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First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

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DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

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6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

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Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

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Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

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First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

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DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

First Look: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2


It’s the story that has the whole industry talking – and it’s unfolding right before your eyes! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, the next can’t miss chapter from blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli! Riri Williams has built her own homemade Iron Man armor, and now she has an A.I. to help her – the downloaded consciousness of Tony Stark himself! With Tony Stark mentoring her (okay, a version of Tony Stark) she can’t lose right? Let’s just say Riri Williams just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever…if she survives the experience first. Easier said than done! Don’t miss the highly anticipated next issue when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 21st!

Missed Riri’s first outing? Be there when INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 returns to comic shops with a new printing on December 28th!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 (OCT160862)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER (OCT160863)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (OCT160864)

ICX Variant by PASCAL CAMPION (OCT160865)

FOC – 11/28/16, On-Sale – 12/21/16

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 2nd PRINTING (OCT168098)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Erica Schultz Talks Hawkgirl

DC Comics recently launched a New Talent Development department in order to find and nurture new creators. Two workshops have taken place with Scott Snyder leading the classes for writers and Klaus Janson and Jim Lee met with artists.

This week, DC is releasing New Talent Showcase #1, an oversized one-shot with nine stories. Erica Schultz is writing a Hawkgirl story with art by Sonny Liew. We spoke with Erica to find out about her story.

Comic Vine: Did you get to choose which character to write?

Erica Schultz: I did. I had narrowed it down to a few other characters, but Shayera/Hawkgirl was the one I enjoy writing the most.

How do you see Shayera? What does the character mean to you?

Throughout the years, Shayera has had several origins, but I’m fond of the “alien cop/soldier from another planet” (not the resurrection story with Kendra) and the spin that the Justice League TV show had built on.

What are her greatest strengths or weaknesses?

Overall, her greatest strength is her determination and tenacity. If she has an idea in her head, she’ll relentlessly pursue it. That can be exploited, however, as we’ll see in this story. I’d also say that her arrogance toward humans is a weakness, as well. She underestimates us.

What’s the set up for your story?

This is the set up for the longer miniseries I wrote during the workshop: Having escaped a Thanagarian outpost just before its destruction, Shayera is discovered floating in space by a S.T.A.R. Labs satellite. She’s brought to Earth to be studied, but breaks out of the observation room to make a dramatic getaway. While in Chicago to lie low and get her bearings, she stumbles on a weapons smuggling ring that provides Thanagarian weaponry to several gang factions in the city.

What made Chicago the perfect setting for the story?

There are a few reasons why I chose Chicago. It’s not New York, Metropolis, or Gotham (though there’s references Gotham as Shayera is posing as a detective on loan from the GCPD). It can have the same grittiness as Gotham, but without the extra baggage of a million heroes already populating the city. Lastly, the Hawks, especially Katar Hol/Hawkman, have had stories set in Chicago, so I thought it was a nice homage to that.

Will we see any other familiar faces besides Hawkgirl?

If you read The New 52 Savage Hawkman, you’ll see one of the Great Old Ones from Thanagar. Later in the miniseries (not yet published), GCPD’s Harvey Bullock makes an appearance.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

6 Big Developments From Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, Episode 7 [Spoilers]

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns this week. We were left with a cliffhanger in Episode 6 when Robbie’s Uncle Eli revealed his true motives and some of the Agents paid the price for his actions. With everything going on, there’s going to be some big changes for Ghost Rider.

Warning: Spoilers for Season 4, Episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Deals With Our Devils,” will be discussed below.

Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie Are Stuck in Between Dimensions

When Eli Morrow put his plan into action, the shockwave from the experiment in the old facility sent Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie somewhere else. They’re still in the facility, but they can no longer communicate or interact with anyone. Fitz theorizes they’re in a state similar to when the ghosts were locked in the boxes. They’re trapped in between dimensions and are getting pulled down to somewhere. He figures they’re further down than Lucy and the other ghosts since they can’t interact with others.

Uncle Eli Is Completely Evil

Uncle Eli seemed like a good guy that did one bad thing. That’s what Robbie thought. Now that the experiment has been completed, he can create Dark Matter. As he decides to leave the facility, agents attempt to stop him. Eli creates huge spikes that pop out of the ground and kill the agents. Robbie tried stopping his uncle and warning the others but no one could hear him.

Simmons Investigates the Terrigenesis Cocoon Guy

Simmons was sent to investigate and analyze a person undergoing Terrigenesis. She’s surprised because it’s a quick process. She gets an even bigger surprise when she’s told this person has been in this state for seven months. When she asks who is inside, she’s told it’s classified. The concern is what will he become after the process is complete?

Simmons hears a heartbeat within the cocoon. She orders everyone out and removes her hazmat suit. She talks soothingly to reassure that they’re trying to help. Her approach works and the cocoon begins to crumble. She asks him what his name is, but before he can answer, a bag is thrown over her head and she’s removed.

Mack Turns Into Ghost Rider

Everyone assumes Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie died. Daisy tells Robbie’s brother, Gabe, that she doesn’t believe they’re gone. In his current state, Robbie can’t transform into Ghost Rider. He feels it fighting him and begins to get cold and weak. He calls out, but Ghost Rider goes into Mack. Mack goes after the gang members Eli worked with in order to figure out where he went. While fighting them, Ghost Rider takes over and he flames up.

Daisy took Robbie’s car in order to follow Mack. Robbie, in his ghost state, got in as well. When they find Mack/Ghost Rider, Robbie is finally able to talk to the spirit, face to face. He says they had a deal about getting vengeance. Robbie asks for a new one. If Ghost Rider settles Robbie’s desire for vengeance, he’ll help Ghost Rider settle all of his.

Aida Reads and Uses the Darkhold

May had her doubts about the disappearance of the others. With the Darkhold in her possession after Coulson told her to hide it, she takes it to Dr. Radcliffe. He glances inside and immediately shuts it, sensing its power. Aida suggests she reads the book. This forces Radcliffe to reveal to May that Aida is an LMD.

Aida processes the book and creates a gateway that allows Coulson and Fitz to return.

Mack Lost “Hope”

There’s likely to be some repercussions for Mack being a vessel for the Ghost Rider. Sitting alone, he stares at a photograph with “Hope 4/18/06” written on the back. Robbie appears through the gateway and asks Mack if he wants to help him settle his last score.

Our Thoughts

This episode delivered a lot of action. Some questions were answered, and new ones were introduced. It was interesting to see Ghost Rider enter Mack so easily. Being separated from Ghost Rider, it appeared Robbie was dying. Because he was revived in order to seek vengeance and become a vessel for Ghost Rider, it’s possible that once they go their separate ways, Robbie will return to being dead. If having a need for vengeance is a factor, what are Mack’s needs? We didn’t see who was in the picture. With the date, it’s likely it was a child. Perhaps it was his kid or a niece. If the child was killed or taken from him, that could lead to his repressed hunger for vengeance.

We finally saw Senator Nadeer’s brother in the Terrigenesis cocoon. We’ll have to wait to find out why he was undergoing the process for so long and what abilities he may have gained. Will he be based off an existing comic book character or a new one created for the show?

We’ll also have to wait to see if Robbie’s car will heal from the damage Daisy caused while driving it when he was separated from Ghost Rider, and how Aida is affected after reading the Darkhold. It looks like she’s taking on a project of her own while Radcliffe was in the other room.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

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