MARVEL RETAKES SALES DOMINANCE IN JUNE AND EXPANDS ITS PUBLISHING LINE (gee, I wonder why they’re doing that?), TONS OF CHEAP DYNAMITE COMICS FOR SALE, WONDER WOMAN STRIPS! THE WEEK IN COMIC NEWS…

ms marvel cumming soonI usually do a longer post on SALES, but I think I’m the only one who is interested in it. So I’ll just say that in June Marvel had the top three books: Two issues of Amazing Spider-Man, and Original Sin #1. And in a rare correlation of quality to quantity, those were also three of the best books Marvel published last month.

And now, lots of cool little bits and items:

DYNAMITE HUMBLE BUNDLES. The publisher will offer, for the benefit of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, over 120 comics from an all-star roster of creators. The offer is on now and continues through July 9, and includes titles like: Amanda Hocking’s The Hollows: A Hollowland; Project Superpowers; Vampirella collections by Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, and Mark Millar; Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet; and recent Red Sonja material, among many others.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE. I’m excited as hell for Dan Slott’s return to Superior Spider-Man, coming later this year in a “Spiderverse” event that will bring together Doc Ock Spidey with Spider-Men from all over the multiverse. And to whet our whistles, Marvel is releasing five done-in-ones called “Edge of Spider-Verse” about various weird Spidey characters. Creators will include Gerard “Umbrella Academy” Way (you know him better as the lead singer of My Chemical Romance), Clay McLeod “I got nominated for a Pulitzer Prize” Chapman, Jason “Southern Bastards” Latour, and Dustin “Everything I Draw is Genius” Weaver. Characters will include Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman and a bunch of new creations. I’m jazzed.

SPIDER-MAN 2099. And speaking of Spidey versions, this book is returning in July with original creator and author Peter David. As some of you know, the character was brought into the present by Dan Slott—this series will continue his presend-day adventures.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN SEASON 3. Speaking of the Spiderverse, the next season of Ultimate Spider-Man (coming August 31 to Disney XD) will include a ton of cool characters from both the Spider- and Marvelverses as Peter Parker joins the Avengers and meets (quickly draws a breath before shouting): Ka-Zar, Miles Morales, Agent Venom, Dr. Strange, Cloak and Dagger, Amadeus Cho, Spider-Girl, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, Iron Spider, and Spider-Man 2099. I do like the cartoon, even though I missed season two entirely. Looks like I’ll be watching again!

WONDER WOMAN STRIPS. Newspaper strips, that is. IDW will publish a collection of the 1940s material later this year.

RAT QUEENS CARTOON. And speaking of cartoons, Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch’s recent critical hit comic Rat Queens (published by Image) may become a cartoon. I can only imagine it will be on a cable network—the comic gets pretty salty.

QUANTUM AND WOODY. The reboot of Valiant comics has been pretty good. If I didn’t have too many comics to read already, I’d be reading Quantum and Woody. What I have read of it was pretty cool. And now, Valiant is bringing back the creators of the series, Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright, as well as planning an omnibus (600 pages!) of their original creation. And speaking of reboots….

TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE. I didn’t care for the Batman or Superman Earth One books—they’re alternate takes on established characters that take place in the present day. Yes, they’re DC’s version of Marvel’s Ultimate universe. But the Titans one sounds cool. Jeff Lemire is writing, Terry Dodson is drawing, and it is about a teen team that develops in a universe where there are no heroes to sidekick to.

MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION #1. In honor of 75 years since Marvel Comics #1 was published, Marvel is producing an anthology of new material about vintage Marvel events: Bruce Timm will illustrate Stan Lee’s first Marvel story (which was a picture-less feature called “Captain America Foils The Traitor’s Revenge”). Brian Bendis and Michael Gaydos will tell a new Jessica Jones story (they haven’t done one since they created her in the brilliant Alias comic). James Robinson and Chris Samnee will play with Fantastic Four #1 (hailed by many as the first Marvel Universe comic). Sounds awesome.

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER IS ENDING. With issue #10. That makes me sad. I love this comic.

THE ORIGINAL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Remember? With Yondu and the dude who looks like Iceman and Starhawk? They appeared in a back-up feature in Guardians of the Galaxy #14, and in October they’re getting their own series, which will take place in the year 3000 and will be written by Dan Abnett. Fans of Marvel’s cosmic line know Abnett was half of the writing team that revived the cosmic line in the early 2000s. I’m excited—I always loved that old Guardians team. And speaking of the cosmic line…

JIM STARLIN BACK AT MARVEL. The creator of Thanos has been signed to do three Adam Warlock graphic novels for the company after a public dust-up over Marvel inviting then dis-inviting him to work with that character. All is forgiven, apparently.

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