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    • Splash Page: Episode 6.5 - Cade's Announcement

      3 years ago


      Listen to the episode here

      This special announcement comes from Cade. He needs your help for a crowdfunding campaign!

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    • So this is RoosterTeeth... Roomy.

      3 years ago


      Just so everyone is aware, this profile will be fairly sporadic in its upkeep, as I'm going to be focusing on Omniverse. Feel free to friend us over there :D

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    • Marvel-ous! News: Secret Wars (2015) to End the Marvel Universe?

      4 years ago


      "Marvel Comics has just officially announced the end of the Marvel Universe that began in 1961 as fans know it.

      Marvel Comics announced today that the Ultimate Universe and Marvel Universe will "smash together" during the publisher's Secret Wars event, effectively ending both universes as they currently exist — creating a new, combined version of the Marvel Universe.

      During a live "Secret Wars Kick-Off" press event at New York City's Midtown Comics, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort confirmed that the eight-issue series Secret Wars will represent the end the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe.

      "Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It's all Battleworld," Brevoort said.

      "The Marvel universe will be Battleworld, and every single piece of those worlds will be building blocks for the universe," said Alonso, adding that all the universes represented in "Battleworld" will have "legs" moving forward.

      The end of the Ultimate Universe has been expected by many industry watchers for awhile now, with only one comic still existing in that universe after February — the solo book for Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Secret Wars and the outcome of Battleworld will, presumably, show which characters from the Ultimate Universe survive into the newly formed Marvel Universe.

      But Alonso also teased the possibility of resurrections during the event. "If we wanted to resurrect Gwen Stacy," he said with a smile, "this would be the place to do it."

      Marvel is releasing an interactive map that will reveal different "countries" where characters exist in Battleworld, allowing fans of various characters to see which titles will feature which characters.

      "We're launching a wealth of new series, both ongoing and minis, during Secret Wars, Alonso said.

      The events of Secret Wars represent what Brevoort described as "the culmination of Jonathan Hickman's plans from when he first came onto Avengers and New Avengers." Brevoort added that Marvel's Free Comic Book Day issue, Secret Wars #0 written by Hickman, will bring readers "up to speed" for the event before it begins in may with Secret Wars #1 and an oversized issue #2.

      Marvel had already teased earlier this month that the company would launch The All-New, All-Different Avengers, after having confirmed Avengers and New Avengers would end in April."


      What do you think, Marvel fans? Good idea? Bad Idea? What are you hoping to see in the new "Battleworld" universe? Let me know in the comments?

      I will be posting a personal blog with my thoughts soon!



    • Stan Lee Draws Spider-Man for Autistic Boy

      4 years ago


      (CNN)It was a story that moved Stan Lee, the creator of many of the best-known superheroes in history, into action: a Spider-Man-loving boy with autism named Jamel Hunter.

      According to the New York Times, a December Times article about the child, who reportedly didn't say a word until he was in preschool, caught the eye of one of Lee's neighbors, jazz musician Corky Hale.

      That would be the same Stan Lee who co-created Spider-Man (as well as Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men and so many other Marvel characters).

      The Times story described how 8-year-old Jamel, who loves Spider-Man, had a birthday party at an East Harlem community center. The place was full of Spidey images. His struggling mother put everything she had into the party.

      Upon hearing the tale at his home in California, Lee decided to pitch in.

      "After hearing of the boy's situation, how could I not?" he told CNN.

      Lee decided to draw a sketch of Spider-Man for Hunter. Lee, it should be noted, isn't an artist; Spidey was first drawn by Steve Ditko. But he can do the character in a pinch.

      New York Times writer Michael Wilson delivered the drawing to Jamel, with Lee's signature in the corner.

      "(Spider-Man) is a teenager, not an adult so (young people) can relate to him," Lee explained.

      "He has many of the problems they themselves have, such as not enough money."

      Lee's act of generosity captured the hearts of many on social media this past weekend.

      CNN's attempts to reach Jamel's family were unsuccessful.

    • Marvel-ous! Issue #15: Ages of Comics Explained!

      4 years ago


      Comic books have been around for almost 80 years, and have been steadily growing since then. With this in mind, comics have greatly evolved since the 1930s, prompting fans to catagorize periods of time as "ages" of comics. However, these ages are hotly contested, with some fans citing different events and dates as the book ends of ages. When we look at the current age of comics, some fans have even tried to establish new ages that are only recognized by some fans.

      In this issue, I will attempt to sort through the mud of opinions and dates to give us a general timeline for the Ages of Comics.

      Golden Age (1938-1950)

      In June 1938, Detective Comics published Action Comics #1. This was monumental because it contained the first appearence of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Superman. Superman would grow to be the biggest superhero, and thus comic, in the world. The release of this comic is typically used as the benchmark for the beginning of the Golden Age. While there were comics before this, they were unsuccessful and unpopular in comparisson, typically just compiling already published newspaper comic strips. During the Golden Age, heroes such as Superman, Captain Marvel (now known as Shazam), Batman, Captain America, Sub-Mariner, the Flash, Aquaman, and the Green Lantern were introduced. Comics would regularily sell over 1 million copies, which dwarfs the sales number of today by a great margin. This age carried through World War II, seeing many characters and heroes going overseas to combat the Axis powers.

      Unfortunately, these times would not last. Following the war, superheroes had trouble adjusting to coming home. After fighting the Nazis, stopping street level criminals didn't hold the same weight as before, and people lost interest. This slow decline is the process that is most consistantly used to mark the end of the Golden Age.

      In the time between the Gold and Silver Age, the Comics Code Authority had been created in response to the growing concern of relation between comics books and juvenile deliquency.

      Silver Age (1956-~1973)

      The Silver Age of Comics is characterized by an insurgence of great art and writing in the superhero genre of comics. Typically cited as beginning with the redesign of The Flash in DC Comics' Showcase #4, the age would see the likes of Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, John Buscema, and John Romita Sr. become big names in comics, bringing new sucess to the industry, as well as introducing names such as Neil Adams, Denny O'Neil, Roy Thomas, and Jim Steranko. DC Comics would see the Flash, Hawkman, and Green Lantern reworked to their modern versions, as well as the introduction of new heroes such as Martian Manhunter. Marvel Comics introduced the Fantastic Four, Spider-man, the X-Men, and the Hulk among others, with the majority of their creations becoming staples of the industry to this day. A major difference between this age and the last is the emergence of science as the main cause of superpowers, whereas before, most relied on magic of some kind. There is a saying that in the Silver Age, "if you needed a hero, you needed radiation."

      The end of this age is difficult to narrow down, with several events seeming to bring it to a close. Some cite a notable change in attitude in the Green Lantern, a character that previously very optimistic. Others say that the end came with Jack Kirby leaving Marvel Comics, and Mort Weisinger's retirement from DC Comics in 1970 as the end of the age. It seems as though there were several events leading to the end, coming to a head with the death of Spider-Man's longtime love interest, Gwen Stacy, in 1973. For this issue, that is where I will draw the line for the age.

      Bronze Age (~1973-~1985)

      The Bronze Age of Comics saw the shift to slightly dark and gritty themes in comics, often relating to drugs, alcohol, and violence. This shift is the gradual beginning to the Bronze Age, which matches the drawn out ending of the Silver Age. For those who want a concrete start point, some cite the addition of Green Arrow to the Green Lantern title for DC Comics, while others refer to the "nerfing" of Superman's then-infinite powers, making him more manageable... *cough* unless you're Goku *cough*. Another shift at the beginning of the Bronze Age, is the migration of comic books from newsstands to the specialty comic book shops that we know today. This age would also see the departure of many veteran creators from the industry. The major developments in this age include Marvel's dismissal of the CCA, the massive success of the X-Men, and the introduction of graphic novels.

      The end of this age is just as complicated as the beginning. Comics shifted even further into darker themes and events. The most common date applied to the end of the Bronze Age in 1985, which corresponds with the release of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, as well as Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. Another method used for marking the end of the Age is the simultaneous Secret Wars from Marvel and Crisis on Infinite Earths from DC, which were major crossover events that set up huge events in their respective universes.

      Modern Age (1985-???)

      The Modern Age is also referred to as the "Dark Age of Comics." This is the most contested age of comics in regards to a timeline. Starting almost immediately following the end of the Bronze Age, the Modern Age is characterized by the rise of independent publishers such as Pacific, Eclipse, Image, and First, as well as the return of fantasy and horror comics. Another component of this time is the rise of anti-heroes in popularity. Major storylines of this era were dark and tried to be shocking, incuding the death of Superman, the breaking of Batman's back, and Archangel as a member of the Four Horseman. This saw the marketing of comics as collectors items, which lead to a short term of huge sales, and a the subsequent crash of the comic industry in the late 90s.

      This crash has been proposed as the end of the Modern Age, although many say that this age has not ended. Personally, I tend to believe that this age ended with Marvel declaring bankruptcy in 1997.

      Because of this, debated end of the Modern Age, there is some contention to what age we are currently in. While many hold onto the Modern Age, there is another push to call this the Post-Modern Age. This proposed age starts with the boom of comic book movies such as Spider-Man, X-Men, and Blade in the late 1990s and 2000s, as well as the revival of Marvel Comics with the emergence of their Ultimate universe. I tend to agree with this view, although I like the term "Ultimate Age" myself.

      What do you think? What age are we in right now? What is your favorite age of comics? Let me know in the comments!

      As always, you can look back at my old blog entries for more information. Check out my "History of Marvel Comics" post for information on what Marvel was doing during each of these ages.

      Thanks for reading!



    • Marvel-ous! Issue 16: Daredevil (Netflix) Review!

      4 years ago


      Earlier this month, Netflix teamed up with Marvel Studios to release a thirteen episode season of a brand new serial, starring the man without fear, Daredevil. This season would show the early stages of Matt Murdock taking the mantel, as well as introduce major players in the comic book established street level scene of the Marvel Universe, laying the ground work for future Netflix/Marvel serials: A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders.

      Daredevil stars Charlie Cox in the title role, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Hanson as Foggy Nelson, and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, the main antagonist of the series. The casting is one of the strongest points of the series. Cox plays blindness in a convincing way, and masterfully embodies the calculating intelligence and charismatic persona of Murdock. Hanson brings Nelson to life, beyond just a comic relief character, making the character deeply developed and important to the story. Perhaps the strongest performance comes from D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin from the comics. Fisk is genuinely terrifying, volatile, and violent, but also so well developed that the audience begins to feel compassion and understanding for him. This makes him less of a simple obstacle for Murdock, and more of an opposing force, equal in strength, and colliding in spectacular fashion.

      As mentioned earlier, the series follows the early stages of Murdock’s transformation to a masked vigilante, but it doesn’t feel like a tired origin story. The explanation of how our protagonist lost his vision is given in the opening three minutes of the first episode, and the rest of his origin is given through flashbacks throughout the next ten episodes. This allows the viewer to learn the backstory gradually, while still being invested in the present of the story. We as viewers see Murdock rise and fall time after time as he develops who he is both with and without the mask. As someone who has watched many superhero movies, I am sick of origin stories, and this was an excellent may of handling the necessary evil they bring.

      What really separates this series from the common idea of a superhero movie is the fact that it feels more like a court drama than something ripped from the panels of a comic book. Murdock and Nelson are attorneys in Hell’s Kitchen, a corrupt and crime-ridden area of New York that was trashed by the battle depicted in The Avengers. An equal amount of time is given to Matt Murdock in a suit researching the legal system to tear down the organized crime around him, as is given to Daredevil beating information out of thugs and drug dealers. This gives the viewer a real understanding of the dual life the title character lives, making them feel the same dividing feeling the Murdock feels about his own life.

      Daredevil is not a family friendly show. Violence is given a spotlight, but not used for shock value. The brutality only ever adds to the story and character development, often leaving the viewer in a stunned state, and a loss for predictions of what will follow. Gore and violence is depicted in a realistic fashion, which makes it even more effective. The best example of this comes from a three minute fight scene at the end of the second episode. The fight scene takes place in a hallway where the Russian mob is holding a young boy as bait for the protagonist. The entire scene is showing in one continuous shot, where Daredevil takes out numerous opponents. The realism comes from the struggle between the two forces depicted. The hero is clearly exhausted, and at points looks as though he will fail to overcome these odds, rather than smoothly defeating the enemies without breaking a sweat. The villains are not the typically henchmen we are used to in films, taking one hit then never getting up, or crawling away to safety. These men get knocked down, get back up, and keep fighting. This better shows the reality of a multi-man fight than we are used to in film and television.

      The plot of the story is well written, making each episode a valuable addition, with no throw away moments to extend the runtime. The twists keep coming right to the final moments of the last episode, and the action and intensity continue to rise from the very beginning, leaving the viewer on the edge of their seat. The plot is also incredibly capable of standing alone, separate from the comic book source material, while still adding enough subtle nods and fan service to diehard fans (anyone else catch the “Mike” reference? No? Just me? Okay…) This makes it totally accessible for comic readers, superhero fans, and casual viewers alike.

      I am completely enthralled by the show, having finished the final episode the day before posting this, and dying for more. As a comic book fan, it has pushed me to go back and read my favorite story arcs. As a film junkie, it has made me critique my former favorite films more carefully and with new insight. I highly recommend this show to comic book fans, and new comers alike.

      What do you think? Are you a fan of the new Daredevil show on Netflix? Let me know in the comments!

      In addition, I am teaming up with some fellow g1s for an exciting new project. If you are a comic book fan, and are interested, shoot me a message, or tweet me @CadeBengert, and I will give you some details. We are only looking for a couple more people, so get in touch as soon as you can if you want to be involved.

      Thank you everyone for reading. I know it has been awhile since my last post, but there is some big stuff in the pipeline, I promise.

      Until next time, True Believers,



    • Marvel-ous! Issue #12: "Fantastic Four" Teaser Trailer is... Not Fantastic

      4 years ago


      This morning, 20th Century FOX released the teaser trailer for their 2015 "Fantastic Four" reboot.

      Now, before I begin discussing my feelings on the trailer, I have to admit that I have not been excited for this movie from the beginning. I am not a huge FF fan to begin with, but I have had a bad taste in my mouth concerning the film after seeing how Fox has treated the X-Men movies as of late. I also disagree with the casting. The actors chosen for Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, and Dr. Doom just seem off. This, added to the changes to the characters have already lowered my expectations for this movie. The only thing that peaked my interest was the SFX image for The Thing (pictured below). Now that I have put out how I already felt going into the teaser, I will try to analyze the trailer for what it is.

      The trailer takes the insanely cliched method of having a dramatic monologue, which tells nothing of the plot or set up, playing over dramatic music and random shots from the film. This is the exact same thing that "Ant-Man" did for their trailer, which is the exact same thing as the 90% of films have done in the last 5 years. This no longer excites viewers, nor makes them want to see the film anymore than they did before seeing the trailer.

      After watching the trailer multiple times, the only things that I have learned from the trailer that I did not know before are that Johnny Storm works on his car, and Ben Grimm apparently plays baseball? Beyond that, they are astronauts, which everyone who knows who the Fantastic Four are, already new, as it is central to their origin story.

      My biggest issue is that the trailer does almost nothing to showcase the fact that this is a superhero film. There are four shots of their powers being used, assuming that the shot of the rocks breaking is supposed to be The Thing. In addition, these four shots combined are only about one second in total length. If it wasn't for the Marvel logo at the beginning, and the logos at the end, I wouldn't have known that this was a superhero film. This aspect left me feeling that Fox was embaressed of the fact that they are making this film, which is not a feeling that makes me want to see this movie.

      Honestly, this whole movie just feels lazy, and not the kind of publicity that comic book movies need right now. The choices that are being made have created such a negative view around the film, that there is no way that it will be well received. Unfortunately, because of the way the world works, Fox will still make money from all the people going to see it just to hate it. I can safely say that I will not be seeing this in theatres. Unless something major happens to peak my interest, I will AT MOST illegally download it when it comes out on DVD.

      What do you think of the trailer? Will you be seeing the movie? Let me know in the comments!

      Until next time,



    • Marvel-ous! Issue #17: Brian Michael Bendis Discusses Iceman's Sexuality

      4 years ago


      When "X-Men" originally launched in 1963, it starred a team of superheroes whose powers came to them at birth, thus bypassing the radiation-filled origins needed to explain the other Marvel Comics heroes. Since the mid-'60s and the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, however, Marvel's line of X-Men books have used the metaphor of super-powered mutants to examine themes of persecution, bigotry, intolerance, self-discovery, community and acceptance. ?

      In this week's "All-New X-Men" #40, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mahmud Asrar revealed that founding X-Men member Iceman, AKA Bobby Drake, is gay. In a conversation between the teenage incarnation of Iceman and his telepathic teen teammate Jean Grey, Bobby admitted his sexuality for the first time.

      CBR News spoke with Bendis about the controversial revelation, explaining that from his point of view as the writer, it wasn't intended to be shocking. In fact, it's just one aspect of larger story that will continue into and beyond "Uncanny X-Men" #600, the final issue of his run on the X-books, and the last one published before the entire Marvel Universe runs headlong into "Secret Wars."

      CBR News: The news of Iceman's outing broke a day before "All-New X-Men" #40 was officially released. What happened?




      Brian Michael Bendis: Here's the thing, and some will believe me and some won't. I think if you really paid attention to the solicits, we mentioned nothing about the subject. We didn't do a cover asking, "Which X-Men is coming out?" We didn't do anything like that, because we agreed that it was best to let the story speak for itself.

      This is a story that involves psychic powers and time travel, so it's not your traditional coming out story -- and really, I don't think there is such a thing. The interactions that I've had over the past day or so have only proved that to me. There are certain experiences that a lot of people who have come out share, but a lot of people have very different opinions and experiences.

      We just wanted it to be about Bobby and Jean and their very unique experience, which I thought was worth looking at. So there was no pre-hype. There was no tease of any sort. There wasn't even a hint to retailers saying, "Keep an eye on this issue." We were just going to let it play out on its own merits.

      You and I have talked about how, wouldn't it be nice if you went to the comic store and not everything was ruined? So on top of what's going on with Bobby, I didn't want anyone to know who the Utopians were. I just wanted to let it happen without any sensationalism.

      What happened, though, was, and I don't and will never know who, someone got a hold of a copy, and it could have been anyone from printer down to a distributor, and took a bunch of crappy pictures with their phone. They then threw them online.

      ?The bummer is that some people put them on Tumblr, and removed six pages from the story, which completely alters the story. I'm talking about the subtleties of it, not what happens; the part that I spent a lot of time on.

      ?So that got leaked, and now, today, we have to slide in front of it so the message isn't twisted. CNN picked the story up. BuzzFeed picked it up, and "The Advocate" picked it up as well. They mostly quoted things warmly and accurately, which I appreciated, and it certainly shifted the conversation that was coming at me back to a normal place.

      I was grateful for that, but I am sad that what I was going for, the experience of people just reading it, disappeared. Some people will have not seen all the press and will still get that experience, but the purity was lost.


      I'll try to tell a story without spoilers again someday. It's very hard to do. It's really getting more and more impossible, and I was very proud of Marvel for doing this in what I thought was the right way. I didn't think it was an announceable story; just a normal part of life for these time-shaken X-Men, and not something that's a big, shocking, revelation.

      So that's where we are. I'm very proud of the issue and I thought Mahmud Asrar did a fantastic job. Those scans of the issue didn't help people appreciate that because they were so blurry and crappy. He sold the scene beautifully. I'm very, very proud of it, and I'm proud of the way Marvel handled it all. I'm looking forward to and already appreciating the discussion that is already happening.

      The one thing that struck me about the reveal was, why do this now when your run on the X-books is about to end?

      That's the other thing. There's more to this story than just this issue. Other things are going to happen. In fact, the biggest questions are, "I don't understand. How is young Bobby out, but older Bobby isn't? What are you saying?" The answer is that you'll find out in "Uncanny X-Men" #600. I'm not going to spoil that. It will probably be spoiled for me, though.

      ?This is a very complicated subject, and it requires more than a few pages to dive into. I thought it opened a great deal of possibility for the characters. I'm kind of leaving everybody in a different place than people thought we were going to leave them, including Angel and all the others. Let's just say that I'm pretty confident that the person following me is going to do this justice.

      I'm not done with this story yet, though. I still have many pages to go, and then the next person has a story that they can do with a character that I would like to read.

      This story isn't something that's coming out of the blue, either. Over the years there's been a lot of hints that Bobby might not be entirely honest with himself about his sexuality.

      Yes! That's the funniest conversation online. We have some people going, "What on Earth are you talking about? Where did this come from?" Then there are other people who weren't surprised at all. Already on Tumblr, and I'm not going to repost them until later in the week, people have posted a road map of panels of things that Bobby has done over the last 50 years that prove the point that I thought was obvious, and many others did too.


      It's funny that we have so many people who saw it as coming out of left field, and so many people who weren't surprised at all. But with sex and politics, people are going to see what they want to see.

      The other major reveal of this issue was about the characters that composed the ranks of the mysterious Utopians.

      Yeah, and I legitimately thought the kerfuffle of this issue was who we picked to be about the Utopians. I'm sure that's still coming, but I thought what was on the last pages of the issue would cause more of a conversation. I guess I was just being naive. I live in Portland. Nobody here cares what anybody is or does. No one judges.

      So here's the headline: This isn't the final statement on Bobby's very unique story. And it is not a universal statement on sexual identity, it's Bobby's unique one. The other portions have already been written and are being produced as we speak. Before I leave the X-Men on "Uncanny" #600, more layers will be peeled off of this, including what this means for older Bobby. I think we address all the big questions.

      As Axel Alonso told MTV, a big part of the conversation when I presented this idea was, what happens next? What are we attempting to do here? Marvel was satisfied with my answers, and hopefully many other people will be as well.

      I will miss this about writing the X-Men -- this platform to write about issues like this from such a unique perspective.

      And to the already hundreds of people who have taken a moment out of their day to write to me and support this story -- thank you. Thank you doesn't quite cover it, but thank you.

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