NYCC 2017-Best of Cosplay (Photos)

New York Comic Con took place last week at the Javits Center and it was a blast. Four days of many attendees going there to be themselves and geek out and make friends there. With all the guests and trailers and announcements or buying that one comic, the one major attraction at New York Comic Con is the cosplayers.

I have taken many photos and videos of the great cosplayers that were over there during the weekend. Check them out and the video version will go up this week on Alternativemindz’ YouTube channel.

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Doomsday Kingdom #1 Review

After the long wait, the physical release of the first issue of Doomsday Kingdom has finally came. Youtube personality and comic writer Ronny Haze has been working on this title along with artist James Milne for a few years now and their dream came to reality with this issue. Ronny Haze hosts a channel called Make A Path Presents where he covers The Walking Dead (the comic series and the TV adaptation), Fear The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones and much more. There are not many Youtubers out there that hosts a channel and also creates a comic so you are getting a huge bag of content on his channel.

I have issue #1 of Doomsday Kingdom and here is my review on the first issue.

First i would like to say that the first 3 pages set the tone for how the rest of the issue will be. The first page, the main character has an arrow that is already pierced through his wrist taken out. But next, we get flashback scenes leading up to what happened on the first and last page and not too many comics begin their series with a flashback scene so i liked it. From there onwards, the main character travels with a prisoner and we get a story between those two along with what happened between those two and why the main character tied him to the feeding post for the zombies (which are named creeps in this comic) to devour him alive.

After that, the main character goes to a house that is trapped with a few zombies inside but it was a distraction as the other group attacked him with arrows. As the main character takes down the zombies, the enemies continue their assault and we finally know how he got the arrow on his wrist.

Another character wearing riot gear mixed with camouflage comes to the main character’s rescue as he killed the enemies that attacked him. At the end of the issue, the man who saved the main character asks him “The Rider. WHO ARE YOU?” as this ending left myself wanting to know more behind the character and the story.

Overall, i love this issue. This felt very different than the normal post-zombie outbreak world. Right from the beginning, we have been hinted that the world has been like this for many years and that the characters were very accustomed to everything that was going on. This issue is jam packed with action from start to finish and it has me excited for the next issue. I also did like how the suspense was built on how the first page happened as it did not felt forced or rushed at all. The Artwork is also great as the colors and shades and shadows blended very well in each page. I recommend for everyone to read this because it is a completely different take on the zombie genre. Doomsday Kingdom releases digitally first before the print version releases.

Ronny Haze is on twitter @RONNYHAZE and you can find him on YouTube as Make A Path Presents. I have also interviewed him on The Wrestling Court Episode 85 which you can listen to right here.

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Marvel Comics Legacy & Secret Empire Omega #1 Spoilers: Who Is The Last Steve Rogers Standing & Who Is Captain America?

Marvel Comics Legacy spoilers follow for Secret Empire Omega #1.

Secret Empire doesn’t appear to be over with Secret Empire Omega #1. The book ends with…

idolized figment of Kobik the sentient Cosmic Cube’s imagination Steve Rogers remaining Captain America while real yet corrupted Steve Rogers remains jailed as Hydra Supreme.

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Top 10 The Walking Dead Comics you should read

I have been a fan of The Walking Dead comic series dating back to the end of 2005 and look at where it is now. It has created a very widespread fanbase across the world whether if it is the TV Show or the Comic Series. Today, i count down the top 10 The Walking Dead comics you should read.

10. Vol 24- Life and Death (Issues 139-144;2015)

I kick off the countdown with this story arc that features the leader of The Whisperers Alpha’s views on how the living should be during the post apocalypse vs Rick Grimes views. During this Story arc, Michonne Returns since last being seen during All Out War, Dwight takes control of The Saviors, Carl and Lydia becomes an couple and much more. But the biggest moment that happened in this story arc is when Alpha took off her walker skin and snuck in the Alexandria Safe Zone during an festival and proceed to kill an total of 12 people (4 each from ASZ, The Kingdom, The Hilltop, and the Sanctuary) and put their heads on tall spikes on The Whisperers’ border. Among of those killed, the two biggest were Rosita (who was also 8 months pregnant with Eugene’s child) and Ezekiel.

9. Vol 1- Days Gone Bye (issues 1-6; 2003-2004)

The First Story arc from the beginning gave everyone an feel of what is bound to happen in the future. After being shot and being put in a coma, Rick Grimes wakes up a few months later to find out that the world he knew is no longer the same as zombies have taken over the planet. Along the way, he meets Morgan, Glenn, Carol and more characters as he searched for his family. When he meets up with his son Carl Grimes and his wife Lori Grimes, he finds out that her and Shane were having an affair. By the end of this story arc, Rick and Shane had a fight which leads to Carl Grimes Killing Rick’s best friend Shane.

8. Vol 10-What We Become (issues 55-60; 2008)

So some interesting things happened in this volume. First, you see that Rick and Abraham are either going to absolutely hate each other and probably kill each other, or they are going to both go mad holding hands and be best friends. Hot and cold with these two. Their personalities are both dominating ones, so they aren’t getting along all that well. You also get to learn a little more about Abraham’s past and why he is the way he is. Like what happened to his family; which, as it is expected, is really stinkin’ sad. The third thing is that the group finally gets to deal with a legendary herd they kept hearing about from Abraham. And I am talking like two thousand little roamers. Like that’s insane. How have they not come across a herd yet is really the question at the time. Also, this arc had the scene where a bunch of bandits tried to rape carl and attack Rick and Abe (Remember that scene on the season 4 Finale?), Maggie’s suicide attempt, and the return of Morgan who is a different person from what he was before.

7. Vol 8- Made To Suffer (issues 43-48; 2007-2008)

In this volume, we finally see how cruel The Governor can be. The reader knows he is evil, but may not have understood how evil until now. Not only does the reader see his only motive is pure greed, the reader sees that he will truly stop at nothing to get what he wants. Even when The Governor has lost countless people from his side, both by death and the fact that they no longer wish to fight for him, he will not stop. His greed was his tragic flaw. A few themes of this volume are cliffhangers, distrust, sanity, revenge and greed. The theme of cliffhangers works because this volume is not only the end of the volume, but the end of the first compendium. It ends after everyone has fled the prison. The entire group is separated. No one even knows who all has been killed and who has safely escaped. The theme of distrust appears for the people of Woodbury. They’ve no idea how evil The Governor truly is. They believed that he was leading them into army against savages when in reality, they were good people with children. The theme of sanity arrives when we witness The Governor’s rampage, with also is under the themes of revenge and greed. Some highlights include the death of The Governor, Tyreese, Judith, Billy and Lori. More characters died in this story arc than any other after this one.

6. Vol 21- All Out War: Part 1 (issues 115-120; 2013-2014)

If you are looking forward to season 8 this coming fall as i am writing this, this story arc is a good start since AOW part 1 and 2 will be season 8. Rick, Jesus and Ezekiel come together with their 3 communities to fight against Negan and The Saviors in this action packed story. Some highlights includes Negan killing David, the bombing of Alexandria, the death of Ezekiel’s tiger Shiva, zombies flooding into The Sanctuary, and the bait and switch with an zombified Holly. This is a must read for readers who would want to know what the war was like before the TV adaptation airs. Also, Issue 115 has the second most variants out of every issue and it was the highest selling comic of 2013.

5. Vol 16- A Larger World (issues 91-96; 2011-2012)

Here on this arc, we are introduced to Jesus. He is a scout for The Hilltop. He is very fast and he can catch anybody by surprise. Rick and the survivors thought that Alexandria was the only community left but Jesus told them that their world is about to get larger. He introduces them to The Hilltop and they find out that although they have much more food and crops there, it comes with a price as The Saviors takes half of their supplies every month. Rick and the group vows to Gregory (their leader) to take Negan and The Saviors down but little does he know, that will cost one of the groups lives.

4. Vol 5- The Best Defense (issues 25-30; 2006)

In this volume, the story moves from a simmering internecine struggle to a more dangerous external conflict for the first time, as the sudden appearance of a helicopter leads Rick, Glenn, and Michonne to the doorstep of another survivor camp. This group is led by a man named Philip, who has styled himself as The Governor. This new player in the story is quickly established as certifiably insane, as well as the extreme example of securing authority through the “might makes right,” do-anything approach to keeping people safe that Rick has been struggling with up until now. As the three protagonists begin their ordeal in the Governor’s hands, the rest of the group back at the prison wait anxiously for their return, with no idea that a new, non-zombie threat is now bearing down on them. This was an arc that will leave your jaw drop once you get passed The Governor’s introduction.

3. Vol 11- Fear The Hunters (issues 61-66; 2009)

This Volume introduces the second main antagonist group called The Hunters. They are lead by a man named Chris (Gareth on the TV show) and the way they survive is by eating other humans. Yes you just read that, they are canibals. The Hunters tried to take down The Survivors for food but they manager to get only one of them which was Dale. They chopped off and ate his leg without realizing that he was bitten by a zombie a few hours earlier. Rick and the group managed to find them and kill them and sliced their bodies apart and burning them. Also, it was in this arc that Father Gabriel debuted, Bill killing his brother, and the death of Dale. By the end of this arc, Carl revealed to rick that he has killed Bill.

2. Vol 14- No Way Out (issues 79-84; 2010-2011)

Rick and his new community are in terrible danger when a herd of roamers take down a section of what was thought to be sturdy wall. Just when they thought they had found a tiny modicum of security, everything begins to fall apart. This herd is one of the biggest threats that they have faced in a long time, and not everyone will make it out unscathed. During this arc, Walkers floods the streets of Alexandria, Morgan dies after being bitten, Carl got shot at his eye and much more crazy stuff happens. The group in this arc was down but that did not stop them from killing every zombie that invaded Alexandria. Also when this volume started back in 2010, the TV Show of The Walking Dead aired for the first time.

Honorable Mentions:

Vol 28-A Certain Doom (issues 163-168; 2017)

Vol 18-What Comes After (issues 103-108; 2012-2013)

Vol 26-Call To Arms (Issues 151-156; 2016)

Vol 22- A New Beginning (issues 127-132; 2014)

Vol 4-The Heart’s Desire (issues 19-24; 2005)

1. Vol 17- Something To Fear (issues 97-102; 2012)

If you would like to know where did Negan made his first appearance, it is in this story arc (or Issue 100 if you buy the single issues). Rick and the group had no idea what they were up against when they decided to kill some of The Saviors. If you thought that The Governor was evil, you have not seen nothing yet. Negan and his Saviors are haunting and they showed Rick that they were to be taken seriously at all times. Some highlights include Dwight killing Abraham and Negan killing everyone’s fan favorite, Glenn. My jaw dropped when i first read issue 100 5 years ago as i could not believe what i have just saw. I would recommend everyone to read this entire arc to see how it went down.

​Assassins, Special Powers and Middle America:  This Is No World

The premiere issue of No World is a big YES!
The story of No World begins with an elderly man sitting next to a mother and child at a mall.  He, and many other is the mall, gets a text and the story switches to breaking news of a mass murder in the mall.  In the middle of nowhere, Hank and Miya are workers at a coffee shop following the story and speculating why and how it happened when a stranger on a motorcycle stops in for tea.  She tells Miya she wants her for her special powers.  Hank threatens the stranger to leave when gunfire erupts.  Who is this stranger and what does she know?

This was a great starting issue for a new title.  It got the story started immediately and there was plenty of action to hold the reader’s attention.  This is the first time I’ve read Scott Lobdell’s work and I am already impressed.  There is the perfect balance of action, suspense, drama and mystery to last for six issues.  The comic is well-drawn and I am a fan of the style used by Jordan Gunderson.  The colors, courtesy of JUANCHOo fit the artwork perfectly and do a great job of reflecting the mood of not only the scene, but the story.  Jordan Gunderson and Peter Steigerwald designed a cover for each character and they are awesome works of art.  I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and learn more about them.
I am happy I discovered No World and Aspen Comics.  It was a fun read and was sort of reminiscent of X-Men with special powers, swordplay and gunfights.  I look forward to reading more of No World and other Aspen comics titles in the future.  No World  #1 is on comic book shelves now so don’t forget to visit your local comic shop to pick up a copy!

Written by Scott Lobdell

Art by Jordan Gunderson

Colors by JUANCHOo

Cover Art by Jordan Gunderson and Peter Steigerwald

29 pages

(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)

Hellchild: The Unholy review by Joe Grodensky


Hellchild The Unholy: Angelica Blackstone Goes Out Fighting!Hellchild gets in her last licks in the series finale!

In the last issue of Hellchild The Unholy, Angelica Blackstone confronted Ouroboros. He was getting the best of her but did not kill her. Instead, he offers her a place alongside him as a “god.” Angelica refuses but does kill Jezebel which leads her to question herself and the others to question whose side she is really on. At the same time, a war between the underdwellers and the NYPD is about to erupt and blood will flow on both sides.

In the finale, Angelica is in the midst of riots, monsters, death and destruction as the uprising is in full effect. While she refused Ouroboros’s offer, she does make him believe she has decided to join him. In the middle of the fight, Jezebel reappears which confirms what Ouroboros told Angelica about her. Just when Ouroboros thinks Angelica is going to do his bidding, she does something else. Has Hellchild chosen sides or has she done what was needed for her to survive the battle?

Pat Shand did an amazing job with this final issue. It was a fitting end not only for the series but Angelica. We really see her come full circle. It certainly leaves an opening for Angelica to reappear in another series, whether it be her own or as a guest character in another title. Renzo Rodriguez did a great job on the artwork and gave readers something to remember. The colors of Walter Baiamonte added to that memory and made the series vibrant and bloody. Ario Murti and Hedwin Zaldivar gave the final issue a fiery cover to send the series off right.

Hellchild: The Unholy was a fun, well-written and well-told story that I will miss. Angelica was relatable in certain ways. She had inner demons, aside from the fact she was considered a demon, which she constantly battled with. She wanted to do good but felt it was not getting her anywhere with anyone so she decided to do her thing her way. It interconnected very well with the Van Helsing series which makes Zenescope such a great comic book company. They have a connected universe which flows smoothly between titles and characters. Hellchild: The Unholy is on sale now so check out your local comic book shop today!


Written by Pat Shand

Art by Renzo Rodriguez
Colors by Walter Baiamonte

Cover Art by Ario Murti & Hedwin Zaldivar

25 pages

(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)

Comic book gents issue 2

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http://comicbookgents.podbean.com/e/cbg02-comics-and-trailers-and-netflix-oh-my/

After a week hiatus, the 3 hosts are back to talk about all things geeky.  There is a few comic book dicussions here and there but here are a few of the items that they discuss

* The New Star Wars Force Awakens and Battlefront trailers
* The leaked Batman vs Superman Trailer
* The Netflix Daredevil show
* DC and how they have the TV shows down but the movies….not so much
* Comic reviews and MUCH MORE

This episode will contain SPOILERS so you have been forewarned. Thanks go to Dylan Cook for the awesome logo we have and you can check his deviantart page out here – http://happymonkeyshoes.deviantart.com/

Follow the guys on Twitter – Mark – @Mark_Newton89 – Robbie @Robbie_Rebel and Chris – @Vinto316

Youtube – 
Mark – https://www.youtube.com/user/MarkNewton89
Robbie – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRpf-q4gEpdCUfcYDSXTRYA/feed
Chris – https://www.youtube.com/user/Vintomania

Thanks for all the support and if you have any topics you would like us to cover please email us atcomicbookgents@hotmail.com

CBG01 – THE BEGINNING! (podcast)

Hello everyone and welcome to the inaugural edition of The Comic Book Gents. Your hosts Robbie Rebel, Mark Newton and Chris Vint have a discussion about the comic books they pick up and here is a brief synopsis of what they discussed.
THAT Batgirl cover
The Retro comic book series they collect
How they got into comics
Their thoughts on the upcoming Age of Ultron movie
Their favourite and least favourite comic book movie
Secret Wars and Convergence
And so much more.  If you would like to contact the gents then why not drop them an email –comicbookgents@hotmail.com.  Make sure to subscribe via Itunes and as always, this is the first episode so expect bigger and better things…..we hope!
Major thanks to the ever awesome Dylan Cook for doing our logo and you can find more of his art here –http://happymonkeyshoes.deviantart.com/
Robbie’s Social media
Twitter – @Robbie_Rebel
Retro Rebel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRpf-q4gEpdCUfcYDSXTRYA/feed
Mark’s social media
Twitter – @Mark_Newton89
Marknewtown89 – https://www.youtube.com/user/MarkNewton89
Chris’ social media
Twitter – @Vinto316
Vintomania – https://www.youtube.com/user/Vintomania

Justice League Throne of Atlantis

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This BluRay is straight up amazing. The film itself is based on the comic the Throne of Atlantis story arc written by Geoff Johns and serves as a sequel to 2014’s Justice League: War.

The Justice League still isn’t really a team and most of the duties fall upon Cyborg,  for whom without him, the story could fall apart at the seams.
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This is a re-introduction of Aquaman and a serves as a reimagining of the character. If you have not seen the other Justice League animated film, there are a few points of interest to be aware of.
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First, as a solid team they are not unified. The only members willing to unite is Cyborg, Flash and Shazam. The rest are nearly forced and begged into showing up. Batman, of course doesn’t play by the rules and seems far too busy with Gotham to help out the rest of the team.

The city of Atlantis has been shrouded in mystery for ages and now, with the potential for war with the air breathers at the brink, only one person can truly save both worlds and it may not be who you would expect.

With the talents of Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Jerry O’Connell (Superman), Sean Astin (Shazam), and Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), they bring a star studded cast with lots of wit and banter, making this film very enjoyable to watch. This film is fast-paced and quick to the point.

We give this animated feature a 4/5. This is available on BluRay and DVD nationwide so run out and buy it today.