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The big news this week is the “death” of Wizard and ToyFare’s printed publications.  Effective immediately the magazines are dead, with the promise to re-launch an all-digital format in February that will be called ‘Wizard World.’  I’ve not read Wizard magazine in forever so I guess I’m partially to blame, but I use to love looking through it when I was a much younger comic book fan.  I loved the speculative articles about the superhero movies (and this was back when the only regular superhero movies we got were Tim Burton’s Batman).  It’s a sad day but also one that seemed to be coming, considering that most ‘traditional’ news magazines are even collapsing.

In other big news, DC & Archie Comics are now the last two publishers to drop the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval label on their books.  DC plans to start utilizing a rating system similar to the rest of the industry, while Vertigo will continue using MR for their own mature books.

And finally, Marvel released another teaser for the “Fear Itself” event that will be going down later this year.  This time it’s an image for “Fear Itself: Throne of Blood.”  It’s this kind of crazy image involving the icons for major Marvel heroes on the wall behind this guy that I’m guessing is a vampire (since that is written nicely across the front of the image).  I really really wish people would lay off vampires for awhile.  I’m still going with the idea that this “Fear Itself” event sounds interesting but…more vampires? Really?

This week is definitely another Marvel-dominated pull list.  We get to find out which member of the Fantastic Four dies and our first peak into Age of X.  Before I get into Marvel, though..

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