#Trending In The World Of Comics: 11/23/12-11/29/12

In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, tv shows, video games, etc. I’ll also give a shout-out to some favourite comic blog entries and have a social media section involving Twitter. Let’s begin:

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NEWS

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Amazon

Casting is underway for CW’s new potential show based on Wonder Woman entitled Amazon. This will be a teenage version of  Wonder Woman before she takes on her heroic identity more akin to Smallville than Arrow. Two negatives are glaringly obvious: 1. Wonder Woman is named Iris. (What, Iris? Really? What is wrong with Diana?) and 2. She’s not Wonder Woman (I mean why can’t it be more like Arrow and just have her be Wonder Woman? There’s only so much mileage you can get out of a non-costumed crime fighter. We can even have flashbacks in each episode if they want to show her younger life.) Also, whether she has powers or not is also unclear. We shall see where this goes as they are making the unorthodox decision to cast the actress before the pilot has even been green-lit. The one bright spot is it can’t be any worse than David E. Kelly’s Wonder Woman.
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Levitt is Batman? Nope.

 Earlier this week, rumours swirled that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been cast as Batman in the Justice League movie along with having a cameo in the Man of Steel. His reps then preceded to refute the rumour entirely. Personally, Batman will always be Bruce Wayne for me so I’d rather have a new actor cast in the role as a Bruce Wayne Batman then continuing with the Robin Blake character as Batman.
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Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer confirmed this week that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will be reprising their roles of Prof. X and Magneto in the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class titled X-Men: Days of Future Past. I for one am excited for (hopefully) the meeting on-screen between Fassbender and McKellen and the meeting between McAvoy and Stewart. Also negotiations have begun with Hugh Jackman to play Wolverine in the movie. Time travel, you’ve got to love it!
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Booster GoldSpeaking of time travel…Andrew Kreisberg is almost ready to shift his focus back to the Booster Gold television show for Syfy after spending the bulk of his time on Arrow. He also promised that a lot of Booster Gold characters from the comic will feature into the pilot. This is nothing but great news. I love Booster Gold and having a live-action series based on the character has me excited. Bring it on Kreisberg!
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Hawkeye

Hawkeye #7 will deal with a devastating storm hitting New York City with Barton and Bishop trapped on opposing sides. Fraction, the class act he is, will be donating his royalties from the issue to the Hurricane Sandy relief fund. So not only will we be getting a great issue but we’ll also be helping charity while we’re at it. Now if only Marvel would step up and donate a portion of the sales as well. Ball is in your court, Marvel…
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BLOGS

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In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I’ve enjoyed this week:

House of Flying Scalpelshttp://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, awesome reviews, and a fellow writer at The Artifice.

Sci-Fi Jubileehttp://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.

Sidekick Reviews http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead episode reviews.

The Indigo Tribehttp://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.

Arousing Grammerhttp://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.

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Twitter

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Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
@Comic_Maven
@thecomicblog
@AUDone44
@Kooliebear
@TweetsoftheBat
@paul_bowler
@Superherologist
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And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Other Blogs you enjoy? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!

10 thoughts on “#Trending In The World Of Comics: 11/23/12-11/29/12

  1. In Italy, the most popular comic books, like Batman, Superman and Spider Man, are published on a monthly basis; the less popular ones, like Animal Man and Swamp Thing, are published twice a year, and directly in a TP size. Which is good for me, because, even when I buy comics in the U.S. version, I prefer to read them as a TP.
    The Walking Dead is a very strange case, because, despite its popularity, anyone of the major italian publishers bought the rights for the italian version. This means that, if you want to read The Walking Dead in italian, you have to order it at the very small publisher that bought the rights, Salda Press. This publisher is so small that it doesn’t even have an internet site, or a Wikipedia page.
    This story tells you that, no matter how little and unsignificant you are, you can always pass from 0 to hero. Salda Press couldn’t stand comparison with the other publishers from an economic point of view, but thanks to their ambition they achieved an incredibly honorable and gainful goal.
    It’s like when you watch that sport movies where the team have no technical qualities, but they put so much heart and ambition in what they do that they win the championship anyway. It’s a bit sugary when you watch it in a theater, but it’s so beautiful when it happens in real life.

    • I prefer the single issues for most things. Only series that I get in TPB form currently are:

      1. Chew (Image)
      2. Invincible (Image)
      3. Hellboy (Dark Horse)
      4. B.P.R.D. (Dark Horse)
      5. Ultimate Spider-Man (Marvel)

      Thanks for sharing all these interesting facts. I never would have known otherwise. Nice to see how other countries do things.

  2. P.S.: Do you want to know another strange thing about italian versions of U.S. comics? The entire Before Watchmen line will be made to order. This means that, if italian retailers order, say, 100.000 copies of each issue, the italian publisher will print 100.000 copies, not a copy more or a copy less. This means that it’s all in retailers’ hands. Of course the italian Before Watchmen issues will instantly become collector’s items.
    And the most ironic thing is that this counts only for the Before Watchmen line: all the other DC and Vertigo series are printed in a fixed quantity. Obviously they believe that the Before Watchmen line won’t sell here in Italy, so they decided to lessen the risk by making it to order.
    P.S.: Another series fastly become a collector’s item here in Italy is Scalped. It’s been published directly in a TP size, and the first 8 trades become out of stock at lightning speed. I don’t know how you are enjoying it there in America, but here in Italy readers are CRAZY about Scalped. I recently joined the club, and, from what I read, the success this series is having definitely is deserved. Too bad it’s gone for good.

    • Wow, very interesting indeed. I wonder why they thought that? Maybe sales of the original Watchmen in Italy are pretty poor?

      Never read Scalped but I’ve heard nothing but good things. Already have too much to read as there is, so I don’t know when I’ll ever get to it.

  3. Hey, thanks for the plug! I checked out your site, and I really enjoy it! Also, you seriously have the most adorable Batman wallpaper ever. Especially for a comic book that probably has the least amount of smiles in comics.

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