We lay out the good and the bad of DC’s Rebirth. We talk about ComicsPRO and Eric Stephenson’s equally talked about (but more eloquently put) speech from there. We discuss a bunch of cool things coming to Talking Comics over the next few weeks (cool special guests, yo!).
And SO MUCH MORE!
Lightning Round Bitch Planet #7, Clean Room #5, Red Sonja #2, Spider-Woman #4, Silver Surfer #2, Bill & Ted Go to Hell #1, Skim GN, Geoff Johns Flash Omnibus Vol.1, Sex Criminal #14, Thor #4 Books of the Week Power man & Iron Fist #1, A Glance Backward and Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men.
Bobby / Bob nailed my thoughts in regards to Rebirth - shipping twice a month will see me jump off some titles, I will bear the cost for 2 months but Cyborg, Justice League of America, Justice League even 'Tec & Grayson :/ if the teams / stories don't hit I am gone, perfect jumping off point!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they get solid teams on Batman & Grayson as I have been collecting for so long it will kill me to drop those characters but I'm past the point of wanting to keep collecting just to say I have all the issues if the output is papp.
However if Rebirth brings [Ganger] Wally back as a Flash I will forgive them almost anything
Meeting someone halfway when you are completely wrong is only part of the journey [BatFonz, 2013]
Post by wylietimes on Feb 25, 2016 15:16:21 GMT -5
I'm looking forward to Rebirth. For one, I think back to GL Rebirth which A still holds up on RE-reading and B is where Johns cemented himself at DC and as one-off my favorite writers.
The thing to remember about GLR was that they didn't throw out the baby with the bathwater. They brought back the concept of the core when it had been one Lantern for a decade or so. They kept Kyle but returned this part of the universe to the expansive mythos that made it great. Heck even a buddy of mine who was a Marvel Zombie at the time borrowed my trade and enjoyed it.
As far as Power Man and Iron Fist goes I thought it was a perfect issue 1. Absolutely loved it and it is definitively my number 1 book from this relaunch. The issue worked well as a done in one issue while setting up more to come. I honestly wish more issues were like this.
Hi all, Mike Antonucci here (James Bond attache case). I thought this week's podcast was exceptional -- thoughtful, well-spoken, interesting about Rebirth, good grasp on the state of the comics industry, nice perspective on everything from small business and consumer value to people's reading habits and American entertainment. To Stephanie's point about DC possibly/likely retrenching toward older, extremely well steeped readers lost in the last five years (and not just Stephanie but she was particularly pointed and articulate about it): I'm one of those jilted readers with more than five decades of comics buying behind me, and, yes, I (almost entirely) abandoned DC. But here's something I didn't hear considered: If legacy continuities/histories/themes are re-established, it WON'T attract me. I'm the budget-strong, attentive guy they want back but I'm not about to reward DC for that manipulation. For jerking me around after all those decades of loyalty. For trying to make a sucker out of me.
I feel like with the Rebirth shipping schedule DC is receiving a lot of unjust flak. I really believe DC has been forced into double shipping due to the fact that Marvel has been doing it now for years, and it shows in their market share that it's working. At least with DC's books they are keeping it at $2.99 instead of charging $3.99 like Marvel does.
DC has tried to be more experimental with their titles and they've been well received, but unfortunately critical success has not transferred into sales.
Some people may think having a book like Aquaman or Green Arrow double ship doesn't make sense as they aren't big sellers to begin with, however what people do not realise is books like those have a very loyal fanbase who will buy the books no matter what. This means that DC is likely to get more overall sales by double shipping a book like Aquaman instead of just shipping a single issue and then an issue of another smaller title that doesn't sell as much.