SECRET WARS #9! The Biggest Marvel Story of All Time Just Got Bigger!

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New York, NY—August 26th, 2015 — It’s the story that has the whole world on the edge of its seat. The biggest Marvel event of all time. The story that destroyed the Marvel Universe. And if you thought it couldn’t get bigger – you thought wrong. Today Marvel is pleased to announce the expansion of the blockbuster Secret Wars event with SECRET WARS #9– coming to comic shops later this year!

“Apparently, Secret Wars is even bigger than we thought it was,” says Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “To help Jonathan and Esad conclude this epic event as big and bombastically as it started, we are adding an extra issue.  That means one more month of the suspense, action and game-changing storytelling that fans and retailers have been clamoring for since the final incursion started.”

Chartbusting creators Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic will extend their stay on Battleworld for one more epic issue. Allowing their cataclysmic story to wrap up as intended, this additional issue will bring Secret Wars to its explosive conclusion. Paving the way for the future, be there for the genesis of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe.

 

“This extra issue will not affect any of the new launches as part of All-New, All-Different Marvel,“ says David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing. “But there might be a surprise or two left over from Battleworld you weren’t expecting. In fact, like the original Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, some of those puzzle pieces will hit the Marvel Universe before the event concludes. But if you want to see how they all fit together, you don’t want to miss these last few issues.

 

Battleworld teeters on the brink. What will become of this strange patchwork planet? Who lives? Who dies? One thing is for certain – nobody will come back from Battleworld the same after SECRET WARS #9 this December!

 

SECRET WARS #9
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by ESAD RIBIC
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On Sale in December!

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: The Ever Expanding Marvel Universe

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Marvel “Now” is not just a catchphrase, it is a whole company-wide campaign to make Marvel more than just relevant, to bring them back to being hip and new.

*The word “relevant” will be used a lot in this piece.

This is no small feat, Marvel Comics has been around for a better part of 75 years. Personally, having history only secures how important your books and how relevant your heroes have become ingrained in pop culture.

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If you constantly change your heroes due to gender, race,costume design or sexual orientation with little regard to their cultural and iconic status, you are doing them a great disservice. Or, instead of just making a topical solution (i.e. gender or racial swap), maybe make said hero more relevant to those communities.

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Captain America represents everyone regardless of his color, belief or gender. He is iconic for his ideals, not his costume. Changing him, killing him or aging him is short term sensationalism and used to drag the non-pop culture media into doing a quip or a quick write up report.  It will have no lasting effect on anything.

(News clippings from the death of Superman)

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*I do love Falcon as Captain America, but they didn’t just make him become Cap, he still retains what made him who he is as the Falcon.

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Sam Wilson wasn’t a sidekick, he was Captain America’s best friend and partner.

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See, when I say these things like Marvel needs to make NEW and interesting female leads, not just turn them into a female version. as a former (would be) comics writer, an editor and as a fan. Don’t just go, “Hey look at us! Being hip and topical…”

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Marvel, and especially their “rival,” DC, have done it again and again. But, this time, Marvel with “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” (in what I thought was going to be another “let’s change things just because”) looks like it is shaping up to be something refreshing.  Unlike the past incarnations, I wholeheartedly feel and believe this will and can be something great. So far, it doesn’t look or feel like just a female version of the 70’s comic book.

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I can dig this title only because it isn’t a title that benefited anyone back in the day. Devil Dinosaur was a silly, unique, and mostly, short lived title and adding a female lead can make this very obscure book popular and, hopefully, make it fresh and exciting.

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See? I can be progressive.

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I just want Marvel to make new and great female heroes

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without riding the coattails of their past heroes. Moon Girl looks to be something worth picking up. I am already in love with the cover art and concept designs.

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Here’s to hoping for the best!

Lo Pan Enchants August PREVIEWS

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Lo Pan Enchants August PREVIEWS

(BALTIMORE, MD) – (August 13, 2015)-Create a little trouble with the PREVIEWS exclusive glow-in-the-dark Ghost Lo Pan ReAction figure by Funko and Super7. Fans of the film Big Trouble in Little China can get their hands on the villain Lo Pan and watch him cast some magic as he glows in the dark! The figure is available to pre-order from the August PREVIEWS catalog and will be available to purchase from comic book specialty shops in mid-September.  

Wearing his black robe and headdress, Lo Pan is artfully rendered in this 3 ¾ inch figure, giving off a magical blue glimmer from his eyes, face, and hands—the figure even has Lo Pan’s trademark elongated finger nails! Fans of John Carpenter’s hilarious fantasy action film can also collect the other characters in the Big Trouble line, including Jack Burton, Gracie Law and Lightning.

Funko’s ReAction line of fully-posable figures are reminiscent of the immensely popular Kenner action figures from the 1970’s and 80’s. Featuring vintage-styled blister card packaging, fans can collect criminal kingpin David Lo Pan in his ghostly form exclusively through PREVIEWS.

This unique Lo Pan figure can be purchased for $10.99 using item code AUG152463 at your local comic book shop. Find a local comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com.

Before He Was Amazing…He Was SPIDEY!

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New Series Within Continuity Starring Teenaged Peter Parker!
                                                     
New York, NY—July 28th, 2015— Today, he’s the world’s greatest super hero. But long before he swung from rooftops as the Amazing Spider-Man, he was just a spider-powered teenager who knew that “with great power must also come great responsibility.” Today, Marvel is pleased to announce SPIDEY #1 – a brand-new ongoing series launching as part of All-New, All-Different Marvel! Follow the adventures of teenaged Peter Parker in a new series set within continuity from rising star writer Robbie Thompson (TV’s Supernatural, Silk) and blockbuster Marvel Young Gun artist Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-MenGuardians of the Galaxy)!

 

“Everyone remembers their FIRST Spider-Man comic,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “SPIDEY aims to be perfect as someone’s first Spider-Man comic, or their one thousandth. We’re not looking to re-tell stories here. What Robbie [Thompson] and Nick [Bradshaw] have put together is an exciting new take on Spider-Man at his arguably most iconic incarnation, and will feel fresh to new and old fans alike.”

                                                                    

Class is in session as two of the hottest creators in comics take Peter back to school for a classic and iconic take on the Spider-Man mythology. Familiar faces and new characters populate Peter Parker’s world as he balances his double life as a high school student and the high-flying, web-swinging new hero Spider-Man!

 

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“Out of the 700+ issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN” shares Spider-Man Editor Nick Lowe, “Peter Parker was only in high school for thirty issues! Stan and Steve covered a lot, but there’s a lot of the high school and early super hero experience still on the table.”

   

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Iconic villains, a classic supporting cast, the ol’ Parker Luck and more are back! Don’t miss one moment of these bombastic new adventures as Thompson and Bradshaw create a legend of their own when SPIDEY #1 comes to comic shops later this year!

 

SPIDEY #1

Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
Art & Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
On Sale This Fall!

 

Minions issue 2 review

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By Steven Biscotti

Every once in a while a character or creation takes pop-culture by storm.  Sometimes it has longevity, other times it’s a one-hit wonder.  The Minions, having made their debut in the 2010 film Despicable Me, are finally getting their own film – Minions, which releases this month. Titan has started publishing comics based off of the mischievous, wily, and worm-like yellow characters.  The first issue saw prices rise up to $10 in its first week of release and while the prices have cooled down, the second issue released today (July 8th).  Alternative Mindz were able to take a look at the current issue and Minions certainly has longevity.

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The characters have become adored by so many.  Not only do children love the Minions, but adults do as well.  There’s an undeniable appeal to them and while aspects of their personalities draw back to classic slapstick humor of the Looney Tunes. they are original enough to be iconic in their own way.  IDW’s series, written by Didier Ah-Koon and drawn by Renaud Collin, has the tone and style of a Spy vs. Spy short, as featured in MAD magazine.  Minions issue 2, while extremely light on dialogue, hinges on the wild antics and cuteness of chaos style that Renaud Collin brings to each panel and page.

The second issue of Minions, just like the first, is comprised of numerous one page mini stories that quickly illustrate a comedic situation.  Take “Fruit Frustration” for example, Carl (the one-eyed minion) is sitting at the table looking to enjoy a piece of fruit.  He contemplates how to slice the fruit as he does not have a knife on the table.  He tears through the kitchen with no luck, only for us to see that Carl is sitting in a room with axes, swords, chainsaws, and various cutting paraphernalia.  The humor works, especially if you’re a fan of Minion humor.  It’s extraordinarily accessible for a child to pick up, enjoy the situations, and laugh.  As for an adult, the issue primarily works on the reader being a fan of the Minions as there is truly no over-arching plot or story.  It’s essentially a collection of skits that remain very true to the spirit of the films.

“Lack of Inspiration” is, personally, my favorite of the stories.  The situation revolves around one of the minions struggling with writers block.  We see him maddeningly typing away at his typewriter and collecting page after page.  He nearly loses it, but then manages to deliver his finished work to his editor.  The editor happily accepts his work and they seem content with whatever it was that the minion was working so hard to accomplish.  The writer walks away, only to find in the immediate moment afterwards that the editor has tossed all of his work in the furnace to create an impromptu fireplace for him to kick up his heels to.

“Safety Above All” and “Afterwork” are two other standouts in issue two of Minions.  The comic is truly perfect for all ages as certain situations are geared more for a child to enjoy with humor catering to their level, while other pages in the issue service a more sophisticated reader.  Titan comics has a terrific lineup of titles and Minions is definitely one of the current comic book series that’s worth picking up.  Minions issues 1 and 2 are available now.

Minions issue 2 gets five stars.

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CELEBRATE SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH MARVEL UNLIMITED FOR ONLY 1¢ FOR THE FIRST MONTH!

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Join Marvel Unlimited for One Penny and Enjoy Over 17,000 Digital Comics

New York, NY— July 8th, 2015 —Marvel Unlimited is celebrating this year’s San Diego Comic-Con by inviting Marvel fans to experience over 75 years of Marvel Comics through Marvel Unlimited! For only 1¢for the first month of a Marvel Unlimited monthly subscription, new subscribers will be able to experience the greatest Marvel fan experience – access to over 17,000 digital Marvel comics!*

 

Unlock the Marvel Universe for only a penny through Marvel Unlimited by using the Promo Code PENNY atMarvel Unlimited checkout and prepare yourself for some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Spider-Man and many more!  This amazing gift is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices.

 

New to the Marvel Universe and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section of Marvel Unlimited. Subscribers are now able to discover new pathways into the Marvel Universe by being able to search by their favorite storylines, characters or creators. 

 

Want to learn about Marvel’s Civil War? Marvel Unlimited will show you the entire series and offer you a step-by-step suggested reading order. Curious about who Ant-Man is? Marvel Unlimited is here to provide you with his most heroic Marvel moments. Love Sara Pichelli’s artistic style? Marvel Unlimited can now show you some of her most acclaimed work all in one place.

 

With classic and newer issues being added to Marvel Unlimited on a weekly basis as early as six months after they’re in stores, you’ll definitely want to join Marvel Unlimited this holiday season and enjoy the gift of the Marvel Universe!

 

Follow Marvel on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/marvel join in the conversation on Twitter with #Marvel and for all things Marvel, please visit marvel.com.

 

*Offer valid 7/8/15 12:01 AM EDT to 7/20/15 11:59PM EDT. OFFER VALID ON MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS ONLY. Offer is open to new and former (now-cancelled) members who have not subscribed with a promotional offer in the last 6 months. Offer not valid on gift subscriptions, Annual or Annual Plus memberships. Valid payment card required to redeem offer. First month billed at $0.01; subsequent months billed at then-current monthly subscription fee (currently $9.99/month) unless and until cancelled. Cancel anytime through My Accountfollowing registration.  Auto-renewal and other terms and conditions apply; please see Marvel Unlimited Terms of Use for terms and Marvel.com/Unlimited for further details.

 

 

Retro Video Game Review: Megaman X2

  

As the first game was a success, Capcom decided to release a sequel to Mega Man X. Similar to the previous game, Mega Man X2 for the SNES plays similar to the classic Mega Man games but with new features added. This time, the game has even more new features to make it more interesting and also uses more the power of the 16-bit console.

  
The game resumes the story from the last one. Some time after the events of the first game, the Maverick Hunters recieve a threat from a group called the X Hunters. These mavericks claim that they have the body parts of Zero and challenge X to defeat them in order to recover them. At the same time, a maverick outbreak is happening again. So, as X, it’s your job to once again stop this threat from causing destruction around the world.

  
The game plays and feels pretty much the same as Mega Man X. All the controls feel pretty tight and responsive. The default buttong placements are the same and the button customization is back too. The only difference this time, though, is that you’ll start with the dash right from the start.

  
The game again places you on an opening stage that’s designed to get you into the action while at the same time teaching you the basics of how the game is played. After this, you’ll meet the classic stage select screen with the eight regular stages and their respective bosses to defeat.

A cool thing of the game is that sometime during the progress of the game, the X-Hunters will decide to challenge you to battle if you want to recover the body parts of Zero. These will be optional extra boss battles that you can choose to tackle or not and will make an important difference later in the game.

  
The heart and sub tanks also return once more as hidden secrets that you can get. They work exactly the same as before and also are quite useful in your journey. Besides that, the four armor upgrades are also back and this time give you different useful upgrades, like an air-dash.

Another new thing in the game is that this time you can also ride a bike in certain levels. The bike’s control is really basic and provides a good variety to the usual gameplay of the game. The Ride Armor is also back and better as it now has the ability to hover.

Graphically, the game looks good and sharp. The sprites and backgrounds are well made so you can notice details easily. This time, though, Capcom has also used their own chip inside the game to make the game look even better, with certain bosses that are actually made in wireframe 3D and don’t clash with rest of the game’s graphics.

The music of the game is excellent. One or two tracks may not be that good, but the soundtrack will definitely stay in your head. All the music matches the appropiate situation and sets you in the mood for the action of the stages. The sound effects work really well too.

With Mega Man X2, Capcom has made a succesful sequel to the original Mega Man X. The game is highly recommended for everyone and a must have for both Mega Man fans and action game fans.

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The Silence is Broken in UNCANNY INHUMANS #1!

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New York, NY—June 26th, 2015— They walk among you, and this Fall – they are blasting to the forefront of the Marvel Universe like never before! You thought you knew the Inhumans? Think again! Prepare for a new beginning this fall as Charles Soule and Steve McNiven, the team that brought you the blockbusterDeath of Wolverine introduce you to the UNCANNY INHUMANSMedusa! Black Bolt! Triton! Reader! Human Torch?! Beast?!

 Eight months have passed. From her throne on New Attilan, Queen Medusa and her new paramour Johnny Storm seek to bolster Human and Inhuman relations with the world’s eyes upon them. Yet in the shadows, the Midnight King has other plans. Black Bolt now runs covert operations in service of a larger, more mysterious goal. What is he up to? Meanwhile, what could have happened between Inhumans and Mutants to make Beast join up with the Inhumans? Did we mention Kang the Conqueror, the most dangerous villain throughout Marvel’s history seeks to exploit the Inhumans for his own gain?

“Many things have changed in the Marvel Universe for the Inhumans in the eight months since the end of Secret Wars,” says series writer Charles Soule. “Something happened- something gigantic. Something that will affect Inhumans and Mutants alike. The brilliant X-Man Beast, aka Hank McCoy, is now living in the Inhuman citadel of New Attilan, working directly with Queen Medusa and the other Inhumans.”

What happened? Better pick up UNCANNNY INHUMANS and keep your eyes peeled for future announcements! A new day is dawning for the Inhumans. But will they survive to see tomorrow? Find out as they are thrust into the spotlight like never before this fall in UNCANNY INHUMANS #1!
                                                                   
UNCANNY INHUMANS #1

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Coming Fall 2015!