Cosmo & I (Pat) hit the artists alley floor to talk to comics creators in their own words about their work, their process, their inspiration and more. This episode features James Tynion IV, David Walker, Sanford Greene, Jill Thompson, Al Ewing & Ryan North. Click below for the audio more info on the interviews.
Al Ewing & Paco Medina of Marvel’s Contest Of Champions will be launching a new series titled U.S.Avengers in October of 2016. More details at The Washington Post
By Al Ewing, Adam Gorham & Michael Garland
Two weeks ago, Marvel relaunched Guardians of the Galaxy with an All-New title to coincide with the team’s return to cinemas. Last week, it was team member Rocket Raccoon’s turn as he took the next step in his journey from that “black hole somewhere in Sirius Major.” Rocket’s evolution as a character has been a fascinating one from his unassuming debut in an incomplete science-fiction serial to a brilliant solo limited-series, followed by two decades of obscurity until gaining a prominent place on the post-Annihilation Guardians of the Galaxy. With the imminent arrival of the first Guardians movie, Marvel gave Rocket another shot a solo series, which, give or take the standard marketing driven relaunching, Rocket has steadily maintained over the past three years. For most of this time, his exploits were delightfully scripted by Skottie Young. The post-Young issues have ranged from charming (Nick Kocher’s) to meh (Matthew Rosenberg’s). Last week Al Ewing assumed scripting duties, immediately breathing fresh air into the title once again.
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Fall is upon us but while Secret Wars and it’s many tie in’s sit in delay purgatory for the time being, Marvel is once again relaunching it’s superhero line with a whole bunch of #1 issues for their comics. With that said, the publisher is moving from a different position than they were in with Marvel Now & All New Marvel Now. With the former, Marvel had a lot of young creative talent that they were able to re-position during the relaunch to give their line a fresh make over and give creators they had brought up on their lower tier titles a higher profile like Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jason Aaron or Rick Remender. After Marvel Now was a success, they added several new talents into their fold by building off the success of the original relaunch, giving creators like Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, Michael Walsh, Felipe Smith or Michel Fiffe their first shot at a major comics launch with the publisher. Now, much of the talent from both those initiatives has moved on from the publisher. In their place, Marvel has new creators coming on from all sorts of different mediums in addition to some of their old standby’s like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid or Greg Land, and they are publishing a lot of comics. Probably too many. Below is a list of all the announced new series categorized into grouping of Yay, Mayhaps or Nah like we did with Secret Wars. Keep in mind that I won’t be including series that are basically the same creative talent and that Marvel will surely have more books to announce in the months ahead.
Based on the popular video game, Marvel will be releasing a Contest Of Champions ongoing series by writer Al Ewing of Loki Agent of Asgard, Ultron Forver & Might Avengers with artist Paco Medina of Nova, Amazing Spiderman & Legendary Star Lord. More details at CNET
It’s almost summer of 2015 which means Marvel comics will be dropping another event much to the delight of comics shops & corporate shareholders. But this time around feels a little different, this time we are getting something bigger, something different and something that feels like uncharted territory. Starting in May of 2015 and going throughout the summer and beyond, Marvel comics will possibly alter, stop publishing or shake up their entire universe in it’s Secret Wars initiative. Instead of Avengers comics there will be a series of titles upon titles that appear out of continuity. What is going on here? What does this all mean? Is there anything worth reading out of all this? Let’s try an extrapolate what we know below.
By Al Ewing, Kenneth Rocafort & Dan Brown
Similar to New Avengers, there was a bit of head scratching when The Ultimates was first announced as part of Marvel’s All-New All-Different lineup. What was the purpose of this title? The branding originated for the Avengers’ equivalent in the Ultimate Universe, yet, Marvel has been insistent in their declarations that post-Secret Wars the Ultimate Universe will be no more. Naturally nothing is certain until the final chapter of Jonathan Hickman’s magnum opus hits the stands (and even then, well, it is comics). However, the signs so far indicate that unlike Cataclysm, this time editorial means it. No new Ultimateverse series have been announced while prominent characters such as Miles Morales and The Maker have already been transported into the mainline 616-verse. So why keep the Ultimates branding, especially as there is not even a single refugee from that reality on the team? Would it not have made more sense to simply call themselves The Marvels, as three out of five have/had that adjective as part of their codename? Luckily for fans, the debut issue proves these questions to be somewhat academic. Regardless of whatever marketing decisions influenced its creation, Ultimates #1 is a great comic.
Continue reading Review of The Ultimates #1
By Al Ewing, Gerardo Sandoval & Dono Sanchez Alamra
This week, the New Avengers join the All-New All-Different party (All-New All-Different New Avengers?). The term New Avengers was originally coined by Brian Michael Bendis for his team relaunch post-Dissembled. The label made sense then, and continued to do so during the schism of Civil War/The Initiative and the underground period of Dark Reign. Bendis kind of justified its continued existence post-Siege as Luke Cage’s “unofficial” Avengers (i.e. not answerable to authorities like S.H.I.E.LD.) but really the brand stopped making sense a long time ago. When you are simply one of half a dozen different Avengers teams on the market, what makes you the “New” one anyway? Jonathan Hickman gave New Avengers’ its own distinct identity though the designation seemed misplaced; was not Cap and Tony’s team the new one?
Ewing’s solution to the quandary appears to be a copious helping of youth, such as Hulking, Wiccan and Squirrel Girl. Yep, we now live in a world with an Avengers book co-staring Tippy-Toe. On paper that could be awesome. What better way to snap Billy out of one of his funks than the sound of “chitty chuk chuk?” In fact some of the best moments in the issue come from team member White Tiger’s inability to comprehend either Squirrel Girl or her trusted companion. Unfortunately these isolated character beats are not enough to carry the series debut.
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