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Star Wars #1 : The Force Returns to Marvel, but we Sure Wish it had Stayed at Dark Horse January 19, 2015

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At long last Star Wars has returned to Marvel as we knew it would when Disney bought Dark Horse.
Here at ShowMeSciFi, We’re not particularly thrilled by the move, after all the years we diligently collected Dark Horse and learned its canon. Now that’s all gone.
Instead we have this sh*t.
Characters that don’t quite look right (yet), and simple Han Solo tale where somehow he isn’t shot onsite when landing on an Imperial outpost on a Correlian moon, and Leia still hasn’t (officially) fallen in love with him/ maried him and Jacen, Jania and Anakin etc etc.
So we’re at step 1.

Let’s hope step 2 pick up that pace, improves the artwork and the story too, otherwise Marvel second kick at the Star Wars Universe, won’t be any more successful than the first time around

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Mark Millar will Make Fantastic Four reboot – Kick Ass September 27, 2012

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The upcoming Fantastic Four reboot is getting some real talent behind it.

From the press release:
“As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both,” stated Millar. “I spent ten years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with Chronicle. The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.”

About Mark Millar
Mark Millar is the writer of Civil War, Marvel’s biggest-selling series of the fifteen years, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Ultimates (described by Time magazine in 2010 as the best comic series of the decade).

Fantastic Four is DEAD. Long Live FF! March 5, 2011

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We haven’t been huge followers of Fantastic Four over the years…

But the fact that we knew that the series was ending got us interested (again) we picked up Fantastic Four with issue #584 and we’re glad we did.

The end of The Human Torch in #587 was sad – but is he really dead? we never actually see that..do we?
Then again in #588 we do see Anihilus with Johnny’s torn 4 jersey..
How about #588? has there ever been a better issue of Fantastic Four? This is an issue with few words…and lots of emotion.

The artwork is brilliant, conveying the depth, drama and emotion that words simply could not.

The final pages with Spiderman – and the recollection of his Uncle Ben – also brilliant.

Now we know that that is the end of Fantastic Four – but the beginning of FF ..
Will we buy FF#1 ?

YOU BET WE WILL.

This is a new version of a classic team, and hey Spiderman in white? We wonder how long that will last…

This post first appeared on our sister site: ShowMeSciFiComics.com

Marvel Kills Fantastic Four ‘s Johnny Storm ‘The Human Torch’ and The Fantastic Four comic book itself!! January 25, 2011

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That’s right – Stan Lee is likely not happy either.

Johnny Storm  – aka The Human Torch dies in Fantastic Four #587.

Now considering that Fantastic Four has been coasting along for years – who buys that stuff now??? – this is like the spark that could reignite some interest in Stan Lee’s first family of Marvel.

Even more shocking is that the Fantastic Four is ending – as a comic book – after 41 years with issue #587

There are some people that think that the Fantastic Four should have ended in 1971 when Jack Kirby left (we’re among them) – but this series is the cornerstone of Marvel to see it go is…sad in a way…but it’s also long overdue.

Stephen King Dark Tower Treachery : Roland’s Mama March 3, 2009

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The final issue of Stephen King Dark Tower Treachery – #6 was easily the best issue of the series. Sure issue 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 all had their moments but nothing like the end of this issue.

This issue in one masterful stroke brings together the three key threads of this whole series:

Aileen

Roland’s Mom

and Merlyn’s Grapefruit.

There is no crimson king and the ‘Good Man’ Farson doesn’t swoop in. But there is a finality to this issue as Roland forgets the face of his mother as he fires his gun into her chest.

All in all though..this series was enjoyable – though at $4 an issue a bit too expensive for us given the current economy…though the next episode in this saga is a one-shot issue..

Stephen King Dark Tower Treachery #5 Kiss the Devil February 6, 2009

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Finally this drawn out series is drawing to a close at a good pace.

Last issue Roland finally gave up the grapefruit and we learned that his mom was still a beatch.

Now we see his mom’s treachery almost reach its climax…

Why Cort didn’t stop the dude from messing with his riddles – i dunno

But what thing for sure in this issue is that Roland now is finally shaping up to be the character we all know and love from the Dark Tower books.

Stephen King Dark Tower Treachery #4 Who wants a grapefruit? January 6, 2009

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Finally!!

Roland gives up the grapefruit and gives it to his father. It is totally ridiculous how long Peter David has strung this story line out…and it’s a damn shame too.

This serious is a good one but stretching out plot elements needlessly is just shameful.

That said – now we’ve got some forward motion here again and Treachery is all around.

Roland’s mom and Farson are all converging toward the climax of this series which should be a real winner.

Stephen King Dark Tower Treachery #3 Roland’s Mom Is a Witch November 22, 2008

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Again very little of Roland in this book — but we know he’ll drop out of his funk soon enough.

Why Steven Deschain left his wife alive after finding out about her evil is beyond me – but now with her going back to his enemy…well we know where this will end up.

As always a riveting issue from an imagery point of view – but again one that is a bit too plodding for me with little action – and mostly plot development –

Well except for Aileen who met in the last issue – i don’t think she ends up with Roland thought that’s clearly Cort’s plan.

Stephen King Dark Tower Treachery #2 Here come the Jillies! October 14, 2008

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Another female character! but this time it’s not a regular jilly – this time it’s a gunslinger. Aileen neice of Cort is a piece of work ain’t she?

Beyond that new character – we don’t have a whole lot going on here do we? No Roland (though his ka-tet is here) and Roland’s Father (whose face he still remembers) dispatches a few of Farson’s men (hooray!).

With this being a six issue series – i suspect that Marvel will stretch this out a bit – but I sure do hope we see a little more action next issue (and more of Aileen too).

Stephen King Dark Tower Long Road Home #5 July 14, 2008

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So Finally we’ve reached the fifth and final issue of this second Dark Tower series.

This series was not like the first – it lacked the plot progression and the drama of the first.

Sure the art was spellbounding to say the least…but after reading this series for 5 issues what really happens?

For this entire series until this final issue Roland is stuck in the grapefruit talking with the Crismon King.

Yes it’s solid plot development stuff but in a five issue series it wasn’t enough.  In our review for issue #4 last month we wrote that it was obvious what would happen next.

Roland comes home with his ka-tet. hurray.

This five issue story arc would have worked well inside of a larger story – which ultimately is what it will be as the next Dark Tower series is set to begin this September.

Let’s hope it packs more action and movement than this one…

Stephen King Dark Tower : The Long Road Home #4 June 11, 2008

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Sheemie is going to save Roland??!

Get outta here.

This is how you know this is not Stephen King but another writer…or maybe I’m wrong…

Another solid story overall as the bipolar plot line continues with Roland still stuck in the sphere and the rest of the ka-tet outside fighting off the wolves…

Art as always is solid – if not disturbing.

Only one more to go and it’s painfully obvious what will happen (or is it?) should be another real keep and we can hardly wait.

Stephen King Dark Tower : The Long Road Home #3 REVIEW May 13, 2008

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Will Roland ever wake up?

This is yet another solid issue..though most of this series our hero has been stuck in the sphere  (maerlyn’s grapefruit) — which is also neat.

but there is no forward motion in the plot. The art is awesome and dark…but Roland and his ka-tet stay put as the bad guys (and wolves) advance.

I’m looking forward to the end of the sphere when the ka-tet finally make their way home.

This is certainly a

LONG ROAD HOME….

Stephen King Dark Tower The Long Road Home #2 April 9, 2008

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The second issue of Long Road Home is almost as awesome as the first issue.

Again — awesome art.

The ka-tet continues to make its way home, albeit slowly as Roland remains trapped mentally in the sphere.

Not a tremendous amount of plot development, as opposed to travel, but still entertaining.

This is the kind of thing that in a book would be a chapter you’d read through quickly just to see where they end up…unfortunately for us we’re stuck reading this as a monthly now…which is really the only downside to this comic.

Who in their sane mind would want to wait a month in between reading chapters of Dark Tower???

Stephen King – Dark Tower The Long Road Home #1 March 20, 2008

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Wow.

What an awesome first issue.

Roland is already messed up from seeing poor Susan Delgado and then he gets sucked into …what was that thing?

Awesome art as always and what a great opening issue for what looks to be another great Dark Tower series.

The only drawback is that with the comics we wait month to month to read more — and i don’t want to wait!