First things first. The trailer:
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artists: Darick Robertson, Russ Braun, Peter Snejbjerb
Issues: #1 – #72, Herogasm #1 – #6, Highland Laddie #1 – #6, Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #1 – #6
Books: The Name of the Game; Get Some; Good for the Soul; We Gotta Go Now; Herogasm; The Self-Preservation Society; The Innocents; Highland Laddie; The Big Ride; Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker; Over the Hill the Swords of a Thousand Men; The Bloody Doors Off
Woah.. It’s hard to put into words a series like THE BOYS. There’d be lots of swear words, and body parts. The words ‘Mature Content’ doesn’t begin to describe what lies within its pages. I hereby advice all those who may be upset or offended by extreme violence and adult themes to turn away now, and lose out on one of the most original superhero titles of a generation.
NBC have ordered a pilot for a TV series based on the DC Vertigo title HELLBLAZER starring John Constantine. We’ve already seen Keanu on screen as Constantine in the film (ironically in the Alanis Morissette way) called CONSTANTINE, and NBC have creatively chosen the same name for their series. I’m guessing a series with the word ‘Hell’ in it would be too controversial? Who knows.
It’s been officially announced at Marvel.com that comedian Paul Rudd has been cast in the upcoming Ant-Man film written by the British duo Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish of Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz/World’s End and Attack the Block fame respectively.
AMC recently announced that with the mighty shoes of Breaking Bad and Mad Men to be filled, they are about to begin development of the sacrilicious DC Vertigo title PREACHER. Preacher is a much revered title, and at the time it and Sandman (also by Vertigo) were among the highest grossing comics worldwide at the time. It centres around Jesse Custer, a Texan minister who is hating the church and hating his congregation, when out of nowhere a celestial being named Genesis needing a host body comes crashing into his church and bonds with him, incinerating the church and all inside. Jesse awakes unharmed, and with a brain full of knowledge about Heaven, and that the Lord has abandoned His children. Jesse vows to track down the Lord Almighty and hold him accountable for the failure of His creation.
Of the new Marvel/Netflix TV announcement, Daredevil is perhaps the most famous of the gang having already had a not-too-well-thought-of film adaptation starring Ben Affleck. Daredevil is blind attorney Matt Murdock by day, and by night he is the guardian angel watching over Hell’s Kitchen, New York.
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Steve Epting
Issues: #1 – 9, #11 – 17, 65th Anniversary Special, #22 – 24, Winter Solder: Winter Kills, #25 – 50, #600 – 601, Reborn #1 – 5
Books: Winter Solder v.1 & v.2, Red Menace v.1 & v.2, Civil War: Captain America, The Death of Captain America v.1 – The Death of the Dream. The Death of Captain America v.2 – The Burden of Dreams, The Death of Captain America v.3 – The Man Who Bought America, The Man With No Face, Road to Reborn, Reborn
What can be said about this iconic story arc other than… WOW
Words cannot describe how much I loved this series. I was never much of a fan of Cap until I read these books, and now he’s right up the top of my list of favourite characters of any medium. The writing in these books is absolutely fantastic, and uses constant flash-backs to WWII which mirror the current events in the story, and really give the reader an understanding of his motivations. What blew my mind the most with this arc was the return of Bucky Barnes, Cap’s WWII sidekick, and it was dealt with so brilliantly that Bucky also become one of my favourite characters. These were (up to the point where I had to sell my collection) some of my most prized possessions.
As always thar be spoilers abound
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At a glance, I can see why readers might write off “Hawkeye” #11. Matt Fraction, David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth construct an entire issue told through the eyes of Hawkeye’s dog Lucky (better known as Pizza Dog). Is it a gimmick? Perhaps. But does it result in a good comic? No. It results in a great comic.