September 25, 2013
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* Richard Bruton on The Listening Agent
. Levin Hunt on Infinity #3
. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Batman Is Brave and Superman Fights For Truth
. Rob Clough on some books that are out again in a different format
. Matt Derman on a bunch of different comics from 1987
. Sean Gaffney on Hayate The Combat Butler Vol. 22
* Kiel Phegley talks to Matt Fraction and Nick Lowe
. JK Parkin talks to Colleen Coover
* always grateful for a look at shelves that don't come at comics from a strictly toy/collectible angle
. I like that stuff, too, but it really dominates features like these.
* I had fun reading Noel Murray's take on Marvel's Avengers title
, although I'm not sure I agree with a lot of it. Different critics, different sensibilities.
* one of the places where comics gets weird these days is in the fan reaction to property management
, where the protests sound issues-based just without any issue actually involved. There's no "because of" to the objection. That could just be my reading of these things, though.
* this sounds super-dumb
, and I'm someone actually sympathetic to elements of the cultural argument in a way that can end dinner parties.
* finally, I actually find the way Marvel numbers their comics
baffling to the point it frustrates me away from buying their comics, although I'm a very occasional buyer and really only for work at this point. For me it's mostly the interchangeability of the titles, and the lack of continuity among creators that would give me signposts to tell one book from another. I can't even imagine having to negotiate weird numbering. I'm not sure it's healthy in the way that all of this seems like these companies are stacking numbers in order to seize a bit of market share at the cost of developing an easy relationship with a range of readers over time. The scary conclusion to draw may be that these companies don't believe such readers exist.
posted 2:00 am PST
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