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Marvel to Launch 10 New Comics in April

A new era dawns for the X-Men. By Jesse Schedeen Marvel released their full lineup of solicitations for April 2017 today. It’s shaping up to be a pretty huge month for Marvel, with several more ResurrXion titles debuting and the debut of the new Scarlet Spider comic. New Series: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1 Black Panther: The Crew #1 Deadpool vs. Punisher #1-2 Guardians of the Galaxy: Dream On #1 (one-shot) Monsters Unleashed #1 Nick Fury #1 Royals #1-2 Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #1 Weapon X #1-2 X-Men Blue #1-2 X-Men Gold #1-2 Ending Series: Guardians of the Galaxy #19 Observations: We’re thrilled to see Marvel reviving The Crew, even if none of the original members are making a return. On the other hand, the fact that Kasper Cole is starring in World of Wakanda #6 bodes well for him. Victor Von Doom versus Ultimate Reed Richards? Count us in. Spider-Woman is conspicuously absent this month. We wish the Journey Into Mystery Omnibus included Gillen’s Dark Reign-era Loki stories, but we won’t complain about the series finally getting the oversized treatment. Black Panther: The Crew #1 TA-NEHISI COATES & YONA HARVEY (W) • BUTCH GUICE (A) READ FULL…

Original Venom Eddie Brock Returns in April

Is the Marvel U. wide enough for two Venoms? By Jesse Schedeen April is shaping up to be quite the month for fans of the ’90s-era Spider-Man comics. Not only will Ben Reilly be starring in a new ongoing Scarlet Spider series, but original Venom Eddie Brock will be returning in the pages of Venom #6. Marvel revealed the cover on Twitter this morning along with the tagline, “You wanted it, you got it! Brock is back – April 2017.” Venom #6 cover by Gerado Sandoval. (Marvel Comics) What exact role Brock is meant to play in the series remains unclear. Currently, Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval’s Venom focuses on Lee Price, a former Army Ranger-turned-criminal who bonded with the Venom symbiote after a deal gone bad. Brock himself was last seen in the pages of Carnage, where he was bonded with the Toxin symbiote and joined a government-sponsored task force charged with bringing down Carnage. Perhaps Brock has set his sights on the new Venom next? The cover to Venom #6 is intriguing because it suggests Brock might be reuniting with his old suit. Given how much the series is focusing on the battle of wills between the amoral…

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Kevin Smith is Now a Supergirl/Mon-El Shipper

“I’m a big, big Kara/Mon-El shipper.” By Jesse Schedeen Supergirl is making its return to the airwaves this week in the form of the Kevin Smith-directed “Supergirl Lives.” We recently had the chance to discuss the episode with Smith, and while we’ve already covered his thoughts on making the transition from The Flash to Supergirl and the connections to his infamous Superman Lives screenplay, Smith also had plenty to say on the character dynamics that drive this episode forward. Directing “Supergirl Lives” changed Smith’s mind about one of the major romances budding on the show: Kara Zor-El and Mon-El. Smith noted that initially he was fairly ambivalent about the idea of Kara ending her romance with James Olsen and growing closer to Mon-El instead. However, he said that seeing Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood together on screen sold him on the Kara/Mon-El romance. “I love where it’s going, because I love these two together. They are charm city,” he said. “Not just as a guy on a set watching two actors work together, but watching their finished work together in the episode. They have such great chemistry. My favorite scene in the show, and there’s some wonderful s*** in READ…

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How The Flash Prepared Kevin Smith for Supergirl

How Smith went from from Barry Allen to Kara Danvers. By Jesse Schedeen Supergirl is making its long-awaited return on The CW next week, and the mid-season premiere is shaping up to be an eventful one for Kara and the gang. Not only will “Supergirl Lives” feature Kara and Mon-El fighting for their lives on an alien moon, it’s directed by none other than Kevin Smith, the man once tapped to write the screenplay for the aborted Superman Lives reboot in the late ’90s. We were able to chat with Smith over the phone recently, and he had plenty to say about his love for the series and how directing two episodes of The Flash in 2016 helped prepare him to make the jump to National City. Like with his Flash debut, “The Runaway Dinosaur,” Smith told us that executive producer Andrew Kreisberg was responsible for bringing him on board for “Supergirl Lives.” Melissa Benoist and Kevin Smith on the set of Supergirl. “Early on, when they made the move to Vancouver in [Supergirl] Season 2 and I was up there doing my second episode of Flash, I said I’d love to,” Smith explained. “So it finally came READ FULL…

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When Can You Read DC's Injustice 2 Comic?

Superman’s defeat was only the beginning. By Jesse Schedeen Good news, Injustice fans. Now that the Injustice 2 video game has a release date, DC can finally reveal more details about their upcoming prequel comic. The Injustice 2 comic will make its digital-first debut on April 11. As with the original Injustice: Gods Among Us comic, new digital-first chapters will premiere every Tuesday on services like Comixology, iBooks, the Kindle Store, the Nook Store and the DC Comics app. Print issues of the series will kick off in May, closer to the release of the game, and will ship twice monthly from that point on. Injustice 2 #1 cover by Bruno Redondo. (DC Comics) DC is also revealing the artists who will be joining writer Tom Taylor on the new series. Bruno Redondo, who recently signed an exclusive contract with DC, has been tapped as lead artist for the series and will also be drawing covers. He’ll be joined by fellow Injustice veterans Juan Albarran, Daniel Sampere and Mike S. Miller. “I am so excited to continue working with Bruno Redondo. He’s a good friend and an incredible talent,” said Taylor in DC’s press release. “I think Bruno READ FULL…

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5 Things the Animated Spider-Man Movie Needs

Miles Morales is just the beginning. By Jesse Schedeen Spider-Man has quite an exciting Hollywood future ahead of him. Not only are fans in store for plenty more of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there’s also Sony’s animated Spider-Man film hitting on December 21, 2018. And now we know that this movie will feature Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. While a relatively recent addition to Marvel’s comic book universe, Miles already has plenty of great source material for writers/executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller to draw from. We doubt that the duo will directly adapt any one specific Miles Morales comic, but there are specific elements we hope to see them use in the film, which they promise will be a “unique filmgoing experience.” Here are five essential elements Miles needs in his big screen debut. 1. The Spider-Man Legacy Probably the single biggest dilemma Lord and Miller will have to solve is whether to introduce Miles as the successor to Peter Parker or as the one and only Spider-Man of his universe. The first idea is more intriguing, as the idea that Miles is the heir to a superhero mantle Peter READ FULL…

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Comic Book Reviews for January 18, 2017

The Bat chases the Cat and a new Power Ranger is revealed. By Jesse Schedeen, Jeff Lake and Blair Marnell It was another big week of comics, as Batman bonded with Catwoman in Batman #15, a major Power Rangers mystery was solved in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #11, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad reached its penultimate chapter and the Marvel Monsters were unleashed. Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below. Batman #15 Written by Tom King | Drawn by Mitch Gerads “The past few months of Tom King’s Batman run have thoroughly made up for Catwoman’s early absence in the DC Rebirth lineup. Batman #15 wraps up King’s brief collaboration with Mitch Gerads, as “Rooftops” ends with a fitting tribute to the beautiful but doomed romance that is Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle.” -Jesse Click here to read the entire review! Final Score: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #4 Written by Gerard Way, Jon Rivera & Tom Scioli | Drawn by Michael Avon Oeming & Tom Scioli Artist Michael Avon Oeming and READ FULL STORY…

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Venom #3 Review

Share. The new Venom learns the ropes. By Jesse Schedeen Marvel’s newest Venom comic features an unique subversion of the usual formula. Normally, the Venom symbiote itself is treated as little more than a dangerous tool, while its host is the real protagonist. This time around, the symbiote is the hero fighting against the negative influence of its human host. That subversion is this book’s greatest strength, but it also highlights just how bland that new host is. Apparently, readers can’t get them a Venom who does both. The series continues to frustrate because Lee price isn’t a very compelling character in his own right. He feels a little too much like a mash-up of Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson (being a morally ambiguous protagonist with a military background) and still lacks any real distinguishing qualities. The book’s impetus comes mainly from the constant conflict between Lee and the symbiote. It’s fascinating to see the costume treated as a character in its own right, one who’s terrified of having all its hard-won progress being stolen away by its new host. This issue tends to be at its strongest when writer Mike Costa focuses on the history of the symbiote READ…

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WWE #1 Review

Share. Seth Rollins: hero or villain? By Jesse Schedeen I said it with my review of November’s WWE: Now. Then. Forever #1 special, and I’ll say it again now – the biggest strength of this new series is the fact that it manages to capture the pageantry and soap opera of professional wrestling and make it appealing even for the neophyte. Reading this series reinforces my lingering desire to dive more heavily into the WWE landscape. And really, what more can you ask for from a licensed comic? The ongoing series builds directly on the groundwork of Now. The. Forever. #1 and, as such, should really be treated as WWE #2. Writer Dennis Hopeless continues his look behind the scenes of Seth Rollins’ 2014 betrayal of his former teammates in The Shield, exploring what motivated that betrayal and fueled Rollins’ ambitious climb to the top. Again, I’m coming at this series from a fairly inexperienced perspective, so I’m perhaps not the most qualified person to judge how much depth it adds to such an infamous moment in WWE history. But Hopeless certainly tells a complete and satisfying story independent of any “real world” connections. Rollins isn’t simply treated as READ…

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Batman #15 Review

Share. The love that can never be. By Jesse Schedeen The past few months of Tom King’s Batman run have thoroughly made up for Catwoman’s early absence in the DC Rebirth lineup. Batman #15 wraps up King’s brief collaboration with Mitch Gerads, as “Rooftops” ends with a fitting tribute to the beautiful but doomed romance that is Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. Gerads somehow manages to impress even more in this issue than he did with Batman #14. His striking use of color has a lot to do with it. His Gotham City is bathed in an ethereal blue glow, but one now bathed in creeping sunlight as Batman and Catwoman’s last night comes to a close. The color becomes equally crucial during a very well-executed flashback scene as each character recounts a different version of their first meeting. Bruce recollects the events of 1940’s Batman #1, and so Gerads’ art shifts to a very convincing approximation of Bob Kane’s. Selina, meanwhile, recalls their much more violent first encounter in Batman: Year One. Here again, Gerads alters his style to mimic David Mazzucchelli’s gritty work. That Gerads can dance from one mode to the next so effortlessly on the READ…

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AfterShock Comics Reveals 'Eleanor & The Egret'

“It’s my attempt to do a Miyazaki film.” By Jesse Schedeen Publisher AfterShock Comics boasts a pretty darned impressive roster of talent, and that trend is only continuing with AfterShock’s latest new comic book series, Eleanor & The Egret. This new fantasy series pairs writer John Layman (Chew) with artist Sam Keith (The Maxx) as they craft a new universe full of steampunk technology, talking animals and art thieves. It’s certainly a unique addition to AfterShock’s growing lineup, and one that almost defies description. Luckily, we were able to talk with the creators via e-mail and get the full scoop on their new collaboration. Scroll down to find out what to expect when Eleanor & The Egret hits stores in April. Eleanor & the Egret #1 cover by Sam Keith. (AfterShock Comics) IGN: John and Sam, what drew the two of you together for this project? Were you eager to work together again after Aliens: Inhuman Condition? Layman: It’s hard to believe, but the calendar does not lie, and though it does not seem like it, Sam and I have been friends for a long, looong time. I lettered some his WildStorm books, Zero Girl and READ FULL STORY AT…

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Opinion: Marvel Has a Nick Fury Problem

It’s time for this spy to live up to the Nick Fury name. By Jesse Schedeen Marvel has quite a busy spring planned when it comes to launching new comics, one being Nick Fury, the first ongoing series to focus on elite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, Jr. That series has a promising creative team in writer James Robinson and artist ACO. But it also faces a massive uphill battle. Five years after his debut, the younger Nick Fury still isn’t the compelling character he needs to be. This is the make or break moment for Mr. Fury. Nick Fury #1 cover by ACO. (Marvel Comics) I’ve argued before about the dangers of publishers arbitrarily changing comics to bring them more in line with other media. And as far as Marvel is concerned, no franchise has suffered more from pointless corporate synergy than the S.H.I.E.L.D. franchise. I reread Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors recently, which only served to reignite my frustration over how the S.H.I.E.L.D. comics have been handled since. Hickman ended that series on a nicely open-ended note. Nick Fury finally left the life of a spymaster behind him in order to “break his girl outta jail,” READ FULL STORY AT…

Batman and Flash Are Watching the Watchmen

What is the secret of the button? Who does it serve? By Jesse Schedeen Last year, DC Universe Rebirth #1 teased a major confrontation between DC’s heroes and the cast of Watchmen. DC is taking a major step towards that confrontation this spring with a crossover storyline called “The Button.” This story will unite Batman and Flash as these two superhero detectives investigate the mystery of the Comedian’s iconic smiley face button and what it means for the future of the DCU. Batman #21 cover (Batman image) by Jason Fabok. (DC Comics) This crossover will unfold in the pages of Batman #21-22 and The Flash #21-22 in April and May. Writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok will handle the Batman chapters, while writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter will tackle the Flash chapters. The story will pick up where DC Universe Rebirth #1 left off, as Batman and Flash try to comprehend the significance of the Comedian’s pin that Batman unearthed deep in the Batcave. However, DC is teasing that this investigation will attract the attention of another major player, and that this crossover will begin a “countdown” to the climax of the Rebirth saga. “Countdown” is quite…

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Comic Book Reviews for January 11, 2017

The Justice League and Power Rangers join forces. By Jesse Schedeen, Jeff Lake and Blair Marnell This was an exciting week for new comics, as DC and BOOM! Studios launched the Justice League/Power Rangers crossover, All-Star Batman began a major new story arc and the battle raged in Inhumans vs. X-Men #2. Scroll down to see what we thought of these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below. Also, join us in welcoming new reviewer Blair Marnell into the fold. All-Star Batman #6 Written by Scott Snyder | Drawn by Jock & Francesco Francavilla “As nice as it was to learn that Scott Snyder would still be writing a Batman comic for DC Rebirth, this series wouldn’t get very far simply by replicating the approach Snyder took on his previous book. Especially not without artist Greg Capullo at his side. Nor would it help All-Star Batman stand out against the likes of Tom King’s bold, daring take Batman or James Tynion’s terrific ensemble approach to Detective Comics. Fortunately, Snyder has and continues to take a very experimental approach to his new series. All-Star’s READ FULL…