Some of you will be wondering where my review of the New 52 is for last week. Sadly it’s missing. Due to the way comics work, last Wednesday was a skip week for the major DC titles, which has given me chance to diversify a bit.
You could be forgiven for thinking that DC was the only comics publisher, given their presence on the blog for the last three months. I’m very keen to push that this is not the case and that there is a wealth of other comic material out there, beyond Batman and friends. DC is causing me to expand things of their own account as their releases are not solely limited to the 52, and there a couple of titles beyond them I’m keen to get my teeth into as well.
It’s at this point I’d usually mention Marvel as counterpoint to DC, as the other side of the big two. And at the moment I find that doing that means I come unstuck; let me explain. My current regime for reviewing the DC releases is through the comixology website and the digital versions of comics they release. For DC (and for other publishers, although it varies) this is day and date release, which means in the UK we see the comics pop up around 7pm (ish) on a Wednesday. This is all well and good, and keeps me up to date and capable of doing the reviews. It also means I’m not wading through stacks of comic books that would be piling up if I was reviewing in hard copy. As I stated before, I’ve previously avoided DC. This means that the majority of my DC “collection” is digital. The opposite is true of Marvel, where I have shelf on shelf of TPB’s that have accrued over the years. I’m deeply unwilling to shift to digital with Marvel, and equally unwilling to start buying single issues. Which means I’m tied to HB’s and TPB’s, which in turn means I’m behind on the Marvel universe by about 8-10 months. Which leaves me swinging in the wind when it comes to commenting on all but the broadest brush strokes of the Marvel universe. Expect a bit of a rush of “current” Marvel reviews when the TPB’s hit the shelves. Till then I’ve one or two series I want to review as standing alone quiet well, so watch out for those over the next month.
So that’s my plans for the big two.
I’ve been very, very, keen to review some 2000AD for Un:Bound for a while now. The pursuit of this has run into two problems . Firstly 2000AD’s format. Unlike Marvel or DC, 2000AD’s weekly release is a collection of different story lines in one book, not spread across 13 issues. This means that on any given week, the stories are all at different points in their arc, which isn’t going to be the best jumping on point for new readers (or for me writing a review). Secondly I pick up 2000Ad through their own web store, ClickWheel. Releases to ClickWheel are not always as firmly timed which means that I’d be left reviewing a comic already a week to a fortnight old and then playing catch up. However, things seem to have finally come right, and I’m going to be appending a 2000AD review to the DC releases when I can so expect some thrill power soon. If it’s not happening within the month, expect one very big review that will cover multiple issues.
I’m also going to be trying to get a spread of reviews across other publishers (hopefully turning out to be too numerous to note), which may mean jumping into series blindly in the middle, but comixology means I can go back to issue 1 with ease, rather than find it sold out in store.
Hopefully Thursday/Friday will see the DC New 52 review up, along with various other pieces appended. Once I’ve got caught up on things outside the New 52 and winnowed down the series out there at the moment, I’ll roll it all into one running review of the lot, with Marvel TPB’s and various others as separate pieces as appropriate.