Marvel Drops Digital copy code initiative, will instead offer digital back issues with new releases.

In a move that is quite head scratching from every perspective but Marvel’s own (Well and all the articles across the net spinning this) Marvel has announced today that they are dropping their “Buy a physical comic, get the digital version of said comic” plan. In it’s place they are offering “2 or more” digital comics with each physical comic. Yay right?
Sorry, they’re random back issues. (wut)

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E3 2016: The web-slinger swings back into action on PS4

My info drop on the newly announced Spider-Man PS4 game.

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As E3 is underway in LA, many new and exciting video games are getting announced. One of the most surprising, at least to comic fans, came near the end of Sony’s conference.

The video opened with the Insomniac Games logo, and I was already excited. Following it was a tracking shot of a Manhattan street with narration by someone, talking about being a hero who is just “a guy from Queens”. I figured I knew what this was, but then the Marvel logo appeared and confirmed it. For the next minute or so, I…ahem…lost my shit.

Spidey’s back!

Insomniac Games, creators of the Ratchet and Clank franchise and the Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive, are the developers behind this game which is a new partnership between themselves, Marvel and Sony. This new deal follows Activision losing the Marvel license, which they have held since 1998, in 2014.

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Tom Holland cast as the MCU’s Peter Parker; Jon Watts directing upcoming, MCU integrated, Spider-Man film.

Your new Tobey Maguire…erm…Andrew Garfield.

Marvel announced today that both they and Sony Pictures have settled on a casting decision for the next Peter Parker, up and coming actor Tom Holland.

Holland is fairly new to the screen, but may be known for last year’s British indie film How I Live Now. One thing for sure is he is not to be confused with Fright Night writer/director Tom Holland (lol). He will portray Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming film which is the first in a co-production deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. As part of this deal, he will also make appearances in other Marvel Studios films, the first of which is heavily rumored to be 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Also included in the announcement was the hiring of Jon Watts as director of the upcoming Spider-Man film. Watts has previously directed the upcoming thriller Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, and Eli Roth’s Clown.

Holland’s Spider-Man film is set for release on July 28, 2017

Source:
Marvel’s Press Release


Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Well, here I am, posting the inaugural post here at the new Knowhere.

Welcome.  This is a place where you can find me (and another person or two) praise, complain and just all around celebrate comics.  There are a few different types of content that will be coming your way in the future

  • News
  • Editiorals/Commentary
  • Reviews
  • Deal posts for digital comics
  • Even more!

If this post reads really wooden and like a corporate post or something like that…sorry. I’m not good with introductions.

With that said, let’s get on with it!


Dark Horse joins Comixology, hype quickly deflated.

And this is how Dark Horse joins Comixology…not with a bang, but a whimper.

The hype train began on Friday when mysteriously and unexpectedly, Comixology simultaneously sent out a cryptic tweet saying just “Coming Soon” (accompanied by a video of Hellboy’s watch ticking on his arm) and launched a countdown site counting to 9 AM Pacific this morning.

Today the clock hit 9 AM and the “magic happened”. Well, at least it did if you like being underwhelmed.

Ohh...Hellboy...because he's from hell! I get it now!

Like Hellboy? Hope so, there is a shitload of him to read.

There are a couple of main problems with Dark Horse joining Comixology…one I sorta expected, and one that is a mind numbingly stupid move.

They are not adding any way to sync the titles you previously purchased directly from Dark Horse into your Comixology account.
I have to say that I thought this was a long shot anyway, but it is disappointing to see that they didn’t figure out some way to do it. Comixology’s platform is (imo) a much superior reading experience to DH’s, and it sucks that my previously purchased titles are locked to the lesser app of the two.
When asked about it, Comixology said that “This was not possible now, but they would pass it on.” That was a little more optimistic than Dark Horse’s “This is not possible.

But this move makes more sense when you realize the second thing they did, which is a complete head scratcher…

Dark Horse is only putting their trade paperbacks, stand alone graphic novels and manga on Comixology.
Yes, you read that right. You can read it directly from their press release if you find it hard to believe. I know I did.
Yes, Dark Horse’s much hyped appearance on Comixology’s platform will exclude all single issues from their catalog, limiting your purchasing options.

This announcement, when it was teased last week, lit the digital comic world on fire. Hell, I was hyped as fuck as well, but the actual launch today has completely taken that hype down to almost nothing.

If you’ve never bought a DH comic digitally and you love Trade Paperbacks, this will be right up your alley. Existing DH customers who buy individual issues? Yeah, this won’t be for you.

Sources:
Dark Horse Press Release
Comixology Press Release


MARVEL, SONY Join forces, intergrates SPIDER-MAN into the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

Marvel Entertainment pretty much shocked the internet tonight when they dropped a bombshell announcement.

Marvel and Sony Pictures have reached an agreement to integrate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper.

The new Spidey’s first appearance will be in an upcoming Marvel Studios film, but it has not been announced which (My money is on Captain America 3: Civil War).

Following that, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have a deal in place to co-produce a Spider-Man film, which will hit theaters on July 28, 2017 (A date originally taken by third Thor film, Ragnarok). Spider-Man will be recast and rebooted (sans an origin retelling).

The film will be produced by a partnership of Amy Pascal (recent ex-head of Sony Pictures) and Kevin Feige, who has been the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic universe. While the new film will be co-produced with the Marvel Studios crew, Sony Pictures will take care of distribution, marketing and will actually own the film.

With this new development, and the new Spider-Man film taking a spot originally used by another film, Marvel has restructured their release schedule through 2019. They are as follows:

  • Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
  • Black Panther – July 6, 2018
  • Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018
  • Inhumans – July 12, 2019

All other previously announced Marvel Studio release dates remain unchanged.


DC: NEW 52 Ending (In Name Only). Some books being cancelled, new books being launched.

DC says ‘enough’ to continuity.

I’m not really the best guy to write about this, I’m not a huge DC guy. News is news though, so here we go. I just won’t have really in depth commentary on the subject.

It was announced earlier today that DC, in the aftermath of their Convergence event, is cancelling a slew of books (27 of their 52 to be exact) and launching 2 dozen new ones in their place. They are also dropping the “New 52” label from all their titles.

Supposedly, this move will also bring about a shift in DC’s storytelling.

“In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry,” DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio commented.

There are a couple of strange moves in this new strategy. Supergirl is among the titles cancelled, even though a TV series staring the character was just green lighted by CBS.
Also, just as (if not more) puzzling is that both Bizzaro and Bat-Mite are getting their own titles. Yes, Bat-mite.

It will be interesting to see how this new direction plays out for DC. The de-emphasis on continuity will clearly free up the writers in what they can do in future stories, but for continuity freaks like me, it could take a while to adjust to it.

Continuing Titles

Action Comics – Greg Pak/Aaron Kuder
Aquaman – Cullen Bunn/Trevor McCarthy
Batgirl – Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Babs Tarr
Batman – Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo
Batman/Superman – Greg Pak/Ardian Syaf
Detective Comics – Brian Buccelato/Francis Manapul
Catwoman – Genevieve Valentine/David Messina
Deathstroke – Tony Daniel/Tony Daniel
Flash – Rob Venditti/Van Jensen/Brett Booth
Gotham Academy – Becky Cloonan/Brenden Fletcher/Karl Kerschl
Gotham By Midnight – Ray Fawkes/Juan Ferreyra
Grayson – Tim King/Tim Seeley/Mikel Janin
Green Arrow – Ben Percy/Richard Zircher
Green Lantern – Robert Venditti/Billy Tan
Harley Quinn – Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti/Chad Hardin
Justice League – Geoff Johns/Jason Fabok
Justice League United – TBD/Travel Foreman/Paul Pelletier.
Lobo – Cullen Bunn/Cliff Richards
Secret Six – Gail Simone/Dale Eaglesham
Sinestro – Cullen Bunn/Brad Walker
New Suicide Squad – Sean Ryan/Carlos D’Anda
Superman – Gene Luen Yang/John Romita Jr.
Superman/Wonder Woman – Peter Tomasi/Doug Mahnke
Teen Titans – Will Pfeifer/Kenneth Rocafort
Wonder Woman – Meredith Finch/David Finch

New Titles

Bat-Mite – Dan Jurgens/Corin Howell
Batman Beyond – Dan Jurgens/Bernard Chang
Bizzaro – Heath Corson/Gustavo Duarte
Black Canary – Brenden Fletcher/Annie Wu
Constantine: The Hellblazer – Ming DoylE/Riley Rossmo
Cyborg – David L. Walker/Ivan Reis/Joe Prado
Dark Universe – James Tynion IV/Ming Doyle
Doomed – Scott Lobdell/Javier Fernandez
Dr. Fate – Paul Levitz/Sonny Liew
Earth 2: Society – Daniel H. Wilson/Jorge Jimenez
Green Lantern: Lost Army – Cullen Bunn/Jesus Saiz/Javi Pina
Harley Quinn/Power Girl – Jimmy Palmiotti/Amanda Conner/Stephane Roux
Justice League of America – Brian Hitch
Justice League 3001 – Keith Giffen/J.M. DeMatteis/Howard Porter
Martian Manhunter – Rob Williams/Ben Oliver/Paulo Siqueira
Midnighter -Steve Orlando/ACO
Mystic U (Title Not Final) – Alisa Kwitney/Mauricet
Omega Men – Tom King/Barnaby Bagenda
Prez – Mark Russell/Ben Caldwell
Red Hood/Arsenal – Scott Lobdell/Denis Medri
Robin, Son of Batman – Pat Gleason
Section Eight – Garth Ennis/John McCrea
Starfire – Jimmy Palmiotti/Amanda Conner/Emanuela Lupacchino
We Are Robin – Lee Bermejo/Rob Haynes/Khary Randolph