This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Captain Canuck #12, Spawn #276, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #1, Savage Dragon #225, Crosswind #2, and Fantomah #1… be warned, there may be spoilers…
Television crossovers rarely happened in the past, and when they did, it was more in the way of a backdoor pilot or a guest-star role. Things like Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley spring to mind, but there were full-blown crossovers in the past – doctors from St. Elsewhere visited the bar Cheers, and Charlie’s Angels solved a mystery on The Love Boat – but in an age where we have huge extended continuities like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it happens a lot more often. Meet me after the jump and we’ll discuss one of the most ambitious crossovers in recent television history – Heroes v Aliens, Invasion in the Arrowverse!
Sleep. You know, that lovely send off into a velvety landscape, while the radio whispers sweet Coast-To-Coast conspiracy nothings in your ear about fires in the sky and the reptilians from the Alpha Draconis star system hidden secretly among us?
Ok. Back to event comics, those incredibly action-packed money suckers that not so slyly entice you into buying a whole host of crossover comic books, titles you’d certainly not read if it wasn’t for the event imprint on the top of the cover! But you just want to see all of your favourite superheroes together.
The event comics naturally promise that worlds will live and that worlds will die and that the state of the comic book universe will never be the same. And they promise it every summer.
In 1989, DC’s event comic went other-worldly.
The aliens aren’t coming, you see. The aliens came.
And within three 80-page issues, the earth’s greatest (DC) superheroes beat them all back!
There’s no issue of the main Civil War II series this week, but the conflict that crosses the entire Marvel Universe this summer continues, on a small scale, with the heroes Spider-Man and Hercules, among others. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Civil War II: Gods of War #1.
Hey there! Did you know that over the last three months you’ve been living in an age of Ultron?
No, no. Don’t be embarrassed. Not many others really knew either. I mean, no one has even seen the machine-gone-sentient big bad of the Avengers. Nine bi-weekly (or so) issues and not one bolt or transistor of the villainous tin can has been seen. Nope. Not one gear or hinge or electrical wire. Just a bunch of avatar sentries floating around in some crazy parallel future, indiscriminately killing earth’s greatest heroes.
Oh, I know. You feel bad that you haven’t noticed. Well, no worries. We’ve got you covered, here at Biff Bam Pop!
After all, the last issue of the series is out today…and boy, are we in for a surprise! No, really!
Today our pals at Marvel supplied us with Joe Quesada’s all-new look for Angela, the character that comes over to the Marvel Universe from Image Comics. Originally conceived by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane for Spawn, the character was the source of a lawsuit between the two regarding ownership of the character (read about it here).
With Gaiman’s return to Marvel, he brings Angela with him. She’ll play a part in the culmination of the Age of Ultron mini-series, and then appear in Guardians Of The Galaxy. I’m actually excited to see how Marvel utilizes Angela – how about you?
By the end of this weekend we’ll probably all have seen the third installment of the Iron Man film series, Iron Man 3. The armored avenger seems to be more popular now than ever before. He wasn’t always this popular though, even to comics fans.
When I was a wee one, I didn’t even know who Iron Man was, beyond the guy in the armor in the Avengers. My very first impression of him, my first comic book with him in it… was a wild one. It was a comic that showed me a whole different side of Iron Man, or at least in the memory of a six year old boy. I’ll be back after the jump with my memories and thoughts on The Incredible Hulk #131 from 1970.