Four Reasons I Don’t Care About The New Captain America

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In case you missed it, Marvel announced that on Monday, a new Captain America will be announced.  As a lifelong Cap fan, I was asked what I thought of the news which became this very blog you’re reading.

It’s no surprise.

After making a Helicarrier full of money for Disnarvel, Captain America 2 is now out of most theaters, set for DVD release in mid-August. Now is the time to get Steve Rogers out of the suit and tinker with stories that they normally wouldn’t try telling when the marketing push is on for a movie. We just witnessed this entire cycle with Spider-Man and it’s happening with Wolverine in like a month as well. I expect that by the release of Avengers 2 next year, Steve is back in the suit.

I’m disappointed.

Why? Because they already pulled off installing a new Captain America the LAST time they took him out of the suit and we were getting BuckyCap stories. Both Marvel and DC disappointed me with how quickly they turned their back on the passing of the baton to the sidekicks. Both companies were doing interesting things with BuckyCap and Dick Grayson-Batman but just as the two were starting to get some traction and readers were believing that this could actually be the new status quo, they both switched back depriving fans of an era of Batman and Captain America stories that we have never experienced and may never get the chance to going forward just to stay in line with the marketing campaign.

Who could it be?

I haven’t been reading anything Captain America related for a while I admit, so I don’t know who they might be considering for the suit other than the obvious: the son of Arnim Zola that Steve raised in Dimension Z or whatever that story was that John Romita, Jr. was illustrating (I can read wikipedia just like anyone else). I find it weird because it would make sense (to me) to keep things in line with where the movies could potentially be headed.

My expectation is that Chris Evans may be done playing Cap in the movies as soon as Avengers 3 is finished shooting, but Sebastian Stan is signed for like 7 more films beyond that (or something). It would make sense to swap in Bucky in the films over Avengers 2 and Cap 3 and then move on with BuckyCap stories. But it would be weird for them to go back to BuckyCap in the comics since they already did that.

You know, the stories might be good.

Nothing that I have stated means that these won’t be good stories. I can’t say whether this is a good idea or a bad idea until I’ve read the stories. Marvel has been telling Captain America stories since 1941, and you gotta mix things up every once in a while.

What do you think?

Dan Larson is the creator behind the online comic Stick-Man and other endeavors. Connect with him on Facebook.

Comic Book Club MAY’14: Guardians of the Galaxy

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It’s time for some space-faring, cosmic superhero adventure in the May 2014 edition of the  The All-New, All-Different Near Mint Comic Book Club – where each month we take an in-depth look at one comic selection. This month the spotlight is on:

Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel, 2008)
by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (w) with Paul Pelletier (p) Rick Magyar (i) and Nathan Fairbairn (c)

With their big screen debut, just a month away, we take a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy, as introduced by Abnett & Lanning on the heels of Annihilation: Conquest. We break down some of the far-out characters and concepts, sing the praises of Paul Pelletier and delve into tangents on bronze age creators and the wonders of Marvel Cosmic. Then it’s back to earth with a look ahead to the upcoming summer blockbuster, set to hit theaters on August 1.

Music in this episode by: War, Beastie Boys

Comic Book Club is dedicated to: The Bill Mantlo Support Fund
hero_logo_colorThis month, we depart for our usual Hero Initiative plug to call attention to a specific creator in need. Writer Bill Mantlo gave us some amazing creations during his all-too-brief career, including  ROM, Micronauts and most-notably Rocket Racoon – who will make his film debut in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In 1992, Bill was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left incapacitated. Members of the comics community are answering the call and we hope you’ll join us in rallying support for Bill’s ongoing care.
Donate to the Bill Mantlo Support Fund at: http://bit.ly/1fCitYF

Comic Book Club MAR’14: I Kill Giants

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Ben, Lucas, and Dan are back with another edition of the The All-New, All-Different Near Mint Comic Book Club – where each month we take an in-depth look at one comic selection. This month the spotlight is on:

I Kill Giants (Image, 2008)
by Joe Kelly (w) and J. M. Ken Niimura (a)

I Kill Giants is a 6 issue slice-of-life series that follows Barbara Thorson, a quirky fifth grader, who creates an elaborate fantasy world as an escape from the very real troubles in her life.  Kelly and Niimura collaborate seamlessly to blur the lines between what is real and what is imagined. The result is a story that’s both heartbreaking and uplifting. Listen as we peel back the layers of this seemingly simple story to reveal something truly giant.

Music in this episode by: Assembly of Dust, They Might Be Giants

Comic Book Club is dedicated to: The Bill Mantlo Support Fund
hero_logo_colorThis month, we depart for our usual Hero Initiative plug to call attention to a specific creator in need. Writer Bill Mantlo gave us some amazing creations during his all-too-brief career, including  ROM, Micronauts and most-notably Rocket Racoon – who will make his film debut in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In 1992, Bill was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left incapacitated. Members of the comics community are answering the call and we hope you’ll join us in rallying support for Bill’s ongoing care.
Donate to the Bill Mantlo Support Fund at: http://bit.ly/1fCitYF

Comic Book Club FEB’14: Invincible

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Coming to you a little late but made with love, it’s the February 2014 edition of The All-New, All-Different Near Mint Comic Book Club! Ben, Dan, and Lucas are back in da club with this month’s selection:

Invincible (Image) Ultimate Collection Vol. 1. by Robert Kirkman (w), Cory Walker & Ryan Ottley (a) and Bill Crabtree (c).

In 2003, a young whippersnapper by the name of Robert Kirkman started writing two independent titles at Image Comics. One, a black & white zombie epic that would give life to one of the most commercially successful shows in the history of cable television. The other, a modern take on capes & tights that, in light of the recent reboots, is now one of the longest-running superhero titles in comics – and quite possibly the best.

Listen as we return to the beginning of what has become a great operatic series. See the creative spark as some of comics’ best creators embark upon their landmark work. Discover (or re-discover) a story that builds and matures right along with its young protagonist. If you love superhero comics, this is a book you need to be reading.

Music in this episode by: OK Go, Ween

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The Hero Initiative
Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. 
Donate to the Hero Initiative at: razoo.com/nearmint

Listen to Episode 60 Now: “The One Where We Talk About Comics Constipation”

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Like a rocket from the crypt, Ben & Josh roared back on the on-demand audio airwaves for episode 60 of the flagship Near Mint Comic Show, recorded live to digital tape on January 25, 2014.

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Among the topics the two talked about:

Comics related movie news and rumors!
There’s been a metric crapload of Marvel-related movie announcements since we last recorded, and some additional setbacks from DC. We discuss Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman vs. Superman, Ben finally seeing Man of Steel, not seeing Wolverine, and what’s new on the small screen. Will Ben see The Lego Movie?!?

Josh goes digital!
Thanks to Ben, Josh has gone digital for a few issues. Does he like it? Does he hate it? Will he set the pulp and paper industry back with his decision?

Ben talks Parker!
Not Peter Parker, his son Parker. (Hey, he owns the house. He can talk about whatever he wants!)

Comics!
The Dark Knight, Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, Jupiter’s Legacy, Secret Service, Arms of the Octopus and more are discussed.

Walking Dead!
We talk the series from 1:11:49 – 1:17:02. Spoiler warning, y’all!

Josh gets spoiled!
Why did Marvel decided to spoil the world about the return of Peter Parker?

The guys also discuss comics constipation (seriously!), give a postmortem to Venom and do a preview of the next edition of The Minty Awards!

Music: Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, Peter Frampton, Grateful Dead

Show Notes:

- AV Club talks Agents Of Shield from on the set

- What part of the Marvel universe will the Netflix series be in?

- Son Of Batman trailer

The 2013 Minty Awards: CAST YOUR VOTE!

MintyAwards2013The 6th Annual Minty Awards are almost here, in which we recap the greatest comics, creators and stuff of 2013. And once again, we’re looking for YOUR VOTE. Ben and Josh will each name winners each category – but we want to hear from you listeners as well! Give us your winners in some or all of the categories and have your fandom heard.

PLUS, we’ll select one response at random and that person will win a comics prize pack containing comics, artwork, things that don’t fit on our desks anymore… and more.  So not only will you contribute to the show and give props to your favorite comics, but you, yourself could be a winner. What are you waiting for – stand up and be counted!

Click Here to see all the categories and pick YOUR winners. 

You can also cast your vote (and be a part of the episode) by leaving us a voicemail at 815-31-SNIKT (76458). Make sure we know who you are so you can be eligible for prizes and we’ll play your message during the show.

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Episode 059 • Comic Book Club JAN’14

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It’s the start of 2014 and we’re partying like it’s the end of the world with another edition of The All-New, All-Different Near Mint Comic Book Club! Ben, Dan, and Lucas are back with another monthly roundtable spotlighting one book. This month’s selection: East of West (Image) Vol. 1. by Jonathan Hickman (w), Nick Dragotta (a) and Frank Martin (c).

East of West is (as Dan describes it) a supernatural, alternate history, future science fiction apocalyptic western that pits Death against the remaining 3 horsemen of the apocalypse as humanity hangs in the balance – a humanity whose history diverges from our own when cataclysmic events take place near the conclusion of the American Civil War. Hickman and Dragotta transport us to an almost unrecognizable America with rich world-building and a story with more layers than we can hope to explore in an hour and 20 minutes. We do out best though and if you’ve done your reading assignment and read volume 1 you’ll enjoy our fumbling attempt to peel back the onion and explore this complex and intriguing world.

Music in this episode by: Michael Franti & Spearhead, R.E.M.

Comic Book Club is dedicated to: The Hero Initiative
Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. 
Donate to the Hero Initiative at: razoo.com/nearmint

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