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Is there a more beloved franchise than Star Wars? Possibly, but is there a more thoroughly merchandised franchise? No, definitely not. Keep that in my mind when I tell you that Dark Horse Comics has begun publishing Star Wars, a new ongoing comic-book series documenting the adventures of Luke, Han, and Leia had after they destroyed the Death Star at the end of A New Hope, and before their base was discovered on Hoth at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back. Acclaimed writer Brian Wood teams with artist Carlos D’Anda to bring the world a new glimpse into the Jedi, the Sith, and the world in which they live.
The long and arduous search for the female lead, and love interest, of the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger is over, with Revenge’s Emily VanCamp poised to star opposite Chris Evans in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Previous contenders for the role included Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, Alison Brie, and Emilia Clarke.
Suspension of disbelief is a difficult tightrope for superhero stories to walk (what the hell, the episode title is ‘Vertigo,’ I’m gonna go ahead and use height-based metaphors). As viewers, we expect to see something unbelievable. That’s why we watch in the first place. So we’ll believe a man can fly, or throw bat-shaped boomerangs, or fight people with a bow and arrow in the 21st century and not die two minutes in. But beyond those rules, we expect some measure of adherence to familiar patterns, be they laws of physics or normal human behavior. Unfortunately, this episode tumbled off that tightrope often, and with a straight face.
The sensational Spider-Ock continues to masquerade as Peter Parker in the second issue of Superior Spider-Man. Writer Dan Slott and artist Ryan Stegman have turned the book’s primary focus away from the typical superheroics the web-slinger tends to involve himself in to the greatest adventure of all… romance (in case you are wondering, I did vomit as I typed that). His target: Mary Jane Watson.
Comic-book writer Mark Millar has teamed up with artist Frank Quitely to create Jupiter’s Legacy, a superhero epic set to be published by Image Comics starting this April. Described by Millar as “his Star Wars”, the series promises to be an ambitious exploration of what the comic-book medium can do.
Prepare your brain for awesome. Among the many, many, many fan projects done in Minecraft, this one might take the cake. More than 100 builders collaborated on assembling a scale replica of King's Landing from A Song of Ice and Fire. And by King's Landing, I mean the entire damn city.
As the other member of DC’s holy trinity, Wonder Woman is a certifiable cultural icon, but one that remains impressively difficult to adapt for the screen, big or small. The CW has chosen to pass on the script for Amazon, a pilot for a potential television show starring the star-spangled heroine. The CW has had both past and recent success with adaptations of DC Comics characters, Smallville ran for ten seasons, and this fall’s Arrow has been both critically and commercially successful.
The counterculture icon Emily the Strange has returned to comics with this three issue miniseries starring the black-clad thirteen-year-old and her quartet of equally black cats. Emily and the Strangers has the heroine enter a contest to win the guitar of one of her music icons, but she might just have to learn how to play nice in order to gain the prize. This Dark Horse comic is written by the creator of Emily the Strange, Rob Reger, and Mariah Huehner, while the art is provided by Emily Ivie. A film adaptation of the character is currently in the works, with Chloe Grace Moretz pegged to star.
Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore have all signed on to reprise their X-roles as Rogue, Shadowcat and Iceman in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class. The trio last appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, the final installment in the "original" trilogy.