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SDCC 2014: The Marvel Shop Returns With Loads Of Limited Edition Items!

Marvel will be taking San Diego Comic-Con 2014 by storm and aims to make this year one to remember! Of course you’ll be checking out some of the great Marvel panels, creator signings, and special events. But you won’t want to miss the fantastic exclusive items that will be for sale at the Marvel Booth (Booth #2329) while supplies last. With exclusive items only available at the show – no Marvel fan should miss out on a single one of these limited edition items! Be sure to stop by and check out the booth, as supplies will be limited.

With exclusive t-shirt designs, glass tumblers, variant comics, plushes, hoodies and more featuring your favorite Marvel characters – the Marvel Shop at San Diego Comic-Con is the one-stop shop for all things Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers & X-Men: AXIS and more!

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The weekend is almost here! I’m spending it reading some comics, and generally relaxing… plus there’s a game night too. Hope everyone else has a fun weekend!

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ICv2 – NECA/WizKids Owner Buys Hastings – This could be interesting.

Kotaku – Marvel Superheroes, Recreated As Custom LEGO Minifigures – Very cool! I want them all.

 

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Collected Editions – A Game of Thrones Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Elektra #4

Comic Vine – Nova #19

Talking Comics – Robin Rises: Omega #1

Comic Vine – Secret Avengers #5

Comic Vine – Silver Surfer #4

Talking Comics – The Squidder #1

CBR – The Squidder #1

Talking Comics – Teen Titans #1

Comic Vine – Ultimate FF #4

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Men #23

Deborah Ann Woll is Daredevil’s Karen Page

deborah-ann-wollVariety is reporting that Deborah Ann Woll is joining the cast of Marvel‘s first series for Netflix, Daredevil. She most recently has been a member of the True Blood cast, which wraps up it’s run this year. Daredevil is set to run 13 episodes.

Woll will play Karen Page, who is the love interest to Matt Murdock, who’s also known as Daredevil. Woll joins Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, Rosario Dawson as an unknown character, as well as Elden Henson and Peter Shinkoda who are also series regulars.

The character had a roller coaster life in the Marvel universe, and depending how much of it the series mines, this could be a very dramatic role. Her story included heroin addiction, being tricked and told she’s HIV positive, and eventually is killed by Daredevil’s nemesis Bullseye.

Marvel Officially Announces the Superior Iron Man

Marvel has announced the release of Superior Iron Man #1 by series writer Tom Taylor and artist Yildiray Çinar. Beginning in November 2014, Tony Stark will give into his ego and return to his billionaire playboy roots of self-obsession and superficiality.

In a release Taylor explained

He’s self-obsessed. Cunning. Superficial. Superior. He has given Extremis to the people. Extremis can now be downloaded as a mobile app through any smart device in San Francisco and this creates Tony’s idea of a Utopia, which he is very happy to be at the heart of. But not everyone is buying Tony’s Paradise.

Superior Iron Man will also feature recent “City by the Bay” transplant – Daredevil!

Taylor continued in the release:

Daredevil may be blind but he can see the cracks in Stark’s Brave New World. In a way this is all an allegory for the technology that now rules our lives. The corruption that comes from this technology and the dependence we each have on it.

Superior Iron Man #1 will be available this November.

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The Hot New Trend in Comics is Diversity

All_New_Captain_America_CoverWith solicitations for October being released, and plans for the next year coming into the spotlight due to next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, it seems one hot thing in comics is becoming clear, making diverse comics, for a diverse audience.

Publishers are acting on what’s been clear in indie and small press, that the tastes and wants of the comic reading audience is varied and diverse, just like the readers consuming them. At the beginning of the month I reported that those who self-identified themselves on Facebook as interested (liking) comics was almost 41% female. For some time now, women have made up between 40% and 47% of that population in my reports. They are here and they are legion.

This move towards diverse characters, and diverse voices, began years ago, with webcomics, digital comics, and a resurgence in independent comics. Technology like new social media tools, and Kickstarter has democratized what gets out there, and finds and audience. With the rise of digital comics, we’ve also seen publishers, outside the big two, diversifying their comics, and the creators behind them. BOOM! Studios with their expansion of KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, Image Comics, and more are seeing success in many voices. BOOM! especially has mined web creators, giving them a stage in print to create, which has given us modern classics like Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, and more. Their success is most likely due to their diverse team of creators, and those behind the scene.

the shieldArchie Comics has been a leader in the charge as one of the most progressive publishers out there. They’ve moved out of the Pollyanna world the Riverdale gang lived in, and expanding the cast to include a diverse cast, the break out being Kevin Keller. Keller is such in the spotlight that Archie himself takes a bullet meant for the character in this week’s Life With Archie #36, creating media interest much like when Kevin first appeared. Archie has also dipped their toe into mature comics with their successful hit Afterlife With Archie, diving into the horror genre, which gets a sister publication in a similar take on classic character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Today Archie went further and announced the initial line up of their Dark Circle Comics. In that announcement a new The Shield by writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig and artist Wilfredo Torres was part of the line-up. But, when I say “new Shield,” I literally mean a new Shield. What was once a male character is now female, a first for the character. It’s the latest example of the positive gender-swapping trend that’s not just limited to Archie alone.

Marvel has clearly noticed the shift, as they have launched (or announced) a total of 8 female led series. Elektra, Black Widow, Storm, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Thor, Ms. Marvel, an all-female X-Men team, and a female majority team in All-New Ultimates. Ms. Marvel even features Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim girl from Jersey (when being from Jersey is the diversity, we’ve seen improvement) This week Marvel went on The View to announce the new Thor, with a woman taking over the role. Writer Jason Aaron says it best:

This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.

But an increase in estrogen isn’t the only change for the House of Ideas. On last night’s The Colbert Report Marvel’s Joe Quesada announced that Sam Wilson, The Falcon, will be suiting up as the new Captain America, in November’s All-New Captain America. That follows the company’s introduction years ago of Miles Morales as the new Ultimate Universe’s Spider-Man, and Miguel O’Hara’s recent push in Marvel’s 616 universe as Spider-Man 2099, with his own series debuting last week. The company is diversifying its stable of characters, and has gone so far as to jettison it’s house style of art, embracing new styles and looks, that have given many of their new books a unique voice in many ways.

Dynamite Entertainment has gotten in on the action with their relaunched Solar: Man of the Atom. The classic Gold Key character has had its gender swapped, switching from the classic/original one, to his daughter. She’s absolutely her own person, tackling issues in a completely different way than her father handled it.

BATGIRLMODEL2Not to be outdone DC Comics has made steps in the right direction. Their announcement of Gotham Academy brings what sounds like a tween focused series, perfect as sister offering to this fall’s television show Gotham. The publisher has a new direction for Batgirl, giving the series and character a new lease on life, with a new down to Earth look that has received praise, and might be the best character design of the year. And behind the scenes, with their recent series announcements, DC has expanded their female creative team, adding new voices and styles to comics like Batgirl, Catwoman, and more. The company has stated diversity is a priority and we’re seeing it come to fruition. We also are seeing that in their offerings in television, with this fall’s iZombie, and soon on the screen with the likely rumored Wonder Woman movie.

Go to a convention, and walk through Artist’s Alley, and for years you’ve seen what’s starting to hit comic shop shelves, a diversity in characters, the creators behind them, and most importantly the fans excited about it all. While most discussion around comics is focused on the big two, this movement, and shift has been in the making for quite a while now thanks to the work and persistence of many. It’s taken a bit, but it looks like diversity is going mainstream. Today there is truly something out there in comics for everyone. And for that we should take a moment, recognize it all, and let it sink in.

Updated: Marvel’s Avengers NOW! brings new Thor, Falcon/Cap, Superior Iron Man, and Dr. Stange, and more in to the spotlight

Marvel has a brand new initiative in the fall dubbed Avengers NOW! which follows Marvel NOW!, and All-New Marvel NOW! in shaking up the Marvel  universe landscape and a point to launch numerous new titles.

In November, Iron Man kicks it off with Superior Iron Man #1 which sends Tony Stark to San Francisco with a new outlook on life, and a whole new Iron Man suit, sporting a silver and black look. Much like Superior Spider-Man which saw Doc Ock take over Peter Parker’s body and mind, this Tony Stark will be hard to cheer for. The series is written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Yildiray Cinar.

In November we also get the Sam Wilson, previously the Falcon, taking up the mantle in All-New Captain America #1. The change announced on last night’s The Colbert Report, has been a while in the making, with Cap being side lined in the latest issue after her serum is sucked out of him. The series will be written by Rick Remender and art by Stuart Immonen.

Courtesy of writer Jason Aaron and drawn by Russell Dauterman, this October sees Thor #1 with a woman taking up the role, after the current Thor is determined to no longer be worthy. That change was announced this week on The View.

The change is greater than just those three, with a greater focus on some other characters who have either been featured in films, or will be. In an article with Entertainment Weekly, the characters depicted below will all feature more prominent roles. It’s not surprising that Dr. Strange (we have confirmation to expect a solo-series), Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man are included, they’ll all be heading to the big screen soon. But, also shown are Inhuman characters Medusa and Inferno who have been getting some love in the Inhumanity storyline. Also shown are The Winter Soldier, and Deathlok, both who have series announced and are prominent in the Marvel cinematic universe either in movies or television.

All together there’s ten titles in the planning stages. With next year also seeing the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, expect to see the return of Ultron some time in the near future. I would also speculate you’ll see some of the classic take on the characters like Cap, Thor, and Iron Man, return in some form around then too.

Avengers_NOW!Update: Here’s Marvel’s official press release:

The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is the recharged Avengers NOW!.

This Fall, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting and ambitious new direction as the industry’s top creators and brightest rising stars join the top Super Heroes – Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and more – to deliver the most exciting and energetic comics on the market with can’t miss all-new ongoing series!

Avengers NOW! is the start of a Marvel Universe like you’ve never seen before,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “With massive changes coming to some of our biggest characters, Avengers NOW! is ready to kick off a bold new era of the Marvel Universe and will certainly close out 2014 with a bang.”

It all starts this October when Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman bring the thunder in Thor #1. Bereft of his mighty magic hammer Mjölnir, Thor must contend with a new God of Thunder in the Marvel Universe – and she’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Who is this new mysterious leading lady? Not even Odin knows! Prepare for a senses-shattering new beginning as the all-new Thor thunders her way through the Marvel Universe!

Then, Avengers NOW! soars to new heights in All-New Captain America #1! From superstar creators Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen comes the next evolution of the Captain America mythos. Drained of the Super-Soldier Serum, the frail Steve Rogers has handpicked his shield-wielding successor – Sam Wilson, the Falcon! But as the winged warrior assumes his new heroic mantle, he’ll have to contend with a gauntlet of Captain America’s most terrifying foes! Can the new, untested Captain America stand up to his predecessor’s most vile villains? Find out this November in All-New Captain America #1!

It only gets bolder from there as the billionaire playboy unleashes his dark side in Superior Iron Man #1! Rising comic stars Tom Taylor and Yildray Cinar craft an all-new tale of a Tony Stark you’ve never seen before! Releasing the dangerous Extremis technology to the citizens of San Francisco, he’ll transform the City by the Bay into the City of Tomorrow! But at what price? And what does a world look like when it’s consumed by technology? Find out this November in Superior Iron Man #1!

Once again, the biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!

 

SDCC 2014: The Mighty Marvel Shop Returns with a Cavalcade of Limited Edition Merchandise!

The Marvel Shop at San Diego Comic Con International is back and ready to blow the doors off the joint! It’ll be located at Booth #2329. In addition to breathtaking announcements, stunning reveals, creator signings and special events,  Marvel will be bringing a wide line of incredible, for sale, limited edition merchandise to the Marvel booth (while supplies last) including t-shirts, variant comics, hoodies and more!

First up, the company has revealed the limited edition Rocket Raccoon Ravager variant plush and women’s SSR tee!

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Updated: Marvel Announces a New Captain America on The Colbert Report

ColbertshieldContinuing their tour of television shows, Marvel has made a stop at The Colbert Report. Tonight, Colbert (referencing the now infamous issue #21) not only caught America up on what’s up with Captain America, but also had an announcement with the help of Joe Quesada…. after some prompting from the audience that Colbert should take over the role.

Quesada, and Colbert actually talked comics for a bit, a great change from some other television appearances, and handled it with humor, and lots of entertainment.

And the big announcement is……

The next Captain America is Sam Wilson, The Falcon! We also got a first look at Wilson as the new Captain America.

But, with that, there’s a void, and a new Falcon is needed. Quesada felt Colbert could fill the role and did up Colbert as the Falcon courtesy of artist Kristafer Anka (who cryptically hinted about the art last night on Twitter).

This isn’t the first African-American Captain America. Isaiah Bradley was introduced into the Marvel universe in 2003 in Truth: Red, White, & Black, in which a Tuskegee like program was created in an attempt to recreate the super serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America.

And here’s a look at the new Cap and Colbert as The Falcon!

IMG_20140716_234844874 IMG_20140716_234814469It looks like Wilson’s new uniform will mix Cap’s and his current Falcon one. It does look like wings still in the arm.

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Update: Here’s Marvel’s official release:

Marvel is excited to announce that beginning in November 2014, the title of Captain America will be passed to Sam Wilson, The Falcon, in the pages of All-New Captain America #1 by series writer Rick Remender (Captain America, Uncanny Avengers) and series artist Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men).

 

Announced on “The Colbert Report” by Joe Quesada, “Sam Wilson…The Falcon, is the new Captain America.”

 

Addressing how Sam Wilson will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Steve Rogers, Remender says, “Sam wants to lead by example. To help people see their own selfishness and to turn it around. To build better communities, to never forget the little guy.”  Remender continues, “Sam follows his heart and his belief in what the American dream means and how it belongs to everyone.”

 

The question remains: what happens with the original Captain America, Steve Rogers? Executive Editor Tom Brevoort says, “Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever, but his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America. So he’ll employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic advisor, running Cap’s missions from his headquarters in Avengers Mansion and providing Sam with technical support and field information from a distance. He’ll also tutor Sam in how to throw the shield, a skill that’s deceptively difficult for the new Cap to master. So Steve will continue to be a vital part of the series moving ahead.”

A first look at Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron

In the lead up to San Diego Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly has their special issue discussing a lot of what we’ll be buzzing about next week (and the months to come). On the cover though, we’re given a first look at Ultron, as well as Iron Man’s new armor, and a slightly redesigned uniform for Captain America, all appearing in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the movie, actor James Spader will be providing motion capture and the voice of the villain Ultron. Ultron’s origin is changed around, as confirmed in this issue. Instead of being created by Hank Pym, who has yet to appear in the Marvel cinematic universe, this version looks like he’ll be created by Tony Stark, as the next version of his automated Iron Man suits. This has been a long time rumor, that’s been confirmed in EW’s issue.

I expect a lot more at this year’s SDCC, it’ll be fun what’s in store, especially if this is what’s been revealed.

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