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Comic Picks of the Week (June 25, 2014)

DC stands for Director’s Cut! This week we get a rare DC from DC (Comics); Harley Quinn #0.

The issue features a new cover by Amanda Conner,  artwork submitted from their talent search, and most importantly pages and written insight from nineteen different artists from the industry!!  It doesn’t get much better than that!  This is hands down the pick of the week!

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That’s not to say there aren’t other worthy titles to grab.  This week also showcases everyone’s favorite wookiee in Star Wars: Rebel Heist #3, the conclusion of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6, Amazing Spider-Man#3 featuring the return of one seriously grumpy Black Cat, and C.O.W.L. #2

 

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Great stories are everywhere! ~Rob

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Comic Pick of the Week (June 18, 2014)

Great Stories selects……   Winter World (IDW)

 

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The great Chuck Dixon brings us a tale of a future earth under a deep freeze and the people who have managed to brave the ice and survive.  This story follows two of these survivors in particular.  Scully protects Wynn as she searches for her parents, risking hypothermia, starvation, or some other unknown demise.  The environment is unsettling and well-drawn by Butch Guice.  And Dixon’s storytelling has been on display at Marvel, DC, and mmany other companies for decades.  Some of his finer work can be seen in the pages of Punisher from the early 90’s, Batman,  and more recently IDW’s G.I. Joe. With a title like Winter World, you could easily be horrified by thoughts of Kevin Costner and that Water World disaster, but we think this story (in spite of its name) has far more promise.  We missed the original graphic novel, on which this comic is based, but rest assured we are intrigued and just may have to splurge for the story whose origins date back to 1987.   Great Stories are everywhere! -Chris

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Comic Picks of the Week (June 11, 2014)

This week horror fans are in for a rare treat!  The Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductee, Richard Corben, and Dark Horse have teamed up to bring us two adaptations of the works of Edgar Allan Poe.  Morella and the Murders in the Rue Morgue is a one-shot you don’t want to miss!

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Meanwhile, fans of the House of Ideas have plenty of releases to pick through.  Steampunk and Disney fans may want to check out Figment #1; a Marvel spin on an Epcot favorite.  The buildup to The Death of Wolverine continues in Wolverine #8 with Three Months to Die.  We also get one of my favorite books of the last couple years, All New X-Men #28 full of time-travelling mutants.  What is the next phase of the future’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants master plan?!!?

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Great stories are everywhere!

~Rob

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Fresh Popped Corn: June 2014 Movie Trailers

Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers.  Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about.  Movie release dates are subject to change.

 

June 6th

Tom Cruise looks to reverse his declining ticket sale trends with another sci fi action flick called The Edge of Tomorrow, also starring Emily Blunt.  Looks like a cross between Halo and Ground Hog Day to us, and a good friend of Great Stories who had the privilege of seeing it at a special showing said it was a great flick.  The Fault in Our Stars has Shailene Woodley and Angel Elgort as cancer survivors who strike up an unlikely and challenging romance after meeting in a support group.  The Moment stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Martin Henderson star in a psychological thriller or a photographer who becomes convinced she is guilty of the murder or her lover.  Jenny Slate is a stand-up comedian who goes through personal crisis (no, not losing the person who writes all her funny lines) in the movie Obvious Child.  In The Sacrament, the menace of a Jonestown-like cult is brought to life as a documentary team goes in search of one of the team’s family members.  Supermensch is an expose on legendary Hollywood manager Shep Gordon who has made stars in many musicians and actors.  Mike Myers directs and shows his search for happiness amidst a sea of celebrity.  And finally, Trust Me boasts Agent Coulson, er Clark Gregg, as a Hollywood agent struggling to make a name for himself and may have found his ticket with the next big thing.  The movie co-stars Amanda Peet and Sam Rockwell.  Our pick for the first week is with the horror thriller, The Sacrament.  Check out the trailer below.

 

June 13th

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street headlining the second week of June.  A bit “meh” if you ask us since the first was not all that entertaining.  Come on Hollywood…stop remaking or rehashing old properties and give us more original material!  How to Train Your Dragon 2 will drive the kiddies and their parents to the theaters with the voice talents of Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, and Jonah Hill (that’s right….two films in one weekend for him!).  Ivory Tower is a documentary on the astronomical rise in the cost of education and mounting student loan debts.  Hellion stars Aaron Paul as a single dad whose family is spinning out of control.  I Am I is a drama finding a woman who attempts to re-connect with her ailing father, only to have him believe that she is his departed wife.  Lullaby stars Amy Adams and Garett Hedlund in a film about an estranged son who comes back to the family after his long-dying father decides to take himself off of life support…..OK, can we get off the downer already?  It’s summer for crying eye!  The Rover is a post-apocalyptic revenge flick starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattison.  And finally, Laurence Fishburn stars in a sci-fi thriller, The Signal,  about two MIT hackers who cross paths with a rival and uncover a sinister plot in the middle of the New Mexican desert.  OK, we are seriously at a loss this week folks.  If you have a kid, grab him/her and go see a nice family film even though we admit to not having seen the first movie.  BAD GREAT STORIES BLOGGERS ….BAD!  Guess we will be renting that one from Netflix before the 13th!

 

June 20th

Back on track this week with the release of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons biopic, Jersey Boys (also a pretty popular broadway musical) with Clint Eastwood at the helm.  Think Like A Man Too has Kevin Hart drumming up laughs again with a pretty solid supporting cast as he and his cohorts hit Vegas to party it up and exchange nuptials.  In Third Person, Liam Neeson takes a break from kicking some butt to work through some psychological baggage as a writer who leaves his wife and re-connects with a lover in Paris while two other separate yet inter-connected plot lines weave themselves through (Crash-style).  James Franco, Mila Kunis, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, and Adrian Brody all star alongside in this drama.  A light week for sure, but we are looking forward to taking a trip back in time to see the rise of a pop sensation……take a look at the Jersey Boys trailer!

 

June 26th

We finish out the month of June strong with another huge blockbuster, as only Michael Bay can provide, in Transformers:  Age of Extinction.  This time, Shia LaBeouf gets traded for Mark Wahlberg, and the results look to be promising.  We say this after having absolutely despised part two of this series, but we’ll let bygones be bygones after part three put the Transformers series back in good standing.  Snowpiercer has Chris Evans fighting for his right of survival in a brave new world…..on a train housing the survivors of an ice age brought on by natural disaster flavor of the decade Global Warming.  It is based on a French graphic novel, which is something we always support…..yes, so many good stories to be had in the world of comics.  Keep ’em coming!  And nothing else to report for the last week of June, as these two potential blockbusters will be battling for supremacy.  And for this reason, we will give you both trailers and let you decide which is the best movie to see before we set foot over the mid-year point of 2014!

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Comic Pick of the Week (June 4, 2014)

Great Stories selects……

 

Black Widow #7 (Marvel)

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Punisher #6 (Marvel)

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Nathan Edmonson is doing a great job writing two of Marvel’s best street-level titles.  Each book boasts a remarkably different visual style, with Phil Noto’s painted art style making for beautifully elegant and dangerous panels within the pages of Natasha Romanov’s book.  It must be noted that there have been many attempts at bringing Black Widow’s solo book to a level of success as a non-limited series to varying degrees, but this is definitely a worthy attempt at making it stick.  In this particular yarn, Widow is working with a man she pulled out of the mob to help her identify targets of value for pay outside of her Avengers and SHIELD work.  Along comes a certain devil-horned hero to question her most recent actions and the redeemable nature of her work.

Switching gears to Punisher, we have the hunter becoming the hunted as Frank Castle attempts to disrupt a terror plot by an incredibly dangerous Mexican gang that has employed AIM to bring Los Angeles to it’s knees.  And they have brought in the heavy hitter (and Spider-Man foe), Electro, to do their dirty work.  Not only that, but the hired assassin Domino has also been sent by AIM to help achieve their goals.  And if things could not get any worse for Castle, the Howling Commandos are swooping in to take down our favorite vigilante.  How can he effectively punish with so many forces working against him?  Edmonson puts Frank’s back against the wall with the wonderful Mitch Gerads providing all the inglorious visual action!

 

Great Stories are everywhere!

 

-Chris (for the Great Stories team)