Archive for December, 2013

Marvel Knights: X-Men #1The Marvel Knights imprint is the TV-14 of comics. They aren’t quite deserving of a mature rating, but they aren’t really for kids either.

That doesn’t necessarily make this a better comic, this one just happens to be a better comic.

Getting away from the politics and insanity that is the standard Earth-616 universe, Marvel Knights takes Logan, Kitty and Rogue to a small country town which has some serious issues. Namely, mutant kids are getting hunted down and killed. Obviously it’s a job for the X-Men.

The story is pretty straight forward but not over-simplified. The fact that it’s removed from everything else allows it to exist just as it is. It’s almost like a filler issue only five issues worth of filler that doesn’t have to set anything up. This makes it a nice soft read with a mystery at its heart that isn’t going to be some lame excuse for another cross over event or some such. It’s really just a good read, I don’t know how many ways I can say that.

I can only hope it can keep up with this and give us a nice little story. Seeing as it doesn’t have a lot of baggage dragging it down, it looks promising.

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Fearless Defenders #11Heroes should know better than to take a vacation.

Hippolyta wants to reform the Amazons, making them bigger and better than before, but minus a lot of the bloodshed and general ‘kill all the things’ attitude they are kinda known for. She throws a big party and everyone is invited.

So, of course, in Mean Girls fashion, LeFay crashes the party using some throwaway baddies. She then causes some distrust and discord in the ranks just to get everyone’s hackles up.

It’s a story that is a bit of filler to get things moving to the next story arc, but knowing that this is the second to last issue makes it very bitter-sweet and pale. One more issue, it’s all going to come down to one more issue that is going to have to carry most of the climax by itself.

This kinda makes me worried, but hopefully we’ll have a good ending to a title that ended way too soon.

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1X11 – Pinnacle
Air Date: 12/25/2013
Hank McCoy visits the school to check up on the growing mutations of several of the students, meanwhile, Logan helps out an old friend.

Thank you again for your patience. Here is the mid-season finale! I hope you enjoy it!
There seems to be issues with FF.net right now so I’ll get it up there as soon as I’m able.

We’ll return in February, I’ll post more details as it gets close to time.

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All-New X-Men #18As a person, I like Jean Grey, but as character, I despise her.

This issue was going along rather nicely despite the fact that it’s still weird to see Kitty on Scott’s side, but her interactions with Illyana were pretty cool. Then suddenly this issue is all about how much everyone loves Jean Grey. It’s not even a commentary on how good of a person or whatever she is, nope, it’s about a bunch of guys who can apparently only think about why Jean doesn’t love them. To make it work, their thinking is horribly wrong and flawed, a lot of it is why the term ‘friendzoned’ is now offensive. No one can seem to write Jean as her own character, it’s always about her relationships and how everyone is in love with her.

I know, these are teenage boys and they are hormonal like that but do we really need panel after panel of these boys and their unhealthy obsession with Jean? Because that’s what it is, really unhealthy and I’m actually glad that Bendis does try to show how idiotic Hank is being and lets Jean get rightfully upset over how wrong the whole thing is. But at the same time, it all feels trite because he caps it off with a ‘rescue from the Angel’ and now there seems to be another goddamn contender in the ring.

Basically, what Bendis has here is an opportunity, he can either show how the objectification of a female by males is a bad thing by correcting these boys behavior towards her, or he can turn this into some kind of ‘wet dream’ fantasy over a character he had a hard on for when he was a teenage boy.

Forgive me if I don’t have a lot of faith right now, especially since this whole series seems to be one bad ‘teenage romance’ trope from the beginning.

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X-Men Legacy #19Well, that escalated quickly…

David is given to S.W.O.R.D. because the plot says so. While he’s there, that one crazy dude that he preemptively stopped from trying to destroy all the mutants, or Earth in general, whatever, pays him a visit. We’re then treated to pages and pages of exposition as he tells David how that piece of David’s psyche that escaped is trying to destroy the world or at least give it a really bad day.

This is something that kinda bothers me, when comics just throw out body counts of a hundred here, a hundred there and so forth… I wonder if someone has sat down and added up how many people get killed off in some random act of violence throughout the entirety of the Marvel Universe in any given month? Just a thought.

Anyway, so yeah, David is pretty damn powerful and just a piece of him is running amuck and causing lots and lots of damage. The only answer to all this is to kill him, of course, and with the Shadow of the Phoenix, natch’.

This can only end in tears…

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Amazing X-Men #1 Variant Cover by Scottie YoungDo you really need to ask us if we missed you Nightcrawler? Cause, seriously, that’s a dumb question. Of course we missed you!!!

Your reintroduction to the Marvel Universe was near perfect. We saw a piece of your thoughtful soul and a piece of your swashbuckling heart.  At one point you’re fighting with three swords, do you know how all kinds of awesome that is? Do you?! And then your dad shows up and it’s all kinds of awkward but you deal with it masterfully. Seriously, if this is the direction this story is going to take with you, well, Captain, I’m ready to set sail!

Nightcrawler’s wonderful rebirth almost makes up for the fact that the back end of this issue is a bit off, and in some places, really off. The introduction of Firestar into the series is interesting as she quickly realizes that the school is all manner of crazy. This in and of itself isn’t an issue. It’s the random characterization of the other characters that are just wtf? I can’t see ‘Ro not taking a second to at least properly welcome Firestar, but here she’s really pissy. Warbird is way too territorial (like seriously, her being territorial regarding ‘breeding partners’ is actually counter to everything I know about her). Everyone else is serviceable but these two were so OOC in prominent ways that I couldn’t but scratch my head and wonder if I was still reading the same comic.

But hey, it’s just the first issue and they had to set up the inter-dimensional travel through the gate created by the Bamfs (omg that  was awesome I love the Bamfs!). Can’t wait to see where we get to next!

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Part of me is really mad that she’s once again getting the short end of the stick in these films (I will never forgive X3), but part of me is kinda glad that she won’t be in the official canon of the film because they were probably going to screw her up even worse anyway.

via Cinemablend

dofp_rogue_iceman_magnetoBryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past promises to bring together multiple generations of the mutant superhero team, with the worlds of the original X-Men trilogy and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class colliding, but today it has been sadly announced that one fan-favorite character has been axed from the final cut of the film. During a recently interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director revealed that Anna Paquin, who plays Rogue in the cinematic X-Men series, is no longer going to appear in next summer’s blockbuster.

The detail was uncovered when Singer explained how a rescue sequence that was shot in the beginning of production on the movie ended up needing to get cut. The scene features Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), but Singer says that it ultimately affected the pacing of the film negatively. The good news, however, is that we will be able to see it someday. Explained the filmmaker,

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

I must say that this is kind of a bummer. The last time we saw Rogue, in X-Men: The Last Stand, she had received the mutant “cure” and was going on to try and live a normal life. Thanks to the last shot of Magneto in the movie we know that the “cure” ended up being temporary, but what then what happened to Rogue? We won’t get an answer to that question until the movie comes out on home video some time next fall, and it sounds like they won’t be getting too deep into the material. Maybe she will play a crucial role in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse?

X-Men: Days of Future Past may not include Paquin, but it does have a full roster of familiar faces. From the original trilogy we will once again get to see Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore,while returning First Class members include James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult. Joining the franchise in new roles will be Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing. You can watch the teaser trailer for the movie below, and catch the full thing in theaters on May 23, 2014.

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So as you already know, I rewrote last week’s episode Ghosts and that caused it to be a day late. When I moved around some sub-plots I caused a snow-ball effect and now I’m going to be late with the mid-season finale since I realized I had to deal with the events of Ghosts earlier than planned (but this isn’t a bad thing, trust me!).

Plus, I decided to do all this in probably the two busiest months of the year for me social-wise.

Did I mention this was a learning process?

I’ve since decided to move the Mid-Season Finale, 1X11 Pinnacle, to Christmas Day at 5e/4c. This gives me time to really have a sit down with it and see how it’s going to effect the second half of the season.

I really apologize and hope you all understand! And here is a sneaky for you to tell you how much I appreciate you!

In a bubble of a nearly blinding storm, three figures flew by, lost in the backdrop.

“This is the search grid,” Wolverine said as he checked the GPS locator.

“Good,” Carol said as she held onto a harness that was wrapped around the man’s torso, herself floating in the air thanks to her mutation which gave her the strength to counteract gravity, to a point, “cause you’ve put on a few pounds in your old age.”

The feral mutant was clearly not amused as he tucked away the device into his jacket.

“I will stay above,” Storm told them as she floated on the winds, “I can push this storm farther North and give you a reprieve, but it will be delicate as I do not want to dump twelve inches of snow over New England.”

“Understood,” Carol nodded to the woman, then looked down at Logan, “you picking up anything yet?”

“Nah,” he sniffed the air, “it’ll be better on the ground.”

“You want me to drop you any place in particular?” she asked him.

“Anywhere will be good,” he told her.

“Okay,” and with that she simply let go.

Logan fell like a rock, growling like a beast, but the Air Force Captain had no doubt he’d land on his feet with the grace of a feline.

“I commend you,” Storm said with a smirk.

“He’ll get over it,” she checked that her radio was secure to her belt and her thermal coat was zipped tight , “he always does.”

“Yes,” the woman nodded, “good luck in finding your friend.”

“Who needs luck when you have a Wolverine,” Carol winked, then dived down towards the Earth, looking for where the man would have landed.

“Hilarious,” he was all he said when she came to land in front of him.

“I thought so,” she smiled and then looked around to see nothing but white and trees, “got a direction yet?”

“Yeah,” he gestured to his left, “this way.”

“Just like old times, eh, Logan?” she said as they started to head that way.

He let out a rare honest laugh, “Just like old times.”

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via ComingSoon.net

Little is officially known about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which was announced two weeks ago, but thanks to director Bryan Singer we now have an idea of who is behind the scenes for the sequel. Singer tweeted about a “Late night X-Men Apocalypse story session” last night and the photo included not only Singer and X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg, but also X2: X-Men United screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris! This marks the first time since “X2” that Dougherty and Harris have worked on an X-Men film. Though it remains to be seen who will officially pen the screenplay for the sequel, it’s certainly exciting to see former franchise writers return to the series.

In addition, Singer added “It’s snowing in Egypt!” to his tweet, which might seem unrelated but Egypt was in fact the birth place of Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur’s in the original source material.

Created by Louise and Walter Simonson, Apocalypse made his debut in X-Factor #6. The character’s most popular storyline, “The Age of Apocalypse,” ran in the X-Men books beginning in 1995. Set in a parallel reality formed by interference to the timeline, “The Age of Apocalypse” saw Professor Charles Xavier murdered before he could form the X-Men. Instead, a very different take on the team began with Magneto leading them through a post-apocalyptic America ruled by mutants.

X-men: Apocalypse will hit the big screen May 27, 2016, while X-Men: Days of Future Past will debut May 23, 2014.

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via Hollywood Reporter

Paul Rudd
Marvel has found the star on their next giant movie, Ant-Man.
Paul Rudd had been chosen to star in the movie, which is being directed by Edgar Wright and already has a release date of July 31, 2015.

Rudd was in contention for the role with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and although Rudd was the front-runner for some time, Marvel took its time pulling the trigger. Some speculate that when Gordon-Levitt became attached to Sandman, based on a character by Marvel’s rival, DC Entertainment, that only hastened the dealmaking.

Ant-Man could be Marvel’s more quirky offering since it’s in the hands of Wright, a director known for his fan-favorite films such as Hot Fuzz and The World’s End,which balance action, sci-fi and comedy.

Rudd’s front-runner status was an open secret. What is more of interest to fanboys and girls is which Ant-Man is Marvel adapting. The script calls for the original hero, a scientist named Dr. Hank Pym who invents the shrinking technology (called Pym Particles!) and was one of Marvel’s earliest heroes. But it also has Scott Lang, a reformed thief who became the hero in the late 1970s.

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