- Posted by Johanna on September 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm
- Category: Comic News
The infamous Bluewater Productions, a company surviving on unauthorized biographical comics of whichever name has been in the press most recently, is moving back into superheroes with Twilight of the Gods #0. This comic, due out November 9, will retail for a dollar and launch, according to them, “the next wave of comic book awesomeness”.
This is intended to serve as an introduction to a new shared superhero universe, only the superheroes are all gods, to avoid the problem of having to, you know, come up with new characters. Four books will launch out of this sampler:
- Orion: The Hunter, due March 2012
- Heracles, due May 2012
- Trident: The Power of Poseidon, due June 2012
- Artemis, due July 2012
I was going to try to give you credits on the books, but the ads in the back of the sampler only have last names on them. I would think that they would match up to the varied artists used on the sampler, but no dice. The sampler is written by A.E. Stueve with art segments by Oscar Bazaldua, President Nelson and Luis Alonzo, Joel Rasmuessen and Victor Moya, and Gregg Paulsen and Victor Moya.
The plot has the Greek gods dying and being replaced by costume-wearing associates. It’s overwritten and boring to slog through. Good thing that, given the immense gap between the sampler publication and the actual books it’s intended to promote, it will likely be forgotten when it comes time to order the comic miniseries. Each of the books listed above will run four issues and then lead into a team book.
This project demonstrates as much creativity as many of Bluewater’s other projects. The title evokes for superhero fans Twilight of the Superheroes, a never-created Alan Moore DC Comics crossover. The characters are public domain. Trident looks like a wannabe Aquaman, while Heracles is a fighting barbarian with a pinhead. His book both uses a version of a character that headlined a Marvel series until recently and has the tagline “the first man of steel”, to tweak DC.
The writer sent me a preview copy (either not having done research on my attitudes toward Bluewater or being desperate enough to hope I’d ignore it, as I’ve done) as part of a press push. They’re hoping that coverage will help them sell the thousand copies they need to have pre-ordered in order to launch. If it was good, I’d tell you, but as it is, I can’t be part of that effort. This book is generic and forgettable. If it’s never printed for low orders, then it’s no loss — and maybe that’s a positive sign that retailers are being more selective.