“News Bulletin” is a collection of links, news , and other relevant comics items delivered in a lighthearted and humorous manner every Friday afternoon.  End your week on a high note with all the news you missed.

News Items

Thor and Spider-Man, shattered apart after a horrific scientific experiment.

Thor is getting a new look as Marvel continues to roll out teasers for its bi-annual “Marvel NOW!” relaunch.  Noticeably, Thor chopped off his ponytail and added some LED light up chest thingies to his armor, so we know he means business this time around.  Also, his legs appear to have been replaced with the upper half of Miles Morales, which is a pretty bold move.

Ryan Yount has left his position at Stela, a comics subscription service/publisher focusing on creator owned content.  He declined to give a reason, but Mark Waid claimed on Twitter that he departed because Stela investors wanted creators to sign over “their rights”.  Sounds ominous.

Viz is putting chapters of several Shonen Jump manga up on its website for free, with more content added daily.  The free titles include Dragon Ball Super and three different Naruto spinoffs, but there’s a good mix of genres represented.  Free comics is always a good thing!

Marvel revealed the truth behind the divisive cliffhanger of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, exposing an outside power source and classic villain as the cause for Cap’s rewritten history. This announcement is perfectly timed to spoil the new issue, but not reassure fans angered by the cliffhanger one month ago.

The Captain America “reveal” triggered a new round of contentious debate, with some comics professionals jeering at an “insinuation” in a now retracted Paste Magazine article that Marvel “backtracked” their original plans.  Of course, anyone who follows the comics industry expected it, but I don’t think that was why people were uncomfortable with the “Hydra Cap” twist.

Apollo and Midnighter, back together again. And there was much rejoicing.

DC announced, via the New York Times, that Apollo and Midnighter are reuniting for a 6 issue miniseries.  The miniseries will be written by Steve Orlando (who previously wrote DC’s Midnighter solo ongoing) and illustrated by Fernando Blanco.  Midnighter is one of DC’s highest profile gay character thanks to Orlando’s recent series featuring that character, so it’s good they’re quickly returning to that well.

Marvel’s recent “Divided” teasers were revealed as part of a new publishing initiative/storyline/something called “Divided We Stand“.  There seems to be a division between established characters like Doctor Doom, Captain Marvel and Jessica Jones and newer characters like Ms. Marvel, Mosiac and the All-New Wasp.  Doctor Strange is siding with the kids on whatever this divide is, which makes sense as he’s always been hip with the youths.

Raina Telgemeier’s reign as the Shadow Queen of comics continues, as her new young adult themed graphic novel Ghosts has an initial print run of 500,000 copies.  All hail Raina, the most powerful person in comics that no one ever wants to talk about for some stupid reason.  (And yes, I know that every comics site has published at least a few Raina articles per year, but the world would be a lot better place if everyone published articles about Raina all the time and tried to squeeze in coverage on other comics on slow Raina days.)

Max Landis announced a new comic called Green Valley with artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.  The comic will be published by Image’s Skybound imprint.  Good for him.

The US Avengers, featuring the sexiest Hulk ever.

On Canada Day, Marvel announced a new US Avengers series by Al Ewing and Paco Medina.  The series is a continuation of New Avengers, with Wiccan and Hulkling leaving the team and several new members (including a time-traveling older Danielle Cage, a female Iron Patriot and the Red Hulk) joining the team.  After pulling myself away from staring at the Red Hulk’s magnificent mustache, my first thought about the promo art was how different Squirrel Girl looks compared to her own solo series.  There’s probably an interesting essay to be written about that….(any takers?)

Heidi MacDonald reports that BISAC codes (which help track performance and sales of certain types of books) will now include a specific category for young adult graphic novels.  Per Heidi, a similar breakout in 2002 helped quantify the growth of graphic novels and led to expansion of comics sections in bookstores and libraries.  As a former bookseller, I can say that this is a really big deal and will probably lead to increased sales/floor space for YA graphic novels.

Good Reads

Heather Davidson discusses DC Comics’ continued reliance on material produced by Alan Moore approximately 30 years ago and why this may be unhealthy for its superhero franchises in both comics and film.

Remember how no one ever wants to talk about Raina?  The AVClub had a round table about the importance of her comic Smile, featuring our very own contributing editor JA Micheline.

Thaddeus Howze discusses War Machine’s death and Marvel’s trope of “black deaths for white tears”.  A very fascinating read that rips through Marvel’s assorted excuses and poor record when it comes to racial diversity.

Miscellany

As Brexit causes markets to crash around the world, it’s good to know that Justin Trudeau is focusing on what’s important: boxing as part of Marvel’s ongoing Civil War II conflict.

On a related note, here’s a young(er) Trudeau slumming around with Chip Zdarsky.

The Comics Beat turned twelve today.  Many happy returns!

Final Thought

The Battle of Gettysburg began 153 years ago today.  My family used to make annual trips to Gettysburg, touring the National Military Park and looking at the ornate memorials to the thousands of soldiers that died fighting in a war that literally ripped the United States in half.  Going to Gettysburg is a fascinating place, it seems like each square inch of the town has its own importance in history.  The battle itself has been microanalyzed to death; every military historian can tell you every nuance of every troop movement and its impact on the battle as a whole.  But, when you travel around the battlefield, there’s still a melancholy that hangs over the air, as if the place itself refuses forget about the carnage that once took place there.   It’s a very weird feeling, but it feels significant and ethereal and maybe all in the head of someone who thinks a bit too much about history.

I dunno, these articles probably won’t end on such a bummer note. Today’s a weird day.   Happy Canada Day and 4th of July, everyone!

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Christian Hoffer

Christian Hoffer is best known for his prolific writing on Pokemon, but he still finds time to write about comics from time to time. He was previously the editor in chief of the Outhouse for five years. His work has been featured on the Comics Reporter, the Comics Beat, and ComicBook.com. Hoffer is currently the business manager of ComicsBulletin, a task that mainly consists of coaxing the server to work with some duct tape, a comically large wrench, and a thick Scottish accent.