13
Mar
2012
The Watchtower
Six Seasons and A Watchtower
Chris
The Watchtower is a weekly column, commenting on the biggest and strangest comic news and rumors of the week. Each column will include noteworthy books scheduled for release that same week. As always comments and discussion are welcome. Until I think of something better, news items will be titled by HORRIBLE puns and word play.

To Infinity, and Dear God I Hope Beyond

At SxSW, Marvel announced a new initiative called Marvel Infinite Comics, a new line of straight to digital comics made with the sensibilities and advantages tablet reading allows for (camera moves, pacing, panel by panel reading). Before the announcement, I wasn't aware of the "infinite canvas" concept, an idea that comics can be told in an endless string of panels rather than page by page layouts. I'm intrigued about the storytelling possibilities this will open up, and even more intrigued about how this will effect the balance between print and digital readers.

There will also be an augmented reality app that will take the form of a free download and offer up behind the scenes interviews and sketches, as well as stuff like character bios or deleted scenes. I've never really been too crazy about that kind of bonus content in comics, because it rarely pads the book in a way that compensates for the extra price tags they carry (unless it's a Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips book), and generally a lot of that behind the scenes stuff I can already get through the internet. But hey it's free, so it doesn't bother me, it just doesn't intrigue me as much as the other announcements.

Finally, Mark Waid and Stuart Immonen will be kicking off AvX and Infinite Comics with a Nova digital only comic offered as a free download with your purchase of AvX #1. Marvel has been saying that there are big plans in store for the cosmic side of Marvel's universe, and I really, really, really hope that it involves these creators. Mark Waid has been just crushing it on Daredevil and my feelings regarding Stuart Immonen's talent are well documented. If Marvel really wants to give their cosmic titles a big push, putting these creators behind new titles would definitely be a step in the right direction.


That's it. Short column this time, sorry, it's been a slow news week, and a busy work week. Check out these titles in stores tomorrow!

Batman and Robin #7
Demon Knights #7 (Please show this title some sales love)
Green Lantern #7
Suicide Squad #7 (Harley Quinn's new origin).
Saucer Country #1 (First Issue! X-Files meets the West Wing!)
The Unwritten #35
Avengers Assemble #1 (Bendis and Bagley Assemble!)
Fantastic Four #604
Wolverine and the X-Men #7
Captain America #9
Journey Into Mystery #635
and MOST importantly
Saga #1 (BKV returns to comics!!!!)
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