§ Is the world really ending? It would seem so. Dean Haspiel, blogging about alcohol for the New York Times.
§ Brian Heater takes a stab at interviewing Kevin Huizenga. Does he fare better than the Pulse did?
He’s [Glenn Ganges]’s more of a starting place than a destination.
Yeah. I don’t have any plans to turn him into a complex, full-bodied, real character, at this point. At this point it’s like a how a cartoonist always draws panel boards a certain way and a certain width and he doesn’t vary that because he’s not interested in varying that. It’s similar to that. Drawing comics is really hard, and you have to make a lot of decision about whether this looks like this and does this change or stay the same? It’s helpful to have some certain decisions made for you, when you start out.
§ Noah Berlatsky has some pointed and well-founded critiques against some Big Two kids’ comics, but blows it all when he admits his kid loves ’em anyway:
1. Why are you so obsessed with continuity? This is a book for kids right? Why do you keep throwing in plotlines that make only minimal sense if you haven’t been following the DCU for the past ten to fifteen years? One story centers around the Green Lantern Corps being mind-controlled by Braniac, without making anything but the most passing effort to explain what the Corps is, or who Braniac is, or why we should give a rat’s ass. Another is built around the Martian Manhunter’s backstory, but it’s just kind of assumed everyone knows all about the Martian Manhunter’s backstory already, because, hey, you’re eight, why wouldn’t you have already memorized the derivative tragedies of a thousand Superman knock-offs?
§ J. Caleb Mozzocco ponders Spurgeon’s ponderables.
§ Den of Geek wonders How Much Wolverine is too much?
Now, the problem with the newly announced “Wolverine: Weapon X” is that it appears to have an identical remit to “Wolverine: Origins”. Those complaining about “too much Wolverine” might have a point, but let’s think again – does it not seem fairly likely that “Wolverine: Origins” will be canned by the end of 2009? After all, Marvel have shown in the past that they’re not above cancelling profitable comics in order to avoid diluting their market – especially when one seems redundant.
Consider, too, that the writer of “Weapon X”, Jason Aaron, is undoubtedly considered much hotter property than current “Origins” writer Daniel Way. “Weapon X” will be the book getting the promotional push during the movie season if only because of its new #1 issue. The signs are all there – a very similar situation saw “Iron Man” getting re-purposed into a “War Machine” series a few months after the far more successful “Invincible Iron Man” was released by a critically renowned writer off the back of a movie.
§ The Village Voice reveals its comics Best ofs in a piece charmingly titled 2008’s Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia, because they go together like nuts, whipped cream and cherries.