I absolutely loathe stunts and events in comics, it’s why I stopped collecting them over 20 years ago. Listening to Comic Book podcasts over the last few years and stumbling upon Ultimate Spider-Man has restarted my love of comic books. A few years ago Marvel shocked the world by killing Captain America, this year DC killed off Bruce Wayne and brought him back almost the exact same way Marvel brought Captain America back. Now the folks at Marvel are going to kill off the only decent character they really have and that’s Ultimate Spider-Man! I do not acknowledge the travesty that is Brand New Day Spider-Man (shudders). If they killed him off, I’d scream with joy. But no, they are going to kill off the Spider-Man that I love! Of course they’ll bring him back a year later (in time for the movie reboot) – he’ll probably be lost in time as well. The prelude starts in 153 – what is with this retarded numbering system!? Ultimate Spider-Man went to issue 133 (I believe) then the numbering restarted to issue #1, I’m on issue 15 and now they are going back to 153? WTH???? Anyway, I despise this stupid idea! The story is being written by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar (whose writing I generally loathe). This arc starts in February. Is there any point in me continuing my Ultimate Spider-Man Subscription? If I was a conspiracy buff I’d say Marvel is doing this because the quality of Ultimate Spider-Man consistently blows away BND Spidey! Full Press Release after the break.
Forget the racist, hate rally on the Mall tomorrow, come to where all the lovin’ is happening – Baltimore’s 11th Annual Comic-Con is happening this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center. Highlights from this year’s show include the Annual Harvey Awards tomorrow night, there’s going to be a Walk of the Dead (and Beer Crawl) from 4pm – 2am it starts at Federal Hill and goes to Canton Hall, and since this is a smaller show the focus is squarely on Comic Books, most of the top names in the business will be there including Terry Moore, Mark Waid, Todd McFarlane and others. Great Panels including DC Nation and Mondo Marvel. I don’t have much access at this year’s show – how is that possible? I’m A list in San Diego and NY but in my home town I’m a nobody? Whine….. So It should actually be fun, I can just soak it in and take a bunch of pictures and enjoy it.
Our friends at Diesel have given us a sample of their Only The Brave Iron Man Limited Edition fragrance to help celebrate the legendary comic book hero. So we are now offering it up to you! For a limited time you can also purchase a bottle that comes with an exclusive Iron Man comic book. Read the details after the jump for your chance to win!
Wonder Woman is one of those characters that always worked better in various TV Incarnations than she has in her own comic book. New writer, J.Michael Straczynski, first item on the agenda was to completely redesign her iconic costume instead of fixing, you know her character. The new look debuts in issue #600 out on news stands today and it sucks.
Last year I purchased The Watchmen Motion Comic, which was so awful that I was turned off by all future Motion Comic Efforts. I watched episode 1 of Marvel’s Extremis Motion Comic and am now a believer in this medium’s potential. Marvel has created a first rate production here. The 2nd episode of this series is now available on iTunes. Check out the preview to see Motion Comics done right.
You know, I hated, HATED the Watchmen Motion comic, it forever turned me off the entire genre. However, this past weekend I watched a couple of Marvel’s motion comics on the World War Hulk DVD and I have to say I was impressed. The production values on the recently released Spider Woman one that I have to reevaluate this genre. Marvel’s next motion comic will be based on the popular Iron Mini Series Extremis. Of course, they have to take full advantage of the Movie Hype. It’s looking pretty cool. Episode 1 will be available in the iTunes store sometime later this week. Here’s a Behind the Scenes Peek.
It was my first time. And like all first times it was a bit awkward, overwhelming, but in the end strangely satisfying. Of course, I’m still talking about attending my first ever Wonder Con in San Francisco this past weekend. I’m also hesitant to admit that I’ve never been to WonderCon’s older sibling, ComicCon in San Diego, but it is now definitely on the “to do” list. There were lots of wonderful highlights from the weekend, and we can’t wait to bring them to you in detail in the coming days.
Yesterday, I had a sit down with a very rare species – a female video game producer. Meghan Morgan is the producer on the brand new Activision title, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. She gave us a walkthrough of the the game and some tidbits. Here’s what I learned from our 1/2 hour discussion:
- The game’s plot centers around a mysterious tablet that gets broken into four pieces. The pieces are then scattered throughout 4 different dimensions. You have to take on different Spidey personas to recover the missing pieces.
- This weekend they are announcing the first two worlds – Regular Marvel Universe Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir. I asked if the 3rd Universe will be Ultimate Universe Spider-Man and she just gave me a knowing smile. She would not give a hint about what the fourth Universe will be – I suggested Venom and someone else suggested Zombies.
- Marvel Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott wrote the story.
- All four universes will have it’s own unique look and each Spider-Man will play differently. For example the Noir Spider-Man will be more stealth oriented.
- All four Spider-Mans will be voiced by different actors whom many will recognize from Spidey’s many TV Incarnations.
- Two villains we saw were Kraven and a really creepy looking Noir version of Hammerhead.
- We won’t be able to play as the villains – as Morgan said, it’s a Spider-Man game.
- There will be several short first person sequences, the example they showed with Spidey punching Kraven looked weird.
- This game isn’t going to be a true Open World game, but the worlds are big enough where you will be able to do a lot of stuff.
- Morgan promised that in this game we’ll get to the Action faster than in other titles.
- She hinted that there will be some surprise appearances from other Marvel Characters.
- Morgan is leading a big WonderCon Panel discussion Saturday afternoon.
- The game is going to be released this September.
I’m leaving the warm 80 degree days in Washington, DC to freeze in San Francisco to bring you coverage of this weekend’s WonderCon! And yes, you heard right, it’s just my luck that it’s finally, finally going to be in the 70s in DC starting Thursday and I’m going to San Francisco where it’s going to be in the low 50s and raining. I have a bunch of events lined up for the weekend including Pressers with Jerry Bruckheimer and the Cast of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Nicholas Cage and the Cast of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the Producers of Toy Story, the Cast of Chuck, Happy Town and Human Target. I’m trying to line up an interview with W.S. Anderson for the new Resident Evil Movie and the Cast of ABC’s V. I’m not going to promise up to the minute coverage, but I did buy a Netbook for this trip, so hopefully it’ll all work out. Check out the coverage this weekend and definitely starting next Monday I’ll have plenty of Pictures, News and more. The Con season is now in full swing.
The folks at Marvel sent over this Exclusive clip of their upcoming Motion Comic – Iron Man: Extremis! Check it out, it’s really cool.
I usually don’t post dumb teasers like this, but hey it’s a slow news week and I’m genuinely curious about what Marvel has planned for Spiderman in 2010. Every since that dumb retcon a couple of years ago, I have to admit Spiderman has been on a roll lately, I still think he should get back together with M.J. Marvel sent along this little teaser but what does it all mean? I found it odd that Spiderman (except for a couple of one shots and the 5 part American Son arc) didn’t have much to do with all the Dark Reign sillyness (which is why the book has remained good), when you consider if anyone should take down Norman Osborn and end his Dark Reign it should be Spiderman and if he does, how would that affect his standing in the Marvel U?