New Images from Fantastic Four, the Comic Not the Other Thing

- 02-21-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Yesterday, the internet was set a twitter (although it impacted all social media) with the revelation of the cast of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie. But that isn’t the only Fantastic Four getting a new look and a fresh start. Marvel Comics has released five preview pages from Fantastic Four #1, which hits comic book shop shelves on Wednesday as part of the All-New Marvel NOW promotion. (You can really sense the urgency there, can’t you?) (more…)

Marvel VP Praises Comic Re-Numbering

- 12-19-13Comics Posted by JT Stevens

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When Marvel Comics introduced their Marvel NOW! re-numbering initiative that also saw the House of Ideas re-shuffle their creative teams, writer Mark Waid’s Daredevil maintained its count because, quite clearly, it made no sense to re-number a book that had so successfully and recently re-launched.

In the spring, though, Daredevil will begin a new volume with a fresh number 1 issue right around the same time as Marvel launches an Elektra solo book. Are these two events linked? Almost certainly, as Marvel likely figures that Elektra fans will be more apt to jump onto a fresh Daredevil title then they are likely to go back, purchase, and read three dozen back issues before being caught up, but despite the volume switch, this isn’t a hard reboot of Daredevil. Waid and artist Chris Samnee are sticking around as co-plotters and the character’s history remains in place.

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The Bastards Ask: ‘Comic Book Men’ Star Walt Flanagan

- 10-11-13Comics, Featured, Interviews, TV Posted by Team Bastard

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Walt Flanagan is living the dream. He’s got a TV show, draws comics, and he runs a comic shop with a bunch of his friends. Why he would want to let our collection of sad sack and snarky mouth breathers darken his metaphorical doorway is beyond comprehension, but in the interview below, Flanagan fields our questions about comic book reboots, whether he’d advise someone to run their own comic shop, the brick and mortar battle against digital, his upcoming comic book Cryptozoic Man, and the upcoming season of Comic Book Men, which premiers Sunday on AMC at midnight, following The Walking Dead and Talking Dead. (more…)

Marvel Launching New ‘X-Men’ Book Starring…

- 01-14-13Comics Posted by Sarah Moran

… Jubilee, Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel and Psylocke. Notice anything particular awesome about the lineup? It’s all women! And shockingly, Marvel has avoided calling the new book, from Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel, any thing silly like X-Women or Lady Mutants or Xavier’s Girls. It’s simply titled X-Men.

Colors will come from Laura Martin, and if this cover is anything to judge by, I think this new X-Men is going to be a beautiful book.

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I’m a little behind on what’s been happening in the X-books lately, and by a little I mean completely, but I do love Storm sporting the mohawk again. And since I’m basically a Marvel Comics neophyte, can someone tell who’s Rachel? It seems a rather nondescript superhero name. Otherwise, this lineup features a lot of my favorites, and while Jubilee will star I’m excited to see all these ladies working together.

What do you think of this new X-Men team?

Source: Bleeding Cool

COMICS CAVALCADE: So, How’s That Whole Marvel NOW! Thing Going?

- 12-10-12Comics, Featured Posted by Matthew Jackson

So, the grand Not-A-Reboot known as “Marvel NOW!” has been with us for a few weeks at this point. Several books have dropped, quite a few comics have been bought (we’ll know just how many in due course), and everyone’s talking about the new books versus the old books and mulling over the still-more changes to come (quite a few Spider-Man fans are having a rough month). But for me, as well as most of you, the biggest question is “Are the books any damn good?”

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The BastardCast vs Turkeys, Robots, and Grandpa the Flatulent

- 11-23-12Featured Posted by Team Bastard


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This week on Earth-96′s favorite podcast: Jeremy and Jason try to decipher what NASA is hiding with their latest discovery, wonder if the rise of the illiterates sunk SyFy‘s battleship, and examine Marvel Now! (Thats their exclamation point, not ours.)

After that (and before it in some cases, this is hardly chronological, baby) the fellows dismiss Glee‘s geek grab, ponder when the Star Wars rumor mill will spin off it’s axis and crush us all, and mourn the death of Dirty Jobs.

Also, with hockey on ice (clever!) many kindly Canadians are rushing out to buy things that they can put into themselves and their special ladies — we talk about the rise in sex toy purchases up north, Jeremy reveals his strongly held views on armless hump balls, and Jason reveals a very special story about his… well you’ll just have to listen won’t you?

Still craving more giblets? How about this week’s VERSUS where Jason and Jeremy tussle over who would win in a stand-off for the world’s last Cabage Patch Dolls — BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPERS VS. AN ORK HOARD!


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When is Spider-Man Not Spider-Man? When [Spoiler] [Spolier] Peter’s [Spoiler]

- 11-21-12Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

As part of the Marvel NOW shake-up, The Amazing Spider-Man will wrap up with issue #700 to be released late next month, but it appears that the series isn’t going to end quietly. Spoilers lay after the jump… (more…)

Interview: Todd McFarlane Talks Marvel, Reboots, Spawn, Creating Image, and More

- 11-21-12Comics, Featured, Interviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

Todd McFarlane is one of the true forces in modern comics. A rockstar artist and writer who left Marvel 20 years ago to take his pencil and create a new icon in Spawn and co-create a new company in Image Comics, McFarlane is now taking time to reflect on his career, the industry altering decision to help form Image, and the evolution of his signature style in The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil is in the Details.

I had the opportunity to speak with McFarlane a few weeks ago about the inception of Image, his new book, his thoughts on reboots, what Marvel and DC have become, the business side of toys, and Spawn. The result is an in-depth look inside the mind of one of comicdom’s most influential and opinionated individuals. Enjoy.  (more…)

NYCC 2012 Interview: One and a Half Questions with Neal Adams

- 10-12-12Comics, Interviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

One constant, at every con I have ever been too, has been Neal Adams catering too a full gaggle of fans as he smiled, autographed, and sketched for them. Adams is a legend, one of the golden Gods of the comic industry who is as famous for his work on Batman, X-Men, and the Green Lantern as he is respected for his role as a key advocate for creator rights and struggling comic professionals.

Tonight at the New York Comic Con, on Preview Night, I again spied that same sight: Adams holding court. This time though, there was a rare break in the crowd and a moment where I — somewhat selfishly — went over to shake the man’s hand, tell him how much I admired his work and then — in a real height of greediness – I asked if I could ask him a question or two for you folks, and he was nice enough to agree. Here is my question (and a half*) micro-interview with Neal Adams.

The New 52, and all the reboots: do you think that they kind of short change the work that you and your contemporaries have done?
Neal Adams: I don’t see how, I mean what does it do to short change?
Maybe it wipes away the history, takes away the incentive for people to go look at back issues?
Adams: I can’t even imagine such a thing, they’ll [the reader] go look at back issues. And we don’t know what their plans are, do we? It may totally re-present the whole thing. I mean, the only thing that I think about is it seems like they’re trying to start anew by redesigning costumes with really bad designs. It’s like Superman, will we ever see Superman again? Are they doing it because of the lawsuit? I don’t know what the answer is, it just seems like it’s all cloaked in mystery.

And I keep on seeing these guys with these armored suits with lines all over them and wondering whether or not this is a serious attempt at refurbishing characters or just an attempt to draw lines over the suits. I mean, it’s sort of up to the film companies to clutter up the suits isn’t it? Not up to the comic book companies. Artists don’t even like to draw all these lines. So is this a permanent plan or is this a shot in the dark or just screwing around?

I have no idea and I don’t think anybody does.

Do you think the current creators are doing enough for Golden or Silver age creators who are struggling right now?”

Adams: Absolutely. As far as I know, I don’t know any who are struggling, but any problem that comes up we solve it…

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Alright, here is where the half a question thing comes into play, and this is one of those “only at a Con” things that I witnessed. Mid-answer, Mr. Adams was greeted at his booth by visionary director and writer Guillermo del Toro who I then happily shook hands with before standing quiet while Adams and he exchanged pleasantries and Mr. Adams said that they should work together. Afterward, I blessed that possible future union, begged Mr. Adams to let me be the first to have witnessed a neat bit of comic book history — the birth of an Adams/del Toro collaboration — and then thanked him and let him get back to his sketching. As I said, only at a con.

Be sure to check out Mr. Adams’ website and keep an eye on Nerdbastards.com for all of your NYCC needs and for more exclusive — though less guerrilla type – interviews for you during the rest of New York Comic Con.

 

 

 

COMICS CAVALCADE: Marvel NOW! and Learning to Embrace the Inevitable

- 10-08-12Comics, Featured Posted by Matthew Jackson

(Remember COMICS REWIND? Well, guess what? It’s COMICS CAVALCADE now. Why? I just got tired of rewinding, I guess. I wanted a column where I could talk about back issues that I love alongside current stuff that interests me. I wanted a broader range. And thanks to a little discussion with Luke, this is what you get. I’ll be doing this every two weeks, and who knows what I’ll come up with. Enjoy.)

People ask me about Marvel NOW! with astonishing regularity. They ask me about it more than they asked me about the New 52, more than they asked me about The Dark Knight Rises, more even than they ask me about the Star Wars prequels (that seems to be the go-to topic of conversation when you tell people that you write about science fiction on the internet; I’m not sure why). At any rate, my point is that Marvel NOW! has people talking, but almost none of the talk I hear is about enthusiasm. No, friends, this is the stuff of confusion and doubt and sometimes outright frustration. So I’m here to tell everyone, on the eve of the Marvel NOW! launch, that it’s time to just relax already.

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