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I PROMISED A NEW PICTURE

TO RENAME THE COLUMN FOR CIVIL WAR….

WAIT ANOTHER WEEK.

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WHERE WERE YOU!?
I was at the 24 Hour Comic Event at Wild Pig – spending my hard earned weekend trying to create a comic book. This is my first year in three that I failed… but hey, they can’t all be winners.

Thankfully this column is – with some juicy bits of news from all over the Marvelscope. Let’s get to it…

MILLAR REMAINS…

“Marvel has been great to me these past five years,” Millar said, explaining his decision to renew his exclusive. “I’ve had an incredible time and, for a bunch of reasons I’ll explain in Monday’s interview, I wanted to make a commitment to them in the long-term.

Millar stands as one of those guys that people love and people hate. I find him to be perfectly fine, honestly. His Ultimates is some of the most politically charged writing in the Marvel-verse, and where not everything he touches turns to gold, he comes up with new spins that make me a touch giddy.

So congrats to Millar – I’m glad he’s sticking around.

(Also Obsconded with from Newsarama)

I don’t want to get really into the details if you don’t want it spoiled, but Millar gives a great view into Civil War in the interview at the above link.

PETER DAVID IS MARVEL’S GUNSLINGER
(Horrified from Newsarama)

Marvel Comics has tapped prolific author and veteran comic book writer Peter David to script the first seven issues of the ground-breaking new comic book series adapted from Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower. The first issue is scheduled to debut in February 2007.

Peter David has been all over the Marvel-Land as of late. A Spidey book, an X-Book, and now he gets to take the big mamma jamma of next year. Dark Tower is going to be HUGE both for his main stream career and for Marvel itself. David’s done some novels, but most either sit in the ‘geek sci-fi’ or ‘comedy fantasy’ realm… so more power to him.

David who is always a good read seems to be a bit too comical for this book with his most recent outtings, but I have almost no doubt that it will be a great read.

EISNERS SPEAK LITTLE TO MARVEL

The following are a list of the Nominations Marvel has for the mecca of comic awards. My commentary to follow:

Best Continuing Series
Astonishing X-Men, by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday

Best New Series
Young Avengers, by Alan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, and John Dell

Best Publication for a Younger Audience
Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius, by Chris Eliopoulous and Mark Sumerak

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Fantastic Four Omnibus, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Best Writer
Alan Heinberg, Young Avengers
Brian K. Vaughan, Ex Machina (WildStorm/DC);
Y: The Last Man (Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)

Best Penciller/Inker
John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men (Marvel);
Planetary (WildStorm/DC)

Best Cover Artist
James Jean, Fables (Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)

Best Lettering
Chris Eliopolis, Alot
Todd Klein, 1602: New World

So there we go – and let me state my good and bad on all of this. First off, my biggest ‘BOOYA’ goes to Chris Eliopolous for his Franklin Richards nod. The book is just too cute for words. It does make me a bit irk’d that a book like Mary Jane does NOT recieve the nom even though it is even better than Franklin.

Also, HUGE happiness for the Young Avengers nods, since it is probably my favorite Marvel superhero title of the day. Heinberg is fantastic at his knowledge of comic history and placing new characters within it that are relevent and edgy.

Now for my sigh… aside from Bendis’ Daredevil not getting one last nod, even though the book was arguably weaker in the earlier portion of the year – why is Whedon’s ‘X’ getting nominations? Not to be mean, as the book is fun… but would I read it over something like Powers or Ultimate X-Men? No. It just goes in the pile….

My prediction for the Eisners next year? Brubaker sweeps. Three words: BOOKS OF DOOOOOOM!

CLAREMONT TAKES A BREAK…
(Giggly from Newsarama)

…and James Hatton wishes him a full recovery that takes a long peaceful, restful, deliciously quiet time.

Claremont apparently fell to exhaustion in Italy recently.

Again, we here at IP wish him well.

Here are the new solicitations on Claremont’s books – and I’m sure geNext will have to wait until he comes back:

New Excalibur #7-#8 (MAR062118D/APR062065D, $2.99 ea.; FOC 05/04/06 & 06/01/06) will now be plotted by Chris Claremont and scripted by Frank Tieri.

Uncanny X-Men #472 (FEB062053D, $2.99) & #473 (MAR062124D, $2.99; FOC 04/20/06) will now be plotted by Chris Claremont and scripted by Tony Bedard.

Uncanny X-Men #474 (APR062068D, $2.99; FOC 05/25/06) will now be plotted and scripted by Tony Bedard.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 (APR062069D, $3.99; FOC 06/01/06) will now be co-plotted by Chris Claremont & Tony Bedard and scripted by Bedard.

WOOO MORE BEDARD! Maybe Bedard scripting Claremont will be better than Claremont scripting Claremont.

SO WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Let’s talk…

You and me…

About the Superhuman Registration Act.

I want to have a lively debate with my readers as to whether you are for or against it. Now, let me explain what I mean.

I don’t mean as a story concept. I mean as an actual entity. As a story concept, it’s a great monkey wrench, whether or not there was a proper build up to it (which there really hasn’t been). I’m talking about if you lived in a world with a Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Magneto, Dr. Doom, etc….

Would you be ok with this entire premise?

Let’s debate – shall we?

VIDEO GAME SPOT!
(Hax0rd from CBR)

So there seems to be a lot of screenshots of the iceman ability – as there should be.. it looks fantastic!

This is for X-MEN: THE OFFICIAL GAME which will be coming out to coincide with X-3.

SPIDEY 3 SPOILER ALERT!
(Courtesy of SneakPeek TV)

Okay – here are your villains – highlight for the info and stuff:

With ‘Peter Parker’s’ secret identity as ‘Spider-Man’ now revealed to both girlfriend ‘Mary Jane’ and former best friend ‘Harry Osborn’ (son of the ‘Green Goblin’), ‘Daily Bugle’ newspaper boss ‘J. Jonah Jameson’ hires investigative reporter ‘Eddie Brock’ to find the connection between Peter and Spider-Man.

Meanwhile, vicious, escaped prisoner ‘Flint Marko’ hiding out from the authorities on a remote beach is caught in a radiation accident, becoming the shape-shifter known as the ‘Sandman’.

As Peter becomes involved with ‘Gwen Stacy’, daughter of a New York City police chief, a black goo from an accident scene ‘merges’ with Peter’s red Spider-Man costume, giving him bizarre new powers.

Harry Osborn, holding Peter responsible for his father’s death, teams up with the Sandman in a variation of his father’s Green Goblin rig, and becomes the ‘Hobgoblin’.

The black substance that covered Peter’s costume finally separates, only to merge with unsuspecting Eddie Brock, turning him into the horrifying creature known as ‘Venom’.

So there you go – now it is known…. and the entire plot seems a bit errrr…. ‘how?’ – but hey we’ll see – I have faith in Raimi.

WHO IS WHO IN FF2?
(Courtesy of CBR)

Jessica Alba is quoted as stating that Dr. Doom is dead at the end of the first FF movie – so who is the villain?

Ralph Williams, producer, is stating that Julian McMahon will be reprising his role as Dr. Doom…. so what’s going on?

As someone who thought the only problem with the movie was Julian McMahon – I’m at least interested in finding out…

We’re closing
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Not forever – just for this week… so I leave you with this little repetative image of someone’s favorite mutant……… ciao.

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