Anybody who is anybody knows that today is the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s newest cinematic epic. The film features Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. But unlike Marvel’s previous films, the Guardians are all relative unknowns. Well Comics Alliance has provided us with a brief, humorous, and slightly helpful history of Star-Lord. I’d use this mostly for laughs, though I can strongly agree with them about needing to read the Abnett/Lanning run of Guardians. It’s a spectacular run that didn’t get enough credit when it was in publication. Also there is a Comixology sale going on, right now!
Go forth and educate yourselves!
Of course, with Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, the big question on everyone’s mind is “What will Marvel do next?”. Well our friends over at Yahoo have some theories of what Marvel should be thinking about. I’m not too keen on a couple of their suggestions, especially bringing The Sentry to the big screen, because all he does most of the time is go crazy or sit around all depressed. (Let’s be honest, real life is depressing enough. We watch superhero movies to forget that life is depressing.) I do, however, agree with X-Statix and Great Lakes Avengers (although they left out Squirrel Girl in their description). Marvel has a really deep bench of great material and they should start tapping into it more.
They can however skip over pretty much anything Rob Liefeld did, except for a potential Deadpool Cable movie. I’d be down for that.
And what kind of geek culture blog would we be if we didn’t mention at least something from San Diego Comicon? The US site for the British newspaper The Guardian takes a look at the long standing Black Panel at SDCC. They’ve got a great interview with the man who created and runs the panel, Michael Davis. I really love the way Davis runs his panel. He noted that in the past, similar panels tended to be all about bitching, and that he wanted to do something positive. The panel’s main purpose is the discussion of how to create characters and stories that feature African-American heroes, but it goes beyond that, and regularly involves prominent members of the black community in the discussion. The biggest take away I got was the very last paragraph. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a great way to look at things.
I really want to know what Shaq had to say about comics.