Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TASTE OF HOME: Donna Troy, The Atoms, Oracle, A Pregnant Lois Lane And More Return In 'Convergence' 2-Part Mini-Series'

When DC slams the brakes on the 'New 52' and throws all it's previous realities into a blender with nine-week event series Convergence, they will also supplement the void with a four sets of two-issue mini-series'. Having just announced the line-up for the first batch of four, the ten two-parters include with the return of Dick Grayson and Oracle's on again/off again relationship and Renee Montoya as the Question, among many other long missed faces.

What's more it's not just 'Renee as the Question', it's 'Renee as the Question written by Greg Rucka'. It's Oracle written by Gail Simone, The Titans by New Warriors scribe Fabian Nicieza, and Superman written and co-drawn by Dan Jurgens. Sure multi-verses are colliding, but boy oh boy with Pre-Flashpoint-esque creative teams like this, it is good to be home (however temporary). Enough talk - here are the revealed revelations!

SUPERMAN Superman and Lois deal with the impending birth of their child as he is called in to protect the city. (W) Dan Jurgens (A) Lee Weeks and Dan Jurgens/Norm Rapmund

THE ATOM Ray Palmer finds that Ryan Choi is still alive. Together, they meet and confront Deathstroke, the man responsible for “killing” Choi, before fighting the invading Extremists. (W) Tom Peyer (A) Steve Yeowell / Andy Owens

BATGIRL After a year in the dome, Stephanie Brown is not sure she wants to be Batgirl again. But when Flashpoint Catman attacks, Red Robin and Black Bat call her back into service. (W) Alisa Kwitney (A) Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington

NIGHTWING/ORACLE Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon reevaluate their relationship under the dome (wedding!), but Flashpoint Hawkman and Hawkwoman attack, and everything changes. (W) Gail Simone (A) Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons

SPEED FORCE Wally West and his kids are separated from Linda, which was bad enough, but when the dome falls, Flashpoint Wonder Woman comes for them. (W) Tony Bedard (A) Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons

TITANS Starfire and Donna Troy come to get Roy Harper who has gone into seclusion since the death of his child and loss of his arm, but then Arsenal has to choose between his team and resurrecting his dead daughter. (W) Fabian Nicieza (A) Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan

JUSTICE LEAGUE When Supergirl, Zatanna, and Jade went to Jessie Quick's baby shower, they didn't expect to be taken to another planet for a year, or to be attacked by Flashpoint Aquaman. (W) Frank Tieri (A) Vicente Cifuentes

QUESTION Two-Face is fighting another world's Harvey Dent, and it's up to Renee Montoya as the Question to help him beat the odds. (W) Greg Rucka (A) Cully Hamner

BATMAN AND ROBIN Bruce Wayne and Damian have friction with Red Hood before the Extremists attack. (W) Ron Marz (A) Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson

HARLEY QUINN Harley Quinn is enjoying her normal life under the dome until Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight Captain Carrot. (W) Steve Pugh (A) Phil Winslade and John Dell

 What do you think? 

SMACKDOWN IN ASGARD: CM Punk To Write Thor, Eyes Up Punisher

He's gone toe-to-toe with Triple H, The Undertaker, Kane and The Rock, but now WWE wrestler CM Punk (aka Phil Brooks) is stepping into an all new ring, as writer of an upcoming tale in this year's Thor Annual #1. 'The Best in the World' on one of 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes' - now that's smart!

Challenged by fabled Thor writer Jason Aaron to tell a tale of 'young Thor', the former pro wrestling champ aims to have the Odinson campaign at length over beersies, why his past efforts make him worthy of wielding the sacred hammer Mjolnir. At Brooks' side, Chew artist Rob Guillory, on his first ever gig for the House of Ideas. 

Starting with one of Marvel's biggest stars may be an intimidating gambit for some, but in his Marvel interview, Phil reveals any step he takes is always made with another pulp icon firmly in his sights.

"I think, my original pitch to Axel Alonso in 2011 was, “Let me write Punisher.” In my mind, for some odd reason, I’ve just got this Punisher story in my head, and I think it’s super, super awesome. I can read Jason Aaron’s Punisher and everybody else’s [take on the] character and it’s good, but I think that my Punisher story is pretty badass. So everything I do for Marvel is going to be leading up to, “Please just let me write my Punisher story.” So until they let me do that, you’re gonna get all kinds of other stories about all kinds of other characters until they satisfy this need I have to write Frank Castle."

What do you think?

Sunday, November 02, 2014

KIRBY CRACKLE: Creator Credits In Comics Appear

I gave them plenty of rag when they omitted his name, so I need to make a big deal out of the fact Marvel are now doing right by including Jack Kirby's name as co-creator on books such as Fantastic Four, X-Men and Inhumans. ComicsAlliance (where I 'borrowed' this image from) has a write up on all the ins and outs of the Kirby legal battle for those who need it. For me it's best summarised with 'It's about damn time'. Let's hope the movie version of Inhumans (plus Avengers, Thor and the rest) follow suit.

Friday, October 31, 2014

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: The Classic X-Force Team

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, a flashback to the pre-dark, pre-Wolverine days of X-Force!

While any X-Force line-up isn't fully loaded without Cable and Domino, just seeing Warpath, Cannonball, Sunspot and Shatterstar here, with all their bright colours and bravado makes me wish I'd taken more time to enjoy 90's comics when they were around.

I tell ya', the older you get, the more you love them back issue bins.

What do you think? For more great splash pages,click here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Marvel Announces Phase Three Films For Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, Infinity War and More

DC's announcement of their upcoming film slate couldn't go unrivalled. Today it didn't. Marvel Studios have just released their 'Phase Three' line up, and DC isn't the only one in it's sights. Proving sibling rivalry between Marvel and Star Wars at parent company Disney isn't going to be a one horse race, many of the new Phase Three properties announced take to the stars, preparing for an 'Infinity War'.

Sure the X-Men and Fantastic Four won't be there, but anything else is possible with Marvel Studios' 'Infinity War' plans

MASSIVE in size, and upping the Marvel Studios' release to three films a year, one of the highlights is that many will lift their franchise's iconic comic book logo to the silver screen, proving they aren't embarrassed of their origins. That said, in release date order, Marvel Studios' 'Phase Three' includes:

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (May 6, 2016) First up after The Avengers: Age of Ultron, C.A.C.W. will no doubt venture along the lines of the controversial Mark Millar written Marvel epic of the same name. A storyline where Cap and Iron Man clash over the idea of super-hero registration. Famous for it's key 'death', could this be where the rumoured sharing of Spider-Man with movie rights-holders Sony begins? (Hopeful addition: The Thunderbolts).

DOCTOR STRANGE (Nov 4, 2016) Finally official, this one's surprise came in Marvel using the announcement to say the week's earlier news of Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role is still a deal not yet inked. However, if an Infinity War is building, Doc is definitely one you want in your corner. (Hopeful addition: Mephisto)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (May 5, 2017) The best film of 2014 gets a well deserved sequel - what's more it gets a May release, a month that only the biggest of the big are aloud to tread. (Hopeful addition: Nova)

THOR: RAGNAROK (July 28, 2017) I didn't see this one coming. The Dark World wasn't Marvel Studios' best, yet judging from the screaming Thor in the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, big things are in store for this film. Said to include Loki, look for this film to bridge Avengers films, like Captain America: The Winter Soldier bridged the first two. (Hopeful additions: Hela and Beta Ray Bill)

BLACK PANTHER (Nov 3, 2017) Now we are unleashing the awesome. Played by Chadwick Boseman, the character will debut first in Captain America: Civil War and this film will deal with his home kingdom of Wakanda's introduction to the world. If any character can challenge the sweetness of Wesley Snipes' Blade, it is T'Challa. With rumours Andy Serkis is playing arch-nemesis Klaw, it could happen - especially given what it's leading into. (Hopeful addition: A new ongoing comic series)

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR Pt 1 (May 4, 2018) Thanos's titan sized boots will undoubtedly touchdown here, in a film event so big it needs two installments to convey it's scale. 20 Marvel movies will be in place by this time, so look for all threads (both known and unknown) to unify here. Also, if Ms. Marvel has already appeared prior to this, Infinity War could be where her mantle wickedly changes. (Hopeful addition: Change the title to 'The Infinity Gauntlet' - Avengers film titles don't need 'War' to sell)

CAPTAIN MARVEL (July 6, 2018) Yes, Marvel has confirmed they mean Carol Danvers. Coming out ahead of DC's 'Shazam!' film, this still has to rot DC's undies. However, DC can take solace in the fact their Wonder Woman will be the first female-focused feature film to hit cinemas. (Sole hope: We get to see the classic Ms. Marvel outfit in action)

INHUMANS (Nov 2, 2018) Another knockout punch right from it's announcement, suddenly all the attention the Lee and Kirby created royal family has had in comic form recently suddenly makes sense. While smart money has a debut appearance of at least one royal in Guardians 2, if Marvel is keeping things cosmic between Avenger films, there are few better places to go than Attilan. (Hopeful addition: Gladiator)

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR Pt 2 (May 4, 2018) Avengers + Inhumans + Doctor Strange + Captain Marvel + Guardians of the Galaxy mean this could be a Secret War all of it's own. Whoever debuts in Marvel Studios' Wave Four will probably debut here. (Hopeful addition: The Defenders)

What Do You Think?

AMOUNTS TO A CAN OF BEANS: The Batman Tin Sculpture Grimaces

Now this is dedication to your craft. It's just like that scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day where the bad dude rises out of the floor. Except this is Batman and made of Goya Bean cans.

Now, if I was made to do this I would put one can in place, eat a can, place one, eat one.. and that's when I'm thinking of the cans as baked beans! If it was beer, there would be no chance. Not even a miniature Bats would stand a chance.

Stacked near a JCPenny's, Scarecrow will soon learn there's a new gas to fear...

What do you think?