BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

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. Last week saw the premiere of Legion, a new FX TV series based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The series follows David Haller, a mutant currently being treated for schizophrenia as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Haller is one of the few…

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BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

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. Today is Thanksgiving for all our readers living in the United States, and so for this week’s edition I’m going to be looking at five different comic book stories that I’m thankful for. These may not be the most historic comics of all time, but they each…

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FANTASTIC FOUR’s Michael B. Jordan Fires Back at Racist Outrage

FANTASTIC FOUR’s Michael B. Jordan Fires Back at Racist Outrage

When it comes to online flame wars, trolls and racists had better beware of the Human Torch himself, Michael B. Jordan. The outrage over his casting from certain dark corners of the internet was, sadly, quite predictable. The color-blind casting of an African-American actor (however talented that actor may be) as founding member Johnny Storm, was certain to draw the ire of purists who wanted to see the lily-white visual aesthetic of the 1961 comic…

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Comic Book Movie Buzz: Tim Blake Nelson Set To Join Another Super-hero Franchise

Comic Book Movie Buzz: Tim Blake Nelson Set To Join Another Super-hero Franchise

Tim Blake Nelson is in final negotiations to join the cast of 20th Century Fox’s reboot of The Fantastic Four. Nelson will play Harvey Elder, an eccentric and socially awkward scientist. In comics lore, Elder is actually the Mole Man, shunned by humanity and leader of a subterranean group of monsters known as the Moloids. Sources say the Mole Man will not appear in this movie, but Elder’s appearance does set up the character to be the…

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“Fantastic Four #1” Review: Another Reboot for First Family of Marvel

“Fantastic Four #1” Review: Another Reboot for First Family of Marvel

Reviewers Note: Due to the amount of super-hero titles coming out every week, we here at Capeless tend to stick to indie reviews on new and upcoming books. However, an important #1 release and a penchant for all things Fantastic helped contribute to a comprehensive look at one of Marvel’s most important series. Anyone with a slight interest in Marvel comic books has probably delved into a run of Fantastic Four sometime during their fandom….

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Video Preview: Hulk And the Agents Of S.M.A.S.H.

Video Preview: Hulk And the Agents Of S.M.A.S.H.

Marvel has released a preview for an upcoming episode of Hulk And the Agents Of S.M.A.S.H.. Play the clip below to watch Hulk team up with the Fantastic Four’s Thing! _________ Asaph Bitner is a staff writer for Capeless Crusader. His other activities include studying for a college degree and dreaming of visiting the Song Of Ice And Fire universe as a future-tech wielding jedi secret agent. You can follow him on twitter at @AsaphBitner….

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Marvel Officially Announces New Fantastic Four Creative Team

[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] Superstars James Robinson & Leonard Kirk Join Forces for “The All-New Fantastic Four #1”! New York, NY—November 12, 2013—All-New Marvel NOW! marks a brand new start for Marvel’s First Family – from the award winning creative team of James Robinson and Leonard Kirk! And they’ll take them to places you’ve never seen before in the all-new “Fantastic Four #1” – on sale this February! The Fantastic Four’s lives are full of…

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POINT OF ENTRY: Fantastic Four, the Hickman version

POINT OF ENTRY: Fantastic Four, the Hickman version

I read the first issue in volume 1 of Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four (Issue #570). I’m just going to point out, right from the beginning, this is not something that is for noobies. I have heard of Fantastic Four, but I don’t know what their special powers are, who their enemies are, or even their names. They aren’t like Batman or Spiderman where they are referenced enough in other media that I know anything about…

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ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (1/9/13)

ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (1/9/13)

Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. Without further ado, here are this week’s picks! “PHANTOM STRANGER #4” Dan Didio continues the tale of one of literature’s greatest villains. With the revelation that the Phantom Stranger is religion’s greatest betrayer, this series has added weight, even as it serves as a vehicle for the origin stories of some of the heavy hitters…

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“Fantastic Four #2”

“Fantastic Four #2”

I’ll begin with a confession: I’m a noob. When it comes to the Fantastic Four, I’m a late bloomer. While I’ve maintained a passing familiarity with the team and its adventures over the years, I was never really a regular reader until Jonathan Hickman happened along and made me realize exactly how wonderful Marvel’s First Family was for telling personally grounded stories that were simultaneously epic in scope. Now that he has departed the book…

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