The Confusing One


Summer's definitely here, so you know what to expect: events, relaunches and relaunch events … Disclaimer: Might get a bit soapboxy!

The Rebirth Conundrum

DC keeps doing their Rebirth thing, so there are plenty of books to buy. However, I cannot help but think something's off about the whole thing. Let me explain … MCS is selling most of the first issues at $10 (some of which just came out last week!) if they even have them on stock. Midtown has a 1 per customer limit on all of them and they still have sold out of most of the titles.

So here's my problem with this: does this mean they underordered or that there's a lot of people out there buying a lot of copies? Because both cases are a bit scary, to be honest. Scary because there's no way they weren't expecting a big success, or scary because some people will end up with longboxes of comics nobody wants … as in the 90s. I am crossing my fingers hoping we are not headed to another market crash, but between this and the Hastings bankruptcy (how many books did they order that are not being ordered anymore?), things are not looking good. But, as always, this means opportunity too … Don't get burned!!!

On to this week's Rebirths … variant-style!

Action Comics #958Action Comics #958

People are excited about Superman again. If Superman and Luthor fighting Doomsday sounds like your kind of thing, this will deliver in spades!

Aquaman #1Aquaman #1

The never-ending road to make a bad-ass out of Aquaman continues. If you look back and see the history of this character you will realize how difficult this can be.

Detective Comics #935Detective Comics #935

The first issue was a classic recruitment issue and it was fun, considering some of the recruits. So far my favorite of the Bat-titles.

Flash #1Flash #1

A new speedster and a lot of trouble ahead. The Rebirth one-shot was a bit of fun and it seems they have a good take on Allen. I am onboard!

 Wonder Woman #1Wonder Woman #1

Nothing says we care about this female character of ours like a serious Frank Cho cover. This has always been one of the hardest titles to get into, but I hope they get it right.

 Justice League #52Justice League #52

If this cover sounds familiar, it's because you might already have it once or twice (depending on how much of a completist you are). What's another time among friends? Last issue of the Justice League series!

Civil War Comics Marvel

Deadpool V Gambit #1Deadpool V Gambit #1

Weird team-up, with two of the most polarizing characters in the X-Verse … If anything, Acker & Blacker have proved time and again that they can write a good Deadpool. The question is can they (or anyone, mes amis) write a good Gambit?

Gwenpool #3 VariantGwenpool #3 Variant

This series seems to have fallen into the Harley Quinn vortex of no one seems to be reading it but everybody wants the variants. I think the series had potential, but haven't really had the time to read beyond #1.

Rocket Raccoon And Groot #6 Tom Angleberger VariantRocket Raccoon And Groot #6 Tom Angleberger Variant

When I saw this cover, I immediately thought it had to be drawn by one of those crazy indie artists like Johnny Ryan or something like that. Reality, however says that Tom Angelberger is a children's book writer / illustrator. Kind of fun!

Web Warriors #8Web Warriors #8

How often do you think we are going to be able to feature a cover with Spider-Ham, Spider-Punk and a giant Spider-Man robot? Tedesco's been killing it with his Web Warriors covers for a while now!

Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Adaptation #1 John Cassaday Sketch VariantStar Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Adaptation #1 John Cassaday Sketch Variant Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Adaptation #1 Joe Quesada Sketch VariantStar Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Adaptation #1 Joe Quesada Sketch Variant
Star Wars fans have to be one of the most exploited fans in any hobby. In this case, Marvel decided to have 1:200 and 1:300 covers for the adaptation of a movie! You can be sure they wouldn't do that for Ant-Man.

The Rest

As always, the main focus of this look at indie comics is to see what's new or particularly exciting. Not much going on this week, except the return of Jason Pearson to pencils. And that's excellent news and my pick of the week.

Lucas Stand #1Lucas Stand #1

A comic (probably adapted from some sort of pitch written) by Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy. As always, keep an eye on this for the possibility of fans of SoA crossing over, but how well did that SoA comic series do?

La Muerta Descent #1La Muerta Descent #1

Already sold out at Midtown in all its versions, it might be worth a look. I personally have always liked that design style based on Mexican Día de los Muertos folklore.

America #1America #1

Jason Pearson's back and that's all I need to know to get this. The story, if you are not sold yet, is about a superheroine who loses her powers and starts enjoying the feeling of pain again. All-ages fun!!! I hate to do the “… NOT!” bit, but probably not All-Ages gun.

Street Fighter Unlimited #7 Long Vo Homage VariantStreet Fighter Unlimited #7 Long Vo Homage Variant

These SFU homage variants are great. And they are going out of their way to make sure they are doing covers nobody's even thought about doing. A lot of fun for people who were there in the 90s.

That's it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!

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  • accustomfigures

    The Midtown Comics thing does sound off. Neither myself nor anyone I know that has been there has had a good experience with them, and I’ve heard multiple accounts of them fudging the sales stories to make it look like they have something you want.

    On the DC tip, why does it seem like every superman story for the last year has had Doomsday in it? And why is it so hard to stop showing Aquaman eating fish sticks in a diner, and just show him kicking the crap out of villains other than some dudes with shells tapped to their ears? It’s not hard to make people stop laughing at a character, just stop giving them things to laugh at.

    That said, I’m really looking forward to Flash, and Batman was so refreshing to turn the page and not see it covered with dozens of word balloons. Just wish they weren’t already having 2 fill-in artists for on #6 and 7 for Finch. When are they going to realize that he can’t carry a book? I didn’t care for Snyder’s run, but at least Capullo was consistent.

    Also, Divinity II #3 drops today, another great book from Valiant!

    Word up!

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    That Aquaman cover hardly makes him look badass.

    Lady Death online store has copies of all the La Muerta issues including variants (you can have them signed by Pulido or unsigbed, same price).

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    I just spent two weeks on the road and I hit about 30 different comic shops. They all told me a different variation of the same story. Convergence was terrible and many of them lost money on it with so many books unsold. When it came time to order Rebirth, many of them didn’t really understand what it was since DC was so against calling it a “reboot.” Most of these shops thought it was another crossover event and under-ordered due to Convergence failing.
    That’s the word from the streets.

    • Iñigo

      And, after Convergence, who can blame them? The difference here is that the Rebirth books are returnable, making them a zero risk proposition. In any case, I am sure shops have already started ordering loads of the new ones after the success of the first wave.

  • Skot Whitman

    E’merica! Jason Pearson, nuff said.

    Gwenpool… You’re 100% spot on about people only wanting the variants, which is too bad, it’s a fun book IMO.

  • merlin

    Thanks Iñigo! I always really enjoy your write ups. Good observations on the industry.

  • Gwenpool4President

    Gwenpool might be the best Marvel comic in print right now. I’m a little biased, but it is funny and the writing is super creative. Not to mention the art by Gurihiru, which is cuuuuuuute.

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    I’m reading Gwenpool. It’s really good.

  • Kittie Pop

    America #1 looks a bit inspired by Aeon Flux. Therefore I love it and need to cuddle with it.

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