News Bleed: The “Lara Croft vs. Ghostface” Edition

The original Ghostface mask returns in Scream Season 3!!! 🙂 SyFy

Lara Croft raids again in the new Tomb Raider trailer! 🙂Variety

The new TMNT figures are… MONSTROUS! Bleeding Cool

Target unleashes exclusive Universal Monsters goodies! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

Cult of Chucky will slash its way to Netflix this October! IGN

Linda Hamilton will be back in the new Terminator picture! 🙂 Hollywood Reporter

American Horror Toy Story: The “Comic Con Job” Edition

Welcome back, pop-cultured creatures! Comic Con once again brought us some Fang-tastically freaky fright toys, so we’ve gathered up the ones that have us screamin’ the most! As far as we know, none of these toys are possessed with the spirit of a killer… I guess nothing’s perfect. 😉

Here are Comic Con’s most terror-ific toys!

NECA brings the most Horror with frightening new toys for Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play, Gremlins, and Friday the 13th! 🙂 Toyark

Behold the many, many new Super-Goodies from DC! Nerdist

Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical films get some fantastical figures. 🙂 Bleeding Cool

Great Balls of Terror! Mondoids are a scream! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

Who ya gonna call? THE NINJA BUSTERS!! 🙂 io9

Evil Dead‘s Ash and Hellraiser‘s Pinhead are getting the Kotobukiya Bishoujo treatment. 🙂 Crunchyroll


Game over, Man… these Alien vs. Predator Arcade Game Figures are amazing! 🙂 Scified

Coraline, ParaNorman, and other LAIKA favorites will be given some sweet new toys from NECA. 🙂 ScienceFiction

Comic Book Review: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

(Submitted by Mr. Prince Adam…Thanks, Bat-Ho-mie! 🙂 xoxo)

“GOTHAM CITY. From the Penguin to Killer Croc to Ra’s al Ghul and beyond, the caped crime-fighter called Batman already has his hands full protecting his city. Suddenly, a new enemy emerges—the Shredder and his ninja followers, transported to Gotham and unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Now they’re on the hunt for the technology that will help them return home…and conquer Gotham City in the process with the help of Batman’s deadliest rogues. But heroes come in all shapes, and the Dark Knight does not fight alone. As the Caped Crusader joins forces with Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Master Splinter, can the Bat, the Rat, and the Turtles take down the most vicious villains from two dimensions?” (DC/IDW)

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This is the crossover every child of the 80’s-90’s dreamed of. It took a couple of decades, but The Dark Knight & Turtles in a half-shell have finally joined forces. It took a couple of decades, but was absolutely worth the wait. A great aspect of this story was that it starts by hitting the ground running. The Turtles and Shredder are already in Gotham City and the explanation is simple and makes perfect sense. During their last altercation, the alien conqueror Krang teleported them away, so he could go about subjugating IDW’s New York and the world unopposed. I’m so glad they didn’t go with the mistaken coordinates while testing their teleportation device story hook. They did that in the crossover with the Ghostbusters and to go their again, would’ve been redundant. Even the way Batman comes into contact with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is very practical. They are both on the hunt for Shredder who is stealing tech that will power the portal to send him home. Of course, this story isn’t just about the Turtles and Shredder getting home. There’s a plot twist for both the TMNT and Shredder. The mutagen in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not functioning properly in the DCU and the result is that if splinter and his green skinned sons don’t get back to their earth, they will revert back to their normal turtle and rat form, before eventually dying. Meanwhile, Shredder has designs on traversing both worlds and establishing a Foot Clan stronghold in both Gotham and New York. To do so, he first uses Penguin as his patsy to gain access to the tech he needs to go back and forth between worlds to gather a supply of mutagen. Upon his return he, aligns himself with Ra’s al Ghul, merges the Foot Clan with the League of Assassin’s, strengthening their power base. Then they storm Arkham Asylum and inject all of Batman’s heavy hitters with mutagen and turning them into super strong monsters. Sure the third act, the inclusion of April and Casey and the way the Turtles get home gets a little cliché, yet you won’t care. The final battle, specifically the massive brawl at Arkham Asylum and Batman and The Ninja Turtles working together, will wash away any blasé feelings you might get at certain points.

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My favourite aspect of this book by far, is the character interactions between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman. Firstly, I love that different universes is nothing shocking or groundbreaking to either of the characters. They’ve both experienced the phenomenon many times, so to force shock and awe would’ve been eye rolling. I love the reaction the Turtles had towards Batman. Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello essentially went full fanboy. Specifically over Batman’s costume and gadgets. Donatello loved the holographic 3D imagery and the Bat-Computer, while Michelangelo wanted to drive the Batmobile and ride the giant dinosaur in the Batcave. Meanwhile, Leonardo and Splinter were very impressed with his martial arts ability. Their reactions were absolutely hilarious. Their reactions would essentially be me on set of a Batman film, meeting Ben Affleck, while he was in full costume and still in character (Make it happen WB!) Raphael wanted nothing to do with Batman at first (typical Raphael). He sees Batman as a spoiled rich guy who only fights crime for the adrenaline and fun of it. He resents him because he and his brother were born in the way of the ninja and have to fight just for survival. To turn Raphael’s opinion around, Batman takes Raph to Crime Alley and recounts the story of his parent’s death. He tells Raphael that the reason he is Batman, is to prevent families like the TMNT from going through what he did. This was an incredibly emotional scene. When you actually read the dialogue and see the imagery, I guarantee you that emotions will flow. I also really liked the pairing of Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul. This version of Shredder has his roots in reincarnation and Ras al Ghul has the Lazarus Pit. So they both have that quasi eternal life thing going on. They are essentially the mirror version of each other on their respective universes.

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Freddie Williams II is the artist on this book and his work is INSANELY fantastic. His art is more stylized, in the sense that the characters are highly muscular.
This is by far the best drawn version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in comic book form in my opinion. I got all nostalgic because the turtles look a lot like the ones from the movies in the 90’s. Batman looks quite a bit like his Arkham Asylum counterpart. The longer ears and the more armored costume certainly point to that aesthetic. I really appreciated that the artist drew more than one Batmobile and that each one he drew was inspired by a previous Batmobile from the comic books, instead of the films. The Batcave was massive and all tricked out with Batman’s wonderful toys! Easily the best Batcave image is seeing Michelangelo ride the giant dinosaur. That image and the pure glee Michelangelo has on his face reminds you how fun and escapist comic books can be. As I said, the massive brawl at Arkham between Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles against Mutagen infected inmates. It was chaotic, action packed, and very detailed. Every animal that the villains turned into fit their character. Seeing Riddler as a fox, Bane as an elephant/mastodon, and Joker as a snake made for some pretty wild imagery. My favorite animal transformation was Poison Ivy, who became a humanoid Praying Mantis, which is an absolutely PERFECT analogy for that character. A key to a successful Batman artist is his ability to draw Gotham City, the DC Universe earth’s most dangerous city, and make it look so good that I still want to live there. In that regard Freddie Williams II is an A+ Batman artist. The scene with Penguin and Shredder overlooking the Gotham Harbor was beautiful, even though it feature so much evil.

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There’s a comic book trend, I’m noticing on a personal level. That is, that the crossover comic books I’ve been reading are the best of the comic books I’ve been reading. I’ll admit, I enjoy this crossover slightly more then the one with the Ghostbusters. However, that’s because Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were absolute favourites of mine as a child. Read both and make up your own mind. There’s another TMNT/Batman crossover set in the animated universes, as well as a Justice League/Power Rangers crossover on the way. Look for my reviews on both here.

Comic Book Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters

(Happy Ghostbusters Day, Kinky Ho-mies!! Here’s a CBR from Prince Adam to help get your celebrations started nice and proper-like…Thanks, my Superhero/SciFi Subordinate!! 😉  xoxo)

“When a new invention goes haywire, the Turtles are sent to a whole new type of New York City. One with a whole lot more ghosts… and Ghostbusters! The two teams will have to learn to get along quickly, because a new foe from the Turtles past has followed them and aims to conquer NYC!” (IDW)tmntg

This is a crossover that every kid born in the 80’s or 90’s has wanted to see for decades. While we’re unlikely to ever see it on film, thank heavens for comic books. I find this book to be very accessible to new readers. If you haven’t read the current comic book runs of either characters, you’ll be fine. There are some minor mentions of previous events in the comic books, but it’s so minute, it doesn’t even matter. I think that the book strikes an even balance between drawing attention to both quartets of heroes. The villain belongs to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but all the action takes place in the Ghostbusters New York, and their technology and weaponry is being used to neutralize the threat. I will admit that there is a bit of coincidence and a contrived nature as to how the villain and the TMNT get over to The Ghostbusters dimension. Krang banishes Chi-You, through a portal after he interrupts one of Krang’s clandestine meetings. The Turtles meanwhile, while testing their experimental teleporter experienced a malfunction, as lead scientist Harold Lillja became preoccupied with swatting a pesky fly, accidentally hitting a wrong set of buttons, and thereby launching the turtles into an alternate dimension New York. The villain being a no namer instead of a heavy hitter is frustrating because it means nothing that happens in this story has a chance of resonating in the main continuity of either book. I also doesn’t really understand why the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters have to inhabit a different dimension? Especially when you consider that Image owns the comics publishing rights for both properties. Also, it’s not like one property is more realistic then the other. One deals with mutants and aliens, while the other deals with ghosts and poltergeists and other monstrosities. To me it makes absolute sense for these two teams to exist in the same universe.

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These quibbles aside, what really makes this book good and worth reading is the character interactions. The two geniuses of both groups can’t bring themselves to reconcile the other. Egon can’t bring himself to believing in the existence of mutants and aliens, while Donatello simply can’t fathom the existence of ghosts. Once this spirited debate between two strong headed smarty pants gets underway, the remainder of the Ghostbusters and TMNT pair off, and it becomes clear each one has their counterpart. Peter is the Ghostbusters Raphael, both loud mouth smart asses. Michelangelo and Ray are two of a kind, both loveable, aloof simpletons, who you can’t help but root for. Leonardo and Winston share their leadership roles in common. Even though both groups act as one in the field, these two try to keep the groups on the same page, and focused. The similarities between the characters of April and Janine are quite obvious. I don’t know if this is sad, or funny on my part, but in all my years as a fan of both franchises, these similarities between the two groups never dawned on me, until reading this. One of the aspects of this book I absolutely loved was that it didn’t focus on the Ghostbusters, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting because of their differences. Instead, the book has them join forces after one issue to fight the common threat, and help get the Turtles back home. I like that writers Erik Burnham & Tom Waltz put their ego for their respective books aside, and let both characters get a lion’s share of the story, The Ghostbusters were predominantly responsible for building a teleporter that would return the Turtles home, while the heroes in a half shell realize that to beat Chi-You they’ll have to separate him from his connection to his minions, and ultimately use an EMP device to defeat him. The humor in this story comes from the characters’ commonalities. Seeing Raphael and Peter groan and roll their eyes at the fact that Donatello and Egon are so smart, had me laughing out loud, Just as seeing Michelangelo obsess about turning the siren on the Ecto-1 or wanting to try on a Ghostbuster uniform, was childlike innocence and exuberance that was infectious, and elevated the stories humor every time he was on screen.

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The art for this crossover is done by Dan Schoening. Dan of course is the regular artist on the Ghostbusters ongoing title, and it makes sense that he takes the reins here since nearly all of the story takes place in the Ghostbusters dimension. I thought his art fit the Ghostbusters title well; it also fits with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well. Although the art did look more detailed for this book then it does in the regular Ghostbusters book, especially where the Turtles are concerned. Truth be told, the TMNT look better in this book then they do in their own stand alone title. One great page was the stare down like scene between the Turtles and Ghostbusters on opposite sides of a cathedral in the first issue during their first encounter. I loved that the army of soldiers that Chi-You chose was an army of hockey players. There’s one page where zombified hockey players are taking on the Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Eventually Chi-You alters their appearance making them look more monstrous. That’s a shame, as the mind controlled zombie like hockey players looked cool as is. The other image I absolutely got chills at was seeing The TMNT and Ghostbusters fighting off Chi-You, all using proton packs. These pages alone make the crossover worthwhile, and put a smile on my face. The only issue I had with the art was Chi – You looked like Fu Manchu, which is now the stereotypical way to draw villains from ancient China or Japan in most comic books. If I had to pick a favourite cover, I’d go with issue #2. Seeing the Turtles and Ghostbusters bracing for battle, while looking up at an unseen foe, definitely makes you want to flip the page and keep reading.
If you want action, humor, some paranormal activity and a quick read, this is a book you’ll enjoy. If you’re a fan of both these properties then you simply MUST own this book. With both franchises getting new movies this summer, this book will either amp up your excitement for both films, or cure what ails you, if you don’t like the direction the films are taking. Either way, it’s got you covered! I hope more crossovers between the two eventually occur.

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News Bleed. :)

To the best of my knowledge none of these are April Fool’s Jokes…but you can never be too sure this time of year. 😉 xo

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Meet Your New Casey Jones, bitches!! 😉  Polygon

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Leatherface is sounding a lil’ silly, but at least now I now officially have moist panties for it, regardless. 😉  Deadline 

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Hannibal Happenings:The Guillermo del Toro  Edition.  Shock ‘Til You Drop

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The Puppet Master comic is finally out!! (Unless this is just one of those wacky pranks Charles Band is so famous for… ;))  Comic Monsters

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Dying Light gets festive! 🙂  Kotaku

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