Wizard World Philly & Heroes Con Coverage: Day 2

June 17, 2007

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Before anything else, HAYDEN PANETTIERE was tonight’s guest of honor in Philly tonight. And you know, that’s really all the reason I need to post the pic above. But here’s the one thing she said about HEROES that’s got everyone talking:

“If the first season was ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations,”she said, “the second is extraordinary people trying to be ordinary again.”

Now…

So… much… comics news for you. I’m not sure any of the anouncements match yesterday’s, but there was certainy a good deal more of it. Enoy more opinionizing from yours truly…

Messiah Complex: Now this one has me excited. Like many children of the 80’s, I’ve longed for a return to the X-Men’s modern era glory days. I’m a huge fan of the Mutant Massacre-Inferno era, all the way to Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld’s rise to prominence on the titles. Its only recently though, that the books have become readable again. Whedon, Brubaker, Carey, and David have all been writing great stories.

Still, no one can question that The X-books, for the first time in decades, are no longer the anchor of the Marvel U. Will this crossover help them get some of the mojo back? Too early to say, and details are scarce, but one teaser released give us hope…

Apparently, this new crossover will focus heavily on Scott Summers, Cyclops. Good call. The best stories in X-Men history revolve around the Summers family. One reason the movies never took me was their constant fixation on Wolverine. Logan’s a fine character, and no question a fan favorite (though many current readers feel the clawed Canuck is more than overexposed), but he doesn’t really work as the central core of the X-books. Cyclops does, and it looks this crossover aims to make that clear. He’s one of the most complex leader figures in comics, and he’s been neglected too long. Good call Marvel.

Dwayne McDuffie takes over Justice League of America: And here I had hoped by some miracle that Meltzer would stay on. This has become one of my favorite books, and The Lightning Saga crossover with Justice Society is probably the best storyline in comics right now. Brad just has a way of capturing personalities and tapping into nostalgia, which is where DC’s characters shine brightest. McDuffie’s FF has benn just okay for me (not bad, though), but his work on the instant classic JUSTICE LEAGUE animated series gives him plenty of cred coming in. I’ll give this a shot, but I’ll sure as hell miss the old guy.

Peter David takes over She-Hulk: It looks like there might be a little switcheroo going on here, with David heading over at SHE-HULK while exiting writer Dan Slott moves over to the Spidey-books (or at least, that’s the popular rumor). At any rate, David’s a great choice. His current work on X-Factor is top-notch. Look for the tone shift to fall right where that book is these days– witty, but not straight-up comedy. I think that will be a good move for the book, sales-wise.

Bendis on Ultimate Origin: Is this what the Marvel guys were talking about earlier this year as the big ‘Ultimate Event’? Hmm. I’m intrigued, it seems like a way to explain the whole Ultimate U in a Heroes/4400 vein, with conspiracies and secrets abounding. I have to say though, I’d really rather see a new Ultimate ongoing or two this year… maybe Daredevil or Hulk?

J. Torres on Wonder Girl and Black Canary Wedding Planner: First up, Cassie (Wonder Girl) needs a new costume, Mr. Torres. Jeans do NOT look good on comic book pages. Help us out with that, would ya? As for Black Canary (and fiancee’ Green Arrow), I really think this marriage idea is a good one– it makes sense for both characters, and I doubt writers will be trying to get out of it in 10 years. Still… is that cover insinuating that Superman is the stripper at her bachelorette party? Ummm…

Other tid-bits: Hulk will fight Juggernaut sometime soon in World War Hulk– what an entertaining and fun story that’s turned out to be! … One of my favorite artists of all time, Walt Simonson will draw Superman #666, which finds Supes in Hell, fittingly– can’t wait for that… Christos Gage will return to the world of House of M for a mini-series focusing on Luke Cage’s Avengers. Its an interesting alternate reality to explore, but those things are hard to go back to… They’re waiting til they have a few issues of ALL-STAR BATGIRL in the can before they release, which is a very good call. Now, how about getting Jeff Smith to keep doing Captain Marvel by adding ALL-STAR SHAZAM?

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Thursday Evening Round-Up: The Veronica Takes Precedence Edition

June 8, 2007

Yeah, yeah, I know… there are a big number of readers here who have probably never even seen an episode of VERONICA MARS, and you’re all wondering when the regular blog posts start back up. I mean, wasn’t there some 80’s toy line that got optioned into a script today?

Seriously though, here’s all the news you probably already got somewhere else by now:

Oh, the new TRANSFORMERS theme song is sweet.

Sean Connery will NOT be appearing in Indy 4. Bummer.

The Speed Racer site is up and running!

Judd Apatow is being sued by someone who claims he stole the story for KNOCKED UP. We ain’t buying it. For a second.

CBR continues their weekly coverage of the big X-events.

Neil Gaiman is giving us a bit more DEATH confirmation. Puts a smile on the face.

AND… Chud’s got some interview snippets with Mr. Gaiman on the subject.

Enjoy 5 beautiful pages (plus cover) from Alan Burnett’s debut on SUPERMAN/BATMAN.

Continuing with all things Gaiman, three STARDUST TV spots are up over at the movie site. Click ‘Video’.

Shadowpact artist Tom Derenick is now DC exclusive.

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are re-teaming on IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE EMERALD CITY. Sounds interesting.

The Broken Lizard team (SUPER TROOPERS, BEERFEST) have a new pic in production: TAILDRAGGERS.

MySpace Comic Books has an exclusive first look at Devil’s Due’s DRAFTED.

This one will get people talking: WB is adpating Orson Scott Card’s EMPIRE.

Newsarama’s got some clips with FF2 writer Don Payne.

Assassin’s Creed, for PS3, XBox 360, and PC, hits this November. Looks very, very good.

Is my favorite comic book company from when I was a kid, coming back? Valiant apparently returns, but sans MAGNUS, TUROK, and SOLAR. Not sure how to feel.

Whew… I think I’m caught up now. Maybe.


Friday Afternoon Round-Up: Hulk Squeeze edition

June 1, 2007

CBR has a preview of WORLD WAR HULK: X-MEN, in stores June 27th.

DANIA RAMIREZ (X-MEN, SOPRANOS) is joining the cast of HEROES as Maya– no word on her powers yet, though!

TV Squad’s got more details, via conference call, on the end of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.

We’ve all got one less day to wait ’til TRANSFORMERS.

Stan Winston is doing the special effects for THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

Newsarama has another weekly interview with editor Mike Marts about COUNTDOWN.

They’ve also got an interview with FLASH writer Marc Guggenheim. Sadly, his other book, BLADE (which we dug) has just been cancelled.

Legend in Japanese horror legend HIDEO NAKATA (RINGU, DARK WATER) will direct INHUMAN, based loosely on a true story.

Its not all repeats: Sci-Fi has new episodes of STARGATE SG-1, STARGATE ATLANTIS, and PAINKILLER JANE tonight, starting at 8pm EST.

The Beat has a look at Marvel’s April sales figures.


Thursday Night Round-Up: What the hell is an Aluminum Falcon? Edition

June 1, 2007

SWEET new site for the ROBOT CHICKEN STAR WARS SPECIAL, airing June 17th on Adult Swim. Funny new Lucas and Boba Fett clips.

CBR has a new weekly feature on the upcoming X-event, ENDANGERED SPECIES, and they kick it off by interviewing editor Axel Alonso.

IGN has all the details on the upcoming 300 DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray editions.

Zooey Deschanel, who we loved in HITCHHIKER’s GUIDE, will star with Mark Wahlberg in M. KNIGHT SHYMALAN’S THE HAPPENING.

Newsarama has an interview with Dan Didio re: COUNTDOWN #48 and more.

Following up on yesterday’s letdowns post, TV Squad has their list of LOST Season 3 highlights.

Yahoo! has the trailer for Ben Stiller and The Farelly Brother’s remake of THE HEARTBREAK KID.

There’s a new episode of WORD BALLOON up on Newsarama, this time with Geoff Johns of ACTION COMICS and JUSTICE SOCIETY fame.

Lost Remote’s got an Anchorman/300 mash-up that’s good for a laugh (via Pop Candy).