Marvel announces new Thor – and she’s a lady

One of those things that the big comic companies do once in a while is take one of their big heroes and replace them with a new character.  Think of Bucky taking over for Captain America or Wally West becoming the Flash.  If you really want to upset me, you can bring up Jaime Reyes, but I really wish you wouldn’t.

Thor is a character who has had this happen a couple of times.  If you were reading in the 90′s, you might remember Thunderstrike, who had been Thor for a while.  The one with the beard.

The God of Thunder is getting another replacement this October when a new Thor series launches (or relaunches, hell I can’t keep up with Marvel’s numbering) and this time…wait for it…it’s a woman.

According to the big announcement:

THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.

My thoughts on it after the jump.

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Misleading covers

It’s not uncommon for a cover to not exactly be representative of what is contained in the issue.  Often you get what essentially is a poster, but these aren’t very misleading.  Slightly worse is the instance where you have an epic looking fight scene on the cover that features the main character and a guest character, and then you find out that they don’t really fight as much as the cover makes it seem. These are slightly misleading, but at least the guest character is in, the book and there is kind of a confrontation.  And then we have Guardians of the Galaxy #15.

Guardians of the Galaxy 15

That is Captain Marvel on the cover, with the phrase, “And now Captain Marvel” on the cover.  Guess who isn’t in this issue.  If you guessed Captain Marvel, you would be correct.  Now, I didn’t buy the issue because I thought Captain Marvel was in it, so I’m not angry about that.  I just have to question how something like this makes it through editorial.  Surely someone must think it’s a bad idea to feature a character on the cover, implying that she makes an appearance, and then not have her in the book at all. 

eXaminations, 6/4/14 releases

I will tell you one thing, fair reader – moving sucks.  There are few things I’d rather do less than move.  Used car shopping comes to mind.  Anyway, the dear lady love and I have just moved into our very first house.  Isn’t that exciting?  Be excited for us.

Anyway, now that I’m mostly settled in (not at all) I suppose it’s time to take a look at what came out this week.  Here’s what we’ll be looking out.

  • All-New X-Factor #9 in which we get some Gambit focus.
  • Amazing X-Men #8 in which we get new writers Kyle & Yost taking  over for Jason Aaron.
  • Amazing X-Men Annual #1 in which I make fun of Marvel for putting out a regular issue and an Annual on the same week.
  • Cyclops #2 in which I get to stop complaining about Corsair.

As always, there will be SPOILERS so if that bothers you, stop here.

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For those of you who haven’t heard yet, my little brother Sean died tragically last Wednesday. He was just 24 years old. The circumstances aren’t exactly clear, but I don’t want to focus on the way he died. I want to remember the way he lived.

Sean was brilliant, curious, adventurous, and hilarious. Even though I was the older brother by seven years, I could always learn new things from him. Being nearly a decade apart, we didn’t have a lot of common ground when we were kids; but we always had the bond of family. We grew up in Portland, in a shabby house with not a lot of money. Things got better, but we always remembered the tough times & the good times alike, and how all of it made us who we were. It was relying on each other that kept us going. Now that we were both on the common ground of adulthood, we were relating on a new level with new experiences. I was looking forward to many more years of it. We should have been old men, complaining about robot maids & these damn kids with their rocket boots.

Sean had moved to Texas nearly two years ago with his fiance so they could be closer to her family. Though we were several states apart, we were still close. On the few occasions a year which we’d see each other, it was as if we hadn’t been apart for a day. I could always count on Sean, wether it was to lend a helping hand, give some advice, or just to make me laugh.

I want to thank everyone who’s reached out to me & my family over the last week. The donations, assistance, and kind words have meant more than I can say. For the short time that Sean was here, he left a lasting impact on a lot of people. I’ve felt kind of empty these last few days, and I don’t know if that’s a feeling that’ll ever go away. Sean was always there to encourage me. He had more faith in me than I ever had in myself. I know my brother wouldn’t want me to sit around feeling sad for too long. There’s life to be lived, and I owe it to him to make it the best life possible.

I love you, brother. And I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life.

About Sean

In the wonderful escape from reality onto the colorful world of comics, death is nothing major.  Someone dies only to be gone for a few months or years with the expectation that eventually someone will come along and bring them right back to the norm.  Time loops, ray guns, magic spells – there’s always that wonder solution when the problem calls for it.

But in the far too horrible plane of reality, death is an absolute.  A horrible, tragic thing that can take a loved one far before their allotted time with no explanation or reason to it.  It’s not the logical step in an ongoing story.  It’s not the climax of an act that gets us turning the page.  It’s far too real – and it makes those of us that like to get lost in the imaginary worlds of comics and video games see that there is a harsh reality that causes us to need these escapes.

We here at Comicdom Wrecks! are mourning the tragic death of Casey’s little brother, Sean.  He was talented beyond belief, had a heart of gold, and always had a smile on his face.  The kid (always a kid, even into his 20′s) was amazing – and in the 19 years I knew him, I watched him grow from an adorable kid with a big head to a strapping young man who was simply awesome.  Every time I saw him, we greeted each other with a big hug as we continued the long running joke of declaring our love for one another.

As Casey and I plowed through our teenage years side by side, Sean was always there to get smacked around when we were trying out a new wrestling move, which of course stopped when he hit his growth spurt and put some muscle on and could easily outmaneuver the two lazy comic nerds.  But he laughed about it and always made us feel like we were still the big brothers over him and reminded us of the time we decided it would be a good idea to double powerbomb him onto a broken bed.

There simply aren’t words to describe this.  I want to scream to someone to make sense of it all.  I want to go run out to find the person with the magic spell that can make this better.  But we have to deal with what has happened and move on as best we can.  And we support Casey and his family in their time of anguish.

Goodbye, Sean.  I long for the day I get to see you again.

Adorably ugly

from Superman Unchained #6 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee

from Superman Unchained #6 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee

I imagine this being said in that soft, pleasant tone that people often talk to animals in.  Especially if they’re insulting them.  You know the voice.  Hell, you may have already done a few times today.  I know I have, though usually it’s directed at the pug we have.  I can’t help it, he’s just so….pugly.

Double Jeopardy for Jean Grey!

It’s a terrible feeling when someone holds something you did years ago against you as if it just happened.  It’s probably a worse feeling when someone holds something against you that you are going to do in the far future.  It’s one of those sci-fi deals that pop up – if you know someone is going to do something terrible in the near future, isn’t it your responsibility to stop them now?  Then there’s moral ambiguity and lots of running around, explosions, etc.

That is not what this story is about.

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A crossover between Guardians of the Galaxy and any team of X-Men might not be an obvious one, but with a movie coming out of pretty obscure characters, any kind of publicity is good publicity, and when it comes to Marvel characters, X-Men and Avengers are about as high-profile as it gets.  So here we are – space story with the X-Men so the Guardians can get some spotlight time.

The problem here is that there’s really no reason for the X-Men to be getting a space story.  Sure, the Shi’ar are originally X-Men creations, but they’ve since parted ways, especially now that Marvel went through this big long story to make the Phoenix Force a non-entity.  So instead, we get something kind of stupid.

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