#Trending In The World Of Comics: 11/15/12-11/22/12

Welcome to the first edition of #Trending! In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, tv shows, video games, etc. I’ll also give a shout-out to some favourite comic blog entries and have a social media section involving Twitter. Let’s begin:

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NEWS

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Agent Coulson Action Figure

Hot Toys unveiled the Agent Coulson figure this week. Just take a look at that pic. That is one of the most realistic figures I’ve seen. Wow, just wow. Nice job Hot Toys.
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Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett (Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica) has confirmed he’ll be in The Man of Steel in an unspecified role. Rumours are abound with the leading candidate being Metallo. Regardless he is a great actor that I was pulling to actually star in Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. Maybe we’ll see him in the new Man of Steel trailer that is going to be attached to The Hobbit?
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Harry Osborn

Four actors have tested this week for the role of Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Those four are Sam Claflin, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, and Boyd Holbrook. Only one I’ve actually seen in anything that I can recall is Sam Claflin who was in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White & the Huntsman. I’m just happy that this confirms we’ll be getting Norman Osborn for the sequel. There’s no way they’ll have Harry and not Norman, right? Right?
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Age of Ultron This series was finally announced after being teased all the way back in Avengers #1 with the foundation being laid well before that in Mighty Avengers. It will start in March and run for 10 issues ending in June. Bendis says that ending is impossible to guess. It’s about time.
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Image Parodies Competition
Image Comics parodied Marvel comic’s strategy of their teasers for their Marvel NOW campaign with the following:

Just great and I love that “YUP we went there” line. Not wanting to make DC feel left out they parody DC’s zero month covers:

The series in question is The Uncanny Skullkickers. Congratulations Image, you’ve certainly caught my attention.
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Concept Bane

Images surfaced on the net of concept images for Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Interesting that they tried out the “Luchador Mask” in the beginning before deciding on what they did. I initially didn’t like the look of Bane when his first photo came out for the movie but the look grew on me. How about everyone else? Full on mask or what we got? What do you prefer?
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The Amazing Spider-ManAnd last but not least, the thing everyone is talking about: Amazing Spider-Man #698. Now I’ve restrained myself from reading the spoilers so I can’t weigh in but from the sounds of things people aren’t happy or feel this is a short-term thing that Marvel will fix by the time the new movie comes out (or both). Either way, you’ll get my thoughts on the matter after I read the issue.
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BLOGS

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In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I’ve enjoyed this week:

House of Flying Scalpels http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, great reviews, and a fellow writer at The Artifice.

Sci-Fi Jubileehttp://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.

Sidekick Reviews http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.

Gotham’s Greatesthttp://shayehillcomicbookreviews.wordpress.com/
A fellow blogger that is just starting out. His journey has just begun.

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Twitter

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Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
@Comic_Maven
@thecomicblog
@AUDone44
@Kooliebear
@TweetsoftheBat
@paul_bowler
@Galaxy_Junkyard
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And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Other Blogs you enjoy? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!

19 thoughts on “#Trending In The World Of Comics: 11/15/12-11/22/12

  1. I was thinking about Image just a few hours ago. This morning I read an article about Todd McFarlane’s art book, and I thought “Among the first Image series, Spawn is the only one that really made it. All the others – Youngblood, WildC.A.T.S., Cyberforce and so on – closed or have been published by fits and starts. In fact, WildC.A.T.S. is gone for good, Youngblood counts about 70 issues, Cyberforce has been relaunched innumerous times… and Spawn never ceased to be published, counts more than 200 issues, had his own movie and is one of the most successful comic books ever. A deeply deserved success.
    Also, Todd McFarlane created an economic empire, based not only on Spawn, but also on his incredibly well done action figures. All the other founders made the worst choice of their life leaving major publishers (in fact, some of them retraced their steps); McFarlane, on the contrary, couldn’t have made a better choice.”
    The only thing that saddens me is the fact that he’s been drawing less frequently, since Capullo started drawing Spawn. A man having all that artistic talent has the moral duty to exploit it as much as he can. But I understand that he doesn’t have the time to draw on a regular basis: as I wrote, he runs an economic empire.
    In Daredevil: Born Again, when Kingpin discovers Daredevil’s secret identity, he does everything he can to destroy Matt Murdock both as a superhero and as a man.
    I firmly believe that “The Dark Knight Rises” plot is heavily inspired by Daredevil: Born Again, because Bane does exactly the things I described, point by point. But that movie is great, so who cares?
    Also, the Batman titles usually aren’t focused on Bruce’s company activity at all, so I appreciated that Nolan went through a different path from the comic book, instead of copying it.
    Also, he made the characters deeper and better than they are in the comic book. Bane had never been so smart, for example.

    • “I firmly believe that “The Dark Knight Rises” plot is heavily inspired by Daredevil: Born Again, because Bane does exactly the things I described, point by point.”

      I did not know that. If we can get a Daredevil movie that is half as good as the Batman ones we’ll be golden. At least the rights reverted back to Marvel so we have a chance. I’d really like to see him possibly make an appearance in Avengers 2 so people could get a taste of him and give his eventual solo movie a chance instead of the Affleck movie affecting people’s thoughts in a negative way and causing them to skip it. I would rather have him make said appearance in Spider-Man but unfortunately Sony has him all locked up. That’s the great thing about DC movies, they can use whomever they want. The bad thing about DC? They don’t use whomever they want, only producing Batman and Superman movies.

      “Also, he made the characters deeper and better than they are in the comic book. Bane had never been so smart, for example.”
      Tom Hardy also did a great job in his portrayal.

  2. P.S.: McFarlane had more success than the other Image founders not only because he created a better series, but also because he is very much smarter. Spawn wouldn’t have been so successful, if the idea had come to Rob Liefeld, or even to Jim Lee.
    Another thing that disappoints me about McFarlane is an interview he made years ago. More or less, the cut and thrust was:
    Todd McFarlane: “When I started writing Spawn, I had already in mind every single aspect of his life, from the beginning to the end.”
    Journalist: “So, when will you make it end?”
    Todd McFarlane: “Spawn will live as long as he’s merchandisable.”
    I didn’t like this reply, because essentially he said “I’m making Spawn for the money, not because I love him, or because of my artistic passion.”
    Anyway, I admire him for his artistic talent, for his intelligence and for realizing his dream of making billions of dollars out of his love for comic books.

    • I saw his work on Spider-Man but I’ve never picked up an issue of Spawn. Do you read it at all?

      “I’m making Spawn for the money, not because I love him, or because of my artistic passion.” Wow, you nailed it there.

      • “I saw his work on Spider-Man but I’ve never picked up an issue of Spawn. Do you read it at all?” I own every single issue of Spawn (it’s one of the very few comics I read in the italian version), and I think I’ll buy it as long as I live, but I stopped reading it a long time ago. The plot had become too complicated, and, most of all, Al Simmons gave up Spawn’s cowl. But I do suggest you to read it, and to read it from the start. It’s been great for a long, long time. Thank you for your replies! : )

        • “I’ll buy it as long as I live, but I stopped reading it a long time ago.”
          That’s a sign of a true completionist.

          I’ll have to check it out sometime. I’m sure you must of seen the live action movie as well. How does it compare to the comics?

          • Exactly like the Punisher movies, the hatred surrounding Spawn movie definitely is overblown: of course the comic book is much, much better, but I liked that movie.
            I know I wrote “movie” 3 times in one single sentence, but there isn’t an english synonym for that word. This is one of the main differences between our languages: in italian, you can call the same thing in 20 different ways (for example, you can call a movie “film”, “lungometraggio” and “pellicola”), while in english you don’t have all that choice. But I’m going off the point, so I’d better stop myself. Thank you for your compliments and replies! : )

            • Thanks. I’ll have to check it out sometime.

              “in italian, you can call the same thing in 20 different ways (for example, you can call a movie “film”, “lungometraggio” and “pellicola”), while in english you don’t have all that choice.”
              Wow. Sounds like Italian would be a hard language to learn…

              • Yeah. And not only because of the synonyms problem, but also because of the much more complex verbal system. For example, the past simple of the verb to do in english is:

                I did
                you did
                he did
                we did
                you did
                they did

                In italian it’s:

                io feci
                tu facesti
                egli fece
                noi facemmo
                voi faceste
                essi fecero

                As you can see, there is a different verbal form for each subject. And this counts for all the verbs, not only for “to do”.

      • P.S.: I don’t think Daredevil will appear in Avengers 2. Even in the comics, it is rather infrequent to see him interacting with other Marvel superheroes: he’s always been a lone wolf, as you can see from the fact that, even when Marvel makes a crossover involving the 90 % of their series, Matt is ALWAYS left apart. But I hate crossovers, especially when they involve a large number of titles, so I’m not disappointed.

  3. Almost two years late, but just saw this. Thanks so much. Been on a bit of a break from comics, so am enjoying catching up and look forward to start blogging again! 🙂

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