Monthly Archives: March 2012

Captain America #10 Preview

Marvel is proud to present your first look at “Captain America” #10 from the acclaimed creative team of Ed Brubaker & Alan Davis. Captain America is still bearing the devastating effects of losing his Super-Soldier serum! As Steve lies powerless, Sharon Carter may be his only hope to restoring Captain America’s Super-Soldier status and the Falcon goes wild!?

 


The Magician

The Magician

Real Name: Ivan

Publisher: Image comics

Created by: Landry Q. Walker and Eric Jones.

1st appearance: Danger Club #1 (2012)

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Unknown

Legal Status: US citizen with no criminal record

Height:  5’7             Weight: unknown

Eyes:  Brown            Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Unknown

Powers: He taps into other dimensional energy that is always in flux. This allows him to mimic “magic” for a variety of effects. He’s shown concussive force blasts and teleportation among other powers.

Biography

An african American magic user and one of the sidekicks remaining on earth when all super powered adults vanished. He sides with the “anti-Apollo” faction of the teenaged superheroes. Along with Kid Vigilante they wage war against Apollo and his followers, intent on remaining heroes and protecting Earth. After Apollo’s defeat they try to find out what happened to Earths superheroes. Magician enters another dimension in hope of discovering answers but seemingly dies there.


Uncanny X-men #9 Review

Summary

On Utopia Emma trains while Namor admires. Colossus confronts Cyclops about his sister still being held prisoner. High above earth on the sword base engine failure leads to many prisoners being dumped on earth. The extinction team and the Avengers join together to deal with the threat. One prisoner, a space based Jack the Ripper tricks Hope Summers the mutant messiah into a trap where he plans to eviscerate her.

The Good

Triangle- The Emma Frost, Cyclops, Namor three way has been building for quite awhile now ad it manages to hit a whole other note than the Wolverine, Jean Scott three way of yesteryear. Emma Literally has the pick of the litter when it comes to powerful mutant leaders. But any development between Emma and Namor and that being made public will again probably split the Utopia based X-men in two and leave Scott seriously demoralized. Fun times ahead!

Art- Carlos Pacheco’s new minimalist style is a downgrade from his older work but for the most part everything looks good.

Characterization- Namor is still a walking libido, Emma Frost the hot girlfriend, Cyclops the stoic leader etc. Everyone is in their respective spots and used properly.

Teamwork- I love seeing the extinction team in action, clockwork like an army, at Cyclops whim. Love it!

The Bad

Cover- Weak, minimalist approach going on, not feeling it!

The Ugly

The Avengers and the X-men side by side before AVX? I like it! 3/5


Cottonmouth

Cottonmouth

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by:  Mark Gruenwald and Paul Neary

1st appearance: Captain America # 310, 1985

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Serpent Society

Legal Status: US citizen with criminal record

Height: 6’0              Weight: 120 lbs

Eyes:  Brown            Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled street fighter

Powers:  Cottonmouth has bionic implants in his neck, mouth and upper shoulders and metal teeth with large canines. His bionic jaw is specially hinged to allow him to literally open his mouth large enough to bite a man’s head off. The cybernetics also makes his jaw far stronger than normal allowing him to crush even blocks between them.

Biography

Recruited by sidewinder from Mobile, Alabama to join his snaked themed team, the serpent society. He’s arguably most famous for being partnered with “Asp” and killing Modok while facing captain America.  Defeated they manage to escape but when next they met cap they were jailed. Liberated by Death Adder once more they fell into disarray when their boss was killed by Kingpin’s men.

When Viper usurped leadership from Sidewinder he joined her and clashed with the X-men and Storm while on a mission for the lemurians. When next he showed up he was a free agent who fought Luke Cage, Falcon and Luke Cage. Then he battled American Eagle, wolverine and Marcus Johnson on separate occasions and was defeated. Recently in the newly formed serpent society he battled Hope Summers and was defeated once more.


Astonishing X-men #48 Review

Summary

Northstar has a nightmare involving the X-men and wakes up in his new apartment with his boyfriend, Kyle. They unpack until Wolverine calls Northstar away on a mission. Elsewhere Cecilia Reyes is looking for a place to stay besides the empty room in Gambit’s apartment. They get cosy until Wolverine and Northstar arrive to break things up. Warbird arrives with a severed head, Chimera, the marauders and a military helicopter hot on the trail of Iceman.

Northstar’s boyfriend tracks him to apartment but apparently is accosted by some unseen thing/person.

The Good

Chocolate- Ok so Gambit’s new favorite female-late flavor is chocolate. First there was the flirtation and shared kiss with Frenzy now he’s clearly making a pass at Cecilia Reyes.

Cecelia Reyes- Nice to see her back in any capacity since she’s so underused. There’s a nice nod to recent stories with X-23 and Gambit. Some not very accurate depictions of her time with the x-men as well but I’m so Cece deprived I’m willing to roll with it.

The Bad

Say what?- Cecilia refers to almost being eaten by aliens while with the X-men. This is wrong! She was almost eaten by extra dimensional demons NOT aliens! (See X-men #75 for details right here)

Art- No please! The art is…..shaky very shaky. Some panels are passable especially those with Cecelia but Gambit looks like someone pooped on his neck and the emotional scenes are still and stilted and frankly sometimes it’s just plain ugly!

Weird- While the tone of Wolverine and the X-men makes interactions work eve when weird because of it’s light-hearted/slapstick take on the X-men Mythos, this book had a sombre mood that made the already…strange interactions jarring. Maybe things will pick up down the line but it’s all just very strange….

Wrong name- Ok, listen up Northstar’s name is Jean-Paul  NOT Jean-Claude! For Christ sake get it right! How can you even claim to be writing a character correctly if you don’t even know their name? Marvel comics for frickin shame! Who’s the editor and why did he not notice this? (rolls eyes)

Cover- Can someone explain to me why Karma is on the cover and not on the interiors but Cecilia the black girl has been excluded? (shakes head)

 

The Ugly

I’m not impressed 2/5


Chocolate Thunder

Chocolate Thunder

Real Name: Kevin King

Publisher: Ghettosake Comics

Created by:  Jeremy and Robert Love

1st appearance: Chocolate Thunder #1

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: Unknown

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 6’1           Weight: Unknown

Eyes:  Brown            Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Trained martial artist, armed and unarmed combatant thanks to para-military training.

Powers: Unknown

Biography

Believed dead by his former employers, government agent Kevin King returned home to find his old stomping grounds over-run by crime. Unable to stand idly by, he became the costumed vigilante, whom the local graffiti artists dubbed “Chocolate Thunder”.

Facts: Chocolate Thunder never actually saw print so the creators instead made the nifty short animation found above.


Catspaw

Catspaw

Real Name: April Dumaka

Publisher: DC comics

Created by:  Tom Bierbaum, Mary Bierbaum and  Chris Sprouse

1st appearance: Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #33

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: Legion of Superheroes

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’7              Weight: 120 lbs

Eyes:  Yellow            Hair: Brown

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Unknown

Powers: Cat-like speed and agility, enhanced senses, and retractable claws.

Biography

Dumaka was captured by the Dominators and subjected to genetic manipulation which granted her a feral catlike body and powers. A squadron of the Legion of superheroes, the SW6 were also being held in the same chamber from which she emerged so she joined the team almost immediately. She remained with the team until “Zero Hour” erased her timeline from continuity.


The Walking Dead #95 Preview

Story by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Cover by Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Publisher Image Comics

“A LARGER WORLD” CONTINUES

Rick and his group are welcomed into a new community, led by a new charismatic leader. Rick has experienced this before. Is this the beginning of a new era of peace for Rick and the others… or is this man every bit as dangerous as The Governor?

Blacksuperhero Michonne makes an appearance!


Black Spider

Black Spider

Real Name: Eric Needham

Publisher: DC comics

Created by: Gerry Conway and Ernie Chan.

1st appearance: Detective Comics #463 (September 1976)

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Suicide Squad

Legal Status: US citizen with a criminal record

Height:  5’11             Weight: 179 lbs

Eyes:  Brown            Hair: Black

Relatives: Linda Morrel (Wife), Michael (Son), Father (deceased)

Skills and abilities: Ninja based martial arts and infiltration skills, also trained in armed combat with a variety of weapons.

Powers: Appears to be stronger than a typical human. He also uses a variety of tech to further enhance his skills. Infra red goggles and a costume lined with Kevlar.

Biography

Eric Needham started a life of crime from a young age. As a teen he became addicted to drugs and was jailed after a mugging gone wrong. After being released he got married and had a son. His addictions however lead him to rob a liquor store where he accidentally killed his father. Jailed once more he kicked the habit out of remorse. Upon his release he became a masked vigilante and decided to clean up the streets inspired by Batman. Unlike most masked heroes however he killed all the criminals who were unlucky enough to cross his path. Confronted by Batman he couldn’t understand why they were at odds when they were both trying to protect the innocent. He was almost killed when a bomb went off prematurely.

He recovered and later discovered that his financial backer was in fact a drug lord who was using him to kill the competition. He later allied with villains to try and kill batman but was unsuccessful. When his wife and son were killed by a drug lord he went on a suicide run in which he was shot multiple times. His dying body was brought before his foe when he revealed he had rigged with Plastique explosives. He died and took his foes with him.

He returned to life later when Lucifer abdicated his throne and many souls escaped hell.

Post Flashpoint

He is a member of the suicide squad and good friends with teammate Diablo. Before joining the Squad he operated as a vigilante in Gotham city. On a recent mission his arm was broken and he was shot in the chest. Thanks to Harley and Diablo he made it only for the prison to go into full riot. His fate after this has not been confirmed as he passed out while defending himself from the rioters.


Angella Basette as Storm? what if!?

In a story straight out of Marvel Comics “What If!?” tales comes Chris Claremont’s tale of what could have happened ten years before Brian Singer helmed the X-men. It involved Angella Basatte as the X-men’s Storm among other things. Check it out below!

“James Cameron, Bob Hoskins, Angela Bassett — ahhh. Fanboy heaven. I would have been happy as a clam,” Claremont said in a Q&A with Louise Simonson, his longtime “X-Men” editor.

Claremont also talked about how he tried to dissuade former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter from reviving the character Jean Grey after Claremont killed her off in the Dark Phoenix saga, one of his most famous X-Men stories. (It was partially adapted, along with Claremont’s X-Men graphic novel, “God Loves, Man Kills,” for the second X-Men film.)

He was wistful about the X-movie that might have been — but still irritated at the retcon that brought Grey back to life for the comics series “X Factor.”

Claremont has said before that he wanted Hoskins (pictured) as Wolverine and Bassett as Storm, but went into detail Saturday about why a proposed adaptation from the then-married Cameron and Bigelow never came to pass. (Cameron went on to win best picture and director Oscars for “Titanic” and Bigelow to beat Cameron’s “Avatar” to win best picture and directing Oscars for “The Hurt Locker.”)

In the comics, Claremont noted, Wolverine is diminutive but feral, like a real wolverine. He recalled a scene in the 1984 film “Lassiter” in which Hoskins pushes open a door and shoves the much taller Tom Selleck while berating him. That moment, to Claremont, captured the essence of Wolverine.

He said that as Cameron launched his own studio, Lightstorm Entertainment, in 1990, he and Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee went to his office to pitch him an X-Men movie.

“Just think about this for a minute: James Cameron’s X-Men. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. That’s what we were playing,” Claremont said. “So we’re chatting. And at one point Stan looks at Cameron and says, ‘I hear you like Spider-Man.’ Cameron’s eyes lit up.

“And they start talking. And talking. And talking. About 20 minutes later all the Lighstorm guys and I are looking at each other, and we all know the X-Men deal has just evaporated. Kathryn goes off and writes a screen treatment for X-Men that was eaten alive by all the idiots who have a piece of Spider-Man because Marvel during its evolution has sold off the rights time and time and time again. To Carolco. To Universal. To this to that. To Fox. It was just a nightmare.”

20th Century Fox finally released Singer’s “X-Men” in 2000. Sony ultimately released Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” in 2002, with a script by David Koepp.

Claremont had no complains about Singer’s “X-Men” films — or the casting of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Halle Berry as Storm. They launched a franchise and helped open the door to a decade of comic book blockbusters. But Claremont wondered what might have been if Cameron’s film had been made a decade before Singer’s.

As the watcher would say….what If?….What If?….What If!?

[Source: TV.Yahoo.com]


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