Super Powered Prostitute Coming to Spike TV?

Mania.com brings us news that a test reel for a proposed animated series based on Garth Ennis’ heroic hooker, The Pro has been presented to network execs at Spike TV.

The Pro

I’m a huge Ennis’ fan (who doesn’t love Preacher?!) but one has to wonder how well this is gonna translate to basic cable, or even as a series for that matter.  The one-shot graphic novel comes off as something he just threw together for a laugh. It’s pretty much 55 pages of one long joke. Lots of profanity, nudity and comedic, graphic violence. It also of course features a lot of the same superhero sex humor that he later used to much greater (and more graphic) effect in The Boys.

At least it apparently hasn’t been toned down too much (the plane crashing super-spooge is still there folks). Spike TV has certainly pushed the boundaries with adult themed animation like the ass-kicking Afro Samurai series. As I recall even Comedy Central has gotten away with airing uncensored movies in the wee hours of the morning so they may be able to get away with quite a bit as an after-hours series. Perhaps also like Afro Samurai, there would be an accompanying no holds barred “Director’s Cut” DVD.

While far from his best work it’s great to see the trademark Garth Ennis insanity infecting other mediums! Definitely curious to see how this develops.

Geekstasy’s Pull List: Nasty, Green and Hairy 3-Way Action!

Today Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #5 (of 6) comes to a comic shop near you! Click the cover for CBR’s 7 page preview

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Written by Damon Lindeloff (co-creator of a little show called Lost), it tells the story of the brutal first showdown between Wolverine and Hulk in Marvel’s Ultimate universe. It’s so great to finally see this mini-series back on track after the epic 3 year gap between issues 2 and 3! In the last issue Lindeloff  introduced us to Ultimate She-Hulk. From the way things left off, it looks like the big green brute has no moral reservations about hittin’ a lady and I don’t think Wolverine is the type of guy who just likes to watch.

Other titles I’m stoked for this week:

Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War #4 (of 4)

The conclusion of the mini-series event about the first Cylon War with the Twelve Colonies.

Dark Avengers #4

“Iron Patriot” and Dr. Doom hop a portal to 690AD to kick some serious Sorceress ass

Dark Reign: The Cabal

5 short stories depicting how each member of Norman Osborn’s secret cabal of villian’s plans take advantage of his proposed evil plan.

Irredeemable #1

New ongoing series from Mark Waid (Kingdom Come)! Tells the story of how the world’s greatest hero became the world’s greatest villian.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine #1

Not tied to the the new movie. Set within the comic universe, we see more of Logan’s history, flashing back and forth from his time spent in the 19th century Canadian wilderness to his tenure working for Department H of the Canadian Government.


90’s X-Men Cartoon Hits DVD Tomorrow!

After a long wait, X-Fans can finally pick up Volumes 1 & 2 of this classic cartoon of the 90’s on DVD tomorrow!

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Aside from grabbing a few stray issues of various X-Men titles as a lad, my real initiation into Marvel’s menagerie of mutants was this animated series. Despite having to tone down the violence for young children (sorry Wolverine), it remains to this day one of the most faithful animated adaptations of any comic series. Debuting October 31st, 1992 and continuing to run for 5 years, writers worked in such classic X-Men tales as Days of Future Past and The Dark Phoenix Saga, among others. They also managed to stay true to the series’ themes of bigotry and social injustice, fairly groundbreaking stuff for a Saturday morning children’s cartoon! It made X-Men a household name, paving the way for the breakout hit feature film in 2000. Not to mention it had one kick ass theme song which I still hear in my head to this day when I think of the X-Men!

Still Hope For Sarah Connor?

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After a somewhat slow and meandering season, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pulled out all the stops in it’s final episodes, taking it’s characters to a place no one expected and leaving fans itching for more from a show whose fate has long been in question (but as we all know, no fate but what we make right? ;)). Rumors of cancellation reached it’s peak when Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello reported that the show was headed towards the graveyard with news of their sets being dismantled. Of course once you see the finale you know why those sets would no longer be needed, but to avoid any hint of a spoiler, those close to the show had to keep a tight lip about it.

Patrick Sauriol over at Corona Coming Attraction has a great exclusive interview with co-writer and co-producer Ashley Edward Miller in which the two discuss UFO’s, temporal mechanics and why you shouldn’t count Sarah Connor out yet.

CA: The fans know that the show has been struggling in the ratings but the rumors that it had already been cancelled as well as the  revelations in the final two episodes seem to have led to a sizeable outpouring of fan support online. What are your thoughts on the EW article? Do you think that this kind of talk hurt the show’s chances for renewal?

AEM: I thought it was ridiculous. There’s no question that the show has been struggling, but there’s also been no ambiguity about when Fox intends to decide our fate. When you realize how many times the press has declared this show dead, you start to see how silly it can all get. I remember when the report came out that the sets had been destroyed, and that this somehow meant we’d been cancelled. It took every ounce of self-control we all had not to post something on the internet… but the reality is you can’t respond to a report like that without giving away the finale, or at least offering up a clue. Bad reporting can put you in an impossible position when you’re trying to protect plot twists.

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Click here for the rest of the interview.

On a personal note, a special effects editor I know over at Fox actually seemed fairly certain the show would be renewed, so lets hope that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles lives up to its cybernetic namesake and keeps coming back long after you are sure that it’s dead!

We will know for sure on judgment day, May18th, when Fox announces it’s pick-ups for next season.

It’s Official, Live Action TMNT 2011! (updated 4/27)

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To coincide with today’s 25th Anniversary celebration in New York, Variety has made the official announcement that a new live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle relaunch is planned for 2011. Co-creator and Executive Producer Peter Laird has stated that the film will revisit the Turtles origins and remain faithful to the spirit of the original comics, with Produer Scott Mednick (Where The Wild Things Are) adding:

” The original dozen comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for”

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990

Peter Laird also informed us they may use face replacement technology to allow the Turtles a greater range of expression. This seems to confirm earlier reports that they would be rendered in cgi rather than having actors in animatronic suits. UPDATE: Peter Laird recently explained that there will be actors in suits whose faces will be replaced with cgi (hence face replacement technology, duh:-P), think Davey Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean, sounds awesome!!

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TMNT 2007

This is the perfect time for the Ninja Turtles to be brought back to their grimey roots! While I thought 2007’s TMNT was a lot of fun, it was still clearly geared towards kids and I’m sure a more mature take would be welcomed by fans young and old alike. Few probably know that they were originally created as a bit of an homage and parody of Frank Miller’s classic Daredevil run and other gritty and violent comics of the time. With studios looking to capitalize on the success of dark comic book films like The Dark Knight, it’s a great opportunity to bring the Turtles into such a world while poking a little fun at it. In the original comics the humor didn’t come from goofy antics but by taking these absurd, hilarious looking characters and their world very seriously. Hopefully the filmmakers will keep this in mind in their approach.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how this develops! Now if only they gave them all red head bands I’d be in nerd heaven. 😉

Geekstasy’s Pull List: Kingpin’s Deal with the Devil

Daredevil #118 hits shelves today! Click the cover for CBR‘s 8 page preview of Return of the King Part 3.

DD #118

I’ve long said that Daredevil is the most consistently awesome mainstream superhero comic out there and Ed Brubraker has not dropped the ball. He is wrapping up his run in style by seeing the return of Daredevil’s greatest foe, Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin. This time however Fisk is out for bloody retribution against a common enemy and proposes a deal. Will Daredevil form an alliance with his arch-nemesis?

Other titles of interest out today:

Hellblazer #254

If Daredevil is the most consistently awesome superhero comic, Hellblazer is the most consistently awesome comic PERIOD! Over 20 years of almost constant kick-assery!

Batman Battle For The Cowl Arkham Asylum #1 (One Shot)

Amazing Spider-Man #592

Dark Reign Elektra #2

Mighty Avengers #24

New Avengers #52

Wolverine Anniversary (One Shot)

Wolverine First Class #14

Wolverine Origins #35

Kick-Ass #6


25 Years of Turtle Power!

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Not since Star Wars had a pop culture phenomenon so consumed an entire generation. Like the vast majority of kids growing up in the 80’s/early 90’s I was freakishly obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course it all started for me when I saw the original cartoon and had the theme song seared into my impressionable sponge-like brain but it wasn’t until my older brother mentioned that it was a comic first that my turtle-mania was complete. To see the goofy, bubble shaped, wholesome cartoon characters who ate pizza and told me not to do drugs in gritty black and white, curse, drink beer and eviscerate their foes was a young boys subversive dream come true.

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Now THAT's how you deal with Shredder, in the first damn issue no less!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Now May 1st marks the 25th anniversary of their debut in Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes #1 and to *ahem* shell-ebrate Mirage Studios has launched a commemorative website for the occasion, TMNT25.com. As part of the festivities the original movie will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this Thursday, April 23!  The full description of that days activities reads:

Catch the TMNT at the Empire State Building (34th Street and 5th Avenue) as they officially light it Turtle green during a special ceremony.

Then, follow the official TMNT Party Bus downtown as the TMNT head to the Tribeca Film Festival (200 Vesey Street between Westside Hwy & Hudson River), where a special screening of the hit 1990 movie, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be shown as the Drive-In feature.

Shell-ebratory activities include a pizza party, face painting, photo opportunities with the Turtles, dancing, and mixed martial arts demonstrations with the TMNT and The American Taekwondo Association.

The pre-movie activites will go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the movie will be begin at sundown.

Sounds like an awesome day of nostalgic geekery! 😀

With Mirage Studios still publishing Tales of the TMNT monthy, 4Kids Entertainment currently airing TMNT: Back to the Sewer, not to mention the success of 2007’s TMNT cgi feature and plans for a live action/cgi hybrid follow up, it’s clear the Turtles have crawled their way out of the forgotten fads of yesteryear and plan to hold their place among the great all-time pop culture icons! Happy Anniversary Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!