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ComicsAlliance Week-in-Review: May 7-11

Sunday is Mother’s Day, so don’t forget to make your mother a card. If you need some help coming up with some ideas, Chris Sims and some of your favorite superheroes have got your back.

But that’s Sunday. What about this past Monday through Friday? Read on, after the jump!


Opinion:

-CA contributor Andrew Wheeler offers some suggestions of eight prominent –and surprising!–superheroes who could come out of the closet as homosexual or bisexual, providing some thoughtful arguments for each.


Publishing:

-I don’t know enough about digital distribution to know if this is as big of a deal as it sounds, but I’m fairly certain it’s a fairly big deal: Marvel and ComiXology are partnering for an exclusive distribution deal for periodicals.

-Check out a motion-comic preview of the Stan Lee-written Graphic Elvis, in which Elvis is judged before the gates of Heaven. You may have a hard time believing it, but it’s actually pretty weird.


Reviews:

-CA Senior Writer Chris Sims on Mega Man.

-CA contributor Lauren Davis on Science Tales.


Previews:

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #1

-Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #1

-Higher Earth #1

-The Comic Book History of Comics

-Bad Medicine #1 (all of it!)

-Faitma: The Blood Spinners


Film:

-Sims and CA contributor David Uzumeri continue to discuss Superman III, and, with this installment, they get to what I like to call “The Good Part.”

-The Department of Defense opted out of official participation with The Avengers, due to the fact that it wasn’t clear if S.H.I.E.L.D. was a United States institution, or if the guys on the flying invisible aircraft carrier might be taking orders from somewhere else, which wouldn’t be realistic.

-Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter commissioned a tongue-in-cheek report from a real-life disaster expert detailing the estimated cost of The Avengers’ fictional mayhem wrought during the movie’s climax, prompting CA co-editor Andy Khouri to briefly contemplate the nature of superhero film violence.

-Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World director Edgar Wright takes to Twitter to remind everyone who saw The Avengers that his Ant-Man movie is still in the works

-Sims thought The Avengers was a pretty good movie. I thought the part where Captain America was revealed to be Nick Fury’s dad was pretty out-of-left-field, but I loved the scene at the end where Hawkeye and Maria Hill got married, and that scene right before the credits roll where The Hulk and Black Widow quit the team to join The Defenders and Champions, respectively. I’m kind of over Stan Lee cameos in these movies, but I thought having him play Kang was pretty inspired. #spoilers

-Here are some images from the upcoming Judge Dredd movie.

-Avengers actor Clark Gregg shares his favorite Agent Coulson scenes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

-VMan magazine, which is apparently a magazine that exists, talks to both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield about playing Peter Parker.

Animation:

-CA co-editor Caleb Goellner talks to voice actress Janet Varney, who plays the title character on The Legend of Korra.

-Check out a clip and some images from the upcoming Superman Vs. The Elite direct-to-DVD movie from Warner Bros. Animation.


Videogames:

-Andy Yen reviews The Walking Dead videogame.

-Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! deserves credit for having an incredibly long, somewhat obtuse name for a videogame.

-Ubisoft is working on Avengers: Battle For Earth, which will be based on the Secret Invasion storyline from the comics. Hopefully it won’t be based too closely on Secret Invasion, as the Brian Michael Bendis-scripted event featured a lot of talking heads, torture, reaction shots to rubble, conversations about extremist alien religions and it climaxed with some lady alien getting shot in the head. It didn’t exactly scream, “This should be a videogame!”

-DC Universe Online‘s next DLC will be June’s “Joker’s Last Laugh”.

-Three words you don’t hear often enough when talking about videogames? “Playable Stan Lee.”

-Here are some more images from the upcoming Batman: Arkham City‘s “Harley Quinn’s Revenge” DLC.

-Here’s a trailer for Transformers Prime The Game, which quotes the Optimus Vs. Megatron fight to the death scene from 1986′s The Transformers: The Movie (Sadly, it merely quotes some of the dialogue, and not a few bars of Stan Bush’s “The Touch”).



Fashion:

-Get those little soldiers some Super-Soldier Serum, STAT! Here’s this week’s Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), as curated by CA fashionista Bethany Fong. Check out the X-23…did that flexible cosplayer manage to pull off a full “brokeback” pose…while standing on one leg?!

-A line of t-shirts based on The Dark Knight Rises rises…including one that features nice Dustin Nguyen art from that dubious Hush story (That is, the most dubious of all the dubious Hush stories).



Art:

-Chris Haley revisits The Avengers movie poster again, this time reimagining all the heroes on it in their goofiest costumes.

-Kyle Hilton has produced paper dolls for two fan-favorite blondes, Batgirl Stephanie Brown and movie Thor.

-Daredevil artist (and handsome fellow) Paolo Rivera’s “Wacky Reference Wednesdays,” in which he uses himself as a model for his striking illustrations.

-Oh my God, Warwick Johnson is the best.

-This week’s Best Art Ever (This Week), the ongoing feature in which CA Editor Andy Khouri compiles a wide variety of splash pages, pin-ups and illustrations that strike his fancy.

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