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Wonder Twins #1 (by Mark Russell)-This was also very good. It was very funny. Not as overtly political as his Flintstones (at least, not yet), but the same sort of wry humour that was so beloved of Russell on that book. I'll definitely keep reading this one too.

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I guess the Wonder Twins comic sold horribly. My local comic store ordered thirty copies, and they ended up selling six copies.

It was marketed as a big Brian Bendis-related DC release, so retailers expected that to gain attention.

Bendis isn't as big of a name as some people would have you believe though. The Bendis written DC Comic Naomi (with a title that was surely an attempt to prove that any mainstream comic penned by Bendis would sale) also had pretty poor sales. I mean, not Wonder Twins #1 levels of poor sales, but still, sold a lot less than many seemed to expect.

No word yet on whether Bendis' plans for John Eats Toast have been changed after Naomi failed to set the charts on fire....

It's not really a surprise that not many people are willing to give the Wonder Twins title a shot, considering that the Wonder Twins were always treated as an embarrassment. That was supposed to be the point of the series though.

Hopefully this was proposed as a mini-series, because I don't see the comic being able to last, unless it picks up a lot of new readers based on internet praise.

So, Russell might ends up with a lot of extra time in the near-future.

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So some scans of the routinely delayed DC Universe vs. Dr. Manhattan's floppy blue ding-dong Doomsday Clock #9 have leaked onto the web and Geoff Johns writes none other than John Constantine in this issue.

Needless to say, Johns with one line might've very well surpassed Azzarello for the cringiest John accent!

(and the rest of these panels aren't very better, to say the least)

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"Lawks, he'll have a right old ding dong from us. Give im the old bamboo, Mary Poppins!" 

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I thought Nancy A Collins still held the record for the crappiest attempt at John-boy's diction, even now?

(Not that Johns doesn't seem to be taking a decent stab at it: maybe that's deliberate and he's taking the piss?)

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It'll give Moore something else to complain about Johns doing if nothing else.

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On 2/22/2019 at 3:37 AM, Christian said:

It's not really a surprise that not many people are willing to give the Wonder Twins title a shot, considering that the Wonder Twins were always treated as an embarrassment. That was supposed to be the point of the series though.

I thought it was exactly the right type of kitsch to be a success. Surprised and disappointed to learn it didn't sell well.

 

On 3/6/2019 at 5:35 PM, GottaGetAGrip said:

Needless to say, Johns with one line might've very well surpassed Azzarello for the cringiest John accent!

That was shitawful.

It isn't difficult for writers to run that kind of dialogue past people who can check it before going to print. We have the internet now.

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I know. It is especially inexcusable in this day and age.

Even before, it wouldn't have been too much bother to head to the library to do some research. It was just lazy back then. Now, it doesn't even require traveling to the library and asking for some assistance (if the person needs it). It takes a quick five minute check.

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On a related note, was the Black Label line canceled? I haven't heard of any more of the announced books since Batman: Damn, Was That Batman's Dick?.

Are all the books just really delayed?

I'm not that concerned, as the John Ridley book was the only one I was interested, but it seems weird that DC hasn't announced anything about any of the other titles since Azzarello's.

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I think I read something about Snyder and Capullo doing a Black Label Batman book a few weeks ago, but that might have been some weird kind of fever dream.  They keep releasing trade collections rebranded with Black Label, though, like New Frontier and All-Star Superman.  Why the fuck those two comics, which I would consider all age reads, are now branded with a mature readers imprint label I will never understand.  I think Watchmen trades have Black Label imprint designs as well.

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Maybe it's the reference to viagra in All Star Superman?

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3 hours ago, Ixnay by Night said:

I think I read something about Snyder and Capullo doing a Black Label Batman book a few weeks ago, but that might have been some weird kind of fever dream.  They keep releasing trade collections rebranded with Black Label, though, like New Frontier and All-Star Superman.  Why the fuck those two comics, which I would consider all age reads, are now branded with a mature readers imprint label I will never understand.  I think Watchmen trades have Black Label imprint designs as well.

That horrible Batman: White Knight; about the alternate reality where "Batman is a psycho" (you know, unlike most of the other interpretations of Batman) and "Joker becomes a hero" (or does he?), and the public is completely gullible and braindead (I mean, beyond the point where it's even believable or rational)....was traded as a Black Label book.

I know that reissues of Miller's Ronin TPB are also being put under the Black Label imprint, even though Ronin had nothing to do with the DC Universe, and so doesn't fit the Black Label criteria in the least either.

So, DC decided to just use the label for re-releasing old material now, I guess.

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I think Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman Black Label Book's first issue is set for release in May. And I've read that Frank Miller and JRJR's Superman Year One has had its collected edition dated for September, though I've not found news about it's actual issue releases.

John Ridley's book was meant to have come out in January, but its release got postponed indefinitely. I guess someone at DC went "If they reacted that badly to a nude Batman, let's not risk their reactions to racial issues!"

The Black Label seems to have pretty much tripped right at the starting line, with the Batawang overshadowing everything else about Damned and little updates on the other books. It's repackaging of old stories also feels redundant, considering DC's just started a new line of trades titled "DC Essentials" that's also fulfilling the purpose of rereleasing older stuff that's already been traded.

(though DC Essentials seems to be compiling and re-selling the New 52 trades for the most part, along with some older runs while Black Label's just tackling the same old "evergreen" titles like Watchmen - I think the intent of the line was to create more stories like Watchmen that DC could just reprint and sell forever and could be easily recommended to casual readers but I'd like whatever Didio's smoking if he thinks Batman Damned is going to become this generation's Dark Knight Returns or whatever)

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Wonder Twins #2 was even better than the first issue. Russell gets more political in this issue, as the high school takes a trip to the private Lexcorp prison facility.

Lots more good joking around. One of the highlights was the TV commercial battle between Beast Boy and French Revolution themed baddies. It gets points for the clever villain name, for spoofing those old fruit pie ads in comics, and especially for the quote from Rousseau at the end of said commercial. Nice.

This is a very fun series, and those looking to get a fix after the cancelation of Flintstones won't be disappointed.

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Just when it seemed Young Animal was buried and forgotten, it bursts out of the grave for the return of Gerard Way's Doom Patrol and two new series: Collapser by his brother Mikey Way and Far Sector by NK Jemisin.

Presumably Shade the Changing Girl, Cave Carson, and Mother Panic were left out of the resurrection ritual and are burning in hell somewhere.

https://www.comicsbeat.com/dcs-young-animal-returns-with-two-new-series-more-doom-patrol-and-mikey-way/

Taking bets on how soon Way's Doom Patrol gets delayed again.

(the premises for the other two books seem rather generic to me. I'm not familiar with NK Jemisin, but seriously, another new Green Lantern? And how many times has the trope of no emotions = no crime been used?)

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N.K. Jemisin is a pretty popular new voice on the science fiction/fantasy prose field. She's often compared with Nnedi Okorafor, but personally, from what I've read of Jemisin, I just don't see it. Okorafor is a much better writer. Her comic series La Guardia was very good.

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2 hours ago, GottaGetAGrip said:

Just when it seemed Young Animal was buried and forgotten, it bursts out of the grave for the return of Gerard Way's Doom Patrol...

They've done a television series to promote a comic that the alleged author can't be arsed with for six months at a time?

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Way does have a co-writer attached to him this time around for Doom Patrol.

Perhaps a token effort by DC to keep Way on a schedule this time? Maybe it's one of those cases where Way just emails his co-writer a list of his plot points and the co-writer does the work of writing the comic, while Way's name gets used to sell the book.

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Maybe.

That seems a bit rough on the co writer given the way Way's stock as a comics big name has fallen since his failure to follow up on Umbrella Academy with anything half decent or regular, though.

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https://www.newsarama.com/45167-anarky-reigns-as-2nd-new-story-added-to-detective-comics-1000-deluxe-edition.html

In much smaller news, DC's trying to get a few extra bucks out of the fanboys by adding a new story by Alan Grant (with Scott McDaniel on art) to the hardcover deluxe edition of Detective Comics #1000.

This would be Grant's first writing for DC in how many years? They cancel the trades reprinting his Detective run and leave him out of the celebration the first time around, but I guess it's nice to see someone at DC acknowledging the role he played in Batman history.

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I believe his contributing a story to that DC Retrospective project, where DC looked back over the best creative teams for the past few decades, before the New 52 relaunch, was the last time we saw Grant writing for DC. He contributed to the Batman in the 1980s issue. So, at least DC acknowledged that Alan Grant was pretty much the best writer on the Bat-books during the 1980s back then.

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Can I just say that #7 of the Morrison/Sharp Green lantern is a masterpiece, and that there might be another GL story for the Geoff Johns of the future to copy that's loads better than the Moore/O'Neill short filler in the back of an issue from 1983?

(Grant Morrison has too much politesse to even imply such a thing, but I have far less class than he does.)

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https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/06/04/twenty-six-years-dc-comics-rumoured-closing-vertigo/

Bleeding Cool is passing around a rumor that DC is finally putting Vertigo out of its misery.

(I'm guessing if this comes to pass, Vertigo's name will be kept around for stuff like Sandman trades, but we won't see any new books which is not much of a loss at this point)

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Yeah, it's past time. Their last relaunch was a huge disappointment, and even that was plagued by a lot of problems. A number of the books either stopped shipping or were canceled before their release (including their most interesting book, which they lost to another publisher).

I don't know when the last year was that Vertigo seemed relevant. Was it all the way back when Jason Aaron and Brian Wood were writing Vertigo titles? That is the last release of Vertigo titles I can prominently remember.

DC should just stick to their mainstream superhero line, like Marvel does. Vertigo has been failing for years, Young Animals was a failure, it looks like Black Label is going to be quietly swept under the rug soon too.

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