MARVEL Future Fight is unleashing mutant mayhem as popular heroes from X-Force and villains from the Brotherhood of Mutants arrive in Netmarble Corp.’s Super Hero action-RPG mobile game.
New hero Warpath joins existing heroes Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler, who have all received X-Force uniforms in the new X-Force Uniform Collection. Warpath will also have a new stage added to the Dimension Rift and a new Comic Card. Not to be outdone, the infamous Brotherhood of Mutants welcomes the unstoppable Juggernaut and the savage Sabretooth to their ranks.
Wolverine can now advance to Tier-3 and has a new Ultimate Skill, while the “Unleash Potential” feature is now available for Juggernaut, Sabretooth, Warpath and Wolverine.
The update also brings improvements to Shadowland, as players can now continue on beyond Floor 30. Players will receive “Shadowland Points” for clearing floors past Floor 30, and can use these Shadowland Points to claim special rewards.
After weeks of speculation from comic book fans around the world, Marvel revealed the next monumental chapter for the X-Men during this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. During Marvel’s Next Big Thing Panel, critically-acclaimed creator Jonathan Hickman announced two new series: House of Xand Powers of X, beginning this July!
Ever since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the X-Men, fans everywhere have followed the extraordinary stories of the X-Men through seminal moments like Giant-Size X-Men, 1991’s X-Men #1, Age of Apocalypse, and New X-Men. Each of these moments introduced a new era for mutantkind – and starting this summer, the world will experience the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men with House of X and Powers of X.
These two new series – written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Young Gun Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, and colorist Marte Garcia – will build from every major X-Men milestone since 1963 up through the current X-Men series and storylines fans know and love, including some of Marvel’s most iconic characters from over the decades. Each series will be released on an alternate weekly schedule, starting with House of X, followed by Power of X. Fans will be able to follow along each week this summer and witness history unfold.
House of X and Powers of X will go on sale this July!
HOUSE OF X #1 (of 6) Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN Art by PEPE LARRAZ Colors by MARTE GARCIA Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
POWERS OF X #1 (of 6) Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN Art by R.B. SILVA Colors by MARTE GARCIA Cover by R.B. SILVA
Ms. Marvel is BACK! But it’s not business as usual in Jersey City. Aliens are wreaking havoc in Kamala’s corner of the world, and they seem weirdly interested in Ms. Marvel…and her family. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed and rising star Minkyu Jung take the reins of one of Marvel’s most beloved new characters! And, for a limited time, you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at Kamala’s groundbreaking ongoing!
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Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski took over a packed ballroom at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW (South By Southwest) on its opening day, Friday, March 9 to deliver an important message to a rapt audience of cinephiles: read your comics.
During their hour-long presentation, they went through all of the various stories and creative artists and writers who inspired the blockbusters of today. No real surprises, (and no, they were most definitely NOT signalling the end of Marvel Comics) but essentially presented a greatest hits collection of the various IP that has been mined to bring us the MCU.
First, Dear SXSW, this needed to be in a bigger room. This was one of the most hotly attended panels of SXSW Day 1, and while seats remained plentiful in some of the keynotes in the larger venues, this was packed to capacity. Second, given the giant interest and hype around all things MCU in the film world right now, Marvel should’ve brought their A-game. Cebulski and Quesda did just fine, all things considered, (they usually do) but they basically talked over a slideshow. Past Marvel presentations at SXSW have literally broken the internet (ok, well, just a few websites) when they rolled out major digital comics initiatives. And they did a great job in years past bringing in surprise guests– including Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson himself!) via Skype. Compared to that, this just felt anti-climactic.
Plus, given the panel taking place on the release date of Captain Marvel and International Women’s Day, there was a relative paucity of representation of women. Perhaps my view is tinged by the fact that Marvel followed a presentation by the editors of Cherrypicks, the critical aggregator of female film critics, and the general “Up With Women” vibe of SXSW Day 1 in general, but it still felt odd to just have sort of the same old show we’d expect at any old comic convention. They did make a small news splash (pardon the pun) by announcing a new character, Wave, who will be the first Filipina character in Marvel’s roster, so that’s nothing to sneeze at, but the way it was tossed off in the room sort of non-chalantly made it feel like a less big deal than it could have been.
This was a squandered opportunity for both SXSW and Marvel, even though there was nothing technically wrong or bad about it.
Ok, so enough of the kvetching– the panel was actually pretty fun and would be a great introduction to the world of comics for more casual MCU fans who only know the characters from the screen, which, ostensibly, a lot of the Film Festival attendees are. I’ve had a lot of great conversations in line the last few days talking with other folks, especially about Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, and even among a lot of these rank cinephiles, not many have actually read the books they’re based on.
However, the crowd in attendance may have been a little more in the know, as there were cheers for luminaries like Jack Kirby and how their visual style inspired so much of the look of comics and our films. But, perhaps surprisingly, the biggest cheers came for Christopher Priest, as Quesada explained how much of last year’s blockbuster was inspired by Priest’s run on the Black Panther comic.
There were also a few fun nods to other Marvel adaptation and how they’ve inspired the cinematic universe. The 90’s X-Men cartoon was a gateway for so many people who now work in comics and in the movies. Storm, specifically, was a touchstone for so many young women to see a leader who is a black woman. The value in that representation can’t be understated.
Speaking of animation, they also pointed to the turning point in time when the “Infinity Gems” of the comics were re-branded as “Infinity Stones” and it just so happened to be. . . The Super Hero Squad Show? Indeed. Luckily, Quesada was otherwise mum on the cringy moment in the cartoon when Reptil and Hulk make a joke about their “cheesy friend” Joe (who served as Executive Producer). Good thing. We didn’t need to be reminded of that. Wait. Yes, yes we do:
Another interesting and unexpected break was a discussion of Blade, which almost everyone forgets was a Marvel comic. Quesada pointed out that Blade never sold comic books, but the success of the first film led other studios to produce more comic book movies. Those first two Blade movies are pretty good, especially the Guillermo Del Toro helmed second one.
This was a fun panel and a nice walk down memory lane of all of the comics that inspired the films that we love so much. But SXSW can do much better by putting this is the larger venue it deserves and bringing in a broader subset of Marvel talent. The panel begged the question of “Which Marvel storyline from today will inspire the movies of a few years from now?” Let’s bring in the creative teams behind The House of Ideas– even if just in a video montage let’s hear from folks working on some of their top stories. You know who would draw a GIANT crowd at SXSW (especially as politically-oriented as the festival is this year?) Ta-Nehisi Coates. Or here’s an idea– get some of the filmmakers from the MCU to talk about their favorite comic books. Don’t just tell us how much of a comic book nerd Kevin Feige is– do a trivia contest between him and Tom Breevort and let’s see how he does! Bring in Ryan Penagos and Lorraine Cink and have some banter. (Not that Quesada and Cebulski aren’t fine, but. . .) Look, we know Ike Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel, is notoriously thrifty and probably doesn’t want to shell out big bucks to promote their company. As the saying goes, you have to spend money to make money– and when tv shows like American Gods and Good Omens are doing their best to take over downtown Austin, you need to get in the game!
I’m glad I attended the panel. But I hope if Marvel returns in 2020 they do so more like they have done in the past, and they bring in newer, more diverse talent. And SXSW better put them in the biggest room possible.
At C2E2 acclaimed writer Donny Cates announced Absolute Carnage – Marvel’s epic summer event! Beginning in Free Comic Book Day Spider-Man/Venom #1 (out May 5), the blockbuster event starts in August (although fans will see the threads reaching as far back as Amazing Spider-Man 252 with connections to almost every Venom and Carnage story since) and re-teams Cates with Venom’s Ryan Stegman and colorist Frank Martin for the deadliest story in the Marvel Universe!
Cates teased in the announcement video:
Cletus Kasady is back, and he is deadlier than he’s ever been. ABSOLUTE CARNAGE encompasses every single character who has ever worn a symbiote and every symbiote that has ever been, going all the way back to when Peter found the black suit. Going from there to Maximum Carnage to Venomized to everything…everyone is a target.
This summer, no super hero is safe…everyone is a target!
This weekend, Marvel is taking Chicago by storm for C2E2! You won’t want to miss what they’ve got in-store, as theye’re packing this year’s convention with wall-to-wall fan service including signings, panels, stage events and more!
Heading to the show? Make sure to stop by the Marvel Booth (Booth #327) and don’t miss all the exciting events happening at all weekend long including signings, giveaways (while supplies last), costume contests and more!
Want to get the inside scoop on all of the can’t-miss Marvel news? What about the lowdown on some of the year’s most anticipated upcoming events like War of the Realms? Then you won’t want to miss this year’s panel lineup, chock full of breaking news and unforgettable moments – including some exciting, huge news to be revealed at the Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing Panel! And this year, you can snag exclusive giveaway variants at two of Marvel Comics’ hottest panels – don’t miss your chance to grab a variant for Thor #11 by Giuseppe Camuncoli during the Marvel Comics: War of the Realms panel and a variant for Avengers #17 by Mike McKone during the Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing panel!
That’s not all! This year’s show features appearances from the celebrated artists of Marvel’s 2019 Young Guns program, including Aaron Kuder, Russell Dauterman, and Pepe Larraz! Originally launched in 2004, Marvel’s Young Guns program spotlights the best up-and-coming artists in the comic book industry. Don’t miss your chance to meet the next generation of elite artists at C2E2 this weekend on panels and at the Marvel booth!
Plus, don’t miss an all-star line-up of some your favorite Marvel creators! Swing by the Marvel booth for scheduled appearances by Jason Aaron, Matt Wilson, Arthur Adams, Jonathan Hickman, Stanely “Artgerm” Lau, Robbie Thompson, Ed McGuinness, Andrea Broccardo, Ashley Witter, Will Sliney, Matt Rosenberg, Rachelle Rosenberg, Chris Claremont, Stephanie Hans, Greg Horn, Nick Spencer, Humberto Ramos, Ryan Ottley, Tini Howard, David Baldeon, Declan Shalvey, Daniel Kibblesmith, Eve Ewing, and Jeremy Whitley! Check Marvel’s signing schedule for details on their signing times.
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Kev Walker (CA) Daniel Acuna, Paolo Rivera Rated T In Shops: Mar 27, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA: THE GATHERING OF MY NAME” PART 4
T’Challa journeys to the place where N’Jadaka’s rise began – the homeworld of the Between! But what he learns there will lead him to question the rebellion’s very foundation. Will Bast’s Champion ever be fully restored?
We’re living in Legendary times. That is, holy crap, the Marvel Legends just don’t stop. Even as I type, the Caliban wave is up for pre-order and the first Endgame assortment landed at Toys R US Canada. People that pre-ordered the Professor X and Deadpool Scooter Riders have been getting them, and they’re hitting outlets by the end of the month. And that doesn’t account for the Kingpin assortment or, the subject of today’s write-up, the M’Baku wave.
We’ll be looking at a complete M’Baku, but not a complete wave. I didn’t get the Klaue; I managed to get the BAF torso piece on eBay for $4.50 (plus shipping). I also saved on this wave by getting two of the figures from Walgreens via their $13.99 ML sale (that runs until the 30th, and the ML Mystique exclusive is available online for the sale price); I ordered another on Amazon for $4 less than the regular price, too. So I ended up with five of the six regular figures, plus M’Baku, and I saved at least $40 overall in the process.
A Tale of Two
This wave boasts two takes on T’Challa, one leaning on his
look from the beginning of the Black
Panther film, and the other a charged-up Vibranium look that’s labelled for
Infinity War. Alternate heads are
included with the “vibranium” figure, and both figures come with the same
unmasked T’Challa head. Both of these are solid work with a lot of detail
worked into the sculpting, particularly in the lines you find on the torsos.
The downside is that a lot of fans might pass on these since they’re similar to other releases. In all honestly, I almost passed too. However, weighing the high costs of the BAF arms online versus the costs of the figure, I actually saved money by grabbing one at Walgreens, spending less that I would have to obtain one of the auctioned arms. Not to get all Bob Ross here, but how you complete your collection is up to you. I like to get lots of things, but I like to save when I can. That said, these are both fine representations of the character, and they would be particularly good for someone that doesn’t have a T’Challa yet.
Hail to the Previous
T’Chaka doesn’t have any accessories apart from the BAF piece, but damn, it’s a nice looking figure. The head sculpt and other pieces are definitely different than the other Panther figures. And the ceremonial garb is tremendously colored. It’s a striking figure and, despite the BP base, it doesn’t look quite like anything else in the line. I wish there would have been swappable heads (maybe the young and old T’Chakas), but it’s a damn nice looking character as it is.
The Dora is the one I got on Amazon for just over $16. This is a terrific example of what Marvel Legends has been doing so well lately, and that’s creating extra pieces that allow you to transform figures or transition them into army-builders. The three heads here let you decide on the look of the Dora (the one that I used is clearly Ayo of “Move or you will be moved” fame). When you put this figure side by side with Okoye and Nakia, you can see that there are a lot of subtle differences (this article explains some of those notes, like the fact that Okoye’s gold elements are markings of rank). The included spear is different from Okoye’s; the rings, however, are the same. If you’re really into Black Panther and the Dora, this is a must have; I can actually see this one becoming rarer as people gobble up multiples for army-building. It looks great.
No slight on the previous figures, but THIS is the Killmonger I wanted. The tribal mask is fantastic and the detail on Killmonger’s costume, belting, and holsters is incredible. The likeness to Michael B. Jordan is pretty top shelf, too. Amazingly, this was a $13.99 Walgreens grab, and I save two more bucks with a coupon. Ridiculous. It’s been remarked on that elements of the design were inspired by, or at least resemble, Vegeta from DBZ, so I tossed an old Bandai Vegeta in one shot to give you the look. This is easily one of my two favorites from the wave. I could see Hasbro taking parts of this (notably the legs) and repurposing them for other military-flavored figures down the road. Man, it’s solid.
Damn, kids. Can we just take a minute to praise Winston
Duke? The actors from Black Panther
have been widely celebrated, and Duke has been frequently remarked upon as a
fan-favorite, but it bears repeating. M’Baku (Man-Ape from the comics) could
have been a seriously, seriously
problematic character. But a combination of top-flight direction, script, and
performance made him a memorable break-out. Duke radiated charisma and
unexpected humor in the role; when he showed up in Avengers: Infinity War, the theatre where I was broke out into a
small cheer. I have to say: in a short amount of screen time, Duke transformed
M’Baku into a bigger and better character.
Which brings us to the BAF. I was disappointed in the first BP go-round that M’Baku wasn’t in the wave. I was not surprised at all to find that he was the BAF this time. And Hasbro did it up right. One of my other favorites in this group, the figure nails the likeness and some of the intricacies of the costume. I’ve written before that the designers are paying more attention to hair and fur elements in costumes, and that’s evident here. They also made the right call on the height; M’Baku’s at least a head taller than the “vibranium” Panther. The staff accessory was the most appropriate choice, too. This is really, really fine work.
A word on Klaue:
I like Andy Serkis. But the figure didn’t do a lot for me. I
may yet pick up a loose one on eBay someday, but it wasn’t a thing that I felt
like I HAD to have. And that’s okay. I lucked out with a cheap torso pick-up,
and this gives me the opportunity to invoke Ross again: get what YOU want.
Overall, this probably won’t turn out to be my favorite
assortment of the year. But it’s a really good effort and I feel like it
expands the universe of figures and my collection environment. That’s obviously
a big positive.
On March 22 to March 24, 2019, Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) celebrates its tenth anniversary in style. This is going to be my fourth year at C2E2, and one thing that I love about the show is its merging of different strains of pop culture into a fun experience. For example, you can get an autograph from the ageless actor/Ant-Man Paul Rudd, then hurry over to Artist’s Alley and meet a comics legend like Chris Claremont or George Perez or your favorite webcomic artist, and then wrap up things up with a beer at the Revolution tent. Whether you’re into comics, cosplay, films, TV shows, or all kinds of gaming, C2E2 really has it all.
Here are six fun things to do at C2E2 during the three days of the show at McCormick Place.
Unfortunately, there’s no “Escape from Being Crushed by Quarter Bins with Unsold, Polybagged Copies of Death of Superman”, but C2E2 does offer two fun Escape Room experiences if you want to get away from the hustle, bustle, and lines of the con and solve some puzzles in a mindbending environment. There are two Escape Rooms at C2E2: one is “Detention: Escape from the Cursed High School”, and the other is “Secret Aboard Starship Atraeus”. Each room has multiple endings, a 45 minute time limit, and mysterious elements like ghostly spirits and potential freaky aliens. Spots are filling up so book your escape room ASAP!
Sponsored by The Logan Theatre, C2E2 Cinema offers free movie screenings for anyone with a convention badge on both Friday and Saturday night. Friday’s movies are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and the timeless classic Princess Bride followed by Wayne’s World and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. As if that wasn’t enough, Saturday’s movie is Clueless, and there’s also a 1990s themed pre-party with a costume contest. You can go from dropping the big bucks on Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer, and Donald Faison’s autographs and attending their Saturday reunion panel to watching them in their heyday on the big screen.
Clueless is one of the greatest Jane Austen adaptations of all time and really encapsulated the various looks and attitudes of the mid-1990s. (Full disclosure: I watched it on my 21st birthday intoxicated with a British grocery store cake in my lap.) Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer, and Donald Faison are all attending C2E2, and if you can’t get their autograph, this panel is opportunity to soak in some 90s nostalgia and not harass Mr. Rudd with questions about Avengers: Endgame. Also, this panel is secretly a partial reunion of the late, great boy band DuJour fromJosie and the Pussycats.
So, some rumors/house ads have been going on around that Jonathan Hickman is making his triumphant return to Marvel Comics for his first new series after 2015’s Secret Wars. Hickman is a master of the long form epic/event with his work on titles like Secret Warriors, Fantastic Four, and New Avengers, and I’m excited to learn what his next saga will be. (I hope Leonardo da Vinci is involved.) You can find out more information about his work and fellow writer, Jason Aaron (Thor) at Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel. Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski will also be there so you know they mean business, and there will be some announcements about the House of Ideas’ summer slate of books.
Some of the best TV shows of all time, like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and the criminally underrated Halt and Catch Fire, have aired on AMC, and the supernatural horror drama NOS4A2 might be their next big hit. It’s based on a novel by Joe Hill and is about an artist named Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), who has the power to track a mysterious immortal named Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto). Manx is up to no good and feeds on children whose souls he places in a messed up world called Christmasland, where every day is Christmas. Fans at C2E2 will have the opportunity to see the first episode of NOS4A2 early before it airs on AMC on April 30.
1. Marv Wolfman and George Perez: In Conversation (Sunday)
George Perez recently announced a well-earned retirement from creating comics and attending most conventions (Except DragonCon and FetishCon). So, C2E2 is one of the last opportunities that fans have to meet the artist of New Teen Titans, Avengers, and Crisis on Infinite Earths, not to mention once the nicest people in comics. This panel with long time collaborator, Marv Wolfman, who was also responsible for co-creating Blade and Bullseye, should be interesting to attend as two legends reflect on their legacy and swap war stories of 40+ years in the comics industry.
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