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When Will Marvel Stop Inserting Politics in Our 1980s X-Men Comics [X-ual Healing 9-19-18]

As longtime X-ual Healing readers know, we’ve been working our way through a reread of every X-Men comic starting with Giant Size X-Men #1 and working our way through the present. For the “main” X-books, we’ve just completed X-Cutioner’s Song, and over the past week we’ve been catching up on Wolverine’s stories, both with Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri taking over the core Wolverine ongoing and also the various Wolverine and X-Men stories in Marvel Comics Presents.

Though Marvel Comics Presents eventually turned into a Wolverine-centric anthology title, it was originally planned to feature a rotating cast of different X-Men characters in the lead stories, which is how we ended up with a Colossus solo story starting in 1989’s Marvel Comics Presents #10. Called God’s Country, the story is written by the great Ann Nocenti, with art by penciler Rick Leonardi, inker P. Craig Russell, and colorist extraordinaire Glynis Oliver.

The story starts out with Colossus arguing with a newsstand vendor at a small town carnival over freedom of speech…

Meanwhile, in nearby woods, a family consisting of father Bruce, a military vet, his wife, Roxanne, her father, a liberal, and their son, Zackery, heading off for a picnic. Zackery, of course, has brought his gun.

Zackery kills a preying mantis, clearly training to be a future serial killer, as Colossus spies on the family like a creep.

As Zack’s dad and grampa argue over Ronald Reagan and global warming, Zackery heads off into the woods to track down one of those balsa wood airplanes they used to sell everywhere in the 1980s, where he comes across some covert CIA operatives about to kill someone to protect their secrets. The team, who all have deadly mutant and/or cybernetic powers, is about to kill Zachery as well until Colossus intervenes. The family and Colossus escape in their pickup truck, and Colossus joins the family argument about politics.

When they get to a police station, Colossus senses that the cops are going to betray them, maybe kill them, so he pushes them away and the family escapes, holing up in their house. Even with all of this, Bruce doesn’t want to believe that America could be behind anything so morally wrong.

Even so, better safe than sorry, so he arms his wife and son with guns.

Though little Zack may need some lessons in proper gun safety.

Roxanne would prefer the family get a hotel room instead of turning their home into a bunker, but it turns out Bruce can’t get a job to pay for it.

This prompts a lecture from Colossus, revealing he really is a no-good socialist who believes in the right to universal health care!

Ouch! The black ops team, who we learn are called the Cold Warrioirs, attacks again, and Colossus grabs a prisoner, a woman who tells them their team used to be sanctioned by the CIA, but their operations became so secret that not even the CIA knows about it anymore. Colossus heads off to the team’s base to track them down, while Bruce becomes more and more paranoid, tying up and gagging his own wife. Colossus, meanwhile, confronts the leader of the Cold Warriors, Alexander, a rich old white man who believes he is above the law. Alwxander says that Colossus can’t do anything about it because the government and media will just cover it all up.

Eventually, the police arrive at the house and end the crisis. Colossus arrives too, and everyone tells their story to the reporters on scene. Colossus is disillusioned, thinking things will be covered up, but gramps still believes in the power of the free press.

As Alex is taken away in a police car, he gloats that he’ll be free as soon as he’s allowed a single phone call. Colossus, however, now realizes that he’s delusional. Or is he…?

There are so many overt politics in this comic from 1988! It’s not clear how today’s SJW mafia is able to infiltrate even comics published 30 years ago and insert their political agenda into them, but it is clear that they need to be stopped so we can have comics be more like the ones published 30 years ago.

If you’d like to get ahold of these issues so you can stab them, we recommend MyComicShop for all your back issue needs. And with that, it’s time to get on with the meat and potatoes of this column: recapping everything that happened in this week’s X-Men comics!


Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The Uncanny X-Men suffered great indignities, but with a corporate merger on the way, the X-Men can finally get back to doing what they do best: being objectively the best franchise in all of comics.

If you’re new to the column, here’s how it works: we tell you what happened in the X-books last week. That’s about it. Not a review, no critical analysis. All we care about is what happened in the ongoing saga of the best franchise in the history of all literature. Let’s get started.


X-Men Gold #36
(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Pere Perez (CA) Phil Noto
• A special look into a day in the life of the headmistress of the Xavier Institute…
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

X-Men Gold wraps up in issue #36 with a day in the life of the X-Men. Kitty starts her day by leaving a message on Colossus’s answering machine about their breakup. Kurt and Rachel have also broken up in the wake of Rachel being controlled by Mesmero. Storm and Kitty discuss Storm losing her Asgardian hammer and her parents. Kitty believes all this loss is “to remind us what it is we’re fighting for.”

The X-Men head to Port Washington, New York, where a new mutant named Brian Morrison has just manifested his powers, and he’s destroying the town. Kitty talks him into making the decision to power down, at which point a local shoots him right in the head. At North Shore medical center, a doctor is afraid of the damage the mutant could cause and so refuses to perform life-saving surgery. Kitty is about to have Rachel telepathically force him when another doctor,  one who was hating mutants back in X-Men Gold #1, arrives and volunteers to do it.

Here’s the scene from X-Men Gold #1, complete with Ardian Syaf’s hidden anti-Christian and anti-semitic messages in the artwork

But more than just the hidden messages on local signage have changed since then…

The issue ends with the doctor unsure of whether the surgery will make a difference, but doing it anyway. From watching the X-Men over the last few months (it’s been 36 issues. Marvel time is weird), she’s learned mutants not so different after all. They’re just people.

The issue ends with a dedication to Chris Claremont and an essay from Marc Guggenheim about why Claremont’s stories captured his imagination as a kid.

Return of Wolverine #1
(W) Charles Soule (A/CA) Steve McNiven
HE’S BACK, BUB.
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $4.99

While X-Men Gold’s story comes to an end, Wolverine’s is beginning again in Return of Wolverine #1. It begins with Logan, hot claws flaming, waking up in a lab full of dead soldiers. A genetic scientist who had been working on bringing back extinct creatures, including a nearby sabretooth tiger, tells Logan that Soteira is to blame for all of this and tells him to put an end to them. Logan, unfortunately, doesn’t remember who he is, but the scientist hints that he’s a superhero before a grenade blows him up and unleashes the tiger, which is subsequently mauled by a wooly mammoth, which then escapes through a tunnel. Logan sees a reflection of Wolverine in some blood on the ground, reminding him he’s a hero. He sees a reflection of Weapon X in some other blood, who tells him to take down Soteira for revenge. In some water (which makes more sense for having reflections), he sees Patch, who tells Logan to take down Soteira for everything they’ve taken away from him.

Logan hops on a motorcycle and rides to a nearby military base where some Soteira soldiers steal a child from another scientist and gun down some other scientists. Logan arrives and takes out one of the guards with machine guns from his motorcycle, but metal tentacles come out of the guard’s clothing and wake him back up to shoot Logan with a sniper rifle. Logan falls off the bike and passes out, waking up in a mindscape where Persephone, the leader of Soteira, is walking him through a hallway filled with different versions of Wolverine in cages. One of them totally rips off the dialog from Improbable Previews.

From Return of Wolverine #1:

From Improbable Previews:

Hi, Charles Soule. We see you.

Besides Bub-Logan, we see Sabretooth in a cage, mohawk Storm, Weapon X, Cyclops, original Hulk debut Wolverine, Lady Deathstrike, and many other cages. One cage is walled off, and Persephone tells Logan he doesn’t want to open that one. Then they make out.

Logan is woken up by the scientist whose kid was taken earlier. She tells him he’s Wolverine and tells him he’s a hunter, a killer, and a superhero. She wants him to rescue her son, a fifteen-year-old named Perren. She tells him a story about a time he saved a town, and in his mind, Logan lets traditional superhero Wolverine out of his cage, apparently regaining those memories. Inspired, Logan dons the outfit of a goth hibachi chef and heads off to take on Persephone.

Maybe it’s because we recently started on Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri’s run on the original Wolverine ongoing, but we’re feeling just nostalgic to enjoy a Wolverine return. Hopefully a few years of being dead helps the character return to his roots, and hopefully hot claws is never brought up again after this mini-series.

Mr. and Mrs. X #3
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Oscar Bazaldua (CA) Terry Dodson
LOVE & MARRIAGE PART 3!
ROGUE and GAMBIT’S romantic getaway is but a faint memory as they’re forced to team up with DEADPOOL to protect a dangerous and extremely valuable “package” when half the galaxy comes to claim it. What secrets does the package hold that the Imperial Guard and Deathbird (with an entire Shi’ar rebellion in tow!) will risk everything for? More importantly, can Rogue, Gambit, and Deadpool stop bickering long enough to win?
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Meanwhile, in spaaaaaaace, Gladiator, the Majestor of the Shi’ar Empire, scolds the imperial guard for failing to capture the egg in Mr. and Mrs. X #1. Telepathically, he has Oracle dispatch Cerise to complete a secret mission, perhaps one counter to the one he has the Guard taking on. On Rogue and Gambit’s honeymoon ship, Gambit and Deadpool try to capture the naked Rogue doppelganger who hatched out of the egg last issue while Rogue yells at Kitty Pryde over space-Skype (which still gets a better connection than we ever get on regular Earth-Skype). Kitty explains that the egg was actually the genetically-engineered daughter of Lilandra Nermini and Charles Xavier and only looks like Rogue as a psychic defense mechanism. The kid reads the thoughts of Rogue and Gambit to learn about her parents and then transforms into Xandra, looking like a combination of Charles and Lilandra.

Xandra senses the arrival of her aunt, Deathbird, who begins firing on the ship. Deadpool and Gambit teleport to her ship to take care of it and a pretty cool fight scene is depicted over the course of two double-page spreads.

Having successfully dispatched the guards, Gambit and Deadpool confront Deathbird, who explains she is leading the resistance against the Shi’ar. She wants the child because it will give her a good claim to the throne. Gambit blows up her weapons and teleportation systems and then he and Deadpool teleport back to the ship. There, Rogue gets rid of Deadpool because she can’t trust him when Nightside of the Imperial Guard suddenly appears and kidnaps Xandra, who was smart enough to transform back into an egg before anyone saw her humanoid form. Cerise arrives shortly afterward and tells Rogue and Gambit they need to go undercover and infiltrate the Shi’ar homeworld of Chandilar. Unfortunately, these disguises didn’t work out well as we cut to Rogue and Gambit suspended upside down in chains, having apparently been captured. We’ll learn more next issue.

Kelly Thompson (along with Pere Perez and the rest of the team on Rogue and Gambit) really revitalized these characters, especially Gambit, after a long period of stagnation. Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua, and Frank D’Armata (who was also the colorist on Rogue and Gambit) continue to deliver an excellent X-Men story focused on these characters. Mr. and Mrs. X #3 is the Wolverine’s Weiner X-Pick of the Week, and on a pretty strong week of competition at that.

Congratulations to the creative team for winning the most coveted trophy in weekly grilled meat-themed comics awards.

Multiple Man #4 of 5
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Andy MacDonald (CA) Marcos Martin
THE SECRET HISTORY OF MADROX!
• When you saw many footprints, that was Jamie Madrox… When you saw only one set of footprints, that was still
Jamie, but he was carrying the entire Marvel Universe to safety!
• Find out how Multiple Man single-handedly saved the Marvel Universe – past, present and future!
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Finally, we come to Multiple Man #4, which is an incredibly enjoyable comic to read, but a real @#$%ing bitch to recap. We’ll do our best. Evil Emporer Jamie, having just decapitated protagonist Jamie in the previous issue, realizes this dupe is slightly older than he is. He feels a little bad about killing him and also worried about what other time travel shenanigans might be messing with his plans. He finds a time travel device in dead Jamie’s coat, steals the clothes off his body, and heads back to the present to the lab scene we saw in issue one where he tackles protagonist Jamie to stop him from making a formula to keep him alive. After a brief fight, the two Jamies merge together. Back in the future, Jamie’s second-in-command, who we’ll call bearded Jamie, takes control of the empire in the emperor’s absence.

We’re then treated to some cutscenes explaining how the four superpowered Jamie dupes who originally came back in time to bring protagonist Jamie to the future gained their powers. As we recall, the superpowered Jamies led Jamie to the resistance hideout where their past, non-superpowered selves were part of the rebel forces. Jamie sent them off to gather help before being captured and decapitated by the emperor. One of them ends up “elsewhere and elsewhen” where he finds Tony Stark, Sorcerer Supreme, and his manservant Nightcrawler. Jamie wants Stark to train him to be the master of the mystic arts. Elsewhere and elsewhen again, another dupe meets what we’re guessing is an old Bruce Banner (maybe) in a gamma-irradiated future, maybe the Wastelands from Old Man Logan. Look, we’re doing our best here. Another Jamie meets up with The Freakshow, a team from X-Men 2099. Another one ends in what appears to be the Marvel Swimsuit Special universe.

Finally, one ends up in the Age of Apocalypse future, where he runs into Slim and Redd.

Eventually, the first Jamie becomes Sorcerer Supreme himself, and, having trained long enough, orders Nightcrawler to bring him the remains of Cloak, puts on the cloak, fires Nightcrawler, and teleports two years the future where he finds Hulk Jamie, now part of the Hulk gang, and recruits him to complete their original mission. They then located Cable/Warlock Jamie, who is just about to finally defeat Apocalypse’s armies, and pulls him out. Finally, they locate Deadpool Jamie in the 2099 universe and he joins the team. Wait, what about Swimsuit Special Jamie? Well, in any case, the four super-powered Jamies head to the X-Mansion in the present, where we met them in Multiple Man #1, and they grab Jamie like they did in that issue and teleport to the future.

However, this time, the portal reopens and bearded second-in-command evil empire Jamie walks out along with an army of dupes to cause trouble in the present (and if the previews are any indication, in the relaunched Uncanny X-Men series). That’s as fine a cliffhanger as any to end this issue.

Multiple Man #4 is clever and funny and really, really goofy. It’s also hard as @#$% to follow all the time travel shenanigans, so we’ve put a ton of effort into making a timeline to help you understand it, which you can see here. Let us know if you find any errors.

That’s all for this week! See you next weekend as we explore the next chapters in the lives of our beloved mutants.

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How Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel Movie Will Fit into the MCU Before Avengers 4

Here's a breakdown of everything we know about Captain Marvel's movie debut.

Batman Damned #1 Signed by Lee Bermejo Sells for $1000

Wow.

Just… wow.

Lee Bermejo has been signing a lot at Thought Bubble in Leeds this weekend. Lots of Batman: Damned #1 of course, but plenty of other comics, his Justice League print and taking commissions for the show. I saw him draw the most beautiful Judge Death pic, with his ink brush just hitting the paper, without pencil first. Quite incredible.

We also looked at how a retailer from Dublin was rewarding his customers by bringing them back signed copies of Batman Damned #1, a comic that has gained notoriety for a reason that even I can’t bring myself to type out again.

Anyway, one bright individual has had the idea to get a signed copy notarized and slabbed by CGC, the comics grading company who also advertise on this site, as part of their Signature Series at a 9.8 grade.

And then they have sold it on eBay for $1000.

Man, even Lee Bermejo’s autograph looks a bit like a you-know-what if you squint…

Of course, you know, if you slab the comic you won’t actually be able to see the thing that’s making all these people crazy…

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Murtz On The Scene: Exclusive Interview With Magnum P.I.‘s Stephen Hill, Perdita Weeks & Zachary Knighton

Magnum P.I. is a modern spin on the classic series starring Tom Selleck that originally aired between 1980 and 1988. The new version of the show was regarding as one of the big gets of the new season and features Jay Hernandez (Scandal) as its new Thomas Magnum in the title role. The character is a decorated former Navy SEAL who returns home and repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

At CTV’s 2018 upfront presentation, I caught up with Magnum P.I.’s Stephen Hill, Perdita Weeks and Zachary Knighton. We chatted about the new remake of the series and how it will compare to the original. They opened up about how the show plans to modernize itself to the current time period but will still stick to the core concepts of each episode featuring a caper that needs to be solved. I talked to the cast about how reboots are especially popular currently and what the reason for this is. Finally the cast talked about what working with Jay Hernandez is like.

Check out the video above!

MAgnum P.I. premieres Monday September 24 at 9:00 p.m. on CTV.

CBM Is Now Back On Instagram – Here’s Why You Should Get Involved – UPDATE #2

ComicBookMovie.com has been rebooted and is now back on Instagram and there's a very good reason why you need to give us a follow because we'll be bringing you updates, memes, competitions, and much more.

Nerd Flix & Chill Discusses the Captain Marvel Trailer

Nerd Flix & Chill Discusses the Captain Marvel Trailer

We finally got our first look at Captain Marvel! In this Nerd Flix & Chill podcast, Nick and Kari discuss the trailer for Captain Marvel and what it tells us about the upcoming film.

You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or listen on Stitcher.

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Stephen Colbert Weighs In On the Batpenis

As Batman: Damned made its way around the US late night talk shows, it landed on Stephen Colbert’s desk. A show whose writers have a propensity to write for Marvel Comics. So a little late nite jibing of DC Comics was most definitely in order…

As they put it, it had been a Week In Penises. They got to Batman’s only after minutes.

Which gave Stephen Colbert the chance to state that the ‘new dynamic duo is Batman and Throbbin’…’

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand time, show me Batman’s genitals.

I’m so sorry that that’s a real picture.

It’s been censored for the viewers at home, let me describe it, It’s a comic book company trying desperately to help declining sales with a sexually charged publicity stunt to get people like me talking about it. And it goes to the right.

The new comic is the first in DC’s Black Label series for mature readers. I think they should say older readers. Its a superhero comic with weiner pics in it. I don’t think maturity is a major factor.

The series is called Batman Damned. Although looking at Batman’s butt is should be called Batman’s Daaaaamn.

And then we got a clip of the Batman sixties show with brand new sound effects…

Oh and for those playing at home, Batman: Damned #1 just sold for $80 unslabbed…

 

 

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Daily Deals: One Year of Xbox Game Pass for $99, Smash Ultimate Switch Bundle Preorder

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Venom: First Host Issue 5 (Marvel Comics)

As if things couldn't get any worse, Tel-Kar, THE FIRST HOST, has set his sights on Earth! Though this Kree soldier may have been a war hero for his beloved homeworld, he has no such affections for Earth... ...and all that's standing between him and the p...

Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer Issue 1 (Marvel Comics)

INFINITY WARPS?! When Stark Odinson, the brainy but arrogant son of the All-Father, was kidnapped by Ice Giants and forced to make them an armory, he turned their forges against them and became the armored Asgardian, Iron Hammer! Regular Humberto Ramos ...

ComiXology Denies Censoring the Bat Penis

So I found myself at the ComiXology party at Thought Bubble in Leeds last night, watching ComiXology Head Of Content Chip Mosher dance the night away. We even engaged in a little ballroom dancing ourselves, and I found myself spun by his manly presence.

Which also gave me the opportunity to ask him what was up with the censoring of Batman’s genitalia in the digital version of Batman: Damned #1 by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. You can see the censored artwork above.

Which gave him the opportunity to refer me to the company’s statement made only in responses to those commenting on Facebook. It reads…

ComiXology never alters the artwork of any content on our site, so we’re unfortunately unable to provide any more information on this book. For any other questions about this title please check with the publisher.

So there you go. It all came from DC Comics. And Chip is a mean strutter…

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DVD Review: Ben 10 (Omni-Tricked Season 1, Volume 2)

The reboot of Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 has been a success as new fans embrace the tales of a young kid fighting villains. While on vaction with his grandfather Max and cousin Gwen, Ben Tennyson discovers the Omnitrix. The device allows the ten-year-old boy to chose the identity of 10 different alien heroes. This is great since he can pick the right form to fight invaders from outer space like a golfer can pick a club. Ben 10: Omni-Tricketed – Season 1: Volume 2 contains the last batch of episodes from the freshman outing.

The show has a fine sense of humor about the situations. “Hole in 10” has Ben (My Little Pony‘s Tara Strong) hitting a golf course for a fun round. But he quickly has issues when the pesky groundhogs turn out to be a mutated motorcycle gang. It’s like Caddyshack twisted by Sons of Anarchy. “Recipe for Disaster” isn’t merely an invasion of alien chefs looking for new dishes. Their first meals prepared on Earth call for big hunks of Ben 10. “Ben 24hrs” deals with a themepark that never closes. Can Ben and Gwen take that much fun without wanting to go back to the hotel? “Bright Lights, Black Hearts” lets Gwen sneak on a film set to see her movie star idol. Ben sadly recognizes the guy is a vampire who sucks energy. This exact thing happened when I met Michael Rooker on the set of Deceiver. “Don’t Let the Bass Drop” explores what can go wrong at an electronic dance music concert. Hopefully it will make kids rethink becoming DJs. “Xingo” has Ben battle his favorite TV cartoon. This is kinda meta. “Omni-Tricked” has Ben discover an 11th alien. At the same time he loses control over the Omnitrix and keeps transforming. Can he fix it before things get extra nasty.

One of the things that frustrates kids is when they put in a DVD that only has a few episodes. Well that’s not a problem here since the disc contains 16 episodes and a huge four part “Omni-Tricked” that wrapped up the season. That’s nearly four hours of shows. This disc is begging to be part of your next cross country trip so you won’t hear a peep out of the backseat. The reboot of Ben 10 brings out the best of the original show and a few new twists.

The video is 1:78:1 anamorphic. The transfers being out details in the various aliens. The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0. The mix goes fine during the action scenes. The episodes are subtitled in English.

No bonus features.

Cartoon Network and Warner Home Video presents Ben 10: Omni-Tricketed – Season 1: Volume 2. Created by: Man of Action. Starring: Tara Strong, Montserrat Hernandez, David Kaye, Greg Cipes, John DiMaggio & Todd Haberkorn. Boxset Contents: 17 episodes on 1 DVD. Released: September 25, 2018.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal Returns in January from Image Comics

Next week sees the return of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips to our comic book shelves with the release of their graphic novel, All Our Heroes Have Been Junkies. You can get a sneak peek right here.

And with Kill Of Be Killed at an end, what is to follow for our intrepid adventurers? Well, I am told that it will be the return of their series Criminal.

When I say ‘I am told’ I mean Sean Phillips told me. At Thought Bubble in Leeds. Like, about half an hour ago.

And he even showed me the cover to the new Criminal series.

 

I like Sean Phillips.

Criminal is a meditation on the clichés of the crime genre with separate self-contained stories that and focus on different characters in the fictional Center City, who all hang out in the same bar, and relate to criminal families such as the Pattersons and the Lawlesses.

2019 can’t come soon enough…

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More DAREDEVIL Season 3 Stills Released As Early Reaction Hails It As Marvel/Netflix’s Best Yet

Following the recent announcement teaser, we have another couple of stills from the third season of Daredevil. Plus, one early reaction gives very high praise to the first 6 episodes. More past the jump...

Every First Look At THE JOKER From Jack Nicholson To Joaquin Phoenix Ranked From Worst To Best

With our first look at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker sending shockwaves through the internet, we're now ranking every big reveal of this iconic Batman villain from worst to best as well as gauging fan reaction.

BUMBLEBEE Trailer Teases Feature Awesome Redesigned Takes On Soundwave And Ravage

Paramount Pictures has announced that a brand new trailer for the upcoming Bumblebee movie will be online at some point tomorrow, and you can check out brief snippets of footage from it after the jump...

Lying In The Gutters – 23rd September 2018 – What’s The Story, Morning Glory?

Welcome to Lying In The Gutters, Bleeding Cool’s weekly runaround of the most popular stories on the site through the week. And this is what people were reading about on Bleeding Cool. It wasn’t just one story. But it was mostly one story. Bleeding Cool’s original scoop and the first presentation of what everyone would be talking about. Although, at Thought Bubble, Batman Damned artist Lee Bermejo wasn’t that cheery and according to one punter, refused to sign Batman Damned in a jocular fashion. ‘Could you sign it, to the Batpole, Dick?’ ‘No.’ etc etc etc…

Top Twenty Traffic Of The Week

  1. Bleeding Cool Brings You Batman’s Penis In All Its Batglory From Batman: Damned #1
  2. Nightwing May Be Losing His Dick But Batman Is Getting One
  3. Another Heroes In Crisis #1 Death Confirmation (MAJOR SPOILERS)
  4. Outlander Shares New Season 4 Images of Claire, Jamie, and More
  5. From The Rumor Mill: New Character Leaked for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  6. The Other Major Heroes In Crisis #1 Death Confirmed? Really?
  7. When Joe Quesada Talked to ComicsGate’s Jon Malin, Ethan Van Sciver and Richard Meyer
  8. Frank Cho Talks Comicsgate
  9. DC Comics Censors Batpenis in Digital Versions of Batman: Damned
  10. Thor and Hulk, Sitting in a Tree, D-A-T-I-N-G?
  11. Is Marvel Putting Blatant Left-Wing Antifa Politics In Their Spider-Man Comics?
  12. Detective Comics #1-26 Reprinted At Last, Plus A “Shocking Revelation” Which Will Rewrite DC History
  13. Batpenis No More? Future Printings of Batman Damned Will Be Censored
  14. Speculation: How Will Marvel Respond to the Batpenis?
  15. What Does Toad From Mario Kart Look Like Then?
  16. The Origin Of Logan’s Blue And Yellow Suit in The Return Of Wolverine #1 Advance Review
  17. Incredulous Rumor: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, the TV Series?!?
  18. Xbox Fires Back at PlayStation Classic Announcement
  19. Where Are The Missing DC Comics Titles For December?
  20. The Return of Nate Grey and the Age of Apocalypse in December’s Uncanny X-Men

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JOKER Set Photo Reveals What The Still Very Much Alive Thomas Wayne Is Up To In Gotham City – SPOILERS

In Joker, Thomas Wayne is very much alive and well despite being a man in his 60s and now a photo from the set of the DC Comics adaptation reveals what exactly he's doing with himself in Gotham City...

Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 23rd September 2018 –

This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the “Wednesday Warriors”, those who can’t wait until the weekend to get this week’s comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.

This week… there could only be one comic on the top of the Batpole. As it were.

TOP TEN:

  1. Batman: Damned #1
  2. Batman #55
  3. Return Of Wolverine #1
  4. Justice League #8
  5. Venom #6
  6. Mister Miracle #11
  7. Immortal Hulk #6
  8. Venom First Host #4
  9. Thor #5
  10. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

Thanks to the following retailers:

And here’s what they have to say:

Batman Damned was a (very much expected) hit at FFF this week, selling out completely by Thursday afternoon. We’ve also had a record number of people ask about since then. Both the controversy and the stellar story have quickly made this the biggest book of the year, hell the last ten years. Every store under ordered and DC probably under printed. We’ll see if the second printing is as popular. As for everything else, Return of Wolverine took the #2 spot on our Weekly Top Ten outselling regular Batman by 8 copies. Strange to see Batman under a Marvel book, but Damned sure as hell makes up for the difference. The Amazing Spider-Man Annual sold very well thanks to a handful of cool variants. Venom First Host is still holding strong for a weekly book. Immortal Hulk is in the Top Ten again which is always cool to see. Marvel is still holding strong, but if DC keeps pumping out the hits then it’ll be a while before the House of Ideas stands on top again.

Best week we’ve had since early July. All because of a certain aspect of Batman Damned.

Nothing bigger in comics right now than the first appearance of Lil’ Wayne. The Bat-pole issue has catapulted to the top spot this week and Batman #55 to the second spot, beating out Return of Wolverine. Wolverine’s return was by no means a flop but it certainly hasn’t pulled numbers like I thought it would.

The top half of our bestseller list was dominated by Big 2 series, with (do I even have to say it?) BATMAN DAMNED #1 outselling everything else by a mile. Lots of speculators. Lots of folks annoyed by our policy that only let them buy one copy of it a day. But, closer to the bottom of our top 10, a few smaller contenders made a mark, namely SWORD OF AGES #5 and SEVEN TO ETERNITY #11, and issues of both series sell consistently well, even if they don’t cause quite the commotion that a certain piece of Bat equipment has.

Our best seller this week should come as no surprise to anyone who’s so much as read the word “Batman” in the last two days, and I don’t think anything I can say will add substantively to that conversation. So! Moving on…

Our 2nd place seller this week would likely have been our first place any other time of the month: BATMAN #55, itself containing a fairly momentous event in the world of the Dark Knight. Just behind that, we’ve got the first issue of RETURN OF WOLVERINE. Yes, the actual return of Wolverine. Finally.

The rest of our list is most of the usual reliable sellers, and mostly Marvel. We’ve got the penultimate issue of MISTER MIRACLE, another issue of the excellent IMMORTAL HULK, and a smattering of Marvel’s usual suspects.
Batman Damned blew out the doors. I hear Frank Miller will follow it up and have Superman go Full Monty next. We sold out of it on Wednesday and we were lucky enough to get more ordered before Diamond was out. Batman 55 is still bleeding readership and slipped to third place even with the big hype for the issue. Though it was a really weak set up. Gordon calls Batman with the Batsignal because someone in Gotham wrote something on a napkin? Is there a no writing on napkin law in Gotham? Was Gordon bored? Lazy writing? Return of Wolverine wasn’t the big return we had hoped for. Justice League is still doing great sales wise. Venom is enjoying a sales boost with the upcoming movie. Aquaman is also starting to see improvement here sales wise thanks to a certain movie in December. Looking forward to next week. Lots of big titles coming out.

DC took the top three slots with Batman: Damned, Batman, and Justice League–but from there on, it was all Marvel. This should concern DC: many of their former top-sellers have slipped to solid mid-list sellers, while many of their mid-list books are now slumping into lower-tier category. There’s a general consensus that DC has lost a lot of the direction that they had rediscovered with Rebirth, and “dark & grim” isn’t a good look for DC. The Flash is particularly problematic: for the first 40 issues, it was consistently a top ten book. Now, the book barely makes our top twenty!

Notable sales:

  • Incredible Hulk #181 5.5 $2,800 – Our Greensboro location moved this hot key just in time for his return to the new racks.
  • New Mutants #98 F/NM $328 This book sold within 24 hours of the time it came into the store.

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DC Comics Universe & Doomsday Clock Spoilers: Geoff Johns Talks Doomsday Clock #7 & Beyond?!

DC Comics Universe and Doomsday Clock Spoilers follows.

Geoff Johns Talks Doomsday Clock #7 and Beyond?!

CBR reports:

    Geoff Johns Promises, Doomsday Clock #7 Completely Changes the Story

    Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock is headed in a different direction. Speaking to CBR, Johns teased that the story will undergo a drastic change in issue #7.

    “Issue #7 then changes the story completely,” Johns revealed at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “The first six kind of go one way, and the next six go this other way, and I’m really excited for people to see the story. We just went into a fourth printing, which is cool, on issue #1, which is great because Gary [Frank] and I are — we want people to read the book. You know, we’re really making a book that’s supposed to be read many times.”

    He also emphasized the importance of the backmatter to the story. “I talked to one of my friends and he’s like, ‘I liked the new issue!’ I’m like, ‘Oh, what’d you think of the backmatter?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, I didn’t read it yet.’ I’m like, ‘Guys, read the backmatter!’” he shared. “I know it’s a lot of text, but read it! I know it’s a lot of text, but read it! It took me a long time to write!”

Doomsday Clock #7 hits stores September 26, 2018.

Roger Langridge Continues to Draw The Muppets as Babylon 5 at Thought Bubble

At last year’s Thought Bubble, in Leeds, I was led to point out that Roger Langridge has drawn the Swedish Chef from The Muooet `Show as a species of the alien race, the Vorlons from Babylon 5.


Well, at this year’s Thought Bubble, he’s still at it. With bickering old couple Waldorf and Statler as similarly-bickering Londo and G’Kar…. and created for the same person who got the Swedish Chef…

Roger Langridge is at Thought Bubble. And will be forever…

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DC Universe Streaming Service Casts DC Comics TV Stargirl

DC Universe Streaming Service Casts DC Comics TV Stargirl.

DC Comics reports:

    Breaking News: Say Hello to Stargirl

    DC Universe’s newest hero is bound to be a star.

    In what will give the just-launched DC Universe its first live action female-fronted superhero show, actress Brec Bassinger has been cast in the title role of Stargirl in the upcoming series based on the staff-wielding character. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, Stargirl will be the DC Universe’s sixth original series.

    Outside of costume, Stargirl is known as Courtney Whitmore, a young woman’s who’s described as smart, athletic and above all else kind. The high school sophomore’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speedbump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. “Borrowing” the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.

    The series itself follows Courtney as she inspires that unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past, and aims to reimagine Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in what promises to be an unpredictable series. Stargirl focuses on the character that started executive producer Geoff Johns’ career as a comic book writer when he created her in 1999, and was lovingly inspired by his late sister, who was killed in a 1996 plane explosion.

Marvel Comics Universe & Daredevil Spoilers: Death Of Daredevil Begins?! Plus A Teaser Trailer [Video]

Marvel Comics Universe and Daredevil Spoilers follows.

Death Of Daredevil Begins?! Plus A Teaser Trailer [Video].

News release:

    Marvel Comics’ ‘The Death of Daredevil’ Begins on October 17

    Series writer Charles Soule gives an ominous look at Matt Murdock’s near-future…

    Charles Soule’s long-running tenure on DAREDEVIL is coming to an end…and he is not leaving Matt Murdock in a good place.

    This October, Soule and artist Phil Noto kick off Matt Murdock’s darkest chapter yet–one that will lead to a chilling and surprising finale in November’s DAREDEVIL #612! Is this the end for Matt Murdock?

    First, read the beginning of the end with DAREDEVIL #609 on October 17…

Video follows.

The Comic Source Podcast Episode 515 – Superman Sunday: Supergirl #22

The Comic Source Podcast Episode 515 – Superman Sunday: Supergirl #22

In this episode we discuss;

The Comic Source Podcast

Episode 515

Superman Sunday: Supergirl #22

Jace and Adam from Talking Superman breakdown issue #22 of Supergirl. Kara is out to discover the truth about Rogol Zaar and she won’t let anyone or anything stands in her way.

Continue reading The Comic Source Podcast Episode 515 – Superman Sunday: Supergirl #22 at lrmonline.

The Comic Source Podcast Episode 514 – Valiant Sunday: Shadowman #5-7

The Comic Source Podcast Episode 514 – Valiant Sunday: Shadowman #5-7

In this episode we discuss;

The Comic Source Podcast

Episode 514

Valiant Sunday: Shadowman #5-7

Jace and Jesse break down the latest three issues of Shadowman. Jack continues his travels through time and we learn the origins of the loa.

The Comic Source Podcast Episode 514 – Valiant Sunday: Shadowman #5-7

Shadowman #’s 5-7

Writer – Andy Diggle, Artists – Doug Braithwaite & Renato Guedes

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DC Comics Universe & Heroes In Crisis Spoilers: As Heroes In Crisis #1 Hits Stores DC Announces Expanded Mini-Series & Expanded Creative Team

DC Comics Universe and Heroes In Crisis Spoilers follows.

As Heroes In Crisis #1 Hits Stores DC Announces Expanded Mini-Series and Expanded Creative Team.

News release:

    HEROES IN CRISIS EXPANDS TO NINE ISSUE LIMITED SERIES

    HEROES IN CRISIS EXPANDS TO NINE ISSUES

    Artists Lee Weeks and Mitch Gerads Join Tom King and Clay Mann in Revealing More Secrets of Sanctuary

    Beginning September 26, Eisner Award-winner Tom King’s new limited series, HEROES IN CRISIS, introduces a new generation of readers to the concept of a “Crisis” within the DC Universe. This time, instead of a reality-ending event, this crisis is ripped from real-world headlines: How do superheroes handle PTSD? How do DC’s Trinity—Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman—handle the traumas and anxieties of fighting crime and saving the world, over and over again? And what happens when the safeguards that have been in place for years, fail?

    First announced as a seven-issue series by Tom King and artist Clay Mann, HEROES IN CRISIS now expands to nine issues, with King collaborators Lee Weeks and Mitch Gerads providing art for the added issues. These issues will provide added insight into King and Mann’s epic tale, with Weeks (BATMAN/ELMER FUDD) handling art duties for issue #3 and Eisner award-winning Gerads (MISTER MIRACLE) providing art for issue #7.

    HEROES IN CRISIS #1, written by Tom King, art by Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey, lettered by Clayton Cowles and edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr, hits shelves September 26.

PBS & HBO’s Sesame Street Has Burt & Ernie Sexuality Controversy

PBS and HBO’s Sesame Street Has Burt and Ernie Sexuality Controversy.

Time reports:

Sesame Street Writer Says He Was Misinterpreted on Bert and Ernie’s Sexuality

The former Sesame Street writer whose comments many on the internet interpreted as “confirmation” that Bert and Ernie are gay is now saying his comments were misinterpreted.

Mark Saltzman, a former writer on “Sesame Street” who is gay, said in in an interview that he took inspiration from his own relationship in writing the duo. “I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple,” he told Queerty, a gay and lesbian news and entertainment site.

The statement made waves on the internet, with some excited over the news.

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit that produces Sesame Street, said in a statement that Bert and Ernie are puppets, “and do not have a sexual orientation.”

In a phone interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, Saltzman said: “As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work.” He added: “Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay. There is a difference.”

He also told the Times that he thinks Sesame Street should feature a gay couple, but that they should be represented with human characters instead of puppets.

Frank Oz, who helped create the Bert and Ernie characters, said on Twitter that the two are not gay…

Here is Sesame Street’s official statement:

Interesting times.

Daily LITG – 23rd September 2018

Welcome to the daily Lying In The Gutters. A runaround of yesterday’s news on the site and what we might expect today. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here.

And the news is that it looks like readers are starting, slowly, to move on from a story that has been dominating the headline of late…

  1. From The Rumor Mill: New Character Leaked for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  2. The Other Major Heroes In Crisis #1 Death Confirmed? Really?
  3. Will Brian Bendis Be Writing a Leviathan Series for DC Comics?
  4. Bleeding Cool Brings You Batman’s Penis In All Its Batglory From Batman: Damned #1
  5. Nightwing May Be Losing His Dick But Batman Is Getting One 

And there was plenty bubbling out of Thought Bubble in Leeds, concluding today… where we found Brian Stelfreeze in midpaint.

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Saturday Evening Post 09.22.2018 – More Flea!

Hello everyone! I’m FLEA. And I’m pretty much Living the Fleabag Loca

You might remember me from…last week!

https://insidepulse.com/2018/09/17/flea-returns-with-the-30-day-wrestling-challenge/

SO, I must have the nerve of a high diver. 30 days of “material”? Turns out it ain’t no thing and I’m looking forward to it. Couple things quick

For the 30 day gimmick, I will be (for most categories) WWE prone. I’m keeping the wrestlers from New Japan in their own section. So, know that going in

You know what’s good Song?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4zkBpFOB_w&list=RDc4zkBpFOB_w&start_radio=1

For a couple categories, I should probably say this first:

Womens Wrestling – Don’t care for it at all. I like Natalya, Asuka, Nia Jax. Mickie James…

Mickie James – the best body of any chick I’ve ever seen. And I don’t feel bad aboot (wait, Trish is the Canadian)..awboww noticing it, y’all! (Mickie, she’s a hillbilly and I am a sucker for that, Hyuck!). Not to mention she has been my favorite for many years, and I guess she will fill the slot when the time comes. But, with that, One of those old goofy Cactus Jack lines about Sting comes to mind

I’ve thought of 263 thing to do…and haven’t got past his legs!”

Yep. I love her wrestling and think she’s the best – even through the nonsense of TNA until…well, I don’t fast forward through her matches. The rest? Fangol

But can still I get in on with the Women’s Evolution / Women’s Revolution? Changes every week. I’ll say more when the Category arises

And am I still allowed to appreciate The Girls for being beautiful? Times are weird these days…saying a chick is hot, they tell you it’s wrong. And if it is? Let it Go. This is no time to be a sexist pig. Fucking A they are rebooting Magnum, with no mustache and a chick Higgins. I should have hung myself when GRUT told me to. Back in his day, My Man Magnum would say..

Hey Baby, I’m a rich woman’s lover and a poor girls dream”.

 
Well DogGone. That ain’t his saying. Tully said that. Does anyone remember Tully?
 
And for all the girls that do their best to benefit, it’s like a fucking monkey is writing the angles

What I will say is that I enjoy the matches sometimes but the bullshit surrounding it yells “fast forward”…so get this – as far advances to Women’s Wrestling, and as far as the high paying Saudis go, the girls are Nom De Plume. Or is that Persona Non Gratis… Latin is as dead as writing Cursive

And yeah. Fuck the Saudi. 19 of the 21 bombers for 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. And we love them. And now they come with “No Women”, but here is $45 million! How you do business with people like that is NOT beyond me. Follow the Money. But that doesn’t mean they ain’t a bunch of fucks who should be boiled in Oil and their fat sold for Soap (thanks Corny).

This has come up lately…I’ don’t surf much anymore, but I came across this guy saying:

If you had a night to spend a night with one DIVA / DUDE, but you have to tell yer (whoever) it’s a ONE NIGHT STAND

man is it hard to type with all these genders…FLEA note – correct that to (whoever)

BUT! You have to tell (whoever), that yer one experience was worth a lifetime, and you will never do it again. Would yer (whoever) allow that?

Women’s Power Movement – for me, I guess the difference is I’d never act on the impulse if she said no, much less use Power to Abuse as a weapon and – those Pigs that have for all these years are getting Karma straight up the BrownHole. Fuck those weasels

Maybe it’s because I’m a nice guy who respects women. It’s more likely if I ever tried any of that bullshit my Old Lady would kill me in my sleep. Believe me, she’s almost done it for less. But see, Sam Smart? You gotta be ahead of the curve – cut down on the drinking, that way yer “sleeping”, instead of “passing out”. Sleep with one eye open

Hey! This one works for both Boys and Girls! Wanna have some fun with someone (guy, girl, guy/girl, girl/guy, dykes, fairies, freaks, hairies …whatever you are into)? Stop by the store and get an ice pic. Place the unopened package in plain view, being one of the first things (whoever) lays focus upon entering the room

Now then – don’t wait for (whoever) to bring it up…just pick up the Unopened Ice Pick, present the Unopened Ice Pick to (whoever) and calmly request:

If you have any intentions of killing me, please use this brand new Unopened Ice Pick. That set of Wolfgang Puck Deluxe set of knives set me back Four Hundred Bucks! I’d prefer not to have them ruined”

Good luck! BOSS said “we skew younger”. FLEA: “most of my skew has one foot in the grave and the other one on a banana peel”. So maybe some of you younger readers should wait to use the above until you hit yer 30’s. Or just save yer money and get a robot girlfriend. All the rage and the price is going down to market to the horniest, broke clientele

Look at the Grouchy Old Man FLEA. You’ll get more of that down below with FLEA ADVICE. I’d tell you to get of my lawrn, but you wouldn’t get through the gate. All I’m saying is…I’ll say it below. Scroll, scroll scroll

Long story short…I don’t really care for Women’s Wrestling

PICKING UP THE PIECES

Thanks to everyone for the comments. Quick hits:

No, no plans for an IWC 100. I couldn’t make a list of 3…it’s not the same game

The Wrestling Dead Pool is still alive, but nobody’s dying (well, not the names on the list anyway). But it’s still early and the guys are hitting mid 50’s. Or Older! No new entries allowed, but the Dead Pool is still going and I’ve kept the emails (at that time?) of those who participated

Maybe, when yer family puts you in a foul, decrepit old folks home that provides the scum of the earth to take care of you…well, from yer good old friend Fleabag, you’ll get a Card and 20 American Dollars (provided that is still the currency) that may arrive in time (provided yer Family didn’t get it first) for you to pay the Gorilla of a Grandson of yer roommate in the Old Folks Home a DoubleDime to throw the cocksuckers through as many windows as they can

TWITTER

What a bunch of bullshit. I like reading it, especially when Meltzer lays waste to the trolls. But as far as posting? Not my thing…I do better rambling and you can’t do that in whatever many characters they are giving…I’ll link there, but come here if you want the rest of the story, Paul Harvey

FLEA ADVICE

If you are between the ages of 18-28 and you want to make something of yer life, you know, be somebody, Please Calm Down Immediately. Quit with the “HAWR! This will be funny on (choice of social media)!” Watch the Supreme Court nomination process,, that’ll scare you straight…

GENX last will be the last to claim foggy memories and hearsay. Youse all are just fucked

People younger than 30ish have only gotten dumber with posts and pics. Getting busted for saying Nword while quoting a rap song. Frat Party rapes. Drunk posts detailing yer proclivity for carnal relations with barnyard animals. It all adds up. Quit now while yer ahead 

It’s not Paranoia now… they really are watching
That’s it for now. The 30 Day Challenge starts October First. I’m yer Great Pumpkin
 
Thanks for Reading!
FLEA
ryderfakin@yahoo.com OR @ryderfakin

JOKER: Gotham City Subway Map Reveals Plenty Of Huge BATMAN Related Easter Eggs

With Joker shooting in New York City, one sneaky fan has managed to take a photo of a subway map prop and it's crammed full of Easter Eggs to the world of Batman! Hit the jump to see how many you can find!

Former DC President Diane Nelson Says JOKER Is The Type Of Movie WB Should Have Been Making Since Nolan

After a 22 year reign, a changing of the guard saw DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson leave the company this summer. Now, she's weighed in on what Warner Bros. is doing with Todd Phillips' Joker.

JOKER: Set Photos And Official Character Image Offer A Look At Zazie Beetz’s Character

Following that pretty incredible first look at Joaquin Phoenix fully suited up as the Clown Prince of Crime last night, some new photos have been revealed featuring Zazie Beetz's (Deadpool 2) character.

JOKER: Joaquin Phoenix Is All Smiles In These Devilish New Set Photos From His Upcoming Spinoff

Following that amazing camera test of Joaquin Phoenix in his full Joker makeup, riotous new set photos have surfaced of the 3x Academy Award-nominee wreaking havoc in the streets of Gotham.

KINGSMAN 3 Officially Announced With Matthew Vaughn Returning To Write & Direct; Lands 2019 Release Date

While the Disney deal may be looming, 20th Century Fox has officially set a 2019 release date for the third and final chapter in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman trilogy, which he will return to write & direct.

ARROW Season 7 Adds SHADOWHUNTERS Star Katherine McNamara In A Pivotal Role

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WONDER WOMAN 1984: Details On Pedro Pascal’s Character & Steve Trevor’s Return Possibly Revealed

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Daily Deals: 25% off Zelda, Mario Kart, and Other Switch Games

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Jeph Loeb Reveals What It Will Take For IRON FIST Season 3 To Happen Along With DEFENDERS Season 2

Iron Fist season two ended on something of a cliffhanger while fans are anxious to learn when The Defenders will assemble again. Now, Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb has offered some interesting updates...

JOKER VS. HARLEY QUINN Writers Reveal The Spinoff’s Opening Scene And Its Current Status

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CHILD’S PLAY Reboot Unveils Our First Look At The New Chucky Doll As Filming Gets Underway

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Video Game Developer Telltale Games Is Shutting Down; THE WALKING DEAD And STRANGER THINGS Games Cancelled

The Walking Dead: The Final Season will reportedly end after episode two as Telltale puts a skeleton crew on Minecraft: Story Mode. Netflix comments on the future of its Stranger Things game.

Is Thanos the Key to Marvel’s Eternals Movie?

Even with all the characters introduced in the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these movies have barely scratched the surface of what's out there. And it looks like Phase 4 of the MCU is adding at least one major new franchise: The Eternals. We've met Thanos, but what about the rest of his people?

Reports indicate that The Rider director Chloe Zhao will direct Marvel's The Eternals. So while we wait to learn more about Marvel's plans for Avengers 4 and beyond, here's everything you need to know about the Eternals and how they fit into the grand scheme of the Marvel Universe.

The Eternals: The Basics

The Eternals are a powerful race of cosmic beings who have existed in our solar system for millions of years. While most Eternals look perfectly human on the outside, their advanced biology gives them incredible strength, long lives and powers that set them far above mortal men.

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Marvel’s THE ETERNALS Finds Its Director With SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME’s Chloe Zhao

Well, that was fast! We only found out that Marvel Studios was planning an Eternals movie fairly recently, but it's now been announced that Chloe Zhao (The Rider) will helm the project. More past the jump.

Daily Deals: Pokemon, Let’s Go! Themed Nintendo Switch, The Best 55″ 4K TV Under $400

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JOKER Director Todd Philips Shares Test Footage Of Joaquin Phoenix In Full Clown Makeup

Is this how Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck will appear when he finally transforms into The Clown Prince of Crime? Check out Joker director Todd Philips' awesome test footage and see what you make of it...

DAREDEVIL: The Man Without Fear Returns In These First Official Season 3 Stills

On the heels of yesterday's announcement teaser, we have first official images from the upcoming third season of Marvel & Netflix's Daredevil. See Matt Murdock meet-up with an old friend after the jump...

Who Is the Marvel Hero Teased in Iron Fist: Season 2?

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Iron Fist: Season 2!

Head here for an explanation of how a certain Iron Fist villain could impact Daredevil Season 3, or here for an explanation of the ending of the season.

The Season 2 finale of Iron Fist shakes up the series' status quo in a major way, with Colleen Wing claiming the power of the Iron Fist and a de-powered Danny Rand beginning a globetrotting journey to find his new purpose. But it would seem his superhero days aren't quite over. The final episode ends with Danny and Ward Meachum confronting a group of gangsters working for a mysterious boss named Orson Randall. That's Danny's cue to reveal his newest toys, a pair of mystically charged pistols stolen from Randall himself.

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Comic Book Noise 839: Irresponsible Speculation and Meaningless Conjecture About The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Host Derek Coward talks about an alternate Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s rambly and all over the place, so you may want to skip this one.

 

SPIDER-MAN PS4 Concept Art Features Kingpin, Shocker, And Tombstone Alternate Designs

We're continuing our look at concept art from Spider-Man on PS4 today by shifting the spotlight to some of the wall-crawler's villains, with alternate designs for Shocker, Kingpin, and even Tombstone...

How This Iron Fist Villain Could Impact Daredevil Season 3

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Iron Fist: Season 2!

Head here for an explanation on how Danny Rand's powers work and how one can become an Iron Fist, or here for an explanation of the ending of the season.

Iron Fist Season 2 introduced a major new villain into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of Mary Walker (Alice Eve), a mentally unstable killer who proved to be both friend and foe to Danny Rand. Not only that, this season opened the door for much more to come with Mary, hinting that she has a third and even more dangerous personality waiting to manifest itself.

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17 Big Things Coming From Marvel and DC in December

December is shaping up to be another big month for the comic book industry. DC will be debuting major new creative teams on books like Detective Comics and Aquaman and kicking off the new Batman Who Laughs miniseries, while marvel will celebrate a Fantastic Four wedding and debuting new books for Winter Soldier, Miles Morales and Killmonger.

Scroll down to see all the major new comics from Marvel and DC hitting stores in December.

A Fantastic Wedding

Fantastic Four #5 Cover by Esad Ribic. (Marvel Comics) Fantastic Four #5 Cover by Esad Ribic. (Marvel Comics)

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Web Arted #327

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Cooke, Grell, Morrow, Harris, Gulacy, Palmiotti, Darrow.

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CovrPrice.com Top Ten Selling Comics for Week of 9/20/18

Covrprice.com launched recently and has quickly become a go to spot for watching eBay trends on comics. They scour thousands of sales to cultivate data to spotlight the hottest selling comics. Here is this week’s Top Ten Comics:

#1
Rags #1
7 Day Trend: +277%
Weekly Units Sold: 51
Sales Average Raw: $40.43
Sales Average Graded: N/A

Reason: Small press book. Hard to find.

 

 

 

 

#2
Avengers #48
7 Day Trend: +279%
Weekly Units Sold: 49
Sales Average Raw: $52.50
Sales Average Graded:  $37.50 (CGC 6.0)

Reason: First appearance of Dane Whitman (Black Knight)

 

 

 

 

#3
Red Hood and the Outlaws #26 B Variant
7 Day Trend: +168%
Weekly Units Sold: 49
Sales Average Raw: $11
Sales Average Graded: $66.78 (CGC 9.8)

Reason: Awesome cover. New costume.

 

 

 

 

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Avengers #346
7 Day Trend: +127%
Weekly Units Sold: 60
Sales Average Raw: $17.62
Sales Average Graded: $71.99 (CGC 9.8)

Reason: First appearance Starforce, Captain Marvel Movie. Appeared on last week’s list as well.

 

 

 

 

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Marvel Team-Up #65
7 Day Trend: +188%
Weekly Units Sold: 39
Sales Average Raw: $30.50
Sales Average Graded: $146.00 (CGC 9.6)

Reason: First US appearance of Captain Britain. 

 

 

 

 

#6
Venom #165 Deodato Variant
7 Day Trend: +191%
Weekly Units Sold: $35
Sales Average Raw: $7.99
Sales Average Graded: N/A

Reason: Variant cover for first Appearance of Venom’s Spawn (Appears in Venon First Host)

 

 

 

 

#7
Venom #165
7 Day Trend: +178%
Weekly Units Sold: 37
Sales Average Raw: $11
Sales Average Graded N/A

Reason: First Appearance of Venom’s Spawn (Appears in Venon First Host)

 

 

 

 

#8
Amazing Spiderman #300
7 Day Trend: +97%
Weekly Units Sold: 58
Sales Average Raw: $307
Sales Average Graded: $536 (CGC 9.4)

Reason: First Appearance of Venom

 

 

 

 

#9
Ms. Marvel #1
7 Day Trend: +120%
Weekly Units Sold: 40
Sales Average Raw: $113
Sales Average Graded: $236 (CGC 9.0)

Reason: Captain Marvel Movie, Key Comic

 

 

 

 

#10
Amazing Spiderman Annual #16
7 Day Trend: +139%
Weekly Units Sold: 23
Sales Average Raw: $33.01
Sales Average Graded: $287.00 (CGC 9.8)

Reason: First appearance of Captain Marvel Monica Rambeau. Captain Marvel Movie Tie-in

Wednesday Winner: Batman Damned #1

It is nice to walk into your local comic shop and pick up your books on Wednesday. It is even nice that by the end of the week you can flip one to pay for your week’s pick ups. Batman Damned #1 is one of those books.

Once news got out that Bruce Wayne gets fapped people went wild for it. Batman Damned #1 is already selling for well above cover and has moved even higher.

Competed listings are closing in the $25-$29 range for individual issues and with sets selling for $50-60. Sets were closing mid day for around $30 and individuals were selling for about half that, so prices have gone up today. Advance Preview copies are selling for upwards of $100.

Now this is not the first time this has happened. In Spiderman reign #1, Peter’s um… Peter made an appearance in a panel and resulted in the book being recalled. The price shot up on that one as well.

5 Ways the MCU Can Improve the X-Men Movies

If there was any doubt that Marvel Studios would be taking the reins of the X-Men movie empire, they have been put to rest.

Bob Iger confirmed that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios will be in charge of the X-Men movies once Disney's Fox acquisition is finalized. It's all but certain that this will mean a full reboot for the franchise, as Marvel Studios crafts an all-new take on the merry mutants and works to integrate them into the already sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While we'll be sad to see Fox's long-running X-men saga come to a close, the simple fact is that there's a lot of room to improve on that formula. Here are five ways we hope Marvel Studios can improve the X-Men movies going forward.

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7 Ways the MCU Can Include the X-Men

Now that Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that, if and when a Disney-Fox merger goes through, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios would take the lead on the longtime Fox franchise, there's one burning question on the minds of every Marvel fan: How will the X-Men be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Will we see Marvel Studios start fresh with Wolverine and the gang? Or is it possible that we'll see the MCU pick up where Fox will be leaving off with these characters and giving us more sequels to films like Deadpool and Dark Phoenix? How would that even be possible?

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Daily Deals: PlayStation Classic Is Probably Going Out of Stock Very Soon

Welcome to IGN's Daily Deals, your source for the best deals on the stuff you actually want to buy. If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.

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ddplaystationclassicSony PlayStation Classic is Now Preorderable

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What Did You Think of This Week’s Comics?

It was another big week for the comic book industry, particularly on the Batman front. DC kicked off a major new storyline in Batman #55 and debuted the new Black Label imprint with Batman: Damned #1. Over at Marvel, Return of Wolverine #1 began the latest key chapter in this life of this apparently immortal hero.

Scroll down to check out our new reviews, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.

Batman #55 Review

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer License Switches Comic Publishers

Comic books featuring Buffy the Vampire Slayer now have a new home at publisher BOOM! Studios.

The license for comics based on the Joss Whedon-created franchise previously belonged to Dark Horse Comics and now, after 20 years, it will be moving to a new comic publisher for the first time. BOOM! has plans to release new Buffy monthly comic series, limited series, graphic novels, and more in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.

Art by Matthew Taylor. (BOOM! Studios) Art by Matthew Taylor. (BOOM! Studios)

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Review | John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition

John Byrne’s run on the X-Men began with issue #108 and lasted until #143. The team of Claremont, Byrne, and Austin made the X-Men (which was already a hit series under Dave Cockrum) soar to the top of the charts in comics sales. They introduced Alpha Flight, and then created the near mythical storylines “The […]

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Diamond And Marvel Releasing NYCC Variants to Retailers

Diamond and Marvel Comics offer retailers five New York Comic Con-exclusive Variants in October.

Marvel and Diamond have you covered if you cannot make it to NYCC 2018. They are releasing 5 NYCC exclusives to stores after NYCC ends. I always give the preface, do not go nuts on these, but Venom #3 SDCC PX exclusive did shoot up in value so the new Venom arch starting in #7 might not be a bad grab.

The titles are as follows:

NYCC 2018 BLACK PANTHER VS DEADPOOL 1

NYCC 2018 RETURN OF WOLVERINE #2

NYCC 2018 SPIDER-GEDDON #1

NYCC 2018 SPIDER-GIRLS #1

NYCC 2018 VENOM #7

Black Cat Takes Center Stage in Artist Virgin Variants on Amazing Spider-man

Marvel has some Killer B covers worth checking out for Amazing Spider-man. A new story arch starts October 24th that features the Black Cat. Marvel is releasing some cover price Killer B’s for the story arch with some pretty big names; JG Jones, Mike Weiringo, and J Scott Campbell.

Amazing Spider-man #8 features a virgin cover by JG Jones. Amazing Spider-Man #9 features a virgin cover by Mike Wieringo. Amazing Spider-man #10 features a cover by J Scott Campbell.

The solicitation:

By writer Nick Spencer and Artist Humberto Ramos

• The heist of the century is ON!

• Who are the Thieves Guild of New York?

• Spidey might dying trying to find out.

Diamond Comics Top 25 Advance Reorder Comics for September 17, 2018

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The Diamond Comics Advance Reorder List is a great speculator tool. It shows what books retailers are going back to get more of, in advance of their release. They are actually putting their money up betting these books get big. These are the books people are talking about in shops, message boards, and websites. Here is the Diamond Comics Advance for 9/17/18:

DC has a stellar week lead by the foil variants. Not to mention, there are some sweet Killer B’s by Artgerm and Mattina. Mattina does Image again for spawn, and Image also has Blackbird and Dead Rabbit on the list. Marvel has a bunch of reprints on the list but it is interesting to note that Thanos takes the spotlight in the original graphic novel by Jim Starlin and Alan Davis, Thanos Infinity Conflict. Cosmic Ghost Rider is still hot and continues to appear on the list. Check out the full list below:

 

 

CATWOMAN #4 VAR ED
BATMAN #56 FOIL
X-MEN BLACK MAGNETO #1
SUPERGIRL #23 FOIL
VENOM #4 3RD PTG STEGMAN VAR
FLASH #56 FOIL
MAGIC ORDER #4 CVR C SCALERA
SUPERMAN #4 FOIL
WONDER WOMAN #56 FOIL
DEAD RABBIT #1 CVR A MCCREA
WEB OF VENOM VE NAM #1 2ND PTG RAMIREZ VAR
SUPERIOR OCTOPUS #1
GREEN ARROW #45 FOIL
COSMIC GHOST RIDER #4 MAXX LIM MARVEL BATTLE LINES VA
JUSTICE LEAGUE #9
SPAWN #290 CVR C MATTINA VIRGIN
DETECTIVE COMICS #990 FOIL
THANOS LEGACY #1 2ND PTG LEVEL VAR
PUNISHER #1 2ND PTG KUDRANSKI VAR
SUICIDE SQUAD #47 VAR ED
WONDER WOMAN & JL DARK WITCHING HOUR #1 VAR ED
CATWOMAN #4 FOIL
THANOS HC INFINITY CONFLICT OGN
BLACKBIRD #1 CVR A BARTEL
GREEN LANTERNS #56 FOIL

Check Out Funko’s 7 Marvel NYCC 2018 Exclusives

Marvel has announced new Funko Pop figurines for seven of its superheroes will be available at  New York Comic Con 2018

Comic Con attendees won't be able to simply walk up to the booth and walk away with one of the new Funko figurines, though. Interested fans have to enter an online lottery by Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. PDT in order to gain access.

As seen in the gallery below, the seven new Marvel Funko figurines for Comic Con are:

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    DC Alters Batman Art to Remove Imagery of His Penis

    DC's new line of comics for mature readers, DC Black Label, made its debut with Batman: Damned #1 by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo. Social media conversation around the title has been squarely focused on how it shows Batman's penis for the first time in the Caped Crusader's publishing history. DC apparently anticipated this and decided to remove the imagery of his penis from the digital release, as evidenced by that version having altered artwork that covers Bruce Wayne's privates with shadow.

    A source close to the project told IGN that DC chose to alter the art because it wasn't additive to the story. The first print run currently on sale in shops still features the unaltered art, but all future printings of Batman: Damned will reflect the altered artwork, the source also said.

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    August 2018 In Review

    It felt like August came and left us in a hurry despite it’s 5 Wednesdays. I can’t even recall most of the books that came out without looking them up. Maybe it’s that 5th Wednesday that pushed the number of books in August or I’m just getting old with a poor memory now.

    From Frozen Princesses, new characters with hashtags in their names to us learning that the new Thanos killer named Requiem is just Gamora in a new costume, here’s your August 2018 in review.  Based on our picks (Mel, Anthony and myself), print runs and the most recent sales on the secondary market, with an emphasis on the highlights from each week. If I don’t mention a book that was mentioned in our picks, it’s likely due to the fact that it’s still available at your local shop or online, maybe even under cover price on the secondary market.

    For those patient buyers, sometimes it pays to wait on new books with bigger print runs where one can find them cheaper at secondary market prices. Of course one must be smart when buying from sellers on eBay and other sources to account for shipping.

    Let’s review the top 10 books by print runs to start with.

    1. Fantastic Four #1 – 368,914
    2. Infinity Wars #1 – 104,363
    3. Batman #52 – 102,344
    4. Batman #53 – 99,191
    5. Amazing Spider-Man #3 – 86,259
    6. Sandman Universe #1 – 83,531
    7. Amazing Spider-Man #4 – 81,630
    8. Superman #2 – 77,464
    9.  Justice League #5 – 76,592
    10. Justice League #6 – 75,156

    Also noteworthy. It clicked while reviewing this top ten list that Walking Dead has not been in such a list since May 2018. This use to be 75k or more average per month. So reviewing monthly sales a bit more all the way back to Januay, since then it had a print run of around 83k in January. For August it was down to 65k total print run. That’s a huge drop in readers and print numbers in just 8 months. It’ll be interesting to watch their print numbers for the remainder of the year, especially when the show picks back up. This is a clear indication that reader numbers are dropping just like the show numbers are dropping.

    August 1st Picks

    With a new movie coming out, we can expect books to get pushed out to boost potential sales. Even with rumors of a new character that might make it to the screen, I just don’t think there’s enough kids in the spec market to push a demand for the new Disney Frozen Breaking Boundaries #1 book we saw debut with a all new story. Perhaps this one is a wait and see since you can still find this on for cover online and likely at your local shops. Frozen came in with 9,174 for it’s initial print run.

    Kaare Andrews is one of those artists that hasn’t gotten their due yet in my opinion. There’s also not a whole lot of Green Arrow readers. So the awesome Kaare Andrews variant for Green Arrow #43 Cover B saw no love in the past month, still available at most online retailers. Total print run was 20,241 for Green Arrow #43 and since these were open order, we’ll never know the real print run but compared to some other DC titles, Green Arrow is pretty minuscule in comparison.

    Another Kaare Andrews Death to the Inhumans #2 Regular cover A was another pick by myself and Anthony. Zero love for this book, even with the major death (Marvel always claims major death) of Black Bolt. I’m sure it’s not the last of Black Bolt. At the time of me writing this, no actual sales on eBay. Mel picked the Young Guns Variant as well which saw no movement and can be found at cover or less on the secondary market. Also at just 30,138 total printed, this is rather small for a Marvel book but then again, Inhumans don’t necessarily carry the same popularity that most of the other mainstream Marvel characters carry.

    Mel loves those Super Sons DC books but demand tells us everything in the secondary market. Sadly there’s been zero love for Adventures of the Super Sons #1. You can still find these for cover price or less. Most sales at time of lookup were $5 or less.

    One of the most anticipated books I think from this week was Infinity Wars #1. After the death of Thanos from the new Requiem character, we were all hoping to find out who this was, hoping for a brand new character in the Marvel Universe. Sadly it was a total letdown when we learned that it was just Gamora, who’s first appearance is already out of reach for most people. With a huge print run, I don’t see this book becoming a hot commodity anytime soon, maybe in a few decades perhaps.  The 1:50 Tedesco was a quick flip winner, selling at around the $30 range as well but has since cooled to $15 or so. 

    One of my own picks from this week was Seeds #1. It hasn’t seen much movement on the secondary market and can be found at your local shops still, even with just a 13,572 print run. But I must say, it was on of favorite reads of August. This is that type of book I think we could see get an option and make it to our screens eventually. So for me, it’s still a long term gamble type of pickup but I didn’t go heavy, it’s got the other reward that makes it special, reading entertainment.

    Not a whole lot of secondary market action for this first week of August but that’s certainly the highlights.

    August 8th Picks

    Catwoman #2 and Flash #52 Killer B covers were picks between Anthony and Mel. Sadly, not much secondary market love for these. I think shops are on top of their game with these Dell Otto,  Mattina and Artgerm books. You can still find these for sale online and most recent sales dip below cover price, nows the time to buy cheap to grab these for the personal collection as these are certainly books for any personal collection. These were easy to get though. Catwoman saw a 64k print run while Flash saw a 54k size print run. Open orders we can only assume it’s almost split between the cover A and cover B books but we’ll never know unless such info is ever released.

    Maybe one day, in a few years or decades you can pull them back out to make a little money from them. I actually picked the Joelle Jones Regular Cover A for Catwoman for this week and it’s got zero love as well. Maybe fans are still mad at Catwoman for dumping Bruce at the altar. One does have to appreciate Joelle Jones artwork though and the style she brings to Catwoman with the covers she’s doing. Anyone who was a fan of Lady Killer should really dig her covers as much as Artgerm’s.

    We also mentioned the Batmobile Background variant from Detective Comics #986 by Mark Brooks. Still available online and likely your local comic shops, not surprising since it also  saw a print run just above 53k in size.

    Those 3 books cover every single book Mel mentioned. He claimed it was a light week. Light indeed, light on any aftermarket sales as well.

    Fantastic Four #1 was not necessarily picks for any type of spec’ing but was mentioned by Anthony and myself briefly. You can still find all of the covers available at Midtown. Maybe Marvel thought reviving this title from the grave sounded good on paper but perhaps we should start a betting pool on how long it lasts until they pull the plug again? We can start our own “Dead Pool” on which comics will die next.

    Although neither of my local shops I visited got the book, another pick between Anthony and myself was Blastosaurus #1, one of New Zealand’s best selling comic books of all time. Selling out online initially, you can find this book once again at most retailers despite it not even registering in Comic Chron’s August Sales report.

    It was one of the best reads of this week for me but has yet to pick up any steam on the secondary market, but you know, a media option can change all of that. But this fantastic read goes to Hot Lunch Special #1. It didn’t make my own pick of the week, it was still a great book. I say give it more time. It has a print run of just 4,569. So with limited quantity, if there’s ever any demand, such a small print run will certainly help boost value.

    One book that seems to have sales all over the place is Black Badge #1 from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins. Came just under 10k print run with 9,686 out of all it’s covers. Both a pick from myself and Anthony, this one has some variants that have seen sales from cover to $20. The special retailer incentive 1 per store White Cover variant that also came with a badge and letter was the one to get (my shops didn’t have these available unless they already sold them), seeing sales up over $50 with some in the $75 range. This was a great read and I expect since it’s ongoing for now, it might pick up readers along the way and I predict one should hold now, sell later. This has media option all over it. The Jenkins variant cover is being listed as a 1:15 chase variant. These were initially A/B type orders but BOOM! does love it’s special hidden variants.

    Norah #1 was Anthony’s Indy Gem pick. Still a hard book to find, at the time of me writing there are 12 listed for sale on eBay but only 6 or so sold listings, all in the $5 price range except one lucky seller that sold one at $11.95 and the latest sold listing at $16.00. So there’s still money to be made. Didn’t even register onto Comic Chron’s August reports for sales.

    The quick flip winner from this week was Riptide #1. We saw initial sales hovering around the $40 range but as soon as the market started to get flooded, this is now a solid $15 to $20 book, which isn’t bad if you can find them at cover. But history tells us with Red 5 books, with particularly Chitwood writing, it’s always short lived so tread cautiously and don’t go overboard, nows the time to sell if you ask me. This is also a mini-series of just 4 issues, so once it’s over, we’ll definitely see prices drop dramatically more than likely. The minuscule print run of just 927 likely helped in making this a true HTF + Demand = Valuable.

    August 15th Picks

    It was the Week of Middleton on the DC side of things. We got both the Aquaman and Batgirl Middleton variants during this week but the winner of the two was Aquaman #39 over Batgirl #25. We saw quick sales of Aquaman #39 Cover B reach around the $20 mark, from that point on it’s all over the place. Prices have been anywhere between cover to $15 or so. Most recent sold listings are now just hovering between the $5 – $7 range. As for Batgirl #25, it reach a peak of around $10 but now most recent sales are cover price. You can still grab this one at Midtown at the time of writing.

    The small publisher (small indeed, print run of 4,763) pick between Anthony and myself was Volition #1 from After Shock. Although it was selling out online initially, it’s since been restocked from the looks of things. Secondary market sales never reached over cover price for the most part.

    The big winner from this week ended up being the indie book The Rejected #1 from Source Point Press. This was both Anthony and my own pick of the week. Spec’d due to possible minuscule print run (didn’t even register onto the August sales reports) while having a larger cover price, shops likely skipped over this one due to both it being a small publisher, heavy price tag and it being a one shot book. This was a solid and easy $40 to $50 book quickly after it’s release with one listing selling one at a whopping $250 (yeah, no joke, could be a shill purchase but that’s certainly a gamble paying $25 in eBay fees to try and boost your own sales). Most recent sales make this still a solid $12 to $20 book but at the time of writing, there are around 65 listings with a mixture of BIN and auctions. We’ll know in a few weeks if the prices have come down or stayed consistent.

    The rest of the books spec’d or mentioned during this week can all still be found for cover with not a whole lot of movement on the secondary market. I’ll try and not bore people with books that can still be found on store shelves.

    August 22nd, 2018 Picks

    All 3 of us picked Batman Kings of Fear #1 and it seems the Bill Sienkiewicz cover particularly mentioned and picked by Anthony and Mel might be paying off for some as it’s been bouncing around the $10 mark for secondary sales for the most part but most sales have been all over the place. There was also apparently a recall by DC for one of the pages with a strange “Batman White Knight” across one of the panels in the book, see accompanying pic below.

    Doesn’t seem like the books advertised as the recalled edition have impacted the overall value though. DC claims not all the books were affected so be on the lookout for one if you’re into recalled or error books.

    A Batman book under the 50k mark I’d consider small. Kings of Fear only had a print run of 40,036 in size. Bill has been hit or miss but this is a decent cover, I just can’t ignore the fact that Batman’s cape on his right shoulder looks out of place. Is it torn, is that the wind doing that? Why is his cape curled like that? Seriously, it’s out of place in this depiction. Well, regardless, I actually skipped this book and picked up the regular Kelly Jones cover since my shops had stacks of these available so who would have though they would be selling for $10.

    The next book to mention is Mega Man Mastermix #3, particularly the 1:10 Perez variant. Yes, it’s a hefty price tag but it’s literally almost 4 books in one being 80 pages. The 1:10 Perez variant saw some bump in prices coming in at around the $25 mark. Most shops have been retailing these around the $10 to $15 mark so not a horrible flip if you got them for cover price or cheap. I love me some Mega Man so I’ve been grabbing all 3 covers for the personal collection and then an extra for reading. Yes, I don’t always fall for covers but at times I’m just a sucker.

    This next book I pleaded with readers if they found a copy, they should not flip for profit (if they do, donate the profit to charity) or perhaps donate the book itself as it was created for Autism Awareness. So I”m not sure if anyone did find this book (my shops got none), I can’t seem to find any of The Astronaut from Amigo Comics for sale or any sold listings.

    Another anticipated book was Venom #5. Donny Cates is hot, his stuff sells (64,264 print run, who would have ever though Venom would have such high print runs) and besides his stories, his take on new characters (even if they’re regurgitated) have been hits in the secondary market. Sadly there was no love for Venom #5, at least not yet. I’m pretty sure with all the past heat on these, we could be hyping his books too much now but even so, it’s still a worthy pickup for the read if there is no spec heat. Still sold out online at some retailers, Venom #5 can be found for cover price or less currently on eBay.

    West Coast Avengers #1 Dodson Variant was Mel’s sleeper pick of this week on the potential of what the book might accomplish if it heats up with new characters, etc. Most retailers will list these 1:50 books around the $40 to $50 range. That’s about what the book is selling for, some as low as $30 and a recent auction ending at $21.00. So unless you found this at cover or for cheap, you’ll be breaking even on this book.

    Marvel variants like this never hold value long term though. Unless there’s a 1st appearance, this might be a $10 or less book in a matter of a few months. I’ve told myself recently, any Marvel high ratio variant I don’t want in the personal collection, sell the day of. I’ve sold a few recent Marvel variants for less than cover because I held them for too long.

    The overall print run makes this one (West Coast Avengers) even more special if it ever catches on with more heat or demand having an overall print run of 34,512, you can do the math for the 1:50 numbers.

    The last book I need to mention is Mel’s pick of Shadowman #6 Kaare Andrews variant. This was a 1:50 variant. Some shops will sell these Valiant 1:50 for around $50-$60 retail. But if you found this book for cheap, it’s selling at a solid $30 to $50 on the secondary market with just 1 sale at $19.99 at time of writing. So, great deal if you found at $30 or less. If you bought at $50 or more, you likely bought for the personal collection. For Shadowman fans, over time this one will turn into a ghost book when supplies run dry. The overall print run was just 6,334.

    August 29th Picks

    This was the 5th Wednesday of the month, so not a whole lot of spec’ing usually occurs.

    While not anticipating another Batman Elmer Fudd type craze, looks like we saw a few sales of the Daffy Duck Joker variant cover B reach the $10 mark. But with so little amount of sales, I don’t expect this to last long. If the demand was there, we’d see more than just a handful of total sales.

    The surprise book from this week was Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 that introduced a new Venom in a Mech suit. Print run was 32,608 in size. Some sales quickly jumped from $4 to $14 range but not a whole lot of movement with a bunch of listings in the $10 to $16 dollar range shortly after without much movement, particularly for the Cover B variant from Cully Hamner. Honestly I felt like this was a pump and dump attempt by some secondary market sellers quickly listing theirs at $12, then $14 and $16 only to drop the price back down to $14. Recent sales put these at around a $7 book, mostly with sets of both cover A and B selling for $15 range. Yes there’s a new Venom in a Mech suit but who knows how this is going to play out. Tread lightly, could be a gamble that pays off later on or a huge bust. All I know, don’t pay premium for this book. Keep searching the shops or watching online as I’m sure there’s more out there to be found for cover price or way cheap.

    A sleeper hit from this week appeared to be Beyonders #1 Cover B by Andi Ewington. Initial sales started around cover price on the secondary market but soon jumped to $16.99 and $20 range, particularly for Cover B. Cover A seems to not have many listed on eBay but one sold for $15.00 but with free shipping. No word yet if this has some type of media deal or it’s just heating up due to popularity by word of mouth.

    This was brief spike in value though with only a few sales above the $15 range. Now that more caught on, the market has a few more listings that brought out more trying to make the quick sale by lowering their prices. If this one catches on again or gets a media deal, we can expect it’s small print run of just 4,892 to assist in increasing the value of this book.


    Hopefully you all are enjoying these monthly reviews. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see, changed or dislike. I do want to say I write up these as a draft earlier in the month before the comic chron print runs are published so if there’s any mistakes in mentions of sold listings or current list prices, do point these out as I might have missed something in the process of review. A huge thanks to Comic Chron for creating their monthly sales reports that help us speculators buy and sell comics on the secondary market.

    Art Is King in Batman: Damned

    DC has been going all-in when it comes to creating new comic book imprints to cater to readers of different tastes. DC Black Label may be the most enticing of these new imprints yet. The goal with Black Label is nothing less than to create a new wave of books in the vein of The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Returns - adult-oriented, continuity-free stories that feature bold takes on familiar heroes. That's a high standard to meet, however, and it should come as no surprise that Batman: Damned doesn't immediately establish itself as the next Killing Joke.

    Damned is the latest collaboration between writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, who previously collaborated on villain-centric comics like Joker and Lex Luthor: Man of Steel. Those projects should give some idea of the tone of Damned. Together, the two creator paints a very bleak picture of life in Gotham City. In some ways, it's a much more grounded and realistic take on a decaying modern metropolis and the billionaire crazy enough to spend his nights dressing as a bat. There's a grimy quality to this Gotham and its denizens. Batman himself is decked out in rugged armor, not spandex. And hero and villain alike are mired in misery and suffering. This is about as dark and adults-only as Batman comics get (and not just because of the already infamous Bat-nudity).

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    Wolverine’s Return Finally Gets Interesting

    It's been almost exactly four years since Marvel published Death of Wolverine and took the most popular X-Man there is off the board. Death of Wolverine itself was a solid sendoff to the character, one marked by terrific art, a novel approach to depicting Wolverine's senses and a poignant final scene. However, nothing that has followed has managed to live up to that standard. Neither the various Death of Wolverine tie-in books nor the weekly Wolverines series have done much but dilute the impact of that initial story. As for the recent Hunt for Wolverine crossover, that turned out to be a whole lot of fuss for very little payoff. The best that can be said for the entire Death and Resurrection of Wolverine meta-event is that it gave Laura Kinney and Old Man Logan a chance to shine in the absence of the original Wolverine.

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    This New Batman Comic Shows His Penis, and Everyone is Freaking Out

    Batman: Damned #1 may feature Batman on a supernatural quest where he crosses paths with the likes of John Constantine and Zatanna, but what has people talking about the new comic is the use of full-frontal nudity. Yes, that's right, DC just showed Batman's penis for the first time.

    Batman: Damned is the first series under the new DC Black Label line of comics for mature readers, which is what gave writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo license to include images of the Wayne family jewels, among other more adult content. What follows is the reaction from fans on the internet as they learned of this latest surprise, including our own video reaction below:

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    Daily Deals: Sony Playstation Classic is Preorderable, 25% off Switch Games

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    Batman #55 Pushes the Series Further Into Darkness

    It's become abundantly clear that we've arrived at the stage of Tom King's Batman run where things will just keep getting worse for the Dark Knight month after month. We've already seen his fleeting chance at happiness with Catwoman crumble into dust and Batman almost condemn Mister Freeze to a wrongful death. You might think Nightwing's lingering presence in the series would bring a dose of light into Batman's murky world, but that's clearly not the case as King and Tony Daniel begin their next collaboration.

    This new issue is very much about the clash between light and dark. On one hand, you have Nightwing enjoying a little one-sided banter with his old chum as he pulls out all the stops to lift Bruce out of his perpetual funk. On the other, the return of KGBeast brings with it a newfound foreboding quality to the book. This issue is very effective in its efforts to play these two parallel storylines against one another. Even as Nightwing's playful jousting recalls a more innocent time for the Bat-franchise, KGBeast's actions leave the reader questioning what new disaster is about to unfold in Gotham. King made his name at DC writing Grayson, and it's been a treat to see him reconnect with the character in classic Nightwing mode on this book.

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    Comic Culture September 19th 2018

    Every week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk the comic book talk. So kick back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by Chris Owen. Enjoy Comic […]

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