Tuesday, 22 May 2012

ClanDestine to appear in this years Marvel annuals

Found this snippet of an interview with Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso on CBR, dated 11th May 2012 talking about Clandestine appearing in this years Marvel annuals, Daredevil, and Wolverine...

'Speaking of creator/character match ups, we'll soon be seeing Alan Davis' ClanDestine characters return in some annuals he's been working on. Those are characters for Alan that are similar to, say, Howard Chaykin doing Dominic Fortune. They're just always associated with his work and style. When you've got a situation like that with a big name creator and some cult characters, how do you best make them connect?'

Alonso: It just comes down to the fact that Alan is a top-tier creator, and ClanDestine are his creation. There’s a hardcore group of ClanDestine fans out there, but we figured, why not have that team interact with the rest of the Marvel Universe and go for the biggest audience possible? It’s a win-win for everyone.

For the full interview follow this link http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=38642

Monday, 21 May 2012

Avengers: The Children's Crusade Graphic Novel

If you've not read this collection, and intend to, but don't want to know what happens, read no further, it contains lots of spoilers.
As we all know Marvel love a big event, and at the moment we have the AvX: Avengers Vs X-Men fist-fight. I've read all of them, bar this one for some reason, it sort of happened, but didn't have the huge hype that all the others have had. Now I've read it, and the conclusion I've come to is that this is probably the most important one of all.

It all started with Avengers Disassembled - The Scarlet Witch was so distraught after the revelation of her children/not children, that she went a little mental, and ended up killing Jack of Hearts, Ant Man (Scott Lang), The Vision and Hawkeye. This was closely followed by House of M, where she uttered those immortal words, 'No More Mutants'.

Then she pretty much disappeared off of the hero radar, until this little episode, mainly featuring The Young Avengers, with a big supporting cast, comprising of The Avengers, X-Men, Magneto, Doctor Doom, Wonder Man, and Quicksilver.

It turns out that two members of The Young Avengers, twin boys called Wiccan and Speed, possibly have the souls of The Scarlet Witch's children, which makes them technically, well, her children. Wiccan has magical powers, like the Scarlet Witch, and Speed has the same powers as Quicksilver. Magneto finds out about their existence, tracks them down, and they then go off in search of The missing Scarlet Witch.

The Avengers get wind of it, and enlist the help of former Avenger, Wonder Man, whose Ionic signature is linked to the Scarlet Witch.

Long story short, The Scarlet Witch is in Latveria about to marry Doctor Doom, but she's suffering from amnesia, so doesn't remember any of her past actions. One big fight later between, The Avengers, The Young Avengers, Magneto against Doom, and his Doombots, and one trip through time, and The Scarlet Witch is back, memory restored, and feeling rather sorry for herself.

Along the way they accidentally remove Scott Lang from the moment he was killed, by Jack of Hearts exploding, and bring him into the present.
That leaves just Jack of Hearts to return from the dead, from the Disassembled story line.

Enter The X-Men, gunning for The Scarlet Witch, led by an angry Cyclops, at the same time that The Scarlet Witch magically restores Rictor's mutant powers.
The Avengers are there and are prepared to defend Wanda against The X-Men, at any cost. Hmm, this now seems very familiar. The current AvX has The Avengers gunning for The Phoenix Force/Hope Summers, and The X-Men will do anything to defend her. I must admit Cyclops is really starting to get up my nose. In the 80's I really liked the X-Men, and Cyclops, but recently he's become annoyingly driven, and more like a villain, not a hero. Can you guess what happens?.... Yep... Fight!

Doom convinces Wanda and Wiccan to join with him to perform a ritual that will undo what she had done previously, this will restore every de-powered mutant in the world with their powers. It turns out that everything was a plan by Doctor Doom, and I mean everything. The Scarlet Witch contained something called The Life Force, which she couldn't contain, hence the madness, she'd turned to Doctor Doom for help, and that's when it all started going wrong.

Doom's plan all along was to gain control of the Life Force, which he managed to do, for a while, but he was warned by The Scarlet Witch that it was too powerful for him to control, but for a while he was all powerful.
Doom wants total domination, and everyone says, No, and a big fight ensues. Scott Lang distracts him by flying into his ear, and is seemingly squashed by Doom. His daughter's not too happy about this grows very large and attacks Doom furiously. At this stage in the book I'm thinking, hold on a moment, the story's almost finished and nobody has died. I knew it was too good to be true, Doom retaliates and...
kills Stature, before loosing control of the Life Force, and returning to Latveria.

Lots of tears, lots of anger, and Iron Lad, who is to become Kang in the future throws a fit, and kills The Vision (Version 2.0). The Scarlet Witch decides she needs to be alone for awhile and look for ways to sort out the mess she created. The End of sorts.

The one thing that sticks in my head the most is Captain America talking to the Scarlet Witch and telling her she's family, once an Avenger, always an Avenger. Wonder Man counters that by saying, The Avengers were a family once, but now they're just an Army. He's not wrong! The X-Men used to fight the good fight for the little guy, and The Avengers used to be the Boy Scouts of the Marvel universe. How far removed from that they are now.

I've said before, but The Children's Crusade is one of the most important story lines in recent Marvel history, and it brought The Young Avengers to my attention, who I always ignored as copycat Avengers for a new generation, but pleasingly so, they are not.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Union Jack, the Marvel Zombie Invader

Marvel Zombies Destroy, issue #2, has A.R.M.O.R. in WW2, an alternate reality one, fighting against The Invaders, Zombie Invaders. Union Jack makes an appearance, for two panels, before being ripped apart by someone called Dynaman.

I won't be buying this, I really don't like this whole Marvel Zombies thing.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

AvX - Secret Avengers #27

Some of these pages have been published before, but without speech bubbles, this time they have words. Not liking Remender's take on Captain Britain, both in X-Force, and Secret Avengers. After seeing these pages I'm convinced Cap needs to leave The Avengers behind, and form his own UK based team, or maybe that promised Commonwealth team.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Union Jack in the Amazing Spider-Man - Ends of the Earth

Marvel are releasing a one shot Amazing Spider-Man story called 'Ends Of The Earth', featuring various, rarely used heroes, like The Kangaroo, Sabra, Japan's Big Hero Six, and Union Jack. Nice to see another British Hero getting some limelight. Here's four pages from this comic...

Monday, 7 May 2012

Black Knight Art by Robert Atkins

Here's some more really cool art pics of the Black Knight by Robert Atkins, plus a couple of sketches of Captain Britain and Psylocke. Top quality art!

For more top drawer art check out his Blog http://robertatkinsart.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 5 May 2012

First Look at Dazzler Bowen Statue

One time New Excalibur member Dazzler has been beautifully created by Bowen Designs in her original costume worn in the 80's, the white disco outfit she wore whilst on stage singing.



Here's the Issue she first appeared in, X-Men #130, an age when the X-men were great, John Byrne art, Chris Claremont words, classic.