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    Marvel Comics to ‘Reinvent’ DOCTOR STRANGE

    doctor-strange-01Marvel 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!

    NEW HULK & WOLVERINE, ULTIMATE U’S FATE: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL

    marvel logoFollowing last night’s reveal of the first teaser for the “All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe,” a number of interviews with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso have popped up online — like at Entertainment Weekly, NY Post, USA Today, NY Daily News and Fast Company — that feature more insight into what’s in store for the MU post-“Secret Wars.”

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    Here’s a rundown of what we know so far about what’s coming up for the House of Ideas.

    • “All-New, All-Different Marvel” will feature around 60 new #1s, all designed to be jumping-on points for new readers.

    • These new #1s will take place eight months after the end of “Secret Wars” and feature very different status quos for the characters: “[W]hen we pick up after the event with #1s, the goal is that some time will have past and all your favorite characters will be in a new place,” teased Alonso.

    •Alonso also made it clear that this is not a hard reboot of the Marvel Universe, telling the NY Post that they are not “throwing away decades of history… There may be some new characters. There may be some changes to the relationships. But it’s the Marvel Universe. It’s just the next chapter.” In the NY Daily News interview, he bluntly states, “This is not a reboot.”

    • There will be an all-new Hulk: “I’ll go ahead and tell you the Marvel Universe is about to see the arrival of an All-New Hulk — not a Hulk that you’ve seen before,” Alonso told EW. “And this development is deeply rooted in story. I am personally excited about it and its ramifications and it’s a fascinating story that I think Bruce Banner fans will definitely want to read.”

    • A new Spider-Man and Wolverine will emerge: “You’ll also see the arrival of a new Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe and you’ll also see — spoiler alert — a Wolverine emerge on the scene,” said Alonso. “I’m not going to say who, but a Wolverine that is certain to provoke reactions.”

    • The new Wolverine won’t necessarily be Logan, and Fast Company’s interview states that Alonso wouldn’t comment further on the X-Men’s status in the new MU. In the NY Daily News interview, however, Alonso “bristles” at the idea that Marvel is downplaying the X-Men because their movie rights belong with Fox. “I need to sell a lot of X-Men comics to keep my job, trust me!,” said Alonso in the NY Daily News piece. “We have very big plans for Wolverine.”

    • Additionally, Iron Man will sport a new suit of armor.

    • The line makeover will see the high profile return of Red Wolf, a Native American Marvel character from the ’70s who will play a part in the upcoming “Secret Wars” series “1872.”

    • New additions won’t be limited to just characters, as Alonso told NY Post: “Look for an influx of really fun, new stuff in the Marvel Universe. It could be an artifact of great power. It could be a region.”

    • Both Sam Wilson’s Captain America and Jane Foster’s Thor are sticking around.

    • Ms. Marvel will remain a vital part of the Marvel U: “She [Kamala Khan] is Peter Parker for the 21st century,” Alonso told EW. “Peter Parker can be a 16-year-old Pakistani girl from Jersey City. If her story is universal, then people are going to come and read it. If it feels true, if it resonates, people are going to come.”

    • The NY Post notes that some characters will switch teams, using the Avengers and X-Men as an example. Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day flip-book hinted at this already, featuring Johnny Storm/Human Torch as a member of the Inhumans.

    • Writers involved include Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Mark Waid, Dan Slott, Charles Soule, G. Willow Wilson and Jeff Lemire. No artists have yet been named.

    • The Marvel Universe will be shifting towards a season model reminiscent of TV: “I think that the comics industry — certainly, we are — slowly working into a season model that’s not too unlike what we see in our favorite cable TV shows: a seasonal model that offers accessible entry points for new readers and is respectful of long-term fans,” explained Alonso. “We did Marvel NOW! and All-New Marvel NOW!, which were both two very successful campaigns. And this is the latest campaign.”

    • The Fast Company interview states that an undisclosed number of Ultimate Universe characters will be a part of the new Marvel Universe; Miles Morales’ inclusion in the teaser art alludes to this, but Alonso states that he’d rather “leave to speculation” whether or not the Ultimate Spidey joins the MU. That said, the FCBD “Avengers” story did feature Miles as a member of the team.

    • Alonso also commented on the publisher’s relationship with the movies in the NY Daily News interview: “We are under no pressure to fall in line [with the films]. All those movies started on the comic page, and with the freedoms creators had to bend the universe — and occasionally break it.”

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    Pictured in the teaser art to the left are:

    • Doctor Spectrum of the Great Society, a holdover from Jonathan Hickman’s “Avengers” run.

    • Citizen V — originally the “heroic” alter ego of Baron Zemo — in his original Thunderbolts uniform.

    • Thing and Rocket Raccoon, sporting matching Guardians of the Galaxy team uniforms.

    • While it may not look like him, Marvel has confirmed that that is the Inhuman Karnak rocking a street-level look.

    • Hyperion, another prominent player in Jonathan Hickman’s recently concluded “Avengers” epic.

    • “Inhuman” protagonist Inferno and, just on the other side of Iron Man, an unchanged Inhuman ruler Medusa.

    • Daredevil sporting a new black and red costume, possibly a nod to the dark duds the Man Without Fear wore in his Netflix series.

    • X-23 — confirmed by Marvel — in her new Wolverine-esque suit.

    • Star-Lord, same as before “Secret Wars”.

    • A mostly unchanged Doctor Strange, except this time carrying a massive battle axe.

    • And Old Man Logan, possibly one of the characters surviving Battleworld and continuing on into the new Marvel U.

    DC COMICS AUGUST 2015 VARIANT COVERS- DC BOMBSHELLS II!

    11168516_459196934236741_8559121817487656042_nDC is bringing back one of its most popular themed variants, the DC ComicsBombshells, in August. In addition to that, DC is expanding their Bombshells into a series of statues from DC Collectibles, as well as a new ongoing digital-first comic series titled DC Comics Bombshells with bombshell versions of DC heroines such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batwoman fighting in World War 2.

    If your interested in ordering a specific “Bombshells II!” cover for DC August 2015 Bombshells II! 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.

    BOMBSHELL II MONTH ORDER FORM

    “Action Comics” No. 43 by Ant Lucia
    “Aquaman” No. 43 by Ant Lucia
    “Batman” No. 43 by Ant Lucia
    “Batman/Superman” No. 23 by Des Taylor
    “Catwoman” No. 43 by Des Taylor
    “Deathstroke” No. 9 by Emanuella Luppachino with Tomeu Morey
    “Detective Comics” No. 43 by Emanuella Luppachino with Tomeu Morey
    “Flash” No. 43 by Ant Lucia
    “Grayson” No. 11 by Emanuella Luppachino with Tomeu Morey
    “Green Arrow” No. 43 by Ant Lucia
    “Green Lantern” No. 43 by Emanuella Luppachino with Tomeu Morey
    “Harley Quinn” No. 19 by Ant Lucia
    “Justice League” No. 43 by Emanuella Luppachino with Tomeu Morey
    “Justice League Of America” No. 3 by Terry Dodson with Rachel Dodson
    “New Suicide Squad” No. 11 by Des Taylor
    “Secret Six” No. 5 by Emanuella Luppachino with Tomeu Morey
    “Sinestro” No. 14 by Emanuella Luppachino with Tomeu Morey
    “Superman” No. 43 by Des Taylor
    “Superman/Wonder Woman” No. 20 by Terry Dodson with Rachel Dodson
    “Teen Titans” No. 11 by Ant Lucia
    “Wonder Woman” No. 43 by Ant Lucia

    DC Comics June 2015 Variant Covers- JOKER!

    batman41.6.10.15Hey 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.

    JOKER MONTH ORDER FORM

    Here’s a look at all of the Joker variants planned for June:

    “Action Comics” #41 by Darwin Cooke
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    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
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    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
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    “Wonder Woman” #41 by Brian Bolland

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    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)
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    MARVEL’S SECRET WARS CHECKLIST!

    SW STARTHey 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!

    SECRET WARS CHECKLIST!

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    SECRET WARS COVER GALLERY!

    Harvey Awards Winners Announced – Best of the Best in Comics and Graphic Storytelling!

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    The 2013 Harvey Awards were announced last night in Baltimore and Saga was a HUGE winner. How many of these titles are you following? If you aren’t already reading them, check them out next time you are in the store.
    A complete list of winners follow:

    Letterer: Todd Klein for Fables

    Color: Fiona Staples for Saga

    Syndicated strip: Dick Tracy by Joe Staton, Mike Curtis, from Tribune Media Services

    Online Comics Work: Battle Pug by Mike Norton

    American edition of foreign material: Blacksad: A Silent Hell from Dark Horse

    Inker: Klaus Janson for Captain America

    Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Sal Buscema

    New Series: Saga from Image

    New Talent: Dennis Hopeless for Avengers Arena from Marvel

    Special Award for Humor in Comics: Ryan North for Adventure Time from KaBoom

    Best original graphic publication for Younger readers: Adventure Time from KaBoom

    Best Graphic album previously published: Alien: the Illustrated Story from Titan Books (accepted by Walter Simonson)

    Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents

    Best Domestic reprint project: David Mazzucchelli‘s Daredevil: Born Again Artists Edition, IDW

    Best Cover Artist: David Aja, Hawkeye

    Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic presentation: Robot 6 blog by CBR

    Special Awards for Excellence in Presentation: Building Stories by Chris Ware

    Dick Giordano Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award: Paul Levitz

    Best Graphic Album, Original: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke from IDW

    Best Continuing or Limited Series: Saga from Image Comics

    Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga

    Best Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga

    Best Cartoonist: Jaime Hernandez for Love and Rockets: New Stories from Fantagraphics

    Best Single Issue or Story: Saga #1

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