June 5, 2023


first of all, you all must be checking out my other site where I post a panel from every issue of The Avengers volume 1.  If you’re fans of marvel and/or want to see how the series progressed in terms of storytelling, characterization, mythos, etc., I think you’ll take pleasure in it.

Second of all, after the break you’ll find tales of suspense, journeys into mystery, and astonishing tales as well, all about the world of comics and related matters.

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STAR WARS. By now you all probably know that Disney gotten out Lucasfilms (for $4.05 billion), and will be launching three a lot more star Wars films—the first to be released in 2015. George Lucas will not be in the scribe or director seat. and that may be a good thing, based on the last three SW films. but the real question for this blog is: What does this indicate for the comics. I know at least one faithful reader recommends Dark Horse’s current star Wars comics, and I’ve read several terrific reviews of them. (Personally, I haven’t been into the franchise considering that Return of the Jedi.) After all, Disney also owns its own comic book company, and they may want to keep the projects for themselves after the current license to Dark horse expires. On the other hand, comic books earn change-under-the-sofa-cushions relative to what Disney makes from movies, toys, and other products, so they may decide that if a small comic company can keep producing quality product to maintain a market presence then it isn’t work muddying Marvel’s bottom line.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: wintertime SOLDIER. It seems odd to be reporting on a motion picture that won’t be released any time soon, but Frank (“Zero Dark Thirty”) Grillo has been cast as the evil Crossbones—the person who shot Captain America. This indicates we’ll probably be seeing sin as well (Red Skull’s daughter). With direction by the dudes who serviced TV’s Community, is there any way this isn’t a wonderful movie?

COMMUNITY CARTOON. Well, not really. but every comic book fan has to also be a fan of the (cancelled?) NBC series Community, so this is news: cartoon Network has bought a season of episodes of a show called Rick & Morty for adult swim, created by Community’s fired designer and show runner Dan Harmon. Coming in 2014.

X-MEN first class will be directed by Bryan Singer. speaking of motion pictures that can in no way possible ever be bad.

LOCKE and KEY…MOVIE? The pilot for Fox didn’t cause a pick up, but there may be a movie. No, scratch that: three movies. That sounds good (Universal is developing it), because I can’t see how the Locke and crucial story can even be begun in just one film.

ALPHA. marvel has solicited a 5-issue “Alpha” miniseries, which indicates that the extremely lame sidekick to Spider-Man won’t die in #700. The good news is, he won’t be “Superior Spider-Man” either. As I’ve reported before, fantastic Spider-Man is being cancelled with #700, and the marvel now book will be “Superior Spider-Man,” but it won’t feature Peter Parker. This is such a silly step that I plan to boycott remarkable Spider-Man on principle. This isn’t the utmost Universe, this is the 616, and I want Peter Parker to be my Spider-Man. I also want him to be Amazing, so I can say I’ve read every issue from the very beginning of one of comicdom’s longest running titles. If that makes me boring or lame or close-minded, so be it.

CHOPPER. The Asylum press horror book about a motorcycling gang member without a head has been optioned for a movie. because Ghost Rider did so well. Honestly, there are some comic creators who clearly seem to be writing storyboards, not comics. and yes, I’m checking out you, mark Millar.