Marvel Reveals Their New Quasar

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 29, 2016.

About a week ago, Marvel released a teaser image promising a “long-awaited return” which was tied into their Avengers: Standoff! storyline. It was recently revealed that the returning hero would be none other than Wendell Vaughn, also know as Quasar, along with a new wielder of the cosmic-powered Quantum Bands.

5720da8693dcbThe new Quasar is a female S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Avril Kincaid, and she’s the creation of writer Nick Spencer and artists Daniel Acuña and Angel Unzueta.

In an interview at Marvel.com, Spencer gave more details about the character and her origin:

Avril Kincaid is a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent stationed in Pleasant Hill when Baron Zemo stages his revolt. Seeing the crisis around her, she seeks out the most powerful weapon hidden in the town: the Quantum Bands. When she arrives to retrieve them, though, she’s greeted by a surprise—the owner of the bands and the original Quasar, Wendell Vaughn. He gives them to her, and from there, she uses them to help turn the tide of the battle in Standoff!. It’s a real “step up and be a hero” moment for Avril, and sets her on the path to becoming the new Quasar.

According to Spencer, this new Quasar will play a role in several upcoming titles, including his two ongoing Captain America series while also hinting at an appearance outside of those books in the near future as well in possibly either a solo series of her own or as part of a team series. The issue also teased the creation of a new Thunderbolts team so there’s always a possibility for that.

“We have big plans ahead for Avril; she’ll be a major player in some very important upcoming stories,” said Spencer. “You can definitely keep a lookout for her in the Captain America books, but I suspect she’ll be showing up elsewhere as well…”

Kincaid is now the fifth Marvel character to possess the Quasar name, after Vaughn, Phyla-Vell, Richard Rider, and Neutron. With her introduction only occurring recently, it will be some time before we know if she will be as popular with the fans as the previous incarnations of Quasar were.

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Marvel’s Inhumans Pulled From Release Schedule

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 26, 2016.

Last year, Marvel unveiled their film lineup for Phase 3.0. One of the films in that lineup was for an Inhumans movie which was orginially slated for 2018. It was later pushed back to 2019 and now it appears to have no set release date whatsoever.

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Marvel’s Inhumans has been pulled from Disney’s release schedule indefinitely.

Since the original announcement for the Inhumans movie in 2014, the Phase 3.0 release schedule has been filled in with Spider-Man: Homecoming (July, 2017), Ant-Man and the Wasp (July, 2018), and Indiana Jones 5 (2019) even though that movie is from their parent company Disney.

“Since we made our initial Phase 3.0 announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us,”Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said. “We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time.”

When asked if the Inhumans film would be ditched altogether, Feige responded with, “No. It’s a question of when.”

The film is still in development but will most likely appear in theaters in either 2020 or sometime afterwards as part of Marvel’s Phase 4.0 lineup. While the Inhumans have already appeared and made their presence known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, they haven’t made quiet the same impact in the films just yet. It is unknown if this delay will have any affect on the show yet.

Source- Collider

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens Crossover Coming Summer 2016

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 12, 2016.

During the Dark Horse panel at Emerald City Comic Con, it was announced that Dark Horse, IDW, and 2000 AD will be teaming up to create a comic book crossover mini-series this summer, titled, Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. John Layman (Chew) will be writing the series, alongside artist Chris Mooneyham (Predator: Fire and Stone), while Glenn Fabry (Preacher) will provide the covers.

Here’s a description of the crossover from Dark Horse’s official press release:

“The crossover pits the legendary lawman Judge Dredd against the universe’s supreme hunters, the Predators, as they both try to survive an onslaught by the galaxy’s ultimate killing machines, the Aliens!

Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson have tracked a criminal cult across the Cursed Earth and into the Alabama morass, where a mad genetic scientist with destructive designs has acquired the best genes that evolution has to offer—a xenomorph skull!

A Predator, attracted to the warm climate and superior prey, has declared hunting season as he calls for backup. All paths will cross in a mind-blowing sci-fi showdown with the fate of the Earth at stake!”

“We open the book with a crashlanded predator, and instead of being the hunter, as usual, the predator is the prey,” said Layman in an interview with io9. “He’s crashlanded in a jungle overgrowth in the middle of the Cursed Earth, where he is pursued by an Island of Dr. Moreau group of man-animal hybrids, creations of a crazed genetic engineer. And this crazed scientist recovers not just the predator, but some of the predator’s hunting trophies—including a Xenomorph skull, and the Xenomorph’s DNA contained therein. You can probably see where this is headed, but add to it Dredd chasing the robot leader of an apocalypse death cult, and everybody on a collision course. Then shit gets nuts!”

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1 will hit stands on July 27, 2016.

Source- io9

Deathstroke’s New DC Universe: Rebirth Look Revealed

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 1, 2016.

Over the weekend, DC Comics announced which titles, characters, authors, and artists would be a part of their new Rebirth launch. One of those newly announced titles was an ongoing Deathstroke series.

Earlier this week, DC Comics artist Aco, one of the members on the Deathstroke art team, shared some of his designs on Facebook for Deathstroke’s new look, the new design for his daughter Ravager, and the rejected and final cover art for Deathstroke #1.

Deathstroke #1 is written by Christopher Priest, with art by Carlo Pagualayan, Igor Vitorino, and Felipe Watanabe. Deathstroke #1 will hits shelves this fall and will ship twice monthly.

The complete Deathstroke album can been seen below and on Aco’s Facebook.

Frank Tieri’s Black Knight Series Cancelled

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 2, 2016.

With all the titles being published at company’s like Marvel or DC, some usually end up getting cancelled early due to either bad sales or to make way for a new title. It appears that Marvel’s latest run for the Black Knight is another one of these series to receive early cancellation.

Frank Tieri, the writer of Black Knight, announced the cancellation on Facebook, confirming that issue #5 will be the series’ last.

“It sucks and there’s a lot I could say about it but in the end, the bottom line is the market is what it is these days and the sales just weren’t there,” Tieri wrote. “It was an honor and a privilege to bring Dane’s adventures in Weirdworld to you — and we’re not quite done yet as we’ll be wrapping up our storyline which actually can act as a limited series the way it’s structured.”

Written by Tieri and illustrated by Luca Pizzari, Black Knight debuted in November 2015. Tieri intended to create a series that was “unlike anything that’s out there,” and said it was “definitely not something you’d really expect from a Black Knight series.”

The last issue of Black Knight will release on March 9.

American Gothic Press Bring Project Nemesis to Local Comic Shop Day

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on October 6, 2015.

Are you a fan of Kaiju and collecting variant covers? If so then you should definitely check out this exclusive cover for Project Nemesis #2 which will only be available in participating retailers during an upcoming event.

American Gothic Press will be partnering with ComicsPRO for the first annual Local Comic Shop Day. Scheduled for November 28, 2015 at participating stores, the event has been publicized by ComicsPRO as a way to celebrate and appreciate independent comic shops for their donations to pop culture. Publishers like Marvel, BOOM!, Image, Oni, Black Mask, IDW, and Archie will also be providing exclusive items for shops that are participating in the event.

American Gothic Press has created an exclusive Local Comic Shop Day cover by Jorge Marrero and Jenn Pham for Project Nemesis #2, depicting the Kaiju Nemesis crushing a helicopter in all her sinister glory.
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 Project Nemesis is a six-issue adaptation of the bestselling novel by Jeremy Robinson, with art by Matt Frank and incentive covers by Bob Eggleton. The story tells of a government experiment in Maine gone horribly wrong that gives rise to a massive monster, Nemesis, who proceeds to terrorize New England. Issue #2 picks up the cliffhanger from the series debut and brings even more intensity to Jon Hudson and Ashley Collins’ hunt for whatever is killing scores of people on the East Coast.
Final order cutoff for Local Comic Shop Day exclusives is October 12, 2015. More information can be found at www.localcomicshopday.com.
Project Nemesis #1 will be available for purchase in stores and on Comixology on October 7, 2015.

Titan Comics Set to Publish a Comic Series for the Deus Ex Game Franchise

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on October 6, 2015.

Not only will the Deus Ex series be releasing a new game next year, but also a new comic series thanks to Titan Comics.

According to IGN, Titan Comics has acquired the license to the Deus Ex franchise and plans to publish comics based on the dystopian video game series starting in 2016. The first story arc, which will span five issues, will be from writer Alex Irvine (Dark Sun, Daredevil Noir) and Assassin’s Creed cover artist Marco Turini.

“Eidos-Montréal have set a precedent for cyberpunk gaming and we’re delighted to be a part of their next exciting venture,” said Tom Williams, editor at Titan Comics. “The Deus Ex Universe is rich with political intrigue and social commentary and we can’t wait to further explore Adam Jensen’s journey through this dystopian landscape, as well as introducing readers to some of the characters of the anticipated new installment, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.”

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is scheduled for release on February 23rd, 2016 with the comic series by Titan set to arrive shortly after on March 2nd, 2016.

Source- IGN

Marvel Studios Separated From Marvel Entertainment

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on August 27, 2015.

After reported “years of frustration,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will now report directly to Disney Studio Chief Alan Horn instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios often fell under the scrutinized thumb of Perlmutter, who is supposedly infamous for his extreme frugality, but this change will now see the highly profitable studio doing more under the arm of Walt Disney Studios.

“Marvel Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm in centralizing many of its film-related functions in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito continuing to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn,” said a spokesperson from Disney.

Largely credited with overseeing a slate of over twelve films that have grossed billions of dollars, Feige reportedly vented his unhappiness to Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger, leading to the reorganization, which took effect last week. This move will allow Feige more creative freedom and support as Marvel moves into its Phase Three slate of films, which will include Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2, and Inhumans.

While the film division reports to Disney now, the company’s Television department led by Jeph Loeb, will still remain under Perlmutter’s oversight, along with the animation, game, and publishing operations.

Source– The Hollywood Reporter

Black Mask Studios Launches Digital Distribution With ComiXology & Amazon

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on August 27, 2015.

Black Mask Studios, comiXology and Amazon have announced a distribution agreement to release Black Mask’s digital library of comic books and graphic novels across the comiXology platform and Amazon’s Kindle Store.

Launched in 2013 by Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller, Occupy Comics), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, Epitaph Records, ANTI- Records), and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Black Mask Studios is a comics publisher and media production company devoted to supporting bold new voices and provocative stories.

“Black Mask’s reason for existing is to connect visionary, fearless creators with smart, discerning, curious readers, and no one is building opportunities for those connections on the scale that comiXology and Kindle are,” said Matt Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios. “Comics have the power to touch the hearts and minds of millions of readers… by building bridges to new audiences, the teams at comiXology and Kindle are bringing these stories to new and diverse readers who might otherwise have missed them.”

“We’re thrilled to be able share Black Mask’s bold brand of comics by cutting edge creators to our worldwide audience,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s VP of Communications & Marketing. “Existing fans and newcomers to the Black Mask library will now be able to buy and read all these exciting titles at both comiXology and the Kindle Store!”

This launch for Black Mask will see their hit series like Matt Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan’s Young Terrorists, We Can Never Go Home, Godkiller, Darick Robertson and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Ballistic, Transference, Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten’s The Disciples, and Space Riders now available on comiXology and the Kindle Store.

Future Black Mask releases will also be available the same day as print for their upcoming titles like Grant Morrison and Vanesa del Rey’s Sinatoro, Holly Interlandi and Zoe Chevat’s Last Song, Matthew Rosenberg, Vita Ayala, and Yasmin Liang’s Our Work Fills The Pews, and Tony Patrick and Ayhan Hayrula’s X’ed.

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, IOS, Android, and more.

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels, and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comics worldwide.

Source- Black Mask Studios

BROKEN FRONTIER Names Andy Oliver New Editor in Chief

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on June 1, 2015.

Change is constant in the business world as Broken Frontier’s founder is preparing to pass on the torch of Editor in Chief over to someone new to herald an exciting new era for the site’s journalistic activities.

Broken Frontier’s founder, Frederik Hautain had been the Editor in Chief since launch of his acclaimed comics news site back in 2002. After 13 years of success and building his brand, he decided it was time for a change. Andy Oliver, who previously held the position of Managing Editor for the past five years, will be taking over as the site’s new Editor in Chief.

“I’m extremely blessed to be able to put the day-to-day governance of our content and staff in Andy’s talented hands,” Hautain says. “In just a few years time, he’s fast become one of the leading journalists to cover indie, alternative and creator-owned comics. On top of that, Andy’s got an amazing eye for new talent, which will continue to be one of the pillars of our coverage.”

Oliver joined the Broken Frontier staff back in 2006 and became the site’s Features Editor the next year. He eventually moved up to the role of Managing Editor in 2010. He is also a well-known face on the UK indie comics circuit, was a judge for the 2014 Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition, and was a contributor to Paul Gravett’s book “1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die.”

“It’s a true privilege to be trusted with the task of taking Broken Frontier forward as its new Editor in Chief,” says Oliver. “This is a site that is not afraid to give as much attention to handmade DIY culture comics as it does to the seminal work of the form, and one that has never shied away from actively championing exciting new creative voices in the medium. “I am incredibly proud to be at the forefront of this new era in our evolution. After all, ‘Exploring the Comics Universe’ is not merely Broken Frontier’s tagline. It’s our promise and our commitment to you, the greater BF community.”

With Oliver as the new Editor in Chief, Hautain will be transitioning to the role of Creative Director, where his primary focus will be on fostering the growth of the Broken Frontier brand, strategy, and new projects.

Source- Broken Frontier