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It may be coming to an end, but the cover for Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley’s long-running series’ final issue indicates there may yet be more stories to tell — albeit about a different Invincible.
Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics have released co-creator Cory Walker’s cover art for Invincible #144. The illustration features Terra Grayson, the daughter of the series’ main character Mark Grayson, striking the same pose her father did for Issue #1’s cover in 2003.RELATED: Invincible: Rogen & Goldberg to Write and Direct Film Adaptation
“The point of this series has always been to celebrate what we love about superhero comics, but always put our own spin on it,” Kirkman said when he initially discussed the series’ finale. “To play with the tropes of the genre, but twist them into something new, at all times, no matter what.
“Everything was converging in this one story, and looking back, I realized I’d been working toward this the whole time,” Kirkman added. “In talking it over with Ryan, I learned, much to my surprise, that the idea of drawing something other than Invincible someday… and not being stuck in this monthly grind we’ve been in for well over a decade… appealed to him.”
“Invincible” debuted in January 2003 as part of an Image Comics superhero line — the same year that Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic book series debuted, providing the early origins of a global phenomenon. The book tells the story of young superhero Mark Grayson, who inherited superpowers from his alien father. “Invincible” has gained a fan following and critical praise over the years for continually both honoring superhero tropes and subverting them, sparking multiple spinoff miniseries along the way.Invincible #144, by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Corey Walker and Nathan Fairbairn, arrives in stores Wednesday, February 14. The final issue is 56 pages long and has a cover price of $5.99.
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART: RYAN OTTLEY, CORY WALKER & NATHAN FAIRBAIRN
COVER A: RYAN OTTLEY & NATHAN FAIRBAIRN
COVER B: CORY WALKER & NATHAN FAIRBAIRN
56 PAGES / FC/ M / $5.99
Final issue hits stands 2/14
THE END OF ALL THINGS Part 12 of 12
Final issue. Everything since issue one has been building to this. Nothing can prepare you.
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You may have heard that a mother will go through hell for their child, and that may never prove quite so literal as in AfterShock Comics’ upcoming Her Infernal Descent. CBR has the first details on the new series.Her Infernal Descent is written by the team of Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, of Black Mask Studio’s The Dregs and the incoming writing team on Marvel’s Cable, and illustrated by Roche Limit artist Kyle Charles. Scheduled to debut in April, it’s a five-part story that partly reimagines Dante’s Inferno, except this time starring a middle-aged mom who “descends the nine circles of hell to retrieve her forsaken family.”RELATED: AfterShock Editor-in-Chief on the Company’s Progress So Far
“We really took a deep dive into Dante’s work and thought about how we could make this hellish landscape of sin relevant in a world where traditional, biblical sins have become commonplace,” Nadler said in a statement to CBR. “I dare say they’re even somewhat pleasurable for most people. This allows us to dive into things like online dating, the foodie lifestyle, self-obsession, sexual ideologies, politics, literacy, and so on. We’re really excited about getting to create our own version of hell and we promise it’s like nothing people have ever seen before. It’s not just eternal fires and rotting bodies, but there’s a much weirder spin on this underworld as the series moves forward.”
While that speaks to the high concept of it all, Her Infernal Descent also holds personal significance to both Nadler and Thompson.
“Probably the biggest reason we’re excited about the book is that it’s an extremely personal story for Zac, Kyle, and I in that it’s a tribute to our amazing mothers who have played a big role in our lives,” Nadler said. “I lost my mom a few years ago and writing this has been a cathartic experience that’s helped me come to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today without her influence.”
“Lonnie and I both have strong relationships to our mothers, so we thought what better tribute than sending a middle-aged mom into something horrific and harrowing,” Thompson added. “We both knew that we wanted that central character to be unlike anything people have seen before and in putting the project together we knew we had to model the book off of Dante’s Inferno. We consumed the epic poem and found ways to twist the familiar story within the context of our modern world while bringing our own set of unique influences. It’s deeply personal and completely surreal.”Her Infernal Descent marks just the start for the Thompson and Nadler duo at AfterShock. (Thompson also has Relay in the works at the company.) The pair have been signed to a non-exclusive “multi-book deal” at AfterShock, which will include at least three new series from the three-year-old publisher. It’s the first such deal for AfterShock.Her Infernal Descent #1 is scheduled for release on April 18. CBR has the first look at Charles’ cover and solicitation text for the first issue, below:
Her Infernal Descent #1
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 04.18.18
Writers: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Artist: Kyle Charles
Colorist: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Cover A: Kyle Charles w/ Jordan Boyd
Cover B: Robert Hack
A tale of loss told in five parts. Any good mom would march through the inferno of HELL to get her family back.
Unable to cope with the burden of grief, a middle-aged mom descends the nine circles of hell to retrieve her forsaken family. Guided by the ghosts of William Blake and Agatha Christie, this no-nonsense mother journeys deep into a bizarre underworld filled with celebrity sinners, surreal landscapes, and absurd tasks. Her Infernal Descent is a retelling of Dante’s Inferno that updates the themes for a modern audience.
From the writers of the break-out hit The Dregs, and the artist of Roche Limit, this is HELL like you’ve never seen before.
CBR also has a look at Charles and Boyd’s interior art from the series:
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At the DC in DC event, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio confessed that the critical hit series Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads actually came from a 1 am conversation at a bar during Baltimore Comic Con.
In an interview with Multiversity, DiDio recalled, “Tom King and I were at a bar at one o’clock in the morning at the Baltimore Comic Con. I went to him, and I asked, you know I had told him I had loved what he had done over in Marvel with the Vision. I said, ‘Could you bring that same level of creativity here at DC?’ He said, ‘Give me a list of characters.'”RELATED: Mister Miracle’s Death Sentence Proves Fatal – But For Whom?
“After talking, he settled on Mister Miracle, and I think you can’t argue that the end results were nothing less than spectacular about how he pulled that book together, so that’s been great,” he added.
And the rest, it would seem, was history. DiDio was quick to praise the way Mister Miracle has performed since its launch in the summer of last year, so, really, you can’t argue with the results — no matter how informal the process of pitching the concept originally was.Mister Miracle #6, the latest issue, is now on sale. Issue #7 is due out on March 14.
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Defeated by the Zodiac Starforce, the demon Pavos rebuilds his strength to take them on again . . . this time for good! Molly discovers a secret the UK team is hiding, and the tenuous alliance between Zodiac teams is tested!”An interesting cast, a perplexing mystery and gorgeous art make this one a keeper.”–Major Spoilers
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Following the announcement that Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass would return with a new character taking up the mantle, Millar has revealed that he intends to reboot Kick-Ass again in five years’ time.
“Kick-Ass was always a legacy character for me,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s like Doctor Who or The Flash or Green Lantern or James Bond in that it should be rebooted every once in a while with a new face. The same thing should happen again in five years.”RELATED: Millar’s New Kick-Ass Is a Black, Female Military Veteran
The return of Kick-Ass will see Patience Lee, a black female army vet in her early 30s, take over the mantle of Kick-Ass. The mother of two young kids, Patience comes home from Afghanistan to find her life completely different from the way it was before she was deployed. The central location has also shifted from New York to New Mexico. Millar has said previously that, though the dynamic of the book will be different this time around, the flavor will remain the same.
Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass #1 will go on sale February 24, marking the 10-year anniversary of the series.
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Following Carl’s fatal zombie bite in The Walking Dead midseason finale, Norman Reedus revealed how “desperately unhappy” he is to lose both the character and his co-star Chandler Riggs.
“I was desperately unhappy about that,” Reedus told Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve seen Chandler grow up from a little boy. I’ve known that kid so long, and it always hurts when you lose a family member on the show. Chandler is definitely a family member to me. I was not happy about it. I always thought Chandler would be the last man standing, to be honest.”RELATED: Without Carl, What’s the Point of The Walking Dead?
The death came as a shock to hardcore fans of the Walking Dead comic book in particular, as Carl is still alive and has grown up into a leader. Despite the canonical changes, creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman is behind the show’s decision to kill Carl. In an earlier interview, Kirkman said the stories won’t have to be altered much just because Carl’s not around. “We have known these story lines have been coming for years. There are plans in place to make it all work,” he explained. “The loss of Carl doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to be losing big swaths of the comic book story. It means that there will be some differences to them.”The Walking Dead returns February 25 at 9 p.m. on AMC. The show stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.
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Longtime fans have searched for signs of the return of classic properties the Justice Society of America and the Legion of Super-Heroes since DC Comics’ Rebirth relaunch in 2016. There have been indications in appearances by Saturn Girl, Emerald Empress and Phantom Girl, and the current Doomsday Clock certainly seems to point to a reappearance by the Golden Age heroes, but now a DC executive has offered something a little more concrete.RELATED: If the DCU Is Broken, Will the Justice Society Fix It?
While looking back on 2017 with Multiversity Comics, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio addressed deciding when, or if, to reintroduce properties that have been on the shelf for a while.
“In this particular case with Shazam, we have the right team, we’re just waiting for them to be available,” he said. “That’s one of the cases there. With a lot of this stuff, it’s interesting with characters like Shazam, and you know what, there’s a couple of books that constantly come up, Shazam, Legion of Super-Heroes and Justice Society of America. A couple of those are actually tied to an event story that’s taking place right now, and hopefully we’ll be able to come out of that in a way that gives it a lift, and hopefully brings new attention and new eyes to those books so they can live a long, healthy life.”RELATED: What Is Doomsday Clock’s Supermen Theory — and Why Is It So Important?
He’s presumably referring to Doomsday Clock, which not only integrates some Watchmen characters into the DC Universe, but also teases the JSA’s return. The Legion, meanwhile, has been part of Rebirth’s mystery from the start, with Saturn Girl shown as a patient of Arkham Asylum, the 31st-century villain Emerald Empress depicted as part of Maxwell Lord’s Suicide Squad, and Phantom Girl joining Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho and Plastic Man in the Terrifics.
Introduced in 1957 in Adventure Comics #247, the Legion launched its most recent series in 2011 as part of DC’s New 52. That title was canceled in 2013, although the teenagers from the future were seen again before the end of the New 52 era in Justice League United.
Composed of DC’s Golden Age heroes — and, in more recent decades, their legacies — the Justice Society enjoyed a resurgence from 1999 to 2011, until the New 52 brought with it the launch of Earth-2, followed by Earth-2: World’s End and Earth22: Society, which introduced new versions of many of the characters, once again relegated to a parallel world.
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Marvel has announced that artist David Baldeon will join writer Gail Simone on the publisher’s upcoming Domino title.
Baldeon, who worked on Marvel’s Spirits of Vengeance miniseries, has been a fan of Simone’s writing for a long time. “I am so very thrilled to be a part of Team Domino! I am a fan of Gail’s work, and I’ve been wanting to work with her for a long time now. The fact that it is with a character like Domino is the icing on the cake!” Baldeon said in a statement. “She’s strong, she’s tough, she’s fun and she’s thrilling, and hopefully the art will bring through all of that. We’ve given her a new, sleek look that plays on all of her strengths, her history, and who she is as a character. Plus, this book is a completely different animal from my previous work style-wise, and therefore a chance to go into new grounds. This is going to be an exciting ride!”RELATED: Gail Simone Helms New Domino Series for Marvel
“Since Marvel first asked me to write Domino, I knew there was one element that attracted me SO MUCH to her, but for some reason, I couldn’t quite name the exact word,” Simone added. “Was it stubbornness? Snarkiness? Other characters have those traits, too, but with Domino, there was this THING that represents her, but the word escaped me, and it was vexing. Wonderful editor Chris Robinson had someone in mind for the book, bless him! We immediately started getting the sketches and designs from David Baldeon Gonzalez, and I knew instantly the concept I had been trying to name, because he drew it right into her eyes. It’s MISCHIEF. Domino has a sense of mischief, of high-stakes play, even in the roughest times. She’s lethal and she KNOWS it.”
“That really sealed the deal for me,” she continued. “David was our guy and I could not be happier. He draws gorgeous people doing dirty deeds, and it’s just exactly the roller-coaster ride I had hopedfor. He’s adding so much heart and fire. I just love him.”
Domino’s solo series will hit shelves just before the mutant makes her live-action debut in the upcoming Deadpool 2. In the film, which got its release date bumped up from June to May, Atlanta’s Zazie Beetz will take bring the character to life.Earlier in the month, Marvel announced that Simone would pen mutant mercenary Domino’s new series. At the time, no artist was announced for the series.Domino’s debut issue goes on sale April 11.
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In advance of Dark Horse Comics’ April 2018 solicitations, CBR has the first look at covers and solicitation text for American Gods: My Ainsel #2 and Giants #5. Check back later this week for Dark Horse’s full April 2018 solicitations!RELATED: Racial Drama Incognegro Returns with New Edition, Prequel MiniseriesAmerican Gods: My Ainsel #2 cover by Glenn Fabry.American Gods: My Ainsel #2 cover by David Mack.
American Gods: My Ainsel #2
Neil Gaiman (W), P. Craig Russell (W/A), Scott Hampton (A/C), Glenn Fabry (Cover), Adam Brown (Cover), and David Mack (Variant cover)
On sale Apr 11
FC, 32 pages • $3.99 • Ongoing
The bizarre road trip across America continues as our heroes gather reinforcements for the imminent god war!
Shadow arrives in Lakeside, a small town with more snowdrifts than residents. As he is welcomed by the town’s denizens, Shadow becomes more and more drawn into the warmth and safety of his alter ego, Mike Ainsel.
The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award–winning novel and hit Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series!
Giants #5 (of 5)
Carlos Valderrama (W) and Miguel Valderrama (A/Cover)
On sale Apr 11
FC, 32 pages • $3.99 • Miniseries
Gogi and his adopted family face his former friend Zeedo and the gang he now controls. Against the backdrop of two giant monsters battling for supremacy, Gogi and Zeedo must determine which is stronger—brotherhood or ambition!
The deadliest monsters live in the heart.
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When guests settle in at the Radisson Red hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, they’ll be able to soak in the ambiance of Frank Quitely’s artwork in every room.
Quitely, a Glasgow native, was commissioned to bring an artistic presence to the hotel, the first purpose-built Radisson Red hotel in Europe, which open this April at Finnieston Quay. Each of the 174 rooms and the hotel’s public spaces will bear wallpaper designed by Quitely, who is famous for his work on books such as Batman, All-Star Superman, New X-Men and Jupiter’s Legacy.RELATED: Frank Quitely Pens Crowdfunded Short Film Nothing to Declare
“I think most people’s perception of hotels is they buy in the worst kind of art they can find from some hotel art factory,” Quitely told The Herald. However, he was eager to change this perception with Radisson Red after the hotel commissioned him to create an aesthetic based on his very unique style. “There’s a general party atmosphere with a little bit of humour,” he said of the end result, which is intended to reflect the distinctive culture of Glasgow.
Quitely works with Mark Millar on their Image Comics title Jupiter’s Legacy 2, among other books.
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Frank Miller’s 300 prequel comic Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander will arrive this April. Instead of focusing on Leonidas, the protagonist of the original book, Xerxes will reveal the story of that book’s villain, the Persian god-king Xerxes.
According to the official series description,
Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander follows Persian King Xerxes as he sets out to conquer the world to avenge his father Darius’s defeat and create an empire unlike anything the world has ever seen . . . Until the hardy Greeks produce a god king of their own, Alexander the Great. This five-issue series boasts issues with thirty plus pages of story and features wrap-around covers in a deluxe collector format.
RELATED: Frank Miller’s 300 Prequel Will Finally Arrive Next Year
“300 was an interlude in the great story of the Persian Wars. The battle of 300 represented one episode in a much greater series of wars,” Xerxes creator Frank Miller said in a statement. “This series tells the story of the first great clash of civilizations, the first bloody contest between east and west. The odds vastly favor the Persian forces, but the Greeks have Alexander, the greatest military commander of all time.”
Dark Horse’s Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1 goes on sale April 4.
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Marvel has hired a new publisher to oversee its print and digital comics line: John Nee, a former executive at DC Comics and co-founder and co-CEO of games and cards company Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Nee succeeds Dan Buckley, who had held the position of Marvel publisher since 2003, and in Jan. 2017 was promoted to President of Marvel Entertainment. Buckley will now focus full-time on his duties as president. The news was first reported on Tuesday by ComicBook.com.RELATED: Dan Buckley Promoted to President of Marvel Entertainment
Nee’s position is described in the article as overseeing the “health” of the print and digital comics line, ensuring quality, managing budgets and guiding marketing strategy. Nee is the former President of Jim Lee’s WildStorm imprint, which was acquired by DC Comics in 1998. Nee remained with DC as VP, General Manager of WildStorm, and also oversaw the CMX imprint, DC’s line of translated manga. In 2007, Nee was promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development, DC Comics. He left DC in 2008.
Cryptozoic was founded in 2010, and has produced licensed card games of properties including DC Comics superheroes, Rick and Morty, Attack on Titan, The Hobbit and Adventure Time.
“As the publisher, John will lead our business strategy for publishing as a whole and focus on growing the comics and prose business,” Buckley told ComicBook.com. “All business aspects of publishing report up to John. Creative and editorial planning will still have oversight from C.B. Cebulski, Joe Quesada, and myself.”
Nee joins Marvel after what was, by many accounts, a tough 2017 for the publisher. While Marvel ended the year as the the direct market leader in both unit and dollar shares — along with scoring the top-selling comic of 2017, the $5.99 Marvel Legacy one-shot — the gap between Marvel and DC has decreased. In 2015, Marvel ended the year with 41.82 percent of the direct market’s unit share, compared to DC’s 27.35 percent; in 2017, that divide narrowed to Marvel’s 38.30 percent versus DC’s 33.93 percent. Additionally, Marvel has seen recent public relations stumbles, including the revelation that recently hired Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski used the penname “Akira Yoshida” in the mid-2000s, purporting to be a writer of Japanese descent.
Buckley addressed Marvel’s up and down year in the ComicBook.com article.
“We need to keep listening, change what doesn’t work, and bring in the best talent to make our stories a reality,” Buckley said. “This year, we think we can do better.”
As President of Marvel Entertainment, Buckley oversees nearly every aspect of the company’s business except for its film division, Marvel Studios, which is headed by Kevin Feige. Buckley’s current job is said to include “brand management, oversight of animation, digital media and brand/franchise planning.”
Keep reading CBR for the latest on Marvel.
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*FOR MATURE READERS*
The twisting timelines converge as Jesse races to stop a war and Sandor dives into the darkness for the family that he loves.
From the brilliant mind of creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, Bombshells and Batwoman) with artwork by 2017 Russ Manning Award finalist Rafael De Latorre (SUPERZERO).
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Doomsday Clock artist Gary Frank just teased an upcoming scene where Rorschach unmasks himself.
The panel Frank tweeted out shows Rorschach about to remove his mask in what is likely a key scene in an upcoming issue. He also captioned the post “No peeking,” since he is well aware that Rorschach’s identity is one of the biggest mysteries of the new 12-issue series.
#doomsdayclock #DCComics @therealkel @DCComics @geoffjohns No peeking! pic.twitter.com/bxgGY80Xdz
— Gary Frank (@1moreGaryFrank) January 16, 2018
RELATED: Doomsday Clock Has Killed Off a Character From Watchmen
Following the death of Walter Kovacs at the end of the original Watchmen comic, Geoff Johns introduced a new character as Rorschach in Doomsday Clock. So far, there have been very few hints as to who might be under Rorschach’s mask.
This new version of the character seems to have a stronger link to humanity than his predecessor and has been shown as a person of color. Judging by a line from Ozymandias, it’s possible his real name is Reggie. There are no known Watchmen characters that go by that name.
In Doomsday Clock, Rorschach works with Ozymandias in his attempt to locate Doctor Manhattan so he can save their world from imminent destruction. In issue #2, they take the villains Marionette and Mime through the DC Multiverse to Earth Prime. Doomsday Clock #3 goes on sale January 24.
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The announced Dick Tracy reboot series from Archie Comics won’t happen after all, due to a “preexisting licensing deal” preventing the comic book from going forward.
The Tribune Content Agency, license-holders of Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, confirmed the news on Tuesday via Twitter. In a series of three tweets, the Tribune Content Agency wrote, “Due to an unfortunate error on our part, Tribune is sad to announce that there will not be a DICK TRACY comic book series from Archie Comics. While we had high hopes for the book and Archie Comics negotiated the deal in good faith and is not at fault, we discovered a preexisting licensing deal that precludes us from continuing with this project. We apologize to Archie Comics, the very talented creators and their many fans.”RELATED: Dick Tracy: Archie Comics Is Rebooting Chester Gould’s Classic Character
Archie’s Dick Tracy series was announced in Dec. 2017, with the creative team of co-writers Alex Segura and Michael Moreci, with art by Thomas Pitilli. The series was to focus on Dick Tracy’s early days as a detective.
“To say we’re bummed is a huge, huge understatement,” Segura, also Co-President of Archie Comics, said via Twitter. “I’m not going to say much else about this. Co-writing a Dick Tracy comic was a dream come true for me, and getting the chance to work with Michael, Tom and Archie Comics was an amazing experience. Sometimes things just don’t line up. On to the next thing. Thanks, as always.”
Archie’s Dick Tracy series was scheduled to debut in April. There’s no public world on what preexisting deal killed the Archie comic, but it’s not the first time something like this happened — word surfaced in 2010 that the Powers creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming were offered a Dick Tracy comic, but that was stopped by Warren Beatty, star of the 1990 Dick Tracy film, who still held some licensing rights to the character.
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Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed, where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This is a special Martin Luther King Day edition of CBLR!
A Martin Luther King comic book inspired the iconic Greensboro Four sit-in
In 1957, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, which had played a role in the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, decided that a comic book could be useful to promote their message. So they commissioned a comic book starring Martin Luther King, who had been the head of the boycotts.
Al Capp’s Studio supplied the art for the comic book for free due to Capp’s admiration for King. They printed 250,000 copies and the Fellowship of Reconciliation made sure that the comic book would be distributed to schools, churches, civil rights groups, basically anywhere that it could be useful in spreading the message.
The main story told the story of the bus boycotts…
Then there was a bit at the end basically showing how best to duplicate the success of the bus boycott.
In 1960, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr., and David Richmond were all students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The friends wanted to do something about the civil rights cause, but they weren’t sure WHAT to do. They wanted to get public attention, but they weren’t HOW to do it.
That’s where this comic book came in. As Andrew Aydin recalled in his brilliant piece of history on the Martin Luther King comic book (be sure to read it to get all of the details about the comic. I went bare bones here – Aydin also co-wrote John Lewis’ awesome comic with artist Nate Powell, March).
In January of 1960, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story found its way to Greensboro, N.C., and into the hands of 18-year-old North Carolina A&T State University student Ezell Blair. After reading it, Blair decided to show it to his roommate, Joseph McNeil. Blair and McNeil had been in contact with local civil rights activists but, as the story goes, it was when McNeil finished reading the comic book that he made a decision of historic importance, declaring, “Let’s have a boycott!”
In February of that year, the men, soon to be known as the Greensboro Four, decided to do a sit-in at the local Woolworths, which had a “whites only” lunch counter. They each ordered a cup of coffee and when they were each refused service, they refused to leave.
They inspired more activists to do the same and soon, boycotts spread through the South at other Woolworths and any other store that had segregated lunch counters.
After many months, the Greensboro Woolworths finally relented and integrated.
And it was all inspired by a comic book!
I had actually intended to do a Comic Book Legends Revealed installment on this back in 2006. I found an e-mail I wrote to someone who had done a documentary on the Greensboro Four, but they couldn’t confirm that the group had read the comic book and no one else seemed to be able to confirm it. Obviously, I forgot about it over the years (Aydin’s article came out in 2013) and I was super confused today, thinking that I must have written about this before until I found the e-mail showing that I did not.
Check out my latest TV Legends Revealed – Why did Tom Welling balk at doing the original version of Smallville’s series finale?
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The comics industry was surprised in November when it was announced that writer Brian Michael Bendis had signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics, bringing to an end his 18-year run with Marvel. A result of the move, Bendis will no longer write the adventures of Miles Morales, the Ultimate Universe Spider-Man he created with artist Sara Pichelli.RELATED: Bendis Will Make His DC Debut in Action Comics #1000
On Sunday night, the prolific writer completed his final issue of Spider-Man, and admitted he’s having a difficult time submitting the script.
I have written my last issue of Spider-man. its sitting here and I'm having a really hard time pushing send to @nick_lowe_ 18 years… pic.twitter.com/F9n9xYIDfn
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) January 15, 2018
“I have written my last issue of Spider-Man,” Bendis tweeted. “It’s sitting here and I’m having a really hard time pushing send to [editor Nick Lowe] — 18 years…” Accompanying the post is an animated GIF of Spider-Man shopping in a grocery store and picking up a box of Uncle Ben’s rice. Of course, Uncle Ben is a reference to Ben Parker, whose death led nephew Peter Parker to become a superhero, guided by the philosophy, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”RELATED: Bendis Explains Ultimate Universe’s Return (Yes, It’s Really Back)
Bendis, who is recovering from a serious illness, has a couple of series to wrap up before beginning his DC journey. The landmark 600th issue of Invincible Iron Man will be his last Iron Man story, March’s Jessica Jones #18 already has a female writer lined up for when Bendis departs, and the fate of the street-level team The Defenders is still up in the air.
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In Left Unresolved, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.
Today, based on a suggestion from reader Rodrigo M., we look at Black Panther’s brain aneurysm and how it was just ignored.
It all started with a silent issue of Black Panther. Black Panther #39 was written by Christopher Priest and drawn by Sal Velluto and Bob Almond. It involved the Black Panther having to take on a brainwashed Iron Fist (the brainwashing was reflected in Iron Fist’s costume turning darker colors). Iron Fist beat the hell out of Black Panther, but Panther managed to get him through the brainwashing. Still, as you can see, Iron Fist gave Panther a tremendous beating…
In real life, Black Panther would be severely injured from this beating, but comic book superheroes tend to get past this sort of thing easily. However, Priest decided to subvert expectations and actually have there be repercussions to Iron Fist’s attack on T’Challa.
Over the next 10 issues, Black Panther begins to act erratic and also deals with visits from Magneto. Ultimately, we realize that Magneto is actually just a hallucination. We also meet a different version of Black Panther who acts much different from T’Challa. We eventually discover that this Black Panther is from ten years in the future and he is suffering from a brain aneurysm that is killing him. He eventually gets put into suspended animation, but is then killed while in the suspended animation.
This then leads to Black Panther #49, the final issue of the Priest/Velluto/Almond run on the series that produced some tremendous comic books.
“Magneto” forces Panther to realize the truth – that he is hallucinating him because T’Challa, just like his future self, IS suffering from a brain aneurysm, as well, which was brought upon him by the assault by the brainwashed Iron Fist back in Black Panther #39…
Panther can’t deal with this information, so even though he is in the middle of a tense stand-off between his forces and the forces of the evil Man-Ape, Black Panther lashes out at Magneto and tries to kill him, but inadvertently assaults one of his closest allies, instead. She survives, but it completely wrecks Panther. He can’t believe that he lost control like that.
So he then goes into seclusion and puts Wakanda under the control of the Tribal Council and, at the end of the issue, Panther disappears from his throne room.
The next issue introduced a brand-new Black Panther, Kasper Cole, as part of a last ditch effort to save the series, with Priest introducing a New York cop who becomes the new Black Panther.
In Black Panther #52, we learn that T’Challa is also in New York, hiding out in Brooklyn…
At the end of the series, in Black Panther #62, T’Challa gives Kasper a new costume and a new name, the White Tiger, and it seems as though perhaps T’Challa was back as Black Panther…
But the brain aneurysm plot was not addressed. It is likely that Priest planned on addressing it had the series gone longer, but since it ended at #62, he never got the chance. So how about other titles?
Page 2: The Other Titles Ignore It!
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A friend of Harley Quinn has been kidnapped, and the residents of Coney Island are saying that a bat creature is responsible! Is this foe someone or something Harley has faced before? What will Harley be prepared to do to save her friend, and how will she stop this mysterious monster from abducting anyone else? Find out in “Man-Batter Up” part one, courtesy of the new Harley Quinn ongoing series writer Frank Tieri!
CBR has your exclusive first look at DC Comics’ Harley Quinn #35, written by Frank Tieri, with art by Inaki Miranda. In stores January 17th, 2018.
HARLEY QUINN #35
Frank Tieri (w) • Inaki Miranda (a)
Cover: Amanda Conner
Variant Cover: Frank Cho
Harley’s in a dark, dark place after the hard right turn her life took…so when the citizens of Coney Island say it was a mysterious “bat” that kidnapped one of her friends, she is not going to take it lying down!
In Shops: January 17th, 2018
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Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and sixty-second week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.
Click here for Part 1 of this week’s legends. Click here for Part 2 of this week’s legends.
Marvel had to apologize for using a real person’s home as the basis for a Spider-Man villain’s home.
Reader Azor C. wrote me about this literally over a decade ago. Hey, better later than never!
Anyhow, it is about Amazing Spider-Man #138, by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia and Dave Hunt. Peter Parker is forced out of his apartment and has to bunk temporarily with Flash Thompson in Far Rockaway, Queens.
That villain, the Mindworm, gets a bunch of people to come to his house at night (here is his origin, as well)..
Spidey stopped him by seriously just punching him in the ears, which made him go deaf. Kind of a twisted ending, actually, no?
Anyhow, in the letter page of Amazing Spider-Man #149, there was the following message, “We regret the fashion in which we depicted the Mindworm’s house in the November 1974 issue, as it is an actual residence located in the Rockaway section of Queens.”
Azor wanted to know what the deal was with that message, and as it turned out, Gerry Conway explained it all when these issues were reprinted in the Marvel Masterworks a while back, noting:
Marvel got into a bit of legal trouble when the owner of the house Ross used as visual reference for the home of the Mindworm complained that neighborhood kids were hanging around hoping to catch a glimpse of the guy with the oversized brain.
Andru loved to use real buildings in his work, and here, it backfired!
Thanks for the suggestion, Azor! Hopefully you’re still reading this column 10 years later. Thanks to Gerry Conway for the answer!
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At the DC in D.C. convention this weekend, writer Tom King teased both a new project and a new initiative in his work that he’s calling Sanctuary. Modelled after real-world veterans’ crisis centers, Sanctuary will be a DC Universe-wide initiative designed as a place where superheroes can go to to receive the emotional support they might need to help process through whatever trauma they accumulate in their line of work.
According to King, Sanctuary will be a concept that will have the potential to appear in “every book across the line,” but when asked if there was an actual series named Sanctuary, King said only “there’s a big thing coming that I’m not allowed to talk about — but if you follow my twitter I’ve been dropping some hints.”RELATED: Tom King Teases Mystery Comics Project
He continued, “Sanctuary’s the most obvious idea I think I’ve ever had,” King went on, “I’m sure it’s what Geoff [Johns] must have felt like when he realized the [Lantern] rings could have different colors. The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right? You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence deep in your heart — and we also have a group of superheroes, the Trinity, who care about these other heroes. They sort of feel like parental figures, the foundation that stands beneath them. And they care about them for two reasons: one, because they’re good people, but two, if superheroes feel trauma and it drives them a little mad, that’s a danger. So, as both a practical and a compassionate matter, they’ve set up something called Sanctuary, which is a place that you can go, modelled on veterans’ crisis centers — which is an interesting name for them — and talk about this trauma and admit that this had an effect on you; where you can admit that being a superhero and seeing a life of violence and seeing people get hurt around you, that that has some sort of impact on you — and Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman can help you.”
The word “Crisis” certainly has some substantial weight in the DC Universe, so it’s impossible to ignore its use in the phrase “crisis centers.” That, coupled with Tom King’s recent twitter activity, certainly seems to imply that there is something big on the horizon for both King and the DCU.
The Crisis isn't coming. It's already here. pic.twitter.com/WHBGWdp56h
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) January 11, 2018
However, Sanctuary itself doesn’t sound like the title of a new book, but rather the name of a new initiative or project that will be either discovered or constructed — potentially by the Trinity — throughout the shared universe.
When asked if Sanctuary was an initiative to help build a sense of community back into the DCU, King responded, “To me, the ideal sort of vision of the DCU is Justice League Unlimited and the idea that there’s like a club that they all go to and there’s like, lunch on a tray, and they decide who’s the best person to fight [whatever is happening]. And I know that doesn’t currently exist but it kind of exists in all of our imaginations. And if I could do anything to the DCU, it would be to bring that back, to bring that sense of community of superheroes and people come in and come out, and they do all know each other.”RELATED: DC Teases Second Season of Sheriff of Babylon, Possible Title Change
King wasn’t able to tease any further details, including where the concept of Sanctuary might first show up, exactly how it will be officially introduced, or what other creators are involved with the initiative, meaning it’s entirely possible that we may see the first inklings of Sanctuary in other current DCU events and crossovers that aren’t currently being worked on by King himself, like Doomsday Clock or Metal — both of which are “Crisis-level” stories that have specifically avoided using the word “Crisis” in their names.
So, the question becomes: Is Tom King working on the first official Crisis in the post-Rebirth DCU, and, if so, is Sanctuary the result or the catalyst?
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