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Comics Relief: The X-MEN Staying in the Proper Marvel Universe, Valiant Teases THE BOOK OF DEATH & More

It’s Wednesday, which means new comics and new Comics Relief! For your reading pleasure today, we’ve got news on Valiant Comics‘ sure-to-be-bloody event series The Book of Death, more info about DC’s Convergence, and the skinny on the creator of Supernatural‘s comics debut. But before that, let’s address some of those rumors that the X-Men are leaving Spidey and the Avengers behind for their own little universe…

Everyone Chill Out, The X-Men Are Staying In The Proper Marvel Universe

One of the big rumors swirling around Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars is that, coming out of the event, the world of the X-Men (and Fantastic Four) would “spin-off” into their own mini-universe, separate from the main Marvel universe. The reason being that the House of Ideas didn’t want their Marvel Cinematic Universe characters mingling with their Fox-controlled characters, which happens to be the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. But Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso put those rumors to bed recently, stating “No, we’re not segregating the X-Men into their own universe. The X-Men are an integral part of the Marvel Universe. They play a big role in Secret Wars, and those mutants that survive the event will be crucial building blocks for the Marvel Universe moving forward.”

So there you have it. Wait, did he say “those mutants that surivive?” Are we getting another “no more mutants” thing again?? Here we go again…. [CBR]

New Details Emerge As Convergence Hits Comic Shops

DC’s event series Convergence kicked off officially last week with a zero issue, but it’s this week where things really kick off big time, With Convergence #1 and a whole slew of tie-ins coming out. This past weekend at WonderCon, series writer Jeff King answered some big questions about Convergence, talking to Twin Galaxies Live’s long-running live comic program “The Comic Book Show.” King talks about how Grant Morrison’s Multiversity ties into it all, as well as some pre-New 52 characters returning to canon, including Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain, and more. Check out the video below:

Fantagraphics Teases Out New Daniel Clowes Graphic Novel…But You’ll Have To Be Patient For It

It’s been awhile since the last comics work from Daniel Clowes, the acclaimed creator of such indie comics classic like Ghost World and Eightball. Now Fantagraphics is teasing a new work from Clowes for March 2016, with the tagline “Patience.” So, is “Patience” the name of the book, or are we reading too much into it? And how long before Shia LaBeouf decides to plagiarize this one too? [Bleeding Cool]

Supernatural Creator To Write New Comics Series AMPED For Vertigo

Announced this week by DC’s Vertigo imprint, AMPED is coming from Erik Kripke, the creator of the beloved TV series Supernatural, and is slated to come out in the fall of 2015. AMPED will be released as a six-issue monthly comic book miniseries. According to the official press release, “The story will follow Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man who buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, but he gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power. The story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life super hero.” Not only is AMPED coming out as comic, but there are already plans for it to come to television as well, as USA Network announced a TV adaptation for the new series is in development. Check out the preview art for the series below:

Comics Community Rallies Around Fellow Artist During A Time Of Crisis

Comics people can be the best people, and the proof is in how they all band together to help a fellow creator during a time of unimaginable personal loss. Recently, a group of comic book artists have come together to raise money for fellow artist Wilfredo Torres, unifying under the hashtag of #TorresBenefit. Torres,whose wife Monica passed away recently after a long fight with cancer, is the artist on the forthcoming Jupiter’s Circle series with writer Mark Millar at Image Comics.

In a statement to Newsarama, Torres said, “I never imagined it would snowball into what it has; I’m overwhelmed by the response and I have no idea what to say. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone involved and I know Monica would have thought it was amazing.” So far, over $5,000 has been raised from commissions and eBay auctions, with the money going directly to Torres. Comic artists such as Frank Quitely, Chris Samnee, Gabriel Hardman, Phil Hester, Tom Fowler and Jordie Bellaire have sold commissions with all proceeds going to #TorresBenefit. You can find more commission and original art for this cause by searching for the hashtag #TorresBenefit on Twitter and other social media. [Newsarama]

Valiant Releases Book Of Death Teaser Images

At Emerald City Comic Con, Valiant Comics teased “The Book of Death” as their next big event series. Now Valiant has followed up at that announcement with a series of ominous teaser images, released to coincide with last weekend’s Wondercon. Among the teasers are images featuring Bloodshot by Rafa Sandoval, Ninjak by Kano, X-O Manowar by Cary Nord, and Harbinger by Raul Allen. Each one comes with the Biblical phrase “So let it be written, so let it be done” splashed across it. Check out our gallery of the images below. [CBR]

At ComiXology Last Month, It Was Definitely The Women of Marvel Who Flexed Their Muscles Most

ComiXology had a buy one, get one free sale on Marvel titles last month, where you could double down on any of the Marvel issues in their store. This week, ComiXology announced that, during the sale, seven out of the top ten comics sold were books with female heroes. Books that sold particularly well were Silk, Thor, and Ms. Marvel. As a matter of fact, the only non-female-led titles that weren’t in the top 10 were Star Wars books. So…tell us again how female-fronted comics just don’t sell? [Comics Alliance]


So are you a Convergence person, a Book of Death person, a Secret Wars person, all three, or none? Let us know in the comments below!

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