Remember: Saturday’s Halloween ComicFest!

May I have your attention please: This Saturday is Halloween ComicFest!

It’s similar to Free Comic Book Day but with a Halloween twist.  Here’s a more in depth description from the event’s website:

On Saturday, October 27, participating comic shops across North America and around the world will hand out more than 1.7 million free comics to anyone who comes into their shop during Halloween ComicFest! During the event, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose a free comic from the 34 titles available this year and participate in the fun Halloween-themed activities hosted by the comic shops.

Thirty-four free comics, including 22 full-size and 12 mini-comics can be picked up. This year’s titles include Marvel Comics’ Ms. Marvel #1, Superior Spider-Man #1, and Thor: Road to War of the Realms #1; DC Comics’ John Constantine: The Hellblazer; and other Halloween-themed comics like Hellboy, Jughead: The Hunger,Goosebumps and Rise of the TMNT, that are perfect for comic readers of all ages.

Check out the full list of available comics and find out which comic book stores near you are participating in the spooky event.

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3 Ways Steve Trevor Can Appear in the Wonder Woman Sequel

I’m a big fan of Pine’s and he’s makes a great Steve Trevor. If you’re not familiar with his acting resume, please read my 8 Under the Radar Chris Pine Films You Need to See post, as an introductory course (coming soon). It was recently announced that Chris Pine has returned for Wonder Woman 2 as Steve Trevor.  Previously, Pine had signed on for a multi-picture deal, so that means the character is set to appear in more than one film.

First up, a quick refresher on who Steve Trevor is:

Steve Trevor is Wonder Woman’s primary love interest, and first appeared in All Star Comics #8 back in December 1941/January 1942. He was originally introduced by Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston as a U.S. military intelligence officer who became stranded on Wonder Woman’s homeland Paradise Island.

Though he was a military man, the storylines featuring Steve and Wonder Woman involved inversions of the damsel in distress trope where Steve was rescued by Wonder Woman. During the ’70s and up to the ’90s, his character was either sidelined or absent altogether from the storylines which favored more fantasy and action-adventure stories for Wonder Woman in lieu of any romantic interests.

Current portrayals, particularly in the New 52, involve him being a senior government agent and super spy who is the United States’ liaison to the Justice League due to his close connection to Wonder Woman. In 2013, Steve became a member of the new incarnation of the Justice League of America. Keeping the character’s comic book history in mind and thinking about his appearances in other media, let’s look at the facts:

Steve Trevor’s Alive?! 

At the end of Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor supposedly met his demise when the plane he was in exploded. However we now know that wasn’t the case… or do we?  All we know for right now is that Steve Trevor appears right along side Diana in the sequel. So  how does he make his return? That’s the big question. What follows are three options as to how he could appear.

 

Two Steves?
You read that right, there could be two Steves. Hear me out on this. While Trevor’s first appearance in the DCEU is set during WWI, he could still appear in modern times. In the Wonder Woman television series, there were two Steve Trevors: father and son. Both of these characters were played by the same actor, Lyle Waggoner. On the show, both Trevor worked and fought alongside Wonder Woman.Steve Trevor, Sr. appeared during the first season of the show which was set during the 1940s where he and Wonder Woman fought the Nazis. Seasons 2 and 3 were set during present day (the ’70s) and Trevor’s son, Steve Trevor, Jr., appeared. He and his new associate Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman worked together and had a secretary named Beverly Ryan who assisted them.In Wonder Woman Pine could be DCEU’s version of Steve Trevor, Sr. and in accordance with his multi-picture deal, he could appear in the sequel and other future films as Steve Trevor, Jr.Flashbacks?This option might be unlikely, but similar to Hayley Atwell’s Agent Peggy Carter, Pine could appear in multiple Wonder Woman films in flashback sequences. One of the most likely reasons Pine chose Trevor over Hal Jordan is it won’t be as time consuming and he’ll be able to have more freedom in the movies he chooses to do in the future.

And if Trevor should appear in modern times, Pine could play an older version of the character, similar to Peggy Carter’s appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the Justice League three part episode The Savage Time, Trevor is a secret agent for the Allies during World War II. Having gone back in time with the league to prevent Vandal Savage from changing history in favor of the Axis powers, Wonder Woman rescues Trevor from a plane crash and the two form a flirtatious relationship that remains a friendship in the present day where Trevor is an elderly man.

Government liaison?

Now since the Wonder Woman sequel is set during the 80’s, Steve Trevor could appear as the U.S. government’s liaison to Diana during her stay in Washington D.C. During the 80’s tensions were high as the Cold War was still going on so this might be a good bet.

In the comics, after Flashpoint occurred, history was altered. When Wonder Woman makes her first appearance in man’s world, Trevor attempts to convince Amanda Waller that Diana and her people are not a threat to international security.

In addition to being the U.S. government liaison, Trevor later becomes head of the newly formed Advanced Research Group for Uniting Super-Humans a.k.a. A.R.G.U.S. as well as the U.N.’s liaison to the newly formed Justice League. The DCEU’s version of the character could take on a similar role whether or not the Flash movie goes the route of Flashpoint (which might not happen).

As we continue to countdown the days, weeks, months, and years to the Wonder Woman sequel, speculation as to how Steve Trevor will appear onscreen will continue. Speculation and pondering aside, I know the character is in good hands and I look forward to watching more of  Chris Pine’s take on the character.

Wonder Woman 2 will arrive in theaters November 1, 2019.

What are your thoughts on how Steve Trevor will appear in the Wonder Woman sequel? Leave a comment below.

 

Review: Bingo Love

Bingo Love

Written & Created by: Tee Franklin

Art by: Jenn St-Onge

Colors by: Joy San

Letters b: Cardinal Rae

Edited by: Erica Schultz

Cover by: Gisele Lagace

Logo by: Kevin Maher

*I backed this twice (one for me and one for my sis) on Kickstarter and just finished reading the PDF.*

When I first heard about this graphic novel on Twitter I knew that I wanted to get a copy. First of all the artwork caught my eye. Secondly the premise sounded great and intriguing. And finally because bingo is part of my childhood I played it first at church and then later on as a young adult at synagogue.

The writing is awesome. Ms. Franklin does an excellent job expressing the emotions and feelings of each character. After reading I know for certain that the characters in this book are just as real as anyone that I would meet in real life. Not only that, the author does and exceptional job of capturing the journey of Hazel and Mari’s quest for true love. As you read you feel the pain, anger, sadness and joy of the story.

The artwork is phenomenal and showcases the diverse and inclusive characters. So many black hairstyles, body types, ages, and skin colors! It put a smile on my face to see all of that showcased in this book.

What a beautiful book!

This is what I want to see and read about in comics. Bingo Love is an example of what-as Ms. Franklin has mentioned many times-seasoned comics looks like. I’m looking forward to more stories revolving around Hazel, Mari and their family and friends.

10/10

Preorder on Amazon or at your LCS code: DEC170648

Review: Future Primitive

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Writer: Kevin Gunstone
Artist: Slobodan Jovanovic
Format: 100 pages Full Colour

Synopsis:

On an Earth transformed by supernova radiation, Kulkan, last warrior king of the mutant Neanderthal “Skybearers”, faces devastation at the hands of the rampaging Australopith “Moon Clan”. A lunar apparition has fuelled the Clanês bloodlust, but the scientifically advanced Skybearers realize they are witnessing the first sign of the mutating supernovaês resultant shockwave – a devastating force_set to obliterate the world it once transformed. Set in an age outside of time, FUTURE PRIMITIVE is a spectacular, dynamic, and hallucinatory stonepunk adventure that follows Kulkan as he battles for the survival of his civilization and to preserve their “Memory of Being” – the sacred cave images relaying Skybearer history and myths – and in which he will find a clue.

Review:

I was intrigued by Future Primitive’s premise and the story did not disappoint.

The plot is one that I have yet to read before and I love the originality of it. The pacing of the story is well balanced and each scene moves to the next with great fluidity. The artwork is spectacular and captures the brutality, hallucinogenic visions, and noble endeavors of all the characters involved. While reading I was very immersed in the story and as I read it on my Kindle, I noticed the colorist’s excellent work.  Whether the colors where vibrant, dark, etc. they all shone through and helped set the tone of each scene.

Future Primitive is an awesome original story that takes our primitive ancestors and gives them a futuristic twist.

5/5

Purchase here.

Infographic: Happy 75th Anniversary Wonder Woman! 8 Facts About the Amazing Amazon

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman. Next week for the first time, she’ll appear on the big screen in a live action film. In honor of her 75th year, I’ve created an infographic via Piktochart.com that features 8 facts about the amazing amazon.

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Review: Dark Mists 2: Kurotobi Skies

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Writer: Annika Eade
Artist: Babisu Kourtis
Format: 132 pages Full Colour

Review:

Dark Mists: Kurotobi Skies is an epic tale that concludes the story of the leading Geisha Kimi and her Geisha sisters.

At the book begins with Kimi’s disappearance after the murder of her lover and her sisters’ struggling financially. The murder of Kimi’s lover also pays the way for corrupt government official Osamu to infiltrate the government with his Yakuza army and take control over the Gion the Geisha district.

With Kimi missing and most likely dead, her Geisha sisters try to move on an overcome their grief while they welcome a new Geisha Akane who’s true motivations will have dire consequences for Kimi’s sisters and the Gion. Meanwhile, Kimi lives after surviving a suicide attempt, but her memory and eye sight are not intact. Months pass and she regains both and a new resolve to return home and defend her sisters, the Gion, and save the government.

Having not read the first book, I had no trouble understanding what had previously taken place as I read. The story’s pacing is well paced and intriguing, and I didn’t want to stop reading till I got to the end. Writer Annika Eade scripted a great story that features complex characters. I also loved artist Babisu Kourtis’ beautiful and poignant artwork. The coloring of the illustrations fits the story’s tone extremely well.

Overall Dark Mists: Kurotobi Skies is an excellent story that readers will enjoy and want to read again.

5/5

Purchase your copy here. 

My Work In Comics

Happy Friday! I hope you had a good week and I hope that you’ll have a good weekend. Aside from poetry, I also like to write comic book scripts. It can be a very daunting process and I’m learning as What follows is a short list of comic book stories that I’ve written that have been published:

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Womanthology: Heroic

My first comic book story (ever) was published in this anthology. It’s titled “Defect: Light to Combat the Darkness.” The story was illustrated by Kelly Turnbull and colored by Dawn Best.  A page of the script was featured in the Womanthology: Heroic Sketchbook.’

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Womanthology: Holiday PDF

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My second story was a one page Hanukkah story titled “Don’t Let the Light Go Out.” It was illustrated by Brenda Kirk.

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Womanthology: Valentines Day Special

A one page story written in honor of my late grandma, it’s titled “June” and was also illustrated by Brenda Kirk.

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Grayhaven Comics The Gathering Crime Anthology

I wrote a four page story titled “Tzedek: The Lost Ones.” It was illustrated by Leigh Walls.

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Grayhaven Comics The Gathering All Women 2 Anthology

Wrote a four page story titled “Willehmina King of Thieves: Never A Dull Moment.”  It was illustrated by Taty Silva and lettered by Erica J. Helfin.

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Grayhaven Comics The Gathering Time Travel Anthology

My most recent story titled “The Musical Mechanism” was published in this anthology.

I hope to continue writing and publishing stories for readers to enjoy.  Have a wonderful weekend!