On Friday, MajorSpoilers.com’s Head Honcho Stephen Schleicher wrote the following: “Diamond Comic Distributors has announced DC Comics took the top spot once again in September for comics released in the direct market. Is this the sign of a major market change, or is the apocalypse upon us all!?” Given the reaction of some of my Marvel friends, I’d say the latter. I’ve had to give some the local comics suicide hotline number! Sheesh!
It’s another double-header week, as Episode 251 features the return of two great writers as they update us on their latest projects!
I can’t blame Greg Capullo for wanting to stretch his wings after 50 or so wonderful issues of Batman with Scott Snyder, as great as they were! Also, when Mark Millar comes a-callin’, you’d best answer! Still, I look at Mr. Millar as I do Grant Morrison: When he’s great, he’s excellent, but when he’s not so hot, he blows chunks, in my opinion.
Crossovers sell! When we get to see various characters interact with each other that we’re not used to seeing, that’s worth plunking down one’s hard-earned cash to read. Then, too, Batman’s been doing very well! I saw long lines at Mr. King’s booth at the recent Baltimore Comic Con as well as good numbers for the book in recent months. So why not bring various members of the Bat-family together for a special event?
It was only a couple of weekends ago that Batman Day was held for 2016. That seems to be turning into a successful yearly event at local comics shops! Coming at the end of October will be Halloween ComicFest, the fall’s version of Free Comic Book Day. It will be held on the last Saturday of the month, the 29th. There will be free comics and other treats galore at participating locations!