While surfing the internet, I ran into a small but EPIC animation video of Hulk fighting Superman on youtube which was done by the much and greatly talented Michael Habjan. And I have to say that this video will definitely tickle your geek pickle.
It was always assumed that Superman and Wonder Woman were banging, but it’s only now that DC Comics has made it official. On August 29th, the company will unveil “Justice League” No 12 which will explore the new relationship of the two superheroes.
Superman and Wonder Woman have flirted with each other for years, even kissing once in a 1989 issue of Action Comics. Those events usually took place in alternate realities, but DC says that the latest issue will be “the new status quo,” implying that the couple will be together or a while and this will impact all the heroes and villains in the DC universe.
“Justice League” No 12 is written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jim Lee.
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This week’s selection of Character Spotlight is Earth’s Favorite Son, The Man of Steel: Superman
Comics legend, Joe Kubert best known for his work on the DC Comics Sgt. Rock and Hawkman died of multiple myeloma on August 12, 2012, three weeks short of his 86th birthday.
Kubert’s other creations include the comic books Tor, Son of Sinbad, and Viking Prince, and, with writer Robin Moore, the comic strip Tales of the Green Beret.
Kubert also opend the Kubert School in New Jersey in 1976.
The DC Entertainment Team also released the following statement:
“We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Joe Kubert. An absolute legend in the industry, his legacy will live on through his remarkable talent, with his sons and with the many artists who have passed through the storied halls of his celebrated school. An important member of the DC Comics family, Joe made an indelible mark on the entire DC Comics universe including his renowned and award-winning work on iconic characters such as Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, Hawkman and most recently Nite Owl. We are so honored to have worked side-by-side with such an unforgettable force in both comics and in life.”
We all here at TEMPLAR DIGITAL would like to share our condolences to the Kubert family and friends. The Comic Book world has lost yet another great legend and he will be greatly missed.
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Welcome, True Believers & Constant Readers to our newest feature, where we give you a glimpse at what the Templar Digital Team is reading each week. Not sure what new releases to pick up at the comic shop today? Well we’re here to give you the lowdown on what ongoing series are worth grabbing, keeping up with or catching up on.
This trailer is freaking MIND BLOWING it was Edited by Brad Hansen (CraveOnline.com), aka MovieMaestroTen even “The Dark Knight Rises” Director Christopher Nolan loved it he thought it was “pretty epic” in an Entertainment Weekly article: LINK to Article
so enough talk..check out the video below
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If You like movies from a Galaxy Far Far Away, movies that explore the final frontiers and with aliens encounters, then you’ll love the Mel Brooks’s classic that celebrates them all. We have the special trailer for the classic film below.
The Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is set to hit shelves on August 7th, and we’ve got a trailer to get you in the mood.
The 25th Anniversary Edition features over five hours of bonus features, including a new “Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi” featurette, a Mel Brooks commentary, costume and art galleries, and the inevitable bloopers. The disc retails for $19.99, but it’s still available for pre-order over at Amazon for a mere $14.99…..now thats a deal worth checking out!!
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Sherman Hemsley, the man best known for movin’ George Jefferson and his family on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky, died this past Tuesday.
Hemsley passed away at his home in El Paso, Texas. The cause of death appears to be by natural causes and was discovered by his nurse, who thought he was sleeping when she realized something was amiss and called the authorities. He was 74 years old.
The Jeffersons ultimately became one of Lear’s most popular shows thanks to Hemsley; and it remains the longest-running sitcom with a predominantly black cast. The show aired for 11 seasons, from 1975-1985.
The actor went on to star in another successful series, Amen, which ran for five seasons, from 1986-1991.
The actor reprised the role of George Jefferson in the mid-’90s on two episodes of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” starring Will Smith, and in a 2011 episode of Tyler Perry sitcom “House of Payne.” He also played Jefferson in an uncredited bit in the 1998 feature comedy “Jane Austen’s Mafia.”
We, here at Templar Digital are deeply saddened for another loss of a great entertainment icon. Our prayers go to Hemsley’s family and friends as they go through this difficult process. Below we also included the links to some of our past posts of Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine passings.
Agent 47 a.k.a Hitman is the protagonist of the Hitman series and a contract killer, consistently recognized as the world’s deadliest, most discrete and skilled assassin.
FIRST APPEARANCE: Hitman: Codename 47
In the Hitman game series and the Hitman novel, 47 is a genetically-enhanced clone and the culmination of decades of secret research into gene augmentation. His creation was funded by a cabal of bald criminal masterminds who donated their own DNA to the project.
In the first Hitman game, five men of various nationalities served in the same unit of the French Foreign Legion. After their stint was finished, four of those men returned to their respective countries and founded their own criminal empires. The remaining one, Dr. Otto Ort-Meyer, ran a mental institution which he used as a cover for genetic experiments. In exchange for research funding, Ort-Meyer provided his former comrades with donor organs harvested from clone bodies, which significantly extended their longevity. In Hitman: Codename 47, each of Ort-Meyer’s accomplices are said to be 60–70 years old but appear 10–20 years younger.
The men whose DNA contributed to 47’s creation are often referred to within the series as the “Five Fathers”, consisting of Dr. Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer, Lee Hong, Pablo Ochoa, Franz Fuchs andArkadij Jegorov. Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer is a discredited German scientist living in Romania, whose radical theories were deemed insane by his peers. Ort-Meyer believed that genetic recombination and human cloning could be used to produce a perfected version of the human species, superior in strength and mind and unburdened by conscience. His ultimate goal, unbeknownst to his associates, was to create an army of flawless and unquestioningly obedient supermen. When Ort-Meyer’s associates become suspicious of his motives, he employs 47 to systematically eliminate each of them. When 47 discovers Ort-Meyer’s plans, he manages to eradicate his latest series of clones, known as the Mr. 48s, and snaps Ort-Meyer’s neck.
Pablo Belisario Ochoa is a notorious Latin American drug dealer and formed his own drug cartel by violently eliminating his rivals. However, his methods earned him great animosity, and he was eventually forced to flee to a compound deep inside the Colombian rainforest. Pablo appears to be heavily-inspired by fictional character Tony Montana from the film “Scarface“.
Franz Fuchs is a former member of the Hitler Youth, apparently resenting the collapse of fascism. He developed a career as a professional terrorist-for-hire, organizing attacks such as the attempted chemical bombing of the G7 leadership. He works closely with his brother and partner, Fritz (therefore making Fritz 47’s “uncle”). He also kills Fabian Fuchs, the youngest brother and “uncle”. It isn’t revealed whether or not Fuchs is based on the real life Franz Fuchs, who was also a terrorist.
The final person who contributed to 47’s DNA was Arkadij “Boris” Jegorov. Jegorov was a staunch anti-Communist. Jegorov became a worldwide arms dealer who smuggled weaponry for his older brother, Russian mafia boss Sergei Zavorotko (therefore making him 47’s “Uncle”). At the time of his death, he attempted to traffic in nuclear weapons.
Ort-Meyer’s research produced many failed attempts and aborted mutants, including Mr. 17, but ultimately he managed to perfect the process enough to produce an assembly line of genetically augmented clones. 47 belonged to Ort-Meyer’s fourth series of clones, possessing a 47th chromosome which, combined with DNA harvested from the world’s most dangerous criminals, endowed him with levels of strength, speed, stamina, and intelligence significantly above the human norm.
In Hitman: Blood Money, it is explained that American interests had repeatedly attempted to replicate Ort-Meyer’s success, but were largely unsuccessful. 47 is the only successful healthy cloned specimen, and nothing has yet come to parallel him; while other attempts have come close, they were plagued by problems such as albinism and extremely short lifespans (eighteen months). Ort-Meyer’s research was distributed among many covert cloning labs, but is insufficient; a sample of 47’s bone marrow is needed to fill in the DNA gaps, making him an extremely valuable specimen.
Along with the other clones, 47 was trained from youth to kill efficiently. Instructed in the use of firearms, military and government hardware, and more classic tools of assassination, 47 can wield virtually any weapon with ease. During his training, he was noted for his exceptional marksmanship, as well as for attacking the asylum staff with homemade slingshots, all of which were promptly confiscated.
After 30 years of relentless training under the tutelage of Dr. Ort-Meyer, 47 discovered a gap in the asylum’s security. After escaping his cell and killing a security guard, 47 disguised himself in the guard’s uniform and escaped from the asylum grounds. Unbeknownst to him, 47’s escape was deliberately orchestrated by Ort-Meyer, who concluded that 47’s escape into the outside world was the final challenge in his training.
Even though 47 is meant to be a heartless killing machine he shows signs of morality, seen in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin confessing his sins (killing people for money) to Father Vittorio. 47 also seems to have good relationships with animals since he can be seen playing with a rabbit at young age in the asylum and also having a yellow canary in Hitman: Blood Money (despite deliberately killing it in the cut-scene before Requiem).
Agent 47 approaches his assassinations with professionalism, and prefers to avoid killing anyone besides his designated targets. He will, however, not show any hesitation or remorse when it comes to killing witnesses and other potential threats to his mission.
Agent 47 generally speaks in a monotonous, proper, non-threatening tone, rarely swearing, or even raising his voice. 47 also has a blank and somewhat sinister facial expression, often scanning the scene with his eyes; the only other facial expression 47 has been known to show is pain.
47 seems to also be an accomplished conversationalist despite the fact he’s extremely reserved, often able to fool and manipulate people with convincing lies and bluffs. Hitman: Enemy Within shows that he has the capability to act far out of his normal personality to imitate people, such as a cocky womanizing biker.
47 was soon employed by the International Contract Agency, a clandestine organization providing assassination and mercenary services. With a lifetime of training and genetically augmented physical abilities, 47 soon rose to become the Agency’s most effective and most requested employee. He retired between the events of Hitman: Codename 47 and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, before later returning to work there. He enjoys his only notable human friendship with his manager-of-sorts, Diana. After the events of Hitman: Contracts, which makes the I.C.A. much less powerful, 47 briefly threatens to find a new employer. He continues with the I.C.A. until the events of Hitman: Blood Money, in which the organization is momentarily destroyed, loses all assassins, and 47 falsely believes Diana betrayed him and tried to kill him. At the end of the game, the I.C.A. returns to power, though Diana admits to a client of royalty that she currently cannot provide 47’s services, and has “completely lost track of him”. The last scene of the game shows 47 walking into an illegal-activity Chinese business, using a fake name and asking what they have to sell, “preferably in the back”.
As a class one type clone, 47 can be seen performing physical tasks more efficiently than an average human. 47 has mastered the art of stealth, being able to sneak up on almost anybody and quietly neutralize them. 47 also has an expert level understanding in the use of disguises in order to access unauthorized areas of a location. He is physically strong – being able to climb pipes, move and dispose of bodies, and jump from balcony to balcony with minimum effort. 47 is noted to be a skilled driver, as he can be seen piloting airplanes and helicopters.
Trained extensively in armed and unarmed combat and in the use of improvised weapons, such as explosives, sniper rifles, automatic weapons and bladed weapons, 47 is fully adept at surveying his environment and using it to his advantage. He is also resourceful enough to maintain anonymity by avoiding leaving forensic evidence for law enforcement agencies to discover through various methods. 47 is skilled in infiltration, ex-filtration, and evasion, as well as the traditional art of assassination as seen when carrying out contracts. On site, he can slip past guards without arousing too much suspicion.
He is a perfect marksman, so well that newspaper in Blood Money called him “legendary Agent 47”.
47 also has a detailed understanding of human anatomy and human nature, shown through his use of poisons, and sedatives, as well as striking vital points when strangling or using hand to hand combat. He also knows how best to move throughout an area without catching the attention of civilians or armed guards.
Suit: his professional attire worn when taking out the assignments.
Silverballer: 47’s trademark weapon.
Fiber Wire: allows 47 to strangle anyone from behind within 5 to 6 seconds.
Syringes: 47 can kill or sedate NPC’s with this perfect for getting rid of witnesses
Coin: used to distract people, can be used as bait. perfect for distracting NPCs
Binocular: used for recon.
Gotham Central, Book 1: In the Line of Duty, is next selection on next Comic Review.
The first ten issues of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series is collected in hardcover for the first time! Written by Ed Brubaker (Captain America) and Greg Rucka (Detective Comics, 52), this series pitted the detectives of Gotham City’s Special Crimes Unit against the city’s greatest villains – in the shadow of Batman himself.
This volume collects two cases of the Gotham Special Crimes Unit. In the first, a cop is killed by Mister Freeze, and the squad is in a race against time to bring him in without the help of the Dark Knight. In the second story–the acclaimed, award-winning “Half a Life”–Detective Renee Montoya is outed as a lesbian and finds her work environment and personal life turned upside down. Things only become more complicated when she’s kidnapped by Two-Face. This debut volume features an introduction by acclaimed mystery author Lawrence Block.
If any series ever deserved the hardcover reprint treatment, Gotham Central is it. The book is as good as any police procedural on television, giving names and personalities to the Gotham police force that up until that point had been relegated to minor background characters and cannon fodder for Joker, Two-Face and the like. A tragic run-in with Mr. Freeze in the opening pages is enough to suck readers in, and Rucka and Brubaker continually drive home the cost of being a good cop in a city that relies on Batman for protection. Honestly, Batman’s portrayal during this era of comics was never great, often crossing the line from being edgy and gritty into just being unlikable. Gotham Central really puts this in perspective with the cops only asking for assistance from Batman as an absolute last resort (a theme that intensifies in the next volume). Also spotlighted this volume is the relationship between Renee Montoya and Two-Face, which Rucka had been steadily building since Batman: No Man’s Land, Vol. 2.
I am very please with the product by DC and the team. Brubaker, Rucka, and Lark created characters that are three-dimensional, and not the same out boring cops. Every character has their flaws, and some more than others. This is not a pretty world that the cops live in with the madness that is Gotham City. There are egos, conflicts, and that just in the department.
A great read for adult Batman fans. There’s not much of the Bat, but I found that refreshing. It focuses on the cops, and their resentment toward Batman for solving the crimes they cannot. I really started empathizing with each of the characters. The art is also very nice, and evokes a Year One quality. Highly recommended. I’d love to see this made into a TV show on HBO.
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