It’s no secret that Marcos Martin is one of my favorite comic book artists, and this variant for Nova #1 further illustrates why. It’s also no secret that I won’t fork over the cash on a single issue for $25. But I am buying all the cover priced issues I can afford. I’ve never been a huge Ed McGuinness fan, but his art style just works for a younger character.
For the first time in what feels like a very long time, I feel like Marvel is doing something great. With their NOW! series, of all things. And while a lot of the art still leaves me with a bad 90’s New 52 taste in my mouth, the stories themselves are actually pretty good. The crazy crossover event that was Avengers vs. X-Men actually sort of worked, and in a lot of ways Marvel’s big titles kind of feel like an Elseworlds-esque event.
There’s a new Nova, the Fantastic Four are off exploring space and time while the superb creative team of Hickman/Allred are having fun with their stand-ins. Captain America feels like the 80s again with JRJR drawing a Rick Remender-penned harsh, revenge-laden sci-fi/fantasy/superhero epic reminiscent of Roy Thomas’ Conan the Barbarian.
The only thing I can’t abide is what they’ve done with Peter Parker, but again if you look at it through the lens of counter-continuity, it works just fine. The tough part for some will be Marvel’s inevitable retconning of their entire universe, but anyone who has read comics for any length of time knows it’s an inevitability when plot consequences have any level of permanence.
Red Skull has absconded with Charles Xavier, the mutant “race” has dwindled to near extinction, and oh yeah… Jerome Opena’s Hulk actually looks like Jack Kirby or Tim Sale’s.
Are you reading the Marvel NOW! titles? I’ll forever be a sharp critic, and even I think you should give them a try.
After countless shortlist stories and rumors concerning who would play Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the search for the lead role is finally over, and fittingly the actor is someone who never appeared on any of the aforementioned lists. Deadline reports that Chris Pratt has been tapped to play Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, a character who was born of a human mother and alien father, and is a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship. As Guardians features a cast of strange and cosmic characters, Quill was an important role to fill because he will likely act as the audience’s introduction to the vast, unfamiliar Guardians world. (via Chris Pratt to Star in Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY | Collider)
“Andy Dwyer. Security, Sweets, Body Man, Javelin, if need be.”
Add to that Star-Lord. APPROVED.
My name is Sean and after much deliberation and arguing, I’ve decided that Tumblr will serve as the outlet for my most recent creative venture, Counter-Continuity.
What is Counter-Continuity?
As with all first blog posts, it always helps to describe what the goal is. My…
My buddy Sean started a new alternate-timeline centric blog concerning Elseworlds and What-Ifs and whatnots. Sean knows his stuff and he’s a good and funny dude. Should be good reading.