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Relive 50 Years Without Fear This April in Daredevil #15.1!

Experience the life and times of Matt Murdock as told by his Eisner-award winning creative team as well as a few guest creators in Daredevil #15.1 – an oversized special featuring superstar talents Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Marc Guggenheim and Peter Krause!

Matt Murdock, now publically revealed as the man behind the Daredevil mask, has begun working on his highly anticipated autobiography! As the Man Without Fear begins to dust off the cobwebs of his past adventures, who knows what untold stories might shake loose!

What happens when Daredevil catches a murderer while out on patrol, only to have to defend him in court the very next day? Marc Guggenheim and Peter Krause have the answer as Matt’s double life leads to some hard choices!

Then, Daredevil artist extraordinaire Chris Samnee writes and illustrates his first hornheaded tale as the Man Without Fear of yesteryear comes face to El Diablo! Prepare for a devil vs. devil throwdown the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Rounding out this oversized issue is new material from the monthly Daredevil team of Waid and Samnee that will have fans on the edge of their seat! This April, relive the greatest untold stories of Hell’s Kitchen’s greatest guardian with Daredevil #15.1!

DAREDEVIL #15.1
Written by MARK WAID, MARC GUGGENHEIM, CHRIS SAMNEE
Art by CHRIS SAMNEE & PETER KRAUSE
Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE
On Sale April 2015!

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Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire Continues with an Uprising

Empire Uprising 1The IDW Publishing / Thrillbent partnership kicks off with Empire, the fan-favorite series by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. In April, IDW will be releasing a print edition of the original Empire graphic novel as well as the first issue of its monthly sequel, Empire: Uprising, that continues the story of Golgoth, the most marked man in the universe.

Empire: Uprising, which is being serialized in weekly digital installments at the Thrillbent website, picks up a year after the events of the original Empire, and much has changed for Golgoth, the first super-villain to conquer the world. The question becomes, can he hold onto his reign—and does he even want to? This exciting debut issue will feature two new covers by series artist Kitson.

The new trade paperback edition of the original, out-of-print Empire storyline will also contain exclusive, never-before seen material from Barry Kitson. This is the story that Golgoth, a remorseless villain whose plans for world domination have won him the planet Earth… and made him the target of every inhabitant.

And Empire is only the beginning! The IDW/Thrillbent team-up kicks into high gear in May with the print debut of Mark Waid and Peter Krause’s Insufferable.

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Review: S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

SHIELD_1_CoverHigh-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just another day in the field! Special Agent Phil Coulson brings together the best and the brightest, the gifted and the elite, normal people and superhumans from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force!

Every issue: Twenty pages. One mission. Unlimited budget. Unlimited imagination. Six periods. And a helper monkey. Welcome to Level Eight. Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Writer Mark Waid has the unenviable task of translating Marvel’s semi-hit television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. into a comic. Joined by artist Carlos Pacheco (the series will rotate artists), the first issue doesn’t just reintroduce us to Agent Phil Coulson, but also brings in the television show regulars Melinda May, Leo Fitz, and Jemma Simmons, who it seems along with Coulson will make the core of the series.

Here’s the bad, Phil Coulson already existed in the Marvel 616 comic universe. He appeared years ago in Battle Scars #1, and was seen most recently in the AXIS event, helping Valeria Richards and Doctor Doom defeat the Scarlet Witch. In between he bounced around, popping up in various series as someone in the background and a fill in for Nick Fury Jr. That Coulson wasn’t much of a field agent, instead wearing suits, he pulled out his gun every so often, and a little bit of action. Waid’s Coulson, isn’t that Coulson. In a shift that isn’t quite explained (especially since this first issue seems to take place post AXIS), this Coulson is more of a gun toting action man with a plan, wearing the standard S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform, instead of his dapper suits.

The good is, this Coulson feels like a blend of what we’ve seen in the comics, and what we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic universe, blending the two into a character that makes more sense for the 616. Along for the ride are his three television teammates, all of whom I don’t believe have appeared in a comic. All of it is fun, but no matter what Waid does for writing, his voice will be co-opted literally by the actors who embodied these characters first. It’s hard to not hear Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Ian De Castecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge not utter the lines Waid has written. Also, their character personalities have been generally established, and Waid does a solid job translating all of that to the comic, especially Fitz Simmons interest in all things tech and science.

The comic itself is a one and one thing, with an entertaining self-contained story and with promises that the future will have a rotating cast of heroes coming and going, while joining the team in their adventures, the comic has a feel similar to the television series, but a bit “bigger budget.” The fact the issue is self-contained also helps it out, especially if the hopes are to bring over some of the television fans.

The first issue is really good, not quite great, with a fun read that should be interesting enough for fans of the television show.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Carlos Pacheco
Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.2 Recommendation: Read

Preview: Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult Vol. 1

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult Vol. 1

Mark Waid (w)
Neil Edwards, Roberto Castro (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 136+ pages • $16.99 • Teen+

TV legend. Wall Street wolf. Internet mogul. Tabloid bad boy. Master metaphysicist. Spiritualist. Monster hunter. Doctor Adam Spektor is all of these things… and less. For fifteen years, Spektor has traveled the globe to smoke out and defeat werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and everything else that goes bump in the night… and yet, his success has brought him no peace. Some part of him is missing, something he needs but can’t name. But he’s about to find what’s missing in an unlikely place. A supernatural thriller that shatters all realities, courtesy of award-winning author Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk)!

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Archie #1 by Waid and Staples is Part of 75th Celebration

Archie promotional artwork by series artist Fiona Staples.Announced over the weekend, Archie Comics announced that the company will relaunch one of the longest-running comic series in history with a new direction spearheaded by two of the most acclaimed and best-selling creators in comics today. Next year, Archie #1 hits the shelves from the creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.

The launch will reenergize the story of Archie and his friends, presenting for the first time ever the origins of everyone’s favorite redheaded teen and his friends while showcasing the beginnings of the historic love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica.

The new series will focus on the strengths of the popular characters, their world and “harken back to the comic’s humorous and edgier roots.”

In a release Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater said:

The Archie characters aren’t in need of a tune-up, ‘shocking change,’ or revision. These characters have stood the test of time and resonate to this day – we’ve proven that over the last six years. What Archie #1 will do, though, is bring together two of the most talented creators in comics in Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and create a surprising and definitive take on Archie’s origin – a story that has never been. The book will bring back some of the bite of Archie’s original tales in a modern, forward-looking manner, while still retaining the character’s all-ages appeal. What better way to celebrate 75 years of Archie Andrews?

This is just a small part of the companies celebration of 75 years which begins in the latter half of 2015 and into 2016. Some of the news we’ve already heard and reported.

The “Archie 75” celebration will include:

  • Riverdale, a one-hour drama written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa based on the iconic Archie comic book characters will debut on Fox, produced in tandem with Warner Brothers Studios and studio-based Berlanti Productions. Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
  • Marc Eckō, the hugely successful tastemaker and fashion designer, has signed on to design an exclusive line of Archie themed apparel for men, from teens to adults, under the Unlable.ME brand. First becoming a nationwide name in the early 1990s, Marc Eckō’s clothing lines have generated billions of dollars at retail since that time, and Fall 2014 marks the return of Marc Eckō as the Operator and Lead Designer of his eponymous label, Marc Eckō Cut & Sew.
  • A robust and diverse publishing initiative that will feature 75th anniversary-themed periodical, graphic novel, digital and specialty product geared toward new and longtime fans. Editorially, fans can expect to see a targeted digest program retaining the “classic” Archie look and style and the expansion of the world being built in the new ARCHIE series via additional ongoing titles.

Dark Circle Comics Joins Free Comic Book Day 2015

Saturday, May 2nd is Free Comic Book Day across North America and the world – a day where participating comic shops give away comic books to anyone coming into their stores.

Archie Comics – a Gold Sponsor of the event – is proud to announce one of their offerings: FCBD Dark Circle Comics! Get a sneak peek at the new three all-new series coming from Dark Circle Comics!

THE BLACK HOOD! THE FOX! THE SHIELD!

Get in on the ground floor of Dark Circle Comics and experience the cinematic and creator-driven reinventions of these iconic properties. Who is the new Shield? How did the Black Hood come to be? Can things get more unpredictable for The Fox? Learn the secrets of the Dark Circle universe from the creators themselves via sneak peeks at the new series, creator interviews and a first glance at the next Dark Circle series – all held together by an eye-popping cover from Afterlife with Archie artist Francesco Francavilla!

Script: Duane Swierczynski, Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel, Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig and more
Art: Michael Gaydos, Dean Haspiel, David Williams, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick, John Workman, Jose Villarubia and more
Cover: Francesco Francavilla

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Preview: Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #4

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #4

Mark Waid (w)
Roberto Castro (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
FANS, ASK YOUR RETAILER FOR THE:
Phil Hester Esclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Jae Lee Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Ken Haeser Exclusive “Li’l Spektor” Art retailer incentive cover

FINAL ISSUE!!! Is Spektor the Key? Why is everything around him falling away? Will his ultimate decision destroy the universe…or unlock it? It’s magical mysterious mayhem from superstar MARK WAID (Daredevil) and NEIL EDWARDS (Fantastic Four)!

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A Sword as Sharp – Science vs. The Sword

wwswoComic book writers mostly aren’t scientists, but sometimes they say things that make then sound like scientists.  Sometimes the things they say sound cool enough that it becomes repeated enough for a character or concept and then it becomes a fact.  When Mark Waid and Alex Ross depicted Wonder Woman in their landmark series Kingdom Come they gave her a sword which was said to be able to shave electrons off of atoms.  Since the new 52, the sword has become a common accoutrement of the  Amazon heroine, and so too has the fact that it can either shave off the electrons or cleave atoms in two.

Is that really as impressive as it sounds though?  From a physical chemistry perspective in fact it doesn’t really mean much.  As one of the basic building blocks of matter, the atom is made up of three basic particles (in addition to a lot of not-so-basic particles) – the proton, the neutron and the electron.  Protons and neutrons make up the nucleus, with the electrons spinning around them in valance shells.  These are roughly circular regions around the atom in which the electrons orbit the nucleus, and the combination of the three form an atom.  Is it so difficult to get an electron away from an atom?  Not necessarily, but a lot of elements lend their electrons away quite easily, which is the basis for the prevalence of modern electricity among many other applications.  Even so, electrons are not even particularly hard to move.  In the Rutherford gold foil experiment it was shown  that a piece of metal foil could be easily penetrated by a stream of electrons, in which case electrons passed through the valance shells of other atoms, both in and out, many mostly unaltered from their original path.  Equally some chemists will regard all electrons in the universe to be in the valance shells of essentially every other atom, only by degree of relative proximity does an electron belong to an atom.  By comparison then, shaving an electron off of an atom is not very impressive.

wwswo001What this therefore comes down to is a kind of pseudo-scientific way of saying that the sword is very very sharp.  By being able to slice one of the smallest pieces of matter, it means that something would have to be very sharp.  Does it need to be that sharp?  In terms of the heavy hitters in the comic worlds, most of them are invulnerable, meaning that bullets bounce off of them.  A really sharp sword in this case would be somewhat useless, thus a really sharp sword would only be useful against someone that was actually vulnerable to it.  In terms of what a sword would need to be able to cut, there are few parts of normal humans that cannot be cut by a regular sword made of regular steel.  However, the cutting ability of a surface is a combination of two things, its sharpness and its pressure.  As Wonder Woman is both ridiculously strong and fast, the amount of pressure that he could put on a cutting edge would be immense.  She wouldn’t need a sharp sword to cut, she could do so with a lot of blunt objects.  The sharpness of the word might be important for a weak character, but outfitting one of the strongest characters in comics with a sharp sword is redundant.  Also being sharp is not the equivalent of being hard, and Wonder Woman would need a durable sword much more than a sharp one, because after a few blows, the blade would be dull or broken if the material used to create the sword was weak.

The medium of comics is often one of superlatives, where things are unbreakable and where people become planet-busters, invulnerable or faster than light.  While the superlatives invoke great powers, sometimes the superlatives mean actually very little, such as the sword that can slice atoms, and it can be interesting to think about such claims in the face of real science.

Preview: Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet Vol. 2: Birth of a Villain TPB

Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet Vol. 2: Birth of a Villain TPB

Mark Waid (w)
Ronilson Freire (a)
Paolo Rivera (c)
FC • 192 pages • $24.99 • Teen+

Masquerading as a costumed crime lord, the Green Hornet establishes a criminal network to weed out the most wicked among their ranks.  But his actions have not gone unnoticed, and J. Edgar Hoover has declared him Public Enemy Number One!  Targeted by the law and gangster rivals, not even Britt Reid’s fortune can buy Hornet and Kato out of this fix.  Superstar writer Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil) concludes the epic story of Green Hornet’s battle against his worst enemy: himself!

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Marvel Welcomes You to Level 8 for the S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Launch Party!

End the calendar year with a bang this New Year’s Eve as high-tech weapons, high-stakes missions and high-octane adventure come to a comic shop near you with S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – the debut issue of one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year! In addition to being among the first to purchase and read this exciting first issue, fans will also be able to receive special items exclusive to these launch parties.

Along with All-New Miracleman Annual #1, S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 stands as one of only two Marvel comics being released on 12/31 and Marvel making sure comic book stores nationwide are armed and ready to close out 2014 with a bang when these two books explode onto stands!

Written by Eisner-award winning writer Mark Waid and drawn by a rotating crew of top-flight including Carlos Pacheco, Humberto Ramos, Alan Davis and more – each issue of S.H.I.E.L.D. teams Special Agent Phil Coulson and his team with the best and brightest the Marvel Universe has to offer. From Thor to Ms. Marvel to Captain America to Howard the Duck. If you’ve got the skills – S.H.I.E.L.D. has a mission for you!

To ensure these parties are a success, each retailer opting in to the event will receive a S.H.I.E.L.D. Party Kit from Marvel, containing exclusive promotional materials. Check your Marvel Mailer for more information on how to opt-in to ensure your store has these exclusive promotional items including two-sided S.H.I.E.L.D. trading cards and Skottie Young lithographs.

But that’s not all! Don’t miss out on your chance to snag some exciting variant covers to S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 featuring your favorite Marvel characters! S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Launch Parties are the best place to get your hands on one-of-a kind variant covers including John Tyler Christopher’s highly collectible Deadpool Party Variant, a photo variant featuring Agent Coulson and Agent May from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a set of 6 variant covers from Marvel’s rising star artists, the All-New Young Guns!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (OCT140813)
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (OCT140820)
Written by MARK WAID
Art by CARLOS PACHECO
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Deadpool Party Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT140816)
Set of 6 All-New Young Guns Variants by MAHMUD ASRAR, STEVE MCNIVEN, DAVE MARQUEZ, SARA PICHELLI, VALERIO SCHITI & RYAN STEGMAN (OCT140817)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Photo Variant Also Available (OCT140818)
Variant Covers by  SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT140815) & MIKE DEODATO (OCT140814)
Blank Variant Also Available
FOC – 11/10/14, On-Sale 12/31/14

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