Welcome back to The Rundown, our daily breakdown on comic news stories we missed from the previous day. Have a link to share? Email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Later this year, Marvel Comics will be bringing back Timely Comics. For those who remember, Marvel actually started as Timely Comics way back in 1939, with “Marvel Comics” as one of its ongoing anthology titles.. Later, in the 60s, when Jack Kirby (with some assistance by Stan Lee) cemented its reputation, did it fully become a superhero powerhouse. The new Timely Comics will apparently collect the first three issues of some of Marvel’s biggest series in a sort of mini-collection that will run for $3. Which is…actually a cool move.
– The comics app Stela launched last week, which aims to be either the HBOGo or Netflix of comics, depending on where you’re reading. Right now, the app is only available on iOS devices and only in the United States. Everything is “formatted specifically and uniquely for smartphones.” The first chapters of all the available comics are there for free, and there are actually some interesting looking things going on. You can subscribe to everything for like $5 right now, though developers say that that price will go up some time in the indeterminate future.
– Vanessa Hudgens has signed on to star in the new NBC series, Powerless. Produced by DC Entertainment, the series will take place within the grander DCU, but will focus on the people who have to live and deal with superheroes. Will the series answer the biggest question: does insurance cover your car or home being blown up during some superhero throw-down or…?
– The Oscars aired Sunday, and, because they’re the Oscars, they weren’t lacking controversy. This year’s especially heinous act was whitewashing almost all the categories, which almost tarnishes the talent involved. (I mean, we all know Mad Max: Fury Road was the best movie of 2015, but were we expecting an BEST PICTURE NOMINATION?! But I’m sure I’m not the three hundred thousandth person to shake my head at Straight Outta Compton or Dope‘s lack of inclusion.) Over at Fusion, Darrin Bell gives a really thoughtful comic essay about the problems in Hollywood, the #OscarsDoWhite reactions, and the racist history of the industry.
– On Friday, we asked you what has been your favorite recent comic universe crossover? Well, the result are in and, at the time of this writing:
24% loved the “Star Trek/Green Lantern” story. In second place came “Transformers/G. I. Joe” with 17% of the vote. The banaynays “Revival/Chew” rounded up the top three with 14% of the vote.
Tied for dead last were “Batman’66 Meets the Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes,” with 0 votes.
Make sure you check back Friday for the next Weekly Readers Poll!