REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Fun Mix-Tape that Covers Familiar Ground

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Fun Mix-Tape that Covers Familiar Ground

There’s a lot to love in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, particularly if you loved the franchise’s first instalment. That initial adventure of Marvel’s cosmic reprobates was among the best the studio has produced; a hilarious, irreverent space opera that initially looked risky and weird but wound up being a weird, thrilling and hilarious surprise with a ton of heart. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits all the same buttons as that first…

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BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. This week sees the opening of the latest film from Marvel Studios, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the second instalment in the adventures of Marvel’s space-faring band of rascally reprobates. The first film represented Marvel taking a giant step into the cultish and more than…

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Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel Studios and Netflix have released the trailer for their upcoming miniseries Marvel’s The Defenders, which sees the sees the stars of each of their separate series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, team to form a street-level super -team. Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones reprise their leading roles from their respective series, and are joined by fellow Netflix/Marvel luminaries as Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Elodie Yung, Simone Missick,…

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FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s I Am Groot #1 – From Little Acorns…

FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s I Am Groot #1 – From Little Acorns…

Marvel Comics has just released preview pages for their new title I Am Groot, starring everyone’s favorite sentient tree with the big heart and limited vocabulary, Groot of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Christopher Hastings, best known from “The Unbelievable Gwenpool” takes on the writing chores, while “Power Man and Iron Fist” penciler Flaviano is on art duties. The series looks to be yet another attempt by Marvel Comics for some corporate synergy with Marvel…

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

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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Marvel and Freeform Release Trailer for “Cloak & Dagger”

Marvel and Freeform Release Trailer for “Cloak & Dagger”

Marvel Studios and Freeform have just released the first trailer for their upcoming young adult series Cloak & Dagger, based on the cult favorite Marvel comic. The comic followed Tandy Bowen and Tyrone  Johnson, two teenagers who acquire super-powers and form an unlikely but deep partnership as the urban vigilantes Cloak & Dagger. The characters were created in 1982 by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan, and were designed to reflect some of the…

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Marvel’s AMERICA Sells Out For Second Time

Marvel’s AMERICA Sells Out For Second Time

As far as the comic book market is concerned, Marvel’s America is a hit. After the first issue cracked Diamond’s Top 50 for the month of March, the second issue of the new series has sold out at a distributor level. Marvel announced last week that the second issue of America sold out on the day of release. April unit and dollar share numbers on the second issue won’t be available until some time in early…

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Brace Yourself for the Teaser for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Brace Yourself for the Teaser for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Of all the first phase Marvel Studios franchises, the Thor series has had the bumpiest road. Even with the considerable charisma of both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as leads Thor and Loki, each instalment has struggled to come alive and thrill audiences. Part of that may be its uneasy melding of fantasy elements and more straight forward super heroics. It wasn’t confident enough to try for lofty, and possibly alienating, high fantasy, but neither…

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FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s Secret Empire #1

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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Marvel and Netflix Reveal “The Punisher” Coming in 2017

Marvel and Netflix Reveal “The Punisher” Coming in 2017

With the release of an evocative poster, Marvel and Netflix have confirmed what until now had been mostly rumour, that “The Defenders” isn’t the only Marvel/Netflix show to look forward to later in 2017. The poster confirms that The Punisher will drop on Netflix later this year, after this summer’s super-team spectacular “The Defenders” sees its 8 episodes released on the streaming service. A series starring the Punisher was a no-brainer following Jon Bernthal’s acclaimed…

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