Brian Michael Bendis was on last night’s Late Night Seth Meyers. He was there to promote his new television series Powers, based on his comic, but he also got to talk Secret Wars.
What’s great is not just how smooth Bendis was talking about comics, but also his being able to explain comics, and what Marvel is doing for non-comic readers.
Now, can we get more comic creators to go on late night shows to promote what’s coming out? Can we at least get Bendis out in front of more people?
And here’s Bendis talking about Powers.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis posted on the Playstation blog that Powers, the show based on the comic by him and Michael Avon Oeming will debut on the Playstation Network March 10. It’s the first original live-action series for it. The series will run initially for 10 episodes.
The first three episodes will debut on March 10, with new episodes debuting each Tuesday. That’s a bit different model than what Netflix does where they dump the entire run of a series online. The first episode will also be free, and the full season will be available free to Playstation Plus members.
Marvel has announced that comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis will make his “Late Night” debut to discuss the upcoming PlayStation original series, Powers from Sony Pictures Television. Inspired by Bendis’ graphic novel series of the same name, Powers is an edgy dramatic series that follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as “Powers.”
The episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers will air this Wednesday at 12:35 am on NBC, the episode airing after Tuesday’s the Tonight Show.
This February, the hunt is on a the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men square off against hordes of cosmic foes in Guardians of the Galaxy #24 – chapter 2 of the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex crossover! Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Valerio Schiti bring you the next out-of-this-world chapter in the highly anticipated crossover event! The Guardians have successfully recovered the Black Vortex – the ancient and powerful artifact able to imbue its users with untold cosmic power. But with Mr. Knife, Thane and Knife’s Slaughter Squad hot on their tail, their only option for gaining the upper hand may be to use the Black Vortex itself! But no power comes without a price – and the cost of the using the Black Vortex is steep. Will the temptation of its power be too much for the Guardians and the X-Men to handle? Find out as the Black Vortex crossover continues in Guardians of the Galaxy #24!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24 (DEC140823)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by VALERIO SCHITI
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140824)
Variant Cover by PHIL NOTO (DEC140825)
FOC – 01/19/15, On-Sale – 02/11/15
An image of the cast of the Powers television show has been released. The series based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming will premiere on the Playstation Network some time in 2015.
In the photo (from left to right) are Michelle Forbes (Retro Girl), Sharlto Copley (Det. Christian Walker), Susan Heyward (Det. Deena Pilgrim), Olesya Rulin (Calista), Eddie Izzard (Wolfe) and Noah Taylor (Johnny Royalle).
This January, hot off the heels of the highly anticipated debut of the Powers TV series comes Powers #1 – the recharged and reborn ongoing series from Marvel’s creator owned ICON imprint. A perfect jumping on point for fans old and new, creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are back with a double-sized debut issue for regular price! Now is your chance to jump on board the hit series in time for its television debut!
Hardened homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim are back, investigating the crimes and solving the murders involving superpowered criminals. If a superhero falls dead from the sky, they’re there. If a super villain winds up dead in the gutter, they’re the first on the scene. But having barely survived the most harrowing case of their careers, Walker and Pilgrim are faced with the toughest decision they’ve ever had to face. The discovery of a power no one has ever seen before will lead Walker and Pilgrim down a new path.
This double-sized issue also includes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Powers TV series with never-before-seen pictures from the set!
POWERS #1 (OCT140904)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Variant Covers by DAVID MACK (OCT140905) & DAVID MARQUEZ (OCT140906)
Photo Variant Also Available (OCT140907)
FOC – 12/15/14, On Sale – 01/14/15
48 pgs./Mature Content…$3.99
This December, spinning directly out of the pages of the blockbuster Uncanny X-Men, superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis teams with critically acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino for the oversized Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 – the first in a two-part tale traversing time, space and the Marvel Universe! Unable to fully control her new powers, X-Men member Eva Bell, Codename: Tempus mysteriously disappeared during an X-Men training mission. Though she re-appeared moments later, she had aged many years. Trapped in her own time bubble, Tempus embarked on a journey into the far future of the Marvel Universe. What she witnessed there would change her. How long was she trapped in the future? What horrors did she witness? More importantly, why would she keep it a secret? Peer into the future of the X-Men when Bendis & Sorrentino take you on a ride into the future in the oversized Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 this December – part 1 of The Secret Life of Eva Bell! Then, experience the shocking conclusion in the upcoming All-New X-Men Annual #1, also on sale in December!
UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1 (OCT140891)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Covers by DUSTIN NGUYEN (OCT140892)
FOC – 11/17/14, On-Sale – 12/10/14!
This February, two legendary creators unite for the out-of-this-world Guardians Team-Up #1! Launching directly out of the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy series comes a brand new ongoing series bringing the breakout characters of the year to the Marvel Universe’s grandest stage for bombastic adventures with Marvel’s heaviest hitters!
Kicking off with a cosmic threat so massive, it’ll take more than just the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop it! Assembled shoulder-to-shoulder with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, prepare for these two titanic teams to unite like you’ve never seen before. What do you get when you combine the likes of Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Black Widow and Hawkeye? Total destruction! Yet as tensions run high, can these two teams put aside their difference and work together for the greater good?
Get ready for some of the most epic team-ups you’ve ever seen as each Guardians Team-Up story new team-ups from a rotating crew of Marvel’s top-flight talent and a surprising array of Marvel Universe cameos that will have fans clamoring! What happens when Rocket Raccoon meets Deadpool? What about a mean & green throwdown as Gamora and She-Hulk take care of business? How about a team-up with the Children of the Atom as part of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex cosmic event? Guardians Team-Up has all that, and more to come!
Be there when the explosive creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Art Adams blast off into the stratosphere as the Guardians of the Galaxy come to rest of the Marvel Universe like never before! Strap in for an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride when Guardians Team-Up #1 explodes into comic shops and digital devices this February!
GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ART ADAMS
On Sale in February!
Uncanny X-Men #26 follows up on the fallout regarding the last will and testament of Professor Charles Xavier. In the last issue we learned that Professor Xavier secretly hid a prodigiously powerful mutant away from the world and his X-Men. Xavier has left instructions for the X-Men to delicately deal with this mutant as his power levels are extreme enough to threaten human-mutant relations. In the aftermath of Charles death, the X-Men are now left to deal with this volatile issue. The trope of Xavier’s dark secrets coming back to haunt the X-Men has been staple of the franchise since the decimation. Where in my opinion it’s becoming a bit overused, it’s definitely a plausible state of affairs because lets face it, this is Charles Xavier we’re talking about. Given his telepathic reach, Xavier has always occupied a unique moral space, having to make nearly god like decisions for the benefit of human and mutant kind.
This issue made me think a lot about the problem of mutant “externalities” a persistent problem for the X-Men as well as mutant kind. Despite being the de-facto advocates for mutant kind, it’s an interesting and important fact to recognize that X-Men do not and cannot control all mutants. This was was revealed recently that a rogue mutant (dark beast) was responsible for SHIELD’s rogue sentinels. SHIELD by necessity has to be prepared for these externalities. With this in mind it’s very telling how Scott summer’s current view of the world is. During the dark reign, mutantkind was endangered and Norman Osborn’s corrupt regime ruled the day. Neither is the case now and yet Scott Summer’s is marching mutants new and old down the path of his enigmatic revolution.
This brings us to Triage. The neophyte mutant healer has a moment to shine in this issue questioning the rationale and justification for Scott’s so called revolution. I thought this was the nice stand out moment for his character , as he in way appears to be speaking to and for the audience. Ever since issue one of this volume I’ve questioned why Scott sees the need for a mutant revolution. Those questions have become more pronounced after SHIELD was shown to not be complicit in the rogue sentinel attacks. The fact that SHIELD has employed mutant liaisons (Exodus in this issue) and the Avengers have dedicated a squad to mutant human unity should quell most perceptions of a widespread conspiracy against mutants, and yet Scott summers is still leading his faction down a warpath. Triage’s questions are timely and strike to the heart of Scott’s obscure intentions.
A major gripe of mine for this issue was the classification of of Matthew Malloy as “Beyond Omega” Admittedly I am a bit of a purist when it comes to all matters of continuity. To my knowledge the designation of an “Omega” mutant meant simply a mutant with unlimited potential, whether realized or not. Ed Brubaker made this error earlier classifying the mutant Gabriel Summers “Vulcan” as Beyond Omega. I recall Ed Brubaker eventually admitting this mistake. With respect to power levels omega simply denotes a nominal category not a quantification of power. I really wish Bendis would pay attention to such details.
The pacing of the current arc is a minor gripe of mine, i feel as though I’m being cajoled to read on, pending further reveals from Xavier’s will. Two issue’s in with more questions asked where the will is concerned seems a bit unfair to me. Maybe I’m impatient.
I was a bit iffy on Kris Anka‘s art but it’s slowly winning me over. There’s almost a Bachalo-esque vibe to it, quirky and enjoyable.
Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Kris Anka
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
This September, the truth behind Nova, Star-Lord and Thanos’ disappearance continues in Guardians of the Galaxy #19 – a tie-in to Original Sin! New York Times-bestselling creators Brian Michael Bendis and Ed McGuinness bring you the answers fans have been craving –what happened to Richard Rider?! Trapped in a nightmare universe, Star-Lord and Nova fought valiantly against the might of Thanos. Peter Quill and Thanos mysteriously returned without explanation – Nova did not. The true story of their hellish imprisonment has never been told – until today! Gamora demands answers, and she won’t stop until she finds out what happened in the Cancerverse! What pact did Star-Lord make with Thanos to escape such imprisonment? Where is Nova? Find out when the story that has the whole comic industry talking continues in Guardians of the Galaxy #19!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #19 (JUL140641)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
On-Sale – 09/24/14