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Tue
06
Mar

Skottie Young gives Deadpool a Fresh Start

From Polygon:

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, Polygon can reveal that the Merc With the Mouth is getting his own minty fresh start with Deadpool #1, the beginning of a new series written by Skottie Young and drawn by Nic Klein.

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“Before I pitched Rocket Raccoon back in 2013, I tried to get Deadpool. haha..But he was spoken for so I said ‘well, i can kind of have a similar vibe for Rocket, just cleaned up a bit.’ So my head was already in that place.”

Tue
06
Mar

Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto to bring back Sentry into Marvel Fresh Start

From Newsarama:

Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto are launching a new Sentry ongoing title as part of Marvel Comics' summer "Fresh Start" initiative.

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Tue
06
Mar

New Iron Man and Ant-Man / Wasp Series coming from Marvel Fresh Start

From Marvel:

On June 20, Tony Stark returns.

He’s back, at last, having been the subject of a long and troubled search throughout the pages of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN. Writer Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti will join forces to tell a entirely different kind of story in TONY STARK: IRON MAN.

From the cusp of tomorrow’s dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure.

Tue
06
Mar

The Longbox Short-List - Week of March 7, 2018

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Fri
02
Mar

Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz send the Sorcerer Supreme to space!

From Marvel:

This June, writer Mark Waid and artist Jesus Saiz are set for a journey across the universe in DOCTOR STRANGE #1!

The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: when astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme!

Thu
01
Mar

Neil Gaiman heading up Sandman Universe Imprint for DC

From CBR:

DC Comics and Neil Gaiman will celebrate 30 years of the Dreaming when they launch The Sandman Universe in late-2018, a line of four different comics based on the writer’s critically and fan acclaimed Sandman series.

Thu
01
Mar

Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley announced as new creative team for Amazing Spider-Man

From Comicbook.com:

This June, Marvel will launch Amazing Spider-Man #1 from writer Nick Spencer (Secret Empire), artist Ryan Ottley (Invincible), inker Cliff Rathburn & colorist Laura Martin. The new series comes hot off the heels of former writer, Dan Slott's, historic ten year run with the series.

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Wed
28
Feb

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu's Captain America to launch on July 4

From Marvel

On Independence Day, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Leinil Yu wield the shield.

Today, Coates made the announcement in The Atlantic, where he wrote about the challenge and opportunity of crafting such an iconic Marvel—and American—character.

Tue
27
Feb

Al Ewing and Joe Bennett's The Immortal Hulk added to Marvel Fresh Start

From Comicbook.com

Bruce Banner is returning as Marvel’s Hulk for the company’s fresh start, but this time he’s not just incredible, he’s immortal.

The Immortal Hulk will launch in May from writer Al Ewing (Avengers: No Surrender) and artist Joe Bennett. The series follows up on Hulk’s heavily teased return in the pages of Avengers: No Surrender.

Tue
27
Feb

Multiple Man to return as part of Marvel's Fresh Start

From Comicbook.com:

It turns out you can’t keep a good Multiple Man down. Marvel Comics will launch a new Multiple Man miniseries starring Jamie Madrox this July from writer Matthew Rosenberg (New Mutants: Dead Souls, Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey) and artist Andy MacDonald (Justice League of America), featuring covers by Marcos Martin.

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Tue
27
Feb

The Longbox Short-List - Week of February 28, 2018

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Mon
26
Feb

Wonder Woman 2 in the Works: How the Franchise Tapped into the Need for Strong Female Characters

Wonder Woman

WONDER WOMAN was the superhero film no one expected, but we all agreed well deserved, reportedly earning more than $400,000,000, and was the 3rd highest grossing film of the year. It was tremendously well-received by audiences and critics alike, and it finally broke the DC curse of taking some of the most iconic and beloved comic book characters and producing severely underwhelming movies (the infamous Martha scene in the penultimate BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE movie arguably reached new levels of disappointing even diehard fans). It was immediately clear that WONDER WOMAN 2 had to happen. And it will.

Wonder Woman’s Unexpected Success

Sat
24
Feb

Are we getting a new JLA/Avengers Crossover?

There was a fun little exchange between Scott Snyder  and Jason Aaron on Twitter a few days ago:

It started with Scott Snyder saying:

Crazy excited for on Avengers - going to be epic

Fri
23
Feb

Brian Michael Bendis: "Kara is a Huge Part of the New Superman Books"

When DC Comics brought in Brian Michael Bendis to take over writing duties on the Superman comics, they brought in arguably one of the best in the industry.

And he has big plans.

Not only will he be re-launching (sort of) the Superman comic book, but his story in Action Comics #1000 will be the foundation for much of what is changing going forward. He will also be penning a MAN OF STEEL weekly book in May which builds off of his story in the pages of the historical 1000th issue.

Fri
23
Feb

DC Completes Comics Award Sweeps; Ethan Van Sciver Best Comics Artist of 2017

Best of 2017 EvS Hal Jordan and GLC

It's been a very good year this year for DC Comics at the annual Critical Blast awards.

First, they take the prize for Best Comic Book Storyline of 2017 with DARK NIGHTS: METAL.

Then they get more notoriety when BATMAN and MISTER MIRACLE SCRIBE, Tom King, is awarded Best Comics Writer of 2017.

Well, DC fans--the streak isn't over yet!

Fri
23
Feb

Titan Celebrates Mickey Spillane's 100th Birthday with All-New Mike Hammer Comic Book Series

Mike Hammer 100 from Titan Comics

To celebrate the centenary year of Mickey Spillane, Titan Comics is excited to announce Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, a brand-new Hard Case Crime comic book series, based on a story originally written by Mickey Spillane and adapted by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition, Quarry’s War) – coming in June 2018.

Following his debut novel, I, The Jury in 1947, Mickey Spillane became one of the best-selling novelists of all-time, with more than 225 million copies of his books sold internationally. Famed, yet controversial for the depictions of sex and violence in his novels, Spillane created Mike Hammer, one of the most famous of all fictional detectives, and even starred as Hammer in one of the many movies made from his books.

Fri
23
Feb

Critical Blast Readers Crown DC Comics' Tom King Best Comics Writer of 2017

Tom King, Best Comics Writer of 2017

Comics writers do a lot of double-duty. They generally aren't assigned one specific title, but they usually only shine for one.

This year was exceptional, however, in that several of our nominees for Best Comics Writer of 2017 were nominated for their work on more than one comic. Charles Soule came in for both ASTONISHING X-MEN and CURSE WORDS. David Walker was nominated for OCCUPY AVENGERS and LUKE CAGE.

Thu
22
Feb

Best Comic Book Storyline of 2017 Goes to DC Comics for Dark Nights: Metal

Dark Nights Metal Best of 2017

If there was a motto to my life, it would probably be this: So many comic books, so little time.

2017 certainly had its share of memorable storylines. Valiant's BLOODSHOT: SALVATION reinvigorated the character. DC Comics' THE OZ EFFECT has people guessing about the identity of the enigmatic Mr. Oz, while PAST TIMES AT SUPER HERO HIGH was a fun adventure with the cartoon-version of some of our favorite super heroes (in high school). Over at Marvel, fans continue to fall in love with MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, while SECRET EMPIRE set fandom on its ear with the idea of an evil Captain America taking over the country with Hydra.

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Tue
20
Feb

And God Created Superheroes: Brian Bradley and The Anointed 7

The Anointed 7

One of the greatest things about an event like Wizard World is that no matter how many times you've been to a convention, there's always going to be someone new doing something new.

Such was the case when I bumped into Brian Bradley, president of Kingdom Comics and publisher of THE ANOINTED 7, a superhero team that's a combination of JUSTICE LEAGUE meets LEFT BEHIND. It's supernatural evil opposed by supernal good, as no less an entity than God Himself intervenes through human emissaries granted superhuman powers, like Samson but in four-color action.

To get the full scoop on The Anointed 7, we spoke with Brian to find out exactly who these people were, and what kind of world it is they inhabit.

Who are the Anointed 7?

The Anointed 7 are a group of seven individuals who have been anointed by God, with the purpose of standing against Lord Christopher and his violently aggressive new world order. They are a super-powered fighting force.

Tue
20
Feb

Marvel announces Fresh Start...their latest in a long series of Relaunches...

From Polygon:

New series, new creative teams, new directions and new beginnings, promises a short announcement video on Marvel Entertainment’s YouTube account today.

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