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Great news for fans of not having money any more - Sean McKeever and Takeshi Miyazawa's magnum opus is now on comixology. You can get the first mini series, the second mini series "Homecoming"* and the first ten issues of the ongoing series. And buy it you should. MY local comic shop guy double checked with me that that was really the title that I wanted on my pull list and yes, indeed it was.

I'm pretty sure that if it were launched today, it would well received by all.

Erin, from Comixology, says )
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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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Today is young adult comics, right?

Does that include Spider-man loves Mary-Jane? (incidentally, my girlfriend has enjoyed the Mary Jane digests)
And she's like, you know )

And that's when I started buying Spider-man loves Mary Jane. My Comic Book Guy even asked me if I was sure that that was the book that I wanted.
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Hay guyz. Just saw the Planet Hulk movie and I quite enjoyed it. "Smashing good time!" Hey ohhh. Anyway, so I took a few screen shots of some interesting cameos.
I did not read the actual story but they did shift a few key things ;)

Hulk smash spoylurz ahead! )
sandoz_iscariot: A young man looks thoughtful, his chin resting on his hand. (Mary Jane: So Weird)
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For [personal profile] kingrockwell, who reminded me that all of our SMLMJ posts went poof with SD 1.0. :(

So here are some early scans from the series, back when it was just "Spider-Man Crushes on Mary Jane" ;)

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