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The best way to get people wondering who your next villain will be is to drop a vague clue and say no more.  The head of Marvel Studios recently promised that the next Thor villain will be a “major” new one.  After all the Loki-lovin’ ladies stopped screaming, he added that it won’t be Thanos.  Enchantress is the obvious choice, or Hela, but how about somebody really offbeat?  My absolute favorite Thor villain is The Absorbing Man, and although Crusher Creel couldn’t carry a whole movie, he’d make for a great opening sequence.  My preference for Thor 2 is, of course, Frog Thor, but we all know that won’t happen.  Barring that, I vote for a  Sinister Six:

                Absorbing Man
                Grey Gargoyle
                Beta Ray Bill (he’ll become a good guy, of course, by the end…)
                And, of course, Executioner (with Walt Simonson’s double-M16 design)

I bet none of my wishes are met….So, on with other news (about the sequels to Sin City and Kick Ass, among other things) after the break.

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In with the old, out with the new…Let’s start this year with a look back.

2011 was a year in which many Marvel mainstays had relaunches/reboots (Daredevil and Moon Knight being the most successful, “Power Man” less so), and every DC character was reborn.  It was a year in which there were at least 52 more #1s than usual.  But 2011 also saw indie books rising in popularity due to successful TV shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead and pour-over from last year’s high-profile Scott Pilgrim film.

According to Diamond—the official distributor of the comic book medium—Justice League #1 was the best-selling issue of the year.  DC actually beat Marvel for a couple months, but sales from September to November gradually slowed, and by December Marvel was back at #1—albeit barely so.  Marvel sold 39% of all comics sold in December, while DC fell from 39% to 38%.  So, it looks like 2012 will be a return to normalcy.

But there’s no denying DC’s short term success: Not only did they have the three best-selling comics of 2011, but they’re also probably three of the top sellers of the past 10 years.  Justice League #1 topped 361K sold, and Batman and Superman both topped 250K.  Marvel’s best seller of the year was The Death of Spider-Man (Ultimate Spider-Man #160), which sold a comparatively small 159K.  It’s best-selling book of the past 10 years, however, was the Obama issue of Amazing Spider-Man, which told 530K.  And that was just on a sucky back-up feature.  Marvel should make The President as ubiquitous as Wolverine.  They’ll sell tons!

So what else is new?  Muppet Thor for one thing!

Hit the break and read on…


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