With us being only days away from the seventh Star Wars movie, it seemed like a good time to review an old Star Wars comic. I could have gone with a Dark Horse comic, but when Marvel took back over the Star Wars license this year, a lot of people made references to forgotten character from the original Marvel series. Jaxxon the six foot tall green space rabbit is one of those characters that comes across as a joke. I thought that I should go back and read his first appearance in 1977's Star Wars #8.
We're still in the middle of watching Jessica Jones on Netflix. Some of you may have finished already, but day jobs and family obligations mean that we're only half-way through. In the meantime, we're going to share a little comic book background about one of the series' supporting characters, Patsy Walker. For those of you interested in it, the villain of Jessica Jones, the Purple Man, has also had a Needless Character Analysis.
This week saw the release of Uncanny X-Men #600, which had among other things, the current Iceman coming out of the closet when talking to his younger counterpart. Given that this wraps up one of the stories that Brian Michael Bendis got started, first revealing that the younger Bobby Drake was gay, which seemed to contradict years of established continuity. This week saw that the established continuity was just years of Bobby Drake choosing not to acknowledge that part of himself, since being a mutant was hard enough as it was for a young Bobby Drake.
With The Force Awakens nigh, the interest in all things Star Wars is increasing. In case you didn't notice among all of the trailers, toys, novels and fan theories, Marvel is producing a regular series set firmly between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Written by Jason Aaron, known for his work on Southern Bastards and Thor, among many other comics, the book sits firmly near the top of the sales charts every month. However, how does the latest issue hold up?
Spider-Gwen Volume 2 is the title we here at Needless Essentials have been waiting through the summer for. Secret Wars temporarily ended the first series. A void was in our hearts, but we remained patient. That patience is now rewarded. If you were worried the time away would take the magic off of the best alternate version of Spider-Man to ever come down the pike, then you worried for nothing.
Marvel Comics Black Panther Fine Art Statue Kotobukiya has announced a new addition to their Marvel Fine Art Statue line! Look for Black Panther to swing into action next year! Read on for the official announcement and images.
FUNKO ANNOUNCES STAR WARS SUBSCRIPTION BOX Funko along with Star Wars.com has announced another new subscription box. This one will be all Star Wars! Just like the Marvel Subscription service, this box will ship every other month and will retail for $25+ shipping. Read on for the official announcement for this amazing box. Oh and before I forget, look for 2 EXCLUSIVE POP's in the premier box!
Through an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso revealed the identity of the main character in Totally Awesome Hulk will be the one character almost everyone speculated it would be. Amadeus Cho, a popular supporting character will become a new Hulk, and if a new Hulk wasn't enough of an impact, there's a cultural significance. Amadeus Cho, a Korean-American character will be written and drawn by Korean-American creators, Greg Pak and Frank Cho.
New items shipping from DST- Winter will help with those chilled nights! Coming soon is a ton of awesome collectibles from a company who knows what collectors want. All of these items are up for pre-order and some are highly anticipated! Check out the list below and run to your local comic shop/ speciality store and get your geek on!
Marvel Comics Lady Deadpool Bishoujo Statue has been fully revealed from Kotobukiya and she is wonderful! This release will come with two alternate heads for added display options. Look for Lady Deadpool to hit next February. Read on for all the details!
This week, we feature Devil Dinosaur. Fresh off the announcement of a new Devil Dinosaur series this fall, my excitement for this character is high. She was created by Jack Kirby in the late 1970s in response to a rumored Kamandi animated series. Her series ended with Kirby's departure from Marvel Comics, and the character floated around, guest starring in several comics. However, being a big red dinosaur, Devil Dinosaur remains a favorite of fans to this day, which probably makes her new series nowhere near as surprising.
There's talk this week of Marvel's creative teams for the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" looking very, very white. Of the titles we covered from the All-New, All-Different Marvel Preview, we are seeing a little bit of diversity, stressing on the word little. There are four female writers, two working together, and one non-white male. Before you start defending Marvel, realize that these five writers are only responsible for five of the forty-five titles Marvel has announced.