Stuart Immonen

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Friday saw the launch of the brand new line of Star Wars toys and merchandise based on the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. One of the licensees profiting off the resurgence of the Star Wars brand is Marvel Comics, who, like Lucasfilm, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. When Disney bought the rights to all things Star Wars, the task of printing new Wars comics returned to Marvel, the company that first published the graphic novel adventures Luke, Han and Leia after the movie’s release in 1977. At Fan Expo today, “Force Friday” meant talking about Star Wars comics. (more…)

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Captain America with wings?! Now I’ve seen everything. Of course, we haven’t seen too much yet of the new Captain America, AKA: Sam Wilson, the artist soon to be formally known as The Falcon. Marvel Comics today released the first new images from the All-New Captain America #1, featuring several variant covers and about three pages of interior art. As you may or may not remember, it was announced earlier this year with a lot of hype and fanfare that Steve Rogers would soon be stepping away from the mantle of the Star-Spangled Avengers as he ran out of super soldier serum steam, leaving a vacuum in the Marvel Universe. But Cap’s good friend and partner Sam Wilson will step in for all new All-New adventures as the winged Captain America who is off to battle HYDRA and other threats to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Rick Remender is writing the new series with art by Stuart Immonen. Marvel’s press release is below along with several preview images. (more…)

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The rich history of Superman places a burden on those who choose to sift through those 75 years of comics in search of identifying a finite batch of stories that define the character. Frankly, it is a fool’s errand that is guaranteed to rankle readers who have their own ideas about which Superman stories are must read, but that is part of the fun. So we have gone and done just that with an eye toward balance, historic significance, and good old fashioned quality.

Along the way, we hope that any missing tales don’t stand out like a beacon. With Superman’s 75 year history, an all inclusive list is difficult and impossible to narrow down to ten. What we hope to do is share these and maybe have you discover a few new tales or perspectives on the Last Son of Krypton that give new perspective on the hero.

Many call Superman a character that is often boring, over powered or impossible to relate to by those who haven’t looked deep enough into the character’s origins and his long journey from a scribble and a notion that fell out of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster‘s head. That is selling the story telling short. While the Man of Tomorrow is an orphaned alien from a distant world, he is a reflection of us, and has evolved with us for the last seven and a half decades.

The Superman “S” is the second most recognizable symbol in the world. He was the founding Father of the Superhero genre. A complex hero, an outcast, a Christ-like figure, a being comprised of unfathomable strength and virtue, a scared kid, a stoic old “man”, wounded, alone, a savior and someone who has been saved. Superman has been all of these things throughout his existence, and we hope that these stories demonstrate that, so without further ado, we present the Ten Superman Comics that Everyone Should Read. (more…)

COMICS REWIND – ‘Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.’

So, everyone here knows that I basically revere Warren Ellis as a god, right? If not, look back through the archives of this column (anything tagged “Comics Rewind”) and bear witness to my worship. Well, it’s time for another Ellis book this week, one in which he not only twists the superhero genre into his own particular brand of awesome, but makes huge quantities of fun of it along the way. Welcome to Nextwave.

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Marvel Unleases Fear Itself

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We finally have some new information regarding the next Marvel Comics big event, entitled: Fear Itself!

Earlier today, Marvel held a press conference detailing a little bit more about the upcoming big event, which will be written by Matt Fraction with pencils by Stuart Immonen, and is currently slated to hit in April and run seven issues.

The conference, held by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, opened with him describing the current state of fear we are all exposed to:

All you need to do really is turn on a TV, a computer, a radio, and you’re sure to find a pundit, a politician, a prophet out there ready to tell you what you should be afraid of, who’s responsible and why you should be afraid of them. It’s a world divided. At the end of the day, you’ve got to ask yourself who should you trust? Who do you trust? 24 hour news cycles, weather change, WikiLeaks, depression, recession, bailouts, bankers … From World War II to Apollo 11 to September 11; the events that shaped our world have shaped the Marvel Universe

The true nature of the event is still being kept under wraps, but Quesada added, rather mysteriously, “Who will be the eight most worthy on the planet?”
Who indeed …

At the end of the conference, writer Matt Fraction spoke and said that this will be the biggest story Marvel has told, and that fans should expect an “extinction-grade threat.”

Everyone is afraid of something right now … the Marvel heroes versus the god of Fear. The more you fear him, the stronger he gets.

Perhaps this is a reference to Phobos (the god of fear and son of Aries, the god of war), and that he finally goes off his rocker? Stay tuned and find out!

According to IGN, Vice President and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort stated that Fear Itself will be comparable to Civil War in its scope, but more akin to Secret Invasion in the way they handle the tie-in series and crossovers. He also confirmed that the seeds for Fear Itself have been planted over the last year, and that readers should have a good time going back to find them all. A central idea of Fear Itself will revolve around a long-hidden event that occurred at some point in the past that, when revealed, will change the way we look at the Marvel heroes.

Fear Itself hits in April 2011, proceeded by a prelude issue written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Scot Eaton.

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