- Posted by Johanna on April 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
I can’t be the only one suspicious over how Marvel is handling their acquisition of Miracleman, now renamed Marvelman, can I? They refuse to say anything about the stories everyone really wants to see, those by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, but they’re promoing 50s reprints no one cares about as “coming soon”. If I had that problem (and no ethics), I’d stay silent, leaving everyone to speculate and assume, while pushing the heck out of the material I had. I just wonder how big the backlash is going to be if Marvel sells the old stories and then says “sorry, we couldn’t work out the legal on the rest”.
Wow, Ramona Fradon is still getting work! You go, lady! Sure, it’s only an alternate cover on Namora #1 (APR10 0506, $3.99), but at least you can order it separately, so you can be sure of getting it instead of playing 1-in-X variant games.
A sign of lack of faith in a product: offering all the issues of a miniseries at once, so no one can get a look at the comic before having to commit to buy it all. Heralds #1-5 (APR10 0507, 0509-0512, $2.99 each) by Kathryn Immonen and Tonci Zonjic are all offered this month. On the other hand, it’s one of those “team up all the women” stories that I’m fond of for nostalgic reasons, even if they do show just how unbalanced most superhero universes are. (No one ever points out how many “team up all the men” stories there are — those are just considered events.)
How long is it until we have an Avengers movie? Because that’s the only reason I can think of for five new Avengers titles. I’d be interested in reading a good superhero team book (without some big event — which do you recommend?) but introducing so many at once just makes me think “maybe I’ll try them some other time.”
Well, that’s weird. The big launch last month, Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine, isn’t offered this month. Wouldn’t it have been helpful to know it was bimonthly at the launch? Or is Adam Kubert running late already?
Hey, maybe this is the team book I’m looking for. Young Allies #1 (APR10 0618, $3.99) has forgotten (mostly by readers), tormented heroes Gravity, Arana, Nomad, Toro, and Firestar written by Sean McKeever. I don’t know Toro, but I like at least the idea of the rest of them, and McKeever does teen angst well. And you know, a second-generation villain team called the Bastards of Evil is some kind of genius (as well as excellent indication of how lose standards on acceptable language have become).
Trying to make a girl look sexy in blocky Minimates form is demented. It looks like she’s standing in front of a portable wall.