Review – Constantine #1, This Is Not Your Father’s Hellblazer


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.

Andy Diggle Off Action Comics – One and Done

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TweetAndy Diggle has left Action Comics.  His first issue was #19.  The whispers I’m hearing from high places are that Tony Daniel will be taking over as writer (in addition to artist) with issue #20.

Andy Diggle’s Dynamite Crime Project Unveiled as “Uncanny”


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 […]

Lazarus Preview (Rucka/Lark At Image)


TweetYou might have heard that Greg Rucka and Michael Lark have a comic coming out from Image.  It’s called Lazarus and it’s coming out in June.   Rucka and Lark previous teamed up on the Eisner winning Gotham Central, so seeing them back together is like a fine vintage port.  

Review – Revisiting the New 52 TPBs Part 2 (Animal Man, Captain Atom, DCU Presents, Swamp Thing)


TweetThe local library consortium got a whole bunch of New 52 Vol. 1′s, so I’m going through and catching up on a few things I opted not pick up as monthlies.  This batch consists of the first volumes of Animal Man, Captain Atom, DCU Presents and Swamp Thing.

Ten Grand (JMS/Templesmith) Preview Art


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 […]

February Sales Estimates – Marvel NOW Finds Minor Stability


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 […]

The New 52 No More (And So Much For the Line at $2.99)


TweetWhen DC relaunched a year and a half ago, it was “The New 52″ and it was emphasized that there were going to be 52 new titles for you to read.  DC’s had “52″ on the brain for several years now.  The 52 weekly series culminating in 52 new worlds.  (Are there still 52 worlds post-Flashpoint?) […]

Marvel’s SXSW Blitz In Context


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 […]

Calling BS On Marvel Unlimited


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 […]

Marvel Rebrands (Digital) DCU as “Marvel Unlimited,” Tweaks Offering


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 […]

James O’Barr Now in the Motion Comics Business.

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TweetIt seems like motion comics, or rather things along the lines of motion comics, are a mini-trend concern.  I’m not seeing recent examples of full-on motion comics with character voices, but Motionworks has thrown their hat into the ring with Sundown, a Gothic western by The Crow’s James O’Barr.

Freebie: Guardians of the Galaxy “Infinity” Comic


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.

“Superman Unchained” is the New Lee/Snyder Title


TweetWe knew there was a new Superman title coming up, but we didn’t know the name of it.  Jim Lee and Scott Synder will be teaming up for “Superman Unchained.”  Perhaps we should infer that the Django Unchained adaption is selling well for them?

ECCC ’13: Liveblogging “The Amazing, Awesome IDW Panel”


TweetIt’s almost time for the “The Amazing, Awesome IDW Panel” at the Emerald City con.  We’ll be liveblogging it. Get ready to start hitting refresh. Our cast: Denton Tipton, Joe Harris, Michael Walsh, Mike Costa, Phil Hester and Livio Ramondelli. Harris on X-Files – He’ll be re-establishing and updating the mythology arc.  There will be some […]

ECCC ’13 Liveblogging “Marvel: The Next Big Thing”


TweetIt’s almost time for the “Marvel: The Next Big Thing” panel to start at the Emerald City con.  We’ll be liveblogging it. Get ready to start hitting refresh. Our cast includes, Mark Waid, Sam Humphries, Joe Keating, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick,  Sana Amanat, Gerry Duggan and Brian Prosehn (who is late). DeConnick – Crossover event with […]