Host Derek Coward talks about Young Avengers 2, Dial H 6, and Wonder Woman 17.
Host Derek Coward talks about Action Comics #0 and the superhero work of Grant Morrison.
Host Derek Coward talks about his history with podcaster and friend Ryan King and reviews Action Philosophers Vol 1, Alias, The Pulse, and Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol 3.
I have a database for my comic books called Comic Collector. One of my favorite features is called Statistics.
As of 10/5/2010, here is a list of the ten comic book writers who show up the most in my collection.
1. Mark Waid
2. Keith Giffen
3. Chris Claremont
4. Chuck Dixon
5. Geoff Johns
6. Grant Morrison
7. Alan Moore
8. Dan Jurgens
9. Mike Baron
10. J.M. DeMatteis
Anyone who has heard my podcast has heard the phrase “I’m not the biggest Mark Waid fan.” Apparently I like the dude a lot more than I thought I did. I wonder how much this list will change once I populate all of the entries.
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In the forum thread for Episode 203, Jason Wood from the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast posted this:
“Fun episode Derek.
I listened today while driving around doing some errands.
You probably already know this, but Great Ten sold so terribly that it’s actually a surprise they kept it 9 issues and didn’t cut it off sooner.
11/2009: The Great Ten #1 of 10 — 13,159
12/2009: The Great Ten #2 of 10 — 8,760 (-33.4%)
01/2010: The Great Ten #3 of 10 — 7,458 (-14.9%)
02/2010: The Great Ten #4 of 10 — 6,812 (- 8.7%)
03/2010: The Great Ten #5 of 10 — 6,555 (- 3.8%)
This is among the worst selling DC universe titles ever. I haven’t read it myself so I can’t speak to the quality and I know you’re enjoying. But this is just one of those books that was either poorly marketed or just didn’t resonate with buyers.”
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t know the sales numbers for The Great Ten. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have gotten to attached to the title and the characters. I responded with:
“Damn, those numbers make me sad. This just reinforces my belief that while they say different superhero comic book fans do NOT want differently told stories about new characters.
The storytelling is more like the first season of LOST than something like Blackest Night (at least what I read of BN) or Secret Invasion, which are straight forward ‘bad guys attack, good guys fight back’ stories.
It was written by an up and coming writer who was on a major project (Countdown may have sucked in spots but it was definitely major) and on a critically favored book (R.E.B.E.L.S.) instead of one of the usual suspects (I understand why Morrison, Johns, Bendis and Millar have been in charge of their respective universes, but usually I have enjoyed more of the tie-ins not written by them than their main minis).
The characters were created within the past few years instead of the past few decades. 52 was only four years ago.
The next time I see creators like Erik Larsen or Tony Harris talk about how people need to try new things, I will think back to the complete and utter failure of The Great Ten. Not only was it a sales disaster, but this failure has also proven that it makes no sense for me to support anything new in the single issue format. For the past few years, my pull list usually consists of miniseries (The Great Ten, Daytripper, Tangent: Superman’s Reign, etc) or indie books (The Sword, 28 Days Later, True Story Swear To God, etc) because I know that anything even slightly mainstream will be collected at a later date.
Now, regardless of whether I feel it is worth supporting, I will just have to wait for the trade. If it never gets collected, oh well, bad for me. And if I forget to buy the trade, then oh well, bad for them.”
I wrote that and crossposted here, so that from this moment on if anyone asks me where I stand on the “Big Two needs to freshen things up” argument, they can just read this and come to their own conclusions.
This week on Teenage Wasteland…
A new release from Zenescope, some old favorites with The Unwritten and Batman & Robin and Sweet Tooth quickly rises up the ranks. Plus, what has happened to Captain America? And if that wasn’t enough, the first ever installment of The Sandbox from Mr. Jeff Sandquist.
The Waking #1
Captain America: Reborn, Who Will Wield the Shield, and #602
Batman and Robin #7
The Unwritten #9
Sweet Tooth #1-5 “Out of the Deep Woods”
Music featured is by GZA.
Joe the Barbarian #1
Amazing Spider-man #618
Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales
Storming Paradise #1-6
Savage Dragon #155
I’ve been reading a lot, and this week it is time to discuss it all in this edition of…Comic Talk.
Items Discussed: Batman and Robin #6, Doctor Mid-Nite #1-3, Cowboy Ninja Viking #1, Sword #1, Punisher #11, Opposable Thumbs, X-Men: Children of the Atom
Music featured is by Bad Brains.