Veteran showbiz writer Drew McWeeny rocked the world of superhero movies this week with his claim that he’s heard many times that humor is superhero films is being given the side eye at Warner Bros. :
Here’s a scene you might not see in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film. Amy Adams and Henry Cavill accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in full wardrobe on the set of the Man of Steel sequel. Adams challenged all the siblings names she could remember. I don’t want to ruin the end for you, but I […]
The column is already running late, so I won’t belabor too many points here‚Ä¶
July 2014 was a record-setting month in many categories for the Diamond NA-served comics market (see John Jackson Miller’s analysis for the full skinny). DC shipped a whopping 83 comics this month (up from 68 in June).
As expected, the Batman 75th Anniversary covers don’t do as well as the Bombshell covers did last month. Whether this is because retailers (as a group) order-ordered on the Bombshell covers and were correcting, or because there was a perceived lesser demand for the Batman covers it is hard to tell; I suspect a combination of factors. It may be several months before things settle down in the new way of ordering variants.
The Bat office continues to break the mold! FINALLY a Bat book drawn by Ben Templesmith! People in my comic book circle have been suggesting this as a no brainer for about five years. His creepy, moody work is tailor made for Gotham. It’s a horror book natch, called Gotham by Midnight, featuring a bunch […]
By David Nieves We’re all still recovering from copious amounts of walking around taking pictures with people and wishing the people in front of us taking pictures would just move. Yes another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. By now all the news is out and we’re still reeling from the Batman V Superman […]
By Kyle Pinion One of the bigger initiatives to come from the Big Two this year is the advent of the three weekly titles from DC Comics: Batman Eternal, Futures End, and Earth 2: Worlds End. With the latter on the verge of release, and Batman Eternal continuing to perform well in DC Sales Figures, […]
By David Nieves J. Michael Straczynski isn’t one to mess around. Unless it’s an hour of sarcasm and announcements, which his spotlight panel, Comic-Con Saturday, had copious amounts of. JMS as he’s know to his friends, enemies, and frenemies had a lot of updates on outhouse projects and something he announced at SDCC two years […]
By David Nieves “DC Comics: New Places For Familiar Faces” was a spotlight of sorts on their big 3 characters through the lens of some of their most popular creators. Panelist included; new DC artist John Romita Jr, David Finch, Pat Gleason. This hour was moderated by Larry Ganem of DC Entertainment. The discussion opened […]
By Kyle Pinion Grant Morrison’s Multiversity has been a long gestating project aimed to spin-off of his Final Crisis event from 2009. The “Scottish Shaman of Comics” has been teasing this event and artistic collaborators ever since. Finally in recent solicits, Multiversity is becoming a reality with the release of The Multiversity #1 on August […]
By: Nick Eskey There are many pieces that go into creating a successful movie and television series, especially when trying to bring something to life from a printed medium. There has to be a solid script, right choice of actors, a fitting venue, and of course perfect music score. All of these aspects paint a […]
SDCC ’14: Jeff Lemire talks the return of The Legion of Super-Heroes and the end of his Green Arrow run
By Kyle Pinion While Jeff Lemire has recently been making waves with the announcements of his upcoming The Black Hammer at Dark Horse and Descender at Image, his DC work continues to be amongst the premiere offerings of the publisher. I had a chance to sit down with Lemire to discuss what’s coming from him […]
Admit it, if you hear title “Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie,” you’re probably going to wince a little bit. Especially given the track record DC’s had trying to push war books in the “New 52.” Still, the writing team is Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, who usually warrant a look and you’ve got […]
By: Nick Eskey DC Collectibles had a fine showing today of toys, figurines, and statues for the upcoming year. Each one meets the fine level of detail that is synonymous with the DC brand. With the variety of collectible shown, it was hard to decide what to talk about in length. For their action figures, […]
The big DC sales news for June was not (as I had expected) the new creative team on Superman, but rather the unexpected huge effect that DC’s Bombshell Variant covers had on those comics lucky enough to sport them.
Some background: For some time now DC has been doing theme variant covers on many of their best-selling rites each month: Steampunk variants, Robot Chicken variants, MAD variants, Batman 66 variants, etc. Prior to June these were always incentive variants, where retailers could order one variant cover for every so many of the regular cover they ordered (e.g. in May the Batman ’66 variant was a 1:25 variant, meaning that for each title retailers could order 1 Batman ’66 cover for every 25 regular covers they ordered on a title). Conventional wisdom is that this increased the number of issues sold, as retailers could mark up the price of the variant covers and sell them to collectors it was believed that they would order extra a copies in order to get to the incentive level.
Is Diamond going to be selling DC’s digital comics? It certainly looks that way. As you may recall, Diamond entered into a new digital partnership with Trajectory in May. Here’s a bit from the Publisher’s Weekly piece on it: Jim Bryant, CEO of Trajectory, said the new deal reflects “a significant amount of demand around […]