#Trending In The World Of Comics: 04/11/13-04/17/13

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). Let’s begin:

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NEWS

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Eisner Award Nominations For DC & MarvelEisner-AwardsThe Eisner Awards nominations were revealed this week and DC managed to only grab three: Best Cover Artist (J.H. Williams III for Batwoman and Yuko Shimizu for The Unwritten) and Best Coloring (Dave Stewart for Batwoman). Better luck next year DC… Marvel, on the other hand, snagged seven: Best Continuing Series (Hawkeye), Best New Series (Hawkeye), Best Publication for Kids 8-12 (Road to Oz), Best Adaptation from Another Medium (Road To Oz), Best Writer (Matt Fraction for Hawkeye and Casanova: Avaritia), Best Penciller/Inker (David Aja for Hawkeye and Chris Samnee for Daredevil), and Best Cover Artist (David Aja for Hawkeye). Hawkeye deserves each and every one of those awards, in my humble opinion!
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The DC Movie Universecharacter_bio_576_supermanWe started off with some news regarding Man of Steel when its director, Zack Snyder, revealed that: “I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.” No Luthor, no Jimmy, no “Kneel before Zod”, and no Kryptonite? Oh well, it still looks great as the third trailer that just came out can attest. Then Warner Bros. Picture’s President Jeff Robinov had this to say about Man of Steel: “I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world. Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world. We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making.” Notice the plural in the word “movies”? Finally, rumors are circulating that actor Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) is being used as the basis for various Flash concept art floating around Warner. Could this signify he is on the fast track to securing this role? Is this for Justice League? Or perhaps…a solo Flash movie? More on this is sure to follow in the weeks to come!________________________________________________________

DC News
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The main villain of the previously announced new video game, Batman: Arkham Origins, was confirmed as being non other the Black Mask. The creative director, Eric Holmes, had this to say: “We realize that Black Mask is not necessarily as prominent in people’s  minds as some other classic Batman villains, so we realize we also need  to do work to explain why he’s really cool and make him felt in the  game. It’s not something people  bring a lot of baggage to when you see the Black Mask, so we have to do the work to make him scary. His thing is torture. That is what gets his rocks off. And he’s really good at it.” They also revealed that it would be taking place during Batman’s second year on the job around Christmas time. October can’t come soon enough!

(#2) Apparently, Warner Bros. Interactive is envisioning their new video game, Injustice Gods Among Us, as merely the start of a new franchise. I played the demo, thought is was great, and from what I’ve seen of the story, it looks to be an epic addition to DC’s video game library. Bring on more, I say!
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Marvel News
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(#1) Marvel revealed their new Epic Collection line of trade paperbacks: “Each super-sized volume in the Epic line presents a heaping helping of Marvel’s greatest heroics in one handy, affordable and self-contained package. What’s more, each Epic Collection TPB is also a piece of a grand puzzle: When all is said and done, the Epic volumes will fit seamlessly next to one another on readers’ bookshelves, presenting a complete and unbroken run of each title! We’re getting out stories that we want to see in print and haven’t necessarily been in print yet (because that would just be repetitive), or long runs that have never been collected together in one volume. And importantly; None of the other lines will be adversely affected by these new volumes! So for example, we won’t get rid of titles like Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle or Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt once those runs are within one of these Epic Collections.” Each Epic Collection is going to run about 450 pages from $35 to $40. I’ll be down for those Amazing Spider-Man ones when they hit!
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Movies/TV News
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 The official runtime of Iron Man 3 was revealed to be 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds. That is 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds of pure awesomeness if what we’ve seen already is any indication.

(#2) Due to Halle Berry‘s pregnancy, Halle herself stated (in regards to X-Men: Days of Future Past): “Storm probably won’t be as badass as she was going to be because we won’t be able to do any fighting or flying or things like that. She’ll be different than we originally planned her to be but I still think she’ll be an integral part of this new X-Men movie.” I’d be alright if they just eliminated her completely considering how large the cast is getting…

(#3) Michael Bay‘s Ninja Turtles movie cast their Splinter. The actor portraying him is none other than Danny Woodburn (Mirror Mirror, Watchmen). Never would have anticipated this casting. Neverless, all that remains is the choice of Shredder. May I suggest: Ian Anthony Dale?

(#4) Joss Whedon spoke about Avengers 2: “We should start shooting I think in February… I didn’t think I was going to do the second but I had an idea for it before I’d figured out the first one. You go into a movie not assuming there’s going to be… I’ve seen plenty of movies that were the first part of the trilogy that never happened and it’s terrible. You don’t save anything for the trip back. Having said that, though, I did sort of know, ‘Well, if they were to come back, I know what’s going to happen… It’s going to be awful.’” In Whedon we trust!

(#5) The Walking Dead’s Merle Dixon will be popping up in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Well…the actor that is. Michael Rooker will be portraying the character of Yondu Udonta. He is a blue-skinned alien mystic who is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant while also being a highly skilled hunter and tracker. I have the feeling this will be a smaller part but you never quite can tell.

(#6) Fantastic Four director Josh Trank announced that principal photography of the reboot will commence June 17th. This year. Yep, I’m not joking. I expect some casting announcements anytime now if this is the case as so far we haven’t heard of anyone actually starring in the movie.

(#7) Rumors are floating around that Marvel is looking at Justin Theroux (Your Highness) for the role of Doctor Strange. I’ve never actually seen him act in anything so I can’t say either way if he’d be a good choice but an interesting fact is that he wrote the screenplay for Iron Man 2.

(#8) When asked if “powers” would ever appear on CW’s Arrow, series producer, Andrew Kreisberg said: “No powers for now but never say never.” Interesting statement. I’m down for some powers but I’d rather not see people flying around on this show. Count Vertigo getting powers next season is a must though.
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Comic Book Cosplay of the Weekfemale cap________________________________________________________male cap________________________________________________________

And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!

16 thoughts on “#Trending In The World Of Comics: 04/11/13-04/17/13

  1. Honestly, I don’t agree with Samnee’s nomination. He’s one of those pencillers (like Jae Lee, Lark, Maleev, Pulido, Rivera, Sorrentino and so on) who have a too essential style.
    They try to make their art as simple as possible, but this way they end up creating something that doesn’t please the eye at all and doesn’t have enough “heart”, in my opinion.
    Michael Allred’s art proves that a penciller can create something simple and eye pleasing at the same time, but an artist like him is one of a kind. All the pencillers I mentioned in this comment can’t stand comparison with Allred.
    The ironic thing is that I don’t appreciate those pencillers from an aesthetic point of view, but I deeply love the comics they worked on. Maleev drew a wonderful run of Daredevil, Lark was involved in the absolute masterpiece called Gotham Central, Pulido worked on the Human Target comic book with Peter Milligan when he still was an awesome writer… their names scream NOSTALGIA to me.
    Even if I’m not very fond of Sorrentino’s style, I admit that he’s doing a great job on Green Arrow. He gave the title a dark atmosphere I absolutely adore.
    Talking about Green Arrow, look at issue # 19, page 3: Oliver admits he probably couldn’t have made the impossible shot that Komodo threw at him. A normal superhero would never say he/she is inferior in comparison to his/her villain: Oliver, on the contrary, admits it, because Lemire loves to deconstruct the superhero mythology (he’s doing it in a more evident way in Animal Man).
    Another detail that proves how deeply Lemire is deconstructing the superhero mythology in Green Arrow: at the end of the 19th issue, Fyff asks Oliver what happened, and he replies “Got beat up by a little girl.” A superhero is supposed to be invincible and to defeat even the most powerful villains, so Oliver admitting that a child defeated him is something delightfully nonconformist and unusual.

    • “Honestly, I don’t agree with Samnee’s nomination”
      Wow! I wasn’t expecting that. I thought for sure you’d like his retro vibe. I can;t get enough of the work he is doing on Daredevil. We’ll have to agree to disagree in regards to him. 🙂

      In regards to Green Arrow…so far I feel that it is trying to channel what works on Hawkeye. That self-deprecation humor is found on that book though this one tends to play it a lot more serious than Marvel’s archer. Both are great in their own regards though.

  2. P.S.: Third deconstructing detail: A superhero never escapes flat out, and never gives up. Oliver, on the contrary, decided to wave goodbye to Komodo when he realized he had been encircled. And he ended up in a dump! Can you imagine any other superhero in a situation like that? AWESOME!!!

      • Talking about Ann Nocenti, I’m quite disappointed with my LCS, because they lost my copy of Katana # 3. Or maybe they never received it, because it got lost in the way from U.S. to Italy: this is a more probable hypothesis. The man who runs my LCS changed his supplier because of all the comics he never received last year, but it looks like this problem is going on even with the new supplier.
        Also, last week I read the second TP of Animal Man, and I found it was incredibly beautiful. Each issue was very well written and had a wonderful atmosphere. The issue I appreciated most was the one in which Constantine made a cameo appearance – and it was such a great cameo.
        Constantine is a so interesting character that, no matter if you build a solo series around him or give him only a cameo role, he will always be the character who impresses the reader most.
        For example, when he appeared in Animal Man, all the other characters instantly became wallflowers. I call this “Marlon Brando effect”, because, when Brando was on the scene, you really couldn’t pay attention to the other actors: all you could notice was him and his extraordinary talent. Thank you for your replies! : )

        • “Constantine is a so interesting character that, no matter if you build a solo series around him or give him only a cameo role, he will always be the character who impresses the reader most.”
          Completely agree with you. I have to admit that I never read a comic with him before the New 52 but ever since I picked up Justice League Dark I’ve been a fan. He was a welcome addition to Animal Man as well. I picked up his solo series but so far it hasn’t lived up to the greatness of these two prior series… Hopefully when they cast him for the JLD movie they’ll find a capable actor that can do him justice on the big screen.

          Sorry to hear about your Katana problems as I know how much you’re enjoying that series. Crossing my fingers that it gets resolved for you.

          • “I picked up his solo series but so far it hasn’t lived up to the greatness of these two prior series” You’re not the first blogger complaining about how disappointing Constantine is so far. I think that people are not happy with it because they thought “A character like Constantine, written by a rising star like Jeff Lemire… how could this title be less than spectacular?” When the expectations are so high, the comic book usually ends up being panned.
            “Crossing my fingers that it gets resolved for you.” Thank you! : )

            • “When the expectations are so high, the comic book usually ends up being panned.”
              I think part of the problem is that it is co-written by Ray Fawkes. Everyone is expecting a Lemire quality story with a Lemire written Constantine and instead where getting a series that I think is more Fawkes involved than Lemire.

              • Maybe Lemire wasn’t even involved in plotting Constantine # 1 and 2, and he simply replied “Yes” when DC asked him “Can we put your name on Constantine’s cover, in order to sell some more copies?”
                It happened something similar with Agatha Christie’s novels: a friend of mine is 100 % sure that some of her novels have not been written by her (because the style is too different), so probably sometimes she agreed to the request of putting her name on a novel that otherwise would have sold much less.
                The odd thing is, everybody knows Poirot, everybody knows miss Marple, but only Agatha Christie’s most devoted fans know her most underrated character, Parker Pyne. She used him for some of her most beautiful short stories ever. But I’m going off the point, so I’d better end my comment. Thank you for your replies! : )

      • P.S.: 2 other comics I read last week are Swamp Thing # 19 and Legends of the Dark Knight # 7.
        Luckily it seems that the new Swamp Thing writer can stand comparison with Snyder. The only detail of Swamp Thing # 19 I can complain about is, too many narration boxes. Each page had at least 5 of them, telling us what Swampy was thinking, so Swampy was the narrator and the leading character at the same time. It was a nice idea, but it made the comic book very tiring to read.
        Legends of the Dark Knight # 7 had a so tortuous plot that I couldn’t understand what was going on. I read it again, I reflected on it for a very long time, but I still couldn’t understand it. Luckily I stopped ordering this series exactly after the 7th issue.

        • So I take it you’re going to stick with Swamp Thing for the time being?

          As for LOTDK #7. I have to say it was better than the previous issue but I do agree that it was hard to understand what was going on. Was she a real ghost? Something else? Joker killed himself? But not? What? I had a tough time with it as well.

          • “So I take it you’re going to stick with Swamp Thing for the time being?” No, I’ll wait for the italian edition. It will be a hardly bearable waiting, though, because Swamp Thing # 19 had a great cliffhanger: Swampy unintentionally covered Metropolis with plants, and this led to the creation of a post – apocalyptic city. I grew up watching Fist of the North Star, so my eyes shine each time I see a post – apocalyptic city. Thank you for your replies! : )

  3. “It’s going to be awful” … makes me excited for Avengers 2 and what Whedon has in store. With Pacific Rim, this is going to be a big year for Charlie Hunnam, I’d be interesting in his take on the Flash. Great as always to read all the news of the week in one spot.

    • Whedon is always one to rip fans’ hearts out of their chests by killing a beloved character. Is someone going to be pushing up daisies when all is said and done? As for Charlie Hunnam…I’ve never seen him before in anything but any talk of the Flash and movies has me happy!

      “Great as always to read all the news of the week in one spot.”
      I’m glad you like it! 🙂

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