On sale in May, Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #1 relaunches the saga of its titular superhero in high style, featuring a a particularly cool variant cover by Fiona Staples that you're seeing here for the first time. The co-creator of Image Comics' very popular and much acclaimed Saga, Staples is an artist whose routinely gorgeous covers for DC Comics, WildStorm, Archie IDW and Dark Horse have earned her numerous award nominations, but not until now has the artist's work graced the cover of a Marvel Comics publication.
Q: Who is the best wrestler in Marvel or DC? -- @Mike_Zeidler
A: I'll be honest with you, folks: Over the past week, I have pretty much done nothing but watch the new WWE Network for five straight days, so it was a foregone conclusion that this week's column was going to be about pro wrestling. It was either this, or a lengthy examination of what the tag team tournament from Starrcade '89: Future Shock had in common with Secret Wars II, and I don't think any of us want to sit through that.
Now, I've written about comics that were about pro wrestling in the past, but if we're talking about which mainstream superheroes would fare best inside the squared circle, well, there's certainly an obvious answer.
I think it's safe to say that Spider-Man has been through some pretty weird stuff in his time, right? I mean, that's a fifty-year saga that started with a radioactive spider-bite that gave him limited psychic powers and super-strength that he immediately used to try to find fame as a professional wrestler, and the fine folks over at Marvel Comics have somehow managed to top that for weirdness time and time again. Heck, right now, Spider-Man comics are in the midst of a supervillainous Freaky Friday story that has been running for over a year. That should tell you something.
But for my money, the absolute craziest and most hilarious Spider-Man story in years isn't the one you'll find in the comic shops on Wednesday. It's the one that's happening right now in The Amazing Spider-Man newspaper strip, by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Alex Saviuk and Joe Sinnott.
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Initially announced in October, NECA's new Scalers line is rolling out 2" miniature figures of characters like Gizmo, Gollum, Predator, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and a Xenomorph that are meant to hang on cords, cables, threads and other, well, scalables. The effect of the line was especially apparent at the NECA booth today at Toy Fair 2014, which contained a motorized wall that perpetually raised and lowered an assortment of the new toys as display versions of the upcoming second wave's Spider-Man and Batman Scalers watched on. You can get a look at the first wave of NECA Scalers, along with the preview of the superhero-stuffed second wave, after the cut.
Since the release of Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli's seminal Batman: Year One, DC has used a similar model and title with several of its heroes, often to great acclaim. Now Marvel has decided to do the same with its flagship character. To coincide with the return of Peter Parker, Marvel has announced The Amazing Spider-Man Year One: Learning To Crawl, a five issue miniseries from Dan Slott and Ramón Pérez that looks back at the wall crawler's earliest adventures.
For the past week, a debate over a variant cover to IDW's Powerpuff Girls #6 has raged on the internet, seemingly dividing people into a "it's sexual and kids shouldn't see it" camp and "it's harmless and you're gross for thinking it's gross" camp.
The chief spokesman for the former camp, Dennis Barger, Jr. of WonderWorld Comics in Michigan, said the cover sexualized young girls and was just not appropriate for children, who are the future of the comics industry. He's got a point, but whether it's the Powerpuff Girls cover he should be going after is debatable.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already has its fair share of bad guys and maybe-bad-guys in the form of Electro, The Rhino, and Harry Osborn. But video game adaptations of movies always have to be bigger, and they always demand more supervillain bosses. Enter Kraven the Hunter.
Old Sergei Kravinoff is front-and-center in the latest trailer for Activision and Beenox's video game version of the movie, which is out on essentially every contemporary console the same day the movie, which opens on May 2. Check out the first trailer for the game after the jump.
It was never a matter of if, but when Peter Parker would come back. A year ago this week, Marvel launched Superior Spider-Man, a classic mind-swap story that saw Doctor Octopus switch minds with Peter Parker, then proceed to take over both his personal and heroic life. It was a pretty standard mind swap premise, but with a bit of a twist: shortly after Doctor Octopus forced the switch, his body -- which was now occupied by Peter Parker's mind -- died, seemingly giving the villain a final victory over his hated rival.
But it was never meant to last, of course. And today, Marvel has announced the anticipated return of Peter Parker as Spider-Man, with a new era for the character beginning in April's Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, marking the return of the flagship title for the publisher's most popular hero.