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The Watchtower is a weekly column, commenting on the biggest and strangest comic news and rumors of the week. Each column will include noteworthy books scheduled for release that same week. As always comments and discussion are welcome. Until I think of something better, news items will be titled by HORRIBLE puns and word play.

Marvel is Mysterious
Marvel continues it's new life as a web teaser creator that occasionally sells comics on the side, as this week the publisher began to unveil more of it's plans for the October launching Marvel NOW! initiative. Several weeks ago, Marvel announced that it would relaunch many of it's most popular titles with new #1 issues, new creative teams, but the same original recipe continuity (unlike a certain other relaunch of last year). The initial announcement revealed Jonathan Hickman and a rotating pool of artists on a bi-weekly Avengers, Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting on New Avengers, Rick Remender and John Cassaday on Uncanny Avengers and Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen on All New X-Men.

On Monday, Marvel released the first in what appears to be a series of teasers that will launch daily (at least for this week) that list a writer, an artist, and an adjective associated with the character they are most likely working with come the Fall. So far we know that Kieron Gillen and Greg Land are Invincible (seemingly confirming the rumor Bleedingcool leaked months ago), and that Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic are Worthy (this one is a bit of a stretch, but the smart money is Thor).

And while many of your favorite titles might soon be relaunched, replaced, or rebranded, various reports have confirmed that fans of these titles can rest easy, as they will be relatively unaffected by the coming initiative: The Ultimate Books, Daredevil, Hawkeye, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Factor, Winter Soldier, and Captain Marvel.

The Continuing Debate
In a recent interview with ICv2, Dan Didio promised better, more cohesive continuity from the DC Universe as it moves towards it's first big line wide crossover: Trinity War. And while this is sure to come as a relief to those of us still trying to figure out if or if not Martian Manhunter joined the Justice League and where the hell Time Drake and Roy Harper fit into the new timeline, many were quick to jump on the comment identifying fuzzy continuity as one of the least vexing of its current problems. For now, I will merely point to the continued whip-lash inducing turn over of creative teams on titles. As a reader who likes to invest myself in a long run by a creator I love, one of my biggest obstacles to committing to new DC books right now is that I'm honestly not sure if the creators who inspired me to read the comic will still be producing it several months down the road.

ABC's The S.H.I.E.L.D.
As revealed by deadline.com, Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are batting around the idea of a television show firmly rooted in the continuity of the Avengers film. The only obstacle being that it cannot possibly feature any of the characters you watched and loved in that film (even Colbie Smolders, HIMYM will never let her go). The most likely candidate seems to be a show featuring the agents of everyone's favorite confusingly aligned super-spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D. However, fans of Edwin Jarvis: Domestic Avenger need not lament yet, as the plans are still in their nascent stages.

That's it for this week. Check out these titles in stores tomorrow:
Action Comics #12
Animal Man #12 (Rot World crossover with Swamp Thing begins)
iZombie #28 (final issue!)
Swamp Thing #12 (Rot World crossover with Animal Man continues)
Avengers Academy #34
Avengers vs X-Men #9
Daredevil #16
Defenders #9
First X-Men #1 (Neal Adams, NEAL ADAMS!!!)
Hawkeye #1 (Matt Fraction and David Aja of Immortal Iron Fist reunited!)
Invincible Iron Man #522
Ultimate Spider-Man #13
Black Kiss II #1 (one of the filthiest comics you will ever read ever)
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