What We’re Reading Wednesday

Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.

Our pick of the week:

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Gotham Academy #2

Story: Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan
Art: Karl Kerschl
Publisher: DC Comics

Olive joins the creepy Order of the Bat as an after school activity, and we learn more about her secret past!

 

 

 

 

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Art Love: Dia de Los Guardians

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Marvel’s Phase 3 Announcement: Our Thoughts

Marvel LogoLet us mark Tuesday, October 28th as the day that Marvel blew the collective minds of fandom, drew forth screaming cries of joy from fanboys and fangirls alike, and blew up a ridiculous number of twitter feeds.

Marvel dropped a whole lot of bombs with their phase three announcement, and even managed to troll everyone in the process (why did you get my hopes up for a cheesy Serpent Society movie, Marvel? WHY), leading to a LOT of properties we’ll spend the next few years wildly speculating about. SDCC’s Hall H will never be the same again, and some of us are already saving up money for the tons of comic book movies we’ll be seeing in the next five years. What a time to be alive.

Head after the cut to see our reactions to all the phase three films!

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What We’re Reading Wednesday

Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.

Our pick of this light week:

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Story: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics

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Let’s Talk Marvel’s Secret Wars

MARVEL-SECRET-WARS_612x466Two weeks ago at NYCC, Marvel went on bit of an ongoing event announcement binge. While news about what’s next for the MCU was a bit hard to come by (to our continued disappointment), the revelation of two major events to come in 2015 has given us something to chew on — especially since the titles of both hint to a possible rehash of previous crossovers. We’re going to take a little time to talk about both, but first up is Secret Wars.

Secret Wars will be penned by Jonathan Hickman (Avengers and New Avengers) with art by Esad Ribic (Thor: God of Thunder). The planned launch date is May 2015.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Arrives!

The hype began Tuesday night, with an announcement just after Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD that the trailer would be making its debut Tuesday, October 28th in primetime on ABC. But just twenty-four hours later, a leak online spread like wildfire, and after an acknowledgement on Marvel’s part (and also probably some disappointment, despite their joke), the trailer’s here early! And the crew here at GRCT is freaking out.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in U.S. theaters May 1, 2015.

Our reactions to the trailer– those of us who can manage to string words together– after the jump.

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What We’re Reading Wednesday

Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.

Our pick of the week:

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Story: John Layman
Art: Javier Garron
Publisher: Marvel Comics

• Get ready as new series artist Javier Garron makes his Marvel debut!

• RESCUED! But by who? And is it really a rescue…or does this put Scott at greater risk than before? And what bounty are they hunting?

• Lots of shooting and things blowing up!

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What We’re Reading Wednesday

Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.

Our pick of the week:

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Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #6

Story: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: David Marquez
Publisher: Marvel Comics

• Miles’ life has been turned upside down in every conceivable level!

• New villains are coming out of the woodwork.

• Miles makes a life-changing decision!

 

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Story: G. Willow Wilson
Art: Adrian Alphona
Publisher: Marvel Comics

• As Kamala discovers more about her past, the Inventor threatens her future.

• Why is Lockjaw really with Kamala?

• The fan-favorite, critically-acclaimed, amazing new series continues as Kamala proves why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!

 

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NYCC 2014: To Wristband or not to Wristband?

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In addition to all of the comic book announcements and sneak peaks from New York Comic Con 2014, one of the things I was most looking forward to was seeing just how Reed Pop’s new system of clearing their main stage between panels was going to work out. It’s a crowd control measure that has been sorely needed at both New York Comic Con and the ever-growing San Diego Comic Con for some time now, but it remained to be seen if this was the answer to the long lines and wait times that the larger panels at these conventions attract.

The Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. line on Friday.

The Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. line on Friday.

Let’s be honest here, the system of not clearing rooms between panels sucks. If you want to see a single panel in a room, you’ve basically committed to spending the entire day up until that panel either waiting in line or room-sitting. It means missing out on everything else at the convention that day, and it’s never been a system that I’ve liked. However, I was skeptical about New York Comic Con’s main stage clearing policy.

The policy involved going down to the bottom floor of the convention center, or the “queue hall”, and lining up to get a wristband for the panel of your choice. Only a certain number of wristbands were given out, and attendees were free to leave the line after getting their wristband. Getting to leave the line is the part that makes this entire system worth it, because in the past, I’ve personally had to plan out convention days over whether I’d spend them waiting in line or actually getting to enjoy the convention.

NYCC’s policy appears to have been a success in a lot of ways. I noticed that on several days, it cut down on crowds waiting for the Main Stage. On Friday, I was able to quickly get my wristband, and not show up until several hours later for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel. I got to enjoy the convention, walk the floor and Artists Alley, and not being chained to a single room to get to see the one thing I wanted to see was definitely an improvement over past cons.

Getting a wristband meant going immediately to the Queue Hall.

Getting a wristband meant going immediately to the Queue Hall.

However, the system isn’t without its flaws. It doesn’t prevent people lining up in the middle of the night to be the first inside the convention center for wristbands. If the success that NYCC had with this year gives Comic Con International the idea to implement a similar system in San Diego, camping out all night for Hall H will just become camping out all night for Hall H wristbands. Yes, the problem of having to room-sit could be solved, but that still means that fans not willing to wait outside at four in the morning will be completely out of luck. That turned out to be the case with the Walking Dead panel at NYCC this year– some convention-goers got in line as early as 5 a.m. to be first in line for wristbands when the Javits Center opened its doors at 10. There were also reports of volunteers offering to sell wristbands to popular panels. There’s also the problem of wanting to see two popular panels on the same day. With NYCC’s current system, you can’t grab a wristband for someone else, so the current system has the advantage there. It’s a win/lose situation, either way you look at it.

But with both New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con growing in popularity every year– NYCC actually surpassed SDCC in attendance in 2014– hopefully the organizers of both events will be able to find a happy medium that will let the fans enjoy the convention without being stuck waiting in line the entire weekend.

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Art Love: X-Men

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X-Men by Glen Brogan

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