Entertainment Weekly has a look at the new design for Angela, by way of Joe Quesada. A few months back we announced that Neilg Gaiman finally got the legal rights to the character and that he would be bringing her back into the Marvel Universe. After the “Age Of Ultron” series currently running, Angela will become a member of Guardians Of The Galaxy for at least a 5-issue stint. Brian Bendis and Neil Gaiman are said to be co-writing the series. READ MORE
Free Comic Book Day is an annual event that takes place on the first saturday of May. Participating comic shops (which is the vast majority) give away a set grouping of comic books absolutely free. There is no catch. Whether you’ve been reading comics since you were in diapers, or you’ve never picked one up in your life, I urge you to head on down to your local shop and read some comics. These books are specially produced by each publisher, specifically for FCBD. They are written and illustrated by some of the best in the business. Check out a word from Hugh Jackman below. READ MORE
Some news to fly somewhat under the radar (at least to me) from C2E2, and thanks to our man Jorge Solis for cluing me into this, Marvel will be cancelling the long running “X-Factor” in August or September. Sorry Peter David fans, hopefully he’ll jump on something new. READ MORE
Yesterday in Chicago, Marvel held their first panel where they teased a few upcoming events. In order to celebrate the milestone 50th Anniversary of The X-Men, Marvel will be launching an event called “X-Men: Battle Of The Atom”. We have absolutely no idea what this entails as of yet, but you can be sure more details will come as the weekend continues. Will this be the return of Professor X? READ MORE
The 2013 Eisner Award nominees have been announced, and there are loads of interesting nominations this year. Fantagraphics pulls in big this year with a total of 24 nominations. DC Comics on the other hand only has 2 this year. I big hand goes to Chris Ware who received five nominations for “Building Stories”, one of the most innovative books of the year. Matt Fraction’s “Hawkeye” pulled in big numbers for Marvel, as well as Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ “Fatale”, both getting five nominations as well.
You can see the full list of nominations below. READ MORE
You may recall a few weeks back when ComiXology ambitiously partnered with Marvel to give away over 700 free #1 issues. The site could not handle the insane traffic and download requests and crashed within hours. They’re back for another go at giving away 700 free Marvel comics. This time you have to sign up in advance before April 19th 11:59 PM on their special promo site. Why they don’t give away only a few books per day, I don’t know. So head on over, sign up, and grab as many as you can before the inevitable happens. READ MORE
Marvel is currently feeling generous! The publisher is offering up over 700 free digital comics through ComiXology.com and through their online store as part of a promo at SXSW. These aren’t just ragtag books you’d find in dollar store bins, but a massive collections that spans across multiple Marvel eras, including a load of Marvel NOW! titles. They’ve got everything from classic X-Men to current Avengers issues, so head on over and take advantage of this! READ MORE
Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Joe Keating, Kelly Sue Deconick, Mark Waid, Sam Humphries, and Matt Fraction sat on the Marvel panel at ECCC this Sunday to talk about each of their books, upcoming business with Ultron and Thanos, and potential future crossovers. READ MORE
The original What If? issues told awesome stories taking place in alternate worlds, to explore possibilities outside of the current continuity. Bleeding Cool reports that at the ComicsPRO meeting last weekend, Marvel’s Senior Vice President, David Gabriel, told retailers the “What If?” title would be returning to Marvel Comics. Take a look at a few of the ridiculous past “What If?” issues after the jump. READ MORE
Deadline announced yesterday, “Parks and Recreation” star Chris Pratt has been cast for the lead in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Pratt will play Peter Quill, son of a human and an alien, who grows up to become a NASA astronaut. Eventually he takes up the mantle of the interplanetary police Star-Lord.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” opens Aug. 1, 2014. READ MORE
A new teaser image released for Kick Ass 3 has hit the web, and it seems we may be getting the Mark Milla finale sooner than expected. The teaser reveals that the final storyline for “Kick Ass” will launch in May from Millar and Romita Jr. Not surprisingly, this is just one month before the release of the Kick Ass 2 film. READ MORE
Marvel announces their big Infinity crossover event, coming from Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung, will kick off on Free Comic Book Day 2013. The crossover wil pair together the Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Inhumans, and Spider-Man to take on the deadly Thanos. Look for the seeds to be planted for the series beginning as early as this month. READ MORE
We all know it’s only a matter of time before Joe Hill’s Locke & Key comes to an end, and the author took to tumblr to speak about his upcoming projects. Hill responded to a user comment stating he is working on a 5-issue series called WRA1TH with artist Charles Wilson III, which will work as an intro to his upcoming novel, “NOS4A2″ (these are license plate numbers).
On top of that Hill also noted he plans to do more work with Gabriel Rodriguez, as well as something coming up with Marvel or DC, though he did not specify. See his full answer below. READ MORE
Stan Lee has just pulled out from another comic con, MegaCon Convention in Orlando, due to illness. The Megacon Facebook account states, “I regret to announce that Stan Lee has canceled his appearance at MegaCon 2013. We received the call late last night. He is okay, but is taking a small break from doing convention appearances.” READ MORE
The NY Islanders hockey team faces off this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 1:00 pm (ET) and they are holding a Superhero Celebration Day where kids can meet their favorite heroes, including Thor, Hulk, Captain American, and Spider-Man. There will also be some post-game puck activities with the Avengers team.
Hockey and heroes, doesn’t get much better. READ MORE
Marvel revealed that the Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi “Birth” project was indeed Thanos. “Thanos Rising” will tell the origin story of the character from the last two seconds of The Avengers. Hopefully, it’s dark and in space. See the first cover below! READ MORE
Marvel released another teaser image for a new series from Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi with nothing more than the word “Birth”, written in purple letters. Any guesses? Hawkeye? Thanos? Purple Hulk?
Veteran writer Peter David, who has worked on titles such as “The Dark Tower”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “X-Factor”, and plenty others, suffered from a stroke over the weekend while on vacation in Florida. On her personal blog, David’s wife Kathleen described his current condition, “I am grateful that my husband is still alive.” She continued, “Now we have to figure out where we go from here and how we get Peter back to what he was before the stroke. We know that a total recovery is slim because damage to the brain doesn’t go away but the brain can be trained to work around the damage and give Peter back what he has lost.”
Our thoughts go out to Peter and his family. Get well soon. READ MORE
Stan Lee is probably the biggest personality in comics, and today is Stan’s 90th Birthday. Even at 90 he is still very much involved in the comics industry, making non-stop appearances at cons around the world, hosting panels, signing for fans for hours,and he’s even got an active Twitter account. Happy Birthday, Stan! READ MORE
I’ve been lucky enough to be exposed to all sorts of new and different books in 2012. I concede that my list has more super than horror but who knows what will be on here in 2013? Now that I look at my list, I still see quite a bit of the darker, murkier side of some of what mainstream comics offered. I have a mix of monthly, mini-series, and collections on this list. If you try something new in 2013, I hope it’s one of these great series. My top 12 of 2012 list is in no particular order because they’re all winners. Enjoy and Happy 2013! READ MORE
2012 was a big year for comics, with the major publishers trying to outdo each other with one major crossover/reboot after the other, but the real gems of this year were the slew of incredible #1’s that graced shelves over the past twelve months. Over the course of the year, we were lucky enough to be gifted with more than our fair share of noteworthy premiere issues, from both established creators and upcoming talent. Quantifying the subjective is always a tricky business, so take the following numerical order with a healthy grain of salt, while recalling the #1 issues you’ve enjoyed over the past year and perhaps discovering a few new gems along the way. READ MORE
The big day is just a week away, and I know a lot of you have yet to complete your holiday shopping. Lucky for you, we’ve sifted through all the comics, trades, toys, and collectables so you don’t have to. The BD Comic Book Crew (as we are henceforth to be known) has put together a naughty list of (mostly new) gift ideas for the comic lovers in your life. It ranges from Christmas tree ornaments to compendiums to charitable donations. Without further adieu, The 2012 Comics Gift Guide. READ MORE