That’s what Steve Miller expertly told us, in the 1976 Steve Miller Band mellow release titled “Fly Like An Eagle”. The song went to number 2 on the US Billboard Charts and the lyrics about time ceaselessly moving forward while we worry about life and death and freedom of the soul in the present tense, has since become quite famous.
Tick. Tick. Tick.
That’s the general sound effect for a clock, an apt aural representation of time, of course. But any reader of comic books knows that the Tick. Tick. Tick. sound is also the noise a bomb makes – right before it’s detonated.
Interestingly, today’s long anticipated release of DC Comics’ Doomsday Clock #1, the first issue of a twelve issue monthly series, plays on all three of the “time” and Tick outcomes. And all for various reasons:
The future the DC Comics Universe!
The past of DC Comics publishing!
The critical and commercial bomb that the Doomsday Clock series could be!
The best kind of art takes risks, right? Doomsday Clock #1 is a huge risk – and we all can’t wait to dive right in!
A comic book mystery to rival all others! A senses shattering surprise that not only changes the DC Universe as we know it today, but one that will have echoes and reverberations for decades to come! It’s a long-play reveal that no one could possibly see coming!
Well, maybe a few did. And it’s not like we haven’t all read over-the-top superlatives about comic book crossover event series’ before.
But the DC Universe Rebirth initiative from the spring of 2016 that saw the reboot/relaunch of their classic characters and publications has seen a swell in the comic book company’s sales figures. Their monthly offerings have delighted both critics and fans and has got all the industry buzzing about what happens next in the story.
Rebirth has been a success.
At the heart of that story, someone named Mr. Oz, you see, has been pulling the strings of heroes, villains and possibly reality itself, from behind the scenes.
Today, in Action Comics #987, Mr. Oz, finally, gets revealed! No spoilers below, but make the jump to the how’s and why’s of it all!
It’s the best kind of comic book reading, believe me.
Now, you might be getting comics given to you as gifts. (Maybe there’s one or two from this list or this list.) But you might still want to pick up something to read that signifies the season. Something featuring the greatest superheroes and villains the world has ever known.
Lucky for you, both DC Comics and Marvel Comics are publishing their own holiday specials today… you might want to consider getting in on the zany, wintry, heroic fun!
Follow me after the jump for the low down on the DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1 and the Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix-Up #1!
Here’s a new idea if you’re DC Comics:
Let’s start a brand new monthly series starring Batman! Readers are sure to flock to the title and sales will be huge! Let’s slap an “All Star” title on top of it and we’d be a sure-fire hit at the top of the publishing charts month in and month out! And we can tie it into this whole “Rebirth” re-launch idea! It’s perfect timing, I tell ‘ya!
Look, you might be forgiven if you’re a little cynical over such marketing efforts in the industry we love so much. It’s all been done before, i know. But the truth is, with this whole “Rebirth” branding across all the DC Comics titles the past few months, re-launching a new Batman series is a good idea. Putting “All Star” across the top of the cover page is a decent way to differentiate the comic from other ones starring the same character.
But the main draw for readers will always remain the creative team. And DC has gone out of their way to ensure greatness with this particular “All Star” title.
Today, finally, sees the much anticipated release of All Star Batman #1!
I remember, a number of years ago, lying on a bed in a Chicago hotel room, just back from a long day at the Wizard World Convention, reading the first volume of the Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War hardcover compilation.
My buddy, Denny, was reading the same book, picked up earlier in the day at the con, in the bed next to me, while this website’s Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, sat at the corner table, wondering what the hell we were reading that could illicit so many “AW YEAH!” and “OMG!” from our smiling, wide eyed, faces.
Space was the place, you see!
That Green Lantern story might arguably be the best Green Lantern story of them all. At the time, it breathed new life into DC Comics and space-faring comic book stories.
And with the publishing company’s “Rebirth” branded titles a little over a month into their campaign right now, that sense of excitement has got a renewed ground swell.
In many ways, that enthusiasm comes to a head today with the release of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1!
Last week saw the launch of a number of new DC Comics #1 issues – all under the “Rebirth” brand. Of course, this column, like much of the pop culture world, focused on their significance, which you can read about that right here.
Yeah, it’s pretty exciting stuff.
But it’s summer, after all, and that must mean a DC Universe reboot.
We comic book fans are suckers for reboots. We may gripe about them and their yearly regularity, but we love them nonetheless. And so do comic book stores. Those “Rebirth” branded issues last week saw some pretty high sales numbers and there are many more to be released over the coming weeks.
But there’s one “Rebirth” title that I’m really excited about, really rooting for. And it’s out today – with a timely new start for its title character.
This year, the iconic and world-renowned Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th year! Follow me after the jump for the brand new Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1!
Last week, DC Comics released DC Universe: Rebirth #1, a comic that made this very Wednesday Run column, which you can check it out right here. DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is a quadruple-sized revamp of the DC Universe, following the last four-plus years of “New 52” continuity.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to look it up on Wikipedia.
Suffice it to say, the fortunes (namely market share) for DC Comics have dwindled in comparison to Marvel Comics the last few years – and stories had taken a turn away from all the things that fans loved in DC Comics to begin with: legacy, love, and hope.
DC Universe: Rebirth #1 aimed to bring all of that back to the publishing company’s monthly comic books with a weekly roll-out of brand new first issues.
Today, the proof is in the pudding with a multitude of those issues finally being released! Follow me after the jump as the DC Universe gets re-birthed!
Instead of ending all of their monthly titles and re-starting them with brand new #1’s like they did with the launch of the “New 52”, DC Comics seems to have taken a page out of the Marvel Comics way of marketing: release new, fanfare series, in dribs and drabs. Calling it “Marvel NOW!”, this maneuver is generally a bit of a slow play and has been a great, albeit, well-used strategy for Marvel over the last few years. We’ll see how successful it is for DC Comics in the longer scheme of things.
That said, there are new stories and new status quos for some of DC biggest heroes in the offing. Follow me after the jump for today’s samplings for you to choose from!
To both the horror and the delight of fandom, the company ended every title they published, starting them up again with brand new #1 issues. Over a span of weeks, fifty-two new titles would be released, an unprecedented move in the industry, designed to start everyone – characters and readers alike – from scratch.
It must be said, for every great new title, there was also a handful that underperformed.
Nearly five years later, in lieu of declining sales and market share, the committee of editors, writers and artists that make up the captaincy of DC Comics, decided something was missing from their line of publications.
Today, we get the big event that will fix it all. Today, we get DC Universe: Rebirth #1.
Follow me after the jump for the whys and wherefores, which I’ll keep spoiler-free!
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re recorded live at the 2016 Camden Comic Con, with Justin Piatt and Zach Dolan of Unlikely Heroes Studios, Suliman Onque of On-Q Comics, Mark Poulton of A Cat Named Haiku, and Ed Evans of All Things Fun!, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.