Relaunches. They're the worst. A sign of desperation from an industry obsessed with gimmicks and stunts. A transparent attempt to drive up sales with no respect for the audience, no regard for the author, no consideration for the history of the title.
Or, they're the opposite of that. New #1s might actually be the smartest way to tell ongoing stories, and the best way forward for the genre comic industry. More relaunches and more #1s could be exactly what comics needs.
I was pleasantly surprised by just how much pure comics news came out of New York Comic Con this year. It really felt like a show that seemed to revolve around comics (I say as an online observer who didn't attend). Even the panels about non-comics stuff, for example, the Batman: Arkham Origins panel, included moments like readings from The Killing Joke.
As for the comics news itself, well, it was more of a mixed bag. On the one hand, a ton of new series with tons of potential got announced. On the other, we had announcements like the one about Captain Marvel, a book that's only been coming out for about 15 months, restarting with a new number one issue. I'm more than pleased that Captain Marvel will continue. But that odd announcement--and the fact that nearly every other announcement was about a new first issue of a series--got me thinking about what a number-one issue of a comic even means anymore.
After more than six years writing the adventures of Batman, it was doubtful that the climax of Morrison's run was going to end without some casualties. Now, DC is prominently teasing the outright death of a character in this week's release of Batman Inc. You can
Following the reveal of a Harley Quinn action figure at its Facebook page, DC Collectibles has rolled out a number of preview images from its slate of Toy Fair 2013 items. While a number of new toys/statues are still expected to be displayed at the show next week, The Sour
Rob Liefeld has quit DC Comics. What's that, you say? He did that last month? Well, yes - but that planned 2013 departure has been moved up significantly "to preserve my sanity," he told Twitter yesterday.Citing "too much BS," Liefeld announced that his final DC issues would appear next month instead of some time in 2013, explaining "I belie
The results of The Nielsen Company's market research for DC Comics that surveyed "New 52" readers were released at ComicsPro's Dallas meeting yesterday and well... there's not much that's brave or bold about them. ICv2 reports that 70 percent of the survey's 5,
A new flyer distributed to comic book retailers gives fans the full skinny on DC Direct's plans for Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's "New 52" Justice League heroes. TNI has a scan of the pages featuring the f
If you've been paying close attention, you may have noticed that there's one common thread uniting all of DC's "New 52" titles, even the ones set five years in the past: Each one features a cameo appearance by the same Mysterious Hooded Woman. She's been spotted at
Today marks DC Comics' historic transition from one prime continuity to another and it's no small shift -- as billed on the cover to the final comic told from the old DC Universe, "It all changes here!" The names may be the same, the costumes recognizable, but history is already playing out quite a bit differently in the new DCU
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