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An Awkward Justice League Thanksgiving
It’s Thanksgiving at the Justice League of America household and things are just as awkward for them as they might be for ...
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- Justin Vactor
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Colorist: Justin Ponsor with Ive Svorcina
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The Avengers have saved the galaxy. Now it’s time to save the Earth. As writer Jonathan Hickman wraps up the Infinity event, a miniseries that has been an Avengers-centric story, he finally writes a comic that feels like an Avengers comic in Infinity #6. Having defeated the Builders in space, Captain America and the Avengers return to Earth, finding it blockaded by Thanos’ servants as the villain has pursued a personal vendetta to find his son. The boy that the Inhumans of Earth have hidden for years, Thane, is now in the grips of one of Thanos’ lieutenants, Ebony Maw, and thanks to Black Bolt’s explosive release of the Terrigen mist over the planet, now possesses powers that he doesn’t comprehend. »
- Scott Cederlund
With an episode that alludes to slasher movies and the X-Men, this week's big bad isn't the only thing leaping across dimensions
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Agents of Shield. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode nine
Click here to read Graeme's episode eight blogpost
It's fair to say that no-nonsense ninja Melinda May (aka the Bus driver, aka "The Cavalry" aka actress Ming-Na Wen) has been, by a considerable margin, the least chatty character in Agents of Shield. Even compared to stoic Ward – now her regular agent-with-benefits, judging by their bedroom scene in tonight's episode – May has remained a mystery swaddled in an enigma wrapped in a tight flightsuit. In situations where other team members, including Coulson, throw out pop-culture references or wisecracks, May just rolls her eyes or, more commonly, jabs a flattened palm into a throat.
This episode dove deeper into May's backstory, »
- Graeme Virtue
Uncanny X-Men 108-109, 111-143 (1977-1981)
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciller/Co-plotter: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin,
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Along with Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil, Chris Claremont’ work on Uncanny X-Men during the late 1970s and 1980s was the most innovative and creative Marvel Comics title. But the comic was at its peak of brilliance when both Chris Claremont and John Byrne were working together on the book. They created characters, concepts, and storylines that creative teams have been riffing off for decades since. Without Claremont and Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men, there would be no Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, no Whedon/Cassaday Astonishing X-Men, and no X-Men films. Their run was a perfect mix of interesting concepts, compelling characters, and beautiful sequential storytelling. With loads of subplots, Uncanny X-Men sometimes seemed like a soap opera, but at times it had the gravitas of a Greek tragedy. »
- Logan Dalton
As Akira Kurosawa is to Star Wars, George Lucas is to The Micronauts: Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden’s 1979 comic series that was based on a toy line. The story goes that Mantlo saw the toys in a store and somehow convinced Marvel’s Jim Shooter to pursue the license for them. The toys, whose gimmick was that all the parts of the figures and sets were interchangeable, were also pretty free of any backstory. A Japanese import, the Micronaut toys really had no story beyond that there were good guys, there were bad guys, and they fought. That combined with the ability to swap parts were everything they had before Mantlo and Golden got their hands on them. With this blank slate, Bill Mantlo was determined to recreate Star Wars while Golden tweaked the designs of the toys to recast Star Wars as superheroes and supervillains.
Arcturus Rann, an »
- Scott Cederlund
The Wolverine was the first actual X-Men movie from 20th Century Fox to at least "somewhat" follow a particular comic book storyline (see Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's Wolverine run). X-Men: Days of Future Past will be the second. Will The Wolverine sequel be the third? Where The Wolverine left off and where the actual comic book ends are at two very distinct points; so where exactly could Mangold turn in a sequel? Unsurprisingly, he doesn't name a specific story or creator run but he does say he has a particular comic book story in mind. "Absolutely. I can tell you that I certainly have in determining where we are going that I’m not solely relying on my own imagination but also the imaginations that have spun great stories about Wolverine in the comics," said Mangold when asked if there were specific Wolverine stories from Marvel comics that »
There’s something going on at the House of Ideas that has me a little…perplexed. Let’s just say, for a guy who has a quarter of his body covered in Marvel comic tattoos it saddens me to have to dropped every Marvel comic from my grabs– except Marvel: Knights Spider-Man because Matt Kindt. Why you ask? Well that is a story for another time, let’s just say that as a storyteller myself, I enjoy letting my events unfold naturally, without crossover after crossover after god awful crossover. Seriously Marvel, enough.
Yet, this industry is always progressing and the era of the event will soon die out and lead us into another age of something or other most likely digital. Looking back, however, I became overwhelmed with thoughts and ideas of story lines and runs »
- Sean Tonelli
Take another look at a brutal fight sequence between mutants 'Hank McCoy' aka the 'Beast' (Nicholas Hoult) and 'Erik Lehnsherr' aka 'Magneto' (Michael Fassbender) at a fountain on the set of "X-Men: Days of Future Past":
That original story alternated between present day, in which the 'X-Men' fight the 'Brotherhood of Evil Mutants' led by mutant shape-shifter 'Mystique'...
...and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating 'Senator Robert Kelly':
"...the story begins 30 years in the future. In the 'present' the year is 1980, and 'Kitty Pryde' has just joined the X-Men. While in the 'future' 'Kate Pryde' is a middle-aged women running for her life, trying to meet up with an elderly 'Wolverine' in a now-destroyed New York City.
"The future »
- Michael Stevens
This November, celebrate the milestone anniversary of the Children of the Atom as the X-Men turn 50 years old! Marvel is proud to present your first look at X-Men: Gold #1, featuring all-new stories by legendary creators from the 50 years of rich X-Men history! "Over the last 50 years, the X-Men have changed people’s lives, myself included.” Says X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe. "Through Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde and the rest of the X-Men, the creators of these merry mutants taught us that it’s not only okay to be different, but that difference is to be celebrated! To honor the characters and the creators we wanted to do something special… hence X-men: Gold!" X-Men: Gold #1 features an all-new, feature length story by the legendary Chris Claremont and classic X-Artist Bob McLeod! Experience an untold, in-continuity story of the X-Men featuring Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Kitty Pryde, »
This November, celebrate the milestone anniversary of the Children of the Atom as the X-Men turn 50 years old! Marvel is proud to present your first look at X-Men: Gold #1, featuring all-new stories by legendary creators from the 50 years of rich X-Men history! “Over the last 50 years, the X-Men have changed people’s lives, myself included.” Says X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “Through Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde and the rest of the X-Men, the creators of these merry mutants taught us that it’s not only okay to be different, but that difference is to be celebrated! To honor the characters and the creators we wanted to do something special… hence X-men:Gold!” X-Men: Gold #1 features an all-new, feature length story by the legendary Chris Claremont and classic X-Artist Bob »
- Pietro Filipponi
Feature Ferenc Igali 9 Oct 2013 - 03:00
Are some comic book stories simply too dark for the movies? Ferenc has a look at five controversial storylines to find out...
Please Note: There are potential spoilers ahead. Check the name of the comic book storyline, and if you haven't read it, skip to the next entry!
Comic book adaptations on film are everywhere. And I do mean, everywhere. The movie industry is churning out these productions at such a high rate, for two main reasons: there’s an established fan base to draw from, and then there’s the franchising opportunity. A comic book is not a singular event, in any fashion. It’s an experience, it’s a timeline. Timelines make a lot of money – multiple movie deals for just one character out of hundreds – and, there’s the failsafe: if it doesn’t work, you can just pick the next one. »
Under the pact, Relativity TV will oversee worldwide distribution, finance and production for Levy’s content in the tyke realm. “Tribe of the Wild,” an action-adventure series that centers on five high school students and blends live-action with CGI animation, is Levy’s first project to fall under the deal.
“Relativity Television is committed to building a home for some of the most talented, creative and successful producers in the industry,” said Relativity TV CEO Tom Forman. “We are thrilled to be expanding our scripted business by forging this relationship with the renowned Shuki Levy, who has an unparalleled sense of how to create high-quality children’s content. ”
- AJ Marechal
by Brett White
Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.
Of particular note this week: Jock takes over creative duties on Savage Wolverine, get to know Thor from the start with Thor: Season One, and the coolest writers and artists in the business take a shot at Batman in Batman Black and White #2.
» Action Comics Vol 2 #24
(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Tyler Kirkham
» Iron Man Vol 5 #16
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Carlo Pagulayan
» Savage Wolverine #9
» Thor And The Mighty Avengers
(W) Roger Langridge (A »
- Splash Page Team
Sex Criminals #1
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Publisher: Image Comics
Sex Criminals #1 is one of the weirdest comics of 2013. The basic premise is that the main character, Suzie, can stop time every time she has an orgasm. The comic emphasizes Suzie’s slow discovery of her “power” and uses a non-linear narrative. The non-linear narrative can be both effective and confusing. Because the narrative is mixed up, it can be occasionally hard to get a grasp on Suzie’s actual power set. However, Matt Fraction gives Suzie a unique voice as she grows up from a little girl asking questions about her budding sexuality to a mature woman who slowly is gaining a handle on what she wants from life. Unlike his work on Satellite Sam and Invincible, Fraction’s dialogue is relatively sparse. However, his dialogue makes both Suzie and her current boyfriend likable characters and Sex Criminals »
- Logan Dalton
Infinity #1 was an impressive start to Jonathan Hickman’s sci-fi event, but once tie-ins and other related materials start hitting the shelves a cohesive event can start to fall apart. While there are multiple tie-ins, the main ones every month are Avengers and New Avengers, as they run with the main throughline. So I will be including these in my monthly wrap up of Infinity, and you can look at the cool-looking checklist that comes with the issues below the post to get an idea of the flow. Let's get started with Avengers.
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Leinil Francis Yu
Inker: Gerry Alanguilan
Thanos isn’t the only one with a council, and half of this issue deals with the Avengers accepting the Skrulls (you know, those hated green guys that infiltrated the superhero community a few years back) into their ranks, as they have all »
- Matthew Mueller
Sneak Peek more spoiler set images of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence as the shape-shifting mutant 'Mystique', in the new "X-Men" feature, "Days Of Future Past", that recently wrapped in Montreal.
"I’m naked," said Lawrence about her look in the new film.
"But when I do get to wear clothes, I love the ’70s outfits.
"Some of the 'Mystique' look is a little different...
"...but we’re still using the same paint.
"But she’s different in this film too.
"She was struggling – like a lot of normal humans – with the way she looked, and she was covered up a lot in the first movie, but this time she is 'Mutant' and proud..."
"Days Of Future Past" adapts Marvel Comics' "Uncanny X-Men" (1981) issues #141 and #142, written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by John Byrne. That story alternated between present day, in which the 'X-Men' fight the 'Brotherhood of »
- Michael Stevens
Artist David Lopez fills in on this one-shot issue that sees Logan driving Jubilee and her new baby Shogo on a nostalgic tour around her native Los Angeles while Storm and the rest of her team attempt to rescue a falling plane, finding some time to bicker with Rachel Grey about the ethics of her potential decision to kill Karima last issue and whether or not they’re even a team in the first place (Spoiler: they’re a team. This comic wouldn’t exist if they weren’t). While most definitely the B-plot and largely a reason to get some action into what is largely a character-driven issue, it’s still fun to see the team dynamics Wood brings to his characters, with Rogue taking no small amount of pleasure in borrowing Psylocke’s telekinesis in order to attach psychic »
- Mark Allen
Marvel is relaxing on Thursday after an appeals court affirmed a ruling that work made by comic book legend Jack Kirby falls under an employment context known as "work made for hire," which means it won't be eligible for termination. Kirby's estate attempted to send notices of termination to Marvel and its licensees Sony, Fox and Universal over such iconic creations as Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk and others. Represented by Marc Toberoff, the estate did so with an eye on exploiting a provision of copyright law that allows authors another bite of the apple by
- Eriq Gardner
“Spawn” creator and Image Comics president Todd McFarlane had a not-so-subtle message for studios and filmmakers on Wednesday: If you’re seeking comic-book-based source material to turn into movies, hey, take a look at us.
With Warner Bros. controlling DC Comics and Disney now owning Marvel and Lucasfilm, McFarlane noted during a panel promoting “Superheroes: The Never-Ending Battle,” a three-part documentary that PBS will air later this year, “there’s a big vacuum for all the other studios” that an independent entity like Image might help fill.
McFarlane and six other comic creators formed Image in the early 1990s — bolting from Marvel — specifically to provide artists and writers greater control and a larger share of profits from their work. He was joined on the PBS panel during the TV Critics Assn. press tour by Len Wein, whose credits include creating Wolverine, the popular “X-Men” character; and Gerry Conway, whose creations »
- Brian Lowry
Take another look at set images of a fight sequence between mutants 'Hank McCoy' aka 'The Beast' (Nicholas Hoult) and 'Erik Lehnsherr' aka 'Magneto' (Michael Fassbender) on the set of the currently shooting big screen 3D comic book adaptation, "X-Men: Days of Future Past":
The story alternates between present day, in which the 'X-Men' fight the 'Brotherhood of Evil Mutants' led by mutant shape-shifter 'Mystique', and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating 'Senator Robert Kelly' :
"...the story begins 30 years in the future. In the 'present' the year is 1980, and 'Kitty Pryde' has just joined the X-Men. While in the 'future' 'Kate Pryde' is a middle-aged women running for her life, trying to meet up with an elderly 'Wolverine' »
- Michael Stevens
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