It should come as no surprise we’re big fans of writer Warren Ellis around here. His work is inspired and he brings a different sensibility to anything he takes on. In a great way.
So yes, we’re pretty excited (to say the least) he’s writing the upcoming Moon Knight comic series from Marvel. Want to know more? Of course you do.
“The touchtone for this book, for me, has been ‘Weird Crime.’ Both ground-level action and high strangeness,” says Ellis in an interview with Marvel.com. “This is a take on Moon Knight that unifies all the previous takes, making the character whole and taking him forward into a new kind of crime fiction.”
As a mercenary turned super hero, Marc Spector has faced down everything from werewolves, super villains to his own fractured psyche. Fearsome foes and gruesome threats permeate the darkest corners of New York City. Is Moon Knight ready for NYC? Better yet, is NYC ready for him?
Check out the preview pages after the break. Look for Moon Knight to arrive in stores on March 5.
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That’s right comic book fans, it’s that time of the week again. Well, in truth, it was yesterday but better late than never, right?
Anyway, new comics are out from our friends at Marvel this week and, as always, we’ve got some we’re really interested in reading. Among the new ones coming out, we’re looking forward to Fear Itself #3, Moon Knight #2, X-Men #12, Uncanny X-Force #11 and SHIELD #1.
As with most weeks, new comics out on Wednesday (even with the holiday this week), so hit your nearest comic book store for best selection as many people may thing today is new comic book day this week.
Don’t know where your nearest comic store is? Use this handy guide to find one.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #663
ASTONISHING X-MEN #39
AVENGERS ACADEMY #14.1
AVENGERS, THOR & CAPTAIN AMERICA: OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #4
CRIMINAL: LAST OF THE INNOCENT #1
DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER – THE BATTLE OF TULL #1
FEAR ITSELF #3 (FI)
FEAR ITSELF #3 CAMUNCOLI VARIANT (FI)
FEAR ITSELF #3 IMMONEN VARIANT (FI)
FEAR ITSELF: THE DEEP #1 (FI)
HERC #4 (FI)
HEROES FOR HIRE #8
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #503 2ND PRINTING VARIANT (FI)
MARVEL ZOMBIES CHRISTMAS CAROL #1
MOON KNIGHT #2
OZMA OF OZ #7
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 HISTORICAL VARIANT
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Even though I’m a big fan of Marvel’s comics, the character of Moon Knight was never one of my favorites. I tended to gravitate to the more grounded characters like Captain America or Nick Fury instead of the more fantastic ones. Still, that doesn’t mean Moon Knight hasn’t been popular with Marvel fans, he has.
And now his fans have yet another reason to be happy because the character has a brand new series coming out soon from Marvel. Here’s some details: “From the Eisner Award-winning creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, the new series features Moon Knight as he heads to Los Angeles as a one-man Avengers team to dissolve a criminal syndicate tearing the City of Angels apart.
Except there will be no warm welcome, because once word gets out about Marc Spector’s arrival, the mastermind behind LA’s crime circuit will stop at nothing to make an example of any Avengers who cross him. Plagued by incurable schizophrenia, can Moon Knight hold it together to clear out a city riddled with villains?”
Sounds cool. I may have to re-think my opinion of this character.
Click though to check out some pages from the new comic. Moon Knight #1 hits comic store shelves on May 4, 2011.
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Since the announcement that Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment over a year ago, we the fans have been waiting to see exactly how that would effect us, because really, it’s all about us. We haven’t seen any mega-crossovers like Daredevil the Pooh or Spider-Mouse, but it looks like Disney may just be pulling some weight by bringing a few Marvel titles to your TV screen.
After a presentation on the Disney lot, Marvel has put together a short list of properties that they are looking to bring to TV in the next few years. On the very top of that list is a live action Hulk series, helmed by comic veteran Jeph Loeb, who most know for his work on NBC’s Heroes.
Hulk could go into production over at ABC as early as mid-summer. Next in line, the plan is to work on a series based on the Cloak & Dagger franchise, which would go straight to ABC’s cable network, ABC Family. The story would follow the duo of Tyrone Johnson (aka Cloak, who has the ability to teleport) and Tandy Bowen (aka Dagger, who has the ability to heal and create daggers from light).
Both shows are in very early development, but that hasn’t stopped the studio from poking around a handful of other properties to adapt into the small screen. Heat Vision has the short list.
Executives presented ABC suits with a list of titles they identified as possible series:
• Heroes for Hire (focusing on ex-con Luke Cage offering to take on bad guys for a price);
• The Eternals (a race of superpowered beings live amid humanity in secret, inspiring legends);
• Agents of Atlas, Alter Ego (private investigator Jessica Jones takes on cases involving superhumans);
• Moon Knight, the Red Hood (a low-rent criminal discovers a cloak that gives him superpowers);
• Ka-Zar (a Tarzan-type and his saber-toothed tiger must journey to the concrete jungle to seek justice);
• Daughters of the Dragon (a dynamic female duo, one with a bionic arm and the other a granddaughter of a samurai, open a private-detective agency); and
• The Punisher (one man wages a war on crime; already adapted as two feature films).
Even given Hulk and Cloak & Dagger, this is an incredible list, and could only mean that Warner/DC and Disney/Marvel have decided that the silver screen wasn’t large enough for them to wage war, and they’re now taking over our living rooms. In any outcome, we all win.
Marvel’s Moon Knight has never been a character I thought much of. Not that he’s terrible or in any way uninteresting, I just never got “into” him. I usually stuck to other comics from Marvel like Captain America, X-Men and the like and didn’t really branch out all that much. I know, I’m sure I should have.
Obviously, one person’s lack of interest hasn’t stopped Moon Knight from becoming quite popular. So popular, in fact, that he’s starring in a new comic and we’ve got a preview for the first issue for you today.
The new book, called Shadowland: Moon Knight #1, comes from author Gregg Hurwitz and artist Bong Dazo and tells the story of Daredevil, defender of Hell’s Kitchen and leader of the ninja death cult known as the Hand who enlists both the villainous Profile and a new avatar of Khonshu to permanently eliminate Moon Knight. What will Moon Knight do? Why kick ass, of course. Although, not if Daredevil has anything to say about it.
Check out previews for the new comic after the jump. Shadowland: Mood Knight #1 hits comic book stores on August 25th.
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Here at The Flickcast we hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. Given the holiday, we want to make sure you realize that comics hit stands this Thursday, May 28, rather than Wednesday because of the holiday schedule.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wandered into the store on a Wednesday after a holiday and there were no new books. Sometimes even I forget. Feel free to have a hearty laugh at my expense in the comments, I’d laugh at me too. I just want you to be able to benefit from my experience.
My first recommendation this week is the absolutely stellar “Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #6.” Lost co-creator and Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof has been blowing me away with this series. To be honest, I’ve enjoyed this book more than Lindelof’s big screen work. How can you not be blown away by a Leinil Yu book where the second page of the first issue has Hulk tearing Wolverine in half?
My second recommendation is “The Last Days of Animal Man #1.” Anyone who has read the seminal Grant Morrison series should file this in the “t0 try” pile. Written by Law & Order producer Gerry Conway, this book chronicles, well, the last days of Buddy Baker.
My final recommendation is going to be “Moon Knight: The Death of Marc Spector.” Written by Entourage producer Mike Benson, its likely the most troubling and violent comic being done at Marvel Comics and is also the most interesting. With the Thunderbolts on his trail, Marc Spector runs for his life alone and friendless on Christmas. Some really entertaining stuff here.
One of my personal favorite comic book stores in New York City, Forbidden Planet, provides a great listing of everything released this Thursday. As always please let us know what you picked up.
Be sure to check out Dave’s previous Weekly Comic Recommendations here, here, and here.