There is not a single problem that can befall man nor beast that cannot be resolved through the awesome powers of this week’s new comic books. S’true!
Let’s pretend you are a wasp and you’re way behind building you new hive. Not only does Doom Patrol #20 feature bizarre characters written by the incomparable Keith Giffen, but you could eat it, digest it and regurgitate it out to make a wood pulp perfect for your queen’s new chambers! The same goes for Superboy #5, which features a race to the finish between Superboy Connor Kent and Kid Flash! Wowee!
“Unkiedev,” you might now declare, “You are a glue-sniffing fool. I am neither NOT a wasp. This solution will not suit, sir! I am, however, living in an alternative universe which has been taken over by Zombie hoards and trying to date a half mutated hippopotamus.” Continue reading
IDW Has surpassed Dark Horse and Image last week to take up the mantle of the industries third largest publisher.
How things change.
How did they do it? There’s no magical secret, they did the exact same thing Dark Horse and Image did in the first place. Aggressively seeking out comic book properties people WANT to read and publishing engaging new material. That wasn’t so hard, was it?
Lets take a look at some numbers. This week Image has the following to offer: an Invincible TP Vol. 5, Elephantmen #25, Walking Dead #71, Madman Atomic Comics Vol. 3: Eclectic Allegories and Mice Templar Vol. 3: Destiny Part One.
These books will appeal to a few older comics readers, as well as the few new readers turned on by the new titles. Mice Templar and Invincible were great debuts, and still have rabid fan bases. Which of these titles, however, is supposed to be their “Big Title?”
Image made its big splash by having the best artists in town. They soon became a rough and rowdy place to publish, both a champion for creator rights while simultaneously suing each other, Neil Gaiman and anybody else they could over the rights to their own material…quite the mixed message there. Growing pains aside, Image has earned its rep as a reliable publisher ready to give new talent a chance, but when your stable of titles are either older books with dwindling readership and new titles with high risk it is hard to earn a market share. Continue reading