Sunday, August 21, 2011
Well kids, it's been a fun ride. And we plan on many more!
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Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!
Posted by Don Ventura at 8:20 PM
Friday, August 19, 2011
The final teaser for the post-Schism Regenesis era of X-Men has been released, this time for Uncanny X-Force. It looks like the Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler will be returning with the team from the AoA universe and, based on the silhouettes, Angel/Archangel will no longer be on the team.
Marvel has yet to release their full November solicitations but iFanboy has a first look at all of the X-Men solicitation text.
Posted by Max Beckman at 8:44 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Just when you thought you couldn’t take any more X-Men teasers, here come two more.
Three issues in and X-Men: Schism is much better than I expected (and I expected a lot from Jason Aaron). I’m fascinated to see how this will all play out and what the make-up of the X-Men will be when all is said and done. Last week Marvel released their teasers for the inaugural issue of Wolverine and the X-Men and the relaunched Uncanny X-Men. The Uncanny teaser featured Emma Frost on the cover with some fairly iconic silhouettes behind her and the Wolverine cover featured ‘ol Logan with an equally mysterious cadre of mutants.
Today, Marvel released two more teasers for X-Men #20, featuring Jubilee, and X-Men Legacy #259, featuring Rogue. It’s unclear which books will feature which teams for certain—though I suspect X-Men to focus on Wolverine’s team because it seems clear the Jubilee was on the Wolverine and the X-Men teaser. Confused yet? All will be explained when X-Men: Schism completes its five-issue run this October.
The good news is that Wizard World Los Angeles is going to happen. The bad news is nobody knows when.
While the Wizard World event organizers have not officially announced that the show is cancelled (a scant five weeks before the event is to take place), the site list the date of the event as TBA—and I thought the cable company was bad.
Unfortunately there is no official news to report, except that it does not appear that the show will be going on as planned in late September. My gut tells me that the event might not take place at all considering that the Long Beach Comic and Horror Con will be taking place on October 29th and 30th, and the Comikaze Comic, Anime, Gaming, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Expo (yes, that’s a mouthful) is scheduled for November 5th and 6th.
To make matters worse, Don and Jerry of the Cape Town Community Podcast and their similarly named website will not be appearing alongside Judd Winick (Catwoman), Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire), Rob Liefeld (The Infinite), Jock (Detective Comics), Humberto Ramos (The Amazing Spider-Man), Nathan Edmondson (Who is Jake Ellis?) Margot Kidder (Superman) and many, many more.
More to come as information is released. TBA.
Well if they’re not going to film in Japan, they might as well film The Wolverine in a place familiar to the character: Canada.
The Vancouver Sun reported today that the follow up to 2008’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine is going to begin filming this November in Vancouver (“Hollywood North” according to the paper). The 20th Century Fox production is apparently going to be in town while Superman: The Man of Steel is filming.
James Mangold (Walk the Line) and crew will resume the film that seemed close to coming to a screeching halt after the movie’s original director, Darren Aronofsky, departed the film as it’s start date neared. Filming is scheduled to run through March 1, 2012, and it is not clear if any filming will resume in Japan, as was initially planned.
The Wolverine does not have a scheduled release date, though it is listed on IMDB as being 2012. The film also stars Ken Watanabe (Wilson Jones Jong), Naturi Naughton (Cecilia Reyes) and Kelly Hu (reprising her role as Lady Deathstrike).
It sounds as though the Superman: The Man of Steel filming is well underway and we may just be in store for some cool action set pieces—you’ll remember that we were left somewhat deprived after Superman Returns (that’s the last swipe on that movie, I promise).
Regardless of the unsatisfactory taste that Fear Itself (the book and the event) has left in my mouth recently, it’s hard to dispute that Marvel effectively handles the aftermath of a huge event Marvel teased something called “Shattered Heroes” yesterday, which might just be the banner across a slew of your favorite books come October when Fear Itself (and X-Men: Schism for that matter) concludes.
Today’s teaser reveals the heroes who have come center-stage in the main title and the supporting books looking as war-torn as can be. One of the characters from the Forgiven teasers (which also began popping up this week) is featured alongside the heroes as well as a mystery person standing behind Valkyrie.
Tomorrow Marvel will feature a “Next Big Thing” press conference to expound upon “Shattered Heroes.” Marvel Architects Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker will be joined by the SVP Executive Editor Tom Brevoort as they pave the way into the 616’s own fallout. Marvel announced Fraction and Brubaker’s first “Shattered Heroes” books today along with a handful of others that deal with a post-Fear Itself world.
Here is (courtesy of ComingSoon.net) the new poster for Marvel's new film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The movie will hit theaters on 2/17/2011
The film was written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, and stars Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.
The first film was a big hit, however it was almost the last straw for me with Marvel films. I am sure a lot of people loved this odd quirky motion picture, but to me this, along with Daredevil, Electra and the two Fantastic Four films, these Marvel Comic movies were just being made to be made...with no thought or care to them what'ssoever.
I compared them to the horror films of the 80s...yes Halloween was great, and Friday The 13th was successful...so then Hollywood just turned out one horror movie after the other and laughed all the way to the bank.
But thankfully Iron Man came around and quality was put back into these kinds of films.
Anyway, just saying.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
There is a criticism of two characters in the Marvel Universe that has become so tired and worn, I’m truly shocked when I hear comic book fans still yammering on about it. That is, Wolverine and Spider-Man’s ability to manage the time to be members of so many super teams.
It isn’t possible!
How could they be in two places at once?
When do they sleep?
A lot of good stuff coming out today.
This afternoon it was announced that Batman: Earth One is set to be released on May 8th 2012.
This graphic novel is brought to fans by Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank, who had a successful run with SUPERMAN:BRAINIAC, SUPERMAN & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN.
Like Superman: Earth One, this Batman story is a fresh and completely continuity free tale. Johns has said (regarding this story) that the emphasis is on a young and extremely inexperienced Batman.
I am sure there will be twists and new takes on the Batman lore but regardless, Gary Frank is one of the best artists in the business, so its worth my money right there.
So yeah, there you go.
With Superman, The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers in production right now, there has been a constant photo journal of the all the action taking place.
I am really trying to stay away. Yes, every now and then I do take a look, but over all I am staying away.
However, today we have a really good shot of Chris Evans as Captain America. And I wanted to see the new suit.
So The Avengers are definitely fighting something fun.
Oh boy...Summer 2012 will be a good one.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Warner Bros. must be having a heck of a time trying to decide what comic book to adapt after The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: The Man of Steel. The film studio has recently optioned Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman’s Undying Love as well as Nate Simpson’s NonPlayer.
But after a not-so-successful Green Lantern opening this summer, I can see why the studio might want to take some time to re-evaluate their superhero films. They’re going to have to come up with a production model that will see them netting more greenbacks.
Well, I think DC should go back through their piles of older and obscurer titles to see if there is some gold to be mined. Because there is: Dial “H” for Hero.
By Mark Frankland
Hello it’s time for another barely coherent rant about comics by that British guy.
Since I posted my last—some would say controversial—article. it appears that some rather big news has hit the comic book reading world. So consider this something of a rundown of my opinion on what has been going on in comics in the last few weeks, plus some other stuff that I just want to sound off about. I will try to keep it short and as filled with barely constrained bitterness as possible
******* called it. I knew the new Spiderman was going to be African-American. I just didn’t think it would be this guy. I figured it was going to be the Ultimate version of Ben Reilly, also African-American, and a dab hand at creating Spidermen. But I am apparently only partially omnipotent, so I was a little off.
Am I upset about the fact that we will now have a black Spiderman? Hell no! I’m not a moron. In fact there are only two things that shock me about this change: