ITEM! Digital comics are the next big thing! That having been said, Dani Jones echoes my sentiments here: it is beyond stupid that DC and Marvel have their own apps for comic viewing on the internet. I’ve said before that comics seem determined to make every single mistake the music industry did enroute to finding a model for internet distribution that works, but really, I didn’t think they’d actually do it so literally – right now we’re apparently at the “every company wants its own service to beat all the other companies’ services” stage, which worked for music about as well as you’d expect given that nobody cared who Beyonce and Coldplay happened to be signed with; they just wanted to download the mp3s. Comics have a slight advantage over music in this regard in that some portion of the audience does care about which comic company produces what, but given that I’m pretty sure the majority of the population doesn’t know or care that Spider-Man and Batman are made by different companies, it doesn’t seem like a growth strategy.
Then again, it’s comics and audience growth is treated as sort of an optional extra. They seem to believe that internet distribution of comics are basically found money: put up comic on app for purchase, you’ve already paid for it, so if anybody buys the damn thing hey that’s five bucks in your pocket you didn’t have before. Until that philosophy changes I don’t think we’ll see a coherent one-stop “iTunes for comics.”
ITEM! Justice League: Lost Generation is actually quite good. No, really, it is. Most of the Brightest Day stuff is actively terrible schlock, but this book has been really upfront in saying “yeah, we’re doing a sort-of Justice League International reunion” and more importantly has a good deal of the tone you’d expect from that: it’s a good midpoint between the banter and the drama that were both emblematic of the Giffen/DeMatteis period. (Everybody remembers the BWA-HA-HAs and forgets that Giffen and DeMatteis had some truly scary villains in their run – the Gray Man, the Queen Bee and Dreamslayer were all really great bad guys, and let us not forget how awesome Despero was as the big bad of that comic.) Judd Winick is knocking his dialogue out of the park, the plot is interesting and non-derivative, and the new Rocket Red is hilarious. The only thing missing is Guy Gardner, but since he is busy over in the quickly-losing-steam Green Lantern books it is understandable that he is not around. I’m really enjoying this comic.
ITEM! Bob Harras is DC’s new editor-in-chief. I really have no opinion about this one way or the other. Some people are enthusiastic about it because they like him; others are horrified because his tenure as EIC at Marvel resulted in a number of creative disasters. At this point I think DC’s level of creative-disaster-ness is about maxed out, so even if the Clone Saga and similar things were entirely Harras’ fault, I don’t think he can make things worse, so why not give him a shot?
ITEM! Zack Snyder to direct next Superman movie. I considered doing a fake script for it, but then I realized all I would have to do is take a bunch of panels from widely-loved Superman comics and paste them together in rough chronological order.