Friday, April 24, 2009

Marvel Scheduling Fun

Courtesy of Diamond:

In order to better support retailers in their quest to translate interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine into sales for this title, Marvel will release Wolverine #73 (MAR092604D, $2.99) before Wolverine #72 (FEB092578D, $2.99), the continuation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s “Old Man Logan” storyline. Issue #73 will arrive on May 13, while issue #72 will go on sale May 20.

This is done because issue #73 from writers Jason Aaron & Daniel Way and artists Adam Kubert & Tommy Lee Edwards features the start of two two-part stories focusing on the character, thus providing the perfect jumping on point for new readers the Wolverine film could help produce. Both stories will be concluded in the pages of Wolverine #74 (MAR092605D, $2.99), scheduled to land in stores on May 27.

The “Old Man Logan” storyline continuing in May 20’s Wolverine #72 will now conclude in a Giant Size Old Man Logan special, which was announced at this year's New York ComicCon.

So not only are we getting THREE issues of the regular Wolverine title in May (plus all the other related books) they aren't even coming out in order? Fantastic!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

DC and Marvel Confusion

A lot of people like to talk the gloom and doom going on at DC. Whether it be late books (part two of “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader” being two months behind), general confusion (who is writing the Titans books? Apparently, no one knows) or low sales, people tend to look at the mess that is all happening on the Marvel side.

It all started in January of this year, when the super-cool teaser image of Dr. Doom and Dracula on the moon was released for the upcoming Captain Britain and MI13 storyline.

Then, on January 22nd, Jim McCann, Marvel’s Assistant Manager Of Sales Communication (or someone claiming to be him) posted the following online:

When I was asked about books that did better than expected, Cap & MI 13 was one of those books. The story, the creative team, and critical reception was through the roof. Unfortunately, the audience left after Secret Invasion tie ins. That podcast was recorded before the cancellation came down & we were all hoping it would stay longer.
And guys, I am just as sorry as the rest of you that the book is canceled. All I can say is if you like a low-to-mid-tier book, tell your friends, encourage others to pick it up. We keep books alive as long as possible and market as much as we can. We want all of our books to succeed, but we could use the power of the fans to spread the word.

Followed by this post:

Yes, you love it. *I* love the book. Nick Lowe, the editor loves the book. Everyone involved loves the book. But if enough people are not buying it, and something is losing money, we can't keep publishing it. This is not a new business model for *any* industry and not just for this title. MANY books were canceled ("too soon" in many fans minds) because despite how great they were, the sales for some reason weren't there. (I still miss DP7 and Psi-Force...maybe I need therapy for those...LOL)
Guys, I am very sorry that the book is ending. But we'll be making a Paul Cornell announcement soon. (Paul, who happens to like me & I love him) Hopefully more people will pick up his new project. And you never know- this may not be the end of this team some time in the future. *I* would love to see it come back too! I'm going to miss the hell out of this book.

The next day, Nick Lowe (editor of the book), Ryan Penegos (another editor at Marvel), Dan Slott (writer at Marvel) and Paul Cornell (writer of said book in question) all came online stating there was a mistake made. All was then quite on the Captain Britain front.

Then, in March, when the early solicitations for June came out, missing from those was Ghost Rider. Writer of the book, Jason Aaron, posted on his blog the following:
You may have noticed there's no mention of GHOST RIDER in the newly released Marvel solicitations for June. Don't worry though, the book is not canceled. I'll be finishing out my run just as planned. Look for more info soon.

Well, the early July solicitations came and went and no Ghost Rider. It seems that whatever Aaron’s last story for Ghost Rider was, will be re-packaged as a six issue mini series (with a new number one) starting in August. But Ghost Rider is not cancelled.

At the same time, those very same early June solicitations, the following was said about Immortal Iron Fist:

Don’t miss this landmark FINAL ISSUE of the critically acclaimed, fan-beloved IMMORTAL IRON FIST.

This information was corrected a few days later, even with former Iron Fist writer Ed Brubaker posting online it was a typo. Well, the July solicitations are out and Immortal Iron Fist (which isn’t cancelled) is replaced by the five-issue mini-series Immortal Weapons.

Not to say DC is perfect, but Marvel isn’t the gold standard everyone pretends it to be.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Nice Try DC!

I am admittedly a pro-DC person, not that I hate Marvel or anything. I like the characters in the DCU a lot more. Reading last month's previews (for books arriving in June) I was excited by all the new Bat-related books. Interesting concepts (who is the new Batman? Who is the new Robin?), awesome creative teams (Paul Dini on TWO books, Morrison and Quitely together again), even the backups (Rucka writing the Question and Kate Spencer is back!) all had be pumped.

Except for one book.

The main Batman book is being written by Judd Winick. I am not one of these people who hate Judd for no reason. I have read some of his stuff. Barry Ween is funny, but not as funny as everyone thinks. Green Lantern and Green Arrow are especially derivative. A lot of the same templates seemingly recycled. I never read Exiles which people say is good.

But my true hatred for Mr. Winick comes from an Outsiders/Checkmate crossover from a few years back. It was co-written by Rucka and Judd, the latter handling the scripting. There in lies the problem.

With absolutely no exaggeration, this was the worst dialog I've ever read in all my comics reading history. It hurt me. It caused me to drop the crossover in midstream and swear off anything Judd Winick touches.

Now, the announcement comes out that Mark Bagley is going to be the regular artist on this aforementioned Batman title. As much as I love Bagley's work, Judd Winick will be responsible for the hole in my Bat-collection as long as he remains on the book.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

What I Read 04/16/09

Tiny Titans #15 - Always a fun read by Baltazar and Franco. The Tiny Terror Titans debut! The beginning of a crossover with Shazam? Stay tuned!

Walking Dead #60 – Nothing like reading these two back to back. Such a gruesome issue for the first few parts. There is nothing more entertaining and depressing all at the same time.

Amazing Spider-Man #591 – I’ve been collecting Spidey for as long as I can remember, going back at least 20 years when I bought issues with my paper route money. There’s been rough patches over the last few years, but it’s back on track of late. My only ultra-nerd/nit picking deal with this last arc is I don’t like the way Barry Kitson’s art is being colored. Other than that, it’s great!

Action Comics #876 - While there is no Superman in the Superman books for a while, the stories are still great. The first between Ursa and ‘Nightwing’ was really awesome and Ursa’s inner monologue during it was cool. Easy come easy go, eh?

Vigilante # 5 - Part two of the Deathtrap crossover with the Titans books. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t care about Vigilante’s involvement in this. I can only hope that the end of this story brings Deathstroke back as the numero uno Titans villain. However, with the current disarray for writers on Titans books, I am not filled with hope.

More to come after I read more!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

What I Read - Week of 04/08/09

Superman: World of New Krypton #2 – Good issue, digging Pete Woods’ art, after seeing him rising through the ranks. People complain about the “silliness” of the Kryptonians costumes, but it’s no more ridiculous than anything else in comics.

Titans #12 – written by McKeever, regardless of what prior solicts said. A good enough issue as part of the Deathtrap crossover. The scenes of Joey’s decent into madness were well done but I’m not a fan of the way Beast Boy is drawn. He just looks odd.

Deadpool: Suicide Kings #1 – Screw Wolverine Art Appreciation month, it’s a mini-Wade Wilson love month! Two weeks ago, we had the Game$ of Death Annual, last week was the next part of the crossover with Thunderbolts and this week is the first issue of a mini-series. I will buy it to help keep Deadpool prominent and this was fun. The new take on Wade’s insanity started by Daniel Way has really grown on me.

Wolverine: Weapon X #1 – With 10 Wolvie books this month, plus the twenty plus cover appearances, it may be difficult to sift through it all and find something good. This now third monthly has a great creative team (Jason Aaron and Ron Garney) but the story is nothing we haven’t seen before. Someone’s creating an ARMY of Wolverines, I can only guess to populate more books. I have faith that Aaron can make it all interesting. This also has a preview of a new Ghost Rider story planned for August, supposedly the end of Aaron’s run on the book.

Green Lantern # 39 – We don’t have the Orange Lantern oath yet, but Sinestro is still on the loose, Hal is half green and half blue and the Guardians appear to have been the main reason for all the problems in the universe. We plug along towards Blackest Night.

Captain Britain and MI13 #12 – Dracula’s war against England continues as we see more of his plan and armies unfold. Gotta say, this is a great book and can’t wait to see how Dracula falls.

War of Kings: Ascension #1 – Abnett and Lanning again take another “forgotten” 90’s hero (Nova) and give him the cosmic makeover. They are such a great writing team and do a much better job with Darkhawk than the C.B. Cebulski (writer of the previous miniseries) does.