Dark Horse Comics and Bioware are moving forward with plans to expand the Dragon Age universe with Dragon Age: Magekiller, a new comic series set to debut with issue #1 in November. Magekiller will be written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Carmen Carnero, and will run in parallel with last year’s Dragon Age: Inquisition.
So what will Magekiller be about?
As pride month draws to a close and many are celebrating the same-sex marriage ruling by Scotus last week, we at Nerdy Stuff take a look at two Doctor Who companions you may not know: Chris Cwej and Izzy S. Years before Jack Harkness, these two characters appeared in the tie-in media of Doctor Who and brought gay and bisexual representation into the Whoniverse.
It’s the reboot of the reboot. That’s right, whether your like it or not, we’re getting a brand new Spider-Man. After Marvel and Sony officially became best buds earlier this year (bringing Disney one-step closer to global domination), it was announced that Spider-Man would not only be getting a new standalone film in 2017, but that he’d also be appearing in the Marvel cinematic universe as well. Then, last week it was announced that Tom Holland (pictured above) will be taking on the role of the web-slinger, and that he’d first be appearing in Captain America: Civil War. Finally, we learned that Jon Watts would be directing the standalone Spider-Man film.
For the past 15 years or so, both Marvel and DC have been shaping their universes to return the “iconic” version of all their characters. Hal Jordan returned as Green Lantern. The core X-Men team was reformed. Barry Allen came back from the dead.
That wasn’t always the case. In the 90s, weird stuff was allowed to happen on the regular, and the status-quo routinely got far off the beaten path.
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Jem and the Holograms debuted as a cartoon series in 1985, created by Christy Marx, a staff writer for the original cartoon shows of Transformers and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The odd cartoon that mixed battling bands with sci-fi tech found a way to brand itself into the minds of ’80s kids, even if they didn’t watch it. It was inevitable this “truly outrageous” band would be rebooted. But more significant is that the new Jem and the Holograms comic from IDW, which released its fourth issue this week. . . is really good!
Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell put together this reboot story, which Thompson scripted and Campbell did art on, with colors by M. Victoria Robado and letters by Shawn Lee. There is a clear love for the original story, but Campbell and Thompson are also smart enough to ask what needs to be updated so the story doesn’t just retread old ground.
Daredevil may have been around since Stan Lee and Bill Everett introduced him in 1964, but many new fans have been discovering him now thanks to the live-action show on Netflix and the past several years of consistently entertaining stories from a slew of fan-favorite writers. Though blinded by radioactive materials, attorney Matt Murdock uses his other now-superhuman senses and a special radar sense to operate as the acrobatic hero Daredevil, the “man without fear.” But how does his famous “radar sense” work exactly? Let’s find out!
Archie Comics’ beloved Riverdale crew.
We’re going through another golden age of comics, haven’t you heard?
Comic books haven’t received this much attention since the ‘40s and ‘50s when cocksure psychotherapists wielded their paranoia drill and implanted warning signs for parents of heretic homosexual behaviors found within the pages of a Batman comic. The result, naturally, would be the desecration of their sons Christian souls and the emasculation of their walking testosterone bundles of joy.
Now, however, Marvel has managed to bring the conversation of comic books back to the forefront thanks to global mega successful film franchises they’ve built around characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.
The scary thing is, for every one you see…
While we didn’t see an Ant-Man cameo in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (maybe he was there, but was too small?), that’s not stopping the mass-shifting hero from showing up in new posters with Avengers visual gags on them, complete with tongue-in-cheek slogans. Sure, he doesn’t have the powers of Captain America or Thor, or special armor like Iron Man… but will he really need all that? Or is this just a clever ploy from Marvel to convince fans of The Avengers that Ant-Man is worthy of their attention, too?
Either way, with Ant-Man scheduled to hit theaters July 17, 2015, we’ll find out soon enough.
Earlier this week, we assembled a list of Marvel LGBT superheroes we thought belonged in the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe already. Well, great things come in pairs, so it’s time to discuss the DC Comics Universe! Pied Piper has shown up in CW’s The Flash and Renee Montoya has appeared in Fox’s Gotham, while on the flipside John Constantine is bisexual in the comics but the showrunners of his NBC TV-series decided they didn’t want to delve into that.
In any case, more and more DC Comics stories are spreading across TV and film, so here’s a (not nearly complete) list of other LGBT superheroes we’d like to see in live-action already.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe grows every year, connecting films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron with TV shows like Daredevil, Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s been a lot of fun to see things unfold, but where are the LGBT characters of Marvel Comics? Victoria Hand appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., true, but homosexuality wasn’t even mentioned before the show killed her off (disturbingly, while she was on her way to a place literally called “the Fridge”).
So here’s a fun list of some LGBT characters we’d like to see show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU). Please keep in mind, since the X-Men related characters and Marvel’s mutant heroes are only allowed to appear in Fox films, heroes such as Northstar and Shatterstar aren’t mentioned here because Marvel Studios can’t use them.
UPDATE: Check out the companion piece list dealing with DC Comics heroes!