There were a lot of fake headlines and cutesy jokes floating around yesterday (April Fools’ Day, in case you were blissfully unaware), but you may have missed this one: Canada’s official library and archives released the personal journals and military records of one James “Logan” Howlett, better known to X-Men fans as Wolverine. Among the newly-”declassified” documents are some interesting facts about the famous mutant, including details on his time as a fur trader and a miner.
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Here at ComicsAlliance we’ve noticed a huge overlap between superhero comics fans and wrestling fans; wrestling is basically superhero theater. This Week in Spandex is a new weekly feature in which a longtime fan and a newcomer to the world of wrestling look back on the latest developments in the world of WWE.
At least, that's how it's supposed to work. But this week is obviously pretty special... because it's WrestleMania weekend, and our wrestling expert Chris Sims has one last chance to convince completely disinterested wrestling skeptic Andrew Wheeler to spend three-plus hours watching the WWE’s biggest show of the year. To start, he'll have to explain what Wrestlemania is.
Q: Why are there so many people defending Aquaman and not any other unpopular super-hero? — @Ettore_Costa
A: First off, I don’t entirely agree that other unpopular superheroes don’t have their share of defenders. There’s a loud minority of people who really, really love Cyclops, for example, and can defend him all day long. My own favorite super-hero is Boom Boom, and all you have to say to bait me into an argument is, “But isn’t she really boring except in that one Warren Ellis comic where she’s an idiot?” There are probably even people who really like Red Tornado (I have never met these people).
But each maligned hero has their particular problem, and that colors how they’re defended as much as it does how they’re attacked. Aquaman’s been around since 1941. He’s one of five DC heroes who never stopped appearing in comics between the Golden Age and the Silver Age. He’s a founding member of the Justice League. And what do people say when the criticize Aquaman? “He’s dumb because all he does is talk to fish.”
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week, we're looking at one of the most fun comics Marvel has published in years, Nick Spencer and Steve Leiber's The Superior Foes of Spider-Man.
This is a comic about villains, so we're going to need people who can play utter heels, but still remain likable and maybe even relateable. I've picked out some of the finest performers in the world for this dream movie, and as is tradition here on Cast Party, there may be a wrestler or two thrown in there where appropriate.
Folks, I have seen some cruel April Fools' Day pranks in my time. Heck, I just read through the last 15 years of Funky Winkerbean strips from April 1 a few minutes ago, so I thought I was immune to the pangs of disappointment, but no. No I am not. And I know that, because with their annual prank, Google has shown us a finer world and reminded us how far we have fallen.
Okay, so maybe I'm overreacting a little bit, but still! An April 1 update to Google Maps that adds Pokémon to international landmarks and allows you to catch them, learning to understand each other through the magic of friendship and battling? It is a glimpse of a world in which I want to live. Check out their video promoting the (pretty amazing) gag below!
Since Mass Effect 3 was released a few weeks ago, there's been a lot of controversy over how the game ends. Some fans have advocated storming BioWare's headquarters with torches and pitchforks, others have praised it for daring to embrace color-coding as a storytelling tool, but no matter what side of the debate you're on, there's one thing we can all agree about: Mass Effect would be way better if Commander Shepard grabbed a guitar and rocked the Reapers to death at a battle of the bands...
Digital: Marvel's comiXology app is now available on Android devices. Additionally, Marvel content is now also available on the Comics by comiXology Android app.
Gaming: The upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will include the Combaticons and their combined form Bruticus...
This Friday, the CW announced that due to an unexpected spike in ratings, Smallville, the long-running television show about a thirty year-old Clark Kent who still hasn't become Superman -- has been picked up for an eleventh season...
At his spotlight panel today at WonderCon in San Francisco, writer Grant Morrison responded to an audience question about the delays that have plagued several of his recent comics with a rather inscrutable reply, even for the enigmatic Morrison...