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August solicits for Marvel and Image

Marvel solicits here, Image solicits here.

Marvel
* Welp, so Moon Knight will be only six issues. But six glorious issues they will be.

* I guess Mighty Avengers is still tied up in the Original Sin backstory plot? Otherwise I have no idea where this sudden escalation in threat came from.

* The She-Hulk solicit heralding the return of Javier Pulido sent me hunting through July's solicits, where Ron Wemberly filled in. I can't stand Pulido on this book but find Wemberly intriguing, so maybe I will check out the July issue.

* Black Widow is a crossover with The Punisher, which I guess makes sense since they're written by the same person, but my interest in The Punisher is less than zero. It is negative interest.

* I don't like the way the Elektra solicit is phrased. "The critically-acclaimed and captivating story of Elektra's search for redemption reaches a bloody climax"? Does that mean the series will be almost over? :( Not that I expected del Mundo to keep up a monthly schedule indefinitely, but 6-7 issues is still not very many issues. :(

* Kamala+Wolverine. Erm. What I want is Kamala+basically any female superhero. Logan+teenage girl is nearly always amusing, but I've seen it a LOT, you know what I mean?

* I have no idea what this Disney Kingdoms: Figment title is about, but the art is pretty.

* This cover for Storm #2 is not filling me with confidence.

* So we get a new writer for X-Men. I'm pleased that we're chucking Brian Wood, under the circumstances, but OTOH Guggenheim has a less than stellar track record with comics. OTOOH, space! Space is good!

* Meanwhile, the parade of artists continues for X-Men; #18 features Dexter Soy. That's 7 artists in 18 issues, for those keeping count.

* No Hawkeye. No Loki.

Image
* The cover for Remender's Low #2: so pretty, and yet so irritating. (I'm open to being less irritated if I discover that it's not supposed to be taken at face value.)

* Saga. <3333

* Oh man, Trees is up to #4 already. That's the weirdo Warren Ellis quiet alien invasion project. That means the first issue should be out by now. I'll have to look it up.

* No Pretty Deadly. No Rocket Girl. I suspect we've seen the last of them (or will have seen, after I read Rocket Girl #5 today).

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ladymercury_10
May. 21st, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
That Storm cover looks like a commissioned marker sketch, not a finished cover. :/

How has Rocket Girl been? I gave up after #3 because it was too slow for me.
snickfic
May. 22nd, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
You know, it's been so long since I've read any Rocket Girl that I can't remember! Just that the art was adorable. But I have a new issue waiting for me from yesterday, so I will get to that soon.

dhampyresa
May. 22nd, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
That Storm cover is terrible. I don't think Agent of Asgard is getting cancelled: they sold out all their ad space in the latest issue.
snickfic
May. 22nd, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
they sold out all their ad space in the latest issue.

I'm not sure how to interpret this. Is that unusual? Also, how did you find out?
dhampyresa
May. 22nd, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm basing all this on the note at the end of the recap page for issue 4, but I would say, yes, it's unusual. Apparently letter pages are what they run when they haven't sold all their add space, so given how common letter pages are... As far as I know, ads are how Marvel/DC make a lot of their money so the more adspace they sell the more they're invested in keeping that comic running. it probably also means that the comic sells a lot, making the add-sspace within attarctive to investors. So sold-out add-space + many copies sold = the book is probably surviving in some form or another.
snickfic
May. 23rd, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
Huh, I did not know that about letter pages! Ironic, then, that I'm likeliest to get notes from authors whose books are doing badly. :P

Anyway, very cool! I really love this book and am ecstatic that it's doing well, even if the Diamond numbers don't look all that great.
dhampyresa
May. 24th, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
What are Diamond numbers?
snickfic
May. 24th, 2014 05:18 am (UTC)
Oh, Diamond is the company that distributes comics to the comic stores every week, and their sales numbers are, AFAIK, the only public numbers available for sales of single issues. So they're interesting to look at, even though they don't account for, say, digital comics. I look at them every month at CBR.
dhampyresa
May. 25th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
Just the one company? Huh.
snickfic
May. 25th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
Yup! Although they don't service the non-specialized bookstores, like B&N.
dhampyresa
May. 26th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
That sounds like a terrible business model.
ericadawn16
May. 23rd, 2014 05:24 am (UTC)
I'm so EXCITED about the Figment title. It's based off an attraction at EPCOT which revolves around a dragon who's crazy because he's a FIGMENT of your imagination and the man in charge of him. Now the new comic has added in steampunk and all sorts of added craziness!

I wonder if they'll have references to the closed/changed portions from the original ride.

*fingers crossed*

Dreamfinder isn't even in the attraction anymore, sadly.
snickfic
May. 23rd, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! That explains why I didn't recognize any of the characters. The art looks really neat, though, and more steampunk is very rarely a bad thing.
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