Canon; Essentially the events that unfold in any given tale that are part of the official storyline, whether that be a novel, a film, a video game, etc.
Now, many Star Wars fans rejoiced when news broke that Disney had acquired the rights to make more Star Wars films. It also crushed others. With the announcement that when Disney purchased the rights, also came the announcement that nearly everything the fans knew as the Star Wars Expanded Universe was essentially made non-canon and re-branded as Star Wars Legends. Some of you may fondly remember the novels in The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn or Drew Karpyshyn’s Darth Bane Trilogy. Maybe you played the video games like Shadows of the Empire or Knights of the Old Republic. All of those stories and maybe more importantly, the characters, that those games and books introduced into the Star Wars universe are no longer official and are only “real” from a certain point of view.
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A live-action Doctor Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch is officially scheduled for next year. So comic book fans of the Master of the Mystic Arts knew that Marvel would have a new comic book series coming out soon.
Well, that time is now.
Continue reading Doctor Strange #1 Casts Spell This October
What’s this? Another brand new comic feature here on Grizzly Bomb? But Supascoot, we already have Hero Express and The Griz Bin, why on earth would we need another one? Well, why not? Hero Express covers the movies, The Griz Bin covers the web, so we need something to cover the actual comics!
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I am now on the fence about X-Men: Schism. The story is taking a terrible turn but I’m going to give it a chance and probably finish it just to see the outcome that will lead to the next X-story now titled Regenesis. Once Uncanny restarts there will be another number one title called Wolverine and the X-Men. Check out the Uncanny teaser, complete with team members only shown in silhouette for dramatic anticipation! Special thanks to IGN for the images!
Good lord where in the hell is Cyclops? If I have to see Emma Frost as the leader of a team of X-men I may have to gouge my eyes out. I’ve about had my fill of Frost, or as I like to call her, Slutty McSlutty-pants. It was cute when Grant Morrison made her a team member back in his X-men days but it’s kind of played out at this point. I was more comfortable with her as leader of the Hellions or Generation X, not a main X-men team. There were definitely rumors of Cyclops possibly being killed during Schism during the San Diego Comic Con, so could this teaser be a hint towards that? Man I hope not. I hate Cyke sometimes but don’t know how I would feel about him not leading the X-men.
Next is the Wolverine and the X-men teaser:
I gotta say I’m not a huge fan of how Wolverine looks in this teaser, but that’s how Bachalo usually draws him so I’d better get used to it if I’m going to read the title. Either way, I’m getting pretty antsy to read the third issue of Schism and see where it’s heading. Will Cyclops die? Will the Schism story get any worse? We’ll see soon enough, but that’s definitely not soon enough. In the meantime, how about everyone’s input on who’s on each team? I can definitely make out Magneto in the Uncanny teaser.
Well that wasn’t a very long wait for the second issue of the X-men’s big event for the year. After last issue I was hoping that there was going to be some good action and extended Sentinel fight scenes. Instead we get to see numerous X-men mopping up malfunctioning Sentinels across the world. These Sentinels all turned on their masters of course due to the tampering of the newest Black King of the Hellfire Club, Kade Kilgore, who is twelve…. Yup. I just can’t get over that whole aspect of the story right now, that this little kid and now a couple of his little kid friends are involved in trying to take over the world or enslave mutants or something. I’m sure we’ll be finding out soon enough.
I was also a bit disappointed in the change of artist. Don’t get me wrong, I love Frank Cho’s art but it just felt awkward after Pacheco did such a fantastic job last issue. Wolverine was still great and I enjoy his and Idie’s moments, short though they may be. But overall nothing interesting really happened. I thought maybe Quentin Quire’s annoying ass may have posed a threat of some sort but they basically turned him into quite the joke by the end of the issue. Why wouldn’t Cyke just let Wolvie stab the little bastard?
I give the issue 1 out of 5 bears. What a waste. I’m not losing hope though, I will pick up issue three to see this thing through. Even if it’s bad at that point I might as well go to issue five also. I’m a trooper and I go down with the sinking ship!
Schism starts off with one theme common in the X-books: Humans hate and fear mutants. Cyclops and Wolverine head off to ask the world to stop the proliferation of various Sentinel programs. Now if you’ve forgotten what Sentinels are, they are big ole’ purple and magenta robots whose speciality is to hunt down and eliminate mutants. In a world where mutants are feared, these Sentinels throughout various countries act as deterrents to mutants the same as nukes do to humans. In the middle of Cyclops’ speech it is of course interrupted by none other than Quentin Quire who I haven’t seen since the Grant Morrison days of the New X-men during the ‘Riot at Xavier’s’ storyline. I actually hated the little turd with a passion but he serves a purpose here, throwing the world into panic against mutants with his antics.
The Schism story so far is decent, though after the reveal on the last page I’m skeptical about where it may be going. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you reach the end. I’m sure by the midway point we’ll see the X-men start to fracture between Wolverine and Cyclops and we will have seen plenty of Sentinel bashing throughout. I’m interested to see how they handle the Hellfire Club in the series and its new leader which is the part I find so ridiculous.
Wolverine had to have been my favorite character in the issue, blowing off a group of students at the beginning of the issue because he’s so exhausted. You would be too if you were on the Avengers and several X-Teams! By the end though he has bought a gift for one of the students he blew off and joins her in eating some ice cream. Cheesy? A little bit, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Overall I give the first issue of Schism a 3 out of 5 bears.
They have me interested to read the next issue, I love sentinels and I never seem to tire of the art of Carlos Pacheco. The points I took away are because of this ludicrous story point involving a young little fell named Kilgore, but maybe more will be revealed in the next issue pertaining to him.
X-Men: Schism promises to “shatter the bonds that hold the X-Men together”…
Continue reading The X-Men Divided? – Schism