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Livio Ramondelli Breaks the Internet With Star Wars Reveal

Livio Ramondelli

IDW artist Livio Ramondelli tweets George Lucas’ unrevealed vision for the Star Wars sequels and it’s absolutely terrible!

Livio Ramondelli

Livio Ramondelli is possibly best known for his artwork on the various Transformers comic series published by IDW, but he’s gained a lot more exposure in the last day or so thanks to an innocuous tweet he made about Star Wars. Ramondelli regularly posts and tweets about geek related goings on from his social media accounts; nice guy that he is, they are always observations or titbits of information rather than sermonising like a lot of people with large followings do so it wasn’t unusual for him to tweet about Star Wars as he did on Monday.

While this was news to us here at Gear4Geeks, it seems like a lot of hardcore Star Wars fans were unaware of this too and soon numerous fan sites started to pick up the story. Then the bigger geek sites got involved like Nerdist before it hit the mainstream with Uproxx, AVClub, Esquire and Forbes posting the story too. Since then Insight Editions have added a preview video of the series which contains a James Cameron interview of George Lucas.

Needless to say, fans haven’t been enthused with how the trilogy would have gone under Lucas so maybe they can now enjoy The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi a bit more.

If you aren’t following Livio Ramondelli on Twitter or Instagram already then you really should for his stunning artwork alone which you can also see on his website. Livio also contributed to the Gear4Geeks 2017 Year End Awards article.


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What’s Up With Comic Characters Alliterative Names?

Fantastic Four

Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, The Green Goblin, Doctor Doom and many others have alliterative names for a practical yet strange reason. Continue reading What’s Up With Comic Characters Alliterative Names?

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Gear4Geeks Interview: Jeanie Clarke

Jeanie Clarke

Gear4Geeks talks exclusively to Jeanie Clarke about her book, her ex-husband ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and battles with drug addiction.

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1986 Was Awesome – A Detailed Look at the Year

Top Gun

2016 has been pretty bollocks really, so we jump in our DeLorean to go back 30 years to the much better 1986 Continue reading 1986 Was Awesome – A Detailed Look at the Year

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Nearly Negan – The Other Men Considered for the Walking Dead’s Villain

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been great as Negan but who else nearly got the job? Continue reading Nearly Negan – The Other Men Considered for the Walking Dead’s Villain

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Spider-Man Essential Reading #2

In Part 1 we looked at Denial, in part 2 it’s the turn of ‘The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man’

The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man – Amazing Spider-Man #248

Roger Stern is a name you’ll be hearing more of in another instalment but his run on Amazing Spider-Man is often talked about to this day, 30 years later. What most people don’t remember is that a lot of it was pretty bad.

Stern started on issue 229 cover dated June 1982 and for the next two years meandered between issues which were either must read or infinitely missable. Issue 247 started a two parter where Wrecking Crew member manages to acquire The Wrecker’s crowbar in addition to his own ball and chain allowing him to become more powerful thanks to the crowbar’s Asgardian power. Issue 248 wraps up the story halfway through the issue with a backup story, ‘The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man’ filling out the rest of the space.

kid-who-collects2While John Romita Jr provided art for Amazing Spider-Man at the time, The Boy Who Collects Spider-Man was drawn by the team of Ron Frenz, Terry Austin and Christie Scheele which initially gives the story a feeling of just being filler. There had been some truly dire issues and heavy featuring of z-list characters in the previous near 2 years so this story completely blindsided every reader especially as Amazing was a ‘kids’ title.

The story features Spidey going to visit his biggest fan, a young boy named Tim Harrison, who has collected whatever Spider-Man material he can including newspaper clippings and video tape reels from the wall crawler’s TV appearances before he turned to fighting crime. Tim gets to hear about the radioactive spider and Spider-Man’s origin along before being shown the web shooters and how they work.

The wall crawler shows and tells Tim of his various abilities before talk turns to the transition from TV star and entertainer to crime fighter. Surprisingly Tim gets to hear the story of Uncle Ben’s murder and Spider-Man’s guilt driving him to fight crime which makes the tone of their meeting more somber. It’s at this point where the change in art team starts to feel like it was deliberate in order to give the story the visual it needs. As good as Romita Jr is, it’s hard to imagine his style fitting the storytelling here.

In an effort to cheer Spidey up, Tim shows him retractions J Jonah Jameson had to publish about Spider-Man along with bullets he had dug out of a wall after the hero had foiled a bank robbery. After realising how long they’ve been talking, Spider-Man tucks Tim back into bed but as he leaves, Tim has one last request. While the original coloured version was powerful, The Essential Collection reprints this issue in black and white giving more gravity to Tim’s question.

Spider-Man explains that he can’t give away his secret identity because if his identity were to become public it could endanger his friends and family from his numerous villains. TIm promises that he’ll keep Spidey’s secret and after a moment’s hesitation, Peter Parker shockingly reveals his identity and that ironically, he was the one who took most of the pictures Tim has collected and that J Jonah Jameson has been paying Peter to take pictures of himself.

As they share a hug, rather strangely, Peter cries before putting his mask back on and leaving. Outside, Spider-Man pauses on a wall with his head in hand. As he swings away we see a close up of the sign on the wall and a final newspaper clipping which explains Spider-Man’s surprising decision to reveal his identity and his tears while hugging Tim.