Sales Charts: September was okay but has Marvel Now!’s crop rotation leeched the soil?


It’s that time of the month where comics sales pundits analyze monthly sales. ICv2 has it’s industry standard sales estimates, and praise for how DC turned the ship around with Rebirth. Comic sales in September demonstrate just how dramatic the “Rebirth” impact on DC Comics sales has been.  A year ago, in September 2015, there […]

Top Secret Venom artist is revealed…and you’ll never ever believe who it is!


A while ago, Marvel teased a “Top Seekrit” cover artist on a secret variant for VENOM #`1, one of the new “Tough Guys” line of Marvel Now! 2016 periodicals. The comics world trembled in uncertainty wondering WHO would be the artist? While writer Mike Costa and artist Geraldo Sandoval were toiling away, the mystery continued to […]

Preview: Marvel’s Solo is getting a solo book


Marvel Now! includes a spate of comics staring unproven (i.e. haven’t really had their own long running series)  male heroes with single word names – Prowler, Foolkiller, Solo, Venom, and the new guy Mosaic. Most of these characters are from the Deadpool and Spider-Man universes, I guess, and taken together seem like either some kind of gritty movement […]

Tilting at Windmills #253: Was DC’s Rebirth a Commercial Hit… or Failure?


We’re still very much in the short-term phase as I write this as the fifth issues of the initial “Rebirth” series just come out, and we’re still at least a quarter, perhaps two, to see how the greater market ends up reacting over-all – but I can look at my own data and draw out a few initial suppositions.

Oh hai! Marvel is rebooting too with the return of Marvel Now!


Here we go again! Marvel has a new direction and it’s charging right at you this faall with an ambitious new slate called MARVEL NOW!

Which they did already four years ago. And it was followed by All-New Marvel Now. And then All New All Different Marvel (ANAD). So, Marvel please check in with Stan and find some new words! Bravura. Gorilla. Defy. There are plenty!

So when you google for a headline this is going to be hard. ON the other hand “Now” is eternal and Marvel is always changing, so maybe it’s a meta suggestion for the eternal flux and evolution of life in the universe.

Marvel Welcomes Fantastic Four and X-Men heroes into their All-New, All-Different Universe

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Marvel has released a brand new teaser for their All-New, All-Different line of characters. While yesterday’s image featured mostly Avengers heroes, this image contains a select few from the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties! From right-to-left the characters include a new Dr. Strange (or an old Dr. Strange with an axe,) Old Man Logan, Star-Lord, X-23 […]

Marvel’s Second Wave is ‘All-New Marvel Now’, Starting with All-New Invaders


In an interview with delightful hero Brian Truitt of USA Today, Marvel have unveiled the branding for their next wave of comics. Called All-New Marvel Now, the two launch books will be All-New Invaders by James Robinson and Steve Pugh; as well as Matt Fraction and Joe Madiurera’s Inhumans.

UPDATE: Avengers Assemble Cancelled — OR IS IT!?


It’s reported that Kelly Sue DeConnick’s much-loved but low-selling ‘Avengers Assemble’ will be ending. A release in the most recent Marvel subscription newsletter informs customers that the series is cancelled, and all subscriptions will transfer across to Jonathan Hickman’s ‘Avengers’ title.

Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Annabelle Riggs


Marvel’s female characters do tend to be their very best, so here at The Beat we’ve been following Will Sliney (at a distance, so he doesn’t suspect) as he helps set up the all-female Fearless Defenders team. Whenever a new character joins the team, Will very kindly talks a little about them, and how he […]