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1. You Gotta Hand It To Kevin Feige For This Sneaky Homage!

Last April, Cinema Blend reported that Marvel’s Phase Two movies all share a common trope: So is this a spoiler for Ant-Man… not really. I’m obsessed with Star Wars. Who’s not? I’m 40 years old. I’m in the movie business. I went to USC. So I’m obsessed with Star Wars – and it didn’t start […]

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2. SDCC ’15: It’s Darth Vader Vs. the Entire Rebellion in Vader Down

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Darth Vader is a “force of nature” in the Star Wars Universe, able to take on a horde of Rebel scum with no problem, that being said, would it be possible for him to do battle with the Rebel forces all by himself? Would Vader be able to do combat with the trio of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia all by himself? Marvel’s latest crossover, Vader Down is answering those questions, exploring what would happen to an impossible villain pit against an entire army of rebels. Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen are reprising their writing roles on Darth Vader and Star Wars to tell the story, starting with Vader Down #1 joined by Mike Deodato and Salvador Larroca. Comics Beat recently caught up with the authors to ask questions about the upcoming crossover. Check out Marvel’s solicit text:

STAR WARS: VADER DOWN

A Six-Part Star Wars / Darth Vader Crossover

When: November 2015

Creators:  Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen (W), Mike Deodato & Salvador Larroca (A)

Covers by Mark Brooks

Editor: Jordan D. White

What: A million voices cried out…and we’re giving them what they want! Since Marvel’s Star Wars line launched in January to much fanfare, the main series Star Wars and its sister series DarthVader have told both sides of the tale of the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire between the original STAR WARS and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Now, the two series come together in the Mighty Marvel manner to tell one epic tale! When Darth Vader accidentally finds himself facing off against the Rebel Fleet on his own, the rebels will learn the true strength of the Dark Side of the Force! Once Vader crashes on a nearby planet, the Rebellion is willing to risk everything for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to take out one of their biggest enemies! Luke! Vader! Leia! Aphra! Han! Chewie! And all manner of Droid, good and evil! Star Wars’s Jason Aaron and the full Darth Vader creative team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca are joined by artist Mike Deodato as the casts of both books come together for the crossover that binds everything together!

Note: this crossover kicks off in an oversized VADER DOWN #1 and continues throughout issues of Star Wars and Darth Vader.

Vader DOWN:

“He was shot down” explained Gillen when asked about Darth Vader ended up in the fateful situation! Aaron moved on to mention that the series kicks off with “the biggest action scene we’ve done in any of our (Star Wars) series.” The author indicated that this moment where Vader is shot down is also the next big plot moment for the title.

Darth Vader, main character?

When asked how Darth Vader serves different roles in each of the books, Aaron mentioned how he sees Vader as “a force of nature.” The villain looms large over the Star Wars franchise, and eventually, he even served as a protagonist in Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader comic “I don’t do captions for Vader — you never really know what Vader’s thinking.” This helps build the mystery and tone of the bleak descent into the mind of Vader in Gillen’s series.

How do Star Wars and Darth Vader lead-up to Vader Down:

“Well in the first act,” said Aaron, “there was that big moment where Vader is connecting Skywalker for the first time to the pirate’s plot to destroy the death star. With the fallout of that in his second arc, now he’s worked to restore order. Our books separated a little bit more in the second arc, now we’ve delved a little bit more into introducing our own new characters and now, bringing them all crashing together.”

Continuity kerfuffle and Star Wars love!

We also learned that the creative had no issue trying to navigate the piece of time in-between Star Wars movie titles and A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. The two creators quietly navigated behind-the-scenes continuity work and tell their own stories in the official Star Wars canon. Finally, Jason Aaron shared a quote regarding his personal relationship to the Star Wars franchise: “For me it’s just…I was the perfect age for Star Wars.”

Age isn’t just a number. Pick up Vader Down #1 in November, and then continue the crossover as it bleeds into Darth Vader and Star Wars shipping monthly from Marvel.

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3. Marvel to Publish Chewbacca Comic Series

Chewbacca (GalleyCat)“This is a new day, a new beginning.” Marvel plans to publish a spin-off comic starring Chewbacca.

According to the announcement, the famous wookie, who originates from the Star Wars universe, will be the focus of a five-issue series. The launch has been scheduled for October.

Writer Gerry Duggan and artist Phil Noto have been brought on for this project. Duggan confirmed in an interview with MTV.com that Chewbacca, true to character, will not be speaking. (via Entertainment Weekly)

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4. New Doc ‘Raiders, Raptors and Rebels’ Celebrates 40 Years of ILM

George Lucas's groundbreaking visual effects company is celebrated in a new one-hour special on the Science Channel

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5. SDCC ’15: Marvel Announces “Star Wars: Vader Down,” a HUGE Crossover Event

Announced today at Marvel’s annual SDCC “Cup O’ Joe” Panel featuring Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, the Marvel Star Wars comic franchise will mark its first anniversary by releasing its first line-wide crossover event, Star Wars: Vader Down.

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by Mark Brooks

Co-written by flagship title author Jason Aaron and Darth Vader writer Kieron Gillen, Vader Down will see the titular Sith lord at his most vulnerable and most powerful.  When his ship crash lands on an unspecified planet, the Rebel Fleet will “risk everything” for the opportunity to take down their most powerful enemy.  They’ll throw everything they have against Vader, and the series will throw the kitchen sink at you.

Vader Down will feature appearances from Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, Aphra, and more.  The six-part miniseries will begin in November 2015 and will feature Mike Deodato and Salvador Larroca on art with covers by Mark Brooks.  The crossover will begin in Vader Down #1 and spill into Star Wars and Darth Vader.

 

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6. *FRIDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

By: Nick Eskey

Hello again nerds and nerdettes, and welcome to another installment of San Diego Comic-Con Funko releases! You know Funko, the purveyors of the highly popular POP! series of collectible figurines, who also vow to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place. “

We have some exciting announcements this time, including an extremely limited edition POP! figurine. Reminder, this year Funko will not be doing any sort of pre-buying. The only way you can get this beauties is on site, so be sure to visit the booth. If you don’t have tickets to Comic-Con… well there’s always black magic?

Without any further distractions, let’s bring on the toys:

Pop! TV: Doctor Who - Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head

Pop! TV: Doctor Who – Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head

Does the sight of a British police booth cause you to hyperventilate? This eleventh incarnation of Doctor Who holding a Cyberman head then is the right toy for you. Check him out with his chic purple jacket and debonair hair. *Swoon.*

Pop! Disney: Frozen - Barbershop Quartet Olaf

Pop! Disney: Frozen – Barbershop Quartet Olaf

From Pixar’s “Frozen,” perpetuator of a few sickly cute and catchy songs, comes everyone’s favorite silly snowman Olaf. This Barbershop Quartet Olaf comes complete with a hat, cane, and similarly dressed seagull sidekick.

Pop! TV: The Flash - The Flash Unmasked

Pop! TV: The Flash – The Flash Unmasked

Fan’s of the series “Flash” should keep their eyes peeled for this POP! The Flash Unmasked. Be careful not to let this one slip by you.

Hikari: Star Wars - Darth Vader Matte Black

Hikari: Star Wars – Darth Vader Matte Black

Another Star Wars collectible? No, never. Who could have predicted? Despite there already being a thousand other pieces of Star Wars merchandise however, this Darth Vader Matte Black figure by Hikari looks beautiful. It almost looks like if this famous Sith was made of copper. Better find some room on those already crowded shelves for this toy, which is limited to only 1200.

Hikari: Marvel - Frosted Groot

Hikari: Marvel – Frosted Groot

In this batch of announcements, Hikari will be also coming out with this Frosted Groot. Limited to 1000, it looks like this humanoid plant made out with Olaf. Oh the magic of warm hugs.

Dorbz: Batman - Thrillkill Batman

Dorbz: Batman – Thrillkill Batman

Nothing better strikes fear into the hearts of men more than a caped crusader in a mask. Well, maybe a caped crusader in full grin and an alternate costume. Dorbz’s Thrillkill Batman sports a red and black costume and a smiling face. A cute, yet disturbing addition to any collection.

Pop TV: Hannibal - Bryan Fulle

Pop TV: Hannibal – Bryan Fulle

And rounding off our releases is this highly limited edition POP! It’s unfortunate that the show Hannibal was cancelled, but you can share the hurt with this Brian Fuller figure. Dressed to kill in his Hannibal like attire, the show’s creator also sports a pair of spectacles and a large kitchen knife. This bad boy comes in only 144 units and will be available during his signing at the Funko booth on Friday, July 10th at 2 p.m. The line for the signing won’t begin until 1p.m., so no early campers please. No other Funko items will be sold during this time.

We’re getting closer to Comic-Con, so stay tuned for more Funko exclusives!

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7. *WEDNESDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

By: Nick Eskey

It’s that time again, legion of toy lovers; The Wednesday update for the Funko toy exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

Well known for their super popular POP! Toy collection, Funko strives to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.” As a reminder, there will be no pre-buy option available this year. So if you need or want any of these beauties, best to pick them up at the Funko booth, or see if you can bribe a random person (we do not condone the practice of bribery).

Not to hold out any longer, here are the latest additions:

Pop! Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked]

Pop! Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked]

Though not one of her better remembered ensemble, this Star Wars Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked] POP! is still pretty fetching. You’ll wish this bounty hunter was looking for you.

Pop! Marvel: Avengers: Age of Ultron - Grinning Ultron

Pop! Marvel: Avengers: Age of Ultron – Grinning Ultron

Just when you thought you saw every scary robot to date, this Grinning Ultron decidedly takes the cake. We don’t know why he’s so happy, but let’s hope we never find out. He’s sure to give a few nightmares.

Pop! Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Red)

Pop! Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Red)

Before we know it, we’ll have an army of these Lil’ Gruesome figurines in a rainbow of colors. Joining his green and yellow brothers, this Red Hannah-Barbera character is my favorite so far.

Pop! Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy - Nova Rocket with Potted Groot

Pop! Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy – Nova Rocket with Potted Groot

At the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, did you find yourself a little misty eyed? No? Just me? Well… I’m sure this Nova Rocket with Potted Groot will find a way to tug at those heartstrings.

ReAction: Terminator 2 - T1000 with Hook Arms

ReAction: Terminator 2 – T1000 with Hook Arms

Any machine that can become liquid, a solid, or take the shape of any person is pretty sweet. This T1000 figure from the Terminator 2 movie is sporting his kick-butt Hook Arms, as well as vintage-esque packaging from when toys were simpler than the crazy articulated ones of today.

Vinyl Idolz: Ghostbusters - Marshmallowed Egon Spengler

Vinyl Idolz: Ghostbusters – Marshmallowed Egon Spengler

And lastly, this Vinyl Idolz from the Ghost Busters movie is a gooey exclusive. Marshmallowed Egon Spengler comes with his ghost containment pack, ghost detector, and white marshmallow splotches. I hope that stuff can come out in the wash.

As we’re getting closer and closer to San Diego Comic-Con, expect a few more toy leaks on the way. Stay tuned doers of all things nerdy!

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8. E3 2015 Hands On: DISNEY INFINITY 3.0, Star Wars Cutest Battlefield Yet!

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Over the last few years, it feels as though Disney’s business model was listening to a five year old smash together her or his action figures while making up stories with raucous sound effects and accidentally spitting kook-aid every where. To consumers and fans alike, it worked! Disney not only owns the intellectual property of several great in house and Pixar characters, but they’ve roped in all characters Marvel Comics has ever published and the universe that George Lucas created.

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They aren’t missing any opportunities to capitalize. Their newest wallet cracker from Disney Interactive, for the first time, brings the Star Wars universe to Disney Infinity 3.0. The folks over at Disney Interactive gave us a guided tour of their lavish E3 booth and a sliver of hands on time with the upcoming Twilight of the Republic playset.

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From the moment you jump into the Disney version of the Star Wars universe it feels very familiar to the previous entries. The game’s platform elements have some neat things going on. As Darth Maul, I found myself rail grinding through a playful version of the lava factory Anakin battled Obi-Wan in. Once I force jumped my way onto a nearby platform the real difference in the game kicked in. Avalanche Software, the games lead developer, brought in studio Ninja Theory to construct Infinity 3.0’s light saber combat. You might know the studio’s work from fantastic action combat games like the newest Devil May Cry (DMC) and Heavenly Sword. The difference shows!

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Force characters have powered attacks like push and leap while light saber wielding attacks feel fluid and meaty. Both Jedi and Sith characters also have specific traits. For example running with Darth Vader automatically blocks incoming attacks. The combat is an evolution from the button mashing we’re accustom to from Disney Interactive games. It manages to feel slightly complex yet simple enough for kids to be proficient with. We also got to take on General Grevious in a harsh boss battle, four light sabers and all. It took both Darth Maul and Darth Vader to bring him down as these battles are tough but not overcooked steak tough.

Disney Infinity 3.0 will be one of the most ambitious launches in the franchise’s history. Once the Infinity 3.0 set launches with Twilight of the Republic characters other sets based on different Star Wars periods will be made available. Each play set is story-driven and provides players a multi- level, true-to-property experience.

Additional TOTR characters:

TOTR_DarthMaul TOTR_ObiWan TOTR_Yoda

 

Rebels TOTR:

REB_Ezra REB_Zeb REB_Sabine REB_Kanan

 

 

Rise Against The Empire:

EMP_IGP_Luke EMP_IGP_Leia EMP_IGP_HanSolo EMP_IGP_DarthVader EMP_IGP_Chewbacca EMP_BobaFett

 

Bobba Fett will be exclusive to PlayStation through the holidays and will even see a Fett themed starter pack.

The Star Wars™ Saga Starter Pack for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems will be the only place that fans will be able to play as Boba Fett in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition through the holidays, and will also allow fans to get the Star Wars™ Rise Against the Empire Play Set nearly a month before it hits store shelves. The limited edition exclusive Sony offering includes:
Star Wars Saga Starter Pack for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 (suggested retail price: $114.99):
(1) Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition video game software
(1) Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic Play Set piece, (1) Ahsoka Tano figure, (1) Anakin Skywalker figure
(1) Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set piece, (1) Luke Skywalker figure, (1) Princess Leia figure
(1) Boba Fett figure
(1) Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition base
(1) Web Code card (unlocks content for PC/mobile)






Even Pixar’s newest animated film is getting in on 3.0

Inside Out Play Set:

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Other sets are in the works that continue the Marvel inclusion from Infinity 2.0 including Hulkbuster Iron Man. Toy Box mode returns to Infinity 3.0 with a few new features including a new interface which makes it easier for players to choose from a variety of family-friendly gameplay options – from platform, racing and farming simulation games – and activities to inspire players to create their own worlds in the Toy Box. Players can either venture into a Play Set, or partake in short campaigns before creating their own Toy Box world. Creating and sharing their one-of-a-kind levels and mini-games with family and friends has never been easier with improved editing tools and linking system. Players can also summon Townspeople Sidekicks to accomplish feats, attack enemies or help them build in the Toy Box.

In additon, two new Toy Box expansion games will be included where players customize everything using unlocked toys from across all of Disney Infinity 1&2. Toy Box Speedway will be where characters can race across nine tracks to determine who’s the fastest. The other new game is Takeover, where you can enlist the help of friends in order to defend your Toy Box across six-levels from different Disney properties.

Disney fanatics won’t have to wait long as Infinity 3.0 will hit stores Fall 2015 on all Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo consoles, including PC and a mobile version. We’re sure to see even more including near finished versions of play sets at this year’s D23 Expo.

Find out more about the game on the Disney Infinity website.

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9. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: April 2015—Star of the Reorders: The Force Awakens

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by Xavier Lancel

Welcome to a new analysis of the Marvel sales. Reminder: I’m French, that’s why I’m talking funny. Please address your complaints to my sinking-in-the-middle-age country.
Reminder: those sales are estimates, sales to comics shops located in North America. American comics do get sold somewhere else in their original floppy edition. Keep also in mind that if a copy is sold to a shop that doesn’t mean it’s sold to a customer. This would be way too easy. Digital sales are not taken into account.

This month is again lead by the Star Wars franchise at Marvel, but, more surprisingly, it is literally invading the lower portion of the chart with 10k to 20k reorder activity on several issues! There really are a lot of Marvel floppy comics on sale this month (a little more than 100!!). There were so many different variant covers things going on this month that I didn’t bother trying to understand it.

Marvel is leading the way as the most expensive publisher of floppy comics, its customers have never been asked to spend so much in a month. Well, until next month and its invasion of #1 and famous crossovers!

The Marvel Previews has became a mess, titles being scattered in sections they don’t belong to, the “Marvel Heroes” section serving as the default family of titles. A lot of things are happening right now (Star Wars, the Spider-women trend, the Inhumans rise, the Secret Wars, the new #1s, the new old-crossover…) and frankly, I’m wondering where the die-hard Marvel zombies will find the money to buy all this, or even only what is branded as “important”. All is important….does this means in the end that nothing is?

As always, before our exploration of the floppy market, here is a selection of TPB/HC released this month + some scattered in the chart, associated with their title. As always, Deadpool is really a magnet for TPB sales: its various collected editions keep appearing in the charts, a situation that would not have seen the light of the day if Marvel hadn’t stopped its over exploitation of the Deadpool franchise some years ago. Their current exploitation of the character is perfect and it reflects in sales.

Thanks to ICV2.com and Milton Greipp for permission to use these figures.

RAGE OF ULTRON OGN HC
112p, $25, cents per page: 22.3 cents
Since April 2015: 10,934

Those stories labelled as OGN are really making a lot of profit for Marvel, seeing how expensive they are. This one is of course taking advantage of the Avengers movie release to sell more than usual.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EDGE OF SPIDERVERSE TPB
112p, $16, cents per page: 14.2 cents
Since April 2015: 4,655

After its multiple reprint, this is the place where you can find the first appearance of Spider-Gwen, from issue #2. With no surprise, it sold way more than a standart Spider-Man mini-serie.

SPIDER-VERSE HC
624p, $75, cents per page: 12.0 cents
Since April 2015: 2,365

This huge collection of the whole Spider-verse event is not only quite cheap (it’s $ per page is lower than a TPB), but it’s selling quite well, proving that the Spider_verse event was a huge success.

STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION VOL.1 EMPIRE TPB
440p, $35, cents per page: 8.0 cents
Since April 2015: 2,340

This is in fact a collection of various Dark Horse produced mini-series, all told from the empire side, and focused on Darth Vader. Those are good numbers, not mind-blowing, but seeing that it’s directed toward people who were not buying the Dark horse collections, it’s doing perfectly well.

AVENGERS ULTRON UNBOUND TPB
224p, $25, cents per page: 11.2 cents
Since April 2015: 1,880

That’s pretty smart from Marvel: instead of putting West Coast Avengers in the title -this a collection of WCA episodes + a Vision mini from 19994-, they are only putting Avengers and Ultron in it…and it worked pretty well.

AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION VOL.4 BEHOLD THE VISION TPB
456p, $35, cents per page: 7.7 cents
Since April 2015: 1,401

Good old John Buscema Avengers episodes are selling ok, there is no crazy rise in sales due to the movie.

WEIRDWORLD TPB
312p, $35, cents per page: 11.2 cents
Since April 2015: 801

Who would have thought that this Elfquest-like Marvel fantasy series would ever be collected? Of course, that’s because Weirdworld will come back during Secret Wars, involving Arkon. Sales are not impressive, but it was expected that 1k could not be reached, that’s probably one of the most difficult Marvel series to sell to modern readers. Taking that into account, 800 copies sold is almost good.

SKULL SLAYER TPB
192p, $25, cents per page: 13.0 cents
Since April 2015: 665

See, I would have thought that Weirdworld would have been harder to sell than Skull the Slayer…I suppose that the artists attached to Weirdworld (Mike Ploog & John Buscema) won it over those associated with Skull (Steve Gan & Sal Buscema).

1- 206- 235- STAR WARS

01/15 Stars Wars #1 -  1,031,857          [+12,736]
02/15 Stars Wars #2 -    199,787 (-80.6%) [+10,077]
03/15 Star Wars  #3 -    161,226 (-15.0%) 
04/15 Star Wars  #4 -	203,817 (+26.4%)

Since issue #2: +2.0%

More than the more than 1 million debut sales, this mind-blowing +26.4% (and this unusual +7.4% since issue #2) are the indications that this launch is working very well, probably way more than expected. It should sell like crazy once the paperback editions are out. There are (only) 2 variant covers left. Issue #1 and #2 sell again in reorder.

5- 79- 201- 215- DARTH VADER

02/15 Darth Vader #1 -  276,086          [+11,637]
02/15 Darth Vader #2 –  119,693 (-56.6%) [+11,837]
03/15 Darth Vader #3 -  119,454 (- 0.2%) [+34,298]
04/15 Darth Vader #4 -  123,394 (+ 3.3%)

Since issue #2: +3.1%

Same miracle here, with only one variant cover. Issue #3 sell again at almost 40% of its release sales level, along with issue #1 and #2, selling even more than its last month reorders! That means that sales are going up for 2 months in a row! With numbers like that, Marvel will perhaps soon try their hands on another licence, a genre that it stayed away from since the mid-90’s. You have to go way back to the end of the 80’s to find such a success for a licenced property at Marvel (it was G.I. Joe).

8- KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN LTD

02/15 Kanan TLP #1 -  108.167

By far the weakest star Wars launch so far. But first, it has no major star artist attached to it and second, it’s about a character that only die-hard fans of Star Wars know about. Will there be a major difference in sales between characters from the original Star Wars trilogy and the rest? The following months will give the answer.

 10- 230- PRINCESS LEIA LTD*

03/15 Princess Leia Ltd #1 of 5 – 264,071 [+10,416]
03/15 Princess Leia Ltd #2 of 5-   96,262 (-63.5%)
04/15 Princess Leia Ltd #3 of 5-  102.434 (+6.4%)

Since issue #2: +6.4%

Again, a nice increase, with only 1 variant cover. Will Marvel dilute the Star Wars franchise as she did with the X-Men and the Avengers, with something like 10 ongoing titles or will it try to keep it strong and focused? Numbers seem to suggest there is still room for more. Issue #1 is back with reorder.

11- 126- SPIDER-GWEN

02/15 Spider-Gwen #1 -  278,575 [+24,501]
03/15 Spider-Gwen #2 -  107,070 (-61.6%)
04/15 spider-Gwen #3 -  102.234 (- 4.5%)

Since issue #2: -4.5%

Back to the land of the falling Marvel Universe titles. Spider-Gwen is still both its leader and a strong title, with a really weak fall from issue #2. Issue #1 sell again 24k from reorder.

12- Amazing SPIDER-MAN

04/14  Amazing v3 #1  - 532,586  ( 293.1%)[23,871]
05/14  Amazing v3 #2  - 123,945  ( -76.7%)
06/14  Amazing v3 #3  - 109,029  ( -12.0%)
07/14  Amazing v3 #4  - 117,917  (   8.2%)O.Sin 
08/14  Amazing v3 #5  - 101,655  ( -13.8%)O.Sin 
09/14  Amazing v3 #6  -  93,564  (  -8.0%)
10/14  Amazing v3 #7  - 116,051  (  24.0%)
10/14  Amazing v3 #8  -  99,549  ( -14.2%)
11/14  Amazing v3 #9  - 135,280  
11/14  Amazing v3 #10 – 100,899 
12/14  Amazing v3 #11 – 104,739  ( +3.8%)
01/15  Amazing v3 #12 – 105,458  ( +0.6%)
01/15  Amazing v3 #13 – 103,093  ( -2.2%)
02/15  Amazing v3 #14 – 106,778  ( +3.6%)
02/15  Amazing v3 #15 -  99,660  ( -6.7%)
03/15  Amazing v3 #16 -  92,289  ( -7.4%)
04/15  Amazing v3 #17 -  99.964  ( +8.3%)

03/15  Amazing v3 #16.1- 73,170  (-20.7%)
04/15  Amazing v3 #17.1- 68.907  (- 5.8%)

Since issue #2: -19.3%

I have no idea why the numbers of the ongoing are re-bouncing like that, except if there was a glitch last month. The Gerry Conway mini-series is holding well.

13 DEADPOOL
 
11/12  Deadpool v4 #2  -  76,445 
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03/14  D'pool #25.NOW  -  48,775  (  18.6%)
... 
10/14  Deadpool v4 #36 -  46,600  (   7.0%)(Axis)
11/14  Deadpool v4 #37 -  51,579  ( -20.8%)(Axis)
12/14  Deadpool v4 #38 -  43,433  ( -15.8%)(Axis)
12/14  Deadpool v4 #39 -  42,198  (  -2.8%)(Axis)
01/15  Deadpool v4 #40 -  42,467   (+0.6%)
01/15  Deadpool v4 #41 -  39,848   (-6.2%)
02/15  Deadpool v4 #42 -  46,104   (+15.7%)
03/15  Deadpool v4 #43 -  44,888   (- 2.6%)
03/15  Deadpool v4 #44 -  39,716   (-11.5%)
04/15  Deadpool v4 #45 -  96.897  (+144.0%)

Since issue #2: +26.8%
Average +TPB sales #35-40: +10.7% 
DEADPOOL TPB VOL.7 : 5,003 [+528]

This is supposed to be the 250th issue of Deadpool. Marvel didn’t even push this one strongly: you had to go as far as page 78 of the Marvel Previews to find it! It’s a 100p mammoth, with a $10 price, and tons of variants. $10 is not cheap. Apparently, customers are more than ready to pay this price, even if they are not reading the ongoing Deadpool title. I wouldn’t be surprised if others fake Deadpool anniversary issues would pop up in the future and if their price would go up to 12$. Those last few years, Marvel has been testing its fan base to know how much more money they can charge their floppy customers, for the same product, or even lower in quality. Meantime,the last collected edition rises above the 5k in comics shop.

DEADPOOL CLASSIC COMPANION TPB
384p, 35$, cents per page: 9.1 cents
Since April 2015: 2,106

Deadpool is so popular it managed to sell more than 2k of this collection of really disparate comics -only because he appears in it- but also really atrocious ones, which, otherwise, would never had a chance of ever being collected, like those issues of Secret Defenders or Silver Sable & the Wild Pack!

16- THOR
  
12/12  Thor v5 #1   - 110,443
...
02/14  Thor #19.Now–  42.034  ( 10.1%)
...
09/14  Thor v5 #25 –  53,047  (  38.4%)
10/14  Thor v6 #1  – 150,862  ( 184.4%)[10,756]
11/14  Thor v6 #2  –  89,131  ( -40.9%)
12/14  Thor v6 #3  –  72,563  ( -18.6%)
01/15  Thor v6 #4  -  69,497  ( -4.2%)
02/15  Thor v6 #5  -  69,513  ( +0.0%)
03/15  Thor v6 #6  -  70,569  ( +1.5%)
04/15  Thor v6 #7  -  71,372  ( +1.1%)

Since issue #2: -19.9%

The expectation to find out who this new Thor is building, while the title remains one of the strongest title of the Marvel Universe line.

19- UNCANNY INHUMANS

04/15 Uncanny Inhumans #0 -  67.017

Stealing its adjective from the X-Men brand (after the Avengers did it), this is supposed to be a prelude to one of the big Secret Wars launches. Brand it as something important, put a bankable artist (Steve Mc Niven) on it, and you sell thrice more than the usual Inhumans title, even with a 4.99$ cover price. Of course, tons of variants here.

21- 40- AVENGERS

12/12  Avengers v5 #2  -  93,894
...
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%)
04/14  Avengers v5 #28 -  52,808  (  -2.1%)
05/14  Avengers v5 #29 -  58,661  (  11.1%)
05/14  Avengers v5 #30 -  57,099  (  -2.7%)
06/14  Avengers v5 #31 -  53,933  (  -5.5%) O.Sin 
07/14  Avengers v5 #32 -  56,595  (   4.9%) O.Sin
07/14  Avengers v5 #33 -  51,874  (  -8.3%) O.Sin
08/14  Avengers v5 #34 -  54,413  (   4.9%) O.Sin 
09/14  Avengers v5 #35 -  50,629  (  10.2%) 
10/14  Avengers v5 #36 -  56,771  (  12.1%) 
10/14  Avengers v5 #37 -  49,430  ( -12.9%)
11/14  Avengers v5 #38 -  54,368  (   4.3%)
12/14  Avengers v5 #39 -  47,062  ( -13.4%)
01/15  Avengers v5 #40 -  47,483  ( +0.9%) (SW prelude)
02/15  Avengers v5 #41 -  48,437  ( +2.0%) (SW prelude)
03/15  Avengers v5 #42 -  50,811  ( +4.9%) (SW prelude)
04/15  Avengers v5 #43 -  47.200  ( +7.1%) (SW prelude)
04/15  Avengers v5 #44 -	 62.939  (+33.3%) (SW prelude ) END


Since issue #2: -33.0%

After 5 months of preliminaries, it’s the big explosion! Marvel somehow convinced its customers that a final issue is now a big thing. Of course, only the numbering will be affected in the end, it’s not the final issue of Avengers. Still, +33% readers… Don’t be surprised if in a couple of years, there will be big “final issue” advertisements on Marvel and DC comics!

23- ULTRON FOREVER LTD

04/15  Avengers Ultron Forever	 1 of 3 -  60,351
04/15  New Avengers Ultron Forever 2 of 3 -  42,349 (-39.8%)

It seems to have nothing to do with the movie, but it’s the perfect time-table to sell this good old fashioned Alan Davis mini-series priced at 4.99$. At first, I thought there was a mistake in the Marvel Previews, advertising it both as a mini and a one-shot, but this mini-series is a series of one shot with different names of Avengers titles… Those are more than excellent sales, over-selling the usual Avengers titles for its first part, but I would guess that this weird way of selling it hurt its sales with issue #2. If marvel was thinking “Hey, they will buy more of part 2 because it’s labelled as a #1 issue”, it didn’t work at all. Silliness has its limits.

24- SILK 

02/15 Silk #1 -  86,263 [+11,762]
03/15 Silk #2 -  69,369 (-19.6%)
04/15 Silk #3 -  58.755 (-15.3%)

It’s girl on girl in this issue with a fight against Black Cat. Will we see soon the first try for a Black Cat ongoing series? Felicia Hardy is the example of both a strong-mind and sexy character. She could be Marvel’s Catwoman.

28- GOTG AND X-MEN BLACK VORTEX LTD

02/15 GoTG & X-Men Black Vortex Alpha -  60,412
---
04/15 GoTG & X-Men Black Vortex Omega -  55.955 (-7.4%)

This is in fact part 14 of the Black Vortex crossover! 14!! Are we back to the 90’s or what?! Taking that into account, it’s a miracle so many people stayed with it until the end. Very good numbers among all those events currently at Marvel.

29 NEW AVENGERS
01/13  New Avengers v3 # 2 -  79,433 
...
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (  0.0%)
04/14  New Avengers v3 #17 -  45,885  ( -5.8%)
05/14  New Avengers v3 #18 -  43,668  ( -4.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #19 -  41,989  ( -3.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #20 -  43,962  ( -0.1%)
07/14  New Avengers v3 #21 -  42,699  (  1.8%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #22 -  42,797  (  0.2%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #23 -  40,018  ( -6.3%)
09/14  New Avengers v3 #24 -  45,123  (-12.8%)
10/14  New Avengers v3 #25 -  42,979  ( -4.8%)
11/14  New Avengers v3 #26 -  46,318  (  7.8%)
11/14  New Avengers v3 #27 -  40,408  (-12.8%)
12/14  New Avengers v3 #28 -  39,855  ( -1.4%)
01/15  New Avengers v3 #29 -  41,116  (+3.1%) (SW prelude)
02/15  New Avengers v3 #30 -  42,827  (+4.2%) (SW prelude)
03/15  New Avengers v3 #31 -  44,444  (+3.8%) (SW prelude)
03/15  New Avengers v3 #32 -  40,583  (-8.7%) (SW prelude)
04/15  New Avengers v3 #33 -  55.437 (+36.6%) (Sw prelude) END

Since issue #2: -30.2%

The new Last issue syndrome kicks in. I forgot to mention previously that those last issue are 4,99$ each. With result like this, Marvel will "end" his universe every two years from now on!

18- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

04/13  Guardians v3 #2  -  88,184
...
01/14  Guardian #11.NOW -  61,111  (  14.7%)
02/14  Guardians v3 #12 -  55,454  (  -9.3%)
03/14  Guardians v3 #13 -  56,764  (   2.4%)
04/14  Guardians v3 #14 -  53,976  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Guardians v3 #15 -  54,332  (   0.7%)
06/14  Guardians v3 #16 -  54,827  (   0.9%)
07/14  Guardians v3 #17 -  62,986  (  14.9%)
08/14  Guardians v3 #18 -  60,657  (  -3.7%) O.Sin 
09/14  Guardians v3 #19 -  55,891  (  -7.9%) O.Sin 
10/14  Guardians v3 #20 -  61,072  (   9.3%)
11/14  Guardians v3 #21 -  62,387  (   2.2%)
12/14  Guardians v3 #22 -  52,470  ( -15.9%)
01/15  Guardians v3 #23 -  51,466  ( -1.9%)
02/15  Guardians v3 #24 -  60,046  (+16.7%) B.Vortex
03/15  Guardians v3 #25 -  61,798  (+ 2.9%) B.Vortex
04/15  Guardians v3 #26 -  54.124  (-12.4%)

Since issue #2: -38.6%
Average +% TPB SALES #18-23: +3.6% 
GUARDIANS OTG VOL.4 HC: 2,241

Black Vortex is over but variant covers are still here. Nothing unusual here.

35- ALL-NEW X-MEN

11/12  All-New X-Men #2  - 100,983  
...
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%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #25 -  63,827  (  0.1%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #26 -  58,918  ( -7.7%)
05/14  All-New X-Men #27 -  62,269  (  5.7%)
06/14  All-New X-Men #28 -  57,135  ( -8.2%)
07/14  All-New X-Men #29 -  58,817  (  2.9%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #30 -  54,882  ( -6.7%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #31 -  58,535  (  6.7%)
09/14  All-New X-Men #32 -  54,654  ( -6.6%)
10/14  All-New X-Men #33 -  60,032  (  9.8%)
11/14  ---
12/14  All-New X-Men #34 -  57,569  ( -4.1%)
01/15  All-New X-Men #35 -  51,823  (-10.0%)
02/15  All-New X-Men #36 -  49,464  ( -4.6%)
02/15  All-New X-Men #38 -  58,037  (+17.3%) B. Vortex
03/15  All-New X-Men #37 -  48,140  (-17.1%)
03/15  All-New X-Men #39 -  58,490  (+ 0.8%) B. vortex
04/15  All-New X-Men #40 -  50,770  (-13.2%)

Since issue #2: -49.7%
Average +% TPB sales #31-36: +3.2%
ALL NEW X-MEN VOL.6 HC: 1,901

Black Vortex is over and even the revelation that the gayest member of the x-men is gay can't stop a return to average sales. Don't worry, fighters of the invasion of gay snatchers, it's not the real character, only an alternate version of it (like DC's Green Lantern).

37- UNCANNY AVENGERS

03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   -  63,516  ( 19.4%)
...
10/14  Uncanny Avengers #25 –  53,263  (  7.7%)
10/14  Aven & X-Men Axis #1 – 138,966  (180.9%)
...
12/14  Aven & X-Men Axis #9 –  69,518  (  0.1%)
01/15  Uncanny Avengers v2 #1 – 74,849 
02/15  Uncanny Avengers v2 #2 – 51,339 (-31.4%)
---
04/15  Uncanny Avengers v2 #3 – 50.595 (-1.4%)

Since issue #2: -1.4%

One month late but look on the bright side: it's already stabilized! So a completely useless relaunch, but no harm done so far!

38- UNCANNY X-MEN

02/13 Uncanny X-Men v3 #2  - 94,615
---
03/14 U X-Men #19.NOW      - 64,514 ( 17.5%)
04/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #20 - 55,359 (-14.2%)
05/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #21 - 54,747 ( -1.1%)
06/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #22 - 52,731 ( -3.7%)
07/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #23 - 55,738 (  5.7%)
07/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #24 - 53,677 (  5.7%)O.Sin
08/14 ---
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #25 -  58,062 (  8.2%)
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #26 -  51,862 (-10.7%)
10/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #27 -  57,908 ( 11.7%)
11/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #28 -  55,939 ( -3.4%)
12/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #29 -  53,502 ( -4.4%)
01/15 Uncanny X-Men v3 #30 -  48,824  (-8.7%)
02/15 Uncanny X-Men v3 #31 -  46,993  (-3.8%)
03/15 Uncanny X-Men v3 #32 -  49,639  (+5.6%)
04/15 Uncanny X-Men v3 #33 -  49,278  (-0.7%)

Since issue #2: -47.9%
Average +% TPB sales #26-31: +2.7%
UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 5HC: 1,380

If X-men is not the top seller it was, it seems to have stabilized quite well.

50- HOWARD THE DUCK 

03/15 Howard the Duck #1 – 85,929
04/15 Howard the Duck #2 – 43.572 (-49.3%)

Despite 3 variant covers and the presence of Rocket Raccoon, the fall is huge. As long as it stays above 30k, Marvel can be more than happy with its sales.

16- ALL NEW HAWKEYE

03/15  All New Hawkeye #1  -  66,608
04/15  All New Hawkeye #2  -  42,730 (-35.8%)
 

It was to be expected. As long as it ships every month and sell at least the same amount of copies in floppy than the previous volume, Marvel can be happy.

40- LEGENDARY STAR LORD

07/14  Star Lord #1 – 78,501
08/14  Star Lord #2 – 37,109 (-52.7%)
09/14  Star Lord #3 – 32,918 (-11.3%)
10/14  Star Lord #4 – 37,123 ( 12.8%)
11/14  Star Lord #5 – 36,905 ( -0.6%)
12/14  Star Lord #6 – 32,863 (-11.0%)
01/15  Star Lord #7 – 28,174 (-14.3%)
01/15  Star Lord #8 – 25,227 (-10.5%)
02/15  Star Lord #9 – 38,655 (+53.2%)   B. Vortex
03/15  Star Lord#10 – 40,836 (+ 4.5%)   B. Vortex
04/15  Star Lord#11 – 41,325 (+ 1.2%)   B. Vortex

Since issue #2: +11.4%

Part 13 of Black Vortex. The return to reality could have been brutal but the series is temporarily rebranded as a Kitty Pride & Star-Lord romance book during Secret Wars.

62- FANTASTIC FOUR

02/14  Fantastic Four v6 #1  - 65,775  ( 134.5%)
03/14  Fantastic Four v6 #2  - 37,569  ( -42.9%)
04/14  Fantastic Four v6 #3  - 34,930  (  -7.0%)
05/14  Fantastic Four v6 #4  - 33,263  (  -4.8%)
05/14  Fantastic Four v6 #5  - 33,336  (   0.2%)
06/14  Fantastic Four v6 #6  - 33,177  (  -0.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Fantastic Four v6 #7  - 33,687  (   1.5%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Fantastic Four v6 #8  - 30,674  (  -8.9%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Fantastic Four v6 #9  - 28,827  (  -6.0%)
09/14  Fantastic Four v6 #10 - 28,118  (  -2.5%)
10/14  Fantastic Four v6 #11 - 26,938  (  -4.2%)
10/14  Fantastic Four v6 #12 - 26,638  (  -1.1%)
11/14  Fantastic Four v6 #13 - 25,432  (  -4.5%)
12/14  Fantastic Four v6 #14 - 24,716  (  -2.8%)
01/15  Fantastic Four   #642 – 30,118  ( +21,9%)
02/15  Fantastic Four   #643 – 32,302  ( + 7.3%)
03/15  Fantastic Four   #644 – 32,947  ( + 2.0%)
04/15  Fantastic Four   #645 – 39.389  ( +19.6%) END

Since issue #2: +4.8%
Average +% TPB sales #11-14: +4.7%

This extra-sized final issue has a 6$ cover price. I don't know if somebody really died in it or not but the expectation of an incoming death sure did bring more readers than ever, outselling issue #2 of the relaunch. And it wasn't labelled in big letters as the final issue, Marvel could have perhaps catch even more buyers if they had done it!

FANTASTIC FOUR VOL.3 BACK IN BLUE TPB
120p, 15$, cents per page: 12.5 cents
Since April 2015: 1,255

The poor-selling results of this collection show the current "disamour" of the FF from customers.

67- ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA*

02/14  Capt AmericaV7 #16.Now – 36,534  (   9.3%)
...
09/14  Captain America v7 #24 – 33,517  (   8.4%)
10/14  Captain America v7 #25 – 74,183  ( 121.3%)
11/14  Captain America v8 #1  –120,500  (  62.4%)
12/14  Captain America v8 #2  – 50,077  ( -58.4%)
01/15  Captain America v8 #3  - 50,045  ( -0.1%)
02/15  Captain America v8 #4  - 41,222  (-17.6%)
03/15  Captain America v8 #5  - 38,871  (- 5.7%)
04/15  Captain America v8 #6  - 38,199  (- 1.7%)

Since issue #2: -23.7%

The first arc draws to a close as sales seems to stabilize.

75- ROCKET RACCOON

07/14  Rocket Raccoon #1  -  293,913  ( --- )[7,738]
08/14  Rocket Raccoon #2  -   56,597  (-80.7%)
09/14  Rocket Raccoon #3  -   52,288  ( -7.6%)
10/14  Rocket Raccoon #4  -   57,830  ( 10.6%)
11/14  Rocket Raccoon #5  -   52,979  ( -8.4%)
12/14  Rocket Raccoon #6  -   41,154  (-22.3%)
01/15  Rocket Raccoon #7  -   39,342  ( -4.4%)
02/15  Rocket Raccoon #8  -   38,769  ( -1.5%)
03/15  Rocket Raccoon #9  -   37,549  ( -3.1%)
04/15  Rocket Raccoon#10  -   35,311  ( -6.0%)

Since issue #2: -37.6%
Average +% TPB Sales #1-6: +5.3%
ROCKET RACOON VOL.1 HC:  3,016
 

Still falling too fast for comfort but sure to reach at least issue #20 with a sales level like that. Who would have believe that 5 years ago?

78- 94-SUPERIOR IRON MAN

03/14  Ir. Man #23.NOW  - 43,912  (  51.3%)
---
06/14  Iron Man v6 #28  - 28,027  (  -0.9%)
11/14  Sup. Iron Man #1 - 83,994  ( 199.7%)
11/14  Sup. Iron Man #2 - 42,621  ( -49.3%)
12/14  Sup. Iron Man #3 - 38,806  (  -9.0%)
01/15  Sup. Iron Man #4 – 38,515  (  -0,7%)
02/15  Sup. Iron Man #5 – 35,094  (  -8.9%)
03/15  Sup. Iron Man #6 – 37,113  (  +5.8%)
04/15  Sup. Iron Man #7 – 34,440  (  -7.2%)
05/15  Sup. Iron Man #8 – 32,006  (  -7.3%)

Since issue #2: -24.9%
Average +% TPB sales #1-5: +4.3% 

The variant cover is gone. Sales continue to fall but this "since issue #2 %» is still quite good.

SUPERIOR IRON MAN VOL.1 INFAMOUS HC TPB
136p, 25$, cents per page: 18.4 cents
Since April 2015: 1,816

With floppy sales quite disappointing,releasing an HC edition of the series could have been seen like a risky move, it's not: the first volume sold ok.

80- RETURN OF LIVING DEADPOOL Ltd

02/15  Return of Living Deadpool #1 of 4  -  41,911
03/15  Return of Living Deadpool #2 of 4  -  35,400 (-15.5%)
04/15  Return of Living Deadpool #3 of 4  -  34,220 (- 3.3%)

HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL TPB: 5,667 [+821]
DEADPOOL ART OF WAR TPB: 4,917 [+553]

Perfect behavior as expected. On the TPB side, the collection of the previous mini continue to sell, like all the Deadpool catalog of TPBs, making them rise above the magical 5k limit!

90- DAREDEVIL

02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)[1,948]
04/14  Daredevil #1.50  - 48,462  (-36.2%)
04/14  Daredevil v4 #2  - 42,811  (-11.7%)
05/14  Daredevil v4 #3  - 39,316  (-8.2%)
06/14  Daredevil v4 #4  - 37,902  (-3.6%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #5  - 36,825  (-2.8%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #6  - 37,959  ( 3.1%)
07/14  Daredevil  #0.1  - 33,437
08/14  Daredevil v4 #7  - 36,785  (-3.1%)
09/14  Daredevil v4 #8  - 37,739  ( 2.6%)
10/14  Daredevil v4 #9  - 33,996  (-9.9%)
11/14  Daredevil v4 #10 - 32,438  (-4.6%)
12/14  Daredevil v4 #11 - 31,382  (-3.3%)
01/15  Daredevil v4 #12 – 31,989  (+1.9%)
02/15  Daredevil v4 #13 – 31,483  (-1.6%)
03/15  Daredevil v4 #14 – 29,575  (-6.1%)
04/15  Daredevil v4 #15 – 32,541 (+10.0%)

Since issue #2: -24.0%
Average +% TPB Sales #6-10: +5.5%
DAREDEVIL VOL.2 TPB: 2,098

Sales are going back to the previous months level. We are soon at the end of Mark Waid run, which explain the nice little sales jump.

92- MS. MARVEL

02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286  (  --- ) [15,155]
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%) [3,440]
04/14  Ms. Marvel #3 -  37,140  ( -3.2%)
05/14  Ms. Marvel #4 -  34,839  ( -6.2%)
06/14  Ms. Marvel #5 -  33,795  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Ms. Marvel #6 -  36,041  (  6.6%)
08/14  Ms. Marvel #7 -  32,866  ( -8.8%)
09/14  Ms. Marvel #8 -  32,182  ( -2.1%)
10/14  Ms. Marvel #9 -  32,915  (  2.3%)
---
12/14  Ms. Marvel #10 - 30,282  ( -8.0%)
---
02/15  Ms. Marvel #11 – 29,851  ( -1.4%)
02/15  Ms. Marvel #12 – 29,054  ( -2.7%)
03/15  Ms. Marvel #13 – 32,425  (+11.6%)
04/15  Ms. Marvel #14 – 32,058  (- 1.1%)

Since issue #2: -16.4%
Average +% TPB sales #6-11: +20.4%
MS MARVEL VOL.2 GENERATION WHY TPB: 7,364 [+1,964]

One of the last remaining 2,99$ title at Marvel. Expect this lower price to completly disapear after Secret Wars. On the TPB side, vol.2 is selling again after its release: Ms Marvel is really a juggernaut in collected editions!

93- SPIDER-WOMAN

11/14  Spider-Woman #1 -  93,723 (Spider-Verse)
12/14  Spider-Woman #2 -  44,618  ( -52.4%)(Spider-Verse)
01/15  Spider-Woman #3 -  38,484  (-13.8%) (spider-Verse)
02/15  Spider-Woman #4 -  36,058  (- 6.3%)
03/15  Spider-Woman #5 -  40,068  (+11.1%)
04/15  Spider-Woman #6 -  32,041  (-20.0%)

Since issue #2: -28.2%%

Well, we have our answer to last month riddle: that was the new costume trick which made sales jumped. Here is the cruel return to reality and falling sales. The original Spider-Woman is the black sheep of the "Spider-women" group of titles, like Guardians 3000, the original Guardians of Galaxy team is for its own.

97- SPIDER-MAN 2099

07/14 Spider-Man 2099  #1  -  90,690  ( --- )[6,461]
08/14 Spider-Man 2099  #2  -  47,512  (-47.6%)
09/14 Spider-Man 2099  #3  -  43,418  ( -8.6%)
10/14 Spider-Man 2099  #4  -  40,755  ( -6.1%)
10/14 Spider-Man 2099  #5  -  40,880  (  0.3%)
11/14 Spider-Man 2099  #6  -  38,634  ( -5.5%)
---
01/15 Spider-Man 2099  #7 -  38,455 (-0.5%)
01/15 Spider-Man 2099  #8 -  37,484 (-2.5%)
02/15 Spider-Man 2099  #9 -  34,374 (-8.3%)
03/15 Spider-Man 2099 #10 -  33,528 (-2.5%)
04/15 Spider-Man 2099 #11 -  31,665 (-5.6%)

Since issue #2: -33.4%
Average +% TPB Sales #1-5: +5.4%
SPIDER-MAN 2099 VOL.1 TPB: 2,556

This ship is sinking a little too fast for confort.

54- ANT-MAN 

01/15 Ant-Man #1 – 73,370
02/15 Ant-Man #2 – 40,192 (-45.2%)
03/15 Ant-Man #3 – 37,139 ( -7.6%)
04/15 Ant-Man #4 – 31,637 (-14.8%)

Since issue #2: -21.3%)

By the time the movie is out, this one could reach the cancellation zone.

100- CAPTAIN MARVEL
  
11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
04/14  Captain Marvel v7 #2  - 28,008 (-36.7%)
05/14  Captain Marvel v7 #3  - 26,057 ( -7.0%)
06/14  Captain Marvel v7 #4  - 24,062 ( -7.7%)
07/14  Captain Marvel v7 #5  - 23,666 ( -1.6%)
08/14  Captain Marvel v7 #6  - 21,221 (-10.3%)
09/14  Captain Marvel v7 #7  - 21,022 ( -0.9%)
10/14  Captain Marvel v7 #8  - 20,692 ( -1.6%)
11/14  Captain Marvel v7 #9  - 19,885 ( -3.9%)
12/14  Captain Marvel v7 #10 - 19,973 (  0.4%)
01/15  Captain Marvel v7 #11 – 19,527 ( -2,2%)
02/15  Captain Marvel v7 #12 – 19,199 ( -1.7%)
03/15  Captain Marvel v7 #13 – 21,915 (+14.1%)
04/15  Captain Marvel v7 #14 – 30,560 (+39.5%) B. Vortex
---
Since issue #2: +9.1%
Average +%TPB sales #7-12: +14.0%

This one slipped from my list last month. After a Women of Marvel variant, a Black Vortex part 12 make the title soar again for a short time.

CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 2 STAY FLY TPB
144p, 20$, cents per page: 13.8 cents
Since April 2015: 2,942

Captain Marvel is selling really well in TPB. This +14% is really nice, even if TPB sales are boosted by the fact that no HC edition is produced for this series. Still, amazing numbers!

103- MILES MORALES ULT SPIDER-MAN

04/14  Ult. Spider-Man #200   - 41,608  ( 50.5%)
05/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #1 - 45,864  ( 10.2%)
06/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #2 - 38,231  (-16.6%)
07/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #3 - 37,240  ( -2.6%)
08/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #4 - 34,836  ( -6.5%)
09/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #5 - 34,140  ( -2.0%)
10/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #6 - 33,057  ( -3.2%)
11/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #7 - 31,607  ( -4.4%)
12/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #8 - 31,448  ( -0.5%)
01/15  M.M. Ult Spider-man #9 – 30,135  ( -4.2%)
02/15  M.M. Ult Spider-man #10- 29,321  ( -2.7%)
03/15  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #11- 29,101  ( -0.8%)
04/15  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #12- 29,318  ( +0.7%)  END

Since issue #2: -23.3%

It seems to be the last issue before the Secret Wars rebranding. With numbers like that, Miles could come back with his own title again after that.

104- AVENGERS OPERATION HYDRA

04/15 Avengers operation Hydra  - 29,302

Good sales for this one shot story, combined with a reprint of avengers #16, for a very small 3.99$ price.

105- GUARDIANS TEAM-UP

03/15 Guardians Team-up #1 -  155,388
03/15 Guardians Team-up #2 -   38,390 (-75.3%)
03/15 Guardians Team-up #3 -   40,637 (+ 5.9%) B. Vortex
04/15 Guardians Team-up #4 -   28,877 (-28.9%)

Since issue #2: -24.8%

Atrocious sales. I wouldn't be surprised if this one would be rebranded as a mini-series.

106- 117- HULK

12/12  Incred Hulk v5 #2   - 63,653
...
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  ( -3.7%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #1          - 73,551 
04/14  Hulk v3 #2          - 40,590  (-44.8%)
05/14  Hulk v3 #3          - 37,639  ( -7.3%)
06/14  Hulk v3 #4          - 35,377  ( -6.0%)
08/14  Hulk v3 #5          - 34,903  ( -1.3%)
09/14  Hulk v3 #6          - 33,032  ( -5.4%)
10/14  Hulk v3 #7          - 35,084  (  6.2%)
11/14  Hulk v3 #8          - 34,483  ( -1.7%)
12/14  Hulk v3 #9          - 27,697  (-19.7%)
01/15  Hulk v3 #10	       - 27,553  ( -0.5%)
02/15  Hulk v3 #11	       - 27,317  ( -0.9%)
03/15  Hulk v3 #12         - 25,568  ( -6.4%)
03/15  Hulk v3 #13         - 26,890  ( +5.2%)
04/15  Hulk v3 #14		  - 28,494  (+6.0%)
04/15  Hulk v3 #15         - 26,118  (-8.3%)

Since issue #2: -35.7%
Average +% TPB sales #5-10: +4.0%
HULK TPB VOL.2 OMEGA HULK: 1,412

Red Hulk VS Green Hulk, this one for real, begins with issue #14. There is a variant cover with issue #14, explaining perhaps the sales jump because, come on, this red vs green thing has been going on forever. People can't be fooled again by such a cheap trick, right?!

107- X-MEN
 
12/12  X-Men v3 #39  -  29,326  
...
06/13  X-Men v4 #2  -  73,542
...
02/14  X-M  #10.Now -  52,486  (   6.2%)
...
08/14  X-Men v4 #18 -  35,543  (  -2.0%)
09/14  X-Men v4 #19 -  33,737  (  -5.1%)
10/14  X-Men v4 #20 -  33,004  (  -2.2%)
11/14  X-Men v4 #21 -  31,468  (  -4.7%)
12/14  X-Men v4 #22 -  30,200  (  -4.0%)
01/15  X-Men v4 #23 -  29,650  (  -1.8%)
02/15  X-Men v4 #24 -  28,414  (  -4.2%)
03/15  X-Men v4 #25 -  30,876  (  +8.7%)
04/15  X-Men v4 #26 -  27,640  ( -10.5%)

Since issue #2: -62.4% 
X-MEN VOL.4 TPB: 1,592 

Lowest sales so far for an adjectiveless X-Men title.

108- INHUMAN SPECIAL
 
03/15  Amazing Spider-Man Special Ltd 1 of 3  -  51,632
04/15  Inhuman Special            Ltd 2 of 3  -  27,234 (-47.3%)

That makes 3 titles branded Inhumans this month! This special is supposed to be linked with Amazing-Spider-Man and All new Captain America. It is also the continuation of "Inhuman Error", which is... I don't know what, it doesn't appear anywhere else! It's only by pure luck that I connected it with the Spider-man Special from last month, supposed to continue this month! With such a confusing pitch, it's normal Part 2 tanked so compared to Part 1, and a miracle it sold still more than the Inhumans ongoing series!

109- 113- SHIELD 

12/14  SHIELD #1 -  94,503  
01/15  SHIELD #2 -  33,965 (-64.1%)
02/15  SHIELD #3 –  29,790 (-12.3%)
---
04/15  SHIELD #4 -  26,930 (-9.6%)
04/15  SHIELD #5 -  26,614 (-1.2%)

Since issue #2: -21.6%

Despite several variant covers programmed on those two issues, the fall continue. TPB sales will determine if Marvel will keep this one alive.

111- AMAZING X-MEN
  
11/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #1   - 112,337  (+434.4%)
12/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #2   -  60,870  ( -45.8%)
...
07/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #9   -  40,562  (  -2.5%)
08/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #10  -  36,405  ( -10.2%)
09/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #11  -  34,552  (  -5.1%)
10/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #12  -  32,966  (  -4.6%)
11/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #13  -  36,338  (  10.2%)
12/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #14  -  31,468  ( -13.4%)(Axis)
01/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #15  -  29,868  ( -5.1%)
01/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #16  -  28,416  ( -4.9%)
02/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #17  -  27,513  ( -3.2%)
03/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #18  -  27,058  ( -1.7%)
04/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #19  -  26,859  ( -0.7%)

Since issue #2: -55.9%

We can safely supposed that the american core audience for the X-men, ready to buy several floppy titles of the brand, is 25K. Did all the previous buyers switch to another Marvel brand or did they give up on Marvel, that's the question.

112- GOTG BEST STORY EVER
  
04/15  GOTG Best Story Ever -  26,852

Couldn't Marvel wait a little before releasing again another one shot for the Guardians of the Galaxy fans (despite its weird name, it's not a reprint)? That's the 9th GOTG title for them to buy this month, the 11th if they want to follow Black Vortex! They could have choose a quieter month. But it seems to be in line with their brand spirit: release as much titles on a successful brand as you can, as quick as you can, as long at it sells. Forget about straightening a brand and let's try to find the next short-term successful one!

114- CYCLOPS

05/14  Cyclops #1 – 47,468
06/14  Cyclops #2 – 31,132 ( -34.4%)
07/14  Cyclops #3 – 25,925 ( -16.7%)
08/14  Cyclops #4 – 23,305 ( -16.7%)
09/14  Cyclops #5 – 21,874 (  -6.1%)
10/14  Cyclops #6 – 20,115 (  -8.0%)
11/14  Cyclops #7 – 18,371 (  -8.7%)
12/14  Cyclops #8 – 17,146 (  -6.7%)
01/15  Cyclops #9 – 16,287 (  -5.0%)
02/15  Cyclops #10- 15,091 (  -7.3%)
03/15  Cyclops #11- 14,481 (  -4.0%)
04/15  Cyclops #12- 26,516 ( +83.1%)  B. Vortex

Since issue #2: -14.8%

The Black Vortex miracle.

115 and below- TRUE BELIEVERS

04/15 Civil War #1          – 26,263
04/15 Infinity Gauntlet #1  - 21,770
04/15 Old Man Logan #1      - 18,128
04/15 Age of Ultron #1      - 17,627
04/15 Marvel Zombies #1     - 17,454
04/15 Planet Hulk #1        - 16,794
04/15 Age of Apocalypse #1  - 16,135
04/15 Miles Morales #1      - 15,690
04/15 House of M #1         - 14,845
04/15 Armor Wars #1         - 13,411
04/15 Powers #1             -  6,852

This is a series of reprint at 1$ of famous #1 issues. Most of them will come back during Secret Wars in a new incarnation. That's an easy way for Marvel to sell TPB of the old version of those events at the same time than the new series beginning next month. Old or new fans of Marvel will be hooked this way. The new ongoing Powers series is late...again, you can use the 1$ reprint as tissue to cry.

116- INHUMAN 

04/14  Inhuman #1 - 58,309  
05/14  Inhuman #2 - 41,810 ( -28.3%) 
08/14  Inhuman #3 - 37,159 ( -11.1%) 
08/14  Inhuman #4 - 34,215 (  -7.9%) 
09/14  Inhuman #5 - 32,719 (  -4.4%) 
09/14  Inhuman #6 - 30,761 (  -6.0%) 
10/14  Inhuman #7 - 29,903 (  -2.8%)
11/14  Inhuman #8 - 50,766 ( -15.0%)
12/14  Inhuman #9 - 25,962 ( -48.9%)
12/14  Inhuman #10- 25,445 (  -2.0%)
01/15  Inhuman #11- 24,410  (- 4.1%)
02/15  Inhuman #12- 24,689  (+ 1.1%)
03/15  Inhuman #13- 25,510  (+ 3.3%)
04/15  Inhuman #14- 26,194  (+ 2.7%)

Since issue #2: -37.3%
Average +% TPB sales #7-12: +5.9%
INHUMAN TPB VOL.2 AXIS: 1,777

It's still hard to see the pattern here as there is still variant covers on this one. Marvel put it on the first pages of its previews, it probably helped. Marvel's sudden harassment with the Inhumans brand seems to work, at least on a small scale.

118- 121- 122- 124- WOLVERINES 

01/15 Wolverines #1 – 73,650
01/15 Wolverines #2 – 43,573  (-41.8%)
01/15 Wolverines #3 – 42,051  (- 3.5%)
01/15 Wolverines #4 – 39,790  (- 5.4%)
02/15 Wolverines #5 – 32,953  (-17.2%)
02/15 Wolverines #6 – 31,710  (-3.8%)
02/15 Wolverines #7 – 30,617  (-3.4%)
02/15 Wolverines #8 – 29,923  (-2.3%)
03/15 Wolverines #9 – 28,004  (-6.4%)
03/15 Wolverines #10– 27,590  (-1.5%)
03/15 Wolverines #11– 27,148  (-1.6%)
03/15 Wolverines #12– 26,755  (-1.4%)
04/15 Wolverines #13- 25,790  (-3.6%)
04/15 Wolverines #14- 25,434  (-1.4%)
04/15 Wolverines #15- 25,173  (-1.0%)
04/15 Wolverines #16- 25,239  (+0.3%)

Since issue #2: -42.1%
Average +% TPB sales #1-5: +5.0%

Ending next month. Let's hope the numbers of claws-wearing characters at Marvel will be reduced drastically at the end of it.

WOLVERINES VOL. 1 DANCING WITH THE DEVIL TPB
112p, 16$, cents per page: 14.3 cents
Since April 2015: 2,175

No miracle here. It justifies plainly its printing, but doesn't correct the rather disappointing sales trajectory of its floppy edition.

128- ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN

12/14  Angela #1 -  61,398  
01/15  Angela #2 -  36,992  (-39.8%)
02/15  Angela #3 -  31,096  (-15.9%)
03/15  Angela #4 -  25,529  (-17.9%)
04/15  Angela #5 -  23,551  (- 7.7%)

Since issue #2: -36.3%

Even with the GOTG co-starring, sales are plummeting.

132- 133- SPIDER-MAN and THE X-MEN
  
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
---
11/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #12 - 28,457  (  1.2%)
12/14  Spider/X-Men v1 #1  - 61,952  (117.7%)
01/15  Spider/X-Men v1 #2  - 34,329  (-44.6%)
02/15  Spider/X-Men v1 #3  - 29,025  (-15.5%)
03/15  Spider/X-Men v1 #4  - 26,247  ( -9.6%)
04/15  Spider/X-Men v1 #5  - 23,551  (-10.3%)
04/15  Spider/X-Men v1 #6  - 22,483  (- 4.5%)

since issue #2: -34.5%

This disaster is probably over soon.

134- MOON KNIGHT
  
12/11  Moon Knight v4 #8  -  24,626  
---
03/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- ) [7,266]
04/14  Moon Knight v5 #2  -  40,885 (-29.5%) [3,621]
05/14  Moon Knight v5 #3  -  42,607 (  4.2%)
06/14  Moon Knight v5 #4  -  40,348 ( -5.3%)
07/14  Moon Knight v5 #5  -  38,630 ( -4.3%)
08/14  Moon Knight v5 #6  -  37,646 ( -2.5%)
09/14  Moon Knight v5 #7  -  35,630 ( -5.4%)
10/14  Moon Knight v5 #8  -  32,434 ( -9.0%)
11/14  Moon Knight v5 #9  -  28,739 (-11.4%)
12/14  Moon Knight v5 #10 -  26,633 ( -7.3%)
01/15  Moon Knight v5 #11 -  24,464 ( -8.1%)
02/15  Moon Knight v5 #12 -  23,486 ( -4.0%)
03/15  Moon Knight v5 #13 -  22,871 ( -2.6%)
04/15  Moon Knight v5 #14 -  22,303 ( -2.5%)

Since issue #2: -45.5%
Average +% TPB sales: +7.3%

Stabilized but doomed.

MOON KNIGHT VOL.2 DEAD WILL RISE TPB
136p, 18$, cents per page: 13.2 cents
Since April 2015: 2,593

If Moon Knight is not putting the charts on fire with its floppy sales, it's doing really well in TPB form.

136- MAGNETO

03/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337
04/14  Magneto #2 – 35,772  (-35.4%)[2,297]
05/14  Magneto #3 – 35,504  ( -0.7%)
05/14  Magneto #4 – 33,070  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Magneto #5 – 32,837  ( -0.7%)
07/14  Magneto #6 – 32,675  ( -0.5%)
07/14  Magneto #7 – 31,001  ( -5.1%)
08/14  Magneto #8 – 29,727  ( -4.1%)
09/14  Magneto #9 – 31,563  (  6.2%)(Axis)
09/14  Magneto #10– 30,769  ( -2.5%)(Axis)
10/14  Magneto #11– 31,642  (  2.8%)(Axis)
11/14  Magneto #12– 30,107  ( -4.9%)(Axis)
12/14  Magneto #13– 27,418  ( -8.9%)
01/15  Magneto #14- 26,306  (- 4.1%)
02/15  Magneto #15- 24,052  (- 8.6%)
03/15  Magneto #16- 22,888  (- 4.8%)
04/15  Magneto #17- 22,072  (- 3.6%)

Since issue #2: -38.3%

Struggling to stay alive. The Last Days sticker will help him next month.

137- 145- 152- 153- AVENGERS MILLENNIUM LTD


04/15 Avengers Millennium Ltd 1 of 4 – 21,922
04/15 Avengers Millennium Ltd 2 of 4 – 20,444 (-6.7%)
04/15 Avengers Millennium Ltd 3 of 4 – 19,553 (-4.4%)
04/15 Avengers Millennium Ltd 4 of 4 – 19,547 (-0,0%)

In an already very busy month in special for Avengers fans (with the Ultron forever and Operation hydra specials), releasing this mini-series from nowhere all in a row seemed like a suicide note. Well, it still found 20k readers who couldn't wait for the TPB at all.

141- UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL

01/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 - 41,693
02/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 – 24,621 (-40.9%)
03/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 – 26,586 ( +8.0%)
04/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 – 20,987 (-21.1%)

Since issue #2: -14.8%

This issue has a very funny pixelated Street Fighter-like videogame cover. Will a good portion from the readers of Ryan North's Adventure Time comics adaptation read this one? If so, Marvel will be very happy with its TPB sales.

142- SILVER SURFER

03/14  Silver Surfer v7 #1 -  64,919  (  --- )[2,757]
04/14  Silver Surfer v7 #2 -  39,132  (-39.7%)
06/14  Silver Surfer v7 #3 -  36,075  ( -7.8%)
07/14  Silver Surfer v7 #4 -  32,747  ( -9.2%)
08/14  Silver Surfer v7 #5 -  31,125  ( -5.0%)
10/14  Silver Surfer v7 #6 -  28,052  ( -9.9%)
11/14  Silver Surfer v7 #7 -  25,759  ( -8.2%)
---
01/15 Silver Surfer #8 -  23,420 (-9.1%)
02/15 Silver Surfer #9 -  21,716 (-7.3%)
03/15 Silver Surfer #10-  21,100 (-2.8%)
04/15 Silver Surfer #11-  20,776 (-1.5%)

Since issue #2: -46.9% 

This a special oversized issue at 4,99$, with , it seems, some nice graphic experimentations by Mike Allred.

144- 146- AVENGERS WORLD

01/14  Avengers World #2 – 53,693
...
05/14  Avengers World #6 – 28,969  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Avengers World #7 – 27,854  ( -3.8%)
06/14  Avengers World #8 – 26,912  ( -3.4%)
07/14  Avengers World #9 – 24,771  ( -8.0%)
07/14  Avengers World #10– 24,196  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Avengers World #11– 23,493  ( -2.9%)
09/14  Avengers World #12– 22,375  ( -4.8%)
09/14  Avengers World #13– 21,599  ( -3.5%)
10/14  Avengers World #14– 21,095  ( -2.3%)
11/14  Avengers World #15– 27,139  ( 28.7%)(Axis)
12/14  Avengers World #16– 20,853  (-23.2%)(Axis)
---
02/15  Avengers World #17– 20,228  (-3.0%)
03/15  Avengers World #18- 19,497  (-4.6%)
04/15  Avengers World #19- 20,491  (+5.1%)
04/15  Avengers World #20- 20,193  (-1.5%)

Since issue #2: -62.4%
Average +% TPB sales #10-16: +4.6%
AVENGERS WORLD VOL.3 TPB: 1,111

Branded as a kind of "before Secret Wars begins" issues, hence the tiny jump in sales.

151- PUNISHER

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%)
04/14  Punisher v10 #4  – 28,435  (  -5.0%)
05/14  Punisher v10 #5  – 27,471  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #6  – 26,606  (  -3.1%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #7  – 26,192  (  -1.6%)
07/14  Punisher v10 #8  – 25,957  (  -0.9%)
08/14  Punisher v10 #9  – 25,876  (  -0.3%)
09/14  Punisher v10 #10 – 23,680  (  -8.5%)
10/14  Punisher v10 #11 – 28,710  (  21.2%)
11/14  Punisher v10 #12 – 21,785  ( -24.1%)
12/14  Punisher v10 #13 – 21,248  (  -2.5%)
01/15  Punisher v10 #14 – 21,382  (+ 0.4%)
02/15  Punisher v10 #15 – 19,825  (- 7.3%)
03/15  Punisher v10 #16 – 21,607  (+ 9.0%)
04/15  Punisher v10 #17 – 19,762  (- 8.5%)

Since issue #2: -31.9%

Well, we are still in Washington and sales go back to what they were: a mystery I can live without solving, I hope you too.

158- BLACK WIDOW*

01/14  Black Widow #1  - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2  - 31,260  ( -42.0%)
02/14  Black Widow #3  – 28,127  ( -10.0%)
03/14  Black Widow #4  – 27,378  (  -2.7%)
04/14  Black Widow #5  – 27,055  (  -1.2%)
05/14  Black Widow #6  – 26,136  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Black Widow #7  – 25,423  (  -2.7%)
07/14  Black Widow #8  – 24,555  (  -3.4%)
08/14  Black Widow #9  – 24,885  (   1.3%)
09/14  Black Widow #10 – 23,687  (  -4.8%)
10/14  Black Widow #11 – 23,922  (   1.0%)
11/14  Black Widow #12 – 22,971  (  -4.0%)
12/14  Black Widow #13 – 21,444  (  -6.6%)
01/15  Black Widow #14 – 20,292  ( - 5,4%)
02/15  Black Widow #15 – 20,581  ( + 1.4%)
03/15  Black Widow #16 – 21,607  ( + 5.0%)
04/15  Black Widow #17 – 18,851  ( -12.8%)

Since issue #2: -39.7%

No variant this month. Seeing how many buy a comic only for its cover, I'm surprised Marvel or DC didn't try yet to sell floppy comics only composed of collected variant covers.

159- 161- NOVA

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%)
04/14  Nova v5 #16 – 22,020  (  -4.2%)
05/14  Nova v5 #17 – 21,652  (  -1.7%)
06/14  Nova v5 #18 – 25,875  (  19.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Nova v5 #19 – 24,580  (  -5.0%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Nova v5 #20 – 24,377  (  -0.8%) O.S. Tie-In
09/14  Nova v5 #21 – 22,338  (  -8.4%)
10/14  Nova v5 #22 – 22,485  (   0.7%) 
11/14  Nova v5 #23 – 21,706  (  -3.5%)(Axis) 
11/14  Nova v5 #24 – 21,575  (  -0.6%)(Axis)
12/14  Nova v5 #25 – 21,805  (   1.1%)(Axis) 
01/15  Nova v5 #26 – 19,639  (  -9.9%)
02/15  Nova v5 #27 – 19,168  (  -2.4%)
03/15  Nova v5 #28 – 29,175  ( +52.2%) B. Vortex
04/15  Nova v5 #29 – 18,228  ( -37.5%)
04/15  Nova v5 #30 – 18,635  ( + 2.2%)

Back to its usual sales level.

160- CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS

09/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #14 - 21,516  ( -4.3%)
10/14  ---
11/14  Cap & M. Avengers  #1  - 60,206  (179.8%)
11/14  Cap & M. Avengers  #2  - 34,428  (-42.8%)
12/14  Cap & M. Avengers  #3  - 28,744  (-16.5%)
01/15  Cap & M. Avengers  #4  - 25,352  (-11.8%)
02/15  Cap & M. Avengers  #5  - 22,246  (-12.3%)
03/15  Cap & M. Avengers  #6  - 20,235  (- 9.0%)
04/15  Cap Amer & M. Avengers  #7  - 18,362  (- 9.3%)

Since issue #2: -46.7%

It did not take long for this one to disappear in limbo.

174- LOKI, AGENT OF ASGARD

02/14  Loki #1 -  41,921  (  --- )
03/14  Loki #2 -  27,968  ( -33.3%)
04/14  Loki #3 -  27,472  (  -1.8%)[2,269]
05/14  Loki #4 -  26,012  (  -7.0%)
06/14  Loki #5 -  24,794  (  -4.7%)
09/14  Loki #6 -  25,131  (   1.4%)(Axis)
10/14  Loki #7 -  25,430  (   1.2%)(Axis)
11/14  Loki #8 -  23,333  (  -8.2%)(Axis)
12/14  Loki #9 -  21,697  (  -7.0%)(Axis)
01/15  Loki #10-  19,856  ( - 8.5%)
02/15  Loki #11-  18,623  ( - 6.2%)
03/15  Loki #12-  17,940  (  -3.7%)
04/15  Loki #13-  17,212  (  -4.0%)
---
Since issue #2: -38.5%
Average +% TPB sales €6-11: +8.3%

Next month, the Last Days banner could do miracles, seeing how the words Final issue attracted readers on Avengers this month.

LOKI VOL.2 CANNOT TELL A LIE TPB TPB
112p, 18$, cents per page: 16.1 cents
Since April 2015: 2,092

With a not very friendly price tag, this collection is doing rather well.

177- GUARDIANS 3000

10/14  Guardians 3000 #1  -  58,574  (---)
11/14  Guardians 3000 #2  -  34,467  (-41.2%)
12/14  Guardians 3000 #3  -  25,509  (-26.0%)
01/15  Guardians 3000 #4  -  20,318  (-20.3%)
02/15  Guardians 3000 #5  -  18,155  (-10.6%)
03/15  Guardians 3000 #6  -  17,494  (- 3.6%)
04/15  Guardians 3000 #7  -  16,532  (- 5.5%)

Since issue #2: -52.0% 

In this issue, the meeting between old and new Guardians of the Galaxy and ...readers couldn't care less.

178- 254-MAX RIDE FIRST FLIGHT LTD

04/15 Max Ride First Flight Ltd #1 of 5– 16,317
04/15 Max Ride First Flight Ltd #2 of 5–  8,638 (-47.1%)

It's a comic adaptation of the novel adventures of Max Ride, from writer James Patterson. It should probably bounced back a little next time thanks to an a end of the month syndrome, because I can't believe shops misjudged their sales so much on this one.

181- SECRET AVENGERS

02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #16 – 20,022  (  -0.2%)
03/14  Secret Avengers v3 #1  - 34,036  (  70.0%)
04/14  Secret Avengers v3 #2  - 24,724  ( -27.4%)
05/14  Secret Avengers v3 #3  - 22,860  (  -7.5%)
06/14  Secret Avengers v3 #4  - 21,335  (  -6.7%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #5  - 20,088  (  -5.8%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #6  - 19,435  (  -3.3%)
08/14  Secret Avengers v3 #7  - 20,017  (   3.0%)
09/14  Secret Avengers v3 #8  - 18,680  (  -6.7%)
10/14  Secret Avengers v3 #9  - 18,974  (   1.6%)
11/14  Secret Avengers v3 #10 - 17,652  (  -7.0%)
12/14  Secret Avengers v3 #11 - 17,109  (  16.5%)
01/15  Secret Avengers v3 #12 – 16,525  (  -3.4%)
02/15  Secret Avengers v3 #13 – 16,159  (  -2.2%)
03/15  Secret Avengers v3 #14 – 15,719  (  -2.7%)
04/15  Secret Avengers v3 #15 – 15,925  (  +1.3%)

Since issue #2: -35.6%
Average +% TPB sales #6-10: +6.5%
SECRET AVENGERS VOL. 2 TPB LABYRINTH: 1,269

Was it the cryptic pitch "the end is the beginning is the end is the..." reading like a major crossover selling point that fooled extra customers?

133- IRON FIST LIVING WEAPON LTD
  
04/14  Iron Fist LW #1 of 12 -  53,613 (  --- )[2,350]
05/14  Iron Fist LW #2 of 12 -  33,643 ( -37.2%)
06/14  Iron Fist LW #3 of 12 -  29,816 ( -11.4%)
07/14  Iron Fist LW #4 of 12 -  26,147 ( -12.3%)
08/14  Iron Fist LW #5 of 12 -  24,178 (  -7.5%)
09/14  Iron Fist LW #6 of 12 -  21,926 (  -9.3%)
10/14  ---
11/14  ---
12/14  Iron Fist LW #7 of 12 – 19,526 (-10.9%)
01/15  Iron Fist LW #8 of 12-  17,676 (- 9.5%)
02/15  Iron Fist LW #9 of 12-  16,413 (- 7.1%)
03/15  Iron Fist LW #10of 12-  16,237 (- 1.1%)
04/15  Iron Fist LW #11of 12-  15,542 (- 4.3%)

Since issue #2: -53.8%

Is it really reasonable for hundreds of readers to give up one issue before the conclusion?

 192- BUCKY BARNES WINTER SOLDIER 

05/14  Winter Soldier Bitter March #4 -  19,930  
---
10/14  Bucky Barnes: Winter Solder #1 -  47,471  
11/14  Bucky Barnes: Winter Solder #2 -  32,409  (-31.7%)
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01/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #3 -  22,125 (-31,7%)
01/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #4 -  19,280 (-12,9%)
02/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #5 -  17,647 (- 8.5%)
03/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #6 -  15,150 (-14.1%)
04/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #7 -  14,779 (– 2.4%)

Since issue #2: -54.4% 

Winter in summer: can't win!

201- STORM

07/14  Storm #1 – 47,566
08/14  Storm #2 – 25,268 ( -46.9%)
09/14  Storm #3 – 22,078 ( -12.6%)
10/14  Storm #4 – 19,862 ( -10.0%)
11/14  Storm #5 – 17,999 ( - 9.4%)
12/14  Storm #6 – 17,028 ( - 5.4%)
01/15  Storm #7 – 15,784 ( - 7.3%)
02/15  Storm #8 – 14,155 ( -10.3%)
03/15  Storm #9 – 13,712  (- 3.1%)
04/15  Storm#10 – 13,398  (- 2.3%)

Since issue #2: -46.9%
Average +% TPB Sales #1-5: +6.1%
STORM VOL.1 TPB: 1,542

Rain in summer....

208- OPERATION SIN

01/15 Operation Sin #1 of 5 -  26,732
02/15 Operation Sin #2 of 5 -  16,240 (-39.2%)
03/15 Operation Sin #3 of 5 -  13,811 (-15.0%)
04/15 Operation Sin #4 of 5 -  11,949 (-13.5%)

What began like a love story is ending as a disaster.

124- BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN ROAD LTD

03/15 Big Thunder Mountain Road Ltd #1 of 5– 17,567
04/15 Big Thunder Mountain Road Ltd #2 of 5– 11,231 (-36.1%)

Shops seem to have trouble to guess how those comics adaptation will sell in floppy.

237- DARK TOWER DRAWING 3 HOUSE CARDS LTD

03/15 Dark Tower D3HC Ltd #1 of 5 – 11,107
04/15 Dark Tower D3HC Ltd #2 of 5 – 10,019 (-9.8%)

This prove sthat with this oldest franchise, shops know way more accurately what they're gonna sell and so, don't need to drastically adjust their demand for issue #2.

238- DEATHLOK

12/09 Deathlok #2 – 14,059
--- 10/14 Deathlok #1 – 43,991 11/14 Deathlok #2 – 20,883 (-52.5%) 12/14 Deathlok #3 – 18,112 (-13.3%) 01/15 Deathlok #4 – 14,498 (-20.0%) 02/15 Deathlok #5 – 12,053 (-16.9%) 03/15 Deathlok #6 – 10,066 (-16.5%) 04/15 Deathlok #7 – 9,871 (- 1.9%) Since issue #2: -52.7%

The lowest ongoing series at Marvel, not yet cancelled.

256. GEORGE ROMERO EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT THREE LTD

01/14  Act One #1 of 5 - 24,515
...
06/14  Act One #5 of 5 – 13,924 (  -6.3%)
...
09/14  Act Two #1 of 5 – 13,163 (  -5.5%)
...
01/15  Act Two #5 of 5 -  7,780  (-6,6%)
…
04/15  Act 3   #1 of 5 -  8,623

Instead of putting them at the end of its Previews catalog, Marvel is now scattering its comics adaptation solicitations between non-related Marvel Universe series.

205- MU GUARDIANS OF GALAXY

02/15 MU guardians of Galaxy #1       – 12,047 
03/15 MU guardians of Galaxy #2       –  9,108 (-24.4%)
04/15 MU guardians of galaxy #3 of  4 -  8,406 (- 7.7%)

Rebranded as a mini-series with this issue. It's selling more than the others two MU titles so this change remains a mystery.

Thanks for reading until the end! Hope to see you next time. Feel free to comment!

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10. The Secret to Disney’s Record Profits Can Be Summed Up In Just One Word

CEO Bob Iger has driven the Disney Company to record profits. But how long will his strategy work?

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11. Entertainment Round-Up: The Flash cast and crew talk last night’s big episode, Star Wars Episode IX may be circling a director, the first SPECTRE poster is unveiled

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It’s new comic book day, the best day of the week! Before I rush off to my LCS, let’s round-up the few relevant entertainment headlines that are out and about:

– Last night’s episode of The Flash was pretty excellent, with easily the best final 10 minutes that I’ve seen in a superhero television adaptation. Some of the key players of the latest installment spoke with the press yesterday about the ramifications of Barry’s actions and what’s to come:

SPOILERS!!!!!! Look away now if you’re behind on your viewing….

What happens when you interrupt the space/time continuum on The Flash?

ANDREW KREISBERG: Like Wells has said in a previous episode, there are different versions of time travel. There’s the fixed loop, and then there’s the version where time is more plastic and mutable. One of the fun things is discovering what’s a fixed point in time, what can’t be changed and what things always have to happen, and then what things are changeable and are mutable. It’s a mixture of both. Obviously, none of us knows how time travel really works, but we’ve come up with our rules and we try to stick by them. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but a lot of what we’re doing now is stuff we set up in the pilot. You can go back and watch the pilot and go, “Oh, I get it! That’s why that stream of things is happening!

Will Barry still have to stop Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre) again?

KREISBERG: The ramifications of this episode are the fun of Episode 16, and seeing how much of what happened in Episode 15 still happens and how much of it might possibly change.

Cisco is a very smart guy. Will he still be suspicious of Dr. Wells, even though they’ve gone back in time?

KREISBERG: Part of the fun of Episode 16 is watching that when time changes, certain events will occur that prevent Cisco from following along the same trajectory. You’ll see how things play out, but in a completely different way.

Now we know that Harrison really is Eobard Thawne. How will that tie into Eddie Thawne, and what will their connection be?

KREISBERG: You can take him at his word that there obviously is a family connection between the two of them. There are some great scenes coming up, between Tom and Rick [Cosnett], that starts to become a storyline. It’s cool stuff. We’re not trying to purposely trick the comic book fans. Being one myself, you can get upset when it’s not quite the way it was in the book. But, the show has to live on its own and it has to be for everybody. It can’t just be an adaptation of comic books that people have already read and know so well. Obviously, we’ve thought of this, from the very beginning, and it’s been leading up to this.

And then there’s the kicker:

Is there a parallel universe now, where there is no Flash?

KREISBERG: Is there?

TOM CAVANAGH: Is there? Answer a question with a question.

I’m still predicting that the season ends with Barry saving his mom and the time ramifications of that taking shape in some way to set up Season 2 (someone else is The Flash perhaps? Wally? Jay?). Make sure you check out the link above for more quotes including further details from Tom Cavanagh about Dr. Wells’ latest revelation and Candice Patton on the future of Barry and Iris.

Latino Review has a new report this morning with the rumored front-runner to direct Star Wars Episode IX, J.J. Abrams. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director would make some level of sense given that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson is reportedly scripting Episode IX, and were Abrams to helm it, it would be a sort of “synthesis” of their two visions for the franchise.

– Here’s the first SPECTRE poster, looking as non-descript as possible, but if any of you are like my significant other, any picture of Daniel Craig is a good picture:

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12. Welcome the Excellent Stuart Immonen to Star Wars #8

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Illustrator John Cassaday recently announced his departure from the Star Wars comic book with author Jason Aaron. Issue #6 is his last, as announced on Sunday from his Facebook page.

“While wrapping up my final issue (#6) and the first arc of STAR WARS,” said Cassaday.

The All-New Captain America artist Stuart Immonen is jumping on board with Aaron. Immonen is set to draw the upcoming issue #8, and provided a cover that has yet to be colored with Luke Skywalker – it should be no surprise that it looks nothing short of excellent. He’s a great choice for the series, able to provide lots of different characters and faces with dynamic action and linework as proved with his tenure on All-New X-Men.

Author Jason Aaron advised fans not to worry about his involvement with the title clarifying that he’s going to be on the comic for sometime.

Just for the record, I am on STAR WARS for the long haul. There are so many stories I want to tell with these characters.

CBR broke the news, and also teased that a special artist is jumping on #7. Any guesses? I’m hoping for Arthur Adams, but after delivering interior art for Guardians Team-Up #1 it seems unlikely.

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13. March Madness, Geek Style: Our “Big Dance” Is Called “The Mamushka”!


March Madness begins, as the “First Four” play in Dayton to see who will advance into the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.Now, it’s no secret that sports fans are geeks.  (Arcane knowledge, fannish clothing, cosplay, fan gatherings, undying loyalty even when stuff sucks, hatred of stuff that’s just a little bit different, fantasy battles, questionable hygiene,  dining etiquette…)

Of course, there is that subtle Venn diagram overlap of “wonks” and “sports statisticians” which comes to the fore during March Madness, as millions seek to find the perfect bracket to win the adulation of millions (or at least your office mates).

uc-santa-cruzUCIrvineAnteatersI admit… I follow the trivia… and I like the underdogs, or, this year, the anteaters.  (Sadly, the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz are Division III.]

But what about other brackets?  Why should sports fans have all the fun?

For your enjoyment, we offer the following Geek brackets:

Star Wars

Two different brackets, one of which is official.

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Who will join Obi-Wan and Yoda as champion?  StarWars.com has the official bracket!

Meanwhile, there’s a Jedi tournament going on, with each side to meet in the final!    Jedi vs Sith!


The annual Geek Madness Championship, for gamers:

game board bracket


image bracketNothing But Comics hosts an Image-specific tourney:

TheNBC! staff has taken the top 64 Image books hitting the stands in March and broken them up into four divisions:“The Horror” – Marlon Brando Division, Whimsy Sci-Fi Division, Nihilist Sci-Fi Division and The Kitchen Sink Division.


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While USA Today plays “Heroes and Villains“:

To settle that last question, we need your help. We’ve set up a 32-character bracket, as part of Bracket Madness month, and each day you can vote for your favorite character to advance to the next round. Votes will be tallied at midnight eastern time, and the winning character will advance to the next round.

…and Cosmic Comix & Toys in Cantonsville, Maryland, offers “Cosmic Madness 2015“!


muppet round_2_boardMuppet Madness gets some major corporate sponsorship from a casino:

[WHAT?!  Big Bird v. Snuffie?]


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The Disney Nerds Podcast hosts: MOVIE MADNESS 2015

Movie Qualifications:  Only full length first run features released by Walt Disney Studios or Pixar qualify.  No Direct to DVD or releases by other Disney owned studios.  Ranking was determined by a Disney Nerds Podcast Team.  This is YOUR personal favorite list, we are not asking for the most popular, the most artistic, the most awards, this is about the movie that you are most fond off for what ever reason it may be.  What is YOUR favorite Disney animated feature!!


The WDW Radio Blog is sponsoring a tournament to select the best attraction at WDW’s Magic Kingdom!

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Want to pit various fandoms against each other?   Epic Nerd hosts a multi-franchise-fandom bracket!

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Top seeds: Batman, Super Mario, Lord of the Rings, Star]Trek.   [Hmmm…anyone want to fanfic that team-up?]

A nine-member selection committee of the biggest nerds and geeks I could gather (myself included) examined franchises from the genres of fantasy & adventure, science-fiction, video games, and comics.

After evaluating them using four criteria: modern popularity, commercial success, historic importance, and artistic value, each franchise was ranked and seeded.

…and in a similar vein, which property should be rebooted?  (Or exhumed, in some cases.)

Go to UnderScoopFire and vote!

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In another tourney, the finals!  What is the Greatest Geek Moment in History?  FastCompany spends less than a week running the tourney!

Star Wars, The Internet, Ada Lovelace, DNA?


Okay…  You probably need a break to get some refreshments…

Need to get into the spirit?  Perhaps some Kentucky rye to go with the Wildcats?  It’s MASH MADNESS!

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Or maybe some brewskis?

How about hues instead of brews?

Or maybe some rhythms to go with those hues?


The Victory Formation hosts the Final 68: The Worst Things in Sports.  Media, Fans, Athletes, and Etcetera are the regionals.


Tired of basketball?  Playing out a 2015 March Madness Bracket of All 30 MLB Teams


Insider Higher Ed takes the NCAA bracket, and determines winners based on brains, not brawn!

It’s time once again to fill out those March Madness brackets, and what better way to predict the winner of this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament than to compare how the teams succeed in the classroom?

Here’s how Inside Higher Ed‘s bracket works: to determine the winners, we first look to the Academic Progress Rate, the N.C.A.A.’s multiyear measure of a team’s classroom performance. When two teams tie, we turn to the N.C.A.A.’s Graduation Success Rate, which measures the proportion of athletes on track to graduate within six years. In the event of a G.S.R. tie, we then turn to the Federal Graduation Rate, a slightly different formula that the government uses to track graduation rates.

This tournament’s championship round was a nail-biter, going into double overtime, with the teams tying on both the A.P.R. and the G.S.R.


…and then there are the Big Brains at Critical Theory who ponder the great question of our age: Of philosophy’s many personalities, which is most likely to ruin a sporting event?

Is it Diogenes, who rushes the field, rambling “I’m looking for an honest man!” while violently shaking Bill Belichick? Can that compare to the $8 hot dog ruined by Jacques Lacan who reminds you “the phallus is in the bun,” or Karl Marx’s multiple aborted attempts to retake the means to produce “the wave” for proletariat revolution?

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Comics Should Be Good returns for their seventh annual 2015 DC/Marvel Comic Character Tournament!  This time, it’s cinematic characters, and actors!

CBR CSBG 2015


Or maybe your prefer SUPER ANIMALS!

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South Park has their “Bro Down”.

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What’s the MOST 90s band?  (Not the best, but the one which best represents the 90s in music.)

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Girls in Capes has their Sisterhood tournament.  Final Four!

io9 has their tournament.

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For sports widows….  Leading men of romance novels:

Got a favorite program on National Public Radio?  KPCC offers a tournament!

ComicMix once again highlights webcomics!

TV Couples

Which TV should come back on the air?  Pushing Daisies, or Firefly?

Best TV Theme  [This is really disorganized.  “Scooby-Doo”?  Which one?!  Should have been better researched.]

Best Scripted Shows


…and my favorite bracket:

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14. Woman on top: Princess Leia is #1 in March sales charts

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Marvel’s Princess Leia #1 was the #1 book in March according to Diamond’s just released sales charts….another month for a female led title to top the charts following Spider-Gwen last month. Howard the Duck #1 also made the top ten, a pretty strong debut.

And yes, I know the Marvel Star Wars franchise is so strong (esp. with variant covers) that they could put out a Nien Nunb #1 and it would probably top the charts, but Spider-Gwen and Ms Marvel also made strong showings elsewhere so this is not a fluke.

Marvel continued to whup DC in market share and dollars, while Image comics was in double digits once again. 1st quarter comparisons show comics are up yet again from 2014, a healthy 9.63% in dollars and 11.76% in units. Are these just variant buoyed increases that are unhealthy in the long run? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Nemo: River of Ghosts, was the top selling graphic novel, with Image’s Low and Ms. Marvel Volume 2 also making a strong showing.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLARSHARE UNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.82% 41.53%
DC COMICS 23.01% 26.13%
IMAGE COMICS 11.39% 12.98%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.51% 5.16%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.90% 3.07%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.41% 2.44%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.37% 1.99%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.83% 0.32%
TITAN COMICS 1.01% 0.77%
VIZ MEDIA 0.98% 0.37%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.76% 5.23%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 79 30 0 109
DC COMICS 85 17 0 102
IMAGE COMICS 59 20 0 79
IDW PUBLISHING 52 18 0 70
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 22 0 49
BOOM! STUDIOS 40 3 0 43
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 28 6 0 34
VIZ MEDIA 0 27 0 27
TITAN COMICS 8 7 2 17
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0 0 14 14
OTHER NON-TOP 10 86 98 13 197

 



COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2015 VS. FEBRUARY 2014
COMICS -3.86% -4.32%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.34% 10.63%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.58% -3.37%
MARCH 2015 VS. MARCH 2014
COMICS 11.19% 9.92%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -12.56% -22.36%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.99% 6.70%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014(FIRST QUARTER 2015 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014)
COMICS 13.85% 13.76%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.65% -8.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 9.63% 11.76%
FIRST QUARTER 2015 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2014
COMICS -9.56% -8.37%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -17.28% -15.58%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -11.97% -8.93%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PRINCESS LEIA #1 $3.99 JAN150727-M MAR
2 STAR WARS #3 $3.99 JAN150742-M MAR
3 GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1 $3.99 DEC140815-M MAR
4 SPIDER-GWEN #2 $3.99 JAN150785-M MAR
5 PRINCESS LEIA #2 $3.99 JAN150738-M MAR
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16 $3.99 JAN150779-M MAR
7 HOWARD THE DUCK #1 $3.99 JAN150769-M MAR
8 DARTH VADER #3 $3.99 JAN150740-M MAR
9 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #1 $3.99 JAN150229-M DC
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1 $3.99 JAN150781-M MAR

 



TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 NEMO: RIVER OF GHOSTS HC (MR) $14.95 JAN151622 IDW
2 MS. MARVEL VOL. 2: GENERATION WHY TP $15.99 DEC140970 MAR
3 LOW VOL. 1: THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE TP (MR) $9.99 DEC140670 IMA
4 HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL TP $16.99 DEC140975 MAR
5 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
6 DEADPOOL VOLUME 7: AXIS TP $17.99 DEC140987 MAR
7 DEADPOOL’S THE ART OF WAR TP $12.99 DEC140974 MAR
8 DEADLY CLASS VOL. 2: KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE TP (MR) $14.99 DEC140657 IMA
9 BIRTHRIGHT VOL. 1: HOMECOMING TP (MR) $9.99 JAN150622 IMA
10 BOB’S BURGERS VOLUME 1 TP $17.99 JAN151278-M DE

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 HOW TO DRAW BATMAN, SUPERMAN & OTHER DC HEROES & VILLAINS SC $14.95 NOV141845 CAP
2 MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: ULTIMATE CHARACTER GUIDE UPDATED & EXPANDED $16.99 JAN151807 DK
3 DC SUPER HEROES: ABC 123 BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148147 POC
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 93 SC $14.95 JAN151844 SAN
5 MY FIRST SUPERMAN BOOK BOARD BOOK $10.99 SEP148149 POC
6 DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF SUPER VILLAINS BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148144 POC
7 DC SUPER HEROES: COLORS SHAPES & MORE BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148148 POC
8 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER PANEL TO PANEL: SEASONS 8 & 9 TP $24.99 OCT140022 DAR
9 DC SUPER HEROES: BUSY BODIES BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148146 POC
10 DAVID MACK: REFLECTIONS TP $24.99 NOV140015 DAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN STATUE AUG140385 DC
2 MARVEL SELECT: CABLE ACTION FIGURE OCT142189 DST
3 ARROW: DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE OCT140412 DC
4 GHOSTBUSTERS: BURNT STAY-PUFT MARSHMALLOW MAN BANK MAY142237 DST
5 STAR TREK SELECT: WORF ACTION FIGURE NOV142174 DST
6 JAY & SILENT BOB: BUDDY CHRIST BANK JUN142094 DST
7 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: CLAYFACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE NOV140359 DC
8 GODZILLA: BURNING GODZILLA VINYL FIGURAL BANK OCT142184 DST
9 MY LITTLE PONY: APPLEJACK BANK JUL142032 DST
10 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN STATUE SEP140354 DC



TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DST
2 D&D DICE MASTERS FOIL PACKS SEP142615 NEC
3 D&D DICE MASTERS STARTER SET SEP142616 NEC
4 D&D MINIATURES SET TWO BOOSTER BRICK JAN152658 NEC
5 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
6 STAR WARS: X-WING MOST WANTED EXPANSION PACK OCT142777 FAN
7 DC HEROCLIX: JUSTICE LEAGUE TRINITY WAR BOOSTER BRICK DEC142573 NEC
8 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: FATE REFORGED BOOSTER PACKS JAN152654 WIZ
9 STAR WARS: X-WING IG-2000 EXPANSION PACK OCT142775 FAN
10 STAR WARS: X-WING STARVIPER EXPANSION PACK OCT142778 FAN

 

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15. Star Wars teaser: NAILED IT

The latest Star Wars teaser is out, and All of The Internet is caving to the perfect sense of nostalgia it invokes.

Have a look:

The teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim and features new characters and the return of old favorites, like Han Solo. The film is slated for a U.S. release on Dec. 18 of this year.

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16. This deal is getting better all the time: Marvel announces Lando #1 for July

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Star Wars Celebrations is underway and Twitter is collectively peeing its pants as announcements roll out, but here’s one of the first:A new limited series for Lando Calrissian to be written by Charles Soule with Art by Alex Maleev. SOLD RIGHT THERE.

“Is Lando Calrissian the coolest character in all of Star Wars? Depends on who you ask, probably. But if you ask me, the answer is yes, and I plan to prove it with this story,” says series writer Soule.

In Marvel’s Lando, developed closely with Lucasfilm, the titular character — in the days before he became a hero, but still with Lobot at his side — looks to steal one of the galaxy’s most valuable ships. But, as usual, he may be in over his head.

“Before Cloud City, before his glorious Death Star run,” continues Soule, “Lando Calrissian was just a man trying to make his way through an uncaring universe determined not to recognize that he was undeniably the coolest man in the galaxy. But Lando’s got a plan to change all that… and it starts with the deal of a lifetime.”


Marval has alreayd done the obvious by giving Darth Vader and Princess LEiz there own solo titles for the first time, and sales have been through the roof. Will Lando live up to the sales? I wouldn’t bet against it.
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17. Walking The Game Beat: STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT More Than A Battlefield Skin

Yesterday the earthquake felt around the world was from the millions chanting “Yes!” in unison after the reveal of the new Star Wars film trailer. Today at Celebration, the aftershock came in the form of a game footage reveal for EA’s new Star Wars Battlefront game. Since it’s reveal at E3 last year, not much had been seen or revealed from the game. Now we know most of the crucial details. Look at the astonishing new video below along with info from the game’s developer, DICE (Battlefield) :

Here’s the rundown:

  • - The game will release on November 17, 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC.
  • - While the game doesn’t have a traditional story mode, all the online goodness takes place on four planets: The desert planet Tatooine, the forest moon of Endor, the desolate frozen wasteland of Hoth, and the previously unexplored Sullust, where Imperial outposts manufacture weapons. Instead of the traditional campaign, Star Wars: Battlefront features a series of missions, playable alone or via online and local co-op.
  • - You’ll be able to play as your favorite characters including Darth Vader and Bobba Fett. Also, the Millennium Falcon will be a part of the aerial combat. A documentary style piece was shown that had iconic elements from other Star Wars characters like Han Solo.
  • - On December 8, owners of the game will have access to free downloadable content featuring the new planet of Jakku revealed as part of the new JJ Abrams movie. Those who pre-order the game will have access to it a week early on December 1.
  • - No Jar-Jar or prequel era stuff, it’s all original trilogy folks.

With all the new canon from shows like Rebels and the new Marvel published comics, the game could have a bottomless well of additional elements and content to turn Battlefront into a massive world that takes away our need to go outside on the weekends.

Are you excited about Battlefront? If you haven’t already, does the announcement want to make you buy a PS4 or Xbox One?

 

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18. Walking The Game Beat: Marvel’s Age of Ultron Marketing, Aspen Comes to PS3, Star Wars Contra?

Avengers: Age of Ultron launches the Summer movie season on May 1st, but before that the Marvel synergy machine rolls out across every facet from publishing to video games.

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The Avengers will face the full force of Ultron and his Pymtech robots in the match three puzzle game Marvel Puzzle Quest. Players will have to rally their heroes in a marathon battle against one of humanity’s greatest digital threats. In addition to the story event; the Scarlet Witch will be making her in-game debut. Wanda, will be the first mission reward when the content launches April 24. Also in the works for player rewards will be Hulkbuster Iron Man. 

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Marvel recently did an interview with D3Publisher Producer Joe Fletcher where he dropped even more hints on what’s coming up soon for Marvel Puzzle Quest. The game is free to download on iOS and Android devices.

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Later on this month Marvel’s free to play, MMO Marvel Heroes 2015 will get Ultron content of its own. The game will see the addition of the MCU’s version of The Vision.  He comes complete with a unique skill set that revolves around his solar jewel, but that’s not all. Vision will also be able to control tech based enemies, effectively turning them into his own private army.

The new content will also see the rest of the Avengers get MCU based costumes. You can play Marvel Heroes online here. The game’s website also debuted the latest TV spot which begins airing today.

 


 

Publisher Aspen Comics, in partnership with Sony Entertainment, launched a series of custom PlayStation themes based on three of their popular series: Fathom, Soulfire, and Executive Assistant: Iris. Both the Fathom and Soulfire theme sets feature art exclusively by Aspen Comics founder Michael Turner with colors by Peter Steigerwald. The Executive Assistant: Iris theme set contains the work of pencilers Joe Benitez, Micah Gunnell, and Eduardo Francisco, with colors also by Steigerwald.

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Each theme package features three unique skins to customize your PlayStation background. These themes are available for purchase at the PlayStation Store. Note, themes are currently only for PS3 systems.

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Comics publishers take note, this is an awesome way to promote books and events.

 


 

Last weekend saw the gameplay debut of EA’s Star Wars Battlefront. Not to be outdone, Konami, the company behind the Metal Gear franchise, released a Star Wars shooter of their own. Konami and LucasArts’ free-to-play, card-based game Star Wars: Force Collection now includes a mini-game homage to the company’s classic run-and-gun shooter, Contra.

This side scroller puts Chewie and his trademark bowcaster on the forest moon of Endor and an Imperial base in a battle against Stormtroopers. Star Wars: Force Collection is available for free on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. Check out the video below to see the game in action.

 

 

Are you ready for your soda cans, fast food, and urinal cakes to be dominated by all things Avengers? What other games should mashup with Star Wars?

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19. Walking The Game Beat: Arkham Knight DLC, Just Cause 3, Star Wars Sales All Over The Place

As if we didn’t have enough games to get excited over this year, now we can add one more over the top action title to that list. Also, how much is too much for DLC? With May 4th quickly approaching, Star Wars is dropping prices of its old games on new multiple platforms. Indie gaming fans can enjoy a new documentary chronicling its punk rock like rise. Let’s Go!

 

Game developer Avalanche Studios previously announced in December that their comic book game was 100% canceled. It was rumored to have been a Superman game, but we may never actually know what it was. As the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on” and today the developer dropped an action packed trailer on the PlayStation blog for their new game Just Cause 3 published by Square Enix. The trailer also announced the game would have a “holiday 2015″ release date.

Our Thought:

Look at it! He’s skydiving onto another plane! He took out a parking garage with the jet. No clue what the hell it’s about, but I know I want to play it now. With E3 around the corner we’re sure to find out more information about the game. Since the trailer debuted on a PlayStation operated news source, it’s pretty safe to say the platform is going to get some exclusive features. It’s also hard to say what the exact release date would be since the Star Wars and Call of Duty games are taking the November window. Unless it lands the week between the two games, an early December release is likely.

The studio behind Just Cause is also simultaneously developing the open world Mad Max game that was announced in 2013 and promoted with some sweet Shane Davis art. Sadly the piece didn’t make it onto the final box art :(

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We had Star Wars Celebration in April, now May the 4th be with you is coming. To celebrate, a ton of LucasArts Star Wars games are on sale on digital platforms such as Xbox Live, PSN, and Steam. For the first time on PlayStation classic Star Wars games come to PSN for PS3: Star Wars StarfighterStar Wars Bounty HunterStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars: Racer Revenge.

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As if that weren’t enough, PlayStation owners can download free themes for their PS3/PS4. Also if you follow @heyplaystation on twitter you have a chance to win one of those fancy Storm Trooper PS4 boxes along with a few other things from Star Wars Celebration.

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Our thought: 

There’s a generation of gamers who became Star Wars fans without getting to enjoy some of these classic games. Opportunities to rectify that don’t come this cheap. I’ll also say that I’m probably one of the few people I know who actually liked Racer Revenge.


 

Even more details are surfacing about Batman:Arkham Knight. This time WB Interactive and Rocksteady announced via twitter that a season pass option for the game would be available for $40. The pass will offer up new content for six months after the game’s release in June, meaning through the end of the year. What is the content you ask? A press release from Warner Bros. reveals that new Batmobile skins, “advanced” challenge maps, alternate character skins, story missions, new villains,  and additional drivable race tracks are also included with the Arkham Knight Season Pass.

A special Arkham Knight Premium Edition will also be available that comes with the game and DLC pass. This special edition will only be available digitally through PSN, Xbox, and PC digital.

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Our thought:

While I’ve never been disappointed with Rocksteady’s Arkham games out of the box, their subsequent DLC such as Harley’s Revenge and Catwoman left a little to be desired. Those story bits felt like unnecessary dead stops to the narrative. $40 isn’t the most expensive season pass option in gaming but that brings up the cost of the game to $100, just to get the complete experience. That bill is even more depending on what edition of the game you’re buying. While I understand the need to save spoilers from the main story by not giving more details about the content, it’s a price tag that warrants more information for consumers.


 

A recently released documentary chronicling the groundswell of independent game makers is getting a lot of talk around the Internet. GameLoading: Rise of the Indies shows the struggles of creating a game without the backing or confinement of big corporate publishers. There’s tons of in-depth interviews with popular game creators and the icons that founded id Software. The documentary even touches a bit on the #gamergate controversy that surrounds Zoe Quinn. The film is available digitally on its website and on PSN, Xbox Live, Steam, and iTunes.

Our thought:

It’s a great snapshot of the indie gaming scene. Anyone whose habitually stuck to the big triple A games may find themselves looking through a giant catalogue of small games to find their next enjoyable video game experience.

 

So what about you, how much is too much for DLC? Would you have liked another Superman game? What were some of your favorite Star Wars games?

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20. Happy May 4th! Vanity Fair releases new Star Wars: The Force Awakens images

Thanks to a lovely set of Annie Leibovitz photos that will arrive in this month’s Vanity Fair, the shroud of mystery that has surrounded Star Wars: The Force Awakens has lifted just a tad.

At the very least, we now know the names of a few characters.

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Here’s Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who is part of the new bad guy sect, The First Order

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My new favorite actor, Oscar Isaac, plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron

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Daisy Ridley as Rey, receiving direction from J.J. Abrams

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Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o utlizing mo-cap technology for her role as Maz Kanata, who is a pirate.

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An assortment of smugglers and travelers from Maz Kanata’s castle

Check out the photos along with a video of the shoot over at Vanity Fair. Things are looking pretty spiffy!

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21. May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you! Playing off a pun on one of the movie’s most famous quotes, May the 4th is the unofficial holiday in which Star Wars fans across the globe celebrate the beloved blockbuster series. The original Star Wars movie, now known as Star Wars IV: A New Hope, was released on 25 May 1977, but to those of us who waited in line after line to see it again and again in theaters, it will always be just Star Wars.

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22. 2018’s Star Wars spin-off will reportedly be a Boba Fett origin story

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Per The Wrap, the next Star Wars anthology film, the very film that just lost director Josh Trank, will focus on everyone’s favorite Mandalorian bounty hunter: Boba Fett.

While this year will see the release of the first in a series of new “Episodes” in the Star Wars saga in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with sequel entries every two years after into 2019; 2016 and 2018 will see “anthology” spin-offs allowing the Star Wars brain trust the opportunity to tell a number of stand-alone stories set in various parts of the series’ timeline.

2016’s Rogue One, which centers on the Rebels’ attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star, stars Felicity Jones and is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). For the next entry, the focus will seemingly shift over to the world of bounty hunters and chart the rise of Fett, one of Star Wars’ most enduringly popular characters. Seriously, there’s tons of books and video games about the guy, and while it’s been a long while since I’ve watched all of the original trilogy, he didn’t exactly have a ton of screen-time. A cool look will take you far!

With Trank out of the picture, Kathleen Kennedy and her team will be on the hunt (no pun intended) for the newest filmmaker to take over this new entry. On the writing side, Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) has been closely involved with the development of this feature.

Anyone have a dream Boba Fett movie director? Most creative answer will win… my eternal respect.

 

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23. Walking The Game Beat: Jason in MKX, Battlefront, The Last of Us, Zelda Graphic Novel, Star Wars Infinity

What a weekend it’s been. Between Avengers, “Fights of the century”, Free Comic Book Day, the Suicide Squad reveal, and the Batman: Arkham Knight DLC info; some of us didn’t even get a weekend. On the Monday night edition of WGB we’ll talk about some of the tidbits that slipped through the cracks in the last few days such as Star Wars Infinity, and The Last of Us. This week doesn’t show signs of slowing down either as we got a full trailer look at Jason’s appearance in Mortal Kombat X, plus a Legend of Zelda graphic novel hits stores this Wednesday. Let’s Go!


 

This past Thursday, a retail leak fueled speculation that the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0 would feature Star Wars characters. The 3.0 set leaked by retailer Saturn shows a set that includes toys based on both Anakin Skywalker and Clone Wars star Ahsoka Tano. No word on when the new 3.0 Infinity game would launch or what systems it would be available for.

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Our Thought:

The first Disney Infinity featured characters from classic Disney films while 2.0 brought Marvel characters into the toy box. It seems logical that the next phase of Infinity would feature Star Wars. With the slew of new comics and upcoming movies, every division of the Disney machine should have a way to pry open wallets all over the world. While no official announcements have been made, it seems a safe bet that the new Disney Infinity would follow their incumbents model of releasing on all the major platforms. Over the last year not only has Disney Infinity had to compete with the popular Skylanders game toy franchise, but Nintendo also made a splash in the market with their Amibos. Most recently, Lego announced they would also release their own version of this with Lego Dimensions. All this adds up to Disney Interactive needing to do something huge to gain a hold on market share, which means consumers could see the biggest Infinity line up yet. With gamings biggest week, E3, right around the corner you can expect the official word to come sooner rather than later.


 

The Last of Us: Left Behind, the single player downloadable add-on chapter to developer Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed PlayStation game, The Last of Us, was released more than a year ago. Since then the PS3 classic has seen a full 1080p remastered edition bundled for the PS4, now the DLC chapter comes standalone and will be available on both PS4 and PS3 starting May 12th for only $9.99. Left Behind is the story of Ellie and her best friend Riley as they sneak out to an abandoned mall to enjoy their last night together. It also touches on a key battle for Ellie not seen in the main story campaign that takes place right before you briefly play as her in the Winter.

Those who purchase the standalone version of Left Behind will also get a two hour trial of the factions multiplayer mode.

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Our Thought:

Yes, most of you who’ve owned or currently own a PS3/4 have already played The Last of Us and most likely its DLC chapter. However, there are quite a few gamers out there who may have been caught in the next-gen transition that didn’t want to pay another $49.99 for the remastered edition just to play the DLC. This move seems to be geared toward that part of the audience. If you haven’t played either of the games, you’re missing out on one this generations best stories. Left Behind especially makes a bold stand for diversity with its characters not only as female protagonists, but as voices for young teens who might be struggling with their own identities.

If you want to go even deeper into the world of TLOU, then check out the Dark Horse Comics published companion series, The Last of Us: American Dreams. The book was written by the game’s mastermind himself, Neil Druckmann in collaboration with the incredible Faith Erin Hicks. You can find it in shops and online.

 


 

We’ve known for months now that Mortal Kombat X‘s Kombat Pack downloadable content would include the Predator and horror film icon Jason Vorhees. Now more has been revealed about Jason’s appearance including all three of his style variations players can choose before the fight.

  • Slasher: The character goes classic white mask and uses the machete to slash the sternums of his opponents. Lots of bloodshed.
  • Relentless: This variation changes his mask chrome and uses barehanded attacks. The quirk about this mode is that it also comes with the ability to flip an opponents block buttons and teleportation.
  • Unstopabble: Just as the name would suggest. Jason is able to regenerate health and power up his attacks.

Players who purchased the Kombat Pack will be able to download the character starting tomorrow. If you don’t own the Kombat pack you’ll have to wait until May 12 to purchase the Jason pack for $8 which also includes the “horror pack” skins for Melina, Ermac, and Reptile.

 

Our Thought: 

MKX has been a great time for gamers. I’ve yet to complete the classic towers with every character. Now the addition of the movie franchise characters we were teased gives me more reason to dive back into combat. Monday’s Netherrealm live stream (archived here) also teased what we’ll see when the Predator comes to the game. Some out there might think having these licensed characters might be cheeky, but they don’t have any real barring on the MKX story. They’re just there for a cheap pop and there’s sure to be more incoming fighters from previous Mortal Kombat games, maybe even a DC Villain.

Mortal Kombat X is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC with Ps3 and Xbox 360 versions to launch this Summer.


 

Monday also marked “May the fourth be with you” a holiday for lovers of Star Wars. To celebrate EA and DICE posted a look at the planet Sullust in the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game. The game’s developer, DICE, traveled to Iceland to base an unexplored planet in the legendary sci-fi series’ mythos. In their chronicles which you can view on the game’s site, fans will see the developers travel to locations used in the original film for planets such as Endor.

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Our Thought:

For anyone who looked at the game’s trailer during Star Wars celebration and said it’s nothing special, take in to account just how much detail DICE is stretching to put into this game. Star Wars: Battlefront is poised to become the new standard by which all future Star Wars games will be measured. You know, as long as they don’t include the prequels.

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Star Wars: Battlefront will come to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17, 2015.


 

Before we get to this Wednesday’s new comic releases. I wanted to mention that The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past graphic novel will be in stores. Originally published as a 12-issue comic in Nintendo Power magazine, this reprinting captures the original story by Shotaro Ishinomori as it was told back in the 90’s.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adaptation of the beloved, internationally bestselling video game originally released for Nintendo’s Super Entertainment System. This comic book version by Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider) was first serialized in Nintendo Power magazine and later collected into a graphic novel.

Our Thought:

We’ve read it and it’s a must have for any Zelda fans. When I first read the Shotaro Ishinomori story in Nintendo Power, I couldn’t appreciate just how spot on this tale nails some of my favorite characters of the game. It pays tribute to Zelda’s core themes of adventure and good versus evil, plus it’s pretty damn gorgeous.

 

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Generations have passed since the original Heroes of Baldur’s Gate saved the city and the Realms. Now a new threat rises. Collects issues #1-5.
What are your early impressions of Battlefront? Did Mortal Kombat X deliver for you? With Uncharted 4 expected in 2016, do you want Naughty Dog to do a Last of Us sequel?

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24. SDCC’15: Star Wars will indeed be in Hall H this year

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Here’s a bit of a shock; given that Marvel Studios (the feature film division anyway) reportedly won’t have a presence at San Diego Comic Con this year, you figure it’d be safe to assume that LucasFilm/Disney would save Star Wars for D23 as well.

You know what they say about assuming…

Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will indeed have a panel in Hall H this year on Friday July 10th. In attendance will be director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and writer Lawrence Kasdan. “Special guests” have also been cited in the announcement released below. Who wants to bet those guests include a certain trio of Star Wars vets? Here’s the panel info and other fun events those attending SDCC will be able to take part in, provided you can handle the surely massive line to get there:

Friday, July 10, Star Wars Schedule

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hall H 

Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 1: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Room: 7AB

Join a dynamic, all-star, New York Times-bestselling panel of authors including Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grim series), Tom Angleberger (The Origami Yoda series), and Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) in conversation with Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain about the new Star Wars retellings for a younger generation of fans. From  picture books to novels, these authors present A New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in perspectives that will change the way readers understand who these beloved characters are and how they became legends for legions of fans.

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 2: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Room: 7AB

Join a variety of authors as they talk about their upcoming projects from that galaxy far, far away. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain, authors from Del Rey and other publishers will participate in a discussion on writing stories for the exciting new future of the Star Wars universe.


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Join a variety of authors as they talk about their upcoming projects from that galaxy far, far away. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain, authors from Del Rey and other publishers will participate in a discussion on writing stories for the exciting new future of the Star Wars universe.

Join members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings, and word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. In attendance will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardline categories at Lucasfilm such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotives, and more.

ILM 40th Anniversary, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

For 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures — to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company’s work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition at San Diego Comic Con 2015

For the first time, Star Wars joins forces with characters from across The Walt Disney Company in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition – the next chapter in the best-selling hybrid toy/video game series. Fans are invited to the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at the heart of Gaslamp District, for the opportunity to play as Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul or any of the Star Wars characters featured in Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic and Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire.

Fans will also have a chance to step into the “Disney Infinity Only in the Toy Box” mediated reality experience, where guests virtually enter the Toy Box and interact alongside their favorite Disney Infinity characters, such as engaging in lightsaber duels with Darth Vader or Yoda, and take home a customized photo and video with their chosen character. Other Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop activities include a Toy Box TV Live Edition webcast on Twitch featuring new announcements, surprise guests, contests with prizes, and exclusive giveaways.

 

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25. Fusenews: Sweet Uncanny Valley High

  • chla-27-1Of all the most deserving, least lauded children’s book awards out there, my favorite might be The Phoenix Awards.  “The award, given to a book originally published in the English language, is intended to recognize books of high literary merit. The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird who rose from its ashes with renewed life and beauty. Phoenix books also rise from the ashes of neglect and obscurity and once again touch the imaginations and enrich the lives of those who read them.”  They’ve just announced the 2015 winner and I admit that I never read it (One Bird by Kyoko Mori).  There was a time, when I was young, when I tried to read as many Phoenix books as possible.  Someday, maybe, I’ll try again.
  • Heck, while we’re at it let’s also mention once more the Mathical Award which is given to books that “inspire young people to engage with mathematics in the world around them.”  The submission info is here.  Marc Aronson’s thoughts on the matter are here.
  • For those of you in the market for ideas for your next middle grade novel, I suggest checking out this Dunmore, PA housing advertisement.  Have at it. Thanks to Kate for the link.
  • New Podcast Alert: You know I’m just goofy for new children’s literary podcasts.  Heck, I once did an entire Literary Salon on the topic.  Well, Ms. Julie Sternberg has just started Play, Memory.  As she describes it: “I interview authors and others about the ways in which themes that recur in children’s literature–themes like the secrets we keep in childhood; the times we disappoint our parents; and the times our parents disappoint us–have played out in their lives.”
  • And in other podcast news, there’s an interview with Fuse #8 favorite Frances Hardinge over at Tor.com.  Because anything that has to do with Ms. Hardinge is awesome.  I recently found myself having lunch at the same table as Patrick Ness and, at a loss of anything else to say to him, I realized we both belonged to the Mutual Admiration Society of Frances Hardinge.  So to speak. Thanks to Sarah Hagge for the link.
  • There’s a nice big post on endpapers up and running at Nancy Vo’s Illustration blog.

105958-fullThis one’s rather interesting to me.  Folks in my family often send me links that have to do with libraries or librarians in some way.  I find some more useful than others.  Still, I was very intrigued by the recent piece called The Archivist Files: Why the woman who started LA’s branch libraries was fired. Wowzah.  Them’s good reading.

Speaking of librarians, did you know there’s an entire site out there dedicated to them dressing up and posting pictures of themselves?  Yup. Librarian Wardrobe. The more you know.

“But there’s a third set of children’s books: those that fall into an uncanny valley between enjoyable literature and ignorable junk. These are books that exert an irresistible pull on adult consciousness but don’t reward it. They are malign presences on the bookshelf. They hurt. One of them may be the best-selling children’s picture book of all time.”  That’s a hard sentence to beat and, as it happens, I agree with author Gabriel Roth every which way from Sunday.  He discusses what may be one of the worst “canonical” picture books of all time.

  • This doesn’t actually have any connection to children’s literature really (though you might be able to make a case for it) but did you know that there’s a site created by NYPL where you can look at old photos of pretty much every single block in the city?  It’s called OldNYC and I’ve just handed you a website that will eat away at your spare time for the rest of the day.  You’re welcome.
  • I was discussing this with buddy Gregory K the other day.  Can you think of a single instance where a Newbery Award winner went out, after winning said award, and became an agent?  Because that’s what Ms. Rebecca Stead has just done and I think it’s safe to say that it’s an unprecedented move.
  • Daily Image:

So there’s this artist out there by the name of James Hance.  And this, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the content he has available.  Here’s a taste:

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Thanks to Stephanie Whelan for the link.

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