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That Cloak & Dagger Show Is Really Happening!

Against all my staunchest disbelief, that Cloak & Dagger TV show on Freeform is actually happening! Considering how many superhero movies and TV shows get announced, I rarely believe they’re actually happening until I see some solid footage.

Welp, here it is!

Looks neat! Definitely looks like a Freeform show. Freeform used to be ABC Family, for those of you not in the know. One Christmas holiday home with my family, we ended up watching a bunch of movies on Freeform, and every commercial break had the same commercial for one of their shows about vampire or shadow hunters? It was maddening. But it was definitely Freeform!

So yeah, this show looks kind a neat. I’ll probably check out a couple issues. But if it’s just a cheesy, teenage-angst romance, I’ll probably check out eventually.

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Artist Kate Beaton Preempts the Cloak and Dagger TV Show

When you’re an Internet writer like me, you’ve got to be able to find pictures to go along with your stories to make the article more interesting to look at. So when a Cloak and Dagger TV show as announced last week, everyone on the Internet suddenly had to find some pictures of Cloak and Dagger to make their article pop. This revealed a rather startling fact to artist and genius Kate Beaton.

Behold, Kate Beaton’s mighty takedown of Cloak and Dagger. Slightly NSFW.

Hopefully the fine folks at Freeform are paying attention. It shouldn’t be too hard to head this off at the pass.

By the way, I’m aware of the irony of writing about finding pictures for an article and then not actually doing it, so don’t bother pointing that out.

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Cloak and Dagger Are Coming to TV!

The Marvel TV shows just keep coming! It was announced yesterday that Cloak and Dagger are coming to the Freeform channel, formerly ABC Family. I understand why they changed the name, but what kind of coked-up focus group came up with ‘Freeform’? Regardless, we’re getting a Cloak and Dagger TV show.

All characters have hope

I am definitely a fan of all this comic book and superhero-based TV. Bring it on. I love the Marvel Netflix shows, I enjoy Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Peggy Carter, I like The Walking Dead, I’m looking forward to Preacher, I love Arrow and The Flash, I sometimes watch Supergirl; if you produce it, TV people, I will probably check it out.

What do you henchies think? Cloak and Dagger are solid characters, and their story could make for some good attractive young people-based romance.

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The Future of the Ultimate Universe Revealed!

Saints be praised, Miles Morales lives! In an article with the Associated Press, Marvel has revealed that the Ultimate Universe will continue beyond the current Cataclsym storyline, and it will be re-branded in April as Ultimate Marvel NOW!

The line will continue with three comics:

1. ‘Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man’ written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by David Marquez. The book is going to be about Miles’ continuing struggles as Spider-Man in the new post-Cataclysm world.

Said Bendis:

“You can look at this as kind of his Bar Mitzvah of sorts and, now, he has to take the reins of Spider-Man under the new world he finds himself in.┬áHis entire life as a human being has changed.”

2. ‘All-New Ultimates’ written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna.

This book will feature Miles and a team of young superheroes trying to pick up the pieces after whatever happens to the regular Ultimates. Along with Spidey, the team will feature Cloak, Dagger, Kitty Pryde, Black Widow and Bombshell. So it looks like the little team Bendis has been building in Ultimate Spider-Man will get to live on after all! I’m very excited. Hopefully Fiffe can write them as good as Bendis.

3. ‘Ultimate FF’ written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and drawn by Mario Guevara. This book will be the Future Foundation, not the Fantastic Four. It will feature four of the world’s smartest people, including Sue Storm and Tony Stark, as well as a fifth, psychopathic genius – which probably means Reed Richards.

Those are the new titles coming out of Cataclysm. Based on the article, it appears that something monumentally tragic is going to befall the Ultimates, leading to this change in lineups.

Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said this:

“Once again, we’re destroying something and building something new, but there’s an end game in sight,” he said of the move, noting that Marvel’s so-called Ultimate universe has always been noted by readers, writers and artists and editors for its “elasticity” and experimentation.

“We created the line to take chances,” he said.

“Dead is dead,” he said, so don’t expect any miraculous resurrections. “The long and short of it is this: The Ultimate (universe) benefits from a good, old kick in the butt.”

My guess is that Captain America is probably going to sacrifice himself to save the day in Cataclysm, along with a few other characters. That would definitely warrant the ‘dead is dead’ declaration, not to mention a shakeup to the Ultimates themselves. It also appears that Spider-Woman might die too, which would be a crying shame. She’s one of my absolute favorites!

But I like what I’m seeing here. I might even start reading All-New Ultimates when it comes out!

What do you guys and gals think? Let me hear it in the comments!

Review: Ultimate Comics: All-New Spider-Man #24

Prepare to get hit right in the feels, people. Writer Brian Michael Bendis introduces us to Cloak and Dagger this issue, then immediately makes them the most likable characters ever…then also immediately breaks your heart. All of Bendis’ skills as a storyteller and character creator are on display this issue as he updates Cloak and Dagger’s origins, turning them into some of the most sympathetic heroes ever. I feel for them. Heaven help Cloak and Dagger.

Ultimate Spider-Man #24

Bendis still writes a pretty good Spider-Man. But this is Cloak and Dagger’s issue, and we’re all the better for it.

Comic Rating: 4.5/5 – Very Good!

This issue is told almost exclusively in flashback, presenting the tragic origin of Cloak and Dagger. The origin is very well done, and in only a matter of pages, Bendis creates two very real, very amazing people. The actual superheroic origin is tied a little too awkwardly to the rest of the Ultimate Universe, but not in a distracting way. Bendis comes up with an acceptable way to give superpowers to Tandy Bowen and Ty Johnson. But seriously, the powers are only secondary. These two are most definitely people first, superheroes second, which I love. But it also makes the superhero scenes a little weird. This issue doesn’t contain the transition between the origin story and how the pair wound up fighting Bombshell outside a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn, so there’s a bit of a disconnect between the issue’s two storylines.

Basically, I’m just not sure how Cloak and Dagger go from their tragic origin to trying to playing crimefighter. But I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.

Miles barely appears in the issue, but he has some strong scenes as he continues to deny his responsibility as Spider-Man. Gwen Stacy gives him a piece of her mind, and both come off well in this issue. I think Bendis is doing an OK job building up Miles’ return as Spider-Man. Part of me is worried that he’ll waste it on someone as minor as Bombshell, but if Bendis somehow connects the tragedy of Cloak and Dagger into Miles’ return to heroism, he’ll have pulled off a masterstroke!

Join me after the jump for a full synopsis and more review!

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