TweetIt’s a modern comic book cliche. Need sales? Kill off a character. Preferably a big enough character than it can make all the newspapers and media websites. You don’t always see that much of a sales bump long term, but you sell a huge amount of the death issue and then you can announce the […]
TweetA preview for Constantine #1 was widely circulated last month and the reaction around these parts was somewhat less than enthusiastic. IIRC, someone in the comment section renamed it “Heckblazer.” I’ve read the full issue and it’s not as bad as the initial impression, but it really isn’t Hellblazer, either.
TweetDynamite has announced the second tile in its new “Crime Line.” Uncanny will be the new title from Andy Diggle and Aaron Campbell, concerning a shady character who can borrow people’s skills running into an international conspiracy. Which is to say something along the lines of a thriller with a slight touch of superhuman activity […]
TweetJ. Michael Straczynski has had a strange ride in comics over the last few years. The Twelve, which finally wrapped up last year, was highly regarded by critics. Superman walking across the country… not so much. When JMS first started doing comics on a regular basis (he’d dabbled a bit here and there, earlier), it was […]
TweetThe February sales estimates are in over at The Comics Chronicles and what a strange February it was. DC papered over a decaying mess at the bottom of their New 52 chart with a whopping 307K for Justice League of America #1 and its state flag variant cover stunt. Variants are still the flavor of week. Marvel’s […]
TweetMarvel made the media rounds at SXSW yesterday and most of the announcements were for things off in the future. SXSW is fast becoming Marvel’s mainstream outreach equivalent of SDCC. That’s right. SXSW isn’t really about the Direct Market comics fan. It’s about getting Marvel’s name and their *digital* offerings in the mind set of […]
TweetWhile promoting the new Marvel Unlimited App over at Gizmodo, Marvel’s Peter Phillips indicated that Marvel was updating most of his major titles when they were six months old: The comics available through MU are all at least six months old, and while Marvel wouldn’t commit to every title making it into the service, SVP […]
TweetMarvel’s library subscription program used to be called Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited A.K.A. Marvel DCU – an in-joke at DC’s expense that likely flew over the head of anyone who didn’t go to the comic shop on a regular basis. Marvel’s rebranding it and tweaking it a bit. They’re also talking about it ahead of […]
TweetMarvel’s really pulling out all the stops to pimp Guardians of the Galaxy. This time up – a new 4-part bi-weekly “Infinity” digital comic series. “Infinity” is Marvel’s branding term for the sort a minimal animation effects you see on thing’s like Mark Waid’s Thrillbent or Alex De Campi’s Valentine.