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Hey, it’s a Brand New DC NEW 52 survey

22 Jun

by Mike Hansen

Frankenstein (DC Comics)

A New 52 character. Also a metaphor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m back, folks!

Looks like DC Comics has stuck with Nielsen to offer another online survey – go here and let them know what you think of the New 52 so far. I just took the survey, and I was happy to let DC know what it’s doing right or wrong.

One thing to watch out for: “Orange Ivy” is the fake title this time. Make sure you mark that you’ve never heard of it, or you won’t be able to take the full survey.

A couple of thoughts on the survey:

Once again, there is no option for indicating that a customer purchased print comics from an online comics retailer. Some of the questions about going to a comics shop and making impulse purchases or whatever don’t really apply if some of the comics were preordered online.

Also, the survey did not ask any detailed questions about the characters, story, or creative teams – there was one question about how important these are to me when I buy comics. I suppose DC doesn’t want its readers second-guessing the always-fine decisions made by its editorial staff.

Anyway, check out the survey – and feel free to let me know what you think…

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Links: The Oatmeal update, Avengers, New 52, World War Z, etc.

12 Jun

by Mike Hansen

The cover of World War Z

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal raised his $20,000 to spite FunnyJunk in only 64 minutes. He’s now at over $117,000.

Warren Ellis explains why he’s cool with Iron Man 3 using his ideas without paying him. (At least modern creators know what they’re getting into – too bad it doesn’t help the original creators that built comics in the 1930s-1970s.)

Liked the Avengers movie? Support the Jack Kirby Museum!

Were cave dwellers the first animators? Could be.

Speaking of animation – this is the greatest comics commercial I’ve EVER SEEN:

Why can’t DC’s New 52 commercials be that good? (And why are the currently running commercials advertising the upcoming collected editions almost exactly the same as the old ones? That’s a good way to get kids to tune out.)

Speaking of the New 52, it looks like Continue reading

I Watched GREEN LANTERN (Extended Cut)

1 Nov

by Mike Hansen

Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan in Green Lantern.

(Image via Wikipedia)

…and I am profoundly disappointed.

SPOILERS.

Green Lantern isn’t a bad movie, per se, but it is chock-full of missed opportunities. And, unfortunately, Warner Brothers has continued that theme with a Blu-Ray release that’s equally half-assed.

The movie itself has some great effects work, strong and believable acting from Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong, and a decent origin story. But it feels like a rough draft – that all of the interesting little details that give a film character were either not developed or sanded away. Like: it sure would have been nice to see a close-up of Hal Jordan’s face as he flies for the first time on Oa, seeing the thrill and joy of experiencing the thing that gives his life meaning as if for the first time. But no, the plot just has to move him from A to B, so that’s all we get…

I’d also love to know why Carol didn’t follow Hal out of the bar after he runs out to get his ass kicked, or why nobody addresses why Hal’s car was left in the parking lot when he flew to Oa (or what happened to it – did it get towed? Did Carol drive it home??). Why doesn’t Hal Continue reading

ORION Joins ADC with a New Feature on Digital Comics!

29 Sep

IN DEFENSE OF THE DIGITAL COMICS REVOLUTION

by Orion Tippens

Comixology screen imageBeware the digital comics revolution. The time of the digital reading format is here; storming your e-readers, tablets, gamestations, smartphones, and computers. Even Facebook isn’t safe. Meanwhile, Comixology is currently the top-grossing Apple IOS app for the iPad, and it’s now ready to set the new  Amazon Kindle Fire…on fire.

All of which means, everyone with a digital device has a potential comic book store on their person, or the office and home. So, is the comics industry saved?

I would like to think so. Because Continue reading

DC New 52: I read All Star Western #1

29 Sep

by Mike Hansen

Wow, I’m actually writing about a comic the week it came out. I’m so relevant now…

First, some mood music…

I had mixed feelings about whether to pick up All Star Western #1. On the one hand, it’s a continuation of the solid Jonah Hexseries by writers Justin Gray and  Jimmy Palmiotti, and the handful of issues I’ve read have all been very good. On the other hand, it’s now $3.99 an issue: granted, there are now 28 story pages, but considering that I can often get used graphic novels for $4-5 with 80-200 pages of story content, it’s hard for me to justify the price. But I figured, what the hell; it’s the first issue, and it’s a new story direction, so I gave it a shot.

All Star Western #1 cover

"DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO - never mind."

Bottom line? Overall, Continue reading

TRUE BELIEVERS REVIEWS Returns with Reviews of DC New 52 Titles!

27 Sep
Cover art for Justice League: Generation Lost ...

Justice League: Generation Lost featured Aaron Lopresti's previous work on the JLI. (Image via Wikipedia)

Hey folks, Mike here – Chris Lemmerman at True Believers Reviews has taken a look at several of the DC New 52 titles, including some that I either haven’t had a chance to read, or haven’t wanted to read – so I’m glad he can share his take on them with us! As usual, click on the links for the full reviews – and give us your comments! What did you like, or love, or hate about the New 52 so far? (And check out some True Believers Reviews for Marvel’s Spider-Island here!)

Justice League #1: [Geoff] Johns captures both of the main characters essences very well in this first issue. Whilst some have complained that his Batman interpretation is too much of a jerk, he comes across well here…

…Supes doesn’t Continue reading

ALL WEEK: The Week’s Most Popular Stories

25 Sep
Logo of Marvel Comics

You'll get your turn, don't worry. (Image via Wikipedia)

Once again shamelessly stealing this idea from Bleeding Cool

Based on the stories on this site so far, you’d think I was a hardcore DC fan: Not true! I AM a hardcore comics fan, but I’d say less than half of the comics I’ve held onto are from Marvel or DC. I’m just a fan of good comics, of good storytelling in our perfect medium of Words ‘n’ Pictures, and DC has been doing a lot that’s worth talking about lately: The New 52 is bringing a much-needed sales boost into many stores, which means that comics buyers are spending more and/or that lapsed DC readers are returning to comics to see if the New 52 will hold their excitement. Probably both. We’ll see if DC’s current approach (which so far hasn’t done much for me as a reader) works in the long term…

Anyway, I’ll get to Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Boom, and all of the other fantastic (and not-so-fantastic) publishers soon – promise!

Here are the week’s most-clicked-on stories: Continue reading

Humboldt County Needs More DC Comics!

14 Sep
Location in the state of California

It looks small on your screen, but it's actually pretty huge... (Image via Wikipedia)

My local retailer here in Eureka, Barry Osser of North Coast Role Playing, has been having a difficult time getting enough DC comics for his customers. He writes,

Here’s the fun I’ve dealt with, SO FAR, from DC’s new 52.

Damages and missing items from the first week included Batgirl 5 copies damaged, NOT replaced at all. AND I can’t order the 2nd printing the day they came in. So no 1st or second printings?

Action, they shorted me ALL the copies (10) of my variants – they did finally send them, though.

But my biggest gripe Continue reading

I Finally Read Justice League #1

14 Sep
Cover of "Spawn: Batman"

Maybe it took another company to show DC the way... (Cover of Spawn: Batman)

Short answer? I like it, but I don’t love it.

Long answer…

Remember when Image Comics launched in 1992? It was the hottest artists in comics, creating and publishing their own brand-new, all-different superheroes. The stories were Big and Energetic and (let’s be honest) kind of shallow. They were the closest thing comics had to Michael Bay movies (with better storytelling): bold, exciting, and All Surface. Youngblood #1, Savage Dragon #1, and Spawn #1 were especially awesome when they came out, like nothing else on the stands, and I can’t tell you how many people in my high school got excited about reading comics for the first time. (Of course, then Wizard brought over the speculators, and mainstream comics mostly sucked for a few years after that, but let’s focus on the positive, yes?)

Anyway, that’s Justice League #1 in a nutshell.

I get what Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are doing Continue reading

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