Retail chain Books-A-Million has followed the lead of Barnes & Noble, pulling from its shelves the 100 graphic novels DC Comics plans to sell exclusively on Amazon’s new Kindle Fire.
Barnes & Noble, the largest bookstore chain in the United States, removed the top-selling titles late last week — they include The Sandman, Fables, Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns — citing a policy “that unless we receive all formats of a title to make available to our customers, we will not sell those physical titles in our stores.”
Publishers Weekly reports that Books-A-Million, which operates 211 stores in 23 states, has taken the same position, with CEO Terrance Finley saying in a press release that supporting a publisher that “selectively limits distribution of their content” isn’t in the best interest of the store’s customers.
“We will not promote titles in our stores showrooms if publishers choose to pursue these exclusive arrangements that create an uneven playing field in the marketplace,” he continued.
DC’s deal with Amazon apparently only lasts for four months, beginning Nov. 15, so it remains to be seen whether Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million will return the graphic novels to their shelves when the exclusive arrangement lapses in mid-March.
Yeah. Comics are dying and need MORE exposure, so I don’t really get why DC went with an exclusive deal in the first place.
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But it reminded me of some of the most annoying aspects of the early issues of Miller’s run. Specifically, there’ way too much inane babbling going on inside Batgirl’s head, which breaks up the otherwise stellar action sequences. It reminded me of something like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where sometimes the leads babble on for so long that I find myself saying “Shut up!” to the TV.
And heh, the lack of mention of the previous Batgirls also reminds me of Miller’s run, interestingly enough.
It looks good though, and Mirror is shaping up to be a great antagonist. I’m liking the cop too.
Wonder Woman #1
By: Brian Azzarello
Art: Cliff Chiang
Wonder Woman has been through some trying times recently; a failed television pilot, a new wardrobe change that didn’t sit well with fans, and a re-writing of her origins that had the internet exploding. Needless to say Wonder Woman is in need of a fresh start and with the DC reboot has presented itself as the perfect stepping stone to return the Amazonian Princess to prominence.
Like Superman, any traces of the Wonder Woman character that had been in stories from this past year have been wiped from continuity. In this premiere issue we”re introduced to Zola, a young lady with a dangerous secret, who finds herself being attacked by mythological creatures. Who ya gonna call when centaurs start running up in your house? Wonder Woman, Amazonian Warrior, and she kicks ass in this issue.
Not much expository really goes on when it comes to explaining what Diana, other than her residing in London. However, it is revealed that the mythological world looks to be in the throws of a possible power struggle, as oracles predict bloody infighting, and Hermes makes an appearance to warn of impending doom.
Brian Azzarello has stated that this WW will delve into some horror like qualities and he was not kidding. Monsters get created in a very gruesome manner and trio of party girls meet their demise by some evil means. This book definitely hits some high notes on the horror scale and that maybe exactly what WW needs. Cliff Chiang and his art doesn’t disappoint either, as centaurs, gods, and Amazonian fighters pop off the pages. Its obviously to early to call this book a winner, but Azzarello and Change have the Amazonian warrior on the right path to being successful character she has been in past.
I give Wonder Woman 4 out of 5 Golden Lassos.
….You’ll still like this book. It’s so different from Simone’s run, but it nails down the broad stroaks of the character really well. But the tone reminded me more of Hellboy or John Constantine: Hellblazer than Simone’s run.
Also, gorgeous art.
The DCnU has been kind of hit or miss for me, but like I said before it IS actually getting me back into buying comics every week. My favorite book so far was definitely Batwoman. Top artist, engaging and well-constructed story, just a really good comic. It shows that DC is still capable of putting together a great creative team and putting out a good book like this one. Unfortunately, they’re also hiring people like Rob Liefeld.
Speaking of artists, has anyone heard anything about Dustin Nguyen working on anything? He’s one of my favorite comic artists and it would be a shame for DC to let him go.
Anyway, this week is my heaviest week for DCnU stuff. I’m planning to get:
Birds of Prey
Animal Man and Frankenstein (missed both of these books when they came out but have heard so many good things)
Teen Titans (this book looks bad, but Tim Drake is my second favorite Robin and I want to see him in his swan queen costume)
From those, I’m pretty sure I’ll be continuing with Wonder Woman and Batman, the verdict is out on the other 3.
Otherwise, my pull list consists of:
Batman & Robin
Sticking out the arc:
Here’s a page of unused pencils from Wonder Woman #1. Though it gives us a good shot of the new costume and Diana’s stature, it clearly lacked the drama and presence we needed for the scene so we went with a much tighter closeup. I still like the contrasting body language here.
Go to More Fun Comics & Games in Denton, TX for a chance to win this page of original art!
Action Comics #1
By: Grant Morrison
Art: Rags Morales
Before I even get into this review I have to confess three things…. First, I am not a fan of Superman. I find him boring and redundant and I no longer understand his appeal. Second, I am an AVID Grant Morrison fan. I think I may have actually worn out my trades of his Batman run, I’ve read them so often. I even dug his All-Star Superman stuff, although I still hadn’t finished reading it (friend’s copy). Third confession and this is the big one… I used to love Superman as a kid. Comic books, cartoons, television shows; I even played his terrible, terrible video games and even then I couldn’t get enough of the man in steel. When he died I made my mother buy me his death issue, while on an errand to Wal-greens. It helped that we were in the store to pick-up my asthma medication, so playing on my frail state I guilted her into the purchase. This was when my mom had no respect for comics, so when I look back on it now I equate that moment to unlocking the hardest achievement to accomplish on an Xbox game.
Fast forward almost twenty years later. I miss Superman, but most books surrounding the man of steel, I just didn’t get. Was it me? Had my sensibilities about being a hero meant that heroes shouldn’t be completely perfect? DC failed miserably with Superman walking across the country. If anything it just showed how out of touch the hero was with the mainstream. I love Batman, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Green Lantern (Anyone not named Hal Jordan). All these characters have flaws that you can point too and say “oh I can relate.” Superman, as he was didn’t have that factor, until now.
Enter Grant Morrison and his portrayal on the legendary character takes the ‘aw shucks’ Superman and gives him the attitude of Kanye West and the heart of Ganhdi. The funny thing is…. It works, Superman with an attitude and a sense of social justice tickles my fancy. One scene has Superman is hanging a greedy corporate man outside of balcony by his ankle, yelling at him to confess to his crimes. While in a few panels later he warns the people of Metropolis that nobody is above the law, rich or poor. A Superman who takes white collar criminals to task! Sign me up.
White collar criminals are only cool for a moment because no Superman story is complete without the villainous Lex Luthor. However, Luthor isn’t the one being pursued by the cops, he’s actually aiding in the capture Superman. From the limited discussions he has with General Lane, this is not the grandiose Lex Luthor we grew up with. He’s a man of brevity who seems to love him some Red Bull, but still just as cunning and dangerous, the final page of this issue (no spoilers) proves it. It seems that Morrison is holding something back when it comes to Luthor’s persona, although he still harbors ill will towards anything alien.
I would be remised if I didn’t mention Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. Not much has changed with their portrayals as they still take on dangerous newspaper assignments that put them in the path of trouble that only Superman can get them out of. It is unfair to really to say any more than that because this was Superman’s coming out party and everybody else was just playing second fiddle. The art in one word was amazing, seriously, Rags Morales’ art comes alive and I want more of it.
Normally I try to be as objective as possible when it comes to my reviews but this one is a bit more personal so I’m just going to honest. Part of my childhood was embodied by Superman and no matter how old you get you always want a piece of that back. Looks like I’m getting that chance, was it the greatest number one issue of all time? Probably not, it is debatable, but did it inject new life into a character that had begun to lag behind your Batmans and Spider-Men in popularity? My two cents is yes, so if you’re new to Superman or like me, simply welcoming an old friend home. Give this book a try you won’t be disappointed.
Action Comics: 5 out 5 shinning Lex Luthor Domes
By: Judd Winick
Art: Ben Oliver
Remember when Batman Inc. first premiered and we were briefly introduced to the, “Batman of Africa?” Yea, I didn’t really think they were serious either, I remember going on twitter and talking to other folks before the reading the issue mocking the idea as nothing more than a throwaway and tokenism. My 140 character vitriol at the time was aimed right at DC/Vertigo for first, cancelling Unknown Soldier; a story with another black hero that used Africa as the setting and placed a heavy emphasis on social justice and the atrocity of child soldiers and then during its Flashpoint event had Africa controlled by gorillas… Fucking gorillas controlled Africa! Even the KKK was making the, “that’s racist” face. Needless to say selling me on anything with a person of color in the Batfamily was going to be tough. However, Grant Morrison’s newest creation and addition to the extended family pleasantly surprised me with his brief, but fresh introduction to comic continuity in Batman Inc. #6.
So when the news broke that Batwing would not only be apart of Batman Inc. after the reboot, but that he would also have his own solo title I was pretty excited. Batwing #1 did not disappoint. The first few pages dive right into the action with our hero facing a new mysterious, menace named Massacre, who may or may not tie into the Leviathan arc that was set into motion in Batman Inc. Even though this issue does nothing to answer questions surrounding who he or his modus operandi, the story gives us plenty on who our hero is and some of his motivations.
We’re finally treated to Batwing’s secret identity and it was refreshing to see that our hero, David Zavimbe, is a cop working in a corrupted system. Very clichéd, of course, but if there is one thing Africa has plenty of, it’s corruption. The hero/cop dynamic comes into play when he finds a gruesome crime scene as Batwing (with the aid of Batman*) and makes sure to leave evidence out for the police. He’s literally his own Commissioner Gordon and that’s pretty clever. While investigating further we learn that Africa had heroes similar to Justice League who just up and disappeared. The mystery deepens when one of them turn ups headless at the same crime scene among the slain and also headless criminals.
The only problem with this issue was the art. Ben Oliver does an overall good job with his character designs but the flaw is how he designs his background. Africa is not only shacks sitting on barren land, but a land full of life with gorgeous forests, sprawling cities, with eye popping sunsets and moonlit nights. We momentarily get Batman flying out of a moonlit night and that’s it. Its pretty disappointing when you consider that most Batfamily books center around the location being, in a sense, alive. It was bland and hopefully as the story progress Africa’s true beauty will be put on display.
In a universe full of Batmen and women this is a book that could be easily overlooked. I implore you not to do so. Batwing is unique within the Batfamily, he was never part of the Club of Heroes and has no ties to anybody within the DCnU but Batman. He’s an unknown with potential that should bode well in completely revamped DC universe
Batwing #1: 4 out 5 African Sunsets