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XBox Live currently uses a simple five-star reputation rating, but hopes to improve upon that with the XBox One launch. The aim is to “reward healthy behavior while reducing troublemakers and cheaters,” with negative, obnoxious players seperated from those that want to play without things like constant harrassing and cursing.
Yesterday, Image Comicsannounced that they would be offering DRM-free digital comics for sale on their website. The announcement is a game-changer for the comics industry, which has, for the most part, avoided the “ownership” model of DRM-free downloads and clung to the “license-to-view” model that comiXology has made very successful. A decade ago, the music industry underwent a transformation to the ownership model. Will that happen to the comic book industry, or, like the film and television industry, will they continue to resist?
Image announced today at Image Expo that The Walking Dead would ship bi-weekly in October during a 12 part arc entitled “All Out War”. It appears that Charlie Adlard will draw all 12 issues, although Stefano Gaudiano will come on to ink Adlard’s pencils.
JMS has announced that Image will be rereleasing Dream Police and The Book of Lost Souls, two creator-owned series originally published through Marvel’s Icon imprint. The Book of Lost Souls, originally published in 2005, was originally illustrated by Colleen Doran. Dream Police was originally a one-shot illustrated by Mike Deodato.
Mini comic reviews for the month of June, over thirty comics covered, with top spots going to: Lazarus #1, Mind MGMT #12, Suicide Risk #2, Ten Grand #2, Hawkeye #11, Thor God of Thunder #9, and Wake #2.
Marvel sends out a lot of “first looks” at upcoming comics which feature unlettered artwork which, while looking very nice, doesn’t really let readers know a whole lot about what the heck is going on in the comic. When we checked our inbox and found this preview for New Avengers #9, we had had enough. So we sent ace reporter ThanosCopter to break into Marvel’s headquarters and steal Jonathan Hickman’s script so that we could letter it ourselves. Keep in mind, the final copy may end up changing things up a bit, but we think this is pretty close to what will eventually see print, and it certainly embodies Hickman’s thoughtful, intellectual style.
Joe Bass of the Comic Book Hoedown blog decided to quantitatively examine character diversity in the Big Two and came up with a few interesting (albeit unsurprising) results. After examining gender, race and sexual preference, Bass determined that both Marvel and DC’s superhero lines consisted of 20% minority characters, with Marvel beating DC on race, DC better on GLBT representation and both companies even on gender. However, here’s why he gives Marvel the edge: