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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Steve Rogers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Daken

It’s Tuesday which means comics are hitting book stores all across the world. This week from Marvel is Steve Rogers, Guardians of Galaxy, and Daken!

Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier The Complete Collection collects issues #1-4, Annual #1, Uncanny X-Men Annual #3, Namor: The First Mutant Annual #1.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Wanted collecting issues #6-10.

Daken: Dark Wolverine Punishment collects Dark Wolverine #75-89, Dark Reign: The List – Punisher, Wolverine: Origins #47048, Franken-Castle #19-20 and Dark Wolverine Saga.

Find out about the book and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find it in comic stores and book stores now!

Get your copy at comic and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier The Complete Collection
Amazon or TFAW

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Amazon or TFAW

Daken: Dark Wolverine Punishment
Amazon or TFAW

 

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FOX Invokes The Holocaust to Promote The Gifted

The Gifted is one of my most anticipated television shows of the fall. Airing on FOX, the show brings Marvel‘s X-Men to the small screen after a half dozen big screen adventures. The story follows a family on the run after they discover the children are mutants.

It’s not too surprising that the show was one of the many properties that was being pushed at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Con goers were treated to an ARG like building wrapping on the Hilton Bayfront parking lot urging individuals to be tested and giving a tie-in website fans can check out.

When I first saw the above a quick take was it was nice that someone had ponied up the money to raise HIV testing awareness. That same thought crossed others I chatted with later at the show. It wasn’t until Sunday as I was wrapping up my convention the show’s promotion took a more ominous tone.

Often at the convention the local trains are wrapped with promotions and apparently without thought as to what it invokes FOX chose this promotion for the show.

As someone raised Jewish (not practicing) the visual of trains with bars on the window and the words “Mutant Transport” isn’t something that gets me to want to watch the show, it’s something that gets me to want to turn away and run.

In today’s world with Anti-Semitism front and center (arguably on the rise) in so many ways, it feels like a mistake and obliviousness to invoke the Holocaust to promote your show. This doesn’t say mutant roundup, this screams gas chamber. This isn’t some cheeky promotion like the building wrap, this is a vision of a possible future. Like so many X-Men comics, I flashed a future where I’m on one of those trains.

The Holocaust isn’t something that has to be avoided, Oscar winning films have touched upon the subject, but to use its imagery to sell a television show feels shallow and diminishes the deaths of millions for a cash in, especially when early press has said it has a “Civil Rights” tone. Add in trains like this and Mutants aren’t stand-ins for the Civil Rights Movement or in today’s comics LGBT. Instead the trains make it an allegory for today’s Jews who “hide among” the people and bring doom according to many on both the left and right. In a year where I’ve questioned what I am due to my Jewish roots, Mutant might be the closest to reality. Attempting to hide lest I be run out with pitchforks, burning torches, and avoiding pogroms.

At a convention where so much of it is bright, sunny, inviting, fun, this train wrap wasn’t just a stumble but an outright fumble by a company that has done some impressive marketing surrounding the X franchise.

The Gifted is set to begin airing on October 2, 2017.

Panel Syndicate Releases Barrier #5, the Final Issue!

Panel Syndicate has announced that Barrier #5, the final installment of the series, is now available on the digital platform. Barrier is by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente.

The digital comic is an unconventional take about aliens and immigration and “about the way language can divide us, by using the (hopefully?) universal language of comics.” As with all comics on the platform it’s pay what you want. Even coming in at an impressive 48 pages of story, it’s still pay what you want as is the previous four issues.

Panel Syndicate has also announced that it will be adding even more series to their platform in addition to Private Eye, Universe!, and Blackhand Ironhead.

Vaughan also announced that starting today, 100% of whatever is earned from contributions for this or any previous issues of Barrier will go directly to Marcos, Muntsa and their family.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Kill or Be Killed Vol. 2 TP (Image) – The fantastic crime thriller with a demon (yeah that’s right) keeps getting better. This is the second collected volume of the second arc that follows Dylan’s path into darkness.

Action Comics #984 (DC Comics) – You get a Superman! And you get a Supergirl! And you get a Super… Lex? This arc has been a blast. Take all of Supes’ big bad and put them against his super friends. It’s going down!

Black Hammer #11 (Dark Horse) – Lemire has been a writing machine as of late, and the quality hasn’t dipped. This is probably his best work, but that’s tough to say since he’s doing great work on a few series now.

Saga #45 (Image) – The best in the business keeps it interesting. Whether you read this book in single issue or trade, you’re always left on the edge of your seat. This is a truly special piece of art we are getting, and it’s going to go down as a classic.

Infamous Iron Man #10 (Marvel) – I was skeptical with this book for awhile, and have gone back and forth, but either way, I’ve still enjoyed almost every issue and loved Maleev’s beautiful art as well as the mystery Bendis is building with momma Doom.

 

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #5 (Valiant) – Without question the best looking comic right now, these issues never feel long enough – which for me is a good sign. If you’re even remotely curious as to Valiant’s comics, then this is a great place to start. Especially if you’re into what is essentially Conan mixed with Old Man Logan set in Star Wars.

Faith and the Future Force #1 (Valiant) – This is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already read this awesome issue. Time travel, a hero that loves comics and a brilliant blend of philosophically aware humour add up to a must (re)read for me on Wednesday.

Adam Wreck #2, Amazing Age #2, Croak #2, Lillith Dark #2 (Alterna) – So four entries in one? Because all four are a part of Alterna’s newsprint line and cost $1.50, and they’re all well worth every penny. Depending on what you’re looking for, there will be something for you among these issues – whether you pick one or all of them up, for the price the’re going for? You honestly can’t go wrong.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Tomboy #12 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The mix of horror, manga, and teenage angst wraps up and if you haven’t read an issue you need to go back to the beginning. One of the best comics that’s under the radar.

All-Star Batman #12 (DC Comics) – This series has been knocking it out of the park and this latest arc which dives deeper into Alfred’s history has been an interesting one showing how you can layer on something new even with a series that has that much history.

Captain Canuck 2017 #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – A reboot of the recently launched character. How it’ll differ? No idea, but I’m intrigued to see.

Heavenly Blues #1 (Scout Comics) – A really interesting concept involving the afterlife that had me entertained with the first issue and looking forward to the second. Basically, it’s a heist comic involving angels and demons.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10 (Marvel) – This series has been knocking it out of the park with each issue and the fact that it revolves around a brand new character is even better. A prime example of how to expand the Star Wars universe and deliver something new.

Check Out the Invisible Comic Shield!

Slab-Pro has hooked us up with a sample of their Invisible Comic Shield which retails for $9.95 for a 10 pack. With the Invisible Comic Shield you can see both the front and back of your comics!

You can order yours now!

 

Slab-Pro provided Graphic Policy with a FREE sample for review

Watch the Crowdfunding Success Stories Panel from San Diego Comic-Con

I had the opportunity to moderate the Crowdfunding Success Stories panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Luckily ComicBlitz, who put the panel together, live streamed it. So, if you missed it you can catch the rather interesting panel with some great advice.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Wonder Woman Passes Guardians

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was the latest comic adaptations to launch in the theaters and it’s debut is nothing but a failure. With a budget over $200 million, the film earned just $17.02 million at the domestic box office. The film needs a miracle.

Spider-Man: Homecoming in its third week dropped 50% and will likely end its run around the last two SONY Spider-Man films receiving no Marvel bump.

Wonder Woman continues to impress and passed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in domestic earnings. It’s now the top earning comic film of the year at the domestic box office. It also is challenging Logan for the best gross to budget for the year.

Wonder Woman is also driving the gap between earning averages for the Marvel and DC adaptations and helping it catch up in a way. On average DC films earn $333.9 million domestically while Marvel earns $308.1 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $476.9 million and DC lags behind with $432.7 million.

Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Wonder Woman, Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village are in that debatable area, and ValerianWilson and Ghost in the Shell are generally disappointments. Spider-Man: Homecoming, we’ll wait and see.

Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers (numbers have dipped due to a new film opening):

Total Domestic Gross: $1.533 billion
Total International Gross: $1.989 billion
Worldwide Gross: $3.522 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.085 million
Total “Profit”: $2.437 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $170.4 million
Average International Gross: $284.1 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $391.4 million
Average Budget: $120.6 million
Average Profit: $270.8 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.

Dunkirk Opens with $50 million While Girls Trip Comes in Second

Dunkirk won the weekend by opening with $50.5 million. That’s the first non-franchise film to win the weekend this summer and the first since March of this year. That’s a solid performance for the $150 million film that also saw $55.4 million overseas to bring its total to $105.9 million. The film has received solid reviews so expect it to do well from here.

In second place was Girls Trip. With just a $19 million budget, the film brought in $30.4 million. With an “A+” CinemaScore expect the film to do well.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swung lower with a 50% drop in its third week. The film earned $22 million to bring its domestic total to $251.7 million and stands at $571.7 million worldwide.

War for the Planet of the Apes came in fourth after being in first last week. The film earned $20.4 million to bring its domestic total to $97.8 million and $174.9 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets which delivered an estimated $17 million. Adapted from a popular European comic series, the film has a $150 million budget (though it might be as high as $209 million). The film received a “B-” CinemaScore and will have to rely on the foreign box office to do well.

In other comic adaptation news…

Wonder Woman came in at #9 with $4.6 million which brings its domestic total to $389 million and $779.4 million worldwide. The film has passed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the domestic box office. That film added $357,000 to its domestic total and stands at $387.3 million domestically and $860 million worldwide.

Next week sees the opening of another comic adaptation Atomic Blonde.

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

Demo-Graphics: Comic Fandom on Facebook – US Edition

Continuing our data dive we’re looking at the overall state of comic fandom on Facebook. Who likes comics? We’re rerunning our monthly stats for general comic fans that are updated on the first of each month. Find out below where things stand!

This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.

This data is important in that it shows who the potential comic audience could be. This is not purchasers, these are people who have shown an affinity for comics and are potential purchasers and those with an interest.

Also, with this being online/technology, due to laws and restrictions, those under the age of 13 are likely underrepresented.

Facebook Population: Over 34,000,000 in the United States

That’s a rebound from last month’s 29 million and an improvement on the previous month’s 30 million. Worldwide, the estimate is 263,110,587 which is an increase of about 22.2 million compared to last month.

The Spanish-speaking population last month was 18.28%, and this month the population has decreased to 16.76%, the vast increase in the population outpaced that of Spanish speakers.

Gender and Age

Last month men accounted for 65.52% and women were 34.14%. Things have shifted a lot with women accounting for 50% of the population and men accounting for 52.94%. Due to rounding you can get over 100% in Facebook. Going by the age and relationship data, women are likely in the 48% range.

When it comes to age and gender over time, things have shifted greatly with women being the majority 17 and under and the gap being narrow throughout.

Relationship Status

Across the board there’s been increases since last month with those “engaged” remaining stagnant.

Education

Women made massive games compared to last month.

Gender Interest

With women making such gains, their percents increased a lot. Of note “men interested in men” increased while “men interested in men and women” decreased.

Ethnicity

All three groups saw a boost over the month with African Americans increasing by 1 million, Asian Americans by 70,000, and Hispanics by 400,000. Interestingly Spanish dominant decreased by 200,000.

Generation

All three groups saw increases with Baby Boomers gaining 1 million, Generation X gaining 2.9 million, and Millennials gaining 2 million.

And come back next week where we’ll do a dive looking at how everyone stacks up and how it all compares to last year.

San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Thursday Photos

Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. Check out photos from the convention including cosplay, sites, toys, and more.

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