How Many Flaming Birds Do You Want to See? Marvel Variant Covers in December

When all else fails, bring back a beloved “no, really, they’re dead for real and always” character. Marvel, as part of its Legacy initiative to beg for those old fans who still have the habit of dropping too much money at the comic shop weekly to come back, is putting out Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey at the end of December, a “new epic featuring the return of adult Jean Grey”. (She’s been dead for a decade, which […]

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The Harcourt Legacy Preview

The Harcourt Legacy is a three-issue miniseries with a classic premise: a dying elderly relative wills magic to an unsuspecting, outcast teen. But I like the attitude on display in the art and writing, based on these preview poges. Plus, I have a fondness for snarky girls named Violet. It’s written by Brendan Cahill and illustrated by Jason Federhenn. Here’s the setup: Occultist Edward Harcourt is dying, and he wants to pass along his secrets. His intended heir is his […]

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Titan Comics Seizes on Current Events to Promote Fighting American Launch

On July 4, Titan Comics (a British company, interestingly) released the following teaser poster to promote the October launch of Fighting American, a property created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1954. It’s clearly intended to tweak Marvel Comics, whose big summer event is titled “Secret Empire” and features Captain America brainwashed into being part of a Nazi-inspired group. Fighting American was created by the men who originally created Captain America because they no longer owned their first idea. […]

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Mega Princess Collection Out This Week – Preview Pages!

If you’re looking for a fun, exciting, all-ages title, be sure to check out Mega Princess. Written by Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, Hawkeye), illustrated by Brianne Drouhard, and published by Boom! Studios, it’s a fairy tale with a modern sensibility. Princess Max (short for Maxine) gets the powers of all the other princesses, but she really wants to be a detective. She gets a chance to combine both these aspects when her baby brother, Prince Bobs, is kidnapped. […]

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The Art of Harley Quinn Coming From Insight Editions

Due out this November is an art book dedicated to the second-hottest DC character currently (after Wonder Woman). The Art of Harley Quinn promises to cover “the complete history of the Harley Quinn comics” with “the most iconic covers and panels in Harley Quinn’s history” and feature “over a decade’s worth of artwork” and “exclusive interviews with the writers and artists who have brought Harley Quinn to life.” It’s written by Andrew Farago, curator of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, […]

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More Covers and Concept for Fighting American Relaunch

As announced earlier this month, Titan Comics is bringing Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Fighting American back to the stands. Now they’ve sent out the flock of variant covers (because everyone counts on selling different versions of the same content to make series financially possible these days) and elaborated on the concept. As written by Gordon Rennie with art by Duke Mighten, this is going to be a culture clash/time travel premise. When the 1950s heroes find themselves trapped in […]

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A Visual History of Catwoman’s Costumes

These are always fun! This history of Catwoman’s costumes below is tied to the 25th anniversary of the Batman Returns movie, which starred Michelle Pfieffer in a radical reinvention of what previously was most often a purple dress (and potentially influenced by the 1960s TV show outfit). The black catsuit, with tweaks, hung around until present day. But I’d rather just think of Catwoman as symbolic of what female comic characters have gone through over the years, what with the […]

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Another Reason to Own Your Art

Marvel’s latest “let’s sell comics as collectibles instead of stories” alternate-cover scheme is rather blatant in the way it’s cashing in. Jim Lee, who’s currently a higher-up at competitor DC comics, illustrated some trading cards for Marvel about 20 years ago. Now, they’re reprinting the work in July as a series of 29 variant covers on the following comics. All-New Wolverine #22 (Archangel) Amazing Spider-Man #30 (Bishop) Avengers #9 (Mystique) Black Panther #16 (Storm) Cable #3 (Cable) Captain America: Steve […]

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