Here’s something you don’t see every day: Praise for Marvel and Brian Michael Bendis’ “Dark Reign”…at The Comics Journal. It is, of course, highly qualified, and speaks only to the basic idea of “Dark Reign” as it was realized in Dark Avengers, not the line-wide, year-long branding exercise that it has since become. The author, Rich Kreiner, also had some kind words for the beginning of the “New Krypton” storyline in DC’s Superman books.
“Brother, that’s eight years in the making. Take that, Siege!”: Tucker Stone talks about the biggest years-in-the-making pop comics event of 2010, and it’s neither Blackest Night nor Siege.
In retrospect, the first coupla Nightwing costumes weren’t so bad after all: Johnathan at Living Between Wednesdays unearthed some fan-submitted redesigns for the original Robin’s costume. David Mouillesea’s is my favorite, as it has Robin inexplicably grow a mustache to go with his new costume. I suppose that’s one way to show people you’re not a kid anymore, but still.
Now that’s an unusual creative team: Oprah-approved author Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth) and Mutts cartoonist Patrick McDonnel have collaborated on a picture book, Guardians of Being. The Summit Daily News has a brief story about it. How is it that this came out last October and I haven’t heard of it yet?
“Going to the gritty would be mistake for next ‘Spider-Man’ film”: You tell ‘em, Erin Nolan.
“They’d laugh, then turn the page and pretend it was something else”: Laurel Maury on Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons for the San Francisco Chronicle.
“…but it’s actually an issue banging on about the Sentry’s back story. Apparently he might be Jesus or something”: That’s from Paul O’Brien’s mini-review of last Wednesday’s issue of Dark Avengers. He calls the issue “a bit of a mess,” but I’ve got to admit, The Sentry-as-Jesus sort of makes me want to read it…