Preview: Spider-Man meets Kamala Khan in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7

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Who would win, Spider-Man or Ms Marvel? We may find out when they meet for the first time in October’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7. Will Spidey share tips on how to get home in time for dinner while saving the world? The meeting of Marvel’s seminal “hero with problem” and the modern day “superhero for the […]

SDCC 14: Marvel Turns 75 and Daredevil Celebrates 50, Neither Shows Their Age

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By David Nieves One of Marvel’s top cheeses…no not Mickey, the other one Joe Quesada, got together with two of the company’s best architects; Mark Waid and Dan Slott to remind everyone that this Comic-Con is also Marvel’s 75th anniversary. This panel was officially titled “Marvel Comics’ 75th & Daredevil’s 50th” because the guy who titles panels for Marvel was […]

SDCC ’14: Spider-Verse panel Recap

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by Alexander Jones This early in the morning, it’s tough to get comics fans to wake up for anything. Luckily here at San Diego Comic-Con, there was a room full of eager Spidey fans frothing at the mouth to hear more news about the upcoming Spider-Verse event over at Marvel. The event combines every single […]

“They Won’t All Get Along”: Dan Slott and Nick Lowe on ‘SPIDER-VERSE’ [Press Call]

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It’s been an age since I went onto a Marvel conference call – heck, it’s been an age since I did anything over here which wasn’t an interview. So today when Marvel set up a call with Dan Slott and Nick Lowe to discuss the next Spider-Man event storyline, I decided to nip across and […]

NYCC ’13: Dan Slott and Mike Allred Launch New Silver Surfer Series

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As predicted/hoped from the ‘Rad’ teaser which showed up a short while ago, Marvel have confirmed that Dan Slott and Mike Allred will be working together on a new Silver Surfer series in March 2014. With these two onboard as the creative team, this could well be the most cosmic and trippy book ever made.

Con Diary, NYCC/Wednesday: Shakira and Dan Slott

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The terrible news is that I’ve arrived in New York, and have been stumbling around your lovely American sidewalks for just over a day now. The good news is that I’ll be writing about my experiences around the city and in the convention hall right here on The Beat! This is also terrible news for […]

Marvel to announce six new books at NYCC with Dan Slott, Mike Allred, Stuart Immonen, Bendis, Peter David and more

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All week Marvel has been teasing their New York Comic-Con announcements with one word teasers. Just how much can be gleaned from a word and a font treatment depends on how closely you follow Team Marvel, but we’ve been making some guesses.

SDCC ’13: It’s Venom Vs Superior Spider-Man in ‘Darkest Hours’

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The Spider-Man panel is currently underway at SDCC, with Steve Wacker, Humberto Ramos, Christos Gage, Chris Yost, Kevin Shinick, Nick Spencer, Chris Samnee and James Robinson all up at the table. There’s a few bits of news to bring you from there – including the news that year 2 of Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man series will […]

REVIEW: Stamping Out the Spider in Superior Spider-Man #9

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Dan Slott did say, prior to the launch of Amazing Spider-Man #700, that he was going to turn into Dark Dan and start using his writing purposes for evil. And as he’s gleefully turned into a pantomime villain the likes of which John Inman can only dream of matching, so Superior Spider-Man has become an […]

On the Scene: WonderCon 2013 Recap and Photo Gallery

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As I suggested in my early con impressions, WonderCon had a reasonable amount of space and handled the numbers of attendees pretty well. It was no surprise that Saturday brought bigger numbers than Friday, and the crowding was more obvious, but still never reached that feeling of pushing and shoving that can easily erupt at […]

On the Scene: WonderCon 2013, ‘What Makes an Icon?” with Nocenti, De Matteis, Mahnke, Slott, Waid

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A panel on Friday, March 29th, the first day of programming at WonderCon brought together a rather iconic cast to discuss “iconic characters” and what keeps a character “true” to their origins over long periods of time. Mark Waid opened as moderator by pointing out that the table full of seasoned pros had more than […]

The Beat Reviews for 09/01/13: Ghosts Galore

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Aside from being Dennis Hopeless week once more, this week saw every company release a massively publicized, ‘important’ comic. From Dark Horse’s new Star Wars series to Marvel’s Sinister Spider-Man, this was a week for big new books.

Review: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 for the Confused

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[Major spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Superior Spider-Man #1 ahead!] I’ll admit it. I’m confused. For a Spidey fan, I haven’t been following AMAZING SPIDER-MAN closely enough, though it would have been impossible to avoid becoming caught up in all the mania surrounding number 700 and the “death” of Peter Parker if you’re into […]

Marvel Release Some Fancier One-Word Teasers

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Stepping up from the one-word teasers we’ve grown to love and cherish over the past year or so, this week Marvel have started tarting up their teaser images to give people more of an idea what they might be about.

And the Award for Longest Period of Foreshadowing Goes To..

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DAN SLOTT! Way back in 1993, circa January, Dan Slott was a journeyman comics writer, toiling away writing stories about Marlin T. Höek and Stimpson J. Cat.  While the meddlesome meddling of the corporate overlords of Nickelodeon eventually convinced Mr. Slott to explore creative opportunities elsewhere (writing a character with long green hair, for example), he […]

Superior Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane

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I’m still interested in Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man series, despite his apparent gleeful evolution into a Pantomime villain for the internet age. The series, which apparently sees a new character get into the Spider-Man outfit and make it “darker and edgier”, was met by shock and horror, albeit shock and horror and fascination. Slott seems […]