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

Although he’s famous as Marvel’s first and primary Spider-Man, there have been been questions about what Peter Parker’s role will be following the universe shattering events of Secret Wars . Well, wonder no longer.

I might as well come right out and admit it. I hate Miles Morales.

It’s not really his fault. It’s Marvel’s. If they had called him “Spider-Boy” or “Arachnakid” or whatever, I might have ended up loving him. But they went and named him Spider-MAN. And he is NOT, and will never BE, Spider-Man. Do I care that’s he’s biracial? Hell, no. (Although I do dislike the trend in comics right now, of creating new minority heroes just for the sake of having minority heroes. It feels like just what it is: tokenism. And that ends up DISrespecting minorities.) I care that he’s NOT Peter Parker, and Peter Parker IS Spider-Man. Simple as that.

It seems that Marvel, now that they’ve merged their 616 universe with the Ultimate Universe (Another confession: I never liked the Ultimate universe. It’s not the REAL Marvel.), intends to have TWO web-swinging superheroes of the same name. Okay, I won’t pitch too big a fit as long as they keep the REAL Spidey around. But I will never call Miles Morales Spider-Man. He will always be just Miles Morales to me. Or “The Imposter.”

(And if they’d just named him “The Imposter,” I’d have been okay with THAT, too.)

source: www.cinemablend.com

Marvel Comics is ready to turn the page on its superhero universe as fans know it.

Fans of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four aren’t happy these days. As they see it, Marvel is tossing their favorite characters into the dumpster. I say, worry not, X and FF faithful. All will work out in the long run. It may be a bumpy ride, but Marvel has a plan.

Any comics fan living back in the nasty 90s would have found it hard to envision a future wherein the X-Men were NOT Marvel’s crown jewels. Times have sure changed, haven’t they? But just because the Avengers are kings of the mountain now, along with Spider-Man, doesn’t mean the mutants and the “first family of comics” aren’t still valuable to big M. Why then would the company NOT offer us new series featuring the FF and the familiar X-Men? Because Marvel is its own movie studio now, owned by Disney, and big M/big D don’t currently own the rights to those franchises in the cinema. Thus they undermine them, hoping that they underperform at the box office, and the rival studios will hand them back to Marvel to “fix,” just as they’ve done with Spider-Man.

Patience, peeps. It may take awhile, but the X-men and the FF will come home. And it’ll be worth the wait.

source: www.nydailynews.com

Now we’re one month into the story, with three issues in the main  miniseries and at least a dozen tie-ins and spinoffs out in the wild — and this  is crazy, but “Secret Wars” is really good. 

Such a simple idea, when you think about it. “Let’s combine the Marvel universe and the Ultimate universe!” They’d already flirted with the concept before, when Brian Michael Bendis had the “real” Spider-Man, the original, Peter Parker, visit the Ultimate universe and meet his pint-sized namesake, Miles Morales. A simple idea, and probably an inevitable one. But oh, what a complex, intriguing and intense story has been woven from this seemingly mundane foundation! For the past few years, Marvel, and in particular writer Jonathan Hickman, have offered fans some of the freshest, most entertaining superhero drama to grace the painted page in a loooong time.

Parallel universes collide, or rather parallel planet Earths, and both universes are destroyed. Unless only one Earth is destroyed, which saves both universes. Would you kill billions to preserve, I dunno, quadzillions? This is the impossible scenario faced by some of our favorite heroes. Gut-wrenching, soul-searing postulations, uncomfortable to read, but also so much fun. That it would come down to just two remaining universes, the 616 and the Ultimate–maybe if we’d thought about it we would have seen it coming. Now that it’s here, though, “Secret Wars” is just plain EPIC. Are YOU reading it, or are you missing out?

source: www.businessinsider.com

Joss Whedon and his heroes and villains epic offers more this time around — more characters, more plot points, more action — and a few reasons for concern.

Here we are on the precipice of Age of Ultron and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been waiting for this one since the credits rolled on the first Avengers and the wait is almost over everyone. I’ve heard positive things and above all, I can’t to hear James Spader’s Ultron. Judging by the trailers we’ve seen so far he’s very badass.

Director Joss Whedon definitely tried to include more in AoU and just all around make the picture bigger according to all accounts. I haven’t seen the film yet so I’ve yet to confirm these claims. Along with our current listing of Avengers we have newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver joining the group and I’ve yet to see their dynamic play off each other but I will…oh yes I will. I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life…at least I’ve finished this movie and then I’m waiting for Civil War next year.

source: www.popmatters.com

Robert Downey, Jr.’s  “Iron Man” suit was a shameless copy, kind of like a designer ripping off a Vera Wang wedding dress … so claim 2 guys who now…

I read this one and was just…in awe. Can you believe that there are people actually suing Marvel and Disney (who at this point I’m sure have genetically engineered lawyers) for copyright infringement on Iron Man? I’ve heard some stupid stuff in my time but that’s just asinine. 

Apparently this is a suit that’s been going for a couple years for having “A character with a mechanized suit doing stuff” because they had it in their comic that I’ve never even heard of. Just goes to show that haters ‘gon hate and the set of balls these guys are ridiculous. On top of that they even say Marvel ripped off one of their comic covers with the cover of the latest Iron Man movie, I’m just shaking my head at this stupidity. Not only do they think Iron Man, a character older than the people claiming the suit is infringing on their character but they also think they have a case! 

Gee, I guess the produce world will be taken by storm when Green Giant sues Marvel for having a giant Green Dude. 

source: www.tmz.com