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Preview: Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #4

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #4

Mark Waid (w)
Roberto Castro (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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FINAL ISSUE!!! Is Spektor the Key? Why is everything around him falling away? Will his ultimate decision destroy the universe…or unlock it? It’s magical mysterious mayhem from superstar MARK WAID (Daredevil) and NEIL EDWARDS (Fantastic Four)!

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A Sword as Sharp – Science vs. The Sword

wwswoComic book writers mostly aren’t scientists, but sometimes they say things that make then sound like scientists.  Sometimes the things they say sound cool enough that it becomes repeated enough for a character or concept and then it becomes a fact.  When Mark Waid and Alex Ross depicted Wonder Woman in their landmark series Kingdom Come they gave her a sword which was said to be able to shave electrons off of atoms.  Since the new 52, the sword has become a common accoutrement of the  Amazon heroine, and so too has the fact that it can either shave off the electrons or cleave atoms in two.

Is that really as impressive as it sounds though?  From a physical chemistry perspective in fact it doesn’t really mean much.  As one of the basic building blocks of matter, the atom is made up of three basic particles (in addition to a lot of not-so-basic particles) – the proton, the neutron and the electron.  Protons and neutrons make up the nucleus, with the electrons spinning around them in valance shells.  These are roughly circular regions around the atom in which the electrons orbit the nucleus, and the combination of the three form an atom.  Is it so difficult to get an electron away from an atom?  Not necessarily, but a lot of elements lend their electrons away quite easily, which is the basis for the prevalence of modern electricity among many other applications.  Even so, electrons are not even particularly hard to move.  In the Rutherford gold foil experiment it was shown  that a piece of metal foil could be easily penetrated by a stream of electrons, in which case electrons passed through the valance shells of other atoms, both in and out, many mostly unaltered from their original path.  Equally some chemists will regard all electrons in the universe to be in the valance shells of essentially every other atom, only by degree of relative proximity does an electron belong to an atom.  By comparison then, shaving an electron off of an atom is not very impressive.

wwswo001What this therefore comes down to is a kind of pseudo-scientific way of saying that the sword is very very sharp.  By being able to slice one of the smallest pieces of matter, it means that something would have to be very sharp.  Does it need to be that sharp?  In terms of the heavy hitters in the comic worlds, most of them are invulnerable, meaning that bullets bounce off of them.  A really sharp sword in this case would be somewhat useless, thus a really sharp sword would only be useful against someone that was actually vulnerable to it.  In terms of what a sword would need to be able to cut, there are few parts of normal humans that cannot be cut by a regular sword made of regular steel.  However, the cutting ability of a surface is a combination of two things, its sharpness and its pressure.  As Wonder Woman is both ridiculously strong and fast, the amount of pressure that he could put on a cutting edge would be immense.  She wouldn’t need a sharp sword to cut, she could do so with a lot of blunt objects.  The sharpness of the word might be important for a weak character, but outfitting one of the strongest characters in comics with a sharp sword is redundant.  Also being sharp is not the equivalent of being hard, and Wonder Woman would need a durable sword much more than a sharp one, because after a few blows, the blade would be dull or broken if the material used to create the sword was weak.

The medium of comics is often one of superlatives, where things are unbreakable and where people become planet-busters, invulnerable or faster than light.  While the superlatives invoke great powers, sometimes the superlatives mean actually very little, such as the sword that can slice atoms, and it can be interesting to think about such claims in the face of real science.

Preview: Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet Vol. 2: Birth of a Villain TPB

Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet Vol. 2: Birth of a Villain TPB

Mark Waid (w)
Ronilson Freire (a)
Paolo Rivera (c)
FC • 192 pages • $24.99 • Teen+

Masquerading as a costumed crime lord, the Green Hornet establishes a criminal network to weed out the most wicked among their ranks.  But his actions have not gone unnoticed, and J. Edgar Hoover has declared him Public Enemy Number One!  Targeted by the law and gangster rivals, not even Britt Reid’s fortune can buy Hornet and Kato out of this fix.  Superstar writer Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil) concludes the epic story of Green Hornet’s battle against his worst enemy: himself!

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Marvel Welcomes You to Level 8 for the S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Launch Party!

End the calendar year with a bang this New Year’s Eve as high-tech weapons, high-stakes missions and high-octane adventure come to a comic shop near you with S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – the debut issue of one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year! In addition to being among the first to purchase and read this exciting first issue, fans will also be able to receive special items exclusive to these launch parties.

Along with All-New Miracleman Annual #1, S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 stands as one of only two Marvel comics being released on 12/31 and Marvel making sure comic book stores nationwide are armed and ready to close out 2014 with a bang when these two books explode onto stands!

Written by Eisner-award winning writer Mark Waid and drawn by a rotating crew of top-flight including Carlos Pacheco, Humberto Ramos, Alan Davis and more – each issue of S.H.I.E.L.D. teams Special Agent Phil Coulson and his team with the best and brightest the Marvel Universe has to offer. From Thor to Ms. Marvel to Captain America to Howard the Duck. If you’ve got the skills – S.H.I.E.L.D. has a mission for you!

To ensure these parties are a success, each retailer opting in to the event will receive a S.H.I.E.L.D. Party Kit from Marvel, containing exclusive promotional materials. Check your Marvel Mailer for more information on how to opt-in to ensure your store has these exclusive promotional items including two-sided S.H.I.E.L.D. trading cards and Skottie Young lithographs.

But that’s not all! Don’t miss out on your chance to snag some exciting variant covers to S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 featuring your favorite Marvel characters! S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Launch Parties are the best place to get your hands on one-of-a kind variant covers including John Tyler Christopher’s highly collectible Deadpool Party Variant, a photo variant featuring Agent Coulson and Agent May from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a set of 6 variant covers from Marvel’s rising star artists, the All-New Young Guns!

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S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (OCT140820)
Written by MARK WAID
Art by CARLOS PACHECO
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Deadpool Party Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT140816)
Set of 6 All-New Young Guns Variants by MAHMUD ASRAR, STEVE MCNIVEN, DAVE MARQUEZ, SARA PICHELLI, VALERIO SCHITI & RYAN STEGMAN (OCT140817)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Photo Variant Also Available (OCT140818)
Variant Covers by  SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT140815) & MIKE DEODATO (OCT140814)
Blank Variant Also Available
FOC – 11/10/14, On-Sale 12/31/14

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Review: Daredevil #9

Mark Waid has built impressive, overarching weight to his run on Daredevil. His venture into writing the man without fear can be described at certain points as being about Matt Murdock being capable enough to overcome the hardest of challenges. It can also be described as being about Matt Murdock having the gusto to stick to morally righteous principles. Collaboratively, though, his Daredevil is about the horned hero overcoming depression and finding prideful happiness. Daredevil #9 engages this head-on, offering a clever and emotionally-resonate chapter in the ongoing struggle of Matt Murdock’s search for competent, mentally-healthy living.

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Currently, Daredevil is at odds with a group of five dastardly kids pegged as the “Purple Children.” Their superpowers grant them the ability to supernaturally impose their will upon other people; if they think and feel it hard enough, their victims will too. This leads to a whole load of antics surrounding juvenile grand theft auto, but more importantly, it leads to a stunning and brilliant sequence that spirals Matt back into his depression. When forced to vividly confront sensations of “pain,” “grief,” “rage,” “loneliness” and “despair,” memories come back and he crumbles into a ball of defeat.

All of that is caked thematically with another part of the comic, focused on Matt attempting to write an autobiography for a large sum of cash offered by a publisher. Matt’s fight against depression has always been in the background, or only dabbled into when in the forefront. This issue changes that, directly confronting it, and it’s lovely. The story of Daredevil, as told by Mark Waid, is inspiring, complex, and genius.

The comic remains fun despite all of this. The pencils from Chris Samnee shine, delivering at one point an amazing action sequence that takes remarkable advantage of the comic book medium. Five panels across a single page showcase an explosive bit of destruction and acrobatics that is meant to take place in the span of a few seconds. On top of that, comedy is present and works wonders for lightening the tone. When something meaty isn’t being done with Daredevil’s supporting cast, they’re put to use for solid laughs.

Daredevil continues to kick ass and make itself boldly deserving of being read. Mixing light fun with heavy themes is something superhero comics amazingly well, and Waid’s Daredevil is that idea at play to a tee.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Chris Samnee
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

To check out Matt’s about.me, click here.

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Cosplay, Toys, and More!

Baltimore Comic Con 2014 wrapped up this Sunday, and we already have some photos for you. Guest photographer Michella Ventres has some photos from her time at the convention. You can find more of her fantastic photography at Nerd Bastards. We’ll also have more photos coming up!

Preview: Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #3

DOCTOR SPEKTOR: MASTER OF THE OCCULT #3

Mark Waid (w)
Neil Edwards (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Phil Hester Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Jae Lee Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Ken Haeser “Li’l Spektor” Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Mark Waid Signed Ken Haeser “Li’l Spektor” retailer incentive cover

MARK WAID(Daredevil) & NEIL EDWARDS (Fantastic Four) bring the The GOLD KEY universe closer to unlocking! Why is a Master Of The Occult forced to deal with a Robot Fighter, a Dinosaur Hunter, and a Man Of The Atom!?

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Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Kickoff the convention with All-Star Reception!

baltimore comic con logoThe 2014 All-Star Baltimore Comic-Con Reception will take place on Friday, September 5 at 8:00 pm, and Baltimore Comic Con is hosting an an all-star lineup of special comics guests! Join them for this intimate evening, which is unlike anything else the rest of the weekend has to offer! On Friday through Sunday, thousands of comic book fans will be meeting these creators in the hall. Ticket holders to THIS event will be able to enjoy the company of these creators in a cocktail party setting.

Guests for the night so far include Christina Blanch, Mark Buckingham, Alan Davis, Dave Gibbons, Barry Kitson, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Brennan Wagner, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid, and Bill Willingham. Join the convention and their special guests as they welcome you to the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con.

The exclusive event will be held at a 4-star hotel adjacent to the convention center, high atop the city of Baltimore with a wonderful view of Inner Harbor.

Kick-off the Baltimore Comic-Con in style at this private, limited event, which is only open to ticket holders. This special engagement is a true meet-and-greet event where you will have the opportunity to socialize directly with the guests! Catered light snacks and desserts will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

The All-Star Baltimore Comic-Con Reception will include:

  • A private panel discussion and opportunity to mingle afterward
  • Finger foods, appetizers, and desserts
  • A copy of the Collectible Hardcover Baltimore Comic-Con 2014 Yearbook

The All-Star Reception Packages are priced at $199.00 and does not include admission to the show, which is available separately.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Welcomes You to Level Eight This December!

High-tech weaponry. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! This is S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – the all-new in-continuity Marvel series inspired by the hit ABC television show! Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid brings you a new series that explodes off the page with done-in-one missions each drawn by some of the top artists in the industry including Carlos Pacheco, Alan Davis, Chris Sprouse and more!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Waid said:

[S.H.I.E.L.D.] has the best toys. And the best allies – anyone and everyone in the Marvel Universe is a potential guest-star in this book, from Dr. Strange to the Thing to Spider-Man to Cloak and Dagger to Groot – if they’ve got the skills needed for the task at hand, they’re on the front lines (like it or not).

Leading the charge is special Agent Phil Coulson, as he brings together the best and brightest, the gifted and the elite – normal people and superhumans alike from all corners of the Marvel Universe! If you’ve got the skills, S.H.I.E.L.D. has a mission for you! Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, Skye, Melinda May, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and more team up with the Marvel Universe’s most iconic characters each and every issue to confront, combat and curtail cataclysmic threats and world threatening dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force!

Each and every issue: One mission. Twenty pages. Non-stop action. Guest stars from across the Marvel Universe. And a helper monkey. Hold on to your hats Agent, as S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 brings thrilling espionage and high-octane superhero action to comic shops and digital devices this December!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Written by MARK WAID
Art by CARLOS PACHECO
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
Coming this December!

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SDCC 2014: Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Comics

At San Diego Comic-Con Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment announced the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away.  Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.

Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe!

It all starts this January when Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin take fans back to the days following the destruction of the first Death Star in Star Wars! Discussing the flagship series, writer Jason Aaron tells Marvel.com, “Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”

However, the return of the Rebel Alliance to Marvel Comics also invites the return of its opposition, the Imperial Forces of the Galactic Empire and in February 2015, Kieron Gillen plans to delve into the psyche of one of the vilest villains of all time with the new ongoing series Darth Vader. Witness the struggle for the freedom of an entire galaxy – from the Dark Side!

Then, in March 2015, Mark Waid & Terry Dodson bring you the harrowing tale of loss and hope in the 5-issue limited series Princess Leia! Fresh from the Rebel Alliance’s victory at the Battle of Yavin, Leia must confront the reality that her homeworld has been destroyed. But in the light of such tragedy, there is always hope. Skilled equally with diplomacy as she is a blaster, witness the rise of one of the greatest heroines in history as she takes her rightful place as one of the Alliance’s peerless leaders!

STAR WARS #1
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Coming January 2015!

 

DARTH VADER #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Coming February 2015!

 

PRINCESS LEIA #1 (of 5)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Coming March 2015!

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