This week Marvel announced a large, concentrated relaunch and re-branding effort of sorts they're calling "Marvel NOW!", which will launch news series, relaunch older series with new #1s, shake up creative teams and redesigns many costumes over the course of the next few months. Andy Khouri spoke to Marvel execs Joe Quesada, Axel Alonso and Tom Brevoort about their plans here.

As for ComicsAlliance THEN!, join us after the jump for a rundown of much of our coverage during the last week.


-Bryan Lee O'Malley's San Diego Comic-Con goodies will be especially good: A special "Evil Edition" of the first volume of the new full-color hardcover version of his beloved Scott Pilgrim series (featuring First Evil Ex-Boyfriend Matthew Patel on the cover), and a limited number of prints featuring the cast of his highly-anticipated next project, Seconds.

-Remember that part at the very end of The Avengers, where that alien guy was like, "To fight the Avengers is to court death," and then a guy with a wrinkly chin smiled and your friend who is way more into Marvel comics than you are totally freaked out? Have you wondered who that guy is, and what his whole deal is? Marvel is panning a miniseries entitled Thanos: Son of Titan just for you.

-ComicsAlliance favorites Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures) are launching their own independently-published anthology book, featuring original characters: Aw Yeah Comics.

-Chew writer John Layman and artist Jason Fabok will be taking the reigns of DC's Detective Comics from writer/artist Tony Daniel.

-DC Comics announced a six-issue Joe Kubert Presents miniseries and the debut of the New 52boot versions of Black Lightning and Blue Devil...unsurprisingly, some of the creators of Black Lightning and Blue Devil are less than thrilled.


-Matt D. Wilson on Wizzywig.

-John Parker on more of the first year of Spawn.

-Andrew Wheeler on Avengers Vs. X-Men #7.

-David Brothers on the work of Joe Casey.


-The Cape: 1969 #1.

-Boom! Studios' SDCC exclusive variant covers.

-Rocketeer Adventures #4.


-Matt D. Wilson talks to Mike Norton about his Battlepug.

- Andy Khouri talks to Marvel executives Joe Quesada, Axel Alonso and Tom Brevoort about Marvel NOW!

- Chris Sims and Matt D. Wilson talk to Chris Roberson and Allison Baker about Monkeybrain Comics.


-Best Art Ever-This Fourth of July!

-This week's Best Art Ever (This Week).

-Artist Chris Sheridan brings a lot of his own personality (and particular design style) to familiar characters like Elvis and the Star Wars gang.


-There will be a ThunderCats box set of Minimates available at SDCC. And it will include Snarf, for some reason.

-Caleb Goellner unboxes Hasbro's SDCC exclusive SHIELD Helicarrier toy...and photographs the hell out of it (Pug included to show scale). Caleb and his toy reviewing assistant gave Hasbro's Amazing Spider-Man line the same treatment.

-DC will have an exclusive two-pack set of action figures featuring Green Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Kilowog at SDCC.

-Here are a million images of Hot Toys' Dark Knight Rises line. Like the Hot Toys Avengers toys, they seriously creep me out.

Video games:

-If you've ever wondered exactly how old a man I am, this may provide a decent clue: I didn't understand any of the sentences in this article, but I'll go ahead and cut-and-paste the first one here: "Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players looking to get their hands on the latest ports of '90s fighting game mainstays Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes will be able to grab both simultaneously in September with the release of Marvel vs. Capcom Origins on XBLA and PSN for 1200 MS Points/$15, respectively." We are living in the future! And it frightens and confuses me!

-Hit-Monkey, the Marvel character who is a hitman who is also a monkey, is apparently getting his own video game next year.


-It had to happen! Chris Sims and David Uzumeri have made it all the way to Superman Returns, those poor bastards.

-Just think-in a few more weeks, posts like this featuring dribs and drabs of info and images from The Dark Knight Returns will be a thing of the past!

-Marvel will screen a short film entitled Item 47 set in the world of The Avengers at Comic-Con.

-Sims on The Amazing Spider-Man, a film that really seems to be fishing for compliments with a title like that, if you ask me.

-You've seen the movie, now see the concept art! You can check out some select pieces of Amazing Spider-Man designer George Hull's work for the film here.


-Holy @#$% look at that @#$%ing mermaid! Er, I mean, here's this week's Best Cosply Ever (This Week).

-Here's a special Fourth of July edition of Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), featuring the most patriotic heroes.