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Marvel NOW! Official Titles, He-Man/Thundercats & more! – Top Comic Stories of the Week

Now it is time you join me for my second top comic story installment of the week. If you missed the first one click at New Female Iron Man, Unworthy Thor & more! – Top Comic Stories of the Week.

1. More Marvel NOW! Titles

Marvel Comics signals 3 series that will come out of the Marvel NOW! umbrella. One of these series is Infamous Iron Man. Infamous Iron Man will be about Victor von Doom becoming the brand new Iron Man. So now we have 2 Iron Men (Riri Williams), 3 Captain Americas (Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers,  Danielle Cage), 2 Thors (Jane Foster, Odinson), 2 Spider-Men (Miles Morales, Peter Parker), and still 2 Hulks (Amadeus Cho and Bruce Banner). How did this happen? We are getting new characters but they aren’t becoming original ones. You could’ve made Riri Iron Maiden or Iron Woman, but you just need to use that ‘Iron Man’ name to sell more. Doctor Doom becoming the new Iron Man sounds cool and could be something unique. Guess what? We’re also getting more than 1 Doctor Strange because the second series to come out of this announcement is Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers of Supreme. It sounds cool but now it seems like we’re getting 2 of everything which isn’t really original in my opinion. A new character that is getting a series though is Solo. With actual brand series like Solo I will try to support all of those unless it’s a non-original title with great talent, but other than that originals is all I am dedicating to. I am a guy who wants new characters. Now which of the 3 do you think is the best? (FYI, Marvel only released 1/3 images for the series)

Plus, Solo seems like a cool character

2. BOOM! Studios Partners with DCBS

Boom! Studios will partner up with Discount Comic Book Service to handle the publisher’s online service for consumers who don’t have a comic book store near them. So if you think your comic book store is too far DCBS is your answer. DCBS has partnered with Image Comics as well. I never heard of this thing until now and honestly I will probably start to use it. The store has so many good deals (50% discounts, etc.) so here is a link to the site: https://www.dcbservice.com/  Check it out. Everything is on this site! It’s amazing (includes Marvel and DC)! Once I visited it I couldn’t believe what I was missing out on. Currently almost every comic is on sale (including trade paperbacks).

“We’re thrilled to partner with the team at DCBS. Their dedication to customer service and rapid, accurate fulfillment is second-to-none,” said Filip Sablik, BOOM!’s President of Publishing and Marketing. “By partnering with Cameron, Christina, and the rest of the team at DCBS, even fans who don’t have a local comic shop near them worldwide will be able to enjoy all of our great titles.”

3. He-Man/ Thundercats Crossover

Yes you heard me right DC Comics will have a He-Man and Thundercats crossover for the first time in history! That’s crazy. The 6-issue limited series is coming out this October 5th with it being written by Mattel Head Writer and Masters of the Universe Lead Creative Rob David and Supervising Producer Lloyd Goldfine. The series in penciled by Freddie E. Williams II who just drew Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It seems he is a fan of crossovers, too. Here is the official solicitation synopsis:

“He-Man and the Masters of the Universe team up with the ThunderCats—the epic crossover event you’ve waited thirty years to see! In his ever-living desire to destroy the mighty ThunderCats, Mumm-Ra quests for a weapon that can rival the legendary Sword of Omens: He-Man’s Sword of Power! But his dimension-spanning scheme kick starts a cataclysmic crisis that will embroil heroes and villains—Masters, Mutants and ThunderCats—in a mind-blowing six-part saga!”

4. Captain Marvel 2017 Relaunch

Another relaunch of a character just because they got a status quo…..<sigh> I’m sorry. You’re probably tired of me complaining about these avoidable #1’s so let’s just get into the news. According to the Hollywood Reporter Marvel got on a bestselling Young Adult book writer, Margaret Stohl on for Captain Marvel who has little experience in comic books. I don’t see this as a problem since they got Coates on for the Black Panther relaunch in April and although I wasn’t a fan of it, many others were. In fact the series sold 235K copies for Marvel comics for the month of April, alone. Carol Danvers was called to become the most popular hero known after Civil War II. 

“She will be one of the most popular heroes on the planet—but that’s not something she is very comfortable with,” said Stohl. “And of course she’s lost a lot of folks that she’s loved so she has to cope with that, too. That being said, she still has a job to do as commander of the Alpha Flight. Her latest mission being recruiting and training new cadets (which will give us some fun supporting cast members). It’ll also bring with it a mysterious danger that will threaten everything Carol has built.”

Are you excited? I am, but you know what my problem is <cough>she just had a relaunch THIS past March <cough>.

5. Death of X is a Prequel

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The X-Men event of this Fall is Death of X. We didn’t get much news on it, only speculation. We heard all the mutants will die out, but Marvel just let us know it will be a prequel to the current X-Men comics and a direct sequel to Secret Wars. For those who aren’t keeping up with the X-Men side of comics allow me to fill you in. When the ‘All-New All-Different Marvel’ relaunch happened LAST YEAR all the titles took time 8 months after Secret Wars. This will fill in the gap and inform us how Cyclops died (or if he even died), why is the Terrigen Mist killing mutants, along with other unanswered questions. This will be the (intense music) INHUMANS VS X-MEN!!!! Sounds cool. It will be a 4 issue limited series (2 issues come October and 2 in November) and it will have men such as Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire and Aaron Kuder on it. Next!

6. Cage! Limited Series

It is that time of the week when we see the attempt of comics trying to establish themselves more with the films and TV shows. A new comic book by Genndy Tartakovsky is coming just in time for the Netflix TV show Luke Cage to come out. The series is coming in October and will be called Cage!. The writer has experience in a lot of non-comic book works like Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai JackHotel Transylvania and it what I found interesting about this series is that it takes time in the 70s which will be interesting to see judging how that culture looked way different than it does now. If I had to be honest with everyone this series looks amazing and I am saying that purely judging by that one page (look below). How can you not like what you’re seeing? Calling it now, the series will be huge during the award season in 2017. This looks awesome! 

7. June Comic Book Success

The early 2016 comic book sales were really lacking in sales in comparison to 2015. It was a disappointing year, but then Civil War II and DC Rebirth came out fixing all that. The two big events for the Big Two garnered $58.6 million in just June making it the “best month for comic books in 20+ years” according to the trusted ComiChron.

DC’s shares are closer to Marvel’s than ever before in both retail & dollar shares stats!

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 40.08%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.93%
IMAGE COMICS 7.88%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.22%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.81%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.23%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.45%
TITAN COMICS 1.09%
VIZ MEDIA 0.97%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.75%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.58%

“The single month’s orders nearly eclipsed last June’s by nearly $10 million and nearly erased the Direct Market’s losses to date through 2016. Comics shop market orders for the year stand at about $280 million, versus $282 million in the first half of 2015,” said John Jackson Miller, the owner of ComiChron.com who has tracked comic book sales for over 20 years. He continued by saying,  “Marvel’s Civil War II #1 led the new comics charts, and by the increase in comics unit sales this month — nearly 20% — we can expect that a large number, if not all, of the top 10 titles may wind up over 100,000 copies. By placing ahead of DC’s Batman #1 at $2.99, the $5.99 60-page Civil War II #1 issue is further expected to bring in more than twice the revenue.”

UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 44.17%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 31.69%
IMAGE COMICS 7.64%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.15%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.18%
DARK HORSE COMICS 1.76%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.17%
TITAN COMICS 1.07%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.84%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.55%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.79%

If this is true, and if all comics in Top 10 did sell above 100,000 copies than that would be so good to see for the humble comic book industry. We will have to wait for about week to see if this is true.  Thanks to June, comics almost caught up with last year’s figure sales and the year hasn’t ended yet with Marvel NOW! being the way.

Well here are all the main and most important comic book news of this week. I did say there would be a lot of Marvel news due to the huge Marvel NOW! announcement coming this upcoming week on Wednesday so fourtunetly or unfortunetly (depending who you are) there will be even more Marvel news. That’s right, Wednesday is the day I decide if I am for or against Marvel NOW! so expect even more of Marvel. I like how Marvel announced some series before their big announcement so those series such as U.S. Avengers, Great Lake Avengers or Cage! wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle of the hype attention.

Anyway you know what to do. Follow my blog as it motivates me to create more comic book content and like this post if you enjoyed yourself while reading it for at least a second. See ya, and Comic Booger is where you stick by. (<I tried to bust a cool rhyme 😦 )

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Olaf Lesniak View All

I am a comic book geek! I love comic books! #1 fan right here.

3 thoughts on “Marvel NOW! Official Titles, He-Man/Thundercats & more! – Top Comic Stories of the Week Leave a comment

  1. I happen to live in the city that DCBS is located in and their brick and mortar store is my local comic book shop. they have such amazing deals and super friendly staff. I’m good friends with the owners daughter as well.

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  2. Yeah InStock is great as well. They’ve kinda spoiled me to the point where I have a hard time buying comics anywhere else because they are so cheap. When I pre-order I often get comics 40%-60% off cover price for new comics.

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