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FEATURE DC Writers Crisis PAGE 1 1-2 3 4 4 5 5 JUNE SOLICITATIONS PULL LIST DC Comics PAGE Marvel Comics PAGE Image Comics PAGE Dark Horse Comics PAGE IDW Publishing PAGE Valiant Entertainment PAGE DC COMICS CRITIQUES Superman: Hel on Earth Batman: Requiem MARVEL COMICS CRITIQUES Superior Spider-Man: My Own Worst Enemy IMAGE COMICS CRITIQUES Walking Dead: What Comes After Progeny Volume 1 Morning Glories

Feature: DC Writers Crisis


During the final weeks of March, two writers left their respective series before their first issues were released. Andy Diggle left for professional reasons on Action Comics while Joshua Hale Fialkov left both Green Lantern Corps and Red Lanterns. The dispute is due to editorial differences which conflicted with the story. Other DC Comics past writers affected included Gail Simone, George Perez, Rob Liefeld, and Nick Spencer leaving to believe the new corporate culture at DC with its parent company Warner Bros. creates a stressful environment for creators. After the launch of the New 52, DC Comics overwhelmed Marvel in sales however Marvel returned fired back with the launch of Marvel NOW! DC wants to get back to the New 52 levels however the constant editorial changes within the company are stressing the creators and pushing them to leave. The fans feel cheated as their favorite creators are no longer on the books after they have ordered them. After the Avengers film, the comic properties are valuable and could be worth between millions and billions. Compromise and collaboration seems to be the key when working with major franchises. However when rewrites and redraws are requested without compensation then this puts downward pressure on the creators to leave. This is causing more creators to create their own IP with companies like Image Comics rather than working for companies with corporate owned characters.

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DEVIL COMICS PULL LIST DC Comics June Solicitations


One month prior to the Man of Steel film, Superman debuts with two ongoing series including Greg Pak and Jae Lees Batman/Superman and Scott Snyder and Jim Lees Superman Unchained. Franchises with multiple titles involving a single character or a team are difficult to justify the $3.99 price tag especially for only a piece of a story. Most likely Scott Snyder will have a multiple crossover event with the other Superman-related titles similar to the Night of the Owls and Death of the Family events.

The Green Lantern franchise gets a reboot featuring new creative teams. The Orange Lantern Larfleeze gets his own series by superstar artist Scott Kolins and writer Keith Griffen. Trinity War protagonist gets her own series in June with Trinity of Sin: Pandora while the Phantom Stranger gets a title change to Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger. The book will soon be followed by Trinity of Sin: The Question in July. These books along with Justice League will build up to 1 Trinity War event later this year. the anticipated

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Highlights from the other June DC Comic book include: - The Justice League America #5 suffer a death within their own team - Green Arrow #21 discovers the Outsiders on the island - The origin of Shazam concludes in Justice League #21 - The Flash meets Kid Flash for the first time in The Flash #21 - The origin of the New 52 Parasite is revealed in Action Comics #21 - Batman #21 begins an 11-part story called Zero Year - Kurt Busiek brings back Astro City series with cover artist Alex Ross - 100 Bullets gets a sequel with Brother Lono by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso - Scott Snyder brings back American Vampire with The Long Road to Hell one-shot

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Marvel Comics June Solicitations


Brian Michael Bendis promised an unguessable ending to Age of Ultron #10. The final sequence is drawn by Joe Quesada and a follow-up is written by Mark Waid in Age of Ultron #10 A.I. The cover of this months Previews features Age of Ultron #10 A.I which may be an important comic as the Marvel Universe moves forward. Bendis was responsible for the aftermath of events including House of M, Secret Invasion, and Siege. House of M was followed by Decimation within the X-Men Universe, Dark Reign followed Secret Invasion, and the Heroic Age followed Siege. Most likely a new title will follow in July where a new Marvel Universe is kicked off leading into Jonathan Hickmans Infinity. In movie news Chris Cooper joins the cast of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 featuring Norman Osborn while Halle Berry is back as Storm for Bryan Singers X-Men: Days of Future Past. A 2-part prelude comic to Thor: The Dark World is released as the movie set for a November premiere. Highlights from the other June Marvel Comic book include: Avengers #14 begins the prelude to the upcoming Infinity event Cyclops faces the Uncanny Avengers in All-New X-Men #12 & 13 Superior Spider-Man #11 & 12 deals with the villains within the Raft prison Joe Madureira is drawing Wolverine with Zeb Wells in Savage Wolverine #6 Ultimate Comics Ultimates #25 begins the Ultimates Disassembled storyline

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Image Comics June Solicitations


A collection of latest trades are released including Infinite Vacation, Walking Dead, Where is Jake Ellis?, and Top Cows Pogeny. - Greg Ruck and Michael Lark launch Lazarus #1 - The second issue of Jupiters Legacy is released - The Walking Dead #111 Lucille is going to be so jealous

Dark Comics May Solicitations


A series of Star Wars trades are released including Star Wars Purge, Agent of the Empire, and Dawn of the Jedi. The Star Wars franchise is focusing on a generation who grew up with Obi-wan and Anakin rather than Luke, Han, and Leia.

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IDW Publishing May Solicitations


A new franchise joins the publisher with The X-Files: Season 10 continuing the adventures of Agents Scully and Mulder. Much like the Buffy Season 9 series in Dark Horse and Smallville Season 11 series in DC Comics, extending the TV series in another medium appeals to die-hard fans of the series. The Transformers franchise brings a digital release in book form with Transformers: Monstrosity. These 99 cents, short issues, originally released weekly give mobile device users a quick and cheap read for their entertainment. Other June highlights from the publisher include: Locke & Key writer Joe Hill co-writes a 3-issue limited series called Thumbprint The G.I. Joe concludes two story arcs in G.I. Joe and Special Missions The Transformers 30th anniversary book collects from Marvel, Dreamwave and IDW Chris Robersons Edison Rex is collected in trade paperback

Valiant Entertainment May Solicitations


The H.A.R.D Corps debuts after 20 years in Harbinger Wars #3 while Dr. Mirage debuted in Shadowman #5 much like Ninjak in X-O Manowar #5. The recent issues of Archer & Armstrong introduced the concept of the Rising Spirit AKA Rai. Past Valiant characters are slowly coming back as the universe heads towards a major crossover mostly like titled Unity.

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DC COMICS MARCH CRITIQUES SUPERMAN: HEL ON EARTH

SUPERMAN: HEL ON EARTH HARDCOVER Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet and prepares as he joins Cat Grant on a new venture. Shortly afterwards Superman deals and kills an indigenous creature from Krypton promptly Supergirl to confront him of the existence of their home planet. Supergirl discovers her mother shot her father while he was experimenting on her. She discovers her own Fortress of Solitude left by her late father and uses it to deal with Tycho. Supergirl heads out and confronts Superman as he is dealing with a indige nous creature from Krypton. Meanwhile HEL the lost child of Krypton has taken Superboy and convinces Supergirl to go back and save Krypton become its destruction. Supergirl wants to talk to Superman before making any decisions so HEL transports him to Clarks apartment. Later Superman meets HEL who is ready to snap Superboys neck.

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Superman stops him however HEL attacks Supergirl by manipulating his appearance to look like Superman so she will allied her self with him leaving Superman to seek the help of Lex Luthor. He reveals HEL will collapse the solar system to create enough en ergy to travel back in time to save Krypton. Superman leaves and summons the Justice League to take back the Fortress of Soli tude from HEL and stop him from destroying Earth. SERIES HIGHLIGHTS - Superman saves Superboy by giving him his armor suit as HEL arrives - Supergirl enters Kandor and retrieves a Quantum Crystal for HEL - The Justice League and Superboy break through the Fortress of Solitudes shields - Both Superman and Superboy get teleported through a series of pocket dimensions - The Herald of the Oracle awakens and claims the Earth shall die - The Flash manages to vibrate through the Fortress of Solitude however encounters Supergirl - The Flash uses Supermans armory to stop Supergirl as the Oracle heads towards Earth - The Star Chamber is activated, the Oracle arrives, Wonder Woman and Supergirl fight - Supergirl stops HEL by plunging Kryptonite into his chest as he travels back to Kryptons past - Jor-EL finds HEL in the past before the destruction of Krypton SUPERBOY ANNUAL #1 Both Superman and Superboy are teleported into another dimension. Meanwhile HEL and Supergirl attempt to drain the Suns en ergy so they will have enough power to teleport them back through space and time to save Krypton. Superman and Superboy return back to Earth from the pocket dimension after a few days but it has been minutes in the New 52 Universe.

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Overall the battle is between the Superman family and HEL who eventually ends back into Kryptons past. The story will eventu ally continue later in the year as the consequences of the story plays out. In Superman #0, it is shown that Superman ends up back in Kryptons past in a black suit. The story could have better executed as it leaves us hanging for another crossover later in the year. This hardcover collects Superman #0 (2011) Superman #13-#17 Superboy #13-#17 Supergirl #13-#17 Superboy Annual #1 NEEDS IMPROVEMENT 3 OUT OF 5

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BATMAN: REQUIEM

BATMAN: REQUIEM HARDCOVER The fallout of the death of Batmans son Damian Wayne begins one month after the events of Death of the Family. Following the death of Damian, Detective Comics shows us Batman dealing with the Penguin whose criminal empire is taken over by his former assistant who is now Emperor Penguin. The issue sets up the 900 issue of Detective Comics next month which involves Man-Bats and Zsasz who was released during the events of Death of the Family by the Joker.

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Worlds Finest presents the daughter of Bruce Wayne of Earth 2, Helena Wayne, visit the grave of Damian just before the arrival of Batman. Batman finds a final letter from his son Damian in Batman & Robin #18. Batgirl discovers Damian died however deal with the situation at hand in Batgirl #18. Harper Row and her brother Cullen visit Blackgate Penitentiary to visit their dad. Afterwards she witness Batman pushed towards the edge after the death of Robin for a week then confronts him in Batman #18. Catwoman steals some paintings from the Gotham Museum to draw out Batman however later returns them in Catwoman #18. After the events of Death of the Family , Batman tells Nightwing about an auction which is selling the Flying Graysons costume in Nightwing #18. After the Joker laced the Red Hoods mask with acid, Jason Todd is recovering in Red Hood and the Outlaws #18. Tim Drake who is grieving after the death of Damian created the Teen Titans to protect young super powered teenagers from harm while the adults save the world in Teen Titans #18. This hardcover collects Detective Comics #18 Worlds Finest #10 Batman and Robin #18 Batgirl #18 Batman #18 Catwoman #18 Nightwing #18 Red Hood and the Outlaws #18 Teen Titans #18 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

MARCH COMICS MARCH CRITIQUES SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: MY OWN WORST ENEMY

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: MY OWN WORST ENEMY TRADE PAPERBACK Following the events of the Amazing Spider-Man #700, Doctor Otto Octavius now lives in the body and mind of Peter Parker who died after swapping minds with Doctor Octopus old body. Now Peter deals with the new Sinister Six who tries to steal from Horizon Labs. The Superior Spider-Man defeats the Sinister Six however realizes that he could not kill them because Peter Parker is still alive within his own body!

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Peter attempts to seal the deal with Mary Jane and plants spider-bots across the city for his patrols. The vultures strikes Mary Janes nightclub and steals something from a secret vault while throwing MJ out the window. Peter catches her with a web-net and tells her their relationship is a trap and he needs to move on. MJ tells Carlie who remembers what Doctor Otto said the last time they met. Carlie is heading back to work and solve the mystery of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Superior Spider-Man tracks down the Vulture who discovers he uses children to commit crimes. Spider-Man takes him down in a very violent manner. SERIES HIGHLIGHTS - Doc Ock discovers Peter Parker did not receive his doctorate degree - Massacre escapes from his Ravencroft Asylum while the Green Goblin returns - Massacre wants to wear the competitor of Burgertown while slaughtering people - Spider-Man uses facial software on his Spider-bots to track down Massacre - Spider-Man stops Massacre by killing him and brings all parties to justice This trade paperback collects Superior Spider-Man (2013) #1-5 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 5 OUT OF 5

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IMAGE COMICS MARCH CRITIQUES THE WALKING DEAD: WHAT COMES AFTER

WALKING DEAD VOLUME 18: WHAT COMES AFTER TRADE PAPERBACK After Glenns death, Rick sends Jesus to follow Dwight back to the Saviors camp while Negan walks into the community to take their share of supplies. Negan leaves however Carl stowaways on his trucks to exact revenge for Glenn. Jesus is spotted by the Saviors and is taken back to the camp however he escapes after knowing their location. The Saviors remain quiet about the Jesus incident to avoid Negans wrath. Carl surprises the Saviors however is stopped by Dwight and is at the mercy of Negan. Carl discovers the ruthlessness of Negan who has numerous wives. One of his wives cheated on him so he punishes their former husband with a hot iron. Negan thinks of a punishment for Carl who killed several of his men. Jesus heads back to camp to reveal Negans location and Rick decides to head over there to find his son Carl. They both mean halfway and Negan reveals he has done something to Carl which was a lie. Jesus comes back and reveals the location of the Saviors and Rick is ready to meet Ezekiel. The first lieutenant of Negan betrays him and joins up with Rick, Jesus, and Ezekiel to put an end to this once and for all. This trade paperback collects Walking Dead #103-108 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

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PROGENY VOLUME 1

PROGENY VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK Following the original 13-part Artifacts which established a new status quo in the Top Cow Universe, the consequences from that storyline reaches a head as the Artifact bearers confront Jackie Estacado who made the world in his image. The Progeny story arc is a sequel to the events of the original 13-part Artifacts arc. Tom Judge the bearer of the Rapture confronts Jackie along with other bearers including the Angelus, Magdalena, and the Heart Stone. Tom has also allied himself with the previous Darkness Aram.

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The bearers realize the new world Jackie created also brought the Ancient Ones which are forces older than the Darkness. Now these forces are coming together to destroy the world. However Jackie is not alone as he has joined with Balakov who is one of the Ancient Ones. Tom and his Artifact bearers are defeated and they realize they need allies including the Witchblade. The one-month crossover had little effect on the whole Top Cow Universe. It would have been nice to see lasting repercussions of the story moving forward instead of a jumping-the-shark issue. SERIES HIGHLIGHTS - Tom Judge reveals to Sara that the universe is remade by Jackie Estacado - Jackie reveals to Sara that she was the one who killed Hope in the previous universe - Jackie has been replaced by a doppelganger while Tom and Tilly head to Jackies estate - Tilly decides to set things right by killing the lynchpin of Jackies universe: Jenny - As Tom Judge attempts to kill Jenny, Sara arrives and saves her life - Sara joins Tom Judge to stop both the Darkness and the Ancient Ones This trade paperback collects Artifacts #25-26 Witchblade #164 The Darkness #111 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

MORNING GLORIES: TRUANTS

MORNING GLORIES VOLUME 4: TRUANTS TRADE PAPERBACK In the past Georgina and Lara are sisters and a girl named Vanessa who is sent from the future by an adult Lara. However Lara kills Vanessa to prove her love to her father. Four years ago six students are called the Truants which include Guillaume, Vanessa, Fortunato, Akiko, Ian, and Irina are sent to save their spiritual leader Abraham. Two years ago these students went through the same trails as the present students of the Morning Glory Academy. Irina shot the father of Georgina and Lara. In the present Irina shot Zoe and injures Hunter as the group joins Juns former classmates. Juns former classmates lead Hunter to the tower where Juns brother is conducting a sacrificial ceremony. Hunter is shot by Irina and runs into a future Jade while the ghost monster named David kills Juns twin brother. Irina is desperate to set things right and wants to kill the son of Abraham, Ike. Sixteen years ago Abraham leaves his son and travels with Reginald. In the present Reginald interrogates Ike and asks him where the students from Woodrun are. Reginald threatens to kill Jade unless he kills his father. As soon as Ike sees his father he shoots Reginald and the guards while pointing a gun at Jade demanding an explanation from his father. The first season of Morning Glories ends with issue #25. The 25th issue had less answers than the past 24. Some mysteries should end while others continue to evolve the story. I really wish I had not invested in the story in the first place. It seems all the story does it prolong the series further without adequate explanation of what has happened in the past. Nick Spencer has a ridiculous story that is so convoluted that the first 25 issues of the story is a mix mass of crap. This trade paperback collects Morning Glories #20-25 FUBAR 1 OUT OF 5

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