Guardians of the Galaxy
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) is a wise-cracking thief and philanderer, with a penchant for Earth music from the 70s. Gamora is a conflicted assassin and the adopted daughter of the supervillain Thanos. Rocket is a talking raccoon and bounty hunter – a former medical experiment who now has genius level mechanical abilities. Groot is a tree-like creature who acts as Rocket’s bodyguard and who can only speak three words “I am Groot.” And Drax is a tortured man (who takes everything literally) driven by revenge for the death of his family. These five unique characters unite to form the unlikeliest of superhero teams.
The casting was spot on. Chris Pratt was born for his role as Peter Quill. And I’m convinced no one could do it better. And John C. Reilly and Glenn Close shine as their respective Nova Corps characters. As a fan of the comics, I couldn’t be happier. Director James Gunn and Marvel really pushed the envelope when introducing a film with a talking raccoon and sentient tree as central characters. And succeeded in creating a brilliant movie without equal.
Guardians of the Galaxy is an action-packed, intergalactic adventure with a lot of laugh-out-loud comedy. In fact, the audience was laughing so much that it was easy to miss dialog. I had high expectations after seeing the fantastic trailers set to great songs (“Hooked on a Feeling” and “Spirit in the Sky”) – a genius marketing strategy. I was just hoping the film could live up to all the hype. And amazingly enough, it did. Adding classic 70s pop songs as an integral part of the film was smart and took the whole experience to another level. It’s emotional, riveting, gritty, and hilarious. This will be yet another Marvel movie that I’ll be watching multiple times in the theatre.
I thought Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be hard to top, but Guardians of the Galaxy is now my favorite movie of 2014.
Courtesy of BBC Books, I have a copy of Doctor Who: The Dalek Project Graphic Novel by Justin Richards for one (1) lucky winner!
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Courtesy of Berkley, I have a copy of Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf: Volume 1 by Patricia Briggs for one (1) lucky winner!
Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 19. I’ll draw a name on October 20, and notify winner via email.
Havoc by Chris Wooding
Seth finally managed to escape the terrifying comicbook world of Malice, but he left his best friend Kady there. Now he must go back and rescue her. But can he find a way back in? Kady has her own worries. She’s trying to reach Havoc, a group of rebel kids plotting to destroy Tall Jake, the evil ruler of Malice. But somebody is watching the comic and can see what everyone is up to. Is there no way to escape?
Part novel, part comic book, all thrill – welcome to MALICE
As soon as Seth regained his memories of his time in Malice, he begins searching blindly for a way back. While pursued by evil, monstrous creatures searching for the shard that he holds, Seth meets a girl who helps Seth find clues to getting back to Malice without going through Tall Jake. Meanwhile, Kady and Justin are searching for Havoc, a group who opposes Tall Jake. Kady can only hope that Seth reaches them before it’s too late to use the shard to bring down the dark ruler of Malice.
The story switches back and forth between worlds, following Seth and Kady’s stories. And several pages of black and white, simplistic comics accompany the story as a fun mash-up. They world of Malice is a comic brought to life, so the pages of comics really adds a fun element to the story. With plenty of danger, heart-pounding suspense, and fast-paced adventure young readers will enjoy this action-packed sequel that doesn’t disappoint. Mysteries are finally revealed, and several surprises along the way build to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. This a fun duology for middle readers who enjoy dark adventure, mild horror and/or comics.
For those of you who can’t wait for the Blu-ray/DVD release (available for preorder now), here are several deleted scenes and a fun gag reel from the recent Avengers film. Cobie Smulders’ scene screaming “Coulson” is classic. And Mark Ruffalo is just plain funny.
** Update: All the deleted scenes clips were removed from their sources. Guess those of you who missed them will have to wait till they pop up again somewhere or just wait for September 25th!