MARVEL ANNOUNCES ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT HOMAGE COVERS FOR NOVEMBER
By Chris Sims
So it turns out that, defying any expectations that we may have had five years ago, Rocket Raccoon and Groot are the most popular characters in the most popular movie of the summer. In other words, get used to seeing them literally everywhere — starting with 20 of Marvel’s comics for November, where the talking tree and his surly procyonid pal are taking over with a series of variant covers.
Even better, the variants are homages to classic Marvel covers, ranging from classics like Captain America’s reappearance in the Marvel Universe back in Avengers #4 to one of the most obscure and self-referential homages that I’ve ever seen. It’s actually pretty amazing.
OFFICIAL GENIUS ALISON BECHDEL’S NEXT MEMOIR TO FOCUS ON HER FITNESS OBSESSION
Hot on the heels of being named a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, cartoonist Alison Bechdel has revealed through her publisher the subject of her third comics memoir; her lifelong obsession with health and fitness.
The Secret To Superhuman Strength does not mark a radical career switch for Bechdel into superhero comics. According to an announcement in the New York Times, the book will focus instead on both Bechdel’s personal relationship with exercise and the history of fitness fads in America.
‘MY LITTLE PONY’ GOES SUPERHERO IN ‘MLP ANNUAL 2014′
By Chris Sims
Listen, I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic a lot, but if there’s one crucial flaw in the entire franchise, it’s that it’s not about superheroes. I mean, honestly, I like friendship and peppy songs as much as anyone, but how am I supposed to enjoy those things in comic book form if they do not also involve using phenomenal powers to concuss evildoers?
Fortunately for me, that problem has been neatly solved by writer Ted Anderson (also known as NPR’s Chief Brony Correspondent), artist Ben Bates and colorist Heather Breckel, in the pages of next week’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Annual 2014. It seems there are now pony superheroes and, more importantly, thematic pony villains who are dressed as hot-rod mummies. Really.
COMIXOLOGY ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE OF PUBLISHERS WITH DRM-FREE TITLES
The company unviled a DRM-free backup feature, but only for a handful of publishers, including Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and Top Shelf Productions, among others. This week, ComiXology announced a second wave of publishers that will offer DRM-free downloads — and no, Marvel and DC still aren’t part of the deal.
‘DEADPOOL’ MOVIE GETS GO-AHEAD AT FOX; WILL RYAN REYNOLDS FINALLY MAKE A DECENT COMICS MOVIE?
Deadpool lives. Marvel’s Merc with the Mouth will finally get his own solo movie after years in production limbo according to an announcement by Twentieth Century Fox, which has scheduled the picture for a February 2016 release — on Valentine’s Day weekend, no less. Deadpool is love.
Tim Miller is attached to direct, and Ryan Reynolds is expected to reprise his role from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, though no official deal has been announced. Fox also pushed back its Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four movie from June 19th 2015 to August 7th, to cover for a Michael Fassbender Assassin’s Creed movie that’s been bumped off the calendar due to production delays.
The presence of Miller at the helm on Deadpool is good news for anyone who enjoyed the test footage that leaked back in July. That footage was created by Miller and Reynolds back in 2012 in an effort to revive interest in the dormant project. It didn’t have the desired effect at the time, but the cleverly timed leak in the aftermath of San Diego Comic-Con seems to have had more impact.
THE TOP TEN CLASSIC SUPERMAN CREATIONS OF OTTO BINDER
By Chris Sims
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Ten Lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
This week, with the help of CA contributor Benito Cereno, we’re bringing you the ten best Superman creations of the best Superman writer ever, Otto Binder. From Krypto to Supergirl and even all the way to Lucy Lane, they’re all here!
- All of Binder’s amazing Silver Age Superman creations (with the exception of Lucy Lane, that horrible jerk) can be found in DC’s Showcase Presents Superman volumes.
VALIANT OFFERS BIGGEST COMIC BOOK HUMBLE BUNDLE YET TO BENEFIT CBLDF AND OTHER CHARITIES
Since the spring, more and more comic publishers have offered up super-cheap collections of comics on Humble Bundle, for the benefit of charities including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Hero Initiative, and Doctors Without Borders.
You can add Valiant Comics to that esteemed group. Starting Wednesday, the publisher has been offering up collections of its top titles, including Quantum & Woody, Unity, Harbinger, Bloodshot and more. Fans can name their price, help a charity, and get a whole bunch of great comics in the process.
According to a Valiant press release, the 24 graphic novels and comic collections offered up in the deal have a retail value of more than $420, making it the biggest comic offer in Humble Bundle history.
PAID FOR IN BLOOD: GREG RUCKA REFLECTS ON HIS BATMAN WORK, PART TWO [INTERVIEW]
By Chris Sims
To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.
In part one of our in-depth interview, Rucka discussed his early Batman work including the epic “No Man’s Land” megaseries. Our chat continues today as he looks back on becoming the regular writer of Detective Comics, speaking very candidly about trouble with DC editorial, his creation of Sasha Bordeaux, and the comic he and Rick Burchett created that he considers to be a perfect done-in-one issue.
JIM GIBBONS AND CALEB GOELLNER LAUNCH SASQUATCH REVENGE MYSTERY ‘BIRCHSQUATCH’ ON GUMROAD
By Chris Sims
Those of you who pay attention to such things may have been wondering just what our former senior editor Caleb Goellner has been up to since he left ComicsAlliance earlier this year. Personally, I would’ve guessed that he’d spent the last few months swimming in a Scrooge McDuckian bin of Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles action figures, but that is not the case. It turns out that he’s been working on a new comic, alongside writer Jim Gibbons, the Eisner-winning editor of Dark Horse Presents.
The book is called Birchsquatch, and it is quite possibly the greatest sasquatch-based sci-fi revenge mystery of autumn 2014, and it’s available now on Gumroad as a pay-what-you-want download. Check out a preview below!
A MODEST AND BELATED BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO LATE, GREAT WRITER AND EDITOR ARCHIE GOODWIN
While his name isn’t hugely well-known outside fan circles, the late Archie Goodwin played a huge role in the world of comics for over four decades. Born on September 8th, 1937, he started out writing stories for Warren Publishing in the early ’60s before moving on to key editorial roles first at Marvel and then at DC.
His good humor and kindness provided an inspiration to generations of fans and creators, and his influence is felt to this day – and in that spirit, a trio of our favorite creators reached out to offer tributes to the man and his legacy: