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:
Green Lantern No More!All good things have to come to an end. This week Geoff Johns announced that he would be leaving Green Lantern in May with Issue #20 being his last. Johns says “I’m really proud of all the stuff we’ve built with Green Lantern, from Larfleeze to the different corps. The universe has expanded and will live well past my run. It was more than just telling another story, but really giving back to the character by expanding and adding to their mythology”. Then came the news it’s not just him leaving. Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Red Lanterns are all getting completely new creative teams. The rumored new writers are supposedly Joshua Hale Fiakvov, Robert Vendetti, Justin Jordan and Keith Giffen. Quite a blow for me personally and I wouldn’t want to be the one to follow Johns on Green Lantern.
X-Men: Days of Future Past NewsA lot of info was revealed this week for this movie sequel to X-Men: First Class. First, actor Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) was cast as the main villain of the movie. Rumors are being batted around as to what character he will be playing but for the time being that’s all they are, just rumors. Second, the actual mutant cast hasn’t been finalized yet. Director Bryan Singer states “I don’t know. We’ll see. You know … we’ll see… sometimes you don’t want to say “yes” or “no” to something that may not be a “yes” or a “no,” or anything. I haven’t decided yet, a few things. I’m still, you know… there are certain aspects of the script that I’m still toying with.” Please include Nightcrawler! Perfect opportunity what with his mother and father both being in the movie. Finally, Hugh Jackman’s role as Wolverine is being described as not just a mere cameo but a substantial part of the movie. Great news as I love Jackman as Wolverine and him and Kitty play an important part in the original comic book storyline that this movie is based on.
The 1% VS The 99%
DC announced two of the titles that will fill the vacant New 52 spots created due to the cancellation of several series last week. The first one is entitled The Movement and is coming to us from Gail Simone and Freddie Williams III. The second one is The Green Team by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Ig Guara. Gail Simone says “The Movement is an idea I’ve had for some time. It’s a book about power — who owns it, who uses it, who suffers from its abuse. As we increasingly move to an age where information is currency, you get these situations where a single viral video can cost a previously unassailable corporation billions, or can upset the power balance of entire governments. And because the sources of that information are so dispersed and nameless, it’s nearly impossible to shut it all down.” And from The Green Team’s creative members: “The real question is: Can money buy you anything in the DC universe? Would it make you powerful? Can it make you a hero? Can money make you…Super? If you had unlimited wealth, could you use that to make the lives of people better? Would you help your fellow man? Would you buy powers? You need to read this and find out.” These books and their concepts don’t really interest me in the least and DC will have to announce something special to make me pick these up. Also, couldn’t this idea take place in one book instead of taking up two valuable slots?
Other DC News
Three other noteworthy items come to us from DC this week. Firstly, DC Comics has begun to warn retailers to expect a massive media blitz when Batman Incorporated #8 hits store shelves. With each passing day, things look grimmer and grimmer for Damian Wayne escaping that issue alive. Secondly, as of Worlds’ Finest #12 Power Girl will be sporting her classic costume once again. Change her costume all you want, it’s the story that needs improving DC. Lastly, DC Comics had announced a new Superman anthology series akin to Legends of the Dark Knight, entitled The Adventures of Superman. One of the writers for the first issue will be Orson Scott Card and this has enraged many people leading to a petition for his removal from the book. The reason? Orson Scott Card has made it openly known that he is a hardcore anti-gay advocate. DC have released a statement “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.” As long as he doesn’t force his beliefs into the comic, I don’t see what’s the harm as long as he turns in a quality Superman tale.
Casting NewsTwo bits of casting news. First of all, hot off the heels of being picked up for a second season, CW’s hit new show Arrow announced that the character of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) would become a series regular next season. Awesome news as I absolutely love her character! Secondly, actor Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian) has tested for the part of Drax the Destroyer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Conflicting reports are abound of whether he was offered the part and is now in negotiations or simply just read for it. More to follow, I’m sure.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
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.
Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Other Blogs you enjoy? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!