Finding Convergence confusing? Let DC clear it all up for you.

Earlier this week, our resident DC critic James said in his review of Convergence #0 – ‘I don’t really get what’s going on yet, and I should probably read up on what’s meant to happen in it, but what I read was good.’ This seems to be the general consensus for most new readers on the series, and even a few followers like myself. Luckily, DC’s Dan DiDio has taken some time out to help readers catch up and adjust for the series.

It’s a quick video, only 2.5 minutes, but gives a detailed look at the characters and plot threads leading up to Convergence. The convoluted nature of the series might put off readers, which is sad, especially for a series displaying so much intrigue. Plus, it’s the comic debut of veteran TV writer Jeff King, who’s work on Stargate and Star Trek has no doubt prepped him for this kind of writing.

Convergence #0 hit last week, and will be continuing as a weekly series, so make sure to catch up!

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‘Arrow/Flash’ Spinoff adds Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter to cast

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The ‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash’ spinoff show in the works is gaining considerable momentum in it’s development. Announced via CBR, The CW show has cast two more roles of it’s previously 3 described new characters, and it’s paid off for some internet theorists. Broadway actor Ciara Renée has been cast in the role of Kendra Sunders, AKA Hawkgirl. Later on, CBR revealed Doctor Who alum Arthur Darvill was cast as enigmatic time-traveller Rip Hunter.

It seems like we’ll be expanding the previously ‘no powers’ universe of Arrow, to great extent if we’re using characters like these. As previously stated, Rip Hunter is a time-traveller, which is a concept recently used in the TV universe. Hawkgirl, however is “a young woman who is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries”. This will certainly add a mystical element to the show, and hopefully they’ll be able to handle this diversity.

The spinoff show will also be starring Brandon Routh as The Atom, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave, Victor Garber as Martin Stein, and Caity Lotz as a presumably Canary type character, following her ‘death’ on Arrow. It will most likely debut midseason next year, being outside the current pilot cycle, and will be helmed by Andrew Kreidberg, Marc Guggenheim, and Greg Berlanti.

Veteran Punisher writer Garth Ennis returns to the character in prequel series

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Irish comics writer Garth Ennis will be returning to a longtime character of his, The Punisher, but not in a way you’d expect. The writer is infamous for his gory, excessively violent stories (see: Preacher, The Boys), and he got to go all out with this character, for about 10 years.

Now he’s coming back, but with a different approach this time. The series, titles ‘The Platoon’, will focus on Frank Castle’s early days in the Vietnam war, before he took up the Punisher title. It will be published under the Marvel MAX imprint, and will most likely feature no giant white skulls, or significant Marvel characters. Garth Ennis revealed the details at an Avatar Press conference for London Super Comic Con on Saturday, as Bleeding Cool reports. He will be collaborating with previous artist Goran Parlov, who’s since worked on titles like Mark Millar’s Starlight.

It’ll be interesting to see a younger, more inexperienced Frank, as largely all of the titles he’s featured in depict a grizzly, disturbed war veteran. And with Ennis’ penchant for interesting character development, I’m sure it’ll be quite a ride watching him transform into this character. Sure, it’ll be largely a Vietnam War story with Marvel’s deadly vigilante slapped on, but if anyone can make it interesting, it’s Garth Ennis.

DC unveil new costumes for Superman, Wonder Woman and more

dc4 Art by Paolo Siqueira In recent news, DC comics has promoted their soft reboot following Convergence with a few of their core heroes receiving makeovers. Yes, you heard right, folks, Superman has decided he’s too hardcore for his costume, and has reverted to civilian clothes. Whatever your outlook on the matter, it’s certainly a drastic change, that was last seen in Grant Morrison’s Action Comics run. Although, then it was on a beginner Superman, now we have it on a seasoned metahuman.  Continue reading

Kingpin bares his teeth in latest “Daredevil” trailer

The latest trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series has hit, and it’s a big one. Expanding more on the grim outlook of Hell’s Kitchen, we’re placed in the shoes of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin, and suffice to say, I’m quaking with excitement. He looks like a great fit for the role, and I seriously can’t wait to see him make Matt Murdock’s life a living hell (sorry, Daredevil, it’s inevitable).

Also good news – if you’re an Australian or New Zealand resident wondering how on earth you’ll be getting your mitts on this, fear not – Netflix is coming to our side of the globe! Yes, Netflix has promised they’ll be dropping by March 24th, which gives us plenty of time to binge some TV shows and movies before Daredevil.

The complete series will be hitting the streaming service on April 10th.

New “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” Trailer Shows More Ultron Action

Another trailer for the upcoming Marvel hit Age Of Ultron has surfaced, and sufficed to say, it’s not looking good for our favourite heroes.

We learn about the origin and motivation of our resident evil robot Ultron, with some more action from the entire team + Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Heck, we even get a neat little look at the Vision near the end, too!

Avengers: Age Of Ultron hits May 1st. We’ll see you at the ticket counter.

#Trending In The World Of Comics 03/02/15: (Farewell To Spock, Ultron’s New TV Spot, Superhero TV Team-Up, & More!)

Quick wrap up of this week’s comic news

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In #Trending, Sam will highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, TV shows, video games, etc. including sharing any hot trailers that were released. Let’s begin:

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The Loss of a Legend"Star Trek" Los Angeles Premiere

This week the world mourns the loss of Leonard Nimoy. The sci-fi legend passed away in his home at age 83, his death being attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Best known for his role as Mr Spock in Star Trek, he lived long and prospered. RIP Mr Nimoy

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Marvel has given us a quick new look and the official poster for the upcoming Avengers: Age ofUltron, featuring the original team with the additional new recruits. Upon a closer look, the poster reveals that Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Hayley Atwell

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