Sunday, July 27, 2008

DC gets a new Milestone

the character from the Milestone comic book company will now be part of the DC universe.

I'm a bit mixed on this news.

one part of me is jumping up and down because I loved (ok still love) the comics that Milestone made in the 90s.

But I am a sad because I'm a little nervous that way heroes of color get treated in comics sooner or later a crappy writer will get their hands on a milestone character and jack them up.

and on the business end I wondering does this mean the guys who owned milestone sold their characters to dc? Does this mean one of the first Black comic book companies is no longer black owned.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dark knight

saw the last batman movie yesterday and I have to say it has been the best batman movies I've seen in a long time (though I didn't watch batman begins because I was still to scared after watching the batman movies before it)

Ledger was great as the Joker. For a guy who says he didn't read many comics as a kid he really did pulled off the madness of the joker seen in the comics.

and this movie did something that I think the Joel Schumacher failed to do (and suffered greatly for it) and those was to take time and actually develop the villain characters.

the Joker doesn't need any real back story (and luckly they didn't give him a reason for being)

but it was a good thing that the movie made harvey dent a real character.

Friday, July 11, 2008

folks at Stan Lee Media try to make theirs I mean make marvel theirs

James Nesfield and other shareholders of Stan Lee Media (but not Stan Lee himself) are suing Marvel saying that they hold a financial interest in the characters Stan Lee created for Marvel.

Motley fools point out that this may all be due to a miss understanding when Lee said that when is contracted with Marvel was cancelled in 98 (when Marvel when bankrupt) he could do whatever he want.

More likely it he meant that he could now work for other companies outside of Marvel.

But he people behind the lawsuit seemed to think that the ownership when back to Stan.

Of course even if that was true, there is a big difference about the rights of the characters going back to Stan Lee and them going to a company he started, but no longer is in charge of.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

DC big event season change

A few days ago I talked about the fact that DC’s Final Crisis wasn’t doing as well in the sells as most people expected it to and how much more Marvel’s Secret Invasion sold.

And the I released that for the most part Marvel always out sales DC and with the big events that is also usually the same. The last time DC had a book at the number one spot was when it released Infinite Crisis.

The reason it was the number one title when it was released was the one-two punch of being a big even mini series and the fact that Marvel didn’t have a big event at the same time.

If DC is going to keep doing big events maybe they should rethink the ideal of having it in the summer but instead pick another time of year to do so when Marvel is not release their big event.

Truth be told I am not sure why the big events still usually happen in the summer. Sure I understood why they used to be in the summer. It was the time period of highest sales due to kids being home from school. But giving that today most of the comic readers are adults and spending is pretty steady throughout the year I don’t see why the big two still focus their events to come out during the summer.

Do them in the spring or fall instead.

But back to DC. The reason I say they should think about going off season is because they usually don’t come out on top when they try to go toe-to-toe with Marvel. By putting out a big event series when Marvel isn’t you nearly insured that you will get the top spot in the sales charts.

And when Marvel switches it’s game plan to have it’s event to come out whatever new season you did last you can just switch and put out your events at yet another time of year.