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A surprise classic Marvel character returns in Avengers Inc. #1. Chuck D is publishing a graphic novel on gun violence. And the top-selling graphic novels of August 2023 are revealed. This is Comic Book Club News for September 13, 2023.
A classic Marvel character returns!
Chuck D to publish a graphic novel.
August’s top-selling graphic novel loves being a turtle.
This is Comic Book Club News for September 13, 2023.
Hank Pym Returns In Avengers Inc. #1:
A classic Marvel character makes a surprise return in today’s issue of Avengers Inc. #1. Spoilers on! Seriously, big spoilers. You good? Okay, here we go. In the issue, the final page reveals that the villain of the series is none other than… Henry Pym, aka Ant-Man. Bum bum BUM.
The gist of the plot is that Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, is investigating a series of mysterious deaths in a prison. The villains end up very much coming back to life, including someone who seems to be the human guise of hero The Vision. And in the final pages, it’s revealed that the man behind the murders is Pym, teamed up with Eric O’Grady — also known as Ant-Man, though sometimes as Black Ant.
Pym was killed off back in the 2015 storyline Rage of Ultron, when he was merged with his creation, the robotic Ultron. However, he appeared briefly through some time-travel shenanigans in writer Al Ewing’s recent Ant-Man series. It seems Ewing is continuing the story in some fashion here. Whether this is the real Pym, or an imposter remains to be seen. But it’s clear, you ant seen nothing yet.
Chuck D To Publish Naphic Grovel On Gun Violence:
He might be a founding member of Public Enemy, but to Chuck D, gun violence is public enemy number one. The hip-hop star will write and draw an upcoming graphic novel, titled Summer of HAMN: Hollowpointlessness Aiding Mass Nihilism.
As first reported by ICv2, the book is a collection based on a bound journal Chuck D carried with him during the Summer of 2022. The novel includes breakdowns of statistics on gun violence, as well as reactions to the shooting of author Salman Rushdie.
The book is the second release from the creator’s Enemy Books. And Chuck D doesn’t refer to the form as a graphic novel; instead he calls it a naphic grovel, as it’s a bound journal with annotated pictures. Mr. D, you may know hip-hop, but we know comics: that’s a graphic novel.
The book will be released in stores everywhere on October 3.
TMNT Dominates August Graphic Novel Charts:
Last week, we reported how Marvel is dominating the single-issue charts, at least in August. Well, move over Marvel, because the top-selling graphic novel of August 2023 is IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin.
…Okay maybe don’t move over that far. While the hardcover of The Last Ronin held the top slot in both units sold and dollars, the second slot on both lists was filled by a Marvel book. On the units sold list, it was Star Wars: Thrawn. And in dollars, the Immortal Hulk Omnibus was number two.
On the units sold list, the top five was rounded out by Bruce Wayne Family Adventures at number three, Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 at number four, and Tradd Moore’s psychedelic Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise Treasury Edition at number five.
Clearly, a lot of people love reading a turtle.
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