Variant covers remain hot right now, and that includes Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy variants to a DC month from Darwyn Cooke and others featuring The Flash and Harley Quinn. It’s making collectors get to their local comics shops earlier and earlier each Wednesday so they can get the issues in the best condition possible. Well, a new variant has just been announced, and I’m having mixed feeling about it. It’s called the “first-ever shrinking variant” cover for Ant-Man #1, arriving in stores this January.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 11, is a day that many Bat-fans have literally been waiting decades for! On that day, Batman: The Complete Television Series will vroom onto both DVD and Blu-Ray discs.
When one of your characters is very popular, you make more of him or her to raise that bottom line! For instance, DC has been adding Bat-books by the boatload recently, including Batman: Eternal, Gotham Academy, Arkham Manor and Gotham by Midnight. After all, if Batman sells, as the old potato chip commercial used to say, “We’ll make more!” Marvel’s doing something similar, but making it an event about their biggest-selling hero instead. It’s called “Spider-Verse,” and it begins this Wednesday.
It’s easy to get the comics you want from DC and/or Marvel. Often, local comics shops will arrange the new books so that either or both DC and Marvel are at the front of the line, so to speak. You get their books before you can even begin to check out the product from other companies.
An important announcement that came out during the recent New York Comic-Con was that a new series based on Wonder Woman will be “published” first through DC Digital, then in a paper edition. It’s called Wonder Woman ’77.
Fans and creators alike didn’t react well to the news last week that DC Comics is selling Batman #35, the beginning of the “Endgame” storyline, for $4.99, not $3.99. This announcement was made to comic-book retailers late last month.
As reported very recently here on MajorSpoilers.com, Supergirl is flying into a television series on CBS. She’s joining programs including Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and Agent Carter. Hey, who has time for any shows that are NOT comics-related anymore?
I often like to say that Grant Morrison is like the little girl who’s great when she’s good, but awful when she’s bad. I’ve loved certain Morrison stories over the years, and I’m into The Multiversity from DC Comics as well right now. However, there was one Morrison tale that really drew me in back when it first arrived here in the States, and that was Zenith. I had to buy them in special editions from 2000 AD, and some were very hard to get! Recently, I discovered that this story was going to be reprinted with access to the
As I’ve been mentioning recently, the Batman universe in DC Comics has been growing at a staggering pace. What with Gotham Academy, Arkham Manor and the like, Gotham City is going to be a much busier place! One member of the Bat-family that’s getting a makeover is Barbara Gordon, the best-known Batgirl.
We just can’t help ourselves! When even the remotest possibility of a merger that would combine Marvel with DC Comics arises, readers on the Internet just go nuts! For instance, a couple of years back there was a chance that the rights to Superman might revert to the families of Mr. Siegel and Mr. Shuster, so speculation ran rampant that they’d take the hero over to Marvel. After all, Marvel’s the one that makes the most money. Well, that didn’t happen, so it’s time for another round of “How Would Marvel And DC Combine?”
First off, let me weigh in on whether Marvel “defeated” DC recently when Warner Bros. moved Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice to March 25, 2016. Personally, I appreciate that this took place because it means the fans are the winners – we get to enjoy one comic-related film on May 6 since now the third Captain America film will be the only one debuting then. Phew!
Is Marvel Studios the new Pixar? That’s the debate going on in several places around the Internet. A few months back, I expressed my concerns about Guardians of the Galaxy here in this column. I was concerned that, since the film didn’t contain any known characters, the movie would be the first release viewed as a “failure.” Could it draw the same amount as a film featuring Captain America or the Avengers? Well, that answer was provided this past weekend, and things are coming up roses for Marvel Studios.