[SPOILER] It was Rocket Red.

§ April 4th, 2008 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on [SPOILER] It was Rocket Red.

Since I may have confused one or two people yesterday, here’s the source image for that post:

That was DC’s “characters that have been around for a while may actually be alien infiltrators” mini-series from a few years ago. I’d been meaning to do that mash-up ad for a while now, and I guess the day after the new “alien infiltration” series Secre Invasion came out was as good of a time as any.

Secret Invasion seems to be selling well so far…not with the frenzy that Civil War did, but it’s doing okay. As long as it avoids 1) scheduling issues that drag the whole main Marvel publishing line down with it, and 2) Clone Thor, it should go well. Not that those two points ultimately affected Civil War much at all, other than annoying retailers and fans (but not to the point where they stopped reading or cut orders). I’m also wondering how any real world coverage (if any) is going to work out…though I suspect Kevin is right on the mark.

One side thing to the Secret Invasion is the “random” Skrull variants for various Marvel titles. This week Young X-Men and New Exiles had these variants, which were just the regular covers with one of the characters given a green face (and arm, in the case of the Exiles book). And next week Spider-Girl is supposed to have a Skrull variant as well. These variants are apparently inserted into the orders randomly, with no particular ratio of regular cover versus Skrull cover, and as variants go, they’re…not really impressing the customers all that much. It’s just a little green ink on an otherwise “normal” cover…everyone just thinks it’s silly. (As opposed to the deadly-serious 1/500 glow in the dark sketch covers, but let’s not get into that.)

Anyway, didn’t buy it. Bought this, though:

Many Happy Returns features a new Crossfire story by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle, new installments of Licensable Bear™, and, best of all, a new Journey short by William Messner-Loebs! There are a couple of other short strips rounding out the book that didn’t do a whole lot for me, but your mileage may vary, as they say. But, really, Crossfire, Licensable Bear™ and new freakin’ Journey should be enough to get you to part with your hard-earned coins.

And in the interest of full disclosure…yes, I’ve known publisher Nat for some time, and like him quite a bit, so I may be biased, but c’mon. New Journey, man! And we can apparently look forward to collections of old Journey material from IDW in the near future.

Can you tell I liked Journey? Boy, did I enjoy that series.

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