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Things for this Weekend

Happy Friday, Four Colors readers! Boy, oh boy! Have some interesting things happened in the past few days. Of course, the biggest news is the release of the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ho. Lee. Crap. This is one nice trailer. Marvel had planned on releasing this trailer next week, during the broadcast of Agents of SHIELD (which I should probably write more about because it has gotten pretty good). But the trailer was leaked earlier this week and so… Read More »

The Death of Wolverine

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“Tepid.” That is the best word to describe Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s The Death of Wolverine, the final (for now) story of Marvel’s premier mutant. I got it from CBR’s The Buy Pile and I find the word “tepid” to be so perfect. Never has a blaze of glory felt so stale. This week, The Death of Wolverine concluded with issue 4. Written by Soule (who just became exclusive to Marvel) and art by McNiven, the mini-series showed the… Read More »

Days of Marvel Present (Part 2 of 3)

The following first appeared in the June edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it (and totally spaced on re-posting it), so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 2: Cracks in the Mark 42 Armor The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is basically the first post-”Avengers” superhero film. The three films Marvel Studios has released since (“Iron Man 3″, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) were already in motion, as part of their oft-mentioned “Phase… Read More »

Days of Marvel Past (Part 1 of 3)

The following first appeared in the April edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it, so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 1: Nothing Lasts Forever The first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, in fact Spidey’s first tussle with a super villain, features the Fantastic Four. In what is clearly a classic Stan Lee market move (their introductory caption begins “Extra Bonus Extra!!”), Peter Parker tries to get a job with the team as a… Read More »

SUPERMAN & THE NEW 52 REVEAL ALTERNATE HISTORY TO WORLD WAR 2!

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Yesterday, DC Comics released the first few pages of their new Superman comic book, Superman Unchained, written by current DC wonderkind Scott Snyder with pencils from the legendary Jim Lee. The book opens with on a frightened Japanese town, reeling from a recent, horrific attack on a nearby city. A young boy named Ichuru goes outside to escape his parents’ discussion on the attack, only to look up in the sky and find out that his town is going to… Read More »

An Age of Ultron

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 THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS TO MARVEL’S “AGE OF ULTRON” MINI-SERIES, CURRENTLY RUNNING. In 1968 (our time), founding Avenger Hank Pym (aka Ant Man aka Giant Man aka Yellowjacket) created a breath-taking artificial intelligence named Ultron. Instantly rebelling against Pym, Ultron teamed with the Masters of Evil to take down the Avengers, almost succeeding (for the first of many times). Pym’s creation has been haunting him ever since, always promising to raze and control Earth but never succeeding…until now. Half the heroes… Read More »

The Greatest of All Time

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  Entertainment Weekly is currently in the middle of huge, tournament-style competition that asks their readers that eternal comic book question: Who is the Greatest? When I first saw this poll, I found myself absorbed with the question. Obviously, I have stated on this blog who my favorite is on SEVERAL occasions (Spider-Man), but it is always a fun debate to get into, especially with this bracket set-up. Now, EW.com just finished their first round of voting and as I went through… Read More »

Mr. Reece Goes to Comic-Con

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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon said that. He might not have ever attended Comic-Con, but Mr. Lennon may as well have been describing my time in San Diego when he said it. Every amazing thing that happened, happened without plans. But more on that later. San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was a whirlwind of comic-related insanity. On the outer edges of it, Hollywood peddled its wares. Shows like The Big Bang Theory,… Read More »

Peter Parker RIP

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Peter Benjamin Parker, Ultimate Spider-Man, has died after succumbing to injuries at the hands of the Norman Osborn and a gunshot wound from protecting Captain Steve Rogers of the Ultimates. He is survived by his aunt, May Parker, his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson, his roommates and friends, Johnny Storm (publicly known as the Human Torch), Bobby Drake (the mutant Iceman) and Gwen Stacy, daughter of deceased police officer George Stacy. He is preceded in death by his father and mother,… Read More »

Four Colors #1 (vol. 2)

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Back in my hometown of Eureka, we have a video rental store. It is called Spotlight Video. For you non-Humboldt natives, it is pretty much a Hollywood Video. Except one thing is definitely different. Now, obviously, with the quick rise of streaming video and RedBox, video rental chains have been hurting. I know the pain personally as I worked at the Rohnert Park Bradley Video when it shut down. But Spotlight Video, like so many other businesses right now, is… Read More »