Marvel’s Infinity Poster

Marvel's Infinity

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The line between comic book and movie blurs even further in this epic poster for Marvel’s upcoming Infinity event.

Here’s the waffle that comes with the image:

The biggest comics event of the year kicks off this summer as Marvel presents INFINITY from writer Jonathan Hickman plus artists Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver! Now get for things to get even more epic with this first look at Marko Djurdjevic’s movie poster style variant cover to INFINITY #1!

With the Avengers, Thanos and the Inhumans front and center, Djurdjevic’s masterpiece offers the tip of the iceberg as far as the reach INFINITY will have across the Marvel Universe and out to its furthest reaches!

I am looking forward to Infinity because I have been enjoying the new more cosmic focus for the Marvel Universe. Seriously check out Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova if you haven’t already! I have even been enjoying Hickman’s very dense and heavy Avengers which seems to be leading directly into this. One thing to note about the image however is the distinct lack of Iron Man on there despite him being a player on the cosmic side of Marvel’s output recently.

Interesting….

Thor: The Dark World – First Trailer!

And here it is! The first trailer for Thor: The Dark World!

  • EXPLOSIONS!
  • EPIC GIANT THINGS!
  • BATTLES!
  • MORE EXPLOSIONS!
  • MYTHICAL STUFF!
  • LOKI IN A STYLISH GLASS PRISON!

I am very impressed! Especially at the Marvel logo turning into Thor’s cape!

Awesomeness of the Week!

Re-Read Reviews – An Introduction

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So this is something I have been toying around with for a long time now! After ditching my regular breakdowns of the week’s top comics I have been searching for a way to fill that gap in the site. The result is Re-Read Reviews!

The premise is simple I take a recent comic book storyline/arc, series, event, whatever and give it another read then review it. Simple and devilishly effective! So what I should end up with are a string of posts similar to my popular Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection and DC Comics Classics Reviews but with a focus on more up to date books and arcs.

I will try and keep a steady stream of them coming through but obviously I am waiting on arcs and storylines to wrap up before reviewing them in their entirety. So that means there could come a point were I temporally run out of things to review. If that happens I will delve into my backlog a bit to Re-Read something slightly less current but still decidedly modern.

Anyway I’m going to kick things off with Marvel’s Avengers Vs X-Men!

Re-Read Reviews

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Avengers Vs X-Men (Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker and Jonathan Hickman with John Romita Jr. Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert)

I remember as Avengers Vs X-Men came out finding it a really slow, drawn out event. The whole thing is 13 issues in length if you count the zero issue and it felt that a lot of what was happening was just padding. Filling in space until they could get to the big final issue. So I was a tad apprehensive about sitting down and reading it all again from start to finish in a shorter amount of time. Thankfully I am glad to say Avengers Vs X-Men is better the second time around, read in a more focused format. This is mainly down to the basic but brilliant core of the event. The Avengers and X-Men hitting each other!

Marvel is often criticised with having their heroes fighting each other all the time rather than bad guys but hey hero versus hero fights sell and this is as big as they get. This fight however is slightly different. What starts out as an overblown fighting game in a comic book from slowly gives way to a universe shaking everything on the line type deal. An event with little else to it at the start becomes a “nothing will ever be the same” story and at least in this case the fallout is largely positive.

The other thing that really needs mentioning at this point is that this isn’t your usual one big name writer and artist team. This is a who’s who of Marvel’s biggest writers and artists giving us a who’s who of the Marvel Universe. You would think that with five different writers and three artists inconsistency would be the buzz word for the book but each writer’s work flows into the next’s effortlessly and the art is always amazing that it is great to see everyone on the top of their games.

So sit yourself down with a cup of tea and prepare yourself for the biggest fight in Marvel history.

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Superman at 75: New Man of Steel Trailer and Superman and Me

1787984-action_900_legion_cps_096_097This week sees Superman as a character hit 75 years of being a part of popular culture. 75 years of the red and blue boy scout saving the day, “fighting for truth, justice and the American way,” and being the proto-superhero that all others are derived from in someway. Without Superman you could argue that we wouldn’t have the comic book industry as we know it and as a result all these superheroes filling the big screen on a yearly basis during the summer months. 75 years of history, legacy, action, adventure and its fair share of controversy. Comic books, cartoons, books, audio plays, video games and of course, movies. Superman is an ever-present figure and one we all know yet many completely misunderstand the character and what he stands for. This goes for comic book fans too by the way, they can be some of the worst at misunderstanding Superman.

75 years is a big milestone for the character and a big year for him as a franchise because, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, a big fancy pants new movie is coming out about him. Man of Steel nears release with each day and is set to cap off a banner year for the character celebrating him and taking him into the future. Before we go any further here’s the shiny new trailer for Man of Steel,

 

 

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Awesomeness of the week!

A Marvel heavy week this week because they are on top form at the moment!

UPDATED! Apple banning Saga #12 isn’t about censorship it’s about inconsistency

Saga #12 cover

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS NSFW IMAGERY (YAY FOR NIPPLES!)

UPDATE:

It turns out it is not that dastardly Apple that is behind all these shenanigans but Comixology themselves! DUN DUN DUUNNNN!!!!

David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology writes;

In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due to depictions of gay sex. This is simply not true, and we’d like to clarify.

As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps.  Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today.

We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.

Given this, it should be clear that Apple did not reject Saga #12.

After hearing from Apple this morning, we can say that our interpretation of its policies was mistaken. You’ll be glad to know that Saga #12 will be available on our App Store app soon.

We apologize to Saga creator Brian K. Vaughn and Image Comics for any confusion this may have caused.

Still Apple isn’t totally in the clear here. Their guidelines are what has caused confusion here and caused comixology to preemptively withhold the comic from publication. I imagine someone at Apple noticed all the bad press and questioned Comixology about it, who then replied with a “well we figured you would ban it” response.

Part of me wonders why Comixology didn’t say anything sooner like when this whole thing started…

Hmmm……

Also Apple are still the ones who have banned over 1500 French comics for sexual imagery and many, many more.

ORIGINAL STORY:

So I was happily minding my own business last night. Just browsing the internet, checking my facebook, replying to emails, etc. etc. Then suddenly out of nowhere my Twitter feed erupted in a flurry of anger and ALL CAPS TYPING. It turned out that something was up with the release of Saga #12 due out later on today (1oth April). Apparantly Apple had found something in the comic they weren’t to happy with and swiftly delivered judgement. Banning it from being sold via in app purchases on the Comixology and Image Comics apps for iOS. This came as little surprise to me as I had been talking about this very thing on twitter with Bleeding Cool‘s Rich Johnston in relation to this piece about Apple censoring/banning French comics on  the day before,

Tweeting my twittersApple have refused to allow the sale of specific comics in the past but never anything as current or popular as Saga. Before we go any further I am going to show you the offending images that have caused all this to kick off,

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Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection Reviews

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New X-Men: E is for Extinction (Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely)

Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men is one of my all time favourite runs on any comic. It managed the impossible when I took a chance on the first volume and bought it so many years ago. It then continued to do the impossible as I continued to pick up the trades and explore Grant Morrison’s vision for the X-Men. It was the first time I had encountered his writing and the first time I was blown away by Frank Quitely’s unique and absolutely brillant art. It is a near perfect run in my opinion and like I said, it managed the impossible. But perhaps most importantly the most impossible thing it managed to do was make me care about the X-Men.

Up to reading New X-Men and watching the Bryan Singer movie my feelings towards the X-Men were mixed at best. I loved the cartoon as a kid with its many characters, layers and storylines. I thought the more well known characters where cool (I dare you to find someone who doesn’t think Wolverine is cool) and I knew about the more highly acclaimed arcs and issues. But man trying to get into X-Men comics was like storming an impenetrable fortress with a decaying sea bass as your weapon. Everything references something that happend previously and half of the time the characters were still getting over things that had happend years ago. It was dense reading that was really tough going in the pre-wikipedia days (yes there was a time before your every question was answered by the internet).

Thankfully the prior knowledge requirement for E is for Extinction is at a minimum, instead it relies on paving new ground full of new ideas and a new mission for the X-Men as their challenges grow and change….FINALLY! This is Grant Morrison’s answer to the question of what would happen if Xavier’s dream was on the cusp of happening. To paraphrase a line from Gladiator “There was once Xavier’s dream. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish.”

The stakes couldn’t be higher and Grant Morrison manages to deliver on them on every possible level. It was a treat to revisit were it all started and remind myself why I like this particular run so much. Also it makes Emma Frost one of the central characters for the X-Men franchise and for that I am thankful.

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Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection Reviews

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Avengers: Disassembled (Brian Michael Bendis & David Finch)

Avengers: Disassembled is one of those events that really does change the status quo and shake things up to the point that they can not easily go back to the way things once were. Disassembled is also one of those events that splits the fan base down the middle. On one side, the old guard fighting against the sweeping changes to the Avengers franchise that it introduced. The other, newer readers more open to change due to their lack of knowledge and an eagerness to lap up anything with their favourite characters in it.

I first read Avengers: Disassembled many years after it was originally released. I got on board with the Avengers with New Avengers and House of M so this was all stuff that had happend before my time. Looking at it today I feel as though I went about reading it the right way. I waited until I knew a lot more about the Avengers outside of New Avengers and the Bendis era before reading it. That is because this serves as the end point for the old style Avengers, its classic format and team dynamic. Like any event it is chock full of characters but unlike other Marvel events that cover their whole universe of characters this is focused squarely on the Avengers. Who they are, what they stand for and most importantly what they fail to do.

The worst day in Avengers history opens with an huge explosion and does not let up until the gripping conclusion. Tearing down everything you know about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes wether you like it or not!

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