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Thursday, December 16, 2004
Back To Normal
So, I guess new comics came in yesterday. Boy, I can't wait to have the ending of Identity Crisis spoiled for me...
I actually broke down and bought a toy. The Adam Strange one almost got me...the "First Appearances" Captain Marvel almost got me...but what finally did get me was a "Micronauts"-style Catwoman figure, because I'm not going to pass up something that's neat-looking, highly poseable and inexpensive.
Now if only I could justify to myself the cost of the Batman/Batgirl two-pack from the same line...
As Mike already mentioned, this week's Diamond error was to send us two big-ass Galactus statues. We apparently can't get any Oni books in, but two huge statues we neither ordered nor want will show up for no reason...thanks, Diamond!
Okay, these Little Lulu books that Dark Horse just put out...I can't be the only person who's a little confused by the way they're being marketed. From the format, an inexpensive black-and-white softcover, about manga-sized, you'd almost suspect that Dark Horse is aiming this at the kid market that has driven demand for the "manga-style" trade. But the design of the book (not to mention the stories) just screams out "old fashioned," and is mostly going to appeal to older comics fans. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm glad this material is in print, and I'll be shelving these reprints with the kid's comics when it comes time to take them off the "new releases" shelves. But if Dark Horse is aiming these at kids, I can't help but think that a more kid-enticing design could have been found. And if it's being aimed at adults an "Archives-style" book may have been a better choice.
I got my first "What would you recommend for someone that you don't know, don't know anything about and I refuse to give you any hints as to things they might like, as a Christmas present?" query of the season. If I get many more of these, I'm going to start recommending Galactus statues...