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:
R.I.P. Wolverine?It seems that Marvel has a new target for their current obsession of killing characters and bringing them to back to life a year or so later. That’s right, first they took out Spider-Man and now they’re moving onto the mutant that appears in more books than is physically possible: Wolverine. He is looking to meet his maker in 2014 if plans continue the way they are going and the upcoming Age of Ultron arc is supposedly going to significantly alter him to the point that dying will actually be a possibility for him. Is there anyone left at Marvel that hasn’t died at least once?
New Green Lantern Creative TeamsLast week on #Trending I mentioned that all the Green Lantern related books were going to be getting new creative teams. Well this week we found out the identities of said teams. The major news is that replacing Geoff Johns on Green Lantern will be Robert Venditti with Billy Tan on art. I have no clue who this is and am surprised that he will be handling the main title of the franchise. As for the rest: Green Lantern Corps nabs Joshua Hale Fialkov and Bernard Chang, Green Lantern: The New Guardians gets Justin Jordan and Brad Walker, and finally Red Lanterns stars Joshua Hale Fialkov and Alessandro Vitti. As if that wasn’t enough, DC then proceeded to announce that everybody’s favourite Orange Lantern Larfleeze would be getting his very own solo series. The creative team for that one is the same as his back-up currently running in Threshold, Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins. Yay! Beyond excited for that piece of news. As for the rest? I’m taking a wait-and-see approach.
Superman/BatmanDC announced the long rumored Superman/Batman comic that was originally going to be handled by Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch before it all fell apart. Now the creative team will be Greg Pak and Jae Lee. I can honestly say I’ve never read a comic written by Greg Pak, though I have heard of him, and can’t really say either way if this is a bad thing or a good thing. As for Jae Lee, I have little experience with him. Some of his art, particularly his covers, is beautiful but the interiors I’ve seen from him didn’t impress me much though this was years ago. In regards to what the book is about: “”We’ve been given the incredible opportunity to show these two icons meeting for the first time at this very early and raw stage in their careers. Neither one of them has ever heard of the other guy….What would your reaction be if you saw a guy running around in a bat costume in the dead of night attacking people for the first time? And what would your reaction be if you met an alien who could crush steel in his bare hands for the first time? These guys are going to have very different immediate impressions of each other than we’re used to seeing with these characters…There’s an element of danger to the book that I think is very real and very exciting.” I’ll probably checkout the first issue and see from there…
Get Rob Liefeld To Work For YouArtist Rob Liefeld currently has a contest running on his site (http://robliefeldcreations.com/?p=3314) where he’ll select three winners. The prize? Rob will draw a 5-6 page story written by each winning selection. The only catch is that the story can only contain his EXTREME CHARACTERS. The winning entries will then be published in an upcoming issue of Bloodstrike or Youngblood. Cool idea indeed.
Meet April O’NeilAnd finally, in a shocking turn of events Michael Bay has cast actress Megan Fox as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O’Neil. It’s surprising especially since the bad blood that formed between her and Michael led to her being replaced in the third Transformers movie. Guess they made up. She beat out beat Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), and Elizabeth Olsen for the role. Personally I was rooting for Jane Levy but alas it was not to be. All I can say is hopefully they fixed that god awful script for TMNT that was leaked last year. (Shudders) If you haven’t read it…trust me it was bad. So bad. Very, very, bad.
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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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And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Other Blogs you enjoy? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!