Welcome fellow Agents of Precinct1313 to another enticing 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…
Wondy Returns… To The Eighties!
Ahh the eighties, also known as – the greatest decade in human history (I’m an 80’s kid, so a slight amount of bias may be inherent) the decade of extreme action heroes like Arnie and Sly, the start of grandly Gothic culture (yep, I was a Goth too!) the absolute best horror movies ever, and comic book sales and readership were massive thanks to marvellously mature storylines and celebrated creators, especially glorious George Perez and his ultimate take on everyone’s favourite Amazon Princess… plus Lynda Carter, returning once more as Diana… as I said greatest, decade, EVER!
And it seems I’m not alone in this thought, as delightful director Patty Jenkins and astonishing actress Gal Gadot will be revisiting this decidedly delicious decade with the sequel to the sterling 2017 Wonder Woman movie, appropriately titled Wonder Woman 84. With film production in full swing we have been regaled with much in the way of awesome stills and video footage, comprising not just Zeus’ favoured daughter, but also, the intriguing return of Steve Trevor. Feast your eyes on these implacably illustrious images, my astounding Amazonian associates:
Hmmmm, now the only problem I can foresee with Gal’s Wondy popping up during the exhilarating eighties is the possibility of an extreme time paradox occurring should she run into Lynda Carter’s vivacious version of the Themysciran Titan.
Sting Channels John Constantine…
Well bloody ‘ell, who would of thought it, Sting is a bleedin’ Constantine fan… how cool is that!?
In a recent video, music maestro Sting has revealed he will be writing the foreword to the Constantine: Hellblazer 30th Anniversary Celebration. Interestingly (and bloody well meta!) Sting’s foreword will take the unique perspective of the Golden Boy, Constantine’s alternate universe twin, and will focus on his relationship with the mystic occult detective over the years. Sting fantastically captures the look and essence of the classic British comic-book character, his inclusion in the celebratory collection is a definite nod to the fact that Sting was an early inspiration to Constantine’s signature appearance. Very, bloody, cool, Indeed!
“Starting from his first appearance, a debut penned by the extraordinary legend that is Alan Moore, Constantine has served as an enduring and controversial pop-culture character… an exorcist and demonologist, master of the dark arts, and the lead of DC/Vertigo’s longest running and most successful title.”
The John Constantine – Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Collection will be available to buy on October 30th.
And Finally… Death!
Look at this.. look at it… I need this, it’s everything… it’s life (well actually it’s Death, but y’know) This awesome Death of the Endless pop figure is coming to a comic-book emporium near you, pre-order it soon or spend an eternity longing for Death…
Why not join us again next time friends, for more Week In Geek.
It is with great sadness that we report that veteran British comic-book artist Steve Dillon passed away this week, he was 54 years of age. His untimely passing was confirmed by his brother, Glyn Dillon today.
Steve Dillon was best known in the comic-book community for his work on DC/Vertigo’s ‘Preacher’ series, on which he collaborated with writer Garth Ennis. But he is most fondly remembered by myself for his contributions to classic British anthology comic – 2000AD, especially his stunning artwork for Judge Dredd, which was one of my favourite versions of the character.
Steve Dillon also worked for DC Comics and Vertigo on their Hellblazer/Constantine series, and Marvel’s Punisher. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Occult detective and full time cynic John Constantine may have had his (extremely enjoyable) TV series cancelled recently, but he is still alive and kicking in the DC Universe with a new series following everyone’s favourite British demon hunter beginning this week. This new ongoing monthly returns John to his roots, feeling a lot more like his classic run of stories from his days as a mainstay of DC’s Vertigo imprint, than more recent interpretations of the character in series such as Justice League Dark (which is still a great series, and comes nevertheless recommended.)
With a varied and complex history, Constantine is one of those characters that if you haven’t been following his mystical adventures on a regular basis over the years, you may find it difficult to click with the character and his odd nuances and quirky character traits. But this new first issue by writer Ming Doyle helps bridge that barrier, giving first time readers all the information they need, and presenting you with a feel for who he is and what he represents, without the need for a complicated explanation of back story.
The story itself is absorbing, and very adult, with a nod towards John’s previously hinted at bisexuality. John’s dark and cynical side is brilliantly offset here with a flirty and jovial nature that really draws you into into his crazy psyche. The art is, unique, seemingly at first rather basic, as you read the comic though you begin to appreciate it more, with a real sense of characterisation of both the players and the world itself. My first impression of Riley Rossmo’s style was unfavourable, but it definitely has grown on me now.
Constantine The Hellblazer #1 can be found at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Ming Doyle. Interior and cover art by: Riley Rossmo.
Precinct1313 Rating: Awesome, Unusual, Zany, Dark, Adult, but most definitely Constantine… Buy It!