With Rebecca Sugar's new animated series Steven Universe set to debut on Cartoon Network on November 4th (and a free downloadable preview currently online), Boom! Studios has officially announced its accompanying ongoing comic book series. Starring a happy-go-lucky young boy on a team of much more mature cosmic heroines, the new series follows Steven as he learns to tap his full potential as a Crystal Gem... by eating ice cream and administering sick burns, among other things. A special four-page preview of his comic adventures written by Sugar, penciled by Lamar Abrams, inked by Danny Hynes, and colored and lettered by Jeremy Sorese will debut tomorrow in the pages of Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular #1. The official regular creative team for Steven Universe #1 hasn't been announced just yet, but should manifest closer to the issue's debut in early 2014. Check out our exclusive first look at the preview from Boom!, after the jump.
When the DC Universe relaunched in 2011 with The New 52, the idea was to put a current-day spin on superheroes: lots of seams in the costumes, more aggressive attitudes, rockier relationships.
If the trailer for Justice League: War, the new animated film that adapts the first storyline from The New 52, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's initial six-issue arc from Justice League, is any indication, it has all been set to a dubstep soundtrack, too. Check out the trailer after the jump.
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week: “Time Fugitives, Part Two," with all -- perhaps more of -- the Cable you can handle!
Emmy-winning veteran actress Marcia Wallace has passed away, due to complications from breast cancer. In 1972, Wallace became a part of television history when she was cast to play Carol Kester, the joke-loving receptionist to Dr. Robert Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show. It was a breakout role for the actress, but to an entire generation of television viewers Wallace will forever be remembered as Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson's cynical, sarcastic, and largely unlucky in love fourth grade teacher on The Simpsons.
If you've been following ComicsAlliance for the last few months, you'll know that we are somewhat fascinated by the '90s X-Men cartoon. It was an important moment for Marvel, as the show introduced many kids to both the X-Men and the Marvel universe. In the process the show helped create a new generation of fans, including Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam. On hand at New York Comic Con to promote The Illegitimates, the comic he created with writer Marc Andreyko, Killam made a guest appearance at the Marvel booth, where he recreated the pilot episode of the show while playing every character. His Gambit is appropriately creepy, his Cyclops is appropriately dickish, and his Jubilee recreates the weirdest rhetorical question we have ever heard anyone ask. It's pretty great.
Just a few weeks away from the release of his latest movie, Thor made an appearance on Marvel's Hulks And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. Any team up of the two creates an interesting dynamic for a few reasons. Aside from being one of the few characters in the Marvel Universe who potentially matches the Hulks in terms of strength, Thor is also, as an Asgardian god, pretty used to fighting with or against beings like the Hulks, not to mention the villains for this episode: the frost giants Laufey and Ymir.
We were again joined on the phone by supervising producer Cort Lane to discuss the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. teaming up with the God of Thunder, designing ice giants, and why Skaar and Thor have a lot in common.
There are only a handful of people on this planet more skeptical of modern day, family-friendly reinterpretations of the masterfully crude and hilariously dry animated features that comprised The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. There's demonstrable proof that such endeavors simply do not work, specifically the mostly terrible 2000 live-action version The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle starring Robert De Niro and Brendan Fraser's earnest but unsuccessful turn as Dudley Do-Right in 1999. After seeing those films, fans of producer Jay Ward's wry variety series shuddered to think what might come next; Fractured Fairy Tales, Aesop's & Son, and most probably, Peabody's Improbable History, a brilliantly silly series of vignettes about a relentlessly smug, time traveling dog and his human sidekick visiting historical figures only to discover them in various states of indignity and disgrace.
Well, it would seem that smarter heads have prevailed in the thirteen years since Hollywood's last attempt to make a Rocky & Bullwinkle-based film. Not only is the new film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, an animated affair, but it's helmed by The Lion King co-director Rob Minkoff himself. The theatrical trailer released today reflects an obvious mandate to make Peabody and Sherman more emotionally palatable for the all ages audiences of today, but expresses a great deal of the sardonic spirit that original creator Ted Key infused into his classic cartoons.
Cartoon Network has pulled Beware the Batman off the air, even though it's only been part of its Saturday morning schedule since mid-July. The next episode, which was scheduled for this Saturday, won't be running.
Fans can hold out a little hope, though: Anthony Ruivivar, the actor who voices Batman on the show, Tweeted that it may return in January.
It's not exactly the return of our beloved Japanese Spider-Man, but Marvel has at least re-teamed with Toei for a new 2D anime set to launch in spring of 2014, with Bandai set to release merchandise (like, tons of toys). Titled, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, the series sounds kind of like... Monster Rancher? That's right, Loki has trapped most of the world's heroes and villains inside of new disks -- that were originally designed to capture and secure bad guys like Pokéballs -- and it's up to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and Wasp to team with Spider-Man and a group of teens and "harness their respective fighting skills and superhuman powers to foil Loki’s scheme to take over the world."
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week: "Time Fugitives, Part One!" Because everybody loves these nonsense time travel stories, right? Right.