If you are a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan than you better drop what you are doing and get to a comic book shop! Today, the identity of Twilight will be revealed…
Sorry about the slow updates. There really hasn’t been much to talk about and I’ve been distracted by the returns to two of my favorite shows, Lost and Chuck. In fact, if you haven’t yet, you should really watch the first 6 (awesome) episodes of the new Chuck season! (Note: See the previous article for a link to the new Lost episodes)
It has been a while since we’ve done comic spotlights, and sadly, it has been weeks since I’ve been able to pick up any of the new issues that are collecting dust in my pull box. I’m going to work hard to rectify both counts. Among the crowd of books coming out today are two very different titles from Marvel Comics.
First up (pictured on the left above) is Nation X #2. I have not read Nation X #1, and I have no idea what is currently going on in the X-Books. The reason I’m spotlighting this title is two fold, 1) the promised return of Jubilee and 2) Gambit (the cover looks pretty cool also). The issue is written by John Barber, C.B. Cebulski, Becky Cloonan, and Tim Fish with art by Cloonan and Fish. The official description: Jubilee returns to the X-Men,returns to the X-Men, Gambit has trouble adjusting to life on Utopia, Northstar deals with the distance that island living necessitates and No-Girl has to save all the X-Men from a foe living right under their noses.
Also coming out today is Amazing Spider-Man #612 from Joe Kelly with art from Max Fiumara. In the new issue, “The Gauntlet” continues with Spider-Man stuck in the middle of a battle between two Rhinos. I’ve always been a fan of the original Rhino and I can’t wait to see how this issue unfolds. Next week “Gauntlet” brings us the return of Mysterio.
I have been waiting for this news for a while! Bryan Singer is returning to the X-Men film series and will be helming an origin/prequel X-Men: First Class.
The film will likely be Wolverine-less and focus on Professor Xavior’s first class of students, established in the prior films as Jean Grey (maybe now they can call her Marvel Girl), Scott Summers (Cyclops), Hank McCoy (The Beast), and Ororo Munroe (Storm). This differs from the comic’s first class, which included Angel and Iceman, who joined the team later in the movies.
Going back to an origin/prequel is both good and bad. It lets us avoid the horrible conclusion of X-Men: The Last Stand, and gives Singer the freedom to do something new with fresh young faces. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a bad film, but some of the young versions of the team worked well. Tim Pocock as Scott Summers was a good fit, and Tahyna Tozzi looked the part of Emma Frost. What are the chances that First Class could be the team against the Hellfire Club? Would be awesome, but I doubt we’ll ever see it. I didn’t like Taylor Kitsch as Gambit upon first viewing, but he has been growing on me in repeat viewings. With a better script, and better director, I think he could be good.
X-Men vs Mr. Sinister? The “First Class” meets the Morlocks? There are so many possibilites for this film and sequels. Maybe they could have Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine pull a “Days of Future Past” type of deal and come from a Sentinel run future to stop it. Hopefully, with Singer back at the helm, X-Men will be as great as it can be.
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead is easily my favorite ongoing comic series on the market today. It is leaps and bounds better than anything Marvel or DC are putting out. It is consistently equal parts engaging and entertaining, with interesting characters and inventive situations and stories. Thanks to Newsarama, you can read the first issue online for free. Click here to give it a look.
If you like the issue, you can grabs the trades for the series on Amazon. They make a great gift and will be featured on the Geektastic Wishlist.
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I’m a big fan of ItsJustSomeRandomGuy’s YouTube superhero spoof series that features toys. I’ve spotlighted them in the past (also here) and have to do so again with their genus Twilight/New Moon spoof using the Joker and Harley Quinn.
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Hey everyone, trying to keep things fresh with a new logo as we approach the end of the year. TV is mostly taking a break, but this is about the time we get a big push in theaters. We have at least 5 big films hitting theaters on Christmas alone.