Black Widow 2014 (MarvelNow) Review

Black Widow MarvelNOW

I hadn’t even planned on starting a new comic book title. I have so many new books that I have yet to read and then others that I feel committed to continuing. But then, I saw the beautiful cover art for Black Widow and HAD to pick it up.

I read the first couple of pages and was hooked. So I grabbed the other available issues, #2 and #3.

Let me just say that I have a huge girl crush on Natasha now — moreso than from The Avengers movie. The story, character development, and art are perfection.

Published: January 08, 2014
Rating: Rated T+
Writer: Nathan Henry Edmondson
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
You’ve seen Black Widow as an Avenger and even an Agent of Shield. But on her own time she searches for atonement for her past as a KGB assassin—in ways of which those teams just wouldn’t approve. From the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe, Nathan Edmonson (Who is Jake Ellis?) and Phil Noto (Thunderbolts, X-23) bring you a new ongoing series as gorgeous and mysterious as Nastasha Romanov herself!

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What I also most appreciate is that unlike the typical comic book covers of featuring ginormous boobs and bootie, it’s Natasha being cool and doing amazingly cool things featured. THANK YOU!

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Never Give Up: Jim Lee co-publisher of DC Comics

We all started from somewhere but we rarely get to see the very beginnings.

Jim Lee, artist, writer,  editor, and co-publisher of DC Comics gives us a peek into how it started — and just how persistent he was.

Now I feel like an absolute lazy bum with only two rejection letters under my belt. Only two because I stopped hounding publishers…not that two even constitutes any hounding whatsoever — more like a ‘hello and ‘bye.’

Anyhow, check out the rest of the letters Jim Lee dug up on his Instagram as well as his first finished piece for Marvel.

Quite inspiring.

[via AngryAsianMan]
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Gene Luen Yang brings The Green Turtle back in “The Shadow Hero”

I finally ordered my copy of Boxers and Saints the other day and now I’m learning that come July 2014 there will be new work by Gene Luen Yang!

He and artist Sonny Lieu are teaming up to resurrect the first Asian American super hero — The Green Turtle.

In the U.S. comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comic book characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The Green Turtle comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for this forgotten character. Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother has other ideas for him… she wants him to become a superhero, and to clean up their Chinatown neighborhood!

With artwork by Sonny Liew, this dazzling, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.

I’m looking forward to some great story-telling and art 🙂

[via Boing Boing]

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SUPERHEROES: A Never-Ending Battle

Joe Quesada describes the feverish pace of modern comic book production.

SUPERHEROES: A Never-Ending Battle is the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. 

Among the notable on-camera talents in the film are Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Chabon and Jules Feiffer, and interviews with the late greats Joe Simon (co-creator of Captain America) and Jerry Robinson (who helped create the Joker).

Hosted and Narrated by Liev Schreiber.  

It premieres October 15th on PBS. However, if you should miss it — which I most likely will — PBS will offer full episodes online.

Suh-weet!

[via PBS]
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Coming Soon! Superman / Wonder Woman: Issue #1

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Superman / Wonder Woman: Issue #1

I actually can’t wait to start getting into this new storyline.

The series debuts with an issue that focuses on reactions to their romance from suspicion to outright fear. In addition to the story from writer Charles Soule and artist Tony Daniel, the couple also are given the spotlight by artists Aaron Kuder and Cliff Chiang in variant covers for the issue.

Superman/Wonder Woman will be available Wednesday

However, I am a bit torn.

I’ve been watching the Justice League TV series and the chemistry between Wonder Woman and Batman is electric…and full of comedy. I love it.

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Wonder Woman and Batman in Justice League TV series

Regardless, the comic coming out on Wednesday should make for a fun read *fingers crossed*

For an exclusive look at the new Superman / Wonder Woman #1, here are the opening pages for the issue and the variant covers.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

 

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Hello! My New Favorite TV Show: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) doing some dispatching.
So I watched it a day later thanks to online streaming because the only time I get to watch anything during the weekdays are at midnight 🙂
Anyhow, it was super fun, didn’t dwell on the dark/sinister, and I got to see my three fave characters: Coulson (Clark Gregg), Hill (Cobie Smulders), and May (Ming-Na Wen).
Looking forward to the next episode.
And now, I wonder what the defunct Wonder Woman TV series in 2011 could’ve been if it had been in the hands of Joss Whedon instead.
*sigh*
To dream, to hope…
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MICE: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo 2013

Phew! Thought I had missed this as I lamented last weekend. But nothing to fear because it’s taking place THIS weekend at the Porter Exchange building in Cambridge, MA.

There’s a great schedule of events!

September 28-29
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

University Hall at Lesley University
1815 Massachusetts Ave (Porter Sq.)

Visit www.micexpo.org for more info.

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Fan Undergoes Surgeries to Look Like His Idol Superman

Not quite a whizz in a phone box: Superman fan has 19 surgeries over 16 years to look like his favourite comic book hero 

The 35-year-old, from Calamba City, Philippines, has had nose jobs, skin whitening, lip liposuction, jaw realignment, pec implants and even abdominal implants to become a real-life Clarke Kent after falling in love with the TV programme aged five. 

He has splashed around 300,000 Pesos (£4,400) on his obsession – a fortune compared to the average 90p hourly wage in the Philippines. Read More

Or he could’ve just been his own superhero and retained his Filipino heritage.
That was the part that really disturbed me — that he had to ‘whiten’ his features.
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The Wolverine? Heck no. Yukio All the Way!

Yukio played by Rila Fukushima

Yukio totally stole the entire The Wolverine film for me.

“Yukio is an occasional thief by profession, as well as a rōnin, a masterless samurai. Yukio has been portrayed as a free spirit with an almost careless disregard for personal danger. While she is highly skilled in the martial arts, Yukio is not a mutant and possesses no super powers. Her specialty weapons are scalpel-like shuriken, of which she can hurl several at a time with deadly accuracy.”

She was the one saving grace to what would’ve been complete disappointment.

More Yukio badassery, please!

Look, I don’t mind predictable story lines as long as they’re done well, which means the actors and actresses really have to come through. Unfortunately, not everyone did here. And so, most of the characters weren’t memorable like the evil blonde lady mutant or even Mariko, who was Wolverine’s love interest (which I dunno why since there was zero chemistry between the two…like, nada..nothing.)

Yukio, played by Rila Fukushima, was such a badass — with her shocking red hair; with the sword skills; with her WTF-did-you-just-say?! expressions; and, with her unwavering loyalty. I was seriously bummed during the times she wasn’t on screen.

Kudos to Rila for making me fall in love with Yukio.

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Fun Times at Boston Comic Con 2013

Mr. Lee and I made our way to the Seaport Hotel Saturday afternoon. The plan was to meet up with the Lee crew.

First Thing First
signed comics by Mike Choi; indie comic called “Tuna Time”; and 10 issues of Batgirl / Cassandra Cain for $6
I needed to get to Mike Choi‘s booth so that he could sign my copy of X-23: Target X. What was the rush? I don’t quite know, but I just wanted to get to him and get to him Mr. Lee and I did. While waiting in line, the guy in front of me brought along a book to be signed, which was great and all except…
it wasn’t Mike Choi’s work.
#FAIL
Mike Choi signing my copy of X-23: Target X
When my turn came up to meet him, I asked if he could sign the book. He was super nice and I also purchased a copy of Lookbook 2013-2014. I’m shit when it comes to small talk or anything of the sort so the only thing I could say to him was, “I really love your work!”
Jeeze. I’m lame. I know.
Anyhow, onwards to the cosplay which was most impressive this year. Here are a few of my faves:
Michelangelo. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Why, hello there, Michelangelo!
Voltron
Voltron, the cardboard edition
random booth prop
some booth decor
R2-D2, Star Wars
A working, motorized R2-D2 making his exit
Bumbleebee, Transformers
It’s a Bumblebee Crossing! This costume was ginormous.
Batgirl / Cassandra Cain Back Issues
Batgirl / Cassandra Cain back issues
It was a great Con — way bigger and more people than what I expected.
Fortunately, I found some Batgirl back issues missing from my collection. Picked up six issues — even found the final and last one #73. Yay.
The Lee crew and I hung around until the close of the show. By then, the crowds had petered out considerably and we finally were able to check out stuff we’d missed/didn’t have a chance to see.
Smells Like…Tuna Time by Christopher Clayton Holt
Like, this one comic — Smells Like…Tuna Time by Christopher Clayton Holt. The cover art was graphic and funny. And then, when I was told that it was a compilation of food service clerk experiences, I was sold.
It’s seriously a great and super funny read.
All in all, it was a great time spent with friends, bumping into old ones, getting some back issues, meeting an artist I admire, and discovering a new fellow indie comic artist.
Me as Paul Bunyan with Big Toe Uglydoll and Babe the Blue Ox during the 2012 Superhero 5K race
I should’ve brought out my Paul Bunyan costume to cosplay in.
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Boston Comic Con, Aug 3-4 at Seaport World Trade Center

It’s happening this weekend so make sure to check it out!

I’ll be noodling around the convention on Saturday and most likely devoting most of my time learning more about the indie comic artists.

Some of my friends have a list of all the artists they want to see. Errr…maybe I should follow suit? I was even asked if I’d dress up in cosplay. Errr…I gots no time nor patience for that — I leave that to the experts 😛

Anyhow, it’s going to be a fun convention.

Check out the Boston Comic Con website for a listing of events and special guests!

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The Burka Avenger Is Way Cooler Than Curaré the Assassin Lady

What a breath of fresh air!

A caped crusader is on the loose in the mountains of Pakistan, but she’s not your traditional superhero. The Burka Avenger wears a flowing black veil — only her brown eyes are visible — as she fights corrupt politicians and religious zealots. Her weapons of choice: pens and books.

Burka Avenger, which made its debut on Pakistani TV this week, aims to empower young women in a country where attacks on girls’ schools and repression of women remain enduring problems. It’s the brainchild of Pakistani entrepreneur and pop star Haroon Rashid, who tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that he was inspired by current events in Pakistan. “I thought of an idea of sort of, like, a protagonist protecting a girls’ school. And that’s how the idea for the Burka Avenger developed.”

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She kinda reminds me of the assassin Curaré from Batman Beyond…except Curaré wears less clothes and is hell bent on murdering everyone..errr…so maybe not a great example of what to aspire to. But, The Burka Avenger? She’s some good awesome.

Anyhow, applause for Haroon Rashid and what he has created — another voice and another strong kickass lady for kids of all ages to look up to.

[via NPR]

 

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Amazon Publishing to Launch…Jet City Comics

This is interesting news…

Amazon is about to take on Marvel and DC with a new publishing imprint for comics, the company announced today via press release. The new publishing brand is called “Jet City Comics,” and will begin with a series penned by Neal Stephenson called Symposium. Later this year, it’ll get a George R. R. Martin story adaptation, and then in 2014 it’s going to turn dystopian novel, Wool, into a serialized graphic novel. 

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[via TechCrunch

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On Scott Pilgrim and Race in the Words of Brian Lee O’Malley

Q: This isn’t meant to be an insult or a rant or anything of the sort, but I was wondering why in scott pilgrim vs the world (which I loved a lot btw) there aren’t very many people of color? There was Matthew but not any or many others, unless I was very silly and I missed them. Is this because the setting? (it is my understanding that there aren’t as many people of color in canada as in the us) or you didn’t think of it? Im just curious and i hope I didn’t come off as rude! thanks! 

A: I’ve always wanted to make some kind of definitive statement about this but I think i’ll probably just ramble instead… first: I think it sucks that Scott Pilgrim came out so white!!!!!!!!!!! I am mixed (white + korean) and grew up being told that race didn’t matter — that race was kinda over. As with many things you’re told as a kid, it took me many years to realize that it wasn’t really true… It was kinda wishful thinking on the part of my parents, who were in a mixed relationship. I mean, I wish it was true, we all wish it was true, but it’s not true.

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Really interesting read. Thanks Brian Lee O’Malley for the ramble!

Also, my favorite character was definitely Knives Chau. Hell, I was wishing my last name were Chau as I left the movie theatre ‘cuz she was the most badass of them all.

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WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES Documentary

WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines from Vaquera Films on Vimeo.

This fun and warmly witty film traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES will have its television broadcast premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens series on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 10:00pm. Check your local listings to confirm the time and date.

Awesome! Definitely gonna watch this 🙂

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Batgirl Beyond Coming Soon!

Holy moly —

Batgirl Beyond will be making her official first appearance in her own arc this July. The identity of this future Batgirl is unknown at this point, but according to DC, she’s going to have a healthy working relationship with Commissioner Barbara Gordon. Read More

Could Cassandra Cain perhaps make an appearance as Black Bat? Yes? Please? 🙂
Scott Peterson who was originally involved with the creation of Cassandra Cain and artist Annie Wu will be working on this project. I can’t wait for it because she looks pretty badass in the released cover image — not the typical big boob/big booty super heroine…FINALLY!  Seriously. THANK YOU Annie for making a badass superhero lady look different. like one of the commenters posted, “Also she seems to be wearing a sports bra. Thank you for this.”

 

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On Lady Humps

Well, these are much tamer than comic book covers which tend to always show ladies in a much more naked state boob-wise..

Avengers” director Joss Whedon is known for treating female characters on par with his male ones, but even the posters for that movie took pains to show off Scarlett Johansson‘s derriere. 

But Whedon’s movie isn’t the only one. A Reddit user noticed a trend in promotional materials for action and comic book movies: Female characters are often shown in uncomfortable positions seemingly designed only to highlight spandex-covered bottoms. (via Huffington Post article Action Movie Butt Shots: Why Must Fighting Females Assume The Same Pose?)

And actually, I was much more offended with Dr. Manhattan‘s peen making its appearance throughout the entire Watchmen flick. But I suppose that nuclear energy would disintegrate all type of underpants and such.
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Continuing Hunt for Cassandra Cain

Over the weekend, Mr. Lee and I returned to Bedrock Comics over in Framingham.
Success was met — I found issue #5 hidden amongst the Batman back issues. I always look either there or in Catwoman sections to make sure that I’m not missing anything. For some reason, she always gets shuffled around.  Oh well. I suppose this adds more fun to the hunt.
I also found a 3-issue compilation, but I already have those in my collection. And thank goodness I have a running list of the issues I have so that I don’t double up.
I’m hoping that more back issues will find their way over to Bedrock — there are so many! AND, so many that change over for each visit  🙂
It’s soon become one of my fave shops to visit. Everything is organized well for the most part, people are super nice, and you can find back issues for $.25! Batgirl Issue #5 ran me $.50. FYI Mr. Lee made a huge haul of Wolverine comics.
I was surprised the shop owner remembered who we were.
“Haven’t seen you in a long time,” he said.
It’s just a trek sometimes to get out to Framingham. But then we might be hanging out in the area more often as we also found out about an actual arcade in existence called Game Underground. More on that later.
Anyhow, I’m really bummed that I won’t be around for Boston Comic Con, which runs from April 20-21. That would’ve been a really good show to continue my hunt and perhaps even end it.
But there is Rhode Island Comic Con in November. So I’ll probably be checking that out to make up for it.

 

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Think About The Ink [VIDEO]

Mr. Lee found this awesome comic reviewer on Youtube — and the reviewer is a woman, Grace Randolph! hurrah, hurrah 🙂

Grace Randolph is also the host and creator of one of YouTube’s top movie news and review shows, Beyond The Trailer, as well as a comic book writer! Her latest comic is Supurbia published by Boom Studios and she has also written for Marvel, DC Comics, Jim Henson and Blizzard Entertainment. Grace is also the former host of Marvel’s YouTube show The Watcher.

In this particular Think About the Ink video, she even makes a quick mention of Lady Shiva (aka, Cassandra Cain’s momma) as a strong Asian female to feature (rather than Katana, who I know nothing about).

With the amount of reviews that she does, she must be reading a ton of comics! #jealous

Anyhow, get the latest comic book news, reviews, and analysis! This is a definite channel subscribe for me!

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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Comic Book Men

Currently watching AMC’s Comic Book Men thanks to Netflix:

AMC’s unscripted tribute to the collector returns for a new season this fall. Watch Kevin Smith and his crew of fan boys turned pop culture experts live, work and breath comic books. Mike, Walt, Ming and Bryan geek-out over rare artifacts and memorabilia and discover treasures of the comic collecting world. Realize your inner superhero and satisfy your fan boy fantasies by joining their outrageous podcasts where they tackle the burning questions all fans grapple with; what is the ultimate superpower and how best to relive the nostalgia of your childhood.

Love it and am a fan of Ming who is always seemingly getting dumped on. But, it’s a nice inside peek into the world of the comic book shop — how it’s mostly people unloading their comic and toy collection…well, of the episodes I’ve watched anyway.
And now I wonder if there’s a Comic Book Women version out there…? Hmmm….

 

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Gene Luen Yang Announces New Boxers and Saints Graphic Novels

One of my favorite graphic novelists ever, Gene Yuen Lang, has just announced exclusively with Wired.com his latest project Boxers and Saints. You can check out a 10-page excerpt of it over at Wired — suhweet!

Now, Yang announces his latest graphic novel project, Boxers & Saints, exclusively at Wired.com. Due out this September from First Second Books, the slipcased edition will contain two volumes that explore the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many were asked to choose between their country and their faith. While Boxers tells the story of a peasant who joins the Rebellion, Saints follows the spiritual journey of a Chinese woman who converts to Catholicism.

I just appreciate what an amazing story-teller/artist he is. And reading more about how he started, inspires me to get my ass off the couch…or something to that effect 🙂

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COMICAZI Comic Book Spotlight via Dig Boston

INTERVIEW: BOB BUTMAN OF COMICAZI by DIG BOSTON

This local comic book shop, Comicazi, is definitely on my list to check-out/return to. Dig Boston just posted a great Q&A interview with the owner of the shop Bob Butman:

What are your favorite comics?It just changes so often, so, y’know. I can go from really, really be loving something that’s out this week to digging out some comics from the sixties.

What do you like this week, for instance?The Massive, Brian Wood. I don’t know where it’s gonna go, but it’s a nice introduction to a world that’s kind of refreshing. It’s a little different post-apocalyptic and different take, definitely, cause you’ve got Y: The Last Man, you’ve got The Walking Dead, these are all kind of post-apocalyptic futures, and this one’s far, far from both of those. So far, so good, I’m really enjoying that.

What are the best and worst parts of your job here?That’s tough. The best, there’s tons of good. We have a huge community here. My parents came to visit this past week, and they were staying with us, and I’m driving down the street, and I’m waving to Officer Tom, who comes in and gets his Warhammer. I can’t go far without bumping into somebody that I know through the store, and what a big outstretched community that has become…


Read the full interview here.

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