New Avengers has taken a one month jump forward in time, catching it up more or less with the rest of the Marvel universe as we know it. Beast has his new mutation, Reed is on a trip with his family across the multiverse, Iron Man is with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and so on. It’s actually pretty cool to know that Jonathan Hickman planned for all of this in advance and now has used this issue to answer any of those questions. But the most important events to transpire are the escalating conflicts between Namor’s Atlantis and T’Challa’s Wakanda, which provides the juiciest part of the issue.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man is telling one of the most definitive stories for the character in years -- and it’s not even Peter Parker! Not that it matters, really. The core ideal of Spider-Man has always been the burden of responsibility (and funny jokes!), and the story of Miles Morales has that in spades. Miles gave up being Spider-Man, but Brian Michael Bendis puts him in a situation where you can feel the inner turmoil of his decision deep in your chest.
What a turnaround! Ultimate Comics Ultimates #25 was a cluster of big ideas crammed into a small space with far too many characters, but with that groundwork laid, it now allows writer Joshua Hale Fialkov to execute his vision a lot more smoothly. The cast is split up in teams, the scope of the threat is more understandable, and the fun is nonstop. If you were waiting for the story of the Ultimates to get really good again, then your wait has ended.
Man, it's gonna be tough telling fact from fiction as J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII ramps up for production. Everyone wants a scoop about the revived franchise, but the notoriously secretive Abrams isn't very likely to dole out much info in the months ahead. Hopefully Disney will convince the filmmaker to open up a bit, but in the meantime…
Bleeding Cool has gotten their hands on some casting breakdowns that give us an idea of what to expect from the continuing adventures of the Skywalker family. These notes have been confirmed by Deadline, which adds that casting directors April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg and Nina Gold have sent the breakdowns to agents. Here are the seven characters:
Even though we've been building up to the release of Valiant's Quantum and Woody #1 with our very own exclusive webcomic, there's even more to look forward to beyond that -- the arrival of esteemed comic scribe Greg Pak to the Valiant Universe. Along with artist Trevor Hairsine, Pak is relaunching Eternal Warrior, one of Valiant's most memorable characters, in a new ongoing series starting in September.
We're excited to bring you your very first look at the interior pages by Hairsine. Here's Valiant's official solicitation info:
Across ten millennia and a thousand battlefields, Gilad Anni-Padda has traversed the darkest, most mysterious corners of history. But the horror and bloodshed of constant warfare has finally taken its toll on the man myth calls the Eternal Warrior…and he has abdicated his duties as the Fist and the Steel of Earth for a quiet life of seclusion. But when a blood vendetta from the distant past suddenly reappears in the modern day, he must decide if he will return to the ways of war…for the child who betrayed him thousands of years ago...
Animal Man went through sort of a funk during the perhaps-too-long Rotworld storyline, but with that in the past, it’s back to being nothing but highly impressive and undeniably engrossing. With a more personal tone to the story, Jeff Lemire cuts to the heart of Buddy Baker as we see him continue to deal with the loss of his son. But as he spirals downward, his daughter Maxine takes a surprisingly pro-active and upbeat role in order to help her daddy out.
If you haven’t seen Man of Steel and don’t want the end ruined, turn back now!
Seriously, spoilers ahead!
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and writer David Goyer revealed on The Empire Film Podcast that producer/comic book movie Godfather Christopher Nolan initially did not approve of the controversial ending where Superman kills General Zod.
“Killing Zod was a big thing,” Goyer said. “And that was something that Chris Nolan originally said, ‘There’s no way you can do this’.... Originally, Zod got sucked into the Phantom Zone along with the others.”
One element that bothers me about a lot of Marvel's recent event comics is that the final issues always seem more interested in setting up what comes next than simply providing an epic, memorable conclusion to the story at hand. Granted, superhero comics always hinge on the desire to see what comes next, but what good is a story without a proper climax? I fully expected Age of Ultron #10 to follow that trend given how even the penultimate issue seemed to be looking ahead towards a post-Ultron Marvel Universe. And in that sense, issue #10 doesn't disappoint. Instead, it disappoints in pretty much every other sense. Age of Ultron now holds the dubious distinction of having the most underwhelming and anticlimactic finish of any event comic in recent memory.
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After much speculation within Hollywood, Universal has found their Fifty Shades of Grey director. The studio has announced that Sam Taylor-Johnson will helm the film adaptation of the best-selling book.
Taylor-Johnson's sole feature credit as a director to date is for the young John Lennon bio film Nowhere Boy, which starred her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson, a.k.a. Kick-Ass. With the news of his wife's getting the Fifty Shades gig, rumors already started to spread this afternoon that Aaron would be pursuing the male lead in the film (that of Christian). But The Wrap's sources say that won't be the case. Additionally, the site reports that director Darren Aronofsky was offered Fifty Shades of Grey a month ago but passed.
After showing off the title last week at E3, Dennaton Games has officially revealed Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. In true indie fashion, the game was announced back in November via developer Jonatan Söderström's Twitter account, but now we've finally gotten our first glimpse of it in action. Check out the debut teaser trailer:
IGN will have complete hands-on impressions of the psychotic sequel very soon. All you need to know right now is that the gameplay primarily features more of the same, in the best possible way. More synch music, more weapons, violence, and lightning-quick deaths.
Microsoft has changed its policies regarding Xbox One’s internet requirements, used game restrictions and more.
Contrary to the details announced earlier this month, Microsoft has now confirmed news originally reported on Giant Bomb that Xbox One will not require an internet connection to play offline games or need to check in every 24 hours; instead, internet will only be required when initially setting up the console.