Saturday, November 25, 2017

HITS FROM THE SPINNER RACK: Marvel's February 2018 Solicitations

Marvel's February 2018 solicitations are out, and it's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the former House of Ideas. Let's shake the tree and see what fruit forms the pick of the crop.

1. It's been a slippery slope ever since Wolverine joined The Avengers, and now, everyone from Hyperion to Sunspot seems to be on the team. It ain't right. When people call for "Earth's Mightiest Heroes", they should receive earth’s premier threat response unit, not whatever person has slapped on spandex in a 5-mile radius.

Seeing Marvel’s No Surrender story-arc return old favourites and include iconic moments like a team-up between Wonder Man and Beast in The Avengers this month, gives me hope that the team's upcoming revival will make 'Avengers Assemble' actually mean something once more.

2. The caped pitchfork-welding, demon horse pulled chariot-riding version of Daimon Hellstrom, Son of Satan, was one of THE Marvel characters that first got me hooked on comics back in the 80's. So seeing the Spirits of Vengeance mini-series close in February is bittersweet, though my fingers are crossed that in its absence, Marvel doesn’t leave its often unsung 'Midnight Sons' without light for too long.

3. The mad titan's right-hand man is the cosmic spirit of vengeance, Ghost Rider, in Thanos #16! Whoever thought up this fearsome pair is NOT being paid enough. Plus: Galactus!

4. My favourite goblin is the Hobster by a landslide, however, I'm still excited that Norman Osborn is about to be the Green Goblin again in Amazing Spider-Man #796. Marvel is actually feeling like Marvel again.

5. Rarely can I end a Marvel list without some Fantastic Four-themed number. With Reed Richards stretching into the pages of Marvel 2-In-One #3, 3 quarters of the team are back in action, although that crafty minx, The Invisible Woman has probably been in every panel to this point and just hasn’t revealed herself yet.

 What're you eyeing up most from Marvel next Feb? 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

IT'S THE WIFI PASSWORD: The Second Doctor Strange Trailer

Now that I know writer John Ostrander will get a tip of the hat in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, the next creator I hope will get their due in a blockbuster based on their career defining work is Frank Brunner in Doctor Strange.

The dude's work was trippy and detailed before his time (what you haven't googled him already?) perfectly suiting Marvel's most interdimensional hero. For exactly how interdimensional Stephen Strange's live action movie will be, click the trailer below and behold the birth of the Marvel on-screen multiverse!

So, what did you think?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top Comics From Marvel's October 2016 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' October 2016 solicits, these picks make the 'Sweet As' grade:

There is a new Iron Man in town and his name is VICTOR VON DOOM. The greatest villain of the Marvel Universe will try something new. Where Tony Stark failed, Doom will succeed. What is Doom’s Master Plan? (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Alex Maleev

 GUESS WHO'S BACK?  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20 “CLONE CONSPIRACY” TIE-IN! Death is no more, and DOCTOR OCTOPUS HAS RETURNED!!! How is he back? And what does he have to do with The Jackal? (W) Dan Slott and Christos Gage (A) Giuseppe Camuncoli


VISION #12 A while ago, a robot created a family. And all was good. For a while. Then came the murders. The lies. The betrayals. The battles fought. The battles lost. The family lost. And now, at the end, Vision stands alone. He must decide how he will go on, if he will go on, if he can go on. And that decision will shape the Marvel Universe for quite a while. The epic, stunning conclusion to the most highly praised series of the year. Simply put, this is the issue everyone will be talking about. (W) Tom King (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta

CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN #4 (of 4) He may be a criminal, but Wilson Fisk is a self-made man. He’s worked hard to secure his empire. He built it from the ground up. And now that Fisk knows one of his men has betrayed him in an attempt to take away his life’s work, he’s prepared to give his all to put an end to the mutiny. After all, you don’t become the KINGPIN of crime without breaking a few rules and a lot of blood, sweat and tears… (W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Ricardo LÓpez Ortiz


DAREDEVIL #12 “DARK ART” CONTINUES! Who is MUSE? And what bloody scene will be his next masterpiece? Used to working alone, how will DD handle his new INHUMAN partner on the case? (W) Charles Soule (A) Ron Garney

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #14 Civil War II tie-in! A blistering new chapter in the Iron Man mythos. After the shocking conclusion of CIVIL WAR II, a young woman answers the call and takes the mantle of Iron Man. And her surprising relationship to Tony Stark will define the book for years to come. Meet Riri Williams…she is Iron Man. Well, for now. She’s still working on the name. But the Marvel Universe WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Mike Deodato

What do you think? Full Marvel's October 2016 solicitations here.

TRANSFORMED AND ROLLING OUT: IDW Gives Optimus Prime and M.A.S.K. Their First Ongoings And More

With rumours of Unicron coming to earth in the near future, IDW has justified the revolution which has merged all their Hasbro related titles into one universe. For if he truly is coming, than only the combined forces of M.A.S.K., the Transformers, G.I. Joe, ROM and the Micronauts could stand against him.

G.I. Joe will re-launch this December, bringing back more of the sci-fi laser gun tone to the series that made the original hit cartoon so popular. Redesigned characters will include core team members Scarlett, Quick Kick, Snake Eyes, Roadblock and a Transformer! (W) Aubrey Sitterson (A) Giannis Milonogiannis

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand's first ever monthly lands in November, with the team on the run and a first year Fast and the Furious focus on the M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. characters. (W) Brandon Easton (A) Tony Vargas.

Optimus Prime faces the consequences of declaring earth under his protection in his FIRST EVER ongoing series, rolling out this November. (W) John Barber (A) Kei Zama.

ROM will introduce new Space Knights in his second story-arc, as humans begin to have a problem with ROM killing people who are actually Dire Wraiths in disguise.

Micronauts will remain in the 'real world' initially post Revolution, one where they are only 4 inches tall.

Transformers: Lost Light will take Rodimus and the crew of the starship Lost Light into the farthest reaches of the universe this December, searching for the long-lost Knights of Cybertron. (W) James Roberts (A) Jack Lawrence. 

Transformers: Till All Are One will move into a huge fightone where even Metroplex will rise and take action.

 WHAT DO YOU THINK?  I have to admit at first I wasn't sure about a shared Hasbro world. I thought it would strengthen some concepts while weakening others. But the more I start thinking about what if the more crazy cool connections I see the merge throwing out. And who doesn't want to see Roadblock opening fire on Unicron? Let's see where this goes!

Monday, July 25, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top October 2016 Solicitations From Comics' Other Publishers

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Valiant, Dynamite, IDW, and Dark Horse's September 2016 solicits, these comics make the 'Sweet As' grade:

BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 In Bloodshot we trust! Project Rising Spirit has achieved a breakthrough: a contagious, airborne nanite dispersion prototype that can turn the population of any city into an army of indestructible soldiers. A doomsday virus capable of destroying an enemy nation from the inside out, with the same cutting-edge technology that created their greatest weapon: Bloodshot. 

But now... Project Rising Spirit's top-secret contagion has been released onto the streets of New York City. As mayhem engulfs Manhattan, Bloodshot must keep a runaway pandemic from toppling armies and governments...and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (W) Jeff Lemire (A) Doug Braithwaite

PREDATOR VS JUDGE DREDD VS ALIENS #4 (of 4) Road trip! The mad, gene-splicing scientist Dr. Reinstöt is having the best summer ever as he hits the road toward Mega-City One in a stolen Predator ship with his new BFF, the murderous Archbishop Emoji, riding shotgun and a homegrown crew of xenomorphs. Spoilsport Judge Dredd and his killjoy Predator friends are hot on their tail, but Dr. Reinstöt has a secret weapon that will keep the party going until the end of time! Which might be tomorrow, if Reinstöt has his way. Either way, it's going to be a killer. (W) John Layman (A) Chris Mooneyham

RAGNAROK #11 Thor Odinson and the Black Elf assassin, Regn, face off against the Lord of the Dead and his draugar in the Dark Tower, the citadel of his power that stands on the edge of Hel. 40 pages (W) Walter Simonson (A) Geof Darrow 

 CREATOR SPOTLIGHT  BETTY & VERONICA #3 (W & A) Adam Hughes. All Heck breaks loose in Riverdale as "Betty Versus Veronica" reaches its combustible conclusion! Divided by Pops' Chocklit Shoppe being bought out by Big Coffee, the forces of Team Betty and Team Veronica clash at the Halloween dance. Who will lose? Will there be sniffling? The streets of Riverdale run red and no one will ever be the same (slight use of hyperbole there)!


BLOODSHOT REBORN #18 "Bloodshot Island" epilogue! Ray Garrison and a battered team of survivors have made their escape from Bloodshot Island...only to drift straight into shark-infested waters! Marooned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with no defenses except the relentless will to survive, will the highly trained team of killers aboard this life raft band together...or throw each other to the prehistoric predators below? (W) Jeff Lemire (A) Tomas Giorello

ROM #4 As the road leading to Revolution nears its end, meet the SORCERER-WRAITHS, who bring their special brand of alien evil to bear against a helpless ROM and his human partners, who suddenly have otherworldly problems of their own to contend with, too! (W) Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (A) David Messina

What do you think?