You’re Spinning an Event Out of WHAT? Sales Numbers from the Parents of Convergence and Secret Wars

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Event comics are supposed to be the big sellers and pull in the widest possible audience, correct? (Key word being “supposed.”) I’m looking at the December sales estimates and scratching my head over Convergence and Secret Wars. Convergence is supposed to be spinning out of Futures End/Worlds End (and Worlds End is practically an extension […]

Marvel Secret Wars; Don’t call it a reboot…but maybe it is

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It’s been the super secret plan of the Marvel staff for more than five years. It’s been a glimmer in Jonathan Hickman’s eye for even longer. But now, Marvel is joining the “big battle changes fictional universe forever*” trend with Secret Wars, which launches in May leaving carnage in its wake.

As announced at a press conference with Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and E-i-C Axel Alonso at Midtown Comics downtown location, as part of the eight issue Secret Wars event Secret Wars #1 and Secret Wars #2 by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic, the Ultimate universe is folding into the 616 Marvel universe and “There will be only Battleworld,” promised Tom Brevoort. Issue #2 will be a huge extra sized reference staking out the new world, which ties in to the teasers marvel released last fall. Various universes form popular mini series of the past from Civil War to Marvel Zombies will return.

Updated: Marvel Dissolves the Ultimate Universe into the 616

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By: Alexander Jones During a special video presentation this afternoon Marvel announced that they are dissolving the Ultimate Universe into the main 616 Marvel continuity. Details are scarce, but so far we know that there is the equivalent of a major continuity alteration underway after the big Secret Wars event. Secret Wars #1 ships in May, while what is […]

Preview: NINJAK Strikes Again

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he first issue of the long-awaited VALIANT NEXT ongoing series Ninjak

Luther Strode wraps up with The Legacy of LUther Strode in April

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The Luther Strode trilogy by Justin Jordan (SPREAD, LUTHER STRODE) and Tradd Moore (LUTHER STRODE, All New Ghost Rider) warps up with a double sized issue of the LEGACY OF LUTHER STRODE on April 1. The story debuted in The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (the book which put basically put Jordan on the map) and continued in The Legend of Luther Strode.

Which DC Heroes and Villains were on Didio’s Original ‘Hit List’ for Infinite Crisis?

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By Alexander Jones Modern comic events usually spell out impending doom for a select few of the superheroes we have grown to love. DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio gave some insight into the publishing company process on how they decide which of these heroes stay among the living, and which others enter the revolving door […]

Andy Runton’s Owly Books is going self published

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When IDW acquired Top Shelf a few weeks ago, there was much talk about creators like Alan Moore staying around, but Top Shelf’s Chris Staros made it clear that he had discussed the move in advance with his top creators.

One much liked book that Top Shelf published for about a decade is Andy Runton’s Owly series, a steady seller that helped establish kids content in the indy world long before it was fashionable. However, as noted by Johanna Draper Carlson, Runton tweeted that he would be self-publishing Owly going forward.

D&Q to publish Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying in October

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Somehow I managed to miss last week’s biggest news of all: a new collection from Adrian Tomine, coming in October! The ominously titled Killing and Dying which collects the last few issues of Optic Nerve:

Lots of Dynamite/Dynamic Forces news: Art sales, Reanimator returns, Looking for Group and Jungle Girl by Frank Cho

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Dynamite has been making a lot of announcements, and there isn’t even a con coming. Here’s the round-up:

• CEO Nick Barrucci is selling art from his personal collection by Tom Raney, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna, and Patrick Zircher from books like The Outsiders, The Punisher, Uncanny X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Order, Robin, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the CBLDF. Barrucci owns hundreds of pages of art, and fans can order by artist: orders will be filled randomly for $75 a page.

Gotham renewed for second season

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It’s not a surprise, given that it was a fairly big ratings success, but FOX has renewed the Batman prequel series Gotham for another season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network felt confident in bringing back the Bruno Heller-created series based on its strong performance in the key 18-49 year old demographic, where it […]

WB Animation debuts trailer for Batman vs. Robin

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Earlier this week, WB Animation announced the voice cast for Batman vs. Robin, the 23rd feature in their DC Universe Animated Film line-up. Today, they debut its initial trailer via IGN…take a look below at the first animated appearance of the Court of the Owls. Batman vs. Robin hits stores in the Spring.

Dark Circle Comics share Terrifying New Titles Shipping in April

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Archie Comics is going bleak with the Dark Circle Comics line. The new titles are following up on the recent successes for the comics company via Afterlife with Archie and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. The publisher has revealed titles shipping from the upcoming Dark Circle Comics line in April to CBR. The new […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Charlie Hebdo and Satire

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Brought to you by Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast, the More to Come crew discuss Charlie Hebdo, the attack on its offices and its cultural context as well as comics […]

Farrago teams with IDW for free comics

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In the post Amazology world. many digital comics apps and companies have sprung up trying to stake their claim in this growing world. Farrago Comics is an app for iPad and android that offers a range of free comics. As suggested by their motto “Comic Book Freedom!” the idea is to provide a manageable app for sampling and reading—which isn’t a bad one given today’s crazy quilt of digital platforms. Revenue is provided by ads, as it is with many apps. Up until now they were offering mostly Golden Age and indie comics, but they’ve just sign up with IDW to offer some fan fave #1 from the likes of Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, Jonathan Maberry, Chris Roberson, Ashley Wood, etc.

Andy Liegl and Matthew Klein join Valiant sales team

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Valiant Comics has added Andy Liegl, formerly of Boom! and Matthew Klein formerly of Forbidden planet to its marketing team, joining Sales Manager Atom! Freeman, Publishing & Operations Manager Peter Stern, Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media Hunter Gorinson, and Publisher Fred Pierce in that end of the company. Tom Brennan recently joined the editorial side.

Advance Review – Project Superpowers: Blackcross#1, Wherein Warren Ellis Takes the Franchise in a Horror Direction

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Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1 Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Colton Worley Colorist: Morgan Hickman Project Superpowers had a few different titles published by Dynamite around 2008-10.  The line is coming back in March and I’ve had an advance look at the first issue.  It was *not* what I was expecting.  In fact, I’m not entirely sure […]