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It’s been a source of tremendous controversy, but yes fans, Marvel Comics is wrapping up its run of Fantastic Four in 2015. Whether it’s a truly creative decision, or whether it’s spite on the part of Marvel to punish Twentieth Century Fox for holding on to the rights of the first family of superheroes with a death grip, but at this point the end of the Fantastic Four is nigh. For now, anyway. Marvel has released today a first look at the issue that kicks off this final (for now) Fantastic Four story arc. Naturally, it’s chock full of guest stars, including the “All New Captain America,” so you know this is going to be good (and long-lasting). (more…)

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It’s been grinding in the rumor mill since last summer, but over the weekend at New York Comic Con Marvel confirmed that yes, next year the Fantastic Four will be cancelled with issue #642, and just in time for the big screen release of the new Fantastic Four movie, which is not being released by Disney/Marvel Studios. Of course Marvel Comics isn’t spinning it that way, they’re calling this a “closing act” for the super-team, which implies that the long-running comic is coming to some kind of natural conclusion. Still, the stink of competitive corporate sabotage is on this move, even as Marvel assures that this will be ending that fans will enjoy. (more…)

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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…)

DC Confirms: Alan Scott is Gay

DC Comics’ big news announcing the they were making gay a “major” character in the New 52 has been somewhat muted by the fact that the character in question is Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott. The USA Today is officially reporting today that Scott is the “major” character that DC is making gay in the new series Earth 2, a fact which is already known and has been dissected by fans, including our own Bastardcast.

“He’s going to be the leader of the team, this dynamic hero, he’ll do anything to save people, the bravest man on the planet. Why not just make him gay as well?” Earth 2 writer James Robinson told USA Today.

“What I really want to do with this character is make the fact that he’s gay to be a part of who he is and not to be the one identifying aspect of him,” Robinson adds. “And have his humor and his bravery be as much or more a part of him as his sexuality.”

I don’t think anyone’s going to have a problem diversifying the superhero line-up with a gay character, but is this such a huge leap forward as Robinson and the DC staff are playing at? Really, when they said “huge character,” I thought they meant Green Lantern, not Alan Scott Green Lantern. And really, does anyone outside of the comic book collecting community appreciate the difference between the various Green Lanterns – Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and Alan Scott. Oh, and as Earth 2‘s name implies, it takes place in another universe and is not part of the main DCU, so there’s that little piece of trivia in the face of this being a “shake-up.”

I think we all applaud the effort and the ideal, but this announcement seems to be all hat and no cat, as they say.

Source: Topless Robot