Don’t buy monthly comic books

Evidently DC Comics will begin to embed ads into the same pages the stories appear in at least some of their monthly comics. Chris Burnham, artist for Batman Incorporated, tweeted the above photo taken from an upcoming issue. It shows an ad for Twix embedded in a page containing story content. Burnham seems to have removed the image from his Twitter feed, but it’s still on the Internet.

Naturally, I’m highly curious about which Twix bar recording artist and reality TV star Nick Lachey prefers, the left or the right, I just don’t want to find out the answer in the panels of a comic book.

Ads disrupt the reading experience

I think it’s ridiculous that DC Comics would disrupt the flow of the story by inserting this into the panels of the comic. It’s annoying and unnecessarily disruptive to the story telling process. Whatever profit they’re able to make in advertising doesn’t seem worth it, not if it harms the reading experience.

An ad embedded on a story page harms the reading experience.

This is just one more reason to only read comic books in the collected format. When I read a comic, I want to read the comic. I don’t want the experience marred by crass ads.

A Monthly Comic costs $3.99

Comic books aren’t cheap. Not anymore. A monthly floppy of Batman Incorporated costs $3.99. The fact that a publisher can charge that much for a monthly comic and inject it with disruptive advertising, only illustrates why comic book sales are at historical all-time lows. The modern monthly comic book just isn’t worth the cover price.

Instead of monthly comics, buy collected editions

The first collected volume of Batman Incorporated lists for $16.99 and has issues #0-6. That works out to be less than $2.50 an issue with no ads. It’s even cheaper if you buy the collected edition on Amazon like a normal person. I could buy Batman Incorporated volume 1 on Amazon for $13.59. Because I’m an Amazon Prime member, I would get it with free two-day shipping.

I would get a reading experience free of Nick Lachey and his candy bars for less money than if I bought the single issues.

It just doesn’t make any sense to buy monthly comic books. They’re too expensive and they not only contain ads, they now have ads on the same pages as the story.

DC Comics caves, will not publish 'Batgirl' #41 variant cover

A variant cover for Batgirl #41 has some Twitter-people up in arms over the depiction of the Joker with Batgirl. The Joker has his arm around her with a rather large gun in his hand and he’s painting a joker smile on her face. Barbara Gordon, the woman behind the Batgirl mask, looks understandably scared.

It’s a powerful image. It’s an homage to Batman: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by enemy of free speech, Brian Bolland.

This cover was commissioned from Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque.

To say this cover triggered some Twitter and Tumblr outrage is perhaps an understatement. People outraged by the art even created their own hashtag, #changethecover.

DC Comics has canceled the cover, supposedly at the artist’s request in response to the outrage.

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Non-variant cover artwork for “Batgirl” #41.

I can’t imagine demanding that something I don’t like be canceled or changed. If I don’t like the cover to a book or what’s inside the book, I simply don’t buy the book. It wouldn’t even occur to me to demand that it not be published so that other people can’t have it.

That seems like censorship.

Now that DC Comics has bowed to the whim of an angry hashtag, you can expect this type of crap to happen more often. People who want to censor art, thanks to DC Comics, now have the false-perception of power.

If I were in charge at DC Comics, I would have made the Joker artwork the regular, non-variant cover. I would have made the regular cover the variant cover.

That’s how you respond to people who want to censor art: you politely listen to their demands, then do the complete opposite.

Suicide Squad movie announced

Suicide Squad, a comic book about a group of incarcerated supervillains working on behalf of the United States government, performing high-risk black ops missions, will be turned into a movie scheduled for August 5, 2016.

The movie already has some big names attached to it. David Ayer will be writing a directing it.
Jared Leto will be playing The Joker, Will Smith will be playing Deadshot, Tom Hardy will be playing Rick Flag, Margot Robbie will be playing Harley Quinn, and Jai Courtney will be playing Captain Boomerang.

Finally, the long national nightmare will be over. We will finally get a Captain Boomerang movie.

This will be the first time someone has played The Joker since the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. I don’t think it’s necessarily a hard part to play, simply because everyone that has ever played it has done a fantastic job. It will also be the big screen debut for Harley Quinn, a character from the Batman universe who first appeared not in a comic book, but the television show, Batman: The Animated Series.

This isn’t the first comic book character role for Tom Hardy, it’s not even his first DC Comics character. He played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Suicide Squad seems like a strange property to make into a big-budget movie. First, there’s the whole name thing. I’m sure some people are going to question and/or criticize the word “suicide” in its title. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if some misguided dolt tries to claim that Warner Bros. is promoting suicide with this movie. Secondly, it’s not like this property is well-known outside the world of comic book nerds. If you’ve never been to a comic book shop on a Wednesday afternoon, you’ve probably never heard of Suicide Squad. Then again, with the success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, that issue shouldn’t be a problem, right?

All David Ayer has to do is make Suicide Squad as good as Guardians of the Galaxy, and non-nerds will go see it.