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Book review: Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung’s “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade”

I’ve had my copy of “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade” for almost a year now, but it was only until recently that I finally started reading it, mostly spurred on by the release of Kieron Gillen and James Mckelvie’s take on the teenage superheroes.

As I clearly spelled out in my review of the Young Avengers Ultimate Collection, I loved how Heinberg and Cheung took on these superpowered teens. I loved the art, I loved the characterization, and I loved how everything about it still felt so fresh even if it’s been more than half a decade since it was published.

I personally went into “The Children’s Crusade” with quite a bit of expectation, as I knew about bits and pieces of it, thanks to Tumblr. I knew that it would feature multiple superpowered teams, from the Avengers to the X-Men, and I knew that there would be a Wiccan/Hulkling kiss somewhere in there. But were those expectations met? Or is “The Children’s Crusade” a bit of a let-down?

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Book review: Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung’s “Young Avengers”

Although it may not look like it from most of the books that end up being reviewed on this blog, I was very much a comic book kid. I had my own comic book childhood — cut tragically short by my father — and have just recently tried to rekindle that old love once again.

One great thing about getting back into comics at this point in time is the fact that there are a bit more characters that I can relate to among the current (Marvel) line-up.  If my young gay self only had fierce goddesses like Storm and Phoenix to worship back in the day, there’s a slightly longer list of superheroes that are much more relatable to a gay man such as myself.

PERFECTION. Illustration by Emanuela Lupacchino

There’s Northstar, who’s the first openly gay superhero in American comic books and apparently set to become the first to enter into a gay marriage in the upcoming Astonishing X-Men #51.

There’s Rictor and Shatterstar, who shared the first ever same-sex kiss in a mainstream Marvel title, and whose subtext runs for as long as 20 years. I’d buy X-Force, but I don’t think I can (literally) afford to wade through all of that.

And let’s not forget the fact that most people with brains generally consider the mutants of the Marval universe as a metaphor for how the LGBT community is discriminated against in the real world.

It’s for all of those reasons — as well as the constant squeeing of Wiccan and Hulkling fans — that I happily picked up a copy of the Young Avengers Ultimate Collection. Will the buzz around this title be justified? Or will it just be a big disappointment?

(Edited to add Wiccan/Hulkling fanart!)

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Your week in books#29

  • Here’s another trailer for Disney’s “John Carter”, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s “A Princess of Mars”. This one doesn’t look as impressive as the one released months ago, but I am always willing to shell out money for shirtless Taylor Kitsch. Also, Michael “The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” Chabon wrote the script.
  • At around the same time that the trailer for “John Carter” made its online debut, the trailer for “Hugo” — Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning novel — was also vying for people’s eyeballs. Now it’s just been named the best film of 2011 by the National Board of Review. (Source)
  • Speaking of the bests of 2011, the New York Times has published its list of the 10 best books of 2011. (Source)
  • I’ve been an ebook denier for so long now, but I have to admit that as 2012 approaches my stance is slowly, slowly softening. Heck, even Ray Bradbury has changed his mind, finally allowing “Fahrenheit 451” to be made available as an ebook.

  • The above illustration by artist Kevin Bolk has gotten so popular, even The Guardian is writing about it. In case it’s not obvious what it’s about, Bolk drew the male Avengers the way Black Widow was posed in the movie’s first few promotional materials. (Source)
  • Gabriel Garcia-Marquez wins a 17-year legal fight centered around his novel, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. The other man in the fight, Miguel Reyes Palencia, says that the character of Bayardo San Roman was based on him and that he deserved co-author credits as well as 50 percent of the book’s royalties. (Source)
  • Check out new images from “Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows” over at Cinemablend! (Source)
  •  In “Ender’s Game” news, Filipino-American actress Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to be part of the film adaptation’s cast. (Source)
  • Christopher Meloni, famous for his butt scenes in “Oz”, is apparently interested in being part of the fifth season of “True Blood”. If any more hot guys join that show I am going to have to buy an HD TV. (Source)
  • Known beautiful man and maybe gay Ben Whishaw is set to play Q in the newest Bond movie, “Skyfall”. And in case you have no idea what he looks like, check the pics under the cut! (Source)

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Your week in books#27

  • Just in case the theaters around the country haven’t made it clear to you guys already, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” just opened yesterday. The lines to buy tickets were crazy.
  • Galleycat has an interview up with “Breaking Dawn” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Favorite quote: “Don’t get pregnant with a demon baby unless you have vampire venom on hand.” (Source)
  • Check out the guys who lined up for the “Breaking Dawn” premiere. They’re exactly what you’d expect. (Source)
  • In “Akira-That-Is-Not Akira” news, it appears that Kristen Stewart is being tapped to play the role of Kei. Stab me with a rusty fork RIGHT. NOW. (Source)
  • Fact about myself: I did not like Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series. I could barely make it past the halfway point with “Eragon”. The movie wasn’t any better either — woefully lacking in shirtless scenes. I don’t think Paolini’s recent declaration that his next series is going to be science fiction is going to be any better either. (Source)
Jane Austen being fab.
  • If crime writer Lindsay Ashford is to be believed, then homegirl Jane “J-Hizzle” Austen was the victim of some foul play. Apparently, Mr. Bingley did her in with some arsenic. (Source)
  • Finally, under the cut are individual character poster for “The Avengers”, which comes out in the United States in May 2012. No word yet as to when it’ll come around to our fair shores, but I’m willing to bet it’s going to be around the same time. (Source)

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Your week in books #13

With the San Diego Comic Con now ongoing, there is a lot of book to movie news now making it out into the Web.  From “Harry Potter” to “The Hunger Games” and all the way to the seemingly endless comic book adaptations, this week’s round-up will try to keep up with everything that’s happening, alongside other less “star-studded” book news.

  • With “Harry Potter” no longer a contender, Moviefone has put together a great list of book to movie projects that could possibly succeed in replicating the success of “Harry Potter”. Of course, first on the list is Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”, which just recently put out a teaser poster featuring a blazing mockingjay badge. Other series that seem set to make the transition to the silver screen are Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” trilogy; Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Wolves of Mercy Falls”; and Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”. (Source)
  • One book to movie franchise that has consistently dominated — for better or for worse, depending on who you’re asking — Comic Con has been Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, and this year is no different. According to Entertainment Weekly, some fans were in line for the Hall H press conference three days before it was set to start. Say what you will about the franchise, but goodness me that is a different level of adulation. Or crazy. All I know for sure is this is one chagrined looking Edward Cullen. (Source)

  • “Twilight” fans looking for a little bit of karmic payback for this particular Stephen King quote may have just had their wishes fulfilled as the adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower” series looks to be dead before it even began. (Source)
  • “Captain America” is opening on our fair shores next week, and from the
    Let's all be honest now. You'd watch it just for this.

    advance buzz it looks like plunking a few hundred pesos for it won’t be such a bad life decision after at all. And at least it gives me a better reason to watch the movie other than getting to see Chris Evans shirtless. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)

  • And just to keep us on the Captain America track for a bit longer, Marvel has just released two concept art posters for the “Avengers” movie coming out in 2012. (Source)
  • I quite enjoyed the “Sin City” movie when it came out in 2005, so I’m looking forward to the possibility of a sequel being made by Robert Rodriguez, who also helmed the first movie all those years ago. (Source)
  • Bradley Cooper is set to play Satan in a movie adaptation of the John Milton classic, “Paradise Lost“. I don’t know about you guys, but this just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. (Source)
  • Just when you thought Google couldn’t get any more omnipresent than it already is, the search engine giant just announced that it will be integrating with Pottermore so that future ebooks of the “Harry Potter” series will be able to integrate seamlessly with all the other Google products already on offer. (Source)
  • There’s a great essay in the New York Times about how the digitization of historical texts and artifacts means for historians and researchers used to feeling a “contact high” when handling original manuscripts. Is there really any difference between handling an original manuscript and perusing it electronically? (Source)
  • Finally, Jodi Picoult, author of “My Sister’s Keeper”, is set to publish a book she co-wrote with her daughter, entitled “Between the Lines”. (Source)