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Legion of Super-Heroes #7
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stephen Byrne, Ryan Sook
Publisher: DC Comics

Legion of Super-Heroes #7 Review
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We finally get an issue of the Legion of Super-heroes. Seems like forever since the last issue that resulted in New Earth’s oceans being replenished with water from Aquaman’s trident. Where does one start with so many dangling plot threads to potentially explore in this issue? Is anything of substance revealed to move the various plot threads forward?

Not much. That’s the answer. No plot progression occurs in this entire issue beyond a long and protracted meeting between the United Planets Madame President and various members of the Legion, particularly Cosmic Boy, whose de facto leader is ultimately replaced by Ultra-Boy after the first official Legionnaire ‘leadership vote’ that draws the issue to a close.

I have been extremely patient with this series but I’m afraid that my patience is at an end. This entire issue is pointless and could be entirely skipped but for the election of Ultra-boy as new Legionnaire leader, which could have been addressed in a mere two panels. The issue of politics in comic books is problematic enough in current comic book culture; the last thing readers need is to endure 22 pages of future ‘woke’ teenagers trying to ‘enlighten’ adult alien masses in a glorified 31st Century senate. Just give us a fun story with action and adventure. Good grief.

Perhaps I’m being unreasonable and should extend Bendis the benefit of the doubt that *some* mysteries will actually be resolved ..

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There have been plenty of controversy in the comic book industry since it returned from the pandemic shutdown. There have been numorous #metoo allegations including superstar writer Warren Ellis, Dynamite's assocaited with Comicsgate and Tom King's abuse of Jae Lee amog others. Do these comic book industry controversies effect actual sales at comic book shops. Co-owner of Fantastic Comics, Uel Carter, joins Wes to discuss what impacts (if any) controversy has on comic books sales.

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X-MEN #10
Event\Storyline: Empyre
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Publisher: Marvel Comics

This issue is a tie-in to the Empyre event. If you haven’t been reading it then you might be a little lost reading this issue. It does its best to give you a recap of the event so far.

I got halfway through this issue and I found myself wondering “why am I reading this?!” There doesn’t seem to be much relevance here except for maybe some way that Gabriel Summers might have an impact on the event. As just an ‘X-Men’ issue this book doesn’t add much. There is a bit of comedy, but it doesn’t always land how I’m sure it was intended. Gabriel is struggling with his identity, and while nothing is resolved at the end of this issue it feels exactly what this issue is... filler.

This book offers nothing and no reason to actually read it. It’s unfortunate as the x-books have just started coming out again so we are all excited to read more about our merry mutants. Well I would take this issue off and wait for the next one. X of Swords is quickly approaching and in the next couple issues we will have the lead-in to that event.

CABLE #2
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Phil Noto
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Well that went downhill quickly. The first issue was so much fun and had a lot of promise, but that was all lost with this issue. While this one wasn’t all bad, it really struggled to hold my attention

I really like the idea that Cable is dating all five of the Stepford Cuckoos. That part really works and is really funny. The rest of this story just isn’t working for me. There are several comedic moments that just seem to miss. It’s like this book is trying just a litt..

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THE KILL LOCK
Writer: Livio Ramondelli
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
Publisher: IDW Publishing

Review: The Machines Play Their Hands in THE KILL LOCK #6
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The final chapter of Livio Ramondelli’s surprise hit “The Kill Lock” has arrived, and it’s as brilliant an ending a mini-series could hope for. Ramondelli’s handling of character development and pacing out the histories of his cast results in an immensely satisfying and sharp ending, fitting for the trajectory of this comic. Along with his consistently incredible signature art style and sense of visual direction, Ramondelli’s final issue of “Kill Lock” will stand out as one of the most memorable finales in comics this year.

“The Kill Lock works. An individual, or a pair, you may be able to hide and survive. Four cannot. When the Artisan, the Kid, the Wraith, and the Laborer reach the end of their journey, doom seems certain, unless…”

Livio Ramondelli has maintained much of the mystery in “The Kill Lock” by withholding the backstories of its two most mysterious characters: The Wraith and The Artisan. This issue’s focus on their lives before the Lock while also resolving the prior issue‘s tragic and tumultuous events ends the series with a plot revelation that takes advantage of one character’s (no spoilers) inherent selfishness. However, watching these four machines develop to care about one another, all the while maintaining the core aspects of their individuality, makes for a fantastic and emotionally compelling journey. Much of this comic relies on flashbacks, which are so well-constructed and fascinating that they never detract from the present story. Ramondelli’s ending to this story is..

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I don't know how many of you buy comics, but I can assume that it's not a lot of you, because comic sales are, in a lot of cases, tanking. And if you do buy comics, good on you. But for those who don't buy or even read comics, pretend for a second that you're entering a comic shop. It smells like fresh pages and Deadpool T-shirts. The floors creak a little bit, and you overhear two guys debating something in the manga section in the corner. You go to the cashier and ask where you should start if you want to get into Marvel. He then lists copious titles that you'd need to buy, which titles probably won't be good, and the money that it will cost. You then leave the shop forever, buy some chicken tenders on the way home, and congratulate yourself because you really dodged a bullet there.

I hear so many people talk about how great it is that they didn't get into comics, or that they stopped buying single issues of comics. They say things like "It was getting pretty bad before I had to stop myself," as if they're discussing heroin or punching elementary schoolers. Comics had ceased to be things that they consistently enjoyed and had become things that they felt like they had to finish. They had to buy every issue of every title so that they could potentially grasp one narrative. You know why a major book being a "standalone title" is often seen as such a awesome thing in comics? It's definitely not because they come around very often.

I don't think single issues of comics will ever go away, at least not in the near future. But I do think that a business model that deals mostly with what's ..

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Timothy Lim Information

Timothy Lim is a freelance artist and illustrator who began his career with fan art publications, beginning with back page art for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero issue 24. Following publications in Udon's Street Fighter Tribute #1 and Mega Man Tribute Timothy Lim was hired as a freelance illustrator for Mighty Fine / We Love Fine, producing licensed artwork for merchandise including shirts, posters, prints, and bags. His clientele includes licensed work for Marvel, Lucasfilm, Hasbro, Valve, Axe Cop, and much more.

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Artist Timothy Lim joins Wes to discuss whether Asian creators are unfairly targetted for harrasment in the comic book industry, entertainment and media. Many Asian and Asian-American creators have been harrassed the past few years including; Timothy Lim, Jae Lee, Peter Simeti, Ben Dunn and and Joe Dunn.

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Sin City - Frank Miller

Jeph Loeb expressed his admiration for Miller’s storytelling in Sin City as a model for both comic writers and on the business side:“[Miller] told a story. Killed off the main character and then had him appear in the next one because it took place before. He provided people with an out.” The model of Sin City of telling a finite story that can be enjoyed independent of the other works is something that only some comic authors have chosen to adopt. Mark Millar, one of the most successful comic writers in the industry cites Miller as his favorite comic writer and has also demonstrated a business model that mirrors Sin City. Millar’s storylines are often collected in a single volume and any continuation of a series is labelled as a genuine “sequel” avoiding intimidating number of issues a book has to new readers.

Smile - Raina Telegemeier

Raina Telgemeier’s autobiographical book may take place in the 1989, but despite the fashion choices and references to that October’s Loma Prieta earthquake, still feels fresh today. Published in 2010, Smile explores Telgemeier’s complicated relationship the world around her, following her through the end of middle school and into her first year of high school. It’s a fraught time under even the best of circumstances, but young Raina deals with more than her fair share of drama thanks to an accident that knocks out her two front teeth and leaves her going in and out of several types of dental offices over the course of the book, on top of the dreaded braces/headgear combo so many pimple-faced tweens have to endure. Raina’s exper..

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Why are comics shops closing as superheroes make a mint?
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With Avengers: Endgame set to break box-office records – it is predicted to make $1bn in its first week – it seems that the superhero business really is the one to be in. In Hollywood, at least.

But what of the medium in which the superhero originated – the comic book – and the purveyors of the hundreds of comics that are released every month? The high street is not as bulletproof as multiplexes, and comic shops are having a tough time of it.

Dozens of closures have been reported across the UK and US over the last few months – including, in January, the end of St Mark’s Comics, once one of New York’s most venerable institutions. Last year, comics website Bleeding Cool documented how 50 comic shops had closed in the previous year, in both the US and UK. And since June 2018, at least 21 shops in the US and 11 in the UK – including shops in Nottingham, Ramsgate and Tooting – have closed, with others likely going unreported.

While superheroes have never had a higher profile, the gap between cinema and comics has never been wider. The days when you could pick the latest issue of Spider-Man or Batman from the newsagent’s shelves are long gone. Last week, comic writer Ron Marz tweeted that, during a presentation to a school class, one girl raised her hand and asked him where she could actually buy comics.

“There isn’t a huge profit in comics and graphic novels,” says Jared Myland of OK Comics in Leeds. “Nobody gets into comic retail to be a millionaire. We do it because we love comics. Unfortunately, closures are a more and more common topic on both sides of the pond. Most comic shops make enou..

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Why Comic-Con ‘At Home’ Was a Bust
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If a fan convention is held on the internet and no one’s there to talk about it, does it make any noise?

That was the overwhelming experience with [email protected], the virtual fan convention that ran from July 22-26. It was meant to replace San Diego Comic-Con, the massive annual fan gathering that was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite A-list panels for “The Walking Dead,” the Star Trek Universe, and two Keanu Reeves movies, [email protected] cast a pale shadow in comparison to Comic-Con of recent years — perhaps the starkest example yet of what we lose when we lose the live experience.

According to data from social media analytics firm ListenFirst, tweets that mentioned [email protected] were down 95% from 2019’s live convention — just 93,681 tweets over the five-day event, against 1,719,000 tweets in 2019. Tweets about the top 10 TV events were similarly down 93%, and tweets about the top 5 movie panels were down a shocking 99%.

Views on YouTube, which hosted the vast majority of Comic-Con’s panels, were scarcely better. Average views for Thursday, which have had the longest period for people to watch them, are hovering around 15,000 per panel. On the one hand, that’s over double the capacity for Comic-Con’s biggest live venue, the famed Hall H. On the other hand, 😬.

In terms of YouTube views and social media impact, by far the best performing panel for [email protected] was for “The New Mutants,” 20th Century Studios’ long-suffering Marvel Comics adaptation which has had its released date pushed four times sin..

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X-FACTOR #1
Writer: Leah Williams
Artist: David Baldeon
Publisher: Marvel Comics

X-Factor #1 Review
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By the mercy of The Five, the resurrection procedures can revive any defunct mutant. Nevertheless, such a massive undertaking isn’t missing its troubles and obstacles, am I right? Well, when a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to interrogate and investigate how and why to maintain the regulations of the Krakoan reincarnation. Let’s dive into X-FACTOR #1 by Leah Williams to examine how Northstar, Polaris, Prodigy, Eye-boy, Daken and Prestige fit into the world of murder, mystery, intrigue, and missing persons while seeing if this is what the X-books have been missing this whole time!

Readers, “missing” is definitely the keyword in this reviewer. The entire premise of the series is that X-Factor is searching for a missing mutant. However, there was zero suspense and absolutely no build-up to lead into any of the affairs. Williams literally throws together a team that has no connection to one another in which lacks any driving motive or intention. Heck, the entire team seems to hate each other. In all actuality, the construction of the X-Factor team felt more like a rejected gym team than a mystery-solving agency.

Additionally, Williams’ story was extremely forced, gimmicky, and way too jokey. However, none of the jokes hit. Readers, when you try to make Daken the comedic relief, I think you need to go back to the drawing board. Plus, Williams floods this issue with unwarranted and unnecessary sexual tones that didn’t help the story, assist in the mission, and were frankly their to add hot sauce to a bowl of Frosted Flakes. My point: we al..

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Timothy Lim Information

Timothy Lim is a freelance artist and illustrator who began his career with fan art publications, beginning with back page art for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero issue 24. Following publications in Udon's Street Fighter Tribute #1 and Mega Man Tribute Timothy Lim was hired as a freelance illustrator for Mighty Fine / We Love Fine, producing licensed artwork for merchandise including shirts, posters, prints, and bags. His clientele includes licensed work for Marvel, Lucasfilm, Hasbro, Valve, Axe Cop, and much more.

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Mark Pellegrini Information

Mark Pellegrini is a creative consultant and writer for NINJAINK, LLC and his collaborations with Timothy Lim have been published by IDW and UDON studios. As a freelance featured writer, his articles and creative works have been published by such websites as Adventures in Poor Taste, Comics Alliance, Ain't it Cool News, and io9. You can find more of his writing at TMNT Entity.

CREATIVE TEAM:

-BLACK HOPS: U.S.A.-*-G.I. created by Timothy Lim and Mark Pellegrini
-Art by Timothy Lim
-Written by Mark Pellegrini
-Front Cover by Timothy Lim and Genzoman
-Back Cover by Jacob Gerber
-Omnibus Front Cover by Man Tsang
-Omnibus Back Cover by KaFun
-Professional modeling by River Breann and Weapon Outfitters
-"Blitzkrieg Hop" theme composed by Doug Garrett
-Additional art and content by Matthew Weldon, Reagan Long, Bill Williams, CuteSexyRobutts, and Kelsey Shannon

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The fallout from DC Comics writer Tom King's controversy regarding Jae Lee continues hanging like a cloud over the comic book industry. DC Comics writer Tom King apologized for the baseless allegations against artist Jae Lee. Despite DC Comics writer Tom King's apology other industry professionals continued to double down, condemning Jae Lee. Valiant Comics senior editor Heather Antos notably continues to hokd Jae Lee to the fire.

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Zack Snyder Officially Places 'Snyderverse' Trilogy Outside DCEU Continuity
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Zack Snyder's Justice League will exist in continuity with the director's other DC films as he explained in a recent interview.

In an interview with Beyond the Trailer, Snyder addressed these questions, confirming that his films exists outside the current DCEU continuity in the "Snyderverse," which includes 2013's Man of Steel, 2016's Batman v Superman and Zack Snyder's Justice League.

"It's kind of separate now from what I would say the DC cinematic universe [is] in continuity," he said. "I think it's divergent, in that way. And I think that's a good thing." The director went on to praise DC and the emphasis its puts on "individual voices" for its films.

Snyder Says He'd Destroy Justice League Before Using a Whedon-Shot Scene
via CBR.com

Justice League director Zack Snyder claimed that he would rather set the movie on fire than use a scene that his replacement Joss Whedon shot.

"There would be no chance on Earth that I would use a shot that was made....after I left the movie."

He even emphasized that he wouldn't have anything to do with the project if he wasn't guaranteed to have full creative control over it. "There would be no way -- I would rather, I would destroy the movie, I would set it on fire before I would use a single frame that I did not photograph," he stated.

Zack Snyder has teased his upcoming release of Zack Snyder's Justice League will be even longer than the previously advertised runtime of 214 minutes.

AMC Theatres Delays United States Reopening Plans Again
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DC's New Distributors Better Than Diamond? Comic Store In Your Future
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People were saying that DC's new vendors for comics would doom the industry, but now Diamond is having far more problems.

Marvel put out variant covers on some of the few titles released this week saying "On Sale Wednesday." No one here was impressed. Comments such as "Marvel actually put out something this week, and they wanted to brag?". "That's it?" and "Why?"

Throughout everything, Marvel has been less than helpful. Death Metal #2 outsold Empyre #1 here. DC putting out product while Marvel plays catch-up hurt them with our customers. People come in here and ask when they are finally going to be able to buy the Marvel title they have been following and are often disappointed by the answer. Titles such as Savage Avengers last released issue number 11 on March 11th. Issue 12 is due on September 30th. Too much of a gap between issues.

For us, the shipments between Lunar and Diamond are roughly the same number of comics. Our Diamond shipment this week had 19 comics damaged. Lunar in the entire time we have been using them has had no damages or shortages. The naysayers were saying DC's new vendors would be a repeat of Marvel's failed Heroes World vendor adventure, but so far, Diamond is much closer to being like Heroes World.

When we first started using Lunar, I was still ordering DC products through Diamond as a backup. Lunar was new, and I did not want to have whole titles, not ship. Just the opposite happened. Diamond would let me down, and Lunar turne..

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NEW IDW PUBLISHER ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE
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Jud Meyers, whose promotion to Publisher at IDW Publishing was announced just last week, has been placed on administrative leave. The company made the announcement to employees at a company town hall last Friday. In his role as Publisher, Meyers was in charge of editorial, sales, and creative services.

Meyers' promotion was announced in conjunction with the announcement of Jerry Bennington’s promotion to President and Rebekah Cahalin's promotion to General Manager and EVP of Operations for both IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment. Those moves were made as a result of the departure of Chris Ryall as President, Publisher, and Chief Creative Officer.

IDW's Chris Ryall Steps Down as President and Publisher
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IDW Publishing is undergoing a change in leadership, with Chris Ryall stepping down as president, publisher, and chief creative officer to launch a new publishing venture dedicated to developing new creative voices.

Ryall had been in the position since December 2018, when he returned to the company six months after stepping down as chief creative officer and editor-in-chief. He took over the dual president/publisher role from Greg Goldstein.

The majority of Ryall’s professional career has been spent at IDW, which he joined in June 2004, coming over as editor-in-chief after a stint as EiC of Kevin Smith’s MoviePoopShoot.com. During his initial 14-year stint at the company, he worked in a creative capacity in addition to his editorial and executive role, writing for titles including ROM, Kiss ..

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Image Comics Sets Real-World Series 'Crossover'
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The project, written by 'Venom's Donny Cates, tells a story about superhero comic characters crossing over from the page.

What if superhero comics were real — and what if the annual, reality-shaking storylines bringing all the heroes together ended up breaking through to our world? Those are the questions at the heart of the upcoming Image Comics series Crossover, announced during [email protected] Thursday.

Described by the publisher as a “world where reality is dead… and anything is possible,” Crossover is an ongoing series designed to “take the best of comic book launch events and up the dose of energy and shock value to the next level.” A preview of the series’ first issue, below, explains the high concept clearly enough.

The series reunites the creative team of the acclaimed God Country: Donny Cates (Venom, Thanos), Geoff Shaw (Guardians of the Galaxy), Dee Cunniffe (Redneck) and John J. Hill (Nailbiter).

Crossover launches in November.

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The fallout from DC Comics writer Tom King's controversy regarding Jae Lee continues overshadowing any news coming from [email protected] [email protected] replaced SDCC this year due to continued concerns due to coronavirus. DC Comics and other comic industry publishers hoped for a boost in interest following announcements at [email protected] Unfortunately, recent baseless allegations against artist Jae Lee from Tom King have sucked all the oxygen out of the industry. Tom King has yet to formally apologize or delete his, now proven baseless, accusations on social media against Jae Lee.

DC's Next Event Endless Winter Falls Across the DC Universe in December
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DC is following up Dark Nights: Death Metal with Endless Winter, a new event series scheduled to hit the DC Universe in December.

DC is closing out 2020 with a new event series titled the Endless Winter. The first reveal of this upcoming event was released in the DC Connect #4 online magazine, which previews upcoming comics and storylines each month. CBR has confirmed that this is DC's next major event, though specific details remain under wraps for now.

The current blockbuster event reshaping the DC Universe is Dark Nights: Death Metal by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. Death Metal is a sequel to Dark Nights: Metal, and sees Perpetua and the Batman Who Laughs twist the DCU for their own nefarious machinations.

Tom Taylor Teases a Return to DC's Injustice Universe
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Tom Taylor took to Twitter to tease a return to the Injustice universe.

After a series of tweets teasing something big on the ..

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Vita Ayala takes over writing duties on X-Men series Marauders on issue 13 in October. Vita Ayala was originally supposed to helm the Children of the Atom series. While no new information is available on that series, it appears Vita Ayala may be the new Marauders writer permanently.

Marvel Teases Major Betrayal in X of Swords
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Marvel's "Dawn of X" relaunch has been shaking up the comic industry for a year now, and it's left the publisher's ensemble of mutant characters in a completely new status quo. Over the past year, fans have seen mutantkind join forces to face off against all kinds of unimaginable threats, but it sounds like the next one might come from inside the world of Krakoa. The seeds are beginning to be planted for the upcoming "X of Swords" crossover event, which will throw Krakoa into a conflict that fans definitely weren't expecting.

The story largely revolved around Opal Luna Saturnyne in the Omniverse, who decided to do a tarot reading of what the future held for the X-Men. She drew a surprising deck of cards, which culminated in the ominous "Ten of Swords". The card showed a group of mutants - including Apocalypse, Cable, Wolverine, Magik, and Captain Britain - wielding various blades, while standing over a fiery scene. As Opal puts it, the card signifies betrayal at the hands of "those you would show your back".

Anyone familiar with the world of tarot probably guessed that the "X of Swords" event would involve a betrayal, as the card largely symbolizes that, as well as drama, and even rebounding from a traumatic circumstance.

X Of Swords Villain Revealed In New Cover
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X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Terry Dodson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

X-Men/ Fantastic Four #4 Review
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It’s finally here: the sensational finale to the X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR event everyone’s been waiting for! Now, on an island of doom, the X-Men and Fantastic Four battle to reclaim the future! However, lines have been drawn and enemies have been made.

I left this series struggling to see its true purpose and direction until the last few pages. This series by Zdarsky arose to be a massive set up for something that was inaugurated quickly in issue one, mentioned in issue two, and then revisited in issue four as the series closed. Realistically, this X-MEN/ FANTASTIC FOUR crossover mini-event wasn’t really about Franklin Richards at all. He was merely used as a reason for Reed to create something that I feel was introduced as a key chess piece for later down the road. However, the disappointment of this series really set in after I felt utterly hosed and taken advantage of since before the series took off.

I feel like Marvel sold this series as something more important to the larger Marvel Landscape and possibly even a war between the humans (led by the Fantastic Four) and the mutants. It appeared as though Franklin would be that missing piece to push the Fantastic Four over the edge. However, that’s not the case. Somehow, the status quo is easily reset as this series ends and everything seems back to normal as if nothing happened. And, if there is one thing I dislike within the comic realm, it’s when I feel as though zero progr..

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Death Metal: Trinity Crisis, Speed Metal & Multiverse's End Join DC Event
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DC announced three 48-page one-shots for Dark Nights: Death Metal, which will be released in September.

DC's upcoming event, Dark Nights: Death Metal, will receive three 48-page one-shots that take place after its third issue in September, featuring the Justice League's Trinity facing three of the most powerful villains in the DC Universe, The Batman Who Laughs hunting the Flash Family and the possible end of the Multiverse.

Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis #1 by writer Scott Snyder and artist Francis Manapul reunites Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman as they face the Dark Multiverse versions of the Anti-Monitor, Superboy Prime and Darkseid. Dark Nights: Death Metal: Speed Metal #1 by writer Joshua Williamson and artists Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira, with a cover by Howard Porter finds the Batman Who Laughs looking to obtain Wally West's Doctor Manhattan powers, with the Flash Family aiding the hero. Finally, Dark Nights: Death Metal: Multiverse's End #1 by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Juan Gedeon and a cover by Michael Golden features a motley crew of heroes including Captain Carrot and Guy Gardner attempting to save the multiverse from utter destruction.

Covers and solicitations for September's Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis #1, Dark Nights: Death Metal: Speed Metal #1 and Dark Nights: Death Metal: Multiverse's End #1 can be found below.

Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis #1

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Francis Manapul

With Superman freed from..

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Off Panel #257: The Energy with Brian Michael Bendis
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DC's New Superman Already Has Us Worried
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In the wake of the final chapter of the Man of Steel, many are wondering if DC Comics made a mistake in assigning the future of Superman comics to Brian Michael Bendis. Rather than presenting a bold new vision for The Man of Tomorrow in both his lead-up to, and takeover of both Superman books, Bendis' opening act seems to have rehashed numerous elements from earlier stories, while removing several key components of Superman mythology for no reason (beyond shock value).

The comics world was rocked when it was announced that Bendis had signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics, given Bendis' prominent role at Marvel Comics (imagine Mick Jagger leaving The Rolling Stones to sing for The Beatles). Hopes ran high when it was announced that Bendis would take charge of the Superman line of books with Action Comics #1000. The early advertising for the new line promised big changes and shocking revelations regarding the real reason Superman's home world of Krypton was destroyed.

Sadly, the reality of "The Coming Of Bendis" has been far from magical in the eyes of many Super-fans, devoted or casual. In Bendis' new mythology, Krypton was destroyed by Rogol Zaar, an alien with a genocidal hatred for the Kryptonian people. While the idea of a crazed, racist strongman is not a bad start for crafting a villain, Bendis never gave Rogol Zaar any further definition or motivation for his actions.

He did, however, attempt to establish Rogol Zaar as a worth enemy by having him destroy The Bottle City of Kandor. Effectively, there was little dif..

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DC Cuts Ties with Diamond Comic Distributors
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In a seismic shift for the comic book industry, DC has cut ties with Diamond Comic Distributors. The announcement was made via an email to retailers sent Friday morning, with the company telling customers that all orders for DC product will be fulfilled by Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors for periodical releases and Penguin Random House for graphic novels and collected editions.

An email sent to retailers explained, “We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momentous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC's distribution plans has not been made lightly and follows a long period of thought and consideration. The change of direction is in line with DC's overall strategic vision intended to improve the health of, and strengthen, the Direct Market as well as grow the number of fans who read comics worldwide.”

The message continued, “In the near term, Diamond will only be fulfilling orders placed through June 1 Final Order Cut-Off and will not solicit the sale of new DC titles further. To ensure a smooth transition for retailers, DC will suspend Final Order Cut-Off for June 8, making those books available to order on Final Order Cut-Off on June 15.”

A spokesperson from DC told The Hollywood Reporter, “After 25 years, DC and Diamond Comic Distributors are ending their long-standing relationship. Moving forward, comic book retailers can obtain their DC books from Penguin Random House, or their books and periodicals through Lunar or UCS comic book distributors. DC c..

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Comic Store In Your Future – Are You Sure We Have One?
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There are a lot of potential projects that could get people excited. Will the various publishers be able to get new projects going that will bring new excitement? I hope they can. What are we able to do to bring back the excitement of coming to the store? It is a tough question. Our gaming events are cancelled for at least the whole month of June, maybe longer. Magic: The Gathering sales seem as hot as ever, the lack of gaming nights has not hurt the product. Rod Deals sales are missed though having a crowded store currently is not practical.

We have been hyping New DC Comics Tuesdays. They have been a hit. Magic sales have been great. Back issue sales have been fantastic. With the lack of new Marvel titles, we have been hyping Marvel back issues and having success. People miss buying Marvel and are able to fill the void with back issues. We posted Deadpool #1 from 1993 on our Facebook page. It is Deadpool's first solo comic. We ended up selling four copies. Yes, it's not that many copies though for $9.99 each it is good sales wise. People wanted Deadpool reading material.

Am I worried? The handful of titles Marvel did release last week, did not sell as well as they did before we shut down to put it mildly. Amazing Spider-man surprised me with its drop. Venom sold better because of the various variant covers for the issue. Though it still did not sell as well as I had hoped. For Star Wars Doctor Aphra it currently looks like the re-launch is a dud, at least for us. I had hoped it would do well and the rumo..

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DC Cuts Ties with Diamond Comic Distributors
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In a seismic shift for the comic book industry, DC has cut ties with Diamond Comic Distributors. The announcement was made via an email to retailers sent Friday morning, with the company telling customers that all orders for DC product will be fulfilled by Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors for periodical releases and Penguin Random House for graphic novels and collected editions.

An email sent to retailers explained, “We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momentous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC's distribution plans has not been made lightly and follows a long period of thought and consideration. The change of direction is in line with DC's overall strategic vision intended to improve the health of, and strengthen, the Direct Market as well as grow the number of fans who read comics worldwide.”

The message continued, “In the near term, Diamond will only be fulfilling orders placed through June 1 Final Order Cut-Off and will not solicit the sale of new DC titles further. To ensure a smooth transition for retailers, DC will suspend Final Order Cut-Off for June 8, making those books available to order on Final Order Cut-Off on June 15.”

A spokesperson from DC told The Hollywood Reporter, “After 25 years, DC and Diamond Comic Distributors are ending their long-standing relationship. Moving forward, comic book retailers can obtain their DC books from Penguin Random House, or their books and periodicals through Lunar or UCS comic book distributors. DC continues to be committed to providing the Direct Market with best in class service and the ..

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DC Cuts Ties with Diamond Comic Distributors
via hollywoodreporter.com

In a seismic shift for the comic book industry, DC has cut ties with Diamond Comic Distributors. The announcement was made via an email to retailers sent Friday morning, with the company telling customers that all orders for DC product will be fulfilled by Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors for periodical releases and Penguin Random House for graphic novels and collected editions.

An email sent to retailers explained, “We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momentous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC's distribution plans has not been made lightly and follows a long period of thought and consideration. The change of direction is in line with DC's overall strategic vision intended to improve the health of, and strengthen, the Direct Market as well as grow the number of fans who read comics worldwide.”

The message continued, “In the near term, Diamond will only be fulfilling orders placed through June 1 Final Order Cut-Off and will not solicit the sale of new DC titles further. To ensure a smooth transition for retailers, DC will suspend Final Order Cut-Off for June 8, making those books available to order on Final Order Cut-Off on June 15.”

A spokesperson from DC told The Hollywood Reporter, “After 25 years, DC and Diamond Comic Distributors are ending their long-standing relationship. Moving forward, comic book retailers can obtain their DC books from Penguin Random House, or their book..

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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.