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1. Wondercon ’14: 20th Century Fox Presentation

Maze RunnerFox pictures have a number of exciting movies coming out this year, spanning a number of different audiences.

Guest moderator Ralph Garman introduced the first movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Director Dean DeBlois and surprisingly Jay Baruchel (voice of Hiccup) took to the stage. After showing a completed first five minutes of the movie (which looked fantastic by the way) DeBlois elaborated that this second film of what is to be a trilogy takes place five years after the first movie, showing how our characters and the village have both grown and learned to make living with dragons part of their daily lives. “We also see that Stoick (Hiccup’s father) has changed from seeing his son as an embarrassment, to becoming an overly proud dad that has high hopes for his son. Hiccup can’t deal with these aspirations.” And we’ll be introduced to a new villain, Drago Bludvist, and how he plans to put a permanent wedge between the humans and dragons. How to Train your Dragon is coming to theatres June 13th.

Following next, Ralph Garman introduced the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to the stage. Director Matt Reeves, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, and Andy Serkis. “This movie follows years after the virus is released from the first movie and humans are extinct, or that they are thought to be,” says Matt. “We see that Caesar now is the leader of his tribe, and he has a family; a wife, one teenage son and a new baby.”

As it later introduced into the film that humans are still alive, it creates a conflict between the two species and inside Caesar himself. “Caesar is an ape, but he also had a human dad,” explained the director. “And he knows how it is to lose someone you love, so he’s empathetic to the survivors. He has to walk a fine line between his feelings and keeping his tribe together. And we see how there was a possibility that two could have lived together, but of course we all know what happens. That’s not a surprise.”

After watching the short movie clip they show us and listening to the discussion of the internal struggles on both the important parties of the movie, it’s difficult to decide who you want to root for. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be seeing theatres this July 11th.
Based off the widely popular young adult book by the same name, Maze Runner is what I see as a futuristic Lord of the Flies. This movie adapted by James Dashner’s book has all the makings of the next Hunger Games, by which I mean futuristic technology set in a forest setting, and the murder of teenagers. The movie does have some exciting action shots for those who like to run and fight, thrown in with a lot of CGI.

Presenting the movie were the director Wes Ball, author James Dashner, actor Will Poulter, and actor Dylan O’Brien (made famous by the series Teen Wolf). The author confessed that for his book a number of influences were the book Ender’s Game, the book Lord of the Flies, the show Lost, and his fear of mazes. “Remember in the Shining with the maze scene? Mazes creep me out. If you’ve ever been in a corn maze then you know.” The anticipated Maze Runner will be out September 19th of this year.

Moderator Ralph Garman introduced a last minute addition into the screening lineup. Coming out this fall is a spy movie called Secret Service. Its notable actors are Colin Firth (famous for many things including his portrayal of Mister Darcy in a BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice) and Samuel L. Jackson who will be playing the villain in this movie. Its setting is somewhere in the U.K., and the premise is that it deals with an organization that is funded by private investors as to not be hampered by politics and bureaucracy. The action sequences appear to be a faster paced Avengers, and technology stolen by Spykids. Still a work in progress.

And finally, what the Arena seemed to be waiting the most for, Ralph Garman introduced X-Men: Days of Future Past. The extended trailer and snippet of the movie looked beautiful and action packed. Unfortunately as a last minute change up, director Bryan Singer didn’t show (for reasons I’m sure we all know), but in his stead we had writer Simon Kinberg. He elaborated on things in the movie spanning from the politics in the 70’s, art styles of the bleak future and bright past, and as well as the convoluted concept of time travel. “Even though in the original comic that the movie is based off of they had Kitty go back in time, we decided that Wolverine worked better. James Cameron really helped us with the idea of time travel and how it scientifically would work, so you’ll see a lot of that in the film.”

In part of his final words, Simon Kinberg also added that he hopes this movie will make up for the failures of the 3rd X-Men movie, which was based off of the Dark Phoenix comic arc. X-Men: Days of Future Past will be out May 23rd; Not soon enough.

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2. WonderCon ’14: Warner Bros. Presentation

Into the Storm(Some minor spoiler ahead)

Located in the Arena of this year’s Anaheim Wondercon, Warner Bros. treated us to a sneak peak of three upcoming movies that will be hitting the big screen in the next few months. On June 6th, the 70th anniversary of “D-Day,” Edge of Tomorrow will hit theatres nationwide. Starring Tom Cruise and Bill Paxton, this futuristic world on the edge of ruin has Tom Cruise’s character waking up in handcuffs on what appears to be an army training base. He is then approached by Bill Paxton’s character, an army official. It is explained that Tom Cruises character was charged with impersonating an army officer, and is told he is going to have to join the fray for his punishment. As a surprise guest, Bill Paxton himself emerges on stage of the Anaheim Convention Center’s Arena to outcries of cheers. “My character decides that [Tom Cruise] will be reborn again through battle,” says a grinning Paxton. “It’s his nuts and his life on the line.”

Through the trailer, we are led to believe that Earth has come under an attack from a mechanical alien threat, and that this army base is one of the units brought together to fight them back. “I head a unit called J unit, a rag tag collection of men and women,” says Paxton. Along with some heavy duty weapons, J unit comes complete with exoskeleton like armor suits that the characters run around in for what I imagine is for increased strength. “I had just arrived on set, my first day, and Tom was running around in a prototype of the suit. He yells at me, ‘Hey Bill! Have you been working out? Cause these things are heavy.’” Paxton said that the suits needed to be aided by chains because of how heavy they were for the actors. “It was Brutal.”

But what is the ringer for this movie is that Tom Cruise’s character dies in this movie. A lot. Every time he does, he wakes back up in the past, finding himself again in handcuffs. This Groundhog’s Dayish loop adds an interesting twist to this Sci-Fi flick.

Next up for Warner Bros. they have Into the Storm. Directed by Steven Quale, this New Line Cinema collaboration puts the audience in the middle of a fictitious small town as it is relentlessly hit by what seems like wave after wave of tornados. The film style switches between the use of traditional filming and handheld cameras, creating a more authentic like experience. Some of the actors which were present here at Wondercon were Max Deacon, Jeremy Sumpter, Arlen Escarpeta, and (brace yourselves) Richard Armitage. Yes, Thorin Oakenshield of The Hobbit movies.

After the crowd recovered from their near fainting spells, the director and cast discussed how it was to be on set. “We were in the middle of one hundred-a-mile fans, not to mention strewn debris and falling water,” says Richard. “The water was freezing,” added fellow cast member Max Deacon. Into the Storm will be out this August 8th.

And lastly for this presentation Warner Bros. showed what is undoubtedly one of this year’s most anticipated movies. Ever since the teaser at last year’s San Diego Comic-con, fans of Godzilla have been waiting patiently for its release. As it was announced to the audience, the name elicited cheers from everybody, including this reporter. Director Gareth Edwards was also greeted by equal praise. After showing us about five minutes from the movie where Godzilla meets with an almost equally tall but winged creature, Gareth talked about the overall experience of working on the film.

“I thought that out of everything, designing Godzilla was going to be the easiest part. Cause everyone has an idea of what Godzilla looks like. But it actually was the hardest part, because everyone has an idea of what Godzilla looks like. It took almost a year for his design.” Gareth had the idea to do the designing from silhouette. “Silhouettes are all easily recognizable for what they are supposed to be. I thought we should start with that. We started with a Rubik’s Cube like shape, black on white background. We prodded and pulled each piece, rotating as we went, till we felt we got it.”

Though all three movies do look quite promising, by sheer gauging of the crowd’s reaction I would have to say Godzilla is the most anticipated. The Warner Bros. and Legendary collaboration will be out May 16th of this year. I have faith that director Gareth Edwards with his love of monsters will do it justice, and wash from our collective mouths the bad taste left by its predecessor.

~Nicholas Eskey

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3. Asbury Park Comicon 2014: My Highlights

AsburyParkCCJust some quick thoughts on last weekend’s Asbury Park Comicon…

  • The train takes two hours from New York.  If you are exhibiting, that means getting up before the sun.  I left after work, and checked in on Friday night.  Slept in, moseyed down stairs.
  • The hotel was engaged in a dispute with the restaurant manager.  So no bar or restaurant, not even a simple breakfast.  I had some snacks, and there were food trucks for lunch.  Otherwise, nothing nearby on the shore in the early morning.
  • Two levels at the hotel, but the rooms interconnect.  It was easy to move around… the crowds were not challenging, but it seemed lively.  I think the panels and food pulled people away from the booths.
  • I spent almost the entire convention chatting with exhibitors.  I did some shopping on Sunday, but all of Saturday was spent with artists.
  • J. H. Williams III is a very nice guy!  He had original art from Batwoman, way outside my price range, but fully inked!  No color needed!  Or text.  IDW or DC needs to do an artist edition off the boards.  Creator-owned work to come, but no news.
  • I bought two pages from Tim Truman, who is making his own comics as well as illustrating the Grateful Dead archive CDs.  I bought the pages for two reasons: the art is stunning, the thumbnails on the back.  A Justice League page had rough crayon sketches (in reverse).  For a more recent Hawken page, Truman took a thumbnail, then used a 3-D pose program to create each panel’s staging.  That was printed on the back of the page, then lightboxed for fully rendered inks.
  • Serendipity smiled… while chatting with R. Sikoryak and Kriota Willberg, I was privileged to peruse preliminary pages from an upcoming Kickstarter Windsor McKay project!  Keep an eye out!  It’s gonna be amazing!
  • I had lots of fun brainstorming with people!  Some ideas I gave freely to the creators, others I might develop myself!
  • Comics?  Oh yeah!
    • Jinx, Volume 2: Little Miss Steps (While Archie Comics does a great job with The Gang, this series is woefully ignored.  J. Torres!  Rick Burchett!  Terry Austin!  John Workman!
    • Astro City: Shining Stars (a duplicate, but on sale, and I’ll probably gift it onward)
    • The “Nam, Volume 3  (Hey, Marvel! When do you plan to reprint this series?)
    • The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time, #21-18 (A “Best Of” series, from 2001, reprinting:  Avengers #1, Uncanny X-Men #350, Amazing Spider-Man #122, Captain America #109, )
    • Imagination Rocket: Sicence and Social Studies Volume (a comics textbook with some great creators!)
    • Band SAMSUNGErin Humiston, with his self portrait, and that of the author, Christine Humiston.
    • Dennis the Menace: Dennis and the Bible Kids: Moses (Published by Word Books, Dennis is taught about a biblical hero.  Drawn by Hank Ketcham, the pages alternate between Dennis and biblical full page illos.  The color registration is off, which is very noticeable in the “real” illustrations.)
    • Uncanny X-Men #401 (The “‘Nuff Said” issue.  Co-starring President Clinton!)
    • Wimmen’s Comix (#14) Presents Disastrous Relationships (1989!  What a list of creators!)
    • 1974 Comic Art Convention program book.  (Forty years ago!  Where are they now?)
    • San Diego Comic-Con Comics #3 (1994.  Dark Horse.)
    • Classics Illustrated #9: Tom Sawyer (adapted by Mike Ploog)
    • The Comic Reader #159 (August 197  “DC Axes 23 Titles!”)
    • God Nose: Snot Reel (Jaxon, 1971)
    • 9th Art Ink, by Jude Killory
    • Kid Blastoff #1 and Biff-Bam-Pow! #1 (Good clean wholesome fun from the House of Fun!)
    • Schmuck Comix #1
    • Invisible People S&N hardcover  (Only $35!)
    • Consumer Comix (A PSA comic funded by the government, produced by Kitchen Sink, detailing all sorts of frauds and cons.)
    • Abortion Eve (A 1973 comic explaining the new law.  Straightforward, without the baggage of forty years of arguments.)
    • Visiting NASA #1 (a mini-comic by Alison Wilgus, who has an upcoming book with First Second!)
    • boobage, by Monica Gallagher (good stuff!)
    • Kurtzman Komix (intro by R. Cummb!  Lots of early Kurtzman one-pagers._
    • Dirty Diamonds: Break-UpsSAMSUNG (Carey Pietsch, Kelly Phillips, Claire Folkman!  Next issue is about how they got into comics!)
  • Best cosplay?  Hunter S. Thompson

A great show… a mixture of MoCCA Fest, a hotel dealers show, and a comic-con.  Definitely attending the New York Comic Fest in Westchester June 14th!

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4. Son of Batman: Freak’n Awesome Movie

Son of Batman(Spoilers ahead: So if you wanted to watch the movie first, then I suggest you turn off the computer or mobile device, sit in the corner, and wait like a good boy or girl.)

This year DC Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 75th birthday. “Nice pecs for an old dude,” you might be saying to yourself. Or is that just me? Anyway, aside from this momentous occasion, there are a few things in the works for our favorite caped crusader coming out this year. In October we’ll be seeing a third and final video game for the Batman Arkham franchise (fourth if you count Batman Arkham Origins, which was not done by Rocksteady Studios), and this month we’ll be seeing the release of the animated film Son of Batman. However, this reporter got to see the early screening here at beautiful Wondercon.

Assembled for the exclusive showing of Son of Batman at the Anaheim Wondercon were DC producer James Tucker, director Ethan Spaulding, character designer Phil Bourassa, dialogue director Andrea Romano, Jason O’Mara (his second time voicing the iconic Batman/Bruce Wayne), Stuart Allan (voice of Damian Wayne), Xander Berkeley (voice of Dr. Kirk Langstrom), Sean Maher (voice of Nightwing), and guest moderated by Rich Sands.

For those who aren’t familiar, Son of Batman is a loose adaption of the 2006 comic story arc written by Grant Morrison, which has come to be known as Batman and Son. In this, we discover that Batman had a drugged up tryst with the curvaceous and deadly Talia al Ghul, which leads to the the Dark Knight never knew he had. Being raised by Talia and his grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul, Damian has been trained all his life in the League of Assassins to later become it’s heir. After an attack on the compound which leaves the league in ruins, and leaves Ra’s beyond the help of a Lazarus pit, Talia sends her son to live with the father he’s never met.

The movie’s animation first made me feel like I was watching an episode of Avatar: The Legend of Korra, which would make sense because the director, Ethan Spaulding, worked on its precursor, Avatar: The Last Air Bender. After two minutes in however, when the bodies start hitting the floor, I realized it wasn’t going to be a light hearted cartoon. The movie’s dialogue was comedic at times, but in a good way. It was the action however that kept me going. The fight scenes and violence left nothing to be desired, intense and fully fleshed. And any time you can work in “bat-men” and “bat-guerrillas” into an animated movie, what else do you need?

I think DC Entertainment hit it out of the park with this straight to home animated movie. Batman fan’s who either are or are not familiar with the Grant Morrison comic can appreciate the story and action that went into this feature. Son of Batman will be available for digital download on April 22nd, and available on DVD and Bluray May 6th.

~Nicholas Eskey

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5. Frozen: The Unsung Heroes of the Story

 

Frozen Story TeamIf you’re a warm blooded human and have been out in public, then you’ve most likely heard that wildly popular and award winning song from the movie Frozen. Yeah, you know the one I’m talking about. The one that has gotten so far wedged into your head that brain trauma is the only remedy. Well don’t worry. This article isn’t about that song.

No one can deny that Frozen hasn’t been a homerun for Walt Disney Animation. It has won the first Oscar award for an animated movie for the 91 year old Disney Animation Studios, and reports are claiming that it’s the highest grossing animated picture for the company, ever! A lot of time, planning and work went into this sweep of a film. But aside from the producers, the voice actors, and the animators, there are those that worked well behind the scenes who made the movie the hit it has become: The story artists.
This year at Wondercon Anaheim we were joined by four story artists who worked on Frozen: Jeff Rango, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Nicole Mitchell, and Normand Lemay. Each of them shared what they felt what the term “story” meant for them. Jeff Rango, whose first work with Disney after his three years at Cal Arts was designing the Titans for a little animated film named Hercules, shared that for him, “Story is the architecture of a movie. And [that] the story artist is the architect.”

Jeff is also the man who worked on making the scenes match up well with the movie’s music. “The songs are pretty much done before we start [working] with the scenes. I listen to the songs and try to design the scenes around them.” Jeff worked closely with the music and lyrics composers, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, during much of the process. Since the pair lives on the East coast however, Jeff had to do it all over the web. And because he really didn’t live near the animation offices, he had to get there early to make up for the three hour time difference. But he made it work. “Since my drive was an hour and a half both ways, it let me listen to the music probably over a thousand times. It allowed me to get a feel for it.”

Fawn Veerasunthorn, Thailand born and having worked with Disney since 2011, shared that she felt the story process was broken up into two parts. The first of which is more or less pitching ideas, communicating and elaborating with others verbally, and also a little bit of “worrying” too. The ideas that make it through then are then put to a storyboard and sketched out. “With the scene that included Elsa and Anna after the coronation, we originally had it that Hans wasn’t going to be there. But as we sketched it out, we felt that Anna was just talking about her invisible boyfriend. There wasn’t enough Hans.” With the sketches, the story team was also able to focus on some repeating symbolisms. Over and over in the movie we see the gloves (protection/security) and doors (fear/hiding). They were able to decide where these symbols were most effective for each particular scene.

Before any of the scenes are animated, the general ideas have to be discussed and finalized. To get a better idea of what would work for the animation, the artists create what are called “screenings.” They’re basically the proposed scenes drawn out in pencil and animated like a slow flip book. Potential dialogue is also given to each of these hand drawn scenes. “Screenings help put into perspective what will and will not work for the story,” says Normand Lemay. Normand, the Canadian born story artist, has worked for Disney Animation for four years, with Frozen being his first credited work.

What about the snowman do you ask? Where did he come from? Well, you have Jeff Rango to really thank for that. Seen as the more comedic one of the team, he helped to design and name that silly but brainless pile of snow called “Olaf.” “I’ve lived in San Diego, and in [Ocean Beach] there use to be ‘Big Olaf’s Ice Cream.’ I pushed for that guy to be named Olaf.” Jeff also helped much with Olaf’s comedic singing scene, which personally was my favorite singing scene. Guilty pleasure you can call it. But that cute and funny snowman almost ended up on the cutting room floor if it weren’t for one scene that helped solidify his importance. “We decided that it should be Olaf who helped Anna realize that Kristoff might be her real true love and answer,” says Nicole Mitchell. She’s worked with Disney Animation for the last six years, first entering through the trainee program. “That she was loved. It helped Olaf to become a [real] piece of the movie.”

There’s a lot of work that goes into an animated feature. A lot of it is what you see in the final product on the big screen. But like any house, it should be build on a strong foundation. Next time you sit down in a theatre, or flip on your favorite animated movie, don’t forget to thank those who helped form the supporting beams that hold the entire thing up, and allowed it to become something great.

~Nicholas Eskey

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6. The Best Flash Gordon Comic In Quite Some Time

Flash01-Cov-HardmanFlash Gordon has been around for quite awhile.  You’ve got the newspaper strip going back to the 1930s.  Switching over to non-reprint comics, King and Gold Key comics periodically popped up from the 1960s through early 80s.  DC’s reboot by Dan Jurgens in the late 80s.  Marvel did a couple issues in the 90s.  Ardden Entertainment in ’08.  Dynamite in ’11.  Everybody has their favorites from those runs.  I’ve been partial to the Al Williamson material and have a serious soft spot for the Dan Jurgens version.  All that said, Dynamite recently relaunched the franchise with a clever re-imagination and it’s jumping up the list quickly.

The King’s Watch mini-series was the relaunch vehicle for Dynamite’s treatments of the classic King Features Syndicate comic strip heroes: Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom.  That series, also written by Flash Gordon writer Jeff Parker, establishes the status quo of Mongo invading Earth through portals that might be magic or might be an unknown science.  At the end of the series, Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Hans Zarkoff find themselves trapped on Mongo after shutting down the portals by which Ming can access Earth.  That’s where Flash Gordon #1 begins.

The comic book Flash Gordon, as well as the movies and Filmation cartoon have all been centered around Mongo.  Flash Gordon visiting another planet and liberating it from the evil emperor is a classic story, but Mongo was never a constant in the original comic strip the way it tends to be in the comics.  For long stretches of the strip, Ming may not appear and Flash Gordon can be more of a space opera.  Whenever a comic launches, Mongo is always the first story, though.  It creates a bit of a burden as the creators have to tell the classic story in their own way and try to measure up with what’s gone before.

The major tweak here is the portals.  Instead of being kidnapped to Mongo by Dr. Zarkoff (i.e., the only person who really understood the threat) in a rocketship that may or may not be able to get them home, Flash and company are there in a form of sacrifice.  They’ve got the mysterious crystal that let’s Ming access the Earth and they’re on the run.  There are also more portals.  Instead of having the various kingdoms of Mongo, the kingdoms are different worlds accessed by the portals.  Ming controls Mongo and then subjugates the other worlds.  Issue one finds Flash and company spending time in Arboria, now a forest world, not just a forest kingdom.  It opens up the scope a bit.

The characters are slightly tweaked.  Instead of a professional polo player or ex-NBA player, Flash is now a daredevil trust fund baby.  Younger, brasher, but a good excuse for him to have a background in stunt flying, extreme sports and the like — he’s just been a professional adrenaline junkie who ‘s hobbies have trained him well for the situation he’s fallen into.

Dale Arden is the least changed.  Still a reporter, but much more assertive than in the original

Dr. Zarkoff is now a hard drinking scientist, perhaps not quite as crazy as in some versions, but definitely cranky.

The thing that sets this comic apart from other versions is the sense of fun.  This is high adventure on strange new worlds, but it doesn’t take itself overly seriously past that they’re trying to prevent an invasion of Earth.  Evan Shaner is further away from the Raymond/Williamson school of art than many who have worked on Flash Gordon.  He’s using a looser style, closer to something you’d see in a French science fiction graphic album.  More of the Roy Crane/Milt Canniff school than Raymond school, if you want to go back to the original 1930s sources.

This comic wins on flow and tone.  There’s a decent amount of characterization, too, but Flash Gordon immediately jumps on the fun train and you’re along for the ride.  A great change of pace comic.  Dynamite’s been doing a lot with the classic pulp characters and in many (good) ways, this is the inverse of something like The Shadow or The Spider.

To be quite honest with you, although the next thing Jeff Parker should be doing be the sequel to his Interman graphic novel (the sooner you crank that out, the sooner I stop nagging you Jeff), I would welcome Jeff Parker’s Mandrake and Phantom.

Highly recommended for anybody looking for a fun romp with aliens and monster.  If you want gritty and dark, this might not be for you (but gritty and dark isn’t exactly hard to find these days).

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7. Holiday reading: Great basic webcomics list

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Io9′s Lauren Davis has compiled this list of 51 Awesome Webcomics The Eisners Have Completely Failed To Recognizethat really functions as a basic list of Webcomics 101 (Although there are certainly omissions.) Still if you wanted to catch up the list is a great start.

Also, what webcomics do YOU read? WE do they every few years — sound off in the comments! and have a great holiday weekend.
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8. Preview: Lane MIlburn’s wacky space opera Twelve Gems

This is from Xeric winner Lane Milburn, part of Baltimore’s Closed Caption Comics collective. It’s been in the works for a few years and fits nicely into the whole “wacky action genre” I’ve been seeing more and more of. The book come out in July.

 

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9. Reminder: There was *almost* a JLA movie starring Armie Hammer, D.J. Cotrona and Megan Gale

This photo of the cast of GEorge Miller’s aborted JLA movie shows how close we came to having a very very young JLA movie. Australian tax credit woes and the Writer Strike of ’07-08 scuttled this.

Was it for the best?

Andrew Wheeler has more.

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10. Webcomic: alert: What goes on at a cartoon focus group

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Giancarlo Volpe, showrunner of Green Lantern the Animated Series has drawn a comic about a focus group test of the cartoon. It’s an interesting behind the scenes of how the testers said the kids wanted the opposite of what Volpe thought would work for the show. Luckily Bruce Timm comes to the rescue.

Focus groups can be pretty brutal. If you know what you’re doing, they can be a hindrance, but if you don’t…sometimes a truth is revealed. Unfortunately a lot of kids entertainment is heavily focus grouped and you can usually tell the ones that are because they are bland as hell.

Cartoon Brew has more tales of focus groups gone wrong.

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11. WonderCon Preview, Exclusives and In-Booth signing schedules

It’s WonderCon this weekend in Anaheim! NOw in it’s third year down in the OC, the venerable and much-loved show seems to have settled into its Anaheim setting very well after its San Frano home had the rug pulled out from under it. And here’s the most exciting thing about WonderCon — You can still buy tickets for it! Now true, only today, Friday, and Sunday are available and you CANNOT BUY TICKETS ON-site, you must order them online, but this is as close to spontaneous as we’re likely to get with one of these big pop culture extravaganzas. Although there will be a ton of media stuff going on (WonderCon is kind of a Spring dress rehearsal for Hall H) there are a ton of fantastic comics guests: Jim Lee, Gail Simone, Sara Ryan, Cliff Chiang, Steve Leiber and many more. And Artists Alley too!

Here, gleaned from the past week of PR, is a guide to some of who’s signing where, and other special events of note:

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The latest DC Universe cartoon movie Son of Batman gets its world premiere. Teen Titans go! will be screened and voice cast members of both these will sign at the booth. The Teen Titans Go! signing will take place on Friday at 1:30pm and signings for Son of Batman will take place on Friday at 3:30pm.

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Exclusives, $5 each and limited to five per person.

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All-new variant cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with an exclusive Season Ten first-issue cover by Tomb Raider art director Brian Horton! Limited to 1,000 copies.
 
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Variant for Angel & Faith Season Ten #1, by Buffy cover artist Steve Morris! Again, with only 1,000 copies produced

 These two special WonderCon exclusives will retail for $5 and are limited to five per person.
 
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Stan Sakai has done a special cover for the upcoming The Witcher, a canonical tie-in series in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.
 
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Art Baltazar and Franco bring you the characters that sprung from Mike Mignola’s imagination, with an AW YEAH twist, in Itty Bitty Hellboy! A limited-edition hardcover is available at WonderCon for $20, while supplies last
 
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The Last of Us: American Dreams, from Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, collects the comics that are the official lead-in to the game. This limited-edition hardcover will first be available at PAX East this weekend, and then in very limited quantities at WonderCon for $24.99.

SIGNING SCHEDULE
Friday, April 18
1:00 p.m. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Gene Yang
3:00 p.m. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Dan Parsons
 
Saturday, April 19 
11:00 a.m. Bad Houses: Sara Ryan
12:00 p.m. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Gene Yang
3:00 p.m. Tomb Raider: Gail Simone
4:00 p.m. Never Ending: D. J. Kirkbride, Robert Love
5:00 p.m. The Fifth Beatle: Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson
 
Sunday, April 20
11:30 a.m. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10: Christos Gage
1:00 p.m. The Star Wars: Mike Mayhew
3:00 p.m. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind: Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty*
 
*Ticketed event. A set number of tickets will be distributed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings by drawing.
 

CARTOON NETWORK

SIGNINGS
FRIDAY, APRIL 18
 
• 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                        
            Cartoon Network Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, 
            Clarence Creator Signing
            Location: WCA Signing Area in Hall B

• 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                
             Regular Show Signing
             Location: WCA Signing Area in Hall B

SATURDAY, APRIL 19
 
• 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
           Adventure Time Signing
            Location: WCA Signing Area in Hall B
 
VALIANT

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Guests include James Asmus (writer – Quantum and Woody, The Delinquents), David Baron (colorist – Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman: End Times), Joshua Dysart (writer – Harbinger,Armor Hunters: Harbinger), and Robert Venditti (writer – Armor Hunters, X-O Manowar), stop byBooth #210/212 inside the Anaheim Convention Center for a weekend packed with special signings, free giveaways, and con-exclusive products you won’t find anywhere else – including the all-newHarbinger #22 “Death of a Renegade” WonderCon Exclusive Variant by red-hot artist Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers, Comeback) Limited to 500 copies

SIGNING SCHEDULE BOOTH #210/212

Friday, April 18th:
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Robert Venditti, David Baron

Saturday, April 19th:
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Joshua Dysart
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Robert Venditti
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: James Asmus
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: David Baron

Sunday, April 20th:
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Robert Venditti
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: James Asmus
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: David Baron

LION FORGE
The digital publisher is brining Chavo Guerrero and Quinton “Rampage: Jackson to their booth…OK THEN. Cosplayer Yaya Han and Saved by the Bell’s Dennis Haskins also appear.

Fans can visit the star studded Lion Forge booth as the special guests will be taking pictures, signing autographs and discussing their current and upcoming creative projects outside of fighting, acting and cosplay.

Signings
Friday, April 18
o   Miami Vice writer Jonathan London and artist Carl Reed will be signing Miami Vice posters at the Lion Forge booth #801 starting at 1:00 p.m.
o   Yaya Han will be signing autographs at the Lion Forge booth #801 between 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
·         Saturday, April 19
o   Chavo Guererro, Dennis Haskins as well as Marvel, DC and Dark Horse comic book writer Joe Casey will be moderating the Lion Forge comic panel in room 210A between 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
o   Chavo Guerrero will be signing autographs at the Lion Forge booth #801 between 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
o   Dennis Haskins will be signing autographs at the Lion Forge booth #801 between 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
o   Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be signing autographs at the Lion Forge booth #801 between 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
·         Sunday, April 20
o   Yaya Han will be signing autographs at the Lion Forge booth #801 throughout the day.

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BOOM! STUDIOS

• Dawn of the Planet of the Apes cast members Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight) and Keri Russell (The Americans, Felicity), along with film director Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Felicity), will make an exclusive signing appearance at the BOOM! Studios booth Saturday, April 19 from 2:30-3:00. Limited-edition WonderCon exclusive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prints illustrated by Garry Brown (The Massive, Sons of Anarchy) will be available for purchase for $20.
The signing will be ticketed and a print purchase is required for the signing.

And some Exclusive covers

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BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 ANNUAL #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Sam Lavagnino

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HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Mike Kunkel

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LUMBERJANES #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Jess Fink

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TRANSLUCID #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Dan Duncan
 
Other signings:

• Eric M. Esquivel (LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL, BRAVEST WARRIORS, FREELANCERS)
• Megan Hutchison (AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP)
• Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
• Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)
• Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES, ADVENTURE TIME)

SIGNINGS

FRIDAY, April 18
2-3 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)
5-6 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.

SATURDAY, April 19
1-2 p.m. Steven Grant (2 GUNS, 3 GUNS, ROBOCOP, DECEIVERS)
3-4 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.
5-6 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)

SUNDAY, April 20
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)
1-2 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE, BEE AND PUPPYCAT)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:
• Hannah Nance Partlow (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
• Kassandra Heller (ADVENTURE TIME)

For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank ADVENTURE TIME Get-A-Sketch covers.

Fox Home Entertainment – How to Train Your Dragon etc

Hall C, Booth #1468

SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 18th
11:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
12:00 noon: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on-site to create Dragons tattoos
7:00 p.m.: Booth closes

Saturday, April 19th
9:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on-site to create Dragons tattoos
12:45 p.m. (tentative): Fox panel presentation begins at the Arena
2:00 p.m.: Jay Baruchel and Dean DeBlois arrive at booth #1468 for fan signing
2:30 p.m.: Fan signing ends
3:00 p.m.: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
7:00 p.m.: Booth closes

Sunday, April 20th
10:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on site to create Dragons tattoos
1:00 p.m.: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
5:00 p.m.: Booth closes

NERDIST INDUSTRIES

Signings:
 
Friday 2:00 (Booth #1410)
Signings – Sex Nerd Sandra
 
Friday 2:30 (Booth #1410)
Signings – Jessica Chobot, host of Nerdist News Live
 
Sunday 1:15 (Booth #1410)
Signings – Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, from the Thrilling Adventure Hour
 
Sunday 2:00-3:00 (Booth #1410)
Signings – Chris Hardwick
 
GOLDEN APPLES ANNOUNCES NEW VENTURE

Golden Apple, L.A.’s Comic Shop to the Stars, will announce a new graphic novel self-publishing partnership with leading publishing services provider, AuthorHouse Friday afternoon at WonderCon Anaheim.
 
WHEN: Friday, April 18 at 2 p.m. PDT
 
WHERE: WonderCon Anaheim, Golden Apple Booth – booth 202
 
WHO: Ryan Liebowitz, Golden Apple Comics general manager
Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of marketing, Author Solutions/AuthorHouse
 
WHAT: Liebowitz and Ogorek will be available to discuss the opportunities created by this partnership for authors and readers of the fast-growing graphic novel genre.

The new offering will make it possible for graphic novelists to self-publish their works in print and digital forms and make them available for sales through Golden Apple Comics and through popular online book and eBook retailers.

Zenescope

WonderCon limited edition exclusive:

Quest #5 Cover D by Martin Abel, limited to 350 copies. All fans that purchase the issue will also have a chance to win a limited edition art print. Head to booth #705 for details.

The company will also have Zenescope booth models dressed in character giving away free comics and taking pictures with fans all weekend long.

ETCETERA:
Finally, here is the team up you never thought you would see: Rampage Jackson, John Morrison and Chavo Guerrero Jr., Richard Hatch and The Winner Twins. They are all appearing on a panel together to discuss “how to break in to Hollywood, unveil a new technology they’ve all begun to use to get close and personal with their fans, and announce a top secret project they are all working on together at the end of the panel. Chavo promises. “Our fans are going to see a side of us they’ve never seen before.”

AND, X-Men Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer will not be appearing in the wake of his sex scandal.

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12. Edmondson and Laming are doing Splinter Cell Echoes for Dynamite

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It’s con season, and as usual Dynamite is doing one of it’s non con announcement sprees. So we’ll keep posting ‘em as they come in. This time it’s Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Echoes, a new comic based on the wildly successful video game series, done in conjunction with Ubisoft. Nathan Edmondson and Marc Laming are the creative team. based on Edmondson’s caper tales like Who is Jake Ellis? and The Activity he seems like a good man for the job.

Splinter Cell Echoes takes place between the events of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction® and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist™. The comic book series bridges the gap between the two games with a realistic, original story that sets the tone for the opening events in Splinter Cell Blacklist.

Sam Fisher, once a Splinter Cell–a clandestine elite operative operating in the shadows of the NSA–is now retired. His enemies, however, are not. Haunted by dreams and memories of his past, he struggles to put his life back together. But when a mysterious terrorist organization called KROWE begins pursuing targets around the globe, Sam’s expertise is needed to uncover their endgame and stop them before the deadly plot unfolds.


The book comes out in July.
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13. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 4/14-18 2014: Megahex cover revealed

I was working on a long article this week so this all piled up, but I know it’s the weekend and everyone has nothing to do but read all the stuff they missed earlier, right?

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§ The final cover to Simon Hanselmann‘s Megahex has been revealed. The book comes out this fall, collecting the popular webcomic, and a lot of people I know will be talking about this.

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§ Eric Colossal’s Rutabaga the Adventure Chef will be published by Amulet Books, in a two book deal. The first books comes out in March, 2015. The webcomic concerns the fantasy adventures of a chef who goes questing for exotic ingredients. There will be recipes in the print version.

§ Speaking of fun fantasies, Game of Thrones show runner David Benioff and HBO are auctioning off a set visit during Season Five filming. I haven’t read the books so I don’t know if this will involves another grisly wedding, wandering around icy fjords or just watching someone get a vital appendage chopped off, but whatever happens it will be amazing! Go place your bid here. The current top bid is $9,500 so be prepared to spend. A Lannister always pays via Paypal. The proceeds benefit the Epic Theatre Ensemble.

§ Corinne Mucha’s break up comic Get Over It! is previewed here. Been there.

§ The feature I was working on involved libraries, so this expose of library school amused me.

You’re probably wondering at this point how you’re going to fit in. Simple! Have you seen Doctor Who? You should probably have a favorite Doctor (NINE FOREVER.) You’ve read Harry Potter and maybe dabbled in fandom? And you love Tina Fey. You must love Tina Fey. To really stand out you should probably have at least one “thing.” It’ll have to be really weird to stand out in library school though. Maybe cyborg hockey player RPS? Oh wait, that’s taken. Maybe just think on it for a while. Whatever you do, don’t talk about the rock wall at your gym constantly. Nobody likes that guy.

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§ I joked about the Camden Comic Con, but it was “a Pleasant Surprise” and I am very happy to hear that. CO2 Comics’ Gerry Giovinco has a nice report.

For a small, first-time convention organized in just two short months, so many things were done right that it is just amazing, beginning with and highlighted by the hospitality of the staff and Rutgers University. They found a way to make everyone feel appreciated which is, in and of itself, a rarity anywhere in today’s society. They even provided a delicious,complimentary lunch  to all vendors, dealers and guests! Who can not be happy when you are being fed?


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§ Tom Devlin has a photo report on MoCCA and stained glass windows.

§ And Maura McHugh went to MCM Dublin, which appears to be one of those “emerging markets.”

If anything MCM Ireland Comic Con has proved that the potential audience is bigger than previously realised. It’s not so much a case of ‘if you build it, they will come,’ as ‘if you let them know the event is going on, they will come.’ MCM had the media connections and marketing budget that many of the Irish conventions don’t possess, and even though it rolled out its poster campaign in Dublin a little late, it still collared the attention of a large audience impatient for this kind of event.

§ Speaking of conventions, First Second’s Gina Gagaliano has another Comics Etiquette 101 on why pitching your great American graphic novel in the middle of a comicon is unlikely to end in a sale. Everyone is busy and distracted and buying a book is serious business. BUT wise words at the end:

So — if we see you at a convention and we tell you that we like your work and that you should stay in touch, that’s not us giving you the brush-off.

That’s us telling you to stay in touch with us — the first step towards an author/publisher relationship.


§ Mimi Pond’s Over Easy has been getting lots of press and it even made Buzzfeed with a piece called 14 Observations About Working At A Restaurant From Mimi Pond’s Graphic Memoir.

§ Here’s a project where they are redrawing ROM, the Marvel Publisher, Bill Mantlo-written, Sal Buscema drawn comic about a robot that will never ever be reprinted because no one has the rights any more. Well, someone does but they don’t want to reprint it.

§ Laura Hudson interviews Matt Fraction because he got sex comics right. Indeed he did!

§ Here is an old one. Sean Michael Robinson on an aborted graphic novel project that he had to scrap after four years. Among the problems: the characters weren’t well designed and the art style was too introcate. Definitely something an aspiring creator should ponder before launching a big project. Sam Alden’s Eighth Grade is another

§ Here is an old news item I completely biffed, the Kirby family taking their case regarding ownership of various Marvel characters to the Supreme Court. Although this sounds unlikely, Beat legal expert Jeff Trexler actually caleld this—and some of the issues raised in the filing—back in his thorough analysis of the case for TCJ. A very sim chance, to be sure, but perhaps…one last chance.

The Marvel v. Kirby appeal could offer an attractive case for justices on both sides of the ideological fence to resolve the question of judicial takings in a mutually acceptable way. On the one hand, it is a documentable case of judges unilaterally depriving freelancers and their heirs of substantial property rights, including both the original copyright and the right to terminate the earlier transfer. In this case it’s all intellectual property, but as the court indicates in Stop the Beach Renourishment, property rights are property rights, no matter how intangible.

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14. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: March 2014 — the two types of All-New Marvel Now #1s

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By Jason Enright

Another month of All-New Marvel Now releases is upon us. Some books end, some books relaunch, some new heroes arrive on the scene. Let’s see what the numbers are telling us. First up a bit of a breakdown:

10 new #1s (not counting #1s from miniseries like Revolutionary War)
8 Avengers titles
7 X-Men titles (9 if you count X-Force and X-Factor)
10 titles that double-shipped.

Now before we get deep into the numbers, I want to point out a trend that I’ve been noticing, and would love to hear your thoughts on in the comments below.

So there are two types of All-New Marvel Now #1s. The first is something like Black Widow or She-Hulk, where the new #1 is a new series featuring a new or returning character and a new creative team, so basically a new book. The other is what I call the soft relaunch. They take an ongoing series with falling sales and they give it a new #1, but not much else changes, same creative team or if maybe the artists changes, the writer stays, and maybe a slight tweak on the storyline or premise. Examples of this are Secret Avengers or X-Factor.

Now the trend I have been noticing is that these soft relaunches might see the issue #1 get a big sales boost but then sales fall down very close to where it was before the reboot in the next few months. So I ask all of you fans, retailers, etc. who read this, what do you think is going on? Is the relaunch just not a big enough deal to catch reader interest? Is there not enough of a shakeup or new direction? Is this just relaunch fatigue? There have been a lot of Marvel Now relaunches. Is there just more focus and excitement on the new titles like Silver Surfer, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight? 

So keep those thoughts and question in mind, and let’s dive in to the numbers.

Thanks as always to Milton Griepp and ICV2.com for their permission to use these figures.

5,7. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
03/04  Am Spi #505   –  83,612
03/09  Am Spi #588   -	 61,325
03/11  Am Spi #656   -	 59,626
03/12  Am Spi #681   -  52,143
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03/13  Superior #5  -  94,224  (  -1.7%)
03/13  Superior #6  -  86,614  (  -8.1%)
03/13  S. S-M #6AU  -  85,807  (  -0.9%)
04/13  Superior #7  -  87,945  (  +2.5%)
04/13  Superior #8  -  85,671  (  -2.6%)
05/13  Superior #9  -  93,656  (  +9.3%)
05/13  Superior #10 -  85,346  (  -8.9%)
06/13  Superior #11 -  84,219  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Superior #12 -  82,338  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Superior #13 -  81,678  (  -0.8%)
07/13  Superior #14 -  80,839  (  -1.0%)
08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087  (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
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6 mnth  ( -14.1%)
1 year  ( -18.7%)
2 year  (  47.0%)
3 year  (  28.4%)
5 year  (  24.9%)
10 year (  -8.4%)

Superior Spider-Man stays really strong as it heads towards its conclusion and the return of Peter Parker. The final issue should actually see a sales increase, and then rumor has it that the orders on Amazing #1 are going to be huge, like in the 500,000 range. It will be really interesting to see how much of that is hype and how much second and consecutive drop off after that. Stay tuned as we’ll be watching this series very closely.

6. DAREDEVIL
03/04  Daredevil v2 #58 - 54,399
03/09  Daredevil v2 #116- 41,255 
03/11  DD Reborn    #3  - 27,231 
03/12  Daredevil v3 #10 - 38,137 
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03/13  Daredevil v3 #24 - 37,231  ( +0.2%)
04/13  Daredevil v3 #25 - 39,678  ( +6.6%)
05/13  Daredevil v3 #26 - 39,788  ( +0.3%)
06/13  Daredevil v3 #27 - 35,834  ( -9.9%)
07/13  Daredevil v3 #28 - 35,364  ( -1.3%)
07/13  Daredevil v3 #29 - 34,915  ( -1.3%)
08/13  Daredevil v3 #30 - 35,240  ( +0.9%)
09/13  Daredevil v3 #31 - 36,666  ( +4.0%)
10/13  Daredevil v3 #32 - 34,957  ( -4.7%)
11/13  Daredevil v3 #33 - 32,966  ( -5.7%)
12/13  Daredevil v3 #34 - 32,331  ( -1.9%)
01/14  Daredevil v3 #35 - 32,067  ( -0.8%)
02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)
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6 Mnth  ( 107.3%)
1 Year  ( 104.1%)
2 Year  (  99.0%)
3 Year  ( 179.1%)
5 Year  (  84.2%)
10 Year (  39.7%)

Very strong issue 1 sales numbers for Daredevil, backed up by 5 variant covers. This book has always been a critical hit and while its sales were very steady, they were never HUGE. Hopefully this soft relaunch gives readers a good jumping on point for what is one of the best creative and best books in comics right now. We’ll be watching to see how much of this sales bump the book is able to hold on to for future issues.

8. SILVER SURFER
03/04  Silver Surfer v5 #7 -  26,454  
03/11  Silver Surfer v6 #2 -  23,484  
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03/14  Silver Surfer v7 #1 -  64,919  (  --- )
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3 year  (176.4%)
10 year (145.4%)

Been a while since there has been a Silver Surfer solo series, but with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, it seems time to bring in more of the cosmic characters. This is a pretty good debut and likely has a lot to do with the strong creative team behind this book. Again we’ll be watching to see how issue 2 -4 do. Hopefully, it will only see small drops and a lot of re-order activity.

10, 20. UNCANNY X-MEN
03/04  Uncanny X-Men #441   –  86,430
03/09  Uncanny X-Men #507   –  77,945
03/11  Uncanny X-Men #534   -  55,731
03/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #8  -  57,568
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03/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #3  -  85,775  (  -9.3%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #4  -  80,047  (  -6.7%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #5  -  78,919  (  -1.4%)
05/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #6  -  73,621  (  -6.7%)
06/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #7  -  73,719  (  +0.1%)
07/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #8  -  70,274  (  -4.7%)
07/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #9  -  67,338  (  -4.2%)
08/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #10 -  70,903  (  +5.3%)
08/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #11 -  65,700  (  -7.3%)
09/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #12 -  76,790  ( +16.9%)
10/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #13 -  75,202  (  -2.1%)
11/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #14 -  65,655  ( -12.7%)
12/13  Uncanny #15.INH      -  62,692  (  -4.5%)
01/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #16 -  58,676  (  -6.4%)
02/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #17 –  56,163  (  -4.3%)
03/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #18 -  54,902  (  -2.2%)
03/14  U X-Men #19.NOW      -  64,514  (  17.5%)
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6 mnth  ( -16.0%)
1 year  ( -24.8%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  (  15.8%)
5 year  ( -17.2%)
10 year ( -25.4%)

A nice bump for the .NOW issue and its 3 variants, but the thing to watch for is if the series holds onto those sales or drops right back down to where it was for the next issue.

12. ALL-NEW X-MEN
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03/13  All-New X-Men #8  -  90,990  ( +6.8%)
03/13  All-New X-Men #9  -  81,692  (-10.2%)
04/13  All-New X-Men #10 -  84,760  ( +3.8%)
05/13  All-New X-Men #11 -  80,582  ( -4.9%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #12 -  82,178  ( +2.0%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #13 -  77,656  ( -5.5%)
07/13  All-New X-Men #14 -  74,848  ( -3.6%)
08/13  All-New X-Men #15 -  73,035  ( -2.4%)
09/13  All-New X-Men #16 -  84,218  (+15.3%)
10/13  All-New X-Men #17 -  82,843  ( -1.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #18 -  82,365  ( -0.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #19 -  71,044  (-13.7%)
12/13  All-New X-Men #20 -  68,189  ( -4.0%)
01/14  All-New X-Men #21 -  62,876  ( -7.8%)
01/14  All-New #22.NOW   -  76,565  (+21.8%)
02/14  All-New X-Men #23 -  64,625  (-15.6%)
03/14  All-New X-Men #24 -  63,739  ( -1.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -24.3%)
1 year  ( -29.9%)

Final issue of the crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy sees only a slight drop from the previous issue. All said this series is still going pretty strong and the crossover did help boost its sales.

13. UNCANNY AVENGERS
---
03/13  Uncanny Avengers #5  - 84,382  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #6  - 80,863  ( -4.2%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #7  - 77,027  ( -4.7%)
05/13  Uncanny Avengers #8  - 75,655  ( -1.8%)
05/13  Uncanny Av. #8AU     - 72,514  ( -4.2%)
06/13  Uncanny Avengers #9  - 71,842  ( -0.9%)
07/13  Uncanny Avengers #10 - 68,768  ( -4.3%)
08/13  Uncanny Avengers #11 - 65,447  ( -4.8%)
09/13  Uncanny Avengers #12 - 73,357  (+12.1%)
10/13  Uncanny Avengers #13 - 60,597  (-17.4%)
11/13  Uncanny Avengers #14 - 60,750  ( +0.3%)
12/13  Uncanny Avengers #15 - 57,035  ( -6.1%)
01/14  Uncanny Avengers #16 - 54,670  ( -4.1%)
02/14  Uncanny Avengers #17 – 53,181  ( -2.7%)
03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   - 63,516  ( 19.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -13.4%)
1 year  ( -27.4%)

Uncanny Avengers gets a nice 10k bump from the .NOW and its 4 variant covers. Again we will have to wait until next month to see if it holds on to any of these sales.

15. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL
---
02/14  Su Spider-Man Annual #2 – 59,278

Really nice numbers for the Spider-man annual coming in only 15k under the main series.

16. MOON KNIGHT
03/09  Moon Knight v3 #28 -  20,883  
03/12  Moon Knight v4 #11 -  21,581  
---
02/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- )
---
2 year  (169.0%)
10 year (177.8%)

This is a nice number for the new Ellis/Shalvey/Bellaire Moon Knight book. Goes to show you that putting a strong creative team behind a lesser known character really helps drive sales numbers and build confidence in the book.

17. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
03/09  Guardians v2 #11 -  27,411
---
03/13  Guardians v3 #1  - 217,993  (+171.3%)
04/13  Guardians v3 #2  -  88,184  ( -59.5%)
05/13  ---
06/13  Guardians v3 #3  -  75,633  ( -14.2%)
06/13  Guardians v3 #4  -  71,575  (  -5.4%)
07/13  Guardians v3 #5  - 110,372  ( +54.2%)
08/13  ---
09/13  Guardians v3 #6  -  69,030  ( -37.5%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #7  -  68,647  (  -0.6%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #8  -  63,494  (  -7.5%)
11/13  ---
12/13  Guardians v3 #9  -  57,665  (  -9.2%)
12/13  Guardians v3 #10 -  53,527  (  -7.2%)
01/14  Guardian #11.NOW -  61,111  (  14.7%) [63,420]
02/14  Guardians v3 #12 -  55,454  (  -9.3%)
03/14  Guardians v3 #13 -  56,764  (   2.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -17.8%)
1 year  ( -74.0%)
2 year  (   --- )
3 year  (   --- )
5 year  ( 107.1%)
10 year (   --- ) 

Just like All-New X-Men, this series sees some growth due to the crossover, and should get another nice boost from the ‘100th’ issue special next month. I wonder if many X-men fans discovered Guardians through this crossover or vice versa, maybe this will help both books gain some new readers.

19. Magneto
---
02/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337

Nice debut for the Master of Magnetism. Again, we’ll have to see how steeply it drops in future months and how many reorders it gets.

21, 27. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
03/12  Wolverine/X-Men #7  - 54,559  
---
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #26 - 42,019  ( -6.7%)
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #27 - 41,960  ( -0.1%)
04/13  Wolv & X-Men #27AU  - 47,055  (+12.1%)
04/13  Wolverine/X-Men #28 - 42,718  ( -9.2%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #29 - 40,451  ( -5.3%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #30 - 40,019  ( -1.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #31 - 41,661  ( +4.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #32 - 39,790  ( -4.5%)
07/13  Wolverine/X-Men #33 - 42,269  ( +6.2%)
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #34 - 38,473  ( -9.0%)
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #35 - 38,046  ( -1.1%)
09/13  Wolverine/X-Men #36 - 59,684  (+56.9%)
10/13  Wolverine/X-Men #37 - 57,434  ( -3.8%)
11/13  Wolverine/X-Men #38 - 39,098  (-31.9%)
12/13  Wolverine/X-Men #39 - 39,063  ( -0.1%)
01/14  Wolverine/X-Men #40 - 36,855  ( -5.7%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #41 – 35,800  ( -2.9%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #2  - 40,386  (-26.1%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -8.4%)
1 Year  (  30.1%)
2 Year  (   0.0%)

So this is the first comic in an interesting trend we’re starting with some of the Marvel Now relaunches. Books that aren’t new series but simply renumbering of existing series seem to have a strong debut issue but then immediately start to drop back down to their previous numbers. Before this soft relaunch, this title was selling around 35k, now on its second issue of the relaunch it is back down to 40k already. So what is going on here? Has the bloom come off the All-New Marvel Now rose? Or is this relaunch just not enough of a shakeup, sure it is a different creative team, but is still a very similar premise. You have to wonder if instead of helping the book find new readers, did the relaunch just give some people a reason to drop the book from their pull lists? Could this relaunch actually result in lower sales than it was doing before the new #1?

23. AVENGERS
03/04  Avengers v3 #80 –  55,533
03/11  Avengers v4 #11 -  66,618
03/12  Avengers v4 #24 -  52,242
---
03/13  Avengers v5 #7  -  78,278  (  -7.8%)
03/13  Avengers v5 #8  -  82,691  (  +5.6%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #9  -  77,780  (  -5.9%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #10 -  78,905  (  +1.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #11 -  70,687  ( -10.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #12 -  74,978  (  +6.1%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #13 -  68,624  (  -8.5%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #14 -  74,846  (  +9.1%)
07/13  Avengers v5 #15 -  68,472  (  -8.5%)
07/13  Avengers v5 #16 -  72,842  (  +6.4%)
08/13  Avengers v5 #17 -  68,962  (  -5.3%)
08/13  Avengers v5 #18 -  74,697  (  +8.3%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #19 -  92,489  ( +23.8%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #20 -  74,388  ( -19.6%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #21 -  71,751  (  -3.5%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #22 -  70,735  (  -1.4%)
11/13  Avengers v5 #23 -  66,501  (  -6.0%)
12/13  Avengers#24.NOW - 127,466  ( +91.7%)
01/14  Avengers v5 #25 -  65,591  ( -48.5%)
02/14  Avengers v5 #26 –  59,775  (  -8.9%)
03/14  Avengers v5 #27 -  53,966  (  -9.7%)
---
6 mnth  ( -41.7%)
1 year  ( -31.1%)
2 year  (   3.0%)
3 year  ( -19.0%)
5 year  (   --- )
10 year (  -2.8%)

The .NOW issue gave a great sales bump but since that issue, numbers have been dropping even more rapidly than before. Although, historically the Avengers seem to live in the 50k range the last couple years, so maybe it is getting close to leveling out.

25. ORIGIN II
09/01  Origin #1 of 6    - 135,561 
10/01  Origin #2 of 6    - 131,582
10/01  Origin #3 of 6    - 128,978
12/01  Origin #4 of 6    - 168,460
01/02  Origin #5 of 6    - 178,231
02/02  Origin #6 of 6    - 179,251
---
12/13  Origin II #1 of 5 - 131,724
01/14  Origin II #2 of 5 -  64,631  (-50.9%)
02/14  Origin II #3 of 5 -  53,640  (-17.0%)
03/14  Origin II #4 of 5 -  50,210  ( -6.4%)

Seems to be leveling out and the series will probably end at 45 to 50k. They didn’t quite catch the same zeitgeist as the original series, but this would probably still be considered a success, and will likely do well in a collected format.

26. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER
03/09  Ghost Rider v6 #33 -  21,344  
03/12  Ghost Rider v7 #9  -  13,716  
---
02/14  All-new Ghost Rider #1  -  50,072 (  --- )
---
2 year  (265.0%)
10 year (134.6%)

When you compare this to Ghost Rider’s sales historically this is a very strong debut issue. The real test for this series will be how long it can hold on to these numbers and where it will end up stabilizing. It seems like reviews and general internet chatter have been good for this series, so I hope it finds its audience and sticks around for a while.

27, 33. DEADPOOL
03/09  Deadpool v3 #8  -  47,967  
03/11  Deadpool v3 #34 -  30,299  
03/12  Deadpool v3 #52 -  27,990  
---
03/13  Deadpool v4 #6  -  57,095  (  -0.4%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #7  -  57,016  (  -0.1%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #8  -  52,851  (  -7.3%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #9  -  51,296  (  -2.9%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #10 -  50,461  (  -1.6%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #11 -  54,110  (  +7.2%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #12 -  48,315  ( -10.7%)
07/13  Deadpool v4 #13 -  47,006  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Deadpool v4 #14 -  45,870  (  -2.4%)
08/13  Deadpool v4 #15 -  46,169  (  +0.7%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #16 -  45,675  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #17 -  45,348  (  -0.7%)
10/13  Deadpool v4 #18 -  47,096  (  +3.9%)
11/13  Deadpool v4 #19 -  44,184  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #20 -  43,653  (  -1.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #21 -  43,066  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Deadpool v4 #22 -  41,765  (  -3.0%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #23 -  41,204  (  -1.3%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #24 -  41,130  (  -0.2%)
03/14  D'pool #25.NOW  -  48,775  (  18.6%)
03/14  Deadpool v4 #26 -  44,141  (  -9.5%)
---
6 mnth  (   6.8%)
1 year  ( -14.6%)
2 year  (  74.0%)
3 year  (  61.0%)
5 year  (   1.7%)

Deadpool is coming off the .NOW issue high, and seems to have held onto a good number of those readers. With the wedding issue coming up it will likely see another sales bump and continue to hold steady in the 40-45k range for some time.

28, 29. NEW AVENGERS
03/09  New Avengers v1 #51 -  95,326  
03/11  New Avengers v2 #10 -  59,929  
03/12  New Avengers v2 #23 -  51,697  
---
03/13  New Avengers v3 #4  -  65,150  (  -9.7%)
04/13  New Avengers v3 #5  -  63,423  (  -2.7%)
05/13  New Avengers v3 #6  -  59,362  (  -6.4%)
06/13  New Avengers v3 #7  -  60,138  (  +1.3%)
07/13  New Avengers v3 #8  -  58,044  (  -3.5%)
08/13  New Avengers v3 #9  -  60,534  (  +4.3%)
09/13  New Avengers v3 #10 -  60,682  (  +0.2%)
10/13  New Avengers v3 #11 -  63,231  (  +4.2%)
11/13  New Avengers v3 #12 -  58,807  (  -7.0%)
12/13  N Avengers #13.INH  -  56,624  (  -3.7%)
01/14  ---
02/14  New Avengers v3 #14 -  50,668  ( -10.5%)
03/14  New Avengers v3 #15 -  47,178  (  -6.9%)
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (   0.0%)
---
6 mnth  ( -19.7%)
1 year  ( -25.2%)
2 year  (   -6.0)
3 year  ( -18.7%)
5 year  ( -48.9%)

This .NOW issue does not get a very big sales bump, and if the trend from other series is any indication, the next issue will actually see a decent decline.

30. AMAZING X-MEN
03/12  Astonishing X-Men #48 -  34,182  
---
03/13  Astonishing X-Men #60 -  27,683  ( +14.4%)
04/13  Astonishing X-Men #61 -  27,090  (  -2.1%)
05/13  Astonishing X-Men #62 -  24,121  ( -11.0%)
06/13  Astonishing X-Men #63 -  23,326  (  -3.3%)
07/13  Astonishing X-Men #64 -  22,649  (  -2.9%)
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #65 -  22,010  (  -2.8%)
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #66 -  21,757  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Astonishing X-Men #67 -  21,044  (  -3.3%)
10/13  Astonishing X-Men #68 -  21,023  (  -0.0%)
11/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #1   - 112,337  (+434.4%)
12/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #2   -  60,870  ( -45.8%)
01/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #3   -  51,431  ( -15.5%)
02/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #4   -  48,161  (  -6.4%)
03/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #5   -  46,242  (  -4.0%)
---
6 mnth  ( 119.7%)
1 year  (  67.0%)
2 year  (  35.0%)

This series was seeing big drops early on but for now seems like it might be leveling out a bit. Hopefully, it will find a nice home around 40k.

32. CAPTAIN MARVEL
03/09  Ms. Marvel        #37 - 25,049  
---
03/13  Captain Marvel v6 #11 - 17,743  ( -3.4%)
04/13  Captain Marvel v6 #12 - 18,344  ( +3.4%)
05/13  Enemy Within          - 34,205  (+86.5%)
06/13  Captain Marvel v6 #13 - 19,673  (-42.5%)
07/13  Captain Marvel v6 #14 - 19,320  ( -1.8%)
08/13  Captain Marvel v6 #15 - 23,511  (+21.7%)
09/13  Captain Marvel v6 #16 - 22,845  ( -2.8%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
---
6 mnth  (  93.7%)
1 year  ( 149.4%)
5 year  (  76.6%)

This series is an odd duck when it comes to sales numbers. It has a very vocal and passionate fan base, but it never does great in terms of sales. You would think that this new issue might perform like Daredevil and pull in big numbers as it gives all the curious readers a new jumping on point and yet looking at these numbers that didn’t happen. Which makes me wonder if we aren’t seeing the full picture here? And by that I mean digital sales. Perhaps the passionate fan base of readers are buying this book digitally? I also will be interested to see its re-order numbers or if there is a second printing, which may indicate its performance was underestimated in the initial orders. Still this book is a bit of a conundrum and I’ll be interested to watch the variation in sales over the next couple of months.

34. X-MEN
03/11  X-Men v3 #9  -  51,179  
03/12  X-Men v3 #26 -  35,833  
---
03/13  ---
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Men v4 #1  - 183,297  (+464.2%)
06/13  X-Men v4 #2  -  73,542  ( -59.9%)
07/13  X-Men v4 #3  -  65,270  ( -11.2%)
08/13  X-Men v4 #4  -  64,010  (  -1.9%)
09/13  X-Men v4 #5  -  73,357  ( +14.6%)
10/13  X-Men v4 #6  -  71,990  (  -1.9%)
11/13  X-Men v4 #7  -  56,968  ( -20.9%)
12/13  X-Men v4 #8  -  53,201  (  -6.6%)
01/14  X-Men v4 #9  -  49,412  (  -7.1%)
02/14  X-M  #10.Now -  52,486  (   6.2%)
02/14  X-Men v4 #11 -  47,498  (  -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men v4 #12 -  44,135  (  -7.1%)
---
6 mnth  ( -39.8%)
2 year  (  23.0%)
3 year  ( -13.8%)

This book continues to slide down little by little, but those drops seem to be getting smaller, which may indicate that it will start to level out between 35 and 40k.

35, 71. IRON MAN
03/04  Iron Man v3 #78  - 29,680
03/09 Inv Iron Man #11  - 52,157
03/11 Inv Iron Man #502 - 43,899
03/12 Inv Iron Man #514 - 31,424
---
03/13  Iron Man v6 #7   - 44,040  (  -4.7%)
04/13  Iron Man v6 #8   - 43,974  (  -0.1%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #9   - 78,006  ( +77.4%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #10  - 45,424  ( -41.8%)
06/13  Iron Man v6 #11  - 44,409  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Iron Man v6 #12  - 40,405  (  -9.0%)
07/13  Iron Man v6 #13  - 39,534  (  -2.2%)
08/13  Iron Man v6 #14  - 38,137  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Iron Man v6 #15  - 36,346  (  -4.7%)
10/13  Iron Man v6 #16  - 35,924  (  -1.2%)
10/13  Iron Man v6 #17  - 39,047  (  +8.7%)
11/13  Iron Man v6 #18  - 36,135  (  -7.5%)
12/13  Iron Man v6 #19  - 32,537  ( -10.0%)
01/14  Iron Man v6 #20  - 30,533  (  -6.2%)
01/14  Iron #20.INH     - 30,512  (  -0.1%)
02/14  Iron Man v6 #21  – 29,546  (  -3.2%)
03/14  Iron Man v6 #22  - 29,017  (  -1.8%) 
03/14  Ir. Man #23.NOW  - 43,912  (  51.3%)
---
6 Mnth  (  20.8%)
1 Year  (  -0.3%)
2 Year  (  40.0%)
3 Year  (   0.0%)
5 Year  ( -15.8%)
10 Year (  48.0%)

The .NOW issue sees a very big increase which leads to the big question: will this series hold onto any of those new sales or drop right back down to where it was around 29k?

39. WOLVERINE
03/04  Wolverine v3 #12 –  69,815
03/09  Wolverine v3 #71 –  86,033  
03/11  Wolverine v4 #7	 -  47,337	 
03/12	 Wolverine #303	 -  36,368	 
---	
03/13  Wolverine v5 #1  - 117,669  (+242.4%)
04/13  Wolverine v5 #2  -  57,165  ( -51.4%)
05/13  Wolverine v5 #3  -  49,629  ( -13.2%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #4  -  46,784  (  -5.7%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #5  -  43,694  (  -6.6%)
07/13  Wolverine v5 #6  -  40,593  (  -7.1%)
07/13  Wolverine v5 #7  -  38,605  (  -4.9%)
08/13  Wolverine v5 #8  -  39,830  (  -3.2%)
09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
11/13  Wolverine v5 #11 -  35,394  (  +2.1%)
12/13  Wolverine v5 #12 -  32,274  (  -8.8%)
01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164  (  -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923  ( 185.3%) [93,143]
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
---
6 mnth  (  13.4%)
1 year  ( -65.4%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  ( -13.9%)
5 year  ( -52.7%)
10 year ( -41.7%)

So issue #1 saw some good re-order activity (see that second # in brackets, that is the orders including re-orders). However, this is another one of those Marvel Now relaunches where very soon after launch we see it starting to sink back to pre-relaunch levels. If the old series was at 31k, and new series is at 40k for issue 3, then how successful was the relaunch? Is this Wolverine fatigue or relaunch fatigue? Hopefully those re-order numbers mean that we might see a sales increase for issue 4 or 5 as more readers discover this series.

41.  NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL
01/14  Night #1 of 4 - 47,596
01/14  Night #2 of 4 - 40,241  ( -15.5%) [42,333]
02/14  Night #3 of 4 – 37,974  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Night #4 of 4 – 38,457  (   1.3%)

This mini-series ends on very solid footing with an increase in sales for issue 4 and extra re-orders of issue 1. Deadpool is a very solid franchise for Marvel these days.

42. Ms. Marvel
02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286 [57,249] (  --- ) 
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%)

So almost 6k in re-orders for issue 1 and only a 23% drop for issue 2. I think we may actually see an increase in sales by the time we get to issue 4 or 5 as more readers discover this book and stores restock the early issues. Not to mention this book is said to have done very well digitally, which sadly we don’t see numbers for. All of these indicators seem to point to this new series being a big win for Marvel.

43. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
03/04  Thor v2 #75 - 31,531  
03/11  Thor   #621 - 42,104  
03/12  Thor v4 #12 - 33,967 
---
03/13  Thor v5 #6  - 50,481  ( -2.7%)
04/13  Thor v5 #7  - 51,526  ( +2.1%)
05/13  Thor v5 #8  - 48,622  ( -5.6%)
06/13  Thor v5 #9  - 49,125  ( +1.0%)
07/13  Thor v5 #10 - 46,204  ( -5.9%)
08/13  Thor v5 #11 - 45,397  ( -1.7%)
08/13  Thor v5 #12 - 44,865  ( -1.2%)
09/13  Thor v5 #13 - 48,007  ( +7.0%)
10/13  Thor v5 #14 - 46,008  ( -4.2%)
11/13  Thor v5 #15 - 41,259  (-10.3%)
12/13  Thor v5 #16 - 39,597  ( -4.0%)
01/14  Thor v5 #17 - 38,913  ( -1.7%)
01/14  Thor v5 #18 - 38,190  ( -1.9%)
02/14  Thor #19.Now– 42,034  ( 10.1%)
03/14  Thor v5 #20 – 37,895  ( -9.8%)
---
6 mnth  ( -21.1%)
1 year  ( -24.9%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  ( -10.0%)
10 year (  20.2%)

Another series that doesn’t hold on to the sales boost from its .NOW issue, and instead drops back to below its previous sales numbers.

44. FANTASTIC FOUR
03/04  Fantastic Four #510   – 50,089
03/09  Fantastic Four #565   - 48,371
03/12  Fantastic Four #604   - 42,126
---
03/13  Fantastic Four v5 #5  - 42,590  (  -5.4%)
03/13  Fantastic Four #5AU   - 45,756  (  +7.4%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #6  - 41,291  (  -4.8%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #7  - 39,314  (  -4.8%)
05/13  Fantastic Four v5 #8  - 37,309  (  -5.1%)
06/13  Fantastic Four v5 #9  - 37,071  (  -0.6%)
07/13  Fantastic Four v5 #10 - 34,018  (  -8.2%)
08/13  Fantastic Four v5 #11 - 32,665  (  -4.0%)
09/13  Fantastic Four v5 #12 - 31,426  (  -3.8%)
10/13  Fantastic Four v5 #13 - 31,561  (  +0.4%)
11/13  Fantastic Four v5 #14 - 28,679  (  -9.1%)
12/13  Fantastic Four v5 #15 - 27,610  (  -3.7%)
01/14  Fantastic Four v5 #16 - 28,045  (   1.6%)
02/14  Fantastic Four v6 #1  - 65,775  ( 134.5%)
03/14  Fantastic Four v6 #2  - 37,569  ( -42.9%)
---
6 mnth  (  19.5%)
1 year  ( -11.8%)
2 year  ( -11.0%)
5 year  ( -22.3%)
10 year ( -25.0%)

Another Marvel Now soft relaunch that doesn’t earn much from its relaunch. On issue 2 it is only 10k above where it was before the relaunch, which is not very promising.

48, 50. HAWKEYE
03/13  ---
04/13  Hawkeye v4 #9  - 39,678  ( +7.5%)
05/13  Hawkeye v4 #10 - 42,090  ( +6.1%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #11 - 40,510  ( -3.8%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #12 - 40,837  ( +0.8%)
07/13  ---
08/13  ---
09/13  ---
10/13  Hawkeye v4 #13 - 40,476  ( -0.9%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #14 - 39,863  ( -1.5%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #15 – 39,546  ( -0.8%)
12/13  ---
01/14  Hawkeye v4 #16 - 37,074  ( -6.3%)
02/14  ---
03/14  Hawkeye v4 #17 – 35,545  ( -4.1%)
03/14  Hawkeye v4 #18 – 35,045  ( -1.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -13.0%)
1 year  (  -3.7%)

Hawkeye is very stable in the 35k range, despite an erratic shipping schedule.

39.  AVENGERS WORLD
01/14  Avengers World #1 - 86,727
01/14  Avengers World #2 - 53,693  (-38.1%)
02/14  Avengers World #3 – 39,999  (-25.5%)
03/14  Avengers World #4 – 34,397  (-14.0%)

I am honestly very surprised that this book is dropping so much. Even if there are a lot of Avengers books, this is so closely tied to the core Avengers book that I’d think it should have captured more of that book’s readership.

56. SECRET AVENGERS
03/11  Secret Avengers    #11 - 51,353
03/12  Secret Avengers    #24 - 18,965
---
03/13  Secret Avengers v2 #2  - 46,419  ( -45.6%)
04/13  Secret Avengers v2 #3  - 38,676  ( -16.7%)
05/13  Secret Avengers v2 #4  - 33,428  ( -13.6%)
06/13  Secret Avengers v2 #5  - 31,437  (  -6.0%)
07/13  Secret Avengers v2 #6  - 28,908  (  -8.0%)
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #7  - 27,222  (  -5.8%)
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #8  - 26,150  (  -3.9%)
09/13  Secret Avengers v2 #9  - 24,870  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Secret Avengers v2 #10 - 29,134  ( +17.1%)
11/13  Secret Avengers v2 #11 - 25,326  ( -13.1%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #12 - 23,863  (  -5.8%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #13 - 23,172  (  -2.9%)
01/14  Secret Avengers v2 #14 - 21,372  (  -7.8%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #15 – 20,059  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #16 – 20,022  (  -0.2%)
03/14  Secret Avengers v3 #1  - 34,036  (  70.0%)
---
6 Mnth  (  36.9%)
1 Year  ( -26.7%)
2 Year  (  79.0%)
3 Year  ( -33.7%)

This is not a very strong debut issue at all. Whereas other books double or triple their numbers with a enw #1 this book gets a boost of 75%. If it drops 30 to 40% like other books do for their second issue then it will go right back to where it was before the new #1. I think stores and readers are starting to lose confidence in Marvel with these faux relaunches.

58. CAPTAIN AMERICA
03/04  Captain America v4 #24 - 39,168  
03/09  Captain America v5 #48 – 62,099  
03/11  Captain America    #616- 44,394  
03/12  Captain America v6 #9  - 41,631  
---
03/13  Captain America v7 #5  - 49,186  (  -7.4%)
04/13  Captain America v7 #6  - 47,802  (  -2.8%)
05/13  Captain America v7 #7  - 44,024  (  -7.9%)
06/13  Captain America v7 #8  - 43,791  (  -0.5%)
07/13  Captain America v7 #9  - 40,796  (  -6.8%)
08/13  Captain America v7 #10 - 39,356  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Captain America v7 #11 - 38,521  (  -2.1%)
10/13  Captain America v7 #12 - 38,684  (  +0.4%)
11/13  Captain America v7 #13 - 36,147  (  -6.6%)
12/13  Captain America v7 #14 - 34,532  (  -4.5%)
01/14  Captain America v7 #15 - 33,433  (  -3.2%)
02/14  Capt AmericaV7 #16.Now – 36,534  (   9.3%)
02/14  Captain America v7 #17 – 33,312  (  -8.8%)
03/14  Captain America v7 #18 – 33,642  (   1.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -12.7%)
1 Year  ( -31.6%)
2 Year  ( -19.0%)
3 Year  ( -24.2%)
5 Year  ( -45.8%)
10 Year ( -14.1%)

Issue 18 had two variants so perhaps that accounts for the slight increase of 300 copies sold. Perhaps also retailers ordered a few more to have when the movie came out. Still it is somewhat disappointing that the film has made 160 million dollars yet the comic can’t sell more than 35,000 copies.

62. X-FORCE
03/09  X-Force v3 #13 - 51,789  
03/11  X-Force v4 #6  - 51,248  
03/12  X-Force v4 #23 - 48,867  
---
03/13  X-Force v5 #3  - 51,721  ( -8.8%)
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Force v5 #4  - 47,727  ( -7.7%)
05/13  X-Force v5 #5  - 45,674  ( -4.3%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #6  - 42,496  ( -7.0%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #7  - 40,380  ( -5.0%)
07/13  X-Force v5 #8  - 37,781  ( -6.4%)
07/13  X-Force v5 #9  - 36,978  ( -2.1%)
08/13  X-Force v5 #10 - 35,329  ( -4.5%)
09/13  X-Force v5 #11 - 36,186  ( +2.4%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #12 - 32,559  (-10.0%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #13 - 30,567  ( -6.1%)
11/13  X-Force v5 #14 - 28,885  ( -5.5%)
12/13  X-Force v5 #15 - 27,567  ( -4.6%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #16 - 27,701  (  0.5%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #17 - 27,319  ( -1.4%)
02/14  X-Force v6 #1  - 47,427  ( 73.6%)
03/14  X-Force v6 #2  - 33,079  (-30.3%)
---
6 mnth  (  -8.6%)
1 year  ( -36.0%)
2 year  ( -32.0%)
3 year  ( -35.5%)
5 year  ( -36.1%)

Two issues in and only 6000 copies above where it was before the relaunch. I don’t think readers are buying that direction is very all-new.

63. AVENGERS ARENA
03/11  Avengers Academy #10  - 23,708  
03/12  Avengers Academy #27  - 21,830  
---
03/13  Avengers Arena #6  - 31,617  ( -2.9%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #7  - 29,784  ( -5.8%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #8  - 27,900  ( -6.3%)
05/13  Avengers Arena #9  - 26,873  ( -3.7%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #10 - 25,277  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #11 - 24,487  ( -3.1%)
07/13  Avengers Arena #12 - 23,969  ( -2.1%)
08/13  Avengers Arean #13 - 22,955  ( -4.2%)
08/13  Avengers Arena #14 - 23,204  ( +1.1%)
09/13  Avengers Arena #15 - 22,180  ( -4.4%)
10/13  Avengers Arena #16 - 22,179  ( -0.0%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #17 - 20,744  ( -6.5%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #18 - 20,712  ( -0.2%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Avengers Undrcvr #1- 31,936
---
6 mnth  (  44.0%)
1 year  (   0.7%)
2 year  (  46.0%)
3 year  (  34.7%)

So Undercover is the new series that follows the teen Avengers from Avengers Academy as well as some other Marvel teen characters. It only gets a 50% boost above where it’s previous iteration ended, but historically these books have always sold between 20 and 30k, so I guess this is on course. Maybe this time it will hold onto some more readers.

64. Iron Patriot
03/09  Iron Man 2.0 #2 -  24,600
03/11  War Machine #4  -  32,688
---
02/14  Iron Patriot #1 -  31,773  (  --- )
---
3 year  (  29.2%)
5 year  (  -2.8%)

Historically the last couple of War Machine/Iron Patriot/ Iron Man 2.0 books have sold right in this range of 20k – 30k, so again this series seems to be doing just what is expected of it and no more.

67. INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK
03/04  Incred Hulk v3 #67  - 46,137
03/11  Incred Hulks  #622  - 32,066
03/12  Incred Hulk v4 #5   - 40,522
---
03/13  Indestructible #5   - 54,967  (  -2.2%)
04/13  Indestructible #6   - 55,470  (  +0.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #7   - 49,956  (  -9.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #8   - 48,866  (  -2.2%)
06/13  Indestructible #9   - 49,427  (  +1.1%)
07/13  Indestructible #10  - 45,531  (  -7.9%)
07/13  Indestructible #11  - 45,241  (  -0.6%)
08/13  Indestructible #12  - 43,673  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Indestructible #13  - 41,805  (  -4.3%)
10/13  Indestructible #14  - 40,963  (  -2.0%)
11/13  Indestructible #15  - 37,025  (  -9.6%)
11/13  Indestructible #16  - 35,871  (  -3.1%)
12/13  Hulk #17.INH        - 35,679  (  -0.5%)
01/14  Hulk #18.INH        - 33,056  (  -7.4%)
02/14  Indestructible #19  - 31,192  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  (  -3.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -28.1%)
1 Year  ( -45.3%)
2 Year  ( -26.0%)
3 Year  (  -6.3%)
10 Year ( -34.9%)

Hulk is leveling out a bit before its soft relaunch. Will it fall prey to the same trend that we’ve been seeing with other recent Marvel now relaunches or will it see a big sales boost like Waid’s other book Daredevil has? We’ll have to wait and see.

69. PUNISHER
03/04  Punisher v7 #4  – 47,096
03/09  Punisher v8 #3  – 37,564
03/12  Punisher v9 #9  - 22,318
---
09/13  Trial #1 of 2   - 22,626
10/13  Trial #2 of 2   - 20,143  (-11.0%)
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Punisher v10 #1 – 54,558  (   --- )
02/14  Punisher v10 #2 – 31,709  ( -41.9%)
03/14  Punisher v10 #3 – 29,636  (  -5.6%)
---
2 year  (  34.0%)
5 year  ( -20.3%)
10 year ( -36.4%)

A drop of 5% might mean this series will start to level out around 25-27k, which would be a decent number for Punisher historically.

73. CATACLYSM
07/13  Hunger #1 of 4    - 70,835
08/13  Hunger #2 of 4    - 44,929  (-36.6%)
09/13  ---
10/13  Hunger #3 of 4    - 39,915  (-11.2%)
10/13  Hunger #4 of 4    - 36,775  ( -7.9%)
10/13  Cataclysm #0.1    - 37,589  ( +2.2%)
11/13  Cataclysm #1 of 5 - 42,109  (+12.0%)
12/13  Cataclysm #2 of 5 - 33,348  (-20.8%)
01/14  Cataclysm #3 of 5 - 29,566  (-11.3%
01/14  Cataclysm #4 of 5 - 26,363  (-10.8%)
02/14  Cataclysm #5 of 5 – 25,752  ( -2.3%)
03/14  Survive (One-Shot)- 28,782  ( 11.8%)

Survive is the epilogue to the Cataclysm and bridges the gap between the new Ultimate universe books coming next month. Hopefully, more people will be reading those then picked up Survive.

70. Loki
03/11  Loki #4 -  12,055  
---
02/14  Loki #1 -  41,921  (  --- ) [44,259]
03/14  Loki #2 -  27,968  ( -33.3)
---
3 year  (132.0%)

I’ll be keeping an eye on this. Issue 2 sees a drop in orders but issue 1 had some strong re-order activity so we may see this book’s sales grow or at least start to level out. Still it is doing much better than the last Loki series.

78. BLACK WIDOW
01/14  Black Widow #1 - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2 - 31,260  ( -42.0%)[33,603]
02/14  Black Widow #3 – 28,127  ( -10.0%)[30,187]
03/14  Black Widow #4 – 27,378  (  -2.7%)

Very small drop this month plus good re-order activity is promising for this series. I wonder if we’ll either see it flatten out more, or even get an increase in sales. This series isn’t that far off in sales from other Avengers movie stars like Cap, Hawkeye, Thor, and Iron man, so maybe a solid 30k is really good for solo Avengers books.

79. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR
03/09  X-Factor #40    - 31,883  
03/11  X-Factor #215   - 25,256  
03/12  X-Factor #231   - 23,840  
---
03/13  X-Factor #253   - 20,835  ( -0.4%)
04/13  X-Factor #254   - 20,579  ( -1.2%)
05/13  X-Factor #255   - 20,442  ( -0.7%)
05/13  X-Factor #256   - 20,602  ( +0.8%)
06/13  X-Factor #257   - 20,264  ( -1.6%)
06/13  X-Factor #258   - 20,154  ( -0.5%)
07/13  X-Factor #259   - 20,065  ( -0.4%)
08/13  X-Factor #260   - 19,982  ( -0.4%)
08/13  X-Factor #261   - 19,781  ( -1.0%)
09/13  X-Factor #262   - 20,382  ( +3.0%)
10/13  ---
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  X-Factor v4 #1  - 45,727  (
01/14  X-Factor v4 #2  - 32,228  ( -29.5%)
02/14  X-Factor v4 #3  - 29,915  (  -3.2%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #4  - 27,337  (  -8.6%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #5  - 26,656  (  -2.5%)
---
6 Mnth  (  34.1%)
1 Year  (  30.6%)
2 Year  (  15.0%)
3 Year  (   8.2%)
5 Year  ( -14.3%)

Adding to the trend I’ve been mentioning. Here is another series that is already getting very close to where it was pre-relaunch. The good news is that each month its sales drops are getting smaller, but it still seems on track to fall right down to where it was pre-relaunch before long. This leads me to think that if you were reading X-factor, you kept reading it, but if you weren’t reading it, the new direction didn’t really draw you in and keep you interested.

80. ALL-NEW INVADERS
---
01/14  All-New Invaders  #1 - 55,167
02/14  All-New Invaders  #2 – 32,293  (-41.5%)
03/14  All-New Invaders  #3 – 27,329  (-15.4%)
---
6 Mnth  (   --- )
1 Year  ( 116.8%)
2 Year  ( -33.0%)

Still dropping but slowing down some.

82. She-Hulk
03/04  She-Hulk v1 #1   -  34,499  
02/13  Red She-Hulk#63  -  15,941  
---
02/14  She-Hulk    #1   -  41,921  (  --- )
03/14  She-Hulk    #2   -  26,675  (-36.3%)
---
1  Year  ( 67.3%)
10 Year  (-22.7%)

Now I didn’t see any re-order activity on this series, but it did get a second printing of issue 1. Maybe we’ll get more numbers and some re-orders next month to get a better idea if these numbers are on track. If they are, this series isn’t doing as well as some of the other new offerings like Ms. Marvel and Black Widow.

85. New Warriors
03/09  New Warriors #20 -  15,081
---
02/14  New Warriors #1  -  45,765  (  --- )
03/14  New Warriors #1  -  26,006  (-43.2%)
---
5 year  ( 72.4%)

That is a pretty big drop. I’ve heard good things about this series, but the numbers seem to suggest that retailers aren’t buying it and without a lot of re-orders it doesn’t seem like there is a lot of reader demand either.

90. MIGHTY AVENGERS
03/09  Mighty Avengers   #21 -  71,322  
---
09/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #1 - 101,921
10/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #2 -  54,862  (-46.2%)
11/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #3 -  42,210  (-23.1%)
12/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #4 -  35,740  (-15.3%)
01/14  Mighty Avengers#5.INH -  30,251  (-15.4%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #6 -  27,195  (-10.1%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #7 -  26,512  ( -2.5%)
03/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #8 -  24,933  ( -6.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -75.5%)
5 Year  ( -65.0%)

This book continues to drop and will probably slip under 20k shortly which is historically where Marvel either relaunches or cancels a series.

91. Winter Soldier Bitter March
03/12  Winter Soldier #3  - 34,923
02/13  Winter Soldier #16 – 20,973
---
02/14  W. Soldier BM  #1  - 31,137  (  --- )
03/14  W. Soldier BM  #2  - 24,831  (-20.3%)
---
1 Year  (  18.4%)
2 Year  ( -29.0%)

I’m not really sure what they were going for with this series. It is a Winter Soldier story timed to come out at the same time of the movie but doesn’t star the Winter Soldier or Captain America. It doesn’t seem like retailer quite knew what to do with it either.

93. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
03/13  Savage Wolverine #3  -  50,310  (-13.6%)
04/13  Savage Wolverine #4  -  45,933  ( -8.7%)
05/13  Savage Wolverine #5  -  42,328  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Savage Wolverine #6  -  59,410  (+40.4%)
07/13  Savage Wolverine #7  -  40,946  (-31.1%)
08/13  ---
09/13  Savage Wolverine #8  -  38,208  ( -6.7%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #9  -  36,451  ( -4.6%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #10 -  33,627  ( -7.7%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #11 -  30,338  ( -9.8%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #12 -  29,739  ( -2.0%)
12/13  Savage Wolverine #13 -  27,490  ( -7.6%)
01/14  Savage #14.NOW       -  30,370  ( 10.5%)
02/14  Savage Wolverine #15 -  25,190  (-17.1%)
03/14  Savage Wolverine #16 -  24,008  ( -4.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.2%)
1 Year  ( -52.3%)

Continues to drift downward even with this issue having a variant cover.

96. MIRACLEMAN
01/14  Miracleman #1 - 52,313
01/14  Miracleman #2 - 36,927  ( -29.4%)
02/14  Miracleman #3 – 25,970  ( -32.6%)  
03/14  Miracleman #4 – 23,557  (  -9.3%)

Okay issue 4 seems to be leveling out a bit which is good. Maybe Miracleman will just be a steady 20k book, which maybe is good a recolored rerelease of an older book.

97, 98. NOVA
03/09  Nova v4 #22 - 26,409
---
03/13  Nova v5 #2  - 46,725  (-42.2%)
04/13  Nova v5 #3  - 40,548  (-13.2%)
05/13  Nova v5 #4  - 38,151  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Nova v5 #5  - 36,545  ( -4.2%)
07/13  Nova v5 #6  - 34,234  ( -6.3%)
08/13  Nova v5 #7  - 31,937  ( -6.7%)
09/13  Nova v5 #8  - 37,767  (+18.3%)
10/13  Nova v5 #9  - 32,323  (-14.4%)
11/13  Nova v5 #10 - 32,716  ( +1.2%)
12/13  Nova v5 #11 - 27,982  (-14.5%)
01/14  Nova v5 #12 - 25,043  ( -10.5%)
02/14  Nova#13.Now – 26,147  (   4.4%)
03/14  Nova v5 #14 – 23,459  ( -10.3%)
03/14  Nova v5 #15 – 22,996  (  -2.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.9%)
1 Year  ( -49.8%)
5 Year  ( -11.2%)

Nova is getting awfully close to dropping below 20k. Perhaps a reboot is in store for this title soon?

101. THUNDERBOLTS
03/09  Thunderbolts  #130  - 45,803  
03/11  Thunderbolts  #154  - 25,455  
03/12  Thunderbolts  #171  - 19,073 
---
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #6  - 39,293  ( -5.7%)
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #7  - 38,553  ( -1.9%)
04/13  Thunderbolts v2 #8  - 36,979  ( -4.1%)
05/13  Thunderbolts v2 #9  - 32,855  (-11.2%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #10 - 32,682  ( -0.5%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #11 - 30,618  ( -6.3%)
07/13  Thunderbolts v2 #12 - 29,081  ( -5.0%)
07/13  Thunderbolts v2 #13 - 28,528  ( -1.9%)
08/13  Thunderbolts v2 #14 - 30,620  ( +7.3%)
09/13  Thunderbolts v2 #15 - 29,703  ( -3.0%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #16 - 29,334  ( -1.2%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #17 - 28,324  ( -3.4%)
11/13  Thunderbolts v2 #18 - 26,502  ( -6.4%)
12/13  Thunderbolts v2 #19 - 24,959  ( -5.8%)
01/14  Thunderblts #20.NOW - 28,994  ( 16.2%)
01/14  Thunderbolts v2 #21 - 24,293  (-16.2%)
02/14  Thunderbolts v2 #22 – 23,629  ( -2.7%)
03/14  Thunderbolts v2 #23 – 22,701  ( -3.9%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -23.6%)
1 Year  ( -42.2%)
2 Year  (  19.0%)
3 Year  ( -10.8%)
5 Year  ( -50.4%)

The numbers on this aren’t great and are trending towards cancellation or relaunch, but it is getting a new writing team with issue 27, so maybe that will help give it a boost.

103. X-MEN LEGACY
03/09  X-Men Legacy  #222 -  55,598
03/11  X-Men Legacy  #246 -  47,893
03/12  X-Men Legacy  #263 -  35,999
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03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #7 -  29,231  ( -5.9%)
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #8 -  28,174  ( -3.6%)
04/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #9 -  28,405  ( +0.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #10 - 25,911  ( -8.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #11 - 25,048  ( -3.3%)
06/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #12 - 23,996  ( -4.2%)
07/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #13 - 23,146  ( -3.5%)
07/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #14 - 22,119  ( -4.4%)
08/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #15 - 21,599  ( -2.4%)
09/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #16 - 20,995  ( -2.8%)
09/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #17 - 20,382  ( -2.9%)
10/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #18 - 19,767  ( -3.0%)
11/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #19 - 19,149  ( -3.1%)
11/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #20 - 18,754  ( -2.1%)
12/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #21 - 18,754  (  n/c )
01/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #22 - 17,868  ( -4.7%)
01/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #23 - 17,636  ( -1.3%)
02/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #24 – 17,307  ( -1.9%)
03/14  X-Men Legacy #300   - 22,422  ( 29.6%)
---
6 Mnth  (   6.8%)
1 Year  ( -23.3%)
2 Year  ( -38.0%)
3 Year  ( -53.2%)
5 Year  ( -59.7%)

Final issue (for now, no word on a possible relaunch) sees a bit of a sales bump.

108. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP
03/12  Avenging #5         - 40,877 
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03/13  Avenging #18        - 31,657  (  +2.8%)
04/13  Avenging #19        - 28,740  (  -9.2%)
05/13  Avenging #20        - 27,609  (  -3.9%)
05/13  Avenging #21        - 27,251  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Avenging #22        - 26,799  (  -1.7%)
07/13  Superior Team-Up #1 - 76,959  (+187.2%)
08/13  Superior Team-Up #2 - 41,155  ( -46.5%)
09/13  Superior Team-Up #3 - 37,363  (  -9.2%)
10/13  Superior Team-Up #4 - 36,296  (  -3.6%)
10/13  Superior Team-Up #5 - 30,424  ( -16.2%)
11/13  Superior Team-Up #6 - 27,189  ( -10.6%)
12/13  Sup. Team-up #7.NOW - 25,514  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Superior Team-Up #8 - 24,296  (  -4.8%)
01/14  Superior Team-Up #9 - 23,071  (  -5.0%)
02/14  Superior Team-Up #10- 22,124  (  -4.1%)
03/14  Superior Team-Up #11- 21,091  (  -4.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -43.6%)
1 Year  ( -33.4%)
2 Year  ( -48.0%)

There was no solicit for this series in June, so not sure if it is totally cancelled or will be rebooted o some sort of Amazing Spider-Man team-up. The sales would indicate that it is time for some sort of change however.

114. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
03/12  Avengers Assemble #1  - 100,833
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03/13  Avengers Assemble #13 - 28,432  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Av. Assemble #14AU    - 35,985  (+26.6%)
05/13  Av. Assemble #15AU    - 33,183  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Avengers Assemble #16 - 27,497  (-17.1%)
07/13  Avengers Assemble #17 - 26,640  ( -3.1%)
08/13  Avengers Assemble #18 - 30,597  (+14.9%)
09/13  Avengers Assemble #19 - 29,564  ( -3.4%)
10/13  Avengers Assemble #20 - 28,886  ( -2.3%)
11/13  Avengers Assemble #21 - 24,831  (-14.0%)
12/13  Av. Assemble #22.INH  - 24,168  ( -2.7%)
01/14  Av. Assemble #23.INH  - 21,943  ( -9.2%)
02/14  Avengers Assemble #24 – 20,059  ( -8.6%)
03/14  Avengers Assemble #25 – 19,102  ( -4.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -35.4%)
1 Year  ( -32.8%)
2 Year  ( -81.0%)

This is the final issue on a really fun and easily accessible Avengers series that could never quite hold onto its audience.

119, 122. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
07/13  Superior Foes #1 - 61,413
08/13  Superior Foes #2 - 34,300  (-44.1%)
09/13  Superior Foes #3 - 30,081  (-12.3%)
10/13  Superior Foes #4 - 26,884  (-10.6%)
11/13  Superior Foes #5 - 23,694  (-11.9%)
11/13  Superior Foes #6 - 21,367  ( -9.8%)
12/13  Superior Foes #7 - 20,858  ( -2.4%)
01/14  ---
02/14  Superior Foes #8 – 19,193  ( -8.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #9 – 18,620  ( -3.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #10- 18,437  ( -1.0%
---
6 Mnth  ( -38.1%)

This series is solicited through June, even with Amazing Spider-Man replacing Superior. It is relatively stable even if its sales aren’t great.

128. A+X
03/13  A+X #5  - 37,250  (-22.5%)
03/13  A+X #6  - 34,434  ( -7.6%)
04/13  A+X #7  - 31,183  ( -9.4%)
05/13  A+X #8  - 26,967  (-13.5%)
06/13  A+X #9  - 25,803  ( -4.3%)
07/13  A+X #10 - 24,371  ( -5.5%)
08/13  A+X #11 - 23,222  ( -4.7%)
09/13  A+X #12 - 21,282  ( -8.4%)
10/13  A+X #13 - 20,908  ( -1.8%)
11/13  A+X #14 - 19,318  ( -7.6%)
12/13  A+X #15 - 18,648  ( -3.5%)
01/14  A+X #16 - 17,913  ( -3.9%)
02/14  A+X #17 – 17,075  ( -4.7%)
03/14  A+X #18 – 16,428  ( -3.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -22.8%)
1 Year  ( -55.9%)

Final issue.

131. GEORGE ROMERO EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT ONE
01/14  Act One #1 of 5 - 24,515
02/14  Act One #2 of 5 – 17,624 ( -28.1%)
03/14  Act One #3 of 5 – 15,720 ( -10.8%)

The drops are slowing down a bit.

132. AVENGERS A.I. 
07/13  Avengers A.I. #1 - 68,130
08/13  Avengers A.I. #2 - 37,079  (-45.6%)
09/13  Avengers A.I. #3 - 29,776  (-19.7%)
10/13  Avengers A.I. #4 - 25,770  (-13.5%)
10/13  Avengers A.I. #5 - 23,146  (-10.2%)
11/13  Avengers A.I. #6 - 20,037  (-13.4%)
12/13  Avengers A.I. #7 - 19,879  ( -0.8%)
01/14  A.I. #8.NOW      - 20,084  (  1.0%)
02/14  Avengers A.I. #9 – 16,906  (-15.8%)
03/14  Avengers A.I. #10- 15,616  ( -7.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -47.6%)

Looks like April’s issue #12 will be the last issue of Avengers A.I. with no relaunch in sight.

80. Captain America Homecoming
02/14  CA Homecoming #1 – 15,379

Not a lot of orders for this miniseries featuring Captain America. Not sure what Marvel was going for with this series, but retailers didn’t order it, and I don’t recall seeing any press about it.

147. MARVEL KNIGHTS: X-MEN
11/13  X-Men #1 of 5 - 30,214
12/13  X-Men #2 of 5 - 22,549  (-25.4%)
01/14  X-Men #3 of 5 - 16,581  (-26.5%)
02/14  X-Men #4 of 5 – 15,014  ( -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men #5 of 5 – 13,294  (-11.5%)

Hopefully, these Marvel Knights book will do better in trade than they did as floppies.

166. MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK
12/13  Hulk #1 of 4 - 22,169
01/14  Hulk #2 of 4 - 14,568  (-34.3%)
02/14  Hulk #3 of 4 – 12,305  (-15.5%)
03/14  Hulk #4 of 4 – 11,363  ( -7.7%)

See above.

172. DEXTER
07/13  Dexter #1 of 5    - 20,540
08/13  Dexter #2 of 5    - 17,304  (-15.8%)
09/13  Dexter #3 of 5     - 17,586  ( +1.6%)
10/13  Dexter #4 of 5     - 14,920  (-15.2%)
11/13  Dexter #5 of 5     - 13,439  (-10.0%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Down Under #1 of 5 – 13,203  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Down Under #2 of 5 – 10,664  (-19.2%)
---
6 Mnth  (-39.4%)

Dropping pretty steeply.

186, 195, 197. REVOLUTIONARY WAR
01/14  Alpha                - 16,788
01/14  Dark Angel           - 14,083
01/14  Knights of Pendragon - 13,440
02/14  Death's Head II      - 11,310 
02/14  Supersoldiers        - 10,310 
03/14  Motormouth           -  9,355
03/14  Warheads             -  9,249
03/14  Omega                -  9,820

Again, we don’t see the whole picture for these Marvel UK books, since we don’t get the UK sales numbers, but the sales for the US weren’t great.

199. Brilliant
02/14  Brilliant #5 – 9,239

This oft-delayed book pops back up with numbers that are low for Marvel, but standard for an indie title.

222. DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD
01/14  Seekers #1 of 5 - 24,910
02/14  Seekers #2 of 5 –  9,182  ( -63.1%)
03/14  Seekers #3 of 5 -  7,887  ( -14.1%)

This Disney marvel crossover is dropping down fast.

6-Month Comparisons
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119.7%	AMAZING X-MEN #5
107.3%	DAREDEVIL #1
93.7%		CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
44.0%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
36.9%		SECRET AVENGERS #1
34.1%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
30.8%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
20.8%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
19.5%		FANTASTIC FOUR #2
13.4%		WOLVERINE #3
6.8%		X-MEN LEGACY #300
6.8%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-3.4%		DEADPOOL #26
-8.4%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
-8.6%		X-FORCE #2
-12.7%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-13.0%	HAWKEYE #17
-13.4%	UNCANNY AVENGERS #18.NOW
-14.1%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-14.2%	HAWKEYE #18
-15.4%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-16.0%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-17.8%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13
-19.7%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-20.2%	IRON MAN #22
-21.1%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-22.3%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-22.8%	A PLUS X #18
-23.6%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-24.3%	ALL NEW X-MEN #24
-28.1%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-28.5%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-32.3%	WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-35.4%	AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25
-37.2%	SAVAGE WOLVERINE #16
-37.9%	NOVA #14
-38.1%	SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #9
-38.7%	SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #10
-39.1%	NOVA #15
-39.4%	DEXTER DOWN UNDER #2
-39.8%	X-MEN #12
-41.7%	AVENGERS #27
-43.6%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-47.6%	AVENGERS AI #10
-75.5%	MIGHTY AVENGERS #8

1 Year Comparisons
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149.4%	CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
104.1%	DAREDEVIL #1
67.3%		SHE-HULK #2
67.0%		AMAZING X-MEN #5
30.6%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
30.1%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
27.4%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
18.4%		WINTER SOLDIER BITTER MARCH #2
0.7%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
-0.3%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
-3.7%		HAWKEYE #17
-3.9%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-5.0%		HAWKEYE #18
-11.8%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-14.6%	DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-18.7%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-19.9%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-22.7%	DEADPOOL #26
-23.3%	X-MEN LEGACY #300
-24.8%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-24.9%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-25.2%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-26.7%	SECRET AVENGERS #1
-27.4%	UNCANNY AVENGERS #18.NOW
-27.6%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-29.9%	ALL NEW X-MEN #24
-31.1%	AVENGERS #27
-31.6%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-32.8%	AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25
-33.4%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-34.1%	IRON MAN #22
-36.0%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-36.0%	X-FORCE #2
-42.2%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-45.3%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-49.8%	NOVA #14
-50.8%	NOVA #15
-52.3%	SAVAGE WOLVERINE #16
-55.9%	A PLUS X #18
-65.4%	WOLVERINE #3
-74.0%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13

2 Year Comparisons
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265%		ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #1
48%		SILVER SURFER #1
169%		MOON KNIGHT #1
99%		DAREDEVIL #1
79%		SECRET AVENGERS #1
74%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
58%		DEADPOOL #26
47%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
46%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
45%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
40%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
35%		AMAZING X-MEN #5
34%		PUNISHER #3
23%		X-MEN #12
19%		THUNDERBOLTS #23
15%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
12%		UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
12%		WOLVERINE #3
12%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
12%		THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
3%		AVENGERS #27
0%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
-5%		UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-6%		NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-8%		IRON MAN #22
-9%		NEW AVENGERS #15
-11%		FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-19%		CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-26%		INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-26%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-29%		WINTER SOLDIER BITTER MARCH #2
-32%		X-FORCE #2
-38%		X-MEN LEGACY #300
-48%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-81%		AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25

3 Year Comparisons
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179.1%	DAREDEVIL #1
176.4%	SILVER SURFER #1
132.0%	LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #2
61.0%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
45.7%		DEADPOOL #26
34.7%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
29.2%		IRON PATRIOT #1
28.4%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
26.5%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
15.8%		UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
8.2%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
5.5%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
0.0%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
-1.5%		UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-6.3%		INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-10.0%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-10.8%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-13.8%	X-MEN #12
-13.9%	WOLVERINE #3
-18.7%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-19.0%	AVENGERS #27
-21.3%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-24.2%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-33.7%	SECRET AVENGERS #1
-33.9%	IRON MAN #22
-35.5%	X-FORCE #2
-53.2%	X-MEN LEGACY #300

5 Year Comparisons
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177.8%	MOON KNIGHT #1
134.6%	ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #1
107.1%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13
84.2%		DAREDEVIL #1
76.6%		CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
72.4%		NEW WARRIORS #2
24.9%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
23.0%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
1.7%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-2.8%		IRON PATRIOT #1
-8.0%		DEADPOOL #26
-11.2%	NOVA #14
-12.9%	NOVA #15
-14.3%	ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
-15.8%	IRON MAN #23.NOW
-16.4%	ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
-17.2%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-20.3%	PUNISHER #3
-22.3%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-29.6%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-36.1%	X-FORCE #2
-44.4%	IRON MAN #22
-45.8%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-48.9%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-50.4%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-50.5%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-52.7%	WOLVERINE #3
-59.7%	X-MEN LEGACY #300
-60.8%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-65.0%	MIGHTY AVENGERS #8

10 Year Comparisons
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145.4%	SILVER SURFER #1
48.0%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
39.7%		DAREDEVIL #1
20.2%		THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-2.2%		IRON MAN #22
-2.8%		AVENGERS #27
-8.4%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-9.8%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-14.1%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-22.7%	SHE-HULK #2
-25.0%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-25.4%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-34.9%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-36.4%	PUNISHER #3
-36.5%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-41.7%	WOLVERINE #3

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15. DC Confirms Earth 2 Weekly comic to launch in October

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At the ComicsPRO meeting DC announced they would be launching three weekly comics this year. Batman Eternal just debuted last week, and The New 52 Future’s End is coming on Free Comic Book Day. And now Nerdist has revealed that as expected, the third weekly will be set on Earth 2. Creators include writers Daniel H. Wilson, Tom Taylor, Paul Levitz, Marguerite Bennet, and Mike Johnson; among the artists: Eddy Barrows, Jorge Jimenez, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqeira, and Tyler Kirkham. DC released a promo (above) by Ben Oliver which indicated this will be another feel good, upbeat story.

Apparently Wilson, author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising and other robot bestsellers, will be the “Showrunnrer” for this particular weekly, stating “This has been a charmed opportunity to jump straight into the deep end of a gritty, complex DC Comics series. I feel incredibly lucky to work with Mike Cotton and the rest of the legendary DC team, figuring out the ultimate fates (and sometimes origins) of so many compelling Earth 2 characters in crisis. I’m having the time of my life.”

Earth-2 is a long running alternate Earth featured prominently in DC comics and as you can see from the above, it has a black Superman who is on good terms with Power Girl and a Batman with a funny looking logo that has not impeded his ability to mourn. Although many attempts have been made over the years to simplify DC continuity by nuking variant earths, the truth is, you can’t keep a good alternate world down.

The book comes out in October.

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16. Review: Some Picks from the Spring Oily Bundle

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Print by Antoine Cosse

It’s hard to convince me to not contribute to the growing number of small press comic subscriptions–every season there seems to be even more great material I want to get my hands onto, and it’s a rather addicting cycle of excitement whenever there’s a new package at my door. Oily has proven to be an exceptionally versatile publisher with their subscriptions—the form of their pocket-size, digestible mini-comics has parlayed a habit-forming nature in their readership that stays true to the internal logic of comics. Series like Melissa Mendes’s Lou and Charles Forsman’s TEOTFW have hooked many a fan in, including myself, allowing a sense of gratification and appreciation that hasn’t always been as accessible in indie comics. There is something quite rewarding about receiving an Oily bundle; the mini-comics are neighborly crafted and packaged to make you feel welcome from the outset.

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This season’s Spring Oily Bundle, a limited 200 count batch, featured 9 different mini-comics along with additional prints and art from the stylish roster of Oily cartoonists. Mixing a touch of the familiar and the new, this was an impressionably refreshing stack of work, demonstrating the inarguable benefits of reading comics in their printed format.

Noah Van Sciver's The Lizard Laughed

Noah Van Sciver’s The Lizard Laughed

The first of the loot is Noah Van Sciver’s new minicomic, The Lizard Laughed. Beginning with a quote from Martin Sheen’s 2012 shared memoir with son Emilio Estevez, Along the Way, Sciver sets up this father-and-son narrative, contorted through his trademark doom-and-gloom thematic craftship. While the recognizable tropes of bleakness and brooding malaise are definitely present, Sciver is able to input some very quiet and reflective moments within this short piece that make it surprisingly satisfying.

Harvey is the deadbeat, stoner dad who gets an unexpected visit from the son he abandoned so many years ago. Although supposedly complacent with his role as an absent father, Harvey endeavors to enact what he believes is fatherly action to Nathan, offering affection through engaging in conversation and artistic similarity, and even planning a joint rendezvous, the time-honored tradition of a father-and-son hike. Harvey’s tragic, cumbersome attempt to fill in a paternal guise is apparent at every moment of the two’s interaction, and the emotional machismo on display is unwieldy.

The ending is no surprise, and there’s a sense of crushing disappointment for both father and son. While Harvey is sure to continue in his cyclical inability to truly connect with another person, Nathan walks away from revenge, and in a way comes to grips with understanding, even in disconnect, why Harvey is the way he is. It would be flawed to associate this comic as another father-and-son narrative, the cringe-worthy air between Harvey and Nathan actually sheds light on Sciver’s creative ability to ride that line between empathy and ridicule. There’s not a lot of people, let alone cartoonists, who can exhibit the gnarled grace that Sciver does with a character like Harvey, someone who is incredulously unlikeable and irrationally mulish to boot.

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Sciver pacifies the overarching tension with Harvey’s meandering tales of playful, fantastical adventures with dangerous historic sites and imaginative recounts of mystical creatures. It’s in these stories that Harvey seems the most in touch with life, his childish sensibility drawn with a touch of humor. He is swallowed by the fantasy of his surroundings, and it’s never more clear how misguided and detached from reality he genuinely is, a palpable actuality that Nathan plainly sees.

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I’m unsure if Sciver meant to comment on or parody the Sheen memoir Along the Way (something tells me neither Sheen nor Estevez wouldn’t be able to connect that sad, self-deprecating psyche in quite the same way), and The Lizard Laugh is anything but a Hollywood memoir. Sciver succeeds yet again in creating a narrative that turns the focus inward; to our own shortcomings that we reject by fluffing up our own perception of wisdom, and the choice Nathan makes that allows Harvey to retain some dignity, to not be small and nothing.

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Crash Trash, an uber little comic from French cartoonist Olive Booger, is a streamlined reworking of his style’s drippy, color-saturated, hysteric scratchiness as seen in Kuš! And his graphic novel, I Like Short Songs. While superficially shrunken down to a 4” by 2.25” mini-mini-comic, Crash Trash packs a whole lot of trippy detail in the comic’s anthropologic recounting of the rise and fall of a fictional 1980s gang called the Trash Boys, along with the antics and lawlessness of their home base, the district of Crashtown.

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It’s at first a little jarring to see such a small comic flushed with a heavy hand of text—almost every panel is scrawled with as much space filled with script as it is image. There is no dialogue, only narration and a smattering of effects, thereby pacing the comic quite cinematically, as panel transitions move from pull back shots of the Trash Boys to close-ups of a fallen comb or cross-cutting to a colossal punt by enemy gang, the Mega Dogs. At first glance, it may seem Olive was restricted by size in the type of details he could use to fill in details, yet his histrionic prose amplifies the limited visual space, resisting an urge to rapidly read the comic. There’s a rhythmic cleverness in the way the comic moves, an ebbing and tiding in the momentum as well as in the elevation of dramatic moments. The story is neither bounded with innovation, so when particular key words are bolded, it aids in setting the scene because you’re most likely able to attribute certain visual cues.

What I’ve said so far shouldn’t discount Oliver’s artistic aspiration; his style is still largely tangible even when stripped down to its red and black risographed print. His previous work harkens a definite Charles Burns influence with the thick, oil paint execution and thematics resonating with the sordid darkness of a city’s underbelly. Crash Trash is situated with the aesthetics of raw, punk desperation of his preceding I Like Short Songs but the simplicity in his line work has taken a new mode, less garish and more nuanced. It’s very impressive to see his art pulsate even with the oppressively tight margins of space.

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A lot has been said about Melissa Mendes’s Lou, the seventeen issue long pillar amongst the Oily lineup. This newest addition, titled A Very Special Lou, marks a revisiting to the series which ended in August 2013, and a warm return it proves to be. Like a childhood friend or long unseen family member, A Very Special Lou is an entirely new narrative that retains its delightful, underlying spirit of kindred nostalgia.

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One of the reasons I really took to this particular issue was how it gently touched on the omnipresence of fandom for professional wrestling. I’ve always been comfortable broadcasting myself as a fan of comics, and more recently I’ve come clean as a fan of professional wrestling. Fans of comics and professional wrestling share a long, complex history of facing ridicule for following such a denigrated form of entertainment—wrestlers and superheroes are arguably a form of con-job, deemed “fake” by those who choose to stand by higher media forms, be it athletics or literary elitists. However, criticisms aside, fans of wrestling and comics share a distinctly unique concept of play, where we consume media in a way that extends the narrative fluidly, defying rigid roles between the identities of producers and consumers.

A Very Special Lou functions both as a piece about being an admirer of comics as well as wrestling through the domestic lens of childhood imagination. Referencing wrestlers like King Kong Bundy and Hulk Hogan through 6-year-old John’s fannish fascination and how it’s lived through his family, Mendes yet again accesses the real emotions that we feel as charismatic kids and continue to feel today. Through the entire Lou serialization, Mendes almost effortlessly lets the reader dip into points of their own life, spurring even the most dormant, forgotten affections.

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The Lou Series all laid out

Stay up to date with all the Oily greatness by browsing the Oily Comics website.

(Image Credits: http://melissammmendes.tumblr.com, http://snakeoily.tumblr.com)

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17. Eventbrite uses social media to examine PAXEast

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PAX East, the hugely successful Boston version of the gaming show created by Penny Arcade, wrapped up last weekend. PAX Prime is held in Seattle, and they just announced PAX South, to be held Jan. 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas. There’s also a PAX Australia—all the shows are run by ReedPOP, which also throws a bunch of comic-cons worldwide, as you may be aware.

Eventbrite is a ticketing agency that helps sell tickets for gaming events and they teamed with social media analysts Mashworks to analyze all posts from Twitter, Facebook, forums, and blogs about PAX East during the three-day convention. Eventbrite sent us the above infographic after using social media analysis to see what people were socialing about the show. Eventbrite provided the following bullet points:   

• PAX East created a bit of a social media frenzy: the event drove a whopping 193,000+ social media posts, driving 500+ more posts than PAX Prime 2013 and 25% more social volume than PAX East 2013!

• There were more women in the mix than ever: 28% of people talking about PAX East were women, up from 25% at PAX East 2013 and 26% at PAX Prime 2013, indicating that female attendance and social sharing at gaming events is steadily growing.

• Move over, Nintendo! Indie games drove big buzz: Over a third of all discussion around game announcements and demos centered on indie games — great to see new names breaking through. Conversations studied ran the gamut, and general excitement about PAX East dominated social discussion (48%), followed by chatter about gaming tournaments, like the Towerfall tournament and the 25K Infinite Crisis Event (15%). Other discussion topics included cosplay (12%), game announcements and demos (10%), Panels (9%), and parties and concerts (6%). The biggest social spike of the convention was the announcement of PAX South, driving over 5,500 posts from excited gamers.


Now why are we highlighting this press release? It seemed to have several interesting aspects, not least of which the integration of more women into the PAX culture. In the past, there were some ugly incidents, but hopefully more mixed participation will help change that.

It also seems that Eventbrite is getting more involved in the pop culture event arena — well, heck everyone is. This kind of data mining could turn out to be quite revealing.

And also, it’s a little scary how much people can figure out from social media, eh?

It grows.

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18. Webcomic alert: Boulet goes shopping

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A new comic by French cartoonist Boulet is always worth noting, and this one about the horror of buying new clothes is no exception, from the dread of buying underwear from snotty sales girls to the doomed perfection of new shows.

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19. Fox and Sony cross-over in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 secret scene — SPOILERS

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It seems that Fox—which controls the X-men and Fantastic Four film franchises— and Sony—which controls Spider-Man—have come to an agreement to create their OWN variant earth-2 Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with a cut scene at the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Foreign viewers are already tweeting about it. I’ve greyed out the relevant info below.

The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ opens today overseas, and fans are already buzzing on Twitter over its end credits. The Sony Pictures release concludes with a teaser for the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a new sequence that has been added since “Spidey 2″ premiered in London last week.

The montage, which features a blue Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, is meant to mimic the coda scenes that conclude the Disney and Marvel Pictures juggernauts, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which introduce new characters.

And yes, it’s a Fox-controlled X-character.

But is this REALLY the start of a titanic cross studio promotion? According to Variety a more prosaic contract detail is the cause. It seems SPIDEY director Marc Webb had a deal with Fox Searchlight, who only let him out of it to make Spidey for Sony on the condition that the movie promote the X-men for free.

So don’t expect to see Spidey in the FF any time soon. That’s ONLY for the comics, folks.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens on May 2.

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20. Boom! reveals BEE & PUPPCAT variant covers

Natasha Allegri’s BEE & PUPPYCAT cartoon is Cartoon Hangover’s latest attempt at world domination — and a highly successful attempt it has been. A Kickstart to make a full season of internet shorts raised more than $800,000, and the series has joined the cartoon mafia over at Boom Studios with a comic coming out next month. Allegri will co write with Garrett Jackson and covers illustrated by Allegri, Zac Gorman (ADVENTURE TIME), Coleman Engle (BRAVEST WARRIORS), and Becky Dreistadt (ADVENTURE TIME).

Allegri is a former Adventure Time designer, a Tumblr titan and the creator of the spinoff characters Fionna and Cake. BEE & PUPPYCAT is the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history—and its extremely kawaii tale of a harried young woman and her wacky alien animal companion is a grand slam home run for the times we live in.

Plus…PUPPYCAT. How did no one think of that before?

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 goes on sale on May 14th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140984. Cover A by Natasha Allegri and Cover B by Zac Gorman will ship in a 50/50 intermix. Variant covers by Coleman Engle and Becky Dreistadt will be available in limited quantities.
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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover A by Natasha Allegri

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover B by Zac Gorman


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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover C by Coleman Engle


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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover D by Becky Dreistadt

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21. 2014 Inkwell Award Nominees announced

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The nominees for the Inkwell Awards, which recognize the stars of inking, have been announced and they are below. You can find out more about the awards, which will be presented at this year’s Heroes Con, at their website.

Inking may be one of the more fragile vocations in the comics ecosystem, but these talenetd people deserve all the recognition they can get.

FAVORITE INKER: Favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist from ’13 cover-dated interior American comic book material

Richard Friend (Forever Evil, Justice League of America, Green Lantern, Legion Lost, World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn(OGN))
Jonathan Glapion (Batman, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, Batgirl)
Wade Von Grawbadger (All-New X-Men, Green Lantern, Legion Lost , X-Men: Battle of the Atom)
Jay Leisten (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Assemble, Gambit, Mighty Avengers, X-Factor, Iron Man)
Danny Miki (Batman, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine & the X-Men)
Norm Rapmund (Action Comics, Forever Evil: Arkham War, Ravagers, Teen Titans, Justice League of America, Nightwing, Superman)

MOST-ADAPTABLE: Ink artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists in ’13 interior cover-dated American comic book material

Juan Castro (G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Team 7, Molly Danger(FCBD))
John Dell (Uncanny Avengers, Superior Spider-man, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Jonathan Glapion (Batman, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, Batgirl)
Scott Hanna (Avengers Assemble, Adventures of Superman, Green Lantern Corp, Once Upon a Time (OGN), Iron Man, Team 7, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine & the X-Men, X-Men, Legion Lost)
Jay Leisten  (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Assemble, Gambit, Mighty Avengers, X-Factor, Iron Man)
Walden Wong (Wolverine & the X-Men, Batwoman, Catwoman, Justice of League America, Minimum Carnage: Omega, Red Hood & the Outlaws, Scarlet Spider, Wolverine Max, X-Men: Legacy, X-Treme X-Men)

PROPS: Ink artist deserving of more attention for their work over other pencilers from ’13 interior cover-dated American comic book material

Juan Castro (G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Team 7, Molly Danger(FCBD))
Richard Friend (Forever Evil, Justice League of America, Green Lantern, Legion Lost, World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn(OGN))
Scott Hanna (Avengers Assemble, Adventures of Superman, Green Lantern Corp, Once Upon a Time (OGN), Iron Man, Team 7, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine & the X-Men, X-Men, Legion Lost)
Mark Irwin (Batgirl, Justice Leauge of America’s Vibe, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Star Wars: Darth Vader & the Ninth Assassin, Uncanny X-Men, )
Bob Smith (Life with Archie)
Walden Wong (Wolverine & the X-Men, Batwoman, Catwoman, Justice of League America, Minimum Carnage: Omega, Red Hood & the Outlaws, Scarlet Spider, Wolverine Max, X-Men: Legacy, X-Treme X-Men)

S.P.A.M.I.: Favorite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent ’13 interior cover-dated American comic book ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC work)

Juan Castro (G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Team 7 and Molly Danger(FCBD))
Stefano Gaudiano (Walking Dead, Bloodshot, Lazarus)
Phyllis Novin (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Simpsons Comics, Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Sonic Universe)
Andrew Pepoy (Simpsons Comics: fur Umme!, Danger Girl: Trinity, Protectors, Inc., Simpsons Illustrated, Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Mr. Burns, Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Professor Frink) 
Cliff Rathburn (Invincible, Super Dinosaur, Walking Dead)
Bob Smith (Life with Archie)
Keith Williams (Uber)

ALL-IN-ONE: Favorite artist known for inking his/ her OWN pencil work in ’13 interior cover-dated American comic book material

Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie, Batwoman, Black Beetle, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hawkeye)
Stan Sakai (47 Ronin, DHP,  Mouse Guard)
Chris Samnee (Adventures of Superman, Batman Black and White, Daredevil)
Fiona Staples (Saga, Batman Beyond, )
J.H. Williams (Batwoman, Sandman: Overture)

THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME AWARD: A hall of fame designation for an inking career in American comic books of outstanding accomplishment (lifetime achievement, 25-years minimum- two winners chosen annually)

*Since 2013 this award category has been decided on internally by the Inkwell Awards Hall of Fame Nomination Committee. From these nominees two award recipients have been chosen and will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held this year at the Heroes Convention (http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/) on Saturday at 12:30pm on June 21st.

Dan Adkins
Violet Barclay (aka Valerie Smith)
John Beatty
Tony Dezuniga
Frank Giacoia
Bob McLeod
Tom Palmer 
Mike Royer
Josef Rubenstein 
Joe Simon 
Bernie Wrightson 

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22. The Dynamite Pre-vinterview: Frank Barbiere on Solar: Man of the Atom

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There’s been a lot of buzz about writer Frank (Five Ghosts) Barbiere of late. As in literally. I keep hearing “Frank Barbiere this” and “Frank Barbiere that.” All good. Likewise, Dynamite’s Gold Key revival has been a surprise hit thus far, with some sturdy characters getting a fresh update. So Barbiere’s take on Solar: Man of the Atom along with artist Joe Bennett definitely qualifies as a buzz book.

The first issue of the book is out today, and Dynamite provided this preview and interview with Barbiere.

Q: he Gold Key characters have such an incredibly rich history in comics. Were you a fan of Doctor Solar before you took on creating this new incarnation for Solar Man of the Atom series?

A: I was familiar with Solar from seeing him a lot in the 90’s, but I was never really a reader of the book. When I started talking about the gig, I went back and read a whole lot–I really wanted to absorb what worked, what was fun, and what the aesthetic of the book was. That was really important because it ended up being crucial to us finding a way to subvert a lot of elements of the book–something that I think is really exciting and hopefully helps us bring Solar to a whole new generation! There is, of course, a caring reverence and I certainly have a strong fondness for the 60’s stuff–it was my favorite of everything I read.

Q: Solar has the potential to be a tremendously powerful character. I thought it was a brilliant stroke to avoid the “superman complex” by having the character be unstable and struggling with his control. What can you tell us about Solar’s struggles coming up in the series?

A: I love the idea of this great power being unstable–a concept I clearly didn’t even, but as you mentioned, works so well in grounding the character a bit. We’re going to be exploring what the “cost” of being Solar is as both he, and our new female Solar, learn to control the powers and really push them to their limit. There is going to be that implicit danger of discovery, the knowledge that at any given time the power could nuke the planet, and those are some pretty exciting stakes to me!

Q: You did both the writing and the lettering for the new series. One of the things I really enjoyed about the first issue was the creative use of lettering placement and the communication of action through mathematical and chemical formulas. What was your inspiration for that novel approach?

A: I enjoy being able to letter my own work because it’s another part of the creative process–it give an almost tactile element to my writing, working it into the art, and I’m always struggling to find new and fun things to do. I was a big fan of how in Bendis’s NEW AVENGERS they would always label the spell that Dr. Strange was using–I thought it would be really fun to try to have the equations that Solar was using in his head (he is a genius, after all) to rationalize the way he’s trying to use his powers.

Q: The artwork of Joe Bennett is really incredible. As a comics fan I was immediately drawn in by the creative panel placement and the fantastic art. This is the way Solar should look! You must be thrilled with the pages. What did you think when you saw the first art samples coming in?

A: I was blown away! There’s always the fear in starting a new project that the art won’t live up to your expectations, but Joe completely has blown us away. He has taken my scripts and created such a dynamic, iconic look for the book–I really can’t just say enough good things. To that end, I’m also really excited that colorist Lauren Affe (whom I have worked with on Five Ghosts) is on the book–she has done amazing work that just makes the art pop off the page and gives the book such a fun, colorful identity. A writer is only ever as good as the artists and colorists working on their stuff, so I’m flattered and humbled by their awesome work.

Q: How does Solar fit into this new Gold Key Universe that is unfolding at Dynamite? Are all four books – Solar, Magnus, Turok, and Doctor Spektor happening in the same shared universe?

A: It is a shared universe. We are planting some seeds and having some fun, but right now the focus is really to build our own characters and not feel bogged down by continuity. Solar is certainly the most “superheroic” of the books, and that gives it its own flavor, but we’ll be seeing some stuff tie in very concretely down the road! Readers who are attentive and read the whole line will start seeing some fun stuff taking shape!

Q: What can you tell us about the current story arc and what is in store for Solar in the upcoming issues? Are there any villains from the past on tap to challenge the good doctor?

A: I’m always mining the original Gold Key source material to find some fun stuff to put in. The first arc is very much the story of our new, female Solar (who we will officially unveil in issue three) and she is going to be facing a powerful threat and putting her powers to the test by the fourth issue. We purposely really wanted to take our time and grow these characters organically–it’s been a blast and I think readers are going to really love our new Solar and appreciate the time we’ve taken building her character and the world that shapes her.

With variant covers by Rob Liefeld and more.

“This all started with an accident…”AN ALL-NEW CORNER OF THE GOLD KEY UNIVERSE! Flooded with experimental radiation that grants him unbelievable powers, the brilliant-and-obsessive Dr. Phil Seleski seeks to unlock the secrets of the universe, begrudgingly becoming a “hero” along the way. But can a single man be trusted with near-limitless abilities? What will this mean to the ones he loves? And will his choices lead to utter chaos and destruction? Brilliant writer FRANK BARBIERE (Five Ghosts) and JOE BENNETT present the Man Of The Atom as you’ve NEVER imagined!

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23. Salt Lake CIty Con expects 100,000 this weekend

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Last fall’s very first Salt Lake City Con drew what is claimed to be 80,000 people, although when I first reported on it it was 50,000 tickets sold,—and the fire marshals came outin force. With that kind of smash, they are holding another one already, nicknamed FanX. And this time they are expecting an even huger crowd. :

Organizer Dan Farr is confident that Utah can support two comic book conventions a year. He predicts this week’s convention will draw 100,000 visitors, at least 20,000 more than last fall’s event, easily breaking the record for the biggest convention in Utah.

“I’m not worried about what happens this year. But as we move into next year, that is a question we need to ask and talk to a lot of fans about,” Farr said about whether his grand experiment of two comic cons in Salt Lake City per year will work. “One thing that fights against that is we do bring in a new cast of guests, and we do change it up. If you go to one event, the next one will be new again. We’ll keep it fresh.”


I share Farr’s lack of fear where two shows are concerned — it sounds like a big market. This edition includes tons and tons of nerdlebrities including various people you would know from the bridge of the Enterprise, being eaten by zombies or patrolling Mega City. Also, comic book people.

When I see attendance numbers going up, up, up I always get a little suspicious, so if there are any Beatniks on the ground, please send in reports. They have already sold 40,000 tickets however, so expect a BIG time.

The show runs three days, but opens today. No Sunday for this con because…well it is Utah.

In case you are wondering, there is a harassment policy on the website.

[Above photo via Josh Wartena.]

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24. The Asbury Park Comicon was a hit

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Whew so many events going on it is hard to keep track. Last weekend’s Asbury Park Comicon seems to have been a cracking good time, based on all the blog and FB posts we’ve seen about it. We’ve been hoping to go to the show every year, but this time two cons in a row left The Beat conned out. I believe Torsten is working on his own report, but co-show runner Cliff Galbraith was kind enough to send along some photos and talk about the show’s move to a new venue AND two days. Would it hold up? What do you think? Take it away, Cliff.

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It was a really incredible weekend. We had the the first nice weekend at the beach — the comic gods were smiling on us once again.  In fact, it kind of blew my mind and it’s got us really pumped up about our show 6/14 (the New York Comic Fest in Westchester). At times we had ticket lines around the block and had to add people to help keep things moving. The fans were really great and it was cool how they were able to talk to a lot of the creators we had, like J.H. Williams and Steranko. Chris Claremont was holding court and being really terrific with the people there to see him. Were we nervous about going to two days? Of course — there’s a lot more moving parts. But we’re glad we did it because it really worked out all the way around and it really sets us up for June when we have the show with Steranko, Sienkiewiecz, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder and Mark Waid.

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One thing that caught me off guard, in a good way, was that Claremont originally was just supposed to be there on Saturday. But that night we had a dinner that was secretly in honor of Denis Kitchen, who we wanted to thank for everything he’s done for the creative community and comics in general. We had a whole bunch of people there and I guess Chris had a good time because he decided to stay a second day! So there he was Sunday, with more fans out the door. Also, J.H. Williams III blogged last week that Asbury Park might be his only show of the year.

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And that dinner was a hit. Jon B. Cooke presented Denis with the award and he was completely taken by surprise. It was really lively with Steranko, Mark Schultz, Annie Nocenti, Don McGregor, Peter Bagge, my partners Robert Bruce and Dan Greenfield, Ming Chen, Michael Zapcic. All there. I don’t want to leave anyone out but Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton and Christa Cassano were there from Hang Dai Studio in Brooklyn. Bob Camp, David Spurlock, Robert Sikoryak. John Holmstrom showed up. Jim Salicrup, Ellen Abramowitz, Tim Truman, Todd Klein, John Workman, Carl and Nancy Gropper, too. 

At the same time, we had Kathleen Hannah’s The Julie Ruin and Screaming Females show over at the Asbury Lanes, so guys like JH Williams and Box Brown were over there at our after-party. We had a lot going on and I think we’re moving towards being a much larger festival with bands and other activities — maybe like a mini SXSW of comics. We leased the park across from the hotel and filled it with food trucks and cars like the Batmobile and Ghost Busters Ecto 1, but next year I see the addition of a ferris wheel and a stage for bands. I want to involve the whole City of Asbury Park. 

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And the best part was the mood was fantastic over the two days — everyone was stoked. We had packed panels with Claremont and Steranko, Williams was a hit, plus Robert Sikoryak’s Carousel got a lot of people talking. The Comic Book Men panel was standing room only. The dealers said they did really well and the artists and writers were getting a lot of shmoozing and commissions in. The cosplay contest was way bigger than last year. And we were pleasantly surprised when Dan DiDio showed up quietly on Sunday afternoon!

Even though we’re called a comicon, I really see this as Rob and I are throwing a party. We choose to invite the people we want to spend the weekend with. That’s how this started a few years ago and it’s how we’re going to keep it. It’s for people we enjoy being around and those we’d like to get to know. I remember when cons were a lot more fun and a lot less crowded — Asbury Park is a reset to a more sane time in con history. I was really starting to feel bad for kids who never got to experience the cons we got to go to. I’m not trying to change the con business, I’m just offering an alternative. The big cons are like Hollywood blockbusters, we’re more like the quirky little indie film that’ll touch your heart. 

Next up for the Crucial folks is the New York Comic Fest June 14th in White Plains, and in 2015, the East Coast Comicon at the Meadowlands(!).

Next year for sure.

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25. Warren Ellis to revamp Dynamite’s Superpowers Universe

Well well, Dynamite is putting together quite a collection of creators, aren’t they? Here’s a big one: Warren Ellis will take over the Project Superpowers universe later this year. Just what that means isn’t entirely clear, but according to senior editor Joe Rybandt, Ellis will be given “carte blanche to reimagine these characters and this world.” A reboot revamp then.

Project Superpower, you may recall, is a relaunch of a bunch of public domain Golden Age superheroes originally revamped (in 2008) by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger. Among the heroes, the Black Terror, The Owl, the original Daredevil The F-Troops and so on. Dynamite has been publishing various mini-series since then, but this would seem to be a clean break from the last version.

Just imagine Warren Ellis writing something called The Black Terror—the possibilities are endless.

In a statement, Ellis wrote, “I’ve long been fascinated by the period in comics that produced these characters, and I’m very much looking forward to working out the strange, atmospheric take on the weird thriller that they inspired.  Also, it’s going to be a pleasure to finally do a job through the good offices of my old friend Nick Barrucci.”  

”I’ve wanted to work with Warren for many years, and have approached him more than a few times,” Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci added. “I can honestly say that when his schedule allowed for us to work together, I was speechless.  We’ve been waiting for the right creative vision to bring back Dynamite’s Superpowers Universe, and I can’t think of anyone better than Warren to do so.  I was elated that both came together.  He will make this series his own and will bring a larger audience to Dynamite’s Super Powers universe.  This is truly an honor to be working with him, as Warren elevates Dynamite to a new level.”

If you’ve been following Ellis’s mailing list, he’s been gallivanting all over the world on a bunch of secret projects, some of hem seemingly showbiz related. His novel Gun Machine is being developed for television, and his Wildstorm mini RED formed the basis of two films. Plus he has a new image series, Trees, coming out later this year, drawn by Jason Howard.

Dynamite sent along some art by Ross, Jae Lee and Steve Sadowski from previous versions of Project Superpowers.

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