Wednesday, November 12, 2008

News & Notes

Haven't done one of these in a while, mostly because there hasn't been much to talk about. The biggest news has been that Batman Turkey thing, which is amusing, but pointless. But I thought I'd mention that Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Zack and Miri, other assorted geek movies) wrote a Batman comic, and the first issue (of three) comes out today. It's called Batman: Cacophony, and I've read absolutely nothing about it (I'm afraid of spoilers), but there's some preview text at that link, and a look at the first few pages here.

So if you're not a comic book reader but do like Kevin Smith, it might be a good chance to find your local comic shop and give it a try. In addition to Cacophony, there's a recent Joker Hardcover that wasn't bad. I'd stay away from the Batman title right now if you're a new reader, it's weird and confusing. And Detective Comics has been straightforward and ok, but the last of a 5 part story arc comes out today, so that's not a great point to jump on to either. But ask at the folks working at the shop, they might have the previous four parts, they could point you to some trades (multiple issues usually forming a complete story collected into a paperback book), some other comics you might be interested in like Iron Man or Superman, or something you might never have heard of but would love.

Disclaimer: Cacophony might turn out to be terrible, so don't hold it against me if it is.
Disclaimer 2: Several of those titles linked at the end are not appropriate for kids (Atomic Robo, Nextwave, Invincible, and Runaways, however, are fun for the whole family).

And this concludes my pitch to get people into comics, as well as my pitch to get people to not necessarily just read the standard DC & Marvel superheroes.

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