I don't begrudge people their OCD collector habits.
I tend to stick with series that I've followed for a long time even if they start to suck.
Eventually, though... if things don't turn around you've gotta cut 'em loose.
What I don't care for are all the event tie in mini series.
I don't know how anyone thinks those are a good idea.
Batgirl #2 cover by Adam Hughes
Really like that Batgirl cover. Still hate the fact that Barbara is going to magically start walking again.
Oh and the second surprise in the Flashpoint Batman book? Kinda lame in my opinion.
But unfortunately based on their general quality it feels like most of the people working on those tie-ins don't see any point in doing them.:sklol: And in some cases they just slap the title of what ever event there is on the cover and call it a tie-in, even when the story has very little to do with the actual event.
That and the number of them seems to increase with each "event".
It's as though the people in charge don't get that events work when they are actually events.
If you have one every four-six months, it isn't an event.
It's business as usual.
And I really don't know what the numbers look like so far for Flashpoint....
But I think the sheer number of issues involved is a bigger one.
I know, I know... you don't need to read all of them.
But that sort of thing is a real turn off to a lot of people.
Added to that, I think there is a sense of "event fatigue" with a lot of readers.
I know the big two claim the sale don't support that, but I really think it's there.
I am very glad that Barbara Gordon is coming back to the cowl as I've always loved that character. Her role in Nightwing: Year One was fantastic. Plus all the DC merchandise has been selling Babs Batgirl for years. Time for some consistency in branding DC!
Unfortunately I am also a HUGE Stephanie Brown fan and think her latest series as Bagirl has been phenomenol. It's sad that there's been no announcement to what she'll be up to. She did a great job playing up the fun but tough aspect that Batgirl needs.
"The Worthy" have already been revealed for Marvel's Fear Itself event mini-series...
...but what are your guesses for "The Mighty"...
I think most of them are obvious, but there are a couple I'm unsure of.
I'll go with:
Ms Marvel, Iron Fist, Dr Strange, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Wolverine, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man
I think the only 2 in question are the 2 women between Iron Man and Hawkeye.
The big one could be Valkyrie, but she seems too large and I'd think they'd keep her twin braids for the silhouette. I guess it could be Red She Hulk.
The smaller one could be Spider-Woman, but she's missing the "armpit webs". Actually Invisible Woman makes a lot of sense since The Thing is one "The Worthy".
Monkeyboy Prime, I would be happy with Barbara staying as Oracle. I'd be ecstatic if Stephanie Brown stayed Batgirl. Both roles have caused these characters to really grow. Unfortunately comics are about fake change and progression with inevitable reboots to the original status quo. There have been so many Batgirl Babs toys and assorted merchandise made in the past few years ignoring Oracle (Have you seen an Oracle t-shirt or coffee mug at your local store?) that I'm just glad the brand is being consistant now. However, if it were up to me, I'd keep things the way they are.
As for Babs being under the shadow of Batman, I like the "Batman family" which mean they are all under his shadow. Yes, Oracle had Birds of Prey and served the JLA but all of the Batman family is under the shadow of Bruce. Nightwing, Damian, Barbara, they are the supporting cast by default. Plus there will probably always be a new Oracle now in the DCU and that's a lasting contribution by Barbara.
Personally, I'd keep Stephanie as Batgirl and Barbara as Batwoman but the DCU is getting de-aged anyways so I guess it doesn't matter.
The shorts are back!:hmgrin:
I'm intrigued by the end of the War Of The Green Lanterns, but it doesn't seem like the smartest thing to do right after the Green Lantern movie or when you're trying to get new readers with the upcoming reboot.
I agree Shokoti, while it makes sense in the world of Green Lantern, in the real world how many people are going to pick up GL #1 expecting a Ryan Reynolds type Green Lantern who will then be surprised to see Sinestro...then again, those who didn't stay after credits will be expecting "Good Guy" Sinestro so who know?
From a story perspective though, it seems Hal is more concerned about the loss of power than the loss of corp membership. He doesn't follow the rules, he resents the guardians, he rarely patrols his sector, he keeps them out of the loop during catastrophic situations, he leaves his ring at home while he works full time for the military as a pilot. Exactly how choked up should he be that he no longer has to fly to Oa and deal with all the corp red tape? I'd like to see him pretty happy to be a hero in his own right. But without the ring he's not a "heavy hitter" anymore so not sure he'll like that.
Best Picture in the History of the World. Where can I get a t-shirt of this?
Marvel's back to their usual crap again...
...This is why, even if it is absolute garbage, I hope DC's reboot is a huge hit & hurts Marvel's sales.
Those promotions are funny to me.
I see what they are doing... and it is a little bit underhanded, I guess.
But the truth is, if the retailers could sell those DC books, there's no way they'd take part in this promo.
And most of those books had order limits to get the Flashpoint buttons, right?
Last time they did this it was with the tie-in books that came with GL rings, so I assume this is the same idea.
So there probably are a bunch of retailers who already gave DC their money, and already got money from the pins/buttons, that do have extra copies of tie-in books that no one wants. So why not trade them for something else they might be able to sell? It isn't hurting DC... they made their money. And if keeping those books on the shelves is vital to DC publishing plan, well, it already failed since clearly they aren't moving.
That said, that is an ugly-ass cover. I loves me some Ed McGuinness.
One of my favorite artist working today... but that is straight ugly.
Even if this was something DC did, I wouldn't like it. Imo, it isn't playful or fun. It's mean spirited and borderline unethical. If it was just new storylines or updated character costumes that I didn't like at Marvel, that's one thing. It's this constant unprofessionalism(towards DC as well as retailers & fans) at Marvel that led me to make the decision that I'd never go back to them until JoeyQ & his inner circle were completely gone.
I thought the GL rings were meant to be free with purchase of comic. Some stores decided to just sale them separately (which is self sabotage, people love free stuff). I know my store when I found after said they just handed them out to people (of course it's a Hastings so that's forgiveable).
I call it self sabotage, because the point was to get people to buy the comics by giving them something free. I see people actually looking at comics on free comic book day here, and while most walk away with just free stuff there are those who purchase items.