DC Comics has provided Major Spoilers a breakdown of the trade paperbacks scheduled to ship this summer. If you are looking for something to keep you occupied while on flights to and from conventions, or to read while you are hiding away from the intense heat, there look to be some good titles on this list, including the second volume of DC’s 52.
25 Years of Delivering the Fun of Comic Books, Pop Culture to the World This month, Diamond Comic Distributors celebrates its 25th year of operation, marking a quarter-century of serving specialty market retailers and suppliers. In that time, comic books have grown from what adults once thought of as “kids’ stuff” into a full-fledged entertainment medium attracting readers of all ages and generating hundreds of millions of dollars every year. And one of the forces behind that explosive popularity has been Diamond.
Top Cow has announced the sold out The Necromancer series is being colleced in a trade paperback. The trade will collect all six issues of the series as well as bonus materials including character designs, cover gallery and more. Here is how Top Cow describes the series Abigail van Alstine is a stunning, smart high school student who just happens to be a natural spellcaster and adept in The Way. Abigail is thrust into the world of magic and soon ensnared in a larger conflict between the Church of Mali, an ancient demon, the Dark Agents, and the mysterious Hierarchy.
Lions, Tigers and Bears volume 1 by Mike Bullock and Jack Lawrence has won the prestigious Angouleme Discovery Prize for Younger Audiences at the Angouleme International comics Festival. The Discovery Prize is the European equivelent to the American Eisner Award. “The magnitude of just how prestigious this is hasn’t sunk in yet,” stated Bullock, creator and writer of the book. “I’m excited and honored that we won, and very thankful the book is reaching that many new readers.” Lions, Tigers and Bears Volume 1 Trade Paperback is available now for $12.99, if you can find it. I say if, because
Or – “Why No Character Is Unsalvageable…” For a long time, the conventional wisdom at DC seemed to state that there were two brands of characters: the funny and the dramatic. During the bleak time that was comics in the 1990’s, it became necessary to traumatize the funny ones so they, too, could be dark and gritty. Thus did we see Booster Gold lose an arm, Blue Beetle have a series of heart attacks, and Guy Gardner become an mighty morphin’ gun-totin’ alien. With 2003’s Green Lantern: Rebirth miniseries, we’ve finally seen both characterizations amalgated into one: the salacious, rude,
Today is the day my weekly comic shipment arrives at the door (thanks Collector’s Pair of Dice!), and while waiting anxiously, I took a moment to check the Major Spoilers stats in Alexa. Check out the Page Views stats for today and tell me there is no such thing as coincidence… I’m totally impressed everyone is taking the time to read the articles and sift through the site. 52 page views per user! That’s incredible (hint hint all you would be advertisers)! 52 also seems to be the number of hours I need in the day to get everything done.
DC Comics has announced Justice Society of America #2 is sold out and going back to press for all the fans of the new series. The issue has been going gangbusters, kicking off with the shocking announcement of WWIII and, more recently, unmasking Starman. Justice Society of America #2 will be in stores February 21 with a pencils-only variant cover by Dale Eaglesham. “The overwhelming response from the fans has only added to our own tremendous excitement at being part of this great project,” says Eaglesham. “We’re creating a new JSA movement. We’re committed to building something huge and unique,
Yo! Image Comics has dropped another sneak peek of titles shipping soon. This week the company is giving us a glimpse at Fell #7, Pirates of Coney Island #2, Sam Noir: Ronin Holiday #1, and Drink and Draw Volume 1. Take the jump for full color previews!
The Youth Adult Library Services Association has listed Marvel’s Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. and Runaways among the 2007 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. writer Warren Ellis was happy to learn of the title’s recognition by YALSA. “I do it all for the children,” says Ellis. In keeping with the off-beat humor of his book, Ellis added, “It is good to know that the young people of today are ready and waiting for me to form a Church.” Brian K. Vaughan was also thrilled to hear that Digests Volumes 4-6 (Runaways VOL 2 HC)
The New York Comic-Con has posted the schedule for the February 23-25 convention. Some of the highlights include: Capturing Female Readers George Perez Spotlight Marvel: World War Hulk Jeff Smith Spotlight Hellboy: Blood and Iron Preview Afro Samurai Director’s Cut DCU: A Better Tomorrow – Today! Kevin Smith Spotlight AND LOTS MORE! See the complete list and details at the show site. via New York Comic Con (link)
After a successful release at the San Diego International Comic-Con in 2006, fans have been anticipating the next installment of Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair saga. Well, wait no more. Issue 2 is in stores right now!
Or – “Hotwings, Hot Women, Anna Punch Inna Face! When Dan Slott relaunched She-Hulk a couple of years ago, I didn’t expect to buy it. It was on my list of “I’ll pick it up off the stands” titles, the ones I used to get when I had a couple of extra bucks. Now, even though “extra bucks” are a thing of the past, I’ve moved She-Hulk to my must-buy list. Why? Because it’s brilliant, crafting an unexpected and interesting story out of a former second-tier girl knockoff and diverse elements of Marvel’s huge continuity tapestry. Where do leftover androids,
A little tid-bit for those that read your Variety articles closely today. (Filmmaker Zack) Snyder, who made his feature directorial debut with horror remake “Dawn of the Dead,” is in pre-production on “Watchmen,” based on Alan Moore’s DC Comics comicbook, for Warners. So there you go – another installment of the “Will they or won’t they make the Watchmen movie?”, this time leaning toward the Will They . via Variety (link)
Or – “Goodbye, Yellow Claw Road…” Wow, that’s a really terrible play on words, even for me. Sorry ’bout that. In the previous five issues of Agents of Atlas, we’ve seen everything but the kitchen sink: erstwhile gods, apes with guns, resurrections, insurrections, lost princesses of undersea kingdoms, evil corporate entities, even automotons with death rays, and each issue has been consistently excellent. Mostly shunning the industry-wide shift towards decompression, Agents of Atlas has been a high-speed tilt-a-whirl ride which takes all the old pulp and movie serial elements and put them together in a whole new matrix of awesome.