Discussion Points: Line-Wide Crossovers are Great for Sales, Awful for New Readers


On my lunch break today, I decided to catch up on a few books I had fallen behind on.  Among them was Silk.  I picked up the latest issue, branded with the “Last Days of…” banner given to all Marvel mainline Secret Wars tie-ins, and while I missed the cleanliness of regular artist Stacy Lee’s lines, I found […]


Preview The 1st Episode of Guardians of The Galaxy on Disney XD This Saturday

MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - Production has begun on "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy," an upcoming animated television series for Disney XD featuring the hugely popular characters introduced in the  record-breaking Marvel Studios film of the same name.  The announcement was made today by Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television, at New York Comic-Con.  Produced by Marvel Television, the series stars Peter Quill as Star-Lord, the brash adventurer  who, to save the universe from its greatest threats, joins forces with a quartet of disparate misfits -- fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon, a tree-like humanoid named Groot, the enigmatic, expert fighter Gamora and the rough edged warrior Drax the Destroyer. The series will premiere in 2015 on the Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD. (Disney XD)

Disney XD brings the Guardians of the Galaxy from the theaters to your kids TV in their own series. Our thoughts on the series premiere.


Kangaroo Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Pull for 8/26/15


After restoring our collective brain patterns from last week’s insane Podcorn visitation, the men and women hand selected by the government to write the world’s premiere comic book news website, The Beat, sought a nap. A new member of the team known as Frank Oliver aligned himself amongst our ranks, and after some comic book […]


Comics Beat to Host The Covers @ Long Beach Comic Con 2015


Comics Beat hosts its first panel at Long Beach Comic Con 2015 and we’ve got a Lollapalooza of a line up.


Marvel unveils Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur


Devil Dinosaur is my favorite Jack Kirby creation. Sure, you can have your Silver Surfer, or your Orion, or your Captain America…but for me, I’ll always stand with the big red T-Rex! Plus, his very existence allowed for amazing images like this… It looks like Marvel holds the character in equally high-esteem, because he’s coming […]


Did Watchmen Steal From The Outer Limits, Or From Jack Kirby?


[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Watchmen, The Outer Limits, and some old sci-fi you probably weren’t planning on reading.] At the end of Watchmen, a television set in the background announces a rerun of The Outer Limits episode “The Architects Of Fear.” This was a reference to a creative debate that occurred behind the scenes between writer […]


With Channing Tatum Going AWOL, Is the Gambit Movie Dead?


Tonight, TheWrap reported that Channing Tatum might be leaving 20th Century Fox’s Gambit production.  Tatum, who was slated to star as everyone’s favorite mutant with a gimmick, is apparently still in talks with the studio, but “something is up” and time is running out, as the movie is scheduled to be release on October 7th, 2016. […]


One Book, One Harper Embraces Graphic Novels for College Community Read!


Harper College, located in northwest Chicagoland, is a community college serving 40,000 students. Since the 2011-2012 school year, Harper College has a selected a title as part of their “One Book, One Harper” community read. (A community read is where a local library sponsors a community-wide book club featuring one title which is read and discussed locally. […]


SDCC ’15: It’s Darth Vader Vs. the Entire Rebellion in Vader Down


Darth Vader is a “force of nature” in the Star Wars Universe, able to take on a horde of Rebel scum with no problem, that being said, would it be possible for him to do battle with the Rebel forces all by himself? Would Vader be able to do combat with the trio of Han […]


Marvel Kills the Game as they Unveil Rap Crossover Covers


This October, Marvel will release a set of variants that pay tribute to famous rap albums.  While I’m not personally big on rap, I appreciate the amount of work and dedication put into making these covers look just right.  The concept is unique and ties comics into mainstream culture in a way we haven’t typically […]


SDCC ’15: Drawing with Jim Lee – “Do You Know the Difference between Law and Justice?”


By Nick Eskey One of the happy-highlights of San Diego Comic-Con is when DC Comics co-publisher, writer, and artist Jim Lee just sits down and draws. Well he doesn’t just draw. The talented artist also has the chops to be a regular comedian. Every year on Sunday, his “Drawing with Jim Lee” is a highlight […]


Marvel’s What If? Infinity Has an Infinite Number of Great Creators


Hey you, that’s right…you! Have you not heard all the Marvel announcements coming out of San Diego? Did you even hear that a female Blade comic was announced? Do you have time to take all of this crazy Marvel information and jam it into your poor unassuming brain? Marvel is continuing to roll out new comics with the […]


SDCC ’15: “Blade: the Hunter,” “Spidey,” and More Teased at Marvel Panel.


Earlier today, Marvel officially announced a number of new titles at their retailer-only event.  However, they also revealed a few more titles that were meant to remain a secret.  Now, a source has revealed these secrets to the world:


SDCC ’15: Agent Carter showrunners reveal Season 2’s villains

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We’ll have more to say about the big “Marvel Television Presents” Press room that ended just a few moments ago a little later on, but one big detail that we can share right away comes from Agent Carter showrunners Tara Butters and Michelle Fazekas who were able to share just a few tid-bits about the […]


SDCC ’15: Marvel Leads into Relaunch with Avengers #0


The more things change, the more things stay the same.  We’ll find out just how quotidian the new Marvel universe is this October when the company leads into the All-New All-Different launch with Avengers #0, an issue of short stories that solidify the team lineup following the conclusion of Secret Wars. AVENGERS #0 When: October 2015 Written […]


SDCC ’15 Hickman might not be Done With the Marvel Universe (Secret Wars Panel Recap)


Friday kicked off Marvel’s Secret Wars panel that sported a presence from author Jonathan Hickman. With the announcement that the author planned on leaving/scaling back his Marvel work, this could be the last we see of Hickman from a very long time with an official Marvel presence. Included among the panelists was Marvel Executive Editor […]