Not to be confused with famed Martian general Marvin, whose computers are so complex and naughty… Traditionally, this month has signaled the beginning of the season of military campaigns, and also the time when college basketball generals lead their troops unto the field of battle. For me, working in small-market TV for as long as I did, it’s a month which signals mighty pains in the butt, which explains why this is technically the FEBRUARY edition of RFR. We apologize for the inconvenience… Better to just press on.
Or – “There Are Old Pilots And Bold Pilots, But Few Old, Bold Pilots…”
I saw recently that a clinical study proved that January 25th is the most depressing day of the entire year, scientifically and unequivocally. While I don’t disagree with that sentiment (especially as it regards the attendance of employees in Midwestern United States call centers) I find it fascinating that somebody actually got paid to try and figure out something that silly and (let’s be honest, here) banal. Still and all, it’s the kind of story that you read and go, “Yeah, I can see that.” Thus, to ease your slowly-receding ennui (and Stephen’s not-so-slowly receding hairline) I give you another batch of coverage of comics you might have read, but forgot to laugh at the first time… Rapid-Fire Style!
At his blog, writer Kieron Gillen confirmed that the S.W.O.R.D. series from Marvel will be ending with issue 5.
The first five issues are a neat little arc, which will collect into an agreeably intense little trade. It was planned so if the worst did happen – and launching a new ongoing in the current market is an enormously risky business – that it would hold together and wouldnâ€™t leave anything dangling. I havenâ€™t changed a panel in 5, basically, and Iâ€™m pleased with where I leave the cast.
According to Bleeding Cool, Rich Johnston is already reporting of a campaign to keep the comic alive.Â While write in campaigns are nice, and have saved many a television show and comic book series in the past, the one sure way to keep a title going is to make sure you buy the title each month, instead of waiting for the trade, illegally downloading the issue, or not telling the person standing next to you in the comic book shop about it.
Is there still time to resurrect the title?Â Reflecting on the words of Gillen, maybe it would be better to bring S.W.O.R.D. back as a series of limited mini-series.Â Boom! Studios has done wonders with their four issues stories, and that idea, in the hands of the mighty Marvel, could make this a possibility.
So, Dear Readers (also known far and wide across the land as the Legion of Major Spoilerites), would you rather have an ongoing series, or would you prefer to see some of your favorite titles retooled as recurring limited mini-series?
Or – “Where’s My Santa On The Shaver, Dammit?”
Sometimes the holidays turn into a blur of food and family and spectacle, like the Roman Empire right before the Dark Ages. When that happens, it’s good to have Rapid Fire Reviews: Reading the comics, so you don’t have to!
Or – “Not To Be Confused With “H.A.L.B.E.R.D.”
H.A.L.B.E.R.D., of course, is theÂ Heuristic AlgorithmicÂ Lifeforms Built for Exploration and Rational Defenestration, a robot support group to try and stop them from throwing fleshy humans out of windows.Â I believe there’s an old expression about knowing being half the battle…