Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Captain America is going to War

More teaser images from Marvel. Today's image is also part of the 'This is War' series of teasers. Looks like whatever is coming from Marvel in October has something to do with the Avengers. More info and the official announcement will be coming during the San Diego Comic Con.

Love That Panel: The Batmobile by David Finch

Over at Newsarama they have an interview with new Batman: The Dark Knight writer, horror author Gregg Hurwitz. He describes really wanting to amp up the thriller aspects of the book and play to the strengths of artist David Finch, for whom the book was 'created'.

With that interview was this little piece of magic, a double page spread that will be published in Batman: The Dark Knight #11. Finch- as an artist- is perfect for a Batman comic just like Greg Capullo. And this here shows us why.

Taken 2 trailer officially released

It's still awhile to October but who can wait that long to see Liam Neeson using his "particular set of skill". I know I can't. All the principals from the first film are back for this movie, directed by the coolest name in Hollywood- Olivier Megaton.

The movie will release in the US on October 5.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Marvel in October after AvX: This is War

We are halfway through Marvel's Avengers vs. X-Men series and already the repercussions are starting to be felt. For sure there will be lots of creative team shuffling. Bru is leaving Captain America. Bendis is leaving the Avengers. Hickman leaving the Fantastic Four. But what else? Well today Marvel has teased us with a couple of hints....

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Official! Ed Brubaker leaving Captain America!

The rumors have turned out to be true. Writer Ed Brubaker has announced that after an almost 8 year run and a few Eisner Award nominations, he is planning on leaving the Captain America series and will focus more on his creator owned books. He broke the news in a long interview with comics blogger Tom Spurgeon. He did state that he is staying on his other Marvel book, Winter Soldier, for the duration.

From Brubaker:
"It was less of a decision and more just following my instincts, trying to make sure I'm only writing things I really want to write. I used to have a lot of ideas for superhero stories, and they scratched a real old-fashioned pulp writer itch for a long time. But the past few years, I've wanted more and more to just focus on my own projects, and most of my ideas have been for new things, or things outside comics. I remember just sitting there with my Cap notebook, trying to figure out what to do after the next arc was finished, and suddenly I just was like, "I think I'm done here" and it was this huge relief. I talked to Dan Buckley at Marvel, and told him what I was thinking, and he was really supportive of me, really great about it. I mean, I know I'm still going to be doing the Winter Soldier for a while, potentially a long while, but this feels like a major change, anyway."
In the lengthy interview Bru hits on a lot of other subjects such as the Before Watchmen controversy, the Jack Kirby lawsuits and his take on the comics market. 

You can read the full interview with Ed Brubaker HERE.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Love That Panel: The Invaders by Mike Deodato

Here is a special preview of a double page spread from Marvel's New Avengers #29- shipping in August- by artist Mike Deodato. The beautiful image is a flashback to The Invaders in all their WWII glory. Just look at the detail on Captain America, Bucky and the Red Skull, simply amazing. I'm eager to see the color version and if it can hold the linework and detail that Deodato put into the artwork.

Batman #0 takes us back to Year One

In September DC's New 52 titles are going back to the past in special #0 issues. Writer Scott Snyder is taking the opportunity to revisit one of the most popular and critically acclaimed stories of the Dark Knight, that of Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli. Now how Year One fits into the new continuity of New 52 is unclear but Snyder has said that the one-off story in this issue will set-up his next long form storyline.
"It will happen within the shadows of Batman: Year One, taking place in a moment of time that you haven't seen. And I think it will be very surprising to people and exciting. You'll see some things that will catch you off guard and will get you excited to see what's coming."
Read more of the interview with Batman writer Scott Snyder HERE. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Captain America getting a new look

Sam Humphries takes over as the sole writer of Marvel's The Ultimates title with issue 13, and he does so with a bang. Captain America, who has been absent from the title and the Ultimate Universe since the death of the Peter Parker Ultimate Spider-Man last year, returns and with a new uniform designed by series artist Billy Tan.
"It’s my design based on Sam's descriptions -- WWII roots, Iraq War-style chest armor, cargo pants, boots... a very military look in Cap's way. He probably has to hand paint the 'A' on the helmet himself since he doesn't have the luxury of having S.H.I.E.L.D. painting him a perfect one."
You can read more from Humphries and Tan HERE.

The Dark Knight Rises trailer- Spoilers!

Another trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has been released. As with all the others it provides us a few glimpses at new scenes with Batman inn action and plot possibilities that have yet to be confirmed by director Christopher Nolan or the studio. But this trailer shows us a whole lot more. Is it hinting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is not just police officer John Blake in the film but someone else? Could he be....Nightwing?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man video game PREVIEW

Premiering during last week's E3 video game convention, developer Beenox showed the trailer for their latest Spidey video game, The Amazing Spider-Man, based on the continuity of the upcoming summer blockbuster. Obviously details of the storyline of the game were sketchy but it is known to happen after the events of the movie. Look for appearances from Black Cat, Vermin and the Scorpion among others.

Paolo Rivera leaving Daredevil

At this time it is easy to call Daredevil Marvel's biggest critical success. And now its losing one of the major reasons for that success. Artist Paolo Rivera announced on his blog that he has decided to leave the book, and his exclusivity with Marvel behind.

In the blog post he has nothing but kind words and praise for his career with Marvel and states its more about a desire for ownership of his work and what that entails. He does say he plans on continuing doing covers and occasional special projects for Marvel and other publishers, but a regular monthly title is not going to happen.

Read the blog announcement HERE.

August's Daredevil #17, cover art by Paolo Rivera

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Walking Dead #100 to be highest selling comic of the year

The phenomenon that is Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead continues. As the Image Comics series is fast approaching issue 100, sales on the series are continuing to rise. Industry reports are that July's The Walking Dead #100 will exceed 300,000 in sales. Yes that is with a series of variant covers but still is an astounding number of sales. Marvel's Avengers vs. X-Men #1, the current best selling comic of the year, has had sales in the area of 240k and that is with multiple printings to inflate that number.

The last time an Image comic was number 1 in monthly sales was Spawn #100 in 2000. The last non Marvel or DC comic to have the lead in monthly sales was Transformers by Dreamwave in 2002.

To see all the covers for Image Comics' The Walking Dead #100 click this LINK.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

First look at the Captain America #16 cover

From former regular artist Steve Epting cones this first look at his cover for this summer's Captain America #16. No word if he will be returning for any interior work but he will be doing a series of covers for the book.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man in Avengers 2....maybe

One of the hottest rumors this past Spring was that the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man would be making a cameo appearance in- the then forthcoming- Marvel's The Avengers.Well sadly it was indeed only a rumor and Spidey never appeared. But does that mean he won't appear in an Avengers sequel? Not necessarily.

Avi Arad, former Marvel Studios President had this to say about the subject. While doing publicity for Sony's Amazing Spider-Man he was quoted as saying this:
Everything is possible,” Arad said. “If something like that happens, it’s great for Disney, it’s great for Sony. If the right story comes in, we are now working on Venom first. It’s our first out. So our thinking is in the right direction. Avengers to me was an expected success so I never looked at it because Avengers was successful.”
So it sounds like it could at least be in the 'realm of possibility'. As of right now Disney has the licensing rights to Spider-Man and Sony has the film rights. An appearance in Avengers 2 would mean big bucks for both companies. And what corporation doesn't love money?

You can read more HERE.

First look at Avengers vs X-Men #11: Cyclops vs. Emma Frost

Following last week's reveal of the Phoenix Force in Avengers vs. X-Men #5, Marvel released an early look at the cover to Avengers vs. X-Men #11, the penultimate issue of the crossover series. With artwork by Jimmy Cheung it looks like there are breaks in the ranks of the Phoenix Force with Cyclops blasting Emma Frost.

According to Marvel look for some surprising deaths in this issue.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort on SUPERMAN Starting with Issue Zero

DC announced a new creative team taking over the Superman title in the fall. Starting with the special Superman #0 in September, writer Scott Lobdell and artist Kennetth Rocafort will be handling the monthly adventures of the Man of Steel in Superman. 

From Lobdell:
"I wrote a proposal for the series and I remember more than once thinking ‘No way they'll let me do this -- not in a million years!’ But then I'd look up at the Post-It® over my computer that says 'Scott, Go Bold Or Go Home!' and I just kept writing! For weeks after I turned it in I kept waiting for the phone call that said 'Uh, yeah. Interesting. But never in a million years, Lobdell!' Instead I got a text that said simply said  'Congratulations.'
Read more of DC's announcement HERE. 

Scarlet Spider #6 PREVIEW

Here we go. Marvel has released a preview to this week's Scarlet Spider #6 by Christopher Yost and Ryan Stegman. From the solicit...
The book everyone is talking about! Kaine goes from hunter to hunted as the daughter of KRAVEN THE HUNTER takes on the Scarlet Spider! From the pages of SPIDER-ISLAND, Madame Web crashes into Kaine's life - with dark visions of his road ahead!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Before Watchmen September covers

Following the publication of The Minutemen #1 this week, DC released the covers for their September shipping Before Watchmen books. Here's the Jae Lee cover to Ozymandias #3, written by Len Wein and with interiors also by Lee.

To see the rest of the covers please CLICK THIS LINK.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Spoilers! More leaked photos from the set of 'Iron Man 3'

Here's another leaked photo from the set of 'Iron Man 3'. This one follows the others that have been making the rounds showing what appears to be the Iron Patriot armor. Still no word if that really was the Iron Patriot armor or if it will be called that in the film. Obviously there is a little problem there since in the comics it was Norman Osborn in that suit and that can't happen in the film.

With this picture it looks like we have the first movie appearance of longtime Marvel Comics villain group A.I.M. And that makes sense a little that the super science and tech group would be in an Iron Man film.

So we have SHIELD, HYDRA and now A.I.M. Honestly can M.O.D.O.K. be far behind?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Minutemen #1 PREVIEW

Here's a special 5 page preview of DC's first Before Watchmen miniseries, The Minutmen #1 which will premiere tomorrow. The series is written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke.

Newest 'Dark Knight Rises' trailer debuted during MTV Movie Awards

During last Sunday's broadcast of MTV's Movie Awards, Warner Bros. released their latest trailer for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Rises. The clip features plenty of new footage, including an extended scene with Selina Kyle and Joseph Gordon Levitt's character, John Blake.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trailer was preceded by a retrospective that traced the history of Batman through Nolan’s three films. Images of Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight triggered an emotional response from Bale, who said, with his voice quivering, “It’s great to remember Heath.”
The movie premieres on July 20.

Monday, June 4, 2012

In case you didn't hear, Green Lantern is Gay

Yes friends Green Lantern is gay. Well the Alan Scott version of the character will be, as of this Wednesday's Earth 2 #2 from DC Comics and creative team James Robinson and Nicola Scott. It's been all over the mainstream media for a week or so, to the outrage of some and the boredom of others. Count me in the boredom column.

Not sure how I feel about DC pushing this for the buzz and sales and media play, has more of a Marvel feel. But I guess anything that brings more eyeballs onto comic books themselves is good for everybody in the industry. What do you all think?

First Official image from set of 'Iron Man 3'

Marvel Studios, riding high on the box office phenomenon that is Marvel's The Avengers, released the first official behind the scenes picture from the set of the Shane Black directed Iron Man 3. The image is below and features Tony Stark in his lab and a gallery of his Iron Man armors. Here is part of the press release from Marvel Studios:

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios release “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated film “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, has commenced in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Miami, Florida; and China. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic super hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,”) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.“Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/super hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.” Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.

AMC to air 'Walking Dead' in black and white

Cable network AMC has announced that they will air a special black and white version of the pilot episode of  'The Walking Dead' as part of a marathon of all 19 episodes of the hit zombie series during July 7-8. The marathon, a week before the San Diego Comic Con, begins at 11:30 a.m. each day and includes all 19 episodes of the zombie drama's first two seasons. 

It will also include a special primetime episode of the series' aftershow, the Chris Hardwick-hosted 'Talking Dead,' and a look at the upcoming third season of 'The Walking Dead.' Hardwick will introduce each installment from the set of season three in Atlanta. The weekend will also feature cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

DC's New 52 Justice League comes to video games

Finally it seems that DC and Warner Brothers are pushing for the use of the New 52 version of their stable of characters across media platforms. The makers behind the Mortal Kombat franchise announced their forthcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us fighter game, which will spotlight DC's New 52 Justice League characters. Check out the preview clip below to get a look at the game which will premiere in 2013. The trailer gives us a good look at the New 52 style Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in their Jim Lee designed uniforms.

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