Overnight CBS unleashed a weird semi-condensed (but dressed as a trailer) version of the Pilot for their upcoming Supergirl TV show. My feelings towards it are mixed but mostly optimistic. It does some things right, others not so right and some….well….more on those in a bit.
Before I go any further it is worth outlining what exactly a Pilot Episode is in terms of US television and the role they have. They are a catch all, “Look this is the show we want to make!” 40 minute setup for what will hopefully be a full or part season order from a network. They paint the broad strokes of a show, its characters and overall tone. They are also used as a test bed for potential ideas or approaches which is why they can fluctuate wildly in quality in such a short space of time. More often then not things are chopped and changed from the Pilot to the production run of a show and I am guessing (read: hoping) that is the case for the more problematic aspects of Supergirl.
After it became apparent that DC’s Convergence is one of the most phoned in “events” in comic book history I became a bit apprehensive for the start of Secret Wars. Thankfully I should learn not to doubt the talent of Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic and Co. who have blown me away with the opening issue of Secret Wars.
Secret Wars is something builds on what has been happening with Marvel’s line of characters over the past few years. It is also an event that respects its readers and their knowledge of the Marvel Universe’s history. It is not just an excuse to throw character at each other to try and make drama. There is depth and complexity to the big explosions and endless fighting.
But first, a warning before we go any further: THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!
Age of Ultron, man what a film! I went in with a slight apprehension after the mixed reviews started coming out but thankfully Marvel, Joss Whedon and Co. have done it again!
I would go as far as to say it is actually the most comic book like film Marvel Studios had come out with to date. Rather than trying to re-hash the first film Joss Whedon instead has opted to borrow the current Marvel Comics structure of having all the characters doing their own thing in their solo series (i.e. the other Phase 2 movies) then having a big event that brings everyone together for big action, grand ideas and shake ups of status quo. Age of Ultron is that event and it rocks!
The next and I’m guessing last chapter of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight saga was officially announced yesterday, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.
There are lots of accusations that this is a cash grab on Miller’s part due to his increasing ill health but even if it is the case I am still looking forward to it. The Neoconservative Batman of Miller’s books is a weird and wonderful beast. Slightly twisted and hypocritical but yet you cannot stop routing for him. Also I have always found it fun to see Miller’s growing contempt for the younger generations get louder and louder as time goes on.
This time around writer Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman) is helping out so it looks like it could be a more focused story. I’m expecting some big crazy and incredibly stupid things from this book. I can’t wait!
(From Bleeding Cool)
I pretty much got things spot on with my predictions for the new Avengers line-up. Exciting times especially when you look at the creative team on the book! Mark Waid on writing duties and art by Mahmud Asrar :)
Also happy to see a none Superior set of Iron Man armour on the cover!
Marvel sure knows how to get everyone talking! This cover for the Free Comic Book Day issue of The All-New, All-Different Avengers is our first glimpse at the post Secret Wars Avengers line up. So far we have the soon to be unmasked new Thor (YAY!) and my favourite new hero of the past few years, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Double YAY!!) confirmed for the team. Then in an interesting move all the male characters are silhouetted to provoke speculation, finger pointing and mass hysteria amongst comic book fans.
So here is my take on who the remaining team members are.