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Review: The Batman Who Laughs #1

Dark Knights: Metal introduced us to the Dark Multiverse and one of the most frightening villains ever, The Batman Who Laughs. He’s still loose hoping to “win” and the only person who can stop him is Batman. But, will Batman have to cross the line he hoped to never cross and kill the evil version of himself? Plus, a whole new Batman from the Dark Multiverse!

The Batman Who Laughs is by Scott Snyder, Jock, David Baron, and Sal Cipriano.

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Crisis on Infinite Earths is Coming Fall 2019

The CW‘s “Elseworlds” crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl is over and throughout the entire event it hinted at an adaptation of a classic DC Comics event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. As Supergirl wrapped up, we now know next year’s Fall 2019 crossover is exactly that.

The event has been hinted at since the first season of The Flash where it was revealed The Flash disappeared during a “crisis.”

We’ve got a year to wait in anticipation.


Review: Detective Comics Vol. 8 On the Outside

The Outsiders are coming and it begins here as Batman recruits Black Lightning to help with his team.

Detective Comics Vol. 8 On the Outside features issues #982-987 by Bryan Hill, Michael Moreci, Miguel Mendonca, Philippe Briones, Diana Egea, Sebastian Fiumara, Adriano Lucas, Dave Stewart, Sal Cipriano, and Clem Robbins.

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Review: Fantastic Four Wedding Special

The Fantastic Four wedding is approaching but before that some things need to get done. The Fantastic Four Wedding Special comic features three stories from Gail Simone, Laura Braga, Jesus Aburtov, Joe Caramagna, Dan Slott, Mark Buckingham, Mark Farmer, Matt Yackey, Fred Hembeck, and Megan Wilson.

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Comic Creator Accused of Sexual Assault and Emotional Abuse (Update)

A new allegation about a comic creator was laid out a few days ago. Cynthia Naugle took to her blog to discuss the abuse, both physical and mental, she experienced by a comic creator while they both worked at a comic book shop.

You can read about her experience and the allegations (warning it is traumatic). The creator is accused of sexual assault and emotional abuse while the two worked together.

She doesn’t name her abuser (and our debate on how to proceed to cover this due to that caused the delay in an article) but it’s easy to figure out exactly who she is referring to:

  • He was a guest at Tuscon Comic Con 2018
  • He’s from Tuscon
  • He recently had a series launched at Vertigo

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out who the individual is, Eric Esquivel, the writer of Border Town for Vertigo and series like Fantasmagoria and Gregory Graves for SBI Press.

Since Naugle has come forward, others have recounted their negative experiences including incidents at Heroescon and accusations of unsolicited text messages. Naugle’s own post hints at multiple others that she has spoken to.

We’ve reached out to DC and SBI for comment and will follow up with updates. Esquivel has not made a statement. He’s deleted his social media presence other than his Twitter account which is now private.

Update: Though no official statement has been made yet, an employee of SBI has said they will be parting ways with Esquivel saying the “behavior described is reprehensible.”

Valiant Promotes Robert Meyers to Senior to Editorial Director while Joe Illidge is Out as Executive Editor

2018 continues to be the year of staffing musical chairs…

Valiant Entertainment has announced that Editorial Director Robert Meyers has been promoted to Senior Editorial Director. In his new role, Meyers will help guide the vision of the Valiant Universe and the rich cast of characters.

Meyers joined Valiant Entertainment as an intern back in 2013. Throughout the years, Meyers fully immersed himself in the Valiant Universe, wearing multiple hats and always pushing the brand and its characters forward. He was named Managing Editor in 2016 and became Editorial Director earlier this year. He is not only an essential member of Valiant Entertainment but also one of the Valiant Universe’s biggest fans.

In other staffing news, Joe Illidge has left Valiant as their Executive Editor. He joined the company back in April. Illidge was formerly an editor at Milestone and DC and also worked for Lion Forge where was integral behind their Catalyst Prime initiative. Illidge did release a statement:


I’ve had a lot of dynamic and provocative conversations the last few days –  and am excited to be connecting with people who are truly ready to explore the deep and inherently powerful connections between character and culture in contemporary comics and other media. Stay tuned!!

But, that’s not all! Marketing Manager Victoria McNally also left the company recently. McNally was promoted in April to the position and joined the company in 2017.

Review: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Darth Maul #1

He didn’t get much screen time but Darth Maul was one of the best things to come out of the prequels. He gets the spotlight in Star Wars: Age of Republic – Darth Maul by writer Jody Houser, artist Luke Ross, colorist Java Tartaglia, and letterer Travis Lanham.

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Review: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1

Miles Morales is back in his own series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, just in time for Into the Spider-Verse. How does a new creative team of writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Javier Garrón, colorist David Curiel, and letterer Cory Petit stack up? Watch the video and find out!

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Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Aquaman Nabs Over $93 Million in China

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

2018 is shaping up to be a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It looks like it’ll top 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.165 billion domestically, $3.609 billion internationally, $5.773 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $4.758 billion. That’s off of 5 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion. 2018 still has Aquaman opening domestically and expanding internationally, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse yet to open, as well as the PG-13 recut of Deadpool 2, Once Upon a Deadpool. Those three should easily add another billion to this year’s total.

This past weekend Venom came in at #17 improving one spot from the previous weekend with an estimated $305,000 to bring its domestic total to $212.7 million. Internationally, the film added $7 million over the past week to bring that total to $638.6 million. There’s a chance the film will become the highest grossing “Spider-Man” film before its run is done and make it into the top ten superhero films of all time. The film also shows that budget isn’t everything. It has the best return in multiplier when it comes to budget for a comic film of 2018, so far. With 8.51x it beats Avengers: Infinity War‘s 6.83x and 6.73x for Black Panther.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film is quite profitable and another success for Sony’s Spider-Man franchise which previously earned on average $318.8 million domestically, $488.4 million internationally, and $807.2 million worldwide. The film is likely to be the second worst performing Spider-Man related film domestically for Sony but first currently internationally. The difference is the budget is almost half the other films allowing for a healthy profit. The film is leaning heavily on the international market where it has earned 75.01% of its earnings compared to 62.65% for other Spider-Man films.

Aquaman debuted in China two weeks ahead of the domestic release where it earning an impressive $93.6 million. That’s 85% of the total market share for the weekend in China and is the the studio’s largest opening weekend ever in China and the largest industry opening in the market in December. It expands internationally next weekend with 40+ more overseas market including the UK, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil.

Ant-Man and the Wasp didn’t chart for the weekend but still earned about $42,000 internationally over the past week. It now stands at $216.6 million domestically, $406 million internationally, and $622.6 million worldwide.

The film has not only passed the original domestically (both adjusted and not-adjusted for inflation) but it also has passed it internationally. The film should keeping adding dollars to its total for the next month and is above $100 million over the original. The sequel has a budget of about $32 million more than the original so it’ll need to that to even out profitability.

Avengers: Infinity War gained some dollars. Avengers: Infinity War added about $760,000 to its international earnings.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.165 billion
Total International Gross: $3.609 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.773 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.097 billion
Total “Profit”: $4.652 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $270.6 million
Average International Gross: $401 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $641.5 million
Average Budget: $137.1 million
Average Profit: $504.3 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Ralph Rules for a Third Weekend While Aquaman Rocks China

Ralph Breaks the Internet ruled the weekend again for the third weekend in a row bringing in an estimated $16.1 million that brings its domestic total to $140.9 million. Internationally the film earned $18 million to bring that total to $258.2 million after it debuted in Spain.

In second place was Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch repeating in that spot. It earned an estimated $15.2 million to bring its domestic total to $223.5 million. Overseas the film added $25.9 million to bring its international total to $98.9 million and global earnings to $322.4 million.

Repeating in third was Creed II which added an estimated $10.3 million to its domestic total to bring that to $96.5 million. It also brought in $5.2 million from overseas bringing that total to $23.2 million.

Fourth place was also a repeat with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald adding an estimated $6.8 million to its domestic total to bring that to $145.2 million. It added $22 million to its international box office to bring its global total to $568.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was another repeat, Bohemian Rhapsody which earned an estimated $6 million to lift its domestic total to $173.6 million. Overseas it earned an estimated $29.2 million to bring that total to $423 million and a worldwide total nearing $600 million.

Aquaman debuted in China two weeks ahead of the domestic release where it earning an impressive $93.6 million. That’s 85% of the total market share for the weekend in China and is the the studio’s largest opening weekend ever in China and the largest industry opening in the market in December. It expands internationally next weekend with 40+ more overseas market including the UK, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil.

This weekend also early screenings of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Bumblebee though neither has seen numbers released. This coming week sees Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse open in 3400+ locations, likely taking first place, as well as Once Upon a Deadpool, the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, which opens in around 500 locations beginning Wednesday.

In othe comic adaptation news…

Venom came in at #17 improving one spot from the previous weekend with an estimated $305,000 to bring its domestic total to $212.7 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic film adaptations.

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