Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List! Each Wednesday, we'll look at the best new releases hitting comic shops (but because of the Memorial Day holiday, shipments were delayed this week, so we're posting on Thursday instead).
This time around we've got picks from DC/Vertigo, Marvel and Kaboom!
By Matt D. Wilson
Initially set to hit comic-shop shelves April 17, Marvel's new, all-female X-Men title by writer Brian Wood ("DMZ," "Star Wars") and artist Olivier Coipel ("Fear Itself") is all set to really release May 29, and the publisher's got the preview pages to prove it. Five of them, in fact.
Are Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel launching an all-female "X-Men" title? Maybe. All we know at this point thanks to Marvel's most recent one word tease, XX is the female chromosome, so this book being lady-centric is probably a safe bet.
In this week's installment of our ongoing series Avnegers vs. X-Men: War Journals we get to know a little more about each of the three artists on Marvel's massive, hero vs. hero vs. Phoenix event. Both John Romita Jr. and Adam Kubert discuss being part of a comics family dynasty and crawling out from the under the shadows of iconic fathers, while Olivier Coipel gives us a peek at X-Men pages that got him his start in the industry.
Watch the episode here:
Avengers vs X-Men: War Journals - Meet the AvX Artists
The architects behind the next big Marvel event gathered for a livestream today to talk about what was in store for Avengers vs. X-Men as well as answering a few fan questions in the process. As it goes, there wasn't a lot especially revelatory during the almost 45 minute chat, save learning that the Scarlet Witch will have a major part to play in the story and that the writers —Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, and Matt Fraction —will be divvying up the writing chores for the series, with Aaron and Bendis collaborating on the skeleton of the plot. Read More...
MTV Geek is pleased to give you your first look at The Mighty Thor #1, by Matt Fraction and Oliver Coipel. The issue doesn't go on sale until April 27th -- but take your first peek below!
By Chris Arrant
At both major superhero comic publishing power-houses DC and Marvel there exist a core group of creators that serve as the most valuable players and the engines for both companies' comics. Marvel recently identified its key writers with December's "Architects" announcements, but what about their counterparts – both across town at DC as well as their collaborating artists?
It's with that idea in mind that I've put pen to paper – or in this case finger to keyboard – to draw out the top talent in several categories. This exercise follows in the footsteps of Marvel's recent "Architects" announcement and "Young Guns" from years past, while taking a big picture look at both major companies' talent roster in five categories: writers, artists, special teams' creators, future franchise players and overlooked creators. Using sales charts, creator workloads as well as reader sentiment, I've compiled this list.
Take note: this looks at the talent pool based strictly on each company's primary lines of titles – the company-owned superhero lines.
They're where the ideas start, and where ideas turn into plots that turn into scenes and then dialogue. Both DC and Marvel have in-person meetings (called "summits") with their top writers to plan out story-arcs and goals for the future of individual titles, groups and lines as a whole. With the rise of readers following creators just as much as they follow characters, writers have become a key selling point as well as behind-the-scenes and behind-the-scenes coordinators with editors.
DC: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, James Robinson, Peter J. Tomasi, Gail Simone
MARVEL: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker
Marvel Comics has struck gold with "Wolverine and Jubilee" #1, which has sold out at the distributor level and gone back to press. The second printing of the comic by Kathryn Immonen and Phil Noto will feature a variant cover by Olivier Coipel, and will hit stands March 2nd.
Official Press Release:
WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE #1 Sells Out and Goes Back To Press!
After a resounding response to the first issue, Marvel is pleased to announce that the instant-hit Wolverine and Jubilee #1 has sold out at Diamond and will return with Wolverine And Jubilee #1 Second Printing Variant! From the fan-favorite creative team of Kathryn Immonen and Phil Noto, this issue picks up right where the chart topping “Curse of the Mutants” story left off in the pages of X-Men! The former X-Man turned vampire, Jubilee, is forced to deal with the choices she made and it’s tougher than everyone thought! It’s the book that ComicBookResources.com calls “a smart read” and Marvel wants to make sure everyone gets in on the action. Scrambling to try and find a way to give Jubilee a normal life, can the X-Men satisfy her bloodlust before it’s too late?! But when Jubilee is made an offer too good to refuse, Wolverine is forced to take matters into his own hands. It’s the issue that no X-Fan can miss, Wolverine And Jubilee #1 Second Printing Variant!
WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE #1 (of 4) (DEC108142)
Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN
Art by PHIL NOTO
Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale – 3/2/11
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AGE OF X: ALPHA #1 (NOV100514)
AGE OF X: ALPHA #1 COIPEL VARIANT (NOV100515)
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils by PAUL DAVIDSON & MORE
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Variant Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Rated A …$3.99
FOC – 1/3/11, On-Sale – 1/26/11