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1. WHOA: Marvel announces Captain Marvel and Black Panther films and much more

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WHOA — Marvel really did announce a Captain Marvel movie for 2018, and Black Panther for 2017, with Chadwick Boseman (42) joining Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans on stage.

Today’s Marvel presser was roundly liveblogged, and it was apparently a tumultuous event at the Disney owned El Capitan theater. The entire Stage 3 line-up was announced and it goes like this:


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Captain America: Civil War for May 6, 2016 — huh what could THAT refer to. Spinning out of Avengers 2 no doubt. Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.


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Doctor Strange November 4, 2016. Directed by Scott Derrickson. No official Cumberbatch confirmation. Doctor Strange was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.



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Guardians 2 moved up to May 5, 2017. The Guardians of the Galaxy created by various people, including Jack Kirby, Bill Mantlo, Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin.


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A third Thor movie: Thor Ragnarok July 28th, 2017. Thor was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.

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Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman on November 5, 2017. Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

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Avengers: Infinity War in TWO PARTS, just like Harry Potter for 2018 and 2019, while Chris Evans is still in shape.  The Avengers created mostly by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

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Captain Marvel for July 6th, 2018. Carol Danvers was created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan; in her role as Captain Marvel she was developed by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy.

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And as predicted, the Inhumans for November 2018 The inhumans were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby because there is like, nothing they did not create.


Also released, this sweet concept art for the Black Panther:

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If you’re keeping score at home….well, this is a BIG chart. Collating. As several folks pointed out, DC revealed thei rmovie slate at an investors conference and mostly to keep investors happy following the failed Rupert Murdoch takeover and shaky stock earnings. Marvel held a popular event where fans were present and involved.  A lot of people don’t want to get into the WB vs Disney thing, but I can assure you, it is real.

Also, aren’t you glad that Marvel settled with the estate of Jack Kirby so that his legacy with these characters can be fully explored going forward? Yes you are.



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2. Marvel’s Second Wave is ‘All-New Marvel Now’, Starting with All-New Invaders

In an interview with delightful hero Brian Truitt of USA Today, Marvel have unveiled the branding for their next wave of comics. Called All-New Marvel Now, the two launch books will be All-New Invaders by James Robinson and Steve Pugh; as well as Matt Fraction and Joe Madiurera’s Inhumans.


All-New Marvel Now will start in December, and certain current books will be renumbered to take that into account. As a result, Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers will feature an issue 24.NOW, for example. Which, yes, is ridiculous. Across the line, Marvel will be rebranding the design of their comics to match the covers you can see here, whilst Captain America seems set to be put in the spotlight (handy when there’s a new film coming out soon!)

All-New Invaders will see Cap reunited with Namor and the Original Human Torch – AS WELL AS The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes. Written by James Robinson and drawn by Steve Pugh, this new ongoing series will send the team off to another war – one with the Kree, an alien race returning in force.


Inhumans was already announced, and will also launch as part of All-New Marvel Now. Matt Fraction will write and Joe Mad will pencil the series, which looks to redevelop the concept of X-Men – a minority forced to band together in the face of overwhelming oppression – but for a franchise whose film rights aren’t owned by FOX.


Avengers 24.NOW, by Hickman and Esad Ribic, will begin the new phase for Marvel on December 24th. Hey, that’s Christmas! Once Marvel send out larger versions of the covers, I’ll update the article accordinglu.

One of the most notable parts of the announcement, however, is that certain ANMN issues will come with a digital code which gives you access to the original run of comics. So readers can not only get these new comics – they can also get a look at the classic stories as well, to catch them up.

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3. Independence Day, Summer Movies, and Fireworks!

Happy Independence Day, everyone!  If you haven't read the Declaration of Independence lately, go check it out at the National Archive web site here.

Good news: after a hiatus last year because of the drought, this year, fireworks in Austin are back on!  And if you're in Round Rock, go check out Frontier Days and the Sam Bass Shootout, where Tim Crow provides the narration.

In addition to Fourth of July celebrations and picnics, when I was growing up, summer meant movies!  And this year, Cyn and I have seen a lot more movies than usual.  I'm not sure whether it's because they've gotten better or whether there are just more that we've been inclined to see (It could also be that movie theatres have gotten better).  At the very least, this summer seems more blockbuster-y than usual.  Here's the current run-down:

The Hunger Games
The Avengers
Snow White and the Huntsman
Dark Shadows 
Men in Black III
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The Amazing Spider-man

 Of these, my definite favorites were The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man. 

The Hunger Games was, in general, a successful translation of the book to the screen.  Cyn and I saw it twice and it was interesting to see audience reactions:  The first time, a pair of adults came in with a group of kids.  At certain of the more, err, brutal parts, we heard the adults gasp aloud (the kids -- who I assume had read the book -- seemed fine with it).    

The Avengers is terrific fun overall and it's great seeing the ensemble together.  Whedon also does his trademark good job of bringing out character with individual tags.  And it's got a flying aircraft carrier.
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4. SDCC12: Watchtower Wednesday


jolly chimp 200x149 SDCC12: Watchtower WednesdayWell, the capuchin monkeys at Stately Beat Manor remembered who I was, so I didn’t have to run that gauntlet again.  (Stately Beat Manor is situated on an island in the Hudson, near Croton.  Back in the 1940s, when organ grinders were eradicated from the streets of New York, Gerhard von Fulano Zutano Mengano y Perengano, the inventor of the mechanical clapping monkey, offered his island estate as a nature preserve for the numerous orphaned capuchin monkeys.  Since then, they have become quite protective of the grounds, discouraging any boater foolish enough to get in range of their catapults.)

The tree octopi enjoyed the fresh crabs I brought them from Hunts Point.  I’ll play with them during the weekend, in the garden fountain pool designed by Tiffany and Bartholdi.  Since I have seniority over the other Beat Elite reporters, I’ll be sleeping in the Kirby Room in the north wing.  It has a private balcony, and the ceiling is painted in fluorescent paint, so that it glows like a trippy black light poster!  (Yeah, the women love it… it’s better than a mirror!)  The Beat’s working library is just a few doors down the hall.  (The archives in the sub-basement hold most of her collection, and she likes visitors to peruse specific shelves, so nothing gets too musty or dusty.  Last summer it was Soviet Russia and the Warsaw Pact comics.  This year, it’s sub-Saharan Africa.  Can’t wait to read me some Powerman!)

So, Wednesday marks the beginning of Comic-Con International: San Diego, with Preview Night.  There’s not much news streaming on Google, aside from the Twilight tragedy from Tuesday (which hit #1 on Yahoo! News earlier today).  There will be some excitement tomorrow, when the paparazzi and bloggers invade.  So today is kinda laid back, going with the flow, remembering where Heidi hides her secret stash of chocolate.  Here’s some interesting links I’ve discovered, and hope you enjoy!   Not much in the way of pictures, but I’ll try to find some to keep things interesting.

Putting the “international” in CCI is this early report from a Russian reporter, filed yesterday.  You’ll need a browser to translate it, or you can just look at the pictures.

For those of you stuck on the outside, looking in, here’s a handy interactive map of various events happening in the trolley circle north of the convention center.  If you look on the right, there’s a menu, which includes listings of food trucks!

atwood SF 195x300 SDCC12: Watchtower WednesdayHow inclusive has Comic-Con become?  Well, venerable Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group will be at Booth #1515.  In addition to science fiction and fantasy authors, there will be two notable authors: E.L. James (she of Shades of Grey fame)

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5. avengers

The current challenge on the Monday Artday illustration website is "avengers", with inspiration coming from the movie. That big-screen bomb with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman that didn't come close to capturing the quirky coolness of the classic 60s TV show?
Mrs. Peel, we're needed. 
They're the only Avengers I  know.

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6. Johnny Storm gives us a black Human Torch--but I'm afraid he's only going to reinforce racial stereotypes

David Willis recently posted this comic, and it was funny. Folks have taken Marvel superhero Johnny Storm (Human Torch) and apparently they're going to make him black. Some people are apparently complaining, because they hate black people.

I'd be more worried about Johnny Storm doing a disservice to the black comics community at large. He's loud, obnoxious, reckless, and a sleeping-around-cheater--basically every stereotype white people throw at black men to justify racism. While Sue is a voice of reason, it's super-easy to stereotype the "mystical black woman" and she might fit that stereotype, depending on the writing. Better idea: why can't they make Reed Richards black? Oh, is it because the smart scientist isn't allowed to be black? They had to choose the noisy obnoxious loud guy to be black instead? Geez, that's great.

These comic artists cannot get race right. It goes to show that when you pallete-swap an already-established character you're almost always going to fall into some kind of stereotyping--the authors are too old and too white to make a "black version" of an established character without egregious anti-black racism involved in some way or another. It's better to make all-new characters with fresh storylines. Static Shock, for example, was created based on a black Spiderman, but he became his own character with his own powers, and it was always interesting because he's his own guy. The black Spiderman in Ultimate comics isn't a black Peter Parker--he's his whole new own character and he rocks. See, there should have been more unique black characters to begin with. We don't need the same characters booted over and over. Put them to rest, let the stories end, and get all-new characters so that creativity can flourish and race stereotypes aren't permeated. Creating a "black batman" or a "black superman" is just a way for old white men to point out to black people, "look, we never made any black characters for you--so you can re-use on of our old ones. We're too lazy to actually make good, unique characters for you, we'll just reboot some we've already used to death."

I want new superheroes that actually speak to all races and subcultures, not re-sale, re-used, re-washed pallette-swapped stereotype opportunities. What about some decent Asian superheroes, or mixed race superheroes? If you just keep painting Superman or some other guy all different colors, these different characters don't actually get to interact. Where's the fun in that? The black audience is worth more than reboots and used characters. The black audience is worth fresh characters that span a whole gamut--not just one or two that fit certain stereotypes--with new powers, new costumes, and all kinds of new awesome.

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7. Jim Shooter: I did not write Avengers #200

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Not too long ago, we presented for your amusement several videos recapping the rather appalling events of Avengers #200, in which Ms. Marvel was kidnapped, drugged and forcibly impregnated, and after giving birth to a reincarnation of her rapist, went off with him in a happy daze. The writers on the story are listed as Jim Shooter, David Michelinie, Bob Layton and George Pérez but it’s been noted that in the years since, no one has actually taken credit for coming up with the story. It’s like that one round of blanks in the firing squad — every man can believe he is the innocent one.

Now over on his blog Jim Shooter has come out and confirmed that he’s wiped the entire incident from his memory:

I found my copy of Avengers #200. I read it. I agree with the consensus, it’s heinous. But, I don’t remember much about how it got that way.

I am credited not only as Editor in Chief but as one of the co-plotters. However, I didn’t see anything in the book that jogged my memory. No bits that I remember suggesting. No corrections of the sort I might have made to a plot passed before me.

But I did see many things I would have had changed if I’d seen the plot. For instance, leaving aside the Ms. Marvel mess for the nonce: Iron Man thinks it’s okay for the weird, mysterious child to be given a “laser torch” and electronic equipment so he can build a machine. What?! As the massive machine is being assembled, no one bothers to question what it is or does. What?! Trouble ensues. No kidding, really? Good grief.

Shooter offers a few hypotheses about the story’s origin — a feud between Michelinie and Chris Claremont being one possible motivation — and hints that Jim Salicrup might know more — definitely something to remember next time The Beat see him!

There is perhaps some comfort all thes years later in knowing that Shooter offers a flat out apology:

But, in those days, in any case, the buck stopped at my desk. I take full responsibility. I screwed up. My judgment failed, or maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention. Sorry. Avengers #200 is a travesty.

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8. The Full length Avenger trailer

And here’s the complete getting the gang together Avengers trailer.

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9. Graphic Novel Friday: Avengers: The Children’s Crusade

When I began the newly published Avengers: The Children’s Crusade collection, I did not expect it to be one of the best superhero comics so far in 2012. For one, I’m not a huge Avengers fan. Yes, I’m thrilled at what I’ve seen so far of Joss Whedon’s directorial adaptation set to release in May, but the team (comprised of Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man) always seemed too goody-two-shoes for me. Secondly, Children’s Crusade stars what I thought to be glorified side-kicks, the Young Avengers.

Let me tell you, Omni readers: I was wrong.

Children’s Crusade turns the Young Avengers into a must-read team; it picks up long lost threads from Avengers Disassembled and House of M and resolves them with aplomb; it makes me care about where the regular Avengers team goes from here; it features an extended guest appearance by X-Factor, still the best X-Men team on the stands; it turns Doctor Doom, often a one-note villain, into an at once sympathetic and hated character. The book does far more than this, but I cannot say too much more without spoiling all the great plots and subplots that writer Allan Heinberg (screenwriter for Gilmore Girls, among other notable television shows) effortlessly weaves to a satisfying close by the oversized hardcover’s end.

Here’s what I can say: it’s superhero nerdiness on a human scale. The Scarlet Witch, Magneto’s estranged daughter, finally surfaces after casting a spell in House of M that eradicated the majority of mutants. A power of that magnitude must be kept in check, and her former teammates on the Avengers seek to do damage control while the X-Men want to bring her to justice. Meanwhile, the Young Avengers (led by Wiccan, who just so happens to be the Scarlet Witch’s maybe-son) try to find her before either team. Then they all run into Doctor Doom.

If you remain unconvinced, I suggest reading it for the artwork. Jim Cheung is an artist whose work is usually limited to smaller scale projects due to his turnaround time, but here he crafts nine chapters full of multiple characters per panel, sweeping backgrounds, and believable emotions. Cheung’s style blends an eastern influence with western storytelling. It’s a fantastic pairing that allows for an emphasis on kinetic figure poses and facial features, while still maintaining traditional panel sequences and character designs. Colorist Justin Ponsor meticulously chronicles complex costumes and expansive and explosive settings. It’s gorg

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10. Surprise: THE AVENGERS is a hit!

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Reviews are beginning to roll in on THE AVENGERS and, to our utter surprise, reviewers like it! Well anyway, Justin Chang at Variety liked it.

Like a superior, state-of-the-art model built from reconstituted parts, Joss Whedon’s buoyant, witty and robustly entertaining superhero smash-up is escapism of a sophisticated order, boasting a tonal assurance and rich reserves of humor that offset the potentially lumbering and unavoidably formulaic aspects of this 143-minute team-origin story. With fan-ticipation reaching Hulk pressure-cooker levels, Disney’s domestic and international returns will be nothing short of stratospheric, ancillary streams close to eternal.

The entire review is a gush; here’s one germane passage:

“The Avengers” fully keeps the promise implicit in that plea, taking one of the dominant movie trends of recent years — the nonstop proliferation of comicbook-based superheroes — and pushing it to orgiastic new levels of CG-inflated, 3D-augmented geek-out mayhem.

Orgiastic mayhem! That is what has been missing from our lives of late.

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There’s a smattering of other reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, for a very early 100% rating.
Todd McCarthy at the Hollywood Reporter wrote:

The All-Star Game of modern superhero extravaganzas, The Avengers is humongous, the film Marvel and its legions of fans have been waiting for. It's hard to imagine that anyone with an appetite for the trademark's patented brand of fantasy, effects, mayhem and strangely dressed he-men will be disappointed; not only does this eye-popping 3D display of visual effects fireworks feature an enormously high proportion of action scenes, but director Joss Whedon has adroitly balanced the celebrity circus to give every single one of the superstar characters his or her due. Worldwide box office returns will be, in a word, Marvelous.

THE AVENGERS has been on a whirlwind tour of world premieres, and many photos are out there. A curated selection:

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We liked the one where Iron Man and Thor hugged!

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11. Graphic Novel Friday: Avengers!

"And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest director and actors found themselves united against a common threat: the sagging box office. On that day, the Avengers were born--to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand! Heed the call, then--for this Friday, the Avengers Assemble!"

Today really is a day unlike any other--it’s practically a nerd holiday: The Avengers, a superhero team comprised of the biggest names in the Marvel universe (Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor), hits the big screen as portrayed by some of the biggest names in the box office (Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johannson, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson), directed and written by geek god Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer). I say thee yay!

What follows below is a primer for before and after the film, or a refresher for fans who’ve fallen out of the habit. It’s by no means comprehensive, so please suggest your favorite Avengers tales in the comments below.

The Ultimates Vol. 1 by Mark Millar and Brian Hitch: Purists, I apologize. The Stan Lee and Jack Kirby comics are the rightful classics, but Whedon’s film seems to draw heavily from the tone and costumes (and origins) of Millar’s re-imagining. Here, the heroes are presented as government operatives, each with plenty of emotional baggage and secrets. It’s an adult take on a previously kid-friendly concept, told in a very contemporary, decompressed manner, and this first volume caused plenty of ripples throughput the industry.

The Avengers Vol. 1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby: The book that started it all. Bright adventures, crackling energy, and plenty of exclamation points keep these early stories alive. There’s a sense of true wonder at work and new readers should be prepared for the overflow of enthusiasm.

The Korvac Saga, The Kree/Skrull War, and Under Siege by various industry legends: 1970s and 80s tales as told by Roy Thomas, George Perez, Sal Buscema, Jim Shooter, Neal Adams, and more. Travel the cosmos, the future, and a who’s who of Avengers villains in the stories that many cite as the team in its prime.

Avengers Assemble and Avengers Forever by Kurt Busiek, George Perez, and Carlos Pacheco: These late 1990s stories are the last “classic” Avengers collections, featuring pages stuffed with big costumes and bigger dialogue balloons. Perez’s artwork never ages, lending a timeless appeal to these nos

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12. Avengers (The Movie) Passes $1B Global

By Todd Allen

0001 avengers poster1 200x295 Avengers (The Movie) Passes $1B GlobalThe juggernaut that is the Avengers movie (as opposed to the Juggernaut in the X-Men films) is still rolling.  How did it do this weekend?  The weekend box office estimates for the U.S. are for $103M.  That brings the global total to $1,002,082,000.  Marvel has to be feeling pretty good.

In the global market, Box Office Mojo has Avengers as the #11 film all-time. Bigger than any Marvel film before it.  Bigger than Dark Knight.  Bigger than all but the last Harry Potter.  I’d be surprised if it wasn’t #6 or #7 all-time by next weekend.  Granted, you’ve got some of the 3D screenings boosting the box office totals, but this is a very, very big film.  Avengers has really captured the both the domestic and foreign markets in a way that relatively few films have.

This weekend’s $103M was a 50% drop-off from last weekend.  That’s a relatively high drop-off, but then again, opening weekend was a record setter and you just don’t keep that up.  Let’s say Avengers drops 50% at the weekend box office for the next 4 weekends.  That would add roughly $95M to the Avengers coffers, for something in the neighborhood of $470M domestic box office dollars… and that’s not even counting ticket sales Monday through Thursday for the next month.

This is looking like a top 5 all time grossing film both internationally and domestically.  Possibly top 3.  It will be tough beating out Avatar and Titanic, but everything thing else seems possible.

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13. Adam Kubert draws the (heroic) Phoenix Five for AvX Variant Cover

The variant cover for issue #8 of Avengers Vs X-Men has been unveiled today by Marvel. One of the seventeen, anyway. Drawn by Adam Kubert, the cover shows those most heroic of characters, the Phoenix Five, standing around doing nothing much of any import. In a heroic manner! As you can see, Namor’s trousers have been lowered even further than before, while Cyclops holds onto the broken weaponry of the evil Avengers. The burning city behind them is that of Wakanda, the consistently-dubious home of Black Panther, where the Avengers are currently hiding out.

In a villainous manner.

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How can we tell that they’re heroic and the Avengers are evil? Firstly, because the X-Men are super-duper and the Avengers are totes rubbish. But also, it’s because Cyclops has got his hands on Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, which can only be held by somebody who is worthy and noble. Presumably Thor lost the right to wield the thing after he used his God Powers to villainously punch a young boy in the stomach this week.

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What a jerk!!

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14. San Diego Teasers: Marvel Promise War

With HerosCon now settling into the dusty annals of past history, the time has come for companies to start promoting what will happen at the almost-here-taste-it San Diego Comic-Con. For Marvel, that means some new teasers for whatever will follow their Avengers Vs X-Men event. Two have been released so far, promising lucky readers that the much-hated characters Thor and Wolverine will finally have their uppance come, during a story simply known as ‘War’.

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This is likely to be a requiem-style miniseries following on from whatever the aftermath of AvX is, as you can see from the images of Thor’s broken hammer and Wolverine’s hand being…. well, who knows what’s happening in there. Expect a broken Captain America shield within a week, and probably some shredded Spider-Man clothes or something too.

Oh! Maybe this is something to do with that randomly-scheduled Brian Michael Bendis-written finale to the Avengers, Ultron War? That story has been slated to happen for over a year now, and there’s still no sign of it. In that case, expect a teaser image of Luke Cage’s beanie, which was accidentally put in the wash with some colours, and has now stained pink. What horrors. Marvel say that this story, whatever it is, will be announced at the Spider-Man panel during SDCC, on July 15th.

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15. The Battle of Hadrianople

Peter Heather, a leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians, a teacher at Worchester College, University of Oxford and author of The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians is our guest on the OUPblog this week. Heather’s book proposes that centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling the Roman empire. In the article below Heather looks at The Battle of Hadrianople. Be sure to come back tomorrow when Heather answers a few questions for OUP.


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16. A Few Questions for Peter Heather

Yesterday, Peter Heather the author of The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Roman and the Barbarians taught us about the Battle of Hadrianople. Today he has kindly answered a few questions for OUP.

OUP: Have you always been interested in Roman history? What inspired you to write this book about the fall of Rome, rather than tackle an easier Roman period? (more…)

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Oh yeah! Un huh! and will someone please tell Peter to RUN! It's an EMERGENCY and who knows what happened to the poor duck? ( I guess she forgot to....)©Ginger Nielson 2007

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18. Revenge of the Lagomorph

Hi all,

Er, I'm afraid I have just received some disturbing news. Now I know all you readers out there heard my account of the ferocious battle I had with the Scary Bunny in which I acquired a lucky rabbit's foot. If not, check out my last post for the thrilling account (posted on 1-18). Well, um, last week I received the following from the Scary Bunny. Turns out he takes offense to the term Scary Bunny actually, eh, and calls himself "The Lagomorph."

Darth Bill's Nemesis

The Great and Evil


(Don't be calling me no stinking scary bunny)

I may be missing one foot, but I'm bad to the bone and hopping mad!!!!!!!!!! I'll be seeing ya again real soon Darth Bill (Ha, I bet you even made up some fake story about how you really got me foot. Sneaking up behind me and clubbing me over the head, ya Lilly Liveried Coward!! Just watch your back, my friend, I'll be repaying the favor real soon and can hardly wait to have one of your feet as me own lucky charm!!!! Har, Har, Har, Har, Har!!!!!!

First off, as all you know, I never tell a fib--well hardly ever. Okay, maybe half the time, but the rest is all truth; mostly. As to me making up this particular story, well all I can say is, uh: "Did Not!!!!!!!!!" It's true I tell ya, all true!!!!!! Sneaking up and hitting someone from behind, indeed! The very thought that I would stoop to something so low is highly offensive. I know you all believe in me and I have you full support, right???? And another thing, if you think I'm afraid of this here Lagomorph, well, I just want to tell him and all out there, I welcome a rematch of our epic battle!!!!!! I would just request that I be notified a week in advance to, um, make sure I'm not going be out of town (yea, that's the ticket). So bring it on, Lagomorph, 'cause ya don't scare me (much, okay a little, okay a lot actually - oops, did I just say that out-loud!!!!! Na, I'm sure everyone will believe my twisting of the truth and that I am totally cool.)

Now on to some cool reads I have done recently:

Disney’s Pirates of The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Caribbean: Jack Sparrow – The Siren Song This is the second book in this series (The first was The Coming Storm that I reviewed back on 11-21-07) about a much younger Jack than we later meet in the movies. In this adventure Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew (actually, his young friends Arabella, Fitzwilliam, Jean, Tumen and a very easily irritated cat Constance) find themselves continuing their quest for The Sword of Cortes aboard their ship “The Barnacle.” Things get very strange right from the get-go for the captain and crew. First, an island appears out of nowhere, followed by an attack by a fearsome sea monster, and then the sound of mysterious music that seems to affect everyone but Jack. What the devil is going on here? Read this adventurous and funny book; I’m sure you won't be disappointed by the answers you find!!!!!!

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Avengers and Power Pack Assemble This is one Graphic Novel I have been waiting for with great anticipation. Why, you may ask? Go ahead and ask…(OK--why?)……Because it is a Graphic Novel that not only has Power Pack, the coolest superhero kid team ever (Zero-G, Lightspeed, Mass Master and Energizer); it also includes the coolest adult superhero team ever--The Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Spider-Woman, etc.). This team up is filled with action, intrigue, funny stuff, and of course lots of “Clobberin Time!!!!!!” Enuf Said as the Great Stan Lee would say!!!!

Before I sign off I wanted to share just a few more photographs from our Heroes & Villains Festival that we had on January 22, so here they are:

Some of the guys and girls being shown the Firetruck that the really cool Firemen brought with them!!!!!!!

Some of the fellas rockin out with Guitar Hero!!!

Some of the really outstanding costumed heroes who showed up at the event!!!!!

I'm not sure who this man of mystery is, but my money is on that he is a powerful Sith Lord!!!!!!!

The very cool parade of heroes and villains that we had at the event!!!

One of the enforcers, um I mean volunteers, helping out with the Wii at the event!!!!!!!!!!!

There is lots more to show, but there are just so many photos I can post, so if you participated or attended or did anything, I just want to thank everyone for making the event a success (a big one at that)!!!!!!!

Well that's all folks! Until next time, happy trails to you all,


P.S. I just have to let everyone know that the newest Bone Graphic Novel is out (Volume 7, Ghost Circles). I am about to start reading it, I checked it out from the library, and am very excited about it. Here is a quick peek at the cover:

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19. Mr. Fantastic

I've been gobbling up recent issues of the Avengers written by Brian Michael Bendis to stave off the cold and recently Reed Richards made an appearance. Great stories. I sketched Reed Richards for fun.

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20. The Avengers by me


I finally took some time to draw some more superheroes. Using primarily handheld tools such as pencils, pens and markers, I've made something I am genuinely fond of. I've been sketching away and I just couldn't stop inking and coloring. Although, this is a formidable team, I always thought it was sort of lame that they only had one female member for so long and she was only an inch high. Maybe we can get Kang the Conqueror to alter the past and enlist some ladysupes to the Earth's Mightiest Hero roster. 

Maybe. But, I think that is impossible.

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21. First Look at where the movie AVENGERS will plant their butts

Marvel has released the first still from the just commenced AVENGERS movie, and it’s all about the sitting down. Director Joss Whedon and crew went into production yesterday in Albuquerque for the movie you may have always dreamed would happen.
Marvel PR which actually has a bit of a spoiler, revealing that Loki and Erik Selvig from THOR will be in this movie.

Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon.  The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as Thor, Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (“Thor,” “The Hurt Locker”) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are Alright”) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (“Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (“Iron Man,” “Thor”) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury.  Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the super hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.  
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together the mightiest super hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of super heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Angels & Demons,” “Mamma Mia!”) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ feature “Thor.”

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patty Whitcher, and Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios’ Jeremy Latcham and Victoria Alonso will co-produce.

The creative production team also includes Oscar nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement”), production designer James Chinlund (“25th Hour”), Oscar winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs (“Iron Man 2,” “The Matrix”), visual effects producer Susan Pickett (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”), stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell (“Superman Returns”), and four-time Oscar nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Iron Man,” “War of the Worlds”). The editors include Oscar nominated Paul Rubell (“Collateral”) and Jeffrey Ford (“Crazy Heart”)

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22. The X-Men vs. The Avengers: A Review (Yes, I’ve Read the Whole Thing)

By Todd Allen

You may have witnessed some out of control hyperbole about Marvel’s recently announced Avengers Vs. X-Men.  My personal favorite, courtesy of Newsarma’s recap:

Pre-taped words from all five writers. “There’s never been an Avengers vs. X-Men super-blowout, so it’s like, we have to do it,” Bendis says.

Never been one?  Seems like I own copies of something answering that description…

X Men Vs. Avengers The X Men vs. The Avengers: A Review (Yes, Ive Read the Whole Thing)

1987: The X-Men Vs. The Avengers
2012: Avengers Vs. X-Men

1987:  The Russians want to ambush Magneto and kill him.  The Avengers want to capture Magneto and put him on trial.  The X-Men want to protect Magneto.  A lot of fighting ensues.
2012:  As I’m interpreting the hype, the Phoenix Force is returning and everybody is assuming some character introduced in the X-Men since I stopped reading it called “Hope” is going to be the host for said Phoenix Force.  The Avengers want to lay hands on Hope, possibly to do something drastic.  The X-Men want to protect her.  Fighting ensues.  It’s probably more nuanced than that, but the initial premises aren’t that far off.

Now maybe Brian doesn’t think The X-Men Vs. The Avengers qualifies as a “super-blowout.”  (Or maybe someone from marketing fed him that line.) In the interests of documenting what has gone before vs. current hype, let’s take a look at the original The X-Men Vs. The Avengers mini-series.

The original mini-series goes back to 1987, so your Avengers team is Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Knight and Dr. Druid.  Your X-Men are Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Havok and Magneto.  Your first 3 issues are written by Roger Stern with art by Marc Silvestri and Josef Rubinstein.  The last issue of the 4-issue series is co-plotted by Jim Shooter and Tom DeFalco with breakdowns by Keith Pollard and finishes by Rubinstein (and a few assistants).  Perhaps Jim Shooter will tell the story of that last issue on his blog?

This story takes place during the first period where Magneto has reformed and joined the X-Men.  In Uncanny X-Men #200, Magneto was tried before the World Court and then disappeared from the court room.

An asteroid splits in two and crashes to Earth.  One half will hit in the U.S. and one in Cambodia.  As the Avengers clear up the meteor shower, they discover the asteroid is actually part of Asteroid M, Magneto’s old orbital HQ.  The U.S. government leaks this to the Russians.  The Russians are (justifiably) angry with Magneto for sinking one of their submarines (killing the crew) and creating a volcano in and destroying one of their cities.  They want to lure Magneto to the wreckage of the second fragment and kill him in an ambush.

The Avengers get wind of this and decide, while nobody would shed many tears at the thought of Magneto getting killed, it’s a better idea to grab him themselves and make him finish standing trial.  (If he gets executed then, eh… ok.)  Magneto is looking for some tech from his old satellite, so we set up a three-conflict. 

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