Diamond Comic Distributors: The Top 10: June 2014 Sales Charts

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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 11, 2014) — Batman confronts the Riddler in the penultimate chapter of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s ” Zero Year” storyline in DC Entertainment’s Batman #32, the best-selling comic book of June 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics had five titles place among June’s top ten best-selling comics, led by Amazing Spider-Man #3 at #2. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten. Rounding out the top ten was Image Comics with The Walking Dead #128 at #9.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 33.71% dollar market share and a 35.68% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 29.88% dollar share and 33.20% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.86% dollar share and a 10.51% unit share. IDW Publishing’s dollar share in June was 5.60% and Dark Horse Comics’ was 5.57%

A magical accident by Sabrina the Teenage Witch triggers the zombie apocalypse in Riverdale, USA in Archie Comics’ Afterlife with Archie Volume 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla, the best-selling graphic novel of June. Also of note, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet Volume 1: Before the Living End at #3.

Complemented by illustrations by Brian Froud, A.C.H. Smith’s novelization of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal returned to print in a new hardcover edition from BOOM! Studios and was June’s best-selling book. Also notable, Dark Horse Comics had two book in the top ten — Daniel Way’s real-life history of EVE Online, EVE: True Stories, at #3, and the perennial best-seller Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #7.

Based on a design by Ant Lucia, DC Collectibles’ DC Comics Bombshells: Black Canary Statue the June’s best-selling toy product, and one of their six products in the top ten. Also in the top ten was Diamond Select Toys with three products, led by the Marvel Select: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Action Figure at #4.

Hasbro’s Risk: Legacy, a multi-generation revision of the venerable strategy board game, was June’s best-selling game product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.71%

35.68%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.88%

33.20%

IMAGE COMICS

8.93%

10.51%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.60%

4.45%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.57%

4.89%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.62%

2.30%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.52%

2.52%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.20%

1.27%

AVATAR PRESS

1.10%

0.81%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

0.93%

0.64%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.94%

3.74%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

77

28

1

106

MARVEL COMICS

78

24

0

102

IMAGE COMICS

53

10

0

63

DARK HORSE COMICS

36

23

0

59

IDW PUBLISHING

43

16

0

59

BOOM! STUDIOS

28

7

0

35

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

23

9

0

32

AVATAR PRESS

9

7

0

16

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

11

2

0

13

RANDOM HOUSE

0

11

0

11

OTHER NON-TOP 10

66

109

34

209

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2014 VS. MAY 2014

COMICS

-3.19%

-1.31%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.36%

2.93%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.25%

-0.99%

JUNE 2014 VS. JUNE 2013

COMICS

-2.93%

-4.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.09%

10.26%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.33%

-3.46%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

-1.43%

-6.36%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

2.93%

5.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.08%

-5.46%

SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014

COMICS

14.13%

11.07%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

13.59%

2.88%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

13.96%

10.34%

SECOND QUARTER 2014 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013

COMICS

3.90%

-1.29%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.33%

1.25%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.04%

-1.09%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #32

$3.99

APR140209-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3

$3.99

APR140679-M MAR

3

ORIGINAL SIN #3

$3.99

APR140626-M MAR

4

HARLEY QUINN #7

$2.99

APR140223-M DC

5

SUPERMAN #32

$3.99

APR140188-M DC

6

ORIGINAL SIN #4

$3.99

APR140630-M MAR

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2

$3.99

APR140681-M MAR

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #31

$3.99

MAR140175-M DC

9

THE WALKING DEAD #128 (MR)

$2.99

APR140615 IMA

10

DETECTIVE COMICS #32

$3.99

APR140213-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 1: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE TP

$17.99

FEB140918-M ARC

2

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP

$16.99

MAR140768 MAR

3

VELVET VOLUME 1: BEFORE THE LIVING END TP (MR)

$9.99

FEB140537 IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556 IMA

5

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

6

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 6: GOBLIN NATION TP

$19.99

MAR140765 MAR

7

BATMAN & ROBIN VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP

$14.99

MAR140250 DC

8

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 1 TP

$14.99

MAR140265 DC

9

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOLUME 2 HC

$19.99

FEB140260 DC

10

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVEL HC

$19.99

APR140989 BOO

2

NEIL GAIMAN: THE TRUTH IS IN A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVELLA HC

$21.99

MAR141569 HAR

3

EVE: TRUE STORIES HC

$12.99

FEB140044 DAR

4

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 3: THE FALL OF GOVERNOR

PART 1 SC

$14.99

APR141556 ST.

5

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 85 SC

$14.95

APR141581 SAN

6

PLANET OF THE APES MINIATURE BOOK KIT

$12.95

MAR141565 RUN

7

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR

8

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC COLLECTOR

POSTER BOOK

$20.00

APR141570 HAC

9

NEIL GAIMAN: CHU’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL HC

$17.99

APR141578 HAR

10

THE QUOTABLE DOCTOR WHO: WISE WORDS FROM

ACROSS TIME & SPACE HC

$19.99

MAR141554 HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BLACK CANARY STATUE DEC130358 DC

2

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SET NOV138235 DC

3

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE DEC130359 DC

4

MARVEL SELECT: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 ACTION FIGURE FEB142060 DST

5

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST

6

DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1: NIGHTWING BY CAPULLO FIGURE NOV130286 DC

7

DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: POISON IVY STATUE JAN140397 DC

8

MARVEL SELECT: RED HULK ACTION FIGURE MAR088262 DST

9

DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: EARTH-2 THOMAS WAYNE BATMAN FIGURE JAN140394 DC

10

DC COMICS: ARMORED WONDER WOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE NOV132032 KOT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS

2

MY LITTLE PONY CCG: CANTERLOT NIGHTS BOOSTER PACKS DEC138400 ENT

3

STAR WARS X-WING: TANTIVE IV EXPANSION PACK JAN142335 FAN

4

MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA

5

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MODERN EVENT DECK MAR148174 WIZ

6

GODZILLA SERIES ONE MINI-FIGURES JAN142344 NEC

7

ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 2: B-MO VS. LADY RAINICORN APR148198 CRY

8

PATHFIDER BATTLES: REIGN OF WINTER BOOSTER BRICK JAN142345 NEC

9

TICKET TO RIDE 10TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION APR142365 DOW

10

MY LITTLE PONY CCG: CANTERLOT NIGHTS THEME DECK DEC138401 ENT

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing thousands of specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

© 2014 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, Diamond Books logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

Diamond Announces Top Products For May 2014

Diamond Announces Top Products For May 2014

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 13, 2014) — The murder of the Watcher drew Earth’s heroes to the Moon’s surface and prompted an investigation to find the perpetrator in Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, Jr.’s Original Sin #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics had four titles place among the month’s top ten best-selling comics. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten, led by Batman #31 at #4. Also in the top ten was Image Comics with The Walking Dead #127 at #8.

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a 34.38% dollar market share and a 36.46% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 30.04% dollar share and 33.52% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.86% dollar share, followed by IDW Publishing at 6.38% and Dark Horse Comics at 5.96%. Sales overall slipped in May, a four-week month, when compared to April with its five shipping weeks.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are revisiting Batman’s origins in the “Zero Year” storyline, and the collected edition of the first story arc — Batman Volume 4: Zero Year: Secret City — from DC Entertainment was May’s best-selling graphic novel and one of the publisher’s four in the top ten. Also notable, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Rick Remender Matteo Scalera’s Black Science Volume 1: How to Fall Forever at #3. Additionally, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy In Hell Volume 1: Descent from Dark Horse Comics ranked #7.

Released to coincide with the new Transformers: Age of Extinction film, Running Press’ Transformers: Light-Up Optimus Prime Bust & Book Set was May’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia continued its run as a best-seller as the month’s #2 best-selling book.

DC Collectibles launched a new action figure line in May with the DC Comics Designer Series 1: Greg Capullo Figures, and the Batman figure from the line was the month’s best-selling toy product. All four figures from the line were among the top ten, and DC Collectibles had five of the month’s top ten products.

NECA/WizKids newest expansion for the Marvel HeroClix game, the Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool Booster Brick, was May’s best-selling games product. April’s top selling product, USAopoly’s Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, dropped to #5 in May.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

34.38%

36.46%

DC COMICS

30.04%

33.52%

IMAGE COMICS

8.86%

9.96%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.38%

4.18%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.96%

5.50%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.30%

2.29%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.97%

1.84%

AVATAR PRESS

1.03%

0.88%

RANDOM HOUSE

0.88%

0.23%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

0.81%

0.84%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.39%

4.31%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC COMICS

87

30

0

117

MARVEL COMICS

74

38

0

112

IDW PUBLISHING

45

21

0

66

IMAGE COMICS

54

11

0

65

DARK HORSE COMICS

36

23

0

59

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

35

1

0

36

BOOM! STUDIOS

20

7

0

27

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

13

2

0

15

RANDOM HOUSE

0

14

0

14

AVATAR PRESS

8

1

0

9

OTHER

55

98

18

171

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2014 VS. APRIL 2014

COMICS

-10.72%

-7.35%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-10.24%

-19.32%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-10.57%

-8.41%

MAY 2014 VS. MAY 2013

COMICS

-2.01%

-6.00%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.47%

-15.27%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.52%

-6.79%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

-1.13%

-6.72%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.96%

4.54%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.16%

-5.85%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ORIGINAL SIN #1

$4.99

MAR140615-M MAR

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAR140641-M MAR

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1

$3.99

MAR140638-M MAR

4

BATMAN #31

$3.99

MAR140212-M DC

5

FOREVER EVIL #7

$4.99

JAN140237-M DC

6

ORIGINAL SIN #2

$3.99

MAR140627-M MAR

7

JUSTICE LEAGUE #30

$3.99

FEB140149-M DC

8

The WALKING DEAD #127 (MR)

$2.99

MAR140520 IMA

9

NEW 52 FUTURES END #1 [*]

$2.99

MAR140164-M DC

10

BATMAN ETERNAL #5 [*]

$2.99

MAR140208 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN VOLUME 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY HC (N52)

$24.99

JAN140342 DC

2

BATMAN VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)

$16.99

FEB140248 DC

3

BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER TP (MR)

$9.99

MAR140535 IMA

4

X-MEN: NO MORE HUMANS HC

$24.99

JAN140780 MAR

5

BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL HC

$22.99

JAN140326 DC

6

MANIFEST DESTINY VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

MAR140546 IMA

7

HELLBOY IN HELL VOLUME 1: DESCENT TP

$17.99

JAN140125 DAR

8

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556 IMA

9

MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 4: FOUR DISCIPLINES TP

$14.99

FEB140529 IMA

10

GODZILLA: AWAKENING HC

$19.99

FEB140325 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

TRANSFORMERS: LIGHT-UP OPTIMUS PRIME BUST & BOOK

$12.95

FEB141599 RUN

2

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR

3

GODZILLA: LIGHT & SOUND MINIATURE BOOK KIT

$12.95

JAN141512 RUN

4

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 84 SC

$14.95

MAR141577 SAN

5

DOCTOR WHO: WHEN’S THE DOCTOR SC

$7.99

DEC131415 PEN

6

DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 74 SC

$14.95

FEB141624 SAN

7

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS HC

$14.95

MAY131497 RAN

8

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST PROSE NOVEL HC

$24.99

FEB140834 MAR

9

AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES 1965-1969 HC

$41.95

DEC131299 TWO

10

ART OF NEIL GAIMAN: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY HC

$39.99

MAR141568 HAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: BATMAN FIGURE NOV130284 DC

2

DC COMICS: NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7-PACK BOX SET NOV138235 DC

3

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST

4

DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: TALON FIGURE NOV130285 DC

5

DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: RIDDLER FIGURE NOV130287 DC

6

DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURE JUL138153 SQU

7

DC COMICS: NIGHTWING “NEW 52” ARTFX+ STATUE NOV132034 KOT

8

DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES 1 BY CAPULLO: NIGHTWING FIGURE NOV130286 DC

9

X-FORCE: PSYLOCKE FINE ART STATUE OCT132007 KOT

10

ROBOCOP “1987 VERSION” PLAY ARTS KAI ACTION FIGURE NOV132163 SQU

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL BOOSTER BRICK FEB142557 NEC

2

MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST BOOSTERS FEB142560 NEC

3

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: JOURNEY INTO NYX BOOSTERS MAR142420 WIZ

4

MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: SENTINEL PACK FEB142561 NEC

5

MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA

6

DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT: SINESTRO CORPS WAR SCENARIO PACK MAR142427 NEC

7

RISK: DOCTOR WHO COLLECTOR’S EDITION MAR142418 USA

8

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: JOURNEY INTO NYX FAT PACK MAR142422 WIZ

9

ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS: FOR THE GLORY BOOSTERS FEB148253 CRY

10

MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL: THUNDERBOLTS FAST FORCES PACK FEB142559 NEC

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

***

ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing more than 4,000 specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

© 2014 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, Diamond Books logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

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There’s a movie coming out this Friday, something about this dude from Krypton, his planet is about to become dust, sent to earth to live amongst man as an extraordinary being, raised by ma & pa because his parents are dead ……oh wait, that’s not the movie coming out this Friday. Yes the Man of Steel will come this Friday with a different twist on things. As we can see from the trailer and many spoilers around the net, Supes biological daddy is still very much alive throughout this movie. Maybe because it’s Russell Crowe? Remember how much of a bad ass he was in Gladiator? He’s a tough dude! (Soapbox time coming up! MY opinion, so calm down, this is America and we are allowed to have opinions) There are many other plot lines swirling around that I will not get into here, but here is the bottom line folks. Deal with it. Quit the fanboy stuff and just deal. So what there is a movie with an iconic character that no longer wears red underwear, but now wears an armor suit. So what that it looks “darker” than the character you knew for most of your adult life. So what he doesn’t sport the curl in his hair. So what, so what, so what. Just handle the fact that things will be different now and accept it. Change is good, it’s healthy. What were some people expecting exactly? The same mundane Superman movie that we have seen film after film? I for one welcome that change, always will. It’s good to think outside the box and not stay tucked away in that safe place. Breakout! Good for Zach Synder (Director) for taking a different approach to a stale character. So bring it Warner Bros. because this is your LAST shot at possibly ever producing that Justice League of America movie most of us are waiting for. This movie will define the rest of the superhero genre for DC/WB moving forward. If it does well, then the fun is just beginning!! If it does okay, subpar, tanks, then the likelihood of ever seeing Batman and Superman sharing the screen together may and probably will never happen. So kick some butt Superman, the DC Universe is counting on you!!

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This week in conjunction with the Man of Steel release, DC Comics will bring the new Superman title Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #1. This is a big deal folks. It will be a well scripted series (hopefully) as well as a well-drawn one. It brings together two big guns to the table; Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. No explanation or kudos needed here really, except that Scott has brought the Batman title to new heights and Lee brought Superman to another level a few years back with his artistry of the character, too much of the delight of fanboys everywhere. Many fans remember Lee’s Superman run beginning in issue #203 (pinups) or even the iconic second print of #204, but it was a year prior that Lee first penciled Superman in Action Comics #800. The New Superman era is beginning (again) this Wednesday, except it.

Another iconic character gets a makeover job from the aforementioned writer that promises to change your thinking on Superman. Scott Snyder will forever change the way we think of Batman (try to) in Batman (2011 2nd Series) #21 “Zero Year.” The NEW origin of Batman begins here. Most of us will always have the vision of Bruce’s parents lying in some alleyway dead with little Bruce between them. Just like we know that Krypton blew up and there were no survivors. Those idea’s (origins) will never change in our minds. They’re embedded in there. But for the sake of rolling with things here, excepting that change is a’comin, there isn’t much fans can do about any of this. DC wants to do this and they will. Stop your whining.

….And the last of the Scott Synder books this week is American Vampire The Long Road To Hell (2013) #1. We all love vampire’s, we all love Scott, but a $6.99 price tag for a one shot may keep some away.

DC throws out an origin issue of a He-Man character named Hordak; Masters of the Universe The Origin of Hordak (2013) #1. DC really is pushing this He-Man stuff huh? Anyway if you interested, Hordak’s first appearance is in He-Man and She-Ra; Secret of the Sword (1984). It was a freebie comic from Mattel toys.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #3 pays respect to the Wolverine #1 (1982) cover by Frank Miller. No significance here, other than that the issue will lead up to “another” Marvel event (yawn). Steve McNiven rocks the Rocket Raccoon cover. Check out the side by side in the slideshow. Awesome stuff! Also from Marvel, Venom (2011 Marvel) #36 will introduce a new character. That’s always an alert!

A hoard of number one issues to definitely check out this week. Bubblegun (2013 Aspen) #1 looks like a lot of fun. Big Dog Ink continues their great books and Serusis (2013 Big Dog Ink) #1 is their latest offering. Thumbprint (2013 IDW)  #1 will be a sleeper, don’t miss this. Ehmm Theory (2013 Danger Zone) #1 looks very interesting. Dark Horse brings Breath of Bones A Tale of the Golem (2013 Dark Horse) #1 (awesomeness) and True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys (2013 Dark Horse) #1 this Wednesday. It’s said that monkey’s and or gorilla’s on a cover of a comic book sell well, so BOOM! Studios deliver’s guns and monkey’s this Wednesday; Six Gun Gorilla (2013 Boom) #1. Lovely! Independent publisher Danger Zone; Ghost Town (2013 Danger Zone) #1 should be checked out. The Crow’s latest installment from IDW and James O’barr; Crow Curare (2013 IDW) #1 comes out.

Finally, the InvestComics love affair with the X character from Dark Horse continues this week with the second issue; X (2013 Dark Horse) #2. Don’t sleep on this character. It’s going to the next breakout for Dark Horse.

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See you soon, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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