MTV Geek http://geek-news.mtv.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:28:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/27/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-fish/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/27/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-fish/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:00:23 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142527 dt-575

Friends and fellow geeks — We're shutting up shop and heading to the great arcade in the sky.

Our friends over at MTV News will provide continued coverage of ComicCon, your favorite geek movies, video games and more. Thanks to everyone for the great run.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Famous Internet Cat Lil BUB Geeks Out In This EXCLUSIVE Photo-Shoot And Interview! http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/lil-bub-mtv-geek-photo-shoot/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/lil-bub-mtv-geek-photo-shoot/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:00:17 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142316 _MG_9929

When you're a famous internet cat like Lil BUB, and you're in town for a short time, what's first on your agenda? Coming by the MTV Geek offices to dish about outer space, tattoos - and do a geektastic photo shoot, natch! Plus: what's it like to have your own book, movie, and TV show? AND what does she think about Miley Cyrus' twerktastic VMA performance hashtag controversial??? All this plus an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot:

Watch: Lil BUB Geeks Out With MTV

Check out some of our favorite Lil BUB poses below!

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Best Thing Ever of the Day: What Are The Chances Destiel Will Be Canon? http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/best-thing-ever-destiel/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/best-thing-ever-destiel/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:00:53 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142474 I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here - SPN season 9 preview

by Katherine Erlikh

Hi there. Are you an avid Destiel shipper? Are you hoping Dean Winchester and Castiel will just get on with it and kiss already? Do you wield your pen and paper to bring them together, again and again in most tragically fluffy ways possible? No? Okay, then this is probably not the post for you. However, if you are part of the navy that sails Destiel across the seven seas, this will probably be interesting for you. Here's a very unscientific statistical analysis of "Supernatural" fans and their outlook on the future of Destiel in season 9. Interested? Read on to learn all about it!

Tumblr user x-cetera performed this small experiment, and, while the sample size is far too small to be considered scientifically accurate, it is scientific enough to be interesting, and there's pie charts involved. The below charts display a selection of the responses provided by the subjects of the informal study, and contrasts them with the ages, sexual orientations and tendency to prefer canon or slash ships. There is also a helpful chart predicting when the majority of people think Destiel will become canon, and, more importantly whether it will become canon. For more insights, you should check out the original tumblr post.

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/best-thing-ever-destiel/feed/ 0 I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here - SPN season 9 preview by Katherine Erlikh Hi there. Are you an avid Destiel shipper? Are you hoping Dean Winchester and Castiel will just get on with it and kiss already? Do you wield your pen and paper to bring them together, again and again in most tragically fluffy ways possible? No? Okay, then this is probably not the post for you. However, if you are part of the navy that sails Destiel across the seven seas, this will probably be interesting for you. Here's a very unscientific statistical analysis of "Supernatural" fans and their outlook on the future of Destiel in season 9. Interested? Read on to learn all about it! Tumblr user x-cetera performed this small experiment, and, while the sample size is far too small to be considered scientifically accurate, it is scientific enough to be interesting, and there's pie charts involved. The below charts display a selection of the responses provided by the subjects of the informal study, and contrasts them with the ages, sexual orientations and tendency to prefer canon or slash ships. There is also a helpful chart predicting when the majority of people think Destiel will become canon, and, more importantly whether it will become canon. For more insights, you should check out the original tumblr post. tumblr_msvlkv56lQ1rqmpeyo2_500 tumblr_msvlkv56lQ1rqmpeyo1_500 tumblr_msvlkv56lQ1rqmpeyo4_r2_500 tumblr_msvlkv56lQ1rqmpeyo5_r3_1280 tumblr_msvlkv56lQ1rqmpeyo3_r2_500 ]]> 9/26/13 5:00pm EST
Geek Tweet Recap: Two Sirs Live Long and Prosper with Play-Doh http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/geek-tweet-recap-two-sirs-live-long-and-prosper-with-play-doh/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/geek-tweet-recap-two-sirs-live-long-and-prosper-with-play-doh/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:36:49 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142443 BVBplobCIAATs8u

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Welcome to the Geek Tweet Recap, where we bring you the best tidbits from your favorite geek personalities.

Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen continue to document their adventures around New York. We continue to baffle at how Professor X and Magneto are friends.

Important life advice from Jane Espenson:

  Eragon is 10 years old! Anyone else suddenly feel ancient?

  Leonard Nimoy rocked out his LLAP shirt, which is conveniently available for purchase here. Please join the rest of us in throwing your money at your computer screen.

Well that explains why the cereal tastes like cardboard.

  All of the OUaT cast members continue to torture waiting fans by performing an extraordinarily well-coordinated Twitter campaign. You evil people you.

The real question here is whether or not they gave Karen Gillan coloring books and finger paints as well. We'd want coloring books and finger paints.

  Here, have a NASA launch! Because space is cool.

We don't know about you, but we're starting to ship Wil Wheaton/Burrito. Now accepting applications for an official ship name. Wilrrito?

  We were both saddened and a little terrified by this tweet from Maggie Q:

  Please accept this adorable picture of Jared Padalecki and his son Thomas. You're welcome.

There you have it, all: Wednesday, September 25th, summed up in geek tweets! Check back tomorrow for more of your favorite geeky celebs, media personalities, and groups sounding off in 140 characters or less.

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By Amber Lena Welcome to the Geek Tweet Recap, where we bring you the best tidbits from your favorite geek personalities. Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen continue to document their adventures around New York. We continue to baffle at how Professor X and Magneto are friends. Important life advice from Jane Espenson:   Eragon is 10 years old! Anyone else suddenly feel ancient?   Leonard Nimoy rocked out his LLAP shirt, which is conveniently available for purchase here. Please join the rest of us in throwing your money at your computer screen. Well that explains why the cereal tastes like cardboard.   All of the OUaT cast members continue to torture waiting fans by performing an extraordinarily well-coordinated Twitter campaign. You evil people you. The real question here is whether or not they gave Karen Gillan coloring books and finger paints as well. We'd want coloring books and finger paints.   Here, have a NASA launch! Because space is cool. We don't know about you, but we're starting to ship Wil Wheaton/Burrito. Now accepting applications for an official ship name. Wilrrito?   We were both saddened and a little terrified by this tweet from Maggie Q:   Please accept this adorable picture of Jared Padalecki and his son Thomas. You're welcome. There you have it, all: Wednesday, September 25th, summed up in geek tweets! Check back tomorrow for more of your favorite geeky celebs, media personalities, and groups sounding off in 140 characters or less. ]]>
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Disney Asks The Oatmeal To Consult On 'Tomorrowland' http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/disney-asks-the-oatmeal-to-consult-on-tomorrowland/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/disney-asks-the-oatmeal-to-consult-on-tomorrowland/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:00:44 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142438 Nikola-Tesla-seated

File this under "a mile of suspicion," "likely PR stunt," and "guess work by one Tesla superfan."

Recently, webcomic creator, noted litigator, and noted Tesla-ologist The Oatmeal (AKA Matthew Inman) was invited by Disney to their Burbank studio to consult on their upcoming film "Tomorrowland." The Brad Bird-directed film--which was teased during Disney's D23 event--involves a lost city of misfit scientists including Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Think "BioShock" for kids.

Anyway, during his visit, which Inman details on his blog, it seems he saw enough to become at least partially convinced that Disney was using him as shore up ideas for a Tesla film.

As I said before, we didn't talk about the movie. Instead, they asked me a bunch of questions about Nikola Tesla. They asked what Tesla was doing in Colorado, and if he'd ever conducted experiments at Mineral King. They asked if Tesla belonged to an organization called "Plus Ultra", and if it was possible for him to have met Walt Disney.

It is interesting that Disney brought Inman out to consult on the film which should be deep in production for its December 2014 release. Inman wonders breathlessly if this is the prelude to the "Tomorrowland" movie, but in all likelihood, it's probable that the studio wants someone out there talking about Tesla, who provides some of the back matter for the science fantasy.

It seems odd to fly me down to California just to spend twenty minutes answering a bunch of (mostly) implausible questions and looking at a bunch of fake and/or real memorabilia.

Quite right. What this could point to is a larger role for Tesla in the very secretive "Tomorrowland" than has been previously hinted at. Inman, who clarifies that he's by no means an expert on the scientist, is nonetheless one of the noted inventor's biggest champions.

"Tomorrowland" was directed by Brad Bird from a script by Bird, Jeff Jensen, and Damon Lindelof. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Judy Greer are set to star.

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/disney-asks-the-oatmeal-to-consult-on-tomorrowland/feed/ 0 Nikola-Tesla-seated File this under "a mile of suspicion," "likely PR stunt," and "guess work by one Tesla superfan." Recently, webcomic creator, noted litigator, and noted Tesla-ologist The Oatmeal (AKA Matthew Inman) was invited by Disney to their Burbank studio to consult on their upcoming film "Tomorrowland." The Brad Bird-directed film--which was teased during Disney's D23 event--involves a lost city of misfit scientists including Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Think "BioShock" for kids. Anyway, during his visit, which Inman details on his blog, it seems he saw enough to become at least partially convinced that Disney was using him as shore up ideas for a Tesla film.
As I said before, we didn't talk about the movie. Instead, they asked me a bunch of questions about Nikola Tesla. They asked what Tesla was doing in Colorado, and if he'd ever conducted experiments at Mineral King. They asked if Tesla belonged to an organization called "Plus Ultra", and if it was possible for him to have met Walt Disney.
It is interesting that Disney brought Inman out to consult on the film which should be deep in production for its December 2014 release. Inman wonders breathlessly if this is the prelude to the "Tomorrowland" movie, but in all likelihood, it's probable that the studio wants someone out there talking about Tesla, who provides some of the back matter for the science fantasy.
It seems odd to fly me down to California just to spend twenty minutes answering a bunch of (mostly) implausible questions and looking at a bunch of fake and/or real memorabilia.
Quite right. What this could point to is a larger role for Tesla in the very secretive "Tomorrowland" than has been previously hinted at. Inman, who clarifies that he's by no means an expert on the scientist, is nonetheless one of the noted inventor's biggest champions. "Tomorrowland" was directed by Brad Bird from a script by Bird, Jeff Jensen, and Damon Lindelof. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Judy Greer are set to star. ]]>
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The Daily Geek: CSI Gotham, Thor and Need For Speed Trailers, and Get In Loser, We're Going to Mars http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/the-daily-geek-csi-gotham-thor-and-need-for-speed-trailers-and-get-in-loser-were-going-to-mars/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/the-daily-geek-csi-gotham-thor-and-need-for-speed-trailers-and-get-in-loser-were-going-to-mars/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:00:13 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142444 Welcome to MTV Geek's daily round-up of all things GEEK from the weird, wild world of the web! Got a cool link? Share it with us on Twitter at twitter.com/mtvgeek!

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by Katherine Erlikh

Welcome to the Daily Geek! Have your towels handy, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

Breaking news, dear readers - there is going to be a police drama set in pre-Batman Gotham and centered around Commissioner Gordon, and it's going to be... we don't actually know what it's going to be like, so we won't waste space on unnecessary superlatives, but we will tell you what we know so far - it's been greenlit. The announcement accidentally happened to arrive a little while after the MTV Splashpage team fancasted a theoretical "Gotham Central" TV series.

In other, completely unrelated news, we now suspect the MTV Splashpage team to be moderately gifted with fortune-telling abilities, and implore them to tweet the next week's lotto numbers at us.

If you're looking for five good reasons to watch this show that was only greenlit like, yesterday, we have them. All five of them. You're welcome.

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If you are a fan of "Bloodshot and the HARD Corps", you'll want to check out this interview with co-author Christos Gage. There's pretty pictures too, if you're not fond of reading. Of course, if you're not fond of reading, then why are you reading this... now?

In case you missed it, we're trying out a new thing on MTV Geek, and by "we" we mainly mean "a random and unfortunate supervillain" and by "thing" we mean "weekly geek art roundup or something". Do you, your friends, family members, next door neighbors or the cat from down the hall have amazing artistic abilities and a deep love for nerd art? Send us links to their work; we're generally found on Twitter.

Also, while we're here, can we just take a moment to talk about how intensely brilliant and awesome and flawless Felicia Day is, because she is totally all of those things and more. Also, here's a thing about her in Forbes. It's worth a read even if you're one of those people who doesn't like reading. We're still not sure what you're doing here if you are, there's not nearly enough pretty pictures to retain you as a captive audience.

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Did you know there's going to be a "Need for Speed" movie? Did you know there's a new trailer? If there isn't at least one variation of the main protagonist's car that has hot pink rims, dragons on the hood and a neon green spoiler like mine had, and if there isn't a sequence where the car just slowly starts rotating in midair and starts changing features, I will be sorely disappointed.

Another movie with a new trailer out is "Thor: The Dark World" which has been releasing trailers faster than Destiel shippers have been releasing gifsets of Dean and Castiel staring into each other's eyes from within the bowels of the "Supernatural" fandom. You can watch it here... the trailer that is. Do you really need links to those gifsets? We'd share them with you, but we're too busy reblogging them to do that. #SorryNotSorry

Just how much money would have Marvel made if it released the "Agents of SHIELD" pilot as a movie? Apparently, a lot. That Skye chick is seriously annoying though - I personally would pay $99 million just to never hear her speak again.

If you are quite done sobbing because of some things related to fireflies and serenities, there's a new sheriff in town. Actually, there's a new sheriff on the planet. That's right, the CW are making a space western with a tough, bamf lady sheriff, and it's set in the first colony on Mars. Sexy.

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That covers things for today, everyone! So long, and thanks for all the fish!

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/26/the-daily-geek-csi-gotham-thor-and-need-for-speed-trailers-and-get-in-loser-were-going-to-mars/feed/ 0 Welcome to MTV Geek's daily round-up of all things GEEK from the weird, wild world of the web! Got a cool link? Share it with us on Twitter at twitter.com/mtvgeek! gary_oldman_batman by Katherine Erlikh Welcome to the Daily Geek! Have your towels handy, it's going to be a bumpy ride! Breaking news, dear readers - there is going to be a police drama set in pre-Batman Gotham and centered around Commissioner Gordon, and it's going to be... we don't actually know what it's going to be like, so we won't waste space on unnecessary superlatives, but we will tell you what we know so far - it's been greenlit. The announcement accidentally happened to arrive a little while after the MTV Splashpage team fancasted a theoretical "Gotham Central" TV series. In other, completely unrelated news, we now suspect the MTV Splashpage team to be moderately gifted with fortune-telling abilities, and implore them to tweet the next week's lotto numbers at us. If you're looking for five good reasons to watch this show that was only greenlit like, yesterday, we have them. All five of them. You're welcome. MUST READ VALIANT_BLOODSHOT If you are a fan of "Bloodshot and the HARD Corps", you'll want to check out this interview with co-author Christos Gage. There's pretty pictures too, if you're not fond of reading. Of course, if you're not fond of reading, then why are you reading this... now? In case you missed it, we're trying out a new thing on MTV Geek, and by "we" we mainly mean "a random and unfortunate supervillain" and by "thing" we mean "weekly geek art roundup or something". Do you, your friends, family members, next door neighbors or the cat from down the hall have amazing artistic abilities and a deep love for nerd art? Send us links to their work; we're generally found on Twitter. Also, while we're here, can we just take a moment to talk about how intensely brilliant and awesome and flawless Felicia Day is, because she is totally all of those things and more. Also, here's a thing about her in Forbes. It's worth a read even if you're one of those people who doesn't like reading. We're still not sure what you're doing here if you are, there's not nearly enough pretty pictures to retain you as a captive audience. needforspeedthemovie Did you know there's going to be a "Need for Speed" movie? Did you know there's a new trailer? If there isn't at least one variation of the main protagonist's car that has hot pink rims, dragons on the hood and a neon green spoiler like mine had, and if there isn't a sequence where the car just slowly starts rotating in midair and starts changing features, I will be sorely disappointed. Another movie with a new trailer out is "Thor: The Dark World" which has been releasing trailers faster than Destiel shippers have been releasing gifsets of Dean and Castiel staring into each other's eyes from within the bowels of the "Supernatural" fandom. You can watch it here... the trailer that is. Do you really need links to those gifsets? We'd share them with you, but we're too busy reblogging them to do that. #SorryNotSorry Just how much money would have Marvel made if it released the "Agents of SHIELD" pilot as a movie? Apparently, a lot. That Skye chick is seriously annoying though - I personally would pay $99 million just to never hear her speak again. If you are quite done sobbing because of some things related to fireflies and serenities, there's a new sheriff in town. Actually, there's a new sheriff on the planet. That's right, the CW are making a space western with a tough, bamf lady sheriff, and it's set in the first colony on Mars. Sexy. mars That covers things for today, everyone! So long, and thanks for all the fish! ]]> 9/26/13 10:00am EST
Best Thing Ever of the Day: Tohka Yatogami Cosplay http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/best-thing-ever-of-the-day-tohka-yatogami-cosplay/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/best-thing-ever-of-the-day-tohka-yatogami-cosplay/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:00:49 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142340 tohka_yatogami_from_date_a_live_cosplay_by_yukigodbless-d6kpqnj

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BEHOLD! A lovely cosplay of Tohka Yatogami from the post-apocalyptic anime and graphic novel "Date A Live" has crossed my dash today, and I thought you really needed to see it, because it's lovely. Not that I know anything about the series, mind you - I don't. I just thought the editing on the photos and the costume design were very well done. The cosplayer is Deviantart user Yuki Godbless. Even if you know nothing about the series, you should totally stare at these photos for a while and appreciate the work that's gone into them, because they're gorgeous. See more photos below the cut!

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Geek Art Wednesday: Dragons, Loki, and Sleepy Hollow http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/geek-art-wednesday-dragons-loki-and-sleepy-hollow/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/geek-art-wednesday-dragons-loki-and-sleepy-hollow/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:00:05 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142424 Welcome to MTV Geek's weekly roundup of the best fanart we've spotted! Seen a great geek artwork? Share it with us on Twitter at twitter.com/mtvgeek!

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by Katherine Erlikh

We're kind of going to try a new thing here today - a weekly post dedicated to awesome, geeky artwork, because I find way too much of it and half of it never gets the attention it deserves. So,  sit back, relax, and let your eyeballs be caressed by stunning visuals and pretty drawings.

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The above  fantastic beasts were found on Tumblr. They are the work of Francesca Wellborn, and are part of a series of beasts inspired by semi-precious jewels.

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This one is a photo from Dinah Fried's "Famous Meals from Literature" photo series. "Alice in Wonderland" is clearly the best!

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It seems that recently, Pokelock (Pokemon and Sherlock crossover) has become a new thing. This fanart shows John Watson with Arcanine and was posted by aiwa-sensei on Tumblr.

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And, oh, look. It's Daenerys, the mother of dragons herself, in living color. This is a painting done by DeviantArt user Paul Renaud. Dragons are awesome.

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This Lady Loki art nouveau piece by Deviantart user SoaringAmber needs to get into my art print collection sometime yesterday. I am throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening, why?

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Bloodseeker from DOTA 2 by Deviantart user doneplay. Isn't it so dynamic?

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If you haven't started watching FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" yet, you need to start. It's so good. Ichabod is so sassy, I love him. Also, the above fanart for the show? Also good. It's by DeviantArt user EdenBenton and also needs to join my art print collection. Like, now. Thanks.

That's about it for this week - if you see good stuff, send it our way!

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/geek-art-wednesday-dragons-loki-and-sleepy-hollow/feed/ 0 Welcome to MTV Geek's weekly roundup of the best fanart we've spotted! Seen a great geek artwork? Share it with us on Twitter at twitter.com/mtvgeek! tumblr_mt8ogr9mG61ss92r1o1_500 by Katherine Erlikh We're kind of going to try a new thing here today - a weekly post dedicated to awesome, geeky artwork, because I find way too much of it and half of it never gets the attention it deserves. So,  sit back, relax, and let your eyeballs be caressed by stunning visuals and pretty drawings. tumblr_mt8ogr9mG61ss92r1o4_500 The above  fantastic beasts were found on Tumblr. They are the work of Francesca Wellborn, and are part of a series of beasts inspired by semi-precious jewels. tumblr_msr5p53e5f1s3wwu1o5_500 This one is a photo from Dinah Fried's "Famous Meals from Literature" photo series. "Alice in Wonderland" is clearly the best! tumblr_mnki76aSOF1rcbqu4o1_1280 It seems that recently, Pokelock (Pokemon and Sherlock crossover) has become a new thing. This fanart shows John Watson with Arcanine and was posted by aiwa-sensei on Tumblr. tumblr_msaocpouDI1qb57azo1_500 And, oh, look. It's Daenerys, the mother of dragons herself, in living color. This is a painting done by DeviantArt user Paul Renaud. Dragons are awesome. lady_loki_art_nouveau_by_soaringamber-d6nskhg This Lady Loki art nouveau piece by Deviantart user SoaringAmber needs to get into my art print collection sometime yesterday. I am throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening, why? bloodseeker_by_doneplay-d6nteh1 Bloodseeker from DOTA 2 by Deviantart user doneplay. Isn't it so dynamic? sleepyhollow1x01_web_by_edenbenton-d6nkxco If you haven't started watching FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" yet, you need to start. It's so good. Ichabod is so sassy, I love him. Also, the above fanart for the show? Also good. It's by DeviantArt user EdenBenton and also needs to join my art print collection. Like, now. Thanks. That's about it for this week - if you see good stuff, send it our way! -- Follow @MTVGeek on Twitter and be sure to "like" us on Facebook for the best geek news about comics, toys, gaming and more! And, be sure to follow Katherine on Twitter - @ThreeChicGeeks - where she tweets and blogs and sometimes makes pterodactyl sounds with fellow MTV Geek bloggers Amber and Cecelia.]]> 9/25/13 5:00pm EST
Jamal Igle Creates A Hero For All Ages With Molly Danger! [Interview] http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/jamal-igle-molly-danger-interview/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/jamal-igle-molly-danger-interview/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:00:10 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142374 MTVG-MollyDheader

In late 2012, renowned artist Jamal Igle conducted a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund production of Molly Danger, an original creator-owned all-ages superhero graphic novel.  Now, one year later, Igle has partnered with publisher Action Lab Entertainment (publisher of such acclaimed kid-friendly titles as Princeless and Skyward), and is preparing for the wide release of Molly Danger Vol. 1 – so we jumped at the chance to speak with him about this book, his inspirations, and his plans for the future.

MTV Geek: So right off the bat, for our readers who may not be familiar with her yet, who IS Molly Danger?

Jamal Igle: Molly is the world’s most powerful 10-year-old superhero. Operating out of the formerly sleepy town of Coopersville, New York (just up the transit on the Metro North), She’s a superhumanly strong force for good. Molly has been protecting the citizens of Coopersville for the last 20 years…

Wait…did I say TWENTY YEARS???

Yes, Molly only looks and acts like a 10-year-old girl, when in fact she’s nearly 30 years old. The world at large has been told all we know.. Molly is an alien form a planet called Gamma 7, whose ship crashed on Earth in a freak accident. Trapped, with no way to return to her people, Molly works with the members of Danger’s Action Response Team (or D.A.R.T. for short). Incredibly powerful, and possibly immortal, Molly protects Coopersville form a team of cybernetically enhanced villains called Supermechs.??However, while Molly is a beloved champion of good and loved by people worldwide, he world is not an entirely happy one. She doesn’t have a secret identity, or any friends of her own. She’s kept in near constant isolation by D.A.R.T. and not allowed to fraternize with their members. Molly is looking for a life outside of being a superhero.

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Geek: Why an all-ages book?  Why this story, and why now?

Igle: I wanted to create a book that harkened back to the types of comics I enjoyed reading when I was a young comics fan. When I was reading comics back in the 1980’s I was a fan of the Post crisis Superman books and Chris Claremont’s run on the X-men, Giffen and Dematteis on Justice League, that sort of thing. They were books that dealt serious subjects including murder, racism, sadomasochism, international politics, but they way they were handled made them accessible for readers of any age.
When I was at D.C. Comics, I had the opportunity to work on Supergirl for two years with a talented writer named Sterling Gates. While I was working on the series I had the opportunity to speak to and communicate online with many female fans, both women and young girls. It really helped me shape how I wanted to approach Molly’s story.

I wanted to create a book that I wasn’t seeing on the stands, one that my daughter would want to read. I wanted to create a book that parents and kids could read together.

For me, Molly has become almost a backlash against the gradually darkening tone that a lot of superhero comics. I began to think about it in terms of younger readers, particularly female readers. What was the story I wanted to ultimately tell? One about a strong, capable young girl with real emotions.  A hero who didn’t need to be attached to the hip of an older male hero to be seen as viable.

Geek: Was this an idea you had in the works for a long time?  Were there many revisions between the initial conception, and the final version of the story and characters?

Igle: I originally created Molly with the help of my friend Rich Maurizio back in 2001 as a possible animation pitch. Back then, Molly was much more ambiguous, her power set and her world were not as fleshed out. D.A.R.T. was always a part of the story, but Molly had a secret identity and was jumping between dimensions. The Supermechs have remained pretty much the same as well as Molly Herself visually but the current version of the story is much different than what I originally wrote back then. The original story was much more cynical and satirical and I think a lot of that is that was based on my inexperience as a person. I was writing from a much different place then. I’m much more focused and centered as a person and I think it shows in the book.

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Geek: What is it about this project that demanded you step away from the grind of turning out work for other publishers, and setting out on your own?

Igle: When I ended my exclusive contract with D.C. I found myself at a creative crossroad. I was trying to figure out what the next phase of my career was going to be. I was busy, working, but a bit unhappy. Was I going to continue to be an “Art shark”, moving from project to project, hoping not to drown? One of the difficult parts of being an in demand artist was that I had very few opportunities to prove myself as a writer. I knew that I wanted to do something, but I wasn’t sure what. It really was divine providence actually. I had several ideas for projects, but Molly was the one I kept coming back to as being the right project to tackle.

Geek: Is this your first creator-owned work?

Igle: No, actually I also co-created a series called Venture with writer Jay Faeber (Noble Causes, Dynamo 5, Near Death) for Image Comics back in 2003. That series ran 4 issues and was a buddy action comedy about a super being whom tabloid reporter blackmails into becoming a costumed hero.

Geek: Tell us a little about your experience running the Kickstarter campaign for the book…  Was this a one-man operation, or did you have anyone assisting with the day-to-day of fundraising and spreading the word?  Were there unforeseen difficulties?  Would you do it the same way again, if you had to do it over?

Igle: The opportunity of taking a project to Kickstarter to secure funding was too great to pass up.
I had to put my fears aside to do it. I didn’t take anything for granted and worked on the campaign for months before I launched. No one was more surprised that I got the funding, and I will be eternally grateful. I ran the campaign myself, handled all the social media, PR and marketing for the campaign. I was doing this, while working on full time doing comics work. The only thing I would have done differently is carved out a month of time to just handle the campaign and not be distracted by other work. It got to be a very heavy load everyday. It was the most stressed I’d been in quite some time.

Geek: And how did you end up partnering with Action Lab for the release?

Igle: As soon as I made the decision to go to Kickstarter, I knew I wanted to take Molly to A.L.E.. I’ve been friends with the principals of Action Lab since before there was an Action Lab. I pledged to their Fracture campaign on Kickstarter, saw the quality of the books and knew I wanted to help them move forward as a company. I just thought that whatever attention my name draws from comics fans would help boost Action Lab’s profile as a publisher.

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Geek: The D.A.R.T. ID cards are a particularly wonderful piece of merchandising/promotion…  How did you come up with that idea?

Igle: I just love that kind of stuff. Again, going back to being an old school comics fan, I remember when Marvel would give out Avengers I.D. cards at comic shops. I loved the idea of creating a fan club that kids could, eventually be a part of and I thought that as an incentive it would be a small, inexpensive piece that people would love to have.

Geek: Are there any particular creators or works you'd cite as inspiring your work on this book?

Igle: James Robinson and Paul Smith’s “Leave it to Chance”, Todd Dezago and the late Mike Wieringo’s “Tellos” are probably the biggest influences, but I’d be remised if I didn’t mention Jeff Smith’s “Bone” and “Nexus” by Mike Baron and Steve Rude.

Geek: And are there any other All-Ages titles or creators out there that you'd especially recommend?

Igle: Wow, so many, people like Raina Telgemeier, Katie Cook, Paul Storrie , Love and Capes by Thom Zahler, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, Cooper by Kaz Kibiushi, Princeless by Jeremy Whitley, Skyward by Jeremy Dale, and Missle Mouse by Jake Parker are great examples.

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Geek: Is 'Molly Danger' planned as a finite story, or are you simply having fun creating, setting up the characters and the world and seeing where they take you?

Igle: I consider the first four books the “origin” of Molly Danger, or who Molly will become. After that, the sky really is the limit.

Geek: Now that Volume 1 is hitting shelves, what's next on your agenda?

Igle: Well, New York Comic-Con is going to be our official launch event. We’re having a party of JHU Comic books on 32nd Street, Saturday October 12th from 9 pm-12 am. That’s being sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, Strathmore paper, and Artograph. I’ll be doing panels all week and you can get more details at my website.

I’ll also be attending  Superhero Weekend in Flemington, N.J. on October 5th, Detroit Fanfare on October 26th and 27th, and NC Comic-Con on November 9th and 10th. I do have other projects coming up, including drawing issue #9 of G.I. Joe Special Missions, and a soon to be announced miniseries.

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Geek: And lastly…  Without dropping too many spoilers, any hints about what's next for Molly?

Igle: Like I said before, this series is going to be about self-discovery and there are hints to where things are going at the end of book one. We’ll learn who is behind everything, what they’re connection to Molly is and how things will proceed as going forward. I’m excited about Molly, and I hope to be creating her adventures for a long, long time.

Molly Danger Volume 1 hits comic shops in mid-October.

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/jamal-igle-molly-danger-interview/feed/ 0 MTVG-MollyDheader In late 2012, renowned artist Jamal Igle conducted a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund production of Molly Danger, an original creator-owned all-ages superhero graphic novel.  Now, one year later, Igle has partnered with publisher Action Lab Entertainment (publisher of such acclaimed kid-friendly titles as Princeless and Skyward), and is preparing for the wide release of Molly Danger Vol. 1 – so we jumped at the chance to speak with him about this book, his inspirations, and his plans for the future. MTV Geek: So right off the bat, for our readers who may not be familiar with her yet, who IS Molly Danger? Jamal Igle: Molly is the world’s most powerful 10-year-old superhero. Operating out of the formerly sleepy town of Coopersville, New York (just up the transit on the Metro North), She’s a superhumanly strong force for good. Molly has been protecting the citizens of Coopersville for the last 20 years… Wait…did I say TWENTY YEARS??? Yes, Molly only looks and acts like a 10-year-old girl, when in fact she’s nearly 30 years old. The world at large has been told all we know.. Molly is an alien form a planet called Gamma 7, whose ship crashed on Earth in a freak accident. Trapped, with no way to return to her people, Molly works with the members of Danger’s Action Response Team (or D.A.R.T. for short). Incredibly powerful, and possibly immortal, Molly protects Coopersville form a team of cybernetically enhanced villains called Supermechs.??However, while Molly is a beloved champion of good and loved by people worldwide, he world is not an entirely happy one. She doesn’t have a secret identity, or any friends of her own. She’s kept in near constant isolation by D.A.R.T. and not allowed to fraternize with their members. Molly is looking for a life outside of being a superhero. MOLLYDANGER_01_27INK_colors_revised_small Geek: Why an all-ages book?  Why this story, and why now? Igle: I wanted to create a book that harkened back to the types of comics I enjoyed reading when I was a young comics fan. When I was reading comics back in the 1980’s I was a fan of the Post crisis Superman books and Chris Claremont’s run on the X-men, Giffen and Dematteis on Justice League, that sort of thing. They were books that dealt serious subjects including murder, racism, sadomasochism, international politics, but they way they were handled made them accessible for readers of any age. When I was at D.C. Comics, I had the opportunity to work on Supergirl for two years with a talented writer named Sterling Gates. While I was working on the series I had the opportunity to speak to and communicate online with many female fans, both women and young girls. It really helped me shape how I wanted to approach Molly’s story. I wanted to create a book that I wasn’t seeing on the stands, one that my daughter would want to read. I wanted to create a book that parents and kids could read together. For me, Molly has become almost a backlash against the gradually darkening tone that a lot of superhero comics. I began to think about it in terms of younger readers, particularly female readers. What was the story I wanted to ultimately tell? One about a strong, capable young girl with real emotions.  A hero who didn’t need to be attached to the hip of an older male hero to be seen as viable. Geek: Was this an idea you had in the works for a long time?  Were there many revisions between the initial conception, and the final version of the story and characters? Igle: I originally created Molly with the help of my friend Rich Maurizio back in 2001 as a possible animation pitch. Back then, Molly was much more ambiguous, her power set and her world were not as fleshed out. D.A.R.T. was always a part of the story, but Molly had a secret identity and was jumping between dimensions. The Supermechs have remained pretty much the same as well as Molly Herself visually but the current version of the story is much different than what I originally wrote back then. The original story was much more cynical and satirical and I think a lot of that is that was based on my inexperience as a person. I was writing from a much different place then. I’m much more focused and centered as a person and I think it shows in the book. MOLLYDANGER_01_31INK_colors_small Geek: What is it about this project that demanded you step away from the grind of turning out work for other publishers, and setting out on your own? Igle: When I ended my exclusive contract with D.C. I found myself at a creative crossroad. I was trying to figure out what the next phase of my career was going to be. I was busy, working, but a bit unhappy. Was I going to continue to be an “Art shark”, moving from project to project, hoping not to drown? One of the difficult parts of being an in demand artist was that I had very few opportunities to prove myself as a writer. I knew that I wanted to do something, but I wasn’t sure what. It really was divine providence actually. I had several ideas for projects, but Molly was the one I kept coming back to as being the right project to tackle. Geek: Is this your first creator-owned work? Igle: No, actually I also co-created a series called Venture with writer Jay Faeber (Noble Causes, Dynamo 5, Near Death) for Image Comics back in 2003. That series ran 4 issues and was a buddy action comedy about a super being whom tabloid reporter blackmails into becoming a costumed hero. Geek: Tell us a little about your experience running the Kickstarter campaign for the book…  Was this a one-man operation, or did you have anyone assisting with the day-to-day of fundraising and spreading the word?  Were there unforeseen difficulties?  Would you do it the same way again, if you had to do it over? Igle: The opportunity of taking a project to Kickstarter to secure funding was too great to pass up. I had to put my fears aside to do it. I didn’t take anything for granted and worked on the campaign for months before I launched. No one was more surprised that I got the funding, and I will be eternally grateful. I ran the campaign myself, handled all the social media, PR and marketing for the campaign. I was doing this, while working on full time doing comics work. The only thing I would have done differently is carved out a month of time to just handle the campaign and not be distracted by other work. It got to be a very heavy load everyday. It was the most stressed I’d been in quite some time. Geek: And how did you end up partnering with Action Lab for the release? Igle: As soon as I made the decision to go to Kickstarter, I knew I wanted to take Molly to A.L.E.. I’ve been friends with the principals of Action Lab since before there was an Action Lab. I pledged to their Fracture campaign on Kickstarter, saw the quality of the books and knew I wanted to help them move forward as a company. I just thought that whatever attention my name draws from comics fans would help boost Action Lab’s profile as a publisher. MOLLYDANGER_01_32INK_colors_small Geek: The D.A.R.T. ID cards are a particularly wonderful piece of merchandising/promotion…  How did you come up with that idea? Igle: I just love that kind of stuff. Again, going back to being an old school comics fan, I remember when Marvel would give out Avengers I.D. cards at comic shops. I loved the idea of creating a fan club that kids could, eventually be a part of and I thought that as an incentive it would be a small, inexpensive piece that people would love to have. Geek: Are there any particular creators or works you'd cite as inspiring your work on this book? Igle: James Robinson and Paul Smith’s “Leave it to Chance”, Todd Dezago and the late Mike Wieringo’s “Tellos” are probably the biggest influences, but I’d be remised if I didn’t mention Jeff Smith’s “Bone” and “Nexus” by Mike Baron and Steve Rude. Geek: And are there any other All-Ages titles or creators out there that you'd especially recommend? Igle: Wow, so many, people like Raina Telgemeier, Katie Cook, Paul Storrie , Love and Capes by Thom Zahler, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, Cooper by Kaz Kibiushi, Princeless by Jeremy Whitley, Skyward by Jeremy Dale, and Missle Mouse by Jake Parker are great examples. MOLLYDANGER_01_34INK_colors_revised_small Geek: Is 'Molly Danger' planned as a finite story, or are you simply having fun creating, setting up the characters and the world and seeing where they take you? Igle: I consider the first four books the “origin” of Molly Danger, or who Molly will become. After that, the sky really is the limit. Geek: Now that Volume 1 is hitting shelves, what's next on your agenda? Igle: Well, New York Comic-Con is going to be our official launch event. We’re having a party of JHU Comic books on 32nd Street, Saturday October 12th from 9 pm-12 am. That’s being sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, Strathmore paper, and Artograph. I’ll be doing panels all week and you can get more details at my website. I’ll also be attending  Superhero Weekend in Flemington, N.J. on October 5th, Detroit Fanfare on October 26th and 27th, and NC Comic-Con on November 9th and 10th. I do have other projects coming up, including drawing issue #9 of G.I. Joe Special Missions, and a soon to be announced miniseries. Molly_Book_1_5pre Geek: And lastly…  Without dropping too many spoilers, any hints about what's next for Molly? Igle: Like I said before, this series is going to be about self-discovery and there are hints to where things are going at the end of book one. We’ll learn who is behind everything, what they’re connection to Molly is and how things will proceed as going forward. I’m excited about Molly, and I hope to be creating her adventures for a long, long time. Molly Danger Volume 1 hits comic shops in mid-October. -- Follow @MTVGeek on Twitter and be sure to "like" us on Facebook for the best geek news about comics, toys, gaming and more! And follow @djpatrickareed for more!]]> 9/25/13 4:00pm EST
Christos Gage On January's Action Packed 'Bloodshot' Arc And Bart Sears' Return To Valiant [Interview] http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/christos-gage-bloodshot-interview/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/christos-gage-bloodshot-interview/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:00:21 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142352 MUST READ VALIANT_BLOODSHOT

Valiant Comics will meld the best of old and new next January, when 'Bloodshot And The H.A.R.D. Corps' authors Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart are joined for a very special two-issue story by one of the artists most identified with Valiant's 1990s heyday, the legendary Bart Sears.  We spoke to co-writer Gage about this upcoming storyline, his creative process, working with Sears, and some other related topics...  And we've teamed with our friends at Valiant to give MTV Geek readers an exclusive first look at Lewis Larosa's alternate cover to 'Bloodshot And The H.A.R.D. Corps' #18, the complete solicitation info for that same issue, and some previously unseen interior art for next month's #15.  (And for the sake of reference and reminiscing, we've also thrown in one of Sears' classic 90s pages from X-O Manowar.)

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MTV Geek: You and Joshua Dysart have just taken over as co-writers with the issue that shipped last week…  How does that collaborative process work?

Christos Gage: Usually Josh and I will get together and talk about the larger story, giving us an excuse to drink beer in the middle of the day and write off the bar tab. I’ll write the first draft, then he takes a pass. Then we’ll have a conference call with Warren and Alejandro – arranging those is like herding cats – and further drafts we handle as needed, usually with whoever’s got room in their schedule addressing given changes. Josh is a research fiend – the man prepared for UNKNOWN SOLDIER by going to war-torn Africa on his own dime – whereas I’m more of the “It’s Uru metal! It’s magic!” school, combined with judicious use of search engines. So he usually brings the cool real world science in, as well as making sure the underlying workings of psiots and the various Valiant Universe corporate entities all work with what he’s been setting up in Harbinger.

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Geek: And are you heading into this book with a long-term plan in place, or are you just unleashing your imaginations and seeing where things lead?

Gage: There is definitely a long-term plan in place. We’re approaching this like a season of a cable TV show, like Breaking Bad or Game Of Thrones. Things are just going to escalate.

Geek: This 'GET SOME' story arc in issues #18 and #19 is set in the Middle East, and has all sorts of potential political undertones – Bloodshot working for an massive oil company will mean he's not acting in the best interests of "the common people", I'll wager?

Gage: Bloodshot is aware that Project Rising Spirit is hardly a humanitarian organization. He has his own reasons for cooperating, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to like it…or stay with the program. But in situations like these, there are often no good guys, and the “common people” you mention are usually the ones who get the short end of the stick.

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Geek: How would you describe the tone of this arc?

Gage: Definitely action-packed, but with elements that will freak you out. And paranoia and corruption and chaos. An ‘80’s-‘90’s action movie combined with a ‘70’s paranoid thriller, all infected by John Carpenter’s THE THING.

Geek: And as for the title of the arc: "GET SOME"?  Is it just a good catch phrase, or does it actually reflect the content?

Gage: It’s both a term that’s used going into a war zone, referring to confirmed kills, as well as a catch phrase often used by action heroes. We’re being a bit facetious in that, with the premise and setup, it could appear like this is a straightforward action-fest, but with me and Josh at the helm, it’s inevitably going to take some weird and subversive turns.

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Geek: As for the suspicious "older, scrappier superhuman soldier" mentioned in the solicitation, will this be a new character, or a re-imagining of someone from Valiant's storied history?

Gage: The latter. Whenever possible we like to use names and characters from the classic days of Valiant – I was reading back then! But they’re always going to have a new spin on them.

Geek: Jumping off of that, there's another link to Valiant's past in this arc: the return of 90s-era superstar Bart Sears! How did he end up working with you for this story?

Gage: You’d have to ask Warren…when he says “Bart Sears” I just say, “Hell, yeah!” And try to think of ways to get cyborg dinosaurs into the story.

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Geek: So, how much does knowing who the artist is affect the story you write?  Are you shifting things around or telling the story in a different way with Bart's strengths in mind?

Gage: It always helps to know who your artist is going to be, though realistically, that’s not always possible. When it is, it’s great. You want to play to their strengths and give them stuff they’ll enjoy drawing. If the entire issue is the guys sitting around a table talking, I’ve done something wrong. I’ll probably go for fewer panels per page than with Emanuela – although we are really making an effort to give readers a meaty story, and Bart has done plenty of great looking six-panel pages – and look for opportunities to just let him cut loose. And, needless to say, action is the word of the day. But like all great artists, Bart is a master storyteller, and the action has to resonate. Hopefully it will. It’s nice knowing you don’t have to worry about the art…but it puts pressure on you to deliver a good story!

Geek: And without revealing too much, is there anything in particular readers should keep an eye out for over the next few months, in order to prepare ourselves for this storyline?

Gage: After spending a dozen-odd issues fighting to get away from Project Rising Spirit, readers might be surprised to see Bloodshot fighting on their behalf. He’s not one to talk too much about his motives, so see if you can figure out why he’s doing what he’s doing. And, as always with H.A.R.D. Corps, there’s the question of whether there’ll be casualties…

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BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #18 (NEW ARC)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE and JOSHUA DYSART
Art by BART SEARS
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by CULLY HAMNER

MUST READ VALIANT! All-new arc, all-new jumping-on point! "GET SOME!" starts here!

Bloodshot and the expendable commandos of H.A.R.D. Corps face off against a network of terrorist saboteurs in the heart of the Persian Gulf! But as Bloodshot digs into the multinational oil conglomerate that's signing his paychecks, he'll soon find himself confronted by the complex truth behind the terror – and face-to-face with an older, scrappier, more grizzled generation of superhuman soldier from the glory days of proxy wars and state-sponsored assassination.

Start reading here when comics legend Bart Sears comes on board for a two-part action epic pitting Valiant's 21st century shock troops against the first wave of superhuman specialists!

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/christos-gage-bloodshot-interview/feed/ 0 MUST READ VALIANT_BLOODSHOT Valiant Comics will meld the best of old and new next January, when 'Bloodshot And The H.A.R.D. Corps' authors Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart are joined for a very special two-issue story by one of the artists most identified with Valiant's 1990s heyday, the legendary Bart Sears.  We spoke to co-writer Gage about this upcoming storyline, his creative process, working with Sears, and some other related topics...  And we've teamed with our friends at Valiant to give MTV Geek readers an exclusive first look at Lewis Larosa's alternate cover to 'Bloodshot And The H.A.R.D. Corps' #18, the complete solicitation info for that same issue, and some previously unseen interior art for next month's #15.  (And for the sake of reference and reminiscing, we've also thrown in one of Sears' classic 90s pages from X-O Manowar.) BSCORPS_018_COVER_HAMNER MTV Geek: You and Joshua Dysart have just taken over as co-writers with the issue that shipped last week…  How does that collaborative process work? Christos Gage: Usually Josh and I will get together and talk about the larger story, giving us an excuse to drink beer in the middle of the day and write off the bar tab. I’ll write the first draft, then he takes a pass. Then we’ll have a conference call with Warren and Alejandro – arranging those is like herding cats – and further drafts we handle as needed, usually with whoever’s got room in their schedule addressing given changes. Josh is a research fiend – the man prepared for UNKNOWN SOLDIER by going to war-torn Africa on his own dime – whereas I’m more of the “It’s Uru metal! It’s magic!” school, combined with judicious use of search engines. So he usually brings the cool real world science in, as well as making sure the underlying workings of psiots and the various Valiant Universe corporate entities all work with what he’s been setting up in Harbinger. BSCORPS_015_001 Geek: And are you heading into this book with a long-term plan in place, or are you just unleashing your imaginations and seeing where things lead? Gage: There is definitely a long-term plan in place. We’re approaching this like a season of a cable TV show, like Breaking Bad or Game Of Thrones. Things are just going to escalate. Geek: This 'GET SOME' story arc in issues #18 and #19 is set in the Middle East, and has all sorts of potential political undertones – Bloodshot working for an massive oil company will mean he's not acting in the best interests of "the common people", I'll wager? Gage: Bloodshot is aware that Project Rising Spirit is hardly a humanitarian organization. He has his own reasons for cooperating, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to like it…or stay with the program. But in situations like these, there are often no good guys, and the “common people” you mention are usually the ones who get the short end of the stick. BSCORPS_015_002 Geek: How would you describe the tone of this arc? Gage: Definitely action-packed, but with elements that will freak you out. And paranoia and corruption and chaos. An ‘80’s-‘90’s action movie combined with a ‘70’s paranoid thriller, all infected by John Carpenter’s THE THING. Geek: And as for the title of the arc: "GET SOME"?  Is it just a good catch phrase, or does it actually reflect the content? Gage: It’s both a term that’s used going into a war zone, referring to confirmed kills, as well as a catch phrase often used by action heroes. We’re being a bit facetious in that, with the premise and setup, it could appear like this is a straightforward action-fest, but with me and Josh at the helm, it’s inevitably going to take some weird and subversive turns. BSCORPS_015_003 Geek: As for the suspicious "older, scrappier superhuman soldier" mentioned in the solicitation, will this be a new character, or a re-imagining of someone from Valiant's storied history? Gage: The latter. Whenever possible we like to use names and characters from the classic days of Valiant – I was reading back then! But they’re always going to have a new spin on them. Geek: Jumping off of that, there's another link to Valiant's past in this arc: the return of 90s-era superstar Bart Sears! How did he end up working with you for this story? Gage: You’d have to ask Warren…when he says “Bart Sears” I just say, “Hell, yeah!” And try to think of ways to get cyborg dinosaurs into the story. XO_bart-seras-classic_002 Geek: So, how much does knowing who the artist is affect the story you write?  Are you shifting things around or telling the story in a different way with Bart's strengths in mind? Gage: It always helps to know who your artist is going to be, though realistically, that’s not always possible. When it is, it’s great. You want to play to their strengths and give them stuff they’ll enjoy drawing. If the entire issue is the guys sitting around a table talking, I’ve done something wrong. I’ll probably go for fewer panels per page than with Emanuela – although we are really making an effort to give readers a meaty story, and Bart has done plenty of great looking six-panel pages – and look for opportunities to just let him cut loose. And, needless to say, action is the word of the day. But like all great artists, Bart is a master storyteller, and the action has to resonate. Hopefully it will. It’s nice knowing you don’t have to worry about the art…but it puts pressure on you to deliver a good story! Geek: And without revealing too much, is there anything in particular readers should keep an eye out for over the next few months, in order to prepare ourselves for this storyline? Gage: After spending a dozen-odd issues fighting to get away from Project Rising Spirit, readers might be surprised to see Bloodshot fighting on their behalf. He’s not one to talk too much about his motives, so see if you can figure out why he’s doing what he’s doing. And, as always with H.A.R.D. Corps, there’s the question of whether there’ll be casualties… BSCORPS_018_PULLBOX_LAROSA BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #18 (NEW ARC) Written by CHRISTOS GAGE and JOSHUA DYSART Art by BART SEARS Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN Pullbox Exclusive Variant by LEWIS LAROSA Variant Cover by CULLY HAMNER MUST READ VALIANT! All-new arc, all-new jumping-on point! "GET SOME!" starts here! Bloodshot and the expendable commandos of H.A.R.D. Corps face off against a network of terrorist saboteurs in the heart of the Persian Gulf! But as Bloodshot digs into the multinational oil conglomerate that's signing his paychecks, he'll soon find himself confronted by the complex truth behind the terror – and face-to-face with an older, scrappier, more grizzled generation of superhuman soldier from the glory days of proxy wars and state-sponsored assassination. Start reading here when comics legend Bart Sears comes on board for a two-part action epic pitting Valiant's 21st century shock troops against the first wave of superhuman specialists! -- Follow @MTVGeek on Twitter and be sure to "like" us on Facebook for the best geek news about comics, toys, gaming and more! And follow @djpatrickareed for more!]]> 9/25/13 3:00pm EST
Five Reasons We'll Want To Watch Jim Gordon In 'Gotham' http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/five-reasons-well-want-to-watch-jim-gordon-in-gotham/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/five-reasons-well-want-to-watch-jim-gordon-in-gotham/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:30:28 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142380 ku-bigpic

With the news that Fox is fast-tracking "Gotham," a drama based on the Batman-less adventures of a younger Jim Gordon, we thought we'd look at some reasons why Gotham's top cop will be fascinating to watch--even without the Caped Crusader around.

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He's been there since the beginning

As much as we may grouse about a "Gotham" without Batman, Commissioner Gordon has been there since the very beginning, springing up in the first appearance of everyone's favorite billionaire vigilante with "Detective Comics" #27. He's already established in the very first panel as a member of the GCPD and one of the good guys, to boot. How strange and dangerous was that city before Batman showed up on the scene? And more importantly, what kind of cop would stick around and do everything in his power to keep it safe from the dirty cops and gangsters ruling it?

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His son might be a psycho killer

This is a pretty new piece of backstory for Gordon, introduced in the New 52 continuity. Jim and Barbara's son, James Jr., has been around for a while in the comics, but in recent years, over in Scott Snyder's "The Black Mirror" storyline and onward, Gordon's first child has received retcon making the young man responsible for at least one murder before being shipped off the Arkham for rehabilitation for his tendency to torture and kill animals.

And it kind of makes sense, in a gross way: he's a child of Gotham, born just after Barbara and James move from Chicago, and it would be fascinating to watch how the city's top cop deals with a brilliant criminal of his own making.

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He's got woman troubles

Jim Gordon's a great cop, a pretty good father and a so-so husband. It's the first thing on that list that makes him not so great at the last, sacrificing his mind, time, and energy on cleaning up Gotham, while leaving his marriage in shambles (first wife Barbara succumbs to alcoholism not too long after their move to the troubled city and kidnapping of their son, James). Later, he's torn between his wife and fellow officer Sarah Essen, who he'll one day marry (and not too long after that, their daughter, the other Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl).

This brings up an interesting question: will "Gotham"-era Jim Gordon be married? I could see Fox opting to go the single cop approach with Gordon, allowing them to opportunity to build his relationship with either Barbara or Sarah (or Barbara and later, Sarah) throughout the series.

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He won't put up with dirty cops

Sure, he might pal around with a leather-suit wearing vigilante, but other than that, Jim's a pretty incorruptible cop. Frank Miller underlines this in "Batman: Year One," showing how Jim refuses to go on the take along with the other rank-and-file officers of the GCPD. His tenacity and refusal to turn over for dirty cops and politicians is what got him transferred out of Chicago in the first place.

Do you see what happens to the one good cop character in shows like "The Shield?" Or "Breaking Bad?" Yeah, every week we're going to have to watch Gordon contend with threats from both within the force as well as the criminal they're trying to apprehend. And even clean cops might look at Gordon as a rat, fearful that their new commissioner is out to get them.

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Batgirl Begins

It's hard to imagine the version of Jim Gordon being portrayed in "Gotham" will even have a daughter, but if she's old enough, we might get to see the genesis of one of Gotham's heroes. It's easy to forget that Barbara wasn't just inspired to fight crime by Batman, but by her father, a dedicated, tireless defender of law and order in the city. If she makes it into "Gotham" (and if she's old enough to have an impact on the story), fans might get a chance to see how her father's mission becomes Barbara's.

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/five-reasons-well-want-to-watch-jim-gordon-in-gotham/feed/ 0 ku-bigpic With the news that Fox is fast-tracking "Gotham," a drama based on the Batman-less adventures of a younger Jim Gordon, we thought we'd look at some reasons why Gotham's top cop will be fascinating to watch--even without the Caped Crusader around. Detective-Comics-Vol.-1-27-1939 He's been there since the beginning As much as we may grouse about a "Gotham" without Batman, Commissioner Gordon has been there since the very beginning, springing up in the first appearance of everyone's favorite billionaire vigilante with "Detective Comics" #27. He's already established in the very first panel as a member of the GCPD and one of the good guys, to boot. How strange and dangerous was that city before Batman showed up on the scene? And more importantly, what kind of cop would stick around and do everything in his power to keep it safe from the dirty cops and gangsters ruling it? James_Gordon_065 His son might be a psycho killer This is a pretty new piece of backstory for Gordon, introduced in the New 52 continuity. Jim and Barbara's son, James Jr., has been around for a while in the comics, but in recent years, over in Scott Snyder's "The Black Mirror" storyline and onward, Gordon's first child has received retcon making the young man responsible for at least one murder before being shipped off the Arkham for rehabilitation for his tendency to torture and kill animals. And it kind of makes sense, in a gross way: he's a child of Gotham, born just after Barbara and James move from Chicago, and it would be fascinating to watch how the city's top cop deals with a brilliant criminal of his own making. Batman-Vol.-1-407-1987-1024x622 He's got woman troubles Jim Gordon's a great cop, a pretty good father and a so-so husband. It's the first thing on that list that makes him not so great at the last, sacrificing his mind, time, and energy on cleaning up Gotham, while leaving his marriage in shambles (first wife Barbara succumbs to alcoholism not too long after their move to the troubled city and kidnapping of their son, James). Later, he's torn between his wife and fellow officer Sarah Essen, who he'll one day marry (and not too long after that, their daughter, the other Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl). This brings up an interesting question: will "Gotham"-era Jim Gordon be married? I could see Fox opting to go the single cop approach with Gordon, allowing them to opportunity to build his relationship with either Barbara or Sarah (or Barbara and later, Sarah) throughout the series. BatmanYearOne_02 He won't put up with dirty cops Sure, he might pal around with a leather-suit wearing vigilante, but other than that, Jim's a pretty incorruptible cop. Frank Miller underlines this in "Batman: Year One," showing how Jim refuses to go on the take along with the other rank-and-file officers of the GCPD. His tenacity and refusal to turn over for dirty cops and politicians is what got him transferred out of Chicago in the first place. Do you see what happens to the one good cop character in shows like "The Shield?" Or "Breaking Bad?" Yeah, every week we're going to have to watch Gordon contend with threats from both within the force as well as the criminal they're trying to apprehend. And even clean cops might look at Gordon as a rat, fearful that their new commissioner is out to get them. Batgirlanimated Batgirl Begins It's hard to imagine the version of Jim Gordon being portrayed in "Gotham" will even have a daughter, but if she's old enough, we might get to see the genesis of one of Gotham's heroes. It's easy to forget that Barbara wasn't just inspired to fight crime by Batman, but by her father, a dedicated, tireless defender of law and order in the city. If she makes it into "Gotham" (and if she's old enough to have an impact on the story), fans might get a chance to see how her father's mission becomes Barbara's. ]]> 9/25/13 2:30pm EST
Comic Book Pull-List: 'Zero', 'Battle Of The Atom', 'Century West' And Steranko's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Reviewed http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/comic-book-pull-list-zero-battle-of-the-atom-century-west-and-sterankos-s-h-i-e-l-d-reviewed/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/comic-book-pull-list-zero-battle-of-the-atom-century-west-and-sterankos-s-h-i-e-l-d-reviewed/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:01:22 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142395 MTVG-Zero

Welcome back to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List, where we look at the best new releases to hit comic shops, and point you at the books you should be reading.

It's a rather hectic time around Geek Review HQ, and as we brace ourselves for the onset of colder weather, we've been snowed under by a massive amount of incredible comics...  So in an attempt to catch up and point out some wonderful things you may have missed, we're taking a quick look at some books released over the last couple weeks by Marvel and Image Comics.

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Zero #1 (written by Ales Kot, illustrated by Michael Walsh, colored by Jordie Bellaire, published by Image Comics)

The first issue of Ales Kot and Michael Walsh's Zero opens with a single-page prelude, then accelerates headlong into a high-tension story of combat and espionage, piling on events and action without giving readers a moment to catch their breath.  The story is set in a near-future Middle East, where spy supreme Edward Zero is on an undercover mission to retrieve a top-secret weapon – but unfortunately, the weapon is implanted in the chest of a genetically enhanced terrorist, and said terrorist is wreaking havoc in the middle of a war zone.

Kot tells this tale in a direct and clear manner, keeping the tempo brisk and establishing characters in quick bursts of dialogue and action.  Walsh's lines are sparse, sketchy and precise, falling somewhere between Alex Toth's minimalism and Paul Pope's ink-crusted fluidity.  And Jordie Bellaire does her usual spectacular job of applying color, controlling the mood and adding form to the proceedings.  In all, it's a pretty spectacular debut issue; an energetic introduction to concepts and cast members, a thrillingly high-stakes cloak-and-dagger yarn, and a gripping tale of a world where technology has advanced, but military operations remain much the same.

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Uncanny X-Men #12 – 'Battle Of The Atom' Part 4 (written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Chris Bachalo, published by Marvel Comics)

Battle Of The Atom is an immense time-twisting cast-of-thousands X-Men crossover, which makes it fairly review-proof to much of the comic-reading public: fans of Marvel's mutants will buy it no matter what people say about it, and any criticism I level will be disregarded.

However, I'm not writing this review for the people who are already buying the book.  I'm writing it for the casual comic readers, the people who, like myself, read reviews to discover if a story is any good and if they should go out of their way to check it out.

And this is a comic that's totally worth your time.  It's not just another X-event of diminishing returns, it's a genuine whirlwind of action, double-fake plot twists, and flat-out good storytelling.  This issue includes plenty of nods to past events, but doesn't hinge on knowledge of what's gone before – it simply builds off established history, and uses that foundation to create something new, making itself accessible to new and seasoned fans alike.  Four chapters into the crossover, I have no idea where the plot is going, and rather than trying to figure it out, I'm holding on tight and enjoying the ride.  Chris Bachalo's art is packed with detail and personality, Brian Bendis' dialogue is terse and clever as ever, and the story is smart, exciting, and packed with all the fun and energy that one could want in a superhero comic.

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Century West (by Howard Chaykin, published by Image Comics)

Century West is a graphic novel originally created for the European market,  a cowboy yarn set in an era when old met new, and the mythical world of the Wild West was met by the encroaching 'new west' of motor cars and motion pictures.  It's a story that, in typical Chaykin fashion, gleefully skewers all manner of sensitive issues, and torpedoes any trace of political correctness from the get-go – and coming from a creator with a reputation of pushing the envelope, it's transgressive in a safe, almost comforting way, firing off ethnic slurs and offensive language in all directions, slandering everyone equally.

It's not a perfect work by any means…  The subject is deep enough that it screams out for a wider canvas, and seems a bit cramped when condensed into a single slim volume.  The dialogue is a little stilted at times, the transitions somewhat choppy, and I had some trouble keeping characters straight (accentuated by some really lousy placement of dialogue balloons) – but Chaykin's idiosyncratic vision and unmatched visual sense are well in evidence.  This is not a book I'd recommend to everyone (and it's not for those who are easily offended), but even Chaykin's minor works are worth careful study – he's one of the true masters of the comic book form, and despite some small flaws, these pages are packed with compelling ideas and rough-hewn inspiration.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection (by Jim Steranko, published by Marvel Comics)
Jim Steranko's Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. stories are held in high esteem by generations of comic fans, and it's easy to see why – in the three years he worked on the series, Steranko pulled techniques from advertising, pop art, print design, and film, invented an entirely new style of graphic storytelling and filled his stories with mind-blowing concepts, space-age technology, and nonstop globe-hopping action.  He made SHIELD into a major force in the Marvel Universe, introduced a number of vital characters, unveiled concepts that are still being explored today (in comics, film, and TV), and established a standard of innovation and excitement that has never been equalled.
And now, after being absent from the market for too long, Marvel has finally reprinted Steranko's entire run of super-spy yarns in a single handsome volume.  The art has been carefully restored, there's a healthy selection of bonus material included in the back (including covers, sketches, and other rarities), and the stories themselves are as vital and intoxicating as the day they were first published.  It's an essential purchase for anyone who loves astounding concepts, pulse-pounding action, and eye-popping visuals…in fact, anyone who loves comic books.

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Follow @MTVGeek on Twitter and be sure to "like" us on Facebook for the best geek news about comics, toys, gaming and more! And follow @djpatrickareed for more!

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/comic-book-pull-list-zero-battle-of-the-atom-century-west-and-sterankos-s-h-i-e-l-d-reviewed/feed/ 0 MTVG-Zero Welcome back to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List, where we look at the best new releases to hit comic shops, and point you at the books you should be reading. It's a rather hectic time around Geek Review HQ, and as we brace ourselves for the onset of colder weather, we've been snowed under by a massive amount of incredible comics...  So in an attempt to catch up and point out some wonderful things you may have missed, we're taking a quick look at some books released over the last couple weeks by Marvel and Image Comics. MTVG-ZeroCloonan Zero #1 (written by Ales Kot, illustrated by Michael Walsh, colored by Jordie Bellaire, published by Image Comics) The first issue of Ales Kot and Michael Walsh's Zero opens with a single-page prelude, then accelerates headlong into a high-tension story of combat and espionage, piling on events and action without giving readers a moment to catch their breath.  The story is set in a near-future Middle East, where spy supreme Edward Zero is on an undercover mission to retrieve a top-secret weapon – but unfortunately, the weapon is implanted in the chest of a genetically enhanced terrorist, and said terrorist is wreaking havoc in the middle of a war zone. Kot tells this tale in a direct and clear manner, keeping the tempo brisk and establishing characters in quick bursts of dialogue and action.  Walsh's lines are sparse, sketchy and precise, falling somewhere between Alex Toth's minimalism and Paul Pope's ink-crusted fluidity.  And Jordie Bellaire does her usual spectacular job of applying color, controlling the mood and adding form to the proceedings.  In all, it's a pretty spectacular debut issue; an energetic introduction to concepts and cast members, a thrillingly high-stakes cloak-and-dagger yarn, and a gripping tale of a world where technology has advanced, but military operations remain much the same. MTVG-UXM12 Uncanny X-Men #12 – 'Battle Of The Atom' Part 4 (written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Chris Bachalo, published by Marvel Comics) Battle Of The Atom is an immense time-twisting cast-of-thousands X-Men crossover, which makes it fairly review-proof to much of the comic-reading public: fans of Marvel's mutants will buy it no matter what people say about it, and any criticism I level will be disregarded. However, I'm not writing this review for the people who are already buying the book.  I'm writing it for the casual comic readers, the people who, like myself, read reviews to discover if a story is any good and if they should go out of their way to check it out. And this is a comic that's totally worth your time.  It's not just another X-event of diminishing returns, it's a genuine whirlwind of action, double-fake plot twists, and flat-out good storytelling.  This issue includes plenty of nods to past events, but doesn't hinge on knowledge of what's gone before – it simply builds off established history, and uses that foundation to create something new, making itself accessible to new and seasoned fans alike.  Four chapters into the crossover, I have no idea where the plot is going, and rather than trying to figure it out, I'm holding on tight and enjoying the ride.  Chris Bachalo's art is packed with detail and personality, Brian Bendis' dialogue is terse and clever as ever, and the story is smart, exciting, and packed with all the fun and energy that one could want in a superhero comic. MTVG-CenturyWest Century West (by Howard Chaykin, published by Image Comics) Century West is a graphic novel originally created for the European market,  a cowboy yarn set in an era when old met new, and the mythical world of the Wild West was met by the encroaching 'new west' of motor cars and motion pictures.  It's a story that, in typical Chaykin fashion, gleefully skewers all manner of sensitive issues, and torpedoes any trace of political correctness from the get-go – and coming from a creator with a reputation of pushing the envelope, it's transgressive in a safe, almost comforting way, firing off ethnic slurs and offensive language in all directions, slandering everyone equally. It's not a perfect work by any means…  The subject is deep enough that it screams out for a wider canvas, and seems a bit cramped when condensed into a single slim volume.  The dialogue is a little stilted at times, the transitions somewhat choppy, and I had some trouble keeping characters straight (accentuated by some really lousy placement of dialogue balloons) – but Chaykin's idiosyncratic vision and unmatched visual sense are well in evidence.  This is not a book I'd recommend to everyone (and it's not for those who are easily offended), but even Chaykin's minor works are worth careful study – he's one of the true masters of the comic book form, and despite some small flaws, these pages are packed with compelling ideas and rough-hewn inspiration. MTVG-SHEILDbySteranko S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection (by Jim Steranko, published by Marvel Comics) Jim Steranko's Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. stories are held in high esteem by generations of comic fans, and it's easy to see why – in the three years he worked on the series, Steranko pulled techniques from advertising, pop art, print design, and film, invented an entirely new style of graphic storytelling and filled his stories with mind-blowing concepts, space-age technology, and nonstop globe-hopping action.  He made SHIELD into a major force in the Marvel Universe, introduced a number of vital characters, unveiled concepts that are still being explored today (in comics, film, and TV), and established a standard of innovation and excitement that has never been equalled. And now, after being absent from the market for too long, Marvel has finally reprinted Steranko's entire run of super-spy yarns in a single handsome volume.  The art has been carefully restored, there's a healthy selection of bonus material included in the back (including covers, sketches, and other rarities), and the stories themselves are as vital and intoxicating as the day they were first published.  It's an essential purchase for anyone who loves astounding concepts, pulse-pounding action, and eye-popping visuals…in fact, anyone who loves comic books. -- Follow @MTVGeek on Twitter and be sure to "like" us on Facebook for the best geek news about comics, toys, gaming and more! And follow @djpatrickareed for more!]]> 9/25/13 2:01pm EST
Grab Your Head Key And Look Inside Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Creative Process In 'Locke & Key' Unlocked, Part 2 http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/locke-and-key-unlocked-part2/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/locke-and-key-unlocked-part2/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:00:38 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142337 locke-and-key-alpha2-575

Earlier this year, Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez met in Miami to work together, in person, on the ending of their award-winning, critically acclaimed comic series Locke and Key... For the first time ever. We were lucky enough to capture the moment(s) on camera, and can now share them with you - as well as a look into the creative process that makes their collaboration unique. And don't miss Part 1!

Watch: "Locke & Key Unlocked, Part 2

'Locke & Key' will draw to a close in October at IDW after a successful five year run, pitting one family against a house of mystery, a set of keys, and one evil entity who wants it all. The series was nearly adapted into a television series before ultimately getting picked up for as a feature film by Universal Pictures.

Creator Joe Hill's novel 'Horns' was recently adapted into a film from 'High Tension' and 'Piranha' director Alexandre Aja with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead; his novel 'NOS4A2' is on shelves now.

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/locke-and-key-unlocked-part2/feed/ 0 locke-and-key-alpha2-575 Earlier this year, Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez met in Miami to work together, in person, on the ending of their award-winning, critically acclaimed comic series Locke and Key... For the first time ever. We were lucky enough to capture the moment(s) on camera, and can now share them with you - as well as a look into the creative process that makes their collaboration unique. And don't miss Part 1! [mtvn_player vid="959050" autoplay="true"]

Watch: "Locke & Key Unlocked, Part 2

'Locke & Key' will draw to a close in October at IDW after a successful five year run, pitting one family against a house of mystery, a set of keys, and one evil entity who wants it all. The series was nearly adapted into a television series before ultimately getting picked up for as a feature film by Universal Pictures. Creator Joe Hill's novel 'Horns' was recently adapted into a film from 'High Tension' and 'Piranha' director Alexandre Aja with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead; his novel 'NOS4A2' is on shelves now. ]]>
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Delve Into the Secrets Of 'Locke & Key' Unlocked, Part 1 http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/locke-and-key-unlocked-part1/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/locke-and-key-unlocked-part1/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:00:20 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142330 locke-key-cover-06-575

'Locke & Key' has almost wound its way to a close at IDW and we've got series creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez - as well as editor Chris Ryall - on hand to explain some of the mysteries of the long-running comic as it goes out with a bang - and be warned, there's major spoilers for the series so far. And don't miss Part 2!

Watch: "Locke & Key Unlocked, Part 1

The series follows a family reeling from a recent tragedy who move into the Keyhouse--a mysterious structure which is home to a collection of mystical keys sought by an evil entity which will stop at nothing to get them. Hill co-created the five-year-old series with artist Gabriel Rodriguez. The series will come to a close on October 30th with the release of 'Locke & Key: Alpha #2'.

"Locke & Key" is currently in development as a feature film at Universal. You can check out more about the series at IDW's mini-site.

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http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/locke-and-key-unlocked-part1/feed/ 0 locke-key-cover-06-575 'Locke & Key' has almost wound its way to a close at IDW and we've got series creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez - as well as editor Chris Ryall - on hand to explain some of the mysteries of the long-running comic as it goes out with a bang - and be warned, there's major spoilers for the series so far. And don't miss Part 2! [mtvn_player vid="959055" autoplay="true"]

Watch: "Locke & Key Unlocked, Part 1

The series follows a family reeling from a recent tragedy who move into the Keyhouse--a mysterious structure which is home to a collection of mystical keys sought by an evil entity which will stop at nothing to get them. Hill co-created the five-year-old series with artist Gabriel Rodriguez. The series will come to a close on October 30th with the release of 'Locke & Key: Alpha #2'. "Locke & Key" is currently in development as a feature film at Universal. You can check out more about the series at IDW's mini-site. ]]>
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Geek Tweet Recap: Wigs, Bananas, and a Couple of Ians http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/geek-tweet-recap-wigs-bananas-and-a-couple-of-ians/ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/09/25/geek-tweet-recap-wigs-bananas-and-a-couple-of-ians/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:30:22 +0000 http://geek-news.mtv.com/?p=142366 It's real but it's not.

It's real but it's not.

Image belongs to Karen Gillan (@KarenGillan2)

By Amber Lena

Welcome to the daily Geek Tweet Recap, where we bring you the best geeky tweets from the past 24 hours.

This just in! Tom Hiddleston enjoys getting smacked around by Natalie Portman. We can't say we blame him.

 

Little-known fact: the folks over at Geek & Sundry are actually all very accomplished poets.

 

  We all may have an actual a friend crush on Jewel Staite.

 

 Time to break out the spandex, kids. Kevin Tran Osric Chau invited everyone to hit the gym with him! This can only end in hilarity and awesomeness.

 

Karen Gillan may or may not own a wig made from her own pre-shaved head hair. Spoiler alert: she does.

 

 

Anders had dinner with Mal, fueling a billion crossover fan fics. They were joined by Trucco's wife, Sonya Blade. Mortal Firestar? Battlefly Kombat?

 

Night Vale wants to push the boundaries of your mind and destroy your soul. Incidentally, if you aren't listening to Welcome to Night Vale yet, you should probably get on that.

 

As it turns out, the Evil Queen is actually adorable. Shh, don't tell the rest of Storybrooke.

 

Magneto hung out with members of the NY Fire Department, like the class act that he is.

 

Speaking of Ians who do good things, Condé Nast Traveler honored Ian Somerhalder for doing good things.

 

And that's Tuesday, September 24th, summed up in geek tweets! Check back tomorrow for more of your favorite geeky celebs, media personalities, and groups sounding off in 140 characters or less.

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Follow @MTVGeek on Twitter and be sure to "like" us on Facebook for the best geek news about comics, toys, gaming and more!

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By Amber Lena Welcome to the daily Geek Tweet Recap, where we bring you the best geeky tweets from the past 24 hours. This just in! Tom Hiddleston enjoys getting smacked around by Natalie Portman. We can't say we blame him.   Little-known fact: the folks over at Geek & Sundry are actually all very accomplished poets.     We all may have an actual a friend crush on Jewel Staite.    Time to break out the spandex, kids. Kevin Tran Osric Chau invited everyone to hit the gym with him! This can only end in hilarity and awesomeness.   Karen Gillan may or may not own a wig made from her own pre-shaved head hair. Spoiler alert: she does.     Anders had dinner with Mal, fueling a billion crossover fan fics. They were joined by Trucco's wife, Sonya Blade. Mortal Firestar? Battlefly Kombat?   Night Vale wants to push the boundaries of your mind and destroy your soul. Incidentally, if you aren't listening to Welcome to Night Vale yet, you should probably get on that.   As it turns out, the Evil Queen is actually adorable. Shh, don't tell the rest of Storybrooke.   Magneto hung out with members of the NY Fire Department, like the class act that he is.   Speaking of Ians who do good things, Condé Nast Traveler honored Ian Somerhalder for doing good things.   And that's Tuesday, September 24th, summed up in geek tweets! Check back tomorrow for more of your favorite geeky celebs, media personalities, and groups sounding off in 140 characters or less. -- Follow @MTVGeek on Twitter and be sure to "like" us on Facebook for the best geek news about comics, toys, gaming and more!]]>
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