The Wednesday One
Considering this week sees the release of a couple of comics people have been thinking about for a while, it still looks like the week's going to be a pretty weak one. Nothing really new and spectacular coming out, so this list might seem a bit random …
|Civil War II #3
Stuff happens, characters are sent to the bench for a while, … Welcome to 21st century comics, where nothing that happens remains happened for longer than a few months.
|New Super-Man #1
In the all-new Big Two rulebook, we can find, next to the death gimmick, the following: “new version of a character that will appeal to a larger demographic”. In this case, there's a bit of hope attached as Yang is a good writer. Fingers crossed!
|Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth||Nightwing: Rebirth|
|Another couple of Rebirth one-shots to re-introduce us to 2 pretty big DC characters that have done better in the past. Hal Jordan keeps the cosmic side of things in check, while Dick Grayson goes back to his Nightwing persona. As always, they might be worth a look, and don't forget about the variants by Cary Nord (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps) and Babs Tarr (Nightwing).|
|Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5 2nd Printing
Madam Satan's Cheerleaders!!! Scary Sabrina is back and it's nice to know that they still want to have fun with the covers. #4 and #5 already had homage variants, but this 2nd printing might be my favorite Archive cover ever. I have even broken the flow of the article just to include the original poster, but only because it's a weak week.
|Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #2
Let's take a look at a few numbers (courtesy of Comichron):
Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #1 … 20,695
Lumberjanes #27 … 6,436
Gotham Academy #18 … 12,410
So, the drop for the rest of the issues might be huge, probably ending somewhere in the 8K-10K area. Half of this is a DC property, though, so they are going to keep pushing it and those numbers might look very small in a few months.
Also, it's a good read!
I still haven't had the time to catch up with Valiant this century, but this is one awesome piece of art and for the last couple of months I have been looking for a reason to put it on the site.
|ROM CROSSOVER COVERS!!!
You're not dreaming … In a concept that you wouldn't have come up with when you were 10 years old, IDW decided to bless us with Rom variant covers. So yes, there's now a licensed comic book with Captain Kirk and Rom fighting some monsters on the cover or another one with Rom racing Doc Brown's DeLorean. And in a couple of months, we have Revolution to look forward to …
Don't get me wrong, I love crossovers. I have a huge collection made entirely of them. But it seems we're living a new age of crossovers. Last time this happened (90's), it meant the market was not doing very well and people were desperate. Based on this evidence alone, it seems to me that smaller publishers might be starting to feel some pressure. At least, until the day you see a Batman / Harley Quinn / Joker / Wolverine / Deadpool / Venom crossover … That will be the day when we should really get worried!
And finally, here's some good bets and/or reads too:
|Wonder Woman #2 Frank Cho Variant||Flash #2|
|Revisionist #2||Vision #9|
|Gwenpool #4 Annie Wu 1:25 Variant||Power Man & Iron Fist #6|