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Mike: "You want to know what my problem with the concept behind these Ultimate and All-Star lines is?"
Dorian: No, but I'm sure you're going to tell me anyway.
Mike: "By saying that they're putting their best writers and best artists on their best characters, they're basically saying that all the writers and artists who have worked on those characters for the past twenty or so years aren't the best. It's a big 'eff you' to those people. It's telling the fans of Superman, Spider-Man and the X-Men, 'Sorry we made you read crappy comics for twenty years, here are some good ones for a change!'"
Dorian: Well, in the specific examples of Superman, Spider-Man and the X-Men, that's probably a fair assessment of most of the last twenty years worth of comics...
Miracle of miracles, we finally got some stuff from Oni in...too bad all our big ticket, got-here-just-in-time-for-Christmas items were all no-shows...
I decided not to get Punisher: Red X-Mas because after going through our preview copy I decided that the whole thing reads like the abridged version of a much longer comic. Which is a shame, because Palmiotti and Gray have been doing a lot of good stuff lately...at DC...
I also flipped through the preview for next week's Legion of Superheroes, which I believe is the 200th relaunch of the title. I can't decide if the reappraisal of the nature of Colossal Boy's powers is really clever or the kind of wink-to-the-fans that only hurts a title like the Legion.
Another true-tale of Christmas shoppers:
"Do you have any used cassettes?"
No, we don't really carry any albums.
"Oh. Well, do you have any used AC/DC albums on cassette?"
I also got a call today which went something like this: "I'm looking for a comic book, but I don't remember the name of the comic, or the issue number, or who published it, or what it looked like, but I know that the cover was redrawn and used on a punk album. Do you have it?"
God help me, I actually knew this one...we even had the comic it was based on in stock at one point, but I still can't for the life of me remember what it was.
I find myself listening to the Hair soundtrack quite a bit lately (the film, not the play, though I do own that as well). I don't know why I would find a musical about the pointlessness of sending young men off to die in an unnecessary war at all topical...