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So "Ultimatum" wasn't the end. And "Cataclysm" wasn't the end either. Turns out they were waiting for something even more literal: "The End" will be the end.
To be honest, if anything killed the Ultimate universe - aside from a lot of really, really bad comics by people who weren't Brian Michael Bendis - it was the movies. The MCU Avengers have made the Ultimates look as dated as they once made the original Avengers look. It's hard to say any of them will be missed, now. Especially Ultimate Cap. We hate that guy.
But if you're asking, we'd like to keep Gwen Stacy and Jessica Drew, in addition to Miles. And maybe Ganke, at a push.
There may be as many as four
Panel Beats readers who've been wondering what's happened to our podcasting arm since we last put out an episode of the Alternate Cover pod in (checks) cor, blimey, May of last year. Well, various circumstances conspired to mean that we had to put having regular recorded chats about comics on the back burner: and then an entirely new burner came along and offered us the opportunity to talk about movies instead, so that's what we did. This, then, is Cinematic Universe
From the off Star Wars
#1 impresses me as a package. Not the cover (in any of the thousands of variants), so much as the text-only pages. This is my first ever Star Wars
comic, so maybe it has been standard all along to do the recap as a scroll - maybe that's what Dark Horse had been doing. But I doubt it. Every little detail has been sweated over.
is one of the least surprising #1s to launch this week, seeing as there's a film out soon and no easily collected Scott Lang material to flog, what with him having been dead recently, as he notes to his embarrassment in his job interview. After being killed in 2004's Avengers Disassembled
, he exchanged places on the mortal plane with his daughter Cassie (who had, in his absence, become Stature out of the Young Avengers) in 2012, under the Marvel afterlife's apparent one-in-one-out policy.
Of course, we reserve the right to continue to be sceptical about this show until they confirm that at some point he's going to change out of that silly black ninja costume and into a proper red one.
BECAUSE WE'RE NERDS.
In the seven years Seb and I have been picking the best comic of the year*, finding a consensus has always involved strict criteria. It has to be something we've both read, and loved, and we both have to think it's sufficiently prominent in that year to justify taking the banner over anything else. Perhaps the most difficult criteria is that it has to be an ongoing series which has released enough issues that if the sheen was going to wear off, it would've done so. How approriate, then, that this year we're picking out a character who literally has a sheen that has yet to wear off.
She-Hulk is one of those characters who really shouldn't work. From the poorly-conceived, borderline sexist origin to the poorly-conceived, borderline sexist name, nothing about the character makes a lot of sense outside of the context she was created in: a hasty attempt to stop the Incredible Hulk TV series from creating (and potentially owning) a female version of the Hulk. And yet here we are with yet another stand-out run - at least the character's third - that brings out the best in its creative team.
The Guardians of the Galaxy
movie instilled in me a deep and fervent affection for the character of Rocket Raccoon, and I suspect I'm not the only one. So it therefore came as little surprise when Marvel almost immediately began publishing a thinly-veiled excuse to cash in on his popularity with a new solo series. What was perhaps a little more surprising, however, was that it was just as immediately one of the best things they'd published all year.
Hello. It may not have escaped your notice (or it might have completely escaped your notice) that things have been a bit quiet around here lately. We've had a few work and personal related commitments that have meant that we've fallen a bit behind in keeping up with posts. Sorry for the inconvenience, if it is indeed an inconvenience at all.
Regular service should be resuming shortly, and we also have some exciting plans on the podcast side of things to hopefully tell you about soon, but in the meantime, I thought I'd catch up with what's been going on in comics in the time that we haven't been posting. So here's a list of every comic I've bought (either on Comixology or in print) since our last new post, and a quick comment on what I thought of each them. I make no apology for the lack of intense scrutiny or in-depth analysis contained within, but at least in terms of sheer volume of comics it's decent value for money... right?
In recent weeks, Marvel has been teasing a new Secret Wars event beginning with this alternate reality-referencing promo image. But it's 30 years since the original Secret Wars. Is it a good idea to despoil the memory of a beloved classic by returning to that well? Luckily, you can now decide for yourself. Just for fun, Panel Beats regular Graham Kibble-White re-read all 12 issues and tweet along as he did. With permission, we are now re-presenting the entire experience for your reading pleasure. Don't worry folks, we'll make sure he gets the care he needs.