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2018 Comics Round-Up 2018 Comics Round-Up

Batman’s Bookcase asked me for comic book recommendations, and there aren’t ever enough characters to contain all my feelings. Here’s an attempt.

Dundee University unveils untold treasures of Comicopolis Dundee University unveils untold treasures of Comicopolis

Move over Rebellion! A motherload of rare early edition comics have been found among thousands being catalogued at the University of Dundee library. While working on the archive American PhD student Hailey Austin has found publications that she describes as historically significant.

Fuck You, Marvel.

Last week, at New York Comic-Con, Marvel announced that a five issue mini-series, Shadow of Vader, was going to be written by Chuck Wendig. Today, Chuck Wendig announced that Marvel had fired him. Why? Because his Twitter had been “too vulgar and negative.”

Rebellion buys comics treasure trove Rebellion buys comics treasure trove

Oxford based Games Developer and 2000AD publisher Rebellion has bought an treasure trove of British comic titles from TI Media (previously known as Time Inc). Material includes the original comic weekly Comic Cuts, launched by Daily Mail founder Alfred Harmsworth in 1890, Robot Archie, Billy Bunter, Sexton Blake, the…

Time for Dick to reappear? Time for Dick to reappear?

This is a comic character who needs a 21st Century make over. Earlier, I took a peak inside an ancient package that has been sitting around the house. It contained a bundle of Sparky comics from 1969, one of the DC Thomson humour titles which sported Barney the Bulldog on the cover at the time. I had a little walk…

Go Pick Up Immortal Hulk #5 and Thank Me Later Go Pick Up Immortal Hulk #5 and Thank Me Later

I don’t have time to get into it right now, but trust me. I’ve been curious about where Immortal Hulk was going since it debuted, and I love puny Banner and Hulk enough to go along in good faith. Chapter Five did not disappoint.

Marvel's Marie Severin and Gary Friedrich die Marvel's Marie Severin and Gary Friedrich die

Marvel’s Marie Severin died earlier this week and news is breaking that Gary Friedrich has also passed away.

So What's Going On With the X-Men? So What's Going On With the X-Men?

Marvel recently announced that it was bringing back Uncanny X-Men, starting it off with a ten-part weekly story called “DISASSEMBLED.” But what brought us to here and what have the X-Men been doing up until now?

Curse of the Mekon Curse of the Mekon

The second part of the B7/Big Finish production of Dan Dare dropped on BBC Radio 4 Extra yesterday with Dan, Digby and Peabody in the clutches of the malevolent Mekon. Well, we knew that was coming.

Short circuiting the epic flight to Venus Short circuiting the epic flight to Venus

What the heck have I been listening to? First off, I enjoyed it. BBC Radio 4 Extra served up a nice slice of ripping space flight adventure in the first episode of the B7/Big Finish Dan Dare. Ed Stoppard plays a cocky test pilot with an axe to grind conscripted for a mission of interplanetary exploration.

Dan Dare takes off on Radio 4 Extra Dan Dare takes off on Radio 4 Extra

Spaceship away! The award winning B7/Big Finish radio adaptation of Dan Dare is currently airing on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Sundays. The first episode, Voyage to Venus, is already up on iPlayer so it is possible to listen on the website or via the radio app.

Time for a beano, it's Happy Birthday Beano Time for a beano, it's Happy Birthday Beano

You might recall the Doctor Who trailer creating a little bit of wonder as Doc 13 swapped Graham’s newspaper for a Beano Summer Special which had previously appeared during Matt Smith’s run as the Time Lord.

"Slaaaaaaaaaaaade!": Thoughts on Teen Titans GO! To the Movies "Slaaaaaaaaaaaade!": Thoughts on Teen Titans GO! To the Movies

Slade. Slllllaaaaade. Slaaaaaaaade. Slllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddddddeeeeee.

Man Booker longlists Sabrina for 2018 Man Booker longlists Sabrina for 2018

A graphic novel has been longlisted on the Man Booker Prize 2018, the first time a comic publication has been considered for the literary award. Sabrina, by writer and illustrator Nick Drnaso has been feted by contest judges.

Some More Comic Related News from SDCC Some More Comic Related News from SDCC

Since io9 is only covering the super important events at SDCC and not many comic-related stuff, I’ve decided to consolidate all of that over here. There have been a lot of interesting announcements for both Marvel and DC over the past two days, so here goes:

The new digital-first Jessica Jones is a treat for fans of both the character and good mysteries The new digital-first Jessica Jones is a treat for fans of both the character and good mysteries

So back in November, I recommended that Kelly Thompson take over writing Jessica Jones when Bendis left. I not only turned out to be right, but Bendis himself asked that Thompson take over the book. Which I’m glad he did, because her first two issues (released on Wednesday as an oversized 40-page digital-first issue)…

Teenagers On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Outpost Zero and She Could Fly Teenagers On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Outpost Zero and She Could Fly

Two comic book series started this week that blew me away, not just with their premise and writing, but with the intelligent and thoughtful way they depicted their teenage protagonists. They were Outpost Zero and She Could Fly and I highly recommend both.

Some Other Superhero Weddings That Went Off With or Without Complications Some Other Superhero Weddings That Went Off With or Without Complications

Superhero comics, as we know, are just big soap operas. And there is nothing that soap operas love more than a wedding. In fact, we’ve had two weddings (from both Marvel and DC) in recent weeks that have, well, had their complications: Marvel’s wedding between Kitty Pryde and Piotr Rasputin and DC’s wedding between…

Why I Love the Fantastic Four Why I Love the Fantastic Four

Ever since it became apparent that the Fox-Disney deal was actually, really going to go through and that we might get an actual MCU version of the Fantastic Four, I’ve been excited, anxious, and trepidatious. The Fantastic Four are one of my absolute favorite comic book characters and I’ve been thinking about why I…

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