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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year From Total Comic Mayhem!

Well, another year has come and gone. Where does the time go? I remember being a kid and time just dragging on and on. Everything seemed like it took forever. Now, it goes by in the blink of an eye.

What a huge year 2014 was. Wow! LK has stated that it's a great time to be a comic fan and that's definitely on the mark. Some very awesome comic book movies came out this year and a butt load of movie and TV news concerning a wide range of our favorite comic book heroes.

The quality of comic book movies that came out this passing year was a feast for sure. X-Men Days of Future Past, Captain America Winter Soldier, and the surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy all were enormously well received by critics and comic fans.

Fox stepped up their game and released perhaps the best X-Men movie to date. Being a fan of the X-Men and having Days of Future Past in my top 3 of X-Men favorite stories, I was insanely nervous that it was going to suck.

I admit that after the beginning fight scene with the future Sentinels, I was blown away. I was hooked. It was pure joy to finally see Iceman riding his iconic ice slide live action. Such an amazing visual in comics and Brian Singer and those CGI and special effects wizards delivered.

Then I got to see Sunspot in action whom was my favorite New Mutants character while growing up. My 2nd favorite X-Men, Colossus was a pure joy to finally see in action during that beginning fight scene, and yes, it did tug at my heart when he died in the flick just it like it did when I first read the comic. Even Blink was badass to see teleporting around, but it was awesome to see Nightcrawler do the same thing in X-Men 2. Quicksilver was a great surprise to see, and even though I riffed on his look, his action sequences were amazing. Costume still blows though.

The story was great, plausible and although it did deviate quite a ways from the comics, I enjoyed it greatly. My only beef from a fanboy standpoint was why was Kitty Pryde the main force that sends Wolvie's mind back to the past. She's not a telepath. I completely missed the reason, if they had any, for the use of that character in that way. 

Okay, I did like the Nimrod looking Sentinels much better than the one's in the past. They did kind of look goofy. Still the movie was great. A pure joy to watch.

Then the folks at Disney and Marvel Studios released Captain America Winter Soldier, and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about that flick. Freaking awesome and floored me from beginning to end.

Story was great, movie was extremely entertaining, and like my review of the flick says, I totally geeked out seeing the Falcon in action. Absolutely loved it!

But the real awesomeness of Captain America Winter Soldier was no doubt the Winter Soldier. Talk about being the badass comic book movie villain of 2014! Actually, I think he just might be one of the top comic book movie villains on screen ever. Sebastian Stan did an amazing job and definitely hit the mark with this character, and I think most comic fans are itching to see more of this character in the future as I am.

The surprise hit this year was absolutely Guardians of the Galaxy, and I do mean surprise in a big bad way. The obscure and over-looked comic characters were under much skepticism with comic fans. Even I scratched my head when they announced the movie project. However, it came out and blew audiences away. Even some top actors as well. Robert Downey Jr. has even said that it's the best Marvel movie to date.

Now that's some high praise, and it's gotten a lot of praise from comic and movie fans a like. My favorite of the bunch is still Groot.

On the movie news front, what a jam-packed year it was. Sony and DC/Warner clearly under pressure to step up their game and compete with Disney/Marvel. Even Fox, despite their massive hit with X-Men Days of Future Past also seems under pressure as well.

A slew of movies were announced 2014. The surprise of this year was Warner Bros. unloading their entire slate of movies till 2020! Wowza!

Don't know if that was just an act of desperation or what, but the surprise flick announced for that camp was definitely Suicide Squad. Even more surprising was the news of the casting so soon after the movie was announced.

So we got the major characters and the actors who'll play them in the Suicide Squad this year. Deadshot, Rick Flag Jr., Enchantress, Captain Boomerang, and Harley Quinn will assemble for some black ops fun.

The surprise and not so surprising casting of Will Smith in the Deadshot role got the usual resistance from some comic fans, spouting the usual "PC" statements. Lot's of excitement for the casting of Tom Hardy as Rick Flag Jr. (that one's no surprise), Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, the lovely Cara Delevingne as the Enchantress, and the gorgeous Morgot Robbie as Harley Quinn. All we need is Amanda Waller to be cast, and the latest news is saying that Viola Davis is being considered.

Despite Will Smith being under the hot seat from some fans, we also learned that Jared Leto is now in the hot seat as well as he was cast this year to play the iconic Batman villain, the Joker. I think he can pull it off, but I do have to admit that's some big clown shoes to fill.

DC also cast Jason Mamoa this year to play Aquaman. The actor apparently has a four picture deal with Warner Bros. His first appearance will be in the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we can assume he will be in the Justice League Part One (2017) and Part Two. However, before Part Two (2019) of the Justice League flick, it was announced that an Aquaman solo movie was to be released a year prior in 2018. Looks like that wraps up Jason Mamoa's four picture deal.

Besides the Suicide Squad, the other movie that was a bit of a surprise when announced was the Flash, considering that 2014 also saw the launch of the live action Flash TV series. Even stranger was the casting of Ezra Miller to be the silver screen version of the character. Also, the announcement of a Green Lantern reboot in 2020 was also a bit of a surprise as well, but that one I am looking forward to a lot.

A solo Wonder Woman movie was a given, but surprising since the movie has been talked about for years and Warner Bros. seemed to always bow out from going full on with the process in the past. Now, it seems that has changed in a big way, and it looks like they have an idea of how to get this character to the big screen. 

We even got our first look at Gal Gadot in the Wonder Woman costume at San Diego Comic Con this year, and I must say, I dig it. It's time for a good female-led comic movie anyway, and Warner Bros. announced the solo Wonder Woman movie to be released in 2017 just before Justice League Part One. Bring it on!

Other DC Comic movies announced were Shazam and a solo Cyborg movie, in which Ray Fisher was cast earlier in 2014 to play the role in Batman v Superman. 

Marvel was definitely not silent this year either in the movie news realm. Josh Brolin was cast as the Mad Titan Thanos, and San Diego Comic Con saw Josh Brolin join the cast of the Avengers on stage. We also got to see him as the role in Guardians of the Galaxy, the 2nd time Thanos has appeared in a Marvel movie.

Disney and Marvel also announced their slate of movie projects to 2019 starting with Captain America Civil War, in which the title got all sorts of buzz from comic geeks. Especially when it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. would reprise the role of Tony Stark and Iron Man for it.

Doctor Strange finally gets confirmed with the release date of 2016 after Cap, and even saw the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role late this year. Finally.

The other great Marvel comic movie news this year was the announcement of a Black Panther solo movie in 2017 and the casting of Chadwick Boseman, whom will be first seen as the character in Captain America Civil War. All I can say to that is awesome! 2017 will also see the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok.

Not to be outdone by DC Comics, Marvel and Disney also announced that a Captain Marvel solo movie will join the ranks of the mighty Marvel cinematic universe this year, and it will be Ms. Marvel as the character, adding yet another female-led comic book movie to this generation of comic fans. Like the Wonder Woman movie, I'm on pins and needles to see this one, and I hope they do cast Emily Blunt in the role. Watch Edge of Tomorrow and you might think so too.

Can we say, Inhumans! Finally, all the speculation about an Inhumans movie was finally confirmed later this year also for 2018. Totally excited to see Black Panther and Inhumans, and it looks like Vin Diesel will play an Inhuman. He hasn't come out and said who, but many are already speculating he will be Black Bolt. Seems like a good fit, and I can definitely see that.

This mighty year of 2014 also saw the announcement of the highly anticipated Avengers Infinity War release date, and that it will be a two part saga with Part 2 having the release date of 2019. Also we got our first peak of the Avengers Age of Ultron trailer and got our first look at the Hulk Buster armor that Stark will be using to combat the Hulk. Greatly looking forward to seeing that, as well as the Vision whom was also announced this year to be assembling with the Avengers and cast Paul Bettany in the role.

Sony announced the Sinister Six movie and a Venom/Carnage movie which has reportedly been scrapped due to producer Matt Tolmach's lack of confidence in Venom heading his own solo movie. Latest reports also suggest that Sony is considering rebooting the franchise altogether.

In short, as of now, it looks like Sony has no idea on what to do with the character, and all the proposed movie plans, including Sinister Six, is up in the air as of now. A bit of a disappointment late in the year, but perhaps it will all go through. I say finish what you guys started. No need to reboot, just make the next movie better.

Now for the smaller screen. A big year for superheroes or comic characters on the tube as well. As mentioned before, 2014 saw the kick off of the Flash, Gotham, and Constantine TV series. 

Marvel's Netflix series saw the casting of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones this year, who will be played by Mike Colter and Krysten Ritter. The character Rosario Dawson is playing on the Daredevil Netflix series was finally revealed as Claire Temple, and we got our first look at the Man Without Fear also which put me off from seeing any of the early episodes. When the red costume comes out, then I'll starting streaming it. 

Regardless, it's been a huge year for comic fans and full of comic goodness. Suicide Squad keys shot up, Inhumans keys shot up, Black Panther keys had another spike in demand due to the announcement of the solo flick and Chad Boseman being cast. 

The first appearance of Venom shot up ridiculously this year as with the first appearance of Harley Quinn in Batman Adventures #12. Good stuff!

Way too many comics saw growth in demand and value this year, and hopefully you already had them. 2014 definitely brought up a lot of things to look forward to in the years to come. 

May 2015 be another stellar year and Happy New Year to you all around the world. Have fun and be safe. Thanks for reading and I'll see you guys n gals next year!


  1. Happy new year!! I just wanted to voice my appreciation for all the articles you have written in 2014, 386! On average, more than one article a day. Also, it more than you wrote in 2010-2013 combined!! Keep up the great work. Hope 2015 is filled with all those Keys you are gunning for! Cheers!!

    1. Dito thanks for a great year mayhem. and making comic collecting more interesting. JW

    2. Wow! Thanks and the same to you. I did not know I had written more articles in 2014 than in 2010 and 2013 combined! Thanks for keeping track of that. I just may pat myself on the back and down a whole six pack to celebrate.

      Interesting. Okay, that analysis just made me realize how much of a life I don't have...hahaha! Well, let's see if I can break that record for 2015 since I just plopped down $191 for a new router to replace my highly out of date and old one. I should not be booted off every 10 minutes with this new one on the way.

      Hope you also get all the keys you're gunning for in 2015! I'm really excited about this year! Can't wait for the cons to start getting nearer. I'm definitely gonna up my con purchases this year and slack off on eBay CGC purchases.

    3. Thanks JW and same to you, man. Thanks for chiming in and joining the convo a lot. Really appreciate your comments and they surely do make this site less boring. Also thanks for all the suggestions with keys and posts as well. Actually, I want to thank all those who regularly read, comment and share. Many, many thanks.

  2. happy new year, TCM my CGC review hulk 228 8.5,marvel two-in-one 54 9.8,trans formers 5-6 9.2,marvel two-in-one 53 9.8,captain marvel 34 9.0,trans formers 4 9.8,x-men 4 vol.2 4 9.8,superior spider-man 1 9.8,avengers 234 9.8,new avengers 30 9.8,trans formers 7 9.8,villains united 1 9.8,spawn 9 9.8,Youngblood 1 9.8,deathmate black 9.8, jokers 's daughter 1 9.8,adventure into fear 17 9.2,solar man of atom vol.2 10 9.6,terminator the burning earth 1 9.6,astonishing tales 24 9.4,fantastic four 205 9.8,sandman 6 9.8,tales to astonish 50 6.0,dark avengers 1 NYCC 9.8,batman 638 9.8,strange tales 179 9.6, tale to astonish 35 3.0,x-men 4 4.5.those are my purchases of 2014 can't wait for 2015.

    1. Holy wow Oraldo. You got quite a score of comics in 2014. Congrats, amigo! Have a good one as well and thanks for sharing your 2014 purchases and always commenting also. Appreciate it a lot!