Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Wash: 12/23/09

o If you ever wondered what Eric Shanower or David Mazzucchelli look like, here's your chance, courtesy of Publishers Weekly.

Turns out they might just be the Best-Dressed Men in Comics, actually. There should be an Eisner for that.

o Comic-book journalism at its best.

Jonah Weiland is the owner and editor-in-chief of the leading North American comics news Web site, in case you were wondering. He's not officially the head of Marvel's PR department yet.

o The DC solicitations for March 2010 are out, and there's a book titled Nemesis.

o The Marvel solicitations for March 2010 are out, as well, and there's a book titled Nemesis in them, as well.

So March 2010 will be an exciting month for people interested in comic books titled Nemesis. (Nice touch: The DC one is actually called Nemesis: The Imposters. At least they're upfront about it.)

Also: Prelude to Deadpool Corps #1-5, a weekly miniseries with art by—better sit down—Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Philip Bond, Paco Medina and Kyle Baker. Gah. Talk about cognitive dissonance.

Other titles of note: Iron Man 1.5, a three-part miniseries by Joe Casey and Barry Kitson, set in-between the two Iron Man films; and The Mystic Hands of Dr. Strange, a one-shot with work by Kieron Gillen, Peter Milligan and Frazer Irving, among others.

And The Twelve: Spearhead, interestingly, a one-shot drawn and written by Chris Weston, hopefully an indication that the Twelve maxiseries, drawn by Weston and written by J. Michael Straczynski and in limbo since 2008, will be finished next year.

o With Joe the Barbarian #1 around the corner (a stunningly beautiful book that'll only be $ 1.00, I should add), writer Grant Morrison talks to Jeffrey Renaud at Comic Book Resources:

I've kind of figured out after all these years, how to make Batman and Superman just as personal as anything else. It would be hard to do that stuff without having some personal stake in it. […]

When I do a Vertigo project, I often read people say, "It's good to see Grant doing something personal again"—and I always appreciate it when readers are keen to see me do my own thing, but all the stories I do are personally expressive of where my head's at when I'm doing them; it's just that the creator-owned stuff can be more ambitious, more concentrated maybe.

That's my entry to Morrison's DC Universe work in a nutshell. I couldn't tell you what Final Crisis means in the grander scheme of DC's continuity or whatever, but I can totally appreciate it as a very personal Grant Morrison story—because, at the end of the day, that's what it is, clearly.

o Paul O'Brien's Marvel sales column for November is up. Every month, without fail, there is this one guy who posts this large treatise in the comments that invariably starts with "Well, I told you so," which is plainly fantastic and will hopefully continue throughout 2010.

The indie and DC columns have also been posted, meanwhile.

o I posted a review of Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth and Lee Loughridge's Stumptown #1 on Monday. I've read a couple of reviews of the book that say Stumptown "doesn't reinvent the wheel," or some such nonsense—let me humbly submit that if that's all you have to say, you've probably been asleep at the same.

o Freshly posted: a review of Viking #1, an Image Comics debut by Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein from earlier this year, and another contender for my upcoming "Year in Rearview" list.

And with that, I'm signing off for this week.

Have a good Christmas.

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