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Monday, February 23, 2015

‘Wonder Woman’ Solo Film Will Begin Shooting This Fall

I used to love Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman TV shows when I was a kid, they both showed me that a woman could have strength and character and be a hero. I hope this is good!

From Comics Alliance:

Last we heard, Warner Bros. hadn’t yet officially given the Wonder Woman solo film the green light, which wasn’t entirely surprising given that a script wasn’t firmly in place. But this weekend brought good news on the Wonder Woman front: shooting will begin this fall for the hero’s upcoming solo adventure, with — as previously confirmed — Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad vet Michelle MacLaren in the director’s chair.

In an unrelated casting story over at Deadline, the trade reports that filming for Wonder Woman will begin later this year, with Gal Gadot in the leading role. Gadot will make her first appearance as the hero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 before moving onto her solo film, which is set for release in 2017. The actress will then reprise the part for the first Justice League film, hitting theaters later in 2017.


MacLaren will direct from a script by Pan screenwriter Jason Fuchs, marking the director’s second feature film effort (she previously directed the 2006 low budget thriller Population 436). MacLaren also recently helmed the second episode of AMC’s Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff focusing on Walter White’s lawyer, Saul Goodman.

WB is reportedly planning a Wonder Woman trilogy, with the first film set in the 1920s on Paradise Island, the home of Themyscira/Diana Prince and the Amazons. When a mysterious stranger arrives asking for her help, our hero follows him to our world, where Wonder Woman finds herself disappointed by the vast gender inequality. The second film would follow Wonder Woman during World War II, in the ‘30s and ‘40s, while a third film would move her to present day with the Justice League.

It’s also been reported that Batman v Superman will explain Wonder Woman’s origins, which seems a bit redundant with the solo film also addressing her beginnings.

We’ll see Wonder Woman make her debut when Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25, 2016. The Wonder Woman solo film is set for release on June 23, 2017, with the first Justice League film arriving on November 10, 2017.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Marvel Solicts May 2015

Thank you sandman!

From IGN:  http://m.ca.ign.com/articles/2015/02/17/marvel-comics-solicitations-for-may-2015

FORCE #1

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G. WILLOW WILSON & MARGUERITE BENNETT (w) • JORGE MOLINA (a)

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

INHUMANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT

VARIANT COVER BY RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

VARIANT COVER BY STEPHANIE HANS

VARIANT COVER BY JORGE MOLINA

YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG

BLANK COVER VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE

• Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!

• In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before…

• Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!


UNCANNY AVENGERS #5

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RICK REMENDER (W) • DANIEL ACUñA (A)

Cover by KRIS ANKA

NYC VARIANT COVER BY TBA

• The truth that will shatter the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

• War between the Low and High Evolutionary.

• An Avenger has to choose between his friends and a perfect future.

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99




Friday, February 6, 2015

AXEL-IN-CHARGE: The End of The Bendis "X-Men" Era, The Arrival of "A-Force"

From CBR:


Finally, today's announcement of "A-Force" certainly has a lot of people very excited. We've talked a lot in the past about increasing representation at Marvel of both female characters and creators -- how major of a step do you view "A-Force" in that larger movement? And just to clarify: Will this be "the" Avengers book during the course of "Secret Wars," and is this the G. Willow Wilson-developed project that was teased back in December with the news that she was now exclusive with Marvel?

Alonso: Yes, during the course of "Secret Wars" and beyond. And yes, "A-Force" is what we were alluding to back in December. This plan has been hatching for some time. We are… I am very excited.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

AXEL-IN-CHARGE: Preparing for the "Ultimate End" (Uncanny X-Men #2 Preview)

From CBR


That's a lot of talk of things yet to come, so let's focus on a book released this week: 'Uncanny Avengers," 
 which kicked off a second volume with a unique mix of characters, including several former villains. What is that Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña are doing in this new series that has you, as editor-in-chief, excited?

Alonso: "AXIS" drew a line in the sand for that series, and this is the next chapter. Rick and Acuña have a new season of stories to tell -- and have you seen Acuña's art? That is Next Level $#!&!!!

Obviously "Uncanny Avengers" is a title that's historically had a lot of significance to the overall Marvel picture, as we saw with "AXIS" -- will "Uncanny Avengers" be playing a part in the lead in to Secret Wars?

Alonso: Like all Marvel books, "Uncanny Avengers" is on a direct beeline for "Secret Wars."




Friday, January 30, 2015

IGN Reviews Uncanny Avengers [2014] #1

From IGN:

By Jesse Schedeen

After a relatively lackluster first story arc, Uncanny Avengers quickly developed into one of Marvel's best ongoing books. That came to an end pretty abruptly as Uncanny Avengers transitioned into AXIS and most of what distinguished the series vanished. But perhaps the Red Skull is just a curse on this series. As Rick Remender reunited with Daniel Acuna and relaunches the Uncanny Avengers franchise, the quality level immediately returns. Anyone who soured on this property over the past few months will be relieved.

Uncanny Avengers Vol. 2 reads like a natural extension of the first, which may be surprising considering that only two cast members return for the new team (well, three if you count the disembodied mind of Wonder Man). Since the previous volume ended, Wolverine has died, Thor and Captain America have been de-powered, Havok has turned evil and absconded with Wasp, and various other woes have befallen both the Avengers and X-Men. Luckily, Remender has assembled quite the eclectic bunch to form a new Unity Squad. New additions like Quicksilver, Sabretooth, and Brother Voodoo help the new series reflect the fallout of AXIS, while Sam Wilson is contractually obligated to fill in as the new Captain America.

Remender doesn't burden readers with any of that first issue setup nonsense that plagues so many superhero team books. No pages are wasted on scenes of team members being selected or any of that nonsense. Remender simply dives straight into the action as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch cut a swath through Counter-Earth and the other Unity Squad members try to track them down. Each character receives a bit of time in the spotlight as Remender shifts from one hero's perspective to the next. By the end, readers have a firm idea of what drives each character, whether it's Wanda and Pietro's post-AXIS identity crisis, Sabretooth's personality change, or Cap's perfectly understandable desire not to have his life force drained while trapped on a strange world millions of miles from home.

Of the bunch, Brother Voodoo emerges as the standout character of the bunch so far. This is perfectly understandable given Remender's prior experience with the character. Jericho's death always struck me as an incredible waste of an up-and-coming character, and it's great to see him back in the hands of a writer who understands him so well.

In a larger sense, this issue works because it packs in so many of those trademark Remender elements. The dialogue oozes with flavor. There's plenty of humor and banter to offset the bigger drama. The setting is suitably bizarre and sci-fi flavored with its sleek, futuristic architecture and talking, humanoid animals. Counter-Earth and the The High Evolutionary are great choices on which to hinge this arc since they have relevance to both the Avengers and X-Men camps.
And Daniel Acuna was definitely the ideal artist to render this story. Acuna worked on the previous volume more than any other artist, and he really set the tone for Uncanny Avengers. His work is both sleek and otherworldly, and it constantly crackles with energy. His colors are especially impressive, heightening the mood in many scenes and going a long way towards establishing Counter-Earth as its own unique setting.

Acuna also has the opportunity to redesign several costumes in this issue. Rogue, Quicksilver and Vision definitely benefit from the visual makeover. Scarlet Witch... not so much. Her form-fitting, cleavage-baring new costume stands out a bit from the rest of the group and their more functional outfits.
A couple other quibbles stand out in this issue. At times the narration comes across as a little melodramatic, particularly early on when Pietro reflects on how fundamentally his world has been altered with the knowledge that Magneto isn't his father. In general Uncanny Avengers could do with a little less reliance on narrative captions.  The final page also falls a little flat in that it hinges on a reveal that most readers will know is coming from the beginning. It's a slightly underwhelming way to cap off this relaunch. But those problems aside, it's good to see Remender back in top form with this series.
THE VERDICT
The new volume of Uncanny Avengers should help readers wash away the bad taste of AXIS. Even though much of the cast has changed, this new volume retains the same strengths as the old. This is a fun debut issue that wastes no time on setup and allows each team member a chance to shine. It also looks fantastic. There's a bright future ahead for the Unity Squad, assuming Secret Wars doesn't blow it all up.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Uncanny Avengers #1


So, my local comic book shop closed its doors forever and I stopped collecting comics.  Partly because I was disgusted with how Rogue was being written and partially because I was too busy to bother anymore.

Well, I'm still pretty busy but I bought my first digital comic this week.  I thought I'd give it another try.  I can't guarantee I'll update the site regularily, but I will post the odd thing or two that catches my eye.

Having said that - Rogue has some apple sauce...




Monday, January 26, 2015

FOX CONFIRMS THEY'RE DEVELOPING A LIVE-ACTION X-MEN TV SERIES

From IGN:
Back in October, rumors started up about FOX wanting to make a live-action X-Men TV series - one that would possibly be based on Peter David's X-Factor.
Now FOX has confirmed, with TV Guide's Michael Schneider, that negotiations are under way to develop an X-Men series.
"It's in negotiations," FOX entertainment chairmen Gary Newman told TV Guide at the TCA Press Tour a few weeks back. "We're cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with [Marvel]. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative."
As most of you know, FOX currently holds the movie rights to the X-Men, but not the TV rights. So Marvel's approval will be needed. An issue that, reportedly, has led to "delicate talks." Especially if you consider Warner Bros. Television is currently making Gotham, based on DC Comics characters, for FOX. And that Disney, owner of Marvel, has their own TV networks (including ABC which airs Agents of SHIELD AND Agent Carter).
Due to all of this, Newman stated that an X-Men show most likely couldn't be ready before the 2016-2017 TV season. Could Marvel agree to release X-Men to FOX for TV if, say, FOX does the same with the X-Men for the Marvel movies? We'll have to see.

FOX NETWORK CONFIRMS PLANS FOR AN "X-MEN" TV SERIES

From CBR!


In a move sure to shake up the superhero TV landscape, executives from Fox has confirmed that it is exploring an "X-Men" TV show.
TV Insider has the scoop, quoting chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden on their plans for a mutant-based show. "It's in negotiations," Newman said. "We're cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative."
As the deal is being worked out with the 20th Century Fox movie studio who owns the rights to the Marvel characters, there is no specific talent attached to the series, and it's unlikely that a show would be ready before the 2016 - 2017 season.
The news follows Fox's strong debut season for the comic book-based Gotham, which was just picked up for a second season, and historically marks the third time the network has featured the X-Men characters after the beloved '90s animated series and the less well remembered "Generation X" TV pilot movie.
However the series will fit into the X-Men movie franchise is completely unknown, but until the plans are worked out, fans have plenty of X-Action to keep them busy with "X-Men: Apocalypse," "Deadpool" and "Gambit" in the offing between now and then.
Stay tuned to CBR News for more on Fox's "X-Men" plans as they become available.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ROGUE MAKES A PROMISE IN NEW "UNCANNY AVENGERS" TEASER

From CBR:


As one of the inverted heroes of the recently concluded "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS," Rogue did a lot of damage to the Marvel Universe. As one of the members of Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña's "Uncanny Avengers," she'll attempt to make up for her transgressions.
Today, she's the focus of Marvel's latest teaser for the upcoming series, following in the footsteps of QuicksilverScarlet Witch and Brother Voodoo. Illustrated by Acuña, the teaser quotes the mutant hero as saying, "I'm telling you right now, sugah. This is coming to an end."
The new "Uncanny Avengers" team will include Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Quicksilver, Vision, Brother Voodoo, Sam Wilson and Sabretooth.

Friday, October 31, 2014

"GAMBIT" STARRING CHANNING TATUM REPORTEDLY OFFICIAL AT FOX

I'm not out of retirement, just saw this and thought I'd share!  Yay!!!

From CBR!

The long-discussed "Gambit" film starring Channing Tatum in the lead role is officially a go at 20th Century Fox, Deadline reports Friday. 
Tatum will also be a producer on the film, along with Reid Carolin (his partner in production company Free Association) plus long-time X-Men movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner and genre veteran Simon Kinberg. Josh Zetumer, who wrote this year's "Robocop" reboot, has been hired to write the screenplay. In an unexpected move, Zetumer's script is reportedly based on a treatment by prolific X-Men writer Chris Claremont, the character's co-creator.
As one of the most popular (and polarizing) X-Men characters, a solo "Gambit" movie has been a source of speculation for years. Tatum has long publicly expressed his appreciation of the character and desire to play Gambit on screen, and Donner discussed wanting to make the film happen on the promotional trail for this year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past." For months, reports have surfaced that Tatum as Gambit was virtually a done deal, but Friday's report is the first that states the film is officially in motion at Fox.
"We really do want to try our hardest to give something fresh," Tatum said while promoting the recently released "Book of Life." "We're obviously going to go to the saving-the-world superhero movies eventually, but maybe not for the first one. We kinda want to introduce this character in a different way. When you try to do something different, you never know right off the bat what that is."
This won't be the first time Gambit has been portrayed in live-action -- Taylor Kitsch played the character in a supporting role in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and expressed interest in revisiting the character in future projects.
Gambit -- a Cajun mutant with the ability to charge items with kinetic energy and uses playing cards and a metal staff as his weapons of choice -- was created by Claremont and artist (and current DC Entertainment co-publisher) Jim Lee, with his first full appearance in 1990's "Uncanny X-Men" #266. The character was a main fixture of the 1990s "X-Men" animated series, and has been a regular presence in Marvel's comic books, most recently "All-New X-Factor."


Friday, June 20, 2014

PREVIEW: UNCANNY AVENGERS #21

From CBR (thanks for the heads up sandman!)

Ugly artwork and how did Rogue come back from the dead?  She sure got over hating Wanda pretty fast.


AVENGE THE EARTH Finale!
• This is it! The conclusion to an epic two years in the making and rest assured nothing will ever be the same again!
• The final battle will not be with the enemy--it will be with ourselves.
• In our darkest hour The Avengers Unity Squad unite entirely and the fate of the seven futures decided!







Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rogue is back?!

From IGN

http://m.ca.ign.com/articles/2014/06/18/marvel-comics-solicitations-for-september-2014

UNCANNY AVENGERS #24

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RICK REMENDER (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)

Cover by PAUL RENAUD

The MARCH to AXIS continues!

• Havok and his team defeated at the hands of the sinister S-Men!

• A dark secret in Genosha!

• The Red Skull’s revenge is now unstoppable.

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Thursday, May 8, 2014

New Forum - Capes Optional

And another one for William!

A new forum page started up by Michael Regan, called Capes Optional:


We're doing reviews, building up content. Come on by and take a look.

Free Comic Book Day

I'm not back, I'm just lurking!  ;p

Just posting this for William cuz he 's just so cute!


I Have A Couple Of Jokers In The Deck

Free Comic Book Day was held in comic shops here in North America on Saturday, with multiple companies putting out freebies at shops. It also brought out people in costume. I went to two shops downtown. These were taken in The Comic Book Shoppe, and the place was busy. I had to take shots as opportunity allowed and people milled about.

We had two Jokers. "Why so serious?"


An unlikely pair, given that they're in different comic universes, and he's a hero, whilst she's not, this pair posed as Captain America and Harley Quinn.

There was even a Wolverine in the mix (admittedly I tend to think of the comics character as the Drunken Hobbit), and he was getting the attitude (and the sideburns) just right.

And we finish off with Rogue of the X-Men, otherwise known as Our Lady Of The Blessed White Hair Streak.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

X-POSITION: REMENDER "AVENGES THE EARTH" WITH THE "UNCANNY AVENGERS"

Excerpt from CBR:

A glimmer of hope?  And when will Rogue return???


Jen is hoping for more insight into Rogue and whether fans will have the opportunity to see her again.
Dear Mr. Remender,
Thank you for taking the time to answer fan questions. It is probably rather thankless at times considering all the hard work that goes into creating the stories. With that said, as a Rogue fan, is there any chance we will see her again? It seemed like she was a rather unfinished character. She did not do much except serve as a plot device in order to make Wanda look better and seem more heroic. Was that intentional? Also why do you think she suddenly turned on all those years as an X-Man and as a leader/mentor of young people to just kill Wanda? You mentioned the Xavier thing, but other characters were much closer to him and did not have the redemption history. They might have fit better in the story. After AvX, Rogue seemed to be in a great place and more resilient than ever. It just seems like there has to be more to the story.
I don't think that what happened with Rogue did make Wanda look better. It was a mistake, a misunderstanding built on Rogue's mistrust, and really, it's a mistrust I think she has a right to. I don't think that it was irrational given what she's been through. In the past few years Rogue has lost so much. The loss of Charles Xavier alone could level her. Charles was the first person to ever believe in her and offer her a place to belong, a moment we even recreated in issue #2 to drive this emotion home. This was a man who took her away from her life of crime, even when every member of the X-Men threatened to quit. And he was killed by one of her closest and dearest friends, Scott Summers.
Prior to that, she watched the decimation of the mutants at the hands of the Scarlet Witch. The X-Men were sent into hiding. Things go worse and worse.
Over the course of this series Rogue was reverting and doing what many people do in times of grief -- regressing into more primal state of who she once was before Charles Xavier brought her into the X-Men and rehabilitated her.
She thought that Wanda was doing some monumentally terrible thing, again, against the will of the mutants. And after everything that she has suffered from M-Day to the loss of Charles Xavier all of it begins with those three words that Wanda said. Her animosity towards Wanda is earned in my eyes. Rogue began to sink into depression, and was mad, and I stand by that direction for her.
But, this is also just the middle act in a story that I am not through telling. It is not the end of the characters nor is it the end of their time in the Marvel Universe. But it is the end to an aspect of each of them and it is something that they went through to help earn what they find on the other side.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Frozen: Elsa Joins The X-Men In Alternate Ending

https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/frozen-elsa-joins-x-men-alternate-ending-053100951.html



Everyone who has seen 'Frozen' not only comes away feeling like the world is a better place but with their heart beating to the tune of Let It Go.
However, the cinematic cynics over atHow It Should Have Ended, who also happen to be downright hilarious, have spotted a different avenue that the film could have taken - and they've now created it in animated form for the Internet's pleasure.
After making fun of 'Frozen's' opening musical number because it doesn't fit in with any other style from the movie, we then see that the King of Queen of Arendelle were actually pretty woeful parents as they immediately decided to ostracise Elsa because of her icy talents rather than seeking out a place where they could be nurtured.
What kind of place would do such a thing, I hear you hark? Well, what about Professor Xavier's X-Mansion, where the X-Men ensemble gather to learn at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters?
Plus, it just so happens that in HISHE's world the head Troll who is able to save Elsa is old-pals with Professor X too, because he is immediately able to get her a spot at the institution.
As it turns out, many years later Elsa has turned the rest of the students into the mutant version of 'Grease's' Rydell High School as she belts out Let It Go with Storm, Rogue and Nightcrawler, and even Wolverine can't help but join in when he hears them blasting it out too. However, it doesn't look as though Bobby "Iceman" Drake is too fond of their rendition though.
Plus, for good measure, Olaf and Anna appear right at the end to show that she isn't left out in the cold because of her sister's relocation to the revered boarding school. Phew! I just thought that she would have joined her mother and father on their ill-fated cross-ocean trip to Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding from 'Tangled.'
If you've got a spare hour you should definitely check out the dozens of otherHow It Should Have Ended clips, which will either enhance or detract from your enjoyment of your favourite movies. It's definitely worth the risk.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Pete Holmes Fires Rogue

Thought this was cool.

The Pete Holmes Show posted a new “Ex-Men” segment in which he portrays Professor X, insulting and firing mutants likeNightcrawlerIcemanJubileeAngel,Gambit, and Wolverine.



Now he’s firing Rogue, the obvious reason being, “Insurance is through the roof, and having an unintentional energy vampire just going around touching sh-t? It’s just not going to work for the next quarter.”
He then slams her for somehow constantly forgetting she’s not supposed to kiss the other mutants, and he isn’t going to countenance her excuses.
“I wish I could control my powers.”
“And I wish I could walk. It’s wish time? How long does this go?”
Coldblooded.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CxPulp Pick Six ~ January 8th, 2014

Posted by William!

http://www.cxpulp.com/content.php?2958-CxPulp-Pick-Six

Detective Comics #27Writers: John Layman and various
Artists: Jason Fabok, Greg Capullo, and various
Publisher: DC

Way back when, long long before the pointless New 52 reboot, Detective Comics #27 hit the stand and introduced the Dark Knight to the world. The comics world would never be the same, and that particular issue is perhaps more consequential to DC than even the earlier Action Comics debut of Superman. Now in the post reboot world, Detective Comics hits that same number, and DC couldn't pass up the notion of marking that particular issue. So we have ourselves an oversized special release, with Layman and Fabok kicking off a new story, 'Gothtopia'. And a who's who of creative talent have come in with stories of their own: Brad Meltzer, Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch, Peter Tomasi, Paul Dini, Neal Adams, and much more. This is one book, even if you're not a regular reader of the Batman universe, that you should pick up this week. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

All New Marvel Now Point One #1
Writers:
 Various
Artists: Various
Publisher: Marvel

The Marketing Chimps apparently failed to live up to a New Year's resolution to stop being such obnoxious wastes of oxygen and go away. Because they're still here. Well, every once in awhile after a big event or with the launching of some new notion, such as All New Marvel Now (I steadfastly refuse to add in exclamation points or capitalize every single letter, take that, you insufferably obnoxious Marketing Chimps), Marvel has a habit of releasing these oversized Point One specials, which are basically just lead-ins to five or so new series about to debut. Such is the case with this one. We've got ourselves a Black Widow story. The Silver Surfer turns up. The new Ms. Marvel will make an appearance. The Hulk and two of his fellow Avengers get a story to themselves. There's a Kree plot somewhere in the mix. And everyone's favourite Asgardian god of mischief is back in a more adult body and taking on a new role for Asgard... as a spy. Anyway, there's something for everyone, even if the All New Marvel Now idiocy makes me roll my eyes. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Revolutionary War Alpha
Writer:
 Andy Lanning
Artist: Richard Elson
Publisher: Marvel

The heroes of Marvel UK are often overlooked in the greater Marvel Universe. There are some I hadn't heard of myself, of course, and others I miss seeing more of. Certainly the seriesCaptain Britain and MI13 is very missed. Anyway, Marvel is bringing them back in a series of one shots over the next three months, entitled Revolutionary War. Captain Britain, Pete Wisdom, and many more must band together against a threat with the power to bring down the entire world (oh, one of those?). I've been looking forward to this since I first heard about it, even without knowing some of the players who'll be having one shots of their own during the event. And if it gives the heroes of the United Kingdom some well needed exposure, so much the better. Andy Lanning kicks it all off here, and we can trust his skills as a writer. He was one half of the duo who did so much good for Marvel's cosmic side of things with titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, after all. Too bad that title got hijacked by He Who Loves The Sound Of His Own Voice. So it all begins here. Where will it end? With Mr. Bean inaugurated into the band of heroes as the last best hope of humanity? Come to think of it, I could see that... ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Black Widow #1
Writer:
 Nathan Edmonson
Artist: Phil Noto
Publisher: Marvel

The world's most dangerous woman returns in a solo series of her own (again). The Black Widow, longtime Avenger, headlines a solo series once more, and it's a welcome one. I've always liked Natasha, so having one of my favourite Avengers get a solo spotlight is indeed a treat. This series by Edmonson and Noto is going to delve into that aspect of her life she keeps separate from her Avengers duties: her dark past in the spy business. She once worked for the KGB, and has had a good deal of blood on her hands. Redemption for that past is something that motivates her, but there are times when the past can come back to haunt one. This title looks like it'll be playing around with that dark history of the Widow, so I'm anticipating that I'll be enjoying it. I hope the run on this title certainly goes for a long time to come. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Avengers World #1
Writer:
 Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Publisher: Marvel

As I've said before, the Marketing Chimps never seem to have heard of oversaturating a concept, hence the habit in the last year or two of slapping an Avengers label onto endless new titles. At least in this case, it actually fits. Writer Jonathan Hickman is writing the two core books of the Avengers titles, Avengers and New Avengers, and now he gets a third to play with. In the wake ofInfinity, the Avengers have returned to Earth, but trouble must greet them (hey, if all they were doing was sitting at a fireplace drinking hot chocolate and eating s'mores, that would get tired fast!). A new global threat has arisen, so naturally Earth's Mightiest Heroes must respond with all hands on deck. It all begins here, and Hickman gets a chance to take the Avengers global in Avengers World. ​Get in on the ground floor. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

All New X-Factor #1
Writer:
 Peter David
Artist: Carmine DiGiandomenico
Publisher: Marvel

A few months back, Peter David ended his run on X-Factor, the noirish detective team of mutants that was the best title Marvel was putting out. For a time, it seemed that PAD would be neglected and overlooked. After all, the vile fiends that I think of as Marketing Chimps were ceaselessly hyping whatever Darth Bendis was writing, to the detriment of far better writers. But fear not, because PAD is back. And so is X-Factor, in a new phase. A mutant team backed with corporate funding is about to launch into the world. Polaris will lead the team, which includes her half brother Quicksilver, a combination that could prove kinetic; PAD has written both of them extremely well in the past, and having them together offers a new dynamic for them. A newcomer to PAD's creative roster is the Cajun thief Gambit, who's on the roster. And apparently for some inexplicable reason Warlock and Cypher will also show up here (hey, I'm not a fan of either of them, but then again, PAD did make Darwin tolerable, so we'll see what he does with them). PAD gave us a title for the ages with X-Factor... and now he gets to move into a new phase with a new incarnation of the team. Given that I still stand by my opinion that he's the best writer in the industry and that X-Factor was the best book around, I suspect this new version will live up to that legacy with Peter David in charge. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Thursday, December 26, 2013

She Has No Head! – 25 Favorite Fictional Females, 2013 Edition!

Ok, Rogue made number 1 on this list so obviously I'm going to post that!

From CBR:

01. ROGUE (up from #5)

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I’ll forever be grateful to Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel for rekindling my first love intensely enough with theirX-Men to shoot her back to the top of the list. I’ve loved Rogue since I was 15 and though the character has had some atrocious sidebars (and some great things too in the MANY years since I was 15) my heart soared this past year to feel her returned to her roots and former glory. Of course I also had to watch Rick Remender not only brutally murder her, but perform an unfortunate character assassination at the same time over in Uncanny Avengers, but I’m just gonna pretend that is not happening over there in the corner. I have no doubt Rogue will be back bigger and better than ever in no time at all, and I hope such a brutal exit will pave the way for an even more glorious (and interesting) return to comics.
Read Rogue: If you want the current/recent stuff I can’t recommendX-Men Vol. 1: Primer enough when it comes to Rogue. Also absolutely worth the buy (digital I guess if you can’t find the single issue?) is the Black Widow/Rogue team up story by Chris Bachalo in A+X #2 – easily one of my favorite short stories of the past year. You can also pick up Remender’s Uncanny Avengers and there is some good stuff there, but toward the end (i.e. the recent issues) I didn’t even recognize Rogue as a character – her actions felt completely counter to who she has become perhaps because that’s what Remender needed for the story he wanted – it’s unfortunate. Definitely worth a look is her current run in X-Men: Marvel Knights where she stars in a smaller story with Wolverine and Kitty.
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If you want “Classic Rogue” there are some good omnibuses out there for X-Books. X-Men Vol. 1 purports to be Claremont/Lee and while that’s sorta true, it’s more Silvestri (which is not a bad thing). X-Men Vol. 2 IS more accurately Claremont/Lee. Also, if you’re in the mood for Classic Rogue with an alternate reality twist then Age of Apocalypse has been collected and as many of you may remember, Rogue gets a lot of great screen time and development there (although it’s the worst costume she’s ever had – like, seriously).
Slightly less classic Rogue but also an alt reality story that’s worth a look is Mike Carey’s ambitious Age of X in which Rogue gets some nice focus (as always with Carey who knows the character well). Age of X has problems, but there’s good stuff there as well.
Here’s some Rogue to remind you why she’s so great, in case I failed to do it in words:
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thank you all

Hi everyone.  I want to thank you all for visiting and contributing to Rebel Rogue these past few years!  You are all tremendously awesome.

When I began this blog it was just a way to share my love of Rogue.  I remember eagerly trolling the internet looking for any snippet of Rogue.  Comic book day was greeted with eager enthusiasm!  

Sadly, this is no longer the case.  My work schedule keeps me very busy and  it's months before I find my way into the comic shop - mostly because I just don't care anymore.  Marvel has managed to slowly make Rogue so uninteresting to me that I actually feel a loss.  I can barely recognize her at all.

If anyone is interested in running my blog please let me know, otherwise I will only periodically update it - if at all.

Again, thank you all so much and much love to you all.  It's been a fun ride.