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So the adventures of Mark in the multiverse continue. Things happen, good things, bad things, VERY BAD NSFW things that will surely p.o. a few readers, but I on this point, I will focus on this one big reveal. I'll skip the philosophical pages and get to the point.

We who deal with the ideas of a multiverse should be well acquainted with some of the concepts, but for those of you not yet attuned to the mind expanding concepts or leaps of logic, get ready to have your mind blown.

4 pages, per the rule, behind the cut.

And for those of you who HAVE read it and have a better grasp of the concepts being tossed around, feel free to correct this humble one and my paraphrasing.

Go then, there are other worlds than these... )
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I had a big think about this in the summer, but recently, I've been thinking about how comic books attract new readers and how welcoming they are. There's an old saying about how "every comic is somebody's first" and comics have to have a go at making it possible for new readers to pick up any book, even if its midstream. There's a lot of advertised "jumping on points" and Marvel's .1 initiative has been a pretty uneven way of their characters, concepts and stories.

In superhero movies, there's always a desire to do an origin story as a way to make the story accessible to new readers. This always frustrates me, especially since Colleen Coover's told the definitive Spider-man story in one panel and six words and Batman's isn't much more than "My parents are deeeeead." We don't need to see James Bond start his military training and changing to HMSS to know that he's a badass, so why have we got to see Green Lantern get his ring? Why can't we just see him be a space cop?

DC's relaunch has made a big deal about being new reader friendly and has by and large jumped into stories. Apart from Supergirl, I'm not aware of any origins being retold, which is nice.



The story recap )

The concept recap )

The character recap )

The novel recap )

Are comic books really less new-reader friendly than other media? I know that it doesn't take much to pick up a movie and watch it, and that sequels rarely do recaps (though the credits sequence in Incredible Hulk was pretty bloody good). What about for TV? Is it easier to jump into a TV series midstream (and not just soaps, but one with an ongoing narrative like The Shield or Fringe) than it is to jump into an ongoing comics series?
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I said in the last post that I'd bring some Infinite Vacation to the world and so I shall. It's quite sad though.

For those of you not in the know, the Infinite Vacation is a pathway to other versions of you, as long as you have the money to visit them. You can use it to see "What would my life be like if I'd passed the bar exam?" or "I wonder how I'd be different if I was a professional surfer?" and either take over those lives for a vacation, or pal around with your alternate self.

The book's got a really cool visual style - there won't be too many other books on the stands just now that look like this. It's almost like a watercolour book with quite a vibrant and rich colour palette.

The girl in the cafe )

That's 1 page from #2 and 2 from #2.

Tell your store that you want it on your pull list
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Comic Book Resources has the preview for one of the best sci-fi stories currently running in comics (English language).

If there is a multiverse/braynes beyond this existence for us, then tapping that may lead to situations like this.

*warning* possibly NSFW.

Crisis on infinite.... )

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