BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for November 17, 2011A comics news article
Bullet Points is Comics Bulletin's weekday roundup of some of the most notable news, criticism, tweets and other craziness of the comics industry.
Think of it as the entire comics internet shrunk down into one convenient article, for people with not enough time to check every single comics website on the Internet.
LOOK AT THIS
That is Lee Marvin, but that is not just any Lee Marvin. That's Lee Marvin as drawn by Darwyn Cooke as part of a gallery in the upcoming deluxe edition of Cooke's adaptation of Richard Stark's Parker novels. The deluxe edition will feature a gallery of various cinematic iterations of Parker, including Marvin and Jim Brown from The Split. I'm hoping Chow Yun Fat's version from Full Contact is in there.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Goddammit, More Marvel Cancellations
Let me just bullet these, ganked from Bleeding Cool:
- Ghost Rider, written by Rob Williams, a few short months before the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance film's February release date.
- X-23 by Marjorie Lieu is on the outs.
- Black Panther: The Man Without Fear by David Liss and (sometimes) Francesco Francavilla will end with #529.
- Villains for Hire, originally a five-issue miniseries, will now be a four-issue mini (not sure if they're just cutting it off at #4 or the story will actually end).
- Punisher MAX will end (officially -- it was not cancelled) with #22 according to Newsarama.
Here's what the last issue of Punisher MAX will look like:
Comic Book Resources points out that, in October, there were books that sold worse than X-23, such as Thunderbolts, X-Factor, Avengers Academy and Ghost Rider. One of those has been cancelled. We should expect the rest to eventually go, too, as Marvel's budgetary mandates cut down more and more titles that aren't performing up to expectations.
Meanwhile, expect me to get angrier and angrier.
Ron Marz Leaves Voodoo
Of all the questionable gender issues happening in the New 52, Voodoo -- a comic about an alien stripper, by Ron Marz and artist Sami Basri -- was actually the least offensive of the controversial titles.
Now Marz is departing the book, as DC editorial wants to take the book in a different direction. To take care of that different direction, DC has tapped writer Josh Williamson (writer of Image Comics' Xenoholics and Oni Press' Sketch Monsters) to take the reins.
Not to bang that gender drum -- wait, fuck it, I'll bang that drum all day. I was really apologizing more for you than for me. Anyway, it would have been cool to see a female creator take on this one.
Preview Pages Galore!
- Comics Alliance has an exciting preview of Womanthology (shows off just how amazingly varied the book will be) as well as an (equally exciting) preview of Brandon Graham's "The Speaker," which will debut in Dark Horse Presents #7.
- Newsarama has an exclusive preview of Captain America & Bucky #624.
- Comic Book Resources posted previews of The Mighty Thor #8, Wolverine and the X-Men #2 and Daredevil #7.
READ THIS COMIC
Geoffrey D. Wessel and Jeff Simpson's soccer-themed horror webcomic Keeper is back! This week they've started Issue #2 of the series. Go read it!
LOOK WHO'S TALKING
- I just discovered Koyama Press this year, and they're setting up to be one of my favorite small-scale indie publishers. Chris Mautner interviewed publisher Annie Koyama about the company and the behind-the-scenes story, which is pretty amazing.
- David Uzumeri looks at the recent career of Geoff Johns and a tendency that Uzumeri writes as "Johnsian Literalism."
- Here's a quote from Art Spiegelman about the pain of revisiting Maus, a comic pretty much about the systematic extermination of his family during World War II.
- Lauren Davis explores depression in webcomics.
- Appropriate for this week's Top Ten, over at Bleeding Cool Mark Allen Haverty points out the truth behind a John Byrne/Peter David feud.
- Matt Seneca's Wednesday Sequence this week focuses on a page from Gasoline Alley by Frank King.
- @danharmon: AND, tonight, celebrate Community's unschedulization with the least accessible, least marketable episode in its alienating history!
- @mrbeaks: Okay, East Coast folks, do your stuffs. Watch COMMUNITY on NBC at 8 *or never bitch about shitty TV ever again*. #sixseasonsandamovie
- @neilhimself: Amazing photo of protesting former Police Chief in handcuffs...observer.com/2011/11/former…
- @royalboiler: I think publishers would get a lot better books if instead of asigning scripts to artists, asking creators"what would you be excited to do?"
- @radiomaru: btw I got a lamp. Was bitching about it on twitter the other night. #continuity instagr.am/p/UmXcz/
- @devincf: @radiomaru you're reading SCOTT PILGRIM? How is it?
WATCH THIS VIDEO
I'm listening to the new Art Brut right now, so I'm going to post a song by one of them. This is "Alcoholics Unanimous," off of their third album, Art Brut vs. Satan.
Danny Djeljosevic is a comic book creator, award-winning filmmaker (assuming you have absolutely no follow-up questions), film/music critic for Spectrum Culture and Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin. Follow him on Twitter at @djeljosevic or find him somewhere in San Diego, often wearing a hat. Read his comic, "Sgt. Death and his Metachromatic Men," over at Champion City Comics and check out his other comics at his Tumblr, Sequential Fuckery.