21 Jan

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 46 (Best of 2015)

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Best of 2015 Show

All my favorite comics and comic-related stuff from 2015.

I – THE BOOKS

  1. Favorite Pre-Established Ongoing Series (began before 2015)
  1. Saga Vol. 5 TP (MR)
  2. Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Point TP (MR)

Honorable Mentions:
Batgirl (2011-) #38
Gotham By Midnight #3
Thor (2014-) #4
Rocket Girl #6

  1. Favorite New Ongoing Series (began in 2015)
  1. Empty Zone #1 (MR)
  2. Monstress #1 (MR)

Honorable Mentions:
Star Wars #1
Darth Vader #1
Rebels #1
Harrow County #1
Black Canary #1
DC Comics Bombshells #1
Faster Than Light #1 (MR)
Tokyo Ghost #1 (MR) Cvr A Murphy
Doctor Strange #1

  1. Favorite Mini-Series
  1. Red Skull #1 (of 3)
  2. Star Trek Green Lantern (2011-) #1 (of 6)

Honorable Mentions:
Infinite Loop #1 (of 6)
Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency #1 (of 5)
Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-cent Solution #1 (of 5)
Journey Star Wars Fase #1 (of 4)
Steam Man #1 (of 5)

  1. Favorite 1-Shot (single-issue “series”/non-gn)
  1. Multiversity Guidebook
  2. Goon In Theatre Bizarre #1
  1. Favorite Original Graphic Novel (Original story published as a gn its first time out.)
  1. Love Volume 1: The Tiger (Love Hc) Hardcover – March 12, 2015
  2. Long Walk to Valhalla Hardcover – July 21, 2015

Honorable Mentions:
VOX Paperback – March 26, 2015
Heart in a Box Dark Horse Originals (September 29, 2015)
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season One Declassified Hardcover – July 7, 2015
Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Vol. 1 HC

  1. Favorite Collected Edition (presents re-printed material collected under one cover)
  1. Moon Knight Vol. 2: Dead Will Rise Paperback – April 28, 2015
  2. ODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithica Paperback – June 10, 2015

Honorable Mentions:
October Faction Vol. 1 TP
Wayward Vol. 2 TP (MR)
Rumble, Vol. 1: What Color of Darkness? Paperback – June 24, 2015
Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Point TP (MR)
She-Hulk Volume 2: Disorderly Conduct Paperback – April 7, 2015
Danger Club Volume 2: Rebirth (Danger Club Tp) Paperback – June 25, 2015
The Punisher Volume 2: Border Crossing Paperback – January 20, 2015

  1. Favorite “Event” (story that crossed over several titles or an entire publisher’s line)
  1. Star Trek / Green Lantern
  2. Secret Wars
  1. Favorite Comic Book Film and/or Television Show (2015)
  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  2. Daredevil

II – THE TALENT (for each, please list the specific issue/run from 2015 that made you nominate them)

  1. Favorite Writer
  1. Matt Fraction (ODY-C, Hawkeye)
  2. Rick Remender (Black Science, Tokyo Ghost)

Honorable Mentions:
Charles Soule (Civil War, She-Hulk, Inhuman)
Kieron Gillen (Angela, Darth Vader)
Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Black Canary)

  1. Favorite Artist
  1. Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone)
  2. Sana Takeda (Monstress, X-23)
  1. Favorite Creative Team
  1. Team Batgirl (Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart)
  2. Story By: Marjorie Liu / Art By: Sana Takeda (Monstress)

III – THE INDUSTRY

  1. Favorite Comic News – the announcement or industry news that had you most excited
  2. Favorite Comic/Pop Culture Website
  1. CBR -Comic Book Resources.com
  2. themarysue.com
  1. Favorite Comic/Pop Culture Podcast
  1. Daft Souls Podcast (Video Games)
  2. Kinda Funny
  1. Favorite Comic Publishers
  1. Marvel
  2. Image
  1. Sad Cancellations (Titles you were sad to see get the axe)
  1. Gotham by Midnight
  1. Biggest Comic Flops (titles that came nowhere close to meeting our expectations)
  1. Convergence
  2. Planet Hulk
  1. Publisher Suggestion Box (Dear Publisher Name, please…)
  1. Stop messing up the publishing schedules of your events. (Aliens: Fire & Stone, Secret Wars)

IV – THE FUTURE

  1. Most Anticipated Comic Book Series (Print) 2016
  1. Empty Zone returns in March.
  2. Captain America 75th Anniv Magazine

Honorable Mentions:
Black Widow #1 (Mark Waid)
Dark Knight III

  1. Most Anticipated Comic Book Property (Film/Television) 2016
  1. Captain America Civil War
  2. Daredevil Season 2

 

04 Jan

Top 10 Lists of 2015

My lists of top things from 2015:

Movies

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Creed
  5. Ant-Man
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  7. The Martian
  8. Slow West
  9. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  10. American Ultra

Television

  1. Game of Thrones: Season 5
  2. Wolf Hall: Season 1
  3. Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 1
  4. Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 1
  5. Downton Abbey: Season 5
  6. The Walking Dead: Season 6
  7. Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 1
  8. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore: Season 1
  9. Marvel’s Agents of Shield: Season 3
  10. True Detective: Season 2

Video Games

  1. Blood Bowl 2 (PC)
  2. Fallout 4 (XBO)
  3. Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut (PC)
  4. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PC)
  5. Star Wars: Battlefront (PC)
  6. Helldivers (PC)
  7. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (PC)
  8. #IDARB (XBO)
  9. Apotheon (PC)
  10. The Swindle (PC)

Comic Series

  1. Empty Zone 
  2. Head Lopper 
  3. Darth Vader 
  4. Star Wars 
  5. Captain America Sam Wilson 
  6. Monstress 
  7. Harrow County 
  8. Black Canary 
  9. Gotham By Midnight
  10. Tokyo Ghost

Limited Comic Series

  1. Red Skull #1 (of 3)
  2. Avengers Millennium #1 (of 4)
  3. Multiversity Guidebook
  4. Dark Knight III Master Race #1 (of 8)
  5. Infinite Loop #1 (of 6)
  6. Secret Wars #1 (of 8)
  7. Star Trek Green Lantern (2011-) #1 (of 6) 
  8. Journey to Star Wars FASE #1 (of 4)
  9. Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-cent Solution #1 (of 5)
  10. Steam Man #1 (of 5)

Trade Paperback

  1. Moon Knight Vol. 2: Dead Will Rise Paperback – April 28, 2015
  2. Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Point TP
  3. ODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithica Paperback – June 10, 2015
  4. Rumble, Vol. 1: What Color of Darkness? Paperback – June 24, 2015
  5. Wayward Vol. 2 TP (MR)
  6. Saga Vol. 5 TP (MR)
  7. Danger Club Volume 2: Rebirth (Danger Club Tp) Paperback – June 25, 2015
  8. October Faction Vol. 1 TP
  9. Batman the Doom That Came To Gotham TP
  10. She-Hulk Volume 2: Disorderly Conduct Paperback – April 7, 2015

Hardcover Collections/Graphic Novels

  1. Resistance: Orbital (Vol. 6) Cinebook, Ltd (December 7, 2015)
  2. Long Walk to Valhalla Hardcover – July 21, 2015
  3. VOX – March 26, 2015
  4. Love Volume 1: The Tiger (Love Hc) Hardcover – March 12, 2015
  5. Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Vol. 1 HC
  6. Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season One Declassified Hardcover – July 7, 2015
  7. Love Vol. 2: The Fox HC
  8. The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition  (November 10, 2015)
  9. One-Punch Man, Vol. 1 VIZ Media LLC (September 1, 2015)
  10. Heart in a Box Dark Horse Originals (September 29, 2015)
08 Aug

The Full List 08-05-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Small list this week. Not much caught my eye. Trying a new format with pictures. Yay?

 

dark-horse -Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Vol. 1 HC
boweryWriter: Levine, Cory
Artist: Bertram, Ian
Cover Artist: Bertram, Ian
When his father is framed for murder, immigrant Nikolaus McGovern rallies a motley crew of street youths in a rip-roaring coming-of-age adventure based on the period history of antebellum New York City! Against a backdrop of rampant political corruption, vicious street gangs, nascent labor reform, and ardent xenophobia, can Niko and his friends triumph in a life-or-death battle against their oppressors-or will they succumb to the engines of socioeconomic progress?

 

marvel -Darth Vader (2015-) #8
darthWriter: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
* Bounty Hunters on the attack-against the Empire!
* Darth Vader and Aphra continue their alliance – but how long will it last?
* Plus: Who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?

 

dc-comics -Detective Comics (2011-) #43 Bombshells Var Ed
bombshellWriter: Manapul, Francis
Artist: Blanco, Fernando
Cover Artist: Lupacchino, Emanuela
Batman and his new team are after a band of thieves in Gotham City-but they’re about to develop a new weapon that will make them much harder to stop!

 

marvel -Red Skull #2 (of 3)
redskullWriter: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Pizzari, Luca
Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley
* Under attack by the horrors of the Deadlands, the villains learn that only way to survive is to sell their souls to the Devil…
* Magneto has always hated everything about the Red Skull, but would he betray that to gain his freedom?
* Rising stars Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari continue their tale of bloody revenge across all of Battleworld!

 

18 Feb

The Full List 02-18-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. New list of comic books I intend to buy this week. Comic book deliveries were delayed this week due to snow storms everywhere in the U.S. except where I live. Not sure how that works, but that’s life.

-All New Captain America Fear Him #3 (of 4) (Marvel)
Writer: Hopeless, Dennis
Artist: Kudranski, Szymon
Cover Artist: Bianchi, Simone
* Cap and Nomad reunited!
* Except, of course, when one of them is having a violent psychotic episode.

-Batgirl #39 (DC)
Writer: Stewart, Cameron
Artist: Tarr, Babs
Cover Artist: Stewart, Cameron
For months, Batgirl’s been hounded by an unseen threat claiming to be the ‘real’ Batgirl

-Terrible Lizard #4 (of 5) (Oni Press)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Moss, Drew
Cover Artist: Moss, Drew
Hear those helicopters? The military is in hot pursuit of Jess and Wrex, and they intend to kill everyone’s favorite mischievous dinosaur! But if they take Wrex down, who will stand against all the mutant beasts threatening our way of life? As dozens of portals open across the city, hideous monsters pour into our world! What’s a dinosaur to do? Fight or flight?

 

17 Feb

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 18

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For the week of February 16th 2015.

 

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· This Week’s Comic News:

This Week’s Comic News: come prepared with one or two recent news items that catch your eye for the group to discuss.

Flash & Walking Dead crossover?:
(EW.com 02/09/2015)

According to EW, Emily Kinney, the actress who played Beth on The Walking Dead will be appearing as a guest star on Flash.

Kinney will portray a hacker named Brie Larvan and the episode will also feature guest appearances by Dr. Ray Palmer (AKA The Atom) played by Brandon Routh and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) from Arrow.

Agents of SHIELD cast news: 
(comicbookmovie.com 02/12/2015)

Emmy-winning actress Drea de Matte, and The Sopranos star will be playing Karla Faye Gideon, a Gifted woman with a grudge to bear against S.H.I.E.L.D. who joins forces with Skye’s father, Cal. The comic book version of the character played a very minor role in Daredevil: Redemption, but had no powers.

A-Force:
(latimes.com 02/06/2015)
Earth’s mightiest heroines are assembling in a new Marvel comic series featuring an all-female Avengers team.

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“A-Force,” which launches in May, is to be co-written by G. Willow Wilson (the scribe behind the extremely popular “Ms. Marvel” series) and Marguerite K. Bennett (“Angela: Asgard’s Assassin”) with artwork by Jorge Molina (“X-Men”). The series marks the first time an all-women team has taken on the Avengers name and features power players from across the Marvel universe, including She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Storm, Captain Marvel and many other fan favorites.

“A-Force” arrives in the throes of Marvel’s “Secret Wars” event, which will abolish the traditional Avengers team, according to Marvel’s press statement.

“Beginning in Marvel’s ‘Secret Wars,’ the Avengers are no more … a brand new team will lead the way,” the statement reads. “There came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, A-Force was born—to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand.”

Though A-Force is the first all-women Avengers team, Marvel has featured other all-female teams, including the recent all-women X-Men.

Planet Hulk:
(comicbookresources.com 02/12/2015)
This May, writer Sam Humphries and artist Marc Laming introduce readers to “Planet Hulk” a “Secret Wars” series falling under the “Warzones!” banner that sends a gladiator named Steve Rogers and his faithful companion Devil Dinosaur into one of the most dangerous of the Battleworld dominions, a forbidden zone full of rampaging Hulks.

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This unlikely duo will be fighting alongside a hulk of their own while trying to save Bucky from the clutches of someone called The Red King.

Comics Worth Reading:

-The Leaning Girl (Alaxis Press)
Writer: Benoit Peeters (Novelist)
Artist: François Schuiten (Heavy Metal)

THE LEANING GIRL (ISBN 978-1-62847-227-1) is now available in English for the first time ever. Translated by Alaxis Press publisher, Stephen D. Smith, the adventures of one of The Obscure Cities’ most prominent characters, Mary Von Rathen, will delight English-reading audiences everywhere.

After a freak accident on the Star Express roller coaster, 13 year-old Mary Von Rathen begins to lean. Doctors can not help her, so she is sent by her selfish mother and hen-pecked father to a private school in Sodrovni. Mary escapes and joins the Robertson Circus where she remains for several years, until she hears from newspaper editor, Stanislas Sainclair, that a scientist, Axel Wappendorf, might be able to help her. Wappendorf is working on a rocket to reach a planet that could hold the secret to Mary’s trouble. Meanwhile an artist, Augustin Desombres, has run away from the busy world and buys an empty building on the High Plains of Aubrac in the French countryside. He begins painting murals of strange globes. Now as a young woman, Mary decides to join Wappendorf in the rocket. On the alien planet, they discover an area with many globes where she has a chance meeting with the artist.

Winner of the coveted Gaiman Award as the No. 1 translated foreign comic book series published in Japan in 2013, this story of perseverance and a young girl s search for love has been translated from it’s original French into ten languages. Author and publisher Stephen D. Smith has now translated The Leaning Girl into English. It features an introduction by Karen Green, Graphic Novel Librarian at Columbia University.

The hefty book measures 9.25″ x 11.625″ and .75″ thick. Printed on beautiful art papers and cased in a softcover binding with reinforced flaps, the quality of the book itself is only outweighed by the material inside.

Beginning in the spring of 2014, Alaxis Press will publish the internationally acclaimed graphic album series, Les Cités Obscures, in English, as THE OBSCURE CITIES. As a longtime fan of the series, publisher Stephen Smith is personally translating the first release, The Leaning Girl. This title will be released in March 2014. Alaxis Press is committed to completing the series in English beginning with the titles not already published by NBM publishers, which released The Great Walls of Samaris (1987), Fever in Urbicande (1990), The Tower (1993), Brüsel (1993) and The Invisible Frontier (2002-2004) under the series name, Stories of the Fantastic. Alaxis Press is also committed to sharing many of the rare Obscure Cities volumes, from the very rare pamphlet Correspondences of Mary Von Rathen to the book/DVD title, The Desombres Affair.

-The Dying & the Dead #1 (Image)
Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Bodenheim, Ryan
Cover Artist: Bodenheim, Ryan
‘TODAY, TOMORROW, THE GRAVE’ A murder at a wedding reveals a fifty year-old secret. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly disparate events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah. Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and fan-favorite artist RYAN BODENHEIM, THE DYING AND THE DEAD is high adventure meets end-of-life care. It’s Indiana Jones for Old People. There are no fedoras, only bedpans.

Cluster #1 (BOOM!)
Writer: Brisson, Ed
Artist: Couceiro, Damian
Cover Artist: Stokoe, James
WHY WE LOVE IT: Ed Brisson (Sheltered) is one of comics’ best new voices and we could not wait to work with him on an original series following his run on Sons of Anarchy. After hearing his pitch for a gritty, violent, sci-fi epic in the vein of The Dirty Dozen, we knew there was no one better to bring the criminal cast of characters to life than the other half of the Sons of Anarchy team and Ed’s Murder Book collaborator, Damian Couceiro. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Cluster is a series for fans of old-school, hard-boiled action. Brisson and Couceiro know how to tell stories about rich characters with criminal backgrounds, and the off-world setting allows them to tell personal stories with a massive scope. Have you ever wondered what a book starring all those lowlifes in the gutters of sci-fi havens like Mos Eisley would look like? Then we have the book for you. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the distant future, as mankind discovers life on other planets, it needs soldiers to defend its colonies and outposts across the stars. In order to increase the number of boots on the ground, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve in the place of incarceration. But as wars wage on and more soldiers are needed, small-time crimes are given long-term punishments. When a group of prisoners serving their time as soldiers become stranded and abandoned on a war-torn planet, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space.

Topic of the Week:

To Mask or Not To Mask – Secret identities, Yea or Nay? Your Mission – come with your favorite Case-Scenarios/Examples FOR and AGAINST a superhero keeping their real-world identity a secret.

favorite Case-Scenarios/Examples FOR and AGAINST:
1. Against: Iron Man, Cap. If the character has no friends or family and is in a world where vigilantism is tolerated.

2. For: Batman, Invincible, Spider-man. If the character has loved ones or is being hunted by enemies or the authorities.

This Week’s Month’s Highlights:

Where we each callout the 1 or 2 books we’re most looking forward to. Also –any key #1’s or good jumping on points?

-All-New Captain America: Fear Him #3 & 4 (Marvel)
Writer: Hopeless, Dennis
Artist: Kudranski, Szymon
Cover Artist: Bianchi, Simone
* Cap and Nomad reunited!
* Except, of course, when one of them is having a violent psychotic episode.

-Batgirl #39 (DC)
Writer: Stewart, Cameron
Artist: Tarr, Babs
Cover Artist: Stewart, Cameron
For months, Batgirl’s been hounded by an unseen threat claiming to be the ‘real’ Batgirl

-Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3 of 5 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Tipton, Scott
Artist: Stott, Rachael
Cover Artist: Stott, Rachael
It’s the battle for the ages! Taylor has escaped the Planet of the Apes, and Captain Kirk must bring him back! Plus, the Klingon/Gorilla alliance makes its move against Dr. Zaius and Ape City!

-Terrible Lizard #4 of 5 (Oni Press)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Moss, Drew
Cover Artist: Moss, Drew
Hear those helicopters? The military is in hot pursuit of Jess and Wrex, and they intend to kill everyone’s favorite mischievous dinosaur! But if they take Wrex down, who will stand against all the mutant beasts threatening our way of life? As dozens of portals open across the city, hideous monsters pour into our world! What’s a dinosaur to do? Fight or flight?

-Gotham by Midnight #4 (Marvel)
Writer: Fawkes, Ray
Artist: Templesmith, Ben
Cover Artist: Templesmith, Ben
Dr. Szandor Tarr is far from what anyone would consider social, but will it turn out he’s more at home with an insect monster savaging Gotham City than he is with the Midnight Shift?

-Thor Annual #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Guillory, Rob
Cover Artist: Albuquerque, Rafael
Three stories featuring three Thors! (Jane Foster is Lady Thor?)

-Prophet Vol. 4 (Image)
Writer: Graham, Brandon
Artist: Roy, Simon
Cover Artist: Stokoe, James
The Superbeing Troll’s plans to lure out Badrock come to a head. Collects PROPHET #39-45

· Panelist Goodbye:

You can find me at zebunation.com. Also at Trollthedice.com Where we’ve posted an all-new episode featuring the DnD 5th edition adventure module Hoard of the Dragon Queen!

 

07 Jan

The Full List 01-07-2015

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New year, new list of comic books I bought this week. Now that the holidays are over with it’s time to get back at it here on Zebu Nation. Look for new podcasts, features and a year in review special coming very soon.

-S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Waid, Mark
Artist: Pacheco, Carlos
* High-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just another day in the field!
* Special Agent Phil Coulson brings together the best and the brightest, the gifted and the elite, normal people and superhumans from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force!
* Writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and a rotating crew of mission-specific top flight Marvel artists make you one promise: Every issue: Twenty pages. One mission. Unlimited budget. Unlimited imagination. Six periods. And a helper monkey. Welcome to Level Eight. Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D.

-Star Trek Planet of the Apes #1 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Tipton, Scott
Artist: Stott, Rachael
Cover Artist: Stott, Rachael
It’s the crossover nobody ever expected! STAR TREK: The hope for the best of mankind’s future! PLANET OF THE APES: A chilling look at the fall of humanity! How could these worlds possibly collide? What could possibly cause Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to side with Dr. Zaius to protect Ape City? And what does Colonel George Taylor have to say about it? It’s a madhouse! A madhouse!!

-Ant-Man #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Spencer, Nick
Artist: Rosanas, Ramon
Cover Artist: Brooks, Mark
* Scott Lang has never exactly been the world’s best super hero. Heck, most people don’t even think he’s been the best ANT-MAN — and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that’s saying something.
* But when the SUPERIOR IRON MAN calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott’s going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he’s always dreamed of being.
* Sure he’s been to prison! Sure he’s been through a messy divorce! Sure he’s been, um… dead. But this time is different! This time nothing is gonna stop the astonishing ANT-MAN!

-Wolverines #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Soule, Charles
Artist: Bradshaw, Nick
Cover Artist: Bradshaw, Nick
From the pages of DEATH OF WOLVERINE, THE LOGAN LEGACY and the WEAPON X PROGRAM!
Wolverine may be dead…but what will happen to his mortal remains, encased in something as rare and powerful as Adamantium? The battle for control of this valuable artifact has begun! But why does it matter so much… and why is a war brewing in Logan’s name? Death is on the books for a dozen heroes and villains, and Mystique is playing chess with them all, including X-23, Sabretooth, Daken, Lady Deathstrike and more! Murder, mutilation, betrayal and trauma…none will be spared!
Parental Advisory

Terrible Lizard #2 of 5 (Oni Press)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Moss, Drew
Cover Artist: Moss, Drew
‘Temporal displacement’ never meant much to Jess. It was just something that her father, the renowned scientist, was tinkering with. That, of course, was before she met Wrex, a massive time-displaced T-Rex with the disposition of a puppy. Now Jess and her new friend are up to their ears in rampaging mutants! To make matters worse, Wrex might be at the center of an anomaly that could mean worldwide chaos and destruction!

Angela Asgards Assassin #2 (Marvel)
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Jimenez, Phil
Cover Artist: Hans, Stephanie
* What on Earth has made runaway Angela return to grimy old Earth?
* Is it fighting? It’s probably fighting. It’s usually fighting. You know what she’s like.
* (Spoilers: It’s not fighting. More spoilers: it does involve fighting, but she honestly wasn’t planning it, no, really, honest.)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel)
Writer: North, Ryan
Artist: Henderson, Erica
Cover Artist: Henderson, Erica
* Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There’s one hero that’s beaten them all-and now she’s got her own ongoing series! (Not that she’s bragging.)
* That’s right, you asked for it, you got it, it’s SQUIRREL GIRL! (She’s also starting college this semester.)
* It’s the start of a brand-new series of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!

20 Nov

The Full List 10-19-2014

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Comic books I bought this week.

-Spider-Woman #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Hopeless, Dennis
Artist: Land, Greg
Cover Artist: Land, Greg
New Ongoing Series/Spider-Verse Tie-In! Jessica Drew has been an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and agent of S.W.O.R.D., an Avenger and so much more. But nothing could prepare her for the multidimensional insanity that is Spider-Verse! A war is brewing, and every spider-character in the multiverse is a target! But being a target is something Jessica Drew just won’t abide. She’s a woman with a mission and with Silk, the newest spider-character on the block at her side, she’ll have to put all her training to the test if she wants to make it out of Spider-Verse alive! SPIDER-VERSE KICKS OFF A NEW ONGOING SERIES!

-The Multiversity Pax Americana #1 (DC)
Writer: Morrison, Grant (All-Star Superman)
Artist: Quitely, Frank (All-Star Superman)
Cover Artist: Quitely, Frank
Brace yourselves for the next exciting chapter of THE MULTIVERSITY as the acclaimed ALL-STAR SUPERMAN team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely investigate the conspiracy on Earth-4, home of Pax Americana! Told backwards through an experimental storytelling technique that reveals new mysteries with each turn of the page, PAX AMERICANA stars The Question, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Nightshade and Peacemaker like you’ve never seen them before! As the assassination of the U.S. president leads to political intrigue, interpersonal drama and astro-physical wonder, the truth behind the crime and those involved will blow your mind! What confidential conversation between the president and Captain Atom could reveal everything? How far will The Question take his hunt for the truth before he hurts his former friends – or himself? And who is the steel-handed bogeyman operating in the shadows? Discover all this and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter four of the MULTIVERSITY storyline. Join us, if your dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!

-Predator Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Mooneyham, Chris
Cover Artist: Brown, Dan
After the mayhem and terror of Weyland-Yutani’s disastrous mission to the site of the Prometheus, Galgo’s troubles continue when his ship is shanghaied by a Predator stowaway! Its obsession with a mysterious, deadly quarry sends them to the last place in the universe Galgo’d like to revisit-the Xeno-infested LV-223!

-Goners #2 (Image)
Writer: Semahn, Jacob
Artist: Corona, Jorge
Cover Artist: Corona, Jorge
‘WE ALL FALL DOWN,’ Part Two Assault on the King’s Bluff Police Station as the Latimer children fight their way out against the onslaught of horrors that stalk them.

The October Faction #2 (IDW)
Writer: Niles, Steve
Artist: Worm, Damien
Cover Artist: Worm, Damien
Infidelity and incantations can lead to some strange bedfellows as Fredrick tries to convince his children to avoid his footsteps at all costs (it’s hard enough trying to keep a family together without mechanical monsters knocking at your window and strange apparition living in the closet). All in a days work for the Allans of Gristlewood, USA.

Epochalypse #1 (Legendary)
Writer: Hennessey, Jonathan
Artist: Davis, Shane
Cover Artist: Davis, Shane
Legendary Comics turns history on its head with the sci-fi adventure Epochalypse, a mind-bending new series from historical author Jonathan Hennessey (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation) and acclaimed artist Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One). When a mysterious space-time phenomenon causes 600 years of human history to collapse into a single era, societies from the past, present, and future are forced to coexist in a dystopian civilization. To set the timeline straight, an elite team of Resynchronization Officers must rid the world of Anachronisms – futuristic artifacts that threaten the very laws of time. To ensure our future, we must undo it. As one defiant officer leads the manhunt for elusive scientist Dr. Tomorrow and notorious outlaw The Salesman, he is challenged by shadowy agencies, rebel militias, and forbidden desire. Can our hero save history – or doom the future?

18 Nov

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 13

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For the week of November 17th 2014.

 

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· This Week’s Comic News:

This Week’s Comic News: come prepared with one or two recent news items that catch your eye for the group to discuss.

DC announces Convergence Titles:
(comicbookresources.com 11/11/2014)

DC Comics have announced ten, two issue, miniseries and their creative teams for the Convergence event taking place April & May of 2015.

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

THE ATOM
Writer: Tom Peyer
Artist: Steve Yeowell / Andy Owens
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.

BATGIRL
Writer: Alisa Kwitney
Artist: Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington
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.

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

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

TITANS
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan
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.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Vicente Cifuentes
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.

QUESTION
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Cully Hamner
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.

BATMAN & ROBIN
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson
Bruce Wayne and Damian have friction with Red Hood before the Extremists attack.

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

Marvel Universe/”Attack on Titan” crossover:
(comicbookresources.com 11/03/2014)

Japanese pop culture magazine Brutus has revealed some new details concerning the upcoming crossover between Marvel Comics and the Attack on Titan manga (viaCrunchyRoll).

According the magazine’s next issue preview, Brutus 790 will feature a What If…? story that sees the Avengers battling the Female Titan from the popular manga in New York City (this conflicts with information initially tweeted by C.B. Cebulski, who said the crossover would take place in Japan).

The issue will also feature thoughts on the crossover and the characters from Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama. Isayama will draw a Titan sticker and the cover for the issue, but it’s still unclear who will actually be drawing the story itself.

Brutus 790, featuring the Avengers/Attack on Titan crossover, goes on sale in Japan on November 15.

Marvel’s Senior VP of Creative Development, C.B. Cebulski, tweeted out a black and white drawing of two Titans attacking NYC, with Spider-Man in the foreground.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity was nearly wiped out by giant creatures called Titans, “Attack on Titan” follows Eren Yeager, a young man who enlists in the military with his friends after a Titan devours his mother. The series, currently ongoing, details his adventures in the army as he discovers his ability to transform into a Titan.
Comics Worth Reading: Come prepared to discuss two recent comics/collections (currently being published) you’d recommend to others.

Comics Worth Reading:

-All-New Captain America #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Immonen, Stuart
Cover Artist: Immonen, Stuart
If you are unfamiliar with Sam Wilson, aka, The Falcon, this book does a good job of introducing the character and showing you what his version of Captain America is all about. It also catches you up with recent history of Captain America & friends, including geriatric Steve Rogers & Peggy Carter acting like an old retired couple, and Steve’s adopted son from Dimension Z, Ian Rogers, now acting as Sam’s partner in crimefighting.

The story flies right into the action with Sam & Ian infiltrating a Hydra base and discovering much more danger than they thought was there. Basically, every Hydra-based villain Cap & Falcon have ever faced, all in one room!

It sets up what should be an action-packed storyline going forward.

-Captain America & Mighty Avengers #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Ewing, Al
Artist: Ross, Luke
Cover Artist: Ross, Luke
This comic has Sam Wilson as Captain America, but it’s a Sam Wilson like you’ve never seen before. He’s really a jerk in this comic to the point of bordering on a villain, which I think is the whole point of the Axis storyline.

So, Sam Wilson, former civil rights advocate and community activist, now looks upon the “bleeding hearts” of the world as a scourge on his America that he holds in utter contempt. This is truly a complete reversal of the character. It’s also setting up, not a partnership with the newly formed “Mighty Avengers”, but a serious philosophical conflict with them.

So, who are the Mighty Avengers? They are a new group formed by Luke Cage as a cross between the classic Avengers and his old super team Heroes for Hire. Basically, you can contact the Mighty Avengers for any problem you have, and they will send an Avenger to help you. Whether it’s a Supervillain on your doorstep, or an unpaid parking ticket on your driving record, the Mighty Avengers will be there to help.

-Thor #2 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
We’re introduced to the new Thor without really being introduced. We still don’t know who she is, but we know that she’s Thor and that Thor is still the defender of Midgard. There’s an interesting duality to this new Thor as we see the confusion of her inner monologue about who she is and what’s going on, while at the same time whenever she speaks, it comes out with all the confidence and bravado of The God of of Thunder.

We’re definitely supposed to get the idea that Mjolnir, the hammer, is imbuing this new Goddess of Thunder with all the Thor-ness of Thor, even though

-Batgirl #36 (DC)
Writer: Stewart, Cameron
Artist: Tarr, Babs
Cover Artist: Stewart, Camero
Strange things are afoot in the suburbs of Gotham. Barbara accidentally damages the hard drive where she keeps her grad school thesis, someone is impersonating Batgirl on social media, assassins dressed as cartoon villains are terrorizing campus. Is there no end to Barbara’s bad day?

-Prometheus Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Tobin, Paul
Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Cover Artist: Palumbo, David
Chaos breaks loose when a member of the Prometheus’s recovery team is exposed to the dangerous and mysterious genetic accelerant! Now, with the crew divided and hope for survival fleeting, a terrifying discovery offers a glimpse into the fate of the Prometheus . . . and the colony on LV-426!

-Dark Ages #4 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
When a godless mercenary war band discovers an ancient and bizarre piece of alien technology, they find themselves enlisted in the violent conflict against cosmic demon invaders!

-Bigger Bang #1 of 4 (IDW)
Writer: Kirkbride, D.J.
Artist: Gogtzilas, Vassilis
Cover Artist: Gogtzilas, Vassilis
The Big Bang created all life as we know it. The Bigger Bang creates just one: a being named Cosmos. Is he a destroyer? A hero? A god? All he knows is that he’s completely alone in what was our universe… so he seeks out another where he’ll try to atone for the sins of his mysterious creation. From the inventive minds of D.J. Kirkbride (Amelia Cole, Never Ending) and Vassilis Gogtzilas (Augusta Wind) comes a sprawling space-epic of multi-dimensional proportions.

-Red Sonja #13 (Dynamite)
Writer: Simone, Gail
Artist: Geovani, Walter
Cover Artist: Frison, Jenny
Beginning a new Sonja epic that will shake the She-devil to her core! In THE FORGIVING OF MONSTERS, PART ONE, the Hyrkanian finds herself aiding a small village against a hideous and bloody infestation, while an enemy from her past threatens to crush her spirit forever!

-Wilds End #3 (BOOM!)
Writer: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Clive and the others can no longer deny the danger of the alien threat or the violence it’s capable of. As they struggle to escape the alien targeting them and hope to survive long enough to find answers.

Topic of the Week:

The Most Pointless Superhero You Can Create – OR – your secret almost useless superpower.
Here are your questions:
1. I think the best examples of useless superheroes are heroes who use their powers to do things that ordinary people already do. So, My useless superhero is called Garbage Man. He has the power to move garbage from one trash can to another, but only within a 50’ radius.

2. I have a question. What is the most useless superhero currently in comics?

3. There are already some good examples of pointless superheroes. Stan Lee’s Superhumans TV show. Mystery Men movie.
This Week’s Highlights: Where we each callout the 1 or 2 books we’re most looking forward to this Wednesday, August 27. Also –any key #1’s or good jumping on points?

This Week’s Highlights:

-Spider-Woman #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Hopeless, Dennis
Artist: Land, Greg
Cover Artist: Land, Greg
New Ongoing Series/Spider-Verse Tie-In! Jessica Drew has been an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and agent of S.W.O.R.D., an Avenger and so much more. But nothing could prepare her for the multidimensional insanity that is Spider-Verse! A war is brewing, and every spider-character in the multiverse is a target! But being a target is something Jessica Drew just won’t abide. She’s a woman with a mission and with Silk, the newest spider-character on the block at her side, she’ll have to put all her training to the test if she wants to make it out of Spider-Verse alive! SPIDER-VERSE KICKS OFF A NEW ONGOING SERIES!

-The Multiversity Pax Americana #1 (DC)
Writer: Morrison, Grant (All-Star Superman)
Artist: Quitely, Frank (All-Star Superman)
Cover Artist: Quitely, Frank
Brace yourselves for the next exciting chapter of THE MULTIVERSITY as the acclaimed ALL-STAR SUPERMAN team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely investigate the conspiracy on Earth-4, home of Pax Americana! Told backwards through an experimental storytelling technique that reveals new mysteries with each turn of the page, PAX AMERICANA stars The Question, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Nightshade and Peacemaker like you’ve never seen them before! As the assassination of the U.S. president leads to political intrigue, interpersonal drama and astro-physical wonder, the truth behind the crime and those involved will blow your mind! What confidential conversation between the president and Captain Atom could reveal everything? How far will The Question take his hunt for the truth before he hurts his former friends – or himself? And who is the steel-handed bogeyman operating in the shadows? Discover all this and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter four of the MULTIVERSITY storyline. Join us, if your dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!

-Predator Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Mooneyham, Chris
Cover Artist: Brown, Dan
After the mayhem and terror of Weyland-Yutani’s disastrous mission to the site of the Prometheus, Galgo’s troubles continue when his ship is shanghaied by a Predator stowaway! Its obsession with a mysterious, deadly quarry sends them to the last place in the universe Galgo’d like to revisit-the Xeno-infested LV-223!

-Goners #2 (Image)
Writer: Semahn, Jacob
Artist: Corona, Jorge
Cover Artist: Corona, Jorge
‘WE ALL FALL DOWN,’ Part Two Assault on the King’s Bluff Police Station as the Latimer children fight their way out against the onslaught of horrors that stalk them.

-Tales of Imperfect Future HC (Dark Horse)
Writer: Font, Alfonso
Artist: Font, Alfonso
Cover Artist: Font, Alfonso
European comics master Alfonso Font presents three satirical science fiction tales, as told by an extraterrestrial, that warn of the dangers that await the human race if it fails to change its ways: a planet so polluted that life on its surface is almost impossible; the human race continuing its destructive and fatal expedition into the galaxy to colonize other planets; humans killed for their organs to transplant into their ‘superiors’; and the keeping of robot companions, whose emotionlessness may be the only way to avoid catastrophe.

Panelist Goodbye: You can find me at zebunation.com. Also at Trollthedice.com Where we’ve rebooted and started over with an all-new episode 001 featuring the DnD 5th edition adventure module Hoard of the Dragon Queen!

· Panelist Goodbye:

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28 Oct

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 10

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For the week of October 27th 2014.

 

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· This Week’s Comic News:

-Age of Ultron Trailer:
(ABC TV, Marvel)

If you watched Marvels Agents of SHIELD on tuesday, you may have seen the announcement that they were going to air the world premier of the first trailer for the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on this weeks Agents of SHIELD.

(Update) Trailer was leaked online, so Marvel has released the trailer a week early on Marvel.com. It’s cool.

-New Infinity Gauntlet Series:
(comicbook.com 10/21/2014)

For more than a week, Marvel Comics has been teasing a return to some of its biggest events in the summer of 2015. Now, Marvel has provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive teaser for a return to what many consider to be their biggest event of all, The Infinity Gauntlet.

Originally published in 1991, written by Jim Starlin and drawn by George Perez and Ron Lim, The Infinity Gauntlet was the 6-issue miniseries that saw The Mad Titan, Thanos, finally achieve his goal of collecting all six Infinity Gems and placing them in the his gauntlet, granting him power above that of even the gods.

The teaser image, created by Infinity artist Dustin Weaver, is interesting because it shows Thanos with the Gauntlet, but with only the Reality and Mind Gems attached, leaving the Soul, Time, Space, and Power gems unaccounted for.

The teaser also suggests that Star-Lord will be involved in the event, as well as what looks like a family from the Nova Corps (looks like a mother, father, daughter, and son).

Looks like 2015 is going to be a busy year for Marvel, as they have released teasers for seven big events, including Civil War, Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies, Years of Future Past, Planet Hulk, Armor Wars, House of M, Secret Wars, and now Infinity Gauntlet.

To me, it’s very odd to see Marvel re-hashing so many old events.

-Superman/Batman leaks:
(WILX-10 News last week)

So, last week, Batman v Superman was filming just down the road at the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, on the campus of Michigan State University. And during an exclusive interview with WILX TV, an extra from the movie broke his non-disclosure contract in order to leak some details of the film.

· Comics Worth Reading:

-Goners #1 (Image)
Writer: Semahn, Jacob
Artist: Corona, Jorge
Cover Artist: Corona, Jorge
Goners starts with a bang as Mr. & Mrs. Latimer fight for their lives against some supernatural beasties with T.V. crews and the police look on. Meanwhile, back at the family estate, the Latimer children face a home invasion from undead monsters called Bakaak. Basically skeletons wrapped in ectoplasm that kill people and eat their organs. Yikes!

There’s no a lot of character or plot setup in this first issue, but plenty of action and supernatural mayhem. This book is a far cry from the October Faction book release by IDW earlier this month, which was also about a family that battles supernatural forces, in that it has a much lighter tone in both art and story.

That’s not to say that there aren’t heavy things that happen in this book, it’s just that the mood is more akin to a superhero comic, whereas October Faction is more like a horror or mystery story.

-TMNT Ghostbusters #1 (IDW)
Writer: Burnham, Erik
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
Disappointing. My fears were that that this crossover event would have the same cartoony art and punny writing as the last Ghostbuster ongoing series that I read. My fears were realized and I just can’t get past the disappointment to care that April O’Neil and some scientist guy created a teleporter that accidentally sent the Turtles into an alternate dimension.

Krang is here and doing some stuff with ancient gods, or demons, or spirits or something. I just can’t bring myself to care because the writing and art are so… disappointing.

-Predator Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Mooneyham, Chris
Cover Artist: Brown, Dan
I’m not reading this book yet because it actively spoils the AvP series by showing you who survives the events in that series. The release schedule for this event is madness! Pure madness!

·Topic of the Week:

Gotham Central:

• So, I enjoyed this book a lot. It’s a collection of really great police procedurals written by two of the best crime writers in comics, but for me what really put it over the top was the inclusion of super villains, and seeing how normal cops try to deal with these situations, but really can’t. This book does better than any other at showing why Batman really is needed in Gotham.

• So, the book is split into 3 distinct stories, and I was hooked on the first one “In the Line of Duty” almost immediately because of the introduction of Mr. Freeze because he is clearly a threat that the GCPD can’t handle, but they try anyway out of pride.

• I liked the second story. “Motive” a lot because it continued a thread from the first story and it really kept me guessing until the end by just being a really good police procedural story.

• It took me a while to get into the third story, “Half a Life”, because it was mostly about the life and personal problems of one of the detectives, but as soon as Two-Face showed up and proved to be the cause of all this detective’s problems, that’s when the story got really interesting to me.

• Gotham Central is another great Batman book, and it should probably be up there in anyone’s recommendation list next to “Year One”, “The Dark Knight”, and “Arkham Asylum”.

· This Week’s Highlights:

-Deathlok #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Edmondson, Nathan
Artist: Perkins, Mike
Cover Artist: Perkins, Mike
“Enemy of My Enemy”
* After Michael Collins, there was Henry Hayes
* A medic who travels to war zones to heal the wounded, he has no idea that when he’s in the field, he’s activated by a mysterious group and becomes the ultimate weapon of assassination and war: DEATHLOK
* From the writer of BLACK WIDOW and THE PUNISHER comes a new take on the iconic cyborg character making waves on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

-Death of Wolverine Deadpool and Captain America #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Duggan, Gerry
Artist: Kolins, Scott
Cover Artist: McGuinness, Ed
* Did you know Wolverine is dead?
* I bet some people would love to get their hands on his DNA to clone him…
* Logan’s old pals Deadpool and Steve Rogers are gonna make sure that doesn’t happen.

-Aliens Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Roberson, Chris
Artist: Reynolds, Patric
Cover Artist: Palumbo, David
After crashing their clunky mining ship on a strange planet, a group of human survivors face both xenomorph attacks and friction among themselves-which could spell doom for everyone! The stranded and desperate group has a single chance: one of their scientists, who seeks the key to their freedom.

-Justice League United Annual #1 (DC Comics)
Writer: Lemire, Jeff
Artist: Edwards, Neil
Cover Artist: Edwards, Neil
The Infinitus Saga begins as the Legion of Super-Heroes arrive with the shocking news that the 31st century has been destroyed! Now it’s up to the Justice League United to save the future!

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20 Oct

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 9

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For the week of October 20th 2014.

 

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· This Week’s Comic News:

-Marvel’s Civil War
(Variety.com)
It’s been confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. is going to have a large role in Captain America 3. This is fueling speculation that Marvel will bring their infamous Civil War storyline to the big screen.

Also fueling the Civil War speculation was an announcement on Monday Oct 13th from Marvel that they have plans to reboot the Civil War comic book miniseries in 2015, which, if true, will help introduce the story to new readers leading up to “Captain America 3.”

The original Civil War series was published in 2006, so it seems a bit soon to me, but if Marvel reboots their whole universe as is also speculated, then they can re-do any stories they want.

-DC Film Slate Released:
(deadline.com 10/15/2014)
On Weds Oct 15th, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that there are “at least” 10 DC comic films planned through the year 2020.

Here’s the rundown:
The releases will kick off with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016 as expected, but it was also confirmed that a “Suicide Squad” film will be released in 2016 as well.

2017 brings “Wonder Woman” — with Gal Gadot reprising her “Batman v Superman” role — and also in 2017 is a standalone “Justice League” film, Starring Gadot, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.

In 2018, the studio plans to two individual films, “The Flash” starring Ezra Miller (Not Grant Gustin from TV’s Flash) and also an “Aquaman,” film with Jason Momoa who was officially confirmed to star.

2019 slates the previously reported “Shazam” film and a “Justice League” sequel.

2020 will consist of “Cyborg” and a new “Green Lantern” film.

Finally, a tweet from Warner Bros. on the 15th stated that more Superman and Batman movies are on the way outside of the plan revealed by Tsujihara.

· Comics Worth Reading:

Death of Wolverine #4 (Marvel)
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Steve McNiven
We finally find out how Wolverine dies, and he dies from whiplash because the story moves so fast it kills him. I seriously felt like I missed an issue between #3 & #4, and that’s exactly what happened. Except, I didn’t miss it, Marvel just forgot to write, draw and publish the issue.

The “death” is certainly unfulfilling as I was unclear on who this mysterious doctor was that wanted so badly to kill Wolverine. Ok, so he “created” wolverine by giving him his adamantium skeleton and now he wants a do-over with all new Weapon X’s.

Fine. I do understand that much, but this whole story arc left me with one big question. Why do I care? Wolverine didn’t die doing something important. he died basically trying to save his own skin. Sure, made a tiny heroic sacrifice at the end, but it wasn’t enough for me to care.

Anyway, it’ll all be moot in 6 months when he’s back and it felt like he never actually left. On a final note, I will say that the art by Steve McNiven is some of the best that Marvel has to offer. So, there was that to care about.

Original Sin Annual #1 (Marvel)
STORY BY: Jason Latour (Winter Soldier 2013, Wolverine & the X-Men 2014)
ART BY: Enis Cisic (Newcomer)
This is an interesting story that stretches the limits of Marvel’s continuity by showing us that the 616 Earth has had powerful defenders dating back before Captain America or any other superhero that we know of.

Known as “The Men on the Wall” these heroes inexplicably had advanced technology such as rocket ships, laser guns, and moon bases, going back as far as the early 1900’s. There job was to be a secret force protecting Earth from hostile aliens.They did tis job well, but eventually they were killed off by alien agents one by one until there was only one man left.

If you’ve been reading the entire Original Sin storyline then you know who the last Man on the Wall eventually is, but this is more the story of the people who came before him.

Overall, I liked this comic. It was a fun stand-alone story, as any good Annual issue should be, and because of that I could figure out what was going on even though I only had a vague idea about what’s happening in the rest of Original Sin.

Wild’s End #2 (Boom!)
Writer: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
The cuteness and charm of the characters in this story makes for real fear in the reader when those same characters are faced with danger and  death posed by mechanical alien invaders.

Doomboy Vol. 1 HC (Magnetic Press)
Writer: Sandoval, Tony (Illustrator)
Artist: Sandoval, Tony
Cover Artist: Sandoval, Tony
This is a heartfelt story about love and loneliness, with a bit of mysticism thrown in to serve as a metaphor for things that people feel but can’t quite describe.
More on Doomboy next week!

·Topic of the Week:

Concerning Digital Comics:

Questions are:

• Do you read them? Why or why not?
Yes. I just recently started reading them because of Randy, actually. When I saw all the comics he had on his tablet and how convenient it was for him to just pull up any old issue from his collection, I wanted to get in on that.

• Are they good or bad for comics?
I think they’re good for comics. They give people another way to read them and can serve as advertising for the medium as a whole. I know several people who came back to comics because of the APPS installed on their phones and tablets allowed them to collect comics without the need for long boxes or trips to the book store.

• How do you acquire them/read them?
I buy DRM free through Humble Bundle & download my copies from Marvel to read on my Samsung Galaxy 10 tablet.

• How could the industry do them better?
I think more companies could do what Marvel does and put “free” digital copies in their floppies. This gets people used to the idea of digital and also helps them send free copies to a friend to get them interested.

• Should the price be same or less than print?
It seems like it should be less, because the price of printing seems higher than digital, but maybe all the fees to apple and the cost of the technology is as much as print. But it would be nice and I think more effective at gaining a larger audience if the price of all digital comics was the same as digital music. ($0.99- $1.99)

· This Week’s Highlights:

Goners #1 (Image)
Writer: Semahn, Jacob
Artist: Corona, Jorge
Cover Artist: Corona, Jorge
‘WE ALL FALL DOWN,’ Part One From the colonization of Roanoke to the Cold War, the world famous Latimer Family has been humanity’s lone defense against paranormal horrors for centuries…until tonight. A deadly assault on the lineage forces an unprepared brother and sister to solve their parents’ murder while trying to escape the grim landscape of horrors that stalk the children themselves.
TMNT Ghostbusters #1 (IDW)
Writer: Burnham, Erik
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
When a new invention goes haywire, the Turtles are sent to a whole new type of New York City. One with a whole lot more ghosts… and Ghostbusters! The two teams will have to learn to get along quickly, because a new foe from the Turtles past has followed them and aims to conquer NYC!
Predator Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Mooneyham, Chris
Cover Artist: Brown, Dan
As the Perses begins her long journey home, a deadly stowaway forces the crew into a savage conflict! While the crew defend themselves against this unseen predator, the hunter itself stalks a much more substantial game!

· Panelist Goodbye:

You can find me at zebunation.com. Also at Trollthedice.com for everyone’s favorite Dungeons & Dragon’s podcast.