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Marvel’s Female Thor Outsells Male Version

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In the best news of the week, Marvel’s reboot of the Thor series into a heroine has actually outsold the male original. When Marvel first announced Female Thor as part of the New 52 reboot, there were concerns from certain fans of the franchise that she would ruin it or that it was too risky of a move by Marvel, but this proves otherwise and is AMAZING news.

Courtesy of the sales figures from ComiChron show the new character outselling the old comics by a large margin. The reports show that the first four issues of Female Thor have sold close to 20,000 copies, more than the final four Thor issues in 2012.

Unfortunately we can’t see who is buying Female Thor so there is no way to see if the gender reboot is bringing in more females to comic book reading.

Female Thor is currently 6th in sales with the series circulation reaching over 93,000 copies. Not suprising is that diehard favorites Amazing Spiderman, Captain America, and Batman held the top three spots.

Thor #8 releases in May and the writers have promised the reveal of the new Thor’s identity.

Marvel Reveals A-Force, an All-Female Avengers Replacement

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Marvel Comic announced last week a new all female comic team to replace the Avengers. “A-Force” will replace the Avengers during an upcoming Secret Wars crossover arc.

The series will include notable female superheroes such as She-Hulk, Medusa, Dazzler, Nico Minoru, and many more. They will also be introducing a new superhero named Singularity. The character was a pocket universe that gained sentience during the events that led up to Secret Wars, and without an innate gender, she chose to become female.

According to Wilson, this gives the writers a chance to “strip (gender studies) all the way down to the basics” while allowing them to explore what it means to be a woman.

The handful of characters to join A-Force were hand-picked by Wilson and her editor, Daniel Ketchum.

“We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of very different characters — from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies,” Wilson said. “They’ll all have to come together to answer some big questions: What would you sacrifice to succeed? What is being a hero worth?”

The A-Force team will headup their efforts from their secret headquarters n Arcadia, the Amazonian “feminist paradise” region of Battleword, in order to take on a villain from Marvel’s past.

“A-Force” will be written by G. Willow Wilson (Ms. MarvelX-Men) and Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin), with art by Jorge Molina (X-Men). The comic book series will premiere in May.

Exclusive Variant Cover For “God of Thunder #25” Revealed For Nashville Comic Con

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With Wizard Con heading to Nashville in just a few weeks (September 26-28), Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. revealed the exclusive variant cover for “God of Thunder #25!” The cover was drawn by artist Tom Raney and it will be made available to the VIP attendees of the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con.

Redefining the word “epic,” it’s the god-sized 25th issue of Thor: God Of Thunder featuring an amazing artistic line-up: Young Thor vs. Frost Giants. It’s the untold origin of Malekith the Accursed. King Thor’s granddaughters uncover a startling secret chapter from the history of the Thunder God, and Thor deals with the shocking fall-out from Original Sin.

Artist Raney will also be at the event to sign copies of “God of Thunder #25.” (Though it should be noted that autograph fees may apply.) Raney has drawn for some of the most iconic titles in comics, including Avengers Academy, Blockbusters of the Marvel Universe, X-Men Legacy, Thor, Superman and more. Recently he has been focusing on creator owned work.

Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel, says,

“Featuring the Thor of each era, the oversized Thor: God of Thunder #25 is set to deliver an epic stories spanning space and time. Tom Raney truly captured the essence of the ‘God of Thunder’ for this exclusive variant cover and we’re thrilled he could bring his iconic style to Wizard World Nashville”

John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO, added,

“’Thor’ has had a big presence at Wizard World shows, from hundreds of cosplayers all the way to Chris Hemsworth. Tom Raney’s interpretation of the popular hero is a welcome addition to the series.”

The VIP attendees with receive a free copy of the limited edition book at registration. The exclusive variant version of “God of Thunder #25” will only have 3,000 copies. 

You can see more information about the Nashville Wizard Con here.

Marvel Stops Iron Man Suit Project Seeking 5K Pre-Orders For Production Run

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A new crowdfunding project has popped up that is sure to make comic book fans salivate. The project aims to build and mass produce a complete Iron Man suit with electronic features like an automatic sliding faceplate. The project is known as the Iron Man Mark III project from Iron Man Factory.

Unsurprisingly Marvel has requested the project’s creators to stop selling these unlicensed works, so from now on it’ll be unavailable to buyers outside China.

The prototype was created with a 3D printer and features several light up  light-up aesthetic features, futuristically powered by AAA batteries. According to the project video, the suit is lightweight, weighing in at only 3kg (6.6 lbs) and features metal joints with a carbon fiber/polymer body. Unfortunately at the moment if you are under 5’6″ or much over 6’1″ the suit isn’t for you.

Backers can lay down pledges for either the full injection moulded suit ($1,999), a helmet alone ($1,800) or the full, 3D-printed suit ($35,000). The latter two will ship within three to four months, while the production run suits are expected to arrive between six and eight months out should the project prove successful. No cards will be charged until orders ship, with payments managed via Stripe.

The Iron Man Project team members work with an injection moulding factory out of Shenzen, the company tells me, including engineers with over 15 years experience in die casting manufacturing. The factory employs between 30 and 40 people, and currently produces toys, routers, smartphone parts and more. They’ve been working with designers in Beijing on the Iron Man project, and began producing small runs of the Iron Man helmet alone via 3D printing. To get costs down and volumes up, they’re looking to cover the costs of initial setup for a full-scale, injection moulding production run.

George A. Romero Writing “Empire of the Dead” Comic Book

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Zombie movie god, George A. Romero is branching out. The horror enthusiast is writing a new comic book series entitled, “Empire of the Dead” that is set to take place in New York City. The 15 issue miniseries comic books come from Marvel Comics and will be debuting in January. Continue reading George A. Romero Writing “Empire of the Dead” Comic Book