- Posted by Johanna on December 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
I am very disappointed to see that, with the improvements in creator credits Archie Comics has been making, that there is no name associated with Dark Horse’s Archie Archives Volume 1 ($49.99, DEC10 0085, due out April 13) reprint collection, either on the cover or in the solicit material. Shouldn’t the name Bob Montana, creator of the characters, appear somewhere, even if other people worked on the strip as well? The newspaper strip collection IDW put out does have his name listed as author.
DC’s big project this month is a tie-in to the DC Universe Online MMO video game. They’re going to put out a 26-issue comic series called DC Universe Online Legends, with a new issue every other week, all through 2011. There are so many problems with this idea, I don’t know where to start.
First, the online game has been delayed a bunch of times. It’s been talked about since summer of 2008, when the first trailer came out. Now, it’s promised for early 2011 sometime, with no committed date. Next, the game is only available for PCs or the PS3, which leaves out a bunch of interested players. Then there’s the content — a comic based on a fighting game just sounds thrilling, doesn’t it? I bet I know what *that* story will be about! Just look back at the immense legacy of excellent comics based on toys or games for another indicator of likely quality. Plus, for four months, DC will be running three biweekly series. That’s a lot of commitment to ask for readers interested in their universe. Last, there’s the implications. Is this the first signal of how the new, multi-platform, franchise-based DC Comics is going to operate, putting out books to “support” its parent company’s priorities?
I’ve been having to overlook skimpy costumes and scantily clad women while reading Previews for decades now, but I was still shocked when I turned the page and saw the cover of Weird Worlds #2. There’s a splay-legged woman wearing the barest straps aiming her crotch at the viewer. Tacky and tasteless.
Flipping through the superhero Previews pages, even the books I enjoy (like Batgirl), I don’t want to commit to or preorder, because I fear that every month is going to be the one where they change the creative team and tie it more closely into continuity, which are just the things I don’t want. There’s no space any more for odd little titles that have their own distinct audience. It’s a creeping sameness throughout the superhero lines, the idea that if you buy one you need to buy them all.
On the other hand, Cliff Chiang is drawing Zatanna #10 (DEC10 0241, $2.99), so I’ll buy that. There, one DC comic I’m looking forward to this month. Or maybe I’m just regressing — there are three “kids comics” by DC I’m interested in, which is a much better track record than their regular line:
- Batman and Wonder Woman are getting married in The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4 (DEC10 0271, $2.99). That’s one of those immediately interesting ideas, and I’m curious to see how they handle it.
- The Shazam family appears in Tiny Titans #37 (DEC10 0274, $2.99), complete with Tawky Tawny and Hoppy the Marvel Bunny.
- I’m curious to see if Young Justice #1 (DEC10 0270, $2.99) handles the gender balance better than the cartoon did. And it’s written by Art Baltazar and Franco, who do the Tiny Titans so well, although this is a different, more straight-forward superhero, style book.
The start of the new Spirit series is collected in a book titled Angel Smerti (DEC10 0252, $17.99, out March 16). I’m not sure how smart a title most people can’t spell or pronounce is.
I enjoy Marvel’s teen team books because they aren’t ramped up so high, with everything being a life-shattering decision — and when they are, well, that’s what being a teenager can be like. i’m looking for lighter entertainment, in other words. So what is the latest promo for “the members of the Avengers Academy and the Young Allies”? Something called Arcade: Death Game set in Murderworld. Marvel just doesn’t get it! Or they don’t want readers like me, which is more likely. I’m not a teen boy, I don’t want to spend all my disposable income on collecting whatever they tell me is hot, I won’t buy a comic just because it’s got a movie coming out, and I’m ready to drop a book as soon as I don’t enjoy it. I’m a fickle customer, from their perspective, and not worth bothering with.