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Netflix Adapting ‘Irredeemable’ and ‘Incorruptible’

Netflix announces it is adapting Mark Waid and Boom Studios Irredeemable and Incorruptible, which are comic books that offer a different take on the Superman and Batman stories. BAFTA Film Award winner Jeymes Samuel (The Harder They Fall) is set to direct a film adaptation of the Boom! Studios’ graphic novel series Irredeemable and its …

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Ant-Man Writer To Direct Mark Waid’s Irredeemable

It’s announced Mark Waid and Peter Krause’s “Superman-gone-bad” story, Irredeemable, from BOOM! Studios is getting adapted into a feature film by Fox Studios.

Deadline reports Ant-Man writer and Oscar award winner Adam McCay is attached to direct the Irredeemable movie with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters writer-director Tommy Wirkola writing the script.

BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are producing with Gary Sanchez’s McKay and Kevin Messick. Adam Yoelin is co-producer for BOOM!

I’ve read every issue of Irredeemable, which is a great read. The series kicked off back in 2009 featuring The Plutonian, who is basically a Superman gone bad — really bad! I wouldn’t be surprised if Irredeemable gets an R-rating. I’ve been wondering if Hollywood was ever going to get to another Superman-type of movie. I thought Mark Millar’s Superior might be the first, but it doesn’t appear to be so.

Congrats to BOOM!, Waid and Krause.

You can order the Irredeemable graphic novel through Amazon. Here’s the description:

When the Plutonian, the world’s greatest superhero, snaps and turns into the world’s greatest villain, only his former teammates have a chance at stopping his rampage. But while on the run from the world’s most powerful and angry being, will these former teammates discover his secrets in time? How did he come to this? What became of the hope and promise once inside him? What happens to the world when its savior betrays it? What makes a hero irredeemable? An apocalyptic superhero tale by the author of Empire and multiple Eisner Award winner Kingdom Come! 

Mark Waid is one of comics’ favorite storytellers, having amassed a long list of critically acclaimed hits in his 20-year career and writing such iconic characters as Superman, Captain America, Batman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. Waid earned a legion of fans because his stories tended to ground seemingly infallible heroes, and in titles like DC’s Kingdom Come, Gorilla Comics’ Empire, and BOOM! Studios’ own Irredeemable, he showed the other side of what it’s like to wear the capes and tights. We are proud to present Waid’s award-nominated Irredeemable in a new collection of oversized, deluxe hardcovers for existing and new fans to enjoy!

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Review: Daredevil #1

Mark Waid certainly puts ol’ Hornhead through his paces in the relauched Daredevil #1, which sees our hero with the now publicly known identity (are there ANY secrets left in the Marvel U.?) relocated to his other old home, San Francisco.

But this is not Gerry Conway’s San Francisco and Tasha is no where to be found, as DD discovers when he has to swing in the less-than-concrete canyons of sunny California. Lucky his billy club did not die of shock a couple times.

This book certainly is built for the vaunted new reader, but unlike many other properties it does not dumb itself down to cater to that clientele. Instead, it just intros this blind hero in a most interesting way (hope to see more moments like this opening sequence) and then tells both new and veteran readers to “hang on!”

As I said, from rescuing a kidnapped girl to discovering the watch sounds DD followed represented not a watch but instead a micro-bomb INSIDE the girl, Waid takes us on a fast and furious race for salvation, with some “new city” comedy along the way.

The book has lost nothing since the volume that just closed, also written by Waid, nor has artist/co-storyteller Chris Samnee lost any of his expressive, inventive, very eye-appealing ability to carry Waid’s (and, I guess, his own) ideas forward with frenetic passion. That splash telling DD’s origin? I want it as my new wallpaper! Cool!

This is a book for the ages, and one of the great “runs” of our time. I intend to hunker down and enjoy it while it lasts. And the last pages? Shocker!

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Review: Daredevil #36 (Waid and Samnee)

Matt Murdoch’s words, just simple words, under oath in this book set the whole tone for the entire run by the great Mark Waid and Chris Samnee.
 
Like Conway and Colan, Frank Miller and others before them, Wade and Samnee have truly made this volume of Daredevil a treat for the soul and the mind. It has redefined ol’ Hornhead such as no one since Miller himself!
 
Having been a reader when Frank Miller first got to this book and what it later became under his guidance, I must admit that I was skeptical about this kinder, gentler and adventurous DD, almost a throwback to his original days and the yellow suit.
 
But I was wrong. This great drama, both for the Man Without Fear and for the Lawyer Without Peer, has been one of my great adventure after another.
 
So it is with the tone of Daredevil #36. It is not really so much an ending, although the Serpent Society arc does get very neatly tied up, but a beginning for DD and Matt in San Francisco.
 
And the words Matt Murdock says under oath on the stand certainly set the tone for what is to come to California.
 
As a reader, I am excited. After you read Daredevil #36, you will be too.
 
See you in Frisco in Daredevil #1!
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Exclusive: Hornhead hits the Left Coast in Mark Waid’s new Daredevil

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Wrapping up attorney Matt Murdock’s stay (and thus Daredevil’s) in the Big Apple in dramatic fashion in Daredevil #36, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee head west, young man, for the Conway corner of the Marvel U., San Francisco. But this isn’t your daddy’s City by the Bay.

To get the latest – from the reason for a relaunch and new #1 to what will the future holds for ol’ Hornhead, CBN M.E. Byron Brewer exclusively journeyed (coach!) to California and found writer Mark Waid at a trendy sushi bar. This is the report Brewer filed. 

Cosmic Book News: So, Mark, why a relaunch of a title after just 30-some issues? Another “jump on” gimmick?

Mark Waid: HA!  No “gimmick,” I promise–just the beginning of a whole new approach to the book and the mythology of Daredevil, so it seemed like a good demarcation. Deciding if and when to reboot numbering is, as a writer, a decision made way above my pay grade, but in this case, I think it’s a decision with integrity.

CBN: Your take on DD has certainly been popular. Beside the move to San Francisco (and longtimers have been there with Matt and Natasha before), what will be different in the All-New, All-Different Daredevil mag?

Mark Waid: Much. Where’s Foggy? Whatever happened to that guy? How does a born-and-bred blind New Yorker make his way around a city like San Francisco with ease? What’s going on with Daredevil’s powers? Who is the new woman in his life? Time has passed since the end of the previous series, and much has changed for Matt–and we’re unspooling information gradually, not immediately.

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CBN: Will we see any West Coast crimefighters? How will they feel about DD’s arrival?

Mark Waid: We will, in issues two and three.  One more obscure, half-forgotten one. And he is NOT happy with Daredevil’s arrival.

CBN: New supporting characters, or perhaps old friends from Gerry Conway’s San Fran run?

Mark Waid: No one yet specifically pulled from Gerry’s run (though eventually), but a Deputy Mayor who acts as Matt Murdock’s liaison to the local authorities–and she’s got some interesting secrets.

CBN: Tasha is hot today. Any chance of a nostalgia appearance under your pen of the Black Widow?

Mark Waid: In fact, Javier Rodriguez, who’s our colorist and who’s drawing the fiftieth anniversary issue, asked the very same–and I’m happy to oblige. (Editor’s note: Natasha will be wrestling with nostalgia in her own visit to San Francisco in issue #7 of the new “Black Widow” series!)

CBN: Who are some of the crime kings DD will face, if you can give us a hint?

Mark Waid: We’re way overdue for the return of the Owl, but Chris Samnee and I are revamping him with the same sort of grit and intensity with which Frank Miller reinvented Kingpin back in the day. And you’ll be shocked at who he brings with him.

CBN: What are the greatest new challenges that will threaten Matt Murdock?

Mark Waid: Now that his identity is public knowledge? There are threats around every corner. Seriously.

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CBN: Overall, what has been your inspiration for this series? Miller, Conway, Lee, outside noir crime novels?

Mark Waid: A little bit of everything–anyone who works on modern superhero comics certainly stands on the shoulders of giants–but I’m mostly inspired these days by the storytelling intricacies of series like House of Cards or Breaking Bad, to tell the truth–the way they maintain suspense.

CBN: Are you enthused artist Chris Samnee has followed you to this “new” title?

Mark Waid: Enthused? I wouldn’t have done it without him!  I know a good thing when I’ve got it.

CBN: Mark, are there any projects present or future you would like to discuss?

Mark Waid: Down the hall at Marvel, I’m also heading up the all-new Hulk relaunch with artist Mark Bagley. And that’s in addition to my duties as publisher/editor/guru for my own webcomics site, Thrillbent.com — free comics for the reading.  Come see!

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Mark Waid for taking time out of his busy (and we mean busy!) schedule to chat with our humbled M.E. Thanks also to Marvel’s own Chris D’Lando who helped make this interview possible.

The all-new “Daredevil” #1 hits stands in March!

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Looks Like Mark Waid & Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Is Getting Relaunched

More than likely Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil is getting relaunched as Editor Stephen Wacker let it be known in today’s letters page that the series will be ending as well as Samnee tweeted a peak at the final cover.

In an earlier interview, Waid also told Newsarma the creative team wasn’t going anywhere, leading to further credence of a relauch.

In addition, it was recently announced that Captain Ms. Marvel will be getting another relaunch, which is a book under Wacker as well.

“For those wondering about the fate of Daredevil, here’s the cover of #36– the final issue,” tweeted Chris Samnee.

“Javier will be back to draw issue #34 in a couple months to give Chris time to focus on our big two-part finale to this era of Daredevil. Sad, I know, but all things must end, right?” Wacker said in Daredevil #34.

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NYCC: Pak On Turok; Van Lente On Magnus; Barbiere On Solar & Waid On Doctor Spektor!

Dynamite Entertainment has unleashed their big news for the NYCC, and it’s the Gold Key titles!

Greg Pak and Mirko Colak are on a new Turok: Dinosaur Hunter series!

Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith are on the new Magnus: Robot Fighter!

Frank Barbiere is on the new Solar!

And Mark Waid is on the new The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor!

Look for the new series to start in February of next year edited by former Marvel Comics editor Nate Cosby.

Updated with full press release below.

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Press Release

Dynamite Entertainment Signs Gold Key License with DreamWorks Classics

Welcomes All-Star Writers Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente,
Frank Barbiere, and Mark Waid to Reimagine Fan-Favorite Series
Turok, Solar, Magnus: Robot Fighter, and Doctor Spektor

October 11, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ – New York Comic-Con Announcement:  Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces the return of four fan-favorite comic series — Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Solar: Man of the Atom, Magnus: Robot Fighter, and Doctor Spektor — through a new licensing agreement with DreamWorks Classics.  The publishing company has signed four of today’s most sought-after writers: Greg Pak on Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Frank Barbiere on Solar: Man of the Atom, Fred Van Lente on Magnus: Robot Fighter, and Mark Waid on the long-lost hero Doctor Spektor.  Contributing artists will include Mirko Colak, Cory Smith, and more to be announced.  Dynamite will launch the bold new universe of name-brand titles beginning in February 2014.

“These are super-bold, all-new takes on awesome characters by some of the best creators working in comics today,” says Nate Cosby, editor of the new line.  “I couldn’t be more jazzed to oversee the revamping and re-imagining of the Gold Key line, especially when the incredible stories are coming from Greg, Fred, Mark, and Frank, with beautiful art by Mirko, Cory, and more.  It’s a treat to work with these guys to dig down and find the core of each character, what makes them tick and why they’ve lasted for so many decades.  We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been cooking up!”

Originally published throughout the 1950s and 1960s as part of the Gold Key Comics imprint and followed by the monumentally successful run from Valiant Comics in the early 1990s, the titles Turok, Solar, and Magnus: Robot Fighter are immediately recognizable to the modern comic-reading audience.  Doktor Spektor, a title launched in the 1970s, rejoins its contemporaries for the first time in decades as part of Dynamite’s reimagined line.

Each contributing writer has shared their thoughts on the bold initiative:

Greg Pak, whose innovating writing style has propelled Batman/Superman to the top of sales charts, says, “When Nate Cosby told me the character he had in mind for me, I couldn’t stop grinning.  The original Turok, Son of Stone series featured a Native American warrior fighting for survival in a lost valley populated by dinosaurs.  I’m just going to go on the record and say that every single element in that description is solid gold.  I want to write stories with a Native American hero.  I want to write stories about fighting for survival. And you bet your boots I want to write stories about a world populated by dinosaurs.  And now you’re telling me I get to do all three?  For sheer thrills and adventure, this book is going to be a blast to work on.  And I’m always drawn to stories that feature diverse casts, so I love that a Native American hero headlines the book.  I’m also loving the worldbuilding we’re doing. We’re exploring the reasons why dinosaurs walk the earth and all of the social, historical, ecological, and political ramifications that follow.  This is huge adventure combined with mind-bending alternate history, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Fred Van Lente, a New York Times bestselling author and fan-favorite writer of Marvel Zombies, says, “I’m thrilled and honored to be reviving such a beloved series.  I loved the original Russ Manning book as a kid, and am looking forward to bringing science fiction action to the new series in a thought-provoking way.  The very nature of robotics questions what it means to be human — that’s ultimately what Magnus: Robot Fighter will be about.  That, and punching robots until they explode.  There will be a lot that old-time fans will find familiar, but the science of robotics and cybernetics has advanced considerably even since the last time Magnus had a title, and you’ll be seeing a lot of those reflected here.”

Frank Barbiere, a rising star whose work includes Blackout and Five Ghosts, says, “Dynamite has lined up some of the top talent in the business for the new universe of books, and I am both excited and flattered to be part of it.  I think fans are going to be thrilled by the new directions we’re taking with many of the properties, Solar included.  I’m a huge fan of the character and will be putting a unique spin on the mythology with an emphasis on family and character.  I’m hoping my take will resonate strongly across the readership, new and old alike, and I’ll certainly be bringing a lot of new and exciting things to the table.”

Mark Waid, one of the most celebrated comic writers of the modern era thanks to bestselling titles like Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man, and Indestructible Hulk, says, “Launching a publishing event like this is an exciting opportunity to show how it can be done well, stylishly, and cohesively. The key (no pun intended), as far as I’m concerned, is to get to the core of these characters so we can, with dynamism and confidence, tell the readers who they are, what they want, and why fans will invest in that. For Doctor Spektor, the challenge comes in figuring out how a professional skeptic, a famous investigator who debunks and exposes the extra-normal and keeps himself grounded, can function in a world that suddenly hosts superheroes and supervillains. What do you choose to believe in when your lifelong belief system is swept away?”

Nick Barrucci, the CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment, adds, “Longtime fans can rest assured — their beloved heroes are in capable hands.  I can’t believe the dream team of creators bringing these fantastic characters back, and with a vengeance!  I’m honored that Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Frank Barbiere, and Mark Waid are at the helm.  It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s mind-blowing — look for Turok, Solar, Magnus, and Spektor to win the hearts of dedicated fans and curious newcomers alike!”

The new line of titles will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, slated for release beginning in February 2014.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Turok, Solar, Magnus: Robot Fighter, and Doctor Spektor with their local comic book shop or hobby specialty store.  The entire line will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Dynamite Entertainment NYCC Teaser #4: Mark Waid

Dynamite Entertainment released their fourth teaser for the NYCC, this time for Mark Waid!

So far we know Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Frank Barbiere are involved, as well.

More to come this weekend.

 

The Nightmares are Real…

Dynamite proudly provides the fourth teaser for a spectacular
new comics event slated for early 2014.

The final revelation will arrive on Friday, October 11th.

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Review: Daredevil #30 (Silver Surfer)

More than likely – any other writer except for Mark Waid – and Daredevil meeting Silver Surfer on Earth would be an utter disaster, especially with Editor Stephen Wacker at the helm.

However, Waid gives us a fresh and fun approach to both the Sentinel of the Spaceways and the Man Without Fear in Daredevil #30. Perhaps a little too fun? We can probably blame that on Wacker.

The issue in itself is a one-and-done; it’s a one shot, “all-ages” one issue story where Daredevil and the Silver Surfer meet up as a result of an alien visiting the offices of Matt Murdock. It reads as if it’s a Disney cartoon – right alongside Ultimate Spider-Man – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It goes a bit overboard (pun not intended) when Daredevil mentally controls Surfer’s board and takes it for a ride.

There is that train of thought where any comic book could be someone’s first, and Waid comes through with this issue regarding that. We’re introduced to a bit of background on Daredevil and his powers as well as some info on the Silver Surfer. Waid succeeds in giving the reader reasons to be interested in both characters and to continue reading the series. There’s been mention of Silver Surfer getting “reintroduced” at Marvel; Waid would be the perfect choice, and let’s hope it’s not akin to what Wacker and Alonso are doing with Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Samnee’s art is perfect for the story in that it’s heavily influenced and a homage to the Silver Age. The issue reads as if it’s “innocent,” and Samnee’s1950s” art fits perfectly. Now I’m curious if the rest of the series is more of the same. 

If you are a fan of the Silver Surfer or just want to read a fun overall story, Daredevil #30 is for you.

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Your Alternative Comics Beat For July 28th, 2013: The Rocketeer/The Spirit

Alt Beat With Kenneth Porter

 

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Mark Waid has been wowing me for years. It’s no secret, I talk about it constantly. He’s one of the reasons that I became a comic book writer and he’s the continued example that comics can be fun without being overly dark or “extreme” as the kids like to call it. This doesn’t mean that his comics don’t have depth. Darkness and depth are often confused when people refer to comic book characters. People want a “darker” Batman on the screen, but don’t realize that what they really want is a true, deep version of the character. Batman is already dark; he doesn’t need to be darker. Almost every comic book character has a gloomy past that pushes them forward, but Waid is always willing to remind us that the depth and the darkness don’t always have to go together.

The bottom line is that Waid knows how to write intriguing comics that are just plain fun.

The Rocketeer/The Spirit from IDW and DC Comics is another example. I’ve enjoyed Waid’s work on previous stories featuring The Rocketeer, but never in my wildest dreams would I get to write about the jetpack avenger’s adventures with The Spirit, another one of my favorite characters, penned by Waid himself. The moment I saw the issue solicited I knew it was going to be featured in the “Alternative Comic Beat.” Is that bias? It probably is. But this is an opinion column, not a review column. And my opinion is that the comic book world, the movie world, and the general world of fiction can benefit from stories like this one.

The plot for this issue pits The Rocketeer and The Spirit against each other and it couldn’t be a better showdown. Both characters are radically different in their genres and origins, but both are willing to throw caution to the wind in the name of justice. The winds of justice, in this case, lead them into a comical brawl that neither can get the upper hand on. Just the idea of two completely different heroes matching each other in determination instead of skill is a concept that I can firmly stand behind.

The artwork by Paul Smith compliments Waid’s writing to the point where I wish every comic were set back in the 30’s or 40’s. I don’t know where my love of pulp fiction comes from. I guess watching science fiction and crime drama as a child just hammered it into my brain. The generation I was born into should have no idea who The Spirit or The Rocketeer are, but the characters outlived their original incarnations and have jumped back onto the page and into my heart. That’s a very cheesy sentence I just wrote, but I’m not deleting it. I’ve always held to the idea that fiction is like a really good pizza. And, without cheese, a pizza just falls apart. You need that little bit of ridiculous to throw at your characters. Waid and Smith understand that.

If you’re looking for a break from the “dark” remakes of characters like Superman in The Man of Steel or most of the bigger superhero stories, this is where you can get some good old fashioned action adventure that makes you want to leap into motion. Whether you’d rather don a domino mask or a jetpack is entirely up to you.

Ken Porter also writes comic books with his latest being “Ink Ribbon” from Visionary Comics. Ken was also the winner of this year’s Top Cow Talent Search contest.

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Dear Mark Waid: You Got Superman ‘Man of Steel’ Wrong

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Last weekend the Man of Steel debuted to record-breaking numbers for the month of June and is approaching $200 million domestically.

The movie has received mix reviews by the “critics,” and a scathing review by comic book writer Mark Waid, known for penning one of the better Superman stories with Birthright.

Below you can read my own opinions and responses to Mr. Waid’s thoughts, with his complete review found on Thrillbent.com, in addition to some cool free comics to read.

I am of the opinion that Man of Steel is actually a better movie the second time around, as it seems – and applies to me as well – most were expecting another Donner movie, but with punching.

Read on.

But about the time we got to the big Smallville fight, my Spider-Sense began to tingle. A lot of destruction. A lot of destruction–and Superman making absolutely no effort to take the fight, like, ONE BLOCK AWAY INTO A CORNFIELD INSTEAD OF ON MAIN STREET.

That’s flat out wrong. Superman does indeed take flight but is intercepted by the giant Kryptonian.

He can’t take the fight anywhere else because he is fighting TWO people. TWO. Which means Superman IS NOT in control of the fight.

We see its the military that takes out the Kryptonians and NOT SUPERMAN.

 Still, saving people here and there, but certainly never going out of his way to do so, and mostly just trying not to get his ass kicked. (I loved Clark Kent’s pal, Pete Ross, and not just because they cast pre-teen Mark Waid as Pete Ross).

Superman saves the soldier and he saves Hardy. Again, he is fighting TWO Kryptonians. He doesn’t have time as they are constantly fighting him. Of course he is not trying to get his “ass kicked”; he has never fought someone before – and he is not up to full power.* 

And then we got to The Battle of Metropolis, and I truly, genuinely started to feel nauseous at all the Disaster Porn. Minute after minute after endless minute of Some Giant Machine laying so much waste to Metropolis that it’s inconceivable that we weren’t watching millions of people die in every single shot. And what’s Superman doing while all this is going on? He’s halfway around the world, fighting an identical machine but with no one around to be directly threatened, so it’s only slightly less noticeable that thousands of innocents per second are dying gruesomely on his watch. Seriously, back in Metropolis, entire skyscrapers are toppling in slo-mo and the city is a smoking, gray ruin for miles in every direction, it’s Hiroshima, and Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich are somewhere muttering “Too far, man, too far”…but, you know, Superman buys the humans enough time to sacrifice many, many of their own lives to bomb the Giant Machine themselves and even makes it back to Metropolis in time to catch Lois from falling (again), so…yay?

Sorry, wrong again. The machines are far from identical.

And why is Superman half way around the world?

Maybe instead of wishing the movie was Birthright, Mark Waid should have paid attention, because Jax-Ur tells us.

When Zod orders the World Engine to be unleashed, we hear that Black Zero is now the slave to the World Engine. That’s means the World Engine is now the master. What that means in tech jargon is that the World Engine has become “the authoritative source” with Black Zero the “slave” that is synchronized to it. That’s why when Superman destroys the World Engine – the MASTER –  the Black Zero gravity beam STOPS. And that proves that this master-slave relationship, again in tech terms, is not one where neither has control of one or the other.

The World Engine clearly has control over Black Zero’s gravity beam as the Black Zero beam stops when the World Engine beam stops.

By Superman sticking around and just destroying Black Zero would not have stopped the World Engine. In addition, as we saw with Zod, his “Earth powers” were coming online, and there is no way Superman would have been able to deal with ALL the Kryptonians which is why Jor-El told Lois HOW TO STOP THEM ALL.

And then Superman and Lois land in the three-mile-wide crater that used to be a city of eight million people, and the staff of the Planet and a couple of other bystanders stagger out of the rubble to see Superman and say, “He saved us,” and before you can say either “From what?” or “Wow, these eight are probably the only people left alive,” and somehow–inexplicably, implausibly, somehow–before Superman can be bothered to take one second to surrender one ounce of concern or assistance to the millions of Metropolitans who are without question still buried under all that rubble, dead or dying, he saunters lazily over to where General Zod is kneeling and moping, and they argue, and they squabble, and they break into the Third Big Fight, the one that broke my heart.

Wow, Mark. You really aren’t seeing the big picture, here. “He saved us,” obviously refers to Superman saving the entire Earth. 

How do we know this? Because Zod threatened the entire Earth, and said so. Superman then has a moment with Lois amidst all the devastation when he hears the rumbling of Zod. Really there was no time for Donner-like heroic moments.

And you dare ask “from what?” Meaning the audience is actually going to ask that? Have you been watching the same movie I have? That the audience has? Huh?

You’ve just been complaining about all the chaos and destruction in the movie. Maybe from what caused all of that?

See, everyone else in Zod’s army has been beaten and banished, but General Zod lives and so, of course, he and Superman duke it out in what, to everyone’s credit, is the very best super-hero fight I’ve ever seen, just a marvel of spectacle. But once more–and this is where I knew we were headed someplace really awful–once more, Superman showed not the slightest split-second of concern for the people around them. Particularly in this last sequence, his utter disregard for the collateral damage was just jaw-dropping as they just kept crashing through buildings full of survivors. I’m not suggesting he stop in the middle of a super-powered brawl to save a kitten from a tree, but even Brandon Routh thought to use his heat vision on the fly to disintegrate deadly falling debris after a sonic boom. From everything shown to us from the moment he put on the suit, Superman rarely if ever bothered to give the safety and welfare of the people around him one bit of thought. Which is why the climax of that fight broke me.

Did Mr. Waid miss when Superman saved Colonel Hardy and the pod from Zod’s attack, which of course save the human race from the Kryptonians?

I can only guess the preceding paragraph that Mr. Waid has never been in a scuffle himself, as it’s hell of a difficult time fighting someone – not to mention another super man – and controlling the fight. Not to mention your first fight. Oh, wait, I already did mention that. However, if we go back to the first fight between Zod and Superman, after Superman’s emotional outburst where he sends Zod through the 7-11, we see Superman DOES NOT fight Zod in Smallville. The military takes Zod out, the Kryptonians take Zod away, and then Faora and the giant Kryptonian attack Superman. 

I do agree, though, that some line similar to “the people!” should have been said, but Faora already told Superman in the iHop that his morality is his weakness, so Superman crying to Zod about the people would have been pointless. It was war, was what it was.

Superman wins by killing Zod. By snapping his neck. And as this moment was building, as Zod was out of control and Superman was (for the first time since the fishing boat 90 minutes ago) struggling to actually save innocent victims instead of casually catching them in mid-plummet, some crazy guy in front of us was muttering “Don’t do it…don’t do it…DON’T DO IT…” and then Superman snapped Zod’s neck and that guy stood up and said in a very loud voice, “THAT’S IT, YOU LOST ME, I’M OUT,” and his girlfriend had to literally pull him back into his seat and keep him from walking out and that crazy guy was me. That crazy guy was me, and I barely even remember doing that, I had to be told afterward that I’d done that, that’s how caught up in betrayal I felt. And after the neck-snapping, even though I stuck it out, I didn’t give a damn about the rest of the movie.

It’s a ridiculous notion that Superman won’t kill. Especially in a circumstance where he has no choice. Obviously, Mr. Waid will argue the writing could have been different, but perhaps Mark has been writing Daredevil too long as Superman is facing a threat that a) gives him no choice b) perhaps wants to be killed, i.e. suicide by cop, as Zod’s entire world and life – and soul – is gone c) cannot be controlled.

SHOW ME that trying to simultaneously protect humans and beat Zod is achingly, achingly costing Superman the fight.

Again. That wasn’t possible. Zod was almost his equal and in doing so would have cost Superman to lose and the Earth itself to perish.

Build to that moment of the hard choice…show me, without doubt, that Superman has no other out and do a better job of convincing me that it’s a hard decision to make, and maybe I’ll give it to you. But even if I do? It’s not a victory. Not this sad, soul-darkening, utterly sans-catharsis “triumph” that doesn’t even feel like a win so much as a stop-loss. Two and a half hours, and I never once got the sense that Superman really achieved or earned anything.

I think what Mr. Waid expected was Superman Returns with a couple of super punches and a slightly better story. Superman’s triumph was that he saved the entire planet, finally realized his place in the universe, introduced humanty and the Earth – of which they now have a protector – to the greater universe and all the other alien species and such. 

The essential part of Superman that got lost in MAN OF STEEL, the fundamental break in trust between the movie and the audience, is that we don’t just want Superman to save us; we want him to protect us. He was okay at the former, but really, really lousy at the latter. Once he puts on that suit, everyone he bothers to help along the way is pretty much an afterthought, a fly ball he might as well shag since he’s flying past anyway, so what the hell. Where Christopher Reeve won me over with his portrayal was that his Superman clearly cared about everyone. Yes, this Superman cares in the abstract–he is willing to surrender to Zod to spare us–but the vibe I kept getting was that old Charles Schulz line: “I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.”

More than likely the protecting is further down the road as Superman had no time to protect anyone; he had to save them. He literally just became Superman and then Zod attacked; however, a close listen you would have picked up on how Lois tracked Clark down to Smallville — by following his great and mysterious heroic deeds (did we need to see them all, Mark?).

Look, I know everyone involved in MAN OF STEEL went into it with the best of intentions. And trust me, there are not rivers or coastlines on this planet long enough to measure just how much I wanted to love this movie. If you don’t know me, you can’t imagine. And there were certainly things to like. But there was no triumph to it. None of Superman’s victories in this movie are in any way the kind of stand-up-and-cheer events you’d think necessary in a movie with Superman in it. Did it succeed in what it sent out to do? I think probably so. But what it set out to do, as it turns out, leaves me cold. With the exception of the first-flight beat–the smile Superman gets when he first takes to the air–it’s utterly joyless. From start to finish. Utterly. Joyless. And I just have no interest in relentless joyless from a guy who can fly.

I gotta disagree with you in that it was joyless. I just got out of the theater after a second time, and some little kid I overheard said to his dad, “Superman saved them!”

It just sounds like, again, Mr. Waid was expecting another Donner film with corny moments where Superman saves someone and the John Williams score hits.

I think the Man of Steel was just totally different than what Mr. Waid was expecting and those expectations blinded him throughout the entire film.

I also can’t let this one go, but perhaps with Mr. Waid’s super disapoointment with the movie he now shares something in common with Richard Rider fans.

No more Sam Alexander Infinite Comics, Mr. Waid? Thanks.

My two super cents.

*(we see Superman really comes to full power when he overpowers the gravity beam of the World Engine, possibly a reference to what Jor-El said about testing his limits).

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Exclusive Interview: Mark Waid Lights The Fuse Under Dynamite’s New Green Hornet book

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Writer Mark Waid, who has made us see other sides of both Daredevil and the Indestructible Hulk at Marvel, has already begun chronicling for Dynamite the adventures of one of 1940s radio and film serials’ greatest crime fighters, the Green Hornet!

To get to the uniqueness of his iteration of the character, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer exclusively parked his own black beauty (in reality a 1973 Mustang that no longer has any paint) in back of a noir alleyway to quiz the incredibly busy Waid.   

Cosmic Book News: Relaunches of the Green Hornet mythos seem to be as numerous as those of Red Sonja, yet Dynamite has rebooted both in recent days. How is the Green Hornet #1 that came out in March different from other iterations?

Mark Waid: As much as I’ve loved the other Dynamite iterations, I think this one’s a little closer to the core concept: it’s not a superhero book, it’s a crime book. It’s about a seeker of justice who’s posing as the world’s first supervillain in order to spy on crime from the inside.

CBN: Mark, how did you become involved with the effort to reopen a new chapter for the crime fighter?

Mark Waid: Nick and I have been trying to find something to work together on forever, and late last year I remembered I’d had a Green Hornet story in the back of my head for ten years or better, and a fresh take on the character. Nick let me run with it!

CBN: In just a short time, you have expanded on Kato’s role considerably. Tell us about that.

Mark Waid: I still like him as the conflicted one — is he sidekick? Partner? Employee? Equal? — but the one thing we added to the mythos is that Kato is also a master of disguise, which helps the Hornet immensely in his crusade to remind criminals that he’s one of them since Kato can impersonate the Hornet’s “victims” and play along when Hornet’s called upon to prove his villainy. Kato can be the nosy cop that Hornet “pushed off a pier” before the eyes of gangland. Kato can be the rival ganglord that Hornet “shot and killed” before a slew of eyewitnesses. Kato does this for the Hornet. But that doesn’t mean he enjoys it.

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CBN: What is it about pulp characters that seems to bring out such enthusiasm in comics writers … and readers?

Mark Waid: There’s a primal nature to them. They can be complex without being complicated or mired in decades of continuity. They can act forcefully and worry about the consequences later.

CBN: So where does Brit Reid exist in the Hornet’s world? What is your take on the man behind the mask?

Mark Waid: To me, the book is about Britt, not about his alter-ego. My take on Britt is that he’s young Charles Foster Kane, a newspaper publisher eager to use the bully pulpit of the press to punish the bad guys. His newspaper is one of his tools. Hornet is the other. But his vulnerability is that he’s become a little too fond of his own efforts and his own press; his ego’s threatening everything, his growing belief that he’s infallible.

CBN: I remember the Black Beauty car from the 1960s Green Hornet TV show; it was so cool, like those James Bond cars? Will we see more of the auto here?

Mark Waid: Oh, dear God, yes. I’ll do a whole issue based on the Beauty.

CBN: Any new big-bads in the alleyways?

Mark Waid: Keep reading. Britt Reid is his own worst enemy.

CBN: Any projects current or in the works you would care to discuss? 

Mark Waid: Just keep reading Green Hornet! (laughs)

Cosmic Book News wishes to thank Mark Waid for taking time out of his most busy schedule to answer our questions. We would also like to thank Dynamite’s own Nick Barrucci and Keith Davidsen who helped make this interview possible.

“The Green Hornet” #4 hits shelves June 26th and can be ordered through Dynamite.com!

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Now The Silver Surfer Is Set To Appear In Daredevil

Let me guess?

Stephen Wacker edits Daredevil?

Marvel.com revealed the Chris Samnee cover for Daredevil #30 where we see the Silver Surfer and Matt Murdock meeting in NYC.

Seems it will be a team-up as Mark Waid offers the following about the issue:

Seriously though, Matt has no idea what to make of the Surfer’s unexpected appearance in midtown Manhattan. Just trying to use radar sense to perceive a being composed of the Power Cosmic makes Daredevil’s head hurt. But he’s going to have to put that aside if he’s to keep the Surfer as an ally–and not an enemy!

Recently, Marvel EIC Axel Alonso hinted they would be rebooting reintroducing both the Surfer and Adam Warlock.

If sales for the new Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy are anything to go by, let’s hope it’s not done in a similar fashion.

Wacker also recently stated he is looking forward to DD meeting Nino Nova…but at least Mark Waid is writing this one.

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Indestructible Hulk #6 Last Page Spoiler: Controversy Begins

Below you will find the last page spoiler to Mark Waid and Walter Simonson’s Indestructible Hulk #6 that made its way online.

We see the Hulk has (finally?) become one of the mighty and worthy enough to lift Mjolnir.

If you have been reading the story, there might be more to it than meets the eye.

And for those wondering what happened to Leinil Francis Yu, he’s moved off the book to bigger things.

Already.

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5 Reasons Why S.H.I.E.L.D. Really Is The Hulk TV Show

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5695:]]The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot just recently wrapped with all indications that the new series will debut this Fall on ABC.

Not much has been stated regarding the plot other than it features Agent Coulson from The Avengers movie as well as a group of agents not previously seen before.

And I think that’s all we know.

Seems the secrecy surrounding S.H.I.E.L.D. is befitting of an organization called the Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division. 

However, perhaps we already know what the show is about — and that’s the Hulk.

There’s been plans for a Hulk TV Show for some time, maybe it just became S.H.I.E.L.D.

Let’s put the clues together.

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1. JOSS WHEDON

Probably the #1 clue that the Hulk could be involved is that what we have been hearing all along — its waiting on a certain writer. Well, is it Joss Whedon

We’ve been getting smidgets of updates from Guillermo Del Toro who let it be known that after The Avengers he had a meeting with Marvel where he said they were waiting for a certain writer in order for the Hulk show to progress.

Well, following the billion dollar blockbuster, Whedon wasn’t onboard for The Avengers 2, but did eventually sign on in August for a three picture deal and involvement in further Marvel Studios properties.

Del Toro recently stated he hasn’t heard much about the Hulk show.

Why? Because it’s S.H.E.L.D.?

 

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2. RUMORS

Let’s check the rumor mills.

Remember that Roger Wardell twitter account that seemed to be spilling the beans on Marvel Studios plans? Here’s an interesting tweet:

Will Josh Whedon’s tv show be the Hulk show? Or something else all together? You’ll just have to wait and see.

Well, going back and checking out Wardell’s tweets is rather interesting. There’s mention of a Black Panther movie script. Recently Thor 2‘s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje said he wants to play Panther, and that he is in talks with Marvel Studios to play another character.

That’s not all we got from Wardell as he stated Radioactive Man wouldn’t be Chen Lu (it’s Dr Wu) in Iron Man 3 and that Killian will be connected to AIM (AIM set pics have been released).

Wardell also tweeted that Cobie Smulders will be in S.H.I.E.L.D. She is.

And Wardell’s twitter handle has featured a Planet Hulk pic all along (more on that below).

 

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3. MARVEL COMICS

Another place we can look is the Marvel Comics.

I am of the opinion that Marvel Comics is following Marvel Studios to the “tee.”

We’ve already seen a new Nick Fury to resemble Samuel L. Jackson, Agent Coulson is now an official Marvel comic book character, Iron Man is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and by all indications will be in the movie, etc.

So let’s check out the new Marvel NOW! Indestructible Hulk comic book from Mark Waid.

Check out the following description:

Hulk – Indestructible force more weapon than man. Banner – smartest man alive. Combined they are the Strongest, Smartest Weapon on the planet! And NOW! the INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! 

There you have it.

We’re not done yet, though.

 

4. VIDEO GAMES

Let’s head on over to the Marvel video games division.

There’s a pretty cool mobile game called Avengers Initiative. Here’s that description:

Avengers Initiative burst onto the mobile scene on September 6, 2012 as Marvel’s first episodic game created exclusively for mobile devices. The first installment of the series centers on the Incredible Hulk, fittingly one of the most groundbreaking characters of the Marvel Universe. With visual and combat controls suited for consoles but fit for a finger, players adopt the Hulk identity to confront the barrage of super-powered criminals who have escaped from a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. holding facility. The  Avengers Initiative project promises more story, gameplay and free content over the coming months.

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5. VISUALS

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What’s Mark Ruffalo have to say about the Hulk TV Show? Previously he made mention that the Hulk’s movie career may be done, but a visual effects supervisor on The Avengers gave out an interesting tidbit. Talking with HighDefDigest about the Hulk visuals, while what he said didn’t sound too promising for a TV show, he did state something interesting with, “It would be a matter of trying to build off everything we did for the movie and then get him in there, get him lit.”

So I think after learning things like that, if you’re talking about a TV schedule and how fast you need to turn around production, it would be a matter of trying to build off everything we did for the movie and then get him in there, get him lit. You wouldn’t have time to do all the really detailed shape and frame corrections we do.

Regarding the “time” element, it could be they have been working on the Hulk all along. We did hear that the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has been in pre-production for months with filming is not set to begin until this June, and the movie includes two CGI characters with Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

And there’s also the rumor that Marvel Studios is building up the Hulk for their Phase 3 plans.

Question is: Is Mark Ruffalo onboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series?

I think all we know is that Ruffalo is signed on for a 6 picture deal.

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Walt Simonson Joins Mark Waid On Hulk; Teaser Image Features Thor’s Hammer

A new teaser from Marvel has been revealed which lets it be known that Walt Simonson will be joining Mark Waid on Indestructible Hulk come April.

We see Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, which may mean we might be getting another Thor Vs. Hulk battle.

(via IFanboy)

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Mark Waid To Write Green Hornet In 2013 For Dynamite Entertainment

Press Release

 

MARK WAID TO WRITE GREEN HORNET IN 2013!

WAID’S EISNER AND HARVEY AWARD WINNING DAREDEVIL ARTIST-PAOLO RIVERA- TO DRAW COVERS FOR THE SERIES!

 [[wysiwyg_imageupload:3437:]]October 8th, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ – Dynamite is proud to announce multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer Mark Waid, will be relaunching the Green Hornet in 2013.  Mark Waid – is one of the premier writers in the comics industry, known for his critically acclaimed as well as commercial successful books including Kingdom Come, The Flash, Captain America, Daredevil, and Fantastic Four as well as the upcoming The Indestructible Hulk.  Green Hornet will also feature covers by Mark Waid’s Eisner and Harvey Award winning Daredevil artist, Paolo Rivera! Look for Green Hornet and Kato in 2013, from Dynamite Entertainment!

“It should come as little surprise that I have an affinity for all costumed crimefighters no matter if their adventures are ‘period pieces’ or not–heroism is heroism regardless of whatever year’s on the calendar,” says writer Mark Waid. “With this Green Hornet project, which I’ve been percolating on for more than ten years, I’m able to meld my love of the Hornet’s legacy with a little bit of Citizen Kane and a lot of Lawrence of Arabia to tell a story never before told–the dark years of the Hornet’s later career and the one mistake he makes that nearly costs him everything.”

“I wasn’t very familiar with The Green Hornet growing up, but I always thought he looked sleek and stylish – I guess I had a soft spot for old-school heroes,” says cover artist Paolo Rivera. “I later discovered that he was designed by H. J. Ward, my favorite painter of all time. The more I learned about Ward, the more I learned about Britt Reid and Kato, including Reid’s familial ties to The Lone Ranger. I can’t wait to render my interpretation of the green team. That, and I miss Mark Waid.”

“Sometimes in life, things happen for a reason.  We’ve wanted to work with Mark nearly since Dynamite’s inception. We first approached him about writing a Red Sonja mini-series, but Mark wasn’t familiar with the character and passed.  Over the years we’ve approached Mark about various projects, but his schedule did not allow.  We’ve always wanted a strong writer to write the original Green Hornet, as Matt Wagner has done a fantastic job on Green Hornet: Year One.  And since Green Hornet: Year One, we hadn’t found the right writer for a new series.  When Mark’s schedule allowed for us to finally work together, I asked which character(s) he would like to write.  Right off the bat, he said the Green Hornet.  I said “Yes!”.  It was perfect for everyone.  It took awhile, and I’m proud to say we’re working with Mark Waid on a Green Hornet series, and it is worth the wait.  Sometimes in life, things happen for a reason.” – Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Entertainment President

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About Dynamite Entertainment:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!

Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.

In addition to their  critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

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Dear Axel Alonso, How Much Longer Do Nova Fans Have To Wait? Sincerely, Richard Rider

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Way back, and I mean way back in December of 2011 when Marvel was hyping their biggest event ever, Avengers Vs. X-Men, the Marvel execs and editors held a video QnA.

One of the questions pertained to the Human Rocket, Nova.

Now, we had just seen a Nova in the November 2011 Point One special that saw a seemingly young Nova Corps member attempt to warn Terrax of the oncoming destructive power of the Phoenix Force.

So a Twitter user asked about Nova’s role in Avengers Vs. X-Men.

Well, Marvel EIC Axel Alonso responded that they have big plans for Nova and that he thinks it’s better if we wait and see.

Alonso goes on to state that Nova fans will be excited.

So what did we get?

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Well, we got the Mark Waid Infinite Comic that featured a Nova arriving on Earth only to end up in a coma, which took place in April of this year.

And that’s it.

Exciting? Hardly.

So, Mr. Alonso, what happened to the year of Nova?

Next year?

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Hulk and Iron Man Hulkbuster Armor Featured in Post Avengers Movie Video Game

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In addition to the Marvel Heroes MMO that is coming out soon, Marvel is also launching a new mobile video game.

Judging from the following trailer, it is set after the events of The Avengers movie and sees Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D recruiting the Hulk to take on some big baddies.

However, the “World Council” is all up in a tizzy with the use of the Hulk, with Nick Fury telling them they have a backup plan just in case Hulk wants to smash too much.

It’s the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor!

Interestingly enough, the new upcoming Marvel Now! Marvel Comics comic book, Indestructible Hulk, by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu, sees the big Green Goliath team up with S.H.I.E.L.D. as well.

The game looks to be in development with a title and release date to be announced soon.

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