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Preview: Moon Knight #1 Brings ‘Weird Crime’ to All-New Marvel NOW!

This March, illuminate the dark corners of the Marvel Universe with Moon Knight #1 – from writer Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey! Moon Knight #1 will continue the exciting wave of All-New Marvel NOW! series with a fresh and sensational take on Marc Spector and his vigilante alter ego Moon Knight!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Ellis said:

The touchtone for this book, for me, has been ‘Weird Crime.’ Both ground-level action and high strangeness. This is a take on Moon Knight that unifies all the previous takes, making the character whole and taking him forward into a new kind of crime fiction.

As a mercenary turned super hero, Marc Spector has faced down everything from werewolves, super villains to his own fractured psyche. Fearsome foes and gruesome threats permeate the darkest corners of New York City. Is Moon Knight ready for NYC? Better yet, is NYC ready for him?

Don’t miss one moment of the action when Ellis & Shalvey kick off the newest noir/horror thriller this March in the highly anticipated Moon Knight #1!

MOON KNIGHT #1 (JAN140638)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art & Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
Variant Covers by BILL SIENKIEWICZ, ADI GRANOV, SKOTTIE YOUNG & KATIE COOK
FOC –02/10/14 On-Sale -03/05/14

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Marvel To Launch ALL-New Moon Knight Series Written by Warren Ellis

This coming March, Marvel Comics will illuminate the dark recesses of the Marvel Universe as it launches a new monthly Moon Knight series by award-winning and critically acclaimed writer Warren Ellis and the outstanding artistic team of Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. Moon Knight will continue the Company’s popular All-New Marvel NOW! initiative with an all-new #1 that will be sure to redefine the mysterious vigilante and solidify him as one of Marvel’s most extraordinary heroes.

This gritty and bold era of Moon Knight’s history is orchestrated by Warren Ellis, who promises to introduce readers to the dark corners and unspoken fears of the Marvel Universe.

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Review: Avengers: Endless Wartime

Avengers_Endless_Wartime_Vol_1_1When Marvel first announced a new line of original graphic novels based on their popular characters, there was a bit of excitement on my end. Then they announced that writer Warren Ellis and artist Mike McKone would be tackling the Avengers in the first release, Avengers: Endless Wartime. Having read the first release, I’m not excited anymore. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll be getting any more, and I kind of want my money back for the one I purchased.

Described as a “movie-length epic,” I whipped through the graphic novel in part of an evening. It didn’t feel movie-length and it wasn’t epic (unless you count epic fail). It took me only an hour or so to make my way through the semi-coherent narrative.

An abomination, long thought buried, has resurfaced in a war-torn land- but now it wears an American flag. Faced with another nightmare reborn, Captain America will not stand for yet more death at the hands of a ghost from his past. Haunted by his greatest shame, Thor must renew the hunt for a familiar beast. Side by side with the great Super Heroes the world has seen, united to end the threats no one of them could face alone, the Avengers will stare down the greatest threat the team has ever faced. But is even their combined might enough to overcome a force of pure evil?

That description sounds cool right? Yeah, think again. While the comic has an interesting start, the set-up is much more impressive than the follow through. Underneath the shallow exterior, there’s a greater debate about modern war, both the outsourcing of the battles fought and the pressing a button to kill your enemies thousands of miles away through drones. Overall, the disconnect and dissociation of modern war is a recurring theme throughout the comic. That’s great, if it was discussed more than some glancing dialogue here and there. Unfortunately, that very important discussion and worthwhile exploration is presented with bad guys that seem like something out of a kids cartoon and in a narrative that at times doesn’t make much sense.

A threat from both Captain America and Thor’s past are weaved together in what feels like a stretch to me and spins out into a story that at times really makes no sense. Not just from the plot stand point, but in how individuals react to what they discover. This same threat eventually leads them to a plot against the world’s super powered individuals, and the reaction by those behind it and the team just baffles me, days after reading this. Add issues with plot to dialogue that at times feels grating and you can see why the $24.99 price tag was outrageous.

The art is average, matching a blah story. I think the character designs are a bit off from what we’ve seen and not always consistent throughout the book and the monsters that are battled aren’t quite clear as to what they are.

The comic is formatted in an over-sized format reminiscent of  children’s books and even though it says 120 pages, it seems thin, in thickness and content. At most this should have been priced at $14.99, and an even better $9.99.

With so many better, and classic, stories featuring these characters to choose from, there are dozens of other choices I’d read first. If this is Marvel’s attempt to market their comics to those interested in the Movies they’ve launched, it’s a pretty poor start. This story wasn’t endless, the more I read though, the more I wanted it to.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Mike McKone
Story: 5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Warren Ellis & Mike McKone Assemble for Marvel’s Avengers: Endless Wartime Plus a Preview!

AvengersCoverFINALNew York Times Best-Selling author Warren Ellis and chart-topping artist Mike McKone assemble the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Wolverine and Captain Marvel—for Avengers: Endless Wartime, a landmark original graphic novel scheduled for release on October 2nd, 2013. This movie-length epic launches an all new original graphic novel line for Marvel , featuring the biggest super heroes brought to life by the best creators and debuts in a high-end, oversized format featuring sophisticated packaging and design.

An abomination, long thought buried, has resurfaced in a war-torn land- but now it wears an American flag. Faced with another nightmare reborn, Captain America will not stand for yet more death at the hands of a ghost from his past. Haunted by his greatest shame, Thor must renew the hunt for a familiar beast. Side by side with the great Super Heroes the world has seen, united to end the threats no one of them could face alone, the Avengers will stare down the greatest threat the team has ever faced. But is even their combined might enough to overcome a force of pure evil?

In a historic first for Marvel Entertainment, Avengers: Endless Wartime will be released simultaneously worldwide in North America, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Brazil, Finland and Turkey. Every international edition of Avengers: Endless Wartime will be translated into each area’s primary language, allowing fans all over the world to effortlessly join in the global release of this graphic novel.

Avengers: Endless Wartime is bookended by an introduction from Marvel’s The Avengers star Clark Gregg (better known as “Agent Phil Coulson”) and an afterword from the legendary Stan Lee, co-creator of this blockbuster super hero team.

AVENGERS: ENDLESS WARTIME OGN
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art & Cover by MIKE MCKONE
ON SALE OCTOBER 2nd, 2013

Check out the preview below!

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SNIKT! Marvel Announces Landmark Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection!

Marvel has announced the massive Wolverine: Adamantium Collection HC! Coming out in June, this package is one foot tall, 720 pages and weighs in at 16 pounds. It chronicles the best moments from Wolverine’s long and storied past by the greatest creators in Wolverine history! Now for the first time, fans can witness the transformation of sickly James Howlett into the battle-hardened Logan, and then into the metal-clawed super hero called Wolverine in this jaw dropping new format.

The Wolverine: Adamantium Collection HC includes:

  • Wolverine: Origin by Paul Jenkins and Adam Kubert
  • Wolverine: Weapon X by Barry Windsor Smith
  • Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller
  • Wolverine: Not Dead Yet by Warren Ellis and Leinil Yu
  • Wolverine & The X-Men by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo
  • And unforgettable single issue stories by Larry Hama, Mark Millar, Dave Cockrum, Jim Lee and Kaare Andrews!

The package includes a code for a free digital copy, which is good, because I don’t see people carrying around this monster of a release.

WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM COLLECTION HC (JAN130769)
Written by PAUL JENKINS, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, CHRIS CLAREMONT, LARRY HAMA, WARREN ELLIS, MARK MILLAR & JASON AARON
Penciled by ANDY KUBERT, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, DAVE COCKRUM, FRANK MILLER, JIM LEE, ADAM KUBERT, LEINIL YU, KAARE ANDREWS & CHRIS BACHALO
Slipcase by GABRIELLE DELL’OTTO
Cover by BILLY TAN
ISBN: 978-0785167891
FOC – 2/18/13, ON-SALE – 6/5/13

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Preview – Thought Bubble Anthology 2012

Thought Bubble Anthology 2012

Story by: Warren Ellis, Richard Starkings, Gail Simone, Ivan Brandon Art By: Skottie Young, Dave Johnson, Sean Phillips, Fiona Staples, Tony Harris, Barry Kitson, Boo Cook, Emma Vieceli, Leigh Gallagher Cover By: Tran Nguyen
Price: $3.99

A collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business for the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival which takes place in Leeds, Northern England from the 11th to 18th November 2012. All profits go to the charity Barnardos.

IDW Delves Into Molly Crabapple’s “Week in Hell”

IDW Delves Into Molly Crabapple’s “Week in Hell”
The Art of Molly Crabapple, Vol. 1: Week in Hell drops March 14th

[Week in Hell Cover Image]San Diego, CA (February 13, 2012)—In September 2011, acclaimed artist Molly Crabapple embarked on a truly unique and captivating endeavor: one hotel room, 270 square feet of blank paper, and five days to cover it all in art. Backed by her dedicated fans and armed with caffeine, champagne, and a lot of ink, she set about transforming the room with her engrossing and dynamic work; creating vast, imaginative pieces that would turn an ordinary hotel room into an otherworldly wonderland.

“I conceived of Week in Hell as a way to break on through to the other (artistic) side by drawing beyond the limits of endurance,” said Crabapple. “I never imagined that so many people would want to help me do it. While covering the room in drawings, I thought I was pro until I collapsed at the end of one 20-foot wall. The room killed me a bit, but I killed it a bit, too.”

Also featuring a foreword by Warren Ellis, photography by Steve Prue, and a cover by fashion photographer Clayton Cubitt, this is an art book unlike any other.

THE ART OF MOLLY CRABAPPLE: WEEK IN HELL is the first volume of a three-volume art-book series that IDW will be producing with Crabapple in 2012.

“I’m ecstatic to be doing these books with Molly,” said IDW’s Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “Her art is wildly inventive, wholly original, and just pleasant as can be. Which are also terms that apply to Molly herself, too. Also, I don’t see how anyone could resist a book filled with whimsical tentacled creatures and other such flights of fancy adorning fancy hotel room floors, walls, doors, and ceilings.”

More information about Molly Crabapple can be found at:
http://mollycrabapple.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/mollycrabapple
http://mollycrabapple.tumblr.com/

THE ART OF MOLLY CRABAPPLE, VOL. 1: WEEK IN HELL ($9.99, 48 pages, full color) will be available in stores in March 14, 2012. ISBN 978-1-61377-154-9.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

Your First Look At Secret Avengers #20!

Your First Look At SECRET AVENGERS #20!

THE SECRET AVENGERS ARE DEAD and only the Black Widow can save them in your first look at Secret Avengers #20! Fan favorite creators Warren Ellis & Alex Maleev send the Black Widow on her most secret mission yet…even her teammates don’t know she’s on it. Can the world’s greatest secret agent save the team alone? Find out as Ellis’ critically acclaimed run on Secret Avengers continues in Secret Avengers #20. Run the mission. Don’t get seen. Save the world!

SECRET AVENGERS #20 (OCT110605)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art by ALEX MALEEV
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
FOC – 12/5/11, On Sale – 12/28/11

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Venom Infects The Marvel Universe This January!

Official Press Release

VENOM Infects The Marvel Universe This January!

February is going to be an action packed month for Venom, but before the insanity begins we’ve got your first look at January’s jaw dropping Venom Variants! Brought to you by some of the best artists in the industry, get ready for a unique look at your favorite Marvel heroes as they get infected by symbiotes!

Kicking off February with a bang, Venom makes unholy alliances with Red Hulk, Ghost Rider & X-23 to save Sin City, Las Vegas, from total chaos in Venom: Circle of Four. Then, just as Rick Remender and Gabriel Hardman take the reins as the new creative team of Secret Avengers, they draft Venom to the team’s lineup!

So what are you waiting for True Believer, go out and tell your retailers to make yours VENOM!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 (NOV110480)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110481)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils by ALAN DAVIS
Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS
FOC- 12/19/2011, ON SALE- 01/11/2012

DEFENDERS #2 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110489)
DEFENDERS #2 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110488)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils by TERRY DODSON
Variant Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
FOC-12/12/2011, ON SALE- 01/4/2012

FF #14 (NOV110542)
FF #14 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110543)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils by JUAN BOBILLO
Variant Cover by MICHAEL RYAN
FOC-01/2/2012, ON SALE- 01/25/2012

SECRET AVENGERS #21 (NOV110497)
SECRET AVENGERS #21 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110498)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils by STUART IMMONEN
Variant Cover by KHOI PHAM
FOC- 01/2/2012, ON SALE- 01/25/2012

VENOM #12 (NOV110533)
VENOM #12 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110534)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by LAN MEDINA
Variant Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
FOC-12/26/2011, ON SALE- 01/18/2012

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #4 (NOV110560)
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #4 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110561)
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils by NICK BRADSHAW
Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC- 12/19/2011, ON SALE- 01/11/2012

X-MEN #23 (NOV110570)
X-MEN #23 VENOM VARIANT (NOV110571)
Written by VICTOR GISCHLER
Pencils by WILL CONRAD
Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
FOC- 12/12/2011, ON SALE- 01/4/2012

Catching Up on Reviews, Part 13 — New & Secret Avengers

New Avengers #9 (Marvel) – I’m a big fan of Brian Michael Bendis’s writing and it’s good in this issue although the historical “Avengers” tale going on here throws me a bit. I don’t fully get it. I’m not a huge fan of either Mike Deodata or HOward Chaykin’s art here, although none of it is bad. The shocking ending to the issue is well-done.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

New Avengers #10 (Marvel) – I’m still not sure the Avengers 1959 story works very well and the main story is weaker than usual. This is the worst issue of the series to date, although that isn’t to say it’s a bad comic, just not as good as the rest.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

New Avengers #11 (Marvel) – More of the same here keeps the series in a holding pattern. The image of a superhero riding a whale is a bit jarring, in a bad way.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

New Avengers #12 (Marvel) – The writing gets a bit better in this issue, but the art, if anything, is worse.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.75

New Avengers #13 (Marvel) – This issue gets the series back to its higher quality level, with a focus on revenge for the attack on Mockingbird and some interesting foreshadowing about what might be coming down the road.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

New Avengers #14 (Marvel) – This Fear Itself tie-in is one of the best of the entire event. The focus is on the return of Mockingbird and it’s very well done, to the point of being one of her best appearances ever. It’s very much a Bendis comic book, in the best sense of that concept.

Story: 9.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25

New Avengers #15 (Marvel) – Bendis does his best to write a good Fear Itself story featuring Squirrel Girl, but, in the end, it’s still a story featuring Squirrel Girl.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

New Avengers #16 (Marvel) – Bringing Daredevil fully into the Avengers fold through a well-told Fear Itself story is a good idea.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

New Avengers Annual #1 (Marvel) – This may be the most interesting thing ever done with the character of Wonder Man. Bendis takes a character that had long been a one-note thing and makes him one of the most interesting adversaries the Avengers have seen in a while. On top of that, he surrounds him with a cast of b-level characters that are all brought into the story in a great way. This is action-packed and looks great thanks to Gabriele Dell’otto

Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75

Secret Avengers #10 (Marvel) – Ed Brubaker tells a very action-oriented tale that gives a lot of time to Shang-Chi and shows that Steve Rogers is a master tactician.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Secret Avengers #11 (Marvel) – I’m not sure I like the revival of the John Steele character in modern times, but if it’s going to be done, this is about as good as it’s going to get.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #12 (Marvel) – This series is consistently high quality and even when the premise is one that doesn’t grab me, it’s very well-executed. The art is starting to decline a bit, but I’m sure that’s temporary.

Story: 9 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25

Secret Avengers #12.1 (Marvel) – This point one issue offers a lot of philosophical ideas related to the Avengers, the Secret Avengers, government informants, how to react to dangerous situations and more. It may be a bit heavy for a jump-on point, but it is a good issue for those who already have some knowledge of the Avengers.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #13 (Marvel) – There are a few cheesy moments here, but this is really a tale of right and wrong, civil rights and the multiple approaches that can be taken to change the world.

Story: 9.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25

Secret Avengers #14 (Marvel) – Nick Spencer uses this Fear Itself tie-in to explore what it means to be a soldier and a warrior and writes one of the more compelling elements of the entire crossover.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25

Secret Avengers #15 (Marvel) – Secret Avengers seems to be the designated place in the Fear Itself event to discuss philosophical issues — this time it is with the responsibility of the media when it comes to dealing with big issues and people’s lives.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #16 (Marvel) – Finally breaking free from Fear Itself, Warren Ellis comes on board to write a fun, action-packed tale that fits into the Heroic Age concept very well.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5

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