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Dark Horse Comics’ The Mask is Back! & Running for President?

23 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics

Released Oct 16, 2019

I’ve been a fan of Dark Horse Comics’ The Mask way before the movies and cartoons. While these alternative takes were fun and light-hearted, I missed the darker quality which existed in the comic books. I kept up when it was shuffled to Mayhem–back when this franchise’s future was in doubt. When other versions took precedence (and the publisher had crossovers, including with a certain clown prince of crime), I took a break.

I’ve been wanting to see this franchise return to its roots and “I Pledge Allegiance” serves up a lot of blood and vindictiveness. This latest chapter can not be any timelier due to the political climate of our times. I’m also amused the first issue is coming off the heels of the just as socially charged The Joker movie.

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Going Back to Zombieland: Double Tap

23 Oct

Zombieland Double Tap teaser poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Waiting 10 years for a Zombieland sequel is hardly anyone’s cup of tea. The groans is more or less with false starts than in the news of the team–Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin (now much older)–are back.

The reason for the delay, as reported by Digital Spy, lays more in writers Rhett Reese. Paul Wernick, Dave Callaham coming up with the right idea and having more experience under their belt before moving forward.

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Dragons: Rescue Riders, a Rescue Bots Academy Clone?

21 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

DreamWorks and Netflix are not fully putting the How to Train Your Dragon franchise to rest. Rescue Riders is a side story where two new protagonists deal with saving humans and dragons from normal problems and come out as better individuals. This show and Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy share a similar DNA. The goal is to offer non-violent conflict resolution and teach the value of teamwork over individualism.

Here, Dak (Nicolas Cantu) and Leila (Brennley Brown), show how a blended society can be at peace. They have to face acceptance in the village of Huttsgalor. Despite Magnus Finke (Brad Grusnick) thinking humans and dragons living together cannot work, this crank is just an individual whose voice is heard and thankfully not heeded upon.

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The Nitty Gritty with William Shatner’s The UneXplained & Episode Guide

1 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The month of October is perfect to get caught up on what William Shatner is up to. The former captain of the Starship Enterprise is now the face of The Unexplained, a History channel program that looks at the paranormal world in all its myriad forms. This new series started mid-Summer and I waited for the season to be over to binge-watch the entire eight-episode run. Had the producers been smart, they should’ve simply called it Weird or What? season five.

This previous version was a much more entertaining show. It had more of Bill’s wit and panache. He would always end the episode saying, “Isn’t that weird… or what?” As much as I’d love to see him in the field investigating these mysteries, my guess his heart may not handle being it.

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