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Posted On Today at 01:57:13 pm EDT by Blargh [Reply] [Quote] [New] Quote:Hi all. Long time no post. Anyhow, I've caught the first two episodes of Agents of SHIELD. So far, so good, but I'm still crossing my fingers and hoping ...
Posted On Today at 01:57:13 pm EDT by Blargh [Reply] [Quote] [New] Quote:Hi all. Long time no post. Anyhow, I've caught the first two episodes of Agents of SHIELD. So far, so good, but I'm still crossing my fingers and hoping for some of my favorite supers to show up. So it occurred to me this week that the Grant Ward character uses named, possibly AI flying robots similar to Armada. It's probably a stretch and the name is obviously different, but does anyone know the rules on minor Spiderman characters appearing in TV or movies? They obviously couldn't use the Green Goblin, but what about guys like Cardiac? ...I don't know why they couldn't use Green Goblin and not Cardiac. There's nothing that's been said about the Sony media writes on Spider-Man that would include some Spidey villains but not others (with the notable Kingpin exception, which was part of Daredevil rights before Fox let them revert back to Marvel). It is known that Marvel, post Disney merger, renegotiated the animated television rights for the few franchises that are still held by other movie studios, that being the F4, X-Men, and Spider-Man. This probably extends to video games as well. It is generally accepted that the rights held by outside studios (Sony with Spider-Man, Fox with F4 and X) aren't so much movie rights but live action rights. These re-negotiated animated rights probably led to the early demise of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Spectacular Spider-Man, and Wolverine and the X-Men. So no, we won't be getting any Spider-Man or Spider-Man related stuff in SHIELD. And there's really no need to. There's so much to draw from and most of Spider-Man's villains probably wouldn't work too well in a universe without him. And the few that would probably have a Avengers/larger MU character that is close enough to work. We'll still have Ultimate Spider-Man (unfortunately), and Spidey might pop up in the related shows "Avengers Assemble" and "Hulk and the Agents of SMASH" but that's about it.
about 3 hours ago
Posted On Today at 01:49:56 pm EDT by Blargh [Reply] [Quote] [New] Would it make you feel better if this didn't use the Superior adjective? I thought it was a pretty good story. No, it didn't play into Infinity continuity hea...
Posted On Today at 01:49:56 pm EDT by Blargh [Reply] [Quote] [New] Would it make you feel better if this didn't use the Superior adjective? I thought it was a pretty good story. No, it didn't play into Infinity continuity heavily but it shouldn't have to. A good writer can still write their own story while taking into account the larger universe while, at the same time, not making their stories dictated by the larger universe. I really enjoyed the book and didn't even notice it wasn't a Yost penned story until I hit the end of the issue.
about 3 hours ago
Posted On Today at 11:26:51 am EDT by Iron Man Unit 007 [Reply] [Quote] [New] Another pointless tie-in issue to Infinity. The city is under attack while the Allegedly Superior Spider-man races to stop Fulmina and attempts to ignore oth...
Posted On Today at 11:26:51 am EDT by Iron Man Unit 007 [Reply] [Quote] [New] Another pointless tie-in issue to Infinity. The city is under attack while the Allegedly Superior Spider-man races to stop Fulmina and attempts to ignore other incidents. However, oddly he cannot as he swings past a powerless hospital and reluctantly stops to restore power to the place. He swings away wondering what made him do that and why it felt so right to do so.....shades of Peter still in him? One can only hope. As he races to Spider-Island, he stops to beat up two aliens while making quips that he thinks sound too much like Parker. Then instead of going to Spider-Island he stops at Horizon and uses the helmet that allegedly erased Peter from him and absorbs Fulmina into his mind where they argue and when she attacks him he briefly appears as Otto..... anyway the fake Spider-man convinces her that reverting earth to a more simple time would be disastrous. She finally relents, leaves his mind and restores power to the city then in a last act she uses her power to decimate the second wave of alien attackers. Fake-Spiderman feels proud that he gave the world a new super hero, however briefly. Next issue: the Superior Six......ugh. I guess that means we can "look forward" to Superior Electro, Superior Sandman, Superior Hydroman and so on and so on....... Keep milking the term Superior, Marvel!
about 6 hours ago
Who's This? Look no further than page 7 of Who's Who vol. XIV. She's the hot redhead charging a horse at your heart.The facts: Madame .44 appeared at the tail end of the original run of All-Star Western, appearing the last three issues (...
Who's This? Look no further than page 7 of Who's Who vol. XIV. She's the hot redhead charging a horse at your heart.The facts: Madame .44 appeared at the tail end of the original run of All-Star Western, appearing the last three issues (117-119) in Johnny Thunder's strip. Then nothing until "Whatever Happened to Johnny Thunder?" in DC Comics Presents #28 (1980) where it was revealed the two married and had kids.How you could have heard of her: When Alec Holland went traveling through time, he did meet Madame .44 and Johnny Thunder (Swamp Thing #85). Her last hurray was in a cameo in Infinity Crisis, but since then, she's been conflated with another red-headed female western star, Cinnamon. It's now Cinnamon who's the love of Thunder's life.Example story: All-Star Western #118 (1961) by Gardner Fox, Gil Kane and Joe GiellaSo Part 2 of 3 in the great Madame .44 story starts with John Tane repairing chairs in his school house when he hears shots fired in the street, so he quickly changes into Johnny Thunder (cowboy outfit, shoe polish in his blond hair) and springs into action. But it isn't an OK Corral situation exactly...Girls? Shooting guns?! Ok, let's backtrack a little. See, in the previous issue, Johnny met Madame .44, a masked female western Robin Hood who steals only from crooks and swindlers. Since then, Johnny has been a little obsessed with getting a date with her. Ergo the Silver Age plan to attract her to Mesa City:Johnny is such a heartthrob that it's making all the girls in town pick up an iron (I mean a gun, not a shirt flattener) and trying out. But Madame .44 robs a stagecoach while Johnny's judging the contest, so she can't be in the group! Oops! It's off to track her down before announcing the winner, and he catches up to her in a deserted stagecoach relay station where after giving her men their cut, they pull guns on her for wanting to give most of the loot back to the miners that got swindled out of it. Oh Johnny, my hero.But in the ensuing gun/fist fight, Madame .44 is shot i the gun arm and (because she's a 1960s heroine) twists her ankle. (No really, I'm asking. Was their something dreadfully wrong with women's ankles back then?) Johnny puts her arm in a sling BEFORE attempting to unmask her (how gallant), but doesn't get a chance when the outlaws wake up and blow up a powder keg right in his face! He's blinded!So now they must build trust and depend on each other to escape the bad guys. One can't see, the other can't hold up a gun or walk! And to hide their tracks, they even let their horses go. Cue the cover, with a blind Johnny walking on a rickety rope bridge towards a timber wolf. .44 tells him where to shoot, but the dead wolf gets in their way and the topple off the bridge.Well at least she's having a good time on their date. Cue the outlaws who saw the whole thing and start shooting at them. Johnny and Madame .44 lay a trap that involves her pointing his gun at just the right spot and throwing a pebble in his direction at just the right moment.Right in the hat! These guys are really good at what they do, what I can I say? And natural partners. It's love!The outlaws get put in jail, Madame .44 stays on the run and Johnny's eyes get better. Oh yeah, one last thing, who wins the lady shooting competition AND a date with Johnny? That would be Mary Jane Thomson, but will her thunder get stolen (literally) when photographer Jeanne Walker rides into town demanding a photo date with Johnny?Spoiler: Yes it will.Who else? Maaldor the Darklord could have made it, but his whole story's pretty much told on his Who's Who page. Fantasy strip supporting players don't usually make the cut, so that's Machiste. No, next up is someone who associated with all the right people to become a star, yet didn't.
about 10 hours ago
Posted On Today at 06:05:44 am EDT by Doc Boomstick [Reply] [Quote] [New] Hi all. Long time no post. Anyhow, I've caught the first two episodes of Agents of SHIELD. So far, so good, but I'm still crossing my fingers and hoping...
Posted On Today at 06:05:44 am EDT by Doc Boomstick [Reply] [Quote] [New] Hi all. Long time no post. Anyhow, I've caught the first two episodes of Agents of SHIELD. So far, so good, but I'm still crossing my fingers and hoping for some of my favorite supers to show up. So it occurred to me this week that the Grant Ward character uses named, possibly AI flying robots similar to Armada. It's probably a stretch and the name is obviously different, but does anyone know the rules on minor Spiderman characters appearing in TV or movies? They obviously couldn't use the Green Goblin, but what about guys like Cardiac?
about 11 hours ago
"A Cyberman killed with an arrow? But that's ludicrous."TECHNICAL SPECS: First aired Nov.30 1988.IN THIS ONE... Events converge on Lady Peinforte's tomb. The Doctor discovers the hidden Cyber fleet.REVIEW: It's starting to smell a lot mo...
"A Cyberman killed with an arrow? But that's ludicrous."TECHNICAL SPECS: First aired Nov.30 1988.IN THIS ONE... Events converge on Lady Peinforte's tomb. The Doctor discovers the hidden Cyber fleet.REVIEW: It's starting to smell a lot more like Remembrance up in here, as the Doctor name-drops Rassilon and Omega again (but not himself, despite Ace's prodding) and makes the Nemesis a Time Lord artifact apparently responsible for causing war and assassinations every 25 years as its orbit brings it close to Earth (a major miscalculation on his part; also, see Theories). There's also a sequence where the Doctor asks Ace to use the explosives he's told her not to carry, and an enemy force out in space, waiting. Oh, and Remembrance also had Nazis, or at least, a Nazi sympathizer. Was Kevin Clarke copying on Ben Aaronovitch's notes?I'm also straining to buy into the sense of fun the story is evidently going for. Peinforte's henchman Richard being afraid of lamas (it turns out the Nemesis is hidden in a safari park). The Cyber Leader having placed it at the 1638 villains' tombs to make them go insane with the realization of their own deaths, something Peinforte is more than immune to (she's already insane, I'd say). The absurdity of arrows downing Cybermen. The muggers who confront Peinforte and find themselves strung up a tree in their underwear. Even the otherwise neat bit where the Doctor jams the the Cyber signals with jazz. It all falls a little flat. Why? Varies. Sometimes it's the pacing (too much of the Doctor's leisurely bits), sometimes it's not earned (the gold arrows who just get mashed up and not pierce Cyber armor; the muggers wind up extremely far away from the mugging). In fact, a lot of Silver Nemesis feels unearned. The Cybermen have converts (who look like couch potato robo-men) that are explained after the fact. All the villains know way too much about each other (the Cybermen place the Nemesis inside Peinforte's tomb?!). It's like we're missing a number of scenes that would make the episode's narrative structure a lot smoother.Still, it's not an unentertaining mix, only an unfocused one. It ALMOST gets us there. I like, for example, Ace feeling guilty over the robo-men getting killed over her destruction of the Cyber-ship. She's a good kid. I also want to mention the arrow that gets stuck in the TARDIS, which also happens in the new series (The Shakespeare Code), in case you didn't know this era was the biggest influence on RTD's But yeah, this is mostly about the villain factions trying to outplay each other while our heroes lounge about in the country waiting for the last man, woman or Cyberman standing.THEORIES: In light of what we know thanks to the new series, is it possible the Validium/Nemesis and the Hand of Omega are Time War weapons? Think about it. The Daleks went after the Hand and it was used to destroy Skaro. The Cybermen are after Nemesis, and they too are time-active. Both were apparently created by Rassilon and Omega (and possibly the Other/Doctor). The Nemesis can CREATE war, which surely isn't a property normal for any metal. We're talking about epic-strength artifacts, and the Doctor may be trying to keep them FROM his own people, or just from their enemies, depending on his involvement. If the Time War is going on RIGHT NOW, it explains some of the inconsistencies. The first Doctor, taken out of time to hide the Hand, changing his history to set his 7th self up. Doc7 leaving Ace somewhere between Dragonfire and Remembrance so he could take part in some way, and returning to her (because Fenric) a changed man, less of a clown and more of a dark mastermind. And we did see a "Rassilon" in charge of Gallifrey in The End of Time, so he and Omega might be resurrected to fight in the War, which makes it much more possible for the Doctor to work with them on creating these apocalyptic weapons. Who knows what kind of temporal shenanigans he got up to in an untold interstitial story? Remember, we never
about 12 hours ago
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about 17 hours ago
It’s here, True Believers! New York Comic-Con 2013 is upon us, and Marvel is ready to take the Big Apple by storm! Can’t make it to the convention? Don’t worry! Marvel has you covered with four days full of coverage fea...
It’s here, True Believers! New York Comic-Con 2013 is upon us, and Marvel is ready to take the Big Apple by storm! Can’t make it to the convention? Don’t worry! Marvel has you covered with four days full of coverage featuring live video, photos, news, liveblogs, and more sponsored by Dr Pepper: Always One of a Kind! Head over to Marvel’s Official New York Comic Con 2013 hub at marvel.com/nycc2013 for all the latest from Marvel LIVE!  The House of Ideas is bringing some major announcements to this year’s show, and from the moment the doors open, Marvel LIVE! is your one-stop-shop for everything Marvel has in store! Marvel LIVE! is the best way to follow along at home, providing all the breaking news, with videos from inside Marvel’s world-famous panels and up-to-the minute liveblogs from every single panel, as well as live streaming video from the show, featuring interviews with the hottest creators, celebrity guests, and more! Plus, as always, plenty of surprises! And don’t forget to join in on the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelNYCC and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel!
about 23 hours ago
Amazing X-Men #1 cover by Ed McGuinness What would you do to save a fallen friend? This November, in the wake of Battle of the Atom, Wolverine must assemble the X-Men’s finest to attempt a daring rescue in AMAZING X-MEN #1, ...
Amazing X-Men #1 cover by Ed McGuinness What would you do to save a fallen friend? This November, in the wake of Battle of the Atom, Wolverine must assemble the X-Men’s finest to attempt a daring rescue in AMAZING X-MEN #1, a swashbuckling new series from writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness! The X-Men are through mourning the loss of Nightcrawler, the “heart and soul” of their family – it’s time to act! Wolverine must lead Storm, Beast, Iceman and more on an epic journey to recover one of their greatest allies in a story that’s been building since WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #1! “AMAZING X-MEN is the newest can’t miss X-Men book.” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “Two creators at the top of their game, fully committed, bringing back possibly the best X-Man ever… and that’s just the first arc! Just wait until you see what Jason and Ed have up their sleeves!” Deadly foes! Swashbuckling adventures! Plenty of little blue Bamfs! How far will the Amazing X-Men go to rescue one of their own? And what price will they pay? Find out just how far this November when Nightcrawler returns in AMAZING X-MEN #1! AMAZING X-MEN #1 (SEP130740) Written by JASON AARON Art & Wraparound Cover by ED MCGUINESS FOC – 11/06/13 On-Sale 10/14/13
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Iron Man: Fatal Frontier #1 cover Today, the Armored Avenger reaches for the moon in Marvel’s latest Infinite Comics series, IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER! Brought to you by Kieron Gillen, Al Ewing and Lan Medina, IRON MAN: FATAL...
Iron Man: Fatal Frontier #1 cover Today, the Armored Avenger reaches for the moon in Marvel’s latest Infinite Comics series, IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER! Brought to you by Kieron Gillen, Al Ewing and Lan Medina, IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER #1 brings Infinite Comics to their next startling level! When a new element appears beneath the moon’s surface, a cosmic gold rush ignites throughout the galaxy. With every power player in the Marvel Universe—including Dr. Doom—vying to harness this powerful energy source, Tony Stark must armor up before the stars run red with an intergalactic crisis! Designed specifically for mobile devices while fully embracing the technologies of tomorrow, Marvel’s follow-up to WOLVERINE: JAPAN’S MOST WANTED brings digital comics to life like never before! Accessible for new fans, but also set in current continuity with ramifications in Kieron Gillen’s IRON MAN, IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER upgrades the storytelling possibilities that make Infinite Comics so exciting. Available right at your fingertips, IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER is available on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTM devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop! What is this mysterious new element, and how could it change—or destroy the course of mankind? As Iron Man and Marvel’s Most Wanted embark on an electrifying collision course, find out today by downloading one of the hottest digital comics series available!
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