Posted by: Brian Hibbs on January 22, 2013
I tlooks like a logo designer threw up on this cover!
So, what would you, fairly reasonable person, say is the TITLE of this comic? book?
Of the 18 people I asked last week, 16 of them said “The Hunted?”
But, no, it’s actually “Threshold”, according to my order form.
With just two or three more logos, the cover could have been all text! Or, as Jeff Lester put it: “It appears as if that pair is under attack by the logos!”
This is such a poorly designed cover that I’m fairly certain that’s why it cratered utterly at my store, selling just two rack copies, the lowest-selling first issue of a New 52 comic that I’ve ever had yet.
The insides were fairly OK, however, with the lead story being sort of kind of a Hunger Games thing in space with the DC Space characters (or reimagined versions of several of them, at least), though I’d like a better understanding of what these characters can’t just get on a ship and leave…. space is kinda big and all. Giffen’s a competent writer, and the story moves along pretty well, even if I don’t have any real earned affection for any character on display.
I was less impressed with the back-up story of the “Orange Lantern”, Larfleeze — honestly, he’s just a one-note joke character, and not a particularly funny one at that. But, overall, the comic was OK.
THE HIGH WAYS #1: I know there are a few people who find Byrne infinitely dated, but I think it’s more that it’s apparent when he doesn’t really give a shit about the story he’s telling, and when he does. This felt to me like something that he cared about. It’s a reasonably “hard” science-fiction comic about space truckers. It’s also got African-American leads, and, best thing, makes no big deal about it whatsoever. I thought this was pretty darn GOOD, and I think you should pop into our digital store and give it a shot.
BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #2: It’s the “all ages comics special”, and, actually, it has some pretty deep and comprehensive coverage about kids comics — even the price guide is kids comics! I would totally put that on my kids rack… except….
…for the interview with Alan Moore, about HP Lovecraft, smack in the middle of the issue. Or the “worst industry feuds” section. Jinkies, that’s not what we want to present to kids as our best face, is it?
*sigh*, got to watch crossing those editorial streams there, guys….
OK, the truck is arriving WAY early today, so that’s all I have time for… what did YOU think?