- Last week’s wrap-up of Superman & The Golden Age Legion in Action Comics was really, surprisingly enjoyable and probably the best comic Geoff Johns has ever written. I can now actually recommend a Geoff Johns comic. Who’da thunk it?
- On the Secret Retailer Forum, I’d been watching and not one retailer out of the hundreds that participate there was asking for more copies of Secret Invasion #1. Apparently no one at all sold out. And yet… due to “demand” Marvel is releasing a second printing a week later. I’m curious where the demand was… I couldn’t see any. Does anyone believe that story anymore?
- Hibbs kicks Wizard in the teeth and deservedly so. Go read it.
- I have no problem at all selling manga, specific manga, to non-manga readers at the comics shop. Stuff that would otherwise fit their tastes of course… But I will never sell a manga to a “superhero” reader, because I don’t think they’re interested in the medium of comics so much as the superhero content via any delivery system. Maybe this is obvious, but the sales of recently-completed series’ Death Note, Dragon Head, and Drifting Classroom to a wide array of people who would say or have said that they “hate manga” really put that into perspective for me.
- I’m personally aware that producing regular single issues and competing in the direct market is not “the way” for alternative and art comix, but at the same time I miss having weeks where every single new comic on the stands wasn’t a superhero/fantasy/zombie genre book. No more Love & Rockets, no more Eightball, and a minimum of a year between issues of everything else… I think that except for Young Liars #2 and Ganges this week*, every other comic book is a mainstream/direct market/fantastical element sort of thing, and that’s just a little disappointing…?
*: I totally forgot about Criminal #2, which I just read, and was fan-fucking-tastic. Best book of the week. Faith in comics: Maintained!