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And Finally… What If Jouaquin Phoenix Was Wolverine?

From Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming film, Inherent Vice….  

The Return Of Batman’s Aunt Harriet, To Gotham Academy

There are many thing to enjoy about the new DC comic Gotham Academy. But one is, momentarily, the return of Aunt Harriet to the DC after thirty-five years. Aunt Harriet, first appeared in 1964 in Detective Comics #328  created by Bill …

Cannabis Puts Harley Quinn At The Top Of The Advance Reorder Charts

Greetings from the coal face of the direct comics market. Where retailers try to increase their orders of certain comics ahead of sale. Where supply and demand and most accurately reflected, where you can see which books are hot, where …

Chantella Viala, The Rob Granito Of Canada?

This is Canadian artist Chantella Viala working on a painting. She is clearly a talented artist. But might she want to acknowledge the “inspiration” for some of her pieces? As she says, Everyday Chantella is currently working on new, unique pieces …

X-Factor Gets X-Voted?

Quicksilver – I’m sorry, Pietro Maximoff – will appear in the new movie, Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Which means that, yes, he will be joining the Avengers in their comic book as well. Which, yes, will coincide with the end …

Speculator Corner: Speedball #1 Out Of The Quarter Box And Into Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Speedball, created by Steve Ditko, ran in his own series for ten issues in 1988 until it was cancelled. Robbie Baldwin, teenager, transformed into a cosmic singularity, a kinetic energy field of bounciness. The character was then resurrected for the …

43 Thoughts About 43 Comics – The Walking Dead, Fantastic Four, Justice League, Action Comics, Alex + Ada, Nailbiter, Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust, Morning Glories, Batman Eternal, Miracleman, Men Of Wrath, Cerebus, Adventure Time, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Death Of Wolverine, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Guardians 3000, Uncanny Avengers, Lobo, Damnation, Edge Of Spider-Verse, Winter Soldier, Batman/Superman, Gotham Academy, Chaos, Angry Birds, Fiction Squad, Regular Show, X-Files, Kill Shakespeare, Holmes/Houdini, Rogue Trooper, TMNT, Cutter, Witchblade, Vampirella, Suicide Risk, Mercy Thompson, Cloaks, Woods And War Cry

Well, X-Files Year Zero, I just bought some comic books. Let’s see what’s going on? Well, we seem to have another confluence between Marvel and DC, with the Justice League and the Fantastic Four looking at the good guys and …

DC’s Batman Comic Jumps To Five Bucks An Issue

The already-solicited issues of Batman #35-37, beginning the Endgame storyline, are increasing in size. To thirty pages of story each issue. And, as a result, the price of Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, will be increasing from $3.99 to …

The Big Reveals Of Today’s Thor And Captain America That We All Knew About Two Months Ago (SUPPOSEDLY SPOILERS)

Today, Marvel Comics publish Thor #1 and Captain America #25. The later has the following cover. Which may be surprising if you hadn’t watched the Colbert Report. Or read a newspaper. Or read the announcements online. Or even read Bleeding …

Today’s Futures End Brings You… The Blood Moon (SPOILERS)

We have left the September Futures End month behind us, but last week’s New 52: Futures End, Booster Gold and especially Superman: Doomed #2 all lead into one book. New 52: Futures End #22, out today. Brainiac landing… somewhere. Encountering splinters …

How To Read Twenty-Three Pages Of Matt Fraction And Chip Zdarsky Sex Tips. Why, That’s Down To You

I think I should just run the press release. Seriously, it’s by far the best way to do this. This November, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, creators of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning bestselling Image Comics series SEX CRIMINALS, will …

A Modest Proposal For An Alternative To Those Sexist DC Comics T-Shirts

A shirt can say an awful lot about you. As identifying markers, there’s little to beat them. They are the equivalent of your own personal thought bubbles placed across your chest. Which is why they can also be such hot …

Those Marvel Future Tripod Thingies Return In Uncanny X-Men #33 (UPDATED)

  From the Brian Bendis interview at CBR… with art by Andrea Sorrentino. Don’t they look familiar? We’ve been seeing them in the future of the Marvel Universe for at least four years now… From Captain America Reborn … Brian Bendis’ Avengers …   And Invincible …

The New Women Of Marvel Comics?

We mentioned Nicole Perlman as the new writer of a new Gamora comic book from Marvel, earlier today. But she’s not the only woman being tapped to work on Marvel Comics projects, currently dominated by male writers. Two other writers with …

All The Wytches #1 Covers – And Where You Can Get All Of Them (UPDATE)

Scott Snyder and Jock‘s Wytches is launching from Image Comics – and it comes with such an array of exclusive comic book covers… we’re trying to work out who has got what. Any help for the last two? Francesco Francavilla …

Weaponising Kitty Pryde In The Death Of Wolverine

Kitty Pryde was the X-Man who just walked through the Danger Room.   With the power to phase herself out of synch with reality, she could alk through anything, disrupting electrical equipment as she did so. She could also phase …

Spider-Gwen Will Appear In Spider-Woman.. And Beyond

Jason Latour talked about the future of the Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman who seems to have made quite an impact after her appearance in the Edge Of Spiderverse multidimensional crossover.  I’m not involved in the grander strokes of “Spider-Verse,” so I don’t …

Lance Fensterman Teases New Line Of Toys For NYCC, And Amy Reeder Designs Anti-Harassment Signs

Lance Fensterman is a busy guy right now. Group Vice President of Reed Exhibitions, the New York Comic Con has been his baby from the beginning. And this year, it’s having babies of its own, extending across ten days as …