You want to know what really grinds my gears?
Death to the Story Writers
We all know why the big publishers kill so many characters only to bring them back. Unfortunately for me, I dislike this sales and marketing tactic from the larger publishers, particularly Marvel who seems to deploy this tactic way more often than DC.
I get it, comics aren’t published in such high numbers as they once were so when a title starts to lose interest and the numbers start to dwindle down, they kill off a character to bring back the buzz to sell more issues. It’s a very simple approach. It gets nerds like us talking and buying.
Is this really the state of comics though?
Once upon a time comic writers would write interesting and compelling stories to captivate and retain readers each month without killing off characters just to bring them back at a later time, another tactic to boost sales when they start losing readers. Long gone are those days.
Instead we find ourselves in a state where there is death and resurrection all in the name of just boosting sales. Perhaps if the creative teams just focused on better story telling, they wouldn’t feel the need to resort to the same regurgitated tactics they seem to be stuck with.
I’m not sure about the rest of you all but Kelley Jones is back, drawing Batman in the new Batman Kings of Fear #1 out from DC this week.
This brings back some childhood nostalgia. A huge portion of my Batman reading days were read during Jones take on the caped crusader. Especially with the Knightfall story line when Bane breaks Batman’s back.
So I’m looking forward to this new series. Hopefully it doesn’t stop there and we start seeing more of Jones on future issues or series.
The Ant and the Aardvark
Growing up, I was a huge Pink Panther fan and watcher. So in turn, that made me an Ant and Aardvark fan as well.
I believe for the first time ever in comic form comes from American Mythology a new The Ant and Aardvark.
It’s the small things in life that make me happy and some funny reads like this while going number 2 always makes me happy. Maybe it can fill the void of when Bongo ends it’s run on the Simpsons book. Although I doubt this series will be a long running series, I will need more of these types of books to take place of my Simpsons reads while hiding from the wife and kids in the only quiet room of my house.
Mega Man Mastermix
I love Mega Man but I hate the quarterly release schedule. But then I remember how much I love Mega Man and forgive the creators of Mega Man Mastermix for their large gap schedule. They could seriously break down these 80 pages books into 20 page books and still charge $4.99 a book, I’d still be paying for them and they would make 4 times the amount of money.
Issue #3 hits stands this week and it makes me happy. Might even give me a reason to venture out this week to the shops since it’s not as big a week (despite me pre-ordering it, because waiting for it to arrive a week or so later is not as fun).
That’s all I got this week. What’s grinding your gears this week? Let us know in the comments below.