Yesterday, we had a asterisk next to the phrase “colon comic,” but tragically, that colon never paid off, distracted as we were by Lex Luthor’s takeover of AIG, and Roxxon’s buying the Lehman Bros. building. Here’s what we MEANT to say:
*”Colon comics” is ©Tom Spurgeon as evidenced in this review of FINAL CRISIS: Legion of 3 Worlds #1:
These are colon series — not colon as in being full of crap, but colon as in they’re frequently named as derivatives of the bigger series. Thus, “Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds.” For those of you further unaware of this particular event brand, the series that DC designates with the term “crisis” tend to be reality-bending armageddons that posit the central importance of DC Comics icons in nothing less than the meaning of life itself.
Of course Marvel has a bumper crop of colon comics, too: DARK REIGN: NEW NATION and SECRET INVASION: REQUIEM #1 and so on. But the idea of a “Colon Crisis” gives rise to many allusions and ideas!
We’d also like to salute Sean T. Collins for this:
Can we at least agree that people who are serial ruiners-of-companies–these nightmarish Bizarro Mariano Rivieras who never fail to close down their own ventures, in the process lying and robbing and sucking up as much cash for themselves and their cronies as they can and leaving others holding the bag
We call these can’t-stay-deaders entrepreneurs “Zombies” ourselves, but “Bizarro Mariano” is much better,
Of course, even Mariano isn’t Mariano any more, but that’s a whole other blog…
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.