· 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:
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.
(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:
• 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!
· Panelist Goodbye:
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