Marvel News & Views

THIS PAST WEEKEND

MY WEBCOMIC WAS AT PITTSBURGH

WERE YOU?

PROBABLY NOT, BUT SINCE IHL

ISN’T DONE BY MARVEL

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

So here we go again – it’s time for Marvel News & Views – the biggest baddest splendiferous daddy of the mack daddy (chi-chi-chang-chang) report on all the happenings and goings on in the big M. I’m your host James Hatton on our journey into the land of make-believe that we call Marvel.

I’m writing this very late in the game, so let’s get going.

JULY SOLICITS ARE IN!
(Retrieved from Newsarama)
That’s right – what’s coming out in July? Oh, I know… do you?

HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL
It’s a strange thing to mention here – but yes, Marvel is putting out a Halo graphic novel. It’s going to be similar, it seems, to the Matrix books that came out a few years ago with a lot of smaller stories by a lot of great creators. 128 Pages about people sitting and sniping and spawn scouting. Gods I hate Halo.

ULTIMATE X-MEN #72
Introducing an “all new” character in ‘The Magician’ – so who is he? Well the picture you can see to the right is very generic, although it does kind of seem like Guardian’s costume a bit. Then again, it could be Snowbird, so who knows. I can almost guarantee though that it’s someone we’ve seen in the standard 616.

BLACK PANTHER #18
So someone’s getting married. It ties into Civil War. It involves Bishop having conjunctivitis (see last week’s report). It’s been a meh since I heard about it last year, and it’s still a meh.

Meh.

CIVIL WAR
Spidey seems to be the focal point of Civil War this month. I can’t really comment past that as they are keeping the specifics of characters down.

New Warriors are in jail, well at least the one that’s not dead…

Avengers and Runaways meet. (YESSSS!)

X-Men are breaking apart at the seams. (Which will have NOTHING to do Civil War)

Luke Cage is face to face with his ‘brother’ — Iron Fist?

Cable is working behind the scenes.

Deadpool is going to fix it all.

Wolverine vs. Nitro (The Human Bomb) … ummm….. whatever.

Quicksilver goads on Rictor (Another ‘nothin to do…)

SPIDER-GIRL #100
Please keep reading as it seems there might be more to this issue than meets the eye when it comes to the ever-cancelled, forever-ending, Spider-Girl.

BEYOND #1
Ok – hear this roster out:
Spider-Man, Gravity, Venom, Henry Pym, The Wasp, Medusa, Kraven, Firebird and the Hood.

The Hood?
THE HOOD?!?!?

What an awesome throw in… between him and Gravity, this is fantastic.

ETERNALS #2
I have nothing to say about this book at all – I just wanted to show a John Romita cover with a Neil Gaiman book. That’s all

DAREDEVIL #87
Apparently in this issue we find out who is the fake Daredevil – and the REAL Daredevil is having more issues in jail. It’s Brubaker/Lark. I’m in.

FRANKLIN RICHARDS: SON OF A GENIUS
Support comics for kids!

RUNAWAYS #18
I know I mentioned it last week…. someone dies this issue… that’s bad.

If it’s Molly – I’m out.

EXILES #84
Okay – here’s the original text:
With the World Tour finally at an end, the Exiles are demanding a break. They take the time to visit their homes and get some much needed down time. However, there are worlds out there that still need their help. But if the Exiles aren’t willing to do the job…who will replace them?!

Okay – have we completely done away with the original premise? That they COULDN’T return to their world’s for various reasons. Now I know that Blink and Sabretooth’s AOA is ACTUALLY there – but doesn’t one of them have a world that got all blowed up?

I dunno, we’ll see whether this isn’t just a way for Claremont to be able to wedge in his world… blargh.

UNCANNY X-MEN #475 & #476
ED MUTHA’TRUCKIN BRUBAKER!

X-MEN #188 & #189
MIKE TRUCKIN’MOTHA CAREY! (Oh and Bachelo!)

BOOKS OF DOOM HARDCOVER
DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

Now onto something completely different….

BUY THINGS!
(Sold by Newsarama)

Let me quote a bit here:
Eagle-eyed readers already caught it – a distinctive, not quasi-almost/maybe that is normally used, Nike swoosh has been appearing in Marvel Comics. According to an article by Brian Steinberg in today’s Wall Street Journal, seeing a Nike swoosh in New X-Men is just the beginning of a new wave of product placement coming in Marvel and DC titles.

Now let me talk – let me rant – just aaaa little.

First off – is this going to decrease the amount of advertising in the book – no, probably not.

Next – is it going to decrease the cost of a book? Not at all. Prices never go down, and we haven’t seen a nice cheap title to raise up sales.

Finally – Do I really care? No.

Nobody complained when on billboards in the background of Ultimate Spider-Man you could see THETRUTH.COM brazenly shot around. It’s the nature to try and sell advertising where you can. I read the issue, and I didn’t notice this shirt with this Nike swoosh. It’ll come and it’ll go. Until Spidey is actively working on a MACINTOSH in STARBUCKS while MJ is playing a PSP and discussing her brand new SEGWAY…. it just doesn’t really matter.

MORE INTERVIEWS I WON’T READ
(Removed from Newsarama)

This interview is with Brian Vaughn about Runaways, and I don’t want one inch of it spoiled for me. The book is too good, and I enjoy it too much to want to have the ending spoiled.

I put my foot down damnit!

SETH AUCTIONS SOME ART!
(Going Going Going…… Newsarama)

Seth, who I had never heard about until this very article did the above piece for the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He is a cartoonist for little known publications such as New York Times, the Washington Post, the National Post, and the New Yorker.

It’s a great piece… I think I’ll buy it.

VARIANT-PA-LOOZA
(Different – not from Newsarama)

Yeah – so Wolvie’s getting a variant for ORIGINS #2 – it will be done 50/50 and it’s arted by Brian Hitch.

Am I jaded, or is Wolvie just doing NOTHING in his own titles these days?

On another note – has he ever really?

Also Silver Surfer is getting the Marvel Zombie #5 reissue treatment. It doesn’t matter that the guy who does those covers charges $20 for an autograph on a badly printed poster, and the rest of his art is overly expensive, and really not that expressive …. I =LOVE= these covers.

SPIDER-GIRL #100 – THE END?
(Shared with Newsarama)

It seems that Spider-Girl is really done. Although it seems that there are already talks about keeping the concept alive.

It’s honesly in Marvel’s best interest to keep the book going. It is one of those books that people keep clamoring back to, and even though the ratings wax and wane on it, it’s doing fantastic in Digest format. Why stop it even though the digests now have 100 issues to work with? Why not go for 200?

THE END.

Now I know I’m just suddenly ending the column, but like I said, and for the same reason that the Monday Night Rabble was cancelled for this past week – I’m exausted.

So until next week – make me your Marvel.

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