I read a lot of “whodunit” stories, and watch a lot of mystery shows on the tube. I have to know who is responsible for what happened, and why. My TiVo is chock full of detective shows. The puzzle I’m trying to solve these days is, when will ever I get the time to watch them?
To this day, I still can’t believe that Arrow is a show on The CW! Normally, programs on that channel are much more focused on relationships among teens and post-teens. Arrow, on the other hand, has its share of dialogue, but the action and the stories keep me gripped from episode to episode. This week, Barry Allen appears, and I can’t wait to see how they handle this hero-to-be. Then, too, Netflix is bringing Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist to live-action drama. And the Marvel movies are doing well at the box office.
This Veterans’ Day holiday weekend has been a great way to remember those who served in the military to protect our freedoms. It also was a chance to catch Thor: The Dark World for the first time in theaters. It did well, the beneficiary of what was referred to by USA Today’s Scott Bowles as “The Avengers Effect.” He and several other columnists said that the latest Thor flick as well as Iron Man 3 received big boosts in ticket sales because of their being seen in The Avengers last year.
During September, DC Comics released their “Villains’ Month” titles with a regular cover and one that was in 3D. If you want to see just how popular the latter actually were, take a few minutes to look out on eBay. You’ll find a great many of them for sale at prices that surprise even me, including Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 featuring the Joker’s Daughter. Many of us have to accept the fact that some comics will probably always be sold with multiple covers. Seems like many number one’s in particular get that treatment.
Recently, site head honcho Stephen Schleicher reported that Cartoon Network’s Beware the Batman was no longer on the air. He noted that some rumors have been circulating that the animated show might return in January. Sound familiar to anyone?
I know some fans don’t like weekly comics. “I have to go every week to my comics shop! I don’t have time for that!” a friend told me once. I responded, “But that’s the idea!” At the recent New York Comic Con, DC Comics announced that a new year-long weekly comic starring Batman and his Bat-family called Batman Eternal is coming in April, 2004. Check out this link for more information here at MajorSpoilers!
“The only constant in life is change.” Boy, is that ever true as far as comics! It wasn’t that long ago that I used to read, on what seemed a daily basis, of the latest comics creator who was signing an exclusive contract with someone. That seems to have slowed down to a trickle, though it still happens. What’s up with that?
A friend and I were talking online recently about the number of “pulp heroes” getting their own new comics. “I want new stories and new characters, not these old guys and girls. Why can’t they come up with something new and different?” The answer I gave him was one given to me by a sales expert I got to chat with once: Nostalgia sells!
The comics industry has always recognized that they need new readers to keep the business going. After all, those of us who have been reading comics for decades aren’t always going to be here to make our weekly jaunts to the local comics shop, as sad as it is to point that out. Most recently, DC launched the New 52 and Marvel began Marvel NOW in order to create places where fans who haven’t been reading their books for a long time could find a “jumping on” point and give comics a shot.
Is anyone else getting tired of having our chains jerked around? Some people seem to know that those of us into comics and anything related to them “freak out” when certain “news” hits the Internet. The latest example happened recently when Justin Bieber, teen pop star, sent out a photo supposedly showing him taking a picture of a script from the upcoming Batman versus Superman film with the hashtag “#robin?” Predictably, the fans went nuts, saying that Warner Bros. had lost its collective mind anywhere they could on the Web.