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Telltale's Guardians Of The Galaxy Series Starts Strong

I feel like I’ve just spent two hours pouring over the first issue of a Guardians of the Galaxy limited series while listening to classic rock. It’s a good feeling. Advertisement After sharpening its comic book storytelling technique with The Walking Dead, Fables and Batman, Telltale Games sets its sights on Marvel’s motley crew of spacefaring misfits. Guardians of the Galaxy is the perfect fodder for episodic adventure. While the series features plenty of sci-fi action, the exotic deep space setting mainly serves as the backdrop for an intergalactic dramedy about a group of unlikely friends trying to find their place in the universe. The first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy : The Telltale Series taps into the tenuous relationship between Peter “Star Lord” Quill, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Groot almost immediately. Well, after the initial dance number. Advertisement While Telltale has said that the series is based on the Guardians from the comics rather than the ones from the Marvel cinematic universe, there’s a definite movie vibe to the opening sequence of the first episode, “Tangled Up In Blue.” Peter READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Deadpool Shows Off What Hasbro Can Do With 12 Inches

My photoshoot of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends 12-inch Deadpool figure might have gotten away from me, but the point stands—Hasbro has really gotten a handle on 12-inch figures. Advertisement During the heyday of my Marvel action figure collecting it wasn’t Hasbro making Wolverine, Iron Man and Thor action figures, but rather ToyBiz, progenitors of the Marvel Legends line. Prior to the detailed Legends line, ToyBiz did a line of passable Marvel Universe toys. That line included a series of 10 inch figures that were very, very bad. “Kill me” So when I think of a large Marvel Comics action figure on store shelves, I imagine something horrible like this or Hasbro’s Titan Heroes line. Kids’ stuff. Advertisement This is not kids’ stuff. Well, depending on your kids. 6-inch Legends Deadpool just kind of showed up. He brought his taco. Hasbro kicked off its 12-inch Marvel Legends line last year, debuting Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man at Toy Fair 2016. Instead of the barely-articulated, sparingly-detailed abominations of the past, these figures were premium collector material, packed with extra heads, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


“I’m Thinking About the Hulk’s Farts”

Panel from Incredible Hulk #182, Marvel Comics When I started telling my daughter about various superheroes, I thought for sure that the Flash or Batgirl was going to be her favorite. But super-speed and total recall can’t stand up to gamma-powered grumpiness: the Hulk has her heart. Advertisement At six years old, my girl child is still in the age range where she can’t keep still. That’s why I thought the Flash would become her favorite superhero. When she asked me to talk about superheroes who weren’t very patient, I told her how the Flash’s powers make it hard for him to wait for anything. She chuckled at the idea of Flash being unable to do a stakeout with Batman because he’d be so antsy. She’s becoming quite an avid reader, too, and it seemed like Barbara Gordon’s past as a librarian would endear Batgirl to her. She loves the idea that Batgirl never forgets anything that she sees, reads, or learns, even after I explained the downsides. For her, Batgirl’s photographic memory makes the heroine was “smarter than Batman.” So what made her go all in on the Hulk? The READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Black Widow's First Kill Will Mess You Up

Natasha Romanoff has been a superhero. She’s also been a spy. Right now, she’s somewhere in between the morality of those two poles. Before she was either of those, however, she was an assassin. This week’s new Black Widow comic shows the first time the young Natasha killed someone. It’s nasty. Black Widow is one of Marvel’s best titles right now, a taut thriller centered on Natasha’s attempts to reckon with her checkered past. It’s being written by artist Chris Samnee with help from scribe Mark Waid; colorist Matt Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna round out the creative team. The first story arc had Natasha in thrall to the Weeping Lion, a urban-legend operative who had access to her biggest secrets. After a flubbed mission, her involvement with the abduction of scientist Ho Yinsen—who helped Tony Stark build the first Iron Man armor while held captive by an evil warlord—became public knowledge. A confrontation with Stark gave her the means to discover psychic Ilya Knezevic as the Weeping Lion’s true identity, but she still didn’t know why he’s determined to destroy her. Knezevic’s motivation is revealed in this week’s Black Widow #7, as Natasha’s forces the psychic to help her…

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United Airlines Kicks Passenger Off Plane Because of Marvel Superhero Hat [UPDATE]

A passenger wearing a Black Panther baseball cap has been told to remove the headgear because it—along with a t-shirt with an upside-down American flag—makes the pilot “uncomfortable.” Advertisement Earlier today, freelance e-sports journalist Amanda Stevens shared images on Twitter from on-board a United Airlines flight to Chicago. Stevens was en route to cover the League of Legends quarterfinals but was told by flight staff that her shirt—an ASAP Rocky design pulled from stores a year ago—and baseball cap with the logo of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther made the pilot uncomfortable. The official United account tweeted Stevens in an apparent attempt to smooth things over. We’ve reached out to Stevens and will update this story with any further developments. Advertisement Advertisement UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Reached by phone, Steven told io9 that a United representative first raised concerns when she was preparing to board flight 5183 from Albany to Chicago. Stevens told me that she’s flown in this outfit before but turned the shirt inside out. She was then told that the hat was a concern as well. She was allowed to board the plane but had a tense exchange with an attendant who asked her to place her bag under…

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Real Talk About How Luke Cage Uses Blackness

The Luke Cage TV show is undeniably black. But that alone isn’t enough to satisfy every black comics fan who’s watching the show. Advertisement Three days after the series went up, it seems like everyone’s talking about Luke Cage. In many ways, it’s the show that folks have been waiting years for, myself included. What follows is a discussion between myself and three other notable nerds of African descent about what we thrilled to and were disappointed by in Netflix’s episodic adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics superhero. Joining me are: Advertisement Cheryl Lynn Eaton, writer and creator of the Ormes Society, an organization dedicated recognizing and promoting past and present contributions of black women David Brothers, formerly one-half of the almighty 4thletter! comics criticism site, current comics professional and Oakland representer Jamie Broadnax, managing editor and founder of Black Girl Nerds, a pop culture enthusiast social media community Evan Narcisse: Let’s kick things off by talking about what your concerns and expectations were in the long hype cycle leading up to last Friday? My biggest concern was that the series would hew too much to a standard-issue superhero template. But I liked how they were open about people knowing…