1. The previous times they had multiple JLA series, they were all filled with B Teams of heroes, for the most part. JL/JLI had Batman for a short time. They were successful despite having characters that generally couldn't keep their own series afloat (Booster, Beetle, Capt Atom, etc).2. Other times when they have followed the "start with Big Seven, then begin diluting and replacing with minor characters", there was only one series and it became known to fans as JLDetroit. They had to add Batman back to the fold in a desperate move to boost sales, but it was too little too late.3. This seems like, potentially, one of the best ways to try to popularize minor characters through the JLA brand. If Robinson stays on a JLA title after Johns gets his (or another writer that Johns has an excellent working relationship with), I can really see enough interweaving of stories and characters to help keep the B Team version from scraping the bottom of the sales barrel, much the same way that Johns/Robinson/Rucka/Gates have managed to have their tide raise all boats in the Superman titles.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Alex Segura says, "Lovely Francis Manapul art always makes Monday go by faster, no?"
OK, the finished promo cover for the start of Bagley's run on JLA has increased by eagerness to see it start, similar to thinking more about Robinson being more plugged into the major moves in the DCU has gotten me geeked for it.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The more I think about this, the more I like his being on the book. Sure, Geoff Johns would have hyped me up a little more...and I'm sad at the revelation that Rucka was going to do a second JLA series but it seems dead.
But what was one of the worst things that happened to McDuffie? He had to keep changing his stories because of what other writers were planning for rather big events.
Robinson is in that inner circle. Changes won't be taking him by surprise as much. The product, therefore, will suffer less.
I will say, though, that what McDuffie went through seemed to be some old concerns coming home to roost. When the 52 writers were being given the reigns of DC with new status and titles, some said that anyone not up on the pedestal with them might find things unbearably restrictive. Look at a lot of the books out there and you can see where writers not in the clique are dropping off projects to some extent.
And look at Sean McKeever back at Marvel. McKeever had the misfortune of being tied to the anti-52, COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS. Certainly not a part of the in-crowd at DC, he's recently parted ways with the main TEEN TITANS book, gone off exclusive (which he claims was repeatedly offered to be extended) and is placed on a Marvel title that seems to be part of the constant event cycle over there. He, also, seems well suited to write it, given both his success with SPIDERMAN LOVES MARY JANE and GRAVITY.
I think one of the biggest mistakes DC has made in recent years is hiring talented writers and then pressing them into writing stuff that doesn't play to their strengths. McKeever on Teen Titans? Seemed like a no-brainer...until it turned out it had to take a darker turn for what management had planned. McDuffie on JLA, after his great work on JLU? Self-contained single episode stories from JLU meet only telling partial bits related to someone else's story and not being able to set a tone to stick to consistently.
One way or another, I think their recent moves will lead to better books. I can't tell you whether it is that the writers are being matched to their strengths or if DC is giving them more of a say in where the stories go, but the end result will be the same: general improvement. Shame they had to piss away and make miserable a handful of other writers before coming to this point, though.
The alternate universe Bucky (albeit of the wrong gender) is leading the US Open. Obviously, the big promotion was about the soon-to-be new Nomad appearing in the comic and being publicized by rigging events at Bethpage Black to have Ricky Barnes in the lead all weekend.
One comic book company that Rich Johnston had previously reported on having difficulty paying their creators held a party at Wizard World Philly. This led to a few artists on Twitter wondering how ethical it is to throw an unnecessary party while leaving very necessary creators unpaid.
When it was later revealed that said company was having a contest where the hottest girl at the party would get a trip to San Diego Comic Con on "their dime", one of the artists stated that he was pretty sure the company had "negative 6000000 dimes".
My crystal ball says that Rich Johnston will be getting a pile of new e-mails from ticked off creators owed money by zee company.
Friday, June 19, 2009
(blurry cell phone photos as an answer to a concern the author had regarding his book being displayed at book stores; indeed, it was out as part of a "Dads & Grads" display at Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Source blog announced that James Robinson and Mark Bagley will be working on Justice League of America starting in August. While not my dream team, I can definitely see some great advantages in their pairing on the book.
Robinson is basically immersed in all the big events going on at DC through his collaborations with Geoff Johns on the Superman books and Blackest Night: Superman, not to mention always having the potential to put together something great.
Bagley is fast and still manages to turn out some of the better artwork out there. I wonder what his work would be like if allowed more time to breathe and grow, but I'll definitely take it as is.
It isn't a pairing that made my jaw drop the second I heard about it. But it is a pairing that my excitement for is growing as it sinks in.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Forgive me if you don't like Olbermann, but the repeated slow-mo of the Brett Michaels Exit Stage Epic Fail is the best version I could find.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Lately, I haven't been able to get to preview screenings due to my schedule being filled at night these days. That doesn't mean I have failed to see the newest movies...just that I haven't felt the urge to blog about them right away since they'd only go up after they debut now. I have some time, so I thought I'd give my opinion on what I've seen.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I've been slacking on the blog, lately. I can't really blame it on work getting in the way, because I've done more blogging with a much more hectic schedule. Regardless, I'm planning on making this a daily thing again starting now.