After battling evil-doers in an alternate comic book line, a popular biracial version of Spider-Man is getting a promotion to the official Marvel Comics universe.
The first issue of the relaunched “Spider-Man” hits comic stores, tablets and smartphones this fall with more fanfare than a typical new series, because the hero under the mask is Miles Morales, the teen son of an African-American father and Puerto Rican mother.
“Many kids of color who when they were playing superheroes with their friends, their friends wouldn’t let them be Batman or Superman because they don’t look like those heroes but they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be under that mask,” says writer and co-creator Brian Bendis. “But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
The character has been around since 2011, replacing the murdered Peter Parker in Marvel’s offshoot “Ultimate” line and gained a sizeable following, but the “real” Spider-Man has kept patrolling the company’s main titles.
It won’t happen on the big screen anytime soon, but the clamoring didn’t go unheeded. When the publisher opted to fold its Ultimate line this summer in their event series “Secret Wars,” Morales landed a permanent home — alongside a mentor in the grownup, genuine Peter Parker.
The Miles Morales Spider-Man has been around since 2011, replacing the murdered Peter Parker in Marvel’s ‘Ultimate’ line.
MARVEL The Miles Morales Spider-Man has been around since 2011, replacing the murdered Peter Parker in Marvel’s ‘Ultimate’ line.
“Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else,” says Bendis of the series which is drawn by artist Sarah Pichelli.
The move is part of a recent push across the industry to add a little more color of a different variety to the splash pages of superhero books to appeal to a much more diverse readership.
Marvel has already surprised fans by introducing a female Thor and having an African-American hero, The Falcon, taking over the mantle as Captain America. And one of the publisher’s breakout hits in the last two years has been Ms. Marvel, a Muslim teen girl.
The enormity of Miles Morales’ place in comic book history didn’t really hit Bendis, a father who has two kids of color among his four children, until recently. His 4-year-old adopted African-American daughter found a Miles Morales Spidey mask in the toy aisle of a department store, put it on and said, “Look daddy, I’m Spider-Man!” he recalls.
“I started crying in the middle of the aisle,” says Bendis. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor.”
Marvel has announced via Entertainment Weekly another new series entering “All-New All-Different Marvel”: Doctor Strange by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo. EW describes the upcoming series as a “reinvention” of the Sorcerer Supreme, and one that will explore him “deeper” than previous stories.
“We wanted a Doctor Strange who was always having to work for what he gets, and to show that when he shows up and uses his powers, it’s not like Captain America throwing his shield or Thor throwing his hammer,” Aaron tells EW. “Strange has to worry about repercussions that those other heroes don’t have to worry about, because he’s a Sorcerer Supreme. We’re talking about the forces of magic. So whatever he does has repressions.”
This is the first ongoing series for Doctor Strange since the cancellation of his last ongoing in 1996, and comes as Marvel Studios is beginning pre-production on a Doctor Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch to be released November 4, 2016.
“But I like that we’re getting to kind of rebuild Doctor Strange from the ground up,” Aaron says. “I think what we’re doing speaks to what made Doctor Strange cool and unique in the Marvel Universe. Even back in the 1960s when he first appeared, he was kind of the first guy who dealt with the occult and the mystical in Marvel. So I like that it sets him off from the other heroes we know. Really, the story that begins in Doctor Strange #1 is just the beginning—the beginning of one big arc that will really redefine who Doctor Strange is and what his status quo is going forward.”
Aaron and Bachalo have worked together previously such as on the launch of the Wolverine & The X-Men series in 2011. Here is sketches from Bachalo posted by EW:
This is exciting news people!
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Hey Gang, June 2015 is a big month for DC Comics, and with it comes a variant cover theme celebrating one of its very biggest villains — the Joker.
If your interested in ordering a specific “Joker” cover for DC June 2015 Joker Variant Cover Month please use the from below. Print it out and drop it off at your local collected to get the books ordered for you.
Here’s a look at all of the Joker variants planned for June:
“Action Comics” #41 by Darwin Cooke
Aquaman” #41 by Walter Simonson and Laura Martin
“Batgirl” #41 by Rafael Albuquerque
“Batman” #41 by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth
”Batman/Superman” #21 by Jock
“Catwoman” #41 by Javier Pulido
“Deathstroke” #7 by Lee Weeks and R&T Horie
”Detective Comics” #41 by Patrick Gleason and John Kalisz
“Gotham Academy” #7 by Craig Rousseau
“Gotham By Midnight” by John Van Fleet ”
Grayson” #9 by Dave Johnson
”Green Arrow” #41 by Bill Sienkiewicz
”Green Lantern” #41 by Ben Oliver
”Harley Quinn” #17 by Eduardo Risso
“Justice League” #41 by David Finch & Jonathan Glapion and Brad Anderson
“Justice League of America” #1 by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi
”Lobo” #7 by Neil Edwards & Jay Leisten and Jeromy Cox
”New Suicide Squad” #9 by Jim Lee and Alex Sinclair
”Secret Six” #3 by Dan Jurgens & Danny Miki and Alex Sinclair
“Sinestro” #12 by Joshua Middleton
”Superman” #41 by Karl Kerschl
“Superman/Wonder Woman” #18 by Cliff Chiang
“Teen Titans” #9 by Scott McDaniel and R&T Horie
“The Flash” #41 by Eddy Barrows and Marcelo Maiol o
“Wonder Woman” #41 by Brian Bolland
Welcome to Task Force Collected, recruit… now pay attention! We have intelligence that indicates the upcoming Suicide Squad movie could be the breakout sleeper hit of DC’s upcoming wave of new films. It has mega starpower in Will Smith and Jared Leto, fan-favorite character Harley Quinn’s big-screen debut, and a wealth of great comic stories to mine for material. Are you skeptical that a non ”A-list” title that lacks mainstream name recognition and relies on an ensemble cast of fairly obscure characters can compete with the comic book box office big boys? Tell it to Guardians of the Galaxy, pal.
Your mission, recruit, is simple — Our reconnaissance has identified a classified list of highly sensitive collectible issues relating to the Suicide Squad and its key individual mission. You are to procure one or more of these comic books from the Collected Web Store and keep them safe. Don’t worry; this isn’t Task Force X — should you fail this mission, you won’t blow up… but the prices on the comics probably will the closer we get to the movie release! Act now, and good luck.
Suicide Squad (vol. 1) #1 – First ever Suicide Squad solo issue! (click HERE to purchase this item from our web store)
Detective Comics #474 – First modern appearance of Deadshot! (click HERE to purchase this item from our web store)
Legends (aka DC Legends) #1 – First appearance of Amanda Waller! (click HERE to purchase this item from our web store)
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Hey Gang, we are proud to present to you the most up to date checklist for Marvel’s MEGA SUMMER EVENT, ‘SECRET WARS’. The Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe will combine in the inciting incident of “Secret Wars,” in an “incursion” as described in Hickman’s “Avengers” and “New Avengers” run. The end result is Battleworld, which has been previously partly revealed by a series of teaser images drawing off of past Marvel history — and it’s not just those two prominent universes that will be colliding.
The Ultimate Universe, the Marvel Universe, they’re going to slap together. Imagine two pizzas: They’re going to combine toppings, some toppings are going to drop off. And that is the Marvel Universe moving forward. It’s more than the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe, it’s all the universes you can imagine. That is the Marvel Universe going forward.”
Once you hit ‘Secret Wars’ #1, there’s no Marvel Universe, there’s no Ultimate Universe. “It’s all Battleworld. None of these stories are What Ifs are alternate reality stories, and they will have legs. They will impart new things into the NEW Marvel Universe going forward.
To ensure that you get EVERY new SECRET WARS titles that you want print out the CHECKLIST below, fill it out, and drop it off at your local Collected Comics & Games and have these titles held for you!
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Inspired by classic Warner Bros. movie posters, DC Comics’ newest batch of variant covers are fun, imaginative…and NOT coming to a theater near you but instead your LOCAL COMICS SHOP! Whether it’s Supergirl realizing that she’s not on Krypton anymore, Aquaman fighting to Free Willy, Batgirl ready to lead the Revolution (just think about it for a moment) or the Justice League…well, it’s best to just see that one for yourself.
These clever movie poster mashups are the most recent in our series of monthly variant cover themes. Previous themes include monsters in October, LEGO in November and this month’s amazing Darwyn Cooke variants. In January, we’ll be featuring variant covers that pay tribute to the Flash’s 75th Anniversary, while Harley Quinn steals the stage in February. Look for the 22 movie poster variant covers at your local comic shop in March, 2015.
Hey Gang, If your interested in ordering a specific “DC Movie Poster Variant” cover for DC’s “MARCH 2015 Movie Poster Variant Month” please use the from below. Print it out and drop it off at your local Collected Comics & Games to let us know which covers you want ordered.
ACTION COMICS #40 inspired by BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, with cover art by Joe Quinones
AQUAMAN #40 inspired by FREE WILLY, with cover art by Richard Horie
BATGIRL #40 inspired by PURPLE RAIN, with cover art by Cliff Chiang
BATMAN #40 inspired by THE MASK, with cover art by Dave Johnson
BATMAN & ROBIN #40 inspired by HARRY POTTER, with cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #20 inspired by THE FUGITIVE, with cover art by Tony Harris
CATWOMAN #40 inspired by BULLITT, with cover art by Dave Johnson
DETECTIVE COMICS #40 inspired by THE MATRIX, with cover art by Brian Stelfreeze
FLASH #40 inspired by NORTH BY NORTHWEST, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
HARLEY QUINN #16 inspired by JAILHOUSE ROCK, with cover art by Dave Johnson
GRAYSON #8 inspired by ENTER THE DRAGON, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
GREEN LANTERN #40 inspired by 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, with cover art by Tony Harris
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40 inspired by FORBIDDEN PLANET, with cover cover art by Tony Harris
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #10 inspired by MARS ATTACKS, with cover art by Marco D’Alphonso
JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 inspired by MAGIC MIKE, with cover art by Emanuela Lupacchino
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #40 inspired by BEETLEJUICE, with cover art by Joe Quinones
TEEN TITANS #8 inspired by THE LOST BOYS, with cover art by Alex Garner
SINESTRO #11 inspired by WESTWORLD, with cover art by Dave Johnson
SUPERGIRL #40 inspired by WIZARD OF OZ, with cover art by Marco D’Alphonso
SUPERMAN #40 inspired by SUPER FLY, with cover art by Dave Johnson
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #17 inspired cover by GONE WITH THE WIND, with art by Gene Ha
WONDER WOMAN #40 inspired by 300, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
Syfy has announced the pulpy adventure comic FIVE GHOSTS by Image Comics is in development as a TV series to be produced by Universal Cable Productions, Black Mask Studios, and BenderSpink. The pilot is being written by Evan Daugherty (Snow White And The Huntsman, Divergent, TMNT) based on the critically acclaimed comic series by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, about a 1930s era treasure hunter possessed by five literary ghosts (Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi, and Dracula) whose unique abilities he can draw on during his adventures. The series will be executive produced by BenderSpink and Black Mask. Black Mask’s Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz will co-executive produce with BenderSpink’s executive producers Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and producer Jake Wagner.
Five Ghosts is an ongoing comic book series created by writer Frank J. Barbiere and illustrator Chris Mooneyham and published by Image Comics. The tale of a 1930s-era treasure hunter possessed by five literary ghosts (Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi, and Dracula), the comic was launched as a successfully self-published Kickstarter in April 2012, picked up by Image Comics at New York Comic Con in October 2012, and debuted in comic shops in March 2013 where it sold through multiple printings of its initial 5-issue mini-series. After release of its collected Volume 1 in September 2013, Five Ghosts expanded into an ongoing series. The New York Times called it a “great series… part of a creative renaissance” and Newsarama called it “that next big thing.” Five Ghosts Volume 2 was released in July 2014.
Come by Collected and pick up the Five Ghosts trades now and catch up on this awesome story!