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I think Dynamite believes SDCC started today, as they continue with big announcements. This one will coincide with Red Sonja’s 40th anniversary with the launch of a new mini-series: Red Sonja Legends.
Moving on from the push they made when launching Red Sonja about getting female cover artists, Dynamite and Gail Simone have managed to pull in several novelists and comic book writers for the new mini. Kelly Sue DeConnick, Blair Butler, Devin Grayson, Marjorie M. Liu, Nancy Collins, Rhianna Pratchett, Leah Moore, Tamora Pierce, Meljean Brook, Nicola Scott, Mercedes Lackey, and more will be tackling the new series. Frank Thorne, one of the defining Red Sonja artists, will also be returning for covers.
SDCC doesn’t start for two days, at least I hope it doesn’t because I’m not there yet, but Dynamite is rolling out their SDCC announcements regardless. Mr. 30 Days of Night, Steve Niles, will be heading to Dynamite to handle writing duties for Ash and the Army of Darkness. The new book will relaunch the franchise and pick up right where the movie ended.
Robert Galbraith’s newest novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” has been called a “brilliant debut novel,” but the problem is that Robert Galbraith was sealed in a trunk. Tired of her Harry Potter fame following her to her new novels, J.K. Rowling returned to the world of Potter but not for another story. She has spent months perfecting an actual polyjuice potion and now used it to assume the identity of Robert Galbraith…
The last forty-eight hours or so have been an exercise on how the PR machines of the Big Two work these days. First, DC released a pretty nifty video narrated by Geoff Johns summarizing what you need to know about Trinity War, which ran down all the players and the build-up to the event. Considering how critical we’ve been of DC in the past, I was planning on running a piece about the video saying “Hey, this is some good promo stuff!” until I got to the very end of the video, which spoiled the ending of the crossover to promote Forever Evil, the next big DC event.
Now, if you read DC’s solicits and/or have basic reasoning skills, the ending of Trinity War shouldn’t come as a surprise. But there’s no way in hell I’m going to direct anyone, especially new readers interested in DC, to a video that says “At the end of the event, ______ happens and the ______ win.” I don’t care what 3D cover laden event it leads into, I just don’t see why giving away the ending is a smart way to sell comics.
That leads us to this morning, when Marvel announced their next big event thingy, Inhumanity. Marvel upped their game and spoiled not one, but two events (Infinity and Battle of the Atom) to explain the premise of Inhumanity. While the X-crossover was only indirectly spoiled (by showing a dead character alive and well in a promo image), the former event, which has been hyped for months was explicitly spoiled.