July 31, 2012

PREVIEW: Defenders Issue 11 Cover Artwork

Who or what are the Death Celestials? Can The Defenders stop them before they destroy everything? Here's a preview of Terry Dodson's cover for Defenders Issue 11 coming in October. Given the characters pictured above, has the team lineup changed as well?

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What's next for the Batman film franchise?

With Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy behind us, what's next for the franchise? There's lots of possibilities but only a few that we wouldn't mind seeing.

If you haven't seen The Dark Knight Rises, STOP READING NOW. 


July 25, 2012

Review: Batman The Dark Knight Issue 11

The Scarecrow continues his psychological terror on Gotham City, preying on more victims. On top of that, where is the missing Commissioner Gordon?

Marvel Cinematic Universe Blu-Ray Collection

Available for pre-order via Amazon, is Marvel Comics' upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe video collection featuring all the previous Avengers-related movies such as Iron-Man, Captain America, etc. and The Avengers as well, in an amazing S.H.I.E.L.D. briefcase package.

July 24, 2012

NIKE Air Jordan 2012 Lite - Superhero Pack

Riding on the success of comic-book films this year, NIKE subsidiary brand, Jordan, has recently released a "Superhero Pack" of the Air Jordan 2012 Lite shoes.

Review: The Defenders Trade Paperback

The Defenders has always been that special kind of team that finds itself caught between The Avengers and mutant teams of the Marvel Universe.

While never being truly a team in it's past incarnations, several mainstays from past decades such as Namor and Dr. Strange make their appearances again in the new series by writer Matt Fraction and artist Terry Dodson. Spinning out of Fear Itself issue 7, Fraction has The Hulk gathering together this new team again, consisting of additional members Silver Surfer, Red She-Hulk and Iron Fist. Recently collected in a trade paperback edition, readers will enjoy the first six issues of the new series with a generous addition of bonus features.

 Fraction initially starts the series off with the team trying to stop Nul The Breaker of Worlds with his rampage but also delivers another engaging storyline with the mystery of The Concordance Engine. Moreover, Fraction spans deep into the history of the Marvel Universe with this initial story arc, delving into the lives of Namor and especially Iron Fist. There are several stories within the collection that shines the spotlight on team members Dr. Strange, Namor and Iron Fist, which for me, were the best parts of the series.

July 23, 2012

Review: Daredevil Issue 15

The Man Without Fear's Latverian odyssey concludes here but some of the effects may still linger on! A friend comes to his aid as Daredevil makes his impossible escape!

July 22, 2012

Secret Avengers Issue 33: Andy Kuhn Concept Art

The above concept artwork "Hawkeye 666", by artist Andy Kuhn for the upcoming issue 33 of Secret Avengers, was recently tweeted by writer Rick Remender.  What's it all about?

Apple TV: 20th Century Fox Movies and iCloud

20th Century Fox and Apple appear to have reached a deal regarding streaming the movie studio's content via Apple TV and the iCloud service. As of this past week, my previously purchased movies (Avatar, X-Men: First Class, etc.) are now available for streaming. Furthermore, the deal allows for the purchase of the studio's films through the Apple TV service.

July 19, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman Issue 11

The battle for Zeus' throne continues as another one of his children strikes a deal to claim it. Wonder Woman of course is there to stop him or will she?

PREVIEW: Defenders Issue 10 Cover (Ant-Man)

Ant-Man joins The Defenders! In this cover preview for The Defenders issue 10 written by Matt Fraction and amazing art by Jamie McElvie, to be released on September 5th, 2012, we find the Scott Lang/Ant-Man version joining the team in battle! Oh, is that Nick Fury too??? The Concordance Engine storyline continues as well.

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July 18, 2012

Review: Captain Marvel Issue 1

Despite some hesitation, Carol Danvers takes the name of Captain Marvel in her new series. Add some special guests in her debut issue and readers will be pleased with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Dexter Soy's entertaining offering.

July 17, 2012

Review: American Vampire Lord of Nightmares Issue 2

The horror continues in the latest issue of the American Vampire Lord of Nightmares miniseries. A twist at the end of the story is enough to captivate readers for more!

PREVIEW: A+X Issue 1 Ed McGuinness Cover

Arriving later this year, is the A+X saga from Marvel Comics. Lots of popular characters like Captain America, The Hulk, Wolverine and Spiderman will take the spotlight in this new event. Creative talents such as Jeph Loeb, Dan Slott and Dale Keown will be presenting this upcoming Marvel Universe epic.

Ed McGuinness provides the cover for issue 1 above.

Via Marvel Comics

July 16, 2012

PREVIEW: Fables 119

The Fables series from Vertigo Comics, by writer Bill Willingham, is one of our favorites. Here's a preview of issue 119 that will be released this week.

July 15, 2012

Daredevil: End of Days Preview Artwork

The Daredevil: End of Days miniseries finally sees it release this October with some top tier talents to capture Matt Murdock's final days as horn head.

July 13, 2012

Red She-Hulk Series

The premiere of the new series starring Carol Danvers as the new Captain Marvel, reminded us of the dearth of Marvel Comics heroines in their own titles. The last major heroine series starred She-Hulk under the helm of legend John Byrne, decades ago. A few Black Widow miniseries have come here and there.

Coincidentally at Comic-Con 2012, Marvel Comics has announced the launch of the Red She-Hulk series with writer Jeff Parker and artist Carlo Pagulayan guiding Betty Ross' adventures. This October, the Hulk series transforms into Red She-Hulk issue 58, for the debut issue. Expect a humorous side to the new series with the cover art pictured above.

Via Marvel

July 12, 2012

Review: Before Watchmen Minutemen Issue 2

The turning point of the miniseries starts here! Issue 2 offers a deeper and more sinister look into the lives of the team. Writer and artist Darwyn Cooke takes us behind the curtain of the famed super-group!

July 11, 2012

Preview: Star Wars Darth Maul - Death Sentence

If you thought Darth Maul died at the hands of Obi Wan Kenobi, then of course you would be wrong! Darth Maul lives!

July 10, 2012

Review: Before Watchmen - Ozymandias Issue 1

Adrian Veidt looks back at his life in the first issue of his miniseries. Falling a bit flat with any new additional content, writer Len Wein adds an interesting connection to an old Watchmen foe.

Review: Earth 2 Issue 3

From the ashes, a hero will rise to protect the Earth. Alan Scott's transformation into Earth 2's latest protector is at hand. However, a new evil and formidable opponent is also making it's terrifying debut!

July 9, 2012

Captain Marvel Carol Danvers - Adi Granov Variant

As Carol Danvers transforms into the new Captain Marvel with the launch of her new series, here's a peek at artist Adi Granov's cosmic variant cover for issue 1. Captain Marvel issue 1 ongoing series hits stores later this month on July 18.

July 6, 2012

Review: Batman The Dark Knight Issue 10

Gotham is about to experience the psychological terror of the Scarecrow again. He strikes first against Batman's comrades and other victims, in writer Gregg Hurtwitz's debut.

July 5, 2012

Hawkeye Series Adi Granov Variant Cover

Here's a look at the variant cover for the upcoming Hawkeye series done by artist Adi Granov. The new series written by Matt Fraction and art by David Aja arrives on August 1, 2012.

Review: Amazing Spiderman Issue 687

Under the mind control of Dr. Octopus, The Avengers are ready to stop Spiderman from undermining Octopus' plan to eradicate the planet. Who will survive this final confrontation?

The epic miniseries within a series, "Ends of The Earth" by writer Dan Slott, reaches it's sense-shattering conclusion. We've seen Spiderman pushed to the limits in trying to stop Doctor Octopus' plan and at the same time, convince the world, that the villain is up to no good at all.

The variant covers by Gabrielle Dell'Otto, featured throughout our reviews, have been absolutely delicious! The various artists from Humberto Ramos to Stefano Caselli have done a bang up job! The dying Doctor Octopus, seemingly thwarted by Spiderman and his global comrades, has one final card up his sleeve though and that's the Avengers who are under his control.  With Sable, Black Widow and an unlikely ally in Mysterio, the team handily take down Earth's Mightiest Heroes with Mysterio's help.

July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday America!

Rusted Mecha wishes you a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration. We'll be back with more reviews and news after the holiday break. Stay safe!

Captain America as done by the great Jack Kirby. Copyright Marvel Comics.

July 2, 2012

Batman: The Joker Returns!

The next villain to be featured in writer Scott Snyder's story arc for Batman, is none other than the Joker! The big announcement on Monday, comes after weekend tweets from Snyder polling followers, on who they would like the Dark Knight to take on, after the Court of Owls storyline ends.

The Joker story will begin in Batman issue 13. Snyder states that this upcoming arc will be the "biggest, baddest, darkest most twisted...we could do" with the character.

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