If you like sci-fi at all, chances are you've seen at least a dozen episodes of The Twilight Zone, if only to understand all the references to it in wider pop culture (or, simply older episodes of The Simpsons). If not, well, you're just as bad as my entire fourth grade class circa 1995 that stared at me blankly when my glasses fell off in the school library and I laughed and proclaimed, "It's not fair! It's not fair!" I don't blame them -- we didn't have Hulu back then -- but it still would've been nice to be able to explain my joke by pulling a black and white 3.75" The Twilight Zone action figure of Henry Bemis out of my backpack. That'd totally have worked, right? No? Well this August Bif Bang Pow!, ZICA Toys and David Lee will release a wave of just such figures, anyway.
With its dramatic tale of time travel trauma, "City on the Edge of Forever" is widely considered one of the best episodes of the original Star Trek TV series, but what made it to the screen was quite different from sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's original script, which was too long for a one-hour TV show and had far too many speaking parts for the production budget.
Comics don't have those restrictions, though, so IDW Publishing is taking Ellison's full, original teleplay and adapting it into a comics mini-series, starting in June. It'll be written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, and with interior art by J.K. Woodward. Juan Ortiz will be the artist on the main covers, which give the series a sort of pulp-novel look, while movie poster artist Paul Shipper will be on variant covers. Ellison will serve as a sort of consultant.
Every weekend at CA we're cracking open the latest and/or just greatest action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week the spotlight is on Funko and Super7's first foray into the 3.75" tall ReAction line with figures from Alien. Super7's initial figures were already some of our favorite toys of 2013, but does the latest version from its new partner Funko deliver? The toymaker sent us some review copies to help us find out. Hit the jump to see what we thought.
Much like their (rightly) acclaimed Judge Dredd comics, IDW's handling of the Star Trek license has managed to exceed reader expectations with high production values and an uncanny ability to tell engaging comics stories within the limitations of a tie-in book. Over the last three years, IDW has shifted the comics focus to tell stories from within the world of J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team's cinematic Star Trek reboot. With the new status quo firmly established, writer Mike Johnson and a team of artists are going to be taking the Enterprise and her crew into all-new directions, starting with a gender-flipped parallel universe. The two-part "Parallel Lives" debuted last week with Star Trek #29 and gives new readers a chance to take a tour with the finest crew in the fleet while seeing them in an all-new light.
We talked to Johnson and artist Yasmin Liang for more information about their two-part Trek adventure, and got an inside look at the ins-and-outs of how they approach working on a license with such heavy fan expectations.
Though Buffy has legions of fans, and The Avengers is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, many would argue that Joss Whedon’s greatest contribution to nerd culture is the Serenity universe. A moving sci-fi/western with equal parts darkness, humor, and heart, even cancellation couldn’t kill it. After the Serenity movie finished up the tale that Firefly never got a chance to finish, Dark Horse started sporadically publishing comics to bridge the gap, and loyal Browncoats have been lapping them up ever since. Now a new mini-series will be picking up the story after the movie, the six-issue Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon and Georges Jeanty, and it’s looking like this will be the last Serenity comic with a Whedon in the writer’s credit for quite some time. With that in mind, here’s a look at all the Serenity comics so far, how they fit into the timeline, and the leftover secrets from Firefly that they reveal. Fair warning: if you’ve only seen Firefly and the movie, this article will spoil your face off. And if you’ve never even seen Firefly, a) why are you even bothering with this article and b) for Christ’s sake go watch it right now!
A new Doctor is taking over the TARDIS, and a new publisher is soon to start publishing Doctor Who comics.
IDW Publishing has held the license since 2008, and over the past six years the publisher has released an array of comics based on the new Doctor Who series, along with reprints of classic BBC Doctor Who comic strips. But the mantle has officially passed to Titan Comics -- the comics arm of Titan Books -- that will release stories based on the tenth, eleventh and twelfth Doctors this year.
The internet is full of so many random mashups and, frankly, a lot of them aren't very interesting, and many are just forced. But there are some, like the recent effort to remix Peanuts with Morrisey lyrics, that feel appropriate. And now there's Calvin And Dune, a tumblr that presents Calvin and Hobbes strips combined with quotes from Frank Herbert's timeless science fiction saga. It's not an association I'd have immediately made, but it makes a lot of sense, as both have obvious philosophical influences that occasionally overlap. But mostly they're just fun, and you can check out a few of our favorites below.
There are so many artistic tributes to the Star Trek franchise that at this point it's a bit of a challenge to do anything that immediately stands out, but artist Juan Ortiz has produced something that caught our attention. Similar to Francesco Francavilla's Breaking Bad project, Ortiz -- a longtime illustrator/designer for Disney and Warner Bros. who has also provided cover art for DC Comics' Looney Tunes series -- has produced a faux movie poster for all 80 episodes of the original Star Trek series, collected in a coffee table book titled Star Trek: The Art Of Juan Ortiz. Some of the posters have an obvious Saul Bass influence, and others are inspired by various comic book, movie poster, and pulp novel cover art from the '60s.
The last time the Topps trading card company released a new set of Mars Attacks story cards, John F. Kennedy was in the White House. To celebrate the 50th (technically the 51st) anniversary of the originals -- which were reprinted in the '80s and became a Tim Burton-directed movie in 1996 -- the company is unveiling another batch.
The new ca
Legendary science fiction illustrator Frank R. Paul is probably not an instantly-recognizable name for every ComicsAlliance reader, but for generations of science fiction, fantasy and comic book enthusiasts, his work took the fantastic worlds described on the pages of the pulps and made them real. IDW's recently-publis