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With the upcoming release of "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Thor," "Green Lantern," and other big comic book movies, there is a looming question in the comic industry: How much do we coddle the new fans who don't know continuity?
This came into my head with the recent news that Captain America is being re-launched with a new #1. Thor is getting a new book, "The Mighty Thor," in a couple of weeks. As of this writing, there hasn't been a new X-Men book announced. For long time readers this can be annoying, as re-launches try to be as "new reader" friendly as possible. This might not seem bad, but long time fans can get screwed over. These new books usually are continuity light at first, putting long time readers on the back burner. The creators always say that long time readers will like the book, and we will. But we like to keep our years of reading story arcs going. What's more interesting is that "Captain America" was just renumbered a little over a year ago. #600 came out around a year and a half ago. Thankfully Marvel is being nice to old readers and changing "Captain America" to "Captain America & Bucky" with issue #620. "Thor" was just renumbered around two years ago to #600 as well.
Long time readers will know I'm more of a Marvel fan instead of DC, but I think DC has the best plan for when the "Green Lantern" movie is being released. The main book isn't going nuts with continuity light stories. Hell, they are having a major event right now ("War of the Green Lanterns"); an event that is continuity heavy and plays off of "Blackest Night" and "Brightest Day." If someone saw the movie and liked it enough to read the comics, they can look up the history themselves. When I started reading comics, that was one of the most rewarding things. I didn't understand a reference? I went on Wikipedia and did the necessary research to understand. Then I reread the comic, and loved it even more.
What I have been a fan, however, is the continuity light miniseries that Marvel has been doing. Mark Waid wrote a great Cap miniseries recently called "Man out of Time." While Marvel said they wanted to cut down on these, I'm not sure that's the best route. Have those, and please both fans. Movie fans get continuity light books and hardcore fans get their stories still. And if the movie fans like the continuity light books enough, they can make their way over to the monthly books.
Some footage from "Green Lantern" was released at WonderCon. The clip looks good, and makes June seem that much farther away
Geoffrey Rush will be voicing Tomar-Re in "Green Lantern".
Some plot details have been released for the new Superman movie. I'm not going to spoil them, but it seems very Year One. Takes a nice grounded approach to Superman.
Plot points for "X-Men: First Class" have been released too. Again, not going to spoil, but the film tip toes around continuity in a good way though.
Trade/Series for Newcomers
"The Incredible Hercules" was one of the best books Marvel was putting out for a while. After a couple of miniseries and an event, the book is back this week with "Herc." Herc is powerless and fighting mythic beasts on the streets of New York. #1 is released on Wednesday, so pick it up and enjoy.
Highlights for 4/6
-Brightest Day #23- It's the second to last issue for the event. With a lot of interesting plot developments of late, the ending looks to be great.
-Chew #18- This indie series has made a name for itself recently. After winning tons of awards it's finally getting the attention it deserves. Look for a Showtime series to start in the fall
-Fear Itself #1- Marvel's big event for the year starts here. Some advanced reviews have come out and have said nothing but great things. Matt Fraction writes and the always amazing Stuart Immomen is penciling.
-Herc #1- Read the above section for reasons to buy. Oh, and it will be awesome.With the upcoming release of "Captain America: The First Avenger,"... more
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by Virgil on March 31, 2011
The threads of the Marvel Universe-spanning “Fear Itself” storyline has already begun to spread its terrible tendrils. This month’s Fear Itself Prologue: Book of the Skull blended two narrative threads: a modern day story of Sin (the Red Skull’s daughter and heir to that malicious moniker) and Baron Zemo as they attempt to track down an artifact of her father’s and a WWII story of Captain America, Bucky, and Namor attempting to stop the Red Skull’s plan to unleash an ancient power to aid the Nazis. Naturally, the two threads are connected.
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When the first photo of Adrianne Palicki's Wonder Woman costume was released, fan reaction was less than kind. It seems TPTB listened and have offered up a little tweaking.When the first photo of Adrianne Palicki's Wonder Woman costume was released, fan... more
Comic writer Mark Waid confronts a convention grifter at Orlando's MegaCon.
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/03/28/rob-granito-scam-artist/Comic writer Mark Waid confronts a convention grifter at Orlando's MegaCon.... more
No matter the age, proficiency or professional goals of a comic book fan, there exists a guide or a book to help supplement his or her reading.
Link : http://www.onlinecollegesanduniversities.net/blog/2011/50-best-books-for-the-comic-book-crowd/No matter the age, proficiency or professional goals of a comic book fan, there exists... more
She will be the perfect choice for this role. Very, very cool.
http://hollywoodhiccups.com/2011/03/27/confirmed-amy-adams-to-play-lois-lane-superman/She will be the perfect choice for this role. Very, very cool.... more
So, we got our first photo of Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman... It's certainly shiny, but how does it compare with the catalog of Wonder Woman's many looks?So, we got our first photo of Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman... It's certainly... more
( Now, I personally think the real fun in the analysis of Super Powers is NOT in figuring out what they COULD NOT DO and defining LIMITS,.....but in what laws they would have to bend to do "it" at all ! )
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[ In some cases, though, even the implausible makes a sort of sense.
Kakalios noted that Superman’s ability to leap tall buildings would, of course, require unhuman amounts of strength in his legs, something explained by the story that Superman grew up on Krypton, a planet with a stronger force of gravity than Earth.
“We calculated that Krypton would have to have been 15 times denser or 15 times bigger than Earth to create that amount of strength,” Kakalios said. “But when we created computer models at the university, we found that with a planet like that, it would be hard to keep it from exploding.
“Of course, that’s exactly what Krypton did.” ]
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" MONSTROUS OBSESSION " ;
SMU dean shares meaning of GODZILLA with giant beasts biggest fans
The amphibian beast hails from the East, big and green and mostly mean. King of the Monsters, they call him - which is to say that Godzilla is the Elvis of monsters, a hunka-hunka-burnin'-breath who has left countless cities and towns all shook up in his cinematic wake.
Revered and feared, defender and destroyer, he's just a big lug who is misunderstood. For 56 years, this icon of pop culture and Japanese film has conquered imaginations and similarly costumed foes, creating perhaps the world's most prolific movie franchise.
Along his torn-up trail, the menacing brute also has created some major Godzilla geeks. One of them is William Tsutsui, the recently appointed dean of SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, whose obsession with Godzilla goes beyond campy special effects.
As he was growing up, his childhood fascination gave way to scholarly interpretation - and Tsutsui came to see the globally recognized monster as cultural ambassador, the therapeutic creation of a postwar Japan.
"I realized there was something more there than just a guy in a rubber suit," said Tsutsui, 47.
Wait - here he comes again, bursting through hillsides, shattering bridges and tearing through power lines, and now hundreds of villagers are fleeing in terror ...
Elvis has crushed the building.
Earlier this month, Tsutsui addressed Godzilla's place in Japanese culture for about 130 people at SMU's Dallas Hall, where his passion and admiration for the big fella was evident in his lecture, sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth.
"It's really cool," said Lauren Sethney, the group's program director. "He's a top-notch academic, and he's really into Godzilla."
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16 Creative Motorcycle Helmet Designs
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Good-girl art & go-go action! On March 9, 2011, Moonstone Books releases Honey West #3, the first part of the trilogy story "Murder On Mars" by writer Elaine Lee and artist Ronn Sutton.
http://janethetherington.blogspot.com/2011/03/honey-west-3-with-ronn-sutton-art-hits.htmlGood-girl art & go-go action! On March 9, 2011, Moonstone Books releases Honey... more
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The end result of All-Star Superman may not be everything that fans of Morrison’s epic work would like, but it is a quality addition to the DC Animated vault and provides an excellent stand alone Superman story for casual and hopefully diehard fans.The end result of All-Star Superman may not be everything that fans of... more