Marvel and DC. Two heavy hitters, both with special summer events leading into bigger story lines. But, one of them is playing dirty.
For those of you that don’t know what’s going on. Comic book companies publish a huge story arc, known as an “Event”, which spreads out among multiple books and characters. This basically ass fucks your wallet. You wanna keep up with the whole story? Well you gotta pay! PAY!
For Marvel, it’s their Fear Itself series. On the other side of the super here tracks is DC, who are banking on their Flashpoint story arc. Well, Marvel is being a bully. For every 50 copies of any of the Flashpoint #1’s that retailers rip the cover from, Marvel will send them a rare, variant cover of Fear Itself #6, which can be sold at a higher price.. What…the…fuck!
Fear Itself #2 has already sold more copies than Flashpoint #1. Marvel has already showed it has the stronger of the summer series. Asking people to do this unnecessary destruction is just rubbing salt in the wound. Not only is it a kick in the proverbial balls, but they could very well be pissing on the future of the DCU. Flashpoint is meant to be the lead-in for DC’s new 52 series, relaunching almost every hero and villain the their library. It’s also the beginning of DC’s initiative to sell digital copies of issues on the same day of the print release.
Is it unethical? No, not really. Just a competitive business decision from the higher ups. Douchey on the other hand? Yes.
What do you think? Is this an unfair move from a company already on top?
Super Hero Round Up? All the little Superhero movie and news bits that you should know about, but just can’t make a full post on their own. Sneaks peaks in this roundup includes the Avengers teaser poster, the original Superman Returns opening sequence, everything you want to know about Fear itself and Flashpoint, a new Spiderman Edge of Time trailer, cardboard super hero costumes, Dark Knight Rises teaser gets animated and a Captain Canuck film in development.
San Diego Comic-con News: The Avengers Teaser Poster
Coming straight from the official site for Marvel’s The Avengers the official teaser poster has been released to the public, right in time for Comic-con. Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, this is Marvel’s brass ring-dipped in gold and sprinkled with awesome.
When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Amanda Righetti. The Avengers hit theaters everywhere May 4, 2012.
Source: Coming Soon
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
We finally have some new information regarding the next Marvel Comics big event, entitled: Fear Itself!
Earlier today, Marvel held a press conference detailing a little bit more about the upcoming big event, which will be written by Matt Fraction with pencils by Stuart Immonen, and is currently slated to hit in April and run seven issues.
The conference, held by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, opened with him describing the current state of fear we are all exposed to:
All you need to do really is turn on a TV, a computer, a radio, and you’re sure to find a pundit, a politician, a prophet out there ready to tell you what you should be afraid of, who’s responsible and why you should be afraid of them. It’s a world divided. At the end of the day, you’ve got to ask yourself who should you trust? Who do you trust? 24 hour news cycles, weather change, WikiLeaks, depression, recession, bailouts, bankers … From World War II to Apollo 11 to September 11; the events that shaped our world have shaped the Marvel Universe
The true nature of the event is still being kept under wraps, but Quesada added, rather mysteriously, “Who will be the eight most worthy on the planet?”
Who indeed …
At the end of the conference, writer Matt Fraction spoke and said that this will be the biggest story Marvel has told, and that fans should expect an “extinction-grade threat.”
Everyone is afraid of something right now … the Marvel heroes versus the god of Fear. The more you fear him, the stronger he gets.
Perhaps this is a reference to Phobos (the god of fear and son of Aries, the god of war), and that he finally goes off his rocker? Stay tuned and find out!
According to IGN, Vice President and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort stated that Fear Itself will be comparable to Civil War in its scope, but more akin to Secret Invasion in the way they handle the tie-in series and crossovers. He also confirmed that the seeds for Fear Itself have been planted over the last year, and that readers should have a good time going back to find them all. A central idea of Fear Itself will revolve around a long-hidden event that occurred at some point in the past that, when revealed, will change the way we look at the Marvel heroes.
Fear Itself hits in April 2011, proceeded by a prelude issue written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Scot Eaton.