Previously On Comics: Fool’s Gold

Hey everybody! Welcome to the latest thrilling chapter of Previously on Comics, where we tell you about some of the big news from the past week. Before we dive in, a warning: One of this week’s stories contains some truly disturbing subject matter involving murder, which we’ve saved for last. Please take care to avoid it if you need to!

One of the biggest issues of the week was X-Men: Gold #30, which promised the not-really-at-all-anticipated wedding of Kitty Pryde and Piotr Rasputin. Well, a wedding did happen, but not exactly the one Marvel readers were expecting.

Unless they happened to read the New York Times on Tuesday, the day before the issue went on sale. Yep, once again, Marvel decided to spoil their own story before anyone could read the issue. It’s just the latest in a string of spoilers Marvel has released in the major media, including relatively recent examples like spoiling the end of Secret Empire, the return of Wolverine, or the death of original Hulk Bruce Banner.

The comic publisher’s practice is in stark contrast with Marvel Studios, which went to great lengths to ask audiences not to spoil the ending of Avengers: Infinity War. And, considering the spoilers always come out a day or two before the issues go on sale—long after the time comic shops need to have placed orders—it’s not really clear that they could have any impact on sales at all.

In slightly better news on the publisher front, you might recall last week when we reported that Dark Horse Comics’ health insurance coverage excluded all transgender-related care. Well, after Jay Edidin made the issue public, Dark Horse announced they will be changing coverage effective October 1.

In a statement to WWAC, a representative of Dark Horse explained that the publisher’s insurance is partially-self funded, and they had previously been unable to been able to “find a stop-loss carrier who would include transgender coverage in a policy,” but “with new data available, stop-loss insurance providers have reassessed their view and approach of how to insure transgender-specific health care.”

This week also marked the end of Albert Ching’s reign as Managing Editor at CBR (formerly Comic Book Resources). Ching took the reigns of the site after founder Jonah Weiland sold it to Canadian media company Valnet in 2016. He has not yet announced what he is doing next, but stated on Twitter that he would be working in “a different industry.”

The most adorable comics news of the week was the tale of how Jason Porath’s Rejected Princesses ended up in a campaign ad in Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah. The ad shows Vignarajah pick up the book and then “read” a nursery rhyme (created for the ad) about the Land of Mary, where “girls lead, learn, and earn with full parity.” Porath’s book was given to Vignarajah by a 15-year-old student who was inspired by the candidate’s message.

In more gruesome news, however, a California jury convicted Canadian graphic novelist Blake Leibel of the 2016 murder of Iana Kasian, who was Leibel’s girlfriend. Leibel murdered Kasian in the same manner as a serial killer in his graphic novel Syndrome after becoming angry that she was paying more attention to their baby daughter than to him.

And now, time for your quick hits:

C.P. Hoffman

C.P. Hoffman

By day, C.P. Hoffman writes about digital accessibility and the law; by night, they write about comics, pop culture, books, and gender. They have lived across North America (Indianapolis > Chicago > New York > Montreal > Indianapolis again), but now reside just outside of Washington, DC. C.P. has a particular affinity for Spider-Women, but also loves Wonder Woman, comics about witches, and stories about time travel. For inexplicable reasons, they also tweet a lot about the Fantastic Four. Twitter: @CPHwriter