I’m still stuck on whether Captain America could take Batman, or if Superman could lift Thor’s hammer: Tom Spurgeon’s “Three Arguments We Could Be Having”
If the Onion AV Club were teachers, they’d be good ones to have: The AV Club takes a look at another round of comics and comics-related books, and everything gets a passing grade. Even the ones that are judged most harshly—Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, Forget Sorrow and The Savage Sword of Conan Vol. 7—get C’s. Maybe they grade on a curve?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine makes two: “One Ryan Reynolds superhero movie it’s definitely okay to skip”
This headline riffing on a decades-old TV show gets a pass for having an unusual construction: “Wholly comic books, Batman!”
“What the hell happened?”: At The Beat, Rich Johnson takes a look at recent manga sales trends in the US, which have been dropping, and leading to some bad news among manga publishers (Viz lay-offs, CMX’s demise, etc). Here’s hoping US publishers of all sorts of comics ask themselves some of the same questions Johnson asks, and devote some energy into finding some answers—for a long time now, manga seemed like the key to helping Western comics unlock a wider audience.