April 10th, 2010

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The Onion A.V. Club on Mark Millar's Nemesis

There's bad reviews, and then there's bad reviews, and THEN there's The Onion A.V. Club's review of Mark Millar's Nemesis, which actually would have been LESS unkind if the reviewer had simply said, "I hope Mark Millar dies of penis cancer:"

“Makes Kick-Ass look like s#!t,” trumpets the cover of the first issue of Nemesis (Icon), Mark Millar’s new marketing-campaign-camouflaged-as-comic-book. Why Millar feels the need to bag on one of his other creations—especially one whose film adaptation is about to open nationwide—remains unclear. It’s also inaccurate: In truth, Nemesis doesn’t even make shit look like shit. Millar’s terroristic, cop-slaughtering Nemesis is the very embodiment of overkill, only in this case, Millar has clearly forgotten that there’s a fine art to nihilism, blunt and ugly though it may be. By the time Nemesis, a straw madman minus any trace of complexity or charisma, crashes Air Force One and assassinates the U.S. president just to get to a DC police chief he wants to off, it’s obvious the whole story has taken a similar, terminal nosedive. To add insult to injury, Millar includes a grossly self-congratulatory afterword, a page of delirious hype that literally takes twice as long to read as the comic that preceded it. With the clunky, brutally stupid, and shockingly unshocking Nemesis, Millar takes yet another giant leap toward becoming a self-parody of a self-parody… D-
"Doesn’t even make shit look like shit" has just become my favorite new insult phrase.

Visibility Is Not Progress

A few posts back I was having a discussion with box_in_the_box and in one of the threads he mentioned the issue of "friendly fire" in that when the execution of minority characters/progressive issues (in this case we were discussing LGBTQ issues/characters) is so poorly executed (even good-faith attempts), that it does more harm than good.

His point really struck a chord with me and for days I couldn't shake it and for the life of me I didn't understand why. I then realized it's related to something I've been discussing for years. To take his point even further, one of the biggest obstacles in the progressive struggle is that people often conflate visibility for equality and progress.

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NuSpidey sales predictions: Continuing to plumb new depths ...

Diamond Comics Distributors, Inc., has released its index numbers for the top 100 comics of March of 2010.

Batman #697, of course, has an index number of 100.00. Batman ALWAYS has an index number of 100.00, because Batman is (almost) always the title that's used to calculate the monthly sales figures for every other title on the market.

In February of 2010, Batman #696 sold 61,290 copies. The index number for Amazing Spider-Man #626, the lowest-selling issue of Amazing Spider-Man in March of 2010, is 88.08. Therefore, if Batman #697 sold EXACTLY the same number of copies as Batman #696, then Amazing Spider-Man #626 sold 53,984 copies.

Except that it didn't, of course, because over the course of the previous six months, the SMALLEST month-to-month sales drop on Batman has been 1.6 percent, between Batman #691 and Batman #692. Therefore, if we're being charitable enough to assume that the sales drop between Batman #696 and Batman #697 is the same as the SMALLEST month-to-month sales drop on Batman over the course of the previous six months, then Batman #697 sold 60,309 copies and Amazing Spider-Man #626 sold 53,120 copies.

Out of the six month-to-month sales drops on Batman over the course of the previous six months, the smallest sales drop out of the three largest sales drops has been 3.4 percent, between Batman #695 and Batman #696. Therefore, if THIS percentage of sales drop repeated itself between Batman #696 and Batman #697, then Batman #697 sold 59,206 copies and Amazing Spider-Man #626 sold 52,149 copies.

If we split the difference between these two previous month-to-month sales drops on Batman, we get a potential sales drop of 2.5 percent between Batman #696 and Batman #697, which would give us sales of 59,758 copies of Batman #697 and 52,635 copies of Amazing Spider-Man #626.

Of course, these are still relatively optimistic scenarios. If the sales drop between Batman #696 and Batman #697 equals the 4.5 percent sales drop between Batman #693 and Batman #694, then Amazing Spider-Man #626 sold 51,555 copies.

Even the best-case scenario falls outside of Paul O'Brien's previous range for Amazing Spider-Man, which he said "seems to waver between the high 50Ks and low 60Ks." Not anymore, it doesn't.

The Unholy Resurrection of Leonardo Da Vinci

IGN.com gave it a 9.5, and called it outlandish, absurd, inspired and freaking awesome... - the boldest, most creative and exciting Marvel comic on the stands., The Buy Pile declared it an atrocity and announced that if it hadn't been for Blackest Night #8 it would have had a lock on worst book of 2010. The Eisner nominated Comicsalliance has a roundtable discussion on S.H.I.E.L.D. #1.

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The Next issue is called "The Internal Combustion of the Eternal Dynamo"! That's on a par with anything out of Fraction/Brubaker's Iron Fist for phrases that just sound cool and fun to say.

What did everybody else make of it?