BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for January 24th, 2012A comics news article
Hey, all! Welcome back! When I took over this, I was warned to be careful about posting rumors. So, I made sure that I everything stated in an article was confirmed by at least one other source. But some rumors are pretty awesome and I really wanted to discuss a few.
Which brings me to why I am actually telling you about this. Today, I have added a new section to these posts: SCUTTLEBUZZ, a collection of rumors regarding comics and comic-related internet jargon. It'll pop up every once in a while when I find something that I think you all may find interesting or for however long Bleeding Cool exists.
Bullet Points is Comics Bulletin's weekday roundup of some of the most notable news, criticism, tweets and other craziness of the comics industry.
Think of it as the entire comics internet shrunk down into one convenient article, for people with not enough time to check every single comics website on the Internet.
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Marvel has unveiled the Avengers Art Appreciation variant covers for their April line of comics. Many of Marvel's regular artists took part, channeling famed artists throughout history, to provide fifteen variant covers for their comics; each more stunning than the last.
One of my favorites is Julian Totino's cover for Uncanny X-Force #24, which is in the style of Georges-Pierre Seurat's Impressionist classic, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, or "that painting that Cameron was staring at in the museum scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off".
Check out the rest of these beautiful variant covers over at The Beat.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Smell Like an Avenger
Haven't you always wanted to smell like The Hulk? ...No? Well, Jads International still has you covered.
In one of the strangest tie-in marketing ploys I have ever seen, Jads International -- the makers of the "Shirtless Kirk" Cologne -- has started a Marvel Collection of men's cologne for your favorite characters, including fragrances for the upcoming Joss Whedon epic, The Avengers.
There is a scent for four of Earth's mightiest heroes. "Patriot", for Captain America; "Mark VII", for Iron Man; "Smash", for the Hulk (of course); and "Worthy", for Thor.
Also included in the Marvel Collection is "Mischief", the scent of Loki, and "Infinity Formula", the scent of Nick Fury.
And coming down the line from the Marvel Collection: Spider-Man and Deadpool. I don't even want to know what the latter smells like.
Yup... can't make this shit up.
(via Comics Alliance)
Colossus is the First 2012 Marvel Select Figure!
2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Select line of action figures from Diamond Select Toys. And, as everyone knows, the gift you give for your tenth anniversary is one thing: STEEL!
As the first figure this year, Diamond is putting out the Colossus figure. He stands at 8.75 inches (big, considering the line is a 7-inch scale) and has 16 points of articulation. Also, it looks AWESOME!
Cleveland Airport to Hopefully Get a Superman Tribute
The Siegel and Shuster Society is raising funds to build a monument to the Man of Steel in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, honoring the creators -- Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster -- who both created the character as teenagers growing up in Greater Cleveland, Ohio.
The tribute is expected to cost between $40-$50k and will include a towering statue of Superman, a mural with facts about his creators and creation and will all be under the words "Greater Cleveland's Greatest Hero" and "Did You Know Superman Was Born in Cleveland?"
The Siegel and Shuster Society are accepting donations. Send to:
The Siegel and Shuster Society
7100 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
I, for one, think it will make layovers in Cleveland seem far less excruciating...
If you aren't currently reading Archie, you're doing it wrong! Here's a preview of tomorrow's Archie #629, "Archie Meets KISS" Part 3:
Rocksteady Studios Developing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Video Game?
Rumor: Rocksteady Studios -- developers of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City -- are rumored to be working hard on a video game based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Crisis.
If True?: The game would include a collection of characters and villains from both the comics and animated series. It is said to also have a dark tone, like that of the team's Batman games, but also also have many humorous moments.
Why Probably False?: The site that reported this, the Pale Gale Network, does not have a source from within Rocksteady tied to the rumor and Rocksteady has not even responded to the claim.
I do want this to be true because there hasn't been a good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game since the classic arcade title. Plus, having an open-world New York to run through by going through sewers would be all kinds of fun!
But hey, maybe it is true. After all, they are called Rocksteady Studios...
The Robins, a New Title by Jeff Lemire?
I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire. Essex County is just beautiful, Sweet Tooth is my favorite ongoing title right now, his run on Superboy was the first time I was ever compelled to read the character and his current DC titles -- Animal Man and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. -- are two of my favorites in the New 52 universe. So when I hear that DC is looking to Lemire to create a new title, I get a bit giddy.
Rumor: Jeff Lemire will write a new ongoing series called The Robins.
If True?: The title will star Damien Wayne, Tim Drake, Jason Todd and Dick Grayson while featuring very little to no Batman.
Why Probably False?: Jeff Lemire is swamped with two ongoings that he is currently writing and another that he is both writing and illustrating. I don't know if he can handle taking on another series and no one would like to see any of them suffer as a result of him being stretched too thin.
I personally would LOVE for this to be true! If it is, I will definitely be picking it up. Also, I want to know how Jason Todd will play into the series.
(via Bleeding Cool)
Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2 from IDW
Release Date: March 2012
Creators: Peter David, Marc Guggenheim, Sandy Plunkett, Stan Sakai, Bill Sienkiewicz, Darwyn Cooke, Dave Stevens
The Skinny: IDW is bringing Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer back for another anthology series in March with Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2! The first issue will be extra-long with 25 pages of story and art from the likes of Peter David, Marc Guggenheim, Sandy Plunkett, Stan Sakai, and Bill Sienkiewicz, with a pin-up by Arthur Adams and covers by Darwyn Cooke and Dave Stevens. A portion of the series' profits will go to Hairy Cell Leukemia research, just as the first series did.
Prejudgment: As a fan of The Rocketeer and most of the names on the list of contributers, I am all too excited for this to start! If you haven't yet, Stevens' The Rocketeer is available for $5.99 on ComiXology while the first volume of Rocketeer Adventures is available for $1.99 per issue.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Adventures from Marvel
Release Date: April 2012
Creators: Chris Yost (writer), Adam Dekraker (pencils)
The Skinny: Marvel introducing two new all-ages ongoing series based on their Disney XD animated series. The first is based on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, written by Chris Yost and drawn by Adam Dekraker.
Prejudgment: Coming up in next post...
Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures from Marvel
Release Date: April 2012
Creators: Man of Action (writer), Dan Slott (writer), Ty Templeton (writer), Nuno Plati (artist)
The Skinny: The other title is based on the upcoming animated series, Ultimate Spider-Man, premiering on April 1st on Disney XD. This one will be written by Man of Action (Ben 10), Dan Slott and Ty Templeton with art by Nuno Plati.
Prejudgment: I applaud Marvel for getting some great creators behind these all-ages books. Dan Slott has been doing some great stuff with Amazing Spider-Man and Chris Yost is the current head writer of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, so the comic will not seem so far off from the series that kids will wonder what is going on. I might actually pick up Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures for the writers attached alone!
The Ride from 12-Gauge
Release Date: Preview on May 5, 2012 (Free Comic Book Day)
Creators: Nathan Edmondson (writer), Paul Azaceta (artist)
Publisher: 12-Gauge Comics
The Skinny: 12-Gauge is bringing back the anthology series that made the company what it is: The Ride. The series was created by 12-Gauge president Keven Gardner and featured a collection of stories of crime and mayhem with one unifying theme: a 1968 Camaro. The preview will lead right into a new series!
Prejudgment: As a recent fan of Nathan Edmondson's Who is Jake Ellis?, I am ready to be the first one at the door of my comic shop on Free Comic Book Day to get the preview of this.
READ THIS COMIC
Mark Andrew Smith (writer of one of Comics Bulletin's favorite series, Gladstone's School for World Conquerors, from Image) has been slowly putting up the entire first volume of his series -- The New Brighton Archeological Society -- up on the web, page-by-page. He is currently up to page 107 and will keep throwing them up to get people ready for the second volume.
@mistergrist: No nominations for Tin Tin in the animated film category? How'd that happen then?
@MKupperman: Most people don't know that Slimer in Ghostbusters was played by Paul Simon. As they said at the time, "There goes slimin' Simon."
@Paul_Cornell: Dirty great serious work day today: Hamilton; final novel edit and secret project in a new medium for me. Tired and happy.
@JoshFialkov: @Paul_Cornell I've been really looking forward to your poetry written entirely with human feces and elephant testicle. Or was that a secret?
@evandorkin: Manga sales are down & will continue to drop due to a curse I put on the industry. This curse will remain until Cromartie High is finished.
WATCH THIS VIDEO
This is a video from Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run) for the upcoming Cartoon Network block, DC Nation. It's pretty great!
Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.