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First Look: Mike Allred's Variant Cover For 'FF' #4 - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

First Look: Mike Allred's Variant Cover For 'FF' #4 - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews | Comic Books |

Earlier in the week, ComicsAlliance announced that Marvel has provided us with an early look at the variant covers for issues 2-5 of the new 'FF' series from Matt Fraction and Mike Allred, launching in November as part of the publisher's Marvel NOW initiative. Each cover, drawn by Allred, showcases one of the new members of the FF. When put together, they form one image of the entire team. Monday we showed you the Ant-Man cover, and yesterday the spotlight was on Medusa. Today's variant, for issue #4, features a brand new character created by Fraction and Allred for the series: Miss Thing!

Unlike her teammates, Miss Thing is very new to the superhero world. Each member of the Fantastic Four was tasked with picking someone to join the FF before they leave on a year-long trip, and Miss Thing was the Human Torch's choice. As Fraction put it in a recent interview with USA Today, "Johnny spaces it because he's Johnny," so he chooses the "Lohan-esque celebutante blonde" he just happens to be with the night before he and his teammates leave. "She's the regular person, she's the human, she's the overwhelmed 'Whaaa?' of it all," says Fraction.

Come back tomorrow for a look the variant to issue #5, featuring the final member of the team, and to take a look at the full image of all four covers together.


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Thor 2 Gets Another Villain, Plus More Kat Dennings To Enchant Us

Thor 2 Gets Another Villain, Plus More Kat Dennings To Enchant Us | Comic Books |

Back in 2009 Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje said he had been talking with Marvel about taking up the role of Black Panther in a movie. It never happened, and now, I think it’s less likely than ever, because while the studio have given him a role in one of their pictures, it’s certainly not that one.

Instead, Akinnuoye-Agbaje has won a leading, villainous role in Thor: The Dark World.

Variety say he will be:

playing the dual roles of Algrim the Strong and Kurse

Which you might argue misunderstands the relationship between Algrim and Kurse. Would we call Annakin Skywalker and Darth Vader dual roles?

Now, does the inclusion of Kurse in the new Thor mean we can expect to see The Beyonder, the comics’ very cosmic gestalt entity that transitioned the wounded Algrim to this other, incredibly powerful state?

I guess the question is, how absolutely far-out will the next wave of Marvel movies actually be going, I wonder?

We’ll get some grounding, anyhow, from more Darcy Lewis.

Kat Dennings is returning to take up that role again and this time, say Deadline, her part has been expanded from “comic relief sidekick.”

Or… just maybe we won’t be getting as much Darcy as we will Kat. Perhaps there’s a chance that we’ll see Dennings providing a human look for The Enchantress.

Just… call it a hunch. And an irony, because it was initially rumoured that Dennings might be playing The Enchantress before her role was revealed the last time around.

Shooting on Thor: The Dark World gets underway next month for a November 2013 release

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Sergio Toppi Passes, Aged 79

Sergio Toppi Passes, Aged 79 | Comic Books |

Sergio Toppi passed away yesterday.

One of the most significant Italian comic book creators, with incredibly stylised and detailsed drawings, he is best known for his work Collezionista as well as the likes of Little Big Horn, which was been incredibly influential on artists from Walter Simonson to Simone Bianchi, but he also had a simpler even more stylised cartoony approach which opened him up to a very diferent audience.

He had fought off a bout of cancer, and he had returned to working full time for his French publisher of twenty years, Mosquito, but the tumour returned earlier this year.

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Wonder Woman and Superman are now officially doing it

Wonder Woman and Superman are now officially doing it | Comic Books |

After decades of cavorting with human women — and occasionally being brainwashed into making pornos with superhuman gals — Superman has found a cervix hardy enough to withstand his ballistic Kryptonian seed. In next week's issue of Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman will officially become the DC Universe's new power couple. Commence the atmospheric diddling!

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Justice League writer Geoff Johns revealed that "this is the new status quo" for the two iconic heroes. Where's Lois Lane? Her marriage to Superman was annulled when reality was rewritten, which is the easiest way to weasel your way out of a prenuptial agreement in a comic book universe.

Johns also claimed that many people will have a lot to say about these heroes shacking up, presumably — if the cover at left is to be believed — because they're orbiting the Earth as a star-spangled beast with two backs, their supersonic coitus destroying satellites, flocks of geese, and weather balloons. This story hits next Wednesday, August 29 in Justice League #12. Hopefully this will go better than that time Maxima, an alien warrior, became a supervillain because Superman refused to act as a big blue turkey baster.

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Marvel Promotes Lauren Sankovitch To Editor

Marvel Promotes Lauren Sankovitch To Editor | Comic Books |

Lauren Sankovitch, Associate Editor for Marvel on Journey Into Mystery, Thor and Winter Soldier, and working on all the Avengers books has now been promoted to full Editor status.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Lining Up Super And Slither Director James Gunn

Guardians Of The Galaxy Lining Up Super And Slither Director James Gunn | Comic Books |

Marvel have selected James Gunn as their man to take charge of The Guardians of the Galaxy. He has appropriate experience in the sense that Super and The Specials were comic book films, of sorts, and Slither was full of aliens.

And, well, he did write the Scooby Doo films so he’s got that talking CG animal thing under his belt too.

Other candidates on the list included Bring It On‘s Peyton Reed, who would have been my choice, and the very surprising duo of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, directors of Half Nelson and A Funny Thing Happened.

Accoding to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel:

like Gunn’s sensibility and his ability to mix comedy elements with action and horror.

Horror? Maybe they just like it, in general, because I can’t see it’s too important for this project.

I’m happy to see Gunn getting a break like this. Now can Marvel rifle through the rest of Troma’s old payrolls please?

And… with both James Gunn and Joss Whedon on the creative staff, surely their man Nathan Fillion must get a part?

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Is this what Vision might look like in Avengers 2?

Is this what Vision might look like in Avengers 2? | Comic Books |

Positively bupkis has been confirmed concerning the plot of Avengers 2, but that hasn't stopped either semi-ludicrous casting rumors or fan speculation. To this end, sculptor Jim has created a model of what the Avenger's lachrymose android Vision could look like in Joss Whedon's Avengers 2. Spoilers ahead (but nearly everyone on the planet's seen the damn movie anyway).
As you can see, this bust uses the face of actor Clark Gregg, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And as you may remember, Coulson was killed by Loki in The Avengers, his death prompting the team to put aside their personality problems.

In the comic book, the android Vision is programmed with brain patterns of deceased humans, giving him emotions worthy of one of comic book history's most iconic panels.

If there is a cinematic Vision, will he be uploaded with Coulson's personality? And will he keep his 1960s diner color scheme? We'll see on May 1, 2015 when Avengers 2 hits theaters.



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The End Of The Classic Premier Marvel Titles – Official | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

The End Of The Classic Premier Marvel Titles – Official | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books |

They’ve been missing from solicitations for a while. Now Marvel’s Jeph York has confirmed it.


"Okay, after three months of solicits with no Premiere Classic HCs in them, I should probably end the suspense and make this official:
Marvel has ended the Premiere Classic hardcover line.
They’ll still be collecting modern series in Premiere-sized HCs, and the Omnibus, OHC and Masterworks programs are not in danger. But the Premiere Classic line is being put to bed with volume #107.
Sorry, guys. I know quite a few of you loved them."


Marvel Premiere Classic was a hardcover line that collected classic comics in a similar fashion to the way new comics were being collected, and had two covers, one with a standard cover, the other showing a cover of one of the comics inside, inset.
Marvel’s bookstore sales have suffered a number of setbacks of late, and I know some retailers are just waiting for the now-inevitable liquidations before ordering large numbers.

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Concept art from the Sandman movie that never was

Concept art from the Sandman movie that never was | Comic Books |

Many moons ago, Neil Gaiman pitched a three-part cinematic adaptation of his comic book Sandman to Warner Bros. The project never got off the ground and was later canceled entirely. What we're now left with is this collection of stunning concept art by Sandman and Beasts of Burden illustrator Jill Thompson. Check out Morpheus breaking out of the globe, The Corinthian, The Three Witches, and a whole lot more.

This art's presently up for sale and available for ogling. Gaiman announced the release of this concept art on Twitter: "Some years ago, I had to pitch/explain SANDMAN to Warners. Jill Thompson illustrated the pitch. That art's for sale." View the entire gallery over at Cadence of Comic Art. Each image is priced from $800-$900 a pop.



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When Obituaries Go Wrong | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

When Obituaries Go Wrong | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books |

Yesterday, Joe Kubert, of Hawkman and Tor, of Sgt Rock and Fax From Sarajevo, died. Bleeding Cool received many memories, many notes of sadness, many recognitions of Kubert’s contribution to the art form, there was sadness, but also happiness of a life well lived and many lives enriched. We’ll be running one of those testimonies later. And DC employees paid their respects.

This morning however, the tone was different. Published on the DC blog was the following, under the title Remembering Joe Kubert;

“We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Joe Kubert. An absolute legend in the industry, his legacy will not only live on with his sons, but with the many artists who have passed through the storied halls of his celebrated school. His latest work on BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL was among his best, and we are so honored to have worked side-by-side with such an unforgettable force in both comics and in life.” – DC Entertainment Executive Team

Reaction was swift and unforgiving on the blog, including the following;


Larry Hama · Works at IDW Publishing

"This is what happens when a PR flack writes a memorial. Come on, DC, show the great man some respect with a retraction and a rewrite."


Martha Thomases · 

"Yes, it’s a disgrace to all of us PR flacks."


Jamie S. Rich · Works at DVD Talk

"For a man who created so much for you, who provided so much in terms of a comic book legacy, the best you can do to honor his name is plug your current product? I’m not saying you shouldn’t mention his last work–though, what a terrible note on which to ring out a great career–but to leave all of his other accomplishments out of a tribute while selling the new brand is just embarrassing and disgusting. DC never stands for “Do it Classy,” does it?"


Mike Mignola · California College of Arts and Crafts



Steven Fino Temple University

"Did you seriously advertise Before Watchmen in an obituary? Really?"


Marc Siry NBC Universal



Michael Gross · Pratt Institute

"this is IT? shameful…I doubt the writer of this ever met him.

Don MacPherson · St. Francis Xavier University

It seems perplexing to me that Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Dan DiDio and/or who knows who else at DC didn’t take a half hour to an hour Sunday night to write up something on behalf of the company. Dozens, if not hundreds, of professionals and fans did so last night. Why not someone in DC’s inner circle?And if you’re going to plug a project, why not the upcoming Joe Kubert Presents?"


Tim Pilcher · Chair at Comic Book Alliance

"Ill-conceived and poorly judged “PR”. Next time, think before you post."


Stephen Brown · Editorial Assistant, Knopf Books For Young Readers at Random House, Inc.

"This is extremely disrespectful. This man was a fundamental architect of the DC universe and you use his death to try to sneak in extra advertising for a cash-grab project. So indicative of the recent years of DC."


And so on. This wasn’t just bad PR, it was bad PR being posted incessantly on their own website. Similar sentiment was expressed on Twitter, with Mark Waid leading the charge.

"Fire whoever wrote that. Please.

When I die, I pray that my DC-written obit doesn’t include a link to a Comixology FLASH sale.

seriously, please get DC’s Kubert obit fixed immediately. It’s vulgar and classless. Joe deserved better."


Hours later the DC blog was then amended to the following;


“We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Joe Kubert. An absolute legend in the industry, his legacy will live on through his remarkable talent, with his sons and with the many artists who have passed through the storied halls of his celebrated school. An important member of the DC Comics family, Joe made an indelible mark on the entire DC Comics universe including his renowned and award-winning work on iconic characters such as Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, Hawkman and most recently Nite Owl. We are so honored to have worked side-by-side with such an unforgettable force in both comics and in life.” – DC Entertainment Executive Team.


And they also added a personal statement from Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, as well as an accompanying photograph.


"For those of us who knew him personally, as well as those of us who knew him primarily for his remarkable talent and impact on our industry over the years, Joe Kubert was part of the DC family. On behalf of our executive team, as well as everyone at DC Entertainment who cares about Joe and the whole Kubert family, we send our prayers, our sympathy and our deepest appreciation for everything he’s contributed to comics over the course of his life and career. Until the very end, Joe was creating art that will live on for generations and we will all miss him deeply."


Mark Waid tweeted;

"Whoever’s responsible–thank you for the DC Blog Kubert bio edit. Much classier and more fitting now."


DC Vertigo’s Karen Berger also wrote a longer, more personal account of her time with the man and his work, which should be required reading.


"When Joe suddenly got ill a few weeks ago, I spent a lot of time thinking about him. I remembered that in 1980, the first cover I commissioned as an editor was from him for House of Mystery #292. During the next several years while Joe was still editing Sgt Rock, he would come into the offices at 75 Rock once a week to handle business and to meet with writer Bob Kanigher, his longtime collaborator. The two of them couldn’t have been more different. But, they were both storytelling masters who loved to challenge each other. I always remember hearing loud voices coming from Joe’s office and seeing that gleam in his eye as he and Bob would go at it."


So what went wrong? Well DC’s PR people being based on the West Coast probably didn’t help, one of their main East Coast based contributors was on holiday, and it seemed that there was a perfect storm of of inexperience and an inflexibility so that Jim Lee’s tweets, for example, could not represent the company’s official line. There seemed to be many DC people who wanted to change the blog but were unable to. The response from many was an emotional one as well, which added to the invective. And I don’t believe the original piece was an attempt to run an ad instrad of an obituary, but just the lack of context understood by the writer. And a mistake that DC fixed.

In an aging industry, obituaries are a regular part of the scene. As morbid as it may seem, it might help to prepare such statements in advance. Allow a greater flexibility of contribution to the official line. And even, occasionally, go to Wikipedia…

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Ivan Reis To Move From Aquaman To Justice League? | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Ivan Reis To Move From Aquaman To Justice League? | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books |

Ivan Reis first started working with Geoff Johns on Avengers until they were both lured away to DC Comics. But it was Aquaman for the New 52 that was the making of Ivan. Especially with Joe Prado inking, he began to out-Jim-Lee Jim Lee, a fine detailed art style that was exciting, dynamic and detailed. He’s seen as the main reason Aquaman has done so well in the DC Relaunch.

A couple of months ago, Bleeding Cool received the news that Jim Lee would be leaving Justice League and DC were looking for a replacement both inside and outside the company. We now understand they have settled on Ivan Reis. It makes sense, he has a great relationship with writer Geoff Johns, Reis’ work can be compared to Jim Lee, and it all keeps things happy families.

One would presume that this will occur after issue 16, as there seems to be lots of changes happening to DC books in January. Grant Morrison leaves Action Comics, Rob Liefeld leaving Grifter, and there are signs that there may be a Fourth Wave od a similar size to the Third. If one of them is Jim Lee leaving Justice League, will that be a useful place for him to relaunch WildCATS as also rumoured, or will that wait for another cycle of issues to roll round?

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Parting Shot: Neal Adams, Joe Kubert And Moebius Drawing Together [Video]

Parting Shot: Neal Adams, Joe Kubert And Moebius Drawing Together [Video] | Comic Books |

As the comics community continues to mourn the loss of Joe Kubert and the recent passing of Jean Giraud, a.k.a Moebius, a video from the early 1970s has surfaced, showing the two legends in a studio drawing together. Joined by Neal Adams, the three artists appear on the French show Tac au Tac in 1972, and take turns approaching a large canvas and drawing, discussing art, and admiring the talent of their peers.

We've spotlighted Tac au Tac's awesome videos in the past, but this session is a smaller gathering and, in light of Kubert's passing, we felt it appropriate to once again showcase the seemingly effortless brilliance of these artists, who spent decades creating the stories that endure in the hearts and minds of fans around the world.



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Before Thor Got Mjlonir, Did He Have An Axe To Grind? | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Before Thor Got Mjlonir, Did He Have An Axe To Grind? | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books |

Here’s the cover to Thor: God Of Thunder #2 by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic.

And that’s a young God iof Thunder, it looks like. Without Mjlonir, and wielding an axe instead. Could this be… a pre-hammer Thor?

Why, yes, I think it could be

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Jessica De Gouw Joins The CW's 'Arrow' As Huntress

Jessica De Gouw Joins The CW's 'Arrow' As Huntress | Comic Books |

Fans have known for awhile that The CW's Arrow will come stocked with villains like Deathstroke, Merlyn and Deadshot for Stephen Amell to face as Oliver Queen on the soon-to-debut live action series, but now it appears he could be getting some help in his fight against crime in Starling City care of a certain hero from Gotham. Entertainment Weekly reports that relative newcomer Jessica De Gouw has joined the cast of Arrow as the Helena Bertinelli version of Huntress.

According to Arrow's official character description for Huntress, "Helena is a potential love interest for Oliver Queen; a fellow vigilante, set on destroying her father's organized crime empire. But Helena's blind pursuit of revenge will put her on a collision course with the Arrow."

Judging from this description, this version of Huntress is pretty in line with her pre New 52 status quo, which is interesting considering how many versions of the character have existed across various DC Comics continuities and their respective adaptations in TV, animation and video games.

The whole "potential love interest" thing could prove vexing to fans rooting for Laurel Lance (played by Katie Cassidy) and Oliver Queen to follow their comic book counterparts' lead in the ways of romance. Of course, it remains to be seen if the show's version of Laurel Lance will wind up with a Black Canary persona... although CA's own Andy Yen had some potentially spoiler-y thoughts on the matter after catching a version of the Arrow pilot at SDCC last month.

Arrow debuts on The CW on October 10, and Huntress is expected to show up around episode six (probably in November) and continue to appear through a multi-episode arc. 

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Joss Whedon Discusses The Avengers, Its Sequel, Marvel On TV And More

Joss Whedon Discusses The Avengers, Its Sequel, Marvel On TV And More | Comic Books |

With great thanks to Molly and particularly Brian Clark for this great translation, here’s a fluent, very enjoyable English version of a recent interview Joss Whedon gave to Gizmodo in Japan.

It’s Gizmodo’s piece so please at least give their original story a click. All Bleeding Cool (and by we, I mean the Clarks) have done is made it into The English, and we only did that because Gizmodo did such a great job in the first place.

So, read on for fascinating stuff on The Avengers, The Avengers 2 and all that other Marvel business in between, newly in a language that I understand.

Gizmodo (G): The Avengers is the most watched movie in the world at this time, congratulations. During its making did you ever think that it would succeed this much?

Joss Whedon (W): Thank you. To be honest, no one thought that it would be as big of a success as it has been. When making a movie I always tell myself “Everything’s going fine, this is going to be amazing” to get rid of my worries, but Avengers was a hit that really exceeded everyone’s expectations.

G: What did you want to show to the Japanese audience, who isn’t very familiar with these heroes?

W: The first thing I’d like to say is that this movie is very big in scale. But to me there are things about it that are also very small. This is a movie that features its characters at the center after all. The heroes were created by Marvel Comics, and I loved them back when they appeared in comics long ago. But I made this movie for people who aren’t familiar with those heroes and haven’t seen past Marvel Comics movies. At first they really conflict with each other, but in the end it’s a tale of them having to work together.

The thing that I was the most happy with was the chemistry that occurred between the actors on this stage of the Marvel Comics world. So I made this movie with the feeling of inviting in those who weren’t fans of Marvel Comics and these heroes.

G: This is just an assumption, but might you like to set one of your future movies to Japan as well?

W: Yes, it would be very cool if I could! I’d love to have a story set in Cleveland but do the filming in Japan.

G: When you thought about the concerns of society in recent years, did you feel a movie with heroes like the Avengers in it should exist?

W: Of course there’s a part of me that is tired of this world in which people are so conflicted with each other. Superhero comics and movies have implied the bad points of reality in a tough and satirical way. Messages like “Heroes don’t save anything”.

But I wanted to say “No, it’s heroic if everyone combines their strength and works together” through aesthetics in response to these old messages. That sort of thing may not be enough for today’s world, at least not in America. For some reason or another unity itself is treated somewhat like a joke. I think that’s the sort of thing everyone’s looking for.

G: Were you aware of these sorts of things when you were making this movie?

W: Of course I thought about it, but it’s difficult to incorporate current events into the scenarios of a movie that’s going to be shown to the public in 2 years. What I wanted to create was an old fashioned movie like the ones I saw when I was a kid. It’s not that I think things were much better back then, but I do think there are some things that are lost in modern movies. As things that have such a strong cultural identity, they’ve become very inhuman things that are explosion after explosion.

But by looking back into the past, I wanted to grasp hold of more than just nostalgia, but the essence of the values that existed when I was a kid. I think that’s something that’s universal.

G: You reference movies that you saw when you were a kid, but what sorts of movies are you referring to?

W: Movies that gave birth to the ideas behind blockbusters like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jaws. They took time to make and were full of unforgettable characters. Movies that are made today are very different. I yearn for those times.

G: A lot of different heroes appear in Avengers, but the spotlight the spotlight really did shine on all of them. Was writing the scenarios particularly difficult?

W: Yeah, writing the scenarios for this movie was nothing but difficult. It was like homework. I didn’t want to include characters that don’t do anything in the movie, because casting these actors and not allowing them to do anything would just be absurd. So thinking about the structure was really like a mathematical puzzle.

But once I figured out everyone’s place, coming up with the characters’ appropriate speech and behaviors was really very easy. I really love these characters too.

G: What type of research did you do in order to make this movie?

W: I did an incredibly large amount of scientific research. I told the staff “Find me words that sound science-y”. I was an English major in college, so I approach movies from a very emotional perspective. At first I was literally writing “Science, science, science” in the dialogue and going back and to fill in the proper wording later. It was purely by good luck that there wasn’t anything in the movie that wasn’t based in realistic practice or theory.

G: The Avengers was filmed in 2D and made 3D in post-production. Why did you choose to do things this way?

W: There are always extra scenes in the credits of all Marvel Comics movies, but actually I directed the one in Thor. At that point it was filmed in 3D but the equipment broke, it took a lot of time, and it was a really big deal.

But current 3D conversion technology is really amazing, and Marvel is very picky. Having a sense for things in a 3D space and filming while feeling that space was a very easy thing for me. I’m just tired of seeing just things flying toward the camera. So I had to make things look good for 3D in 2D. My eyes and senses work that way, so the conversion from 2D was no problem.

G: It was recently announced that you’ll be directing The Avengers 2, but should we be expecting bigger events, a bigger team and a bigger villain for the next movie?

W: It would seem so. Normally you would think a sequel would be bigger, but I was thinking I’d like to do the opposite and go smaller. When I presented that idea I was asked in return “So you’re going to turn down the volume on the movie?”, but that’s not what I meant at all.

Of course new characters will be added. But having just met this wonderful cast, even I’ve just begun groping for a demonstration of what kind of synergy they have together. I’ve said that it’s important to put in not only necessarily always a large scale, but a lot of love. Movies can be on a grand scale but also more personal. I’ve already touched on that, so I don’t really need to go into it again. The issue is really just how deep can I delve in.

G: It seems as though you’ll be collaborating on filming some Marvel Comics TV series as well.

W: That’s right. I can’t talk about that right now, but if I could say one thing it would be that Marvel has brought new meaning to the entertainment industry with The Avengers. It’s not merely pride, but a particular way of thinking. It’s a very exciting thing.

G: How much will you be involved with future Marvel movies?

W: I’ll be very deeply involved. My contract is not simply to make The Avengers 2, but to consult on the entire Marvel world view. So that’s why I’m involved in TV series as well. I’m talking with Kevin [Feige] about all of the future movies that will be released. They’ll all be great movies and we’re cooperating so that they all tie into The Avengers 2.

G: So they’ll all be unified them.

W: Yes. But since they should all have their own unique franchise identities, they can’t all be the same. So we’re continually careful to not have them fall into the same pattern, and we definitely have to meet expectations. Naturally they all have to have ties back to Avengers. It’s very fun creating an integrated world, but at the same time they are each unique. When they’re all together they’ll definitely be exciting.

G: So The Avengers 2 will have elements from all of the movies and TV programs from this point on?

W: Well…[he points to the Avengers poster] they’ll all definitely be in it. Apart from that, the character conflicts will be fresh and their problems will be unique and realistic.

I know where the characters stand within each of their stories, but at the same time the Avengers series has to exist in a different place from those. People who see The Avengers should be able to see The Avengers 2 without seeing the other movies.

As for putting something from all of the other works into my movie, it would not only be inconsistent with my own plans but would also be conceited of me. No matter what the movie, you only have once chance to approach the audience with those characters.

G: Thank you for spending your precious time with us today.

Thank you Joss, Gizmodo and The Clarks.

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Rob Liefeld Leaves DC Comics With The Zero Issues

Rob Liefeld Leaves DC Comics With The Zero Issues | Comic Books |

Previously Rob Liefeld said that he would be leaving Grifter with issue 16, but that he’s be staying on Savage Hawkman into 2013.

Today, that all changed. Rob Liefeld announced on Twitter than he would be gone after September’s Zero issues. And he made it very clear it was his decision to leave all three of his books. And also that this the fourth time he’s tried to quit – but the first time that it has stuck. And promising that he’ll write all about it in a book one day..

He tweeted;

Just finished sending my thank you’s to DC personnel. Officially got off the DC52 treadmill this morning…

Scott Clark will be replacing me p. Deathstroke. Marat will continue the work on Grifter…I had a great time at DC.

I believe in what DC is doing, but had to preserve my sanity.

I walked off all 3 books. Can’t wait to see any attempts to spin. I have every email.

The 0′s are my last issues. Thanks for all the love.

This is the 4th time I quit in the last 4 months. This time it will stick.

I would put @Justin_Jordan on Deathstroke and Grifter. In a heartbeat.

Never thought the Image section of my book would be topped. This last year was a humdinger. The DC52 chapters will go top all of it.

Reasons are the same as everyone’s that you hear. I lasted a few months longer than I thought possible.

Massive indecision, last minute and I mean LAST minute changes that alter everything. Editor pissing contests… No thxnjs

Last week my editor said ” early on we had a lot of indie talent that weren’t used to re-writes and changes..made it hard”. Uh, no, it’s you

As to who is taking on Hawkman, Rob said;

No idea? Geoff Johns? Josh Fialkov? No idea..

These kind of complaints have been repeatedly expressed to me. It’s the reason Gail Simone walked off Firestorm, it’s the reason Paul Cornell walked off Stormwatch, it’s the reason John Rozum walked off Static Shock. And those are just the ones I’ve heard about.

However other creators have countered this explanation to me, saying “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”. However it has also been pointed out that different editors at DC can manage top down amendments and creator complaints better than others.

Rob Liefeld was hired by DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras to launch the DC New 52 with Hawk & Dove – when that book was cancelled, Rob moved over to write and draw Deathstroke, while also writing Grifter and Savage Hawkman, drawing them together into one storyline.

There were meant to be a lot of creator changes come January. Looks like some may have come sooner than others

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MarvelNOW! Brian Bendis And Salvador Larocca On Guardians Of The Galaxy

MarvelNOW! Brian Bendis And Salvador Larocca On Guardians Of The Galaxy | Comic Books |

You can check the previous MarvelNOW checklist to see how we did, looking at Marvel’s upcoming MarvelNOW relaunches. A lot were right, some were wrong. Some are yet to be revealed.

Today we’re going to run a few more. Expect a new MarvelNOW checklist… and maybe a DC January one as well…

But to start off, we’d previously had news that Brian Bendis would launch a new Guardians Of The Galaxy comic, bouncing off Avengers Assemble and also the news that a movie is in the works.

We were also looking for a home for Salvador Larocca who we thought was working on Fantastic Four, before that was scotched. Well, Bleeding Cool has now been told that Guardians is the new book for Salvador… Let’s all see if we’re right!

More to come!

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic… And So Are Multiple Covers

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic… And So Are Multiple Covers | Comic Books |

In November, IDW launches its comic bases on the hit TV long commercial, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The comic will be distributed with six equally split covers by artist Andy Price, each featuring one of the “Mane Six” ponies.

But there is also a Jill Thompson variant intended to be reserved for customers who order the comic from their shop, copying the idea from Valiant, though it basically means shops another any copies they like.

And there is a further one in ten variant edition drawn by Stephanie Buscema.

And a bos set of the six standard covers available, so you can collect them all with very little effort. See above…

Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that My Little Pony comics would be so aimed at the collectible market?

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Scott Snyder Talks Joker, Before Being Stabbed

Scott Snyder Talks Joker, Before Being Stabbed | Comic Books |

Scott Snyder posted to the Bleeding Cool forums, replying to Josh Adams’ post about the new appearance of The Joker as has now been leaked all over the place. But he had more pressing concerns…


"Hey Josh – and everyone It’s Scott Snyder – I rarely post on forums, as I like you guys to get to say what you want away from all of us on the other side of the fence, but I figured why not… I’m in a labcorps waiting room, about to have blood drawn for my annual physical, and I figured, what the Hell, right?

Anyway, I have to say, it’s really exciting to see you all so passionate about Joker as a character. He means a lot to me, too – more than almost any character in comics. And as the guy doing this big story on him I wanted to make this clear for you, to try to put your minds at ease…This Joker story in NO way will be some “Saw” shock-slash violence/torture porn or anything of that ilk, story. This is a story that for me, is deeply deeply about who Joker is to Batman. It’s an exploration of his history and his purpose and it’s a very particular take on his psychology and essence as a character – all of which matters tremendously to me. I have no interest in transforming him in to an 80′s horror villain – or any villain, in fact, other than this very personal version of himself, which I believe in and am excited about. I would never ever do anything to cheapen him. This story is an effort to do the opposite – we’re really looking to restore him to his status as the greatest of all time, and we’re doing everything we can to carefully and lovingly enrich his particular mythology.

Now, as for the face – Joker’s face was removed in Detective #1, a year ago, as part of Tony’s storyline. Right now, it’s simply Joker’s status quo. If Joker appears, he would have to be missing his face. So picking up with Joker in our story in Batman, it’s where we’re starting. It’s not some sudden attempt to change his look or anything, we’re building on what was there in a way we’re excited about. And as for how we plan on using that aspect, I’d ask you wait and see what story we bring to it – I’m very proud of how that element has been developed in our story.

Anyway, the bottom line, and what I’m getting at is simply: I love that you guys love Joker as much as I do. And I promise that neither his look, nor his story in our book, are indicative of any effort on the part of team batman to change him into some cheap horror villain. Whether or not you’ll like the story we have planned for you, I can’t say, but I can tell you, wholeheartedly, that I am (we are) extremely proud of it, as an exploration of our very favorite villain of all time.

And…now I’m next for the needle. S"

I do hope Scott came out of there with his face still attached.

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John Barrowman Headed To CW’s Green Arrow Show For Recurring Role

John Barrowman Headed To CW’s Green Arrow Show For Recurring Role | Comic Books |

Though he might be recognised more for his turn in Desperate Housewives, John Barrowman is probably best liked in the US for playing Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood. Similarly, here in the UK he might get a hair more recognition for his entertainment show Tonight’s the Night, but it’s the Whoverse stuff that fostered the attachment.

Last time I saw him he was dancing around the George Lucas stage at Elstree filming a black-and-white, 3D, Fred Astaire-a-like dance routine for next year’s All Stars. It looked tremendous. Something to look forward to.

Next up will be a recurring role on Arrow. Though Entertainment Weekly don’t know who the character is, they can offer some clues:


"He will play a “well-dressed man” who is “as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”


No idea. You?

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Grace Randolph’s Stacktastic – Whedon And Nolan Vs Marvel And DC | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Grace Randolph’s Stacktastic – Whedon And Nolan Vs Marvel And DC | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books |

Grace Randolph writes;

Joss Whedon is set to write and direct The Avengers 2, while Christopher Nolan is guiding Man of Steel after his Batman trilogy has put Nightwing in the spotlight. Is it a good idea for Marvel Studios to hand the reins over to Joss Whedon and for Warner Brothers and DC Comics to do the same with Christopher Nolan? What does this potentially mean for Marvel movies and DC Comics movies? And has Christopher Nolan ruined any chance for a Justice League movie by introducing Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nightwing? Are the future of comic book movies in good hands with Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan?



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Looks Like Fox’s Daredevil Is In Dire Straits And Joe Carnahan’s Take Is Dead | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Looks Like Fox’s Daredevil Is In Dire Straits And Joe Carnahan’s Take Is Dead | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books |

Fox had recently set Joe Carnahan to work, trying to formulate a new take on Marvel’s Man Without Fear, Daredevil, so that they could get before the cameras rolling before the ticking clock on their contract runs out.

As it stands, if they don’t get a film in production before October 10th this year, the rights will revert to Marvel and Disney, where the character could be folded into the ever expanding movieverse.

But Carnahan brings bad tidings via Twitter.


Joe Carnahan@carnojoe
"Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids."

14 Aug 12

Joe Carnahan@carnojoe
"We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side."
14 Aug 12


Now, I can’t imagine Carnahan would say this and then walk away still in charge of the film. Not because they’d sack him for the tweets so much as he’ll know exactly when things are going south on one of his projects. He has enough experience.

It doesn’t look like there’s much time for a realistic attempt to mount another run on this project. Expect Fox to acquire new talent very quickly, or for Matt Murdock to start packing his bags, ready to leave their lot.

Of course, there is that other, already mooted possibility: that Marvel and Disney might left Fox keep Daredevil in return for other characters in their keepsake box. Doesn’t seem any more likely to me.

Whatever happens next would have been a surprise just a few weeks ago. I guess that makes it exciting times.

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Kathryn Immonen And Valerio Schiti Take Over Journey Into Mystery. | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Kathryn Immonen And Valerio Schiti Take Over Journey Into Mystery. | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books |

Poems have been written. And posted on Tumblr along with animated gifs and emoticons about the young boy Loki, his crow Ikol and his BFF Leah. Now, it seems, Kieron Gillen is to leave the book, but it’s not being cancelled as was previously suggested. Instead Kathyrn Immonen and Valerio Schiti are taking over the book and shifting its focus to the Lady Sif. It’s not part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch, but it is a very new chapter…

The previous Journey Into Mystery run starred a young boy who at no point enacted physical violence against anyone and basically did no more than talk into the right ear at the right time. This will not be that book, instead we have Sif, looking to be a better warrior…

Has Tumblr started weeping again yet?

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10 Comic Book Characters Who Are Cooler Than Batman

10 Comic Book Characters Who Are Cooler Than Batman | Comic Books |

No, Batman isn't the coolest person in comics. Consider: Batman is a little nutty. There are tons of stories where Batman is portrayed as an uptight dude who doesn't understand the kids and their loud music. He just turned himself into a corporation. Batman's sidekicks have included a dog in a cowl.

But also, comics have plenty of other characters who are cooler than Bruce. Here are 10 of them. Feel free to come up with your own nominations for comic book characters cooler than Batman in the comments — or if you believe that absolutely nobody is cooler than Bats, we'd love to hear why you think that, too.


10) Dr. Strange

He lives in a Brownstone in Greenwich Village, which is always being destroyed by mystical forces and rebuilt, over and over again. He's just as comfortable teaming up with the Hulk, Silver Surfer and Submariner as he is joining the Avengers. He's suave and totally poised, and he can rock a ridiculous big red cloak. Nothing fazes him, from Lovecraftian horrors to the weirdest extradimensional absurdities. Dr. Strange just cocks an eyebrow and keeps on going.


9) Grimjack
John Gaunt is a mercenary and detective in the city of Cynosure, at the nexus of dimensions. He manages to keep his footing in a city where the laws of physics and the nature of reality change depending which neighborhood you're in, which is pretty impressive. He's a scarred veteran of the Demon Wars, who no longer believes in anything except standing up for his friends. He owns his own bar, where just about every comics character comes and drinks — and his sidekicks include an alcoholic lizard named Bob. He'll kick your ass as soon as look at you.


8) Whisper
She's our favorite fake ninja, who takes down international conspiracies and major supervillains while making it up as she goes along. As Douglas Wolk explains to us, "Whisper is cooler [than Batman] because she is a ninja and a superhero despite not wanting to be a superhero and not even being sure exactly what a ninja is."


7) Jakita Wagner, Planetary
The first of two Warren Ellis characters on this list, Jakita Wagner is the daughter of the legendary Century Baby Lord Blackstock. She doesn't appear to age, but still has a low boredom threshold. And in one crossover story, she actually fights Batman to a standstill and then makes fun of his fetishy costume.



6) Margarita Luisa "Maggie" Chascarrillo, Love and Rockets
Part of a sometimes very realistic universe that veers into magical realism, the occult, superheroes and weird science fiction stuff on occasion, Maggie starts off as a "prosolar mechanic" who specializes in rocket and robot repair. Later, she becomes an apartment complex manager in L.A. — but she never loses her love for the stories of Space Queen, and she always understands the healing power of comics. Maggie is a survivor, who never stops kicking ass even she's dealing with depression and heartbreak.


5) Bigby Wolf from Fables
The Sheriff of Fabletown is a detective and a problem-solver, but also a major tough guy who can turn into a ginormous wolf. He's got a kickass wife, he fought Nazis, and he's defeated the North Wind in combat.


4) Adele Blanc-Sec
She's a writer in pre-World War I Paris, which automatically makes her cool. But also, she faces down mad scientists, reanimated Egyptian mummies, sects of demon worshippers, and tons of other weird creatures. She's not afraid to shoot guns, drink the hard stuff, or smoke like a man. She spent World War I in cryogenic suspension and then rocked the 1920s. When giant tentacles appear in the River Seine, she's who you want on the scene.



3) Oracle
When Batman got his spine broken, he put on a fake mustache and a fake British accent, and went around the world looking for Shondra Kinsolving, a magical negro who fixed Bruce's spine using her special healing powers. When Barbara Gordon got her spine broken, she became something more than just a female version of Batman — she became one of the most important heroes in the DC Universe: Oracle. Sharpening her super-hacker skills, Oracle becomes the linchpin of the hero community while running her own Birds of Prey team. She's capable of kicking your ass without ever leaving her wheelchair. (I know, now she's back to being Batgirl, but while she was Oracle, she was cooler than Batman.)


2) John Constantine
He's like the rougher, trenchcoat-wearing version of Dr. Strange — a mystic badass who combines the "noir detective" archetype (complete with trenchcoat) with the "tough magician" archetype. He's endlessly cynical, snarky and not somebody you want to screw around with. He's capable of manipulating anyone, even Swamp Thing and some of the DCU's biggest heroes, when the stakes are high enough. He even smokes in the Batmobile.


1) Spider Jerusalem
The hero of Transmetropolitan, Spider Jerusalem is a gonzo journalist who speaks truth (and sometimes just the word "fuck" over and over again) to power. He takes on evil politicians and weird conspiracies, without ever selling out too much. He'd probably do a lot worse than smoke in the Batmobile.

Thanks to Douglas Wolk, Robert Clough, Cyriaque Lamar, Annalee Newitz, Keith Veronese and Lauren Davis for the input!


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Did DC Spoil The Reveal Of Greg Capullo’s Joker Today?

Did DC Spoil The Reveal Of Greg Capullo’s Joker Today? | Comic Books |

fter seeing DC’s previews for November Batman comics on the DC website, Greg Capullo writes on Twitter;


"As careful as I’ve been to save revealing our new Joker, the powers that be have let it out ahead if our book. Stay tuned fir MY pics

In my younger days, I’d have punched several holes in the walls of my office by now. Rest assured, I will give you terror when I draw him

When I draw it, THAT will be it

Try not to look at it. Wait for ours if you can

The more I’ve thought about the Joker leak, the more I began thinking that it may have been for the best. The fact is, the way Scott and I.. will give you the Joker may have been too much for some with out this diluted sample hitting the web. DC, rightly so, had concerns about- Our images and story. Perhaps they leaked this intentionally to test the waters or to acclimate your minds to what is coming from us.

Team Batman knows how to do one thing. Destroy. So, even if you do see the leak, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Trust me

I’m still not going to reveal my sketches. I won’t let this incident blow the whole works. Be patient. Terror is heading your way"

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