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Daredevil End of Days – #CoverVsCover

Daredevil_EndofDays8-maleev(Alex Maleev)

For this, last issue of the Brian Bendis Daredevil mini-series, End of Days, Marvel has dug into its basket of artists and pulled out three who have a similar, let’s call it, gritty take on the Man Without Fear: Alex Maleev, David Mack and Bill Sienkiewicz. I’m a fan of all three of these talented individuals.

I’ll have a few more words to share about this series in tomorrow’s It’s Wednesday! article.

In the meantime, vote for your favourite.

Daredevil_EndofDays8-mack(David Mack)

Daredevil_EndofDays8-sienk(Bill Sienkiewicz)

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It’s Wednesday! (February 13, 2013)

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Not a lot of time this week, so only two highlights. (sorry)

daredevil end of days 5DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS (#5)
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack; Art by: Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz & Alex Maleev

• The Mystery behind Daredevil’s final days stands revealed!
• Witness the final fate of Frank Castle, the Punisher!
• Some of the Man Without Fear’s greatest creators unite to tell his final story!

It’s been busy here at Comic Book Junkie, and so I  haven’t been writing as often as I’d like. And I wanted to call out this book that came out last week but is at the very top of my read pile. I only recently got onto this book mostly because I just breeze through the Marvel Previews since I’m not a big reader of Marvel books. I completely glossed over this Bendis and Sienkiewicz collaboration. I’m also glad I didn’t realize this project had been simmering since before 2007 because that might have driven me crazy for five years.

I bought and read the first four issues over a weekend and then, lucky for me, issue #5 came out 3 days later. To say this book is blowing me away is an understatement. As I’m reading it, I’ll turn to whoever is near me and say to them, “This book is amazing.” (My wife must be getting tired of listening to me.)

Lots of other people are loving it too. You can read reviews everywhere including at IGN and Crave Online and many other places. And then there’s this one dissenting review from The Other Murdock Papers I came across that I found interesting although the writer and I clearly don’t share the same opinion.

MYLO XYLOTO (#1)
Story by: Mark Osborne and Coldplay, Written by: Mark Osborne, Art by: Alejandro Fuentes

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Every album begins with the germ of an idea, every song tells a story, and now it is finally revealed that there is a secret other worldly narrative behind Coldplay’s newest hit album and its enigmatic title “Mylo Xyloto.” Three years ago, Coldplay and front man Chris Martin teamed up with Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, MORE, and the upcoming The Little Prince) to create Mylo’s epic story that has gone on to inspire chart-toppers like “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” “Paradise,” “Princess of China” and “Hurts Like Heaven” — which has its own MYLO XYLOTO COMIC-themed music video providing insight into the backstory of this new universe, and a glimpse of Mylo himself. Prepare to experience the world of Coldplay in a whole new way with this brand-new six-issue miniseries!

Said Coldplay on Coldplay.com:  “Three years ago we had an idea with our friend Mark Osborne about a character called Mylo Xyloto – “xylo” as in xylophone, “to” as in toe. Gradually Mylo’s story and universe came together and this ended up providing the backdrop for the album and tour. Now we’re proud to announce that early next year the story is going to come out as a six-part comic. We hope you like it. It was fun making it.”

 Said Mark Osborne: “The comic is the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago. It is the story of Mylo Xyloto, a young Silencer on the front lines of a war against sound and color in the world of Silencia. Mylo discovers that the enemy he’s been trained to hate his whole life might not be the enemy after all. There will hopefully be many, many connections for people who have heard the album. I am beyond thrilled with the way it’s turned out.”

The book is published by Matt Groening’s celebrated Bongo Comics Group, who handle the comics for all his properties – The Simpsons, Futurama and Life in Hell.

I’m sure there are other examples of this in comics publishing history (if I had to guess, I would say KISS probably did something like this) but nothing comes immediately to mind. I don’t think Mylo Xyloto, the album, is intended as a rock opera. So I’m curious to crack it open and see how it reads, and read up a bit more on the project.

Here’s a video the band produced that marries the comic with some music.

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Moon Knight arrives tomorrow

Moon Knight

The Fists of Konshu returns in his own series again tomorrow.

Alex Maleev’s art is a little more menacing, but this is a close approximation.

(via SilentMaster 005)

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Here comes Moon Knight – again!

Moon Knight is back. It’s been nearly a year since his last solo outing.

I really enjoy this character. He’s totally messed up. Most Marvel characters have problems (teen angst, feels rejected by society, etc.). M.K. takes that to the extreme: he has multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia (he actually hears voices one of which is supposed to be a god), he struggles with violent tendencies, is tortured and a pill addict. He uses people to get what he wants – I would say his relationship with Frenchie and other characters from the series is not healthy. So, lots of material to work with in the hands of the right writer.

He was a member of the Secret Avengers for a little while, but he’s back where he belongs – on his own (although this time in Los Angeles). It’s becoming a bit of a habit. A few years on the page, then one or two off. Not exactly the hardest working hero in the Marvel U. That time with Secret Avengers doesn’t count for much – he didn’t really do a whole lot despite Brubaker’s best intentions. It was a little like the time he spent with the West Coast Avengers, which I imagine is what it’s like to take a cruise – sailing around with a bunch of people you don’t really want to be around but making an effort to be nice.

Moon Knight is at his best when he rolls alone. In fact, he’s one of those characters who works best on the fringe of the Marvel U rarely interacting with other spandex types. (Although I think an interesting battle for MK would be up against Zodiac who’ve been turned in to a hive mind based on some cybernetic implants they were given to augment their abilities.)

Unfortunately, nobody knows what to do with him. Recently, Charlie Huston had one good Moon Knight story in him (2006). As did Gregg Hurwitz (2010). But once each of those writers completed their first arc, the series lost its energy.

I have high hopes for the new creative team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev. I’m thoroughly enjoying their work on Scarlet. And I hope they can do for M.K. what they did for Daredevil, a character I never cared for but fell in love with during their run.

Comic Book Resources has a few pages from the debut issue if you’re curious to see what’s in store. (In stores May 4, 2011)

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Amazon amazes!

Nearly two weeks ago,  Amazon.com made a mistake. And I’m very impressed by their effort to own up to the error and make good with their customers.

(Jump down three graphs if you want to skip the backstory on the problem and want to know what they did for me in reponse. )

On March 7, I read a Tweet by Rich Johnston from Bleedingcool.com on my Blackberry. He was practically foaming at the mouth over these amazing deals that Amazon.com was offering on comics. Others followed, Tweeting it as well. Bloggers were blogging about it. Then people started snapping up books like crazy – sales were so strong comics had taken over their overall top 10 list of the day.  So I logged on to Amazon to see what all the fuss was about. Anyone who buys comics regularly  knows the prices they were offering were unheard of: $90 books selling for $8. And it was almost exclusively premium hardcover editions for which the prices were slashed. It didn’t make sense. But I ordered 3 books anyway because even after shipping costs and the exchange rate it still only came to the price of one regular off the shelf at the comic shop or bookstore. Eventually Amazon caught on and pulled all those books from the site temporarily.

A few days later, my local comic retailer told me some bloggers were encouraging people to stock up on the tomes and sell them back to comic shops at a profit. I haven’t really followed the story closely enough to know if this is true, but it wouldn’t surprise me if some tried that.

I kept wondering how Amazon was going to do because they were selling these big, expensive books way below cost. Needless to say, I half-expected them to cancel the order but a small part of me hoped they would fulfill it. And so a few days later, I receive an email in my inbox from customer service explaining they are not able to process my order (not enough inventory) but they were giving me a $25 credit toward my next purchase.  Admittedly, this is pretty good service. They could easily have said they were sold out of books at the sale price, could not fulfill the order as a result and that was it. But they gave me some cash to spend in their store.  I’m not sure if this is how they responded tio all their customers, but they did it for me and I was happy.

And then two days later I receive an email confirmation that one of the books I’d purchased was on its way. Bonus! I’m guessing the Brian Bendis/Alex Maleev Daredevil Omnibus volume 2 either wasn’t as hot a seller as the others I ordered or  the warehouse had a bigger inventory available. Whatever the reason, I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of my book.

Two observations from this incident:

1) Amazon would not have lost as much money as they did were it not for Twitter, blogs and such. News moves fast today, and errors are amplified as a result. (Thank you public, real-time digital social communication platforms.)

2) Amazon aims to please customers. They didn’t have to honour anything. I’ve since been watching how retailers in my city treat their customers  when I’m shopping, and they could all learn a lesson or two from Amazon’s “mistake.”

So thank you Amazon. You made my week.

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