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:
DC Comics: ChangesDC Comics revealed quite a few changes in regards to their comic book line. First came the cancellations: Fury of the Firestorms, Ravagers, Savage Hawkman, Deathstroke, Sword of Sorcery, and Team 7. I’ve personally only picked up an issue or two of Deathstroke, Firestorm, and Ravagers so I’m not heartbroken over any of these series ending. I’m more excited for their replacements. Man of Steel? JLI? Shazam? Young Justice? A solo Damian Wayne Robin book? Let the speculation begin. Also came the announcement that many books would be getting creator changes: Suicide Squad (they better keep Deadshot and Harley), Supergirl (good news), Superboy (great news), Batwing, and Legion of Super-Heroes. The times they are a changing!
Casting NewsAfter countless actors trying out for the role, Marvel has finally found their Star-Lord in Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Everwood). I’ve never actually seen him in anything so I can’t really offer an opinion one way or the other but I’m sure if he beat out such a lengthy list Marvel must have seen something special in him. Also, Marvel found their leading lady for Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Emily VanCamp (Revenge). Though unconfirmed, many believe she’ll be playing Sharon Carter, a role that she’ll do just fine with if her character in Revenge is any indication. Honestly, I always imagined Yvonne Strzechowski (Chuck) as the perfect Sharon Carter, but alas it is not to be.
Amazing Spider-Man Sequel NewsA lot of info concerning this movie sequel was found out this week. First off was the title: personally I was hoping for Spectacular Spider-Man or Sensational Spider-Man or Web of Spider-Man but the studio decided on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (how original). Secondly came the official plot blurb: “The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field. In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.” No news on if Giamatti is actually playing the Rhino or who Colm Feore is going to be though the leading candidates batted around ranges from J. Jonah Jameson to Norman Osborn himself. Thirdly, speculation is abound after Director Marc Webb posted a cryptic photo of a locker with the #14 on it. The significance? In the Ultimate Spider-Man comic series this was the same locker number where Peter Parker and Eddie Brock found the Venom suit. Interesting…
Marvel Movie NewsThis week, Mark Millar confirmed the presence of Sentinels in the X-Men: Days of Future Past movie: “I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We’ve all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads” and that Kitty Pryde will have an increased role: “Kitty Pride fans will not be disappointed”. In other news, rumors are swirling that part of Marvel’s Phase 3 plan of movies will include adapting the “Planet Hulk” and “World War Hulk” storylines. I take these as just rumors and don’t really expect anything more to come from these.
InfinityMarvel revealed their next big event/crossover entitled “Infinity”. The event is going to written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Jim Cheung and it is going to be kicked-off in their FCBD offering in May. Marvel revealed, and I quote: “The biggest super heroes in comics today – the Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Inhumans, Superior Spider-Man & more! The most dangerous threat in the Marvel Universe – Thanos! The grandest Marvel Comics event of all time – INFINITY! This May for Free Comic Book Day, prepare yourselves for the greatest battle for survival ever waged in the Marvel Universe as Marvel marches towards Infinity! In this all-new story by the blockbuster creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung, witness the opening shots of the war that will be heard around the galaxy. Plus, get a sneak peek behind a major Marvel release that hasn’t been announced yet and relive Thanos’ first solo story. With the entire Marvel Universe on the brink of intergalactic war, no fan can miss this year’s Free Comic Book Day!” I’ve made it know that I’m not a fan of cosmic comics but with Hickman and Cheung I may just give it a try.
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House of Flying Scalpels – http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.
Sci-Fi Jubilee – http://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.
The Indigo Tribe – http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.
Arousing Grammar – http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.
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