Author Archives: James Whitbrook

George R.R. Martin Re-Reads His First Published Work: A Fan Letter to Marvel Comics

When he’s not ruthlessly killing off our favorite A Song of Ice and Fire characters off left right and center, George R. R. Martin spends his time being one of the most adorable fanboys around.

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Bask in the Nostalgia of These Classic ‘Widevision’ Star Wars Trading Cards

Although these days the realm of collectible Star Wars cards might be more active on your phone or tablet, the movies have been forever linked with the world of trading cards ever since they came out. A new book wants to stoke the flames of your nostalgia for those heady days of card collecting, and we’ve got a look…

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UC Berkeley Turned Its Fight Song Into a Dothraki War Cry, Wisely Doesn’t Rename Sports Teams ‘the Stallions Who Mount the World’

Come to UC Berkeley for the chance to study Game of Thrones’ beloved fictional languages with the linguist who helped create them, stay for the absurd hilarity that is the university’s fight song, delivered as a Dothraki war cry. No, really.

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UC Berkeley Turned Its Fight Song Into a Dothraki War Cry, Wisely Doesn’t Rename Sports Teams ‘the Stallions Who Mount the World’

Come to UC Berkeley for the chance to study Game of Thrones’ beloved fictional languages with the linguist who helped create them, stay for the absurd hilarity that is the university’s fight song, delivered as a Dothraki war cry. No, really.

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Alien: Covenant’s Rover Might Actually End Up Going to the Moon

Alien: Covenant has a lot of far-flung futurist tech in it, which will inevitably be smeared in bits of the cast by the time the xenomorphs are done with them. But one piece in the movie is actually a bit of present-day technology: a small Rover provided by Audi that the manufacturer actually plans to send to the moon…

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Ben Reilly Is Back as the Scarlet Spider, and More Messed Up Than Ever

Ben Reilly has had a hell of a rough life. First, there was the whole business where he eventually learned he was a clone of Peter Parker (and then died saving him). Then he got resurrected years later, horrifically tortured, and turned to supervillainy. Now, he’s back in action as the Scarlet Spider… but he’s not…

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Michelle Gomez Narrating a Doctor Who/Mr. Men Story is the Most Delightful Thing You’ll Hear All Day

The Doctor Who/Mr. Men mashup books are almost too cute for words. But it turns out, you can make them even cuter—by having Missy herself, Michelle Gomez, narrate an adorable caper involving Mr. Men and Little Miss versions of the Twelfth Doctor and Missy.

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The Phoenix Force Just Showed Up in the Last Place You’d Expect

The Phoenix Force is one of the deadliest entities in the entire Marvel universe, a roiling mass of pure destruction that leaves nothing but cinders in its wake. Usually, it’s associated with the iconic Phoenix sagas in the pages of X-Men, but now the entity is back—and playing its part in a totally unexpected story.

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Batman and Flash’s Big Watchmen Mystery Just Took One Hell of a Turn

After months of intrigue from fans, the first big clues as to just what the hell is going on with Watchmen’s integration into the DC universe are slowly being revealed in a new storyline stretching across the pages of Batman and The Flash. This week’s entry didn’t offer much in the way of major revelations, but it did…

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Space-War Is Space-Hell in the New Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War Comic

The grim future of Warhammer 40,000 has waged its away across tabletop games, video games, books, and more. But now one of its most beloved iterations is coming to comics in the form of a new miniseries based on the classic RTS video game series Dawn of War—and we’ve got a look inside the first issue.

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It’s Already Time to Start Speculating About Game of Thrones’ Final Season

Will Smith could join the long-in-development clone movie Gemini Man. A major Riverdale character will look very different in season two. The Lion King remake might have found its Timon and Pumba. Plus, bad news for Powerless. Behold, Spoilers!Read mor… Continue reading

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The Excellent Star Wars Novel Lost Stars Is Being Turned Into a Manga

Claudia Gray’s young adult novel Lost Stars is one of the best books released in Star Wars’ new canonical universe—and now, it’s becoming the basis for a new digital manga series in Japan.

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The Plot of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Is More Insane Than We Ever Hoped

Marvel vs Capcom Ultimate has a brand new trailer, finally revealing the reason why Marvel’s superheroes and Capcom’s stable of video game characters will do battle once again. This time, it involves Ultron, long-time Mega Max X foe Commander Sigma, a sinister deal, Infinity Gem nonsense, and it’s all just…

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This Power Rangers Movie Concept Art Shows Creepier Ranger Suits and Much Better-Looking Zords 

The costume designs and Zords we got in this year’s Power Rangers movie already looked pretty out there compared to the classic looks of the original show. But according to this movie concept art from Mauricio Ruiz, the suits and mech designs could’ve looked even more alien than what we eventually got.

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Luke Skywalker Might Have Something Surprising in His Possession in The Last Jedi

The Rampage movie could be even more insane than we imagined. Arrow’s producers tease casualties for the season finale. An important Riverdale season 2 character has been cast—but there’s a catch. Plus, more teases for Harley Quinn’s arrival on Gotham, and new pictures from the next episode of Doctor Who. Spoilers now!

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Don’t Let Disco Nightwing Fool You, the New Batman ’66/Wonder Woman ’77 Comic Gets Surprisingly Dark

There are few things more glorious in superhero comics right now than the Batman ‘66/Wonder Woman ‘77 mash-up series. But its last few chapters, despite featuring the amazing Burt Ward Robin’s evolution from Boy Wonder to disco goddamn Nightwing, have also taken a fascinatingly dark turn.

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Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie Are So Good Together They Make Even So-So Doctor Who Great 

Peter Capaldi’s sublime portrayal of The Doctor has carried the show through some dodgy stories ever since he took over the role. But season 10 has given him a companion that’s just as capable in the form of Pearl Mackie’s Bill—to the point that it’s a joy to watch them, even if not much actually happen in the episode…

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Keep Smiling, It’s the Spoiler-Laden Doctor Who Discussion Thread

This weeks Doctor Who took us to one disconcerting future: a world where emoji-speaking robots exist, perhaps proving that Sony’s Emoji Movie might be more popular and influential on A.I. design than we wanted it to be. But put that chilling thought aside for a moment, and come share your thoughts on tonight’s episode!

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Marvel Is Bringing Back its Legends in Marvel Legacy 

The Marvel universe is facing some major changes again in the wake of Secret Empire. Starting this fall, Marvel is launching a line-wide shake up in the form of Marvel Legacy— something that promises to bring back fallen heroes and bring them into the fold with newer-established characters to create a mix of familiar…

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This Adorable Jyn Erso Cosplayer Spent Star Wars Celebration Handing Out the Death Star Plans to Every Princess Leia

When you go to a massive convention like Star Wars Celebration, it’s best to have a game plan. Where are you going to go first? What panels are you going to prioritize, and which merchandise do you want to make sure you don’t miss? Well, this little Jyn cosplayer had a different mission: deliver the Death Star plans…

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