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Dark Horse unleashes Hell(boy) on your messages with branded emoji sets

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Now, you can use Hellboy emojis to drop the Right Hand of Doom on your friends in iMessages.
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How big a fan of Hellboy are you?

If you answered, “Such a big fan that I wish ‘Hellboy’ were a language I could speak all the time — if only someone would make a keyboard to that effect,” you’re in luck because custom keyboard designer Swype has teamed up with publisher Dark Horse Comics to bring both Red and samurai rabbit Usagi Yojimbo to your iMessages.

Super-secret-agent shows that will thrill Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans

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Ugh, piss off, Ward. Nobody likes you.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back from its mid-season break to resolve some cliffhangers — and introduce new ones, because absolute closure has no place in TV shows based on comic books.

If you don’t like waiting a week between episodes and want to fill that time with more stories about secret agencies, government-sanctioned or otherwise, that are charged with sorting out the crazy junk your civilian brain just couldn’t even handle, we have a few suggestions for you. Kick your TV into super-secret-spy mode with these shows and movies that are guaranteed to give you your daily allowance of secrets, acronyms and people in suits with guns.

Hellboy beer will wash away your devilish thirst

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Hell yes! Rogue's devilish Right Hand of Doom Red Ale looks worthy of Hellboy. Photo: Rogue Ales
Hell yes! Rogue's devilish Right Hand of Doom Red Ale looks worthy of Hellboy. Photo: Rogue Ales

Here’s a comics crossover you can drink to: Rogue Ales is bottling a birthday brew for Hellboy.

Rogue’s Right Hand of Doom Red Ale pays tribute to the demon-spawn character created by Mike Mignola. A Mignola drawing of the wisecracking, cigar-chomping, supernatural badass adorns the label, just as the comics franchise reaches legal drinking age in the United States.

9 sci-fi movie blockbusters begging for sequels

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Sometimes a movie's so good that you walk out of it begging to see the story picked up in a sequel. While Hollywood's sometimes guilty of churning out tired follow-ups that make us forget what we loved about the original film, that's certainly not a universal rule.

With that in mind, here's our list of the 9 sci-fi movie blockbusters we'd love to see sequels to. Scroll through our gallery to find out which flicks made the cut.

Photo: Columbia Pictures

There have been reports of a sequel to this 1996 aliens-invade-the-world blockbuster going back years. Roland Emmerich even has a cutesy name for it: ID4-EVER. But will we actually see it? Amidst plenty of conflicting reports it’s still looking like a toss-up, although it would be great fun were it to happen.

Taking place two decades after the original alien invasion, this sequel could be a fun bit of speculative sci-fi about how the world would react in the aftermath of interstellar beings arriving to blow us all up. The original’s special effects still stand up today, but there’s no doubt that 2014-era CGI could help take everything to the next level.

Photo: 20th Century Fox

When people talk about M. Night Shyamalan’s precipitous decline after The Sixth Sense, they’re forgetting the greatness that was 2000’s Unbreakable, a real-world take on the superhero movie about an ordinary joe (played by Bruce Willis) who discovers he’s endowed with unparalleled strength and healing abilities.

The movie ends (SPOILER ALERT!) with Willis having a sense of where he fits into the universe, his apparent friend Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) having revealed his true colors, and the stage set for a colossal showdown. Trouble is, it never happened. But we’d love to see it if it did.

Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

Telling the story of a young man capable of teleportation, 2008’s Jumper wasn’t blessed with the best critical reviews, although it nonetheless carved out a good chunk of profits at the box office. While the original, based on a 1992 sci-fi novel by Steven Gould, definitely had its fair share of problems, it was still an intriguing premise — and seemed to hint at a possible franchise we’ll apparently now never see.

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The messy way to make fruit salad. Photo: Columbia Pictures

What’s this about a sequel for RoboCop? No, you’re not reading an article from 1989 — we’re referring to a follow-up to the much-better-than-everyone-thought-it-would-be 2014 reboot. Star Joel Kinnaman had a sequel option in his contract, and it’s one that I’d dearly love to see the studio take him up on. Which is something I never thought I’d say before watching the reboot. Let’s just hope they don’t descend into the kid-friendly buffoonery of the original series’ sequels.

Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Columbia Pictures

During a Reddit AMA event, Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro recently acknowledged that a Hellboy III is unlikely to happen on the basis that no studio wants to front him the cash to make it. While neither Hellboy nor Hellboy 2 set the box office on fire (no pun intended), they were still great adaptations of Mike Mignola’s cult comic book, and truly felt like they were aimed at fans. While there’s definitely a line of thought that says the not all-that-prolific del Toro shouldn’t be wasting his time with a sequel, it would still be awesome to see the Hellboy trilogy finished off in style.

“The [first] two movies were really set up to have this unbelievable resolve,” star Ron Perlman has said. "Everything that was done in both movies was leading up to this destiny, written in stone, of what Hellboy has been summoned to Earth to do. To not do it, particularly in light of the scope that Guillermo is thinking of for the resolve, would be in my mind a little bit of a shame.” Not just in your mind, Ron: a lot of us want to see the story brought to its satisfactory conclusion.

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Starring William H. Macy, Ben Stiller, and Hank Azaria as a group of less-than-impressive superheroes, 1999’s Mystery Men was sort of the anti-Avengers in style. With characters like Mr. Furious, The Shoveler and The Blue Raja, it was nonetheless a pitch-perfect send-up of the superhero genre — and that would be more relevant than ever here in 2014. In a world where no-name heroes like Guardians of the Galaxy can become box office smashes, it’s definitely time for a reunion of the heroes of Champion City.

Photo: Universal Pictures

One of the best action flicks of 2012, Dredd sadly proved a flop at the box office, signalling the second time Judge Dredd has failed to make much of an impact on movie audiences. Who knows why, though, because this version of the futuristic lawman was every bit as grim and gritty as the successful comic it’s based on. With 40 years worth of stories to pick from, it would be great to see the Mega-City One universe expanded with a sequel or nine.

Photo: Lionsgate

There was an ecologically-themed sequel to Ted Hughes’ original short story, The Iron Man called The Iron Woman, but as of yet it’s not been turned into a movie. 1999’s The Iron Giant was a colossal box office bomb but a critical darling. In the years since, it’s gone on to become a cult classic, while post-Pixar movie studios have gotten increasingly comfortable with the idea of smart family movies.

With director Brad Bird now being one of Pixar’s go-to directors, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t want to return to Warner Bros. to make a sequel to a film that was so badly mistreated the first time around, but we’d love to watch it if he did.

Photo: Warner Bros.