NYCC’14: Baby Groot Officially ‘Grooting’ to a Store Near You!

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 7.35.46 PM

By Alexander Jones There has been a lot of hullabaloo on Marvel Studios not capitalizing on the ‘Grooting’ phenomena that has been sweeping the internet. This is in reference to the Guardians of the Galaxy character Groot dancing behind Drax the Destroyer a.k.a. actor Dave Batista’s back during the end credits of the film. In […]

NYCC’14: Marvel Announces Spider-Gwen

EDGEOFSV2014002cov-98ab8-678aa

By David Nieves During Marvel’s exclusive retailer meeting at NYCC, the publisher made a few updates concerning recent announcements. One of which will make the Spidey fans ecstatic was word of a new Spider-Gwen series in February of 2015. No official title was given but will see writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez returning to the […]

NYCC’14: IDW Adds Spider-Man

8f83b529-b200-45e5-b6b2-d506be33f728

By David Nieves IDW is no stranger to licensing properties from games to cartoons, but now the publisher is adding The Amazing Spider-Man to that list. Today they announced a new partnership with Marvel that will see the character come to their Library of American Comics imprint (LOAC). The wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan […]

Marvel Relaunching Secret Wars in 2015 “in a synergistic fashion across the Marvel brand”

Secret-Wars

Marvel’s going back to the well for one of the mid-80s bigger hits in the form of Secret Wars.  Reports have Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic working on a year-long story that will follow the “Time Runs Out.” Marvel told the whole story to USA Today and it’s a doozy.  Reportedly, Hickman has been planning […]

I Really Hope You Read the Lead-Ins: Reviewing Avengers X-Men AXIS #1

Avengers X-Men AXIS

Have you been reading Uncanny Avengers?  You’ll want to catch up on that before reading AXIS.  I guess you probably ought to catch up on Magneto, too.  Maybe the other Avengers titles, maybe not.  I’m not remotely current, so I was scratching my head at a lot of the things going on in this comic.  Now, Beat columnist […]

Marvel announces Unbeatable Squirrel Girl from Ryan North and Erica Henderson

squirrel-girl

  A young woman who goes around dressed as a squirrel. And defeats Doctor Doom and Thanos. Yes, it';s the ultimate cosplay Mary Sue, Squirrel Girl, and she’s getting her own ONGOING SERIES. SQUIRREL GIRL ONGOING SERIES. Clearly, Marvel has learned the Rocket Raccoon lesson well. The series will be written by Ryan North (Dinosaur […]

Guardians of the Galaxy out on BluRay on December 9

GuardiansOfTheGalaxy3DComboPack

You gift giving problems are solved—some of them anyway. Guardians of the Galaxy comes out on Digital HD and Disney First n 11/18, and on Blu-ra 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray and On-Demand on December 9th. Bonus features on the DVD: ·       Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes ·       Exclusive Look at “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron” And […]

Jason Aaron and Ron Garney get angry in ‘Men of Wrath’

Jason-Aaron-April-2012

by Alexander Jones If Men of Wrath‘s ‘Mail of Wrath’ letters column is true, author Jason Aaron has one bleak family tree. His latest creator-owned title comes from the same deep, dark pit that birthed his previous collaboration in the space, Southern Bastards; and even if he is bringing in a different team for this […]

Joe Quesada’s Star Wars #1 cover variant revealed

star-wars-1-joe-quesada-cover-1024x791.jpg

href="http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-1-variant-cover-by-joe-quesada-first-look">StarWars.com
has unveiled Joe Quesada’s variant cover to Star Wars
#1. The first Marvel issue of the 21st century will debut in
January with story by Jason Aaron, and art by John Cassaday and
Laura MArtin.. MArtin colored Quesada’s cover. Marvel’s e-i-c-
wrote:

Thor #1: (Not Yet) A New Beginning

beat-default

By Matthew Jent Thor #1 Credits: Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Color Artist: Matthew Wilson Letterer & Production: VC’s Joe Sabino Cover Artist: Russell Dauterman & Frank Martin Variant Cover Artists: Sara Pichelli & Laura Martin; Esad Ribic; Andrew Robinson; Alex Ross; Fiona Staples; Skottie Young Publisher: Marvel Comics   “There must always be […]

Chris Pratt and SNL mock Marvel movie making on season premiere

beat-default

Chris Pratt hosted Saturday’s Saturday Night Live season premiere and along with the inevitable Starlord jokes, there was a pretty spot on parody of Marvel’s new found ability to sell anything, even a talking tree. Personally, I think Pam would have a lot of potential.

Go FOC Yourself // More Like Deathstroke the Terminated, Amirite?

Some kind of Deadpool rip off or something

This is being written on the day that initial orders are due for my store, and with the three week vacation I took, I’m a little behind the eight ball. Should I be writing articles for the internet? Probably not, but nothing says “Important Work Needs To Get Done” quite like doing something else entirely. […]

Marvel and Jack Kirby estate settle their disputes

CapBicentennialBattlesBackCover_en_640h1

A joint statement has just been released by Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby indicating that a settlement of somekind hs been made:

“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

Marvel cancels upcoming Milo Manara variant covers

beat-default

Ripples from Spider-Woman Butt-Gate continues to rock the world of comics! Every day lots of changes in shipping products are announced on Diamond’s website. And today two little sentences were sent out:

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales August 2014: A Tale of Two Spiders

detail

This was a tough month for Marvel. Original Sin is ending and none of their other events have really started yet. They also don’t have any real high profile series launches. So there are no books that really pop. There is a lot of attrition this month. Of the 72 books that also had an issue last month, only 12 saw growth in their numbers. That leaves 60 books that dropped in sales. 39 books dropped more than 5% or what might be considered a standard attrition. Luckily there are several major events coming soon which will drive sales up and a lot of books will be relaunching after these events which always bumps up the numbers at least temporarily. It is worrying however, that there are several series that just relaunched a year or for some 6 months ago and are already in trouble again. Let’s look at a breakdown of what came out this month:

A Deadpool movie has been announced! Here’s what you must know to survive in this new world!

ryan_reynolds_4-1024.jpg

Rob Liefeld was right! The co-creator of Deadpool has been hinting about a movie for the “merc with a mouth” for years, and he’s finally been vindicated, as Fox has announced a Deadpool movie for February 12, 2016. While Ryan Reynolds—who portrayed Deadpool in Wolverine: Origins—hasn’t been signed yet, given his decade long opsession with […]