Marvel Going Prehistoric in MARVEL LEGACY #1

Marvel Going Prehistoric in MARVEL LEGACY #1

As Marvel winds down Secret Empire, the publisher is setting its sights on the next big event, Marvel Legacy. The superstar team of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic is set to deliver a new mini-series which will redefine not just the known history of the Marvel Universe, but add literally thousands of years to the timeline. Due for release in September, Marvel Legacy will launch with a 50-page first issue and likely a bevy of…

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Latour & Aaron’s SOUTHERN BASTARDS Variant to Raise Money for ACLU, SPLC

Latour & Aaron’s SOUTHERN BASTARDS Variant to Raise Money for ACLU, SPLC

Variant covers, which once contributed to the near-death of the entire comic book industry, have been back in vogue for a few years now. Most of the time, they are shameless sales ploys designed to boost flagging sales or raise awareness of a major change to the status quo. As the vast majority of variants are released by mainstream publishers, it is seldom the case that the art has much to say in any real…

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BACK ISSUES: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Essential Doctor Strange!

BACK ISSUES: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Essential Doctor Strange!

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today, most people in the US will be able to head into their local multiplex and enter a world of sorcery and psychedelia and super heroics with Marvel Studios’ latest installment in their cinematic universe; “Doctor Strange”. The character has been around since 1963, and was one…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at “Blood in the Aether” with Doctor Strange #12

PREVIEWS: First Look at “Blood in the Aether” with Doctor Strange #12

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo‘s run on “Doctor Strange” so far has been creepy, epic and delightfully bizarre. Now, Marvel has released preview pages from Doctor Strange #12, the opening chapter of the “Blood in the Aether” arc. Leading out of the epic climax of “The Last Days of Magic”, the issue finds the good Doctor as his weakest and most vulnerable, with a myriad of his greatest foes ready to take advantage of that and destroy…

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Indies Utterly Dominate 2016 Eisner Awards Nominations

Indies Utterly Dominate 2016 Eisner Awards Nominations

Yesterday, Comic-Con International released the list of nominees for the 2016 Eisner Awards. The broad field, encompassing every sort of release in the comic book industry, included creators from nearly every publisher in the business. Most notable, though, was the near-total exclusion of work from the comic book industry’s two largest players in DC and Marvel Comics. Out of a possible 158 nominations, only 15 were handed to work or creators working on Big Two…

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‘Star Wars’ biggest comic of 2015, Marvel dominates the top 100

‘Star Wars’ biggest comic of 2015, Marvel dominates the top 100

PREVIEWSworld has unveiled a list of the 500 best-selling comics released in 2015, and Marvel’s launch of their Star Wars universe appears to have been a resounding success as four of their titles set in a galaxy far, far away entered the top 10. Their flagship title, Star Wars #1 headed up by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, was the best-selling comic book of 2015 at number 1; while Star Wars: Vader Down #1 at number 6, Darth Vader #1 at number 7 and Princess Leia #1 at number 10, all made…

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Southern Bastards #10 variant raises $18K for Charleston victims

Southern Bastards #10 variant raises $18K for Charleston victims

Following a church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina the creative team behind Image’s Southern Bastard announced that the proceeds for the variant cover for their series’ 10th issue would be donated to Mother Emanuel Hope Fund in order to support the victims. The shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17th left 9 churchgoers dead, including the senior pastor at the church. Image Comics has announced that the proceeds for the variant cover was around $18,000,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: THE GODDAMNED #1 Deliciously Defiles Our Myths

ADVANCE REVIEW: THE GODDAMNED #1 Deliciously Defiles Our Myths

Jason Aaron is one fearless son of a bitch. When it comes to adapting myths and legends for modern audiences, the road is rife with peril. For every critically lauded story such as Hero, there exist a dozen others which draw the ire of true believers around the world (or at least the blogosphere). In retelling the story of the latter passages of the Book of Genesis, Aaron’s undertaking in The Goddamned risks inviting such a…

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Jason Aaron goes exclusive for Marvel

Jason Aaron goes exclusive for Marvel

Jason Aaron, the current writer on Star Wars, Doctor Strange, and The Mighty Thor, has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel Comics. This means the fan favourite writer will focus on Marvel properties for the foreseeable future. Aaron has a long history of working with the House of Ideas, with past writing duties on Thor: God of Thunder, Thor, Ghost Rider, Incredible Hulk, Avengers vs X-Men, and Original Sin just to name a few. In addition…

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MARKET MAVEN: Southern Bastards is Eating Hearty

MARKET MAVEN: Southern Bastards is Eating Hearty

With the recent news that Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s Southern Bastards is headed for FX, it seemed like a good time to take a look at the book’s by-the-numbers performance in the comic book market. When it was released in April of 2014, the first issue of Southern Bastards managed to slug its way into Diamond’s Top 50, selling 38,029 copies in comic book shops. That number doesn’t account take into account digital sales,…

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