Universal Cable Productions, the cable and digital arm of NBCUniversal, announced three new projects rooted in the comic book realm, including what will be Planetary and Transmetropolitan writer Warren Ellis' first original series developed especially for television. Additionally, UCP optioned Night Mary, a 2005 IDW drama by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer about a young woman trained to enter the dreams of serial killers; and Five Ghosts, the recent critical hit from Image Comics/Black Mask Studios and creators Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, who tell the story of Fabian Gray, a 1930s adventurer possessed by the spirits of five literary ghosts — Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Miyamoto Musashi, and Dracula. Five Ghosts began as a miniseries but its success resulted in an upgrade to ongoing, and now, it seems, an "upgrade" (because comics are the best, obviously) to television.
You might have heard that there's a new Captain America movie coming out on April 4. If Marvel's marketing department has gotten its way, this news may very well be tattooed on the inside of your eyelids in phosphorescent ink. Let's say, however, you've never read any Captain America comics before, but now that he's been legitimized as a multi-million dollar film franchise, you're suddenly very interested in that dude with little wings on his head carrying around one of Uncle Sam's rims.
Since being created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon all the way back in 1941, the hero also known as the Sentinel of Liberty has passed through the hands of some eminently talented writers, artists and editors. Some of these creative teams depicted Cap's adventures for a few months -- some of them for a few years -- before passing the torch to the next creators to keep the flame (or trademark) alive. In comic books, these tenures are called "runs," "series" or "eras," and they're the readers' way of distinguishing one era of a character's saga from the next. Chances are you're not sure where to dive into a a publishing legacy that's spanned more than 70 years, so here is a list, in chronological order, of the Sentinel of Liberty's 10 most interesting and influential comic book runs.
One of the great things about the rise of digital comics is how much potential there is for access to a company's back catalog. With a lower cost that comes from not actually printing and shipping books, it's a lot easier for a company to provide readers with older comics, from classics to books that never really got their chance to shine.
When you think of summer, what are the first things that come to mind? Ninjas, hitmen and summer school lessons from "the merc with a mouth," Deadpool, right? Well, that's what you're getting with Marvel's special Deadpool/GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular, written by Dan Slott (She-Hulk, Avengers: The Initiative) and Fabian Niceza (Cable/Deadpool), with art from Paul Pelletier, Clio Chiang, Nelson Decastro & Kieron Dwyer, plus a knockout cover from Pelletier! With Deadpool's checkered past, and the do good spirit of the Great Lakes Initiative (Formerly The Great Lakes Avengers), it's hard to imagine a team up between the two sides, but Slott and Niceza know a match made in heaven when they see it! C'mon, are you really going to turn down ninjas, Deadpool doing his best imitation of a teacher and the scintillating romance of Squirrel Girl & Robbie Baldwin?
Perfect for fans of Cable/Deadpool, and new readers alike, Deadpool/GLI is the book that puts the "fun" back in "funny pages!" This summer, Marvel invites you to lay back, relax and take a trip to the beach with the most unexpected crossover of the year! You really don't want to say "no" to Deadpool, do ya?
DEADPOOL/GLI - SUMMER FUN SPECTACULAR (MAY072161)
Written by DAN SLOTT & FABIAN NICEZA
Penciled by PAUL PELLETIER, CLIO CHIANG, NELSON DECASTRO & KIERON DWYER.
Cover by PAUL PELLETIER
Rated T+ ...$3.99