CBR has full listings, release dates and artwork for all DC Comics titles relaunching this September (that is, if you haven’t seen my mass-posting on this blog!).Also mentioned are Vertigo and DC Kids books, and DC merch.
The comic book store distributor Diamond Comics released their numbers and charts for May today, revealing another tough month of dwindling sales. The month-to-month sales of comic books shrank another 3.35%. However, graphic novels rallied some, increasing nearly 5%. Year-to-date, print comics and graphic novels are down 7.5% from last year.
Sales for other merchandise continues to be surprisingly strong, increasing 20% in May, led by healthy sales of trading cards and games.
DC Comics decreased some in their market share despite the debut of their summer event Flashpoint, which was revealed this week to be the lead-in to their superhero publishing line relaunch in September. Marvel Comics led with the second issue of their summer event Fear Itself. The smaller publisher Avatar Press had the strongest selling graphic novel for May with the disturbed Crossed 3D Volume 1.
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In the wake of our announcement of a historic line of new #1’s within the Batman family, many of you noticed that while several of the titles and characters spun out of the Batman, Inc. storyline, there was no mention of that series itself - but there’s a reason for that: Grant Morrison’s BATMAN, INCORPORATED series will return with a new issue #1 in early 2012.
Grant Morrison had this to say about Batman, Incorporated:
“Batman, Incorporated will continue through to Issue #10 and August’s shocking season finale that changes the Batman status quo yet again. The series will take a brief hiatus while I work on a major new project to be announced shortly. Batman, Incorporated returns next year with me, Chris Burnham and Batman: Leviathan, the epic 12 part conclusion to my 6 year Batman saga. Don’t miss it!”
“Shoot first and ask questions later” is a good rule for satirists, whose witty impact depends on not pulling punches or letting an excess of fair-mindedness blunt an instinct for mockery.
Taking that approach has worked for Adam Brodheim, a 17-year-old novice playwright from Manhattan. Without having seen Broadway’s lavishly expensive, mishap-bedeviled musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” he penned a satiric take-off called “Spider-Man: Turn on the Lights,” that has earned him a slot in the Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights Festival. The show will run June 16-19 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood on a bill with two other winners of the annual contest.
A story so simple and so natural it was difficult to not get right. Yet the added subplots of Russians vs. Americans and hollow, one-note characters derail the film from being perfect entertainment.
"Another origin story?! Moan!" The typical response you see a comic book forum on new comics, or especially new movies on established characters. I’ve seen it for the new Spider-Man and Superman films, and to those that regularly read comic books, ‘origin’ story is also code-word for ‘reboot’. Is this film a reboot. It obviously is, but the filmmakers insist it is not. This film is the beginning of an all-new X-Men film franchise for FOX, utilizing younger versions of popular characters Professor X and Magneto, and they’re joined by all-new mutants that are familiar to comic readers, but aside from name and appearance that is all to them.
I mentioned the story was simple, it was, and it’s fun: Professor Charles Xavier creates a team of mutant super-heroes to combat evil, and hopes that one day his dream of unity between mutants and humanity will be a future reality. Magneto takes on a different path, he was raised amongst the worst humanity had to offer (those Nazi bastards), and is convinced the only way mutants can stand tall is to dominate and eradicate mankind. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender excel in their roles previously played by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, respectively. We the viewers enter a world that has rarely been discussed in detail from the Marvel comics, and the backdrop of the 1960’s makes this feature stand out compared to many other Marvel film adaptions.
Unfortunately, when it comes to great and memorable characters, the buck stops with baldy and buckethead. All other characters in the film have been altered to fit the film’s story, and it felt very awkward coming from a longtime X-fan. Moira MacTaggert is an American CIA agent and not a Scottish geneticist. Mystique is sisterly counterpart to Xavier is practically raised by him. The same can be said for Havok, Angel/Tempest, Darwin, and Banshee. Aside from some occasional fan service, these characters were nothing like the characters we know and love. I was impressed and disappointed with the main villains, the Hellfire Club. Sebastian Shaw is an international (and like Batman rogue Ra’s al Ghul, and eco-) terrorist, with big plans to make sure humanity destroys themselves and for mutants dominate the world (sounds familiar?). The White Queen, Emma Frost, is not British, and comes across as too subtle in the film. A real shame.
Hank McCoy, the Beast of the Avengers and X-Men, was a character that had decades of history compressed into a mere few minutes of this film. Like the supporting characters I mentioned, we are only given glimpses of the character we all know and definitely love, but at least his heart and soul of what makes Beast so fun remains. Yes, another favorite. Oh, and did I mention a fuzzy Canadian makes a memorable appearance? That’s right, bub ;)
The ending of this film left me wanting more. It was a depressing end, brilliant because that’s the point. Professor X is down, and Magneto and his Brotherhood rise. What will happen next? I hope that the filmmakers will have an opportunity to show us.
Film reviewer Ivan Jaime has been a fan of the X-Men since 1992, when he picked an issue of X-Men by Fabian Nicieza and Andy Kubert, and religiously watched the Fox Kids animated television series. Ivan is the sole operator of comic books tumblr blog and is a contributor to the Superman Homepage.