Thursday, December 15, 2005

You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me, Pyle!

I swear I thought this was a parody or April Fool article or....or....something.

From Comic Book Resources, discussing "Annihilation", Marvel's 2006 Cosmic Event:

"The 'Annihilation Prologue' sets one the characters off on his path," Giffen continued, "We touch base with all of the characters that are in their own mini-series, but it hard focuses on one character and pretty much changes his world."

OK, kind of like "Countdown" did this year with DC and Blue Beetle.

"Four four-issue mini-series spin out of the "Annihilation: Prologue." "Super-Skrull" by writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach and artist Greg Titus; "Nova" by writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and artist Kev Walker; "Ronan the Accuser" by writer Simon Furman and artist Jorge Lucas; and "Silver Surfer" which is written by Giffen and features art by Renato Arlem.

Wait a minute...that's EXACTLY like "Countdown"! What in holy hell's going on here?!?

"Once the four mini-series concludes, the coda to the epic tale begins in the six issue "Annihilation" mini-series written by Giffen with an artist whose name Marvel is currently keeping top secret."... "By the end of 'Annihilation,' there are certain things that have been part of Marvel's cosmic landscape for awhile that are gone."

Oh, good GRAVY! If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Marvel is the sincerest damn flatterer I've ever met. Or something like that.

All of this proves three things:

1) The whole "Countdown" routine (one mega kick-off issue, 4 minis, 1 final limited series) must obviously be a great price point/draw. I mean, that's it, right? Because making sure quality comics were a part of those series sure as hell didn't seem to be the big selling point. (With apologies to Villains United.)

2) This whole Infinite Cri---err, "Annihilation" event bores me to tears, and it hasn't even started yet. Look at the characters involved, and name one that you'll fork over 12 bucks to read four issues about. Please. I mean it --- I need to know if any of these might possibly be worth reading. Help me out here.

3) See? I told you we'd forget all about that silly little House of M thing.

Ye Gods.


Blogger CalvinPitt said...

Well, Iw ouldn't buy any of them, but I haven't bought any of DC's Infinite Crisis-related mini-series either, so figure I'm not the market their gunning for.

Honestly though, it could work. I mean is Nova really any lamer than Catman was pre-Villains United?

Still, I'll be ignoring this like I am IC. I hate massive universe-spanning comic "events".

10:40 AM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Well, I'm not a huge fan of Nova, but that's a pretty good creative team attached, so I'll probably take a look. As for the rest, not so much. I abhor crossovers.

Why couldn't they have copied Seven Soldiers instead? Still, I'll get a good few months of making fun of it at SBC by calling it Infinite Annihilation or Annihilation Crisis or somesuch.

12:07 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Oh, and wouldn't it be just hilarious if the "secret artist" attached to Infinite Annihilation Crisis (see?) is George Perez?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Spencer Carnage said...

Nova is the obnoxious oaf that you just have to love. A total meathead. Kind of like Guy Gardner, just not as big of a jerk. Go read the first 25 issues of New Warriors. Fabian and Bagley doing some straight up kick ass super heroes. Not only will you like him, you'll like the whole team, only to become frustrated with what they turned into after issue 25. Only then will you know my pain.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous sw said...

Remember when Superman was killed and he was replaced by 4 variants? Shortly thereafter, the Punisher was killed and replaced by 4 variants.

Marvel: the House of Somebody Else's Ideas.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just needed to point out that, if you DID pick it up, this is one of the best comic book events in YEARS... Far superior to IC and Civil War...

Copycat or not, it works.

7:24 PM  
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