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After the strong forward momentum of the past few episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had to have one that took a different turn. It was weird watching this episode and it’s just as weird writing about it. In the episode promos for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it was being treated as their plane being haunted, and there’s a haunting of sorts alright, just not of what you might think. The story involves a lady named Hannah, she’s been accused of events in the town she didn’t do. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have to help her and it all gets strange from there. Let’s put this episode simply, half the episode I liked, and half the episode I could probably do without and it all involves the main plotline. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did a solid job for a few weeks, while not a complete clunker of an episode, this still could have been a whole lot better.In this one though, Melinda May lives up to her nickname as she is “The Cavalry”.
Ultimate Banshee sounds like the best kind of fierce critter—the kind that could rip out your throat and yell down what’s left of your vocal cords that you need to be a better human being.
This is a pretty accurate summary of what happens over the course of Cataclysm: Ultimates #1.
This is Cataclysm Chronicles IV. Behold my thoughts on the entirety Cataclysm; the Ultimate Universe crossover the may or may not mean Galactus eating the Ultimate Universe whole. I sure do hope he did his pre-dinner calisthenics.
Back in October at New York Comic Con, the announcement of Marvel Universe Live! was announced. Since then, more and more things have leaked out about what we can expect and now Marvel has shared some of the ladies that will appear in the live show.
Welcome to Cataclysm Chronicles III. Galactus’ target today is Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1.
Because every good disaster movie starts with a group of seemingly unconnected teenagers whining about how nobody understands them.
Set between the events of the Spider-Team (consisting of Spider-Man, Bombshell, Spider-Woman, Cloak, and Dagger) taking down Roxxon and the arrival of Galactus on Earth, Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 deals with each of these characters and each of their consequences from that situation.
Just over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. In the decades since, Kennedy and his era have been mythologized as Camelot come again, and reimagined by nearly ever facet of pop culture. Stephen King’s best book in years, 11/22/63, was a time travel thriller dealing with the assassination. Loopy comedy Zoolander repositioned the infamous ‘grassy knoll’ shooters as a pair of male models. Even televised sci-fi thriller Quantum Leap took a trip back to Dallas in one of its best episodes. Now, in the build-up to mutant time-travel adventure X-Men: Days of Future Past, superhero films are wading into the fray. Days of Future Past has been building a deep history with its marketing campaign, and their recent short video positing Magneto as the man who altered the trajectory of the ‘magic bullet’ and killed Kennedy is another interesting step for the world. And, hey, it makes more sense than most of the actual conspiracy theories about the event.
I’ve met the guy that wrote this issue. Because that’s not awkward at all.
In other words…
“Hi, my name is Namor, the Sub-Mariner. I appreciate my Subway submarine sandwiches with as much sea-faring salt and seasoning as possible. Alliteration is my jam. Strawberry. I am also notably manlier than you. I mean… just look at how many muscles I have. I collect them. They are my prized possession(s). My *ahem* uniform is getting a little snug these days. Does not allow enough room to breathe. This is in no way fit for a king. The king deserves bigger. Always. Bigger.”
Spider-Man films have made Sony’s coffers full over time, but what do you do when you can’t make a Spider-Man film every year? If you’re Sony, you look into the possibilities of making spin-off films for your Spider-Man franchise. As Sony has to make sure some kind of Spider-Man movie is in development, it’s also the perfect way to keep the franchise in their hands.
Following up his run co-writing Avengers Assemble with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Warren Ellis is due to start up a new Moon Knight ongoing for Marvel Comics. Along with artist Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire, Ellis will return Moon Knight back to his roots in New York City.
Margaret “Maggie” Thompson is an important woman the world of comics. Thompson is not only a fan of comics, but helped edited the Comics Buyer’s Guide, a monthly comic book industry news magazine for thirty years with her husband Don. It connected comic fans, distributors, writers and artists all across the county.
So you can imagine when Thompson collects comics she knows what she is doing. As matter of fact, she is just about to show the world how you can make a real retirement program, not just through a boring 401K, but through comic collecting. And the returns might just be staggering.
When the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was first announced, most people were surprised that Marvel was going to attempt to bring such an eclectic and unknown (to “mainstream audiences”) cast of characters to the big screen. After all, two of the major team members are a talking raccoon and tree. Once the actors that would be populating the cast started cropping up - Glenn Close, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Bradley Cooper, and Zoe Saldana – people were even more surprised. Most of the aforementioned names are not ones you’d expect to see in a typical high-action sci-fi movie, let alone a Marvel Movieverse movie.
But as Zoe Saldana said in a recent interview, Guardians of the Galaxy won’t be what people are expecting. And that’s a good thing.
ComiXology just announced the option to give gift cards, and just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Before this users could buy comics using iTunes gift cards or credit cards, but now they can give or receive gift cards specifically tailored to ComiXology in amounts arranging from $10-$500. This is perfect because I know personally I’m hard to shop for because of my taste in expensive comics. With the gift card option I can read those specific stories, while costing family and friends hardly anything at all. Everyone is happy.
The following will probably be rife with spoilers. Glorious, glorious spoilers.
But as it has already been out for a week, you should have read it already, right? I mean. It’sGalactus. What are you really expecting here? A nice, delicate, Lifetime movie-of-the-week adapted from some second-rate bonnet fiction?
Woah, how wrong you are. This is Cataclysm Chronicles II. Today, I will be taking to task Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, and company.
It’s been five days since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) initially devastated the Philippine Islands, leaving behind destruction and an estimated 2,000-2,500 deaths. It’s heartening to see others flocking to supply the Philippines with food and donations, even in the comic book community: Filipino comic book artists are selling original artworks and prints to help victims of Haiyan.
So, many of you will have already seen Thor: The Dark World by now. Like most Marvel films, Thor: The Dark World was used to advertise for another upcoming Marvel Studios film by using the mid-credits stinger to hint at what’s to come. Unlike most Marvel films, the epilogue that awaited audiences at the end of the new Thorwas profoundly weird. The scene has come under fire from audiences and Thor’s director himself, and has left some fans wondering: What on Earth is going on in that Thor: The Dark World post-credits scene?
Now, it’s going to be impossible to talk about this without some minor Thor: The Dark World spoilers, so… consider yourself warned.
Venom has a half-dozen baby Venoms crawling out of his chest. Even for him, it’s a little excessive. He should probably get it looked at. At least if Venom was Canadian, he could get it checked out for free.
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