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A first Look at Kodi Smith-McPhee as Nightcrawler

If you weren’t quick enough, you might have missed it, as the picture has gone bamf! To celebrate the first day on set director Bryan Singer posted to Instagram and Twitter a first look at actor Kodi Smith-McPhee as Nightcrawler in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. After a little time up, the image was deleted for unknown reasons.

So what do you think of the look? Reminds me a bit of the design for the character from the X-Men: Evolution cartoon mixed with Alan Cummings version from X2.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Now Available from GraphicAudio

days of future past graphicaudioIt’s the most iconic X-Men story of all time – like you’ve never heard it before! A true Movie in Your Mind, experience this groundbreaking tale brought to life as only GraphicAudio could.

In the far future, mutants have all but been exterminated. Crushed by the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Only a small group remain alive, powerless, locked away in concentration camps. The key to saving their future may lie in the past. Now, Kate Pryde leads a desperate mission to the past to warn the present-day X-Men of coming danger. But is she too late?

GraphicAudio transforms the Marvel prose novel X-Men: Days of Future Past into an unprecedented audial experience as the story should be told.  You’ve never heard mutants time-travel quite like this before!

Available from www.GraphicAudio.net and via the FREE GraphicAudio Access Mobile App which allows customers to directly download titles on their Android or iOS smartphones and tablets.

You can check out a trailer below.

Team Rubio, X-Men and Walking Dead Fans

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.

 

 

 

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic day tomorrow! Don’t know what to get? We’ll have our picks in a few hours! Until then, here’s some news to keep you busy.

Around the Tubes

Nothing But Comics – Light Reading: How Much Do Comic Books Weigh? – Fun read and info.

Kotaku – The 20 Best X-Men Artists – Agree? Disagree?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – All-New Captain America #5

CBR – Giant Days #1

CBR – Silk #2

Nothing But Comics – The Valiant #4

Bleeding Cool – Wytches #5

Humans & Mutants Alike Will Tremble Before the Warzones! of Age of Apocalypse #1!

His war has been won. En Sabah Nur stands triumphant over the bones of his enemies. None will be left alive! This July, return to one of the most iconic X-Men stories of all time in Age of Apocalypse #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Be there when writer Fabian Nicieza returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he helped create, as brought to life by artist Gerardo Sandoval!

Apocalypse rules his domain on Battleworld with an iron fist. The few humans left alive have been enslaved. The mutant rebellion has been crushed – it’s survivors, scattered. But the terrorist insurgents known as the X-Men will not go quietly into this grim future. They will fight! They will end Apocalypse’s reign of terror! Even if it means their very lives!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Nicieza said:

This Age of Apocalypse, taking place on Battleworld, is a story about the choices heroes have to make after they’ve already lost. What are the X-Men about if a dream of coexistence between humans and mutants has become a lost cause?

But the fight is not yet over. A very special mutant named Cypher may hold the key to turning the tide. A weapon to be pointed directly at Apocalypse and fired. Now, the hunt is on as Magneto and his X-Men attempt to rescue Cypher from the clutches of Cyclops & Havok’s Elite Mutant Force, Dark Beast and his vile experiments, and the new Horsemen of Apocalypse!

But even if they win, have they already lost? Find out as one of the most iconic X-Men stories ever is reborn on Battleworld!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art & Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
On Sale in JULY!

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Party Like It’s 1992 in the Warzones! With X-Men ‘92 #1!

Everyone’s favorite version of the X-Men are back! That’s right, this June, the most radical team of mutants ever assembled make their triumphant return to the world of comics in X-Men ’92 #1! Debuting as a Marvel Infinite Comic series in May, X-Men ’92 is optimized specifically for mobile devices, pushing the boundaries of comic storytelling to new heights!

In a release, co-writer Chad Bowers said:

Toys. TV. Arcade games. Trading Cards. The X-Men were everywhere that year. Kids who didn’t even care that comics existed were suddenly into the X-Men, and asking me questions about Gambit at recess. That was nuts and it blew my preadolescent mind, but it was also completely awesome! It’s a period that really resonated with and inspired countless fans, and X-Men ’92 is going to remind you why you were totally obsessed with it!

Marvel newcomers Chris Sims and Chad Bowers join artist Scott Koblish to take you back to the days of big guns, big pouches, and big action! Baron Kelly, ruler of the Westchester domain has called upon the Clear Mountain Project and it’s mysterious new director to deal with the mutant menace – by any means necessary! Can the X-Men put a stop to the threat of “mutant rehabilitation”? And just what are “Free Range Sentinels’? Find out in X-Men ’92 this May!

X-MEN ‘92 #1
Written by CHRIS SIMS & CHAD BOWERS
Art by SCOTT KOBLISH
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
Print Issue On Sale in June!

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Fashion Spotlight: Attack on Endor, Steel-Skin Gym, and Frozen Love

Ript Apparel has three new designs for folks. One for Star Wars fans. One for X-Men fans. And the final mashes up Frozen and Mortal Kombat. Attack on Endor and Steel-Skin Gym and Frozen Love from AtomicRocket and Fernando_Sala and JayHai will be for sale on March 13, 2015 only!

 

Attack on Endor by AtomicRocket

Attack on Endor

Steel-Skin Gym by Fernando_Sala

Steel-Skin Gym

Frozen Love by JayHai

Frozen Love

 

 

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The Mutant Nightmare Returns in the Warzones! of Years of Future Past #1!

You thought the horrors were over? Think again! It’s time to return to the ruined wastes of New York City once more in Years of Future Past #1 – a new Secret Wars series coming this June! Writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Mike Norton take you back to the apocalyptic future of one of the most famous X-Men tales of all time – and the tragedies that come with it.

Amid the ravaged hellscape of Battleworld’s Sentinel Territories, armies of armored behemoths patrol the skies and streets. Their mission – exterminate all mutants! Amid the rubble walks Kate Pryde – mother, warrior, X-Man. A heroine tried and true and tested by war, she stokes the fires of revolution.

In an interview with Marvel.com, Bennett said:

Harkening back to the source material, this Kitty Pryde is a grown woman – now called Kate Pryde. She is no longer a desperate girl with nothing to lose, she’s a mother and wife with more to lose than ever before. On her shoulders rest not only the lives of her family and friends and a solitary mission, but the survival of her entire people who are dwindling to nothingness through the purges of the Sentinels and the abuses of the regime in power.

Rebellion is in the air, and Kate Pryde will do anything to ensure the survival of her people – including breaking the remaining X-Men out of their military prison! But is she willing to risk everything, even her family? The answers lie within!

YEARS OF FUTURE PAST #1
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by MIKE NORTON
Cover by ART ADAMS
On Sale This June!

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Push Comics Forward – A Move Towards Gender Parity

Among the big two publishers there is a fairly common occurrence whereby in order to revamp a team title that there is a shakeup of the characters that belong to that team.  The new characters figure out how to work together under some duress, and then they become an unstoppable team.  This is perhaps the most common with the biggest teams in the medium – the Justice League, The X-Men and the Avengers – as the smaller teams tend to stay more true to their membership.  What is notable about the dynamics of these teams is when the female membership is examined.  Although other teams arguably are better in terms of sales, the Justice League will generally serve as some of kind of touchstone for teams in the medium as it was the first and has the biggest names from a popular culture standpoint.  The League started as a collection of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, the Flash and Aquaman, and when looked upon from that standpoint, the ratio of female to male characters is six to one.

jla01Over the course of the Justice League’s publication history, and more or less for the publication history of every team, there has been a couple of general rules when it comes to its female members.  Female members, if they are written out of the team, and if they are written out of the team, they almost always have to be replaced by another female member.  Equally, when the characters are written out, there is not such a big pool to draw upon when replacing them as if a male character were written out of the story.  In 2006, the Justice League of America was rebooted once again, this time after the events of Infinite Crisis, and in order to tie into the rift between the big three heroes at the time, they decided to sit down and vote on each other’s inclusion into the League as well as all of the other heroes.  While this resulted in a new team, what it also did was to present a somewhat memorable cover (seen at the above right.)  While it is an impressive collection of heroes, the problem of gender parity is obvious here.  There is good representation of most of the popular characters here, but aside from female characters from another time, most of the female superheroes from DC are shown in one panel, whereas there are nunmerous lacking from well-known male characters, and even then the ratio of male to female characters in this picture is 30 to 12, not as bad as 6 to 1, but that still boils down to 5 to 2.

xmenDifferent teams have different compositions of characters.  Justice League International in the new 52 actually had a one to one gender parity (depending on who was counted in its members) and the X-Men have always been better at gender parity, the more so that the X-Men title is comprised of only female members.  At the same time, medium wide, there are generally fewer female characters to draw upon if there was to be a need for them.  In a real world sense, there exists equally the ability of a woman or a man to be a hero, and in terms of who could develop superpowers, seeing as the origins are so different, there is no real reason why men would be favored over women.  The favoritism only exists in character design.  It is not as though female characters should be expected to thrive in comics, at least from a sales standpoint, but creators should endeavor to at least create some interesting background or secondary female characters that would have a chance to grow into something more over time

From Gotham to Deadpool. And Bamfing into X-Men Apocalypse.

Morena_Baccarin_@_the_FlanventionTwo casting announcements hit the web yesterday, both for movies based on Marvel Comic characters.

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Morena Baccarin has joined the cast of next year’s Deadpool film as the female lead. She’ll play the love interest to Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool. She joins the recently announced Gina Carano, and T.J. Miller on the film.

Baccarin is no stranger to comic properties, and especially not geek ones. She has one hell of a career including Inara Serra on Firefly, the voice of Black Canary/Dinah Lance and Edgar Mandragora in the Justice League animated series, Adria on Stargate SG-1, Anna in the 2011 V remake, the voice of Cheetah in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold television series, the voice of Talia al Ghul in Son of Batman, and most recently is the voice of Gideon in The CW’s The Flash, and is Dr. Leslie Thompkins on Fox’s Gotham. Fox is also behind Deadpool. Despite her impressive career and lots of comic related roles, this is her first Marvel one.

Director Bryan Singer has taken to Instagram to announce the latest addition to X-Men: Apocalypse. Kodi Smith-McPhee will be joining the film as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, a role last played by Alan Cumming in X2.

Smith-McPhee was seen in last year’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler. @alexvaughanphoto

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

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