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Let’s start with the bad news: Not a lot of comics were purchased in September—sales were down overall by 20%.  Marvel took nearly half the market (44%), with DC pulling in a paltry 30%.  Image snatched up 11%–which is good news, frankly, since many of their books have become the best on the market.  Even more bad news: One out of every five Marvel comics sold was a Star Wars book.  Nothing against Star Wars, mind you, I hear the books are great—but these are movie tie-ins, not proper Marvel books.
Here’s the top 10 comic books sold:
1.  Journey to Star Wars #1
2.  Star Wars #9
3.  Batman #44
4. Deadpool vs. Thanos #1
5.  Darth Vader #9
6.  Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 (Secret Wars tie-in)
7. Batman Annual #4
8.  Justice League #44
9.  The Walking Dead #146
10.  Deadpool vs. Thanos #2
For many of the indies, their best-sellers were also tie-ins, for example: Fight Club #2 (Dark Horse), Invader Zim (Oni Press), and Red Sonja/Conan #2 (Dynamite).  And of course, for Image, Walking Dead (which isn’t technically a tie-in, since the comic came before the TV show, but you get the idea).  Tie-ins seem to the way of the industry now.  Frankly, I’m surprised by the Amazing Spidey event tie-in outperforming all the X-tie ins. Especially a book like Old Man Logan, with Brian Michael Bendis behind it.  It’s also no surprise that Batman is DC’s best property.  It’s been that way for years.  We can expect an explosion of sales next month as Marvel launches the first wave of it’s “All-New, All-Different” #1s.

The trade business also had few surprises: Saga, Batman, more Saga.  Mostly Image.  Here’s the top 10:

1.  Saga Vol. 5
2.  Descender Vol. 1
3.  Batman Vol. 7
4.  Chrononauts Vol. 1
5.  Batman Vol. 6
6.  Avatar Vol. 10
7.  Mad Max Fury Road
8.  Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition (reissue)
9. The Joker: Endgame
10. Saga Vol. 1

But there is good news, starting with TV news and a preview of Daredevil Season Two! Hit next for all the latest!



Wow. I’m doing two news posts in a month. Either you’re lucky, I’m bored, or both. I’m going to start with a bunch of movie news. No, I’m going to start with some advice to Marvel Studios. Do they need my advice? Not right now. They’re making tons of money. But let us look at their output this year: Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both sold well, but neither were very good. They weren’t bad, just not very good. And both were due to conflicts with directors. Now let’s look at their best works: Iron Man, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Avengers. All works where directors were allowed to take risks. Hmm. But that’s not what I want to talk about, really.

My big problem with Avengers 2 was that there were so many characters, we barely got to know any of them (and Quicksilver died before he came close to having a personality). My big problem with Marvel’s SHEILD TV show is that there’s not enough superheroics. We can solve both problems. Marvel’s DVDs often have “mini films” as extras, and they’re pretty good. Why not block out 5-10 minutes per episode and have a short story about Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Hawkeye, etc.? Surely that won’t break the bank, it would give Marvel a platform for its newer character—you could even cross-promote Daredevil, Luke Cage, etc. that way.

Hell, I just want to see more supers. I don’t hate SHEILD, but I really want to see more actual comic book characters in it, so I can feel like I am in on something big.

And now, the news.

MOVING PICTURES NEWS! Lots of directors and writers and yodda yodda released in the past few weeks:

  • THOR 3. The second one was the rare example of a mediocre (not bad, just meh) Marvel movie, but it looks like we’ll finally get Ragnarok for the third one—so it should be awesome. Taika “Eagle vs. Shark” Waititi has signed on to direct…For now. You know if he doesn’t toe the line Marvel will fire him. Although I hope they learned from how they watered down Avengers 2 and Ant-Man.
  • BLACK PANTHER. Joe Robert Cole is the likely screenwriter, but both Ava “Selma” DuVernay and F Gary “Straight Outta Compton” Gray have passed, the latter because (sigh) they’re actually going to be doing a Fast and Furious 8.
  • KINGSMEN 2. Kingsmen surprised the hell out of me by being a terrific movie, but it looks like Taron Egerton, the film’s star, has signed on to play Robin Hood and they’re having trouble getting started on the sequel. Director Matthew Vaughn is also committed to other projects.
  • THE CROW MIGHT NOT HAPPEN. The reboot has lost several leading men, and now its director has walked and the studio has filed for bankruptcy. But seriously, is anyone looking for this remake? I mean, the 1990s version may be dated, but it’s still good.
  • GAMBIT. Joining the “another one bites the dust” department, Rupert Hyatt quit as director of Gambit, citing creative differences (which usually means the studio wanted the movie to suck and the director did not). But with Channing Tatum attached as the lead it seems unlikely that the movie will be scrapped.
  • GEORGE MILLER, who directed the best action movie of 2015 (Mad Max), will not be directing Man of Steel 2—despite rumors to the contrary.
  • BROOKLYN ANIMAL CONTROL. And in TV news, Stephen “Boardwalk Empire” Graham has taken the lead role in USA Network’s adaptation of IDW’s comic about city workers who round up stray werewolves.
  • WATCHMEN. HBO is looking to develop a series, and is talking with Zack Snyder, who did a pretty good job adapting it for film. Of course, he’s done a crappy job with Man of Steel—so your level of optimism may vary.

MORE SHAFT! I loved Dynamite Comics’ “Shaft: A Complicated Man,” a miniseries that concluded earlier this year, and I’m happy to learn that creators David F. Walker will return to write more adventures about the private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks. This time, he’ll be paired up with artist Dietrich Smith. The plot involves Shaft being a consultant on a biopic…About Shaft! I can dig it.

AND IN OTHER DAVID F. WALKER NEWS…POWER MAN AND IRON FIST!  Power Man and Iron Fist was one of my favorite early 1980s comic books—a great buddy book, whose success has never been duplicated (see my tribute to them here). In fact, traditional “buddy” pairings are conspicuously absent from the market (unless you count “hero and sidekick” titles like Batman and Robin, but those are different). Walker and artist Sanford Greene will create a new PM&IF book in 2016. Luke Cage hasn’t called himself “Power Man” in a decade—and a young upstart now uses the moniker—so that will be an interesting development. Can’t wait!

REPRINT NEWS! A few nice collections will be coming in time for Christmas…

  • BLOOM COUNTY! IDW Publishing will be reprinting the revived strip in a collected edition, and as a result creator Berk Breathed is no longer reprinting them on his Facebook page.
  • MOEBIUS! Dark Horse will publish a hardcover collection of one of comics/sci fi’s most celebrated artists, Jean Giraud.

DIGITAL COMICS EXPAND. I read everything on my iPad these days, so I was happy to learn that Dark Horse will start same-day-single-issue releases of their books via Dark Horse Digital, ComiXology, and Kindle. I know a lot of folks say digital books are killing comic stores, and there may be some truth to that, but I think Amazon and trades did a lot more damage. Many times, I try something on digital and then buy hardcopies as gifts. But I do wonder what happens when the market finally falls out for monthly floppies—will we still get a serialized story in 30-day chunks? Will there be enough money in digital-only to support careers for real talent? Or will comics become on-line film treatments? I’d hate to see this art form die…Which is a sad note on which to end this post.



I have been super-busy with work lately and unable to keep up with the latest happenings, and then this story hit my feed: “FOX is Moving Forward with Fantastic Four 2.” I’m sorry, but I can’t let that stand. 20th Century Fox has greenlit a sequel to the worst comic book movie ever made, a title previously held by Man of Steel. Why is F4 the worst? The reasons are legion: It’s a superhero movie, but nobody runs; the bad guy is kind of stupid and is ultimately beaten with a single punch; the evil plot doesn’t make sense; the negative zone doesn’t have anyone in it; the best scene (Thing used as a bomb) from the preview was cut from the film; I could go on and on. But perhaps the worst of all? I would never watch it again. It didn’t even make me angry, like the terrible mistreatment of Superman’s legend in Man of Steel or the ponderous plot of Ghost Rider. It just … Sucked. I’m hoping this story is just a lie planted to try to boost sales of the DVD, which is probably coming out soon.

So, what else is going on in the comics world?

TWO BROTHERS GRAPHIC NOVEL WILL BE AWESOME. Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon have a new project coming out. The creators of one of the best comics of all time, Daytripper, will release Two Brothers at the end of the month via publisher Dark Horse. It adapts a novel by Milton Hatoum’s about twin Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, one of whom becomes rich and the other a gutter drunk.

OMEGA MEN IS NOT CANCELLED. One of the few DC books I read regularly has apparently been rescued from cancellation. Of course, I’ve been away so long from the news arena I didn’t even know it was under review. DC promises 12 issues, but it probably won’t be put into a trade so go and buy it guys. Seriously. It’s really good.

MARVEL’S DENIABILITY AS MUTANT HATERS DWINDLES. Fans have speculated for over a year now that Marvel’s push towards Inhumans and its killing off of characters like Wolverine, and marginalizing many more mutants, is part of its goal to use only characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its pulp properties. Marvel has denied it, and to be fair there were several X-books in the Secret Wars events, but the Terrigen Mists appear to be killing more and more mutants, and there appear to be only six mutant books in the new Marvel lineup (dropping many books like Storm, Magneto, and Cyclops, reducing to two Wolverine books, and cancelling X-Factor and X-force, among others). And the Wolverine books will be Old Man and Girl Wolverines, not the Logan we once knew. And lastly, it looks like the new X-books will put the mutants on another planet, so they don’t touch the mainstream Marvel comicverse. It becomes harder and harder to believe that they aren’t trying to avoid cross-promoting another studio’s movie property.

HELLBOY AT THE LIBRARY! Buffy, Astro Boy, the wonderful Blacksad, and Sin City are just a few of the 900 Dark Horse comics that will now be available via Hoopla, a streaming service used by public libraries. The service already offers some DC, Vertigo, Image, IDW, and Boom! comics. This is a great way to introduce new readers to comics, and to address the dwindling usability of hardcopy books.  Don’t gamble on comics, play hell boy slot at LeoVegas! Click here!

A BOOSTER GOLD/BLUE BEETLE MOVIE? Apparently, Warner Bros is considering an action buddy comedy starring the Blue and the Gold, to be written by Zak “Avengers” Penn and directed by Greg “Arrow and Flash” Berlanti. It might be nice to see a little humor and light in a DC supermovie.

THE AVENGERS ENDS. MCU boss Kevin Feige basically confirmed what we all suspected: Avengers: Infinity War will be an end to the use of the current versions of Cap, Iron Man, etc., and Phase Four will have a new roster. They haven’t said for sure, but I can’t imagine Robert Downey, Jr., stays on board—or Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner or Scarlet Johannson. And Thor’s gotta age sometime, and lose those looks that make my wife swoon.

NEW ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN? Jim Lee has hinted that he and Frank Miller might actually finish their run, which stopped abruptly many moons ago after pissing off tons of Batfans. Not me, though. I loved it. Robin kicks Green Lantern’s ass by putting him in a room painted yellow. How cool is that?

MORE BAT-NEWS. Batman: Europa, another Batman book that was prematurely terminated (this one, before the first issue ever got published), will definitely be returning. It will be written by Brian Azzarello and Matteo Casali and drawn by Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli, as originally announced in 2011. It will be four issues about Batman on vacation in Italy.

AND FINALLY…DARK KNIGHT 3! You all must know by now that Frank Miller will partner with Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson on a new book about his vision of future Batman—the book that, along with Watchmen, changed comic book making forever. Dark Knight III: The Master Race will be an 8-issue series, and every issue will have a backup story. Issues will be 50 pages and cost $6, with a special bound edition of each issue that will run you $13 a pop (with a slipcase to store all eight issues in).




It’s not clear how Secret Wars will end, but at least now we know what Marvel will look like in 2016.  In addition to another Jim Starlin Thanos miniseries (with art by Alan Davis, yay!), Marvel’s announced nearly all 50 of its monthly books.  Here’s the straight poop, some of which had already been published months ago, in alphabetical order of character’s name…

 A-FORCE.  Anything written by G. Willow “Ms. Marvel” Wilson is a must-buy for me, and this book spins out of the Secret Wars miniseries of the same name—which was one of the better tie-ins.  The team is led by She Hulk and has a brand new hero in it.  Shulk’s books have never sold very well, new characters are notoriously difficult to launch, and female-focused books are always a tough sell–so this book has a steep hill to climb.  But I’m rooting for it.  The art will be by the great Jorge Molina.  Expectations: High, must buy.

ANGELA: QUEEN OF HEL.  Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto and Stephanie Hans.  Nothing about this interests me in the least.  Marvel has yet to do something with Neil
Gaiman’s Angela character that makes mewant to read.

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN.  I’m thrilled that Nick Spencer (art by Ramon Rosanas) is back writing this character again—his Ant-Man book of early 2015 suffered premature death due to Secret Wars, and it was just getting off the ground.  Already on my pull list.

ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS.  Mark Waid.  Adam Kubert.  Black Captain America, Vision, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel.  I’m so there.

NEW AVENGERS.  Al Ewing.  Gerardo Sandoval.  A mish-mash of Young Avengers and others, reimagined as AIM: Avengers Idea Mechanics.  I am so NOT there.

UNCANNY AVENGERS by Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman.  Sorry Ryan; I love your art, but you lost me at Duggan.

BLACK PANTHER.  For the first time in a long time, T’Challa gets a solo book to be written by activist and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates(!) and artist Brian Stelfreeze.  The first story will be a year-long saga about terrorism in Wakanda, and promises to be politically charged.  This is another one I’ll definitely be reading.

CAPTAIN MARVEL by Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and Kris Anka.  Kelley Sue DeConnick is off the title, and so am I.  I never cared for the character, I just liked DeConnick’s writing.

CARNAGE by Gerry Conway and Mike Perkins.  No thanks, I just have never found this character interesting.

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS.  Despite Al Ewing doing the script, it would take a lot to keep me away from a fight book with Gamora, Maestro (Future Imperfect Hulk), and a slew of Marvel heroes.  And I love artist Paco Medina.  I’ll be buying this.

DAREDEVIL by Charles Soule and Ron Garney.  I’ve read every issue of DD ever published, and I’m sure as hell not gonna stop when the writer of the last, absolutely fabulous She Hulk book takes over.  Even if they’re giving him a black outfit, making him a prosecuting attorney and giving him a sidekick.  I trust Soule. 

DEADPOOL.  More awful Gerry Duggan.  I wish they’d get a writer I like for this comic.

DOCTOR STRANGE.  You almost got me by having Jason Aaron write this, but then you put Chris Bachalo on the art—a poor man’s Skottie Young.  Pass.

DRAX.  Pro-fighter CM Punk turns Drax into a pro fighter.  Bleh.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.  I’ve liked (not loved) most of Brian Michael Bendis’ run on GotG, and Valerio Schiti is a perfectly fine artist, but it’s a new team: Kitty Pride is now Star-Lord, Thing’s on board, and Rocket Raccoon is the leader.  I can’t imagine this will be good, but I’m The-Totally-Awesome-Hulk-1-Promo-fb7b6-720x967willing to read the trade if I hear positive things.

ALL-NEW HAWKEYE by Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez.  When Lemire took the title over from Matt Fraction, I was underwhelmed.  He writes great indie books, but his Marvel and DC output is spotty.  Pass.

THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK.  The “World War Hulk/Incredible Hercules” team of Greg Pak and Frank Cho return, but this time boy genius Amadeus Cho is the mean green one.  I can’t say I’m all that interested in this one, despite it having a Illuminati-1-Promo-9f3c9great creative team.

HOWARD THE DUCK.  Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones pick up where they left off when Secret Wars interrupted them.  I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t like it enough to buy it.

HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.  I like the idea, even if a similar one completely tanked during the Secret Wars.  I don’t know the work of creators Frank Barbiere and Brent Schoonover that well, though.  I’ll try in trade unless I hear bad worth of mouth.

ILLUMINATI by Josh Williamson and Shawn Crystal.  Williamson is best when he’s writing dark, so I’ll check out his take on a gang of outlaws led by Red Hood.

UNCANNY INHUMANS by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.  I know they’re the new X-Men.  I know they’re “important” to canon.  But ever since Marvel started pushing this team, I haven’t

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez.  Iron Man books are really hit or miss, but Bendis is usually a reliable writer and Marquez’s designs are pretty nifty (even if Iron Man’s helmet looks an awful lot like Dr. Fate).  Expectations: Moderate, based on the character’s history.  I’ll check out the first few issues, for sure.

KARNAK by Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino.  My favorite writer writing about one of my all-time favorite Marvel characters.  Count me in.

MOCKINGBIRD.  Following the “if they’re in the MCU, they get a solo book” model, Bobbi Morse will get her own book in 2016 to be written by novelist Chelsea Cain.  It looks like she’ll be a wisecracking secret agent, much like her identity on TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—which, rumor has it, will be spinning her off into a solo show as well.  The concept isn’t grabbing me, and the character hasn’t grabbed me since she divorced Hawkeye and left West Coast Avengers, decades ago.  Pass.

MOON KNIGHT.  One of my favorite characters will return under the creative team of Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood.  Greg’s work has been solid, but Lemire is new to Marc Spector.  I have to say: I loved Sweet Tooth and really like Descender, but Lemire’s work for Marvel and DC has not been his best.  Please don’t fuck this up.

MS. MARVEL.  The team of G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Adrian Alphona returns.  So will I.  Buy on sight.

NOVA by Sean Ryan and Cory Smith.  If this scarlet witch all new differentwere about the African American family in the SW tie-in book “Infinity Gauntlet,” I’d probably be right there.  But it isn’t, so I’m not.

OLD MAN LOGAN.  Andrea Sorrentino is a magical artist, so I’ll check this out but it’s written by Jeff Lemire so my hopes are not high. 

RED WOLF.  I can’t say I care about the character, but the team of Nathan Edmondson and Dalibor Talajic—both of whom did extraordinary work with Punisher—makes this a buy-on-sight for silver surfer all new differentme.  We’ll see if they can keep my interest.

SCARLET WITCH.  I was interested, until I saw it was written by James Robinson.  No artist is announced yet, but I can’t imagine it will make a difference in my decision not to buy this.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. by Marc Guggenheim and Mike Norton.  Don’t care.

SILK by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee.  No thank you.

SILVER SURFER.  Dan Slott and Mike Allred will return with a new #1 for the character.  Their run so far has been Amazing_Spider_Man_1_Alex_Rossworth reading, but hasn’t been anything tremendous.  I’ll read it in trade, if at all, not because I expect it to be bad but because, hey, I’m a busy guy.

SPIDER-GWEN by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez.  Nothing personal, but no.

ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.  Dan Slott continues his nearly decade-long run on Peter Parker, and as long as he’s writing, I’m in.  Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli is just gravy.  Not sure how much I like the idea of completely changing the legend spider-woman all new all differentaround: Peter is basically Tony Stark, Jr., as CEO of a global corporation and adventures around the world, but if Slott can make the Doc Ock bodyswitch work, he can do anything.  The team is the same, all that’s changed is the adjectives in the title.  Buy on sight.

SPIDER-MAN by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.  The continuing adventures of Miles Morales. Bendis has been writing Ultimate Spider-Man since the Ultimate universe first launched, and he has literally NEVER let me down.  Buy on sight.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 by Peter David and Will Sliney.  I love you, Peter, but I’ve never liked this book.  Pass.  But look at all these Spider-Man books!!  It’s almost like there’s a new Marvel movie about him!  Oh, wait.  There is.

SPIDER-WOMAN by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez.  She’s a mom!  She’s a superhero!  This sounds a little like DC’s old Manhunter series, which I liked a lot.  This will be a buy-in-trade if the reviews are good.

SQUADRON SUPREME.  I enjoyed the Secret Wars tie-in, but it looks like the concept is all different now.  James Robinson and Leonard Kirk will helm a book about Hyperion, Thundra, Nighthawk, Dr. Spectrum, etc.  It’s billed as a book about a bunch of characters whose worlds were all destroyed.  I always liked the idea of a Marvel version of DC’s Justice League, which this isn’t.  I find myself…Not interested. 

STAR-LORD by Sam Humphries and Javier Garron.  Didn’t like his first Star-Lord book, won’t be buying this one.

THE MIGHTY THOR by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman.  It takes a lot to get me to read Thor, and giving him a vagina just isn’t enough.  Pass.

ULTIMATES by Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort.  I thought we were done with this team?  Oh, we are.  This is basically black Avengers 2.0: Black Panther, Monica Rambeau, Blue Marvel, etc., with the token white Captain Marvel.  I lost interest the last time Ewing tried this, so I’ll save my money.

VENOM: SPACEKNIGHT by Robbie Thompson and Ariel Olivetti.  Even Olivetti’s art can’t get me in the door here.  Not interested in the least.

VISION by Tom King and Gabriel H. Walta.  I’m intrigued.  I’m willing to give it a chance.

WEB WARRIORS by Mike Costa and David Baldeon.  If you don’t have spider spin off fatigue yet, read this and you will.  No thanks.

WEIRDWORLD by Sam Humphries and Mike Del Mundo.  Probably the best of the Secret Wars spin-offs gets its own book, but sadly with a new writer.  I’m not a fan of Humphries, but Mike Del Mundo remains on art chores—and his work has been excellent: Just the right kind of weird and different.  I’m willing to give it a try, but if the first issue doesn’t grab me, I’m out.

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE by Tom Taylor and David Lopez.  What makes it new is that she’s a girl.  Meh.

ALL-NEW X-MEN by Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley.  It’s the original X-Men (brought into the present by Bendis prior to Secret Wars) plus Laura-as-Wolverine.  I don’t see the point in this.  Pass.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN.  As noted above, Jeff Lemire has never written a Marvel book I’ve liked, and although Humberto Ramos isn’t a terrible artist, he’s not a must-buy guy for me.  Even Magik, Old Man Logan, and Nightcrawler can’t sell this book to me.  Pass.

UNCANNY X-MEN by Cullen Bunn and Greg Land.  Bunn has written exactly one comic that kept my interest.  Looks like I’m passing on all the X-titles this time around.  Oh, wait.  Maybe I spoke too soon…


X-MEN ’92.  The surprisingly awesome digital comic will return, with Chris Sims and Chad Bowers returning as writers, alongside Alti Firmansyah on art.  Just revealing this fact shows that Secret Wars’ “time and universe melding” was not an event, it was a new normal.  I expect to check this out, but I’m concerned the joke will wear thin pretty fast.  Maybe I’ll just buy in trade.


So, any of your favorite characters missing from the lineup?



A roundup of some interesting bits of news about comics and comic book adaptations…

DEVIL’S DUE BUYS FIRST COMICS!  The purchasing company has actually been around since 1999, and is probably best known for the horror comic Hack/Slash.  First Comics was one of the (ahem) first independent publishers, way back in 1983, and boasted an impressive catalog including Nexus, Grimjack, and two of my personal favorites, Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg and Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar.  Best news about the merger? They’ll be reviving The Badger, a character who my buddy CD insists was the inspiration for Deadpool (because no other wise-ass thug-antiheroes existed in comics in the 1980s?).  A new series will be written by the creator of the character, Mike Baron ,and illustrated by Jim Fern (best known for a bunch of X-Factor and Wolverine stories in the late 1990s/early 2000s), Tony Akins (who drew the Eisner-winning Jack of Fables for Vertigo), and the great Val Mayerik (co-creator of Howard the Duck).

INDIE MUSICAL!  The stage adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” graphic novel won best Musical and six other Tony Awards.  The book has been banned from several State libraries due to its mature discussions of child abuse and sexual orientation.

DAREDEVIL, RIP.  Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s run on Daredevil is probably in my top 3 best DD runs of all time, right under Frank Miller and tied with Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.  And it’s ending in a few months with issue #18, in which he will finally release The Autobiography of Matt Murdock.  I’m glad Marvel didn’t interrupt or mess with this run in their Secret Wars event, but I can’t help wondering if none of it “matters” because Secret Wars is resetting the whole Marvel U.  We’ll see.

CAPTAIN AMERICA WHITE FINALLY COMING OUT!  It’s been pending since 2008, when an advance #0 preview came out, but it looks like the final Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale “color” miniseries will actually be released in September.


  • Boom! Studios’ comic book Lumberjanes, about a haunted girls’ summer camp, has been a huge hit—and now it’s been optioned for a movie by Fox.
  • Universal Studios has optioned Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Eisner-nominated Image Comic, “The Wicked + The Divine,” for a TV adaptation to be produced by Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds.  It’s about Gods coming to life and hanging out at nightclubs.  Kind of.  I loved the first few issues but lost interest.  I hope producing TV shows won’t make Kelly Sue unable to keep writing Bitch Planet, which is one of the best comics on the market right now.
  • Mark Millar and Goran Parlov’s Image Comic Starlight has a script for its big screen adaptation by Fox.
  • The film version of the Manga hit Akira is being rebooted after multiple failed starts.  Marco J. Ramirez, writer for Daredevil season one and showrunner for season two, is attached to write a new script.  Netflix’s DD crew are getting lots of attention, as another one just got picked to help write Transformers #19: Cars Still Talk.
  • Universal Studios has optioned the best new comic of 2014, Bitch Planet.


  • Eisner-winning Cow Boy (Boom Studios) will be adapted for TV by DreamWorks as a cartoon.  Congrats to Nate Cosby and the great Chris Eliopoulos.  It was great when they made a smart, all-ages comic (too many comics are for adults these days), and it’s terrific to see them get a nice reward for it.
  • And finally, we have our Punisher….


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