Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday's Headlines - Press Release Secret Empire

Press Release
The action is heating up as the Marvel Universe races headlong into Secret Empire! It’s all happening on May 3rd, and your local comic shop is the place to be to get your hands on the highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE #1! Nick Spencer (Captain America: Steve Rogers) and Steve McNiven (Civil War) unite Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Champions, Guardians, Inhumans and more as an unwavering front against Hydra’s tyranny!

To coincide with the kickoff to this blockbuster event, Marvel has partnered with participating retail stores to host SECRET EMPIRE LAUNCH PARTIES. In addition to exclusive promotional materials and variant covers, participating retail stores will receive exciting promotional items – including Secret Empire Pins and the brand-new Secret Empire Lenticular Backing Boards – perfect for storing your issues of Secret Empire in style!

“We’re rolling out the red carpet for Secret Empire, and providing retailers with everything they need to get customers in on the ground floor for this story,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David

All qualifying retailers will receive the following as the part of the SECRET EMPIRE PARTY KIT:

·         Secret Empire Invitational Postcards
·         Secret Empire Lenticular Backing Board (Bundles of 25)
·         Secret Empire Pins (Bundles of 25)
·         Secret Empire #1 Nauck Where’s Hydra? Sketch Variant
·         Deep Ordering Discounts
·         Downloadable Cake Toppers

Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order the SECRET EMPIRE #1 PARTY WHERE’S HYDRA VARIANT. Comic artist Todd Nauck illustrates a massive super hero battle unlike any you’ve ever seen. But there’s a Hydra operative hiding amid the chaos. Can you find him?

Retailers are encouraged to check their Marvel Mailer and Diamond Daily for more information about the SECRET EMPIRE LAUNCH PARTIES and how to opt-in before 4/3. Hydra’s grasp is beginning to tighten around the Marvel Universe. Forged together as one, the heroes of the Marvel Universe stand against a common foe! Are you ready? Run, don’t walk to your local comic shop on May 3rd to get your hands on the highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE #1!

(Launch Party Opt-In Deadline Is 4/3)
Variant Covers by ADI GRANOV (MAR170902), ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR170905),
J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (MAR170903) and DAN MORA (MAR170908)
Party Variant by TODD NAUCK (MAR170905)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR170907)
FOC – 04/10/17, On-Sale – 05/03/17
Gabriel. “In addition to making sure retailers have the first issue on shelves for Free Comic Book Day, one of their most trafficked days of the year, Marvel will be shipping participating retailers additional materials to help promote Secret Empire in their stores. Posters, postcards, promo items, samplers and more! If your store hasn’t opted in yet, what are you waiting for?!”

Friday's Headlines - Fisher's Death Will Not Alter Leia's Role

Last year, Star Wars fans were left stunned and bereft after news of Carrie Fisher’s passing was made public. The Star Wars icon suffered a heart attack and sadly succumbed to the ordeal shortly after. For fans and co-stars, Fisher’s death left them at a loss, but they’ve since dedicated their time to honoring her legacy. As a writer and an actress, Fisher was beloved by millions of fans outside of her Star Wars ties.

However, Fisher’s passing did leave fans concerned over how Star Wars would move forward with
the event. The actress returned in The Force Awakens to reprise her role as General Leia Organa, and Fisher did finish filming her part in The Last Jedi before she passed.

Lucasfilm staunchly ruled out any idea of reviving the star’s likeness via CGI as they did with Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. And, now, the CEO of Disney is stressing Leia’s role in The Last Jedi will not be altered because of Fisher’s passing.

Today, Bob Iger spoke with press in Santa Monica about Star Wars’ future. As The Hollywood Reporter writes, it was there the executive said fans will get to see Fisher’s unchanged take on Leia in The Last Jedi.

“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX. We had to deal tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”

For fans, the update is a welcome one as they continue to wrap their minds around the new Star Wars trilogy and its absence of Fisher. The choice will soften a burden put upon director Rian Johnson as he won’t need to entirely rework the next film only months before it debuts. As for Star Wars: Episode IX, Colin Trevorrow is said to be working with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to create a befitting explanation for Leia’s absence in future films.

Friday's Headlines - Disney Big Plans After Episode IX

The future of Star Wars is always in flux. The sci-fi franchise may be one of the most popular series in Hollywood at the moment, but its streak will only continue is fans are there to back it. Back in 2015, Disney and Lucasfilm partnered to revamp Star Wars for a new generation when The Force Awakens slid into theaters. Now, the studios are wanting to finish out their on-going trilogy
whilst interspersing special standalone films in-between.

However, if you think the two will simply let Star Wars rest after Episode IX airs, then think again. If the franchise still carries its ever-devoted fanbase by the time the final trilogy film debuts, Disney seems interested in keeping the intergalactic world alive.

Yesterday, the CEO of Disney spoke with press in Santa Monica about what the future could hold for Star Wars. It was there that The Hollywood Reporter says Bob Iger said fans can expect a lot from from the franchise.

“We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories,” Iger said.

Clearly, there are plenty of fans who would be happy to see Star Wars carry on for 15 years or more. The expansive universe has countless stories to tell, and Lucasfilm proved it could introduce new leads like Rey and Poe without critical backlash. The future of Star Wars can continue on with both standalone ventures and further trilogies - even if the latter do not keep up with the Skywalker clan.

Recently, the director of Rogue One stressed the franchise wouldn’t always need to use legacy characters to keep fans interested. Gary Whitta spoke with SuperHeroHype about the possibility, saying, “One of the thing things we really want to do at Lucasfilm is create a universe and not keep relying on old legacy characters.”

“We’ve got Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, they’ve already introduced a new generation of characters. Whatever kind of Star Wars films they’re making 10 or 20 years from now, I don’t think they’re going to be relying on the same legacy story elements as we have in the past.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, from writer/director Rian Johnson, is in post-production now for a December 15, 2017 release. The film follows-up and continues the story of the next generation of the saga as Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo Ren find their place in the galaxy and follow the legacy of Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo. Daisy Ridley returns to star as Rey, with other returning stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong'o Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join the cast in as-yet-unrevealed roles.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Weekly Top 5 TPB Countdown

Welcome Comic Book Fans,

Northwest Comics & Games Presents the Weekly Top 5 TPB Countdown! Enjoy!

Donald & Mickey Persistence of Mickey TPB $12.99 IDW Publishing
Hello, Dali! When Walt Disney and famed abstract artist Salvador Dali teamed up in 1946, they birthed a famed cartoon featurette called Destino... that wouldn't be seen until decades after its inception! How come? Would you believe-Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy invaded Dali's outrageous world of art, and turned Uncle Walt's plans even abstract-er than before!

Civil War II Fallout TPB $24.99 Marvel Comics
CIVIL WAR II's main player takes center stage, and its seismic effects are felt across the Marvel Universe! First, in a sensational prequel to the main event, experience the odyssey of Ulysses! What incredible journey leads him to join the Inhumans? And in the wake of a truly terrifying vision, why won't Karnak help him prevent disaster? Then, feel the full implications of the hostilities in a trio of tales. When a heroic icon is slain, those who knew him best remember the fallen legend -- and the Avenger who killed him stands accused of his murder! But when the war is over, rivals Tony Stark and Carol Danvers turn to the one man they know they can trust -- Steve Rogers, Captain America! Uh-oh...

Deadpool Too Soon TPB $17.99 Marvel Comics
When Forbush Man is murdered, could it be the beginning of a killing spree that's no laughing matter? Deadpool sure thinks so! Things are about to get serious for Marvel's funniest characters as the Merc with a Mouth sets about saving hilarious heroes including Squirrel Girl, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Ant-Man, Howard the Duck and...Punisher?! If that plot ain't nuts enough, brace yourself for Squirrelpool! As the bodies start to pile up, Wade and Howard investigate why their pals keep losing their heads - literally! Maybe Doctor Strange, Master of the Mirthful Arts, can work his magic and help put an end to this killing joke before Deadpool becomes the punchline!

Arclight TPB $14.99 Image Comics
A lady of the blood house has had her mind trapped in a strange alien body. She was hiding on the outskirts of her kingdom until she learns that an alien monster pretending to be her has taken her place.

BRANDON GRAHAM (KING CITY, PROPHET, ISLAND) and MARIAN CHURCHLAND (BEAST) bring you sharp genderqueer knights, blood magic, death gods, astral projection, and a goose.

Flintstones TPB Vol. 01 $16.99 DC Comics
It's the Flintstones as you've never seen them before! Issues #1-6 of this new series starring the first family of Bedrock (and civilization, really) tell the story of the dawn of civilization through the eyes of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and the rest of the citizens of Bedrock.

Shining a light on humanity's oldest customs and institutions, writer Mark Russell (PREZ) blends satire with Hanna-Barbera's classic characters.

Throwback In Comic Books! - March 2000 Comc Book Sales

March 2000 Comic Book Sales Figures
Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors
Comic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. preorders
2Uncanny X-Men380$2.99Marvel115,158
10Fantastic Four29$1.99Marvel59,062
11Tomb Raider4$2.50Image58,405
14Amazing Spider-Man17$1.99Marvel54,097
16Generation X63$1.99Marvel51,982
17Gear Station1$2.50Image51,938
18Peter Parker Spider-Man17$1.99Marvel51,579
20Iron Man28$1.99Marvel49,729
21Batman Dark Victory6$2.95DC49,724
23Captain America29$1.99Marvel49,057
24Detective Comics744$2.50DC48,032
26Mutant X19$1.99Marvel47,445
27Rising Stars6$2.50Image47,266
28Soul Saga3$2.50Image46,774
31Batman Gotham Knights3$2.50DC41,709
35Batman Legends of the Dark Knight129$1.99DC40,391
36Action Comics765$1.99DC40,252
37Astro City Vol. 222$2.50DC39,859
38Green Lantern124$1.99DC39,859
39Superman The Man Of Steel Coll Ed100$3.99DC39,257
41Amazing Spider-Man 2000$3.50Marvel39,177
46Incredible Hulk14$1.99Marvel38,157
47X-Men The Hidden Years6$2.50Marvel38,157
48Adventures Of Superman578$1.99DC37,476
50Avengers Two Wonder Man And Beast1$2.99Marvel36,923

Comics, Comics, Comics!

Happy Thursday to All,

If you missed something yesterday from the countdown? Then checkout these comic books worth reading this week!

Action Comics #976 $2.99 DC Comics
'SUPERMAN REBORN' finale! As this epic tale wraps up, Superman's life is drastically changed...and that's all we are saying for now-except that you won't want to miss it!

Reborn #5 $3.99 Image Comics
MILLAR-CAPULLO's epic, sell-out sci-fi fantasy story continues. On Bonnie's intrepid trek to find her dead husband, Roy-Boy has finally picked up Harry's scent. Will the couple reunite, or does the message scrawled in blood spell further danger?

Army Of Darkness Xena Forever And A Day #6 $3.99 Dynamite Entertainment
Ash met Xena the Newborn! Pirate Xena hired Ash as her first mate! They even fought Nazi Deadites to keep America safe in the final days of World War II! Now all these eclectic encounters have brought them together to battle a threat as old as Mankind in a battle at the end of time! Don't miss the pulse-pounding, warrior-princessing, boom-sticking conclusion to 'Forever... And A Day!'

Helena Crash #1 $3.99 IDW Publishing
From writer Fabian Rangel Jr (Space Riders) and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Tank Girl) comes a new pulse pounding, caffeine fueled, sword swinging, machine-gun firing, car crashing sci-fi adventure comic! In a future where coffee is illegal, Helena is a courier, delivering black market goods to anyone who can afford her services. When Rojo, a ruthless crime boss, asks her to assassinate his rival, the alien mobster known as White Demon, Helena finds herself in the middle of a gang war! To survive, Helena must use all of her skills, and seek help from her friends to stay ahead of her enemies!

Darth Maul #2 $3.99 Marvel Comics
A Jedi Padawan has been captured by sinister forces? ?and Darth Maul is determined to find her?! This early tale of the galaxy's deadliest Zabrak continues!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Countdown 03/22/2017

Welcome Comic Book Fans,

Northwest Comics & Games Presents the Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Countdown. Since we started this countdown a few years ago, we've been suggesting the following comic book you might like to collect and add to your already awesome collection! Please remember to contact your local store to make sure they have these comics is stock.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

10. Underwinter #1 $3.99 Image Comics
SERIES PREMIERE! 'SYMPHONY,' Part One-Critically acclaimed creator RAY FAWKES launches his new monthly horror series: UNDERWINTER, twisted portraits of our dark world, beginning with the perverse, topical SYMPHONY - a beautifully painted tale of music and cruelty in the modern age.

9. TMNT #68 $3.99 IDW Publishing
'Desperate Measures' Part 2! The Mutanimals have been defeated and the Turtles are next in line! Which mutant will turn on his friends to survive, and which will risk everything to help another?

8. Extraordinary X-men #20 $3.99 Marvel Comics
Storm once referred to JEAN GREY as the heart of the X-Men, and she was ultimately the catalyst for bringing this team of X-Men together. But in the aftermath of their war with the Inhumans, the X-Men's resolve is faltering and Jean Grey is doubting her place with them. The X-MEN may have survived the war but at what cost?

7. Savage Dragon #222 $3.99 Image Comics
'INFERNO'-Malcolm Dragon faces the fury of the Fire-Lords!

6. Teen Titans #6 $2.99 DC Comics
'THE RISE OF Aqualad' part one! New story! New city! New member? As the team adjusts to their new lives at Titans Tower, Damian investigates a series of strange disappearances in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Jackson Hyde heads west to fulfill his destiny? and finds himself in the crosshairs of the Teen Titans!

5. BTVS Season 11 #5 $3.99 Dark Horse Comics
Buffy is trying hard to keep things civil in the Safe Zone, but certain residents seem to be pushing for confrontations of any kind - and the death toll is rising. Buffy is not making any new friends. Meanwhile, Willow is doing all she can to get fellow Wiccans released from camp - and if that means magic, she has plenty to use.

4. WWE #3 $3.99 Boom! Studios
Following his near career-ending knee injury, Seth Rollins is at his lowest. Rather than give up, he buckles down and vows to redesign, rebuild, and reclaim the title he never lost.

3. Ghostbusters 101 #1 $3.99 IDW Publishing
'Let's Do The Space-Warp Again!' Before they began investigating the supernatural, most of the original Ghostbusters were teachers... and they've decided it's time they start sharing their knowledge again. But when their first batch of students start poking around the firehouse and accidentally set in motion the merging of two universes (it's easier than you'd think) Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore, and Spengler will need all the help they can get to put things right!

2. Anno Dracula #1 $3.99 Titan Comics
1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirisn through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula's Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbours a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula's dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.

1. Iron Fist #1 $3.99 Marvel Comics
THE GAUNTLET STARTS HERE! K'un Lun is in ruins. The chi fueling Danny's fists is wavering. Is there a future for the Iron Fist? Danny Rand pushes himself to the breaking point, finding fights to prove his worth. But a bigger fight than he can handle may have found him?

Pick of The Week! - Magdalena #1

Magdalena #1 $3.99 Image Comics
SERIES PREMIERE! The Magdalena has always defended the world from demonic evil, empowered by the blood of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene in her veins. But when a brush with death leaves her gravely wounded, Patience decides to seek out the next in the bloodline and train her replacement. The replacement, meanwhile, is having enough trouble with finding her purpose even without the whole holy-warrior gig.