It looks like the dynamic duo of Chris Claremont and Bill Siekiewicz are going to team up for a one-shot of the classic New Mutants team that includes: Mirage, Sunspot, Cannonball, Magik, Wolfsbane, Cypher, Karma, and Warlock.
The story will undoubtedly take place between New Mutants #21 and #38 (Volume One), since that’s the run in which Bill Siekiewicz was on the book. (Not that I think Marvel Comics truly cares about Continuity these days, but that’s neither here nor there…)
The story will focus on their techno-friend, Warlock, who experiences a nightmare – and from there, things simply descend into madness – as even Magik’s Darkchylde form threatens to cut loose!
Here’s the bit that Marvel released:
NEW MUTANTS: WAR CHILDREN #1 Writer: Chris Claremont Art: Bill Sienkiewicz Cover: Bill Sienkiewicz STRONG AND FREE! Don’t miss this momentous event as legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite with Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Cypher, Mirage, Karma, and Sunspot to share this never before told story of the New Mutants’ past! When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it’s up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves…and doubly so when Magik’s inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Also, a special guest appearance by none other than Kitty Pryde!
As a random confession, back when New Mutants had originally come out – I dropped the title a few issues into Siekiewicz’s run. A few years later, when Bill left the book – I ended up going back and getting the issues I had missed to complete my run.
I was, of course, much younger, and simply preferred the easier on the eyes, cleaner form of art style. These days, I can appreciate Siekiewicz’s amazing artistic ability – but honestly, visually, it’s not really my style. But I am, without a doubt, going to pick this up, just for that journey back to the “olden days.”
So, Jason Aaron, who wrote Thor for a bit – then wrote Thor, when Jane Foster became Thor, is returning to the world of Thor again – in a round about way. Or should I say he’s returning to the world of Jane Foster. Or is it that Jane Foster is returning to the world of Thor? OK, fine – I will get to the point (“Finally!”) – Jason Aaron (along side co-writer, Al Ewing) is writing another Jane Foster series – this time, Jane is not coming back as Jane Foster… she’s not coming back as Thor… No, she’s coming back as… Valkyrie. (You probably would have never guessed that based on the title of this post, right?)
Spoilers ahead for War of the Realms #2… So Stop Reading If You Don’t Want To Be Spoiled.
Still here? Good. So apparently, during War of the Realms #2, all of the Valkyries are slaughtered. I had hoped – hoped – when I first heard news of a Valkyrie series, it would be Brunhilde returning to the mantle. As an avid fan of the original Defenders series, she was one of my favorite female characters. I would have settled for the movie version from the MCU being the new Valkyrie too, if not Brunhilde – because it would make logical sense, because it’s a character, who MCU fans might be able to immediately recognize if they were interested in picking up the comic to know more.
What I was not expecting was that Jane Foster would take the mantle. The article on Marvel states “a lot of fans have been waiting to hear about Jane Foster.”
However, as I read the article on Marvel’s site – there was something that made me sigh. Al Ewing states:
…. she [Jane Foster] does have something not seen before in the world of Asgard — UNDRJARN THE ALL-WEAPON, forged in the fires of the Realm-War, that can change its shape and be whatever the wielder needs — including wings!
Wait. So it’s not just that she’s a Valkyrie… but she has… uh, what’s it called? Undrjarn – the all weapon?
Now I love me some Norse Mythology – but… I didn’t recall a weapon by that name. Now, to be fair, when Walt Simonson introduced Beta Ray Bill, he created Stormbreaker, which was essentially a copy of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. But… they’re introducing Valkyrie’s weapon as The All Weapon, similar to Odin being the All Father. It sort of reeks of “Looks how much more powerful my character is because of this weapon!” (I just wish they simply called it Undrjarn – without the title of “The All Weapon”).
For me, I am a little bummed that it’s not Brunhilde or the Valkyrie from the Thor MCU movie. I didn’t particularly enjoy Jason Aaron’s Thor, or his Jane Foster Thor, so I don’t have high hopes that I would enjoy his Jane Foster Valkyrie.
I will say this though – despite the tone of this piece – I am actually very happy for the Jane Foster fans, who will be able to continue to read stories of Jane Foster – as a character – continuing her heroic career.
Another episode! This time we’re at Free Comic Book Day at Southern California Comics again! Once again, I have Ryan (who has been on our podcast previously – from the previous years we podcasted at Southern California Comics for Free Comic Book Day before!), I also have CJ (better known as CartoonJunkie on DeviantArt), and CJ’s friend, Larry! We cover so much – from Captain Marvel, To Avengers: Endgame, Shazam gets a ton of love; we talk Arrow, Flash, Gotham, Doom Patrol, Legends of Tomorrow, Into the Spider-Verse, and so much more! As always, I want to thank Jamie of SoCalComics for allowing us to set up and be a part of the event! You can either stream the podcast below, or if you want to download it, you can. Or if you’re an iTunes person – it usually appears on there within 24 hours. If you happen to have an iTunes account, I would love if you took the time to drop a rating and a comment on our iTunes. It helps convince people that we’re worth listening to! And by all means – whether you enjoyed it or not – please take a moment to share the link to our podcast to your social media platforms, and tell friends, family, pets – whoever is willing to listen – about our podcast. Word of mouth is not only free advertisement for us, but someone endorsing it personally is always the best validation! Thanks again for those of you who stopped by to talk (some didn’t want to be on the podcast, but just spoke to me offline) – and to those of you who take the time to listen. Love you all.
People who have enjoyed Marvel’s “Space Adventures” from the last few years ago, have been wondering when Nova was going to be in one of these MCU movies. The Nova identity has been held by two people – Richard Rider, who was the first Nova. And later, Sam Alexander. Richard Rider, as Nova, earned a lot of attention during Nova (Volume Four) which tied to the Annihilation event. Nova (Volume Five) continued Nova’s push, and included Annihilation Conquest, The Initiative, among other events.
Nova (Volume Six) saw the introduction of Sam Alexander assuming the role of Nova, with Richard Rider having apparently died “in the Cancerverse” sacrificing himself. Sam was not accepted by a wide variety of people because they saw him as the replacement for Richard Rider. A younger, more relate-able person for younger comic book readers. I wrote a piece about how Sam Alexander, as a character definitely deserves a chance to be recognized as a great character, despite my desire for Richard Rider’s return back then.
Nova (Volume Eight) brought the return of Richard Rider and had him briefly working with Sam Alexander, as he dealt with the results of surviving the Cancerverse. Tragically, the series was cut short.
There’s next to nothing known about these next set of Star Wars movies; whether they will be a trilogy of movies; or if they’re going to be individual movies, every two years.
It’s not surprising (and I am thankful, personally!) that Disney is going to launch another series of movies, on top of having Star Wars related shows on their Disney streaming service. I’ve enjoyed the Star Wars movies – other than the original Prequels (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith). Even in those movies, I can find some good that comes out of it. I’ve enjoyed Solo, The Force Awakens and the much debated The Last Jedi. So I am eager to see what comes next with the Star Wars franchise, in regards to movies. With Star Wars Land opening up at Disneyland – they need to keep feeding the machine and target each generation with Star Wars goodness. Count me along for the ride.
Peter Mayhew was someone you may not know by name, but there’s a solid chance you know his role. Peter Mayhew played the role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise. He was featured in A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi for the original trilogy. He also reprises his role for the Star Tours in Disneyland/Disneyworld, and then appeared again in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. He would next show up in Star Wars during Star Wars: The Force Awakens where his physical limitations forced him to share the role of our favorite Wookie with Joonas Suotamo. He remained with the Star Wars franchise during Star Wars – The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story as a Chewbacca Consultant. He did reprise his role in Star Wars Holiday Special (back in 1978) and also did his voice for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in 2011.
Naturally, he was in more than just Star Wars related things (in a movie called Terror; Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy, Yesterday Was A Lie, Dark Towers, Glee among a few others).
This is the one. This is the one to end them all. After 10 (well, now 11?) years in the making… Avengers: EndGame has arrived. The wife and I saw it opening night at 9:50pm – and were excited to talk about it – so Saturday morning, she and I sat down to record this episode. You can tell here and there, as we’re talking about it – there’s some emotion still in our voices over what we saw. Just be advised, there’s major spoilers in this episode, as we pretty much go over the whole movie. You can stream it down below, or download it here (Right Click, Save As). It should also appear on iTunes within a day or so, typically. I don’t want to say much more… other than, if you’ve enjoyed the MCU – go see this movie. It’s everything you want it to be and more. Because the wife and I were excited to discuss it, we knocked out this episode – I may do one later with Maico if he’s interested in talking about it. By then, I am sure I will have seen it again. Because I am ready to see it quite a few more times.
James Hudnall, who I originally heard of from his work on Alpha Flight has passed away. He worked on Alpha Flight between 1987 and 1988 (on issues 63, then 67-86). He’d also done work on Strikeforce: Morituri (between 1987-1988) between issues 21 and 31, which in hindsight, I was probably familiar with; just didn’t pick up on the name back then. It was really Alpha Flight that I noticed who was writing the book, because I was such a big fan of the characters (though the series definitely had it’s ups and downs). He had a pretty extensive history in comics, all together, as well as dabbling in other things (political, cartoons, computer programming).
In 2017, Maico and I had the good fortune of meeting James Hudnall in person at San Diego Comic Fest. I am happy that I managed to take this selfie with James, while we were speaking with him.
James was born April 10th, 1957 and left this world one day before his birthday, on April 9th, 2019.
You doubted me, didn’t you? When I said the podcast wasn’t dead, even though it’s been a year? Don’t lie! I see the doubt in your eyes!
Well here we are with a new episode! My normal partner in crime, the Mighty Maico Moreno is on vacation this week – so I grabbed my wife to fill in the co-star position of the podcast! In this issue, we discuss the Netflix shows (Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Punisher, and Defenders), we also talk Avengers: Endgame trailer, we talk about me sitting in on one of the San Diego Comic Fest panels as a guest, we talk Captain Marvel (and even get our beloved friend Poppy, randomly in on the conversation), we talk James Gunn being back on Guardians of the Galaxy 3, we also talk Into the Spider Verse and wrap it up with discussion about this year’s WonderCon. This one has a little bit of everything. Hold on. The wife is reminding me that we also did Amiee’s Corner in which we talk about Vanderpump Rules. Give this one a listen! And if we made you laugh, smile, or giggle, please consider sharing it on your Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other means you have of spreading the good word about our podcast!
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Another year, another WonderCon! And once again, WonderCon did not disappoint. It’s probably my favorite “big” convention to go to. It has the right mixture of plenty of comic shops vending, mixed with every other kind of thing out there. There’s a lot of people, but there isn’t too many people.
It’s also really cool, because I always go to WonderCon with Chuck, who I have known since the 4th grade… and let me tell you, that was a long time ago… (in a galaxy not too far away), as well as his son, Matt.
Typically, when we have gone in the previous years, we typically power walked the entire WonderCon floor in a few hours and called it a day, and check back into the hotel, and go down to the pool and Jacuzzi. This year, however, we didn’t. We actually took two small breaks – once, to go sit outside for a bit, let our old knees recover. And then the second time, we walked back to the hotel (which is literally across the street) and hit up Starbucks for a quick refreshment.
And that’s where something pretty cool happened. Chuck, is is an immense Stephen King and Joe Hill fan had just discovered that Joe Hill was doing a signing at the IDW Booth. While we were sitting there in the hotel Starbucks, Chuck wondered aloud if Joe Hill was staying at the hotel. And literally, five minutes later, Joe Hill, with his wife, came strolling in and stood in line. Chuck managed to say hello from our table (the line was right next to where we were sitting). I saw Chuck fumble for his phone, as if he was going to take a picture, but then put it down. After Joe Hill left, he mumbled that he should have taken a photo. We strolled back into the Convention and went to the IDW booth where we learned all the Joe Hill tickets had already been given out. We strolled around the Con and saw Joe Hill walking around. Clearly, the gods were speaking to us. We returned to the IDW booth an hour before Joe Hill was due for his signing – and Chuck asked about overflow – and the guy said there was overflow permitted, but doubted Joe would have time to get to it, because he had a hard cut off of 5pm. There was only one person after the official ticketed end of the line, so I told Chuck to get in line. Chuck ran over and bought one of Joe Hill’s Locked & Key books from IDW that he didn’t have.
Sure enough, Joe Hill comes strolling over and talking to a few other people. I tell Chuck to go take a picture – but he refuses. So I told him to give me his phone. I walked over and politely asked if I could take a picture of Joe Hill, and he kindly agreed. (See the photo above). Then I asked if I could take a photo with him (with the idea that Chuck could do the same). He wholeheartedly agreed, and snapped a picture with me.
I walked back over to Chuck, who was amazed that I kindly asked Joe for a photo, rather than just sneaking a photo – and that I even asked to take a photo with him. I told Chuck he was extremely cool about the entire thing and that he should do it – but Chuck was too shy. That was until he saw Joe break off from the conversation he was having with those people to meander around the IDW booth. He then handed me his phone and shouted, “Let’s go take a picture!” So chasing Chuck into IDW, Chuck was able to snap a photo with Joe Hill as well. This clearly made Chuck’s day. As we stood in line for Joe Hill’s signature, it became very clear that (despite people with tickets coming to stand in line in front of us, around 4:30pm) – that we were still going to get his book signed. As we got to the end, I even picked up the first Locked & Key book to have Joe Hill sign in. I figured this was at least some way for me to say “Thank you for putting up with us!” I admired his kindness towards us; and though I’ve not read any of his books, he’s made a fan out of me, just from his behavior. So it’s cool to me, that my favorite part of WonderCon wasn’t even anything that really had to do with me; but actually my best friend meeting someone who he had always wanted to meet; and that person being incredibly gracious and kind. Freaking. Epic. If you’re interested in Locke & Key, based off what I said here – please consider using our Affiliate link through MyComicShop to get them!
So while that was, probably the highlight of the entire WonderCon experience, there was definitely other highlights. Getting to see Joie again is always a blessing. It’s funny, because I originally met Joie through Lindsay Archer, like eons ago at DragonCon, where she was dressed as Ms. Marvel (now Captain Marvel). I was blown away back then how spot on she was to Ms. Marvel in appearance; little did I know of her artistic talent, back then. Now I fully support Joie any way that I can – because, she really is one of the most down to Earth, kindest, most amazing hearted people I’ve had the good fortune of meeting. So, being able to see her once a year, have a quick conversation of how she’s doing and what she’s been up to, is always a highlight. I’d highly recommend check out her website and check out her Instagram while you’re at it.
I just want to thank the folks that keep WonderCon going and keeping that show running smoothly. As always, an excellent time was had.