Marvel is about to inject some "diversity" into its line of comic book heroes as it plans to release a book about a Native American hero that has appeared in Marvel comics in the early days. According to a report in Mashable, Marvel is doing a series of comic books for the hero "Red Wolf," who recently appeared in the Western-themed issue of the "1872" series.
The report claimed that although Native Americans have appeared in Marvel comics previously, no Native American character has ever gotten its own series. The report interestingly noted that when Marvel revealed that it was going to do a reboot of its comic characters, Red Wolf was included in the teaser art that accompanied that announcement.
Red Wolf's first appearance was in Avengers #80 in 1970 but he was known by another name - William Talltrees. He had his own series that ran for nine issues in 1972. The stories mainly focused on the Old West. The Red Wolf that will be featured in the upcoming series, however, will be a different take on the hero. He will be living in the American Southwest where he will be battling against criminals using "more grounded powers." more >>
Now that my friend Brian Houston's new book, Live Love Lead is out and being read by plenty of leaders, I thought it was time to ask him some questions.
As founding pastor of Hillsong Church, with locations in at least 15 major cities around the world, his leadership principles have impacted thousands of pastors and ministry leaders. Plus, "Hillsong Music" is the most popular worship label worldwide, and the feature length motion picture "Let Hope Rise" — about their band "Hillsong United" — is in the works. So we had a lot to talk about:
Phil Cooke: Hillsong seems to be taking off like a rocket these days. You're continuing to open churches in major cities around the world, the conferences are growing, Hillsong music is exploding, and the feature film "Let Hope Rise" will be released soon. With everything that's going on, why did you decide to write the new book right now? more >>
Art Hooker, a filmmaker who says he told an unsaved Lecrae to rap for Jesus back in 1998, has been working on a documentary film about the rapper and the Unashamed Movement that dates back to 2010 and features commentary from Pastors John Piper and Matt Chandler.
.Hooker expects the film, titled "Unashamed World," to release in 2016, according to Rapzilla.
"Unashamed World" documents the rise of Lecrae and Reach Records. It was originally slated for a 2010/2011 launch, however, Hooker held off on releasing it due to the change in trajectory for the rapper's career as doors in the mainstream music world began to open up for Lecrae around that time. more >>
"Game of Thrones" fans are all quite aware that the next season of the series will be a mystery without the guide of George R.R. Martin's novels. This fact may be driving the followers who have been reading the books crazy, but all hope may not be lost as the best-selling author announced he is targeting 2016 as the release date of the new book.
Martin has continuously been plagued by the question on when he plans to finish the book, and instead of giving his vague answers like usual, he did his best to assure fans that he is putting all his time and efforts into getting it done. He tells Entertainment Weekly that it isn't lost on him the significance of his book being published before season 6 of Game of Thrones premieres next spring. He shares that finishing the book, "Winds of Winter," "has been important to me all along." He also further adds, "I wish it was out now. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I'm turning down a lot more interviews — anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done."
He also reveals how the books may definitely end up going a different direction. Everyone is already aware the books and the show are ultimately going their own ways, especially at this point. Martin says that he just started entertaining the idea of a plot twist that no one has seen coming and which he has never considered previously until it all fell into place. He goes,"This is going to drive your readers crazy, but I love it. I'm still weighing whether to go that direction or not. It's a great twist. It's easy to do things that are shocking or unexpected, but they have to grow out of characters. They have to grow out of situations. Otherwise, it's just being shocking for being shocking. But this is something that seems very organic and natural, and I could see how it would happen. And with the various three, four characters involved… it all makes sense. But it's nothing I've ever thought of before. And it's nothing they can do in the show, because the show has already — on this particular character — made a couple decisions that will preclude it, where in my case I have not made those decisions." more >>
Famous evangelist Billy Graham is coming out with a new book titled Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond, which his son, Franklin Graham, revealed he had been working on since before his 95th birthday.
"It was great to be able to visit my father this weekend at his home," Franklin wrote in a Facebook message on Sunday.
The message continued: "He said, 'When I die, tell others that I've gone to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ — that's where I am.' Jesus Himself said, 'Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. ... I go to prepare a place for you. ... I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also' (John 14:1–3)." more >>
Imagine that a loved one dies, and years later you receive a letter they wrote before they passed. That's how writer Anne Morse describes My Final Word, the new book she co-authored posthumously with the late evangelical figure, radio commentator and former Nixon aide Charles Colson, which shares Colson's uncanny foresight and words of wisdom regarding many of today's critical issues — most notably religion.
The book is comprised of memos, or mini-essays, written by Colson that hadn't before been published or used in any formal capacity. "He used his memos as a sort of diary at times," Morse, a journalist and longtime writer for Colson, told The Christian Post. Colson would routinely dictate his thoughts using a voice recorder and later have them transcribed, she explained.
"He did a lot of dictating daily. We had thousands [of memos] to choose from." Morse told CP that those memos had never been turned into a script for BreakPoint, Colson's Christian worldview daily radio commentary, or used in his column for Christianity Today. Hence the impetus for the book. more >>