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Abandon all hope…The Shredder returns in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHREDDER IN HELL! Oroku Saki’s death is just the beginning, and his journey through the depths of the underworld proves to be anything but a divine comedy. How much of Shredder’s soul will remain after he’s faced the horrors of hell?

Oroku Saki’s hellish journey continues. As his twisted path leads him deeper through the underworld, will he be able to survive an onslaught of demonic forces? Or, more importantly—the truth revealed about his own soul?!

IDW is proud to announce that acclaimed TMNT artist Mateus Santolouco will both write and draw TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHREDDER IN HELL, a five-issue miniseries slated to debut in early 2019 that serves as a sequel to the fan-favorite Secret History of the Foot Clan storyline.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHREDDER IN HELL, the latest chapter in IDW’s groundbreaking TMNT saga, sinks into the nightmarish pits of the afterlife, where the infamous leader of the Foot Clan struggles to survive. In the process, Shredder discovers his true purpose… as well as the origins of the great beings responsible for both destruction and creation in his world.

“I’m very humble and thankful to help expand the rich universe of TMNT, adding new layers to the Turtles’ main villain,” says Santolouco. “We’re not only revealing Shredder’s role in a conspiracy of divine proportions, but we’ll have a better understanding of his fears and ambitions. Oroku Saki is more human than ever… and this will only make him an even stronger force for the TMNT to face.”

Group Editor Bobby Curnow says, “Shredder in Hell is in many ways a spiritual sequel to the beloved Secret History of the Foot Clan. There’s one crucial difference: whereas before Mateus was just coming into his own as a creator, he is now, five years later, working at a master class level. The art he is producing is unreal, and the story is surprisingly deep and reaches to the core of IDW’s TMNT universe.”

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The newest AVENGER: ENDGAME trailer dropped and Thinking Critical is covering all the important details. Box office projections are also available for SHAZAM! and Thinking Critical addresses the implications for the DCEU. Plus updates on the MCU SHANGI-CHI movie, RED SONJA, THE BATMAN and FLASH films as well.

The second AVENGERS: ENDGAME trailer released Thursday morning, complete with new questions and the first appearance of the MCU’s newest box office champion. Viewers were treated to new information regarding Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Scott Lang, Natasha Romanoff, Steve Rodgers, and Carol Danvers. Clint Barton is teased to possibly take on his darker Ronin persona and is seen with a young female archer, leading many to speculate this could be Kate Bishop. The AVENGERS: ENDGAME trailer all but confirms the Avenger new tech suits are variant of Ant-Man's suit indicating they are likely to visit the Quantum Realm, which was heavily featured in the ANT-MAN AND THE WASP film.

New Line Cinema's SHAZAM! is expected to take in $40 to $45 million domestically on its April 5 opening weekend, according to Deadline. A $40-$45m domestic opening weekend would put it well behind the other recent DCEU films - BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE ($166m), SUICIDE SQUAD ($133.6m), MAN OF STEEL ($116.6m), WONDER WOMAN ($103.2m), JUSTICE LEAGUE ($93.8m), and AQUAMAN ($67.8m).

Reports indicate the Marvel Studios has hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct SHANG-CHI, Marvel’s first Asian led superhero movie. The Hawaiian-born writer/director has several connections with the MCU, having directed Brie Larson in both SHORT TERM 12 and THE GLASS CASTLE, Larson and Michael B. Jordan on the upcoming JUST MERCY, and is working with Ryan Coogler on an autobiographical project called MINORS.

Director Bryan Singer has been "dropped" from Millennium Films' planned RED SONJA reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reports indicate Singer was released from the film due to being "unable to..

White Lily features Lydia "Lilya" Litvyak and her friend and teammate Yekaterina "Katya" Budanova.

Both of these incredible women flew for the Soviet Union in the war against Nazi Germany in the early 1940's. White Lily tells the story of their struggles as women fighting in WWII, their successes as they became the only women in history to have earned the title of fighter ace, and their sacrifices along the way.

Lydia Litvyak, also known as Lilya, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. Historians estimates for her total victories range from five to twelve solo victories and two to four shared kills in her 66 combat sorties. In about two years of operations, she was the first female fighter pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft, the first of two female fighter pilots who have earned the title of fighter ace and the holder of the record for the greatest number of kills by a female fighter pilot.

Yekaterina Budanova, nicknamed Katya, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With five air victories, along with Lydia Litvyak, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces.

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The Comic Aficionados panel get together for their weekly #livestream. This week the Comic Aficionados talk about #DCComics flops including the Recent hiring of #BrianMichaelBendis and #Vertigo line relaunch. We will also discuss the lasting legacy of #ComicsAlliance in the #comicbook industry.

DC Comics hiring of Brian Michael Bendis has been an abject failure. Brian Michael Bendis was brought into DC Comics with much fanfare and tons of marketing heralding his arrival. Brian Michael Bendis was given the keys to the #Superman universe with his #ManofSteel miniseries, writing gig on both Superman and #ActioComics, a prominent story in #AC1000 and the cancellation of #SuperSons. Initially sales for Bendis' Superman miniseries and subsequent titles were strong but they have dropped like a rock as of late and both Superman and Action Comics are selling less than under #PeterTomasi and #DanJurgens. DC Comics also signed to publish his Jinxword titles and their sales are worse than even New Age of Heroes, a recent set of DC Comics that have almost all been cancelled.

Not to be outdone the relaunch of Vertigo under #AndyKhouri has been even worse. The new launch has permanently damaged the reputation of Vertigo, once one of the most innovative, influential lines in all of #comics. Vertigo has been beset by low sales and multiple controversies such as; Robbi Rodrigues sending anus photos to a comic pro on Twitter, Eric Esquivel's sexual abuse allegations, the cancellation of Christian satire comic Second Coming. Vertigo, under Andy Khouri, also went out of their way to hire creators with no track record of sales or writing comics in hopes of adding a "woke" element to the new brand.

Finally, we will discuss the lasting impact the Comics Alliance website has had on the industry. Many writers and editors from Comics Alliance, such as Khouri, have influential positions in the industry and have forced their ideology and world-view into many publishers and have tanked sa..

Iceman and the X-Men get a special visitor from the future! An older Bobby Drake has come to the present to tell him to give up being a super hero. But what could have happened that would change Bobby Drake from the X-Men’s resident jokester to a morose mutant?

Excerpts Sina Grace inerview with Adventures in Poor Taste (AiPT)

AiPT!: How did the idea for Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End come about?

Sina Grace: The idea to do the Winter’s End special stemmed from having one last beat to explore in the Iceman series, but only two pages of the arc to devote to it. I kept trying to write a pretty important scene in Iceman’s arc, and realized I needed way more space. After chatting with editor Darren Shan for a bit, we found an angle that spoke to the entire X-Men mythology, one that really brings things together in the Iceman series as, like, a perfect end to the entire run. If you think about how the first issue of the series showed Bobby Drake sparring with a time-displaced version of his past self, it’s only fitting to have it end with him fighting with a version of himself from the future–on his birthday!

AiPT!: We’ve met a few future and alternate versions of Iceman before. Is the older Bobby we meet in Winter’s End a version of Iceman we’ve met before or an entirely new take?

Grace: The idea is that the Bobby our Iceman met in “Battle of the Atom” has returned from his future to warn his younger self of dark times to come. He’s aged even more since they last met, and the world has seemingly fallen into a scarier spot than ever before.

AiPT!: What can readers look forward to seeing in Winter’s End that they won’t find in the current Iceman solo series?

Grace: In Winter’s End, readers get to see more of the future that the Ice Master from “Battle of the Atom” is from. I also had a lot of fun playing around with character interactions outside of Bobby. We get to see some clutch moments with Kitty Pryde, Archangel, Jean Grey, and a few other surprise guests. There ..

Marvel Comics has a creative continuity issue. Far to often they begin a series with a well known and highly skilled artists only to replace them within 2 or 3 issues. Marvel Comics practice of bait-and-switch with artists kills customer confidence in their creative continuity. Recent examples of Marvel Comics lack of emphasis on creative continuity are; Conan the Barbarian, Marvel 2-in-One, Return of Wolverine and Marvel Knights: 20th.

The practice of bait-and-switch with their artistic and writing talents is killing customer enthusiasm and eroding trust in the brand. Marvel Comics customers can no longer trust that when they initially invest their time and money in a series that the artists will be on it for more than an issue or 2. The continued practice of bait-and-switch with artists will continue to diminish comic sales nation wide and encourage customers to wait until trades are released to invest their time and money.

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Reports of CAPTAIN MARVEL’s demise appear to have been premature as the film had an outstanding domestic opening weekend haul of $153 million. This fits right in the middle of the original $140-180 projections but vastly exceeded adjusted forecasts after lead actor Brie Larson’s performance during the films press tour. The film performed particularly strong in Imax where it collected $14 million domestically and an additional $22 million overseas. CAPTAIN MARVEL soared into the seventh largest opening for an MCU film right behind the three AVENGERS films, BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and IRON MAN 3.
The film cost $150 million to produce before marketing and is set to make a hefty profit, based in no small part due to its even stronger opening overseas.

CAPTAIN MARVEL opened in every major overseas market besides Japan and collected a whopping $302 million bringing its worldwide opening weekend total to $455 million. This represents the fourth largest overseas opening weekend of all-times behind only; THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, JURRASIC WORLD and the final HARRY POTTER flick. The film did exceptionally well in the coveted Chinese market where it brought in just under $90 million.

There were concerns that a concerted effort to “review bomb” the film on Rotten Tomatoes and other sites would hurt the films performance like SOLO A STAR WARS STORY and 2016’s GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. While I personally never considered a campaign of this nature a threat to the films bottom line, I did think the negative press from Brie Larson could have a noticeable effect. The film was never in jeopardy of bombing like the GHOSTBUSTERS and SOLO films but CAPTAINMARVEL’s performance certainly speaks to the power of the MCU and its reputation for quality world-wide.

Now the MCU hasn’t been flawless, there have been a handful of lesser quality films like THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and IRONMAN 3 but none of those films destroyed a beloved character, or active..

Comic Aficionados talk our favorite all-time comic events. Collecting comics on various budgets and how to find diamonds in the rough. Provide our weekly recommendations and more.

Comic Aficionados talk our favorite all-time comic events. Collecting comics on various budgets and how to find diamonds in the rough. Provide our weekly recommendations and more.

WHO IS DARTH VADER? He has been many things: a SITH warrior, a commander, a destroyer. DARTH VADER is to many throughout the GALACTIC EMPIRE a symbol of fear and mysterious, otherworldly power. But there are some who have seen the DARK LORD in a different light. There are some corners of the galaxy so dark and desperate that even Vader can be a knight in shining armor. The first issue of a new STAR WARS limited series, writer Dennis Hopeless (CLOAK AND DAGGER, JEAN GREY) sheds new light on the many sides of the galaxy’s greatest villain.

The fallen Jedi has been a symbol of power, a villainous commander, and a Sith warrior. But in 2019, a new limited comic series explores a side of Vader that neither fans nor the galaxy haveever seen before. "Writer Dennis Hopeless (Cloak and Dagger, Jean Grey), invites you to experience all-new twisted adventures of the Dark Lord with artist Paolo Villanelli (Star Wars: Lando Double or Nothing, Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation) taking on issue #1 and break-out artist Brian Level (Thanos Legacy, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows) joining for issue #2, Star Wars: Vader — Dark Visions will take readers to the darkest parts of the galaxy — places where the mysterious anti-hero known as Darth Vader can be someone’s greatest fear and even…someone’s greatest hope! "The limited series begins with a story that will shed a new light on the many sides of the galaxy’s greatest villain."

Marvel Cancels 'Shadow of Vader' Comic Series After Writer's Firing
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/shadow-vader-comic-book-series-canceled-writers-firing-1162055

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The review embargo is over for the newest MCU film CAPTAIN MARVEL, which opens this weekend. I hadn’t planned to cover it to be honest but I came across an interesting review of the film from Oliver Jones at observer.com and thought I should perform a vivisection, because his words don’t add up to his movie score. For those that don’t know a vivisection refers to the action of cutting into or dissecting a living body. Now I’m obviously not going to be cutting up any living bodies, but Mr. Jones review is new and I will be tearing it apart and examining it piece by piece, so it’s an apt description. Reviews have been pouring in the last 48 hours or so and CAPTAIN MARVEL is already “certified fresh” with a current rating of 83% from professional critics.

I came across this review from observer.com’s Oliver Jones, a Rotten Tomatoes “top critic”, in the twittersphere and gave it a gander. I came away chuckling to myself over how far he had to deviate from actually talking about the films quality to say anything positive about it. As we all know the climate in today’s political landscape is very hyperbolic and consumers have to be more wary than ever who they’re receiving their information from, and this includes entertainment news. The amount of overt bias in the media is at an all-time high and “journalists” need to be heavily scrutinized.

After research of Oliver Jones I believe his CAPATAIN MARVEL review to be highly biased by his SJW leanings and his review confirms this. The only positives he talks about aren't related to the quality of the film itself, instead how it confirms his ideology. When he does talk about the quality of the production it can be described as average at best and below average is a better characterization.

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In ‘Captain Marvel,’ Brie Larson Is a Superheroine Breaking Free From a Life Following Orders
https://observer.com/2019/03/brie-larson-captain-marvel-is-a-superheroine-breaking-free-from-a-l..

The year 2195. This is where the young college student Duncan Evans realizes that he is farther away from home than he could have ever imagined. 178 years away, to be exact. If that wasn’t enough, he quickly discovers that he has been granted a miraculous power to disappear and reappear somewhere else in a flash, which brings him to the attention of a cult of evil monks bent on using his abilities to change the course of mankind.

SHIFTED is a comic book series directed at teenagers and young adults. It is an intricately woven story, driven by a melting pot of fish-out-of-water characters and set in a distant and yet not so unfamiliar (to us) future. It is an action-packed, drama-infused and comedy-sprinkled epic adventure full of mystery, imagination and superpowers.

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IDW Media Holdings, Inc., an integrated media company with divisions IDW Entertainment, IDW Publishing, and CTM Media Group, announced today that its CEO during the last seven months, Kerry McCluggage, has stepped down. Current Board Chairman and controlling stockholder, Howard Jonas, will assume the position of CEO.

Jonas is best known as an entrepreneurial business leader, having founded IDT Corporation in 1990. Having nurtured IDWM since inception, Jonas incubated assets that form key parts of the worldwide television and streaming media service, STARZ, which Lionsgate acquired in 2016. As Chairman of IDWM, Jonas spearheaded the launch of IDWE.

“We are grateful to Kerry for leading and growing our team during a challenging period,” said Jonas. “We wish him well in his new endeavors, and thank him for the dedication and hard work that he put into the company.”

McCluggage commented, “As both a board member and CEO I have enjoyed helping the company with its current slate of new programming and working with the extremely talented group assembled to execute on these new series. I wish the entire IDWM team the best of luck going forward.”

IDW Media Holdings, Inc. is an integrated media company, which includes the award-winning IDW Publishing, IDW Games, IDW Entertainment, Top Shelf Productions, the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, and CTM Media Group Inc., one of North America’s largest distributors of tourism information. Founded in 1999, IDW Media stands proudly at the forefront of visual entertainment, showcasing a formidable library of world-renowned licensed brands and creator-owned original IP. Its diverse array of comic books, graphic novels, and live-action television shows deliver enjoyment to fans of all ages.

IDW Publishing stands proudly at the forefront of printed visual entertainment, cultivating a formidable library of world-renowned licensed brands and creator-owned original IP. Its diverse array of comic books, graphic novels, and art books deliver..

Brian Hibbs is a longtime comic retailer, owner of Comix Experience in San Francisco, writer, and occasional direct market firebrand. He gave the State of the Industry address at the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting, BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik introduced new initiatives to help comic store retailers in the coming year, including making select graphic novels returnable.

The initiative doubles down on the BOOM! ”Guarantee” program launched in 2017 (see “BOOM! Offers Retailers 'Guarantee' Program”), which has grown to currently include six affidavit-returnable single issue comics each month, a free floor stand, a free double-sided poster every month and exclusive gifts and products.

Sablik said BOOM! will make two graphic novels or collections fully returnable every month, with no minimums. Retailers will be able to order what they need and return what doesn’t sell via Diamond affidavit.

As a Premier Sponsor of the 13th Annual ComicsPRO Meeting, now underway in Charlotte, North Carolina, AfterShock Comics, the industry’s fastest growing independent publishing company, unveiled a robust and fully-funded program of relevant, tangible and targeted support for retailer efforts to meet the challenges of what most consider to be an uncertain time in the comic retail channel, commonly known as the direct market.

“Reports of the direct market’s death are greatly exaggerated – as they have been for decades,” attested Steve Rotterdam, AfterShock’s SVP of Sales & Marketing. “That’s not to say that there aren’t deep reasons for concern. Whatever the motivations behind the machinations of the ‘Big 2,’ they typically exert an outsized impact on comics retailers. At AfterShock, we remain committed to do all that we can to support our retail partners as they continue to support us. In fact, we’re challenging them to increase that support as we continue to deliver for our current readers ..

DC Comics Heroes in Crisis #5 - Comic Book Review

Get a deeper look into the inner workings of Sanctuary. When heroes visited the facility, they relived their trauma through virtual reality, contending with the events that brought them there in the hope of reaching a meaningful resolution. That is, until the trauma took over and escalated these personal events into a full-blown crisis! Find out what pushed one of the superheroes over the edge and how it broke the machine. This special issue reunites the Eisner Award-winning MISTER MIRACLE team of writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads!

Beginning September 26, Eisner Award-winner Tom King’s new limited series, HEROES IN CRISIS, introduces a new generation of readers to the concept of a “Crisis” within the DC Universe. This time, instead of a reality-ending event, this crisis is ripped from real-world headlines: How do superheroes handle PTSD? How do DC’s Trinity—Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman—handle the traumas and anxieties of fighting crime and saving the world, over and over again? And what happens when the safeguards that have been in place for years, fail?

First announced as a seven-issue series by Tom King and artist Clay Mann, HEROES IN CRISIS now expands to nine issues, with King collaborators Lee Weeks and Mitch Gerads providing art for the added issues. These issues will provide added insight into King and Mann’s epic tale, with Weeks (BATMAN/ELMER FUDD) handling art duties for issue #3 and Eisner award-winning Gerads (MISTER MIRACLE) providing art for issue #7.

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"Jack Irons: The Steel Cowboy" is a science fiction western set across history with a main character who is over 200 years old and has well over 2000 years of past life memories. Cursed in a past life with the burden of immortality in his next, Jack struggles to find the peace that will forever be denied him.

The year is 2076. In a savage wasteland populated by zombies, mutants, post apocalyptic raiders, aliens, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, can Jack save what remains of humanity and find a way to end his life? Or will he come to terms with his unique and amazing existence and become the beacon of hope a dying species needs?

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While Aquaman is a little over a week away until its home video release in the United States, the DCEU film continues to do big business overseas.

This weekend, the movie's foreign box office total reached $806 million, surpassing Iron Man 3's record for highest earning solo superhero film. Combined with its domestic total, the 2013 film earned $1.21 billion which Aquaman is not projected to meet, but still an impressive feat nonetheless.

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Despite a less-than-favorable box office performance domestically, Alita: Battle Angel has taken China by storm and set a couple records there in its opening weekend.

Its Chinese debut of $62.3 million is the best showing ever in that market for 20th Century Fox, which previously belonged to War for the Planet of the Apes. In addition, the movie made $9 million from 603 IMAX screens to not only become the top Fox opening in the format, but also the best IMAX start ever in that country for February.

These records can be attributed to producer James Cameron, because while the film is directed by Robert Rodriguez, it is being marketed heavily using Cameron's name due to China's affinity for his movies such as Avatar and Titanic.

Aquaman Has Broken a Major MCU Box Office Record
https://www.cbr.com/aquaman-highest-earning-solo-superhero-movie-overseas/

'Aquaman' Spinoff 'The Trench' in the Works (Exclusive)
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/aquaman-spinoff-works-1184285

Alita: Battle Angel Sets Box Office Records in China
https://www.cbr.com/alita-battle-angel-china-box-office-record/

Pacific Rim Sequel Depends On China
https://www.cinemablend.com/new/Pacific-Rim-Sequel-Depends-China-38752.html

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It's been a long haul so perhaps we’re grasping at straws, but we were happy to see 2019 begin on a positive note in comic stores: January comics and graphic novel sales to the channel were up 14.33% over the same month in 2018, according to information released by Diamond Comic Distributors today. That was the first increase in January in four years; the last time sales went up in January was 2015.

As has been the case most of the time recently, comics did better than graphic novels, up 15.32%, while graphic novel sales were up 11.98%.

Courtesy comicbeat.com

Freshman U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC for short) set the online comics world a flutter recently by quoting Alan Moore’s canonical graphic novel Watchmen. Now, the youngest member in the history of the U.S. Congress will star in her own comic, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis?, is set for release on May 15 from Devil’s Due Comics.

It’s a one-shot comic likely similar in style to Devil Due’s Barack the Barbarian, which previously gave President Barack Obama the comicbook hero treatment. The marketing for the book is heavy with the talking points that have made AOC such a fast-rising politician, especially among younger people, marketing like, “Printed on recycled unpaid medical bills!*” or “Featuring More Creators Than There Are Payments Left on Your Student Loans!”

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Doomsday Clock artist Gary Frank has shared a page from the upcoming #10 which shows the apparent return of the classic Justice Society.

Pictured seated at a round table in an homage to the JSA's first appearance are (from left to right) Atom, Sandman, the Spectre, the Flash/Jay Garrick, Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Green Lantern/Alan Scott, and Hourman.

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In light of recent rumors suggesting that the Walmart-exclusive line of DC Comics 100-Page Giants could be nearing its end, Co-Publisher Dan Didio took to Facebook to address fan concerns:

“For those fans of the DC Giants at Walmart, have to clear up some misinformation making the rounds. Just want to let you know these books are doing well, so well that we are looking to expand the number of original pages in each book and include distribution to the direct market. Look for these and new titles later this year. The promise is to keep it one of the best values and reading experiences in the market.”

As you can see, DiDio’s statement not only (seemingly) puts to rest rumors of the line’s demise by announcing more titles still to come, but also takes on the frequent comics retailer complaint that none of the new material in the Walmart issues has been available via comic stores.

COMICS START THE YEAR STRONG
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/42542/comics-start-year-strong

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes from quoting comics to starring in them
https://www.comicsbeat.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-goes-from-quoting-comics-to-starring-in-them/

The JUSTICE SOCIETY Returns in DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10
https://www.newsarama.com/44051-the-justice-society-returns-in-doomsday-clock-9.html

Gary Frank tweets first look at the JSA from DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10
https://www.comicsbeat.com/doomsday-clock-10-jsa/

Dan DiDio On DC’s Walmart Exclusive Comics
https://www.monkeysfightingrobots.co/dan-didio-on-dcs-walmart-exclusive-comics/

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DC today unveiled full story details on the landmark 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, debuting on March 27, 2019. The 96-page DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 celebrates the Dark Knight through a series of seven-to-nine-page standalone short stories from an all-star collection of the top writers and artists in Batman’s recent history including Tom King, Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, Warren Ellis and Becky Cloonan and more. DC is making Bendis’ and Maleev’s new story “I Know” available to read today, in its entirety for free, on DCComics.com.

“Following in the footsteps of the blockbuster ACTION COMICS #1000, DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 is going to be a must-have for every kind of Batman fan,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “Everyone we asked to be a part of this monumental issue immediately said yes and we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on the comic book.”

This 96-page oversize collector’s edition issue will be available at comics retailers and digitally on March 27, 2019, for $9.99.

Courtesy of CBR.com:

This May, veteran Batman writer Scott Snyder will reunite with artist Greg Capullo to tell one last story in the long-awaited DC Black Label miniseries Batman: Last Night On Earth. DC Comics has revealed Capullo's haunting cover for the first issue. Capullo treated fans to a preview of the story earlier in the month, but now fans can see just what the duo have in store for Batman.

Uploaded on DC's Twitter, the cover shows a barren, all-red background as the black silhouette of the Dark Knight walks through a cloud of sand. In his right hand, Batman carries the disembodied head of the Joker in a jar, with the Joker's hair and grin being the only other colors aside from Batman's eyes.

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Recently box office projections for Captain Marvel dropped from $180 million to $100 million. In this video I cover why it happened. Brie Larson is set to star as the MCU’s next big superhero and right off the bat comic book fans took notice of her seeming lack of interest in the character and these negative impressions culminated in her posting a photo on Instagram with the caption “Thinking about Stan. What a legend R.I.P.” after the great Stan Lee passed away in November. While the sentiment was good, many fans felt her need to make the tribute all about her, her mix drink and her custom handbag a bit insensitive to say the least. She quickly deleted the post. Larson has a history of social media gaffes but honestly upsetting the comic book community isn’t enough to put a dent in a MCU films box office these days.

Brie Larson Backlash: Latest Captain Marvel Box Office Projection WAY DOWN!
https://boundingintocomics.com/2019/02/14/brie-larson-backlash-latest-captain-marvel-box-office-projection-way-down/

‘Captain Marvel’ Eyes Heroic $100 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
https://variety.com/2019/film/news/captain-marvel-box-office-opening-weekend-tracking-1203139732/

Long Range Tracking: ‘Captain Marvel’ Soars In Early Trends, Could Reach $140M+ March Debut
https://pro.boxoffice.com/long-range-tracking-captain-marvel/

Brie Larson Wants Her ‘Captain Marvel’ Press Tour To Be Less White And Male
https://society-reviews.com/2019/02/11/brie-larson-wants-her-captain-marvel-press-tour-to-be-less-white-and-male/

Brie Larson Says Views The Upcoming ‘Captain Marvel’ As “My Form Of Activism”
https://theplaylist.net/brie-larson-captain-marvel-activism-20190205/

Marvel Adopts Divisive Feminist Slogan to Promote Captain Marvel
https://boundingintocomics.com/2018/09/07/marvel-adopts-divisive-feminist-slogan-to-promote-captain-marvel/

Captain Marvel Actress Brie Larson Receives Backlash Over Instagram Tribute To Stan Lee
https://boundingintocomics.com/2018/11/14/captain-marv..

THE ANCIENT CULT OF KOGA THUN. A MYSTICAL TREASURE. AND THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN SAVE THE HYBORIAN AGE! Adrift at sea. No food. No weapons. Death surely awaits him. But the lionhearted CONAN is not so easily subdued, by Crom! When Conan finds himself captured, he unleashes his might on an unsuspecting pirate crew…one whose dark secrets will plunge Conan on the trail of an ancient treasure that may prove to be his undoing! An all-new age of SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN begins with a five-part tale of swords and sorcery by Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY WARS) and illustrated by legendary artist Ron Garney (DAREDEVIL, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER) with covers by the incomparable Alex Ross! Welcome to the deadly Hyborian Age—hope you survive the experience!

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Executives from Image, IDW, BOOM and Aftershock acknowledged feedback from direct market retailers and implemented change to stabilize the industry and ease financial risks in a down comics market. This is great news and just what I wanted to hear after reports of Image Comics “No Risk Number Ones” and “Double Down Discount” Programs. I am however, very disappointing that Marvel, DC and Diamond all declined to speak on the record. The leadership of these three organizations are a primary reason the industry is in its current predicament.

I also give my thoughts about the recent SWATing of Peter Simeti and his overall treatment by the industry. Also, Thinking Critical will be hosting an Alterna Comics live-stream on 16 Feb at 10 am EST to show our support for Peter.

PHIL BOYLE ARGUED 'SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE' IN THE DIRECT MARKET -- WILL IT?
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/42463/phil-boyle-argued-something-has-change-direct-market-will-it

ICV2 INTERVIEW: IMAGE PUBLISHER ERIC STEPHENSON AND DIRECTOR OF SALES COREY HART
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/42462/icv2-interview-image-publisher-eric-stephenson-director-sales-corey-hart

IMAGE NEGATES RETAILER UNCERTAINTY WITH 'NO RISK NUMBER ONES' PROGRAM
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/42445/image-negates-retailer-uncertainty-no-risk-number-ones-program

'SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE' Guest Column by Phil Boyle of Coliseum of Comics
https://icv2.com/articles/columns/view/42172/something-has-change

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I break down the Marvel’s April solicitations and see just how hard Marvel plans on sticking it to small business owner. The Age of X-Man event, which started recently, will still be going strong but April undoubtedly is headlined by the ginormous The War of the Realms event. I already released a video regarding the “God Wheel” promotional scheme Marvel will be running but that just scratches the surface of the extent Marvel is using the event to prey on local comic shops.

Milton Griepp from ICv2.com compared the February Previews from 2019, 2018 and 1014. . He found Marvel is soliciting 200% more first issues, 22% more variants, and 24% more total floppies. Compared to 2014 Marvel is soliciting 38% more first issues, 27% more variants, and 29% more titles. This February, it’s soliciting an average of more than one variant for every floppy it produces.

Marvel’s strategy is the opposite of DC’s, which has reduced the number of titles it’s soliciting by 36% and reduced the variants it’s soliciting by over 40% from the same month a year ago. DC is soliciting roughly two variants for every three comics it produces. Marvel’s number of variants, number 1 issues and total books is absolutely staggering

Marvel Comics' Complete Solicitations for April 2019
https://www.cbr.com/marvel-comics-solicitations-april-2019/

MARVEL SOLICITING MORE TITLES, MORE #1S, MORE VARIANTS
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/42455/marvel-soliciting-more-titles-more-1s-more-variants

5 big takeaways from Marvel Comics’ April 2019 solicitations
http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2019/01/22/5-big-takeaways-from-marvel-comics-april-solicitations/

Marvel Comics April 2019 Solicitations Analysis
https://www.comicbookrevolution.com/marvel-comics-april-2019-solicitations-analysis/

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Lego Movie 2: The second Piece opened this weekend and was forecasted to bring in $50 million, well below the $69 million haul of the original but still a hefty sum. Warner Brothers Studios are likely wondering what the hell happened as it has been readjusted to $30 million, a stark 40 percent under than industry estimates. Lego Movie 2 will still have no problem winning a sluggish weekend box office. The sequel was directed by Mike Mitchell, not the original powerhouse of Lord and Miller but they did write and produce the film. The original surprise hit has spawned a total of 4 movies in the franchise and Lego Movie 2 sits as the second lowest earning opening film above the $20 million The Lego Ninja Movie pulled, with much less name recognition. Lego Batman, also a February release, was able to amass a $53 million opening. Some might say this is a continuation of a downward trend, as customers have grown weary of the franchise. I believe there is a much more obvious answer; the ham fisting of the regressive lefts ideological agenda into what should be a family film for all audiences.

Box Office: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ to Fall Short With $31 Million
https://variety.com/2019/film/box-office/lego-movie-2-box-office-what-women-want-cold-pursuit-the-prodigy-1203134106/

The Lego Movie Sequel Will Focus on Gender Issues, and That Sounds Great
https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-lego-movie-sequel-will-focus-on-gender-issues-and-1809925710

'The Lego Movie 2' Is Packed With Cultural Commentary
https://www.forbes.com/sites/danidiplacido/2019/02/08/the-lego-movie-2-is-packed-with-cultural-commentary/#e423cd88cebb

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Image Comics has established two programs to support direct market retailers: “No Risk Number Ones’ and “Double Down Discount.”

The No Risk Number Ones program will allow comic store retailers to order a selection of new number one issues with no risk and with no additional order requirements. The titles will be fully returnable and will not require strip-cover returns. There is no special program, retailers must just have a standard Diamond account. The first title to join the program is Little Bird #1 by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram. FOC is February 18.

The Double Down Discount program offers retailers an additional discount for maintaining a specific percentage of their orders from the previous issue of the series. Specific qualifiers and additional discounts with ne announced for each issue in their listing notes. The first title featured is Criminal #2 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Fillips. The title releases on February 13.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to support direct market retailers, and based on feedback we’ve received from them over the last year, we believe the best way to do that is by reducing risk without adding conditions or catches to the ordering process,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of Image Comics.

IMAGE NEGATES RETAILER UNCERTAINTY WITH 'NO RISK NUMBER ONES' PROGRAM
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/42445/image-negates-retailer-uncertainty-no-risk-number-ones-program

'SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE' Guest Column by Phil Boyle of Coliseum of Comics
https://icv2.com/articles/columns/view/42172/something-has-change

Marvel Continues Predatory Practices with War of the Realms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPxE-LI-N9U&t=1s

Marvel EIC Cebulski Announces Cat Variants - Mocking Ensues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p91DiCpbVwo

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Former Air Force member who is dedicated to bringing an objective, unbiased viewpoint of pop culture, with an emphasis on comic books and movies. Thinking Critical is dedicated to delivering daily comic book and movie reviews. The channel will endeavor to provide an open forum for discussion of pop culture and other topical subjects. Finally, Thinking Critical will be a go-to source for in-depth analytic studies of pop culture and other topical subjects.