The term "cautiously optimistic" comes up, and that seems about right; slowly but surely, retailers seem to be coming around to the ideas that (a) there's no point in fighting digital distribution and (b) the headline doesn't have to be "Digital Comics: Threat or Menace?" if you start thinking about it early enough.
This is good news, I think. Comics retailers won't go away anytime soon—on the contrary, I'm pretty sure those willing and able to adapt to the reality of the market have a bright future ahead of them.
New from Marvel in July: A whole lot of comics I don't care about, with unlikely titles such as Hit-Monkey, World War Hulks: Wolverine Vs. Captain America, Ultimate Comics Mystery or X-Force: Sex and Violence, among dozens of others. Also, eight new Spider-Man comic books, not counting the reprints & sundry, all with a $ 3.99 price tag.
And that Milo Manara cover has to be a parody, right? This looks like Frank Quitely taking the piss out of Greg Land.
Kind of interesting: Gorilla Man, a new three-part mini by Jeff Parker that I probably won't read because Marvel thinks it's a good idea to "enhance" the comic books and the collection with five pounds' worth of rubbish Golden Age comics; a new Captain America spin-off starring Steve Rogers, by Ed Brubaker and Dave Eaglesham; a new creator-owned Brian Michael Bendis/Alex Maleev series called Scarlet from Icon; and the return of Matt Fraction, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá's existing Casanova material, also as an Icon title, with new colors and lettering; and the first paperback collection of Jonathan Hickman's acclaimed Fantastic Four.
Douglas Wolk writes about the art of Brendan McCarthy and Bill Sienkiewicz, who had a couple of new comics out recently.
Tom Crippen, over at The Comics Journal, reviews Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys.
Coming from Image Comics in July: More of the comics that we love, mostly, such as Chew and The Walking Dead. In terms of new stuff, there's a one-shot by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham I'm looking forward to, titled Officer Downe. Because it sounds completely mental, just the way we like it.
New essay riffing on the notions of "continuity" and "shared universes" in superhero comics, responding to David Brothers.