Monday, May 25, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Marvel's August 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' August 2015 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  SILVER SURFER #15 “Day One” Does one Norrin Radd have to die for another Silver Surfer to live? In the space outside of time and the time outside of space, beings of great cosmic power battle for the final shape of the next reality! This may be the “Last Days” of The Silver Surfer... ...but it also might be the FIRST Day of an All-New Marvel Universe! (W) Dan Slott (A) Michael Allred 

Why: The new Marvel universe could only debut in either Doctor Strange or Silver Surfer. As Doc is currently title free, it's good to see the powers that be realised the sentinel of the spaceways was the way to ride.

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  X-MEN ’92 #3 When the X-Men are in trouble who can Westchester depend on? How about X-Force ’92? Cable, Deadpool, Domino, Psylocke, Archangel and Bishop enter the fray! (W) Chris Sims and Chad Bowers (A) Scott Koblish

 JUMP ON HERE  GHOST RACERS #3 THE REAL DEATH RACE BEGINS! Robbie Reyes: Fugitive! Can the all-new GHOST RIDER outrace his doomed destiny? And what kind of VENGEANCE will JOHNNY BLAZE, DANNY KETCH, ALEJANDRA BLAZE, SLADE and ZERO COCHRANE unleash on him? (W) Felipe Smith (A) Juan Pablo Cuello Villanueva

 THE REGULAR READS 

SECRET WARS #6 The FINAL war! (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Esad Ribic



MASTER OF KUNG FU #4 (of 4) THE KUNG FU SAGA CONCLUDES! Shang-Chi continues battling through the Thirteen Chambers to face his father, the immortal Emperor Zu! But first, he must defeat his rivals, Rand-K’ai, Great Master of the Iron Fist, and Red Sai, deadly leader of the Red Hand! (W) William Haden Jr. Blackman (A) Dalibor Talajic

GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #3 The secrets of Knowhere reveal themselves and it will change the face of the Guardians forever. This special chapter on Secret Wars will have long-lasting repercussions for the Guardians of the Galaxy. (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Mike Deodato

 What do you think?  Full Marvel's August 2015 solicitations here.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Image Comics' August 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Image Comics' August 2015 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  THE BEAUTY #1

THE PILOT SEASON WINNER RETURNS! Modern society is obsessed with outward beauty. What if there was a way to guarantee you could become more and more beautiful every day? What if it was a sexually transmitted disease? 

In the world of The Beauty, physical perfection is attainable. The vast majority of the population has taken advantage of it, but Detectives Foster and Vaughn will soon discover it comes at a terrible price. 

(W and A) JEREMY Constantine, Batwoman HAUN (W) JASON A. HURLEY.

 IT CAN'T BE TRUE:  SAVAGE DRAGON #208

In Final Battle.. (W and A) ERIK LARSEN

 SOMETHING TO READ WHILE WAITING FOR THE DARKNESS TO RETURN:   SPAWN #256 Spawn makes a decision that will change the game for everyone. (W) PAUL JENKINS (A) JONBOY 

 THE REGULAR READS

LAZARUS #19 One bullet makes all the difference. (W) Greg Rucka (A) Michael Clark - EVERYONE NEEDS THIS BOOK!

WE STAND ON GUARD #2 The summer blockbuster from (W) BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and (A) STEVE SKROCE continues, as the futuristic conflict between the Canadian freedom fighters and their American occupiers takes a shocking turn!

THE WALKING DEAD #145 Blood for blood. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard



 What do you think?  Full Image Comics August 2015 solicits here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

"SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BE THE PERSON WHO STANDS UP" Michael B. Jordan Writes The Letter He Should Never Have Had To

I know when you reference an article on another website, you shouldn't post the whole thing, but it's tempting to do just that for Michael B. Jordan's letter to Entertainment Weekly, on the internet's reaction to his casting as the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic 4 feature film reboot.

Actually that makes it sound like the whole internet reacted the same way (which is a gross overstatement), so retract that. It's his reaction to those who can't fathom why a caucasian super-hero could be cast as a person of another ethnicity.

People who sadly enough were noticed by the mainstream media, who then unfortunately reported on 'comic fans' as a unit, sharing the same volatile perception.

Hopefully his letter registers with some, because Mad Max: Fury Road has added fuel to my ongoing fire, that Charlize Theron would make an awesome 'Storm' for the reboot teased to follow X-Men: Apocalypse (and not just because of her South African heritage).

Anywho, here are the highlights of Michael's letter;

"You're not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn't want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don't like it.” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They've destroyed it!”

"It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the 'Fantastic Four' comic first came out in 1961. 

This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.

Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I'll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I'll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won't talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them."

And there you have it. While I can picture casting directors would have an easier job if asians could only play asians, gays couldn't play hetrosexuals, short people couldn't play tall, I'm glad such a systematic process dissolves by the day. As a fan I am proud that Fantastic 4 will be another landmark movie in this process, even if it was hoping to come out in an era when such a change wasn't a 'landmark' at all.

Friday, May 22, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 4 From Valiant's August 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Valiant's August 2015 solicits, these four make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  RAI #9 NEW ARC! “THE ORPHAN” – PART 1 Superstar creative team Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain return to their one-of-a-kind vision for the future...but will the titular hero?

Broken, beaten, and cast down to Earth, Rai’s allies now find themselves hunted, persecuted, and imprisoned for their failed rebellion against Father. Rai is determined to save his friends and bring down Father once and for all–but how can he do that from Earth? (A) Matt Kindt (A) Clayton Crain

 THE REGULAR READS

X-O MANOWAR #39 ALL-NEW ARC! “EXODUS” BEGINS NOW! Aric of Dacia is X-O Manowar, hero to humanity, leader of the remaining Visigoths, and a husband about to start a new family. He is also the bearer of Shanhara, and tantamount to a God in the eyes of the alien race known as the Vine.

Now, in the aftermath of DEAD HAND, the Vine need a new home and have chosen Earth – tearing Aric between two races that worship him, but each despise one another. (W) Robert Venditti (A) Rafa Sandoval.

BLOODSHOT REBORN #5 EVIL-DOERS, BEWARE… BLOODSQUIRT IS TAKING CHARGE! The memories of the thousands of people he killed as Bloodshot aren’t the only things that haunt Ray Garrison. For months now, the specter of the Geomancer and a nightmarish cartoon known as Bloodsquirt have tormented him at every turn. Are they real or a just figment of Bloodshot’s broken psyche? And just who are the other members of the Bloodsquirt’s squad…and what are they planning next? (W) Jeff Lemire (A) Raul Allen

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  NINJAK #6 (NEW ARC! “THE SHADOW WARS” – PART 1) Who are the shadow seven? That’s the question Ninjak was sent to answer when he was dispatched to destroy terrorist organization Weaponeer from the inside out. As the mysterious new enemies make their move, he’s on a globe-spanning race against time to stop their machinations. Plus: discover how Colin King and Neville Alcott first met – and the deadly secret Neville has kept from Colin as NINJAK: THE LOST FILES continue (W) Matt Kindt (A) Clay Mann, Butch Guice.

 What do you think?  For the full list of Valiant's August 2015 solicitations, click the jump.