Slow weekend for pop culture news, but here is what I got for ya!
ComicsGate is now a registered trademark
Doc Ock getting Superior Spider-man title back
Iceman #1 has Bobby Drake investigating Morlock murders
Marvel teases death of a Guardian of the Galaxy
Civilization 6 coming to Nintendo Switch
Pokemon Go adding shiny Moltres
All the Nerdy News that is fit to know on this Thursday.
Incredibles 2 short “Auntie Edna” will detail the night she babysat Jack-Jack
Doom reboot will not have Spider-demon
Captain Marvel will show origin and introduce Monica Rambeau
House of Cards teaser reveals Frank Underwood is dead
Timothy Dalton will be Chief, Dr. Niles, on Doom Patrol
Guardians of the Galaxy reboot will have lots of cosmic characters
William Stryker back as X-men villain
Marvel introduces Old Man Punisher
Avengers #7 gives origin of first Ghost Rider and Wendigo
Lobo is Crush’s dad, but who is her mom?
Artgerm hid easter eggs in Catwoman cover
Happy Labor Day! Here’s all the nerdy news you need to get you through the day!
Incredibles 2 passes $600M at domestic box office
SYFY developing Deadly Class into a series
Stranger Things developed into a comic book
James Gordon Jr being brought back for Batman Who Laughs
Dan Didio teased death of Tim Drake in Heroes in Crisis
Detective Comics #100 will celebrate 80 years of Batman
Guardians of the Galaxy being rebooted
Alterna Comics released Micah Myers over block chain ban
Doomsday Clock #7 will look at reasons behind Dr Manhattan involvement
Wrestler Kane is the mayor of Knox County, TN
You may recognize Sean Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. He was Kraglin, one of the Reavers under Yondu.
He is a 1996 graduate of DePaul University’s prestigious acting program where he earned his BFA in Acting.
Sean also does the motion capture for Rocket Raccoon in the movies.
**TNTM note – I apologize for the sound quality on this video. The press conference area was open to the sounds of Phoenix Comic Fest going on around us. There was also a live podcast booth right next to the press conference area. **
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie coming soon
Guardians of the Galaxy’s box office success proved that Marvel can take a group of lesser known characters and make a really good movie. It is one of those rare movies that received an over 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from both the critics and the audience. The casting was really good for the most part. The writing for the story was phenomenal.
In 2 short hours ( I say short because it didn’t feel like that long watching it) you were introduced to a plethora of characters. You got a good feel for the characters, their backstories, and their motivations. It also introduced the movie going audience to Marvel interplanetary characters. Most of the Marvel movies have been centered around Earth based characters up to this point.
In 2017 we will be flocking to theaters for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The storyline according to Marvel is as follows:
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
We will revisit the original cast and be introduced to some new ones. One of those new characters is Mantis.
Story of Mantis
Mantis is the half-Vietnamese, half-German daughter of Gustav Brandt (Libra). She was born in Vietnam. Her father left her at the Temple of the alien Priests of Pama, a sect of the Kree. The Kree believe she might become the Celestial Madonna and mate with the eldest Cotati on Earth to become the mother of the Celestial Messiah, “the most important being in the universe”.
Mantis was trained by the Priests of Pama to become a grand-mistress of the martial arts. She has demonstrated being fully capable of defeating opponents as skilled as Captain America. Mantis can also instinctively sense weak points in an opponent.
Using this with her skills in pressure points she is able to knock out beings as powerful as Thor. She has only lost in hand to hand martial arts match to Moondragon and her father Libra. She also has mental powers that enable her to manipulate others. In the comics Mantis has been an interesting and sometimes controversial character.
Story of Ego
Kurt Russel will be playing the role of Ego the Living Planet. They are writing him in as being Peter Quill’s (Star-Lord) father. The fact he was able to hold the Infinity Gem at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy let us know there was a bit more to him.
Ego is exceptionally intelligent. He has an extreme superiority complex and can be emotional if thwarted. For a while Ego is propelled through space via the engine Galactus implanted on him and can travel at faster than light speeds.
Ego has total control over his entire mass down to the molecular level. He often shapes himself into the appearance of a gigantic face on the planet’s surface to address powerful beings. He is able to create humanoid vessels for his consciousness. He also possesses psionic abilities allowing him to project blasts powerful enough to destroy other worlds.
This sequel promises to be just as good as the first one if not better. Going on the record here predicting another huge box office for Marvel with Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Can’t wait to see how much little Groot has grown up.
Hey Zia Comics fans, Li’l Deadpool here. There have been some shady characters stealing the spotlight from yours truly. Though not as shady as myself, the Guardians of… Whatever they guard, are a bunch of misfits with some pretty long records.
The green hottie (Gamora not Drax) was an assassin for Thanos!
Drax the Destroyer (probably of toilets) has a vendetta against the Mad Titan and is on a mission of vengeance against him.
Rocket and Groot… I thought my imagination was wacked. The person who thought up those two must have had an aneurysm of awesomeness after that spark of creativity.
Groot and I stayed up all night long talking, but I feel like I know so little about him. Rocket is smarter than he looks… Smaller though, much smaller in person.
Then there is Starlord, or Peter I guess. He is the son of the Spartax King and half human. Despite a tragic back ground (who doesn’t have one of those nowadays though, am I right?) He can sure show a loud mouth merc a good time.
I know what all of you are thinking, “ol’ Deadpool is going to overreact and get in over his head.” The whole shootem up thing was my first instinct, and I must admit I love that plan. But I got to spying on my new targets and I came to find them, dare I say, heartwarming.
Well… If you can’t bring yourself to shoot em, might as well join em! Plus they love dramatic poses just as much as your pal Deadpool. Til next time ZC Fans! MUAH!
James Romansky is a graduate from NMSU and has written many Lil’ Deadpool Diary Adventure Parodies for Zia Comics in Las Cruces New Mexico. He is the photographer and editor of the photos that correspond with each story of the series as well. A Native New Mexican, James predominantly writes short fiction loosely based off his experiences in the southwest.