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You’re riding the elevator, you look up as the door opens and who walks in but Kevin Fiege and Amy Pascal. You notice the floor button Fiege pushes and now you know you’ve got the time it takes this elevator to get there to make your pitch. You wipe the doughnut crumbs off your shirt, pull up your pants, and swallow that lump in your throat as you decide to give them your best elevator pitch on how they should use Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)

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Diversity is a loaded word when it comes to the four-color world of comic books and superheroes. For some, it’s an eye-rolling attempt at political correctness to force characters of different colors and religious and sexual persuasions into stories that supposedly don’t need them. Others see it as cynical money grab by tone-deaf publishers, namely DC and Marvel, to improve sales by enticing noob readers into buying books with characters who look like them on the covers. Me, I see it as strips of the quilt that has made up my reading material in and out of comics since I foolishly ripped the pages out of a copy of Charlotte’s Web my mother gave me when I was seven to make paper airplanes. I don’t need to be able to relate to a character before I pick up a book no matter the genre because I’m just as likely to be the last survivor of the planet Krypton as I am the reincarnated soul of a bloodthirsty mercenary sent back to Earth as a spawn of Hell. So just make sure the yarn holds my attention and I’ll judge it on its own merits. However, when I do find a character I see some of myself in, I’m hooked for life. Heroes and a few villains like Easy Rawlins, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Nino Brown, and Black Manta. But when I saw Black Lightning, the protector of Suicide Slum, on the cover of a Justice League of America comic in 1979, I said that’s me.  (more…)

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Earlier today, DC Comics announced that following this spring’s Convergence event their entire line-up will be overhauled and a bold new direction for the comic company will begin, one focused on diversity, accessibility, and every other buzzword comic book companies use to describe major shake-ups such as this.

Still, when you look into the details it seems that DC might have some method to this madness. Fresh talent working with long time veterans. Bestselling fan-favorite series will be joined by a very interesting (and surprising) list of new titles. (more…)

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This one time when I was broke as hell, I sold my Deadpool’s first appearance (New Mutants) to a comic book store for extra cash. It always hurts when you do that, but sometimes we’re backed up against a wall and we do what we gotta do. But, in all honesty, any time I let loose of something Deadpool related, I die inside. That’s why I think that this era is a great one for new comic book fans. The Merc With The Mouth is set to have his own personal ho-down during the upcoming Secret Wars throwdown. We’ve already talked about the emergence of ‘A-Force’ today. Let’s talk about ‘D-Force.’ (stop being mad. I made that up) (more…)

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Marvel took to ‘The View’ today and wowed comic book fans with the announcement of a new title. It will be called ‘A-Force,’ and the roster will be all-female. G. Willow Wilson, of ‘X-Men’ fame, and Angela: Asgard’s Assassin’ writer Marguerite Bennett will headline while ‘X-Men’ artist Jorge Molina provides the pencils. According to the source, these queens of beatdown will take over the protection of Earth while everyone else is whisked away to Battleworld during ‘Secret Wars.’ We’re also expecting the debut of a cosmically powered heroine named Singularity. Sound enticing? Then you know exactly what to do next. (more…)

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The long and varied comic book career of Louis Small Jr. goes as far back as the early 90’s. He helped put Harris Comics on the map as the original artist for Vampirella. His pencil worked a unique blend of sexiness and horror while he quietly built a worldwide fanbase. He has social media pages dedicated to him and he never hesitates to book a table at a comic convention if he can make it. His illustration portfolio includes Supergirl, Ka-Zar, Dark Dominionand over two decades worth of others. With gig experience all over nerdom, from DC Comics to his own independent projects, Small is one of many personable and talented workhorses that power the industry, yet cruise below the lion’s share of radars.  So personable, in fact, that he obliged our request for an interview. This is what he had to say. (more…)

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Marvel recently released a new digital comic, Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Scepter’d Isle (Say that five times fast), that lays it all out for anyone speculating about how Marvel will handle Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch’s (Elizabeth Olsen) origins when translating them from the comics to the big screen in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Gotta warn you, there be spoilers ahead and if you want to stay blissfully unaware… don’t click-through. If you do, it’s all on you. (more…)

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We all know how far people will go when it comes to making sure their Cosplay outfits are up to scratch. With a myriad conventions becoming worldwide institutions and attracting bigger crowds every year such as San Diego Comic Con, the photographs of some of these outfits are sublime. Moreover, in recent years there have been outfits that have been the result of much blood, sweat and tears, such as the vast array of superhero outfits like Xenomorphs, Predators, Mech Suits and Iron Man replicas that provide us all with something to marvel at (did you see what I did there?). As it stands, most people know just how far to take it but there are always a minority of individuals’ out there that like to take things that little bit further, toying with the translucent lines of societal norms. Which brings us to this absolutely insane Redskull cosplay (more…)

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There’s been talk around the internet about Superman rocking a new costume. I can get next to that as sometimes you gotta freshen things up – just as long as you don’t stray too far away from the original stuff. Wolverine did it when he went from yellow to brown, but that was a well designed fluke. Not everybody can pull that off. Personally, I see no way around updating Superman without the blue and red. The changes are thankfully minimal, but they also come with a brand new way for him to destroy someone he doesn’t like. Yes, you read that right. Somebody decided that Superman wasn’t omnipotent enough and now he’s got to have this new power. This new, unbelievably awesome and destructive new power. (more…)

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The 15 second teaser for the teaser trailer hit the Internet yesterday to get everyone geared up for today’s full teaser trailer from Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil series. It was easy to complain about yesterday’s teaser-teaser because after you took out the intro and the credits, we only really got 5 seconds of material to gawk at. This time we get a ton of stuff to look at, listen to, and of course speculate on. (more…)