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A roundup of some interesting bits of news about comics and comic book adaptations…

DEVIL’S DUE BUYS FIRST COMICS!  The purchasing company has actually been around since 1999, and is probably best known for the horror comic Hack/Slash.  First Comics was one of the (ahem) first independent publishers, way back in 1983, and boasted an impressive catalog including Nexus, Grimjack, and two of my personal favorites, Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg and Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar.  Best news about the merger? They’ll be reviving The Badger, a character who my buddy CD insists was the inspiration for Deadpool (because no other wise-ass thug-antiheroes existed in comics in the 1980s?).  A new series will be written by the creator of the character, Mike Baron ,and illustrated by Jim Fern (best known for a bunch of X-Factor and Wolverine stories in the late 1990s/early 2000s), Tony Akins (who drew the Eisner-winning Jack of Fables for Vertigo), and the great Val Mayerik (co-creator of Howard the Duck).

INDIE MUSICAL!  The stage adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” graphic novel won best Musical and six other Tony Awards.  The book has been banned from several State libraries due to its mature discussions of child abuse and sexual orientation.

DAREDEVIL, RIP.  Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s run on Daredevil is probably in my top 3 best DD runs of all time, right under Frank Miller and tied with Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.  And it’s ending in a few months with issue #18, in which he will finally release The Autobiography of Matt Murdock.  I’m glad Marvel didn’t interrupt or mess with this run in their Secret Wars event, but I can’t help wondering if none of it “matters” because Secret Wars is resetting the whole Marvel U.  We’ll see.

CAPTAIN AMERICA WHITE FINALLY COMING OUT!  It’s been pending since 2008, when an advance #0 preview came out, but it looks like the final Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale “color” miniseries will actually be released in September.


  • Boom! Studios’ comic book Lumberjanes, about a haunted girls’ summer camp, has been a huge hit—and now it’s been optioned for a movie by Fox.
  • Universal Studios has optioned Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Eisner-nominated Image Comic, “The Wicked + The Divine,” for a TV adaptation to be produced by Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds.  It’s about Gods coming to life and hanging out at nightclubs.  Kind of.  I loved the first few issues but lost interest.  I hope producing TV shows won’t make Kelly Sue unable to keep writing Bitch Planet, which is one of the best comics on the market right now.
  • Mark Millar and Goran Parlov’s Image Comic Starlight has a script for its big screen adaptation by Fox.
  • The film version of the Manga hit Akira is being rebooted after multiple failed starts.  Marco J. Ramirez, writer for Daredevil season one and showrunner for season two, is attached to write a new script.  Netflix’s DD crew are getting lots of attention, as another one just got picked to help write Transformers #19: Cars Still Talk.
  • Universal Studios has optioned the best new comic of 2014, Bitch Planet.


  • Eisner-winning Cow Boy (Boom Studios) will be adapted for TV by DreamWorks as a cartoon.  Congrats to Nate Cosby and the great Chris Eliopoulos.  It was great when they made a smart, all-ages comic (too many comics are for adults these days), and it’s terrific to see them get a nice reward for it.
  • And finally, we have our Punisher….


COMIC BOOK NEWS! MAY 2015 EDITION featuring All the Classic TV and Movie Heroes!

I’m not doing these news posts as much anymore—too busy in my real life—but I still like to keep up on the haps. 


Let’s start with the world of comic book TV shows, which is exploding.  They’re filming Preacher for AMC, and most people are skeptical that it can possibly be as blasphemous, disgusting, or brilliant as Garth Ennis and Kevin Dillon’s comic book.  iZombie is plugging away, with fair-to-middling numbers and nobody noticing.  But best of all is DC.  DC’s live comic book shows The Flash and Gotham are damn good, and there’s a spin-off coming, Legends of Tomorrow, coming in the next six months or so, has mad potential: The Atom, Captain Cold, Black and White Canary, Hawkgirl, Lazarus Pits and Vandal Savage, Firestorm, and even Rip Hunter … And Gotham and Flash just get better, while SHIELD’s ratings continue a long, slow, deserved slide downwards.  It’s not that SHIELD is terrible—and this season was definitely their best—it’s just not nearly good enough.  And when you compare it to Flash, which has costumes and superpowers all over it, and Gotham, which has neither, you realize how good SHIELD really ought to be—whether it’s about superhumans or secret agents.  Despite the low ratings, SHIELD will return next season.  We’ll also get season two of Agent Carter.

There may be hope for Marvel though.  Disney appears to be developing an entire cable network built around Star Wars and Marvel—or at least they’re exploring the possibility of such a thing in 2020.  It’s easy to imagine how much time they could fill up with Marvel alone, especially if they include the films, shows, and cartoons developed outside of Marvel Studios. 

Meanwhile, DC has even more to come: ABC’s teaser for Supergirl is promising, and the TNT series based on Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s The New Teen Titans has begun development.  Are we hitting the market saturation point?  I still don’t watch Arrow—it’s just a little too dark and brooding to keep my interest—but I understand it’s cool.  So DC seems to be hitting all home runs, while Marvel’s TV roster flounders.  Which is the exact opposite of the movieverse (see below).

SO BASICALLY, THE MARVEL TV-VERSE SUCKS, RIGHT?  UNLESS ITS DAREDEVIL.  The Netflix show was amazing, and now auditions for the part of Elektra in season two have leaked online.  They were taken down for spoiling the assassin’s appearance in the show but, come on, did anyone really thing she wouldn’t be in season two?


MARVEL CIVIL WAR.  Leaked set photos for next summer’s biggest film show a funeral.  Of course, the hope is that it’s Captain America so we can see the rehabilitation of Winter Soldier in the next film…Although I feel like we haven’t had enough Chris Evans yet.  He’s a great Cap.  But it would be a cool movieverse twist to have it be Tony Stark.  Robert Downey Jr. has publicly said he’s too old for the role, and the end of Age of Ultron suggested a new Avengers team would be in offing.  And speaking of Age of Ultron…Meh.  It was good, but not great.  The villain didn’t seem bad enough.  I get that there was a huge threat and all life on Earth was in peril, but blah blah blah.  Even the “shocking” surprise death felt a little cold.  The film lacked the energy and interpersonal excitement of the first Avengers, and of nearly all the Marvel movies.  It was still good enough that I’d say it’s not Marvel Studio’s first big misstep (and it’s made boatloads of money), but it does show the potential for weakening.  The good news is that Marvel has help in the way of FOX studios also making their films (much like DC has spread its TV properties around to other networks). 

FOX DEVELOPS NEW MUTANTS AND PLANS X-MOVIES FOR DECADES.  The good news: FOX’s X-movies have been mostly pretty good, so a New Mutants movie has promise.  The bad news: It’s being written and directed by Josh Boone, who just finished the treacle-fest “The Fault in Our Stars.”  Hm.  Meanwhile, we’re getting saturated with news from the Deadpool set—including a possible Wolverine cameo.  And then, of course, there’s the shared studio deal over Marvel’s biggest property…

ASA BUTTERFIELD IS PETER PARKER.  You probably haven’t seen him in anything, but he was in the Martin Scorsese flop, “Hugo.”

DR. STRANGE IS NOT A WOMAN.  But his mentor the Ancient One might be, as Tilda Swinton is negotiating for the role.  Frankly, I think it would be a much, much, MUCH cooler movie if she was Dr. Strange.  One issue: The Ancient One is from Tibet, and Tilda is white as an Irishman locked in a cellar at night.  Hm.  When Avatar was white, everyone cried racism, so expect some more of that again.

AND DC HAS SOME MOVIES COMING OUT TOO.  But man do they all look bad.  Suicide Squad’s Joker created an internet rebellion, and the Batman vs. Superman teasers and leaked images look bland and boring. 


  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting looked at by Fox for a reboot, after the miserable 2003 movie.
  • The movie adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ “Wilson” will star Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern andbe directed by Craig Johnson, who did the brilliant “Skeleton Twins” movie.



CONVERGENCE.  DC’s latest event is just awful.  Unless you’re a huge fan of DC Comics for the last 30 years and understand all the pre-Crisis, post-Crisis, pre-52, and new 52 continuities, you (like me) won’t understand what’s going on most of the time and, worse still, won’t give a shit.  And I tried.  And there’s really no stakes.  I have no sense of why any of this matters.  Even at the end of it: Okay, so we got a set of “official” alternate universes.  Didn’t we have that already?  I can’t keep it straight and, worse, I don’t understand why I need to keep it straight.  And as for the tie-ins, I’ve tried to read about 15 of them and not a single one has captured my attention.  Even Ambush Bug couldn’t make it enjoyable.  Maybe I’m officially done with DC forever.

SECRET WARS.  Contrast DC’s change-everything-change-nothing event with Marvel’s.  Yes, we know eventually the Marvel Universe will revert to using the characters we’ve known and loved for decades in basically the same settings we’ve known and loved for decades, but in the meantime we’re getting a solid main miniseries and some really adventurous, slam-bang tie-ins like A-Force, X-Men ’92, and Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars. 

REBELS.  The new Dark Horse Comics book by Brian Wood amost makes me forgive him for ending The Massive.  Yeah, it’s Civil War fiction—which probably interests about five comic book readers—but it’s fantastic. 

MIND MGMT IS DEAD…LONG LIVE NEW MGMT!  The best ongoing Dark Horse comic of all time is Mind MGMT.  Yeah, I said it.  It’s better than Yojimbo, better than Hellboy, better than Sin City or Tank Girl.  It’s mind-blowing, unique, and often a challenge to fully understand.  And it’s ending.  But, it turns out, it will be reborn—still written and drawn by Matt Kindt, as “New MGMT.” 


COMIC BOOK NEWS: Featuring Everyone Who Isn’t Marvel!

Yesterday, I gave some thoughts and updates on the current situation at Marvel.  I haven’t done one of these news posts in about a month, and I had too much I wanted to share to fit into just one post.  So, Marvel yesterday and today everything else.

 Both DC and Marvel have released the first issues of their respective Convergence (lots of issue #1s) and Secret Wars events (the first issue of the Ultron miniseries).  Neither were very good, or even all that interesting.  Hmmm.

So what IS interesting in the comic book world?  Let’s find out!

CONVERGENCE: SHAZAM.  Whatever my thoughts might be about DC’s ongoing event (been burned too many times by DC, their events suck, their reboots suck harder, etc.), I’m excited to see what Evan “Doc” Shaner and Jeff Parker do with Captain Marvel.  They promise to include the entire family, talking tiger and all.  Coming April 29.

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SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH.  Jada Pinkett Smith is leaving Gotham after season one, so no more Fish Mooney.  Too bad.  She’s the second best badass on the show.

FOX STILL PROCEEDING WITH LUCIFER.  Despite the bad reviews and low ratings for Constantine, FOX is continuing forward with their adaptation of another Vertigo series: Lucifer.  They’ve cast Lesley-Ann Brandt, from Spartacus, to play Maze, and Tom Ellis as the lead.

EVERYTHING MARK MILLAR DOES IS A MOVIE.  Image Comics’ Jupiter’s Legacy (with Frank Quietly) and Mark Millar’s latest project Chrononauts, (also for Image Comics) have been sold.  Millar’s a movie machine: Wanted, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Kingsmen, and Kick-Ass have already been made, and we can look forward to adaptations of Marvel’s Civil War, Starlight (his 2014 book with Goran Parlov) and Superior.  I personally am looking forward to that last one the most—it’s a book he made with Lenil Yu about a disabled kid who becomes a superhero (a lot like Shazam), but it’s told in a dark and cynical style with a great twisty plotline.

I KILL GIANTS: THE MOVIE.  It’s been discussed for years, but it looks like the adaptation of the multi-award-winning Graphic Novel by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura is really moving forward—with Academy Award winner Anders Walters to direct and Chris Columbus producing.  I am so stoked about this—the graphic novel is absolutely fantastic.

STAR TREK MEETS GREEN LANTERN.  IDW and DC will do a company crossover titled, “Spectrum War,” coming in July. 

LAZARUS GETS A TV DEAL.  Greg Rucka is one of the most interesting writers in comics today.  Artist Michael Lark’s talent speaks for itself, and he has great sense of mood and page design.  Their creator-owned Image Comic has gotten a TV development deal, and Rucka will write at least the first episode.  Couldn’t happen to a better comic, frankly.


MARVEL COMICS (AND MOVIES! AND TV!) NEWS: Featuring Secret Wars, Luke Cage, and More!

So I haven’t done a news post in a bunch of weeks now and lots of little items have stacked up.  Many are probably old news to you, but in case they aren’t—or in case you want to know what I think about them—here’s a news post just on Marvel.  Tomorrow, I’ll finish gathering up DC and everyone else and do another news post on those things.

WEIRDWORLD.  Marvel has released the teaser image (above) for Jason Aaron and Michael Del Mundo’s revival of the old (way, way, very old) Marvel comic about swords and sandals and is that…Arkon on the cover?

SECRET WARS: THE INFINITY GAUNTLET.  So, I’m torn.  The Secret Wars tie-in comic will be a tribute to one of the best Jim Starlin works of all time, and a great chapter in the life of Thanos—who I love.  And it’s drawn by Dustin Weaver, whose work on Jonathan Hickman’s SHIELD miniseries was revelatory.  He’s probably the best artist working in comics today (or at least he’s up there with Declan Shalvey and Sean Phillips).  But it’s written by Gerry Duggan who has never written a single comic book I’ve liked.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE INFINITY GAUNTLET MOVIE?  The two-part threequel to Avengers won’t be directed by Joss Whedon.  He’d pretty much already said so, and everyone assumed that the Russo Brothers, who directed the second-biggest superhero movie of all time (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) would inherit the mantle.  They will—they’re signed to direct Avengers: Infinity War films, slated for release in 2018 and 2019 (why are you making us wait a year!?!).  It’s also not clear whether the main stars will be returning for those movies.  Robert Downey Jr. has said he came back for Captain America: Civil War, which comes out in 2016–to work with Chris Evans again, but Evans has also said he’s done being Captain America.  So Civil War may be the last one with the current gang, and Marvel will have to decide whether to re-cast the actors or replace the characters.  Bucky Cap?  Rhodey Iron Man?  Girl Thor?  She-Hulk?  I’m in for all that.

THE AVENGERS ARE COMING…TO TV!  The team will appear on the April 13 episode of Jimmy Kimmel and on Good Morning America on April 24. I’m sure both appearances will be canon and in-continuity.

A-FORCE PRESENTS.  Looks like the promised all-female Avengers/X-Force title won’t be an ongoing series.  (But the A-Force team of women will still appear in Secret Wars.)  The book will be a six-issue anthology series of graphic novels, produced bimonthly, with a price tag of $14.99.  It will feature a Marvel women who currently have solo books: Thor (the girl one), Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, Silk, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.  Issue #1 will be all reprints: The first issues of their solo comics.  Is this what Marvel means by “nothing will be the same” after Secret Wars?  Will it be doing more expensive, bigger books and moving away from floppy issues?  Or is this just a way to give an entry point for the growing number of female comic book buyers?  Some of these books have alrady been cancelled (She-Hulk), but others just launched and one—Thor—is selling better than it did before he became a she.  So I can’t imagine they’ll be cancelling all those titles…We’ll see, I guess, won’t we?

LUKE CAGE.  Everybody probably knows that after Daredevil comes AKA Jessica Jones, and then a Luke Cage Netflix series starring Mike Colter.  Well, Marvel is lining up some great talent: Cheo Hodari Coker, a journalist who has experience on two excellent “street level” TV shows (Southland and Ray Donovan) will serve as showrunning and will write at least the first two episodes.

CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND THE MIGHTY DEFENDERS.  I suppose with a Netflix project culminating in a “Defenders” TV show it was inevitable that Marvel would start reviving the team in its comics.  It looks like this will be another post-Secret Wars book starring a new Captain Britain, She-Hulk, and White Tiger, among others.  They’ll be fighting an evil version of Luke Cage.  Frankly, all these world-melds involving versions of the same characters are starting to make my brain hurt.

REMEMBER CRASH RYAN?  Me, neither.  But if Lucifer wasn’t an esoteric comic book, this one sure is.  It was a 1984 creator-owned comic by Ron Harris—one of the first published by Marvel under their Epic Comics banner—about an air force pilot in a fictional 1935 war against a global conqueror called “Doom.”  Seems strange with all the comics out there that this is one that gets optioned….



Unless you live under a rock or just don’t care, you know that in a few months “time runs out” and all of Marvel’s various universes and time periods will collapse inward and coexist on one, giant planet: Battleworld.

What does this mean for “normal” people? What happens to Earth? What about the freakin’ children!?!

We don’t know.

But there’s much to be excited about…


Future_Imperfect 2015Marvel’s universal restructuring will start with a retelling of all major Marvel events, including their first one, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars in 1985, many focusing on a particular Marvel brand. Oh, and by the way, if the inclusion of no less than 6 mutant events (not including Avengers vs. X-Men) doesn’t calm some of the conspiracy theorists who believe Marvel is phasing out the X-Men from the Marvel Universe, I don’t know what will.

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, Old Man Logan, House of M, Inferno, X-Tinction (the Genosha v. X-Men story), and Age of Apocalypse
  • Hulk: Future Imperfect and Planet Hulk
  • Iron Man: Armor Wars
  • Avengers: Korvac
  • Spider-Man: Spiderverse
  • Cosmic: Infinity Gauntlet
  • Everyone: Secret Wars, Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies, Civil War, and Avengers vs. X-Men


Before it all ends, several books will have a “last days” banner. Whether this is an actual end or a transformation remains to be seen (but nothing is forever dead in comics, right?). So far, these heroes will get a final tale: Winter Soldier, Magneto, Ms. Marvel, Silver Surfter, Loki, Punisher, the Mighty (aka Black) Avengers, and Black Widow.


All Marvel comics will end. All of them. And then we’ll see their publishing slate gradually build back up. And along the way there will be a bunch of one-shots and tie-ins. It’s not entirely clear which are limited series and which are going to be new ongoings (and it will probably also depend on how much interest there is in these books), but here’s what we know about the Marvel slate looking beyond Secret Wars, and what you should (and shouldn’t) look out for:

The Good (starting with the best on top):

  • A-Force. Ms. Marvel’s G. Willow Wilson gets a second ongoing, an all-female Avengers team, with art by Jorge Molina. This isn’t just good, it’s excellent.
  • Where Monsters Dwell. Garth Ennis hasn’t written a Marvel comics in years—maybe even a decade(?)—and he is one of the industry’s best. Plus, this is barely a Marvel comic. It’s about a Golden Age pilot hero in a land of dinosaurs.
  • x-men 92Ultimate End. The guys who started it all, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, end it all.
  • The Return of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men. Trapped on a world where mutants are the majority, the Morrison team (sans Fantomex) will find themselves no longer persecuted but, instead, large and in charge, in “E is for Extinction” by Christos Gage. New X-Men is one of the two X-Men runs I’ve actually re-read more than once (the other is Joss Whedon’s), so I’m in for this one. Plus, the art is by Ramon Villalobos. Very, very excited.
  • Renew Your Vows. There’s gonna be something related to Spidey’s wedding, which was undone by J. Michael Straczinski years ago in the “One More Day” storyline—probably the most controversial event in Spider-Man’s past (and that includes when Doc Ock took over his body in 2012). It will be written by Dan Slott, who is the architect of all things Spidey at Marvel, so I’m there. I’m so there.
  • X-Men 92.  The early ’90s team is a fan favorite, and this is written by Brian Michael Bendis.  Is that a good thing?  Not sure.  His latest X-works started strong but didn’t stay that way.
  • Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars. Cullen Bunn’s Deadpool miniseries have mostly been good, so we’ll assume this one will be, too. The idea is great: It’s actually about the 1985 Secret Wars, telling a story about how Deadpool was actually there, even though we never saw him.

The Meh (also starting with the best on top):

  • giant_size_little_marvel_avx_1_coverGiant-Size Little Marvel: AVX. Cartoonist extraordinaire Skottie Young gets a book that will be cute, without a doubt. But will it actually be funny? Time will tell.
  • Guardians of Knowhere. Brian Michael Bendis with art by Mike Deodato Jr. tell a “mystery” story starring Drax and Gamora. Bendis’ Guardians work has been Meh for many months, but Deodato elevates this to a potentially good buy.
  • Master of Kung Fu. Wasn’t a fan of 2014’s Elektra, also written by Haden Blackman, but I really, really want this to be good. Art by Dalibor Talajic.
  • M.O.D.O.K.: Assassin. If MODOK is in the title, I’ll buy it. Even if it is written by Chris Yost. But I recognize the major meh potential here.
  • Thors. So Jason Aaron’s Thor work has been very uneven—some of it has been terrific, the rest boring. This one will have spaceknight Thor and Beta Ray Bill, Ultimate Thor, girl-Thor, Odin, etc., and art by Chris Sprouse. None of that makes this a must-buy for me, but it does make me very curious.
  • Runaways. We’ve waited over a decade for a follow-up to one of Marvel’s most loved comics of all time. But what we’re getting is essentially the same story: A group of kids in High School find out that their parental units are actually evil. So it remains to be seen whether this will be worth anyone’s time. Created by Noelle Stevenson and Sanford Greene.

  • Weirdworld. Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo telling a “kind of Conan” stry. Not my genre, but I’m open to it if it gets good word of mouth.

The Bad (all bad–no amount of hype will get me to buy any of these):

  • Ghost Racers. I wasn’t a fan of Felipe Smith’s Ghost Rider reboot. This one will include the Western Ghost Rider and a bunch of others.
  • Mrs. Deadpool And The Howling Commandos. If it says written by Gerry Duggan, stay away. Far away.
  • Inhumans: Attlian Rising. I don’t’ get how Charles Soule can write a comic as magnificent as 2014’s She-Hulk, and turn around a mediocre snoozefest like “Inhuman.” He’s continuing his work here with the latter, not the former, so…No.
  • Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde. If you like Sam Humphries work on the current Star-Lord book, you’ll probably like this. I don’t.
  • Secret Wars 2099 (including Avengers 2099). It’s unclear if this is a miniseries or a new ongoing that will launch after the “event” ends, but either way, there hasn’t been a good 2099 book in decades. But at least it will be written by Peter David, so it’s got a shot at being worth reading. By someone other than me, though.



The first 100 issues is arguably the most creative run on a comic of all time. Here’s why:

Agatha Harkness (#94) Awesome Android (#15)

Blastaar (#62)

Black Panther (#52)

Diablo (#30)

Dr. Doom(#5)

Dragon Man (#35)

Frightful Four (#36)

Galactus (#48)

Hate Monger (#21)

Impossible Man (#11)

The Inhumans (#44)

Mad Thinker (#15)

Medusa (#37)

The Microverse (#76)

Molecule Man (#20)

Mole Man (#1)

Psycho Man (#77)

Puppet Master (#8)

Rama Tut (Kang) (#19)

The Red Ghost (#13)

Ronan The Accuser (#65)

Silver Surfer (#48)

Skrulls (#2)

Sub Mariner (1st Silver Age)(#4)

Super Skrull (#18)

Adam Warlock (#67)

The Watcher (#13)

Yancy Street and the YS Gang (#20)


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