July 2017

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Last week or so has been trailer & teaser bonanza for fans across the world, with the Avengers: Infinity Wars teaser being leaked from D23 expo and the barrage of trailers releasing at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend! However, do not worry, we have you covered, check out some the biggest trailer/teaser releases of the past week!

1.Thor: Ragnarok

A little over 100 days till the new Thor movies hits the theaters! Will it be a raging fire like Hulk or a Smouldering fire like Thor 😉

2. Justice League

We finally get to see Steppenwolf and don’t miss out the ending! Movie hits theatres on November 17, 2017.

3. Ready Player One

This is Steven Spielberg’s latest based on a novel by Ernie Cline- it takes place in the future. It is an 80’s themed future set action adventure film which opens in theaters on 30th March 2018!

4. Stranger Things: Season 2

The first look at the trailer was exciting, dramatic, scarier and comparatively funnier to the previous season. There is nothing about the trailer which is less than a pure delight like the first season. We can’t wait for October to come!

5. Marvel’s Inhumans

As the trailer dropped at SDCC, it appeared that the show will not be as violent as Marvel’s Nextflix counterparts, however, it will be an extensive action sequence. The focus seems to lie on the Inhuman Royal Family. It is said to debut in IMAX theatres on September 1 and on TV on September 29, 2017!

6. Star Trek Discovery

The new series trailer focusses on the re-emergence of the Klingon Empire and their attack on the several Starfleet ships. The series is set to feature a new ship, new characters as well as new missions while embracing the same ideology. It premieres on September 24, 2017!

7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

This is a sequel to 2015’s hit spy thriller- Kingsman: The Secret Service. The director Matthew Vaughn returns for a sequel with a bigger budget, all star cast, plot twists and a promise of a much crazier experience! It is set to hit theatres on September 22, 2017!

8. Pacific Rim 2: Uprising

Even though there are still eight months to go before the sequel to Pacific Rim hits theatres, but we got our first sneak peak trailer teaser of Pacific Rim: Uprising at SDCC. The trailer seems to tell the story of a new generation of Jaeger Pilots who stand tall for humanity. It is said to open in theaters on Feb 23, 2018!

9. Marvel’s The Defenders

This is a major crossover series for Marvel. The series brings together characters from Nextflix’s four preceding Marvel superhero shows- “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones”, “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist”. It premieres on August 18, 2017!

10. Blade Runner 2049

With its initial release in 1982, this trailer has set the expectations of the fans surrounding Blade Runner 2049 considerably high. The release would prove whether director Denis Villenevues sequel would stand at par with the predecessor or not. In theaters in 2019!

11. West World Season 2

Fans that love sci fi series Westworld got their turn with the trailer of the second season of the show. The series is set to return to HBO in 2018!

12. Walking Dead Season 8

The premiere of the 8 season seems packed with action, our favorite characters and zombies of course! The intensity of this zombie thriller is said to be intense in the upcoming season. It debuts on October 22, 2017!

13. Bright

Netflix has debuted a new trailer for Bright – a big budget fantasy epic starring Will Smith and directed by David Ayer. It will premiere on Netflix on December 22, 2017.

14. The Gifted

The upcoming Fox series is set in the X-Men universe promising to bring more of the mutant action to television. It premiers on October 2, 2017!

15. The Lego Ninjago Movie

This takes one of the building brick company’s most popular toylines to the big screen with a completely new story and all star comedy cast. In the trailer, we learn a little bit more about Lyold the Green Ninja and his family. It is set to premiere on September 22nd, 2017!

16. The Flash Season 4

After the heart-wrenching note on which season 3 ended, the fourth season is set to bring in new characters as well as villains to the show including the long anticipated Big Bad, The Thinker as well as The Mechanic. It is said to return on October 10, 2017!

17. Supergirl Season 3

The trailer teases the characters new story arc going forward as well as introductions of multiple new characters! It is said to return on October 9, 2017!

18. Arrow Season 6

The recap of Season 5 was an explosive finale while season 6 throws light on the fallout from the explosion. We see a tease of what happens to post it – Oliver and his son, the Black canaries battle etc! Arrow returns on October 12, 2017!

19. Gotham Season 4

The teaser revealed that a big part of Season 4 will be Bruce Wayne’s journey to becoming Batman! it also teases the rise of Catwoman, Scarecrow among others. We’re waiting for September 28, 2017!

20. Legends of Tomorrow Season 3

The trailer that dropped at SDCC shows season 3 going places- the circus, the wild west to the revolutionary war, medieval times- just to name a few. Find out more as the series returns on October 10, 2017!

This was a sneak peek of few of the trailers released at San Diego Comic Con- a complete round up for those who missed out!

 

Authored by Shivani Jaggi

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1.The opening music makes you feel like you should rule the seven kingdoms yourself!

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2. We wish for less talking & more fighting.

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3. You want your own dire wolf.

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4. Can we also drink and at least pretend to know things like Tyrion Lannister?

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5. Note to Self: Avoid Arya Stark’s “LIST” at all costs!!!list

 

6. OK, So are you as FIERCE as KHALEESI??

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7. Let’s admit it, we all wanted to kill Joffrey. *evil laugh*

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8. We all want the RED WOMAN’S AGE DEFYING NECKLACE!!

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The latest episode of Game Of Thrones Season 7 is out! Share your thoughts with us – Like, Share and Comment! 🙂

 

Authored by Shivani Jaggi

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Spider-Man Goes Desi!

The Comic Con India crew recently attended Sony India’s Exclusive Spiderman:Homecoming media event in Singapore with Sahil Shah from East India Comedy. Sahil as part of the CCI Crew hosted a special conversation with the cast of the movie including with Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland!

So, the following videos feature –

  • A Special interaction with Tom Holland, from his thoughts on becoming an Avenger to his shocking yet funny reaction to discovering the Indian Spider-Man and finally belting out everyone’s favorite ‘issspiderman-issspiderman!’ Yes, you read that correctly. We made the impossible possible and it is pretty dope.

Other fun interviews included an awesome conversation with Jacob Batalon, who plays the on-screen best friend of Spider-Man. The video interview takes the fans through his Geeky side and his fun behind the scenes antics with Tom Holland.

Trust me; these videos are worth every second that you spend watching them. One of the videos might also include a little surprise toward the end. SO stay tuned & watch till the very end to know what these amazing videos hold for you!!  

And don’t forget- Spider-Man: Homecoming in theatres near you on 7th July!!  

Tom Holland Reacts to Desi Spider-Man!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltdSwenVJAE

 

Meet Spider-Man’s Best Friend, Ned Leeds Aka Jacob Batalon!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVKlYE3bquU

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0D3AOldjMU

 

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Harvey Specter drives around New York City in his Porsche convertible, a stern but determined look on his face as he gives his transmission and brake pads a run for their money, with the distortion rich track ‘Fire’ by Barns Courtney playing in the background. And as it turns out he’s on his way to go ask out his therapist… Actually this is a pretty good analogy for what this show has basically been reduced to – Some epic moments, “edgy” shots, man-brooding, and of course some Harvey Specter golden tongue action (no puns intended)… all leading to the show’s characters making decisions that will undoubtedly doom them by the end of the season.

 

The real problem with a show that caught the attention of a mass audience in its initial seasons is what it will resort to in order to keep it. Suits has, in my opinion, been circling the drain for a few seasons now – we’ve had episode after episode of “will Mike get in/out of trouble?”, “will Pearson-Specter-Litt survive?”, “Harvey and Donna – will they, wont they?”… Frankly, when you stretch out the drama of something over sooooo long it just becomes harder and harder to stay invested (and this is coming from the guy who watched the last 5 seasons of Supernatural on sheer auto pilot because of how badass Dean is/the whole Dean-Cass bromance thing).

 

To its credit, the season premiere seeks to answer some of the questions that have been annoyingly dragging on the show for a few seasons now. But it unfortunately also continues to make a lot of the same mistakes. If you read on beware: SPOILERS AHEAD.

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The Harvey and Donna of it All: Well we sort of got our answer to this question in the first 30 seconds didn’t we. Will they, wont they? They wont… at least, not in this season probably. No instead of making a huge mistake and sleeping with Donna – his friend, confidant and person who he pays (so there’s that whole prostitution-y thing), Harvey decides to make a huge mistake and try and sleep with his therapist – his (sort of) friend, confidant and person who he pays (so there’s still that whole prostitution-y thing). Frankly, I never thought that Donna and Harvey should get together. But to distract audiences from that by throwing him into yet another doomed relationship… Lazy writing? Ratings grab? Does it matter?

Where in the World is Mike Ross: Mike was such an understated badass when this show began. Now he’s a Katy Perry lyric: “You’re yes then you’re no, You’re in then you’re out, You’re up then you’re down”. He honestly cannot seem to make up his mind about whether he wants to fight the good fight or have the corner office or now I guess both? Mike decides he wants to go back to the firm, but also help his clinic stay afloat by giving them Harvey’s money. And maybe working with them on pro bono cases. Awww I guess he can do it all. For someone who has often pushed other characters to tow the moral line, Mike Ross is actually very good at justifying the means for the ends. Gandhi would not approve! It’s getting annoying trying to stay on Mike’s moral rollercoaster – like any rollercoaster, stay on it long enough and you’ll get sick. Also, and I know this one is mean and a little “troll-y” but is anyone else still put off by his upside down smile?

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Donna’s Big Break: So one of the big last season cliffhangers was that Donna “wants more”. But as it turns out not only does Harvey not “want more” with her, nor does she! No it seems the (tragic?) failure of “The Donna” didn’t push her into Harvey’s constantly unavailable arms, but rather pushed her to… insist on becoming a partner in a law firm?? I mean I know we don’t really watch this show for its realism, but if you’re basically going to take the liberties of 80’s sitcoms, might as well add a laugh track and shoot with some more “pleasantly soft” lighting. Don’t get me wrong. I think Donna is bad ass. And yes the character is so capable of being “more than a Secretary” (just saying, its not like her gig was that bad before), but she isn’t even a lawyer. Remember how big a deal it was for them to hire Rachel Zane just because she didn’t go to Harvard? And she was written to be one of the hardest working lawyers on television. The fact that it took a few conversations and a cheque before Harvey went “Ok Donna, you’re partner”… and a senior partner apparently… this kind of twist/gimmick does not bode well for storyline future.

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Stewing Lou-is Litt: Louis Litt is definitely one of my favourite charters on this show. Maybe its because he is almost always the underdog. And sure, he is his own greatest enemy. But he is also one of the more fleshed out and three-dimensional characters on the show. Not to mention the only one who has shown real character development over the seasons (even if he does periodically revert to his petty competitive man child state). Watching him deal with the punishment inflicted on him in the Season 6 finale is maybe one of the Premiere’s saving graces – because that story still has me invested (I don’t know about you but I still hope he gets back together with Sheila Sazs). But the way it’s being written for now, it seems like Louis has a lot of regression and pain ahead of him before he gets anywhere near some closure. But you know what, it makes him human. And real. And believable compared to everything else.

 

Honourable Mention: Gretchen (Scrubs’ Nurse Roberts) has been a welcome edition to the show since she joined. And this premiere is no exception. She is just as tough as Donna and on her the sass actually works – not coz she’s black, because she looks like she genuinely could knock you out. Plus with her I feel some closure on the relationship Louis has always craved with Donna.

 

Dishonourable Mention: Rachel Zane continues to be unimpressive. She’s frankly written as one of the hardest working, diligent, strong female characters on the show. However Meghan Markle just doesn’t seem to be doing it for me in the role. I can’t quite my finger on why, but every time she has a good strong moment on the show I’m just left with “meh”.

 

Parting Goss: Fans of Dulé Hill are I am sure psych-ed to hear that he will be joining the original cast for a TV Movie later this year. But they may also be interested to know that he has apparently landed a recurring role on Suits as well, as an old friend of Harvey Specter’s. I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything since Psych tragically ended on me, and to seeing him in a dramatic role may take a bit of adjustment. But with old characters losing me, new ones may be welcome, if they’re not just ham fisted in. And I have a good feeling about Dulé (is it Dule? Or Dual?… I’ve heard it both ways).

 

Believe it or not it actually pains me to write such a harsh review for this show. Better or worse it used to be entertaining. And I enjoyed many of the characters, at least until they all began to coast and stagnate. But lets not pre-judge a whole season by its premiere. There may be changes that bring everything together. Clever twists that mask obvious flaws and vindicate our heroes. A new threat to defeat that brings the struggling cast to their best.

 

But then again, if you’ve watched as much TV as I have (and I bet most of you haven’t, trust me!)… that kind of turnaround is rare for a show this long in the tooth.

 

For now, judgment is reserved on Suits Season 7 (yes that was a court room pun… had to throw in at least one). Not a great start… But lets see if Harvey’s Golden Tongue and Mike’s Eidetic Memory/Upside Down smile can save the season in the end…

 

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Zafar Khurshid
About The Writer:
Staff Writer and Co-Owner at Meta DesI Comics, Zafar is one half of the deranged-duo behind the fan-loved, irreverent and outrageous Holy Hell series and the somewhat amusing web-comic series ‘Shtick Figures’. He has been writing comics since 2013 and been a professional geek since before time began.
 
Follow him on Twitter @MetaDesiComics or @ZafarKhurshid
 
Or on his personal blog here “ http://khurshidzafar.wordpress.com 
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Suits is one of the best legal drama shows on TV right now. With every passing season, there have been many threats to the firm- Pearson Specter Litt. With an outstanding cast and even better guest characters, here is a list of few of the opponents that we find best ranked on the basis of their degree of threat to the firm:

1. Daniel Hardman– When Jessica, Harvey, and Mike went against Daniel Hardman and inadvertently sent Pearson Hardman down the path of potential destruction, it was a given that he would come back and be a potential threat to the firm. He is a skilled manipulator with a razor sharp mind hidden behind an accommodating countenance. Returning from his forced exile, he used the case of Coastal Motors to get back at the firm and regain control. Hardman is the one responsible for some of the ugliest fights in the firm- And for that reason, he makes the top of our list!

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2. Anita Gibbs– She is the woman responsible for getting Mike into jail for committing fraud- pretending to be an associate without having gone to law school. She was no doubt persistent in getting what she wanted. Her tactics and game plans are what got Mike to confess and land up in prison. Because of her ruthless streak, we place Anita Gibbs second on our list!

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3. Charles Forstman- He is a shady businessman with an even worse reputation. He is an egotist as he takes pleasure in taking advantage of people by using their loved ones. He isn’t afraid to flex his financial muscle whenever needed, Forstman is the one who keeps coming back to haunt Harvey and remind him about a dirty deal he once made with him. Forstman through the course of the show has been approached by Mike and Loius and they have both been regretting their decision of getting into bed with him. He is one of the real bad guys of the show and thus, we place him at number 3!

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4. Robert Zane- He is a name partner at Rand, Kaldor & Zane LLP and Rachel’s father. He is a man with great connections and resources which come with having to be a partner at a big firm. However, Zane has threatened Jessica in the past to merge their firms in order to avoid conflict but after realizing, this would affect his daughters position at the firm, he backed out giving way to Daniel Hardman. Robert Zane was the reason the reason for Jessica to merge with Darby in order to avoid Hardman. Although in Season 6, Zane again returns to make another offer of a merger to Jessica Pearson- which she declined. He is a recurrent threat to Pearson Specter Litt for which we place him at number 4!

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5. Jack Soloff- He was seen first in the fifth season as being the head of the compensation committee of Pearson Specter Litt. He wished to change the compensation plan of the company which leads to Harvey’s salary being revealed to the firm. Soloff also took up clients that conflicted with other big clients at the firm. His actions clearly showed the want for more power at the firm but toward the end of season 5, we see him turning over a new leaf as he has a change of heart by deciding to not go against his own firm Pearson Specter Litt. But, in season 6 we see him leaving the firm to join Robert Zane along with a threat to sue Jessica. He bags the last position on our list!

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Don’t forget to watch the premiere of Season 7 of Suits on 12th July 2017! Please, like, comment & share!

 

Authored by Shivani Jaggi

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Given the 70 year run of Archie Comics, everyone has grown up reading the digest. However, the latest television iteration Riverdale has been a darker take on the Comic book series. And has radicalised everything from the characters to the content to cater to a new generation.

It has brought the characters to the retelling of the Archie Comic Universe. And follows the lives of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and Jughead Jones. Jughead is also the narrator of the show. He is shown writing a book about the mysterious murder of Jason Blossom, which sets up Season 1.

Season 1 included the mystery of who killed Jason Blossom (the red headed captain of the football team) and everything from gothic mansions to biker gangs, Pop’s to dramatic teenage lives and so on.The show’s first season was well received and also covered issues like teen angst and cyber bullying.

With the show’s second season on its way- here’s what to expect:

  • Would Fred Andrews survive? – The last episode of the first season showed Fred Andrews (Archie’s dad) being shot by a masked man and a distraught Archie. While this was a dramatic ending, we expect him to survive.landscape-1498390211-fred-1
  • Polly and Twins – With the cat out of the bag in season 1, about the Blossom and the Cooper families we expect more drama for Polly and her twins. We might even see her coming back to school and fixing her reputation.polly
  • Hiram Lodge– The ominous presence of Hiram Lodge was felt throughout the first season. But this season is going to give us a glimpse of the newly released Hiram Lodge who is sure to stir up a lot of trouble. He might even be one of the main characters of the show. *sigh*
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  • Cheryl Blossom – The season finale showed her hitting rock bottom with her family destroyed, a failed suicide attempt which left her completely lost and depressed. She is shown burning down her own house in an attempt to start a fresh- burning down her old life to the ground. Cheryl might just be seen resting her mean girl phase to become more humble and considerate!
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  • Betty & Jughead – Watchout Bughead fans as the road to this couples happiness might get a bit rocky! There may be a sudden slip in the road as Jugehad grows close to the South Side Serpent squad (like father like son, hmm) which might stir up a conflict between the North and South side, thus hampering the Bughead relationship.38842ceac7f0f159f27403bfebe27913252ec03a_hq
  • Mysterious brother– Season 1 made a revelation about Alice Cooper’s (Betty’s mom) high school pregnancy which lead to the birth of a baby boy which she gave up for adoption. We are hoping this season finally introduces us to Betty and Polly’s long lost mysterious brother! A family reunion might be the perfect trope.Riverdale Chapter One: The River's Edge Season 1, Episode 1 Air Date: January 26, 2017 Pictured (L-R): KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, and Lili Reinhart BTS

We Can’t wait for the premiere of the second season of Riverdale on 1st October 2017! Share your thoughts with us!! Like, Comment & Share!

Authored by Shivani Jaggi

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Comics are booming in popularity, variety and just generally being fantastic these days – and on the international scale it’s never been bigger and closer to mainstream than it is right now. One element of that which doesn’t get covered a lot by itself is the licensed properties, i.e, comics about things that weren’t originally comics but now have comic versions of themselves – this has included movies, TV shows, cartoons and even musicians (like KISS and Slayer) and TV wrestling that have been adapted to the comic page.
Why? It’s simple: Comics have no budget restrictions and are faster. You can build a universe, blow up planets, slaughter a city full of zombies, have a global event, recreate performers and actors the way they used to be and so much more in a fraction of the money it would take to make it in live-action or animation. This is something that in recent years many of us have embraced because it gives us more of things we love that could not survive in other mediums OR allowed for continuation of things we love that had to end like TV shows. So today, I’m taking a brief run through the many (many, many, many) comics I’ve sampled in the past two years of comics based on licensed properties – so let’s get to it!
Before I get to the ones I’ve really enjoyed and would recommend to everyone, I’m going to quickly blurb-review the rest, the good, the bad, the ugly or the-just-popular:

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IDW Publishing is one off the two biggest licensors, who for their part has done a bang-up job and tied up with Hasbro to bring us all the goodness from childhood – both major and obscure. They’ve got the Transformers which has about three ongoing series (Lost Light, The Transformers & Optimus Prime), two G.I.Joe series and of course ROM the Space Knight, Micronauts and M.A.S.K (anyone remember these last three?) all these universes now being merged into one shared one with a recent event called Revolutions which was actually surprisingly fun to read. In addition they’ve got three Star Trek series, The X-Files (which is pretty good writing and solidly true to the series but I dislike the art!), Back to the Future (yeah, I was surprised at that one too…) and strangely enough this month, a new series based on the board game Clue, that here in India we’d all remember as Cluedo – don’t read Clue, it is a really stupid comic, really…

For the most part, I have to admit, the brunt of the IDW licensed comics are highly entertaining but most are well, decent. Nothing great, nothing fantastic, but an entertaining ride down nostalgia lane and some interesting interpretations and revamps of these old franchises. There are some standouts like G.I.Joe: Real American Hero which is in fact the continuation of the amazing Marvel series from the 80’s and is still being written by Larry Hama who is the master of Joe-storytelling – but the main G.I.Joe series which is part of their shared universe is also fun in its own way, but less like classic Joe so take your pick. For fans of the recent Star Trek movies, the series Star Trek: Boldly Go is a direct continuation of the movies post Beyond and is pretty well done, in fact I preferred it to the movies in many ways – for older Trek stuff, you can check out Star Trek: New Visions by John Byrne which is quite a unique continuation of The Original Series.

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The other big-daddy licensor and the most varied by far in the licensing comics game has to be Dynamite – they literally cover everything and every type. The unfortunate part is that like anything where you have a huge volume, quality can suffer – though don’t get me wrong, they’ve got some great stuff here too. Their comics of the animated series Bobs Burgers (a personal fave!) with its random little segments is hilarious and their many Army of Darkness titles are always entertaining but only some are really great – mainly the more recent ones and their crossover with their Xena: Warrior Princess comic (which itself is quite good!). The many mini-series’s of the book series The Dresden Files by author Jim Butcher are fantastic for fans of magical dark-fantasy that is more mature (note: mature doesn’t mean gore-filled) stuff than Harry Potter. For fans of Game of Thrones (a.k.a Songs of Ice and Fire) Dynamite has been doing a most excellent job adapting the books and fans can get a much fuller, richer experience of the series which draws from so much more of the world that the author created – including potential spin-off mini-series in the future.

Most recently their pulp-comic library that carries the likes of The Shadow, Red Sonja and The Green Hornet have been consistently decent if not amazing – The Shadow benefits from having legend Matt Wagner on board and Red Sonja enjoyed a huge revival under Gail Simone. In fact under Simone’s leadership, they had the first of its kind all-female hero multi-universe crossover called The Swords of Sorrow which was actually quite unique and entertaining and tied up all their franchise females plus their original comic heroines as well. The Lone Ranger however has not managed to be as successful in his solo outings.

The ones I didn’t care for however but definitely have their serious fanbase and are doing well enough are series like James Bond which started alright but lost me and retro revivals of cartoon icon Betty Boop, the original Battlestar Galactic and the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman – they’re fun enough I suppose but couldn’t hold my interest and seemed to cater more to nostalgia than anything else. I’ve also been meaning to try out their new Hardy Boys-Nancy Drew crossover comic but honestly I hesitate because it could be really good or really, really sad.

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Boom Studios is the another big non-comic licensed property publisher, but they cater to a much more mixed market and quite different from the nostalgia focussed lineup that is IDW. Primarily the market is spit into two lines: Current and old-school. The current market is frankly not for me really, it’s nice but it’s… kinda kiddish.. including stuff like Steven Universe, Adventure Time and a few others – most of this stuff is entertaining enough and I daresay they seem to be very much like the cartoons they are adapted from so hardcore fans (the number of which surprises me till now) should be excited and happy to read them. What I really do enjoy is the more old-school stuff that’s adapted, perhaps because that’s from my younger days but also because I find it well done – prime example is the Power Rangers series, it adapts what I watched waaaay back on VHS tapes (remember those?!) and today makes me laugh a little at the goofiness though I enjoy the nostalgia, but the new comic tries to utilise the new medium and space to flex creative and has actually crafted a pretty good comic out of it all.

There’s also the WWE comic which is written by Dennis Hopeless whose work I’ve enjoyed quite a bit – but again like the kiddie stuff before, this dramatisation of the story-lines of the WWE shows and characters/wrestlers is only mildly entertaining to anyone who is not a wrestling fan. There’s also a Peanuts comic that was launched a while back but frankly I’ve not tried it so not gonna comment.

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Next we have a presence from the biggest dog in this play-ground: Marvel Comics. I’m putting there here because it qualifies though just about by pure logic AND has had some surprisingly good entries even in this limited scope. Ever since Disney bought out Star Wars, all the comics in the franchise have come under Marvels banner. Largely that has been a mixed bag for me – comics like the adaptations of the most recent two movies were… well comics of the movies… so if you love Star Wars and liked the movies, enjoy, but I didn’t care much for them. The Darth Maul and Poe Dameron series are hot with hardcore fans but again, I found them passable at best and the main Star Wars ongoing also was entertaining but not enough to keep me reading it. HOWEVER, the first mini-series Princess Leia by Mark Waid was absolutely fantastic and every fan should read it. In addition, Kieron Gillen who had been writing the ongoing Darth Vader series made Vader awesome again and in many ways I feel, more awesome than he was even in movies because he got so much space to develop and show us who and what he is and what he can do – Charles Soule has now taken over so hopefully the series stays good.

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Next up we have the relatively new (as far as I know) house of Titan Comics who have been much like Marvel – super niched – in their franchise comics. Mainly they have the whole gamut of Doctor Who in all his multi-incarnational glory. They’re now on year two and three of the most recent/popular Doctors, i.e, Ten, Eleven and Twelve, and have even got an ongoing for Christopher Ecclestons ninth Doctor who has a solid following of his own – plus many mini’s and one-shots starring several of the older versions of our Galifreyan gadabout. So yes, Doctor Who fans have plenty to be happy about.

Apart from the many, many comics of Doctor Who, they seem to have chosen to follow the same flood-of-titles formula with their other franchise – Assassins Creed. Honestly I’ve not read the majority of these and can’t speak to their overall quality but Assassins Creed: Reflections was pretty decent and the quality of art and production is definitely good. Plus the two friends I have who are hardcore fans of the series, they enjoy the comics more than a fair bit – they don’t sing their praises but clearly these comics will work for fans and maybe, just maybe for non-fans or part-timers who want something to wipe the shitty taste of the terrible movie from their palate. Oh yeah and they’ve also got plans to do horror-ish comics for the Hammer-horror stuff that just had its first super-fail at the movies with The Mummy and the new “Dark Universe” launch and the comic was funnily enough, actually kind of better which doesn’t say much.

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That brings us to Dark Horse Comics. Now I love the comics that these guys do, you should know that right from the start – though they lost the rights and had to stop making the best Star Wars comics, the franchises they have comics off now are mainly Joss Whedon-verse stuff like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly/Serenity + Aliens/Predator comics. The Buffy-verse comics have followed on from the TV shows and after what some considered a slightly over-the-top but still decent Season 8, they’ve been absolutely fantastic with the main Buffy series being wonderfully done with great artwork – but the surprise was the Angel & Faith series which brought together my two favourites from the Buffy-verse but sadly ended, only to be replaced recently but Angel starring old grumpy-vamp himself and Illyria/Fred which was super exciting. And for fans of other aspects of this franchise, there have been mini-series starring Spike and Willow and the whole scooby gang gets plenty of love.

On the other side, they’ve got a huge expanded set of mini-series entitled and starring characters and whole new aspects of the Aliens franchise. I’ve read some but not all and overall I found it to be a mixed bag. The Predator comics were more interesting to me but not always truly memorable, the Aliens comics were fun enough but were a little boiler-plate-standard horror comics I suppose – with the Prometheus titled comics being the least interesting to me.

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If you REALLY want a hell of a ride and enjoy the Aliens and Predators franchises, then check out this kickass mini-series that somehow these guys managed to pull together that stars these two interstellar races of death-dealing monsters and brings them to Mega City One where they have to face off with none other than the man himself – Judge Dredd. Seriously, Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is one hell of an entertaining comic that you should read if this type of thing gets you excited!

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And last (phew…) but not least is the house of Oni Press, a small-publisher who does some pretty interesting and solid comics though their output is much smaller than pretty much all the others you’ve heard of above. However I think they struck a nice niche with their two licensed titles with weirdos like me – namely comic adaptations of the darkly twisted cartoon Invader Zim by series creator Jhonen Vasquez and the almost equally bizarre yet somehow totally different Rick and Morty based on the super-popular series animated series that is currently on the air. If you had any interest in these two series, you will not be disappointed with these comics!

And with that folks… I sign off… I think my hands and my brain are totally wiped collecting all this together and reading all these comics – but it was totally worth it and I hope you guys enjoyed it and found many new roads to explore down. I’ll be back soon with a list of my top 5 comics that are based on licensed properties right now – I’ve not even mentioned any of them in this post so if you think you know which ones I mean, give me a shout on twitter or my blog, otherwise I’ll see you shortly and till then folks: Cheers and have a good one.

 

Writer: Akshay Dhar

A writer when life permits, a music and nature lover, (attempted) humourist, nerd, scribbler, day-dreamer, arm-chair philosopher and random road-tripper… A strangely hopeful cynic first and foremost from all accounts.

Once a young geek-ling who migrated and “matured” from comics to literature and more esoteric reading and ideas – eventually found his way back to the wonderful worlds that come from putting a dreamers’ pen to paper!

Loves to let his mind wander and at times it takes forever to find its way home. Loves all comics so long as they are not just pretty pictures – but will make exceptions for masters like Geof Darrow and J.H.Williams III.

His own blog can be found HERE.

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“Hey Everyone!”

That moment in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (CA:CW) trailer, marked Spidey’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It was a moment that had fans cheering with joy.

As the events unfolded in CA:CW, Spidey stole the show. The one moment stood out for me in the movie was the one where Captain America smiles after taking on Spiderman, looks on at him struggling to hold up a large airline container and says, “You’ve got heart kid!”

And in this movie, that’s what matters most. Spiderman: Homecoming is all heart and it’s all Marvel.

The film takes the best of what makes MCU work, the best from comics and the original Raimi/Maguire movies and capitalizes on it to make you forget the overblown disasters that was Amazing Spiderman (1 and 2).

Summing up the plot quickly, Homecoming goes time hopping – starting from the Chitauri invasion (from The Avengers), to the events of Civil War and then to Peter Parker’s adventures two months later. Peter Parker spends much of the first act coming to terms with his “Stark Internship”, defining his ‘friendly neighborhood Spiderman’ status and being a teenager trying to figure out academic decathlons, high school parties, life, girls, and such.

But as events unfold we realize that there are bigger threats at play here. Michaeal Keaton’s Vulture is selling high-grade weapons salvaged and retrofitted from alien (Chitauri) technology and no one seems to be taking Peter Parker seriously on the seriousness of the threat. Events then unfold with hilarious American sub-urban chases, showdowns and the Staten Island Ferry sequence that we’ve seen in the trailers. The plot is tight, flows well and has the right pay-offs.

Tom Holland’s turn as Spiderman, is the best to hit the screen to date, there is no doubt about that. Holland hits the right notes for both Peter Parker and Spiderman.

Michael Keaton is the other highlight of the movie. His core character represents the aggrieved 99% – a working-class hero with responsibilities, who gets screwed over by the system. Only, this time, Keaton’s Vulture decides to hit back and game the system secretly to get his dues.

Keaton in both dignified and extremely menacing, and without revealing too much, it’s this balance of both traits that creates the most awkward and tense sequence in the film’s third act. It’s also what makes Keaton one the best Spidey villains to hit the screen, at the same level, if not better, than Alfred Molina’s turn as Doctor Octopus in 2004’s Spiderman 2.

Robert Downey Jr. is, as usual, brilliant in his supporting role as Tony Stark. What makes it more than a glorified cameo this time is that we get to see a side of Tony that we haven’t seen before – and it works.

Spiderman: Homecoming is a great movie because at many levels, it delivers the ‘homecoming’ audiences have been looking for. It is a good and proper ‘Homecoming’ for Spiderman to the MCU, for Peter Parker to his character’s comic book roots – and in some ways (you’ll see!) for Tony Stark as well.

If I hadn’t been bound by my age, and therefore nostalgia, I probably would have said this is the best Spiderman movie ever – but I won’t. It has its flaws, as it is ought to, with some unnecessary villain additions, an annoying turn for Happy Hogan and a wasted role for Donald Glover.

But is Homecoming one of MCU’s best, most fun movies? Yes, definitely.

Spidey’s home people. Rejoice!

 

Writer:
Aniruddho-1Aniruddho Chakraborty is a brand and marketing professional by day and an award nominated comic book writer/colorist by night. The former pays the monthly bills and sometimes funds cash flows for his comic book label Chariot Comics. Over five years of Chariot Comics’ existence, he has created titles like VRICA and Damned and worked with Luminosity Pictures and Luke Kenny, for the comic book prequel to the movie “Zombie Rising”. He has worked with multiple independent comic book houses as well.

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Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King loosely based on the popular book series of the same name written by Sara Shephard. It is about a group of five girls out of which one goes missing and what follows is a series of texts by a blackmailer named ‘A’ who threatens to reveal the liar’s deepest and darkest secrets. It premiered for the first time in 2010 by ABC family. After seven years of lies, coded text messages and heaps of drama, it IS finally over! *sigh*

In the end Pretty Little Liars went down with an enormous bang. Confirming a popular fan theory it was made known that Spencer Hastings did indeed have an evil psychopathic twin- Alex Drake. The big reveal went down in the middle of the two hour series finale with Mary Drake’s break out from prison, Spencer ending up in a mysterious underground lair being confronted by Alex Drake and a sabotaged Ezaria (Ezra-Aria) wedding.

The finale revealed Alex Drake’s story. After giving birth to three daughters, Mary Drake sold Alex to a family in England in a scheme to buy herself out of Radley Sanatorium. Alex was later abandoned by her adoptive parents and sent to an orphanage. Unaware of whom she really was, Alex was discovered by Wren while she worked at a bar in England. Taken by her uncanny resemblance to one of the liars, Wren mistook her to be someone else but later realized she was the twin of Spencer Hastings. Shocked over this revelation Wren introduced Alex to Charlotte who we later came to know as ‘A’. Alex took over the ‘AD’ persona in order to avenge her sister Charlotte’s death.

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Throughout the finale it seems like Mona is Alex’s other helping hand in tormenting the liars. However, this could never hold through. All Mona ever wanted was to be a part of the girl gang and be one of them. She is actually the one who helps track down AD and help the liars reveal her identity. Though in the end, when all is going well and all secrets are revealed, Mona moves to France, owns a doll boutique and holds Mary and Alex captive in the basement!

As far as the liars are concerned- Aria and Ezra tie the knot and announce their honeymoon, Emily and Alison get engaged and are happily raising twins- Grace & Lily while Hanna and Caleb announce a baby and Spencer and Toby rekindle their love for one another.

In totality, the finale was a rollercoaster ride filled with surprises as well as shocks which eventually turned out to be a little disappointing. In my opinion, through 7 seasons in the show, we were exposed to a plethora of characters that seemed to be interrelated in every possible way. They could have revealed AD to be anyone but a new character that was introduced to the fans in the last half of the series finale. In addition, what really was weird was how a blind woman (Jenna) and a horse could figure out a ‘fake Spencer’ instead of actual human beings that spent entire six seasons with the character! It also left us fans with a lot of unanswered questions, some including – “How did the mothers get out of the basement?”, “Why was Maya mentioned?”, “How was Wren killed?” etc.

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Although, after all the betrayals and secrets, Pretty Little Liars has finally come to an end. Even as the finale’s reveal could have been predicted by fans already whilst leaving some disappointed it nonetheless was a bittersweet conclusion to our ever favourite show showcasing our favourite actresses and giving them all a moment to shine bright!

Authored by Shivani Jaggi

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Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn is the star for fast food joint KFC’s new commercial which has a twist toward the end! KFC uses a similar take as GOT since it tries to recreate an infamous yet impactful scene from GOT episode 5, season 6 which showcased the central surrender of Hodor in protection of the wall.

In the commercial titled Lunchtime is Coming”, Hodor is bombarded with customers demanding Chicken with Fries which after repeating several times under pressure gets morphed into Chicken with Rice.

This is pretty much similar to Game of Thrones as even in the show Kristian had a limited vocabulary and here too the story seems to be just the same but it is used to promote KFC’s newly added menu offering – Ricebox.

Smart, right?

If you still haven’t seen the commercial, here is the link –

Don’t forget- GOT returns for its seventh season on July 16th!

 

Authored by Shivani Jaggi

“When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.” – George R. R. Martin.

 

Game of Thrones is an immensely popular television show, perhaps the second most popular show in the world in terms of ratings. The show is based on the epic fantasy novel series“A Song of Fire and Ice”, written by George R. R. Martin. Over a span of five years the show has completed six seasons, with the seventh being the most awaited season of all as it nears its end.

 

Although, all GOT seasons have previously surfaced around April, Season 7 is set to premiere in mid June as show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explained –“We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, Winter is here”. (Winter is finally here and is to stay). This season is also shorter in terms of the number of episodes as there are 7 instead of the usual 10.

Based on where each character left of in season six, I have got seven theories about how the show’s seventh season might play of

1. Jon Snow learns the truth of his identity.

Throughout the six seasons of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow is identified as Ned Stark’s bastard son. However Season 6 revealed the truth to this situation and fulfilled the ever surfacing fan theory of L+R=J. This theory states that Jon is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rahegar Targareyan, which makes him anything less than a bastard. Lyanna left Ned Stark in charge of the baby as she died, giving birth. If Jon Snow comes to know of his true lineage, he would be the direct successor to the Iron Throne

2. Could Nymeria possibly return back?

“The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives”. This dialogue from the Season 7 trailer could possibly hint towards the reunion between Nymeria (Arya Starks dire wolf) and Arya. As per the book, after Nymerias dismissal the direwolf  forms a pack of its own in Westeros. But in the show, Nymeria was dismissed for her own protection after it attacked Joffery and was never seen or heard of ever. However, show watchers have always wished for a reunion among the two. This reconnection between the two could perhaps signal Arya’s return to her familial roots as well as her reunion with Sansa, Jon and most importantly Winterfell, the House of Starks.

3. Jon Snow will unify rivals against the White Walkers.

The trailer shows Sir Davos telling an imaginary figure that “ It doesn’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.” This dialogue could hint to the age old fact that the white walkers have been the biggest threat to the Iron Throne. Jon was the former member of the nights watch, whose mission was to keep the white walkers at bay. With the magic spell broken and Bran being marked by the Nights King the White Walkers become the biggest hazard. Jon would in this season try to bring all the houses together in unison to fight the walking dead

4. Will the Mad Queen be killed?

Cersei Lannister aka the Mad Queen as per a prophecy by Maggy the Frogg told her that she would wed a king, all her children would die and that she would die by the hands of a valonqar which in Valyrian means younger brother. Three forth of the prophecy has already come true, which leaves us with the latter. It could be possible that Jamie, who is born a few minutes after Cersei would be the one to kill her.

5. Littlefinger’s manipulations.

Peter Baelish is the catalyst for wedging a rift between Sansa and Jon. He attempts to manipulate Sansa into believing that the king in the North is actually her enemy and is trying to steal her throne which being the eldest, is her sole right. Littlefinger is trying to evoke feelings of sibling rivalry in Sansa so that Jon gets eliminated from the way so that he can rule beside Sansa at Winterfell and eventually take on the Iron Throne.

 

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So here’s my take on the upcoming season of GOT. Stay tuned for the premiere of the seventh season on 16th July 2017 to know who finally wins the game of thrones and whether these ever surfacing theories are given light!

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Authored by Shivani Jaggi