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Cover2Cover | Entertainment Weekly on SOLO: A Star Wars Story

Entertainment Weekly put the latest chapter in the growing Star Wars saga on its cover this week giving fans a “First Look” at SOLO.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a great civil war waged by a feisty rebellion against an evil Empire, and in the middle of it all there emerged an unlikely hero…a roguish smuggler named Han Solo and embodied by Harrison Ford. His star was then still on the rise, but without a doubt Ford’s role in the original Star Wars trilogy solidified his place as one of Hollywood’s biggest box office draws — and many wondered who actually came first: Solo or Ford! Regardless, both have achieved an iconic level.

40 years later, Hollywood had returned to that galaxy no longer so far away and revisited many of the heroes from that first space-faring adventure, and Han Solo met his end in a rather Shakespearian move, at the hands of his own son. It’s no secret that Ford has often been quoted as wanting to have had Solo killed off in the Original Trilogy, but the series’ creator George Lucas wouldn’t hear of it, and instead it took the acquisition of the franchise by Disney to fulfill that prophecy, but not before plans were unveiled for the continuing adventures of Han Solo!

Following the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which took a formatively unique perspective of an event within the narrative of the established mythology, SOLO: A Star Wars Story (out May 25) is promising to elaborate on the man before he becomes the legend. Stepping into the daunting role of a young Han Solo is relative unknown Alden Ehrenreich who has already revealed the very “Solo-ish” advice he got from Ford about playing the outlaw smuggler, will lead a cast of heavy genre-hitters including Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.

Amid controversies with the film’s first set of directors, the studio parted ways with Phil Lord and Chris Miller citing creative differences, and opening the door for Oscar winner Ron Howard to chart the path for Solo and his trusted wookie co-pilot Chewbacca (played by Joonas Suotamo) to bring a spanking brand-new looking Millennium Falcon into a multiplex near you! The trailer introduces Donald Glover as a certain charismatic Lando Calrissian and Woody Harrelson as a new player to the table Tobias Beckett who appears the catalyst for Solo’s collision course.

See the trailer here and pick up this week’s Entertainment Weekly for the full story:

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Trailer | Marvel Studios AVENGERS: Infinity War

As if this summer wasn’t looking any more stellar here comes the ultimate team-up film! The trailer for Marvel Studios AVENGERS: Infinity War brings together all the title characters from the Marvel features released over the last decade. It’s all come to this! As the Avengers take out the otherworldly might of the mad god Thanos in what will surely end-up this summer’s biggest blockbuster event.

Check out the trailer here:

Trailer | JURASSIC WORLD: Fallen Kingdom

You’d imagine that they would have learned their lesson, but no — the box office tally don’t lie! Everyone’s favorite Guardian of the Galaxy hero Chris Pratt returns for JURASSIC WORLD: Fallen Kingdom the newest installment in the Steven Spielberg produced franchise, which has the velociraptor handler returning for another go-around with the dangerous dinos, but this time natural selection is intervening and the result may be cataclysmic!

Check out the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom here:

Trailer | SOLO: A Star Wars Story

The next installment in the stand-alone series of stories set in the Star Wars universe is here with the first trailer for SOLO: A Star Wars Story which will follow the adventures of a young Han Solo which will star relative newcomer Alden Ehrenreich and Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, with Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian and Woody Harrelson.

Check out the trailer here sporting a fresh off the assembly line look at the fastest piece of junk in space. SOLO: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard.

UnBoxing | Star Trek Discovery Starships Collection

Eaglemoss Collections continues the tradition of creating for fans only the most exceptional line of starship models that now include the Federation’s all new additions with ships from Star Trek: Discovery.

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We’re not giving anything away by revealing that if you’ve been watching Star Trek: Discovery long time trekkers have recently been vindicated! Their faith has paid off and the newest franchise installment has thrown a major curveball in its Season One that has had audiences — new and old — reeling with delight! The adventures of Specialist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) may have only just begun, but the USS Discovery is destined for greatness for sure. The highly anticipated return of Star Trek to television has been met with thunderous applause.

Selectively setting themselves apart in the collectible arena Eaglemoss Collections the creators of officially sanctioned memorabilia including the expansive Star Trek Starships Collection (which includes more than 100 standard starship die-cast models, nearly a dozen “special edition” releases and now the larger XL Edition line) is expanding on its brand with the release of the Star Trek Discovery Official Starships Collection. An entirely new assortment of die-cast and resin models based on the vessels appearing in the new CBS All Access Original Series.

The premiere release is appropriately the USS Shenzhou NCC-1227a Walker-class vessel and when DSC launches it is the ship at the center of it all. Captain Philippa Georgiou’s vessel is beautifully captured in this new model that measures nearly 8” inches in length and is expertly detailed so collectors can get a good look at the hero ship designed for the series by veteran Star Trek production artist John Eaves. The model sits rightly perched on its display stand and includes a collector’s magazine with concept art and the USS Shenzhou’s mission profile.

Designs Discovered

There was a lot about Star Trek: Discovery that immediately got the attention of fans, not withstanding the starship designs especially of its two hero ships. The USS Shenzhou and the USS Discovery chronologically are meant to belong to the same fleet as the Constitution-class USS Enterprise which is sharing the same space somewhere in the Alpha-Quadrant on its initial mission under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. The starships that have been introduced in DSC appear far more sophisticated even to the predecessor NX-01 Enterprise.

Fortunately there’s an established very good reason why the ships look so dramatically differently, and it was a theory introduced by longtime Star Trek designer John Eaves— and it’s a really good one. Eaves who has been responsible for creating designs for previous franchise television spin-offs and theatrical features, and who has had a hand in the shape of several “hero” ships was tasked with spearheading the designs of DSC two premiere vessels. He drew inspiration from aviation and most specifically from the 40’s era of “X” planes.

The theory is that these series of Starfleet ships, which have gone into service 100-years after the duly noted NX-01 commandeered by Johnathan Archer, divert dramatically from architecture that may have been heavily influenced by the Vulcan cooperative that pioneered the warp-5 designs. The USS Shenzhou and the USS Discovery including other ships in the service of the Federation in 23rd Century of Star Trek: Discovery are meant to reflect a drastic departure independent of any previous design influences, inherently far more Earth-influenced — experimental and pioneering.

The CG model used in the series serves as the template to recreate each individual scaled replica which is colored and detailed to match.

Although the Constitution-class Enterprise is already setting records on its maiden voyage, the USS Shenzhou captained with distinction by Philippa Georgiou (series guest star Michelle Yeoh) is considered “past its prime” and technologically dated in comparison to the more “streamlined” Enterprise or even the experimental USS Discovery. When the ship is introduced into the show, Georgiou who has been grooming her first officer Michael Burnham for her own command, appears to almost be suggesting retiring the USS Shenzhou, that is until the reemergence of the Klingons!

Special Edition Collectible

Following the widely popular Star Trek Starships Collection XL Editions also by Eaglemoss Collections reissuing the most popular hero ships in the line cast in a more formidable scale, the Star Trek Discovery Starship Collection is taking its lead from the success of the “Special Edition” models and giving fans a larger, more detailed to scale offering to add on the shelf. Alongside the recently released XL Edition of the NX-01 Enterprise the USS Shenzhou properly assumes its place in Star Trek history and looks to confirm to continuity seamlessly.

The fan-favorite magazine that accompanies the models have also been scaled down from the Official Starships Collection fanzine size; the new 8×10 glossy presentation won’t slip easily into the established binders, but certainly provide a tighter and comprehensive look at each ship. The cover art puts the series’ CG model front and center and inside the ship’s specifications are supported by previously unreleased perspectives of the Star Trek Discovery ships that really bring them to life. In 16-pages learn everything there is to learn about the latests ships in the fleet.

The price point is also well-suited and as an introductory offer subscriptions to the line begin at $9.99 with your first order, and each vessel in the collection will be shipped at under $50 — a 15% discount from purchasing the collection at retail price, and you’re guaranteed to not miss any new arrivals. Issue 2 continues with Captain Lorca’s USS Discovery NCC 1031 and will spotlight a dozen ships from the series including a half-dozen Federation ships that are inspired by this, the “experimental” era of Starfleet, to bring down the merciless Klingons.

Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection is available to order by visiting eaglemoss.com/discovery for exclusive subscription offers.

iReview | DC Comics THE FLASH #39 Celebrates 700 Issues

The Scarlet Speedster moves toward a publishing milestone with its Issue #39 celebrating 700 issues ever! And the very dramatic return of one of greatest villains in THE FLASH mythology!

Welcome to the new Modern Age of Comics! Where comics embrace and actually celebrate their publishing legacies by reverting back to or embracing their original numeric issues. With everyone eagerly counting down to the return of the “classic” Superman in the historic Action Comics #1000 most recently DC Comics released another milestone with The Flash #39 the 700th published issue of The Flash.

The arrival of the Scarlet Speedster signified the arrival of the “Silver Age” of comics, a modern publishing renaissance that invigorated DC’s line and reinvented many of its classic heroes introducing their contemporary counterparts. Among the heroes that always stood apart from the rest was Barry Allen, The Flash — who after getting struck by lightning, is inspired by the “Golden Age” comics character of Jay Garrick to don a red suit and fight crime in Central City.

In the latest issue of the “Rebirth” line written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico Barry is taking a very harsh look at the decisions he’s made and how they’ve impacted the lives around him, and most significantly compromised his relationship with Iris West. After being kidnapped by the evil Reverse-Flash and hurled into the future, Iris has finally learned the man behind the mask is actually Barry Allen.

Barry still has great affection for Iris, but whether or not their love affair will survive the latest turbulence in their calamitous relationship is yet to be seen, but he’s opened up his world as a superhero to Iris, and even brought her aboard the Justice League’s Watchtower headquarters. Just as it appeared that the ice between them had begun to crack, Iris became trapped in “Flash Time” as Central City came to a standstill around The Flash revealing an attack from Multiplex?!

Negative-Flash has brought about a Speed Force revolution and sides with the million-man mob squad and the recently introduced Master of Lightning, Raijin, but this evil threesome is only the first wave and the true mastermind behind the Scarlet Speedster’s recent woes is revealed — Gorilla Grodd is back and he’s hungry for some Speed Force! The latest arc of The Flash “Perfect Storm” Part 1 is available digitally and at your favorite comic specialty shop now.

The issue successfully capitalizes on the nostalgic popularity of the character of The Flash especially the Barry Allen iteration of the hero, which has soared in popularity (surely) with a little bit of support from his live-action CW counterpart played by actor Grant Gustin which (also) continues the spirit of celebrating the hero’s legacy featuring John Wesley Shipp (the actor who originated the role in the CBS series in 1990) who now embodies the “Golden Age” Flash.

Just recently the television series adapted “The Trial of The Flash” storyline and also paid homage to the 1990 series by reintroducing the villainous “Prank” played by Corrine Bohrer, who many consider the template for The Joker’s sidekick Harley Quinn. Mark Hamill, who voiced The Joker on the now classic Batman: The Animated Series also played The Trickster on both iterations of The Flash.

Mark the occasion by sharing your favorite moment in 700 Issues Celebration The Flash!