It’s been awhile since you were treated to the meanderings and rants of this comic fan, but fear not!! I have returned!
On this edition of “The Longbox”, I’m going to give you my thoughts and insights on the recent casting of Gal Gadot (Fast 6) as DC’s flagship female character, Wonder Woman. Was she the right choice? How will she fit into the future plans of the DC cinematic universe? Are the powers that be trying to throw too many characters in the Man of Steel sequel? All of those questions and more will be answered here (not very well, mind you).
New York City hosted it’s annual Comic Con this past weekend. Much like all the other major cities that host a Comic Convention, there are a plethora of news, reveals, and announcements. This show was no different. Every publisher made some big announcements, but yet again, Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios stole the show.
I’ll break all the news down by publisher so it should be a little easier to navigate.
Marvel has decided to release “All New” titles in their Marvel NOW initiative. There will be new titles launched as well as existing titles getting “.NOW” numbering (i.e. Avengers #24.NOW). The titles that are already ongoing will also feature a digital code that will give the reader a bunch of issues from that have already been released. That way, the reader can catch up for free.
The first of the “All New” titles will be titled All New Invaders. The creative team will be James Robinson (Starman & Earth 2) ans Steve Pugh (Hellblazer & Animal Man). From the looks of the cover image, the book will feature Captain America, Bucky (Winter Soldier), Namor, and The Human Torch. One of the interesting things coming from this book is that the creative team were both working on New 52 titles over at DC. Robinson was writing Earth 2 and Pugh was doing the art on Animal Man. With all of the editorial problems going on over at DC, it’s not wonder these two men jumped ship.
It only took DC two years of the New 52 before they decided that they needed a company wide crossover. I give them credit for lasting that long.
Spinning out of the events from “Trinity War” (a six issue story running through Justice League, Justice of America, and Justice League Dark), we as readers are introduced to the New 52 version of the Crime Syndicate (an evil version of The Justice League). The problem that I had with “Trinity War” was that it the story was nothing more than a six part prologue to “Forever Evil”. There was no ending to “Trinity War”. Rather it just led into “Forever Evil”. If the prologue had enough legs to warrant six parts, then the story it’s leading up to must have something massively entertaining in store for us right?