Thursday, August 28, 2008

New comics purchased this week: Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D #1 (complete with 3D glasses!), Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #2, Wolverine #68, X-Force #6, X-Men: Legacy #215, Ultimate X-Men #97, Runaways #1, New Exiles #10, Superman #679, Angel: Revelations #4, Trinity #13, Madame Xanadu #3, Catwoman #82, Jack of Fables #25, Justice Society of America #18, DC Universe: Last Will and Testament #1, and Marvel: Your Universe Saga #1.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The third season of Torchwood just began production in Cardiff. As previously announced, instead of a thirteen episode season it'll consist of five episodes aired on consecutive nights as a BBC One miniseries in Spring 2009. The title of the miniseries is Torchwood: Children of Earth.

Creator Russell T Davies returns to serve as showrunner in place of Chris Chibnall, who left after two seasons to become the showrunner of the upcoming Law & Order: London. Davies is writing two of the episodes, with former Coronation Street staff writer John Fay writing two more and James Moran (writer of last season's "Sleeper") writing the remaining one. Euros Lyn, director of nine episodes and two mini-episodes of Doctor Who (including "The Unquiet Dead" and "The Girl in the Fireplace"), will direct all five episodes.

The principal cast consists of John Barrowman as Captain Jack, Eve Myles as Gwen, and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto. Previous rumors of Doctor Who's Freema Agyeman (Martha) and Noel Clarke (Mickey) joining the cast have been proven untrue. Supporting cast members Kai Owen and Tom Price will also return as Gwen's husband Rhys and PC Andy respectively. Peter Capaldi, Paul Copely, and Liz May Brice are the major guest stars.

As for Law & Order: London, with former Torchwood showrunner Chibnall and producer Richard Stokes moving over to take on the same roles here, as well as Who's Agyeman as a prosecutor and Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber as a police officer, I'm interested in seeing it.

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Review: Doctor Who: The Forgotten #1, "Amputation"

Without giving too much away, this new six issue comic book miniseries from IDW Publishing features the Tenth Doctor and companion Martha in a story that necessitates flashbacks to the adventures of the Doctor's previous incarnations. In this issue, we get a flashback to the era of the First Doctor, with granddaughter Susan, Ian, and Barbara as his companions.

The miniseries is blessed with the creative team of writer Tony Lee and Eisner Award-winning artist Pia Guerra, both longtime Who fans, and they bring a certain fannish enthusiasm to their work here. Lee captures the personalities of the Doctor's different incarnations and his companions while delivering a story that makes you keep turning the pages to see what happens next, while Guerra accurately renders the looks and mannerisms of the characters for the comic book page while still bringing her own personal style to the drawing board.

With no new Who on television until Christmas, this miniseries is an excellent way to dispel the withdrawal symptoms and a good piece of entertainment in its own right that's sure to make any fan of a certain Time Lord happy.