The Impact:September 17-24th 2011

Published on September 23rd, 2011

Hey everyone! Matt here, to give you all the news making its way around the comic blogosphere in this installment of The Impact.

Superfan Mike Meyer’s Superman Collection Recovered. Thief Arrested.

UPDATE: Last week in The Impact I wrote about Superman fan, Mike Meyer,

Courtesy of stltoday. Everyone should take a moment and send some good thoughts to Mr. Mike Meyer.  Mike is a 48 year old Superman fan. Mike collects social security for mental disability and works part time at McDonald’s to supplement his income. An acquaintance of Mike’s, named Gary tricked Mike and stole  1,800 Superman comics and collectibles from his collection. The books and collectibles were valued at anywhere from $4,000-$5,000. This is really heartbreaking. Thankfully Police have identified the thief and are hopeful to retrieve the collection. I really hope this works out and the good guys get a win on this one. If you want to help Mike out and donate something whether it’s old comics, toys, greeting cards or good thoughts you can find out how at this Facebook page.

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The story was heartbreaking, and many cool comic fans and artists stepped up and tried to replace some of  Mr. Meyer’s collection.

Today courtesy of St. Louis local news station  KMOV we received some great news. It was reported that the thief had been caught, arrested, and that Mr. Meyer’s Superman collection was also recovered and returned to it’s proper owner.  The thief, a man named Gerry Armbruster, was arrested yesterday afternoon after he had robbed a 76 year old man in Granite City Illinois. Armbruster will be charged with 1 count Residential Burglary, 1 count Robbery, and 1 Aggravated Battery (Senior Citizen)

This is great news in a week where I personally needed some good news. It’s all to rare when a story like this gets a happy ending and I’m really happy that this time it worked out.

JT Krul Leaving  Green Arrow.

greenarrow4Last week I wrote about John Rozum leaving Static Shock this week the “New 52″ had another creator leaves their respected book. News broke earlier this week that JT Krul will no longer be writing Green Arrow. Starting with issue four Green Arrow will be co-written by Keith Giffen and GA artist Dan Jurgens.  Krul spoke out about his departure on his Facebook page.

Hey everyone! Effective as of issue #4, I will no longer be writing Green Arrow. As many of you know, Oliver Queen is one of my favorite characters in the DC Universe, so this decision was not easy to make. Getting the chance to do the fall of Green Arrow and my run during Brightest Day was a dream come true, and I was excited to bring a new yet familiar take on Green Arrow in the new 52. But, I’ve been writing him for a few years now and an opportunity came up that I really wanted to tackle. I had to make a choice. In a way, my decision to leave is more a testament to how incredibly thrilled I am about Captain Atom. I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a project. Working with Freddie Williams is amazing and I really think it’s among my best work at DC to date. It was a tough call – like picking a favorite child.

I can’t talk about my new project just yet, but it perfectly exemplifies what DC is all about with the New 52 – taking the best characters in comics and presenting them in new and exciting ways. The ability to think outside the box, take chances, and tell different kinds of stories is why it’s a great time to be writing for DC Comics.

For sure, I’ll miss Oliver Queen – and working with the likes of Dan Jurgens, George Perez, David Baron, and Dave Wilkins – but I’m sure the Emerald Archer will be in good hands for more globe-trotting, James Bond, high adventures.

And, at the very least, I got to include my version of the boxing-glove arrow.

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To be honest I never really connected with Krul’s run on GA. It just never hit right with me. I hope DC will one day consider giving the book to a writer like Josh Dysart who did a fantastic job with Unknown Soldier which was a socially relevant book that featured some amazing action. I think that combination would work well with Oliver Queen.

This November the Teen Titans Welcome New Member and Openly Gay Superhero Bunker to Their Ranks.

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Courtesy of Bleeding Cool and Comics Alliance. Earlier this week artist Brett Booth revealed on Twitter that in Teen Titans issue three both he and writer Scott Lobdell are introducing a new character to the group, Miguel Jose Barragan a.k.a Bunker.  Miguel’s powers allow him to create small force fields that resemble bricks, Miguel is also openly gay. The character grew up in an accepting environment which will allow him to be a slightly more flamboyant personality. When talking about the character in his personal blog Booth was quoted, “We wanted to show an interesting character whose homosexuality is part of him, not something that is hidden.” Booth also said that he thought it would be nice to portray a character that is more flamboyant and effeminate than the typical gay comic character. Teen Titans #1 hits stands this Wednesday, September 28th.

Justice League #1 Gets Fourth Printing.

Another week goes by, that means another printing of the Justice League #1 gets announced. DC announced that Justice League #1 has gone back for a fourth printing. This printing will feature a modified version of the David Finch Variant. DC also announced that all 13 books that debuted this week sold out at the distributor level.

Marvel Names Daniel Acuna  the new ongoing artist for the Avengers.

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Courtesy of Comics Alliance. Starting in October Daniel Acuna will be the new ongoing artist for the Avengers. Marvel was more than happy to give us a first look in these lovely preview pages. If these are any indication as to what we are going to see in the rest of the issue, we are going to have a very pretty comic waiting for us. Avengers #18 hits stores October 19th.

Marvel Previews our first look at The Mighty in Action in Fear Itself #7

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In a bizarre move, Marvel released this preview page from the never ending Fear Itself. What made the move bizarre is that this is one of the dramatic crescendos from one of the many final chapters of Fear Itself. As always artist Stuart Imonnen conducts himself with his standard excellence. Fear Itself #7 hits stores October 19th.

Marvel Previews Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #3

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Nothing to add here, I just wanted to share this beautiful Sara Pichelli art. Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1 was an incredibly impressive first issue and was featured on this weeks episode of Pick of the Week. Check it out. Issue two of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man hits stores this Wednesday.

AMC Orders Walking Dead follow up, Talking Dead

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Courtesy of EW.  AMC has just greenlit a live show to follow the encore broadcasts of The Walking Dead. The Talking Dead will be a half hour conversation show will be hosted by The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick as he interviews fans, actors, producers, and more about that nights episode. Now granted, I am all for watching people nerd out but personally I think I would rather have had AMC put the money for this show towards The Walking Dead’s budget. But that is just me. The Walking and Talking Dead both premiere October 16th.

First Clip From Batman: Year One Animated Movie.

Courtesy of SuperHeroHype.  Check out our first extended look at the Batman: Year One animated movie. Set to be released on Blu-Ray/DVD on October 18th  and iTunes, Xbox Zune, and Playstation Download on October 11, the adaptation looks to be uncannily faithful to the Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli comic book. I can’t wait to check this out.

Captain America Blu-Ray Trailer sneaks fans some Avengers BTS Footage.

Courtesy of Marvel. Well just when I thought they could not want me make the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-Ray any more, they go and include this sneak peek at some behind the scenes footage of The Avengers. Captain America:The First Avenger hits stores October 25th.

Marvel Eying Patty Jenkins for Thor 2.

patty_jenkinsCourtesy of Deadline and SuperHeroHype. While not confirmed, word is Marvel Studios is close to naming Patty Jenkins as the director for Thor 2. Jenkins is primarily known for directing the Charize Theron film Monster. She also did a fantastic job directing the pilot to AMC’s The Killing. This continues Marvel Studios trend of going after directors with credible resumes, but who are generally not known for superheroes or blockbuster. I am also really happy to see Marvel hiring a woman to direct a superhero film. When talking to EW Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed a few details about the sequel.

“[We're going to] take Thor literally to other worlds,”"…[It will] primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster and how the new dynamic with his father is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds.”

While Chris Hemsworth is the only confirmed cast member, I for one, am happy to hear that they are still planning on including Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman’s characters, hopefully they will both will return. Thor 2 will hit theaters July 26, 2013.

Well that is all for now stay tuned as I will continue to update you guys throughout the week. I’m Matt Todd, and that is all for this week’s installment of The Impact.

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com