A Political Thriller With Gorillas and Chimps: Reviewing BOOM!'s Planet of the Apes Revival

A month or so ago, I’d pulled Dracula: A Company of Monsters out of the library and found myself pleasantly surprised by it. Somebody in the comment section mentioned Daryl Gregory, co-writer on the Dracula book, was doing Planet of the Apes and it was worth checking out. Sure enough, the library had that, too. Daryl Gregory may be one to watch, because his Planet of the Apes is better than his Dracula, and he’s two-for-two.

Tony Daniel Exiting Detective Comics

In a surprise move, Tony Daniel announced his exit from Detective Comics over on his Facebook account. Why is this so surprising? If you look at the May sales estimates, Detective Comics #9 is sitting at 96K copies. Easily over 100K if you factor in UK sales. If you ignore the Batman Annual, it’s DC’s #4 title. Batman, Incorporated looks to have outsold it by 470 copies in the US, so there’s a decent chance it will be DC’s #3 title when the July numbers come out. OK, so you do have some “Night of the Owls” boost going on right now. It’s been the #5 book for DC most of the time. That’s a big change on a pretty successful title.

Tony Daniel Exiting Detective Comics

In a surprise move, Tony Daniel announced his exit from Detective Comics over on his Facebook account. Why is this so surprising? If you look at the May sales estimates, Detective Comics #9 is sitting at 96K copies. Easily over 100K if you factor in UK sales. If you ignore the Batman Annual, it’s DC’s #4 title. Batman, Incorporated looks to have outsold it by 470 copies in the US, so there’s a decent chance it will be DC’s #3 title when the July numbers come out. OK, so you do have some “Night of the Owls” boost going on right now. It’s been the #5 book for DC most of the time. That’s a big change on a pretty successful title.

Tablets: One Size May Not Fit All

by Bruce Lidl

With the Google I/O developer conference taking place, it was a big week for Google, with a series of announcements touching on a number of their business initiatives. Maybe the biggest is the release of their Nexus 7 tablet device. Built by Taiwanese hardware manufacturer ASUS but sporting the latest version of the Android operating system (“Jelly Bean” or 4.1), the Nexus 7 is Google’s first serious foray into the tablet space, and in hardware generally. Apple’s dominance in the tablet space with the iPad remains essentially unchallenged right now, and the Nexus 7 is not likely to change that significantly, but it does demonstrate that Google, like Microsoft and Amazon, with their Surface and Kindle Fire tablets respectively, is not going to surrender the space just yet.