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In 2000, CrossGen Comics launched. Founded by millionaire Mark Alessi, CrossGen sought to expand the comics industry by forgoing super-hero titles and focusing on the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Victorian Mystery, and Sword and Sorcery genres. Each of CrossGen’s titles stood on their own but was tied to a greater mythology thanks to a Sigil, which was the source of many characters powers. 

The “sigil bearers” were supposed to join forces against a cosmic threat called the Negation in the mini-series, NEGATION WAR that would cap off four years of stories. Unfortunately, CrossGen went out of business after the second issue shipped? So what would’ve happened? Only NEGATION WAR writer Tony Bedard knew, until now…

I reached out to Tony to find out his plans for NEGATION WAR. Who’d live? Who’d die? How would the series end? Click to find out.  (more…)

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When I go swimming I think about things. Today, I was thinking about how DC Comics has been reviving old Hanna-Barbera cartoons and giving them a “mature” makeoverThe Flintstones is now social commentary, Wacky Races in an post-apocalyptic wasteland, the Hanna-Barbera action heroes getting a shared universe, and of course Scooby Apocalypse. I thought about  who else could use a “mature makeover” and it hit me: Captain Planet!  (more…)

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By Todd Matthy

This Friday Netflix will release Voltron: Legendary Defender, a reimagining of the classic TV series I grew up with. 

Voltron has a special place in my heart. It’s a mix of my favorite genres: Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and robots. Plus, (in addition to Robotech) it kickstarted my love of Anime. Personally, Voltron means much more.  I was an “Assistant Editor” on the Media Blasters DVD. I’ll never forget when I went to New Jersey to look at footage for extras and discovered the long lost original pilot. I wrote an article for Protoculture Addicts about my experience. 

To prepare for the new Netflix series, I’m rewatching the classic show and thought I’d share my favorite episodes with you. Click below and comment if you agree or disagree.  (And if you want to watch a few of these episodes check out the Voltron You Tube Page.)

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Meglia

Meglia

Tyrannis’ sycophant and spy. A hunched over, skinny, Decimator who speaks with hiss and is always scheming. Meglia walks with a limp due to an injury in battle but that has only made him more dangerous because it gives him time to study and come up with ways to augment himself.

Meglia enjoys performing grotesque experiments on anything that moves on his own. He hopes to get the Princesses into his lab so he can learn the source of their power.

Will the Princesses get trapped in the horror that is Meglia’s lab? Back us on Kickstarter to find out!

Ultimus

Ultimus

Kind, compassionate, level headed, strong, and fierce. Ultimus is the embodiment of the Centurion cause. A determined leader who is out to preserve freedom from Tyrannis’ tyranny. The Centurions are loyal to Ultimus because not only is he strong and wise but he has a father-like compassion and is willing to sacrifice himself to protect his weakest soldier. Ultimus is a thinker and while he knows he has to stop Tyrannis he doesn’t understand how the war he’s been fighting since birth started. He wonders why he’s always fighting. He wonders why he can’t enter the Beyond. He wonders if he has a purpose other then fighting Tyrannis.

The alliance with the Princesses unlocks hidden memories in Ultimus. Memories about his creation and purpose in life.

Doe Ultimus get his questions answered? Back us on Kickstarter to find out!

Gunnar

Gunnar:

“Shoot first, ask questions later” is Gunnar’s motto. With his oversized gun, “Blasto,” Gunnar is the first to volunteer for any mission so long as he gets to shoot Decimators and Hunters.

Despite his quick trigger, Gunnar is extremely loyal to the Centurion cause. He’s willing to put his life on the line for his comrades but it also makes him paranoid and suspicious of everyone who isn’t a Centurion. Given his itchy trigger finger, this leads to problems.

Will the Princesses get mistaken for a Decimator Hunter by Gunnar? Back us on Kickstarter to find out.

 

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Art by Nicolas Chapuis

Artelia

Age 16

Kingdom: Yahira

Private, testy, and extremely intelligent, Artelia lives by the motto, “Knowledge is Power.” When she is not attending royal affairs, Artelia can be found in the Royal Library reading up on Harmonian history. Artelia is very loyal to kingdom and wants to restore it as the most powerful kingdom in Harmonia like it was before the Days of Fire. Artelia has done extensive research into the cause of the Days of Fire and the appearance of the robots is allowing her to fill in gaps.

What does Artelia learn? Back us on Kickstarter to find out!

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Art by Rod Espinosa

 

Check out my interview with the website Comic Booked!

Tyrannis

Art by Nicolas Chapuis

Tyrannis

Leader of the Decimators. Tyrannis wants total domination over everything that lives. Those that don’t fall in line, are terminated. The reason Tyrannis believes this is unknown to him but encountering the princesses has unlocked memories that were thought erased by his creator. Tyrannis wants answers. But, more so he wants to eliminate any threat to his and followers well being. If humans and princesses are in his way, so be it.

Can Tyrannis be stopped? Pledge to our Kickstarter and find out!