Posts Tagged ‘Brian Michael Bendis’
Comic Book Fix: Meaningful Characters and Pointless Deaths
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:06 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:06
I started reading Gail Simone‘s original Birds of Prey comics. I’ve been meaning to read them for a while, but never knew where to start. Was her entire run available as trades? Would I have to pick my way through the back issues of local comic shops? And if I did, how many issues did Simone write? Fifty? And if you throw in her Secret Six books, and her current Batgirl run, that’s, what, more than 100 individual comics, isn’t it? Where in the world would I find room for all that? And then it hit me. I didn’t need to track down the single issues of Simone’s work. I didn’t have to clear space on a bookshelf or get a new short box. All I had to do was search for her name using the comiXology app on my tablet computer and there they were, all of her comics, just sitting there, waiting.
I probably never would have bothered to try to find physical copies of all of Simone’s work. Too much effort. No guarantee of success. It was either download the issues or hope that someday DC would put together nice, updated collections of her comics. And who knows when, or even if, that will ever happen. It’s taken DC almost 20 years to release decent collections of the whole Batman: Knightfall saga. Who wants to wait that long?
Tags: avengers, Avengers vs X-Men, AvX, barbara gordon, birds of prey, black canary, Brian Michael Bendis, captain marvel, Charles Xavier, Cyclops, Dark Horse, DC Comics, dinah lance, Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, helena bertinelli, huntress, jean grey, kelly sue deconnick, mavel, Oracle | Posted under Comic Book Fix | No Comments
Comic Book Fix: Marvel NOW! Relaunch Arrives In October
Last Updated on Thursday, 5 July 2012 04:44 Written by david golbitz Thursday, 5 July 2012 11:30
In an attempt to fan the flames of fandom prior to next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel has announced a massive creative shakeup scheduled to come hot on the heels of this summer’s action-packed snoozefest, Avengers Vs. X-Men. No sooner will the dust settle from the AvX slugfest than numerous new titles will be launched as many of Marvel’s premiere writers and artists play musical chairs and land on egregious, not to mention unnecessary, new titles.
Beginning in October, Marvel has pledged to launch one new book each week through February. While not quite a reboot, the rollout schedule can’t help but hearken back to The New 52 launch last September, when DC inundated comic book shops, and readers, with multiple new books each week, draining many wallets before the month was over. Thankfully, Marvel has learned from DC’s over saturation. Unfortunately, these new comics promise nothing but more of the same old, tired superheroics that have plagued comic book stores for the better part of the last two decades.
Read on to find out just what some of these titles are that Marvel wants you to buy NOW!
Comic Book Fix: Avengers vs. X-Men Release Party and Review
Last Updated on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 05:39 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 4 April 2012 11:00
To celebrate the release of the biggest crossover event in years, comic book shops were given permission by Marvel to sell the first issue of its much-hyped megaseries, Avengers Vs. X-Men, a day early. More than a thousand stores around the world, from the U.S. to Europe to Japan, held Tuesday night release parties for the epic showdown between Marvel’s two mightiest franchises.
Some stores hosted Marvel creators like Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, while others held special sales for all the fans who came out, like Omaha’s Krypton Comics, which marked down all back issues to half price for the duration of the AvX party. Marvel is trying its best to make this 12-part series a BIG DEAL, especially with two would-be blockbuster movies being released over the next few months: The Avengers in May and Amazing Spider-Man (in the comics Spidey is a part-time Avenger) in July.
The repercussions from this event will be felt throughout the Marvel Universe for the next couple years, so it’s imperative that they get the kickoff issue right. So how did they do? Click the link for my review of the book everyone on the Internet will be talking about this week, Avengers Vs. X-Men #1, and check out a few photos from last night’s Krypton Comics release party.
Comic Book Fix: Wondercon News and New Reviews
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 01:34 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:00
For the first time since it began Wondercon was held last weekend somewhere other than the Bay Area. Originally held in Oakland, Wondercon moved to San Francisco in 2003, but due to ongoing renovations at the Moscone Center, CCI, the convention’s organizers, moved Wondercon south to the supposedly warmer climate of sunny Anaheim. Convention guests and attendees braved the elements during an unseasonably fierce downpour on St. Patrick’s Day to fill the Anaheim Convention Center for what many consider to be one of the better convention experiences in recent memory, leading some to wonder whether the Bay Area has lost its signature convention for good.
But amidst the poor weather and devoted cosplayers, some interesting news was announced over the weekend. The return of a fan-favorite Marvel captain, though perhaps not the one you’re thinking of. And a longtime Vertigo writer is plunging into the deep end of Marvel’s mutant waters writing not one but two ongoing series. And a prominent voice and longtime advocate for creators to embrace digital comics is finally putting his money where his mouth is, selling his vast collection of comic books to help fund his new series of digital comics.
Read on for details on these stories and more, including my reviews of some of last week’s biggest releases, like Brian K. Vaughan’s latest creator-owned series, the spacefaring sci-fi epic, Saga.
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