DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: October 2010

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The “Return of Bruce Wayne” and “Brightest Day” brands continued to be the driving force behind DC’s periodical output in October. While most of the Batman books were on hiatus, a bunch of one-shots, collectively titled Bruce Wayne: The Road Home, filled the gap. Other October releases include the low-profile miniseries Knight and Squire and JLA/The 99. Consequently, average sales of the DC Universe line remained relatively flat.

Briefs & Boxers! 09/10/10

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o “Nothing Dramatically Broken at DC Comics” At Comics Alliance, David Brothers takes the temperature of DC Comics, about half a year into the most recent management shake-up that replaced longtime publisher Paul Levitz with former DC Universe editor-in-chief Dan DiDio and star artist/WildStorm chief Jim Lee, and also left star writer Geoff Johns—in many […]

Briefs & Boxers! 09/01/10

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In his “Emanata” column at Techland, Douglas Wolk looks at the promotional efforts for an upcoming Marvel story by Jonathan Hickman, singling out Fantastic Four as a series that particularly finds itself in the shadow of its creators:

“As Lee and Kirby established the FF, their premises are inflexible: they’re a family. They’re explorers. They have adventures together. […] If you stick to those axioms, you’re not just making a Fantastic Four story, you’re making one in the Lee/Kirby tradition […]. If you ignore any of those axioms, then it’s not really the Fantastic Four any more, and the question becomes how, and how quickly, it’s going to get back to being the ‘real’ Fantastic Four.”

Briefs & Boxers! 08/22/10

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This week: Kieron Gillen on the prospects of more PHONOGRAM; Axel Alonso on that X-Men crossover with the vampires; and the conclusion of EX MACHINA.

Briefs & Boxers! 08/15/10

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o “Batman Can Take It” Grant Morrison talks to Los Angeles Times blogger Geoff Boucher about his plans for Batman: “Supple is the word. It’s really weird. Batman can take anything. You can do comedy Batman, you can do gay Batman … it all works. It something [sic] intrinsic to the character. It’s so strange […]

Briefs & Boxers! 08/08/10

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This week: Brevoort and Alonso redefine “distinct”; Kirkman talks turkey; get your very own 2.5′ adamantium souvenir; collections we need; and more.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: June 2010

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch After unleashing a deluge of new titles in May, DC Comics’ lineup of major periodicals was fairly restrained in June. There were oversized “milestone” issues of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, the latest Green Arrow relaunch and, following up on a 2008 event, a second wave of Joker’s Asylum one-shots. Average and […]

Briefs & Boxers! 08/01/10

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This week: Neil Gaiman and the continuity courtroom; Kurt Busiek on track to get the first good superhero movie made; Frank Miller surrenders; WildStorm’s new publishing niche; and more.

Briefs & Boxers! 07/25/10

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This week: Some Dopey Prequels and Sequels to WATCHMEN probably in the pipeline; Vertigo not really about to give up the ghost; veteran comics creator gets by on two hours of sleep and a handful of nuts; and more.

Briefs & Boxers! 07/18/10

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This week: Is J. Michael Straczynski tugging on Grant Morrison’s cape? Can you put any old comic on the phone? What’s up with those excited blurbs on your trade paperbacks? Is Newsarama being run by Marvel’s robot receptionist? And more.

DC Month-to-Month Sales: May 2010

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch DC Comics’ periodical business had one of its better months in May, thanks to a host of new launches that were received well by retailers. The new arrivals include the DC Universe titles Brightest Day, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, Justice League: Generation Lost and Birds of Prey, as well as […]

Briefs & Boxers! 07/11/10

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This week: Jim Lee and Tom Brevoort reveal astonishing new publishing policies; “Brand New Day” ends, maybe; Mark Waid is sick of superhero comics; Gary Groth comments; and more.

Who is the biggest villain in comics today?

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The recently revamped by Matt Fraction MANDARIN? The revitalized under Paul Cornell LEX LUTHOR? Or … this guy?

Briefs & Boxers! 06/30/10

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This week, a quick one, while he’s away: Are Chris Ware and John Romita Jr. working in the same medium? Was Wonder Woman in the Avengers back in 1993? Do you still not care about the World Cup? And does the most interesting new comics release this week start with a “W,” too?

DR WHO: “a pile of good things and bad things”

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This afternoon marks the end of season 31 of DOCTOR WHO, or season 1 of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) if you are watching it on the BBC. Bookmark this column for a few weeks if you are watching on BBC America or elsewhere around the world. No spoilers (sweetie) for tonight’s finale, but potential […]

Briefs & Boxers! 06/23/10

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This week: World Cup drama, comic-book direct-market retail drama, Dan DiDio comedy, a comic so awful that the New York Times reports on it, and a couple of Kurt Busiek books worth your time.