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Bucky Barnes Strikes in WINTER SOLIDER: THE BITTER MARCH #1!


Bucky Barnes has been called many things – Avenger, Invader, and even Captain America. But to many, he’s known by only one name – The Winter Solider! A name that carries a bloody legacy reaching deep into the pages of history. And today Marvel is proud to present your first look at WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH #1 – a new limited series from blockbuster writer Rick Remender and fan-favorite artist Roland Boschi!

At the height of the Cold War, S.H.I.E.L.D. sends their top operative, agent Ran Shen, deep into enemy territory to retrieve two Nazi scientists that could be the key to winning the war. But they aren’t the only ones who want these high value scientists. The Soviet Union have unleashed their most ruthless agent – THE WINTER SOLDIER! His mission: acquire the scientists by any means necessary – or kill them before they fall into enemy hands!

“In the late 1960s, a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission gone wrong begat the creation of the Iron Nail, the foe whose schemes and strategies are bedeviling Captain America in the present in his own series,” says Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH tells the story of that fateful mission, and the events that set S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Ran Shen onto the path that would result in him becoming the dreaded Iron Nail.”

Don’t miss the intrigue, adventure, romance, and action in this high-octane, pulse pounding thriller that will have grave consequences for the life of modern day Captain America when WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH #1 hits comic shops this February!

Comic-Con Posters–Part 1

‘Thor,’ ‘Cap,’ ‘Godzilla,’ & ‘The Walking Dead’


Comic-Con News:  Some of the most interesting creations to come out of a festival dedicated to the graphic arts like the San Diego Comic-Con are the posters created specifically to appeal to an audience that is very visually aware and oriented.   Movie and TV marketers are getting better and better at finding the right talent to create powerful images that appeal to the Comic-Con crowd, and this year’s crop of Comic-Con posters is off to a great start with Ryan Meinerding’s concept art-like image of Captain America battling the Winter Soldier (actually Cap’s re-programmed former sidekick Bucky) in an image that captures the conflict at the heart of the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie, which debuts on April 4, 2014.  This design provides quite a contrast with the stark Captain America teaser poster the Marvel Studios unveiled earlier this month.


Marvel Studios, which is as expected quite adept at appealing to comic book fans, also commissioned artist Charlie Wen to create a poster for Thor: The Dark World, and unlike Meinerding’s image, which has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, this stirring image of Thor’s ascension is making its debut at Comic Con.  Wen’s design has plenty of old school charm, thanks in large part to those faces that loom out of the background that should resonate with comic book fans.


The folks at Legendary Pictures (The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel) also know how to appeal to a geek audience.  Legendary’s big-budget Godzilla film is one of the company’s biggest gambles, which to succeed will have to appeal to the core Comic-Con audience.  The new poster for director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is a very strong design with rubble twisted into the form of the giant monster that works as a clever visual reference to Mecha-Godzilla.  The stark logo superimposed over painterly Japanese characters and the striking dark red and shades of gray/black color scheme make this the most graphically sophisticated design unveiled for Comic-Con so far.


But it’s not necessarily the most evocative.  There are numerous ways to reach out to the core Comic-Con crowd and one of them is to commission a work from an artist with a distinct style and following among comic book fans.  That is the tack that the AMC cable network chose by commissioning Alex Ross to create a poster for The Walking Dead TV series.  Ross, who is clearly among the most popular comic book cover artists of the past decade, doesn’t disappoint in this precisely painted image of the shambling undead.

Sebastian Stan Returns as Bucky in ‘Winter Soldier’

Actor Sebastian Stan, who played Captain America’s sidekick Bucky in Captain America: The First Avenger, will return as Bucky in the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which the Russo brothers are directing, and which will be in theaters on April 4th, 2014.

Bucky was supposedly killed in the same explosion that imprisoned Cap in a block of ice, but Ed Brubaker resurrected Bucky for his Winter Soldier storyline.  In Brubaker’s saga, Bucky survived the explosion, which cost him his memory.  The Russians trained Bucky as an assassin and his path crosses with Cap’s again when Bucky, now known as the Winter Soldier, apparently kills the Red Skull.

Variety reports that Stan has signed a six-picture contract with Marvel Studios and that he will reprise his role as Bucky in the Captain America sequel, which could also see the return of Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, though no announcement has been made yet.

Marvel Confirms ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Plus Titles for ‘Cap’ and ‘Thor’ Sequels and Ben Kingsley Is The Mandarin


At the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con, Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige confirmed that a Guardians of the Galaxy film was indeed in development  and that it will be released on August 1st, 2014, confirming speculation that Marvel would release the Guardians film in 2014 leading up to the release of The Avengers 2.  Speaking of The Avengers sequel, Joss Whedon is still undecided about helming it, though he seems a bit more positive in his Comic-Con interviews.
Marvel also announced the titles for its Captain America and Thor sequels.  The Captain America sequel will be entitled Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and will debut on April 4th, 2014.  The title is a clear indication that Marvel is using Ed Brubaker’s award-winning Winter Soldier storyline as the basis for the film.  The Thor sequel, Thor: The Dark World, which is being directed by Alan Taylor, will unspool for the first time on November 15th, 2013.
Shane Black, director of Iron Man 3 was at the panel along with Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, and Jon Favreau.  Black showed footage from IM3 which provided the first glimpse of Ben Kingsley, who is as many have speculated, dressed as The Mandarin.  Kingsley’s Mandarin and Guy Pearce actually blew up Tony Stark’s Cliffside Malibu mansion in the footage shown at the panel.

Indy Spotlight – Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #3


Axe Cop is in big trouble! The authorities are on his case, he’s on a crazy time-travel mission to try to save the dinosaurs from a horrible war with aliens, and while he’s been away, a team of evil brothers has been assembling a massive team of bad guys bent on taking over the earth! But with the help of his awesome crime-fighting team, including Dinosaur Soldier, Sockarang, and the mighty doggie hero Ralph Wrinkles, Axe Cop might still be able to save the planet. But there’s one more battle for our brave axe man in blue, and he must time-travel to the age of swords to make it all happen!