(p)review: Curse Words 1 – SPOILERS

curse-words-1-preview-spoilerLast week, we started a conversation about Curse Words 1. The issue hadn’t been released at the time and there’s an awesome twist at the end that we knew we had to discuss somewhere. If you haven’t read the issue yet, maybe check out that spoiler-free discussion, and then come back here for our conversation about That Big Twist. You’ll know it when you see it. Obviously, SPOILERS follow.

Patrick: So, okay, like 95% of this story is pretty well-examined territory in fantasy and science fiction right? An outsider from another world visits our own and falls in love with the places and the people and decides to make a home of Earth. Or protects it or whatever. Where Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s first issue delightfully subverts that narrative by demonstrating that, while New York city has charmed Wizord, it hasn’t exactly made him a better person. For real, spoilers ahead.

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(p)review: Curse Words 1

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(p)reviews are a bit different from our usual coverage, as they discuss comics that haven’t come out yet. As such, we’ll avoid our usual spoilers — think of it as part preview, part review. Today, Drew and Patrick are discussing Curse Words 1, which will be released Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. If you’re looking for a Spoiler-y discussion, click here.

I’m outta balloons. Is a baggie all right?

-Lance, Pulp Fiction

Drew: Rules are fundamental to our understanding of any narrative. For most, the only “rules” we need to understand are those of the world we live in — physics, social norms, human nature — but other narratives take us out of this comfort zone. Pulp Fiction may seem like an odd choice to illustrate this point, but when I first saw the movie in high school, the world of recreational opiates was foreign enough to me that someone had to contextualize the line I included above, which explains why Mia Wallace later confuses heroin for cocaine. That heroin was normally packaged in balloons was an important rule, but not in the moment the concept is introduced — a kind of Chekhov’s baggie of heroin, if you will. As a story featuring magic, Curse Words promises to take us even further from the rules we know, but just like that line from Pulp Fiction, its first issue seems to lay some key groundwork for the rules that will govern the series. Continue reading

Age of Ultron 10 A.I. PREVIEW

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Age of Ultron 10 A.I. comes out on June 29th, 2013 and is written by Mark Waid with Art by Andre Araujo. Click here for our complete Age of Ultron coverage.

Here’s a fun exercise: let’s all embrace the cognitive dissonance regarding Hank Pym. Wolverine may have gone back in time to murder him in Age of Ultron 6, but this event seems to be concluding with a new emphasis placed on the former Ant-Man. (Also fairly dissonant: he’s appears to be alive and well in the present in Daredevil and Scott Lang is Ant-Man in FF.) So what do these preview pages look like to you? A crusader for tiny things? For technology? For coming back from the dead / never dying in the first place? Maybe he’s just a crusader for brightly colored costumes?

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Age of Ultron 8 PREVIEW

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Age of Ultron 8 comes out on May 13th, 2013 and is written by Brian Michael Bendis with Art by Brandon Peterson. Click here for our complete Age of Ultron coverage.

Marvel’s previews for these things are getting increasingly obtuse. Okay, what do we have here? Someone in the Iron Man armor sorting through images of Ultron’s destruction. The logical question – who’s in that armor? Unless Tony’s had a rough couple weeks, that ain’t him. I’ll get the ball rolling with wild speculation: LOST’s John Locke.

Also, the cover suggests we’ll see some of Sue and Wolverine’s adventures in the past. That could be fun.

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Age of Ultron 6 PREVIEW

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Age of Ultron 6 comes out on April 17th, 2013 and is written by Brian Michael Bendis with Art by Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco. Click here for our complete Age of Ultron coverage.

The superheroes live up to their end of the foreign exchange program by sending the Avengers to Ultron City. I expect most of the issue will involve Iron Man getting black-out drunk and hooking up with an Australian chick in a hostel and Captain America calling home to ask for more money. Also Hulk smashing, because: obviously.

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Age of Ultron 5 PREVIEW

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Age of Ultron 5 comes out on April 10th, 2013 and is written by Brian Michael Bendis with Art by Bryan Hitch. Click here for our complete Age of Ultron coverage.

If you’ve ever found yourself asking “hey, what’s the emergency broadcast system going to look like during the robot apocalypse?” THEN LOOK NO FURTHER. It does look like we’re going to get more bits and pieces of how the world came to be this way. I won’t lie, it might be a little bit disconcerting that the Avengers et. al still appear to be holed up in the helicarrier in issue 5. But hey, the cover promises Wolverine’s claws! I bet he ends up calling someone ‘bub’ too!

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Fantastic Four 5AU PREVIEW

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Fantastic Four 5AU comes out on March 27th, 2013 and is written by Matt Fraction with art by Andre Aruajo. Click here for our complete Age of Ultron coverage.

Okay, I get it: there’s no escaping the R’Age of Ultron. Turns out that even being lost in space and time isn’t enough to hide the Richards family. It looks like maybe they have to abandon the kids in the middle of the night to return to Earth — only it looks like they’re way too late to save New York. If only they had access to some kind of time machine…

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Superior Spider-Man 6AU PREVIEW

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Superior Spider-Man 6AU comes out on March 27th, 2013 and is written by Christos Gage with art by Dexter Soy. Click here for our complete Age of Ultron coverage.

So, Ultron’s basically a big piece of technology, right? Well, you know who’s Amazing at technology? Peter Parker. What’s that? He’s not available? Well, we’ll just have to get Otto Octavius then. Don’t worry, I hear he’s good too – Superior, even. Contrary to what whiny web-heads would have you believe, this preview suggests that he might just have the goods to defeat Marvel’s newest biggest threat.

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Age of Ultron 3 PREVIEW

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Age of Ultron 3 comes out on March 27th, 2013 and is written by Brian Michael Bendis with Art by Bryan Hitch. Click here for our complete Age of Ultron coverage.

It looks like Ultron will be setting his sights on Chicago in issue 3. Most of our editorial staff has lived / currently live in Chicago, so we can’t wait to see the Loop savaged by a malicious robot. The champions of Chicago? It looks like Red Hulk, Black Panther and Task Master give it the ol’ college try. This preview seems content to prove the adage: Red Hulk SMASH! Hope you like robot spines!

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