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Hunger Games Tops Big Hero 6

big hero 6It’s not a surprise, but The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 topped the box-office with an estimated $123 million. That put Big Hero 6 in a solid second, as that film is estimated to earn a little over $20 million.

In its three weeks at the box off Big Hero 6 has earned around $135.7 million domestically. The film faces tougher competition this coming week as another animated film hits theaters.

When it came to demographics Mockingjay—Part 1 played closer to the Hunger Games core audience than Catching Fire with 60% of the crowd female compared with 57% for Catching Fire, and 52% of the Mockingjay crowd under 25 versus an even split for the previous Hunger games film. We’ll see how all the films compare to each other later today when it comes to their demographics.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $331 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208.5 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $191.2 million
16. Big Hero 6 – $135.7 million
23. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
24. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
27. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
37. Hercules – $72.7 million
46. Robocop – $58.6 million
106. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.8 million
124. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million
283. We Are the Best! – $180,590

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.087.4 billion
2. Guardians of the Galaxy– $770.6 million
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $708.2 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $477.2 million
15. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
19. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
24. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
27. Hercules – $243.4 million
28. Robocop – $242.7 million
35. Big Hero 6 – $185.2 million
57. Snowpiercer – $86.8 million
94. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $39.4 million
265. We Are the Best! – $181,000

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The Quack is Back! Howard the Duck #1 is Coming!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But who needs turkey, when you can have a little duck?! That’s right – he’s back! The fabulous fowl. The web-footed wonder. The denizen of Duckworld. The one and only Howard the Duck! And he’s coming to you this March for Howard the Duck #1 – a brand new ongoing series from writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones!

Straight from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy…post-credits scene comes the comic book return of the Marvel Universe’s most satirical sort. Join him as he takes on the Marvel Universe’s strangest cases only a talking duck can quack as New York City’s newest private investigator! New York City is full of the strange and the weird – a talking duck gumshoe shouldn’t be that much of a shocker!

Of the title’s new direction, Howard the Duck Editor Wil Moss said “We’re thrilled to be bringing Howard back to the stands! The stuff Chip & Joe have planned for this series…well, to be honest, I don’t know if we’ll be able to publish most of it. But the stuff that does clear with legal is going to be amazing! Plus there’ll be some backup stories starting in issue #2 by a dream-team of guest contributors — a lot of people are eager to take a shot at this duck!”

Be there when Howard the Duck ventures through the Marvel Universe, trapped in a world he’s become accustomed to as he takes on the Black Cat, She-Hulk and mysterious forces from outer space! Plus maybe even a Guardian of the Galaxy or two! (Mmmmmaybe.)

Howard’s just a regular guy…who also happens to be a duck. Don’t miss his tour through the Marvel Universe when Howard the Duck #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices this coming March. WAUGH!

Art & Cover by JOE QUINONES
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
On Sale March 2015!

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The Mad Titan’s Quest Continues in Thanos: The Infinity Relativity OGN!

This coming June, the Mad Titan continues his crusade for untold power as legendary creator Jim Starlin returns for Thanos: The Infinity Relativity OGN, a brand-new, full-length original graphic novel! Following up 2014’s New York Times Bestselling Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, this new original graphic novel marks another stellar offering from Marvel’s all-new OGN line, featuring the world’s most popular super heroes brought to life by the industry’s most popular creators and debuting in a high-end, oversized format featuring sophisticated packaging and design.

Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone has re-ascended to power, more dangerous and more deadly than ever before. When he and his Negative Zone armies make another, renewed assault on our universe in search of a source of infinite power, a fragile alliance of the universe’s most unlikely protectors will form to stop him.

Now the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gladiator the Majestor of the Shi’ar Empire, and Adam Warlock  and more must unite like never before! Only Adam Warlock’s complex cycle of death and rebirth has left him more confused than ever before. What is his purpose in the universe? Why is he here? With his Infinity Watch reunited alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, between them they may hold the key to ending the threat of Annihilus once and for all – but to do so they’ll need to enlist the help of another.

Could it be that the fate of everything lies in the hands…of Thanos?

Find out when comic legend Jim Starlin returns for his next cosmic epic this coming June for Thanos: The Infinity Relativity OGN!

Written by JIM STARLIN
Art & Cover by JIM STARLIN
On-Sale June 2015!


Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings from the past week.

Image Comics

Image has announced that Outcast #2 and Outcast #5 have sold out at the distributor level. Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta‘s series will see new printings for each, the third for issue #2 and second for issue #5. Both will hit shelves on December 17, the same day as the sixth issue.

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All-New Captain America #1 from Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen has sold out and will return with a second printing on December 24.


Superior Iron Man #1 will see a second printing as well. From writer Tom Taylor, artist Yildiray Cinar, and cover by Mike Choi will get the new printing on December 24.


Thor #2 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman will receive a second printing. It’ll hit shelves on December 24.


Relive the Legacy of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars in 2015!

Before the all-new Secret Wars takes the comic world by storm in 2015, relive the complete Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars legacy in one complete, stunning package. Hot off the heels of this year’s sold-out Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set, Marvel is proud to present the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set Slipcase, a deluxe collection of 11 hardcovers chronicling the history of one of Marvel’s most storied events!

Coming in June 2015, readers will be transported to Battleworld and back as they experience over 30 years of Secret Wars stories in one of the most comprehensive collections we’ve ever released! Plus, each of these extremely limited box sets comes complete with a full-size poster: legendary painter Alex Ross’s rendition of the cover to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1!

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set Slipcase is only available in extremely limited quantities, so don’t miss your chance to own a piece of Marvel history. This slipcase will arrive at local comic shops in June 2015 containing the following volumes:


334 pgs. – collecting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #251–252, Incredible Hulk (1968) #294-295, Iron Man (1968) #181-182, Thing (1983) #10, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #180-181, Captain America (1968) #292, Avengers (1963) #242-243, Thor (1966) #341 and material from Fantastic Four (1961) #265

328 pgs. – collecting Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12

328 pgs. – collecting Thing (1983) #11-22, and Fantastic Four (1963) #274 and #277

280 pgs. – collecting Secret Wars II #1-3, New Mutants (1983) #30, Captain America (1968) #308, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #196, Iron Man (1968) #197, Web of Spider-Man (1985) #6, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #268, Fantastic Four (1961) #282 and Avengers (1963) #260.

296 pgs. – collecting Secret Wars II #4-6, Daredevil (1964) #223, Incredible Hulk (1968) #312, Alpha Flight (1983) #28, Dazzler #40, Avengers (1963) #261, Thing (1983) #30, Doctor Strange (1974) #74, Fantastic Four (1961) #285 and Cloak & Dagger (1985) #4

296 pgs. – collecting Secret Wars II #7-8, Power Pack (1984) #18, Thor (1966) #363, Power Man & Iron Fist #121, New Mutants (1983) #36-37, New Defenders #152, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #273, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #111 and Uncanny X-Men (1981) #202

288 pgs. – collecting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #274, Avengers (1963) #265-266, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #203, and Fantastic Four (1961) #288 and #316-319

344 pgs. – collecting New Avengers: Illuminati (2007) #3, Secret War #1-5, Pulse #6-9 and Secret War: From the Files of Nick Fury

352 pgs. collecting Beyond! #1-6, Spider-Man & The Secret Wars #1-4, What IF? (1989) #4 and #114, What If? Secret Wars, and Venom/Deadpool: What If?
360 pgs. The secrets behind the Secret Wars! Discover everything you ever wanted to know — and more — about Marvel’s history of covert combats in this compendious collection of bonus content and special features for MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS, SECRET WARS II, SECRET WAR, BEYOND! and more! From original art to design sketches to posters to MARVEL AGE articles to OFFICIAL HANDBOOK entries to alternate and reprint covers — if this volume doesn’t have it, you don’t need it! See Mike Zeck’s original pencils for MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #1, and the original version of SECRET WARS II #1 by Sal Buscema! Learn about the shield-slinging, secret-swapping action-figure line that tied in with the comic! Savor a gallery of rarities from Marvel UK! And prepare to get nostalgic as we shine a spotlight on the original epic, thirty years on!

Hardcover: 3,568 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9751-5
On Sale June 2015!

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Deadpool Gets Wordy For His Own Original Prose Novel in 2015!

Sure, he’s got his own comic series. Sure, he’s one of the world’s most popular super heroes. But you know what he’s not? Fine literature. Well, let’s fix that! That’s right: In 2015, the Merc With a Mouth is conquering the world of prose fiction with Deadpool: Paws, an all-new original story penned by novelist and comic-book writer Stefan Petrucha.

Something is turning the city’s dogs into giant, bloodthirsty killing machines. And Deadpool is charged with taking care of business. Only thing is – Deadpool likes dogs. He doesn’t want to kill them. Now, people – that’s a different story. He can kill loads of people. At least the ones who deserve it. So what we’ve got here is a genuine character dilemma.

In 2015, be there when the Merc With a Mouth conquers the brave new world of prose. Deadpool: Paws brings you a disturbing tale of mutated canines…and the regenerating, loudmouthed mercenaries who love them.

On Sale 08/05/2015!



Review: Storm #5

storm005-covSo far in this series, the writing team has failed to find one unifying direction for the character, and although this is the second half of a two-part story arc, the same lack of direction continues here.  In the last issue, Storm visited Yukio and found her involved in a strange setup controlling a part of the underworld.  In order to resolve differences among the groups, champions from each group fight against each other.  With this as the setup to this issue, the two champions face off against each other, in a conflict which takes up most of the story here.

Perhaps as the basis for a very rudimentary comic this might work, but this fails to be engaging in any practical way, and really doesn’t do Storm any justice.  The only reason that Storm is here at all is because of a debt to Wolverine, whose death she is still grieving.  While perhaps this is a logical outcome for the character in the story, it makes little sense to the reader, as this grieving ends up with a battle royale with characters that were only recently introduced, and thus ones which the reader has little connection to.  Certain parts are handled well, such as Storm’s characterization and her refusal to bow to Wolverine’s legacy, but this ends up being somewhat off the mark.  After all when any story too closely resembles that of Zombie Tramp in a given month (a battle to the death in the desert outside of Vegas) then there are probably some inherent problems with the concept behind the story.

While the series has been doing a routinely adequate job with the titular character, there have not really been many “Wow!” moments so far in this series, and while it seems to be trying to tell a more organic day-by-day rendition of  Storm, this issue highlights perhaps a need for a balance between the two approaches, with maybe a broader story arc to shake things up a bit and to put some tension in this series.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Victor Ibanez
Story: 5.5 Art: 8 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass


WizKids and Gale Force Nine Unveil X-Men: Mutant Revolution!

X-Men Mutant RevolutionExpanding upon the successes of Marvel Comics-themed games like Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men and Marvel HeroClix, WizKids today announced a partnership with game creator Gale Force Nine to publish X-Men: Mutant Revolution in March 2015.

Based on Gale Force Nine’s popular Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery tabletop game, X-Men: Mutant Revolution will allow you to play as classic X-Men characters, including Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, or Storm, as each leads a different school with unique powers and abilities. 2-4 players can take part in the mutant action, each recruiting heroes and students to their school, then training teams and sending them on missions to spread their school’s vision for mutants to the world.

In the aftermath of the Phoenix event, new mutants are appearing all over the Earth. Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, and Storm each have a vision for the future, but will they unite humans with mutants or will they tear the world apart?

X-Men: Mutant Revolution Features:

  • Play as Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, or Storm as they lead their school with unique powers and abilities. Recruit heroes and students. Train your team. Send them on missions to spread your vision for mutants to the world.
  • 2-4 players battle head-to-head for the future of mutantkind as leaders of the mutant schools.
  • Based on the bestselling “Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery” from Gale Force Nine.
  • Includes four (4) pre-painted character miniatures and bidding dials featuring the Combat Dial® (HeroClix) technology.

Key & Peele Shows us Stan Lee’s Superhero Pitch

Stan Lee stops by Marvel Comics headquarters to pitch some new characters, but all of his ideas seem to be inspired by his own life.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Off Featurette

The ending Guardians of the Galaxy could have been very different. Still not as good as Breakin’…..

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