Doctor Who – The Eight Doctors

Doctor_Who_Eight_Doctors_NovelFollowing the exciting adventure on the eve of a new millennium in San Francisco, the rejuvenated Doctor is ready for a whole new universe of adventures. Unfortunately, he has to slog his way through this novel first.

The Eight Doctors is BBC Book by Terrance Dicks, the same author who penned hundreds of novelizations of classic Doctor Who stories and a few original ones as well when Virgin Press got a hold of the franchise in the 90’s. This guy know what’s what in Doctor Who. He can tell his Ogrons from his Zygons and which Doctor has an ‘old – young face.’ He can also tell a ripping yarn and while there are good parts to this novel, it is by and large a chore. It feels like homework that must be done before game time on a school night.

In the book, the Doctor wanders in to check on the Eye of Harmony (which the author quickly notes is not really the actual eye which is located on Gallifrey and supplies all TARDISes with power). He notices a bit of grit in the Eye. The grit is actually a booby trap left by the Master and takes away an indeterminate amount of the Doctor’s memories. He wanders again into the classic all-white console room and has a compulsion to ‘trust the TARDIS.’ He starts on a journey through his past starting at 76 Totters Lane, the junkyard a short drive from Coal Hill School.

The Doctor meets Samantha Jones who is in deep trouble with some local school kids who want her to sell crack (the author notes the experience of crack for anyone unsure). The Doctor ends up in jail, charged with possession (yes, this really happens) and will only tell the policemen the truth; that he is a time traveling alien. Through a series of events all parties end up right back at the junkyard by the TARDIS and the Doctor runs right back inside and leaves. He leaves Sam with the angry members (but keeps the bag of crack – because priorities, I guess).

What follows is a by the numbers series of episodes in which the new Doctor meets an old incarnation during a key moment of their lives. The two lock eyes and the Doctor gets a skoch more memory, chats to himself for a bit then leaves. That is the formula, more or less, until he reaches the Sixth Doctor during his trial. Then things get sticky and the plot so convoluted that poor Terrance spends far more time explaining the story he is pulling from than telling a new one. This is followed by the Master exposing the corruption on Gallifrey via TV. The Doctor tries to quell a revolution from the Shobogans in a pub and… it’s all a mess and not really worth getting into.

In the end the Doctor regains his memory and has a sudden flash of realization that he left Sam to the mercies of a gang of armed drug pushers. He flits back to hurl the bag of crack at the leader of the gang just as the police arrive and Sam runs into the TARDIS to become his new companion. She doesn’t question his alien-ness or the spaceship because she is a teenager well versed in pop culture (much like Izzy from the comic strip and in some ways Rose).

I have recently started in on this series of Eighth Doctor adventures with Dreamstone Moon being my first (which I recommend). I recall reading that this book had a bad reputation and I can certainly see why. It’s a slog and so chock full of continuity that it has little reason to exist. Little light is shed on the classic stories to even make this a nostalgia cruise. It’s a video game a fan would be excited by at first but as the prospect of reliving old stories became being told those stories instead, it would get decidedly dull.

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Doctor Who on Twitch

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Back in the day, I would watch classic episodes on my local PBS station. There were small conventions, tape trading and bragging over seeing rare stories. It was a different era, but there was a community. But now there is a new, far more inclusive, fan community online. For the first time, fans old and new are able to watch classic Doctor Who from the first episode in 1963 to the last in 1989… in order.

It may have started a mild curiosity on after dinner TV, but now it’s a bold online adventure.

Twitch is streaming the program in blocks starting at 11 AM PDT and repeating twice more Monday through Friday (the weekend withdrawal is brutal). The blocks consist of of 14-18 episodes, spanning two-three stories a day. I have long held the belief that fans of the new program (2005-) would find nothing worth seeing in the classic series. The Twitch stream has proven me happily wrong.

DrWho_Hartnell_WebPlanetViewers have swooned over the brave Ian and marveled at the resolute Barbara, demanded The Web Planet when the stream broke, clamored at Pat Troughton and Frazer Hines, and cried emoji tears when both the First and Second Doctor’s eras ended. Currently Jon Pertwee is enjoying a new popularity as the dashing Third Doctor.

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The Sixth Doctor – Colin Baker

Will Colin Baker receive a glowing reception? I honestly cannot hazard a guess.

For a full schedule, click here https://www.doctorwho.tv/watch/twitch/

 

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 11/16/2016

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

Doctor Who Classic Doctors New Monster Audio CD, $51.99
Doctor Who Fiesta Of Damned Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who The Fourth Doctor Adventures Casualties Of Time Audio CD, $18.99
Caliber Presents Volume 1 GN, $9.99
Days Of Darkness TP, $19.99
Deadworld Requiem For The World TP, $16.99
Rocky Horror Picture Show TP (Slim Edition), $12.99
Chronicles Of Conan Volume 33 The Mountain Where Crom Dwells And Other Stories TP, $19.99
Creatures Of The Night HC (2nd Edition), $12.99
Batman #1 (Director’s Cut), $5.99
Batman #11 (Cover A Mikel Janin), $2.99
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #2 (Cover B Matt Wilson), AR
Doctor Fate #18, $2.99
Flash By Francis Manapul And Brian Buccellato Omnibus HC, $99.99
Multiversity TP, $29.99
Watchmen Collector’s Edition Box Set, $125.00
G.I. JOE Revolution #1 (Cover D Ken Christiansen), AR
Godzilla Rage Across Time #4 (Of 5)(Cover A Bob Eggleton), $3.99
Micronauts #7 (Cover B J.K. Woodward), $3.99
Batmobile The Complete History HC (not verified by Diamond), $35.00
Amazing Spider-Man #21 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Black Panther #8 (Brian Stelfreeze Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain America Sam Wilson #15, $3.99
Doctor Strange #14, $3.99
Infamous Iron Man #2 (Alex Maleev Regular Cover), $3.99
Old Man Logan #13, $3.99
Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #12, $3.99
Spider-Man #9, $3.99
Squadron Supreme #13 (Alex Garner Regular Cover), $3.99
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14, $3.99
Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 (Aco Regular Cover), $4.99
Doctor Who The Twelve Doctors Of Christmas HC, $14.99
Doctor Who Supremacy Of The Cybermen #5 (Of 5)(Cover B Photo), $3.99
Doctor Who The Eighth Doctor A Matter Of Life And Death TP, $14.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #11 (Cover A Verity Glass), $3.99
Sherlock A Study In Pink #6 (Of 6)(Cover C Antonio Fuso), $3.99
Star Trek Beyond Collector’s Editon HC, $24.99
Britannia #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Cary Nord), $3.99

The Return of the Literary Hulk

The Hulk and Spider-Man in Murdermoon

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Review by Mark Ricard
After more than a year’s absence I am continuing the Literary Hulk series. To the threeor four people who read the series, I hope you enjoy the new review. So without further ado here is the review.
This book has several important ‘last things’ behind it. First off, it is was the last book in the Marvel Novel Series that ran between 1978 and 1979. This book would also be the last appearance of the Incredible Hulk in prose fiction in until the Peter David’s novel What Savage Beast came out in 1995. There is nearly a 16 gap between them. It is the eleventh book for the series. There was going to a twelfth book featuring the Silver Surfer but allegedly Stan Lee did not want anyone else to write the character. Not sure if this has been confirmed. Finally it was Paul Kupperberg’s last novel for Marvel. He had previously done one Spider-Man book for the series called Crime Campaign. Not having read that book there is no not much I can say about it. It was also a first. This book was the first Hulk and Spider-Man team up novel. There would be a second one in 1996, Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk Rampage (Doom’s Day Book One).
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Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk as they appeared on  the TV screen in 1979

What about the book itself? Well… the book is uneven. Kupperberg himself has basically disowned it as a hack work that he wrote under a two week deadline. And there are a number of plot holes and inconsistencies that will be mentioned above. This was written in haste and in places, it shows. Starting with the first chapter we see one of these problems. The first chapter is the Hulk being attacked in the desert. This chapter, like the second with Spider-Man, introduces the character and his abilities for those unfamiliar with him. The problem is we are never given any reason why the military are attacking him. It is written merely to show off the Hulk’s amazing physical abilities. Even more confusing, Dr. Banner is not treated like a criminal but gives his name freely to many people throughout the story. The second chapter introduces us to Spider-Man. It is more relevant to the main story and gets the ball rolling. Spidey discovers a break in that is connected with NASA rocket research. This is what the plot of the story is about. It also gives a good profile of his sarcastic quipping but compassionate personality. Decent enough.

After that we get to the sections of the book that show the lives of the heroes’ alter
egos. Here Kupperberg seems a bit off with Peter Parker. He is acting more like his Spider-Man persona in his everyday identity. These scenes are at the Daily Bugle with J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson and the rest of the staff.
After that we are given a few chapters of Dr. Banner trying to start a new life in a small town. What does not make sense is that he gives his real name but nobody knows who he his. This is odd given that; 1. The Hulk would be well known by this point and 2. If he was important enough to merit the military coming after him he must have done something attention worthy. When he sees an ad in the paper offering a cure for gamma radiation in Chicago, he jumps at the chance. It will probably not surprise the reader that this does not work out. Meanwhile Peter is hired as a photographer on the story of a used space station that is reentering the Earth’s atmosphere and supposed to be retrieved by NASA. As some of you guessed this is related to the main mad scientist style plot. It will also intersect with the Hulk plot later on. Peter is teamed up with a science writer though why he could not be the science writer for the Bugle with his credentials is never brought up.
Without giving away spoilers this reviewer will say this a long and not entirely convincing plot involving scientists working for a rich patron with plans for world domination. Far too convoluted to be convincing. I will not go into the details for those who want to read the book. There are some interesting points of note however, first the space station’s name is similar to Skylab, the premier United States space station (in fact pieces had started starting falling just a few months prior to the release of the book, so that was probably a inspiration for Kupperberg).
reaganmissilesSecond it deals with the concept of a laser beam weapon orbiting space. This is before former president Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars Defense Initiative -in fact it is before his presidency. It would be interesting to ask Kupperberg if he had read about the concept somewhere. The other original thing in this book was using the laser weapon in space to target human beings on earth for murder. This was used in the 1985 movie Real Genius. Once again it is hard to say whatever these ideas have a common source or the writer’s of the movie were copying the book or maybe came up with the idea independently themselves. I am assuming since a moon is called a satellite and we have a laser-killer orbiting satellite in this book, that was why it was called MurderMoon.
Mr. Kupperberg if you are reading this would you mind taking the time to answer these few questions for us?
There is more to the story. A murder attempt of the superheroes by tying them to a rocket ship. Personally I cannot fault Kupperberg for this since so much popular fiction involves silly death traps, but why is it that nobody ever tries a bullet to the head? Nor do they try to unmask Spider-Man to find out who he is. Would they not be at least a little
curious? And finally despite my harping on his plot there was a interesting scene near the end between Spider-Man and Dr. Banner. It is interesting because it is true to the characters and it also shows the different approaches to life they have. Spider-Man is more optimistic while Bruce has a outlook that nothing can go right for him and his situation is hopeless. Him telling Bruce he should not give into despair is probably the best written part of the book.
Does this review recommend the book? Well I give it a cautionary yes. Accept it to for a simple action adventure novel. One that could have been a bit more carefully plotted but a quick read that will hold your interest.
Mark Ricard

What’s next for Doctor Who?

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With a Christmas Special “The Return of Dr. Mysterio” almost upon us and a new season looming, the rumors are coming in regarding what fans can expect next for Doctor Who.

One popular rumor is that Chris Chibnall will be changing the creative process and using a team of writers to construct the season rather than individual scripts. The rumor goes on to state that in the 11th series after Moffat’s departure, Chris Chibnall will be getting a ‘clean slate,’ meaning a different direction, a new face for The Doctor and a new companion along with a new but familiar tone hearkening back to the the Tennant era.

Via DoctorWhoTV:

Insiders say the Broadchurch writer will have a “clean slate” to start afresh for his first series – rather bad news for actress Pearl Mackie, who plays new assistant Bill in Steven Moffat’s last run, currently filming for next year.

Pearl, 29, yet to be seen by viewers, is said to have been signed on a one-year contract and is expected to depart with Peter Capaldi , 58, and Moffat after 2017’s Christmas special.

The replacement Time Lord is likely to be played by a younger actor in a bid to help boost the flagging sales of dolls, books, DVDs and toys.

Our source says: “BBC management wants a return to the format from the David Tennant era, when you had a dashing male lead and young female companion.

“Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”

One way to do that, of course, is by returning to its traditional tea-time slot, rather than the post-Strictly position it languished in last year.

Next year’s show is expected to air in spring rather than autumn, to avoid the Saturday clash with Strictly.

Chibnall, putting the finishes to the third and final series of ITV’s Broadchurch, will very soon put together his own team of writers and producers for Doctor Who. They are expected to work in parallel with Moffat’s unit, who finish up in the late spring of next year.

BBC chiefs have also stressed that they want a full series every year (there hasn’t been one at all in 2016) and more accessible story arcs than those seen in recent times.

Each time the classic series underwent a change that involved a new producer, there were more often than not massive changes. The problem in predicting the course of modern Doctor Who is that the pop culture landscape has changed so drastically. Whereas the constant change was once a strength of Doctor Who’s appeal it is now something of a detriment. dten-crying

Each time the modern Doctor regenerates, the internet weeps with agony as viewers swear they will never watch now that ‘their Doctor’ is gone. This was especially true during the transition from Tennant to Smith but soon the viewers came back or were replaced with an even larger group of fans.

tumblr_inline_mwjez7uh6q1qz53j7During the Matt Smith era, Doctor Who became a true international phenomena and (I wager to say) garnered more attention than the series had ever seen before. Video games, home video releases and streaming media along with special showings and 3D trailers in cinemas made Doctor Who a mega blockbuster. The 50th anniversary special was the pinnacle of this popularity. Anyone unfamiliar with Doctor Who before 2013 found that it had become inescapable (for good or ill).

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Then showrunner Steven Moffat made a bold choice following this period by changing the character, who had been a mad adventurer and heart-throb into a cranky and moody alien who worked within his own morality. This softened some then took a massive twist in the ninth season when the previously pensive and streamlined ‘thin white duke’ no nonsense Time Lord entered playing electric guitar atop a tank dressed in baggy trousers, a hoodie and Raybans in place of his signature sonic screwdriver.

DoctorWho_MagiciansApprentice_Doctor_ShadesThis was a sign of a troubled series.

Now I am a fan of the previous season and think that without the usual gimmicks and events, Moffat rose to the occasion and crafted a (more or less) stronger season. The writing was sharper, the aliens more interesting and the flow of the season more unpredictable. However, the Doctor had become whimsical and catered to a younger audience in a rather embarrassing way. The program gambled on change and got nervous when rating slipped. That may be the case again as Moffat, whom the BBC may view as having a golden touch, leaves.

But to imitate the Tennant era will not fool anyone, even the fans of that period. I have every hope that Doctor Who will continue to evolve and change (even when I don’t like the changes) as it moves forward. Further, I hope it takes greater risks and embraces more unusual storytelling techniques rather than the standard ‘Bill and Ted’ time travel formula that it has enjoyed for the past five years.

Flux aeterna.

Accolades for Doctor Strange

If you’re like me, you get nervous with each addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With 13 films preceding it, Doctor Strange has a lot to live up to. While the movie opens this Friday, reviews are of course already in hand. And they are glowing.

DrStrangeMarvel’s most satisfying entry since “Spider-Man 2,” and a throwback to M. Night Shyamalan’s soul-searching identity-crisis epic “Unbreakable,”.Full review

Peter Debruge
Variety

 

Benedict Cumberbatch is unpredictable and intriguing as the Marvel superhero in a brain-melting tale that reinvigorates the genre. Full review

Wendy Ide
The Guardian

A bizarre and beautiful detour on the Marvel journey, which culminates in a mind-bending, expectation-inverting final act. Not to be watched under the influence. Full review

James Dyer
Empire

 

Each ‘phase’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Strange is the second installment of ‘phase 2’) has further developed the rich universe of characters. Back in the early days of Marvel Comics, one of the most interesting innovations was that the heroes and villains all inhabited the same world (and in most cases the same city). This meant that the Fantastic Four could be called in by the military to hunt down the Hulk or Dr. Doom could catch Spider-Man. Whereas traditionally, characters existed in a vacuum, the Marvel characters mingled.

In addition to new heroes and villains, each new monthly comic added a different dimension to the Marvel Universe, be it the espionage of Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the teenage school setting of the X-Men,  Peter Parker’s high school hi-jinx in Spider-Man, the far-out exploring of the Fantastic Four, the legal drama of Daredevil, the technical innovation of Iron Man or even the weirdly mystical realm of Doctor Strange. It’s heartening to see this approach, which was so successful in grabbing the attention of readers in the 1960’s, succeed again with the movie-going public today.

marveluniverseWhile Thor introduced fantasy and Guardians of the Galaxy added the science fiction elements, Doctor Strange is going to take us to another world altogether. And from the reviews so far, it’s one that fans are eager to enter.

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Star Trek invades SDCC2016

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“I’m back.”

Star Wars may be ruling the screens today, but 2017 will be the year Paramount Strikes Back with the revival of Star Trek on the new streaming service, CBS All Access.

The latest iteration of Trek jump-started by the seizure-inducing JJ Abrams movie is rumored to reaching its conclusion with Beyond, warping into cinemas on July 14th. In its place, the new TV series is something of a mystery.

When SDCC begins on July 21st, expect to see the familiar crest of the Federation all over your news feed as Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies and Hannibal) will reveal some key details on the simply titled Star Trek.

We have seen five weekly TV programs and twelve feature films (with number 13 on the away), so the question is what can we expect from a new Trek?

Will this be set within established continuity? There is a rumor that this series will take place after the fifth movie, the Undiscovered Country. Will it explore the uncharted future past era of The Next Generation? Are we going to see another set of actors playing the popular Kirk, Spock and Bones roles following the Abrams story? Or will it be an anthology series dipping into the many periods of Trek past and future?

We may have to wait until next year to get all the details, but in a few weeks, we will know more when Star Trek takes over SDCC with a barrage of panels and an outdoor screening of Beyond.
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NX-01 refit via: http://startrekships.tumblr.com/post/66805328781/nx-refit-art

Via i09:
News just broke that Bryan Fuller, the executive producer of the still-untitled 2017 CBS Star Trek series, will have a panel in the biggest room at Comic-Con, Hall H, on July 23 during the afternoon. It’s called Star Trek: Celebrating 50 Years and he’s expected to reveal news about that show, and chat with members of each Trek cast. Announced so far are William Shatner, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Scott Bakula.

That panel alone would be super cool, but it’s just the bridge of the Enterprise.

Paramount previously announced they’re hosting the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond right outside the convention, at the Embarcadero Marina Park. That event is “the first-ever outdoor IMAX premiere” and “will include appearances by the film’s cast and crew, and a live concert performance by the San Diego symphony orchestra.”

But wait, there’s more. Just announced are five more Trek panels happening during the convention. They are as follows.

“Trek Talks: Science, the Smithsonian and ‘Star Trek’” (Friday, July 22, 6:30 p.m., Room 5AB)
“‘Star Trek’: The Rodenberry Vault” (Saturday, July 23, 12:30 p.m., Room 5AB)
“Trek Talks: ‘Star Trek’ and NASA Boldly Go” (Saturday, July 23 6 p.m., Room 5AB)
“‘Star Trek’ the Official Starships Collection: Designing and Filming Starships” (Saturday, July 23, 3 p.m., Room 28 D/E)
“‘Star Trek’: Five Decades of Comics” (Friday, July 22, 1:30p.m., Room 8).

Are you planning to attend the SDCC? If so, please drop a line!

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Moon Knight fan video

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Created as a horror hero in Werewolf By Night by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, Moon Knight may appear as a Batman archetype on the surface, but he is far more complicated under the silly costume and moon-shaped ‘batarangs.’

A soldier of fortune, Marc Spector discovered the temple of the Egyptian god Konshu during a mission to loot the nearby treasure. Betrayed by his employer and left for dead, Spector is resurrected by the worshipers of Konshu and reborn as an avenger of the night, the ‘Fist of Konshu.’

After returning to the US, he creates two identities, a millionaire playboy Steven Grant and the taxicab driver Jack Lockley. These numerous alternate identities coupled with the voice of a vengeful Egyptian God explain away the fact that he is dressed entirely in white fighting in the darkness. Spector wants to be seen, he is a vision of terror to the criminal underworld, spreading the gospel of Konshu.

Violent, insane and self-destructive, Moon Knight dresses head-to-toe in blinding white so that his prey can see him descending from the sky like a furious specter. While he does share some similarities with DC Comics’ Batman, it’s clear to see that Moon Knight is much further off the reservation.

Moon Knight has had many iterations over the years. In 2014, warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey revived the character in a bizarre street-level horror/suspense anthology series. The approach clicked and while I was reticent to accept a version of the vigilante who had tossed aside his costume for a white suit… it kinda fits. A fan-made movie condenses the first five issues of the series and (while it does have a very awkward ‘rap’ moment), it is worth a look.

The latest version of Moon Knight is absolutely amazing. It began with Spector in an insane asylum straight out of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest which I found questionable but has quickly developed into something far more outlandish and unsettling than I could imagine.
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I have no doubt that Marvel is eyeing Moon Knight as a contender for their next streaming series alongside Iron Fist and The Punisher. It’s just a matter of time before the Fist of Konshu gets his comeuppance.

Recommended: Moon Knight Vol.1 From the Dead

Hail Hydra

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Poster by Eric Tan

 

This phrase, popularized in the second Captain America film, The Winter Soldier , is making front page news across the country. For the initiated, Hydra is an evil terrorist organization that first appeared back in 1965. While James Bond and MI6 had ‘Spectre,’ Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. had Hydra. These guys were so evil that they creeped out the Nazis.

In recent years, Hydra has been presented in comics and in film/tv as an organization so insidious that it had secretly infiltrated certain aspects of government over a long game tracking back to its inception on WWII. As of this week, that infestation has spread to the star-spangled Avenger Captain America.

The fate of a fictional character is making front page news. That means one of two things, America is a very sad place where pop culture icons are more important than actual news involving real people in actual places… or these cultural icons are important.

Avengers - Captain America_PosterAs a cynic, I’m torn. I want to brush the dust off my shoulders and stand tall with my imaginary degree of comic book lore, stating that these ‘funny books’ actually mean something and have a direct impact on our culture… but I’m also frustrated by two things; one is that it is indeed not as important as real news pieces which could uncover insidious deeds or help those in need and there are far more people today with opinions on Captain America than there were yesterday. And they are not buying the comic book.

comic-book-rack-1975I have a pretty basic rule when it comes to these things; if you want to play along, you pay admission. I’m down to talk about comics with almost anyone, but my pet peeve is the uninformed angry person on the street with maybe a t-shirt and a dvd supporting their interest and a vague memory of the character. This happens all the time and it always annoys me. If you want to get outraged, join in, read the book and have an informed opinion rather than just outrage.

Upset about Blue Beetle’s death? Why didn’t you buy *one* of his comics. Furious over Spider-Man’s new status quot? Why does your collection stop at 1996? Personally pained over Batman’s death? Well… get in line.

Strangely, Nick Spencer,  current writer of both Captain America: Sam Wilson and the newly released Captain America: Steve Rogers series (as well as the hit series Morning Glories), is all a-flutter with the attention and assures readers that there is more to come.

Via the Daily Beast:

When you decide to do something like this, you understand obviously that people aren’t gonna throw you a party for it. You understand that this is the kind of story designed to upset people and shock people and worry people. That’s the response you’re supposed to have to something like this, when you’re seeing a bad thing. So, yeah, this is certainly the kind of response I expected, but in terms of the magnitude of it and just how many people are chiming in, that part’s unreal. That surpassed any expectation that I had.

I think it just comes down to [the fact that] this character, particularly since the movies, has really exploded in popularity. Obviously he represents a lot to a lot of people. They’re emotionally invested, which is good. The worst thing that could have happened today is people shrugging, or even being reasonable. That would’ve said that we didn’t stick the landing on it. So this is what we wanted, we just have even more of it than we imagined.

we’ve been holding onto this for about 16 months now, so it’s been well over a year that we’ve been keeping this under wraps. And that was a hugely gratifying thing, especially in the last couple of months as we started work on the issue. There’s an artist drawing it [Jesús Saiz] and a letterer [Joe Caramagna], and you start to worry because obviously the book is getting passed through a lot of hands and there’s something tangible out there that can get leaked. So yeah, I mean all the credit in the world goes to Tom and everyone at Marvel, they really went above and beyond to keep a lid on this. They took a lot of special measures that we’ve never had before—and it worked! We managed to keep this until it started leaking out last night, which was inevitable because that’s when the book started arriving at various places. But yeah, it was a big success. I was really surprised. I thought for sure it would be ruined.

One of the first things most people will probably think is, “But hasn’t he spent the last 75 years fighting Hydra?” How do you reconcile the twist with the character’s history?

48807535.cached.jpgI can’t say a lot on that front, but what I can say is that that is not a huge point of concern in the story. That question will be answered, at least for the most part, in the next issue. That wasn’t something that we wanted to drag out. We wanted to make that stuff as clear as we could upfront. So now that we’ve gotten the big surprise, we’re going to go back and explain some things to you so that you, as a reader, have a much clearer vantage point. But your vantage point may differ greatly from the characters in the Marvel universe.

There’s a lot of uproar online about how this storyline insults the legacies of Captain America’s Jewish creators, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.

Look, everybody who’s working on this story loves Captain America. I know that it may not seem like it today. But this book is edited by Tom Brevoort, who has been protecting this character’s legacy for a very long time now. He’s not gonna let me do anything that he thinks is going to endanger that character’s legacy and how the character is perceived. It’s always difficult when you’re at this point in a story, because you don’t just wanna tell people, “Everything’s gonna work out great!” Because that certainly may not be the case here. But what I think I can say with confidence is that with this story, our intention and our hope is that in its own unique way, it reinforces what everybody already knows about Captain America, which is his power as a symbol and what that means. We are approaching it from a different angle, but I think it illuminates the character in a way that we’ve never seen before.

It’s always tough. The eternal divide is the reader wants the character to succeed, to be happy, to win. Our job is often to put the characters through things and that can often be mistaken for a lack of respect or care for the character. It’s just the reality of what draws people into these stories, whether you realize it or not, and this is going to be a major test for a lot of characters in the Marvel universe.
(read more here)

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So there you have it from the guy who is actually writing the book that has earned him death threats and the ire of millions of lapsed comic book fans across the globe, suddenly invested in a character they had forgotten about until yesterday.

Oh, and on that other thing bouncing around the Twittersphere? Nick Spencer had some diplomatic words for the Captain America’s boyfriend movement.

Have you been watching the #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend campaign unfold?

Yeah. I think the only thing I can say there is it speaks to people’s passion for the character. Which probably isn’t much of an answer, but people strongly identify with these characters, they’re strongly invested in these characters’ lives, and I think that this is a reflection of that energy.

More as it comes… but keep buying the books.

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THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 5/11/2016

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

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(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

StarWars_EmpireStrikesBack.jpgStar Wars The Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume 1 The Empire Strikes Back HC, $24.95
Adventure Time Enchiridion Edition Volume 5 HC, $49.99
Baker Street Peculiars #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Andy Hirsch), $3.99
Massive Library Edition Volume 1 HC, $39.99
Batman_52.jpgBatman #52 (Guillem March Regular Cover), $3.99
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Volume 3 TP, $17.99
Complete Peanuts Volume 5 1959-1960 TP, $22.99
DitkoSteve Ditko Archives Volume 6 Outer Limits HC, $39.99
Wallace Wood Presents Shattuck HC (not verified by Diamond), $24.99
Atomic Robo And The Ring Of Fire TP, $19.99
Popeye Classics #46 (Cover A Bud Sagendorf), $4.99
Avengers_9.jpgAll-New All-Different Avengers #9 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Black Panther #2 (Brian Stelfreeze Regular Cover), $3.99
Darth Vader #20 (Mark Brooks Regular Cover), $4.99
Doctor Strange #6 (Chris Bachalo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Marvel Mighty Colors Board Book HC, $7.99
Marvel Mighty Numbers Board Book HC, $7.99
Spider-Man Storybook Collection HC, $16.99
Ant-Man Little Golden Book HC, $4.99
Courageous Captain America Little Golden Book HC, $4.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Little Golden Book HC, $4.99
Incredible Hulk Little Golden Book HC (Reissue), $4.99
Iron Man Eye Of The Dragon Little Golden Book HC (Reissue), $4.99
Mighty Avengers Lights Out Little Golden Book HC (Reissue), $4.99
Mighty Avengers Little Golden Book HC (Reissue), $4.99
Mighty Thor Little Golden Book HC (Reissue), $4.99
Spider Man High Voltage Little Golden Book HC (Reissue), $4.99
Spider Man Trapped By The Green Goblin Little Golden Book HC (Reissue), $4.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #5 (Cover A Simon Myers), $3.99
James Bond 007 Classics Trading Card Box, AR
James Bond 007 Classics Trading Card Collectors Album, AR