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It’s a new week! We’ve got lots going on and lots to come and while you await it all, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBR – Comic Legends: Why Was the Original New Mutants #1 Scrapped? – Some interesting comic history.

Newsarama – Kingsman: The Golden Circle Banned In Cambodia – Interesting.


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Talking Comics – Spirits of Vengeance #1

Seattle PI – The Wendy Project

ICv2 – Witch Boy

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So… anyone seen any good movies? Wonder Woman dominated the box office meeting our predictions of how much it earned, but exceeding all the rest. Who saw it? What’d you think? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait to see Wonder Woman again, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Newsarama – Moonstar Cast For New Mutants – Some solid casting.

Indian Country Today – Eugene Brave Rock Speaks Blackfoot to Wonder Woman in DC’s Best Film Ever – This is pretty awesome.


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Comic Attack – Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1

Comic Attack – Horizon #11

The Outhousers – Secret Empire #3

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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ICv2 – Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy Cast in ‘New Mutants’ – This could be cool.

Deadline – ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Renewed For Season 5 By ABC – Well ok then.

CBR – Happy: TV Adaptation of Morrison & Robertson’s Comic Gets Series Order – This should be interesting.

CBR – Krypton: Superman Prequel Officially Gets Series Order at SyFy – And this should be interesting.

The Shallow Brigade – a primer on nick spencer’s shitty politics – The more you know.


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Talking Comics – Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1

Director Josh Boone Presents Dani Moonstar Standing with Standing Rock

For those unaware, there’s currently a standoff between protestors and the continuation of the Dakota Access Pipeline which would threaten the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. 300 federally recognized Native American tribes and thousands of protestors are in the middle of a stand-off to divert construction, a protest that began in April 2016.

Support for the protestors has been wide ranging with members of the live action Justice League and Avengers speaking out in support.

Now, writer/director Josh Boone has posted some beautiful art on Instagram featuring New Mutant Dani Moonstar. Boone is writing and directing the upcoming live action film, X-Men: The New Mutants, starring the classic Marvel comic characters.

Moonstar, who has gone by Psyche and Mirage, is a member of the Mutant superhero team the New Mutants, and was created in 1982 by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod. The character is one of the highest profile Native American (specifically Cheyenne) characters in comics.

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Josh Boone Reveals His New Mutants?

Director Josh Boone will be tackling the next “X” team to hit the big screen, the New Mutants. The superhero team debuted in Marvel Graphic Novel #4 in 1982 and featured the original line-up of Cannonball, Karma, Mirage, Sunspot, and Wolfsbane. They’d later gained new members in Cypher, Magma, Magik, and Warlock. The team since then has had a few variations.

Speculation has been going around for some time with people wondering who would make up the movie version of the team. Boone has posted some images to his Instagram account with the hashtag of #newmutants. Could this be the team?

Boone’s New Mutants consists of Magick (aka Illyana Rasputin, the sister of Colossus who has appeared most recently in Deadpool), Wolfsbane, Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, and Warlock. This team is close to the most recent version of the team that debuted in 2009.


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Beyond Deadpool: A Few of Liefeld’s Other Character Designs

NewMutants98Well, it’s happened: Deadpool is a certified movie star. It was only a matter of time, thanks to that peculiar mix of charm, snark and psychosis spilling out of our boy Wade. But there’s another weapon in Mr. Pool’s arsenal: that killer set of threads he sports. Oh sure, it’s red for a reason, but that’s not all. It’s memorable, it’s sleek, it’s tactical and it has the cool factor out the wazoo. Originally created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld in 1991 and making his debut in The New Mutants #98, Deadpool started climbing the mountain of celebrity and never looked back. And it’s safe to say that his costume greatly increased his appeal.

Now it must be mentioned that Rob Liefeld has historically been a controversial figure in his chosen field, but that’s not what this article is about. Rather, let’s take a look at some of Liefeld’s other character designs from the (general) time of Deadpool’s creation and compare their looks with his striking little black and red number. Are they ready for their close-up as well, Mr. DeMille (or Tim Miller)?




Well yeah, I had to put Cable in first, he’s gonna be in the sequel (fingers crossed for Keira Knightley). He’s also got a lot going on. For starters, the whole left side of his body is living metal from the Techno-Organic virus, so he’s kinda like half-Terminator (and he’s from one of those dystopian futures that are so popular). He’s got the whole battle-scarred old soldier look going on, like Clint Eastwood if he had an awesome cybernetic eye implant. Also: lots of heavy weaponry, large shoulder pads and plenty of pouches to hold stuff (yeah, it’s an old joke about Liefeld’s designs, but it kinda works for a soldier to have utility belts all over himself). Cable’s design is a pastiche of ideas that are strong on their own, but add up to a strange whole. His design is visually interesting but doesn’t have the symmetry or color of Deadpool’s. Still, can’t wait to see him in the sequel.



Every superhero universe has to have an expert archer, and Rob Liefeld’s Image Comics imprint Extreme Studios was no exception. Thus we have Shaft, who only WISHES he had a theme song as fantastic as Richard Roundtree. But still, he does have a bow that fires its arrows by magnet power instead of a string, so he’s got that one up on the rest of the “outdated projectile weapons” crowd. Beyond that, he has a face-encircling headgear that calls to mind Gambit, among others. His initial design was not short on bandoliers and pouches, though the ability to carry gear around seems fitting for a master archer (are any of these characters ever shown fishing around in these pouches for anything, or do they always remain decorative?). Shaft’s color scheme is red and white, making him look slightly like Aquafresh toothpaste without the green part. It’s a somewhat interesting design that works, but it still doesn’t quite have the wow factor provided by the interplay of red and black in Deadpool’s look.



Another founding member of Youngblood, Badrock is the big bruiser on the team, even though he’s just a teenager. His look is mostly about showcasing his stone-like hide, but he did wear some serious shoulder pads in his first appearance and beyond. One striking aspect about Badrock’s look is his jutting lower jaw, giving him that determined underbite shared by The Iron Giant and Vin Diesel (hmmm…). Beyond that, Badrock’s actual costume(s) have consisted of various tight spandex that emphasize his bulk but don’t lend themselves to attention-grabbing designs of their own. Much like Ben Grimm or Concrete, the character’s body that resembles natural material IS their look, and that’s what springs to mind when they are mentioned.



Domino is another character that is memorable more for a physical characteristic than for what they wear. Created by Nicieza and Liefeld during their run on The New Mutants, Domino is another of those deadly super-weapon experiments which governments just never get tired of financing. While for clothing Domino generally wears form-fitting black (sometimes with purple accents) tactical gear, it’s that black spot over her left eye that contrasts so well with her chalk white skin and really sticks in the reader’s mind. Such a simple characteristic, but powerful in the way it resonates with her codename. Her luck generating powers, her mysteriousness and even her deadliness are all suggested by the spot over her eye. It’s a solid bit of character design.



The coolest Diehard that wasn’t married to Demi Moore is this guy, actually a series of artificial bodies that carry the consciousness of the original hero. His look is the closest to Deadpool on this list, at least in the fact that they both possess the same featureless full-face mask that suggests something other than human might be underneath. Diehard’s version is white with a dark stripe down the middle, giving it that pleasing contrast and increasing the cool/scary ratio. The rest of his suit’s color scheme is a little busy though, with both gold and red added to the dark blue and white. In my opinion, that degrades the unity of his look a bit in relation to Deadpool’s solid black and red motif. A cool design but just a bit off balance.

DiehardLiefeld was a busy guy back then, helping create the early ’90s like that. There’s love for his work and there’s criticism, but it’s simply a fact that he created a hefty body of work in a relatively short time. While in my opinion Deadpool is one of Liefeld’s more successful co-creations, there’s a good chance that these characters will have their own moments to shine before a larger audience (and not just Cable, who we know is on his way). I wouldn’t mind seeing Domino pop up in the X-Men franchise, and Youngblood could make for a cool team movie if handled correctly. Sure, they may not be as pretty as Deadpool (really though, who is?), but that doesn’t mean they can’t get the job done.

Fox’s New Mutants Expands the X-Men Movieverse

Newmutants10383As reported by Deadline, Fox has closed a deal with director Josh Boone to co-write and direct The New Mutants, a spinoff movie set in the X-Men universe. Boone was the director of The Fault In Our Stars. Boone will join Knate Gwaltney when it comes to writing with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner producing.

The New Mutants comic series launched in 1982 and featured a teenage group of mutants, so Boone who has success with a film focused on that audience makes sense. The original series ran for 100 issues and eventually spun-off into X-Force bringing us characters such as Cable and Deadpool. A second volume was launched in 2003 with a third volume in 2009.

Next year sees two X-Men films, Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse and a third Wolverine movie is being worked on as well as a Gambit film starring Channing Tatum.

It’s unknown who will make up this team but the original team featured Cannonball, Karma, Mirage, Sunspot, and Wolfsbane. Sunspot appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past with the rest yet to be featured as characters. The team has had many versions though as far as a line-up.

Cable Turns 25

It was 25 years ago when Rob Liefeld‘s creation Cable debuted in New Mutants, with a teaser appearance in New Mutants #86 and the first full appearance in New Mutants #87. New Mutants #86 had a cover date of February 1990. Liefeld turned to Instagram to discuss the history and reminisce about the creation of the iconic character whose success would help Liefeld spawn dozens of more in the “X” universe.

Even cooler, Liefeld shared some of his early sketches for what Cable might have looked like.

Here’s hoping he continues this throughout the year to peel the curtains back for a few of his other well-known creations.

Nine Titles are Ending Paving the Way for Marvel NOW!

As reported by CBR, nine Marvel titles are ending according to October solicitations to pave way for their Marvel NOW! initiative. Captain America, Fantastic Four, FF, Incredible Hulk, Invincible Iron Man, New Mutants, The Mighty Thor, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men Legacy are all ending, none of these are shockers and most will be replaced by number ones more than likely.

What’s funny is these quotes from Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso (the underlines are added by me):

I feel that it’s a much more humane approach for retailers and fans to tell them: ‘Look. In the months of October through February, every week you can go into a comic book store and find a few new jumping-on points for the Marvel Universe, a place you’re going to like visiting. Or revisiting.

Marvel NOW! starts with the creators, so don’t expect writer shake-ups across the line by the fourth or fifth issue, or half the titles to get cancelled and replaced by a new #1. We aren’t throwing $#!# at a wall, seeing what falls off and then replacing it with more $#!#. [Laughs] We’re building books we expect to last.

So, don’t expect creative shake-ups, cancellations and number ones like this Marvel initiative which starts cancels numerous series starts at number one and shakes-up creative teams? Isn’t this a case of “don’t look behind the curtain”?

Bets on how long before the first cancellation or creative team shake-up?

Comic Book (sort of) Weekly Reviews – 4/4/12

Ok, I slowed down in the whole catching up on my reviews thing… but back to it and hopefully I’ll totally be caught up by the end of June… if not sooner.

Age of Apocalypse #2 – The remaining resistance is on the run and Jean Grey and Sabretooth’s role is still up in the air.  The series is solid and different, with some solid art.  The series is different enough to stand out from the rest of the “X” books.  I missed the original Age of Apocalypse, so this’ll do for me.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

American Vampire #25 – Scott Snyder’s series is amazing and this issue ties so many threads together.  I can’t wait to see what he does and what he has in store for the series.  I can’t get enough of this series and it absolutely shows off why Snyder is one of the best writers out there.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

Animal Man #8 – The battle against the Rot continues as Animal Man and Swamp Thing are going to team up and collide.  The series shows that the Vertigo feel can work and work well in the modern DC universe.  The art is solid on top of it.  This is one of the best series to come out of DC’s relaunch.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Avengers Academy #28 – The team up with the Runaways continues and there’s a bunch I like, and a lot I don’t.  The series just feels like the B-team for Avengers.  We’ll see where it goes, but hopefully post Avengers Vs. X-Men the series will get a nice shake-up.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 – This is it?  There’s some great build up and tension, but the old quote about sound and fury signifying nothing stands out to me.  It’s just one issue, but I hope there’s more to it all than just this.  The art is pretty solid, but overall, pretty meh so far.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Batman: Detective Comics #8 – While the art is pretty decent, I think the story really shows how excellent Snyder’s Batman is compared to this inferior series.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Batwing #8 – We find out the identity of Massacre.  I can’t say I’m shocked.  The ending to the first arc is ok.  It’s not quite the solid series it was when it started, but still a nice addition to the Bat family.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Brilliant #3 – A debate rages as to how to handle the discovery as the FBI attempts to put together what happened.  This series feels like a tame Mark Millar series.  Without the swearing and over the top violence.  Not sure if that’s a good thing… either part.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Chew #25 – Tony is captured and this series shows why it’s one of the most creative and original ones out there.  The story is as off the hook as can be expected and art entertaining as usual.  A series that should be on everyone’s pull-list.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Danger Club #1 – The adults are away and the children will play.  The adult super heroes might be dead, so the kids have taken over.  The series just has awesome punch to it with solid art.  It’s not totally original, but it’s damn entertaining.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Daredevil #10.1 – A great point one that introduces Daredevil to new readers and catches them up on information you know.  I’m loving the Omegadrive story.  Watching the groups after it attempt to get it is beyond entertaining.  Mark Waid is at the top of his game with this series and the art is amazing.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Fairest #2 – The art is fantastic and story solid in this spin-off from Fables.  Two issues in and you can see the series falls more into the fantasy end of things, picking up on some threads left from the main series.  It’s only two issues, but it’s two solid issues.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Fear Itself: The Fearless #12 – So, Hellstrom is a bad guy in this book, but a good guy in Circle of Four and Journey?  Get the characters straight!!!  There’s some interesting stuff set up here, but overall, this twelve part series was a mess.

Story: 6 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.25

New Mutants #40 – Douglock fights Ani-Matter and I yawn…

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.5

Red Lanterns #8 – Take this story and switch the color to a different Corps… does it make a difference?  No, not really and that’s where the story fails for me.  Red Lanterns should have an animalistic feel to them and here they just come off like a bland version of Yellow or Green.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Secret Avengers #24 – A cool story still with the team taking on various cyborg like beings in the Marvel universe that have come together.  It’s a somewhat original story, and the art is pretty solid.  I think the series is finally finding it’s footing.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Stormwatch #8 – The team takes on a pretty huge threat and Midnighter makes a hell of a decision.  The series is finally getting good for me, and hopefully it continues on this pace.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Swamp Thing #8 – A series that’s been more Vertigo and horror than superhero swings the superhero way as Swamp Thing goes after the Rot in the beginning of a hell of a battle.  Compared to past issues, the issue is just ok, but it’s one piece of a much bigger and excellent story.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7

Thunderbolts #172 – The renegade Thunderbolts fight the original Thunderbolts in a pretty typical battle issue.  There’s some potential here, but so far it’s pretty average but still somewhat entertaining.

Story: 7 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9 – Miles meets the police and his uncle comes calling when he runs into trouble.  The series continues it’s excellence as a new Spider-Man still gets his act together.  The art is great and story solid.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Venom #15 – Flash must deal with the last few weeks and his getting up and heading to Vegas.  His personal life is unraveling while he deals with having been attached to Venom so long.  The series is getting back into the swing of things focusing on Flash’s personal life as much as the superhero.  That’s when it’s great.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25

Wolverine and the X-Men #8 – The kids head off to find God (not really) while Wolverine deals with his getting beaten down at the Casino.  Meanwhile the Hellfire Club hires Sabretooth to give them some tips which leads to Sabretooth fighting Beast in an awesome fight.  The issue is all over the place and pure amazing.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

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