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Spider-Woman #1 is Ass-Tastic

Marvel has been on a role lately with their All-New Marvel NOW! initiative which has given us some refreshing new series, many of which feature women. To say many of these books are empowering and the much-needed “female” touch that’s been missing in comics for some time is an understatement. Many of these series are some of my favorite comics on the market right now.

The latest entry is Spider-Woman, debuting in November, a character who has had numerous series in the past, many of which I’ve enjoyed. However, judging by the first two released covers for the series by Greg Land and Milo Manara, that good will might be going off the rails.

Up first is Land’s cover, which you can see below. There’s so many issues with the cover, from the strange chest out pose of Jessica Drew, her missing lower legs, or the odd contortion of Silk as if she’s purposely trying to show off her ass. There’s a retro vibe about it, but not in a good way.

spider-woman 1 greg landAnd if Land’s cover wasn’t bad enough, enter Manara’s entry, going for the whole enchilada of pure sexual exploitation. Manara, an Italian artist, is best known for his “erotic” artwork, and we can see it here with the focus of his image being Jessica Drew’s rear-end. Not only is the contortion of her body odd, the position actually matches Manara’s previous erotic work in Click!. The pose is sexual, unrealistic, the anatomy doesn’t make sense, and generally you have to wonder what the hell everyone was thinking approving either of these.

spider-woman 1 Milo ManaraMarvel has excelled at trying new things when it comes to their female centric new titles, but this just feels like the past grasping to hold on. One step forward, two steps back I guess.

The Goddess of Thunder Reigns Supreme in July’s Storm #1!

This May, the heart and soul of the X-Men flies solo for the first time in Storm #1, a brand new ongoing series from New York Times Bestselling writer Greg Pak and fan-favorite artist Victor Ibanez!

From a thief on the streets of Cairo to the Headmistress of the Jean Grey School to the Queen of Wakanda and everything in between, Ororo Monroe has always defied a single title. Her desire to better the world was never limited to just her own kind. On a mission to foster goodwill and safeguard her fellow mutants in her own way, Storm will embark on a new journey.

In an interview with Marvel, Greg Pak said:

If you tell Storm she can’t go somewhere, that’s exactly where she’s going to go. She’s got an incredibly strong sense of justice and empathy earned through years of hard experience. And her empathy isn’t limited to whatever group she’s standing with at the moment. Storm will do the right thing–as she sees it–without apology. That’s incredibly strong–and potentially very costly for her.

Storm #1 marks the very first ongoing series for the character and joins a number of critically acclaimed new solo series featuring female leads as a part of the All-New Marvel NOW! initiative.

You cannot stop a force of nature. She is Storm, a hero with no equal…and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake! Get swept up this July!

STORM #1
Written by GREG PAK
Art & Cover by VICTOR IBANEZ
Variant Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
Coming July 2014!

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Graphic Policy Radio is All-New Marvel NOW! LIVE Wednesday at 9pm

GP Radio Special wed 9pmIt’s Monday night and that means the latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio that mixes comics, geekdom, and politics! This week we have an episode to Marvel‘s recent major launch. We’re discussing All-New Marvel NOW! and recent its recent releases. The episode airs live at a special time 9 pm ET this Wednesday April 16.

Topics include:

  • Silver Surfer
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard
  • Captain Marvel
  • Black Widow
  • She-Hulk
  • And More!

We want to hear from you and your thoughts about Marvel’s new initiative! Call in to the show at (619) 768-2952 or Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

You can listen in to the show live at 9pm on April 16 here!

Graphic Policy Radio is All-New Marvel NOW! LIVE Monday at 8pm

GP Radio Special Mondya 8pmIt’s Monday night and that means the latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio that mixes comics, geekdom, and politics! This week we have an episode to Marvel‘s recent major launch. We’re discussing All-New Marvel NOW! and recent its recent releases. The episode airs live at a special time 8pm ET next Monday April 7.

Topics include:

  • Silver Surfer
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard
  • Captain Marvel
  • Black Widow
  • She-Hulk
  • And More!

We want to hear from you and your thoughts about Marvel’s new initiative! Call in to the show at (619) 768-2952 or Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

You can listen in to the show live at 8pm on April 7 here!

Graphic Policy Radio is All-New Marvel NOW! LIVE Next Monday

GP Radio pic MondayIt’s Monday night and that means the latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio that mixes comics, geekdom, and politics! This week we have an episode to Marvel‘s recent major launch. We’re discussing All-New Marvel NOW! and recent its recent releases. The episode airs live at 10pm ET next Monday April 7.

Topics include:

  • Silver Surfer
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard
  • Captain Marvel
  • Black Widow
  • She-Hulk
  • And More!

We want to hear from you and your thoughts about Marvel’s new initiative! Call in to the show at (619) 768-2952 or Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

You can listen in to the show live on April 7 here!

Preview: Smash Into All-New Marvel NOW! With Your First Look at Hulk #1!

This April, the Jade Giant returns for an all-new ongoing series from Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid and critically acclaimed artist Mark Bagley! Now is the perfect chance to jump on board as the epic “Banner D.O.A” begins in Hulk #1!

Following the shocking ending of Indestructible Hulk – Bruce Banner lay at inches from death. As he clings to life, the mystery of his attacker will have everyone talking. Who shot Bruce Banner? And why did they want him dead?

In a release Waid said:

As our series opens, Banner’s at death’s door. …having learned something about himself that cuts him to the quick and calls into question everything he’s been doing for what he believes is the public good.  And things don’t improve for him from there.

You’ll see Bruce Banner in a whole new light.

Did his unknown attacker want Banner dead? Or the Hulk? One thing is for certain – if he survives, it won’t be as the same Bruce Banner we’ve known! And as the mystery deepens, everything you thought you knew about the Hulk will change!

How will the Green Goliath solve the mystery of his enigmatic attacker? How can he?

HULK #1 (FEB140684)
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MARK BAGLEY
Cover by JEROME OPENA
Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY (FEB140685)
Animal Variant by CHRIS SAMNEE (FEB140686)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (DEC138202)
Captain America Team Up Variant Also Available
Blank Variant Also Available
FOC – 03/24/14 On-Sale – 04/16/14

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Preview: The Fiery Fist Strikes in a New Look at Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1!

This April, the fist of K’un Lun returns in Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1, an all-new series written and drawn by Kaare Andrews! And you’ve never seen an Iron Fist like this before!

High above the city of New York in his multi-million dollar penthouse, Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist is haunted by the choices he’s made. Choosing death over life brings with it many consequences. But when a message from Iron Fist’s mystical homeland of K’un Lun calls Danny back – he’ll be forced to revisit the blood soaked origin of betrayal and vengeance that has plagued him for so long.

In an interview with Marvel.com Kaare Andrews said:

Danny is going to be put through the wringer like never before. I love to punish my characters. To make them bleed. Watch them struggle against impossible odds, and see if they can find the strength inside themselves to survive—the truth that will be the biggest hurdle of them all. He’s been hiding from it for too long. He doesn’t have to uncover it, so much as survive it. The truth will be coming for him like a freight train. And there will be a reckoning.

But revenge is a weapon that cuts both ways. And Danny will learn that revenge can come at a high price. Will he survive the bloodletting?

IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #1 (FEB140673)
Written by KAARE ANDREWS
Art & Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN (FEB140674)
Animal Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO (FEB140675)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (FEB140676)
Blank Variant Also Available
FOC – 03/17/14 On-Sale – 04/09/14

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Preview: Take a Ride on the Cosmic Skyways in Silver Surfer #1!

This March, the sentinel of the skyways blasts off for an all-new adventure in the thrilling Silver Surfer #1 – from writer Dan Slott and critically acclaimed artist Mike Allred! Silver Surfer #1 continues the exciting wave of All-New Marvel NOW! launches with a fresh take on Norin Radd and his cosmic quests!

The universe is big. Bigger than one could ever imagine, even one such as the Surfer. Propelled by the mighty Power Cosmic, long has he voyaged alone – journeying from star to star. But soon he’ll discover that the best way to see it…is with someone else. Meet the Earth Girl who’s challenged the Surfer to go beyond the boundaries of the known Marvel U – and into the strange and unknown!

Hop on board and hang ten when the most far-out series of All-New Marvel NOW! makes its epic cosmic debut this March! Hang on!

SILVER SURFER #1 (JAN140650)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by MIKE ALLRED
Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (JAN140651)
Animal Variant by CHRIS SAMNEE (JAN140652)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (JAN140653)
FOC – 03/03/14 On-Sale – 03/26/14

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Preview: James Rhodes Flies Solo in a First Look at Iron Patriot #1!

This March, peel back the layers of Colonel James Rhodes in Iron Patriot #1 – the all-new series from writer Ales Kot and artist Garry Brown! Who is the man in the armor? What drives him? James Rhodes may have quit the Secret Avengers, but that’s not going to stop him from bringing the fight to the bad guys from inside the Iron Patriot armor! But his heroism will come with a steep price…

In an interview with Marvel.com, Kot said:

James Rhodes has a family. James Rhodes has friends. James Rhodes has a suit and responsibility and dreams and hopes, and he just realized he needs a new plan. Something that will be more in touch with who he is and what he wants.

As new villains emerge and a deadly conspiracy from within America grows – the Iron Patriot stands alone against impossible foes.

IRON PATRIOT #1 (JAN140673)
Written by ALES KOT
Art & Cover by GARRY BROWN
Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS (JAN140674)
Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV138098)
FOC –03/03/14 On-Sale – 03/26/14

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Preview: Start Your Engines – Your First Look at All-New Ghost Rider #1!

This March, a new legend is born on the streets of Los Angeles in All-New Ghost Rider #1 – the high-octane new series from writer Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore! All-New Ghost Rider #1 launches a brand new and sensational take on the Spirit of Vengeance!

A high speed street race in East LA leads a young man down the fast and furious road of destiny. Amid an East Los Angeles neighborhood full of gang violence and drug trafficking, 18-year old Robbie Reyes explodes onto the scene as the newest Ghost Rider!

In an interview with Marvel.com Felipe Smith said:

His vehicle of choice, the automobile, very clearly sets him apart visually. In comparison to his vengeance seeking predecessors, he’s very young and inexperienced in most aspects of life; but as a the product of a harsh inner city upbringing, Robbie’s street smarts, overall distrust for most people, and clear contempt for his violent surroundings make him the perfect host for a Spirit of Vengeance.

But motorcycles and cars were just the beginning! Robbie has the ability to turn any vehicle into a flaming engine of retribution. And he’ll need it. War is brewing in the criminal underworld. But crime and corruption have a new enemy. With the pedal to the metal, Marvel’s newest Ghost Rider puts vengeance into overdrive!

Who is this new Ghost Rider? And how did he come to possessed with such awesome power? The answers will be revealed this March!

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #1 (JAN140660)
Written by FELIPE SMITH
Art & Cover by TRADD MOORE
Variant Covers by FELIPE SMITH (JAN140663)
MIKE DEL MUNDO (JAN140663)
SKOTTIE YOUNG (JAN140664)
FOC –02/24/14 On-Sale -03/19/14

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