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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Art Love: Black Widow

Black Widow by Irene Flores

Black Widow by Irene Flores

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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 picks of the week:

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Story: Matt Fraction
Art: Chip Zdarsky
Publisher: Image Comics

Jon and Suzie have had to deal with a whole lot in their time together but nothing can prepare them for…Robert Rainbow. Actually he’s a pretty cool guy. And that’s the problem. Come along and laff and love with the Eisner Award nominated SEX CRIMINALS by MATT FRACTION (SATELLITE SAM, HAWKEYE) and special guest artist CHIP ZDARSKY (SPAWN*, THE WALKING DEAD*) 

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Sabrinacover1-2ba41Sabrina #1
Story: Roberto-Aguirre Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Rachel Deering
Publisher: Archie Comics

Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey.

But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comic’s latest horror sensation starts here!

 

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Art Love: Jubilee & X-23

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Jubilee and X-23, by Thatters

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Let’s All Go Nuts (for a Squirrel Girl Ongoing)!

Before I get started, I would like to take the time to help everyone visualize my reaction to finding out that Squirrel Girl is receiving her own ongoing. Please see below.

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I’m definitely Squirrel Girl in this. Complete with sliding motion.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to business. As you probably have already heard, Marvel announced that Squirrel Girl will be getting her own ongoing, “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” via EW this morning.  It will feature the dream team of Ryan North (of “Dinosaur Comics” fame) and Erica Henderson (just look at her awesome tumblr! Look!), both of whom are more than capable of handling the built in situation comedy that comes along with the character.

Now if you were a fan of Squirrel Girl before, you probably understand the enthusiasm that seems to be pouring out of everyone’s ears. It’s a bubbly, infectious sort of giddiness that probably should be heralded on embossed acorns or something equally twee. If you’re not, then you’re probably scrambling to Google why this is such a big deal.

The answer is, you might not necessarily be able to figure out why people are freaking out about a teenaged girl with squirrel-like powers and a squirrel best friend named Tippy-Toe getting her own ongoing. It’s kind of hard to boil it down to anything other than enthusiastic chittering noises. But I’ll try.

Cover of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 by Erica Henderson

Cover of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 by Erica Henderson

Doreen Green (aka Squirrel Girl), despite having defeated Doctor Doom and Thanos all on her own (including multiple other Big Bads) is still a relatively normal teenaged girl. Sure, she’s been a nanny for Dani Cage (Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter) and probably had a fling with Wolverine, but she’s not over-hyped or over-exposed. She takes her job seriously, takes being a part of a bigger team seriously and has dramatically risen above her Great Lakes Avengers roots.

The premise of the new ongoing suggests that we’re  to follow her to college and there’s something to be said about going after that kind of story. Doreen doesn’t have a Great Destiny Laid Upon Her or time travel, inter-galatic shenanigans to contend with unless she wants to. Having a hero that doesn’t come from money or have had an accident, but picks this life is important. It’s even more important when that hero happens to be a teenaged girl whose powers aren’t something that inherently sexual.

I hope this series picks up on the fact that there can be just much drama and hilarity mined from figuring out which group of people to hang out with and how you’re going to survive that class with that professor who just doesn’t get it as there is from saving the world. College is about finding out who you are — even if you’ve kind of had that handled since you were 14. Transitions (especially when it means getting out of your comfort zone) are difficult no matter who you are which is something that most people can relate to. It’s about time Squirrel Girl had the chance to show she was worthy of her own title. Which is totally is. It’s called Unbeatable for a seriously good reason.

Long story short: this announcement is kind of a big deal. So big, it feels almost on the level of “New Thor is a Woman” epicness. It seems like it is something that should’ve happened five years ago, but has always been worth the wait. I can’t wait until January to check it out!

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