Marvel announced two new series over the weekend for both their Star Wars & All New, All Different Lines of comics. The Star Wars book will be a miniseries based on the C3PO character by the team behind the critically acclaimed and fan favorite Starman run of James Robinson & Tony Harris. Marvel also announced a new Redwolf ongoing series spinning out of the 1872 Secret Wars series written by Nathan Edmondson of Black Widow, The Punisher & The Activity, illustrated by Dalibar Talajic of Empire Of The Dead, Dexter & Master Of Kung Fu and Native American comics creator Jeffery Veregge as cover artist, designer & creative consultant. More details on C3PO at CBR & Red Wolf at Mashable
Nothing But Comics is about to hit our two year mark and in observance of the sites anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite series, runs or issues of all time. This week it’s Josh Continue reading Tuesday Top Ten: All Time Favorites Josh
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This past Wednesday, as it must to all things, Marvel’s latest marquee Event, Civil War II, came to Scarlet Witch. Event tie-ins can be a messy business often side-lining the forward momentum of a title. Some series, such as Ms. Marvel, rise to the occasion, proving once again why they are so exceptional. Others like Ultimates or A-Force have had a more mixed success. One constant though across the tie-ins I have read is that the authors have been able to maintain the distinct personality of their titles, despite any editorial interference. This also applies to Scarlet Witch. Writer James Robinson crafts an engaging issue which riffs on the Event, while being at heart another chapter in Wanda Maximoff’s journey of self-growth.
On Wensday July 1st, Image comics released the second issue of James Robinson & Greg Hinkle’s Airboy, a metatextual commentary about the creators of the comic meeting the public domain Airboy charachter in 2014 as they are planning on doing a revival of the property. Instead, they mostly binge on drugs and alcohol. The comic is meant to be an examination of James Robinson, the books writer. In it, we are shown Robinaon at a low point in his life in which he is experiencing a disconnect with his work at DC Comics and by extension his life in general. While the first issue is basically that set up and a drug binge with artist Greg Hinkle, the conclusion introduces the Airboy charachter into the story. The second shows Airboy reacting to modern America and Robinson’s world. Airboy unknowingly eats pot brownies and goes to a bar where he and Robinson each recieve a felatio from a transgender women in the bathroom. Upon Airboy’s discovery of the individual being transgender, he reacts poorly. A day after the books release, during the most recent Image Comics Expo’s, where they annouce a series of new titles coming from the publisher, people on twitter and social media began calling for the comic to be pulled off the shelf because of it’s offensive portrayal of transgender people in the comic. Past that, the idea took on a life of it’s own. The merits of the comic and it’s portrayal of trangender people were debated from a wide range of view points. What was lost in much of the discource over the minutia was the bigger picture; Airboy intent was not to be maliscious to a minority group, but because that minority group is oppressed, it struck a nerve. The reaction of Airboy #2 was a sympton of a larger problem of power structure’s and systematic subjugation. Continue reading On Airboy #2, Transphobia & Power Structures
During last week’s Image Expo event, comics blog Graphic Policy initiated a Twitter campaign asking publisher Image Comics to pull copies of Airboy #2 from shelves. Written by James Robinson and illustrated by Greg Hinkle, the Airboy series presents boorish fictional versions of the creative team as they attempt to craft – amid a haze of booze and drugs – a reboot of the Golden Age comics hero Airboy; in the first issue, the fictional Robinson and Hinkle are surprised by the appearance of the Airboy character in the “real” world. Airboy #2 depicts Airboy and Robinson receiving oral sex from transgender women; Airboy is unaware that these women are transgender, and as Graphic Policy notes, “A debate ensues about the ‘men’ they hooked-up with, Airboy storming off complaining about the ‘degenerate’ world.”
Several sites, such as The Rainbow Hub and Comicosity, criticized the comic’s narrative for being transmisogynistic and transphobic, and the issue prompted Graphic Policy to launch its Twitter campaign; in response, Robinson issued an apology via GLAAD, stating that he had “inadvertently hurt and demeaned a community that the real non-fictionalized version of myself truly respects and admires.”
Curious about how Graphic Policy came to its decision to launch the Twitter campaign, Nothing But Comics contacted Graphic Policy’s founder and “Blogger in Chief” Brett Schenker to learn more.
In addition to the Warren Ellis project, Bleeding Cool is announcing several new Marvel series & creative teams. They are as follows:
Update: Newsarama confirms The Vision series by King & Walta
Sean Ryan & Cory Smith will be taking over Nova
Writer Nick Spencer & artist Daniel Acuna will be taking over Captain America from Rick Remender & Stuart Immonem
Jeff Lemire & Humbert Ramos Extraordinary X-Men is confirmed from this interview on CBR
New Avengers title relaunching with writer Al Ewing & artist Gerardo Sandoval
S.H.I.E.L.D will be relaunched as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D with writer Marc Guggenheim taking over on writing duties and artist Mike Norton becoming the full time series artist
Writer Gerry Duggan & artist Ryan Stegman will be taking over Uncanny Avengers from Rick Remender & Daniel Acuna
Scarlet Witch series written by James Robinson
Carnage series from Gerry Conway & Mike Perkins
Ultimates comic in the mainline Marvel continuity by Al Ewing & Kenneth Rocafort
New Illuminati series by Joshua Williamson & Shawn Crystal
New Vision series from Tom King & Gabriel H Walta
Mike Costa will be continuing Spider-Verse as Web Warriors with artist David Baldeon
Daredevil by Charles Soule & Ron Garney
Uncanny X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land
Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire & Humberto Ramos
All New X-Men by Dennis Hopeless & Marc Bagley
New X-23/Wolverine by Tom Taylor & David Lopez
Venom: Spaceknight by Robbie Thomas & Ariel Olivetti
Howling Comandos of S.H.I.E.L.D by Frank Barbiere & Brent Schoonover
Angela Relaunch With Marguerite Bennett remaining as the main writer on the series and art from Stephanie Hans & Kim Jacinto
Deadpool relaunch by Gerry Duggan & Mike Hawthorne
Writing duties on Old Man Logan will be taken over by Jeff Lemire with Andrea Sorrentino remaining on art.
Thor, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Ms Marvel, Amazing Spiderman, Legendary Star Lord, Howard The Duck, Spider-Woman, Hawkeye, Spiderman 2099 & Silk will also feature the same creative teams that are currently writing the books.
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James Robinson & Leonard Kirk of the latest Fantastic Four iteration will be launching a Squadron Supreme ongoing following the conclusion of Secret Wars. More details at Marvel
At Nothing But Comics, we enjoyed reading the first issue of Airboy from Image Comics, by writer James Robinson and artist Greg Hinkle. Airboy is an kid aviation hero character created during World War II, but the character endures. The public domain character was revived in the 1980s by Eclipse Comics, and his adventures have been published by IDW, Moonstone Books, and Antarctic Press. Notable writers have created homages to the character, like George R. R. Martin’s Jetboy and Alan Moore’s Jetland. So we tasked superhero the Red Bee with asking Robinson an important question about Airboy’s endurance as a character.
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Dean hulks up for… Secret Wars: Battleworld #2 Unexpectedly this first anthology issue was very good. I am really enjoying most of the Secret Wars tie ins and so far Battleworld is one of the best. Join issue #2 for what is guaranteed to be a good time. If nothing else buy it for this amazing James Stokoe variant!
Following its strong debut, the Scarlet Witch’s new series has developed into a reliable pleasure. The potentially risky decision to have a new artist for each issue has proven to be a smart gamble. Each creator brings to the book a different sensibility which conjures a shifting atmosphere for the adventures of Wanda Maximoff. At the same time, these various styles complement each other, blending into a rich magical landscape. The consistent thread throughout has been James Robinson’s strong scripts, which explore Wanda’s heroic role. Her virtuous feats do not come without a cost, yet, she cannot help but continue pursuing them. It is in her nature after all, which is what makes her a true hero. For #6, Robinson takes a different perspective on this theme by offering a touching tale of grief.