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Comic Pick of the Week (September 24, 2014)

Great Stories selects….

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse)


Coming off the heels of the well-received Prometheus comic a couple weeks ago, Aliens: Fire and Stone tells the tragic tale of what befell the mining colony LV-426.  The Prometheus and Aliens franchises are inextricably tied together in a natural and flowing chronological symphony that whets the appetite of sci-fi horror fans in a way that previous cross-overs Aliens/Predator never could.  We are excited to see what the future holds, even if it is ironically in the past, as it were.  Dark Horse is serving us up a treat and it makes us wonder what Ridley Scott may have in store for us as we have been hearing more buzz about a Prometheus sequel.

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Comic Pick of the Week (September 17, 2014)

Great Stories selects…..

Manifest Destiny #10 (SkyBound)


Chris Dingess continues to weave a wonderful tale featuring the historic figures Lewis and Clark as they trek across the American wilderness and encounter some of the most outlandish fiends and threats one could imagine in the Brave New World.  They each bring their own complimentary elements of brains and brawn, but is it enough to keep their crew of soldiers and prisoners together for the greater good……or even just mere survival?  The art continues to astound through Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni.  If you have not picked up this book, run out and get the first trade paperback and then catch up with the rest of us, because we hate so much to have this much fun without you!

-Chris (for the Great Stories team)

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Comic Picks of the Week (September 10, 2014)

Hello Ridley Scott’s Alien fans!  You’ve been waiting for this one I bet!  This week, Dark Horse unleashed Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1.

Brought to you by the Eisner nominated team of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra, comes the next chapter in the amazing Alien saga.


Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the crew of the Prometheus never returned from its historic journey to the distant moon LV-223, and thus the questions surrounding the origins of man went unanswered.  Now, a new team of deep space explorers is hoping to uncover the mysterious fate of the original mission, unknowing that they may unleash their own damnation as well.  Jump in on the first part of the four part story.

Also hitting the shelves this week, were Inhuman #5, Death of Wolverine #2, The Amazing Spider-Man#6, Caliban #6, Edge of Spider-Verse #1, and a free 75 year celebration of Marvel Comics book.


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Fresh Popped Corn: September 2014 Movie Trailer Preview

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.


September 5th
It is a light release week, which may guarantee Guardians of the Galaxy gets another week on top of the box office charts. Time will tell on that count, but we won’t be betting against the Marvel juggernaut.  Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd headline one of only two new wide release films in The Identical, which is a story about two talented twins separated at birth who grow up in much different environments, yet strive for the same goals.  The other new movie, Innocent, stars Sophie Curtis as a student who attends a new school with some very sinister secrets and may become victim to the witchery that lies within.  Forrest Gump is getting an IMAX style re-release.  The rest is limited release fare, and includes Emily Browning starring in the musical drama God Help the Girl, Juliette Lewis as a punk rocker turned suburban mother in the intriguing Kelly & Cal, Ed Harris starring as a sheriff investigating the murder of a rancher in southern border drama Frontera, and apocalyptic horror The Remaining. You may have trouble fnding these films in your community and we can only hope for the potential of wider release assuming they do well in their respective test markets but both Kelly & Cal as well as Frontera look like quality films to us.  Check out their trailers below.


September 12th
Week two kicks off with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in the sequel Dolphin Tale 2.  Idris Elba looks to terrorize you in the thriller No Good Deed.  It is James Gandolfini’s last starring role in the crime thriller The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.  Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play twins who attempt to get re-acquainted after an estrangement in The Skeleton Twins.  James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain play for tragic romance in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: ThemAtlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?  is the third in the Ayn Rand trilogy from her epic philosophical literary work.  Josh Charles and Radha Mitchell co-star in a weird romantic fantasy drama about young lovers in Paris (somehow birds fit in) in Bird People.  The trailer hurt my brain.  Swearnet: The Movie is “The Trailer Park Boys” big screen debut from the TV show.  Kevin Kline plays an aging American who takes on a property in France that comes with a challenging resident in My Old Lady.  Kristen Scott Thomas co-stars.  The Green Prince is a documentary about a true-life Hamas double agent for Israel.  I Am Eleven is a look at life through the eyes of young children from various backgrounds and cultures around the world.  And Honeymoon is a spookfest about a couple who retreat to the backwoods for a romantic retreat only to find something terrible keeping them company.  Lots of good choices this week, and we are inclined to start our Halloween celebration a little early by indulging in the great Idris Elba’s thriller.  But for those of you looking for a good laugh, The Skeleton Twins looks like it could serve up some satisfaction.  Check out both trailers below.


September 19th
Looking like a bit of a cross between Lord of the Flies and Hunger Games, The Maze Runner will be angling for a heavy teen turnout and box office success as a group of young people will need to band together to escape their wilderness confinement.  Liam Neeson plays an ex-cop turned private detective investigating a disturbingly vile crime in A Walk Among the Tombstones.  Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda star in a comedy about a group of siblings who through the chaos of their own lives need to share the same roof for one week after their father passes away in the movie This Is Where I Leave You.  Simon Pegg plays a psychiatrist in a global search for an elusive happiness in the appropriately titled Hector and the Search for Happiness.  And Tracks is the biographical drama about a woman who makes a trek across the desserts of western Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.  Our money is on the great Liam Neeson and the creepy thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.  Prepare to be chilled to the bone below.


September 26th
September wraps up with Denzel Washington as a vigilante in The Equalizer, playing a former black ops soldier who tires of seeing injustices being perpetrated around him.  There is some family fare with the animated feature The Boxtrolls, which features a boy who grows up amongst the mystical urban tinkering creatures and then must defend his people against the humans who want them wiped out.  Pride is the true story of the gay and lesbian community rising up to support a miner’s strike in Wales.  The Two Faces of January stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as a con artist duo who go on the run after getting caught up in the murder of a private detective in what looks to be a Hitchcock-inspired tale.  And in The Song, a man’s very tribute to his wife propels him to stardom and all that comes with it threatening everything he holds dearest to him.  In spite of the similar theme, we are huge Denzel fans and we’ll be seeing his vigilante film, but Two Faces of January also looks interesting.  Both trailers are featured below.


What are you most excited to see this month?

-The Great Stories Team

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Comic Pick of the Week (September 03, 2014)

No surprises this week.  The obvious choice is the correct one.

The much anticipated Death of Wolverine #1 hit the stands this week, and will be followed each of the next three weeks by the next installment of the four part story written by Charles Soule.  Incidentally, Soule just inked an exclusive contract with Marvel.  Steve McNiven brings us the artwork and boy does he deliver!

At this point, pretty much everyone knows Wolverine’s healing factor is gone.  He has sought the help of the world’s greatest minds to no avail.  But everyone knows, and now there’s an astronomical price on his head.  To make matters worse the price goes down the longer it takes to collect…


It get’s better still.  Skottie Young variant?  Check.

Can you say Director’s Cut?  Yep.

The Director’s Cut includes cover and interior sketchwork with McNiven and Soule commentary, an interview with Len Wein (co-creator of the Canucklehead), inked panels, and of course the script itself.  Score!

Moon Knight #7, Uncanny X-Men #25, Rocket Raccoon #3, The Punisher #10, the conclusion to Original Sin #8, and Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #2 also grace the new release rack this week, but if you’re just going to grab one book, then you’ve gotta go with Wolvie.


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