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` A new Deadpool title was announced at Marvel's Cup O' Joe panel at New York Comic Con 2013. It’s called Deadpool: The Gauntlet. This will be an Infinite Comic, so exclusive to digital delivery (for now anyway). The series will be written by one of the current writers of the printed book, Gerry Dugan (the other current writer Brian Posehn contributed to the outline) with art by Reilly Brown, and will be available weekly on virtual shelves starting December 2013.
` When Archie Comics announced Afterlife with Archie, a new horror take on their timeless characters, I couldn’t decide if the announcement was an elaborate prank or a masterful stroke of genius. With topnotch talent and a premise that surprisingly hasn’t been touched upon, Archie Comics’ first “adult” comic might be the best comic of 2013. Afterlife with Archie is a dark, somber take on the Archie characters that gleefully embraces the teen horror genre. Written by Harvey Award winner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Francesco Francavilla, the debut issue is a must read.
` The comic book world was shocked yesterday when Dynamite Entertainment announced a new four issue mini-series by Herik Hanna and Bruno Bessadi called Bad Ass. Billed as a cross between Deadpool and Kick-Ass, the series’ titular hero is really more of a villain and the book will be a parody of the superhero genre. What’s so shocking about that? Bad Ass is a brand new character and not a classic Golden Age character from a long defunct publisher that Dynamite bought the rights to.
` Jonathan Hickman is a godsend to modern day comics. All of his stories are completely original and distinctive, with a dash of insanity involved, and yet completely consistent in this way of story telling. His current long running comic, The Manhattan Projects is no different. I’ll be the first to admit I am a full blown Hickman fanboy, just as well I have yet to read anything he’s done that was bad or mediocre.