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“The Secret Return of Nick Fury” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #12, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, is also now online at Avengers Forever.
Where has Nick Fury been since the Secret War and what’s he been up to, and why can’t he trust anyone any more? Find out all this and more – and check out my review here:
“New Howling Commandos #1” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #13, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, is also now online at Avengers Forever.
Where are the Avengers? Not a one in sight as Nick Fury gathers a new team to fight the Skrulls’ Secret Invasion in this seeming pilot for a new series – all this and more – check out my review here:
“Skrulls, Secrets, and the Sentry” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #14, by Brian Michael Bendis and Khoi Pham, is also now online at Avengers Forever.
Young Gun artist Khoi Pham begins his run on Mighty Avengers and rocks the house with this Sentry solo spotlight – all this and more – check out my review here:
“Personal Worst” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #15, by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr., is now online as well at Avengers Forever.
Whatever happened to Henry Pym? Trust me, you don’t want to know… another of Pym’s darkest hours at the hands of Bendis – all this and more – check out my review here:
“Eulogy for the Wasp” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #20, by Brian Michael Bendis and various artists, is now online at Avengers Forever.
After the final battle of the Secret Invasion, the Avengers mourn one of their own – all this and more – check out my review here:
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When the Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. motion comic from Marvel on iTunes first debuted I mentioned that this may be the beginning of the end for the print comic. Here is just one of the many reasons this may be so – the theme song. You don’t get a theme song with a paper comic book.
“Watch Your Step” is by Dan Phillips with Anna Abbey and the Marvel Music Group, and is pretty darned catchy. Watch out.
Yesterday Marvel Comics debuted its first original motion comic on iTunes: Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. Today, it was the number one seller on the television and animation charts. And it could very well be the death knell for print comics.
The series involves Jessica Drew alias Spider-Woman bouncing back from the traumatic events of Secret Invasion and New Avengers and finding her way in a treacherous new world. Adding to the excitement is the creative team – writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev – famous for their Eisner Awards and their NYT bestselling Daredevil run. It’s also worth noting that it was Bendis who brought Spider-Woman from a minor forgotten character to the forefront of the Marvel Universe.
While the stories featured in this iTunes exclusive will at some point next month be available in a traditional print format, the presentation is key here. While previous motion comics have been merely already existing comics retooled for the motion comic format – essentially comic images moving across the screen via flash animation – Spider-Woman is something new.
Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. is created specifically for the motion comic format, and just by that virtue, it is different, and amazing. With a complete voice cast, a soundtrack and a notable lack of confining comic panels, this episode has a widescreen cinematic style that is something rarely seen in the comic book medium.
This new visual style at $1.99 per ten-minute episode vs. $3.99 per twenty-two page issue of a comic book may just give credence to the phrase “Print is dead.” While I sincerely hope not, I am still very excited by this event, and you should be too. Definitely check it out.