Monday, April 6, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Jason Pearson Shares His Process For An Uncanny Avengers Variant Cover
Over on his Facebook page, Jason Pearson shared these images showing the stages for his Uncanny Avengers variant cover. With the images, Pearson explains that he is a huge fan of Rogue so she got center stage and he admitted he doesn’t like Sabretooth much, hence he got pushed to the back.
It’s also interesting to see just how much the cover changed between the initial sketch to the finished product… like swapping Vision and Falcon and removing the missiles all together.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
From Comics Alliance:
Marvel has announced a new bi-monthly book called A-Force Presentsthat will collect issues of various Marvel comics featuring female heroes in trade paperback format. Rather than the traditional collection of a single storyline, these collections will be more of sampler of what’s going on at Marvel at any given time. This is a great idea from Marvel, and a really exciting example of how the publisher is taking women seriously as an audience. In their press release, Marvel explained the concept:
A bi-monthly series focusing on the strength, courage and power of Marvel’s female heroes, A-Force Presents collects a new selection of Marvel’s critically-acclaimed female led titles for fans to explore. Targeted towards young adult readers, each volume of A-Force Presents includes 6 issues and offers a clean entry point into the Marvel Universe through some of the most popular titles. Releasing this September, the first volume, A-Force Presents Vol. 1 collects the critically acclaimed first issue of Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel,Thor, She-Hulk, Black Widow and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Don’t miss your chance to jump on board with Marvel’s mightiest superheroines when A-Force PresentsVol. 1 bursts on to the scene later this year!
In terms of outreach to an audience that isn’t necessarily going to comic shops, this is how it should be done. Last year, Bookscan sales of comics were up 17% while Diamond comics sales were up 4% — and the comics doing well at bookstores are overwhelmingly those created by or aimed at women and girls. It’s a mark of the drastic sea change in comics that a publisher as large as Marvel is putting together an initiative like this. The only real concern about a book like this is that consumers may be confused — will they know they’re not buying a complete story, but rather a sampler? Will future volumes continue the story by publishing second issues of the comics listed above, or will it sample a completely different list of comics? There’s also the question of where the collection will be shelved. It would be interesting if Marvel can manage to get these trades shelved in the YA section. That would be a spectacular coup that many publishers in comics would love to pull off. One reason many observers give for the failure of DC’s Minx line is that the initial plan to have the books shelved with YA titles rather than with the comics at bookstores was never implemented. For readers who want to pre-order the first A-Force Presents, it’s up on Amazon already. Volume Two is up as well, and the cover suggests that the series will at least continue the stories of Thor, She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
In 1995, the X-Men as we knew them ceased to exist.
In the blink of an eye, a powerful mutant rewrote history and the Children of the Atom entered the Age of Apocalypse, dragging an excited and apprehensive fan base along with them. For months, the characters and comics we knew ceased to be, replaced by a familiar faces given new roles on a world where mutants ruled and only the strong survived.
This daring break from the norm proved a daring gamble that paid off, as the saga earned a place in Marvel lore as one of the most dynamic explorations into alternate reality storytelling to date and set the bar for massive events to come. Now, beginning in June as part of Secret Wars, one of the architects of the original epic, Fabian Nicieza, welcomes artist Gerardo Sandoval to one of the Warzones! he knows all too well with AGE OF APOCALYPSE.
“This Age of Apocalypse, taking place on Battleworld, is a story about the choices heroes have to make after they have already lost,” explains Nicieza. “What are the X-Men about if a dream of coexistence between humans and mutants has become a lost cause?”
As with the initial tale, this slice of Battleworld sees the immortal mutant Apocalypse having filled a power vacuum left by the absence of Charles Xavier from the larger landscape. Nicieza recognizes the potential in mining this perennial challenger to the X-Men in a realm where he has found the success that’s eluded him in the Marvel Universe.
He is no longer the challenger to the status quo, he is the status quo, and that makes for a different approach to the character,” the writer elaborates. “He doesn't have to scheme to prove his worth over others, he already has.
“And that’s where the real fun begins in exploring the character. So for Apocalypse, the question becomes, once you have proven you are the fittest in your crazy Darwinian game, then what do you do?”
While they may look and act drastically different from the mutant champions we know, the X-Men still oppose Apocalypse and his rule. Who will make the roster cut remains to be seen; Magneto leads the team and Age of Apocalypse stalwart Blink remains a key member, but the balance of the squad will be a mystery for now.
“The X-Men, whose branding as ‘freedom fighters’ in this world has long ago degenerated to the label of ‘terrorists,’ have seen their membership whittled down quite a bit—especially after our opening scene, he said with a cackle of evil in his voice,” teases Nicieza. “As with the original series, I decided to take one character and redesign them pretty dramatically. That should play out both in terms of a minor mystery and some fun character conflict as the series progresses.”
Beyond Apocalypse and the X-Men, expect to see a wide cast participate in AGE OF APOCALYPSE, with both sides—and more in between—padding their forces and vying for power.
“The Four Horseman serve [Apocalypse], though their composition is a little different from the original series,” Nicieza says. “Also, one gets taken off the board early on, setting up a secondary storyline about the characters vying to take his place.
“Cyclops and Havok still lead the Elite Mutant Force and their squad consists of multiple mutant siblings. Angel’s Casablanca-like nightclub plays an important part in the chess game between humans and mutants. And pay attention because you may see a partially lobotomized red-haired young lady working there as a hostess.
“And speaking of the humans—though in this world they are relegated to slave-caste status and live in a very small, defined ghetto—we’ll see familiar faces including Peter Corbeau and Carol Danvers.”
Surprisingly, the most key player in the fight against Apocalypse could be one of the most underestimated figures in X-Men history: Doug Ramsey, aka Cypher.
“The only thing I’ll say is that Doug Ramsey can not only interpret all languages, he can also discern the intent behind the words spoken,” Nicieza intimates. “That’s a very important power to have when one group of mutants is trying to find out what secret weapon the humans seem to be working towards and another group of mutants is trying to convince everyone that Apocalypse is bat-crap crazy!”
While readers will no doubt relish the opportunity to return to the Age of Apocalypse, it represents a significant homecoming for Nicieza as well, who not only crafted the original story, but spent years shaping the X-Men in the 1990’s, contributing hugely to the mutant tapestry that spread mightily across Marvel.
“The characters are so haunted and hopeful, megalomaniacal and majestic, that I imagine it’s what writing an opera would be like if I knew the first thing about opera,” he reflects on this latest assignment. “Working with [editors] Mike Marts and Xander Jarowey has been an absolute pleasure. The one aspect of the series that has really surprised and delighted me the most, because I wasn’t familiar with his art, was the dynamic, incredible power of Gerardo Sandoval's work! When I open up a new page on my laptop, they threaten to burst my screen apart from sheer, brute force!
“I can’t wait for people to see this book—new and old fans alike! Original AoA readers or those who have joined the mutant merriment more recently will find everything they love about the X-Men rippling through this series!”
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
MARGUERITE BENNETT & G. WILLOW WILSON (w)
JORGE MOLINA (a/C)
Variant Cover by KRIS ANKA
• With monsters appearing on the utopian island of Arcadia and threatening its inhabitants, She-Hulk and her team of Avengers set out to discover the source.
• But when they stumble upon a conspiracy that reaches far beyond Arcadia, She-Hulk may just find herself on the wrong side of the law!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Friday, March 13, 2015
Marvel revealed more information about the upcoming comic series X-Men '92 which takes place in the world of X-Men: The Animated Series. As revealed by Polygon, X-Men '92 will pick up where the animated series left off in 1997 and chronicle the continuing adventures of this iconic X-Men cast.
X-Men '92 will be the latest addition to Marvel's Infinite Comics digital line. The first digital chapter will debut on services like Comixology in May, with the first print edition hitting stores in June. The series will be co-written by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers (Down Set Fight), with Scott Koblish (Deadpool) providing the art.
X-Men '92 was originally teased last fallalong with a number of other Secret Wars tie-in comics. And while this series is being marketed as a Secret Wars tie-in (with the animated X-Men presumably occupying their own corner of Battleworld), Polygon revealed that X-Men '92 is planned as an ongoing comic rather than a mini-series. The solicitation for the first issue teases, "When Baron Kelly charges the Clear Mountain Project and its mysterious new director with 'mutant rehabilitation,' it's up to the X-Men to investigate!"
This should come as exciting news to anyone with nostalgia for X-Men: The Animated Series. The show was notable for adapting a number of iconic X-Men storylines from the comics and introducing the franchise to a wider audience. The show eventually led to an entire animated Marvel Universe during the '90s, including shows for Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, and Iron Man.
"I was ten years old in 1992," Sims told Polygon, "and that was the perfect time to get into the X-Men. There was just so much going on, and all those complicated stories and over-the-top characters were just so enticing, and not just because they were time-travelers with huge guns and scrappy little dudes with knives on their hands. It was this whole weird, complex world that I wanted to see more of, and now we're getting the chance to go in and make it even weirder."
The first chapter of X-Men '92 will debut in May at a price of $3.99. Let us know if you're excited for the return of this team in the comments below. And click here for the full scoop on all of Marvel's Secret Wars tie-ins revealed so far.
If you're a '90s kid, there's a good chance the "X-Men" animated series that ran from 1992 to 1997 on Fox Kids has a special place in your heart (and that you've never quite gotten Gambit's accent out of your head). It's also likely that you were very intrigued by the "X-Men '92" teaser that Marvel released back in November.
Four months later, all has now been revealed via Polygon: "X-Men '92" is a digital-first "Secret Wars" series from the team of Chris Sims and Chad Bowers, co-writers of "Down Set Fight" for Oni Press, and "Deadpool" artist Scott Koblish -- and indeed, it's based on the beloved '90s cartoon.
"I was 10 years old in 1992," Sims, a longtime writer at ComicsAlliance, told Polygon. "That was the perfect time to get into the X-Men. There was just so much going on, and all those complicated stories and over-the-top characters were just so enticing, and not just because they were time-travelers with huge guns and scrappy little dudes with knives on their hands. It was this whole weird, complex world that I wanted to see more of, and now we're getting the chance to go in and make it even weirder."
"X-Men '92" is slated to debut in Marvel's digital-exclusive Infinite Comics format in May -- Polygon says it'll be the first series to spin out of "Secret Wars" -- with a print version available starting in June.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
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
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
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
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
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."