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In Topic: Marvel's One World Order

22 June 2017 - 05:34 PM

Yeah, but this isn't the old Ultimates characters (the Ultimate Universe version of the Avengers). Marvel is just re-using the name. The series is set in the Marvel Universe.
It features Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Black Panther, and Spectrum (who was the African-American Captain Marvel during the 1980s, created by Roger Stern) as main characters. Galactus is also a recurring character.

In Topic: Marvel's One World Order

22 June 2017 - 05:05 PM

I just want to mention once again that Al Ewing's Ultimates is by far the best book that Marvel is currently publishing, and is pretty high on the list of best new comics, period.
The current issue featured a story starring Ego, The Living Planet. It was very cosmic.
I'd best describe Ultimates as Planetary, if Planetary were solely about the Marvel Universe.

In Topic: Marvel's One World Order

15 June 2017 - 05:05 PM

OK, Secret Empire has jumped the shark. I'm probably not going to keep reading it now. Spencer seems to have lost the narrative.
Don't get me wrong, this was a great Ultron story. It just had no place in a dark, dystopian series about a fascist take-over of the world.
Mark Gruenwald wrote an inconsequential and fun little story back in the early-1990s called "The Bloodstone Hunt", which was him riffing on Indiana Jones. Captain America and Baron Zemo raced around the world to try to be the first to find an incalculably powerful object. It worked, although it was far from my favourite thing Gruenwald did on Cap.
However, I really didn't want to see Secret Empire turn in to an homage from this middling early-1990s story.
"Oh, look, Steve Rogers is a Nazi now! But, we have to team up with this guy to fight this greater evil!". Yeah....no.
It seems like Spencer got his points out of the way in the first couple of issues, and has now moved the book in to being about a race for the Cosmic Cube.

I'm wondering if there was quite a bit of editorial interference with Secret Empire? There were so many complaints on the internet about the direction of the book, and calls for a boycott, that I wonder if Marvel didn't step in out of concern for the sales, and told Spencer to dial it back and write a less political story.
The Secret Empire:Uprising one-shot, which was meant to deal with the state of mutants in Hydra's America, seems to have been completely rewritten. It bears zero resemblance to the original solicitation, and seems to show signs of editorial meddling. I think that all those people who were all up-in-arms over a Jewish man, Magneto, siding with Hydra might have convinced Marvel to change the plot. The cover of the one-shot doesn't even match anything to do with the contents of the story now.

The thing is that Marvel (like most corporations in their "politically correct" clueless zeal to never offend anyone) seems to miss that turning this material in to just another superhero story is potentially far more offensive than telling a more realistic story. Just imagine if Orwell decided to show the lighter side of Big Brother.

In Topic: Hellboy/B.P.R.D. thread

14 June 2017 - 08:59 PM

Well, as I assumed, Mike Mignola is coming back again in August.
The continuation of the present-day BPRD saga will pick up again with The Devil You Know mini-series.
Hellboy and the BPRD will be back with another story....although, this one sounds interesting to me, as it features Bigfoot.
Lobster Johnson will have a one-shot, taking place in Tokyo.
Plus, Mike Mignola has a new graphic novel unconnected to the Hellboy Universe, something to do with vampires again.

In Topic: Marvel's One World Order

11 June 2017 - 04:49 PM

They fought it out over best origin! (Yes, I realize that this is not Dr. Stephen Strange.)

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