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Marvel’s Wondercon Panel Lineup!

This week, Marvel returns to Anaheim for Wondercon 2014! Today, Marvel has unveiled their panel schedule full of the hottest creators in the industry, bringing fans an exciting chance to hear from their favorite All-New Marvel NOW! writers, artists and editors.

Please note, all guests, times and rooms are subject to change.

Saturday, April 19th

MARVEL: All-New Marvel NOW!
Time: 7:30pm
Location: 300DE

Want to start reading Marvel Comics?  There’s no better time than Marvel NOW!  And there’s no better place to learn about all our thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel!   Panelists include Editor Sana Amanat and writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I?, Ultimate FF), James Robinson (Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders), andMark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk)!

Sunday, April 20th

MARVEL: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way
Time: 11:00am
Location: 207

Are you a writer or artist?  Ever dream of working for Marvel?  Do you find yourself thinking “I could do that, if I knew how!”  Well, here’s your chance!  Join Editor Sana Amanat and panelists Kris Anka (X-Men), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I.), Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Richard Isanove (Savage Wolverine), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), James Robinson (Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders), and Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk) to find out how to get your foot in the door at MARVEL!

X-Men: Days of Future Past’s Third Trailer

Bonded by war. United by hope. See the X-Men face their greatest challenge together in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 18 – Providence

Warning Spoilers Ahead

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoWith the end of last week’s episode still ringing this week’s episode opens with S.H.I.E.L.D. still weakened and battered. Coulson seems to be in charge and is assessing where the organization stands, and what assets they still have. The answer is very few. The organization has also now been branded a “terrorist” organization, on the run, and off fighting Hydra. This drives the team to go underground and on the run, erasing their identities.

With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.’S most dangerous secrets — secrets that could destroy them all.

What’s also nice is we get to follow up with Grant and Garrett where it’s confirmed that Garrett is indeed the Clairvoyant. Some of the earlier plot lines, and individuals captured, is revisited, now with a fully active and in charge Hydra backing them up. With S.H.I.E.L.D. broke, Garrett decides to not only free some folks, but also go shopping and grab loose weapons and various S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities.

With Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. team on the run, a cryptic message is sent, sending the team to an unknown location. Who sent the coordinates? We’re not quite sure, but Coulson is convinced they’re from Fury himself. This leads them to a snowy location in the middle of nowhere.

Coulson learns the truth about Fury when he meets an isolated S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the location they stumble upon.

While last week’s episode was an improvement, this week’s writing, acting, everything is leaps and bounds above what’s come before. It’s night and day from what we saw here and what came before. There was more than enough moments to make this episode satisfying, and the highlight of the season so far.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 8.25

X-Men: Days of Future Past Opening Battle Clip

The next generation of mutants fight against the extinction of their kind as a deadly new enemy draws near.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t. Marvel Unlimited is included on the list too, though isn’t measured by revenue like the rest of the apps. I’ve also separated the apps based on their platform as best I could.

Most apps are on the iOS platform, which isn’t surprising at all. The Comics app by comiXology is the juggernaut in every category. This week saw the various rankings increase and decrease with no rhyme or reason. It’ll be interesting to see how comiXology’s rank might change on Amazon over time with the announced purchase by the tech company.

iOS

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Google

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Amazon

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And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

Young Avengers, Glaad Outstanding Comic Book

This past Saturday saw the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. While Marvel‘s Young Avengers saw it’s latest run come to an end recently the comic was honored as an “Outstanding Comic Book” by the organization. The awards honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in various media. The comic’s final issue revealed the team had an almost all gay or bisexual roster.

Other nominees this year included Batwoman, The Fearless Defenders; Husbands and Life With Archie.

Hopefully we’ll see a return of Young Avengers soon to the Marvel U and it can keep up the diverse cast.

You can check out the full list of winners here.

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Graphic Policy Radio is All-New Marvel NOW! LIVE Wednesday at 9pm

GP Radio Special wed 9pmIt’s Monday night and that means the latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio that mixes comics, geekdom, and politics! This week we have an episode to Marvel‘s recent major launch. We’re discussing All-New Marvel NOW! and recent its recent releases. The episode airs live at a special time 9 pm ET this Wednesday April 16.

Topics include:

  • Silver Surfer
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard
  • Captain Marvel
  • Black Widow
  • She-Hulk
  • And More!

We want to hear from you and your thoughts about Marvel’s new initiative! Call in to the show at (619) 768-2952 or Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

You can listen in to the show live at 9pm on April 16 here!

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

BOOM! Studios

Dead Letters #1 has sold out at the distributor level and a second printing will be available on May 7.

DEAD LETTERS #1 2nd Printing Cover by Artyom Trakhanov

Image Comics

Image has announced that Shutter #1, the new series by writer Joe Keatinge and artist Leila del Duca has sold out at distributor level. A 2nd printing will hit shelves May 14, the same day as the second issue.

shutter #1 2nd print

Marvel Comics

All-New Ghost Rider #1 by Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore gets a second printing that hits shelves on May 7.

All-New_Ghost_Rider_1_Second_PrintDeadpool Vs. Carnage #1 by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Salva Espin gets a second printing which comes to shelves May 14.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 gets a second printing to be released May 7 and Loki: Agent of Asgard #3 sees a second printing on May 14. Both are by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett.

Loki_Agent_of_Asgard_2_Second_Print

Magneto #2 by Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta will see a second printing release on May 14.

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey have a hit on their hands. Moon Knight #2 will see a second printing release on May 14.

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Superior Spider-Man #30 by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli sees a second printing released on April 30.

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Preview: Miles is Back! A First Look at Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1!

This May, the character that took the world by storm returns for a brand-new series in Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez are back for “Revival” – one of the biggest Spider-Man stories of the year!

Miles is back in action with a new status quo and a brand new outlook. But his new lease on life is short lived, as one of Peter Parker’s greatest foes returns to the fold, ready to leave New York City a smoldering ruin! S.H.I.E.L.D. is no more – and it’s up to Miles to take down one of the most dangerous foes in the entire Ultimate Universe!

And Miles will come face to face with Peter Parker’s legacy in a way you’ve never seen before - with a last page so shocking that EVERYONE will be talking!

As Miles new journey begins, he’ll go head-to-head with one of the greatest Spidey villains in history, not to mention a last page that will have USM fans screaming! You do not want to miss one of the biggest issues of the year!

MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (MAR140697)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by DAVE MARQUEZ
Variant Covers by FIONA STAPLES (MAR140698) and BRANDON PETERSON (MAR140699)
FOC – 04/14/14, On-Sale 05/07/14

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Preview: Rocket Into the Cosmic Unknown – a First Look at Cyclops #1!

This May, experience the ongoing adventures of young Scott Summers in Cyclops #1 – the all-new series from writer Greg Rucka and artist Russel Dauterman spinning directly out of the blockbuster All-New X-Men crossover “The Trial of Jean Grey”!

After clashing with the Shi’ar on the edge of deep space, Scott Summers is about to encounter the last person he’d ever expect to meet – his space pirate father!

Long thought dead, Corsair, leader of  that intergalactic band of misfits the Starjammers, has returned! And he’s got a new recruit in the form of his son, young Cyclops himself! Scott Summers is leaving the X-Men behind to stay in space and learn a few valuable lessons from dad: 1) How to shave, 2) How to talk to women, 3) How to steal a Badoon spaceship.

Don’t miss one moment of the high adventure in deep space as Rucka & Dauterman kick off the newest cosmic adventure this May!

CYCLOPS #1 (MAR140645)
Written by GREG RUCKA
Art by RUSSEL DAUTERMAN
Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
Variant Covers by SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR140647) and GREG LAND (MAR140646)
FOC – 04/14/14, On-Sale – 05/07/14

Cyclops_1_Cover

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