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Black Panther: Man Without Fear
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:18
Written by Comic Booked
The secrets out and the backlash is already spreading across message boards everywhere, but with backlash comes support however less of the latter.
In what seems to be out of left field and a shock, Black Panther(T’Challa) will be taking the place of Daredevil(Matt Murdock) as the man without fear. How exactly does the king of the jungle fit in with hells kitchen? We have no idea yet, but this December we find out. The question is, how much will Wakanda play into this? And what will happen to the hand? That all remains to be seen but as fans confusion on marvels shocking announcement continues to grow, we have to think of change and drastic ones that marvel has gone through and done in the past.
Bucky taking over for Captain America
When it came to replacements Ed Brubaker set up clever, and groundbreaking story lines in the Captain America mythos by not only bringing Bucky Barnes back from what we assumed was the dead, but he successfully turned him into a modern day Captain America. Armed with a pistol, updated costume and new attitude Barnes pushed the limits as Captain America, and we got some pretty damn good stories written by Brubaker, reinvigorating the Captain America franchise.
Shuri accepts the Black Panther mantle
Results of an attack by Doctor Doom, T’Challa was left unable to carry on the mantle of Black Panther, so he passed the costume and the responsibility to Shuri.The solicitations and mystery surrounding who would be the new Black Panther were enough to keep fans interested until the initial reveal that it was just his sister.
Clint Barton becomes Ronin
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Clint Barton joins the New Avengers and becomes Ronin taking the mantle from Maya Lopez also known as Echo.
Avengers replaced by Dark Avengers
The team brought on by Norman Osborn to become the New Avengers. It became increasingly popular and offered some insight to how things would be done from the other side
Venom Symbiote seeks out Mac Gargan
After the days of Eddie Brock the Symbiote (which to me is the most dangerous thing in the Marvel U) MacDonald “Mac” Gargan the villain formerly known as Scorpion became the new Venom.
With what looks to be a short run, the question of why not make Daredevil someone closer to Matt Murdoch or the Daredevil legacy has been coming up. It does boggle the mind with choices like Clint Barton, Danny Rand, Ben Affleck (haha) and even Moon Knight, with Falcon being the most logical and fan favorite to choose, we get Black Panther.
It’s an old idea that worked in the past, that will be tested again and hopefully doesn’t become an idea that we will all want to forget (comics have plenty of them). Francesco Francavilla of Zorro fame will be taking care of the art with David liss covering the story.
There will always be fans that choose to take different sides, this is nothing new. The man without fear status quo changes in December. With the fans already questioning this bold move, we hope T’Challa doesn’t get eaten alive by Hells Kitchen. Cause the fact is, he may have been King of the Jungle, but being the King of New York will always be a title reserved for Matt Murdoch.
Zach Howard gets Comic Booked!!!
Monday, 13 September 2010 20:16
Written by Comic Booked
It is easily said that one of the top sought after artist is Zach Howard, constantly working on something new and putting out amazing artwork which screams out and should be seen all over, Howard is going to be real busy the next few months and we take some time to talk to him and find out why.
IZZY: Can you give us a brief run down of some of your past work?
ZACH HOWARD: Hmm, I think I’ve pretty much worked for everyone at some point. I first started with a few Image books and bounced around some indie companies. The first paying comic gig I ever did was actually a Hellboy Resource Manual. Then I got picked up by DC and Vertigo. I jumped over to IDW and did Shaun of the Dead which really helped my career. As I bounced around the industry doing covers and short stories, I eventually got Sean Murphy and my Outer Orbit book picked up by Dark Horse. Then I worked for Marvel a bit. Last year I did the Aliens relaunch for Dark Horse and then found myself back at Marvel. Right now I’m working on an IDW book. Basically, I’ve worked for most of the companies out there. I’ve done album covers, covers for novels, and gaming art too. I’m pretty much a whore.
IZZY: Do you have any creator owned work of your own? Or ever thought of releasing your own projects?
ZACH HOWARD: Absolutely! Several years ago, Sean Murphy and I did our own book through Dark Horse called OUTER ORBIT. We had a blast doing it and we’ll eventually get together to do a sequel.
And to be perfectly honest, all I want to do is my own projects. The only reason I do other people’s books is to keep my bills paid. Every few years I like to suck it up and put out my own book, get poor doing it, and then crawl back to the safety of the big companies. My next creator owned book is called WILD BLUE YONDER and it’s coming out through Th3rd World.
IZZY: Will you be attending any Cons this year?
ZACH HOWARD: The only con I’m hitting for the rest of the year is NYCC. I have a table there, and I’ll be selling my crap!
IZZY: Is there a character you would love to draw? Who has been your favorite character over the years to draw?
ZACH HOWARD: I’ve drawn so many characters over the years, but the only one I have a definite desire to do again is the Hulk. Hopefully I can do a fun Hulk book someday. Maybe 48 pages of the Hulk punching the crap out of things.
Overall, Shaun of the Dead had the best cast of characters to draw, I’d have to say. However, I surprisingly enjoyed drawing Spiderman quite a bit! I never would have thought that… This is heavily contrasted with how little I enjoyed drawing Peter Parker though. What a whiny turd he is. Maybe I can have the Hulk punching him for 48 pages in my imaginary future book.
IZZY: Whats next on your agenda?
ZACH HOWARD: Well, I’m working on the Joe Hill book, and then going right into a two-part GI Joe story with Mike Raicht. After that I’m going to try and knock out a good chunk of my OGN. All the while drinking beer and being bitter.
CHECK OUT SOME OF ZACH HOWARDS WORK AT HIS D.A AND PERSONAL SITE.
Everyone has one in them, it’s that story that tugs at the heart and isn’t just a story for the purpose of telling one. We all have stories that are important to us and we need to get out, whether it’s in the form of poetry, song, dance, or even comics. Andy Schmidt former Marvel Editor and Current IDW editor takes on his own personal story.
5 days to die is a book of his that will be released each week in September with one week already down and the next issue #2 dropping in stores tomorrow. Mr. Schmidt takes some time out to get COMIC BOOKED and answer a few questions.
COMIC BOOKED: 5 Wednesdays in September and 5 issues, 1 each week. What made you go this route? And can you picture other publishers possibly mimicking the same ?
Andy Schmidt: To be fair, this isn’t the first time it’s been done. Weekly comics have existed before. I just needed a five-Wednesday month to fit the whole story in. Ultimately, I asked IDW to do it because it fits with the content of the comic. It’s fast-paced and takes place over five days, so I got as close to that in the release schedule as I could.I mentioned it to Chee, and he thought it was a fun idea. I was a little worried that Chee’s name wouldn’t be out as much or for as long as we would like, but he didn’t even blink at it. He liked the idea right off the bat.Will other publishers do it? I think Marvel is doing it in the same month, aren’t they? I don’t think that anyone will do it to copy 5 DAYS TO DIE, they’ll do it for their own reasons if they do. Releasing weekly works for this because of the content, and that might apply to something else for another publisher down the line.
COMIC BOOKED: How long has this idea been brewing in your head? And what are you’re Inspirations for it?
Andy Schmidt: I probably wrote the first script about a year ago or maybe even a little more. But the idea had been rolling around for a while. I had the title early on, I had vague notions of what the story was or who the main character is, but it took time for me to get it to come together. Probably about two years total. I think when my son Cale was about one year old, was when I started pulling this all together, and he’s over three now.The inspiration in an odd way is my son. When he was born, I just had trouble connecting with him. It was really difficult. I felt guilty because everyone said I should feel this huge love and satisfaction with having a child, but I didn’t. I don’t know if I’m different from other people, but I really had to work at forming that father-son bond. And I did, and I love being Cale’s dad. But that is where this story comes from. It comes from that year of both loving my son dearly but not also not feeling connected. And that’s where Ray is. He loves his family. But he’s not connected to them the way he should be.Now he’s in a situation where he knows he’s got a time limit and he’s either going to start connecting or lose out on that relationship with his daughter forever. COMIC BOOKED: Is there a chance of seeing more from you after this is done? Do you have more stories or does that all depend on the success of these 5 issues?
Andy Schmidt: Definitely a chance. Non creator-owned, I’ve got a two-issue G.i. JOE series called G.i. JOE: FUTURE NOIR that’s heavily manga influenced coming out in November and December. Each issue is double-sized. It’s a complete reimagining of the G.I. JOE franchise, totally fun stuff. 5 DAYS TO DIE is pretty heavy, and this was something I could just do crazy and fun stuff with. It was nice to write it while writing 5 DAYS. More creator-owned? I’ve got some more stories left in me, but this really is exhausting and I’ve got two full-time jobs right now, I’ve got my comics editing gig at IDW and I run Comics Experience where I teach classes and lead workshops for comics creators. On top of that, my wife and I are expecting our second child in January, so I’m afraid finding time to write is a little tough at the moment.
But I sure hope so. I love writing. I can’t stay away from the keyboard for long…
Grant Morrison has given us a Batman and Robin that has been a book that has consistently kept my attention. Aside from the changing artist I have not been disappointed and each issue has been better than the next with some awesome cliffhangers. There are many reasons to have rotating artist on certain books, whether its to keep the books coming out on time or to just keep the look and feel of the book interesting. So here is a look at the rotating artist, on the book that if you aren’t reading you should give a shot.
Frank Quitely (Issues 1-3)
Other work(WE3/New X-Men/All Star Superman)
Other work(Ironman/Spawn/Uncanny X-Men)
Other work(Sin Titulo/The Other Side/HellBlazer)
Other work(AQUAMAN/R.E.B.E.L.S/Batman Confidential)
Other work(Inhumans: Silent War/Days Missing)
At this point Morrison will hand the reins over to Peter J Tomasi, although it will be interesting. Its going to be a shame to see Morrison exit.
Patrick Gleason(17- TBA)
With the always change Batman history, its been a long journey. We have seen some great art, amazing panels, and some less than perfect but still really impressive pages. And although it would be nice to have Quitely or Stewart sign on for more than 3 issues at a time, its understandable other commitments and the need to keep the Batman and Robin book changing and interesting. So stick it out for the long haul, because the Bat books have been a must read.