Official trailer released for Guardians

Guardians is an upcoming Russian neo-noir superhero film directed by Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan and starring Sebastien Sisak, Anton Pampuchniy, Sanzhar Madiev, Alina Lanina, Valeria Shkirando and Stanislav Shirin. It is due for release on February 23rd 2017.

The film centres on a group of Soviet superheroes created during the Cold War. The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the USSR. Protagonists’ superpowers reflect strengths and traditions of the people of the USSR.

The Guardians are made up of Ler aka Landman (Sebastien Sisak) who is armed with all forms of earth manipulation abilities, and is able to control stone and soil, collect dust from boulders, stop falling rocks, and move mountains. He can cause rocks of any size and amount to levitate and fly as if weightless, as well as orbit him. He can cause the ground to break apart under his enemies feet with great precision in what parts break and what shape the subsequent depression makes. This allows him to form instant craters, canyons, ravines, and sink holes to fight his opponents, though these formations are usually small in scale. Being able to cause quakes and tremors in the ground beneath his opponents, such as making the ground under them erupt and explode. He can summon rock onto his body, covering himself in rock to make an exoskeletal armor to physically enhance himself. Along with his abilities, he is armed with a small chain with a large rock cemented on its end, which he can use as a type of flail. Like the rest of the team, he was given a special costume to increase his effectiveness and abilities.

Next is Ursus aka Wildman (Anton Pampushniy),  a type of berserker or werebear,who has the ability to transform himself into a large bear, though he can control how much of his body is transformed and can transform partially if he wills it. This transformation ability can allow him to seamlessly alter his size, bulk and musculature and transform himself into a burly humanoid, as well as use his transformations to physically augment himself. He has multiple phases of transformation due to his ability to partially transform. His phases can make him physically a hybrid between bear and human, such as giving him the head, paws and bulk of a bear and the shape of a man. He can use his inhuman physicality to fight, especially when he is full bear form. With this, no normal person can physically overpower him and he is immune to their strength. Desperate, loyal and determined, he is known for his drive to “break the enemy into small pieces”. Like the rest of the team, he was given a special costume to increase his effectiveness and abilities. Part of this costume’s equipment is a hand-held minigun and its battery pack, both of which are harnessed to his torso for battle, while he carries them both his back when fully transformed. Even while not transformed, he is shown to be strong enough to wield the large weapon and its power source.

The third member of the team is Khan aka Windman (Sanzhar Madiev). Masterfully skilled with all kinds of blades, as well as with many kinds of martial arts. Along with other blades, he is primarily armed with twin, crescent like blades, each of which resemble a scimitar, scythe or sickle and can be joined at the hilts to form a double bladed weapon. The strong blades, with enough force, can slice through the metal of cars with enough force and without going blunt or being damaged. He is also physically augmented, possessing a degree of superhuman strength that allows him to smash through brick walls with a single punch and send men flying through the air with his attacks, as well as superhuman mobility that gives him acrobatic and gymnastic capabilities and the ability to effortlessly dodge and evade attacks, even gunfire at point blank range. He also possesses inhuman speed, enough that he almost appears to teleport. Using his speed requires him first to focus hard, achieving a meditative state that causes his eyes to turn completely white and allowing him to perceive faster than any human can. While in this state, he sees everything as being in slow motion while he himself moves at normal speed, or somewhat faster. Whenever he moves in this state, a black gaseous trail appears behind him to outline his movements. His strength and speed allows him to generate enough force to slice a car and anyone in it in two with his blades. Like the rest of the team, he was given a special costume to increase his effectiveness and abilities.

Finally, there is Xenia aka Waterwoman (Alina Lanina). Flexible and agile, to a superhuman degree, making her a skilled acrobat, gymnast, and even martial artist. She has the ability to move on water as if it were solid ground, as well as to seamlessly floating through it as it if were air. This gives her higher mobility in water compared to the fastest, or most maneuverable sea creature. She cannot feel temperature differences and can survive in an airless vacuum, which allows her to survive underwater without any negative effects. She can also transform her body into a clear, transparent water like liquid, use it defensively or offensively. This ability allows her to become gelatinous and viscous, allowing her to flow like liquid, while being able to physical touch and interact at the same time. In this form, her body becomes silhouetted and nearly featureless, with her hair disappearing and the only features on her being her eyes, ears and nose. In addition, her transparency can be enough for her to turn invisible, while she also wears a special costume designed also become invisible with her.

WolfCop 2 – Another WolfCop poster revealed!

Wolfcop is back and Lowell Dean returns to direct! The first movie was a crowd-sourced independent smash hit and has now there will be another:

“Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.”

This past July, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that WolfCop will be getting his own comic book series. Written by Max Marks with art by Arcana Studios, the Wolfcop comic book series will pit Lou Garou against bigger, badder, and meaner monsters than anything that has threatened Woodhaven before! Says Lowell Dean, writer and director of Wolfcop, about the comic.

“From the moment I created WolfCop, I saw him as a larger-than-life character that could exist in many formats. To date we’ve made two WolfCop movies – and I couldn’t be happier that we’re now bringing him into the world of actual comics! In comic form, WolfCop will be truly unleashed, no longer constrained by the budget of an independent film. More explosions! More monsters! More road trips! I’m so excited to bring Lou Garou and friends into this new realm with Dynamite. The WolfCop adventure is truly just beginning…”

WolfCop 2 will be released later this year. Leo Fafard returns as Wolfcop, with a cast that also includes Amy Matysio and Jonathan Cherry. A trailer should be just around the corner. While we await that first look footage, take a look at this cool poster courtesy of Twitter:

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MAYDAY #1 (OF 5)

A Cold War action-thriller like no other. It’s 1971, and two young Soviet operatives are sent to California to kill a defector and recover top-secret information. As the mission falls apart into a mess of good sex, bad drugs, and ugly violence, the young Russians are faced with a dilemma: they need to rely on each other to escape America, but they must betray each other to survive Russia. By critically-acclaimed thriller writer ALEX DE CAMPI with art by TONY PARKER and BLOND.

Running Scared

Running Scared was a six part British television children’s drama serial produced by the BBC, It ran from 15th January 1986 and 19th February 1986. Creator Bernard Ashley’s novel came out after the TV show aired. It was a self contained, one off series. It used the Kate Bush song Running Up That Hill as its main theme tune.

In the show we meet teenager Paula Prescott (Julia Millbank), whose life is put at risk when she uncovers evidence that could put a local criminal gang leader Charlie Elkin (Christopher Ellison) behind bars.

The reason Paula is at risk is because Paula’s late grandfather (Fred Bryant) has hidden a vital piece of evidence – one half of a pair of spectacles – that could put Elkin behind bars for many years to come, much to the pleasure of D.I. McNeill (James Cosmo).

Just before he passes away, Paula’s grandfather advises her that the location of the evidence can be found via an old musical box – the chase is then on to deciper the secrets of the box. Caught up in the maelstrom are Paula’s family and her friend, Narinder (Amarjit Dhillon) whose family are being terrorised by Elkin’s gang.

Doctor Who – The Third Doctor – Vol.2

In November, Big Finish release the second volume of Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures, the follow-up to the wonderfullly-received Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 1 starring Tim Treloar and Katy Manning. The cover by designer Tom Webster went online earlier in August.

Cast details have now also been confirmed, including Bernard Holley (Doctor Who‘s The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Claws of Axos), Clare Buckfield (2point4 Children), Richard Earl (Big Finish’s acclaimed Watson in the Sherlock Holmes adventures opposite Nicholas Briggs) and Robert Whitelock (recently heard battling Frazer Hines in Doctor Who – The Companion Chronicles: The Second Doctor Volume 1):

2.1 The Transcendence of Ephros by Guy Adams

The Doctor and Jo arrive on the dying planet Ephros, where Galactux Power Inc is exploiting the world’s remaining resources. But something is stirring beneath the surface…

2.2 The Hidden Realm by David Llewellyn

The Doctor and Jo journey to Bramfield New Town when the husband of Jo’s cousin vanishes mysteriously. As magpies circle overheard, the Doctor discovers a terrifying alien plot…

For those curious about Tim’s portrayal of Jon Pertwee’s much-loved Third Doctor, an episode of last year’s Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 1 is available as a free download: Doctor Who – The Havoc of Empires (Part 1).

Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 2 is available in November, and can currently be pre-ordered at special prices for £25 on CD or £20 on Download.

Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 1 can be bought today on Download, or on CD (which unlocks a download so that you can be listening within minutes).

Fans of the Third Doctor should also check out July’s Doctor Who – The Blame Game (read by Rufus Hound), and last month’s Doctor Who – Damascus (read by Tim Treloar).

FRONTIER #1

“TRANQUILITY”

Double-sized first issue!

The planets have aligned, and the prodigal son has returned! For the first time in eight years, JONATHAN HICKMAN (EAST OF WEST, BLACK MONDAY MURDERS, Secret Wars, Avengers) is both writing and drawing a new comic series: FRONTIER.

It’s like Star Trek, but super depressing.

Seriously. Not a joke. The final frontier…is a total bummer.

Each issue contains galaxy-expanding bonus content like star maps, breakdowns of alien races, interstellar factions, and detailed spaceship schematics. FRONTIER is a brand new science fiction story about utopia lost, and how we might just gain it back.

Brian Pulido’s new graphic novel: Lady Death – Oblivion Kiss!

Lady Death is a supernatural, sword-wielding anti-hero who battles evil in Hell (and wherever she pleases). Once she was Hope, a teenaged girl who was deceived by demons in an effort to save her mother’s soul in Hell. She renounces her mortality for eternal life in Hell. To ensure her survival, she turns to the darkness within herself and begins a transformation into Lady Death.

To save her beloved steed Vassago from eternal torment, Lady Death is drawn the wasteland City Siduri where lust isn’t a sin, it is a way of life. Instead she encounters the demon sorceress DEMONIKA and is put under an ironclad spell and made to be a plaything to be auctioned off to the highest demon bidder. Is all hope lost?

Lady Death: Oblivion Kiss #1 is a 48-page all-new square bound graphic novel that builds on the mythology we created in Chaos Rules #1, Damnation Game #1 and Extinction Express #1.

Also part of the new Kickstarter:

LADY DEATH MYSTERY ENVELOPE – SEALED! What limited editions reside inside? Do you dare break the seal?! This first of its kind item will contain many mysteries of a limited nature and the chance to possess all new and authentically rare Lady Death editions by a plethora of stellar talents.

You can view the Kickstarter page here.

Howard The Duck (1986)

No one laughs at a master of Quack Fu!

Twenty-seven-year-old Howard the Duck lives on Duckworld, a planet similar to Earth, but inhabited by anthropomorphic ducks and orbited by twin moons. As he is reading the latest issue of Playduck magazine, his armchair begins to quake violently and propels him out of his apartment building and into outer space; Howard eventually lands on Earth, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Upon arriving, Howard encounters a woman being attacked by thugs. He defeats them using a unique style of martial arts. After the thugs flee, the woman introduces herself as Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson), and decides to take Howard to her apartment and let him spend the night. The following day, Beverly takes Howard to Phil Blumbertt (Tim Robbins), a scientist who Beverly hopes can help Howard return to his world.

After Phil is revealed to be only a janitor, Howard resigns himself to life on Earth and rejects Beverly’s aid. He soon applies for a job as a janitor at a local romance spa. Because of unfair treatment, Howard quits and rejoins Beverly, who plays in a band called Cherry Bomb. At the club where Cherry Bomb is performing, Howard comes across their manager, and confronts him when he insults the band. A fight breaks out, in which Howard is victorious.

Howard rejoins Beverly backstage after the band’s performance and accompanies her back to her apartment, where Beverly persuades him to be the band’s new manager. The two begin to flirt, but soon after that they are interrupted by Blumburtt and two of his colleagues, who reveal that a dimensional-jumping device they were inventing was aimed at Howard’s planet and transported him to Earth when it was activated. They theorize that Howard can be sent back to his world through a reversal of this same process.

Every duck has his limit, and you scum have pushed me over the line!

Upon their arrival at the laboratory, the device malfunctions when it is activated, raising the possibility of something else being transported to Earth. At this point, Dr. Walter Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) is possessed by a life form from another alternate dimension. When they visit a diner, the creature introduces himself as a “Dark Overlord of the Universe” and demonstrates his developing mental powers by destroying table utensils and condiments. A fight ensues when a group of truckers in the diner begins to insult Howard. Howard is captured and is almost killed by the diner chef, but the Dark Overlord destroys the diner and escapes with Beverly.

Howard locates Phil, who is arrested for his presence at the laboratory with no security clearance. After they escape, they discover an ultralight aircraft, which they use to search for the Dark Overlord and Beverly. At the laboratory, the Dark Overlord ties Beverly down to a metal bed and plans to transfer another one of his kind into her body with the dimension machine. Howard and Phil arrive and apparently destroy the Dark Overlord with an experimental “neutron disintegrator” laser, which has only been forced out of Jenning’s body. The Dark Overlord reveals his true form at this point. Howard fires the neutron disintegrator at the hideous beast, obliterating the creature, and destroys the dimension machine, preventing more creatures from arriving on Earth, but also ruining Howard’s only chance of returning to his planet. Howard then becomes Beverly’s manager, hires Phil as an employee on her tour, and plays guitar with Beverly on stage.

All the best in Cult television, films, cartoons, video games and comics! #gotfaction?