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Here is Our First Look at Ultron from Avengers 2

Jul
16

Marvel Studios is usually pretty secretive about their movies (not surprising considering there are around 14 billion blogs out there trying leak as many details as they can), but they certainly aren't playing coy about The Avengers' next nemesis. Gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly is none other than Ultron himself, and he's got a slick new character makeover.

Thor is a Woman Now, and Why That's Actually Kind of Stupid

Jul
16

So Marvel announced today that a female character will be taking over the mantle of Thor in the comic world soon. Awesome! Cool! More strong, female characters in the comics world, especially in the world of big-name heroes, is awesome to see. But, is there really a need to turn Thor into a woman?

Marvel's Thor is Going to Become a Woman

Jul
15

Today on The View of all places, Marvel announced that there's going to be a new Thor, and she's a woman. While they haven't revealed their specific plans for the character yet, we do know that for some reason, the old Thor (Man-Thor?) is no longer worthy to wield Mjolnir. This new character will be stepping in to replace him.

Archie Andrews will Die Saving His Friend in Life with Archie Issue #36

Jul
14

Earlier this year, Archie Comics announced that comic book icon Archie Andrews would die in issue #36 of Life with Archie, the franchise's alternate timeline series. Today they revealed how the beloved character will go in the upcoming issue, which hits shops this Wednesday.

Last Night's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Anniversary Party was Fan Heaven

Jul
13

In honor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th anniversary, gallery Nucleus hosted Heroes in A Half Shell: A TMNT Art Tribute Exhibition, featuring original artwork from over 30 artists, original memorabilia from the 90s films ("GO NINJA, GO NINJA, GO"), animators and writers from the currently airing Nickelodeon TMNT show, and a pair of siblings who put all other TMNT fans to shame. Click through for photos and a brief interview!

Don't Cry, But Matt Fraction Is Ending His Run On Hawkeye

Jul
12

Ah, c'mon Fraction, say it ain't so!  To be fair Fraction's twitter announcement doesn't sound like he's looking forward to it any more than we are. If you haven't been keeping up, Matt Fraction and a rotating crew of artists, lead by the superior David Aja, have been turning probably the least well-known Avenger into one the best books on the shelf. This has been Hawkeye doing Hawkeye things, like punching criminal Bros in the face and making coffee, a lot of coffee.

Funny Books: Vampirella vs. Red Sonja, Battle of Bad Girl Art [Series Spotlight]

Jul
11

Howdy Folks! In the comic world, the term “bad girl art” refers to depictions of tough and violent heroines in hyper-sexualized poses. This week were spotlighting two of the most famous “bad girls” in comics, Vampirella and Red Sonja.

Countdown to Comic-Con: Full Friday Schedule Revealed!

Jul
11

Comic-Con has released the full Friday schedule, and it's jam packed with more TV shows than you can shake a remote at. There's Cartoon Network and [adult swim], Legend of Korra, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel's television projects, and the world premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham.

The Pull List: The Life After Proves Predictable, but Enjoyable

Jul
10

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. This week, I'm taking a look at The Life After from writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Gabo. Is it good? Is it bad? Two words: Ghost Hemingway.

Snail-men, Landsharks, and Coiled Spines, HELL YES: The Online Junji Ito Horror Collection

Jul
08

As America learned with that rash of Japanese horror cinema a while ago, there's more to horror than dismembering teenagers with knives, chainsaws, *yawn* machetes, the standard fare. But premiere manga horror artist Junji Ito taught us so much more: you can run them down with land-walking crabsharks; drive them insane with geometric patterns; hell, why not compel them to shove themselves into holes shaped curiously like their own bodies? Click through if you don't feel like sleeping tonight, because I've found the most complete collection of Ito's works to date. Prepare to binge on hell. 

J.K. Rowling Just Wrote a New Harry Potter Story That Takes the Boy Who Lived into His 30s

Jul
08

J.K. Rowling has returned to the world of Harry Potter with a brand new short story. Over the past few months, the author has been covering the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore, the digital Harry Potter portal, in the voice of Ginny Potter, who's now a reporter for The Daily Prophet. Today however, Rowling published a new column by the paper's infamous Gossip Correspondent Rita Skeeter (remember her from Goblet of Fire?) that gives us a glimpse into the lives of an older Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their friends.

I Spent The Day With Cillian Cubstead of Valkyrie Komics And It Was Lovely

Jul
08

I arrive at Cillian Cubstead’s house around 5pm on the Fourth of July. I’m an hour late. I check Google Maps four times in the neighborhoods behind Boulder Station and get two sets of directions that bear no relation to the set of directions Maps first gave me. This fucking neighborhood turns me around every time. When I arrive at the house I double check the address and knock on the door.

Countdown to Comic-Con Harley Quinn Gets Meta in a Special Convention-Themed One-Shot

Jul
07

DC Comics is celebrating Comic-Con 2014 in a very interesting way. They've announced a Harley Quinn one-shot that will have the character crashing Comic-Con to pitch her own comic book character: Hurl Girl, a superheroine whose power is throwing up. Seriously.

Funny Books: What Makes for a Great Reimagining - Pluto [Series Spotlight]

Jul
05

Following our successful recap of Days of Future Past, Funny Books is kicking off a series of comic spotlights, highlighting a few of our favorites (or at least someone's favorites). Last week, I may have tipped my hat a little in regards to my particular manga tastes. However, in the interest of maintaining my street cred, I’ll be going over a more sophisticated Japanese comic, Pluto. It has robots.

The Pull List: Rocket Raccoon's Solo Adventure is an Absolute Blast

Jul
02

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit cautious when I heard that Rocket Raccoon from The Guardians of the Galaxy was getting his own solo series. But those fears have been quickly assuaged now that the work is in my hands.

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