Nice Art: Jeff Smith covers Rocket Raccoon for SDCC Marvel exclusive

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I’ve wondered in the past if Rocket Raccoon would get overexposed before Guardians of the Galaxy comes out. Well as long as that exposure is swell variant covers by Jeff Smith, I have no worries about that.

17-minute Guardians of the Galaxy preview is hilarious…and here are 25 new stills

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In a perfect movie going world, we would have seen the brilliant “Hooked on a Feeling” Guardians of the Galaxy footage shown at Comic-Con last year and then known nothing more about the film until we sat down to see it on August 1. But this is not that world. Disney/Marvel is confident enough in […]

ONE AND DONE: Moon Knight—It Doesn’t Take Much

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You ever see The Raid? It’s this Indonesian action movie. It (and its sequel) is probably one of the best action movies in recent memory.

The plot of The Raid is ridiculously simple. One cop, in one building, against an army of criminals. It is an hour and a half of dudes wrecking shit. It’s eighty minutes of brutal martial arts. It’s something that’s been done lots–you can describe a ridiculous number of movies that way, thanks to Die Hard–but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s absolutely thrilling, a marvel of craft and assured filmmaking.

Review: Legendary Star Lord #1 – A Good Start

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Falling in line with the upcoming theatrical release of Guardians of the Galaxy, a couple of the team’s more likable (and perhaps a touch more scandalous) characters will also be seeing some center-stage comic debuts. The token human of the group happens to be one of those lucky two; Star Lord! Perhaps better known in the comic itself by his human name, the character Peter Quill will be appearing in his own reoccurring comic entitled Legendary Star Lord.

Review: Skottie Young’s Rocket Raccoon #1 — is it a ‘must have’?

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  By Nicholas Eskey ROCKET RACCOON #1 Writer, artist and cover: Skottie Young Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu When thinking of furry-anthropomorphic characters in comics, my mind for some twisted reason can’t stray from the darker side of the comic realm. But thankfully the only thing that happens to be foul about this certain long tailed raccoon […]

Marvel unveils the secrets of Matt Murdock’s birth

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It seems there are still a few stories that haven’t been told in the Marvel Universe, and one of them is the tale of Matt Murdock’s mother—introduced as Sister Maggie in the Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli run. Although we know she abandoned Matt after his birth and turned to the church, it hasn’t been revealed why. […]

See 17 minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy footage in IMAX 3D free

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You know the first time I saw the Guardians of the Galaxy footage with the Blue Swede ooga-chuckkas it was so fresh and amazing. And now I’ve seen umpty zillion trailers and posters and this and that and all and I’m bored already. =( But that’s how ya gotta sell an unknown quantity in this […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: May 2014—Original Sales

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Original Sin is Marvel’s big new event and it debuted at 147k and then dropped down to 92k. But is that good for a major event book? For fun I pulled the numbers for #1 issues of the last several big event books from Marvel to see how Original Sin stacks up. As you can see out of these 7 books it ranks 5th. I did better than Siege and Fear Itself, but worse than Age of Ultron, AVX, Secret invasion or Civil War. Two other interesting trends to note is that events have become more frequent and sell worse. I cherry picked these events because they fell around the same time of year as Original Sin and were Avengers-focused, but the last few years have been very event heavy and sales have been dropping overall on these events. They are still the best-selling books of their month generally but Marvel has yet to recapture the excitement and sales of Civil War.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]