Valentine's Day weekend is upon us, and love, bad chocolate, and expensive restaurant reservations are everywhere you look. To mark the occasion, we've compiled a list of the 30 greatest couples in comics. These are the romantic pairings whose stories inspire us to believe in the power of love, and whose devotion to each other may provide a model for how to woo your own beloved when they're cloned, or possessed by evil forces, or you forget their birthday or whatever.
It's no secret that white male leads have dominated comic books since --- well forever. In the '60s, Marvel and DC finally started to put a change to that with the addition of super-powered people of color, which led to some of today's biggest names in comics. But it still wasn't enough. Eventually the lack of diversity led to the onset of Milestone Media in the '90s, where Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle crafted several intriguing characters. With an increasingly active black nerd, or blerd, community, new black characters are being created every day --- primarily through independent publishers, though Marvel has also kickstarted a focus on one of its most notable black characters --- but more on that later.
To celebrate Black History Month, ComicsAlliance is running down our list of 20 Great Black Comic Book Characters. Our list considers old staples as well as some new favorites, including a certain katana wielding badass, space explorers and of course, plenty of superheroes.
Apart from a showrunner, Marvel’s Iron Fist development will begin and end with the casting of its title hero, a prospect that has already drawn some controversy. Official announcements might arrive any day, though Luke Cage and Jessica Jones star Mike Colter says the actor behind Netflix’s Daniel Rand has already been chosen.
The most recent news of Marvel’s Netflix Defenders unfortunately raised more questions than answers, confirming an eventual second season of Jessica Jones, but without word of when it might premiere, or when to expect Luke Cage later this year. Now, a new tweet has many eyeing Luke Cage for November, but not for the right reasons.
Sanford Greene's art is just uncommonly charming, right? That was my first thought when the earliest images were released from the upcoming Power Man and Iron Fist, and seeing this preview has only strengthened that opinion. The new ongoing series, featuring Greene and writer David Walker, will be in stores on February 17th.
As much as Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple has been confirmed as a go-between for Netflix’s Defenders, the superhero nurse’s Jessica Jones role proved far-less significant than Daredevil prior. We’ve seen Rosario shooting Luke Cage already, but star Mike Colter confirms Claire Temple will have a much more significant role this time around.
Netflix and Marvel delivered one hell of a perfect story with Jessica Jones’ debut season, exploring trauma, consent, rape culture and empowerment via a narrative in which Krysten Ritter’s eponymous hero faces her past demons in the form of David Tennant’s sleazy super-villain Kilgrave. As many fans have pointed out, Season 1 is such a contained, perfect story that many felt they’d be satisfied if Netflix didn’t renew the series. But with the company officially announcing Season 2, we can’t help but wonder where that might take our hero next. We have a few ideas.
Even as 2016 turns Marvel’s focus back from Jessica Jones to Daredevil Season 2, we’re still looking for a bead on the next Defender to come our way, Luke Cage. We got a taste of his origins from Jessica, but now Mike Colter himself confirms flashbacks to come, as well as a unique musical presence to the series, both in artists contributing to the score, and the Harlem setting overall.
Even as Jessica Jones began with its titular hero catching an eyeful of Luke Cage, we knew the hero for hire was destined to strike out on his own for the next series. Still, Jones baddie Kilgrave left quite a whammy on Luke, one Mike Colter says will still be felt among the character’s “renaissance” in his own series.
In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.