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Cartoon Network and Marvel Comics are teaming up for the Marvel Super Hero Squad, a new animated series that will feature some of Marvel’s most popular heroes, including Captain America, Hulk, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Silver Surfer, among others. The network has ordered 26 episodes of the series.
The new cartoon is loosely based on Marvel’s weekly comic strip of the same name, which features a new strip every day. Click here to check them out. The new series will premiere in late 2009.
Yesterday saw the release of Secret Warriors from Marvel Comics. The issue was written by Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman, with art by Stefano Caselli and a cover by Jim Cheung. Why is this issue worth reading? Because it has been far too long since Nick Fury had a series. Warriors ties into the recent “Secret Invasion” and its outcome, “Dark Reign,” and features Fury leading a team of young heroes against the new corrupt power within the Marvel Universe. The series promises super-powered spies, global criminal empires and just what happened to agents of S.H.I.E.L.D when the organization was dismantled.
My favorite thing about Nick Fury is the fact that even without powers, he’d step right into the face of any super villain and stare them down. Calling him a tough SOB is an understatement. So for Fury alone, I will check this out. I’ll be interesting to see if he’ll be enough to make me pick it up next month too.
Captain America #46 hit stands yesterday from writer Ed Brubaker with art by Steve Epting. The issue is part 1 of a new 3 part story arc that sees the new Captain America (formerly Bucky/Winter Soldier) team up with Prince Namor to save the memory of an old friend. Brubaker’s run on Captain America has been intriguing and entertaining, and this new arc looks just as good.
I saw this movie three times in theaters back in May. The first was an advance cast and crew screening. The second was with a good friend who wanted to go opening weekend. The third was with my mother who loves a good, hearty action flick. Every time I saw this movie it never lost credibility- it just got better and better.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the high-powered CEO of Stark Industries, which, amongst other things, supplies weapons to the US Army. During a visit to Iraq to debut and demo a new weapon he finds himself under attack, captured by the enemy and forced to create a weapon to use against the US. With a piece of shrapnel dangerously close to his heart, he invents a mechanism that will keep him alive, and fuels an indestructible iron suit that allows him to escape. Upon his return, he swears to keep his weapons out of enemy hands and hones his iron suit into the super hero Iron Man.
This film is high powered, adrenaline-fueled fun. Downey is the perfect mix of sarcasm and snark as slightly alcoholic playboy, businessman, and inventor Stark. The action sequences are intense and exciting. Even the romance between Stark and his assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is sweet and well placed. Jeff Bridges as a fellow businessman at Stark Industries Obadiah Stane is quirky and has a great compatibility with Downey as they clash both literally and figuratively. While making timely changes to Iron Man’s origin, it even stays faithful enough to the comic books to please the fans. This smart popcorn flick, along with The Dark Knight, helped to restore everyone’s faith in superhero films this year.
Best Visual Effects
The visual effects in this film are amazing, however the most impressive accomplishment in this film is practical- a sleek and believable iron suit in all of its incarnations. It’s one of Stan Winston’s last projects and it will be remembered with fondness, but I believe it will also be overshadowed by the other two visually stunning films in this category: The Dark Knight and Benjamin Button.
Tonight at 8pm we have the first two episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men on Nicktoons. In the new animated series, it has been a year since the X-Men were disbanded after the Xavier Institute was destroyed and Marvel Girl and Professor X went missing. A mutant registration act has been passed and there is an increase of violence towards mutants. After a family that Wolverine saves is punished for showing him kindness, the battle worn mutant reunites the X-Men and becomes the team’s new unlikely leader. The trailer for the new series was pretty darn good and I’m looking forward to it.
What else is on tonight?
It has been a year since “Brand New Day” turned back the clock on Spider-Man, and we’re finally coming to a head on a lot of the story lines that developed since the status quote change. The New York Mayor election will be decided and the mystery behind the Spider-Tracer Killings and the identity of Menace will be revealed! The issue is written by Marc Guggenheim with art by John Romita Jr.
It’ll be hitting stands on January 21, 2009.