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June 02019

Vertigo, Revered DC Imprint, R.I.P.

Creator-owned work for mature readers causes too many headaches for its corporate master...

DC To Replace 'Vertigo' And Other Publishing Imprints With Age Rating Labels [Hollywood Reporter]

"DC has announced that, starting in January [0]2020, it will close the DC Vertigo, DC Zoom and DC Ink imprints in favor of a new publishing strategy to release all published content under the DC brand... The three labels will be named DC Kids, focusing on readers aged 8-12; DC, for readers 13 and older; and DC Black Label, for content appropriate for readers 17 and above."

Bleeding Cool was on the case:
[After Twenty-Six Years, DC Comics Rumoured To Close Vertigo]
[Those DC Vertigo Comics Shuttering Rumors, The Day After]

"After a proud presentation amongst Warner Bros vice presidents, then-chairman Alan Horn asked why more Vertigo series weren't being turned into TV shows or movies. On being told that this was because many were creator-owned, he demanded changes to the contracts, that saw bankable stars such as Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman look elsewhere for new work and better deals."

DC Comics Kills Vertigo, The Imprint Behind Sandman, Swamp Thing, Y The Last Man, Preacher And More [/Film]

DC Comics Is Shuttering The Vertigo Comics Imprint [Polygon]

"In the past year, the Vertigo line has sparked numerous controversies for DC... DC has also struggled with public shock over 'mature content' in comic books. In the fall of [0]2018, a 'production error'... resulted in Batman's penis being visible in several panels of Batman: Damned #1..."

Vertigo Comics, [0]1993-[0]2019, An Obituary [Newsarama]

DC Comics Just Killed Its Vertigo Imprint [io9]

Karen Berger tweet: "Corporate thinking & creative risk-taking don't mix. DC nixing Vertigo was a longtime coming. But hey, we changed the game & we had a blast doing it! Honored to have worked with so many incredibly talented creators & editors & thx to all our fab readers!"

[30 June 02019]

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Marvel's September 02019 solicits bill issue #20 as "the last issue of Doctor Strange"

While being reported as a cancellation, hopeful fans see vagueness/phrasing that it might just be Waid's run/status quo ending/relaunch/new book title/renumbering shenanigans.

Although part of September's solicits, Marvel quickly announced #20's release will be pushed back four weeks from 4 Sept to 2 Oct [Newsarama] [Bleeding Cool]

DOCTOR STRANGE #20
MARK WAID (W)
JESUS SAIZ (A/C)
IMMORTAL WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER BY TBA
MARVELS 25TH VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
An event so epic shakes Doctor Strange to the core and makes him completely reevaluate his life and role.
This event is so huge that it makes this the LAST ISSUE OF DOCTOR STRANGE!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

"Reevaluate his life and role"? Ugh, so wary of this...

Also in September solicits: DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION: TRIUMPH AND TORMENT TPB ["Volume #8 in the Doctor Strange Epic Collections"] [reprints: DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME (1988) #1-13 and MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL: DOCTOR STRANGE AND DOCTOR DOOM: TRIUMPH AND TORMENT] [488 PGS. $39.99]

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Marvel's August 02019 solicits include two issues of Doctor Strange

DOCTOR STRANGE #18
MARK WAID (W)
JESUS SAIZ (A/C)
Bring on the Bad Guys Variant
Cover by IRINA NORDSOL
Marvels 25th Tribute Variant
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Stephen Strange is back on Earth after his Multiversal odyssey with Galactus and Clea.
But is the Multiverse done with Doctor Strange?
A truly terrifying villain is working their way into the Marvel U via a small house in Kansas, in the issue that will have people talking for years!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE #19
MARK WAID (W)
JESUS SAIZ (A/C)
Bring on the Bad Guys Variant
Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
Doctor Strange's life was changed by a car accident in upstate New York.
A new accident is going to change Stephen's life in just as big a way.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

"A new accident"? Ugh, so wary of this...

BLACK CAT #3
Black Cat #3 cover with Eye of Agamotto
JED MACKAY (W)
TRAVEL FOREMAN (A)
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (VIRGIN VERSION ALSO AVAILABLE)
Bring on the Bad Guys Variant Cover by INHYUK LEE
Variant Cover by Jen Bartel
Variant Cover by FRANK CHO
Surprising no one, Black Cat's heist of Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum has gone horribly wrong.
Felicia and her crew are under attack in a place where any wrong turn or opened door means certain death.
It would take an insane amount of luck to get out alive. How much luck would it take to get out alive with the loot?
32 PGS./Rated T $3.99

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Out this past week 26 Jun: Doctor Strange #15

[29 June 02019]

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Avengers: Endgame at $2.75 billion, but stalling out in second place [Box Office Mojo: All Time Worldwide Grosses]

No one's going to sit through another three hours of re-release with a crappy tiny two minutes added being done in a gambit to unseat Avatar.

[28 June 02019]

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