There is a flurry of announcements coming out San Diego Comic Con, this is some of the news that’s been revealed so far from the largest comics convention Continue reading San Diego Comic Con News & Things 7/21/2017 Part Two
Contains a spoiler for the mid-credits scenes of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, plus multiple ones for Infinity Gauntlet and its aftermath.
This past weekend Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrived, racking up the box office and leaving fans wondering what was next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s cosmic heroes. The immediate answer is Avengers: Infinity War which will involve Thanos, Infinity Stones and some sort of existential threat to life throughout the universe. The question is what comes after all that. Guardians writer/director James Gunn has already confirmed that there will be a Guardians Vol. 3 for Phase 4 of the MCU and that he will be returning to helm it. In his statement, he reiterated Marvel Studio’s party line about Avengers 3 and 4 being a culmination of everything which came prior. He also dropped a hint that, like Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Guardians will see some status quo shifting post-Infinity: “It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond.” This is a rather broad statement which covers a wide amount of ground. The universe is a vast place and, even with certain character rights tied up at Fox, still well-populated with assorted friends and foes. The following is not in any way a prediction of what Marvel and Gunn are planning but simply an imagining of what one possible avenue could be.
As with much of the Marvel Universe, the seeds of its cosmic sphere can be traced back to the collaborations of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, specifically the pages of Fantastic Four. While not the earliest of the First Family’s encounters with extra-terrestrials (that honor goes to #2’s tale of Skrulls), the most iconic is The Coming of Galactus. This three party story (#48-50, 1966) not only introduced many important characters (Galactus, Silver Surfer, The Watcher) it also laid a groundwork for the tone of Marvel sci-fi. Its narrative focused not simply on action, but, character, anchoring heroism in a sense of humanity. In the next decade Jim Starlin would build on these elements when crafting his philosophical, surreal journeys through the cosmic realm. This initial phase of Marvel’s cosmic story ended with Starlin’s original graphic novel The Death of Captain Marvel (1982). In the 90s though, Starlin returned to Marvel’s cosmic characters, scripting Infinity Gauntlet which ushered in a higher level of visibility for this corner of the Marvel Universe. Starlin worked on multiple projects during this period, many revolving around a pair of characters who had come to be synonymous with his Marvel work: Adam Warlock and Thanos. The final comic Starlin wrote during this second phase of his Marvel career was a Thanos series. Starlin produced the first six issues before departing, replaced by writer Keith Giffen. After wrapping up the Thanos series, Giffen would proceed to inaugurate the third era of cosmic Marvel with a Drax the Destroyer limited series.
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“Series co-creator Jeremy Haun is on pencils again to kick off a new story arc. The Beauty has been one of my favorites since the first issue, with each new arc showing a different perspective with new characters who inhabit the world where the beauty virus exists. The best part is you can jump right in with this arc and read the past ones after, because the story isn’t dependent on previous narratives. Do yourself a favor and check this gem of a comic out!“
Nothing But Comics is about to hit our three year mark and in observance of the site’s anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite comics creators all time. This week it’s Patrick Continue reading Tuesday Top Fifteen: Our Favorite Creators Patrick
Cosmo: So, in the past month, DC & Marvel have both launched new series from 70s icons. In the case of the latter, it was Infinity Entity, the latest installment in Jim Starlin’s cosmic comeback. For DC, it was Superman: The Coming of the Supermen by Neal Adams. In each case, the results were quite idiosyncratic, if not downright weird. Continue reading Comic Convo: Infinity Entity & The Coming Of The Supermen
It’s that time of year where all the new comics haven’t come out yet and we can believe the book’s in our head will be the books we get. Some of them won’t meet expectations, some will exceed them. Regardless, these are the new comics series of 2016 that we can’t wait to read.
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.
Jim Starlin of The Infinity Gauntlet, Captain Marvel, Cosmic Odyssey, Batman & Thanos vs Hulk will return to the Warlock character on a four issue miniseries with artist Alan Davis of Captain Britain, Excalibur, X-Men & The Savage Hulk. Jeff Lemire of Descender, All-New Hawkeye & Bloodshot Reborn will be relaunching Moon Knight with the series former art team of Greg Smallwood & Jordie Bellaire. Novelist Chelsea Cain will return to the Mockingbird character that she recently wrote a one shot for in an ongoing series while Allred & Slott’s Silver Surfer will be returning in addition to Chris Sims & Chad Bowers X-Men ’92 with Starlord & Kitty Pryde artist Alti Firmansyah.