Following the most amazing launch of the Watchmen trailer last week (and that really cool shot by shot comparison of the trailer and the graphic novel), DC is reporting that it has ordered 200,000 new copies of the trade to meet demand.
â€œIts all very exciting,â€ DC’s President Paul Levitz said. â€œA graphic-novel went to No. 2 on Amazon because of a movie trailer. Thatâ€™s not something weâ€™ve seen before.â€
At least DC is acting now in trying to meet demand. When 300 hit theaters, Dark Horse wasn’t able to get the book on shelves fast enough, frustrating many interested in the original source material.
via LA Times
Silent Devil has announced it will collect the Matt Bergin and Jeremy Donelson mini-series Division 18: The Union of Novelty Costumed Performers in trade paperback this fall.
“Wait, did the other two issues ever arrive in the stores?”
That is correct, after the release of the first issue, “circumstances” prevented the other two issues from being printed, thus the collected trade of the entire series.
The new Division 18: The Union of Novelty Costumed Performers collection includes the popular debut, “Five Hunnies”; two new full-length stories, “White Collar Crooks” and “The Union Files”; and bonus content such as an annotated “History of Da’ Union,” which chronicles the genesis of Jimmy the Snake, Fat Louie, and the rest of the crew. The trade also features the print debut of Josh Adams, youngest son of legendary artist Neal Adams.
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IDW Publishing has announced it will be collecting the three-issue mini-series Snaked into a trade paperback.
Written by Clifford Meth, with art by Rufus Dayglo, Snaked tells the story of Bill Timmons, who is born with scales and a latent ability for bloody outburst… but when Timmons makes it to the high-profile political scene, he finds out who the *real* snakes are.
The trade will also include the original short stories that were inspired by the series and illustrated by Dave Cockrum.Â If you are a fan of comics that are turned into movies, you might want to snag this trade for reading soon, as it has been picked up by Elysium Film.
via IDW Publishing
IDW Publishing has announced it will be collecting the 31-issue series Jorney into multiple trades.Â The first volume collecting issues 1-16 will arrive in stores this August.Â The tale is set in the 19th century and follows the adventures of Joshua “Wolverine” McAlistaire.
Journey takes place as America recovers from the Revolution and braces for the upheaval of the War of 1812. The result is an absorbing account of life on the 19th century frontierâ€”sometimes fantastic, such as when McAlistaire gets a free ride on a tornado, and sometimes harshly realistic (when he gets chased by a hungry black bear). McAlistaire endures every imaginable hazard, encountering Indians, German poets, Sasquatch, and even talking spirits of the long dead.
â€œI tried to give a funny, serious, realistic and surreal take on the era,â€ said Mr. Messner-Loebs in a prepared press release. â€œMy feeling was life is all those things and as a comic reflects that the reader is drawn into it. A spy story needs to be tightly plotted; a frontier saga, or my frontier saga at any rate, should have as little conventional plot as possible. Since the land beyond civilization is freeform, the story you tell should reflect that. I had homesteaded along the Canadian border in Maine for a year and I tried to get the things I had experienced there into the story. I think I got a little serious and complicated towards the end. Of course I was drawing it in hospitals, waiting for both my mother and my wife to die.â€
via IDW Publishing
Hope everyone enjoyed the Major Spoilers Behind the Scenes Shows we ran this past week to celebrate the 2nd year of the site.
This week things return to normal (as normal as they can be), and the Major Spoilers Panel will be diving into the first crisis – The Crisis on Infinite Earths, during our Trade Paperback segment of the show.
Shout out with your thoughts and comments about the maxi-series, that promised to sort out all of the continuity errors from the then 50 years of DC storytelling.
On the next Major Spoilers Podcast (episode 19 for those of you keeping track at home), we’ll be reviewing Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys: The Name of the Game trade paperback.
Collecting the first 6 issues of the controversial new series from PREACHER writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson (TRANSMETROPOLITAN)! Don’t miss this dark, twisted look at SUPERPOWERS, super – people, and the men and women who make sure the world’s “heroes” never go too far. Also features an introuction from writer, actor and producer Simon Pegg, the creator and star of Shaun of the Dead, Spaced and the upcoming Hot Fuzz!
Recommended for Mature Readers
You better believe this episode is not one for the kiddies or those who don’t like hear graphic depictions of sex, drugs, and super heroes gone bad.
If you’ve read the series, and would like to participate in the show, post your feedback below, or e-mail me a MP3 of your reactions by Tuesday 5:00 PM.
Oni Press has announced it has collected all 12 issues of Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s Local into a single hard bound tome.
The series follows the travels of Megan McKeenan as she discovers herself, while she discovers America. Crossing genres as it crosses the country, LOCAL examines how where you live impacts who you are. Each issues gives the reader another year in Megan’s life, as she tries to find a place where she fits in, where she can truly be local.
This will be an over-sized edition, come in at 384 pages, and set you back $29.99.
via Oni Press
In this outing, Image founders head for home, wall-crawlers head back to the big screen, X-Men head back to Earth, DCâ€™s Big Three head for trouble, the next big thing is twenty years ago, and we tackle head on one of the worldâ€™s great conundrums: Can Loganâ€™s claws pierce Steve Rogers’ shield? Plus, a look back at Frank Millerâ€™s opus. All this and much much more on this, as the podcast reaches the age of majority.
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Ohio State University has a new Jeff Smith exhibit going on that features Jeff’s work for the college newspaper.Â The strips, called Thorn, is being collected into a tome that has been signed by Jeff.
If you want all things Smith, you better hurry; the collection is limited to 500 signed copies, and with a $25 cover price, will go fast.Â If you want your Jeff Smith: Before Bone collection, head over to the Cartoon Research Library before they are all gone.
Marvel has announced X-Force #4 has sold out at the distributor level and will be going back to press with a new cover with art from interior artist Clayton Crain.
The company also announced X-Force: Legacy of Violence that collects the first three issues of the series in a trade, that features puppies on the cover.
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On the next Major Spoilers Podcast, we’re diving deep into the comic that, in 1986, made me sit up and go Hellz Yeah! That collected trade would be none other than Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller–known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil–is probably the top contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children’s cartoon character into a hero for our times. The great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argued that only someone of Miller’s stature could have done this. Batman is a character known well beyond the confines of the comic world (as are his retinue) and so reinventing him, while keeping his limiting core essentials intact, was a huge task.Miller went far beyond the call of duty. The Dark Knight is a success on every level. Firstly it does keep the core elements of the Batman myth intact, with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon, and the old roster of villains, present yet brilliantly subverted. Secondly the artwork is fantastic–detailed, sometimes claustrophobic, psychotic. Lastly it’s a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, street gangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham? It is 10 years since the last recorded sighting of the Batman. And things have got worse than ever. Bruce Wayne is close to being a broken man but something is keeping him sane: the need to see change and the belief that he can orchestrate some of that change. Batman is back. The Dark Knight has returned. Awesome.
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It’s sure to be a good time, but probably not two hours long like the last one.
For those of you who missed an issue or two of the four issue series The Lost Book of Eve, the trade paperback arrives in stores this week.
It contains all 4 issues from the first mini-series, concept sketches, and an all new epilogue.
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