Bleeding Cool reported on Friday that Marvel Comics had fired X-Men editor Daniel Ketchum. All things being connected in some small way, this firing could be a sign of real problems at Marvel, as the publisher reels from some very noticeable problems in the past few months.
Occasionally, I just trip across a cover while browsing the Internet, and I remember it vaguely from my childhood. Magik, the Storm and Illyana Rasputin mini-series from 1984, fills in the space between panels of Uncanny X-Men #160. In that issue, the X-Men, and Colossus's little sister Illyana are transported to the other-dimensional domain of Belasco, a one-armed sorcerer that had previously faced off against Ka-Zar and Shanna, the She-Devil. Near the end, as the X-Men are escaping, Belasco takes Illyana from their grasp. For a brief second, Kitty Pryde loses her grip on Illyana, but regains it, only to pull her through after she's been in Belasco's realm for several years. Later on, Illyana would exhibit mutant abilities to travel through space and time using "discs" similar to those that randomly appeared in Belasco's realm. She also began using magical abilities and summoning a "soul-sword" that went from looking like a lightsaber to a traditional, albeit glowing sword. This series explained what happened in that span of time.
The news of Marvel’s retreat from diversity after Secret Empire practically broke the Internet. Vloggers, bloggers and news sites went out of their way to criticize and analyze the news and the possible reasons behind the relaunch and the possible directions all of this could go. If you were expecting me to be different, then
Published by Marvel from 1983- 1985, Saga of Crystar was a comic book series created to tie into a toy line. Overall, the comic was atrocious, but it did feature some fantastic covers, most of which were done by Michael Golden. Golden provided some of the best covers of the 1980s.
Source: The Hollwood Reporter At C2E2, Marvel Comics announced its own relaunch of its entire line that promises to return the company's characters to their roots. It's entitled Marvel Legacy.
Marvel has announced a new ongoing Star Wars series about the legendary Sith lord Darth Vader. The new series will be written by Charles Soule, who has written several Star Wars series for Marvel (including Poe Dameron, Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin), with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli. The series will pick up the second Revenge of the Sith ends, with Vader and Palpatine on the bridge of a star destroyer looking at the still in construction Death Star. The first arc of the series will deal with Vader constructing his red lightsaber. I know many fans, including myself, was disappointed when the last Darth Vader book ended. This one has much hope and promise. Read on for more info from this series via IGN.
I've made no secret that I'm a big fan of Matthew Rosenberg. The promise of his new Kingpin series was one of a Crime Noir drama, deep and rich and worthy of a character like the Kingpin. Kingpin has faced down super-heroes and proven himself capable of recovering from defeat more than once. He has been in both the penthouse and in the gutter, and always been true to his own character. If I were to be the one to choose the writer for a continuing series starring Wilson Fisk, I would probably pick Matthew Rosenberg. However, even the best writers can have problems centering a series around a villain, is he up to the challenge?
I decided to review a comic from last week, having a day off from my day job and feeling the need to earn my keep around here. Looking around, I found the latest issue of Star Wars, a little disappointed that Stuart Immonen wasn't doing the interior art, but willing to give Larroca a chance. I recognize the name but couldn't place a major project I remembered him from, not having read a lot of his work on any of the other Marvel titles.
It seems like Marvel Cinematic speculation is falling towards Infinity War, the third Avengers film where all of the MCU heroes will be brought together against the plans of Thanos. It all builds on the story that started over a quarter century ago. Recently, I revisited the event that started this journey that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is building itself around.
Hey! It's Star Wars month! With a new prequel coming out, I thought it would be nice to look back at exactly why we had a demand to continue the Star Wars saga. Sure, it was always there, bubbling under the surface. It wasn't until there was a demonstrated demand for new stories that the real effort began at producing an expanded universe to the Star Wars galaxy.
I am a big proponent of an unlimited Multiverse. I think it gives writers more freedom and makes for some extraordinary storytelling possibilities by breaking the shackles of continuity. Continuity can be a good thing, but far too often, the fear of angering fans forces a writer to adhere to continuity and lessens the impact of a story. Sometimes, the exploration of an alternate history makes for a plethora of stories. Depending on interest, this may be the first in a series of articles that explore different comic book alternate universes.
With Luke Cage now available on Netflix, I thought it would be nice to look at some of the character's comic book past. Instead of going with one of the issues that everyone refers to in looking at the character's past, such as his first appearance or the time that he to collect payment from Doctor Doom, I went with the first issue that Power Man officially shared with his long time partner, Iron Fist. For two issues, Iron Fist was a guest star, but this was the first time the cover logo changed to reflect a partnership. Legally, the title wouldn't officially change for a few issues thanks to way these things would happen in the 1970s, but this is the issue where the logo changed, making this the first issue of Power Man and Iron Fist.