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Archive for September 2017 – Page 2

Marvel’s Inhumans Is Still Bad Even With Extra TV Footage

Marvel’s Inhumans debuted in IMAX theaters earlier this month, and tonight the show debuted on television. The IMAX version combined the first two episodes into a movie, whereas ABC ran the first pair of episodes back-to-back as a two-part premiere. It was revealed ahead of release that the TV version would have about 10 minutes of extra footage, so here’s a breakdown of what’s different and whether it changes the quality of the show.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Inhumans!

The only noticeable difference is an extra storyline featured only in the TV version. Remember when Gorgon stomped on the moon rover with his hoof? It turns out that a glimpse of his hoof was noticed by a human scientist named Louise (Ellen Woglom), who was monitoring the rover’s camera feed. She works at a private aerospace company as their space and lunar expert. Spurred on by curiosity, she investigates what we know to be the Inhumans who live on the moon inside the city of Attilan.

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Comic Legends: The X-Men/Silver Surfer Crossover That Never Was

Comic Legends: The X-Men/Silver Surfer Crossover That Never Was

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and forty-sixth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

As we’ve been doing it for some time now, one legend today, one tomorrow and one Sunday.

Let’s begin!

COMIC LEGEND:

There was almost an X-Men: Hidden Years Annual by John Byrne and Terry Austin teaming up the X-Men and Silver Surfer.

STATUS:

True

One of the coolest little bits back in old Marvel Comics stories was when they would toss in little asides to show how the rest of the Marvel Universe was reacting a major event. Like Doctor Strange perking his ears up, “Oh? Is something happening?” That sort of thing.

Well, when Phoenix became Dark Phoenix in X-Men #135, we got one of those scenes…

In the years to follow, people would occasionally ask John Byrne if that Silver Surfer panel was setting up a plot that never happened. It sure seemed like he was headed to go see Phoenix. As it were, it was just a throwaway panel and never intended to be anything more…until it almost WAS!

As it turned out, John Byrne was planning to do a special extra-sized X-Men: Hidden Years 25th issue with Terry Austin on inks that would show an untold tale of the X-Men with Silver Surfer set in that little moment.

Hidden Years was Byrne filling in the gaps on what happened during the period when the X-Men series had gone to reprint-only status…

It was going in chronological order, but #25 would have been its own little thing, set off from the main series.

Sadly, X-Men: The Hidden Years was canceled with issue #22, so we never got to see what sounds like an awesome story.

Maybe some day in the future, Byrne might come back to Marvel to do it! I doubt it (he doesn’t seem interested in returning to Marvel ever), but hey, ya never know!


Check out some legends from Legends Revealed:

Did Robin Williams Vow to Never Work for Disney Again Over a Dispute Over the Size of the Genie on the Aladdin Movie Poster?

Was Monopoly Once Ruled a Generic Term and Thus Not Protected by Trademark?

Was Mel Blanc, the Voice of Bugs Bunny, Allergic to Carrots?

Was AC/DC Named After a Slang Term for Bisexuality?


Check back Saturday for part 2 of this week’s legends!

And remember, if you have a legend that you’re curious about, drop me a line at either brianc@cbr.com or cronb01@aol.com!

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Line it is Drawn: New DC Heroes Join the Arrowverse!

Line it is Drawn: New DC Heroes Join the Arrowverse!

Welcome to Line it is Drawn, our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from your suggestions!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on the CSBG Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply), our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week.

To qualify, you have to be following @csbg when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 11:59 Pacific Friday).

The topic for the next Line is…

Next week is New York Comic Con! Lots of attendees will be dressed in costumes. The theme for the next Line is to draw superheroes attending a comic con in cosplay…of other superheroes! Harley Quinn dressed as Sailor Moon, Deadpool as Batman, you get the idea…

Read on for the drawings that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

As the “Arrowverse” gets bigger and bigger, the chances increase that any given DC Comics character might make it on to one of the series within the Arrowverse. Suggest a DC comic book character that you’d like to see make it into the “Arrowverse” and our artists will draw that character guesting within one of the shows in the Arrowverse!

Enjoy!

I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion.

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners.

BigMike20X6 suggested

Jason Blood

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

Click here for an awesome animated version of the drawing. It might show up here, too…

BigMike20X6 suggested

Planetary

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here

KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Star Hawkins

Nick Perks is also the artist for this one. Here is his website.

LordAndrew suggested

Batwoman

Nick Perks is also the artist for this one. Here is his website.

24panelspersecond suggested

Steel

The art for this one is by Matt Sandbrook. His website is here.

Great stuff, everyone!

Okay, folks, go tweet us suggestions for next week’s Line!!

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Marvel Exec: Voyager Is ‘Most Important Character’ You Don’t Remember

Marvel Exec: Voyager Is ‘Most Important Character’ You Don’t Remember

Marvel Legacy #1 came with its fair share of reveals and reality-altering moments for the Marvel Universe. The least of which was the reveal of a retcon: That Voyager (who?!) was in fact a founding member of the Avengers.

Set to be explored in the weekly “No Surrender” arc of Marvel Legacy’s Avengers, readers will gain more insight into the mysterious hero, and according to Marvel exec Tom Brevoort, those insights are pretty important.

“I can tell you she’s the most important character in the Marvel Universe that you don’t remember – but you will,” Brevoort said in a recent interview with Newsarama. “And you’ll remember her by the time Avengers #676 comes out, the second part of ‘No Surrender’…There’s a scene in there that lays out quite concretely exactly who she is. Her identity will be revealed.”

RELATED: Avengers #676 Cover Adds New Member to Team’s Iconic 1963 Debut Issue

He added, “I will tell you – because it fills me with immeasurable glee – that her secret identity, her real name, is Valerie Vector. Take that as you will – people can go to their Marvel Handbooks to see if they can suss out any clues about her identity…There are clues in Marvel Legacy #1. There are clues in the promo image that Alex Ross painted that’s on the back of the lenticular variant and will be seen on a lot of books moving forward, where she’s included with the founding Avengers on their statue.”

“Avengers: No Surrender” kicks off in January’s Avengers #675, written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub, with art by Pepe Larraz. The weekly storyline will last for three months, with the writing team working together throughout while artist Kim Jacinto illustrates the second month’s chapter, and Paco Medina takes on the third month’s.

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How to Read DC’s Epic Batman Event in the Proper Order

Dark Nights: Metal is in full swing. Here's how to read the main story and its numerous tie-ins in the right order.

Movies You Probably Didn’t Know That Started as Comics

Not every comic book adaptation deals with costumed avengers and dark knights.

Avengers #676 Cover Adds New Member to Team’s Iconic 1963 Debut Issue

Avengers #676 Cover Adds New Member to Team’s Iconic 1963 Debut Issue

Marvel Comics has debuted (via Newsarama) the cover to Avengers #676, Part 2 of the hotly anticipated “No Surrender” arc.

Building off the events of the game-changing Marvel Legacy one-shot, the cover to Avengers #676 by Mark Brooks is a meta retcon of the 1963 Avengers #1. Nearly identical to the actual cover for the team’s inaugural issue and first appearance, the new rendition features the addition of the mysterious Voyager, a new character that has been retconned to be a founding member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Check out Brooks’ cover below.

“Avengers: No Surrender” kicks off in January’s Avengers #675, written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub, with art by Pepe Larraz. The weekly storyline will last for three months, with the writing team working together throughout while artist Kim Jacinto illustrates the second month’s chapter, and Paco Medina takes on the third month’s.

“The Earth has been stolen! That’s the kickoff to the wildest Avengers epic ever put to paper, a widescreen adventure with a massive cast and an unlimited budget,” SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said in a statement. “Avengers past and present will be called upon to cope with a threat spanning out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1. And like that oversized special, there’s a huge character return or two along the way that fans have been asking for—and one that they didn’t even know they wanted!”

Marvel Comics’ Legacy initiative kicked off Sept. 27 with Marvel Legacy #1, a 50-page one-shot from writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic that teased “startling origin of the Marvel Universe” and underscore how “it’s all connected.”

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Opinion: Marvel Legacy Is No DC Rebirth

Stop me if you've heard this one before. A popular publisher of superhero comics has hit a prolonged rough patch after years of questionable storytelling decisions and declining sales. In order to turn things around, they steer ahead with a massive relaunch that aims to both honor the company's powerful legacy and embrace a brighter, more exciting future. That relaunch kicks off with a special one-shot comic that introduces some huge plot twists, brings fan-favorite characters back into the spotlight and features fourth wall-breaking narration by a long-absent hero.

That's where DC was in May 2016 at the start of DC Rebirth, and Marvel finds itself in the exact same position now as the Legacy relaunch gets underway. The similarities between DC Universe Rebirth #1 and Marvel Legacy #1 really are pretty blatant. The one key difference between the two books is that, while they're both successful at what they set out to accomplish, they ultimately succeed for different reasons. If Marvel Legacy does succeed in its mission to redeem Marvel, it won't be for the same reasons Rebirth has salvaged DC.

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Marvel’s Inhumans Box Office Total Ahead of TV Debut

Marvel's Inhumans is finally making its debut on ABC tonight, but Marvel teamed up with IMAX to debut the first two episodes in theaters throughout the world.

Released in theaters on September 1, Inhumans had a short, premium-format theatrical run intended to highlight some of the scenes filmed in IMAX. After its full run, Inhumans made, according to Box Office Mojo, approximately $1.52 million domestically and $1.33 million internationally for a worldwide haul of $2.85 million.

Its domestic opening slotted Inhumans into the 24th highest-grossing spot of its debut weekend (Sept. 1-3) — a time frame which ended up being the worst Labor Day weekend at the box office in 17 years. Inhumans only screened in 393 theaters for a $2,889 per theater average. In terms of every movie playing that weekend, that made Inhumans the 14th highest-grossing by per-theater average, and the fourth-highest grossing of all new releases that weekend.

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Why You Should Stop Saying ‘DC Extended Universe’

While Marvel has the officially known Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros. and DC's collection of interconnected films like, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman, has been commonly referred to as the DC Extended Universe. But a new report has revealed the DCEU name is not only unofficial, it was created by a reporter as a joke before gaining traction.

This revelation comes from Abraham Riesman, who recently wrote an extensive piece about DC's movie landscape and the changes being made to it for Vulture. As part of Riesman's research, he discovered Entertainment Weekly writer Keith Staskiewicz is the first person to have coined the DCEU term in 2015.

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