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Bad News: Fraction Leaves ‘FF’ and ‘Fantastic Four’; Good News: Karl Kesel Returns To ‘Fantastic Four’

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"It sucks for me, too" is all Matt Fraction had to say about the news that he's prematurely concluding his well regarded work on Marvel's Fantastic Four and FF titles, as revealed in the publisher's solicitations for November (which will be published later today but were sent to the comics press early yesterday). The demands of Fraction's work on Inhumanity and Inhumans are such that "something had to give," according to editor Tom Brevoort. The news is a serious bummer.

Replacing Fraction on FF will be writer Lee Allred, who according to solicits will co-write with his brother, series artist Michael Allred. That FF will remain indelibly Allred is good news, as is the fact that Fantastic Four will welcome back cartoonist Karl Kesel, whose contributions to Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo's work on the title circa 2002-2005 helped make it a classic run. Kesel will collaborate with ongoing artist Mark Bagley.

 

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‘Inhumanity’ Could Position The Inhumans As Marvel’s Primary Metaphor For Oppression

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Marvel has teased that the Inhumans would play a large role in Jonathan Hickman's upcoming Infinity storyline. It seems that wasn't an exaggeration, as today via Entertainment Weekly the publisher announced Inhuman, a new monthly series written by Matt Fraction, which will serve as the centerpiece of an event called Inhumanity. To go with the news Marvel released an image of the characters who'll be at the forefront of the story, illustrated by Steve McNiven and featuring a new look Wolverine, the Winter Soldier, a non-Superior Spider-Man and, interestingly, very few Inhumans.

The announcement, along with comments from Fraction and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, further enforce the idea of the Inhumans as an analogy for oppressed minorities, and possibly sets them up as the primary metaphor for oppression and alienation in the Marvel Universe, a position previously occupied by the X-Men.

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Image 2013: New Comics From Brubaker, Epting, Remender, Straczynski, Sienkiewicz, Aaron and More

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Tuesday marked the second annual Image Expo, the banner event where Image Comics announces its slate of upcoming projects for the year to come. Last year's expo featured announcements of a slew of new comics; this year's had a similar abundance of news, so much of it from established Marvel creators that comics creator Phil Hester took it upon himself to (probably jokingly) announce via Twitter that Marvel's creator-owned imprint Icon "is done."

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Pizza Dog And The Art Of Comics: Deconstructing ‘Hawkeye’ #11

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Bro. Let me tell you about Pizza Dog (also known as Lucky, formerly known as Arrow) and why his spotlight story in the latest issue of his owner's comic "Hawkeye" (also known as "Hawkguy") is one of the best comics ever.

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Dark Horse Presents New Fraction, Vachss And ‘Buffy’ In Milestone 25th Issue [Extended Preview]

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A nominee for this year's Eisner Award for Best Anthology (and last year's winner), Dark Horse Presents has been one of ComicsAlliance's favorite titles since it was relaunched in 2011 to continue the classic and influential series' tradition of showcasing emerging talent alongside some of the best established writers, artists and cartoonists mainstream and underground comics has to offer. Each issue comes with quirky, undiluted excursions into the minds of uniquely talented creators, usually with immersive new serials or idiosyncratic short stories but also in the form of recurring, cult favorite characters and properties for which Dark Horse has served as caretaker for many years.

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Pizza Dog Gets His Due In Fraction And Aja’s ‘Hawkeye’ #11 [Preview]

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Look, as much as we all love Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, I think I can state with some degree of confidence that we're all reading Hawkeye just as much to follow the ongoing adventures of his canine cohort and confidant known as Pizza Dog. Sure, he hasn't exactly been front and center through the first year of the book, but that all changes on June 19 in Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye #11.

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Matt Fraction & Jonathan Hickman Join David S. Goyer’s ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ For Season 2

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Longtime ComicsAlliance favorites for their work on books like Casanova, The Nightly News, Fantastic Four, Immortal Iron Fist, The Manhattan Projects, Hawkeye and more, comics writers Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman have confirmed they will be contributing two epis

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‘Casanova’ Volume Four To Feature Back-Up Stories Written By Michael Chabon

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Later this year Matt Fraction, along with twin artists Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, will return to the world of Casanova, the trio's highly regarded creator-owned series and a ComicsAlliance favorite. This would be welcome n

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War Rocket Ajax #150: The 150th Episode Special With Chris Haley, Andy Khouri and Matt Fraction

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This week on the War Rocket Ajax, we're celebrating our 150th episode with a star-studded extravaganza! ComicsAlliance editor Andy Khouri and Let's Be Friends Again artist Chris Haley join us at the top of the show for a discussion of artist credits, and then our good friend Matt Fraction joins us to celebrate our anniversary with some listener questions.

That might sound like a normal episode, but believe me when I tell you folks: this is a weird o

The Dennis ‘D-Man’ Dunphy Memorial Awards: ComicsAlliance’s Best Comics of 2012, Part 3

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We didn't realize when we set out to list our favorite comic books of 2012 that it had been such a fun year to be a fan of the medium that we all love so much. The last twelve months offered readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies; the return of much missed mangaka and the emergence of exciting new talent; a new crowd-sponsored visibility for self-publishing; and the ascension of the fan artist from bedroom dreamer to Tumblr tycoon. It was a busy a

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