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JOSHUA DYSART & PHIL BRIONES Recruit “RENEGADES” In HARBINGER #6-10

JOSHUA DYSART & PHIL BRIONES Recruit “RENEGADES” In HARBINGER #6-10

Valiant is proud to announce the launch of “Renegades” in Harbinger #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new arc by New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier) and artist Phil Briones (Sub-Mariner)! After the epic confrontation between Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada, the Valiant Universe’s first team of heroes is going to make it their mission to dismantle the Harbinger Foundation brick by brick!

Peter Stanchek is the most dangerous boy in the world and he’s just been forced to return to life on the run. But, this time, he’s anything but alone. With his childhood friend Kris Hathaway and aspiring teenage superhero Faith “Zephyr” Herbert at his side, Peter is now the founding father of the Harbinger Resistance – and the one person on Earth who knows the truth about Toyo Harada’s plans for the fate of humanity. But to snuff out Harada’s global empire wherever it may stand, Peter, Kris and Faith will need to enlist a new generation of untapped psionic soldiers to their cause. And, soon, Peter will awaken his own secret team of super-powered resistance fighters, beginning with hot-headed New Orleans stripper Charlene Dupre, who will teach them all a thing or two about vengeance, acceptance and fire…

“The concept’s really simple: It’s time for Peter to pull himself together. We haven’t revealed how the last arc ends, but needless to say, Peter has to…pull a team together. He’s going to war against Harada and he can’t do it by himself,” writer Joshua Dysart told Comic Book Resources. “It’s us finally putting everybody in the book. Then, from there, the starting gun really hits… Peter’s going to need more than five people to take on [Harada]. There’s all these exterior forces happening in the Valiant Universe all at once.”

The all-out war against the Harbinger Foundation begins this November with “Renegades,” kicking off in Harbinger #6! And as each new issue introduces a new member in Peter Stanchek’s rogue band of heroes, look for a new interlocking cover by Mico Suayan for issues 7 through 10. For information on all of Valiant’s upcoming releases or to locate your local comic shop, visit ValiantUniverse.com.

HARBINGER #6 – ON SALE NOVEMBER 21st!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by PHIL BRIONES
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (SEP121225)
Variant Cover by MATTHEW CLARK (SEP121226)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

HARBINGER #7 – ON SALE IN DECEMBER!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by PHIL BRIONES
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Flamingo Variant by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

Burke & Hare (1972): Horror Blu-Ray Review

Redemption/Kino
Director: Vernon Sewell
Writer: Ernle Bradford
Stars: Derren Nesbitt, Harry Andrews and Glynn Edwards
(From imdb.com)

What they say: When a man in their Edinburgh boarding house dies, poor Irish immigrants Burke (Derren Nesbitt) and Hare (Glynn Edwards) discover they can make good money by supplying corpses for scientific study to a doctor at the university medical school. Inconvenienced by the lack of available cadavers, the cunning pair soon turns to murder to maintain their revenue stream. Vernon Sewell (Ghost Ship, The Blood Beast Terror) directs this classic horror film with a dose of dark comedy. Newly remastered in HD and in it s original aspect ratio for the first time. First time ever on Blu-ray!

What I say: Burke & Hare is a curious beast. Recounting the true tale of two grave robbers working in Edinburgh in the 1800’s, one would think this would be a grisly affair. And while true there is a fair amount of unpleasantness the film meanders between that and odd comedy bits. All the scenes in the whorehouse are needlessly silly, and really disrupt the flow of what is all ready schizoid kind of film.

Performances are fine, but the actors seem to be having almost too much fun for what this type of film should be. It’s pretty jarring to be honest. There are things to like about the film however. The sets are very well done and reflect the time period. The performances as I said before are fine, if not a little over the top. But the real disappointment of this disc is the picture quality. I know this is a lesser film but it looks rough as a cob. This isn’t what we move up to Blu-Ray for. It is often blurry and there is quite a bit of print damage and specs. Dissapointing.

Film: 6/10
Blu-Ray: 7/10

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Black Butler Season Two: Anime Blu-Ray Review

FUNImation
Director: Toshiya Shinohara
Stars: Brina Palencia, J. Michael Tatum and Daisuke Ono

(From imdb.com)

Season One review here!

What they say: Enter Claude Faustus, a malevolent manservant uninspired by the drab flavor of his own contracted master, Alois Trancy. This pedestrian lad holds no allure for Claude, so the bespectacled butler sets his sights on a finer delicacy from the menu of the damned, None other than Ciel Phantomhive. And so begins a devilish dance of death starring crow and spider. The demonic duel rages beyond the limits of good taste, culminating in a debaucherous maze of madness pitting butler against butler. Sebastian and Claude: two ravenous rakehells filled with the power of darkness and locked in a macabre battle for the soiled soul of the young master they so long to savor/devour.

 

What I say: First things first, this season just wasn’t as good as Season One. In the last season, the ending made it look like Ciel Phantomhive had died. So when you start Season Two, you think they had relaunched the show  with a new main character. Wrong! The first episode starts with two new stars along with the previous stars, Sebastian and Ciel.  From there to about episode 6 or 7 you’re confused. It is written to seem like it is before season one.

But as you keep on watching you it finally lets you in as to what is going on, then it makes since. This is the point when Alois comes back into the series. This is also when Claude and Sebastian starts fighting over Ciel.

From there out, it does get better. It’s all action from here, some people die, and the ending is pretty messed up. To tell you the truth, I saw it coming. In one of the earlier episodes Ciel states something that gives it away. Foreshadowing!

Anyway, I personally think this season should have been mostly been about Alois and Claude. It would make more sence then having Ciel and Sebastian back into it when their story seemed to end. Season two could’ve done better on how the story was played out other then leaving the viewer confused for about half of the season.

The animation and picture quality were as good as season one. Like Season One, it takes place back in London from the 1800’s.

Series: 7/10

Blu-Ray: 9/10

 

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Justice League International Annual #1: New Comic Review

DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns and Dan Didio
Art by: Jason Fabok

What they say: Will this issue be the final adventure ever for JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL? The true nature of O.M.A.C. revealed! • Ties in to the shocking events of JUSTICE LEAGUE #12! Guest-starring BLUE BEETLE!

What I say: Following the aftermath of Justice League #12 (Review here) we are now witness to the final mission of the Justice League International. The team is on a mission expecting backup from the main Justice League. They finish the mission but there is collateral damage. OMAC, who joined a while back, gets his body hijacked by his former master Brother Eye and roundly defeats the team before Booster Gold is able to put a stop to it.

With the team shattered again, Booster is seemingly the only one left. Booster is then visited by his counterpart from the future and told he must stop Superman and Wonder Woman from getting together. The future Booster vanished with the current Booster vanishing as well.

Like Justice League #12, this issue is very much about setting up the next year of the Justice League titles. We are shown that Superman and Wonder Womans relationship will cause problems. OMAC and Brother Eye are still out there and Batman is alerted to that crisis. And finally we learn the new Justice League of America will be instrumental in all of this.

The book had a lot to deal with and wrap up but Geoff Johns and Dan Didio do an apt job of finishing the story. Jason Fabok, DC’s new rising star, also does a great job of illustrating all the characters and the action is smooth and well paced.

The JLI was a good book, and an interesting read. It will be missed but hopefully the upcoming JLA title will fill the void.

Justice League International Annual #1: 8/10

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Lovely Molly: Horror DVD Review

Image Entertainment
Director: Eduardo Sánchez
Writers: Eduardo Sánchez (screenplay), Jamie Nash(screenplay)
Stars: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis and Alexandra Holden
(From imdb.com)

 

What they say: From the masters of horror who brought you The Blair Witch Project comes a terrifying new vision of evil that will redefine horror once again. A mysterious evil is waiting for Molly (Gretchen Lodge), who moves with her new husband into her late father’s empty country house. Haunted by dark demons, she is soon left alone to confront a lurking presence inside the house – one that could drive her beyond the edge of pure fear. Hailed as “guaranteed to haunt you” (Dread Central), Lovely Molly breaks new ground in raw, cutting-edge horror, delivering scares that slice to your very soul. You will never want to turn off the lights again!

What I say: Eduardo Sanchez loves his hand help camera shots. The director, known for The Blair Witch Project, drops another thriller on us. Molly and her new husband move into her deceased parents house. It isn’t long before the couple starts hearing weird noises, doors are unlocked and open, and alarms set off. Mollys husband is a truck driver and is gone frequently. Thus Molly is alone a lot and she keeps getting creeped out in the house. As time goes on we learn there is a secret in her families past, one involving her father. Is it her father haunting her? Or is it her relapse into drugs?

The film takes you on quite the ride and clues are planted to give you an idea of what’s going on, although everything is in doubt due to the drugs. Molly likes to film random stuff with her camcorder, so Sanchez gets to do his hand held cam stuff he is famous for. The film definitely is creepy. As Molly descends into madness, we are less and less sure of what the case is.

Despite the film having an interested story and a creepy vibe, there is a problem. The acting is horrible. Molly often runs off to the woods. The trees are less wooden that the cast. Not a soul in this film is anywhere near convincing as these characters. This really hurts the film but the story and tone help a lot. Overall its decent and worth a watch, but you will have to suffer from the performances.

Film: 7/10
DVD: 8/10

 

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