9 items from 2013
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mikel Janin
Colorist: Jeromy Cox
Publisher: DC Comics
There are some interesting developments in Justice League Dark #23, but the comics is primarily an extended fight scene with some bickering and the plot twists for good measure. Even though it has the most action of any of the “Trinity War” books, Justice League Dark #23 acts as a table setting issue for the earth shattering event finale next week. The characters also occasionally feel like ciphers to move the plot and not living, breathing people. However, Jeff Lemire still manages to explore a few of the characters who have been neglected in this event, including Zatanna, Stargirl, Frankenstein and Madame Xanadu. Despite all its mediocrities, Justice League Dark #23 is redeemed by Mikel Janin’s glorious art and enhanced by Jeromy Cox’s colors.
Approximately 75% of this issue is the fight between the Justice League Dark, Pandora, and Wonder »
- Logan Dalton
Pre-orders are already available for blu-ray and dvd copies of Marvel's Iron Man 3 which will be released on August 27th. There's a similar pre-order offer for the Evil Dead reboot which will be released a bit sooner, on July 16th. Order Part One and Part Two of Doctor Who Series Seven and enjoy free shipping on your order. Looking to catch up to DC Comics The New 52 and want to do it from the very beginning? The omnibus for every "Zero Issue" that retroactively pre-dates the #1 launch issues is 40% off. With all the Guardians of the Galaxy news released this week, now would be a good time to read up on the exploits of the original team that pre-dates the like of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and co. A collection of stories from Jim Shooter, George Perez and John Byrne is 32% off and »
by Brett White
Fans have been waiting for something like the Battle for Quicksilver to happen, ever since it was made clear that the film rights for the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Spider-Man would not be returning to Marvel Studios anytime soon. Now it seems likely that two versions of the same superhero will be appearing in different franchises, with one or both films not able to fully depict the character as he is in the comics.
At this point it'd help to have a checklist of exactly which studios own what characters, because it's pretty confusing the way it stands right now. Fox owns the X-Men and Fantastic Four, but mutants can apparently appear in Marvel Studios films as long as they're not called mutants (and possibly not called by their code names). Sony owns Spider-Man, and he's not moving studios, not ever. That means we'll never see Norman »
- Splash Page Team
It's going to be hotter than usual in Houston, Texas, this Memorial Day weekend. Comicpalooza is back, and thanks to a new partnership with Battlestar Galactica fest GalactiCon, it's bigger and better than ever.
With headliners such as Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious, Machete) and Danny Trejo (Machete, Sons of Anarchy), Comicpalooza has outdone itself once again, presenting over 500 hours of programming this year.
Other celebrities appearing at Comicpalooza 2013 (May 24 – 26 at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center) include Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), Sam Huntington (Being Human), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: DS9), Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl), Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), Frazer Hines (Doctor Who), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) and Craig Parker (Spartacus, Lord of the Rings).
Don't fret, four color fans. Comicpalooza hasn't forgotten about the world of comics. Among the »
I won’t lie and tell you that I’ve been an Avengers fan since I was knee-high to a flying ant, although I was fortunate to discover the book at the point I did, because I was there for the last hurrah of the Avengers’ greatness in comics, the one bright spot in what has otherwise been a very dark and extremely long tunnel. I was born in the early 80s and though this was a great era for comics, I didn’t actually start reading comics until the 90s, which was…let’s be generous and call it a less-great era.
And my drug of choice back then was the X-Men. It wasn’t until the late 90s when Marvel resurrected the Avengers after they’d been in an alternate reality for a year (don’t ask) that I decided to check out the book. George Perez, one »
- Percival Constantine
As a student at Rutgers, Fdu and Wroxton College in the U.K., I often competed for writing scholarships. The awards proved invaluable on numerous levels: 1) As an amateur/student, I was forced to bring my writing to the highest possible level, at that juncture in my development, without any assistance.
2) I learned to meet a deadlines and follow word-count parameters. 3) Winning awards for my writing increased my confidence and allowed me to envision life as a professional. 4) Awards are solid resume material for as-yet unemployed wannabes. 5) Any monies I won were enormously helpful to my father, who earned a meager living but was otherwise happily burdened with my tuition and upkeep. Needs-based awards have some value but, let’s face it, everyone has needs. Merit-based awards are far more valuable. And character building. After Dave Cockrum’s passing, Paty Cockrum and I launched the Dave and Paty Cockrum Scholarship »
- Clifford Meth
Anghus Houvouras reviews the latest issue of Marvel Now!'s Avengers...
"The Avengers must scramble to deal with the threat of another Universal System. The New Adam is transformed, and his true self revealed. ? And the most dangerous hero on Earth is created."
Jonathan Hickman has delivered the most entertaining run on The Avengers since Jim Shooter and George Perez were putting out issues farther back than I care to reference. The book has managed to be consistently entertaining and deliver a crazy hodge podge of plot twists since the Marvel Now! relaunch.
It’s exactly what The Avengers should be: big, bold, epic, and brimming with the idea that anything can and will happen. Issues #4 - #6 introduced readers to the unfamiliar faces in their ranks with a single issue being devoted to Hyperion, Smasher, and Captain Universe. The book has blended the new and the old effortlessly. It’s »
- Flickering Myth
Do you like comics? Do you live within reasonable travelling distance of London? And do you want to see grown men dressed in ridiculous outfits? If you answered with a resounding ‘heck yes’ to any of those questions then I’d advise you to clear your diary for 23rd and 24th of February as the London Super Comic Con returns to the Excel Centre.
I covered the Lscc last year and had a really brilliant time. I saw the most jovial Wolverine impersonator you’re likely to meet, hung out with Kermit the frog and watched George Perez hang out with some geek-girl-groupies. This year’s event promises to be similarly exciting, with numerous stalls, panels, merchandise and scores of creative talent to meet.
- Jack Kirby
Even as Marvel Studios turns toward the stars with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the same is true in the pages (and pixels) of Marvel Comics. On Feb. 27, the inaugural issue of Guardians of the Galaxy, the ongoing comic book series, arrives at stores on the Marvel app to draft off the interest in the 2014 film that was announced last summer, just got a star, and represents the most unexpected Marvel adaptation since Lucasfilm’s Howard the Duck in 1986.
- Geoff Boucher
9 items from 2013
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