: drink the right glass of wine in the right tasting room, and travel back in time to the year it was bottled. Together, they'll journey through the history of the 200-year old winery... as well as their own.

   

"Secret Weapons" #1 & #2  Written by- Eric Heisserer; Art by- Raul Allen; Published by Valiant Entertainment LLC 2017

(In Stores Now)

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) joins Harvey Award-nominated artist Raul Allen (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior) for Valiant's next prestige format limited series, starring Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee - the technopath codenamed Livewire - to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada's greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds... A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow... To others, these are expensive failures. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons...in need of a leader.

Now, as a mechanized killer called Rexo seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action...in ways they never could have imagined...

 "Trump vs Time Lincoln" #1- Story and Art  by David Hutchinson; Published by Antarctic Press 2017

(In Stores Now)

The Great Emancipator, Time Lincoln, faces an all-new threat to existence--from within his homeland! Just when he thought it was safe to go back in time, he discovers part of reality has been replaced by Alternate Reality, where what was once fact is now a matter of alternate choice. Now the Travelers Team must defeat the mastermind, Final Trump, before he blows...the cosmic budget on a wall to keep his Alt-Reality safe!

See you next week for more great Independent titles.

Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin

Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin
by Dustin M. Best
Hi friends of Tidbits! It's Dustin here with this week's latest mind altering briefings of Marvel news from this past week. But first a little plug action dynamo time.

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For those of you who have been craving something less, well...super hero-sey, the Uncanny! Insider will be debuting a new weekly segment entitled Indie Scene. The weekly extravaganza of Indie love will cover those owner-created publications and smaller publisher comics.
 
And speaking of "smalltime" comics, I encourage you to assist our friend, T. Perran Mitchell, and chip in on his kickstarter for The Chronicles of the Tal-Nor #2. Go ahead and bolster your independent, local artist community by donating here

Now let's dive deep into the vast universe that is Marvel Tidbits...

Virtual Insanity

Were you expecting me to just dump an ice cold Jamiroquai track on you for the Song of the Week? Exactly, this is Tidbits and Dustin's world...where anything can happen. 

With the rise in popularity of VR games, it was just a matter of time until Marvel branched out into making everyone rock virtual consoles on their face and smash around their living rooms causing mass destruction. World Breaker VR I shall deem it. Side note: It will be hilarious in 3-4 years (if that) when the current VR headsets are 20x smaller and we look back to everyone rocking the current set-ups.

Check out the just released trailer from the Disney D23 Expo...

 

D23 and I'm Thinking of You

According to my very reliable customer sources, the teaser trailer for Infinity War was shown at the D23 Expo and was Infinitely-epic. Shots of Thanos in action may be the most appealing part for me, but I'm certainly geeked over the slew of Marvel Cinematic Universe combination of heroes that we will be seeing. Doctor Strange and Star-Lord combo wombo moves? That's a mystical cosmic combo meal of awesome. 

While the rest of us await for the trailer to become public, which may or not be after San Diego Comic Con, check out the Infinity War cast gathering from the D23 Expo:

Comic of the Week

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If I could not be any more hype for the upcoming Netflix Defenders series, unless I'm Mojo Rawley who stays hype...all the time. 

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Brian Michael Bendis continues to establish the Defenders as the de facto New York City crime fighting group. Two beautiful things about this book: the pulling together of Danny, Matt, Luke and Jessica is seamless and the mysterious resurrection of a powered up Diamondback proves to be a strong drawing point moving forward. Check out the Defenders at your local Uncanny!

That will do it for this week in Marvel Tidbit with Dustin, have a wonderful week in this reality and keep it light!

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The DC Week In Review w/ Dylan

The DC Week In Review w/ Dylan

The DC Week In Review w/Dylan

By: Dylan Ashcraft


 

You know what time it is, it's that time where you and I sit down and take an adventure through this week's DC news and comics. This week we'll be working our way through some news/spoilers for Flash season 4, the comic of the week, and DC's tribute to Adam West.

 
Flash Season 4: Wally West becomes?


So at the end of the third season of The Flash we saw lead character Barry Allen willingly enter the speed force as atonement for the things he's done to the speedforce, leaving sidekick Wally West to handle all the speedy saving of Central City citizens. Now the question comes up, is Wally going to stay under the moniker Kid Flash, how are they going to explain the absence of our favorite scarlet speedster, is Hartley back yet? Well at least one of those questions has been answered through pictures posted online from the recording of the pilot.


It seems that Keiyan Lonsdale is going to be donning Barry's suit for a little while (however let's be honest it's probably only for an episode). It also reveals that the antagonist of the pilot episode is a character featured in the Flash comics, particularly #181, the samuroids



I'm withholding judgement on how I feel about Wally donning Barry's costume, because I know that the CW won't go more than an episode with the status quo severely messed up. I mean, look at what happened to Flashpoint. It's only one of the most defining events in the Flash lore (despite how relatively new it is) and they only had one episode for it.


I will say though, I am quite interested to see a live adaptation of the "Fastest sword in the East"


Green Lantern: Earth One


Newly announced by DC comics is the next book in the Green Lantern lore and it takes an alternate look at Hal Jordan. The book is going to be written by Gabriel Hardman and will be following the trend of all of the Earth One books where we will see a different adaptation of the character's origin story, life, and even the character itself.



Hal Jordan's typical origin story is that he's a test pilot as well as a member of the United States Air Force but this time around Hal is an astronaut whose job is to mine asteroids. The writers are offering a story that is said to be a grounded sci-fi story while still paying homage to Hal's silver age origins. I'm particularly interested in this as I'm a big fan of the space adventures of the Green Lantern corps and with Hal being an astronaut in space already, I'm excited to see all of the space adventures at hand.


Neal Adams Brings Deadman Back To Life



Deadman is one of those nuanced characters that doesn't see the light of day too often despite how interesting of a character he can be in the right hands. His last story was actually not too long ago and was a pretty enjoyable read, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love was one of those titles that was really enjoyable to read, but didn't necessarily sell all too well.

 

However with this new title being written by Neal Adams, a veteran when it comes to comic book writing (I mean just take a look at the man's bibliography), I'm hopeful that this book will do better than the last sales wise, especially seeing Adams history with the character. The point of the book will be Deadman tracking down the truth behind the assassination of Boston Brand with the help of Batman, Zatanna, and Doctor Fate.


Deadman #1 will be releasing on November 1st of 2017 with a special glow in the dark cover.



DC Comics' Tribute to the Late Adam West



The great Adam West passed away on June 9th 2017 and left a hole in the heart of every DC comics fan. Nearly every single Batman fan has seen something of the Batman '66 television show, whether it be a few episodes, the movie, or one of the comics depicting Adam in the costume. We all loved Adam West for how amazing he was as the caped crusader as well as how amazing he was as a person.


Well in this week's (and likely the rest of the month's) DC Comic books, there's a two page spread at the end of each book that serves as a tribute to Adam West. It features a picture of Adam in costume as well as a quote by him and a succinct thank you for all the memories he provided.



I think we all have memories that we cherish of Adam as Batman. Personally I remember watching the reruns of the Adam West Batman show with my grandparents as a child, laughing and enjoying the campiness and absurdity that was the show. What are some of your cherished memories that feature Adam West, leave a comment to let us at Uncanny! Know. No matter what though, just remember that somedays you just can't get rid of a bomb.



DC Cover of the Week



Last week for the cover of the week I picked the Superman variant because of that happy 4th of July feeling it brought to the table. Well this week I picked Red Hood and the Outlaws #12 as the cover of the week because of how simple yet powerful it is. In the 11th issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws (which is in contendership for longest title name out of the Rebirth books), we saw what appears to be the death of Bizarro. Which is why the cover is so reminiscent of this famous cover.



It sleek, it's beautiful, and for readers of the series it' a little on the emotional side as of how well Bizarro has been handled so far. If you haven't picked up this series yet I highly recommend it because it's one of the best books out of the Rebirth saga.


DC Comic of the Week



This week was a difficult week because there were a lot of strong releases by DC this week but I had narrowed it down between Dark Days: Casting #1 and Red Hood and the Outlaws #12, so I went and reread both books and finally selected the Dark Days book. Because much like the first one (The Forge) I was absolutely astounded and reminded how much I love Snyder's Batman. And also just like the first one, there was a quote that etched itself into my mind that I thought about a bit.


"There is a feeling you get at the end of an adventure. You feel it in the anxious quickening in your heart. In every tentative footstep you take" -Carter Hall, Hawkman.


Now I loved the quote from the Forge which had to deal with the start of an adventure and for Snyder to bring it about full circle to do the quote about the end, it just shows how even the small things are being paid attention to.



From the start of the Casting through most of the book itself, I experienced a sensation that Mojo Rawley could only classify as "hype". From the Joker clashing with Green Lantern and Hal Jordan, in the attempt to be the good guy this time around to Wonder Woman coming to Batman's aid as he's battling what appears to be a sphinx. There are a lot of really awesome moments that happen in the first half of the book.



Including a moment that got me really excited as a fan of a rather marvelous character;



Yeah man, Shazam! Or Black Adam, but even if it's Adam it still leads back to Shazam! Also Talia Al Ghul who is always nice to see when it doesn't have to deal with her son. However the book takes a slight hit for me because of a character that Scott Snyder tends to often use in his Batman comics, and that's Duke Thomas. Now I liked Duke in the "We Are Robin" storyline but ever since then every appearance he's had as rubbed me the wrong way. And with him now being a META, I'm not sure how to feel about it. It gives me Ulysses vibes from Civil War II (however it surely can't be as bad as Ulysses was).


The final page of the book brought back some of my excitement however because with Batman failing to properly look into the "abyss" (insert Nietzsche reference here), we however got a glimpse of what is to come in Dark Days: Metal.


Dark Days: The Casting gets an 8 out of 10.


That's it folks, that is the wrap up for this week's DC Week In Review, I'll be back next week with another batch of news for you. However until then, it's time to say goodbye.


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