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. while also highlighting various Comic Book Cosplay (one female and one male). This week marks my slightly tweaked format: the first two sections are my biggest stories of the week, then we have the DC, Marvel, and Movie/TV sections to round things off. Let’s begin:
Carrie Kelley Makes Her DCnU DebutThe big shocker of the week belonged to DC Comics when they revealed that the character of Carrie Kelley (who first appeared in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns) would become a part of the New 52 starting with Batman & Red Robin #19. Writer Peter Tomasi had this to say: “What you’ll find out once you crack the book, is that she’s not exactly the ‘new Robin,’ but I don’t want to spoil the story and her introduction into Bruce Wayne/Batman’s life. In regards to how long she’ll be around, let’s just say that it’s a helluva lot longer than ‘one issue.’ I’ve got plans for Carrie that play well into the future. It’s all in continuity. It’s all part of the Batman universe in the here and now. Carrie Kelley has found her way into The New 52 and she’s here to stay — in what capacity is anybody’s guess — except mine of course.” The issue has henceforth already sold-out. I’d say that was a success, wouldn’t you?
R.I.P. Carmine InfantinoThe legendary Carmine Infantino sadly passed away on April 4th at the age of 87. He’s known for helping create the Barry Allen Flash and his Rogues, Batgirl, Black Canary, Deadman, Animal Man, and countless other memorable characters. He helped usher in the Silver Age of comics at DC and later even became Publisher in 1971 and brought in such talent to DC as Jack Kirby, Denny O’Neil, and Neil Adams. Various members of DC Comics had this to say: “The entire DC Entertainment family is saddened by the loss of Carmine Infantino. His contributions to the comics industry and to DC Comics in particular are immense and impossible to quantify. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans during this difficult time. Carmine was a legend. The number of classic covers he created are innumerable. His influence, reach and impact is humbling and will always live on. There are few people in this world that have had as much of an impact on the industry as Carmine. He bridged both the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, shepherding in some of the most successful periods in our history and setting the course of our characters that is still seen today. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will remain forever.” Truer words were never spoken.
(#1) We learned more about DC’s upcoming event, Trinity War. Apparently it will run in Justice League, Justice League of America, and Justice League Dark over July and August. USA Today revealed the following: “This summer, DC Comics’ signature supergroups enter into a combustible situation when a hero’s death causes sparks to fly — and not in a good way — among the three teams in the crossover event.” Geoff Johns added: “The central mystery, conflicts between the teams and assorted plot points of “Trinity War” are all part of one big impending danger that is approaching the DC Universe. It’s not going to end wrapped up in a bow. Something really, really major happens that kicks off some pretty crazy stuff at the end of August.”
(#2) A new DC Comics trade catalogue was released to retailers and in it came the confirmation of the long rumored “Villains Month” in September. It read: “DC New 52 Villains Omnibus – In September 2013, evil took over, as every title in the DC Universe published special new #1s featuring the villains of the DC Universe, collected here in a massive hardcover edition. A giant-size, hardcover omnibus collection of the special “villains issues” published line-wide in September 2013, spotlighting the greatest villains of the DCU.” We also learned that 56 issues will be featured in the collection which begs the question: After July the New 52 will only consist of 49 comics. What 7 new series will be joining them?
(#3) Warner Brothers revealed the next installment of the Batman Arkham video game franchise entitled Batman: Arkham Origins coming out for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC with a release date of October 25, 2013. The game will take place with a younger, less experienced Batman who will do battle with many of his classic villains for the first time. The main plot is centered around Black Mask putting a bounty on the Dark Knight’s head with eight assassins answering the call including Deathstroke. They also announced a partner title called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for the PS Vita and 3DS that will come out the same day and be set after the events of its big brother title. I absolutely loved the first two entries in this series and from the information I’ve read on IGN it seems like it could possibly top those two. Fingers crossed!_______________________________________________________
(#1) In July, Avenging Spider-Man will be renamed to Superior Spider-Man Team-Up. Looks like Peter ain’t returning anytime soon.
(#1) The first official press release for Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released: “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier returns Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson ( The Avengers, Iron Man 2) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Iron Man 2) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel’s The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The First Avenger, Black Swan) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (The Ring 2, Revenge) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (The Avengers, Thor) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.” Wow, what a cast. Hopefully there’s enough screen time for everyone involved…
(#2) Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show got an official title, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. They got an official statement: “Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization SHIELD. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered SHIELD agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.” Finally, they got a new cast member in former Angel actor J. August Richards who will be playing a “TOP SECRET” character. Whether this role is for the pilot or afterwards is unclear at the moment. I can hardly wait for this to hit the airwaves!
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