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Thanos vs Hulk #4 (Final Issue)
Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Jim Starlin, Andy Smith and Frank D’Armata

Eric:
Why this was titled Hulk vs Thanos and not Hulk vs Annihilus, I really have no idea. This final issue of the series was basically one long fight between the latter two, with a small glimpse of Thanos in the last panel of the book. Annihilus has “hulkified” himself and decides to test out his new powers on the Hulk by chasing him around the Negative Zone. We get a good sampling of what this new Annihilus can do, which is pretty much the point of this issue, since the whole series has been a set-up for the main event between Thanos and Annihilus coming out in Infinity Relativity. Hulk, as usual, was used as a plot device and a means to an end throughout this whole story. It wasn’t a bad series, but don’t be fooled by the “Hulk” in the title, if that’s what you’re reading it for.
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
Jim… seriously, I love your art, but your Marketing skills are definitely in need of attention. This entire series has been false advertising, there has barely been any Thanos and frankly almost no Vs in the series at all. I know I am bias because I find the Hulk extremely tiresome, but compared to his usual high standards, this has been extremely average.
Story – 5/10
Art – 8/10

Deathlok #6
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Mike Perkins and Andy Troy

Eric:
I think my biggest complaint about this issue is not enough Domino in it. Of course she was only on the first page, and that is the problem. The rest of the issue is about Hayes figuring out what he is, and freaking out about it. He even ends up on one of his “missions” and gets a taste of what he is mixed up in, although it was definitely not one of the more “difficult” missions where he would have to make more difficult choices to keep his new found awareness a secret. We get a few shockers at the end which add more mysteries to the story, but the series just hasn’t really wowed me yet.
Story – 6/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
Eric, you cannot have it both ways. You complained that Hulk Vs Thanos was named wrong because there wasn’t enough Thanos in the book, now you are complaining that this isn’t good enough because a non-titular character isn’t in the book enough. That said, I completely agree with you, but mostly because I like her and I don’t like Deathlok. This book has never caught my attention I am afraid to say and nothing so far is showing that is likely to change.
Story – 5/10
Art – 7/10

Guardians 3000 #6
Written by Dan Abnet
Art by Nico Leon and Edgar Delgado

Eric:
And with one issue, this whole series makes a hell of a lot more sense; thank you Galactus, for finally just spelling it all out for us. Basically this entire series is a set-up so that both Guardians of the Galaxy teams are available for Secret Wars. Galactus goes as far as to actually mention Time Runs Out, and the End of Everything. For those of you out there that are interested in the Guardians side of the upcoming Secret Wars Event, I’m starting to think this whole series is a “must” read, all of a sudden. This issue finally does what we inevitably knew was probably going to happen in this title, the Guardians 3000 have time travelled back to the present. And the other Guardians just happen to be on earth waiting. Actually, the whole issue had me giggling quite a bit.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
Could we not have just started with this issue? I seemed to learn more about the characters in this book than the previous 5 combined. This has suddenly jumped from a book I hate, to one I might well quite like in the space of 20 pages. The future Guardians teams have returned to the past, ready for Secret Wars and the destruction of the time stream and suddenly this book is relevant and actually rather interesting. Then again it might just be because Rocket is in it…
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10

Legendary Star-Lord #10 (Black Vortex)
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and David Curiel

Etienne:
Three Black Vortex books out this week, make sure you read them in the right order! No, wait, I have a better idea. Don’t read them at all; I will save you the trouble. They are simply awful, macguffin, deus ex-machina, both could be used to describe the story, but frankly ill settle for crap. You might well read this comment again later…
Story – 3/10
Art – 8/10

Eric:
Three of these this week? Man, they are really cramming this crap down our throats right now. So after Nova totally screwed the pooch as his contribution to this whole affair, we get the rest of the group trying to pick up the pieces of his colossal party foul. Something tells me if this would have been Iceman, the group would not have been so easy going on him and forgiving. Oh and Magik’s back with the pompous powered-up team, so the gangs all here, oh joy. Now let us take a page out of “Aliens” and you pretty much get the gist of “Mr.Knife” and the brood queen’s plan for Spartax. This story is so unoriginal it’s mind-numbing. And we still have 4 more issues of this where we know everyone gets reboot back to normal, since most of the powered-up characters already appear in other titles that are farther along the overall 616 continuity and closer to Secret Wars and they are back to normal. Someone should just shoot this lame horse and get it over with.
Story – 1/10
Art – 8/10

Elektra #11 (Final Issue)
Written by W. Haden Blackman
Art by Michael Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso

Etienne:
Ouch. 11 issues can only be described as a smack in the face. It is one issue away from having 2 proper arcs to fill two proper trades and they still stop it here. I know sales have been bad, but this is basically saying ‘we don’t think it is worth even trying to sell this.’ And frankly, I agree. This is one huge fight from start to finish, it’s pretty unpleasant reading frankly and a stupid corny tacked on ending which is more of a beginning than an end, not to mention it was only just done over in Storms solo title.
Story – 2/10
Art – 4/10

Eric:
Not really much to say about this one. It was a mediocre ending to a mediocre series. At least it actually closed out the last arc, instead of leaving some huge story threads hanging (I’m looking at you All-New Invaders). In fact, the last page kinda made me feel like the end of Gambit, and Remy becoming head of the Thieves Guild. And as we’ve seen they have done practically nothing with that, so I expect much of the same here as well.
Story – 3/10
Art – 5/10

All-New Ghost Rider #12 (Final Issue)
Written by Felipe Smith
Art by Felipe Smith, Kris Anka and Val Staples

Etienne:
This had a pretty appalling middle arc sandwiching a really good beginning and a solid end. This was nowhere near as good as the last issue and frankly the bit with his little brother was ridiculously bizarre, but it ended well and we now have another full time Ghost Rider in the pantheon of characters, but with a very different outlook on life to the motorcycle riding one.
Story – 7/10
Art – 6/10

Eric:
Yeah I’m not really a fan of what they did with the brother in this one, and frankly I’m just glad this series is over. I hope the Ghost Riders series will focus more on the older more seasoned characters, and Reyes will take more of a back seat.
Story – 3/10
Art – 7/10

Nightcrawler #12 (Final Issue)
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Todd Nauck and Rachelle Rosenberg

Eric:
So, we are at the last issue of a series that we basically didn’t need cause Nightcrawler is also one of the headliners of Amazing X-Men as well. Like the Storm series, this one has focused on stories that have heavily mined Nightcrawlers past, and really brought nothing new to the table. Now, of course Claremont puts the blame on the fact that Marvel supposedly isn’t allowing writers to create any new X-Men characters currently, but that just doesn’t line up with the huge amount of new characters both Bendis and Soule have been creating and adding to the X-Universe all throughout Marvel NOW. This issue was no different on rounding out the series as Nightcrawler has a grudge match with a pack of Warwolves from all the way back to one of Excalibur’s first story arcs in the early 90′s. Sorry Claremont, I just don’t think you know your audience as well as you used too.
Story – 5/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
I thought this ended last issue, but they managed to drag it out for another book. This is just awful, sorry Claremont you were great in the 80’s but your time has clearly past because your writing is stuck there. Backward looking, repeated storylines and art to match. Sorry if this was a TV show then this entire run would have been ‘clip’ episodes, the ones they throw in to make up the numbers when they run out of money or time for a proper one.
Story – 2/10
Art – 6/10

Wolverines #12
Written by Ray Fawkes
Art by Ario Anindito and Matthew Wilson

Etienne:
Up, down, turn it around, back and forth, shake it about and – what is the art like this week? Well the answer is, really inconsistent. Some pages are awesome, others look like a completely different person drew it, which is very odd. This might be the end of a character who has annoyed me since he appeared, but it is the start of a new ‘Wolverine‘ and this one I definitely approve of! But no, hang on, he’s dead soon as well. Damnit!
Story – 7/10
Art – 6/10

Eric:
This story has kept me interested in it the whole time and this issue was no different. We get some decent character development for Shogun, and an end to the Fang arc. There is more side story of Fantomele, and a last page guest that is sure to make the next issue interesting to say the least. Just another great issue for one of the best x-titles running right now.
Story – 8/10
Art – 6/10

Inhuman #13
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Andre Araujo and Richard Isanove

Eric:
This whole time we’ve been reading this series, I was kind of waiting for something like this to happen. I mean Lineage was an ex-mafia guy before he became Inhuman, and even if it seemed like he was a crappy one, he apparently got a lot better at it. I never understood why Medusa immediately trusted him in the first place, so this is actually a little bit of her own fault. The story in this series has been great up to this point and this issue continues along that path, with some twist and turns, and a surprise last page that came at just the right time.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
What the heck happened to the art in this book? I have absolutely adored this series up to this point because it was utterly astonishing. However in this issue everyone looks like they were stepped on and swished making them all stunted and fatter. I’m sure if I hadn’t had the build up to this point then I would not notice it, but because it has been so fantastic, this is really jarring. I do find it ironic that only a day ago someone on the site was asking for this very thing to happen, and low and behold the final page reveal has it all…
Story – 7/10
Art – 3/10

Daredevil #14
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson

Eric:
Whoa, are you kidding me with this?? Is that seriously the new Daredevil “costume”?? Yeah, I’m not into that look at all. It just doesn’t feel right. Especially for Daredevil. I mean wouldn’t the Jacket actually get in the way of his fighting style?? I like superheroes to wear superhero outfits, not a three-piece suit. Also, I think all this showboating has really started to go to Matt’s head. The old Matt would have figured out this Shroud thing a long time ago.
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
Hang on, isn’t this just Moon Knight recoloured in red? God it looks horrible; burn it! Burn it with fire! However despite hating that costume with an utter passion, the art itself is better than Samnee normally puts out on this book and it wasn’t too shabby beforehand. I think the new costume is a ploy, I have no idea what that might be, but I know that Waid has thrown curveballs in this book before and this time, I want to call it in advance.
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10

Secret Avengers #14
Written by Ales Kot
Art by Michael Walsh and Matthew Wilson

Etienne:
Ok… Alice, rabbit hole. Brain, lost. I did appreciate this series, I loved the wackiness and weird stories and bizarre character appearances, but now I am officially lost. I am more lost now than I was reading Bucky the Winter Solider and I cannot understand any of the art in that book. Here’s to hoping that the next issue will actually make sense?
Story – ???
Art – 5/10

Eric:
What’s funny, is that I think for this series, this issue would be considered a plot dump issue. I think they were actually attempting to “explain” everything to us in this one, or at least some of it. But, I agree with you, I’m about as lost as I have been in this series.
Story – 1/10
Art – 4/10

Amazing X-Men #18
Written by Christopher Yost
Art by Jorge Fornes and Rachelle Rosenberg

Eric:
See, I might be in the minority on this title, but I thought this issue was pretty funny. When the whole group just decides to follow Storm’s lead and sit down around the fire, the conversation they were having had me constantly laughing. It’s a nice change of pace. I still feel this book is easily one of the top tier X-Titles at the moment, although I can admit the competition is not very stiff. The end of this issue was hardly unexpected, but hopefully it will lead to a great X-Men battle between two long standing rivals.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
I agree with practically everything you said, other than your conclusion. This is one of the top X-titles at the moment, but solely because its only competition is Uncanny as practically every other book is awful. You are correct, it is quite funny, the problem is it was trying to be clever, not amusing. This book fails for exactly the same reason that Nightcrawler and Storm are failing, it is pure derivative trash. Nothing original here, just the same old stories being rehashed, but turned up to 11.
Story – 3/10
Art – 8/10

Guardians of the Galaxy #25 (Black Vortex)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Valerio Schiti and Jason Keith

Eric:
I haven’t read any of the other Black Vortex issue out this week, so I have no idea yet how the story line progresses from this issue, but I gotta say, this issue finally caught my attention. I have been very vocal about how much I despise this Event, and how utterly boring it has been. Well, this issue was definitely anything but boring, and the climax of the issue was something totally unexpected, I was completely shocked. And with Secret Wars only about a month away, this is not something that can or will be fixed. I actually am surprised we are not see more catastrophes like this across all titles.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
The irony is that you are reading this review in the middle and another part of the series first because of the order these books are listed in. I would re-organise them, but it would spoil the joke of poor Eric’s review. Unlike him I have read all the issues and this is the last review I am writing. For the Black Vortex this is definitely the best issue of the series, it is just a shame that the other two parts are just appalling. The art in this book is fantastic, the story is decent, it is just a shame I know where this is going afterwards…
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Nova #28 (Black Vortex)
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by David Baldeon, Terry Pallot and David Curiel

Etienne:
This is the middle Black Vortex book out this week and despite how awful it is, it still looks pretty. However it is also the polar opposite of Guardians 25 and stupid of all the series. Seriously, Nova just went so far down in my estimation, but not as far down as Gerry Duggan went. I am starting to question if Brian Posehn is the brains behind Deadpool because frankly couple this with the Hulk and his stock has just hit rock bottom for me.
Story – 1/10
Art – 8/10

Eric:
I had to reviews these in order to keep my thoughts straight on these this week. So much for the split second of decentness the series managed to get to with Guardians part 7, this book takes us right back to the pit of stupidness that most of this Event has been portraying. At this point, Nova has singlehandedly managed to end up all by himself somewhere in the middle of space, with the Vortex, and NO ONE knows where he is, probably including himself. So what does this genius do?? He tries to hide it at his Mom’s house!!! He just leaves, with all the Guardians and X-Men worried like crazy about him, and he just leaves. What the hell is that? And then what he proceeds to do after that is just like the biggest rookie fumble I’ve ever seen. Yeah this book is definitely the low point of the Event at this point.
Story – 1/10
Art – 7/10

New Avengers #32 (Time Runs Out/ Secret Wars)
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Micke Deodato and Frank Martin

Eric:
As maddeningly frustrating as it can be for them to drop the big reveal on us last issue, and give us no follow-up explanation this week, I have to say, this issue was fantastic. Easily one of the best of the entire series. We are back with the Multiversal Avengers, and this is literally the climax of two sets of character relationships that have been at the heart of Hickman’s run since the beginning. For those that have been fans of either Starbrand/Nightmask or Thor/Hyperion, you will not want to miss this issue. And let me not forget Abyss and Ex Nihilo, who also get a moment to shine in this incredible issue. Also, I loved when they first made it to the rift. It was such a call back to the first time the Beyonder appeared in the original Secret Wars.
Story – 10/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
Something really important just happened in this comic, but I am not sure which parts are ‘real’ and which parts are not. Because if all of this is real, then the Marvel universe just lost all its biggest hitters, however I am certain that some of these characters are going to be in Secret Wars, so I assume parts of this is going to be undone. Either way, I utterly loved this book. The best part, the moment he tried to pick up Thorr’s hammer again; absolutely made my day.
Story – 10/10
Art – 10/10

Uncanny X-Men #32
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Wayne Faucher, Mark Irwin, Victor Olazaba, Al Vey and Rain Beredo

Etienne:
They actually managed to make his fit within the framework of AXIS. I am sure that Eric will point out some little nuance that means this is completely incompatible and screwed up, but it fits in my head. So, as much as I hate this issue for what it ends up doing and for the answers I wish Scott would have given, this is really powerful. I understand that Emma and Scott are not everyone’s couple, but for the entire time I have read the 616 universe (in real time) they were ‘the mutant’ pair. I realise that in the past it was Scott and Jean or Colossus and Kitty and it is different for everyone, but for me this is the end of everything. But also the start of a whole new chapter; let’s just hope Secret Wars is as good as they think it will be.
Story – 9/10
Art – 8/10

Eric:
No, no, this actually works fine with AXIS as far as I can tell. Although if that’s an “inverted” Havok, you could have fooled me. It does have a small contradiction with Black Vortex, since Kitty went to space and never came back before Black Vortex started, and Magik IS involved in Black Vortex, I find it odd that Magik would be asking Kitty where she has been, especially since her answer was “outerspace with my Boyfriend.” But continuity issues aside, I’m a real sucker for Cyclops and Havok interactions throughout X-Men history, so I did like this issue, even if it was mostly exposition. I really like that the Summers brothers are going to be together at the end of it all. It seems right.
Story – 9/10
Art – 8/10

Deadpool #44
Written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan
Art by Salva Espin and Val Staples

Etienne:
And this book is back to its best… And about to be cancelled. Seriously Marvel stop doing this! You did it with Logan and to a lesser extent with All-New Ghost Rider and X-Factor. Put out the good stories first, then the dross and we won’t care if it’s coming to an end then! I really love Deadpool and Shiklah and this gives us one last glimpse of them together and happy before I assume they are torn horribly apart. Well at least Secret Wars is giving her her own series…
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Eric:
I have to agree, this was a really good issue. I actually liked the closure we got on the whole Deadpool/Omega Red feud. Shiklah was great as always, and I do believe we just got a hint at what direction and motives her character will be headed in for her own Secret Wars series. It will be very interesting to see how that works out for her. As to Deadpool himself, he finally seems to be back in normal form, and as Etienne points out, it’s just in time for the big finale next issue, which has been the pattern lately with Marvel. (Although I’m not sure what he’s talking about with All-New Ghost Rider)
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

 

And from a Galaxy Far Far Away:

 

Darth Vader #3
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado

Etienne:
So this is a Darth Vader book? You could have fooled me, this seems like a book about a female space pirate who likes fiddling with Droids. It is a bizarre conglomeration of ideas that is much more akin to a story about the Rebels than it is about the Empires greatest warrior. Although I suppose at this point in time he is little more than a figurehead for a dead religion and when you consider it that way, this book makes so much more sense. Back in A New Hope, Vader was on a leash, able to lead squadrons or boarding parties, but not the commander of the fleet, or even the Star Destroyer he was on. Here he is gathering his own army, for a purpose we do not know yet and his first piece is a ‘queen’ who can give him that army.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Eric:
Ok, just because one issues focus pulls a little away from the lead of a solo title is not always a bad thing. I like this new direction they are introducing and find this new character very interesting. I feel this direction is totally plausible. Like any true Sith lord, Anakin has had thoughts of betrayal to his Master since Episode III when he tried to convince Padme to rule the galaxy with him before he fought Obi-Wan. He tried to convince Luke to partner with him as Father and Son to defeat the Emperor and rule the Galaxy. I find it completely believable that he would have his own secret resources and I love that we get to actually see the ground work of that happening.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Mar 302015
 

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Contributing Writer

Shazaam May be Part of DC Cinematic Universe Afterall

Dwayne Johnson revealed to IGN that he will be around for several films and Shazaam might be tied in with JUSTICE LEAGUE.

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Lobo Creator Passes Away

Roger Slifer passed away this morning at the age of 60. He had been the victim of a hit and run accident in 2012 and had never fully recovered. He was best known as the creator of Lobo at DC comics, but he also wrote Omega Men as well as working in Animation for Sunbow Entertainment.

Crisis of Secret Convergence

DC has stolen a march on Marvel as it releases Convergence #0 this Wednesday. Both companies have their world changing summer events this summer and it is hard not to notice that Marvel’s bears a striking resemblance to Crisis on Infinite Earths from DC in 1985, but in a decidedly less infinite manner. However as both companies are effectively restarting their comic line-ups this summer, everything is up for grabs, it will make for fascinating reading when the sales figures are released.

Emerald City Comic Con News

ECCC wrapped up this weekend, with no ground breaking news, but some fascinating nuggets:

* Kevin Eastman is moving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exclusively to IDW as well as working on his own projects such as ‘Los Angeles’

* Much to many readers relief Marvel is not going to make the mistake of crossing over Star Wars with its other properties, as confirmed by Kieron Gillen, writer of Darth Vader.

* Secret Wars has not even started yet, but all the talk is of what is happening afterwards. Rick Remender has implied that Secret Wars is pretty much written and he is already working on the books afterwards saying that they gave him ‘Grown-Man Goosebumps.’

Mar 302015
 

by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor

When rumors broke last year that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was circling around something related to a DC feature film at Warner Bros. speculation ran rampant as to what it could be and how it would fit into the then developing BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.

All of those rumors were last fall when Warner Bros. finally released its full DC slate through 2020 which included the announcement that the film Johnson was in negotiations for was a big screen version of SHAZAAM! (which for various obvious reasons they can’t call CAPTAIN MARVEL) and that rather than the hero would actually be playing the films villain, Black Adam, and that it would not be connected to the JUSTICE LEAGUE universe – decisions which seemed likely to mean Johnson’s time in the DCCU would be quite short.

Last week Johnson sat down with IGN to speak directly about the film and what sort of role he would be taking in it and in the DC Universe writ large. Among other things he revealed that he would likely be around for several films and that despite initial announcements the producers involved were thinking hard about ways to tie the film in with JUSTICE LEAGUE, which could lead to more appearances by the actor in other DC Cinematic Universe films.

“I you always want to leave that creatively open – that he could join ‘Justice League.’ And I think that’s the fun part about creating this character right now. Everybody involved from the studio to New Line to Warner Bros. as well to the writer and our producing partners, you definitely want to engage his heroic side, but that has to be earned,” Johnson said.

Mar 302015
 
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  • X-Men #88 (v2) to add Iceman, Jean Grey, Psylocke, Thomas Cassidy, Juggernaut, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Colossus, Gambit, Marrow, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Storm and Wolverine and add X-Men.
  • Uncanny X-Men #368 (v1) to add Magneto, Maria De La Joya, Sabra, Rogue, Cannonball, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Wolverine, Angel, Beast, Maggott, Cyclops, Professor X, Nightcrawler, Marrow, Gambit, Colossus, Iceman, Psylocke and Jean Grey and add X-Men.
  • Uncanny X-Men #369 (v1) to add Colossus, Gambit, Marrow, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Wolverine, Thomas Cassidy and Juggernaut and add X-Men.
  • Thor #398 (v1) to add Wind Warrior and update Heimdall, Balder, Volstagg, Odin, Loki, Lorelei, Grand Vizier, Enchantress, Thor, Sif, Fandral and and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #9f to add Zoor (Dragon-Men) (Golden Age), Queen Nara (Golden Age) and Jago (Dragon-Men) (Golden Age) and add Lion-People and Dragon-Men.
  • Punisher War Journal #2 (v1) to add Shigeru Ezaki and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Saga of the Sub-Mariner #2 to add Dorma, Thakorr, Princess Fen, Byrrah and Namora and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #9c to add Shep Mason (Expanded Order), Lightning (Golden Age) and Pecos Bill (Expanded Order).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #9b to add Mad Doctor (Golden Age).
  • Uncanny X-Men #239 (v1) to add Malice and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Thunderbolts #26 (v1) to add Songbird, Boomerang, Human Cannonball, Mentallo, Plantman, Rhino, Whirlwind, Gayle Rogers, Henry Gyrich, Lewis Haywerth, Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Hawkeye, Charcoal, Atlas (Erik Josten), Jolt, Blizzard (Donald Gill), Justin Hammer and Valerie Cooper and add Thunderbolts and Commission on Superhuman Activities.
  • Slingers #7 to add Dusk (Cassie St. Commons), Hornet (Eddie McDonough), Prodigy (Ritchie Gilmore) and Ricochet (Johnny Gallo) and add Slingers.
  • Slingers #8 to add Ricochet (Johnny Gallo), Prodigy (Ritchie Gilmore), Hornet (Eddie McDonough) and Dusk (Cassie St. Commons) and add Slingers.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #250 (v1) to update J. Jonah Jameson and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #251 (v1) to update J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Team-Up #138 (v1) to update Spider-Man, Joe Robertson and Ned Leeds and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Uncanny X-Men #180 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Speedball #4 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Captain America #276b (v1) to update Falcon.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #249 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • West Coast Avengers #39 (v2) to update Mockingbird, Tigra, Wonder Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Moon Knight and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Wolfpack #5 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Wolverine #2 (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • X-Factor #35 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • X-Terminators #3 to update Sym, Rusty Collins, Skids, Boom-Boom, Wiz Kid, Mirage, Gosamyr, Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Rictor and Warlock and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Web of Spider-Man #45 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solo Avengers #13b to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Ka-Zar the Savage #30 to update Leila, Wend, Phangor, Queen Leanne and Buth and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Ka-Zar the Savage #31 to update Buth, Wend and Phangor and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Magik #1 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Defenders #130 (v1) to update SHIELD.
  • Ka-Zar the Savage #29 to update Buth, Queen Leanne and Wend and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Magik #2 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Magik #3 to update Cannonball, Sunspot, Mirage, Wolfsbane and and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #206 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #180 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #181 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Silver Surfer #18 (v3) to update Grandmaster, Collector, Runner, Gardener and Champion of the Universe and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Doctor Strange #64 (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Magik #4 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • New Mutants #14 (v1) to update Magik and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solo Avengers #13a to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
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by Etienne Paul, CMRO Contributing Writer

Deadpool Roasting on an Open Fire…

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On the heels of the casting news the other day, we get our first look at the new Deadpool costume for the 2016 film. Finally we have moved on from CGI to the Ryan Renyold’s full body suit and I for one, am really torn. I expect much the same as the original images of Thor and Iron Man, this will look much better in the real film, but for me it looks a bit flat and dead. I am really hoping that they animate the eyes, because that his half the charm of the Deadpool comic seeing his expressions through the mask.

Archie Prepares Horror Imprint on Back of Surprising Zombie Success

Proving both just how strange comic fans can be and just how much of the niche market horror (and zombies in particular) controls, long-time family friendly publisher Archie scored one of the biggest hits in its history with AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and is preparing to broaden its offering.

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James Bond Has A Secret in First ‘Spectre’ Trailer

As reported on the site earlier by Schlodz, Spectre has a new trailer and it conceals a secret. I think his words summed up my thoughts too – “I’m not too hyped about the ‘dark secret past’ storyline so far, but Waltz as the leader of a hydra-like organisation? sign me up!”

A ‘New World’ for the X-Men

In his usual cryptic fashion Axel Alonso has sparked off fears (and joy) that the X-Men are being spun off from the main Marvel Universe after Secret Wars. His exact words were – “The X-Men office is taking the opportunity of ‘Secret Wars’ to build an entire new world for the characters — to create a shared universe within the X-books that’s set off by a huge event/incident/surprise,”

Read into that what you will for the future of the Mutants in the Marvel shares universe.

Barbed Wire Back at Dark Horse

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Anyone old enough to remember the mid-90s as an adult is sure to remember the absolutely terrible film outing for the comic Barbed Wire with Pam Anderson in the leading role. Well 20 years later on perhaps it is time to move on from that travesty and that is exactly what is happening. But does anyone else think she looks more like Bonnie Tyler than Ms Anderson? Or am I really just showing my age there?

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by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor

Proving both just how strange comic fans can be and just how much of the niche market horror (and zombies in particular) controls, long-time family friendly publisher Archie scored one of the biggest hits in its history with AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and is preparing to broaden its offering.

“It’s happening organically already. You launch one book, it is what it is. You launch a companion book and you think, ‘These seem to be speaking to each other’ … In-house we started referring to these books as the Archie Horror books. We wanted to make it official, and when it started to look like Afterlife #8 and Sabrina #2 were going to be released around the same time, why don’t we formalize something that is already happening, which is the imprint,” Archie COO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Newsarama this week.

The books he is referring to are AFTERLIFE and THE CHILLING TALES OF SABRINA, which have busted all historical Archie sales records, putting the publisher at one of its rare places atop the Diamond 300. With their success the publisher intends to launch a Horror focused line including AFTERLIFE, SABRINA and a soon to be announced third book which will feature a long time leading female character from the publisher.

Their success mark a surprisingly strong period for the decades old publisher which, prior to AFTERLIFE, saw another major sales success with the MARRIED LIFE WITH ARCHIE alternate future storyline and the DEATH OF ARCHIE which concluded it.

It also comes at a time when the company is finally getting its feet back under itself following an intense struggle for control between the family of the company’s long-time publisher and the long serving CEO (also a scion of one of the founders) which included suits and counter-suits over workplace etiquette and rumors of the company being intentionally run into the ground.

Mar 262015
 

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Contributing Writer

Comic Book Film and TV Announcements Special!

Change of Command at Helm of AVENGERS …
As reported here yesterday, it is now official, Joss Whedon is exiting marvel, as a director, after Age of Ultron.

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… And SPIDER-MAN

It seems Goddard’s pitch for Sinister Six was good enough that the studio is considering him to helm a new Spider-Man movie featuring the Marvel universe version from Civil War.

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Singer Announces casting of Jubilee for X-Men: Apocalypse

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The film’s director, Bryan Singer, has revealed via Instagram that Lana Condor has been cast in the 2016 feature as Jubilee. She is a complete new-comer to the film and TV business as can be seen from her completely blank IMDB page.

Spider-Man set to stay as Peter Parker
Joe Quesada gave the strongest hint that, contrary to popular belief, the next movie incarnation of Spider-Man will not be Miles Morales: “The trick to making any incarnation of Spider-Man great, whether comics, animation or film is Peter Parker. Get Peter’s character right and the rest falls into place.”

Lex Luther revealed for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Sorry if I missed it, but yesterday we had our first glimpse of Jesse Eisenberg as one of the most iconic comic villains: Lex Luthor. He’s no Gene Hackman, but I will leave you to make up your own mind.

Universal Is Adapting Mark Millar’s Time-Travel Comic, Chrononaughts

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For a comic that was released only a week ago to already have a film option is just and indication as to how hot comic book properties are at the moment. No news as to any cast, but the books creators Mark Millar and illustrator Sean Gordon Murphy, will executive produce alongside ‘Fast and the Furious’ series producer Chris Morgan.

Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s ‘Lazarus’ moves to TV

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Based on the hit ongoing comic series from 2013 Legendary won the rights to Lazarus in a competitive bidding war. With Rucka himself to write the pilot, as well as executive produce with Lark this should be a stand out series in a couple of years time.