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Ultimate Spider-Man battles with Ignorance.

10 Aug

After a long while of all Ultimate Spider-Man comics being branded with a  “The Death of Spider-Man” banner, in issue 160 we finally got to see how this mysterious enigma of  a storyline ended. SPOILERS Completely unknown to everyone reading the comic series at the time, with the previously stated huge, contrasting “The Death of Spider-Man” banners across the top, it came as a huge shocker when Spider-Man kicked the alternative universe bucket.

"Don't worry Aunt May, I'm sure Peter will be back in time for issue 200"

However rather than doing the typical stylings of the ‘Actual’ Marvel universe, Earth-616,  in which the killing of a character is generally a temporary measure to create the closure of a poorly selling series, Ultimate Spider-Man is marching forward, leaving Peter Parker’s cold corpse behind, and relaunching with a new series in September with a brand new Spider-Man.
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Marvel movies that we want Pixar to make.

19 Jul

Since Disney bought out Marvel and Pixar some time ago, the colossal fanboy in me has been dying for some sort of announcement of these two behemoths of popular entertainment doing a team up project of visual spectacle. But alas, every word of Pixar studios picking up a spandex wearing superhero movie has been down played, Pixar have gone on record to say that “they’ve done superheroes” and have not got any Marvel character projects in the works. So things look grim on the superhero front. But this doesn’t stop the want for a Marvel/Pixar combo at all, if anything it makes me want it even more, because I am fundamentally a child, and I want what I can’t have. (I also tend to want something if it’s mine anyways, I haven’t played with it for a while and then you, of all people, show interest in it, then I want it again, that’s just how I roll)

So after much thought I created a set of guidelines to think of even remotely possible projects. This way all my picks don’t sound like complete random fanboy-ism and it has structure, it also makes me feel a bit better about myself, but that’s not the point.


The rules are pretty simple and state:

  • A movie cannot be made if the character’s licence belongs to a production company that is not Disney. (So Spidey, X-Men and The Fantastic Four are out the hypothetical window)
  • As Pixar are, at heart, a family friendly studio, movies with content that would require anything more than a 12A (PG13) won’t happen. (So no Punisher or Moon Knight then)

Them the rules, nothing too restrictive and easy to work around. Let’s get to the picks.

Doctor Strange

As of yet, Pixar has yet to focus the main theme of its movies on magic and what better introduction to a mainstream audience could the very own Sorcerer Supreme receive. Starting with his origin and the car crash, that would probably be changed for a Disney audience, but then to have Strange search for his mentor, the Ancient One, in the Himalayas, his training and eventual understanding of the mystic arts. Build it up to the final battle with the Lord of the Dark Dimension Dormammu and you have a movie, one that stands up to the live action universe and offers something not yet seen. Every step stands to have an excellent story telling and visual premise that’s on a huge scale.  As story goes, Doctor Strange is very Pixar, a story about a once selfish man, not caring for anyone but himself, having everything taken away from him, being re-built as a decent person and then into a hero.

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Let’s talk about…the DC reboot.

23 Jun

Come September, DC Comics will press the restart button on the entire DC universe. With the conclusion of Flashpoint, DC will start anew with fifty-two, yes fifty-two, brand new series all starting at issue one and going day and date digital release. Obviously news like this tends to cause a little bit of backlash, so here at Alternative Spotlight we decided to not take to the forums and burn them all down with our flaming fanboy rage, we thought Adam and Simon would have a gentlemanly discussion instead.

But first, let’s see what we are dealing with.


Currently reading (comic book wise) – Oddly nothing current. Working through some things I’ve missed over the years. Currently reading the reimagining of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’.
Favourite Series – Preacher. Always and forever. The best comic series that was ever written (and mostly likely ever will be!)
Writer that can do no wrong – Neil Gaiman


Currently reading (comic book wise) – I’m a little bit of a Marvel zombie. The current most notable titles I’m reading right now are Amazing Spider-Man, all the Avengers titles, Avengers Academy, Uncanny X-Force, Deadpool and Uncanny X-Men.
Favourite Series – I am loving Avengers Academy and Uncanny X-Force at the moment but will always go with Amazing Spider-Man.
Writer that can do no wrong – I’m going to be cheap and go with three: Matt Fraction, Christos Gage and Rick Remender.

1. What do you think of the DC reboot at a consumer level?

Simon: On a consumer level it’s obviously going to split people down the middle. I was a MASSIVE fan of Marvel’s ‘reboot’ (though it wasn’t an entire one). The Ultimate comics were an opportunity for me to throw myself into a universe where I knew EVERYTHING that was going on, and that’s a nice feeling. I hope to get the same buzz from the DC reboot. The DC universe has so much history and mythology behind it. Sometimes it can get confusing. This is an obvious way to solve that issue and make the whole lot accessible again. However… 52 titles?!?! What the hell?!?! That’s way too many. They’re trying to solve one issue and failing miserably. Within months, the DC universe is going to be as confusing as it ever was, no-one is going to be able to afford/have the time to keep up with every series, and there will always be crossovers that make you go ‘Huh? Who the hell is that?!’ They should have done what Marvel did and kept it simple. The main characters get their own series (Supes, Wonderwoman, Batman) and done a Justice League one to start. That REALLY would have made the new universe accessible. Then as time went on, GL and co could get their own issues. It’s going to get confusing, and there seems to be an ongoing thing with big events in comics at the moment in that they never stick to their guns. They kill someone off, they always come back, something big happens that changes everything, and they do something to reverse it all. My money? I wouldn’t be surprised if in 12 months time, everything’s gone back to exactly how it was, or at least, we’ll find out that there’s still the original earth floating out there somewhere…
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5 reasons you should be reading Avengers Academy

30 May

Since it debuted in June 2010 one book has received my praise constantly. Avengers Academy is the story of the ongoing  battle to turn six kids with superhero abilities, who were manipulated by Norman Osborn during his stint as head of H.A.M.M.E.R, into the next Captain Americas and not the next Red Skulls. Since issue one, the tales of this group of dysfunctional super teens have grabbed my interest and have had no intent of letting go. I present to you 5 reasons why you should be reading Avengers Academy.

5. Lack of confusing continuity.

The number one problem with recommending superhero comics to new readers is that nearly all books are wrapped up in long, convoluted story lines that date back years if not decades. Avengers Academy starts off as fresh as a Marvel comic book could be these days. Here it starts off with six brand new characters placed in the newly created academy built by Hank Pym. The book itself does pick up the space left by Avengers: The Initiative and the last few arcs featuring the international team in The Mighty Avengers  continuing the development of characters like Hank Pym and Tigra, but rarely recalls any events happening in previous series to the point where a new reader would be totally lost.

This was one really strange episode of "Saved by the Bell"

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5 of comics most ridculous superhero costumes.

11 May

As I stated many a time on the T-Shirt spotlights, I am no fashion god, I am totally happy in my “classic” skinny jeans + nerd top combo. However in the world of make-believe, fantasy and continuity problems aka comics, it seems to be that the fashion police aren’t just taking a long break, but someone or something has killed the entire force and defecated on their law books. Superheros don’t always make the best choices in the wardrobe department, be it for impracticability, simple colour clashing, taking a gimmick and riding that sum’bitch into the ground or just being so offensive to the eyes and brain you’d rather take the defecation from earlier said fashion police law-book and rub it into your eyes. Ladies and nerds, I present to you 5 superhero costumes you’d rather rub poop into your eyes then actually look at.

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Deadpool #36 Review

8 May

With Deadpool going from three monthly ongoing titles to just the one. The single series steps up, Deadpool 36 brings everyone’s favourite crimson comedian back to planet Earth to catch up with a few old friends.

Being a pretty massive Deadpool fan, I love nothing more than when the series drops all the shallow gimmicks, and focuses on one of the reasons I love this book. And that is Deadpool’s unstable relationships with everyone he has ever crossed paths with. Deadpool being in space, for the last few issues, was cool and it had its moments, but it had the character interacting with a cast who I just didn’t care about, and that’s not because they were aliens, because that would be racist. Racist on an intergalactic level.

Deadpool is his funniest when he is being a jerk to characters that we know and have invested in other the years and after quite a long hiatus, Deadpool goes back to its roots.

In the last issue, we saw Deadpool give up on his attempts to be official space bounty hunter a-number one! After destroying the previous title holder, Macho Gomez, taking Macho’s spaceship, flying it into space, taking Macho’s job, marrying his chunky space wife and killing a planet. Deadpool realised that space is boring and set a course for planet Earth.
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Uncanny X-Men 534.1 Review

3 May

The team behind Uncanny X-men 534.1 create an enjoyable story for everyone to experience and finally create a .1 issue that means something.

With Marvel advertising their ‘.1’ campaign as a starting point for new readers to jump on to key titles such as Amazing Spider-Man, Invincible Ironman and even newer titles such as Secret Avengers, the .1 issues I have read to date have all been more of glorified one shots, explaining very little of past events, giving nearly no branching storyline to the main cannon and being mere throw away experiences.

I have always stayed away from most X-Men books, with the exception of the new X-Men title and Uncanny X-Force, as I have always seen the X-Men as kind of a separate universe. Barring Wolverine being on nearly every super team possible, the main Marvel universe storylines to date have had very little interaction from the X-Men since they set up shop on Utopia in San Fransisco, the mutant sanctuary island. The other reason I have always struggled to get into X-men is I’ve always found it to be quite an intimidating series to just jump into, with countless numbers of X books and a cannon, which to a new reader is quite convoluted and complex, it’s not your typical Avengers or Spidey book that you can just start from anywhere and enjoy the ride.

However even with saying that, Uncanny X-Men 534.1 is a perfect starting point for current readers and readers like me, who for many will be their first ever issue of Uncanny.

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