Thursday, September 16, 2004

20th Anniversary Crisis

With news that Geoff Johns and Phil Jiminez will be working on a crossover in 2005 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths, people have been feverishly trying to guess who it might be that is the character who wants their old version of Earth back again".

Rumor has it that the person, or rather persons, behind it all are a group based on some message board fans (chosen later this year) who break through the fourth wall and show copies of an Absolute Crisis of Infinite Earths (due out to co-incide with said anniversaire) to shocked and frankly disgusted superheroes. Of course, they don't take it seriously until J'Onn J'Onnz mind scans the Psycho Pirate, the only one to remember the Crisis.

Sound ludicrous? Just a tad, but at the end of it all things will be restored to the way they were 20 years ago, which means that any characters created post-Crisis will be gone.

Anyone else getting an ice-cream headache?

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Analogous Analogies

We've had Marvel's version of the JLA (Squadron Supreme/Supreme Power) and Wildstorm's version of the Avengers (the Americans from The Authority, who of course have some analogous versions of the JLA in there too). Hell, most of Wanted's protagonists are analogies of other publishers' characters. But where will it all end?

Not good if what I hear is true.

It appears that the New Avengers will be pitting their wits against analogues of... well, themselves. It won't be cloned versions, nor robotics. Neither will they just be evil dopplegangers or inter-dimensional copies.

No, they will be amalgamated versions of each team member. So, prepare yourself for Sentry America, Spider-ine and Captain Cage. The question is, what matter transporter did they all get screwed up in?

Monday, September 13, 2004

The Flipside of Marvel Two-in-One

How do you sell two books but only print one? Simple, put two comics together in one package, and flip one over. Stick on 50% of the usual cover price, and split evenly between the titles. Increase the content to 30 pages (reducing each title to 15 pages) + ads. Rack them whichever way you want and stand well back.

Watch in awe as people flock to pick up their favorite book, only to find something else tacked on the end for just a fraction extra.

For retailers you can also rip the thing in half and staple on a blank sheet of paper, selling each one separately and making even more money.

For the publisher, they can always say its a route to allow possibly overlooked books to get an inroad into the marketplace.

But who could dream up this concept?

Look out for X-Men/Rocket Racer, Daredevil/Unus, Amazing Spider-Man/Lockjaw in the very near future.

Moore Idol

We've had Pop Idol, Porn Idol and even Comic Book Idol, but is there room for any more? Or should we say any moore?

Yes, the search is on for the successor to Alan Moore.

Since the big man is slinking into retirement once more, and nuking his ABC line (sans some of the titles), replacements are being sought. Problem is, the company behind this believe that someone with his unique vision and extraordinary talent is just sitting there at home, minding their own business until someone comes along and prods them into action. To say this is a little naive is perhaps a huge understatement.

Not to mention the fact that they will be inundated with submissions from (most likely) tens of thousands of people and someone is going to have to wade into them. The medical bills will be enormous.

However, could the publicity be worth it all?

Expect news of a universe wide contest very soon.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Rumor gimmick

This is the best I can come up with, a graphical sliding scale of truthfulness, from the Lord of Lies, Mephisto to the goddess of truth herself, Wonder Woman.

As you can see, the validity of this post is Superman-like in its trueness.

Any other ideas?

The Hunt for Mole September

It seems as though DC wanted to set a trap for their mole. So they came up with a sensational story (ish) and fed it out to select people. Said story made it to a well known comic book creator, who announced in a thread at his message boards that a hot piece of news would be appearing in Newsarama. It didn't and the thread disappeared.

However, what we really want to know is did DC find their mole? If so, will they be gassed or just set to work digging more tunnels?