Monday, June 26, 2017

Comic Book Preview - VENOMVERSE #1 (OF 5)


VENOMVERSE #1 (OF 5)
CULLEN BUNN (W) • IBAN COELLO (A) Cover by NICK BRADSHAW

VARIANT COVER BY GUSTAVO DUARTE
POISON VARIANT COVER BY ELIZABETH TORQUE
VARIANT COVER BY CLAYTON CRAIN
VARIANT COVER BY TODD MCFARLANE
BLACK & WHITE REMASTERED VARAINT COVER BY TODD MCFARLANE
VIRGIN ART VARIANT COVER BY NICK BRADSHAW
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

THE VENOM EPIC OF THE FALL STARTS HERE! During a routine battle with the villainous Jack O’Lantern, Venom finds himself transported to a far-off world and learns a terrible truth – a deadly new species called the Poisons has emerged from the vastness of space, and to make matters worse, they’re hunting Venoms! Trapped on the planet’s surface with a ragtag band of Venomized heroes, Eddie has no choice but to mount a counteroffensive and hope to find a way home!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

Comic Book Preview - KINGSMAN: THE RED DIAMOND #1 (OF 6)


KINGSMAN: THE RED DIAMOND #1 (OF 6) - GEM OF THE MONTH
STORY:ROB WILLIAMS
ART / COVER A: SIMON FRASER
COVER B (INK VARIANT):SIMON FRASER
COVER C:DAVE GIBBONS
COVER D:ROB DOYLE
COVER E:FRANK QUITELY
COVER F: BLANK

SEPTEMBER 6 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Kingsman: The Golden Circle(starring Channing Tatum and Colin Firth)is in cinemas in September, and we’re launching the sequel to the hit comic book series by MARK MILLAR andDAVE GIBBONS with KINGSMAN: THE RED DIAMOND. Working-class super-spy Eggsy follows in his mentor’s footsteps but is still rough around the edges for a Kingsman agent. Rejected by his high school crush and hot on the heels of a rescue mission to save Prince Phillip, he embarks on an international terror plot in a story that starts where James Bond draws the line.ROB WILLIAMS (Suicide Squad,Action Comics)andSIMON FRASER take the helm for this stunning six-issue miniseries.

Comic Book Preview - MARVEL LEGACY #1


MARVEL LEGACY #1
JASON AARON (W) • ESAD RIBIC (A)
DOUBLE GATEFOLD COVER BY JOE QUESADA
Wraparound Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS
Variant Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover by GREG LAND TRADING CARD
VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
BLACK AND WHITE VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
BLACK AND WHITE VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS YOUNG
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
VARIANT COVER BY AMY REEDER

EVERYTHING STARTS HERE!
It begins at the dawn of the human race, and ends with a child’s prayer! In between, empires fall, mysteries brew, secrets are revealed, quests are undertaken and legends are forged! All leading up to the dramatic return you’ve been waiting for — and one you’ve been dreading! Jason Aaron (MIGHTY THOR) and Esad Ribic (SECRET WARS) usher in a new dawn — one whose rays will touch every corner of the Marvel Universe in the days to come! MARVEL LEGACY: It’s everything you’ve been longing for — and more! 64 PGS./ON-SHOT/Rated T+ …$5.99

Comic Book Preview - BOMBSHELLS UNITED #1 & #2


BOMBSHELLS UNITED #1
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
Variant cover by BABS TARR
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

The Bombshells are back in an all-new series!
As our new tale begins, the year is 1943, and Wonder Woman is called to Arizona for help by two young girls named Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy! The girls’ friends and families are being displaced from their homes and forced into internment camps! To save them, can Wonder Woman fight against the same people she once fought alongside?
On sale SEPTEMBER 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

BOMBSHELLS UNITED 2
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by STEPHANIE HANS

Wonder Woman has set up refuge for Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy’s friends and families in the middle of a forest—but displacement is displacement, and they want to go home. Then, to make matters worse, a spy has infiltrated the camp! Has Wonder Woman put everyone in even greater peril?
On sale SEPTEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

Monday's Headlines - Weekend Box Office

It seems the “Transformers” franchise is rusty. (Well....yeah)!

As of  the weekend, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment in the series directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $69.1 million from 4,069 domestic locations during its five-day opening weekend. That’s a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the modern series, which earned $70.5 million in 2007. “The Last Knight” carries an estimated $217 million production budget.

This makes “Transformers: The Last Knight” the latest summer blockbuster to bank on overseas ticket sales to have a shot at turning a profit. In China, the big-budget action sequel made $41 million in its opening day alone. The projected international cume through Sunday is $196.2 million, powered by $123.4 million in China. Imax screens will account for $24.3 million of the film’s total earnings this weekend.

The Last Knight” comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses “Baywatch” and “Ghost in the Shell.” While the latest “Transformers” movie has been advertised as “the final chapter” and Bay’s last go-around, the franchise will continue — Paramount has at least two more movies slated, including a spinoff that could star Hailee Steinfeld. The franchise has historically been massively profitable and seen solid multiples for the studio. Together, the first four earned over $1.3 billion domestically and well over $3.5 billion worldwide.

The latest take on the series centers on an alliance between Bumblebee, Cade Yeager — who Mark Wahlberg also played in 2014’s “Age of Extinction” — and roles played by franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock. Together, the team works together to save the world. Audiences have earned the film a B+ CinemaScore, while critics have mostly dismissed it — it currently holds a 15% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“In the end, our business is global. The global number does matter, and this movie is built for global audiences, said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s distribution president, who added, “We certainly would have liked to see more come out of the domestic market.”

Otherwise, “Wonder Woman” continues to post impressive numbers, holding onto second place during its fourth weekend in theaters. This weekend, it should earn an additional $25.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $318.4 million. Earlier this week, the film became the highest-grossing live-action movie to be directed by a woman — a major distinction for Patty Jenkins.

Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3” looks to earn $25.2 million domestically during its second weekend. Some estimates have the film slightly lower, just below $25 million. The family film, which won last weekend’s box office, is expected to pass the $100 million mark in North America by Monday.

“Transformers: The Last Knight’s” performance is a tough break for the summer box office’s bottom line domestically. For the past two years, this weekend has seen monster grosses for “Jurassic World” and “Finding Dory.” Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from “Despicable Me 3,” “Baby Driver,” and “The House.”

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Comic Book Preview - BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1


BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Cover by JASON FABOK

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world!

How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

ONE-SHOT • On sale SEPTEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • FOIL-STAMPED COVER • RATED T+

Comic Book Preview - INVINCIBLE #140


INVINCIBLE #140
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART/COVER: RYAN OTTLEY & NATHAN FAIRBAIRN
SEPTEMBER 20 / 24 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

“THE END OF ALL THINGS,” Part 8 (of 12)
Thragg has done the unthinkable, again, and pushed Mark to his breaking point. Wait...there are FOUR more issues after this one? How?!

Comic Book Preview - SECRET EMPIRE OMEGA #1


SECRET EMPIRE OMEGA #1
NICK SPENCER (W) • ANDREA SORRENTINO (A) Cover by MARK BROOKS
Variant Cover by MICHAEL CHO
VARIANT COVER BY MICHAEL TURNER BLACK AND WHITE
VARIANT COVER BY MICHAEL TURNER NO MORE HYDRA
VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH!
Hydra has fallen, but the world is still not secure! As the heroes of the Marvel Universe stir from the wreckage of the battlefield, the inevitable rebuilding must begin. • However, one question hangs in the air over the proceedings: What redemption can there be for Captain America?
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

Weekend Headlines - MARVEL LEGACY 'Changes the Comic Book Industry!'

Marvel has released a new image teasing a Marvel Legacy announcement that the publisher says fans "have been longing for," to be made on Friday, June 23 - one that it also claims will "change the comic book industry."

"A new initiative that will take things back to our iconic history, with a firm eye on the future, Marvel Legacy will present stories that remind everyone — newcomers and longtime fans alike — why Marvel stands as the premier name in fiction,” said Editor in Chief Axel Alonso in a statement. “Our titles will unearth gems from Marvel’s rich history, remind readers of connections between characters, and usher in the return of some major characters who’ve been missed.  Above all else, we want to inject our comics with a massive dose of fun!"

Notice yet another tease from Alonso about the retun of "major characters who've been missed." It is still unclear to which characters Alonso is referring specifically, but Alonso himself previewed an image earlier this week featuring Fantastic Four character Ben Grimm in a belt adorned with a "2" instead of a "4," and the recently amended solicit for Marvel Legacy #1 also foretells of a second return that it says fans "have been dreading."

Marvel Legacy #1 is due out on shelves September 27.