Author Archive for Joshua Yehl

Why Marvel’s JJ Abrams Spider-Man Reveal Backfired

Marvel Comics covered the internet in sticky strands of speculation this week by teasing some big Spider-Man news with a countdown written in webbing. The first teaser showed the number four spun in threads from a black spider, and then once per day following came the three, two, one -- culminating with the news: JJ Abrams is co-writing a new Spider-Man mini-series... with his son, 21 year-old Henry Abrams.

Regardless of how you feel about the news itself, the way Marvel teed it up struck a bad chord with fans, earning the publisher instant resentment online. It all stems from that first teaser: the number four written in webbing. Barring a Spider-Man and Fantastic Four crossover, the only other natural conclusion was that Marvel was hinting at a comic book adaptation of Sam Raimi’s canceled Spider-Man 4 movie.

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Locke and Key Teaser Hints at New Comic

It looks like we might be getting more from the modern American fantasy-horror comic Locke and Key. Publisher IDW simply tweeted a page of new Locke and Key comic art showing a strange new hammer-like key with the Keyhouse insignia, the names of Locke and Key co-creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodirguez, and “IDW SDCC 2019” at the bottom, seemingly implying we’ll hear about the next installment of Locke and Key in July at San Diego Comic-Con during the IDW panel.

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Dark Phoenix Repeats the Worst Sins of X-Men: The Last Stand

The most iconic X-Men story from Marvel’s comics is the Dark Phoenix Saga, so there’s little wonder why it was a part of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand and why we got another take on the tale in the new film Dark Phoenix. But unfortunately the Phoenix fails to rise from the ashes in this new effort and in fact makes many of the same mistakes that made the last one a dud. Even though this was supposed to be Fox’s do-over on Jean Grey’s big story, they once again misplayed their hand, leaving us with a frustrating case of history repeating itself.

It’s worth pointing out how The Last Stand was co-written by Simon Kinberg (along with Zak Penn), and this time Kinberg not only wrote the film but directed it. Kinberg has spoken about how he regrets cramming the Dark Phoenix storyline into The Last Stand and making it the B-plot to the Cure storyline, and how he planned on getting Dark Phoenix right this time by focusing the movie solely on Jean’s harrowing journey. Yet with 13 years to reflect on what went wrong the first time, Kinberg still made many of the same mistakes.

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DC’s Zombie Outbreak Spreads to New DCeased One-Shot

If you were sad when you heard DC’s zombie outbreak event DCeased would just be a six issue mini-series, then we have some good news for you. An upcoming oversized one-shot titled DCeased: A Good Day to Die will tell an additional story set in that world turned mad by a techno-organic rage virus, spearheaded by DCeased writer Tom Taylor and joined by artists Darick Robertson (The Boys) and Laura Braga (DC Comics Bombshells) with more names to come.

"Honestly, as soon as I started writing DCeased, I realized I could write it for years,” Taylor told IGN over email on how this extra DCeased tale came to be. “With the epic scope of this series, there was no way to fit all the characters and all the ideas I had into just six issues. … We had a whole cast of characters whose tale was ending up on the comics cutting room floor. Writing is about killing your darlings, but these were darlings I wasn't even going to get the chance to kill... until the idea of this special was raised by editor Ben Abernathy.”

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Marvel Teases X-Men’s Most Important Scene in History

Marvel Comics is gearing up for the relaunch of the entire line of X-Men comics under writer Jonathon Hickman this Fall. We already know that things will kick off in July with a pair of event mini-series called Powers of X and House of X, and now Marvel has tweeted out a page drawn by artist R.B. Silva that promises to be “The most important scene in the history of the X-Men.”

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Did the Infinity War Trailer Reveal Which Avenger Dies?

It's no secret that Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War will mean the end for an Avenger -- according to directors Joe and Anthony Russo -- and the new trailer has a hint to who that unlucky character might be.

Warning: potential spoilers ahead!

The latest trailer for Avengers: Infinity War features Captain America facing off against Thanos, which is pulled directly from the Infinity Gauntlet comic that the movie is heavily inspired by. Unfortunately, if things go the way they did in the comics, then it could be Cap's last stand.

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Why Does Thanos Want to Kill Half the Universe in Avengers: Infinity War?

The new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War features a key piece of information courtesy of Gamora. She reveals Thanos’ main goal is “to wipe out half the universe,” also adding the how of it all: “If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do it with a snap of his fingers.”

This master plan is pulled directly from The Infinity Gauntlet comic written by Jim Starlin and pencilled by George Pérez and Ron Lim where Thanos uses the power of the completed Infinity Gauntlet to instantly kill half of the living beings in existence. He does this as a tribute to Mistress Death in hopes of gaining her favor. Yup, Thanos is essentially in love with the Grim Reaper and is eager to murder his way to her heart. And he does just that with a literal snap of his fingers. Gamora wasn’t kidding!

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Marvel Is Going to Explain Hulk’s Resurrection This Week

With dozens of comic books to choose from, let us show you which are the best coming out this week. Take a look at this list spotlighting our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.

Once you check out our picks, head to the comments to let us know what you’ll be buying this week!


Writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub | Artists Joe Bennett, Paco Medina | Cover Mark Brooks (Marvel Comics)

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Spider-Man Faces Green Goblin/Carnage Combo This Week

With dozens of comic books to choose from, let us show you which are the best coming out this week. Take a look at this list spotlighting our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.

Once you check out our picks, head to the comments to let us know what you’ll be buying this week!

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Writer Dan Slott | Artist Stuart Immonen | Cover Alex Ross (Marvel Comics)

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How Punisher Became the Cosmic Ghost Rider

Thanos #16 by writer Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw tells the origin story of Thanos’ right-hand man, the Cosmic Ghost Rider. The story sees present-day Thanos brought to the future by an insane, joke-making Cosmic Ghost Rider to help King Thanos regain Mistress Death’s affection. Last issue revealed his identity is none other than Frank Castle aka the Punisher, but now we get a full account of how he went from street-level murder machine to space-faring Spirit of Vengeance.

Warning: full spoilers ahead!

A flashback shows the last stand of Earth’s heroes against Thanos where they are brutally dispatched one by one. When Thanos takes out the Hulk and throws him against a building, falling debris hits Castle and leaves him mortally wounded. As he lay dying, Castle thinks, “I would give anything to punish that purple sonofabitch.” His thoughts are heard by Mephisto, who turns him into a Ghost Rider with the power of the Spirit of Vengeance.

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