Marvel's announcement on Tuesday that the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe are coming to an end, as realities collide in Secret Wars' "Battleworld," has thrown a lot of fans into a tizzy. For the long term there's a lot of confusion about which characters and continuities will survive the experience, and whether Secret Wars will end in a reboot. In the short term, there are the mysteries of Battleworld to unravel. Just which of Marvel's alternate realities will form this Frankenstein planet?
Kris Anka is drawing a different version of Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, every day this month, and posting the results to his Tumblr at the end of each week. As we're just over halfway through the month, and as it's Presidents' Day in the U.S. of A., we thought our American readers would get a patriotic thrill from admiring Anka's daily Caps thus far. They're great sketches that offer a little taste of what a Captain America version of Spider-Verse might look like.
March's 'Women of Marvel' covers in celebration of Women's History Month are a great showcase of some of the most talented artists in the business --- and hopefully a promise that these women will be overwhelmed with Marvel work in the months that follow! Thus far we've seen covers from Amanda Conner, Gurihiru, Stephanie Hans, Katie Cook, Ming Doyle, Stacey Lee, Erica Henderson, Colleen Doran, and many more. Now we can add three more names to the roster, with covers by Vanesa R. Del Rey, Sara Richard, and Marguerite Sauvage.
Del Rey provides the scary/sexy cover for Black Widow #16, Sauvage offers a blast of pop art perfection for All-New Captain America #5, and Richard conjures a blast of another kind for Deadpool #43, guest starring a Deadpoolian take on one of Squirrel Girl's unbeatable buddies.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of Charles Schulz' Peanuts, the syndicated comic strip widely regarded as not just one of the greatest works of its kind, but as one of the great works of American comedy in the 20th century. For an extraordinary fifty-year run, Schulz told the story of neurotic schoolyard philosopher Charlie Brown, his dreamer beagle Snoopy, and their eternally young cohort of broadly-drawn kids with surprisingly complicated souls.
It's been fifteen years since Schulz ended his run, which means there are kids Chuck's age who were born years after Peanuts. Thanks to Boom Studios' KaBoom imprint, these kids aren't growing up in a world where Peanuts is the sole preserve of nostalgic grown-ups. KaBoom has been reprinting Schulz's stories alongside new strips by today's creators, all aimed at a contemporary audience of kids. The 25th issue, out next week, celebrates 65 years of Peanuts with an ad-free 32-page original story by Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott, and KaBoom have given us an exclusive preview to share with our readers.
Agent Carter heads towards its end game with its sixth episode, 'A Sin To Err', directed by Stephen Williams and written by Lindsey Allen. The sad news is that it may be a permanent end, as the show hasn't been delivering ratings that would guarantee a second season -- but I'm not ready to rule it out. I'm hoping DVR numbers will save it.
The good news is, with a tight eight episodes, the show is clearly structured as a self-contained story, and assuming a strong ending, this one season will endure as a solid installment in the Marvel canon. I think the Agent Carter model is a much stronger one for future Marvel TV shows on ABC -- the Netflix model on network, in essence -- than the meandering anticlimactic flab of Agents of SHIELD. Which is a show I don't want to have to think about yet. So let's talk about Agent Carter!
We always suspected this day would come; our Supermovies Infographic is actually shrinking. The announcement of a new deal between Sony and Marvel over the Spider-Man movies, which sees Spider-Man integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe but still under Sony's control, has not only bumped a lot of release dates back to avoid a Marvel/Sony showdown, but has also pushed at least a couple of films off the chart completely.
The news that Marvel and Sony have reached a deal to integrate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been enthusiastically received by fans keen to see the webslinger interact with Marvel's Avengers heroes -- and to see Spider-Man characters and Marvel Universe characters mixed into the same great pot. Though Sony retains control of the Spidey franchise, a closer working relationship with Marvel may also help turn around Sony's lackluster performance on the Spider-Man movies.
But there is a downside to this new arrangement. Actor Andrew Garfield is reportedly out of the running in the lead role of Peter Parker. The Amazing Spider-Man movies had an abundance of flaws, but Garfield as Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy were the two things the movies did right. Garfield looked and acted the part, both physically inhabiting the role and bringing to life the charm, vulnerability, and energy of the character. It feels like he never got to make a Spider-Man movie equal to his talents. But if he can't have the job anymore, there is one other actor we'd like to see take his place, and that's Donald Glover.
The latest Marvel Secret Wars tie-in is an unlikely story from the likeliest of sources. Garth Ennis, a writer who specializes in off-kilter war stories, is bringing back the 1960s ace pilot hero The Phantom Eagle for the second time, alongside artist Russ Braun, to pit him against a lost land of dinosaurs in Where Monsters Dwell.
The Phantom Eagle, aka Karl Kaufman, was created in 1968 by Gary Friedrich and Herb Trimpe in Marvel Super-Heroes #16 as a fantastical version of a Word War I flying ace. Ennis and artist Howard Chaykin offered an alternative spin on the character in the 2008 Marvel MAX mini-series War Is Hell -- a name borrowed from a 1970s Marvel war comic. Where Monsters Dwell is of course the title of another 1970s Marvel comic, as is the previously announced Master Of Kung Fu.
ComicsAlliance readers get an exclusive first look at the latest covers for DC Digital's next two print editions of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, featuring the Amazonian warrior brought to life by Michael Zulli and Francesco Francavilla. The stories feature cats, dragons, Lois Lane, and a pop starlet, but the covers offer two other visions of DC's most formidable hero.
Zulli, best known for his stunning painted work on Sandman, portrays his Wonder Woman armored up and ready for battle on the cover for Sensation Comics #10. For issue #9, cover artist superstar and Black Beetle creator Francavilla offers a glamorous pop-art inspired '60s take on the hero.
Marvel promised a "forceful" announcement on ABC's daytime talk show The View today, and the entire world was ready for a Secret Wars/Star Wars crossover comic that would pit Jar-Jar Binks against Adam The X-Treme (or something), and then... nothing. There was no Star Wars announcement. There was no announcement of any kind; it got bumped off the show. Still, someone at Marvel has hopefully learned an important lesson about not using the word 'force' to promote things that don't involve Star Wars.
What Marvel did announce today was a new Secret Wars tie-in that is legitimately exciting in its own right, just sadly overshadowed by the Star Wars announcement that never was and the epic DC announcement that kicked off the day. The real announcement, unveiled through various outlets, is a new all-female Avengers book from writers G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett, and artist Jorge Molina, called A-Force.