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Squirrel and Raccoon Comic Likely to Be Best Thing Marvel Produces All Year

Written by Jude Terror on Thursday, September 08 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Squirrel and Raccoon Comic Likely to Be Best Thing Marvel Produces All Year

We're calling this one now, with confidence.

Source: Various

Citing the generally sorry state of mainstream superhero comic book publishing, as well as the obvious appeal of a team-up between cute, trash-talking animals, industry experts and critics unanimously agreed that the new Tippy Toe and Rocket Raccoon comic would easily be the best thing Marvel produces this year, admitting that that isn't saying much, but still very much intending it as a compliment. In fact, only two critics stepped forward to express reserve about the book, but were quickly dissuaded once it was explained that the comic starred "raccoon and squirrel," not "moose and squirrel."


Despite the widespread excitement for the comic, some comic book news outlets were confused about how to report on a Marvel comic that actually might be good. In what was listed as a "CBR EXXXCLUSIVE" on used car sales website CBR.com yesterday, the comic was untitled and listed as written by Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning cartoonist Nilah Magruder, implying that the art was willed into existence by sheer force of shared desire to see the zany adventures of a talking squirrel and a talking raccoon depicted in comic form. CBR.com also listed the comic as being released vaguely "in September," and gave no indication of its price or whether it would be a print or digital comic.


The entire article.

"In all likelihood, the author of the piece, 'CBR Staff,' was simply so relieved to not have to feign interest in the latest super-mega-reboot event or gently tongue the anus of Marvel Executive Vice President Tom Brevoort that he, she, or whatever pronoun 'CBR Staff' prefers hastily gushed about the comic without putting any actual effort into conveying any useful information about it," said industry analyst Professor Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms.

Luckily, the raccoon-and-squirrel-hungry audience had Heidi MacDonald at The Beat, to come to comics journalism's rescue, revealing that the comic was actually called "A Year Of Marvels: September Infinite Comics #1," would be released digitally, and was in fact in stores that day. MacDonald also revealed that the artist on the series would be Siya Oum, and that despite being announced second, Magruder would actually be the first black woman to write a comic for Marvel in the company's entire history, a historic moment. More importantly, though, MacDonald stole a page from rival Rich Johnston to note:

In fact, when the post Riri Williams outcry about Marvel never having hired an African American woman as a writer began, I pegged Magruder, Whitney Taylor and Carol Burrell as just three writers who were Marvel ready, so go me!


On the other hand, CBR.com had a sum total of 2.5x more images than The Beat, and all of them EXXXCLUSIVE, and we were additionally able to purchase a 1996 Dodge Stratus with just 230,000 miles and a single owner from them for just $3995, so at least they've got that going for them. The Outhouse checked comiXology and were able to verify that MacDonald's information is correct, and you can actually go and purchase the comic right now (which we've just done ourselves, thanks to the savings from purchasing our 1996 Dodge Stratus, a very practical and underrated vehicle, from CBR.com). It's $1.99, and clocks in at 69 digital pages. Here's the solicit, and images stolen from all three sources:

A Year Of Marvels: September Infinite Comic #1

In September, TIPPY-TOE is flying SOLO (until Squirrel Girl is done studying)! But when a villain threatens Central Park, she's gotta call in the big guns. Enormous guns, relatively speaking (because Tippy and ROCKET RACCOON are small)! It's the team-up — written by Nilah Magruder — you would have demanded if you knew your worth! You're wonderful, and you deserve beautiful things!




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