My Cup o' Joe

MyCup o' Joe Week 18

Check out Cup o' Panic, chock full of art previews from SECRET INVASION: INHUMANS, SKAAR: SON OF HULK, NEW AVENGERS and more as editor Mark Paniccia subs for E-I-C Joe Quesada, who still managed to answer fans' questions from across the Atlantic!

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MyCup o' Joe is usually the weekly communiqué from Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada to the legion of Mighty Marvelites Assembled! Joe sends this shortened communiqué: "Hey, folks, I'm just back from a working vacation in Italy and the U.K. Jet lag being what it is, I'm probably even less coherent than usual, if you can believe that. So we have another able Mighty Marvelite sitting in, and I'll hit it hard next week, in a column that will hit the MySpace waves during (gulp!) Comic-Con International in San Diego! See you there!" This week, Marvel Editor Mark Paniccia sits down with journalist Jim McLauchlin to answer questions on the pressing issues of the day at Marvel and throughout comics. We'll call it—My Cup o' Panic! And you get to chip in as well! Reader questions every week! To get in on the fun, post your questions at the bottom of this page, here at Marvel.com or at MySpace!
JM: Mark, is "panic" merely a shortened version of your name, or is there a personality trait that ties in there as well? MP: I have one of those names that nobody gets right. Even members of my family pronounce it differently. "Panic" is just a lot easier to remember and I've had the nickname for God knows how long. And… THERE'SABSOLUTELYNOSUCHCONNECTIONWHATSOEVERTOMYPERSONALITY!! JM: Gee, that sounds credible. Still, there was a span a few months back when you cranked out…what was it? Like 21 books in three weeks when schedules all collided? How does one survive such an ordeal? MP: You don't. I'm institutionalized in fifteen other universes. Seriously though, I work with a great team of people who all go the extra light year to make the books the best they can be. And honestly, there's nothing else I'd rather be doing. There's never a dull moment. Plus I've a great family to come home and decompress to. JM: So what's your background? I'm trying to remember, but I think this is your second stint with Marvel, right? MP: My second stint, yeah. I became a Marvelite the first time by default way back when the company purchased Malibu Comics where I was a Senior Line Editor for the licensed books. JM: And you must have some sort of illustrative background as well, yes? MP: Of course! I'm part Italian, after all! My first love was comic art. I wanted sooooo bad to be a penciler when I was young. I loved Jack Kirby, Alex Toth and Nick Cardy. And then that next generation of greats such as John Byrne, Marshall Rogers and George Pérez just blew my mind. But it's not easy breaking in, as countless aspiring illustrators can tell you. You may like drawing muscle-bound, vein-popping, teeth-gritting vigilantes on your notebook during math class, but when you're asked by a writer to draw something boring like an office scene or parking lot, you have to step up to the plate and do the what's right for the story. And chances are, you weren't drawing cars or people in business suits before your remedial math teacher yelled at you. Yes, I'm speaking from experience. So here I am. An editor. And I really wish I had been paying attention to the chalk board because there's a lot of numbers involved in scheduling books! And numbers make my head want to explode. JM: So is there now an inter-office artistic rivalry between you and Tom Brevoort? He has an illustration degree, and did two of The Hero Initiative's recent HULK #1 cover originals, y'know.

HULK #1 cover
by Tom Brevoort

HULK #1 cover
by Tom Brevoort

HULK #1 cover
by Tom Brevoort

MP:
There's no contest. I think it's pretty obvious that Tom missed his calling as an artist. But when it comes to editing…it's hands down, beauty over the beard!

Mark Paniccia
as Namor

Tom Brevoort

JM: The last issue of HULK had the Red Hulk punching the Watcher, which I thought was just funny as hell. The Watcher is always this detached observer, and to see this stuffed shirt dragged into the action was freakin' hilarious. Sitting where you are, what did you see as fan reaction? Did people enjoy the humor? Were they "outraged" that such a liberty was taken? Anything in between? MP: I remember when [writer] Jeph Loeb first told me about it and I busted up, totally thinking he was kidding, but as he continued I started to realize he wasn't joking and I started to—you guessed it—panic! But I tell you, this is the kind of thing only Jeph and [artist] Ed McGuinness could get away with. Sure there were some fans who thought it was blasphemy, but we also got tons of e-mails from readers who thought it was the bee's knees. And by the way, at the risk of continuing to tick off my office neighbor Warren Simons, just wait till you see the Hulk/Thor fight. Gawd, I wish we still did Treasury Editions.

Red Hulk
punches
the Watcher

JM: You also edited AGENTS OF ATLAS about a year ago, and…there's some sorta sequel planned? MP: You're speaking of the critically acclaimed mini-series by Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk, correct? The 1950s heroes who run an underground criminal organization in order to do good? The group featuring the unlikely team of Jimmy Woo, Gorilla Man, Namora, M-11 the Human Robot, the original Marvel Boy and Venus? Should we do a sequel to such an eccentric-yet-all-around entertaining book? I ask you, True Believers. And I urge those who are not familiar with the team to check out the Eisner-nominated hardcover collection of the mini-series. It includes the original appearances of the Atlas characters plus tons of other extras. Our trades and collections department deserves a Galactus-sized hand for putting together such a great (and hopefully award-winning) package. JM: How does something like AGENTS OF ATLAS even come to be? I dug the book, but man—the characters are about as obscure as they get in the Marvel pantheon. It seems an unlikely project to get the green light.

WHAT IF? #9

MP:
It was really one of those happy accidents you hear about every once in a while. I was researching something online and came across a link to the WHAT IF? issue that featured the bizarre group [WHAT IF? #9, "What if the Avengers had Fought Evil in the 1950s?"]. I was struck by the image of these characters as a team and immediately called Jeff Parker. The two of us sat on the phone staring at the image on our computers and Jeff kept rambling ideas as if he were Rain Man counting grains in a pile of sand. Somehow we got it through the pitch meeting. Even Brevoort liked it and I could have sworn he wasn't paying attention because he was just sketching away amazing pictures of Hulk during the meeting. JM: In a somewhat similar vein, INCREDIBLE HERCULES seems a strange replacement for INCREDIBLE HULK. How is that trigger pulled and how does that series come to be? MP: We were really trying to set up a CHAMPIONS book under the guise of the Renegades and pitched it as a post-"World War Hulk" series. But at the time we had so many team books that we decided to go back and re-tool it as a buddy book after we realized that the thing fans were reacting to was the dynamic between Amadeus and Herc. It was marketing guru David Gabriel who suggested switching the title yet keeping the numbering. A risky yet genius maneuver that helped us keep readers and get the kind of attention a book of its quality needed. JM: Your office also handles the MARVEL ADVENTURES books, which are often classified—perhaps stigmatized—as the "kid's books." Are they? What's the mission statement on these from where you sit? MP: We look at these as a "first experience" for many new comic readers and we have very high standards when it comes to story and art. If you've never read a comic before, our goal is to make sure you get an experience that's unique to the medium. And if you're a reader of mainline Marvel, we hope to give you a book you'll enjoy the heck out of and feel comfortable passing onto a younger reader. We have strict guidelines regarding sex, violence and language and we feel our creators consistently transcend these limitations with out-of-the-box and entertaining stories that are true to the core characters you know and love. JM: I recall a few years ago, I think it was Scott McCloud and later Mark Millar writing Superman Adventures at DC, and people were constantly telling me they were great books. Still, I never bothered to pick 'em up, as they were…I dunno. Somehow painted by that "Adventures" term. How do you overcome what might be a prejudice against books like this by some buyers? MP: Sometimes there's nothing you can do about that. But the line has great word of mouth and we get approached all the time at cons with people thanking us for doing something to get new readers. I applaud the guys up the food chain here at Marvel for investing so much into outreach books like the MARVEL ADVENTURES line, the POWER PACK books and SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE. In the long run, the industry wins with these titles by gaining new fans. JM: SKAAR: SON OF HULK seems to be a hit right outta the box, and artist Ron Garney is doing some absolutely inspired work. Geez-o-Pete…what are you feeding the guy? MP: Ron is in the zone. He's been spot-on with the intensity and visceral visual storytelling that a title like this demands. We couldn't be happier with the work he and super scribe Greg Pak are doing. And with the second issue, the amazing Butch Guice contributes to art on the backup stories. It's a barbaric bonanza, and don't miss our special coming out in October with guest artists Carlo Pagulayan ("Planet Hulk"), Conan's Tim Truman and a few other surprises—with a kickin' cover by the always-on-fire Ron Garney!

SKAAR: SON OF
HULK #2
interior art

SKAAR: SON OF
HULK #4 cover

SKAAR: SON OF
HULK #2
interior art

JM: Peachy-keen, man. That said, we gots reader questions, answered abroad by globe-trotting Joe Quesada… Prophet of Doom asks: Hey Joe...thanks again for answering all these crazy (and sometimes repetitive) questions from us rabid fans. It really means a lot to us. My question is this...I'm currently going to school to obtain a degree in visual communications. Do you do all of your graphic designs, i.e., posters, postcard promos, Marvel Previews, website design, etc. in house or is that outsourced? I'd love to work at Marvel someday in some capacity and I'm trying to figure out how to make that happen. Keep putting out great books and I'll, happily, keep going broke buying them! JQ: We do a very large amount of it in house these days Prophet. There are times when our in house designers just get jammed up beyond belief that we then reach out to some of our freelance designers, but the bulk of it is done within our doors. Stephen asks: Yo Joe, I got really into comics with ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1. Since that comic came out, I haven't stopped reading. So I wanted to thank you for that and ask you a quick question about Ultimate continuity: Will the discrepancies between the ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR series and the older FF seen in the USM SUPER SPECIAL and mentioned in THE ULTIMATES ever be amended? We've heard rumblings for a while now that they will (like during Millar's run on UFF), but nothing ever came to pass. Thanks for your time man, and keep up the good work. -Steve G. JQ: An older Fantastic Four? You might want to check out the upcoming ULTIMATE X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR and ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR/X-MEN ANNUALS...we hear rumblings of some terrifying time travel happening within! Mr Anthony Bird asks: Hey Joe Will we be seeing any other British characters such as Digitek, Union Jack or Captain Midlands showing up sometime soon? As the revival of golden age classics seems to be taking place in THE TWELVE, AVENGERS/INVADERS and AGENTS OF ATLAS, will we be seeing any characters such as the Thin Man or the V-Battalion as these characters have shown up once since the cancellation of the NEW INVADERS title 3 years ago and I'm dying to know what's been occurring for these characters post-"Disassembled," post-"House of M" and post-"Civil War" and will any of the points laid out in the NEW INVADERS for these characters (such as Spitfire's grandchild) be resolved? Are there any plans for an ongoing Invaders series? JQ: CAPTAIN BRITAIN is the place for you, Mr. Bird. Captain Midlands is a big part of CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI:13 #6-9, Union Jack also shows up there. The name Digitek has also been bandied about. You'll also be seeing some other international heroes in IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in the coming months. At the moment, the story of the Invaders is running in AVENGERS/INVADERS, and you'll be meeting some of the other heroes of the WWII era in its pages as well. Howie Sandwich asks: Hi Joe, How about bringing back the 'ol MMMC? JQ: Is there something in the air? We've had quite a few questions about this. Speaking of the Merry Marvel Marching Society, Howie, did you ever hear one of my many Christmas songs that was based on the old MMMS theme song from the sixties? If you haven't here it is, it's a combination of the Beatles meets Marvel. Michael asks: Hey Joe I've got three questions, I hope can give me some answers. 1) I'm a big fan of X-FORCE. I've loved the new series. Is there any chance that we can see the classic X-FORCE comics reprinted in any way? Maybe a Classics TPB or Essential? 2) I love NEW AVENGERS, that book is the reason why I am now an Avengers fan, with "Secret Invasion" rocking the Avengers the way it is. Are we looking at a post-SI Marvel Universe with only one Avengers title? Or a radical shift in the new Avengers titles?

NEW AVENGERS
#45 interior art

NEW AVENGERS
#45 interior art

3) Finally, I would like to ask what your repost is To Beau Smith's Challenge to both Marvel and DC comics to go a year publishing stand-alone issues? Thank you JQ:
Hey, Michael, thanks for writing. 1- X-FORCE editor John Barber would absolutely love to see an X-FORCE trade starting with NEW MUTANTS #98-#100, then into the first series, including the Spider-Man crossover issue, and running all the way up to the "X-Cutioner's Song" crossover. X-FORCE editor John Barber has been harassing David Gabriel about that as long as Barber's been working here. David? 2- You have no idea what's on its way. Yikes! 3- Well, I'm not familiar with Beau's comments so I can only reply to what you're giving me here so I may be responding to all of this out of context. When you publish over 80 titles a month, you have to offer your customers a variety of stuff, whether that be genre, characters or story structure and construction. In my world, to do one thing across a line of 80 books would be a huge mistake and not really prudent business advice. So, while I appreciate the challenge, I have the reality of a business to run, hundreds of creators to keep happy and a constituency of fans and retailers that tell us every day what we're doing right and wrong and do so with their dollars. David asks: Hi Joe, I was wondering why the collected editions of stories (hardcovers and trade paperbacks) are not released in the same month? David JQ: Da Veed, the hardcovers are released first and close to the release of the last issue for those folks who just can't wait to get their hands on the collections of certain issues. They're a little more expensive than the trade paperback editions, giving retailers a longer time to sell the actual comics if fans don't want to jump right in and spend that kind of coin. It's a common practice and has been done for years and years in the book trade with a proven track record of success. Derek Metaltron asks: Hey Joe, some quick fire questions from me. 1. One thing I'm enjoying lately is the number of 'flashback' mini-series and ongoings which can tell new stories in old continuity, in particular with X-Men which has the original five in FIRST CLASS and the 1970s incarnations with WOLVERINE: FIRST CLASS. Plus I'm pleased as punch to see MAGNETO: TESTAMENT and VENOM: DARK ORIGIN. So my question is... if you had wanted a "BND" thing for Spidey, why not do the same, as with "Untold Tales?" You could have colorful tales set in the period where Peter was still young, single and dating, and not tarnish his heroic image as I feel "BND" has done via a deal with the devil.

 2. In a related manner, any more villains likely to get 'flashback' mini-series besides Doctor Doom, Venom and Magneto? I'd quite fancy ones for Norman Osborn, the Red Skull, Mr Sinister or Kingpin.

 3. Paul Cornell, a "Doctor Who" writer, writes CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI: 13. IDW Publishing makes "Doctor Who" comics. In short, any, any, slim tiny 'This would be so awesome' possibility of joining with IDW to make a Doctor Who/Captain Britain crossover? I'd love to see how the British Marvel Heroes would deal with classic Who villains like the Daleks and Cybermen. 4. Judging by the number of possible futures and might-be's over in the Marvel Universe, could WHAT IF? ever become an ongoing series again, or like the competition's Elseworlds, do you think less is more? 5. MARVEL ZOMBIES 3: Will this reveal the answers to some ongoing mysteries in the Zombieverse, like who exactly the zombified Sentry is and where he came from, or the fate of Ultimate Doctor Doom? Cheers in advance JQ. JQ: Hey, Derek. 1- Quite simply because we needed to change Spider-Man in the here and now and moving forward for this and upcoming generations. But to that, if you want a married Peter Parker then you need to read the ongoing Spider-Girl comic or the new feature Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man which can be found in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #1 starting in August.

AMAZING
SPIDER-MAN
FAMILY #1
cover

2- There are some ideas being discussed but nothing as concrete as the story of young MAGNETO: TESTAMENT, written by Greg Pak, which we announced a little over a month ago and the VENOM: DARK ORIGINS 5 issue mini from Zeb Wells and Angel Medina. 3- No plans at the moment. 4- While there are no current plans, you never know. 5- Gotta read it to find out. Freddy asks: Hey Joe, What is Marvel doing to keep their trade paperback and hardcovers in print and how do you guys decide what stays in print and what does not? If I maybe right now, AVENGERS: ASSEMBLE hardcovers are all in print except for Vol. 2, which if you go on Amazon is being sold by a seller at an insane $114! Why is every other volume in print but this one, Vol. 2, is not? Thank you, I hope my question can be answered. JQ: It's all a matter of what's selling for us, Freddy, not what's selling on eBay. If a significant number of backorders come in through Diamond for a book, we go back to press. If the sales volume on a particular titles has always trended on the high side, we work to keep it in stock. There are a lot of checks and balances for titles and so many are different from one and other. It doesn't make good business sense to keep every single book we've ever printed in stock and it's just not feasible from a manpower standpoint either. So, we do our best but we're also very judicious about how we go about it. Spidey616 asks: Hey Joe, there are some creators whose work at Marvel I've really enjoyed in the past year, and was wondering if you could us what they have coming up for the rest of 2008 and possibly 2009: 1) Adi Granov 2) Greg Horn, now that his marvelous run on MS. MARVEL is over. 3) Frank Tieri 4) Finally, Paul Jenkins, who did a great job on the PENANCE mini, so is he going to be involved in bringing Speedball back? JQ: Spidey, you're spending way too much time online. Okay, here goes. 1- Adi Granov is doing a special second story in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #568, the first chapter of the aforementioned "New Ways To Die" storyline with writer Mark Waid. After that, Adi will soon be doing some most X-cellent work that you'll be seeing in late 2008. Meanwhile, you can also check out his covers to IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

IRON MAN:
DIRECTOR OF
S.H.I.E.L.D.
cover art by
Adi Granov

2-Greg has currently completed 14 SECRET INVASION covers and is also working on some covers for our custom comics department. While there aren't any regular cover assignments locked in for Greg at the moment, I'm sure you'll be hearing about one or two soon enough. 3- Warm and fuzzy Frank Tieri has a limited series that comes out in the second quarter of next year. It's one book in a series of loosely-interlinked stories that we'll be announcing very soon. 4-Paul Jenkins is currently working on something pretty darn big for us, but this is a 2009 book so it's too soon to talk about. Sean asks: I've been a fan of Marvel comics, well since birth, bein read an reading X-Men books wile the other kids were bein read Mother Goose tales, and I love the work you've all been doing at Marvel, seems like I just keeps getting better and better, but I have a couple questions for ya: 1. Poor Bruce Banner, he tries to do the right thing all the time, and things never go right, and he even gets overshadowed by his other personalities. I just have to know how does Bruce feel about everything that's happened lately like "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk?" 2. So I notice you get a lot of two questions, about what's Deadpool gonna do next, who's quickly become one of my favorite characters and way excited to see him getting back in the spotlight, and who Venom will bond to next, who has always just stunk of awesomeness. Well how about a Venom Deadpool, I know silly right, but it could so be a WHAT IF? comic, and Deadpool could make remarkS about none of this mattering b/c it's a WHAT IF?, and a wise cracking symboite gives me goose bumps, and the next person it bonds to could know about the 4th wall too, this is comic gold, Joe. 3. Nick Fury in "Iron Man," awesome, Tony stark in "Hulk," friggin awesome, and an Avengers movie, you guys are gonna kill me, but will I ever get to see Spider-Man cross paths with any of my favorite heroes? 4. I've been enjoying the show heroes for awhile, it's nice to see comic love spreading like it has, does Marvel have any plans of coming to prime time, and I don't mean David Hasselhoff as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. keep up the good work man JQ: Sean, thanks for playing our game 1- I would have to say that Bruce feels badly about it all. 2- I'm smelling a symbiote with a mouth mini-series. 3- Not that I'm aware of, but I don't run Marvel Studios. 4- Hate to keep passing the buck, but I don't run Marvel Studios. WWH asks: Is there going to be a new Dr. Strange? JQ: Not quite sure what you're asking me WWH. Do you mean a new series or a new Doc Strange altogether? Ah, it doesn't matter 'cause the answers the same, wait and see. Chesire asks: Dear Joe, is there any chance of doing a WHAT IF? where Spidey/Peter gets shot instead of the Cap post-"Civil War?" I know my local comic shop was all a-twitter when we heard about "OMD," then up in arms when it was over. I think by killing Spidey it would be a great way to add mystery to the whole bit. That or it would make a lot of people happy. Just asking, thanks. JQ: Anything is possible in the world of WHAT IF?, Cheshire. Hi Joe, 1)While reading X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, I had something of an epiphany! Jeff Parker and "Spider-Man: BND" are a match made in heaven (and this is from a reader, less than taken with the whole "BND" concept). Any chance of seeing it happen? 2) Any chance of a Simon Furman penned Death's Head story (hey, a guy can dream!)? (Or Geoff Senior doing any work for Marvel?) Thanks Chris JQ: We love Jeff's writing here at Marvel Chris, but right now we have a full room of creators handling "BND." Perhaps someday. Currently there are no plans for a Death's Head story. SK8r says, more than asks: MARVEL ROCKS HARD. DC SUCKS BAD. JQ: I would argue with you if I could sk8r. RedEyedJedi asks: Hey Joe! First off, SECRET INVASION rocks! Second, a buddy of mine bet me that the Beyonder is mixed up in this whole "Invasion" thingy (Because of the ILLUMINATI series, were he thinks everything in it is a clue) I say no, no way. Can you help us out with a hint? The loser has to buy the winner 3 Marvel trades. (I'm wantin' SECRET WARS, MIGHTY AVENGERS Vol. 1 and a MASTERWORKS AVENGERS!) Thanks!!! Make Mine Marvel!!!!! JQ: RedEyedJedi, better start saving your money. Wasim asks: Joe is it true that comic prices are increasing? If so what will the new prices be and when will they replace the current ones? JQ: Wasim, we're always analyzing our pricing structure as it relates to the industry as a whole. The direct market will not be seeing price increases for as long as we can manage in these tough times, but these are certainly rough economic waters and so far we've been doing a decent job stemming back the tide. Walkin is thankful: Hey I just wanted to say thanks for picking and answering my questions. I do appreciate it and all the people at Marvel who make the characters we know and love. I just bought 4 more TPB's today so I am doing my bit of support. Thanks again, I won't ask questions now as I just had some answered but in the future I may do and hope to hear your thoughts again. Cheers. JQ: Walkin, so will you buy some more trades every time I answer your questions? Woohoo! I knew this column was good for something. Cy asks: Hi Joe I have many questions so please be patient with me. 1) Is the Red Hulk going to be a temporary character, is he here to stay, will he ever become heroic, and if so what will happen to Mr. Green? In your opinion how strong is the Red Hulk? Could he kick Superman's ass? 2)Will the Skrull replacement of Black Bolt be revealed soon? 3) Are there any other Avengers that are Skrulls that we don't know about yet? 4) Did a Skrull push Wanda Maximoff over the edge and caused "House of M?" After all the Skrulls acknowledged they need to lower the mutant count to conquer Earth. 5) Will Jim Chueng get a regular series soon, his art is great! JQ: Cy, how are you? 1- Red Hulk is here to stay until we kill him. Everything else you'll have to read on to find out more. 2- I thought we already revealed this—after all, you know he was a Skrull, right? But if you want to see how Black Bolt's Royal Family reacts to the replacement, check out the upcoming SECRET INVASION: INHUMANS.

SECRET
INVASION:
INHUMANS #1
interior art

SECRET
INVASION:
INHUMANS #1
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SECRET
INVASION:
INHUMANS #1
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3- The Wolverine who's been appearing in all of those X-Men titles, and his own book and in WOLVERINE: ORIGINS. Only the Wolverine in NEW AVENGERS is the real Wolvie. 4- For the answer, read NEW AVENGERS #45. 5- We've got something lined up for Jim after he finishes drawing NEW AVENGERS #45, but it's too early to talk about it. Hometown comics asks: I love Marvel. I love it when the comics come out each month. When it takes more than a month, I start looking at other publishers' work. On the plus side, I've been given plenty of opportunity to check out some of the cool stuff coming out from other publishers. On the down side, I start to lose interest in my favorites when deadlines and schedules aren't kept. As EIC, what can you do to help make sure things are running smoothly at Marvel? JQ: Hey, Hometown, what do you do when other publisher's books are late as well? What we do to insure that we ship on time is our absolute best. We work very hard every single day to keep the trains running on time, but as I've so often said, comics are produced by human beings, not machines. We may be able to achieve 100% ship schedules for a period of time, but something somewhere will break down and we'll either have to miss a ship date or ship out an inferior product just to keep our record clean. With comics being as expensive as they are today (along with everything else), I would rather ship a better product than give you guys something that isn't up to the standards you expect from us. Sitting on a Sofa asks: Hey Joe I have 2 questions for you. 1) What's up with ULTIMATES 3? Why did issue #4 barely ship on the 25th when issue #3 came out in February? 2) Is ULTIMATUM a mini-series or is it arcs in ULTIMATE X-MEN and ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR? JQ: Hey, Sitting. 1- Because it's been running late? 2- No, it's a mini-series. Mylo says: I can tell that the "Messiah CompleX" is drawn by Greg land! I can tell by the way Emma looks I love his art I die when I read comics drawn by him! JQ: Relax, Mylo, we don't want you dying on us. Deep breaths, son, deep breaths. Tony Smith asks: Hi Joe! I'm a big fan. I just have a couple of questions that I hope you answer. 1) I understand why Cyclops broke up the X-Men (because of Xavier getting shot and Iron Man wanting the X-Men to be part of the Initiative) but what I'm wondering is why would he bring together a group of Young X-Men right after he broke up the more experienced X-Men? 2) Awhile back ago I heard there was going to be a NEW AVENGERS issue dealing with the Skulls involvement in "One More Day." Is that true? 3) I heard a rumor that Mark Millar's run on the FANTASTIC FOUR takes place after SECRET INVASION. Is that true? 4) Any POWER PACK plans in Earth-616 continuity? 5) Did Nextwave take place on Earth-616? 6) Can Cloak and Dagger please join the New Avengers and/or get an ongoing series? 7) When I get older I want to write comic books. So I was just wondering how would I be able to get a job from Marvel when I get older? How old do I have to be to write comics for Marvel? JQ: I see you have a lot on your mind, Tony, okay here goes. 1-Well, Cyclops would have to have a really good reason for doing this, wouldn't he? You're going to have to keep reading to get the full 411 on it, but let me assure you, Marc Guggenheim won't let you down like he let Axel Alonso down the time that he promised to make him a main character on Eli Stone. 2- Ummmm, nope. Don't know where you heard that. 3-It takes place before, after, during and around SECRET INVASION—and that's about as vague and useless an answer as I'm going to be able to manage. 4- Mmmmmmmaybe. 5- Yes, absolutely. Didn't you see Aaron in MS. MARVEL and MCP? Didn't you see Monica in BLACK PANTHER? You're going to see Tabby in X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY. 6- Okay. 7- While age isn't an issue and talent is, I personally feel that the best writers have some life experience under their belt. Jim Shooter who was Editor-in-Chief here at Marvel many years ago, was writing professionally for Marvel at a very young age. Rumor has it he was thirteen though no one knew it because they hadn't met him prior to his getting assignments based upon submitted samples. LMQS asks: Hi, I've read comic books for like 4 years (yeah I'm a newbie), but in France that's not really easy. Here're my questions: 1) Is there a way to make comic books cheaper abroad? Because shops like Albums or Pulp in France are making the c.. 1€ and that's not cool. 2) So I subscribe to the home delivery thing, to save money. But here's my strongest concern: You send all my comic books (5) in individual plastic and paper bag, there is more waste than comic book in what I receive!!! So in a period where Earth will kill us all, is there a means to save using dozens of plastic bags whereas you could just group all 5 comics in a box even if it takes longer to arrive ? I hope I've not ruined the fun. Anyway the books are great, keep going! Emil JQ: Well, Les Musiques, here's the deal. 1- Unfortunately we have no control over this as the prices aren't set by us but rather the foreign licensee. 2- We have certain regulations we have to follow set by the U.S. Postal Service regarding subscriptions and home delivery, so the individual bagging is their rule, not ours. Cy also asks: Hi Joe, Is the Red Hulk permanent to the Marvel Universe? Is he truly now the strongest in the Marvel Universe? In other words, could he beat the crap out of The Sentry! How did the Hulk revert back to the "Hulk Smash" version after "World War Hulk?" I think Thunderbolt Ross is the Red Hulk, but I know you can't tell me! If he is, where does his mustache go? JQ: Hey there, Cy, how are you today? Yes, until he dies. Maybe yes, maybe no. Let's just say that the full effects of the triangulated satellite beam blast from the end of "World War Hulk" have yet to be fully revealed. Are you a gambling man? I'd like to take your money. Andrew asks: Hey, Joe. Are there any plans to bring Chuck Austen back into the fold at Marvel? Some of his writing was so-so (specifically scenes of white guys trying and failing to say the word "mother-bleep-er"...), but his computer artwork on WAR MACHINE and ELEKTRA was great. I'd love to see more of it. JQ: Last I heard, Chuck didn't want to come back to the comic industry. 1OGAN asks: Hey Joe! I'm a pretty new reader to comic books. My uncle used to just fill me in on what my favorite heroes were up to, but I just recently started to get the comics myself. I know you kind of answered this in the last post but I was still and little confused... How can some characters appear to be in two places at once? I picked up X-FORCE #4 and UNCANNY #4, and Wolverine was all over the place! I think I just need a little more explanation. Thanks! Logan JQ: Okay one more time with feeling, Logan. Not all the events that you see in comics happen at exactly the same time. These characters have lives that one book alone cannot hold. Wolverine works too much. He neglects his family. It's very sad. David asks: Hey Joe, First of all, thank you for helping make this Marvel-era my favorite. You are doing a wonderful job! I've heard that Roger Stern is returning to write an issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. I can't tell you how excited I am to have my favorite Spider scribe return to the character! I have two questions stemming from that... 1) It sounds like Stern will only be writing one issue. Any chance of him becoming more of a regular on the book? Especially with John Romita, Jr. coming back; lot of Spider-fans consider their work in the early 80s to be on par with the Lee/Ditko/Romita stories. 2) Also, any chance of more Roger Stern Spider-Man Visionaries coming out? Thanks, Joe! JQ: Thanks for the kind words David. Yeah, we're all thrilled that Roger is coming back to do some work for us. 1- Spider Editor, Steve Wacker exchanged an e-mail with Roger earlier this week about doing more Spider-Man work, so you'll hopefully be seeing more from him. 2- Not at the moment. Kevin asks: I got a question. Can you tell Marvel to tell Hasbro to make some more Marvel Legends already!!! JQ: I just left them a voicemail. Tara asks: Hello Joe :D Let me just say it's an honor, I might even have a slight chance of you reading this. What's most likely not an honor is the question I'm going to ask that will most likely annoy you seeing as you have most likely been asked this 20 gazillion times. But here we go, I read some where (I believe it was Wikipedia) that a Captain America movie was currently under works and was going to come out some time during July 2011. Is this actually true? Is Marvel going to pay homage to one of its best most old school super heroes? :] Because let's just face it, a Captain America movie is a movie worth waiting for till 2011 :]] JQ: Yup, Tara, you heard right, there will be a Captain America movie and like Iron Man, it's going to be done by Marvel. Where in the world is the rest of the mini-series ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. ULTIMATE HULK? It's been over two years since the first two issues. This is looking like another Spider-Man and Black Cat scenario. And this whole Red Hulk storyline feels pretty weak. I'm a die-hard Hulk fan but I want the Banner Hulk back. On the upside, I'm loving THE INCREDIBLE HERCULES and hope that this will turn into an ongoing thing. The "God Squad" storyline is awesome! Posted by Chili Pepper Chris on Jun 30, 2008 12:53 PM JQ: Chili, check out some of my previous columns for the answer about ULTIMATE WOLVERINE/HULK. Which Banner Hulk would you like back, Green, Gray, Joe Fixit, smart Hulk, dumb Hulk? There have been many. Glad you're digging Herc. Jerry Don asks: Ok got a few questions... 1. Why haven't you hired me yet as your regular penciler for the X-Men? ha-ha, I'm the best artist you still don't know about! 2. Why did Kitty Pryde have to die? But that was the best death in comics since Gert was killed in RUNAWAYS!! 3. R.I.P. Michael Turner—His art was beautiful and very inspiring! He will be missed! 4. When are you gonna get your own Marvel Movie? "Joe Quesada! The Man with Marvel's Plan!" hahaha keep up the awesome work and quit restarting the continuity to fix bad storylines!!! Just start a new story!!! Or let me do my three books for you! Very original stuff and Marvelous!! JQ: Jerry, here are your answers. 1- The best penciler I don't know about? And who's fault is that anyway? 2- Well, you got Colossus back at least. 3- Yes, agreed and a more wonderful person you would be hard pressed to meet. 4- Yeah, where is my movie? Maybe Kevin James can play me but now he'd have to lose a few pounds. David asks: Here's a question, What happened to "Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes." I love that show and would love to see more. I bought the season one DVD. Will the show ever come back? Does Marvel have plans for a different FF series? Any info would be great. Thanks in advance. I watched "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" the other day and saw your cameo as the pizza guy. That was funny! JQ: David, I only run the publishing division so with respect to the FF show, beats me? And thanks, as I like to say, this pizza delivery man always delivers. Melissa asks: I was wondering, what comic would you love to be made into a movie? JQ: Killraven, it's Gladiator in space! It's Nothing Personal asks: Hey Joe, Who is gonna fight the Skrull Queen??? And Will Medusa fight her while looking for Black Bolt?? Thanks J-.Neal JQ: Ha! You thought you had me, you thought that if you disguised this question in a humble and unassuming way that I would just give you this much anticipated story point from SECRET INVASION. But sorry, Nothing Personal, I'm too quick to fall into that ploy and tell you how Skaar, Son of Hulk cuts the Skrull Queen in half with his – Damn! –JQ Learn more about The Hero Initiative, the only federally chartered charitable organization dedicated to helping comic veterans in medical or financial need at www.HeroInitiative.org. It's a chance for you to give back to the creators who gave you your dreams.

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