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Marvel threw a whole lot at us in only an hour long event, but we’re trying to keep up. Here’s some logo art for everything announced today.
CBR is reporting that at today’s special Marvel Studios Mystery Event, Marvel Studios President officially announced that Captain America 3 will be called:
The wait is over, True Believers! The thing that we all knew was coming is finally here. Captain America is no more; long live Captain America!
Marvel sent us an advanced preview of the upcoming All-New Captain America #1 and here’s the word and some amazing art.
Review: Captain America #25
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Carlos Pacheco and Mariano Taibo with Stuart Immoenen and Wade Von Grawbadger
Who is the new Captain America? Stephen Colbert told me it was going to be Sam Wilson aka the Falcon but he got blown up last issue by a nuclear bomb… Wait, Sam Wilson is the new Captain America? So the cliffhanger from last issue was pointless? Oh, so that’s why I didn’t enjoy this issue all that much. Continue reading Review: Captain America #25
When Marvel recently announced their latest promotional onslaught revolving around everything Avengers NOW!, most of the buzz surrounded the big changes coming to Captain America and Thor, with most of the push, seemingly, put behind a few new series and a lot of current ones. A closer look at the released teaser image for Marvel’s new branding shows-off a lot of good, a lot of potential, and maybe even a bit of mystery. Continue reading Avengers NOW!: Are More New Books on the Way?
By now you have heard the news that Marvel Comics is shaking things up quite a bit later this year with a few of their A-Listers, and I for one cannot wait to see the new directions the publisher takes these venerable characters. The internet almost cracked in half as irate fanboys took to the Facebooks and Forums to express their disgust over the changes, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone would be upset about new ideas. However, I also found a large part of the comic book community suggesting that all of these changes amount to an upcoming, universe-wide reboot at Marvel comics, and this confuses me even more. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming changes, and some thoughts on both the hatred of anything different, and the desire for something completely different.
First off we have Thor Odinson losing his worthiness and a female Thor taking up the mantle. Here’s a great write-up if you missed the news. An idea devised by longtime Thor scribe and all around lover of different and new concepts, Jason Aaron’s run on Thor: God of Thunder has been one of the best in years, and that story has been building to Thor losing his aforementioned worthiness. Anyone who has been keeping up with Aaron’s run understands that this can be a terrific title, and the idea of a brand new character becoming Thor is intriguing, but a female Thor adds a whole new layer.
Captain America will soon have his super-soldier serum sucked out of him, rendering him geriatric 90-something, incapable of wielding the shield any longer. So, Steve Rogers is passing on the mantle of Captain America to his best bud and fellow Avenger Falcon. Yes, we’re getting a brand new Captain America! The book will be written by the current Cap writer Rick Remender, and if you’ve been keeping up with that run you know everything has been leading up to this, but the news announced by Joe Quesada on The Colbert Report earlier this week cemented the already pretty much spoiled news. Falcon has never been more popular thanks to his appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it’s a good time to to take advantage of that popularity. This stuff isn’t going to be contained to single titles either, as seen in this cover of Avenger #35, as Thor without his hammer, Falcon with his shield, and Steve with his cane all appearing.
I have to be honest, I haven’t read an Iron Man comic since the Extremis story arc. Tony just hasn’t been a very compelling character. Although, with the upcoming Superior Iron Man dropping in November, I may be changing that before year’s end. Helmed by writer Tom Taylor and artist Yildiray Cinar, this new take on the old Shell head will take Tony to San Fransisco, where he changes the Extremis into an iPhone app, and makes it available to everyone in the metro area, in an attempt to create a utopia. I love a hard to root for good guy, and this sounds like it’s right up that alley. The changes aren’t that out of character, actually, as Tony has always been kind of a rebellious loner, and the things he’s done in the pages of New Avengers fits nicely.
Most of the griping I heard about these changes fell into two categories. The first group hated these changes because they thought it was nothing new.
“Captain America has been a different guy before, and he was black.”
“Thor’s been Beta Ray Bill, a frog, and has been unworthy a ton of times. This is nothing new.”
They all said it differently and with different levels of seething, but it was all so illogical. Certainly there IS something quite different between making Thor a frog or an alien and making the character a completely new female persona. To say otherwise is not only demeaning to women, but shuts down just about ANY story that ANY creator could devise. It’s 75 years or so of contained superhero story-telling; you’re not going to get anything “newer” than that. Of course making Falcon the new Captain America is new; it’s never happened before (officially), and despite there already being a black Captain America, and there being several character to hold the title and wield the shield, if the only reason to not tell a story where Falcon is Cap is that other people have also been Cap, well, that’s not much of a reason. Those old stories where Steve is not Cap are still out there; go read those! Nothing new can take away from those old stories. But suggesting that something that is clearly new is not new is just silly.
The other outstanding group of naysayers I encountered decried the entire change for the equally illogical reason that these changes were not going to be permanent. Really?! Well, of course they aren’t going to be permanent. Weren’t you listening to the people who hate these changes because they’ve already happened before? Thor was a frog, and then he wasn’t a frog. Beta Ray Bill wielded Mjolnir, and then he didn’t. Bucky was Captain America, and then he wasn’t. Marvel’s storytelling is a cyclical thing, and anyone who has read comics for longer than a decade can tell you. A character dies, we see characters deal with the death, the character comes back from the dead, repeat with new character. Now simply replace a character death with any other life-altering event; like losing worthiness, having super-soldier serum sucked out, becoming a disillusioned douchebag, moving across the country, or taking a trip into space; and you have what Marvel does each and every year. This is nothing but business as usual at the House of Ideas.
There Is No Reboot Only Drool
While I did find a lot of geeks that loved these changes, there was another rumor that constantly crept into the discussion. Many people suggested that all of these dramatic changes were leading up to a universe-wide reboot at Marvel Comics, and I’m not sure these folks are paying attention.
First off, where would Marvel reboot to? Would they begin by selling all new #1 issues retelling those same old origin stories the entire world already knows? I’m not sure where else they COULD begin that would be any different than the changes we’re already seeing occur, and nothing has ever stopped Marvel from releasing a new #1. Next, is anyone else reading All-New Ghost Rider? How about the new Ms. Marvel book? Or the Inhuman title? Why is Marvel creating all sorts of intriguing and new characters just this year, if they are planning on rebooting the entire thing the next year? It just doesn’t jive. Last, I think Marvel DOES reboot, but they do it in a style that is all their own. Soft reboots abound in just recent history of Marvel Comics. Hickman’s run of Fantastic Four, Hickman’s run on Avengers, changes to the X-Men, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Venom, Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk, and many other titles have balanced the fence between pulling off dramatic changes to keep things interesting and keeping to some sort of established continuity. It’s often difficult to figure out which side of that balance any single title leans toward, but the attempt to find the balance is definitely apparent. And Marvel’s method of constantly revamping plots, titles, and characters to find a solid story despite hurdles that continuity may represent continues to keep them at the top of the sales charts, and the changes highlighted above are a strong example of this.
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CHARLES SOULE (WRITER) • JOE MADUREIRA (ARTIST)
Artist Variant by FRANK CHO
• New Inhumans are transformed every day as the Terrigen Mist spreads around the world.
• Queen Medusa finds herself face to face with Captain America, and it doesn’t go well.
• Who is Lash and what does he want with the new Inhumans?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
When Marvel decided to bring the Inhumans into a different sort of mainstream during the Infinity event I was a bit hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. It seemed like Marvel was simply giving the Inhumans the X-Men treatment, and I’d just rather read X-titles. Coupled with that was the untimely creator shakeup that saw Matt Fraction solicited to write the book with Charles Soule being the actual writer. This ultimately delayed the title long enough to make me wonder if it was even worth the trouble, but I’m glad I did. Inhuman is a great read and a fun introduction to a new take on an old brand.
While issue #1 of this series did a great job of setting up the driving story element of all the new Inhumans being “born” due to the terrigen mist cloud circling the globe, ish #2 doesn’t complete ignore this aspect, but puts an emphasis on the current state of the Inhuman Royal Family, namely Queen Medusa, who happens to be the only member left since Black Bolt’s disappearance. We learn a bit more about the new Inhuman Dante through some great training bits with long-time Inhuman Gorgon, and we meet a fascinating new member of the race called Lineage, but this issue really tries to display the nobility and honor of Medusa and the Royal Family, and how she’s been able to keep those foundations intact despite the terrible circumstances they find themselves in. Soule’s pacing is excellent and he’s got a real handle on the story he’s telling. You can tell he’s having a lot of fun with these new Inhumans he’s creating, and it’s a joy to see fresh takes on characters in a world with so many. What is there to say about Joe Madureira’s art? Joey Mad’s work is simultaneously beautiful, epic, and weird; it’s a perfect accompaniment to a story that will change the Inhumans forever.
For some reason I assumed that Inhuman was a limited series, event sort, of title. But, looking at the solicits, it’s an on-going title that will have a long-term buildup to something…well, something that we’re not really quite sure of yet. The only real appeal of this title, and this issue overall, is learning the new status quo of a group of Marvel characters whose only appeal is their long, storied, and quite established history. As a long-time Inhuman fan I miss the tried and true Inhumans – Crystal, Triton, etc. – and, although Gorgon seems like he may be a big part of this story, the new Inhumans are eclipsing the greats a bit too much. Vinatos, an Inhuman character introduced in this ish, seems like he’s been a servant of the Royal Family for quite some time, and it feels weird. His HE one of these new Inhumans? If we’re gong to be introduced to new Inhumans we need to know just how “new” they are. This does very little to take away from the overall good story being told.
Inhuman #2 is a strong comic book, introducing new and interesting characters in a world with so many different characters it’s tough to find something new, and is entertainingly telling a story that changes a group of characters created in 1965 in a way that they have never been changed before. While there’s still a reminiscent X-Men feel to the “birth” of new Inhumans, the whole Royal Family feel and sense of belonging that is integral to the Inhumans truly sets the groups apart, and writer Charles Soule is doing a great job of getting this new and updated dynamic across while keeping to what’s made the Inhumans stand apart all along.The Inhumans are flying headlong into the 21st century (finally!) and it’s a really fun ride.
Story: 3.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out 5
It’s not even really that high of a rank. In the Army it’s like a 3 out of 10, and the Navy may be 6 out of 10 but commanding a boat really should be a major portion of the character’s whole deal. Despite the problems with being outranked by most of the military, I guess “Captain” just has a better ring to it than Major or Lieutenant because comic books are full of Captains *Insert Name Here*. So, without further ado, we salute, defend stuff, and have almost no boats at all as we run down Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Captains.
Honorable Mentions: Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics)
Marvel has had a whole lot of Captains Marvel throughout the years, some compelling, others not so much. Let’s see, there’s Mar-Vell the cancer-stricken original, Monica Rambeau the New Orleans cop, Mar-Vell’s genetically engineered son Genis-Vell, his younger sister Phyla-Vell, the Secret Invasion sleeper agent Khn’nr, Kid Captain Marvel himself Noh-Varr, and the latest character to take on the mantle the great Carol Danvers. Too many to get into detail here, but each had his or her worthwhile moment, and even if Carol drops the title, Marvel Comics will always have its Captain Marvel.
5. Captain Marvel (DC Comics)
The magical kid turned superhero deserves a better spot on just about any Lot, but this Captain is simply better known as Shazam, and it drops him down a notch or two. With the speaking of a single word, teenager Billy Batson becomes Shazam. At least, that’s the New 52 version of this character that dates way back to the 1940’s. Originally, Billy was a newspaper reporter, and the “World’s Mightiest Mortal” fought off villains and saved the day with the help of a venerable old wizard. The classic Shazam villain Black Adam was added to the mix later, and the whole thing makes for a great addition to the DC Universe. He links the magic portion of the line with the traditional superhero part, and although DC has ignored this aspect in the New 52 to a large part, it was fun to see Shazam and Constantine go at it during Trinity War. Shazam’s been bogged down in events since then, but the potential for new awesome is always there. I just hope DC gets to it.
4. Captain Metropolis
The leader of the Minutemen, Watchmen’s Captain Metropolis was an extremely intriguing side-character in a book that was full of extremely intriguing main characters. It would have been easy for him to fall into the cracks of obscurity if not for his timely and important depiction in one of the most timely and important pieces of modern-day literature. While his implied relationship with fellow gay teammate Hooded Justice was subtly dealt with in the book, his racist statements toward Hispanics and African Americans showed the derisive aspect the social changes of the 50’s and 60’s had for certain Americans. Here was the stereotypical hero being stereotypically unheroic, and a homosexual being ignorantly bigoted, all nicely wrapped up into one giant pathetic lump of a immensely interesting character. His later car accident/suicide (or was it?), has been rumored to be nothing more than the hero faking his death, but it doesn’t matter, his impact was felt and had and impact that still resonates in society.
3. Captain Universe
In times of crisis, the extra-dimensional force known as the Uni-Power possesses an individual and transforms them into the Guardian of Eternity, Captain Universe. This entity has been around since 1980, and although it all started for Captain Universe in the pages of Micronauts, the character has found some serious staying power in the pages of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers-extravaganza he’s been throwing down for the past couple of years or so. Whenever Hickman needs a mysterious bunch of dialogue and actions to fill some pages, you’ll see Captain Universe. The current persona of the character has a certain air of badass surrounding her, but it’s not really come to bear as of yet outside of intergalactic warfare. But I’m sure as the whole incursion storyline keeps dragging along we’ll see plenty more of her.
2. Captain Cold
Leonard Snart may not be the coolest name for a super villain, but good thing for super villains, they get to choose whatever name they want, and Leonard chose the epic name Captain Cold – The Man Who Mastered Absolute Zero. Yeah, cheesy name, but it was the 50’s. His trademark blue parka with fur trim and slitted glasses have made the character immediately recognizable, and his run-ins with The Flash over the years, either with the Rogues or without, turned him into a fan-favorite. His classic freeze guns are such a mainstay of the character that when Cold did get some built-in freeze powers in his New 52 iteration, they were quickly taken away in DC’s latest event Forever Evil and replaced with his classic pistols. Although he’s been an off again/on again hero several times in the past, he’s bound for Lex Luthor’s Injustice League team that will eventually be forming once DC gets around to finishing Forever Evil…whenever that will be. But, when it does happen, look for Captain Cold to make himself known.
1. Captain America
I don’t think there was any doubt here, but it’s not because Steve Rogers is a total badass that get’s him to the Top spot o’ this Lot. Oh, he’s IS a total badass. But he makes the Top for the plain and simply fact that his nickname is Cap. He’s by far the most recognized superhero captain, and I’d be strung up if I didn’t include him on the list. Then, looking over the other characters on the list, even if I’m being slanted and biased, you can’t get better than Captain America. He’s the quintessential superhero in both action and emotion. He never takes the low road and his conscience means just as much to him as freedom and justice, and he’ll defend them all to his death even that mean gong against the government that gave him the title of “Captain” in the first place. You got to give credit where it’s due, and with this Captain, it’s certainly due.
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