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

DC Entertainment will now give Bill Finger official credit for his work in film and television projects based on his creations, including Batman v Superman.

This is a long overdue honor, and is still incomplete. Writer Bill Finger needs to be credited in EVERY Batman comic, should be credited on every television show, every cartoon, every movie in which Batman appears. Retroactively there isn’t much we can do; an awful lot of Batman comics have been printed, giving sole credit for the character’s creation to artist Bob Kane. But we can educate today’s casual fan. We can make sure to properly give the credit deserved from this point onward. Better late than never, and justice delayed is not necessarily justice denied.
All Bob Kane did was draw the character, and this under Finger’s direction. (Kane originally envisioned a character named “Birdman.”) It was Finger who named the character, and the character’s alter ego Bruce Wayne. It was Finger who devised Batman’s origin story and crafted all the mythos with which we are so familiar today. Finger is to Batman what Stan Lee is to Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron man, the Hulk, etc. and etc.—if Jack Kirby had selfishly stolen all the credit for himself, which is what Bob Kane did, actively excluding Finger as the rightful co-creator of the world’s most recognized superhero. Batman would not have approved.

source: www.superherohype.com

Man of Steel and Watchmen director Zack Snyder responds to Steven Spielberg’s comments on superhero movies and addresses the rumor mill around the DCU.

I’ve actually been a little worried about this myself. Commenting in the past on the Hollywood beast’s inability to generate any original ideas, lamenting its tendency to simply mimic what is currently popular and churning out one comic-based flick after another while giving no thought as to what, exactly, makes those successful examples of the genre work in the first place. And Hollywood will continue to do this, snatching up ANY comic property, no matter how obscure, no matter how unlikely those properties are to make any money at the box office, completely out of touch with the movie-going public, regurgitating what they believe to be a secret formula to big box office returns while milking the cash cow to death. It is only natural that people will eventually get sick of it all. Is Steven Spielberg right? Will we see a day when NO comic book movie will perform well in theaters?

Zack Snyder shares my concern that Spielberg might be accurately prognosticating the fate of the genre. However, he maintains that the only thing a director of such films can do is try to make the best movies possible, hoping that quality will win out despite Hollywood running the whole comic book one hoss shay into the ground. I concur, and as long as there are those who pursue quality over quantity where superheroes are concerned, the reign of the spandex-wearing superstar has miles and miles left to run before it implodes.

source: www.superherohype.com

and it’s exactly who you think it is.

Well, I called it. If you don’t believe me, do a quick search for my previous article on this site concerning the identity of the “Totally Awesome” Hulk. Come on, people, was this even a surprise? I can’t be the only one who saw it coming ten miles away. Writer Greg Pak, returning to duties chronicling the exploits of Marvel’s Jade Juggernaut, has a lengthy history with Amadeus Cho. Cho was his character. Basically a younger, Asian version of Bruce Banner, Cho is a super genius techno geek, just like Banner, but with a post-modern flair. Who else would Pak put in the spotlight but Cho? Well, anybody, if he wanted to not be predictable, but whatever.

Thing is, I enjoyed Pak’s run on the series in the past; I liked his portrayal of Cho as the Hulk’s sidekick. I liked Cho as a character. I MIGHT be interested in this new series, seeing Cho transformed into a hulk all his own—if the whole thing didn’t feel so overcooked. I mean, how many times has Bruce been replaced as the Hulk in the past few years? And even when it’s the same guy turning into the monster, depictions of the Hulk have been totally inconsistent. I feel like we haven’t been given a straightforward Hulk story, a classic Hulk story, in too long. Sadly, Pak’s new story, instead of being something fresh and new, looks dully familiar.

source: games.yahoo.com

It isn’t news that Hollywood is incapable of actual thought. “Hollywood” is a mass organism, a parasite, sort of like a Portuguese Man-O-War, a composite animal, a siphonophore (loving the word “siphon” makes up this name, as it’s so apropos for the point I want to make here), a cluster of millions of micro-celled organisms all living and working together. Any microorganism that doesn’t just go along with the flow, that displays individual thought or initiative, will likely be expelled from the mass. Like the man-o-war, Hollywood cannot swim, cannot move itself, is at the mercy of the ocean’s currents to get around. Hollywood, in other words, though it is capable of delivering a painful sting, is really rather stupid.

Superheroes are the thing right now. Comic book movies. So what does the Hollywood beast do in response? Certainly it does not stop to examine WHY movies like the Avengers or Christopher Nolan’s DARK KNIGHT trilogy are so successful. It just assumes, stupidly, that ANY comic book movie will be similarly successful. Thus we see a whole slew of projects getting green-lighted that ANY fan could tell them won’t do worth a flip. Jonah Hex, anyone?

Two high profile stories ran on Bleeding Cool yesterday, that laid out certain woes at DC Comics. 

When DC Comics chose to wipe the slate clean and start over back in 2011, canceling all their titles and erasing their established continuity, relaunching all the books as first issues and creating an all new, all different universe in order to woo new readers, it looked like a huge success. Sales went up—way up—and for the first time in, oh, EVER DC began to outsell Marvel. It does appear now, with five years perspective, this temporary bump in sales is attributable to the novelty effect. Or the train-wreck effect, depending on who you ask. DC’s current sales figures, though, provide undeniable proof; the New 52 has been a failure. Sales are lower now than they were before DC rebooted.

In spite of the fact that some excellent stories have come out of the New 52—Scott Snyder’s run on the Batman books, or the initial Justice League reintroduction, before the writers lost their way with all that multiverse, alternate dimensional crap; and I was overjoyed to see Swamp Thing revamped and brought back into the DC mainline—fan reaction to the New 52, which ain’t so new anymore, has overall ranged from lukewarm to hostile. Sales are reflecting that. Might we see a return to the pre-New 52 DC universe in the days to come?

source: www.bleedingcool.com