Free Comic Book Day - Spider-Man Homecoming Toys R Us Comic

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In honor of Free Comic Book Day, and in memory of the soon-to-be-departed Toys R Us, I present to you a very special issue of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Entitled "Fight or Flight", this brief story by Marc Sumerak, with art by Craig Rousseau, was a promotional giveaway at Toys R Us stores during the Summer of 2017 as a tie-in with the motion picture of the same name. (Target-exclusive Blu-ray+DVD+Bonus Disc+Comic.) This 8-page comic book was given away to customers who purchased $25 of Spider-Man merchandise from July 6–29, 2017. Now that Toys R Us is going out of business, you may be able to find some physical copies at your local store, as I did at mine last week. I took the liberty of scanning it in and making it into a PDF, which can be downloaded by clicking on the cover image below. Enjoy!

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(PDF, 2.6 Mb)

"FIGHT OR FLIGHT" CREDITS
Writer: Marc Sumerak
Artist: Craig Rousseau
Colorist: Guru eFX
Cover Art: Andrea Di Vito
Letterer: VC's Joe Sabino
Production: Mara Pantano
Project Manager: Katherine Brown
Editor/Project Manager: Darren Sanchez
VP Custom & Digital: Jonathan Parkhideh
Editor In Chief: Alex Alonso
Chief Creative Office: Joe Quesada
President: Dan Buckley
Executive Producer: Alan Fine
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Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell Blu-ray + DVD Review

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Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, which comes out this Tuesday, May 1st, is the sixth film in a series that has spanned nearly 30 years! It all started back in 1990 with the original Tremors, starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, and Michael Gross (not to be confused with Ghostbusters producer Michael C. Gross). Handymen Valentine McKee (Bacon) and Earl Bassett (Ward), along with gun enthusiast Burt Gummer (Gross) and the rest of the inhabitants of the small isolated desert town of Perfection, Nevada, fought off the underground sandworms known as Graboids. When Earl found himself in Mexico outgunned against the Graboids, and the new bipedal Shriekers in Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996), he enlisted the help of his old friend Burt. Burt came back to Perfection to fight the good fight with the remaining residents (including several returning secondary cast members) against the Graboids, the Shriekers, and the new aerial Ass-Blasters in Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001). After closing out the trilogy, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) saw the series placed in the Old West of 1889 (100 years before the first film), as the citizens of that small town battled Graboids for the first time. Thanks to the efforts of Burt's ancestor, Hiram Gummer (also played by Gross), the town of Rejection was rechristened Perfection. The franchise rebooted itself, in a manner of speaking, with Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015). Burt and his new sidekick/cameraman/son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) are called in to rid South Africa of those nasty Graboids, Shriekers, and Ass-Blasters. The new movie, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018), continues where Bloodlines left off. If that's not a good recap for you, here's Burt to give you his version.


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Day of the Dead: Bloodline Blu-Ray Review

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It all started back in 1968 with George A. Romero's original Night of the Living Dead (just released by the Criterion Collection). While it didn't create the "zombie", it did create the genre as we know it. There would be no "The Walking Dead" were it not for Night of the Living Dead. Mr. Romero followed up his masterpiece with two more films to create the original Dead trilogy: Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). In the 2000s, he would release a new Dead trilogy: Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009). All three films of the original trilogy have been remade, more so for the original film because it fell into the public domain (due to the lack of a copyright notice), and thus it was "free" to all who wanted to rip it off. Dawn of the Dead received a popular theatrical remake in 2004, written by James Gunn and directed by Zack Snyder. Day of the Dead has now been remade twice; first in 2008 as a film starring Ving Rhames and Mena Suvari, and now as Day of the Dead: Bloodline starring Sophie Skelton and Johnathon Schaech.

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Hellraiser: Judgment Blu-Ray Review

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The Hellraiser franchise has been one of the longest-running in the horror genre. To date there are 10 films in the series: Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound (1988), Hell on Earth (1992), Bloodline (1996), Inferno (2000), Hellseeker (2002), Hellworld (2005), Deader (2005), Revelations (2011), and the latest entry - Hellraiser: Judgment. I have seen every one of these films (save for maybe Revelations), and what's unique about this series is that most of the films after the first two have been standalone films that have had little to nothing to do with the ones that came before or after it. That's not a surprise since most of them are based on scripts that did not start off as Hellraiser projects. That doesn't change with Judgment, but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad film.

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Class of 1999 Blu-Ray Review (Vestron Video Collector's Series)

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Class of 1999 arrives on Blu-ray as the 14th entry in Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series, "a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features." I have reviewed several other titles in the series.

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