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“The Walking Dead” #148 Preview!

7 Nov

So this is coming out in your local comic shop and on Comixology Wednesday November 11:

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And just to get us wondering, we get a glimpse as to what we can expect:

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Leading up to the big 150th issue smackdown, one can only guess as to what’s transpired here!

THE WALKING DEAD #148
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, & CLIFF RATHBURN
COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART

NOVEMBER 11
32 PAGES
B&W
Mature
$2.99

No Turning Back.

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100 Tears: The Comic! – Kickstarter Campaign

27 Oct

If you’re looking for a new book to back, you can’t go wrong with Brian Lee Byrd and Sarah Hollis’ “100 Tears”, the latest series from Master Plot Comics!

So what exactly is the book about?

If this sounds like a book you’d love to back, they would love to have you back it!  It’s a Kickstarter project, meaning you can pledge what you would like, keeping in mind there are reward levels you may want to aim for!  Pledge a dollar, get a desktop background image, receive behind-the-scenes updates, and get a social media thank-you shout-out!  Pledge $10, get a physical copy of the first issue of “100 Tears” plus all the lower-tier goodies!  The goal is $6,000.  When they reach that goal, there are several ‘stretch goals’ that will activate!

Jump in and make a pledge, and pass along this post to any of your friends who would be interested in this series!  There’s even a Refer-a-Friend program that can get you some neat rewards by having your friends get in on the action!  Support independent comics, and thank you for giving “100 Tears” a look!

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DC Listens! “Omega Men” Uncancelled! DC, I’m Back!

19 Sep

Four days ago DC Comics released the news that, due to low sales, several comics were coming to a premature end, including a critical fave, “The Omega Men”.  Cancellations happen in the comics world all the time…what got this particular blogger was that DC co-publisher Dan DiDio had stated in print and online that the comics coming out of “Convergence”, or the DCYou initiative, would have at least twelve issues to tell their tales, and that was a promise DiDio made.  When the news of these cancellations came out, I was angry…absolutely, I wanted to continue reading “Omega Men”….writer Tom King stated that he wrote this series as one big twelve-issue maxi-series…so to have that twelve chopped down to seven would change the experience, and definitely not what the writer originally envisioned.

What got me REALLY angry was that DC was willing to break its promise to the readers, throw out that 12-issue promise, and let’s move on.  I was so angry I wrote a blog about the whole affair.  I tweeted my displeasure, including @TomKingTK in the discussion along with @DCComics.  I even went so far as to e-mail DC through their own website’s comments page.

Mr. King tweeted to me that he appreciated my blog, and recommended (I will be taking him up on his request) to have my LCS pre-order his upcoming Vertigo series “Sheriff of Babylon”.  It begins in December.  Mr. King?  Consider it done!

And then today happened.  Just before 7 pm tonight, Comic Book Resources sent out an e-mail stating DC has changed their mind and has ‘uncancelled’ “Omega Men”, and that the series will get its’ promised 12-issue run, and if sales improve, maybe even beyond!  It is a rare thing when fans can overturn announced cancellations.  As rare as it is, it happened today!  Hooray for the Internet!

Special thanks go out to DC’s @JimLee and @DanDiDio1 for realizing that a promise is a promise.  For that, I am willing to forgive, and am happy I have “Omega Men” for at least another eight issues.  THANK YOU DC!!!

DC Comics Cancels Five Titles, Including “Omega Men”! DC, I’m Done!

14 Sep

The news came in over the weekend from Comic Book Resources that DC Comics has decided to end five titles and change the team on an on-going.  As a loooooooong-time DC reader, let’s break this down:

New Creative Team: Catwoman

Catwoman #44

Writer Genevieve Valentine will be working on the “Batman and Robin Eternal” weekly, so perhaps she’s leaving Catwoman under her own accord.  The critics have enjoyed the book during her tenure so hopefully the new team can keep it going in a positive direction.

Cancelled: Justice League United

Justice League United #13

I enjoyed this book when it first started off and was written by Jeff Lemire.  After he left to do “Hawkeye” for Marvel, Jeff Parker took over and it really hasn’t been my cup o’ tea since.  Book ends with the 16th issue in December.

Cancelled: Gotham by Midnight

Gotham By Midnight Vol. 1: We Do Not Sleep TP

I picked up the first issue, and I guess I’m not much into the mystical side of the DCU (tried getting into “Justice League Dark” to no avail).  It was a pretty book, though.  Last issue is #12.

Cancelled: Doomed

Doomed #1

I love Superman.  It was my first-ever comic book read.  Issue #307 I believe.  The character holds a special place in my heart.  I read the Death of Superman (got the polybagged floppy with the black armband) at the hands of Doomsday.  I just couldn’t warm up to the New 52 version of Doomsday – seriously, once you kill your enemy, where do you take the story from there? – and this book piqued my interest…not one bit.  It’s believed #6 will be the last.

Cancelled: Lobo

Lobo #1

The original Lobo, introduced in the original “Omega Men” series in the ’80s, was cool, hip, and a bunch of other words that will date me if I continue to use them.  The New 52 Lobo was not the same ‘bastitch’ I came to know and love.  So I ignored this wanna-be (ending with issue #13) and hoped, one day, my beloved Omega Men would one day find a home in this new DCYou-niverse.  And much to my surprise, that day came:

Cancelled: The Omega Men

The Omega Men #1

The news that this will be cancelled after seven issues, this one hurts.  It’s personal.  Tom King gave us a re-imagining of this team – Primus, Tigorr, Broot, DOC, Scrapps, Cutlass, Kalista – and Kyle Rayner (Green Lantern) a new direction.  This book was beautiful to look at, and exciting to read.  You never knew where you were headed with this comic.  It was my favourite title after a couple of issues, and DC Co-publisher Dan DiDio promised that the DCYou books would get at least a twelve-issue run, so a reader figured this would be a book that the story could build organically without worrying about getting axed due to low sales.  Apparently the book has had low sales…the August 2015 list shows “The Omega Men” #3 in 154th place.

Over the forty years I’ve been reading comics, I’ve seen start-ups and cancellations, reboots upon reboots, but this one really upsets me.  As a reader, we’re ‘promised’ at least 12 issues.  It has been stated by the writer of “The Omega Men” himself, Tom King, that he had a 12-issue story arc and as quoted by Bleeding Cool:

I view the first twelve issues of this series as a complete story with a beginning, middle and—most oddly for comics—an end. Every panel, every line of dialogue is planned out to serve that basic twelve issue arc.

So what we’re gonna get now is a rewritten story now having to be stuffed into the remaining few monthlies, an unsatisfying end to what has been a glorious read thus far.

To say the least….. I am NOT happy with DC.

I haven’t been happy with Marvel for a long time, and I only buy their “Star Wars” books – I was buying ’em when Dark Horse was publishing the line, and I’m a sucker for anything Star Wars – and it appears I am going to have to take that stance now with DC.  I will buy the rest of “The Omega Men” as the issues come out, hell, I’ll even buy the trade that collects these issues to have proudly displayed on my shelf.  Otherwise…..

I’m done, DC.

You have no idea what to do with your line of super-heroes.  I’ve enjoyed “Batman” and “Superman”.  Hell, I started reading “Batman” cuz of the New 52 reboot, and have bought and enjoyed it every month since.  You let me down with “Superman” after George Perez left, and “Action Comics” was good until Grant Morrison finished his run.  The latest iterations of these books are bringing greatness back to Supes, but cripes, Batman’s not Batman lately, and Superman’s not super, and….I like change as much as the next Joe, I really do.  But DC, as a comic publisher you are not showing COMMITMENT to your customer base.  Yes, times are tough and it’s a fickle marketplace.  But…

DO NOT PROMISE ONE THING AND GO BACK ON THAT PROMISE.

Was twelve issues too much to ask?  You’re still printing “All Star Section 8”, which was #155 in the monthly list (one worse than “The Omega Men”) and they started at the same time!  I committed to that book by buying every issue out so far, and promoting the hell out of it on this blog, on reddit, to friends…I would not have put the effort into it if I knew you weren’t going to keep your promise.

This is just a small blog, not a huge following by any means, and I’m sure it will escape notice from Dan and DC.  Tom King, thank you for bringing this group of characters to life, and for putting out a book I could get behind.  I appreciate the work you put into this!

Going forward, make mine….independent.