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Is a 2nd Spidey book titled Renew Your Vows Marvel's attempt to apologize?

There's a new Spider-Man miniseries bearing the same name as the atrocity written by Dan Slott coming out, but this book is written by veteran Gerry Conway. This is something I didn't know clearly about a few months ago, but apparently, this was what...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Dec 9, 2016

More about Dixon's adaptation of Clinton Cash

I found some more articles about Chuck Dixon's GN adaptation of the Clinton Cash book (and documentary film). Inverse has written about it, and what's vital to point out for starters is that the GN's reportedly selling very well: Dixon and Smith are...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Sep 1, 2016

There's still valid reason to take offense at the current treatment of Steve Rogers

Even if the true Captain America's only been brainwashed in the new series, Nick Spencer and company are still doing their damndest to irritate the audience in the 4th issue: Several months after the revelation that he's secretly been a Hydra agent s...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 26, 2016

Avengers are Occupied by writer David Walker

How long has it been since Occupy Wall Street littered NYC? About 5 years, and they collapsed since. None of which matters to one of the worst of Marvel's awful writers, David Walker, a former newspaper writer, who now penned an Avengers story spotli...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 14, 2016

What's so special about Justin Trudeau that calls for putting him in the MCU just like Pierre?

Nearly 40 years ago, Pierre Trudeau, one of Canada's prime ministers, made an appearance in Uncanny X-Men 140. Just recently, his son Justin has been featured in the Civil War sequel, and papers like the National Post are making a big deal out of som...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jul 31, 2016

How can they dominate if books have become secondary to movies?

In this recent CNBC article, they say Marvel's dominating sales, as if this were something new, when it hasn't been for a long time, and isn't particularly surprising even now. All without any critique of their publicity stunts either: Who's king of...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jul 20, 2016

And the main Civil War 2 sacrifice for publicity's sake is...

Bruce Banner, the first Incredible Hulk: Poor Bruce Banner. Things were never easy for the man best known as the eternally tortured alter ego of Marvel's Incredible Hulk. But for his comics incarnation, life had been looking up as of late: After sav...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jul 14, 2016

It's not just Jim Rhodes: even Tony Stark's getting kicked to the curb

This Time interview with Brian Bendis makes clear that it's not just Rhodey who's been thrown under a bus: There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic book event series Civi...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jul 8, 2016

That's what Civil War 2 is about? The loss of Rhodey?

IO9's Gizmodo section interviewed Brian Bendis about the sequel to the politicized crossover from 2006, and it appears here that Tony Stark's buddy Jim Rhodes, the guy who'd once substituted in his armor and even had a role of his own as War Machine...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 24, 2016

No surprise: Meltzer still remains unrepentant about Identity Crisis

CBR interviewed Brad Meltzer about both his novels and comics work, and waddaya know, he still has no apologies whatsoever, and CBR didn't even ask him if he had any comment on past accusations of sexist structures in the story, not to mention how it...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 16, 2016

Rebirth sounds political

That's what somebody on the Dixonverse forum was saying for starters, and after reading this Newsarama interview with both Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, I think it's quite likely it is, as the following clues reveal: Nrama: As you mentioned, one of the thi...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 10, 2016

It's ill-advised to think Rebirth will fix the most serious harm to the DCU

Arcamax published a fluff column about DC's Rebirth, which Geoff Johns supposedly wrote as an apology to all who thought Flashpoint was a bad direction. But there's plenty of signs it still solves little or nothing, and if they stick by what Zero Hou...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 1, 2016

Geoff Johns is unfit for taking charge of DC movies

After the mediocre reception for Batman vs. Superman, WB execs now want the wrong man for oversight: The fallout from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice continues to ripple through Warner Bros. The Burbank-based studio is making changes to the way...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 20, 2016

Did superhero movies themselves dull the comics they drew from?

I found an op-ed on the South China Morning Post, originally from Tribune News Service, lamenting how the movies based on superheroes dulled the original sources. But just under the headline, we get this: The pressure to turn comics into films has t...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 13, 2016

This pseudo-columnist wants the uninitiated to dislike Tony Stark

Arcamax published a sugary Tribune News Service column about the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie, which, lest we forget, draws from the politicized 2006 crossover, and what the writer has to say about Iron Man is quite insulting: "Cap...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 2, 2016

It's just like Marvel to offer line-wide crossover tie-ins for FCBD

Arcamax published a fluff-coated piece about what's being offered for Free Comic Book Day (and it's worth noting that for over a decade since this idea was launched, many free specials have been mostly worthless), and look how Marvel chose to commemo...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Apr 26, 2016

What's the point of recapping Spidey's role in Civil War if they can't be objective?

Collider published a recounting of Spider-Man's role in 2006's terrible crossover, Civil War, that not only gushes about a real time-waster, it won't even admit clearly why it was bad for Spidey in long term: For awhile, the Marvel Universe is chang...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Mar 12, 2016

"Controversial ending" to new Captain America movie does nothing to impress

We receive more news making it sound like Captain America: Civil War is going to borrow heavily from the 2006 crossover. The director, Joe Russo, told Empire magazine the following: Calling "Civil War" a "psychological thriller,"...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Feb 27, 2016

The trouble with how to script the Man of Steel

The Atlantic wrote about Superman's history and the problems with how to write him. It's an article that is honest about some of the problems the Big Blue Boy Scout's been dogged by for years now, but there's still some where it falters. At the begin...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Feb 12, 2016

Eric Stephenson laments the constant reboots and crossovers coming from the Big Two

Image's publisher has said a few sensible things in an interview with CBR, who've had the decency to let his voice be heard on a serious matter involving business. For example, he addresses the relaunch-at-number-one tactic Marvel's been particularly...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jan 29, 2016


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