Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Wash: 04/22/10

o "I Adore Superman, and I Hope I Get the Chance to Use Him"

I wouldn't have raised an eyebrow at the quote if it wasn't new Action Comics writer Paul Cornell who said it. You know, Action Comics, the book that used to have Superman in it?

"No, it's Lex Luthor's book, at least for the first story arc. I adore Superman, and I hope I get the chance to use him, but for now I'm pleased to be writing for Lex."

This comes after Marc Guggenheim, previously announced (and solicited) as the writer to take over Action Comics, reportedly threw in the towel because he discovered that his planned story would have to be changed a weensy bit—because the main character would have to be removed from it.

Don't get me wrong. I'm sure Cornell will turn in a good take on Lex Luthor, and I don't mind the notion of cutting down on the number of concurrent Superman titles, given their sales and the fact that it's not the strongest brand in the world right now.

But the kinds of hoops through which DC and Marvel keep forcing themselves for tradition's sake are mind-boggling.

Why not cancel the Superman books that don't, in fact, have Superman in them, and try coming up with a marketing strategy that doesn't ignore the content of what you're peddling?

o "Andy Drew This Beautiful Image of Batman with a Giant Bat on His Head, and I Thought Well I Have to Now Explain the Goddamn Giant Bat"

Grant Morrison talks to Topless Robot's Rob Bricken about Batman. There's nothing new in the interview, but it's always fun to get a peek into Morrison's process, and there are a few nice moments.

Speaking of Grant Morrison's approach to Batman, I should have mentioned the other day that there will be three new Batman comic books by Morrison in July: Batman #701, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4 and Batman and Robin #14. Whatever Morrison happens to be writing has long since become the backbone of what's left of my monthly comic-book purchase—mainly because it tends to be a lot of fun to read.

o "If His 'So What, It’s Comics' Attitude Was a Person, I Would Put On My Steel Toed Boots and Kick It Into a Bloody Pulp"

Heidi MacDonald reports from the convention known as C2E2, including her Media Panel, and doesn't mince words. There was no actual bloodshed, though, as far as I'm aware.

o "Hip Hot-Rodders Take Over a World Gone Crazy, DaddyO!"

IDW's July solicitations are up, and they've got some intriguing material in them. The first chapter of Darwyn Cooke's next Parker adaptation—24 pages for $ 2.00—looks like a pretty good deal, as does Strange Science Fantasy, a new series in which Scott Morse waxes nostalgic, helped by Paul Pope in the first issue.

Also, there are a couple of bulky high-ticket hardcover collections that I wish I had time to read so I could justify the expense, like Mike Grell's Jon Sable, Freelance Omnibus and Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson's X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan strip.

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