Tag Archives: villain

The Walking Dead #97-99 Receive 2nd Printings and new covers

Image Comics Monday announced that The Walking Dead #97-99 would receive a second printing and the covers would connect to create a landscape of Negan and Lucille. The reprint will be in your local comic book store on August 22, 2012.

THE WALKING DEAD #97-99 will be reprinted

The first three issues of the series-changing “Something to Fear” story arc of THE WALKING DEAD will receive second printings with covers that will combine to find a large, landscape image. Issues #97, 98, and 99 of Robert Kirkman’s zombie juggernaut, published by Image Comics/Skybound, have sold out. The reprint covers for #97-99, which will combine to depict the villain Negan and his now-infamous baseball bat, Lucille, are by series artist Charlie Adlard.

THE WALKING DEAD #100 became the best-selling comic in fifteen years when it sold more than 380,000 copies in July.

The reprints of THE WALKING DEAD #97-99 are scheduled to be in stores on August 22 and are available for pre-order now with the Diamond codes JUN128147 (#97), JUN128148 (#98), and JUN128149 (#99).

Spider-Men #3 An “Event Book” Done Right

Spider-Men #3

Story By: Brian Michael Bendis

Art By: Sara Pichelli

After an introductory issue that created the set up for 616 Peter Parker arriving in the Ultimate Universe  we finally learn that 616 Mysterio is behind everything. Issue 3 starts with Mysterio on the attack as his Avatar convince bot Peter and Miles that every Spider Villain has come t destroy them. Its a fun and intense battle that continues to show case both Spidermen extremely well. Brian Michael Bendis also continues to do a great job separating Miles and Peter from one another giving them their own voice as the fight everyone from Carnage to Miles Uncle this issue.

Peter has seen Mysterio do this type of thing before and distracts Mysterio long enough for Miles to put the hurt on Mysterio’s Avatar which backfires and knocks our 2 heroes out long enough for Mysterio to make his escape.

Sara Pichelli’s art continues to be one of the biggest selling points. She is just as important to the story. Giving both Miles and Peter their own signature moves. The action never feels choppy or out-of-place and it never once feels odd seeing Villains from Marvel’s 616 world next to their Ultimate counterparts. Their were several moments where I just stared at her pages in awe at the level of detail she packs into each panel. Sara’s always been able to draw a great action scene but its the closing pages that really surprised me. Pichelli captures emotion is such a great way that you cant help but match the same look she gives to Peter at the end of this issue.

Miles and Peter battle Mysterio in the earlier pages of Spidermen #3

Miles is woken up by The Ultimates after the fight but Peter is no where to be found. All of this leads up to the final pages I spoke of earlier. I must say that any Spidey fan is going to be shocked at the ending of this issue. I know I was legitimately saddened. I also cant wait to read the next issue to see how this all plays out for Peter.

Event books are a necessary evil in the comic world. I have to say I’m extremely impressed at the high level of quality being brought to this series. It does exactly what an event book is supposed to do. After reading this series I’m genuinely interested more now in both characters then i was prior to reading Spidermen. Also this Event Book seems to have implications that will last for both Peter and Miles in futures issues of their respective books. If you haven’t picked up this book yet give it a try its only five issues long and has done a great job so far convincing me that the Marvel world is big enough for two Spidermen.

Review Score 8.5/10

Mike DeVivo

Follow Me on Twitter @pandasandrobots

Secret Avengers #28 The Fate of the Kree lies in the hands of the Secret Avengers

Secret Avengers #28

Written By: Rick Remender

Art By: Renato Guedes

Rick Remender sets things into motion this issue with Ms. Marvel acting as the narrator to the events that unfold. The Kree and Captain Marvel have finally had their minds restored after Minister Marvel and his son had manipulated everyone to stay put as sacrifices to the oncoming Phoenix Force. The Secret Avengers fins out where Minister Marvel is hiding and are dead set on stopping him.

I like that Remender created a memorable villain in such a short amount of time. The Minister is unpredictable as he descends deeper into his own insane mind. While most people would assume this would turn into one giant brawl Remender has other plans in mind and creates something larger and worth while.

This leaves the team with the ungodly task of stopping the Phoenix Force from devouring Hala. Remender has fun using some of the heavies this issue. Both Thor and Captain Britain have great moments together. In the end though Remender goes back into Carol Danvers history and creates one the most fun and off the wall moments for the character.

Renato Guedes artwork continues to impress me. His pencils are hyper detailed and manage to convey many layers of emotion . The action is clean and easy to follow and aside from a few character design choices ( Beast and Thor I’m looking at you) his characters work is amazing. Id like to see him stay on this book for the foreseeable future with Remender.

At the end of the day this is a story about Captain Marvel and Remender does a good job reinforcing that he was a fearless hero who managed to make the tough decisions when the time came. In fact this is a nice companion piece to the Death of Captain Marvel and manages to set itself apart from the other A vs X tie ins due to the fact that it not only tells its own story in Captain Marvel but give good explanation why Carol would want to become the next Captain Marvel. This series continues to be an engaging and fun book full of great character moments and gorgeous art. Add it to your pull list.

Review Score: 8.5/10

Mike DeVivo

Follow me on Twitter @pandasandrobots





Irredeemable #37 (8.5/10) Waid goes out with a smile

[nggallery id=70]
Issue: Irredeemble #37
Mark Waid
Pencils: Diego Barreto
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: May

THE FINAL ISSUE OF MARK WAID’S SEMINAL SUPERHERO SERIES! Can the Plutonian, seemingly IRREDEEMABLE, find his salvation? What is the true definition of a hero? And can a world, ravaged by loss and carnage, ever believe in such an idea again? The stunning, breathtaking conclusion to Mark Waid’s Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated superhero saga. DO NOT MISS THIS FINAL ISSUE OF A MASTER WRITER’S TOUR DE FORCE!

Story: 9.5/10 • Artwork: 7.5/10 • Overall 8.5/1o
How does one wrap-up an idea that is as big and bold as Irredeemable in one issue, hero to villain, you don’t try! What Mark Waid does is execute a plan that was in place since 2009. If you read Waid’s introduction from Irredeemable #1 he talks about “Kingdon Come” and “Empire” are just two-parts of a trilogy of superhero philosophy. Irredeemable #37 is about connecting all those ideas and coming full circle.

A finale issue should bring closure to a series and give you hope for the future. In a very obvious way Waid wraps up the book and gives the reader a smile with the last page. The first half of the issue is a very generic superhero story, WE HAVE TO SAVE THE WORLD! The second half is divide into parts, the wrap-up and the look to the future. The wrap-up is organic and not forced. Waid gives the reader a complete story and huge philosophical nut to chew on for the rest of the day.

As an eternal kid at heart that loves super heroes and what they stand for, the last two pages gave me the biggest smile in the world. The Irredeemable storyline is complete and I look forward to Waid’s next philosophical super hero tale.

Diego Barreto’s artwork is solid but nothing ground breaking. The splashed page worked really well to convey emotion and the magnitude of the situation. What didn’t work was the color of the book, it was too bright. If you compare the last issue to the first issue it is extremely bright. A darker tone would have worked better. What would have taking the book over the top is if the book progressively went from dark to light.

Doctor Spektor Archives Volume 4 HC – Review

Issue: Doctor Spektor Archives Volume 4 HC
Writer: Donald Glut
Artist: Jesse Santos
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: February 2012
Price: $50.00

“Confronting supernatural threats and vengeful monsters, Dr. Spektor travels from Scottish lochs to cursed swamplands–and from the surreal dreamscape of the Egyptian afterlife to New York City’s Chinatown! Collecting issues #19 to #25 of The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor and a Spektor tale from Gold Key Spotlight #8, plus notes from Spektor’s secret files, including a piece on Dr. Solar!”

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
Believe it or not review reader, I have never had a chance to check out Doctor Spektor comics before. Sure I have heard of them, but it was not until Dark Horse supplied me with this great volume that I had my first chance to really check this cast out. The artwork in this volume by Santos is fantastic. He does a great job of keeping the cast consistent from panel to panel. The man can also draw an amazing monster or two. I thought that the Leviathan and the Lurker were the highlights of the bunch, but each stories creature or villain could easily hold it’s own. The stories in this series do feel dated (70’s), but they can hold up with the horror detective tales of today. For those fans of Cal McDonald, Dylan Dog, or John Constantine you might want to check out Doctor Specktor. The same concept applies here, in that something bizarre is happening and it is up to him to solve it. Each story has it’s own tale, and they play out like a weekly television show. You have the mystery and intrigue to capture the readers from the start, but then they are wrapped up by the end. So there is a good deal of story to be had in these pages. My only downside was that I felt some of the stories we really good, but others were not able to live up to that same level. Overall this is an amazing collection, that I am very proud to have had the chance to look at. Fans of the horror detectives will easily fall in love with this book, and I think any old school horror fans will be happy to check this out as well. These stories can stand up with the best of them and this book deserves to be on your horror shelf.

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5 • Story: 4.0 out of 5

If you would like to buy or know more about Doctor Spektor you can find it at http://www.darkhorse.com

Review: Uncanny X-Force #25 – Final Execution Begins!

Uncanny X-Force #25
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Mike McKone, Dean White [Color Art]

The latest Uncanny X-Men story arc, “Final Execution,” kicks off with the team in a state of upheaval.

Psylocke, having processed the toll being on a mutant kill squad is taking on her psyche, is leaving the team after “satisfying her curiosity” with a one-night stand with Fantomex. Fantomex, on the other hand, is leaving because no more Warren [See last year’s epic “Dark Angel Saga”] means no more money–and he’s probably sulking over being spurned by Psylocke.

Meanwhile, there’s a mysterious figure at the Jean Grey School targeting Genesis, the reformed clone of Apocalypse, and Deadpool has gone down while on a mission–which is a big deal following Deadpool #54, where Wade [YOU SHOULD READ Deadpool #54 AND FIND OUT INSTEAD OF LETTING ME SPOIL IT].

Anyways, this all culminates in a sort-of return of a long-dead X-villain.

Overall, this is a great start to Rick Remender’s latest major X-Force story arc. With a title like “Final Execution,” there are a lot of inferences that can be made. The way things have developed with all the characters on the team, as well as the people around them, will surely only help to further speculation about what that title refers to.

Regardless, Rick Remender has crafted an excellent first part to this storyline with an art team that rivals the work on any other issues of the book, and the two back-up stories are a nice look at Remender’s earlier work with artist Jerome Opeña on stories starring Wolverine and Deadpool, respectively.

STORY: 9.5/10
ART: 9.5/10

Review: Batman and Robin #8 – A Damian story for the ages

Batman and Robin #8

Story By : Peter Tomasi

Art By : Patrick Gleason

Review Score: 9/10

What started of as a disjointed arc featuring a new villain Nobody and an odd characterization of Damian Wayne has turned into quite possible he best Damian Wayne story ever written. Born to Kill wraps up this issue and with an action packed issue before it Tomasi pulls at your heart-strings from the opening page this issue and doesn’t let up until the very last.He manages in one issue to make you believe that while Damian and Bruce may be farther apart than they thought the love that they share for one another hasn’t been stronger.

Tomasi gives most of the dialogue to Damian in the opening pages and allows Bruce to follow-up later on as both father and son nurse their physical and mental wounds from the fallout with Nobody. Oh and it has to be noted that Tomasi finally brings in a character from Batman Beyond we’ve always  wanted to see.Titus the loyal dog is now a part of DC’s new 52 and I couldn’t be happier .

A Beautiful and heart braking first page from Patrick Gleason

I have to say Patrick Gleason has to continue to draw Batman for the foreseeable future . His work is simply stunning and he has adapted from Green Lantern Corps to Batman and Robin very nicely. Relying on heavier inks and more shadow than I’ve seen . The first few pages alone blew me away with the amount of detail on each page and the expressions on both Bruce and Damian’s faces.There is also a chilling seen as the Batplane’s reflection gleams in the eyes of Nobody as his mask is the last thing we see sink into the ocean.

I also like the way Tomasi uses Alfred as comic relief with how heavy and dark this arc has been its nice to see some levity inserted . This arc takes place just before Court of Owls and solidly confirms Bruce and Damian’s relationship with one another. I love that this at its core has always been a father and son story and I can’t recommend this issue to you enough.  When Damian was first introduced I scoffed at the notion of another Robin being added to the Bat Family but after reading this story I wouldn’t have it any other way . Kudos to Tomasi and Gleason for putting out the best single issue of any comic this week.

Mike DeVivo

Follow me on Twitter @pandasandrobots

Review : Secret Avengers #24 Divide and Conquer and Leave Venom all alone

Secret Avengers #24

Story By : Rick Remender

Art By: Gabriel Hardman

Review Score: 7/10

“There is no such thing as paranoia ; the real situation is always worse than you imagine” With that quote by Hunter S. Thomson Remender drops us back into our story. Its a bit jarring considering last issue The Irredeemable Antman was getting stomped into a bloody pulp. Captain Britain is the first to make it  back to the Realm of the Adaptoids and Descendants and the plot unfolds at a breakneck speed from there on out . It’s hard to catch your breath and Remenders choice to break up the team hurts this issues narration . It feels to scattered and the pacing is a bit skewed . Again I think it’s because the last issue was focusing heavily on AntMan .

Remender continues to give Beast the best of the character moments . Choosing to write him as sarcastic first and intelligent second. It’s a fresh take on a character that rarely ever is anything but the moral center or thinker of the group in the X – Books. I also enjoy his use of The original Human Torch and enjoy that the Adaptoids have a history with the character. Again as I said most character and writing choices are spot on. However I’m still not buying the main villain of this arc Father yet. He’s spent the last three issues giving the readers one expository monologue after another , it’s time Remender shows us why he’s respected and feared by his peers. Also poor Flash Thompson aka Venom has been left alone the last two issues at base…in his wheel chair …without access to his symbiote. It looks like next issue will be Flash’s Avengers initiation party , until then he sits .

One thing that’s always consistent is Gabriel Hardman’s art . This is definitely his strongest issue yet from panel to panel. This issue is full of action and he doesn’t disappoint . He uses many different  angles to create a great sense of weight and motion with his characters and you never get lost in the action. He’s slowly becoming one of my favorite artists working in the business.

Due to the constant jumping between his team of characters that are split up and a last second bait and switch I feel like this is the weakest of Remnder’s three Secret Avengers issues so far. I have faith that these plot points will come back together in a cohesive fashion but this issue felt too disjointed for my taste. However I still will continue to recommend this book for the amazing artwork and crazy concepts that jump off the page.

Mike DeVivo

Follow me on Twitter @pandasandrobots

Can you say cosplay? WonderCon photos by @patloika

Here’s the round-up of WonderCon complete with excess cosplay (Can you have too much cosplay?). Southern California brings out the best in the best in cosplay and WonderCon’s move to Anaheim does not disappoint. There was even a Miles Morales sighting on the first day of the Con. Enjoy the photos courtesy of Pat Loika from San Diego, follow him on Twitter @patloika.

About Pat Loika
Live through this, and you won’t look back…
Pat Loika is a San Diego based writer, illustrator and podcaster. He also works in the San Diego tourism industry, but he would rather not get into THAT. He’s a very social person that has way too many friends.

Pat is the co-creator of the Path to Armageddon, Blacklisted and The Villain. He co-founded Dial R Studios, a virtual studio comprised of talents from different media including comics, music and filmmaking. He is currently working on a new webcomic series titled PLATEAU, and hosts the weekly LOIKAMANIA pop-culture podcast.

He dreams of world domination, and finding the best ribs on the planet. He will not be stopped.

Sam Mendes’ First SKYFALL Video-blog (James Bond 007)

The first video blog by director Sam Mendes from the set of the 23rd James Bond movie, “SKYFALL.”

From Wikipedia:

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film, produced by Eon Productions for MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.Directed by Sam Mendes, it features Daniel Craig’s third performance as James Bond and Javier Bardem as the film’s villain. Judi Dench reprises her role as “M” for the seventh consecutive film. Craig has confirmed that the events of the film are not directly related to Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The film is due to be released in the UK on 26 October 2012, which includes IMAX venues.

Batman #7 Dustin Nguyen’s variant “Night of the Owls”

DC Comics Monday, released the Dustin Nguyen variant to Batman #7 as the “Night of the Owls” approaches. Batman #7 is written by Scott Snyder and will be in your local comic book store on March 21st.

From DC the Source:

By Alex Nagorski

For the past few days on THE SOURCE, we’ve been showing you some of the various character designs of Talon, the newest villain in Batman’s gallery of rogues and the leader of the Court of the Owls.

Today, we continue to give you a backstage pass to the “Night of the Owls” crossover event by showing you an exclusive sneak peek at artist Dustin Nguyen’s variant cover for BATMAN #7. Setting the stage for the “Night of the Owls” prelude in issue #8, BATMAN #7 is an issue comprised of secrets so grave that the Dark Knight’s world will never be the same.

“While reading Scott Snyder’s script, there was an act that really stuck with me,” Nguyen exclusively told THE SOURCE. “It was a scene where Batman was mixed with pain, fear, and shock. I thought that was a powerful moment in the issue and decided to base the cover off of that moment.”

BATMAN #7 will be available for purchase starting March 21st.

Batwoman #6: 4-page preview (Stop! or I will shoot Batwoman a lot!)

DC Comics Tuesday released a four-page preview of Batwoman #6 written by Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III with art by Richard Friend and Amy Reeder Hadley. Batwoman takes her turn playing dentist and we hope, bullet-proof vest in the first four pages. Batwoman #6 will be in your local comic book store February 8th, 2012.

[nggallery id=36]

Batwoman (2011) #6
Written by Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III.
Illustrated by Richard Friend, Amy Reeder Hadley.

Artist Amy Reeder and inker Richard Friend join the Batwoman team with this new arc, as the epic ‘To Drown the World’ begins! Six lives, inextricably linked in the past and present, each on a collision course with the others: Batwoman, fighting for duty and vengeance against a threat of arcane power. Detective Maggie Sawyer, investigating a case that could end her career. DEO Agent Cameron Chase, commanding a vigilante she despises. Colonel Jacob Kane, clutching at a life that’s slipping away. Maro, a new villain corrupting Gotham City. And Kate Kane, wrestling with decisions that will test her loyalties.

Jim Lee takes a break for Justice League #8

DC Comics announced Friday that Jim Lee will take a break from Justice League for issue 8 and Carlos D’Anda will pencil the issue. D’Anda most recently worked on Batman: Arkham City.

Here is what DC the Source had to say:

Friday, January 13th, 2012

By Josh Kushins

Fan-favorite artist Carlos D’Anda will be joining the JUSTICE LEAGUE creative team as a special guest illustrator for issue #8.

Most recently, D’Anda illustrated BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, written by Paul Dini. The story served as narrative bridge between the critically acclaimed BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY video games. It is currently available as a collected hardcover, as well as in separate digital chapters via https://read.dccomics.com/.

D’Anda was also a concept artist for both games.

Set in present day, JUSTICE LEAGUE #8 finds Green Arrow vying for inclusion in the team – but not all of the heroes are in favor of the outspoken new candidate, especially Aquaman.

Regular series artist Jim Lee returns with JUSTICE LEAGUE #9, the first chapter in a story event entitled “The Villain’s Journey.”

Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

Interview with Avengers Academy Writer Christos Gage

One of the best books consistently has been Christos Gage’s Avengers Academy. He has taken a group of new characters that he created, and has made it one of my can’t miss reads. If you aren’t reading this book get on it, immediately not sooner. I had the chance to sit down and chat with him recently, and here is what transpired. (Note: This interview contains spoilers so if you haven’t read these issues yet, NUFF SAID!)

CV NICK: I love Avengers Academy, it has been one of the most consistently well done books at Marvel for the past year, and I’ve really enjoyed the plots and the growth of the students and teachers at the Academy. With the events of Fear Itself ending, and the new team members and staff joining the team, what can you tell us about what you have planned?

GAGE: Thanks so much! #21 was intended to be a good jumping on point for new readers, as the team moved out to the West Coast and added new members. As you’ve seen in recent issues, we have a lot of intrigue going on with the death of Jocasta, and some hidden threats at the Academy, such as future Reptil possessing his younger body, as well as the monster called Hybrid – an old Rom villain I’ve always loved. Following that, in #27, we see the Runaways show up for a meeting fans have been requesting for a long, long time. And beginning with #29, we jump feet-first into the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover! It’s a great time to jump on board!

CV NICK: With the death of Jocasta at the end of AA21, it is implied with the reveal of Reptil being possessed by his future self? that he maybe has something to do with her death? That maybe in the future some of his team members go “bad”? Intriguing as well that the page is labeled as “Somewhere in Time”.

GAGE: There are indeed a lot of questions being raised by those pages. Some have been answered in #23 – for instance, that is indeed Reptil’s future self inhabiting his younger body. As for his involvement with Jocasta, stay tuned…I promise answers are coming soon! And “bad” is relative depending on your perspective. Our story is, in large part, about how far a man is willing to go to protect those he loves, even at the expense of others.

CV NICK: What can we expect the new students to bring to the team? Who is your favorite of the new students to write?

GAGE: I hope they’ll bring unique personalities that evoke interesting emotions in our existing characters. Another thing they’ll bring is ties to the overall Marvel Universe that have been absent so far since all our characters were rookies: Lightspeed has years of experience as a hero, X-23 has been active for a long time and indeed, in many ways, lived out the fear these kids have of going bad (though it wasn’t really her fault), and White Tiger is carrying on the legacy of her brother Hector, so she is the Academy’s first legacy character. I can’t really say I have a favorite…I like them all. I am developing fondness for Julie Power, since she’s the only one of them I actually read when I was a kid myself.

CV NICK: What about the addition of Hawkeye to the staff? Besides his tumultuous past, what can we expect him to bring and how will it affect Hank and the other instructors?

GAGE: Hawkeye knows what it’s like to have a troubled childhood and be tempted down the wrong path. He also knows what it’s like to be redeemed and become a true hero. He feels like it’s his karmic duty to give these kids the opportunity he had. Of course, Hawkeye’s never been the type of guy to run his plans past others, so Hank and the other teaches might find that problematic!

CV NICK: Recently, online rumors have lead to certain Comic News sites suggesting that Avengers Academy potentially being on the chopping block, and you took to Twitter to vehemently deny and defend the book to the naysayers. What can you tell us about that, and how does having something like social media help or hinder you to get the news out about your book, and other projects?

GAGE: Well, the numbers speak for themselves. AVENGERS ACADEMY is not a huge seller as Marvel titles go, but what’s been positive is that it’s still profitable and our numbers have held very steady for quite a long time now. There are books that have been around for years selling consistently at this level…two that come to mind are X-FACTOR and THUNDERBOLTS. So AVENGERS ACADEMY is making money for Marvel and as long as it holds its numbers it will continue to stick around. The danger is that, when your sales are at this level, losing just a few hundred or a couple thousand orders – in essence, only one less copy at every comic shop in America – can push you into the danger zone. And rumors of a book being canceled can most definitely get readers to drop that book, because they feel it no longer “matters,” or they don’t want to continue to be invested in a storyline that might end prematurely. I’ve spoken to many, many retailers about this phenomenon, and they say they see it all the time – perception becoming reality when rumors of a book being canceled start to spread, readers drop it, and sales go down to the point where it does indeed get canceled. So I wanted to strongly and vocally make it clear that we are fine, as long as sales hold up at their current level. If you like the book, keep buying it. Pre-order if you don’t already. Tell your friends to check it out. I just heard that issue #21 is sold out at Diamond, and #22 might have been as well, I don’t recall…which is great, because it means readers are interested and retailers are re-ordering. We’ve had many wonderful retailers supporting us and recommending the book to their customers. So I just wanted to be proactive about getting the word out and hopefully preventing the rumor from going too far. As for social media, I love being able to communicate directly to readers and retailers. It can be a double-edged sword, in that it allows rumors to spread quickly as well, but that’s the world we live in. I definitely prefer it to not being able to communicate with the buying public at all, or in a delayed fashion.

CV NICK: With AA being in the news lately, it has also leaked that Striker will be revealed as a gay character, how long has this been planned, and how did you decide to make such a culturally significant decision?

GAGE: It’s been planned as far back as issue #5. If you look back at that issue there are hints, such as the flashback scene where Striker is surrounded by female groupies provided by Norman Osborn and he has no interest in them whatsoever. What made me want to go in this direction is that, while we have come a long way in having positive depictions of gay youth in popular culture, we have seen fewer examples of kids who are struggling with their sexual identity, and I wanted to explore that. I think there are still a lot of gay youths, especially in more rural areas where they might not personally know any out gay people, who feel conflicted and isolated, and I wanted to say, hey, you’re not alone in this.

CV NICK: How can we expect to see AA used in this summers big Avengers event, which rumor has it they are to feature prominently?

GAGE: You will definitely see Avengers Academy tie in to Avengers Vs. X-Men. Probably in such a way that the kids will come up against X-Men kids. I think it’ll be interesting to see how the kids on both sides react to this conflict that essentially their elders got them into.

CV NICK: Are there any future plans or projects you can let us know about?

GAGE: I’m taking over X-MEN: LEGACY with issue #260.1, which is out very soon! I also write ANGEL & FAITH monthly for Dark Horse, and I have a secret miniseries in the works from Marvel. My original graphic novel SUNSET comes out in the spring from Top Cow, and my wife Ruth and I are working on an original graphic novel for Oni called THE LION OF RORA, which is the true story of her ancestors, a historical epic in the vein of BRAVEHEART.

Thanks again to Christos Gage for his time. Visit him at his website Christosgage.com and follow him on Twitter @Christosgage

Follow Nick on Twitter @NicoSandila

Boom! Incorruptible #24 5-page preview

Boom! Studios on Friday, released a five-page preview of Incorruptible #24 written by Mark Waid with art by Marcio Takara.

The showdown that INCORRUPTIBLE fans have all been clamoring for is finally here! A villain from both Max and the Plutonian’s past has returned…and Max must decide whether he can bend his rock-hard sense of good and evil to accept his help in defeating the world’s most savage enemy – The Plutonian. This may be the last hope for humanity…and the last hope for the people Max Damage has grown to love. Don’t miss this defining issue of Mark Waid’s game-changing superhero saga! – Boom! Studios

Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

Will Christopher Nolan kill Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises?”

Darkhorizons.com released an article on Monday with plot details and additional photos from Empire magazine.

After reading the potential plot of “The Dark Knight Rises” a person could start to draw a conclusion that Batman could die in the upcoming film. This would make sense if Christopher Nolan wants this to be his last film or a definitive end to his trilogy.

The only way Nolan could top “The Dark Knight” is by killing the Dark Knight.

Here is an excerpt from the Dark Horizons article by Garth Franklin.

The biggest surprise from the piece is the time setting of ‘Rises’. While a few months passed between “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”, the gap between that second and this third film will be longer… a lot longer.

“Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state” says Nolan who adds that this film is “really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story”.

With Batman not fighting fit, Bane was to be used as the villain for the physical threat he presents – “With Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally” says Nolan. He confirms the prologue in IMAX cinemas next month will serve as “an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film”.

Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver #1 five page preview

Marvel Comics released the first four pages of AVENGERS ORIGINS: SCARLET WITCH & QUICKSILVER #1 on Monday.

This is the origin story of how Wanda and Pietro went from villain to hero. Sean McKeever is the author of this book with art by Micro Pierfederici.

Do we need this story? Are you excited? Is Marvel getting their origins together so that Wanda can go crazy again and kill everyone? The Scarlet Witch is that wild card character that always scares you  because your favorite hero or villain could disappear in a second.

Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

[amazon_carousel widget_type=”SearchAndAdd” width=”600″ height=”200″ title=”” market_place=”US” shuffle_products=”True” show_border=”False” keywords=”sean mckeever” browse_node=”” search_index=”Books” /]

Review: Batgirl #2

Batgirl #2 Cover

Batgirl #2
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Ardian Syaf

Batgirl leads in directly from the last issues tense cliffhanger; The newly established villain known as “The Mirror”, has a gun poised directly at Barbara Gordon’s Achilles Heel, her spine! The events that conspire present the vulnerability and doubt that Batgirl carries with her from her time in a wheelchair. Gail Simone excels at showing Barbara’s humanity when under the cowl of Batgirl. Where Batman almost feels legendary and bulletproof, in this issue you really feel the danger at present; Batgirl even makes a point that she’s not Batman and has to fight more with her Witt, than brawn.

Batgirl is the first Gail Simone series I’ve tackled and I’m quite impressed, though I’m certainly not surprised, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for her previous work on DC Comics “Birds of Prey” and “Suicide Squad”. Though this issue consists mainly of action sequences, there’s a perfect ratio mixed in of Barbara’s personal life and her father, commissioner Gordon, which I’m very excited about his plot thread!

The Mirror gets a quick back story, which delivered his motive, a touch similar to the modern-day cinema serial killer, Jigsaw. But i really am enjoying his character and at this point in the series, I see him as more a vigilante rather than a villain.

Batgirl #3 Cover

Ardian Syaf’s art is detailed and dynamic. his action sequences fail to bore; I always enjoy a good brawl, fought in a well drawn rain storm. Syaf’s character design sells the new villain: The Mirror, hands down. I feel he draws the villain with slight more care than with Batgirl, which i find surprising since Batgirl is sporting a pretty intricate new suite.

Overall, I’m very excited about this reincarnation of Batgirl. I’ve read that Gail Simone love Barbara Gordon, as a character and I can’t wait to see where she flys with her. It’s hard not to get excited when you know the creator is truly passionate, I can only hope that Gail Simone stays for the foreseeable future and beyond.

And still the gnawing question as to how Batgirl miraculously gained the use of her legs is again dangled in front of us with no satisfactory answer. The motive behind The Mirror makes the tension between these to quite exciting; as is seems to be closely tied to the recent mobility Barbara has found. Mix this with the pure excitement that comes with next months cover, really makes this series a sure pull.

Story: 9
Art: 9

Also, highly recommended this week:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer S.9 #2
Batman and Robin #2
Uncanny X-Force #16 – Reviewed by: Roger Riddell, Check it out @ http://www.chicagocomicvault.com/2011/10/review-uncanny-x-force-16/


Follow me on Twitter @ddsuperbatnix