Jumping into Comics

Thursday, January 31, 2008

DC Comics is bringing back the fun at last...

... in it's six-issue Ambush Bug mini-series, which comes out in July. In a recent Newsarama interview, Keith Giffen, who's plotting and pencilling this mini-series, makes an interesting comment about how this project came to be:

And out of the blue -- and I really mean out of the blue; I was not expecting
this -- Dan DiDio and Jann Jones called me up and said, "You want to do Ambush
Bug? Six issues?" And I was like, "You're really asking?" [laughs] And they
said, "Yeah!"Apparently, they kind of agree with me. NRAMA: Agree with you?KG:
Yeah. They brought it up that comics are taking themselves way too
, and it's time to thrash them around a bit and remind people why
comic books are supposed to be fun.

I don't disagree with Dan and Jan's comments, but I kind of wish Dan had realized that before killing off a bunch of Justice League International characters and making Maxwell Lord "evil all along." Justice League International, by the way, was the era of the Justice League (DC Comics' premiere super-team) in which humor played a large part. Maxwell Lord was the financial backer of the team during this period and was initially portrayed as borderline sinister, but turned out to be under the control of a villainous computer program. After breaking free, Max was generally portrayed as an amoral businessman, but not evil: in fact, his morality seemed to grow throughout the series, as seen through the various thought-balloons revealing what he was thinking. Which DC then decided to ignore, despite these being his INNER THOUGHTS.

*sigh* but I digress. I'm just glad DC's ready to laugh at itself again.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Newsarama's interview with Duncan Roleau about his Metal Man series includes a bunch of covers from earlier Metal Men series, and I have to say, they sound like something Grant Morrison would come up with (and that's a good thing). Check it:

http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/MetalMen/MetalMen20.jpg (I LOVE this one)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The most mindboggling (and awesome) solit I've read in a while

Marvel Comics has released its solicitations (comics info) for October, and while there are a couple of things that caught my eye, there was one solit that made my mouth fall wide open:

Pencils & Cover by KHARI EVANS
As if things couldn't get any worse, Shanna the She-Devil and her band of
merry pirates have been captured by Nazi Neanderthals and must battle for their
lives against a pair of man-eating sabertooth tigers in a prehistoric
gladiatorial death match! Meanwhile, the Hong Kong gangsters plot their revenge,
but run into a snag when dozens of curious raptors enter the fray…32
PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

I think we should all add Shanna the She-Devil to our pull lists*. Right now.

For more of Marvel's October solicitations, you can find them at the link below:

*a pull list is a list of comics you can reserve at a comic book store. If you don't have one, I recommend getting one! It'll guarantee you'll get those comics that can sell out quickly, and you might even get a discount on your purchases.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Oliver Tull doesn't like stiff

Great news: Scott Hinze and Oliver Tull, the hosts of Fanboy Radio, had moved their talk-show to IPTV with FanboyTV, an hour-long look at comics and other aspects of pop-culture (and interview several of comics' hottest creators!). Just saw the first episode and it's got all the fun Fanboy Radio had and then some. Check it out!


Thursday, March 29, 2007

"Runaways": required reading?

Exciting news! The first collection of Brian K. Vaughan's critically-acclaimed Runaways series Pride and Joy has been nominated for the Georgia Peach Award! If it wins, it'll become required reading in the Georgia school system! This is a giant step for comic books, my friends. Congrats to Brian K. Vaughan and Marvel Comics: hope Runaways wins!

More details here:

And to learn more about Runaways Vol. 1: Pride and Joy, check out the info Amazon has on it:

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Marvel's Eleven

My eyes almost bulged out of their sockets when I read this: 11 of its titles sold out this month! 11! That's a rarity for any company. The titles are:

Captain America #25 (not surprising, given what happened in it; I won't spoil for those who haven't read it)
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1 (although he's not scripting it himself, Steven King is involved with the comic)

Mighty Avengers #1 (again, not surprising, given how well New Avengers #1 sold when it came out. Not to mention that Brian Bendis is a big name in comics nowadays)

New Avengers Illuminati: Secret History (Bendis co-wrote this, and New Avengers and the Illuminati are big players at Marvel right now)

Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #1 (I think AoD's got a solid fanbase and the first Marvel Zombies mini-series was a surprise hit, so there you go)

Civil War: The Initiative (the biggest book, in terms of "importance," to come out of Marvel's latest crossover event, Civil War)

Civil War: The Confession (almost as big)

Iron Man #15 (no clue what happened in this one, but good for Iron Man)

Sensation Spider-Man #35 (one of the first issues in the much-hyped "Back in Black" Spider-Man event)

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #17 (ditto; "Back in Black," by the way, refers to Spider-Man putting his black costume from the 80s back on, presumably due to some dark recent events in his life)

Spider-Man Family #1 (hurray! This is the one I'm most surprised and excited about. For those who don't know, this is the first issue of a bi-monthly Spider-Man anthology comic, featuring both brand new Spidey stories and reprints. The first alone has four stories, and for $4.99, that's not a bad deal).

More info on the comics (including when the reprints come out) is in the link below. You may want to skip the first three paragraphs though, as they spoil the major event in Cap #25.

So for anyone reading this: these sellouts excite you? Not really? And do any titles catch your eye?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Highlights from Wonder Con 2007 (with commentary)

Part 1: DC Comics

With Wonder Con 2007 wrapping up, I thought it'd be cool if Hook and myself looked at some of the things that caught our eye. Here's the format:

-News tidbit (taken verbatim from Newsarama)

Goki's comments

Hook's comments

Okay, let's get started:

-Superman’s continuity and origin issues will be addressed at some time, and there is an idea for it all, Idelson said, they’re just not planning on doing it soon. Adding to this, Didio said that DC wants to add in other large pieces of the continuity and mythology before going back and addressing the origin.

Goki: Very nice to hear. While I’m glad the creative teams on Superman and Action Comics have placed story over continuity, some of their stories have contradicted what’s come before quite a bit. Even though it’s a while away, I look forward to seeing how they pull it off.

Hook: I like continuity. We need more of it. Whatever that is.

-Prompted by Didio to reveal something coming up that’s a tie-in, Winick said that there will be a “June wedding.”

Goki: A wedding, eh? Maybe it’ll be the wedding of Green Arrow and Black Canary, which Rich Johnston’s mentioned a few times on his rumor column, "Lying in the Gutters"?

Hook: If it is, that's retarded. Dinah is too good for Ollie.

-Alan Burnett will write Superman/Batman arc with Dustin Nguyen which will feature a New Gods character that is rarely used.

Goki: Burnett on Superman/Batman? Awesome. And Dustin Nguyen’s art is great, especially his work on Wildcats Version 3.0. I wonder who the New Gods character will be…
(Alan Burnett, by the way, was one of the key writers on Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond)

Hook: I do not read Superman/Batman. Turns out, I don't care. At all.

-Didio hinted that, in terms of Batman storylines, that Terry McGuiness (Batman Beyond) may be showing up somewhere in the DCU soon.

Goki: always nice to see Bruce Timm’s animated DC Comics work getting the props it deserves. Even though it’s not his time period, wouldn’t it be nifty if Terry McGuiness ended up in the Legion of Superheroes?

Hook: I want to see him as a horrible villain. I mean it worked for Jason Todd. And why is Dick still good? Screw that noise.

-James Robinson does have a story in mind for more Jack Knight stories, and the door is open, Didio said, now, scheduled just need to match up.

Goki: More Jack Knight by Robinson is always a good thing. You should read Robinson’s Starman work sometime, Hook, it’s really good.

Hook: I wanna read this stuff badly. And if new stuff comes out, I will be getting it.

-Jerry Ordway has a Superman project coming, Idelson revealed.

Goki: Alright, Jerry Ordway! Nice to hear he’s returning to the character he worked on for many years.

Hook: I honestly have nothing to say.

-Captain Carrot and the Final Ark will begin in August.

Goki: I have mixed feelings about this. I like the idea of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, but I’m not sure the darker direction Bill Morrison wants to take them in will work for me. More on that here: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=102830)

Hook: I say go for it. Captain Carrot has always been a satire of comics. I say take it in a dark direction a la GLA

Goki: Now there’s a good idea

-“Green Arrow will end with #75, Winick said, adding that the very last page of the issue features Oliver Queen offering an engagement ring to Black Canary. With that issue, Winick said, he’ll be off the series and character.”

Goki: Further evidence that Oliver and Dinah will marry, but it’s a shame Green Arrow is ending. Just a few years ago, it was DC’s highest-selling title. Then again, that was probably largely due to Kevin Smith’s popularity.

Hook: I am against everything in this. Dinah should not marry Ollie. He has not proved to be deserving to her at all. And I love this title, I want more Green Arrow. But if this leads to a Connor Hawke ongoing, I approve.

-In clarifying his comment, Winick later told Newsarama: " I'm done, and DC is as well, with the monthly book Green Arrow. I'm not done, and DC is not done with Green Arrow. And that's all I say."

Goki: Glad to see there are still plans for Ollie. Still a shame his comic is ending.

Hook: Indeed.

-There are no plans to put a memorial for Stephanie Brown in the Batcave, Didio said, noting that she became Robin out of her own resort, was never accepted into the full role and Bat-family, and died as Spoiler, not as Robin.

Goki: He has a point, but still…

Hook: She was Robin. She deserves it

More info on Wonder Con ’07: DC Nation Panel

So now I turn it over to you, dear readers. What DC Comics announcements made at Wonder Con caught your eye?