NEWS: Comic Books

Cosplay Personality And July FHM Cover Model Tanya Tate™ Debuts Comic Book Creation At San Diego Comic Con!

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A panel, party and signing appearance are all part of a whirlwind Comic Con for the prolific cosplayer.

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(Hollywood, CA) Popular Cosplay personality Tanya Tate (http://www.justalottatanya.com) heads into San Diego Comic Con at full throttle with several scheduled events. Tanya has made her mark in geekdom with her fun and sexy superhero costumes that she has taken to wearing at many pop-culture events. That love of cosplay evolved into the JustaLottaTanya.com blog, which feature Tanya's video reviews and event coverage. Now the British beauty reveals her plans for San Diego Comic Con 2013 that include the unveiling of her new comic book character, Lady Titan, at the July 18th - 21st event.

Created by Tanya, Lady Titan is a planned comic book series that will have it’s roots based in the mythology of live-action superhero television. In Lady Titan, an out of work actress obtains a costume of a 70’s television superhero that enables her to perform great feats. Mastering those abilities proves to be elusive but that does not stop an emerging horde of villains from causing mayhem and coming after her. Before Lady Titan can hope to save the world from an impending threat, she’ll first have to try and save herself!

Lady Titan is a character that will be played straight but will also have fun with the conventional idioms of superheroes,” said Tanya. “The character herself is not a ‘Superhero’ but someone thrust into that role; partially because of her sense of what’s right, but also her own survival. I think readers will have fun with Lady Titan.” 


While at Comic Con, Tanya will be signing limited edition Lady Titan posters at the Geekscape.net booth. Fans who visit booth #3919 have the opportunity to acquire an exclusive 11x17 poster of Tanya’s creation. With art by Mikel Harvey and coloring by Simon Gough, Lady Titan is posed and ready for battle. “The artwork is incredible. The lads really captured the spirit of what I want to convey with my character,” noted Tanya. Geekscape is awesome. It’s the hub of pop-culture and I’m very thrilled to be signing at their booth.”

To kick off her Comic Con weekend, Tanya will be taking part of a panel Thursday morning, July 18th. At 10:30am in room 8, everyone is invited to join Tanya as she represents FirstComicsNews.com and a mixture of industry experts for the “How to Get News Coverage (for Small Press)” panel. Tanya will discuss tactics in which small press publishers can attain media attention, as well as what media outlets look for in creating news pieces. Further information on the panel can be found here: http://sched.co/1246IaB

Thursday night Tanya will be hosting Hot Sexy Cosplay Live: An Erotic Costume Ball presented by Go Freak Media. On July 18, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Comic Con attendees are encouraged to slip into their sexiest superhero costumes and kick off the geek-tastic weekend in rockstar style. The party takes place at The Double Deuce located at 528 F Street in the San Diego Gaslamp district. Tickets for the Tanya Tate hosted Hot Sexy Cosplay Live: An Erotic Costume Ball can be purchased via http://hotsexycosplay.eventbrite.com.


Those who can’t make to San Diego Comic Con can check for Tanya at their international newsstands as the Liverpudlian is currently featured on cover of the Turkish FHM magazine. Tanya can be seen in a multi-page spread in the July issue, that provides an in-depth interview and several pages dedicated to her that include her sexiest cosplay costumes. More information on the Tanya Tate issue can be found here: http://fhmturkiye.com.

 


HGG Countdown To SDCC 2013: Dark Horse Brings Kazuo Koike to San Diego Comic-Con

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Hello Heroes!

Dark Horse has a special surprise in store for those of you going to San Diego Comic Con; they are bringing Lone Wolf and Cub creator Kazuo Koike to the show!

In celebrating their 25 years of publishing manga, are bringing the legendary creator to the event for a special signing appearance. Koike will be signing at the Dark Horse booth, #2615, Thursday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

It was recently announced at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles that Koike would be continuing the saga with New Lone Wolf and Cub.

The New Lone Wolf and Cub is an eleven-volume series that picks up right at the end of Lone Wolf and Cub—which left Itto Ogami’s son Daigoro on a blood-strewn battlefield. What will happen now to the young child with the gaze of shishoogan—the eyes of one who has come in from death, across countless scenes of slaughter?

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New Lone Wolf and Cub is coming in 2014, but until then you can enjoy the Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Vol. 1 which is available HERE.

Are you going to meet Kazuo Koike? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

See you at #SDCC!
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COMICS REVIEW: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1

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The King of Monsters roars.

I like Godzilla. While I’m not overly versed in the near sixty year history of the kaiju (Japanese giant monster) icon, I am familiar with the movies; I have many in my collection that I enjoy on a regular basis.

I’ve been aware of the previous books that IDW had been putting out and had some curiosity, but I never bit until now. The title for this new series alone is pretty irresistible; Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. So, this has been my first foray into Godzilla comics since the Marvel issues of the 70’s and I didn’t know quite what to expect. I also don’t know how much this series is tied into continuity (previous IDW series or the movies) but even only armed with the basics, I was able to jump in and go for the ride.

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Monstar Likes: The art in this comic was awesome. Matt Frank really knows how to go big. If this were a movie it would be pretty damn incredible. His Godzilla is spot-on. Chris Mowry keeps the story nice and tight, building up suspense as well as having fun it. There really isn’t a dull moment. The parts of Godzilla movies that kinda derailed my attention were the humans at ground level. But the characters crafted in this book are pretty damn interesting in their own right and I want to know what happens to them.

Monstar Dislikes: You know, I really didn’t find anything to dislike. Maybe a “story so far” paragraph on the splash page to get an indication where this fits, continuity-wise; in case I wanted to get some more background. But to be honest, it’s not a real necessity.

Monstar Verdict: After checking out this issue, I was very pleased. It’s a solid read. Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 is a really fun book and I look forward to the next issue. You don’t have to be a hardcore fan to dig this read, just know giant monsters are about to go head to head and you have a ring-side seat.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 is available now.

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VIDEO: The Wolverine Star Hugh Jackman's Free Comic Book Day Youtube Clip

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Today, May 4th, is Free Comic Book Day. Meaning, you head over to you LCBS (Local Comic Book Shop) and you can pick up a free comic. It's a really cool event that has been taking place the last decade. FCBD gives kids and opportunity to get into comics and also helps the comic book retailers by giving them exposure, opportunity to promote.

X-Men and The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman is supporting this endeavor and even made a video for it:

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NEWS: Thor The Dark World Comic Book Prelude Announced

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Get ready for the Thor sequel with a prelude comic book that bridges the gap between The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World. And may reveal some of the questions that have been begging for answers...like what was the dark matter that Odin had to conjure up to send Thor back to Earth and does that tie into the "Dark World".

From Marvel:
An all-new adventure leading you directly into the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster THOR: THE DARK WORLD! What happened to your favorite Asgardians between the events of THOR and THE AVENGERS? What comes next? Find out here!

Thor! Loki! Odin! Heimdall! Jane Foster! Sif! The Warriors Three! All this, brought to you by the powerhouse creative team of writers Craig Kyle (THOR: THE DARK WORLD executive producer) and Christopher Yost (THOR: THE DARK WORLD co-writer) and artist Scot Eaton (CAPTAIN AMERICA)!

Issue 1 hits comic shops on June 5th and issue 2 arrives on June 26th. Thor: The Dark World is set to be released on November 8, 2013

NEWS: Stan Lee Tweet Spoils Amazing Spider-man #700 Ending?

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Stan Lee was tweeting with current Spider-man writer Dan Slott on twitter in regards to shocking going ons in the latest Amazing Spider-Man comic book. If you don't know already...

SPOILER!

Doctor Octopus transferred his mind into the body of Spider-man, while putting Peter Parker's mind into his decrepit body....which dies.

Well,  Good 'ol Stan celebrates his 90th birthday on December 28th and tweeted this message to Dan:

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@DanSlott what a gift, some guys give a nice cigar, a watch, but no not you, I get a dead #PeterParker Thanks for the bday wishes my friend!

Stan should have made a spoiler alert (like the one I just did above) as he tweeted that revelation to his nearly half million followers who may not have had a chance to read the issue in question, Amazing Spider-man #700, LOL. In all fairness, many news sites had already been letting the cat out of the bag, as noted in Stan's tweet about MTV Geek's coverage.

Either way, Happy Birthday Stan! And good-bye Peter Parker.


COMICS: 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A Tribute To Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Xmas Day

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So yeah. My planned 12 day tribute to Luke Cage was only 6. Unfortunately, I just didn't have enough time to dedicate to it. Which sucks because there is such a wealth to the character that I would like to revisit a Power-Man tribute again in the future.

When I first thought about the project it was going to be just me posting some of the more iconic cover and comment on them, but then it just kinda grew because I wanted to write about the different aspects of the character.

So expect to be seeing the Hero For Hire here on this site.

Until then, here is more Luke.

Day 1 - Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #15
Day 2 - Amazing Spider-man #123
Day 3 - Power Man And Iron Fist #50
Day 4 - Luke Cage Action Figure
Day 5 - Merchandising of Luke Cage, Hero For Hire
Day 6  - The Costume Now


COMICS: 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A Tribute To Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Day 6

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Counting the 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A tribute to Luke Cage, Hero For Hire continues. See the rest right here

The Costume Now
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Luke Cage rocked the classic shiny yellow shirt, buccaneer boots and afro well into the 80's but alas, all good things must come to an end. Luke went through some "updates" that were "ok" I guess. I was not into them.

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I don't dig my superhero looking like he was a bouncer at one of the clubs. 

In what must have been the smartest move ever, they put ol' Mr. Cage back into a yellow shirt, slapped on some huge gauntlets and gave him a pretty bad ass new look. This guy looks like he can whoop some ass.
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While one can be nostalgic about the 70's, this is Power Man of the now. Go'on Luke, go get'em!


COMICS: 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A Tribute To Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Day 5

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Counting the 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A tribute to Luke Cage, Hero For Hire continues. See the rest right here


Merchandising of Luke Cage, Hero For Hire

Shockingly there has not been much in the way of cool things you could buy that showcase Power Man. Spider-man, you can find toothbrushes, soap dishes even a toilet seat cover. But what about Luke? Not a lot so let's cherish what we do have.

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A really cool Magnet - I actually have this on my refrigerator right now. Get one from the good people of Mega Mega Magnets. Classic Luke, fists up and ready to keep you from over snacking.

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T-shirts - There are a couple of Luke Cage T-shirts, but like all things Luke, they are far and few between. Oddly, I have not seen one for guys, just in women's sizes. The lovely Tanya Tate models one for us right here while holding some of the Funko POP figures she reviews on (plug) JustaLottaTanya.com

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Statues/Busts - Bowen has made a few solid pieces. Whether you are into the classic 70's look or the modern Cage, they take care of you.

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Christmas Ornament. A Sweet Christmas ornament.

But that's about it. Maybe in the future we'll see more of Mr. Cage. I'm not saying I need Power Man Toaster (because I already have a Spider-man one), though that would be cool. 
Amazing Spiderman Toaster


COMICS: 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A Tribute To Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Day 4

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Counting the 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A tribute to Luke Cage, Hero For Hire continues. SEE HERE for other entries


Luke Cage Action Figure

There have been a few Power Man action figures that have been produced over the years. Some are hit and some are miss, but it is cool that Luke has been given some love by the Marvel Toy gods.

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The first Power Man figure I had seen was the Marvel Gold one, which was pretty horrible. I mean, check out the thigh in relation to his head. What the hell were they thinking? I was never a Toy Biz fan and while I did dig the wide range of figures they produced, man, that is just horrible.

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The best representation of a Luke action figure is the Marvel Legends figure. The articulation on this cat is incredible. Even his fingers are articulated. The sculpt is awesome, just an all around solid figure.

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The second best Luke figure is the more recently released Marvel Universe 3 3/4 inch. This one came in a two-pack with Iron Fist which made this an easy buy. It really does not get better than this. I do want to note that Luke had a previous MU figure released, however it was of his more "modern" look. I'm not too big a fan of this one, as it just looks like some dude hanging out.

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A missed opportunity was made by Mego in the 70's. Power Man would have been a perfect character for their World's Greatest Heroes line, joining the likes of Captain America, Human Torch, The Falcon, Spider-man and Thor. While it didn't come to pass, some creative individuals have taken to customizing their own versions, like the one above. Pretty awesome, I hope to make one myself. (Luke Cage custom by megalomaniac001)

So while there is not an abundance of Cage figures, he has found some representation in the medium; Minimates even has a Marvel's Zombies version of Luke. One figure that really needs to get made and one that I am holding out for is a Power Man Super Hero Squad figure. Now that would be Sweet.


COMICS: 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A Tribute To Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Day 3

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Counting the 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A tribute to Luke Cage, Hero For Hire continues. See Day 1 Day 2.

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Power Man And Iron Fist #50
It says it right there on the cover; Beginning: A New Era of Greatness! And so it was for the next seventy-five issues. #50 marks the teaming up of Luke Cage and Danny Rand as Heroes For Hire. The striking cover images say it all, the heroes in vivid color rushing at you ready for action while in the background you get a glimpse of what they are going to be encountering; Gambling, the cops getting blasted, super powered bad guys, street crime and of course, hot babes. This issue marked an exciting new turn and perfectly captures the 70's vibe.


COMICS: 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A Tribute To Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Day 2

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Counting the 12 Days Of Sweet Christmas - A tribute to Luke Cage, Hero For Hire continues.

See Day 1 Here.


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Amazing Spider-man #123
Another bad ass cover that features Luke is Amazing Spider-man #123. You have to hand it to Luke, he comes in as a guest star for an issue and how does he make his debut? By handing the star back his ass on the cover. Luke sends Spider-man flying high above New York City. Though I have no idea what a "Strap-Hanger" type is.


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Luke Cage. He is a bad mother fucker. Created in the early 70's Luke busted on to the superhero scene in Marvel Comics' Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1. Who is this man who kicked ass in a gold shirt and silver tiara? Luke was a man who was locked up for a crime he did not commit. While in the joint, he went through an experiment that made his skin super strong as well as increasing his muscles abilities.

Unlike most heroes, Luke did not go in for the common good...well, at least not as first. He became a hero to get paid. After awhile he began teaming up with another 70's creation, martial arts master; Iron Fist. Together they formed Heroes For Hire. Since, Luke has gone on to join The Avengers.

One of Luke's catch phrases is "Sweet Christmas!" And so is the name of this tribute to one of comicdom's most badass superheroes. Welcome to the 12 Days of Sweet Christmas.
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Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #15
The cover is incredibly impactful. Our hero, Luke, is chained but not for long! As his past has come back to haunt him, it can't keep him down. And chained he may be....He's busting out! You can see the rage on Luke's face, this is it man. Things are going to go down. Great cover and my choice for number twelve.


COMICS: Marvel's Avengers Assemble #1-8 Review

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Not a bad start for this newer Avengers title.

In a sea of monthly Avengers titles this one caught my eye. While Avengers Assemble is 616 Universe proper, it really does cater to the Marvel Cinematic Universe crowd, which is actually kind of fun and a selling point for me.

A mad plan by Avengers movie post credit sequence star Thanos is set in motion as he tries to attain a "Cosmic Cube" for universal domination. The Avengers step in to save the day with an assist from the Guardians of the Galaxy. Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Black Widow do battle with baddies on earth and in space.

The story moves along briskly and we go from Avengers knocking around some Zodiac powered villains to a cosmic jaunt that involves the Guardians and Celestial entities. It's a fun read that works on several levels. Brian Michael Bendis is obviously well versed in the characters and does an amazing job in their interactions and keeping the humorous tone from the movie, while still staying within the Marvel U.

The art by Mark Bagley is incredible. Nice detail work. His Hulk is spot on, there is a lot of depth and it feels big, which is perfect for this arc.

I had a good time with this arc. Like I mentioned Avengers Assemble is a solid read for fans of the Marvel Movies and casual comic readers. It's also a nice Guardians of The Galaxy and Thanos primer, who will obviously be seen in future Marvel Movies, which is probably what it was intended for.