This week in Super Folk, Publishers Weekly's superhero news roundup, strong July sales, Marvel announces its Marvel NOW creative teams, new works from Image, IDW, Liquid Comics and more.
Strong July Sales
2012’s strong sales continued in July, with comic book sales up 22.09% and graphic novels up 16.89% over July 2011, according to ICv2. After months of edging closer to Marvel, DC Comics finally took the top spot in dollar share with 32.71% to Marvel’s 31.96%, thanks in part to hit graphic novel, Batman: Earth One. Image took the third spot with 9.42% thanks to the huge sales of The Walking Dead #100, IDW was at fourth with 6.61%, then Dark Horse at 4.51% and Dynamite at 2.77%. The Walking Dead #100 was the highest selling individual issue with the rest of the list consisting of three Avengers Vs. X-Men title and six DC titles including Batman and Justice League.
Marvel NOW Teams Announced
Last week, Marvel announced seven new creative teams for its upcoming Marvel NOW comics. The new teams, revealed with teaser images that boldly exclaimed one word characteristics of the series are as follows: writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic on Thor, writer Mark Waid and artist Leinil Yu on Hulk, writer Rick Remender and artist John Romita, Jr. on Captain America, writer Matt Fraction and artist Mark Bagely on Fantastic Four, Fraction and artist Mike Allred on another Fantastic Four titles (possibly FF), writer Si Spurrier and artist Tan Eng Huat on X-Men Legacy, and comedian Brian Posehn, writer Gerry Dugan and artist Tony Moore on Deadpool. These join the previously announced new Iron Man team of Kieron Gillen and Greg Land. On Monday, Marvel revealed the cover to the first issue of Iron Man #1, featuring new armor for Tony Stark, and Gillen promises a new suit in each of the series’ first five issues.
Nemesis 2 Release Date, New Shanna?
Marvel has pushed back the release date for Nemesis Returns, the sequel to 2009’s Nemesis written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Steve McNiven, from September 2012 to January 2013. The publisher explained the reason for the change was to ensure a monthly release date for each issue.
Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 blog is reporting a new Shanna the She-Devil series by artist Frank Cho, after the writer/artist posted a work in progress cover for the first issue. Cho, who wrote and drew a Shanna miniseries in 2005, recently admitted to working on a secret project for Marvel.
New from IDW, Image, Liquid and Ivan Brandon
Last week, cartoonist Kyle Baker revealed Circuit Breaker, a new comic by Baker and writer Kevin McCarthy, coming soon from Image. The book is a Tezuka-inspired story about a young girl robot in Tokyo, and was originally referred to as “Hotwire” a few weeks ago. Also from Image, popular cartoonist Brandon Graham (Prophet, King City) is reviving Multiple Warheads, a hyper-stylized story about an organ smuggler and a werewolf that Graham worked on for Oni Press in 2007, but never finished. The first issue of volume two is set to debut in October.
IDW announced a partnership with the Library of Congress to publish a rare Star Trek comic strip that ran for four years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1, which collects the strips that ran from 1979 to 1981 and features work by Thomas Warkentin, Sharman DiVono and Ron Harris, is scheduled to arrive in hardcover in October. IDW also announced Jinrise, a new debut comic from Jabal Entertainment, founded by Sohaib Awan. The new series, written by Awan and co-writers Tony Vassallo and Carli Ihde and illustrated by Timothy Yates, centers on Andrew Marcus, a student who unleashes a race of Jinn (AKA genie). Jinrise arrives in 2013.
Liquid Comics announced Coming of Rage, a new five-issue series from horror director Wes Craven and written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night). Little is known about the series other than it will include classic movie monsters such s werewolves, zombies and vampires.
Writer Ivan Brandon (Men of War, 24Seven) has a new comic book imprint coming out called Offset Comics that will feature work by artist Chuck BB (Black Metal, Spider Island: I Love New York City). Additional details are scarce, but Brandon promises more to come soon.
A Name and a Change for DC
In the latest round of solicitations, DC Comics revealed the name of mysterious new Green Lantern that first appeared in the publisher’s Free Comic Book Day offering as “Baz,” (the Arabic word for falcon). Baz will make his debut in September’s Green Lantern #0, by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke, and supposedly plays a major role in the upcoming “Third Army” storyline.
On Monday, DC announced that writer John Higgins will replace Len Wein on The Curse of the Crimson Corsair, a back-up story in the upcoming Before Watchmen: Doctor Manhattan. Wein, the editor of the original Watchmen, will still write Before Watchmen: Epilogue and Before Watchmen: Ozymandias.
2000AD Goes Day-And-Date
Long running British sci-fi comics anthology 2000 AD announced a simultaneous digital and print schedule through Apple’s Newsstand, allowing readers worldwide access to the newest prog (issue) the day it hits stands in the U.K. Individual issues are $2.99 while a subscription for one month is $10.99 and $109.99 for the year.
The Comics Journal Goes Digital
Thanks to a partnership between Fantagraphics and Alexander Street Press, all 35 years of past issues of The Comics Journal is now available on ASP’s Underground and Independent Comics online archive. Now institutions can subscribe to the archive for access to over 25,000 pages of interviews and 75,000 pages of comics dating back to the 1950s.