Fox’s Daredevil Re-Boot Likely Dead

by Josh Starnes, CMRO Editor

With the clock to the October 10 deadline for a new Daredevil film to start shooting ticking ever closer the prospects of the reboot are dim, according to director Joe Carnahan.

“Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids,” Carnahan tweeted on August 14. “We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side.”

Carnahan’s pitch for the reboot focused on 70s style New York crime films such as Taxi Driver and Dog Day Afternoon as the tone the film would take and according to the director the studio thought ” the pitch was tremendous and everyone flipped for it … the clock ticked down at Fox, that’s why it went tits up.”

Earlier in August Marvel had made an offer to Daredevil rights holder 20th Century Fox to extend the time needed to get the reboot off the ground in exchange for releasing the film rights to Galactus and the Silver Surfer back to Marvel. No official word of a deal has come down from Marvel or Fox and it seems likely Fox prefers to keep the Galactus and Silver Surfer rights for its proposed Fantastic Four reboot and let Daredevil go.

Carnahan had been brought into the troubled Daredevil reboot earlier this year when initial director David Slade departed the project after making little traction after a year’s development.

Though the Carnahan version of Daredevil will likely never be seen now, the director did release the sizzle reels he had put together for Fox executives as part of his pitch, which can be seen here:

Avenging Spider-Man #10 Review

by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer

Avenging Spider-Man

Issue #10

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Art by Terry Dodson

Published: October 2012

Avenging Spider-Man isn’t a perfect book, but I’ll be damned if Kelly Sue DeConnick doesn’t know how to write Spider-Man. Spider-Man is one of my favorite superheroes, but with such a popular hero being written by so many writers, not every incarnation of him is the Spidey that I love. That’s why I’m so excited that DeConnick has nailed the character so perfectly. There were multiple times in Avenging Spider-Man issue #10 where I found myself laughing out loud, which should be standard when reading a Spider-Man comic.

DeConnick doesn’t shy away from tackling real-world topics, as not only does this issue deal in part with the Occupy Wall Street movement, there’s even a slight jab at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. All of this helps to ground the story and make everything feel relevant, which in turn helps intensify the story’s impact.

This issue centers all around Robyn Hood and we learn quite a few things about her. I’m not going to spoil them here, but there’s a good amount of surprises. There’s also a fair deal of emotion running through this issue, and when paired with the humor, it really creates something special.

Spider-Man has always been a relatable superhero. DeConnick has somehow transferred that quality to the title as a whole. I’m not saying I can relate to superpowers and cops in robot suits and giant women, but the base emotions – happiness, sadness, fear – are all there and on display in spectacular fashion. I felt more involved in this story than I have with any comics in recent memory.

I’m not the biggest fan of Captain Marvel and I’m excited to see Spider-Man get back to his lonely existence. Maybe then Avenging Spider-Man will be a perfect book.

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X-Men: First Class #1 Review

by Lindsay Young, CMRO Contributing Writer

X-Men: First Class

Issue #1

Written by Jeff Parker, Art by Roger Cruz

Published: August 2007


Recognizing that the first X-men team is pretty male dominated, Professor X decides to bring in another woman to act as a role model and mentor to Jean, who is struggling with her powers. Enter Sue Richards of the Fantastic Four!

I’m a big fan of the art here, which is beautifully coloured in bright, appealing tones. It feels a bit more solid than this style usually allows. There’s a convincing weight to the characters, and the expressions are fun and engaging, even if the proportions are sometimes off (the characters tend to have irregularly long necks, for example).

What really stands out to me about this issue, however, is how well-written the dialogue is. There’s personality to the lines, and it cracks several jokes that flow naturally from the established characters, and to that point, are actually funny. I don’t always laugh out loud when reading comic books–the humour tends to be endearingly cheesy more than actually laugh-out-loud funny–but this one had be chuckling, and in doing so, immediately endeared me to the characters all over again.

The central plotline of Sue and Jean forming a friendship is also really great. The teamup of a younger hero just beginning to grow into her powers and a hero who’s been at the game for a while now makes for an interesting dynamic, and the contrast between Jean’s anonymity and Sue’s public personae makes for a compelling contrast. There are some genuinely touching, thoughtful moments between the two, especially when Sue comments on her own experiences, having her abilities doubted because of her gender. This comes naturally, too, and doesn’t feel like a “sexism sucks” PSA.

I really love reading about positive female friendships, and on that score, this one did everything right. I’d love to read more of them! Highly recommend this one, if only for the writing of the women alone.

Wolverine and the X-Men #14 Review

by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer

Wolverine and the X-Men

Issue #14

Written by Jason Aaron, Art by Jorge Molina

Published: September 2012

The X-Men just can’t catch a break, can they? Not only are they busy fighting The Avengers, but certain members have now been “infected” with the Phoenix, making them all-powerful and just a tad bit delusional. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Wolverine and the X-Men #14, seeing as how the cover advertises “Kitty’s Hot Date” with Colossus. Fortunately for me, the date was less romantic and more scary as the Phoenix got the better of Colossus, convincing him that he’s a God.

Ever since Wolverine and Cyclops went toe-to-toe in Schism, the X-Men have been split into two major teams. It looks like this Phoenix debacle, which Cyclops and Emma Frost are also part of, could be the thing to bring them back together.

In addition to having to fend off a metallic, possessed Russian, Kitty Pryde also has to keep the school from falling apart in the absence of so many X-Men. Wolverine doesn’t even appear in this issue – it’s all Shadowcat. Pryde has no trouble carrying the issue, especially with Jason Aaron at the wheel. Every interaction in this issue – of which there are several – is spot on, with each character displaying their own unique personalities. I know that sounds like Characterization 101, but when dealing with a huge ensemble cast, it’s not uncommon for personalities to blend together, even with veteran writers.

A particularly good scene in this issue involves Bobby Drake/Iceman and Ben Grimm/The Thing as Iceman is forced to defend himself upon, an encroaching, pissed off Benjamin Grimm. Given their history, the feud between the X-Men and the Avengers is a little hard to swallow, so it’s good to see that not everyone is onboard with the fighting.

Aaron continues to juggle a lot of plot threads with the greatest of ease, writing some truly compelling characters.

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Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1 Review

by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

Issue #1

Written by Cullen Bunn, Art by Dalibor Talajic

Published: October 2012

I like Deadpool a lot. I like Cullen Bunn, too. And I can definitely appreciate the desire to stretch your creative muscles by taking liberties with certain established properties, if only for curiosity’s sake. All that being said, anybody who reads my reviews regularly will know that I’m not a fan of grandiose “what if” stories that are crazy just for the sake of it. I was really curious about Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. I knew, going into it, that there was a decent chance that I wouldn’t like it. However, my love for Deadpool and my fondness of Cullen Bunn motivated me to take that plunge. What I found is a title that I’m still very hesitant about, but one that seems at least a little promising.

The issue opens with Deadpool slaughtering the Fantastic Four, which made me dislike it right away. Not out of some loyalty to Marvel’s first family, but because it screamed “look how bold and intense this is” by immediately killing off one of Marvel’s most iconic super groups. To Bunn’s credit, even if I objected to what I was reading, it was hard to actually dislike with Bunn being a capable writer.

Once the issue started to delve into the actually plot, I started to relax. Pessimistic as I may be towards these types of stories, Bunn seems to be weaving an interesting tale and I feel compelled to at least take a gander at the next issue in the series, if only to find out the method behind Wade Wilson’s madness.

The best thing about the issue? The Watcher. Bunn’s taken a character that I’ve always felt indifferent towards and given him a real theatrical likability. Plus, he manages to incorporate him into the plot in a fun way. Alright Bunn, I’m putting my faith in you.

Age of Apocalypse #6 Review

by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer

Age of Apocalypse

Issue #6

Written by David Lapham, Art by Renato Arlem

Published: October 2012

With Age of Apocalypse 6, the shoe finds itself on the other foot. Well, one of the shoes on one of the many feet. For half a dozen issues now, we’ve been reading a story where the mutants are bigoted tyrants, oppressing the human minority with an iron fist. And now we learn more about Zora Risman, also known as Deadeye. We’re given a glimpse into who she truly is and what made her that way. What we see is alarming and, more importantly, thought provoking. Despite the extravagance of their mutant powers, X-Men has always been, in a way, Marvel’s most grounded franchise and their outlet for discussing real-world situations.

Zora Risman hates mutants. That isn’t surprising or necessarily unjustified. What is surprising is the intensity of that feeling. Granted, I say that recognizing that, in the situation outlined in Age of Apocalypse, a rather intense hatred of mutants is again perfectly justified. But Zora is different. Her feelings towards mutants goes beyond justified resistance and isn’t at all unlike what mutants feel towards humans. She tells a story from her past involving her brother that’s downright chilling. Sadly, it feels reminiscent of problems that we face in the world today.

Age of Apocalypse has been hit and miss, but when it hits, it hits hard. Lapham is wisely using a book about a mutant-dominated world to tell a very human story. The introduction of Penance is a nice turn in the story. The vulnerability of Colossus, a character who’s literally made of steel, is a nice touch as well. With six issues under my belt, it’s still far from my favorite series, but I’m much more invested in it now than I was a few issues ago. Plus, there’s still the novelty of wanting to know what characters are going to pop up and in what capacity.

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Son of Hulk #17 Review

by Charlie Brooks, CMRO Contributing Writer

Son of Hulk

Issue #17

Written by Paul Jenkins, Art by Andres Guinaldo

Published: January 2010

Hiro-Kala’s plot against Galactus comes to fruition in Son of Hulk #17, which marks the end of this series.

Despite the way the previous issue ended, Hiro-Kala has no desire to become a new herald to Galactus. In fact, his statement is never touched upon again, which leads to the conclusion that the quote at the end of the last issue was just an attempt to create more drama. If so, that’s a pretty cheap narrative trick, but one that can be forgiven if this issue delivers.

Hiro-Kala’s ultimate plan, it turns out, was to corrupt the Old Power of planet Gaiusar. When Galactus consumes it, he winds up poisoning himself. As a result, Galactus can never consume another planet with the Old Power on it again. If he does so, it will kill him.

The culmination of Hiro-Kala’s plot is a good one. We get one last appearance from Caiera, who forgives her son of all his sins, for he killed millions to save billions more – quite a different situation than with Skaar, who put billions in peril in an attempt to save the ruined planet of Sakaar. By the end of this issue, Hiro-Kala’s power has largely been lost and his face is badly scarred, but he’s still determined to hunt down Skaar, meaning that sooner or later he’ll find himself on Earth.

The Hiro-Kala portions of this series have had their problems, particularly with inconsistencies with what came before and the completely pathetic way in which some major characters were killed last issue. This story is a satisfying conclusion, though. Galactus is returned to the status quo as a world eater who is not addicted to the Old Power, although it is unlikely that future writers will bring up his inability to consume certain worlds. Hiro-Kala retains his ambiguity as a character, leaving it open to debate whether he should be considered a hero for stopping Galactus or a monster for killing millions in the process.

The one thing this stretch of the series has lacked was a significant character arc for the supporting cast. Old Sam and Princess Omaka were killed off seemingly because writer Paul Jenkins didn’t know what more to do with them. Axeman Bone, who got a lot of development early in the series despite being a villain, has become nothing more than a loyal lackey to Hiro-Kala, and his daughter has even less development. Still, it’s not their story but Hiro-Kala’s, and he did at least get a character arc for himself.

All in all, the last few issues of Son of Hulk are a letdown if you compare them to the much better stories that came before. However, on their own and without being compared to other comics, the Hiro-Kala issues tell a decent story with a satisfying conclusion. And with Hiro-Kala on a course to meet with his brother Skaar on Earth, the story is most certainly not over yet.