28 December 2016

Its the last notes of the year!

We are finishing up on a really great year of comics and a really bad year of comics all at the same time.

DC blew it out of the water with their entire Rebirth line with even 2nd and 3rd tier characters getting some great books. There were several stinkers mixed in there as well but it was by far the best retooling of an entire universe in comics history. Even titles like Superman which was generally a mid sales level book is still selling more than 2x its pre Rebirth numbers. Green Arrow who has always been a character with lots of potential but seldom realized has for the first time since the early 70’s been selling a lot of comics as DC finally realized when push comes to shove, all people really want from their books is a good solid story with decent art. You would think that would be on a plaque in the publishers office but … not so much.

Marvel has some huge hits like Civil War and uhhhh …. give me a few minutes and I could probably come up with something else but they seem to be a lot of fantastic characters in search of a story and a direction. Most of their line has been gender or race switched in search of a new audience at the expense of supporting their base. We have also gone through another year without Wolverine and the Fantastic Four and Marvel attempting to pull attention away from the X-men and put it on the Inhumans and Avengers all due to whats happening with movies and movies rights ownership. Hopefully they will realize that comics really dont influence box office receipts and get back to producing comics on their core books with writers who can deliver some decent stories. Daredevil. Theres one thats been better than it has been in awhile and the new Hawkeye is fun. See, I knew there were a few.

Wolverine has been “dead” for a couple years now and we are getting dangerously close to an entire group of new comic readers who have never seen a Wolverine comic on the stands and so it will not ever be part of their comic habit or memory. They will know who the character is and maybe have read a graphic novel or two but at that point he is just an old character who used to have a book. Like Captain Britain or Blue Devil.

I am getting ready to make a few changes in the stores for the year and have opened some new accounts with distributors to try out new product lines. Dont be too shocked if you come in and see some new stuff. Change is good. The mall store will get a lot of new product but Division will be adding new lines as well. It will be like a party! A party of happiness and stuff!

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