Nice Art: Skottie Young, Paolo Rivera cover various Marvel comics

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Marvel is always generous with artwork in their emails, some of it quite notable. Over the last 24 hours they released this nice cover by Paolo Rivera for their Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1, an anthology celebrating the release of Marvel Comics #1 back in the day. The interior of the book includes Bruce Timm […]

The Retailer’s View: Event Comics and Ordering Abuse

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by Brandon Schatz — When you spend your days breaking open comic solicitations and marketing for a living, you begin to pick out patterns. A new batch of solicitations hit the internet, and suddenly your world starts to Beautiful Mind itself with floating words and numbers that glow as you drink the information. When I’m […]

ONE AND DONE: ‘She-Hulk’ #5 and the Joy of Polite Comics

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One of my favorite things about monthly comics is the intro page. It has taken on special significance in recent years–I’d say it’s thanks to the wild success of Hawkeye. But I can’t say that authoritatively, mostly because I’m the guy who only buys one comic per week. But it’s a good example. Every issue […]

Rocket Raccoon #1’s Initial Orders Inflated By Single Source

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by Brandon Schatz A few days before the book’s final order cut-off with retailers, Marvel let it slip that their upcoming Rocket Raccoon series had garnered over 300,000 initial orders, well above expected estimates for the series. Yesterday, the other shoe dropped as reports came in regarding mass quantities of the book having been ordered […]

The Retailer’s View: On Rocket Raccoon Orders Topping 300,000

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by Brandon Schatz When Marvel first announced the Rocket Raccoon book, I was fairly excited. Pairing the character with Skottie Young just as interest would crest for the movie seemed like a no-brainer, one that I could use to sell a few copies to interested parties. I was expecting healthy sales, but nothing that would […]

Preview: 100th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – SPIDER-MAN #1

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Sean Ryan and In-Hyuk Lee predict where Spidey will be in 25 years as part of July’s 100th Anniversary event. “We’re jumping into a story already in progress for this issue,’” explains writer Sean Ryan in an interview with Marvel.com. “We’re treating this issue as if it was the last issue in a long arc […]

The Retailer’s View: On Art, Business, and Brian Wood

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by Brandon Schatz A few weeks ago, Marvel’s August solicitations revealed some alarming news: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey would be leaving Moon Knight after a short run of six issues. For those who have followed Ellis over the past few years, this does not come as a big surprise. Ellis has been keeping his […]

One and Done: Why Moon Knight Is The Perfect Monthly Comic

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What makes a comic ‘worth it?’ In the comments to my introductory column, a lot of readers seem to gauge the value of a comic by dividing the time spent consuming by the amount of money spent. There’s nothing wrong with that formula; it’s one that I use all the time myself. Under that formula, […]

Cebulski transitioning from talent scout position at Marvel

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World traveller, gourmet and beer enthusiast CB Cebulski is moving to an international business development role at Disney/.Marvel. In between tweeting and (in the past) blogging about eating everything from wagyu burgers to porcini larvae, and traveling the globe, Cebulski has filled the role of talent scout and developer at Marvel for years, going to […]

Against all odds, Marvel to publish a Fantastic four comic by Van Meter and Estep

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  But it is the previously announced 100th Anniversary special, which imagines the FF as they might be in 2061—written by Jen Van Meter and drawn by Joanna Estep. Call it twenty-five years later… This July, do the time warp and fast forward to the year 2061 as Marvel celebrates the upcoming 100th Anniversary of […]

Ant-Man? More like CAN’T-MAN!

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As triumph so often turns to tragedy, just as what is arguably Marvel Studio’s greatest achievement—the extremely well reviewed, successful and genre busting Captain America: The Winter Soldier—showed that they could take any old character and craft a taut, suspenseful narrative, and excitement was growing for Guardians of the Galaxy, along came the big Ant-Man […]

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. opening delayed

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On Thursday night, I attended the opening party for The Avenger’s S.T.A.T.I.O.N. an ambitious and impressive for display at Discovery Times Square which takes you right into SHIELD and the Avengers HQ with all kinds of interactive displays. Visitors are given an ID card and then led to a debriefing room and then various displays […]

The holiday in Marvel Movies: Days of Future Past prevails, Wright gets support; Daredevil gets new showrunner

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§ So X-Men: Days of Future Past lived up to predictions and crushed at the box office, making $111 over the holiday weekend, making it the fifth largest Memorial day opening, and surging to $302 million worldwide. (I should note that the $111 was below this optimistic Variety report’s $120 mil. Does that make it […]

Edgar Wright off Ant-Man

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WHOOPS here’s the bad news to get you off on the weekend — Edgar Wright has left Ant-Man the film he’s been working on for…like…EIGHT YEARS. Marvel released a short statement and Latino Review had a short mysterious addendum

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film,” a statement read. “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.

Starlin: “all is good” with Marvel

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Here’s an upbeat note as we head into the three-day weekend. There had been some recent mini-kerfuffles between Marvel and artist Jim Starlin, whose cosmic comics and creations Thanos, Gamora and so on are so so integral to Marvel’s future movie plans. Starlin was back at Marvel happily working on a bunch of projects, including a Thanos original GN. All seemed wekkm but then a brief dust-up flared, concerning Starlin not getting a mini-series approved because of Marvel continuity issues, and then some pushback from Tom Brevoort and…yeah a mini kerfuffle.

She-Hulk v David S Goyer: Dawn of Timeline

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In case you missed the Flight 370 of the comics internet, here’s a post to get you totally up to speed on the latest developments! May 21st 12:10 pm Mary Sue contributor Alan Kistler posts a transcript of a podcast from the night before called Scriptnotes, a screenwriting podcast run by John August. On this […]