…Says the guy who’s been buying all the Star Wars novels.

§ March 15th, 2013 § Filed under this week's comics § 6 Comments


So as Tim noted on the Twitters, reference is made in Green Lantern Corps #18 to a particular tragic event in John Stewart’s life that, in its original context of the Cosmic Odyssey mini-series, could not have happened as presented given the brave New 52 world that all the DC Universe comic books live in now. It probably doesn’t take much of a stretch to imagine that said event could still have happened under some as-yet-untold new continuity circumstances, but until that tale is told, there it sits, a fossil of a shared universe that’s had its rooms torn down, rebuilt, or otherwise redecorated.

Also, I’m already a little tired of this “First Lantern” thing…the “here’s how your life could have been different” torture he’s putting characters through is already run to the ground. Plus, that’s not even considering the fact that your characters’ histories just went through a huge reboot anyway, so what’s at stake, really? …I’ve been generally enjoying the GL books as a whole enough to put up with this, I guess, but I’m ready for the story to progress.


Okay, everyone can come out of their homes…the Before Watchmen initiative is nearly over, though we still have an issue of Comedian to go, and there’s a missing-in-action epilogue that’s supposed to wrap all this up, though, technically, wouldn’t that epilogue just be Watchmen?

Amusingly, the Wikipedia entry on the series notes critical reaction to most of the titles, ranging from “mostly negative” to “mixed” to “mostly positive,” leaving out the possibly more accurate “entirely appalled” reflecting some commentators. Of the bunch, this series, Ozymandias, was probably the best, possibly because it was written by someone (Len Wein) who’d been involved in the original series. It’s certainly beautifully illustrated…that Jae Lee sure does draw purty. Of course, that’s all aside from the arguments of “was this trip really necessary?” (not really), and as far as sales go, it went from “strong interest from customers,” to “oh crap, there are a lot of these, aren’t there,” to “well that was several weeks without a new Before Watchmen, I guess I’m no longer interested in buying these” to becoming solid mid-range sellers. Not moving huge numbers, but okay, dependable numbers. When the solicitations for the reasonably-probable Before Watchmen 2 or After Watchmen eventually pop up in Previews, I’ll know what to order.

And over the course of the multiple series, we did get “THE SECRET ORIGIN OF RORSCHACH’S ‘END IS NIGH’ SIGN,” and thus did the event justify itself.


The previous series, Cargo of Doom, did only so-so for us, which surprised me considering the strength of its creative team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. I’m chalking that up to Too Many Rocketeer Comics Too Quickly, since we just came off that Rocketeer Adventures 2 anthology, whose sales weren’t even really a patch on the previous Adventures anthology. However, this series, by Roger Langridge and J. Bone, is receiving extra interest and pull-list adds from our customers. Hopefully I can talk some of them into checking out the previous mini, which is just as fun as this new series.

While I like Hollywood Horror, and I do love the work of Walt Simonson, I can’t say that the Simonson covers on this series are doing anything for me. While we’ve now seen that the Rocketeer franchise can succeed in storytelling without slavishly copying creator Dave Stevens (J. Bone’s looser, more cartoony style being a whole different world from Stevens’ more representational, yet still lively and fun, work), Simonson’s Rocketeer…I don’t know, just doesn’t feel right to me, both here and on the previous cover. I feel bad saying that, but it doesn’t say “Rocketeer” to me, like it’s not…”streamlined” enough or something. Or it’s the awkward figure posing. Man, I don’t know how to explain it. I mean, maybe it’s just me. Don’t pay any attention to all that…just buy the comic.


So it’s just plain ol’ Original Trilogy Star Wars action with no interminable ancient histories starring Darth Menacingname or future events with 70-year-old Luke, Leia and Han telling invading aliens to get off their space-lawns while their likely-to-be-retconned-out-of-existence children run around and fight battles and have romances with new Expanded Universe characters nobody cares about. And it’s a lot of fun, and requires no knowledge of Star Wars stuff beyond what you’ve seen in the films. And unsurprisingly, it’s the best selling Star Wars comic in years.

It’s probably doomed as soon as the comics license reverts to Marvel and the big Star Wars Episode 7 push begins, but I’ll happily enjoy it in the meantime.

6 Responses to “…Says the guy who’s been buying all the Star Wars novels.”

  • Tim O'Neil says:

    So I guess that’s the $64,000 question, Mr. I-Only-Buy-Expanded-Universe-Fiction-Featuring-Original-Trilogy-Characters – you were probably praying you wouldn’t have a whole new movie trilogy of Luke & Leia & Han to follow. You were probably hoping they’d continue making Star Wars about the characters to whom you weren’t already committed.

    We’re on the precipice of a flood of new products featuring Real Star Wars characters. Where does Mike draw that line?

  • Robert in New Orleans says:

    Not that anyone cares about my opinion, but I’ll second your recommendation of the Waid / Samnee Rocketeer mini. It’s just come out in a collected version that includes the sketch layouts for every page in the back. If you like their work on Daredevil, this is just as great. I’ll be buying the Langridge / Bone series when it gets collected, too.

  • JB says:

    “I’m chalking that up to Too Many Rocketeer Comics Too Quickly”

    They still have to make up for Dave Stevens’ original production rate, don’t’cha know?

  • philip says:

    I just caught on to this Rocketeer comic with issue 2. I bought the 4-issue anthology a while ago and it was sort of hit-or-miss (as anthologies usually are) so when they started doing more stories I took a pass. I don’t know if I’m getting inattentive or if IDW isn’t communicating well (or just putting all their money into alternate covers of My Little Pony comics) but I didn’t even know Roger Langridge was writing this one until this week. And he’s an automatic buy for me. Adding J. Bone to the mix is like extra frosting on the cake. And I didn’t know it was Waid and Samnee on the first series until right now. I will go seek it out at my regular shop and demand they send you a cut.

  • Snark Shark says:

    “and there’s a missing-in-action epilogue that’s supposed to wrap all this up, though, technically, wouldn’t that epilogue just be Watchmen?”

    yup!

    coming next: Watchmen Babies!

    ” Simonson’s Rocketeer…I don’t know, just doesn’t feel right to me, both here and on the previous cover. I feel bad saying that, but it doesn’t say “Rocketeer” to me”

    I know little about the rocketeer, but those covers sure as hell don’t grab me the way Simonsons THOR covers did. they look flat.

    ” And unsurprisingly, it’s the best selling Star Wars comic in years.”

    IT’S GOOD STUFF!!!

  • caleb says:

    “Too much ____, too quickly” is my one big reservation of IDW in general. They publish a LOT of comics based on properties I want to read, but I trade-wait ‘em, and, in some cases, by the time the trades come out, I’m lost as to what to read and in what order cuz there are just so goshdarn many comics! (For example, I last tried the TMNT trades, but got lost as to what collects what and in what order).

    Some day I hope to scale their mountain of G.I. Joe comics. Some day.