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Avengers Assemble! The Endgame is upon us, and everyone is on the edge of their seat! We may not know what’s going to happen, but one thing’s for sure, when we come out of the movie we’re going to want some cool collectibles of our favorite characters! Luckily, new Avengers Endgame Minimates have just assembled in Walgreens stores and comic shops nationwide!
Four two-packs are now available exclusively at Walgreens stores, each pairing two cast members from the sure-to-be-blockbuster film – Iron Man with Thanos, Black Widow with Hawkeye, Hulk with War Machine, and Quantum Suit Captain America with Quantum Suit Rocket. That last pack also includes alternate parts to turn Captain America into Thor, complete with Stormbreaker!
In comic shops now, a special exclusive Marvel Minimates box set brings four more figures – including alternate looks to create more characters – into the game! The set includes Tony Stark in his Quantum suit, with alternate heads for Hawkeye and Ant-Man; Black Widow with an alternate head for Nebula; Quantum Suit Hulk and Quantum Suit War Machine. Buy two sets to get all the bodies you need to make all the characters!
Each 2-inch block figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts.
It’s a new year, and the year is kicking off in a big way for comic shops, as New Toy Day brings a plethora of new products form Diamond Select Toys! Characters from Marvel Comics, Marvel Movies, Alien: Covenant, Batman Beyond, Batman: The Animated Series, The Nightmare Before Christmas, National Lampoon’s Vacation and the world of H.P. Lovecraft!
Alien Covenant Xenomorph Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Run! Hide! Save! If you’re planning a new life on a distant planet, there’s no better way to save up for the trip than with this new vinyl coin bank based on Alien: Covenant! The new film features an even creepier batch of xenomorphs, and this approximately 7” bust captures the creature in exquisite detail. Featuring collectible-quality paint and sculpting, this vinyl bank features a coin slot on the back, and an access door in the base, and comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item # JUN172644, SRP: $22.99)
Cthulhu Vinimates Vinyl Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s 2017, and Cthulhu has a new look for a new year! “Old god” and literary superstar Cthulhu is the latest 4-inch figure to join the Vinimates vinyl figure line. With an articulated neck, he can cast his gaze at the faithful and unfaithful alike, summoning all to join his shambling host! Packaged in a full-color window box, Cthulhu is the perfect addition to your Vinimates or Cthulhu collection and will tower over your Minimates mini-figures! Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #AUG172648, SRP: $9.99)
Batman Beyond Bruce Wayne Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Time to go back to the future… the future of Gotham City! Not long from now, Gotham has transformed into a high-tech town, and a high-tech Batman has risen to fight the criminal element. Bruce Wayne is retired, but he mentors the new Batman and keeps him informed on old threats when they resurface. This approximately 6-inch resin bust of Bruce Wayne depicts him as he appears in Batman Beyond, and sits on top of a pedestal base inspired by the city’s ultra-modern architecture. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # JUL172790, SRP: $59.99)
DC Gallery Batman Animated HARDAC PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! There is only one Batman now! The Batman duplicate created by HARDAC, the Holographic Analytical Reciprocating DigitAl Computer, is back, and he’s looking to replace all of humanity with robots! Based on the episode “His Silicon Soul,” this 11″ PVC diorama features new sculpted details revealing the circuitry behind HARDAC’s Batman costume, and arms him with a scimitar sword from Batman’s own armory! HARDAC is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAR172723, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Gallery Daredevil Comic PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Have you started your Gallery? The Marvel Gallery line has offered characters from Marvel comics, movies and TV, but the newest character has made his mark on all three! Based on his comic book appearance, this 9” scale PVC diorama of Daredevil shows the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen leaping from a church rooftop and letting fly with one of his billy clubs. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this figure is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Ramirez Studios! (Item #JUN172633, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Gallery Jessica Jones Netflix TV PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Defenders Assemble! Joining Luke Cage and Daredevil, Jessica ones is the third member of the Defenders to join the Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama line-up! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall atop a New York City-inspired diorama base, Jessica Jones wears her trademark scarf and jacket, and features the likeness of actress Krysten Ritter from the Jessica Jones Netflix TV series. She is in scale to other Marvel Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC Dioramas, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #JUL172795, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Milestones Doctor Strange Movie Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! By the Vishanti! Doctor Stephen Strange has cemented his space in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now he has teleported into the Marvel Milestones statue line! Leaping from a portal, Doctor Strange casts spells with both hands in this dynamic statue featuring detailed paintwork as well as translucent sculpted effects. This approximately 14.5” resin statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #MAY172527, SRP: $225.00)
Marvel Minimates Black Panther Movie Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! It came from Wakanda! The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film Marvel’s Black Panther joins the Marvel Minimates Universe with this exclusive box set! Featuring Black Panther, M’Baku, Killmonger and Shuri, this set of four 2-inch Minimates mini-figures features 14 points of articulation on each figure, as well as fully interchangeable parts. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP172485, SRP: $24.99)
Marvel Minimates Series 74 Greatest Stories 2-Pack Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The record-setting 74th series of Marvel Minimates is one for the ages, and it’s only available at comic shops and specialty stores! Spanning four different storylines from Marvel’s history, this assortment of four two-packs captures four of the greatest Avengers in four of their most epic battles, with four new outfits and four never-before-made opponents! From the “Surtur Saga,” Ages of Thunder Thor takes on the first-ever Surtur Minimate! From “Planet Hulk,” King Hulk takes on the first-ever Red King! From “Old Man Logan,” Logan takes on the never-made Ashley Barton Spider-Girl! And from “Secret Empire,” Agent of Hydra Captain America takes on the all-new Ironheart! Each 2” Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts! Each 2-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # AUG172641, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Marvel Select Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Action Figures
A Diamond Select Toys Release! You’re welcome! The Guardians of the Galaxy have been one of the most requested additions to the Marvel Select action figure line of the past few years, and now DST is happy to announce figures of Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, each figure is based on the actor’s appearance in the new film, and comes with a bonus articulated figure — Star-Lord comes with Rocket and Drax comes with baby Groot! Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!
Star-Lord with Rocket (Item #JAN172662, SRP: $24.99)
Drax with Groot (Item #JAN172663, SRP: $24.99)
Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming Movie Resin Busts
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s almost time for Homecoming! The first Spider-Man film to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is almost here, and DST is commemorating the occasion with to resin busts based on the film! One depicts Spidey in his high-tech suit, with web wings, while the other shows him in his homemade suit. Each measures approximately 6 inches tall and sits atop a pedestal inspired by New York architecture. Each comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!
Homemade Spider-Man Suit (Item # JUL172798, SRP: $59.99)
Web-Glider Spider-Man (Item # JUL172799, SRP: $59.99)
National Lampoon’s Vacation Marty Moose Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Who’s the moosiest moose we know? Marty Moose! The beloved mascot of WalleyWorld, who greeted the Griswolds upon their arrival at the magical theme park, is now the latest vinyl bank to come from Diamond Select Toys! Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, Marty will help you save up for your own family vacation, with a coin slot in his back and an access door in the base. Featuring collectible-quality paint and sculpting, Marty comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson! (Item #JUN172646, SRP: 22.99)
Nightmare Before Christmas Resin Busts
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Meet the Mayor of your collectible shelf! Joining Jack and Sally, these highly detailed resin busts of the Mayor and the Wolfman from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas each measure approximately 6 inches tall and sit atop detailed bases depicting the buildings of Halloween Town. Limited to only 3,000 pieces each, they each come packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Joe Menna!
Mayor Bust (Item #JUN172627, SRP: $59.99)
Wolfman Bust (Item #JUN172628, SRP: $59.99)
It’s New Toy Day at comic shops across North America, and this week, Diamond Select Toys is shipping in a plethora of new products, all of which are exclusively available at comic shops and specialty retailers! Read on for info about products from Alien: Covenant, Wonder Woman, Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice and Spider-Man Homecoming!
Alien: Covenant Movie Vinimates Xenomorph Vinyl Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Witness the creation of fear! As the whole world braces itself for Alien: Covenant, DST prepares to unleash the top-secret new Xenomorph on their Vinimates vinyl figure line! This 4-inch vinyl figure is based on the new creature design in the new prequel film, and features an articulated neck for further posing options. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #MAY172518, SRP: $9.99)
Beetlejuice Movie Minimates Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s a box set for the recently deceased! The four main characters of Tim Burton’s hit comedy Beetlejuice — Lydia Dietz, Adam and Barbara Maitland, and Beetlejuice himself — gather together for this four-pack of Minimates mini-figures! Each 2-inch figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, including bonus parts for Beetle, Barbara and Adam to transform them into their scariest house-haunting looks. The set comes packaged in a full-color blister card. (Item #JUN172635, SRP: $24.99)
Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Anyone seen a ghost? The Ghostbusters Vinimates line continues with three new 4-inch vinyl figures, featuring the creatures of the classic 1984 movie! Blocky renditions of Mr. Stay-Puft, Slimer and Gozer will expand your Vinimates collection and give the Boys in Beige someone to battle! Sculpted in poses straight from the movie, Mr. Stay-Puft and Gozer each feature articulated necks for further customization. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.
Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Mr. Stay-Puft Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172515, SRP: $9.99)
Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Slimer Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172516, SRP: $9.99)
Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Gozer Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172517, SRP: $9.99)
Marvel Gallery Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Gamora and Rocket PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Gallery line is blasting off into outer space! Three new PVC Dioramas capture the space-faring cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest blockbuster entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star-Lord with his jet-pack, Gamora with Rocket, and Drax with Groot each measure approximately 9-11 inches tall with highly detailed sculpting and paint applications. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!Coming soon: Star-Lord and Drax/Groot! (Item #MAY172525, SRP: $45.00)
Marvel Select Spider-Man Homecoming Movie Action Figure
The most highly anticipated Spider-Man film of all time is here, and this new Marvel Select action figure captures the excitement of the new movie! After his eye-opening appearance in Captain America: Civil War, making a figure of Spidey for Spider-Man: Homecoming was a no-brainer, and this 7” figure features 16 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts. Packaged in the display-ready Select figure packaging, with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # FEB172613, SRP: $24.99)
Wonder Woman Movie Vinimates Wonder Woman Vinyl Figure
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Vinimates vinyl figure line explodes into the DC Comics cinematic universe with two vinyl figures based on the Wonder Woman movie! With one figure depicting Diana in her training gear, and one in her full Wonder Woman outfit, these two figures will kick off a line that will eventually unite the entire Justice League! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in a pose straight from the movies, with an articulated neck to customize each pose. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # APR172646, SRP: $9.99)
Another weekend and another comic adaptation is in theaters! Who’s seeing Atomic Blonde? If you’ve already seen it, what do you think? Sound off in the comments!
While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
CBLDF – Cartoonist Uses Webcomics to Combat Inequality in India – Great to see comics used like this.
ICv2 – Diamond Joins ComicBooks for Kids – Awesome to see something like this.
Around the Tubes Reviews
Herts Advertiser – The Mighty Thor: Asgard/Shi’ar War
Herts Advertiser – Monsters Unleashed
ICv2 – Peepland TPB
Herts Advertiser – Rocket Raccoon: Grounded
Talking Comics – Secret Empire #7
Matt Rosenberg is one of several comic book writers who has conquered both the world of creator owned and corporate comics. He broke into comics as one of the co-writers on 12 Reasons to Die, a comic released in conjunction with Ghostface Killah’s 2013 album of the same name from Black Mask Studios. From there, he has dabbled in a variety of genres, including superhero road trip (We Can Never Go Home), espionage (a Quake one-shot for Marvel), crime (Kingpin, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank), and even comedy (Rocket Raccoon.) Rosenberg’s work has clever plots and a sly sense of humor, but there is also a spirit of social consciousness that imbues both his comics for Marvel and Black Mask
I had the privilege of chatting with Matt at C2E2 about many of his current and former comics, including Rocket Raccoon, the upcoming Secret Warriors series, Kingpin, and the long anticipated sequel to We Can Never Go Home.
Graphic Policy: What did you enjoy most about writing Rocket Raccoon in the streets of New York versus his usual space adventures?
Matt Rosenberg: Rocket is a character that a lot of people have done really well in his space adventures. I don’t think I would do that well with that. It’s not my strong suit. But I’m from New York and grew up there.
Rocket’s great because no matter where you put him, he’s a fish out of water. He’s the only one of his kind and is sort of lost. There’s no difference for him between a space cantina and the D-Train. I wanted to give him an Earth experience where it’s not social satire, but it’s pointing out a lot of things that are weird about American culture.
And he’s just super fun to write. He’s a jerk, but a really good-intentioned jerk.
GP: He’s cute.
MR: Yeah, he’s cute. He may be gruff, but you can’t hold it against him. I love him. I’m really happy that I did my run on him. But I am very excited for Al Ewing and Adam Gorham to send him back to space.
GP: Al is one of my favorite Marvel writers. So, why did you decide to make Kraven the Hunter the Big Bad of your Rocket Raccoon run?
MR: First of all, I love Kraven. “Kraven’s Last Hunt” is one of the best Marvel books and one of the best comics period. Rocket is on Earth, and no one really respects him because he’s an animal, he’s different, and he’s an outsider. The book has a lot to do with xenophobia, and people not respecting each other.
Kraven is someone who hunts people and things, but only the things he respects. I thought it was an interesting dichotomy because the character that is trying to kill him is the only one on Earth that shows him proper deference. Kraven has a lot of respect and admiration for Rocket, and that’s why he wants him.
Everyone else doesn’t care that someone is trying to kill him because he’s basically a raccoon to him. I thought Kraven presented an interesting opportunity. And I got to put the “Kra-Van” in there, which I love. He’s a madman so it’s fun.
GP: Moving onto your new series Secret Warriors, which of the members of the team was most difficult for you to write, and why?
MR: Devil Dinosaur’s really difficult because he’s a dinosaur. It’s hard because you have to put him places. Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, who write Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, are really good friends of mine, and I bug them a lot like “What do you do with him when people have to go into a building?”
And they’re like, “He goes into large buildings.” Yeah, I guess.
For me, [the hardest to write] in a lot ways is Ms. Marvel because that is a book I love so much. What Adrian [Alphona] and [G] Willow [Wilson] do on that book is so important to me. I think in twenty years she’s gonna be considered one of the great characters in superhero comics standing on her own.
I love Quake, and she’s one of my favorite superheroes. But Ms. Marvel is such a specific, singular voice. A lot of people have written Quake. I think of her as a [Brian Michael] Bendis character, but Jonathan Hickman’s run on her is really good. A lot of people have contributed. Ms. Marvel feels like just a few people’s visions, like Sana [Amanat] who edits it. That’s really intimidating, and her fans expect her to be certain things, which I want her to be.
But we’re also challenging the team in different ways. She’s gonna be challenged. I love her so much. In the book, we put [the Secret Warriors] through the wringer, and they don’t all get along. I don’t like writing her and Quake fighting. I kind of want those characters to be friends, and they’re not. They wouldn’t be in a lot of ways if you think about it. They have differing beliefs, ways of acting, and end goals. Quake is a spy, and Ms. Marvel is a superhero.
So, Ms. Marvel was a challenge for me because we want people who like the Ms. Marvel book to pick up Secret Warriors and feel like it’s their character, but it’s a very different setting for her. She’s out of her element a little bit, and that was hard.
GP: At the Secret Empire panel, they talked a little bit about Secret Warriors, and that the Inhumans are getting rounded up into camps. What are the implications of that plot point in light of the camps in Chechnya where gay men are being rounded up, tortured, and killed?
MR: It’s hard because everyone wants different things from comics. Some people really want escapism. Some people really want social commentary. Some people want things to be uplifting. You can’t do all of those things in a story.
What I like about Secret Empire is that there are facets to everyone. It’s a dark story, and it’s a story that’s controversial because it’s about the rise of facism and why a hero would become a villain. It’s a time when that stresses out a lot of people understandably, and there’s a lot of real world stuff that you can see on the pages.
What’s going on in Chechnya and the rise of white supremacy with more nationalism and more jingoism is obviously a problem. I’m a leftist. But we’re not the escapist book. If you want to see a happy, uplifting book, we’re not necessarily that book. We are about watching the people, who get stepped on, and the people, who are a little bit underappreciated, fight back and kick the bad guys in the face.
It’s hard to make the correlation with the real world because real people are dying and having their rights trampled on. I don’t think a comic can address that in a way that does what is happening in Chechnya justice. It’s a human rights violation, an upcoming holocaust, and a nightmare. And we’re dealing with a cartoon dinosaur. We don’t have the language emotionally to handle that in a way that is deserving of the magnitude of the event.
But if you wanna see the downtrodden fight back, that’s what Secret Warriors is. Everyone’s book has a different purpose, and that’s what our book has always been. They’re young. They’re kids with very diverse backgrounds and methodologies. They’re people coming together to fight back. That’s something I really believe in. People need to look out for each other and support each other as much as they can, which is why I wanted to write this book for that event.
GP: That team lineup is seriously stacked.
MR: I’m excited for it. I hope that some people read the book, and it’s inspiring. That’s sort of what we wanted to do. It gets dark, but there’s light at the end of it.
GP: Moving onto Kingpin, why did you decide to make the journalist character, Sarah Dewey, the POV character instead of Wilson Fisk?
MR: Wilson Fisk is my favorite Marvel villain by far. He’s a character who is always two steps ahead of everyone else. He’s controlling the chessboard, and if it’s his POV, there’s not going to be as much mystery. Knowing what the Kingpin is going to do takes away so much from him.
We talked about doing it from a superhero’s perspective or another gangster’s perspective, but I really love the idea of books like Marvels or characters, like Ben Urich. You can follow a character into this world and see [the Marvel Universe] from their perspective.
Sarah is a journalist, who’s not a perfect person. She’s had some problems in her life and has fallen on some bad times. She’s coming out of an awful, failed marriage. The idea of Kingpin to Sarah is that she knows he’s a bad guy, but he’s good to her. Not everyone is a hero, but is the Kingpin going to be a hero to her?
I want the reader to wonder if he’s going to be a good guy in the end. I think the Kingpin definitely has the capacity to be a good guy. You can’t forgive past deeds, but he has all the trappings of a classic hero.
GP: You really believe in him.
MR: In a lot of ways, yes. I said to someone once, “He’s almost a superhero.”
And they said, “No, he’s a monster.” Daredevil and Spider-Man want to save New York City by fighting in alleys. Kingpin wants to clean up New York City and make it a better place, but he’s in the whole city. He’s not in alleys, but he’s trying to make sure there aren’t warring crime factions in the streets. He’s trying to make it so the regular person doesn’t have this rough, violent city. He’s bringing a classier element of crime. Kingpin wants New York to be a nicer and safer city for the average person.
Well, [some might say], “He kills people.” But the Punisher kills people. Is the Punisher a superhero? No, but he’s on the other side of the line from the Kingpin. [Others say], “He’s trying to make a profit.” Tony Stark is trying to make a profit. He’s making technology that he uses as a superhero and vice versa.
I don’t think Kingpin’s a good guy, but he’s passionate toward a good thing. His methodology is wrong, and his moral compass is wrong. But that’s what’s fascinating. Can he fix it? Can he end up being a hero at the end of his story? I don’t know if he’s worth redemption, but I would like to see him try.
GP: You’ve written a lot of event tie-ins for Marvel, like the upcoming Edge of Venomverse and Civil War II: Kingpin. How do you balance serving the ongoing plot of the event with telling your own story?
MR: The short answer is that it’s the job. I grew up reading Marvel and liking them as a company. I love what superhero comics do. It’s really a tapestry and a huge picture that everyone is working in tiny portions on. It’s a challenge to be relevant to someone else’s story while telling your own satisfying story. That’s the challenge that I grew up loving, like “How do the X-Men deal with Civil War?”
GP: It’s like a puzzle.
MR: Exactly. When it works well, stories complement each other. When it doesn’t, things feel crazy and schizophrenic. I did the Civil War II: Kingpin book [with the idea that] the heroes are fighting so what does Kingpin do? How is he going to rise to power? Everyone is afraid to operate, and the Kingpin finds a way to operate. That’s what the book is about.
Do you need to read it to read Civil War II? No. Do you need to read Civil War Ii to read it? No. But I think if you understand both, there’s a nice complement. I think that’s the balance you should have. Don’t make anyone read anything else that they wouldn’t normally read, but complement each other if you can.
GP: That makes sense. You’re doing The Archies one-shot with Alex Segura and Joe Eisma. How are you bringing the world’s first “cartoon band” into 2017?
MR: Archie is sort of having a renaissance now and modernizing. The Archies and the Archie universe is really classic Americana. I grew up in New York City, and Archie didn’t feel like my childhood, it felt like Happy Days. That idealized sort of thing.
That evolves and changes, and what Americana is in the greater pop culture sense is updated and changing. Hopefully, it’s more inclusive to people who aren’t white suburban kids. It’s nice to watch that. The Archies is about kids in a band, and it’s not perfectly idyllic. They struggle to put it together, and there’s conflict. It’s about Archie’s aspirations to make something of his talent. I think that’s something people can identify with.
You don’t want to make something that’s so current that it’s alien to classic Archie fans. But you don’t want to pick it up and feel like it’s anachronistic. A lot of it is the language and the visuals, and the way people interact. Not so much that they’re on Twitter.
GP: The main Archie does love using hashtags as plot points.
MR: But it doesn’t rely on those hashtags. The main book doesn’t, and we don’t. We want it to feel like a modern and to give it to people who haven’t read Archie in years to jump right in.
GP: I have one last question about the We Can Never Go Home sequel. What can fans of the original miniseries expect from the sequel, and because you had those playlists in the back of We Can Never Go Home, what music are you listening to while scripting the new series?
MR: A lot of people when they were done reading We Can Never Go Home thought it was truncated and cut short. That’s definitely not true. We didn’t want do more; that was the story we wanted to tell from day one. Josh [Hood], Patrick [Kindlon], Tyler [Boss], Jim [Campbell], and I wanted to do a book that was essentially about growing up.
There’s no finality to growing up. I feel like it’s an ongoing process. It can be a frustrating and heartbreaking one. An important thing for me going back to those characters’ world is not to end it or say what we didn’t say before, but to say something different.
I don’t want to talk about it too much, but the sequel is going to focus on some different characters. Madison and Duncan will be in it, but it’s a journey from a different perspective that relates to them. It takes place a year later in 1990.
As far as the music, I haven’t started working on [a playlist]. I’m a little nervous about it. I put a lot of my favorites in the first volume so there are gonna be some deeper cuts in this one. It’s all punk rock stuff from 1976, 1977 to 1990. We have some new characters so I’m hoping to throw in some different genres. I hope people are into it.
It’s coming out either the end of this year, or the beginning of next year. We want to make sure there are no delays, and that it’s the best book it can be. We don’t wanted it to be rushed. Josh is such a brilliant artist, and I want him to have time to do his absolute best. People are impatient, but we hope the book pays off in the end.
Matt Rosenberg is currently writing Kingpin for Marvel Comics and 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank for Black Mask Studios. He is also writing the upcoming Secret Warriors series for Marvel along with a story in Edge of Venomverse, The Archies for Archie Comics, and another volume of We Can Never Go Home for Black Mask Studios.
Rocket Raccoon #4
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Jorge Coehlo (CA) David Nakayama
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
Rocket is under arrest! After a disastrous fight with Kraven the Hunter, Rocket finds himself in a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison. But when has that ever stopped Rocket from wreaking havoc?
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Rocket Raccoon #2
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Jorge Coehlo (CA) David Nakayama
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
Rocket is kicking in doors and busting heads! Something sinister is preying on defenseless creatures in New York City. And as much as Rocket hates Earth, he can’t ignore the dead bodies being left in this evil’s wake.
Rocket Raccoon #1
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Jorge Coehlo (CA) David Nakayama
In Shops: Dec 28, 2016
From the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket has found himself stuck in the LAST place he wants to be-the backwards, no-class, pit of a planet called Earth. It’s where those dumb furry things people say he looks like are from! One thing is clear-it doesn’t matter who or what gets in his way…he’s gotta get off this mudball, NOW. Easier said than done.