Marvel’s biggest event just got bigger.

Marvel Comics’ mega-event SECRET WARS is now set to conclude at the end of the year with a bombastic NINTH issue. This is good news for fans, as the hordes of geekdom have been almost universal in their praise for this series. In case you’re one of the three comic readers who imprudently chose to pass on this one, here’s the skinny: All the universes in the multiverse slammed together, two at a time, until only the Ultimate universe and Marvel’s original 616 were left. When those two had their smash-up, it looked like the end of everything—until Dr. Doom managed to reforge all reality into one massive planet called BATTLEWORLD, fixing himself in place as its god and master. But some heroes from the original 616 and Ultimate universes have shown up, and the stage is set for the conquest of Battleworld. And now it will take an extra issue to tell the story.

Personally, I expect writer Jonathan Hickman to kill Reed Richards at the end of the tale. Don’t care; I can’t stand that character. I just hope he doesn’t also kill off Doom. I know such a thing would be temporary—likely until Marvel regains the movie rights to the characters—but the new Marvel that will come into being after Secret Wars needs Doom in it. It can get by just fine without Mr. Fantastic.

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Doom is a genius in physics, robotics, cybernetics, genetics, weapons technology, bio-chemistry, and time travel. He is also self-taught in the mystic arts. Doom is a natural leader, a brilliant strategist, and a sly deceiver.

Last week I pontificated on the abysmal failure of the latest FANTASTIC FOUR movie. Which reminded me of the two previous abysmal failures. All of which reminds me of the greatest transgression this slew of films has committed. No, not by casting Jessica Alba, who couldn’t ACT like she was in pain if you smashed her big toe with a hammer. No, not by making the Human Torch a black dude. No, not by depicting Galactus as a big puffy cloud with an attitude. The greatest disservice of which the FF movies are complicit is paid to Doctor Doom. And this is, I believe, the primary reason why they failed. You can’t cast Doom as a smarmy playboy or a whiny brat and expect it to fly. Screw the people in the blue suits, with the 4s on their chests. If Doom doesn’t work, the movie won’t work.

Doom is tied with the Joker, in my opinion, as the greatest villain in comics. That’s if he IS a villain. A good argument could be made that he is, in fact, a ruthless, megalomaniacal HERO. (After all, in the current SECRET WARS storyline, it was Doom, not the Avengers or any of the other Marvel heroes, who saved the Multiverse, sorta.) And how badass is the guy? He just KILLED THE FREAKIN’ DARK PHOENIX. You do NOT wanna mess with Dr. Doom. Which is why the makers of those asinine movies better be glad that Doom isn’t living in THIS universe.

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What did Josh Trank do?That was the question people were asking all over social media on Thursday night after the director of Fantastic Four tweeted — and then quickly deleted — a message slamming his own movie on the eve of its debut.

Director Josh Trank wants us all to know it’s not his fault that FANTASTIC FOUR sucks like a Hoover jacked up on steroids. He posted, or “tweeted,” as much, before he quickly deleted said tweet, but a mere moment in cyber-time is equivalent to an eternity; people noticed, people copied and pasted, and the word quickly got around; no doubt news of Trank’s acknowledgement that his movie was garbage helped to squelch its already meager box office and it into one of the biggest bombs ever, insomuch as films inspired by comic books are concerned. I doubt Trank has committed career suicide by his honesty, though. If having his name attached to this picture in the first place doesn’t shoot down his rising star, passing the blame on to the studio isn’t likely to do it. After all, there are other studios.

By far the harshest critique I’ve read is that the previous two FF movies, directed by Tim Story, were actually BETTER than this new one. I don’t see how that’s possible. This new one might be just as bad, maybe. But worse? Can they GET any worse? The only way to find out for sure would be for me to watch the new flick. And I’m not that much of a glutton for punishment.

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In their latest spotlight on examples of comic creators making commentary on other creators within the pages of comics, CSBG looks at the classic case of the inker who talked some trash in the background of a Spidey comic.

I tend to enjoy a good “secret” message in my comics. Usually it’s a dig at a rival. I remember the 90s, that low water mark of the comic industry, when Peter David had the Incredible Hulk’s wife Betty put a fake fin on his head as a disguise. “It won’t work,” the Hulk told her. “Any idiot will take one look and say, ‘Oh, it’s the Hulk with a fin on his head!’” This was an obvious dig at Erik Larson’s character and comic, the Savage Dragon, which features essentially the Hulk with a fin on his head. The joke made me laugh then, and it still makes me laugh now, recalling it to memory.

Creators have to tread carefully, though, as these in-jokes can get them into trouble. Al Milgrom got canned (sort of) for sneaking in a dig at his former boss at Marvel comics, Bob Harras. (Interestingly enough, his fellow artist, the legendary John Romita, Sr. did NOT get in any trouble, so either Milgrom alone was responsible for the dig or else Romita is just so darn legendary he can get away with stuff like that.) Artist Simon Bisley has the bad habit of hiding not secret messages but drawings of uncircumcised penises in his work. (Admittedly it can be fun, trying to find them.) For me, as long as the story as a whole doesn’t suffer, I don’t mind the hidden messages (or penises) at all.

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