Lexicon could be Max Barry's smartest dystopia yet

Max Barry’s 2003 novel Jennifer Government was a spectacular, and terrifyingly possible, near-future dystopia of corporate overreach and government impotence. And his latest novel, Lexicon is a worthy followup — a crazily inventive conspiracy thriller about the abuse of language as a weapon. » 6/28/13 3:30pm 6/28/13 3:30pm

10 Satirical Novels that Could Teach You To Survive the Future

There's only one thing we know for sure about the future: It'll be weird, and you can't really prepare for it. Just imagine trying to tell someone in 2000 how to prepare for life in 2011. But luckily, there's one surefire way to brace yourself for another round of future shock: by reading a slew of great satires,… » 12/13/11 10:48am 12/13/11 10:48am

See Machine Man use his head (literally) in this exclusive art preview…

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's an exclusive sneak peek of the next issue of writer Jeff Parker and artist Patrick Zircher's Hulk. » 11/04/11 1:10pm 11/04/11 1:10pm

An Exclusive Excerpt from Max Barry's New Cyborg Novel, Machine Man

Max Barry blew our minds with his dystopian future novel Jennifer Government, and now he's back with Machine Man, a cyborg novel that he premiered in a different form on his website last year. Darren Aronofsky is already attached to direct the movie version. » 7/13/11 2:00pm 7/13/11 2:00pm

10 Shows For Marvel To Conquer TV With

As of this month, Marvel Comics belongs to the Walt Disney Corporation, which also owns the ABC television network. So when are we going to see some corporate synergy happening? Here're 10 Marvel comics we need to see on television. » 1/26/10 2:00pm 1/26/10 2:00pm

Max Barry's Weird Cyborg Publishing Experiment Could Be A Movie

Max Barry has been posting his weird improvised titanium-body-parts epic Machine Man on his website, a page at a time, and now a production company has optioned it. Mandalay Pictures will develop the story and then shop it to studios. » 11/05/09 2:00pm 11/05/09 2:00pm

20 Marvel Heroes Who Deserve A Shot At The Movie Big Time

If Marvel really wants to make four movies a year, then they're going to have to dig deep into their toybox to find enough characters to fill them. Luckily, we're here to help out with some suggestions. » 6/14/09 1:00pm 6/14/09 1:00pm

Marvel's Potential Trippy SF Franchises

Warlock
The Pitch: "Man's struggle against himself made flesh."
The Explanation: Artificially created to be the perfect human, Adam Warlock struggles against his own evil side... literally; his nemesis, the Magus, is a future version of himself gone bad, and attempting to speed along the transformation. Is the only… » 6/14/09 1:00pm 6/14/09 1:00pm

Marvel's Potential Thriller Franchises

Hawkeye
The Pitch: "Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but with spies instead of assassins."
The Explanation: While Hawkeye's been kicking around with the Avengers, Defenders and even Thunderbolts for years, the ideal Hawkeye movie should avoid all that and skip straight to Jim McCann's recent New Avengers: The Reunion mini-series -… » 6/14/09 1:00pm 6/14/09 1:00pm

Marvel's Potential Fantasy Franchises

Doctor Strange
The Pitch: "Harry Potter meets Nip/Tuck."
The Explanation: What happens when one of the world's greatest surgeons loses the full use of his hands in a car accident? If your answer is "He goes to Tibet and becomes the world's greatest magician," then you clearly know your Strange. We're saying, keep him… » 6/14/09 1:00pm 6/14/09 1:00pm

Marvel's Potential Comedy Franchises

Power Man and Iron Fist
The Pitch: "Shanghai Noon meets 48 Hours. Meets I'm Gonna Git You Sucka."
The Explanation: Yes, yes, I know that Luke Cage has a respectable career with the New Avengers these days, and Iron Fist has his own series back, but these two characters (Both born of Marvel's 1970s bandwagon-jumping… » 6/14/09 1:00pm 6/14/09 1:00pm

Marvel's Potential Action Franchises

Nova, the Human Rocket
The Pitch: "Spider-Man meets The Last Starfighter."
The Explanation: Rich Rider, an everyday American teenager, is chosen by the last surviving member of intergalactic police force the Nova Corps, to take his place and defend the universe from the space pirate who's out to kill them all. Part … » 6/14/09 1:00pm 6/14/09 1:00pm

Has Marvel Discovered The Everybody-Wins Solution For Zombies?

As Marvel Comics unleash their latest Marvel Zombies » 10/06/08 8:30am 10/06/08 8:30am series on an entirely-suspecting audience this week, it's worth pointing out that some things have changed under new series writer Fred Van Lente. Firstly, the extra-dimensional zombies have come to the regular Marvel Universe. Secondly, the star of this series is…

Find Out What Drives Robots To Drink

He's the sole survivor of a secret military program to create robotic super soldiers who became an alcoholic perverted government operative, and in between worked as an insurance adjustor and mutant-hunting hacked machine. It's been a long, strange road for Jack Kirby's Machine Man. The one-time pacifist robot that… » 4/30/08 6:30am 4/30/08 6:30am