The CW has announced that they are giving the long gestating Archie TV show a shot and have ordered a Pilot for Riverdale. (Head to Comics Alliance for the details!) Which is great!
Because Archie is a beautiful property that despite its age has kept up with the times and trends of America, albeit in an idealised fashion. However the past year has seen an reinvention of Archie as a brand and it has recently been relaunched in comics with a more young adult focus by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples and friends. The results of which are some of the best comics I have read in the past few years.
Seriously do not be put off by the Archie wrapper and your notions of what that means. Go buy the first few issues and thank me later.
There are three big chunks of Doctor Who related news that you need to consume, digest and reflect on:
After six years at the helm Steven Moffat is stepping down as show runner for Doctor Who.
Chris Chibnall, writer of several Doctor Who episodes (42, The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, Pond Life, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Power of Three, P.S.) and also the guy behind Broadchurch is taking over as the new showrunner.
There will be no new Doctor Who this year, leaving series 10 and Moffat’s big finale until 2017.
Later this year the books that are still around from DC’s big New 52 Relaunch five-ish years ago will hit their 52nd issues. Which is a perfect time for DC to clean house and have another big push at selling people a bunch of comics. Especially when you take into account the DC Cinematic Universe taking things to the next level with Batman V Superman.
I’ve always been a fan of what the New 52 stood for despite some of the more questionable changes it lead to. For me comics are at their best when big epic things and change happens. So teasing of a big relaunch always has me interested.
However I doubt that this will be a big reboot on the scale of Flashpoint to the New 52. More of a soft realignment of characters and stories that have gotten out of whack with the rest of the setting and maybe pushing the overall house tone and style to fit with the DC movies and TV shows a bit more. All of which I have no problem with what so ever.
Until we know more I will just have to enjoy the rage and collective gnashing of teeth from the anger side of the comics internet. Which is always entertaining!
If you like Visual Novels and in particular the Pheonix Wright games you really need to give Aviary Attorney a go! I love the aesthetic and humour that runs throughout the game. The individual cases that make up the story are also interesting to play though.
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.
The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1.886.7 billion.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.
It has only been pushed back a few months so the wait will not be too bad…I hope.
I’m guessing this is equal parts Disney & Lucasfilm wanting to get the second part of the new trilogy right, especially after the success of The Force Awakens. But also possibly a conscious decision to position the main saga films in a new December release window because well, did you see all that money VII made during its December release?! Hollywood is run on superstition and attempting to do the same thing again but a bit better. December worked wonders for The Force Awakens so it will do so again for Episode VIII.
Also other genre movies are going to stay clear of future Star Wars releases due to the massive audiences that have been to see The Force Awakens. The franchise is uniquely primed to make December its home just like Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit and a good chunk of the Harry Potter films.
I am a huge fan of Marvel’s new official cannon Star Wars comics. I love how they are filling in the narrative gaps between the movies and other cannon material like Star Wars: Rebels. Up to now the comics have mainly been focused on the space of time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back. So it is great to see the Marvel capitalising on the success and interest around The Force Awakens and releasing a new series focusing on Poe Dameron and his time with The Resistance leading up to The Force Awakens.
The creative team behind my soon to be favourite comic book is Charles Soule and Phil Noto. I love Phil Noto’s art (seriouslyitisbeautiful) so seeing him tackling the Star Wars universe again so soon after the excellent Chewbacca miniseries is great! I have also enjoyed Soule’s writing in the past year or so. In particular his work on the new Uncanny Inhumans and Star Wars: Lando series for Marvel along with Superman/Wonder Woman for DC.
Full details and PR fluff can be found at USA Today.
As for what will happen in the book, I am just interested in finding out more about Poe seeing as I felt he was the most underused out of the new characters in The Force Awakens. Also seeing as it is a series all about Poe it means I will get to see one of my favourite things in Star Wars; space ship battles and hopefully lots of them!