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CBF #2 : Diversity NOW!

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Leave it to Marvel to start the hype train a week before San Diego Comic Con.

Marvel announced their “Avengers NOW!” initiative for this fall – bringing about another year of the “NOW!” changes that have become custom for the publisher to do to shake things up. The shake-up they’re doing this year though is truly groundbreaking as they take their Avengers triumvirate to a whole different level. What will matter most is if it’s an organic progression for the characters that will justify the change and if Marvel can stick to their guns with it for the foreseeable future.

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SDCC 2012 : Marvel Movie Plans Revealed

July 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Marvel’s Avengers movie only made about a gazillion dollars, so there was skepticism as to whether or not sequels to their popular characters and introducing new ones was going to fly with the SDCC audience at yesterday’s movie panel.

Nah, just screwing with you. Marvel announced five different movies in the works for the next 2-3 years. 3 of them were pretty much a given with the core Avengers getting sequels, but doesn’t take the excitement away:

We know Iron Man 3 is next on the Marvel list, scheduled to come out May 3rd, 2013. Shane Black is directing and Ben Kingsley looks like he’s set to take the role of Iron Man’s biggest villain, Mandarin.

November 8th of next year will see Thor : The Dark World. The majority of the cast returns under the direction of Alan Taylor this time, who a few of you may know as the guy behind HBO’s Game of Thrones. Sounds like a good fit to me.

The sequel was not surprising, but the subtitle was. Reportedly producing the biggest positive reaction from the crowd, it looks like we’re getting one of the best Ed Brubaker arcs adapted to the big screen. Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Arrested Development and Community, are directing the movie, scheduled to come out April 4, 2014. Interesting choice for a release date.

And then there was the confirmation we were waiting to hear about after the rumors went out a few weeks ago. Guardians of the Galaxy will be the 2014 movie to watch for, giving Marvel plenty of time to build the name up for audiences not familiar with the cosmic team. The team is set to be Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. Here’s some concept art to salivate over:

And then lastly, Edgar Wright (of Scott Pilgrim fame) ran a test clip of Ant-Man to the panel, which reportedly received positive approval. Still no word on casting and given what we’ve learned of the movies coming out so far, we’re probably still way too early to get anything notable of this flick for a while.

Just looking at this lineup (along with the inevitable Avengers sequel most likely hitting 2015), it’s clearly showing that Marvel is hitting its stride with movie adaptations compared to what DC has had to offer (minus the upcoming Dark Knight Rises).

CBF Quick Picks #53 : Scarlet #4

January 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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No intro to the podcast this week, folks. I just dive right into it (because that’s how I roll)….

There’s a lot to love about Scarlet #4. No, I don’t condone shooting your local law enforcement, but you can see how Scarlet wrestles with the issue of whether or not she’s willing to go all the way with her revolutionary agenda. She’s been a compelling character, one that you can see Bendis is putting a lot of effort into. And Alex Maleev’s art continues to impress with the stylistic, detailed pencils.

Invincible Iron Man #500 is full of content. Whether you want to see Tony Stark’s struggles to remember one of the weapons he built during his “dumb-down” period when fighting Osborn, the future of Tony Stark in the hands of Mandarin, or the lovely cover gallery of all Iron Man issues – this issue gives you all the bang for your buck.

And lastly, leave it to Johns and Tomasi to give you satisfaction with a certain story arc, only to rip your heart out at the end. Brightest Day #18 showed us that not all seems to be right with this white light that is fully powered up now. With other characters still having not completed their individual tasks for this light, it makes you wonder if they even really want to.

CBF “Not My” Quick Pick Podcast #9 : Siege

January 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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So I have a bone to pick with Marvel. Love the guys to death, but with Siege #1 out recently, there’s just something about the issue that irks me a bit. The content that’s in here is a decent set-up for what’s to come, but I hope Marvel understands that I’m expecting more if I’m paying this much for a single issue. Click the play button and you’ll find out what I mean.

CBF End of Year Podcast

December 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Mike and I recently wrapped up the decade with our 2-part Wizard Decade Edition podcasts (latest one is here if you want to check it out), but I figured to also provide one focused particularly on 2009 as well. A lot went on this year alone, which explains why this was probably the longest podcast I’ve ever done solo. Some highlights on the podcast:

  • DC was the big publisher this year in my eyes with Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns leading the charge on the major story arcs.
  • Vertigo continues to innovate with their new Unwritten and Daytripper series
  • Marvel’s Dark Reign storyline dominates the year, but hear why I believe it lost its focus as the year went on.
  • Image and Dark Horse continue to put out quality work in spite of the domination by the big two publishers
  • 2010 will see more excellent books and a more focused direction on both DC and Marvel’s sides.
  • I lay down challenges as to supporting independents and why comics should never be considered as just “spandex” books

A happy and safe New Year’s to all and we’ll see you on the other side of 2010!

CBF Podcast 13: The Decade in Review Part Deux

December 29, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Tim and I wrap up (no not rapping, we just talk) our decade in review starting at 2005.  We hope you had a great year (and decade) and we’re looking forward to better and more podcasts, comics, movie reviews, videos and giving you our unique (some say odd, very very odd) take on comics.

Happy New Year everyone!

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