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Lady Justice BYTE: Do you remember Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice? Lady Justice was created by Neil Gaiman in 1995 and published by Tekno Comics in two series lasting a total of twenty issues. The first series was written by C. J. Henderson, with art by Michael Netzer/Steve Lieber. Fred Harper/Mike Harris were the creators of the second series. Why bring this short-lived series up at all? Well, according to a post on livejournal.com, Lady Justice will be returning as a trilogy of novels by Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell. You might ask, who is Marcy Rockwell? According to her bio, she is, “an author, engineer, and mother of three wonderful sons. She has been nominated for the Scribe, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards and is a member of the SFWA, IAMTW, SinC, and SFPA. She also served for several years as an editor for Mindflights. Her latest published novel is SKEIN OF SHADOWS (2012), a sequel to 2011’s THE SHARD AXE, published by Wizards of the Coast. Wizards also published her first novel, LEGACY OF WOLVES, in 2007.”
Rockwell, who gushed at the opportunity to be credited on the same cover with Gaiman, stated that she has completed the first book and has already started the second. No release date has been set for the trilogy as yet. Nerd Bytes, as always, will keep you posted.
IF? COMMIX BYTE: “Bullet Gal, 5′ 10″ of man-eating, gut-crunching terror. Bullet Gal… who fights for truth, justice, and her fair share of strong espressos.” If? Commix has had some success lately with great titles from Andrez Bergen and Matt Kyme like Tales to Admonish, and That Bullet Proof Kid. Bergen also has his fourth novel, Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth, releasing in July from Perfect Edge Books and the Graphic Novel version of his first book, Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat, which was fan-funded through Kickstarter, releasing in August. How does Bergen, one of the most prolific writers I know, celebrate all of this? By writing a twelve page teaser starring Bullet Gal, a character from the world of Heropa, the setting of his third novel, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa. Bergen’s writing in Bullet Gal is smart and gritty, just like the art. He brings the city of Heropa to life in a historical noir fashion that just draws you in. I found it pretty cool to see some depictions of the city I grew fond of while reading the novel. But, the very best part? You can get a digital copy of Bullet Gal at the If? Commix Website for just one single solitary dollar! Get on over there and support the cause, and get some great entertainment out of it while you’re there.
MARVEL(OUS) BYTE: Sophie Caldecott’s struggles, like far too many others, with trying to deal with the fact that her father has prostate cancer. She is not just standing still waiting for the inevitable. She decided to try to grant her father’s dying wish. Stratford “Strat” Caldecott wants to live long enough to see The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Sophie, knowing that with his advanced condition, he couldn’t possibly wait until the film was released she leaped into action like a real-life hero and posted the following request on her personal blog:
“We’re going to try and get in touch with Marvel to ask if they can fulfill dad’s dying wish by sending us a copy of the film for him to watch at home. But I think we can go further than that. We’re also going to tweet the Avengers actors and see if they will take a picture of themselves holding a sign saying ‘Captain America/Thor/Iron Man [insert name of character here] for Strat!’ so that we can surprise him with their messages of support and encouragement.”
Her hope, faith, and relentless desire to give her father his last wish paid off when, a few days after this was published, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) showed up at their home promising that Strat’s wish would be granted. Not only that but every actor from Sam Jackson (Nick Fury) to the cast of The Avengers, and even the cast of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD posed for photos holding signs stating that they are “For Strat!” I’m nobody, but I’m for Strat, and I bet you are too. Stay strong Strat, and well done Sophie, you’re a real hero in my book!
SCREEN ROUND-UP: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For releases on August 22nd and I personally can’t wait. Creator Frank Miller is again teaming up with Robert Rodriguez and a star-studded cast including many from the original film and a plethora of new faces including the likes of Jeremy Piven, Josh Brolin, and Eva Green. Speaking of the gorgeous Green, her recent movie poster was pulled by the MPAA, “for nudity – curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.” Thank you MPAA for your diligence in preventing us from seeing things we REALLY want to see. Nerd Bytes has your back though so please enjoy this movie poster that never was. You’re welcome! Edgar Wright has landed on his feet after leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man, citing creative differences. It seems he has resurrected a past project, The Night Stalker. Remember the 70s story of a tabloid news reporter who is drawn into an underworld of supernatural mysteries. It was revived as a comic, published by Moonstone since 2003. Wright is going all-out for this project as rumor says he is pursuing Johnny Depp to play Kolchak himself.
Syfy’s Bitten, based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, has been renewed for a second season. The show averaged 1.1 million viewers per week and starred Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence.
Last year Michael Wilkinson, the costume designer for Man of Steel stated that he would be changing the design for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. This picture that recently surfaced, may be the new version. You decide. Better?
In Marvel news the first season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier will release on Blu-ray and DVD on September 9th. You better get it day one if you want to give it a watch before season two starts. Many Avengers fans who did not grow up reading comics, unfortunate souls that they are, had no idea who the creepy purple dude with the wrinkled chin was in the post credits scene. We fanboys know him to be none other than Thanos, the Mad Titan himself. Now we all know who will be voicing the character in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy… Josh Brolin. This likely means that he will also be reprising the role for other movies. I’m still hoping for a big-screen adaptation of last years epic Infinity. With Thanos, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Avengers all on the scene it could happen.
Finally, Empire Magazine recently did a poll regarding the greatest movie of all-time. The Empire Strikes Back was given the top spot by the majority of the 250,000 voters. 2008’s winner The Godfather dropped to #2, while The Dark Knight rounded out the top 3.
NERDITORIAL: I am an unapologetic nerd of the highest order. I do not live in my parents’ basement. I have had girlfriends, friends, and jobs. I have been married, divorced and have done all of the things people considered “normal” by our society standards do every day. But, I am still a nerd. There was never any doubt that I would see X-Men: Days of Future Past as soon as possible, despite my lack of respect for past X-movies, with the exception of X-Men: First Class. Writers and Directors and probably studio heads wrote lack-luster stories, combined story lines and killed characters for shock value that was eventually going to paint them into a corner. So they did the only thing they could do, go back in time. I was skeptical of X-Men: First Class from the beginning. So much so that I didn’t even see the film at the theaters. It was more than six months later when I did see it. I must admit I was impressed when I finally saw it. Sure they took liberties with the lore, but we all knew that was going to happen. The writing was good, smart and seemed to show some understanding of the characters and their motivations.
So then X-Men: Days of Future Past is announced and hyped and teased until it finally came out in theaters. This was arguably one of the greatest comic stories ever told, and it was going to finally be made into a movie. Then I remember the debacle that the Dark Phoenix Saga became on the big-screen. Monday, a friend and I went to see the movie. I was anxious with anticipation, but also dreading what could very well be another failure. My friend has no background in comics and was watching the movie as just a fan of the movie universe. Not a single preconceived notion, I almost envied her. She liked the movie a lot. She was entertained throughout by the writing, the graphics, and the story. She definitely didn’t see what I saw. Now before you all click away thinking this is another nerd-rage hate article, it is not. I liked the movie. It was well acted, well-directed, and graphically phenomenal. I enjoyed the fighting, and accepted the premise (even the fact that Kitty Pryde somehow developed time-altering abilities) for the sake of the end result. It was a good movie, but when all was said and done X-men: Days of Future Past served one purpose, and one purpose only. It was the RESET BUTTON for a franchise that had been mis-handled from the very beginning. So now all of those movies never happened, except for all the money we spent to go see them. If you ask me, and as usual, no one has, this is just more evidence that the rights to all Marvel characters need to revert back to Marvel Studios. My recommendation is that you go see the movie, it is a very good and entertaining show. just try not to think about all those other tickets you bought that never really happened, except for 20th Century Fox still has your money. Hmmm, refund anyone?