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Time Ran Out! A First Look at the Avengers #44 Final Issue Variant!

This April, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face extinction. As Secret Wars and the final incursion looms, our heroes stand shoulder to shoulder for their cataclysmic end. Marvel has released a first look at superstar artist Jim Cheung’s FINAL ISSUE VARIANT to Avengers #44 – the last, epic issue!

Available to retailers only through Marvel’s Exchange Program, the Avengers #44 FINAL ISSUE VARIANT is exclusive to comic shops and can only be received by qualifying retailers who exchange stripped covers of unsold Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1 standard covers for this variant!

Before the highly-anticipated SECRET WARS begins in May, close out Jonathan Hickman’s sprawling Avengers saga in style with this stunning variant rendered by one of the top artists in the industry! What changes await Earth’s Mightiest in the pages of Secret Wars? You’ll have to wait till May to find out. But before that, no fan should miss out on an opportunity to own this one of a kind variant cover when it hits stores this April!

AVENGERS 44 FINAL ISSUE VARIANT
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MIKE DEODATO
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
On Sale in April!

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Push Comics Forward – A Move Towards Gender Parity

Among the big two publishers there is a fairly common occurrence whereby in order to revamp a team title that there is a shakeup of the characters that belong to that team.  The new characters figure out how to work together under some duress, and then they become an unstoppable team.  This is perhaps the most common with the biggest teams in the medium – the Justice League, The X-Men and the Avengers – as the smaller teams tend to stay more true to their membership.  What is notable about the dynamics of these teams is when the female membership is examined.  Although other teams arguably are better in terms of sales, the Justice League will generally serve as some of kind of touchstone for teams in the medium as it was the first and has the biggest names from a popular culture standpoint.  The League started as a collection of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, the Flash and Aquaman, and when looked upon from that standpoint, the ratio of female to male characters is six to one.

jla01Over the course of the Justice League’s publication history, and more or less for the publication history of every team, there has been a couple of general rules when it comes to its female members.  Female members, if they are written out of the team, and if they are written out of the team, they almost always have to be replaced by another female member.  Equally, when the characters are written out, there is not such a big pool to draw upon when replacing them as if a male character were written out of the story.  In 2006, the Justice League of America was rebooted once again, this time after the events of Infinite Crisis, and in order to tie into the rift between the big three heroes at the time, they decided to sit down and vote on each other’s inclusion into the League as well as all of the other heroes.  While this resulted in a new team, what it also did was to present a somewhat memorable cover (seen at the above right.)  While it is an impressive collection of heroes, the problem of gender parity is obvious here.  There is good representation of most of the popular characters here, but aside from female characters from another time, most of the female superheroes from DC are shown in one panel, whereas there are nunmerous lacking from well-known male characters, and even then the ratio of male to female characters in this picture is 30 to 12, not as bad as 6 to 1, but that still boils down to 5 to 2.

xmenDifferent teams have different compositions of characters.  Justice League International in the new 52 actually had a one to one gender parity (depending on who was counted in its members) and the X-Men have always been better at gender parity, the more so that the X-Men title is comprised of only female members.  At the same time, medium wide, there are generally fewer female characters to draw upon if there was to be a need for them.  In a real world sense, there exists equally the ability of a woman or a man to be a hero, and in terms of who could develop superpowers, seeing as the origins are so different, there is no real reason why men would be favored over women.  The favoritism only exists in character design.  It is not as though female characters should be expected to thrive in comics, at least from a sales standpoint, but creators should endeavor to at least create some interesting background or secondary female characters that would have a chance to grow into something more over time

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It’s brand new week full of comic goodness. Here’s some news from over the weekend that you might have missed!

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Publishers Weekly – “Valkyrie Bump” Shifts Comics Sales – More evidence of the massive changes in the comic audience.

The ComiChron – Marvel’s Star Wars #1 boosts January 2015 comics sales; market up 12% to start year – A nice start to the year.

The Daily Beast – Comic Books Have Never Had That Inclusive of a Canvas – An interesting read.

Kotaku – The Latest Transformers Game Had Me Until I Spent $20 On Nothing – I still want to play it.

Toybox – Holy Cow, Bandai Are Making New, Non-Crappy Gobots Figures – I loved the shuttle figure as a kid.

Oregon Live – Rose City Comic Con goes it alone, after ending relationship with Seattle’s Emerald City convention – Expect big shakeups for conventions this year to continue.

 

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CBR – Avengers #41

Comic Vine – Chrononauts #1

The Brock Press – Grimm Fairy Tales – Robin Hood

The Outhousers – Nailbiter #10

The Beat – Nameless #1

The Outhousers – Postal #1

ICv2 – Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol. 1 TP

ICv2 – Ubel Blatt Volume 1 TP

That View Announcement? An all-female Avengers…. A-Force (not announced on The View)

I’ve sat through all of The View, and there’s been no announcement from Marvel. Instead Mashable has the scoop, an all-female Avengers team, A-Force! This was to be the second “female centered” announcement on The View, and looks like we were right to expect another “progressive” one. The show is where Marvel announced their female Thor and where they announced Northstar’s marriage to his boyfriend.

A-Force will consist of She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and many others — including at least one new superhero, a “cosmically powered” heroine named Singularity.

A-Force will be co-written by G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett the artist will be Jorge Molina.

The old Avengers team was disbands due to Secret Wars, leading to this new team.

The battle for diversity in comics is well underway! What do you all think?

And below is the official press release:

Marvel Comics is excited to announce the new group of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes taking over an all-new era with Marvel Comics’ A-Force co-written by G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) and Marguerite K. Bennett (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, Max Ride: First Flight) with artwork by Jorge Molina (X-Men).

This May, beginning in Marvel’s Secret Wars, the Avengers are no more!

Within the Warzones! of Secret Wars, a brand new team will lead the way. A-Force Assemble! Marvel Comics reimagines the Marvel Universe in one of the largest shake-ups to the Avengers mythos.

So who are the Marvel powerhouses taking center stage? “She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and other fan favorites, will take charge,” says series co-writer G. Willow Wilson. “We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of different characters from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies.”

And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, A-Force was born—to fight the foes no single Super Hero could withstand! Their glory will never been denied! Heed the call, A-Force Assemble!

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Women of Marvel Variants Come to Your Favorite Marvel Comics This March!

This March, Marvel is celebrating Women’s History Month by gathering some of the best and brightest female artists to tackle some of Marvel’s most iconic characters for a very special variant cover theme. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at a selection of March’s Women of Marvel Variant Covers!

In the release Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said:

2014 was a huge year for Women of Marvel, both in our comics and behind the scenes. Marvel now has more titles starring female leads than ever before, the Women of Marvel panel is one of the most highly attended at conventions, and the weekly Women of Marvel podcast continues to grow.  In 2015, we intend to continue that tradition, and March’s Women of Marvel variant covers — featuring 20 of the best female artists in the industry – is just the beginning.

From the biggest names in the industry today to the superstars of tomorrow, you won’t want to miss a single one of these jaw-dropping variant covers coming to these exciting March titles:

  • All-New Captain America #5 by TBD
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 by SHO MURASE
  • All-New X-Men #39 by FAITH ERIN HICKS
  • Amazing Spider-Man #16 by MING DOYLE
  • Ant-Man #3 by KATIE COOK
  • Avengers #42 by TBD
  • Black Widow #16 by VANESA DEL REY
  • Captain Marvel #13 by AUFA RICHARDSON
  • Deadpool #43 by TBD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #25 by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Inhuman #13 by JILL THOMPSON
  • Legendary Star-Lord #10 by SANA TAKEDA
  • Ms. Marvel #13 by TBD
  • New Avengers #31 by SARA PICHELLI
  • Rocket Raccoon #9 by JANET LEE
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by COLLEEN DORAN
  • Superior Iron Man #6 by TBD
  • Thor #6 by TBD
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 by GURIHIRU
  • Uncanny Avengers #3 by AMANDA CONNER
  • Uncanny X-Men #33 by STACEY LEE

Assemble Your Own Avengers With Epic Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variants!

Before Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do battle against Ultron in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st 2015, don’t miss your chance to own a piece of the action with these epic Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variants in April.

Originally debuting at Comic-Con International 2014, these epic pieces of theatrical concept art by Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen and Andy Park combine to form one stunning image of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes locked in combat against Ultron’s massive army. Coming to eight Marvel comics in the month of April, these covers are just like the Avengers – better when assembled!

Don’t miss a single variant when they come to these exciting Marvel comics in April!

  • Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
  • Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
  • New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
  • New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
  • Avengers #44
  • Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
  • Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
  • New Avengers #33

Time Ran Out! Presenting the Final Avengers & New Avengers Covers!

This April, the Avengers and the Illuminati face down their final hours. The clock is winding down and the final incursion is upon us. Marvel has released a first look at fan-favorite artist Dustin Weaver’s interlocking covers to Avengers #44 and New Avengers #33 – the cataclysmic final issues!

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman along with blockbuster artists Mike Deodato and Kev Walker bring to a close the epic saga of the Avengers, the Illuminati, and a Marvel Universe on the brink of extinction. The Incursions from parallel Earths from other dimensions have taken their toll on our heroes, and the battle worn Avengers stand ready to face utter decimation.

Before the highly-anticipated Secret Wars begins in May, close out Jonathan Hickman’s epic Avengers and New Avengers saga with these two, oversized final issues! What changes await Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Be there when TIME RUNS OUT this April in Avengers #44 and New Avengers #33!

AVENGERS #44
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MIKE DEODATO
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
On-Sale in April!

 

NEW AVENGERS #33
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
On-Sale in April!

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Marvel Teases All-New, All-Different Avengers!

Looks like we’ll be seeing some all-new and all-different Avengers after Marvel‘s Secret Wars event.

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Star Wars #1 hit stores yesterday. How many of you picked it up? What’d you think?

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Comic Vine – Amazing X-Men #15

Comic Vine – Avengers #40

CBR – Batgirl #38

The Beat – Conan/Red Sonja #1

Comic Vine – Daredevil #12

Comic Vine – Deep State #3

Comic Vine – Ghosted #16

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #38

Talking Comics – Lady Killer #1

The Beat – Mortal Kombat X #1

Comic Vine – S.H.I.E.L.D. #2

Comic Vine – Spider-Verse #2

The Examiner – The Superior Iron Man #1

Watch This Avengers Helicarrier Fly, and Planes Land on It

In their first “Will it Fly?” episode, the guys at Flite Test have decided to see if they can get an actual Avengers Helicarrier to take flight. Add on top of that, they also try to land a plane on it!

Also, check out this video of how they actually built it!

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