Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Xcavate: My SDCC 2011 Wrap-up blog post!

I'm guessing you guys have been reading all the X-news & updates from the SDCC 2011, if not then you can get 'em all here...This will be my final post on the SDCC- just wrapping up on all the X-news that was revealed in various other panels...

Marvel: The Next Big Thing Panel
The Marvel Ultimates comics were started back in 2000 but now, a decade later, a change is required. Enter: Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn- with Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1 & Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #1 on sale this month, Ultimate Comics X-Men releases in September along with Ultimate Comics Spiderman (which is already creating huge hype with the new half-black, half-Hispanic Spiderman, Miles Morales). The Ultimate Comics X-Men cover by Kaare Andrews >

This time around the UXM story mainly revolves around Wolverine, Rogue, Shadowcat, Iceman & the Human Torch trying to find their own way of living in the world, but the other X-characters play big roles too. Half of the UXM cast will also play a prominent part in Ultimate Comics Hawkeye! And while an Ultimate Fantastic Four series hasn't been announced yet, they'll show up in UXM a lot.
< UXM variant cover by Mark Bagley
^Some cool UXM #1 panels

There'll be a new "Evil Deadpool" comic storyline! Evil Deadpool is basically a collection of Deadpool's severed body parts! He can do anything Deadpool does- but with no conscience. Expect fireworks from this one! LOL Find the teaser covers to this series out here!

Marvel Television Presents Panel
Mostly non-X news on this panel, BUT then we do get some new updates on the Astonishing X-Men motion comic that Marvel's animation studio, Marvel Knights Animation, released back in November 2010!

For those unaware, the motion comic titled Astonishing X-Men: Gifted was a series of six episodes based on the Joss Whedon comic storyline (#1-6 Volume 3) of the same name. You can check the trailer for the Astonishing X-Men motion comic below.

As a comic series, Astonishing X-Men has been lauded as one of the best. It mainly focussed on Cyclops, Emma Frost, Shadowcat, Colossus, Beast & Wolverine. Volumes 1 & 2 were released in 1995 & '99 respectively but weren't as critically acclaimed as after Whedon took over as writer with artist John Cassaday in 2004's Volume 3. Their run introduced many new characters to the X-world such as Special Agent Brand, SWORD & Armor.

If you've seen the series or the trailer above, you may have guessed from which comics did X3 get some of it's inspiration from...Personally I loved the story of the motion comic (of course! It's Joss Whedon after all!) but visually I thought the "motion" was a bit too iffy for my taste.

Now the news: Marvel Knights Animation is currently adapting the remaining issues of Joss Whedon & John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men run with Cassaday's help (most probably on the animation & art of the series). I do hope the animation is as awesome as it was for another Marvel motion comic, Iron Man: Extremis (if you haven't watched this, I suggest you do- soon!) If they are gonna be doing ALL the issues of the Whedon run then that would include issues #7-24! Viz. the following story arcs:
Dangerous (#7–12)
Torn (#13–18)
Unstoppable (#19–24 & Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1)
Definitely something to look forward to, if you ask me!
^The various covers of the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted comics

Cup O' Joe Panel
*Cyclops' offspring Nathan is back! Yup Cable returns in December 2012 in Cable: Reborn by Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuinness. Just hope the world doesn't end before then ;P For those unaware, Cable is the son of Scott Summers & (Jean Grey-lookalike) Madelyne Pryor. However, Nathan ends up getting raised in the future.
*Also in 2012- Season One will be a series of graphic novels detailing the origins for the X-Men , Fantastic 4, Spiderman & Daredevil (so far). They'll take place in regular Marvel continuity expanding on the Silver Age comic storylines. X-Men Season One will release in March 2012 with Dennis Hopeless writing & art by Jamie McKelvie. Season One concept art (left) & comic panels preview (below):
*X-23 will be having a larger presence in the Marvel Universe, interacting with the FF as you saw here.

Disney/Marvel Team-Up Panel
As much as we would've liked this panel to be about some new movie announcements- it wasn't. :) Instead Marvel's Senior VP, Ruwan Jayatilleke, Disney Publishing Worldwide's (DPW) Global Editorial Director, Rich Thomas & DPW's Senior Editor, Michael Siglain, were out there to discuss the new Marvel books that are:
*Mainly being aimed at kids & will help supplement the comics.
*Based on the original comics, while taking inspiration from the movies- just to help keep the 60-70s stories relevant for kids today.
*Having original art from cover to cover. The superhero is on the front cover while his civilian identity is on the back.
*The origins storybooks will be hardcover & the soft cover books will focus on famous battles.
*The Marvel Origin Storybooks for the X-Men are available now, along with those for Thor, Captain America & Spiderman.
*A Wolverine Origins book (not an adaptation of the movie, thank God!) is to be released next along with a Fantastic Four Origins storybook.
< The Origins cover for Uncanny X-Men!

And that's a wrap! Get all the non-X Marvel SDCC '11 news you need out here!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Xcavate: SDCC 2011's Hasbro: Marvel Panel

OKAY OKAY! So the wrap up post was to be up next but then I figured- hey, this is gonna be my first time posting about X-toys so why not commemorate that with it's own post?! Loads of Marvel toys are being released in the coming months to next year, but I'm only discussing the X-toys :) Though this is supposed to be an SDCC Hasbro-Marvel Panel post, I'll be posting the X-toys that are in the offing from other toy companies which are definitely worth a look...

Marvel Universe:
^#1 & 2- Astonishing Beast (#1 has inset of the back of the costume too. #3-5 - Scarlet Witch
^#1- Astonishing Wolverine (with Kraven) & 1st appearance Wolverine in the background.
#2- Marvel Universe X-Force (here showing Deadpool, Wolverine & Warpath) with Fantastic 4 & Thor
#3- Magneto with Thor & Spiderman, #4- Iceman with (Thor's alien ally) Beta Ray Bill & Storm behind

^#1 A better look at Storm, #2- Magneto with glimpses of Cyclops & Psylocke, #3- The towering Sentinel

Marvel Legends:
< Hope Summers

Daken is also gonna be released in this line but I wasn't able to get a pic of his toy.

Marvel Greatest Battles:
^#1 & 2- Mister Sinister & Gambit, #3- Wonder Man & Quicksilver, #4- Captain America & Wolverine, #5- Wolverine & Silver Samurai

Now onto the other X-toy release news! (This was not part of the SDCC '11 Hasbro-Marvel Panel)

Gentle Giant
^ #1- Hawkeye & Deadpool, #2- Deadpool on scooter, #3- Black Widow & Wolverine, #4- Deadpool Corps (Deadpool, Squirrelpool, Lady Deadpool), #5- Squirrelpool.

^ Tonner's Dark Phoenix & Scarlet Witch

That's all for now folks! The wrap up post IS coming next. Promise! :) Oh! And all the exhibition pics are straight from SDCC '11 itself from MarvelousNews!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Xcavate: SDCC 2011's Marvel Video Games Panel

Well, first I thought my next post would be a wrap-up of the entire SDCC 2011 but then the video games news was SO MUCH that i just HAD to create a new post for it! The main games discussed that I'm gonna highlight are X-Men Destiny, Marvel Universe Online (MMO), Marvel Pinball 2 & Super Hero Squad Online, well, cos they got the X-Men of course!

X-Men Destiny
*There are costumes that you can use that inspire their looks from Quicksilver, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Iceman, Toad (?!), Caliban amongst others.
*Surge, Pixie, Forge & Northstar are in the game as well.
*Jean Grey is dead in the game & not all the X-Man will survive.
The latest cover released for the game >
For the rest of the XMD info read this, this & this.

Check out this new "Powers Vignette" trailer released for XMD.

Excited?? Pre-order X-Men Destiny from right here for the PS3/Xbox 360 & get an early unlock of Emma Frost Suits for your 3 main characters:

Marvel Universe Online
*Will be a free online game to play! :D And it's multiplayer!
*Good news is you play as the heroes themselves! Deadpool has been announced (see the pic below) as one of the playable characters. I'm sure Wolverine's a given too. :P
*Releases next year :( So far only PC has been announced, other platforms, if any, are TBA.
*Gazillion has been working with Marvel for at least a year to develop the game.
*Expect Marvel environments & adventures based on past stories!
*Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate X-Men amongst others) is penning the story with Gazillion's Lead Story Designer, Andy Collins, & it's got a lot more story than the usual MMOs.
*Jeff Lind, Studio Director of Secret Identity Studios at Gazillion said that "people who have come to the Marvel characters through different ways will recognize something in the game-people who have only seen the Iron Man movie will see something, hardcore fans will see something." It will incorporate elements from the comics, movies, games & animated series.
*You can create your own continuity in the game.
*Dr. Doom is the main villain in the game.

Marvel Pinball: Vengeance & Virtue
*This game is gonna have tables for Wolverine, Spiderman, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Captain America & Blade (so far).
*Download & play the game in winter 2012, on iOS & Android devices, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, WiiU & PC!

X-Men Arcade now comes to your iOS & Android device! Marvel Kapow is out for the iPhone!
Super Hero Squad: Infinity Gauntlet will release for the Nintendo 3DS.

Super Hero Squad Online
*It's absolutely free to play at heroup.com!
*New four-play cooperative combat
*Combat feature is based on a new free in built card game that contains 600 original pieces of art!

Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat
*You use THQ's uDraw tablet to create the look, scenes & story & also draw original art!
*Check out the trailer below!

*Releases in November 2011 for the PS3, XBox & Wii, but you can pre-order the game out here!

And that's the SDCC X-game news low-down. Don't forget to check out the updates from the other Marvel/X-Men SDCC 2011 panels! And yes, SDCC wrap-up post IS next! :)
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