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What George R.R. Martin Actually Loved About Ant-Man

By Kevin Carter

Hey guys! So I was scrolling through my twitter and came across an article posted by IGN about George R. R. Martin’s (author of Game of Thrones) thoughts on Ant-Man which premiered two weeks ago. First off, I was really surprised by the fact that George R. R. Martin loves and follows comics as much as he does. Now, maybe you guys already knew this, but I don’t know much about the writer himself only that he does a great job of killing off every character you love in a book. So I visited Mr. Martin’s blog just see what his thoughts were exactly, and I was completely caught off guard by his extensive knowledge of just Ant-Man alone. His post was titled “Me and Ant-Man”.

IMG_1359[**Warning: There are mild spoilers for the Ant-Man film below!]

Apparently, George R. R. Martin was “disappointed” by the fact that Marvel decided to go with the Scott Lang story rather than the Hank Pym story from his youth. The Scott Lang story was developed just as his comic reading began to “fall off” so he didn’t know the character as well as he knew Hank and Janet or “Ant-Man and his winsome Wasp” as he refers to the married heroes. Another thing I found that humbled me was the fact that Mr. Martin was there when the first issue of Tales to Astonish was ran. Think about it, George R. R. Martin probably bought the comic for $3 when he was younger and now it’s being sold on eBay with offers well in excess of $1000.

imagesHe actually grew up with Ant-Man, he knows his arc as well as Stan Lee does. I mean, his very first “viewing” of Ant-Man was on a panel from a paperback comic book and just this month he saw this childhood hero come to life on the big screen, and what’s more, he LOVED it! I can’t really say I’ve ever loved an MCU movie and I like DCCU movies even less (except the Dark Knight trilogy, that one was pretty great) but for someone who was actually there to see Ant-Man brought to life on paper and then go on to see that same hero decades later come to life on the silver screen, that’s amazing.

Another bit he wrote stated that he was tired of the endless “romantic tension card” used in so many comics over the years or even the whole “I have to hide my secret identity to protect the ones I love” scenario. He found the fact that Ant-Man and Wasp could be in a relationship, be in love, adventure together, and do all this without ever questioning anything refreshing. They even went on to help found the Avengers which happened to be “revolutionary”, as Martin put it, in the 1960’s. I can definitely understand his fatigue with the secret identity crisis, in comics these days it’s a little archaic in my opinion. There are people who do enjoy the secret identity conflicting with the love life, and I can understand that too. It provides us as the readers the potential conflicts that could arise. But then I do agree with Martin as well, sometimes that whole issue gets in the way and can become a distraction.

Anyway, that’s my bit for the day; I hope you guys enjoyed the read! If you want to take a look at G.R.R.M.’s personal blog, click here.

My name’s Kevin and I am a new writer here at Bleeding Cool! Come follow me on twitter! @Kevincarter9

What George R.R. Martin Actually Loved About Ant-Man

TIM DRAKE Headed Toward a Surprise In BATMAN BEYOND #3

Series writer Dan Jurgens talks about what's coming up for Tim in the "DCYou" future.

TIM DRAKE Headed Toward a Surprise In BATMAN BEYOND #3

Series writer Dan Jurgens talks about what's coming up for Tim in the "DCYou" future.

TIM DRAKE Headed Toward a Surprise In BATMAN BEYOND #3

Series writer Dan Jurgens talks about what's coming up for Tim in the "DCYou" future.

A Freak Magnet Showdown: A Sneak Peek At Fox Hunt #5

The Fox returns in Fox Hunt #5 for this arc’s final issue from Dark Circle at Archie, written by Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel, and drawn by Dean Haspiel with colors by Allen Passalaqua and letters by Rachel Deering. I was mighty impressed with the visual experimentation in Fox Hunt #4 and am looking forward to see how all this craziness resolves in the final issue of what’s been a fairly dark journey into a world of villains and family trouble for The Fox.

Here is a cover gallery of the main cover and variants for Fox Hunt #5 by Dean Haspiel, Robert Hack, David Mack, Eli Powell and Bill Sienkiewicz:

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Dark Circle describe Issue #5 thus:

The FOX HUNT reaches its cataclysmic conclusion with the biggest brawl in Dark Circle history! “Fox Hunt, Part 5″: The Fox and She-Fox have invaded Mr. Smile’s evil headquarters and are on the attack against the final five deadly villains that stand between them and their son! As parents do battle for the fate of their son, blood, sweat tears and money are on the line-but the freak magnet and his super family are far from finished! This arc may be ending, but the Fox’s adventures continue on-if he can survive the final showdown with the dreaded IRON FOX!

And here’s our sneak peek at a double page spread from Issue #5:

TheFox_05-8-9Fox Hunt #5 arrives in shops next Wednesday, August 5th.

A Freak Magnet Showdown: A Sneak Peek At Fox Hunt #5

Production on The Crow Reboot Reportedly Halted

In light of Relativity Media's bankruptcy filing and layoffs this week, the company's reboot of The Crow has reportedly been suspended.

The film was to have shot at Pinewood Cardiff where pre-production had long been underway.

According to ScreenDaily. "crew having vacated the studio this week following months of preparation." A source for the UK trade informs them "the company still 'intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow.'"

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A Second Iron Man Comic, Black Writers Writing Marvel Comics, And Bye Bye To Bi Hercules?

Axel_Headshot_HR.0CBR has it straight from Marvel’s EIC Axel Alonso. regarding a second Brian Bendis Iron Man title that he had teased.

Brian and David are playing the long game with “Invincible Iron Man.” When Brian pitched us, he said there was an idea for a sister-title that would spin out of the first germinating in his brain.

But he also had something to say, for a second week, regarding his approach to creative diversity within Marvel, specifically a dearth of black writers on the books saying,

The “All-New, All-Different Marvel” announcements encompass books that arrive in stores between October through February. We have incredibly exciting stuff to announce in the next few months — titles, artists and writers — building to a crescendo for Black History Month.

Basically… wait until the announcement of your book will have the biggest media impact! But, as Tom Brevoort told us, they are coming. Could one be for Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur? Wasn’t asked. He goes on to say

Actions speak louder than words. We are experiencing a lull in African-American writers at this moment, but it is temporary. We will be announcing new series very soon that will prove that. I’m talking about new voices, familiar voices and one writer whose voice is heard round the world

Any guesses?

And on Hercules, who was seen to be bisexual in Marvel’s 616 Universe, specifically down to a certain funeral scene… that moment seems to have been excised from Axel Alonso’s memory, who replied to a question about the new series saying,

Hercules and James Howlett’s relationship in “X-Treme X-Men” took place in a unique alternate universe, similar to how Colossus was gay in the Ultimate Universe, but is straight in the 616. Same goes for Hercules here.

Marvel declined a follow-up to that question. So, are we to presume that Hercules is straight again, as Colossus is in the 616? That would appear to be a reasonable assumption.

So sorry, Northstar, it never happened….

 

A Second Iron Man Comic, Black Writers Writing Marvel Comics, And Bye Bye To Bi Hercules?

DEAN HASPIEL Homages BUKOWSKI, BROOKLYN & His Favorite Restaurant In BEEF WITH TOMATO

Dean Haspiel talks about his new OGN, establishing a new NYC studio/publishing company, and the passing of Seth Kushner.

DEAN HASPIEL Homages BUKOWSKI, BROOKLYN & His Favorite Restaurant In BEEF WITH TOMATO

Dean Haspiel talks about his new OGN, establishing a new NYC studio/publishing company, and the passing of Seth Kushner.

DEAN HASPIEL Homages BUKOWSKI, BROOKLYN & His Favorite Restaurant In BEEF WITH TOMATO

Dean Haspiel talks about his new OGN, establishing a new NYC studio/publishing company, and the passing of Seth Kushner.