Posts Tagged ‘Comics’
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: Yet Another Marvel ‘War’
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 03:36 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 27 June 2012 01:59
While scanning my RSS feeds this afternoon I came across a blog post that caught my eye. In this Newsarama post written by Graeme McMillan, he points out the absurdity of yet another “war” within the Marvel Universe. Yes, coming hot on the heels of the aggressively advertised, creatively stagnant Avengers Vs. X-Men, comes yet another sure-to-be-overly-hyped Event from the supposed “House of Ideas.” And this time, it’s WAR.
Or, to be more exact, it’s another war. As McMillan says, this new war joins Secret War, Civil War, Ultimate War, Silent War and countless other “wars” that have been perpetrated by Marvel over the last decade. These teaser images–Captain America’s blood-spattered shield; Wolverine’s burning hand; and Thor’s shattered hammer–could belong to any one of the previous “events” Marvel has thrown at us over the years.
Comic Book Fix: Gays In Comics and Godzilla Reviewed
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 01:57 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:00
Marvel and DC are jumping on the gay bandwagon, but is it a cynical ploy for your same-sex dollar or a sincere attempt to make their respective comic book universes more inclusive and reflective of the real world? Read more after the jump, including my surprisingly positive reaction to a comic starring a giant green monster, and I’m not talking about the Hulk.
Comic Book Fix: Reviews – ‘Higher Earth’ and ‘Lobster Johnson’
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:51 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:00
As if publishing a series of unnecessary prequels to one of the most influential comic books in history weren’t enough of an insult, Warner Bros. (corporate overlords of DC Comics) has entered into a licensing agreement with the purveyor of the finest comic book schlock, Dynamic Forces, to launch a line of, yes, branded toasters, a line that includes Alan Moore’s Watchmen, or, at least, the movie counterparts to Moore’s seminal graphic novel. Now, the controversial comic book vigilantes aren’t the only ones receiving this *ahem* honor. You will also be able to mark your bread with the likenesses of characters from The Wizard of Oz, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Goonies and others.
It’s almost as if DC is trying to give Alan Moore a heart attack at this point. Why else would they okay something as ridiculous as a Watchmen-branded toaster? Who wants to burn the visage of Rorschach into their bread anyway? Chalk up another victory for crass marketing and exploitation, while creators once again receive the short end of the stick.
Click through for my reviews of two creator-owned comics whose auteurs will almost certainly be treated with more dignity by their publishers than DC Comics has treated Alan Moore.