Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weekly Roundup | DC and Marvel Comics October 2017 Solicitations

Movie Review Spider-Man Homecoming is the sixth film from Sony however the first film connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Currently this version of Spider-Man is a five movie arc which began last year with Captain America: Civil War, continues with Homecoming, Avengers 3 and 4 and Homecoming 2 which takes place immediately after Avengers 4. 

After the disaster of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony teamed up with Marvel where Sony pays for the film and distributes it while Marvel provides the story. The budget for Amazing Spider-Man 2 was $293 Million compared to $175 Million for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sony was definitely hedging their risks with their collaboration with Marvel. Overall the end product was a worthy film which incorporated lots of elements from the comics that made the Spider-Man character appealing. There was no rehash of his origin story, Uncle Ben, or the Osborns which gave the movie a fresh start. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming continues from Captain America: Civil War with Peter Parker still in High School at Midtown School of Science and Technology. The film consists of a diverse cast set in QueensNew York. Adrian Toomes is a blue collar salvaging company that cleans up after all the Avengers battles. Now Tony Stark has stepped in to replace him and Toomes is out for revenge by using Shocker and the Tinker to scavenge alien artifacts and sell it to criminals. The sequels are following each year of Peter Parker's schooling similar to the Harry Potter series.

Movie Review War for the Planet of the Apes is the third film of the recent reboot consisting of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These movies are a contemporary prequels to the 1968 Planet of the Apes film. It lays the foundations for the civilization we see in the 1968 film. There is a fourth film planned where we actually see the character of Taylor returning from space and discovering the Planet of the Apes. 

DC Comics September and October 2017 Solicitations begins with Dark Nights: Metal which is the invasion of the DC Universe by the Dark Multiverse. The series will introduce new characters and concepts never seen before. Action Comics begins a storyline revealing the identity of Mr. Oz which will lead into November’s Doomsday Clock and ending with Action Comics #1000

Marvel Comics September and October 2017 Solicitations begins with Marvel Legacy One Shot where the issues revert back to their original numbering however the stories remain the same. Not much progress from a publishing point of view but it’s a step in the right direction. 

Last year comic sales grew by 6% to $1 Billion which means the industry is nearing a sustainable marketplace where creators can be able to make a living. That’s an increase of $55 Million from 2015 to 2016.