Today is a great day for comics. Part two of Hulk VS A-Bomb. Doc Green is a new Hulk persona, and he’s on track to change the Marvel Universe.
And then some great writers have their first Marvel Comic out today:
Monty Nero did a wonderful job on the Hulk Annual. Monty’s making his own great comics, and he’s a guy you’re going to be reading more from soon.
Hey, speaking of annuals. Paul Scheer & Nick Giovannetti write their first Marvel Comic - it’s Deadpool’s Bi-Annual, featuring the return of Brute Force. It’s everything you want in a Deadpool comic.
Latour & Rodriguez just kill Spider-Gwen. Don’t miss it, or look for a reprint. It annoys me, because it will be your favorite comic, and I have several shipping this week…including Nova 21. Nova goes in search of his missing father, and we somehow make Sam Alexander’s life even more complicated.
Remender tees up AXIS - a series that both Nova and Deadpool will be a part of in very big ways.
Speaking of Rick - Black Science, Deadly Class and Low are ongoing and fantastic. The first two titles have collections out, and if you’re not reading them, then you’re missing out.
Daredevil ships this week too. Waid and Samnee. Even when you know it’s going to be good, it’s better than good, it’s great. Does that even make sense?
Waid is one of the driving forces behind Thrillbent.com — you’re welcome. Now you’ve been exposed to the best comics you’re not reading (yet).
The current volume of Thor goes out in a flaming Viking longboat this week. It’s an amazing issue, and a worthy finale. The next issue of Thor from Jason is pretty pretty pretty special too…
Bendis has several great comics on sale this week - including some big time Miles Morales happenings. Hey, that’s just this week. Here’s more good news. This fall there are some more fun comics coming your way. Nova, Hulk and Deadpool all have big stories unfolding this fall, including Death Of Wolverine: Captain America & Deadpool. It’s a spiritual epilogue to The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Plus, Hawkeye Versus Deadpool is ongoing this fall, and you’ll meet Zenpool in the pages of Deadpool when Mark Brooks, Mike Hawthorne and Jordie Bellaire return for our Axis tie-ins.
Last, and not least. I assume you’re reading Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo’s Batman. Endgame is truly outstanding. It’s going to be one of those Batman epics that you re-read a couple of times a year. I know Batgirl is going to be a favorite comic of anyone with eyeballs, and while you’re digging Batgirl & Batman, please add Arkham Manor to your pull list. It’s worth it for Shawn Crystal & Dave McCaig’s art without any of my scribbling. I’ve also had the opportunity to read the first issue of Gotham Academy - and you’re going to need to subscribe to that too. One of the most beautiful comics on stands, fun and original. I know you’ll dig them.
I know I’ve written it before, but I wanted to say thanks again for buying the comics I collaborate on - I’ve had a blast the past year, and 2015 looks just as busy…with some fun surprises.
PS - I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Wytches from Scott and Jock. It’s a fucking terrifying new comic. It’s out in October, and if you want it, you should ask for it now, because it’s going to sell out right away. It’s profoundly disturbing. You’ve been warned.
Publishing is a long game. Artists need lead time to do great work, and it can lead to some flukes on the calendar. Basically, this entire autumn, and especially October is one giant fluke for me. I’ve been hard at work most of this year writing comics and a video game (more on that later) but now a lot of material is ready to start rolling off the printer, and I’m asking for my fans to pre-order the comics.
Nova is ongoing and I think the issues we have rolling out of Original Sin are our best work. Please check out this comic If you’ve not been reading it. The cover for 22 is above, and I can’t say much about 23 or 24 yet, but they’re going to be the biggest issues of the series to date.
Deadpool continues as well with the return of Mike Hawthorne, this time with Terry Pallot inking him. Almost anything I can show you from Deadpool is a spoiler, but we’re building off our Original Sin arc, and as you know we have a new character joining the Deadpool family…pre-order it!
Death Of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America is a 30 page special, and some of my favorite Deadpool material in a long time. If you’ve been reading and enjoying our run, it’s also a spiritual epilogue to The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. It’s out in October but it can be pre-ordered with your retailer. Diamond code: AUG140753
I had been talking for a while with Mark Doyle, an excellent comic book editor about finding the right comic to collaborate on. Mark became the editor of Batman, and I’m grateful for the chance to write Batman during the character’s 75th anniversary. In August I was lucky enough to collaborate with Scott Snyder on Batman 34, with art by Matteo Scalera and Lee Loughridge. It was a dream come true, and it’s on stands August 13th. It’s worth it for Matteo and Lee Loughridge’s work. That stand alone issue has some connective tissue to a series called “Arkham Manor” which will debut right before Halloween. Something unexpected happens and Gotham turns to an old house on a hill to contain the city’s most dangerous lunatics. Check out issue one, it’s my love letter to “eminent domain”. It’s worth it to see what Shawn Crystal and Dave McCaig are up to. They’re going to be your new favorite team. The diamond order code for Arkham Manor # 1 is AUG140199 Please check out this new series which will be introducing new characters while also re-introducing you to a few old ones.
My run on Hulk begins next week too. Doc Green is the new intelligent, unpredictable and scary Hulk persona, and I’ve had a lot of fun writing what is essentially a science and war story in the Hulk family of comics. The scripts for 9 and 10 are simply bananas and Mark Bagley has been turning in stunning pages. Here’s a preview from issue 5. It has a neat cover by some up and comer named Alex Ross. I can’t stress to you enough how big and fun this comic is going to be. I just turned in the script for 10, the last chapter of the first trade of The Omega Hulk, and I think Hulk fans will be happy with the amount of smashing, I think I’m happiest to see some very emotional pages from Bags. Here’s a recent interview, too.
Hawkeye VS Deadpool VS Crime arrives in September and continues monthly. It’s a blast. Matteo Lolli has just been amazing to work with. And how about those James Harren covers? Here’s a preview! It’s an action-comedy that is such a blast to be working on. I can promise you that Halloween fun will be had. Mistakes will be made, corrected, and justice will be served.
Last, but certainly not least is the X-Box One game Sunset Overdrive which arrives on October 28th from Insomniac Games. They crafted a hell of a fun ride that I was privileged to be a small part of. I wrote some of the dialogue you might here as you traverse through a brightly colored fun apocalypse. It’s nothing at all like the slow-motion, economic and environmental apocalypse we’re currently drifting through. This one is fun. Check out the hyperlink that opens this paragraph. If you don’t have an X-Box One, it’s finally time to rectify that.
Final thought: From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for allowing me the great privilege of writing what I love for a living. Now get out there, and pre-order all this stuff.
PS - Sorry, one last plug: if you’re in Cincinnati, London, Dublin or New York -I’m available to sign these dates:
12PM I’m appearing live on Marvel.com’s live stream.
3P Signing at Marvel Booth
4:30P Marvel AXIS Panel Room 6DE
Are you ready for Marvel’s biggest event of the year? In Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the Red Skull has enslaved thousands, amassed an army and now broadcasts his message of hate across the world. Earth’s last hope hinges on the fragile alliance of two estranged teams – the Avengers and the X-Men! A who’s who of Marvel talent and editors will be on hand to discuss this Marvel blockbuster! PLUS, find out the latest on current and future X-titles!
3P Deadpool Cosplay Meet-up - Join us behind the con center out on the stairs for a group picture. I think I’ll be heading back to Scott Koblish’s table at II-07 to sign after the Deadpool meet-up.
10AM Signing At Marvel Booth
10AM Marvel Unlimited Panel Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront
Marvel Unlimited Plus members are invited to attend a special member only panel at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel’s Indigo Ballroom! Join our emcee, the ever-lovin’, brown eyed Agent M, Ryan Penagos and a gaggle of outrageously talented creators including Jason Aaron, Simone Bianchi, Gerry Duggan and Todd Nauck for exclusive sneak peeks, reveals, a Q&A session and free stuff!* *Available while supplies last. Panel line-up subject to change. Marvel Unlimited Plus membership does not guarantee entry.
12:30PM Marvel’s Next Big Thing, Room: 6DE
Gather ‘round friends and family to pay respect for our honored dead – the legendary X-Man Wolverine! The Death of Wolverine is here and it will rock you to the core! Plus, what happens in the wake of this summer’s murder mystery mega-event Original Sin? Join Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, and writers Gerry Duggan (Hulk, Nova), Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) for a panel discussion on the next big storylines of the Marvel Universe!
Friday July 25 at 3PM behind the San Diego Convention center there will be a photo-op for anyone cosplaying as a version of Deadpool, Shiklah, Hydra Bob, or any of Deadpool’s supporting cast.
I’ll be joined by Brian Posehn, Scott Koblish, Jordan D White, Val Staples, Reilly Brown and perhaps other past and current Deadpool creators. Pat Loika will be on hand for a group photo and maybe even an impromptu signing if the riot police haven’t tear gasses us by then. All are welcome!*
In honor of the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Godzilla movie, Nerdist has made this video for all the victims of Godzilla attacks that deserve compensation starring Thomas Lennon as a mustachioed lawyer.
Give it a watch here and get the money you deserve, if you’re still alive after a Godzilla attack that is.
This isn't so much an "ask" as it is a "tell". I see all kinds of grief you get over Nova, because of Sam. I've liked Sam since the get-go, but that's not even half of why I'm here. I've been struggling to find comics coming out currently that I can read and share with my 7 year old son. I'm trying to get him to read more, find things that he finds engaging, that we can bond over, and I found that in Nova. Thank you. Those two words aren't enough. But /thank you/.
Hi - Marvel has some storybooks - mostly origins. In addition to Nova, DC had a line of fun all ages books - The Batman Adventures. There’s a Thor book from Samnee that we love too. Boom has some Pixar comics too - thanks for reading Nova.
True Detective has captured my imagination in a way that very few things do. I admit to having a certain built-in interest to anything that examines the darkness inherent in human nature. That interest multiplies exponentially when you add the factors of rural America, religion, philosophy,…
I’m a guest at D.I.C.E. EXPO. I couldn’t be more excited about this trip. There might be a single signing date in London before or after, I’ll update this page if that materializes.
OCTOBER 10-12, 2O14 IN NEW YORK, NY
Assuming I am not fatally pint’ed to death in Dublin with Declan, Jordie and all my new Irish friends, I should be extradited back to the states in time for NYCC. I don’t know in what capacity I’ll be there, but I’ll have some times to sign at the very least.
Not a joke: I’m not doing any conventions in 2015. Next year my son will have baseball and soccer games that I will want to attend, and it’s hard being away from my family so much. It’s probably a delight for them, but it’s hard on me, so fuck this. After New York in the fall, I’m on hiatus. Come see me sometime this year if you want. Thanks again for the support.
A couple of new comics are going to be announced this year including two I’m already working on. Thanks for supporting me, and allowing me to do what I love for a living.
First, funny guy Jeff Loveness loses his Marvel cherry in spectacular fashion in A+X 17. This issue will long be remembered for his arrival and it’s not just the penultimate chapter of my serial, but the second to last issue of the book, ever! I know that big word because I looked it up. Here’s a look at the penultimate issue. It’s such a great word! Congrats Jeff, his story pairs Iron Man with Broo. Fun stuff.
Then, Christopher Yost & Marcus To reintroduce us to New Warriors. I’ve had the pleasure of reading ahead, and this book is fun as hell — it’s worth you dropping a book to make room for it on your pull list. (Just nothing I’m writing, please.) Here’s a preview.
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It’s time to talk about me. Tomorrow Beta Ray Bill arrives in Nova 13, and it kicks off my first big cosmic arc. I’m thrilled that you guys get to finally enjoy it. It’s a perfect place to jump on if you’ve not been reading. My hope is to make you all fans of Sam Alexander. No lie - it’s worth it for the wonderful art. Check it out. Here’s a preview. Of everything I’m currently writing at the moment, I am enjoying writing Nova the most. I hope it shows, and you guys dig it. Bill and Sam start off on the wrong foot (Sam’s bad) and then they share an adventure that will hopefully leave Sam a smidge wiser…if he survives.
Oh, and our award winning Marvel Infinite Comic is out today too. (I hope someone gives it an award someday, or I’m going to feel dumb) Deadpool: The Gauntlet # 7 is live at Comixology and Marvel.com right now.
Just for fun, you can’t buy it or anything, but here’s a picture of me failing my Nova Corps physical.
Thanks for the reading, and I appreciate the support!
PS - Buy Robinson & Kirk’s FF when it comes out too - you’re welcome!
PPS - Later this week I’ll be able to share a couple of short pieces that I directed. Thanks to some wonderful acting and clever editing, my shortcomings as a directer have been completely obscured!
PPPS - Deadpool 24 drops next week, and it’s a doozy. Fair warning. Some big goings on in that one, including some small things that might be missed. Please enjoy! Or don’t, but don’t tweet anything shitty at me, and we’ll call it a day.
Jordan D White and I chat about Deadpool’s wedding in # 27 here.
And Hawthorne and I chat about the wedding with Newsarama.
And next week Nova 12 arrives. Please add Nova to your pull-lists. I’m having a lot of fun, the art team is wickedly talented and the scripts that I just turned in were some of the most pleasing to deliver. I can’t tell you how excited I am about all the fun we’re having with Sam Alexander. Yes, he can fly into space, but he’s also got the problems of a lot of other teenagers today. Here are a few upcoming covers. Thanks again for the support.
So I'm really interested in Nova and would love learn more about his character but I don't know which Nova to start with. Any recommendations? Same goes for the Almighty Sorcerer supreme I think Doctor Strange is all kinds of cool and would appreciate some direction. Thanks for the help Taco Man
I love the current Nova series, currently being written by Gerry “Loves to be Tickled” Duggan. He’s a new character, and a great way to jump into the Nova mythos. There’s also the Nova series that began in 2007, starring Richard Rider, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. That series, and all the other work that they did in the cosmic part of the Marvel U, made me a believer. TOP NOTCH.
Is it really so frustrating having people work as editors on your stories as a comic book writer? Many writers talk about it like it was some kind of damnation. I write scientific papers for living, and editors are fundamental....
Editors are essential. any writer that doesn’t see the true function of a really good editor is a narcissist. is every editor made a equally great cloth? No. but there are many great editors working in this business and every one of them has helped me considerably. they are sounding boards, they are a voices of reason, and for those of us who can’t spell or construct a sentence :-) they are essential.
a really good editor is someone who has your back and wants the book to be successful. they want you to put your best foot forward and will do anything they can to make your vision see the light of day.
On Friday Nov 29th I’ll be signing at The Comic Cellar from 3-5 PM with Posehn & Remender. There will be plenty of DEADPOOL comics and collections on hand, as well as all our Marvel work. It would be a pleasure to sign Nova 100 & A+X, both on stands this week. The shop will also be selling the new hardcover of THE LAST CHRISTMAS and copies of Rick’s great new Image comic BLACK SCIENCE.
Comic Cellar: 135 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Then on Saturday Nov 30th Rick, Dean White and I will be signing at Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim beginning at 2 PM.
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, California 92804
Here is a Facebook clubhouse email event thing for the latter signing:
Geof Darrow is an extraordinary comics creator who has written and drawn some of the most imaginative comics of the last 25 years. You’re undoubtedly familiar with whether you know it or not from his concept designer gig for The Matrix trilogy.
I’ve loved Geof’s work from the moment I first saw it. Hard Boiled # 1. I still get lost in it. It doesn’t matter how many times I go back and enjoy it, there is always something new on every page. I devoured the story of a robot that doesn’t know what he is. The Big Guy & Rusty The Boy Robot followed — it’s a love letter to robots, monsters, comics and was turned into a cartoon and my son’s favorite toy.
The Marvel NOW! Deadpool audience will recognize Geof as the hyper-detailed cover artist for our first five issues, but that barely scratches the surface of his accomplishments.
The best news of all is that right now at this very moment Geof Darrow is publishing his masterpiece, The Shaolin Cowboy. His art has never looked better with Dave Stewart as his collaborator.
Geof shared the completed story with me, and it is his masterpiece. The art is everything you’d expect: crisp, funny, violent detailed action on a gigapixel scale, but there’s a larger point to this new work, and it’s one I don’t want to spoil, so we’ll have to chat about it after.
And now, on to some important dates: November 13 The Conclusion Of The Good The Bad & The Ugly arrives in stores and at Marvel.com. Preview Declan Shalvey’s finale here.
On November 20th I have a short story in Nova 100 (AKA Nova 10) It’s the hundredth comic published by Marvel with the Nova name on it, and I’m proud that I was asked to contribute. My regular run begins in December. Please do pre-order Nova 10 & 11, and thrill as I try not to embarrass myself following Zeb Wells and Jeph Loeb. Here’s a preview of Nova 100, it’s worth it for the art alone!
Also on the 20th, A+X 15 arrives. It’s got part 2 of my strange trip with Captain America & Cyclops. Max Bemis has a fun story in it and Say Anything fans will cause this to sell out quick.
I hit the trifecta on November 20th because The Last Christmas hardcover is released to comic shops with lots of extra material. You can also pre-order the book at Amazon, but it would be nice if you would support a comic shop, especially at Christmastime. Brian, Remender, Hilary Barta and Michelle Madsen worked hard on that, and we hope you enjoy the sad, funny, true story of Santa after the apocalypse.
On December 5th Deadpool 20 arrives. It’s our third “inventory” issue. This one sees Deadpool on a Wakandan vacation in Marvel’s swingin’ sixties. Scott Koblish & Val Staples accomplished something special with this comic. Here’s an interview about the book with some black and white preview pages.
Later in December Mike Hawthorne will return to Deadpool for # 21, and this arc is the best Mike’s ever been. Deadpool is messed up from North Korea, Preston wants out of his head, and some familiar faces return to the pages of Deadpool. Jordie Bellaire survived her experience with Declan and will be coloring Mike. A+X will continue through the spring too.
In January Deadpool Infinite: The Gauntlet arrives. Rather than explain what that is and why you should buy it - read this.
The Infinite Horizon is available at shops (hopefully) at Comixology (definitely) and over at Amazon. Phil Noto and I lost the Eisner for that one. (Deservedly) However, we are proud of it and hope you’ll check it out.
And now, here is where you can get all of the above signed:
Friday November 29: The Comic Cellar (late afternoon)
Address: 135 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Saturday November 30 Beach Ball In Anaheim
At 2 PM I’ll be at Beach Ball with Remender, Posehn, and Dean White.