Each week AXEL-IN-CHARGE — CBR’s weekly Friday afternoon Q&A with Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso — features not only his thoughts on the latest industry matters, but also a peek inside upcoming Marvel releases.
This past Friday, Alonso returned after a week off to discuss the wide variety of Marvel offerings on tap for May 2015, following the reveal of the publisher’s solicitation information for that month. Specifically, the deeper meaning behind some core titles — series like “Avengers,” “New Avengers” and “All-New X-Men” don’t appear among Marvel’s May 2015 offerings — taking a rest following the recent debuts of less typical books like “Spider-Gwen” and “Howard the Duck.” “I think all of this is a symptom of a changing market — the changing tastes and changing demographics of our readers,” Alonso said. “I also think it speaks to the confidence that retailers and fans have in the strength of our publishing line at this moment.”
“Silk” debuted this past week from the team of writer Robbie Thompson and artist Stacey Lee, and attracted media coverage for being a rare instance of a mainstream publisher giving a starring role to a female Asian-American superhero. “Like Kamala Khan before her, Cindy Moon is a fascinating character that will connect with all sorts of readers because her story is universal,” Alonso said. Along with those words, CBR showed off an exclusive look at a “Silk” #2 variant cover (release date March 18) by W. Scott Forbes, and the regular cover to issue #3 (release date April 15) by Kris Anka.
And perhaps no series represents Marvel’s less than conventional recent successes than “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,” from the creative team of writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson. CBR has the debut of interior art from #3, release date March 18, by Henderson; plus the variant cover to that issue by Jill Thompson.
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