CALEXIT is Coming. A Provocative, New Comic Book from Black Mask

Announcing a Provocative, New Comic Book Series from Black Mask Studios

Los Angeles, CA, President’s Day 2017) What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled?unnamed-2 unnamed

This is the world of CALEXIT, the new ongoing comic book series launching this May from Black Mask Studios, the Los Angeles based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including SPACE RIDERS, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KIM & KIM and BLACK. Together writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan, the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, have created a timely title about resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.

“This is a special moment in the history of comics. We’re experiencing a real renaissance of progressive and political comic books and graphic novels,” said Matteo Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios and the writer of CALEXIT. “It’s not by accident that the first comic to win a National Book Award is the incredible MARCH by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, or that images of anti-fascist superheroes are capturing the imaginations of people around the world right now. There’s never been a more diverse range of comics that speak to our politics here at home or to the unrest around the world.”

In CALEXIT, the citizens of California will struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government. The ongoing series tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from a prison camp in Occupied Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year — ever since America’s demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State. Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about local sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.

“I can’t think of a time when confronting the status quo with progressive, political art has been more important,” said Brett Gurewitz, co-founder Black Mask. “Black Mask Studios has consistently focused on stories that are both entertaining and have a real message driving them. With OCCUPY COMICS, we published stories devoted to the goals and themes of the Occupy movement. Since then, we published stories about living under a fascist state (GODKILLER), about fighting celebrity politicians (YOUNG TERRORISTS) and gentrification (THE DREGS). We’ve published the 2017 GLAAD nominee KIM & KIM, and the creators of the breakout hit BLACK have donated proceeds to Black Lives Matter. The fact that the comic market is supporting brave voices like these is a real testament to comics’ crucial role in our national and international cultural dialogue.”

The first issue of CALEXIT will be available from Black Mask Studios in May 2017.


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Marvel Super-Heroes #13, Marvel Comics, March 1968 This Spotlight came to me while I was arguing with someone about who was the best female superhero at Marvel. I’m not saying…

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WWE Monday Night Raw 02/20/2017 Highlights (Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens)

Check out some of the best highlights from WWE Monday Night Raw from February 20, 2017!


Skylar Astin gives The New Day a singing lesson: Raw Exclusive, Feb. 20, 2017

“Pitch Perfect” star Skylar Astin helps The New Day come up with a new Booty-O’s cereal jingle.


“Pitch Perfect” star Skylar Astin visits Raw backstage in Los Angeles: Raw Exclusive, Feb. 20, 2017

Lifelong WWE Universe member Skylar Astin, star of “Pitch Perfect,” discusses his favorite WWE Superstars and shares his predictions for WrestleMania 33.


Kevin Owens explains himself: Raw, Feb. 20, 2017

One week after attacking his best friend, Chris Jericho, The Prizefighter addresses the WWE Universe.


“Extra” host Mario Lopez on taking his son to his first WWE Live Event: Raw Exclusive, Feb. 20, 2017

TV personality and longtime WWE Universe member Mario Lopez takes his son Dominic backstage at Monday Night Raw in Los Angeles for the very first time.


The Brian Kendrick brutalizes Akira Tozawa: Raw, Feb. 20, 2017

After Akira Tozawa rejected The Brian Kendrick’s offer to become his protégé, The Wizard of Odd lashes out at his would-be ally.


Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Cesaro & Sheamus – No.1 Contenders’ Match: Raw, Feb. 20, 2017

The Realest Guys in the Room take on The Swiss Superman and The Celtic Warrior for the right to face Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for the Raw Tag Team Titles at WWE Fastlane.


Lana steals The New Day’s plans for an ice cream machine: Raw, Feb. 20, 2017

As WrestleMania 33’s hosts continue their quest to bring frozen deliciousness to the WWE Universe, The New Day is hacked by The Ravishing Russian.


Roman Reigns vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson – 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Raw, Feb. 20, 2017

The Big Dog faces both Raw Tag Team Champions in a Handicap Match after refusing to find a tag team partner.


The New Day vs. Rusev & Jinder Mahal: Raw, Feb. 20, 2017

With their plans to bring ice cream to the WWE Universe stolen by Lana, WrestleMania 33 hosts The New Day battle The Super Athlete and his sinister associate, Jinder Mahal.


WWE Cruiserweight Championship Contract Signing for WWE Fastlane: Raw, Feb. 20, 2017

“Gentleman” Jack Gallagher makes his title bout with Neville at WWE Fastlane official.


Nia Jax vs. Sarah Pierce: Raw, Feb. 20, 2017

The imposing Nia Jax makes short work of a Los Angeles local as she sets her sights on the Raw Women’s Championship.

WWE Monday Night Raw 2/20/17 Recap – Owens vs. Sami, Braun vs. Big Show

Raw begins with a tribute graphic for George “The Animal” Steele, who may also get a video package as well. A recap of the Festival of Friendship is shown. This thing may even be better than it was live – in part because of the perfect shot used for the Kevin and Chris painting. Kevin Owens is introduced mid-ring without his intro and brags about getting the spotlight back and says that no one ever thought he would main event a PPV against Goldberg.

A Goldberg chant hits and KO talks about that chant following Goldberg everywhere and it gives him his power – but it’s hype. KO talks about the Brock loss and he blames it on Brock taking Goldberg lightly – which won’t happen to him. This is KO’s best promo yet in WWE. He says that he doesn’t have to beat Goldberg – he just has to outlast him. He buries Goldberg for just wanting to his his title as a prop in a superhero fantasy – because he’ll show his son and everyone else that superheroes aren’t real. He throws the mic down after talking about Jericho – which is good. It gets you to focus on Goldberg now and then the focus will shift to Jericho when it needs to.

Enzo and Cass walk backstage before their match with Cesaro and Sheamus to determine new contenders for The Club. We get a recap of their match two weeks ago and then Cesaro and Sheamus come down. Cass and Enzo come out, with Enzo in a dreadful shirt that Corey buries him for. Enzo is so fantastic at everything but wrestling. Love him using the kid’s sign for his promo – that will be a memory he’ll cherish forever. LOL @ the DELETE ROMAN sign making air. Cass and Sheamus start with Cass missing a Stinger splash and Sheamus then charging in but taking an out of control bump to the apron. Enzo gets tossed outside and hit with a barricade uppercut for the break.

After the break, Sheamus hits the Irish Curse and then lands a big running kneedrop. Enzo dives around ringside to avoid Sheamus, but then eats a mid-air uppercut for 2. Cass comes in and tackles Sheamus. Enzo hops on Cesaro, who dumps him before eating an East River Crossing to give them the win. Enzo brags about having the kryptonite for the Swiss Superman, so Sheamus kicks his face off. Well, he deserved that. LOL @ “THANK YOU SHEAMUS!” KO goes to leave, but Mick says he can’t leave – he has to wrestle Sami later.

Recap of Braun killing dudes! YAY! Recap of Bayley winning the Raw Women’s Title airs with some video of her NXT videos reciting her childhood poem. Wow was giving her the title this soon a mistake if they’re going with the whole “lifelong dream” vibe. Mick talks on the phone before Roman comes in and gets interrupted by The Club, who will face him in a handicap match. Okay then. Kendrick comes out to silence and we get a recap of his angle with Tozwa at 205 Live, being turned down as a protege. Tozawa’s tron is incredible.

Kendrick wants a handshake, but Tozawa avoids it – so Kendrick lariats him down. Kendrick hits his head into the exposed steel of the buckle before locking on the Hook. The match itself never got started. Backstage, Kendrick talks to Charly and says no one disrespects him. Cole goes from not mentioning this at all to bringing up Roman wrestling next. We get a WWE Shop ad showcasing Nikki’s ass and how buying WWE merchandise makes you an individual. Roman comes out to face The Club. So the flaw in the rules was that the guys had to tag out, so…we are literally getting that exact same thing again. OF COURSE!

Gallows boots Roman on the floor. Gallows locks on a chinlock. The champs clubber him on the floor and Roman knocks a chair out of Luke’s hands. Roman uses the chair, so once again, we get a DQ. Corner lariats to Karl lead to Luke hitting corner punches and then hitting the Superman punch on Luke before a spear hits Karl. Recap of KO’s promo. New Day vs. Rusev and Jinder is up. We see New Day’s bit on TMZ before Lana comes out and introduces “jacked” Jinder and HANDSOME RUSEV! This match is presented by Golden Coral.

Woods brags about his channel getting a million subs – which is pretty cool. They talk about ice cream for a bit – which is honestly better than a Jinder Mahal match. New Day brags about the ice cream blueprints going digital before Lana says she has the plans now and Kofi says it’s because she’s Russian. Awesome. Kofi hits a nice flying DDT to Rusev. Kofi sends himself over the top and goes onto Rusev. Xavier plays the trombone behind Lana and it sends the iPad flying before he smashes it. Why destroy a perfectly good iPad? Why not just use a shitting $50 Chinese tablet and do the same thing? Midnight Hour to Jinder ends it.  Gallagher vs. Neville gets a contract signing. I hope we get purple ropes for the contract signing.

Tribute video for George “The Animal” Steele airs. It’s very nice and classy and really does get across his unique character. PURPLE ROPES FOR A CONTRACT SIGNING! Aries is mid-ring with cookies and some tea  Astonished they didn’t try to put a double decker bus in the ring to British this thing up a bit more. Neville signs and then Jack mocks him for leaving and says that he wanted a spot of tea and some biscuits. Neville, the heel, mocking Gallagher for British stereotypes is amusingly meta. Jack tells him that he isn’t playing a gentleman – he is one and the mustache doesn’t come off at night. He can’t stand Neville being smug and man is it good to see a face with a moral compass. Neville tips the table over and they brawl before the headbutt sends Neville out of the ring. Nia, who rumor has it is unlike most girls, walks backstage.

Nia faces Sarah Pierce. Nia’s gear has fringe on it now for some reason. A hair mare, corner avalanche and a Samoan drop end it. Byron talks about black history month and we see Obama clips while African-American wrestlers talk about his influence. Bayley talks about her childhood friends wanting regular jobs – but she wanted to be a wrestler and to STARE AT THE WRESTLEMANIA SIGN. Poor kid must’ve had a boring childhood. Stephanie comes down while Cole reminds us that Stephanie was the reason for the women’s revolution. Stephanie buries the win for being tainted. Okay – so Steph effectively negates the importance of this win, which does kinda work if they do a take two for this and give Bayley a clean win at WM. Steph tells her to relenquish the title, bringing about a huge “no” chant.

Stephanie makes it a moral choice before Sasha comes down and says she’s her sister and she should listen to the Universe. Bayley says that Stephanie is right and the title is bigger than her, Sasha, or Charlotte. Bayley says hell no – she earned this and beat Charlotte for the third time. Charlotte comes down – because that’s what this needed, more people talking. Charlotte says she’ll get her rematch at Fastlane and Sasha wants a match tonight, which Charlotte grants her. Cole says this is a RENEWAL OF A CLASSIC RIVALRY! Going all the way back to LATE 2016 FOR THIS ONE!

Sasha is in her Latino Heat homage shorts, which look good. Bayley is on commentary. Chain of kneedrops to Sasha get 2. Bayley’s voice in this commentary makes me think she’s dropping it at Fastlane. Charlotte hits reverse DDT neckbreakers and then locks on a standing dragon sleeper. Wheelbarrow bulldog gets 2 for Sasha. Bayley and Dana brawl and Sasha wins with the backstabber and Bank Statement. DDP HOF video airs. harly talks to Sami about KO and says that both Joe and KO are being poisoned by HHH and he says that time with catch up to Joe.

Recap of the KO-Jericho beating. Owens is mid-ring and got no intro, while Sami gets one. Joe runs down in black slacks and a black shirt and kicks his ass. Sami is told to stop, but he wants the match. KO charges him with a lariat in the corner, hits the cannonball, stomps away and cannonballs him again. Pop-up powerbomb ends it and wow, they’re getting KO absolutely right before the Goldberg match. Perfect.

Mick tells Steph that she put herself in a position to be embarrassed and he liked it. She tells him to address him properly. He tells her to stop treating him like he’s stupid – he listened to her, trusted her, and believed in her and because of it, Seth is on the shelf due to Joe and that’s a man he recommended in 2004. Mick cuts a hell of a promo on her greed and him not allowing it to cloud him. This was his best work in quite some time.

Cole interviews Brock and Heyman and says a whole bunch of WWE Words in a WWE Way. Brock grabs Cole’s chair and sits in it to stare right at the camera. Paul cuts a hell of a promo hyping up KO as dangerous, but he’s not as deadly as Brock.  Braun comes down and after a break, we find out that Seth will be at Raw next week. A SHOULDERBLOCK gets a “this is awesome” chant. Braun gets a side headlock takedown. Big lariat takes Show down. Braun hits a DDT and gets 2. They go back and forth on a suplex, which Show finally hits. Braun runs into a corner boot before tackling him down. Big shokeslam hits and gets 2. Show teases a superplex and the crowd gets tense. Braun jumps into a KO punch that gets 2.5.  Show goes for the Vader bomb, but Braun clunkily avoids it, then awkwardly lifts him and sorts powerslams him for 2. Luckily, the terrible execution being due to the weight kinda protects his finish. Braun pulls the straps down and hits a powerslam to win. And then Roman just comes down to his theme, so why bother with a finish? Braun eats two Superman punches, but the spear is met with a dropkick. Powerslam to Roman closes the show.

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Four Curious Names Are in ‘Kong: Skull Island’ End Credits!

Four Curious Names Are in 'Kong: Skull Island' End Credits!

Warner Bros. has released the full end credits for the movie, and four curious names are in there. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!

Source: Kong: Skull Island Final Credits

We are only a few weeks away (March 10th) from Kong: Skull Island. Given that is the case, Warner Bros. has revealed the end credit listing for the movie (SciFiJapan has the full list). But there are four names in those end credits that warrant a mention. Just what four names are mentioned? Well, if you've been paying attention to Legendary Pictures you probably know already. However, given that I am a fair man. I spoil it a few spaces down with a warning.

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Characters of "Godzilla," "King Ghidorah," "Mothra" and "Rodan" created and owned by Toho Co., Ltd.

Now we know all four monsters will be showing up in 2019'sGodzilla: King of Monsters. We know that Kong and Godzilla will have their long-awaited rematch in 2020. If you've been living under a rock, ads for Kong: Skull Island already show John Goodman's character (who's also from theorganization that showed up in 2014's Godzilla) talking about certain nuclear bombs going off in 1954 to kill something. Does this mean our true King will show up in the pretender's movie?!

Then again, maybe we'll be having said other creatures too hinted at or name-dropped? Then again if all five show up and tease something massive. Then, of course, there are only three simple words that best describe what should happen next.



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New International Poster For ‘Powers Ranger’ Now With More Lens Flare

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In all seriousness this new international poster for Power Rangers is so unintentionally hilarious which means it is so Power Rangers. This is a series that is completely ludicrous and this is the first time we have seen an inkling that that sense of fun is in this movie. I blame the lens flare with the corresponding color on each set of armor. They look ridiculous and the zords look like they should be in a sandbox. It’s hilarious and perfect.

The runtime of the movie has also been revealed at 124 minutes. Whether or not this movie can sustain the kind of chaotic energy remains to be seen but I’m interested for the first time even if I can’t stop laughing.

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New International Poster For ‘Powers Ranger’ Now With More Lens Flare

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Logan Will Have A Post-Credits Scene

Logan Will Have A Post-Credits Scene

After months of speculation by fans, it appears that the upcoming “Logan” film will indeed have a post-credits scene.

Collider reports that the movie will have the scene added prior to its release next month, despite the fact it was not included in advance press screenings. “It’ll have a post-credits scene,” confirms Collider’s Steve Weintraub. “I’m not sure if it’s half way through the credits or at the very end, but I can 100 percent tell you something will be there.”

RELATED: REVIEW: Logan Is The Best Wolverine Movie, Period.

The contents of the scene remain unknown to the public. It’s been speculated that such a clip might feature a teaser for next year’s sequel to “Deadpool,” or that it might serve as a kind of sendoff for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. The pair have played Logan and Professor Xavier respectively starting with Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” in 2000.

“Logan” also stars Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney (X-23), and features the story of an aging Logan and Prof. X in a darker near-future giving aid to the young mutant. James Mangold directs the film that officially opens in theaters on Friday, March 3, with advance public screenings the prior evening.

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New Legends of Tomorrow Featurette Shows Off ‘Realistic’ Camelot

New Legends of Tomorrow Featurette Shows Off ‘Realistic’ Camelot

When you’re a show about time-travel, a visit to King Arthur’s Court is almost a requirement. “Legends of Tomorrow’s” trip to Camelot is in this week’s “Camelot/3000,” and the show’s resident historian is in for a historically accurate surprise when he arrives.

RELATED: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Go Tropical for Season 2 Finale

In a recently released featurette for “Camelot/3000,” the 12th episode of Season Two, historian and chrome-plated superhero, Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) goes for the authentic look  of 507 AD. Unfortunately for him, he finds out the movies actually got it right. Pageantry or not, it’s up to Nate and the rest of the crew of the Waverider to save King Arthur and his Court from the Legion of Doom.

Fresh off saving the first POTUS, the Legends find themselves in Medieval England on their quest to find the remaining pieces of the Spear of Destiny, this season’s MacGuffin. Of course, getting the last pieces is never easy, especially when Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and his nefarious cohorts are attempting to retrieve the spear and rewrite history themselves.

RELATED: CW Shifts Legends of Tomorrow Finale, Changes iZombie Premiere

Airing Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT on The CW, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” stars Brandon Routh as the Atom, Victor Garber and Franz Drameh as Firestorm, Caity Lotz as White Canary, Maisie Richardson-Seller as Vixen, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave and Nick Zano as Citizen Steel.

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‘Walking Dead’ Producer Shares BTS Look at That Insane Spiked Walker

Whether or not The Walking Dead has begun to show its age, the makeup and VFX crew only have more fun with their undead designs as time wears on. Case in point, the spiked “Winslow” walker from Sunday’s “New Best Friends” marked a new visual benchmark for The Walking Dead, one which producer and gore guru Greg Nicotero shares new behind-the-scenes art and photos.

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[SPOILER] Appears Listed In The Credits For ‘Kong: Skull Island’

kongskullislandposterMarvel changed the game with their after credits scenes which now forces audiences to watch those long lists of names go by for possible look at a sequel or upcoming movie. (Note: you should always stay through the credits regardless. Every name on there is a person who worked hard and the least we can do is watch it scroll by). The credits can also be used confirm something perhaps not clarified in the movie proper like how it was Jimmy Olsen who was killed in the Africa scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because it was unclear in the theatrical cut. We already know that there is going to be an after credits scene for Kong: Skull Island but SciFiJapan managed to get their hands on the physical credits and an interesting name popped up. However, to discuss it we’ll need to warn of potential spoilers for Kong: Skull Island. While this doesn’t reveal anything specific some details could be inferred so proceed with caution.

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Characters of “Godzilla,” “King Ghidorah,” “Mothra” and “Rodan” created and owned by Toho Co., Ltd.

We already know that Kong: Skull Island takes place in the same universe as 2014’s Godzilla. However, to have all of these monsters listed in the credits means that they must be at featured or mentioned in some way. The idea of a Godzilla vs King Kong movie is already being floated around and everyone is trying to make their own version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Are we going to see some version of Godzilla in the extra credits scene of the movie? Is someone going to have a folder of picture and rosters like the end of Suicide Squad? We have no way of knowing until the movie comes out but the idea is interesting to ponder.

[SPOILER] Appears Listed In The Credits For ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Emma Watson Brings Belle to Life In New Beauty and the Beast Clip

Emma Watson Brings Belle to Life In New Beauty and the Beast Clip

The first clip from Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” has been unveiled, boasting Emma Watson’s vocals as the classic Disney princess Belle.

The sequence, fittingly titled “Belle,” features Watson as the titular character, fleshed out by the townspeople, made up of the film’s chorus, who — like the townspeople in the animated version — don’t understand why Belle is all about the books, and not about acting like everyone else.

RELATED: Disney Unleashes Final Beauty and the Beast Trailer

Aside from finally hearing Watson’s singing voice, audiences now have a good idea of just how lush the film is going to look. Clearly, great pains were taken to make the film not only work in a live-action format, but to also show us a new side to the story that fans haven’t seen before. Belle’s hometown looks very lived in, while also being purely fantastical. Take a look at the clip right below:

RELATED: Beauty and the Beast Gets Character and Motion Posters, First Look at The Prince

“Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Bill Condon and also stars Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbata-Raw, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen and Kevin Kline. The film will be released in theaters March 16.

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Dean Cain Returns As Jeremiah Danvers In This Promo For Next Week’s Episode Of SUPERGIRL: “Homecoming”

After being absent sinceback around the first half of the season, Dean Cain's Jerimiah Danvers is set to return on next week's installment of Supergirl, which is titled "Homecoming". Though Kara and co. are happy to see him at first, it doesn't take long before a bit of family drama ensues. Check out the promo below (beware of some potential spoilers), along with a synopsis for the episode. “Homecoming” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) DEAN CAIN RETURNS – When Jeremiah Danvers (guest star Dean Cain) is rescued from Cadmus, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) are thrilled to have their father back. The Danvers arrange a family dinner to celebrate but things go awry when a suspicious Mon-El (Chris Wood) starts to question Jeremiah about his sudden return.

Superman: 15 Powers You Didn’t Know He Had

Superman: 15 Powers You Didn’t Know He Had

Superman is one of the biggest and most popular heroes in the comic book world, partly because he’s been around so long, but also because of his huge list of powers. If you count the power of flight, strength, heat vision, freeze breath, invulnerability, super-speed and X-ray vision, he has more powers than all the members of some super-teams have put together. While some people say that makes him boring or overpowered, Superman’s fans know it’s a big part of what makes him awesome.

RELATED: The Flash: 15 Powers You Didn’t Know He Had

One reason Superman has so many powers is that, when he was first created, the writers would just give him whatever powers he needed at the time. Over time, some powers were phased out and new abilities were added. He has had so many superpowers that some fans might have missed them. Here are 15 of Superman’s powers that you might not even have known he’s had over the years.

THROWING SHIELD

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The first power we’ll cover will be from 1980’s “Superman II,” starring Christopher Reeve and directed by Richard Donner and Richard Lester. It’s one of the best Superman movies ever made, but it also introduced some weird moments. In the movie, General Zod and his minions Non and Ursa from Krypton try to take over the world, ending in a climactic battle in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. During the fight, Superman ripped the shield logo off his chest and threw it at Non, causing the mute Kryptonian to get tangled up in a large cellophane trap.

The power to throw his shield logo is one of the most surreal and controversial moments in Superman’s history. He’s never done it before or since, and it’s not even clear how Superman did it. The shield looks and acts like it’s made of plastic wrap, except it also grows and becomes strong enough to hold Non prisoner until the shield just disappeared. Was it a hologram or hallucination? Was it actually some sort of real Kryptonian tech? We may never know.

UNIVERSAL TRANSLATION

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Superman’s catchphrase is “truth, justice and the American way,” but he’s a hero for the entire universe, not just the United States. He travels all over the world and even through space to save people, and that means he should have a serious language barrier. After all, he grew up in Kentucky. Going to France or to the planet Apokalips would be a problem if it wasn’t for his little-known power to translate all known languages.

The fact that Superman is an omniglot (someone who speaks every single language) is a power that goes back to his character before the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” in the Silver Age when he was much more powerful. It was said that his super-intelligence allowed him to instantly learn and understand any language spoken to him. He even once translated a mermaid’s speech, so alien languages are a cinch for him. He hasn’t used this power much recently, but in 2010’s “Batman/Superman Apocalypse,” fellow Kryptonian Supergirl learned English in a month, so it apparently runs in the family.

PHASE THROUGH OBJECTS

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There are a lot of superheroes who have the power to pass through solid objects, including Martian Manhunter and Shadowcat of the X-Men. Superman had this power, too, although he hasn’t really used it much. Its most infamous appearance was in “The Mysterious Cube,” an episode of “The Adventures of Superman” in 1958. Written by Robert Leslie Bellem and Whitney Ellsworth and directed by George Blair, the show had a bizarre escape plan by a criminal that only Superman could solve.

In the episode, a wanted criminal named Paul Barton hid himself in a cube of super-strong metal, trying to get declared legally dead so he could be absolved of his crimes. To stop him, Superman learned how to vibrate his molecules to pass through objects and into the cube to capture him. He also did the vibration trick in his rematch against Doomsday in 2001’s “Superman” #175, written by Jeph Loeb and penciled by Ed McGuinness. Superman doesn’t do it much, because he’d prefer to smash walls, not pass through them.

SHAPESHIFTING

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You might think of Plastic Man and the Elongated Man when you think of shapeshifting, but now you need to throw Superman into that mix. Superman has one of the most famous and imitated costumes in comics, so it’s rare when he changes his appearance at all, but he has used this ability a few times, so it counts. Once again, this power came in his Silver Age era, when Superman had “super-muscles” that could mold his face and body like clay.

In 1947’s “Superman” #44, written by Bill Finger and penciled by Ira Yarbrough, Superman needed to impersonate a famous stuntman who worried he would be recognized. That’s when Superman used his “super-muscular control” to change his face to perfectly copy the stuntman. However, in “Superman” #45, he topped himself by molding his entire body to look like an inter-dimensional warrior and escape from a cage. When you have super-muscles like that, you can do anything.

TELEPATHY

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Everybody knows Superman’s biggest weakness is kryptonite, but one of the Man of Steel’s lesser known weaknesses is that he has no defense against psychic assaults. That means a lot of villains can attack his mind, even if they can’t attack his body. Superman doesn’t seem to have many psychic powers in his modern version, but in the past, his super-brain gave him the power of telepathy, meaning he could read and send his thoughts into other minds.

The most modern version of this power came in the 1993 TV series “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” In 1996, the third-season episode “Through a Glass, Darkly” revealed that some Kryptonians had survived the destruction of the planet and lived on another world called New Krypton. Superman was taken by some of them, and discovered all Kryptonians spoke with their minds, but that hasn’t been the case in other versions of Krypton.

TELEKINESIS VISION

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Another power that started in the Silver Age and carried over into the modern era is Superman’s telekinesis. Most comic fans know one of Superman’s weaknesses is that he doesn’t hold up too well against psychic powers, but don’t know that he’s had psychic abilities of his own. This power came up more in the Silver Age, but there was also a notable moment in the 1987 movie “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.” Directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Christopher Reeve, “Superman IV” involved a solar-powered clone of Superman named the Nuclear Man, who battled the hero around the world and even on the moon.

“Superman IV” was an awful movie riddled with plot holes, but one moment really stood out, and that was the Man of Steel rebuilding the Great Wall of China. Earlier in the movie, Superman and Nuclear Man destroyed it, and Superman went to fix all the damage they had done. Instead of just putting it back together with his super-speed, Superman just used a beam from his eyes that reassembled the Wall. Too bad he didn’t use it to rebuild Metropolis in “Man of Steel.”

SUPER-KISS

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Everything is super-powered about Superman, including his kiss. We’re not saying that Superman is a great kisser (we have no first-hand knowledge of that), but rather that his kiss has actual powers that come with it. Specifically, Superman can erase someone’s mind with just a kiss. Most fans know this power from “Superman II,” where Lois Lane learned Superman was really Clark Kent, but Kent erased her memory of it at the end of the movie with his kiss. This came up in the comics, too.

In 1963’s “Action Comics” #306, writer Robert Bernstein and penciler Al Plastino created a story that ended with Clark Kent and Lois Lane caught under the mistletoe at a Christmas party. At the encouragement of the others and Lois’ amusement, Kent kissed her. To everyone’s surprises, Kent gave Lois a kiss that almost knocked her out. Superman’s a lover, not a fighter, but he packs a wallop either way.

MIND CONTROL

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Remember what we said about Superman’s mental powers? That brings up another power he has, which is mind control. Yes, Superman can use his super-brain to force people to do his will. Once again, this is more of a Silver Age power, and even in the Silver Age, Superman didn’t use it that often. However, there was a notable instance in 1947’s “Superman” #45.

Written by Jerry Siegel and penciled by John Sikela, the issue had a story called “Case of the Living Trophies,” where Superman was kidnapped by an inter-dimensional collector. He was kept in a case filled with gas that paralyzed him, leaving him a living trophy, just like it said on the tin. To escape, Superman used his “telepathic will control” to take control of the alien’s mind and escape. It’s a shame he never used his “will control” again, because if he used that more often, things might go easier for him.

BRAIN SURGERY

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You probably already know about Superman’s heat vision, because it’s one of his most iconic powers. What you may not know is one of the weirder things he’s used it for, which is brain surgery. Superman can use his heat vision to cause some major damage if he wanted to, and he did so in 2001’s “Action Comics” #775 against the ruthless antihero Manchester Black.

Written by Joe Kelly, and pencilled by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo, Superman encountered Manchester Black as the leader of a vigilante group known as the Elites. The Elites are a violent group of superheroes who were willing to kill villains as their means of saving the world, which Superman had a big problem with. Manchester Black used his telekinetic powers to pinch blood vessels in Superman’s brain in order to give him a stroke, but Superman got his revenge in the end. The Man of Steel used his heat vision to burn the portion of Manchester Black’s brain that gave him his abilities, leaving Black powerless.

COPYING HIMSELF

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One of Superman’s failings is that he can’t be in two places at once…or can he? This brings us to another little-known power, the ability to copy himself. Superman has been copied and split into multiple versions many times, and in TV series “The Adventures of Superman,” he discovered that he had the power to make duplicates of himself. In the comics, one of the most important and strangest moments came in 1998 in the storyline that came to be known as “Superman Red and Superman Blue.”

Starting in “Superman” #122 (1997), Superman lost his usual powers and became an energy-based hero. Then in 1998’s “Superman Red/Superman Blue,” penciled by Stuart Immonen and written by Dan Jurgens, Superman had to escape from a trap by Cyborg Superman and split into two men who came to be known as Red and Blue. The two Supermen were forced to share their lives until finally merging together again.

KINETIC ENERGY PUNCH

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Superman’s strength is legendary and he’s been shown in both the comics and the movies to be able to do everything from smashing mountains to moving planets, but what if he still wanted to give his fists a little more punch? How does he make his already super-strong punch even stronger? With his kinetic energy punch, a power that directs all the kinetic energy of his physical movement into his fists.

The kinetic punch made its appearance in 2016’s “Action Comics” #49, created by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder. Before the issue, Superman had lost his powers thanks to Vandal Savage and then exposed himself to kryptonite in order to kill his damaged cells (kind of like how chemotherapy kills cancer). Unfortunately, when he came out of the kryptonite, the process left him with powers hat were at a weaker level. To beat his enemies, Superman had to resort to his kinetic energy punch, which made an explosion on impact. The punch doesn’t move planets, but it gets the job done.

SUPER-SMELL

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Superman’s five senses are just as amazing as the rest of him. He has super-vision that lets him see far away objects, zoom in to see microscopic creatures and even see through objects. He has super-hearing that lets him hear things in other cities and even other planets, and hear frequencies beyond the human range. Is it a surprise that his sense of smell is just as strong as the rest of him? It shouldn’t be, but it might. The fact is, smelling things isn’t something Superman makes a big deal out of, but we’ll do it for him.

Superman’s sense of smell is just as powerful as his sense of hearing. In other words, he can smell in ways that your average bloodhound could only dream of. He can smell a room and tell if there’s a bomb in it or what chemicals are in something, just from the odor.

SHOOT MINI-SUPERMEN

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Now we’re getting to one of Superman’s most bizarre and obscure powers, and it’s going to take some explaining. In “Superman” #125 in 1958 (Jerry Coleman, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye), Superman was investigating a crashed spaceship when it exploded in his face. Afterwards, Superman discovered he lost all of his powers except invulnerability, and one little twist. Instead of using all his power himself, Superman could shoot out a tiny version of himself who was empowered with all his missing abilities.

The Mini-Me version of Superman could fly, had super-strength and all his other powers, but with the extra power of cuteness. When danger struck, Superman was forced to send out his doppleganger to save the day. The best part is that Superman ended up getting jealous of how much more popular his super-Oompa Loompa was, and destroyed it by sending it after a kryptonite meteor shower, proving it’s not the size of the Superman but how you use it.

SUPER-VENTRILOQUISM

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In the Silver Age, Superman’s powerful lungs could do a lot more than just blow super-cold air. They could also perform what he called “super-ventriloquism,” which is just what it sounds like (pun totally intended). That doesn’t mean Superman would talk with a wooden dummy in his lap while he drank a glass of water. Instead, Superman could perfectly imitate sounds and the voices of others, as well as make it sound like what he was saying was coming from somewhere or someone else.

The power of being the world’s greatest ventriloquist came in surprisingly handy in his adventures. Superman would often throw his voice to people like Supergirl to tell her things without being heard by others. Instead of yelling “Hey, Supergirl, get over here,” Superman would throw his voice so it was like whispering right in her ear from 30 feet away. Over time, his super-ventriloquism disappeared, replaced by other newfangled contraptions like cell phones.

SUPER FLARE

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As we’ve gone over, Superman already has a ton of superpowers, but by the 1990s, he’d been pretty well nailed down. That’s why 2015’s “Superman” #38 by Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. rocked the comic world by introducing a brand-new power for the Man of Steel. In a fight against the supervillain Ulysses, Superman pushed his heat vision further than he’d ever done before. To his surprise (and definitely to Ulysses’ surprise as well), the Man of Steel unleashed a huge energy blast from every cell in his body that knocked him unconscious and left him powerless for 24 hours.

That explosion was what came to be known as the Super Flare. Superman was saved by Batman, who later explained that Superman’s heat vision was always just a small focused amount of the total energy he could release. When Superman pushed it to the limit, the action caused him to release all the energy in his body at the cost of his powers. He basically explodes with the power of a small nuke without the inconvenient fallout.

Which power do you think he should use more often? Were there any powers you didn’t know about? Let us know in the comments!

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2000 AD Prog #2019

2000 AD Prog #2019

Blazing SF action from the Eisner-nominated UK anthology! 2000 AD enters its 40th anniversary month with a stunning line-up of stories and creators – Judge Dredd tracks down a fugitive hiding out in Texas City in ‘Deep in the Heart’ by Michael Carroll and Henry Flint; Abelard and Crixus flee those hunting for them and find new allies in epic fantasy saga ‘Kingmaker’ by Ian Edginton and Leigh Gallagher; the war against the wurms crosses the dimensions in the third series of The Order by Kek-W and John Burns; the troublesome twosome return in Sinister Dexter by Dan Abnett and Steve Yeowell; and Gene the Hackman is a hunted dog in Kingdom: ‘As it is in Heaven’ by Dan Abnett and Richard Elson! 2000 AD is available in print from UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond as well as digitally from the 2000 AD webshop, 2000 AD iPad app, 2000 AD Android app, and 2000 AD Windows 10 app.

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2000 AD 40th Anniversary Special

2000 AD 40th Anniversary Special

Celebrate an incredible four decades of 2000 AD’s continuous weekly publication with a 48-page bumper special, packed with all-new stories from the cream of comics talent! There’s a brand-new case for Judge Dredd courtesy of John Wagner and Steve Dillon; Hammerstein and Ro-Jaws take their revenge on Howard Quartz in “Ro-Busters” by Pat Mills and Clint Langley; we return to the mad, mad world of Zombo by Al Ewing and Henry Flint; Nikolai Dante gets the party started in “Devil May Care” by Robbie Morrison and Simon Fraser; a young Slaine shows that he’s got what it takes to join the Red Branch, courtesy of Pat Mills and Simon Davis; plus art from Jock and Bryan Talbot, plus a variant cover by Hawkeye artist David Aja! 2000 AD is available in print from UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond as well as digitally from the 2000 AD webshop, 2000 AD iPad app, 2000 AD Android app, and 2000 AD Windows 10 app.

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The WWE Hall Of Fame Joins The DDP Yoga Craze

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DDP Yoga. It’s the combination of yoga, dynamic resistance, and motivational speeches from the master of the Diamond Cutter that has saved the lives and/or extended the careers of countless wrestlers. Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall both attributed Diamond Dallas Page’s personal life coaching who attribute with saving them from decades of addiction. Chris Jericho, the GOAT, is a DDP Yoga user, as is Goldust, who is still wrestling. And now, the fitness craze has earned DDP a spot in WWE’s Hall of Fame.

That’s not to say that Diamond Dallas Page’s pro wrestling career itself isn’t worthy of Hall of Fame status. He’s a three time WCW World Champion, two time WCW United States champion, four time WCW Tag Champion, WCW Television Champion, WWF Tag Champion, and WWF European Champion. He was one of WCW’s hottest stars during its 90s height, and he didn’t make his name in the WWF beforehand, unlike many of WCW’s other top stars during that era. His career was epitomized by hard work, as, originally a manager, he trained to become a wrestler at age 35, and then continued to train while rising through the company to become a top star.

It’s the same determination that allowed him to transition from wrestling to a successful career as a fitness guru, the same determination that allowed him to sue Jay Z and win over his Diamond Cutter hand signal, and the same determination, applied to others, that probably saved Jake The Snake and Razor Ramon’s lives. Unlike many Hall of Fame inductees who are honored with one last night of glory before mostly fading out of the public eye, DDP’s will be up onstage as a guy who’s still kicking ass, and by the way, has some fitness DVDs to sell you.

The WWE Hall Of Fame Joins The DDP Yoga Craze

Cover Story: Jae Lee Takes On Jim Henson’s Power Of The Dark Crystal For FOC…

potdc002_foc Here’s the Jae Lee cover that Boom! Studios has added for Jim Henson’s Power of the Dark Crystal #2 as a Final Order Cut-Off variant. They also added a 1-in-30 foil version of the cover as an incentive. Issue #2 FOCs today…. potdc002_main Issue #1 is in stores on Wednesday, February 22nd. The final orders for the first issue were 21,000 copies.


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Cover Story: Jae Lee Takes On Jim Henson’s Power Of The Dark Crystal For FOC…

The Legends Go To Camelot This Week

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow return this week as the team search for another piece of the Spear of Destiny… this time taking them to Camelot. Now some of you (and me) may be thinking, “but Camelot wasn’t real.” This is something addressed by executive producer Phil Klemmer in the clip below. The idea is that Nate Heywood, historian, tries telling the team that 507 A.D. in Britannia is not like Arthurian legends… except when they arrive, it is.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 PM on the CW.

The Legends Go To Camelot This Week

Flash Featurette Hints at Grodd’s ‘Attack on Gorilla City’ Disguise

Flash Featurette Hints at Grodd’s ‘Attack on Gorilla City’ Disguise

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is headed for a trip to Gorilla City in search of of Earth-2’s Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) in the next episode of “The Flash,” and in preparation for its broadcast The CW released a batch of photos that included the first glimpse of Gorilla City’s ruler, Solovar.

Now the channel is following up with a short behind-the-scenes video on the episode that sets up the episode’s main action: a gorilla gladiator fight in an arena full of screaming gorillas or, as Cisco (Carlos Valdes) puts it “Speedster versus super gorilla: best worst video game ever.”

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However, the most intriguing moment in the featurette has a caged and de-powered Flash seemingly recognising that Wells’ body had been hijacked by the amoral great ape, and Solver’s chief rival Gorilla Grodd.

What has Grodd done to Wells, and will our heroes be able to restore the errant scientist to his own body? The answers undoubtedly lie inside “The Flash’s” Gorilla City two-parter.

“Attack on Gorilla City” airs Tuesday, February 21 on The CW. “The Flash” stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells and Jesse L. Martin as Joe West.

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15 Phoenix Hosts (Besides Jean Grey)

15 Phoenix Hosts (Besides Jean Grey)

Most casual fans of the “X-Men” movies and cartoons may think of the Phoenix Force as a representation of Jean Grey’s full power potential, but as readers of the comics will know, it’s actually a powerful cosmic force that a variety of characters have wielded throughout Marvel Comics continuity in several comic book series.

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The origin of the Phoenix Force is rather ambiguous, but it has often been referred to as a primal force of the universe and something that is integral to the destruction and rebirth of planets and entire species. The force has been shown to have a form of sentience on more than one occasion and its influence over its many hosts can range from total possession to simply lending small degrees of Phoenix Force power. Here are more than 15+ Phoenix Force hosts other than Jean Grey.

SPIDER-MAN

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Peter Parker appeared to gain possession of the Phoenix Force in “Spider-Man” #25 (2002, Terry Kavanagh, Chris Marrinan) during a battle between the superhero team, Excalibur, and the villain Arcade. In the conflict, Arcade had trapped the team and Spider-Man in one of his famous Murderworlds (not too different from the concept used in the Hunger games movies) and replaced several members of Excalibur with androids which created the illusion of main characters, such as Phoenix host Rachael Grey, being killed off in a rather dramatic fashion.

Spider-Man soon discovered the deception, however, and used the same android tech to create the illusion of himself gaining the powers of the Phoenix. He never actually gained any new powers or abilities, but the bluff was enough to end the conflict once and for all. Despite not being a true Phoenix host, Spider-Phoenix was featured as an alternate costume in the PlayStation video game, “Spider-man 2: Enter Electro,” where it was given a proper introduction by Stan Lee, as well as true Phoenix powers, such as invulnerability.

RACHEL GREY

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Rachel Summers is the daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey Summers in an alternate future timeline referred to as Earth-811. She first appeared way back in 1981 in the famous “Days of Future Past” storyline in “Uncanny X-Men” #141 and #142 (Chris Claremont, John Byrne) and has been a fairly constant presence in the X-Men comic books ever since.

In addition to inheriting both telepathy and telekinesis from her mother, Rachel was also born with a natural connection to the Phoenix Force. For most of her appearances in the comics, Rachel exhibited control of the cosmic force, which she used to enhance her own telepathy, manipulate matter and connect to the cosmos at large. She recently lost the majority of this power, however, during the “X-Men Kingbreaker” miniseries (Christopher Yost, Dustin Weaver) when it appeared as if the spirit of Jean Grey was reclaiming the energy as part of some sort of cosmic balance.

AMBER HUNT

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Amber Hunt was a character in the Ultraverse universe, which appeared under Marvel Comics’ Malibu imprint. She spent time with the universe-hopping X-Men team, Exiles, and was a main member of the Ultraverse superhero team, Ultraforce. The character started off as a normal high school student but was quickly given superpowers once infected by the Theta Virus. Her main power-set contained the ability to fly and project fire from her body, not too dissimilar from the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch. In the “Break-Thru” miniseries, Amber was given powers relating to radiation and the light spectrum.

Despite having no telepathic or telekinetic powers to speak of, Amber Hunt was still chosen by the Phoenix Force as a host when it visited the Ultraverse from the main Marvel Universe in “Phoenix Resurrection: Genesis.” Amber’s time as a Phoenix host was very brief and appeared to be more of a way to protect the Phoenix and the planet Earth rather than being a long-term host option such as Jean Grey.

EMMA FROST

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Emma Frost actually had a rather long history with the Phoenix Force before becoming a host herself. She was instrumental in the corruption of Jean Grey, as the Hellfire Club’s White Queen, which led to the appearance of Dark Phoenix. She also eventually dated Jean Grey’s husband, Scott Summers, and was with him during Jean’s second Phoenix awakening and untimely death in Grant Morrison’s run on “New X-Men.”

Emma was briefly possessed by the Phoenix in “Phoenix Endsong” and would also play an important role in the Phoenix’s next appearance in the “Phoenix Warsong” miniseries, which featured the cosmic force possessing several of her students, the Stepford Cuckoos, and ultimately destroying thousands of clones which had been made from her own DNA. Years later, in “Avengers vs X-Men,” Emma Frost became a Phoenix host once more; however, this was more of a result of the Phoenix raptor being blasted with a device designed by Beast and wasn’t a conscious choice made by the force itself. Emma Frost was eventually freed of the Phoenix Force after Cyclops, who was also a host at the time and had been driven mad by the power, forcibly removed it from her.

STEPFORD CUCKOOS

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The Stepford Cuckoos were a group of teenage girls that were introduced in Grant Morrison’s run on “New X-Men.” Originally, there were five Cuckoos, but over the course of the series, two of the members — Sophie and Esme — were killed, leaving Celeste, Phoebe and Mindee. These three surviving girls would go on to become major supporting characters in other X-Men comic book series and are frequently used in storylines to this day.

The Stepford Cuckoos were powerful telepaths in their own right and were eventually revealed to be clones of Emma Frost in “Phoenix Warsong.” In the same miniseries, the three surviving Cuckoos were possessed by the returning Phoenix Force, which they subsequently used to resurrect Sophie and Esme. The Phoenix Force had come to Earth to destroy the thousands of other clones of Emma, however, and once the dust was settled, only the three original Cuckoos were left alive.

QUENTIN QUIRE

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Quentin Quire was a student at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning and was first introduced to readers in “New X-Men” #134 (Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely). The character was quickly established as being one of the most-powerful telepaths at the school and has been revealed to be a future host for the Phoenix Force in at least two instances.

The first glimpse at Quentin Quire as a Phoenix Host can be seen in “New X-Men” #154, when he briefly appeared in the future in the White Hot Room, a mystical location where the souls of previous Phoenix Force hosts exist. The second was during the “Battle of the Atom” storyline, which featured a Phoenix Force-wielding version of Quentin travelling to the present. This version of the character was not only more confident than the present version but was also significantly more cheerful about life in general. Present-day Quentin has yet to possess the Phoenix Force; however, it did show an interest in him during “Phoenix Endsong.”

COLOSSUS AND MAGIK

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This Russian brother and sister mutant duo have been associated with the X-Men or one of their satellite teams for several decades now. Colossus has a mutant ability that allows him to turn his skin to metal, while his sister Magik has the power to teleport and can also control vast amounts of magical energy due to living several years in the paranormal dimension, Limbo.

Colossus and Magik were among the five mutants to accidentally become hosts for the Phoenix Force in “Avengers vs X-Men,” due to an unexpected reaction to a weapon designed by Beast that blasted the cosmic bird on the Moon. After initially using their portions of the Phoenix Force for good, the siblings were eventually corrupted by the power and quickly turned on each other after some prodding by Spider-Man. Their portions of the Phoenix Force were then distributed among the remaining members of the “Phoenix Five.”

GIRAUD OF NEW HAVEN

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Giraud is a little-known character from the classic “Guardians of the Galaxy” comic books series and first appeared in the series’ ninth issue, by Jim Valentino. Giraud existed in a possible 31st Century future where mutants were almost extinct with only nine remaining in existence. Thought to be purely human when he was first introduced, it was later revealed that Giraud had latent psi-abilities. It was these abilities that eventually attracted the Phoenix Force to him.

Giraud was introduced to the Phoenix by Starhawk, who had located the powerful force within a volcano. The Phoenix accepted him as a host and quickly used its power to feed on Haven’s planet core. While this destroyed the planet, Giraud also used the Phoenix’s many powers to teleport all of the inhabitants to safety. After this incident, Giraud implemented psychic inhibitors to help control the Phoenix, but these were later removed and he regained access to the Phoenix’s powers once again.

KORVUS

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A member of the Shi’ar alien race was once a host to the Phoenix Force many centuries before the present time period in the Marvel Universe. Named Rook’shir, this Shi’ar host was unusual in that he controlled the Phoenix Force through a sword appropriately named the Blade of the Phoenix. He was eventually defeated by the Imperial Guard but a part of the Phoenix remained in the sword and it was discovered that those in his bloodline could also wield it.

Korvus is the present sole survivor of the Rook’shir bloodline. He was initially given the Blade of the Phoenix and sent on a mission to kill Rachel Grey, but the two connected through their Phoenix powers and soon began a romantic relationship. The romance was short-lived, however, and during the “X-Men Kingbreaker” miniseries (Christopher Yost, Dustin Weaver), the fragment of the Phoenix in the sword left the blade. Rachel lost her connection to the Phoenix as well. It’s speculated that this was due to the spirit of Jean Grey reclaiming all of the scattered remnants of Phoenix Force to help make it whole again.

IRON FIST (FONGJI)

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In “New Avengers Vol. 2” #25 (Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato, Will Conrad), which took place in the “Avengers vs X-Men” crossover event, it was revealed that a previous Iron Fist named Fongji had once become a host for the Phoenix Force many centuries ago. Not much is known about Fongji except that there had been a prophecy about her arrival, which foretold a red-haired girl who would become the next Iron Fist and save the world from the Phoenix.

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Interestingly, the girl’s father is said to be a man from the outside world; i.e., not from within the mystical city of K’un-Lun. This, in addition to the red hair and Phoenix connection, could suggest that Fongji is somehow related to the Grey family tree, but there has been no confirmation one way or the other. After becoming the Iron Fist and saving the world from the Phoenix, her existence was kept a secret and was only revealed to others when the Earth was threatened by the Phoenix once again.

NAMOR

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Namor is one of Marvel’s oldest characters, having debuted way back in 1939 in “Marvel Comics” #1. The character is a rather unique one as he is half Atlantean and half human, while also being a mutant, which grants him strength stronger than that of the average Atlantean, as well as the power of flight. While not canonically the first mutant in Marvel continuity (Apocalypse and several other mutants appeared before he did in the timeline), he was the first one that appeared in print.

Namor become a host for the Phoenix Force during the “Avengers vs X-Men” crossover event when a device created by Beast backfired when fired at the Phoenix, splitting its energies into five distinct parts. These different shards of the Phoenix immediately grabbed onto the five nearest individuals, one of whom was Namor. Namor soon become corrupted by the Phoenix Force and attacked Wakanda. The Avengers in turn attacked, expelling the Phoenix from him.

NIGHTCRAWLER

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Nightcrawler is one of the more visually distinct X-Men characters, with his blue fur, devil tail and, of course, his ability to teleport in a “bamf” of smoke; he also remains one of the most interesting, thanks to his endearing personality and various complicated relationships (we’re looking at you, Mystique). While Nightcrawler’s never really had an association with the Phoenix Force in the main 616 Marvel Universe, an alternate reality version of him once did in the now-cancelled “What If” comic books series.

This happened in “What If” Vol.2 #23 “What If… The All-New All-Different X-Men Had Never Existed,” which told the story of a world where the second generation of X-Men were never formed. Because of this, Nightcrawler never joined the X-Men and there were very few people who could stop the arrival of the Phoenix Force. Nightcrawler eventually became the host himself, evolved into Dark Phoenix, and then sacrificed himself to save the planet.

MADELYNE PRIOR

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Madelyne Prior was a clone of Jean Grey created by Mister Sinister as part of a selective breeding experiment he wanted to conduct with Scott Summers and the deceased Jean Grey. While she never gained as much control of the Phoenix Force as the original Jean Grey did, the force did choose her after Jean’s death and was the very reason she gained consciousness in Mister Sinister’s lab. This shard of the Phoenix appeared to offer no more advantages than the initial activation however Madelyne did inherit Jean’s telepathy and telekinesis mutant powers and also obtained a variety of Asgardian magic abilities that allowed her to heal others. Eventually, her powers evolved to the point where she could teleport and even warp reality.

Years after the original Madelyne Prior’s appearance and eventual death, Mister Sinister created six more versions of the character to help contain the Phoenix Force in “Avengers vs X-Men.” They contained no will or soul of their own however they were able to consume some of the Phoenix’s power before the cosmic force destroyed them all.

HOPE SUMMERS

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Hope was the first mutant born on Earth after Scarlet Witch uttered the words “No more mutants.” As such, she drew the attention of many individuals and was subsequently taken with Cable into the future for her own protection. While not having a direct genetic link to Jean Grey or Scott Summers (she was named after Cable’s wife), she still bears a remarkable resemblance to Jean with her red hair and possesses an innate connection to the Phoenix Force itself.

It’s eventually revealed that Hope was born to be the new host for the Phoenix; and yet, as soon as the fiery bird is detected travelling to Earth, members of both the Avengers and X-Men attempt to prevent her from making contact with it. Instead, events take a turn for the worse and Magik, Colossus, Namor, Emma Frost and Cyclops are possessed by the Phoenix. The Phoenix Force is gradually removed from each of these characters and Hope finally became the host she was destined to be. She uses the Phoenix to restore the mutant race and then seemingly discards the power completely.

CYCLOPS

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After suffering through numerous Phoenix encounters over the years, Cyclops finally became a host of the powerful cosmic force himself in the “Avengers vs X-Men” miniseries. His time as a host wasn’t a decision made by the Phoenix Force, however, and appeared to be more of an unintended side-effect caused by a weapon designed by Beast. Magik, Namor, Colossus and Emma Frost also became hosts when Cyclops did, but he was the last one standing. The Phoenix corruption eventually causes him to transform into Dark Phoenix and, after murdering Charles Xavier, is eventually helped by the spirit of Jean Grey, who inspires him to let go of the power.

Cyclops became a Phoenix host a second time after obtaining a Phoenix Egg. Before the incursions of the main 616 and Ultimate 1610 universes in the lead-up to “Secret Wars,” Cyclops used the egg to release the Phoenix Force and managed to retain all of the powers after the apparent end of the multiverse. Despite this, Cyclops, along with the Phoenix Force, were killed by Doctor Doom, who had obtained the powers of the Beyonders.

Did we miss any Phoenix hosts? Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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This Cool New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 Image Finds Star-Lord And Drax Ready For A Fight

Following their awesome Wonder Woman cover reveal from earlier on, Empire has debuted a new image from Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The pic sees Drax and Star-Lord tooled-up and ready for battle, and while Quill is wielding his trusty twin pistols, everyone's favorite literal alien is equipped with a rather large blaster that will no doubt do some serious damage. In addition, Chris Pratt gives fans an idea of what to expect from the intergalactic A-holes' next adventure: “You can expect to see everything you loved in the first movie, but you’re also going to… but it… oh, I should rephrase that. Don’t expect to see everything you saw in the first movie. But expect to be charmed and thrilled and entertained like you were watching the first movie.” Be sure to pick up the latest issue of Empire for more. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theaters on May 5th.

Small Press Spotlight: Heathen #1

If 2016 proved anything, its that quality projects from independent publishers were richly rewarded by collectors and speculator’s wallets.

With 2017 upon us, a new publisher, Vault Comics, has caught our eye. Launching next week is their first signature title, HEATHEN #1 by Natasha Alterici. This book tells the tale of Aydis, a Viking warrior and outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin.

In our current geo political environment, it is quite likely that a well written book that centers on the fight for equality in a male dominated world will resonate with fans. And it IS well written, currently earning 4.5/5 stars from 39 ratings on goodreads.com and scoring a 9 on comic book round up.

As with all start up independent publishers, the print run ought to be quite reasonable on this book, and there is also a 1:5 variant. But for the speculator, the one to watch is the retailer variant set for thecomicmint.com- limited to a microscopic 175 color and 75 black and white copies.

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As of this article, you can still grab a set for $34.95, or just the color for $14.95 at The Comic Mint’s Website and also look for those Iron Fist variants as well.

while supplies last.

As with most projects the comic mint has sponsored, a percent of sales has been donated to a charity. Through their TCM Insiders facebook group, 240 dollars was raised for comicare.org , a great organization that makes visits dressed as super heros to several children’s hospitals. You can learn more about this organization here: http://comicare.org


New Comic Spec Review Video for 2/22/17

Each week, Terry Hoknes, from http://www.hoknescomics.com, and I do a video discussing the weeks new releases and what we think the spec winners will be. Here is this weeks for delivery 2/22/17:

I would like to give a shout out to Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Not only did they take good care of my mom during her heart attack (she was actually at the hospital visiting someone else when it happened), and during the surgery that followed. They were also gracious enough to let me sneak out and film this video in one of their staff lounges.


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DC Comics Previews For February 22

DC Comics Previews For February 22

Kamandi Challenge #2, Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #15.

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Peter Tomasi and Neal Adams pick up from the explosive Kamandi Challenge cliff-hanger left for them by Abnett, Didio, Eaglesham and Giffen.
Hal and Kyle have endured the harsh environment of an alien world to find St. Walker. Meanwhile, the GLC and the Sinestro Corps are on the search for rogue Fear Lanterns.

Kamandi Challenge #2 (of 12)

After the thrilling events of issue #1, writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Neal Adams rescue the Last Boy on Earth and send him on his next adventure. Now, Kamandi must save Tiger King Caesar and his people from impending doom. Will he be the hero they need? Or will he use the chaos of the situation to escape for good?


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Art by: Neal Adams
Colors by: Hi-Fi
Covers by:Kenneth Rocafort, Neal Adams
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"QUEST FOR THE BLUE LANTERN" part two! Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner's mission to find the Blue Lanterns brings them to a world on the brink of destruction. How can they find hope in a place devoid of any? Meanwhile, the Green Lantern Corps begins to track down the most dangerous members of the Sinestro Corps, but Guy Gardner flies off to settle his own grudge!


Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Ethan Van Sciver
Colors by: Jason Wright
Variant Cover by:Kevin Nowlan
32 pages
$2.99 (US)

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It Looks Like The Theatrical Cut Of LOGAN Will Indeed Feature A Post-Credits Scene

When Logan screened this past Friday at the Berlin Film Festival (and this morning in Dublin, incidentally), those in attendance were not treated to a post-credits scene - but when the first round of reviews hit, they were accompanied by a rumor that the theatrical cut would include a few extra minutes. Now, Collider has confirmed that the version of the film general audiences will see on March 3rd will indeed feature a stinger of some description. There are no details on what/who it will involve, but having seen Logan I can tell you that it is somewhat surprising that James Mangold and/or the studio decided to follow what is pretty much a perfect final shot (don't worry, no spoilers) of what is very much a standalone story with some kind of tease or lead-in to another film in the X-Men franchise. At any rate, whatever the scene entails is going to remain a mystery until Logan is officially released early next month,

David Hawley On Why He Went With Legion

While on the red carpet for the world premier of Legion, series creator Noah Hawley was asked why go with David Haller / Legion? Hawley talks about the uniqueness of the character and both his mental illness and powers.

Legion airs Wedesdays at 10 pm on FX.

David Hawley On Why He Went With Legion

Young Avengers: 15 Reasons The Gillen and McKelvie Run Was Great

Young Avengers: 15 Reasons The Gillen and McKelvie Run Was Great

For fans of Marvel’s comic book and inematic Universes, “The Avengers” is a team whose name brings to mind different members. Some may think of Captain America, The Hulk and Ant-Man while others think of Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye. As amazing as these teams are, there is something special about the teen lineup of the “Young Avengers”, especially the team put together by regular creative collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.

RELATED: Teenage Wasteland: 17 Best Teen Super-Teams

While the Young Avengers’ original lineup had members that were connected to The Avengers, this relaunched roster had each member attempting to distance themselves from the past. With a backdrop of gorgeous art, creative comic panels and a youthful spirit, the Young Avengers could strike out on their own and save the world. Here are 15 reasons why this run is the best.

A CONCISE STORY

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Unlike other comics, this adventure was a stand-alone storyline that didn’t have major repercussions on or in the Marvel Universe. The new Young Avengers are brought together when Billy Kaplan (Wiccan) accidentally summons Mother, an inter-dimensional parasite who takes control of their parents and any adult connected to the team. While trying to figure out how to undo the spell and defeat Mother, they are confronted by a mysterious entity known as “Patriot” after he makes Wiccan’s brother Speed disappear. In order to defeat Mother and get Speed back, the team must fight their possessed parents and go on an inter-dimensional journey.

It can be difficult to read comics when you have to worry about crossover events, the backstory of a character, and dozens of story arcs. This comic series was only 15 issues long, making it easy to collect and read. Although the series is set after the events of “The Children’s Crusade,” “Journey Into Mystery” and other Marvel titles, prior knowledge of these comics isn’t necessary. In fact, the characters mention past events in a casual, matter-of-fact manner that doesn’t make the reader confused. As a result, this comic was accessible not only to long-time comic fans, but also new readers.

A STELLAR LINEUP

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Gillen and McKelvie’s “Young Avengers” included members from different teams. First, there is Wiccan and Hulkling, two teens who were on the previous Young Avengers team. Wiccan is the son of the Scarlet Witch and has magic powers, while Hulkling is a Kree-Skrull alien who can shape-shift, use super strength, and heal himself. Kate Bishop is a bow-and-arrow-packing gal also known as Hawkeye and is another Young Avengers veteran. America Chavez used to be in the Teen Brigade and can create portals between universes with her foot; she can also fly and has super strength.

Rounding out the team are Noh-Varr, Prodigy and Kid Loki. Noh-Varr is a Kree superhero with enhanced speed and reflexes who uses alien weaponry to fight. Prodigy is a depowered mutant who used to be in the X-Men and has the combined knowledge of every person he ever encountered. Kid Loki is a trickster god who uses his magic and cunning to manipulate others. As characters of different races, genders and sexual orientations, they form one of Marvel’s most inclusive teams.

LOKI’S STORY

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Speaking of Kid Loki, he was de-aged when his evil self died and was reborn as a child. Loki’s child self tried to become good, except a remnant of Loki’s evil killed Loki’s child self and then took over his body. In “Young Avengers,” we see Kid Loki wrestling with a guilty, self-loathing conscience that manifests as a copy of himself only he can see. Loki has to decide if he still wants to manipulate people for his own purposes or do something else.

With his inclusion in the series, Kid Loki was seen as an introduction to the character for a new generation of readers. His wit and magical abilities make him enjoyable to read, yet his inner turmoil and manipulative tendencies make him fascinating. When Kid Loki literally grows up and becomes an older teen later in the series, it makes the reader wonder whether he will mature inside as well as outside. Loki’s character development in this series would lead directly into the events of Loki’s solo book “Loki: Agent of Asgard”.

HULKLING & WICCAN

Wiccan and Hulkling are two of Marvel’s most beloved gay characters. Prior to the “Young Avengers” relaunch, we saw them kiss for the first time in the book “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade,” but they couldn’t quite pursue their relationship with all that was going on. In Gillen and McKelvie’s books, we finally see them in a relationship. The first fight we see them have occurs over the two giving up their superhero identities after the events of the previous Young Avengers comics. Their relationship is eventually tested when Loki tells Hulkling that Wiccan might have been using his powers to make Hulkling fall in love with him.

Wiccan and Hulkling’s relationship is so memorable because, even in this day and age, it remains bafflingly rare to see a gay relationship normalized, especially in teenagers. Since the two have moved past that, we can see them do things that other people do in relationships, including fight, kiss, make-up, and reaffirm their love. If one of them ends up separated from the other because of a villain, then reuniting becomes their first priority. Seeing the ups and downs of Wiccan and Hulkling’s relationship is poignant because they show love at its messiest and most real.

AMERICA CHAVEZ

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America Chavez made her first appearance in 2011 as a member of the Teen Brigade in the comic book series “Vengeance.” She ends up leaving the team due to “musical differences” and becoming a member of the Young Avengers after a suspicious encounter with Kid Loki leads her to Wiccan. As a Young Avenger, her no-nonsense personality and powers are on full display, giving her a more prominent role. She fights Loki, literally kicks the way into different dimensions, and banters with Kate Bishop, all of which instantly made her resonate with a new readership.

In addition to placing America front and center, the comic also reveals her origins as a princess of an alternate dimension and establishes her as a lesbian. This character development would make her a favorite among fans, causing her to become a member of “A-Force” and “The Ultimates.” The support for America Chavez would also lead to her getting her first solo series, which is set to debut in March 2017.

WICCAN’S POTENTIAL

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Magic users almost always have a big destiny waiting for them. For magic-using superheroes like Wiccan, this is no exception. In the previous “Young Avengers” comics, it was revealed that Wiccan and his twin brother Speed are the sons of Scarlet Witch. In Gillen and McKelvie’s comics, Kid Loki reveals that Wiccan is destined to become an all-powerful entity known as The Demiurge and rewrite the laws of magic in every universe and time period. Heavy stuff!

Prior to this, Wiccan’s powers appeared to be limited to repeating statements of intent in order to create a desired effect. Like with his mother before him, this could result in almost anything happening, from teleportation to locating someone. To have Wiccan be destined to become something so powerful shows that he is not to be underestimated as a magic user and that his powers can be taken to great heights. Whether he is more powerful than his mother is yet to be seen, but only time will tell.

MILLENIAL SAVVY

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Real people using social media is one thing, but having fictional teen superheroes use it is even more fun. At one point in the series, the Young Avengers use Yamblr, a social media app that is combination of Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram. Through Yamblr, Loki documents their adventures by taking selfies and photos, with most of the team commenting on them in their own styles. It allows the team to let go of their cares for a moment and shows a sentimental side to Loki’s character.

Yamblr is also used cleverly as comic book recaps that involve fictional readers posting screencaps of the events and discussing them with hashtags. Given how millennials are often put down for using social media and taking selfies, it’s refreshing to see teen superheroes doing so without getting scolded by any adults. It shows millennials use social media for fun and for posterity, to document key moments and thoughts that mean something to them. This is highlighted and indeed celebrated by these heroes doing the same.

TEEN HEROES

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In these comics, the “Young Avengers” have teen moments before, during and after saving the world. In addition to using Yamblr, they also eat breakfast together at a diner and eat Korean barbecue at a pitstop while traveling between dimensions. They also reference pop culture and entertainment like “Game of Thrones” and “Scott Pilgrim.” Most amazing of all is that they and a bunch of other teen heroes have a fabulous New Year’s Eve party to celebrate their victory and ring in the New Year thanks to Loki’s generosity (and residual guilt).

When teen superheroes have to fight crime, save the world and go to school, there isn’t a lot of time to just be a teen. These younger heroes can never just kick back and relax or celebrate their victories without being interrupted by bad guys. It is for this reason that seeing the Young Avengers do teen things is so precious and wonderful. It allowed them to take a break from being superheroes and show how entertaining it can be simply to be a teen!

NO ADULTS

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As we previously stated, every adult that the Young Avengers has come in contact with is infected by the parasite Mother. Since this includes their parents and The Avengers, they have no adults they can go to for help. If they try, the infection will go into effect and the adults will try to attack them and turn them over to Mother, if she isn’t already present. This is humorously played with in the comic, such as when the Young Avengers fight the infected adults right outside of Avengers Mansion and none of The Avengers notice.

By not having The Avengers and the parents coming to save them, the book showed that the Young Avengers were heroes in their own right, rather than just being associated with certain teams. Of course, the icing on the cake is that they had little adult supervision and could practically do whatever they wanted. After all, there is no way they would’ve been able to have that sweet after party if the adults had intervened.

THE ART

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A comic book’s artwork is just as important as the characters and storyline. The best comic book artwork has to be attractive enough to illustrate the story without distracting or putting off the reader. In this comic, the artwork does that and then some. The characters are drawn so well that they look like actual people rather than comic book characters; it’s not necessarily photorealism, but McKelvie’s deft hand always conveys true life and real emotion effortlessly. On top of that, certain visual effects and background images are so striking, they literally seem to glow. One prominent example is this lovely, giant sparkling star that appears when Wiccan and Hulkling kiss later in the series (issue #13); a credit to both McKelvie and colorist Matt Wilson.

In addition to the artwork by Jamie McKelvie, the last two issues of the comic also featured a slew of guest artists that included Becky Cloonan, Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, Christian Ward and Emma Vicelli. Each guest artists brings their own style to the characters and the goings-on in the issues, making it a hugely collaborative tapestry. Some of the most vibrant artwork seen throughout the run was orchestrated by Christian Ward, featuring bright colors and a watercolor painting look.

RULE-BREAKING PANELS

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Just as important as the actual artwork are the panels that contain the story; the manicuring of a page, after all, not only adds to an aesthetic, but also the visual flow of a story. The panels of this era of “Young Avengers” seem almost three dimensional, sometimes even breaking the fourth wall to address the reader directly. One of the best examples of how well the panels were handled occurs with the character Noh-Varr in the first volume of the series.

At this point, Noh-Varr has broken into a nightclub to rescue some of the Young Avengers from Mother’s clutches. Instead of regular panels, we see every move he makes literally mapped out with numbers. On the bottom left of the “map,” you see a key that explains what he is doing at each number. These numbers feel as if Noh-Varr is in an action movie, moving in slow motion, and the effect is absolutely stunning. It is these visual risks that truly set this series apart from any other, a unique and heady presence that can also be found in its narrative.

WITTY DIALOGUE

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A superhero is nothing without witty banter and having teen superheroes only adds to the humor while showing off a capricious youthful exuberance. Almost all the Young Avengers have a quip or two to say to each other or the villains.  Some involve the pop culture references mentioned earlier, while others are poignant and powerful, delivered with true gravity at key moments. Of the pop culture references, one of the best bits of dialogue occurs between Loki, Wiccan and Hulkling in “Young Avengers” #3.

While trying to convince Wiccan to lone him his power for ten minutes, Loki asks if they watch or read “Game of Thrones.” Both Wiccan and Hulkling say yes at the same time. Loki then asks them, “Who’s your favorite character?” The two of them reply, “Tyrion.” Loki then exclaims, “I’m Tyrion!” in an effort to get them to trust him. Of course, it doesn’t quite work, but it makes one imagine Loki, Wiccan and Hulkling sitting around geeking out, just like the reader.

IT’S MULTI-DIMENSIONAL

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With one kick of her foot, America Chavez takes the team through different dimensions to chase down The Patriot and fight Mother. When people think of the word “multi-verse” they probably recall other comic book superhero worlds like those seen in X-Men or the world of Thor; or even TV multiverses as seen in “The Flash.” However, the different dimensions that the gang travels to end up being different than that. One world involves one which Noh-Varr claimed as his own with a bunch of creepy female characters known as Exterminatrix, all of whom turn out to be ex-lovers!

A more pleasant world features cute little green alien creatures that worship Wiccan as the Demiurge. There is even an excursion to the alternate Earth, which leads the teen heroes to having some Korean barbecue. With all these various dimensions, the team eventually figures out a way to use them to their advantage when they grab every alternate version of themselves and literally drop in on Mother in her own dimension.

 FUN BATTLES

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Since it’s teenagers versus an evil inter-dimensional parasite that takes over parents and adults, you’d think that the entire multi-verse would be in danger. While this is true to some extent, the battle between the Young Avengers and Mother doesn’t have astronomically high stakes, mainly because the parasite is tied to them and them only. Other than The Avengers, the exes that team up with Mother, and the teen heroes that help the Young Avengers in the climatic battle,  the battles didn’t involve any other Marvel heroes.

Instead of having the fate of the multi-verse completely at stake, they end up fighting because the parasite has disrupted their current lives and brought them together. They fight because Mother corrupted their parents and the adults so they would literally become evil beings that try to make their lives and the world miserable. In that, the battle wasn’t a major deal for the Marvel Universe, but it was for the Young Avengers themselves, making it an entirely intimate affair.

COMING-OF-AGE

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The final battle between the Young Avengers and Mother, as well as the journey that led them to it, changes the Young Avengers for the better. They aren’t just teen superheroes saving the world, but young men and women trying to figure out who they are and what their place is in the universe. The fact that every member of the Young Avengers comes together after events that occurred in the past with their old teams isn’t a coincidence, of course.

In one part of the comic, Speed exclaims, “Legacy, legacy, legacy! Why can’t people just do their own thing?” This line of dialogue perfectly sums up what the Young Avengers go through as they try to defeat Mother, and really, what the comic is about. Each of the team members must move on from who their parents were in order to make their own mark on the world. They mature as teen superheroes and as regular teenagers, facing battles inside and out.

What were your favorite parts of Gillen and McKelvie’s Young Avengers run? Let us know in the comments!

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Grumpy Cat/Garfield Crossover On The Way From KaBOOM! & Dynamite

Grumpy Cat/Garfield Crossover On The Way From KaBOOM! & Dynamite

Batman and Superman. Captain America and Iron Man. Grumpy Cat and Garfield.

In an age of high-profile comic book character crossovers, history can now add a slightly more adorable pair to the list. That’s right, Internet sensation Grumpy Cat will star in a comic alongside the OG grumpy cat, Garfield.  The epic meeting of the enthusiasm-challenged felines, courtesy of BOOM! Studios’ KaBOOM! imprint and Dynamite Entertainment was announced today in a press release by Dynamite. Look below at the cover, and revel in the duo’s respective grumpiness and apathy.

RELATED: Dynamite Launches New Biweekly Grumpy Cat Comic Strip

“Teaming up with Garfield for a comic series is a real honor,” Grumpy Cat “said” in a statement. “I hate it.”

The story will be written by Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis. “When I met with [Davis] at San Diego Comic-Con International this year to discuss this crossover, he was brimming with delight at the idea of these two felines getting together,” founder and CEO of BOOM! Studios Ross Richie said. “His enthusiasm and affection for this crossover is infectious! This is going to be terrific fun!”

RELATED: New “Garfield” CG-Animated Movie is in the Works

CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Nick Barrucci added, “Working with the fine folks at Grumpy Cat has been absolutely wonderful…Meeting Mr. Davis has been a highlight of my career and working with him and our friends Ross, Filip, and everyone at BOOM! Studios to bring her into the world of Jim Davis’ beloved comic strip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These are the two most famous felines in the world. I can’t wait to see what trouble these two get into!”

“Garfield/Grump Cat” #1 hits stands Summer 2017.

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Rabblecast 482- More Batman Director News, WWE Elimination Chamber 2017

We follow up on our discussion about Warner Bros./DC searching for a new Director for The Batman. So far, it seems as though Matt Reeves(Cloverfield) might be in the running to take over the film. Although, if we learned anything about the DC Extended Universe, things can change at anytime.

WWE is currently on the road to Wrestlemania. But before we get there, we’re going to make a few stops along the way. One of them being, Smackdown’s PPV, The Elimination Chamber! Find out who walked away as champion and what this means for Wresltemania.

Also on this episode, we get into a discussion about the legal drinking age. Should it be changed? Should it be lower or higher? The guys weigh on this unexpected topic.

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Agents of SHIELD: Aida Has Nefarious Plans for the Superior in New Clip

Agents of SHIELD: Aida Has Nefarious Plans for the Superior in New Clip

The Superior is about to reap what he sows. In a new clip from “Self Control,” tomorrow night’s episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, the Superior struggles to stay alive in the aftermath of his battle with Quake. However, Aida has plans for him — and those plans involve a bone saw.

The clip opens with the Superior lying bloody and broken on a table in his Russian base. Aida stands over him, tending to him, and assures him that he will live through the experience. However, the Superior makes it clear that he isn’t afraid to die; in fact, he’d rather die than be a “festering cripple” — or, worse, “a thing” like her — for the rest of his life.

RELATED: Agents of SHIELD Faces the Rise of the Machines In New Trailer

Aida prepares for some extreme surgery in a clip from tomorrow’s new “Marvel’s @AgentsofSHIELD” at 10/9c on ABC! pic.twitter.com/MqjXAm7ufp

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 20, 2017

Aida quickly shuts that down. “Don’t worry,” she tells him as she pulls out a bone saw. “You will be many things.” That puts a short stop to the Superior’s bravado, as he watches on in terror.

At this stage in the game, it’s unclear what Aida is planning. We know her directive is to protect the Framework at all costs and that Radcliffe has repeatedly told her to respect human life. However, this latest stunt suggests she’s not as bound to Radcliffe’s word as it seems — unless, of course, she is taking Radcliffe’s directive in a too-literal way that isn’t yet clear. It’s also worth noting that there’s no love lost between Radcliffe and the Superior, who consistently threatened Radcliffe; after all, the Superior was simply a means to Radcliffe’s ends, since S.H.I.E.L.D. was holding him back.

RELATED: Agents of SHIELD Poster Casts Doom Over FitzSimmons

Out of Radcliffe’s sight, Aida has exhibited some strange behavior. For instance, after Agnes died, Aida took her necklace and put it on. Additionally, she watched with acute interest when the Superior set his Watchdogs on Patriot and they beat him to a bloody pulp. Now, she appears to have plans for the Superior. At this point, we can’t tell for sure whether Aida is acting on Radcliffe’s direction or her own.

Airing Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.

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Nerd Fight Erupts Among Batman Writers Over Power Rankings!!

Nerd Fight Erupts Among Batman Writers Over Power Rankings!!

Tom King kicked things off by answering a simple question. Now fellow Bat writersTim Seeley, James Tynion IV, and Scott Lobdell chimed in as well in this friendly exchange of "who's on first. What's on second. I don't know is on third." Eh, NERD FIGHT!!!!!


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We all have our preferredranking of certain characters when it come's to certain aspects. Character A is better at Character B-D for so on and so forth. Then someone else has another opinion. Well, what results is basically a NERD FIGHT! The only thing one can do is pull up a snack (preferably popcorn) and just watch fans go at each other with their opinions.

Today, we got such a thing with basically the writers of Batman, Detective Comics, Nightwing, and Red Hood & the Outlaws. As always with nerd fights, it all started simply with a question:

@TomKingTK Hello sir one question Who is the most skilled Batfamily fighter and could you rank them (top 10 or something like that)

— JLAvengersGhost (@JLavengersGhost) February 19, 2017

Then Batman writer Tom King answered with his list:

Ranked! (Earth 1)

1. Cassandra
2. Dick
3. Bruce
4. Damian
5. Kate
6. Helena
7. Jason
8. Duke
9. Stephanie
10. Tim

Arguing commence! https://t.co/f7REWLXyef

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

Dick's got better pedigree (child of great acrobat v child of great doctor) and a better trainer (Batman v Duchard). Plus he's Dick Grayson. https://t.co/g52cG0ANxz

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

At the very least, King knew what was going to happen. He answered the fan, gave an answer as to why a certain character was ranked higher than another. Then braced for arguing against his list, because NERDS!!!!

Of all the people to start the opening salvo was Detective Comics writer James Tynion IV and stating his own opinion:

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After Tynion IV stated the absolute truth (yes, he is right. Come at me! I'll bring a barbed-wire steel chair of continuity knowledge to my fight!). Then out of nowhere like an RKO (a wrestling move perfected by one Randall Orton) sprang Nightingwriter Tim Seeley, who turned on his former partner King (they both wrote Grayson together) with the sickest of burns on him. By pointing out a plot hole.

@TomKingTK so what you're saying is that Dick shoulda whupped the shit outta Bane in Batman 16, Mr. King?

— Tim Seeley (@HackinTimSeeley) February 20, 2017

Ouch. I wasn't even the attendee and I felt the heat on that. One should expect at any comic con this year that the once bromantic duo will go the way of JeriKO (Chris Jericho and Kevin Owen's bromance of bromances that was a hundred times more compelling than any love story in several years). Truly this is almost heartbreaking to read.

King then decided to change tactics stating a different ranking after the third-degree burn via Seeley.

This in one-on-one, hand-to-hand, not about long term strategies, where Batman would be #1, Batgirl (Barbara) #2, Tim #3, Jason below Ace. https://t.co/F6xdzgg7Y7

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

@JamesTheFourth I'm not the one who kind of killed him!

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

Tynion IV hasn't responded yet to that remark, but he probably will. But the person who did is where we're at now. As good old J.R. would say "business decided to pick up" as Red Hood & the Outlaws writer Scott Lobdellmade a surprise appearance obviously taking sudden offense to Jason being so lowly regarded by his fellow writers.

Love @TomKingTK as a writer, a great guy, and a defender of liberty! List-maker, not so much! #Jason@7notonanyworld! #hoodiesbetrolled! https://t.co/bVDFbPqHy8

— Scott Lobdell (@ScottyLobdell) February 20, 2017

But much like Jason himself, King has ignored Lobdell. I would expect the fight will be ended soon with All-Star Batman writerScott Snyder to bungee jump from the rafters armed with a baseball bat to put an end to all of this. It hasn't happened yet, but you just know he's gonna do something sick to end this nerd fight. I mean he can't just remain mum on the subject?

Until then, we are still at this stage of the NERD FIGHT...

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Now let it pour into the forums! FOR I AM THE SCALES OF JUSTICE! Conductor of the choir of death! Sing, Brother Heckler! Sing, Brother Koch! Sing, Brothers! Sing! SINGGGG!



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Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk – Now That’s A Tongue Twister

The main storyline here is of course about Mr. Mxyzptlk coming to National City, but as executive producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner remind us, this is also the first Valentine’s Day for Alex and Maggie… and the first Valentine’s Day that Alex actually cares about. Oh… and Winn Schott goes on a date… with an alien warrior woman.

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Valiant Announces “Icons” Publishing Initiative & New Launches

Valiant Announces “Icons” Publishing Initiative & New Launches

Valiant Entertainment has announced plans to relaunch a number of its key superhero titles in the coming months, starting with a new “X-O Manowar” #1 by Matt Kindt and Tomas Fiorello, due to hit stores on March 22.

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The news of the line-wide relaunch first surfaced at the ComicsPRO retailer conference held last week in Memphis, Tennessee, and has now been followed up with an official press release, accompanied by a piece of artwork by Brazilian illustrator and Valiant veteran Felipe Massafera.

Massafera’s artwork features five key Valiant characters: “X-O Manowar’s” Aric of Darcia, “Harbinger’s” Faith Herbert, the eponymous Bloodshot, “Shadowman’s” Jack Boniface and “Harbinger’s” Toyo Harada, each appearing on successive letters that spell out the word “Icons.”

The press release touts, “A New Dawn For Valiant’s Greatest Heroes,” before going on to list five specific titles: “X-O Manowar,” “Faith,” “Bloodshot,” “Shadowman” and “Harbinger Wars 2,” ahead of the line, “Beginning in 2017.”

RELATED: Valiant Goes Renegade, as Harbinger Wars 2 Battle Lines are Drawn

Many of the core character in the Valiant superhero universe, including X-O Manowar, are due to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first appearances in 2017, and it now seems these multiple relaunches will lead in to a significant “Harbinger Wars 2” storyline that looks set to focus on the powerful Harbinger villain Toyo Harada.

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Frankensteining Marvel Comics Solicits For May 2017 – Secret Empire, Warriors, Guardians, Zombies, Black Bolt And Star Wars

Taking a look around, and sticking bits and pieces together… from Comic Book, Star Wars, Newsarama and probably some other places too.

  SECRET_EMPIRE_1SECEMP2017001_HydraHeroVarSECEMP2016001_PARTY_VARsecret-empire-wip-232374 SECRET EMPIRE #1 (of 9)

NICK SPENCER (W) • STEVE MCNIVEN (A)

Cover by MARK BROOKS

Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV

VARIANT COVER BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL

Hydra Hero VARIANT Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO

Young Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Villain Variant Cover by DAN MORA

PARTY VARIANT COVER BY TODD NAUCK

PARTY SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY TODD NAUCK

PREMIERE VARIANT COVER BY TBA

It’s been building for months, across a bevy of titles! But now, the moment has arrived for Steve Rogers to step into the light and declare his allegiance to Hydra! How can the heroes of the Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted figure among them? And what will this mean for the world? The map of the Marvel Universe changes in ways nobody will expect — TRUST THE SECRET EMPIRE!

48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

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NICK SPENCER (W) • ANDREA SORRENTINO (A)

Cover by MARK BROOKS

Villain Variant Cover by Dan Mora

ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

VARIANT COVER BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL

Hydra Hero VARIANT Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO

Enshrouded in darkness, plagued by the minions of Baron Mordo and cut off from all assistance, The Defenders and Doctor Strange struggle to save the lives of the innocent people consigned to this hell on Earth. Will Dagger prove to be the key to stopping this nightmare? Meanwhile, will the appearance of a new hero provide Iron Man with the key to Captain America’s startling change? THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL DEFEND YOU!

48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

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SECRET WARRIORS #1 by Matthew Rosenberg and Javier Garron

As Captain America’s big secret comes to light in Secret Empire, heroes will rise to the occasion and team up to stop this infiltration from within. But with most of the Royal Family headed into outer space, a group of younger Inhumans—plus Karnak—must unite to battle the threat of Hydra!

Launching in May, SECRET WARRIORS by Matthew Rosenberg and Javier Garron brings together Ms. Marvel, Quake, Inferno, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and Karnak to stand against an old friend now revealed as foe.

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All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 from Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder

The Guardians of the Galaxy may be grounded on Earth for now, but you can’t keep a band of cosmic outlaws away from the stars for too long.

This May, Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax will return to the cosmos in All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, with the all-new creative team of writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova), artist Aaron Kuder (Death of X), and colorist Ive Svorcina (Secret Wars).

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy brings some changes for the Guardians. The team’s roster has shrunk down to the core five Guardians, Groot is stuck in his tiny form and no one can explain why he isn’t regenerating, and Drax the Destroyer is now Drax the pacifist.

ROCKET #1

Written by AL EWING
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Cover by MIKE MAYHEW

He thought his paws were clean, that they were on the up and up. But just when he thought he was out, they grabbed him by the fuzzy tail and pulled him back in. One day, and old flame (who happens to be an Otter) swims back into your life and just like that you’re back in the game…the heist game. From the dingy alleys of Knowhere to the far corners of deep space, they’ll speak in whispers that one of the best there ever was is back. If you need a safe cracked. If you need a vault busted. If you’ve got a big score that needs taking…you call Rocket. Just don’t call him a raccoon. It won’t end well for you.

I AM GROOT #1
CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (W) • FLAVIANO (A)
Cover by Marco D’ALFONSO
Variant cover by Jay Fosgitt
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY TBA
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG (NEW)
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG (ORIGINAL)
NIGHT NIGHT GROOT VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
GROOT IN HIS OWN SERIES, SMALLER AND BETTER THAN EVER!

When the Guardians of the Galaxy get caught in a wormhole, a smaller-than-normal Groot is separated billions of light-years away from the team. Falling to a planet below, Groot discovers he is on an entirely alien and unknown world full of strange creatures and societies. Seriously underdeveloped and with nobody who can understand him, Groot will need to make the journey to the center of this world and find the way back to his family!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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BLACK BOLT  from Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward.

Zombies Assemble by Yusaka Komiyama and Jim Zub.

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Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel one-shot by Kieron Gillen and artist Marco Checchetto

Star Wars #31 by Jason Aaron and Salvador LaRocca.  Doctor Aphra #7 by Kieron Gillen and Andrea Broccardo.

A five-issue crossover that finds Luke reluctantly teaming with the shady-but-cool archaeologist to investigate the Screaming Citadel, an infamous castle located on the edge of space.

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ULTIMATES 2 #7
AL EWING (W) • TRAVEL FOREMAN (A)
Cover by CHRISTIAN WARD
SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
• As Steve Rogers makes his move, the Ultimates find themselves on the wrong side of his plans.
• With an existential threat in control of Earth, Galactus might be their last hope…
• …but the Lifebringer has problems of his own.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEADPOOL #31

GERRY DUGGAN (W) • MATTEO LOLLI (A)
Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
SECRET COMICS VARIANT BY SCOTT KOBLISH
SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
• Deadpool trusts Steve Rogers implicitly. How could he not?
• Now, it’s time to put that trust to the test.
• The result will have serious ramifications for Deadpool in days to come.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #5
MARGARET STOHL (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A)
Cover by ELIZABETH  TORQUE
SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
• The Chitauri fleet has nearly reached Earth space and it’s up to Captain Marvel to stop it.
• Taking on an entire armada of alien spacecraft is a tall order for Carol and the crew of Alpha Flight Space Station.
• Luckily they’ve got some help from their Sisters (and brothers) in arms.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Frankensteining Marvel Comics Solicits For May 2017 – Secret Empire, Warriors, Guardians, Zombies, Black Bolt And Star Wars

Star Wars: 15 Times The Marvel Comics Were Better Than The Movies

Star Wars: 15 Times The Marvel Comics Were Better Than The Movies

When Marvel relaunched the “Star Wars” comics back in 2015, the publisher took a bold step and threw out all of the previous expanded universe continuity. Instead, Marvel went back to the very beginning, and set the majority of its stories in the time period between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” This gave writers the ability to use familiar characters and settings, but also gave them enough room to tell original and surprising stories.

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A lot of the stories have focused on filling in the blanks between the two movies. Writers and artists, knowing the full story and how it ends, are using every character, alien, planet and vehicle that they can to tell the most exciting “Star Wars” stories possible. With these advantages, these new comics have actually been better than the movies. Here’s 15 times they pulled it off.

VADER VS. AN AT-AT

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When Marvel launched “Star Wars” (2015) by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, the opening story arc kicked things off with a bang. “Skywalker Strikes” begins with Han, Luke and Leia infiltrating an Imperial weapons manufacturing base, posing as emissaries of Jabba the Hutt, who the Empire needs supplies from. The trio work their way into the base, and begin to sabotage the place when Darth Vader shows up. The rebels’ plan goes belly-up, and they fight their way past an army of stormtroopers and a very angry Sith Lord.

During the fight, Han captures an AT-AT walker, and tries to stampede through the base. Unfortunately, when he comes across Darth Vader, he stops the giant machine in its tracks with just a wave of his hand. Unable to move, Han tries to blast Vader, who pulls out his lightsaber and with only a few strokes, takes down the walker. While the rebels eventually escape, their encounter with Vader proves that he’s essentially a one-man army.

DEATH STAR FALLOUT

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At the end of “A New Hope” (1977), the Empire is dealt a crippling blow when the rebels destroy the Death Star. By the beginning of “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), however, the Empire is at full strength, and most surprisingly, Darth Vader seems to have risen in power, despite failing to prevent the super weapon’s destruction. The early issues of “Star Wars” (2015) by Aaron and Cassaday, and the entire run of “Darth Vader” (2015) by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, help to fill in these blanks.

The Empire is shown negotiating with Jabba the Hutt and other criminal elements in order to secure new resources to make up for the loss of the Death Star. Vader, meanwhile, has been placed under the command of Grand General Tagge (the Imperial leader Vader briefly choked during a meeting on the Death Star). Vader regains the Emperor’s trust, however, when he defeats the traitorous Cylo and his fake-Jedi-powered cyborgs, whom Tagge had placed too much trust in.

C-3PO’S ARM

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When he made his first appearance in “The Force Awakens” (2015), C-3PO noted that he now had a new, red arm. This moment was mostly played for comedic effect, and the movie itself offered no insight as to how he lost his original arm and gained a new one. That question was answered in “Star Wars Special: C-3PO” (2016) by James Robinson and Tony Harris, and it’s surprisingly moving.

While on an information gathering mission, Threepio’s ship goes down on a hazardous planet. The survivors are several droids, and they try to make their way to safety. During the journey, the droids discuss their programming and place in the universe. All of the other droids are destroyed on the planet, while Threepio loses his arm. The red arm actually belonged to another one of the droids, and Threepio attaches it to his body. Even though it doesn’t match, he keeps it so he’ll always remember his fallen friends, even if his memory programming is altered.

VADER VS. JABBA THE HUTT

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Considering how tight a grip the Empire had on the galaxy, it seemed strange that Jabba the Hutt was able to openly control such a seemingly massive criminal operation. This situation was immediately addressed in the first issues of “Star Wars” (2015) by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday and “Darth Vader (2015) by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. It turns out that while Jabba is a gangster, he’s a gangster that works with the Empire.

As previously stated, the Empire turned to Jabba after the destruction of the Death Star to help recoup the massive losses they suffered. When the rebels thwart the initial attempt to negotiate in the opening arc of “Star Wars,” Darth Vader visits the Hutt himself in “Darth Vader” #1. This visit with Jabba reveals the nature of their relationship, as Jabba almost tries to feed Vader to the Rancor, and has his guards and visiting bounty hunters attack the Sith lord. Vader doesn’t kill Jabba only because he needs to make use of the Hutt’s underworld connections in order to further his own, secret agendas.

LANDO

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When he’s introduced in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), Han implies that Lando has a pretty crazy history. In the movies, however, Lando has already settled down in his role as administrator of Cloud City, and when he returns in “Return of the Jedi” (1983), he helps Han escape from Jabba and then becomes a general in the Alliance. His scoundrel past is only ever hinted at, but never really explored. Marvel fixed this with “Star Wars: Lando” (2015) by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev.

Lando, in order to pay off an old debt, has to steal one of Palpatine’s luxury yachts. Not surprisingly, this leads to Lando fighting off crazed sith guards and bounty hunters, and a lot of scheming. The best part of the series is the focus on the Lando’s relationship with Lobot, his cyborg assistant. The surprisingly heartbreaking ending of the series involves an injured Lobot giving in to his cybernetic implants and losing his own mind so that he can activate the escape pods on a doomed ship and save Lando’s life.

VADER DOWN

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The movies make it clear that Darth Vader is a terrifying and powerful Sith lord. His brutality and control of the force is displayed several times, as he nonchalantly chokes captured rebels and even Imperial officers who have failed him. Despite this, however, Darth Vader’s full power is never truly glimpsed during the films. The crossover, “Vader Down” (2015), finally gives the Sith Lord a chance to cut loose.

The first chapter, by Aaron and Mike Deodato, ends with Vader crash landing on the planet Vrogas Vas, the location of a secret rebel refueling base. When he exits his crashed TIE fighter, he finds himself surrounded by countless rebels troops. “Darth Vader” #13 (2015) by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, begins with Vader giving the troops one chance to surrender. When they refuse, he uses the force to ignite many of the grenades the rebels are carrying. Vader then pulls out his lightsaber and calmly cuts through the survivors. Even a passing group of Y-Wings are no match for him.

LUKE VS. BOBA FETT

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Boba Fett is one of the most popular characters from “Star Wars,” but to be honest, he doesn’t do much in the movies. He helps the Empire capture Han Solo in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), but then all he does in “Return of the Jedi” (1983) is clumsily fall into the Sarlacc pit, dying. It’s not a great showing for the galaxy’s most feared bounty hunter. His appearance in “Star Wars” (2015) #5 and #6 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday is much more impressive.

Darth Vader had hired Fett to find the boy who blew up the Death Star. Fett tracked Luke to Tatooine, where Luke was searching Obi Wan’s old hut. Fett immediately blinds Luke, in the start of a brutal fight. The bounty hunter knocks Luke around, who is only barely able to survive thanks to his brief training with Obi Wan. Luke is only able to get away thanks to blossoming force powers, but he still leaves the fight blind and bleeding.

A VADER HAUNTED

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Darth Vader’s journey from Anakin Skywalker to the galaxy’s most feared Sith Lord is a tragic tale. In the movies, Vader’s transformation is handled as absolute, until the end of “Return of the Jedi” (1983). During the final arc of “Darth Vader” (2015) by Gillen and Larroca, however, Vader is actually forced to confront his past life as Anakin. In issue #24 (2016), Darth Vader’s body has been shut down by the villainous Cylo, and he finds himself trapped in his own mind.

He replays the fight between himself and Obi Wan that led to his injuries, and it’s revealed that Vader would have rather been killed then turned into the robotic monstrosity he became. He still feels an intense fury at Obi Wan over this, and this anger overshadows any other feelings of loss he retains. When a memory of Padme surfaces, he chokes it back down, and retakes control of his own body.

ALDERAAN FALLOUT

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The destruction of Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home planet, should be a bigger deal than the movies make it out to be. Alderaan isn’t even mentioned in “The Empire Strikes Back” or “Return of the Jedi.” Even in “A New Hope,” Leia is never really shown grieving the loss of her friends and family. Marvel decided to tackle this issue, however, in “Star Wars: Princess Leia” (2015) by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson.

In the miniseries, Leia decides that, as the acting leader of Alderaan, it’s her job to gather the survivors and keep the planet’s traditions and history alive. Of course, the Empire wants Alderaan to just die and be forgotten, so they’re also looking for survivors. The series explores not just Leia’s loss, but her role as a leader and how it evolves after the loss of her planet. Even though she’s able to set up a safe refuge for Alderaan’s survivors, she realizes her place is with the rebellion and heads back to the fight.

TASK FORCE 99

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In the movies, Stormtroopers don’t seem to be that threatening. They never seem to hit their targets, and their armor appears to be mostly useless. That all changed with the introduction of Task Force 99, a SCAR (Special Commando Advanced Recon) Squadron. These aren’t typical stormtroopers, these are the best of the best, and they have the results to prove it. After a brief cameo, the squad made their first full appearance in “Star Wars” #21 (2016) by Jason Aaron and Jorge Molina.

They’re led by Sergeant Kreel, a bloodthirsty Imperial soldier who had previously served as an undercover operative for Darth Vader. In the squad’s introduction, they land on the volcanic Ghost Moon. Working as a team, they kill the rebel troops hiding out on the moon, and Sgt Kreel even single handedly takes down a tank using his… lightsaber? This is one group of stormtroopers who can actually hit what they’re shooting at.

YODA’S SECRET WAR

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“Yoda’s Secret War” is a story that gives fans more Yoda (which is always a good thing) and also gives a rare glimpse to the pre-prequel trilogy timeline. Starting in “Star Wars” #26 (2016) by Aaron and Larroca, it’s set before the “The Phantom Menace” (1999) and starts off with Yoda searching for a young child who is strong in the force. While out, he encounters some local gangsters, giving Yoda a chance to show off some never before seen Jedi powers, such as controlling two people’s bodies and making them fight each other.

He then feels a calling in the force and heads off to another planet, where he comes across a group of wild kids seemingly living on their own. Yoda has to solve the mystery of the planet, which involves stones that negate Jedi powers. Yoda doesn’t often get the spotlight, so it’s nice to see one of the series’ most well known characters get a chance to be the center of attention.

THE BOUNTY HUNTERS

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Despite ultimately not having much screen time, the bounty hunters from “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) became one of the most popular parts of the “Star Wars” universe. Vader often uses them to do the dirty work he doesn’t want the Emperor to know about, and is seen hiring bounty hunters to carry out various tasks throughout the “Darth Vader” (2015) series. In issue #8 (2015) by Gillen and Larocca, however, the bounty hunters get a chance to shine on their own.

Dr Aphra — an assistant to Vader and original to the Marvel Star Wars universe — brings together Bossk, IG-90 (an assassin droid) and the wookie Black Krrsantan to rob an Imperial ship transporting a fortune across the galaxy. The group fakes an asteroid belt, boards the ship and escape with most of the fortune, and makes it look like the entire incident was just an asteroid strike and that the fortune was lost to space. The twist ending is that Aphra and Krrsantan double-crossed everybody and actually ended up stealing more than they let on, keeping the extra loot for themselves.

TRIPLE ZERO AND BEE TEE

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R2D2 and C-3PO are the two most famous droids of the “Star Wars” universe. While there are countless droids in the galaxy, R2 and Threepio are the only two that are treated as actual characters in the original movies. This beloved duo, who are often played for comic relief, were given a dark counterpart with Triple Zero and BT-1. They first appeared in “Darth Vader” (2015) #3 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca, when Dr Aphra stole the Triple Zero personality matrix from a quarantined world.

BT-1 looks like a typical astromech droid, but it’s actually a blastomech droid. An undercover assassin, it’s designed to look like a harmless droid, but is packing major firepower. When it was activated, it destroyed the Tarkin Initiative base that built it, and then went into hibernation. Dr Aphra activated Triple Zero, who was built at the same base, to communicate with BT-1, wake it up and convince it not to kill her and Darth Vader. Once online, Triple Zero and BT-1 formed a similar relationship to R2 and Threepio, except with way more murder and mayhem.

OBI WAN’S STORY

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At the end of “Revenge of the Sith” (2005), Obi Wan delivers an infant Luke to Owen and Beru Lars on Tatooine. He decides to stay close by, living as a hermit, to watch over Luke. In “Star Wars” #6 (2015) by Aaron and Cassaday, Luke finds Obi Wan’s old journal, which catalogs the old Jedi’s adventures between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” Throughout the “Star Wars” series, an occasional issue would be dedicated to telling one of these stories.

The stories occur in “Star Wars” #7 by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi, and issues #15 and #20 by Aaron and Mike Mayhew. They show Obi Wan protecting Luke from the dangers of Tatooine, like sand people, Jabba’s thugs and bounty hunters, all while Owen Lars desperately tries to prevent Luke from growing up and turning out the same way his father did. Obi Wan, meanwhile, wants to help the people of Tatooine, but knows that revealing himself as a Jedi would put Luke, and the future of Republic, in too much danger.

VADER’S DISCOVERY OF LUKE

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At the end of of “Revenge of the Sith” (2005), Darth Vader is told that Padme died and lost the child. In reality, she gave birth to twins before dying: Luke and Leia. Vader clearly doesn’t know who Luke is in “A New Hope” (1977), but in “The Empire Strikes Back (1980), he reveals to Luke that they are father and son. The movies never reveal how Vader learned of Luke’s real identity, however.

In “Star Wars” (2015) #2, Vader meets Luke face to face. During the fight, Vader recognizes the boy’s lightsaber as his old weapon from before he became a Sith. In “Darth Vader” #1 by Gillen and and Larroca, Vader is shown hiring Boba Fett to find the boy who destroyed the Death Star. When Fett returns in “Star Wars” #6, he reveals to Vader that the boy’s name is “Skywalker.” Vader stands silently in front of his Star Destroyer’s view port. As he realizes the truth, the glass begins to crack as Vader’s anger builds. It’s a moment that’s both terrifying and emotional.

What are your favorite moments from Marvel’s Star Wars universe so far? Let us know in the comments!

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set to be released to theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Aquaman Adds Spider-Man Cinematographer, Reveals Production Start Date

Aquaman Adds Spider-Man Cinematographer, Reveals Production Start Date

As has been previously revealed, DC and Warner Bros. “Aquaman” feature film will begin production this spring. That’s been confirmed in recent weeks, as the films stars Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Amber Heard (Mera) have been seen training in preparation for their physically demanding roles. Now, thanks to a listing on My Entertainment World, we know the exact production start date and the locations that will be used in the film.

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The website lists “Aquaman” (working title “Ahab”) as starting production on May 22nd. The film will shoot in at least two locations: Queensland, Australia and Sicily, Italy

Aquaman Production update

The listing also includes a short blurb about the film:

The film is about a superhero from the sea who can telepathically communicate with all sea creatures is caught between a rock and a hard place when the creatures of the sea want to revolt against the surface world.

In the past few weeks, we’ve caught glimpses of Jason Momoa and Amber Heard swinging swords in gyms as training for the film.

Additionally, director James Wan has identified the cinematographer that will work on “Aquaman”: Don Burgess.

Don Burgess. Some upcoming kid I gave a break to on Conjuring 2. https://t.co/BMzyqzrSE3

— James Wan (@creepypuppet) February 20, 2017

Burgess is a Hollywood veteran, having previously worked with Wan on “The Conjuring 2.” Other films in his resume include “The Muppets,” “The Book of Eli,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” “Spider-Man” and “Contact.”

Directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Amber Heard (Mera), Patrick Wilson (Orm) and Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko), “Aquaman” swims into theaters on October 5, 2018. Aquaman will next be seen in “Justice League,” which opens on November 17.

(via ComicBook.com)

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Breaking: Amidst Escalating Controversy, Simon & Schuster Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos’ Book, Dangerous

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According to Publisher’s Weekly, Simon & Schuster has decided not to publish Milo Yiannopoulous‘ upcoming book, Dangerous. The publisher’s decision to publish the book by the senior Breitbart editor and professional troll in the first place was a source of controversy on the web, with some fans calling for a boycott of the publisher and at least one author withdrawing her books. However, recent developments, including a riot at a recent speaking engagement in Berkeley and the release of a scandalous video have racheted up pressure, to which Simon & Schuster seems to have finally relented.

Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo Yiannopoulos "After careful consideration." Full story coming soon.

— Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) February 20, 2017

In December, Simon & Schuster signed a book deal that would reportedly give Yiannopolous “a wheelbarrow full of money” to publish his autobiography, to resounding objections from the large swaths of people who find his antics objectionable. Beloved amongst the “alt-right” white nationalist community for being an outrageous troll, some of Yiannopoulos’ most well known controversies at that time included being banned from Twitter for encouraging a racist harassment campaign against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, starting a college scholarship program only for white men, and harassing a transgender student during a speaking event at her school. Though some supported Simon & Schuster’s decision to publish the book on the grounds of “free speech,” many called for boycotts of Simon & Schuster, with one book store refusing to stock books from Threshold Editions, the conservative imprint under which the book was being published, and reducing orders of all Simon & Schuster books by 50%. Author Roxane Gay even decided to pull her own upcoming book from the publisher in protest.

Believe it or not, things got even crazier in the aftermath of the book deal. At a speaking event in Berkeley on February 1, Yiannopoulos was evacuated and the event canceled when at least 1500 people showed up to protest his appearance. Though large crowds were protesting peacefully, a smaller group of about 150 lit fires and committed vandalism. Springboarding off the publicity from that cluster@#$%, Yiannopoulos scored an invite to HBO’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. Billed as a confrontation, Maher was actually mostly complimentary of Yiannopoulos, gently dismissing any reprehensible statements as good-natured trolling while agreeing earnestly on the virtues of “free speech.” Some of Maher’s other guests, however, such as former Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, were less willing to play along.

But the proverbial shit really hit the fan for Milo this weekend, after recordings surfaced in which he appears to defend sexual molestation of minors. This time, the ensuing outrage didn’t just affect the left, with the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference cancelling a planned speaking engagement for Yiannopoulos. Even Breitbart has been rattled by this latest scandal. According to Fox Business News, Breitbart is considering firing Yiannopoulos, possibly by the end of the day. Multiple reports say “at least half a dozen” Breitbart employees have threatened to leave the company if Yiannopoulos isn’t fired, echoing the situation with authors at Simon & Schuster earlier. It looks like, this time, Yiannopolous’ performance art may have finally gone too far, even for his own audience.

Simon & Schuster has not yet announced the reasons behind its decision to cancel Dangerous.

Breaking: Amidst Escalating Controversy, Simon & Schuster Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos’ Book, Dangerous

Does This Random Clip Of A 2002 Battle Royale Confirm Hulk Hogan’s Return To WWE For Wrestlemania?

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Ever since Hulk Hogan spewed a vile racist tirade on a secretly recorded sex tape, the former WWE superstar has been given “the Benoit treatment,” a term coined to describe the company’s handling of Chris Benoit, who murdered his family before committing suicide in 2007. Like Benoit, while footage of Hogan still exists in WWE’s historical programming on its network, the Hulkster is never mentioned on current WWE programming if it can possibly be helped, with the company hoping that people will not associate his heinous acts with their corporate brand.

However, rumors started up last year that Hogan could be planning a WWE return. Though Hogan denied the rumors, soon after, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T made a public statement saying it was time to forgive Hogan and give him another chance, and earlier this month, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer said to expect Hogan’s return “sooner than later.”

Today, WWE released a new video on YouTube showing a Battle Royale on Smackdown in 2002 (though the video says 2003), which prominently features Hogan, who goes over the top rope at the end at the same time as Triple H, creating a disputed outcome. Reportedly, prior to the match, Triple H had asked, “Am I ****ing going over?” and misunderstood the affirmative response. Featuring Hogan so prominently seems unusual if Hogan were still receiving the Benoit treatment, but given all the other recent clues, it could be viewed as WWE testing the waters for a Hogan return.

After all, when Hogan was ousted from WWE in 2015, making vile comments on a secret tape was a potential career ender. Today, it can get you elected President of the United States. Hogan also appeared recently in a new commercial for a Dutch insurance company.

So is a Hogan return imminent for Wrestlemania? We don’t know the answers to that question, of course, but would you have clicked on an article with the headline “Hulk Hogan appears in random 14 year old YouTube clip?” However, if we had to wager a guess, we’d say: it’s seeming more and more likely.

Does This Random Clip Of A 2002 Battle Royale Confirm Hulk Hogan’s Return To WWE For Wrestlemania?

The Predator Begins Filming Today, Cast Revealed in Photo

Marvel Blames DC For Retailer Troubles

Marvel Blames DC For Retailer Troubles

"How dare they draw the line at $2.99?!"

Source: Bleeding Cool

In a closed door meeting at ComicsPRO,Marvel Senior Vice President Print, Sales & Marketing David Gabriel told retailers that the reason for the overall downturn of money across the board is because ofDC'sdecision to price books at $2.99. Not unsurprisingly, retailers rolled their eyes.

Something Marvel didn't place the blame on is issues regularly pushing $4.99 and $5.99 each and customer fatigue over titles becoming less and less recognizable. While sales may be up, lower cover prices don't combat against reduced income and rising printing costs.

An anonymous retailer told Uncle Rich:

Most retailers in the room groaned audibly at the less than subtle jab at DC, though he never mentioned their name he was clearly of the belief that they were the problem. I spoke to many retailers who held the exact opposite opinion, that the failure of Civil War 2 to capture readers and the reliance of multiple off shoots to the event gave readers event fatigue. Most believe Rebirth and its returnability to have been a resounding success for them. It brought people to the store and when there they bought more because there was more available to buy. Yes, 4th quarter was slower than normal, but the majority didn't believe that DC caused their problems. I do like Gabriel, I think he tries his best to be honest and helpful, but I also believe his hands and his mouth are tied.

Dennis Barger of Quickstop Comics broke it down for Uncle Rich providing a different perspective.

Batman #48 cost $2, cover $3.99 order twenty sold 16 $40 cost $66 collected $26 profit Batman#16 cost $1.50, cover $2.99 order twenty sold 16 $30 cost $48 collected $12 profit

Ok twice monthly!!! $24 profit, still $2 less monthly profit on DCs best selling book...to pay employees, pay rent, feed family, try new Indy books that might sell better. But how the hell is double monthly still equally the same lower market share D.C. has been showing???

Less titles, same low sales numbers and twice monthly. I think if you divide D.C.'s monthly market share in half it shows the real answer. Selling the same or lower overall, twice a month at a lower price.

Selling the same or lower overall, twice a month at a lower price.

Personally I think many of the pro-DC retailers are trying to self-assure themselves that backing the the latest desperate attempt was "fruitful" but the numbers don't lie, you can't self-affirm "alternate truths" you tell yourself.

David does have a point that D.C.'s bait of 2.99 to lure back fans left money on the table forcretailers

No one is surprised by Marvel's inability to point blame at themselves, but to place all the blame on DC when they're pricing single issues two or three dollars higher, is misguided.



Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Free On Bleeding Cool For President’s Day: Fissure #1 By Tim Daniel And Patricio Delpeche From Vault

Fissure is a comic book published by Vault about a world behind a wall, inspired directly by the plans of the current presidential administration.

And you can read the first issue for free, on Bleeding Cool, above, published two weeks ago. Click here if you have any issues.

Here is a letter written by creator Tim Daniel from the issue.

Remember, this is not a protest.

THIS IS NOT PROTEST – THIS IS PERSONAL

Curse, Burning Fields, Enormous, Atoll, the stories I choose to tell are always personal. Connecting to the material’s themes and characters is the most important aspect of creation—at least, for me.

Fissure is no different.

And in conjunction with Presidents Day,  I want to share Issue #1 with you here, today, for FREE.

Here’s why—

I was working on the story back in 2014-2015. I knew Fissure’s plot, but I had no clue what it was about. Then I visited Mexico City for La Mole Comic Con. On the way to the hotel, one of the first questions posed to me was how I felt about our president’s (then Republican candidate’s) insistence to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

I had not been in the country for more than two hours.

After four full days surrounded by La Mole’s organizers and thousands of Con attendees, who were brimming with supportive passion, quick to offer their kindness, and freely sharing of their goodwill, my conviction was crystalized.

A massive, divisive wall should not be how the world perceives America. And yet, even then, nationalistic fervor and snarling campaign rhetoric were changing perceptions of our nation. As the self-proclaimed leaders of the Free World, we cannot afford to become a country of separatists. Especially when the human struggle is not about preserving borders, but this singular planet, together.

My response?

Fissure—an alternate reality wherein the wall is finished. A future so close it’s terrifying. A story published at a time when “alternative facts” are espoused as truths, and the wall is still something of fiction.

Reading this far, you will likely agree with me when I say, I am better at telling a story than telling you about a story. So let me leave you in more capable hands. Dusty Good of Comic Crusaders said:

The Fissure represents our own bias. It’s the lack of understanding between humans because of our evaluations of one another based on skin color, sex, religion, etc. It’s the great divide that has caused more chaos than any good it will ever bring about. It’s about the personal separations we feel without loved ones and each other. The Fissure is as much inside the reader as it is in the story. We all fall victim to the void where we lose ourselves to the past, to fear of the unknown. It’s here in this first installment from Vault that a parable of modern America takes shape. 5/5 Stars.

If none of that works for you, I hope you will enjoy what we think is a damned cool sci-fi horror tale. Maybe you’ll enjoy it enough to grab a print copy at your favorite local comic shop, or order issue #2. It’s in stores everywhere now, and without all those incredible retailers none of this would be possible.

Tim Daniel

Free On Bleeding Cool For President’s Day: Fissure #1 By Tim Daniel And Patricio Delpeche From Vault

‘Star Wars Rebels’ Boss on THAT Character’s Exit, Season 4 Potential

Star Wars Rebels’ presence in Rogue One punctuated the fact that certain characters are bound to sit out the major of events of the of the original Star Wars; the first departure of which may have arrived with this weekend’s “Legacy of Mandalore.” Now, creator Dave Filoni addresses if said character will remain a regular presence, or if Rebels itself will continue through Season 4.

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The Born King Arrives In King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Trailer

The Born King Arrives In King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Trailer

The legend of King Arthur is about to be reborn — this time as a highly stylized (but still medieval) and epic action film from the mind of director Guy Ritchie. Just like he did with the two “Sherlock Holmes” films, the first trailer for “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” shows that Ritchie has taken another icon of English culture and given him a gritty and dynamic makeover

RELATED: Charlie Hunnam Draws His Sword in King Arthur Teaser

Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim”) stars in the title role, standing against the false king Vortigern (played by “Sherlock Holmes” alum Jude Law). The trailer runs through the mythic elements of the King Arthur legend, all infused with Ritchie’s signature style.

Guy Ritchie’s take on Camelot and Excalibur traces the journey of Arthur from a child whose father is murdered and birthright is stolen by his uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) to his rise to the throne of Britain.

Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.

Opening May 12, the Warner Bros. film also stars Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Mage, Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere, Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill and Eric Bana as Arthur’s father King Uther Pendragon.

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A New Rumor Hints at Some Familiar Family Ties for Benicio Del Toro’s ‘Last Jedi’ Character

So, we know almost nothing about the new Star Wars movie except for the title and the fact that “The Last Jedi” actually means “The Last Jedi.” (Uh, the second one is plural.) Josh Gad has still gotten nothing out of Daisy Ridley, no matter how many stars he’s recruited into his various ambushes. But a new rumor may give us some very important background information as to who Benicio Del Toro is playing. (If you’d rather go into the movie knowing as little as possible, feel free to turn back now as some major SPOILERS might lie ahead.

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Attack On Gorilla City… That’s Fun To Say

The Flash returns this week with the first of a two-part episode called Attack on Gorilla City. Jesse Quick comes back to Earth-1 to get help to rescue her father Harrison Wells from Gorilla Grodd. Executive producer Aaron Helbing explains how all of it leads to the Flash fighting a Gorilla in a gladiatorial match… which sounds awesome.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on the CW.

Attack On Gorilla City… That’s Fun To Say

Lindsay Lohan Wants To Play Ariel In Live Action The Little Mermaid

Lindsay Lohan Wants To Play Ariel In Live Action The Little Mermaid

Lin-Manuel Miranda is attached as song-writer.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Lindsay Lohanhas an idea who should star in Disney's live-actionThe Little Mermaid, and that's Lindsay Lohan. The one-time Disney star has fallen out of grace in recent years due to wacky shenanigans. Not much is known about the live-action remake, butHamilton'sLin-Manuel Mirandais attached to write songs for the film. She took to Instagram to show to Disney that both her and Ariel have red hair.

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Lohan later edited the post to only read "#thelittlemermaid." DirectorBill Condon, who Lohan tagged in the post, recently directed Disney's live-actionBeauty And The Beast. Lohan previously acted in the Disney filmsFreaky Friday, The Parent Trap, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.



Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Tom King, James Tynion, Tim Seeley And Scott Lobdell Rank Off The Batfamily

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Art by Phil Cho.

The question was asked…

@TomKingTK Hello sir one question Who is the most skilled Batfamily fighter and could you rank them (top 10 or something like that)

— JLAvengersGhost (@JLavengersGhost) February 19, 2017

…who knew where it would end up?

Ranked! (Earth 1)

1. Cassandra
2. Dick
3. Bruce
4. Damian
5. Kate
6. Helena
7. Jason
8. Duke
9. Stephanie
10. Tim

Arguing commence! https://t.co/f7REWLXyef

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

Dick's got better pedigree (child of great acrobat v child of great doctor) and a better trainer (Batman v Duchard). Plus he's Dick Grayson. https://t.co/g52cG0ANxz

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

I'd put Tim over Steph and Duke, and Bruce over Dick, but otherwise this seems pretty dead on. https://t.co/88Lh5xw7vP

— JamesTynionIV🏳️‍🌈 (@JamesTheFourth) February 20, 2017

@TomKingTK so what you’re saying is that Dick shoulda whupped the shit outta Bane in Batman 16, Mr. King?

— Tim Seeley (@HackinTimSeeley) February 20, 2017

This in one-on-one, hand-to-hand, not about long term strategies, where Batman would be #1, Batgirl (Barbara) #2, Tim #3, Jason below Ace. https://t.co/F6xdzgg7Y7

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

@JamesTheFourth I’m not the one who kind of killed him!

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

@DaveWielgosz tied with Batcow.

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

Love @TomKingTK as a writer, a great guy, and a defender of liberty! List-maker, not so much! #Jason@7notonanyworld! #hoodiesbetrolled! https://t.co/bVDFbPqHy8

— Scott Lobdell (@ScottyLobdell) February 20, 2017

Boys and their toys… what a bunch of rankers!

Tom King, James Tynion, Tim Seeley And Scott Lobdell Rank Off The Batfamily

Awesome New WONDER WOMAN Empire Magazine Cover, Stills, And Concept Art Revealed

Following the release of Logan next month, the summer blockbuster season will quickly be upon us, and one of the most highly anticipated releases from that has to be Wonder Woman. Thanks to the latest issue of Empire Magazine, we have a new magazine cover, some stills, and even never before seen concept art from the movie. There aren't too many big reveals here, but what we see is definitely pretty cool, including some fun action shots of the Amazon warrior racing into action on the battlefields of World War I. Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Sad Taghmaoui, and Lucy Davis. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the movie will be released on June 2nd, 2017.

Ben Affleck’s Kid Thinks His Dad REALLY Is Batman!

Black Mask To Publish CALEXIT

Black Mask To Publish CALEXIT

The story of citizens struggling to seize power back from an autocratic government

Source: Press Release

Black Mask Studiosis known for its progressive comic releases, includingYoung Terrorists,Kim & Kim, andBlack. Their latest title,CALEXIT, is no different. CALEXIT follows a state fed up with a fascist government and taking matters into their own hands, seceding from the union.

Writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpandescribe the series as about "resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all."Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about local sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.

CALEXIT tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier, and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from a prison camp in Occupied Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year — ever since America's demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State.

What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1...a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California's LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled?

The first issue of CALEXIT is set to be released in May.









Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

James Asmus Brings My Little Pony Comic Closer to Animated Series

James Asmus Brings My Little Pony Comic Closer to Animated Series

James Asmus is best known for writing superhero comics, primarily at Marvel and Valiant Entertainment, with credits including “All-New Inhumans,” “Gambit” and “Quantum & Woody.” Yet in contrast to the action-heavy, sardonic humor-tinged fare he’s built his name with over the past few years, his latest gig is his first purely all-ages comics work, and in one of the most famous kid-friendly franchises: A three-issue stint on IDW Publishing’s “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” comic book series, starting with this week’s issue #51, which is illustrated by mainstay “Pony” artist Tony Fleecs.

Asmus joins “My Little Pony” at a conspicuous time for the comic book series, which is now officially canon within the stories of the animated series. The comic book will now tie-in much more closely with the show, and Asmus and Fleecs’ arc will introduce a new character — specifically, a “mysterious new pony who’s erasing pieces of written history” — whose story will lead into a major arc of the Discovery Family cartoon’s upcoming seventh season.

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” #51

CBR spoke with Asmus about what drew him to “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” (his toddler son happens to be a big fan), moving from writing iconic superheroes to Hasbro’s beloved ponies, his collaboration with Fleecs, crafting an original story that fits into the TV show’s narrative and his interactions with the famously devoted “My Little Pony” fans.

“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” #51 cover by Tony Fleecs

CBR: James, you writing “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” is not necessarily something anyone likely would have predicted. What brought you to the franchise — and for a full arc, at that?

James Asmus: I’ve got a son who’s going to be four in a few months, and it just so happened that he got really big into the “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” series a few weeks before New York Comic Con. I got to talking to Bobby Curnow at the show and after I brought that up, he asked if I’d like to do something for the comic. So, of course, I jumped at the chance!

As much as Devlin (my son) enjoys looking at some of the comics I write, almost nothing I’ve done has been appropriate for him for one reason or another. But I really enjoyed the show, too, so when there was an option to go for a longer story, I knew I would enjoy it enough to really dig in.

As a writer, how challenging has it been to write comics specifically for a young audience? Did anything in your career help prepare you for this run?

Having a kid definitely helps! But a bunch of things made the transition a pretty comfortable one. The voice of the show (and IDW’s “My Little Pony” comics) are so strong that the boundaries and possibilities are both so clear and encouraging. But I also spent three years working as a writer/performer/teacher in Los Angeles for an amazing group called The Story Pirates. They teach and encourage writing to kids through school programs, and adapt the students’ stories into live shows. It was an incredible experience, and one that really developed my tricks and instincts for younger audiences, too.

“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” #51 interior page by James Asmus and Tony Fleecs

Word on the street in “My Little Pony” circles is that this arc actually will tie-in to season seven of the animated series. What kind of insight can you share about the connection between what you’re writing and what’s coming up in the animated series?

In these issues, Twilight and her friends are in pursuit of a mysterious new pony who’s erasing pieces of written history. As the issues play out, and we unravel the mystery surrounding this bandit — the answers are also teasing and tying into a big storyline in the upcoming season of the show. The “My Little Pony” team very kindly shared their stories and plans and opened up some opportunities for us to build into and out of what they have coming. Ultimately, we got to craft a really rich, fun, and ultimately meaningful story of our own — but they were kind enough to help us line everything up so that will hopefully be even more satisfying to fans of the show.

While you’re new to the world of Equestria, Tony Fleecs is one of the most accomplished “My Little Pony” artists out there. How has it been working with him on this story?

Tony is genuinely fantastic! He has totally mastered the style of the show, capturing the best of its style, spirit, and comedic voice. He nailed the humor and emotion of every scene. But he’s also been a great and really fun collaborator. I’m really grateful to Bobby for pairing us up!

“My Little Pony” is certainly known for having a very dedicated fanbase. Have you had much interactions with “Friendship is Magic” fans thus far?

Pretty much as soon as our first issue was announced, I started getting a lot of new followers with Ponies in their IDs! There have been a lot of folks asking some questions or welcoming me aboard, too — but what stood out to me was that these have been the most polite, uniformly positive fans I’ve ever encountered. I think the genuine warmth and hope of the series is honestly reflected in the fans. Now, I just hope the fans (and my son) dig our issues!

“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” #51 is scheduled for release this Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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Pro Wrestler Hulk Hogan Exposes The Business In Commercial For Dutch Insurance Company

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Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan may be persona non grata with American wrestling fans thanks to a racist tirade filmed during a sex tape, but over in The Netherlands, the Hulkster is still a hero, it seems. Hogan appeared in a commercial for Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer, in which he stops a purse snatcher from getting away as a “Real American” soundalike song, “I Wanna Be Your Hero,” begins to play – and it’s not even the Def Leppard song..

As the bloodthirsty Dutch cheer him on, Hogan performs a piledriver, his signature leg drop, several punches, and a frog splash on his purse snatching opponent, which is impressive considering Hogan has had both of his hips surgically removed. ***1/2. However, as the camera closes in, Hogan’s ringwork is not nearly stiff enough, and it’s clear that he’s not damaging his opponent at all. After the punches miss by several inches and Hogan’s frog splash doesn’t connect at all, kayfabe is totally destroyed for the purse snatcher, who escapes, purse in hand, while the marks in the crowd go wild for the Orange Goblin.

We expect this kind of flagrant disrespect for tradition from today’s fanboy stars, but a true professional like Hogan should know better than to let his Hulkamania run wild on the business in this way.

Watch the commercial below:

Pro Wrestler Hulk Hogan Exposes The Business In Commercial For Dutch Insurance Company

Even ‘The Walking Dead’ Bosses Don’t Know How Old Carl Is Supposed to Be

It’s a classic conundrum for serialized shows with child actors; younger characters invariably grow older than the story would suggest. The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs has naturally aged seven years from its 2010 beginnings (compared with a relatively condensed timeline for the show), but even creator Robert Kirkman isn’t certain how old the character is in comics; let alone TV.

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Core Business: A Dream Killer Edition – Michael Davis, From The Edge

lollypopbleedMichael Davis writes,

Part I of this ran on Comicmix Part 2 is first-run on Bleeding Cool.

Part 1: The Black Panther comes to Marvel.

The Black Panthers were at one time the number one target of the FBI in the 60’s. They were viewed as terrorists and J. Edger Hoover the longtime leader of the most powerful police force in the world was hell bent on getting rid of them by hook or by crook.

Yep, hook or crook.

It’s no secret the United States Government from time to time will ignore the law. It’s fair to say it goes on often and as far as we know it goes on all the time. When caught those, who swore to uphold the constitution offer apologies for actions that dismissed the law like Trump denies any negative press.

But it’s all bullsh-t.

If not caught these people may have stopped breaking the law, but it’s doubtful they would have been sorry. I gather few are sorry for wrongdoing that benefits them. How many people have you seen come forward to admit how sorry they are for gaming the system when they have no incentive to do so?

I’ll wait.

The FBI broke all sorts of laws to accomplish their Black Panther agenda. As always don’t take my word for it Google that bitch. Unless you’re blind to the truth backed up with a few court rulings the war on the Panthers was a one-sided American tragedy fueled by a lie and driven home by a liar by the name of J. Edger do I look fat in this dress Hoover.

Yeah, I can talk a lot of sh-t from my cozy little home in suburban Los Angeles. I can talk smack because I’m secure in the knowledge I’m protected by:

1. First Amendment Right Freedom of Speech

2. What I wrote about the F.B.I was true.

3. I’m just not that important, and neither is Comicmix or Bleeding Cool to anyone in power that may object to my point of view.

I’m not as naïve as the above list would suggest. I’m fully aware my rights are subject to the will of the arresting officer and temperament of the D.A. regardless of my innocence if arrested for a crime I didn’t commit.

Been there had that done to me. Twice.

My circumstances notwithstanding in 2017 there exists a reasonable chance that someone may be believed if they claim police brutally or unjust treatment.

In 1966 the odds of a Black person being believed, slim. I would wager a Jewish person would face the same type of incredulity and given what happened to the three Civil Rights workers in Mississippi June 1964 the same dangers.

From Wikipedia:

In June 1964 in Neshoba County, Mississippi, three civil rights workers were abducted and murdered in an act of racial violence. The victims were Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner from New York City, and James Chaney from Meridian, Mississippi.

All three were associated with the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and its member organization the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). They had been working with the “Freedom Summer” campaign by attempting to register African-Americans in the southern states to vote.

This registration effort was a part of contesting over 70 years of laws and practices that supported a systematic policy of disenfranchisement of potential black voters by several Southern states that began in 1890.

The three men had been arrested following a traffic stop in Meridian for speeding, escorted to the local jail and held for some hours. [1] As the three left towns in their car, they were followed by law enforcement and others. Before leaving Neshoba County their car was pulled over, and all three were abducted, driven to another location, and shot at close range. The three men’s bodies were then transported to an earthen dam where they were buried.

Two of the three men killed for trying to do the right thing were Jewish.

In the 50s and 60s, certain parts of the deep south were deadly. Those who sided with Black people treated as if they were well, Black people often that meant death. It’s one thing to risk your life for your rights another thing indeed to do so for another’s.

In my mind, that’s the textbook definition of noble. That takes a whole other level of balls and commitment.

In 1966 the F.B.I was on a mission to destroy the Black Panther Party and woe be on to those who got in their way.

Marvel Comics was all the rage on college campuses in the 60’s. Stan, The Man Lee, was the captain of one of the hottest pop culture ships to ever set sail in the ever changing 60s sea. His first mate Jack King Kirby navigated just as much of the Marvel boat as Stan, together they ruled comics, campuses and cool.

Stan wasn’t content to just cruise. He continuously looked to change the comic book landscape he had already transformed. DC wasn’t without some cool stuff, Wolfman and Wrightson’s Swamp Thing, Adams and O’Neil’s Green Lantern / Green Arrow were a stellar addition to the cool that Stan ushered in. Alas, those came in the late 60’s early 70’s.

DC held its own in sales, but in the ‘cool’ department they were outclassed at every port. Seen by most as still just for kids DC may have sold as much or more but Marvel was- to use 60’s slang- where it’s at.

Put another way DC was the Good Ship Lollipop and Marvel? Marvel was the ever-loving Titanic.

Like the actual Titanic, Stan and Jack faced an Iceberg. Unlike the doomed ship they looked for that potential death dealer on purpose. Those two Jewish guys were about to take a stand and strike a blow for Civil Rights. Not for themselves for African Americans and doing so rather they knew it or not chuck a serious f-ck you to Hoover and his crew.

A Black Panther with a serious attitude showed up in New York and preceded to win over the masses with his message. If J. Edger won’t wear white after Labor Day Hoover wanted to do something he was powerless to do it.

That’s because this Black Panther wasn’t real. Stan and Jack made him up out of thin air, or did they? In 2017 it’s hard to imagine meeting someone who had not heard of Donald Trump’s:

Take your pick.

1. Wall

2. Tweets

3. Hair

The Black Panther Party was a regular item in print and broadcast news. The year was 1966 what you read in the newspaper or watched on TV was damn near (for many it was) gospel.

Ya, think Lee and Kirby just happened to create a character with the same name as the most wanted radical group this side of the Weather Underground with no knowledge that group existed?

Stan was as tuned into what American college kids were doing as anyone over 30 could be. He spoke at many universities, and Marvel’s mail was an endless stream of hip American youth feedback.

The question is, did Stan, and Jack create the Black Panther to make a buck or a difference?

I know the answer because I asked my man Stan and his reply affected me but not in any way you may think.

Part 2: CORE BUSINESS

In 1996 I left Motown Animation Filmworks where I served as President CEO and started my development deal with Viacom companies. My goal was to develop content across the many media businesses Viacom-owned.

Among Viacom’s Holdings are Paramount Pictures MTV Networks Simon& Schuster Nickelodeon and more.

My deal, structured under Simon & Schuster where my first project was set up was 20 years in the making. Developing a comic book reading program with a universe of characters I created had been a dream of mine since high school.

Comics in the classroom sounded like a no-brainer. I thought I was

a 17-year old genius when first I had the idea. How no one thought about this idea before I did was beyond belief.

It took me another 20 years to find out why.

While at Milestone I put together an overview and presented it to the partners. Derek Dingle co-founder and President of Milestone had final say on any new business he said it sounded like a good idea.

He also maintained we should revisit it after the launch. He was right; many new ventures fail for various reasons, but chief among them is not paying attention to the core business.

Put another way; when you start your comic book company make the best comics you can before deciding to put significant effort into other media or enterprises make sure to handle your core business.

As for me, life is what happens while… you know the rest.

If you don’t know that Lennon quote do yourself a favor and Goggle, it. Truer words are rare to find my friend.

Life is what happened to me as such; by the time the books launched Milestone was in my rearview mirror. When our books premièred, I was still at the company but had already begun to think outside the box determined to avoid another DC bullet.

Doing so meant I was going to keep my school idea to myself.

At Motown Animation & Filmworks where I went after leaving Milestone, I put the idea on my short list produced another up to date business plan and was about to partner with a mainstream publishing company.

Then core business reared its ugly head yet again.

Motown’s core business is music my film and television division although successful in the two plus years we were there was doomed. At the time Motown’s parent company was Polygram and the powers that be decided Motown would return to core business despite having its best year ever.

Motown Animation was doomed, but I was very much alive with options chief among them I had a sweet golden parachute.

From Wikipedia:

A golden parachute is an agreement between a company and an employee (usually upper executive) specifying that the employee will receive certain significant benefits if employment is terminated. Most definitions specify the employment termination is because of a merger or takeover, also known as “Change-in-control benefits” but more recently the term has been used to describe perceived excessive CEO (and other executives) severance packages unrelated to change in ownership (also known as a golden handshake). The benefits may include severance pay, cash bonuses, stock options, or other benefits.

OPTION 1.

I could transition over to Polygram Films for the remainder of my contract. If my deal were not extended at terms end, my golden parachute would still be honored.

OPTION 2.

I could sit out the balance of my contract watching All My Children at home and still receive full salary. However, that also came with a non-compete.

A non-compete means I could not work with another company doing what I was doing at Motown.

“You’re a f-cking IDIOT!”

That’s what my agent at the William Morris agency told me when like Captain Kirk I changed the rules of the game.

I opted for a third option, I left. Left the deal left the Golden Parachute left the Polygram job. Left it all for a long shot at a dream. It felt good for about two days until it became clear I f-cked up with a capital F-UCKED UP.

First, William Morris dropped me followed by my manager and entertainment attorney.

Just that quick I went from Playa to played.

I was told later William Morris may have stood by me if I had not responded in kind when called a ‘f-cking idiot.’ Really?

I don’t play that. Never have never will.

Hollywood is very much like the movie ‘Swimming with Sharks.’ Some (not all) people think because they have a certain amount of power they have the right to belittle you when the feeling hits them.

I’m a grown man and unless I’ve done something to warrant you addressing me like I’m a child the odds of you getting away with talking to me like I am are fifty shades of zero.

On the other hand, I’m not perfect and on occasion have indeed been a f-cking idiot and deserved to be called on the carpet. However, me making a hard decision about my life isn’t one of those occasions.

This stance has cost me both money and opportunities, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t regret my actions in some instances. That said, I can’t see myself continuing to deal with someone who berates me for no other reason except they can and all just for a paycheck?

I’ll pass.

I don’t cast judgment on those who tolerate it. I just don’t.

If interested check out the film or read this review: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/swimming-with-sharks-1995

I don’t pretend to have all the answers with that in mind I’ll offer the following advice. Remember loyalty is rare in Hollywood when you have only talent to offer.

My dear friend Jay Bernstein told me something I’ll never forget. Jay was one of if not the best agent/manager to ever play the game in Hollywood. I asked him why Sammy Davis JR left him.

“They all leave,” Jay said. “Everyone needed me until they become big stars. Then they don’t. So why pay my fee?”

I said it was a cold way to be, but Jay said it wasn’t personal then said; “People who have your back are worth a lot more than money. I’m still friends with most of my former clients.”

His lesson to me that day, decide what you need certain people for and know what they need you for. Put another way; when the sh-t hits the fan, you’ll know who’s not worth a sh-t and who’s a fan.

I didn’t know Jay when I found myself in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood home to The University of Southern California better known as U.C.L.A. Westwood is a trendy area filled with upscale shops and expensive restaurants.

I’ve never been a fan of Westwood U.C.L.A or trendy, expensive restaurants. I doubt if I ever will be. But because God gets a kick out of such things my new Viacom offices were in Westwood the reference library I was compelled to use was at U.C.LA, and a trendy, expensive restaurant was where I was on my way to have lunch with Stan Lee.

Stan was kind enough to bring with him Jack Kirby and the Black Panther.

Together they may have saved my ass.

Next Time: The End

Note: The Black Panther Party I refer to is the original Black Panther Party circa 1960s-1970s NOT to be confused with the group The New Black Panther Party.

Core Business: A Dream Killer Edition – Michael Davis, From The Edge

Rick and Morty S3 Enters Production, Cartoon Network Rickrolls Fans

Rick and Morty S3 Enters Production, Cartoon Network Rickrolls Fans

It’s official: Cartoon Network’s adult-oriented animated science-fiction sitcom “Rick and Morty” has entered production on its long-awaited third season.

Confirmation came via series writer Mike McMahan’s Twitter account, which included a photograph of the cover of the opening episode’s script, albeit with the episode’s title carefully redacted.

RELATED: Preview: “Rick and Morty” #23

Hey @RickandMorty am I allowed to say we're recording episode 301 today? pic.twitter.com/6p7DH1d00G

— Mike McMahan (@pleaseprint) February 18, 2016

Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the hit Adult Swim series has built a substantial fanbase for itself since its debut in 2013, but with only episodes released to date across the show’s first two seasons, and the most recent installment coming out in October of 2015, fans have been anxiously awaiting news of a third season, which was announced just three episodes into Season 2, for a while now.

RELATED: Rick and Morty Season 3 Has No Release Date Yet, Dan Harmon Blames Himself

Speaking recently at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Harmon personally accepted his share of the blame for the long wait for the show’s third season, alongside co-creator Roiland, saying, “‘Rick and Morty’ keeps taking longer and longer to write, and I don’t know why.”

Fortunately, fans have at least had the Oni Press “Rick and Morty” comic to tide them over in the meantime, as well as this carefully-crafted piece of Rick(and Morty)Rolling from Adult Swim Australia. It may not be the “EXCLUSIVE! SEASON 3 Opening Scene” it purports to be, but it is a great reuse of the show’s existing material.

“Rick and Morty” Season 3 will air on the Adult Swim programming block of Cartoon Network — although no broadcast date has been set.

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Kieron Gillen To Write James Bond: Service

Kieron Gillen To Write James Bond: Service

No word yet if it'll be about teenagers and fashion though.

Source: Press Release

Kieron Gillen, best known as a middle-aged man who writes comics about teenagers and fashion in titles such as Wicked + Divine and Phonogram, is set to write James Bond: Service, an oversized James Bond special at Dynamite. Joining Gillen on art is Antonio Fuso.

In contemporary politics, where Britain's world standing is often more zero than 007, an assassin plans to exterminate the "special relationship," and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place...especially when he does so by aiming down the sights of an ancient Enfield rifle! It'll test Bond's deadly talents to their limits, in order to defeat the assassin and avert certain geopolitical disaster...

In an EXXCLUSIVE statement, Gillen told The Outhouse, "Everyone knows Bond as this dashing British icon; he's handsome, stylish, happening. I'm not sure how I'll shoehorn in my recurring themes of youth and clothing, but believe me, I'll make it happen."

James Bond: Service is a 48 page one-shot set to release in May.







Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

Aquaman Gets Forrest Gump / Spider-Man Cinematographer

aquamanAquaman director James Wan tweeted out yesterday that the movie has picked Don Burgess to be the cinematographer. Burgess has worked on a slew of amazing films including Forrest Gump, Castaway, Spider-Man, Source Code, 42, Contact and the Book of Eli. He most recently worked with Wan on the Conjuring 2.

Aquaman is expected to start filming soon and will star Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman along with Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Williem DaFoe, Patrick Wilson, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Momoa will appear this summer as Aquaman in the Justice League movie.

Don Burgess. Some upcoming kid I gave a break to on Conjuring 2. https://t.co/BMzyqzrSE3

— James Wan (@creepypuppet) February 20, 2017

Aquaman Gets Forrest Gump / Spider-Man Cinematographer

Futurama Cancelled Again!

Futurama Cancelled Again!

In print anyway.

Source: Simpsons Comics #237

Futuramafans are used to their emotions being toyed with, facing constant cancellations and returns, having run 7 seasons over 14 years, on different networks. Futurama Comics was first launched in 2000, with issue #82 set to release this week. And now, just like the TV show, it'll be cancelled. In print, that is.

According to the letters column inSimpsons Comics #237, issue #82 and every issue going forward will only be available in the Futuramaland app, along with a new Krusty Comic.

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Written or Contributed by Tim Midura

DC Collectibles Shows Off Its Icons, Wonder Woman, and More [Toy Fair 2017]

Before we all left to enjoy the weekend, DC Collectibles spoiled us with a number of preview images of its numerous Toy Fair reveals. Seeing new Justice League statues, DC Icons figures and more Batman: The Animated Series collectibles was great, but there's nothing like seeing them in person to really get the full effect. We soaked all the details in when we visited with DC Collectibles, and this year and beyond look to carry the momentum built up during the later half of 2016.

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #51 (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #51 (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

Twilight is startled to find that the most important history books in Equestria are going missing. Will she and her friends be able to uncover the identity of the mysterious new villain responsible?

Variant cover by Nicoletta Baldari!

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Check Out This Explosive New Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Poster From Japan

Knowing that the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is just a little over two months away gives us mixed feelings. On the one hand, we’re really excited for the sequel to what is objectively Marvel’s best movie. On the other hand, that means we’ve only got two more months for clickbait articles about all the various trailers, toys, posters, and social media comments of its crew and actors promoting the film, and then, at most another two months of those articles after the movie is release. Well, and also probably another month or two later in the year when the Blu-Ray release is getting ready to come out. But that’s it! Six more months, tops! We’re going to miss you, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

But there’s no time to mourn right now, because director James Gunn has posted a new Japanese GOTG poster on Twitter! Check it out:

Sweet Japanese @Guardians poster. BOOM. #GoTGVol2 pic.twitter.com/1BeTr4kd5L

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 20, 2017

Gunn, a former professional wrestler, got his big break into Hollywood directing the first Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Gunn used his newfound influence to get fellow pro-wrestler Dave Bautista into the film’s cast, and CM Punk a job writing a Drax comic for Marvel. The film was so successful that Gunn was able to give up his second job as a fashion guru and work full time as a director.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5.

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Now who is gonna translate that text on the right for us?

Check Out This Explosive New Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Poster From Japan

The Rock Is On Location At Monday Night Raw Tonight… Filming Scenes For Paige Biopic, Fighting With My Family

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Finally… The Rock.. has come back… to Monday Night Raw… is a phrase you won’t necessarily hear tonight, even though the superstar actor and pro wrestler will be on location at the event. Dwayne Johnson revealed that he’ll be at tonight’s Raw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but it isn’t to make an in-ring return. Instead, Johnson is filming scenes with Florence Pugh for the upcoming film Fighting With My Family, which follows the life of WWE superstar Paige.

Very cool to watch our amazing/bad ass @florencepugh embody the role of real life WWE Superstar Paige. We shot some great scenes together today that reflected my real life pivotal conversations I had with Paige. Very interesting to relive and shoot those moments. I appreciate our entire crew and actors working tirelessly on a Sunday. THANK YOU! The 6'7 stud standing with us, is our director/writer @stephenmerchant. Brilliant filmmaker and loved worldwide. I still think he's an asshole. We're bringing our production to rock the Staples Center tomorrow night for RAW. #OnSet #ClockinThoseLongSundayHours #FightingWithMyFamily

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Fighting With My Family stars Pugh as Paige, who has led a uniquely “pro wrestling” life. Her parents and two brothers are wrestlers, and Paige has been wrestling since she was thirteen. Lena Headey and Nick Frost have been cast as Paige’s parents, and former TNA wrestler Thea Trinidad has been cast as an unnamed WWE Divas Champion, speculated to be AJ Lee.

Of course, just because it isn’t announced doesn’t mean The Rock won’t make an appearance on Raw tonight. As word gets out that he’s in the building, the millions and millions of The Rock’s fans will almost certainly be chanting his name. Why not give the people what they want?

Oh yeah, because it’s WWE.

“You’re the real People’s Champion, Roman.”

The Rock Is On Location At Monday Night Raw Tonight… Filming Scenes For Paige Biopic, Fighting With My Family

Ezra Claytan Daniels Wins Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics

Ezra Claytan Daniels Wins Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics

Daniels wrote and drew Upgrade Soul, an immersive science fiction graphic novel.

Source: The Beat

Nominees for the third annualDwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics were released last week, with the winner, Ezra Claytan Daniels,announced at Long Beach Comic Expo. Daniels is the writer and artist ofUpgrade Soul,an immersive science fiction graphic novel, featuring an original score by Alexis Gideon and interactive design by Erik Loyer.

"This was such a huge honor," said Daniels.

Other nominees includedShaft: Imitation of Life by David Walker and Dietrich Smith, Amazing Forest by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas and more, StarHammer by J. N. Monk and Harry Bogosian and 14 Nights by Kristina Stipetic.

Dwayne McDuffie was a co-founder of Milestone Media, a landmark company that created a multicultural comics line that introduced black superheroes such as Hardware and Static, who died in 2011 at the age of 49. The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics was established to highlight diversity both in the creators and the creation in McDuffie's honor.

The judges for this year's award were Mark D. Bright, Neo Edmund, Joan Hilty, Joseph Illidge, Heidi MacDonald, Don McGregor, Kevin Rubio, Cassandra Pelham, Gail Simone, Will J. Watkins, Matt Wayne, and Len Wein.



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Batman’s Tom King Ranks the Batfamily by Combat Prowess

Batman’s Tom King Ranks the Batfamily by Combat Prowess

Tom King knows Batman.

The writer has spoken before about his lifetime love of the character, a love that influenced his career in the U.S. Intelligence services. DC Comics was so certain of King’s bat-bonafides that it had him sign an exclusive contract, which included his current duties helming the monthly “Batman” series. So when King has an opinion as to which bat character would win in a fight, fans know to listen.

Ranked! (Earth 1)

1. Cassandra
2. Dick
3. Bruce
4. Damian
5. Kate
6. Helena
7. Jason
8. Duke
9. Stephanie
10. Tim

Arguing commence! https://t.co/f7REWLXyef

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

In first place we’ve got Cassandra Cain. Currently going by the codename Orphan, Cass’s high ranking is almost a no-brainer. Cassandra has a superhuman ability to read body language. Not only can she mimic other fighting styles through observation, but she can anticipate what her opponents are going to do through subtle expressions.

RELATED: Bane Wages War On The Bat-Family in Batman #17 – But Who Survives?

The next two picks on his list are slightly more controversial. Dick Grayson a.k.a. Nightwing comes in above his master and mentor Bruce Wayne, the original Batman.  Sure, Dick had a reasonably successful tenure as the Dark Knight while Bruce was missing, but he doesn’t quite have the experience that Batman does. Still, the original Boy Wonder trained physically from a very young age, as an acrobat in the troupe the Flying Graysons. It would appear King believes his more acrobatic style and lifetime of training may give Dick an edge on his mentor Bruce.

In the fourth place spot is Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce. Although Damian is smaller and younger than anyone else on this list, he was bred, genetically modified, and then trained his entire life to be an expert and deadly ninja, so it’s difficult to argue against his high ranking. The fifth place spot goes to Kate Kane, who some may believe deserves a higher position on the list. Kate, Bruce’s first cousin, is military trained and had a successful career as a crime fighter before ever teaming up with the rest of the Batfamily.

Sixth place goes to Helena, aka Huntress. Helena is a deadly fighter, but it’s sort of surprising to see her ranked so highly. She has more experience than some of the younger sidekicks, but is not usually included in the Batfamily training sessions, though the current version of the character, co-created by King, is a high-level international spy. Seventh place is Jason Todd, who as Red Hood has more guts than raw talent. He’s ruthless and mad as hell but lacks the lifetime of physical training that some of the other members of the Batfamily have.

In eighth place is Duke Thomas, formally a Robin and now calling himself Lark, who is the most recent Batfamily member added to this list. Duke has a lot of heart and a lot of potential, but has yet to really prove himself as a world class fighter. Ninth place is Stephanie Brown, a fan-favorite character who trained a lot with Cassandra, but is not primarily known for her butt-kicking skills. But lowest of all is the presumed dead Tim Drake, Red Robin, who always considered himself a detective first and a fighter second.

King later amended the tweet, adding that Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl would rank highly in terms of tactics and strategy, and that Tim would be right behind her in the ranking.

This in one-on-one, hand-to-hand, not about long term strategies, where Batman would be #1, Batgirl (Barbara) #2, Tim #3, Jason below Ace. https://t.co/F6xdzgg7Y7

— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 20, 2017

King concluded that when it comes to strategy, Jason Todd’s dedication wouldn’t even have him out thinking Ace the Bat-Hound. Ouch.

King’s list should not be taken as definitive, of course, though it will likely spark tons of nerdy Internet debate. Still, it is always fascinating to see the inner workings of superhero comic writers.

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Ultimates 2 Just Upset [SPOILER]’s Role In Marvel’s Cosmic Order

Ultimates 2 Just Upset [SPOILER]’s Role In Marvel’s Cosmic Order

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Ultimates 2” #4, on sale now.

Since it launched late last year, the second volume of Al Ewing’s universe-redefining “Ultimates” series (a.k.a. “Ultimates 2”) has not held anything back. The series has broken the rules when it comes to Marvel’s cosmic order, using 2015’s “Secret Wars” as the impetus for a number of major changes. The latest issue, “Ultimates 2” #4 by Ewing and series artist Travel Foreman, is no different; the issue concludes with one of Marvel’s major cosmic players seeming changed forever.

Galactus has become a devourer of worlds.

RELATED: Ultimates 2 #3 Obliterates, Rebuilds Marvel’s Cosmic Order

Okay — if you’re not up to date on the “Ultimates” saga, that big reveal might be a head-scratcher. Originally introduced in 1966’s “Fantastic Four” #48 as a massive, planet-eating cosmic entity, Galactus has spent the last 50 years as one of the biggest threats in the Marvel Universe. Time and time again he has tried to drain the Earth of its energy, leaving everyone on the planet — and the planet itself — dead. And, time and time again Earth’s heroes fought Galactus, beating him and his powerful heralds back and buying the Earth even more time.

Following the death and rebirth of the Marvel Universe at the end of “Secret War” (an event that went unnoticed by nearly all of Marvel’s heroes), the Ultimates formed in November 2015’s “Ultimates” #1. Their first mission: solve Galactus’ hunger problem. Realizing that it made more sense to cure the cosmic entity’s hunger than continually fight him, the team uncovered the specifics of Galactus’ transformation from an ordinary humanoid named Galan into the all-powerful Galactus.

They also found the device that did that deed: Galactus’ incubator. The Incubator, which actually debuted way back in 1969’s “Thor” #162, was a previously lost artifact. After appearing in that Silver Age issue, the device that created the Devourer of Worlds remained lost until the Ultimates found it. Knowing that the Incubator would no doubt have an effect on Galactus, potentially evolving him further, the team forced him into it.

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“Ultimates” #2 interior art by Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown

The team’s theory was proven correct, and Galactus emerged from the Incubator once again, fundamentally changed. Instead of devouring worlds, he now brought life to dead ones, starting with Archeopia, the very first world he destroyed billions of years ago as Galactus.

RELATED: Ultimates 2 #2 Details Secret Wars’ Deep Impact – And Kills [SPOILER]

Galactus’ new role set a shockwave throughout the cosmic order. But wile that development took Earth (and every other planet) off of Galactus’ menu, it didn’t sit right with Master Order and Lord Chaos. That pair of cosmic entities didn’t like Galactus’ makeover, so they took the Lifebringer to the universe’s equivalent of “The People’s Court” — which is a meeting with the Living Tribunal. That meeting didn’t go so well either. The Living Tribunal ruled that the old cosmic order perished after “Secret Wars,” so Galactus’ new role was a valid one. With the cosmic order malleable, Master Order and Lord Chaos did what was previously unthinkable: they killed the Living Tribunal.

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“Ultimates 2” #2 interior art by Travel Foreman and Dan Brown

Order and Chaos then turned their attention to Galactus — and hit him with an energy blast designed to shove him back into his old role and destroy his Lifebringer persona.

“Ultimates 2” #3 interior art by Travel Foreman and Dan Brown

The pair then snacked on their creation, the In-Betweener, and became a totally new, judgmental cosmic entity called Logos — and then set out to wreck shop. “Ultimates 2” #4 sees Logos lay down a new kind of order across Marvel’s cosmic landscape while Galactus fights against transformation. Logos returns and hits Galactus with another blast — and it does the trick.

“Ultimates 2” #4 interior art by Travel Foreman and Dan Brown

The Lifebringer is dead. Long live Galactus, devourer of worlds.

What the future holds remains unclear, but there are a number of factors to take into account. For one thing, Galactus didn’t want to change back. He made it clear in his pleas to the Living Tribunal a few months ago, and in his defiance of Order and Chaos’ power, that he felt fulfilled in his new role as the Lifebringer. He even went beyond his new role as the seeder of worlds, actively seeking to make positive changes across the universe. After becoming aware that all of reality has been placed in chains by a mysterious aggressor, Galactus has been investigating this cosmic conundrum. He even put together this current group of Ultimates to serve as his heralds of life and work with him to free all of reality.

RELATED: Ultimates 2 #1 Reveals That The Team Now Works — For [SPOILER]?!

And then there are the Ultimates to think about. Right now, the team is begrudgingly working alongside Galactus to solve this massive mystery. Their new headquarters is even Galactus’ super spaceship, the Taa II. How will the Ultimates react when they realize that their boss has been forcibly reverted back to his hungry ways? Will they try to shove him into another incubator?

There’s also the possibility that Galactus will now bear a classic, Marvel-style internal conflict. This could be a totally new take on Galactus, one that hungers (like he has since the dawn of time), but now has a new awareness of how dangerous his hunger is thanks to his brief stint as the Lifebringer. Could this be a Galactus that’s tormented by guilt, one that strives to overcome his hunger and be a better cosmic entity? Is this a Galactus that could search out already dead worlds and feed on them while also maintaining a career as a cosmic superhero with the Ultimates? There are plenty of ways this development could go — and obviously Logos isn’t done rewriting the rules of Marvel’s cosmic landscape.

“Ultimates 2” #5 arrives in stores on March 22. The solicit text for the issue remains light on Galactus-heavy information, although the cover prominently features Galactus’ discarded Lifebringer helmet. There is one bit of major information that will be revealed next month, though: we’ll learn the name of the Cosmic Jailer, and therefore know the name of Galactus’ previously unseen enemy.

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Marvel Comics Blame Retailer Woes On Returnable $2.99 DC Comics – Do They Have A Point?

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There are many issues that are causing comic book retailers problems today. Increasing cost prices, a static market, increasing rents, reducing store sales, moves online, discount competition, everyone is feeling the pinch.

Marvel Comics has been criticised by some for overpriced comics, with $3.99 across the line with $4.99 and $5.99 issues, becoming more and more common, while the comics have become less recognisable to the base comic book buyer, leading to customer fatigue.

But at ComicsPRO, retailers knew exactly who Marvel were blaming. The distinguished competition.

We mentioned a snippet of this over the weekend. But I have received a number of missives from retailers stating that Marvel Senior Vice President — Print, Sales & Marketing David Gabriel told them, through a number of conversations, that competitors’ move to $2.99 across their line (and still being kept for the twice-monthly titles from April) has taken money off the table. That other companies’ sales may be up, but not by enough to combat the reduced income, and the extra expense of printing, distributing, and selling the extra copies.

Added to that, the introduction of three months of returnable comics, has seen retailers order high, sell fewer than anyone expected, while delaying repayments to retailers who return stripped covers, effectively causing a cashflow crisis, and reducing retailers ability to order enough comics across the board, affecting everyone. And Marvel’s overprint was there to help retailers have enough comics in stock to get them through this difficult time.

I am told that this caused considering eyeball rolling amongst retailers. One very prominent retailer told me,

Most retailers in the room groaned audibly at the less than subtle jab at DC, though he never mentioned their name he was clearly of the belief that they were the problem.  I spoke to many retailers who held the exact opposite opinion, that the failure of Civil War 2 to capture readers and the reliance of multiple off shoots to the event gave readers event fatigue.  Most believe Rebirth and its returnability to have been a resounding success for them. It brought people to the store and when there they bought more because there was more available to buy. Yes, 4th quarter was slower than normal, but the majority didn’t believe that DC caused their problems.  I do like Gabriel, I think he tries his best to be honest and helpful, but I also believe his hands and his mouth are tied.

But this may be one of self-selecting group of retailers who wanted to contact me. Other people’s mileage may vary.

Such as Dennis Barger, of Quickstop Comics/Wonderworld Comics in Detroit whose video here, about nine minutes in breaks down the problem with retailers, returnability and the performance of DC Rebirth.

And he breaks it down for me.

Batman #48 cost $2, cover $3.99 order twenty sold 16 $40 cost $66 collected $26 profit Batman#16 cost $1.50, cover $2.99 order twenty sold 16 $30 cost $48 collected $12 profit

Ok twice monthly!!! $24 profit, still $2 less monthly profit on DCs best selling book…to pay employees, pay rent, feed family, try new Indy books that might sell better. But how the hell is double monthly still equally the same lower market share D.C. has been showing???

Less titles, same low sales numbers and twice monthly. I think if you divide D.C.’s monthly market share in half it shows the real answer. Selling the same or lower overall, twice a month at a lower price.

Selling the same or lower overall, twice a month at a lower price.

Personally I think many of the pro-DC retailers are trying to self-assure themselves that backing the the latest desperate attempt was “fruitful” but the numbers don’t lie, you can’t self-affirm “alternate truths” you tell yourself.

David does have a point that D.C.’s bait of 2.99 to lure back fans left money on the table forcretailers

I think by concentrating on Batman, he misses out the greater impact on the likes of Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman and more. I asked Dennis about that and he broke numbers down for me, saying,

Batgirl, birds of prey, Hal Jordan, Action, Supergirl, Superwoman are all down, Titans and Detective up, not enough to cover all of those huge losses. You get my point, small gains in mid books don’t match with stagnate growth or huge losses on big books at a lower profit margin.

So it does give a retailer perspective that matches that of David Gabriel. And a little bit of balance…

Marvel Comics Blame Retailer Woes On Returnable $2.99 DC Comics – Do They Have A Point?

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Celebrating Six Months Since Leaving WWE, Ryback Continues To Trash Company On Podcast

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Cornelius P. Rybackerton III, better known by his former WWE superstar name Ryback (which, in fact, he legally changed his name to in December to skirt WWE trademarks), left his former employer back in August, after a contentious few months when it became clear The Big Guy was dissatisfied with his treatment from the company, and that the company was clearly not paying him enough to eat, as he was frequently heard in arenas around the country pleading, “Feed me more. Feed me more. Feed more.” At the time, Ryback said his grievances came down to a failure to pay wrestlers equally for the work they do:

It blows my mind how in a sport which is pre determined from a company standpoint winners are paid so much more than the losers. Every single person who works for WWE from top to bottom is absolutely just as valuable as the next. The winners cannot win unless the losers go out there and agree to lose to them.

It blows my mind that in this day and age though we still adhere to this formula. Obviously things have always been this way, but does that make them right? Times have changed and our goal as humans should be to evolve and learn from our past and the past of others so we could make this world a better place. Why is it a guy who is told he is going to go out and lose and does everything he is told be paid not only less, but much less than said winner over a period of time. Every single performer for WWE sacrifices the same amount of time from home and their families and every single man or women goes out and does what they are told. Looking at this formula though losers turn into what fans like to call jobbers and their value decreases in the companies eyes and before you know it they get released. For what? For doing exactly as they are told!

Mr. Back had a better solution:

Why not pay the talent equally? The winners have more MERCH as it is or are supposed to anyways so they get that extra perk, but why make the guy who is told to and agrees to lose earn less and sacrifice spots in big pay per view match ups etc. This is one of the major problems with wrestling and WWE today. Most guys take great satisfaction in helping making other talent, the bitching and the moaning we always hear about stems from the fact they know they are ultimately over time going to make less and live in fear of being released.

Putting a punctuation mark on his eloquent plea for wrestler’s rights, Ryback then bit the head off a live chicken and shouted, “WAKE UP! IT’S FEEDING TIME” as the chicken’s blood sprayed all over his bulging pectoral muscles, reportedly.

In addition to his issues with WWE, Ryback also found himself in a feud with fellow estranged WWE superstar CM Punk, who complained about Ryback’s in-ring skills on a podcast:

I’m already beat up and I have to wrestle ‘Steroid Guy’ and he’s very… I call it like I see it. He’s very hurty. Sometimes deliberate. There was one time he kicked me in the stomach as hard as he could and he broke my ribs, right at the tail end. And I never got an apology for that. He was something else. A real piece of work, that guy.

Ryback was originally offended, but in December, it seemed that he was making overtures to bury the hatchet with Punk:

I will never know why [Punk] chose to say the things he did, and it definitely didn’t help my career at that point. All I know is he was very banged up and miserable during the periods we worked together. I think people have to look at it this way: How many other people are out there saying that about me? I was always respectful of him in his time there, and before our runs together, he was always good to me. Working in the WWE, though, has a way to bring out the worst in everybody. I have made jokes [about Punk] over the years via social media, as it is fun to get a reaction from his followers from time to time, but if I were to ever see him, I would tell him, “If I really did ever hurt you [in the ring], I truly am sorry, but I don’t think it was the right thing to do to say the things you did.” Life is too short to hold grudges, and I truly wish him the best in his life.

And so, with six months having past since Ryback officially parted ways with WWE, and nearly a year since he began expressing his frustration publicly, has Ryback softened his stance on his former employer?

No, it doesn’t look like it.

Ryback took to his podcast, via 411 Wrestling, to talk about his experience being relegated to the pre-show at Wrestlemania while part times and newcomers took the spots on the proper show:

I sitting in the locker room and there were WWE, some Legends in the battle royal that was supposed to be on the main show and guys like when Baron Corbin, that was his debut at WrestleMania and I’m just like, ‘I’ve killed myself year after year for this company and, like, proven time and time again,’ and I was just like, ‘I’m on the pre-show.’ And I’m sitting there and I’m like, ‘they show up and they’re on the actual show.’ And there was a lot going on that day and that’s just my honest, true feeling on it. Nothing against [Corbin] or any of them. They all should have that opportunity. I think it’s great, but I just wanted it too.

And to talk about WWE owner Vince McMahon’s attempts to bury him once it was clear he was leaving:

This is nothing against Titus O’Neil, but I just know how they view him as far as… and how they’ve used him. They’ve never gone through with anything on him and whatnot. And there was a battle royal for the number one contender for the U.S. Championship and rather than taking the guy who was the number one contender for the last two pay-per-views, and having him have a strong showing – I get it, you have to move on and move the next guy in, but psychology-wise, you would think you would have me in there till the very end to show why I was a worthy U.S. [title] contender, just to have that because I was the last guy following him and the very first eliminations were Titus O’Neil eliminating not only me, but me and Apollo Crews together. And this is just me being honest, as I always am. As soon as I heard that, I realized Vince was going to start the ‘s–tting on me even more’ phase until my contract [ended] because of everything going on with the contract. And I was like, ‘I’m not playing his f–king games anymore.’

So if you’re hoping for these crazy kids to get back together anytime soon, it doesn’t look like you’re going to get your wish. Perhaps The Big Guy should head over to Japan for a stint in NJPW. Not only might he have a better chance of being treated with more respect professionally, improving his in-ring skills, and becoming a bigger star, but from what we hear, wrestlers in Japan have no problem finding things to eat. Just look at all the Sumo guys.

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The First Time Kieron Gillen Wrote A James Bond Comic

Okay, it could be argued Kieron Gillen has always written a James Bond comic.

But I was looking through Kieron Gillen’s twitter history to find any James Bond bon mots he may have made over the years, to discover that he’s automatically deleting tweets after a certain period. Which, for anyone travelling to America, might be a handy thing.

So you’ll just have to guess at whatever “bond mots” these were in response to.

@kierongillen "No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!" pic.twitter.com/ekXRzxT34K

— Zeb Aslam (@ZebAslam) May 31, 2016

@kierongillen @sxbond this is why I didn't invite you, Bond!

— Jamie S. Rich (@jamieESrich) April 6, 2016

@kierongillen mine is Emily Blunt.

She could be James Bond, the Bond Girl, the Bond Villain, M, Q and Miss Moneypenny in one perfect movie

— Emmanuel Peudon (@EmmanuelPeudon) November 8, 2016

@kierongillen all comics should just do a bond opening. Superb exciting adventure we've never seen followed by boring office stuff.

— PJ Holden (@pauljholden) September 6, 2016

But that’s okay! Kieron has been tweeting James Bond today…

I mentioned writing a one-off of an Icon. This is it. https://t.co/WlEHDmesEb

— Kieron Gillen (@kierongillen) February 20, 2017

But if you can’t wait till May (and who can)… how about picking up God Is Dead: Book of Acts: Omega from Bleeding Cool’s publisher Avatar Press? Featuring Alestor: Hell’s Executioner with artist German Nobile. And what Gillen has described as “basically me doing James Bond in Hell.”

So if you are looking at a possible direction…
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…well he’s definitely got the wordplay down.

The First Time Kieron Gillen Wrote A James Bond Comic

Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Brings the Funk With New Guardians, Spider-Man and More [Toy Fair 2017]

If you've been waiting to see what the first half-of the year is going to look like when it comes to Marvel Legends, look no further. Hasbro unleashed a hefty salvo of new figures and sets tied to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more at this year's Toy Fair. While Thor: Ragnarok was nowhere to be found, there are dozens of new figures planned to arrive already, so Marvel Legends fans of every size and scale will have plenty to look forward to in the coming months.

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Top 5 Hot Picks #101

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Watch The Rick And Morty Season 3 Opening Scene, With More Jump Cuts Than You Can Shake A Stick At

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It’s been a long dry spell since Rick and Morty’s season 2 ended back in October of ’15 with poor Rick being thrown into prison on charges of having committed “everything”. Fortunately for us, it seems that things are coming together with series writer Mike McMahan having tweeted that they’re back in the recording studio.

Hey @RickandMorty am I allowed to say we're recording episode 301 today? pic.twitter.com/6p7DH1d00G

— Mike McMahan (@pleaseprint) February 18, 2016

So granted, that’s only a few days ago, but they’ve decided to kick fans a bone for Presidents Day, the entirety of the opening scene. That said we still don’t have any solid leads on when the next season will actually see the light of day, but that they’re in the studio is a good sign that it won’t be too much longer.

Update: Adult Swim Australia has realized that there was something wrong with their editing software. Which means that their temporal plugin wasn’t working quite right. Since if they just started recording voices two days ago, if that plugin isn’t working there’d be no way to import audio from the future. They posted a follow-up apology while they have a call out to Dr. Who to help fix the software:

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Well played Adult Swim, well played.

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Was The Rocket Raccoon Cancellation-And-Relaunch A Trademark Shot Against DC Comics?

In May, Marvel Comics is cancelling the Rocket Raccoon series after five issues and relaunching it as Rocket! I don’t think a title has ever been launched, cancelled and relaunched quite so quickly – well I suppose there was Batwoman before the DC New 52 relaunch but that was eked out a bit.

But what could be the sudden demand – other than the wish to have a new issue 1 alongside the launch of I Am Groot, All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy and Guardians Of The Galaxy: Mother Entropy for the launch of the new Guardians movie?

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Why does Marvel, suddenly now, feel the need for a new comic called Rocket?

Well, I understand that DC Comics is finally planning to release details of the long-gestated Milestone 2.0 series very soon. And one of the planned titles? A comic starring this previous sidekick.

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Trademark wars are back!

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Sarah Graley’s ‘Pizza Witch’ To Get Deluxe Hardcover Re-Issue

Sarah Graley, of Rick and Morty: Lil' Poopy Superstar and Oni Press' upcoming Kim Reaper, is one of the most unique and vibrant voices to emerge from the British small-press scene in recent years. Today, she announced a re-mastered re-issued deluxe edition of her adorable webcomic Pizza Witch, about the world's best pizza maker who sets off on a quest for a mystical cheese free ingredient to impress a hot babe.

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Gigantic Hasbro Decepticon Transformer Revealed and more on The Beat’s (Sort of) Weekly Funko POP! Toy Review and Preview!

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Is The World Ready For Empire’s New Wonder Woman Cover?

Is The World Ready For Empire’s New Wonder Woman Cover?

With her first ever solo feature film just a few months away, “Empire” magazine has given their subscribers a whole new look at Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. The magazine’s latest subscribers-only cover gets up close and personal with Gadot’s Amazon warrior, depicting an over the shoulder shot of the iconic DC superhero.

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The shot comes via the Superhero Hype forums, and the cover itself includes the tagline “Now the world is ready for you.”

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The cover text could be read in two different ways. On one hand, the tagline could reference the fact that Wonder Woman as a character comes from the lost land of Themyscira and enters man’s world due to the events of World War I. On the other hand, it could be viewed as a reference to the fact that there are still so few female-led superhero movies in the sprawling genre. “Wonder Woman” will be the first female-led superhero film since “Catwoman” in 2004.

Wonder Woman’s solo film follows her big screen debut in last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” 2017 will be a big year for Diana, with her solo “Wonder Woman” film hitting in June and “Justice League” arriving in November. Wonder Woman will, of course, play a large role in DC’s first major team-up movie featuring all of their major movie heroes.

Recent weeks have seen a lot of new “Wonder Woman” news in addition to this new portrait of Diana. We’ve gotten our first look at the film’s toy lines, which include figures from both Mattel and Funko. Those toy lines even confirmed that the film’s villain will be Ares, a fact that has not yet been revealed in any of “Wonder Woman’s” trailers. Photos taken at this past weekend’s Toy Fair in New York City confirmed that Ares is getting a big figure in the movie’s toy line.

Based on a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns from a story by Heinberg and Zack Snyder, “Wonder Woman” follows the Amazon princess who, after discovering the body of American fighter pilot Steve Trevor washed ashore washed ashore on Themyscira, sets out to bring an early end to World War I.

Opening June 2, “Wonder Woman” stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Lisa Loven Kongsli and David Thewlis.

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