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Marvel Fans! Nathan Fillion is… ?

Marvel movie fans, here’s some great news. We all just got some casting news that (if you’re not) you should be very excited for.

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Even more excited than you were for Captain Hammer

Nathan Fillion is Simon Williams. (I’m listening for the resounding… “Who?”)

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He’s this guy, right here…

Anyone following me knows that I am madly in love with the Vision and Scarlet Witch series from the 80s/90s.

Simon Williams was also known as “Wonder Man”. This is going to get complicated, but stay with me. In the comics:

  • The original Human Torch (an android) “died
  • His body was snatched up by Ultron (from Avengers: Age of Ultron fame)
  • Ultron used the body of the Human Torch to create an offspring – for the mind, he used the recently deceased Power Man (aka Simon Williams)
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Then they became total SRDB4L (Synethezoid resurrected dude bros for life)

So, it sounds like we’re going deeper into the history of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Hopefully, this all leads to the sitcom (on ABC) that this dysfunctional family deserves.

In the meantime, I’m hoping they find Nathan Fillion some sweet, ruby-colored shades like these.

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Keep it frosty, folks!

  • CCG
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The Ultimate Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Egg Revealed

For months, James Gunn has been quotes as saying that there’s a Guardians of the Galaxy easter egg that no one has yet found. Check out the following headlines:

James Gunn: No One Found That ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Easter Egg |

James Gunn Says No One Found That ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Easter Egg and He’ll Never Reveal What It Is

And, when asked about if/when it would be revealed, Gunn said that he hopes no one ever uncovers it. 

But, those stories aren’t 100% accurate. The super-secret Guardians easter egg was revealed long ago – Gunn just hasn’t acknowledged it yet.

What is the easter egg in the Guardians of the Galaxy that no one is talking about? Check out this still right here.

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Not too long after the still appeared online, there was speculation that this being trapped by The Collector (over there, on the right – the one in orange) was Beta Ray Bill. Gunn quickly debunked that theory, but he strangely didn’t divulge who this mysterious being was. Marvel fans who scoured every nook and cranny of scenes in The Collector’s trophy gallery never followed up on this lead. Read the rest of this entry

The Vision #1 – Best Comic of the Year (so far)

Between moving my family across the country and taking care of a few side projects, I’ve been neglecting this blog. But, in addition to all the personal business, there just hasn’t been that much for a casual comics fan to rave about. Until now, that is…

The first issue of “The Vision” is a revelation. This single issue is the epitome of what a superhero / sci-fi comic can be – twisting what we think we know about heroes to create a mind-bending, thought-provoking, and slightly creepy tale.

The Vision #1. Writer: Tom King; Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta. Marvel Comics.

I’m not sure what people who only know of the character from Avengers: Age of Ultron will make of this book. It’s tough to say what the title can become, but one issue in it’s definitely not a standard superhero adventure book. Read the rest of this entry

Third and Tennant

Weirdly, I’m going to ask you to ignore this post – unless you are a fan of both Doctor Who and fantasy football.

I created a logo for my fantasy football team – “Third and Tennant” (get it?), which you can see below.

I’m posting it only because ESPN will not let me directly upload the image…

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Aliens vs. Pooh

The Alien vs. Pooh webcomic is a special kind of genius. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out what happens when the best xenomorphs in cinematic history come to the Hundred Acre woods.

The pencil and crayon drawings are delightful and bring a layer of whimsy to a twisted tale.

I would love to see this in print.

Just wanted to draw your attention to this online delight.

– CCG

Awesome Comic Find of the Month – Killer Queen Anthology

As the weather warms here in Ohio, it’s getting easier to get out and about. I’ll fill you in on the details of the Indie Comics Expo I attended today at some other time.

I’m far too excited to tell you about what I found.

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Killer Queen: A Comics Anthology, published by Red Stylo, is a really clever and unusual collection of comic stories from local, independent artists. The editor, Enrica Jang, explained that, on an annual basis, they challenge creators to develop one-shot comics around a particular theme. The theme for this issue? Stories inspired by the songs of Queen.

This is the perfect mash-up of rock and roll and comics. Queen’s songs are already lyrically rich, so it’s fascinating to see how literally the creators took the song when building a book. Some, like ’39 take the story as presented in the song and fill in the details.

Others, are intense and abstract. Flipping through the book, the story that convinced me to lay down the $30 to get the book was Don’t Stop Me Now which takes the power and energy of the song and slams it onto the page – a real rocketship on the way to Mars blasting into your eyeballs.

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Words can’t express my love for this page.

$30 might seem pretty steep. Believe me, as a casual comics fan, I’m not used to paying this much for a book. However, with contributions from over 40 writers and artists, the book collects 17 stories, as well as one-page Queen-themed artworks. This book is a great value for the price and comes with a “must-have” rating for any comic fans who love the music of Queen.

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You can find the book online at the publisher’s web site. Because I love each and every one of you like my own family, I’ll try and find out if I can wrangle a digital download sample for you all. They were giving away download codes at the show, so I’m hoping my limited social skills will be able to handle the task. But, if I were you, I’d rush Headlong  down the (digital) highway and order the book now.

Cheers!

– CCG

Hot Comics of the Week – Snowed-in edition (Week of February 18, 2015)

This week, I decided to call in the big guns for the weekly picks. Once again, the guys at Dragon’s Lair in Omaha, NE have personally curated your selection of comics for this week.

I sent a message to CJ early in the week asking him if he could send over picks, and he graciously agreed. Then, he let me know mid-week that the comics were late arriving due to the weather, and so his picks would also be arriving later. I asked if he could just give me a list of the hot books before the shipment came in, to which he replied, “Tough to tell what’s gonna be good without actually seeing them.”

Reading the books before making the picks? I guess I learn something new every day.

So, this week, you get the insights of someone who has actually read the books being recommended here.

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Silk #1. Writer: Robbie Thompson Art: Stacey Lee Cover: Dave Johnson . Marvel Comics.

Last week, I talked about my plans to catch up with the Spider Verse story arc. Based on the solicit for this book, I fear I may be too far behind for it to ever make sense.

Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.

This sounds more complicated than the dreaded Clone Saga, but is far more widely acclaimed. Between Silk and Spider Gwen, I guess I have some catching up to do.

Legendary Star Lord #9

 

Legendary Star Lord #9. Writer: Sam Humphries Art: Paco Medina Cover: Paco Medina. Marvel Comics.

I’m glad CJ read this one, because this might win the award for “Worst Comic Cover of the Month”. Let’s count down the individual elements that add up to an awful comic book cover.

Whatever that artifact is that dominates the center of the cover looks ridiculous – something like an Oscar trophy modeled after Luke Cage and Deadmaus’ love-child.

  • Star-Lord’s ludicrous Firestorm hairdo.
  • Cyclops is not just a boring dud, but also appears to be a dumb mouth-breather here.
  • I have no idea who that space pirate behind Cyclops is. He sure seems happy, though.
  • Is Kitty Pryde preparing to fight or to give Storm a scalp massage? Read this thrilling issue to find out.
  • Just to the left of the space trophy… Is that Booster Gold? How did he get here?
  • Jean Grey looks like she’s ready to wash that man right out of her hair…
  • And, finally, the most egregious offense of this cover – The ridiculous pose in the lower right corner.

 

So, there you have it. Just two picks this time.  And they’re delivered late, to boot. But, at least this time they were carefully curated by someone who actually read the books before I recommended them. More to come once the Midwest thaws out…

 

Cheers!

– CCG

 

 

Awesome Comic-Related Release of the Week – Spider Gwen / Vinyl Single

OK – So, I have to admit, I haven’t read any of the Spider-Verse titles yet. I have called my (new) local comic book shop, Laughing Ogre in Columbus, OH, and asked them to pull the series for me.

Based on the love I’m hearing for the new character, Spider-Gwen, it seems like I’m getting into the title just in the nick of time.

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For the release of the first issue of her solo title, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find – a comic shop in Charlotte, NC – is having a release party that features the band “Married with Sea Monsters“. They’ll have a new 7” single with some rocking cover art. And, the single is white vinyl with a Spidey-themed label.

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Anyone in North Carolina able to go snag me a copy?

More details are here.

And you can listen to the song right here:

Bring the hype…  I’m extremely excited to catch up on the Spider-verse now.

– CCG

The Vision and Scarlet Witch need your help

Right now, Comics Alliance is running a poll on the best comic couples of all time. The Vision and Scarlet Witch – who are obviously the greatest comics couple of all time – are lagging in the voting.

As ancient wisdom informs us, haters are obviously going to hate. Thusly, the couple is way behind in the polls. Please head over and give them some love this Valentine’s day…

– CCG

Casual Comics Character Primer – Avengers 2: Who is the Scarlet Witch?

Let’s take a look at the “better half” of my favorite Marvel couple – The Scarlet Witch.

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At least I hope it’s “The Scarlet Witch”… (Checks the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe)

Curse you, Marvel! According to their guide, it’s just “Scarlet Witch”, no “The”. I had the same problem with her hubby, Vision.

In the upcoming movie, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Marvel will finally be bringing my favorite mutant to the big screen. For those of you who may not know who she is, you’re in luck. I’m about to lay some information on you. And I think most of it is accurate.

Where necessary, I’ll consult The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe because, as far I’m concerned, Marvel continuity ended in 1983.

Origin: Wanda, and her brother Pietro (aka Quicksilver) are the children of Magneto. However, because Fox still owns the rights to X-Men, you won’t see that in the movie. There will probably be an inside joke or two you might get, though, now that you know that.

Family and Friend dinners got awkward in a hurry.

Holiday dinners got awkward in a hurry.

Wanda’s mother was afraid of Magneto after she found out he was a was a mutant with villainous tendencies – understandable, really. So, before she delivered the babies, she ran away to Mount Wundagore where (and this is going to sound silly) she met a half-woman, half-cow creature named Bova.

This is not a joke.

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Comics were simpler then…

 

After delivering the twins, she ran away (presumably to die in the freezing cold) and left them to be raised by the cow-woman. Her “World’s Worst Twins’ Mom” title would later be assumed by Princess Amidala.

Fast forward through terrible gypsy step-parents, and The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver became villains, working for Magneto – and none of the three even knew they were related.

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And for some reason, her costume was green – even though she’s the Scarlet Witch.

 

Later, she switched allegiances and joined the Avengers – which is where she met her main squeeze, Vision.

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Powers: The Scarlet Witch has three main powers (listed from least to most impressive).

1. She knows real magic. After joining the Avengers, she trained with Agatha Harkness (an honest-to-goodness witch), so she does have mystical powers. I’m also including her hex bolts here, which are just basically a “magic missile” spell.

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2. She can alter probabilities. Her mutant powers allow her to make things that are highly improbable happen, simply by changing probabilities. It might sound lame, but it’s super-powerful. For instance, it’s really improbable that a steel door would rust and crumble in seconds instead of centuries, but she’s made that happen.

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3. Hips

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How to Identify The Scarlet Witch – a Spotter’s Guide

If you’re looking for The Scarlet Witch, you’re looking for a woman with long, curly, red hair and an upside-down “W” on her head.

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Also, she’s likely to be wearing sheer red stockings and an outfit cut up and over her hips.

(Even when she’s pregnant)

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Unofficially known as the “Scarlet Mommy” costume.

 

She’s probably also casting hex fields in-between going on a rampage when someone hints that her synthozoid husband is not a “person”.

Examining her and Vision separately is not as easy as dissecting them as a couple, but their combined family tree is mind-blowing in its complexity.

Be on the lookout for Elisabeth Olsen as The Scarlet Witch in the upcoming Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. The tease at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier promises a great onscreen version of Wanda.

Looks like they’re going for the classic MST3K “creepy girl”, which is perfect.

 

With the new revelation that the Hulk / Iron Man throwdown in Avengers 2 is because Wanda’s hex powers cause Hulk to get out of control, I’m even more excited for her introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

– CCG