The Impact:August 12th-19th 2012

Published on August 19th, 2012

Hi. How’s it going? It’s another week that means another installment of The Impact.

Joe Kubert Passes Away at the Age of 85

This has been a somber week for the comic book fans and professionals as we said goodbye to artist Joe Kubert, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Kubert was an artist whose contributions and  influence on the medium of comics, both with his art and his teaching  truly made him a legendary. His distinguished career began in the 1940’s where he drew Hawkman for DC Comics. Picking one work that he is most well-known for is incredibly difficult if not downright impossible for the simple reason of the quantity of amazing works he has to his name. Hawkman, Enemy Ace, Tor, Tarzan, Sgt. Rock, and that is just his mainstream comic work. You also can’t forget about his graphic novels Fax From Sarajevo, Yossel: April 19, 1943 and Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965 amongst many others.

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Beyond his work his work creating comics Kubert continued to give back to the medium by creating his school, The Kubert School. Who illustirous alumni include Dan Parent, Adam Warren, Karl Kesel,  Steve Lieber, Alex Maleev, and of course Kubert’s sons Andy and Adam amongst many many others. Again summarizing his life’s impact on the industry is impossible, Kubert was truly the embodiment of the industry.

Robert Kirkman Teases the Death of A Major Character in Invincible #100.

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This week Robert Kirkman and Skybound Entertainment have been teasing the death of a major character in the one-hundredth issue of Invincible. Everyday this week they have released teasers illustrated by Ryan Ottley showing a major character meeting their demise. Invincible #100 should ship sometime in January.

Robert Downey Jr. Sustains Ankle Injury On Iron Man 3

News broke earlier this week that Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury while filming Iron Man 3. SuperHeroHype received this statement from Marvel.

Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt. There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.

Avenger 2 Given Official Release Date.

Start the countdown. Last week we learned that Joss Whedon would be returning to write and direct Avengers 2. Now we know when to be at the theater, May 1, 2015. Until then we have Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, andGuardians of the Galaxy on  August 1, 2014 to hold us over. If that’s not enough you can always rewatch the original Avengers on Blu-Ray/DVD starting September 25th.

DC Releases First Look at Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.

Courtesy of IGN. Now for something on a lighter note. This is our first look at the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special which will be airing September 9th.

Get Ready to Party with Uncanny Avengers.

uncannyavengers_1_dpcmmvariIn order to celebrate Marvel Now! and the launch of Rick Remender and John Cassaday’s  new book Uncanny Avengers Marvel is inviting retailers to hold launch parties for the book. For the retailers that want to be host the parties Marvel will send out party kits that include…

• Uncanny Avengers Postcards
• Uncanny Avengers Customizable Flyer
• Uncanny Avengers Customizable Press Release
• Uncanny Avengers Backlist Sales
• Uncanny Avengers Mini Posters
• Uncanny Avengers Promo Items
• Uncanny Avengers #1 Personalized Variant
• Uncanny Avengers Party Lithographs
• Mass media promotion around the launch of Uncanny Avengers and the associated parties
• Promotion of parties to Marvel fan base via Marvel.com, Twitter and Facebook
• An additional discount on in stock trade paperbacks
• Free Uncanny Avengers Party Tickets
• Free Uncanny Avengers Pins
• Free Uncanny Avengers in-store signage and shelf-talkers

Marvel also released a first look at the Deadpool ” Call Me Maybe” Variant cover, which is pretty awesome.

Marvel Premiere HC No More.

Announced on the Marvel Masterworks Messageboards Marvel’s Jeff York revealed that Marvel will no longer be publishing Premiere Hard Covers.

Okay, after three months of solicits with no Premiere Classic HCs in them, I should probably end the suspense and make this official:
Marvel has ended the Premiere Classic hardcover line. They’ll still be collecting modern series in Premiere-sized HCs, and the Omnibus, OHC and Masterworks programs are not in danger. But the Premiere Classic line is being put to bed with volume #106. Sorry, guys. I know quite a few of you loved them.

-Jeph!

EDIT: #106, not 107. Whoops.

Marvel Closing in on Guardians of the Galaxy Director???

Today news broke that Marvel is narrowing the list of potential directors for Guardians of the Galaxy. According to The Hollywood Reporter James Gunn is at the top of the list. Gunn wrote and directed the horror comedy film Slither and wrote The Dawn of the Dead remake. Marvel likes Gunn’s ability to combine genres like Avengers director Joss Whedon, who worked with Gunn on Cabin in the Woods. Other directors under consideration are Peyton Reed (Bring it On), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson). Stay tune as this story develops.

Cool Covers: All New X-Men#2 and Fantastic Four Variant.

While I’m not very excited for the concept of All New X-Men #2 I am very happy to see Stuart Immonen drawing a monthly book and boy Fraction’s Fantastic Four books look great.

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The Wolverine Plot Synopsis Revealed

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On The Wolverine official Facebook page we learned a little more about the plot to the movie. Check it out:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, THE WOLVERINE finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th 2013.

Daredevil is Coming Back to Marvel Studios

Earlier this week we learned that Daredevil’s rights would be reverting back to Marvel Studios and Disney. There was hope last week that he would stay at 20th Century Fox with Joe Carnahan directing a 1970’s gritty crime version of Frank Miller’s “Born Again”. Carnahan actually posted a sizzle reel for his vision of what the movie would have been.

I think this would have been a really great take on the character. But since this is not going to work out I would love for Daredevil to be a television series with The Shield’s Shawn Ryan running the show.

NBC Developing Hench TV Series.

henchDeadline is reporting that Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s production company Film 44 is developing Adam Beechen and Manny Bello’s comic Hench as a TV series for NBC. Hench focuses on a man who temps as a supervillain’s henchmen to support his family.

Jill Thompson Sandman Movie Pitch Art For Sale.

Earlier this week Neil Gaiman revealed on Twitter that years ago Jill Thompson did some concept art for when he was pitching a Sandman movie. That art is currently for sale and you can buy it HERE.

Avengers Academy Ends with Issue 39

In other Avengers new Avengers Academy will be ending with issue 39. I’m sad to see this one go it was one of if not the strongest Avengers book on the shelves today.

Jillian Kirby Announced Kirby4Heroes Fundraising For Heroes Initiative to Celebrate Jack Kirby’s Birthday

Earlier this week Jillian Kirby, granddaughter of Jack “The King” Kirby announced Kirby4Heroes, a new fundraising effort for Hero Initiative on August 28th to celebrate what would have been Jack  Kirby’s 95th birthday. You can check out the video at the Hero Complex blog. Support a great cause.

The Boys Back on with Adam McKay? Comic Concludes in November with issue #72.

Courtesy of Twitter. When a fan expressed to director Adam McKay his disappointment about  the adaptation of The Boys, Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson’s superhero satire, being no longer  being in development McKay corrected him and said that Paramount had picked it up and it was still in development. Since then McKay has deleted the tweet. But it is definitely hopeful. It was also announced when the November solicitations came out that the book will concluding with issue #72. In the press release  Ennis said his goodbye to the characters,

“Seventy-two issues plus three minis adds up to ninety issues, making this a very busy six years – more than six years, of course, because we very nearly didn’t make it,” said writer Garth Ennis in a prepared statement.  “But all’s well that ends well. I finished #72 well over a year before it’s due to see print, and I’ve been missing Butcher and Hughie ever since. Goodbye, Boys. I doubt we’ll see your like again.”

The Boys #72 hits shelves this November.

Donald Faison Joins Cast of Kick-Ass 2

Deadline announced that Donald Faison has entered talks to  join the cast of Kick-Ass 2 as Dr. Gravity.

CW Releases New Arrow Poster and Casting News.

Check out the new poster for Arrow featuring Stephen Amell and his abs. One thing you see them focusing on is the damage being a vigilante takes on Oliver Queen. Also announced this week was the news that Torchwood star John Barrrowman is joining the cast.

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There you have it guys that’s all for this week. Stay tuned for an all-new installment of The Impact next weekend.

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com