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Trailer Snark (Captain America: Civil War Edition)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Editor’s Note: We are foregoing the usual format of this week’s blog, because by and large most movie studios have wisely cleared their release calendar for what could very well be the year’s biggest film. Captain America:  Civil War, the third installment in the Steve Rogers series, and really what amounts to Avengers 3 in terms of the ensemble cast showcases the characters we have come to know and love, under the expert tutelage of the Russo Brothers, who take the reins from Joss Whedon.  The team gives their thoughts below, along with their pledge of allegiance to either Team Cap or Team Iron Man.  Enjoy!

Captain America:  Civil War (Disney) – Action/Adventure
PG-13 for violence and thematic situations
Tag Line:  Whose side are you on?
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Don Cheadle, Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, and more.
Plot: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
Running Time:  146 minutes

Thoughts on the trailer…..
Jessica: I am SUPER EXCITED about “Captain America: Civil War”, I think the trailer looks like yet another hit for Marvel and I do really enjoy the Captain’s story as he finds his place in the “new world” after being asleep so long
Chris: The only thing that exceeds the trepidation of watching to of Marvel’s most famous icons draw the battle lines is to see how they can pull it off effectively and leave fans of both sides satisfied.  And from all accounts, this is one for the ages!

Whose Side are They On?
Ken: Team Rogers, no question.  I agree with Chris that these are beings of unimaginable power, capable of massive destruction and as such should be be held accountable. However, I don’t believe the responsibility of policing the gods should be left in the hands of a few, un-elected individuals. Who died and made Iron Man the sheriff of the MCU?  It’s a question of personal freedom vs conformity. Cap is the ultimate soldier, and like a good soldier he fights to protect his country and the government it represents, but he also fights for the guy next to him in the foxhole. He’s fighting for his brother when he believes that his brother is being treated unjustly. Is there a more noble cause? Like Jess, I sincerely doubt that Tony’s motivations for heading up the superhero registration act are entirely altruistic. What eccentric, billionaire wouldn’t want a position of power with near-unlimited resources at his disposal?
Jim: I don’t know what side I’m on. I just want to be entertained.  I just hope that this isn’t the slog that Age of Ultron was and the squalid excuse for a movie that Batman vs. Superman was. If Hollywood’s going to spend truckloads of money on superhero movies, they can at least make them fun and well-made. Here’s hoping.
Jessica: I am completely torn as to what side I want to be on. I see both sides of it but in the end, I think Tony Stark’s militaristic approach is a bit too much and would have to side with the Captain in the end. His heart is in the right place and I think he has the moral compass to do the right thing, whereas Tony Stark’s moral compass is nonexistent and I simply don’t trust him to make a decision that benefits mankind if it gets in the way of his own ambition and brain powers. I think Stark’s biggest fault is thinking he’s always the smartest man in the room. Whether he is or not, he never takes into account the emotional toll his decisions take and that is a big problem in the long run. So yeah, I’m Team Captain America!
Chris: I love Captain America, and I love the idea of Captain America.  In an ideal world, I would be in his camp, and beating my libertarian drum to the max, but the simple fact is that this is an unreal fantasy world where individuals hold more power than one can imagine.  That power unchecked is a threat to all.  As for who they should answer to is a whole other question, but I find myself aligning with Tony Stark on this one.  This is the movies folks and real world politics do not apply.  Team Iron Man

Added to the Ranks of Team Cap:  Ken and Jessica
Added to the Ranks of Team Iron Man:  Chris
Jumping in on the Winning Side at the Last Possible Moment?  Jim

The debate rages on!
The debate rages on!
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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 7/22/2015

Hey there comic book aficionados. Over the weekend I had the pleasure of holding in my hands a raw copy of Batman 139 from 1961, the first appearance of Bat-Girl. Not Babs Gordon but Bette Kane, the silver age love interest that DC created for Robin to dispel gay rumors swirling around Bruce and Dick. The book was retrieved from an estate sale, found in a box among a stack of loose silver age superhero books. It had seen better days, the cover was detached at both staples, but it was all there. An important piece of comic book history rescued from obscurity.

Although I covet silver and bronze age keys, I can’t quit my new releases. After grinding through half a work week, there are few rewards that feel more gratifying to me than being able to sit down with a stack of new books. I just love the smell of new comics in the evening.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Fables #150 Volume 22 Image


Once upon a time, Bill Willingham created a little comic series for Vertigo called Fables which followed the lives of fairy tale characters who were forced to exist in our world. After 149 issues, half a dozen spin-offs, a novel, a video game and a couple of hack-job TV shows, this fully grown fairy tale world comes to an end. But not before the grand finale. The 150th and final issue of Fables is also the 22nd volume and will be published as a 150-page trade paper back. Still written by Willingham and featuring both the original artists and an all star list of guest artists, Fables #150 sends off its memorable cast to their happily-ever-after in style. Click on that cover art and see for yourself.

The Mainstream One: WeirdWorld #2 Marvel


Secret Wars kicked off with a blast, but Marvel’s megavent has delivered uneven results to this point. The stories have been very good on a whole, but I worry about the continued delays in its release schedule. I, like many fans, am in favor of providing the creative team enough time to tell their story. But as a company, you have to realize that when the main arc an event gets pushed back, so do the release dates for all related tie-ins. Which in this case involves everything that Marvel is currently publishing. Settle in folks, we could be in BattleWorld for a while. However all could be forgiven if the Secret Wars keeps revealing gems like Weird World. Issue #1 served up a psychadelic, high-fantasy adventure full of mystery and danger. It’s Jason Aaron, the artwork is bonkers and you need to check this book out to believe it. Weird World is insanely cool.

The Independent One: Enormous vol.2 #1 215 Ink


The first volume of Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour’s Enormous delivered arguably the most realistic artwork of all of the current comic titles, Which is saying something considering that this is a story about giant monsters invading earth. The print run on the first few issues was minuscule and have become some of the most sought after modern comics. The first issue of volume two is out on Wednesday and I hope that the publisher is better prepared this time around. Take a peak through the interiors and prepare to catch your jaw when it melts off your face.

The #1 One: Cyborg #1 DC


He’s a technological wonder, a founding member of the New Teen Titans and a current member of the Justice League of America. And for the first time in his 35 year career at DC, Victor Stone gets his own solo series. Two sweet covers and the preview looks positively amayyyyzing.

The One(s) I’m Buying for the Cover:

G.I. Joe #216 IDW Hall of Comics Action Figure variant


Star Wars #7 Marvel Black and White Boba Fett Action Figure variant


This week’s best cover candy is a tie between two exclusive action figure covers. Both of these variant covers will have tiny print runs and feature hugely popular characters. You do the math.

The regular color variant for Star Wars issue #4 was a huge success. The black and white Boba Fett variant will be limited to 3000 copies and will be available for pre-sale on artist John Tyler Christopher’s website at midnight on July 24.

The Baroness variant is only available through the Hall of Comics and will have a microscopic print run of 1500. Like their #215 Snake Eyes action figure variant, the back cover is designed to look like the back of the original backing card. Winner!

Last Week’s Leftovers: Hawkeye #22 Marvel


I didn’t even realize that the final issue of Fraction and Aja’s ground breaking Hawkeye run came out last week. But I think I can excuse the slip considering issue #21 came out way back in February and Lemire and Perez are going to be 4 issues into their Hawkeye run on Wednesday. Loved this run, the Fraction/Aja creative team took a stale B-list character and transformed him into something new and wonderful. This one was probably under-ordered and deserves a pick up.

Carpe Comics!