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By Lee Roberts

Marvel Cancels A X Book Brings In A Legend While A Force Might Be A Movie

Yet another X book that I like is coming to an end. October will be the month that brings the end of Astonishing X-Men with issue #68. This book has been one of my most liked of the X-Men books in the recent years because it actually pushed the boundries of not only the characters but with some of the stories that are being published. From having Kitty Pryde sent out in space trapped in a giant bullet to having Northstar marry Kyle, this book has had some great stories. Why it's being canceled is something that I don't get. Maybe the sales numbers are down, which I find hard to believe just for the simple fact that it's a X book that features some very cool characters such as Warbird and Wolverine. Not that don't mean that people aren't buying the book, but for whatever reason Marvel has for ending this title, I'm not happy about losing another good book.

With an ending there's always a new beginning, and no I don't mean with Astonishing X-Men (though Marvel has done it many times, ending a title and then restarting it with a new team and starting it with #1). This new beginning will come in the pages of the new title Captain America: Living Legend. Not sure what stories this title will tackle with the star spangled hero but I'm wondering if it will set during the days of WWII or current? I'm guessing it will be current with a title of "Living Legend". That title seems to set up the fact that he is the legendary fighter from WWII thus him being the Living Legend. Even though he was famous during the war I don't think he would have been called a living legend. Maybe something close to having a same feeling of that title but not quite a living legend. I would actually like to see a book out that deals with his days during WWII and not like some of the one shots where they have him going in to save the day all by himself. Rather I want to see him in stories like he has today where he fights the villains while having to deal with every day types of problems. Basically I want stories that we get today but set in the war. Anyways, I'll check out the first 5 issues to see what it's about before I decide to either keep going with it or ending it.

Looks like the trend continues of turning a comic book into a movie. Or I should say the rumor of the trend still continues with the talk coming out about X-Force becoming a movie. Created by Rob Liefeld back in the 90's where they first appeared in New Mutants #100, that's the last issue so if this movie actually does happen you might want to get that issue now while it's still cheap and easy to find. Since the first issue there have been a ton of characters used for the team, just like all the other X-Men books and teams. So, my question is this, who would be in the movie if it's made? If they use the original team, Boom Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Domino, Feral, Shatterstar and Warpath would the movie go over well for any non comic fan considering that none of these characters are even known to the general public? Lets say that Cable is introduced in X-Men Days of Future Past movie, that's only 1 out of the 7 members. Or will they use a more modern team that features Wolverine in it just so they can draw in the millions of fans both from the comics and general public? Maybe the biggest question of all, can a movie that's got X in the title that's not followed by Men that features a team of unknown characters withstand the scrutiny of fans and the public?

Also, don't forget that starting Saturday July 13, 2013 at 10/9c (that's in the AM) on the Cartoon Network a new Batman series will begin. Beware the Batman will pit Batman against new foes with the help of Alfred Pennyworth and CIA agent Tatsu Yamashiro. Alfred is going to be a retired MI-6 agent and Tatsu is also known as Katana, so it looks like there won't be a Robin in this series. Which I'm fine with but I'm wondering how they will portray Alfred. I'm guessing he will still be Bruce Wayne's butler that was once the agent, but how old will he be? I can't say too much about this series because I haven't looked into it that much beyond that I know that those are going to be the supporting characters for Batman and the day that it starts. I've been trying to keep away from getting too many spoilers these days of new shows, movies, and comics but by doing so I've made it a little tougher for me to write in my blog about them.

Batman #22

Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Written by: Scott Snyder
Drawn by: Greg Capullo
Plot: It's the second part of "Zero Year" that will get into the history that Batman has with the Red Hood Gang.

Green Lantern Corps #22
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99
Written by: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Drawn by: Bernard Chang
Plot: John Stewart has to reach Oa to warn the new Latern Corps of a new threat that could be very dangerous.

Superman Unchained: #2
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Written by: Scott Snyder
Drawn by: Jim Lee
Plot: Ascension are attacking more and the only way that Superman can hope to stop them is with the help of Batman.

Hawkeye #12
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99
Written by: Matt Fraction
Drawn by: Francesco Francavilla
Plot: With all the problems Clint has on his table, what will happen when his brother Barney enters the picture?

X-Files Season 10 #2

Publisher: IDW
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99 (Depending on the variant cover)
Written by: Joe Harris
Drawn by: Michael Walsh and Carlos Valenzuela
Plot: Part 2 of a 5 part story where Scully is being chased down for her baby.

Harbinger Wars #4
Publisher: Valiant
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Written by: Duane Swierczynski and Joshua Dysart
Drawn by: Clayton Henry and Patrick Zircher
Plot: The war is coming to a end and it's going to be an all out battle.


Yes I still hate what is being done in the Superior Spider-Ock book and yes I'm still reading it but as I explained to a friend, I read it only because it being Spider-Man (even though it's not the one I like). If this were any other character I would have dropped the book and stopped reading it. So even though I know the stories will suck, that I will not like them, I still keep an eye out for what's to come in hopes that one day I will be reading that news that says Peter Parker is coming back and Ock is going away. Sadly today is still not that day, Ock is still in control and it looks like he might be hooking up with Black Cat in issue #20 of Superior. So what will Felicia Hardy think of this new Spider-Man that has already killed, beats people near to death, and treats people like trash? Will she notice a difference or even care that there is a difference?



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Lots of great news on here. Thanks a lot! I actually still have my X-force #1 comic and would love to see it as a movie. X-force has always had more adult-themed story arcs and been more interesting to me than the actual X-men. *FINGERS CROSSED*