It only took a whisper from Nick Fury to shatter Thor’s world, and we’re still waiting to find out exactly what the Watcher knew about Thor, but now it seems there’s a new hammer on the horizon for our favorite Odinson. Writer Jason Aaron and artist Olivier Coipel might just have the answers we’re all seeking, Thor and Thor fans alike, in the new The Unworthy Thor series. (more…)
…Hobby. Collecting antique pie plates. Now you know. Joking aside, it would make sense that Marvel Comics, free to create not just a whole new expanded universe, but have it officially recognized as part of Star Wars canon, would throw a curve ball into the story we think we know. In that spirit, the latest issue of Star Wars features a surprising twist for one of the main characters from the Original Trilogy. In a move that’s sure to be almost as controversial as Greedo shooting first – well, maybe – there’s a piece of information revealed at the end of Star Wars #6, which hits the stands today, that reveals Princess Leia is not the first woman to win the heart of the charming rogue captain of the Millennium Falcon. (more…)
The Walt Disney Company‘s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 covered all levels of the Star Wars machine. Sure, it meant new movies and TV projects, but it also meant that all facets of Star Wars would be brought under the Disney umbrella, and one of those spokes is Marvel Comics. The move meant that the popular, expansive expanded universe created by Dark Horse Comics would come to an end, but it was a good piece of corporate synergy, and not only that, it would be a homecoming for the Star Wars brand, which first took comic form at Marvel in the 70s. Fans have been waiting to see what the House of Mouse and Ideas had in store, and today your imagination is somewhat teased with a press release and some art that suggests a blast from the past. (more…)
After the traumatic events of the ‘Original Sin’ storyline, Male Thor has been rejected by his “best friend” and is having a hard time dealing. He is distraught in the face of forced failure, but somebody has to be a Thor because the power of Thor is Asgard’s greatest weapon. The god’s prized possession Mjolnir sits stubbornly on the surface of the Moon while Male Thor struggles to budge it with everything he’s got. And he gets zero sympathy from his father Odin, who just berates him for being tricked by dark magic. Dumbfounded at not being able to lift the mighty hammer himself, Odin decrees that there simply must be a Thor. Male or female, Thor’s gotta happen. And on the day when the chosen men were deemed unworthy, there came a lady to take up the mantle. (more…)
When Marvel Comics announced earlier this summer that they were relaunching Thor, it didn’t come as much of a surprise, Marvel does this sort of thing every couple of months after all. But turning the God of Thunder into the Goddess of Thunder?! Now there’s something newsworthy. Thor #1 hits the comic book store shelves next month, marking the first appearance of the new Thor with lady parts. It’s quite a bold and brazen new direction for the character, but can it succeed? Writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman are betting on it, and so is Marvel. And if you want to bet on it to, then you should check out the following press release and accompanying gallery of covers, variant covers and interiors. (more…)
It looks like yet another Vertigo title will be heading to the television screen, folks. We’ve already heard about Constantine and Preacher, and Sandman is getting the movie treatment, so it only makes sense that DC’s mature comic line would be generating even more interest from the industry world. The newest addition to the family is a series called Scalped and it will be coming to WGN America. (more…)
It’s rare enough when a comic series decides to kill one of its characters, rarer still when the character to get the axe is someone that’s been around for half-a-century. But Marvel is taking the plunge and offing someone that’s been with them for a very, very long time – The Watcher. (more…)
And we’ve come to the end of our journey (or at least, the end of this particular limited-series-that-gives-way-to-more-limited-series-and-also-by-the-way-go-buy-these-relaunches). Six months ago I decided to make an effort and review my first superhero event comic as it happened (I’ve reviewed more than a few retroactively, reading them all at once), and it’s been an interesting ride. Regular readers of these reviews will know that I’ve been largely impressed with the events of Avengers vs. X-Men. I’ve even defended some decisions that my fellow comics fans couldn’t stand (see issue #11). So now the tale is told, issue #12 is out, and I have to lay out my final verdict. As much as I’d like to launch into another strong defense of the book, though, I have to admit, for the first time, that for all its promise, AvX #12 ended with much more of a whimper than a bang.
I was thinking today after reading Avengers vs. X-Men #9 about how important character moments are to really good event comics. I think we’ve already established that I’m not cynical about these things. I like superheroes and explosions and big displays of superpower awesome, so I can still enjoy an event just fine if it’s shallow and spangly. But those moments that tell you who these heroes are put things over the top and make good events great. I’m not ready to say yet if Avengers vs. X-Men is a great event (we still have three issues to go after all), but this week’s issue definitely packed a serious character punch.
“Wow. Avengers vs. X-Men. So this is really happening.” – Spider-Man
Yes it is. After a prelude and a first issue that was basically just more prelude, the much-hyped battle between the Avengers and the X-Men has finally come to blows. Cyclops threw down the gauntlet last issue and now the two greatest superteams in the Marvel Universe have stopped talking and started punching. So how does this action-heavy issue stand up to all those high expectations?