BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup For December 7, 2011A comics news article
Bullet Points is Comics Bulletin's weekday roundup of some of the most notable news, criticism, tweets and other craziness of the comics industry.
Think of it as the entire comics internet shrunk down into one convenient article, for people with not enough time to check every single comics website on the Internet.
LOOK AT THIS
The newest teaser for Image Comics' Rebel Blood features a rat and an eyeball. DOPE.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Skullkickers' Curious Scanlation Situation
Recently, Jim Zubkavich, creator of the Image Comics adventure/comedy Skullkickers received an email from a Russian scanlator named Roman -- who had been meticulously translating the comic from English to Russian -- and asked for unlettered pages to make the job easier.
"Scanlations," by the way, are comics (often Japanese manga) that have been scanned by fans and translated into other languages -- pretty much always without permission. Often scanlations are of comics that haven't yet come out in a certain country (or may never). Many English language scanlators stop scanning when a book has been licensed for US distribution, but others, y'know, don't. It's a big gray area.
Zubkavich -- a creator who knows the value of scanlations and fan-subtitled anime first-hand -- isn't yet sure about how to deal with this situation, but it does bring up some interesting ideas about how much "piracy" type things can help/hurt comics, and Zubkavich's decision may set some kind of precedent.
Stormwatch: One Paul Out, Another Paul In
(Also, a Firestorm update!)
DC Comics New 52 title Stormwatch #6 will be the last issue for writer Paul Cornell. Replacing him will be Paul Jenkins, currently of the opening Deadman arc of DC Comics Presents and Batman: The Dark Knight. Cornell will still be working on Demon Knights and Vertigo's Saucer Country.
Also Spontaneous writer Joe Harris will replace Gail Simone on Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men. It was already well known (or at least well-rumored) that Simone was leaving. Now we know who's replacing her.
Brian Michael Bendis to Leave Avengers After 2012
Looks like Avengers and New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis will be done with the franchise after the year 2012. Bendis is the guy who notably turned the book into Marvel's arguably most popular title when he took over the franchise in 2004.
"I'm going to wrap up 'Avengers' and 'New Avengers.' At the same time the first storyline of 'Avengers Assemble' will be done," Bendis told CBR. "It's a good time to move on to other things. Before I go, though, I'm ending things big. I'm in countdown mode. You know when you're watching a show like 'Breaking Bad,' and every episode feels like the second to last episode? That's where I'm at. I've been on the Avengers longer than anybody in the history of the book. When you take everything into account, I've written over 200 issues. I'm very, very proud of that, and what we have coming up this summer gives me the opportunity to go out on a high note. I know enough about showbiz to know that's a great time to go."
Some fans are celebrating, but I dig Bendis' writing myself. I'd like to see him move on to other things. He's certainly got more creator-owned work happening lately.
- Comics Alliance has a preview of Sacrifice #1, the new self-published joint from Sam Humphries (Our Love is Real) and Dalton Rose. (December 14, 2011)
- Comic Book Resources has a look at B.P.R.D.: Russia #4 and Dark Horse Presents #7. (December 21, 2011)
Avengers vs. X-Men
The Release Date: April 2012
The Creator: Written by Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman; drawn by Frank Cho, Olivier Coipel, Adam Kubert and John Romita Jr.
The Publisher: Marvel
The Skinny: The entire team of "Marvel Architects" will write a 12-issue biweekly series that will feature a #0 issue by Bendis and Cho and will tie into all the X-Men and Avengers book save the movie tie-in friendly Avengers Assemble. The two teams fight, the Phoenix draws ever closer to Earth, the "No More Mutants" subplot with Scarlet Witch and Hope will be dealt with… etc.
Prejudgment: Okay, okay. Five guys with a proven track record -- some of whom are my faves -- working together on an epic superhero story. And I'm the guy who can't resist an X-Men crossover for some reason. I'm sure it'll be a fun read… but all I'm seeing here is an excuse to drop a few books from my pull list once they start crossing over. Maybe I'm just too bummed by the Stormwatch news to be pumped for this.
READ THIS COMIC
The Matt Fraction/Nathan Fox comic about the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound that appeared in the most recent issue of GQ is online with creator commentary. It's a good read.
LOOK WHO'S TALKING
Matt Seneca's newest Wednesday Sequence focuses on a page from John Romita's Spider-Man.
Oh, and that Sacrifice preview on Comics Alliance? It also has an interview with Sam Humphries.
("Fuck Comics, I'm Just Posting Funny Tweets" Edition)
- @Horse_ebooks: Working from home as a Notary Agent is HOT!
- @MKupperman: Just read Angela's Ashes. Boy that kid was spoiled.
- @satellitehigh: daddy's little girl ain't so daddy anymore
- @DVSblast: Expose: Guy from Slipknot is his OWN parents! "WHO DO I HATE FOR HATING MY 47 YEAR OLD MOHAWK NOW?!?" he growls between sobs
- @jenstatsky: What's the right age to tell a film that it's adapted?
- @robhuebel: Girl next to me in Vietnamese restaurant dropped her iPhone in huge bowl of Pho. I said "You Pho-cked up!". She didn't get it.
WATCH THIS VIDEO
Um, I dunno. Here's a cover of "99 Red Balloons" by Goldfinger that I was really into as a 15-year-old.
Danny Djeljosevic is a comic book creator, award-winning filmmaker (assuming you have absolutely no follow-up questions), film/music critic for Spectrum Culture and Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin. Follow him on Twitter at @djeljosevic or find him somewhere in San Diego, often wearing a hat. Read his comic, "Sgt. Death and his Metachromatic Men," over at Champion City Comics and check out his other comics at his Tumblr, Sequential Fuckery.