Finn Wields a Lightsaber in New "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Footage
Baba Yaga is a popular and enduring character from Slavic and Russian folklore, distinguished from her fellow witches by both her unique mode of conveyance (a flying mortar and pestle) and home (a semi-sentient cottage perched atop a pair of chicken legs). Undoubtedly a creature created in oral tradition, like most folkloric heroes and villains she’s appeared in every media as its been invented.
In comics, she’s had recurring roles in Bill Willingham and company’s Fables and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. The Marvel Universe has its own Baba Yaga, and naturally Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales has a “sexy” Baba Yaga among its sprawling cast. But if you want to know what the best Baba Yaga comic is, I would say it’s 1992’s The Sandman #38, by Neil Gaiman and artists Duncan Eagleson and Vince Locke.
Or at least I would’ve said that if you asked me a few weeks ago. Now that I’ve read Baba Yaga’s Assistant, a new graphic novel by first-time writer Marika McCoola and artist Emily Carroll, I’m not so sure.
As strange, and slightly disturbing, as it may have been to see the Scooby-Doo and the gang dropped into the world of Grand Theft Auto V, it’s nothing compared to this recreation of the Pokémon opening.
Created by YouTuber Merfish using an assortment of GTA V PC Mods, if the video doesn’t make you nostalgic, it will at least leave you viewing Pikachu in a decidedly different light.
Conventions | After a profitable 2014, Wizard World Inc. is reporting a $1.8 million loss in the second quarter of 2015 (in contrast to a $760,000 profit during the same period last year), owing much to the rapid increase in the number of conventions it’s producing. However, as ICv2.com notes, the company is also seeing a drop in revenue per show. Wizard World also reports that its inaugural convention in China, held May 30-June 1, “was not as successful as we anticipated.” [ICv2]
Faced with an angry Superman, every Tom, Dick and Dark Knight knows to break out the Kryptonite (it’s usually next to the bandages and antiseptic in the first-aid kit). Likewise, if cornered by Electro, most of us might make sure we’re well-grounded, and then reach for the nearest water hose. But what about those myriad other superheroes and villains?
Glad you asked! MorphSuits, which ruffled so many feathers with its breakdown of Marvel’s most badass female characters, now scrutinizes the Achilles’ heels of costumed characters, probing for a weakness that might help out in a pinch.
After watching Transformers: Age of Extinction last year, Wang Liansheng’s son wanted his own giant robot. Unable to afford the large toy model the boy had his eye on, the Chinese shipyard welder instead built a life-size replica.
China’s People’s Daily Online reports that, with help from his brother, Wang gathered abandoned car parts from a car factory and recycling center near his village in Jiangsu province and went to work in August 2014. A year later, they now have a nearly 16-and-a-half-foot Bumblebee standing in their yard.
Strangely enough, when you remake the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice using action figures, construction paper and actors in homemade costumes, Zack Snyder’s vision for DC Comics’ greatest superheroes suddenly doesn’t seem so grim. Or desaturated.
Look, life can be a pretty bleak prospect sometimes and there are plenty of reminders on a daily basis of just that.
But — a man named Russell Munro made an Optimus Prime cake for his son’s 6th birthday that actually transforms from a car to a robot. By itself. Speaking authentic Peter Cullen dialogue. Based on the old-school, Generation 1 Optimus, rather than the current film franchise version that today’s kids presumably know a lot better. And oh yeah: It was a real, likely delicious cake. So maybe hope isn’t lost.
If only Peter Parker’s painful-to-watch dance scene had instead been a dance-off against Deadpool, Spider-Man 3 might’ve been an entirely different movie. There still would’ve been too many villains, and it still would’ve starred Tobey Maguire, but, hey, you can’t win them all.
Famed Deadpool cosplayer D-Piddy, the subject of a new profile, battles Spider-Man the best way he knows how — with dance! — in this video that sees them go toe to toe, and hip to hip, on a Los Angeles rooftop. At least until things get uncomfortable …
If carbon freezing is suitable for transporting tibanna gas — or, say, a certain charming smuggler — over long distances, it should be good enough for hauling your textbooks from home to class.
This Previews-exclusive Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Plush Back Buddy (say that five times fast!) will either make you the envy of the campus or the target of the galaxy’s vilest bounty hunters. Whatever the case, it’s available for preorder for $39.99.
To police in Nottinghamshire, England, the theft of a $33,000 watch looks like a job by Superman.
According to BBC News, authorities are searching for Superman Rostas, whom they say pretended to be a customer at a jewelry store in Newark, northeast of Nottingham. Using “distraction techniques” — and, we can only presume, super-speed — he allegedly made off with diamond-encrusted gold watch.
Set for Nov. 12-15 — just 77 days away, the countdown clock reminds us — at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the event features kids races, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, the Captain America 10K, the Avengers Super Hero 5K and the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (that’s the half marathon plus the 10K).
Say what you will about classic villains, but most of them are traditionalists: They find a look that works, and they stick with it. But not The Joker, who (for good or bad) embraces change, leading to his multiple body tattoos and lack of eyebrows in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad. That new look may suit the Clown Prince of Crime, but it kind of rubs the other villains the wrong way.
“I mean, it’s not killing me,” Lord Voldemort says in the latest episode of How It Should Have Ended’s “Villain Pub,” “it’s just hurting me, really, really bad.”
WeLoveFine knows what time it is, with a new collection of women’s and men’s clothing inspired by Adventure Time.
Designed by WeLoveFine’s Catherine Elhoffer, the brightly colored (and occasionally imaginatively patterned) pieces certainly wouldn’t be out of place in the Land of Ooo. They range from the expected, like the Jake Pocket Hoodie (you kind of have to, right?), to the bold, like the Lady Rainicorn Leggings.
Legal | Game company SNK Playmore has dropped its charges against manga publisher Square Enix and will allow the manga Hi Score Girl to use its characters without penalty. Last year, SNK filed a criminal complaint against Square Enix, charging that the manga, a comedy about gamers, included more than 100 instances of unauthorized use of SNK Playmore’s characters. As a result, serialization of the manga was suspended while police pursued charges against 16 of the people involved in its publication. Today, Square Enix announced that the two companies have reached an agreement: SNK Playmore has dropped its claim, and the two companies will work together with regard to sharing their characters. [Anime News Network]
If Captain America: The Winter Soldier taught us one thing, it’s that stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie are terrific together on screen. If it taught us a second, it’s that nothing — not a decades-old global conspiracy, not would-be assassins, not even Robert Redford — can keep Nick Fury down.
Hot Toys is celebrating the S.H.I.E.L.D. director with a 1/6th-scale collectible figure, based on the likeness of Samuel L. Jackson from the Marvel Studios film. Standing nearly 12 inches tall, the figure boasts more than 30 points of articulation, six interchangeable hands, a removable eye patch, a removable arm sling, a pistol, a mobile phone, a data-storage device and a display stand.