This Monday Graphic Policy Radio is back for a brand new episode on Monday April 20. The show will air LIVE at 10pm ET. This episode we’re talking about ole hornhead himself Daredevil, and the brand new Marvel and Netflix series Daredevil! Joining us is return guest Scott Kaufman, who you might know as SEK.
April 10 saw the launch of the new series featuring 13 episodes starring Daredevil which kicked off Marvel and Netflix’s small screen plan. While it started with this one series, we can expect to see four more series to follow including A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and then The Defenders!
Joining us to discuss this all is Scott who is the proprietor of the AV Club’s Internet Film School and an Assistant Editor for Salon. He also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money, podcasts, and is an expert on Game of Thrones.
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The Empire has fallen. It is now a time for resurgence. It is a time for new beginnings. This September, Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm will present the newest chapter of the Star Wars mythos with Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire written by comic book legend, Greg Rucka with art by Marco Checchetto.
Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, this new Marvel Comics limited series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe and will offer a glimpse into December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Once again, Marvel brings the biggest creators in the industry to the biggest characters in a galaxy far, far away. Be there when the Star Wars line expands this September!
Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1
Written by GREG RUCKA
Art by MARCO CHECHETTO
Cover by PHIL NOTO
On Sale in September!
Funko has listend and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Melinda May is getting our own Pop! in May! Check out the Pop! Marvel: Melinda May below!
Star Wars Celebration kicks off today, and Marvel has announced that that smooth-talking scoundrel is getting his own comic starting in July. Lando Calrissian will star in Lando #1, a limited series from writer Charles Soule and artist Alex Maleev.
The story sees the character embarking on his greatest caper ever and takes place before his time on Cloud City and the Death Star run.
Check out below for two covers from the upcoming series.
On Monday I ran a story about how the team for Marco Rubio noted that they’re fans of Marvel and DC Comics‘ television shows and movies. It was a rather odd thing to include in a Presidential Twitter bio. After a few Tweets pestering them why they didn’t show any love for indie comics, I decided to go with an easier one. Now we know what they’re fans of.
So a series about the apocalypse and another that focuses a lot on tolerance/racism/and exclusion. Some lessons to be learned from both as the campaign chugs along.
This is it! The answer you’ve all been waiting for! The identity of Thor, Goddess of Thunder, finally revealed! Who is this mysterious heroine with the might of Mjolnir in her hands? The question will finally be answered this May in the blockbuster Thor #8 – from the critically acclaimed creative team of Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman! As the final battle with the Destroyer reaches its climax, Thor and Odinson call in a little backup. Amid the fire and the fury of battle, questions will be answered. A surprising return! Guest stars galore! And a last page that will send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe! Don’t miss the comic that will have the world talking when Thor #8 comes to comic shops and digital devices this May!
THOR #8 (MAR150723)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
NYC Variant by MIKE MAYHEW (MAR150724)
FOC 04/20/15, ON-SALE 5/13/15
Royalle (Noah Taylor) reveals to Walker (Sharlto Copley) the true nature of Sway and the inevitable devastation it will cause if Wolfe (Eddie Izzard) is ever to escape, in order to persuade him to join his new cause to annihilate Wolfe. Meanwhile as the message of Kaotic Chic spreads rapidly with fatal results it finds its biggest platform yet in a publicity stunt orchestrated for Retro Girl’s charitable foundation.
The series is actually getting better as it gets closer to the season finale, but as much better as the series is, it falls into the usual issues with horrible FX that either looks cheesy or goes over the top.
The episode, and series seems to be best when it focuses away from the powers themselves and just looks at the characters and what it’s like to live their lives. Its gotten much better as well amping up the Kaotic Chic storyline and moving away from Wolfe.
The episode ends though in a way that sullies much of the quality of the previous 50 minutes. The publicity stunt above involves a villain named Red Hawk attacking Zora. Red Hawk’s flying looks so bad, it might as well have been a high school production of Peter Pan. Zora’s powers look a bit better this episode showing where the budget went. Then things go wrong, and it feels like someone on the show has a fetish for buckets of blood, because we see blood flowing in an over the top way again. Did the person responsible work on horror movies before? Because it reminds me more of that than anything else. It’s just bad. The storyline of Calista also drags on as she continues to click her heels hoping to have powers. A bit more of her past is revealed, but at this point the character and her arc is just grating.
The show is getting better. Its focus on a younger Christian and Johnny and how their lives intertwined with Wolfe is actually good. If the series focused on that more, and used the fx sparingly, it’d have been much stronger. It could have taken a queue from The Walking Dead, using its draw only every so often, making it a bit more special. But the series is now pivoting more towards Christian and Johnny making up for their pasts, and that has lots of potential. Sadly its come with only a couple more episodes to go. If there’s a season two (which I’d doubt), I’d hope there’d be lessons learned and a new focus and direction.
With so many other choices out there, there’s many other shows featuring powers I’d choose before this series. It’s a shame because this one has so much potential as far as what can be done, it just isn’t quite using its powers right.
Overall Score: 6.95
Marvel Unlimited is welcoming the Star Wars Legends universe of digital comic books and to celebrate this, for a limited time, Marvel Unlimited is offering new and returning subscribers their first month free. For the first month of a Marvel Unlimited monthly subscription, new and returning subscribers will be able to enjoy free access to over 500 Star Wars Legends digital comic books along with over 15,000 digital Marvel comics!*
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- Character Spotlight: Boba Fett
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Additional Star Wars Legends digital comics will be added to Marvel Unlimited on a regular basis and beginning this summer, the next generation of Star Wars comics comes to Marvel Unlimited beginning with the critically acclaimed and record breaking Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. With a Death Star-sized catalogue of Star Wars content now available in Marvel Unlimited, there is no doubt that the Force is strong with this deal!
Although only just over a year into the stories of Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, the character is nonetheless already somewhat of a staple for the company and even for the industry. It takes a different approach to the telling of the life of a superhero, with some similar mixed in to a lot of unfamiliar. Not so common are female heroes, even less so are Muslim heroes, but the title manages to combine the two together in a story which is neither stereotypical nor pandering. Truth be told there are moments when the character is exposed to pressures which would not be true of every young woman from a Muslim family, but then so too is there a bigger message here beyond that of typical superheroics.
This is illustrated well in this issue. In the past when Peter Parker dreamed about kissing Mary Jane Watson, it was she was out of his league, and it made the reader root for the dorky kid that everyone laughed at. The same holds true in this issue, as Kamala seems almost to be on the verge of her first kiss, but there is more to it than even that. For her sneaking away in the middle of the night holds a stigma which is beyond what other characters in similar situations had faced. If Spider-Man sneaked out for a midnight kiss, then it would be of note only for the character development, but in this case such an act would be an embarrassment for her family. It is because her heart’s desire is a bit enigmatic that this story falls back a bit to ground. Instead of pursuing a different avenue, the story here takes a very predictable turn, both with Kamala and with Bruno. Throw in also that the events of the Inhuman series have to be followed as well to have a full grasp of what is going on here, and the issue ends losing most of its momentum.
This is still a series to watch, but also should maybe be a warning to others trying to copy its success not to venture down a road which seems too familiar. There is very little which is familiar about this series on its surface, but as soon as this plot starts to roll out it seems very similar to a lot of stories that have come before, and even without an update to make it seem more modern. This particular issue is thus a bit of a letdown after the previous issue, using its formula of the new and modern and mixing it up with a retread.
Story: G. Willow Wilson Art: Takeshi Miyazawa
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Read
When turning its rides into works of fiction, Disney usually gets a free pass in the initial steps of the story. This is because the creative minds behind the adaptations are usually adept enough at capturing what makes the ride so fun to begin with, even without the roller coaster effects. If one remembers the opening scenes of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, they will remember the wealth of visual reminders about the rich environment in which they are populated. The same can be said for the first issue of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Instead of playing pirates, it instead looks at another iconic realm of childhood fantasy, the Old West. As Disney is occasionally known to do, it cast a female lead character in place of the male protagonist better known to the same period, and it paid off with a different angle told to a familiar enough story.
This second issue follows Abigail after she has been trapped in the mine’s rumblings. As with the first issue there are again a few things that are out of place with the story, such as the ease by which she causes a fissure in a humongous rock, but this is a story that is not meant for the analysis of the minor details. It is an avenue to fun, and it carries on with it as she manages to find her way back to the surface with the aid of the masked man, only to find out that her savior is also a thief, having made off with the load of gold on the eponymous railroad. She chases the train down with the help of her faithful horse, but it leads her into another unexpected conflict.
After escaping from the fertile ground caused from a mixing of the Old West with the Disney property, the series still proves that it has a lot of heart, even if the story falls off a little bit. This is not an edgy comic, but it also doesn’t try to be, instead going for a family level of fun. If the latter is indeed its goal though, it really does succeed, and doesn’t let up. Those that are used to comics for other genres and attitudes might find this series a bit trying, but for those that like the medium as a whole for all that it has to offer, they are likely to find a title to love here. It is innocent and fun, but executed pretty well, and deserves more praise than just being a good children’s title.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Tigh Walker
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy