Emerald City Comicon Announces 7 New Guests


Justice League International #1 from DC Comics

Emerald City Comicon announced 7 new guests coming to the Seattle show in 2012.

Aaron Lopresti is currently artist on Justice League International. I really enjoyed his run on Wonder Woman and Excalibur.

Greg Rucka’s own creations include Whiteout, Stumptown, Queen & Country and novels starring Atticus Kodiak. Rucka’s acclaimed work for DC and Marvel include The Punisher, Detective Comics, Gotham Central and The Question.

Colleen Coover is an artist known for Shame Itself, Marvel Adventures Spider Man, I Am An Avenger, Spectacular Spider-Girl and her creator owned books Gingerbread Girl, Small Favors and Banana Sunday.

Nathan Edmondson’s work includes DC’s new Grifter series, Who is Jake Ellis? and Olympus.

Chris Roberson is best known for his ongoing comic book series iZombie and for his Cinderella stories in the world of Fables.

Paul Tobin is known for his Marvel Adventures books, Spider-Girl and his creator owned work Banana Sundays and Gingerbread Girl.

Jen Van Meter’s writing includes Fear Itself: The Worthy, Red Sonja, JSA All Stars, Black Cat and current Avengers: Solo series.

To see other special guests and buy tickets click here.

Archie Meets KISS Brings Up a Childhood Nightmare!

Archie #625 courtesy Archie Comics

  Archie Meets KISS arrives in comic book shops Wednesday. It’s one of my Top 5 comic book picks this week and the latest in the long line of crazy comic book crossovers.

  Does any one remember Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park? I secretly defied my parents and stayed up to watch this made for television movie and it freaked me out!

  KISS use their superpowers to stop an evil inventor from destroying an amusement park. The rockers battle an army of robots including duplicates of themselves in a final showdown at the concert.

  It’s camp-tastic now but as a little kid I got really scared, especially in this scene when the white werewolf robots were suddenly surrounding KISS around the rollercoaster. Here’s the promo from YouTube.

  If this stroll down KISS memory lane inspires you here’s the link to buy the movie on Amazon. Unfortunately it’s only VHS.

Top 5 Comic Picks 11/30/11

X-Men Legacy #259 courtesy Marvel.com

X-Men Legacy #259

Rogue returns from her outer space adventure to find the X-men divided into rival camps but her feelings are torn between Magneto and Gambit. This is the first part of Mike Carey’s final X-Men arc after a 5+ years of innovative storytelling.

BPRD: Being Human

Terror tales starring Hellboy’s trusted team on the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. This trade paperback collects stories of the undead, dark magic and how the strange heroes cope with love and loss.

Archie #625 (aka Archie Meets KISS #1)

The Riverdale High gang will Rock and Roll ALLLLLLLL NIGHT! It’s the strangest comic book mashup I never expected. The world’s most famous rock band invades Archie’s  hometown to save the night when monsters are unleashed on Riverdale Rock City.

Thunder Agents Volume 1 and number 1

Would you prefer to burn out in a blaze of glory or fade away?  Regular people are given the chance to be super heroes but with a catch – the powers will eventually kill them. Volume one collects the first ten issues. A new number one issue marks the new adventures of the team willing to die for superhero glory.

Captain America: Man Out of Time

Captain America sacrificed himself in World War Two. Decades later, Steve was revived to face a modern U.S. he didn’t recognize and meet the heroes who were inspired by his legend. In this tale will Cap risk everything to go back and save his best friend from death? It’s the Avengers versus Captain America for the fate of the timesteam. This trade paperback collects the 6 part series by legendary writer Mark Waid.

Forza Super Hero Leading Ladies Trivia Answers

Marvel Knights Elektra cover by Greg Horn. Courtesy of Marvel.com

  Hello Forza Fans, thanks for checking out the site and getting your morning treat at Forza. Here are the answers to this week’s Super Hero Leading Ladies Trivia.

  LOIS LANE is the the girlfriend of Superman. Amy Adams will play her in The Man of Steel.

  VICKY VALE is Batman’s reporter girlfriend played by Kim Basinger in the Tim Burton directed Batman.

  CAROL FERRIS is the love interest of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern who will eventually become the villainess, Star Sapphire. Blake Lively played her in Green Lantern.

  PEPPER POTTS is the trusted assistant of Tony Stark played by Gwynneth Paltrow in Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

  PEGGY CARTER is the tough World War Two officer who falls for Steve Rogers played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger.

  BETTY ROSS is the girlfriend of Bruce Banner played by Jennifer Connelly in the Hulk and in Tyler The Incredible Hulk.

  GWEN STACY is Peter Parker’s first girlfriend and will be played by Emma Stone in Amazing Spider Man next year. Bryce Dallas Howard played Stacy in Spider Man III.

  ELEKTRA NATCHIOS is the doomed girlfriend of Matt Murdock played by Jennifer Garner in Daredevil. Elektra was resurrected to star in her own series and solo movie.

Thanks for playing and visiting Forza! Have a great day!



X-Men and Planet of the Apes Sequel Buzz

The Cast of X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

  The directors of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class are wanted men. 20th Century Fox reportedly wants Rupert Wyatt and Matthew Vaughn back to helm the sequels according to ComingSoon.Net.

  X-Men Director Vaughn is attached to direct movies based on Superior and Secret Service comic book series by Mark Millar according to Digital Spy. Vaughn previously adapted Millar’s Kick Ass for the big screen.

  This is the latest news that an X-Men: First Class sequel is moving forward. Earlier it was reported that Simon Kinberg is working on a script. As I said in that post, I’m hoping some of Magneto’s children will appear. Seeing Polaris, Scarlet Witch or Quicksilver in the next 60’s set prequel would be “groovy” or “far out” if it included Magneto’s plot to stop the U.S. mission to the moon.


X Is for Sex


X-Force: Sex and Violence #1 courtesy Marvel.com

  Two of my favorite X-Men comic books made MTV Geek’s list of 10 Sexy, Sexy Books…That Are Also Very Good.

  Grant Morrison took cheating on your spouse to a new level – a psychic level-during his New X-Men run. Cyclops is psychically unfaithful to Jean Grey with Emma Frost, former White Queen of the Hellfire Club. It’s like the old argument: Is it really cheating if there’s no physical sex? It didn’t seem to matter when Jean discovered the truth. Never cheat on a telepath with telepath!

  Wolverine and Domino have an action packed fling in X-Force: Sex & Violence. The Assassins Guild puts a hit on Domino. Her special relationship with Logan goes to a whole new level as the two battle an army of killers.

Actor Turns Down The Dark Knight Rises…To Play a Stripper


The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster from thedarkknightrises.com. Courtesy: Warner Brothers Entertainment

Imagine if these were your options: Work with Christopher Nolan and Oscar Winner Christian Bale on their final Batman film or play a stripper in a movie with Channing Tatum. Well, the stripper movie is directed by Steven Soderbergh.

  Adam Rodriguez of CSI Miami had to turned down a role in The Dark Knight Rises due to a shooting schedule conflict on Magic Mike based on Tatum’s pre-Hollywood life as a stripper. Rodriguez gives more details and you can see more of the Magic Mike cast in various stages of shirtlessness on Celebuzz.

Thanks for Digital Spy for this story. You have to hope this worked out for the best. No word on what role Rodriguez would have played in the Batman sequel. The 6 minute The Dark Knight Rises prologue debuts December in Imax along with the latest Mission Impossible movie.

The New Masters of Evil: Feel the Fury!


Masters of Evil teaser courtesy Marvel.com. Art by Patrick Zircher

  Marvel is unveiling the new Masters of Evil and today’s reveal was a shocker: Max Fury!

  I was excited to report that Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender will take over Secret Avengers in 2012 with Hawkeye as the new team leader. 

  Today Marvel gave new details about Remender’s first issue. In Secret Avengers 21.1 Captain America and Hawkeye’s covert team ventures into a nation run by criminals for criminals.

  The Masters of Evil is one of the largest and longest running alliances of villains in the Marvel universe. Baron Zemo, Ultron, Egghead and Doctor Octopus have been some of the criminal masterminds who gathered teams to oppose the Avengers.

Avengers #277 courtesy Marvel.com

  One of my favorite clashes between The Avengers and the Masters of Evil was in Avengers: Under Siege by Roger Stern in Avengers #273-#277. The villains had the audacity to storm Avengers mansion. This version led by Helmut Zemo was the most powerful and the plan was to overwhelm the heroes with raw power.

  Marvel delivered a new twist on the Masters of Evil when the villains posed as heroes called the Thunderbolts. Ironically some of the members of this incarnation liked being heroes and renounced their evil ways.

  Stay tuned as Marvel reveals more members in the latest incarnation of the supervillain alliance.