06 Oct

C.C. Off-Week Notes (Ep 7)


For the week of October 6th 2014.


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I’m not on the podcast for Episode 7, but I’ll keep up on the show notes just so I don’t fall out of practice.

· This Week’s Comic News:

–Juaquin Phoenix will not play Dr. Strange.
(EW.com. Anthony Breznican on Oct 2, 2014)
After three months of talking, sources close to the negotiations say that Marvel and Joaquin Phoenix were unable to come to an agreement on  the Dr. Strange movie. Director Scott Derrickson is now looking for a new actor to fill the role of Marvel’s iconic Sorcerer Supreme. There are already rumors that Ethan Hawke may be a candidate for the role, due to his prior working relationship with Derrickson, but those rumors are very preliminary at this point.

–Humbe (Book) Bundle
Oni Press Humble Bundle has $350 worth of cool digital books for just $15.  Get Scott Pilgrim, Stumptown, Letter 44, Sixth Gun, I Was The Cat, and many more! Choose how much you want to spend and how much of that money goes to support Oni Press, Humble Bundle, and the charity directrelief.org.

Visit Humble Bundle to get them all.

–All-New X-Factor: Cancelled
(Comicbook.com By Russ Burlingame 10/03/2014)

All-New X-Factor writer, Peter David, confirmed that the series will conclude with issue #20. On his blog, David sited lack of direct market sales as the reason the book was cancelled.

“All I did was write a book that got tons of positive write-ups,” he said. “Which I guess is enough to encourage people to buy it when it comes out in trades, oblivious to the fact that books get cancelled when you do that.” He also added, “To the best of my knowledge, digital sales don’t count. It comes down to whether enough people are buying the book on the stands. And when enough people find alternatives and it kills the sales, the book goes away.””

The latest issues of “All-New X-Factor” to be solicited are December’s issues #17 and #18. So, Issues #19 & #20 will probably be released early next year.

· Comics Worth Reading:

Captain America (2012-) #25 (Marvel)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Pacheco, Carlos (Age of Ultron #6-10, Captain America vol. 6 #10-15)
Cover Artist: Immonen, StuartH
Hmm. I’ve got issues with this issue. I probably wouldn’t talk about this book on the podcast because I would be critical of it on many levels. The art is nice. Other than that, I was disappointed. Disappointed with the reveal of the New Cap, the anticlimactic resolution of Arnim Zola, and with the various twists of loyalty by Jet Zola. I did like the buildup to Axis and the coming of Red Skull, but that was just a brief moment.

Thor #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell (CYCLOPS)
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
In this issue we learn who becomes the new Lady Thor! Kinda. We learn for sure that Thor is badly broken by the loss of his worth to wield the hammer Mjolnir. We also learn how the man formerly known as Thor loses his arm. We also learn that Odin is back and is taking charge of Asgardia back from the All-Mother. So much learning!

Death of Wolverine #3 (Marvel)
Writer: Charles Soule (Twenty Seven, Superman/Wonder Woman)
Artist: Steve McNiven (Captain America, Amazing Spiderman)
Cover Steve McNiven
Kitty Pryde makes a cameo here to aide Wolverine in his quest to find the villain whose put a massive price on his head. After battling one mysterious enemy to a standstill, he’s given the information he needs to finish things at set up the final conflict that’s sure to happen in the 4th and final issue.

· This Week’s Highlights:

Aliens vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Sebela, Christopher
Artist: Olivetti, Ariel
Cover Artist: Gist, E.M.
As the mercenary crew of the Perses leave the horror of LV-223 behind them, one passenger reveals a terrible new danger, and the crew soon find themselves in a deadly struggle between predator and prey!

Batgirl #35 (DC)
Writer: Stewart, Cameron
Artist: Tarr, Babs
Cover Artist: Stewart, Cameron
Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes

Dark Ages #3 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Fortified in a secluded monastery, the heathen mercenaries discover a strange new ally in their war against the demons from the sky. But this new discovery reveals a conflict much older-and much more deadly-than any of them could have imagined!

The October Faction #1 (IDW)
Writer: Niles, Steve
Artist: Worm, Damien
Cover Artist: Worm, Damien
The creative team behind Monster & Madman would like to introduce you to the ongoing adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family

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!

Hawkeye Vol. 3: LA Woman TP (Marvel)
Writer: Fraction, Matt
Artist: Pulido, Javier
Cover Artist: TBD,
Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York, life and Clint Barton – but she can’t escape trouble! Because Madame Masque is hanging out poolside with the rich and famous, as well! As Kate helps a reclusive and sixties-damaged pop-music genius find his lost masterpiece, Madame Masque finds Kate. By which we mean starts trying to kill her again. This one has it all! Characters! Plot! Story! Dialogue! Theme! Meaning! Message! Action! A little exposition! Fire! Arrows! Criminals! Neighbors! Large bodies of water! Clients! Cops who don’t care! A system that victimizes the victims! The dog! In a broken town where cynicism and apathy has its claws around the throat of the good and decent, Lady Hawkguy is the only hero you can trust! Collecting HAWKEYE (2012) #14, #16, 18, #20 and ANNUAL #1.

· Panelist Goodbye:

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