Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Renewed for Season 2

Cloak & Dagger season 2 renewed SDCC 2018

Fans of Marvel and Freeform’s new teenage superhero series Cloak & Dagger, which premiered earlier this year, were excited to learn at San Diego Comic-Con that the series will be returning for a second season. Tandy and Tyrone still have a long way to go in mastering their powers and discovering the truth behind how they got them, but they’ll get at least another 10 episodes to do so when the series returns in spring 2019!

The news was announced at the SDCC panel. The official Twitter account for the series also shared this teaser art, from Marvel artists Mike McKone and Aburtov:

According to TV Guide associate editor Megan Vick’s tweets, the panelists ...

Gwen Stacy Lives at the Hands of Seanan McGuire in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider!

Seanan McGuire Gwen Stacy Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider SDCC 2018

At San Diego Comic-Con, the magic word for Marvel Comics was Spider-Geddon—something of a sequel to the Spider-Verse, or perhaps even revenge on that multiverse crossover event. And one of the players in Spider-Geddon is none other than Wayward Children author Seanan McGuire, who will write Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider!

McGuire sat in on the SDCC panel, seemingly like any other audience member… until, that is, up came the slide announcing her and artist Rosi Kämpe’s collaboration! At that point, what was there to do but let the cat out of the bag? Or, as McGuire puts it:

“The death of Gwen Stacy in 616 was the most traumatic thing that happened in a comic book during my childhood,” McGuire goes on to say in the ...

“We’re not going to have a meaningful conversation, are we?” — Ghost Rider

Marvel’s first character called Ghost Rider, appearing in 1967, was a cowboy in the Old West named Carter Slade who rode a horse and wore a costume that made him appear to be a ghost. It was actually based on a 1940s comic on which the copyright had lapsed, and Marvel jumped on it.

A few years later, Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, and Mike Ploog all collaborated to create a new contemporary Ghost Rider. Originally conceived as a Daredevil villain, Thomas decided he needed his own storyline, and the character—this time riding a motorcycle, inspired by the popularity of Evel Knievel and his ilk—debuted in Marvel Spotlight in 1972, later getting his own title.

The character was hugely popular for a while before flaming out (sorry), and his title was cancelled. But a guy named Nicolas Cage was a big fan…

A flaming skeleton riding a motorcycle with flaming wheels ...

Nnedi Okorafor is Penning A Comic About Black Panther’s Sister, Shuri!

Shuri comic, Leonardo Romano

While we might have to wait a while before we get to see Shuri on screen again, Marvel has a plan to keep the princess of Wakanda where she belongs—in the spotlight, that is. She’s getting her very own comic!

According to Bustle, there will be a Shuri comic series starting in October of 2018. The story will be written by Nnedi Okorafor, with art by Leonardo Romero. Here is Marvel’s synopsis:

Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.

The story will follow Shuri after her brother T’Challa disappears on a mission, and Wakanda looks to the princess for leadership as their next-in-line to the throne. Okorafor is already familiar with this ...

“Victory has defeated you” — The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan wasn’t a hundred percent sure that he wanted to return to the Batman well, as he was worried that he’d lose interest. He also was struggling to come up with third films in series that were well regarded. (Just on the superhero end of things, you’ve got Superman III, Batman Forever, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Spider-Man 3 as cautionary tales.) But once he and his Bat-collaborators David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan hit on the notion of using the “Knightfall” and “No Man’s Land” storylines from the comics for inspiration for, in essence, the end of Batman’s career, he found the story he wanted to tell.

The studio was pushing for the Riddler to be the villain in the third installment, but Nolan wanted someone with a more physical presence. He focused on Bane, the antagonist in the “Knightfall” ...

Prequel Comic to V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Series Will Preview at Comic Con

V.E. Schwab, The Steel Prince comic cover

V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series is coming to comics with a brand new story–a prequel to her first trilogy that follows an exiled prince…

THR has reported that Schwab’s Titan Comics series—Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince—will preview at San Diego Comic Con, and featuring artwork by Andrea Olimpieri, with colors from Enrica Angiolini. The plot will revolve around Prince Maxim Maresh, a member of Red London’s ruling family who is sent into exile, an event that will have important repercussions in the years that follow. Schwab head this to say about working on the series:

“Having a comic has been a dream of mine for such years, so seeing these pages for the first time was an magical experience! Andrea and Enrica are so very talented, as is my editor, Amoona [Saohin], and I am incredibly lucky to have them working on The Steel Prince.”


Rage in the Cage — Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2, Episodes 1-4

Based on the first four episodes of the second season of Luke Cage, there are two primary themes of this latest baker’s dozen episodes of Marvel on Netflix: family in general and parents and children in particular, and actions of the past having consequences in the present.

This season doesn’t really waste much time getting into that, either. An issue with far too many release-the-season-at-once shows is languid pacing of the early episodes in an attempt to get people to keep watching, so revelations and actions are stretched out. Not so much, here: they’re not rushing, but they’re not taking their time, either. So far, so good, I’d say.

SPOILERS for the various Marvel Netflix shows in general and episodes 1-4 of Luke Cage season 2 in particular

In these first four episodes, Cage has embraced his status as the hero of Harlem. Everywhere he goes, people are admiring ...

“All that you know is at an end” — Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

While it was far from a critical success, and while the fan community seemed pretty divided on it (a common refrain was that Brad Bird had already done a better Fantastic Four movie with Pixar’s The Incredibles), Fantastic Four made a pretty penny in 2005, riding the new wave of Marvel films suddenly seemed to be all over the filmic landscape.

Green-lighting a sequel seemed a no-brainer, and so they brought most everyone back two years later, and decided to adapt one of the most iconic Fantastic Four comics stories ever: the coming of Galactus.

During their lengthy run on Fantastic Four, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created many brilliant stories and introduced many amazing characters: villains like Dr. Doom, the Mole Man, Rama-Tut, Annihilus, the Puppet Master, and the Skrulls, plus nicer characters like Wyatt Wingfoot, the Black Panther, Alicia Masters, the Watcher, and the Inhumans.

But ...

How the Cloak & Dagger TV Miniseries Compares to the Original Comics

FreeForm’s new Cloak & Dagger miniseries is doing a very Netflix-style slow burn, as through the first three episodes, the title characters have barely had any screen time together. However, they’ve established quite a bit about Tyrone Johnson, Tandy Bowen, and their lives tinged with tragedy.

While showrunner Joe Pokaski and his team of writers have kept the basic structure of Cloak and Dagger, a significant number of details have been changed from their comic book origins. Herewith, an accounting of what we’ve seen so far.

SPOILERS for the first three episodes of Cloak & Dagger (as well as various comics featuring the characters, many of which are 35 years old)

New Orleans

Cloak and Dagger’s comics adventures are primarily set in New York City, but neither character is from there. Both Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen were runaways who came to New York to escape their lives—Tyrone from Boston, ...

“We’re all in this together” — Fantastic Four (2005)

Dubbed “the world’s greatest comic magazine,” Fantastic Four changed comics when it was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961. At the time, DC (or National Periodical Publications) was having huge success rebooting their superhero comics, with new versions of the Flash and Green Lantern and renewed interest in Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman—and they also had a huge team book in Justice League of America.

Over at Marvel (or Timely Publications), whose bread and butter was mostly monster comics at this point, they decided to cash in on the trend with their own superhero team, though this one was less like the Justice League and more of a family of adventurers, more akin to Challengers of the Unknown. They were the first of many new superheroes to debut from the company, quickly followed by the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, and more, including another couple ...

Brandon Sanderson Developing Multimedia Fantasy Project Dark One

Brandon Sanderson preview Skyward young adult novel Reckoners Apocalypse Guard

FremantleMedia North America and Random House Studio are partnering with fantasy author Brandon Sanderson on a new multimedia project called Dark One. This fantasy drama, about a young man with visions of a fantasy world he is fated to destroy, will take place over an ambitious number of platforms including a dramatic television series, a graphic novel, a supplementary book series, and a podcast.

According to Deadline, Sanderson will develop the TV series, write the graphic novel for Vault Comics, and pen the multi-volume book series, the latter which will follow side characters introduced in the series. The aforementioned podcast will lay the groundwork for the series, exploring events and “incidents” prior to the start of the story. Here’s how Deadline describes the premise of Dark One:

Dark One will be a dramatic fantasy adventure spotlighting a young man who sees visions of strange and fantastical worlds, which ...

Cloak and Dagger Infuses Superhero Origin Story with Existential Teen Drama

Cloak and Dagger pilot series premiere television review

For a TV show called Cloak and Dagger, there’s not a lot of “and” yet: Except for a few key scenes, Tandy and Tyrone rarely interact in the two-hour series premiere; which begins to set up why these two very different New Orleans teenagers are connected by powers beyond their control. However, considering that Cloak and Dagger’s very essences are inversely proportional—all-consuming dark versus piercing light—the narrative choice to pull them apart, and then thrust them together when it counts, mostly works.

It does make for a slow-moving pilot, one that prioritizes building up their respective motivations over a more typical superhero origin story. By the end of it, there are no formal costumes nor choosing of names, but Tyrone and Tandy’s existences have forever been altered.

This is a non-spoiler review of the first two episodes, though it touches upon minor plot points.

Though to be fair, these ...

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Cloak and Dagger television review
Cloak and Dagger television review
Cloak and Dagger television review

Slogging Through Even More Muck — Man-Thing

First created as part of the horror boom of the 1970s, Man-Thing initially appeared in Savage Tales, a black-and-white horror magazine, which only lasted one issue in 1971. The character eventually became the primary feature of Adventure Into Fear. Created by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway based on a notion by Stan Lee, eventually Steve Gerber took over the writing chores on Fear, and he created Howard the Duck in one issue.

Dr. Theodore Sallis was transformed into Man-Thing, a silent, barely sentient ambulatory swamp creature. Anyone feeling fear burns when touched by Man-Thing, leading to his infamous tagline (created by Gerber), “Whoever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch!”

Like Howard, Man-Thing was adapted into a movie. Like Howard the Duck, 2005’s Man-Thing was pretty awful.

Man-Thing eventually got his own book in 1974, written by Gerber, which was cancelled after he left. This was ...

The Queer Webcomics Revolution

Webcomics are full of untamed creativity, experimental stories, and wholly unique casts, not to mention creators ready and willing to tackle subjects generally avoided by the mainstream. A few webcomics have made the transition to print (the big one in recent years is, of course, Nimona), but most stay online. The freedom a creator has online to do whatever they want doesn’t even come close to Image’s creator-friendly environment. Which is why I love webcomics so much.

I’ve been dying to do a webcomics edition of Pull List for ages, and the combination of Pride Month and needing a break from Big Two comics finally gave me a good excuse. Trouble is, there are so many great webcomics out there that it was impossible to choose just one or two to talk about. After winnowing my very long webcomics library down by series that have recently updated (as in ...

“That’s called pain, get used to it!” — Constantine

John Constantine first appeared in Saga of the Swamp Thing #25 by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, & John Totleben in 1984. A snarky, cynical, embittered occult detective with a penchant for cigarettes, Constantine was inspired by the rock star Sting. Originally conceived as a one-off, he proved to be a popular supporting character in Swampy’s book, and four years after his debut, his solo title Hellblazer debuted, by Jamie Delano & John Ridgway. One of the earliest titles in DC’s Vertigo imprint, Hellblazer was both the longest-running Vertigo title and also one that survived that imprint’s shutting down.

While the implied notion of Sting playing Constantine in a live-action adaptation never happened—the character wasn’t part of either of the Swamp Thing movies or spinoff TV show—the character did eventually make it to the screen in 2005.

Development of the film started in the late 1990s when Lauren Shuler Donner—also a ...

Purr-fectly Mediocre — Catwoman

Catwoman made her initial appearance in the very first issue of Batman’s solo title in 1940 as “The Cat.” A cat-burglar named Selina Kyle, she quickly became a popular member of Batman’s rogues’ gallery, and the most prominent female member of same.

The main difference between Catwoman and Batman’s other foes, like the Joker, the Penguin, and so on, was that there was a certain amount of sexual tension. Mostly that was expressed in the middle of the 20th century as good old-fashioned sexism, as Batman treated Catwoman with more respect and a lot of drooling because she was a girl.

Then Catwoman appeared in the 1966 TV series starting Adam West, and her popularity as a character skyrocketed.

Portrayed by Julie Newmar in the first two seasons of the show, by Lee Meriwether in the movie released between those two seasons, and by Eartha Kitt in ...

Pull List, Spooky Edition: Ghostbusters and Archival Quality

Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, the sun is shining… and the ghosts are ghouling. Yeah, I know people don’t generally put ghosts and spring in the same sentence. Unless you’re me, that is, and have two awesome spirit-centered comics you can’t stop squeeing about. So gather ‘round, comics fanatics, as I rant and rave about my new faves Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and Archival Quality.


Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

Abby, Patty, Erin, and Holtzmann head out on a routine house call to clear out a ghost, but things quickly go awry. Their target isn’t just any old haunt but a malevolent mad scientist terrorizing people and feeding on their nightmares. If the Ghostbusters don’t bust that ghost, the whole of Manhattan will fall under his wicked sway. But first they’ll have to survive their own nightmares come to life.

It’s no secret that I stan ...

Seanan McGuire is Sending Kitty Pryde to Summer Camp!

X-Men Gold Annual #2

This one-off tale of the young teen Kitty Pryde will appear in X-Men Gold Annual #2, out on August 1st. “Like so many of us, I started reading the X-Men before I was old enough to have been a student at Xavier’s Academy,” says Wayward Children series author Seanan McGuire. “Kitty Pryde was my hero for most of my childhood. She was smart, she was curious, she got to be an X-Man and go to space and have a dragon for a friend—she was basically everything I wanted to be.”

Seanan is…understandably x-cited:

X-Men Gold Annual #2

India’s Love Affair with Archie Comics

It was recently announced that there would be a Bollywood-style live-action adaption of Archie comics produced in India. The freckled redhead and his friends Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the gang will be reimagined as Indian teenagers.

Initially, this announcement may seem like a natural progression for the Archie brand thanks in part to the overwhelming success of Riverdale both here in the U.S. and internationally. But that show alone isn’t solely responsible for Archie’s popularity in Indian, nor is it a recent phenomenon. The fact that this is the first American comic book to receive a big screen adaptation for South Asian audiences makes perfect sense: for as long as I can remember, Archie comics have always been part of Indian culture.

If my childhood in India was a pop culture mood board, it would look pretty familiar to most ‘90s kids the world over. I watched He-Man, ...

HBO’s “Remixed” Watchmen TV Adaptation Will Be Set in the Present

Watchmen TV adaptation remix contemporary Damon Lindelof Dr. Manhattan Mars

Damon Lindelof, showrunner for HBO’s forthcoming TV adaptation of Watchmen, recently posted a five-page open letter to fans of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 graphic novel. The letter, posted on the Lost and The Leftovers creator’s Instagram, provided both an update on the series’ development and reassurance that this would not be a straight adaptation but would rather “remix” the source material. The Old and New Testament were mentioned as well, but suffice to say, this will be an entirely original story—and it will be contemporary.

In a little homage to Dr. Manhattan’s origin story in the novel, Lindelof jumps around in time—explaining his particular connection to the book through his late father, himself a big fan; and how he has been considering an adaptation since shortly after Zack Snyder’s 2009 movie adaptation opened in theaters. He acknowledges Moore’s wish that Watchmen not be adapted and addresses ...