At this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, Marvel is showing off one of the most intriguing titles of the companywide “Marvel NOW!” initiative: A relaunched Secret Avengers series coming in February 2013, which focuses on S.H.I.E.L.D., the semi-omniscient government agency. S.H.I.E.L.D. is having a bit of a moment right now: It’s the connective tissue for Marvel’s cinematic universe, and ABC is currently producing a Whedon-powered S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. And Secret Avengers puts the agency front and center. “S.H.I.E.L.D. has decided that they want their own Avengers team,” says Nick Spencer, who is writing the series, with Luke Ross handling penciling duties. “But Avengers are loose cannons: They’re independent operators, they don’t have security clearance, they have a history of becoming bad guys.” READ FULL STORY
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'Buffy' season 9 spin-off 'Willow': Our favorite witch tries to bring magic back to the world -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 — the spin-off comic book series, overseen by Joss Whedon, that continues the story of his distaff dispatcher of neck-biters — the world is devoid of magic. It’s made life less outrageous for Buffy and her friends — no giant Dawn rampaging through the streets of Tokyo, for example — but for one of the Scoobies, it’s also made life simply less, period.
For Willow, reverting from a righteously powerful witch to just another mortal person has proven so painful, her one goal in life has been to bring magic back to the world. But how? Willow recently finished an arc on the sister comic series Angel & Faith in which the trio ventured into a hell dimension in the pursuit of their own impossible goals. And in this first look at the five-issue Willow miniseries (subtitled “Wonderland” and launching Nov. 21), we get a sense of what’s at stake for Willow’s quest other than the return of her magical mojo. READ FULL STORY
As Marvel continues to roll out its new companywide initiative, Marvel NOW!, Kieron Gillen and Greg Land are taking the reins of the relaunched Iron Man series. Just in time for the New York Comic-Con, EW is excited to share with you the cover and seven exclusive pages from Iron Man #1, which includes an extended look at Iron Man’s posh new yellow-and-black armor and an intriguing tease about the direction of the new series. (Put it this way: Between this new comic book and those intriguing concept sketches for next year’s Iron Man 3, all of America might soon be learning how to spell and pronounce “Extremis.”) Click forward to start the preview!
The cultishly adored Deadpool — a psycho-satirical anti-superhero who speaks in yellow word balloons and has survived decapitation — is getting his own new solo series as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative. The new series starts in November, and marks a collaboration between comedian Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program), writer Gerry Duggan (Attack of the Show! and the Eisner-nominated Infinite Horizon), and artist Tony Moore (the original illustrator of The Walking Dead.) On the eve of the New York Comic-Con, EW is proud to present the cover and the first four pages from Deadpool #1, which includes a rampaging dinosaur, a guest-starring Avenger, and lots of NSFW viscera. Enjoy! READ FULL STORY
Green Arrow shooting into superhero fighting game 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
It could scarcely be a better time to be Green Arrow. The not-quite-top-tier DC Comics hero is enjoying a major career resurgence thanks to the CW’s highly anticipated new series Arrow – featuring the crime-fighting abs of star Stephen Amell — not to mention the nation’s abiding obsession with all things archery.
And now EW can exclusively reveal that the man who by day is known as billionaire Oliver Queen has joined the ranks of warring superheroes in Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s upcoming fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Developed by the same team behind the seminal fighter Mortal Kombat, Injustice pits DC characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Catwoman, Nightwing, Harley Quinn, Cyborg, and Solomon Grundy against each other in a battle royale in vast battlefields that the characters can employ against their enemies. In this exclusive gameplay trailer, it’s clear that Green Arrow will use his arsenal of arrows and wisecracks to pummel the crap out of his comic book compatriots. It would appear Mr. Arrow especially has a bone to pick with the Flash. READ FULL STORY
Here at Entertainment Geekly central, we’ve been buzzing over the impending release of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, an in-depth look at the long and twisted history of the company that created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and also Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Written by former EW staffer Sean Howe, Untold Story features over a hundred original interviews with the people who made Marvel — names you probably know like Stan Lee and names you should know like Steve Gerber. This week on the podcast, Sean joins us in the studio. Suffice it to say that comic books are discussed.
Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store. You can also learn more about the book at Sean’s Tumblr page. Tweet arguments and counterarguments at us at @EWDocJensen and @DarrenFranich.
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The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con wrapped up way back in July, but Film Critic Hulk — the gamma-irradiated film theorist who served as EW’s Special Comic-Con Correspondent — isn’t quite finished with the biggest event of the geek year. Read on below for Hulk’s examination of the work of graphic novelist Hope Larson, and check back here tomorrow for Hulk’s final piece of Comic-Con coverage: An in-depth look at Rian Johnson’s Looper.
WHEN HULK WAS PUTTING TOGETHER PLANS FOR COMIC-CON COVERAGE, HULK IMPLICITLY KNEW THAT HULK WAS GOING TO WRITE ABOUT COMICS. OH, A MILLION IDEAS WENT THROUGH HULK’S HEAD. THE STATE OF DC’S REBOOT. THE RECENT TRACK OF MARVEL. THE DOMINANCE OF IMAGE. THE RE-EMERGENCE OF VALIANT. EVEN SOMETHING ON THE NOSE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF HULK COMICS. BUT IN THE END, NONE OF THEM CAPTURED WHAT HULK FINDS TO BE REMARKABLE ABOUT COMICS. AND SO HULK SOUGHT OUT TO FIND SOMETHING SMALLER THAT COULD PERHAPS SPEAK TO SOMETHING BIGGER. A MICRO AS MACRO EXPLORATION OF THE THINGS THAT MAKE THE MEDIUM UNIQUE. AND WITH THAT, IT SUDDENLY MADE SENSE TO SIMPLY WRITE ABOUT A COMIC BOOK AUTHOR WHOSE WORK EXEMPLIFIES THAT VERY NOTION.
AND LUCKILY, THERE IS HOPE LARSON.
My fellow Americans, do you feel dissatisfied with the current state of our government? Did you watch the recent political conventions shaking your head, wishing that you could get excited about a presidential candidate, the way people used to in some distant past that never actually existed? Also, do you like publicity stunts? Then, my countrymen, salvation has arrived. According to the Associated Press, superhero Captain America has been elected President of the United States. Captain America (alias Steve Rogers) is the first World War II veteran to hold the office since George H. W. Bush, and is the first President to carry a large blunt-ranged weapon since Teddy Roosevelt and his infamous “Boomerang of Doom.” READ FULL STORY
One month ago, we launched our Superhero Showdown bracket in an attempt to decide once and for all the identity of the greatest superhero of all time. The votes came flooding in and now we can declare unilaterally and scientifically that Batman — Dark Knight, Caped Crusader, World’s Greatest Detective, Walking Advertisement for the Utility-Belt Salesman of America — is officially the greatest costumed crimefighter in all of comic bookdom. READ FULL STORY
News broke last night that Joss Whedon’s long-rumored Avengers TV spinoff would focus on S.H.I.E.L.D., the shadowy government organization led by Nick Fury. ABC has already ordered a pilot for the series, which will be penned by Whedon and his family members/Dr. Horrible colleagues Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. No other information is currently available about the show, and Marvel would not disclose any further details when contacted by EW. Now, this is exciting news for many reasons. But a good comic-book geek is also a skeptical comic-book geek. Follow along with us as we track our 21-step reaction to the news about S.H.I.E.L.D.–The Series.
1. A new Joss Whedon TV show? Fantastic. I’m there. Love Firefly. Love Buffy. Haven’t watched Angel but everyone tells me it’s great. I even love Dollhouse, a flawed-but-wonderful TV show that most closely resembled a mash-up between the French New Wave and The A-Team.
2. But a new Joss Whedon TV show starring a popular brand of licensed characters? Hmmm. Well, I’m a little bit concerned that working within the boardroom-mandated boundaries of big corporate multimedia brands will hamstring Whedon’s creativity.
3. Then again, he did great with The Avengers, which is as big and corporate and multimedia and branded as they come. And the fact that the TV show has a built-in fanbase will make the pilot look even more appealing to ABC, which ended the 2011-2012 season in fourth place and could really use a hail-mary ambitious mass-appeal cray-cray TV show. READ FULL STORY
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