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Out Now: “The Superior Spider-Man” #1 (1/2013)

Welcome to the Marvel NOW! Universe the premiere issues of “The Superior Spider-Man” which comes about a month after the cancellation of the long running “The Amazing Spider-Man” title that ended last December with issue #700.

Comic - Superior Spider-Man 1

So you all know a bit more about the premise of this new series, I have taken it from the official Wikipedia page of the title to bring you up to speed. Check it out.


“The Superior Spider-Man is an ongoing comic book series published by Marvel Comics that debuted in January 2013 as part of Marvel NOW!. The series is written by Dan Slott with artwork by Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos, and Giuseppe Camuncoli. It features a reformed Otto Octavius who has taken over Peter Parker’s body and, having allowed Peter to die in Octavius’ body but being affected by Peter’s memories, is determined to be a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was, and a better man than Otto Octavius. The title replaces the long running series The Amazing Spider-Man, after the conclusion of the “Dying Wish” storyline, as the core Spider-Man book.”

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Personally speaking I think that this is a wild premise for sure and since I grew up on the classic tales of the Web-Slinger and Peter Parker, I hope that his death was not exactly as it seemed and we find him back in the red and blue costume once again. I’ll likely be checking out this title when several issues are collected into a trade paperback or something but based on collecting space and time will not be able to snag each and every issue as it hits the stands in that fashion. What do you fans of Spider-Man think of this new and very different direction and the new premise? I will leave the comments open for you to offer up those views. I look forward to hearing from you about it.

Official Website: http://www.marvel.com

Out Today: “Star Wars” #1 by Dark Horse Comics

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away……(sound the trumpets and orchestral flourish in your head)

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Out Today: “Amazing Spider-Man” #700

Comic - Amazing Spider-Man 700

Today is the day that Marvel Comics’ own “The Amazing Spider-Man” title reaches its 700th issue and believe it or not, but after fifty years of continuous publication it will be its last as well. Now there have been numerous posted spoilers as to what is happening in the pages of the book so I will not be one of those who ruins it for other fans. I have read these spoilers and am a bit confused by the plans of writer Dan Slott but hey, it will surely be an interesting ride for sure and one that most readers never saw coming. I’ll admit that I have not been following this and many other titles as religiously as I used to but I did want to toast its achievement of 700 issues and can honestly admit that they had me along for the ride for many, many years.

A brand new Spider-Man saga and direction will begin next month with the premiere of “The Superior Spider-Man” and if you are wondering what the idea behind that rather grandiose title actually is, then you will just have to stay tuned and read it for yourself. It is a part of the brand new Marvel NOW initiative which is that company’s version of the couple of years old DC Comics “The New 52” efforts. Until then let’s get ready to say goodbye to 2012 and to a thrill ride and a half of the past fifty years of “The Amazing Spider-Man”.

Official Website: http://www.marvel.com

Opening Today: “The Hobbit: A Unexpected Journey” (12/14/2012)

Poster - The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey - 2012

Back in 2001, director Peter Jackson adapted and assembled the epic adventure by J.R.R. Tolkien called “The Lord Of The Rings”. This was a massive three book tale and lucky for all its fans, each book would get its own film and flow seemlessly into each other since many parts were shot at the very beginning. Years after the celebrated films had run their course the world wondered if Jackson would approach the story that began the whole thing in 1937 “The Hobbit” and lucky for us – he did. Of course this story would also be broken up into three chapters and while I am not too keen on that (since it was only one book in the first place) I will sit back and let Mr. Jackson entertain me. That being said, this film opens up today and here is a rundown of the cast. Will you be seeing this film? I know that I plan to as soon as possible and I ask should any of you early viewers do so, that you please do not post spoilers. Yes I read the book but still, you know what I mean.
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Check Out The Trailer for “Pacific Rim” (2013)

I am only just now hearing about this film, but after seeing the trailer I just had to toss it into a posting to help broadcast it and line out my excitement about what it is. Please tell me I am not alone in the being unaware about this one. If not, oh well, I guess that happens from time to time.

The film will come courtesy of Guillermo del Toro and find the world attacked by giant monsters or Kaiju if you are up on your Japanese monster lore (you know, Godzilla, Ghidrah, Gamera etc). The only to defend our world from this menace is to create monsters of our own in the form of giant robots that are controlled by trained soldiers. I have to say that this one reminds me of the Voltron stuff, Shogun Warriors and obviously the Gundam Wing adventures so it should be super cool. Check out the trailer below and let me know what your thoughts or expectations are for the film. I will admit that I am already more interested in this one than the upcoming “Man Of Steel” film.

Official Website: http://pacificrimmovie.warnerbros.com/