Amazon has released footage of their anticipated animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman's acclaimed superhero series Invincible. Check out the trailer for an early action packed look at how the show is coming together.
For those unfamiliar with the comic book series, "Invincible revolves around 17-year-old Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), who’s just like every other guy his age — except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons)." However, "as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems." Invincible will be available for streaming in 2021.
Dragon Ball: Vegeta's Redemption Arc Is One of Anime's Best
When he made his first appearance in Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta was a Saiyan underling in the Frieza Force, conquering planets and selling them to the highest bidder under orders from the group's titular tyrant. As an elite Saiyan Prince, there was nothing more humiliating to Vegeta than working for Frieza, the man who murdered his father and ruled over his race with an iron fist. When Vegeta finally arrived on Earth with his partner Nappa, they did major damage to the planet, resulting in the deaths of Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Tien and Piccolo. The villain even proved just how ruthless he was when he vaporized Nappa after his teammate lost to Goku.
However, since those early days, Vegeta has grown a ton as a character, giving him one of the best redemption arcs in all of anime.
The next time Vegeta appeared was on Planet Namek, where he killed innocent Namekians and Frieza's soldiers in pursuit of the world's Dragon Balls, with which he wanted to attain immortality. Vegeta was still inherently evil at this point, driven by an overwhelmingly strong desire to revenge the destruction of his homeworld and gain liberation from Frieza. However, this saga showed a more complex side of the proud Saiyan warrior -- a sign that Vegeta had the capacity for change -- when Frieza mortally wounded him.
In a teary-eyed emotional confession to Goku, Vegeta revealed it was Frieza who molded him into the ruthless and heartless warrior that he had become. Vegeta expressed sadness he'd been harboring heavily for his entire life, even going so far as to plead with Goku to not only avenge their eradicated race but also stop Frieza from creating more hateful and vengeful subordinates. This scene symbolized a change in Vegeta's character moving forward, pushing him more into the anti-hero role, as he cared more about his own strength but no longer wished to destroy the Earth or pursue the Dragon Balls for immortality. It was also the beginning of his maddening obsession with surpassing Goku.
After being wished back to life and to Earth by the Namekian Dragon Balls, Vegeta began his new life on Earth, moving in with Bulma at the Capsule Corporation and eventually conceiving Trunks. At first, Vegeta didn't recognize or entertain the idea of a relationship with Bulma, as his only goal was attaining absolute strength. He left Earth and went on a treacherous journey through the cosmos to find Goku and do battle with his eternal rival. While the Saiyan Prince did not locate Goku, he found something much more valuable than an exchange of fists: Vegeta became a Super Saiyan himself.
The Uncollected Spider-Man/Black Cat/Doctor Octopus Epic Storyline.
In their feature featuring notable comics not collected into trades, CSBG spotlights an epic Spider-Man/Black Cat/Doctor Octopus storyline.
This feature is called "Almost Hidden." Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted in print (I'd say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So in this feature I spotlight different cool comic books that are only available as back issues (or digitally). Of course, the way things go, something I spotlight today might be collected tomorrow, but for right this moment, these comics have not been collected!
Became More Than Just a Gotham City Cop.
Before she joined the Birds of Prey, Renee Montoya went through a radical transformation that turned her into one of DC's most compelling heroes.
standards of the 80-year-old DC Universe, Renee Montoya is still relatively young compared to most Batman characters. In 28 years since her creation, she has been put through the emotional wringer and has evolved into a very different character from the one she was when she originally debuted. But even if Birds of Prey didn't give Montoya a chance to suit up as her heroic alter ego, the Question, she's still evolved more than most supporting characters and has one of the most coherent arcs in the DC Universe.
Originally, Montoya was created for Batman: The Animated Series, where she appeared as a background character for several episodes before getting speaking lines in the Season 1 episode “P.O.V.” As such, Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Mitch Brian are considered her creators, even though she didn't actually debut in the series. Before she jumped into the world of that fan-favorite Batman cartoon, she was preemptively introduced in comics in Batman #475, by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle.
Montoya was a uniformed Gotham City Police Department officer who was trusted by Commissioner Gordon. While that was her general status for several years, she began evolving into a different, more complex character under the pen of writer Greg Rucka. Starting with Rucka and Jeason Pearson's Batman Chronicles #16 in 1999 and continuing on through the "No Man’s Land" crossover, Montoya was given a complicated relationship with Harvey Dent and his lesser half, Two-Face. As Greg Rucka himself said in an interview, “If everyone in the DC universe has a special ability or superpower, then Renee’s ability was that she could get both Harvey and Two-Face to listen to her.
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We’re living through turbulent times together.
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The World’s Greatest Super Heroes square off once-and-for-all against the despotic Darkseid—with the fate of all humanity hanging in the balance—in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting May 5, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on May 19, 2020.
A brief history of Wonder Woman's golden armor.
A lot has changed for Gal Gadot‘s Diana Prince since the year 1971. As shown in the first Wonder Woman movie, the Amazon warrior left her home of Themyscira, waged war against the God of War himself during World War I, (seemingly) lost the love of her life in an aircraft explosion, and found out she’s part deity herself. Now, in the upcoming sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, a lot more changes are coming, including one major visual transformation.
Diana trades her traditional red-white-and-blue battle gear for something with a bit more gleam: golden armor that comes with a helmet in the likeness of the eagle that emblazons her belt and gigantic metallic wings that allow her to pierce the sky. Those familiar with DC comic book lore know this as the character’s Golden Eagle Armor and it’s making its live-action debut in theaters with the movie this June 5.
Thy Kingdom Come
Diana first suited up as her own specialized winged victory in the third issue of Elseworlds: Kingdom Come, a four-issue series published from Alex Ross and Mark Waid in 1996. The comic book event took place in a not-so-distant future when Superman put himself out of retirement in light of a tragedy. That’s when a faction of newer, younger metahumans rise up, bringing with them a violent, volatile approach to heroism that exists in stark opposition to the more traditional views of the Justice League. Their compromised, reckless morals blur the line between hero and villain, and end up hurting innocents in the process. When a catastrophic event kills millions of Americans, Superman returns to reform the League and wage war against the brash, out-of-control new protectors of earth.
The Punisher War Machine ArmorSixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys Video Game Masterpiece Series - MARVEL Future Fight.
The Punisher War Machine Armor
Est. Arrival: Jan 2020 - Mar 2020
ABOUT THIS SIXTH SCALE FIGURE
Frank Castle, known as The Punisher, got his hands on a War Machine suit of armor and waged a one-man war against crime. He not only deals with injustice in the most permanent ways possible, he does so without fear of damage from conventional weapons. He’s unstoppable.
Inspired by the popular game MARVEL Future Fight, Sideshow and Hot Toys present The Punisher (War Machine Armor) Sixth Scale Collectible Figure specially made from diecast material. Standing approximately 32.5cm in height, this collectible figure is expertly crafted based on the appearance of The Punisher in the game.
The Punisher Sixth Scale Collectible Figure features a newly developed head sculpt with an interchangeable LED-light up helmeted head, metallic black and silver colored armor with white skull motifs and weathering effects, a mini-shoulder gun and an articulated back-mounted shoulder cannon. This figure also features attachable thrust fire effect accessories and a specially designed figure stand!
Marvel Future Fight fans, this is a must-have to add to your collection!
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
The Punisher (War Machine Armor) Sixth Scale Figure specially features:
- Authentic and detailed likeness of The Punisher in Marvel Future Fight
- One (1) interchangeable helmeted head with LED light-up function and skull pattern (white light, battery operated)
- One (1) newly developed head sculpt with authentic likeness of The Punisher in the game
- Game-accurate facial expression and skin texture
- Highly detailed hair sculpture
- Approximately 32.5 cm tall
- Over 30 points of articulations
- Contains diecast material
- Special Details on armor:
- Metallic black and silver colored armor with white skull motifs and weathering effects
- One (1) detachable chest armor to reveal interior mechanical design
- One (1) pair of built-in shoulder missile launchers
- One (1) pair of forearm armor (missile firing)
- Two (2) sets of of interchangeable forearm inner armor (normal and missile firing)
- Four (4) pairs of interchangeable hands including:
- One (1) pair of hands with articulated fingers and light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated)
- One (1) pair of repulsor firing hands (white light, battery operated)
- One (1) pair of missile firing hands
- One (1) pair of fists
- Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
- One (1) articulated shoulder-mounted mini-gun
- One (1) articulated back-mounted shoulder cannon
- Four (4) thrust fire effect accessories (attachable to the shoulder and forearm mounted weapons)
- One (1) ammo belt for mini-gun
- Specially designed figure stand with game logo and interchangeable graphic card
ADDITIONAL DETAILS & DIMENSIONS
- Product Size
- Height: 12.80" (325.12 mm) |*
- Dimensional Weight
- 0.00 lbs (0 kg) [Intl. 0.00 lbs (0 kg)] *
* Size and weight are approximate values.
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Est. Arrival: Oct 2020 - Dec 2020
ABOUT THIS SIXTH SCALE FIGURE
In the popular animation series Batman: Beyond, Terry McGinnis becomes the Caped Crusader in a futuristic Gotham City as Bruce Wayne has retired from crimefighting. Under Bruce’s guidance and training, the technologically-inclined Batsuit provides Terry the strength and skills needed to handle the challenge he faces as the Batman of the future!
Sideshow and Hot Toys are thrilled to unveil the latest sixth scale collectible figure of the stylish Batman Beyond suit based on the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Knight video game which has taken inspiration from the great animation series.
The figure is masterfully crafted based on the Batman Beyond suit from the Batman: Arkham Knightvideo game, featuring a newly painted masked head sculpt with two interchangeable lower faces, a cutting-edge Batsuit appearance in metallic grey with battle damage and a bright red bat symbol on chest, a finely tailored black batcape to create dynamic flying poses, an array of detailed Batman’s signature gadgets including a Batman Beyond style Batarang, grapnel, disruptor, REC gun, freeze grenade and many more!
Become the Batman of the future by adding this incredible sixth scale collectible to your Batman: Arkham Knight collection!
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
The Batman Beyond Sixth Scale Collectible Figurefeatures:
- An authentic and detailed likeness of Batman wearing the Batman Beyond Batsuit in the Batman: Arkham Knightvideo game
- One (1) Batman head with patented Interchangeable Faces Technique (IFT) and two (2) interchangeable black-colored lower part of faces capturing Batman's facial expressions (masked and neutral)
- Approximately 33cm tall (Approximately 35cm tall measuring to tips of cowl)
- Specialized muscular body with over 30 points of articulations
- Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable gloved hands including:
- One (1) pair of fists
- One (1) pair of relaxed hands
- One (1) pair of hands for holding Batarang
- One (1) pair of hands for holding weapons or accessories
- Each head sculpt is specially hand-painted
- One (1) wonderfully crafted multi-layer and multi-texture Batsuit with a metallic red-colored Batman logo on the chest armor as well as metallic grey colored armor plating and battle damage throughout the body
- One (1) black-colored batcape (with bendable wire)
- One (1) utility belt
- One (1) pair of black gauntlets
- One (1) pair of black boots
Weapons and Gadgets:
- Two (2) Batarangs
- One (1) Batman Beyond style Batarang
- One (1) grapnel gun with interchangeable Batclaw and interchangeable part to become a remote electrical charge gun
- One (1) explosive gel
- One (1) disruptor gun
- One (1) pistol
- One (1) freeze grenade
- One (1) line launcher
- Specially designed dynamic figure stand with game logo
ADDITIONAL DETAILS & DIMENSIONS
- Product Size
- Height: 13.77" (349.76 mm) |*
- Box Size
- Height: 6.00" (152.4 mm) | Width: 10.00" (254 mm) | Depth: 16.00" (406.4 mm) | *
- Dimensional Weight
- 5.00 lbs (2.27 kg) [Intl. 6.00 lbs (2.72 kg)] *
* Size and weight are approximate values.
After teasing Children of the Atom as a new X-Men team of new young mutants, Marvel has revealed the creative team and roster for the new series. Written by Vita Ayala and illustrated by Bernard Chang, Children of the Atom introduces a team comprised of X-Men sidekicks.
“The initial seed of the idea actually came from [Editor] Chris Robinson: What if the X-Men had sidekicks?” Ayala explained in a statement. “MY take on it became, what would actual kids from our current time be like, if they were X-Men sidekicks? What would Gen Z X-Men be like?”
- Written by VITA AYALA
- Art by BERNARD CHANG
- Cover by R.B. SILVA with colors by JESUS ABURTOV
“I have never known a world without mutants and the X-Men, and to be able to create characters that would become part of the canon is WILD. I love them very much. Bernard, Chris and I have worked so hard on them, and I was practically itching to let them out into the world so others could love them too,” Ayala added. "What makes the new cast special to me is that they are reflective of a lot of people I know who look up to what the X-Men stand for, and have taken it upon themselves to further those ideals. These kids are exactly the kids who, in real life, have posters of Storm and Wolverine in their rooms, who grew up seeing them as heroes and want to live up to that.”
Children of the Atom #1 by Vita Ayala and Bernard Chang goes on sale in April from Marvel Comics.
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CHRISTMAS – CAESAR, KINGS & A MANGER
In the ancient land of Judea, mysterious dignitaries from the East arrive with tales of a star that heralds the birth of a great king. Neither Caesar nor Herod will tolerate any rivals. So brutal hordes are sent to slay all the infants in the region to make sure the usurper is eliminated. The thugs are thwarted, but only for a season. For the royal child is laid in a manger, and the wood of that manger foreshadows the wood of the cross.
Caesar and Herod were bound to misunderstand Him. They climbed their way to the top, stepping on all who stood in their path. Jesus emptied himself and plunged to the bottom, from the glory of heaven to the squalor of a stable. Pharaohs and Caesars strained towards immortality. Yet He who was Immortal by nature embraced mortality. The great ones of the world exalted themselves. In the very act of being born, He humbled himself.
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You would think that He would have chosen to make his debut in Rome or Athens. But He selected an obscure desert town in a dusty, provincial outpost. Even in this humble spot, not even a seedy inn would make room for Him. So they had recourse to a cave, welcomed only by animals. Isaiah said it well: “an ox knows its owner, and an ass its master’s manger; but Israel does not know, my people has not understood” (Isaiah 1:2).
Everything that happened on that first Christmas was in fulfillment of Scripture. He was born in Bethlehem, a town whose name means “house of bread.” Though His crib was a manger–a feeding trough–they did not understand that He was the Bread of Life. He was wrapped, like Solomon, in swaddling clothes (Wisdom 7:4-5), but they did not recognized him as the new King and embodiment of divine wisdom.
SHEPHERDS & MAGI
The only people who recognized Him were shepherds, the humblest in society, and Magi, the wisest. But most Israelites, like us, were neither very humble nor very wise, so they missed it. They especially missed this–that one of the birthday gifts was incense, used in the worship of gods. He was not only king, wise man, messiah, and savior–he was God incarnate.
How could Jews have believed this? God is infinite, invulnerable, and omnipotent. What is more vulnerable, fragile, and helpless than an infant? Is it possible that the Eternal be born in time? Can the Divine Word be a child at the breast, incapable of speech? Can a mere teenage girl be the Mother of God?
It was just as hard for the pagans to believe it. For their philosophers had taught that God is spirit and the body is a prison. Salvation for them meant liberation from the confines of the physical body. So the idea that a divine Savior would embrace human flesh just did not make sense.
Love sometimes does strange things. It takes great risks and goes to extreme lengths that many would call foolish. On that first Christmas day, God’s foolishness was wiser than men, and his weakness was stronger than men. It took them all by surprise.
CHRISTMAS & THE PRINCE OF PEACE
But this, of course, was part of God’s strategy. The element of surprise is critical in warfare. And Christmas was an act of warfare. In fact it was D-Day, the day of deliverance. The preparation had taken centuries, but now it was time for the Conqueror to land on enemy occupied territory. He came in humility, and would finish the conquest thirty years later by the greatest act of humility the world had ever seen.
“Peace on Earth, Good will towards men.”
True peace can never be forged by steel, but only by love. It is the humble babe in the manger, not Caesar in his chariot, who is the real prince of peace.
For an 80-year-old, this one's still going strong: shooting lasers out of its eyes, adventuring through space, saving the world in a metal suit.
But this pensioner is Marvel Comics, which is celebrating its anniversary this week, and much like Captain America - who fought in World War Two - it doesn't age like the rest of us.
Marvel published its first ever comic book in 1939 and today, it's one of the biggest names in entertainment.
Recent movies like Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame made more than a billion dollars each at the global box office.
Which isn't bad going for a company that nearly went bankrupt in the 1990s.
In the early days, Marvel was known as Timely Comics and featured superheroes like Submariner, an underwater adventurer who's still in the comics today, and the Human Torch - an early version of a character who would become part of The Fantastic Four.
But it was in the 1960s when it really started to make its mark.
"By that point, superheroes had been around for a couple of decades," Chris Murray, a professor of comic studies at the University of Dundee, tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
"Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman had been around that long and they were kind of like the old guard."
Those three characters are published by DC Comics, one of "the big two" and still Marvel's biggest rival today - although there are many other smaller publishers.
"What Marvel did in the 1960s was create a different range of heroes that were more like ordinary people, they were flawed heroes.
"Characters like Spider-Man and the Hulk were motivated by guilt or rage."
After gaining his spider powers, Peter Parker chooses not to stop a mugger who, moments later murders his uncle. When Bruce Banner becomes The Hulk it's because his anger gets too much for him to hold the furious green monster back.
But Marvel's characters and stories tried to do more than just relate to its readers. They also reflected social change taking place in America.
"There was an emphasis on quite important issues of the time, issues of social justice, fighting prejudice," says Chris.
"Characters like X-Men and the Black Panther were challenging issues of prejudice in a divided nation."
The X-Men, hated for powers they were born with and have no control over, have been seen as a metaphor for prejudice against minority groups such as the LGBT community.
Black Panther, the first black superhero to appear in American mainstream comic books, was believed to have been inspired by the Civil Rights movement in America. He was introduced in a 1966 issue of The Fantastic Four.
Over the decades, Marvel Comics has always strived to be relevant. One of its most famous covers (published in 1941) shows Captain America punching Adolf Hitler in the face.
In recent years, it has introduced more diverse characters like the first black Spider Man, Miles Morales and Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan) the first Muslim character to have her own Marvel comic book.
These newer characters are bringing a breath of fresh air into the superhero genre as a whole," says Chris.
"They have started to redefine what it means to be a superhero for the 21st century, in a similar way that the heroes Marvel presented in the early 1960s felt like a breath of fresh air. It feels like they are challenging conventions and stereotypes."
There are also characters like Hulkling and Wiccan - both members of the Young Avengers - who are in a gay relationship and X-Men member Dust, who is from Afghanistan and wears a niqab.
So far, these diverse characters haven't appeared in Marvel's on-screen offerings, but there are plans to bring Kamala Khan to the small screen in her own TV series on Disney's new streaming service.
And then there's Squirrel Girl, a plus-sized computer science student who has a tail, can chew through wood and control an army of rodents.
Doreen Green made her first appearance back in 1991, and was eventually given her own series, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, in 2014.
In some ways, working for Marvel was better than I hoped because Squirrel Girl was a strange book that nobody had many expectations of. There weren't a lot of rules," Erica Henderson, who drew the first 37 issues of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, says.
"I think for a lot of people, they liked seeing a character that didn't look like a traditional superhero.
"I wasn't trying to make a character who was fighting oppression with the shape of her body, it was literally just the introduction of a character who's weird and doesn't seem like a superhero."
Chris believes Marvel's biggest triumphs have always come from characters like Squirrel Girl who are a bit different, or "outsiders".
And that's something which has had an impact on readers like Seb, who's 26 and first got into Marvel comics when he picked up a Wolverine vs. Deadpool comic when he was younger.
"I was a bit of an outcast as a child," Seb says.
"I'm not very good at reading. But I enjoyed comics, because it gave me that kind of visualisation I needed in my mind. The way I see things, it's like how a comic would look."
'It was easier to escape into the Marvel universe'
It was Deadpool - who uses bad language and often talks to the reader instead of characters he's sharing a page with - who Seb connected with most.
"Everything just seemed to make sense. It was just like a world that I understood compared to the world I was living in. It was a lot easier to just escape into the Marvel universe."
'The comics were massively overvalued'
But that universe could have been lost forever when Marvel hit financial problems in the 1990s.
"The comics industry had been massively overvalued for years," says Chris.
"Comic collectors had been buying multiple copies of issues, believing that they were going to be valuable in 10-20 years time so they were investing."
The first appearance of Spider Man, in 1962's issue 15 of Amazing Fantasy, once sold for $1.1m (£895,000) and the first appearance of characters like X-Men, Iron-Man and The Incredible Hulk have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But that wasn't the case for comics being printed in the 1990s, because Marvel - and other companies - were printing millions of copies of titles.
The 1991 X-Men relaunch was published with five different covers - none of which would ever be rare.
Chris adds that Marvel had also taken risks by moving into the toy and merchandising business - which didn't pay off at the time.
That's what led Marvel to sell the movie rights for Spider Man to Sony in 1999 for just $7m.
And that deal is something Marvel has struggled to resolve.
Whoever ends up owning the rights to Spider Man, Marvel's future seems to lie more on screens (Black Panther was nominated for Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars) than it does the printed page. DC - and other rival publishers - have also seen their comic characters hit screens in recent years.
It recently announced 10 new movies earlier this year and eight new TV series in production for new streaming service Disney+.
'Eighty years of storytelling'
But that doesn't mean there won't be another 80 years of traditional comic books, in print and digital.
Chris says when Marvel first began their cinematic offering, it was clear the people making the films had done a "real study" of what made the Marvel comic universe work.
"The minute that Nick Fury turns up at the end of the first Iron Man film and asks Tony Stark if he's heard of the Avengers initiative, comic readers know where that's going," he says.
"I think the success of the Marvel films over recent decades is very closely linked to Marvel's 80 years of history, its vast experience in storytelling, and the development of their characters," says Chris.
Erica agrees: "It all boils down to those original stories," she says.
Chris admits comic book sales "aren't what they were" but says he believe there's little chance of them disappearing from shelves.
"The comic book remains culturally significant and relevant. It's a way that people like to consume stories," Chris says.
"I think there will always be comics, and I'm sure as long as there are comics Marvel will have a stake in that world."
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Great New !!!! Sony is set to develop an Agent Venom television series...
For those on the hunt there are three comics to look for, Secret Avengers 1st & 2nd print, Amazing Spider-Man # 654 1st & 2nd print also Amazing Spider-Man # 654.1 1st print....
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