- I'm really looking forward to Marvel's World War Hulk storyline. I've been reading The Incredible Hulk ever since some of Marvel's hoighty-toightier "heroes" tricked him and exiled him to outer space, and I cannot wait for him to get back and smash the crap out of them. Especially Iron Man, who somehow turned into my new favorite Marvel villain over the course of the Civil War event. Anyway, the reason I'm bringing this up is that one of my favorite up-and-coming artists, Chris Moreno, is going to be drawing back-up features about a bunch of goofy superheroes trying out for Rhode Island's official, new superteam in the World War Hulk: Frontline mini-series. Which makes me even more excited about it all.
- I missed Oni's Northwest Passage mini-series the first time around, but promised myself that I'd catch it in the trade paperback collection. Looks like it's going to be a far prettier collection than I thought.
- I'm a big Captain Marvel fan. DC's "Shazam" one, not Marvel's outer-space hero one. Looks like 2008 is going to be a big year for him and his supporting characters, including an animated series and a new toy line.
- Speaking of which, Mary Marvel fans are in an uproar about her possible role in DC's upcoming Countdown series. Mary's always been a character who's remained unexploited by DC and folks are concerned that that's going to change in Countdown's "Seduction of the Innocent" storyline. Their fears aren't groundless, but I'm not ready to get out my torch and pitchfork just yet. One of the reasons that Mary's never been exploited by DC before is that frankly she hasn't been in their books a whole lot outside of the various Shazam series and an occasional guest-appearance. I'm not saying that I want her to become a dark and dirty character; I'm just not convinced yet that that's the ultimate plan DC has for her.
- Seen the new Pirates of the Caribbean trailer yet?
- Speaking of swashbuckling, you can now read the entire first issue of the excellent Black Coat mini-series online for free. There are also five-page previews of the other issues in the series.
- And in still more swashbuckling news, Michael Chabon's (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) new novel Gentlemen of the Road will be released in November from Del Rey. It features "a pair of wandering adventurers—swords for hire, horsethieves, flimflam artists, unlikely soul mates—who get caught up in the schemes and battles that follow a bloody coup in the great medieval Jewish empire of the Khazars."
- Kevin Smith's Green Hornet movie may not have gone anywhere, but that doesn't mean there won't be a Green Hornet movie.
- Dynamite Entertainment's giving a Zorro comic a shot. Zorro's a hero who sometimes works better for me in concept than in execution, but I'm looking forward to seeing their take on him.
- I think I heard about this a long time ago, but I'd forgotten that there's an Underdog movie in the works. Can't say I like the direction they went, but it looks like it's just about ready.
- Dark Horse Comics has released details about their plans to adapt Robert E. Howard's non-Conan material
- Civil War writer Mark Millar is known for making loud, self-hyping, and often controversial statements. Too bad they aren't always true. He recently claimed that his work on Civil War would spill over and benefit poor, little books like Captain America that "hasn’t sold over 45K in half a decade." Now, he speculates, "they’ll be regular 90K-plus books and even more for a little while." Only problem is, according to Captain America writer Ed Brubaker, "Cap 1, which came out two plus years ago, sold in the mid-70s, and the regular monthly book has been selling in the mid-50s since around issue 14, I believe." Not that Brubaker's claiming that Civil War won't help boost those numbers, but Captain America wasn't quite as beleaguered as Millar made it out to be.