The Comic Connection: Issue #21

comicconnection Welcome to the twenty-first edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:


Last week I asked What announcements are you anticipating being made at San Diego Comic-Con 2013? To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…

xmenxpert: For my part, Marvel Now! Wave 2 is the thing I’m most interested in for SDCC. I’m really, REALLY hoping for confirmation of a new Young X-Men series. So many great characters are being totally ignored right now so Jason Aaron can focus on his own characters in WatXM. Of course, I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about other titles I’d like to see. I doubt any will happen, aside from Young X-Men.

@SidekickReviews: Looking forward to Marvel Movie Phase 3 reveal. Plus, Walking Dead Season 4 Trailer!

@paul_bowler: Looking forward to hearing all the great news from SDCC, I expect we will get plenty of exciting news. Really excited about Man of Steel 2 and JLA, those will be great, and will be interesting to see what happens in Marvel Now Phase 2.

@Tom_Badguy: The complete and utter dissolving of the New 52? #AManCanDream

@Ponderiss: New NECA items and the new Harley Quinn comic!


What were your favourite announcements made at San Diego Comic-Con 2013?________________________________________________________

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is over so before we bid a fond farewell to the event I thought it would be a perfect time to look back at the various news and notes that really got us excited. I’ve sorted through the countless articles to whittle it down to my personal Top 5. Without further ado:


X-Men: Days of Future Past unleashed some new info and wowed the onlookers with a panel that not only brought the entire cast onto stage but also showed a pretty epic teaser trailer. But the first barrage of info actually took place before that on the very first day of the Con. Here is what we saw:Sentinel prototype
The first image of the Sentinels. They look like something we’ve never before in the comics and combined with the propaganda posters and Trask logo, this sight whet our collective appetites before the official panel arrived. It was like a trailer before the main event.


I was already excited about the upcoming second season of CW’s Arrow and then came the Con. The end result? I want to skip over the next few months and head directly to October. From the reveal of a new cast member playing Black Canary (WHAT?!) to the confirmation of two new DC super villains debuting (Bronze Tiger and Brother Blood) to the tease of some upcoming storylines, my anticipation levels are definitely high. Add all that with the previously announced addition to the cast of Summer Glau and you have Wednesday’s must see TV show for the Fall.

Nightcrawler is Back

When I did my “Top DC characters I wanted to see revived” edition of the Comic Connection I also thought of a future edition that would cover the Marvel Universe. Who would have been my #1 selection? Nightcrawler! So when the new Marvel series Amazing X-Men was unveiled and Nightcrawler was one of the featured characters on the team I was really happy. Seeing the character grace the pages of an X-Book again is just simply great news. Now if only the character would return in FOX’s X-Men film franchise…

Age of Ultron

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe had quite an outing at the Con with trailers from Thor, Captain America, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Just when we thought the panel was all over, out came Joss Whedon who announced the official title of Avengers 2: Avengers – Age of Ultron. The promise of the robotic menace was quite unexpected and the reassurance that the movie had nothing to do with the comic book mini-series had me relieved as well. With the confirmation of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron how long before we get some concrete info of a possible Vision appearance?


This was my #1 favourite happening at the Con and the way DC revealed it was brilliant. Snyder announced that the sequel to Man of Steel was a go, the lights go out, and then the iconic S-shield logo graces the screens, covered in shadows. The fans are pumped…and then it happens: the shadows give way and reveal a Bat-logo behind the S-shield! The place goes nuts and I’ll admit that I had a similar reaction sitting at home. Batman. Superman. In the same movie! So, so, awesome. 2015 here we come. Welcome to the World’s Finest!


Comic Art Spotlight

Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Shaun McGuan. To check-out more from him, go to his DeviantArt page HERE.

Blog Quote Bubble

In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:

House of Flying Scalpels
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.

Sci-Fi Jubilee
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.

Sidekick Reviews
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.

The Indigo Tribe
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.

Arousing Grammar
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.

The Pure Mood
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.

Comic Book Junkie
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.

X-Men X-Pert
A great blog that covers all things related to the X-Verse.

Bag & Bored
A comic book and entertainment review site run by a team of five. Varied content by a varied group.


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That wraps up the twenty-first edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.

6 thoughts on “The Comic Connection: Issue #21

  1. There’s really only one thing I’m excited about: New Death’s Head II story! There’s going to be a new Marvel UK series, with Death’s Head II! Woot! Motormouth, too, along with a few others I don’t really care about. DH2 and Motormouth are great. So that was what got me psyched.

    I’m also glad that Firestar’s finding a book. I’m sceptical about Amazing X-Men – I’ve hated Aaron’s WatXM – but I do love me some Firestar.

    • Death’s Head II? Is that any relation to the Death’s Head currently in Iron Man? A “descendent”, improved model, or alternate version even? I love that character in Iron Man.

      “I’m also glad that Firestar’s finding a book. I’m sceptical about Amazing X-Men – I’ve hated Aaron’s WatXM – but I do love me some Firestar.”
      I’m on the flipside. Loving Aaron’s run but at least we can see eye-to-eye on Firestar!

      • Death’s Head II was a ’90s Marvel UK character. He was an AIM robot, codenamed Minion, who killed and absorbed the memories of a bunch of people (107, I believe), including the original Death’s Head. Death’s Head’s strong personality created internal conflict that led to DH2 rejecting AIM and developing his own personality. He was really cool. Very ’90s, but still really cool.

  2. Great to see the head of the Sentinel, it looks different from what I expected, going to be fun to see them in action IN Days of Future Past. The news about Superman/Batman was brilliant, as was Age of Ultron being announced as the name of Avengers 2. Exciting to hear about Arrow as well, love that show. Like you, I really like Nightcrawler as well, so I’m really pleased that he will be returning soon!

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