There are no bad characters. Only bad writers. Or at least, writers who don’t know what to do with the characters.
Don’t get me wrong. I read a lot of comics every week. But as hard as it is to believe, sometimes comics just aren’t enough.
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.
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!
A couple of weeks ago, during a recording of Top Five, I made the prediction that in the next couple of years a stash of Doctor Who episodes once thought lost would be found. Since then, we’ve been inundated with people telling us of the newly discovered lost episodes from Nigeria. While some of you are once again claiming my prognostication record is better than Nostradamus, there is a better answer to this particular prediction than “Beware the Power of Stephen!”
Nothing is ever truly destroyed.
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.
Continuity. The bane of many a comic book reader. At times, when used right, it can add to the reading experience but other times can make for a frustrating or downright miserable one. But should it matter that much? Is it that important? I say no, so continue on, Dear Reader, and find out why!
Bill Doran (aka Chinbeard) is back with thoughts and reflections on the Heroes of Cosplay television series on the SyFy Channel.