The Cosmic Triune: Secret Avengers



The Secret Is Out – Secret Avengers Is A Hit!

Over the last couple weeks I have been having conversations, regarding what happened to and what is happening with Marvel Cosmic, with Doug Smith of the Nova Prime Page and Bill Menesse, the CBN Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy reviewer quoted by Marvel in their press releases, solicits and catalogs.

This is the first in a series of opinionated articles, related to those discussions, that will focus on our various points relevant to Marvel Cosmic.

Our friends over at Newsarama posted the top ten sales for August with Secret Avengers #4 coming in at #5! That’s right, the Captain America led group of B-listers placed within the top ten once again. So far, the first issue debuted at #4, the second at #8, with the third at #10 (source: http://www.comichron.com). That’s a lot of readers following Steve Rogers, Beast, Black Widow, Valkyrie, Ant-Man, War Machine, Sharon Carter – and Richard Rider, Nova!

When Secret Avengers was first announced and Nova shown to assemble, Cosmic fans were split into basically two camps. On one hand, you had the readers that were ecstatic that guys like Nova were going to be exposed to a larger viewing audience through the likes of Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato! On the other hand, fans that had grown accustomed to their cosmic heroes…not getting treated as well(?)…in earth bound books, were a bit cautious to say the least (kids might read this, guys!).

Without getting into specifics, the cosmic crew is all too familiar with the head honchos at Marvel being pretty vocal about the “cosmic“ genre. You can decide for yourself if its good or bad. Regardless, everyone was excited.

Oh, to be honest I belonged to the latter group – hey, I am a Quasar fan after all. Can you blame me?!

It became known that Mr. Captain America himself, Ed Brubaker, was actually a fan of the Human Rocket. In an interview with Newsarama, Ed had this to say:

“Oh yeah, I was on Nova from, like, Issue #1. That was really book as a kid, I think. When I first discovered that book when I was a kid, I was so excited. Even in the early ’70s, it was rare that you could get in at the beginning of a series.

And you know, he’s not in the book as much as I would have liked him to be because he’s involved in so many other things. He’s in his own series and other comics.

So he’s got a really significant role in the first arc, but after that, it’s going to depend on what they let me do.”

That was excellent news for Nova fans! I seem to remember Doug being particularly excited about Secret Avengers in our episodes of the United Front – Going Knowhere Podcast.

Our boy was finally going to get a quality showing in a big time Marvel mainstream title – and an Avengers one to boot! Thousands and thousands of Marvel zombies would be first exposed to the likes of Rich and the Worldmind, not to mention the power that is the Nova Force!

Nova had just been placed on hiatus when the Secret Avengers announcement came – or close to it. This article isn’t going into specifics with the Nova monthly (that is for another article), but from our perspective Marvel knew what they had with Richard Rider and were trying their best to continue to “push” (promote) the hero of Annihilation. After all, Nova has been announced to be a member of the Super Hero Squad with season two, talk of a Nova movie, Nova being a part of the All Ages Marvel Adventures Super Heroes and more! Good times, ahead!

I think you can see where this is going.

I’m not going to rip apart the first arc of Secret Avengers (I’ll save it for the forums), though I am literally biting my lip, or fingers I suppose, to stop myself from doing so — because after reading Secret Avengers #4 I (we? everyone?) was just so darn disappointed.

Does Steve Rogers need another title to boost his credibility as being “the man” at Marvel? And at the expense (at least in my opinion) of a lesser selling, not as popular, recently canceled character who, right now, could use one hell of a push!

Cap is already in an abundance of titles, took Norman out in Siege (where was Pete?!), is head of the entire world, starring in two blockbuster movies, has been on CNN — on and on.

Marvel, you have a great opportunity with Secret Avengers to really promote and introduce a group of lesser known characters to a HUGE audience. SA tie-in, Vengeance of Moon Knight #10, sold out (Where the d’ast was Nova’s?)!

Let’s give these characters a little time of their own to shine. Let’s continue to build up the Marvel Universe. Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Deadpool, The Incredible Hulk, Iron-Man and why not: Ant-Man! Moon Knight! Nova! Heck, while we are at it – Quasar!

That’s all I’m saying.


Green Lantern Movie: Bzzd


Check out the Green Lantern Corps member Bzzd!

Courtesy of our friends over at Comic Book Movies, here is a look at the little bugger from the upcoming Green Lantern movie scheduled to light our darkest day on June 17th 2011!

Apparently a favorite of director Martin Cambell, Bzzd appeared in the comics taking down Guy Gardner and Mongul! The little guy also saved Kilowog from infected Yellow Lantern spores. Sadly, he met his fate while battling Mongul during the “Rinquest Affair” where he attacked Mongul from the inside. Last seen (I believe) as one of the Black Lanterns, who will Bzzd bug in the Green Lantern Movie?!

Be sure to check out our Green Lantern -Core- movie hub with all the GL news in one location!


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Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes!



The Thanos Imperative #3 hits today featuring what may be the Cosmic Avengers!

Our very own Byron Brewer and Bill Meneese put together featured reports on each of the Cosmic Assemblers.

Here they are assembled in one easy to find page:

Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes: Nova

Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes: Silver Surfer

Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes: Quasar

Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes: Gladiator

Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes: Beta Ray Bill

Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes: Ronan



The Thanos Imperative #4 Teaser: The Final Assault


Michael Goldenberg Writer On Green Lantern Movie Sequel


Variety.com reports that Michael Goldenberg has been hired by Warner Bros. to write the screenplay to the sequel for the Green Lantern movie.

“Goldenberg performed a rewrite on the script for “Green Lantern,” which just wrapped shooting in Louisiana with Donald De Line producing and Martin Campbell directing. Ryan Reynolds stars as DC Comics superhero who’s part of the Green Lantern Corps.”

The Green Lantern movie is due in theaters June 17th 2011!

Be sure to check out our Green Lantern -Core– movie hub with all the GL news in one location!


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Mark Strong on Sinestro’s Look in Green Lantern Movie



We have an idea or two of what Ryan Reynolds’ as Green Lantern will look like and a couple weeks ago at the 2010 Comic-Con we got a tease regarding Sinestro’s.

Mark Strong, the actor playing the sinister leader of the Yellow Lanterns (comics), had more to say on the look of Sinestro in the Green Lantern movie, courtesy MTV News. Strong said make-up and prosthetics will be used from the head up and for the suit — CGI. He mentioned people will be delighted as Sinestro will look the way he does in the comics.

Here is the video and be sure to check out our Green Lantern -Core- movie news hub!


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Out Of The Chaos King Comes Order: Interview With Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente

This October the fate of all space and time will be decided when Chaos War begins written by Grek Pak and Fred Van Lente with art by Khoi Pham.

This five issue limited series described as “bigger than the Infinity Gauntlet” and “more cosmic than Annihilation” sees the re-formation of the God Squad, this time consisting of Hercules, Thor, Amadeus Cho, Sersi, Hellstorm, Venus, the cosmic heavy weights Galactus and the Silver Surfer, with the added support of the family of Hulks.

The foe they face may be the Universe’s most dangerous threat — ever. Mikaboshi, the demonic god of evil, wishes to wipe out existence using an army of enslaved space gods.

Cosmic Book News spoke with the writers behind Chaos War, Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, who discussed Hercules, Amadeus Cho, Thor, Mikaboshi the Chaos King, the cast of characters involved and a tease regarding the return of a certain fan favorite cosmic character…a Starlin original? Plus more.

CosmicBookNews: Can you tell us a bit about the Chaos King? With the Silver Surfer and Galactus involved, he must pose a pretty big threat, more so than we have seen of him as Mikaboshi? (Chaos King being Mikaboshi‘s true form finally revealed?) Galactus is said to be from before the Big Bang. Does the Chaos King predate that and is that why Galactus takes notice?

Fred Van Lente: Yes, you are correct – According to Japanese mythology, Amatsu-Mikaboshi is the Void that pre-dated all existence. All existence, even the universe that Galactus originates from. In his original, Terran form, he laid waste to Olympus and killed Zeus in the ARES mini-series.

Since then, and his departure from Earth in Secret Invasion, he has taken over the realm of the Skrull gods and has been engorging himself on the pantheons of other alien races – including the Shi’ar, as seen in Assault on New Olympus. So he is more powerful than ever before – arguably, he’s the most dire threat the Marvel Universe has ever faced.

Greg Pak:  Most supervillains want to rule the world, or maybe the universe.  Not return all existence to the chaos and darkness that existed before creation itself.  The Chaos King is a whole new kind of threat.

Will the Lion Of Olympus have changed since we last saw him? At times we see Herc with a beer in one hand and a girl in the other; will this responsibility of leading the heroes give us a “different” Herc?

FVL: Yes, he will be radically changed. But I don’t want to give away the ending of the current Heroic Age: Prince of Power mini-series to say exactly how.

GP: Let’s just say the entire universe will have to reassess its opinion of Herc.

The newly-crowned Prince of Power, Amadeus Cho, is shown still holding Hercules’ Mace. What part will he take in the coming drama? Will he go back to the “sidekick” role or has he come into his own as of late?

FVL: No, Amadeus is officially the new Prince of Power. When Herc returns he’ll either be demoted to playing second fiddle to Cho … or maybe he’ll be promoted…

In regards to Thor, seeing how he has also faced Mikaboshi, what will his role be? (Judging from the cover of issue one, he and Herc still need to settle their differences.)

FVL: Yes, and you’ll need to read Chaos War #1 to see just how those differences work themselves out. Thor is second only to Herc in being Chaos War’s major character. Big things are involved with him and I’m interested to see the reaction when they’re rolled out.

The family of Hulks will be wrapping their own cosmic battle up with Hiro-Kala in “Dark Son” when they find themselves involved in the Chaos War. Will we be seeing a lot of “Hulk Smashing?”

GP: Absolutely.  Who better than a family of Hulks to throw at a bunch of insane demons and gods?  The Hulks will be fighting the critical second front in the Chaos War against the kind of enemies only the strongest ones there are have a prayer of defeating. Get ready for some mind-bendingly Marvelicious abstract entity exploration as well as a wrenching emotional rollercoaster as the fight gets more personal and brutal than the Hulks ever anticipated.

Although the Chaos War involves the Gods, it also has a Cosmic flavor in that heavy-hitters like Galactus, the Silver Surfer and Sersi will be involved. Are there any other denizens of Marvel Cosmic coming into play along the way, and will this adventure have a mythical feel or a cosmic climate (ala Bob Layton’s recent Herc work)?

FVL: Why yes, several in fact that have not been announced yet – including one whose return cosmic fans have been clamoring for for some time.

GP:  Pip the Troll!  Kidding.  Although now that I think about it…

Can you elaborate at all on any of the other characters in the Marvel Universe that might be involved in the coming Chaos War? We can see members of the Fantastic Four are present, the Avengers and even the X-Men.

GP:  It’s a big, fat story that affects everyone.  Plenty of cameos and starring roles to go around.

Will Lord Chaos and Master Order be involved in this tale or any of the other Marvel abstracts? What about the Celestials or any of the other Eternals such as Ikaris or Makkari?  

GP:  At least one Marvel abstract plays a key role in the “Incredible Hulks” tie-in.  And Sersi plays a huge role on the new God Squad, which debuts in “Chaos War” #2.

What was your inspiration for this current God Squad story arc? Was this something planned from the beginning of Incredible Hercules or did it come about recently?

GP:  Fred and I have been planning this story from the beginning.  Many of the smaller details have shifted around as we’ve developed the tale and the exact timing of everything came together fairly recently, but this is the big massive crossover event we’ve been itching to write for ages.

That being said, it’s entirely accessible to brand new readers.  If you’re hungry for epic Marvel cosmic crossover craziness, we’re ready to heap your plate.

Any connection at all between this and ongoing Thanos Imperative, since some of the same characters are involved on a cosmic stage?

GP:  For fear of spoilers, our lips are sealed.

Thanks for your time. Looking forward to the Chaos War!

Chaos War #1 and #2 hit this October! Look for it!


Green Lantern Movie SDCC ’10 Posters

Warner Bros. has released the four Green Lantern movie character posters from the 2010 Comic-Con International held this past weekend in San Diego.

We see Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Mark Strong as Sinestro and Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond – and the GL oath!

The Green Lantern movie is set to hit theaters June 17, 2011.

Thanks to Spinoff.com for the images!

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SDCC ’10: Green Lantern Movie and Press Conference Panel



At the 2010 Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. held two live panels: The Green Lantern Movie panel which was for general audiences and a special press only Green Lantern press panel. The following recap is condensed from Newsarama (Press Only) and Screen Rant’s (Public) live feeds. Green Lantern hits on June 17th 2011. Check out a list of related articles here at Cosmic Book News after the recap and be sure to check out our Green Lantern Core movie hub featuring all the latest news!

Green Lantern Panel (public)

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!

The Green Lantern oath is recited with the Green Lantern comic book writer and Green Lantern movie creative consultant, Geoff Johns, coming to the stage!

Panelists include: Ryan Reynolds (Hal Jordan/Green Lantern), Blake Lively (Carol Ferris), Peter Sarsgaard (Hector Hammond), Mark Strong (Sinestro), Martin Campbell, Donald DeLine and Greg Berlanti.

Some movie footage is shown of special effects including some off-world scenes, the ring and aliens. Reynolds mentioned he wasn’t too familiar with Green Lantern so he looked to Han Solo for a bit of inspiration. He stated he met with Director Martin Cambell to discuss the character.

Cambell mentions the costume featured in Entertainment Weekly is not complete; that it is a “work in progress.” He says its more of a “skin” and less of a “costume.” (Editor’s Note: Makes sense as the ring creates the “costume” in the comic I believe.)

Producer Donald Deline talks about the planet Oa, home of The Guardians, and that we will see 3600 Green Lanterns in action!

There are only three weeks of shooting left and Reynolds mentions its been really hot in New Orleans (GL movie location).

On to audience question and answer with a fan asking how Reynolds got involved. It was said he saw the concept art Director Martin Cambell provided and “begged for the part.”

Again to Reynolds with a young audience member asking how it felt to say the GL oath. Reynold’s recites the oath revealing the Green Lantern ring he is wearing! He gives it to an audience member who had a sheet of paper under their chair.

Green Lantern Panel (press)

Director Martin Cambell begins by telling the press audience about the story; that it is pretty straight-forward and how the ring works (willpower).

Reynolds tells them he read the Secret Origins GL comics as the movie is about the origin and Geoff Johns told him its compared to Star Wars. Again he mentions the weather in New Orleans and says the motion capture suit (GL’s costume is all CGI) makes it hot. The talk about the GL mask – apparently not CGI and that it fits him well, which was created by an “effects house.”

Regarding voice casting for characters such as Kilowog, its too early in production to discuss that.

Now to Mark Strong as Sinestro! Strong comments on the character, “…an incredibly organized and fearless component of the Green Lantern Corps. He basically guides Hal Jordan through the training process.” He says Sinestro and Hal have a few confrontations in the movie and that he tests Hal because he is human; Sinestro does not feel humans can handle the Corps. He mentions a scene with Kilowog where they put Jordan through a rigorous test which leads to one.

Blake Lively, playing Carol Ferris, talks about her stunts and use of the “Matrix rig” – a gyroscopic harness 20 feet high that made her nauseous.

Pete Sarsgaar, Hector Hammond in the movie, mentions his character with, “There’s a fine line between science and wishful thinking. I’ve thought about the guys who have stretched our thinking …guys like Carl Saagan..” He mentions he read more science-fiction than comics and continues, “I really thought of [Hammond] as a dreamer, in that sense.”

And that’s a wrap!


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SDCC ’10: Official Green Lantern Movie Logo


Warner Bros. revealed the “official” logo for the Green Lantern movie at the 2010 Comic-Con International held in San Diego earlier today.

A previous version was released, this one is a bit more updated. Check back to Cosmic Book News for a full update on the Green Lantern movie panel in a bit.

The Green Lantern movie is due out in theaters June 17th 2011 and stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Blakey Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond and Mark Strong as the villain, Sinestro!

Thanks to Spinoff.com for the heads up!


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SDCC ’10: Thor Movie: First Look At Destroyer


Marvel.com has released an image of the Destroyer armor from the Thor movie!

Today on the SDCC Thor movie set, Director Kenneth Branagh revealed the Odin forged armor to all!

No word yet on what role the Destroyer will play.

Check out Marvel.com for more!

“Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the epic adventure “Thor” spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard.  At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war.  Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment.  Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.”


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It’s Not Your Fault: The DnA Interview

Marvel’s latest cosmic event, The Thanos Imperative, exploded on to the scene with two sell-out titles, The Thanos Imperative: Ignition #1 (Brad Walker art) andThe Thanos Imperative #1, from the stellar creative team of Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (DnA) and artist Miguel Sepulveda.

Issue #2 hit a couple of weeks ago and fans erupted at the site of the Galactus Engine face-to-face against the Marvel Universe’s most powerful. An almost fully powered mad Titan was shown incinerating the Fault Universe’s own Defenders.

Last week, Marvel released a teaser for the upcoming Thanos Imperative #3 featuring the “Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes.” Side by side stood the Silver Surfer, Nova, Quasar, Gladiator, Ronan and one recent addition: Beta Ray Bill, the Asgard-eque Korbinite.

The San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) begins this weekend with DnA as panelists on Thursday’s Mondo Marvel panel. Cosmic Book News caught up with the Cosmic Duo as they prepared to head Stateside.

We asked a few questions regarding the recent events in The Thanos Imperative, their thoughts on Nova in Secret Avengers and because fans demanded it, Captain Marvel.

Cosmic Book News: Will we be learning how Aegis and Tenebrous came back to life and how they made their peace with Galactus?

DnA: The great “Cosmic Abstracts” move in mysterious ways. Their mortality does not operate the way ours does. We may not explicitly see how they came back to “life,” we just know that the threat of the Cancerverse is so great, any animosity between them and Galactus is shelved for the time being.

Cosmic Book News: Speaking of the Cancerverse, as Thanos gets his power back will we be seeing more of the Many-Angled Ones’ “heroes” trying to stop him?

DnA: That’s a big yes. Yes, indeed!

Cosmic Book News: What can you tell us about the “Galactus Engine,” an entity (?) that seems to dwarf Galactus and the Abstracts as they dwarf us?

DnA: Essentially, as you might suspect, it’s the Cancerverse’s version of Galactus, but bio-engineered by the Many-Angled Gods of the outer dark into an even more extraordinary and apocalyptic mechanism of cosmic annihilation.

Cosmic Book News: It is thrilling that you are adding another cosmic champion, Beta Ray Bill, to the mix with this war against the forces of the Cancerverse. How will this cosmic Thor doppelganger work into the saga? What can you tell us about the “Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes?”

DnA: In the middle of the extreme frontline battle, Nova finds he needs a small but elite strike force of very heavy hitters for a very specific purpose. Those are the guys he calls up.  What happens next is pure cosmic wow.

Cosmic Book News: Have you been reading Secret Avengers?  What do you think about Nova being part of that team?

DnA: Yes, we have. It’s great, and it’s really nice to see him as part of such an illustrious team, properly recognizing his first division status.

Cosmic Book News: Lastly, anything to say regarding Mar-vell?

DnA: Mar-Vell was one of our favorite cosmic heroes, and we always wanted to have him feature in a story. However, his death was so amazing, one of the all-time best comic book deaths and one of those very few that should NEVER be undone. So it occurred to us that he would make the perfect villain: his Cancerverse self demonstrates how he and the universe itself would have altered if his life and death had run along a different course.

Cosmic Book News: Thanks for your time! Great interview!

Look for “The Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes” in The Thanos Imperative #3 in stores August 11!


RELATED: DnA Crank Things Up: The Thanos Imperative: Igntion


Thor Movie: First Look At Thor And Odin


has released a first look at Thor and Odin from the upcoming Thor movie which is due in theaters May 6th 2011!

Thor is played by actor Kenneth Branagh and Odin by the legendary Anthony Hopkins!

Look for more news to storm out of the upcoming SDCC!


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Thor Movie: Asgard Revealed!


The L.A. Times published a new image from the Thor movie featuring the hallowed hallways of Asgard!

Various gods are shown including Loki played by Tom Hiddleston, Frigga played by Rene Russo, Hogun being played by Tadanobu Asano and Fandral  by Joshua Dallas.

The Thor movie is set to hammer into theatres on May 6th 2011!

Image courtesy of our friends over at CBR.


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