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The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313

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Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of  ‘The Week In Geek’  where we love to share our favourite – Comic Book, Video-Game and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek fellow agents, once more…

Lara Croft Triumphantly Returns To The Silver Screen In First Trailer For Her New Movie…

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Quintessentially English archaeologist and raider of tombs, Lara Croft will triumphantly return to the big screen in 2018, with Swedish actress Alicia Vikander portraying the much loved iconic video-game heroine. It has actually been an astonishing fourteen years since the much beloved character was last seen in a live action role, as depicted by Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider: Cradle Of Life, so let’s be honest, a new movie following our favourite globetrotting, relic hunting bad-ass superheroine is looooong overdue!

We are huge fans of the lovely Lara here in the Precinct and have been ever since we got our hands on her original video-game outing way back in 1996 on our much beloved Sega Saturn. The original game by British developers Eidos Interactive revolved around the exploits of super archaelogist and adventurer Ms Croft and tasked the player with guiding the titular heroine through various tombs and ruins searching for long lost mythological artifacts whilst avoiding death traps, wild animals and solving puzzles.

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The new film is based upon the 2013 reboot and is looking really rather wonderful, one of the things we were worried about was whether or not Alicia would be able to nail Lara’s extremely British accent, but judging by the first trailer for the film, it’s sounding pretty damn good (being English myself, I approve!) Revel in the first trailer for the film (below), and then lament that we have to wait until March 2018 to see it:

 

Shazam Movie To Start Pre-Production Early 2018

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“SHAZAM!!”  *looks at self, realises nothing has happened* “dammit, it doesn’t seem to work for mere mortals such as myself (sigh)… you see whenever classic DC character Billy Batson utters the magical phrase ‘Shazam’ he turns into the iconic and mystical superhero… uh… Shazam! (formerly known as Captain Marvel) 

Shazam’s first appearance was in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940, and revolved around the adventures of 12 year old Billy Batson, who upon speaking the magic word of the six immortal elders: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury transformed into the adult Superhero with powers that include, fight, super strength, super speed, magical lightning and spell casting. The long awaited movie adaptation has been waiting in the wings for what seems like forever, but news has emerged that principal photography will begin early next year. Apart from that little else is known about the project including casting details… more as we hear it fellow fans of fantastic fiction.

HBO Confirms Watchmen TV Pilot Episode…

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Yes, yes, yes… YES! I love Watchmen, it is without a shadow of a doubt my absolute favourite comic book series of all time, the Zack Snyder directed 2009 movie adaptation was a masterpiece, and now it seems we are going to be getting an episodic TV series based upon the masterful 80’s series, and by HBO no less… so quality is mostly assured!

The Cable network company has officially ordered the pilot and also commissioned extra scripts from screenwriter and producer Damon Lindeloff (Lost, Star Trek) for his take on Alan Moore’s iconic series. Lindeloff is a huge fan of both the original source material and Zack Snyder’s own take, and mentioned in a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter that – “The original comic series continues to influence my work, from the flashbacks to the non linear storytelling, to the deeply flawed characters, these are elements I try to put into everything I write”  Soooooo exciting, I literally cannot wait for Rorschach’s rambunctious return!

Why not join us again next time friends for more Week In Geek.

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Comic Cover(s) Of The Week: Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1

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That’s right fellow fans of fantastic fiction, hellacious hellcat Harley Quinn turned twenty five this month… which obviously means that this weeks calculatedly celebratory commemorative comic collection of ceremonially charming and cheerful covers (phew! alliteration avalanche!!) is dedicated to the mischievous minx of mayhem.

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“Jeez Loweez Harley Give Us A Chance, We’re Writing The Post As Quickly As We Can!”

Welcome my comic collecting compatriots to an extra special instalment of Comic Cover Of The Week, celebrating Ms Quinn’s quarter century turn as one of the medium’s most beloved and zany characters. After (just) surviving our recent up close and personal interview (which you can read right here) with the crazy clowness of crime we would be rightfully remit if we didn’t offer up this week’s episode to our favourite psychedelic psychopath, and hoo boy do we have an awesome set of covers to share with you. Beginning, of course, with our favourite of the bunch, from astounding artistic auteur Amanda Conner:

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The recurring team of Amanda Conner and her hubby and co-writer Jimmy Palmiotti kick off this quad tale anniversary special by recounting Harley’s adventures in Las Vegas alongside her Gotham Siren buddies Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Amanda not only delivers another outstanding cover image but also lends her impressive artistic talent to the tale contained within, proving once again that she is one of the most adroit and skillful creators in the wonderful world of comic book craft.

Her artwork portrays eloquently expressive characterisation, and her writing talent showcases her always exemplary comic timing, Amanda Conner is THE jewel in DC’s crown of comic book composers!

Alongside Amanda’s sterling cover are a host of other variant issues, with our next fave from DC Comics’ Co-Publisher and incredible illustrator Jim Lee:

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And this magnificent masterpiece from Terry and Rachel Dodson:

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‘Celebrate twenty five years of Harley Quinn with this collection of stories by some legendary Harley talent and some who have never drawn her before! How does Harley manage her insanely jam packed life on Coney Island? What haven’t we seen from her past with The Joker? And can even Harley’s psychological acumen crack the twisted mind of Robin: The Boy Wonder? Find out with the Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1, available at your local comic book emporium right now!

Precinct1313 Recommends: Bombshells United #1

DC Comics’ mega popular ‘Bombshells’ line deftly re-imagined some of its most iconic female Superheroes with a 1940’s pin up style makeover, originally envisioned by illustrator and cover artist – Ant Lucia.

bsuThe burgeoning franchise was adeptly brought to life in 2011 when DC Comics’ Collectables alongside Udon Entertainment produced four illustrations based upon Ant Lucias’s original artwork for a possible line of statues. The preliminary four characters of Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Stargirl and Poison Ivy were later redesigned by Ant Lucia and handcrafted into sculptures by Tim Miller in 2013.

Ant Lucia’s designs drew heavily upon the pin up culture from the 1940’s, WWII aesthetics and infused them with a rockabilly style. The final statue design paid close heed to the nostalgic golden age of comic books, with the initial figurine from DC Collectables – Wonder Woman, appearing on shop shelves in September of 2013.

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Now you may be thinking that the idea of a line up of classic female Superheroes re-interpreted as 40’s pin up girls doesn’t sound like a fantastically realised concept, especially Wonder Woman who has always been seen as a feminist icon and hero to the cause of equality and egalitarianism, but Lucia only drew upon the dynamic artistic technique of the original pin up style, and unlike its more graphic forebear Bombshells has mostly shied away from the titillation and suggestive nature of its predecessor and brought us powerful and uplifting renditions of its fabulously famous females and used any inherent sexuality to empower the Superheroines contained therein.

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To cement the idea of a group of powerful female heroes based upon a 40’s pin up approach, DC brought in two talented female comic book auteurs – writer Marguerite Bennett and similarly monikered artist Marguerite Sauvage, who took the premise and gave us a stunningly realised and playfully dynamic storyline entrenched firmly in its WWII setting that brought us weighty material heavily influenced by historical events of the time.

Bombshells proved a massive hit with the fans, and DC’s newest upcoming series ‘Bombshells United’ continues the heroic heritage of its predecessor, but with a significant twist to the motivations of its eponymous cast.

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‘Bombshells United’ reunites us with our favourite force of feisty fictional females, this time however rather than taking up the cause and battling the evil regiments of the Axis powers, they tackle a decidedly domestic threat, the internment of Japanese citizens by the American Government. Marguerite Bennet also adds to the fold, Wonder Girls – Donna Troy and Cassie Sandsmark re-imagining them as Japanese/American citizens whose parents are being forcibly held in the prison camps, Donna and Cassie ultimately join forces with Diana to fight against the U.S. executive order imprisoning their families.

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Bombshells United #1 is available at your local comic book emporium on September 6. Written by: Marguerite Bennett. Art by: Marguerite Sauvage. Cover Art by: Terry and Rachel Dodson. Variant Cover by: Babs Tarr.

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Precinct1313 Recommends: Mister Miracle #1

Tom King is without a doubt the most fitting writer currently working in comics today to take on the legend that is Mister Miracle, not just because he’s a scribe of almost unparalleled talent, but his surname ably pairs him with Miracle’s genius creator – Jack ‘The King’ Kirby! 

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To honour the the 100th anniversary since Jack Kirby’s birth, DC Comics along with aforementioned writer Tom King, and artist Mitch Gerads are reuniting us with one of Kirby’s most beloved and successful creations – super escape artist Mister Miracle, in a 12 part maxi-series that also features The New Gods from DC’s Fourth World Saga – which is widely hailed as being one of the sources that classic sci-fi movie Star Wars was inspired by.

Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist and writer who is one of the most influential and innovative personalities in the medium. Aside from Mister Miracle and The New Gods for DC Comics, Kirby also created such iconic characters as – Silver Surfer, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Captain America, X Men and many, many other too numerous to mention.

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Kirby initially was a Marvel stalwart, creating, illustrating and writing a myriad of storylines for the publishing giant, his titles always had high sales and even higher praise, but behind the scenes a different picture was being painted. Kirby felt he was being unfairly treated by Marvel, his perception was that he was seen more as a writer/artist for hire by the company as opposed to one of it’s foremost creators and innovators, and in response in 1970, he left Marvel and joined its arch-rival DC Comics.

Signing a three year contract with DC Comics Kirby created some of his most memorable characters, from The New Gods, Etrigan and The Forever People, through DC’s big bad – Darkseid and of course – Scott Free (the perfect moniker, let’s be honest) better known as Mister Miracle, the super escape artist whose creation could almost be seen as the perfect allegory for Kirby’s flight from Marvel to DC, breaking the shackles of previous employment to forge new horizons.

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Miracle has been a popular character for DC since his inception, with a slew of ongoing and mini-series, and was an exceedingly welcome addition to the ranks of The Justice League (alongside his wife – Big Barda, which is a whole other post we can’t wait to get to!), during the excellent Keith Giffen and J.M DeMatteis late eighties entry of the World’s Greatest Superhero team-up.

The much anticipated return of Scott Free is, thankfully, not only been worth the torturous wait but manages to exceed all expectations with a fantastically written tale that gives us a very much grounded portrait of a Superhero, a quirky yet flawed individual who is ultimately struggling to find his raison d’etre.

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As fantastic as the writing is, the art by Gerads is definitely no slouch in comparison, in fact it’s superb! Gerads is an extremely flexible penciller which shines through in his art in this first issue, which at times evokes an almost pitch perfect Kirby-esque feel in the art style.

Mister Miracle #1 is a must buy, featuring one of Jack Kirby’s (definitely my favourite) greatest creations,and a first rate creative team who bring us a powerfully emotional tale that entices you in and holds you entranced until the final page… dammit why isn’t issue 2 out yet!?

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World’s Finest: An Exclusive Interview With Harley Quinn

Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to yet another exhilarating episode of “World’s Finest” a series of exclusive interviews that aims to introduce to you some of our very favourite convocation of comic-book characters of… all… time!

Each episode we cordially invite one of out most treasured – Superheroes, SuperVillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, and of course … Super Pets (Bernie, Harley’s pet beaver was originally invited onto the show also, but I just could not stop giggling every time Harley talked about how much she loved to show people her Beaver… and almost had a laughter induced heart attack when she offered to let me stroke her Beaver, so I rescinded Bernie’s invitation… sorry little dude!)

Every episode our very special guests will be answering a quotient of quintessentially quirky questions about life, the universe and cake (’cause everyone loves cake.)

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And so, let us welcome to Precinct1313’s sanguinely sacred sofa of schlockingly sordid satire, the hellaciously hazardous hellcat of hijinks – Harley Quinn!

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Precinct1313: Uh, Hi there Harley and welcome to, erm, uh… this week’s episode of World’s Finest… 

Harley Quinn: Thanks so much, I’m pleased to meetcha, uh, are you OK?

Precinct1313: What’s that, oh.. er yes I’m fine, uuum, you did come alone right?

Harley Quinn: Why of course, I left Bernie back at home as you asked.

Precinct1313: I wasn’t actually thinking about Bernie, but, you know, that other person you’re famed for knowing.

Harley Quinn: Oh you mean the Joker, my ex-puddin’, nah, I don’t tend to see much of him these days.

Precinct1313: Phew!… I mean, erm, it’s not that he’s not welcome or anything. If you’re viewing this Mr Joker… Sir, you are of course always, um, welcome here in the Precinct, though I’ve just been informed by my producers that the Precinct will be closed undergoing repairs for a couple of, centuries… so, um, sometime after that is fine… *Oh god, please don’t kill me Joker*

Harley Quinn: Jeepers, calm down would ya, hey are you cryin’!?

Precinct1313: Absolutely not… sniff! 

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Precinct1313: So, Harley, let me begin by congratulating you on your 25th anniversary since creation.

Harley Quinn: Gee, thanks so much, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I first hooked up with Mr J, innit!?

Precinct1313: Yes it is, and you’ve gone from strength to strength since then, in fact you have become one of the most beloved characters in comics, ever. To what do you attribute your meteoric rise?

Harley Quinn: I always find that threatening people with sharp implements or a giant mallet usually makes them see things my way.

Precinct1313: Uuuuh, that’s not exactly the answer I was expecting, but OK.

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Precinct1313: Allow me to mention how much I enjoyed your role in the recent Suicide Squad movie, how did it feel stepping out of the comic book pages and onto the big screen?

Harley Quinn: Ooh it was great, I can’t believe how spacious it is in the real world, those comic book panels are so cramped, I mean I almost felt like a different person altogether!

Precinct1313: Well technically you were…

Harley Quinn: Watcha talkin’ about ya mook?

Precinct1313: Well, um, Margot Robbie portrayed you in the movie itself… right?

Harley Quinn: Never heard of the broad, there is only one Harley Quinn, and that’s l’il ol’ me… you are spoutin’ some real crazy talk, and they call me insane… where’s my giant mallet!?

Precinct1313: Gulp! uh, I was just kidding of course, no need for senseless violence…

Harley Quinn: But that’s sort of my shtick… the whole senseless violence thing.

Precinct1313: Which, let’s be honest, is an unusual trait for someone who once was a psychiatrist. Which brings me to, what was it that attracted you to a green haired psychopathic mass murderer in the first place?

Harley Quinn: I found the Joker’s psyche disturbing, his dementia alarming, and his charm irresistible, what can I tell ya? the guy just did for me!

Precinct1313: And the Batman?

Harley Quinn: Whatta ’bout him?

Precinct1313: Any thoughts?

Harley Quinn: I’d just like to say, if there were no Batman, there’d be no Joker and I woulda never met my puddin’, so thank you Batman! That said, if he shows his pointy ears around me again, I’ll wipe that grimacing scowl off his face with my beloved mallet!

Precinct1313: Yikes! and on that note, I would just like to say thank you for joining us on World’s Finest… oh and for not brutally bludgeoning me to within an inch of my life!

Harley Quinn: Actually, I’m still undecided on that!

Precinct1313: Eeeep!!!

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We Can ‘Harley’ Believe It’s Been 25 Years Since Ms Quinn’s First Appearance!

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“Here’s… Harley!!”

That’s right, it’s been a quarter of a century since the mischievous minx of mayhem was first unleashed onto an unsuspecting comic book universe, much to the chagrin of most Superheroes, but conversely to the delight of millions of comic book fans, for Harley truly is… one of the greatest characters ever conceived, and if you don’t agree, then The Joker would like to have a word with you!

Former psychiatrist, Dr Harleen Quinzel was originally an Arkham Asylum intern who, after prolonged psychology sessions with crazed clown The Joker, was coerced into thinking that Batman was the ultimate cause of Joker’s insanely murderous high jinks. Slowly falling in love with the irascible psychotic, Harleen eventually aided the mirthful murderer to escape the asylum and joined him on his insane crusade to dispense madness and murder on the populace of Gotham City.

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Ms Quinn was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm and actually made her first ever appearance outside of the comic book format, on the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, in an episode titled “Joker’s Favour”. Actress Arleen Sorkin was Paul Dini’s original inspiration for the clown princess of crime, after he saw her in an episode of Days Of Our Lives, in which she appeared in a dream sequence wearing a Jester outfit. Dini and Sorkin had been friends since college, and he even incorporated certain facets of her personality into the character.

Though initially brought in as a throw away character, Harley proved so massively popular with the DC fanbase that she was ultimately brought into DC Universe continuity in the 1994 graphic novel “Batman Adventures: Mad Love” which recounted her wacky origin tale, and was written and drawn by original co-creators Dini and Timm.

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Harley of course has, since that time, become a force to be reckoned with both in and out of the comic book world, starring in both animated and live action movies, and is also without a doubt, THE most most popular choice for depiction amongst cos-players across the globe. 

Hellacious Harley’s quarter century celebrations begin with (aptly) “Harley Quinn Rebirth #25″, an oversized issue of Ms Quinn’s mega popular monthly series. Written by the masters of mirth – Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, with a back up story by Harley’s co-creator Paul Dini.

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Amanda Conner Never Fails To Astonish With Her Fantastic Cover Art – Masterful Writer And Sublime Artist… Is There Nothing This Talented Lady Can’t Do!?

This really is one of the funniest HQ comics released to date, an hilarious issue packed with action, suspense, sentimentality… and beaver jokes (well of course there are beaver jokes… it’s a Harley comic by those masterly mirthful maestros Amanda and Jimmy!) In fact, as great as all the tales jam packed into this issue are (Paul Dini making a triumphant return to his creation obviously being a stand out) it was the ridiculously brilliant birthday chapter by Amanda and her hubby Jimmy that I enjoyed the most. I mean, let’s be honest, BEAVER jokes are sooooo childish and ever so slightly politically incorrect but, under the direction of the dynamic duo of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti they are hilarious and had me giggling and snorting like a school child (much to the consternation of the other patrons in the cafe I was reading it in!!)

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Poison Ivy And Harley Discuss, Beavers… Erm!

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Enough Already!! My Ribs Are Beginning To Ache!!!

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OK, OK Fellow Cafe Patrons, I’m Laughing And Crying Because This Is An Extremely Funny Comic, I’m Not Mad… Promise (Then Again, I’m Laughing Out Loud In A Public Place About Beaver Jokes… Soooooo)

Happy 25th Anniversary To Our Favourite Clown Princess!

(Please Note: No beavers were hurt during the writing of this post… just tossed, stuffed, kidnapped and made fun of… so that’s OK then!)

“By Athena’s Shield!” – The New Wonder Woman: Gotham City Garage Statue Truly Is A Gift From Olympus Itself…

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Suffering Sappho! Why do you keep doing this to me DC? constantly releasing the most mind-shatteringly awesome toys and collectables… I have zero willpower, and a sentient wallet that rails against my purchase of yet more Wondy products! Yet once again you release another objet d’art that is so incredible, it seems only the Greek Gods themselves could have created it (and once more… my wallet cries sweet tears of pain and joy.)

ww8 (1) The Gotham City Garage range of statues have encompassed several iconic female heroes and villains since it’s genius introduction including seminal characters Catwoman and Harley Quinn, these, of course, pale to insignificance now that the leader of the pack has been revealed – the Themysciran Titan Wonder Woman!

The fabulous sculpt encompasses everything we love about the Amazon Princess liberally borrowing from her paradigmatic mythology to deliver a stunning statue worthy of the Greek Gods themselves.

The bike and outfit reflecting Wondy’s classic red, white, and blue styling and the transparent fairing evoking Diana’s other favoured form of transport, her quintessential invisible plane. The intricate details don’t end there though, for as we delve further, other iconic details surface including, Diana’s crash helmet which is an obvious nod back to the one worn by Lynda Carter in the original  seventies TV series, with the number 41 on the top signifying Wondy’s comic-book  debut in 1941.

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Gaea’s gift of amazing Amazon memorable motorbilia measures an astonishing 13.5″ wide x 10″ high x 8″ deep and comes with an appropriately detailed base that conveys Diana’s heritage with the crumbling Greek columns. This highly detailed piece was sculpted by Irene Matar and Adam Ross from an original design by Keron Grant. 

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Keron Grant’s Original Design Sketch

And, just as I was writing this piece, news hit that DC Comics are actually turning their awesome range of motorcycle heroines into a bona-fide comic book series along the lines of their successful Bombshells series! Penned by writers – Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, with a rotating roster of artists beginning with Brian Ching.

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Set in an alternate timeline, where evil mastermind Lex Luthor prevails over Gotham City which he has renamed “The Garden.” In return for bringing peace and contentment to this idyll, Lex expects a resolute loyalty from his subjects, but this is surreptitiously achieved through Lex’s new technology that nexus’ everyone into a hive mind. Any discontent by the populace is quickly deterred by his overseer team led by The Batman! 

This sounds fantastic, more news as we hear it fellow fans of fantastic fiction.

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313

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Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of  ‘The Week In Geek’  where we love to share our favourite – Comic Book, Video-Game, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek dear agents, once more…

Who Watches The Watchmen?

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HBO are, once again, hinting that they are attempting to bring Alan Moore’s seminal comic book series ‘Watchmen’ to the small screen. The groundbreaking 80’s series published by DC Comics is one of the greatest pieces of Superhero fiction ever wrought, and was previously brought to life through Zack Snyder’s masterful 2009 cinematic adaptation.

HBO have approached Damon Lindelof, the creator of shows such as ‘Lost’ and ‘The Leftovers’ to take the reins of the series. Lindelof told Comic Book Resources in 2009 that Watchmen had “influenced his writing style more than anything else he had ever read”, so he seems like an excellent choice for reuniting us with it’s iconic cast of misfit Superheroes and masked vigilantes.

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm Returns In All New HD Remaster…

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Well finally… the stunning 1993 animated movie ‘Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm’ will release on Blu-Ray next month in an all new 1080p high definition remaster.  Warner Bros 90’s classic is a favourite amongst Bat-fans, and for good reason, it’s one of the best interpretations of Gotham’s guardian outside of the comic books themselves. The film successfully drives home the pain and sacrifice that Bruce Wayne has had to endure to become the justice seeking creature of the night that haunts the dreams of Gotham’s many miscreants and malefactors. 

‘When the city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the Caped Crusader is initially blamed. But prowling the Gotham night is a shadowy new villain – The Phantasm, a sinister figure with links to Batman’s past. Can the Dark Knight elude the Police, capture the Phantasm, and clear his own name?’

Wonderful Art For A Wonderful Woman…

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With the excellent Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot ‘Wonder Woman’ movie still breaking records at the box office and finally showing the world that a female led Superhero movie is not only viable, but essential, let’s celebrate the Themysciran Titan’s triumph with some fantastic poster art images that have been released in the wake of the stunning movie by Poster Posse. 

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Images are copyright – Poster Posse

Why not join us again next time friends for more ‘Week In Geek’

Comic Cover Of The Week: Batman Rebirth #24

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The Bat, The Cat… And Wedding Bells!

Where exactly do Superheroes get married anyway?… mmmmmm, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Welcome my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of Comic Cover Of The Week, and this week our splendiferous spotlight of excellence falls upon Batman Rebirth #24. This illustriously illustrated issue is brought to you by those ceaseless composers of comic-book craft – Tom King, Danny Miki and David Finch.

Writer Tom King sure knows how to weave a compelling tale or two, it has to be said, his run on the the Rebirth Batman title has been nothing less than astonishing. His prodigious writing talents run the gamut of horror, thriller, good old fashioned heroics and comedy… narrative-wise, he really is the King (pun most definitely intended!)

Batman #24 is an emotionally charged issue from beginning through to emotive end, the Bat, the Cat and wedding bells? it’s certainly a possibility as Gotham’s grim guardian sensationally gets down on one knee to propose to the feisty feline felon known as Catwoman. So will this mean a happy denouement to the trials and tribulations of the dark and scary one’s overtly complicated and melancholic life? Maybe, but I wouldn’t hold your breath, this is the Batman we’re talking about here, when has his life ever involved anything more than tragedy and vicissitude.

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“Aftermath!” Gotham City is at peace… but a war is coming. Armed with the terrifying knowledge gained from the mysterious button, Batman must prepare for the coming storm by making a proposition to one of his enemies… one that may change everything for the Dark Knight and his allies.”

Batman #24 is available at your local comic book emporium right now.

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act VIII

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Our Olympian Odyssey through the ancient Amazon archives continues expeditiously as we leave behind the Herculean Amphitheatre of knowledge we surreptitiously unearthed in our previous instalment, and guide ourselves through a small vestibule daedally draped in silken banners that portray the subjugation and eventual emancipation of the deific Amazons from their ancient adversary Hercules.

Upon closer inspection of the various Vexillum we notice one of them softly swaying back and forth, possessed of a zephyr of air from an unknown source. Pushing aside the intricate pennant we discover a set of majestic marble steps that lead upwards, twisting and turning erratically, triumphantly obscuring our vision of their eventual end.

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After what feels like an eternity of elevation our perpetual pace comes to cessation as we find our progress halted by a lavishly engraved bronze Mycenaean style Lion Gate. Incisively running our fingers across a prominent carving of a Lioness, we discover a hasp ingeniously masquerading as one of it’s intricate incisors. Pulling the hasp towards us causes the Lion Gate to slowly open… instantly we move our hands to shield our eyes as blinding sunlight pores in through the now unlatched gateway, after months spent scouring the archives under scant torchlight, the suddenness of the solar rays scorch our eyes.

With the colossal Amazon archives now behind us, does this mark the end of our epic odyssey? or is it symbolic of a new beginning for Wonder Woman? these questions and more can only be answered through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana of Themyscira.

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A new day does indeed dawn on the paradise island known as Themyscira, as our Hellenic Herald embraces a new origin story, and siblings of Godlike stature. In September 2011, DC Comics relaunched it’s entire line of comic books, with the elaborate event being named ‘The New 52’  – fifty two titles each following a classic DC character. Diana was no longer birthed from clay, moulded by her mother Queen Hippolyta, and given life by a pantheon of Greek Gods, but instead is the demi-goddess daughter of Zeus himself. Her original origin is revealed to be nothing more than an elaborate cover story to protect her from the preconceived wrath of Zeus‘ wife Hera.

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DC brought on board sensational scribe Brian Azzarello to pen her ongoing tales of fantastic fiction, and astounding artist Cliff Chiang to bring her virtual soul to life. Together they succeeded in producing one of the most celebrated runs in Wonder Woman‘s long and varied history.

Join us again next time for more ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ my accomplished Amazonian associates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act VII

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Our ongoing odyssey through the ancient Amazon archives has begat many magnificent and momentous tales of bravery, heroism and valour as we have pedantically pursued the scintillating sisterhood of antediluvian Amazon warriors, and their champion, Diana of Themyscira.

As we proceed in negotiating the vast annals of knowledge, our perpetual path brings us ever closer to the ultimate truth behind the legends of Gods, and monsters, sacrifice and salvation and the hellenic herald who would lead her sisters into the light of a new world and, in the fullness of time, become the emancipator of humanity itself.

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As we continue apace the corridors of collation, we glimpse, in our peripheral vision, an evanescent trail of golden light that guides us to a small crevice located in the ancestral archive walls. Reaching cautiously into the cleft our hand alights upon a small but infinitely intricate lever, pulling this down causes the walls to slowly unveil their secrets, folding in of themselves to reveal a hitherto unseen amphitheatre of Herculean magnitude, with every inch of this precious structure overflowing with vast volumes of lore pertaining to the revered history of Hera’s adopted daughters.

Once more, as if Zeus himself guides our path, we happen upon a volume so elaborate that it is hard to believe that even the Olympic Gods themselves could ever forge such a magnificent tome, a book so mysterious and rich in power that it could only ever be translated through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince.

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Welcome my fellow comic book loving compatriots to another astonishing advent in Amazon lore, an intense, illuminating issue that is brought to you by those luminary lights of cosmic creation – J.Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester, Eduardo Pansica, and Alex Sinclair. Wonder Woman #608 was unleashed in April 2011.

Wonder Woman #608 continues the ‘Odyssey’ storyline that began in the anniversary special Wonder Woman #600, which rebooted our heroic herald with a new backstory and costume. Though the lengthy fourteen part epic tale by master scribe J.Michael Straczynski was a well structured and finely wrought piece of narrative, the fundamental changes made to Diana during this saga, never sat well with fans, and was ultimately rebooted soon after, when DC Comics began the ‘New 52′ complete overhaul of it’s entire multiverse.

Join us again next time for more ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ my adroit Amazonian associates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act VI

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Our effervescent expedition through the ancient Amazon archives continues apace as we descend yet another level into what is a seemingly infinite array of chambers and corridors, with each and every recess literally crammed with untold millennia of encyclopedic knowledge pertaining to the deific Amazon race.

This new tier though appears more majestic than the three previous floors we negotiated, the palatial surroundings are bathed under an ethereal light that transcends even the anterior archives in elegance. Diaphanous silks drape across the walls, and each turn of the interminable passageways present us with an exquisite effigy of one of the founding Gods of Olympus, layered in gold and precious stones that denotes their importance to the noble race of warriors and artisans.

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The hellenic architecture of the passages give way to an extraordinarily large Propylae gate that forms the entrance to an elegant repository that house the largest collection of tomes and parchments we have yet seen in our ongoing odyssey. One wall though contains a single volume, bound in leather and embossed in gold leaf this intricate book shimmers under the luminescent glow of the nearby torches. Carefully opening the tome, our eyes alight upon the magnificence of the interior narrative, an elaborate exposition that can only be translated through… Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince.

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A scintillating six hundred issues into the astonishing adventures of the amazing Amazon, and DC merge the previous three volumes and return Diana’s foray into man’s world to its original numbering. This oversized anniversary special brings together a legion of tantalising talent to create a commemorative comic of epic proportion.

The cadre of comic-book composers gathered together for this illustrious issue include – George Perez, Amanda Conner, Gail Simone, Phil Jimenez, Jock, Adam Hughes, J. Michael Strazczynski, Nicola Scott and many, many more. Plus, an incomparable introduction by stunning seventies superstar of the original Wonder Woman TV series, the lovely Lynda Carter!

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The anniversary issue comprises five different tales of the Themysciran Titan, with the highlight for this fevered fan being the short tale written and drawn by the amazing Amanda Conner. We find Wonder Woman teaming up with Power Girl and one time Batgirl Cassandra Cain to battle the inexplicable Egg-Fu! It also touches upon a power we rarely see used by Diana, her innate ability to empathise and to some extent converse with animals, as she gives Power Girl a look into why her pet cat is out of sorts in a heartfelt and amusing tale.

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Join us again next time for more ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ my adventurous Amazonian associates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act V

 

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Pushing ever deeper into the cavernous chambers of the ancient Amazon archives we happen across an expertly crafted statue of Queen Hippolyta, the intricate design is so meticulous that it could only have been created by the Gods of Olympus themselves.

Tracing our fingers across the elaborate effigy we notice that the grandiose Sarissa spear that the likeness of the Amazonian Queen clutches in its left hand has a small catch hidden just below the tip. Lifting the catch cautiously causes the graven image of Hippolyta to suddenly drop the Aspis shield it was wielding. Upon retrieving the heavy bronze Aspis from the dusty chamber floors we notice, secreted behind the leather interior of the shield, a slender tome, that can only be translated through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the Titan of Themyscira.

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Once more unto the breach my astonishing Amazonian affiliates as we celebrate yet another illustrious issue from those ceaseless composers of fantastic fiction – Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti & Matt RyanWonder Woman (volume 3) #41 was released in April 2010.

This compelling comic showcases a literal Clash of the Titans, as two of DC’s heavy hitters collide head on.  Kryptonian Power Girl is the Earth 2 variant of Supergirl and possesses the same powers and skills as her parallel dimensional cousin, super strength and speed, near invulnerability, flight and more, making her a very ferocious foe to her rogues gallery of enemies. Unfortunately for the amazing Amazon, today, all of Power Girls focus is directly on taking down Diana, in a battle royale of epic proportion.

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Possessed by the offspring of AresPower Girl believes Diana to be a fake and instantly sets about exposing the truth by attempting to pummel the Themysciran Princess with all her immeasurable might. Though the two powerhouses are equals in both strength and fortitude, Power Girl is not an Amazon and with millennia of training and combat expertise, Diana is more than a match for the raging Kryptonian.

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Another fantastic issue from Simone and Lopresti that pits two of DC Comics’ most beloved heroines. Standout moments of this two part tale entitled ‘A Murder Of Crows’ are, Wonder Woman extolling that she is “A Little Peeved” (after getting swatted by a down town bus that Power Girl is hefting like a baseball bat) and Power Girl punching Diana so hard… she ends up across the border in Canada!!

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my adroit Amazonian associates!

Happy Wonder Woman Day

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Wonder Woman weekend is upon us my astounding Amazonian associates, triumphantly commencing yesterday with the release of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkin’s stunning cinematic adaptation (oh and believe me folks, it definitely lives up to the hype, review incoming soon) and continuing through today, which DC Comics have officially declared – Wonder Woman Day!

Hera’s heraldic hero of hope has been with us for an astonishing 75 years now and in that time has immersed herself in all forms of entertainment media from comic-books, animation, novelisations, television series, and beyond. So here’s three ways that you can join in the celebration of the world’s most important fictional female…

Indulge In The Fantastic 2009 Animated Origin Tale…

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Patty Jenkin’s fantastic adaptation might be Wondy’s first cinematic live action solo debut, but the Themysciran Titan has headlined her own movie previous to this in the amazing 2009 animated tale.

The film, which was written by Gail Simone and Michael Jelenic gave us a George Perez inspired origin tale, that takes us from the golden shores of Themyscira and Diana’s complex relationships with her mother, Queen Hippolyta and sister Amazons, to the dangerous and uncertainty of the world outside of the Amazon’s paradise island. With a star studded voice cast that includes – Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Virginia Madsen, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson and David McCallum, this is one of the best adaptations of Diana Prince outside of the comic books themselves… highly recommended.

Read Wonder Woman Rebirth…

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DC Comic’s recent Rebirth shake up of it’s iconic universe of characters has been a massive hit with fans across the globe. The 2016 relaunch heralded the end of their New52  run and returned the DCU to a time before the Flashpoint Paradox but retained the history and continuity of what came before.

Wonder Woman Rebirth has been a stunning adaptation of Zeus’ favoured daughter, alternating each issue between her present and past, with a retelling of her canonical origin story in the “Year One” chapters by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, and the contemporary tale of Diana’s trials and tribulations to discover the truth behind “The Lies” by Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp. Diana’s world was brought to glorious and evocative life through the talent of these individuals presenting us with quite possibly the greatest WW run of issues since the glory days of the great George Perez. 

Continue Your Odyssey Through The Ancient Amazon Archives…

Our Herculean Odyssey through the Ancient Amazon Archives was a particularly big hit for Precinct1313 last year, and in anticipation of Gal Gadot’s solo escapades as the Amazon Herald we have been revisiting the archives from it’s humble beginnings through to it’s thrilling denouement… and Act IV begins right here. Happy Wonder Woman Day, my astoundingly awesome Amazonian affiliates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act IV

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Our torches flicker white hot incandescence across the walls of the ancient Amazon archives as we continue our research into the millennia long annals of the Olympus created Amazon race. We have descended vast depths since beginning this investigation, floor after floor of extensive libraries detailing every facet of the venerable Amazons and their feats of great valour, which are then regaled to you through – Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Zeus’ favoured daughter.

This weeks tantalising tome is brought to you by those veracious virtuosi of comic book excellence – Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan. Released in September 2009.

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After her titanic struggle against the unremitting foe Genocide and a sorrowful departure from her home of Themyscira, Diana returns to her apartment in Washington DC. It is here she learns that Genocide is still alive, though broken, and is being harboured by Dr Psycho in Japan, Psycho is using an underground Meta-Human fight arena as cover whilst he sets about returning Genocide (who is actually the corpse of Wonder Woman, stolen by Ares in the future and corrupted to become Genocide) to full power.

Diana consults fellow Justice League member Dinah Lance (better known as Black Canary) about her dealings with illegal operations such as Psycho’s fight den, who gleefully agrees to join Diana on her mission to infiltrate the Meta-Human arena as competitors. Cue another fantastically written tale by the talented Gail Simone, the quirky story follows our two celebrated heroines on a journey through zany Japanese culture and even comparisons of Super female bust sizes(!?)

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I love this run of Wonder Woman by Gail Simone, in my opinion it rivals all the greats that came before and after it including George Perez and the more recent saga by BrianAzzarello. Simone just ‘gets’ the character like no other, it helps also that her talent runs the gamut of both deep dramatism and incredibly funny comedy. Rounding this series off perfectly are Aaron Lopresti’s fantastic visuals, his characters exhibit real emotion and his articulation of facial expressions in his art is worthy of the great Keith Giffen himself, and that is high praise indeed.

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my astonishing Amazonian associates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act III

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Pushing ever deeper into the ancient Amazon archives we discover a seemingly forgotten pathway, heavily shrouded in near impenetrable darkness and coated in a fine layer of dust and cobwebs. Beyond this hidden path lies a small ornate room illuminated from some unknown and otherworldly source, and at its centre lies a magnificent manuscript that can only be translated through – “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Princess Diana of Themyscira.

Today’s tantalising tome is brought to you by those boundless bastions of comic book creation – Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan. Released in July 2008.

The startling story secreted behind the colossal cover is the first part of a four issue mini-series entitled “Ends Of The Earth” and marks the beginning of Gail Simone’s legendary run on the awesome Amazon’s adventures.

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Diana must brave the mystical demonic real known as the Black Horizon, this desolate plane has devoured many a great warrior whom have encountered its perilous landscape. Bereft of most of her powers and fighting a growing bloodlust in her veins, Diana must journey through this dangerous dimension to reclaim her soul from a demon lord who resides at the edge of existence.

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my astute Amazonian associates!