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    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Valiant did WHAT?!?!?!?! AfroLinkBlog Strikes Back!


    Another Week! Another Big News Story! Another Case of Daryll Yelling! Welcome to My AfroNerd Link-Blog People!

    News broke over the weekend then was confirmed late Monday Night that Chinese Production Company DMG Entertainment bought the cinematic rights to Valiant Comics properties. They aren't novices in this realm with previous associations in Iron Man 3 and Looper, which let's face it, had a lot of comic book tropes. What they are going to do with Valiant properties isn't exactly clear right now, but the name of Shadowman has been thrown around and of course, that got my little brain turning furiously at which properties can be used RIGHT NOW:

    Harbinger - Youth with powers rebels against Harada Corporation which sets off a chain reaction revealing corruption and a host of other people with powers to the world. You want to out X-Men the X-Men, this is your property....

    X-O Manowar - Soldier/Berserker/Tough Guy early in Earth's Recorded History gets abducted. Stumbles upon futuristic suit of armor. Uses it to escape alien captors and returns to Earth...except it is now in the modern day. Now he's on the radar of every major country. Think Game of Thrones meets Iron Man with a touch of Encino Man.

    Bloodshot - Soldier undergoes procedure where nanites are infused within his bloodstream. However he loses his memory and now is "programmable". Can heal any injury and is nigh-unstoppable until that one mission... and now memories and past actions are creeping back in... Universal Soldier meets Total Recall Folks!

    Archer & Armstrong - One's a long lived drunken lout. The other is an older teen prodigy that is gifted at everything he does....except connecting with people...with the exception of the lout. Conspiracies and world traveling abound as this superhero Odd Couple meets X-Files with a twist of Rain Man get into one sticky situation after another...

    You may notice that I haven't put a couple of books here and for good reasons:

    H.A.R.D. Corps and Unity can't be movies until you establish Harbinger and Bloodshot first... although look up HARD Corps folks. Tell me that wouldn't be a kick ass "Dirty Dozen meets Strikeforce Morituri by way of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents" type movie.

    Quantum and Woody would be a great concept too but then we would essentially get the Chinese into their first Jack Kirby situation with Christopher Priest. You know what? Screw that! Let's get Priest onboard early and make Quantum and Woody! lol (So? I can get greedy!!!!)

    LINK TIME!!!!!

    -O-Oh

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/marvel-inker-norman-lee-goes-missing-in-cayman-islands

    I keep looking for news about a break in this but....no... Condolences to his wife, family and friends.....

    -O-oh....less serious...

    http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2015/03/10/sleepy-hollow-loses-its-showrunner/

    Next season will be a true test for Sleepy Hollow. No more Katrina as a crutch. But also no "main" baddie to craft a season around. Let's see if they can bounce back from the sophomore slump and appease their disillusioned fanbase.

    -In honor of March Madness, a full court press has begun....

    http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2015/03/10/20-new-star-wars-books-will-pave-the-way-to-the-force-awakens/

    ...and we say that Marvel and DC flood the marketplace! 20 new novels? What the...? But I know a couple of fans who will be all over this....

    ...and this happened Monday...

    http://www.newsarama.com/23747-george-lucas-visits-nyc-comic-shop-for-star-wars-comics.html

    ...I just knew I should have visited Midtown before I went into work! Goshdarnit!!!

    -This....this is a thing now?

    http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2015/03/iron-mans-robert-downey-jr-presents-boy-with-real-bionic-arm/

    Holy...! Kudos to Albert Manero for creating the limb and...wow. Just wow....

    -Read Lee Bermejo's take and I actually like it...

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/bermejo-expands-robin-concept-beyond-teenage-white-kids-who-all-look-the-same

    Batman's Gotham has been essentially lily white or whitewashed. I like that an urban kid can be heroic in Gotham WITHOUT having to go to Wayne Manor. As usual the forum wasn't as open-minded....

    -Once again, I prepped for the right hook and I didn't see the left jab get me....

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/the-mission-cbs-new-supergirl-a-history-of-male-control-and-the-new-superwomen

    I told Mr. Illidge on Twitter that I totally forgot about the whole uproar about Jamal Igle changing up Supergirl's costume. I realize that this is a minor point compared to the bigger point of the article about the lack of female input regarding Kara/Linda but...still....he got me right in my pride. LOL Point to you Mr. Illidge.

    -On that same note, I have also crossed paths with Greg Pak and well....

    http://comicsalliance.com/greg-pak-jonathan-coulton-princess-who-saved-herself-interview/

    Plus. Leave it to Chris Sims to get in the line to steal the interview: “Please back the Kickstarter, or else I can never read this book to my daughter… you monsters.” Classic! I am going to recommend this to friends with small kids who want to introduce them to comics... Also..did you buy Storm this month? Hint. Hint. HINT!

    -Then there is Dan Slott....

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/slott-unwraps-the-twisted-secrets-of-peter-parkers-spider-verse-adventure

    Is it bad that I am having fun with some of the "fans" who just crap on these interviews where the creator is just being honest? Spidey-Verse was an unexpectedly great fun read for me just like Forever Evil before it. Dan Slott and Co. Thank You.....

    -I have been getting the trades every 6 months for the last 8 years.....

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/brian-michael-bendis-on-the-surreal-15-year-odyssey-of-the-powers-tv-series

    ...but I was still awestruck to see the pilot came out. For Powers Fans angry that Deena is now black, believe me there is an even bigger change to canon that will cause an uproar. I have to see how that character's involvement will affect the stories to come.

    -I have hyped the book. You saw the recent march reenactment/tribute in Selma. I can't impress upon you all to get this book.

    http://comicsalliance.com/good-trouble-necessary-trouble-john-lewis-talks-march-on-the-daily-show/

    Have there been any more geek insider friendly insightful series on Cable TV than The Daily Show and The Colbert Report?

    -So should I ask if you have seen this yet?

    http://comicsalliance.com/marvel-netflix-daredevil-trailer/

    Dark. Moody. Hardcore. This might be awesome...

    -I give DC credit.

    http://www.newsarama.com/23743-dc-to-offer-free-8-page-previews-of-all-49-relaunch-titles-canon-gets-nod-over-continuity.html

    Even as a Marvel Zombie I have to admit that their cross company plan for Convergence seems WAAAAAY more cohesive & fan friendly than Marvel's Secret Wars. Let's see if Marvel can get their stuff together, instead of throwing everything against a wall to see what sticks.

    ...but I can say that this will be the inside hit....

    http://www.newsarama.com/23748-captain-marvel-the-carol-corps-hit-secret-wars.html

    I joked about the Carol Corps until I got Twitter. I thought H.E.A.T. was powerful. I was wrong. These fans of Carol Danvers and Captain Marvel are RELENTLESS. Devotion and belief are not just buzz words to the CC, they are what the group LIVES by. I guarantee 20k units sold w/o even trying and then it going to 30k once the Corps start campaigning.

    -Really?

    http://www.newsarama.com/23737-the-walking-dead-spin-off-gets-two-season-order.html

    Already? I mean the public hasn't seen show 1 yet! And this talk recently of "sexy" zombies hasn't assuaged any doubts of mine....

    -Leaving the blog on a thank you....

    http://comicsalliance.com/diana-schutz-retires-dark-horse/

    May we all get a boss as open-minded and forward thinking as Madame Schutz. Thank you for allowing the Dark Horse line to be great reads with little turmoil/drama. Good luck with whatever you do next...

    Thanks For Reading Folks! Until Next Time, I'll See You in the Stands!
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