DC has a few small comics coming out this week, no big deal. Just, you know, a couple of home-brewed, indie titles you might not care about…they’re so small and insignificant, they’ll prolly only sell a couple of copies. S’no biggie…just, uhm-
FAIR IS FAIR
Unkiedev is by no means anti-gimmick. If DC put out a comic book with 3D glasses so Batman’s pointy ears were coming right at’cha, or a scratch and sniff cover of Superman’s armpit, I would be the first in line to buy. I do have a problem, however, with lying.
For DC to pretend that Watchmen sequels, prequels, and any other “uels,” is anything more than an excuse to let today’s top talents play in Alan Moore’s sandbox while we the audience get to look on for a nominal fee, they are blowing smoke up our collective kilts.
Listen DC, just don’t tell me this is because you feel there’s an insatiable desire for the compelling stories that may arise. A gimmick is a gimmick. Be honest.
Unkiedev is, as well, not opposed to capitalism. If it was good enough for Ben “Master Turkey Baster” Franklin, it’s good enough for yours truly. I WANT the comic book industry to make money, to thrive and survive. I want great comic book shops like Forbidden Planet to keep the lights on and the registers ringing. I want super-talented writers and artists to earn their living in the industry I love.
I just wish we didn’t need to stoop so low as new Watchmen comics in order to put a dent into the collective attention of mainstream audiences. Breakaway titles, such as Walking Dead, 30 Days of Night, Scott Pilgrim, and Kick-Ass have proven that comics still play just as well to the masses when given the proper room to shine!
AND FOR THE RECORD, Unkiedev is not opposed to being a hypocrite. I will eat an entire bag of Frito corn chips and tell you, all the while, that I hate them. I can’t stand smoking…except for cigars, and pipes, and the occasional “jazz cigarette.”
With one hand I will be waving a finger at myself, accusing “shame” with every waggle as my other hand passes the cash to the cashier in order to get my copy of Before Watchmen The Minutemen #1.
I can hate the sin, and like the sinner, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to like these sinful comics despite myself.
QUEER AS SUPERFOLKS
Similarly, if DC’s publicity department hasn’t ruined the surprise for you, an old DC stalwart is coming out of the titanium closet in Earth-2 #2. I WON’T BE TELLING YOU WHO, but here’s a hint: it’s not LOBO. The New York Times and several other media outlets have beaten me to that punch, but I will be asking a few questions.
Why couldn’t this have happened sooner? Why couldn’t it happen to a current character, not an Earth-2 reboot character? Why did DC feel the need to tell every paper in town about their “little secret?” Is this about storytelling or marketing?
Comics is a business, I can accept that. Marvel made a big public splash getting ink off of the gay marriage between the Alpha-Flight member Northstar and his boyfriend, and Archie comics did the same with their token GLBT character Kevin Keller.
When Marvel announced a few years back that old-timey western comics hero the Rawhide Kid was gay it seemed less like a marketing ploy and more like an interesting story. NOTE TO ANYONE WHO READ THOSE ISSUES: too bad it wasn’t a good story.
And that’s the point. I will support my favorite comics companies, their books, and the stores that sell them…I just wish the industry was getting ink in the press over great stories and not gimmicks, reruns, and controversies.
More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com
What a week for insanely violent comic madness. It’s as if Satan himself came up from hell and packed our shelves with his favorite stuff.
Avatar publishing has been at the top of their gruesome game with releases like Crossed, Garth Ennis’ take on the zombie genre, and Alan Moore’s Cthulhu-rape masterpiece, Neonomicon. If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, this weeks’ Caligula #1 by little Davey Lapham will surely do it. It’s all the messed up good fun expected from the man who brought you my favorite comic of all time, Stray Bullets.
Also, the highly anticipated return of Godzilla to our beloved comic shelves has been realized this week by our good friends, IDW publishing. With Eric Powell’s name attached to this book we just know its gonna be good. Just look at that beautiful gatefold cover he did for the first issue. Grab a copy of Godzilla #1 while you still can, I know this baby is gonna go fast.
HEY! Comic Book day falls on my birthday this year! Yup, your ole’ Unkiedev will be turning an undisclosed number somewhere between twenty something and some combination of 30 and a few more. How to celebrate? Why, A nice cup of cocoa, a warm badger to serve as my footstool and I’m all set to dig into this week’s sensational comic book offerings. AH! Badger feet.
Marvel has a few goodies up their sleeve. Did I say goodies? I mean baddies! Astonishing X-Men #36 has Wolvie throw down with those big-footed Jack Kirby monsters from Monster Island! Count me in! Then we have a little something called Kick-Ass 2 #2, ‘nuff said. Amazing Spider-Man #655 has more movin’ and shakin’ than a bowl of jelly on acid! Then in Avengers #10 the Hood has the Infinity Gauntlet. This is bad…so bad, it’s good!
The good news is I’m no longer being held prisoner by Mermen. The bad news is I’m now being held prisoner by Magma Monsters.
See, I started tunneling out of my barnacled cell using a spoon from the Titanic they gave me for my “Disgusting human digestion” as they called it, only to discover what I had forgotten: tunneling down from the bottom of the ocean only brings you close to the molten core of the Earth, and the horribly jabbering magma-men and women who dwell in the lava caves therein.
YES, I’m stuck in a stalag made of ACTUAL stalagmites and stalactites, but have no fear. I’ve seen the wonderful cinematic masterpiece “2012”. I know it will only be a few short years before the surface of the Earth crumbles like an orange peal and all prisoners beneath the rocky mantle shall be released.
Kudos to DC this week for putting out some decent stories with interesting artists, most notably Batman and Robin #15, Brightest Day #12, and the DC Halloween Special #1 2010. Probably the DC book I’m most excited about is the Vertigo Resurrected #1, a reprint issue re-releasing rare Vertigo material from Brian Azzarello, Warren Ellis, Jim Lee and more!
And what’s going on over at the increasingly misnamed “House of Ideas?” The silver lining is new issues of Astonishing X-Men Xenogenesis #4 of 5, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall #1 and Avengers #6. The touch of gray? Continue reading
It’s finally April 16th, and that means the release of the highly anticipated Kick-Ass flick in Amercian theaters. If you’re in or around Union Square today (it’s playing across the street from the store!!!) come by tonight for giveaways, Kick-Ass girls, and if you’re good maybe there’ll be some cupcakes.
A few thoughts about Kick-Ass, which I saw last evening at a special showing that featured a Q&A with Messrs. Millar an Romita Jr. thanks to our friends at UGO.
- Brutal as all hell, funny as all heck. This film’s gonna be big.
- Looooved Nic Cage’s performance. In fact, all the players were great. But Cage’s Big Daddy was a standout. He even affects Adam West’s mannerisms when in costume. Well done.
- Expect TONS of Hit Girl costumes next Halloween.
- The movie follows the comics verbatim in places while taking liberties in others to work on screen. They become separate entities, so don’t go in thinking the film will be a shot for shot adaptation. Think Lord of the Rings. It works.
- I’m sure the folks at Atomic Comics are swell, but the shop is NOT in New York City. Don’t look for it. Stop by FP instead.
- Go see it.
- Marvel’s giving us a chance to peruse the first six pages of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s (both of Civil War fame) next project (due to release 3/3/10) here. This being a Millar book from the publisher’s Icon imprint, you’d be correct in assuming the guy in the chair’s fate ain’t pretty.
CIVIL WAR? Nothing. KICK-ASS? A warmup. What if the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world was totally evil? Meet Nemesis. He’s systematically been destroying the lives of every police chief in Asia, and he’s now set his sights on Washington, DC. Between you and me, the police don’t have a chance. Do not miss the book that EVERYONE will be talking about by the creative team that made CIVIL WAR the biggest book of the decade.
- Heidi MacDonald’s superlative comics culture blog The Beat has moved!!! And what a snazzy logo:
THE BEAT, now in its sixth year, is dedicated to providing the timeliest and most pertinent news and information about comics, the people who make them, the readers who love them and the world that shapes them.
HEIDI MacDONALD is an award-winning writer and editor and a veteran entertainment industry journalist. As an editor she has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox, among many others.
- “I hope I look like God.” -Anthony Hopkins on playing Odin in the now-in-production Thor film directed by Kenneth Branagh. More at Sci-Fi Wire.
- VGrevolution reviews Star Trek Online…
- …and MTV Splash Page’s Rick Marshall reviews the new Planet Hulk DVD favorably.
And to finish off your meal you can wash it down with this from Warren Ellis regarding Iran’s launch into orbit of an experimental capsule containing live animals:
Ahmadinejad may be an evil prick, but his black, kinky sense of humour is undeniable. Obama just cut the nuts off NASA, and Iran (it claims) puts a capsule in orbit.
Over the weekend, grainy footage from the Kick-Ass and Iron Man 2 panels at SDCC wound up on the Internet.
The Kick-Ass footage, however, I don’t know whether its supposed to be funny, like its a comedy, or some kind of low-grade horror movie with splatter and physical comedy. Like some kind of uber-violent snuff film version of Mystery Men. Bleh.
Of course, there should be a disclaimer. Most of this footage was probably taken on someone’s iPhone 3GS, there is an echo, bad sound and shaky hands. So, really, to get an accurate portrayal of these two clips is next to impossible. But its worth looking at anyway.