Kraven by Skottie Young

Article by Gregg Katzman (and excellent Kraven pic by Skottie Young)

Marvel has a lot of interesting villains. From cosmic heavy-hitters like Thanos to criminal masterminds like the Kingpin, there are a lot of foes who are full of story potential. But, believe it or not, my favorite fiend is one of Spider-Man’s longtime enemies: Sergei Kravinoff, a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter – okay, I guess it’s probably not that hard to believe if you’ve read the title of the article. In fact, I like the guy so much that this is my second time writing about why I think he deserves a comic – the reason is different this time around, though – and, I kid you not, I recently bought myself a bust of the character as an early wedding gift for myself!

To some, Kraven’s a man in a silly costume that occasionally gets punched in the face by Spidey. But to me, he’s a more complex villain – a man who clearly isn’t a good guy (despite technically once being an Avenger!), but he still has his own code of honor. He’s not the kind of guy who wants to blow up a city or take over the world – his stories are smaller in scale and character-driven. He simply wants to be proud of himself and his family. He wants them to be courageous, strong, and able to overcome any obstacle in their way. But what if he wanted to change his ways and use his talents for something more noble? The latest issue of Howard the Duck has placed Kraven on the path to becoming an antihero, and now it’s up to Marvel to capitalize on this story! Yes, the comic focused on being a hilarious comedy, but there’s a legitimately awesome possibility with the character here!

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Article by Gregg Katzman

Another Wednesday, another wave of excellent new comics! Every addition of new comic book day is worth looking forward to, but there really is a lot to get excited about this week. Marvel’s dropping Old Man Logan #4, Vertigo’s releasing Sheriff of Babylon #5, and, of course, DC has given the world the Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novel. There are plenty of comics that are more than worthy of your time (see above for the full list), but there are also five #1 issues that we really enjoyed, so we want to make sure they’re on your radar. So, we’re about to briefly explain why you should give these new comics a chance. If the title sounds like a good time to you, go give it a shot. If not, maybe the next one will win you over! Either way, we hope you enjoy reading at least one comic this week!

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This week, Ted and Gavin have a look at Newsarama’s reader polled 10 Best Marvel Comics Stories, as well as chatting the teams of Marvel’s upcoming big summer event Civil War II, and checking out the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, plus so much more!

To read the comic books that we talked about in this episode, go ahead and visit our website,www.midtowncomics.com, and have them delivered right to your door, anywhere in the world!

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through Twitter, Facebook, or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com. Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

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Spider-Man

Article by Tanya Burr

 

This is not an article for those avoiding potential spoilers for Marvel’s latest film, Captain America: Civil War.

I admit, I wasn’t too overly-excited going in to watch the new Civil War trailer. We’re getting close enough now to the release that trailers risk spoiling their own films (or at least being edited in such a way that it seems as such), but it was trending and, as a comics nerd, I felt it was my duty to stay on top of such things.

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This week on The Midtown Comics Podcast, Sam and Gavin discuss Stan Lee’s legacy after a new Vulture article decided to dig deeper into it. Also, they discuss the Long Beach Comic Con, the casting of Danny Rand/Iron Fist, and they extend the giveaway another week (so get those entries in!)

To read the comic books that we talked about in this episode, go ahead and visit our website,www.midtowncomics.com, and have them delivered right to your door, anywhere in the world!

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through Twitter, Facebook, or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com. Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

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Wolverine Hugh Jackman

Article by Gregg Katzman

Actor Hugh Jackman has said that Wolverine’s third solo film – which is apparently titled Wolverine and scheduled to open in 2017 – will be his last performance as the adamantium-clawed X-Man. Will it really be his last time playing the character, or will we be lucky enough to see him appear in a potential X-Force movie? Only time will tell, but right now there’s another question about the movie that’s on everyone’s mind: what’ll it be rated? The R-rated Deadpool was a hit at the box office – to be fair, it’s the passionate and clever people behind the movie that deserve the credit for that, not the rating – and now there are reports that the newest Wolverine movie will aim for an R rating as well. Will Wolverine’s third movie be the one fans have always wanted? We’ll find out in 2017, but for now, we want to make sure you do your Wolverine homework before seeing the comic book movie! There’s plenty of good Wolvie stories out there, but here are six that are mandatory reading.

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