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Tales From the Water Cooler #102

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Listen in this week as the guys are joined by the Comic Book Clergyman to play some Valentines Day Jeopardy and go over this weeks books, I Love Trouble #3, Think Tank #5, All New X-men #7, Dia De Los Muertos #1 and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #20.

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Tales from the Water Cooler: Episode #102

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Tales From the Water Cooler #97

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The guys are back from vacation and are ready to rock and roll with some Super Hero Jeopardy! Listen in as they go over this weeks picks Vampirella Strikes #1,Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #19 and Colder #3.

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Tales from the Water Cooler: Episode #97

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Amazing Spider-Man #700 Predictions, Speculation, and Crackpot Theories

With the 700th issue of Amazing Spider-Man coming up this December, it’s only right that I, the Comic Vault’s resident diehard Spider-Man fan, weigh in on what may or may not happen in this momentous issue.  There are a lot of crazy theories floating around right now, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Current scribe (and the best writer on the book since Roger Stern or David Michelinie in my opinion) Dan Slott stated via cell phone at Comic Con a few weeks ago that this is going to be the biggest thing he’s ever done in comics, which is saying a lot coming from the guy who penned the phenomenal Amazing Spider-Man #600 just three years ago.  It’s even been said that what he’s doing in #700 will be so controversial among fans that he’ll have to go into hiding after the issue hits stands, or that this might possibly be his final arc on the book. (Damn you, “Marvel NOW!”)

With the ’90s Clone Saga and J. Michael Straczynski’s “Sins Past” and “One More Day” story arcs, Spider-Man fans have a high threshold for controversy.  At this point, what could possibly be more controversial at this point than Peter Parker’s clone Ben Reilly being revealed as the real Peter Parker and taking his place, Norman Osborn knocking up Gwen Stacy prior to her death, or Peter and Mary Jane trading their marriage to Mephisto (the “devil”) in exchange for Aunt May’s life?

Really, Marvel?  What were you thinking?  That “o” face in the bottom left corner is the stuff of nightmares. And Gwen… You desecrated poor, sweet Gwen!

Maybe resurrecting Gwen Stacy could top the scenarios above, but Slott has already said he (thankfully) has no interest in doing that, as Gwen is much more meaningful dead.

Over at the CBR boards, members have been posting a plethora of crackpot theories regarding what will happen in the issue.  Some have taken a statement that Slott made at Comic Con regarding the future not looking good for Madame Web as a hint that the new Madame Web, Julia Carpenter, will be kicking the bucket soon.  Personally, I think they’re reading a bit much into this and Slott was just being Slott.  Madame Web is a clairvoyant and only has visions when something terrible is about to happen–of course the future doesn’t look good for her.

“The future…always…looks…TERRIBLE…to MEEEEEEEEEE!!!”

Regardless, below is a list of my favorite theories from that thread:

  • Black Cat shows up with a baby.
  • Norman Osborn is Peter’s father.
  • Peter pulls the plug on Doctor Octopus and then goes crazy.
  • Peter gets flung back in time, is stuck, and in a nod to his clone brother, names himself Ben Parker.  He then meets a lovely girl named May Reilly.
  • Peter gives up being Spider-Man to be with Mary Jane or Peter ends up getting killed, with either scenario leading to new sidekick Alpha taking his place.
  • Peter moves to Japan and gets a giant robot.
  • Peter goes crazy and becomes the new Green Goblin.
  • Kaine is the real Peter Parker.
  • Batman subcontracts Peter to become his new gadget man in Batman, Inc. as part of a cross-promotional deal between Marvel and DC.
  • J. Jonah Jameson is actually a 1940s reporter covering the war in Europe.  He is wounded by a grenade blast, which kills his soldier body guard Steve Rogers.  For two months, Jameson has been in a coma, and it’s revealed that the whole Marvel Universe is taking place in his mind.
  • Black Widow becomes Spider-Man’s new crime-fighting partner and Spider-Man has a clone baby from an alternate reality with Mystique.

That’s a lot of outlandishness to digest, huh?  As promised in the first paragraph, though, I also have my own predictions as to what might happen in #700.

The cover for Amazing Spider-Man #700 is a preexisting collage by a French artist named Pascal Garcin.  You could say that this makes the presence of certain characters on the cover arbitrary, but I like to think that Marvel chose to use this cover for that issue for specific reasons.  If you look closely near the bottom, to the left of the center, there’s a Carnage hidden among all of the Spider-Mans.

Hey, look…It’s a schooner!

This leads me to believe that Carnage has some involvement in this issue, perhaps killing a beloved character like Mary Jane Watson.  Despite wreaking havoc in Spider-Man’s world in two mini-series over the last two years and continuing to do so in an upcoming Venom/Scarlet Spider crossover, it’s been years since Carnage has committed mass murder in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man.  This site’s owner, Matt Sardo, even claimed to me in an e-mail that during Comic Con’s Spider-Man panel, “[The panelists] were asked what character they wanted to work with or draw. [Humberto Ramos] mentioned Carnage and then said, ‘Oh, wait.  I’ve drawn Carnage,’ and then he got dirty looks.”  What better time for Carnage to show up and do something chaotic than the book’s 700th issue, 24 years after the character’s “father,” Venom, debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #300?

Speaking of Venom, the border of the eyes on that collage is composed of the character.  I’m going to go ahead and also predict that if Peter doesn’t find out by then that Flash is the guy wearing the Venom symbiote by #700, he’ll probably find out there.

If I’m wrong about Carnage, then the next likely scenario is that the Roderick Kingsley Hobgoblin, rumored to return in the upcoming “Danger Zone” arc, shows up and kills someone.  Either way, I think someone is dying in #700.  Mary Jane is a likely choice, though I’d rather not see that happen.  Sardo wants Aunt May to die, and I have yet to figure out what he has against sweet, little old ladies.  Her husband, J. Jonah Jameson, Sr. may be a more likely candidate for the grave, or possibly other characters that have grown on fans in recent years–like NYPD forensic detective/most recent Peter Parker ex Carlie Cooper or Daily Bugle reporter Norah Winters.

Or maybe in their infinite wisdom, Marvel, seeing that it worked so well in Ultimate Spider-Man, actually do decide to kill off mainstream (Earth-616 for you nerds out there) Peter and replace him with his new sidekick Alpha, at which point they’ll lose me as a reader.  Just because something worked in one universe doesn’t mean it should be spread to the others.

But seriously… Keep any sweet, elderly women you hold dear away from this man.

Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon goes “Die Hard” with Brian Micheal Bendis

Marvel Comics release a clip of Ultimate Spider-Man from an upcoming episode “For Your Eyes Only” written by Brian Micheal Bendis.

Grab the family and bond over this Sunday’s brand new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD! Written by Brian Michael Bendis, “For Your Eye Only” is most action-packed super spy episode yet. Plus, keep an eye out for nods to other fan favorite film franchises, shaken AND stirred throughout the episode… and this trailer!

Spider-Ham returns to #SDCC

Marvel Comics late Friday afternoon release a clip from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. The footage consisted of Loki turning Spider-Man into Spider-HAM! More details will be revealed at the Marvel Television Presents San Diego Comic-Con panel (Saturday July 14 at 10:30am in Room 6BCF).

Get a first look of what’s to come at the Marvel Television Presents San Diego Comic-Con panel (Saturday July 14 at 10:30am in Room 6BCF), as Loki gets revenge on Spider-Man by turning him into a pig — AKA Spider-Ham! Join Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, for a screening of this never-before-seen hilarious Ultimate Spider-Man episode, plus get news and exclusives from across the animated Marvel Universe.

Marvel TV invades Comic-Con

Marvel Television Tuesday afternoon announced that they will premiere footage of “Avengers Assemble” and “Marvel Mash-Up” featuring “Hulk and the Agents of Smash” at Comic-Con this year. The Marvel Television Presents panel is on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30am in Room 6BCF.

Marvel Television Unveils Historic “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” First Look & More At Comic Con International in San Diego!

Next week, Marvel Television returns to Comic Con International in San Diego and they’re coming with the biggest Super Hero television exclusives of the summer! Join Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, for the Marvel Television Presents panel as he unveils the world premiere first look at Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, the most anticipated new animated super hero series of 2013! Plus, check out an all-new Marvel Mash-Up featuring the Fantastic Four, experience Hulk and The Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and watch a full, all-new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man before it airs on Disney XD! You’ll also learn what’s coming next in the world of Marvel Knights Animation…and it’s astonishing!

Fans attending this panel will also receive one of the limited edition Ultimate Spider-Man button, available only at this panel and while supplies last!

“Marvel Universe on Disney XD has been a huge success thanks to our devoted fans and we want to make sure they get the first look at the future of Marvel Television,” explained Loeb. “And if you’re not a Marvel fan yet, I promise you’ll be one after we’re done showing you all this cool animation!”

The Marvel Television Presents panel is on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30am in Room 6BCF. Please note that no video or audio recording equipment may be used at this panel during any time.

Ultimate Spider-Man Behind-The-Scenes Clip

Marvel Comics Thursday afternoon after the Mets game released an Ultimate Spider-Man Behind-The-Scenes Clip. Sunday’s episode of Ultimate Spider-Man features a team-up with Wolverine and the writing talents of Brian Michael Bendis.

From Marvel comics:
This weekend, Marvel Television and Disney XD offer up a very special Father’s Day gift everyone will love …. a brand new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man featuring Wolverine! Acclaimed comic writer Brian Michael Bendis takes his story from page to screen as Spidey and Logan team up and freak out when they mysteriously switch brains! Check out this behind-the-scenes interview with Steve Blum, the voice of Wolverine, as he talks about what it’s like to be Spider-Man for a day.

This brand new episode kicks off the Ultimate Father’s Day Marathon at 11am/10c inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD. Celebrate the day with YOUR hero and six back-to-back episodes of the hit animated series. Plus, check out http://MarvelKids.com/Dads for ways to incorporate your favorite Marvel Universe characters into the day’s events.

Update: Spider-Men #1 – Amazing/Ultimate Spider-Man cross over

Worlds will collide in June when Brian Michael Bendis teams-up Miles Morales from the Ultimate Universe and your friendly neighborhood Peter Parker from the 616 Universe for Spider-Men #1.

“This June – history will be made for the Marvel Universe,” from the Marvel press release Friday morning.

Marvel Comics has released two teaser images for Spider-Men and both combine symbols from both universes. Sara Pichelli is the artist on the book and she currently works on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man which created the Mile Morales character. This work be a ground breaking crossover for Marvel Comics that would translate into massive sales.


This June – history will be made for the Marvel Universe.


5-page preview: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #7 – Let the over-rated chant begin

Marvel Comics announced Wednesday that Ultimate Spider-Man is the ‘Best New Character of 2011.’ I think that many other people out there that think they have the ‘Best New Character of 2011.’ Who do you think is the best new character of 2011?

Marvel Comics also released a five-page preview of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #7 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. U.C. Spider-Man #7 will be in your local comic book store on February 22nd, 2012.

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ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN – The Best New Character of 2011!

Its official, everyone can’t stop talking about Miles Morales – the all-new Ultimate Comics Spider-Man AND USA Today’s best new character of 2011! From the history making creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli & Justin Ponsor, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man was met with overwhelming critical acclaim and this February – you can experience Miles Morales’ break-out story in the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man By Brian Michael Bendis Vol. 1 Premiere Hardcover!

“I love Miles. I just adore him. But the real gift is that every day somebody gets a hold of me to tell me how much they love him too,” explained Bendis. “The good news is we haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet because Miles is about to discover so many things including some very hard lessons. Everyone can look forward to some very powerful moments that will define him as a human being…and as a super hero.”

Once you’re all caught up – jump on board the next great arc of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man as red-hot artist Chris Samnee joins Brian Michael Bendis & Justin Ponsor in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6, available now in stores and on the Marvel Comics app! Then, the team introduces Miles to a world of hurt as an all-new Scorpion makes his debut in the pages of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #7 and we have your first look at the issue!

Love the all-new Ultimate Comics Spider-Man? Join the conversation on Twitter with #MilesMorales.

Marvel’s Ultimate Comics goes digital in 2012

Marvel Comics announced Thursday that all Ultimate Comics will ship poly bagged with a digital code for a free download for the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Andriod.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6 is the first Ultimate title to ship with the free download code. January 16, 2012 is the ship date for Ultimate Spider-Man #6.

The Ultimate Comics Universe Makes Comics History In 2012!

Celebrate the New Year with the biggest change to world of digital comics in 2012! Beginning with January’s Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6, all Ultimate Comics Universe titles will be polybagged with a code for a FREE digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices at no extra cost! In February, these codes (redeemable for the same print issue as purchased) expand to the rest of the Ultimate Comics Universe, as new arcs begin with Ultimate Comics X-Men #7 and Ultimate Comics Ultimates #7.

“The groundbreaking stories told each month in the Ultimate Comics Universe are some of the best comics being published today,” said David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment. “Looking at the tremendous response to our digital copy code offer with Avenging Spider-Man #1, it’s clear that this is something fans want to see more of and we’re delivering it on a scale never seen before, with no extra cost to retailers or fans—and historic benefits for our retail partners.”

The Ultimate Comics line made history in 2010 with the first line of comics to be offered digitally on the same day print editions hit stores, beginning with Ultimate Comics Thor #1. With its inception in 2000, the Ultimate Comics Universe reimagined the world’s most popular super heroes, including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine and more, for a new generation. It continues to be one of the most acclaimed and best-selling comics initiatives of the last decade, with the 2011 introduction of an all-new Spider-Man heralded as one of the most important moves in pop culture history.

In 2012, no fan can miss Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Ultimate Comics Ultimates and Ultimate Comics X-Men, as they begin red-hot new storylines and each issue includes a code for a FREE digital copy on the Marvel Comics app. – Marvel Comics

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Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man #3

Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. Holy talk. I mean seriously. Talk. Then some action, talk, talk talk. Spider-Man has been shot! SCENE!

I am fairly sure that is how Bendis wrote this script. In all seriousness yet another issue goes by without Miles in costume (except for on the cover), and not only that the issue is still set “Months Ago.”  I get that Bendis wants us to care about the character of Miles, but for godsakes, nothing happens. The book is mostly just dialogue between Miles and his friend Ganke, about how Miles doesn’t want powers, and Ganke thinks it is the coolest thing that his best friend has Spider powers. I mean, I really feel like I am listening to a bunch of kids having a conversation, which I guess to be fair is the point, right Bendis? I guess you want to prove that you can write any character even a couple of 14-year-old kids.

Long story short, nothing really happens, you find out Miles’ Uncle Aaron aka Ultimate Prowler moved suddenly from his apartment and left it abandoned. Miles reluctantly saves a kid from a fire, and then freaks out about how he doesn’t want to be a hero, argues with his friend, starts school, and finds out Spider-Man has been shot. (Since this is set “Months Ago” this is taking place right around Death of Spider-Man took place. Stuff needs to start happening, I’m not sure I can handle one more issue without this guy getting into costume. It’s fine that he wants to give us back story to make us care about the characters and such, but do it in a flashback. This is Spider-Man not American Splendor. I think. Unless American Splendor is nothing like I remembered.  My recommendation, read this one in the shop. Save your $3.99. Not that I need to repeat it again, but Sarah Pichelli’s art is still gangbusters. Can’t wait to see what she does with some “Action.” Ahem.

Story: 4/10

Art: 10/10

Review: Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man #2

Now that the hype has died down, and everyone knows that Ultimate Peter Parker is dead, and there is a new Ultimate Spidey, and his name is Miles Morales, lets take a look at this new title from Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis tends to be pretty expository and in this reboot he is no different. Stan Lee took 11 pages to tell the origin of Peter Parker, and Bendis so far is up to 2 issues, and we haven’t even seen Miles in costume or seems like we will see him in costume anytime soon (other than on the cover of course!)

The Good:

-Sarah Pichelli’s art is stunning, she is a stickler for detail, and the lush backgrounds and character emotions she draws are outstanding. Really excited to see where she takes her artwork as she continues to develop into one of the industries top talents.

-Growing the supporting cast with Miles friend Ganke and also fleshing out his relationship with his father. Important thing to remember when reading this book, Miles is an 8th grader. An 8th grader, Peter was at least in high school when he got his powers. It throws a whole different wrench into the storytelling, and that shows in his discussions with his friend Ganke, and also when he is discovering his powers, and the two different reactions they share.

-As far as his father, it is an interesting dynamic, his father has a big reveal, and perhaps hints at more, as Miles is starting to come to grips as a scared kid, when something happens to change his mind. The whole discussion felt like a rehash of “With Great Power, comes great responsibility.” I am intrigued as to where this familial plot is headed, if it’s familiar Uncle Ben territory and he has to move in with his Uncle Ultimate Prowler, or something else. Also, where is this mother we keep hearing about?

-The last page, and how it mirrors a last page of the original Ultimate Spider-Man series, and the two main characters very different reactions to their new found abilities.

The Bad:

-Did I mention how talky and slow the plot is? I know that from Bendis it is natural to expect it to be a wordy book, but seriously almost nothing happens. This issue could have been condensed into 5 pages. Seriously. He is going to have to kick it up a notch before everyone starts to lose interest.

-Invisibility powers? Seriously? Is he the Ultimate Spidey Chameleon? Lame.

Overall, mostly the book is good. Artwork good, story generally pretty good, but it is very slow moving. Something needs to start happening to move us into him wearing the costume, and fast. My only worry is that it’s going to be jumping too fast to make up for the pace of the first two issues.

Story: 6/10

Art: 9/10

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