Marvel Announces GENERATIONS Creative Teams

Marvel Announces GENERATIONS Creative Teams

For months now, Marvel Comics has been teasing and promoting the launch of Generations, an event which will focus on Marvel’s “legacy” characters. This includes icons such as Captain America, which has seen Steve Rogers at times cede his mantle to Sam Wilson. It also includes characters like Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Thor, and others. With the August launch rapidly approaching, Marvel announced today which writers and artists will be tasked with carrying out the…

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SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales

SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales

Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest worldwide distributor of comic books, has released May’s rankings for the comic book market and the big winner is Marvel’s Secret Empire. Marvel Comics outperformed its main rival, DC, with six titles in the top 10. The first issue of the controversial Secret Empire claimed the top spot, with the second and third issues also claiming spots in the top 10. The May issue of Batman was the strongest performer…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at Star Wars’ CAPTAIN PHASMA #1

PREVIEWS: First Look at Star Wars’ CAPTAIN PHASMA #1

Marvel Comics has released a four-page preview of the first issue of Star Wars: CAPTAIN PHASMA, which you can view below. [OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] The First Order Strikes Back! Your First Look at JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA #1! Marvel Comics Presents the Essential Bridge Between STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI!   New York, NY—June 9, 2017—It’s the galaxy’s big mystery: How did Captain…

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Marvel Cancels “Black Panther: World of Wakanda”

Marvel Cancels “Black Panther: World of Wakanda”

Writer Roxane Gay revealed on Twitter yesterday that her Marvel series Black Panther: World of Wakanda, has been cancelled by the publisher. The move comes only a few weeks after Marvel cancelled another Black Panther title, “Black Panther & the Crew”, after releasing only two issues.   Sadly, the series was cancelled but I hope to revisit the characters. https://t.co/7kieeBWdQy — roxane gay (@rgay) June 12, 2017   Gay was due to leave the book…

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Marvel Announces Rainbow Rowell to Write New Volume of Runaways

Marvel Announces Rainbow Rowell to Write New Volume of Runaways

In an exclusive report for Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Comics today announced that the writer of their new Runaways ongoing series will be acclaimed young adult novelist Rainbow Rowell. Rowell is an acclaimed author of young adult books. Her first novel, “Attachments”, published in 2011, was well-received, but she hit the big time upon the publication of her YA novels “Fangirl” and “Eleanor & Park” in 2013, both of which were selected as among the best…

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BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: How Its Cancellation Exemplifies Big Comics’ Big Problem

BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: How Its Cancellation Exemplifies Big Comics’ Big Problem

As my colleague Murphy Leigh reported yesterday in an excellent piece, Marvel Comics has cancelled Black Panther & The Crew after only two issues, and Murphy’s piece makes a persuasive argument that both Marvel and the comics press (us here at Capeless included) could have done more to raise awareness of the title. But in this follow-up piece I’m going examine how the cancellation of Black Panther & The Crew exemplifies a particular problem Marvel’s currently…

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BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: Who’s to Blame? The Data Say Us.

BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: Who’s to Blame?  The Data Say Us.

By now you’ve probably heard about the cancellation of Black Panther & the Crew.  A proliferation of thinkpieces and outrage followed the announcement of its cancellation, and rightly so.  That said, another refrain also rose up: “I only just heard about it now that it’s being cancelled!” Why is that? Realistically, we can’t expect every company to promote every book equally.  There isn’t enough time in the day.  But Black Panther & the Crew had some PR gold…

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NEW MUTANTS: ‘Split’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actresses Cast

NEW MUTANTS: ‘Split’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actresses Cast

After approximately a year of rumors, and a few months after a confirmed announcement, we’re getting The New Mutants casting news!  Popular fancast (and Arya on Game of Thrones) Maisie Williams will play Rahne “Wolfsbane” Sinclair.  Additionally, Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) will portray Illyana “Magik” Rasputin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The New Mutants will follow the classic version of the comic book team: Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball, and Warlock.  THR doesn’t say anything about Doug Ramsey or…

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LOGAN NOIR in Black and White For One Night Only Next Tuesday

LOGAN NOIR in Black and White For One Night Only Next Tuesday

As if Logan, critically acclaimed and a box office smash, could shoot for more arthouse appeal.  A superhero drama that transcends the conventions of the drama and hews much more closely to those of the Western, Logan may well be the superhero film that makes it to the awards season for non-technical categories.  In that vein, the idea of the film in black and white should be enough to make cinema geeks salivate.  Especially given that Mangold…

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Comic Book Movies and Color Grading

SUNDAY MATINEE: Comic Book Movies and Color Grading

Starting this week, I’m doing a biweekly column, called the Sunday Matinee, that focuses on the more technical aspects of CBM filmmaking.  I studied film in school, and work in the field of production, and I want to bring that knowledge to the reviewing sphere! People love to talk about tone in superhero movies.  I’d argue tone was the major buzzword of 2016, in fact.  That said, I don’t believe tone describes the argument actually being had under…

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