Aug 212014

fourColorBullet1Four-Color Bullet is back, and we are aimin’ to misbehave! It’s been a busy week, with all kinds of juicy picks, so let’s just run them down, shall we?

From Marvel this week, Storm is New York City investigating the disappearances of some wayward teens, not suspecting that the culprit is one of her oldest and deadliest foes, in Storm #2; Deadpool is called in to generate book sales– I mean, um, help the Secret Avengers on a mission, in Secret Avengers #7;  and it’s the Mighty Avengers, with some help from the original 1970s team, versus the Deathwalkers for the life of Blade and the survival of humanity, in Mighty Avengers #13.

On shelves from DC this week, the hotly anticipated Multiversity #1, as a team of heroes from all 52 worlds must assemble to defeat a menace that could destroy the Multiverse. And Captain Carrot is back! Red Hood and the Outlaws are dealing with the fallout from Starfire’s past, when a secret foe arrives to make things worse in Red Hood and the Outlaws #34; Batman’s Bat-Robot! Taking out crime in Gotham! Is the Caped Crusader obsolete?! Find out in Batman ’66 #41!

From IDW this week, The X-Files: Zero Year continues in its second issue, as a pair of FBI agents from the 1940s investigate the mysterious Mr Xero, as the events leading up to the creation of the FBI’s X-Files unit is revealed; and the Turtles are transported by a new foe to another dimension, where they are forced into combat with some of the deadliest warriors in the universe, in the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual.

And Dark Horse Comics rounds out the bullets with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #6, when a simple exorcism is not so simple, and Buffy and the Scoobies are forced to fight a demon who fights back with their childhood fantasies. Joss Whedon approved!


Written by Mark Waid Penciled by Javier Rodriguez MARVEL

Written by Mark Waid
Penciled by Javier Rodriguez

Mark Waid’s Daredevil has consistently been one of the best all-new titles to break out of the Marvel gate; this one is no exception. I might liken this particular issue to a Very Special Episode kind of storyIn this Original Sin tie-in, Matt, like other heroes in New York at the time, was bombarded with potentially devastating secrets about his life.

Matt was shocked last issue to have the revelation that his dad, Battlin’ Jack Murdock, a man that Matt worshipped as a child and who played a significant role in his becoming a lawyer as well as Daredevil, may not have been a nice guy. Matt received troubling flashbacks of his dad standing over his mom, while his mom lay bruised on the kitchen floor.

To learn the truth, Matt goes searching for Maggie, his mom, who later abandoned him and became a nun. He discovers that she and three other nuns have been illegally arrested and kidnapped by Wakandan forces, and taken to Wakanda after they discover some nasty goings-on by that government on United States soil.

Spoilers follow. Be ye warned.

In part two of this story, Matt makes it to Wakanda, brilliantly rescues Maggie and the others, and heads home. During the ride back to the states, Matt finally confronts his mom about why she left, and what follows is a poignant and moving scene where Maggie confesses to postpartum depression that hit the emotional keys, and was even so prophetic regarding Robin Williams’ death as to be downright eerie. We learn that the the scene Matt received was a scene of Maggie attacking Jack Murdock and falling to the floor. This is important for one reason. Matt Murdock idolized his dad. Everything Matt is, he owes to his dad. If it were revealed that Jack was a wife beater, it would have undone Matt’s reason for living, and changed the whole dynamic of Matt’s world. So not only do we get this great tale of Matt rescuing his mom from Wakanda, we’re forced to wonder for a whole month, was Jack Murdock not the man we knew? And Mark Waid was brilliant and mindful of the character, to turn that all around.

Spoilers end. Proceed.

My only dislike? Wakanda. Not that Matt’s mission to Wakanda was at all far-fetched, it just seemed forced for a story that really could have taken place in New York or San Francisco. Although I know what Waid was driving at, in that there’s nothing Matt wouldn’t do or nowhere he’d go for justice, or his mother.

This is some of Mark Waid’s best writing work, on a book that is always well written. And penciler Chris Samnee takes a break this issue, leaving the talented Javier Rodriguez to share storyteller duties in the artist’s seat. I brag and glow about Daredevil  every month because it’s that good. And I’ve been a Daredevil fan for years, even during the dark and hateful Bendis and Maleev years. It is always a must-read, and the first title I read in my pile. Every month. Good, good stuff all the time. And when comics are at $3.99 an issue, quality is what you want.


Written by Tony Lee Penciled by Aneke Colored by Alex Starling DYNAMITE

Written by Tony Lee
Penciled by Aneke
Colored by Alex Starling

I stumbled across this one thanks to my editor, being the fine enabler that she is.  *grin*  Dynamite is an up-and-coming comic publisher who is printing critically-acclaimed stuff like Green HornetSix Million Dollar Man, and Battlestar Galactica series, both old and contemporary. So you can take your pick with whichever version of BSG you like.

This month, Dynamite released a third BSG title that is just absolutely freaking brilliant, and if you’re a steampunk fan like me, it’ll make you happy. Steampunk Battlestar Galactica: 1880 follows the crew of the Aethership Galactica in their struggle against Professor Baltar and his Cylonic warriors, clockwork robots loyal only to him.

In this beginning of a four-issue steampunk tale, the twelve colonies have just ended a war with the Ovoid race, using Baltar’s clockwork Cylonics to defeat them. But Professor Baltar had higher aspirations. He didn’t want to just save humanity — he wanted to rule it. Following an argument with Archduke Adama, Baltar takes his Babbage computer, Lu-C-Fer, and leaves Adama and the others behind, never to be seen again. At least until he turned his Cylonics on Caprica …

I won’t say anymore because the rest has to be seen to be believed. Writer Tony Lee, who co-wrote the fantastic Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who crossover, gives everybody a swashbuckle-y, steampunk twist and it’s beautiful and grin-worthy and just downright fun. And this was the first time I’ve had the privilege of seeing the artistic team of Aneke and Alex Starling, but the pencils were crisp, the colors vibrant, and best of all, you knew who was who on the page. And kudos to them for maintaining the steampunk look throughout.

I learned a long time ago from Joss Whedon that you can turn any word into an adjective by adding “-y,” so I stand by “swashbuckle-y.”

Moving on.

Minor spoilers ahead.

My only dislike, and it really isn’t a dislike  per se … to be honest I don’t know what it is beyond maybe a tongue-in-cheek thing. Anyway, there’s a scene involving steampunk Starbuck that is very reminiscent of a scene in Star Wars Episode IV, where Han and his new passengers go to board the Falcon and Luke gives Han some lip about the spaceworthiness of his ship, then Jabba comes out … remember that  one? I can’t tell if it’s an homage or a rip off. It’s a fun scene, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like the whole thing just took too long.

Spoilers over

I was glad to have found this book because I would have kicked myself if I hadn’t. Steampunk fans and Battlestar Galactica fans rejoice. We just got a geek-filled Reese’s cup and it all tastes good.

And that is Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comments if you have opinions on my adding “-y” to words, or anything else you want to discuss. Have you seen that cray-cray Spider-Woman variant cover yet? You haven’t?! I wrote a whole editorial on it. Go read it and tell me how curmudgeonly I am.

It’s a good time to be a comics fan. See ya next week. Go Vols!


Aug 202014

Marvel logoby Michael Brown, staff writer

One step forward, two steps back. That’s what happened Monday when Marvel released in its November solicits a variant cover of the upcoming Spider-Woman ongoing series. Drawn by Italian artist Milo Manara, who has worked with Marvel for a few years now, the cover has become quite the focus of  widespread criticism from both Internet genre and mainstream outlets for its obviously sexualized portrait of the character. Not to mention, it comes at a time when the comic book industry is under fire for its treatment of female characters, creators and fans.

To further exacerbate the situation, there’s a striking — ahem – similarity between Manara’s Spider-Woman cover and a blatantly sexual pose of a character in his erotic comic, Click. [Editor's note: this image is a little beyond our PG-13 rating level, so we'll leave it to you to decide whether or not to go look it up for yourself. If you've ever seen a cat in heat, you get the idea.] Geek culture sites and blogs are ablaze with writers and editors taking umbrage with the cover, calling it “lewd and irresponsible,” “not a good idea,” and, “looking more like a colonoscopy than a costume.”

Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, who will also pen the Spider-Woman series, and Chris Claremont, a long time Marvel scribe who’s best known for his work on Uncanny X-Men both came down as defenders of Manara via Twitter.

Now, with the facts out of the way, here’s the take of a guy who’s been reading and enjoying comics for 30 years. This is ridiculous. As I said above, the comic book industry is taking criticism for the way it’s been treating female characters, fans, and creators. If Spider-Man had been drawn in that position, the cover wouldn’t have gotten as far as it did. Women have been a constant joke for comic book artists for years, and this cover is one more example of the industry not taking women seriously. Another fine example is DC’s Power Girl, with her gravity-defying breasts packed in a skintight white costume with a window in the front so you can see her cleavage.

It’s easy to forget that comics, while maintaining a mostly adult demographic in the current market, are historically aimed at children, and kids still do read them. Intentionally or not, some comics have become soft porn. There’s a place for adult-themed comics with sexual themes and nudity, but Marvel is not that place. Marvel has always produced mainstream comics that are wholesome enough for parents to trust as a brand for their kids; you never worry when your kid is browsing the Marvel section of the comic book store.

In all fairness, over the last few years, Marvel has made a conscious effort to be more thoughtful of female readers, who by the way, are starting to make up a large part of comics readership. Not only do female readers have to endure snotty and holier-than-thou comic shop owners who mock and alienate them, now they get to deal with ridiculous treatments of their gender on the page.

When Joss Whedon announced his plans to revive Buffy the Vampire Slayer in an eighth season for comics, he insisted that women be portrayed as women. You’ll find no back-breaking busts or porn-mag poses over there. When I read stuff from other publishers and I see an outrageously drawn woman, I think, “Joss Whedon would never allow that.” But Milo Manara isn’t the only offender. Greg Land, who I admittedly enjoy at times, has taken heat for some time now for his depiction of women, even being accused of drawing from porn mags for his poses.

Variant cover of Spider-Woman #1 Drawn by Milo Manara

Variant cover of Spider-Woman #1
Drawn by Milo Manara

And, I might add, this is the same comic that was introduced at the Women of Marvel panel at San Diego. Marvel should have known better. As one reviewer said, it’s like Marvel’s doing it on purpose. Ass-splosion aside, Manara’s art is lifeless and dull, and while we sure get a look at Jessica Drew’s red-and-yellow-clad booty, we also see her other features, like her almost non-existent nose, and her hair that wraps all the way around her neck in some kind of weird, twisted neck beard.

I’m not being prudish and saying that erotic art doesn’t have its place. If you’re drawing for erotic comics, then that’s where it belongs. But does it belong as a representation of our hero, from a company who is leading the way with a slew of new female-led titles? Nope. Could Marvel have chosen a better artist to launch their first issue? Yep.  Anyone remember The Hawkeye Initiative? Where Strong Female Poses were redrawn by putting Hawkeye and other male heroes in their place? Could be, this pose would find a good home there.

Marvel, which I might remind my readers is owned by Disney, dropped the ball, in my opinion, and this thing is going to be everywhere in the days and weeks ahead. Creators and publishers have to do a better job at making their female readers happy. As the number one publisher in the country, Marvel would do well to remember the words of one Peter Parker: “With great power …”

This isn’t the 1960s, where Reed Richards called his wife an insufferable, emotional female, and tells her that the only reason he keeps her around is because she’s pretty. Women play a larger role today than The Pretty Foil, or the Professional Plot Device. They take up arms and defend the country. They’re breadwinners, not always babymakers. We are the Enlightened Age. More understanding and sympathetic. Comics readers are, too.  Comics creators and publishers need to follow suit.

What do you think of the cover? Do you think it fits in with the Marvel brand and image? Sound off in comments!




Aug 192014
Adrianne Palicki

Adrianne Palicki

by Nur Hussein, staff writer

As we’ve already heard, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is adding a plethora of new characters to its lineup, and among them is Bobbi Morse, known by her codename, Mockingbird. Producers have just announced that she will be played by none other than Adrianne Palicki, the actress once chosen to play Wonder Woman in a TV series created by David E. Kelley (which was aborted before it could air, perhaps for the best; insider reports say it was quite awful).

In the comics, Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and spy who was once given a different mix of a version of Captain America’s super serum as a life-saving measure, thus given enhanced physical prowess. In the comics, she is depicted as a costumed superhero who wields a pair of batons that can be combined and turned into a staff. It is unknown how the Marvel TV series will portray the character, but if she has the same origin, it’ll be the first time the show added a superhero as a series regular.

Palicki is no stranger to genre; long before her ill-fated Wonder Woman role, one of her earliest parts on television was a (fake) version of Kara/Supergirl on a single episode of Smallville. She also had a number of voice roles in animated comedy programs such as Family Guy, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum (the latter two being stop-motion animated series). She has also played a recurring role in the TV spook-hunting drama, Supernatural. On the big screen, Palicki had a major leading role in G.I.Joe: Retaliation as Lady Jaye, one of the more prominent female G.I.Joe characters.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to TV screens on September 23rd. Is it September, yet?


Aug 142014


Welcome to another Four-Color Bullet, the only comic-book review column that’s getting it’s own series on Netflix. Denzel Washington is cast as me.

Over on the Marvel Comics side of the multiversal boundary, Miguel O’Hara tries to adjust to life in 2014, being a Spider-Man out of time, and keeping his secret identity safe from his boss, in Spider-Man 2099 #2; Ben Grimm. Murderer? The secret revealed in Fantastic Four #8, a pivotal Original Sin tie-in; Arnim Zola wages war on New York, but there’s no Captain America to stop him. Can the Avengers rally and stop him, in Captain America #23.

On the DC Comics side of the multiversal barrier, Batman is after a killer who has haunted Gotham for years, in Batman #34; Have the Green Hornet and Kato finally become the criminals everyone believes them to be?! All-out battle ensues! In Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet #7;  Constantine realizes he’s on to something much bigger than he thought as the events of five years into DC’s future begin to collide, in Futures’ End.

From IDW this week, The Q Gambit continues in Star Trek: Ongoing #36 as Q thrusts Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise of the new movies into the future. But does Deep Space Nine exist in this new reality? Krang and the Shredder have always been two separate and opposing forces that have dominated the lives of the Turtles. But now, for the first time, they’re joining forces, in this special stand-alone issue, number 37, of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. UFOs, the return of the Cigarette Smoking Man, and the New Syndicate, in the mind-blowing conclusion of  the Pilgrims story arc in The X-Files: Season 10 #15.

And Dark Horse Comics drops the curtain on a decades-long period of  award-winning Star Wars storytelling, with Star Wars #20. Next stop: Marvel.

Written by Jason Aaron Art by Mike Deodato Jr. MARVEL

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Mike Deodato Jr.

It is on! The penultimate issue of Original Sin finally hits its action-packed stride, as Captain America rallies the Avengers to take on Nick Fury. In space! Colonel Fury has been a bad little monkey with all of his secrets and manipulation and the heroes are fed up.  And while you, the reader, know what Fury’s been up to, our heroes are still largely left in the dark.

The elderly Fury still has some fight in him and, as a matter of fact, one hero will be majorly affected by the battle. We get some flashbacks to the moment the Watcher was killed. But we still don’t get all of the answers, and there’s a still a lot left to be revealed in next month’s final issue. It leaves you wondering what else writer Jason Aaron is going to throw at us. And Mike Deodato’s art is amazing. Jason Aaron gives him a lot to work on.

However, as much as I enjoyed it, we still only have one more issue to cram in all of the answers we’re still missing, as well as wrapping up a monster fight, because we’ve still got Gamora, Moon Knight, Rocket Raccoon, the Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, the Punisher, and Doctor Strange on the sidelines wondering what the heck’s going on, and not even in the fight. There’s just a lot to cover in one issue.

So if you’re keen on superhero vs. superhero combat, this will make you happy. I’m a Nick Fury fan, and I’m left waiting to see how all of this plays out. A great issue with Aaron and Deodato rocking the heck out of it.


Written by Dan Slott Pencils by Humberto Ramos Colors by Edgar Delgado MARVEL

Written by Dan Slott
Pencils by Humberto Ramos
Colors by Edgar Delgado

Amazing Spider-Man #5 has Black Cat and Electro continuing their plans for revenge against Spidey, and more of the heated relationship between Spider-Man and Silk. Peter may be back in control of his body, but that’s about it, as writer Dan Slott puts everything in a spiraling, chaotic mess. Black Cat was apprehended by Otto Octavius while in Peter’s body, and she is focused on revenge, almost psychotically. She’s lost everything as a result, and she’s teaming up with Electro for some payback, despite Peter’s pleading and explaining the situation.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s Silk. Cindy Moon was bitten by the same spider Peter was, and she is stronger, faster, and better than the original. Cindy has been locked away to keep her safe from Spider-eating, super-scary bad dude Morlun. But now that she’s free, Morlun is locked in on her, and he’s coming. And the last time Spider-Man fought him, he barely managed to walk away with his life. Slott’s laying the ground for the upcoming Spider-Verse event.

Humberto Ramos’ art is always fun to look at. He always manages to capture the fun that comes with the Spider-Man mythos. Lots of scenes lit up in orange and blue, as Eel and Electro are both present, colored by Edgar Delgado. Beautiful pages to stare and drool at. And there’s a big cliffhanger at the end of this one, but we can only assume and hope Peter gets out of it.

I don’t like Black Cat’s sudden and extreme transformation into crazed, vengeful, murderous criminal. Granted, she’s been humiliated, she’s broke, no longer taken seriously, and she is ticked-off. But Cat and Spidey have years of history. They’ve been intimate. And when you consider the Avengers just shrugging it off when Peter dropped the truth on them … I don’t know. maybe it’s just the idea of a woman scorned.

Overall, a good, fun issue. And that cliffhanger will have me snatching up the next issue.

And that is it for Four-Color Bullet this week. Email and comments are welcome if you want to talk comics.  And I dig talking about comics.

Before I forget, do you like swag? Krypton Radio sure does. Your favorite sci-fi/fantasy radio station sent its Nerd News-hounds to San Diego Comic-Con and they left no table unturned in their gathering of swag. Stuffing it in purses and backpacks and rucksacks and plastic bags and pockets …  Well, now there’s just too much darn swag. It’s everywhere. The station manager won’t let us blow it out the airlock because we’ll “litter space,” (*eye roll*) so we’re doing the next best thing. We’re giving it away! Go to the contest page and see what’s up for grabs! Then enter to win!

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See ya next week!



Aug 072014

by Michael Brown, staff writer

Welcome to this week’s Four-Color Bullet, the only comic-book review column with a Six-Demon Bag.

Comic Book Day has come and gone, and it is with much regret that I announce the closing of the local comic shop. I’m reading my stuff on Comixology, now, and it’s not a bad ride. To be honest, I enjoy it. That said, if you love your brick-and-mortar store, send ‘em some love and help them out. I don’t think digital comics are threatening the shops. I talk to a lot of people every day about this issue and there are almost as many for digital comics as against. Both have advantages, and I’m beginning to enjoy digital. But there are some comics I just have to have copies of. But I heard Todd McFarlane say the other day on a documentary about comics history, and I paraphrase, it shouldn’t matter where you get your comics as long as you get them and support the industry. There are pros and cons to both, but let’s just all be comics fans. It shouldn’t matter how we read them, as long as we read them. And enjoy them.

From Marvel this week:

  • Rocket has been framed, accused and arrested of murder. And the most notorious raccoon in the galaxy is going to need help to prove that he didn’t commit this particular crime, at least, in Rocket Raccoon #2.
  • Peter Quill is captured by a bounty hunter with a strange connection to his past. And if he can keep said hunter from feeding him to a giant alien, he might just figure out what it is, in Legendary Star-Lord #2.
  • A threat from Moon Knight’s first issue returns to cause more problems for the Protector of Night Travelers, as Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey conclude their run with Moon Knight #6.

From DC this week:

  • Super-spy Dick Grayson digs deeper into Spyral, and meets his new partner Helena Bertinelli, in Grayson #2.
  • Batman, Batwoman, and Jason Todd scramble to find evidence that can save Commissioner Gordon, in Batman: Eternal #18
  • Superman’s forces are dealt a huge blow in space, while the resistance in Gotham makes its boldest move yet. in Injustice: Gods Among Us #18
Written by John Carpenter and Eric Powell Art by Brian Churilla BOOM! Studios

Written by John Carpenter and Eric Powell
Art by Brian Churilla and Michael Garland
BOOM! Studios

John Carpenter and Eric Powell’s Big Trouble in Little China is on its third issue and this one is no exception when it comes to laugh-out-loud humor and silly grins. In this issue, Jack, Egg, and Pete continue their journey down the Midnight Road to acquire the souls of the Three Storms from the Seven Headed Widow , in order to rescue Wang Chi from Qiang Wu. John Carpenter, who serves as Creative Consultant/Executive Producer, and script writer Eric Powell are doing a fantastic job delving into Jack Burton’s back story, mostly in the form of hilarious, long-winded expositions from Jack talking about his past wives. So far we know that all of Jack’s wives, four so far, were connected to the supernatural. He’s been married to the daughter of a cult leader who wanted to use Jack as a sacrifice to resurrect a Babylonian demi-god; a vampire, and a sideshow psychic who was actually a real psychic using her powers to mind control Jack, forcing him to steal from her customers. And Jack was oblivious to all of it. And the stories are told by Jack, while artist Brian Churilla’s panels show the reader what’s really going on. Absolutely hilarious.

And this issue just keeps it up. When our heroes finally meet the dreaded Seven Headed Widow, and Egg Shen is in awe of her, Jack is totally nonplussed and talks to the Chinese demon the irreverent way Jack Burton would, and with hilarious results. And there are monkeys who want Jack dead. Monkeys.

BOOM! Studios has found a winner, it’s one that I look forward to every month, and I hope it continues for a long, long time.

Written by Tyler James Art by Fico Ossio ComixTribe

Written by Tyler James
Art by Fico Ossio

What do you do when you’re a teenage superhero in Miami, and your only weakness is that you can’t use your powers around beautiful girls? If you’re the new hero called Epic, you do the best you can. I have always been a big fan of teenage superheroes, and Epic from ComixTribe is about as good as it gets. Somewhere along the way, comics about teen heroes stopped being fun but Epic just gets it right.

Miami teen Eric Ardor gets his powers after a lab accident of sorts, and along with his sidekick assistant, Beanie Barnes, Eric, as Epic,  strives to keep Miami safe while dealing with teenage stuff. Pretty simple and well executed.

I loved Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man because it let Peter be more than the hero. He was struggling with class, failing with girls, dealing with peer pressure, and was still expected to be the hero while trying to juggle everything in his life. The series was magic. Epic is on its way to having that kind of magic. You can see it on the periphery. It’s fun, exciting, Tyler James’ story and dialogue is crisp and funny, and artist Fico Ossio’s work, of whom I am now a huge fan, is like eye candy. His art reminds me a little of Todd Nauck, but more visually stunning. I had commented as much to Tyler James on Twitter, and James said he liked it when Ossio could just cut loose. I have to agree.

In the second issue, we meet Epic’s new nemesis in the form of a U.N. negotiator who is turned into a giant spider in issue #1, and becomes said spider in his Miami home, scaring to death his thirteen foster children. And Eric and Beanie, who are monitoring police traffic hoping to find a case that doesn’t involve a pretty girl, stumbles onto it and … you’ll have to read the rest. The action is fast paced, the dialogue witty, and everybody is beautifully rendered thanks to Fico Ossio. It’s just a fun book that doesn’t take itself too seriously in a time when everyone else does.

And that’s your Four-Color Bullet for this week. Comments and emails, comments and emails, blah blah woof woof. You know the drill.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is out this weekend. Some of the reviews aren’t so great, but stay tuned to Krypton Radio. Our Nerd Newshounds will do the dirty work for you and they’ll let you know how it really is. Did we let you down with Guardians of the Galaxy? I think not.

It’s a good time to be a comics fan. See you next week!

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Jul 282014
SDCC 2014 -Lexx Rudd and Ivonne Escoto from Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge - Photo by Alicia Glass

SDCC 2014 -Lexx Rudd and Ivonne Escoto from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge – Photo by Alicia Glass

by Zoe de Lellis, contributing writer

Wow, that went fast! The crazy, crowded, fun San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 weekend is a wrap! The booths in the exhibitor’s hall are all packed up, panelists are back to their day jobs, and the costumes are hung back up in closets.

Today, the-big ticket events included a Supernatural Q&A panel that featured the cast of the hit CW TV series and also treated fans to a special video presentation of season highlights and previews, a panel for the TV show The Following, a Sons of Anarchy panel featuring the cast, and a sneak peek and exclusive on Guillermo Del Toro’s new series Strain. Events ended early for the big halls, with the last panel ending at 3:45 pm and the whole convention ending at 5pm. This didn’t stop con-goers from crowding the exhibitor’s hall and snatching up some awesome freebies and exclusive merchandise. Some booths, like Simon & Schuster, weren’t bringing any of their merchandise back with them and held a giveaway of everything at the booth! People got a little crazy over that because … free books! Sundays always herald the best deals, but also a big risk. Exhibitors lower their prices and offer great deals like “buy one, get one free” and “half off,” but you run the risk of them selling out before you even get there!

Aside from the shopping deals, I got to see some pretty awesome panels. The first, Women of Marvel, showcased some of the heavy hitters in the Marvel Comics industry and allowed attendees insights into the business of comics and how women are becoming more and more involved. They talked about some new and upcoming comics including She-Hulk, Elektra, and (of course) Thor. The other panel I attended, and the one I was most excited about overall, was the What’s Hot In Young Adult Fiction. This panel featured prominent YA authors including Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series), Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles), Tessa Gratton (The United States of Asgard), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me series), Natalie Parker (Beware the Wild), C.J. Redwine (Defiance series), Brendan Reichs (The Virals series), and Scott Westerfeld (Uglies series). The panelists talked about the pressures of being a YA author, the origins of their novels, and tips for budding YA authors. I definitely took away a lot of good info from hearing them speak.

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Although Comic-Con is officially at a close, the spirit of the convention is far from over! Hotels have already started booking reservations for next year’s convention! There are thousands of brand-new superhero t-shirts that are begging to be worn, and a ton of Comic-Con exclusive figurines and toys that are going to be placed lovingly on display shelves. Here’s hoping next year’s Comic-Con is even better than this year’s!

If you’d like to see more from San Diego Comic-Con International 2014, we’ve got even more photos for you on Instagram and Tumblr (kryptonradio). DJ Gary daBaum is hosting a SDCC Radio Round-Up tonight, Monday July 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific If you missed any of Willow Leafstorm’s live interviews from the con floor, Gary will be replaying them all during the show, and the Krypton Radio coverage team will be calling in to chat abou tthe con live on the air with Gary. We’ll also be posting in-depth articles about various events at the con throughout the week on our website, so stay tuned; the con may be over, but our exclusive coverage isn’t!