Name: Eric Agbre
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November 30, 2016 1:28 pm I don't think this era of Marvel creators is capable of creating a Black Panther, a Storm, a Blade, or a Luke Cage. I'm not even sure if they're interested in actually making epic characters. I feel like most of the design for new characters focuses heavily on imagining people cosplaying at conventions rather conceiving characters larger than life. And so it goes with the mantle-piece football game currently going on. Right now it's Iron Man's turn to get fragmented. Only a matter of time before we have re-imagined Daredevils and Punishers (two popular characters off the top of my head who have yet to have their mantles passed on or expanded to half a dozen characters like Spider-Man or Wolverine).
November 30, 2016 1:20 pm @BC1: I agree with most of what you stated. Good assessment. The only dissent I have is that I think DC actually 'went for broke' and did whatever it wished during the era of the New 52. And now the comics have come back home and gone back to catering vigorously to fan service. Inversely, Marvel 'went for broke' during the 2000s, especially the mid-to-late 2000s when the Ultimate Universe was running concurrently to 616... and Marvel cosmic saw a tremendous revival. Now, it appears they're mostly catering to laying some groundwork to potential cinematic titles 5-10 years down the line while completely ignoring the will and/or misgivings of its longtime fans. The only concern I have is that Marvel's current cinematic era owes a lot to those eras where Marvel both went for broke and was catering heavily to its fans. I wonder what people will think when it comes time for this new/current era of Marvel to make it to the big screen. Anyway, in terms of Marvel, I mostly care about the X-titles overall at this point. I still hold out hope that ResurreXion will cater to fan service. Please, Marvel editors, don't fail me now, haha. And... like I said, I remain optimistic despite everything.
November 28, 2016 6:45 pm Great podcast as usual, and great pick of the week with Hal/Green Lanterns. Oh and yes, I’m really really digging the art by Rafa Sandoval. Right now both Green Lantern books are great reads, and I don’t think I can ask for anything more :) As for Marvel and its events... well, let's just say the fact that the editors at Marvel Comics picked the golden age of Marvel branding in general to wipe-out its most popular line of characters will forever remain baffling. And we're not just talking Cyclops and the X-Men, but others including Bruce Banner, Tony Stark etc... (even Steve Rogers/Captain America and Thor amongst others). How they're choosing not to capitalize on characters who are immensely popular at this moment in time is just so illogical. They've got movies generating half a billion dollars at a minimum each, they've got a mobile app (Contest of Champions) which brought in $200 million in one year. A mobile app!... And now as I type this even a mere rumor mentioning a possible Marvel vs Capcom 4 title is generating enough buzz to blow up gaming sites around the net. Again, the name Marvel is an immensely popular brand... and yet the comic books are kind of the weak link in this bigger picture. /sigh Anyway, despite misgivings, I'm still holding out hope for the ResurreXion series reviving some of my interest in Marvel sometime in 2017. Maybe they can't retcon the last 5 unfortunate years of X-history, but I guess there's a glimmer of hope attitudes at Marvel may be changing due to recent news of dealings with Fox. I remain... cautiously optimistic. That said, keep the great holiday episodes coming.
November 28, 2016 6:22 pm Interesting. I wonder if there'll be more of him in the future. He was a fun addition to the story. :)
November 7, 2016 4:39 pm The art from the 'Unworthy' Thor isn't too shabby. But yeah, Thor's looking like he'd have issues with some of Spidey's street-level goons at this point the way he's been thoroughly de-powered. This 'Thor' would've gotten his behind handed to him pretty quick thousands of years ago when he battled Gorr with just an axe.
November 1, 2016 8:16 pm @BC1: Very true. That being said, part of me is still giving Marvel a chance... only because it seems as though next year they'll be having their own 'rebirth' of sorts (in their case 'ResurreXion') with pretty much a massive re-investment into the mutant side of Marvel comics. Is this where they get back on track, or does the 'all new, all different' universe continue concurrently? Suffice to say, maybe, just maybe... 2017 might be a better year for Marvel. It remains to be seen... but I'm crossing my fingers maybe they might've finally decided to give some love to some of their fans. I suppose time will tell.
October 31, 2016 8:19 pm It's funny cause DC is obviously corporate-owned as well, but they seem more in tune with giving readers what they want... while also building up new titles that may be part of future events. At Marvel it seems like they're just trying to get in the news cycles every once in a while. Fans of long-running books and fans of characters with rich history aren't really a concern.
October 27, 2016 4:54 pm Thanks for introducing me to Hadrian's wall. Fantastic writing! For some reason I have to say when I read this book I kind of wished I lived in that setting. Love the sci-fi theme in general, so it's just right up my alley. Great weekly picks as usual from the iFanboy team.
October 27, 2016 4:52 pm Trinity is a fantastic book so far, with beautiful art to boot. Definitely worth getting into.
September 27, 2016 6:44 pm If I could describe Marvel and DC at this point, I would say DC is engaging in serious fan-service, whereas Marvel is taking the opposite route of fan disservice... Or rather taking the opposite route of concluding, well 'the old fans are well, just old... make way for new fans. Screw overlap...' Just speaking entirely for myself, if I were a teen today, I'd more than likely get more into DC than Marvel. And that's kind of unfortunate considering Marvel heroes are the reason why I started reading comics to begin with. They say sales are better than ever however, so maybe I'm just out of touch. That said, Superman last week left me with a goofy grin, Trinity left me wanting more... and Civil War left me wondering 'wtf am I reading' (in a facial expression sort of way :). Superman was absolutely amazing though, and I hope they keep it up! Personally I feel like DC is exploring and re-imagining what made their characters 'epic' (if there is such a thing) whereas Marvel is engaging in story-arcs that leave their characters feeling... hollow. Anyway, just my 2cents. If there's a silver lining, I will admit that I am actually wondering how Civil War will conclude. But it's less like looking at a fireworks show in awe... and more like staring at a fender-bender on the side of the road while driving by :S