Hey, friends –
If you’re wondering what comics to read during quarantine, we’re here for you. Until there are new comics, we’re going back through the Comixology library to find comics to read while you’ve got free time.
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This week, we’re discussing two awesome titles:
Love and Capes – By Thomas Zahler, published by IDW.
The “Heroically Super Situation Comedy” that was nominated for two Harvey awards.
And, Marvel’s Secret Wars – the game-changing 1985 superhero/supervillain crossover that re-invigorated superhero comics in the 80’s. This is the first part of a four-part series where we will be covering the entire Marvel epic that includes Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel (no, not that one), the X-men, the Fantastic 4, and pretty much every Marvel hero or villain worth discussing in the 80s.
(And in Casual Comics Theater, you will hear this panel through the magic of audio engineering from Jeff)
Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
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.
Nathan Fillion is Simon Williams. (I’m listening for the resounding… “Who?”)
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)
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.
Keep it frosty, folks!
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.
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
Are you kidding me?
At New York Comic Con, Marvel released the first official images of Charlie Cox from the upcoming Daredevil Series. You gotta be kidding me. I just have one question:
This is not a joke, by the way. Marvel claims the costume was inspired by the Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. run Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.
I was so psyched for this series. Bad call, people. Fix it… please…
I’ve showered a heap of love on one particular comic book couple since I started casually commenting on comics. In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, I spent a bit of time (OK, way too much time) thinking about my favorite comic book duos. As always, additional comments or suggestions are welcome.
Here’s my frame of reference for defining the greatest twosomes to grace the pages of comic books:
- I’m looking almost exclusively at guy/girl duos in comic books. Like I said, Valentine’s Day got me thinking about the topic. Whichever way the wind blows for you, it’s all good. That’s just my frame of reference.
- I’m thinking mostly of duos that functioned as a self-contained team, or at least teamed up regularly enough that they’re linked in my mind.
- Romance not required, but the possibility of romance certainly helped some duos jump up in the rankings.
Let me start with some also-rans that fell off the list for various reasons:
Sue Storm / Reed Richards
In my youth, these two were the “first couple” of the Marvel Universe.
They lost too many points for the following: Read the rest of this entry
Hey, comics fans. Ever wanted an action figure that looked just like Hulk, but with Hawkeye’s head and Spider Man’s hands?
Neither has anyone I’ve ever met (or want to meet). That hasn’t stopped Hasbro from releasing what is, literally, the most puzzling toy release of 2014 (so far) – Super Hero Mashups.
There’s a pretty good write up over at Comics Alliance with all the details, except one. Who would actually want these figures/toys?
I mean, just look at how awful the mashed up heroes in the Super Hero Mashers toy line look on the box art. Because they’re going to look even worse in your home.
I haven’t covered a lot of toys on this blog, so I can’t tell you where it ranks, weirdness-wise, against last year’s toys. But, this one really took me by surprise.
They’ve got photos of all the rest of the figures in the line over at Comics Alliance. I can’t tell from the review whether they were:
a. In a hurry
b. Being sarcastic
c. In receipt of a bunch of free toys
Because their write-up seems, well, nonplussed over the whole line of toys.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie has had me skeptical since its announcement. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Marvel “Cosmic” heroes, even though I always wanted to like Nova really badly when I was in junior high. His uniform was just too cool.
Plus, I reviewed a recent issue of Guardians of the Galaxy back in August an was a bit underwhelmed.
But with this new, pretty awesome, photo of the Guardians of the Galaxy lineup, I’m starting to warm up to the concept.
I really like Chris Pratt on “Parks and Rec” and think his casting as “Star-Lord”, is inspired. And, I’m in the middle of Doctor Who series 6, so I’m still a head over heels swooning fanboy for Karen Gillan, who has green skin this time out.
Here’s the official description of the movie.
“From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the blanace. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.”
It still sounds pretty confusing, but I’ll reserve further judgement until the trailer hits.
Hey, there casual comics fans. Need to catch up on the Age of Ultron series before Avengers 2: Age of Ultron hits the big screen next summer? For a limited time, Marvel is selling the entire Age of Ultron miniseries for 99 cents per issue.
That’s right all 11 issues in this 10-issue miniseries (drat you, Marvel, and your accursed numbering scheme) are $3 off – a savings of $33 if you buy the whole series. But the deal ends at 11 pm Eastern on January 2. Check out the details at:
I’ve been sitting on this info for a while, but back in October, Marvel released the results of their “official” list of the top 50 X-Men of all time. Their “panel of experts” made some interesting choices for the best-of list.
The list seems a bit focused on getting the superfans excited, which makes sense. I don’t know that casual comic fans can even name 25 X-Men, let alone 50. So, I’ll briefly touch on Marvel’s rankings of 41-50 before giving you my own, “Official Top-10 X-Men of All Time (for casual readers).
Marvel’s Official Top 50 X-Men (#41-50)
#50 Sabretooth – Nope. Not an X-Man. I asked Hugh Jackman.
#49 – Joseph – Did he have an amazing technicolor dreamcoat? Read the rest of this entry
Jessica Jones is the “x” factor in the Marvel/Netflix deal.
As the least recognizable name in the line-up announced by Marvel and Netflix, “Jessica Jones” has a lot of casual fans scratching their heads.
A series starring Jessica Jones has actually been in the works longer than the Daredevil, Iron Fist, or Luke Cage TV series. Way back in 2010, ABC was talking about a TV series called “AKA Jessica Jones”, but her show never got off the ground until now.
But just who is Jessica Jones? Read the rest of this entry