The Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe #1 (1983) . The Avengers files, by John Byrne and Terry Austin.
There’s a sequence in Marvel Knights: Hulk #2 (PRE-ORDEEERRRR, PLEEEASE) dedicated to my pal and fellow Marvel 1960s/70s nerd, Depth of Field Editor Patrick A. Reed, largely influenced by these Marvel Third Eye blacklight posters.
These are so great!
It’s official — Zero #001 sold out of its first printing within the first week and a second printing is coming soon. Here’s a big thank you to everyone who made that happen.
Below is the official announcement from Image Comics.
ZERO #1 REPORTS BACK TO DUTY WITH A SECOND PRINTING
Reprint of action-packed spy comic announced to meet customer demand
Hot on the heels of last week’s sell-out, Image Comics is proud to announce a reprint of ZERO #1, the inaugural issue of the story of a spy trained from birth to kill and the choices he makes that change his life forever. The response to ZERO #1, written by Ales Kot and drawn by Michael Walsh, has been overwhelming, and the orders for ZERO #2 are incredibly strong. In order to meet demand, a second printing of ZERO #1 is currently scheduled to release on 10/23.
Critics continue to rave about ZERO #1:
"Zero #1’s violence is brutal, but not in a cinematic sense. It’s almost candid about the horrors it depicts […] Kot and Walsh control the pace masterfully, inching out the horror so you feel its effects in every panel."
James Hunt, Comic Book Resources
"Walsh’s pencils are awash with a strong, solid thickness reminiscent of the best works of Aja and Mazzuchelli […] The environments are also gorgeously rendered, with help by colorist Jordie Bellaire in making the Gaza Strip subtly explode with an eye-popping helping of varying shades of brown and red."
Julien Loeper, ComicBooked
"[I]f issue #1 of ZERO is any indication of what we’re going to get with this series, consider me excited. There’s a lot to like about this first issue, not the least of which is the way that Ales Kot sets up the whole conflict, as Zero telling his story, piece by piece to a young boy. But there’s a lot more to Zero running beneath the surface, and that’s what makes it such an engaging read."
Matt LeMaire, The MacGuffin
The second printing of ZERO #1 arrives 10/23 and can be pre-ordered now (Diamond Code AUG138224).
ZERO #2 releases on 10/16 and can be pre-ordered now, as well (Diamond Code AUG130721).
October 17, 1946
I adore you, sweetheart.
I know how much you like to hear that — but I don’t only write it because you like it — I write it because it makes me warm all over inside to write it to you.
It is such a terribly long time since I last wrote to you — almost two years but I know you’ll excuse me because you understand how I am, stubborn and realistic; and I thought there was no sense to writing.
But now I know my darling wife that it is right to do what I have delayed in doing, and that I have done so much in the past. I want to tell you I love you. I want to love you. I always will love you.
I find it hard to understand in my mind what it means to love you after you are dead — but I still want to comfort and take care of you — and I want you to love me and care for me. I want to have problems to discuss with you — I want to do little projects with you. I never thought until just now that we can do that. What should we do. We started to learn to make clothes together — or learn Chinese — or getting a movie projector. Can’t I do something now? No. I am alone without you and you were the “idea-woman” and general instigator of all our wild adventures.
When you were sick you worried because you could not give me something that you wanted to and thought I needed. You needn’t have worried. Just as I told you then there was no real need because I loved you in so many ways so much. And now it is clearly even more true — you can give me nothing now yet I love you so that you stand in my way of loving anyone else — but I want you to stand there. You, dead, are so much better than anyone else alive.
I know you will assure me that I am foolish and that you want me to have full happiness and don’t want to be in my way. I’ll bet you are surprised that I don’t even have a girlfriend (except you, sweetheart) after two years. But you can’t help it, darling, nor can I — I don’t understand it, for I have met many girls and very nice ones and I don’t want to remain alone — but in two or three meetings they all seem ashes. You only are left to me. You are real.
My darling wife, I do adore you.
I love my wife. My wife is dead.
PS Please excuse my not mailing this — but I don’t know your new address.
Pages from Scarlet, written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Alex Maleev.
It’s a truly stand-out comic that can turn something as basic as introducing a character’s back story, into a visually memorable sequence.
At first glace, it just looks like fifteen panels in standard layout. But it’s really fifteen snapshots of the defining moments and characteristics in Scarlet’s life to date. Note that the last panel of a Portland landmark, which breaks the rhythm established so far, is enlarged to emphasize the most telling quality about her.
It’s exposition done as only a comic can do.
bendis here- love that this sequence that meant so much to us is making the rounds.
every issue is alex maleev at his best.
also, issue 7 is at the printer and coming soon.
Happy Birthday Arthur Stanley Jefferson aka Stan Laurel
16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965
“Chaplin wasn’t the funniest, I wasn’t the funniest, this man was the funniest.” - Buster Keaton