|Marvel Unleashes Snarling new Wolverine Ongoing Series - 5/01/2006|
|Industry-leader Marvel Comics is exceedingly proud to announce that its popular and long-running WOLVERINE series will be joined by a fresh new sibling, WOLVERINE: ORIGINS.|
This March will see a shocking cliffhanger in WOLVERINE #40 that leads directly and pointedly in to April's WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #1, the newest Marvel ongoing series. Fans of Logan, the tenacious Canadian mutant hero, will witness a twist in Wolverine's world that will eternally alter the rules he lives by day-to-day.
How does WOLVERINE: ORIGINS differ from Logan's current series? Marvel Editor Axel Alonso chomps at the bit to spill his guts to curious readers: "Well, as we all know, in the aftermath of HOUSE OF M, Logan has regained his memory. He knows his past -- all of it. Armed with a clearer sense of who he is, why he is, and who done him wrong, Logan's got a whole new set of priorities. WOLVERINE: ORIGINS will see Logan don his brown costume and embark on a private mission to set wrongs right, get some revenge, deal with some demons, rekindle some lost relationships, and come to terms with major revelations about the complicated tapestry of his origin...and the patterns he seems doomed to repeat."
"In short, fans should expect major revelations about Wolverine's past."
|Another Friendly Neighborhood Sell-Out! - 13/12/2005|
|The first issue of J. Michael Straczynski’s Act Three of Spider-Man: The Other, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3, has sold out at Diamond. In response, Marvel is going back to press with a new second printing variant cover by Mike Wieringo featuring Captain Universe Spider-Man.|
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3 is the seventh part of Spider-Man: The Other and its sell-out continues the streak at seven in a row for this Spider-Man event. The Captain Universe Spider-Man Second Printing Variant will follow the same theme of the previous ones, all illustrated by Mike Wieringo.
The reviews of The Other have been great, with Comicfanatic.com calling the previous chapter, Amazing Spider-Man #526, an A+. If you were wanting to see something BIG and life changing in Spider-Man’s life...you MUST NOT miss this.
Be sure to pick up part 8 of Spider-Man: The Other written by J. Michael Straczynski in Marvel Knights Spider-Man #21 on sale this Wednesday.
|You Choose Chris Claremont's Next Project - 24/11/2005|
|Its Uncanny: Fans to Choose Claremont’s Next X-Project|
In a bold and exciting move, Marvel is giving its fans the chance to determine what Chris Claremont’s next X-project will be.
“We’re putting this in the hands of the fans and we couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities,” says editor Mark Paniccia. “These four options all sound cool enough to support their own mini-series but only one can win. Chris and I are on the edge of our seats!”
By voting on Marvel.com, fans will have a chance to determine what 6-issue X-Men mini-series Claremont will tackle after X-Men: The End.
“X-Men fans are some of the most vocal out there,” says Paniccia. “We’re taking advantage of that voice and putting them in the driver’s seat. By next week, we’ll have a new X-Men book in the works from one of the industry’s most influential authors.”
All four of the possible title choices take place outside of current continuity, including stories from previously visited alternate universes as well as an entirely new X-Men universe.
And the four choices are:
Days of Future Past – This series would pick up the moment after Kitty Pryde sent Rachel Grey into the past from the original story. The world is under the rule of Sentinels, most mutants are either killed or in camps, and only a strange alliance of outlaws stand a chance at changing this dark future.
Asgardian War Stories – During the Asgardian War, the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the New Mutants all fought alongside the Norse Gods. But what would have happened if they never returned to Earth and stayed in Asgard?
NEXT – Witness today’s generation of X-Men if the Marvel Universe aged in real-time. Both the first and second teams of X-Men are approaching 50 and the New Mutants are now in their thirties. This series will follow this new generation of X-Men and the new reality they find themselves in.
What If? X-Men - Continuing from 2004’s What If Magneto and Professor X Had Formed the X-Men Together?, this series would be a re-imagining of the X-Men in contemporary times from an entirely all-new perspective. Because of Magneto helping found the X-Men, not only has the history of the X-Men changed, but that of the entire world. Every character’s life and future is up for grabs here.
|What If? Is Back... With a Twist! - 8/11/2005|
|Thanks to the overwhelming success of last year’s What If? event, Marvel is bringing it back this December with all new one-shots featuring your favorite Marvel characters including Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Thor, Wolverine, Daredevil, and the Sub-Mariner. |
December’s What If? event kicks off with What If: Captain America, which sees a different Captain America origin for Union Army Captain Steve Rogers. Through mystical intervention and a strange twist of fate, Rogers is transformed into Captain America to help change the tide of the Civil War. Unfortunately, a similar twist of fate also happened to empower his greatest enemy: the White Skull.
See what would have happened if Steve Rogers became Captain America during the Civil War instead of World War II. You think you know Captain America but this is Captain America like you have never seen him before. Just check out these preview pages for proof.
Traditionally, each What If? tale took place in its own universe. But for the first time, this year’s 6 What If? one-shots will all take place in the same universe: the newly introduced Earth 717.
Last year’s What If? one-shots sold out almost immediately from Diamond. Be sure that you don’t miss out on this year’s sure-to-be monumental event starting with What If: Captain America. And relieve the memories of your favorite classic What If? tales in What If? Classic Vol.2 TPB featuring tales by Jack Kirby and other Marvel legends.
|Captain Universe Returns - 6/10/2005|
|During times of great crisis, the Uni-Power has been known to grant people the spectacular powers of Captain Universe. But when the Uni-Power is malfunctioning, it must bond with some of the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes in order to prevent a disaster of galactic proportions in Captain Universe Event Month.|
“Captain Universe has always been a bit of an enigma in the Marvel Universe,” says editor Mark Paniccia. “There’s no origin, no back-story, no home world. Amazing Fantasy #13 and #14 begin to unravel that enigma, kicking off the Captain Universe Event Month which-in turn-leads to a cosmic quest that will answer all the questions that even the Uni-Power doesn’t know.”
After the return of Captain Universe in the 8-page bonus stories of Amazing Fantasy #13 and #14, the 5th week Captain Universe event kicks into high gear with five one-shots, where the Uni-Power bestows Hulk, Daredevil, X-23, Invisible Woman, and Silver Surfer with the cosmic might of Captain Universe.
Captain Universe/Hulk, Captain Universe/Daredevil, Captain Universe/X-23, Captain Universe/Invisible Woman, and Captain Universe/Silver Surfer make up the 5-part reintroduction of Captain Universe as one of the most powerful heroes in Marvel history. And if those five legendary heroes weren’t enough, the head of the Imperial Guard, Gladiator, and the all-new Scorpion also make guest-appearances.
Cosmic-wide implications are guaranteed as the conclusion of the Captain Universe event leads into an all-new, upcoming Captain Universe limited series.
And what is a Captain Universe Event Month without a classic trade paperback of the hero’s greatest adventures? In Captain Universe: Power Unimaginable TPB, watch the Uni-Power grant powers to ordinary people and super-heroes alike, including the Amazing Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk.
Marvel’s previous 5th week events, Age of Apocalypse and Last Hero Standing, have been major hits with both fans and retailers. Captain Universe Event Month is sure to be an instant classic as the event sets up future Marvel cosmic storylines and reestablishes Captain Universe as the hero that could be you.
|Bicycle Blues in a New Malinky Robot from SLG - 6/10/2005|
|It's a good day for Atari and Oliver, two residents of the working-class city of San'ya. Thanks to a bit of luck and a large denominational bill they find, they've seen a giant robot movie and they've gotten a visit from their friend Misha in their junkyard clubhouse. The boys relish the day, and in this first story of Xerix Award-winning artist Sonny Liew's Malinky Robot: Bicycle, the art reflects their mood in its mellow and quiet coloring.|
"Bicycle is about friendship definitely, an attempt to capture the rhythms of the day spent with friends, just hanging out," says Liew. "A lot of it is just that, capturing certain moments, ordinary events that somehow have some kind of inner glow."
But Misha is moving away to the suburbs in Sanrio, and moments like this are going to be rarer for the trio. So after Misha has moved, Atari and Oliver plan a trip to Sanrio, riding off on "borrowed" bicycles and finding freedom in the woods outside the San'ya, which Liew based on a laboring district in northeastern Tokyo. The look of the book changes to the signature penciled style Liew employed in his self-published hit Malinky Robot: Stinky Fish Blues. Once Atari and Oliver meet up with Misha, the three boys discuss their friend Mr. Bon Bon and learn that they all know something a little different about him.
They share their knowledge about Mr. Bon Bon in a series of stories that Liew calls "a kinda sorta Rashomon thing," referring to the Akira Kurosawa film, which shows the same story through the point of view of four different characters. In Bicycle each boy's story about Mr. Bon Bon is illustrated in a different style. "The style used in each story is meant to reflect the sensibilities of each storyteller," Liew explains. In Misha's story, for example, Liew employs a loose, alternative comics style, while Oliver's story takes on the format of a newspaper comics page and Atari's depicts Mr. Bon Bon as a gritty action-comics hero.
The boys learn that there is something tragic in Mr. Bon Bon's past and begin to piece together the circumstances that led to it. But there is a truth to what has happened that exists only to Mr. Bon Bon and that they cannot discover. In the end, says Liew, Bicycle shows "the unknowability of others, how we know a person only in small ways."
"Sonny has a real sensitivity for the subtleties of human interaction and emotion," said SLG's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman, "but there is also lightheartedness and fun in his stories. He captures how life can constantly swing between happy and sad and everything in between."
Malinky Robot: Bicycle, is a 48-page digest-sized comic, with sixteen pages of color, scheduled for release in December 2005. For a preview, visit SLG Publishing's website, www.slgpublishing.com. Creator Sonny Liew was the recipient of a Xeric grant in 2003 for Malinky Robot: Stinky Fish Blues and was artist on the Vertigo hit mini-series My Faith in Frankie. Fans of his art will not want to miss SLG's Disney comic Wonderland, written by Tommy Kovac and drawn by Liew. It is slated for release in 2006.
|Series Based on classic Disney Attraction to debut October 2005 - 6/10/2005|
|Foolish mortals everywhere will have reason to host their own swinging wakes when SLG Publishing, in partnership with Disney Publishing Worldwide, releases the first issue of The Haunted Mansion, a comic book anthology based on the classic Disney E Ticket attraction. Scheduled for an October 2005 release, The Haunted Mansion will feature stories by some of SLG Publishing's top creators including Roman Dirge (Lenore), Serena Valentino (Gloomcookie, Nightmares & Fairy Tales), as well as from some talented newcomers.|
SLG's Haunted Mansion comic book will draw from the strong visual elements of the ride for it's stories and will not be based on the feature film. "The ride's elements really lend itself to an anthology comic book" commented SLG Publishing president and series editor Dan Vado "there are 999 ghosts living in the mansion, that means there is potential for 999 different stories."
The comic will, in a series of stories that will run through the first several issues, will create a new back story for the Mansion and tell the intertwining stories of The Ghost Host, Madame Leotta, and the Bride who resides in the attic. How they all came to be in the mansion, and the mansion's powerful attraction to spirits and ghouls, will all be revealed. " The goal is to create a comic book that feels like a little piece of the ride living in your bookshelf" added Vado "The end result should be something that will satisfy the casual reader as well as the hard core ride fans (like myself) who have spent good chunks of their lives riding The Haunted Mansion over and over again."
Vado admits that the partnership between SLG Publishing and Disney seems like an odd fit. Known for comics like Lenore, a dark humor comic featuring stories about a little dead girl by Roman Dirge, SLG is hoping that the combination of the companies creative sensibilities and Disney's vast wealth of characters will make for, at the very minimum, some interesting comic books. "SLG Publishing has a reputation for publishing entertaining and cutting-edge comics," said Margie Chan, vice president, English Language Licensing Worldwide, DPW. "They have used these talents once again to bring an entirely new vantage point to our classic properties."
Haunted Mansion will be a 32 page black & white comic book with a cover price of $2.95 US. Covers will be by Roman Dirge. Haunted Mansion will be available at better comic book stores and select book stores this October as well as on Amazon.com and at Hot Topic stores. The comic will also be available through the publisher's web site at www.slgpublishing.com
|One Goes Northwest with Northwest Passage #2 - 15/09/2005|
|December is a month for adventure as Oni Press and Scott Chantler return with NORTHWEST PASSAGE #2, the book that proves that the North is just as wild as the West. Coming on the heels of rave reviews and critical praise for issue #1, NORTHWEST PASSAGE #2 promises even more pulse-pounding action in the style of the two-fisted pulps of old. |
Rupert’s Land, 1755. Famed adventurer Charles Lord and his men have been forced from Fort Newcastle by ruthless French mercenaries, who leave death and destruction in their wake. Led by the villainous Guerin Montglave, they’re intent on capturing both the fur trade, and Charles’ scalp. Lord must not only lead his small band of surviving traders, but also secure the aid of some old allies if he is to recapture the fort, defeat Montglave, and save his son.
“The basic story, about an aging hero who has to reconcile relationships with his men and try to live up to his reputation, is one I've had in mind for about a decade,” Chantler explained. “I could just never decide on an appropriate setting for it. Then a few years ago I read Company of Adventurers by a Canadian historian named Peter C. Newman. It's history, but it's written in a really accessible way, and the subject matter--the early, pioneering days of the fur trade in Canada--really struck me as a potentially good setting for it. Like an American western, but with canoes instead of horses.”
“Because of the subject, we decided to go a different route with the presentation of this title,” Randal Jarrell, Oni Press managing editor, commented. “Since it’s all about two-fisted, pulp style adventure, why not present it in a format reminiscent of the old serials about Wild West heroes?”
|Small Press Artist Goes Big Time With House Of Ideas! - 7/09/2005|
|Marvel Comics is exceedingly proud to announce that they have signed artist Mitchell Breitweiser to an exclusive contract.|
Though his name may not be immediately recognizable to many comic fans, Breitweiser is currently working on Marvel’s much-anticipated DRAX THE DESTROYER series with legendary high-profile writer Keith Giffen. Readers may previously be familiar with the artist’s unique delineations on AGENT X, NOBEL CAUSES, and his creator-owned project for Image, PHANTOM JACK (alongside writer and co-creator Mike San Giacomo.
The story of Breitweiser’s entry into the hallowed halls of Marveldom reads as a dream-come-true for many creators. “I was about an issue and a half into working on Drax when I had asked Marvel Editor, Andy Schmidt, what I could expect after the series wrapped up,” says the artist. “I was just trying to zero in on how open I needed to keep my options, and how active I needed to be in pursuing work from other companies. About a week later, and much to my surprise, Andy called me up and asked if I was interested in signing an exclusive.”
“I was completely floored.”
“Apparently he had been showing my artwork around the office, and from the top of editorial on down, the reaction was extremely positive. It was pretty surreal for a while. I mean, my book wasn't even close to coming out yet, and Joe Q(uesada) and the Editorial staff felt strongly enough about my work that they didn't even need to wait for the fan's reaction to the artwork. I still remain extremely flattered, and feel very blessed to be able to do this job that I love so much.”
|Ultimate X-Men Annual Sell-Out Makes 3 for 3 - 1/09/2005|
|Ultimate X-Men Annual #1 has sold out at Diamond, joining the other Ultimate Annual sell-outs of Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1 and Ultimates Annual #1. Once a yearly event for Marvel, annuals have been revived and have met with a whirlwind of praise from critics. |
“Marvel is doing an excellent job of reviving the annual format,” says Don MacPherson of TheFourthRail.com.
Even retailers are hyped about the reemergence of annuals. Mike Malve of Atomic Comics says, “Marvel scores HUGE !, HUGE !, HUGE ! on all these annuals. BKV stands and delivers in what I might say was my favorite X-book in years.”
The 2005 Eisner-award winning writer Brian K. Vaughan was thrilled to hear about the sell-out of Ultimate X-Men Annual #1. Vaughan knew he only wanted to do an annual if it was going to have a strong and lasting effect on the monthly Ultimate X-Men title and fans have been shocked by just how massive the issue was.
"When Brian Bendis, Mark Millar and I first started talking about annuals with everyone at Marvel, we all agreed that we wouldn't do them unless they were huge stories important to our series, like Marvel annuals used to be back when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were doing them,” says Vaughan.
Brian K. Vaughan also made sure to point out the incredible artwork Tom Raney provided for Ultimate X-Men Annual #1. “It's been a huge honor to be a small part of helping to resurrect these special books, but all credit for the Ultimate X-Men Annual sellout belongs to the fantastic Tom Raney. He blows stuff up real good."
Editor Ralph Macchio is also beaming with joy over the fan reaction to the Ultimate Annuals. “Third time has certainly been the charm for our Ultimate Annuals!” says Macchio. “I continue to be deeply gratified by the wonderful response the readers have had to our efforts here.”
“We intend to more fully explore the bizarre Rogue/Juggernaut/Gambit triangle as established in the Ultimate X-Men Annual over in the monthly title,” adds Macchio. “Now hang onto your hat for the fourth and final offering this year: Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1! It’ll be worth the wait.”
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