Happy Halloween, comics fans! In today’s edition of Comics Relief, we have some Halloweeny goodness, mostly of the zombie kind, not to mention hints from Marvel about a Spider-Man/Mary Jane re-wedding, and the return of a beloved DC team. But this being All Hallow’s Eve and all, it is only fitting we should get started with the zombies…
Robert Kirkman Squashes Some Persistent Walking Dead Theories
Since it’s Halloween, let’s start with some zombie related news; recently, website Uproxx brought back to life an old fan theory in regards to The Walking Dead (both the comics AND the show) that Rick Grimes never actually woke up from the coma he was in at the start of the series, and all the events of the zombie apocalypse is just one long coma dream. Wait, what??
Not so fast, says creator Robert Kirkman, who tweeted out “Going on record to answer this, Rick is NOT still in a coma. The events of TWD are definitely happening.” Kirkman added a little joke at the end, “But Carl and everyone else are all imagined. He actually NEVER found his family. He’s been crazy since he killed his first zombie. #joking?” (That’s just mean, Kirkman.) [Uproxxx]
Check Out This Halloween Humble Bundle
Speaking of all things Halloween, today is the perfect day to get the latest humble bundle, with horror comic offerings like The Mocking Dead by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar,the first omnibus of Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, the first two issues of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla’s Afterlife With Archie, and the complete collection of Top Shelf’s Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer. Also included are issues of Locke & Key and even some Hellraiser. [Comics Alliance]
DC Brings Back The Legion of Super-Heroes From Comic Book Exile
The Legion of Super-Heroes was one of DC’s longest running teams, pre-dating even the Justice League. Last year, both Legion books, Legion of Super-Heroes and Legion Lost, were cancelled due to low sales, leaving DC fans to wonder if after over fifty years, there would be no more Legion. Well, speaking with Newsarama, JLU writer Jeff Lemire talked about bringing the classic Legion back in this week’s JLU Annual. “This is very much the traditional, sort of classic Legion….I just approached it not as a reboot or another re-imagining of the Legion. Rather, I just… as close as I can, I’m just bringing it back to what people think of as a classic Legion and not worrying too much about all the minutia of continuity. It’s very much the classic Legion.” Can a new title for the team be far behind? [Newsarama]
Rare Peanuts Comic Strip Up for Auction
A rare Sunday Peanuts strip, featuring Snoopy as the Flying Ace, went up for auction this Thursday, October 30th. The strip, hand drawn by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz (and only one of eight Peanuts strips to run on New Years Day) already has an opening bid of $18,000. In the strip, Snoopy dreams that he is the The Flying Ace, celebrating New Year’s Day by having too many root beers at a foreign bar. There are
other original Peanuts comics strips are also up for auction. Going as far back as 1954, the strips include Linus and the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown star-gazing with Shermy, Charlie Brown learning to write with a pen, Schroeder playing the piano for Lucy, and many others. The auctions are accessible online through Nate D. Saunders Auctions. [ComicBook.Com]
Peter Parker and Mary Jane Back Together? And With A Little Spider-Girl In Tow?
One of the most controversial moves from Marvel Comics from the past several years was the end of Spider-Man’s marriage to Mary Jane Watson after some twenty plus years in the “One More Day” storyline. Now Marvel is teasing not only the return of the MJ And Spidey relationship, but also the return of their daughter May Parker, who becomes the future Spider-Girl. The image (with art by Adam Kubert) shows the Parker family with the tagline “Renew Your Vows.” This is probably all part of some alternate timeline in the upcoming Secret Wars redux coming in 2015, but fans of the Spidey and MJ relationship might have something to get excited about finally after all this time. [Entertainment Weekly]
Free Comic Book Day Reduces Titles for 2015
Last year, there were some seventy free comics provided for the annual Free Comic Book Day event held around the country. This year, the number falls to fifty. According to Bleeding Cool, “Publishers expecting their submissions to go through without problems have have discovered their two titles slashed to one – or none…. as a result 2015 may be the first year in which the amount of comic books given away free – now at four and a half million – falls.” [Bleeding Cool]
Big Hero 6 Back Issues Going For A Hefty Sum
Before it was a big budget Disney animated film, Big Hero 6 was a little known Marvel comic, originally starring former X-Man Sunfire. Now, due to interest in the upcoming film, copies of Marvel’s Sunfire & Big Hero 6 #1 from 1998, with a CGC grade of 9.8 are selling for $450 and up, and even non-graded copies are going for for $25 or more. So check your long boxes folks, somewhere in that pile of forgotten comics from the 1990s you might have a little gold mine. [icv2.com]
New Imprint “Double Take” Launches With Night of the Living Dead Series
We started today’s Comics Relief with zombies, and thus it shall end with zombies. Bill Jemas, the man who (along with Joe Quesada) brought Marvel back to relevance in the early 2000s, is starting a new imprint called Double Take, with its first major project being a series of comics based on the classic 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead. The movie that launched the very idea of the zombie apocalypse that The Walking Dead has mined so well. Double Take’s first comics in this series will be called Soul, Insurrection, and Rise, and will follow characters from the film both before and after the events of the movie. [Newsarama]
Which of these stories has you excited the most? Let us know in the comments below.