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Posts made in October 2nd, 2011


So, the new 52 is out.  Was it worth it? 
Well, for one thing, they got me interested enough to check out more than half of what they published in a month.  Usually, I have maybe 3 DC books on my regular pull list and a few more that I check out in trade.  So that’s a good source of adrenaline for the publisher.  Now, they need to keep my interest.
My local comics dealer was thrilled at the increased sales but also said, “We’ll see how they’re doing around issue #4.”  As for the #1s, every single one is a sell-out according to DC.  All will get second printings, even Legion Lost, and some have third (Action, Batgirl) and even fourth (Justice League) printings.  (JL is also the best-selling book of all 2011.  No big surprise there.)  In case you’re really (nerdy) curious, it takes sales in excess of 100K to sell out a comic book print run.  Putting that in perspective, the average NY Times bestselling book sells about 3K (but costs about $25, versus $3 for a comic.)
The ultimate question, really, is whether the new titles are any better than the ones they replaced.  DC can dick around with characters’ detailed pasts, or whether they wear T-shirts or armor, but in the end if the books ain’t better, why should we care?
Here’s most of the 52, rated and ranked by a Marvel fan….After the cut.


Dominant Legs=Smart San Francisco Pop.

About My Girls

Where We Trip the Light

Hoop of Love

Tour Dates:
10-1 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture Gallery
10-3 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silver Leaf
10-4 Austin, TX – Lambert’s
10-5 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
10-7 Atlanta, GA – 529 Club
10-8 Charlotte, NC – Casbah
10-9 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
10-11 Washington, DC – Red Palace
10-12 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
10-14 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
10-15 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
10-16 Boston, MA – Great Scott
10-17 Burlington, VT – Monkey House
10-18 Montreal, QUE – Casa Del Popolo
10-19 Toronto, ONT – Drake Hotel
10-22 Chicago, IL – Schubas
10-25 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10-28 Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
10-29 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret




The first 100 issues is arguably the most creative run on a comic of all time. Here’s why:

Agatha Harkness (#94) Awesome Android (#15)

Blastaar (#62)

Black Panther (#52)

Diablo (#30)

Dr. Doom(#5)

Dragon Man (#35)

Frightful Four (#36)

Galactus (#48)

Hate Monger (#21)

Impossible Man (#11)

The Inhumans (#44)

Mad Thinker (#15)

Medusa (#37)

The Microverse (#76)

Molecule Man (#20)

Mole Man (#1)

Psycho Man (#77)

Puppet Master (#8)

Rama Tut (Kang) (#19)

The Red Ghost (#13)

Ronan The Accuser (#65)

Silver Surfer (#48)

Skrulls (#2)

Sub Mariner (1st Silver Age)(#4)

Super Skrull (#18)

Adam Warlock (#67)

The Watcher (#13)

Yancy Street and the YS Gang (#20)


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