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WizKids and Gale Force Nine Unveil X-Men: Mutant Revolution!

X-Men Mutant RevolutionExpanding upon the successes of Marvel Comics-themed games like Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men and Marvel HeroClix, WizKids today announced a partnership with game creator Gale Force Nine to publish X-Men: Mutant Revolution in March 2015.

Based on Gale Force Nine’s popular Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery tabletop game, X-Men: Mutant Revolution will allow you to play as classic X-Men characters, including Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, or Storm, as each leads a different school with unique powers and abilities. 2-4 players can take part in the mutant action, each recruiting heroes and students to their school, then training teams and sending them on missions to spread their school’s vision for mutants to the world.

In the aftermath of the Phoenix event, new mutants are appearing all over the Earth. Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, and Storm each have a vision for the future, but will they unite humans with mutants or will they tear the world apart?

X-Men: Mutant Revolution Features:

  • Play as Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, or Storm as they lead their school with unique powers and abilities. Recruit heroes and students. Train your team. Send them on missions to spread your vision for mutants to the world.
  • 2-4 players battle head-to-head for the future of mutantkind as leaders of the mutant schools.
  • Based on the bestselling “Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery” from Gale Force Nine.
  • Includes four (4) pre-painted character miniatures and bidding dials featuring the Combat Dial® (HeroClix) technology.
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Key & Peele Shows us Stan Lee’s Superhero Pitch

Stan Lee stops by Marvel Comics headquarters to pitch some new characters, but all of his ideas seem to be inspired by his own life.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Off Featurette

The ending Guardians of the Galaxy could have been very different. Still not as good as Breakin’…..

Review: Spider-Woman #1

spider woman coverAfter much controversy and word-of-mouth, the new Spider-Woman series finally arrives.  It has now been a few years since Spider Woman headlined her own series, and a few decades since her first and most successful run in comics, and so a lot of fans are excited about the chance to be re-introduced to the character on a monthly basis.  The story follows Spider Woman as she jumps through various universes in the multiverse, trying to keep the newly introduced Silk alive.  As an introduction to the character this is one of the strangest that I have seen.  Comic book crossovers are an inescapable truth in comics, but this is one of the few times that I have seen the first issue of an ongoing series which incorporates in a large crossover, in this case Spider-verse.  It is a strange mix, because the series hits the ground running, and for the curious fans that might have wanted to pick up this issue because of all of the buzz, they might come in here feeling a little blind if they have at least not been exposed to anything else Spider-Verse related.

Because of that this issue faces a bit of an uphill battle in order to succeed, but it manages to do so, and on the strength of its characters.  Silk is a brand new character, but is immediately likeable.  Spider Woman, as the veteran superhero provides an anchor for the various comings-and-goings of other Spider characters in this book (of which there are three) which incidentally show three of the other “Spider-Women” (missing only a couple.)  This was a nice touch, to include so many versions of the titular character in one place and at least pays better homage to what has come before than many first issues manage to do.

The end result is a decent issue with some fun moments and fun dialogue.  It is maybe not the best start that this series could have gotten off to, but it was sort of forced into the larger story arc and forced to adapt, which it does well.  At the very least, with an ongoing series featuring Spider Woman, with Silk as her ally/sidekick, this series should be interesting, and without the crossover into Spider-Verse the future looks bright for it finding its own identity.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Greg Land
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E8 The Things We Bury

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoCoulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane.

Coulson and his crew are in a race to find the city that matches the map they discovered in the last episode. At the same time Hydra is also on a mission to discover some secrets for their whole evil plan. There’s some solid action, some interesting moments as far as all of this, but it’s just a small piece to the bigger puzzle, and not really an interesting piece either.

What I really found interesting was Ward’s kidnapping of his brother the Senator. This season we’ve been lead to believe by Senator Ward that Grant was the crazy one that couldn’t be trusted, but maybe that’s not totally the case? The truth is found out here! The big question I have is where the show is going with Grant. There’s got to be some sort of redemption right?

My guess is the show is heading towards some Attilan city, and likely terrigen mysts, both tied to Inhumans who we know are coming. The show would get a big boost from Marvel cinematic fans by having the Inhumans debut here. We’ll see though.

Overall Score: 7.5

Small in Stature. Large in Word Count. Get Ready for the Ant-Man Original Prose Novel!

Just in time for his silver-screen debut, the Astonishing Ant-Man is making the leap to prose fiction! Prepare for Marvel’s smallest hero in his biggest story yet as he breaks new ground and charts new territory in Ant-Man: Natural Enemyan all-new, full length prose novel! Debuting in 2015 from critically acclaimed crime writer Jason StarrAnt-Man: Natural Enemy brings all the action of Marvel Comics to the exciting new world of prose fiction!

Meet Scott Lang: ex con, single parent and part-time super hero. Settling in to a new city with his teenage daughter, Cassie, can be hard enough. Yet when a criminal from Scott’s past comes gunning for them, his new beginning is in serious jeopardy. But is the killer after Scott or the secrets of the Ant-Man technology?

Pushed to the brink, how far would Scott Lang go to protect his only child? Strap in as the Astonishing Ant-Man embarks on a twisted journey of desperation, secrets and adventure at a microscopic level in Ant-Man: Natural Enemy – coming in 2015!

ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY PROSE NOVEL HC
Written by JASON STARR
On Sale 06/03/2015!

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Presenting the First Epic Secret Wars #1 Cover!

You’ve seen Alex Ross’ spectacular promo image. You’ve seen the teasers. You’ve learned the first secrets of Battleworld, the strange, patchwork realm playing host to countless separate realities. Now, Marvel is pleased to present the first cover to next year’s game-changing Secret Wars #1! From the chart-topping creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic with covers by legendary painter Alex Ross, this 8-issue event brings together a legion of Marvel super heroes for an epic story the scope of which you’ve never seen before!

Now, get a closer look at Alex Ross’ stunning cover to the explosive first issue. Gorgeously rendered by one of the most iconic figures in the industry, this spectacular cover is just the tip of the iceberg – offering fans their first exciting look behind the curtain into the world of Secret Wars!

The road to the biggest comic event of 2015 is happening right now in the pages of Avengers and New Avengers, so jump on board before TIME RUNS OUT! Be there when the Secret Wars commence this May in Secret Wars #1!

SECRET WARS #1
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by ESAD RIBIC
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Coming May 2015!

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Big Hero 6 Drops to Second

big hero 6In its second week at the box office, Big Hero 6 dropped to second place, being knocked out of the top spot by Dumb and Dumber To. The film earned a little over $36 million domestically this weekend to bring its total to over $111.6 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to bring in money earning over $300,00.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $330.5 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208.5 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $191.2 million
20. Big Hero 6 – $111.7 million
21. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
22. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
24. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
36. Hercules – $72.7 million
45. Robocop – $58.6 million
104. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.8 million
124. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.087.4 billion
2. Guardians of the Galaxy– $770.1 million
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $707.8 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $474.4 million
14. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
22. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
25. Robocop – $242.7 million
26. Hercules – $242.1 million
38. Big Hero 6 – $148.4 million
56. Snowpiercer – $86.8 million
92. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $39.4 million
254. We Are the Best! – $181,000

Preview: The Heavyweight Battle of the Century – Your New Look at Thanos Vs. Hulk #1!

The Green Goliath goes toe-to-toe with the Mad Titan for a universe shaking cosmic throwdown in Thanos Vs. Hulk #1 – the first issue in a brand new limited series kicking off this December! Legendary creator Jim Starlin returns to answer the question – is Hulk really the strongest there is? Abducted by Pip the Troll and dragged halfway across the galaxy to be ransomed to Annihilus, Hulk is already angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. But Annihilus has plans of his own – plans that will put the Incredible Hulk directly in the path of Thanos, the Mad Titan! Guest starring Iron Man, Blastarr, S.H.I.E.L.D. and more, be there when Jim Starlin brings two of the Marvel Universe’s heaviest hitters to planet shaking blows in Thanos Vs. Hulk #1 this December!

THANOS VS. HULK #1 (of 4) (OCT140875)
Written by JIM STARLIN
Art & Cover by JIM STARLIN
Variant Cover by RON LIM (OCT140876)
FOC – 11/10/2014, On-Sale – 12/03/2014

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CM Punk, Jason Aaron, Noelle Stevenson & More Headline Thor Annual #1!

This February, star-studded creators from all corners of comics and entertainment unite for three thunderous stories in Thor Annual #1! Uniting wrestler CM Punk, blockbuster writer Jason Aaron, rising star Noelle Stevenson, Rob Guillory and more, this can’t miss lineup brings you three stories featuring three Thors of three eras!

First, wrestling superstar CM Punk makes his comic writing debut alongside artist Rob Guillory for a tale of the brash, boisterous young Thor and his genius idea to prove himself worthy to wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir – by drinking all of Asgard and Midgard under the table!

In an interview with Marvel.com, CM Punk said:

The idea was, let’s do a story about young Thor as this kind of brash bratty teenager who’s like, ‘I’m totally worthy of this hammer’. ’I don’t know why I’m not worthy of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.

Then, rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage make their Marvel debuts to bring you an all-new tale of the new Thor! Who is the mysterious woman behind the mask? No one in all Ten Realms knows her secret!

Stevenson added at Marvel.com:

It’s a fun challenge both as a fan of the classic character, but also to be working with a new character who readers haven’t seen much of yet. I have the old mythology to work with, but I can also help contribute a little bit of new mythology as well!

Finally, blockbuster Thor writer Jason Aaron and fan-favorite artist Timothy Truman bring you an all-new tale set in the future starring King Thor! Join the Girls of Thunder on their epic quest to find their grandfather the perfect birthday present. How about a brand new Garden of Eden?

Three creative teams. Three Thors. One explosive annual. No fan can afford to miss the explosive Thor Annual #1 – on sale this February!

THOR ANNUAL #1
Written by CM PUNK, NOELLE STEVENSON & JASON AARON
Art by ROB GUILLORY, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE & TIMOTHY TRUMAN
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Variant Covers by ROB GUILLORY & MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
On Sale in February!

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