· This Week’s Comic News:
–Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Ongoing Series
Doreen Green (AKA Squirrel Girl) is getting her very first solo title, and it’s not even a limited run, but an ongoing series from Ryan North and Erica Henderson.
North is known for his long running webseries Dinosaur Comics, and as the regular writer on the Adventure Time comic series for Boom! Studios. Henderson has worked on Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures, and Subatomic Party Girls, and done variant covers for the like of Marceline and the Scream Queens.
There aren’t many details on the plot yet, but there was one tidbit from an article in Entertainment Weekly that said: “When the comic book begins, she’s starting college—but in no time at all, Squirrel Girl is defending Earth from threats most cosmic.”
-Art available at EW.com
-Dynamite Acquires James Bond License:
Days before NYCC, Dynamite has announced plans to publish James Bond comic books starting next year, both new stories and adaptations.
-Dynamite Entertainment has announced the acquisition of “worldwide rights” to publish James Bond comic books, graphic novels and digital comics starting in 2015.
-Plans Origin Comic in 2015.
-No creative team or specific release plans have yet been revealed, but Dynamite’s press release announcing the license states that the company plans on publishing both “visual adaptations” of Bond creator Ian Fleming’s stories, plus all-new tales — headlined by the character’s pre-“Casino Royale” origins, something largely unexplored in previous films and novels. Along with 007, Dynamite promises “other familiar faces,” both villains and allies, will appear in the new material.
–All-New X-Factor: Cancelled
(Comicbook.com By Russ Burlingame 10/03/2014)
All-New X-Factor writer, Peter David, confirmed that the series will conclude with issue #20. On his blog, David sited lack of direct market sales as the reason the book was cancelled.
“All I did was write a book that got tons of positive write-ups,” he said. “Which I guess is enough to encourage people to buy it when it comes out in trades, oblivious to the fact that books get cancelled when you do that.” He also added, “To the best of my knowledge, digital sales don’t count. It comes down to whether enough people are buying the book on the stands. And when enough people find alternatives and it kills the sales, the book goes away.””
The latest issues of “All-New X-Factor” to be solicited are December’s issues #17 and #18. So, Issues #19 & #20 will probably be released early next year.
· Comics Worth Reading:
Aliens vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Sebela, Christopher (Ghost, Dead Letters, Captain Marvel-2012)
Artist: Olivetti, Ariel
Cover Artist: Gist, E.M.
I’ve finally figured it out! Whoever came up with the release dates for the Fire & Stone event didn’t talk to whoever was in charge of the story. This means the release dates make no sense, and you should wait to read the story until they’ve all been released.
Here’s my handy guide for Fire & Stone:
Read Aliens 1-4 first, then Prometheus 1-4, then AvP 1-4, then Predator 1-4.
This book takes place after the events of Prometheus #4, so there’s really no point in me reading it until that book comes out. I think I’m going to collect all the issues of “Fire & Stone” before I read any more. I encourage you all to do the same.
Batgirl #35 (DC)
Writer: Stewart, Cameron (Better known as an artist, A few BPRD issues)
Artist: Tarr, Babs (Freelance Illustrator, 1st comic book)
Cover Artist: Stewart, Cameron
This isn’t just a new writer and artist coming on board, but it’s a complete tonal change for the series from what had come before.
This new Batgirl isn’t in Gotham taking down Batman villains and dealing with gritty old-fashioned street crime, instead she’s in the suburbs dealing with friends, relationships, and modern crimes that affect the young & digital generation. Crimes like stolen tablet computers, identity theft, and data hackers. If Batgirl were around, maybe she could have stopped Jennifer Lawrence from getting her cellphone hacked. That’s the type of crime she’s fighting now. Maybe not the deadliest of crimes, but crimes nonetheless.
This Batgirl seems totally different and detached from the “Bat-Family” and the rest of the DCU. It reminds me of how different Matt Fraction’s ‘Hawkeye’ felt from how the character had ever been portrayed before.
Dark Ages #3 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Dan Abnett (Nova, Annihilation Conquest, Thanos Imperative, GotG)
Artist: Ian (I. N. J.) Culbard (2000AD, New Deadwardians (Abnett))
It’s about a troop of mercenary soldiers wandering around Medieval Europe looking for work, when suddenly they’re attacked by demons from outer space and take refuge in a secluded monastery populated with silent monks.
Up until now this book has been kind of uninteresting, but this issue explains a lot more about what’s going on and what’s at stake. The twist in this issue suddenly makes the entire series much more interesting. I don’t want to spoil anything, but basically the mercs find someone who knows what’s going on and can help them fight back.
It sets up what should be an exciting final issue.
The October Faction #1 (IDW)
Writer: Niles, Steve (30 days of night, Mystery Society, Monster & Madman)
Artist: Worm, Damien (Monster & Madman)
Cover Artist: Worm, Damien
This book was just a whole lot of setting up the characters who are part of a strange monster-hunting clan. Not much happens in this issue, but you learn that Grandpa was a monster hunter and is now retired as a teacher. His old partner comes back around to reminisce. His wife is seeing another man for reasons that aren’t romantic, and his grandchildren have learned to trap spirits using magic circles.
Very interesting & moody. I’ll continue reading it, though probably in trade.
·Topic of the Week:
Concerning the wave of comic book properties we’re seeing on TV:
· What are your current comic book properties on right now (or – the ones you’re pinning your hopes on), and why?
-I watch them all (Sheild, Arrow, Walking Dead, Flash, Gotham). Walking Dead is the best by far. Arrow is getting better, still a little “CW-ish” if you know what I mean. I was pleasantly surprised by Flash Episode 1. I’m on the fence about Gotham. It has some good points, good actors, but there’s just something about it that isn’t quite right.
-The Strain technically has a comic book series now, so I want to give a shoutout to that. It’s not the best written show on TV but it’s pretty fun.
· What are favorites from the past?
-The Flash (1990) was fun. Lois & Clark swasn’t terrible. Smallville was OK.
· How do they stack up to current offerings?
-Today’s are much better. Everyone has nostalgia for Adam West Batman and Linda Carter Wonder Woman, but those were too campy for my tastes. I like that the newer comic book adaptations are taking the source material seriously.
· Powers, Constantine, and iZombie in our more immediate futures… thoughts on these?
-I’m worried for Constantine because I’m such a big fan of the character. I saw one clip a few month ago and it was pretty bad. I haven’t seen anything since then, but some people have said it looks promising. I liked the Keanu Reeves Constantine movie. So take that!
· Are their specific elements you have to have in a show – or – that will send you looking elsewhere?
-Good writing is usually key for me. Sometimes I can forgive bad writing if the characters are good enough or if the show is fun enough. (*cough* Guardians of the Galaxy *cough*)
· Do you think we risk burning out the American public? How close are we to that? How can we back away from it?
-I don’t think there will be burnout because there are so many genre’s of comic books to choose from. It’s not like other genres such as Westerns or Fantasy, which are pretty much all the same. Maybe people will get burned out on one genre of comics, but not comic properties as a whole.
-Also, we’re starting to see a lot of cross promotion from TV, books and movies into comic books. (The Strain, Dresden Files, even Game of Thrones, Buffy, Angel, Serenity, Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time, Regular Show)
· Last question… opening it up to include movies… what forthcoming property are you most looking forward to?
-Avengers 2 and Captain America 3 are the only movies I have high hopes for. All the rest I’m just hoping they aren’t terrible.
-I’m particularly nervous for the DC movies, I’m worried they are going to be terrible, though I do like Zack Snyder, but I’m still worried.
· This Week’s Highlights:
Batwoman #35 (DC)
Writer: Andreyko, Marc
Artist: Jeanty, Georges
Cover Artist: Albuquerque, Rafael
The new storyline ‘Batwoman and the Unknowns’ starts now with new artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)! Batwoman is neck-deep in danger with her new allies Ragman, The Demon, Clayface and Red Alice! What is going on and how did Batwoman end up here? Find out beginning in this issue!
Death of Wolverine #4 (Marvel)
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Steve McNiven
IT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE END – 3 MONTHS TO DIE ENDS HERE!
The beginning of the end is now here … THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE!
THREE MONTHS TO DIE, the loss of Wolverine’s healing factor–all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade.
Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does…but even the best fade away eventually.
Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher-and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before in this special weekly event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.
Prometheus Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Tobin, Paul
Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Cover Artist: Palumbo, David
After landing on LV-223, a recovery crew uncovers the fate of the Prometheus’s doomed mission-and a horror unlike anything known to man!
· Panelist Goodbye:
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