Extended ‘Heroes Reborn’ Trailer Revealed at San Diego Comic-Con

Five years after the original Heroes ended, Heroes Reborn will reintroduce fans to the world of EVOs or Evolved Humans (ordinary people with special abilities). The 13-episode miniseries will reconnect fans to the first season of the original. After a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, the government blamed the EVOs for it and have staged a manhunt for all of those with extraordinary abilities.

There are a lot of similarities to X-Men in this miniseries. The show has always played with comic book tropes and explored ideas that have been done before. However, the show’s creators have managed to put a spin on those ideas. Heroes Reborn will feature  characters from the original series like Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), The Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose) and Micah Sanders (Noah Gray-Cabey). There will also be new additions like Zachary Levi as Luke Collins, a vigilante who will cause trouble for the EVOs. The series will begin Sept. 24 on NBC.


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5 Interesting Things You May Not Know About Black History in Comic Books

Most people do not know that there have been Black creators in comics since the 1940s. Most don’t know that there have also been Black characters appearing in the pages of comic books that precede the creation of Black Panther and the Falcon by Marvel Comics. The reality is that Black people have been part of the process, and they could have been just as influential as Jack Kirby and Stan Lee under different circumstances.


Orrin C. Evans 

Evans crossed racial boundaries in the comic industry and the world of journalism. He was the first Black person to cover news at an all-white news outlet in the United States. Evans worked at the Philadelphia Record, a now-defunct publication.

3 Comics with Black Female Protagonists Who Deal with Real-Life Issues

There are a lot of comic book genres, and getting away from the commercial success of the super-hero titles can be a risk. The appeal of the super-hero comics for girls can be attributed to the story that a regular guy or gal experiences some life-altering occurrence and has to find the balance between these newfound responsibilities while just getting by. The Spider-Man comics are one of my favorites. After all the spectacular powers and beautiful women, he struggles to finish college, hold a job and hold his relationship together. You know, life stuff. But Peter Parker learns the hard way after the death of his uncle that with great power comes great responsibility. The idea of a greater responsibility to others is the universal truth that transcends.

This list is presented by a guest blogger from Black Girl Nerds


‘Concrete Park’

Among my various issues of spider-somebody and x-folks, I try to support efforts in representing life from other than the majority community’s perspective. In Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander’s “Concrete Park R-E-S-P-E-C-T” (Dark Horse Originals), you are presented with the idea of survival. Crashed on a distant world, Isaac Clay finds himself in the middle of a gang war. Luca, one of the gang leaders, finds him and introduces him to the dynamics of Scare City. There is a sweetness to Luca’s efforts to protect her people. I wish that there was something also redeeming or uplifting with her or Isaac’s struggles in Scare City. The cover of the first issue appears to include a group of folks with an intense Latina, covered in splotches of blood, flashing a gang sign. The comic is boldly drawn and inked with authentic-looking men and women of color — including a green guy. The story presents a glimpse into the dynamics of urban gang life: Someone kills someone else. They vow revenge. Then another person tries to kill someone else. You know the story. Unfortunately, too many of us live this story.

As a black woman, I hope that eventually our lives will remove the shackles of merely surviving and return to the potential of old, where we were the builders of some of the greatest and most majestic civilizations on Earth. Our artistry and intelligence built pyramids that have endured for thousands of years across the continent of Africa. This title, thus far, has an engaging story, but the idea that in our future (or a version of the future), minorities are still fighting gang wars on a distant planet, really doesn’t give me much hope … and still I rise.

Review: ‘Avengers #39’ Chatty But Worth the Read

There are a number of good things that Jonathan Hickman accomplishes with this last “Avengers” book, but the Reed Richards version of the “Art of War” strategies as he transcribes them to Valeria is among the best portrayals of the character that Hickman has done. It’s an innovative way of doing the typical comic book voice-over, but giving it more purpose than an internal dialogue. It’s interesting to see the different ways that Reed and Victor Von Doom interpret Valeria’s message and so far I’m a fan of Reed’s version of “not losing.”

This book also does a great job of incorporating so many characters and motivations into it without feeling too busy. Steve’s frustration and resentment of the Illuminati is still tangible. We see for the first time how the War Machine Drone program works, basically with Rhodes stretching himself to unhealthy levels. The battle scenes are done extremely well too, having Captain Britain, T’Challa and The Hulk dismantling the drones at a break-neck pace.

Mike Deodato comes in for this book and the art is so on point. His action scenes really shine, especially the characterizations and the individual fight scenes, especially between Captain Marvel and The Hulk. He does a really great job with scale and action set pieces.

Source: William Evans at Blacknerdproblems.com