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MOTOR CITY COMIC CON 2012: Interview with actress Alaina Huffman

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Alaina Huffman is pure awesomeness.

Alaina Huffman introduced herself to American audiences portraying Cherry in Indefinitely. However, after many different roles, she would find herself portraying characters in two cult universes: Black Canary in Smallville and Tamara Johnson in Stargate Universe.

Tommy Zimmer: Were you a geek growing up?

Alaina Huffman: I grew up, and I was a model in Tokyo. I was fascinated by Japanese anime but never got into it. I then got Painkiller Jane, and got a taste of it. Later, I did Black Canary but I never earned my geek cred.

TZ: What made you want to become an actress?

AH: I remember being a kid watching Annie, and wanted to be what that left the audience feeling emotionally.  I said that’s something I want to do. I did children’s theatre, and did pilots.

TZ: How did modeling differ from acting?

AH: Modeling was totally different. I was never a big one, and I worked a lot in Tokyo.

TZ: What was the role that broke you into the film/television industry?

AH: A combination of all three [Painkiller Jane, Smallville, and Stargate Universe]. That’s how I was seen.

TZ: How did you end up getting the role of Black Canary?

AH: I just auditioned. It wasn’t that I was going to be a hero but I got sides.

TZ: How did you end up working on Stargate Universe?

AH: Smallville attracted Stargate Universe.

TZ: Do actors in Hollywood usaully have to audition for their roles?

AH: Even at the uppert level, there’s an awarteness there in your genre. However, we always have to prove ourselves.

TZ: Since you have gone from being a blonde bombshell to playing a brunette former DEA agent, what is the true color of your hair?

AH: I am a little in between. I don’t really know. It’s dirty blonde with red highlights.

TZ: What’s it like to be a sex symbol?

AH: It’s shocking. It’s part in parcile in portraying sexy characters.

TZ: What do have coming up?

AH: I am attached to an action movie taking place in Bangkok. I cannot talk about it but can say it’s not sci-fi. I just wrapped NCIS LA, and am also working on a dark romantic comedy

Thanks Mrs. Huffman, and stay tuned for our final interview from Detroit’s MCCC!!

The Ravagers #1 Review

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The Ravagers #1

Ration: 2/5

Publisher Name: DC Comics

Publisher Website:

Writer: Howard Mackie

Artist: Ian Churchill

Colorist: Alex Sollazzo

Number of Pages: 22

Price: 2.99

Safety Content Label: Teen

“Children of Destiny”

Publisher Blurb:

Barely making it out the events of “The Culling,” Fairchild, brother and sister Thunder and Lightning, the monstrous Ridge, Beast Boy and Terra are on the run, being pursued by Rose Wilson and Warblade–who want them dead at any cost!

Reviewers Comments:

As a fanboy I’ll willingly admit I’m a sucker for a good teen driven, angst filled, four color comic which in large part is why I was curious enough to pick up The Ravagers #1. I hate to say it but what happened to that curious cat? Oh yeah, that’s right, curiosity killed that poor defenseless kitty.

Death not withstanding, there are a few things amiss with The Ravagers. Most first issues, for instance, put forth the effort of establishing the characters and their motives in relation to the story’s plot. This book does the opposite and hits the ground running, asking new readers to jump aboard the high speed bullet train that is the story and dare them to hold on for dear life as the plot powers ahead. The idea of asking the reader to work a bit at understanding the specifics of a story is one useful and unique storytelling technique, but in this case a little hand holding would have been most appreciated.

I, like others, am but a novice to DC’s New 52, and more background on the main characters of Fairchild (who I had to Google to learn about her powers and abilities), Thunder, Lightning, Ridge, Terra and Beast Boy would have been beneficial. As a matter of fact, the number of characters far exceed six when villains and minor teen characters (most of them in similar costumes to the main six and many of them don’t make it through this inaugural issue in one piece) are factored into the comic equation, thus by limiting the amount of page and panel space for the main six.

This issue has a decent amount of good, clean verbal—and physical—in-fighting between the six, some hero and villain punchy, punch, stabby, stab, stab and stellar pencil work by Ian Churchill. With plenty of story potential and a dynamite creative team, The Ravagers, has a fighting change of picking up steam and finding a niche within the New 52 given a tad bit more character development. Who knows, I might be temped to pick up issue #2; I mean, cat’s have nine lives, right?


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Marvel is proud to present your first look at Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12! The war between the United States and the City rages on, as Reed Richards’ devastating attack on Washington DC has made him the most wanted man on Earth! But now that he has Tony Stark in his grasp, how long can the billionaire manage to survive in the City – without Iron Man? And with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents still after the remaining Ultimates, what will become of them and their leader, General Nick Fury? The show stopping creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Sam Humphries, Luke Ross & Ron Garney bring you the stunning answers in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12, coming to comic shops, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this June.





FOC – 6/4/12, On-Sale – 6/27/12

Witchblade Compendium 3 in Stores on June 27

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Witchblade Compendium 3 in Stores on June 27

Comics and Top Cow Productions are proud to announce that the long-awaited WITCHBLADE COMPENDIUM VOLUME 3, which collects fifty full-color issues, will land in stores June 27th, 2012.

Definitive WITCHBLADE writer RON MARZ (ARTIFACTS, SHINKU) along with an electrifying roster of artists that include STJEPAN SEJIC (ANGELUS), ADRIAN MELO (Ms. Marvel), SAMI BASRI (Power Girl), MATTHEW DOW SMITH (Dr. Who) and more, continue Top Cow’s groundbreaking Compendium format with this massive, 50-issue full-color volume collecting the most explosive tales from the Witchblade canon.

Sara Pezzini, New York Police Detective and bearer of the Witchblade, discovers she is with child, gives up the Witchblade, becomes a mother, finds herself overwhelmed by the dark side of the Witchblade, and eventually finds she must choose between the Witchblade and her career — all collected in this volume!

“As a reader, I’m an easy mark for big, fat collections. So as a writer, I’m thrilled to have the bulk of my Witchblade run collected into one big compendium,” Ron Marz said. “The 50 issues in this volume really show the character arc we put Sara Pezzini through, from becoming a mother to making an almost unthinkable decision about her career as an NYPD detective. I had some great artistic collaborators in Stjepan Sejic, Adriana Melo and Sami Basri. Their work especially deserves to be preserved in this format.”

WITCHBLADE COMPENDIUM VOLUME 3 is a full color, 1,280 page that collects issues #101-#150. This collection will be offered as both a softcover edition retailing for $69.99 and a limited edition hardcover edtion retailing for $99.99. Both editions will be in stores June 27th, 2012.

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Your First Look At “No Turning Back” In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688!

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Your First Look At “No Turning Back” In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Amazing Spider-Man #688, kicking off “No Turning Back” this June! Someone has tampered with the grave of Billy Connors and all signs point to the Lizard! But Spidey won’t be alone in his hunt for Curt Connors, because Morbius the Living Vampire is hot on his trail! Can Spidey handle both of these monsters before it turns into an all-out brawl? The superstar creative team of Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli bring you high stakes action and drama like no other as the celebration of Spider-Man’s 50th Anniversary continues in Amazing Spider-Man #688, swinging into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this June.



Written by DAN SLOTT


Variant Cover by J SCOTT CAMPBELL

FOC – 6/4/12, On-Sale – 6/27/12


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Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comic Distributors is completely sold out, EXTERMINATION #1 may still be found at a direct market retailer near you on June 6th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use to find one!

Extermination is an exciting new ongoing series written by Simon Spurrier (X-CLUB, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT, WOLVERINE: DANGEROUS GAMES), with cover art and interiors drawn by rising star Jeffrey Edwards.

In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance despite their bitter pasts. Arch-enemies Nox, a driven hero, and Red Reaper, a ruthless villain, enter into a volatile partnership for the greater good. What happens when battle lines are redrawn and foes become unlikely allies in a desperate war for the fate of the planet

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