Massive Character Changes at Marvel Comics
Jul 2014 19

Ever since the “Marvel Now” initiative went into effect, The House of Ideas has been taking risk after risk with some of their most popular characters.  They “killed” Peter Parker and replaced him with Otto Octavius, stripped Wolverine of his healing factor, brought the original 1960′s X-Men into the present time, and even did a Battle Royal style book featuring “C” and “D” list characters (Avengers Arena).  Keeping with the recent tradition, Marvel has made some pretty massive announcements over the last week.

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The Longbox: Has Marvel Comics Neutered Wolverine?
Jun 2014 04

 

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What has happened to Marvel’s resident bad boy?  Remember the days when Wolverine would go into a bar, get drunk, fight some ninjas, and then sleep with the waitress?  Those days are over my friends. Everyone’s favorite Canuck is now the headmaster of the Jean Grey School, he’s lost his healing factor, and Marvel has decided to kill him off.  The question I ask you is this: Why?  Wolverine is arguably the most popular character in comics today.  Why mess with it?  Who’s to blame?  Is there any way to save Logan’s balls?  I will try to answer those questions and give you some recommendations for great Wolverine stories.

 

 

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Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014 – A Weekend in Review
Apr 2014 07

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis.

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis. Photo Credit: Kevin Brackett

As I sit in my recliner taking in all the glory that is WrestleMania 30, I’m reflecting on the weekend that has passed.  Wizard World descended upon the America’s Center for the second year in a row, and there would be no sophomore slump.  After the turn out we gave them last year, they brought some of their best this year and we responded in kind. With an amazing turn out again, St. Louis showed Wizard World and the pop culture community that this town is a hot bed of talent and fans.

This year’s show floor was in the actual Edward Jones Dome, rather than being limited to just the America’s Center due to its size.  Where last years show had a lot of dealers bringing high end books (Amazing Fantasy #15, Detective Comics #27, etc.), this year’s show brought more variety to the Gateway city. There was a lot more merchandise to be sold, and talking to the deals it seems to have been going very well.  They were selling more current items and variant covers.  To me, that’s where I will spend money.  I won’t be buying $15,000 books, but I might pick up some older issues of Hellblazer or Daredevil to plug some holes in my collection.  That was one of the things that last year’s con was missing.
 

Photo Credit: Joe Buttice

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Spoilers: ‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’ Reviewed by a Cap Fanboy
Apr 2014 04

Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-PosterBefore you start reading this, I want to warn you.  I will be spoiling the crap out of the movie.  If you don’t want to know who the Winter Solider really is and what role he will play in the future then stop reading.  You have been warned!!

As an unabashed lover of all things comics, it’s pretty easy for me to get excited about everything Marvel is doing at the moment.  I get even more excited when the people involved in said projects take things seriously and make a near perfect movie.  That’s exactly what directors Anthony and Joe Russo do with Cap 2.  The setup is pretty straight up.  Captain America, The Black Widow, and Sam Wilson team up to take down the returning Hydra.  The flick is not only an extremely strong follow-up to Cap’s first outing (Captain America: The First Avenger), but it also is the standard bearer for all future Marvel projects. The movie will also have a massive impact on anything else the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer. The repercussions of the events of this film will felt throughout everything yet to come.

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Preview: Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014 (April 4-6)
Mar 2014 19

Wizard World St Louis Comic Con 2014 TalentLadies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again.  The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and Wizard World is making it’s return to St. Louis.  That’s right fanboys and fangirls, Wizard World St. Louis is returning to the Gateway city on April 4-6 at the America’s Center.

Purchase tickets here.

With the amazing turnout from last year, Wizard World decided to make St. Louis a regular stop on their convention circuit.  Last we were treated with guests Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), and Stan “The Man” Lee.  This year will also feature a plethora of comic book and pop culture guests for you to see and meet – along with some con exclusives and great panels for you to enjoy.

As great as last years event was, this year is shaping up to be even better.  Making their way to St. Louis this year will be superstar artists Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn, and Haunt), Greg CapulloSalvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man), Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams(Batman & Green Lantern), and Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern: Rebirth & Flash: Rebirth). Those are just a few of the heavy hitters coming this year.  Other amazing talent include David Mack (Daredevil & Kabuki), Carlo Pagulayan (Incredible Hulk), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies & Army of Darkness), James O’Barr (the creator of The Crow),  and Mike Grell (Green Arrow & Warlord).  Neal Adams St Louis Comic ConThis however wouldn’t be a St. Louis Comic Con if we didn’t have some home grown superstars of our own now would it?  Also making appearances this year will be St. Louis’s own Cullen Bunn (Wolverine, Magento & the upcoming Sinestro), Chris Samnee (Daredevil, The Rocketeer, and Thor: The Mighty Avenger) Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun), and Matt Kindt (Justice League of America & Mind MGT).

David Mack also drew the Wizard World St. Louis exclusive variant cover of Wolverine and the X-Men #1.  It will be given the first 3,000 VIP attendees at the show. There will also be a black & White sketch variant.  That issue will be limited to 2,500 copies, and will be available at the Wizard Wold store on the convention floor.

 

Wolverine and the X-Men #1 St. Louis Comic Con Exclusive Variant Cover by David Mack. Limited Edition of 3,000 FREE to VIP attendees.

Wolverine and the X-Men #1 St. Louis Comic Con Exclusive Variant Cover by David Mack. Limited Edition of 3,000 FREE to VIP attendees.

 

Holy celebrities Batman! Adam West and Burt Ward!

Holy celebrities Batman! Adam West and Burt Ward!

This announcement is for all you Batman fans. This year, The Dark Knight is celebrating his 75th anniversary. And at St. Louis Comic Con, you will be able to meet the original Dynamic Duo themselves: Batman & Robin! Adam West and Burt Ward will be here, and are available for photos and autographs. And that’s not all! Making her very first convention appearance, we are proud to welcome Athena Finger, the only grandchild of Bill Finger, the uncredited co-creator of Batman and almost all of the “Bat” supporting cast.

Bruce Campbell St. Louis Comic Con VIP Exclusive Lithograph by Rob Prior. 11" x 17" Limited Edition FREE to Bruce Campbell VIP’s, Otherwise $TBD

Bruce Campbell St. Louis Comic Con VIP Exclusive Lithograph by Rob Prior. 11″ x 17″ Limited Edition FREE to Bruce Campbell VIP’s, Otherwise $TBD

I’m sure you’re telling yourself: “Joe.  I’m not a fan of these so called funny books, but I do love pop culture.  Is there anything for me?” Fear not dear reader, there is.  If the comic guests don’t do it for you – listen up you primitive screw-heads! Come to meet your favorite cult hero, Ash himself: Bruce Campbell! That’s right my friends, Bruce Campbell will be at Wizard World.

Also coming this year will be Nathan Fillion (Castle & Firefly), William Shatner (Star Trek), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who), Sean Patrick Flannery (Boondock Saints & Dexter), WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sean Astin (the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Manu Bennet (Arrow & Spartacus), Summer Glau (Firefly & Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Milo Ventamiglia (Heroes), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Dollhouse), Alan Tudyk (Firefly & Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) , John Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk)

This years show is shaping up to be even better than last year.  If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, you can head over to the official Wizard World website.  There you can pick up tickets for the show, find out how to get autographs and picture with your favorite celebrities, and a full list of everyone that will be at the con.

Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con will take place April 4-6, 2014. Click here for tickets. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.

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