Last Week in the Links: 7/15-7/21/2013

So…there’s been a lot of me on the internet as of late due to the massive convention known as SDCC 2013. So let’s get into it.

Oh, and be classy and don’t point out the formula of writing these that is made so clear when you read a few in a row. Thanks.

-          With the whole cosmos under their watchful eye, it could only be a matter of time before THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY got pulled into the upcoming INFINITY crossover. I discussed the arc with artist Francesco Francavilla.

 This team has a walking tree that only says its name and an alien that looks exactly like a raccoon. Do you need any more information than that? (image from marvel.com)

This team has a walking tree that only says its name and an alien that looks exactly like a raccoon. Do you need any more information than that? (image from marvel.com)

-          Years ago, Jimmy Palmiotti, along with Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, created a character named Painkiller Jane for Event Comics. In November, PAINKILLER JANE returns to the proverbial fold by joining Marvel’s Icon imprint. I spoke to him about the road here and what readers can expect from the title in its newest incarnation.

 What? No, nothing's wrong. Just cleaning my enormous gun on a plane wing. As per usual.  (image from marvel.com)

What? No, nothing's wrong. Just cleaning my enormous gun on a plane wing. As per usual.  (image from marvel.com)

-          SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN celebrates its Annual issue by abducting Aunt May. Again. But this time, as fans know, the mind in charge of Spider-Man belongs to the villainous Doctor Octopus and that makes a big difference. Plus, the abductor this time around is the supernaturally powered hitman Blackout, someone neither Spider-Man nor Doc Oc have faced down. I spoke with fan (and personal) favorite writer Christos Gage. We share a name in common—Gage is my middle name, as you all should know—and he shares all sorts of interesting info about the issue.

 Spidey's got sad eyes here and you just know that's never a good thing. (image from marvel.com)

Spidey's got sad eyes here and you just know that's never a good thing. (image from marvel.com)

-          Going to England can be expensive so let Marvel save you the plane fare with REVOLUTIONARY WAR. That’s right…Marvel UK is bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbback! Co-writer Andy Lanning has the inside info for all of you!

 True fact: neither this nor the "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan were actually used in World War II. (image from marvel.com) 

True fact: neither this nor the "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan were actually used in World War II. (image from marvel.com) 

-          In an article wildly improved by my editor (and most excellent friend) Ben Morse, we contemplate the possible end of the Ultimate Universe in CATACLYM: THE ULTIMATES LAST STAND with artist Mark Bagley and editor Mark Paniccia. Galactus!

 Big Purple! (image from marvel.com)

Big Purple! (image from marvel.com)

So, as you can see, I was just owning the internet last week. I could go on and on about it, but those are plenty of links for to peruse…

 Blackout is not one for social graces. (image from marvel.com)

Blackout is not one for social graces. (image from marvel.com)

Well, you heard Blackout. I guess we’re done for today. See you all soon!