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Every time a new Marvel Studios film is released, fans often find themselves anticipating their favorite Easter egg – legendary comic writer Stan Lee’s cameo. Despite saying back in January that he wouldn’t have a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Generalissimo indeed appeared in the film, but his cameo was almost a little different. Director James Gunn took to Facebook yesterday to reveal a new behind-the-scenes image from the film and to tell the full story on Lee’s original cameo appearance.
“In the original cut of the film, when the Guardians enter the Collector’s museum, Rocket looks over and sees Cosmo the dog in one display case, Quill looks over into another display case and is surprised by a tentacle slapping against the glass, and Groot looks over and sees, in another display case, Stan Lee. In one take, Stan Lee just slowly turns up his finger, flipping off Groot. We shot this footage with a Stan Lee double because Stan wasn’t able to come to the UK at the time. The plan was to shoot Stan in the same lighting when I was back in LA, and we’d digitally replace the double’s head with Stan’s actual head (not quite as difficult as it sounds). Although I thought the cameo was funny, I thought the flipping off joke was too similar to the moment earlier in the film where Quill flips off the Nova Corps, so I excised that part of it immediately. A couple of the guys at Marvel thought Stan Lee in a case was too broad of a joke in general, and that it took the audience out of the movie. I argued about it for a bit, but we ended up not keeping it in the film.”
Gunn went on to clarify that the cameo was cut for creative reasons and not because of objections by Marvel’s parent company, Disney.
This June, Original Sin rocks the life of Sam Alexander as the young hero faces a mystery in NOVA #18 – from the fan-favorite creative team of Gerry Duggan and David Baldeon! The death of the Watcher has left a hole in young Nova’s life, but even as he grieves for the loss of his friend, there is hope for the future. Before his death, Uatu left Sam with hope that his long-lost Father, former Black Nova Jesse Alexander, is still alive. Only there is more to the story…and it lies in the secret history of the Black Novas. What was the purpose of this clandestine sect of the Nova Corps? The secrets they kept will propel Nova to the end of the cosmos in search of answers! Was Nova’s father a murderer? The secret history of the Black Novas begins to unravel this June in NOVA #18 – a tie-in to Original Sin!
Nova battles mercenary robots, avoids detention and reunites with Beta Ray Bill all in one issue!
Stan Lee reputedly hates teen sidekicks. Bucky Barnes will attest to that. For this reason, the Marvel Universe never had a Teen Titans type book until a new wave of creators developed titles like the New Mutants and Young Avengers. Instead, Stan made the teenage sidekick the star of the show – see a little title called the Amazing Spider-man. Even though Peter Parker was the foundation of the Marvel Universe, teenage heroes rarely followed in Spidey’s webbed footsteps. The current version of Nova is a welcome addition to the teen hero model for Marvel.
This issue picks up in mid story arc with Nova, 15 year old Sam Alexander, trying to get to a slave trader named Skaarn (not to be confused with the Hulk offspring, Skaar). The characters he encounters in this issue are very imaginative and I really like them individually. Cosmo the talking, psychic watchdog and a trio of mercenary robots are particular stand outs. I absolutely love it when robots speak in a human way. These guys all had personality and humor while being a legit threat to our young hero.
The big bad (Skaarn) did not get much “screen time” so he did not blow me away. His background was perhaps fleshed out in a prior issue. I was also a little confused as to the power set involved with being a Nova. I admit I haven’t read much about the Nova Corps. As expected, the teen hero uses his abilities by instinct and achieves victories by almost pure luck so, perhaps as a reader, I can fumble along with the main character. The sudden return to high school life was a very cool idea at first but in the end it really derailed the momentum the issue had. Nothing terribly wrong here with Duggan’s work and I love the fast pace but I think a little more detail and depth would take this story to the next level.
The art is the star of the show for me. David Baldeon’s pencils are clearly manga infused but he adds in comic book solidity and a depth of detail that make the figures look less cartoony. He easily moves from bug eyed aliens, to animals, to teenagers, to adults, to robots all the while bringing individuality and distinctiveness to each character. Nova’s emotional ride during the battle is well portrayed in the character’s positioning and facial expressions. He can confidently attack or lash out by instinct and you know exactly how well the battle is going at that moment.
Terry Pallot’s inks are a great compliment here from the classic dark navy blacks on Nova’s uniform to the singular but detailed line work throughout the different environments contained in Knowhere. The colors do a good job in addressing all of the different alien components while helping Nova to stand apart from this world by staying true to his primary color togs. The computerized effects are used sparingly and when needed without being a distraction.
In all, I am very interested to watch the development of this art. Although I have nothing against manga style comic book art, I think Baldeon is well on his way to creating something unique here. He shows a good blend of artistic elements and I want to see what he will throw into the mix next!
What to look for
I am interested to see if the big bad is a worthy villain or just another puffed up Mongul/Thanos/Darkseid wannabe. I also can’t wait to see Beta Ray Bill in action. All this plus more Baldeon art.
What might put you off
The breakneck pace may make you long for more character development.
This title wasn’t on my pull list but I will definitely be adding it. The art alone is worth the risk of the title being a little shallow. My bet is that this issue was built to be fast and furious and I will get the depth I need in future issues.
Issue Number 15
Release Date 3/19/2014
Writer Gerry Duggan
Pencils David Baldeon
Inks Terry Pallot
Colorist David Curiel
Letterer Albert Deschesne
Editor Ellie Pyle
Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff