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Marvel teaser by Blackmeal warms the fanboy buried inside

Blackmeal is a France a visual creative agency that has done work for a number of big brands including McDonald’s, Biotherm, Orange, and more.

Someone on the team must really love Marvel Comics. Or maybe this was produced as a client pitch.

Regardless, it’s pretty cool. Makes me feel 14 years old again.

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The pope in comics: John Paul II

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While we wait for the identity of the new pope to be announced, let’s take a look at one instance of the pope in comics. Here are images from Marvel’s biography The Life of Pope John Paul II published in 1982.

The cover blurb promises to reveal the entire story inside.

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Blogger 4thLetter! provides a full, 2-part review.

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He was no Battle Pope, but he did survive an attempt on his life.

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Mario clones invade the Marvel and DC universes

Was I right or was I right? The Mario comics invasion is nearly complete. (Mario Wonder Woman is especially frightening.)

Hello Lafratta documents the clones discovery.

READ ALSO: Mario’s Marvel universe invasion begins

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Dustin Nguyen’s tribute to redheads

Who doesn’t love redheads? Especially this particular group of ladies.

It immediately brought to mind the classic image from American Beauty of Mena Suvari sprawled out on the bed of red rose petals. Here’s a link to the trailer in case you suddenly have a hankering to watch it now.

Nguyen’s piece, entitled Red Carpet, is hypnotizing. Although, I got to wondering: are there many brunettes in comics? Or are the majority of A-list women blondes and redheads?

Like Nguyen’s work? Check out his store! Lots of goodies in there available for purchase.

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Here comes Moon Knight – again!

Moon Knight is back. It’s been nearly a year since his last solo outing.

I really enjoy this character. He’s totally messed up. Most Marvel characters have problems (teen angst, feels rejected by society, etc.). M.K. takes that to the extreme: he has multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia (he actually hears voices one of which is supposed to be a god), he struggles with violent tendencies, is tortured and a pill addict. He uses people to get what he wants – I would say his relationship with Frenchie and other characters from the series is not healthy. So, lots of material to work with in the hands of the right writer.

He was a member of the Secret Avengers for a little while, but he’s back where he belongs – on his own (although this time in Los Angeles). It’s becoming a bit of a habit. A few years on the page, then one or two off. Not exactly the hardest working hero in the Marvel U. That time with Secret Avengers doesn’t count for much – he didn’t really do a whole lot despite Brubaker’s best intentions. It was a little like the time he spent with the West Coast Avengers, which I imagine is what it’s like to take a cruise – sailing around with a bunch of people you don’t really want to be around but making an effort to be nice.

Moon Knight is at his best when he rolls alone. In fact, he’s one of those characters who works best on the fringe of the Marvel U rarely interacting with other spandex types. (Although I think an interesting battle for MK would be up against Zodiac who’ve been turned in to a hive mind based on some cybernetic implants they were given to augment their abilities.)

Unfortunately, nobody knows what to do with him. Recently, Charlie Huston had one good Moon Knight story in him (2006). As did Gregg Hurwitz (2010). But once each of those writers completed their first arc, the series lost its energy.

I have high hopes for the new creative team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev. I’m thoroughly enjoying their work on Scarlet. And I hope they can do for M.K. what they did for Daredevil, a character I never cared for but fell in love with during their run.

Comic Book Resources has a few pages from the debut issue if you’re curious to see what’s in store. (In stores May 4, 2011)

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