The Secret Origin of Keyser Soze Revealed!

keyser_soze_1041582_1044Remember The Usual Suspects, with its villainous mastermind, the mysterious international criminal, Keyser Soze? Of course you do; the film featured one of the most spectacular twist endings in movie history!

Ever wanted to know  more about how Keyser Soze got his start than was revealed in the movie?

Too bad! Red 5 Comics is going to fill in the story anyway, in a comic book series called Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth, which is billed as “the official origin” of the character.

Set nine years before 1995’s The Usual Suspects, the comic series will tell the story of how the young(er) Keyser Soze carved out his drug empire in the bad old days of President Ronald Reagan‘s War on Drugs.

There is no word on whether the comic has the rights to Kevin Spacey‘s likeness.

The comic will debut on Free Comic Book Day, which is on May 6, 2017.

 

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DC Comics’ Free Comic Book Day Title: ‘Divergence’

fcbddivDC Comics will offer a sampler comic book on Free Comic Book, May 2: DC Comics: Divergence.

Available for free from participating comic stores, Divergence will boast three, eight-page previews for the company’s June releases: Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo; Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok (featuring the Darkseid War of Darkseid vs. the Anti-Monitor); and Superman by Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr.

It’s Free Comic Book Day!

FCBD14rectangle_2014Today is the first Saturday in May, the annual Free Comic Book Day, when comic book shops have designated comics available for free!

The first FCBD was way back in 2002, and since then publishers create special issues of popular comics or teaser anthologies or reprints and give them away in a bid to generate interest, especially among children and new readers. There are comics for all ages, from kiddies to the grownup collector, from superheroes to indie titles. Here is a list of available titles. As you might expect, some of these books disappear fast.
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Free Comic Book Day 2012

Today is the first Saturday in May, which makes it Free Comic Book Day. Hard to believe today is the 11th edition of Free Comic Book Day in specialty shops around the country, but it is. If you haven’t already, stop by your local shop and pick up some free goodies.

The promotion was begun on May 4, 2002, the Saturday after the release of the first Spider-Man movie, and the event has often tried to ride the publicity coattails of a major live-action film adaptation. This year, that big movie is Marvel’s The Avengers. (And that is one mighty terrific movie!) At right is my haul from this morning’s quest.
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Green Hornet preview comic kinda bugs me

Preview comic books are wonderful things: not only can they turn you on to something that you’re really going to like but were hesitant to pay $3.99 to try, but they can help you avoid something you’re going to hate at any price. Case in point: Dynamite’s Green Hornet #1 Free Comic Book Day Edition giveaway. It allowed me to sample the publisher’s Hornet wares without getting stung (sorry!).

Green Hornet is a character with a bit of buzz about him (again, sorry) lately, thanks to the high-profile Seth Rogan movie currently in theaters, so perhaps that is why a local comic shop tossed the May preview into my bag when I picked up a couple of comics on a whim the other day. I hadn’t seen it before, so I decided to take a look. Packed with previews of five different iterations of the Green Hornet franchise as licensed by Dynamite Entertainment, this freebie’s teasers each boasts four-to-six pages of story and art that capture the flavor of each series. Unfortunately, I did not care for any of them.
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