A Japanese comic is one of the biggest topics on Chinese social media – despite a government ban.

The fact that a Communist regime restricts the freedoms of the individual is obvious to anyone with a functioning brain. And of all the Communist regimes still around—and there aren’t nearly as many as there used to be—the biggest by far is China. John Lennon told us all to imagine a world without religion to divide us, inspired partially by Chinese society (at least according to FORREST GUMP), but can you imagine living in a country where something as simple as reading a comic book can get you into trouble? I know I can’t. Or I don’t want to.

Among he things the Chinese government feels its citizenry doesn’t need access to is Manga, Japanese comics like DEATH NOTE. I’m not a Manga fan myself, but come on, China! Comic books? Really? It isn’t only under repressive regimes that such censorship occurs, though. There are more than a few morons right here in the good ol’ US of A who feel that comics are “kids’ stuff” and should be neutered of all hints of sex, violence, and adult concepts. They are just as dangerous in their own way as the Chinese Communists, and they are the reason why the CBLDF exists. And I’m sure DEATH NOTE scares them, too.

source: www.bbc.com

Greg Pak has written many comics for both Marvel and DC Comics, but he may be best known for his long run on the primary Hulk comic book franchise from 2006-2011.

There’s gonna be an all-new, all different Incredible Hulk! And Greg Pak is returning to script the series! And . . . I couldn’t care less. I have no interest in reading this new series and no interest in trying to discern the secret identity of this new jade giant. (My guess? Amadeus Cho.) I just don’t get why Marvel feels the need to replace all their primary players with stand-ins. Does that make them fresh and exciting? Not in my (comic) book.

Moreso than with Captain America, though (Steve Rogers is now an old man and The Falcon is playacting as Cap), or Thor (where Thor is a woman but the real Thor is still a prominent character in the book), the Hulk has had one too many redefining, status-quo-altering changes in too short an amount of time. First they split the Hulk and Banner into two separate people, then quickly ret-conned that. Then Banner got shot in the head, causing brain damage to him and his green alter-ego. THEN he was healed with Extremis technology, which left the Hulk with Banner’s intellect but lacking his conscience. Now they’re scrapping THAT storyline to give us a new Hulk. It has become tedious—and boring.

source: www.examiner.com

Quesada was joined by a half dozen other Marvel editors and writers to discuss upcoming book releases and plans, as well as answer questions from the audience. The most interesting point of the panel came with a discussion on diversity started by a fan thanking Marvel.

A Little Diversity Can Go A Long Way

They have to be careful. And I have to be careful.

Diversity in comics, as in all forms of entertainment, is a good thing, generally speaking, and I support Marvel’s (and DC’s, and the other comics publishers’) steps towards making their comic universes more representative of society as a whole, not just worlds filled with Caucasian male superheroes, where the only color comes from the costumes. But Marvel and the rest need to tread with caution, lest they wind up succumbing to that fatal flaw of good storytelling—tokenism—the creating of new black, Latino, gay, bisexual, transgender, Muslim, or even female primary characters just for the sake of having them, not because the storylines support it. This is a sort of reverse racism, and it doesn’t benefit anyone; it actually cheapens the effort while it weakens the overall product. They also need to be careful lest, as those new characters are still largely written by Caucasian men, their efforts ring false.

And I need to be careful, lest anyone misconstrue what I’m saying and label me as prejudiced or racist just for having the brass to suggest that this new “diversity” is not necessarily a good thing.

source: games.yahoo.com

The writer will wrap his run on the core series and the supporting New  Avengers title next year “around May”, he revealed on a Reddit AMA.

Where are they all going? Away, that’s where. There’s a mass exodus underway over the House of Ideas. At the forefront is writer Jonathon Hickman, the man who has pretty much directed the progression of the entire Marvel Universe for the past few years and one of the company’s vaunted “architects.” And he’s not alone in leaving. Another of the architects is going with him. Say bye-bye to Matt Fraction. Jason Aaron is staying (for now) as is Brian Michael Bendis. And Marvel has still got some proven talent, some big name creators, like Mark Waid. And Dan Slott’s still going to be writing Spider-Man, but fan favorite Kelly Sue Deconnick is pulling up stakes.

Is this bad news for Marvel fans? Should we be worried? Only time will tell, but the big M does have some talented up-and-coming writers to pick up where the heavy hitters are leaving off. Charles Soule is a proven talent, as is Gerry Duggan. Will the new “powers that be” prove capable of keeping their respective titles gliding at the heights of quality they currently enjoy? Or is it crash and burn time—and time to reconsider renewing some of those big contracts?

source: www.digitalspy.com

Aquaman #41 kicks off a new direction with the DCYOU campaign. Do Cullen Bunn and Trevor McCarthy deliver a great start or not? Find out here!

I never really understood why Aquaman got so much bad press. His character is no sillier than many if not most other superheroes. He’s basically the same character as Namor over in the Marvel Universe, and the Savage Sub-Mariner gets way more respect. Maybe it’s because Namor always straddles that line between hero and villain. Maybe Namor just exudes a more potent sense of gravitas, but that can be blamed on whoever is writing Aquaman at the time, can’t it? Maybe it’s because of SUPER FRIENDS, wherein Aquaman was never given much to do except summon fish. Who can say?

A concerted effort has been made to portray Aquaman in the comics as a badass. This trend seems to be continuing, as preview for issue 41 of the sea king’s current series promises a new direction and new storyline, combined with a new, edgier look. I admit, I kinda dig it, and I’m kinda excited about the new story arc. We can expect to see the character both visually and thematically start to resemble Jason Momoa more and more as we get nearer the release of the new Batman/Superman movie. And for him to quickly switch back to his “vintage” look, if the movie tanks.

source: www.comicbookrevolution.net