Friday Round Up: Keep the Han in Hanukkah

Walking Dead #150 by Tony Moore returns

I’m stunned. Four years ago in 2012, Tony Moore was suing Robert Kirkman and Kirkman was countersuing Moore over The Walking Dead profits. Tony was the artist of the first 6 issues of the comic, introducing the main characters, setting the tone and the visual look of the comic. He also continued to do the covers through issue #24. But the childhood friends who co-created Battle Pope and Brit among other comics work had a falling out and went their separate ways. Ten years later, The Walking Dead has reached issue #150 and to celebrate, there are alternate covers by Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen, Southern Bastards), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), regular series artist Charlie Adlard, and Moore. Above is Tony Moore’s new cover, a riff on the cover he did for issue #1 that includes many of the characters in the first several issues reflected in the glass, but with lead character Rick Grimes much changed.

Walking Dead Tony Moore original

Read on for news on Dark Tower, Iron Fist, The Tick, Rom: Space Knight, Star Wars and more!

GAMING

DIY gaming table

If you play any role playing games or any tabletop or board games, you may be lusting after the above table. It has removable leaves to cover an optional TV screen inside. It has cupholders and electrical outlets on each side. What if I told you it was only $150?

It’s true. Some woodworking genius created plans for assembling one yourself and it really isn’t that difficult and certainly not very expensive. Here are the plans. Here is the list of materials. Just in case you need help, he also made this video showing you how to make it. Enjoy!

MOVIES

idris elba dark tower

Could Sony finally have its Gunslinger for their Dark Tower movies? Maybe. According to Deadline, Idris Elba has emerged as the frontrunner. I am a fan of the Stephen King novels and I’m also a pretty big fan of Elba (Luther is rad). I think this actually sounds like great casting. I’m not sure if there are any complaints because Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, has been depicted as white in artwork, but I don’t think it’s an issue at all. It takes place in a fantasy world where there’s an organization of knights that are more like cowboys. Sometimes Roland is described as looking a little like Clint Eastwood and other times he’s said to look a bit like King himself. But those are passing references. Roland is a gruff, angry character. Difficult to like. You need an actor who can be really tough and stoic but still has a certain amount of inherent charm, so that you understand why people would follow him. I think Elba has those qualities. So I’m hoping for it to happen.

idris elba enterprise chair

Speaking of Elba, he’s in the third Star Trek movie. For whatever it’s worth, the current rumor is that the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond will be attached to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I hope that leads to two fandoms coming to blows. It reminds me of Brian Posehn’s hilarious stand-up bit: the best way to piss off nerds is to get their fandom wrong. To that end, Posehn used to drive past the lines of fans going to see Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and would shout out: “Captain Kirk sucks!”

April O'Neil adjusts her cleavage

Be sure not to miss yesterday’s trailer breakdown of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Looks like a pretty big improvement over the first film.

black panther captain america mike zeck

Oh, this was fun. Above is a piece of promotional art for Captain America: Civil War featuring Cap versus Black Panther. I found it reminiscent of one of my favorite pieces of Mike Zeck artwork – the cover for Captain America Annual #8.

daredevil netflix costume

In related Marvel movie news, could we see Daredevil or Luke Cage show up in the movies? For instance, something as world-threatening as Infinity War could make sense. Well, the directors of the Avengers 3&4, Joe and Anthony Russo, were asked just that (by this Spanish news site). Their answer was it is not impossible but it is difficult. That’s too bad to hear. While I go to an Avengers movie to see the Avengers, I’d love even a cameo of the Defenders keeping people safe. We’ll see. We’ll see.

TV

iron fist by travel foreman

And speaking of the Marvel Netflix shows, Marvel announced they’ve hired the showrunner for Iron Fist. Scott Buck, a TV vet who’s worked on tons of shows (most recently, Dexter) will run things. Cool. Now I need to know who they’ll cast as Danny Rand, the Iron Fist. In the comics, Danny was a young white kid with rich parents. They went hiking in the Himalayas (so, irresponsible parents but what can you do) and the Rand’s supposed friend and business partner tried to kill them all. Danny survived and stumbled into the mystical K’un L’un, a world that intersects with ours from time to time. He was raised there to become a great martial artist and mastered the power of the Iron Fist, where he could harness his energy into an explosive punch. Okay, so it was 70s exploitation as heck, and by today’s standards, it’s not great that a white guy becomes the greatest martial artist in a society of Asians. So if the show casts Danny as Asian, I’ll understand. But I will say that as a young kid, Iron Fist was the hero I thought I could be. He was a normal white, blond haired kid like me. He just happened to be raised to learn martial arts. I would wish that I could discover K’un L’un and plunge my fist into the dragon Shou-Lou the Undying and harness the same powers. I’m a fan.

patrick warburton as the tick

Young me was a comic book fan, in case you haven’t figured that out. I used to beg my mom to drive me to the nearest comic book store 30 minutes away so I could get indie stuff like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that they didn’t carry on the spinner racks in the convenience store near home. Imagine my excitement as a pre-teen when a guy a couple towns over had just created his own comic book and would be selling and signing it at that store. That man was Ben Edlund and his comic was The Tick. I was an instant fan of the art and humor and Ben was super-nice. It made me realize you really could have a fun job if you tried. There was a brief, but hilarious, live action Tick show starring a young Patrick Warburton. So how crazy is it that Warburton is going to play the role again in a brand new iteration of the show, again run by Edlund? It’s true. Amazon has picked it up and will make a pilot. Similar to every year, they will show it for free on their site with other pilots around November next year and will pick up the most popular ones for full seasons.

jonah ray mst3k

I’ve only ever been a casual fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was funny when I caught it here and there in college. But the new Kickstarter supported version by creator Joel Hodgson is doing everything it can to interest me in its comeback. It hired Jonah Ray as the guy forced to watch movies and Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day as the mad scientists who force him to watch. I like all those people. Now there’s less than one day to support it but they just announced who will be writing it and it includes some of my favorite Channel101/Community/Sarah Silverman Program/Rick and Morty people: Rob Schrab, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. I’m so in. Also, Hodgson says he has people interested in doing cameos including Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld and more.

MUSIC

david bowie gorillaz

Cartoon band The Gorillaz are making a new album next year. Artist Jamie Hewlett, who co-created the band with musician Damon Albarn, recently posted artwork of David Bowie to his instagram page. Dare we hope that rock god Bowie would collaborate on a song?!

COMICS

rom spaceknight idw

Rom: Spaceknight should never have been the awesome comic it was. It was just a licensed toy that Marvel took a crack at. But Bill Mantlo had passion for it and wrote stories that really captured our imaginations. It was beloved and ran an impressive 75 issues. Well, it’s coming back. IDW just announced that they’ll be doing a new Rom series in 2016. No word yet on whether it will have the same supporting characters and origin, etc. That may be owned by Marvel, not Hasbro. It’s been 30 years and apparently he is still fondly remembered enough to be brought back. The new creative team is writers Chris Ryall and Christos Gage, with art by David Messina.

TOYS

hot toys rey

Hot Toys, the high end action figure manufacturer, released new images of Rey and BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Could set you back two to three hundo, but can you honestly say it isn’t worth it?