One of the “Wonders of the World” is the Great Wall in China. Why was this gigantic wall built? It was to keep out evil monsters that appear every 60 years. This is the big budget East/West production by Legendary Pictures directed by award-winning Zhang Yimou. “The Great Wall” stars Matt Damon as the mercenary William Garin.
In search for fame and riches, mercenary William Garin and his men find themselves in remote China. His remaining men are tired and hungry after days of being hunted down by bandits in the region. As they rest for the night, they encounter a mysterious creature. William is able to fend off the beast by cutting its talon off. William and fellow survivor Pero Tovar stumble upon the amazing gigantic structure – the Great Wall.
Are you looking to clean out your closet of old worn t-shirts with new graphic tees with style? Artist Futura teams up with UNIQLO for this men’s t-shirt mini-capsule collection. The 12 graphic tees in the collection features Futura’s blend of abstract artwork and NYC vibe.
From the Hard Case Crime imprint, this collects the 3 issues of Walter Hill’s The Assignment. With the upcoming movie starring Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this trade paperback.
This is it – the final issue of the Twelfth Doctor Year Two. This might be travelers Sonny and Val last trip landing on the planet Mindmorphs. Can they help the Doctor? Look for issue #15 on the comic book racks this week.
Over the years reviewing various books and comics, one of my favorite fictional characters is Anno Dracula created by author Kim Newman. Now for the first time, Mr. Newman steps into the comic book world with Anno Dracula 1895 – Seven Days in Mayhem #1 with artist Paul McCaffrey. I’m really excited about this vampire series. If it’s anything like the many Anno Dracula novels, this should be a fun ride.
Teacher Mr. Nathan Brookes with his “Team Leftovers”: Ryan Edwards, Catharine “Scattie” Powell, Olivia Crawford and Brandon Whitehead go on a outdoor hiking test. During the hike, they find themselves in a different part of the park and seem to be transported to the past – the “Bronze Age.” One survivor Olivia Crawford reappears traumatize and without memory of what happened.
Classic video games from the 1980s gets the vinyl figure treatment by Funko. This new Mystery Mini series theme is all about Retro Video Games like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, Q*bert and Mega Man. The blind box packaging are made like old school video game arcade cabinets. The series features 12 figures: Centipede, Coily (Q*bert), Dig Dug/Taizo, Frogger, Fygar (Dig Dug), Mega Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Pookah (Dig Dug), Q*bert, Shadow/Blinky and Speedy/Pinky.
Get even more creative with LEGO bricks with these Toy Block Compatible Adhesive Tapes by Nimuno Loops. Compatible with LEGO, Mega Bloks, Kreo and various other building brick toys. Funded through Indiegogo, these Nimuno Loops Toy Block Compatible Adhesive Tape were created by Anine Kirsten and Max Basler.
This bubbly blue robot cat Doraemon is very popular in Asia. The character created by Fujiko F. Fujio gets a special sneaker treatment from Packer Shoes x atmos x Reebok, the Doraemon Instapump Fury OG Pad.
I’m excited about this new series Sky Doll by writer Barbara Canepa and artist Alessandro Barbucci dropping today. If you like science fiction that explores A.I., love and religion, definitely take a look at Sky Doll. Fans of Moebius will surely like the art-style.
This is it – the final issue of The Assignment. Hitman Frank Kitchen is still finding his way with his “new” identity. Look for a full review soon on Retrenders as I read the full trade paperback edition.
I must admit I got into the Doctor Who bandwagon a little late. I really started watching when actor Matt Smith became the Eleventh Doctor with Karen Gillan playing Amy Pond. The Eleventh Doctor with new traveling companion rides into a new adventure with Part 1: “The Tragical History Tour.”
This weekend Legendary Pictures releases one of their big films of the year into the multiplexes – The Great Wall starring Matt Damon. Suppose the Great Wall in China was not just built to defend from the human element but also “monsters.” Actor Matt Damon and the all-star Chinese cast look to defend the Great Wall and humanity from these evil beasts. Titan Books official companion guide The Great Wall – The Art of the Film takes a behind-the-scenes at the epic production.
Over the years of reviewing various novels and comics for Retrenders, I’ve enjoyed reading the many tales of Kim Newman’s vampire creation Anno Dracula and world of characters around him. “Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories” is a collection of short stories to get fans primed for the upcoming novel Anno Dracula 1899: Daikaiju. Not only that, Titan Comics will kick-off a brand new Anno Dracula series by author Kim Newman and art by Paul McCaffrey launching in March 2017.