Marvellites! It’s Monday again, so let’s talk about what’s new at the House of Ideas.
Last week, it was announced that the upcoming Rocket Raccoon comic, helmed by Skottie Young, had reached the illogically high pre-order count of 300,000 copies. This is an unprecedented number, and was largely thought to be owed to the buzz surrounding the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie — until this week, when it was revealed that ⅓ of that number was ordered by one source: LootCrate, one of those box-of-random-objects-shipped-to-your-door monthly sites — like BirchBox, except with nerd stuff instead of makeup samples. Still, 200,000 non-LootCrate orders is a big effin’ deal! Rocket Raccoon #1 drops July 2nd and looks to be a lot of fun.
Frank Miller says the Captain America is the character he’d most want to write. Don’t you dare, Miller. You leave Steve alone.
Special Edition NYC, AKA “New York Comic Con without the TV Celebrities”, was this past weekend at the Javits Center. Marvel made a couple of announcements — mostly stuff we all knew already, if you keep up with Previews. A lot of the talk seemed to center on the “All-New Young Guns”, which consists of Nick Bradshaw, Sara Pichelli, Mahmud Asrar, David Marquez, Valerio Schiti, and Ryan Stegman. Most of these artists have been around for a few years, so they’re not exactly “all-new”, but what can you do.
Andrew Wheeler wrote a thoughtful piece on the X-Men and queer identity. A good read for anyone, even if you’re not familiar with the X-universe.
That’s about it for me this week! Keep an eye out next Monday — until then, try not to get shot with giant magic bullets or whatever the hell is happening in Original Sin.