Top Comic Book Sales for April 2017 | Comic Spectrum

If you’re Marvel, then yes, shipping 93 comics, many of which are $4.99, when your biggest competitor is shipping 78 comics, at least half of which are $2.99, will always help your chances in being the market leader — especially when you’re playing the 1st issue onslaught game that retailers have absolutely no choice in…

Meanwhile, As We Wait for Southern Bastards . . .

Well today is kinda cool. pic.twitter.com/GnNk4d64UG — Jason Aaron (@jasonaaron) April 17, 2017 Well, those of us (and we are legion) waiting around (im)patiently for more Southern Bastards can thank the upcoming SCALPED TV show and the developing SOUTHERN BASTARDS TV show as well as both Jasons, Aaron & Latour’s, contractual commitments at Marvel for the wait and…

EXTREMITY from Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics

Finally read the first two issues of Extremity and I gotta say I’m really digging this new series from Image Comics via Skybound Entertainment. Action packed, fast-paced storytelling with good and very energetic art. I think in this case it really helps that the creator/writer/aritst Daniel Warren Johnson is drawing the story himself. With Extremity it looks…

Asians ARE NOT ‘Oriental’, Co-Creator of Iron Fist! | Legion of Leia

Asians ARE NOT ‘Oriental’, Co-Creator of Iron Fist! Earlier this week, I argued how casting an Asian-American as Danny Rand might have benefitted Marvel/Netflix’s adaptation of Iron Fist. It seems Co-Creator of Iron Fist, Roy Thomas had a few words of his own as well. And they were…. Well, let’s just say that my blood…

Panel Patter Gives Respect to Jaime Hernandez & Love and Rockets

Panel Patter Gives Respect to Jaime Hernandez & Love and Rockets Head on over to Panel Patter for Scott Cederlund’s poignant (and rather timely) take on the ever seminal, transcendent and legendary Love and Rockets: The Death of Speedy by the great cartoonist Jaime Hernandez (one-half of the writer/artist creators of the 35 years-plus old…

Role Casting in the Modern Era

As comic book fans — and by natural extension, comic book movie fans — we tend to get a bit passionate about prospective and rumored casting of roles as well as the actual official casting. And in these times of ultra-successful comic-adapted superhero action movies, plenty of actors come out of the woodwork stating a…

The River’s Edge | Riverdale Pilot Commentary

Obviously the inspiration for this adaptation, particularly in tone, is more owed to the recently rebooted Archie comics than the old school originals that began in the golden age of comics during the 1940s. So going in with that and the fact that it’s a modern day teen show on the CW with a mysterious…

Quote | THE FIX artist Steve Lieber in IMAGE+ #3

Was re-reading the third issue of Image Comics’ awesome comics magazine, IMAGE+ (June, cover dated September), and in that issue there is an interview with THE FIX co-creator and artist Steve Lieber that I think is worthy of spotlight. I think his words here highlight one of the main issues many have with the company-owned comics, whether it’s…

Commentary | Star Trek: Beyond

STAR TREK: BEYOND. It was a highly fun and entertaining movie, right in line with the previous two of this J.J. Abrams reboot. We left feeling like it was really good, and I still have that thought a few days later. Coincidentally, there was a theme that ran through the story, a timely theme of…

Commentary | AMC’S Preacher: Season 1

After the excellent and humorous 6th episode “Sundowner” from a couple of weeks back, PREACHER and I have finally reached an accord with each other, I suppose. I’m starting to judge it less in comparison to its comic book/graphic novel source material, finally. Last week’s episode, “He Gone” was fairly good. Still, I have issues…

DC Universe Rebirth: Lost. Legacy. Love. Life.

From a DCU outsider’s point of view. So DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 was a damn good read. Even for this relative DCU outsider who didn’t have the deepest points of memory reference for a lot of the DCU touchstones and timeline mile markers the story touched on. I was particularly immersed in the meta-textual aspect…

Geoff Johns Now Co-Head of DC Movies

Broken News Commentary: Finally, like with the television division, a comic book guy is in place to be able to ensure that certain other creative minds don’t go too far off the comic book reservation with the movies. A swift move that should be very effective. The great comics industry journalist Heidi MacDonald writes via…

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stepheson on the Comics Industry

So one of the big stories this past week in comics land was the poignant, pointed and ugly-truthful comments by Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson at the ComicsPRO’s annual membership meeting. Essentially Stephenson called out his own industry, a move I wholeheartedly applaud. Newsarama got a hold of the transcript and I’ve lifted some key quotes…

The Merc with a Mouth in a Movie | Thoughts on the Deadpool flick

For an action movie with a foulmouthed blabbermouth antihero, it’s pretty good. The opening sequence let’s you know right away (and any parents who may have foolishly brought their little ones expecting Spider-Man, Iron Man or Captain America fare) what the nature of this movie is going to be about and what kind of content you…

Perspective: State of the Comics Industry in 1999 via Warren Ellis

– by Brandon L. Rucker – So for the first time in well over a decade I am re-reading COME IN ALONE, the trade paperback collection of Warren Ellis‘ year-long column at Comic Book Resources that ran from December 1999 to December 2000. It’s a starkly honest observation and analysis of the seriously ailing comics…

Greg Rucka on the Big Two of DC & Marvel

In a recent Greg Rucka Debrief on the Word Balloon with John Siuntres podcast (dated January 15, 2016), Siuntres, the comic industry’s greatest comic book conversationalist (not named Jonah Weiland of CBR), discussed as usual a great deal of ranging and fascinating topics with writer/creator Greg Rucka. At one point in the 2-plus hour conversation…

Once More Unto the Well | Thoughts on the Comic Book Industry

By Brandon L. Rucker Brian Hiibbs has historically overreacted to things happening in the market. And as usual I disagree with his chicken little perspective. As what’s very obviously just a niche market in this modern era (meaning the days of half a million-to-a-million-selling issues are waaaaaaay behind us), the only way the comics publishing…

Creator-Owned Comics Demand Patience

By Brandon L. Rucker And that’s all right.  I’m good with it.  However, some folks feel entitled to having all comics be monthly, thanks to the periodical standard set ages ago (although going way back many titles from the Golden Age and early Silver Age were actually bi-monthly).  Me, I’m a fairly patient dude.  I…

CBDA – Comic Book Diversification Act

By Brandon L. Rucker Another column I would write if I were actively still doing comics journalism would be based on the theme that what you’re seeing in modern comics (and expanded media) is what I call the Comic Book Diversification Act.  It essentially amounts to the atonement of a past and legacy littered with the exclusion…

A Lament for the 1980s Era of Comics

By Brandon L. Rucker It’s too bad I’ve lost the will to thoroughly engage in comics journalism anymore, otherwise I’d be writing a big ol’ thematic column about how the storytelling sensibilities of the 1980s — arguably the best decade critically for superhero comics — will never be allowed to return. The days of handing…