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PoP! Top 6-Pack: More Comics That Directors Should Write

PoP! Top 6-Pack: More Comics That Directors Should Write

Now that Richard Donner and Quentin Tarantino have dipped their toes into the medium, here are six more well-regarded auteurs that could write some truly kick-ass comic tales.

An Intro to New Japan: Best of the G1 Climax 2014 Part 1

An Intro to New Japan: Best of the G1 Climax 2014 Part 1

It’s hard getting into Japanese wrestling. Why not try with the six best matches from the first three nights of the G1 Climax tournament? There’s no better time than now!

Wrestling School: The First Shocking Debut of Seth Rollins

Wrestling School: The First Shocking Debut of Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins’ WWE debut with the Shield wasn’t his first shocking debut. What happened in his first appearance in Ring of Honor that was so shocking they didn’t air it on pay-per-view? Read more to find out…

BLAARGH! "Avengers World"

BLAARGH! “Avengers World”

It’s a bummer when a comic is bad. It’s even worse when a genuinely great comic bums you out with weird presentation.

Wrestling School: ‘Seven Levels of Hate’

Wrestling School: ‘Seven Levels of Hate’

66 years of history left behind in a ring in Australia. A once-prestigious title, abandoned by those that wanted it most. This is the story of Seven Levels of Hate and the National Wrestling Alliance

Hidden Gems - Rai (2014)

Hidden Gems – Rai (2014)

Valiant’s recent reimagining of their first original character deftly combines classic sci-fi elements and samurai overtones with a gripping mystery story .

Wrestling School: Samoa Joe Vs. Kenta Kobashi

Wrestling School: Samoa Joe Vs. Kenta Kobashi

For one night in 2005, fans didn’t care about workrate or storylines. They wanted to be transported back to a time when men fought to see who the better man was. And they were given that in the form of Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi.

PoP! Top 6-Pack: SDCC 2014 Exclusives

PoP! Top 6-Pack: SDCC 2014 Exclusives

PoP! Top 6-Pack: SDCC 2014 Exclusive: For this year’s “Running of the Exclusives” at SDCC there are many goodies that fans will be pushing young children out of the way for. Here is my Top 6.

Make It So! Valiant and Valiant, the Comic Book

Make It So! Valiant and Valiant, the Comic Book

While a film prequel of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? is quite unlikely, a comic series detailing the past adventures of Eddie Valiant and his brother solving crimes in Toon Town would be a worthy substitute.

Hidden Gems - Nailbiter

Hidden Gems – Nailbiter

Image has another potential hit on its hands in this unorthodox horror comic about a town that spawned over a dozen serial killers.

Wrestling School: The First Appearance of Kishin Liger

Wrestling School: The First Appearance of Kishin Liger

Japanese wrestling legend, Jushin Liger, has a little known alter ego named Kishin Liger. What made Liger take a more violent road in a match with the Great Muta? Find out in the first installment of Wrestling School.

Outside The Longbox - GRAND PIANO

Outside The Longbox – GRAND PIANO

This tense Hitchcockian thriller starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack is an entertaining throwback to a bygone era in cinema and is one of the best films of 2014 so far.

Figure 8 - The Zeo Zords

Figure 8 – The Zeo Zords

Four years in, the Power Rangers got their first name change and some awesome new costumes. Kids got some sweet new toys. It was a good time.

Better Late Than Never - LOCKE & KEY, Volume 1: Welcome To Lovecraft

Better Late Than Never – LOCKE & KEY, Volume 1: Welcome To Lovecraft

Bestselling novelist Joe Hill conquers another literary medium with the first volume of his universally acclaimed IDW series .

Hidden Gems: Nevada

Hidden Gems: Nevada

A showgirl and her ostrich are the stars of this overlooked Steve Gerber classic.

Outside The Longbox - Helix

Outside The Longbox – Helix

Helix is intense. It’s kind of insane. It’s a great take on “apocalypse virus” stories. It’s executive produced by Ronald D Moore. Take a gander at why you should check this show out on DVD and Blu-Ray next week.

Figure 8 - Botcon 2014

Figure 8 – Botcon 2014

It’s the biggest Transformers convention in the country and it always makes our wallets cry. Let’s take a look at some standouts from this year’s Botcon.

Figure 8 - The Season 3 Zords

Figure 8 – The Season 3 Zords

The final season of the original Power Rangers show was the first to bring us two sets of zords. It was also the first one to blatantly try to rip us off with lies and repackaging.

Better Late Than Never - SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?

Better Late Than Never – SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?

Before John Byrne reinvented him in the late Eighties, the pre-CRISIS Man of Steel received a wonderfully-crafted sendoff courtesy of a young Alan Moore that would become one of the greatest Superman stories ever published.

Outside The Longbox - CEO Orlando and the FGC

Outside The Longbox – CEO Orlando and the FGC

One of the bigger fighting game tournaments is coming up soon, in addition to the World Championships. Learn all about the Fighting Game Community inside as PoP prepares for CEO!

Property Ladder: Ricochet

Property Ladder: Ricochet

Professional wrestling has a new star by the name of Ricochet rising up the ranks. After winning the Best of the Super Juniors Tournament he’s climbing up the Property Ladder.

Figure 8 - The Season 2 Zords

Figure 8 – The Season 2 Zords

They may not be as iconic as the originals, but the Thunderzords from season 2 of Power Rangers were friggin’ HUGE and mostly pretty cool… With one obvious exception.

Outside the Longbox - NOS4A2

Outside the Longbox – NOS4A2

The latest bestselling prose thriller from Joe Hill is worthy of comparison to his famous father’s best work and just might put you off Christmas music for life.

Make It So - Secret Avengers: The Movie

Make It So – Secret Avengers: The Movie

You know, there are enough supporting characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to fill out their own movie. Hmm…

Figure 8 - Transformers Tanks

Figure 8 – Transformers Tanks

Few alt modes are more common than the tank, and why would they be? What self-respecting bad guy wouldn’t want to blow the crap of a good guy in both forms?

Outside The Longbox: Defiance

Outside The Longbox: Defiance

On a network that was becoming dominated by ghost hunting and other reality shows, there are a couple bright spots in the programming lineup. Season 2 of one of those shows starts tonight, as Defiance makes its long-awaited return.

Hidden Gems: Ed Brubaker Comics from the Dollar Bin

Hidden Gems: Ed Brubaker Comics from the Dollar Bin

The dollar bins of your local comic shop can be a goldmine for good, cheap comics. Find out about three Hidden Gems from Ed Brubaker’s career that ended up in those very bins.

Better Late Than Never - GHOSTED, Volume 1: Haunted Heist

Better Late Than Never – GHOSTED, Volume 1: Haunted Heist

OCEAN’S 11 meets THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL in this first trade collection of this addictive new horror title from Image.

BLAARGH! - The Transformers in "Age of Extintion"

BLAARGH! – The Transformers in “Age of Extintion”

Ever since the Bay-helmed Transformers movies series launched, there has been a segment of the fandom that hates the designs. It’s hard to imagine anyone defending the latest batch.

Better Late Than Never: ‘Thor’ by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic

Better Late Than Never: ‘Thor’ by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic

Thor, the God of Thunder, takes on Gorr, the God Butcher in this fantastic story that kicked off this Marvel NOW relaunch. If you’re wondering what this new villain has in mind for Thor, it’s in his name.

In Defense Of...Edgar Wright's Departure from ANT-MAN

In Defense Of…Edgar Wright’s Departure from ANT-MAN

We were all looking forward to the talented director of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and THE WORLD’S END helming a Marvel movie, but perhaps Edgar Wright’s departure from the Ant-Man movie is the best thing for all the involved parties.

Outside the Longbox: Escape from Tomorrow

Outside the Longbox: Escape from Tomorrow

A psychological thriller shot in Disney’s parks without the knowledge or consent of the House of Mouse? This I gotta see!

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Coolest Things About Chikara’s Return

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Coolest Things About Chikara’s Return

Chikara makes its proper return in 48 hours, and we here at the Pop!-ulation couldn’t be happier. Check out 6 reasons you won’t regret jumping on board now!

Property Ladder : Godzilla Through The Ages

Property Ladder : Godzilla Through The Ages

The world-famous King Of The Monsters has been a pop-culture staple for sixty years now, but with a new big-budget reboot coming this week to theaters, Big G’s popularity is definitely on the rise.

Holy Crap! Remember... Exiles?

Holy Crap! Remember… Exiles?

Take the “What If…?” concept, add a dash of Sliders, and you’ve got Marvel’s heroic reality-jumping team.