The demise of the print Wizard magazine early this year and The Comics Journal‘s move to becoming mostly an online publication has led to a dearth of comic book magazines on physical shelves, with only the likes of Comics Buyer’s Guide and Alter Ego holding down the fort.
Another publication is joining the fray in February 2012 — Multiverse, a UK publication started in 2010 that’s attempting to gain a foothold in the US market. It’s being released in conjunction with Ardden Entertainment — the publisher of Flash Gordon comics, among others — and is kicking off with a 68-page issue “promotionally priced” at $4.99.
Publisher Mike Conroy revealed that the magazine is intended as a “middle ground” between Wizard and The Comics Journal. The former folded earlier this year, while the latter now operates almost entirely online.
“My goal has always been to produce an entertaining title that occupies the middle ground between the late Wizard and the moved-to-another-plane Comics Journal,”
Issue #1 of the US edition arrives in March 2012.