Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in SNL Avengers Sketch

Comics, Movies/TV

Jeremy Renner hosted Saturday Night Live this last Saturday and while there he reprised his role as Hawkeye for an Avengers parody sketch. It offered soem laughter playing on the usefulness or uselesness of Hawkeye in battle. Check it out and hee hee or ha ha as you see fit.

Marvel NOW – Young Avengers

Comics

Marvel returns The Young Avengers to their own book with Kieron Gillen writing and Jamie McKelvie providing the art. Last week brought a teaser with Gillen and McKelvie’s names attached with the word “Amateurs” in big bold print on it. Those two creators are quite pro so it couldn’t be about them. Instead it was indeed about the return of these younger Avengers with a few replacements in the roster. Hulkling, Wiccan and Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) return along with new members Miss America, Marvel Boy (formerly Captain Marvel and The Protector) and Loki (in his young boy incarnation).

It will be about what it’s like to be a super hero in this super heroic world. That and a realistc take on the teen lifestyle and how having powers affects it all. A little bit CW teen drama, a little bit Scott Pilgrim and a whole lot of Marvel. It’s a fresh and exciting look at things that will be taking a few grand leaps along the way. Yougn Avengers starts up this January. (top image credit goes to Comic Book Resources)

Avengers vs. X-men #11 – Who Fell In Battle Today??? (SPOILERS)

Comic Reviews, Comics

This Avengers vs. Xmen crossover event has been going for quite awhile now and has been mostly lackluster in my opinion. I like what I like and don’t what I don’t and I’m not taking anything away from what the creators make but it just has not done much for me. I never understood the whole let’s pit all the good guys against each other thing but it’s something to do, a bit of a spectacle and with the restart (not reboot) coming up they can afford to shake things up a bit which is what seems to be happening here. Marvel is doing very well for themselves with the success of their films and they are trying to create a more cohesive universe overall. It does seem though that a lot of creative decisions are being made both at Marvel and DC in order to get press. The gay marriage beteen X-man Northstar and his companion in the X-men books and DC’s reimagining of Green Lantern Alan Scott as a gay man. More recently the announcement of another new Green Lantern who would be a Muslim character. I have no problems at all with any of this. Our real world is full of a variety of people in many walks of life and the comics should reflect that, it’s just when it’s done in the way they are doing it in which they try to force the impact on us that it seems like more of a hollow gesture with ulterior motives. Maybe I’m wrong but it does have at least a sliver of truth to it. Deaths in comics can be considered the same kind of thing. Something done more for shock value than purposeful direction. In comics for a long time now deaths seemed to not really even matter as any number of fantastic reasons can be concieved to return a hero or villain to the fictional living world. In todays release of the newest Avengers vs. Xmen comic a death occurred and while it can be looked as just another bit of comic book death fluff there is also purpose to it. If you would like to know what went down and who is no more. Click the read more tab but be warned…..SPOILERS ahead. Who fell in battle today???

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Marvel NOW – Introducing The Avengers

Comics

Starting this December one of my favorite writers in comics, Jonathon Hickman teams up with artists Jerome Opena to bring us the newest team of Avengers in Marvel NOW’s new phase of the Marvel comic Universe. This recently released picture shows the interconnected covers of the first few issues and showcases this rather eclectic new roster. As you can see the new team will consist of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, The Falcon, Spider Man, Spider Woman, Wolverine, Captain Marvel along with Cannonball and Sunspot of The New Mutants. Those are interesting additions with the Avengers Vs. X-men storyline still going right now. There is also a shadowy figure in the bottom left of the picture that many are speculating could be Ant Man. this is one of the biggest teams yet and Hickman plans on making sure that everyone gets their moment to shine and feels important in the stories. Looks interesting. We will see what comes to be.

Concept Art and Video from Cancelled Avengers Video Game

Comics, Games

An Avengers first person action video game that would have been loosely based on the Secret Invasion storyline was in the works these past couple of years but ended up getting cancelled. While it isn’t certain as to why it got the axe it is most likely due to other plans being put into motion. It seemed pretty far along though and it’s sad that it didn’t get its chance to be made and released. It looked promising and the concept art by the super talented, Jeremy Love is very, very cool. Check out all the pictures and video below to see this might Marvel game that didn’t get to be.

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The Marvel Relaunch/Marvel NOW

Comics

Beginning this October Marvel Comics will begin relaunching a number of their flagship titles and will be starting a few new ones. Last year DC did the same kind of thing but it was more of a defined new beginning as it disregarded much of the continuity of it’s comic book storylines for all the years up to that new zero point. With Marvel this is a new beginning as well but not a reboot or reimagining. Just a new direction for Marvel’s cast of characters. The history stands but the future is one of a more overall cohesive Marvel universe with their films, comics, games and more. This whole new direction is occuring under the Marvel Now banner and anything with that logo will fall into that new direction. Continue reading

Brian’s Comic Book Picks For August 1st

Comics

Hawkeye #1

Matt Fraction and David Aja of Immortal Iron Fists fame reunite to tell the new ongoing tales of Hawkeye. While he counts himself among the ranks of a super soldier and a demi-god he’s not always fighting alongside his fellow Avengers. This is a more urban Hawkeye as he does what he can to help those that need it in New York City as he combines hero, spy and soldier all in one. Continue reading