For the week of October 20th 2014.
· This Week’s Comic News:
-Marvel’s Civil War
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:
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:
• 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:
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