Marvel has announced Deadpool #2 and Hulk #6 have both sold out at the distributor level – that’s through Diamond Comic Distributors for those not in the know.Â While Marvel will send Deadpool #2 back to press, Hulk #6 will only be seen again in the pages of Hulk Vol. 1: Red Hulk Premiere HC.
HULK VOL. 1: RED HULK PREMIERE HC (AUG082438)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Penciled by ED MCGUINNESS
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Rated A â€¦$24.99
DEADPOOL #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (AUG088102)
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by PACO MEDINA
Parental Advisory â€¦$2.99
FOCâ€”10/9/08, On Saleâ€”10/29/08
â€œThe minds of Marvel are sometimes opaque,â€ Norton told MTV News. â€œI wonâ€™t say [theyâ€™re] obtuse, but I donâ€™t have any idea what they want to do.â€
Norton said heâ€™s also been kept in the dark regarding any plans for him, in his role as Hulkâ€™s alter-ego Bruce Banner, to appear in Marvelâ€™s big team-up project, â€œThe Avengers.â€ The film, which is expected to feature The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and several other Marvel characters, is currently scheduled for a 2011 release.
â€œTheyâ€™ve got this notion of collecting the Marvel characters,â€ said Norton, who appeared a bit skeptical of Marvelâ€™s ambitious plans for the project. â€œWho knows where theyâ€™ll go?â€
Marvel has finally done what I’ve been speculating for some time – putting original comic book stories on the Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited site.
Iron Man: Fast Friends brings insight into the bond between Tony Stark/Iron Man and his best friend, Jim â€œRhodeyâ€ Rhodes.Â Weaving in and out of the events in the feature film, the digital comic series explores the kinship of the two through the eyes of Rhodey. Featuring original storylines by Paul Tobin, with art by Ronan Cliquet and covers by Dave Bullock, the weekly series launches September 17, 2008, in advance of the September 30 DVD release of the Iron Man feature film. Read it now!
Incredible Hulk: The Fury Files follows S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury as he finds out why it’s a bad idea to make Bruce Banner angry. Written by Frank Tieri, with art by Salva Espin and covers by Steve Lieber, the weekly series will launch on October 8, leading up to the October 21 release of The Incredible Hulk on DVD. The series picks up when Nick Fury receives intel that Thunderbolt Ross’s Super Soldier program has finally produced an unstoppable warrior. A hands-on guy, Fury wants see this “hulk” for himself. So he does…and that’s when stuff starts breaking.
The company says new digital-only comics will launch on Wednesday to the tune of about three comics per month.
While these new series spin out of this past summer’s movies, I think it is a matter of time before Marvel pushes their online distribution system further by creating original, in-continuity issues, that fans will need to read in order to understand the print issues (for as long as those are still around).
In what must be one of the longest comic book titles ever, Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: Savage World of Sakaar gives readers a peek into the past of Skaar: Son of Hulk.Â Marvel: The House of Ideas has sent Major Spoilers: The Comic Book Website a sneak peek of Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: Savage World of Sakaar.
Marvel has unveiled the variant covers to the Hulk #6 and #7 done by the late great Michael Turner.
â€œLiving in a world without Mike is something I could never imagine,â€ said Hulk scribe Jeph Loeb. â€œHe was the greatest guy. The. Greatest.Â I wanted some way to share my love of his artwork and at the same time give something to the fans — who were more important to Mike than anyone can imagine — and spoke to Marvel about doing these covers.Â They are pieces Mike did of the Green Hulk (one as a gift to Frank Mastromauro)and Peter Steigerwald of Aspen Comics did the recoloring and remastering.Â It was terribly important to me that Peter and Aspen got to be part of this as well.Â They are a celebration of Mike’s enormous talent and in turn, his life.Â Enjoy.â€
Thor and the Red Hulk got into it in Hulk #5, and to make sure everyone has a chance to get their hands on the sold out issue (at the distributor level), Marvel is going back to press with a new cover of the Jeph Loeb series.
“Five issues.Â Five sold out.Â And the second printings too!â€ said Loeb. â€œI’ll have to tell McGuinness’ kids to stop buying so many copies!Â Seriously though, I gotta thank Warren Simons and the entire Thor crew who were so helpful at getting the God of Thunder to guest star in this issue.Â And rest assured, Thor vs. Red Hulk — the Grudge Match isn’t far behind.Â All of this builds to next issue when Ol’ Greenskin and the Rulk finally have it out — and I can promise you, only one of them walks away!â€
Skaar and Princess Omaka are going to have to play nice in the sandbox if they hope to save those fleeing from Axeman Bone’s barbarians.Â Marvel has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Skaar: Son of Hulk #3 by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney and Butch Guice.
Issue #4 of Hulk featuring Red Hulk bitch-slapping the Watcher sold out at the distributor level, probably because of the aforementioned bitch-slapping, prompting Marvel to go back to press with that very same image as the new variant cover.
â€œWhahooo!â€ said writer Jeph Loeb. â€œEd and I and Jason and Rich are thrilled that the newest Hulk in the marvel universe has made red turn to green for our retailer friends!Â And just in case anybody thinks we’re slowing down, next up is the Red Hulk vs. THOR in Hulk 5 and then in Issue 6 it’s GREEN VS. RED — The Rematch of the Century!Â And we can promise you, there’s more and more surprises galore!â€
The Hulk #4 reprint arrives July 30, 2008 for $2.99.
While it wasn’t Indiana Jones, or even an Iron Man level take at the box office, the Incredible Hulk did walk away with the top movie this past weekend, taking home an estimated $54.5 million domestically.Â That’s a lot of green for the big fellow, and has many believing Marvel has gone two for two in its company owned movie franchise.Â Even thought the movie is number one, remember, Hulk did not bring in as much as last year’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ($58 million) or as much as Ang Lee’s take on the Hulk that brought in $62.1 million in its opening weekend.
Still, if the Hulk can keep from dropping 50% or more next weekend, it is well on its way to breaking $100 million domestically next weekend.