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Big news on today’s Comic Book Club News podcast: Tom Brevoort is stepping down from Marvel’s Avengers, and is taking over the X-Men line. Plus, the Harvey Awards nominees for 2023 have been announced, and Thanos is fighting the Illuminati in a new miniseries.
Marvel’s X-Men line is changing editors.
The Harvey Awards announces nominees.
Thanos is back for a new miniseries.
This is Comic Book Club News for August 14, 2023.
Tom Brevoort Taking Over Marvel’s X-Men:
Our top story, Marvel’s X-Men line is changing hands. As shared on Facebook on Friday, August 11th, long-time Avengers editor Tom Brevoort will be taking over the X-Men line… At some point in the future.
Said Brevoort: “This isn’t going to happen for a good long while yet—I still have a ton of stuff cooking in AVENGERS (including next year’s big crossover event series) that needs to be seen to completion. And at the same time, current X-guru Jordan White and his team have a massive story that they’re in the middle of and that won’t run its course for a long while. What I do will grow directly out of what they’re doing—provided they leave me anything to work with. Did you read that HELLFIRE GALA book? Cripes!”
As Brevoort notes, this changeover won’t happen until 2024 at the earliest. However, when this change does happen it’s a big deal for a number of reasons. The biggest is that Brevoort has been overseeing the Avengers line for nearly 25 years. His run includes game-changing events like Secret Invasion, Avengers: Dissasembled, and many more.
And the fanboy press is already running wild with this news, noting that this is potentially around the same time the MCU might be delving into X-Men on screen. But a word of caution there: publishing plans and cinematic plans may coordinate, but rarely exactly line up. This is a big deal for comics. For movies and TV, it’s TBA.
The other big question coming out of this news is what this means for current X-Men editor Jordan D. White, as well as the ongoing Krakoa era of the X-Men. The latter seems to be heading towards some sort of endgame with the currently running Fall of X storyline. That might coordinate nicely with a fresh start once Brevoort takes over. As for White, who has presided over the revamp and relaunch of Marvel’s Star Wars and X-Men lines, smart money would say he’ll be switching with Brevoort and taking over the Avengers line of books. However, that sort of trade is very much TBA, as well.
We’ll have more on this story, as it develops.
Harvey Awards Announces 2023 Nominees:
As announced on Friday, August 11th, the Harvey Awards nominees are here. The event is named not for a giant, imaginary rabbit, but for Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of MAD Magazine
Unlike the Eisner Awards, which are held at San Diego Comic-Con, the Harvey Awards honor not just comic books and related printed products, but have expanded to include Best Adaptation from a Comic Book or Graphic Novel. Meaning you’ll find Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse nominated alongside Kate Beaton’s lauded graphic novel Ducks.
Co-chair John Lind explained more via a press release provided to Comic Book Club News. Quote: “The Harvey Awards continues to distinguish itself by honoring the unique talents required to create the very best graphic novels. This year is especially impressive given the range of diversity among authors, illustrators, and content being created in the field and we are thrilled to recognize these accomplishments.”
You can check out the full list of nominees HarveyAwards.com. Highlights include: the aforementioned Ducks, Zoe Thorogood’s It’s Lonely At The Center of the Earth, and Chip Zdarsky’s Public Domain all competing for Book of the Year; Scott Snyder and Tula Lotay’s Barnstormers up for Digital Book of the Year; and American Born Chinese, Sandman, and Wednesday all duking it out for Best Adaptation.
Voting will conclude on September 1. Winners will be announced at this year’s New York Comic Con on a TBA date between October 12 and 15.
Thanos Returns In A New Miniseries:
Our final story for today, Thanos is returning to Marvel with a new miniseries written by Chris Cantwell, with art by Luca Pizzari. In the series, Thanos has returned to Earth to fight a new version of the uber-powerful team The Illuminati after the reveal of a secret. What’s that secret? That’s one I’ll never tell. XOXO.
Said Cantwell via press release, quote: “I think folks will find the backdrop of this story quite unexpected, mischievously funny, and heartbreakingly human, for what has drawn Thanos back screaming into the universe is a singular pain and desire for connection that he believes only one essence in existence (and non-existence) can give him… While this being is, in turn, grappling with some deeper questions about what they are, and what they want to be. Plus, Thanos hot-wires a pickup truck.”
Joining the Illuminati lineup of Mr. Fantastic, Doctor Strange, and Iron Man in the series are new members Emma Frost and Blue Marvel. They replace the previous members, Black Bolt, Namor, and Professor X, all of whom were clearly too busy with other things.
The four-issue miniseries will debut its first issue on November 8.
For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And this was a weird way to find out I’m not taking over the X-Men books.
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