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08.22.2012

Since the dawn of the format, comic books have shaken things up periodically to keep things fresh for the readers. Heroes have died and come back to life when the buzz wore off. Other heroes have come out of the closet or changed ethnicity/gender depending on which universe du jour the comic publisher unveiled that week. So, it is no surprise that once again some major heroes have changes coming their way.

First up is the MAN OF STEEL himself. Superman and all of the DC Heroes were rebooted with The New 52 launch that also had the Green Lantern come out to the world as being gay. Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed the news that after some shocking tragedy, Superman and Wonder Woman will hook up (brown chicken, brown cow!). Writer Geoff Johns told EW the relationship will have a seismic impact on all the heroes and villains in the DC universe and will not be a one issue stunt.

While I do not think that the news of Wonder Woman and Superman getting together is all that shocking (nor would Batman and Robin finally cutting that tension!), it would make the potential for a SuperBaby quite interesting. We will all find out how Supes, ahem, opens the cockpit of her invisible jet on August 29th.

The other superhero shift comes from Marvel comics. Spider-man, who has been a member of various superhero squads, will be getting a sidekick for the first time.

Unlike most major shifts, this change will be happening in the main Marvel universe and will not be a publicity stunt. In fact, this change will likely have the biggest character impact we have seen to Spider-man in a long time.

Spider-man's new sidekick (to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stan Lee's creation) is named Andy Maguire, a slacker from Peter Parkerís old high school. Until, that is, a science experiment gone wrong grants him powers, including superstrength and flight. Spider-man feels responsible for the accident and takes Maguire, who will go by the hero name Alpha, under his wing.

Spider-man has always been a geeky, smart-ass teenager who was forced to grow up fast. Now, as an adult, he will have to find a way to mentor a young man who is a lot like him at the same age. The fact that they have different powers could leave a lot of potential for conflict in future issues. The Amazing Spider-man issue featuring the introduction of Maguire hit stores today.

Between both of these stories, there is potential to be mined for future big screen adaptations. But, comic fans are like us movie buffs; if you try something new and jack it up, we will be all over your asses to clean it up. Here is to hoping these changes are done well and not another cheap trick to sell comics.

Extra Tidbit: Andy Maguire's name is an intentional homage to the big screen actors who have played Spider-man: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

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7:03PM on 08/23/2012
OMG, Alpha dressed like Dragonfly!
OMG, Alpha dressed like Dragonfly!
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4:35PM on 08/23/2012
Spiderman getting a sidekick is old news. I heard this 2weekks ago
Spiderman getting a sidekick is old news. I heard this 2weekks ago
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8:29AM on 08/23/2012
Chances of Alpha either dying or turning villain after a year or so? - I'm gonna say 85-90%. It smacks of manipulative emotional story arc to me.
Chances of Alpha either dying or turning villain after a year or so? - I'm gonna say 85-90%. It smacks of manipulative emotional story arc to me.
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7:33AM on 08/23/2012

Blech on Spidey's sidekick...

Don't like it.
Don't like it.
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7:04AM on 08/23/2012
We'll see. I like the nod to Tobey Meguire and Andy Garfield in the sidekick's name, but I promise it wont last long. The kid will have his own book or die by this time next year.
We'll see. I like the nod to Tobey Meguire and Andy Garfield in the sidekick's name, but I promise it wont last long. The kid will have his own book or die by this time next year.
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7:03AM on 08/23/2012
We'll see. I like the nod to Tobey Meguire and Andy Garfield in the sidekick's name, but I promise it wont last long. The kid will have his own book or die by this time next year.
We'll see. I like the nod to Tobey Meguire and Andy Garfield in the sidekick's name, but I promise it wont last long. The kid will have his own book or die by this time next year.
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7:04AM on 08/23/2012
As for Supes and WW, who else could handle that super sperm?!?
As for Supes and WW, who else could handle that super sperm?!?
3:10AM on 08/23/2012
An "official" romantic pairing of Superman and Wonder Woman is what may just make me, big DC fan though I am, completely disown the New 52. I was kinda indifferent to their giant relaunch/reboot last year, but putting the two together as a couple is something of a mistake. Many who aren't familiar with comics will automatically say "oh, Superman loves Wonder Woman!" and yes, Kingdom Come, Dark Knight Strikes Again (ugh) and others have done it before - but the romantic coupling of Superman and
An "official" romantic pairing of Superman and Wonder Woman is what may just make me, big DC fan though I am, completely disown the New 52. I was kinda indifferent to their giant relaunch/reboot last year, but putting the two together as a couple is something of a mistake. Many who aren't familiar with comics will automatically say "oh, Superman loves Wonder Woman!" and yes, Kingdom Come, Dark Knight Strikes Again (ugh) and others have done it before - but the romantic coupling of Superman and Lois Lane has always been one of the best in comic book history; Lane was the prototypical "sexy journalist in distress" and served as the template for so many others.

Personally, I'm a fan of the Batman/Wonder Woman pairing that was put forward in the Justice League animated series and which a number of fans have adopted as canon. It makes sense to me, it's a knight and his princess. She's a headstrong warrior with a marked naivete towards the male of the species, and Batman is steadfast in his commitment not to have relationships within the League, labelling himself as "a rich kid with issues. Lots of issues" - and somehow it seems very right to have the both of them find solace in each other.
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7:04PM on 08/23/2012
I like the Batman / Wonder woman idear as well. I think that did happen in the Justice League comics as well. Something about looking for Aquaman if i remember correctly.
I like the Batman / Wonder woman idear as well. I think that did happen in the Justice League comics as well. Something about looking for Aquaman if i remember correctly.
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1:13AM on 08/23/2012

Meh.

The Supes/WW tryst is another vain attempt by DC to get speculators to buy their shitty books. DC is rebooting the continuity yet again at the end of the year (just ask anyone that works in your local, friendly comic book store) anyway, so none of this really matters anyway.

The Spidey sidekick story was released about six months ago, so not a big surprise. Marvel at least tries to shake things up from time to time without doing something stupid like rebooting their entire universe every
The Supes/WW tryst is another vain attempt by DC to get speculators to buy their shitty books. DC is rebooting the continuity yet again at the end of the year (just ask anyone that works in your local, friendly comic book store) anyway, so none of this really matters anyway.

The Spidey sidekick story was released about six months ago, so not a big surprise. Marvel at least tries to shake things up from time to time without doing something stupid like rebooting their entire universe every few years.
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11:03PM on 08/22/2012
double post
double post
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11:03PM on 08/22/2012

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I don't read all the new stuff. It's not the same. Sorry but I doubt they will make movies based on all this new crap they sling out. Leave the characters the way they were when people fell in love with them.
I don't read all the new stuff. It's not the same. Sorry but I doubt they will make movies based on all this new crap they sling out. Leave the characters the way they were when people fell in love with them.
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10:33PM on 08/22/2012

Fact Check, Anyone? (...and how is this news film-releated?)

No problem with two of the Big Three getting it on. Happened before, will happen again. No problem with Spidey getting a sidekick either, even though it is senseless and Alpha has a butt-dumb, generic Marvel origin (see also: experiment gone awry #768). What I do have a problem with are two of off-subject items presented in this article in regards to the New 52 news:

1) The New 52 Green Lantern Hal Jordan is not gay. However, Earth 2 Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott is openly
No problem with two of the Big Three getting it on. Happened before, will happen again. No problem with Spidey getting a sidekick either, even though it is senseless and Alpha has a butt-dumb, generic Marvel origin (see also: experiment gone awry #768). What I do have a problem with are two of off-subject items presented in this article in regards to the New 52 news:

1) The New 52 Green Lantern Hal Jordan is not gay. However, Earth 2 Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott is openly homosexual.

2) The add-on quip "[sic] nor would Batman and Robin finally cutting that tension!" would imply that Bruce Wayne should have a sexual relationship with his pre-adolescent son, Damien Wayne... the current Robin in the New 52 universe event being reported on. Don't be scary, dude.

Maybe just stick to movie news...
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11:33PM on 08/22/2012
Hahaha thank you for that.
Hahaha thank you for that.
9:37PM on 08/22/2012
Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up briefly back in the 80's as well when they rebooted Superman the last time. So every so many years they'll reboot Superman and have him hook up with Wonder Woman always trying to make people think the idea is fresh?
Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up briefly back in the 80's as well when they rebooted Superman the last time. So every so many years they'll reboot Superman and have him hook up with Wonder Woman always trying to make people think the idea is fresh?
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9:21PM on 08/22/2012
The superman and wonderwoman thign should be interesting, although we've seen it in the past (kingdom come, The dark knight strikes back etc). I wonder how batman will take to this. Also spiderman getting a side kick is just plain dumb. I predict that fans will hate him and he'll be killed off in a year and then come back from the dead as a villian only to be killed off agian.
The superman and wonderwoman thign should be interesting, although we've seen it in the past (kingdom come, The dark knight strikes back etc). I wonder how batman will take to this. Also spiderman getting a side kick is just plain dumb. I predict that fans will hate him and he'll be killed off in a year and then come back from the dead as a villian only to be killed off agian.
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8:48PM on 08/22/2012

I don"t know...

What's up with Lois? All Star Superman was an awesome story. As for Spidey gettin a sidekick, bullshit, Marvel is killing Spider-Man and i don't know why.
What's up with Lois? All Star Superman was an awesome story. As for Spidey gettin a sidekick, bullshit, Marvel is killing Spider-Man and i don't know why.
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7:12PM on 08/22/2012
Superman and Wonder Woman isn't all that surprising. In "Kingdom Come" comics, they do have baby together but that's it - only in "Kingdom Come" storyline, if I'm not mistaken.
Superman and Wonder Woman isn't all that surprising. In "Kingdom Come" comics, they do have baby together but that's it - only in "Kingdom Come" storyline, if I'm not mistaken.
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6:56PM on 08/22/2012

OK...I Can Dig It...

I'm just glad he ain't banging the Alternate Alan Scott (AKA GA Green Lantern), which I think is still a mistake making him gay. WW and Supes getting together has always been a fanboys dream anyway. The coupling in the pages of Kingdom Come made for some great stuff, although Lois Lane was already dead. I can see a vicious triangle with Lois coming soon though with this.

As for Spidey getting a sidekick? He's probably the last character at Marvel that needed a sidekick. The LAST.
I'm just glad he ain't banging the Alternate Alan Scott (AKA GA Green Lantern), which I think is still a mistake making him gay. WW and Supes getting together has always been a fanboys dream anyway. The coupling in the pages of Kingdom Come made for some great stuff, although Lois Lane was already dead. I can see a vicious triangle with Lois coming soon though with this.

As for Spidey getting a sidekick? He's probably the last character at Marvel that needed a sidekick. The LAST. Doesn't do anything for me.
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6:17PM on 08/22/2012
Okay. Superman and Wonder Woman could work as a couple. They were one in Kingdom Come (yes, I spot the double entendre too; calm down), and they have kissed and such other times. Do you know what would be really, really, really cool? After the Man of Steel movie next year, Wonder Woman could appear in a post-credits scene. We would all like that. And, Diana can kiss Clark or bang him in a Blu-Ray Easter Egg or whatever.

And also okay about Spider-Man and Alpha. Spider-Man and Alpha could
Okay. Superman and Wonder Woman could work as a couple. They were one in Kingdom Come (yes, I spot the double entendre too; calm down), and they have kissed and such other times. Do you know what would be really, really, really cool? After the Man of Steel movie next year, Wonder Woman could appear in a post-credits scene. We would all like that. And, Diana can kiss Clark or bang him in a Blu-Ray Easter Egg or whatever.

And also okay about Spider-Man and Alpha. Spider-Man and Alpha could work well as a comedic crimefighting duo. Spidey has always been loquacious and witty. Well, he now has someone to talk to besides pissed-off super-villains. Does anyone remember Christopher Priest's Quantum and Woody? Spidey and his amazing friend could be like those two. Add a goat or Ms. Lion. Also, The Amazing Spider-Man movie PANDERED to a younger demographic. Sony Studios gutted the old mythos and turned Peter Parker into a hipster-thrasher, turned Aunt May into middle-aged instead of elderly, had Gwen Stacey talk at length about her mensies instead of something interesting, had Andy Garfield look like Dylan McKay from 90210 . . . They PANDERED, just fucken PANDERED to a younger demographic than long-term Spider-fans. Alpha, the teenaged sidekick, fits mass media's moves perfectly. Traditionally, superheroes get sidekicks so that young viewers relate better to the comic (and buy the comic). Perhaps, Marvel Comics viewed Sony's Amazing Spider-Man. I bet that they did. Now, they might want to PANDER, just PANDER, just muthafucking PANDER to younger consumers the same way that Sony did.
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6:09PM on 08/22/2012

Yeah....

The Green Lantern that came out was in the Earth 2 comic, so he's the alternate reality Green Lantern. This article makes it sound like it's the Hal Jordan GL that came out.
The Green Lantern that came out was in the Earth 2 comic, so he's the alternate reality Green Lantern. This article makes it sound like it's the Hal Jordan GL that came out.
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5:59PM on 08/22/2012
Peter Parker's high school needs better teacher supervision.
Peter Parker's high school needs better teacher supervision.
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5:46PM on 08/22/2012
The only time I can think of in the comics where they hook up was Frank Miller's dreadful 'Dark Knight Strikes Again'....they bang on a glacier and I think are single-handedly responsible for global warming. Who can remember its a shit comic.
The only time I can think of in the comics where they hook up was Frank Miller's dreadful 'Dark Knight Strikes Again'....they bang on a glacier and I think are single-handedly responsible for global warming. Who can remember its a shit comic.
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7:07PM on 08/23/2012
Funny you say shit comic cause I used it for Toilet paper.....god that sucked.
Funny you say shit comic cause I used it for Toilet paper.....god that sucked.
5:45PM on 08/22/2012
Superman/Wonder Woman is pure bullshit giving into dumbass fans. It is just stupid. Fuck DC, you use to be awesome.
Superman/Wonder Woman is pure bullshit giving into dumbass fans. It is just stupid. Fuck DC, you use to be awesome.
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