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Classic Hero Redman Rises Again in New Series from Godzilla Comic Legend

Classic Hero Redman Rises Again in New Series from Godzilla Comic Legend

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Tsuburaya Productions is cooking up something old, something new, something borrowed, and something red this year, as first word of a brand new Redman comic project has just dropped. Originally broadcast in 1973 and produced by Tsuburaya of the wildly popular, ongoing Ultraman television and film franchise, Redman was an alien refugee from a doomed world whose spirit merged with human SIA Officer Sokomizu to continue the fight against those who destroyed his home. Now, the battle rages once more in this new title, presented to us through the prestigious lens of Godzilla comic artist Matt Frank. Having worked for years in the world of comics, Matt Frank has touched many beloved brands, including Transformers and Wrath of the Titans, adding his gloriously epic touch to many fantasy worl...
Ultraman Geed Goes A Little Mad In The New ‘Mob Psycho 100’

Ultraman Geed Goes A Little Mad In The New ‘Mob Psycho 100’

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Prepare to free your mind, as the popular Mob Psycho 100 manga is now being adapted to live-action. Courtesy of ONE, of One-Punch Man fame, the original web-comic series has already taken the anime world by storm, and now, with help from some friends in the explosive worlds of Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and more, the property is set to make its live-action debut on Netflix. In the lead role, as psychic middle schooler Mob, is Tatsuomi Hamada, best known to some as Riku, the title hero of Ultraman Geed. It may come as no surprise that Hamada was chosen for the part, considering both Geed and Mob Psycho share the same series director in Koichi Sakamoto, whose street cred stretches far and wide in the live-action special effects genre, from Power Rangers and Super Sentai to ...
‘Kamen Rider W: Fuuto Detectives’ Knows Which Way The Wind Blows

‘Kamen Rider W: Fuuto Detectives’ Knows Which Way The Wind Blows

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In the summer of 2010, tokusatsu fans said goodbye to the lovable heroes of the Narumi Detective Agency, and the many wacky denizens of Fuuto City, when Kamen Rider W came to an end. Of course, several appearances occurred after that, but the loss of this pulpy action-noir world in regular doses was perhaps felt more strongly for some than with most other titles in the Kamen Rider pantheon. While the tradition of a new Kamen Rider taking up the spotlight from the old with each passing year continued to be observed, introducing us to many wondrous new facets of this crazy franchise, there was always a special place in my heart for the two-in-one detectives, Shotaro and Phillip, and their quest to rid the city of dangerous contraband known as Gaia Memories. It's with this thought in min...
This Book Builds Character – Kamen Rider Build Character Book No. 0 Binding

This Book Builds Character – Kamen Rider Build Character Book No. 0 Binding

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If you're anything like me, then your love of Kamen Rider Build and its slowly expanding universe has steadily grown in the past few weeks since it first hit the airwaves. For those that are, and those who have yet to know its greatness, there is the Kamen Rider Build Character Book, featuring high-quality photos of the show's lead cast. Heroes, villains, and whatever Utsumi's supposed to be, all gathered for this book. Let's have a glance.   For those unaware, Character Books focus entirely on the actors in civilian costume, and thus rarely feature any actual Kamen Rider suits or fantasy props like those typically found in the more traditional TV-kun or Toei Hero MAX. So, no toys in sight here. It's all about the people. Showcasing the stars in various photos as well as s...
Sharpen Your Blades – ‘Sword Art Online’ Gets a US Live-Action Series

Sharpen Your Blades – ‘Sword Art Online’ Gets a US Live-Action Series

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Another beloved Japanese animated title is about to be adapted for American consumption, and so our watch begins. The track record of Hollywood in handling anime properties has not always been the steadiest. Recent efforts like this year's Ghost in the Shell failed to impress while some pray each day that the Akira adaptation never gets motivated enough to actually happen after years driving fans to drink. This is the atmosphere into which Sword Art Online enters. The novel and animated series about people trapped within a virtual reality, living out their lives in a fantasy world of swords and savagery, has built a passionate fanbase over the years, so it seemed inevitable that someone would eventually come knocking on its door. For better or for worse, we'd like to remain positive a...
Justice League Comic vs Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Comic: Who Won The Week?

Justice League Comic vs Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Comic: Who Won The Week?

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This week, I read a fun comic book packed with everything I wanted out of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, from exciting action to cool character moments, and an interesting peek into new corners of the universe sure to keep me coming back for more. And then I read the Justice League crossover. To say that these two titles, each with our color-coded Teenagers With Attitude in common, are on opposite ends of the fun spectrum for me would be an understatement. The title of this review suggests a decision must be made about which of the two comic stories rose up to take the crown for this week's best. But let's be honest. Though Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #6 has its fans, sending it into the ring with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #19 is a TKO waiting to happen. With sticks o...
‘Go Go Power Rangers’ Knows What Time it Is

‘Go Go Power Rangers’ Knows What Time it Is

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If you had told me a few years ago that there would be not one, but two comic book titles based on the Power Rangers brand, each of high quality with a dedicated readership, I would have found it hard to believe. Even now, after pouring through the latest issue of Go Go Power Rangers, the recent addition to the brand's growing family of comics, I find it hard to believe. This is more than a mere trifle thrown together with little effort. It's a touching, sensitive look at the iconic team that started this franchise. I'm not used to this! In Boom! Studios' Go Go Power Rangers, a closer look is taken at the heroes behind the helmet, putting a microscope up to their lives as citizens of Angel Grove, the new battleground only recently invaded by monsters from space, as the Teenagers with ...
Death Note: Netflix is Taking Names (And Brain Cells) In Latest Thriller

Death Note: Netflix is Taking Names (And Brain Cells) In Latest Thriller

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  Well, they finally did it. An American adaptation of Death Note, one of the most beloved anime and manga titles to come out of Japan this side of the 21st century. It was only a matter of time before Tsugumi Ohba's harrowing psychological mind-screw was given the remake treatment by the good ole U.S. of A. And, despite the snarky title for this review, and the tidal wave of negativity sweeping the interwebs over this film, I find that it may not quite be the trainwreck some of its more vocal detractors insist it is. But, before my name ends up in the pages of a dark notebook in a shadowy room somewhere, let's just say that it's not a masterpiece either. Contrary to the gospel of the surging masses, the truth is more likely somewhere in between. Which - fortunately or unfortun...