DC’s New Royalty Program – Let’s Do The Math On Single Issue Sales

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You probably heard that DC has revamped their royalties program, adding colorists to the payout mix and lumping digital in with print.  We should talk about what’s going on with the single issue sales and royalties.  Here’s the gist of it as DC put it in their media release: We’ve also standardized sales thresholds for […]

Dynamite’s Just Talking About Shaft, Dresden Files, Dean Koontz, Brandon Sanderson and Patricia Briggs at Book Expo

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Dynamite hit Book Expo with a pocketful of announcements today.  Projects based on prose books with a mix of deal extensions and new deals.  Projects that also might have resonance with the bookstore demographic for Book Expo. The first announcement, coming clear out of left field, is Dynamite’s acquisition of the rights to the Shaft […]

Vertigo Gets Back To Its Roots: A Look At Coffin Hill: Forest of the Night

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There was a time, early on, when Vertigo was considered more of a horror and dark fantasy line.  Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and Sandman all being prominent parts of the first wave.  Vertigo’s widened its doors considerably since then to include straight up crime and science fiction titles, as well as fantasy with a lighter tone.  It’s […]

Batman Eternal Vs. Futures End, DC’s Two Very Different Weekly Comics

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You probably already know that DC has made weekly comics a big part of their strategy as they wind down their time in NYC and move to Beautiful Downtown Burbank.  Two of the three series have already launched: Batman Eternal and The New 52: Futures End.  The two titles couldn’t be more different and it’s time we […]

The Best Flash Gordon Comic In Quite Some Time

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Flash Gordon has been around for quite awhile.  You’ve got the newspaper strip going back to the 1930s.  Switching over to non-reprint comics, King and Gold Key comics periodically popped up from the 1960s through early 80s.  DC’s reboot by Dan Jurgens in the late 80s.  Marvel did a couple issues in the 90s.  Ardden […]

The Genre-Bending World of Hinterkind (Reviewing the V. 1 TPB, “The Waking World”)

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Vertigo’s new fantasy-ish title Hinterkind recently released its first trade paperback collection, The Waking World.  If you only glanced at the covers, it’s probably not what you’re expecting.  Oh, sure it’s got the mythical monsters you’d expect to see in something like Vertigo’s elder statesman title Fables, but there’s a layer of science fiction, a layer that’s […]

Review: Marvel’s got backstory in New Batch of #1s (Moon Knight, Magneto, Wolverine & The X-Men)

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Marvel released three new #1s this week.  Revivals of Moon Knight and Magneto and a new first issue of Wolverine & The X-men that is little more than a renumbering.  Reading them in a single sitting, the interesting thing was observing how each title handled the issue of backstory.  Marvel has a tendency to tie […]

Does Harley Quinn Signal The Return of “Fun” Comics?

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It would seem many of you probably picked up an issue of DC’s new Harley Quinn series.  The Comics Chronicles estimates sales as 114,212 for #0 and 92,153 for #1.  Those are some very serious numbers for a book that’s a real departure in tone from your average New 52 title.  It’s also the best-seller in what […]

The 2013 Comics Happy List

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I just can’t muster the hubris to do a Top 10 list.  Lists are subject to the tastes of the reviewer(s).  One person’s top 10 list doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  And, you know, Buzzfeed.  Instead, I’ll present a list of comics that made me happy in 2013, with an emphasis on things that might have […]

Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us is a real page turner

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Injustice: Gods Among Us is something of an anomaly in the world of super hero comics. It’s a breakout hit for original digital work, lording over the sales rankings on several sites and platforms. If you look at the October sales estimates, you’ll find it sitting just below 25K and outselling titles like Green Arrow, […]

Advance Review: Infinity #1 (“A Marvel Comics Event”)

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Infinity #1 is a Marvel Comics Event.  It says so on the first page.  I’d also say that might be slightly overstating things.  Having read an advance comic, I’d call it either an Avengers Event or a third Avengers title for the duration of the story.

The State Of Green Lantern

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As we enter into the third month of the post-Geoff Johns world of Green Lantern, it’s time to take a look at where the franchise is at. Our new status quo has Hal Jordan in charge of the Green Lantern Corps and Kyle Rayner off escorting a newly revived set of Guardians around the universe. […]

Gaiman’s Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation Returning to Print

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You may have read that Alice Cooper had a new comic series coming out.  Come to find out, there’s a 20th Anniversary edition of his most famous comic coming out: Neil Gaiman’s and Michael Zulli’s “The Last Temptation.”

Alice Cooper Launches New Comic Series

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Alice Cooper’s been around comics quite awhile, going all the way back to 1979’s Marvel Premiere #50 and notably including Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli.  He was also fronting a horror anthology Kickstarter that failed to fund earlier this year ($200K is a pretty ambitious goal for a comic project… it _did_ […]

Bob’s Burgers Comes To Comics

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Fox’s Sunday animation lineup has spawned a few comics over the years.  Bongo has a whole line of Simpsons comics.  Devil’s Due and Titan have both done Family Guy comics.  Now Bob’s Burgers steps up to the plate with a series in the works from Dynamite. Official PR follows: SDCC Announcement – Dynamite Entertainment and […]

JMS Writing New Twilight Zone Series for Dynamite

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J. Michael Straczynski’s been lining up a lot of comics projects lately, resurrecting his “Joe’s Comics” imprint at Image and launching with the well-received Ten Grand.  Add another project to the list, Straczynski’s going to be writing an ongoing Twilight Zone comic for Dynamite.