Donald Glover Lives the Dream as Ultimate Spider-Man in Disney XD Series

- 08-26-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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You might recall an enthusiastic push from fans prior to the casting of Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man to give the role to Community co-star Donald Glover. You might even remember Glover egging that campaign on, and wearing Spider-Man pajamas in the second season premiere of Community. True, Glover didn’t get the part, but when the nerd gods close a door, they also open a window. And with that, we get the news that Glover has been cast to give voice to Ultimate universe Spidey Miles Morales in the new season of the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. (The series is being re-named for its third season.) (more…)

The Captain’s New Clothes – WTF Did They Do To Ultimate Captain America ?!?!?

- 06-19-12Comics Posted by Mark Poynter

Ultimate Captain America is making his return to the Ultimate comic page following the death of Peter Parker last year. Ultimates #13 will feature Cap with a whole new look courtesy of artist Billy Tan.

IGN talked with writer Sam Humphries about bringing Cap back after so long an absence:

“Out there in the wilderness, he’s been thinking about all the big issues, like, what am I doing acting like a superhero? What are my duties in the 21st century? Am I still a soldier? Why did I survive decades encased in ice? For what purpose? Am I living up to that purpose? At the same time, while he was absent from duty on his little vision quest, America fell apart. That’s got to weigh heavily on a man who wears the stars and stripes.”

This may be the most drastic redesign the Captain America character has ever had in any universe. Tan added:

“It’s my design based on Sam’s descriptions — WWII roots, Iraq War-style chest armor, cargo pants, boots… a very military look in Cap’s way. He probably has to hand paint the ‘A’ on the helmet himself since he doesn’t have the luxury of having S.H.I.E.L.D. painting him a perfect one.”

What do you think of this new Ultimate look?

This NerdBastard thinks this change is just a hair from being as bad as the Gruenwald armored Captain America pictured below

Lords of Kobal, that was a horrendous costume look for Captain America.

It’s those shoulder pads in the new look that draw most of this NerdBastards’ ire. If you want Cap to have a more military look, maybe draw from actual military field uniforms and body arm0ur used by American military forces.

One last nagging thing. Apparently Cap can paint perfect stars for his chest armour and shoulder pads, but can’t stay inside the lines when it comes to painting an “A” on his helmet.

Via: IGN

Quesada’s Sick of Bitching About New Spidey Toon

- 05-15-12TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Marvel is basking in fan adulation of the big screen Avengers movie, but not all’s well in Marvel land. Some of you guys out there are apparently not so fond of the new Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. The series, which premiered on Disney XD earlier this year, is being pegged by some viewers as being too kid-friendly and silly. Here’s a sample of some of the criticism courtesy of Superhero Hype forums:

“My issue isn’t that this is a show which seeks to be lighter and sillier; my issue is that it does such a thing so poorly, while also attempting suspenseful bits alongside it which don’t match. If Two-Face wrote a sitcom, I can’t imagine it being more of a contrast with itself than this show seems to be. The skill that it takes to weave both humor and suspense alongside each other is a skill these writers and producers mostly lack on this project, to put it simply.”

Anyway, a Comic Book Movie user called strugler has been repeatedly trying to the a response out of Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada. Recently, Quesada finally decided to take the bait and let ‘er rip on his Twitter page:

“As I said before, I respect your opinion on the matter, but Tweeting me every week isn’t really going to help your case. While you and a few other posters may like to complain about the show, there are many, many more fans who like it. We are well into working on season 2, so my suggestion at this point is if you don’t like the show, you shouldn’t be watching it. I hate to be this blunt about it, but I feel like you should devote your energies to other endeavors at this point other than watching a show you clearly hate and then complaining about it. Like I said, I respect your opinion, but I’m pretty sure that nothing we do at this point will make you happy.”

He’s not wrong. There’s been something like 600 Spider-Man animated series created over the years, so if you don’t like this one, there are other Spider-Man options out there.

So, you know, suck it haters.

Source: Blastr

Animated Ultimate Spider-man Trailer

- 03-16-12Comics, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

A full-length trailer for the upcoming Disney XD show “Ultimate Spider-man” has hit the Internet, and it shows a Spider-Man a bit different than the classic or Ultimate for that matter, one we know and love.

Instead of retelling the Spider-Man origin story for a new generation, the cartoon focuses on the way Spidey’s life changes after he teams up with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s a lot of pretty cool bells and whistles in this trailer, Spidey’s Iron armour, Dr. Doom, SHIELD super spy stuff like the motorcycle.

What do you think about this move away from the traditional Spider-man to a Bond like agent of SHEILD? This NerdBastard is interested to see where they take this story. Remember that great “What If?” about Daredevil as an agent of SHIELD? 

Take a look and let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think about this animated Ultimate Spider-man. 

Check Out Two Clips from New ‘Ultimate Spidey’ Animated

- 03-08-12TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Obviously, someone watched Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans before sitting down to plan out this version of animated Spider-Man. The humor, gags and quick cuts all seem to be directed to the ADD addled, which is cool I guess, but considering this is the 1,783rd version of a Spider-Man animated series the approach seems rather simplistic. Check out the clips for yourself below:

Of course, you judge a series by two clips on the internet, so I guess we’ll have to wait till the premiere on April 1st to see if we’re April Fools, or Marvel is.

Source: Topless Robot

First Look: ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ Animated Series

- 03-03-12Comics, TV Posted by Luke Gallagher

Get pumped, webheads, as the  Ultimate Spider-Man animated series is set to be released on April 1st, 2012 on Disney XD. In anticipation for the latest animated incarnation, Marvel has released the first film clip from the series over at Entertainment Weekly

Ultimate Spider-Man, will follow the adventures of Peter Parker as a superpowered high schooler. The series’ creative team includes nerd approved names like Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Paul Dini. (Drake Bell, of Drake & Josh fame, will play Spidey.) Check out an exclusive clip from the series, featuring an appearance by Nick Fury.

I wanna like this show, but it just looks so lame. A fun a and playful tone just doesn’t work for me. I’m sorry but nothing can beat the 90’s Spider-man cartoon.

Until an embed code becomes available, click on the image below to watch the clip:

Source: EW

Sibling Rivalry: “Spider-Men” is Marvel’s Answer to DC’s “Watchmen”

- 02-02-12Comics, WTF? Posted by Veronique Medrano

Before you put down that cup of joe and officially wake up this morning, take a gander at news right off the heels of DC’s big announcement  for Watchmen. Wait for it…Marvel has released teaser art for a new addition to the Spider-man canon yet again. With a release date set for June 2012, Peter Parker is back in what is speculated by some websites to be a crossover into the Ultimate Universe with Miles Morales, or he could be featured in his own Ultimate arc altogether (Ultimate Peter Parker). So once again, siblings in rivalry, Marvel and DC have brought out two events that will effect a popular and well known canon.

I’m not sure if I’m completely on board with this new addition to the Spidery-verse, whatever way you look at the new edition for the Spider-man arc it almost seems to be taking away from a new and original spin on the current Spidey aka Miles Morales. This “chicana” doesn’t approve! Rob Bricken from Topless Robot put it best, in that this visual teaser:

” is a picture of the Peter Parker Ultimate Spider-Man’s logo and the new Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man’s logo, just mushed together.”

So I add to my argument, that if the company takes a step backward and returns Peter Parker to the Ultimate Universe, it will negate any progress made into Miles Morales’ story line, which has only been in print for about 6-8 months. Is there something I’m not seeing? Are sales for the Ultimate Spider-man Miles Morales not meeting quota or are you doing what I suspect, which is adding to the canon in a way that really isn’t necessary at the moment for the hype. There is no reason to reset a canon again, but if this is just a particular arc that will have Peter go away soon after, and leave Miles Morales with more experience and ready to take on an even bigger challenge in his respective Universe then I could possibly live with this announcement.

Yet as of this moment, Spider-Men is not letting out a peep on its story line or purpose. Stay tuned, ’cause I’m sure the announcement will be coming soon.

Attack Of The New Comics Wednesday: 11-09-2011

- 11-09-11Comics, reviews Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

My usual Wednesday trip to my local comic store is impossible this week as I’ve been on the couch recovering from a minor surgery to a very tender and major part of my body (guess what it is and win a prize!) So it’s off to the new and exciting world of same day digital comics for me!

I have downloaded digital comics in the past, picking up mass amounts of back issues when they have a sale, sitting in airports bored and looking to spend money or just wanting to buy comic books without having to bother with pants. Seeing as just about every electronic device I own can display digital comics (come on microwave and coffee maker, pick up your game) this should be easy, right?

Maybe not.

Just a couple of quick thoughts on the current state of comic industry going digital. The slew of Comixology apps are still rather clumsy and while I like how I buy a comic once and can read it on any device, why do I have to download it on each one? Is it not possible to just stream the data? As I sat on the couch with my new best friend, a bag of frozen peas (oh, a clue to what the surgery could have been) I got a little frustrated having to wait for each one of them to download. Add in the fact that while I like my iPad, call me old fashioned but it’s never going to replace the joy of reading a comic on paper or killing 20 minutes to an hour in a comic store.

So lets get to the books, up ahead its Marvels big tease for 2012, we check in with the new Spider-Man that had people who never read a comic all up in arms, the latest issue of Green Lantern and we’re off to Cuba for spies and espionage.

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‘Teen Titans’ Gets Token Gay Guy

- 09-20-11Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Not to be outdone, considering that the new Ultimate Spider-Man is the half-black/half-Latino Miles Morales, DC Comic is introducing Bunker, a Mexican lad who’s openly gay. How do you know he’s gay? He wears a sweater vest over a purple and pink shirt. Natch.

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Ultimate Spiderman Has a New Face

- 08-02-11Comics Posted by Mark Poynter

There he is in all his glory, the new Ultimate Spiderman. Marvel comics in another of a long string of “screw you fan boy” moves has released to the press all the details of the changes in Ultimate Spiderman instead of letting fans discover them on their own.

Don’t worry though, I am sure your local store will limit the amount of copies anyone can buy because of the usual influx of people who only saw the press statements and see big dollar signs in their single issue comic book collecting. What a bunch of morons. I can’t even be happpy that new people are buying comics, history has shown that these people do nothing to add to the comic book community besides showing up in the comic book store a year or so later trying to sell that same comic back to the store. Ok, i’m climbing back down off my Internet high horse.

Below is the opening of the Marvel Press release:

Pop culture history will be made tomorrow as ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4 hits shelves and introduces readers to the all-new Ultimate Comics Spider-Man! That’s right, for the first time ever, someone other than Peter Parker will be Spider-Man! But, after the death of Peter Parker, who will rise up to defend the Ultimate Universe? Meet Miles Morales, a seemingly normal teenager from New York who will soon discover that with great power comes great responsibility…and even greater danger! But just what are the secrets behind Miles’ shocking abilities? What’s his connection to the original Spider-Man? And just why does he wear that costume? Courtesy of superstars Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4 begins the story that’ll have everyone talking for years to come!

“When the opportunity arose to create a new Spider-Man, we knew it had to be a character that represents the diversity—in background and experience—of the twenty-first century,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor in Chief. “Miles is a character who not only follows in the tradition of relatable characters like Peter Parker, but also shows why he’s a new, unique kind of Spider-Man—and worthy of that name.”