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Comic-Con 2012 is now history and it’s easy for things to get lost in the shuffle because a lot of stuff happens at that show. Below is compiled the biggest announcements of the convention. The news stretches from comics, to movies, to TV, to video games; from Marvel, DC, Image and more.
DEADPOOL’S GOT (A) GAME
It started with posters for other Activision games, like the recent Amazing Spider-Man, scratched out with Deadpool graffiti. Wolverine found himself a victim of this advertising defacement as well. Then, at the Marvel Games panel, Deadpool himself crashed, demanding his new trailer be seen immediately.
With Deadpool’s signature multiple-voiced interior monologue, his truly insane way of processing situations, and of course the way he broke the fourth wall to speak directly to his fans, it’s clear that the folks at High Moon Studios aren’t just making a video game starring Deadpool, they’re making a Deadpool Game.
AVENGERS VS X-MEN WILL HAVE ‘CONSEQUENCES’
It happens at the end of pretty much every major Marvel story — Avengers vs. X-Men is no exception, and Marvel made that clear at Comic-Con.
Though we already know that the end of AvX brings the dawn of the “Marvel NOW!” era, Marvel announced two series at Comic-Con that tie even closer to the end of the 12-part event: the Kieron Gillen-written five-part AvX: Consequences, with an ominous cover (seen above) that sure seems to point to the death of a major character who may or may not be Cyclops; and A Plus X, a team-up series that’s essentially the reverse of “fight book” AvX: VS.
That’s not all Marvel’s comic side offered this Comic-Con, with announcements including the Jeff Parker-written Hulk becoming Red She-Hulk, and a new Ultimate Comics Iron Manminiseries from Nathan Edmondson and artist Matteo Buffagini.(Albert Ching.)
TIM DRAKE WAS NEVER ROBIN
Scott Lobdell first said at the Young Justice panel at SDCC 2012 that Tim Drake was never a “Robin” and had simply adopted the guise of “Red Robin” upon first becoming Batman’s sidekick, that objectivity was bound to be tested in a big way. Add in that he “was one of the few people to get really close to tracking down who Bruce is” and it seems we’re dealing with an almost entirely new character.
This is some major revisionist history whether you’re for or against it, and appears to hurt what made Tim Drake fundamentally different from the other Robins: he and he alone recognized that Batman needed a Robin, he alone figured out that Batman was Bruce Wayne and he gave up everything by being Robin: his parents, his best friends, and his girlfriend all died along the way.
Taking away Tim Drake’s time as no-adjective Robin, or reducing his initial, natural detective skills, quite simply makes the character a different one from the sidekick, and from the hero that readers grew with for the last nearly 25 years. This may all lead to great stories — everything has potential — but it will need to do it fast to avoid giving long-time DC fans one more thing to be upset about.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & WINTER SOLDIER — ON FILM
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie was the worst kept secret from Marvel Studios this year, but it’s still safe to say it surprised even those who pretty much knew it was coming. After successfully building an Avengers franchise, the studio is showing some real guts by taking the Marvel Universe into the far reaches of space, and headlining a movie with a talking raccoon and a walking tree who can only say “I AM GROOT!”
Read more about the Guardians of the Galaxy and other Marvel Films HERE.
KRISTEN STEWARD SMILED (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER)…
…and looked pretty hot (also for the first time ever).
It’s been evident for months now that Marvel had big plans for their publishing line following Avengers vs. X-Men. Now it’s clear what that is: An initiative dubbed “Marvel NOW!” that will include multiple series launches/relaunches and creative team shifts starting in October.
“This ain’t no reboot,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said in the Entertainment Weekly print article revealing Marvel NOW!, seemingly differentiating it from DC’s “New 52″ revamp last year. “It’s a new beginning!”
Uncanny Avengers: A blended Avengers/X-Men book written by Rick Remender and illustrated by John Cassaday , with a cast including Captain America, Thor, Rogue and Havok. Remender is quoted by EW as calling the series a “bridge book” “that can delve into both worlds,” though post-AvX tension will be apparent. Starts in October.
All-New X-Men: As long-rumored, Brian Michael Bendis is writing the X-Men, specifically the original five. Still teenagers, they time travel to the present-day Marvel Universe, and aren’t pleased with what they find. “It’s not a time-travel story like Back to the Future,” Bendis is quoted. “It’s a time-travel story like Pleasantville,” the writer says, with character drama more important than the sci-fi aspect. Art from Stuart Immonen; starts in November.
Avengers: Now a biweekly series written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Jerome Opeña, the book will include “18 or more” Avengers team members, and, as the article states, “feature a combination of one-off stories and longer, galaxy-spanning multi-issue arcs.” Starts in December.
“Marvel NOW!” is also an extension of the digital “ReEvolution” initiative announced earlier this year, with AR recaps on the cover of each #1 issue under the banner, plus codes for free digital copies as Marvel has been providing with each of their $3.99 titles since June.
The EW piece also includes a full look at the Joe Quesada-illustrated image glimpsed on Monday, including new costumes for multiple characters including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Cyclops, Spider-Man and the Hulk; Cable with an eyepatch; prominent placement of “cosmic” Marvel heroes Nova and Rocket Raccoon; the new Nick Fury introduced in Battle Scars; and what appears to be a floating helmet.
Keep reading The Michael Show in the coming days for much more on Marvel NOW!.
Director Matthew Vaughn has expressed an interest in opening his X-Men: First Class sequel with the Kennedy assassination, but now the plot thickens as new evidence suggests the film will follow a story arc from the comic books which concerned another assassination: that of Senator Robert Kelly.
Ain’t It Cool News reported that 20th Century Fox have secured Days of Future Past with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau, giving a good indication that the next X-Men film will be distributed under this name.
The title matches a two-issue story from the original Uncanny X-Men comic book series that deals with the splitting of reality into multiple timelines, where Kelly’s assassination leads to widespread anti-mutant hysteria and creates a dystopian future in which mutants are kept in internment camps.
First the president embraced gay marriage, and now some perhaps even more powerful people are doing so: The X-Men.
In next month’s Astonishing X-Men #51, Canadian X-Man Northstar will tie the knot with longtime boyfriend Kyle Jinadu, Marvel announced, with a preview in Rolling Stone. Northstar, aka Jean-Paul Beaubier, was the first openly gay superhero, coming out of the closet back in 1992.
“When gay marriage became legal in New York state, it raised obvious questions since most of our heroes reside in New York state,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso explains. “Our comics are always best when they respond to and reflect developments in the real world.” But not everyone in the Marvel universe will be OK with the union. “We’d be doing the story a disservice not to reflect the controversy around it,” Alonso says. “At least one of Northstar’s team members is going to turn down the invitation.”
Helmer Josh Trank has emerged as the frontrunner to direct 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” franchise.
Trank has had several meetings regarding the “Fantastic Four” project, but with his debut feature still three weeks away, Fox is expected to wait to see how “Chronicle” opens over Super Bowl weekend before extending an official offer.
Studio is also awaiting the latest draft of the script by Michael Green (“Green Lantern”).
Internally, studio execs expect Trank to land the coveted helming gig.
Tim Story directed the first two “Fantastic Four” movies, which grossed $620 million worldwide combined.
Though Marvel owns and finances properties like “Iron Man” and “Thor,” Fox controls Fantastic Four in perpetuity as long as it continues making the films. Fox has the same arrangement on Marvel Comics properties X-Men, Daredevil and Silver Surfer. Marvel is a producer and financial participant through a licensing agreement.
Back in March this year, Marvel Comics had a 40% share of money spent on comics through Diamond Comic Distributors, and a 45% share of the number of comics sold. DC had only 27.62% and 31.5% share respectively.
Well, what a change half a year can make.
In October DC Comics has 42.47% of dollars spent on comics, to Marvel’s 29.1% share, turning that half a point gap into thirteen and a half points. And on actual numbers of products sold, DC has taken 50.97% of sales to Marvel’s 20.29%.
Which means more than one in every two comics sold by Diamond in October was a DC comic.
Chartwise, DC have taken the top 6 selling books on Diamond’s lists, Justice League, Batman, Action Comics, Green Lantern, Flash and Detective Comics with the Marvel’s own relaunches of Hulk and X-Men butting into the top ten, along with the last issue of Fear Itself.
Here are the twenty-five best ongoing comic book series of 2011…so far, according to MTV Geek. The saddest part of this article is the majority of the DC Comics titles that made this list will either be cancelled or rebooted come September.
Did you favorite comic series make the list?
DISCLAIMER: The opinions stated in this article are those of MTV Geek and not those of The Michael Show.
25. Heroes for Hire (Marvel Comics)
24. New Mutants (Marvel Comics)
23. Thunderbolts (Marvel Comics)
22. Ultimate Spiderman (Marvel Comics)
21. The Walking Dead (Image Comics)
20. X-Men Legacy (Marvel Comics)
19. Action Comics (DC Comics)
18. Sweet Tooth (DC Comics)
17. The Incredible Hulks (Marvel Comics)
16. American Vampire (DC Comics)
15. Captain America (Marvel Comics)
14. Venom (Marvel Comics)
13. Hulk (Marvel Comics)
12. R.E.B.E.L.S. (DC Comics)
11. Journey Into Mystery (Marvel Comics)
10. Uncanny X-Force
Can you tell yet I’m a fan of antihero series? And Rick Remender? The X-Men’s black-ops team, which takes care of tasks too dirty for the X-Men to even know about has been rock solid since issue one. But more than that, with big, strange ideas, insane action, and deep characterization, this title is the true heir to Grant Morrison’s New X-Men. This series only gets darker and stranger with every arc, to… By next year, we expect it will just be twenty-two pages of blood and anguish.
Few titles celebrate the pure joy of reading comic books like Skullkickers does. Mixing fantasy conventions with anachronistic humor and bloody, bloody violence, Jim Zub’s ongoing story of a big bald guy and an angry dwarf should be on every comic fans pull list; if not for the story, then at least for the laugh out loud sound effects. Also for the story, though.
Grant Morrison’s latest Batman story was always going to be “good,” the question was whether it would be, “Oh, I kind of get that,” good, or actually good. I’m happy to say, it’s actually great, and in particular, the last few issues have been some of the most exciting, propulsive comics Morrison has ever written. Credit to now consistent artist Chris Burnham for being the best match for Morrison since Frank Quitely. Remember when Batman used to be fun? He is again, here. So yay for that.
Has there ever been a better run on Iron Man than Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca’s? I’m just going to say, “No,” and leave it at that. The pair writer the crap out of Tony, while mixing huge scifi ideas that seem close enough to almost be real – just like any good Iron Man story should have – and heart-wrenching anguish for Iron Man and his team. The current Fear Itself arc has been terrifying and beautiful to look at, while the arc before that had an amazing ending that found all of Tony’s villains finally banding together. We can’t wait to see what happens next.
What makes someone a family? Is it proximity? Shared blood? Experiences? Gail Simone’s superb villain-centric series posits that its hating those people just a little bit less than everybody else – or at least enough not to kill them. Most of the time. This band of C-list misfits have become, over the course of the series, some of the most complex and multi-faceted characters in the DC Universe, and also, there’s King Shark, who is a shark. We’re going to be sad to see them go, but at least there’s one more issue, which looks like it will leave them going out like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The way it should be.
Marvel’s next generation of mutant heroes had so many things going against it: the love readers have for every other young X-Men title; a writer new to the X-Men side of the universe; and what seemed like a limited premise, as new hero Hope travels around the globe activating the only six new mutants in existence. But Kieron Gillen has made this exciting, funny, and spectacularly original, from the horror story of a mutant baby who just doesn’t want to be born, to a superbly written issue set at a trial that completely redefines what we thought one character’s powers were. Add in beautiful manga-esque art from Salvador Espin, including one of the most adorable depictions of Kitty Pryde I’ve ever seen, and you have… Well, another beloved young X-Men comic.
]When writers are taking on Batman, they sometimes forget he’s a detective, or think that means just having him run prints through his bat computer. Snyder actually writes exciting, trippy mysteries for the bat to solve, and thereby made this title a must read for fans of mysteries, or superheroics. Plus, he’s created one of the most terrifying new villains for Batman to face in a decade in the form of Commissioner Gordon’s son, and this title jumps to the top of my pile every month.
If you’re not reading Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man then you don’t like comics. Okay, that’s pretty reactionary – but Slott is, and has always been writing the purest expression of Marvel’s most iconic character since maybe Stan Lee himself. With top notch artists, exciting storylines, brilliant twists, turns, in jokes, and great new characters, ASM is as good as its ever been, and maybe even better than that. Smart and funny, Slott understands that Spidey is the book any reader should be able to pick up at any point and get right in, while still pushing the ongoing soap opera and storylines. If you want to get a new reader into comics, hand them any issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and stand back in victory.
The premise is simple: a group of kids with the potential to become great villains are taken in to be trained by the heroes in the Avengers, as much to watch them as to make them better. But writer Christos Gage has made the series so much more than that, plumbing the depths of their characters, and the history of the Avengers to create a classic story that’s as good as anything Marvel has ever put out. Not only that, but he takes the time to make sure each character gets their due… And though it took a while, this was the year we fell in love with each character in the Academy. Look no further than the just released Fear Itself tie-in, which threatens each of them with death or annihilation. Its hard to make readers care about new characters; to make us feel this deeply means that the writer has done something great.
Another slow burn, when this series started, it felt a lot like other Vertigo series: a Harry Potter stand-in finds out he has Harry Potter powers, and gets sent on an epic journey to control the power held in books. Except over time, writer Mike Carey and artist Peter Gross have created a complex tapestry that is an epic piece of literature in its own right. Sure, there are references a-plenty, but each issue brings new surprises in structure, from a story that focuses on what happens in the space between stories, to the main character finding himself in the belly of a whale – the same one who swallowed Pinocchio, Baron Munchausen, and more. Plus, the main three characters – Tom Taylor, Lizzie Hexam, and Savoy – have formed a bond of friendship so strong, they’re now the most exciting super-team in comics.
Michael’s declaration to everyone moaning about the Netflix price increase: “Shut the fuck up. Netflix has made my childhood wet dreams come true…today.” Topics discussed on today’s show: Netflix plan changes, Casey Anthony update, social media’s impact on today’s world, the return of My Space, Facebook/Skype team-up and the most talked about person on Twitter in 2011.
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Between a Twitter dick pic and a sexting nude photo scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner and Gossip Girls Blake Lively have provided many opportunities to learn plenty of life lessons from Michael. Plus, get your Geek! on with the biggest news in comic land: DC Universe revamping and relaunching their entire line of comics.
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SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU DO NOT WANT A PLOT POINT IN THE MOVIE RUINED FOR YOU!
Check out the clip, courtesy of Perezhilton.com HERE, which features Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique morphing into the adult version of herself, played by Rebecca Romijn in the original X-Men trilogy!
And apparently, this isn’t the only surprise cameo either!
X-Men: First Class was the number one movie at the box office weekend, knocking off last week’s winner (and box office record-breaker), The Hangover Part II!
The movie made $21 million on Friday and is predicted to make about $50-60 million by the end of the weekend.
Meanwhile, here’s the weekend’s top 5 movies:
1. X-Men: First Class — $21.0 mil
2. The Hangover Part II — $10.5 mil
3. Kung Fu Panda 2 — $6.3 mil
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — $5.1 mil
5. Bridesmaids — $3.6 mil
Did you see X-Men: First Class? What did you think?
Michael has a run in with a woman who has four kids, recently done gold glitter nails, an iPhone and pays for her Jack in the Box with an EBT card. Also, the date of the rapture has been updated, Lindsay Lohan’s naughty bits are all over the place, Selena Gomez gets dry-humped by a midget resulting in death threats, Avril Lavigne has a potty mouth and releases a new single.. In Geek! news, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass sequel update and a Justice League porn parody.
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I don’t find myself looking forward to, or even caring to see, X-Men: First Class. Whoever had the idea to reboot an entire franchise that just released a movie (X3) 2 years ago is a retard.
Check out the first official photo from the upcoming X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn, which features the entire group of characters decked out in costume (above)!
From left to right: Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havok, Zoe Kravitz as Angel, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier.