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Dueling Review All-New Wolverine Annual #1

Spiderine and Wolvergwen? It’s the freakiest Friday story you’ve ever read on a Wednesday as Matthew and Stephen take on the All-New Wolverine Annual #1 on this week’s Dueling Review. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/majorspoilers/DuelingReviewWolverineAnnual1.mp3 Direct Download Subscribe via iTunes RSS Feed Subscribe to the Major Spoilers Podcast Network Master Feed! Major Spoilers Podcast Network Master Feed RSS Feed Listen to Dueling Review on Stitcher Show your thanks to Major Spoilers for this episode by becoming a Major Spoilers VIP. It will help ensure Dueling Reviews continues far into the future! ALL NEW WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1 Writer: Tom Taylor Penciller: Marcio Takara An All-New

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More Artists Join Marvel’s Mystery ‘MU’ Comic

Three more superstar artists are joining Marvel's mysterious "MU" comic.

All-New Wolverine Annual #1 Review

Spider-Man and Wolverine have a colorful history when it comes to team-ups and crossovers. All-New Wolverine Annual #1 keeps that tradition alive but shifts the focus from Peter Parker and Logan to Gwen Stacy and Laura Kinney. This issue realizes the fun inherent in that inter-dimensional pairing, but misses the boat when it comes to the weightier drama.

This crossover is most easily compared to the Ultimate Spider-Man storyline where Peter and Logan unexpectedly switched bodies. That's the crux of the conflict in this issue, as Laura and Gwen suddenly awaken to find themselves in the wrong universe and the wrong body. There's ample comedy to be had as each heroine struggles to cope with their new powers and make sense of their bizarre situation. Gwen enjoys many of the most memorable moments as she gets used to her newfound claws an swaps out her familiar Spider-Ham hallucinations for "Wolver-Hampton."

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1 Review

From the earliest month's of IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, there have always been various one-shots, micro-series, mini-series and other spinoffs expanding on the main series. Why not consolidate those spinoff stories into one ongoing series? That's pretty much the thinking with TMNT Universe. Not all readers will feel the need to read two simultaneous TMNT comics, but those who do check out TMNT Universe #1 will find a comic very worthy of standing alongside its sister series.

In fact, reading this issue is enough to make you wonder if IDW shouldn't have just gone the DC Rebirth route and converted the main TMNT comic into a twice-monthly series. TMNT Universe is not only very much in line with the main series in terms of tone and style, it feels like a vital addition to the franchise. This book builds directly on the current, post-Vengeance status quo as it explores the new threats that are emerging in the aftermath of Shredder's defeat. If this issue makes anything clear, it's that the future is darker and more unpredictable than ever for the Turtles. The catch is that the book doesn't completely stand on its own, and those not keen on the main series might not find much incentive to stick with TMNT Universe either.

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Joe Quesada Discusses ‘Gratifying’ Marvel Knights Influence on Netflix Shows

Over the course of 20 years working at Marvel, Joe Quesada has climbed the ranks majorly, shaping the publisher’s creative vision in a big way. After serving as an interior artist for a number of years and going on to craft the massively successful Marvel Knights imprint, Quesada graduated to editor-in-chief, overseeing the publisher’s entire line from “House of M,” to “Civil War” and “Brand New Day,” among other major storylines. These days, Quesada is Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, serving as the liaison between the company’s publishing and entertainment divisions.

Appearing at Comic-Con International: San Diego, CBR News had the opportunity to speak with Quesada about his workflow as CCO, in addition to the time he currently spends drawing, the influence of his work on the current slate of Marvel Netflix shows, and more.

RELATED: Quesada Surrenders to the Dark Side with “Darth Vader” Variant Cover

Describing a day of work, Quesada told CBR’s Albert Ching, “The beauty of my job, and the thing that I always feel incredibly blessed to be able do — besides being able to work in this industry — is the fact that no two days are ever the same. Everyday is different. One day I could be working on scripts, one day I could be working on things for comic books. I would say that right at this moment, just because of the sheer density of the work we have, I’m doing a lot of stuff in television right now. In particular, the Netflix stuff is taking up a considerable amount of time. But while I’m working on the Netflix stuff [for example] I’m drawing a Darth Vader cover for a Star Wars comic, and I’m working on other things.”

He added, “People assume I’m not drawing as much — which is true — but I’m still drawing a considerable amount. It’s not stuff for print, it’s design work. Or even at [SDCC], there’s a Luke Cage poster that’s sort of a concept drawing, and that’ll be out there. But yeah I’d say that right now it’s probably the Netflix stuff that we’re doing.”

Quesada touched on his longing for the days when he was solely an artist, saying, “It’s the stuff I miss. When I actually have the opportunity to sit down and draw, I’m like ‘God, yeah, I could so easily go back to doing this 10 hours, 12 hours a day,’ because it’s what I’ve always done. So there is a sort of melancholy feeling that I get when I start doing it, because I know I’ll only be doing it for a short spurt, then I gotta move on to the next thing. Most recently actually — and I can’t really say what this is for — but I did do a four-page sequential story that’ll actually be in a film. But again, when somebody’s ready to talk about that, they can. It’s not a big deal, I had an offer to do it, I said, ‘absolutely I have to do it, it sounds like great fun,’ and I did it.”

RELATED: Spencer Says His “Captain America” Story is Bigger than Fans Expect

While Quesada’s no longer regularly drawing comics, the influence of his past work is evident in shows like “Daredevil,” which takes elements of the grounded, gritty incarnation of the character he helped revive in the late ’90s. Asked about his love of the take on the property, Quesada said, “Not only do I gravitate towards that realism and sort of darker, hardboiled side of the Marvel Universe, but it also takes place in my hometown. I’m a New Yorker,, I’m still a New Yorker, and I love the fact that we’re shooting in New York. So it’s everything I could want out of something like this.”

Quesada remarked on the satisfaction of reimagining his early work: “…it’s incredibly gratifying as well to see stories that I group up with, from the Miller stuff and beyond. Even the stuff that I had the opportunity to work on, with Kevin Smith and David Mack, and so many other people, and see parts of that portrayed in the series. And Jessica Jones, I was lucky enough to bring Brian Michael Bendis to Marvel and help usher Jessica Jones, he created the character with Michael Gaydos. It’s great to see that stuff actually happening.”

RELATED: Marvel CCO Joe Quesada Defends David Ayer in Wake of “F— Marvel” Comment

Stay tuned this week for Parts 2 & 3 of CBR’s conversation with Quesada.

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A New Villain Emerges in Amazing Spider-Man #17

Life is growing more difficult for Peter Parker as the march towards The Clone Conspiracy continues.

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Warning: this article contains spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man #17!

As you can see from the cover above, Amazing Spider-Man #17 marks the debut of the new, female Electro. This issue saw the Jackal attempt to recruit Max Dillon into his growing army of supervillain minions. As incentive, Jackal resurrected Francine, a woman whom Electro accidentally killed when his powers raged out of control. But when Jackal tried to restore Electro's powers, he accidentally empowered Francine instead. Thus, the new Electro was born.

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Daily Deals: The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V, Samsung Gear VR

The Witcher 3: Complete Edition Is the Best Deal in Gaming Right Now

The Witcher 3: CE is a magnificent game of mammoth proportions. This is IGN's GOTY for 2015, packed to the gills with all of its DLC, including the fantastic Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, and it's yours to be had for just $40, if you have Amazon Prime (without Prime it's still only $50). That's a total steal for a game that can give you at least 100 hours of monster slaying, open-world exploration, Gwent-playing, and moments of surprisingly gripping story-telling. Prime users: add it your cart, you'll see the discount at checkout!

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New Marvel MU Teaser Spotlights Cullen Bunn and Leinil Yu

Marvel Comics has released yet another mysterious “MU” teaser, this time pairing the name of writer Cullen Bunn (“Uncanny X-Men”) with superstar artist Leinil Yu (“Secret Invasion”). The other three teasers featured the names of artists Steve McNiven, Greg Land and Adam Kubert, all paired alongside Bunn.

RELATED: New Marvel MU Teaser Pairs Cullen Bunn With Greg Land

Take a look at the teaser which, just like the others, promises more info for Thursday, September 1, below:

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“MU” arrives in January 2017.

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Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 Review

If there's any good to come out of DC's Suicide Squad movie, hopefully it'll draw more eyeballs to the work of John Ostrander. No writer has more profoundly shaped this franchise over the years. And with the anti-heroes and outright villains of Task Force X enjoying a bigger spotlight than ever, it's only proper that DC commission a new Suicide Squad comic from Ostrander. Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 hardly reinvents the wheel, but ti does show Ostrander working his familiar magic with this team.

While the roster in this issue is fairly contemporary - Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo and the obligatory throwaway villain - the tone is vintage Suicide Squad. Ostrander gives this issue a heavy political slant as the team is charged with rescuing a former US Secretary of Defense before he's put on trial for war crimes. There should always be a political slant to this franchise. The Squad aren't simply the anti-Justice League, they're the group of sorry saps forced to deal with politically thorny problems the US can't officially involve itself in. This issue speaks to that premise.

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Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 Review

If there's any good to come out of DC's Suicide Squad movie, hopefully it'll draw more eyeballs to the work of John Ostrander. No writer has more profoundly shaped this franchise over the years. And with the anti-heroes and outright villains of Task Force X enjoying a bigger spotlight than ever, it's only proper that DC commission a new Suicide Squad comic from Ostrander. Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 hardly reinvents the wheel, but ti does show Ostrander working his familiar magic with this team.

While the roster in this issue is fairly contemporary - Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo and the obligatory throwaway villain - the tone is vintage Suicide Squad. Ostrander gives this issue a heavy political slant as the team is charged with rescuing a former US Secretary of Defense before he's put on trial for war crimes. There should always be a political slant to this franchise. The Squad aren't simply the anti-Justice League, they're the group of sorry saps forced to deal with politically thorny problems the US can't officially involve itself in. This issue speaks to that premise.

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