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Episode 61: Completely Important News from San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2012!

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 61:  Completely Important News from San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2012! Kentucky Geek Girl joins Will and Troy for this special ‘unplugged’ episode.
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1) Update with the guys 

Will: OMG, I lost my Wallet!

Troy: Not a thing.

2) Comic Book News  

Comics:

  • Concerning Justice League: “The first year was about the Justice League and who they are and their conflicts,” Johns said. “One relationship changes in a very big way.” There will be people quitting, Johns added, saying the next year is about how the team SHOULD be, rather than as they are. Justice League #0 in September will have Billy Batson meet the Wizard Shazam. They do not get along — Shazam is weirded out that a kid is visiting him, whereas Billy doesn’t like Shazam telling him what to do. Johns says that Billy will be joining the Justice League. Tony Daniel will be on the book after Issue #12, in a story that re-introduces the Cheetah and seeds the Trinity War in 2013.
  • Concerning Green Lantern: Johns says that the Third Army’s rationale is that the Guardians realize that emotion and fear aren’t the problem for universal strife — it’s free will. “The Guardians are trying to wipe out the main players,” including Lanterns like Kyle and Hal Jordan, Johns says.
    Johns says that the Guardians have been working to take apart the other Corps, as well, but that Atrocitus isn’t that easy to take down. Green Lantern New Guardians #0 — “By Issue #12, you’ll learn why all those rings came to Kyle in the first place.” In Issue #0, we’re going to have more first-string Lanterns, like Atrocitous, Larfleeze and Carol Ferris. Bedard says that Kyle will begin to learn to master the other colors on the emotional spectrum.
  • Writer/director/pop culture auteur Quentin Tarantino broke into DC Comics’ Before Watchmen panel at Comic-Con Saturday to announce a Django Unchained comic book adaptation at DC, based on his highly-anticipated upcoming film. According to DC, the 5-issue limited series will go on sale in November. “One of the things I’m really excited about is that Django Unchained is a big epic, and when I write these epics there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t make the movies” Tarantino told the audience. “I’m always stuck with adapting my unwieldy script into a movie every day. So what’s really cool with doing this is as a comic book is it’s the entire script. All the material that didn’t make the movie will all be part of the piece. I’m really excited about that!” “So be looking out for Django Unchained in a comic book store near you! And thanks for letting me barge in on your panel”
  • Neil Gaiman will be returning for the last remaining Sandman story, and will be drawn by J.H. Williams.  It will be released in 2013, and tells the story of how Morpheus became inprisoned prior to Sandman #1.
  • The Hulk series will get a name change, and a new lead character.  It will now be titled Red She-Hulk.

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  • Confirmed for Iron Man 3… Ben Kingsley is Mandarin.  The ‘Iron Patriot’ photo leaked a while ago is in fact War Machine, not Norman Osborne.  The movies plot draws many elements from the “Extremis” story arc.
  • Thor 2 Has Started Filming In London – In the Marvel Studios Panel at Comic-Con, Kevin Feige revealed that filming has already started in London for Thor The Dark World.  Loki will not be the main villain in Thor 2, but will have a part.  Zachary Levi will be replacing Josh Dallas as Fandral the Dashing.  Kenneth Branagh is not directing, instead it will be Alan Taylor from Game of Thrones.  Thor The Dark World movie is scheduled to be released in theaters in the United States on November 8, 2013.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier was announced.  Most likely based on the story from the comic where Bucky Barnes is found frozen in the ice, much like Cap, but was instead found by the Russians who turned him into an assassin.  The movie arrives on April 4, 2014.
  • Marvel announced the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, putting the rumor to rest.  The lineup for the film includes Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Gamorra, Groot and Star Lord.  It will be released on August 1, 2014.
  • Director Edgar Wright (‘Shaun of the Dead’) who has long been rumored to be working on an ‘Ant Man’ movie, confirmed that he is directing an ‘Ant Man’ movie but no release date is yet set. Since Marvel is aiming for two movies per year, I wouldn’t expect to see this one before 2015.
  • Firefly is getting a shiny new TV special.  To celebrate the cult-favorite sci-fi drama’s 10th anniversary, Science Channel is shooting a new one-hour special chronicling the Firefly cast reunion at Comic-Con this week.  The special — titled Browncoats Unite — will include footage from Friday’s reunion panel, featuring several members of the original team including star Nathan Fillion and creator Joss Whedon. Plus, the cast is shooting an in-depth behind-the-scenes roundtable interview that will dive deeper into burning fan questions about the beloved series. Both the panel and the roundtable will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s own Jeff Jensen.
  • Disney/Marvel announced a Phineas and Ferb special episode, featuring the first official crossover between the Disney and Marvel properties.  Phineas and Ferb will meet some of Marvel’s biggest heroes, including Spider-Man, Thor and Iron Man.

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Episode 56: Completely Fabulous!

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 56:  Completely Fabulous!

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1) Update with the guys
  
Will
Byte Girl’s Senior Prom/Graduation
Netflix’n it up

Troy
Recorder problems
 Summer Plans

2) Comic Book News  

  • DC has been teasing the aftermath of “The Culling” mini-event between Superboy, Teen Titans and Legion Lost.  1)Superboy’s life is completely changed following the event.  He had been controlled by N.O.W.H.E.R.E. all of his life, and now that he’s free, what will he do now? 2) Kid Flash was recognized by Timber Wolf and T-Wolf attacked him.  Kid Flash doesn’t seem to know much about his past.  Does Timber Wolf know more about his past then he does? 3) The Titans themselves are thrown into a mysterious place with no visible means of returning home.  The Legionnaires are to home to the the 31st Century and discover the worst thing that could possibly happen. 4)The Ravagers series starts with some of the teens who escaped from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. led by Caitlyn Fairchild.
  • JLI Cancelled?  Rumors around the internet all point to Justice League International is ending after issue #12 and the Annual.  However, there is speculation that it may go on under a different title since the writer Dan Jurgens has a project he cannot announce yet.
  • DC Changes LGBT policy: Dan Didio had previously stated that DC would not change the sexual orientation of existing DC characters, but instead would create new ones, such as the Teen Titan’s character Bunker.  However, DC’s policy on this has ‘evolved’ and revealed that one of DC’s most prominent characters will in fact be gay in the New 52.  The word is that will be an iconic male characters who has yet to appear in the New 52.  It will be revealed sometime in June.
  • Astonishing X-Men #51: First gay wedding in comics.  Northstar and Kyle.
  • DCUO Download Content 4 – “The Last Laugh” : Mark Hamill and Adam Baldwin return to their classic roles of the Joker and Superman.  More expanded Pvp play, Shields as weapons.
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, is set to premiere on October 4th, 2013.  So far, it has been reported that Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba have signed onto the film.
  • Comic Artist Ernie Chan passes away: A week after renowned Filipino comic book artist Tony DeZuniga passed away, the industry lost another pillar on May 16 in the United States when Ernesto “Ernie” Chan, 71, of Marvel and DC comics fame died after almost a year long battle with cancer. A relative, who asked not to be named prior to seeking permission from the artist’s immediate family, confirmed via Facebook that Chan died in California last May 16, or just two-and-a-half-months shy of his 72nd birthday.  Chan is best known in the comics world for his work on Conan the Barbarian and Detective Comics.
  • Thor 2: Bleeding Cool’s rumor mill is saying that the Enchantress, a long time Thor villain will be in the upcoming Thor 2.
  • Lobo: Bleeding Cool also shared a rumor that Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson will be playing Lobo in an upcoming DC movie.

3) Resource Review: The World’s Finest http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/main.php

What does The World’s Finest offer? This site has pretty much everything a fan of DC Animation is looking for! Exclusive content, news, interviews, message boards, reviews, image galleries, videos, comic and episode guides, online original comics, extensive production content, and original artwork is just a small bit of what The World’s Finest provides.

Also, we talk about how difficult it is to sign up for hte the Avengers Alliance game on Facebook.

4) Wiki of the Week: Rocket from Young Justice: Invasion

Taken from Comicvine.  http://www.comicvine.com/rocket/29-16695/

Biography

Raquel Ervin was born in Paris Island, the poorest, most crime-ridden neighborhood in Dakota. Although she is only the sidekick of the title character, Icon, she is the actual protagonist of the series. She yearned to become a writer,, but lacked the motivation. That is, until she met Augustus Freeman IV, a corporate lawyer who was secretly a stranded alien with superhuman powers. This occurred while she and her friends were robbing Freeman’s home. Raquel convinced Augustus to become the superhero Icon, and to take her on as his sidekick, Rocket. While in costume, she wore a belt Icon fashioned out of his escape pod’s inertia winder, which allowed her to manipulate kinetic energy.
Shortly after she began adventuring with Icon, Raquel discovered that she was pregnant by her ex-boyfriend, Noble. She decided to keep the baby, becoming the first single teenage mother in comics. She gave birth to a son, whom she named Amistad Augustus Ervin, named “Amistad” after famous ship that brought slaves over from Africa to America, and “Augustus” after Augustus Freeman IV, the Human alias of Dakota City superhero Icon. During her pregnancy, Raquel trained her best friend Darnice to temporarily assume duties as Rocket. Raquel eventually resumed her role as Rocket.

Rocket was more liberal than Icon, which caused them to clash on a number of occasions. She befriended Static, another teenage superhero from Dakota City. While it has been hinted that someday they might become more than friends, their relationship remained platonic throughout the run of their respective titles.

DC Universe

In the revised Milestone continuity (which merged with the main DC Universe), Rocket is still partnered with Icon.

Powers

All of Rocket’s superhuman powers derive from the inertia winder installed in her belt buckle. This device is one of two from Icon’s escape pod, the other is installed in Hardware’s current suit of armor. When activated, the inertia winder surrounds Rocket in an “inertia field,” which absorbs, stores, and redirects any kinetic energy used against it. This field protects her from anything invested with kinetic energy: physical blows, bullets, falls, falling debris, etc. The inertia field normally extends a few inches from Rocket’s body, but she can expand the field to much greater sizes. She once enclosed a crowd of about 50 people within her field without it losing its durability.
Rocket is able to project stored energy in blasts usually from her hands over a distance, causing great damage depending on the amount of energy she uses. She can also fly by releasing the stored kinetic energy beneath her, launching her skyward. She is particularly skilled in this ability, able to perform complex aerial maneuvers and hover by controlling the amount of energy released. Rocket has also learned to how to use her inertia winder to surround her opponents in an “inertialess field” which negates any kinetic energy within it down to the molecular level, effectively immobilizing them. Some opponents even fall unconscious because the field can prevent oxygen molecules from reaching their lungs.
Other uses of his field includes imbuing objects with large amounts of kinetic energy when thrown increasing their speed, effectively allowing her to throw rocks at the speed of bullets. Alternatively she can release this energy when she throws a punch delivering enough shock force to stagger beings as powerful as Icon if she uses a high enough amount.
Rocket’s inertia field has certain weaknesses due to its very nature. The field will not activate if a person or object exerts little kinetic energy against it. This makes Rocket vulnerable to stealth attacks, which rely on slower movements and minimal force. Also, the inertia field offers little protection against weapons based on non-kinetic energy like thermal (e.g., flamethrowers) or electrical (e.g., tasers).
Raquel Ervin is a voracious reader and a gifted writer. A former high school gymnast, she is very agile and has quick reflexes. Rocket is also a good hand-to-hand combatant due to her crime-fighting experience as Icon’s sidekick.

In Other Media

Rocket appears in the animated series Young Justice, starting off in several brief cameos before joining the main cast at the end of the first season. She first appears in “Revelation,” where she battles one of Poison Ivy’s plant creatures during the Injustice League’s attack on several major cities. She later reappears in “Failsafe” as one of the Earth’s heroes who repels an alien invasion, although this was only an illusion created by Miss Martian as a training exercise.
She officially becomes a member of the team upon Icon’s induction into the Justice League. She first joins the group during a mission to locate Cheshire, which leads to an ambush orchestrated by the Riddler. She is shown to harbor an attraction to Aqualad, who helps her after she is attacked by Apokoliptian weaponry.
Rocket appears in the sequel series Young Justice: Invasion, now five years older. A legal adult, Rocket is nown shown as a member of the Justice League alongside Zatanna.

5) Muy Bueno
TEEN TITANS #9

“THE CULLING” finale!• THE TEEN TITANS and THE LEGION LOST duke it out with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and the madman known as Harvest to stop the slaughter of innocent children.• This issue leads directly into this month’s RAVAGERS #1!• Continued from TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 SUPERBOY #9 and LEGION LOST #9!  Written by: Scott Lobdell

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