Andy Diggle & Aaron Campbell's Uncanny Changes Name To Weaver

In 2013, Andy Diggle and Aaron Campbell launched a new comic book through Dynamite Entertainment called Uncanny. A crime/super powers comic book series about a fellow called Weaver.

Weaver is unique, or so he thinks. Born with an uncanny ability, he can steal other people's skills – their memories, abilities, and expertise – for a limited time. A man with a power like that could change the world; but as a professional gambler, con-man, and thief-for-hire, Weaver prefers to look out for number one. That is, until he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of international intrigue where the rules keep changing, the players are hidden… and the first thing he stands to lose is his life. And maybe, just maybe, he isn't so unique after all…

At the time, Bleeding Cool wondered how that might stand up, in comparison to Marvel Comics use of Uncanny X-Men, Uncanny Avengers and the like. In the same year, Marvel Comics registered for a trademark for the word Uncanny on its own for use in comic books. Dynamite Entertainment opposed the trademark with famous comic book lawyer Michael L Lovitz filing opposition against Marvel Comics with the US Government. The opposition and registration was suspended while the two comic book publisher entered negotiation, and in 2018 Dynamite withdrew their opposition.

The details of the settlement are not known. But in 2019 Marvel was granted the trademark and now Uncanny, as published on ComiXology and Kindle, is called Weaver, even if the covers of individual digital issues still say Uncanny.

Andy Diggle & Aaron Campbell's Uncanny Changes Name To Weaver

Also, is that one of the worst cover plug lines ever? In advertising, there's a phrase called "poisoned doughnuts". If you sell doughnuts, don;t put up a sigh saying "Guarantee: Our doughnuts are not poisoned". People wouldn't even have though about your doughnuts being poisoned, and now they are. Equally, don;'t bring up the idea of being disappointed with a comic book, when no one was even suggesting they might have been., Just saying.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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