What did you think of WWE Hell in a Cell 2018?
- Good and Bad parts – thumbs in the middle (50%, 9 Votes)
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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…
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
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.
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
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?
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
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!
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
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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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.
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.
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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…
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…
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.
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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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
- Bleeding Cool Brings You Batman’s Penis In All Its Batglory From Batman: Damned #1
- Nightwing May Be Losing His Dick But Batman Is Getting One
- Another Heroes In Crisis #1 Death Confirmation (MAJOR SPOILERS)
- Outlander Shares New Season 4 Images of Claire, Jamie, and More
- From The Rumor Mill: New Character Leaked for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- The Other Major Heroes In Crisis #1 Death Confirmed? Really?
- When Joe Quesada Talked to ComicsGate’s Jon Malin, Ethan Van Sciver and Richard Meyer
- Frank Cho Talks Comicsgate
- DC Comics Censors Batpenis in Digital Versions of Batman: Damned
- Thor and Hulk, Sitting in a Tree, D-A-T-I-N-G?
- Is Marvel Putting Blatant Left-Wing Antifa Politics In Their Spider-Man Comics?
- Detective Comics #1-26 Reprinted At Last, Plus A “Shocking Revelation” Which Will Rewrite DC History
- Batpenis No More? Future Printings of Batman Damned Will Be Censored
- Speculation: How Will Marvel Respond to the Batpenis?
- What Does Toad From Mario Kart Look Like Then?
- The Origin Of Logan’s Blue And Yellow Suit in The Return Of Wolverine #1 Advance Review
- Incredulous Rumor: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, the TV Series?!?
- Xbox Fires Back at PlayStation Classic Announcement
- Where Are The Missing DC Comics Titles For December?
- 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
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.
- Batman: Damned #1
- Batman #55
- Return Of Wolverine #1
- Justice League #8
- Venom #6
- Mister Miracle #11
- Immortal Hulk #6
- Venom First Host #4
- Thor #5
- Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
Thanks to the following retailers:
- Rodman Comics, Ankeny, Iowa.
- Ssalefish Comics, Winston-Salem & Greensboro, North Carolina.
- Famous Faces & Funnies, West Melbourne, Florida.
- Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore of Marietta, Georgia
- Comix Experience Outpost, San Francisco, California.
- Comix Experience, San Francisco, California.
- Big Planet Comics, 4 stores in the Washington DC area.
- Fat Jack’s Comicrypt, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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!
- 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 and Doomsday Clock Spoilers follows.
Geoff Johns Talks Doomsday Clock #7 and Beyond?!
- 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.
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 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].
- 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…
In this episode we discuss;
The Comic Source Podcast
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.
In this episode we discuss;
The Comic Source Podcast
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
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.
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 and HBO’s Sesame Street Has Burt and Ernie Sexuality Controversy.
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:
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Hello everyone! I’m FLEA. And I’m pretty much Living the Fleabag Loca
You might remember me from…last week!
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?
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”.
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
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
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