Grant Morrison’s Sci-Fi Mahabharata?! Sign me up!

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Manuscript illustration of the Battle of Kurukshetra from The Mahabhrata

Oh hell yes! Lunatic comic mastermind Grant Morrison is re-imagining one of India’s greatest ancient epics, as he puts it;

“… like a psychedelic The Lord of the Rings with Star Wars technology”

My god, that’s what the term “geekstasy” was made for! How is this the first I have heard of this stunning project? Apparently this was originally planned as a comic book to be published by Virgin Comics but having since been bought out and absorbed by Liquid Comics, it has been re-conceived as 3 hour epic CGI drama! Check out the teaser over at 18-Days.com, where you can also read Mr. Morrison’s extensive notes on his vision of the tale, along with a gallery of gorgeous concept art. Feast your eyes and drink in the transcendent nerdery!

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Grant Morrison’s 18 Days is set to debut in Spring 2010!

Mixed Reactions to Marvel Anime

We got our first glimpses of 2 of the 4 planned Warren Ellis scripted Marvel Anime series this weekend, Iron Man and Wolverine! While I am stoked as hell for anything that mad bastard Ellis does, I’ve got mixed feelings about what I’ve seen here and judging by general buzz of my geeky brethren around the internet I am far from alone.

First off, I thought Iron Man looked incredible and seemed especially well suited (no pun intended) for the anime treatment. The detail of the armor is fantastic and the action looks powerfully kinetic!

Wolverine however leaves me feeling a bit wary. They went for a very uncharacteristic thin and lanky look, very gaunt face with a ridiculous anime mullet. In fact, aside from the claws there is absolutely nothing in his design that indicates that this is Wolverine. Now it is important to keep in mind that these are meant to be Japanese re-imaginings of the characters so they do have a bit more creative leeway. Hopefully Mr. Ellis will deliver a story bad ass enough (which he says will be loosely based on Claremont/Miller miniseries) to make us forget how friggin’ weird he looks.

Both series are expected to debut Spring 2010.

The Beginning of Green Lantern: First Flight!

Check out the first four minutes of Green Lantern’s solo feature debut care of MTV!

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Pretty much the bare bones Hal Jordan origin story. Obviously they aren’t wasting any time getting to the outer space action! That’s just fine by me. 😉

Good to see it’s gotten a very positive review over at Ain’t it Cool!

Green Lantern: First Flight arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray July 28th!

Lock Up Your Wife and Children, El Superbeasto is Coming!

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That’s right kids! Rob Zombie’s animated sex and monsters comedy The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is finally coming to DVD and Blu-ray September 22!

Watch in bone chilling horror and crotch tingling excitement as former luchador extraordinaire, El Superbeasto (Tom Papa) teams up with his sultry sister Suzi-X (Sheri Moon Zombie) to take on the demonic Dr. Satan (Paul Giamatti) and his unholy bride to be; the lewd, lurid and nefarious stripper known as Velvet Von Black (Rosario Dawson)!

Among the others lending vocal talents to this debaucherous toon are Tom Kenny, Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Harland Williams, Brian Posehn, and as an additional treat for Zombie fans, Bill Mosely and Sid Haig return as Otis and Capt. Spaulding!

It’s been over 2 years now since it was originally scheduled for release so I’m thrilled it’s finally going to see the light of day! There simply aren’t enough vulgar monster sex romp cartoons in the world, so thank you Mr. Zombie for this service to humanity.

No trailer available yet here are a couple clips tame enough for mass consumption courtesy of Amazon.com

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Feast Your Eyes Upon The Maxx!!!

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Long before doggedly faithful page to screen comic adaptations like Sin City and Watchmen, there was one little show on MTV that set the bar. Way back in 1995, The Maxx debuted as part of the short lived MTV’s Oddities series. Based on the comic written and illustrated by the brilliant Sam Kieth, it was nearly an exact panel for panel, word for word translation, complete with Kieth’s incredibly distinctive drawing style. Not to mention the voiceover work, which was so spot on perfect I have not been able to read the comic without hearing them in my head since.

The Maxx has always held a special place in my heart which only deepens with each revisit. It is a story so mind-bending and surreal yet simultaneously very grounded and touching. Until now it was only able to be seen in the badly edited for time VHS released in ‘96 or grainy home recorded bootlegs floating around online, so I am thrilled to see that MTV is now streaming the entire series right here for free! It’s fantastic to see it again in such crisp and clear quality and I can only hope this will lead to an eventual full DVD/Bluray release!

The Maxx Intro

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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.

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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.

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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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!