Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

As I write this, Marvel is a little under a week away from releasing Secret Empire #1, their big summer event series for 2017. The storyline for this event revolves around what may be the most controversial story Marvel has published in years; the revelation from last year that Steve Rogers, Captain America, is in actuality an agent of HYDRA, and he always has been. Secret Empire follows Rogers after he steps out of the…

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Nick Spencer Fires Back at Fox Over CAPTAIN AMERICA Controversy

Nick Spencer‘s run on the newly relaunched Captain America title has been a lightning rod of late, but now the writer is shooting some sparks of his own. The Marvel Comics writer drew criticism from cable news network Fox News over his use of a storyline which features Sam Wilson facing off against white supremacist organization The Sons of the Serpent. The first issue showed Sam beating back the Sons’ attempt to kidnap and murder immigrants illegally crossing the…

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Noob Review: Morning Glories Volume 2: Nick Spencer is the new Chuck Palahniuk

Caution: Spoilers for both the first and second volume At the end of volume one we were all stunned to see a long haired girl named Jade with a big smiling face. Only Jade is a depressed teenager with a chopped bob, isn’t she? When I finished volume one I was completely bewildered. I couldn’t wait to grab the next installment. I thought reading it would answer some of my questions. Nope. Now I just…

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Marvel Announces GENERATIONS Creative Teams

For months now, Marvel Comics has been teasing and promoting the launch of Generations, an event which will focus on Marvel’s “legacy” characters. This includes icons such as Captain America, which has seen Steve Rogers at times cede his mantle to Sam Wilson. It also includes characters like Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Thor, and others. With the August launch rapidly approaching, Marvel announced today which writers and artists will be tasked with carrying out the…

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FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s Secret Empire #1

Marvel Comics released preview pages for the debut issue of the  much ballyhooed summer event, Secret Empire, which will be released May 3rd. Positioned as the culmination of the long-simmering and controversial “HYDRA Cap” storyline running through the Captain America line, writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve McNiven take Steve Rogers from undercover double agent to public enemy number one. Will his former heroic allies recover form this shocking betrayal? Will HYDRA rule the world?…

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BACK ISSUES: Sequential Dissent – Protest in Comic Books

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. In the aftermath of November 8th’s presidential election, which saw Donald Trump emerge victorious, dozens of protests erupted across cities and communities across the United States. Protestors were reacting not just to their preferred candidate losing, but to Trump’s platform, which had been built upon what they saw as…

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PREVIEWS: “Take Back the Shield” Begins With a Look at Captain America: Sam Wilson #14!

Marvel and the creative team of writer Nick Spencer and artist Paul Renaud kick off the Captain America event “Take Back the Shield” on October 19th with Captain America: Sam Wilson #14, and we’ve got preview pages here! Reflecting not only our politically divided nation, but also the nation of comic fans who question the need for two Captain Americas, the story finds Sam Wilson dealing with global pressure to step down as Captain America,…

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ADVANCE SCOUT: Week of 6/14/16

Today continues ADVANCE SCOUT, where each week here at Capeless Crusader, we select a group of creator-owned and major release comic books which are deserving of our readers’ attention. These books represent some of the best work being offered in the comics industry this week. Enjoy! Green Arrow #1 This week continue’s DC’s newest major “event series” with more new number 1s including Green Arrow.  Green Arrow has never been a top tier character (much in…

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Steve Rogers – Captain America #1 – Why You Should #SayYesto(SPOILERS)Cap

WARNING: This article is going to discuss the fallout from revelations in Marvel’s Steve Rogers – Captain America #1, so please read the issue before continuing any further. Seriously.      So, that was a twist, huh? At the end of Steve Rogers – Captain America #1, writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz reveal that Steve Rogers, the Sentinel of Liberty himself, is a HYDRA plant. And not only is Steve working for Hydra…

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REVIEW: The Fix #1 – Irreverent, Irredeemable, Hilarious

The Fix #2 continues to build upon the strengths of the series’ debut issue; a killingly funny crime story about two dirty cops, Roy and Mac, and their continuing efforts to get out from under with some very bad people. Those efforts wind up involving Roy deliberately shooting Mac in the hand, Kombucha, ruining a fellow detective’s life, and a dedicated police dog named Pretzels. I could try to sum up the plot of “The…

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