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Since: 17.11.02

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.34
Just to start this off with a bang, Kevin Spacey has signed on to play LEX LUTHOR in the SUPERMAN movie... it should get the official announcement over the weekend.

BLACK PANTHER returns early next year with John Romita JR doing the art. Personally, I'll get the first issue but that'll be it for me after the way they fucked up Christopher Priest's excellent run on the last book.

The OTHER black, marvel super hero, The Falcon, who's the co-headliner of CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON will have the book retitled 'The Falcon' next year. Dan Jurgens comes on as the regular artist with issue #13. My fear is that it'll probably be canceled by summertime.

Mark Millar, who's done nothing really BAD yet that I can think of, will be the writer on the THOR relaunch next year. He's also got a ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA mini-series close to being set for next Christmas.

Does anyone else remember FIRST COMICS? They were the company that had JON SABLE from Mike Grell? Well, another great series from that company, GRIMJACK is getting a new mini-series. The original creators, John Ostrander and Timothy are back for the series.

Thanks to the recent video game release, MORTAL KOMBAT is making another jump to comics in march with a comic adaptation of MORTAL KOMBAT: DECEPTION.

The Marvel Age books just keep coming and coming, along with that new MARVEL AGE Incredible Hulk that appeared out of nowhere, there's MARVEL AGE: FANTASTIC FOUR TALES which is like MARVEL TEAM-UP but with the Fantastic Four and other Marvel characters. Black Panther, She-Hulk, and Dr Strange comprise the guests for issues #1, #2, and #3, respectively. These books sell so low, it's hard to believe they keep putting them out, however it seems they pay next to nothing to the artists and the stories (so far...) have been stuff that's already seen print and Marvel owns the rights too them.

More damn cancellations. DC's chopped Smallville with issue #12 and Marvel's Mystique is FINALLY getting the axe after the current storyline. EMMA FROST was NOT saved by the 'Marvel Age' branding AND ALPHA FLIGHT's gone in January. SHE-HULK is also canceled, but Marvel says it'll be rebooted next year with a new #1 and a new direction... the bastards! JUBILEE's gone as well, come February. BATMAN: GOTHAM CENTRAL is also canceled. Last, and sadly THE OUTSIDERS is about as close to cancellation as it gets.



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Since: 3.1.02
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.59
-Mark Millar penned the disastrous mini-series Trouble, which had Aunt May & Spider-Man's mom whoring around at summer camp.

CANCELLATIONS & SUCH:
-Cancelled: Warlock [Marvel; 17,000 sales for October's #3, next issue is last], Thor: Son of Asgard [Marvel; 18,000 sales for #9, done after #12 (was a miniseries, then declared an ongoing but the sales kept freefalling)], Silver Surfer [Marvel; 19,000 sales for October's last issue], Alpha Flight [Marvel; 22,000 sales for October's #8, final ish is #12], Mystique [Marvel; 24,000 sales for October's #20, #24 is final issue], She-Hulk [Marvel; 25,000 sales for October's #8, done with #12 but will be relaunched in 2005], Emma Frost [Marvel; 26,000 sales for October's #16, #18 is last issue], Kinetic [DC; 7,000 for #7, #9 is last issue], Hard Time [DC; 8,500 for #9, "on hiatus" after #12], Monolith [DC; 9,000 for #9, axed after #12], NYX [Marvel; 35,000 for #5, axed after #7], Mary Jane [Marvel; 15,000 for #4 in September], Runaways [Marvel; 18,600 for #18 in September, relaunched (as an ongoing) in February], Venom [Marvel; 24,700 for #18 in September], Weapon X [Marvel; 25,000 for #28 in September], H.E.R.O. [DC; 13,000 for #21, axed after #22], Touch [DC; 5,000 for #6 in September], Fraction [DC; 5,800 for #6 in September],

-Suddenly A Miniseries: Starjammers [Marvel; 12,000 sales for October's #5, now a 6-issue mini], Jubilee [Marvel; 22,000 sales for October's #2, now 6-issue mini], X-Force [Marvel; 46,500 for #3, now 6-issue mini]

-Suddenly Bimonthly: Plastic Man [DC; 11,000 for #11, missing from February solicits]

-Reformatting: Amazing Fantasy [26,000 sales for #5] will spin off into Arana: Heart of the Spider in January for some reason, and Amazing Fantasy will serve as a rotating spot for B or C-list characters to get revamped. Suuure. Captain America & The Falcon [28,000 sales for #8] gets new artist and direction, as Cap leaves and it's all Falcon, all the time! Seeing as this title is already hovering near the danger zone, removing the major draw is probably a bad thing to do. Smallville [12,000 for #11 in September] will now be occasional special comic instead of bimonthly.

OTHER STUFF:
-Bendis sez: the Ultimate FF continuity gaffes aren't gaffes, they'll be addressed [read: retconned]. Marvel has a new Daredevil team lined up for December 2005 (when Bendis & Alex Maleev leave the title), and assumedly a new FF team for March. The entire Magneto/Scarlet Witch/Avengers/X-Men debacle will be resolved (well, as much as Marvel stuff ever is) in House of M. Daredevil #75 (#455) will be double-sized. Ultimate Spider-Man is planned (and partially written) past #100. At least six storyarcs are planned for New Avengers, and House of M is already half-written.

(edited by Freeway420 on 25.11.04 1506)


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Since: 2.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41

I hate to see Gotham Central cancelled (maybe my favorite Big Two book), but if Lark is going to Marvel exclusive, I don't know who could replace him on the book.



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Since: 3.1.02
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.59
Here's some news!

The current ULTIMATE X-MEN creative team of Brian K. Vaughan and Stuart Immonen will be on the book from #54 until #65 next year, when Bryan Singer, Dan Harris & John Dougherty will take over as writers (with Vaughan scripting) and a mystery artist doing the pencils.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.34
True, Bryan Singer writing ULTIMATE X-Men will be pretty good, but by that time next year, we'll have Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly's SUPERMAN, Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee back on BATMAN, and Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver's WONDER WOMAN... who's gonna care about ULTIMATE X-MEN when you got such great teams working on DC's 'big three'? And I believe SUPERMAN and BATMAN and already guaranteed for two years of each.

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Aww man, I forgot all about TROUBLE. Boy was THAT book for shit. Almost as bad as WOLVERINE: THE END.



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Since: 29.3.03
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.05
This is a great time to be a comics fan; we are almost in the midst of a mini "Monday Night War" lately as both major companies step up to secure their top talent and actually put them on their major titles.

Marvel fired the first shot a few years ago with the Ultimate line and followed up on their main titles with recent controversial offerings such as "Avengers Disassembled." Regardless of what you may think of that storyline (I disliked it intensely), I give them credit for attempting to revitalize their core heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor with new #1s and new writers. It's not all about Wolverine and the X-titles.

DC, of course, countered with the awesome "Identity Crisis" and now "Green Lantern: Rebirth" while making their core heroes a bit darker and more "relate-able." The new creative teams on Superman and Batman mentioned by Cerebus make my head spin at the possibilities. Throw in Geoff Johns on Flash and a new ongoing GL series and goodness abounds at the Distinguished Competition.

The renewed competition even extends to the big two's secondary imprints like Vertigo (featuring Y: The Last Man), Wildstorm (Ex Machina) and Icon (Powers and perhaps Miracleman?). Add in some independent labels and I'm glad to be back into collecting after a ten year drought.

Now keep away from the speculative incentive covers and perhaps the potential boom can extend outside the core market and back into newsstands...



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Since: 13.7.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.55
Don't be crazy, Pizza Pasta!

(Sorry, I don't have any disagreements, I have simply always wanted to say that very sentence.)

Anyway... this is the first I've heard of Johns on Wonder Woman. That news makes me happy inside, as DC seems to trust Johns more than any other writer on staff to treat its iconic characters with respect and intelligence. I shall look forward to that book.

Now, if only they hadn't messed up the Legion. Again.



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Since: 3.1.02
From: Calgary

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.44
The real losers in the Comic Wars are the indies. Image is a shell of it's former self. Top Cow is barely afloat, CrossGen is GONE, and the big comics (Wildstorm's stuff and Powers) got split up by the Big Two. Now Marvel has the MAX line (Supreme Power, basically) and ICON (Powers, basically) and DC has Vertigo & Wildstorm.

Marvel looks to be ahead so far, since they end up selling more comics (and making more money), and most of that seems to be from making their big-name comics seem like a big deal. Examples? Bendis on Ultimate Spider-Man, (New) Avengers & Daredevil, Mark Millar on Ultimates, Marvel Knights Spider-Man & Wolverine, JMS on Amazing Spider-Man, Warren Ellis on Iron Man & Ultimate Fantastic Four, Mark Waid & Mike Wieringo on Fantastic Four, Ed Brubaker on Captain America and Brian K. Vaughan on Ultimate X-Men.

DC has done a good job at making their "event" mini-series seem like a big deal...but beyond Identity Crisis, Green Lantern Rebirth and the big ongoing Superman/Batman, they don't really go bonzo gonzo over stuff.



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Since: 7.1.02
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.34
    Originally posted by Freeway420
    The real losers in the Comic Wars are the indies. Image is a shell of it's former self.



I think that's because MacFarlene completely lost interest in keeping Image competitive and instead focused on his toy lines instead. With the money he has, he could've kept Image competitive.



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Since: 3.1.02
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.44
Top 10 Appearances on Sales Charts Since January 2003. At some point, they switched from orders to actual sales, but to maintain a large sample to make my point, I kept 'em. So, some numbers may be off by one or two.

DC:
14 - Batman
12 - Superman/Batman
7 - Superman
5 - Identity Crisis
2 - Avengers/JLA
1 - JLA
1 - Green Lantern: Rebirth
MARVEL:
30 - Ultimate Spider-Man
26 - Ultimate X-Men
26 - Uncanny X-Men
25 - New X-Men/X-Men
12 - Amazing Spider-Man
10 - Ultimate mini-series
9 - Ultimate Fantastic Four
8 - 1602
7 - Wolverine
5 - Ultimates
5 - Astonishing X-Men
3 - Secret War
3 - Avengers
3 - Wolverine The End
2 - JLA/Avengers
2 - X-Men The End: Book One
2 - Marvel Knights Spider-Man
2 - Venom
1 - Spectacular Spider-Man
1 - Incredible Hulk
OTHERS:
2 - Transformers Generation One Vol. 2: 2
1 - GI Joe/Transformers
1 - Transformers War Within: 1



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Since: 16.1.02
From: The Off-Center of the Universe (aka Philadelphia)

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.42
I was skeptical about the non-Priest Black Panther myself, but on his blog Priest says he knows Reginald Hudlin and is really enthusiastic about having him take over BP, so I'll give it a chance.

Hard Time and She-Hulk damn well better be coming back. HT is the best thing Steve Gerber's done since, oh, that Foolkiller limited series back in the '90s, and She-Hulk is my favorite Marvel series right now, bar none.

Criminy, they're giving Geoff Johns another series? I think the strain's already starting to show.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.03
    Originally posted by Freeway420
    DC has done a good job at making their "event" mini-series seem like a big deal...but beyond Identity Crisis, Green Lantern Rebirth and the big ongoing Superman/Batman, they don't really go bonzo gonzo over stuff.

I think DC could have saved us all ALOT of time and money if they had a 2-page crossover "event" inserted in all the core hero books. Call it "Cosmic Treadmill". Everyone meets up at Flash's place and they all jump back to 1982.

At least Batman's been allowed to keep his darker costume. Everyone else seems to be regressing to 1982. I keep expecting to see "All-Star Squadron" and "Warlord" on the racks.



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Since: 13.7.02
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.91
I forget where I read the post (might have very well been here at the W), but someone somewhere posted that the most amazing (or was it dysmal?) thing about the current state of DC, is that a reader could have put down his books in 1983 and walked away, come back in 2004, and they'd see the JSA running around, Hal as Green Lantern, the old costumes, Hawkman/Green Arrow, etc., and even the Flash wearing the same costume, and they'd have no idea that anything changed at all in their absence.



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