PREVIEW: Frank Miller's "Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom"
Egyptian hieroglyphics can accurately be considered an early form of the type of sequential art storytelling seen in comic strips and comic books, and artist Josh Ln has drawn a very straight line between the two in his “Hero-Glyphics” series. Ln has taken some of the biggest pop cultural icons — including Spider-Man, Darth Vader and Wolverine — and interpreted them in the style of hieroglyphics; retaining the recognizable qualities of the characters but placing them in a considerably different context.
Although the exclusion of Gambit seems like a missed opportunity, it’s difficult to find any other fault with these incredible X-Men playing cards designed by illustration Mark Eastwood. Well, beyond that they’re not readily available for purchase.
Remember the rumor that Marvel was going to get rid of all its mutants? Last year, there was a big fear among some fans that, due to backstage politics between Marvel and Fox, the X-Men would be “No More’d” out of existence with a line-wide reboot that would effectively replace mutants with Inhumans.
That sounds terrible, obviously, but it’s the kind of thing that nags at us when we think about film rights (as we so often do). However, while it can be fun to ponder a character’s place in a fictional universe, there’s little use in trying to discern the plans and motives (rumored or otherwise) of corporate executives. That way lies madness, Dear Reader.
Keeping the comics over here, the movies over there, and the business dealings far, far away is probably the best way to enjoy the stories. Yet, there’s no denying that mutants and Inhumans can be viewed as similar entities in the Marvel Universe — and, believe it or not, there are some decent reasons to at least readjust the X-Men’s place within in it.
Part of NBC Playground — a chance for up-and-coming comedy writers and creators to get their television pitches made to series both on-air and digitally — “Stunted” by Jeff Galante caters very much to the comic book crowd, with its pilot episode filled with comic book references, following a main character that’s would-be comic creator and featuring a music video called “Ex-Men” that has a guy cosplaying Cyclops while playing a keytar.
And yes, you read that last part right. In case you were wondering, the lead singer is dressed like Wolverine — but with a mullet. Take that ’90s Superman.
Kotobukiya continues to assemble its line of ARTFX+ statues inspired by the X-Men of Marvel Now!, adding the Soulsword-wielding Magik to the mix.
Sculpted by Junosuke Abe from a design by artist Adi Granov, the 1/10th-scale statue stands more than 7.5 inches tall on its magnetic display base. Shipping in February, Magik will join Uncanny X-Men teammates Cyclops, Emma Frost and Magneto in the ARTFX+ series.
Emma Frost’s 35-year history has been marked by a series of corset calamities, with the former White Queen routinely clad (if barely) in fetish gear, impossibly high heels and/or cleavage-exposing tops. Empowering? Eh, maybe. Dated? Probably. Impractical? Definitely.
Inspired by a recent ComicsAlliance article about the character’s wardrobe, Terry Blas has launched the Emma Frost Fashion Redesign Project, which is exactly what it sounds like: a blog devoted to fan reinterpretations of the White Queen’s look.
Wouldn’t it be nice to reinvent yourself every year? Just toss out all your old clothes, get a new job, take a new direction in life? It’s fun to think about, but really difficult to put into practice; there’s a lot of security in knowing who you are and working a job (you hopefully love) for year after year. We crave consistency but yearn for change. It’s why fiction is so important as an escape, from what comforts us. Heroes can risk it all in these huge, life-changing decisions, and we can watch from the bleachers, cheering them on or judging them harshly.
Let’s get to doing that with the latest all-new, all-different titles at Marvel, arriving in October.
Oh, man. The toughest part of these announcements is the sheer weight of information we get at once. Marvel could reveal these one at a time, but I think that would take away some of the spotlight, as one new title would be forgotten as the next new was announced. Instead, we get this 45-title avalanche showcasing a variety of new books and looks for our favorite heroes and villains, leaving people like Yours Truly to sort it all into manageable chunks. How do we parse all of this?
Although some companies have had to abandon plans for licensed X-Men collectibles, Kotobukiya pushes on with the unveiling of its Emma Frost ARTFX+ statue, the second in a series inspired by the mutants of Marvel Now! (Cyclops was announced last year at New York Comic Con, and will be released later this summer.)
Based on concept art by Adi Granov, the black-clad White Queen stands a little more than 7.5 inches tall on a magnetic display stand. Kotobukiya promises the rest of the Uncanny X-Men team are “coming soon,” which should provide more fodder for message board discussions.
Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Travis in Seattle, who shares not only his love for Batman and the X-Men, but also the love his son has inherited for comics.
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Today’s collection comes from Marshall in Washington, D.C., whose wife encouraged him to share his X-Men collection with us. He said his love for Marvel’s mutants inspired him to start a nonprofit.
“I really love to come home to this collection because it inspired my life’s work so far which was to create an international development nonprofit called Leadership Initiatives (originally called X-C.O.R.E.),” Marshall said. “Essentially we go to developing countries find a communities’ best local leaders and train them how to open and design businesses that will solve a community need. The businesses are then funded by local investors ensuring that the community is building up it’s own infrastructure instead of becoming more dependent upon foreign assistance.”
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Beating Spider-Man and Captain America to the punch, Wolverine and Thor staged their own epic crossover last night in a brewing Civil War over … musical beers and dueling mullets.
Donning wigs, actors Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Bobby Moynihan for a game that’s exactly what it sounds like: musical chairs, only using cups of beer.
Patrick Willems isn’t the first to wonder what a Wes Anderson-directed X-Men movie might be like, but he may be the first to use that as the premise for his own short film.
While you can quibble with some of the acting, Willems has Anderson’s visual style down pat, from the symmetrical compositions and the use of miniatures to the font choice (Futura) and slow-motion shots.
Being an X-Men is a busy job. Between the fighting, the schooling and the baseball games, there’s not much time for anything else — or is there?
Vreeland cartoonist Chad Sells has begun depicting Marvel’s mutants during their off-time in a new series of illustrations dubbed “Everyday X-Men.” The 16 images so far show various X-Men (and even a few enemies) in their leisure pursuits … and interestingly enough, many of them are in their ’90s-era duds, if they’re wearing anything at all.
Cats already control virtually ever aspect of their owners’ lives, from what time they get up in the morning to how long they can be away at night. But if you add manipulation of magnetic fields to their long list of abilities, then all is lost.
Kaipo Jones, whose “X-Cats” video saga includes “Wolverine Cat” and “Cyclops Cat,” returns with possibly the greatest feline threat to date: Magneto Cat. Let’s just hope he never teams up with BaneCat.
For a film whose plot relies so heavily on time travel and Quicksilver’s super-speed, the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have exploited either element to its full (or wholly logical) potential, as the folks at How It Should Have Ended note in their latest video.
And while Superman enthusiastically endorses moving really fast and reversing time — “Sounds groovy! I’m going to have to try that some day!” — a coffee-swilling Batman is all too happy to point out the inherent flaws in the mutants’ approach.