Over at The Source, DC is releasing more info on Retroactive, a series of retro one-shots by classic teams starting in July. No final art has been released yet — the image of Superman below is just style guide art.
With comics periodical sales slogging along, many have said it’s time to throw things against the wall and see what sticks — Marvel is at least giving a nod towards this by announcing an event called VENGEANCE by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta. Launching as a six-issue miniseries in July, VENGEANCE will take on the Marvel U’s bad guys in a fresh fashion, introducing both revamped versions of younger evil-doers along with classic Marvel villains.
“We’re going to the Sixth Dimension, Hitler’s Germany, an insane nightclub, and a homeless shelter,” Dragotta said—of the first eight pages.
Moving on to the fast approaching Stumptown, Floating World is debuting a new issue of DIAMOND, with a cover by Paul Pope and other good stuff. Jason Leivian writes:
After a year-long stint with Random House as their book distributor, Radical Publishing is back at Diamond, we are told by press release.
The announcement is a bit of a no-brainer, considering that Radical was at last month’s Diamond Retailer Summit.
Over at Warren Ellis’s blog, a preview of HALF MOON, a new collaboration with Michael Avon Oeming that will feature a space girl:
There are some well-sourced rumblings out there that DC is ending its First Wave line. The First Wave books centered around several pulp heroes, including Doc Savage, The Spirit, the Blackhawks, and Rima the Jungle Girl.
The reason isn’t entirely clear, but the stand alone DOC SAVAGE and SPIRIT books were selling below 10K copies, which is well into the danger zone on today’s comics.
A fire broke out on NYC’s St. Marks St. this morning, in the same building as St. Marks Comics:
Over on the various DC blogs, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio have announced that DC is pulling out of the Comics Code in favor of a multi-layer ratings system:
Archie is going to publish its first OGN — and its in the foolproof “Archie Babies” format. Mike Kunkel (Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam) writes and Art Mawhinney does the art. The project was previously announced as a regular comics series but the new format allows them take advantage of Archie’s new distribution deal with Random House, says co-CEO Jon Goldwater:
The Vertigo blog has some news and art this am, a new blurb for AARON & AHMED, the GN by Jay Cantor and James Romberger. Also news of MARZI by Marzena Sowa and Sylvain Savoia, sort of a Polish PERSEPOLIS about a young girl growing up in ’80s Poland. Interestingly, this is NOT an original GN but a translation of the original, which was published in France, a bit of a change for the imprint. (That’s the Spanish version above.)