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Guardians of the Galaxy – Better Than The Avengers

Two years ago, I called Marvel’s The Avengers “the greatest comic book movie so far”. While I stood by that statement even after I saw the excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I am now stripping The Avengers of that title. After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy twice (and I’m planning on seeing it at least 2 more times), I think head-to-head, Guardians is the best damn comic book movie so far. More on this blasphemous statement later in this post, but first, let’s talk about Guardians of the Galaxy. Mild spoilers ahead, a-holes.

Guardians of the Galaxy

I’m pretty sure most of us had no idea what to expect when Marvel Studios announced they were going to make a Guardians movie. Actually, I’m pretty sure most people didn’t care at all. Some people may have been interested because they are fans of the existing Marvel movies, while some, like myself, were quite intrigued because we read Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s reintroduction of the Guardians concept in the modern comics era. And then the first trailer hit and it changed EVERYTHING.

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Deadpool’s Wedding And Other Things To Look Forward To From Marvel In April 2014

Man, I love solicitations. They’re like those trailers that run right before a movie but with no movie and there’s no cool voice-over guy and… this metaphor just isn’t working, is it? Anyway, here are the things I’m looking forward to from Marvel based on their April 2014 solicitations, including Deadpool’s wedding! (Also, click on the images to view the full covers.)

Superior Spider-Man #31

It’s the series finale of a title I really like. It was such a joy seeing Doctor Octopus inside Peter Parker’s body and just trolling the entire Marvel Universe. But I guess it’s good to step down while you’re on the top of your game rather than wait for the whole thing to just turn into a sad, tired gimmick. It’s 64 pages of Spidey goodness!

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Comic Reviews: Black Widow #1, Avengers World #1, and All-New X-Factor #1

I started my all-digital comic book-reading life last week with a haul that includes the first issues of all three new Marvel NOW! titles: Black Widow #1, All-New X-Factor #1, and Avengers World #1. I figured this is a great time to start reviewing comics again on a regular basis like I did before. Let’s start with Avengers World #1 by writers Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer, and artist Stefano Caselli.

COMICS! - Avengers World

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Original Sin – A Momentous Marvel Murder Mystery

What do you do if you go to the moon and you see a dead giant toga-wearing bald dude? And what if (heh, a little Uatu the Watcher humor there) this dead dude was the keeper everyone’s deepest, darkest secrets which are now in danger of being exposed? You panic — you panic like hell. That’s the premise of Marvel’s 2014 event, Original Sin by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato Jr.

Marvel - Original Sin

Who watches the Watcher? Seriously, you guys. Stop staring. It’s not polite.

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SDCC 2013 Thoughts and Things

Once again, I’m battling SDCC envy. For the past 5 days, like thousands of geeks around the world, I’ve been living vicariously through the army of weirdos who have descended upon San Diego for this year’s Comic-Con International aka San Diego Comic-Con aka Geek Heaven.

But while I may not have experienced the magical — and I imagine very smelly — congregation of pop culture fans, creators, and retailers, the Internet was there to keep me updated on what went down. There were a few things that caught my attention and got me genuinely excited — and some made me totally anxious. Here are my thoughts on SDCC things:

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Good News: The sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers will not be based on the recently concluded Age of Ultron event. I read the mini-series and most of the tie-ins and honestly, it was one big stinking pile of meh. Besides, there’s a whole bunch of reasons why the event would not translate well to the big screen, including the fact that it sucks. Joss Whedon and Marvel are aiming for an Ultron origin story and I guess that’s the best way to bring in the character into Marvel’s cinematic universe. This brings us to the bad news.

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