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Old 06-03-11, 04:12 PM
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I take it back, THIS was my first Batman comic.

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Good times.

Even though I hadn't seen the Adam West show, I too was a little taken back by the violent nature of the comics. In Year 3, there's a flash back to a midget Joker beating Robin with a crow bar, and the next scene Robin's face is horribly disfigured and he's tied to a chair with a time bomb in the room.

Then Dick Grayson's parents were shown falling from their trapeze act, screaming to their deaths. The villain stabbed some guy in a bar, and then slashed a nuns face.

And this was all in a Code Approved comic.
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Somewhat related, but when the Watchmen movie came out it did show up for sale at places like Target. What's kind of cool is that some new Marvel toys that I saw at Target also include an issue Secret Wars that feature those characters.

I'm just a casual reader that buys a trade every now and then, but I think Marvel and DC need and can do better promotional work to tie in their comics with the movies other then a small little display at a book store that few people travel in to. Digital can help, but they need to promote it better. Have the entire story arcs that some of the movies take themes from available, or cheaper digitally that folks can read on their iPad's. Have Bane in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises? Sell Knightfall for $10 digitally.
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Old 06-03-11, 04:17 PM
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Four new Green Lantern titles announced

http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/06...en-lantern-1s/

GREEN LANTERN #1

Geoff Johns has been charting the adventures of Hal Jordan and the GREEN LANTERN Corps since GREEN LANTERN: Rebirth, collaborating with such major artists as Ethan Van Sciver, Darwyn Cooke, Prentis Rollins, Marlo Alquiza and Mick Gray.

This fall, Johns reunites with artists Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy, as the series begins anew with GREEN LANTERN #1 with cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. Together they will continue to thrill readers and expand the Green Lantern mythos.

Change is coming. But set aside your fear. Itíll be worth the wait.

Additional titles include:

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1

When deadly conflicts emerge across the universe, itís up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and an elite Green Lantern strike force to keep the peace.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 will be written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna. The cover to #1 is by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy.

GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1

Who are The New Guardians?

The power of Rage, Avarice, Fear, Will, Hope, Compassion and Love combine to be the most powerful (and colorful) team in the corps under the leadership of Kyle Rayner. Beware their power . . . and their volatility!

GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1 will be written by Tony Bedard and illustrated with cover by Tyler Kirkham and Batt.

RED LANTERNS #1

Going solo. Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corps return in their own series, battling against injustice in the most bloody ways imaginable. This Lantern Corps takes no prisoners, they are judge, jury and executioners!

RED LANTERNS #1 will be written by Peter Milligan with art and cover by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter.
It doesn't seem like Green Lantern is going to be affected much by the reboot, so this gives me hope it may not be as big a deal as I first feared. So long as the rumors of Superman: One More Day and Babs as Batgirl don't come true...
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Old 06-03-11, 04:23 PM
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So it doesn't sound like much of a reboot anymore if Green Lantern is just carrying on, just with a new #.
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Old 06-03-11, 04:41 PM
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So it doesn't sound like much of a reboot anymore if Green Lantern is just carrying on, just with a new #.
Yes and no.

The earlier Firestorm solicit says Ronnie is getting de-aged and becoming a high school student. Also the new JLA origin has Cyborg as a founding member instead of Martian Manhunter.

So some things are definitely changing, although hopefully it won't be as much as first thought.

The CoIE reboot was similar in that some characters were drastically changed and others were barely changed. For example, Superman was drastically changed when John Byrne rebooted him. His power was massively toned down, he was never Superboy, and he became the true last survivor of Krypton with Kara and Krypto wiped from existence. However, Batman was barely changed at all. Other than a new origin for Jason Todd there wasn't any significant difference in the Batman comics.
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I feel so old. Everyone's first comics are titles that came out when I was starting college.

My first "Batman" comic:

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Old 06-03-11, 06:49 PM
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I'm attaching the cover for the new Justice League International. I thought I knew my DC (been reading since I was 6 and since we're all sharing--which is cool--my first comic, that I remember, was an old cheap Superman Family I found in a used bookstore. Supergirl was on the cover. I should try and find it). Can you help me? Is that Donna in the bottom left corner? And who is that between Fire and Booster's arm up in the upper right corner?

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8 Questions About the DCU Reboot.
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Old 06-03-11, 09:32 PM
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Is that Donna in the bottom left corner?
At first I heard it was Donna. But then I heard it's a completely new character.

And who is that between Fire and Booster's arm up in the upper right corner?
That would be August General In Iron. He was part of The Great Ten, the premiere Chinese Superteam in the DC Universe.

http://www.comicvine.com/august-gene...iron/29-41235/
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Old 06-04-11, 12:01 AM
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I feel so old. Everyone's first comics are titles that came out when I was starting college.

My first "Batman" comic:

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That looks pretty cool. I always liked covers like those that piqued your curiosity and wonder, "How did THAT happen? I MUST buy this issue to find out!"
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It may have made some money had there been readily available digital comics in 2008, but the thing is you still have to actively go looking for those online. There's no equivalent to placing a spindle of comics next to a checkout register and letting the covers call for attention from people in a store who may not have even been thinking about comic books when they walked in and began shopping.
An interesting sidebar to your point, something very interesting showed up at Costco in the last couple of days. Marvel has apparently put three issues of Thor, Captain America, and X-Men together in a plastic bag and is selling them at Costco for a total of $3.79. That is the first time I had ever seen anything like that in a Costco, somewhat tucked away in the book section. I was a little disappointed that DC did not think to do anything like that for Green Lantern.
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An interesting sidebar to your point, something very interesting showed up at Costco in the last couple of days. Marvel has apparently put three issues of Thor, Captain America, and X-Men together in a plastic bag and is selling them at Costco for a total of $3.79. That is the first time I had ever seen anything like that in a Costco, somewhat tucked away in the book section. I was a little disappointed that DC did not think to do anything like that for Green Lantern.
Two things:

1) I remember finding lots of such 3-issue packages from both Marvel and DC when I first really began reading comics at places like Value City. The DC collections included a cardboard insert that doubled as a sheet of trading cards you could cut out and collect. Naturally, they never came out properly cut and I should have just preserved the sheet as it was. Those assortments of back issues were the first chance I really had to begin getting caught up as a reader and I cannot emphasize enough the role they played in making me feel comfortable and confident exploring these new worlds.

2) I spent last weekend with my wife and her family in Ohio for her grandmother's 90th birthday. We went to breakfast one morning at a Buehler's grocery (they have a diner inside the grocery story) and on our way out I stopped to browse their magazine selection. DC has put out a magazine sized collection of GL stories, with a $9.99 cover price(!). It seems to me that Marvel has definitely bested DC with their approach.
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At first I heard it was Donna. But then I heard it's a completely new character.



That would be August General In Iron. He was part of The Great Ten, the premiere Chinese Superteam in the DC Universe.

http://www.comicvine.com/august-gene...iron/29-41235/
Dammit! I should have known that. I read every issue of 52 (probably last set of floppies I bought; oh no wait, i bought Legion of 3 Worlds, because I'm a huge Legion fan).

Thanks for the replies. I will now propose that that's Black Canary in a new costume and no wig. (The blonde hair is the wig and Dinah has dark hair, right? I can't remember. I know Supergirl is blonde and the wig is brown as Linda. My earliest comic book memories, are of me as a wee lad, and Supergirl in back issues of Superman Family when she was in the hot pants look. Yum).
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2) I spent last weekend with my wife and her family in Ohio for her grandmother's 90th birthday. We went to breakfast one morning at a Buehler's grocery (they have a diner inside the grocery story) and on our way out I stopped to browse their magazine selection. DC has put out a magazine sized collection of GL stories, with a $9.99 cover price(!). It seems to me that Marvel has definitely bested DC with their approach.
Marvel's doing the same. I've seen Thor and Captain America magazine/comic reprints at grocery stores in my area.


In other news - Barnes & Nobles nationwide are expanding their comic output.



We'll see how long it lasts.

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In other news - Barnes & Nobles nationwide are expanding their comic output.

We'll see how long it lasts.
That's nice, but it still doesn't expand access to comics to a community like mine. Kids out here have no more access to a B&N than to a LCS. We've got them in Louisville, but not in the adjacent county where I live.
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My first Batman comic book after being a fan of the cartoons and 60s series in reruns. It just seemed so brutal and dangerous! Warped my mind!

I was still more of a Marvel fan until around Crisis and post Crisis. And Dark Knight Returns of course.
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In other news - Barnes & Nobles nationwide are expanding their comic output.
That picture, in my opinion, is what's kind of wrong with DC and Marvel's line.
It's like, holy crap, which Batman comic do I buy? Which is the real one?

I think that's part of the reason why I've always enjoyed picking up comics from the spinner rack in a drug store. You had Batman, Amazing Spider-man, Action Comics, Uncanny X-Men, The Hulk, Punisher, and Wonder Woman. If you picked up Batman, you went home feeling like THIS is the Batman story.

But going to the comic shop, or in this case B&N, the importance of the story seems less substantial because there's 8 different Batman titles there.
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At last! My lifelong dream of owning Action Comics #1 is within my reach!
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That picture, in my opinion, is what's kind of wrong with DC and Marvel's line.
It's like, holy crap, which Batman comic do I buy? Which is the real one?

I think that's part of the reason why I've always enjoyed picking up comics from the spinner rack in a drug store. You had Batman, Amazing Spider-man, Action Comics, Uncanny X-Men, The Hulk, Punisher, and Wonder Woman. If you picked up Batman, you went home feeling like THIS is the Batman story.

But going to the comic shop, or in this case B&N, the importance of the story seems less substantial because there's 8 different Batman titles there.
I agree entirely. I talked about all this with a friend of mine last night, and he's a far more dedicated comics reader than I have ever been. I made the remark that it's one thing to run a 22-part storyline, but it's quite another to run a 22-part storyline across five different titles in the span of three months. It's simply overwhelming and discouraging for new readers.

I love episodic storytelling that rewards readers and viewers who invest themselves. TV shows have demonstrated that most of us prefer to have a sense that things are actually going somewhere, that events of one story have consequences on subsequent stories. I'm on board with ongoing story arcs. Having parallel series is not the problem; having a massive storyline told across those parallel series is a problem.

It's okay for a reader to pick up the current issue and say, "This is apparently part #7 of 22 parts," and then decide if he or she wants to track down the preceding six parts. That reader should not, however, have to buy four other issues that same day.

The other part of this is that what frequently forces publishers to hold these reboots from a creative perspective is that they get so carried away allowing writers to do outrageous things that affect nearly every character owned by that publisher that eventually the writers begin to realize they've painted one another into a corner. If these massive storylines were more judiciously metered out and confined to specific characters and their mythos, there'd be less instance of this kind of stuff.

For instance, it's okay if you kill Superman and bring him back. But why does that have to in turn set Hal Jordan off on becoming Parallax? Let Superman die and come back, and let Hal go crazy if you want, but keep them separate. There's no reason that Superman and Green Lantern need to co-mingle their stories. A writer should be able to tell a multiple part Batman story with Robin without worrying about what Robin is also being shown doing in the pages of a Teen Titans storyline on sale at the same time.

The Star Wars Expanded Universe model is infeasible for something like DC Comics to follow, and yet I keep feeling like that's their template. Each story has to "build on" other stories, which sounds like a reward for loyal readers. But eventually it becomes an unwieldy, impenetrable mess for newcomers. The only way to guard against that kind of mess is to make stories accessible, and someone at the top needs to understand that may mean telling established readers that they're going to have to make do with one or two storylines per principle character, told in one or two ongoing titles. Let Batman readers be able to ignore Detective Comics and vice versa. If Batman and Detective Comics are done well, they'll maintain respectable sales.
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At last! My lifelong dream of owning Action Comics #1 is within my reach!
Funny you say this, because last night I actually bought Action Comics #1 at Half Price Books! It was a 1988 reprint, but it's still nice to say.
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The current speculation is that this will just be a new "event" catered around the Flash where he crosses over to this new universe, then will slowly start to figure out that things are not feeling right. After he crosses back that universe will be their version of the Ultimate brand and things will go back to the way they were.
Where did you see this rumor?

The lead in to all this is a crossover called Flashpoint, where the Flash gets lost in another universe where everything is changed, and he and Booster Gold try to fix it. After this concludes, we go back to the "real" DC Earth, but apparently things are still a little screwed up (but not as much as in Flashpoint Earth), thus the differences in universes. It'd be really lame if the concept of this new universe was just an extension of the lead-in mini.

Of course Green Lantern is untouched. First off, Johns writes it, and he's the architect of the new universe. Second, Green Lantern and Batman are the top selling titles DC has, I doubt Batman changes all that much either. But there are significant changes. de-aging Ronnie, Cyborg being more prominent, Captain Atom becoming Dr. Manhatten in some weird case of irony, Hawkman becoming Wolverine, etc.

The kid who gets his first Ipad four months into the reboot can easily buy back issues, and the back issues will actually be cheaper. However, there will have to be a huge marketing push for the comicology app, and I think a change in the interface to make it easier to load/buy. At least the last time I used it, it wasn't great in terms of browsing titles, which is a huge thing As I said before, they give away some comics for free now, and I doubt the downloads even for those are that significant.

edited to add: I guess those reports of the bigger B&N comic sections are true, and probably timed to coincide with the don't-call-it-a-reboot, which makes sense, and allays the concerns about people being confused by different bat books, etc. Still, how long before that section is trashed like the manga section usually is? Which I guess is ok if new fans are actually reading it, but at some point they have to actually be buying it to make a difference, right? Which brings me to something else I actually always wondered... how many people actually buy magazines from bookstores these days at cover price? They have such a wide selection, I guess there are impulse buys, but I'd think the majority of them are returned to the publishers.

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This is just a rumor so far, but this is supposedly the cover to Batman #1.



WTF is up with Riddler's hair? Its like a mohawk shaped into a question mark. I know DC is trying to be younger and hipper, but that is just plain retarded.

Also is that Pyg on the left? It looks like it may be, so perhaps Morrison's work won't be retconned and there won't be too much rebooting in the Batverse. Other than Riddler's stupid haircut.
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Looks like Batman's getting a boner from beating people up.
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Where did you see this rumor?
I'm hardly a well-informed reader these days, but it seems like DC themselves have implied this with their "don't call it a reboot" statement. If this is supposed to stop short of being a reboot, then it stands to reason that more things are staying the same than changing.

The kid who gets his first Ipad four months into the reboot can easily buy back issues, and the back issues will actually be cheaper. However, there will have to be a huge marketing push for the comicology app, and I think a change in the interface to make it easier to load/buy. At least the last time I used it, it wasn't great in terms of browsing titles, which is a huge thing As I said before, they give away some comics for free now, and I doubt the downloads even for those are that significant.
That kid can still at best only have access to whatever back issues exist as digital comics, though. Also, I was trying to raise the question of how the digital comic model makes younger readers conscious of comics. To even find them you do sort of have to know to go looking for them, or at the very least buy e-books from a retailer who allocates promotional space on their site for digital comics.

Regarding back issue prices, that's a variable. Since I got back into reading in the last year or so I've managed to find most of what I want at less than cover price by being patient and selective, and willing to thumb through the quarter boxes. Just yesterday I picked up Action Comics #901, the current issue, for $1.22. (And yes, I realize that buying the current issue used means I have actively cheapened the new issue sales upon which DC relies. It's the first such current issue I've bought this way.)

I guess those reports of the bigger B&N comic sections are true, and probably timed to coincide with the don't-call-it-a-reboot, which makes sense, and allays the concerns about people being confused by different bat books, etc.
There's still nothing comparable to the drugstore spindle. Yes, the selection was meager, the only back issues were last month's lingerers that hadn't been removed, etc. But consider all the kids whose parents don't frequent a national chain bookseller like B&N, or don't even have such a bookseller in their community. Let's face it: parents don't promote reading because they're not much on reading, themselves. Exposure to print--regardless of medium--is dwindling and it's not because kids won't read. It's because parents aren't asking them to read, or even cultivating an environment in which kids even think of reading as anything more than an obnoxious part of school.

By relying on B&N as its mass retailer, the comics industry is still only preaching to the converted.
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Incidentally, Ty Templeton just responded to a post of mine on his blog about this very subject. I really do recommend taking a look at the initial post, which is a cartoon satirizing DC's 52 #1s scheme, but for the lazy here are his remarks about the subject of comic sales. My apologies for the large block of text, but that's exactly how he posted it, and I'm not about to take it upon myself to edit the guy.

During the 90s, there was a company called VIZ publishing, that was absolutely insistent on reaching kids where they were, not where comics were. They were available in TOYS R US stores, they were available in book stores, they were available on the same magazine racks that sold Time Magazine. They were printed on cheap newsprint, and had TONS of stories in each issue, of characters that kids saw on their TV shows. The characters included Naruto, Pokemon, Dragon Ball, etc. And you know what…? Viz comics sold in the hundreds of thousands. Their main book (Shonen Jump) had a regular circulation of over HALF A MILLION each month. And when you brought this to the attention of comic creators, that Viz was monumentally kicking Marvel’s ass, each and every month, you’d get the same response every time….”That’s not really comics, so it doesn’t count”. Oblivious to the fact that kids were reading it in droves, you’d still hear that X-Men was the best selling comic in North America, even though it wasn’t in the top ten. Disney Adventures Comics used to do a hell of a lot more than X-Men did, because it was available in grocery stores, next to the equally best selling Archie Digests. Comics as a medium do just fine if you get them to the people who might want to read them. Superman and Batman Magazine (available through Welch Publishing and Publisher’s Clearing House) had a SUBSCRIPTION rate of 400,000 readers each month, but when Welch was picked up by Marvel, and they canceled the book (obviously) DC had no interest in relaunching it as their own title. The only conclusion one can reach is that the folks “in charge”, have no interest in being a profitable business model. They’re only interested in maintaining the dwindling market that’s stuck in a death spiral.
You want to save comics? Print them on newsprint, sell them in variety stores again, and stop catering to super-hero fans and comic stores to the detriment of the industry. But it’s not like that’s news.
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