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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Coming from Panini UK this week...

Conan joins the Avengers?!? Yep! It's the story you thought you'd never see... unless you read the original comic last year of course that this issue reprints. It's surprisingly good actually as it's written by Al Ewing who for my money is currently one of the best and most inventive writers in comics. 
Here's the solicitation info from Panini...

Avengers Universe No.7 Release date: 28/11/2019
76 pages of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! The team-up you never thought you'd see is here – the Avengers travel back to the Hyborian Age and meet the legendary Conan the Barbarian!!! Don't miss the shocks as the awesome ‘No Road Home’ saga continues! By Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid & Paco Medina! Featuring material first printed in Avengers: No Road Home #6-8.

...of course, this isn't the first time Conan and The Avengers have appeared in the same scene. At least not if you followed Marvel UK in the 1970s. Although back then it was the result of two comics merging and Conan didn't actually meet The Avengers like he has now. (There's also a US Marvel comic called Savage Avengers featuring Conan in the present day with Wolverine, The Punisher, Elektra and more. That one jumped the shark for me I'm afraid. :)) 

Anyway, here's the rest of the pulsatin' Panini comics that will be in the shops on 28th November... 

Astonishing Spider-Man No.41.
76 action-packed pages of arachnid adventure! Spider-Geddon continues, as a beaten and nearly dead Spider-Man faces the favoured son of the Inheritors, Morlun! The wall-crawler has fought Morlun three times and almost died everytime. Can Spidey beat the vile vampire again?! By Sean Ryan & Juan Frigeri! Also, Miles Morales leads the Spider-Army on a raid on the Inheritors! But is it just a suicide mission?! By Christos Gage, Dan Slott, Todd Nauck & Carlo Barberi! The Spider-Army desperately needs new recruits! No one’s too weird to die for – er – serve the cause! So brace yourselves for SPIDER-MA’AM, a spider-powered Aunt! Also, a nightmare world where monsters roam the streets and a SPIDER-MAN strange enough to call it home! Plus, a Spider-Powered Captain Stacy! Police Officer by day, vigilante by night in a way you’ve never seen before! By Jed Mackay, Scott Koblish, Cullen Bunn, Mark Bagley, Ryan North, David Williams, Geoffrey Thorne & Todd Harris!

Wolverine and Deadpool No.7.
76 pages of Marvel’s toughest heroes! Three great stories! Logan discovers a deadly web of deceit in Alaska – and starts slicing through it! ‘The Long Night’ continues, by Benjamin Percy & Marico Takara! X-23 and Gabby face a new challenge: the X-Assassin! A new story begins by Mariko Tamaki & Diego Olortegui! ‘Night of the Living Deadpool’ continues as Wade Wilson fights to survive a zombie apocalypse! By Cullen Bunn & Ramon Rosanas! Featuring material first printed in Wolverine: The Long Night #3, X-23 #7 and Night of the Living Deadpool #2.



ParryS said...

Reluctant though I am to engage in hyperbole, I think AVENGERS UNIVERSE has been better than it's ever been. It doesn't do anything by half, and each arc has been better than the last in recent years! I've had letters published which have expressed that view.

The twists and turns in recent arcs have been unpredictable.

Long live Panini's CE range. I'm still deflated about the loss of MWOM, but positivity to all the surviving CEs.

I don't know if Panini will replace MWOM down the road, but if they could get the DC licence again, I'd welcome a DC equivalent of MWOM. Pipe dream, I know, but something that could be called DC SUPERHEROES would be my pipe dream, each issue reprinting Superman, Batman and Justice League of America.

Stephen Parry

Lew Stringer said...

I don't think they'll be chasing the DC license, Stephen. DC characters don't seem very popular in UK comics from Titan's experience.

James Spiring said...

Well maybe if Titan didn't make stupid decisions like replacing the violent Suicide Squad with the kids title Teen Titans Go! That must've seriously annoyed their readers. If it wasn't selling, that wasn't the right way to try and fix it.

Panini have had the DC licence before. People have asked about this on their Facebook page, and they just aren't interested (their reply when someone asked this almost exactly a year ago was simply "Dream on"). I don't think it's anything to with Titan, they just already got burned once and won't risk a repeat.

Link to the post that query was on:

I do think it's telling as well that there were Batman and Superman annuals for 2017, and one with both characters together by a different publisher, and none of them appeared again the following year. They can't have sold very well.

ParryS said...

That's a good point, although I feel Titan has to shoulder the blame 50% for that, whether it be down to constant name changes (one of which led Batman to becoming unorderable on WHSmith's computer system), morphing titles into something different, e.g. the adult-oriented SUICIDE SQUAD becoming the juvenile TEEN TITANS GO!, broken links on their website when you tried to subscribe, etc. I mean, their current TALES FROM THE TARDIS comic simply has a "Coming Soon" announcement for the next issue - and they're not answering any questions from folk on their FB page.

It was bizarre how they announced SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, which I enjoyed, but then issue 4 became a standalone AQUAMAN issue. Then they retrospectively announced SCOOBY APOCALYPSE had been a mini-series even though it was *never* announced as such. What, with reprint errors, next issue sale date errors (one issue of the Flash had a next issue date for the previous day!) and so much else, well they burnt through a lot of goodwill.

I'm not romanticising the past or anything. DC has never had quite the success that Marvel has had on these shores with reprints. I know London Editions Magazines/Fleetway only had a six-year run from the late 80s to around 1994/95. It is harder for DC reprints, whatever the company. But Titan certainly did a lot wrong.

And I can't imagine how much more professional the TALES OF THE TARDIS CE would be if Panini were doing it.


Stephen Parry

Lew Stringer said...

Those things didn't help but historically DC characters just haven't been as popular in UK comics as Marvel ones for a long time. I doubt Panini will be pursuing the DC licence anytime soon. Also, DC continuity is so confusing. The comics seem to be lurching from one "crisis" to the next all the time. Marvel aren't much better though. I don't envy Panini having to fit War of the Realms into their upcoming titles.

Lew Stringer said...

I think Batman is the only DC character with enough of a following for a UK comic to work, but it's a risky venture publishing comics and rising paper costs aren't helping.

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