The Great Wall – The Official Movie Novelization

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.

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The Assignment Vol. #1

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.

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Comic Book Preview: Doctor Who – Twelfth Doctor #2.15

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.

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Comic Book Preview: Anno Dracula 1895 – Seven Days in Mayhem #1

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.

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Comic Preview: Invisible Hands # 1

Imagine: you’re working late at the hospital discussing recipes with a co-worker. You come into the possession of an x-ray that should be impossible, and the man whose head it supposedly depicts suddenly corners you, demanding your help. Around the same time, another patient’s head explodes.

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Comic Preview: Samaritan # 1

How do you bankrupt one of the richest, most technologically advanced and successful companies in the world?

You steal all their research and give it away to everyone.

Samantha Copeland aka Samaritana woman with a vendettadecides she’s going to take down the largest military contractor in the world and has the means and a plan that just might work.

Fans of Tom Clancy, political intrigue, and Jason Bourne are not going to want to miss this new series (co-created by Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal) written by Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK) and art by Atilio Rojo (IXTH GENERATION)!

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Hekla’s Children by James Brogden

Four teens on a outdoor hiking trip disappear.  A day later one of the teens return alive.  Hekla’s Children starts out like an episode of FOX’s Bones with sci-fi/fantasy elements.

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.

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Comic Book Preview: Doctor Who – Tenth Doctor #3.3

Looking for more adventures with your favorite Tenth Doctor?  The Year 3 issue #3 drops this week on the comic shelves.

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Comic Preview: Blood Stain Vol. 2

A light-heated and funny story.  Linda Sejic is quickly becoming on of my favorite writer/artist creator.  If you’d like to see more of Blood Stain or Linda’s art, you can check out her Deviant Art here.  Also be sure to check out her husband, Stjepan Sejic, as well.

Story / Art / Cover: Linda Sejic

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Comic Preview: Eclipse # 5

Story: Zack Kaplan
Art / Cover: Giovanni Timpano
Colorist: Flavio Dispenza
Letter Art: Troy Peteri
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Comic Book Preview: Sky Doll – Sudra #1

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.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Uprising #2

There is rift between the Black Cross and Templar Order over the Project Phoenix.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Awakening #5

The “Awakening” series takes place during the Assassin’s Creed Black Flag timeline.

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Comic Book Preview: Norman – First Slash #4

Grace comes back to haunt Norman.  That crazy kid Norman discovers a bunch of clone Grace’s created by Herbert.

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Comic Book Preview: Sherlock – The Blind Banker #3

Sherlock goes manga-style with The Blind Banker #3.

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Think Tank, Vol. 5 # 1

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Story: Matt Hawkins
Art / Covers: Rahsan Ekedal

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Comic Book Preview: The Assignment #3

assignment0301This 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.

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Comic Book Preview: Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor #3.3

doctorwho11030301I 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.”

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The Great Wall – The Art of the Film

thegreatwallbookThis 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.

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Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories

annodracula1899Over 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.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Awakening #4

acawakening04001This manga mini-series takes place during Assassin’s Creed Blag Flag timeline.  The Black Cross is on the hunt, while Charlotte might change sides!  Find out more with Awakening #4.

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Comic Book Preview: Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor #10

doctor10001Still on their Brazilian tour, the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Jack must stop aquatic aliens looking to destroy the planet Earth.

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Comic Book Preview: Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor #3.2

doctor10030201This Doctor travels with 2 companions!  Travel with Gabby Gonzales and Cindy Wu as they help the Tenth Doctor in the first issue of a two-part story “Breakfast at Tyrannies.”

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Comic Book Preview: Peepland #4

peepland04001Peepland #4 drops today from the Hard Case Crime imprint.  Dead bodies everywhere!  The cops are getting weary of Roxy and friends.

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Comic Preview: Postal # 18

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Story: Bryan Hill
Art / Cover: Isaac Goodhart
Color art: K. Michael Russell
Letter art: Troy Peteri

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