DC Comics has acquired the worldwide rights to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy novels consisting of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest.
DC’s Vertigo imprint will be publishing all three stories in graphic novel format starting in 2012 and ending with the third part in 2014.
Pigs #2, published by Image Comics, continues the neo-Cold War espionage thriller from Nate Cosby and Ben McCool. This series is one of the best new titles on the market featuring top notch writing and artistry. Francesco Francavilla lends his talents to the cover for issue #2.
If you haven’t picked up Pigs #1, featuring a cover by Jock, you should seek out a copy. You won’t regret it.
Pigs #2 by Nate Cosby, Ben McCool, and Breno Temura is available at most comic book stores on Wednesday, October 12th 2011 with a $2.99 cover price.
Cable returns to the Marvel Universe in December and he’s back with a purpose. Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness kick off one of the “Marvel Big Events of 2012” with Avengers: X-Sanction #1.
Cable’s back and he’s got just 24 hours to destroy the Avengers! Except one Avenger won’t go down without a fight, as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Marvel CCO & legendary artist Joe Quesada’s Avengers X-Sanction #1 variant cover. Missing since Second Coming, Cable must resort to dire measures in order to save the future – even if that means taking on the heaviest hitters in the Marvel Universe. But how is he back? And can he take on all of Earth’s Mightiest alone? Find out as superstar creators Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness kick off the countdown to the 2012’s status quo-shattering event in the Avengers: X-Sanction #1 Quesada Variant!
Next week, at the New York Comic-Con, Marvel will be officially announcing Brian Wood’s new project involving Wolverine and Quentin Quire.
Wood is taking on Marvel work now that DMZ is coming to an end and Northlanders has been cancelled by DC Comics. Wood, along with Becky Cloonan, created DMZ and both are expected to have a Dark HorseConan project announced at the NYCC 2011 as well.
Last week, DC Comics announced that they struck an exclusive deal with Amazon to release 100 Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks on Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet. That deal certainly didn’t sit well with Barnes & Noble executives.
An e-mail was sent to all the Barnes and Noble stores on October 6th, instructing staff to pull all of the 100 graphic novels listed from the shelves, including Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, Sandman, Fables, Batman: Year One, All Star Superman, Y The Last Man, V For Vendetta, and American Vampire. Although these titles are strong sellers for Barnes & Noble, none of those books will be available for purchase in their brick & mortar stores. You can still order them online from B&N and have them delivered to your home, but they will not be delivered to your local store for pickup.
DC Comics have done a good job at getting the word out about their NEW 52 relaunch and subsequently have gotten more people interested in comic books. Hopefully this can translate not only into long term readers for them, but can increase the general readership across the entire industry.
But there is one hurdle that I think the industry should be poised to overcome. That hurdle, the Direct Market, can often stifle as many sales as it creates.
If you want to buy a comic book right now, you have to go to a comic book shop to find one. This might be fine if you live in a major metropolitan area, but if you’re not, you might have to travel quite a distance to find one. You have to go out of your way with the sole purpose of buying comics. This defeats the idea of casual sales or impulse buys.
When I bought my first comic book, I did so at a small local bookstore. I don’t think the place was bigger than 400 sq. feet. They had their comics up front by the register on wire racks and a spinner rack by the door. I would sometimes spend a long while looking through them when I went there to buy actual books. The condition didn’t matter to me, I was new to comics – all that mattered was if it looked like I would like it or it had a cool cover.
Here is a full list of Dynamite Entertainment’s December 2011 solicitations along with each book’s regular and alternate covers.
THE BIONIC MAN #5
32 pages FC * $3.99 * Teen + Written by KEVIN SMITH, PHIL HESTER Art by JONATHAN LAU Covers by ALEX ROSS (main), JONATHAN LAU (1-in-10) "Virgin Art" Retailer incentive cover by ALEX ROSS "Black & White" Retailer incentive cover by JONATHAN LAU
Think you know Steve Austin? Let this issue of Kevin Smith’s innovative take on the classic character show you The Bionic Man with a whole new set of powers and abilities, not to mention enemies. Steve Austin’s first mission as an agent of OSI gets off to a rocky start when he is confronted by the maniacal cyborg Hull– a madman with bionic power equal to his own!
"Smith, Hester, and Lau have hit their creative stride with Bionic Man." – NEWSARAMA
"The Bionic Man is officially here. Leave it to Dynamite Entertainment along with Kevin Smith, Phil Hester and Jonathan Lau to revive the almost forgotten character." – COMICVINE
"I honestly can’t recommend this book highly enough. Put on your red track suit and RUN down to your local comic store and pick this up right away!!!!" – GEEKS OF DOOM
POINT ONE sets the stage for numerous new series and one shots from Marvel Comics in 2012. With several teaser posters, Marvel gives us a glimpse at what they have prepared for the POINT ONE #1 oversized 64 page one shot comic.
A new Scarlett Spider? The return of Nova? Ultron? The Defenders? Uncanny X-Force spinoff? We’ll soon find out.
"POINT ONE is a massive one-shot of 64 all-new pages of story by the top creators in the business, setting the stage for the biggest stories coming in 2012. It is the starting point to what’s in store for the world’s most iconic characters and startling events. POINT ONE serves as the launch pad for dynamic new series, including one that spins directly out of the smash hit ‘Dark Angel Saga’ in UNCANNY X-FORCE, and a shocking teaser that will have everyone talking. See how all it comes together in one gigantic epic!” – Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President, Executive Editor
Point One #1 is available on Wednesday November 2nd 2011 at your local comics shop for $5.99US for 64 pages. It features writers JEPH LOEB, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, MATT FRACTION, ED BRUBAKER, FRED VAN LENTE, CHRIS YOST, DAVID LAPHAM and artists ED MCGUINNESS, BRYAN HITCH, TERRY DODSON, SALVADOR LARROCA, RYAN STEGMAN, JAVIER PULIDO, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE among others.