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SPIDER BYTE: (Pun intended) May 2nd can’t come soon enough for me. The more I see about Amazing Spider-Man 2, the more anxious I get. This latest (and greatest) trailer looks fantastic. Well just see for yourself![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYpMUDg78RE]
MARVEL BYTE: Marvel Studios marketing machine is at it again. They are airing a new special on ABC TV in about a month called Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe. The special will take you through a documentary style look at how Marvel Studios created the Marvel cinematic universe starting with Iron Man (2008) and continuing all the way through their television property, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and into the future. To entice you even further into watching the show they will be peppering it with trailers and teasers of upcoming movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and even The Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you saw the Guardians of the Galaxy teaser right here in Nerd Bytes 42 – Heroes Reborn, Farscape Movie, & DC Comics’ Future then you know you want to see these trailers. Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. I’ll see you there!
BOOM! BYTE: Remember when creators used to be company specific and a great creator going from one company to another was a big deal? Well this isn’t your father’s comic industry anymore. Creators routinely change companies and lately even work for everyone. Cullen Bunn has been on a roll for the last year or so. He is working for Marvel Comics on Night of the Living Deadpool and Magneto. He is also working for DC Comics on The Remains for MonkeyBrain and Sinestro. Now Bunn has been signed to join the likes of Brian Stelfreeze, Si Spurrier, George Pérez, Paul Jenkins and Mike Carey at BOOM! Studios. Bunn will bring his creator-owned series Sixth Gun to the publisher. Sixth Gun is a new horror mystery series starting in June. The cover from Vanesa R. Del Rey is pictured here.
INDIE BYTE: Andrez Bergen may be the hardest working man in the literary industry. He has written 3 books in the last few years including Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa. If you’re a noir mystery or 60s Marvel Comics fan you must go to Amazon and get it right now. I’ll wait (tapping foot impatiently). Ok, are you back? You can read it later, now pay attention. Bergen’s fourth book Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth will be available in May from Perfect Edge Books. I got a sneak peek at it and it’s brilliant! A couple of weeks ago I let you in on his comic book venture with artist Matt Kyme. Tales to Admonish has had two issues published and they are a compilation of short mystery thrillers in the style of old comics like Startling Stories. His latest venture, yeah another one, and he has a full-time job and a family too is called Black-White. Don’t tell him I’m onto him but I think he’s an alien life-form that doesn’t require sleep. The focus of Black-White anthology is noir, but with twists. The stories run the gamut from crime to suicide to post-apocalyptic dystopia. Bergen elicited the help of Matt Kyme for the cover and an international group of artists for the various stories including Drezz Rodriguez, Michael Grills, Nathan St. John, Andrew Chiu, Marcos Vergara, and even Bergen himself. Black-White will be in hardcover format and will be available in March from If? Comics. Pre-order the digital version now for just $1 at iffybizness.weebly.com. Well get going already, but come back to finish reading Nerd Bytes!
STAR TREK BYTE: Rejoice fans of Star Trek, because IDW has paired the timeless space odyssey with a legendary writer, John Byrne! Byrne recently produced the Star Trek Annual 2013 as a photonovel. The work sold out its first print and has a second print coming. Let it not be said that IDW is not willing to give the people what they want. Starting in May Byrne will produce a bi-monthly photonovel series entitled Star Trek: New Visions. The series starts where the classic Mirror, Mirror episode left off. Described by IDW Editor-In-Chief Chris Ryall as “the closest thing to original series ‘lost episodes’ that the world will ever see, Mirror, Mirror Cracked will start when the crew finds two stow-aways on board and one of them has a deal with one of Kirk’s oldest foes. Watch for the first issue this May from IDW. Check out this more in-depth look, John Byrne Expands Star Trek: New Visions.
MOVIE ROUND-UP: You again? Yes the rumors are swirling again about a new Matrix Trilogy being in the works. This story does pop up occasionally and thus far has resulted in nothing of substance. This time Latino Review are claiming that, “The Wachowski’s have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio.” I’ll believe it when I see a trailer. The Veronica Mars movie premiers in a couple of weeks on March 14th. Producers, assuming that you might not have the time to watch the three seasons of material before the film, added this opening scene to the film to catch you up. Have a look.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xwxwrAW2qk]
FLASH BYTE: We have known for a while that Grant Gustin would be television’s Barry Allen, The Flash. He appeared in two episodes of Arrow on CW which included his origin in the last of his crossover episodes. We now know that the pilot for the series is set to begin production next week. As a preview teaser Warner Bros. has released a head-shot of Gustin in a Flash mask. The costume was designed by the three-time Academy Award winning Colleen Atwood who also designed the Arrow costume for Stephen Amell. The Flash pilot is contending for a series spot on The CW’s 2014-2015 schedule. I hope it makes it, but that will be determined by the pilot. With Arrow executive producer leading a writing team that also includes Arrow veteran Andrew Kreisberg, and DC Chief Creative office Geoff Johns, it has to be good, doesn’t it?
NERDITORIAL: Welcome back James Robinson. I was less than happy when Robinson left DC Comics’ Earth 2 under strange and unexplained circumstances. I got over it. Robinson then moved to Marvel Comics and launched a new Invaders title for the All-New Marvel Now imprint. This book is still in the early stages and I’m not sure how much I like it yet. It has been slowly developing the characters who really haven’t been together much since World War II. I’ll let that develop before I make a decision on how much I like it. Now Robinson has launched a new Fantastic Four series. The ‘First Family of Marvel Comics’ needs no such slow-played introduction. In this case Robinson dove right in and changed the status quo by bringing us The Fall of the Fantastic Four. Yes, his first official action as the new writer was to destroy the Fantastic Four. **SPOILERS AHEAD** The first issue, narrated by Susan Storm, Invisible Woman, as a letter to her children Franklin and Valeria, describes the beginning of the series of events that in her words results in Reed Richards being a broken man, Ben Grimm imprisoned for murder, Johnny Storm a lost soul, and Susan herself alone and heartbroken. It has been a long time since I was interested in the Fantastic Four, but this first issue had me at hello. Starting with the demise of the team, then back-tracking to tell us how it all happened is brilliant. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Robinson’s writing and Leonard Kirk’s art are a must see on any nerd’s reading list. Check out this review by Word of the Nerd writer Sean Mills’ Review – Fantastic Four #1. What are you waiting for?