The Impact: January 22st-27th 2012

Published on January 27th, 2012

Hey everyone, hope you all having a great week. This was another busy week in the comic industry with a lot of news and announcements making their way on the internet. So enough stalling here is the latest installment of The Impact.

The Infinite is quite Finite.

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Pardon the terribly snarky headline,  it was just too easy. Over the weekend artist Rob Liefeld tweeted that his creator owned series with Robert Kirkman The Infinite has come to an end. The reasons given by Liefeld were, “creative differences have sunk” the book,””tried a new inker over 14 pages” of the series’ unreleased fifth issue, and “loved ‘em- but split decision w/Skybound.” This is not the first time a Kirkman/Liefeld collaboration has gone unfinished or unpublished, the first being the Marvel mini-series Killraven from 2007 the second was the artistic jam session Image United . As of now there have been no comments or statements from either Kirkman or his Image imprint Skybound. But fear not Liefeld fans you will still get to see his work in The Savage Hawkman, Deathstroke, and Grifter along with the Image relaunch of Liefeld’s Extreme Studios, which included Prophet which was Comic Impact’s Pick of the Week.

Two More Marvel Book to End. Moon Knight to End in April. Generation Hope with Issue 17.

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Courtesy of Newsarama. On his official message board Brian Michael Bendis confirmed that Moon Knight will be ending with April’s issue number twelve.

“I am grateful we got to do our entire 12 issues,” Bendis wrote. “When you get to 12 you’ll see we got to tell our entire story uninterrupted which is very nice. I do wish it sold better and I do wish it was continuing with another team. But I wish that about every comic on earth.”

I really liked how the book started off and had to switch to trades but man, if Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev can’t keep a Moon Knight book going what hope is there. Oy.

Also this week Generation Hope writer James Asmus confirmed in an interview with CBR that his book is ending with issue seventeen.

Yes, the book is ending with issue #17.  I will say (as I did a month ago) that these were the five issues I planned from the beginning.  You can read all the old interviews where I promised to get to the betrayal, and I knew I had to do it before “Avengers vs. X-Men.”  The book was already under 20K copies when I took over, so while I figured there was a chance to tie into “AvX,” the way the market and the event developed, a “Generation Hope” tie-in doesn’t make sense… When Marvel first asked me to hop on the book last summer, I was told that they wanted me to take the book up to “AvX”.  Sales were already below the 20K copy mark, so there was the expectation that unless a market-miracle happened, the book probably wouldn’t keep going after the first five issues.

Unconfirmed Wonderful Rumor. Jeff Lemire Writing New DC Title Robins. Yes Please.

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The man who is always in the know, Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool reports that Jeff Lemire will write a new book called The Robins. The book would focus on Damian Wayne, Jason Todd,  Tim Drake, and Dick Grayson. I would very much like to see this happen. I want to read Jason and Damian in a scene together, I think they would get along surprisingly well once they stopped trying to kill each other. Hopefully the book would acknowledge Stephanie Brown brief tenure as Robin. At this time there has been no form of confirmation from Lemire or DC Comics and this could all be conjecture, but in these situations Bleeding Cool is right more often then not. I for one thinks this sounds awesome and can’t wait for the confirmation announcement.

DC Gives Fans a First Look at Batman Incorporated.

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Courtesy of The Source. This week Batman editor Mike Marts gave us a sneak peek at some of Chris Burnham’s finished artwork for Batman Incorporated. Say what you will about Morrison’s run but one of the undeniable pluses was shining the spotlight on artist Chris Burnham. Nothing more to add I just love his artwork. Batman Incorporated relaunches May 2012.

DC Announces “We Can Be Heroes” Campaign to Help Fight Hunger in Africa.

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On Monday DC Comics announced “We Can Be Heroes,” a corporate giving campaign designed to assist several humanitarian efforts including Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corp. The campaign will target the Horn region of Africa and really focus on providing food, water, and hygiene products to families in need. DC will match any donations made along with 50 percent of all profits made from any online sales of “We Can Be Heroes” Merchandise (excluding Maine, Massachusetts and Alabama). If you want to help this very good cause you can check out the official site HERE.

U.K. Toy Fair Gives First Look at The Dark Knight Rises Toys and Statues.

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Get ready to say goodbye to all of your money this summer. This week at the U.K Toy Fair retailers were treated to a first look at the toys, statues, and other merchandise from The Dark Knight Rises.  The pictures give us our best impression of the Catwoman costume yet, and to those of you who are still worried, I saw the prologue which had a shot of Catwoman in costume, she looks great.  The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th, 2012.

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Colombia Pictures Releases Official Synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man.

Nothing too shocking here but earlier this week Colombia Pictures posted the official synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man.

One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

I really want to know who they will cast as Norman Osborn, some speculate it may in fact be Christoph Waltz which I would be totally okay with. Stay tuned director Marc Webb said we should expect a full trailer for the film sometime within the next month. We will of course keep you up to date.

The Goon... Alive or Dead???

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Courtesy of  Slash/Film and ComicBookMovie. Conflicting news about David Fincher’s adaptation of Eric Powell’s The Goon hit this week. Paul Giamatti was quoted at the Sundance Film Festival “I have no idea what the hell happened,” said Giamatti. “I asked and no one knows. I guess they just ran out of money.” Later in the week Goon creator Eric Powell responded on Twitter “Last I spoke with Fincher & Blur [Studios], they were gearing up for more meetings to try to find financing for the film. It’s not dead until Fincher & Blur come to me & say they are done.” I for one hope that Powell is right on this one.

Well there you go guys that is this week’s installment of The Impact. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all here next week.

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com