- A seemingly normal nerd at a Comic-Con panel turned out to be new Spider-Man movie actor Andrew Garfield. Clever marketing trick, there. Now he just needs to get cited for a misdemeanor.
- Marvel had a panel for Fear Itself where it seems no one had the gall to ask why they were putting out such a bad comic. Oh, they also announced there a comic spinning out of Fear Itself known as "Battle Scars," and, "Defenders," which Matt Fraction will be writing. Whether we get the good side of Fraction from, "Casanova," or the Fraction doing, "Fear Itself," is unclear. The thing I don't get is I thought the lamely-titled, "Fearless" was following up on, "Fear Itself." What the Hell is going on with all these books?
- DC promoted their "Edge" and "Dark" books, of which Animal Man looks completely insane in a good way, and Voodoo still has her as a stripper--but the book is for the teenage crowd so of course all nudity will be cleverly covered. I swear, if you have a comic where you can't show nudity you should not be allowed to have a stripper as a character. If you're going to go for T&A in your comic at least have the gall to go all out.
- Not quite Comic-Con news but worth discussing: Archie comics brought us a well-adjusted gay character named Kevin Keller. He was popular enough to get his own mini-series and now will have his own ongoing comic. He will appear in the Archie comics set in the future where everyone is grown up and he will be married. To a man. In an Archie comic, one of the publishers I would have told you is more conservative than humanly possible when it comes to topics of...well, anything. I'm weirdly impressed and kind of want to start buying Archie comics with this character as he apparently is actually written well and not just a one-note character with nothing to him in the Archie-verse besides being gay. Archie comics writes the best gay character in comics, who woulda thunk it? I guess they are laughing all the way to the bank because Kevin Keller comics sell well, so as long as he's popular we'll be getting plenty of him.
- You know, I wasn't even really missing Cable and now Marvel tells me one of their worst writers is going to bring him back (Jeph Loeb)? I'm supposed to be excited for this?
- This post mentions Cable too, but also discusses the most idiotic use of Marvel's "point one" initiative yet. A comic book of 64 or so pages collecting tales of various heroes meant to clue people in to what is going on in their comics. It is going to be called, "Point One, Issue One." I mean, seriously here?
- Captain America apparently was getting positive buzz at Comic-Con, and movie-goers agree. It made just a tiny bit more money than Thor did and beat Harry Potter at the box office. I guess the makers of Green Lantern can't go with the claim that their movie performed in an underwhelming fashion because people are tired of super-hero flicks.
- The comic with Jessica Jones known as Alias will be getting a show known as AKA Jessica Jones! It will have Luke Cage! I'm happy!
Well, Comic-Con is over since late yesterday and it seems more things I found questionable occurred or were announced than genuinely good ideas. The things that look good should hopefully rock though.
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