- Posted by Johanna on June 16, 2011 at 11:53 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
The Green Lantern movie opens this weekend, as I’m sure EVERYONE has been made aware, and early reviews are NOT promising. This might be a case of critics not getting what audiences want to see, though, as with other “review-proof” summer blockbusters like Transformers. (I fear for how Warner will decide to treat DC if this tanks, though, since they value their comic company mostly as a source for film premises.) I’m not planning to see it, since the main source of appeal for me would be Ryan Reynolds interacting with other characters, and that seems to have been downplayed in favor of computer-generated effects that resemble a monochrome video game. I wanted to see the movie suggested by this first trailer
not the dour, effects-laden second one. Are you going?
Speaking of negative reactions, Comic Book Resources ran a poll asking site readers how they felt about the 52 DC relaunch titles, and the results are in, with really depressing numbers. The only titles that didn’t have the majority saying they were “not at all” interested in purchasing them were the really big names: Justice League, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Action Comics, and (yay) Batwoman. (I attribute that last to the long-running promotion for it; it’s been promised for a good while now.) And that’s it. The Superman title didn’t rank, nor did Wonder Woman.
Of least interest, with about 2/3rds of respondents rejecting them, are the most experimental titles: Dan DiDio’s OMAC; I, Vampire; Liefeld on Hawk and Dove; and the WildStorm babe Voodoo. The war comics Blackhawks and Sgt. Rock and the Men of War aren’t far behind. Of course, this is INCREDIBLY unscientific, using a biased audience (fans dedicated enough to visit a comic-centric site), and without actually seeing any of the comics. Also, when you ask people “do you plan to buy”, some of them lie, or later change their mind. But it can’t be reassuring, unless you were looking for proof that comic readers don’t like change.
Meanwhile, it took Marvel all of a week to announce the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men #1 — after making a big deal out of that long-running title ending. It’s part of X-Men: ReGenesis, the fall event that follows the Schism summer event. The series plans to better integrate the X-Men into the wider Marvel universe. UXM #1 will launch in November with the same creative team, Kieron Gillen, Greg Land, and Carlos Pacheco. So, business as usual, then.
In addition, a new title, Wolverine and the X-Men #1, will feature a competing team, and both are promised to be important to NEXT summer’s big event. “X-Men: ReGenesis will affect our entire line leading up to a major conflict coming up in 2012!”, said Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso. Sigh.