Marvel is letting the Roxxon Corporation take over Thor. DC’s Hitman is getting an omnibus. The Eisner Awards has announced this years judges. All on Comic Book Club News for January 25, 2024.
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Roxxon taking over Thor at Marvel.
DC’s Hitman getting an omnibus.
Eisner Awards announces 2024 judges.
This is Comic Book Club News for January 25, 2024.
Roxxon Taking Over Thor At Marvel:
Al Ewing’s current run on The Immortal Thor has spent a lot of time as a meta-commentary on the god’s place in Norse mythology, as well as the stories told in his decades as a comic book superhero. And now, Marvel is taking things one step further. It seems that in April, The Immortal Thor will in some form become Roxxon Presents: Thor, a bit of corporate propaganda for one of Marvel’s most evil companies.
In the current run, Dario Agger, a minotaur, has been targeting Thor behind the scenes along with villains The Enchantress and Executioner. In the scenes running throughout the current book, they’ve been reading copies of The Immortal Thor. And as teased by Marvel, in April the new team of Al Ewing and artist Greg Land will present the “Roxxin’ Thor.”
According to solicit text posted to Marvel.com, via AIPT: “From the pages of IMMORTAL THOR – the ROXXON AGE OF COMIXX BEGINS! In his secret identity as A.I. spokesguru CHAD HAMMER, the son of Odin knows Mama Gaea is a TOP PRIORITY for heroes AND for business! But when a group of insane environmental activists take “saving the Earth” TOO FAR, it’s time to show them the wisdom on BOTH sides – AS THOR! But WHICH God of Evil is prompting the kids to rebel? Could it be…LOKI, GOD OF EVIL??? Featuring an all-star cast of heroes! MINOTAUR! EXECUTIONER! ENCHANTRESS! And the THOR-TRUCK! This is the story of THE ROXXIN’ THOR… and it’s a VITAL part of the “ABSOLUTE ABSOLUTION” MEGA-EVENT!”
Whether Immortal Thor will run concurrently with this new title or be replaced is TBA. Currently, Marvel only has issues of Immortal Thor listed through March, while a teaser sent to press confusingly listed the “Roxxon age of comics” will begin in May. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how far Marvel, a company owned by Disney, can take this level of corporate parody.
DC’s Hitman Gets An Omnibus:
DC Comics classic Garth Ennis/John McCrea collabo Hitman is getting an oversized omnibus collection in June, reports ICv2.
Set in mainstream DC continuity, the series spun off everyone’s favorite DC crossover, Bloodlines, which found various new characters around the DC Universe getting superpowers. Hitman’s powers were that he was already a hitman, and in addition he gained X-Ray vision, and mild telepathy. Mostly, it was a chance for Ennis to skewer DC mainstays like Batman by putting them in situations more reminiscent of Ennis books like The Boys or Preacher, versus your run of the mill DC book.
The 1,136-page hardcover titled Hitman by Garth Ennis and John McCrea Omnibus Vol. 1 will include a new intoduction by Ennis, a foreward and cover by McCrea, and collect Hitman #1-33, Hitman Annual #1, The Demon #42-45, #52-54, and The Demon Annual #2. In addition, the volume will include behind-the-scenes material. It will cost $125, and hit stores on June 25.
Eisner Awards Announces 2024 Judges:
The Eisner Awards may no longer including a journalism category, but they’re carrying on somehow anyway, as the upcoming Oscars of comics has announced the judges for the 2024 ceremony.
As reported by The Beat, they include: Ryan Claytor, N.C. Christopher Couch, Andréa Gilroy, Joe Illidge, Matias Lewis and Jillian Rudes.
The name most familiar to Comic Book Club listeners is probably Joe Illidge, who has previously guested on our live show, and has a long history as an editor with nearly every mainstream publisher including Milestone, DC, Valiant and more.
The Beat notes that Jillian Rudes is an interesting addition as the foremost expert on manga in the United States, and the founder of Manga in Libraries.
The rest of the judges have impressive resumes, ranging from awards wins and Ph.D.s to owning and/or managing comic book shops, and everything in between. And because of those laudable credits, nobody will have any problem with the eventual nominations and everyone will be happy forever. Hooray!
For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And we’ll see you tomorrow for the Roxxin’ comic book news.
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