Need To Know… 3.6.13
Last week DC continued reminding us that a movie they’re reeeeally hoping we like is approaching faster than a speeding puff piece, so they busted out the new 75th anniversary Superman logo (spoiler: not everyone liked it), made the best ad campaign a Kryptonian can get, prompted Comic Reporter comics love, inspired a slew of favourite Superman issues for you to hunt down, and killed Catwoman. Well, “killed” Catwoman. To get Batman’s attention. Speaking of Batman, last week Bat Math proved that 72 is preferable to 66 (and Chris Samnee copped to being a longtime Batfan). Meanwhile, helpful comics creators were in Denver explaining Wonder Woman’s “problematic” nature, (and Chris Ware was describing Life as a Moving Picture in a great keynote) which you could listen to if you weren’t one of the 6,000 people initially turned away from this mega-successful con. But back to DC for one last thing: Villains Month is go! With a whole new cover gimmick! Woot!
Speaking of covers, are these really Dave Johnson’s best? Hmmmm.
There were a lot of teases last week. Hawkeye #11 alone got two separate previews for the upcoming Pizza-Dog issue (understandable, really), and fortunately not everyone’s forgotten about Mockingbird, either. Locke & Key draws closer to a close, but we can’t help peeking, while Zenith makes a return in a couple months (without Morrison’s consent?), Quantum and Woody hits in July (and is now a guilt free read, as Kevin Maguire and Valiant are all good), and Kick-Ass is back. Okay, that sentence started stronger than it finished, but how about a Presidential endorsement on a graphic novel, and a comics-derived film winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, all in the same week? Pretty cool. Cool like a Lazarus preview and interview. Or like someone going through Previews and giving you the straight dope on what’s right and what’s oh so wrong.
Creators have some advice for you this week, specifically be all your selves, stop excusing yourself, and if all else fails, just try to keep the demons away. Sorted.
These strips aren’t in English yet, but Youth in Decline are making that happen later this year, are you in? Jim Rugg, on the other hand, needs no words to be awesome (and SuperMag drops this week in UK stores, so do not miss it), and this comic proves that the music may pause, but legends never die. We know you’re going to this, but we can’t help but think it would be improved by some Avengers in pods. They make everything better. Paul Jenkins, officially, is going BOOM! Martin and Vaughn took an Oath years before they were Private Eyes, and you can take the same Oath today, at your local store. Also, we know you like the Study Group comics we link to, but you know they’re in print through Press Gang, right?
Here is the definitive guide on how to promote your project right, and a project which is well worth backing, its exquisite in fact.
I leave you with the John Stewart Impurity. If you read New Avengers #6, in particular, it’ll make you think.