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Marvel launches its Avengers Variant Cover Program this January

This January, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are set to unite for Avengers No Surrender, a crossover event between Marvel’s three Avengers titles, and to mark the occasion the publisher is set to launch the Avengers Variant Cover Program, showcasing different eras of the Avengers across twenty-one of its titles. Here’s a look at the first five covers for Amazing Spider-Man #794, Astonishing X-Men #7, Avengers #676, Black Panther #169 and Old Man Hawkeye #1…

The full list of variant covers are…

Amazing Spider-man #794 by Todd Nauck Astonishing X-Men #7 by Marco Checchetto Avengers #675 by Mike McKone Avengers #676 by Alan Davis Avegers #677 by Esad Ribic Avengers #678 by Mike Del Mundo Black Panther #169 by Marcos Martin Captain America #697 by John Cassady Daredevil #597 by Leinil Francis Yu Doctor Strange #384 by Kamome Shirahama Guardians Of The Galaxy #150 by Mahmud Asrar Incredible Hulk #712 by Adi Granov Invincible Iron Man #596 by Chris Stevens Marvel Two-in-one #2 by Gabrielle Dell’Otto Mighty Thor
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Comics to Read Before You Die #23: Astonishing X-Men Vol 1

In the latest edition of Comics to Read Before You Die, Jessie Robertson looks at Astonishing X-Men Vol 1…

Published 2004

Written by Joss Whedon

Illustrated by John Cassaday

Joss Whedon. That name now carries a certain power, respect and gravitas with it. Once the cult director of prematurely killed fan favorite space western Firefly, and the man who turned the cheesy (albeit very entertaining) Buffy the Vampire Slayer into another cult hit because of its wit, characters, supernatural, babes and dialogue TV blockbuster for the WB, now he’s the colossally successful film director, having the first 2 (of many more) Avengers motion pictures behind him. Did you know he wrote some comics too? This book was his most famous venture in that medium. Let’s set the stage:

After a successful run by Grant Morrison on X-Men, Whedon took over and left much of the same team in tact, including Scott Summers and Emma Frost,
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Star Wars comic changes Han Solo's history in a big way

Star Wars comic changes Han Solo's history in a big way
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars #6

The latest issue of Marvel Comics' Star Wars series has introduced a surprising addition to the newly refreshed canon.

A mysterious figure from Jason Aaron and John Cassady's first arc was revealed to be Han Solo's wife in issue #6 this week.

And no, we aren't talking Leia. The newcomer introduces herself as Sana Solo.

The current storyline is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Whether Sana Solo will have any presence in Jj Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains to be seen as, of course, details of the new film remain as tightly under wraps as ever.

Marvel has also been publishing a Darth Vader ongoing and Princess Leia miniseries. Since the Star Wars Extended Universe comics and books were declared non-canon, the past and future are up for grabs in the rejigged continuity.
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Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: Batman talkback!

Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: Batman talkback!
Big week for Bat-talk! Last week, I published a couple Geekly columns focusing on the Dark Knight Detective. First, I drew up my list of the hundred greatest Batman comics, movies, TV episodes, etc. Then I considered whether it was possible to have entirely too much Batman at one time. And would you believe it, everyone has an opinion about Batman–and a ton of great recommendations! Read on for the highlights. Darren Franich was dead-on right in his piece 'Dark Knight Fatigue Rises,' but from just one perspective. In July of 2013, Cartoon Network debuted DC Animation's new CG series "Beware the Batman.
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Comics to Read Before You Die #7: Planetary, Vol. 1

In the latest edition of Comics to Read Before You Die, Jessie Robertson looks at Planetary #1-6…

Planetary #1-6 & Planetary Preview (Sept 1998- March 1999)

Writer- Warren Ellis

Artist- John Cassady

Colorist- Laura Depuy w/ David Baron and Wildstorm FX

Letterers- Ali Fuchs & Bill O’Neil

Cover, Logo & Book Design- Ed Roeder

Editor- John Layman

When I first read this book, it moved too fast for me. I read it and then re-read it to make sure I was absorbing all that I had seen in the pages. For six issues, there is a lot of material to be had. The design of Planetary is that each issue borrows a classic tale or trope to spin out from, using pieces of folklore, sci-fi, fantasy and golden age comic tales illustrating them in new, unimagined colors.

The stars of the book are Elijah Snow; a man all in white emanating cold from him everywhere he goes,
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Previews of New Warriors #2, Wolverine and the X-Men #1, Magneto #1, Guardians of the Galaxy #12 & Uncanny Avengers #17

Warfare evolves as writer Christopher Yost and artist Marcus collaborate to create New Warriors #2.

Evolution has gone off the rails. And the High Evolutionary and his army of Evolutionaries have taken it upon themselves to put things right – through the complete extermination of all super-powered beings in the Marvel Universe! And it’s up to the New Warriors to stop him - but will they be enough? Their first mission may just be their last! If they want to survive, they’ll have to learn to be a team first – and that’s much easier said than done. Plus, what does the High Evolutionary want with Nova?

New Warriors #2which features a cover by Ramon Perez and a variant by Jorge Molina goes on sale March 5, 2014.

Hard to imagine Wolverine teaching in a classroom but writer Jason Latour (Winter Soldier) and artist Mahmud Asrar (Indestructible Hulk) seem to have embraced the idea.
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First Look at Avengers World #2, All-New X-Men #21, Inhumanity: Superior Spider-Man #1, Captain America #15, All-New Invaders #1, All-New X-Men 22.Now, Black Widow #2, Superior Spider-Man #25, All-New X-Factor #2, Indestructible Hulk #18.Inh and Inhumanity #2

The A.I.M. Empire begins courtesy of writers Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer who have teamed with artist Stefano Caselli to produce Avengers World #2.

Earth has been declared an Avengers World, but by whom? The Avengers do not speak for the entire world – and their declaration will have repercussions. Held prisoner by the Scientist Supreme – Sunspot, Cannonball, and Smasher are about to face the ramifications of their actions.

Avengers World #2which features a cover by Jung-Guen Yoon and a variant by Simone Bianchi goes on sale January 22, 2014.

Mutant-hunting Purifiers have lethal ambitions courtesy of writer Brian Michael Bendis, and artists Brandon Peterson and Brent Anderson who is back for a special flashback scene.

X-23 is back – but her first mission with her new team, after her horrific ordeal in Avengers Arena, has gone horribly. X-23 and the All-New X-Men face brutal torture at the hands of the Purifiers! Will
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Comic Book Review - Avengers #1

Anghus Houvouras reviews the first issue of Marvel Now!'s Avengers...

"The greatest heroes in comics together on one unbeatable team! The Avengers 'go large,' expanding their roster and their sphere of influence to a global and even interplanetary level. When Captain America puts out his call - who will answer? Big threats, big ideas, big idealism - these are the Avengers Now!"

I'd have to imagine it's been an interesting year for the people at Marvel Comics.  Their characters have never been more popular.  Five years of successful comic adaptations under the Marvel Films banner led up to a triumphant, box office record shattering debut for The Avengers movie.  It managed to be a major success with fans and finances.  As a brand, Marvel has achieved previously unreached heights.

And yet, in the publishing world, Marvel has managed to fall behind the competition.  After last year's massively successful revamp of their lineup,
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Garrett Hedlund: 'Life is fun when you're in motion'

Garrett Hedlund fell in love with Kerouac's electric prose as a teenager. Now aged 28, he plays Dean Moriarty, the free-thinking spirit at the heart of On the Road. Here, he discusses drugs, his love of the 50s – and the appeal of America's backroads

Did you know much about the beat generation, Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road before you made this film?

Yes. I was 17 when I read the book. I was such a literature freak, I was doing world literature, creative writing and photojournalism at the time. I fantasised about F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby – I loved it, and then I read everything Jd Salinger had to offer. Then I was turned on to Kerouac, and his spontaneous prose, his stream of consciousness way of writing. I admired him so much, and I romanticised so much about the 40s and 50s.

So you weren't always going to be an actor?
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The Third Chapter in Joss Whedon's "Astonishing X-Men" Exceeds Expectations

The X-Men saga hit a dry spell of really iconic stories for about a decade, but thanks to the partnership of Joss Whedon and John Cassady for Astonishing X-Men, we have stories that take full advantage of Professor X’s roster. The third chapter in their installment, titled Torn, follows an aftermath of events including the incarceration of Ord, the resurrection of Colossus, the emergent sentience of the danger room, and the reformation of the Hellfire Club. It made for two particularly action-packed books that led nicely into Torn, a very twisted third part that relies heavily on psychic trickery and fear. It’s a fantastic piece which leans heavily on Kitty Pryde as well as some younger, less renowned mutants for pivotal moments.

Read more...
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Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-men 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection Coming This November

Venture into the minds of Joss Whedon and John Cassady through Marvel Knights Animation based on their Eisner Award winning take on Marvel’s infamous mutant heroes. The Astonishing X-Men 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection is the perfect gift for the ultimate Marvel fan. This collection is available in stores nationwide November 13, 2012 from Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation. The 2-Disc Blu-ray collection boasts all four Astonishing X-Men adventures from Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind the massive hit film Marvel’s The Avengers, and award-winning artist John Cassaday. As one of the most important X-Men stories of all-time, it features over 5 hours of engaging animation combined with non-stop action, as well as all-new cover art illustration by Cassaday. The...
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Astonishing X-Men Motion Comics to be Collected on Blu-ray

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Shout! Factory has announced that they will be collecting the Astonishing X-Men Motion Comics in one Blu-ray release this November, in time for the holidays. Based on the acclaimed run by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, the four story arcs will be united on disc for the first time.

Here’s the formal press release:

The Astonishing X-Men 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection is the perfect gift for the ultimate Marvel fan. This collection is available in stores nationwide November 13, 2012 from Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation. The 2-Disc Blu-ray collection boasts all four Astonishing X-Men adventures from Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind the massive hit film Marvel’s The Avengers, and award-winning artist John Cassaday. As one of the most important X-Men stories of all-time, it features over 5 hours of engaging animation combined with non-stop action, as well as all-new cover art illustration by Cassaday. The Astonishing X-men Blu
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Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-men Coming To Blu-ray In November

Joss Whedon's award winning run on Astonishing X-Men -- from which the "cure" premise was lifted for the X-Men 3 movie -- is a must read, and the motion comic based on the series is probably a lot better than you would expect too. This two-disc collection will feature all four motion comics including, Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous, Astonishing X-Men: Torn (out on DVD August 14, 2012), and Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable (arriving on DVD November 13, 2012). The set will also feature brand new cover art by John Cassady. Here is a breakdown of what to expect.. Astonishing X-men: Gifted Can the X-Men protect the world’s mutants against a powerful new alien menace and the “cure” that threatens to rid them of their unique abilities forever? This DVD features the first story arc of the Astonishing X-men 3-part series. Extensive bonus content includes: a conversation with Joe Quesada and Neal Adams,
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Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men Coming to Blu-ray in November

Before Joss Whedon wrote and directed The Avengers for Disney and Marvel Studios, he penned four comic book adventures titled Astonishing X-Men which likely played a key role into him landing the live-action ensemble superhero gig. Subsequently Marvel Knights Animation brought Whedon's work to life in animated form, and now those adventures are coming to Blu-ray on November 13 in The Astonishing X-Men Blu-ray Collection courtesy of Shout! Factory.

Spanning two discs, The Astonishing X-Men Blu-ray Collection runs over five hours long and covers all four of Whedon's stories that were originally drawn by John Cassady. These stories include:

Astonishing X-men: Gifted Can the X-Men protect the world's mutants against a powerful new alien menace and the "cure" that threatens to rid them of their unique abilities forever? This DVD features the first story arc of the Astonishing X-men 3-part series. Extensive bonus content includes: a conversation with Joe Quesada and Neal Adams,
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'Uncanny Avengers': Exclusive first look at the flagship title of Marvel Now!

'Uncanny Avengers': Exclusive first look at the flagship title of Marvel Now!
Earlier this week, EW exclusively announced the impending arrival of the Marvel Now! initiative, which will radically alter Marvel’s lineup with a mix of new and relaunched titles. Now we’ve got a look at Uncanny Avengers, one of the new titles, written by Rick Remender and drawn by John Cassady, which focuses on a new superteam that throws together characters from the Avengers and X-Men franchises. Take a look at the cover of Uncanny Avengers. (Click on the image below to enlarge.)

Remender talked to us about Uncanny Avengers and offered some intriguing teases about the characters who
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Comic Book Release List – Week of 5-16-2012

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and special items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

12-gauge Comics

Boondock Saints Volume 1 In Nomine Patris Hc (Limited Edition), $34.99

Action Lab Entertainment

Princeless Volume 1 Save Yourself Tp, $14.95

Amryl Entertainment

Cavewoman Mutation #2 (Devon Massey Special Edition), $6.85

Antarctic Press

Gold Digger #138, $3.99

Ape Entertainment

Richie Rich Digest Volume 2 Pursuit Of Pesos And Other Stories Tp, $6.99

Scouts Drafted Gn, $6.99

Archie Comics

Archie Double Digest #229, $3.99

Jughead #213, $2.99

Sonic Universe #40, $2.99

Ardden Entertainment

Flash Gordon Vengence Of Ming Gn (not verified by Diamond), $12.99

Audiogo

Doctor Who The Lost TV Episodes Collection Four 1967 Audio CD, $124.95

Torchwood Fallout An Audio-Exclusive Adventure Audio CD, $24.95

Azure Press

Ninjas Vs Zombies Bundle (contains #1-4 and signed bonus issue), $14.99

Big Dog Ink

Ursa Minor #1 (Ian Snyder Regular Cover), $3.50

Ursa Minor #1 (Natalie Sanders Variant Cover), Ar

Black Library

Void Stalker
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The Best Opening Title Sequences of New TV Shows From 2011

Opening titles sequences can indeed be viewed as an afterthought, but they are in fact extremely important to a show’s success. The opening title sequence of a television series can easily attract or repel viewers, and effect their decision as to whether or not it will be worth their time to invest and watch, or instead change the channel. Most television series don’t last very long, and the higher the ratings in those first few episodes, the better chance the show has of sticking around. Titles serve as a first impression, and as we all know, first impressions are important, especially in this day and age when there are so many other television shows to choose from. The title sequence thus fulfills the role of outlining the showrunner’s intentions and sets up the expectations of those watching. The sequence should also reflect the tone of the show,
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Allen Ginsberg, Howl and the voice of the Beats

It's more than half a century since Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl landed like a bombshell in the staid world of 1950s America. But what was the poet really like? Friends and colleagues remember him

When Allen Ginsberg performed at the Six Gallery reading in San Francisco 1955, he was a fretful, unpublished poet, a man approaching his 30th birthday with a nagging sense that time was running out. The poet Gary Snyder predicted the night would be a "poetickall bomshell". He was right, but really, the bombshell was Howl itself. Ginsberg's poem was an incantatory epic – emotionally and sexually explicit and intent on exploding the anxieties of the atomic age. It helped jump-start the counter-cultural revolutions of the next decade and its author was hailed as the voice of the Beat Generation.

He may have been the most important American writer of the last century. He certainly thought he could be.
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Review: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Motion Comic'

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer never was a ratings darling but it caught the cultural zeitgeist and was an important factor in pop culture during its seven season run (1997-2003). Thankfully, when the series ended, showrunner Joss Whedon felt the characters weren’t done yet and agreed to continue their story in the pages of the Dark Horse comic. Dubbed Season Eight, the 40 issue run completes its run this month with a ninth season on tap.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment decided to capitalize on the interest by hiring a company to turn the comics into motion comics but stopped after 19 issues. Available through Amazon Video on Demand and iTunes since July, they generated minimal buzz. They have now been collected on disc and is available as a combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD).

The reason there was so little said about them is that they are pretty mediocre, more reminiscent of
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'The Cape': Your first look at the opening credits

Zap2it has the first look anywhere at the title sequence for NBC's new series "The Cape."

The show wears its comic-book inspiration proudly, and the opening credits reflect that. Before we see any live-action images of series stars David Lyons, Summer Glau or James Frain, we see about 20 seconds of comic-book panels depicting our hero -- cop-turned-masked avenger Vince Faraday (Lyons) -- and his adventures in Palm City. (Comic artists Michael Gaydos, Gabriel Hardman and John Cassady created the pen-and-ink versions of the characters.)

The accompanying music by "Battlestar Galactica" and "Human Target" composer Bear McCreary is appropriately old-school and dramatic as well.

"The Cape" premieres at 9 p.m. Et Sunday (Jan. 9) on NBC. What do you think of the credit sequence? Pretty cool, no?
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