New Comic Books: October 18

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DROWNED
This was probably the most by-the-book Metal tie-in yet, with The Drowned’s origin being almost exactly what I expected, with no real crazy set-pieces or anything to wow the reader. It was still an OK read, but not quite up-to-par with its brothers to this point, though it was cool to see the first gender-reversed Dark Knight of the bunch.
PHASMA
After building her up to be more of an anti-hero, with sympathy on her side, and a hint of caring in her character, the final issue of this Captain Phasma mini-series saw fit to tear her back into a cold and calculated villain that is ruthless and driven in her desire to cover the error that she was forced to commit. I wasn’t expecting that gut-punch but that’s exactly what made it so powerful, and restored her resolve to the First Order.
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The moment when Alfred revealed to the Bat-Family that Bruce had asked Selina to marry him will probably be one of my favorite in all of comics this year. Also, the pre-emptive measure that the two of them would attack Talia Al’Ghul before she inevitably attacks them is just really well thought out storytelling. Not to mention, Catwoman and Talia going head-to-head is going to be one hell of a fight. I hope it pays off.
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For some reason, it’s charming to see Lex Luthor genuinely being a good guy and working alongside Superman. It actually seems to fit him for some reason. As usual, though, things seem to have gotten a bit out of his control, with Apokolips coming to claim him as their rightful king. I wonder what Baby Darkseid has to say about this? The Trinity seem to be inching closer and closer to another showdown with the ruler of the Anti-Life Equation, and I’m into it.
JL
The finale to the Legacy arc was just as good as I had hoped it would be. The revelations that came out of this, with Diana’s abandoned son being born out of the darkness that was attacking them now, and the Lantern children basically single-handedly taking it out with their mastery of the Spectrum. That was awesome. Part of me wishes that the kids would get their own book at this point. A spin-off of a future dystopian Justice League, with them rebuilding their world after Sovereign and the darkness was destroyed in the present.
THOR
You read that right. Marvel Legacy has reset the numbers of major titles to their original numbering, with The Mighty Thor hitting back at its 700th issue, with a massive beginning to the arc that we’ve been headed towards for almost 2 years, now. The Death of Thor, and the War of the Realms. This was a fantastic massive issue, and Jason Aaron proved once again that he’s the most prolific writer that Marvel has on payroll.

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Han Solo Spin-Off Film Gets a Title

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We’ve speculated for the longest time what the Untitled Han Solo Film will be officially titled, and with so many options to choose from, it only makes sense that my choice was right. Director Ron Howard took to his Twitter to announce that the film will be officially titled Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The official logo for the film can be seen above, with what somewhat seems like the most bland branding, ever.

Second Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Journalistic professionalism be damned. Holy shit. Disney and Lucasfilm have released the second trailer, the first in 6 months, for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it is incredible. Filled to the brim with new footage, and plot secrets.

We get new looks at Snoke, Finn, Rey and Luke, as well as shots of a several incredible battles, and character fights. If you’re looking to avoid spoilers, it’s in your best interest not to watch this, as the ending shot is sure to leave you breathless. Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th, 2017.

First Full Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer

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During the official New York Comic-Con panel for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the cast of the film unveiled the first full trailer, giving us a look at what to expect in the film next year. Pacific Rim Uprising takes place 10 years after the Battle of the Breach that occurred in the first film. The Jaeger program has become the Earth’s leading defense force, now called the Pan-Pacific Defense Force. Jake Pentecost ( John Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), has been brought back into the fold by his adoptive sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), now leading the PPDF, to prepare for the next wave of Kaiju threats.

Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theaters March 23rd, 2018.

Men in Black Spinoff in the Works

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Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is developing a Men in Black spinoff based on a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight). The article states that the story of the new film will focus more on the Men in Black organization as a whole, on its global scale, rather than just a single branch in New York.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be reprising their starring roles, though cameos are not off the table. The new film will instead focus on a new team of MIB, and is being fast-tracked for a May 2019 release.

Next Terminator Film in 2019

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James Cameron has revealed to Variety that Terminator 6, or Terminator 3, or whatever it’s going to be called, will be released on July 26th, 2019. The film will star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, with both reprising their roles from the first two films, which the new film will follow.

The film is set to begin to a new trilogy that will pass the baton to a new group of characters both from modern times, as well as the future.

First Trailer for Annihilation

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Alex Garland is making quite the name for himself after his first outing, Ex Machina, was touted as one of the best sci-fi films in decades, and lived up to expectations. Now, his latest film, Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac has its first trailer.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s book of the same name, Annihilation follows the story of a scientist (Natalie Portman) leading a task-force into the aftermath of an unknown environmental disaster, to find the strange alien creature that caused it, and to rescue her husband (Oscar Isaac).

Blade Runner Anime Prequel Now Online

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Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment have released the third and final prequel short to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 film, with Blade Runner: Blackout 2022, an anime short directed by Shinichirô Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy). Featuring an original score by Grammy nominee Flying Lotus.

The anime short is one of three in-world content pieces to debut before the upcoming October 6 release of Blade Runner 2049, joining the prequels 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2049: Nowhere to Run. Hit the jump to check out the incredible short film.

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First Poster for Pacific Rim: Uprising

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Legendary Pictures and Universal have released the first poster for the upcoming sequel to the hit giant robot film, Pacific Rim: Uprising. The first poster features star John Boyega, suited up and ready for action, alongside the new star Jaeger in the film, Gipsy Avenger.

Our first trailer for the upcoming film should be arriving within the month, with a look most likely at New York Comic-Con soon. Catch Pacific Rim: Uprising in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on March 23, 2018. Hit the jump for a look at the full poster.

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First The Maze Runner: The Death Cure Trailer

Shockingly, The Maze Runner series has been one of the more consistently good young-adult film series released since the boom of adaptations started across Hollywood. Now, 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the epic finale to the sci-fi series that catapulted Dylan O’Brien to stardom.

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure sees the Gladers (those who lived in the maze) attempt to break-in to Last City, a labyrinth of a city controlled by WCKD, the evil organization that has been manipulating the events of the entire series.

Slew of Halo Games Now Backwards Compatible

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Microsoft has announced that players who don’t care to grab the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One now have a more classic option as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 are all now backwards compatible.

If you own the game discs for any of the original titles, just pop it in, and enjoy the game with free HD upgrades, as well as all of its original DLC included at no extra cost.

Linda Hamilton Returning to the Terminator Franchise

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Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger have both been confirmed to return to the Terminator franchise in the latest edition to the sci-fi hit series. After the rights returned to James Cameron, he immediately set to work crafting a new story for the franchise he created. Cameron helped craft the story with a writers room that included David Goyer (The Dark Knight), Charles Eglee (Dark Angel), and Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

The new story will not just bring back the original characters, but also plans to use them as a vehicle to pass the torch to a new generation, as well. The new film has no release date, but is set to be the beginning of a new trilogy.

R.I.P. Harry Dean Stanton

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Harry Dean Stanton is considered by many to be among one of the greatest actors to ever live. Directors all over the world, from multiple generations considered it an honor simply to have him cameo. Now, he has passed at the age of 91. A bright star in many of Hollywood’s greatest, Stanton had pivotal roles in films such as Alien, Pretty in Pink, Twin Peaks, Escape from New York, The Godfather: Part II, and the lead in Paris, Texas.

Even his cameo role in Marvel’s The Avengers was a bright spot in an already fantastic film. He was considered by many to be the definition of cool in Hollywood. Stanton has never married, but has stated he has “one or two children.” He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts go to his friends, and loved ones.

Star Wars: Episode IX Delayed to December 2019

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Following the addition of J.J. Abrams as writer and director on Star Wars: Episode IX, the film has been officially pushed from its May 2019 slot, to December 2019, placing the finale of the Star Wars saga firmly in contention with Wonder Woman 2 in its second weekend.

Disney didn’t leave that May 2019 slot empty for long, though, as their upcoming live-action Aladdin adaptation has dropped into the release date.

J.J. Abrams Returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

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Following the troubled departure of director Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced that J.J. Abrams will return to the franchise to take the reins of the final chapter in the new trilogy of films. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo). Star Wars: Episode IX is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy. This is a picture-perfect choice for the director to step back in to the franchise he helped modernize in such spectacular fashion.