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Thursday, September 06, 2007
Clever Previews Related Title
I'm not sure what boggles my mind most in this month's Dark Horse solicitations; the $100 Batman vs. Grendel hard-cover, the book of toy ray-guns that ties into a Weta Workshop "give us money between films" toy-line, or the trade collecting the original "Comics Greatest World" comics. Or maybe it's Playboy Interviews: The Actors, as Dark Horse shows a particular understanding of why people read Playboy... Nah, it's probably "glue huffing Winnie the Pooh":
I quite like the cover for Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham By Gaslight:
But then, I'm one of those horrible, horrible people who actually kinda likes the DCU at the moment.
Oh my gosh, DC hates fun they made Bat Mite a villain!
That's right, I'm calling the reaction to Gotham Underground #2 now.
I'm honestly surprised there hasn't been a Harley Quinn collection before now. I remember that character used to be immensely popular. I think Harley Quinn merchandise was probably the second most requested item by "civilians" in the store, after Wonder Woman merchandise.
A collection of Bob Haney's "super son" stories is on the list as well. These...aren't good. No, not even by Haney's standards. But look for selected panels to show up on your favorite blogs this holiday season! (I mean, honestly, it's almost as if DC publishes some of this stuff for the sole benefit of bloggers.)
The art on the World of Warcraft, or, DC's answer to Halo comics, is a LOT rougher than some of the preview materials suggested it would be. Still...it IS a fantasy comic written by Walt Simonson. No, I'm still not telling you my character's name. World of Warcraft also gives us this month's beefcake selection:
It's not like I was spoiled for choice...
That Todd McFarlane...he's all class:
The "Grendel's Mother" action figure should probably be considered a spoiler...
Oh, who are we kidding, it's not like anyone is going to see this...Hello, Uncanny Valley! I haven't seen you since you caused The Polar Express to bomb!
Pete: "God I hope not..."
Okay, Marvel Illustrated...the question's been bugging me, but I gotta ask it: these are clearly not intended for the direct market. This is Marvel hoping to corner some of that education/library market for graphic novels. So...why even bother with comic book versions for the direct market? Is their expected margin on these things so damn slim they need the pittance of sales these have in comic shops?
Do you think anyone will ever address the fact that both of Captain Marvel's kids are gay? Or am I the only one who wants to see that scene? Also, no Rocket Raccoon on the cover...once again, Marvel ignores their greatest asset.
I can't believe Marvel is going back to the "House of M" well again with House of M: Avengers. Seriously, guys...let it go...
Marvel is re-releasing God Loves, Man Kills as a hard-cover. For $20. For 96 pages. Now that's nerve.
Marvel's Beefcake for the month is Nova:
Can't...quite...put my finger on why this cover appeals to me...
ADV is coming out with an omnibus edition of Yotsuba creator Kiyohiko Azuma's series Azumanga Daioh. I don't know whether this should make me happy that now I don't need to buy the volumes I'm missing, or annoyed that I bought any individual volumes at all.
Classic Comics is putting out a collection of Irwin Hasen's Dondi stip. Irwin Hasen created Wildcat. Therefore, this book is fantastic!
Oh, Hack/Slash, your referencing of raunchy Archie gags only makes me want to like you more...
Dear Fangoria Comics; Michael Madsen cannot "star" in a comic book. Oh sure, you can slap his name on it as a "co-creator" and draw the main character to vaguely resemble him...but a real, live, flesh-and-blood human being cannot "star" in a comic. It just can't be done. Sorry to have to break it to you. Also, Michael Madsen? I thought Dee Snyder was scraping the barrell for celebrity tie-ins to your line...
Gemstone has another in their series of Barks/Rosa reprints, pairing a classic Carl Barks story with the Don Rosa sequel. This is a great idea for a series, and I'm incredibly glad to see more are coming.
Every month, I think "Surely this is the month in which Marvel has run out of minor, obscure characters to turn into statues" and every month...
Oh sure, every other blogger horrified you with that "high kick panty shot" statue, but me...
Bunny-eared, high-heeled, swim-suited pre-pubescent girls...yeah, panty shots just don't compare on the "skeeve me out" scale.
I don't want this:
I need this.
The Smurfs is coming out on DVD, but the original comics are still not available in English. This disappoints me.