The Impact:November 6th -11th 2011

Published on November 10th, 2011

Hey everyone! I’m Matt and I am here to give you all the news making its way around the comic blogosphere. Marvel had a lot of announcements this week regarding upcoming projects. So sit back relax and enjoy this week’s installment of The Impact.

R.I.P. Bill Keane and Mick Anglo

billkeanefamilycircusSadly the comic community lost two creators this week Bill Keane and Mick Anglo.  Keane was the creator of the popular comic strip Family Circus passed away this week at the age of 89. Keane worked on the strip for almost 50 years appearing in over 1,500 papers at it’s height of popularity.  Mick Anglo created the British superhero Marvelman who gained a lot of prominence when Alan Moore reenvisioned the character in Warrior back in 1982. Our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Keane and Mr. Anglo.

DC Announces DC Present: Challengers of the Unknown by Dan Didio and Jerry Ordway.

Courtesy of The The Source. DC announced that starting with issue six DC Presents will focus on The Challengers of the Unknown. The arc will be written by Dan Didio and Jerry Ordway who will also be providing the art. This is not the first time Didio has played with Jack Kirby’s toys, currently he is writing OMAC with Keith Giffen. I really like that this book exists and allows lesser known characters who probably could not support an ongoing a chance to get some of the spotlight no matter how brief.

Marvel Comics Will Add Digital Download Codes to all Ultimate Comic Titles.

Courtesy of Comics Alliance. I hope everyone likes their comics polybagged. Following the success of Avenging Spider-Man #1 which included a code for a free digital download with all it’s Ultimate Comics titles.  Marvel’s latest digital push begins starting in January 2012 with Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6, Ultimate Comics X-Men #7, and Ultimate Comics Ultimates #7. While I find polybaged books really annoying I like that I am getting a free digital copy at no extra charge.

Marvel Teases Uncanny X-Force #18. Archangel vs. Fantomex.

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Speaking of polybags Marvel released 3 teasers for Uncanny X-Force #18  by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena. The conclusion of the “Dark Angel Saga” will feature a brutal battle between Archangel and Fantomex. I have nothing to really add here it just looks really cool. Uncanny X-Force #18  hits stores December 7th.

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Marvel Cancels Spencer and Cloonan’s Victor Von Doom, and Van Lente’s Destroyers.

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Courtesy of Comics Alliance. At the beginning of this week we learned that Marvel had canceled two mini-series before they were even released. The first was the Victor Von Doom by Nick Spencer and Becky Cloonan which would have focused on a teenage Doom as he travels through hell to rescue his mother’s soul. The second was Destroyers by Fred Van Lente and Kyle Hotz. The book would have featured Thing, She-Hulk, A-Bomb, Devil Dinosaur and the Beast as they battle a bevy of monsters…. First things first, Devil Dinosaur was coming back… that would have been awesome. I am genuinely disappointed we do not get to see both of these books. These cancellations seem to be the latest victims in Marvel’s recent wave of cutbacks, which included the laying off of 11 employees.

thetwelveThe Twelve in 2012.

Courtesy of Newsarama. This week Marvel announced that J Michael Straczynski and Chris Weston’s maxi-series The Twelve has been completed and will ship starting in February 2012.To those of you who do not remember what The Twelve was about it focused on twelve WWII costumed heroes waking up in modern day and having to adjust to the world. Here is the release schedule, although to be honest I will not believe it until the issues are in my hand.

The Twelve Vol.1 TPB—on-sale in January 2012
The Twelve: Marvel Must Have #1—on-sale in February 2012
The Twelve #9—on-sale in February 2012
The Twelve #10—on-sale in February 2012
The Twelve #11- March 2012
The Twelve #12—April 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Prolouge Gets PG-13 Rating.

SuperHeroHype is reporting that the six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises screening in front of 70mm IMAX prints of  Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA the reason being for violence.

Well, there you go folks, that is all the news that’s fit to print. Hope everyone has a great weekend and stay tuned to Comic Impact as we bring you all the latest and greatest comic news.

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com